Foster Home Crisis Highlighted In South Carolina

A national survey has revealed a crisis across much of the U.S. in regard to the number of available foster beds available for children across South Carolina and much of the U.S. A study from North Charleston, South Carolina based group, the Jenkins Institute for Children has highlighted the growing problem and report an estimated 1,300 foster beds are needed to house all the children needing specialist care in the Palmetto State.

South Carolina now ranks the third worst state in the U.S. for the loss of foster care beds based on the falling number of available homes for children according to The Post & Courier. The Jenkins Institute for Children reports a fall of around 650 foster beds in South Carolina across the last year which has created a crisis among those involved in caring for children as a recent attempt to recruit new foster families has not appeared to have been a success.

The South Carolina Department of Social Services explained a number of issues could be to blame for the continuing fall in the number of available foster homes accepting children in 2017; one reason for a major fall could be the adoption of children arriving in homes initially to be fostered before being adopted by the family they were sent to.

Officials in South Carolina have already begun a recruitment drive across different areas of the state including TV spots, a 5K run, and newspaper adverts targeted at the city of Spartanburg. A similar campaign to raise awareness of the issue will begin in Charleston before the end of 2017 as the state hopes to build a new group of foster families supporting children in need. The latest issues facing South Carolina are being seen across much of the U.S. with 15 states not able to report the capacity for foster beds in their state.

South Carolina Gamecocks Quarterback Sympthises With Geirgia Counterpart

During the 2016 college football season, South Carolina Gamecocks quarterback, Jake Bentley was thrown in at the deep end to manage an underperforming offense and prepare for a brighter 2017 season. Bentley has watched as his opponent this weekend, Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm has been thrust into the spotlight as a true freshman starting quarterback for the undefeated Georgia Bulldogs.

The State reports the Gamecocks sophomore quarterback has been gracious in the sympathy shown towards his opponent on Saturday as he sees Fromm dismissed as a less than impressive part of the Georgia offense. Fromm and his Georgia team have risen to the number two spot in the nation based on an impressive running game which has won games despite Fromm attempting the least amount of passes in the Southeastern Conference. Bentley explained he understands the frustration and unhappiness Fromm must feel as an unused part of the Georgia offense but also stated his belief the four-star recruit would be ready to take control of games if and when Georgia’s running backs stall.

After completing his high school education early, Jake Bentley found himself entering a changing Gamecocks offense as a true freshman under then first-year coach Will Muschamp. Bentley won praise from Muschamp for leading a team of new recruits during 2016 and directing the play of his teammates as a new system was introduced by the now second-year coach; Muschamp went on to explain his own thoughts of the enigma of Jake Fromm and the fact he completed only three of seven pass attempts in Georgia’s win over Florida. Coach Muschamp explained his theory of the success being enjoyed by Georgia is down to the fact the majority of the team have played together for at least two years and understand the running game better than the passing game Fromm would need to use.

Drought Conditions Continue In South Carolina

Droughts have become a regular part of everyday life for the people of South Carolina in recent years as long periods of rain have limited rainfall to drought-like levels. WACH reports South Carolina is once again entering the early stages of drought status with the U.S. Drought Monitor reporting a number of counties across the state have been given the status of “Abnormally Dry”, the first stage of drought on the five-step scale.

The release of the latest forecast from IBM’s The Weather Company revealed a drier than expected Fall month of November would limit rain and raise temperatures across the Southeast. Although this is the first stage of drought status the chances of heavy rainfall are limited across November and could see major problems strike the state throughout the coming Winter and Spring; fire possibilities are raised during periods of drought and the impacts on agriculture could also cause issues for the economy of the state.

South Carolina residents and farmers are now looking to the next meeting of the state’s own drought monitoring committee which has not held a meeting since August. At the August meeting some areas of Upstate South Carolina were declared to be in the first stages of drought and could rise upwards on the state’s own scale for measuring the drought status seen in the region.

Central and western regions of North Carolina have already been declared in the second stages of drought by the U.S. Drought Monitor amid fears the mild November already forecast will cause problems remaining throughout the Winter of 2017 and 2018. Nine counties in south Carolina ranging from the Upstate, Piedmont, and Coastal zones of the state have already been declared as in the first stages of drought and will rise through the scale unless a heavy rainfall or snow hits the region in the coming weeks.

South Carolina Candidate For Governor Promises An Ethical Tenure In Office

The role of Governor of South Carolina has been in a form of limbo since President Donald Trump appointed incumbent, Nikki Haley to the role of Ambassador to the United Nations. The promotion of Henry McMaster to Governor has left many waiting for the first test of his position when the Republican faces an election for the Governorship of a state which saw a large amount of economic growth under the leadership of Nikki Haley.

In the wake of a number of scandals hitting the South Carolina legislature over the role of lobbyists, Republican candidate Christine Templeton has revealed her plans for an ethical period in the State House if she wins the election to become Governor, US News reports.

Among the promises made by the former candidate for a top position with the U.S. Labor Department under President Donald Trump, Templeton has promised never to accept any salary for her role if she wins the position of Governor. Templeton has also included a promise to never accept any funding from lobbyists or to engage in any lobbying activities if she becomes Governor; the role of lobbyists has become a major cause for concern in the South Carolina legislature and prompted Catherine Templeton to state her own staff would be barred from engaging with lobbyists if she wins a role at the Governor’s Mansion in Columbia, South Carolina.

Some have begun to question the seemingly close political relationship Christine Templeton enjoys with former Trump Administration strategist Steve Bannon. Any backing by Bannon for Templeton could prove difficult for McMaster, a close associate of President Trump who was the first elected official to back his Presidency as candidates endorsed by Bannon have recently been performing well against those backed by the President.

South Carolina Candidates and Donors fail to respect the Campaign Limit Laws.

The South Carolina Ethics Commission will soon be determining whether candidates and sponsors are dodging the state law that has set limits on campaign contributions by distributing money through several companies. According to Steven Hamm, who is a director at the agency, the commissioners will answer important questions during a meeting that will be held in January. The outcome of the meeting will significantly influence the 2018 elections. Governor Henry McMaster of the Republican Party and Catherine Templeton, who is his greatest competitor, have already collected a significant amount of money a few people. These individuals have made donations through different companies, employees, friends, and family members. The illegal practices have been happening for years.

The suggestion of investigating the candidates and donors practices was brought up by John Crangle, who has been a government watchdog for a long time. Crangle is an attorney, and he participated in the writing of the 1991 state ethic legislations that the aims at regulating donations for campaigns. The law allows statewide candidates to receive up to $3,500-per-election-cycle while the limits for other elected offices is $1000.

The state law has assisted in preventing the political process from being influenced by the large amounts of money that are offered during campaigns. Many donors are currently dodging it by the establishing shell corporations and making contributions under their names. According to Crangle, the sponsors understand the morality of their actions. The recipients also know that it is illegal to receive huge amounts of money from one source but through different channels. John Crangle is now South Carolina Progressive Network’s director of government relations. The practice of ignoring the law started decades ago when Howard Rich, a New York millionaire, gave a lot of money to oust Republicans who opposed Governor Mark Sanford’s policies on choice for private schools.

Kaaboo Del Mar: The charm you can’t escape

Created by a group of music lovers, Kaaboo is a rocking 3-day event held annually with the aim of bringing maximum fun to all its attendants. Speak of music, comedy food and drinks all are usually in plenty. The organizers typically do their best to ensure the event does not become a disappointment and surely the 2017 event never did disappoint.

The founder, Bryan Gordon planned the event in a way that three-way tickets were sold. First, we had the Hang Loose (under $300) then followed by Hang 5 ($830) and lastly Hang 10 ($3500). The results of the event were however epic and applaudable. Every attendant enjoyed to the fullest.

As the saying goes, when music slaps you, you never feel the pain. Maybe this is the reason there were so many musicians lined up for performance. Speak of rock music; all was set ablaze as many people of different ages danced and mingled all along. Tom Petty, as usual, he never disappointed the crowd. Everything was just lighted up as the singer moved forward the stage. With the ocean breeze flowing all over, joy was the drink people drank that day. Other singers included Red Hot Chili Peppers, and P!nk.

Dave Mason made sure that the rock music lovers were never left behind. He even had the pleasure of telling the crowd about his musical journey. How he used to hang up with Hendrix which leads to the recording of his hit song at Electric Ladyland.

An exciting feature that distinguishes Kaboo from other events is that you get out of the event clean. Typically, such crowded events are filled with dust and all sort of dirt. This is however planned with numerous outdoor events. They also have a proper sanitation system.

As the event was over, emails were sent to those who attended the event alerting them of their discounted tickets for the next year’s event.

South Carolina Joins Peanut Standards Board

In 2002, the U.S. Government established a national Peanut Standards Board to ensure the safety and proper hygiene regulations were in place for the people of the U.S. to maintain their confidence in the foods they are eating. One issue plaguing the Peanut Standards Board for a number of years has been the lack of representation for the state of South Carolina on the Federally operated advisory board; the Palmetto State has argued for a place on the board as eight percent of the peanut’s produced in the U.S. come from South Carolina, according to The Washington Examiner.

A bill brought before the House of Representatives has now passed a vote to allow South Carolina to be added to the Peanut Standards Board in a move many believe should have been taken during the early stages of the establishment of the group. Rep. Joe Wilson, a Republican representing South Carolina introduced the bill on behalf of the state which is ranked as the fourth largest peanut producer in the U.S. South Carolina’s links to the peanut are so strong the state designated boiled peanuts as the official state snack in 2006 as the push for national recognition gathered pace.

Republican Representative Wilson’s bill passed almost unanimously with a single negative vote coming from Oregon’s Earl Blumenauer. The addition of South Carolina to the Peanut Standards Board will see the state added to the 18 member states already guarding the future of the peanut production industry; the board is divided into three main regions with South Carolina designated to join the Virginia-North Carolina region to advise on the production of peanuts across the U.S.

The Gamecocks Still in the Game

South Carolinas Gamecocks put themselves back in the race for the Southeastern Conference East Division college football after overcoming Vanderbilt’s Commodores 34-27. AJ Turner and surprise kid Jack Bentley brought South Carolina the win with Turner notching 121 yards, a career best after going 15 runs. Bentley had a blast, getting his first college football career double touchdowns which gave the Gamecocks 6-2 and another 4-2 leads, covering a total 47 yards having started the game at 14 yards.

Wonder boy Bentley

Bentleys runs had Zach Bailey the offense lines man cursing under his breath every time he took off. The two touch downs, one going 8 yards on 1sec. and 9 and the other turning 1 sec. and 15 into a third and 2. The sophomore wonder kid also had 19 complete passes out of 29, covering 174 yards. The commodores had two players taken out for targeting, Z. Jones (defender) and C.Wright both had hits on Bentley, who played down both incidences likening them to having a minnow in a pool full of sharks. However, the Vanderbilt Commodores coach did not find the calls amusing. He doubted if the rule was well interpreted, saying all he saw were players doing hard tackle on a young quarterback and not necessarily targeting him.

Contribution

Vanderbilt got 10 penalties with the Commodores having Sam Dobbs to thank for stalling a possible drive that would have resulted in a tie. Kyle Shurmur had a season best 333 yards throw and also touched down 4 times. Coach Will Muschamp says the Gamecocks have no special plans for Georgia, their opponents next week, even though their win makes them bowl eligible, an fact that is not given much thought in the locker room, with Gamecocks focus being on more game and bigger achievements. Vanderbilt’s loss stretches their losing record in the SEC to 23, letting in 10 or more points in 12 of this season eighteen quarters.

Must win

A win for the Gamecocks against the Georgian Bulldogs will liven their title hopes while the Bulldogs only need a win to have one hand on the Southeastern East Conference title.

South Carolina to Avoid Puff Playing Vs. No.2 Georgia

In the the latest news and events, the South Carolina linebacker T.J Brunson has faith that the Gamecocks have set their minds right in preparing for their most vital Southeastern Conference game in about four years.

The Gamecocks have been fortunate victors in the last three league games, and this is their first time after 2013 after beating Vanderbilt 34-27. The Gamecocks are facing a challenge on Saturday when they face the powerhouse number 2 Georgia.

The Gamecocks based have been struggling hard in the past few years after being among the leading top East teams since 2010 to 2013, under coach Steve Purrier’s training, the former coach of the Gamecocks. South Carolina achieved its SEC title game in 2010, and since then they have been on their heels in the race in the following three games ending the game at 11-2 every time.

However things got worse for the Gamecocks when Steve walked away from the team after losing a devastating 3-9 during 2015, then the current coach Will Muschamp went to only 6-7 in 2016. Will is working with the team back to the top.

Their battle with the no.2 Georgia won’t be an easy task, and this will be one of the considerable bombshells in the season in Athens, Georgia this Saturday.

Bulldogs are leading on top with a two-game against South Carolina and Kentucky. In case the games end with a Georgia win on Saturday, the Gamecocks will be of the race. Georgia would then drive their way to their position in the championship game with just one more win in its concluding final two games against Kentucky and Auburn.

Terry Godwin, Georgia receiver, believes that his team is has grown its aplomb and is determined to win this Saturday, not what is already down the drain.

Restaurant Manager Accused of Enslaving, Abusing Cook

The manager of a restaurant in Conway, South Carolina is accused of forcing a mentally disabled buffet cook to work for him by using physical abuse and coercion against him.

The defendant is Bobby Paul Edwards, age 52, the manager and co-owner of J&J Cafeteria. He has been indicted on one count of forced labor for alleged abuses taking place between 2010 and 2014. He has plead not guilty.

The alleged victim is John Christopher Smith, age 39. He had worked for the cafeteria since he was 12 years old, working his way up from busboy to buffet manager. He says that working there was a happy experience for many years, but that Edwards’ behavior took a sudden turn for the violent starting in 2010.

Edwards previously received misdemeanor charges of second degree assault and battery against Smith back in November 2014, after the police received a complaint claiming the abuse was taking place.

Though no details are known about this current indictment, a civil suit filed on Smith’s behalf from 2015 claims that Edwards would hit Smith in the head with a frying pan, use tongs to burn him with hot grease and regularly use racial slurs when speaking to him. Other court documents claim that he once beat Smith with a belt in the back of the restaurant, during which Smith was heard crying “No, Bobby, please!” He also supposedly forced Smith to live in a nearby apartment that was infested with cockroaches.

If convicted, Edwards will face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. He will also have to pay restitution to Smith for all the years in which he was underpaid. (Smith is said to have received less than $3,000 per year, despite working 18 hour shifts for six days each week.)