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NAACP to meet
Chicago reached 509 homicides for 2012
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BEAUFORT - The BurtonDale-Beaufort Branch of the NAACP will meet at the Bethlehem Baptist Church, 144 Joe Frazier Road, Burton, S. C. 29902, Saturday, January 12, 2012. The Executive Committee will meet at 4:00 pm and the General Membership meeting will take place at 5:00 pm. All members and those interested in becoming a member are encouraged to attend. If you have any questions please contact President Darryl T. Murphy at 843-271-0376. Rita Smith, Secretary.
In 2000, the city had 633 homicides; in 2001, the city had 667 homicides; in 2002, the city had 656 homicides; and in 2003, the city had 601 homicides Gullah Sentinel News Service
CHICAGO, IL - Sadly, Chicago reached over 500 homicides for 2012 with the recent fatal shooting of 40year-old Nathaniel T. Jackson, who was shot in the head while standing outside of a store in the city’s West Side Austin neighborhood.
Jackson’s death marked a grim milestone for Chicago, as the city hasn’t reached 500 homicides since 2008, which ended with 513 homicides. Prior to 2008, the city hadn’t seen the homicide rate in the 500’s since 2004. According to the Chicago Tribune, homicides were up 17 percent over last year (2011) in Chicago, and shootings had increased by 11 percent, according to police statistics. A large portion of the spike in homicides took place in the early part of the year, when the city experienced abnormal warmth. In the first three months of the year, homicides ran about 60 percent ahead of the 2011 rate. In August, stories surfaced that homicides in Chicago were outpacing the number of troops who have been killed from explosions in Afghanistan. February
Gullah Cultural Alliance plans Inaugural Gala Celebration, Jan. 21st Gullah Sentinel News Service
BEAUFORT - The Gullah Cultural Alliance, which sponsors the annual Gullah Festival and other historical and cultural projects, will hold an Inaugural Gala Celebration Monday, January 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, Beaufort. The black-tie event coincides with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and with President Barrack Obama’s inauguration ceremonies. In addition to wide-screen viewing of celebrations in Washington, D.C., there will be heavy hors d’ oeuvres, live entertainment by members of the Savannah Jazz Hall of Fame, Anita Prather, Scott Gibbs and other performers. Organizers will also present awards for community leadership to deserving citizens. Monies raised from ticket sales will support the alliance’s educational and cultural preservation projects, the Disabled Veterans, Chapter 12, and the Beaufort Alliance of Mental Illness.
Alliance President Charlotte Pazant Brown, daughter of the group’s founder, the late Rosalie Frazier Pazant, said new projects are in the works. “We have some exciting plans for 2013. They include a new Black inventor’s museum which we will reveal more about later in the year. My mother acquired several artifacts that compose a valuable collection and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to share them with the world – especially with our children. The museum will give us the opportunity to disclose more about the contributions of African-Americans to society as a whole.” Brown said the alliance recently reviewed its by-laws with the intention of strengthening its mission. “We must lead by example. We are about education and furthering leadership in our community. However, the Gullah Festival grew so quickly that it took on a life of its own. We had no
19 and August 19 of 2012 tied for having a record number of homicides in one day. Contrary to popular belief, the number of homicides in the city have decreased significantly since the early 2000’s. In 2000, the city in 2001, the city in 2002, the city and in 2003, the
had 633 homicides; had 667 homicides; had 656 homicides; city had 601 homi-
The ultimate logic of a society built on mass murder Glen Ford As a native-born American, I grew up watching cowboy and Indian shoot-em-ups in which the highlight of Ford the movie was when the white guys in the circled wagon train shot the Indians off their
horses until all the red men were dead, and very silent. Indians didn’t do a lot of screaming in pain when they were shot; they just expired. Same thing with buck-toothed Japanese, line after line of them, charging into U.S. machine guns, falling instantly silent and dead. It was somehow quite clean, almost antiseptic, these cinematic rituals of death,
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2013 Calendar Dolls BEAUFORTAlpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Nu Delta Omega Chapter, held its 2013 Calendar Doll Pageant last month in the Dolls pictured are: Shira Williams, Bluffton High TyAsia Middleton, JyYan Simmons, Sophia School Sherman, Jasmine Campbell, Jada Scheper and Auditorium. DeShanta Gantt-Osborne. Parents, friends and supporters were entertained by seven creativity through singing, pageant will assist Nu Delta Omega in awarding annual talented, intelligent and dancing, poetry and music. Sophia Sherman, scholarships to area seniors beautiful fifth grade students daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Leon in Beaufort and Jasper counfrom Beaufort and Jasper R. Sherman of Beaufort was ties as well as help with counties. These young ladies crowned Miss Calendar Doll other community based projdisplayed their talents and 2013. Proceeds from the ects.
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cides. From 2004-2007, the city’s number of homicides fell to the 400’s, but in 2008, it spiked back up to the 500’s and fell to the 400’s again from 2009-2011.
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A Gay Bible, “The Queen James” released to the public Gullah Sentinel News Service
NEW YORK - If you’re concerned about the Bible’s references to being gay as a sin, you need to look no further for the answers that you might have been seeking. The “Queen James Bible” is being promoted as the first gay bible in history. The Bible removes all references to being gay as a sin, and was published at the end of November. Those releasing the book claim that the book prevents “homophobic culture” from being a distraction to those seeking to study the teachings of Jesus Christ. The publishers say that there was no mention of homosexuality in the Bible until 1946 when the revised version was released to the public. They also claim that this version is often misinterpreted. One change made to the Bible is that of Leviticus 18:21: “Thou shall not lie with mankind as with womankind: it is abomination.” Instead, it says, “Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind in the temple of Molech: it is an abomination.” This argues that gay culture started as a pagan practice and is only banned when the acts are done in the name of paganism. Part of the reason that the authors call this version of the Bible the “Queen James” version is because they believe that King James slept with both men and women. “King James I’s many gay relationships were so well known that amongst some of his friends and court, he was known as ‘Queen James,’” the book says on its website. “It
is in his great debt and honor that we name the Queen James Bible so.” Some people, of course, are not happy about the new version of the Bible. “You can change words in the Bible at your own peril, but just because you change the words to make yourself feel better about your grievous sin of homosexuality, it does not change the truth,” one reviewer wrote about the text. “The truth is, homosexuality is a sin and an abomination in the sight of God. … God help you. The sign of a person who is truly saved is a person who turns from their sins and their life is changed. You cannot say you are saved and then continue in the same lifestyle and life – because if you do friend, I’m sorry to tell you, you are not saved.”
Minimum wage Increase hits 10 states Gullah Sentinel News Service
WASHINGTON — New Years Day brought a small pay bump to some of the lowest-paid American workers, with 10 states hiking their minimum wages for 2013. Nearly a million low-wage workers will see their earnings rise because of the increases, most of which come courtesy of state cost-ofliving adjustments that account for
inflation. Washington State once again have the highest minimum wage in the nation, at $9.19 per hour, after a raise of 15 cents for the new year. The other states raising their wage floors are Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont. The federal minimum wage remains $7.25 per hour, with no costof-living adjustment,
and prevails in 31 states that do not mandate a higher state minimum wage. For roughly 855,000 low-wage workers, the new state minimum wages will be higher than their current wage levels, translating into an immediate raise, according to the Economic Policy Institute, a left-leaning think tank. The raises will see WAGE page 5
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National News Brief GOP state senator slams Kwanzaa: “Almost no Black people today care” WEST VIRGINIA - In a recent press release, Wisconsin state Senator Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) slammed Kwanzaa, characterizing it as a “supposed” holiday and saying, “Almost no Black people today care about Kwanzaa — just White left-wingers who try to shove this down Black people’s throats in an effort to divide Americans.” “Why must we still hear about Kwanzaa?” Grothman asked, according to Patch. “Why are hard-core left wingers still trying to talk about Kwanzaa?” He also blasted what he called “irresponsible public school districts” in the state for attempting “to tell a new generation that Blacks have a separate holiday than Christians.” Grothman called for the holiday to be “slapped down.” Kwanzaa was created several decades ago by a professor at California State University, Long Beach, Maulana Karenga. Karenga also founded the Black nationalist group Organization Us and served time in prison for allegedly beating a female member. Grothman called Karenga a “violent nut” and said he “didn’t like the idea that Christ died for all of our sins, so he felt Blacks should have their own holiday — hence, Kwanzaa.”
Gun shop refuses to serve anyone who supported Obama ARIZONA - Arizona has become ground zero for crazy, racist lunatics trying to make a point. Even worse, many of them make their points with guns in their possession. One story involves a gun shop owner who refuses to sell his product to anyone who voted for President Barack Obama. The move will probably help him to make more money, since most of the gun-toters in Arizona voted for Mitt Romney anyway. The man took out an ad in the local newspaper and said that The Pinetop, the name of his gun shop, refuses to serve anyone who voted for Obama in the last election. “If you voted for Barack Obama your business is not welcome at Southwest Shooting Authority. You have proven that you are not responsible enough to own a firearm,” the ad says. Cope Reynolds, who put out the ad, says that he wasn’t motivated by money. But some residents say that’s a bunch of B**l S**t, since he probably got more customer support from a group that was likely quite Republican to begin with.
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Film explore Black’s addiction to artery clogging ‘Soul Food,’ PBS Jan 14th Gullah Sentinel News Service
WASHINGTON, DC Filmmaker Byron Hurt interviewed everyone from activists to chefs to health experts for his documentary “Soul Food Junkies,” and he was left with the conclusion that AfricanAmericans’ addiction to soul food is killing them. His film explores this addiction and will premier January 14 on U.S. public broadcasting television. It seems that the cultural identity of African-Americans is linked to greasy and fatty foods, which AfricanAmericans call ‘soul food,’ and although ‘soul food’ may sooth the soul, it slowly kills the human body. In the film, Hurt deals with the death of his own father, who died of pancreatic cancer. One of the leading causes of pancreatic cancer is the consumption of fatty foods. “My father went from being young and fit to twice his size.” Even so, Hurt says he
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Blacks should embrace NRA gun proposal Star Parker
What is the essence of freedom? Property and a gun. I never met my grandfather, but that’s the lesson I took from his life. He was one generation out of slavery and bought property and guns. It’s so predictable that today’s discussion on gun control is similar to the noise we hear from liberals every time there is a mass shooting. What is new this time is that the NRA, under the direction of Wayne LaPierre, David Keene and Asa Hutchinson, has put forth a concrete plan that most American parParker ents should appreciate will keep children safer at school. Why is it that liberals find it sensible to expand the reach of government each time a crisis arises, yet solutions that protect our freedoms and our ability to control our own lives they invariably find irrational? Consider even the question of cost, which has been one point of contention regarding the NRA’s proposal to provide armed security for our schools. Does anyone believe there are not significant enforcement costs in expanding our gun control laws? The first parents that I believe should rally behind the NRA’s proposal are those who have been forced for generations to send their children to dangerous urban schools with no recourse or protection — low income, minority parents. I have argued for 25 years that poor parents should get vouchers so they can move their kids out of schools where they don’t learn and are not safe. But who would have thought that the tragic loss of innocent babes in Connecticut would open the door to force liberals and unions to finally address school safety? Why are gun-control advocates never challenged to answer on behalf of the most vulnerable how you take the gun from the underground, the criminal, a racist cop or tyrannical government? Blacks, of all people, should know that taking arms from the law-abiding many puts too much power in the hands of a perhaps ill-intending few. In polling done by the Pew Research Center in 2009, only 38 percent of Blacks, compared to 69 percent of Whites, expressed a “great deal” or a “fair amount” of “confidence in local police to treat blacks and whites equally.” In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, in McDonald v. Chicago, that the 2nd Amendment, which articulates the “right to bear arms,” applies to the states. This overturned an appeals court decision, which upheld a local ordinance in Chicago prohibiting handgun ownership. The man who filed the lawsuit, Otis McDonald, was a Black man who wanted to protect himself in the deteriorating neighborhood where he lived where he felt unsafe because of gangs and drugs. G. Marcus Cole, a Black man from Pittsburgh, now a professor at Stanford Law School, and a member of the national advisory board of my organization CURE, blogged about the case, and his childhood memories of his father buying a gun to protect his family. “... (B)urned into my memory is the Sunday evening when my father was beaten with a tire iron on the street in front of our home, and in front of us, his four little children. Those three young white men were never caught.” “When my father, with his surgically reconstructed eye socket and jaw, was released from the hospital and returned home, he did something he never once considered when we lived in the projects. He bought a gun ... My sense of security did not come from the Pittsburgh police, or from the law. My sense of security came from my father, and his gun.” Cole quotes Frederick Douglass, “the self educated runaway slave, turned abolitionist newspaper editor and orator,” who said citizenship requires three boxes: “the ballot box, the jury box, and the cartridge box.” Blacks should put politics aside and heed the wisdom of Douglass, Marcus Cole’s father, and my grandfather, and fight to protect freedom for which we have fought.
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Thank you and best wishes Fred Washington, Jr. Former School Board Chr. As we close out the year and usher in a new one, I would like to thank everyone who supported my November unsuccessful bid for re-election to the Beaufort County Board of Education. Whether you assisted with the Petition Process to get on the ballot; provided financial assistance, campaign sign distribution/collection, advice, words of encouragement or Vote, I sincerely appreciate it. A special thank you to my wife, Barbara, and family for being so tolerant and understanding during my years of public service. I also want to express my appreciation to those of you throughout Beaufort County who have become more aware of and involved in our Public Schools. Those improvements made in our schools recently are due in part to your engagement.
I encourage you to remain involved/aware AND get others to join you. Ask about and become a part of the mandated School Improvement Council (SIC) in your area school(s). Businesses, retirees, military, non-parents as well as parents of our students need to be a part of SICs. For the past six years you have given me the opportunity to serve as a Public Education policy-maker for all of our children. While not always successful in achieving my expectations for the Board or myself, I hope that I have helped promote and demonstrate the proposition that there is strength in the diversity within our County AND that working together for the common good results in better outcomes for our students and our community as a whole. Let me thank those competent teachers, building leaders and staff throughout the District who make positive contributions to our success daily.
My congratulations and support is extended to Washington the recently elected Board – seven new individuals and four returning. While elected as individuals, please never lose sight of the fact that you are a member of a TEAM (Board). Don’t fall into the trap of parochialism. Each of you possesses assets that could assist in the academic and personal improvement of ALL our students, but you must establish a common path to apply your talents. In closing, I challenge you, as elected Public Education leaders, to demonstrate to our students, the school administration and community in general how to maximize problem solving and minimize problem creation.
When systems fail Herman Gaither A progressive civilized society functions well when the systems that provide for the greater common good are successful in that effort. These systems include entities that address the health, safety, legal, spiritual, social, educational and other needs of the population. However, when one or more of these systems fails to properly execute their function the entire society may be put at risk. So it is now with the condition of many young people of color and especially young Black Males. I contend that two essential systems within our society are failing this cohort…the educational system and the criminal justice system. Both of these systems are utilizing tactics that no longer work. The educational system continues to try 20th century tactics including, rote learning to push for higher test scores, a top down delivery system, a standardized instructional approach, a curriculum designed to provide high stakes results, a structured school day and curriculum designed for the convenience of adults, and
expectations that wards thinking, students will time for thinking bend the efforts ahead. The of the system and world has not the other way changed so very around. The much, from result is that what it used to many young peobe, there so much ple, especially hatred war and those of color are poverty. Wake up Gaither not able to see a all the teachers, Former connection time to teach a Superintendent between their stanew way, maybe Bft. Co. Schools tus and the offerthey will listen to ings of the what you have to schools. say …Whitehead, McFadden, Far too often the schools Carstarphen are manned by adults that have The language understood been told that their sole intent by many young people today should be to impart a pre- and the motivations that guide scribed amount of material their quests are essentially lackwithin a prescribed timeline. ing within the educational sysThe extent to which they can tem espoused today. “You will produce a student that can fill need this one day, how are you in the right bubble is the basis going to get in college? You for their evaluation. This prac- need to know how to make tice may be easy for politicians change, do it or I will call the and others to equate with suc- principal, sit down and be still, cess but it is detrimental to and such” These are no longer many students. More days, motivations for many young longer days, days just focused people who see no value in on one subject and all of the attaining something that has no other such efforts will fail if immediate impact on their stateacher and student do not con- tus. nect in a meaningful exchange While in a failing educathat recognizes what they each tion system or immediately bring into the process. after they exit, many of our …Wake up everybody, no more young people run directly into sleeping in bed, no more back- the second failing system…the criminal justice system. This
system functions of the philosophy that punishment deters participation in antisocial activities. So for the last 30 years it has been incarcerating young people at an unsustainable clip. America has more people behind bars than any other first world country and yet there is a continuing need to lock up more based of the punishment philosophy. Punishment including doing time is not deterring crime or improving behavior for many of our youth. Being in prison may be a step up for some trapped in cyclical poverty and neighborhoods devoid of meaningful opportunity. In my humble opinion the educational and criminal justice systems must recognize that they and their subjects are in the same space but there is no understanding one from the other. They each have a mission but they are still trying to force the square pegs into the round holes. One system fails to educate and sends an unfinished and flawed product into the arms of the other. Once received the other applies ancient tactics that result in hardening the deviant behavior. So they are locked out of school and locked into prison. A cycle that shows no sign of stopping.
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and cosmic justice – of ultimate white victory over the darker races. This was mother’s milk to the white American nation – which is why Richard Pryor and kids like me rooted for the Indians. Mass murder is at the core of the American national religion, which is a celebration of a genocidal march across a continent filled with other, doomed human beings. U.S. foreign policy reflects the nation’s origins and ghastly evolution into a globe-strutting mob, that empowers itself
choice but to continue it because of the huge international demand from people who wanted to come to this lovely part of the world to find out more about their history and culture. Tickets for the gala may be purchased by contacting the Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce at (843) 986-1102/ (www.bcbcc.org.) or The Festival Organization: (843) 525-0628/(www.gullahfestival.net).
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to kill at will. What kind of human beings does such a culture produce? To paraphrase the Bible, “By their massacres, ye shall know them.” The modern mass American murder is overwhelmingly a White phenomenon. Yet few whites ask the question, “What’s wrong with White America?” It is seems that White America lacks the capacity for self-examination. It cannot grasp the simple truth, that a culture that celebrates the annihilation of whole peoples, casually and without guilt or introspection, is devoid of human values at its very core. In the end, it turns against itself. That is the simple lesson of Newtown, Columbine and Aurora.
Thursday, Jan 03 - Jan 16, 2012
City of Beaufort officials ask citizens not to blow leaves and debris into city streets and drainage
Gullah Sentinel News Service
BEAUFORT - After earning a better flood insurance rating for its upgraded drainage and stormwater management system, City of Beaufort officials are urging residents, landscapers and yard crews to help keep leaves and yard debris off the roads. Leaves blown into the street can cover and clog drainage grates and pipes. They also can damage the city’s street sweeper, which isn’t designed to sweep up heavy loads of leaves or other yard debris, Beaufort City Manager Scott Dadson said. “We need everyone’s help on this,” he said. “Blowing leaves onto the street seems like a simple solution to cleaning up your yard, but it creates major problems now and in the future. The City team worked hard to upgrade our drainage system to get better flood insurance rates for residents and businesses. We need everyone’s help to maintain the drainage system.” Within the city limits, it’s against the law to damage or obstruct any ditch, drain or watercourse, with fines of twice the damage done. It’s also illegal to put any debris in ditches along roads or property boundaries that drain land in any direction. If flooding occurs elsewhere on someone else’s property because of debris you placed in the
County Council; New Chairman and Vice Chairman Gullah Sentinel News Service
BEAUFORT - A new Chairman took control of the gavel at the first Beaufort County Council meeting of 2013. Paul Sommerville was elected as Council’s Chairman and Stewart Rodman was elected as Council’s ViceChairman. “2013 will be a challenging year but we can accomplish a lot. I’m looking forward to working with all of the council members as well as Administration (L - R Front Row) William McBride, Viceand listening to the public Chairman Stewart Rodman, Chairman on making sure we get Paul Sommerville, Steven Baer (Back through it together” said Row) Laura Von Harten, Rick Caporale, Chairman Sommerville Gerald Dawson, Jerry Stewart, Brian shortly after receiving a unanimous vote from his Flewelling, Cynthia Bensch colleagues. “This is my 7th year on County Council and I’m just honored and Cynthia Bensch was sworn into office by privileged that my fellow council members Judge Marvin H. Dukes III just before the would nominate and elect me to Vice- election. She was elected in November to Chairman” said Vice-Chairman Rodman fill the District 7 seat covering Bluffton. Also taking the oath of office were before the new Council took their group photograph. Councilman Gerald Dawson, Brian Newly elected Flewelling and William McBride. All 3 were re-elected to Council in November. Councilwoman Representatives intro-
ditch or drain, you can be held liable for damages, said Isiah Smalls, Beaufort’s Director of Public Works. According to Smalls, problems include: Leaves cover drainage grates preventing rain water from getting into the drainage system which causes surface flooding. This impacts traffic and can cause serious ponding. If the system has drop-in inlets and the debris goes directly into the drainage system, it can accumulate, compact, and clog the system internally. The street sweeper is designed for collecting “normal” leaves and debris deposited naturally by trees. Unusual volume of debris placed in the street causes mechanical issues for the sweeper which can damage the sweeper. The extra debris also causes extra sweeper passes which slows down the sweeper operation city-wide Leaves and yard debris must be bagged and placed at roadside for city collection. Also, debris placed in ditches and culverts results in more trash and debris in headwaters and marshes, Smalls said. It is a violation of both Beaufort and state laws to put debris in ditches and culverts. The fine in Beaufort for illegal dumping is $1,087.
WAGE Page 2 be between 10 and 35 cents per hour. Assuming workers maintain the same hours per week, that would translate into an extra $200 to $500 per year for minimumwage earners. Not everyone agrees that cost-of-living adjustments or higher minimum wages in general are good policy. Michael Saltsman, research director at the conservative Employment Policies Institute, argued that businesses will end up cutting hours for workers to account for the higher wages. “That minimum wage earners will receive
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an hourly raise is clear,” Saltsman said, “but it’s not accurate to say that this translates directly to an annual increase in earned income” due to the possibility of lost hours. A McDonald’s worker, Aristides Burgos, said he
earns $7.50 an hour, or a quarter above minimum wage, in New York City. The money is not enough to survive on in a place as expensive as Manhattan, he said. Last year, Democrats in the Senate and the House of
duced legislation known as the Fair Minimum Wage Act, which would have raised the federal minimum wage to $9.80 per hour after three years and indexed it to inflation. Those bills failed and are expected to be reintroduced in the coming Congress, although the Republican-controlled House is unlikely to pass an increase to the minimum wage. Business lobbies like the Chamber of Commerce and the National Restaurant Association tend to oppose federal as well as state hikes to the minimum wage, arguing that they squeeze business owners and force them to cut back on hours for workers.
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Board of Education elects new officers
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BEAUFORT – The Beaufort County Board of Education has elected a new slate of officers, headed by Board veteran Bill Evans as its new Chairman of the Board. New Board member Mary Cordray, Budget Director at the University of South CarolinaBeaufort, was elected vice chair. Veteran Board member Laura Bush of Bluffton retained her position as Board secretary. Seven of the Board’s 11 members – Cordray, Eva Anderson, Jim Beckert, Geri Kinton, JoAnn Orischak, Paul Roth and Mike Sanz – were elected in November and took their oaths of
office at the last board meeting. Four veterans – Evans, Bush, Earl Campbell and Michael Rivers – remain on the Board and joined the newcomers in the swearing-in ceremony. Evans, who represents Lady’s Island, is a 24-year retired veteran of the Beaufort County School District. After serving as Principal of Hilton Head Island High School for 12 years from 1986 to 1998, he worked for 12 years in various jobs at the district office, including serving as the district’s ombudsman and overseeing athletics. He also has been an interim Principal at both Beaufort and Battery Creek high schools.
Evans said the Board’s immediate focus will be selecting a new district superintendent and beginning the development of a budget for the 2013-14 school year. He said the Board needs to analyze and revise the district’s strategic plan, and also look at the policies the Board operates under to see if any revisions would better serve students. “I think Board members need to make concerted efforts to reach out to the public and solicit input from parents and community members,” Evans said. “I also think Board members should meet regularly with the constituents they represent.”
New non-ferrous permitting and auto demolisher laws Gullah Sentinel News Service
BEAUFORT – For those who are not aware, last month two new laws became effective that will have an impact on those members of the public who engage in the business of collecting and selling scrap metal, particularly copper and other non-ferrous metals. Additionally, a new auto demolisher law becames effective on December 16th as well. The primary changes in the “Copper Law” include certain exceptions and exemptions from the law for the business community selling or
purchasing scrap metal from another business, governmental entity, a manufacturing or industrial vendor that generates or sells regulated metals in the ordinary course of business, or is a holder of a retail license, an authorized wholesaler, an automobile demolisher as defined in Section 565-5810 (d), a contractor licensed pursuant to Chapter 11 Title 40, a residential home builder licensed pursuant to Chapter 59, Title 40, a demolition contractor, a provider of gas service, electric service, communications services water service, plumbing service, electrical service, climate
Thursday, Jan 03 - Jan 16, 2013
Former TSA worker says agents make fun of passengers nude bodies Gullah Sentinel News Service
NATIONWIDE - A former TSA agent is blowing the whistle on his/her former employer by admitting that behind the scenes, agents often make fun of passenger’s bodies. The agent says that they received a note from a reader saying, “Tell us, please, what really happens in that private room and why the TSA does not want it seen in public or recorded.” This led the blogger to admit that, while the behavior he had seen was not illegal, it was certainly inappropriate. “I witnessed light sexual play among officers, a lot of e-cigarette vaping, and a whole lot of officers laughing and clowning in regard to some of your nude images,” the former agent said. The writer blamed much of the behavior on a lack of education on the part of newly hired agents, many of whom were fresh out of high school. The blogger added, however, that he had personally witnessed some officers sneaking a peek at the people whom they had seen on
conditioning service, core recycling service appliance repair service, automotive repair service, or electronics repair service, or organizations, corporations, or associations registered with the state as charitable organizations or any nonprofit organization. Additionally, no manhole cover or drainage grate may be sold for scrap. It is unlawful to pay cash for any copper product, catalytic converter or beer keg. Auto Demolishers As of December 16, 2012, for an auto demolisher to purchase a vehicle for the
the scanner. The former airport security agent went on to argue that there should be no backrooms at all, and that the agency should have never put the full-body X-ray machines in place, calling them ‘useless.’ ‘TSA officers should never have been viewing nude, radiation-rendered images of passengers in those private rooms, period,’ the blogger wrote. ‘The entire thing was, as usual, a harebrained, tax payer moneywasting, disaster of an idea.’ The whistleblower said that is the reason why there are several federal lawsuits pending against the agency, which is ‘trying to backpedal and sweep the radiation scanners under the rug from over sight committees and the public
purpose of demolishing the it, the seller must provide one of the following four items: 1.Title to the Vehicle 2.A magistrate bill of sale 3.An affidavit provided by DMV swearing ownership (auto must be held for 72 hours before being demolished 4.Sheriff’s Certificate of Disposal (only for vehicles 12 years old or older and completely inoperable.) A vehicle should not be considered ‘inoperable’ merely because it does not have a battery or key for the ignition if by appearance the vehicle appears operable.
at large. The anonymous writer confessed that his former colleagues would go so far as to arbitrarily punish disgruntled passengers by subjecting them to unjustified and pointless luggage searches.
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