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North Charleston High develops, implements new discipline plan BY SKYLER BALDWIN
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North Charleston High School has devised its own progressive discipline plan, making way for more meaningful discipline and consequences for students and encouraging growth and development.
“It is essentially a handbook of expectations and consequences that all administrations should be following and abiding by,” said North Charleston High educator and advocate Mev McIntosh. “It’s supposed to level the playing field across the board for the whole district. “But just like a learning environment, it’s really difficult to create a onesize-fits-all plan when we know that students need different supports and react differently to different consequences,” McIntosh said. McINTOSH Previous discipline plans doled out consequences without taking into account students’ individual circumstances, some of which may be beyond their control. For example, under the previous plan, after a certain number of tardies, a student would be suspended. That means even more time out of class. “Let’s say transportation is an issue, and because of that, there is some tardiness,” McIntosh said. “There should be an opportunity for that student to have an alternate plan that provides a way to get caught up or to finish what was missing or what was lost with that lost time.” Conditions in the home also play a part in online learning and factor into the new discipline plan. “Our demographic can be rough at times, but home conditions aren’t what they used to be in my time,” Principal Henry Darby said. “The job scarcity — students have to work to help support the family — we have students who have to babysit for their parents, the school has to deal with all of that.” Since the start of this school year, the school in the heart of Park Circle has put its new discipline plan in place, but due to the pandemic, results are hard to analyze at this point. “Just to make a conjecture, I would say anywhere between 93 and 95 percent of our kids do extremely well in the area of disci-
pline,” said Darby. “It’s just 5 to 7 percent that bring about the most problems in the school, but by and large, the student body does extremely well.” That foundation, combined with the innovative approach to discipline will help North Charleston High become a community school, Darby said. But, in order to do that, he needed input and support from the community as a whole, including parents, business owners and the students themselves. Still, early indicators are promising, the principal said. “It will take more time, as the year progresses,” Darby said. “As of today, we don’t have enough data to make a full analysis, but based on the community support and collaboration, we think we are going to do extremely well.” The plan is “not just discipline for the sake of discipline,” Darby said, but it is geared toward building community and includes positive measures and mentorship in addition to any negative consequences. “The discipline is going to help the student grow, rather than being exclusively punitive,” McIntosh said. “Understanding the situation and coupling that with strong mentoring, and we have some great mentors, our students can speak with adults who’ve been through similar situations and still have risen to the challenge and been successful.” McIntosh cedes credit for the basics of the new discipline plan to Darby’s leadership, vision and his ability to garner support from
“Understanding the situation and coupling that with strong mentoring, and we have some great mentors, our students can speak with adults who’ve been through similar situations and still have risen to the challenge and been successful.” —Mev McIntosh
TEACHERS AND FACULTY OF NORTH CHARLESTON HIGH SCHOOL POINT TO PRINCIPAL HENRY DARBY’S LEADERSHIP AS A DRIVING FORCE OF INNOVATION AND PROGRESS
local education leaders. “Darby is the type of leader who has proven that he is going to stick it out, regardless of what is being thrown his way, whether it’s good, bad or ugly,” McIntosh said. “In that commitment to the students and the North Charleston High School community, he has also asked for some flexibility, some autonomy, to do what he knows and what his faculty and staff know, works.” Darby calls the plan a group effort. “My administrative team, my teachers and the assistance from the district — they’ve really been bending over backward,” Darby said. “They are doing the very best they could … I have to give an appreciation to Superintendent Gerrita Postlewait, Dr.
[Eric] Mack of the school board, as well as Mr. Trevor Strawderman [district director of learning services] for allowing North Charleston to have its own discipline plan.” Implementing a new discipline plan in the midst of the pandemic has highlighted some of the issues inherent with distance learning, especially with a focus of the plan being put on tardiness and suspension. “Was it effective discipline even before the pandemic?” McIntosh asked. “Looking at this from my students, if they have three days of [out-of-school suspension], they are missing three days of class, is that a punishment? These are the questions we have to start looking at when it comes to this new plan, and education post-pandemic.”
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Applications opened for two new pandemic relief prorams for South Carolina last week. The grants, paid for with federal CARES Act funding, will provide financial relief to small businesses and nonprofits to those impacted by COVID-19. The online application process for both the Minority and Small Business Relief Program and Nonprofit Relief Grant Program opened Monday, and will run through Nov. 1. “Small businesses are the lifeblood of South Carolina’s economy, and many small businesses have been financially devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Gov. Henry McMaster said in a press release. “These grants will help keep the doors open at many of our small businesses and will invigorate and accelerate our economic recovery.” The Minority and Small Business Relief Grant Program grants recipients between $2,500 and $25,000. Minority and small businesses must meet the following criteria to qualify:
200,000 IN SC COULD GET HEALTH COVERAGE WITH MEDICAID EXPANSION
Analyses from the Center on Budget Policy and Priorities predict 191,664 South Carolinians would gain health coverage if the state expands Medicaid. According to the CBPP, Medicaid expansion narrows racial disparities in health coverage and access to care, and it improves coverage and health for parents and children. It would also put the state in a better position to respond to the current coronavirus pandemic, the analyses said. States that have expanded Medicaid have seen increases in access to care that have led to better health outcomes, such as improvements in self-reported health, decreases in the share of low-income adults screening positive for depression, and notably, fewer premature deaths. Many people who could gain coverage through expansion are at elevated risk from the virus, according to CBPP. Reports show hundreds of South Carolinians have died from preventable diseases due to lack of coverage over the years. The CBPP pegged the number at 788. —Lindsay Street
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ADVOCACY GROUPS RAISE QUESTIONS ABOUT CHARLESTON REPORT ON MAY PROTESTS
Two advocacy groups delivered a letter Oct. 22 to Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg, Police Chief Luther Reynolds and members of Charleston City Council objecting to the city’s assessment of police response to the May 30-31 protests. “This report is a masterclass in the use of hollow rhetoric and passing the buck” ACLU of South Carolina Executive Director Frank Knaack said in a press release. “There is a stark difference between the image and reality of the CPD.” The letter pens a list of concerns with the city’s “After Action Report,” including claims of factual inaccuracies and omissions, selective use of inflammatory and passive language, violations of CPD’s internal policies and more. “Law enforcement officers take an oath to protect and serve all of
us,” SC4CJR Founder and Executive Director Allie Menegakis said in a press release. “Protecting and serving all of us means that CPD and other agencies must not only be transparent in their good practices, but also their mistakes.” The letter comes after other previous letters sent by the ACLU SC June 2 and July 29 calling on local law enforcement leaders to explain the idea behind “responding to non-violent protests against police violence with more police violence,” a press release said. The June 2 letter also included a list of demands, including a public apology from law enforcement leaders. The city of Charleston responded on June 22 to defend law enforcement’s actions. The full text of the letters can be found at aclusc.org. —Skyler Baldwin
SC HOUSE JUSTICE PANEL SEEMS TO SKIRT RACE, CRITICS SAY
By his account, Marcus McDonald was the youngest person in Room 110 of the Blatt Building at the Statehouse complex when he took the lectern this month. The 23-year-old Charleston man also lacked law enforcement or attorney credentials — a hallmark of many speaking before the special House Equitable Justice System and Law Enforcement Reform Committee. But he said what few have in recent months of meetings. “In South Carolina, it’s no secret we have a race problem,” McDonald said, after removing his black mask emblazoned with white, bold letters saying “Black Voters Matter.” McDonald, a substitute teacher and an organizer for Charleston Black Lives Matter, trekked to Columbia to speak on police training and tactics, just one aspect of a broad look at policing and criminal justice at the Statehouse. He participated in demonstrations this summer and has continued to organize more demonstrations. He said that during hours of McDONALD testimony at a previous meeting, only one person directly said race was a problem. Greenville Democratic Rep. Chandra Dillard said he was right: No one was saying what exactly is at the root of what they are trying to address. Protests boiled in South Carolina on the last weekend of May in response to the death of George Floyd, a Black man who was in Minneapolis police custody when an officer kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes. Floyd suffocated to death. Police body cameras captured the incident on video. Floyd’s death was one of a spate of African American deaths at the hands of police officers and those saying they were enforcing the law. By mid-June, House Speaker Jay Lucas, R-Hartsville, called for the formation of the House Equitable Justice System and Law Enforcement Reform Committee, made up of 18 bipartisan members. He asked for “substantive change” without defining it or saying directly why the committee was needed, except in response to “to address the urgent issues that our nation and state have been grappling with in recent weeks.” In the opening remarks of the committee’s July 28 meeting, there was no direct mention of racial disparities in policing and the criminal justice system. “It’s important for equality and justice for all South Carolinians,” co-chair House Majority Leader Gary Simrill, R-Rock Hill, said then. “Making sure everything we do in South Carolina is for all.” Subcommittees, too, have been largely devoid of exploring exactly what causes Black people to die at higher rates by police, why Black people are pulled over more and why African Americans face harsher sentencing for drug charges than white people. “Protest has to end in policy changes, and that’s what we are doing, and that’s what the civil rights era was built on — education, protest and policy,” Dillard said. McDonald said the goal of demonstrations around the state has always been to enact policy changes at the heart of deep racial disparities in the Palmetto State. “The policy stuff is what people are asking for. The protests are the easy stuff and great visuals but the policy is where it happens,” he said. But so far, most of the policies being looked at are being touted as helping all people, not just specifically Black people. “The all-lives approach works in the end because the laws have to apply to everyone but we have to focus on why we’re in this discussion in this first place, which is because of race,” McDonald said. —Lindsay Street
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Ticking Boxes Charleston residents to decide on sales tax extension, housing trust fund BY SKLYER BALDWIN Charleston County residents will decide whether to extend a local sales tax to fund school construction projects and to approve a property tax increase to fund an affordable housing trust. First, voters weigh in on the aptly named “Education Capital Improvements Sales and Use Tax Act Referendum for Charleston County.” A vote “Yes” extends a current 1 percent tax on purchases that fund education capital improvement projects, which is set to expire in 2022. If approved, the tax sticks around for another six years, through 2028. “A lot of folks believe, ‘Hey we don’t want any new taxes,’” Chief Operating Officer for the Charleston County School District Jeff Borowy told the City Paper. “Well, this isn’t a new tax. We are on our second sales tax referendum, so this would be phase three.” “Right now, tourists pay 40 percent of the sales tax, so it’s less of a burden on our residents,” Borowy said. Since 2010, Borowy said tax revenue has helped the city renovate and rebuild a number of facilities, many of which were completed this year alone, inlcuding Camp Road Middle school, Lucy Beckham High School and the Cooper River Center for Advanced Studies. Charleston County has more than 80 campuses across its district, and keeping up with all of them is a challenge without proper resources, he said. Besides facility upgrades, the revenue helps pay for new projects like the regional sports stadium built on West Montague Avenue this year, shared by multiple North Charlestonarea schools. The ballot lists other programs on the to-do list, including replacing James B. Edwards Elementary and Hursey Montessori School and purchasing property north of Sanders-Clyde Elementary downtown for a future school. Two additional questions deal with a new tax to support a local housing trust fund, a
new program for the county. The first question determines the creation of the Lowcountry Housing Trust Fund. A “yes” vote would increase property taxes by two mills — or $2 per $1,000 of assessed value for cars and homes, taxed at 4 percent or 6 percent — to pay for the fund. So, a $300,000 owneroccupied home assessed at $12,000 would add $24 to annual property taxes. “The city of Charleston has had a pretty successful affordable housing program and were successful in building many units, but that’s just the city,” said Rose Stump, associate community organizer for the Charleston Area Justice Ministry. “These funds are proven to address housing crises. There are hundreds of them across the nation. Charleston is way behind.” According to the county, the property tax bump would contribute up to $8 million per year in additional funding for affordable housing efforts for up to 20 years. The second question asks voters if the county can borrow $130 million expected to be raised by the 20-year fund. The money would be used to fund the program and paid back, plus interest, as tax is collected. Some neighboring counties and areas with similar funds did not borrow the money up front, Stump said. “It’s so much more meaningful to have that chunk of money now as opposed to 20 years down the line.” The question on borrowing is dependent on the initial question passing. If voters vote “No” on the first question, then there would be no program to fund, and no money would be borrowed. Voters will answer “Yes” or “No” to these questions on their ballots. Voting has already started at locations around Charleston County and will continue through election day. For specific information on how to vote in person or by mail and to find your sample ballot, visit scvotes.gov.
BLOTTER O’ THE WEEK A woman reported her car stolen after she parked it on East Bay Street while having dinner and was unable to find it afterward. She described it as having heavy damage to the front bumper and a sticker of a stick figure on the back windshield. We need more details; what is the stick figure doing? Why didn’t it stop the car thief?
The Blotter is taken from reports filed with Charleston Police Department between Oct. 14 and Oct. 19. No one described in this section has been found guilty, just unlucky. A woman sitting outside a King Street restaurant was approached by a man who repeatedly told her, “You need to learn what it means to call the cops on a Black man,” before leaving without incident. Clearly, he was right, because she immediately called the police, who told her the claims wouldn’t be pursued criminally. Roughly two dozen bottles of perfume were stolen from a downtown lingerie store. The owner said they couldn’t determine the full value, but the perfumes stolen were called “Bombshell Intense,” “Bombshell Seduction,” “Very Sexy” and “Tease.” We hope the thief was planning a spectacular date night, otherwise that’s just weird. Pressure washer thievery has gone mobile. One man had his pressure washer and buffing tool stolen from his Honda Accord while it was parked in a James Island parking lot. It’s the perfect crime – an item you can steal and use to clean up behind you.
A man contacted police after he accidentally fired his handgun while unloading bullets from it. The round went through the bathroom and shower doors and into the tiled shower wall. Someone tell this guy there’s a cheaper and safer way to get the bullets out of your gun. A construction worker filed a police report after watching a boat drive by Murray Boulevard in the water with a woman yelling onboard. We’re sure this guy is just looking out, but if we filed a report every time we heard someone yelling, there would be too many for us to sift through on Wednesdays. A woman and her neighbors received type-written letters in their mailboxes after putting Trump campaign signs in their yards. The notes read in part, “Are you a racist, a person with no moral compass or just a low information person who gets their news through Fox?” Well, answer the question.
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One handgun described as a “Colt Cobra Police Positive .38 Special” revolver with a wood grip and camouflage wrapping was stolen from a vehicle downtown. After reading the description we expected it to be worth more than just $300. One man reported his Jeep stolen after three men in front of him in line at a downtown gas station left the store with his vehicle. The betrayal he must have felt after bonding with the thieves in line must have been worse than the thievery itself. Maybe not. A downtown man reported his moped stolen after he left it in his driveway with the keys inside. He told police it had no identifying markings and he had no photos of the vehicle. It’s ok, man, if we rode a moped, we wouldn’t want our friends knowing either. One man blew a 0.33 on a Breathalyzer test after failing a separate field sobriety test. It’s worth noting that a 0.37 is potentially fatal and reaching a 0.30 percent would mean this person consumed 11 standard 12 oz beers in an hour. Forget the test, it’s a feat this guy was conscious.
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harleston County voters have the power Tuesday to reshape government by electing leaders who will listen and act to make it more responsive. To look at our national, state and school board recommendations from previous editorials, look on page 11. In Charleston County, there also are great people offering themselves for county offices. We endorse the following in contested elections:
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Ben Pogue for 9th Circuit Solicitor. Pogue offers a refreshing approach to criminal justice that will prioritize dealing with long-standing racial inequities. “Systemic racism is at the heart of the mistrust, ineffectiveness, excessive cost and impact of our justice system,” he told the City Paper. He deserves a chance to try to fix what’s been lingering too long. Kristin Graziano for Charleston County Sheriff. It’s time for a new sheriff to come to town. As South Carolina’s first female sheriff, Graziano will break barriers and incorporate long-needed new thinking at the sheriff’s office. Julie Armstrong for Charleston County Clerk of Court. We believe Armstrong’s television ads rightly portray her as the nation’s best official in charge of keeping records for court cases. First elected in 1992, she has proven her commitment to transparency and service time and again. She deserves our continued support. Bobbi Jo O’Neal for Charleston County Coroner. For the last 20 years, O’Neal has served in the coroner’s office, most recently as chief deputy coroner. A forensic nurse and certified investigator, she’s got the professional skills and experience that a world-class county needs. Rob Wehrman for Charleston County Council, District 3. Wehrman will use his legal background to fight for working
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families and move beyond the good-old-boy structure that’s been around too long. Kylon Middleton for Charleston County Council, District 6. Middleton, a respected pastor, will bring much-needed moral leadership to a council that’s been lacking it. A native son, he will insist upon more transparency, a welcome change. Sean Thornton for Charleston County Council, District 7. We like the libertarian idealism offered by Thornton, who says he’ll fight regressive taxes, work to kill Jim Crow-era zoning laws and promote outside-the-box solutions. Sounds good to us. There are also three questions on Charleston County ballots: Education capital Improvements Sales and Use Tax Act Referendum: Vote yes. The proposal seeks to extend a special 1 percent sales and use tax in Charleston County for up to six years to support educational capital improvement projects. Our schools need better buildings, technology and upgrades. This revenue stream will generate more than $700 million for county schools. Housing Question 1: Vote yes. The proposal seeks to allow Charleston County Council to levy a two mill tax to fund a Local Housing Trust Fund for affordable housing. The owner of a $300,000 home will pay about $24 a year, but the county will raise $8 million a year. That’s a good deal. Housing Question 2: Vote no. The proposal seeks to allow council to issue $130 million of general obligation bonds for affordable housing. We don’t like the idea of borrowing money in one fell swoop that would be paid with the two mill tax because we’ll lose millions to interest costs that could be used to build more affordable homes.
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ore than $100 will likely be spent to secure each of the 2 million-plus votes to be cast in South Carolina’s 2020 U.S. Senate election. The historic spending spree by incumbent U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison and other groups has turned up the pressure in an already-busy political season with the presidential election at the top of the ticket. But the 2020 election in South Carolina already had critical races teed up even before Harrison and Graham raised the stakes.
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Jaime Harrison Lindsey Graham’s record-breaking $3.9 million fundraising haul in the fourth quarter of 2019 passed the high mark he set the previous quarter — the most money ever raised by a South Carolina candidate at that time.
Fast forward a year: During the first two weeks of October, Jaime Harrison raised $22 million. As of Oct. 14, Harrison reported $108.23 million raised over the course of the election. Every new dollar that comes in is a new record set by Harrison. Added to the $68.42 million raised by Graham, it’s almost certain that more than $200 million will be spent by the campaigns to decide the contest. The fundraising may be a positive indicator for Harrison, and the most recent polling shows him with a slight lead. Yet, the oddsmakers at FiveThirtyEight still give Graham a slight edge to come out ahead on election night. This is South Carolina, after all, where electoral college votes have been cast for Republican presidential nominees since 1976. Still, the stars could align for Harrison, said one S.C. political watcher. “If there’s only a 10% chance of rain and you don’t take your umbrella, you might get wet,” said Scott Huffmon, a political scientist and director of the Winthrop Poll. Turnout among Black voters will be key to creating a path to victory for HUFFMON Harrison, Huffmon said. With a week until election day, and with absentee ballot use at record levels, reports from the South Carolina Election Commission show statewide Black voter turnout is roughly tracking with registered voter data. However, in high-population areas, white voters have requested absentee ballots at slightly higher rates than nonwhite voters. White Charleston County voters make up about 73.6 percent of the electorate, but had requested about 75.6 percent of the absentee ballots issued as of Oct. 23. “It’s tough, but not impossible to imagine a circumstance under which [Harrison] would win,” Huffmon said.
S.C. Democratic Primary After a crowded, competitive Democratic primary campaign, the candidates converged on South Carolina in February. As former Vice President Joe Biden, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders traded early states, the contest threatened to stretch into summer, barring a blowout in the Palmetto State. “In hindsight, it seems like everything was so clear — that Biden was just going to run away with it … But it did not feel like that at the time,” said Laurin Manning Gandy, a longtime South Carolina Democratic consultant who worked on U.S. Sen. GANDY Cory Booker’s campaign before he dropped out in January. Ultimately, Biden ran away with the South Carolina primary, winning nearly 49 percent support in a seven-candidate field. Sanders took second, but did not break 20 percent. continued on page 14
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Election continued from page 12 “The momentum shift did not feel like it was being teed up the way it ended up being,” Gandy said. The catalyst for the shift? “Clyburn’s endorsement. Hands down,” she said. U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn backed Biden just three days before the primary, the morning after the nationally televised CBS debate in Charleston. After South Carolina, as the pandemic spread around the U.S., Biden won 39 of the next 46 primaries, eventually securing the Demoratic nomination.
Democratic Momentum Midterm elections are usually rough for first-term presidents of a different political party than their predecessors. There was the Republican Revolution of 1994, the 2010 tea party insurgence and Democratic victories in 2018 that changed the trajectory of Donald Trump’s first years. One of those 2018 Dems was Joe Cunningham. Cunningham’s victory coincided with a dramatic increase in voter rolls in Charleston County, which has voted for Democratic presidential candidates since 2008. (Voters in the county are split between Cunningham’s 1st District and Clyburn’s 6th District.) Fueled by overall growth, more than 65,000 new voters have registered in Charleston County between the beginning of 2016 and Sept. 30, 2020, according to the state Election Commission. More than 13,750 voters registered during the first three quarters of this year alone.
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Key races in the Charleston area have the attention of politicos statewide. From the state Senate to the solicitor’s office, major changes could be coming to local halls of power. For state races, Democrats have their eyes set on flipping several districts in the Charleston area. In Senate District 41, Democrat Sam Skardon has put up a tough challenge against Republican Sen. Sandy Senn. Richard Hricik has a shot of unseating incumbent Sen. Chip Campsen in District 43. In the state House, at least three local districts could turn blue and new state Rep. Spencer Wetmore is hoping to hold the seat she flipped during a special election in August. Charleston County’s sheriff and solicitor are facing their first-ever general election opponents as well. During a year of protests and ongoing calls for law enforcement reform, Charleston County Democratic Party Chair Colleen Condon believes the timing is right. “Look at how many people have been participating in some sort of social justice movement of one type or another this year,” she told the City Paper. “I think those people are the ones who specifically want to make a choice.”
Congressional Challengers As Cunningham works to hold his seat in the 1st District in a contest not exactly tied up with a bow, Democratic candidates statewide
are also putting up credible challenges. In the 2nd Congressional District, attorney Adair Ford Boroughs has forced U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson to make a case for his reelection to an 11th term. Boroughs has brought in $2.35 million for her campaign, outraising Wilson by more than $800,000. In a normal election year, Boroughs might face long odds against Wilson. But having Jaime Harrison on every ballot statewide could buoy Democrats in races where they would otherwise not make as strong of a showing. “To the degree that BOROUGHS Harrison helps bring Democrats in general, and African Americans in particular, to the polls statewide, that’s going to increase the Democratic take,” Huffmon said. “So, it’ll make the races and Republican solid districts a little closer.”
Absentee Voting With more than 1 million votes likely to be cast before election day, absentee voting will likely kickstart record turnout to top the 2.1 million votes cast in 2016. Increased use of absentee ballots will change election night as well.
THE DEMOCRATIC DEBATE IN CHARLESTON (ABOVE) FEATURED SEVEN CANDIDATES AND ABSENTEE VOTING (LEFT) HAS LIKELY KICKSTARTED RECORD TURNOUT IN 2020
“We think competitive districts are a good thing and we have very few of them at the moment.” —Lynn Teague of the League of Women Voters of South Carolina
“The expectation needs to be set now that, because of the increase in paper ballots South Carolina has received, you will not have all those ballots counted on election night,” said Joe Debney, who oversees elections and voter registration in Charleston County.
Redistricting When it’s all said and done, whichever state officials are elected on Nov. 3 will begin redistricting, a once-a-decade process that to account for new census population figures. With few seriously contested Statehouse races in recent years, new lines could mean closer races across the state. “We think competitive districts are a good thing and we have very few of them at the moment,” Lynn Teague of the League of Women Voters of South Carolina told us earlier this month. “Voters should have a choice. They shouldn’t go into the polling place in November with no meaningful choice.”
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The Halloween season is upon us once again in the Lowcountry, and Bay Street Biergarten is throwing its very own Halloween Maskerade, because whatâ€™s scarier than still having to wear face masks eight months after the start of the two-week quarantine? Live music featuring The Black Diamond Band, food and a costume contest with winners for scariest, funniest and most creative costumes will keep the party going. Oct. 31. 7-11 p.m. Free to attend. Bay Street Biergarten, 549 East Bay St. Downtown. baystreetbiergarten.com F R I D AY
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If playwright Neil Simon’s semi-autobiographical play Brighton Beach Memoirs is his Star Wars, think of 1984’s Biloxi Blues as his Empire Strikes Back. The play, set in 1945, tells the story of young Brooklynite Eugene Jerome and his thorny relationship with his tougher-than-leather drill sergeant Merwin J. Toomey at boot camp in Biloxi, Mississippi. Biloxi Blues is certainly funny in places; it is a Neil Simon play, after all. But it’s also the most dramatic story in Simon’s Eugene Trilogy, serving as a coming-of-age interlude between the nostalgic tale of Brighton Beach Memoir and Broadway Bound, the final installment. The military is the main subject of Biloxi Blues, so it’s appropriate that The Citadel’s fine arts program and the South of Broadway Theater Company produced the play, directed by Citadel alum and acting coach Bob Luke. Luke spent much of the last few decades serving as an on-set coach for films including
Ransom, Racing Stripes and Enchanted. This is actually his first time working with The Citadel’s program, but South of Broadway founder Mary Gould was a client of his in New York City. “Anytime you get to direct Neil Simon, it’s a good day,” Luke said. While he’s a fan of Simon, the director mentioned that he has not seen a live production of Biloxi Blues. “I had to grab a copy and read it to see if I thought it was strong enough,” he said. “I’d seen productions of the other two; it was kind of interesting to fill that void in the middle … There’s some heavy-hitting drama to [Biloxi Blues], and that calls for some strong performances by the guys who are playing those roles.” That means that the casting process was critical for the play. “The casting is 90% of the success of a production, and with that comes a lot of luck,” Luke said. “If you catch that right person who understands the character, you’ve been really lucky with it in a lot of ways.” In this case, the right people are Evan Fondren as Eugene and Arthur Rich as Sgt. Toomey. Fondren had his own set of challenges to overcome in Biloxi Blues, according to Luke. “A little bit of a trap with Eugene is that
he has to maintain that innocence,” he said. “And when you’ve gone over the script and the lines and you know where the story’s going, it’s easy to become a little too knowledgeable or mature about it. You need to maintain that sensibility, because the humor is that of a man who is caught by surprise.” Rich, however, could probably play Sgt. Toomey in his sleep, thanks to his previous life as an Army drill sergeant. Yep. The drill sergeant in Biloxi Blues is played by an actual drill sergeant. “He was recommended by one of the cadets from The Citadel,” Luke said. “We were a little concerned about who to get, and I was thinking I might have to bring somebody down from New York. But, Sgt. Rich, he’s tough as nails. He’s exactly what this guy should be, and he really puts in the effort.” Eugene and Sgt. Toomey will go at it with three performances scheduled for Halloween weekend. “We were set to go on March 20,” Luke said, “then The Citadel ended up closing. It’s been seven months, and we’re back in a three-week rehearsal period to warm it back up. We’re revving ahead for Halloween weekend; we should be in great shape.”
Charleston native artist Shepard Fairey crafted the cover for the latest issue of Time, the magazine announced Oct. 22. The portrait, which shows Fairey’s familiar street art-influenced style, features a woman with a bandana that says “Vote!” tied around her face. The story that Fairey’s image accompanies is a comprehensive guide about how to vote in 2020, from early voting to what to expect after election night. Fairey is no stranger to political commentary in his work. He garnered breakout mainstream success after gaining notoriety for street art series like “Andre the Giant has a Posse,” which spawned his “Obey Giant” brand. Of course, Fairey’s latest mass success has stemmed from his “Hope” poster, created during Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. Check out the cover on newsstands now and visit the story online at time.com for a primer on what voters need to be aware of before heading to the polls. Election day is Nov. 3, but residents can vote early in-person or by mail. Head over to Charleston County’s website to learn where you can vote early or to request a mail-in ballot. —Heath Ellison
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The annual Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival will be hosted virtually between Nov. 6 - 15. This year will feature a wide array of authors, including former National Security Advisor Susan Rice and Call Me By Your Name author Andre Aciman. The festival offers opportunities to view conversations between authors, historians, journalists and professors. With two sessions a day airing from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., participants have plenty of chances to see timely concepts discussed and analyzed. The full schedule can be found online. The festival will hold discussions regarding Emma Donoghue’s The Pull on the Stars, different interpretations of the American South and the power of race and identity. The festival events are free to attend, but viewers must register at charlestontocharleston.com for a spot to view the discussion. —Lillie Poland
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The pandemic opened the on-demand streaming floodgates for plenty of movie-goers, and we’re not sure how long it will be before we’re all packed back into theaters. In last week’s column, I mentioned some old favorites playing on the big screen in the Lowcountry. This go around, I wanted to mention a few horrific flicks visiting that are currently streaming, for Halloween fanatics who want to stay indoors this year. Here are five spoopy movies that are either horror or horror-adjacent that I recommend.
I recently rewatched a Clive Barker film from 1987 that I hadn’t seen since I was in middle school. It was a hell-raising film that expertly melded sacrilege, sexual pleasure, gore and leather, and was none other than ... Rawhead Rex. This film was released the same year as Hellraiser, Barker’s classic directorial debut, but involves a big pagan monster going on a bloody rampage through a small Irish town. The hulking, mohawked creature, described in Barker’s book as a 9-foot-tall walking phallus with a lot of teeth and a face like raw meat, is cool in a way that only 12-year-old horror nerds would appreciate. In retrospect, it may have been kind of stupid. Moments of sheer terror feel pretty silly when Mr. Rex looks like he’s stricken with severe lockjaw. But, at the end of the day, it’s a goofy monster movie that made me forget 2020 for 90 minutes. I’ll take it. Available on Vudu.
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Speaking of movies that took my mind off 2020, Uncle Peckerhead is up next. There’s a long line of horror-comedies that successfully combine scares and laughs with heart. This scrappy, low-budget beast written, directed, edited and co-produced by Matthew John Lawrence, hovers near films like Shaun of the Dead. The plot is simple: punk band DUH embarks on a tour, but little do they know that their new roadie, the titular character (David Littleton) digs human flesh. Fountains of bloody splatstick ensues. This 2020 film is fun and endearing in it’s own gory little way. If there was ever a cult movie in the making, Uncle Peckerhead is it. Available on YouTube.
Yikes. I knew nothing about Derrick Borte’s 2020 movie Unhinged except that Russell Crowe looked beefier and that revenge was involved. I didn’t know it was a nasty grindhouse throwback about a wackjob that terrorizes a woman (Caren Pistorius) who cut him off in traffic. To be fair, the main character’s driver etiquette made me have fleeting empathy for Crowe’s character until I reminded myself that he murdered two people in the opening scene. From the exhaustingly tense opening montage of chaotic videos to it’s gory finale, I was hooked on this over-the-top suburban nightmare. That said, please bear in mind that Unhinged is trash. Gloriously dumb trash in 2020 feels like the offspring of Duel, Falling Down and Joyride. I’m guessing the film is trying to have a message of sorts? The only message I could glom from it was, “Don’t drive like an asshole.” Available on Google Play.
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Charlie Kaufman’s 2020 film likely qualifies as horror-adjacent since the scares are from the overwhelming strangeness akin to one of the headier episodes of The Twilight Zone.
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CitiMortgage, Inc., PLAINTIFF versus Walter Stanley, Georgeanna Stanley, Solomon Stanley aka Soloman Stanley, Loretta Stanley, Ben Stanley, Josephine E. Stanley, Cleveland Brown, Betty Ann Stanley Brown aka Betty A. Brown aka Betty Brown, Ruth Stanley, Tikela Jenkins aka Tikela O. Jenkins, Henry Stanley, John Stanley, Pauline Stanley, The Personal Representative, if any, whose name is unknown, of the Estate of Annabelle Stanley; and any other Heirs-at-Law or Devisees of Annabelle Stanley; Deceased, their heirs, Personal Representatives, Administrators, Successors and Assigns, and all other persons entitled to claim through them; all unknown persons with any right, title or interest in the real estate described herein; also any persons who may be in the military service of the United States of America, being a class designated as John Doe; and any unknown minors or persons under a disability being a class designated as Richard Roe, Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. (MERS) as nominee for AEGIS Mortgage Corporation d/b/a UC Lending, Charleston County Business License User Fee Department, County of Charleston, John H. Ritter, Jr., The South Carolina Department of Revenue, Midland Funding, LLC, Atlantic Credit & Finance, Inc., First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Charleston, Professional Financial Services, Green Tree Servicing, LLC, Target National Bank/Target Visa, The United States of America, acting through its agency, The Department of Justice, South Carolina Community Bank, Cohen’s Drywall Co., Inc., EB Designs, Inc., and Management Assistance Program, LLC, DEFENDANT(S). Upon authority of a Decree dated the 11th day of February, 2020, I will offer for sale to the highest bidder for cash, at public auction, the premises fully described below, at the County Council Chambers, 4045 Bridge View Drive, North Charleston, South Carolina, on the 3rd day of November, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. or shortly thereafter. All that lot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon, situate, lying and being on Johns Island, County of Charleston, State of South Carolina, and known and designated as Lot One (1), Block A, on a plat bearing the legend: “Dunmovin Subdivision, Johns Island, Charleston County, South Carolina, Block A, Block B, Block D, and Lots 1-B, Block C”, by E.M. Seabrook, Jr., C.E. and L.S., dated October, 1962, which plat is duly recorded in the RMC Office for Charleston County in Plat Book P, at Page 108; said lot having such size, shape, dimensions, buttings and boundings as are shown and delineated on said plat which is made a part and parcel hereof by reference thereto. Said property is hereby conveyed subject in all respects to the applicable covenants, restrictions, and easements of record. Being the same property conveyed to Walter Stanley by Deed of Rebecca M. Bailey dated December 2, 1980 and recorded on December 10, 1980 in Book E-124, Page 211, RMC Office for Charleston County. TMS No. 279-14-00-039 No personal or deficiency judgment being demanded, the bidding will not remain open after the date of sale, but compliance with the bid may be made immediately. The Sale is made subject to the Right of Redemption of the United
States of America, pursuant to Section 2410(c), U.S. Code, for a period of 120 days from date of sale. THIS SALE IS SUBJECT TO ASSESSMENTS, COUNTY TAXES, EXISTING EASEMENTS, EASEMENTS AND RESTRICTIONS OF RECORD, AND OTHER SENIOR ENCUMBRANCES. The property shall be sold for cash to the highest bidder. The highest bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will be required to deposit with the Master, at the conclusion of the bidding, cash or certified check in the amount of five (5%) per cent of the bid: the said deposit to be applied to the purchase price. The successful bidder will be required to pay for documentary stamps on the Deed and interest on the balance of the bid from the date of sale to the date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 14.7000%. Should the highest bidder fail to comply with the bid within thirty days from the date of sale, the Master will resell the property at the risk and expense of the defaulting bidder upon the same terms as above set out. Should the Plaintiff, or one of its representatives, fail to be present at the time of sale, the property is automatically withdrawn from said sale and sold at the next available sales day upon the terms and conditions as set forth in the Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale or any Supplemental Order. The Sheriff of Charleston County may be authorized to put the purchaser into possession of the premises if requested by the purchaser. NOTICE: The foreclosure deed is not a warranty deed. Interested bidders should satisfy themselves as to the quality of title to be conveyed by obtaining an independent title search well before the foreclosure sale date. ATTENDEES MUST ABIDE BY SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES AND MAY BE REQUIRED TO WEAR A MASK OR OTHER FACIAL COVERING. Any person who violates said protocols is subject to dismissal at the discretion of the selling officer or other court officials. PLAINTIFF’S ATTORNEY RILEY POPE & LANEY, LLC (803) 799-9993 FOR INSERTION October 14, 2020 October 21, 2020 October 28, 2020 Mikell R. Scarborough Master in Equity
Master’s Sale 2018-CP-10-05579 STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CHARLESTON IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS Wilmington Savings Fund Society, FSB, D/B/A Christiana Trust, Not Individualy But as Trustee for Pretium Mortgage Acquisition Trust, PLAINTIFF versus Eric Frank aka Eric M. Frank, Melanie Frank aka Melanie J. Frank, The United States of America, by and through its agency, the Internal Revenue Service, and Cooper’s Landing Homeowners Association, Inc., DEFENDANT(S). Upon authority of a Decree dated the 21st day of August, 2019, I will offer for sale to the highest bidder for cash, at public auction, the premises fully described below, at the County Council Chambers, 4045 Bridge View Drive, North Charleston, South Carolina, on the 3rd day of November, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. or shortly thereafter. All that certain piece, parcel or lot of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon, or to be built thereon, situate, lying and being in the County of Charleston, State of South Carolina, known and designated
as Lot 6, Cooper’s Pointe Subdivision, as shown on plat prepared by Andrew C. Gillette, R.L.S. entitled ‘FINAL PLAT SHOWING COOPER’S POINTE SUBDIVISION, CONTAINING 10.95 ACRES, PROPERTY OF COOPER’S LAND CORP., LOCATED IN CHRIST CHURCH PARISH, TOWN OF MT. PLEASANT, CHARLESTON COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA,’ dated January 7, 1987, revised August 28, 1987, recorded in Plat Book BO at Page 141 in the Office of the RMC for Charleston County, South Carolina. Said lot having such size, shape, dimensions, buttings and boundings as will shown by reference to aforesaid plat. This property being more particularly shown on a plat dated March 30, 1990 by ARC Surveying Company, Inc., attached hereto and made part hereof. Being the same property conveyed unto Eric Frank and Melanie Frank by deed from Michael Sigalas and Kristin M. Sigalas, dated October 20, 2006 and recorded November 29, 2006 in Deed Book Z606 at Page 864 in the ROD Office for Charleston County, South Carolina. TMS No. 5590700091 Property Address: 1578 Hatteras Sound, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 No personal or deficiency judgment being demanded, the bidding will not remain open after the date of sale, but compliance with the bid may be made immediately. The Sale is made subject to the Right of Redemption of the United States of America, pursuant to Section 2410(c), U.S. Code, for a period of 120 days from date of sale. THIS SALE IS SUBJECT TO ASSESSMENTS, COUNTY TAXES, EXISTING EASEMENTS, EASEMENTS AND RESTRICTIONS OF RECORD, AND OTHER SENIOR ENCUMBRANCES. The property shall be sold for cash to the highest bidder. The highest bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will be required to deposit with the Master, at the conclusion of the bidding, cash or certified check in the amount of five (5%) per cent of the bid: the said deposit to be applied to the purchase price. The successful bidder will be required to pay for documentary stamps on the Deed and interest on the balance of the bid from the date of sale to the date of compliance with the bid at the rate of 4.2500%. Should the highest bidder fail to comply with the bid within thirty days from the date of sale, the Master will resell the property at the risk and expense of the defaulting bidder upon the same terms as above set out. Should the Plaintiff, or one of its representatives, fail to be present at the time of sale, the property is automatically withdrawn from said sale and sold at the next available sales day upon the terms and conditions as set forth in the Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale or any Supplemental Order. The Sheriff of Charleston County may be authorized to put the purchaser into possession of the premises if requested by the purchaser. NOTICE: The foreclosure deed is not a warranty deed. Interested bidders should satisfy themselves as to the quality of title to be conveyed by obtaining an independent title search well before the foreclosure sale date. ATTENDEES MUST ABIDE BY SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES AND MAY BE REQUIRED TO WEAR A MASK OR OTHER FACIAL COVERING. Any person who violates said protocols is subject to dismissal at the discretion of the selling officer or other court officials. PLAINTIFF’S ATTORNEY RILEY POPE & LANEY, LLC (803) 799-9993 Mikell R. Scarborough Master in Equity FOR INSERTION October 14, 2020, October 21, 2020, October 28, 2020
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STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CHARLESTON IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS FOR THE NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT CASE NO.: 2020-CP-10-02265 Saint Johns, LLC, Plaintiffs, v. Richard Gregory, Benjamin Gregory, Carl Gregory, Hilda Gregory, Joseph Gregory, Harold Solomon Gregory, Darrell Gregory, Terry Johnson, Lillian Simmons, Johnetta Gregory, Jaqueline Johnson, Hilda Simmons, Leonard Gregory, William Gregory, all being deceased persons, their heirs, Personal Representatives, Successors and Assigns and Spouses, if any they have and all other persons entitled to claim under them or through them, and all unknown persons with any right, title or interest in and to the real estate described in the Complaint, commonly known as: 48 Simons Street City of Charleston Charleston County, South Carolina TMS No.: 463-12-01-140 and also, any unknown heirs, devisees or Distributes of the Deceased Defendants, and any unknown adults and those persons as who may be in the Military Service of the United States of America, all of them being a class designated as John Doe; and any unknown minors or persons under a disability being a class Designated as Richard Roe, and South Carolina Federal Credit Union, County of Charleston, Terry Pinckney, Charles Towne Veterinary Clinic, Christopher Mungin, Republic Finance, South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon ServicesSCDPPS, Charleston County Clerk of Court, Julie Etienne, South Carolina Department of Revenue, United States Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service and Traci8e Brooks a/k/a Trane’ N’Chel Brooks, Defendants. SUMMONS AND NOTICE To the Defendants above-named: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint in the above entitled action, a copy of which is herewith served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer upon the undersigned at his office at: 1721 Ashley River Road, Charleston, South Carolina 29407, within thirty (30) days, after service hereof upon you, exclusive of the day of such service, except as to the United States of America, which shall have sixty (60) days, exclusive if the day of such service, and if you fail to answer the Complaint within the time aforesaid, judgment by default will be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. YOU WILL ALSO TAKE NOTICE that should you fail to answer the foregoing summons, the Plaintiffs will move for a general Order of Reference of this cause to the Master-in-Equity or Special Referee for this County, which Order shall, pursuant to Rule 53(e) of the South Carolina Rule of Civil Procedure, specifically provide that the said Masterin-Equity or Special Referee is authorized and empowered to enter a final judgment in this case. NOTICE OF FILING PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Lis Pendens, Summons and Notice, and Complaint, were filed on May 20, 2020, the Order Appointing Guardian ad Litem was filed on October 15, 2020 and the Order of Publication was filed on October 7, 2020 in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Charleston County, State of South Carolina. NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT OF
GUARDIAN AD LITEM FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that Carl B Hubbard, Esquire of 2201 Middle Street, Box 15, Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina 29482 has been designated as Guardian ad Litem for all Defendants who may be incompetent, under age, or under any other disability or in the Service of the Military by Order of the Court of Common Pleas of Charleston County, dated October 15, 2020 and the said appointment shall become absolute 30 days after the final publication of this Notice, unless such Defendants, or anyone in their behalf shall procure a proper person to be appointed Guardian ad Litem of them within 30 days after the final publication of this Notice. THE PURPOSE of this action is to clear the title to the subject real property described as follows: ALL those lots of land, together with the buildings and improvements thereon, situate, lying and being on the northern side of Simmons Street between King and Tracey Streets in the City of Charleston, State of South Carolina now known as 48 Simmons Street in the present street numbering system of the City of Charleston, and known as Lots 11, 12, and 13 on a plat by Gedney M. Howe, dated June 30, 1921, recorded in Plat Book C at page 15, R.M.C. Office for Charleston County, South Carolina. MEASURING AND CONTAINING on Simmons Street sixty-six (66’) feet by Sixty-three (63’) feet in depth, being the said dimensions more or less. BEING the same property conveyed to Richard Gregory by Deed of Distribution, in the Matter of Joe L. Gregory, Charleston County Probate Case No.: 98-ES-10-0788 dated December 31st, 1998 and recorded in the RMC Office for Charleston County in Book Y317 at Page 142. TMS # 463-12-01-140 s/Jeffrey T. Spell Jeffrey T. Spell 1721 Ashley River Road Charleston, South Carolina 29407 (843) 452-3553 Attorney for Plaintiff Date: October 19, 2020
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SCPUBLIC NOTICES.COM Master’s Sale Case No.: 2018CP1004595 STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CHARLESTON IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS Specialized Loan Servicing LLC, PLAINTIFF, VERSUS Marlon D. Brabham; Malachi K. J., a minor; Hidden River on the Ashley Homeowners Association, Inc.; Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. (Sioux Falls, SD); South Carolina Federal Credit Union; Hills Machinery Company, LLC; The Park Recreation Development; DEFENDANTS. Upon authority of a Decree dated the 15th day of November, 2019, I will offer for sale to the highest bidder for cash, at public auction, the premises fully described below, at CHARLESTON COUNTY COUN-
CIL CHAMBERS, 4045 Bridge View Drive, North Charleston, South Carolina on the 3rd day of November, 2020 at 11:00 AM or shortly thereafter. ALL that certain piece, parcel or lot of land, situate, lying and being in the County of Charleston, State of South Carolina, and being shown as Lot 114, Hidden River Townhomes on a plat by Empire Engineering, LLC, dated October 4, 2005 and entitled: “FINAL PLAT LOTS 41-49, 61-115 & 131-168, THE PARK AT RIVERS EDGE MULTI-FAMILY PHASE 1B, CITY OF NORTH CHARLESTON, CHARLESTON COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA FOR CTM III, LLC” and duly recorded in the RMC Office for Charleston County in Plat Book EJ at Pages 714-716. SUBJECT to assessments, Charleston Ad Valorem Taxes, any and all restrictions, easements, covenants and rightsof-way of record, and any other senior encumbrances. This being the same property conveyed to Shavontee S. James by Deed of Martin Henry Investments, Inc. dated June 29, 2007 and recorded in the Register of Deeds Office for Charleston County on July 9, 2007 in Book N-631, at Page 074. Subsequently, Shavontee Shanell James-Brabham died intestate on June 4, 2015, leaving the subject property to her heirs namely, Marlon D. Brabham and Malachi K. J., a minor, as is more fully preserved in the Probate records for Charleston County, in Case No. 2015-ES-10-1213; also by Deed of Distribution dated September 12, 2016 and recorded September 14, 2016 in Deed Book 582 at Page 906 and by Deed of Distribution dated November 9, 2016 and recorded December 7, 2016 in Deed Book 601 at Page 772. TMS # 404-02-00-198 Case#: 2018CP1004595 Current Property Address: 7878 Park Gate Drive #B11 North Charleston, SC 294183686 No personal or deficiency judgment being demanded, the bidding will not remain open after the date of sale, and compliance with the bid may be made immediately. The property shall be sold for cash to the highest bidder. The highest bidder, other than the Plaintiff, will be required to deposit with the Master, at the conclusion of the bidding, certified funds in the amount of five per cent (5%) of the bid: the said deposit to be applied to the purchase price. Should the highest bidder fail to comply with the bid within thirty days from the date of sale, the Master will resell the property at the risk and expense of the defaulting bidder upon the same terms as above set out. The Sheriff of Charleston County may be authorized to put the purchaser into possession of the premises if requested by the purchaser. NOTICE: The foreclosure deed is not a warranty deed. Interested bidders should satisfy themselves as to the quality of title to be conveyed by obtaining an independent title search prior to the foreclosure sale date. PLAINTIFF’S ATTORNEY John J. Hearn (803) 744-4444 016831-00172 2018CP1004595 FOR INSERTION 10/14/20, 10/21/20 & 10/28/20 Mikell R. Scarborough Master in Equity
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STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CHARLESTON IN THE PROBATE COURT CASE NO.: 2020-ES-10-1549 WANDA BREACH, Petitioner, IN RE: ESTATE OF CARLA Y. BREACH NOTICE OF HEARING-VIRTUAL HEARING TO: ALL HEIRS AND INTERESTED PARTIES: YOU WILL PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the above-captioned action was filed on September 29, 2020 in the Probate Court for Charleston County, State of South Carolina. This action seeks the determination of the heirs of the Estate of Carla Y. Breach who died on March 3, 1991. A virtual hearing has been scheduled in connection with this matter on the 1st day of December 2020 at 11:30 a.m. If you plan to participate in the virtual hearing, you must contact the Law Office of Arthur C. McFarland at the below telephone number or email address or James Ward, IV, Esquire, Law Clerk of the Charleston County Probate Court at 843-958-5012 or email@example.com, prior to the hearing to receive the virtual link information. Please be present at said hearing if you are an heir or interested party in the aforementioned Estate of Carla Y. Breach, if so minded. Arthur C. McFarland Attorney for Petitioner 1847 Ashley River Road, Suite 200 Charleston, S.C. 29407 (843) 763-3900 (843) 763-5347-fax firstname.lastname@example.org Charleston, S.C. October 14, 2020
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December 2020 at 11:30 a.m. If you plan to participate in the virtual hearing, you must contact the Law Office of Arthur C. McFarland at the below telephone number or email address or James Ward, IV, Esquire, Law Clerk of the Charleston County Probate Court at 843-958-5012 or email@example.com, prior to the hearing to receive the virtual link information. Please be present at said hearing if you are an heir or interested party in the aforementioned Estate Antonio DeAngelo Breach, if so minded. Arthur C. McFarland Attorney for Petitioner 1847 Ashley River Road, Suite 200 Charleston, S.C. 29407 (843) 763-3900 (843) 763-5347-fax Charleston, S.C. October 14, 2020
ESTADO DE CAROLINA DEL SUR CONDADO DE CHARLESTON EN EL TRIBUNAL DE FAMILIA DEL NOVENO CIRCUITO JUDICIAL N.° DE EXPEDIENTE: 2020-Dr10-0824 DEPARTAMENTO DE SERVICIOS SOCIALES DE CAROLINA DEL SUR CONTRA
A TODAS LAS PARTES INTERESADAS: Por la presente, se los cita y se les exige que contesten la Demanda en esta acción presentada con el Secretario del Tribunal del condado de Charleston el6 de julio de 2020. Una vez acreditado el interés, se les entregará una copia de la Demanda a solicitud del Secretario del Tribunal en Charleston, y ustedes deben entregar una copia de su Contestación a la Demanda al Demandante, el Departamento de Servicios Sociales del condado de Charleston, en la oficina de su abogada, Dawn Berry, a The Legal Department of the Charleston County Department of Social Services, 3366 Rivers Ave., N. Charleston, South Carolina 29405-5714, dentro de treinta días de esta publicación. Si no contestan dentro del tiempo que se expone más arriba, el Demandante pasará a solicitar la reparación del Tribunal.
STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CHARLESTON IN THE FAMILY COURT FOR THE NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT DOCKET NO. 2020-DR-10-0824
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IN RE: ESTATE OF ANTONIO DEANGELO BREACH NOTICE OF HEARING-VIRTUAL HEARING TO: ALL HEIRS AND INTERESTED PARTIES: YOU WILL PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the above-captioned action was filed on September 29, 2020 in the Probate Court for Charleston County, State of South Carolina. This action seeks the determination of the heirs of the Estate of Antonio DeAngelo Breach who died on May 11, 1993. A virtual hearing has been scheduled in connection with this matter on the 1st day of
STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CHARLESTON IN THE FAMILY COURT FOR THE NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT DOCKET NO. 2020-DR-10-1681
SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES
SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES
Donna Milligan NOTICE
Sheila Carswell and Steve Dalton Griner NOTICE
TO ALL INTERESTED PARTIES: You are hereby summoned and required to answer the Complaint in this action filed with the Clerk of Court for Charleston County on October 8, 2019. Upon proof of interest, a copy of the Complaint will be delivered to you upon request from the Clerk of Court in Charleston, and you must serve a copy of your Answer to the Complaint on the Plaintiff, the Charleston County Department of Social Services, at the office of their Attorney, Dawn Berry, at The Legal Department of the Charleston County Department of Social Services, 3366 Rivers Ave., N. Charleston, South Carolina 29405-5714, within thirty days of this publication. If you fail to answer within the time set forth above, the Plaintiff will proceed to seek relief from the Court.
TO ALL INTERESTED PARTIES: You are hereby summoned and required to answer the Complaint in this action filed with the Clerk of Court for Charleston County on July 8, 2020. Upon proof of interest, a copy of the Complaint will be delivered to you upon request from the Clerk of Court in Charleston, and you must serve a copy of your Answer to the Complaint on the Plaintiff, the Charleston County Department of Social Services, at the office of their Attorney, Dawn Berry, at The Legal Department of the Charleston County Department of Social Services, 3366 Rivers Ave., N. Charleston, South Carolina 29405-5714, within thirty days of this publication. If you fail to answer within the time set forth above, the Plaintiff will proceed to seek relief from the Court.
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STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CHARLESTON IN THE PROBATE COURT CASE NO.: 2020-ES-10-1544
STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CHARLESTON IN THE FAMILY COURT FOR THE NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT DOCKET NO. 2019-DR-10-3452
Cristobal Escarcega NOTICE TO ALL INTERESTED PARTIES: You are hereby summoned and required to answer the Complaint in this action filed with the Clerk of Court for Charleston County on July 6, 2020. Upon proof of interest, a copy of the Complaint will be delivered to you upon request from the Clerk of Court in Charleston, and you must serve a copy of your Answer to the Complaint on the Plaintiff, the Charleston County Department of Social Services, at the office of their Attorney, Dawn Berry, at The Legal Department of the Charleston County Department of Social Services, 3366 Rivers Ave., N. Charleston, South Carolina 29405-5714, within thirty days of this publication. If you fail to answer within the time set forth above, the Plaintiff will proceed to seek relief from the Court.
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SALLY & GEORGE WILL BEGIN A ONE-MONTH RESIDENCY AT THE POUR HOUSE IN NOVEMBER
Power Couple Sally & George keeps love close on Take You on a Ride BY KEVIN WILSON Sally & George
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The singing duo Sally & George, a vagabond band on the verge of releasing its second LP, Take You on a Ride, has been making a name in the Americana world, traveling around the country and living out of a tour van. The outfit is comprised of upright bassist Shelby Means, best known for her work with bluegrass band Della Mae, and guitarist Joel Timmons of Sol Driven Train. From a makeshift encampment in Wyoming, Means and Timmons told the City Paper about the first time they met and how their relationship continues to influence the new songs. The couple gradually fell in love after solidifying their friendship at a not-sochance encounter at Awendaw Green, Timmons said. “I was living in the area and I saw that Della Mae was coming,” he recalled. “I immediately called up [venue owner] Eddie White and said, ‘You’ve got to add me to the lineup for that show,’ and he did.” After spending time with Means at the show, Timmons wrote a song for her, only to find out that she had a boyfriend. “It was funny because at first I thought he had a crush on one of the other girls in the band who was single,” Means said. “We stayed in touch from afar, and we became more and more connected, until
one day [Means] informed me that there were no longer any obstacles to us being together,” Timmons said. There’s no doubt this husband-and-wife duo complement each other well as performing songwriters. Take You on a Ride is itself is a heartfelt song cycle written around the true story of what these artists have been up to in recent years. The band’s Nashville roots influenced the sound of the music, partially because it led to the formation of Sally & George. “I didn’t move to Nashville with the goal of becoming a big star or anything,” Means said. “I just knew that I wanted to network and to meet people who were better musicians than me so that I could get better just by being around them and feeling challenged.” According to Means, that’s what led to her involvement with Della
Mae, which, in turn, led to her collaboration with Timmons. Their approach to songcraft in Sally & George doesn’t appear to be much different from how they build a tune for a full band. Even so, the couple’s easy dynamic on stage and in the studio has been compared to the Everly Brothers as well as June Carter and Johnny Cash. The intimacy of their special partnership certainly shines through on the latest collection of tracks, unveiled on Oct. 30. And since Charleston is a community that is integral to their own story, it is not surprising that a careful listener can detect a plethora of local references in new songs such as “Intervention” and “Evacuate.” Fittingly, right after the album drops, Sally & George will be in town to perform as part of Firefly Distillery’s Safe Sounds series on Oct. 31, opening for Sol Driven Train. They’ll then embark on a month-long Tuesday night deck residency at the Pour House beginning in early November. The music business was a strange profession even before the COVID-19 pandemic. Still, in this day and age, and at this point in Timmons’ and Means’ careers, it is relatively easy for them to measure success. “I’m really proud of the fact that we were able to produce this record ourselves and to get it out into the world,” Timmons said. “If it were to generate enough money for us to be able to make the next one, that would be success enough for me.”
Crab Claw released a new song, “Keyboard Warrior,” on Friday. The tune, according to songwriter Walker Trull, is a satire of cancel culture and social media entitlement. The alt-country track, described by Trull as a “scathing review of how I see those people,” pokes fun at those who use social media to attack others. The first verse indicts those who participate in cancel culture as “a drain on society” and parodies virtue signaling. The second verse goes after a “chubby overgrown fratboy” who retweets the President all day. “Every little thing that orange guy tweets encourages your bad personality,” Trull sings. During the chorus, Trull belts about how he’ll prove how good of person he is. “I’m gonna show them how superior I am/ Baby I’m a keyboard warrior.” Some will likely argue with the content, but you can’t argue with the production. “Keyboard Warrior” was recorded with Wolfgang Zimmerman, Christian Chidester and Johnny Delaware, and mastered by Jeremy Lubsey of Truphonic Studio. “Keyboard Warrior” can be heard on spotify.com or charlestoncitypaper.com. —Heath Ellison
AMETHYST PROJECT PREPARING FOR SECOND ALBUM RECORDED IN SPARTANBURG
Statewide collaborative hip-hop project Amethyst is sending out another round of invitations, gearing up for a second compilation album. The first album, released in June, featured more than 50 rappers and producers from South Carolina. The group came together in 2019 when organizers, including engineer Quinton Heyward and curator Candice Johnson, brought in dozens of artists to do a two day recording session in Summerville’s Mega Entertainment. Some of the artists in this round of invitations include Jexako, Khemo, Bluflame James, Moco Mitch and Producedbydm. The group has not given a release date for their next album but recording will take place Dec. 5 and 6 in Spartanburg. The first project is available on spotify.com. —Holly Malnati
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HIGH FIDELITY: Your Top 5 Rex Stickel is a favorite for many City Paper readers. Before COVID-19 shut the world down, Stickel was known for his sarcastic commentary about the life of a doorman at the Tin Roof. But, he’s also a super-fan of Thin Lizzy, occasionally performing in a tribute to the hard rock icons called Trouble Boys. Although he said it was like choosing between children, he gave us his top five Thin Lizzy tunes. “JAILBREAK” “DANCING IN THE MOONLIGHT” “CHINATOWN” “WILD ONE” “COWBOY SONG”
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ELECTRONIC | Rave Salon Rave Salon, the Lowcountry’s electronica collective of nonbinary, trans and femme DJs, has been quiet for a good chunk of the year. Fans of eclectic dance mixes don’t need to fret any longer: The group has dropped two mixes from one of its most recent socially distanced raves. Featuring a wide array of pop music samples, waving sounds, shifting refrains and no shortage of foot-tapping beats, the collective’s got something to light up every club kid’s heart. “Summer Homework 10.3.20” is the poppier of the two mixes. The group uses effects to keep the samples fresh and maintain a steady energy throughout. “28,” the second of the mixes, is a little edgier. Static blares to the beat in the middle section, building up to big drops. Plenty moments of respite are found throughout — it’s an exciting kind of edgy, not a scary kind of edgy. Both mixes provide plenty of grooves for socially-distant dance parties, or just chilling at your computer. As far as shows are concerned for Rave Salon, they’re being cautious about how to proceed. But the collective is hoping to raise enough money for equipment to take outdoors and continue keeping the tunes spinning. Check out the mixes on soundcloud.com or charlestoncitypaper.com. Donations to Rave Salon can be made to @sebchoe on Venmo. —Heath Ellison
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Tazz Majesty is back with her second EP, Now or Never, after releasing her debut EP, Validation, in May of this year. Tazz is a Columbia native and CofC graduate who has made herself known for her strong rap skills and emphasis on activism. Once again, her skills have been put to the test and this new high energy EP does not disappoint. Now or Never features five songs, each showing off Tazz’s skills on the mic. “Hungry” starts off with a strong upbeat sound. With a piano and vocals buried in the background, the star of the show is the drums. “I got hungry, so I ate it all,” Tazz raps on the chorus. Tazz speeds up her flow on the second verse, holding the listener’s attention as she winds between bars. It’s easy to get this catchy tune stuck in your head. “Wake Up” has a slower vibe compared to her other work, letting Tazz talk about the emotional ins and outs of relationships. It’s not a typical “Good morning” tune; Tazz talks about those mornings when you wake up in your feelings. “Why can’t we be friends, I want to know/ all them childish girls, they gotta go/ just lay by my side, I’ve been so cold,” she sings. Tazz actually croons the lyrics just as often as she raps them. It’s a song anyone can relate to and no matter the mood, this one can still be featured on the playlist. —Holly Malnati
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Published on Oct 27, 2020
Founded in 1997, the locally owned and operated Charleston City Paper is Charleston’s only weekly alternative newspaper and the second-large...