recession, outpouring of help inspires Rural Mission
By CHRIS BROOKS
Director of program development, Rural Mission Inc.
Special to CharlestonCurrents.com
24, 2009 -- The recession economy has produced many difficult challenges
for the Rural Mission during 2009, but God continues to provide!
This gives us faith.
low-income rural families, the elderly, migrant families and the
at-risk children and youth we serve are suffering greatly in hardships
and poverty. The people with the least are bearing the greatest
burdens of this recession. One family at a time, we are continuing
to bring them uplifting hope and assistance.
mission's very difficult financial burdens continue. However, we
have been tremendously blessed, encouraged and thankful for the
outpouring of volunteers seeking to give of themselves that 2009
has produced. They may not be able to give financially as they may
want, but they have dedicated themselves to discipleship. Many have
renewed their relationship with the Rural Mission from past years,
and many have come for the first time. All denominations are represented.
since the outpouring of love in the aftermath of Hurricane Hugo
have they come to the rural Sea Islands and its needy residents
in such numbers. Volunteers know that people are suffering and they
want to help. They are walking the walk!
Rural Mission volunteers are working on a new, safe home for
Shirley Smiley and her family to replace their dilapidated,
dangerous trailer. (Photo provided by Rural Mission)
wonderful example of such caring and commitment has been the large
numbers of volunteers who have worked since the groundbreaking in
June on a new, safe and adequate home for Shirley Smiley and her
family near Hollywood. Their very old and dilapidated trailer home
has not only been falling apart but making them sick. The photo
accompanying this column was taken on Aug. 18, and it shows how
far we have come.
and her family have been there, side by side each day, with our
volunteers. These memories and bonds of love, friendship and respect
will stay with everyone for a lifetime. Volunteers have returned
home with the joy and blessings of giving and with Shirley's endearing
smile and her sincere expressions of gratitude. She has been ever
present with bottles of water and Gatorade and popsicles to make
these hot days a little easier.
us to repeat this wonderful story for the many still waiting to
be helped. The Rural Mission provides a convenient and secure means
to donate to our outreach ministry online by going to http://www.ruralmission.org.
The "Donate Now" link is right on the homepage. Do this
in memory or honor of someone special in your life. Donations can
also be mailed to P.O. Box 235, Johns Island, SC, 29457, or call
Brooks is director of program development at the Rural Mission,
SC's historical gems
ANDY BRACK, publisher
24, 2009 - It's not every day one gets to see the original Ordinance
of Secession of Dec. 20, 1860.
the earliest known copy (1682) of the Fundamental Constitutions,
a document that outlined a governmental structure for the colony
of South Carolina. Many say it is a foundation of the U.S. Constitution
of a century later.
Or signatures on documents by John Locke and Thomas Jefferson. Or
a ratified copy of the U.S. Bill of Rights. Or the first petition
of the 1949 South Carolina complaint that went on to be part of
the landmark Brown v. Board of Education desegregation case.
But it's all there in Columbia, locked in protected, chilly vaults
at the S.C. Department
of Archives and History. It's all the people's incredibly valuable
"Our state archives are a priceless record and historical treasure
of South Carolina's heritage of knowing who we are by knowing who
we've been and a guide to where we should go," said noted historian
Jack Bass of Charleston. "We need to look back, in part, so
we can see where we made mistakes in the past and don't repeat them."
Charles Lesser, senior archivist at the department, said the historical
documents and records held in the state's three vaults, each the
size of half a football field, are "the memory of the state.
It tells us who we are."
Important documents, such as the best preserved set of acts of the
first U.S. Congress that were signed by Thomas Jefferson, generally
are not on public display to protect them from the elements (light,
heat and humidity), which can cause them to deteriorate. But they're
all microfilmed or digitally preserved to allow people to learn
about the state's history close-up.
Unfortunately, the Archives and History department is, like many
smaller state agencies, showing signs of its own wear and tear due
to the up-and-down, drastic budget cuts of the last few years. For
example, in 2001, the agency's state funding was about $5 million
and it had 91 state-funded employees. Today, funding is $3.2 million,
less than the agency's budget was more than 20 years ago. Today,
there are just 51 state-funded staff members, according to new director
Eric Emerson, who started just a week ago after serving as head
of the private Charleston Library Society.
First petition in Briggs v. Elliott case, 1949. See
slideshow on the department's Web site highlights the benefits that
South Carolina receives from historic preservation. People, it seems,
tend to trust historical sites and museums more than anyplace else
as places to learn about history - more than personal accounts,
witnesses and teachers.
to the Travel Industry Association of America, four in five of the
146 million Americans who travel include historical and cultural
activities in their trips. And that means money. In 2003, for example,
some 1.6 million people visited South Carolina's historic attractions
and spent more than $438 million.
So it makes sense to preserve our history - its documents, its locations
and more -- for financial reasons, especially with tourism being
such a big part of our state's economy.
But it's not hard to feel the impact of budget cuts or imagine how
more cuts to small agencies could cause them to decline to the point
that they're not able to fulfill their missions in the way required
by state law.
At small state agencies like Archives and History, there's not an
available supply of pork or fat that can be cut. That was sliced
years ago. Legislators need to realize that more budget cuts will
have detrimental impacts beyond causing people to lose their jobs.
They will threaten the foundations of our society, such as the very
documents that served as policy foundations for what we are today.
Mold, mildew, humidity, temperature and the like destroy historical
records. Let's make sure in the days to come that the financial
equivalent doesn't destroy our past and its lessons for the future.
Brack, publisher of CharlestonCurrents.com, can be reached at: email@example.com.
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says state among 'most tax-friendly' for retirees
the online presence of the Kiplinger personal-finance newsletter
and magazine, recently launched an interactive map that names South
Carolina as one of the most tax-friendly states for retirees.
taxes will be about the same no matter where you live, but state
and local tax burdens can vary greatly, especially if you're retired,"
Kiplinger states. The map points out "Retiree Tax Heavens (and
details about the Palmetto State have this introduction: "South
Carolina extends its Southern hospitality to retirees: The Palmetto
State does not tax Social Security benefits, and it allows residents
65 and older to deduct up to $15,000 per person ($30,000 per couple)
of qualified retirement income when calculating their state income
tax. Retired military personnel 65 and older may deduct up to $10,000
of military retirement benefits. Property taxes are very low and
are based on 4 percent of fair market value; homeowners 65 and older
qualify for a homestead exemption that excludes the first $40,000
of the home's value." More details about state tax policies
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Chamber seeks businesses'
ideas for lawmakers
Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce and S.C. Chamber of Commerce
will host a Coastal Grassroots Meeting on Sept. 1 to identify issues
concerning the business community and discuss the upcoming agenda
for the 2010 legislative session.
Coastal Grassroots Meeting is held every fall and is the first step
in developing the Competitiveness Agenda, the annual list of the
business community's legislative priorities. The business community
gives input on the issues that affect businesses and what legislative
priorities they would like to see the General Assembly address in
addition, leaders from the state chamber will present legislative
priorities for businesses across the state and discuss which issues
are likely to be a focus. The state group is hosting nine other
meetings around the state with a similar format.
meeting is planned for 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sept. 1 at the Charleston
Metro Chamber of Commerce, 2750 Speissegger Drive, North Charleston.
It's free and open to the public, but those who want to attend are
asked to register by e-mailing email@example.com
or calling Julie Scott at 1-800-799-4601.
Coastal Grassroots meeting helps our Public Policy Committee in
prioritizing the many issues for the 2010 Legislative Agenda,"
said Scott Woods, chairman of the Charleston Metro Chamber's Public
Policy Committee. "We are able to hear from our members about
their key issues and then compare those to other chambers across
Players reviving kids' theater program
Footlight Players once had a year-round theater education program
that worked with budding stars such as comedian Stephen Colbert
and actor Thomas Gibson when they were children growing up in the
Lowcountry. Now, for the first time in nearly 15 years, the program
is being revived.
actress Heather Moss-Layman will lead the program, which includes
a variety of activities designed to help young actors hone their
skills. Classes are available for ages 8-10 and 11-18 and will be
held every Tuesday, Sept. 8 through Nov. 10.
program includes "Acting Up!" for 8- to 10-year-olds from
4 p.m. to 5 p.m., focusing on acting "fun"damentals, theater
games, improve and character creation. Also featured is T.EX.T.,
or Teen EXperimental Theatre, in which students age 11 and up spend
time from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. creating their own experimental piece
of theater. Students will work with theater games, improvisation,
acting techniques, scene creation, storytelling, movement and speech.
program will meet at the Footlight Players Theater, 20 Queen St.,
downtown. The cost is $160 per student. There will be volunteer
activities available for parents to participate in while their student
is in class.
register, call 722-7521 or go online to http://www.footlightplayers.net.
to offer citizens free 'storm spotter' classes
County's Emergency Preparedness Division is offering free classes
in September for residents who want to help warn officials about
potentially dangerous changes in local weather conditions.
is a voluntary program developed by the National Weather Service
to obtain real-time reports of hail size, wind damage, flash flooding,
heavy rain and tornadoes, so that the agency can effectively warn
the public. SKYWARN volunteers serve as storm spotters for the NWS
and local emergency management programs, becoming the eyes and ears
for their communities.
interested in becoming a SKYWARN weather spotter can attend one
of the NWS basic and/or advanced weather spotter training classes,
which are hosted by Charleston County personnel. The free classes
last about two hours. The Basic Weather Spotter Class is required
to become a certified weather spotter and is a prerequisite for
the Advanced Weather Spotter Class. The advanced class provides
additional information and training to those interested in learning
more than is provided in the basic class.
basic class meets from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Charleston
County Public Service Building, third floor, Room 339 (Emergency
Operations Center), at 4045 Bridgeview Drive, North Charleston.
The advanced class meets from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 29 at the same
register, contact James Tarter, county training coordinator for
the Emergency Management Department, at 202-7405 or by e-mail at
sub shop to open with fundraiser for school
Mike's Subs will open its first James Island location this week
and will sponsor a five-day fundraiser for Murray-LaSaine Elementary
School as part of the opening festivities.
restaurant opens Aug. 26 at 520 Folly Road in the Publix Shopping
Center. From Aug. 26 through Aug. 30, anyone who has a fundraising
coupon can get a free regular size sub with a $1 donation that will
go to Murray-LaSaine's art and music programs. The coupons are being
distributed throughout the community and in local newspapers.
store's hours will be 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday,
and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.
If you have a review of a book, movie, restaurant or local arts
endeavor, please send no more than 150 words to editor Ann
Thrash. Make sure to include your name and full contact information.
Howard was born in Barlow Bend, Alabama, on March 25, 1909. He graduated
from Murphy High School in Mobile and earned a scholarship from
the Birmingham News in 1927 to attend the University of Alabama,
where he became a member of the varsity football squad. On graduation
in 1931 Howard accepted a position as assistant football coach at
Clemson University under head coach Jess Neely. When Neely departed
for Rice University in 1940, Howard was chosen as his replacement.
head coach, Howard directed the Clemson football program for the
next thirty seasons (1940-1969), achieving a level of success that
would not be surpassed at the school until the 1980s. Howard's teams
compiled a 165-118-12 record, earned eight conference championships
(two Southern, six Atlantic Coast), and appeared in six postseason
bowl games, including the Sugar Bowl (1959) and two trips to the
Orange Bowl (1951, 1957).
brought attention to the Clemson football program as much with his
personality as with victories. Howard's Alabama drawl, rotund shape,
and constant tobacco chewing defined his country bumpkin image.
On the after-dinner speaking circuit, Howard entertained listeners
with colorful stories and wry one-liners. He also gave sportswriters
fodder for their columns by carrying on mock feuds with his rival
coaches in the southeast, especially Paul Dietzel at the University
of South Carolina and D.C. "Peahead" Walker of Wake Forest.
established several traditions that have become a part of the spectacle
and pageantry associated with a Clemson football game. The team's
traditional entrance into the stadium by running down a hill at
the east end zone began simply as the most convenient route to the
field from nearby Fike Field House, where the team dressed. Later
Clemson teams, who had the benefit of dressing rooms at the west
end of the stadium, continued the tradition by boarding buses and
riding back to the east end zone just before kickoff in order to
make their ceremonial entrance into the stadium greeted by cheers
and the school fight song, "Tiger Rag."
also established the tradition of the players rubbing "Howard's
Rock" (mounted on a pedestal at the top of the hill) for luck
as they entered the stadium. The rock, from Death Valley in California,
was given to Howard by a friend after the Clemson Memorial Stadium
earned the nickname "Death Valley," especially for opponents
such as Presbyterian College and the University of Virginia which
Clemson defeated with regularity. Howard never lost to Virginia,
referring to them as the "white meat" on the annual football
married Anna Tribble in 1933 and they had two children. He died
on January 26, 1996, and was buried at Cemetery Hill, alongside
many former Clemson presidents and faculty. Howard's final resting
place on Cemetery Hill overlooks Memorial Stadium and the football
field that bears his name.
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The new Charleston
Singles Club (see the July 30 Today's Focus) has come up
with a neat idea to raise funds for Lowcountry AIDS Service and
help locally owned businesses at the same time. Through Aug. 29,
CSC, founded by Justin VanBogart, is sponsoring "7 Stores,
7 Days," which encourages people to shop at seven different
businesses for one week, a different store each day. Each business
has pledged a percentage of sales for that day to Lowcountry AIDS
Foundation. The event began Aug. 22 and Aug. 23 with the Smoking
Lamp and M. Dumas & Sons. Here are the remaining stores and
the dates they'll be donating to the foundation:
Women's Consignment Boutique, Aug. 25.
Power Yoga, Aug. 26.
- Merch Underground
(Music Farm), Aug. 27.
- 52.5, Aug.
Aug. 29, there will be a party at O'Malley's at which each business
will present a check to the charity. New members will have their
first month's membership fee ($19) plus an even match donated to
Lowcountry AIDS Foundation. More
think of retiring from the world until the world will be sorry that
you retire. I hate a fellow whom pride or cowardice or laziness
drives into a corner, and who does nothing when he is there but
sit and growl. Let him come out as I do, and bark."
author, critic and lexicographer Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)
Community Meeting: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 25, Wachovia
Auditorium at the Beatty Center, 5 Liberty St., College of Charleston.
The Charleston Arts Coalition, the city of Charleston's Office of
Cultural Affairs and the College of Charleston will host a town-hall
style meeting titled "Nursing Creativity Through the Economic
Slump." The meeting is open to anyone in the creative community
who is interested in exchanging ideas and raising awareness of how
the creative arts help the region thrive. More
in IT: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 27, Tate Center,
College of Charleston, Room 207 and Gallery. The forum will explore
the challenges and opportunities for women in the IT industry with
a panel of local industry leaders and educators. An MIT Enterprise
Forum video from Technology Review's EmTech08 Conference will be
shown, featuring successful female entrepreneurs in the industry
with companies such as ZipCar, GoLoco, Ziggs.com and Daily Grommet.
Lunch and networking opportunities included. Registration (required):
$20 (includes lunch). More
Seining at Sullivan's: 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 28, Station
30, Sullivan's Island. The Station 30 area on Sullivan's Island
area has been a seining hotspot for generations. Join the experts
from Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission to catch and
discover a variety of marine critters at the first CCPRC seining
program on Sullivan's Island. A registered and paid chaperone is
required for participants ages 15 and under, and pre-registration
is required. Open to ages 6 and up. Cost: $7 Charleston County residents,
$9 nonresidents. Registration/more
info, or 795-4FUN.
on the Waterfront: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays through mid-October,
Pier Plaza at Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park. Free concerts
for the community. Beverages available for purchase at pier shop.
Bring a chair or use the benches and tables at the site. More info:
ONGOING AND SOON
Grassroots Meeting: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 1, Charleston
Metro Chamber of Commerce, 2750 Speissegger Drive, Suite 100, North
Charleston. The chamber will join the S.C. Chamber of Commerce and
other area chambers in preparing for the 2010 legislative session
with the annual Charleston Grassroots Regional Meeting, an open-forum
session that's the first step in creating the 2010 Competitiveness
Agenda and the business community's annual list of legislative priorities.
Free. RSVPs/more info: Julie
Scott by email or 803-255-2628.
+ Food Launch Party: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 3,
Founders Hall, Charles Towne Landing, 1500 Old Towne Road. Barbecue
and beverages will be available, and the latest news about next
year's BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival, including the lineup
of chefs and authors, will be announced. Entertainment by the Blue
Plantation Band. Tickets: $10 per person cash or check at the door,
with proceeds benefiting the festival's charitable efforts. Reserve
tickets by Aug. 31 by e-mailing
or calling 727-9998, ext. 4.
Mixer: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 4, Folly Beach Fishing
Pier. Next-to-last Shaggin' on the Pier mixer for the year (final
event is Sept. 25). DJ Rob Duren will spin oldies and beach music;
food and beverages will be available for purchase on-site at Locklear's
Beach City Grill and the Gangplank Gift & Tackle Shop. Cost:
in advance, $8 for Charleston County residents, $10 for nonresidents,
available at Charleston County Park and Recreation headquarters
(795-4FUN); at the gate (if available), $10. More
Rice Plantation Program: 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 5, Caw
Caw Interpretive Center, Ravenel. Investigate daily life and practices
on a South Carolina rice plantation in the colonial era. Examine
the details of field construction, planting, cultivation and harvest
to reveal an endeavor of amazing scope. Advance registration required;
a registered and paid chaperone is required for participants age
15 or younger. Open to ages 9 and up. Cost: $7 Charleston County
residents, $9 nonresidents. More info: 795-4FUN or click
in the Carolinas: 7 p.m. Sept. 10, Bond Hall, Room 165,
The Citadel. John Shelton Reed, the 2007 Mark Clark Professor of
History at The Citadel and the author of "Holy Smoke: The Big
Book of North Carolina Barbecue," will give a talk titled "The
Balkans of Barbecue: Pit-Cooked Meat in the Carolinas." Reed,
a widely recognized expert on modern Southern identity, is professor
emeritus of sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill and co-founder of the Center for the Study of the American
South. Talk is free and open to the public. Reed will be available
to sign books.
League of Women Voters Fall Kick-Off: 6:30 p.m. Sept. 16,
Renaissance on the Harbor, 100 N. Plaza Court, Mount Pleasant. Two
S.C. House members representing Charleston County -- Republican
Jenny Horne and Democrat Anne Peterson Hutto -- will talk about
their experiences as first-term representatives and their priorities
for the upcoming legislative session in January. The Charleston
County League of Women Voters will also provide information about
its activities. Free. Parking available across the street in the
Belvidere lot and next door at the Motley Rice building. More info:
745-5166 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fashion Show: Noon to 2 p.m. Sept. 26, Jasmine Porch
restaurant, The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island. Fashion show and luncheon
will benefit the Center For Women. Models will wear fashions from
Eden Boheme and Cose Belle, and jewelry designers will display their
work. Three-course lunch includes champagne. Cost: $45 plus tax
and gratuity; portion of the proceeds go to the Center for Women.
Lunch guests also get complimentary beach access at The Sanctuary
for the day. More info/reservations: 768-6253. The Center For Women
is a nonprofit partner of CharlestonCurrents.com.
Entertaining Charleston Style: 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays,
Sept. 30 through Nov. 18, Culinary Institute of Charleston's
Palmer Campus, 66 Columbus St., Charleston. A series of short courses
celebrating the many facets of entertaining with a focus on Charleston
style and traditions. Guest presenters include hosts, event professionals,
authors, collectors, stylists and other specialists known for their
distinctive contributions to local hospitality and tourism. Light
beverage and cocktail samplings will be provided. Cost: $149. More
In this section,
we offer a list of good reads that you might want to consider reading:
Short History of a Small Place, T.R. Pearson
Book of Marie, Terry Kay
Jazz, Jack McCray
Be Sober in the Morning: Great Comebacks, Putdowns, and Ripostes,
Chris Lamb (List)
Speaking: An Oral Biography of Harry S. Truman, Merle Miller
a book to us
Women at Gibbes
new food show
on car tags
way of tithing?
place for prejudice
fun at Halloween
to old clunker
to squeeze in
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