5.16 | Monday, Feb. 18, 2013
accepted for conference logo contest
FEB. 18, 2013 -- Want a chance to win $200 for designing a new logo?
Statehouse Report, South Carolina's leading weekly legislative and policy forecast, is offering a $200 prize for a special logo to brand a new series of public policy leadership conferences in the Palmetto State.
"The contest is open to anyone who wants to help us brand an innovative conference series that will focus on what's ahead for South Carolina's future," said publisher Andy Brack, who also publishes Charleston Currents. "With the hundreds of talented artists in the Lowcountry and across the state, we know we'll discover a compelling design that emphasizes the conference theme, 'What's Next, South Carolina?'
"Not only will a new logo help brand our new conference series, but it will help an aspiring artist or designer get some real-world experience. We are excited about the opportunity to make active use of a brand designed by the winner."
To enter, designers must comply with the Official Logo Contest Rules and can submit up to three logo designs electronically. The deadline for entries is March 25, 2013. A winner will be announced April 2, 2013.
Statehouse Report currently is planning a series of one-day public policy leadership conferences that will engage community leaders in discussions about what has happened in the past in the Palmetto State, what's happening now and where the state is headed. Experts expected to participate will be economists, educators, government analysts and health professionals.
it time for a new Speaker of the House?
2013 -- There's been a quiet but growing buzz in recent weeks among some
House Republicans about whether House Speaker Bobby Harrell of Charleston
will be able to keep his leadership role after months of bad press.
on Valentine's Day, a political bombshell burst that could break hearts
and create opportunities for modern-day Machiavellis. It may be remembered
by South Carolina political observers as our own "red letter day,"
or even our own St. Valentine's Day Massacre.
the conservative S.C. Policy Council filed a major ethics complaint against
Harrell that will intensify the recent buzz about whether he can remain
an effective speaker. Unlike just a few days ago, now there may be enough
blood in the water to attract some sharks who might want to be speaker.
see Harrell as a good, solid man -- a mostly moderate Chamber of Commerce
Republican who leads with confidence, authority and affable pizzazz. Former
chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, Harrell is one of the few
leaders in the state who understands the big picture and how the pieces
of state government fit together.
brand him as a bully who uses his power in subtle ways to keep a firm
grip on a sometimes unstable House Republican Caucus. These critics complain
about how money from a leadership political action committee is a tool
to keep people in line.
says the allegations against him are "a baseless attack that is driven
by a personal and political vendetta" by Ashley Landess, the Policy
Council president who Harrell did not reappoint to the state Lottery Commission
Harrell's troubles started last year when the Post and Courier reported that he reimbursed himself about $326,000 from campaign funds for using a single-engine propeller plane and other expenses for political trips over four years.
who said repeatedly he was in full compliance with state ethics laws,
didn't itemize expenses but eventually let an Associated Press reporter
review records. He returned $23,000 to the campaign account for spending
for which he reportedly lost receipts.
Coincidentally, $23,000 was the amount that Harrell's leadership PAC paid a Charleston public relations firm in October 2012 for an "election expense" related to the firm's work to urge completion of Interstate 526 in Charleston.
wondered how the money would be considered proper since the issue over
the interstate completion wasn't going to voters.
this month, the Policy Council and Post and Courier published stories
that questioned whether Harrell used his influence as speaker improperly
to get business for his drug repackaging company. Standing up to Harrell,
one pharmacy advocate said, was a lot like "playing with fire."
the Policy Council sent a five-point ethics complaint to S.C. Attorney
General Alan Wilson -- not the House Ethics Commission where it normally
would go because it complained that Harrell being speaker might compromise
the process. Wilson turned over the complaint to SLED to investigate.
While four points of the complaint focused on the flights and drug repackaging
company, a new allegation questioned whether Harrell broke state law in
appointing his brother to the state's Judicial Merit Selection Commission.
of what happens, Harrell is wounded. As one senior House lawmaker noted
earlier this week, he's still speaker and will remain speaker for the
next two years, unless something comes of the ethics allegations against
him. But after that, who knows? He likely will face a primary battle in
2014 and, if he survives, should have a Democratic opponent who might
be tougher than usual.
Harrell returns to the House, he then would have to get reelected as speaker.
An alliance of Democrats and Republicans could topple him, although Democrats
often aren't organized enough to vote with one voice.
interim, you can bet your bottom dollar there are some House GOP leaders
waiting in the wings to see what will happen. Mentioned as possibilities
to be the next House speaker are several Republicans: Speaker Pro Tem
Jay Lucas of Hartsville, Daniel Island's Jim Merrill, Kenny Bingham of
Cayce and Bruce Bannister of Greenville.
can happen in the next two years. For now, Bobby Harrell is feeling the
dark side of politics.
for not being a rubber stamp
To the editor:
Good for you for coming out against the mayor's tax plan. [Brack, 2/11] This whole thing shows that Joe has become 'Emperor Joe' and just dictates by fiat. I understand that few if any on city council were informed beforehand. He just expects them to rubber stamp his proposal.
More to the point though, if they need more cops to patrol King Street, then let them form a special tax district and have the businesses on King Street pay for it. If the schools need more cops, let the school system pay for it. For crying out loud, the schools now take in 55 percent of our property tax bills and we still have poor schools with too much wasted money.
Same goes for Daniel Island. The city has been getting taxes over there for almost 20 years now. Surely they have put away enough money to fund a fire station with those taxes? Look at the clubhouse/golf course alone. I bet it pays or should be paying $30K/year. Maybe the developers cut a deal with the mayor to escape the tax. Do you know anyone who has seen a line by line city or school budget? I doubt if they even let the public see it and don't want to. We might find out how much waste there is. The waste in public finances is outrageous. That is why we need a pro-active taxpayers' group to keep an eye on it.
Unfortunately Riley is like Obama, a darling of the media for his liberal politics. The local TV news is a rubber stamp for his policies and rarely does the Post and Courier oppose him, even as strongly as they did in yesterday morning's paper. Keep after them.
Yes, it's about money and influence
To the editor:
As a loyal
Episcopalian, I want to express my appreciation for your column [Brack,
2/4] concerning the events that have recently occurred. Our story
has been difficult to disseminate and objective reviews scarce. Over the
last few years, it was obvious that the diocese was mounting a propaganda
campaign against the national church. What has been said about The Episcopal
Church and the presiding bishop from the pulpit can only be characterized
as vile and scurrilous. Those of us who support inclusivity and wanted
to remain in the national church have been shouted down by overzealous
communicants and clergy.
you so aptly noted, in the end, this is not about theology, but rather
about money and the influence it brings. I feel that Lawrence intended
to use the size, prestige and wealth of the diocese as a way to elevate
his influence in the Anglican Communion beyond that of a mere bishop.
Unfortunately, it appears that the political tides in the Anglican Communion
have left him high and dry. Thanks again for your candor and objectivity.
I'm sure you will suffer many "slings and arrows" for speaking
2/4] is excellent. The saddest stories are those members of smaller
churches in this Diocese who have been forced out of their churches --
a Georgetown couple told by their minister that perhaps they'd be happier
at another church or the members of an Edisto Church who have to meet
at a barbecue restaurant for services. Our ministers have been able to
attend to their needs.
that so many churches have followed Bishop Lawrence is unfortunately a
testament to his charisma. He incited Episcopal churches in the Pacific
Northwest to leave the national Church.
for bringing this heartbreaking situation to the attention of your readers.
I am confused as to why he didn't take his followers and form a new church.
It boils down to money and power.
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new for kids in Charleston is old ... and historical
FEB. 18, 2013 -- "Why did George Washington visit Charleston so much? Why are some of the streets downtown so bumpy?"
Answers to these questions and many more can be found by children as they stumble across the rich history in Charleston and throughout South Carolina. Much of our national history has deep roots in our Carolina soil -- from those bumpy cobblestone streets scattered downtown to the monuments and grave markers we continually discover in local parks and state-wide trails.
Children love to be detectives and explorers. Our local stomping grounds allow them to unearth history as they play. Each year as they grow to understand and appreciate the history around them on a deeper level, they will find ways to connect with their city and state on a much more personal level. Here are some ways to introduce a bit of history to your children while adding in a healthy dose of fresh air, adventure and imaginative playtime:
Writer Leigh Sabine of Mount Pleasant offers a monthly look at fun activities for Lowcountry kids. It's based on her great blog, PluffMudKids. Check it out.
Women in Business conference set for March 1
annual Women in Business Conference is scheduled for March 1 to help to
integrate women business owners and professionals into mainstream networks
and expand business opportunities in the tri-county region.
of the conference, sponsored by the Center for Women and the Charleston
Metro Chamber of Commerce, will hear from experts on successful business
techniques, see exhibitors with products and services targeted to women's
markets, share in recognition of local women that exemplify excellence
in the community and in the workplace, and find the resources to help
their business grow.
than 350 local women attend this annual event," said Jennet Robinson
Alterman, executive director of the Center for Women. "It is a great
opportunity for women in any career to network their way to success, learn
from area leaders and experts, as well as build your business. So ladies,
don't forget your business cards!"
will be 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 1 at the Omar Shrine Auditorium in Mount
Pleasant. Tickets are $95 for C4W/Chamber members and $125 general admission.
Breakfast, lunch, workshops and giveaways are included.
Fashion critic Horyn to speak March 15 at Gibbes
fashion critic Cathy Horyn of The New York Times is the featured
presenter at the March 15 Art of Design benefit for the Gibbes Museum
of Art. In addition to the luncheon in a tented courtyard at the Gibbes,
the event will offer a silent auction featuring fine art, jewelry, fashion
and other unique items.
her career, Horyn's unflinching reviews of fashion's top designers have
generated journalistic praise and criticism. She began her career in fashion
journalism in 1986, writing for the Detroit News, and has contributed
to Vanity Fair, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, the Washington Post,
and the International Herald Tribune, among other premier fashion
publications. In 1999, she became the fashion critic for The New York
Times and also maintains the popular blog, On
in 1950 as the Gibbes Art Gallery Auxiliary, the Women's Council currently
boasts 120 active members in addition to association, sustaining, affiliate,
guest and honorary members. For more than years, members of the Women's
Council have donated their time, talent, and financial support to the
Local colleges announce new offerings
in the fall, the College of Charleston will offer the state's only archeology
major and a new business marketing major. Nearby at Charleston Southern
University, there School of Religion will transition in June to the School
of Christian Studies.
say! can you sing?
ever had a desire to sing or play the national anthem at Joseph P. Riley
Jr. Park, now is the time to step up to the plate as the Charleston RiverDogs
want to hear you!
Class A affiliate of the New York Yankees will host auditions for those
wishing to perform the "Star Spangled Banner" on Tuesday, March
5, beginning at 4 p.m. behind home plate at Riley Park. A rain date for
the auditions is slated for the following day.
you are a talented vocalist or can play the "Star Spangled Banner"
via instrument, patrons are invited to "Be Their Own Fan" and
perform our National Anthem in whatever manner you choose ... as long
as it is patriotic and respectable.
have 70 home games during the 2013 season, which begins April 11 when
the Augusta GreenJackets come to Riley Park for a 7:05 p.m. first pitch.
The RiverDogs have a minimum number of available opportunities for performing
the National Anthem.
is one of our more popular events of our off-season, and reminds us that
the baseball season is fast approaching," said RiverDogs General
Manager Dave Echols. "Our national anthem tryouts always draw a large
number of talented individuals and groups. We appreciate their interest,
and we're looking forward to the tryouts. It will be an exciting time."
John Birks Gillespie was born in Cheraw on Oct. 21, 1917, the son of James Penfield Gillespie, a bricklayer and amateur musician, and Lottie Powe. He began instruction on trumpet and trombone at age twelve and by fifteen was proficient enough to sit in with visiting professional bands. In 1933 he entered the nearby Laurinburg Institute in North Carolina, where he played in the school band. He left two years later without receiving his high school diploma to join his mother in Philadelphia, where she had recently moved.
Leaving Philadelphia for New York in 1937, Gillespie played with sundry groups for two years before joining the popular Cab Calloway Orchestra. Playing with Calloway, he began to display the first elements of a personal style. In his off-hours, Gillespie participated in jam sessions with such forward-looking young players as saxophonist Charlie Parker and pianist Thelonious Monk. Their informal experimentation with advanced harmonies and complex rhythms eventually led to the first modern jazz style, called bebop (or bop), which remains in the twenty-first century the foundation of most jazz performance.
Leaving Calloway in 1941, Gillespie spent short periods with a number of ensembles and began to supply arrangements for the orchestras of Woody Herman and Jimmy Dorsey. While a member of the Benny Carter band, he wrote his famous "A Night in Tunisia." By 1945 he had played with numerous large and small groups, including those of Earl Hines, Billy Eckstine, Coleman Hawkins, Duke Ellington, and John Kirby, and led or co-led small bands of his own.
In 1945 Gillespie and Charlie Parker formed a quintet to perform in the new style at a New York club. Later that year, they participated in some of the first small-group bebop recordings. Those recordings led to Gillespie's reputation as one of the most virtuosic, individualistic, and influential trumpeters in the history of jazz.
A devotee of big bands, Gillespie formed several during his career only to return to the small band format when they failed financially. In 1956 the U.S. Department of State sponsored a big band tour of the Middle East and parts of Europe, followed by a similar state-department-sponsored trip to South America. Between big bands, Gillespie led small ensembles or performed with all-star aggregations such as Jazz at the Philharmonic. As a bandleader, he was among the first to introduce Latin musical elements into modern jazz.
Gillespie performed prolifically throughout the world and received numerous honors. He played for the South Carolina legislature in 1976 and two years later sang a duet with President Jimmy Carter at the White House Jazz Festival. In 1989 President George Bush presented him with the National Medal of Arts. He was inducted into the South Carolina Hall of Fame in 1985. The African American Monument installed on the State House grounds in 2001 contains his likeness. Gillespie died of pancreatic cancer on Jan. 6, 1993.
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Earth Day duties
Environmental Management Department is looking for a few good volunteers
to help with the county's 2013 Earth Day Festival, scheduled for 11 a.m.
to 4 p.m. April 20 at Riverfront Park in North Charleston. Interested?
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IN THE WEEK AHEAD
lectures: Feb. 20-21, College of Charleston. The college will
host a two-day lecture series on the history of desegregation and the
need for more education reform. More
information with locations.
(NEW) Gullah Tales: 10 a.m., Feb. 23, Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St., Charleston. Local storyteller Sharon Murray will tell Gullah tales and help you understand the Gullah language. Admission is free to members, $10 for non-members, and $5 for children. More.
(NEW) "Soul Food Junkies:" Noon, Feb. 23, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. The attraction will screen Byron Hurth's provocative film for Black History Month. The new film portrays the role that soul food plays in African-American culture. More.
(NEW) Steel Magnolias: Through March 9, Charleston Acting Studio and Theatre at the corner of Folly and Camp roads on James Island. The performance of the classic play put on by Midtown Productions, features the story of some zany women in the Chinquapin Parish in Louisiana. More.
CONTINUING AND IN THE WEEKS AHEAD
Dueling in Charleston: 6:30 p.m., Feb. 20, Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St., Charleston. Grahame Long, the museum's curator of history, will lecture on his first book, "Dueling in Charleston: Violence Refined in the Holy City." More.
African American Heritage Day: 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Feb. 22, Wannamaker county Park, North Charleston. You can celebrate the traditions and history of African Americans in this day-long event that will feature demonstrations, reenactments, performances, Gullah storytelling and hands-on experiences. More.
Otranto book sale: Starts 9 a.m. on Feb. 22 and 23, Otranto Regional Branch library, 2261 Otranto Road, Charleston. The Charleston Friends of the Library will offer its first book sale of the year with great bargains and good books. More.
College aid: 10 a.m., Feb. 23, Room 791, Complex for Economic Development (Building 920), Trident Technical College, North Charleston. The college is part of a national effort to help students and parents learn more about college financial aid. Experts will be on hand to help with financial aid applications. More info.
Oysters and chili: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Feb. 24, Goldbug Island. Florence Crittenton will hold its annual oyster roast and chili cook-off to benefit its programs for young pregnant women and mothers. Tickets are $35 for adults, $20 for students and free for children six and under. More.
Pride and Joy: 5:30 p.m., Feb. 27, American Theater, 456 King Street, Charleston. The Southern Foodways Alliance will feature the documentary "Pride and Joy," Joe York's film of the depth and breadth of Southern food culture. Part of the Charleston Wine and Food Festival, tickets ($100) are online here.
Bach Festival of Charleston: March 1 to 3, First (Scots) Presbyterian Church, 53 Meeting Street, Charleston. The third biennial event offers a Baroque vocal chamber concert at 7:30 p.m. March 1, an organ concertini by candlelight the following night at the same time, and a performance of "Soli Deo Gloria" at 4 p.m. March 3. Free. More info.
Views of the Coast: Through March 3, City Gallery, Waterfront Park. The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs will offer a show of works by macro-photographer David Batchelder and aerial photographer Yve Assad that was curated by Charles Wyrick. More.
A Woman Called Truth: Through March 3, Dock Street Theatre, Charleston. New York Broadway veteran Danielle Lee Greaves will showcase a production of this play on the story of abolitionist advocate Sojourner Truth. For times and more, contact Charleston Stage.
(NEW) Free admission to county parks: March 24. The Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission will offer free admission to all county parks on this day as part of Customer Appreciation Day. Visitors also will be able to win waterpark and fishing passes ... and more. More: www.ccprc.com
Hunt & Habit:
Through April 21, Charleston Museum, Meeting Street. The museum
will present an original exhibition of women's and men's riding habits,
hats and accessories from the 19th and early 20th century. More
Bird walks: 8:30 a.m. to noon, every Wednesday and Saturday. This is the time of year that a great variety of migrating birds fly through the Lowcountry so what better time to take part in one of the regular early morning bird walks at Caw Caw Interpretive Center in Ravenel. Pre-registration is suggested. Cost is $5. Walks also are conducted on James Island and Folly Beach.Learn more online.
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