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THE MAGAZINE FOR COOPERATIVE MEMBERS Vol. 69 • No. 1 (ISSN 0047-486X, USPS 316-240) Read in more than 470,000 homes and businesses and published monthly except in December by The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, Inc. 808 Knox Abbott Drive Cayce, SC 29033

January 2015 • Volume 69, Number 1

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EDITOR

Keith Phillips ASSISTANT EDITOR

Diane Veto Parham

Keeping in touch with your elected officials in Columbia and Washington, D.C., has never been easier, thanks to this special keepsake edition of South Carolina Living. In the following pages, you will find contact information for all federal and state officeholders. We extend our grateful appreciation to South Carolina’s lawmakers for their cooperation in the creation of this directory.

FIELD EDITOR

Walter Allread PUBLICATION COORDINATOR

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ART DIRECTOR

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Susan Collins PRODUCTION

Andrew Chapman WEB EDITOR

Van O’Cain COPY EDITOR

Susan Scott Soyars Contributors

Abby Berry, Becky Billingsley, Mike Couick, John Frick, Betsy Hix, Jan A. Igoe, Charles Joyner, Belinda Smith-Sullivan Publisher

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Also in this issue 4 Co-op connection Cooperative news

7 On the Agenda

Six energy-saving tips to help renters keep power bills low this winter. Plus: Make plans now for the Southern Sound Series at the McCelvey Center in York. Dialogue

10 It’s time to tell your story Recipe

12 One-pot wonders

Love to cook but hate doing dishes? Try these tasty recipes from Chef Belinda Smith-Sullivan. Feature

14 The future of energy

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46 Had myself a sticky little Christmas

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Each legislator’s name is followed by his or her district number and the counties he or she serves, along with contact information. State senators’ offices are on the state capitol grounds in the Gressette Building. State representatives are in the Blatt Building. All information is current as of Dec. 19, 2014, but is subject to change without notice.

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A changing energy landscape and sweeping new federal regulations provide challenges and opportunities for South Carolina’s electric cooperatives.

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JANUARY 13–FEBRUARY 12

“The AfricanAmerican Voice”

Courtesy of S.C. Arts Commission

Celebrated African-American artists from South Carolina are in the spotlight in a monthlong exhibit at Francis Marion University’s Hyman Fine Arts Center in Florence. The 40 featured works, provided by the S.C. Arts Commission, range from pieces by selftaught outsiders, such as Richard Burnside, to works by academically trained artists, such as Joseph Gandy (“Going Home,” above) and Larry Jordan. One of the state’s best-known sweetgrass basket creators, Mary Jackson, is also represented. For details, visit departments.fmarion.edu/finearts/gallery.htm or call (843) 661-1385.

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Every day’s a snow day at the indoor winter playland at EdVenture Children’s Museum in Columbia. Scale the heights of Mount EdVerest, spelunk through an ice cave, dress up like a penguin, or chill out in a blizzard simulator. Other cool attractions include indoor sledding, a hockey rink and snowball games. You might even learn a little science. For details, visit edventure.org or call (803) 779-3100.

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Tradition and innovation are dual focal points for the third annual South Carolina AgriBiz & Farm Expo at Florence Civic Center. Futuristic agricultural drones are among the displays highlighting current and cutting-edge resources for the state’s agricultural community. Young people considering careers in agriculture can register for the all-new Youth Day events on Wednesday. Get tickets in advance for two special events: the popular Taste of South Carolina, showcasing South Carolina foods in recipes by the state’s four regional “chef ambassadors,” and the Commissioner’s Breakfast that benefits the S.C. Commissioner’s School for Agriculture.

Bright lights in American folk music will shine at the McCelvey Center in York for the 2015 Southern Sound Series. First up on Jan. 16 is the Grammy-nominated bluegrass band Della Mae (above), with Conway native Jenni Lyn Gardner (second from right) on mandolin. Award-winning Ruthie Foster, a blues/folk/gospel artist who released “Promise of a Brand New Day” last year, performs Feb. 6. Go ahead and mark your calendar for the other two sensations in this series: Grammy-winning bluegrass band Steep Canyon Rangers on March 7 and highly touted contemporary folk/ Americana/roots singer-songwriter Sarah Jarosz on April 3.

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On the Agenda How renters can fight the winter chill

Feeling frustrated by lease agreements that prohibit you from making energy-efficient alterations to your living space? Good news. There are ways you can lower winter utility bills without violating your lease. Bright ideas. Try replacing your most frequently used lightbulbs with Energy Star-qualified lights and save more than $65 a year in energy costs. Compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) are the cheapest option. They use 75 percent less energy and last several times longer than incandescent lightbulbs. Turn down the thermostat. Heating typically makes up about 48 percent of your winter utility bill. Set your thermostat as low as is comfortable in the winter—the Department of Energy recommends 68 degrees Fahrenheit—to boost energy efficiency. Clean or replace the furnace filter. The U.S. Department of Energy advises checking your air filter once a month and replacing it at least every three months—sooner if you have pets

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Bonus Video Kitchen confidential. Chef Belinda Smith-Sullivan demonstrates how to make and use a bouquet garni, a homemade seasoning packet used to flavor dishes ­including Greek beef stifado, this month’s featured recipe.

Like us on Facebook Our Facebook page celebrates all that’s great about living in South Carolina. Join the conversation and share your photos at facebook.com/SouthCarolinaLiving. Correction Our December profile of Dillon High School football coach Jackie Hayes (“Working the program”) incorrectly identified the school’s chief administrator. Dr. Shawn Johnson is the principal of Dillon High. South Carolina Living regrets the error.

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t Energy Q&A. Learn how modern touch faucets can make life easier in the kitchen. Get fit. Our gadget columnist weighs in on devices to help you keep that New Year’s resolution about improving your fitness. Awe-inspiring asparagus. u S. Cory Tanner of Clemson Extension shows you how to grow this popular perennial veggie.

or smokers in the home. Clogged filters make your system work harder, shortening its life span and adding to your energy bill. Let the sun shine. During the winter months, take advantage of heat from sunlight. Open draperies and shades during the day to allow natural light to heat your home. Remember to close them in the evenings as the temperature drops and window panes become chilly. Cover the window units. Does your home have window airconditioning units? This winter, remember to insulate the units from the outside with a tight-fitting cover, available at your local home improvement center or hardware store. This keeps heated air from escaping outside. If desired, you can remove the window unit during winter months to prevent energy loss. Caulk windows and doors. Leasing an older home or apartment? Odds are you have single-pane windows and old or missing caulk. Don’t let the winter chill seep indoors! Apply caulk around window frames, sashes and door panels to combat air leaks. —Abby berry

They’re out of sight, but don’t forget about your air ducts. Taking care of them can save money and energy. Check ducts for air leaks. Take care of minor sealing jobs with heat-approved tape, especially in attics and in vented crawl spaces. Call the pros for major ductwork repairs. Source: U.S. Department of Energy

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Dialogue

It’s time to tell your story cooperatives provide an often-overlooked necessity that is As a young staffer for the S.C. Senate in the 1980s, vital to our well-being. one of my favorite job perks was sitting on the benches Your electric cooperative, in conjunction with 19 others along the back wall of the chamber and listening to senior senators swap stories during filibusters. There was usually across the Palmetto State, is working with historian Dr. Lacy Ford of the University of South Carolina to capture the just enough truth in each story to glue the tale together. history of the electric cooperatives as a social movement. Names might be changed to protect the innocent (if the Cooperatives were a ground-up push for a quality of life “innocent” were still alive or revered in death). Usually that is so basic now—running water, there was a lesson about human nature to be learned. Lessons like: electric lights and a Kelvinator. • There is no interest like self-interest We need your help. This book, set Help us tell 75 years • Pigs get fed, but hogs get slaughtered for publication in 2016 to commemorate of co-op history • You can catch more flies with honey our 75th anniversary, is about people, Do you have mementoes or than vinegar not lines and poles. We are addressing business documents from the One of my favorite stories was that of themes such as churches and schools early days of your electric a writer coming to rural South Carolina as the organizational focal point of cooperative? We have three as part of the Federal Writers’ Project cooperatives, the issues of race and ways you can get in touch: (FWP) in the late 1930s. Putting outculture affecting cooperative growth, l Submit a description of the of-work historians, teachers, writers and the role Clemson “Ag Agents” played document, artifact or story and librarians to work, the New Deal in spreading the cooperative message. on our website—ecsc.org/75. program aimed to capture a portrait If you have any original documents An electronic copy or picture of America before it slipped away. The or artifacts that can help us connect would be useful as well. young, Ivy League-educated writer was the co-ops to the evolution of South l Call or email Van O’Cain, our traveling a broad geographic swath of Carolina, we would love to hear from director of public and member the blackjack country of the Midlands, you. Do you have the transcription of relations, at (803) 739-3048; Van.O’Cain@ecsc.org. asking rural folks to reflect on the a prayer from an early co-op meeting, single most significant invention or official documents from Clemson l Send an email to researcher development in their lifetime. As could Extension regarding electrification, or Jackson Shuford, ­describing the document or artifact be expected, airplane travel and the minutes from a community meeting and its significance. You radio ranked high on his cumulative list. in which cooperative organization was can contact Shuford at When he hit Cassatt, he got a discussed? Jackson.Shuford@ecsc.org. new “most significant” invention. If you have something that might A sharecropping farmer allowed that help us out, please see the box for screen wire had to be it. To us now, contact information. mesh wire screens for windows are expected and often As members of an electric cooperative, you’re more overlooked. To the farmer, it was the only barrier between than just customers. Since the 1930s, you’ve been the mosquitoes fogging him, a horsefly painfully biting him as ­architects of advancement in South Carolina. It’s time to he tried to sleep, or flies in the Sunday lunch gravy. Life tell your story. was that much simpler and enjoyable with screen wire. I imagine that same writer would have found a similar endorsement of electricity if he went back five or 10 years later. Electrification in rural South Carolina wasn’t just about opening the doors to the new icebox or using the wringer washing machine; it was about opening a door to a new life. South Carolina was, and still is, an open canvas for progress and prosperity. We think our electric cooperatives have been tireless artists on that canvas, and we thank Mike Couick President and CEO, you for that. Much like the screen wire in Cassatt, electric The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina 10

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SPANISH SEAFOOD AND CHICKEN PAELLA SERVES 10–12

Use as much or as little of your favorite seafood as you desire in this dish. 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided 3 pounds chicken pieces, bone-in or boneless Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 cup all-purpose flour (more if needed) 3 red bell peppers, seeded and chopped 3 medium yellow onions, peeled and chopped 5 garlic cloves, minced 3 cups prepackaged Spanish rice mix 3 tablespoons tomato paste 2 pinches saffron threads (ground turmeric may be substituted for color, but the taste will differ) 4 large tomatoes, peeled and diced 1 cup white wine 10 cherrystone or other clams

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1 pound chorizo sausage, smoked, sliced ¼-inch thick 3 cups fish stock (or chicken stock) 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 10 shrimp, peeled and deveined 10 mussels, cleaned and debearded 1 pound seafood (choose baby lobster, scallops, snapper or crayfish) 2 cups frozen peas, thawed 10 crab legs, sauteed in butter and garlic (optional) 1 tomato, sliced in wedges (optional) Red bell pepper strips, blanched (optional) Fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish (optional) Whole black olives for garnish (optional)

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Preheat oven to 450 F. In a paella pan or very large ovenproof skillet, add just enough olive oil to cover the bottom. Place it over medium-high heat. Season the chicken pieces and dredge in flour. When the oil is hot, add chicken and brown well. Transfer chicken to a platter and keep warm. Add chopped bell peppers, onion and garlic to skillet, and saute over high heat for 1 minute. Add remaining oil and rice and cook, stirring to coat rice evenly with oil, until rice is slightly brown. Stir in tomato paste, saffron, diced tomatoes and wine. Return chicken to the skillet, and add clams and sausage. Add stock and red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil, then place skillet, uncovered, in the preheated oven. Bake for 20–30 minutes, adding shrimp, mussels and other fast-cooking seafood about 10 minutes before finished. Rice should be cooked but still very firm. If additional cooking is needed (to fully cook the rice), add more stock and return to oven. When dish is done, remove from oven and stir in thawed peas. Garnish with sauteed crab legs, tomato wedges, red bell pepper strips, parsley and black olives.


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raditional Mediterranean dishes may vary in their main ingredients, but what unites them is their seasonings. Rosemary, thyme, olive oil, lemon and saffron are common throughout the region, as are warming spices like cinn amon, allspice and cloves. One reason these recipes remain so pop ular is that they can be prepared in a single pot. In Morocco, cooks use a tagine, a conelike pot for cooking dishes and serving them on the table. In Spain, the specialized paella pan is a shallow, heavy-bottomed pan that distributes heat evenly and works in the oven, on a stovetop or on an outdoor grill. If you don’t have thes e vessels handy, you can try these dishes with simply a Dutch oven or a large skillet. William P. Edwards / iStock

MOROCCAN CHICKEN WITH LEMONS AND OLIVES SERVES 6 LeeAnn White / iStock

GREEK BEEF STIFADO SERVES 4–6

¼ cup olive oil 2½ pounds stewing beef, cut into 1½-inch chunks Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 pound small shallots, peeled 2 garlic cloves, sliced 1 cup red wine

3 tablespoons red wine vinegar N cup cognac 2 large ripe tomatoes, chopped 1 tablespoon tomato paste Bouquet garni: 1 bay leaf, 1 cinnamon stick, 3–4 allspice berries, 3 cloves Rosemary sprig for garnish (optional)

In a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat, heat the oil. Season the beef chunks with salt and pepper. Add the meat and saute until browned on all sides. Do not add all the meat to the pot at once—saute in batches so the oil temperature remains high and the meat is sealed. When done, remove with a slotted spoon, place on a platter, cover and set aside. Add the shallots to the same oil used to brown the meat. Turn heat down to medium and saute until they are softened but not brown, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and saute another minute. Move pot away from any heat source, and pour in the wine and vinegar, then carefully add cognac. Return pot to the heat, cover and simmer for 3 minutes. Return the meat and its juices to the pot; add chopped tomatoes, tomato paste and bouquet garni. Stir and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down and simmer for 1 ½ hours or until the beef is tender and the sauce has thickened. While the beef is simmering, check to see if it needs some water. If it does, pour in a half cup of boiling water and stir. Near the end of cooking time, check seasoning and add salt or pepper, if needed. Remove the bouquet garni. Serve with egg noodles or boiled new potatoes.

¼ cup olive oil 1 medium onion, peeled and sliced into rings 1 whole chicken, cut into pieces and skin removed 1 medium onion, finely chopped 3 large cloves garlic, minced 1 ½ teaspoons ground ginger 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt 1 ½ teaspoons ground turmeric

½ teaspoon white pepper ½ teaspoon dried fennel seed Fresh ground black pepper Handful of fresh parsley or cilantro, tied with a piece of twine or string 1 cup green olives 1 lemon, cut into 8 wedges Fresh parsley, rough chopped, for garnish

Into the bottom of a Dutch oven, pour half of the olive oil. Distribute the sliced onion rings over the bottom. In a large bowl, mix the chicken with the chopped onion, garlic and spices (ginger through black pepper). Arrange the chicken, meat side down, in the center of the Dutch oven; distribute the chopped onion all around. Swirl 1 cup of water in the bowl to clean it of the spices, and add the water to the Dutch oven. Place the tied parsley on top of the chicken, and drizzle the remaining olive oil over all. Add the olives and lemon wedges. Cover and bring to a simmer over medium-low heat, then continue cooking, turning the chicken once, for another hour or until the chicken is tender enough to pick easily from the bones. Reduce the liquids if necessary. Discard the tied parsley, sprinkle chopped parsley over the top, and serve.

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New technology and sweeping federal regulations provide challenges and opportunities for South Carolina’s electric cooperatives. BY JOHN FRICK Most of us don’t give much thought to what happens behind our electric switches. About the only time we pay attention to our electric service is when something is wrong. The fact that we can fly through our busy lives while taking affordable, reliable power for granted is a credit to the many women and men in the electric industry who make it their business to go unnoticed. But today is a time of transformation and uncertainty in the electric industry. Changing consumer sentiment, new energy technologies and a regulatory focus on cutting ­carbon-dioxide emissions mean that electricity is going to be in the spotlight for the next decade as we adapt to these new challenges. Consumers are becoming more and more accustomed to having a wide array of options. A decade ago, in many parts of our state, if you needed a hammer, there was one local store that had one kind of hammer. Today, that local store competes with big-box stores and the Internet, and the choice of hammers is vast. We know that consumers are more accustomed to options and they will look for new and different product offerings that fit their lifestyles. As the price of new technologies falls, consumers may demand new ways to generate, save and store electricity. The previous decade has seen a huge drop in the price of alternative-energy technologies like plug-in electric vehicles, solar panels and super-efficient LED lighting. The next decade is sure to bring continued technological innovations that will one day make a host of cutting-edge energy options available to consumers at an affordable price. Simultaneously, policymakers at the state and federal levels are concentrating on cutting carbon-dioxide emissions. Their willingness to put public policy and public dollars behind efforts to further incentivize the development of technologies and products, even to the

point of leveling technology costs with subsidies, is more likely with each passing year. As these dynamics drive change within the electric industry, it becomes clear that making wise decisions now will be critical to bringing more value to co-op members. Among the most important things cooperatives do to bring value to their members is work to ensure that state and national policy decisions are good for co-op members. As we head into 2015, two issues are likely to have far-reaching consequences.

Distributed Energy Resource Program Act

Renewable energy generally means electricity generated by natural forces such as solar or wind power. Those resources are referred to as “distributed” when they are located where they are used on the electric system, such as on the roof of a house, rather than at a centralized location. Renewable energy poses unique challenges to system operators. Consumers demand reliable, on-demand electricity 24 hours a day, seven days a week. But wind and solar power are intermittent, only generating electricity when the wind is blowing or the sun is shining. This is an issue for both large-scale, centralized sources and distributed sources. Second, many forms of renewable energy are not dispatchable, meaning that you can’t turn them on when you need them—you need to wait for the sun to shine or the wind to blow. Finding the right mix of these resources and integrating them into a reliable 21st-century power grid are among the challenges facing the industry. The South Carolina General Assembly took an important step to expand consumer access to renewable-energygeneration technologies when it passed the Distributed Energy Resource Program Act. The law, also known as Act 236 of 2014, seeks to solve two of the biggest challenges to integrating distributed renewables into the power grid—how to allocate utility system costs fairly among all co-op members and how to value the price of electricity produced by DERs. Current rate structures include a significant portion of the fixed costs of maintaining the utility network within variable kilowatt-hour charges. Those variable charges are based on average consumer-usage patterns. If distributed generators’ usage departs from the average—for example, by consuming too little electricity—they underpay for their relative share of the fixed costs to serve them. This scliving.coop   | January 2015   |  SOUTH CAROLINA LIVING

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Distributed energy resources (DERs) will change the way electricity is produced and consumed. Over the next few decades, DERs will decentralize the power grid as more homes and businesses produce some of their own electricity. At times, consumers may even sell power back to the grid, but co-ops and other utilities will still have a legal obligation to serve consumers when DERs aren’t enough. The existing power infrastructure must be maintained and paid for, along with new large-scale energy sources like solar fields and wind farms. As DERs are added to the grid, utilities will have to adapt pricing models to equitably allocate costs to all consumers.

Coal

Hydroelectric

Natural Gas

means that under current practice, people without DERs could be paying the tab for their neighbors with DERs. Second, when excess electricity is fed back into the grid, it is currently purchased at the full retail electric rate. That rate includes much more than just electricity. It’s ­structured to also cover the cost of poles, wires, maintenance and reserves. We know that the excess electricity sold back to the system does not include these other resources and is therefore not worth as much. In fact, as of this writing, we don’t know exactly what that excess electricity is worth in South Carolina because that issue is still being studied. Act 236 seeks to address these issues in a way that continues to promote the vitality of the solar industry. After many months of work among a large group of stakeholders, including electric providers, environmental advocates, solar businesses and public officials, a compromise proposal was reached, and the bill passed without a single vote against it. 16

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Act 236 has four key provisions: XXIt requires distributed generation to be accurately valued and requires rates, including those for net metering, to reflect that value. XXIt allows entities other than utilities to lease distributedgeneration systems to consumers, which makes it easier for consumers to make choices based upon market conditions. XXIt requires that premiums paid for renewable generation be spelled out clearly, instead of being hidden in aging rate structures, and sets a yearly cap for any extra amount that ratepayers might have to pay to maintain a renewables market in South Carolina. XXIt requires an analysis of how rate structures and cost recovery should change in the future to keep the grid healthy while accommodating increased levels of ­distributed renewables.


Biomass

Today’s power grid Centralized power plants flow energy one way to consumers. Costs are predictable and easily allocated to all consumers.

Substation

Wind Turbine

Tomorrow’s power grid

Rooftop Solar

Fuel cell

The work on Act 236 is only just beginning. The regulatory process to determine the value of renewable generation, and how to properly apportion that value throughout the grid, is ongoing and could last until March of 2015 or beyond. South Carolina’s electric cooperatives will continue to lead in the development and integration of renewables, both distributed and central-station, according to ­principles important to our members: XXEnergy should be valued accurately and fairly. XXAny amount paid above the value should be clear and transparent. XXPolicies should promote as much flexibility as possible in order to empower members and innovation. XXRates should, as accurately as possible, reflect the ­benefits and costs caused by members to the system and minimize unfair cost shifting among consumers.

Electric car

Illustrations by Steve Hussey

Solar

Battery storage

Centralized energy sources will still be needed, but DERs will provide a two-way flow of electricity. Costs and prices will be dynamic and harder to allocate.

EPA Clean Power Plan

On the same day the governor signed Act 236 into law, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its proposed regulations under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act. The regulations were touted to produce a 30-percent reduction of 2005 carbon-dioxide emissions by 2030. Upon hearing this goal the day before the release of the regulations, many within South Carolina’s cooperative leadership were excited; they knew that South Carolina’s cooperatives had already taken steps to drastically cut ­carbon-dioxide emissions. Unfortunately, the actual regulations looked much different than the sound bite that played in headlines and newscasts across the country. Upon examination of the proposed regulations, the harsh reality of EPA’s rules began to sink in. The base year was not 2005, but 2012, and South Carolina—which had already reduced carbon-dioxide emissions by approximately scliving.coop   | January 2015   |  SOUTH CAROLINA LIVING

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30 percent—was going to be required to reduce them by another 51 percent by 2030. Our state’s physical carbonreduction target was the highest in the nation. The EPA plan used a set of assumptions called “building blocks” to determine each state’s reduction target. But many of the assumptions applied to South Carolina have nothing to do with our state. Switching to natural gas. EPA assumes South Carolina utilities will build new natural-gas-fired power plants to meet our carbon-dioxide reduction targets. This ­calculation fails to account for the fact that the interstate pipelines serving the state are fully subscribed. Any new natural-gas plants in our state would require a costly build-out of additional pipeline infrastructure. Renewable energy. The assumptions about renewable energy in South Carolina are based entirely on the fact that North Carolina has a 10-percent renewable portfolio standard. No further study, analysis or investigation was used to set this goal. In addition, the EPA’s renewable-energy target excludes biomass production, which is something that South Carolina has in abundance. Energy efficiency. South Carolina’s cooperatives have led the nation in establishing new and innovative ways to implement energy-efficiency improvements to homes and businesses. But even with this aggressive and innovative program deployed at full steam, it would only accomplish about half of the 1.5 percent annual energy savings rate proposed by the EPA. Under-construction nuclear. Of all of the defects in the EPA’s proposal, one is especially egregious. South Carolina has been at the forefront of generating carbon-dioxidefree electricity from nuclear power for years and, in 2008, sought to address potential carbon restrictions by investing even more in nuclear power for the future. Two new nuclear units are under construction in Fairfield County and are scheduled to begin generating power in 2018 and 2019. Astonishingly, the EPA wants to treat these still-underconstruction nuclear units as if they are already producing power. By structuring its assumptions this way, the EPA more than doubles South Carolina’s carbon-­dioxide reduction target. Unless this building block is revised, South Carolinians will pay twice for carbon-free generation. Instead of being rewarded for proactively cutting ­emissions, our state’s consumers will be penalized to the tune of approximately $8.7 billion under this building block alone. Cooperatives are working with the South Carolina congressional delegation and EPA officials to make sure the agency understands the heavy burden it has laid at the feet of energy consumers. With your help, we also spearheaded

a grassroots initiative that, at the date of this writing, has sent more than 180,000 messages from South Carolina to the EPA expressing concern with the agency’s proposal. Co-op communities have taken this effort to heart and ­produced a level of engagement unrivaled throughout the United States. Cooperatives also joined with environmentalists, power providers and state regulators in an effort led by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and the Office of Regulatory Staff to produce a set of ­comments that were, to the greatest extent possible, a consensus view of how the plan could affect all South Carolinians. The final EPA Clean Power Plan is scheduled for release in June of 2015, and co-op members may once again be asked to make their voices heard. While it remains unlikely that a legislative solution to these issues could survive a presidential veto, c­ ongressional action remains a possibility. In the interim, cooperatives are working with other stakeholders to develop a state implementation plan. While the reduction targets are set in Washington, implementation will occur at the state level. For cooperatives, flexibility will ­continue to be key to meeting EPA goals while providing consumers reliable, affordable electricity. You can be proud that South Carolina cooperatives are at the forefront of the innovation on energy efficiency and development of renewables in South Carolina. After years of partnering with Santee Cooper on its Green Power program, which sells blocks of renewable generation to interested members, the co-ops and Santee Cooper again teamed up to build the state’s first solar farm in Colleton County in 2013. This state-of-the-art facility is a test bed for utilities to better understand how to cost-effectively integrate cutting-edge technologies into our systems. This follows a nation-leading effort on energy ­efficiency that was so successful it was endorsed by both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House—no small feat these days. South Carolina’s Help My House project was the model for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Energy Savings Program. South Carolina co-ops are fighting in Columbia and Washington, D.C., to protect the pocketbooks of our members, while doing our best to secure a clean environment and a prosperous economic future for the next ­generation. These goals are not mutually exclusive, and the examples above offer a small window into how South Carolina’s ­electric cooperatives are working hard to make sure your ­electric system is positioned to bring you maximum value well into the future. 

The final EPA Clean Power Plan is scheduled for release in June of 2015, and co-op members may once again be asked to make their voices heard.

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Legislative Directory | 2015-2016

Leadership in a changing world

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lectric cooperatives have served the people of South Carolina for more than 75 years. From their beginnings as small companies formed and owned by the members they serve to their role today as leaders in economic development, community involvement and industry innovation, each of South Carolina’s not-for-profit electric cooperatives has been guided by seven basic principles: l Voluntary and open membership l Democratic member control l Members’ equitable economic participation l Autonomy and independence of each cooperative l Education, training and information for the public, members and opinion leaders l Cooperation between cooperatives l Concern for community The energy challenges to our state and nation over the next decade cannot be overstated. Cooperatives are dedicated to balancing the goals of affordability, reliability and environmental responsibility to meet these challenges in a way that maximizes the benefits to the consumers and the communities we serve. Electric cooperatives serve some of the most economically prosperous and some of the most economically depressed areas of South Carolina. Ensuring that all South Carolinians have access to new energy innovations, and the opportunities they present, is our top priority. As each of our state’s 20 electric cooperatives celebrates its 75th anniversary of cooperative service, we are dedicated to honoring the great legacy built by those who came before us by constantly renewing our commitment to exemplifying cooperative principles, to improving the lives of those we serve and to being the most innovative force for positive development our state can offer. Electric cooperatives are grateful to the General Assembly for remembering that our member-owners and their voters are one and the same, and we thank them for their continued support of the cooperative program. To them, we pledge to continue to not only measure our policies by what is best for our members, but also by what is best for our state. If we can be of service, please contact us.

Mike Couick

CEO The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina (803) 739-3034 mike.couick@ecsc.org

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Chris Koon

Senior Vice President and General Counsel Legal Affairs (803) 739-3030 chris.koon@ecsc.org

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John Frick

Vice President Government Relations (803) 739-3064 john.frick@ecsc.org


U.S. Senate

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ritten in 1787, ratified in 1788 and in oper­a­tion since 1789, the United States Constitution is the world’s longest-surviving written charter of government. Its first three words—“We the People”—affirm that the government exists to serve its citizens. The supremacy of the people through their elected representatives is recognized in Article I, which creates a Congress consisting of a Senate and a House of Representatives. The positioning of Congress at the beginning of the Constitution reaffirms its status as the first branch of the federal government. The Senate is composed of two senators from each state, elected by voters, for six-year terms. Under the Constitution, each state is entitled to at least one representative. Additional seats are apportioned on the basis of the state’s population. Congress fixes the size of the House of Representatives and the procedure of apportioning the number among the states. Each state is apportioned its number of representatives by means of the Department of Commerce’s decennial census. South Carolina has seven representatives elected by voters to serve two-year terms.

Lindsey Graham [R] 290 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Phone: (202) 224-5972 Website: lgraham.senate.gov

Tim Scott [R] 167 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Phone: (202) 224-6121 Website: scott.senate.gov

The United States Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

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U.S. House of Representatives Mark Sanford [R]

Trey Gowdy [R]

1st District Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton & Dorchester Cos. 322 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Phone: (202) 225-3176 Website: sanford.house.gov

4th District Greenville & Spartanburg Cos. 1404 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Phone: (202) 225-6030 Website: gowdy.house.gov

Joe Wilson [R]

Mick Mulvaney [R]

Jeff Duncan [R]

James E. Clyburn [D]

2nd District Aiken, Barnwell, Lexington, Orangeburg & Richland Cos. 2229 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Phone: (202) 225-2452 Website: joewilson.house.gov

5th District Cherokee, Chester, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lancaster, Lee, Newberry, Spartanburg, Sumter, Union & York Cos. 1207 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Phone: (202) 225-5501 Website: mulvaney.house.gov

3rd District Abbeville, Anderson, Edgefield, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Newberry, Oconee, Pickens & Saluda Cos. 106 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Phone: (202) 225-5301 Website: jeffduncan.house.gov

6th District Allendale, Bamberg, Beaufort, Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Clarendon, Colleton, Dorchester, Florence, Hampton, Jasper, Orangeburg, Richland, Sumter & Williamsburg Cos. 242 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Phone: (202) 225-3315 Website: clyburn.house.gov

Tom Rice [R]

Spartanburg

7th District Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Marion & Marlboro Cos. 325 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Phone: (202) 225-9895 Website: rice.house.gov

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Greenville

Rock Hill

Clemson

Pageland Bennettsville

Anderson

Darlington

Newberry Camden

Greenwood

Sumter

Columbia St. Matthews Aiken

S.C. congressional districts

Florence Conway

Myrtle Beach

Kingstree Georgetown

Orangeburg

1st Congressional District 2nd Congressional District 3rd Congressional District 4th Congressional District

Walterboro

5th Congressional District Charleston

6th Congressional District 7th Congressional District

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South Carolina Executive Branch GOVERNOR

Nikki R. Haley [R] Governor’s Mansion 800 Richland St., Columbia, 29201 Office of the Governor 1205 Pendleton St., Columbia, 29201 Phone: (803) 734-2100 Website: governor.sc.gov

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

Henry McMaster [R] State House, 1st Floor East Wing PO Box 142, Columbia, 29202 Phone: (803) 734-2080 Website: ltgov.sc.gov

CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICERS S E C RETARY O F STATE

Mark Hammond [R] Edgar Brown Building 1205 Pendleton St., Suite 525 Columbia, 29201 Phone: (803) 734-2170 Website: scsos.com

TREA S URER

Curtis M. Loftis Jr. [R] Wade Hampton Office Building PO Box 11778 Columbia, 29211 Phone: (803) 734-2101 Fax: (803) 734-2690 Website: treasurer.sc.gov

ATTORNE Y GENERAL

Alan Wilson [R] Rembert Dennis Building PO Box 11549 Columbia, 29201 Phone: (803) 734-3970 Fax: (803) 253-6283 Website: scag.gov

COMPTROLLER GENERAL

Richard A. Eckstrom [R] Wade Hampton Office Building 1200 Senate St. Columbia, 29201 Phone: (803) 734-2121 Website: cg.sc.gov

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he South Carolina Executive Department includes the governor, lieutenant governor and seven constitutional officers. All serve four-year terms. The governor is the chief magistrate with supreme executive authority. The lieutenant governor serves as Senate president and assumes the position of governor if the governor is incapacitated. The secretary of state is responsible for the statewide registration of corporations, uniform commercial code interests, business opportunities, employment agencies, trademarks and notaries. The state treasurer is responsible for the receipt, investment and disbursement of all public funds for the state. The attorney general heads the state legal department. The comptroller general is the state’s chief fiscal officer and fiscal watchdog. The superintendent of education leads a system to enable students to become educated, responsible and contributing citizens. The adjutant general heads the state’s military department. The commissioner of agriculture promotes and nurtures the growth and development of South Carolina’s agriculture industry.

STATE S UPERINTEN D ENT O F E D U C ATION

Molly Spearman [R] Rutledge Building 1429 Senate St. Columbia, 29201 Phone: (803) 734-8500 Website: ed.sc.gov

A D J UTANT GENERAL

Maj. Gen. Robert E. Livingston Jr. [R] 1 National Guard Road Columbia, 29201 Phone: (803) 299-4200 Website: scguard.com

COMMI S S IONER O F AGRI C ULTURE

Hugh Weathers [R] Wade Hampton Office Building PO Box 11280 Columbia, 29211 Phone: (803) 734-2190 Website: agriculture.sc.gov

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The General Assembly | 2015-2016

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he General Assembly crafts South Carolina state laws and consists of two bodies: the South Carolina House of Representatives and the South Carolina Senate. There are 124 members of the S.C. House, who are elected every two years, and 46 members of the S.C. Senate, who are elected every four years, concurrent with the United States presidential election. The legislature convenes at the State House in Columbia from the second Tuesday in January until the first Thursday in June, unless extended by a vote of both bodies.

South Carolina Senate

Senators’ offices are in the Gressette Building, Columbia. (H) (O)

Home district  Columbia office

District 3 – Anderson Co. (H) 104-A North Ave., Anderson, 29625 Cell: (864) 202-8394 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 402 (803) 212-6320 Email: SInvComm@scsenate.gov

Paul G. Campbell Jr. [R]

District 44 – Berkeley, Charleston & Dorchester Cos. (H) 150 Loganberry Circle, Goose Creek, 29445 Business: (843) 296-1001 Home: (843) 569-0089 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 604 (803) 212-6016 Email: PaulCampbell@scsenate.gov

Thomas C. Alexander [R] District 1 – Oconee & Pickens Cos. (H) 150 Cleveland Drive, Walhalla, 29691 Business: (864) 638-2988 Home: (864) 638-2153 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 313 (803) 212-6220 Email: SLCIComm@scsenate.gov

George E. “Chip” Campsen III [R]

Karl B. Allen [D]

Raymond E. Cleary III [R]

Sean Bennett [R]

Creighton B. Coleman [D]

Lee Bright [R]

Thomas D. “Tom” Corbin [R]

District 7 – Greenville Co. (H) 108 Lavinia Ave., Greenville, 29601 Business: (864) 235-9049 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 610 (803) 212-6040 Email: KarlAllen@scsenate.gov

District 38 – Berkeley, Charleston & Dorchester Cos. (H) 1422 Peninsula Pointe, Summerville, 29485 Business: (843) 821-3009 Home: (843) 821-3352 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 601 (803) 212-6116 Email: SeanBennett@scsenate.gov

District 12 – Greenville & Spartanburg Cos. (H) PO Box 589, Roebuck, 29376 Business: (864) 978-9522 Home: (864) 576-6742 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 602 (803) 212-6008 Email: LeeBright@scsenate.gov

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District 43 – Beaufort, Charleston & Colleton Cos. (H) 360 Concord St., Suite 201, Charleston, 29401 Business: (843) 722-0123 Home: (843) 886-8454 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 305 (803) 212-6340 Email: SFGFComm@scsenate.gov

District 34 – Charleston, Georgetown & Horry Cos. (H) 3577 Marion Lane, Murrells Inlet, 29576 Business: (843) 650-5100 Home: (843) 357-2234 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 610 (803) 212-6040 Email: RayCleary@scsenate.gov

District 17 – Chester, Fairfield & York Cos. (H) PO Box 1006, Winnsboro, 29180 Business: (803) 635-6884 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 508 (803) 212-6132 Email: CreightonColeman@scsenate.gov

District 5 – Greenville & Spartanburg Cos. (H) 1139 Bailey Mill Road, Travelers Rest, 29690 Business: (864) 834-9915 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 501 (803) 212-6100 Email: TomCorbin@scsenate.gov


Connecting cooperative members to South Carolina Lawmakers John E. Courson [R]

Robert W. Hayes Jr. [R]

Ronnie W. Cromer [R]

Greg Hembree [R]

Tom Davis [R]

C. Bradley Hutto [D]

Michael L. Fair [R]

Darrell Jackson [D]

Chauncey K. “Greg” Gregory [R]

Kevin L. Johnson [D]

Lawrence K. “Larry” Grooms [R]

Marlon E. Kimpson [D]

District 20 – Lexington & Richland Cos. (H) 2934 Wheat St., Columbia, 29205 Home: (803) 256-7853 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 412 (803) 212-6250 Email: SEduComm@scsenate.gov

District 18 – Lexington, Newberry & Union Cos. (H) PO Box 378, Prosperity, 29127 Home: (803) 364-3950 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 311 (803) 212-6330 Email: SRulesComm@scsenate.gov

District 46 – Beaufort & Jasper Cos. (H) PO Drawer 1107, Beaufort, 29901-1107 Business: (843) 252-8583 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 602 (803) 212-6008 Email: TomDavis@scsenate.gov

District 6 – Greenville Co. (H) PO Box 14632, Greenville, 29610 Business: (864) 246-4257 Home: (864) 246-4257 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 211 (803) 212-6420 Email: MikeFair@scsenate.gov

District 16 – Lancaster & York Cos. (H) PO Box 1381, Lancaster, 29721 Business: (803) 289-6211 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 606 (803) 212-6024 Email: GregGregory@scsenate.gov

District 37 – Berkeley & Charleston Cos. (H) 148 Etiwan Park St., Charleston, 29492 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 203 (803) 212-6400 Email: STransComm@scsenate.gov

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District 15 – York Co. (H) 1486 Cureton Drive, Rock Hill, 29732 Business: (803) 324-2800 Home: (803) 328-8532 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 410 (803) 212-6240 Email: SBIComm@scsenate.gov

District 28 – Dillon & Horry Cos. (H) PO Box 944, North Myrtle Beach, 29597 Business: (843) 946-6556 Home: (843) 249-2513 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 604 (803) 212-6016 Email: GregHembree@scsenate.gov

District 40 – Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Colleton, Hampton & Orangeburg Cos. (H) PO Box 1084, Orangeburg, 29116-1084 Business: (803) 534-5218 Home: (803) 536-1808 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 510 (803) 212-6140 Email: BradHutto@scsenate.gov

District 21 – Richland Co. (H) 608 Motley Road, Hopkins, 29061 Business: (803) 771-0325 Home: (803) 776-6954 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 612 (803) 212-6048 Email: DarrellJackson@scsenate.gov

District 36 – Clarendon, Darlington, Florence & Sumter Cos. (H) PO Box 156, Manning, 29102 Home: (803) 435-8117 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 612 (803) 212-6048 Email: KevinJohnson@scsenate.gov

District 42 – Charleston & Dorchester Cos. (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 613 (803) 212-6056 Email: MarlonKimpson@scsenate.gov

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2015–2016 Legislative Guide Hugh K. Leatherman Sr. [R]

John W. Matthews Jr. [D]

Joel Lourie [D]

J. Thomas McElveen III [D]

Gerald Malloy [D]

Floyd Nicholson [D]

Larry A. Martin [R]

William H. O’Dell [R]

Shane R. Martin [R]

Harvey S. Peeler Jr. [R]

A. Shane Massey [R]

Clementa C. Pinckney [D]

District 31 – Darlington & Florence Cos. (H) 1817 Pineland Ave., Florence, 29501 Business: (843) 662-0388 Home: (843) 667-1152 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 111 (803) 212-6640 Email: SFinComm@scsenate.gov

District 22 – Kershaw & Richland Cos. (H) PO Box 6212, Columbia, 29260 Business: (803) 256-2067 Home: (803) 787-5802 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 601 (803) 212-6116 Email: JoelLourie@scsenate.gov

District 29 – Chesterfield, Darlington, Lee & Marlboro Cos. (H) 1216 Salem Road, Hartsville, 29550 Business: (843) 339-3000 Home: (843) 332-5533 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 513 (803) 212-6172 Email: GeraldMalloy@scsenate.gov

District 2 – Pickens Co. (H) PO Box 247, Pickens, 29671 Business: (864) 306-2126 Home: (864) 878-6105 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 101 (803) 212-6610 Email: SJudComm@scsenate.gov

District 13 – Greenville, Spartanburg & Union Cos. (H) PO Box 575, Pauline, 29374 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 501 (803) 212-6100 Email: ShaneMartin@scsenate.gov

District 25 – Aiken, Edgefield, Lexington, McCormick & Saluda Cos. (H) PO Box 551, Edgefield, 29824 Business: (803) 649-6200 Home: (803) 480-0419 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 606 (803) 212-6024 Email: ShaneMassey@scsenate.gov

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District 39 – Berkeley, Calhoun, Colleton, Dorchester & Orangeburg Cos. (H) PO Box 460, Bowman, 29018 Home: (803) 829-2383 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 613 (803) 212-6056 Email: JohnMatthews@scsenate.gov

District 35 – Kershaw, Lee, Richland & Sumter Cos. (H) PO Box 57, Sumter, 29151 Business: (803) 775-1263 Home: (803) 778-0597 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 508 (803) 212-6132 Email: ThomasMcElveen@scsenate.gov

District 10 – Abbeville, Greenwood, McCormick & Saluda Cos. (H) 527 Bryte St., Greenwood, 29649 Business: (864) 992-1878 Home: (864) 223-9460 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 608 (803) 212-6000 Email: FloydNicholson@scsenate.gov

District 4 – Abbeville, Anderson & Greenwood Cos. (H) PO Box 540, Ware Shoals, 29692 Business: (864) 861-2222 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 303 (803) 212-6350 Email: SGenComm@scsenate.gov

District 14 – Cherokee, Spartanburg, Union & York Cos. (H) PO Box 742, Gaffney, 29342 Business: (864) 489-9994 Home: (864) 489-3766 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 213 (803) 212-6430 Email: SMediComm@scsenate.gov

District 45 – Allendale, Beaufort, Charleston, Colleton, Hampton & Jasper Cos. (H) PO Box 507, Ridgeland, 29936 Business: (843) 726-6019 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 512 (803) 212-6148 Email: ClementaPinckney@scsenate.gov


Connecting cooperative members to South Carolina Lawmakers

s.c. Senate

Luke A. Rankin [R]

Vincent A. Sheheen [D]

Glenn G. Reese [D]

Paul Thurmond [R]

Ronnie A. Sabb [D]

Ross Turner [R]

John L. Scott Jr. [D]

Daniel B. “Danny” Verdin III [R]

Nikki G. Setzler [D]

Kent M. Williams [D]

Katrina Frye Shealy [R]

Tom Young Jr. [R]

District 33 – Horry Co. (H) 201 Beaty St., Conway, 29526 Business: (843) 248-2405 Home: (843) 626-6269 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 205 (803) 212-6410 Email: SEthicsComm@scsenate.gov

District 11 – Spartanburg Co. (H) 507 Fagan Drive, Lake Bowen, Inman, 29349 Business: (864) 585-1956 Home: (864) 592-2984 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 502 (803) 212-6108 Email: GlennReese@scsenate.gov

District 32 – Berkeley, Florence, Georgetown, Horry & Williamsburg Cos. (H) PO Box 311, Greeleyville, 29056 Business: (843) 355-5349 Home: (843) 426-4138 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 504 (803) 212-6032 Email: RonnieSabb@scsenate.gov

District 19 – Richland Co. (H) 215 Elmont Drive, Columbia, 29203 Business: (803) 733-5176 Home: (803) 786-2373 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 506 (803) 212-6124 Email: JohnScott@scsenate.gov

District 26 – Aiken, Calhoun, Lexington & Saluda Cos. (H) 249 Congaree Park Drive, West Columbia, 29169 Business: (803) 796-1285 Home: (803) 796-7573 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 510 (803) 212-6140 Email: NikkiSetzler@scsenate.gov

District 23 – Lexington Co. (H) PO Box 503, Lexington, 29071 Cell: (803) 530-8787 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 502 (803) 212-6108 Email: KatrinaShealy@scsenate.gov

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District 27 – Chesterfield, Kershaw & Lancaster Cos. (H) PO Drawer 10, Camden, 29021 Business: (803) 432-4391 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 504 (803) 212-6032 Email: VincentSheheen@scsenate.gov

District 41 – Charleston & Dorchester Cos. (H) 601 White Chapel Circle, Charleston, 29412 Business: (843) 937-8000 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 513 (803) 212-6172 Email: PaulThurmond@scsenate.gov

District 8 – Greenville Co. (H) PO Box 16703, Greenville, 29606 Business: (864) 288-9513 Home: (864) 987-0596 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 512 (803) 212-6148 Email: RossTurner@scsenate.gov

District 9 – Greenville & Laurens Cos. (H) PO Box 272, Laurens, 29360 Business: (864) 984-4129 Home: (864) 682-8914 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 404 (803) 212-6230 Email: SAgriComm@scsenate.gov

District 30 – Dillon, Florence, Horry, Marion & Marlboro Cos. (H) 4205 Stirk Place, Marion, 29571 Business: (843) 423-8237 Home: (843) 362-0307 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 608 (803) 212-6000 Email: KentWilliams@scsenate.gov

District 24 – Aiken Co. (H) PO Box 651, Aiken, 29802 Business: (803) 649-0000 Home: (803) 215-3631 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 506 (803) 212-6124 Email: TomYoung@scsenate.gov

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South Carolina House of Representatives

House members’ offices are in the Blatt Building, Columbia. (H) (O)

Home district Columbia office

Terry Alexander [D]

District 59 – Darlington & Florence Cos. (H) 1646 Harris Court, Florence, 29501 Business: (843) 679-0694 Home: (843) 665-7321 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 314C (803) 734-3004 Email: TerryAlexander@schouse.gov

District 80 – Kershaw & Richland Cos. (H) 1515 Crossing Creek Road, Eastover, 29044 Home: (803) 776-6416 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 503A (803) 734-3107 Email: JimmyBales@schouse.gov

Nathan Ballentine [R]

District 71 – Lexington & Richland Cos. (H) 324 Sienna Drive, Chapin, 29036 Home: (803) 732-1861 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 320B (803) 734-2969 Email: NathanBallentine@schouse.gov

Merita A. “Rita” Allison [R]

Justin Bamberg [D]

Carl L. Anderson [D]

Bruce W. Bannister [R]

District 36 – Greenville & Spartanburg Cos. (H) PO Box 93, Lyman, 29365 Business: (864) 909-1092 Home: (864) 439-6255 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 429 (803) 734-3053 Email: RitaAllison@schouse.gov

District 103 – Georgetown, Horry & Williamsburg Cos. (H) PO Box 694, Georgetown, 29442 Business: (843) 545-3029 Home: (843) 546-5332 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 304C (803) 734-2933 Email: CarlAnderson@schouse.gov

District 90 – Bamberg, Barnwell & Colleton Cos. (H) 216 Family Circle Drive, Bamberg, 29003 Home: (803) 682-2860 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 404D (803) 212-6907 Email: JustinBamberg@schouse.gov

District 24 – Greenville Co. (H) PO Box 10007, Greenville, 29603 Business: (864) 298-0084 Home: (864) 676-9250 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 518B (803) 734-3138 Email: BruceBannister@schouse.gov

Michael A. “Mike” Anthony [D]

Eric M. Bedingfield [R]

Todd K. Atwater [R]

Beth E. Bernstein [D]

District 42 – Laurens & Union Cos. (H) 322 Mt. Vernon Road, Union, 29379 Home: (864) 427-3023 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 432C (803) 734-3060 Email: MichaelAnthony@schouse.gov

District 87 – Lexington Co. (H) PO Box 1056, Lexington, 29071-1056 Business: (803) 798-6207 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 320D (803) 212-6924 Email: ToddAtwater@schouse.gov

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District 28 – Greenville Co. (H) 945 Cooley Bridge Road, Belton, 29627 Business: (864) 230-7044 Home: (864) 230-7044 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 312B (803) 734-2962 Email: EricBedingfield@schouse.gov

District 78 – Richland Co. (H) 1019 Assembly St., Columbia, 29201 Business: (803) 799-7900 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 434C (803) 212-6940 Email: BethBernstein@schouse.gov


Connecting cooperative members to South Carolina Lawmakers Kenneth A. “Kenny” Bingham [R]

James Mikell “Mike” Burns [R]

William K. “Bill” Bowers [D]

William M. “Bill” Chumley [R]

Jeffrey A. “Jeff” Bradley [R]

Gary E. Clary [R]

Norman D. “Doug” Brannon [R]

Alan D. Clemmons [R]

Grady A. Brown [D]

William “Bill” Clyburn [D]

Robert L. Brown [D]

Gilda Cobb-Hunter [D]

District 89 – Lexington Co. (H) PO Box 2025, Cayce, 29171 Business: (803) 796-9300 Home: (803) 796-3582 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 519B (803) 734-3114 Email: KennyBingham@schouse.gov

District 122 – Beaufort, Hampton & Jasper Cos. (H) PO Box 686, Hampton, 29924 Business: (803) 914-2142 Home: (803) 632-5755 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 310C (803) 734-2959 Email: BillBowers@schouse.gov

District 123 – Beaufort Co. (H) 304 Seabrook Drive, Hilton Head Island, 29926 Business: (843) 342-6918 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 320A (803) 212-6928 Email: JeffBradley@schouse.gov

District 38 – Spartanburg Co. (H) 201 Clearwater Road, Landrum, 29356 Business: (864) 707-2020 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 530C (803) 212-6876 Email: DougBrannon@schouse.gov

District 50 – Kershaw, Lee & Sumter Cos. (H) 420 S. Main St., Bishopville, 29010 Business: (803) 484-6832 Home: (803) 484-6918 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 304B (803) 734-2934 Email: GradyBrown@schouse.gov

District 116 – Charleston & Colleton Cos. (H) 5925 Hwy. 162, Hollywood, 29449 Business: (843) 889-6440 Home: (843) 889-8835 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 330D (803) 734-3170 Email: RobertBrown@schouse.gov

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District 17 – Greenville Co. (H) 100 Old Locust Hill Road, Taylors, 29687 Business: (864) 906-6949 Home: (864) 895-4593 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 326A (803) 212-6891 Email: MikeBurns@schouse.gov

District 35 – Greenville & Spartanburg Cos. (H) 3303 Greenpond Road, Woodruff, 29388 Business: (864) 303-2726 Home: (864) 433-9150 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 304A (803) 212-6894 Email: BillChumley@schouse.gov

District 3 – Pickens Co. (H) PO Box 1645, Clemson, 29633 Business: (864) 415-0886 Home: (864) 654-5727 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 418A (803) 212-6908 Email: GaryClary@schouse.gov

District 107 – Horry Co. (H) 1800-A North Oak St., Myrtle Beach, 29577 Business: (843) 448-4246 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 519C (803) 734-3113 Email: AlanClemmons@schouse.gov

District 82 – Aiken, Edgefield & Saluda Cos. (H) 664 Edrie St., Aiken, 29801 Home: (803) 649-6167 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 416C (803) 734-3033 Email: BillClyburn@schouse.gov

District 66 – Orangeburg Co. (H) PO Box 2263, Orangeburg, 29116 Business: (803) 534-2448 Home: (803) 531-1257 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 309C (803) 734-2809 Email: GildaCobbHunter@schouse.gov

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2015–2016 Legislative Guide J. Derham Cole Jr. [R]

F. Gregory “Greg” Delleney Jr. [R]

Neal A. Collins [R]

Chandra E. Dillard [D]

Christopher A. Corley [R]

MaryGail K. Douglas [D]

Heather Ammons Crawford [R]

Gregory Duckworth [R]

William E. “Bill” Crosby [R]

Shannon S. Erickson [R]

Joseph S. Daning [R]

Raye Felder [R]

District 32 – Spartanburg Co. (H) PO Box 1467, Spartanburg, 29304 Business: (864) 591-1113 Home: (864) 285-4732 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 402B (803) 212-6790 Email: DerhamCole@schouse.gov

District 5 – Pickens Co. (H) PO Box 906, Easley, 29641 Business: (864) 350-4175 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 418D (803) 212-6913 Email: NealCollins@schouse.gov

District 84 – Aiken Co. (H) 118 Sugarhill Drive, Graniteville, 29829 Business: (706) 925-3686 Home: (803) 634-1762 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 420A (803) 212-6917 Email: ChristopherCorley@schouse.gov

District 68 – Horry Co. (H) PO Box 31385, Myrtle Beach, 29588 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 522A (803) 212-6933 Email: HeatherCrawford@schouse.gov

District 117 – Berkeley & Charleston Cos. (H) 2680 Hanford Mills Lane, North Charleston, 29406 Home: (843) 553-2821 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 310D (803) 212-6879 Email: BillCrosby@schouse.gov

District 92 – Berkeley Co. (H) 118 Queensbury Circle, Goose Creek, 29445 Home: (843) 553-9288 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 310B (803) 734-2951 Email: JoeDaning@schouse.gov

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District 43 – Chester & York Cos. (H) PO Drawer 808, Chester, 29706 Business: (803) 581-2211 Home: (803) 385-3580 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 512 (803) 734-3120 Email: GregDelleney@schouse.gov

District 23 – Greenville Co. (H) 5 Alleta Ave., Greenville, 29607 Business: (864) 294-2503 Home: (864) 233-6549 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 414B (803) 212-6791 Email: ChandraDillard@schouse.gov

District 41 – Chester, Fairfield & Richland Cos. (H) 56 Kabbad Road, Winnsboro, 29180 Home: (803) 635-9292 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 314B (803) 212-6789 Email: MaryGailDouglas@schouse.gov

District 104 – Horry Co. (H) 2412 Watson Drive, North Myrtle Beach, 29582 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 432D (803) 212-6918 Email: GregDuckworth@schouse.gov

District 124 – Beaufort Co. (H) Business: (843) 986-1090 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 320C (803) 734-3261 Email: ShannonErickson@schouse.gov

District 26 – York Co. (H) 116 Mary Mack Lane, Fort Mill, 29715 Business: (803) 547-6715 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 414D (803) 212-6892 Email: RayeFelder@schouse.gov


Connecting cooperative members to South Carolina Lawmakers Kirkman Finlay III [R]

Wendell G. Gilliard [D]

P. Michael “Mike” Forrester [R]

Stephen Goldfinch Jr. [R]

Laurie Slade Funderburk [D]

Jerry N. Govan Jr. [D]

Craig A. Gagnon [R]

Daniel P. “Dan” Hamilton [R]

Michael W. “Mike” Gambrell [R]

Kevin Hardee [R]

J. Wayne George [D]

Nelson L. Hardwick [R]

District 75 – Richland Co. (H) PO Box 11684, Columbia, 29211 Business: (803) 748-1090 Home: (803) 695-9550 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 532A (803) 212-6943 Email: KirkmanFinlay@schouse.gov

District 34 – Spartanburg Co. (H) 287 Creekridge Drive, Spartanburg, 29301 Business: (864) 592-6204 Home: (864) 595-1137 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 402C (803) 212-6792 Email: MikeForrester@schouse.gov

District 52 – Kershaw Co. (H) PO Box 188, Camden, 29021 Business: (803) 432-0188 Home: (803) 432-4371 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 422C (803) 734-3044 Email: LaurieFunderburk@schouse.gov

District 11 – Abbeville & Anderson Cos. (H) 504 Church St., Abbeville, 29620 Business: (864) 366-2024 Home: (864) 366-4112 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 436A (803) 212-6934 Email: CraigGagnon@schouse.gov

District 7 – Abbeville & Anderson Cos. (H) 400 Filter Plant Road, Honea Path, 29654 Business: (864) 844-3614 Home: (864) 369-0613 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 436B (803) 734-2947 Email: MikeGambrell@schouse.gov

District 57 – Dillon, Horry & Marion Cos. (H) 223 Meadowview Lane, Mullins, 29574 Business: (843) 464-6884 Home: (843) 464-9070 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 333B (803) 212-6936 Email: WayneGeorge@schouse.gov

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District 111 – Charleston Co. (H) PO Box 31641, Charleston, 29417 Business: (843) 209-3123 Home: (843) 402-9710 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 328A (803) 212-6793 Email: WendellGilliard@schouse.gov

District 108 – Charleston & Georgetown Cos. (H) PO Box 823, Murrells Inlet, 29576 Business: (843) 357-9301 Home: (843) 385-4302 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 306A (803) 212-6927 Email: StephenGoldfinch@schouse.gov

District 95 – Orangeburg Co. (H) PO Box 77, Orangeburg, 29116 Business: (803) 533-7976 Home: (803) 531-1158 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 530B (803) 734-3012 Email: JerryGovan@schouse.gov

District 20 – Greenville Co. (H) PO Box 6088, Greenville, 29606 Business: (864) 527-7685 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 312C (803) 212-6795 Email: DanHamilton@schouse.gov

District 105 – Horry Co. (H) 2088 Cane Branch Road, Loris, 29569 Home: (843) 455-3567 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 306C (803) 212-6796 Email: KevinHardee@schouse.gov

District 106 – Horry Co. (H) 714 Cedar Drive North, Surfside Beach, 29575 Business: (843) 238-1142 Home: (843) 238-8380 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 522B (803) 734-2967 Email: NelsonHardwick@schouse.gov

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2015–2016 Legislative Guide Christopher R. “Chris” Hart [D]

Jonathon D. Hill [R]

Jackie E. “Coach” Hayes [D]

David R. Hiott [R]

Phyllis Henderson [R]

William M. “Bill” Hixon [R]

Patricia Moore “Pat” Henegan [D]

Kenneth F. Hodges [D]

William G. “Bill” Herbkersman [R]

Jenny Anderson Horne [R]

Donna C. Hicks [R]

Lonnie Hosey [D]

District 73 – Richland Co. (H) 5219 Burke Ave., Columbia, 29203 Home: (803) 771-7701 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 432B (803) 734-3061 Email: ChrisHart@schouse.gov

District 55 – Darlington, Dillon, Horry & Marlboro Cos. (H) 240 Bermuda Road, Dillon, 29536 Business: (843) 841-3679 Home: (843) 774-6125 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 333C (803) 734-3099 Email: JackieHayes@schouse.gov

District 21 – Greenville Co. (H) 110 Silver Creek Court, Greer, 29650 Business: (864) 423-3149 Home: (864) 268-1081 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 522D (803) 212-6883 Email: PhyllisHenderson@schouse.gov

District 54 – Chesterfield, Darlington & Marlboro Cos. (H) PO Box 41, Bennettsville, 29512 Home: (843) 479-7838 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 333A (803) 212-6896 Email: PatriciaHenegan@schouse.gov

District 118 – Beaufort & Jasper Cos. (H) 896 May River Road, Bluffton, 29910-5833 Business: (843) 757-7900 Home: (843) 757-5424 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 308B (803) 734-3063 Email: BillHerbkersman@schouse.gov

District 37 – Spartanburg Co. (H) PO Box 161852, Boiling Springs, 29316 Business: (864) 804-4239 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 402D (803) 212-6878 Email: DonnaHicks@schouse.gov

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District 8 – Anderson Co. (H) 1031 Double Springs Road, Townville, 29689 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 434A (803) 212-6919 Email: JHill@schouse.gov

District 4 – Pickens Co. (H) PO Box 997, Pickens, 29671 Business: (864) 878-9832 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 411 (803) 734-3022 Email: DavidHiott@schouse.gov

District 83 – Aiken & Edgefield Cos. (H) PO Box 7927, North Augusta, 29861 Business: (803) 279-8855 Home: (803) 278-0892 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 416A (803) 212-6898 Email: BillHixon@schouse.gov

District 121 – Beaufort & Colleton Cos. (H) PO Drawer 355, Green Pond, 29446 Business: (843) 525-9006 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 434B (803) 734-3062 Email: KennethHodges@schouse.gov

District 94 – Charleston & Dorchester Cos. (H) 133 E. 1st North St., Suite 5, Summerville, 29483 Business: (843) 873-1721 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 308D (803) 212-6871 Email: JennyHorne@schouse.gov

District 91 – Allendale, Barnwell & Orangeburg Cos. (H) PO Box 423, Barnwell, 29812 Home: (803) 259-1178 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 404B (803) 734-2829 Email: LonnieHosey@schouse.gov


Connecting cooperative members to South Carolina Lawmakers

S.C. House

Leon Howard [D]

Roger K. Kirby [D]

Chip Huggins [R]

Patsy G. Knight [D]

Joseph H. Jefferson Jr. [D]

Harry B. “Chip” Limehouse III [R]

Jeffrey E. “Jeff” Johnson [R]

Dwight A. Loftis [R]

Ralph Shealy Kennedy Jr. [R]

Deborah A. Long [R]

John Richard C. King [D]

Phillip D. Lowe [R]

District 76 – Richland Co. (H) 2425 Barhamville Road, Columbia, 29204 Business: (803) 254-9468 Home: (803) 254-1216 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 425 (803) 734-3046 Email: LeonHoward@schouse.gov

District 85 – Lexington Co. (H) 308 Wayworth Court, Columbia, 29212 Business: (803) 732-2000 Home: (803) 732-4418 Cell: (803) 331-8468 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 323B (803) 734-2971 Email: ChipHuggins@schouse.gov

District 102 – Berkeley & Dorchester Cos. (H) 1375 Colonel Maham Drive, Pineville, 29468 Business: (843) 567-4386 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 304D (803) 734-2936 Email: JosephJefferson@schouse.gov

District 58 – Horry Co. (H) 7223 Pee Dee Highway, Conway, 29527 Business: (843) 488-5333 Home: (843) 397-0079 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 432A (803) 212-6946 Email: JeffJohnson@schouse.gov

District 39 – Lexington & Saluda Cos. (H) 617 Woodland Way, Leesville, 29070 Business: (803) 532-4100 Home: (803) 532-4003 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 323A (803) 212-6938 Email: RalphKennedy@schouse.gov

District 49 – York Co. (H) PO Box 11555, Rock Hill, 29731 Home: (803) 980-5454 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 309D (803) 212-6873 Email: JohnKing@schouse.gov

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District 61 – Florence & Marion Cos. (H) 1690 Johnsonville Highway, Lake City, 29560 Business: (843) 374-7653 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 314D (803) 212-6947 Email: RogerKirby@schouse.gov

District 97 – Colleton & Dorchester Cos. (H) PO Box 663, St. George, 29477 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 306B (803) 734-2960 Email: PatsyKnight@schouse.gov

District 110 – Charleston Co. (H) 22 Menotti St., Charleston, 29401 Business: (843) 577-6242 Home: (843) 577-6242 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 326C (803) 734-2977 Email: ChipLimehouse@schouse.gov

District 19 – Greenville Co. (H) PO Box 14784, Greenville, 29610 Home: (864) 834-5760 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 522C (803) 734-3101 Email: DwightLoftis@schouse.gov

District 45 – Lancaster & York Cos. (H) 1115 John Short Road, Indian Land, 29707 Home: (803) 547-5215 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 414A (803) 212-6874 Email: DeborahLong@schouse.gov

District 60 – Darlington & Florence Cos. (H) 507 West Cheves St., Florence, 29501 Business: (843) 662-1234 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 327B (803) 734-2975 Email: PhillipLowe@schouse.gov

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2015–2016 Legislative Guide James H. “Jay” Lucas [R]

Walton J. McLeod III [D]

David J. Mack III [D]

James H. Merrill [R]

Peter M. McCoy Jr. [R]

Harold Mitchell Jr. [D]

Joseph A. “Joe” McEachern [D]

Dennis C. Moss [R]

Cezar E. McKnight [D]

V. Stephen “Steve” Moss [R]

Mia S. McLeod [D]

Christopher J. “Chris” Murphy [R]

District 65 – Chesterfield, Darlington, Kershaw & Lancaster Cos. (H) 1744 Garland Drive, Hartsville, 29550 Business: (843) 332-5050 Home: (843) 383-9421 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 506 (803) 734-3125 Email: JayLucas@schouse.gov

District 109 – Charleston & Dorchester Cos. (H) 4340 Evanston Blvd., North Charleston, 29418 Business: (843) 225-4869 Home: (843) 760-0198 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 328D (803) 734-3192 Email: DavidMack@schouse.gov

District 115 – Charleston Co. (H) 135 King St., Charleston, 29401 Business: (843) 628-2855 Home: (843) 452-4722 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 420D (803) 212-6872 Email: PeterMcCoy@schouse.gov

District 77 – Richland Co. (H) PO Box 3751, Columbia, 29230 Business: (803) 735-1808 Home: (803) 786-8304 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 330B (803) 212-6875 Email: JoeMcEachern@schouse.gov

District 101 – Clarendon & Williamsburg Cos. (H) 705 Fourth Ave., Kingstree, 29556 Business: (843) 374-4529 Home: (843) 372-3323 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 314A (803) 212-6926 Email: CezarMcKnight@schouse.gov

District 79 – Richland Co. (H) PO Box 290692, Columbia, 29229 Business: (803) 251-9476 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 335D (803) 212-6794 Email: Mia@schouse.gov

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District 40 – Newberry Co. (H) 308 Pomaria St., Little Mountain, 29075 Business: (803) 345-1538 Home: (803) 945-7461 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 422B (803) 734-3276 Email: WaltMcLeod@schouse.gov

District 99 – Berkeley & Charleston Cos. (H) 2401 Daniel Island Drive, Charleston, 29492 Business: (843) 740-5855 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 308C (803) 734-3072 Email: JimMerrill@schouse.gov

District 31 – Spartanburg Co. (H) PO Box 3046, Spartanburg, 29304-3046 Home: (864) 279-4675 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 414C (803) 734-6638 Email: HaroldMitchell@schouse.gov

District 29 – Cherokee, Chester & York Cos. (H) 306 Silver Circle, Gaffney, 29340 Business: (864) 761-6353 Home: (864) 487-2121 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 530A (803) 734-3073 Email: DennisMoss@schouse.gov

District 30 – Cherokee & York Cos. (H) 104 Rains Road, Blacksburg, 29702 Home: (864) 839-3135 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 418B (803) 212-6885 Email: SteveMoss@schouse.gov

District 98 – Dorchester Co. (H) 4238 Persimmon Woods Drive, North Charleston, 29420 Business: (843) 832-1120 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 308A (803) 212-6925 Email: ChrisMurphy@schouse.gov


Connecting cooperative members to South Carolina Lawmakers Wendy K. Nanney [R]

J. Anne Parks [D]

Joseph H. “Joe” Neal [D]

Michael A. Pitts [R]

Wm. Weston J. Newton [R]

Thomas E. “Tommy” Pope [R]

Ralph W. Norman [R]

Joshua A. Putnam [R]

Mandy Powers Norrell [D]

Rick Quinn [R]

Russell L. Ott [D]

Robert L. Ridgeway III [D]

District 22 – Greenville Co. (H) 124 Birnam Court, Greenville, 29615 Business: (864) 979-4735 Home: (864) 292-1523 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 312D (803) 212-6877 Email: WendyNanney@schouse.gov

District 70 – Richland & Sumter Cos. (H) PO Box 5, Hopkins, 29061 Home: (803) 776-0353 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 309B (803) 734-2804 Email: JoeNeal@schouse.gov

District 120 – Beaufort & Jasper Cos. (H) 83 Myrtle Island Road, Bluffton, 29910 Business: (843) 706-6111 Home: (843) 706-3880 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 228 (803) 212-6810 Email: WestonNewton@schouse.gov

District 48 – York Co. (H) PO Box 36518, Rock Hill, 29732 Business: (803) 366-8141 Home: (803) 366-2819 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 404C (803) 212-6888 Email: RalphNorman@schouse.gov

District 44 – Lancaster Co. (H) PO Box 994, Lancaster, 29721 Business: (803) 289-1800 Home: (803) 289-6409 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 422D (803) 212-6937 Email: MandyNorrell@schouse.gov

District 93 – Calhoun, Lexington & Orangeburg Cos. (H) 135 Ott Farm Trail, St. Matthews, 29135 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 306D (803) 734-6945 Email: RussellOtt@schouse.gov

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District 12 – Greenwood & McCormick Cos. (H) PO Box 181, Greenwood, 29648 Business: (864) 229-3206 Home: (864) 223-3193 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 434D (803) 734-3069 Email: AnneParks@schouse.gov

District 14 – Greenwood & Laurens Cos. (H) 372 Bucks Point Road, Laurens, 29360 Home: (864) 923-2925 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 327C (803) 734-2830 Email: MikePitts@schouse.gov

District 47 – York Co. (H) PO Box 471, York, 29745 Business: (803) 324-7574 Cell: (803) 984-6616 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 505 (803) 734-2701 Email: TommyPope@schouse.gov

District 10 – Anderson, Greenville & Pickens Cos. (H) 108 Angela Drive, Piedmont, 29673 Business: (864) 238-9431 Home: (864) 238-9431 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 418C (803) 212-6931 Email: JoshuaPutnam@schouse.gov

District 69 – Lexington Co. (H) 115 John Preston Drive, Lexington, 29072-7715 Business: (803) 799-8638 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 532C (803) 212-6897 Email: RickQuinn@schouse.gov

District 64 – Clarendon & Sumter Cos. (H) 117 N. Brooks St., Manning, 29102 Home: (803) 938-3087 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 422A (803) 212-6929 Email: BobbyRidgeway@schouse.gov

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2015–2016 Legislative Guide R. Shannon Riley [R]

J. Gary Simrill [R]

Samuel Rivers Jr. [R]

G. Murrell Smith Jr. [R]

Leola C. Robinson-Simpson [D]

Garry R. Smith [R]

J. Todd Rutherford [D]

James E. Smith Jr. [D]

Mike Ryhal [R]

F. Michael “Mike” Sottile [R]

William E. “Bill” Sandifer III [R]

Edward L. Southard [R]

District 13 – Greenwood Co. (H) PO Box 212, Hodges, 29653 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 327A (803) 212-6939 Email: ShannonRiley@schouse.gov

District 15 – Berkeley & Charleston Cos. (H) PO Box 760, Goose Creek, 29445 Business: (843) 529-0390 Home: (843) 553-6448 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 323D (803) 212-6890 Email: SamuelRivers@schouse.gov

District 25 – Greenville Co. (H) 19 Prince Ave., Greenville, 29605 Home: (864) 277-0232 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 330A (803) 212-6941 Email: LeolaRobinsonSimpson@schouse.gov

District 74 – Richland Co. (H) PO Box 1452, Columbia, 29202 Business: (803) 256-3003 Home: (803) 799-8633 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 335B (803) 734-9441 Email: ToddRutherford@schouse.gov

District 56 – Horry Co. (H) 8328 Juxa Drive, Myrtle Beach, 29579 Home: (843) 655-2452 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 404A (803) 212-6935 Email: MikeRyhal@schouse.gov

District 2 – Oconee & Pickens Cos. (H) 112 Cardinal Drive, Seneca, 29672 Business: (864) 885-2240 Home: (864) 882-1225 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 407 (803) 734-3015 Email: HLCIComm@schouse.gov

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District 46 – York Co. (H) 1515 Alexander Road, Rock Hill, 29732 Business: (803) 366-0445 Home: (803) 328-8089 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 518C (803) 734-3040 Email: GarySimrill@schouse.gov

District 67 – Sumter Co. (H) PO Box 580, Sumter, 29151 Business: (803) 778-2471 Home: (803) 469-4416 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 420B (803) 734-3042 Email: MurrellSmith@schouse.gov

District 27 – Greenville Co. (H) 210 Foxhound Road, Simpsonville, 29680 Business: (864) 963-0337 Home: (864) 963-0337 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 534 (803) 734-3141 Email: GarrySmith@schouse.gov

District 72 – Richland Co. (H) PO Box 50333, Columbia, 29250 Business: (803) 933-9800 Home: (803) 256-3582 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 335C (803) 734-2997 Email: james@jamessmith.com

District 112 – Charleston Co. (H) 132 Sparrow Drive, Isle of Palms, 29451 Business: (843) 884-3159 Home: (843) 886-8759 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 310A (803) 212-6880 Email: MikeSottile@schouse.gov

District 100 – Berkeley Co. (H) 1511 Dennis Blvd., Moncks Corner, 29461 Business: (843) 761-4366 Home: (843) 899-6162 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 530D (803) 212-6930 Email: EddySouthard@schouse.gov


Connecting cooperative members to South Carolina Lawmakers L. Kit Spires [R]

Mary E. Tinkler [D]

Leonidas E. “Leon” Stavrinakis [D]

McLain R. “Mac” Toole [R]

Tommy M. Stringer [R]

J. David Weeks [D]

Edward R. “Eddie” Tallon Sr. [R]

Don L. Wells [R]

Bill Taylor [R]

J. Seth Whipper [D]

Anne J. Thayer [R]

W. Brian White [R]

District 96 – Lexington Co. (H) PO Box 396, Pelion, 29123 Business: (803) 606-5749 Home: (803) 894-4440 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 326D (803) 734-3010 Email: KitSpires@schouse.gov

District 119 – Charleston Co. (H) PO Box 30099, Charleston, 29417 Business: (843) 724-1060 Home: (843) 573-0491 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 420C (803) 734-3039 Email: LeonStav@schouse.gov

District 18 – Greenville Co. (H) PO Box 2078, Greer, 29652 Business: (864) 877-9511 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 312A (803) 212-6881 Email: TommyStringer@schouse.gov

District 33 – Spartanburg Co. (H) 140 Bagwell Farm Road, Spartanburg, 29302 Business: (864) 380-8777 Home: (864) 596-1478 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 402A (803) 212-6893 Email: EddieTallon@schouse.gov

District 86 – Aiken Co. (H) PO Box 2646, Aiken, 29802 Business: (803) 270-2012 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 416B (803) 212-6923 Email: BillTaylor@schouse.gov

District 9 – Anderson Co. (H) 225 Ansonborough Plantation, Belton, 29627 Business: (864) 940-1696 Home: (864) 224-2919 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 436D (803) 212-6889 Email: AnneThayer@schouse.gov

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District 114 – Charleston & Dorchester Cos. (H) 1286 Winchester Drive, Charleston, 29407 Business: (843) 853-6055 Home: (843) 693-7125 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 333D (803) 212-6948 Email: MaryTinkler@schouse.gov

District 88 – Lexington Co. (H) 180 Dogwood Circle, West Columbia, 29170 Business: (803) 755-6542 Home: (803) 755-6542 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 323C (803) 734-2973 Email: MacToole@schouse.gov

District 51 – Sumter Co. (H) 2 Marlborough Court, Sumter, 29154 Business: (803) 775-5856 Home: (803) 775-4228 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 330C (803) 734-3102 Email: DavidWeeks@schouse.gov

District 81 – Aiken Co. (H) 615 Cardinal Drive, Aiken, 29803 Home: (803) 643-3461 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 416D (803) 212-6884 Email: DonWells@schouse.gov

District 113 – Charleston & Dorchester Cos. (H) 4592 Durant Ave., North Charleston, 29405 Business: (843) 740-7777 Home: (843) 744-1976 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 328C (803) 734-3191 Email: SethWhipper@schouse.gov

District 6 – Anderson Co. (H) PO Box 970, Anderson, 29622 Business: (864) 260-4025 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 525 (803) 734-3144 Email: BrianWhite@schouse.gov

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2015–2016 Legislative Guide William R. “Bill” Whitmire [R] District 1 – Oconee Co. (H) PO Box 157, Walhalla, 29691 Business: (864) 638-4237 Home: (864) 638-2970 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 436C (803) 734-3068 Email: BillWhitmire@schouse.gov

Robert Q. Williams [D]

District 62 – Darlington & Florence Cos. (H) 2512 Holly Circle, Darlington, 29532 Business: (843) 413-2791 Home: (843) 395-9408 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 328B (803) 734-3142 Email: RobertWilliams@schouse.gov

Mark N. Willis [R]

District 16 – Greenville & Laurens Cos. (H) 201 Quillen Ave., Fountain Inn, 29644 Business: (864) 230-0135 Home: (864) 862-6179 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 326B (803) 212-6882 Email: MarkWillis@schouse.gov

How to reach your legislators Writing an email or letter to your legislator is the most effective way to communicate your support, concern or interest in an issue before the General Assembly. As you begin this process, consider the following tips: 1) Take a little extra time to educate yourself on the topic you wish to address. 2) When you write, identify yourself and your status as a constituent. 3) Be specific. Use bill numbers and state your position plainly. 4) Use examples that illustrate how the issue affects your local area. 5) Be respectful. Use appropriate greetings, such as “Dear Senator Smith” or “Dear Representative Jones.” 6) Provide a way for your legislator to respond by including your mailing address or email address. 7) Even if you disagree with a lawmaker’s position, end your correspondence by thanking them for their service.

Richard L. “Richie” Yow [R]

District 53 – Chesterfield & Lancaster Cos. (H) 200 W. Main St., Chesterfield, 29709 Business: (843) 610-9362 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 327D (803) 212-6949 Email: RichardYow@schouse.gov

State House Clerks Jeffrey S. Gossett Clerk of the Senate PO Box 142 Columbia, 29202 (803) 212-6200

Charles F. Reid Clerk of the House

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PO Box 11867 Columbia, 29211 (803) 734-2403

The S.C. State House grounds in Columbia.

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Public Service Commission

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he Public Service Commission (PSC) essentially functions as a court for cases involving utilities and other regulated companies. The PSC has broad jurisdiction over matters pertaining to the investor-owned electric and gas utility companies, water and wastewater companies, telecommunications companies, motor carriers of household goods, hazardous waste disposal, and taxicabs. Utility regulation in South Carolina had its beginning with the passage of an act by the 1878 General Assembly, creating a commission for the purpose of regulating railroads operating within the state. In 1910, the General Assembly established a Public Service Commission, empowering it with the authority to “fix and establish in all cities of the State rates and charges for the supply of water, gas or electricity furnished by any person, firm or corporation to such cities, the inhabitants thereof, and to prescribe penalties.” In 2005, the PSC began operating as a restructured, quasi-judicial body, as prescribed by Act 175 of 2004. Under the new law, the PSC’s principal duty is to hear cases involving the state’s regulated utilities, while the Office of Regulatory Staff is responsible for many of the non-adjudicative functions associated with utility regulation. A joint session of the General Assembly elects the PSC for a term of four years, with one commissioner from each of the seven congressional districts. The PSC’s staff is composed of the Administrative Staff, Advisory Staff, Docketing Staff and Legal Staff.

Commissioners John E. “Butch” Howard 1st District Phone: (803) 896-5259 Fax: (803) 896-5188

Elliott F. Elam Jr. 2nd District Phone: (803) 896-5180 Fax: (803) 896-5188

Comer H. “Randy” Randall 3rd District Phone: (803) 896-5180 Fax: (803) 896-5188

Elizabeth B. “Lib” Fleming 4th District Phone: (803) 896-5259 Fax: (803) 896-5170

Location:

Synergy Business Park 101 Executive Center Drive Columbia, 29210 Mailing address:

P.O. Drawer 11649 Columbia, 29211 Phone: (803) 896-5100 Email: contact@psc.sc.gov Website: psc.sc.gov C l e r k ’s Off i c e

Jocelyn Boyd, Chief Clerk/Administrator Phone: (803) 896-5133 Fax: (803) 896-5246

Swain E. Whitfield Vice Chairman

5th District Phone: (803) 896-5259 Fax: (803) 896-5170

Nikiya “Nikki” M. Hall Chairman

6th District Phone: (803) 896-5180 Fax: (803) 896-5188

Off i c e o f T e c h n i ca l Adv i s o r s

James Spearman, Executive Assistant Phone: (803) 896-5142 Fax: (803) 896-5231

L e g a l D e pa rt m e n t

G. O’Neal Hamilton 7th District Phone: (803) 896-5259 Fax: (803) 896-5170

Joseph Melchers, General Counsel Phone: (803) 896-5118 Fax: (803) 896-5231

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Office of Regulatory Staff

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he Office of Regulatory Staff (ORS) represents the public interest of South Carolina in utility regulation. The agency fulfills its mission by balancing the concerns of the using and consuming public, the financial integrity of public utilities, and the economic development of South Carolina. Act 175 of 2004 created the ORS as part of an initiative to provide a revised structure for addressing the public interest in utility regulation. This revised structure clearly separates the adjudicative function—which belongs to the Public Service Commission of South Carolina (PSC)—from the investigative, legal, prosecutorial and educational roles necessary to utility regulation. Specifically, the ORS has sole responsibility for the inspection, auditing and examination of public utilities. The agency must be considered a party of record in all filings, applications or proceedings before the PSC. The utilities and industries that fall under the regulatory purview of the ORS are as follows: telecommunications, investor-owned electric, natural gas, water/wastewater and transportation. The ORS also has responsibility for oversight of railroad safety and natural-gas pipeline safety in South Carolina, as well as responsibility for monitoring the construction schedule and budget of new nuclear development in South Carolina. In addition, the South Carolina Equipment Distribution Program—which provides specialized ­telephone equipment to South Carolinians with a qualifying hearing or speech challenge—is administered by the ORS. Beginning July 1, 2015, the Energy Office of South Carolina will be a part of the ORS.

1401 Main St., Suite 900 Columbia, 29201 General information: (803) 737-0800 Website: regulatorystaff.sc.gov Consumer complaints and inquiries: 

In Columbia: (803) 737-5230 Toll-free within South Carolina: (800) 922-1531

C. Dukes Scott

Executive Director (803) 737-0805 cdscott@regstaff.sc.gov

Nanette S. Edwards

Deputy Executive Director (803) 737-0575 nsedwar@regstaff.sc.gov

The agency is organized as follows: XXConsumer Services XXTelecommunications XXElectric, Natural Gas, XXTransportation Pipeline Safety, XXWater/Wastewater Railroad and XXAuditing Economics XXLegal XXNew Nuclear XXInformation Services  Development XXAdministration

John Frick

The dome of the state capitol building (far right) is a distinctive feature of Columbia’s skyline.

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UPSTATE JANUARY

15 • Vijay Iyer Trio, Brooks Center at Clemson University, Clemson. (864) 656-3043. 16–25 • “The Civil War: The Musical,” Spartanburg Little Theatre, Spartanburg. (864) 585-8278. 17 • Swinging in the New Year, Hagood Mill Historic Site & Folklife Center, Pickens. (864) 898-2936. 17–18 • Cowpens Anniversary Event, Cowpens National Battlefield, Gaffney. (864) 461-2828. 19 • Ice on Main Final Day, downtown, Greenville. (864) 467-4355. 23 • Lunch & Learn: “Maps Alive! Part 2—Independence to 1854,” Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg. (864) 583-2776. 24 • Winter Bluegrass Jubilee, Pickens High School Fine Arts Auditorium, Pickens. (864) 878-4257. 24 • Ice Breaker 8K, Lake Conestee Nature Park, Greenville. (864) 288-6470. 27 • Urban Bush Women, 221 Brooks Center, Clemson University Campus, Clemson. (864) 656-3043. 28–Feb. 15 • “Wicked,” Peace Center, Greenville. (800) 888-7768. 29 • “Buddy—The Buddy Holly Story,” 221 Brooks Center, Clemson University Campus, Clemson. (864) 656-3043. 29–Feb. 1 • Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus, Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Greenville. (800) 745-3000. 30 • Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium: Two Pianos, Two Virtuosos, Rainey Fine Arts Center, Anderson University, Anderson. (864) 231-6147. 30–Feb. 8 • “Fancy Nancy the Musical,” Peace Center Gunter Theatre, Greenville. (864) 467-3000. 31 and Feb. 1 • Greenville Chautauqua: “Bette Davis, Close-up,” Wade Hampton High School, Greenville. (864) 244-1499. FEBRUARY

1 • Chamber Selections by Foothills Philharmonic, Cannon Centre, Greer. (864) 268-8743. 2 • Chanticleer Male Chorus Presents “The Gypsy in Our Soul,” Brooks Center at Clemson University, Clemson. (864) 656-3043. 5 • Freedom Speaks, Spartanburg Regional History Museum, Spartanburg. (864) 596-3501.

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6 • Winter Jam, Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Greenville. (800) 745-3000. 6–15 • “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” Easley Foothills Playhouse, Easley. (864) 855-1817. 8 • Skating on the Big Ice, Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Greenville. (864) 241-3800. 13 • Pickin’ in Pickens: Balsam Range, Pickens High School Auditorium, Pickens. (864) 296-9330. 14 • USO Big Band Sweetheart’s Dance, Anderson Regional Airport, Anderson. (864) 231-6147. 14 • Opening Day, “Searching for the Seventies: The DOCUMERICA Photography Project,” Upcountry History Museum, Greenville. (864) 467-3100. ONGOING

Tuesdays through Saturdays, through Feb. 5 • “Over There: A Pickens County Perspective on World War I,” Pickens County Museum of Art & History, Pickens. (864) 898-5963. Tuesdays through Sundays, through Feb. 28 • “Civil War to Civil Rights,” Spartanburg Regional History Museum, Spartanburg. (864) 596-3501. Tuesdays through Sundays • Grossology Exhibit, Children’s Museum of the Upstate, Greenville. (864) 233-7755. Wednesdays through Feb. 25 • Things You Have Wanted to Make in Clay but Just Haven’t, Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg. (864) 582-7616. Third Thursdays • Art Walk, downtown, Spartanburg. (864) 582-7616.

First Thursdays • First Thursdays on Main Street, 1200–1700 blocks on Main Street, Columbia. (803) 988-1065. Saturdays and Third Mondays • “Frog Princess,” Columbia Marionette Theatre, Columbia. (803) 252-7366.

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A photo of Samuel Whitaker is part of a World War I exhibit at Pickens County Museum of Art & History through Feb. 5.

17 • An Evening with The Oakridge Boys, USC‑Lancaster Bundy Auditorium, Lancaster. (803) 286-1145. 20 • Jacobs Brothers in Concert, Weldon Auditorium, Manning. (803) 433-7469. 23–Feb. 7 • “In the Red and Brown Water,” Trustus Theatre, Columbia. (803) 254-9732. 24 • Palmetto Opera: “Great Moments in Italian Opera,” featuring Teatro Lirico D’Europa, Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, Irmo. (803) 776-9499. 25 • Super Game Day, Main Street Children’s Museum, Rock Hill. (803) 327-6400. 31 • Mavis Staples, Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, Irmo. (803) 407-5011. 31 • Frost Gala, EdVenture Children’s Museum, Columbia. (803) 400-1152. 31 • “Off the Wall & Onto the Stage: Dancing the Art of Jonathan Green,” Koger Center for the Arts, Columbia. (803) 799-7605. 31 • Hall of Fame Gala, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, Columbia. (800) 264-4884.

6–7 • Monster Jam, Colonial Life Arena, Columbia. (803) 576-9200. 6–8 • Disney’s Winnie the Pooh Kids, Columbia Children’s Theatre, Columbia. (803) 691-4548. 7 • MGC Long Run 15K/5K, Main and Gervais streets, Columbia. (803) 227-2286. 8 • Our Wee Literature Book Club with Tameka Fryer Brown, Main Street Children’s Museum, Rock Hill. (803) 327-6400. 8 • Girls World Expo, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, Columbia. (800) 264-4884. 14 • S.C. Horsemen’s Council Expo, South Carolina Equine Park, Camden. (803) 713-3434. 15 • “Across the Footlights” by the Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra, Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, Irmo. (803) 400-3540. ONGOING

Daily through March 15 • “Building a Universe,” S.C. State Museum, Columbia. (803) 898-4921. MIDLANDS Mondays through Saturdays, JANUARY through July 25 • “Traditions, 15 • Vista Nights, The Vista, Change and Celebration: Columbia. (803) 269-5946. Native Artists of the 15 • Palmetto Senior Southeast,” McKissick Museum, Show, Cantey Building at Columbia. (803) 777-7251. FEBRUARY the S.C. State Fairgrounds, Tuesdays through Sundays • 5 • Travis Tritt, Weldon Columbia. (803) 794-8373. Tribute Exhibit for Racing Hall Auditorium, Manning. 16 • Southern Sound Series: of Fame Trainer MacKenzie (803) 433-7469. Della Mae, McCelvey Center, “Mack” Miller, Thoroughbred 6 • Southern Sound Series: York. (803) 909-7313. Racing Hall of Fame and Ruthie Foster, McCelvey Museum, Aiken. (803) 642-7631. 17 • Horseback Riding Center, York. (803) 909-7313. on Walt Schrader Trails, Tuesdays through Sundays, 6 • Kathleen Madigan: Historic Brattonsville, through Feb. 22 • Snowville, Madigan Again, Harbison McConnells. (803) 684-2327. EdVenture Children’s Museum, Theatre at Midlands Technical Columbia. (803) 400-1152. 17 • “Woven” Jazz Ballet, Harbison College, Irmo. (803) 407-5011. Theatre at Midlands Technical Tuesdays through Sundays, 6 • African-American Genealogy College, Irmo. (803) 407-5011. through May 17 • “Life: A Journey Jamboree Road Show, Allen 17 • World Beer Festival, Columbia University, Columbia. (803) 255-4742. through Time,” Museum of York County, Rock Hill. (803) 329-2121. Metropolitan Convention Center, Columbia. (800) 264-4884.

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14–15 • S.C. AgriBiz and Farm Expo, Florence Civic Center, Florence. (843) 432-1224. 16–19 • SOS Mid-Winter Shag Dance Break, multiple locations, North Myrtle Beach. (803) 366-5506. 17 • Charleston Marathon, multiple locations, Charleston. (843) 300-7500. 23 • An Evening with the Wagsters: World Class Magic & Illusion, Charleston Area Convention Center Ballroom, North Charleston. (843) 740-5847. 23–24 • South Carolina Square & Round Dance Convention, Springmaid Beach Resort & Conference Center, Myrtle Beach. (803) 788-0118. 23–25 • Charleston Boat Show, Charleston Area Convention Center, North Charleston. (864) 250-9713. 24 • Returning to Sandy Island: 20 Years Later, Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet. (843) 235-6000. 24 • Smokehouse Day, L.W. Paul Living History Farm, Conway. (843) 365-3596. 24 • Polar Bear 5K Walk/ Run, Camp Sexton, Florence. (843) 662-5043. 25 • Lowcountry Oyster Festival, Boone Hall Plantation, Mount Pleasant. (843) 577-4030. 26 • Run/Walk Your Way to a 10K, James Island County Park, Charleston. (843) 795-4386. 27 • Run/Walk Your Way to a 10K, Wannamaker County Park, North Charleston. (843) 795-4386. 27 • Run/Walk Your Way to a 10K, Palmetto Islands County Park, Mount Pleasant. (843) 795-4386. 30 • A Night in the Valley, The College Center at Trident Technical College Main Campus, Charleston. (843) 574-6693. 31 • Hilton Head Snow Day, Shelter Cove Community Park, Hilton Head Island. (843) 681-7273. FEBRUARY

1–28 • Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration, multiple locations, Hilton Head Island. (843) 255-7304. 7 • Ovation Concert Series: Schumann and Stephenson, Woolfe Street Playhouse, Charleston. (843) 763-4941.

7 • Bacon & Bourbon, Memminger Auditorium, Charleston. (843) 724-1196. 7 • The Chocolate Affair, Daniel Island Club, Charleston. (843) 740-6793. 7 • Cirque de la Symphonie with North Charleston POPS! North Charleston Performing Arts Center, North Charleston. (843) 202-2787. 7 • A Taste of Gullah, Art Center of Coastal Carolina, Hilton Head Island. (888) 860-2787. 7–8 • Myrtle Beach Stamp & Postcard Show, Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, Myrtle Beach. (843) 347-0087. 8 • Ovation Concert Series: Schumann and Stephenson, Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul, Charleston. (843) 763-4941. 10–15 • “The Book of Mormon,” North Charleston Performing Arts Center, North Charleston. (843) 202-2787. 11–15 • Beaufort International Film Festival, University of South Carolina at Beaufort, Beaufort. (800) 889-6734. 12–14 • Myrtle Beach Marathon, multiple locations, Myrtle Beach. (843) 293-7223. 13 • Valentine’s Day Party Senior Dance, Base Recreation Center Ballroom, Myrtle Beach. (570) 881-0244. 13–15 • Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, multiple locations, Charleston. (843) 723-1748. 14 • Valentine’s Day Firelight Adventure, Myrtle Beach State Park, Myrtle Beach. (843) 238-0874. 14–15 • Challenge of Charities Table Tennis Team Championship, Hanahan Table Tennis Training Center, Hanahan. (404) 939-4476. ONGOING

Mondays through Fridays, Jan. 13–Feb. 12 • “The AfricanAmerican Voice,” Hyman Fine Arts Center Gallery at Francis Marion University, Florence. (843) 661-1385. Tuesdays and Thursdays– Sundays, through March 5 • Silent Cities Cemetery Tours, Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet. (843) 235-6038. Wednesdays and Saturdays, Jan. 17–31 • Early-Morning Bird Walks, Caw Caw Interpretive Center, Ravenel. (843) 795-4386. Wednesdays through Sundays • “The Way I See It” Photography Exhibit, North Myrtle Beach Area Historical Museum, North Myrtle Beach. (843) 427-7668. Fridays through January • Movies for Adults and Seniors, Base Recreation Center, Myrtle Beach. (843) 918-2380.


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By Jan A. Igoe

Had myself a sticky little Christmas Before my gorgeous toddling grand­

daughter arrived for the holidays, I forced myself to do a few things I don’t like doing, such as cleaning, baking and pretending I’m neat. Don’t get me wrong; it’s wonderful having family come visit. There’s no better way to discover you’ve been sleeping on sheets that are too vile for visitors and every towel you own has some mysterious discoloration that’s harmless when drying yourself but could fatally injure a guest. I scrubbed for days, anticipating the arrival of the prodigal grandchild and her entourage: Mom, Dad, 165-pound Clyde-the-mastiff (world’s most prolific drool factory), and a 55-pound Lab mix who is all but invisible in this group. That’s good, because the holiday hound total—add my regular three dogs and two foster mutts, all in better shape than the towels—easily outnumbered the humans. My vote, had it counted, was to take all the humans out to dinner and let professionals handle the cooking, but my daughter is the family’s Julia Child. This girl can’t serve a carrot until it’s been fileted into 78 sticks, each sauteed with a hand-tied chive bow. At no time have I ever felt compelled to spend three hours preparing a vegetable for its untimely demise. When the kids were young and I was working 10-hour days, some shortcuts 46

were unavoidable, but the girls always got fresh veggies. Their favorite dish was “Carrot Surprise.” You may want to jot down the recipe: Place one carrot in an individual salad bowl. If it won’t fit, snap that rascal in half. Camouflage under prewashed greens and serve. The first child

to spear the hidden vegetable with her fork gets to yell, “Surprise!” Perhaps that’s what inspired my daughter to start cooking at age 7. A highly perceptive, sensitive child, she feared she might otherwise starve. At least that’s what she told her ­second-grade teacher, who called me in for an emergency conference. That’s when I handed my apron over to the little ingrate. Now that she’s an adult, my kitchen is her kitchen. I just stay out of the way unless summoned to provide GPS data on whatever she’s hunting down. Her: “Mom, do you have a big mixing bowl?” Me: “I did. Clyde’s drinking out of it.”

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Her: “What about 12-inch nonstick frying pans?” I point to the cabinet containing stuff that sat on the stove the last time I cooked. “Mother, these pots are from, like, the ’80s,” she laments, reluctantly selecting a somewhat round, wok-ish contraption for boiling gravy. “You have an induction cooktop but not one flat-bottomed pot. They aren’t making proper contact.” My idea of proper contact is still four bars on the cell phone I use to make dinner reservations. Besides serving food cooked in their own pots, these places have highly trained, ­hazardous-waste-​ ­disposal teams to clear all the mashed Fig Newtons a 1-year-old can fling. No extra charge. After the holiday, my ­daughter left happy, knowing what to get me next Christmas. That probably means a connoisseur’s treasure chest of nonstick, flat-bottomed pots and pans that her mother, a woman who chops salads for one, desperately doesn’t need. So, Foodies, please keep my contact info handy. I’ll trade for an Outback gift card, some nice towels and a few gallons of mastiff drool remover.  continues to survive amid defective pots and pans, thanks to a great number of pizzerias on speed dial. She wishes everyone a delicious 2015. Write her at HumorMe@SCLiving.coop.

JAN IGOE


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