leaders have chance to chart lawmakers' courses
By OTIS B. RAWL JR.
President and CEO, S.C. Chamber of Commerce
Special to CharlestonCurrents.com
31, 2009 -- Members of the S.C. Chamber of Commerce and Lowcountry
chambers of commerce will meet Tuesday in Charleston and Hardeeville
to discuss legislative priorities for the 2010 legislative session
to continue the mission of improving South Carolina's global competitiveness
and increasing the state's wealth and prosperity. This important
policy-changing work begins at home, at the grassroots level.
S.C. Chamber, as the unified voice of business and industry, serves
as a catalyst for statewide wealth creation and global competitiveness.
It is this mission that encompasses all South Carolinians. When
we create jobs and improve economic development in this state, we
provide wealth and prosperity for all our citizens. We cannot do
this without a plan, and these annual grassroots meetings constitute
the first step in that plan. When we hold the last grassroots meeting
in Greenwood on Sept. 9, we will have met with more than 1,000 business
leaders to develop 2010 legislative priorities, both on the state
and federal level.
grassroots meetings will be held in the Lowcountry on Sept. 1: from
9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, and
from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Palmetto Electric Cooperative in Hardeeville.
There is no cost to attend either meeting.
annual open-forum sessions are the first step in creating the 2010
Competitiveness Agenda, the business community's annual list of
legislative priorities. They will begin with a legislative review
before moving into candid and open discussion of legislative issues
that businesses believe must be addressed.
With the support of local chambers of commerce across the state,
the grassroots regional meetings have continued to successfully
grow and grow, bringing compelling issues to the attention of our
elected officials and, in turn, contributing to the creation of
strong legislative priorities. Time and again, the business community
has seen the power of a well-unified grassroots network in pushing
through vital issues and halting those that are harmful to the state's
us Tuesday for the grassroots regional meeting in your area. To
register, visit http://www.scchamber.net,
or e-mail email@example.com.
S.C. Chamber of Commerce, the nation's first state chamber to earn
the "Accredited with Distinction" designation from the
U.S. Chamber, is the state's largest statewide broad-based business
and industry trade association representing more than 6,500 member
companies and more than 600,000 member employees, with 90 percent
of membership composed of small businesses. As the unified voice
for business and industry, the Chamber is a catalyst for increasing
per-capita income and enhancing the state's global competitiveness
in order to improve the quality of life for all South Carolinians.
Santee Cooper, Sanford and Kennedy
ANDY BRACK, publisher
31, 2009 News last week that Santee Cooper was suspending
efforts to build a 600-megawatt coal-fired power plant in the Pee
Dee found conservationists and environmentalists giving a lot of
high fives to each other.
the utility spent hundreds of thousands of dollars beating the drum
about the need for the new plant, grassroots and greenie organizers
mobilized support against the facility. But while their efforts
were helpful, the shelving the plant basically was the result of
one of the utilitys biggest customers, Central Electric Power
Cooperative, deciding to buy more power elsewhere than the proposed
plant would have produced in the years ahead.
Voila the need for the extra power plant here vanished because
Central Electric plans to get electricity from Duke Power in North
What wasnt picked up by most of the media this week was the
doubletalk by Santee Cooper about power and money. On one hand,
the company said it ended the plant for three reasons: reduced demand
for electricity due to the recession, proposed federal regulations
that would boost the cost of the plant and Central Electrics
An Aug. 24 news release noted, [Chairman O.L.] Thompson added
that Santee Cooper customers could benefit from the decision, because
they may not need to bear the capital costs of constructing the
proposed Pee Dee facility. It later noted that the utilitys
sales were down 5 percent.
In a completely separate news release delivered in the same e-mail
as the one above, Santee Cooper announced an overall 3.4 percent
base rate increase beginning Nov. 1, 2009 to offset rising costs
of operating and maintaining the utilitys generation, transmission
and distribution facilities.
So on one hand, customers will save money (over the long term),
but theyll face immediate increases to level out the companys
decreased revenues. Truth certainly is stranger than fiction. Thanks,
Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, in an apparent attempt to repair his political
negatives, now wants Gov. Mark Sanford to resign over the whole
mess over his love affair and plane trips. Bonus: If done in the
next month, Bauer wont run for governor. Translation: Bauer
state has horrible unemployment and our leaders need to be
focused on getting a lot of people jobs, not fiddling with
the one job of a washed-up politician."
some outlets have suggested, Bauer has reinjected politics into
the Sanford scandal just as it was kind of simmering down. Yes,
the press continues to scrutinize flights, but theyre finally
reporting that other governors upgraded seats when flying on state
We like most what U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett, a Republican gubernatorial
candidate, observed that all of the continuing focus on Sanfords
peccadilloes with talk of impeachment, resignation and whatnot
is allowing state lawmakers to keep their eyes off the real ball.
The state has horrible unemployment and our leaders need to be focused
on getting a lot of people jobs, not fiddling with the one job of
a washed-up politician.
While weve never been a Sanford fan, he should stick to his
guns now and not be railroaded out of office by political
stunts. Lawmakers should focus on jobs, not a leader they havent
really enjoyed working with anyway.
recent passing of U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., has played a lot
in the news, but little has been said of the liberal senators
lasting impact here in South Carolina. Due to his hard work, he
changed lives of regular people in major ways. Here are just three:
Health care. If you are one of 300,000 South Carolinians
who gets health care through one of the 22 federally-funded community
health centers, you can thank Teddy Kennedy and former U.S. Sen.
Minimum wage. If you make a $7.25 minimum wage today, you
can thank Ted Kennedy, a tireless advocate for raising the minimum
wage. Without his efforts, youd probably still be making
Disabilities. Kennedy is largely responsible for legislation
that makes it easier for the disabled to participate in our communities.
you wonder whether Teddy Kennedys impact will be missed in
Washington, all you have to do is ask any one of several Republican
senators in Washington who enjoyed working with him.
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looking for coastal photos for tide table posters
you're pretty sharp with a camera? If so, you might want to set
your sights on some coastal scenes and see if you can win a contest
to find a photo for the state's 2010 tide charts.
winning 2009 photo is by Mary K. Taylor of Hilton Head Island,
of all ages and expertise levels are invited to enter their best
photographs of coastal South Carolina scenes in a contest sponsored
by the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resources Management, part of
the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control. The winning
photo will appear on DHEC's 2010 annual tide table poster, marking
its 25th year of production.
must feature a coastal Palmetto State scene, including marshes,
beaches or wildlife, and should be appropriate as an illustration
for the tide table. Horizontal orientation is required. Color photos
and digital photographs on CDs with image sheets are accepted, with
a limit of five pictures per contestant. Digital photographs should
not exceed 300 dpi at a maximum printed size of 8 inches by 10 inches.
E-mail submissions will not be accepted.
free to enter the contest. Submissions will not be returned unless
the contestant provides a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Entries
must be postmarked between Sept. 1 and Sept. 30. The winner will
be announced in October.
entries to Coastal Photo Contest, S.C. Department of Health and
Environmental Control, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management,
1362 McMillan Ave., Suite 400, Charleston, SC 29405. If you have
questions e-mail Dan Burger
or call him at 953-0251.
host leading historians for community lectures
prominent historians and authors will bring their expertise on barbecue,
Andrew Johnson and the culture of the military to The Citadel this
fall for the Fulghum Lecture Series. "This year's Fulghum series
features the most acclaimed living scholar of the South, the author
of a current national best-seller, and one of the most promising
young historians of the region," said Bo Moore, dean of the
School of Humanities and Social Sciences. The lectures are free
and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
Shelton Reed, author of "Holy Smoke: The Big Book of North
Carolina Barbecue," will kick off the series at 7 p.m. Sept.
10 in Bond Hall, Room 165. Reed, the 2007 Mark Clark Professor of
History at The Citadel, will give a talk titled "The Balkans
of Barbecue: Pit-Cooked Meat in the Carolinas." Reed is widely
recognized as the leading authority on what constitutes modern Southern
identity. He is professor emeritus of sociology at the University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he co-founded the Center
for the Study of the American South.
7 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Holliday Alumni Center, author David Stewart
will discuss his new book, "Impeached: The Trial of President
Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln's Legacy." An attorney
in Washington, D.C., Stewart has argued appeals all the way to the
U.S. Supreme Court and was law clerk to Justice Lewis Powell. Stewart's
talk is jointly sponsored by the South Carolina Historical Society.
Tickets are $15 a person; admission is free to the first 200 people
with Citadel identification.
Nov. 12 at 7 p.m., Alex Macaulay, Citadel Class of 1990, will discuss
his new book, "Marching in Step: Masculinity, Citizenship and
The Citadel in Post-World War II America." The lecture will
be held in Duckett Hall Auditorium. Macaulay's book, due out in
November, explores the issue of Southern distinctiveness and sheds
light on the South's real and imagined relationships with the rest
Fulghum Lecture Series was created in 2007 by the Department of
History Southern Studies Program to promote a better understanding
of the American South and to help prepare students to be principled
leaders in the region. The series is named after its benefactor,
Leonard C. Fulghum Jr. of Charleston, Citadel Class of 1951, and
member emeritus of The Citadel Board of Visitors.
libraries offer perks during Library Card Sign-Up Month
Charleston County Public Library is offering several special programs
and deals in September as part of national Library Card Sign-Up
library card campaign, which is held annually, especially targets
students with the goal of introducing them to the library's services.
Last September, 2,800 local students received their first library
card during the program.
in September, adults registering for a library card will receive
a $2 "Booksale Bucks" coupon, good for the Friends of
the Library book sales planned for Oct. 9 through Oct. 11 at the
Gaillard Municipal Auditorium or Dec. 5 and Dec. 6 at the Mount
Pleasant Regional Library.
card holders also can take advantage of September's perks by replacing
an old card with one of the newer CCPL cards, which include a key
chain attachment. Replacement cards are free in September; they
usually cost $2. For more details on the library and its programs,
go to http://www.ccpl.org.
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.
of two parts)
a plant that produces a blue dye, was an important part of South
Carolina's eighteenth-century economy. It was grown commercially
from 1747 to 1800 and was second only to rice in export value. Carolina
indigo was the fifth most valuable commodity exported by Britain's
mainland colonies and was England's primary source of blue dye in
the late-colonial era.
Carolina experimented with indigo production as early as the 1670s
but could not compete with superior dyes produced in the West Indies.
Cultivating and processing the plant was complex, and planters found
other commodities more reliable and easier to produce. Indigo was
reintroduced in the 1740s during King George's War (1739-1748),
which disrupted the established rice trade by inflating insurance
and shipping charges and also cut off Britain's supply of indigo
from the French West Indies.
South Carolina, Eliza Lucas Pinckney and Andrew Deveaux experimented
with cultivation in the 1730s and 1740s. Pinckney's husband, Charles,
printed articles in the Charleston Gazette promoting indigo. In
London colonial agent James Crokatt persuaded Parliament in 1749
to subsidize Carolina indigo production by placing a bounty of six
pence per pound on the dye.
addition to economic motives, indigo production also succeeded because
it fit within the existing agricultural economy. The crop could
be grown on land not suited for rice and tended by slaves, so planters
and farmers already committed to plantation agriculture did not
have to reconfigure their land and labor. In 1747, 138,300 pounds
of dye, worth 16,803 pounds sterling, was exported to England. The
amount and value of indigo exports increased in subsequent years,
peaking in 1775 with a total of 1,122,200 pounds, valued at 242,395
pounds sterling. England received almost all Carolina indigo exports,
although by the 1760s a small percentage was being shipped to northern
Thursday: The dye is cast
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C of C Class
List looked at the incoming freshman class at The Citadel, so today
we offer equal time to the College of Charleston. The college received
a record 13,000 applications for the 2009-10 year and, as a college
press release notes, the students come from "as close as a
few blocks away and as far as the North Pole (Alaska)." Here
are some fun facts about C of C's Class of 2013.
- The middle
50 percent of freshmen accepted scored between 1080 and 1240 (in-state),
and 1140 and 1280 (out-of-state) on the SAT.
feeder high schools: Wando High School (78), Fort Dorchester High
School (31), Lexington High School (31), Bishop England High School
(27), Summerville High School (26).
- Most common
names among female students: Sarah, Lauren, Elizabeth, Katherine.
- Most common
names among male students: John, Matthew, William, Andrew.
- The class
includes both a student who was attacked by a shark and a student
who invented a shark-repellent surfboard, as well as a student
who sang at the opening ceremonies for the Beijing Olympics, a
former Marine, a competitive downhill skier, a U.S. Secret Service
federal officer, three students who got perfect 800s on part of
their SATS (two on the verbal section, one on math) and an Honors
College student who begins freshman year with 56 credits -- almost
enough to be a junior.
lack of neatness
the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making
Milne, British author (1882 - 1956)
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
ONGOING AND SOON
in a Tough Economy: 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Sept. 9, Charleston
Metro Chamber of Commerce, 2750 Speissegger Drive, Suite 100, North
Charleston. The chamber's Charleston Area Business Council will
offer a program titled "How to Sell in Challenging Times,"
featuring Dennis Kerwin of PURE and Craig Dellinger of The Citadel
Foundation. Cost: $15 chamber members, $30 nonmembers. More
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.
Professionals: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 15, Tate Center
for Entrepreneurship, College of Charleston. The Charleston Young
Professionals are hosting a luncheon that will focus on career navigation
and creating your own path to success. Cost: $15 CYP members, $25
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.
Hurricane Party: 7 p.m. Sept. 18, Omar Shrine Temple,
Mount Pleasant. To mark 20 years of service, East Cooper Community
Outreach, which was founded in the wake of Hurricane Hugo in 1989,
is having a Hurricane Party featuring a an auction, music and dancing
to the music of the Mighty Kicks, heavy hors d'oeuvres by Cru Catering
and an open bar featuring hurricanes. Tickets: $50 in advance, $60
at the door. More info/tickets: 971-9500 or online.
Spiritual Journey: 7 p.m. Sept. 19, Christ Episcopal
Church, 2304 Highway 17 North, Mount Pleasant. The newly formed
Charleston Symphony Orchestra Spiritual Ensemble, under the direction
of Nathan L. Nelson, will kick off its first full season with this
performance, which is free (donations are accepted) and open to
the public. A pre-concert voice recital featuring lyric soprano
Shanelle Woods of Charleston Southern University will begin at 5:30
Fall Party: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 25, Charleston Visitor
Center, 375 Meeting St. Casual event to unveil featured artist Luke
Frazier's official poster for the 2010 Southeastern Wildlife Expo.
Includes oysters, barbecue and side from Buck Ridge Plantation,
plus live music by Triple Lindy, an open bar, and a silent auction
and raffles to benefit Ducks Unlimited. Attendees must be 21 or
over. Tickets: $40 in advance through http://www.sewe.com
or by calling 723-1748; at the door, if available, tickets are $50.
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.
in the Park: 6 p.m. Sept. 26, Mayflower Court park, next
to the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity, 30 Race St., Charleston.
The concert is part of the church's year-long centennial celebration.
Program will feature Holy Trinity's Centennial Choir performing
liturgical music as well as secular selections in both Greek and
English; in addition, Ann Caldwell and the Magnolia Singers will
perform spirituals. Cost: $15 for adults; $3 ages 17 and under.
Tickets available at the Hellenic Center, 30 Race St., or by calling
577-2063 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays before Sept. 25).
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
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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
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Women at Gibbes
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place for prejudice
fun at Halloween
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