Pair of New Restaurants Opening in May

Looking for something different to try this week?

 

After almost two years of vacancy, the new former Bucks Bar & Grill has been reimagined as a new Mexican restaurant and sports bar. Opening earlier this month to much fanfare, Copas Loka’s Sports & Cantina combines eclectic Mexican fare with the fun of a sports bar. Owned by Luis Montiel, the menu has a heavy focus on traditional Mexican fare but throws in a few specialties native to the Chihuahua area, as well as their famed tacos al pastor.

 

The location at 1014 N. West Street is also installing a covered patio, perfect for summer gatherings while enjoying one of the restaurant’s many offerings of margaritas, pina coladas, and Mexican beer. As the name suggests, Copas Loka’s Sports & Cantina will air a variety of sports, including boxing, football, soccer, basketball, and more.

 

On the other side of town, The Chalet is being brought back to life after a four-year absence. Opening later this month, the iconic east-side bar and grill will feature classic bar food along with top-shelf whiskey, wine, and other adult beverages. The newly imagined location will boast live bands in an effort to transform the spot into a community gathering place that it once was. The pub is being reopened and managed by the group that took over the Old Town Heroes Sports Bar & Grill. Located at 3030 N. Penstemon, the new owners hope to attract the loyal Heroes customers who might not always want to travel to Old Town to get their fix of good bar food, premium drinks, and sports watch parties. The new owners hope the oversized parking lot will be a draw in attracting large groups of people.

Kangaroo Caught in McCormick County:

At first, the dispatchers with the McCormick County Sheriff’s Office thought they were dealing with crank calls. Several people called to report a kangaroo on the loose. Many in the department could not believe this was true. After all, kangaroos are native to Australia, which is more than 10,000 miles away from South Carolina.

 

But it was not long before the Sheriff’s Office realized this was no joke. There indeed was a kangaroo hopping throughout the rural county. Passing motorists soon caught the marsupial on camera along Highway 28 near the Georgia state line. Sheriff’s deputies tracked down the kangaroo, with one capturing it on his dash cam. The image was posted on the MCSO’s Facebook page with the caption, “When you get dispatched to an animal in the road and this is what you find.” Your text to link…

 

It turned out the kangaroo was owned by a local man who had a special license to keep the animal. The kangaroo escaped from its pen, and the owner managed to corral it and return it safely to his home.

 

This is not the first time there has been a report of kangaroos in the United States. Sightings of what some call “Phantom Kangaroos” date back to the late 19th Century. In 1974, police in Chicago reportedly cornered a kangaroo in the city’s Northwest Side, only to have it hop over a fence and escape. More sightings continued throughout the year in Illinois and Indiana. There is also a YouTube video taken by a hunter in 2013 that apparently shows a kangaroo hopping across a field in Oklahoma. More kangaroo sightings have also been reported in Europe and Japan.

 

Crestview Country Club Reportedly Sold to ClubCorp

It would appear as if Crestview Country Club is back on the market again. Less than two years after it last sold, the club looks to in negotiations with a different buyer. Current members were recently informed of the deal through an email from Peter Nanula, representing Concert Golf Partners. The communication stated that the Newport-based Concert Golf was looking into selling Crestview Country Club to Dallas-based ClubCorp. The acquisition is expected to happen in the next few months.

Nanula took the time to assure members that he felt confident in ClubCorp’s ability to continue to take Crestview to the next level of capital improvements and service. One of the biggest benefits to members would be the reciprocal privileges granted to them by other ClubCorp properties. These clubs include various well known and prestigious properties such as Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio, Indian Wells Country Club near Palm Desert, California, Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California, and Woodlands Country Club near Houston, Texas.

Crestview Country Club has been a staple in Wichita social circles since its founding in 1921. The club has provided years of entertainment, dining opportunities, golf, and charitable work over the years. Originally located on a 160-acre plot of land between 17th Street and 21st Street and Fairmount College and Oliver, the club was relocated to its current spot between Central and 13th Street on 127th Street in 1969.

Rumors of the sale have been circulating for months, with no confirmation from management. As part of the deal between ClubCorp and Concert Golf, ClubCorp will acquire 16 of Concert Golf’s properties. Founded in 1957, ClubCorp owns or operates more than 200 golf and country clubs, as well as alumni clubs and various sports clubs.

South Carolina Candidates Debate Need For Experience

South Carolina is having an interesting debate on the Democratic side of their primaries for Governor. The candidates who are seen by many as behind the frontrunner are taking jabs at him by saying that he is a standard politician while they are outsiders.

 

Phil Noble is a Charleston-area businessman while Marguerite Willis is a Florence attorney who are both seeking the Democratic nomination for Governor. They say that they are better suited for the role than is the Democratic frontrunner James Smith because he has spent twenty-two years in the South Carolina House of Representatives without any real results to show for it. Granted, Smith has been in the minority party during that time, but his opponents still suggest that he just doesn’t have the fire in his belly so to speak to really win a Governor’s race.

 

The theme of this race is one that these two outsiders hope will appeal to South Carolina voters. Their arguments that they are the better positioned to take over the Governor’s mansion because they do not have direct political experience is an interesting one. On the one hand, you have those who say that you would not turn over a medical procedure to someone who is not licensed as a doctor. On the other hand you have those who say that someone who has been within the system as long as Smith as without real change simply has to go. It is an ideological battle in many ways.

 

Whomever the Democrats nominate will have an uphill battle to win the Governor’s mansion in a state that is pretty solidly Republican. It seems likely that the Republican nominee is more likely to become the next Governor of South Carolina. It is going to be an interesting race to keep an eye on regardless.

Wildfire Red Flag Warnings In Wisconsin

On Monday, the conditions for wildfires in parts of Wisconsin were alarmingly good for the chance of wildfires to happen. As a result, the Department of Natural Resources sent out a red flag warning for a total of seven counties.

The areas that have been issued red flag warnings are located between the Mississippi River and the Wisconsin River. The counties are Clark, La Crosse, Monroe, Adams, Jackson, Trempealeau and Juneau.

There are some people who have Department of Natural Resources-issued burning permits. However, due to the red flag warnings, they were not able to use those permits.

This past Sunday was the busiest day the year, in terms of outdoor wildfires. Authorities were fighting off 43 wildfires that were burning all over the state of Wisconsin.

Fortunately, nobody was injured in the fires, and there was no property damage. However, it was still a pretty serious situation. In Clark County’s steep terrain, water tanker planes were needed to put out fires.

The Clark County fires burned through 89 acres at Bruce Mound, a recreation area. Several homes near the site were vacated until the fires were put out.

Officials from the Department of Natural Resources are warning the public to keep track of their activities in order to prevent wildfires. Outdoor grills, smoking, fireplace ashes, campfires, engines, chainsaws and vehicles all have the potential to start wildfires. All there needs to be is a spark for a serious wildfire to start.

There are specific conditions that increase the likelihood of wildfires happening. For example, gusty winds, high temperatures and low humidity all contribute to the chance of wildfires. Dry fuels, such as dry shrubbery, can increase the likelihood of wildfires.

South Carolina Not Likely To Move On Sports Betting

A Supreme Court decision about sports betting has many wondering if it is time to start looking at various teams to see how they might do against the spread. A lot of Americans are eagerly awaiting their state passing legalized sports betting within their borders. This is because the Supreme Court has ruled that they can do this.

 

Despite the new ruling, South Carolina is unlikely to make that move anytime soon suggests The Post and Courier. They say that while there is a small group of state legislators that want to see this happen, they are up against a tidal wave of resistance.

 

South Carolina has a pretty strong anti-gambling tradition. Just take a look at the fact that church raffles were not legal until 2015 in South Carolina to get an idea of how people in the state tend to feel about the practice of gambling. They are not for it by and large. State legislators are unlikely to go against the will of the people in the state if there is little benefit to themselves personally.

 

There have been some bills drafted in the past, but they frequently do not make it past the stage of even committee hearings. They are just dead in the water as far as many politicians in the state are concerned.

 

While this may be the case, it is important to note that many other states are very likely to open their doors to sports betting. It is not unreasonable to think that some will start to see a lot of taxed revenue flowing in as a result. Therefore, it is easy to understand how South Carolina may see all of that revenue flowing in at some point and decide that they need to react to get some of that money themselves as well.

Man Bakes Bread As A Hobby And Gives It Away

Bob Perry started his bread-baking hobby nearly 30 years ago when he retired from his career as a teacher. After so many years of making bread, he has given away roughly 24,678 loaves. It makes sense to give away loaves. It’s so fun and easy to make them, yet they pile up very quickly you bake them as a hobby.

Perry finds pleasure in giving out loaves—perhaps just the same, if not more, pleasure than those who receive the bread. Some people tell him that his bread reminds them of their mothers’ or grandmothers’. When people tell him this, he is thoroughly pleased.

He believes that bread-making is a long-lost art. It is one of those more traditional things that people don’t really do, anymore.

It takes Perry 4 hours to make bread. In April, he made and gave over 300 loaves of bread.

Perry sees more bread in his future, saying that he will bake bread as long as there are people who he can give it to.

This past Monday, the bread enthusiast went to Black River Falls’ Lunda Community Center, where he handed out bread to middle aged and elderly people.

In Perry’s childhood years, he helped his mother make bread. His father, who was a mayor for 22 years, eventually took up bread-making at the age of 62. Perry is 68 years old and has been baking since his late thirties.

Perry loves to see his loaves of bread put smiles on people’s faces. He expects to hand out bread-loaf number 25,000 by the end of 2018.

Many people’s hearts are warmed by Perry’s willingness to give back to his community. He is a breathe of fresh air to many people.

Question of SC Sports Legalization to be Delayed

Although he is happy with a recent landmark United States Supreme Court decision legalizing gambling on the state level, South Carolina House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford is disappointed that the ruling did not come down just a little bit earlier.

 

During the past legislative session, Rutherford was the sponsor of a bill that would have prepared the state to jump on this opportunity now open due to the Supreme Court ruling. The bill would have allowed legalized betting on sports and horse racing in an effort to generate more tax revenue to be used on state services. However, because the state legislature adjourned last week prior to Monday’s Supreme Court ruling, the bill will be forced to wait until January to be considered. According to Rutherford, the timing is unfortunate as it will allow other states to get a foothold in that market prior to South Carolina being able to launch its own plan.

 

In anticipation of the ruling, at least 20 other states passed legislation of their own so that they could act as soon as the decision came down. Although there is almost certain to be lost tax revenue because of the delay, South Carolina will also be in the favorable position to learn from the mistakes and successes of states that implement the legalized betting more quickly.

 

Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, a firm that tracks betting laws, predicts that legal sports gambling will be offered in about 32 states within the next five years. These numbers come from research into what individual states have done to prepare for the possibility of this legalization. The firm believes that neighboring North Carolina is best prepared to move in that direction, followed shortly by Georgia, leaving South Carolina behind the curve should they choose to go this route.

Ticks and Allergens Increase In Recent Warm Weather

This season has seen a long winter and a late spring. Within the past few days, warm weather has hit after a long, drawn out, cold season. Everybody is rushing to get outside and enjoy the weather. However, everyone must be aware that it is now tick season, as well as allergy season.

The fact that the warm weather has come so late is only going to exacerbate things for allergy suffers, as well as for people who come into contact with ticks. The Eau Claire City-County Health Department is concerned about ticks and Lyme disease, because there have already been five cases of Lyme disease that have been confirmed since January. At least some of those Lyme disease cases could be from 2017.

The lingering cold has kept many things from budding out. As a result, everything will bud out at once and overcompensate. This will wreak havoc on those who are vulnerable to allergies, and allergy sufferers may have more triggers than usual.

There is an allergy map that shows the status of allergens in the air. About 42% of the country has a medium to high rating.

There are a number of things that you can do to avoid ticks and Lyme disease. First off, wear bright colored clothing so that you can see whether ticks are on you. Wear long sleeves and long pants. Try not to have exposed skin, especially on your legs. Always check your body, even if you are covered up. Some people are surprised to find ticks on their legs and crotches, even when they have been covered up.

Tick bites must be taken very seriously, and it is important to know how exactly to deal with them before you go out into any wilderness areas.

Shark Attack Reported on Hilton Head

On Sunday, a 10-year-old boy from Hampton County was bitten by a shark while playing in the ocean on a Hilton Head beach. A helicopter rushed him to a Savannah hospital for emergency surgery.

 

The Turrell family recently moved to South Carolina from Orlando and was visiting the Disney Beach House on Hilton Head on Sunday. 10-year-old Jei Turrell went down to the water to play in the ocean with his brother. He was in saltwater up to his waist when the attack occurred. A small shark took a bite out of his right arm, leaving him terrified and bleeding. His mother Tonya heard him screaming and was able to wrap a towel around his arm to help control the bleeding.

 

Jei was flown to the Memorial University Medical Center by helicopter where he underwent emergency surgery on Sunday. Doctors reported that the shark had bitten through the boy’s skin and tissue all the way to the ulna and radius beneath. He remained in the hospital to recover from his blood loss and trauma.

 

Based on Jei’s description of the shark, experts theorized that the attack was most likely perpetrated by a spinner shark or a blacktip shark, two of the most common species found in South Carolina waters. Typically, South Carolina sees an average of five shark attacks per year, but in 2017 there was an alarming uptick in attacks. In the summer of 2017 alone, eight shark attacks were reported; however, experts say they believe the increase is due to greater awareness that minor shark bites should be reported.

 

Most shark attacks in South Carolina do not result in serious wounds, as the sharks often mistake human legs and arms for their oceanic prey and dart away after realizing their error. No one has died from a shark bite in the US since 2015 and only four deaths from shark attacks have been recorded in South Carolina since 1900.