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2017–2018 Legislative Guide

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.

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22 South Carolina’s U.S. Senators and House Members 23 South Carolina Executive Branch 24 The General Assembly, Senators 28 The General Assembly, House Members 39 Public Service Commission 40 Office of Regulatory Staff

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ALSO IN THIS ISSUE 4 CO-OP CONNECTION Cooperative news

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Energy-saving tips to keep power bills low this winter. Plus: Celebrate with Skipp “Pops” Pearson, South Carolina’s own jazz ambassador, as he receives the Order of the Palmetto, the state’s highest civilian honor.

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By sticking to our principles, South Carolina’s member-owned electric cooperatives play a vital role as a trusted source of information in energy-policy debates. SC RECIPE

12 Cozy casseroles

Easy to make and comforting to eat, winter casseroles are a welcome ally in a busy household.

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14 For the birds

For a growing number of South Carolinians, raising backyard chickens is more than a hobby, it’s a passion. HUMOR ME

46 I pronounce you ‘mantis and wife’ Finding your one true love can be tricky, but marrying your pet? It all sounds a little too extreme for humor columnist Jan A. Igoe.

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Start your new year with some genuine, old-time bluegrass music at Hagood Mill in Pickens. Headlining the show is the Drovers Old-Time Medicine Show from Pickens County (above). Band members “Grandpa,” “Uncle Carl,” “Cousin Ray” and “Dalvin” promise “hard-charging, moonshine-fueled bluegrass with a good dose of country humor.”

Big tires and even bigger action take over Florence Civic Center for three shows of monster truck racing, gravitydefying stunts and freestyle competitions. These powerful trucks sit atop 66-inchtall tires and, with world-class stunt drivers at the wheel, reach speeds up to 100 mph and fly more than 125 feet.

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For details, visit visitpickenscounty.com or call (864) 898-2936.

Monster Jam 2017

For details, visit florenceciviccenter.com or call (843) 679-4525.

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Gullah Celebration

Gullah culture shows up in okra dishes, sweetgrass baskets, spirituals and Lowcountry tales, among other gifts to our state. Descendants of the West Africans who came to the coastal islands in bondage carry on many of their ancestors’ customs and celebrate their “struggle, spirituality, perseverance and tradition” in this month-long festival on Hilton Head Island. For details, visit gullahcelebration.com or call (843) 255-7304.

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Order of the Palmetto Weekend for Pops

The man of the hour is South Carolina’s own Ambassador of Jazz, Skipp “Pops” Pearson, who is receiving the Order of the Palmetto, the state’s highest civilian honor, for his lifetime achievements. Festivities honoring the 79-year-old saxophonist start with jazz shows Thursday in Charleston, move to Columbia for the Saturday award presentation, and cap off with a Sunday jazz soiree in Columbia. For details, visit bit.ly/1re015k or call (803) 400-1879.

TOP PICK FOR KIDS FEBRUARY 1

Janet’s Planet

Want an out-of-this-world adventure? Tour the solar system with this live-action, multimedia version of the award-winning children’s TV show at Newberry Opera House. Kids learn about our galaxy through high-energy songs, interactive technology and the antics of Janet and her crew. A few lucky young explorers may even be invited on stage for some hands-on science. For details, visit newberryoperahouse.com or call (803) 276-6264.

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energy EFFICIENCY tip  

Consumer electronics can account for 12 percent of your home’s electricity use. Look for Energy Star-certified audio/video equipment, which is 50 percent more efficient than conventional gear. SOURCE: ENERGYSTAR.GOV

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through greater energy efficiency should be a year-round objective, it’s particularly important in the cold-weather months. Before you crank up the thermostat this winter, try these tips to keep the house warm and your energy bills low. WHILE SAVING MONEY

SEAL THE DEAL. Examine seals on doors and windows to check for air leaks. Caulk and weather strip as needed to seal in warm air and energy savings. Similarly, examine outlets for air leaks, and where necessary, install gaskets to prevent drafts. LET THE SUN SHINE IN. During the day, open curtains or

drapes on south-facing windows to enable sunlight to heat your home naturally. Close curtains or drapes at night for an added layer of window insulation.

BONUS VIDEO Bring on the bread pudding. Chef Belinda shows you how to turn simple ingredients into a warm dessert topped with fruit and nuts.

CALL A PROFESSIONAL. Schedule a service appointment for your heating system to ensure it is operating at peak efficiency. SET IT AND FORGET IT. Use a program-

mable thermostat to set the temperature as low as is comfortable when you are home (ideally around 68 degrees). When you are asleep or away, set the device to turn the temperature down 10–15 degrees. According to the Department of Energy, this small adjustment can help you save approximately 10 percent a year on heating and cooling costs. —ANNE PRINCE

BONUS ARTICLES Efficient kitchens. Upgrade to energy-­ efficient appliances during your kitchen remodeling project and reap savings year after year.

Conquer the cold. When temperatures start dipping and nipping at fingers and toes— indoors or out—these gadgets can bring the heat when and where you need it.

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Save energy this winter

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Dialogue

Principles and politics particularly presi­dential races where no incumbent is up for reelection, as potential game changers. The president, more than any other political officeholder, can influence so many aspects of our lives. This year, judging by the headlines, many folks view our most recent presidential race as a once-in-a-lifetime, if not once-in-a-century, election. There’s plenty of interest in— and debate about—where our nation is headed next. While the president-elect’s supporters eagerly anticipate changes in federal policy, another segment of the electorate worries about what those changes might be. On behalf of South Carolina’s memberowned electric cooperatives, let me assure you that no matter what happens in Washington, D.C., we will continue to operate on the same principles that have guided us for more than 75 years. We work for the benefit of our members, and we seek to empower and strengthen our local communities. By following this standard, we can play an influential role in the debate on energy policy, regardless of the political winds or who holds elective office. A little presidential history might help put things into perspective. Pop quiz: Before Donald Trump, who was the last Republican president born in New York City? The answer is Teddy Roosevelt, who was also the first president to introduce the idea that rural America needed significant attention and development in order to improve the lives of farmers, ranchers and business owners. While his famous fifth cousin, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, tends to get the credit, it was Teddy who first articulated the vision of electrification in rural America. With that in mind, we look forward to seeing what new ideas President Trump might have for benefitting rural America and those we serve. And we’re ready to do our part in WE TEND TO VIEW ELECTIONS,

MIKE COUICK

President and CEO, The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina

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representing the interests of South Carolina cooperative members. In South Carolina and across the nation, electric cooperatives should be held accountable for being honest brokers of information on energy policy. We must continue our history of providing responsible, reliable analysis that law­makers and regulators can trust as the unvarnished truth. Our honest, unflinching approach to public policy is the only credible and enduring reason for cooperatives to have a place at the table when the details of energy policy are ironed out. We believe all politics is local. Whenever leader­ship is dealing with an issue that will affect a local cooperative, it’s our duty to get that area’s input, no matter the time or effort. Informed decision making keeps us accountable to the people we serve. By definition, cooperatives are a joining together of interests for a greater good. When advocating for a public policy that will benefit our members, we must enlist the aid of other interested parties. Since the policies we champion come from the ground up, our recommendations are thoroughly vetted, making it easier to attract allies who will work with us for the common good. Finally, we have an obligation to paint a picture. Numbers, charts, graphs and PowerPoints have their place, but we bring real names and faces to the debate. It’s our job to tell the story of how a policy or regulation will affect you—our friends and neighbors—the people we serve on a daily basis. Politics and public policy can be a chaotic business, but by following our principles, South Carolina’s electric cooperatives will always be in a position to represent the interests of our members.


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BY BELINDA SMITH-SULLIVAN

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4 pounds beef chuck, cut into 3-inch chunks Salt and pepper 2 tablespoons olive oil 4 carrots, peeled and sliced bite-size 4 celery stalks, sliced bite-size 4 large garlic cloves, smashed and peeled (not minced) 1 tablespoon tomato paste

½ cup all-purpose flour 2½ cups red wine (optional) 2½ cups beef stock (or 5 cups if not using wine) 1 pound shallots, peeled and left whole 2 bay leaves 4 sprigs fresh thyme 1 ½ pounds baby white potatoes, unpeeled

Preheat oven to 350 F. Season meat with salt and pepper. In a Dutch oven or large saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Working in batches, cook the meat chunks on all sides until brown. Transfer to a platter. To the same pan, add carrots and celery, and saute until translucent, about 5–8 minutes. Add garlic, and saute an additional 1–2 minutes. Return meat to the pan, along with any drippings, and add tomato paste. Sprinkle flour over the mixture, and stir to combine. Add the wine; stir, and scrape bottom of the pan. Cook 3–5 minutes, until mixture starts to thicken. Add beef stock, shallots and bay leaves; stir, and bring to a boil. Add thyme. Cover and transfer to preheated oven. Bake 2 hours. Add potatoes for the last 45 minutes of cooking. Remove thyme sprigs, bay leaves and garlic before serving. 12

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4–5 medium russet potatoes, peeled and cubed ½ to 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 1 pound smoked sausage or kielbasa 2 teaspoons olive oil ½ red bell pepper, coarsely chopped 2–3 green onions, chopped, with white bottoms separated from green tops 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 ½ cups milk ½ Gruyere cheese, diced (or any melting cheese) Kosher salt White pepper ½ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese J teaspoon crushed red pepper

Preheat oven to 350 F. In a large saucepan over medium heat, place potatoes, ½ to 1 teaspoon salt and enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, and cook 10 minutes, or until fork tender but not falling apart. Drain. Grease a medium-sized casserole dish with 1 tablespoon butter, and add cooked potatoes. Cut sausage in half lengthwise and then into ½-inch pieces. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat the oil. Cook sausage until brown, about 10–12 minutes; drain and add to potatoes. In the same pan, add bell pepper and the white part of onions, and saute 3–5 minutes. Add to potatoes. Toss potatoes, sausage and vegetables to combine. In a large sauce pan over medium heat, melt remaining butter, and whisk in flour. Cook 2–3 minutes while whisking. Slowly whisk in milk, and continue whisking until the mixture thickens. Add Gruyere, and whisk until cheese is melted and sauce is smooth. Remove from heat, season with salt and pepper, and mix well. Pour sauce over potato-sausage mixture, and sprinkle with cheddar cheese and crushed red pepper. Bake 30–35 minutes, until golden on top. Remove from oven, and garnish with green tops of onions.


EASY MEATBALL LASAGNA SERVES 6

9 lasagna noodles, cooked Meatballs (store-bought or homemade, enough to cover bottom of casserole dish), cut in half 3 cups marinara sauce, store-bought or homemade 2 cups grated mozzarella cheese ¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese Chopped fresh basil leaves

GINA MOORE

Preheat oven to 350 F. In a large Dutch oven or saucepan, cook noodles according to directions. Drain, and rinse well with cold water. In the bottom of an 8-inch-by-8-inch casserole dish, spread ½ cup sauce. Cut 3 noodles to fit casserole, and lay over sauce. Cover noodles with half the meatballs, 1 cup sauce, 1 cup mozzarella and ¼ cup Parmesan. Continue with another layer of noodles, meatballs, sauce and cheeses. Finish with a layer of noodles, remaining ½ cup of sauce and ¼ cup Parmesan. Cover with foil. (At this point, lasagna can be frozen and saved. Allow to defrost thoroughly before cooking.) Bake 45 minutes. Uncover, and cook an additional 30 minutes or until lasagna bubbles along sides of dish. Allow to set 30 minutes before serving. Sprinkle top with chopped basil to serve.

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2 bone-in and skin-on chicken breasts, baked 7 tablespoons unsalted butter 3 carrots, peeled, halved and sliced diagonally 3 celery stalks, sliced diagonally ½ cup all-purpose flour 1 ½ cups chicken stock 1 ½ cups milk ½ tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves ¼ cup sherry (optional)

1 cup pearl onions 1 cup button mushrooms, whole 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley Kosher salt White pepper 1 cup green peas, frozen or fresh 1 roll of 9-inch pie dough, store-bought or homemade 1 egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon water

Preheat oven to 400 F. Remove skin and bones from chicken breast, and shred meat. Set aside. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt 6 tablespoons butter. Saute carrots and celery until translucent, about 5–8 minutes. Sprinkle with flour, and stir. Whisk in stock, then milk. Reduce heat to low; simmer about 10 minutes, until thickened, stirring frequently. Add chicken, thyme, sherry, onions, mushrooms, parsley, salt, pepper and peas. Stir until well blended. Grease a deep-dish, 9-inch, round baking dish with butter. Pour chicken mixture into dish. Cover with piecrust; fold under any excess dough, and crimp around the sides. Make a small slit in the middle of the crust. Using a pastry brush, brush the crust with the egg wash. Bake 25 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Let cool 15 minutes before serving. SCLIVING.COOP   | JANUARY 2017   |  SOUTH CAROLINA LIVING

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COUNTRY IN THE CITY Tara Felder raises a flock of backyard chickens in the heart of Columbia with the enthusiastic help of her 3-year-old triplets, Sadie, Ruthie and Max. “They love the chickens,” Felder says. “It teaches the kids responsibility and shows them where their food comes from.”


Raising backyard chickens is more than a hobby—it’s a passion, even in the city

fluffed-up feathers and ask about their IT’S A SUN NY SE PTE MBE R DAY egg-laying habits and you think: So, at Legare Farms near Charleston, and this is how it happens. This is how underneath a pop-up tent lined with regular, otherwise-perfectly-­normal rows of colored plastic chairs, Amber city dwellers turn into backyard Starnes is preaching the gospel of BY AMBER VEVERKA chicken farmers. poultry. PHOTOS BY MILTON MORRIS An area livestock agent with Striving for sustainability Clemson University Cooperative Extension, Starnes is hoping for a Starnes, a member of Lynches River revival—of a way of life once common Electric Cooperative, travels across the state to conduct these workshops to Americans who owned even a several times a year and finds many scrap of ground on which to plunk of the attendees are urban residents, a chicken coop. At today’s Backyard drawn to the idea of keeping chickens Poultry Workshop, she has a crowd of as a step toward a more sustainable 20 or more would-be chicken wranlifestyle. It’s a trend Starnes is happy glers hanging on every word as she to foster, and as more communidispenses wisdom on the finer points of coop size, poultry mites and chick ties loosen restrictions on backyard incubation. chickens, the activity is seen less like But if you want to see where the farming and more like keeping any magic happens, stroll to the back of other kind of pet. the tent, where Charleston-area neigh“Over the past few years, keeping chickens has become extremely popular,” she says. bors Bethany Britton and Gretchen Sparacino are showing For Britton and Sparacino, the decision to raise chickoff two of their prized hens. “This is Sparkle,” says Britton, pointing to one chicken. ens together was driven by the desire for tastier eggs for “And this is Rock Star,” says Sparacino. their families and, possibly, a dearth of other entertainment The hens murmuring in the pen are like magnets. options. People keep slipping over to take a closer look, to reach “On Friday afternoon, after working all week, I’ll have a tentative hand toward the clutch of chicks clustered a glass of wine and just watch them,” Sparacino says. “It’s near their mamas. You watch the crowd admire the hens’ like TV!”

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Getting started

with backyard chickens

Know the law. A growing number

of towns, including Columbia, Charleston and Greenville, let you keep backyard chickens, as long as you build your coop to particular specifications and keep it a certain distance from your property line. To look up your town’s animal ordinance, visit municode.com/library/sc. Many homeowners’ associations have stricter guidelines than the municipal codes.

A word about roosters. If you have nearby

neighbors, don’t get roosters. Communities that don’t explicitly ban roosters often stipulate that your chickens can’t be a nuisance, and that pretty much rules out roosters, which will crow both day and night. Hens will lay eggs without a rooster’s help; roosters are only needed for the eggs to be fertile.

Which came first? The coop. Chickens have enemies everywhere. If you bring them home and hope to get by with a dog kennel or some other less-than-secure arrangement, you will lose birds to everything from marauding raccoons to hawks to the neighbor’s dog. Coop designs are available online and in a range of how-to books (see “Learn more,” page 18). Your town’s animal ordinance will specify the minimum requirements for a coop. In general, a shelter should have good ventilation—excessive heat is far more dangerous to chickens than cold—a secure roof, 3 to 4 square feet of space per adult bird if they’re going to be confined all day, a nest box and round, wooden poles for roosts. Also, forget walling it with “chicken wire.” It typically has openings wide enough for a raccoon to slip a paw inside and is flimsy enough for dogs to tear apart, says Amber Starnes, area livestock agent with Clemson University Cooperative Extension. Instead, choose hardware cloth, a kind of metal screening with holes too small for predators, and either screen the floor, to prevent burrowing predators, or bury a skirt of wire around the perimeter of the coop. Whatever you build, plan for expansion. Chickens are addicting.

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They’re so cute when they’re little. Most chicken owners start with chicks,

available for $3 to $5 each for common breeds in the spring, typically beginning in March. Chicks can be ordered from hatcheries, local 4-H sellers, hardware stores and feed-and-seed stores. For a list of reputable breeders recognized by the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP), visit poultryimprovement.org/documents/sc.pdf. Choose “sexed” chickens to get just females. Chicks sold as “straight run” means the sexes are mixed. Starnes warns against buying birds from auctions, flea markets and swap meets. Too often, those are birds being culled from flocks either because they’re too old to lay well or because they’re unhealthy.

Care and feeding. Chicks need a secure, indoor place to live until they feather out. Depending on weather, a porch or garage will work, and they must be in a container (such as a metal washtub or large bin) with an attached heat lamp. If chicks cluster immediately below the light, they’re too cold. If they huddle as far from it as they can get, the light is too hot or too close. You want to see them loosely clustered around the floor of the bin. They’ll need clean water and a kind of feed called “chick starter,” available at feed stores. Wheat straw or pine shavings will work as bedding, but not cedar shavings, which can be toxic. Also, chicks can pass salmonella to people, so children and those with compromised immune systems either should not handle them or should wash very carefully immediately afterward. Once the chickens are fully feathered, they can move to their permanent lodging. If you buy your chicks in spring, you will be eating their first eggs at the start of fall. Birds in their prime will lay about an egg a day. Egg production is tied to the number of daylight hours, so your hens will naturally lay fewer eggs in winter. You can keep lights on them, but it can stress the birds, make them aggressive and shorten their egg-laying life.

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“Each chicken has its own personality,” Britton adds. The two friends care for a small but growing flock, and they’re Exhibit A for Starnes’ “M&Ms theory,” which states that, like the candy, nobody can have just one chicken.

Amazing taste

For Tara Felder, it all started when she was a child. Her father explained that they couldn’t have a chicken, because the birds were too messy. Apparently, Felder wasn’t listening, because she now has a whole flock. Her dad must not have convinced himself, either, because he, too, now owns chickens, Felder says. Felder and her husband, David, live in downtown ‘It’s not as scary as Columbia, where they renadopting a dog. ovated a dilapidated playhouse into cool digs for their And the eggs. hens. Their Wyandottes They’re amazing.’ come running for the veg—TARA FELDER, etable peels and fruit scraps BACKYARD CHICKEN KEEPER Felder saves for them and, in return, the chickens feed the family’s serious egg habit. The girls’ biggest fans are the Felders’ 3-year-old triplets: Sadie, Ruthie and Max. “They love the chickens,” Felder says. “We were definitely worried one of the chicks was going to get loved to death.” The kids run to the coop to look for eggs and have christened each hen “Caroline.” “It’s great to be able to quote-unquote farm in the city,” Felder says. “It teaches the kids responsibility and shows them where their food comes from.” And, she says, once you get past the notion that you are acquiring, you know, livestock, chickens are really little different than any other pet, and in some ways, simpler. “It’s not as scary as adopting a dog. You don’t walk them,” she says. “And the eggs—they taste different. They’re amazing, they’re fresh.” Not that it’s all been omelets and egg salad. There was that rogue rooster who slipped into the first batch of chicks the Felders ordered from a hatchery. There were the casualties of their beagle’s newfound hatred of hens. And then, there’s the manure. “If you give them the run of your yard, they are indiscriminate poopers,” Felder says. Still, she says, chicken ownership isn’t any nuttier than anything else. “Honestly,” says the mom of triplets, “in our house, they’re the easiest thing we have.”

AN EGGS-CELLENT ADVENTURE Charleston-area neighbors Bethany Britton (left) and Gretchen Sparacino joined forces to start their growing flock of chickens. The payoff? Plenty of fresh eggs and a little entertainment. “On Friday afternoon, after working all week, I’ll have a glass of wine and just watch them,” Sparacino says. “It’s like TV!”

The chicken swing

Jim Pryor has been keeping chickens for at least five years, and while the hobby may not yet qualify as an obsession, there is the little matter of the chicken swing. The Lexington resident, who lives outside of town, has a flock headed by a rooster named Winnebago. Pryor was careful to locate their spacious coop and run on the driest

BUILDING A BETTER COOP After losing a few chickens to a crafty fox, Lexington florist Jim Pryor got creative in the design and construction of his chicken enclosures. He’s since built his own hanging feeders to discourage rodents and a miniature swing set to keep his birds entertained. SCLIVING.COOP   | JANUARY 2017   |  SOUTH CAROLINA LIVING

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ground, and he built his own hanging food dispenser to protect feed from rodents. But then he decided the chickens needed a little something extra. So he used a branch to build them their own swing set. “They’ll jump on the swing and start swinging,” Pryor says. “They start moving their heads back and forth to make it go faster.” Pryor, who, with his wife, Jennifer, runs White House Florist on the property where he keeps his flock, says the birds are a hit with customers. And they help him fulfill a lifelong interest in farming. He’s been asked what he’ll do with the birds when they age and their egg-laying slows. His nieces and nephews have already made it clear they do not want to hear of any aging birds heading for the soup pot. But any chicken owner deals, at some point, with death.

Fox in the henhouse

WALKING THE WALK Amber Starnes, area livestock agent with Clemson University Cooperative Extension, practices what she preaches during Backyard Poultry Workshops. With her husband, Scotty, and her sons— Tyler, 2, and Tanner, 5—she keeps a flock of Orpingtons and Rhode Island Reds. “Chickens are not complicated,” she says. “And they’re not hard to take care of.”

The next Backyard Poultry Workshop will take place Feb. 17 at the Lexington County Clemson Extension office (605 West Main St., Suite 109, Lexington). Additional workshops are planned for the spring. For updates, see the Clemson University calendar at calendar.clemson.edu. Want the basics on choosing chickens, bringing up babies, dealing with disease and the mysteries of the molt? Clemson Extension has produced a handy download that covers the need-to-know points. See clemson.edu/public/lph/ahp/images/npip/backyardchicks.pdf. Poultry associations offer a way to learn chicken-raising tips, find out about breeds and connect with fellow chicken enthusiasts. Clemson Extension keeps a list of national and regional poultry groups at clemson.edu/public/lph/ahp/poultry_groups.html. For more information on keeping chickens, visit the Clemson Extension Livestock and Forages page on Facebook or contact Amber Starnes at (843) 623-2134, ext. 111, or at arstarn@clemson.edu.

RECOMMENDED READING Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens by Gail Damerow: Get the scoop on health, housing and habits from Storey, a publisher of many backyardfarming titles. Backyardchickens.com: This website offers advice from chicken owners across the country, who tell it like it is when it comes to the joys and tribulations of pursuing a poultry passion. Key feature: The site has a section with more than 2,000 coop designs, many with photos and detailed instructions.

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“I lost a couple a couple years ago due to a fox,” Pryor says, and it was due to an oversight with coop-building. “I dug around the entire outside of the coop and the run with what they call hardware cloth, and you have to go 6 to 8 inches around and bury it. I had not gotten one little spot around the gate, and that’s where they found the weak spot. It was a hard lesson to learn.” The Sparacino-Britton flock in Charleston suffered losses due to sickness—from two unfortunate birds purchased at a flea market (don’t do it, cautions Britton)—and neighborhood dogs. “It’s hard to explain to kids, but at the same time, it’s a very educational experience, because they learn about predator-prey relationships,” Britton says. “But it’s not pretty.” In her chicken classes, Starnes makes sure to talk about these less-than-Martha-Stewart moments. “Things are going to go wrong,” she says, “but you move on.” In the end, urban chicken farming is worth the occasional loss and the more-than-occasional manure, chicken owners agree. “It’s some work,” says Britton. “I go out there every Sunday and clean the coop really well and hose everything down and fill their waterers with fresh water, but I love the birds. I go outside and sit on my chair, and they come up to me like, ‘Hey, what’s up?’ ” Starnes isn’t a city dweller—she and her husband, Scotty, live on six acres—but even if she relocated to the center of town, she’d find a way to have her birds. For one thing, they’re a great way to introduce kids to nature and agriculture. Starnes’ boys, Tanner, 5, and Tyler, 2, run out to the coop with baskets to gather eggs. They hoist the buff Orpingtons and Rhode Island Reds and tote them around the yard. And, for folks interested in eating locally, you can’t get much more local than your own backyard. Chickens “are not complicated, and they’re not hard to take care of,” Starnes says. “And they bring the country to people who live in a city setting.”


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Legislative Directory | 2017-2018

With the assistance of multiple state agencies, South Carolina’s electric cooperatives quickly repaired the extensive damage caused during Hurricane Matthew in October 2016. Linemen from each of South Carolina’s member-owned electric cooperatives joined members of Team South Carolina during a presentation of the Lineman statue. Back row (left to right): Tommy Smith, New Horizon Electric Cooperative; Benji Morris, Newberry Electric Cooperative; Randy Mixson, Coastal Electric Cooperative; Michael Hill, York Electric Cooperative; Mark Kirkland, Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative; Ashley Johnson, Horry Electric Cooperative. Middle row (left to right): Justin Cheek, Marlboro Electric Cooperative; Kevin Croft, Edisto Electric Cooperative; Jeff Brand, Santee Electric Cooperative; Arthur Secrest, Broad River Electric Cooperative; Russell Hovis, Lynches River Electric Cooperative; Ronnie Prioleau, Berkeley Electric Cooperative; Jason Davis, Palmetto Electric Cooperative. Front row (left to right): Mike Hall, Little River Electric Cooperative; Jason Snyder, Laurens Electric Cooperative; Jason Smith, Tri-County Electric Cooperative; Tyler Alban, Pee Dee Electric Cooperative; Don Jordan, Aiken Electric Cooperative; Robert Livingston, S.C. Adjutant General; Dukes Scott, Office of Regulatory Staff; Billy Tanner Jr., Fairfield Electric Cooperative; John Baker, Black River Electric Cooperative; Cecil Hubbard, Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative.

Honoring Team South Carolina

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n the wake of Hurricane Matthew, Gov. Nikki Haley used the term Team South Carolina to describe the extraordinary cooperation among first responders, National Guard units and state agencies in their efforts to restore life to normal. The extraordinary support South Carolina’s ­electric cooperatives received from the men and women of Team South Carolina helped us rebuild storm-­damaged sections of the power distribution network in record time. To say thanks, the state association of electric cooperatives recognized Team South Carolina in a ceremony that also honored our own quiet heroes— electric cooperative linemen. Robert Livingston, S.C. adjutant general, and Dukes Scott, executive director of the Office of Regulatory Staff, accepted the award on behalf of the state and were joined by linemen representing all of South Carolina’s member-owned electric cooperatives.

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Linemen are the backbone of an electric-utility system. They are the heroes who keep our power on when the weather is good and who work in difficult conditions to restore power when the lights go out, but those statements only hint at a typical day for linemen following a major storm like Hurricane Matthew. This is their reality: They are away from their families, who experience the effects of the storm just like the rest of us. Some linemen have even lost their homes during severe storms, but they report for duty because of their commitment to members. l

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floodwater and, sometimes, very irate customers threatening violence if their power is not restored. If the storm is a multi-day event, linemen typically work 16-hour days. In some cases, they work through the night if they believe they can completely restore power within 24 to 36 hours.

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Meals are hit or miss. If the linemen are near the office, cooperative employees may be able to deliver a boxed lunch. If not, line crews will find the closest open restaurant and take just enough time to refuel their bodies. On the rare occasion, an angry customer may accuse them of slacking off during these brief meal times, but there are far more cooperative members who offer their thanks and support. Some gladly open their homes to provide meals or a place to rest. Such unsolicited kindness only reinforces a lineman’s resolve to work until every last member has their power restored. l

personnel, and front-office employees who work the same long hours in support roles. They prepare and provide meals for their fellow workers and communicate with the members at any time, day or night. Without these individuals, linemen would be unable to complete their tasks as efficiently and effectively as they do. Cooperative employees know this truth: We are a family. During difficult times, we come together with a common purpose to serve our members and our state. We dedicate this directory to the spirit of cooperation that makes electric cooperatives and Team South Carolina unstoppable, no matter the crisis.

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

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

Tim Scott [R] 520 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Phone: (202) 224-6121 Website: scott.senate.gov

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ritten in 1787, ratified in 1788 and in oper­a­tion since 1789, the United States Constitution is the world’s longestsurviving 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.

U.S. House of Representatives NOTE: All information is current as of Dec. 20, 2016,

but is subject to change without notice.

Mark Sanford [R]

1st District Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton & Dorchester Cos. 2211 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Phone: (202) 225-3176 Website: sanford.house.gov

Joe Wilson [R]

2nd District Aiken, Barnwell, Lexington, Orangeburg & Richland Cos. 1436 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Phone: (202) 225-2452 Website: joewilson.house.gov

Jeff Duncan [R]

3rd District Abbeville, Anderson, Edgefield, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Newberry, Oconee, Pickens & Saluda Cos. 2229 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Phone: (202) 225-5301 Website: jeffduncan.house.gov

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Trey Gowdy [R]

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

Mick Mulvaney [R]

5th District Cherokee, Chester, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lancaster, Lee, Newberry, Spartanburg, Sumter, Union & York Cos. 2350 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Phone: (202) 225-5501 Website: mulvaney.house.gov

James E. Clyburn [D]

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]

7th District Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Marion & Marlboro Cos. 223 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Phone: (202) 225-9895 Website: rice.house.gov


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 R E TA RY O F STAT E

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

TREASURER

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

AT TO R N E Y G E N E R A L

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

CO M P T RO L L E R G E N E R A L

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. NOTE: All information is current as of Dec. 20, 2016,

but is subject to change without notice.

STAT E S U P E R I N T E N D E N T O F E D U CAT I O N

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

A D J U TA N T G E N E R A L

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

CO M M I S S I O N E R O F AG R I C U LT U R E

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 | 2017-2018

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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 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 205 (803) 212-6410 Email: PaulCampbell@scsenate.gov

George E. “Chip” Campsen III [R]

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

Thomas C. Alexander [R]

Wes Climer [R]

Karl B. Allen [D]

Thomas D. “Tom” Corbin [R]

Sean Bennett [R]

John E. Courson [R]

Kevin L. Bryant [R]

Ronnie W. Cromer [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

District 7 – Greenville Co. (H) 108 Lavinia Ave., Greenville, 29601 Business: (864) 235-9049 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 602 (803) 212-6008 Email: KarlAllen@scsenate.gov

District 38 – Berkeley, Charleston & Dorchester Cos. (H) 122 President Circle, Summerville, 29483 Business: (843) 821-3009 Home: (843) 821-3352 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 601 (803) 212-6116 Email: SeanBennett@scsenate.gov

District 3 – Anderson Co. (H) 104-A North Ave., Anderson, 29625 Cell: (864) 202-8394 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 303 (803) 212-6320 Email: SGenComm@scsenate.gov

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Paul G. Campbell Jr. [R]

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District 15 – York Co. (H) P.O. Box 4898, Rock Hill, 29730 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 604 (803) 212-6016 Email: WesClimer@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

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 410 (803) 212-6240 Email: SBIComm@scsenate.gov


CONNECTING COOPERATIVE MEMBERS TO SOUTH CAROLINA LAWMAKERS Tom Davis [R]

Greg Hembree [R]

Mike Fanning [D]

C. Bradley Hutto [D]

Mike Gambrell [R]

Darrell Jackson [D]

Stephen L. Goldfinch [R]

Kevin L. Johnson [D]

Chauncey K. “Greg” Gregory [R]

Marlon E. Kimpson [D]

Lawrence K. “Larry” Grooms [R]

Hugh K. Leatherman Sr. [R]

District 46 – Beaufort & Jasper Cos. (H) PO Drawer 1107, Beaufort, 29901-1107 Business: (843) 252-8583 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 404 (803) 212-6350 Email: TomDavis@scsenate.gov

District 17 – Chester, Fairfield & York Cos. (H) 7825 Camp Welfare Road, Great Falls, 29055 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 606 (803) 212-6024 Email: MikeFanning@scsenate.gov

District 4 – Abbeville, Anderson & Greenwood Cos. (H) 400 Filter Plant Road, Honea Path, 29654 Business: (864) 844-3614 Home: (864) 369-0613 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 610 (803) 212-6040 Email: MikeGambrell@scsenate.gov

District 34 – Charleston, Georgetown & Horry Cos. (H) P.O. Box 827, Murrells Inlet, 29576 Business: (843) 357-9301 Home: (843) 385-4302 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 601 (803) 212-6116 Email: StephenGoldfinch@scsenate.gov

District 16 – Lancaster & York Cos. (H) P.O. Box 1381, Lancaster, 29721 Business: (803) 289-6211 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 512 (803) 212-6148 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 28 – Dillon & Horry Cos. (H) PO Box 944, N. Myrtle Beach, 29597 Business: (843) 946-6556 Home: (843) 222-1001 (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 606 (803) 212-6024 Email: KevinJohnson@scsenate.gov

District 42 – Charleston & Dorchester Cos. (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 508 (803) 212-6132 Email: MarlonKimpson@scsenate.gov

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

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2017–2018 LEGISLATIVE GUIDE Gerald Malloy [D]

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 22 – Kershaw & Richland Cos. (H) PO Box 290692, Columbia 29229 Business: (803) 251-9476 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 506 (803) 212-6124 Email: Mia@scsenate.gov

Shane R. Martin [R]

Floyd Nicholson [D]

A. Shane Massey [R]

Harvey S. Peeler Jr. [R]

John W. Matthews Jr. [D]

Luke A. Rankin [R]

Margie Bright Matthews [D]

Glenn G. Reese [D]

J. Thomas McElveen III [D]

Rex F. Rice [R]

District 13 – Greenville, Spartanburg & Union Cos. (H) PO Box 575, Pauline, 29374 Cell: (864) 804-8499 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 211 (803) 212-6420 Email: ShaneMartin@scsenate.gov

District 25 – Aiken, Edgefield, Lexington, McCormick & Saluda Cos. (H) PO Box 551, Edgefield, 29824 Business: (803) 637-6200 Home: (803) 480-0419 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 311 (803) 212-6330 Email: ShaneMassey@scsenate.gov

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

District 45 – Allendale, Beaufort, Charleston, Colleton, Hampton & Jasper Cos. (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 613 (803) 212-6056 Email: MargieBrightMatthews@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

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Mia S. McLeod [D]

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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 610 (803) 212-6040 Email: FloydNicholson@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 33 – Horry Co. (H) 201 Beaty St., Conway, 29526 Business: (843) 248-2405 Home: (843) 626-6269 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 101 (803) 212-6610 Email: SJudComm@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 2 – Pickens Co. (H) PO Box 1706, Easley, 29641 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 501 (803) 212-6100 Email: RexRice@scsenate.gov


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Ronnie A. Sabb [D]

Scott Talley [R]

John L. Scott Jr. [D]

William Timmons [R]

Sandy Senn [R]

Ross Turner [R]

Nikki G. Setzler [D]

Daniel B. “Danny” Verdin III [R]

Katrina Frye Shealy [R]

Kent M. Williams [D]

Vincent A. Sheheen [D]

Tom Young Jr. [R]

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 41 – Charleston & Dorchester Cos. (H) PO Box 12279, Charleston, 29422 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 513 (803) 212-6172 Email: SandySenn@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 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 502 (803) 212-6108 Email: KatrinaShealy@scsenate.gov

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

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District 12 – Greenville & Spartanburg Cos. (H) 134 Oakland Ave., Spartanburg, 29302 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 612 (803) 212-6048 Email: ScottTalley@scsenate.gov

District 6 – Greenville Co. (H) 25 Palladio Drive, Greenville, 29617 (O) PO Box 142, Columbia, 29201 Room 602 (803) 212-6008 Email: WilliamTimmons@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 402 (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 608 (803) 212-6000 Email: TomYoung@scsenate.gov

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The General Assembly | 2017-2018

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 Home: (843) 665-7321 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 314C (803) 734-3004 Email: TerryAlexander@schouse.gov

District 57 – Dillon, Horry & Marion Cos. (H) 912 N. Main St., Marion, 29571 Cell: (843) 430-1171 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 333D (803) 212-6936 Email: LucasAtkinson@schouse.gov

Todd K. Atwater [R]

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

Merita A. “Rita” Allison [R]

Jimmy C. Bales [D]

Carl L. Anderson [D]

Nathan Ballentine [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 Home: (843) 546-5332 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 304C (803) 734-2933 Email: CarlAnderson@schouse.gov

Michael A. “Mike” Anthony [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

Katherine E. “Katie” Arrington [R] District 94 – Charleston & Dorchester Cos. (H) 100 Turner Field Way, Summerville, 29485 Home: (843) 442-9047 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 308A (803) 212-6871 Email: KatieArrington@schouse.gov

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Frank “Lucas” Atkinson [D]

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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

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

Justin Bamberg [D]

District 90 – Bamberg, Barnwell & Colleton Cos. (H) 232 Azalea Ave., Bamberg, 29003 Home: (803) 682-2860 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 335D (803) 212-6907 Email: JustinBamberg@schouse.gov

Bruce W. Bannister [R]

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 312B (803) 212-6944 Email: BruceBannister@schouse.gov


CONNECTING COOPERATIVE MEMBERS TO SOUTH CAROLINA LAWMAKERS Eric M. Bedingfield [R]

District 28 – Greenville Co. (H) 945 Cooley Bridge Road, Belton, 29627 Home: (864) 230-7044 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 202 (803) 212-6812 Email: EricBedingfield@schouse.gov

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Robert L. Brown [D]

District 116 – Charleston & Colleton Cos. (H) 5925 Highway 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

Linda “Lin” Bennett [R]

James Mikell “Mike” Burns [R]

Beth E. Bernstein [D]

Micajah P. “Micah” Caskey IV [R]

District 114 – Charleston & Dorchester Cos. (H) 231 N. Ainsdale Drive, Charleston, 29414 Home: (843) 571-6330 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 414D (803) 212-6948 Email: LinBennett@schouse.gov

District 78 – Richland Co. (H) 1019 Assembly St., Columbia, 29201 Business: (803) 799-7900 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 532C (803) 212-6940 Email: BethBernstein@schouse.gov

Bart T. Blackwell [R]

District 81 – Aiken Co. (H) 6 Roundhill Court, Aiken, 29803 Business: (803) 648-1826 Home: (803) 649-4938 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 418A (803) 212-6884 Email: BartBlackwell@schouse.gov

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 326B (803) 212-6981 Email: MikeBurns@schouse.gov

District 89 – Lexington Co. (H) 2811 Dalewood Drive, West Columbia, 29170 Business: (803) 734-3624 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 323D (803) 212-6959 Email: MicahCaskey@schouse.gov

William M. “Bill” Chumley [R]

District 35 – Greenville & Spartanburg Cos. (H) 3303 Greenpond Road, Woodruff, 29388 Home: (864) 303-2726 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 326A (803) 212-6894 Email: BillChumley@schouse.gov

William K. “Bill” Bowers [D]

Gary E. Clary [R]

Jeffrey A. “Jeff” Bradley [R]

Alan D. Clemmons [R]

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

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District 3 – Pickens Co. (H) PO Box 1645, Clemson, 29633 Business: (864) 415-0886 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 402D (803) 212-6908 Email: GaryClary@schouse.gov

District 107 – Horry Co. (H) 1800 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

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2017–2018 LEGISLATIVE GUIDE William “Bill” Clyburn [D]

Heather Ammons Crawford [R]

Gilda Cobb-Hunter [D]

William E. “Bill” Crosby [R]

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) 4188 Five Chop Road, Orangeburg, 29115 Business: (803) 534-2448 Home: (803) 531-1257 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 309C (803) 734-2809 Email: GildaCobbHunter@schouse.gov

William Scott Cogswell Jr. [R]

District 110 – Charleston Co. (H) 15 Savage St., Apt. A, Charleston, 29401 Business: (843) 577-2088 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 530A (803) 212-6950 Email: WilliamCogswell@schouse.gov

J. Derham Cole Jr. [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 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

Joseph S. Daning [R]

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

Sylleste H. Davis [R]

District 100 – Berkeley Co. (H) 123 Linesquare Road, Moncks Corner, 29461 Business: (843) 761-4204 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 414A (803) 212-6930 Email: SyllesteDavis@schouse.gov

Neal A. Collins [R]

F. Gregory “Greg” Delleney Jr. [R]

Christopher A. Corley [R]

Chandra E. Dillard [D]

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

District 84 – Aiken Co. (H) PO Box 460, Graniteville, 29829 Business: (706) 925-3686 Home: (803) 341-1800 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 416D (803) 212-6917 Email: ChristopherCorley@schouse.gov

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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

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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


CONNECTING COOPERATIVE MEMBERS TO SOUTH CAROLINA LAWMAKERS MaryGail K. Douglas [D]

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

Gregory Duckworth [R]

District 104 – Horry Co. (H) 2412 Watson Drive, North Myrtle Beach, 29582 Cell: (843) 902-8050 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 434C (803) 212-6918 Email: GregDuckworth@schouse.gov

Jason Thomas Elliott [R]

District 22 – Greenville Co. (H) 116 E. Montclair Ave., Greenville, 29609 Business: (864) 235-5308 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 312D (803) 212-6877 Email: JasonElliott@schouse.gov

P. Michael “Mike” Forrester [R] 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

Russell W. Fry [R]

District 106 – Horry Co. (H) PO Box 14444, Surfside Beach, 29587 Business: (843) 650-9137 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 522D (803) 212-6781 Email: RussellFry@schouse.gov

Raye Felder [R]

Craig A. Gagnon [R]

Kirkman Finlay III [R]

Wendell G. Gilliard [D]

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 39 – Lexington & Saluda Cos. (H) 137 N. Railroad Ave., Monetta, 29105 Home: (803) 685-5576 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 323A (803) 212-6938 Email: CalForrest@schouse.gov

Laurie Slade Funderburk [D]

District 26 – York Co. (H) 116 Mary Mack Lane, Fort Mill, 29715 Business: (803) 547-6715 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 402A (803) 212-6892 Email: RayeFelder@schouse.gov

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Cally R. “Cal” Forrest [R]

Shannon S. Erickson [R]

District 124 – Beaufort Co. (H) PO Box 1228, Beaufort, 29901-1228 Business: (843) 255-2260 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 320C (803) 734-3261 Email: ShannonErickson@schouse.gov

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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 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

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2017–2018 LEGISLATIVE GUIDE Jerry N. Govan Jr. [D]

Patricia Moore “Pat” Henegan [D]

Daniel P. “Dan” Hamilton [R]

William G. “Bill” Herbkersman [R]

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

Kevin Hardee [R]

District 105 – Horry Co. (H) 2082 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 118 – Beaufort & Jasper Cos. (H) 896 May River Road, Bluffton, 29910-5833 Business: (843) 255-2264 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 308B (803) 734-3063 Email: BillHerbkersman@schouse.gov

Lee Hewitt [R]

District 108 – Charleston & Georgetown Cos. (H) PO Box 928, Murrells Inlet, 29576 Business: (843) 652-4236 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 327D (803) 212-6927 Email: LeeHewitt@schouse.gov

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]

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) PO Box 27054, Greer, 29616 Home: (864) 423-3149 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 522B (803) 212-6883 Email: PhyllisHenderson@schouse.gov

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

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District 8 – Anderson Co. (H) 1031 Double Springs Road, Townville, 29689 Cell: (864) 245-5885 (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


CONNECTING COOPERATIVE MEMBERS TO SOUTH CAROLINA LAWMAKERS Lonnie Hosey [D]

John Richard C. King [D]

Leon Howard [D]

Roger K. Kirby [D]

Chip Huggins [R]

Patsy G. Knight [D]

Joseph H. Jefferson Jr. [D]

Dwight A. Loftis [R]

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

District 76 – Richland Co. (H) 2425 Barhamville Road, Columbia, 29204 Business: (803) 254-9468 (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 Cell: (843) 991-0519 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 304B (803) 734-2936 Email: JosephJefferson@schouse.gov

Jeffrey E. “Jeff” Johnson [R]

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 434B (803) 212-6946 Email: JeffJohnson@schouse.gov

Wallace H. “Jay” Jordan Jr. [R] District 63 – Florence Co. (H) 1338 Lazar Place, Florence, 29501 Business: (843) 662-4474 Home: (843) 229-1874 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 327A (803) 212-6785 Email: JayJordan@schouse.gov

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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

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 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

Steven Wayne Long [R]

District 37 – Spartanburg Co. (H) PO Box 161944, Spartanburg, 29316 Cell: (864) 978-3104 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 304A (803) 212-6878 Email: StevenLong@schouse.gov

Phillip D. Lowe [R]

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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2017–2018 LEGISLATIVE GUIDE James H. “Jay” Lucas [R]

Joseph A. “Joe” McEachern [D]

David J. Mack III [D]

Cezar E. McKnight [D]

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 101 – Clarendon & Williamsburg Cos. (H) PO Box 688, Lake City, 29560 Business: (843) 374-4529 Home: (843) 372-3323 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 314A (803) 212-6926 Email: CezarMcknight@schouse.gov

Josiah Magnuson [R]

James H. Merrill [R]

Richard “Rick” Martin [R]

Harold Mitchell Jr. [D]

District 38 – Spartanburg Co. (H) PO Box 206, Campobello, 29322 Cell: (864) 420-7933 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 304D (803) 212-6876 Email: JosiahMagnuson@schouse.gov

District 40 – Newberry Co. (H) 9307 Highway 34, Newberry, 29108 Cell: (803) 924-2934 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 418D (803) 212-6951 Email: RickMartin@schouse.gov

Peter M. McCoy Jr. [R]

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

John R. McCravy III [R]

District 13 – Greenwood Co. (H) 913 Johns Creek Road, Hodges, 29653 Business: (864) 388-9100 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 420A (803) 212-6939 Email: JohnMcCravy@schouse.gov

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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

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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

Dennis C. Moss [R]

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 503B (803) 734-3073 Email: DennisMoss@schouse.gov

V. Stephen “Steve” Moss [R] District 30 – Cherokee & York Cos. (H) 210 Big Rock Road, Blacksburg, 29702 Home: (864) 839-3135 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 418B (803) 212-6885 Email: SteveMoss@schouse.gov


CONNECTING COOPERATIVE MEMBERS TO SOUTH CAROLINA LAWMAKERS Christopher J. “Chris” Murphy [R]

Russell L. Ott [D]

Joseph H. “Joe” Neal [D]

J. Anne Parks [D]

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

Brandon Michael Newton [R] District 45 – Lancaster & York Cos. (H) 2003 Hickory Drive, Lancaster, 29720 Cell: (803) 320-9615 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 404D (803) 212-6874 Email: BrandonNewton@schouse.gov

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

Michael A. Pitts [R]

District 14 – Greenwood & Laurens Cos. (H) 372 Bucks Point Road, Laurens, 29360 Home: (864) 923-2925 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 519B (803) 734-3114 Email: MikePitts@schouse.gov

Thomas E. “Tommy” Pope [R]

Ralph W. Norman [R]

Joshua A. Putnam [R]

Mandy Powers Norrell [D]

Rick Quinn [R]

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 422B (803) 212-6937 Email: MandyNorrell@schouse.gov

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District 93 – Calhoun, Lexington & Orangeburg Cos. (H) 135 Ott Farm Trail, St. Matthews, 29135 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 306D (803) 212-6945 Email: RussellOtt@schouse.gov

Wm. Weston J. Newton [R]

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

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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) PO Box 51314, Piedmont, 29673 Home: (864) 238-9431 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 436D (803) 212-6931 Email: JoshuaPutnam@schouse.gov

District 69 – Lexington Co. (H) 1620 Gervais, Suite C, Columbia, 29201 Business: (803) 799-8638 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 532D (803) 212-6897 Email: RickQuinn@schouse.gov

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2017–2018 LEGISLATIVE GUIDE Robert L. Ridgeway III [D] 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

Michael F. Rivers Sr. [D]

District 121 – Beaufort & Colleton Cos. (H) 734 Seaside Road, St. Helena Island, 29920 Cell: (843) 263-8467 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 432D (803) 212-6952 Email: MichaelRivers@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: BillSandifer@schouse.gov

J. Gary Simrill [R]

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) 734-3138 Email: GarySimrill@schouse.gov

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]

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 530C (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

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William E. “Bill” Sandifer III [R]

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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 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 Home: (843) 886-8759 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 310A (803) 212-6880 Email: MikeSottile@schouse.gov


CONNECTING COOPERATIVE MEMBERS TO SOUTH CAROLINA LAWMAKERS L. Kit Spires [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

Tommy M. Stringer [R]

J. David Weeks [D]

District 88 – Lexington Co. (H) 180 Dogwood Circle, West Columbia, 29170 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

Edward R. “Eddie” Tallon Sr. [R]

John Taliaferro “Jay” West IV [R]

Bill Taylor [R]

William W. “Will” Wheeler III [D]

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 518B (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

Anne J. Thayer [R]

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 436B (803) 212-6889 Email: AnneThayer@schouse.gov

District 79 – Richland Co. (H) 568 Heron Glen Drive, Columbia, 29229 Business: (803) 699-8171 Home: (803) 865-8738 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 333A (803) 212-6794 Email: IvoryThigpen@schouse.gov

McLain R. “Mac” Toole [R]

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

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Ivory Torrey Thigpen [D]

Leonidas E. “Leon” Stavrinakis [D] 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

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District 7 – Abbeville & Anderson Cos. (H) 402 Brown Ave., Belton, 29627 Business: (864) 260-4025 Cell: (864) 379-1379 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 432A (803) 212-6954 Email: JayWest@schouse.gov

District 50 – Kershaw, Lee & Sumter Cos. (H) 1930 Camden Highway, Bishopville, 29010 Business: (803) 484-5454 Home: (803) 428-3161 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 422D (803) 212-6958 Email: WillWheeler@schouse.gov

J. Seth Whipper [D]

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

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2017–2018 LEGISLATIVE GUIDE W. Brian White [R]

Mark N. Willis [R]

William R. “Bill” Whitmire [R]

Richard L. “Richie” Yow [R]

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

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 326C (803) 212-6882 Email: MarkWillis@schouse.gov

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

District 53 – Chesterfield & Lancaster Cos. (H) 178 Mill St., Chesterfield, 29709 Business: (843) 623-5001 (O) PO Box 11867, Columbia, 29211 Room 327C (803) 212-6949 Email: RichardYow@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

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

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.

Charles F. Reid Clerk of the House PO Box 11867 Columbia, 29211 (803) 734-2403

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.

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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 Vice Chairman

3rd District Phone: (803) 896-5180 Fax: (803) 896-5188

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

Swain E. Whitfield Chairman

LO CAT I O N

C L E R K ’S O F F I C E

Synergy Business Park 101 Executive Center Drive Suite 100 Columbia, 29210

Jocelyn Boyd

Phone: (803) 896-5100 Email: contact@psc.sc.gov Website: psc.sc.gov

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Chief Clerk/Administrator

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

Phone: (803) 896-5133 Fax: (803) 896-5199

James Spearman

Executive Assistant

Nikiya “Nikki” M. Hall 6th District Phone: (803) 896-5180 Fax: (803) 896-5188

Phone: (803) 896-5142 Fax: (803) 896-5231

L E G A L D E PA RT M E N T

Joseph Melchers General Counsel

Phone: (803) 896-5118 Fax: (803) 896-5231

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

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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. The Energy Office, the principal energy-planning entity for the state, became part of the ORS July 1, 2015. 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. The agency is organized as follows: Consumer Services; Utilities, Safety, and Transportation; Energy Policy; Telecommunications; Auditing; Legal; Information Services; Administration.

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

SEAN PAVONE

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UPSTATE JANUARY

15 • Skating on the Square, Main Street Square, Spartanburg. (864) 256-6428. 15–16 • Ice on Main, Main Street, Greenville. (864) 232-2273. 15–17 • Holiday Ice, Carolina Wren Park, Anderson. (864) 231-2601. 15, 20–22 • “Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash,” Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg. (864) 542-2787. 17 • Eleanor Roosevelt Chautauqua Talk, Hughes Main Library, Greenville. (864) 244-1499. 20 • Ghosts of Christmas Past Tour, Hagood Mill Historic Site and Folklife Center, Pickens. (864) 898-2936. 20–22 • South Carolina International Auto Show, TD Convention Center, Greenville. (864) 233-2562. 21 • Project Host Community Dinner, Project Host, Greenville. (864) 282-1994. 21 • Ringing in the New Year, Hagood Mill Historic Site and Folklife Center, Pickens. (864) 898-2936. 21 • Run Downtown 5K, downtown, Greenville. dorothy@ dfscreativeconcepts.com. 21 • Winter Bluegrass Jubilee, Pickens High School Auditorium, Pickens. (864) 878-4257. 27 • Ghosts of Christmas Past Tour, Hagood Mill Historic Site and Folklife Center, Pickens. (864) 898-2936. 28 • So You Think You Can Cook Chili Cook-Off, Country Club of Spartanburg, Spartanburg. (864) 577-7583. 28 • Wedding Festivals Bridal Show, TD Convention Center, Greenville. (864) 235-5555. 28 • Winter Walk, Mountain Lake, Greenville. (864) 244-5565. 28–29 • In the Company of Great Romantics, Peace Center, Greenville. (864) 467-3000. 31 • “The Book of Mormon,” Peace Center, Greenville. (864) 467-3000. FEBRUARY

1–5 • “The Book of Mormon,” Peace Center, Greenville. (864) 467-3000. 3 • First Fridays, various galleries, Greenville. (864) 467-3132.

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4–5 • Eleanor Roosevelt Chautauqua History Alive Show, Wade Hampton High School, Greenville. (864) 244-1499. 8 • Bon Jovi, Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Greenville. (864) 241-3800. 10–12 • Inspired by the Classics, Peace Center, Greenville. (864) 467-3000. 11 • “Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse,” Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg. (864) 542-2787. 11 • Renee Fleming: In Recital, Peace Center, Greenville. (864) 467-3000. 11 • STEM Fest, Roper Mountain Science Center, Greenville. (864) 355-8901. 11 • USO’s Sweetheart Dance, Bleckley Station, Anderson. (864) 716-3660. 14 • Emile Pandolfi in Concert, Greenville Little Theatre, Greenville. (864) 233-6238. ONGOING

Daily through Sept. 10 • “Wyeth Dynasty,” Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville. (864) 271-7570. Tuesdays • Tell Me About It Tuesdays, Greenville Zoo, Greenville. (864) 467-4300. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Jan. 24–Feb. 8 • “Memories of the Game,” Centre Stage Theatre, Greenville. (864) 233-6733. Wednesdays • Wild for Reading Wednesdays, Greenville Zoo, Greenville. (864) 467-4300. Thursdays • Learning Safari Thursdays, Greenville Zoo, Greenville. (864) 467-4300. Thursdays–Sundays, Jan. 19–Feb. 11 • “Jukebox Heroes,” Centre Stage Theatre, Greenville. (864) 233-6733. Saturdays and Sundays • Historic Building Tours, Oconee Station State Historic Site, Walhalla. (864) 638-0079.

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15 • An Evening with Jaheim, Township Auditorium, Columbia. (803) 576-2350. 15 • Jimmy Fortune, Newberry Opera House, Newberry. (803) 276-6264. 15 • Winter Jazz Soiree for Skipp Pearson, Johnson Performance Hall, USC’s Darla Moore School of Business, Columbia. (803) 400-1879.

15–16 • Main Street Ice, Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia. (803) 545-3100. 15–21 • “Boy,” Trustus Theatre, Columbia. (803) 254-9732. 15–24 • “The Odd Couple (Female Version),” Workshop Theatre, Columbia. (803) 799-6551. 17 • Physics & Astronomy Public Lecture: “Supernovae and the Discovery of the Accelerating Universe,” Johnson Performance Hall, Darla Moore School of Business, Columbia. (803) 777-8105. 19 • An Evening with Danny Kaye, Etherredge Center, Aiken. (803) 641-3305. 20 • American Made Tour: Lee Brice and Justin Moore, Colonial Life Arena, Columbia. (803) 576-9053. 20 • CMA Jazz on Main, Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia. (803) 799-2810. 20 • The Lettermen, Newberry Opera House, Newberry. (803) 276-6264. 20 • “Wiesenthal,” Harbison Theatre, Irmo. (803) 691-3680. 21 • ContraCola, Emerald Ballroom, Columbia. (803) 331-5578. 21 • The Barefoot Movement, Sumter Opera House, Sumter. (803) 436-2616. 21–22 • 2017 Winter Stamp and Postcard Show, Spring Valley High School, Columbia. (803) 360-0298. 22 • Wild Kratts Live, Koger Center for the Arts, Columbia. (803) 777-7500. 26–29 • Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Colonial Life Arena, Columbia. (803) 576-9200. 27 • Balsam Range, Newberry Opera House, Newberry. (803) 276-6264. 27 • Columbia Baroque Concert, USC School of Music, Columbia. (803) 422-4921. 28 • Ride the Lightning Metallica Tribute, Newberry Opera House, Newberry. (803) 276-6264. 29 • The Tams, Newberry Opera House, Newberry. (803) 276-6264. FEBRUARY

1 • “Janet’s Planet,” Newberry Opera House, Newberry. (803) 276-6264. 2 • Corey Smith, Music Farm, Columbia. (803) 357-3035. 2 • First Thursdays on Main, Main Street, Columbia. (803) 309-7758. 2 • The Stylistics, Newberry Opera House, Newberry. (803) 276-6264.

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4 • Civil War Lecture Series and Battlefield Tour, Rivers Bridge State Historic Site, Ehrhardt. (803) 267-3675. 4 • Essential Oils and Perfume Adult Garden Workshop, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, Columbia. (803) 779-8717. 4 • Grouplove—The Big Mess Tour, Music Farm, Columbia. (803) 357-3035. 4 • Pam Tillis, Sumter Opera House, Sumter. (803) 436-2616. 4 • South Carolina Philharmonic “Up Close and Personal,” Koger Center for the Arts, Columbia. (803) 771-7937. 9 • “Beehive: The ’60s Musical,” Newberry Opera House, Newberry. (803) 276-6264. 10 • Monster Jam, Colonial Life Arena, Columbia. (803) 576-9053. 10 • Not So Slow Jam, Bill’s Music Shop, West Columbia. (803) 796-6477. 10 • Pickin’ with the Pros— Edgar Loudermilk Band, Bill’s Music Shop, West Columbia. (803) 796-6477. 10 • Resurrection: A Journey Tribute, Rotary Centennial Plaza, Sumter. (803) 436-2616. 11 • Family Fun in the Garden: Fairy and Gnome Tea Party, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, Columbia. (803) 779-8717. 11 • Guitar Gala, Dupre Catering, Columbia. (803) 748-4144. 11 • Valentine’s Cinema: “An Affair to Remember,” Harbison Theatre, Irmo. (803) 691-3680. 12 • Katt Williams, Colonial Life Arena, Columbia. (803) 777-4274. 14 • If Loving You Is Wrong, Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia. (803) 799-2810. 15 • Guided Walking Tour: Civil War Battle Anniversary, Cayce Tennis Center, Cayce. (803) 765-2200. 15 • USC Dance Company Spring Contemporary Concert, Drayton Hall, Columbia. (803) 777-2551. ONGOING

Daily • “South Carolina and the Great War,” South Carolina State Museum, Columbia. (803) 898-4921. Daily through Feb. 5 • “Fame and Fashion: The Photography of John Engstead,” Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia. (803) 799-2810. Daily through Feb. 26 • “Wild Fabrications” and “Nature’s Tapestries” quilt shows, Museum of York County, Rock Hill. (803) 329-2121. Daily through March 26 • “Our Feathered Friends,” Museum of York County, Rock Hill. (803) 329-2121.

Daily through April 9 • “Birds in Art,” Museum of York County, Rock Hill. (803) 329-2121. Saturdays in February • By Way of the Back Door, Historic Brattonsville, McConnells. (803) 909-7244.

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17–18 • Shen Yun, Charleston Gaillard Center, Charleston. (843) 242-3099. 18 • Holland Lifelong Learning “Branch Out: Shark and Ray Evolution,” College of Charleston at Harbor Walk, Charleston. (843) 577-3474. 19 • “Hello Pops!” A Tribute to Louis Armstrong with Wycliffe Gordon Quintet, East Beach Conference Center, Kiawah Island. (843) 768-9166. 19 • Michael Carbonaro Live, Charleston Gaillard Center, Charleston. (843) 579-6452. 20–22 • Charleston Jazz Festival, multiple venues, Charleston. (843) 641-0011. 21 • The Manhattan Transfer and Take 6, Charleston Gaillard Center, Charleston. (843) 579-6452. 21–22 • “James and the Giant Peach,” Dock Street Theatre, Charleston. (843) 577-7183. 22 • Elvis Lives, Charleston Gaillard Center, Charleston. (843) 579-6452. 23 • Pilobolus “Shadowland,” Charleston Gaillard Center, Charleston. (843) 579-6452. 25 • Bill Charlap Trio, East Beach Conference Center, Kiawah Island. (843) 768-9166. 27 • A Night in the Valley Wine Dinner and Auction, Trident Technical College, North Charleston. (843) 574-6580. 27 • Bernadette Peters in concert, Charleston Gaillard Center, Charleston. (843) 579-6452. 27–28 • South Carolina Square and Round Dance Convention, Springmaid Beach Resort and Convention Center, Myrtle Beach. (843) 315-7100. 27–29 • Charleston Boat Show, Charleston Area Convention Center, Charleston. (864) 250-9713. 28 • Hilton Head Snow Day, Shelter Cove Community Park, Hilton Head. (843) 681-7273. 29 • Lowcountry Oyster Festival, Boone Hall Plantation, Mount Pleasant. (843) 958-3634. 29 • Simone Porter, violinist with accompanist, Church of Our Savior, Johns Island. (843) 768-9166.

FEBRUARY

1 • America’s Got Talent auditions, Embassy Suites and Convention Center, North Charleston. (843) 747-1882. 3–4 • Monster Jam 2017, Florence Civic Center, Florence. (843) 679-4525. 3–5 • Lowcountry Winter Coin Show, Exchange Park Fairgrounds, Ladson. lowcountrycoinclub@gmail.com. 4 • “1964 the Tribute,” Charleston Music Hall, Charleston. (843) 853-2252. 4 • “A Sweet Evening” Daddy/Daughter Dance, Poseidon Rooftop Bar, Hilton Head. (843) 681-7273. 4 • History in the Landscape, Hampton Plantation State Historic Site, McClellanville. (843) 546-9361. 6–8 • Judy Carmichael’s “Jazz Inspired,” East Beach Conference Center, Kiawah Island. (843) 768-9166. 8 • Dance Theatre of Harlem, Charleston Gaillard Center, Charleston. (843) 579-6452. 11 • Charleston STEM Festival, Brittlebank Park, Charleston. (843) 793-1335. 11–12 • Myrtle Beach Stamp & Postcard Show, Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, Myrtle Beach. (843) 347-0087. 12 • Second Sunday on King Street, King Street, Charleston. (843) 303-1113. 13 • Lang Lang, Charleston Gaillard Center, Charleston. (843) 579-6452. 13–15 • Charleston Marathon, downtown/North Charleston, Charleston. (843) 300-7500. 14 • Under the Streetlamp, Charleston Gaillard Center, Charleston. (843) 579-6452. 15 • Holland Lifelong Learning: “Blue Mind: Water for Your Wellbeing,” Davies Auditorium at Ashley Hall, Charleston. (843) 577-3474. 15 • “Peter and the Starcatcher,” Dock Street Theatre, Charleston. (843) 577-7183. ONGOING

Daily during February • Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration, various venues, Hilton Head Island. (843) 255-7304. Mondays–Thursdays, Jan. 28 through March 12 • “The Way We Worked,” Dorchester County Archives and History Center, St. George. (843) 563-0053. Tuesdays–Saturdays, Jan. 20 through Feb. 25 • “Addicted to Love,” 34 West Theatre, Charleston. (843) 901-9343.


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