Tag: South Carolina

Bob Kelly Goes Negative on Bubba Owens

The special election campaign for Horry County Council District 3 took a negative turn this week with an attempt to smear Republican candidate Bubba Owens.

This was not unexpected as the campaign of Bob Kelly has been trying for weeks to get out what it thought was damaging information about Owens.

The information came from a search of the public index of court records on Owens.

After that search, Kelly’s campaign consultant, Jim Wiles, sent an email to GSD and other media, which, among other things, decried the “22 year criminal record (of Owens) in Horry County” including “two convictions for criminal domestic violence.”

The email went on to claim “15 criminal convictions” and called Owens a “violent felon with a 22 year history of domestic violence.”

A search of the SLED CATCH system, which is the Criminal Justice Information System of South Carolina, reveals only three entries.

Owens plead guilty to unlawful use of a telephone (a misdemeanor) in January 1997 and public disorderly conduct (a misdemeanor) in June 2004.

Owens was arrested for criminal domestic violence (a felony) in 2013, but the charges were dismissed because no probable cause for the arrest was found.

(The SLED CATCH documents are attached at the end of this story.)

Another attached document is a summons for Owens to serve as a federal district court jurist in December 2015. For those of you not familiar with the law, a convicted felon cannot serve on a jury in South Carolina, neither federal nor state.

So, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division records do not show Owens to be a felon. Neither do SC court system records.

One has to wonder, however, why the Kelly campaign, one which claims his career as a police officer as some kind of shining endorsement and touts the words “Zero Tolerance” as if it were a Bible verse, felt the need to stoop so low.

Retirees Don’t Count Illegals Do

Retirees drawing social security (myself included) have already heard there will be no increase in benefits this year.

While the government says inflation is too low to justify an increase in benefits, it evidently is raging in the medical field because we also heard there will be a significant increase in medicare coverage costs.

That’s the government’s way of saying ‘we’re not giving you any more money, but you are going to give us more money.’ (We’ve heard that one most of our lives.)

None of us believe the federal government propaganda that inflation is too low for a cost of living increase with a dozen eggs costing nearly $3 these days and most other food costs way up.

No, it’s that we don’t count anymore. Those in Congress count on us to be relatively predictable in our voting patterns. They have to spend their time, and our money, on those new potential voting blocs – illegal immigrants and refugees!

PR: House Begins Flood Recovery Response

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 14, 2015 Contact: Caroline Delleney (803)734-3125 [email protected]   House Begins Flood Recovery Response Ways and Means Committee will Conduct Hearings to Initiate Process (Columbia, SC) – House Speaker Jay Lucas (District 65-Darlington) issued the following statement regarding the House’s plans to address the historic flood recovery. […]

PR: West Columbia to provide emergency water service

For Immediate Release: October 9, 2015 Contact: Mayor Joe Owens City of West Columbia 803-939-8612 The City of West Columbia Assists the City of Columbia to Provide Water Service West Columbia – Mayor Joseph W. “Joe” Owens announced Friday he has received and approved a request from Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin […]

PR: UWay of Greenville Contributes $100k #SCFloodRelief

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 6, 2015 Contact: Andersen Cook 803.608.9324 [email protected] United Way of Greenville County contributes $100,000 for S.C. flood disaster recovery Allocation will help affected communities through United Way Association of South Carolina’s flood recovery fund. Columbia, S.C. — United Way of Greenville County is contributing $100,000 on […]

PR: SCAM ALERT: Avoid Fraudulent Charities

In response to the devastation of the recent flood, many South Carolinians are searching for ways to help victims. The SC Department of Consumer Affairs and Secretary of State Mark Hammond advise consumers to be on the lookout for fake charities in the coming weeks.

Random Thoughts on the 1,000 Year Flood

Sitting through the last three days of Nikki Haley’s 1,000 Year Flood, I had the sense of Yogi Berra’s “déjà vu all over again.”

If you are in a flooded home or on a flooded street, you may not believe this, but I feel Horry County at least partially dodged a bullet with this storm.

To me, Hurricane Floyd and its aftermath in 1999 was worse in Horry County. Not by much, but worse.

What makes this storm Haley’s “1,000 Year Flood” is the rain and flooding was much wider spread throughout the state than it was in 1999. Floyd was a coastal storm that dumped a lot of rain. but didn’t hit the midlands and upstate like this one.

The Carolina Forest area, which saw significant flooding over the last few days, was in its very early stages of development in 1999. Other neighborhoods that are now flooded didn’t exist when Floyd came through.

You can only put so much asphalt and concrete in a coastal plain before problems develop. But, housing demand and an expanding tax base will trump other discussions every time.

PR: Allen University Hosts Presidential Forum

Columbia, South Carolina – Allen University in partnership with the 20/20 Leaders of America, LLC, Attorney General Alan Wilson (R) and the former Governor of South Carolina – Jim Hodges (D) invites you to attend the Presidential Candidates Justice Forum on the campus of Allen University. The historic event will be held in the John Hurst Adams Gymnatorium, located at 1517 Pine Street on Saturday, November 21 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Stand With God Rally To Feature Presidential Candidates

Pastors from all across South Carolina are coming together in support of Biblical marriage and religious liberties. They are calling upon all Bible-believing Christians to gather on the grounds of the State House in Columbia, SC on Saturday August 29, 2015 from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM.