Wednesday, October 27, 2010

News from The Associated Press

News from The Associated Press: "SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Billionaire financier George Soros has thrown his weight behind California's marijuana legalization measure with a $1 million donation a week before the vote. The contribution reported Tuesday by The Sacramento Bee is the single biggest donation from an individual other than Proposition 19's main sponsor, Oakland medical marijuana entrepreneur Richard Lee. Soros, a high-profile liberal and philanthropist, has long backed drug law reform. He was one of the top financial backers of California's first-in-the-nation measure that legalized medical marijuana in the state in 1996."

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Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010

Police seek man in child sex assault

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Police are looking for a man they say is wanted in connection with a child sex crime in Irmo.

Eric Dwayne Marsh, 35, is wanted for criminal sexual conduct with a minor, the Irmo Police Department said.

Marsh's last known address is in Lely Court in New Friarsgate. He is 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighs about 150 pounds.

Contact Crime Stoppers using one of the methods above if you have information about Marsh's whereabouts. Tips can be left anonymously.

– From staff reports

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Laurens County Sheriff Impressed By Size of Pot 'Grow House"

LCSO investigators say they found approximately 125 pounds of high grade marijuana according to a posting on the office’s Facebook page.
The estimated sale value of the drug was $480,000.
Law officers also seized equipment used for irrigation, ventilation and lighting.
No charges have been filed as the investigation continues according to the sheriff’s office. Click Here to go to Source and Pictures

Illegal gambling raid results in 7 arrests - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

SUMTER COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Seven people were arrested and charged with illegal gambling and gaming charges Sunday after a three-month investigation, according to Sumter deputies.
Acting on tips, Members of the Sumter County Drug Unit, Sumter Police Department and the Department of Probation, Pardon and Parole Services executed search warrants at 1175-A Peach Orchard Road at the TC Oriental Store and at 6 Melrose Drive in Wedgefield, the residence of Thongkhun Theobald.
Deputies seized over $18,000 in cash, three illegal poker machines, alcohol and various documents from the two locations.
46-year-old Cline Dunbar and 63-year-old Thongkhun Theobald were each charged with operating a gaming house and four counts of illegal gambling.
Eufracia Johnson, 59; Dolores Reynolds, 62; Vera Dunbar, 49; Kevin Dick, 40 and Adam Brito, 33 were all charged with illegal gambling.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tom DeLay's money laundering trial to begin -

Tom DeLay's money laundering trial to begin -

(CNN) -- Jury selection is scheduled to begin Tuesday in the trial of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, who is charged with illegally funneling corporate money to help elect GOP candidates to the Texas legislature.The Republican was indicted in 2005 on charges he illegally sent $190,000 in corporate money through the Republican National Committee to help elect GOP Texas legislative candidates in 2002.DeLay, who resigned in 2006, has pleaded not guilty to money laundering and conspiracy. He has said the trial will clear him.His attorney, Dick DeGuerin, told CNN in August that the case was "highly political" and should have been heard in DeLay's home county of Fort Bend. He said the case against his client began over congressional redistricting that gave Republicans control.DeGuerin had wanted the trial moved to another jurisdiction, arguing that "heavily Democratic" Travis County has a "strong anti-Tom DeLay feeling."But Senior Judge Pat Priest ruled in August that Delay will get a fair trial in Austin.

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Prescribed Burning Certification Class Offered by the South Carolina Forestry Commission

(Columbia, SC) Property owners and land managers who conduct outdoor burning can reduce their liability by becoming Certified Prescribed Fire Managers. Training sessions with the South Carolina Forestry Commission are scheduled and registration is easy.

The dates and locations for the CPFM class are:

  • October 20, 2010 in Columbia
  • December 14, 2010 in Moncks Corner
  • January 22, 2011 in Columbia

Taught by foresters with extensive burning experience, this one-day course teaches how to plan prescribed burns that comply with state air quality regulations. Those regulations, called Smoke Management Guidelines, are mandatory for all forestry, wildlife, and agriculture burning in South Carolina.

Forestry Commission Training Director Leslie Woodham emphasizes that this is not a beginner’s course in prescribed burning. “This is advanced training in smoke management and associated legal issues,” Woodham says.

Achieving certification provides burners with limited liability protection under state law. Requirements include passing a written test, documenting one’s burning experience, and agreeing to conduct all burning according to standards set forth in the SC Prescribed Fire Act.

To register for any session, contact Leslie Woodham at (803) 896-8809. The cost of the course is only $50.00. Applications are processed on a first come, first served basis. The deadline for registration is three weeks prior to the course. This year, registration forms are available online at under the “Events” link.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Beaufort gets preferred recommendation from Navy report

Posted: October 22, 2010 - 5:28pm

A 30-day public comment period began Friday on the U.S. Navy's plans to base F-35B fighters at the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort.
The Navy is scheduled to make a final decision in December about where to base 11 active-duty squadrons and two training squadrons of the new F-35B joint strike fighter.
A final Environmental Impact Statement released Wednesday recommends basing three active-duty squadrons and two training squadrons at MCAS Beaufort; eight active-duty squadrons would be based at MCAS Cherry Point in North Carolina, according to the recommendation known as "Alternative 1."
The plan, if approved, would replace the F-18 Hornets based at MCAS Beaufort with 88 F-35Bs, each worth about $90 million.
In addition to the aircraft and personnel, chamber and county officials anticipate the development of ancillary aeronautics industries locally in support of the new jets.
"We were pleased with the final report," said Carlotta Ungaro, executive director of the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Ungaro noted two changes from the draft EIS to the final version.
"There are (66) fewer Marines, but we're fine with that. We're still getting alternative one. We're still getting the planes," she said.
And the Navy "made some changes to mitigate noise," she said. "They have moved the STOVL pad more towards middle of the base. It was closer to Lady's Island before."
STOVL is an acronym for "short takeoff/vertical landing." The F-35B is designed for launch from an abbreviated flight deck and is specifically for Marine Corps use.
The STOVL design provides the F-35B with a powerful vertical thrust, which some detractors fear might increase jet noise in the Air Station flight path.
The F-35A variation is the most conventional design, with "rolling" take-offs and landings. It is destined for use by the U.S. Air Force and for sale to allied nations. The F-35C variation is for Navy use and equipped with a tail hook for aircraft carrier landings.
About 1,800 Marines currently are stationed at MCAS Beaufort while the proposed basing scenario would about call for about 1,500 plus 66 training pilots each year.
"We just want to encourage people to put public comment out there supporting Alternative 1," Ungaro said.
Other than that, it's just a waiting game until the comment period closes Nov. 22 and a final decision is announced in December, she said.
"We have talked to our congressional delegation repeatedly. Senator (Lindsey) Graham and Representative (Joe) Wilson have repeatedly talked to the Pentagon. I don't know what else to do without becoming a pest," she said.
Retired Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Garry Parks, chairman of the chamber's Military Enhancement Committee, said the final decision is expected Dec. 3.
"I anticipate that (Alternative 1) will be what comes down in December," Parks said.
"I view that as good news for the community because the community overwhelmingly wanted that alternative," he said.
The county may quickly see "a large influx of money" soon after the announcement because of contracts for improvements at MCAS Beaufort to accommodate the new aircraft, Parks said.
The "final" EIS is something of a misnomer, Parks said, because changes based on public comment are still possible.
"At this point it's probably best to do what the process outlines, allow the public to review the statement and comment," he said.
"They have moved the STOVL pad. That underscores that public comment is valuable," he said.
To view and comment on the final Environmental Impact Statement, visit the project public website at
Comments also may be mailed directly to: USMC F-35B East Coast Basing EIS, P.O. Box 56488, Jacksonville, FL, 32241-6488.

Santee Cooper to raise rent on lakefront lots - State & Regional - Wire -

Santee Cooper to raise rent on lakefront lots - State & Regional - Wire - "MONCKS CORNER, S.C. — The board of Santee Cooper has decided to ease its hike on rents for lots on Lake Moultrie. The Post and Courier of Charleston reported that the state-owned utility's board announced its decision Friday to phase in a 2 percent increase on lease rates over 10 years. Santee Cooper had previously said it wanted a 3.5 percent increase to bring rents on the property closer to market value. Homeowners on the lake can never own the property because of federal restrictions in the potential flood zones along the lake levees."

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Unknown Donors Pouring Millions into Politics

Rep. Allen Boyd of Florida has marshaled some key advantages for his seventh reelection race: He has outraised his GOP opponent, and has the rare distinction of being a Democrat endorsed by both the National Rifle Assn. and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. But Boyd also voted in favor of the healthcare overhaul this year, and like other Democratic incumbents now faces a barrage of attacks by little-known conservative groups funded by anonymous donors. The latest came last week from an organization called the Center for Individual Freedom, created more than a decade ago by former tobacco industry executives who sought to counter government restrictions on smoking." Read Entire Expose`

COLUMN: To change a lightbulb | SCNOW

COLUMN: To change a lightbulb | SCNOW

I walked into Lowe’s looking for an odd lightbulb about three years ago. The ceiling fan that I had installed in our living room took these odd little round bulbs that I was unfamiliar with. While I was there, I saw that there was a sale on compact fluorescent bulbs. A bulb in our kitchen had recently burned out, and I needed a replacement. I bought enough to fit all the light fixtures in the kitchen ceiling that day.

Prior to this, I had never used compact fluorescent bulbs. They were more expensive, the light wasn’t the same, and they took forever to “warm up” to their full brightness. I’ve got to say, however, the benefits of having them impressed me so much that every single bulb in our house that can be replaced with a CF bulb has been.

These bulbs consume anywhere from 65 percent to 75 percent less energy than their incandescent counterparts. CF bulbs also last about 10 times as long. Those bulbs I replaced in my kitchen three years ago? They are still there. Every other incandescent bulb in the house has burned out in that time, regardless if they were replaced after I put those CFs in the kitchen. As they burned out, naturally I replaced them with the compact fluorescent bulbs.

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Safety Tips: Winter Fires

More fires occur during the winter months than at any other time. Fortunately, taking simple precautions can prevent most fires. Follow the safety tips below to help ensure your safety:

  • Put at least three feet of empty space between the heater and everything else.
  • Vacuum and clean the dust and lint from all heaters.
  • If the cord gets hot, frayed or cracked, have the heater serviced.
  • Never use extension cords with portable electric heaters.
  • Turn off portable heaters when leaving or sleeping.
  • An adult should always be present when a space heater is used around children.
  • Make sure your portable electric heater is UL approved and has a tip-over shut off function.
  • Have a certified chimney sweep clean and inspect your fireplace.
  • Place ashes outdoors in a covered metal container at least three feet away from anything that burns.
  • To prevent flue fires, burn dry, well-seasoned wood.
  • Always use a fireplace screen made of sturdy metal or heat-tempered glass.
    • If children are present, use a special child-guard screen.
Generators  Carbon monoxide (CO) is an invisible killer. You cannot see or smell it. A generator's exhaust contains poisonous CO which can kill you in a matter of minutes. Follow these important generator safety tips:
  • Never use a portable generator inside a home, garage, shed or other partially enclosed space, even if doors and windows are open.
  • Place portable generators outside only, far away from the home. And keep the generator away from openings to the home, including doors, windows and vents.
  • Read the label on the generator and the owner's manual, and follow the instructions.
  • Install CO alarms with battery backup in the home outside each sleeping area.
  • Get to fresh air immediately if you start to feel sick, weak or dizzy. CO poisoning from exposure to generator exhaust can quickly lead to incapacitation and death.
  • Be sure generator fuel is properly and safely stored.
    • Always refuel the generator outdoors and away from any ignition sources.
  • If you choose to have a generator permanently connected to your home's electrical system, make sure a licensed electrician installs it and be sure to notify your electric company.
  • Place candles in sturdy, fireproof candleholders where they cannot be knocked over.
  • Make sure all candles are out before going to bed or leaving the house.
  • Keep candles, matches and lighters out of children's reach.
  • Keep candles away from Christmas trees, evergreen clippings, decorations, presents and wrapping paper.
  • Install smoke alarms outside each sleeping area and in each bedroom.
  • Test and vacuum your smoke alarms each month to make sure they are working.
  • Smoke alarms 10 years old or older need to be replaced with new units.
  • Know two ways out of every room.
  • Practice your escape plan with your whole family at least twice a year.
  • Do not attempt to go back into a burning home.
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