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One Economy Corporation Announces Youth Technology Initiative
The technology nonprofit partners with Andrus Foundation, Cricket Communications and Rent-A-Center to enroll foster youth in new "LIFE 3Ts" program
Last night, the Carolina Youth Development Center (CYDC) celebrated local foster youth and their supportive foster families in a moving ceremony at the new Boeing Welcome Center building. These local youth were recognized for their months of hard work and dedication. The ceremony honored the foster youth's achievements in various CYDC programs and coming transition out of South Carolina's foster care system.
June 14, 2012
School Choice Would Help Keep Money In The Pockets of Some Parents
Lawmakers are debating a plan that would help people who choose not to send their children to public school.
The school choice bill gives parents more options, but it will cost tax payers $37 million. Those in favor of the bill say it's worth it. "You are able to teach your child from your own world view and philosophy," said Gale Farrier of the South Carolina Home Educators Association. Homeschooling is a trend that is growing among families, according to Farrier.
March 18, 2012
Gov. Haley Appoints Nisbet to Foster Care Board
Dorchester County Coroner Chris Nisbet was appointed by Gov. Nikki Haley to sit on the Foster Care Review Board for the area's judicial circuit.
South Carolina was the first state to allow citizens from each community to become involved in the child welfare system by participating in case reviews of all children who spend longer than four consecutive months in foster care. The objectives of these reviews are to ensure that permanent plans are being made for children and families; and, to promote community awareness about these issues.
March 10, 2012
Family battles court while mourning the death of 13-year-old boy
SUMMERVILLE - The family says during a time when they need to mourn, they are caught up in court battles.
Joshua Mendoza died on February 10th in his Summerville home. His parents, Kimberly Love and Jason Buckely, are charged with his murder. Police removed the other siblings from their home, and the Department of Social Services placed them in foster care.
February 21, 2012
Proposed bill would ban sex offenders from serving as foster parent
Legislators are discussing a bill that would make it illegal for convicted sex offenders to serve as foster parents in South Carolina.
Current law prohibits children from being placed in foster care with people who have a history of child abuse or have been convicted of certain crimes like criminal domestic violence.
February 21, 2012
Historic Columbia Foundation has full slate for Holidays
The Historic Columbia Foundation has a full slate of activities this Holiday season. From house tours, to carriage rides, school choirs and visits from Santa.
The holiday fun is already under way with Holiday House Tours which will run through December 31st. The three Historic Homes have been decorated to show how Christmas was celebrated in three different time periods. Unless other wise noted, all events will take place at the Robert Mills House at 1616 Blanding Street, Columbia. Some events either require or suggest reservations.
November 23, 2011
Weapons, narcotics seized during probe
Eight individuals were arrested Thursday following a narcotics investigation that also resulted in the seizure of automatic weapons and marijuana.
An AK-47, a TEC-9 with a silencer, a 9mm automatic handgun, a .25-caliber automatic handgun and marijuana with a street value of $1,000 were seized, according to a release.
November 7, 2011
EDITORIAL: Governor should give drug-testing kick a rest
Governor Nikki Haley said she based her plan to require South Carolinians receiving unemployment benefits to come clean on drug tests before receiving aid on two pieces of information.
Meanwhile, in Florida, the testing-for-welfare scheme, implemented in July, appears to be a mess. In the early going, it has turned up a less than a 2 percent "hit rate." That is, less than 2 percent of those tested failed the test and were denied welfare benefits. The test is costing the state something like $30,000 a month - drug tests, even with the state discount, aren't free.
October 15, 2011
Foster Parents; Have you faced allegations? CPS protection.
Arizona Republic newspaper today we find a story about a 4 month old baby whose name is Josephine winding up with 14 broken bones along with countless other injuries.
Baby Josephine stopped breathing in the dead of night on Aug. 3. She was having seizures when she arrived at Cardon Children's Medical Center sporting 14 broken bones, bruises all over her face and a cigarette burn on her arm.
October 4, 2011
DSS seeks to double welfare families finding jobs
The director of South Carolina's social services agency expects to double the number of welfare recipients who trade a government check for a paycheck.
Department of Social Services Director Lillian Koller said Wednesday she wants staff to help 10,120 families by June 30 find jobs that take them off welfare rolls. That's up from 5,060 cases closed between September 2009 and June 2010 because their incomes increased.
September 30, 2011
S.C. Gov. orders workers to be cheerful on phone
South Carolina's governor is ordering state workers to cheerfully answer phones with the phrase "It's a great day in South Carolina." Never mind the state's 11.1 percent jobless rate and the fact that one in five residents are on Medicaid.
Republican Nikki Haley issued the order at a Cabinet meeting Tuesday, saying the phrase will put workers in a better mood and remind them that they work for the public. She also says the public will feel better, too.
September 27, 2011
Republican Tea Party leader arrested for computer piracy
A heavyweight for the political Tea Party movement in the south has most likely just crippled his potential political future.
61-year-old Anthony Trinca was arrested for allegedly selling pirated versions of high-end computer software. Microsoft Office, Windows, Adobe Photoshop, and Rosetta Stone language programs were all listed as software that he sold illegally. Trinca is the president of the Grand Strand Tea Party, based in South Carolina, which strives to spread messages about how big government is evil and that America needs to return to its conservative roots.
July 28, 2011
Private Schools Renew Push For Tax Credits\
Bills in both the South Carolina House and Senate would give parents a tax credit for taking their children out of public school for a private education.
They would also give a credit to parents who homeschool. Critics say the credits would take money away from already struggling public school budgets. The bills sponsors, including several from the Upstate, say it will actually save the state money.
April 12, 2011
Woman charged in wreck that killed social worker, child
Four charges of drunken driving have been filed against the driver of a pickup that struck a car and killed a child and a Social Services worker Friday.
Harrison was a child protective services worker for Pickens County. She and the children were driving back to the children's foster home after visiting a parent. Melton was admitted to Greenville Memorial Hospital. She is being held at the Pickens County Detention Center, with a bond hearing scheduled for Thursday morning.
March 12, 2011
Father's fight nearly over, with court returning daughter
After more than two years of fighting, of draining his savings and retirement accounts, of 17-hour drives to New York, Johnny Smith will be bringing his daughter home. -- Now it's just a question of when.
A judge in Warren County, N.Y., ruled Wednesday morning that the girl, who has been in New York foster care since July 2008 after she was found alone on a busy highway in a diaper and T-shirt, be returned to Smith. The way that law was enforced is at the heart of the case and its protracted resolution, and the compact is under review for possible change by S.C. officials and child advocates nationally.
The Sun News
October 28, 2010
Town of Summerville to consider smoking ban
Summerville smokers may have to find somewhere else to light up. Town officials are proposing a smoking ban ordinance for bars and restaurants. The pending decision has patrons and bar owners fuming.
Similar smoking bans have already been enacted in more than 40 cities and counties statewide. Businesses owners say no matter what other places are doing, they should be able to decide how they want to do run their establishments. Jim Garvalia has owned Kountry Klub for 15 years. "If you want to smoke, you should be able to smoke. If we let our government put bans on this, then what is next," he asked.
Live 5 News
May 11, 2010
Tainted lettuce sold in South Carolina
An E. coli outbreak linked to tainted lettuce has sickened at least 19 people in Ohio, New York and Michigan, including students on at least two college campuses, prompting a recall throughout much of the country.
Freshway Foods of Sidney, Ohio, says it is recalling romaine lettuce sold in 23 states and the District of Columbia. Federal health authorities say 12 of those sickened were hospitalized and three reported life-threatening symptoms. The CDC says it is looking at 10 other cases probably linked to the outbreak.
Live 5 News
May 7, 2010
Library to offer events for teens during May
The teen department of the Anderson County Library System has announced its schedule of events for May.
A "Teen Crafternoon" from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on May 6 will feature making glass marble magnets. There will be an open Guitar Hero session from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on May 13. Homeschool students are invited to bring their lunches and visit the library from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. May 19.
Anderson Independent Mail
May 5, 2010
Medical records left in the open at DHEC building
Medical records were left in the open for anyone to see after someone ditched the paperwork behind the Department of Health and Environmental Control building.
DHEC has requested assistance from SLED regarding allegations that DHEC documents were found in a City of Columbia public recycling bin located behind state agency office buildings on Bull Street.
Live 5 News
February 26, 2010
Police: Florence woman poses as case worker to receive grant
FLORENCE, SC - A woman who posed as a Virginia case worker in hopes of receiving financial aid is under arrest in Florence County.
In an attempt to further help her chances of receiving money, McFadden posed as a Virginia case worker. Posing as the case worker allowed McFadden to ask the Reserve Aid organization to provide financial aid. As a result, McFadden was granted an estimated $22,700 by the agency.
February 9, 2010
Extreme Makeover: Braveheart Walk
Monday morning, Ty Pennington and the Extreme Makeover Home Edition team knocked on the door of the Suggs family. Their story is an amazing one.
Derrick and Amanda Suggs of Loris had just started their own family when they adopted her siblings to prevent them from being separated in foster care. 28-year old Derrick and 26-year-old Amanda have two children of their own, 5-year-old Walker and 9-month-old Mason. They've also adopted Amanda's three younger brothers, 19-year-old James, 17-year-old Jacob, and 10-year-old Jordan.
January 11, 2010
Carol Jordan, a 32-year-old pharmacy technician, was living in Greenville, South Carolina, in 1999 when she became pregnant. She'd already decided against abortion.
Looking through the Yellow Pages for help, she spotted an ad under "crisis pregnancies" for Bethany Christian Services. Bethany, it turned out, did not simply specialize in counseling pregnant women. It is the nation's largest adoption agency, with more than eighty-five offices in fifteen countries.
Pound Pup Legacy
August 26, 2009
Children of the Recession: Economy Sending Children Into Foster Care
We all know the economy is bad, but for some, its effects have gotten so bad they've been forced to give up their children--people who have lost jobs and aren't taking care of kids.
Upstate counties are dealing with a flood of foster kids, as the sour economy hits communities hard. One local area--seeing more than double the amount of children needing a good home--than one year ago. The county has been suffering from one of the state's highest unemployment rates--up at 20 percent in the Spring of 2009.
July 27, 2009
Case of 555-Pound Boy Opens Debate on Child Neglect - Mother Jerri Gray was arrested and charged with criminal neglect
The case of Alexander Draper, the 14-year-old boy who weighs an impressive 555 pounds, has brought a very sensitive issue up for discussion again. His mother, Jerri Gray, was arrested in June and charged with criminal neglect.
Gray's attorney is telling the media that she, as a mother, did everything she could to keep Alexander's weight under control. However, when she saw her son tipped the scales to a quarter of a ton, she asked for professional help, which is when she was detained by South Carolina authorities.
July 24, 2009
Newborn in DSS custody after mother and child test positive for cocaine
The newborn child of a 21-year-old Gastonia woman was placed in emergency protective custody after both the child and mother tested positive for cocaine, according to a Myrtle Beach, S.C., Police report.
Amber Boone of 2407 Milton Ave. allegedly left North Carolina to give birth to her child in Myrtle Beach, according to the police report. Boone gave birth to the child on Friday and police were called Monday when the newborn was ready to be released from the hospital.
April 28, 2009
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