Clemson tight end Jordan Leggett (center) gets tripped up by South Carolina safety Jordan Diggs (right) in Saturday’s game at Williams-Brice Stadium. Photo by Michael Smith | Carolina Forest Chronicle
South Carolina linebacker Skai Moore (standing) celebrates as teammate and defensive tackle Dante Sawyer recovers a fumble against Clemson on Saturday. Photo by Michael Smith | Carolina Forest Chronicle
Clemson receiver Deon Cain (center) leaps high into the air as he crosses the goal line on a 55-yard touchdown completion in the second quarter of Saturday’s game at Williams-Brice Stadium. Photo by Michael Smith | Carolina Forest Chronicle
Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson (center) attempts a pass in Saturday’s game against South Carolina. Watson completed 20-27 passes for 279 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for 114 yards to score three more TDs. Photo by Michael Smith | Carolina Forest Chronicle
South Carolina receiver Pharoh Cooper (center) finds nothing but open field after catching what would be a 57-yard touchdown pass in Saturday’s game against Clemson. Photo by Michael Smith | Carolina Forest Chronicle
South Carolina tailback Shon Carson (No. 7) breaks free for a big gain that set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Lorenzo Nunez in Saturday’s game against Clemson. Photo by Michael Smith | Carolina Forest Chronicle
In what could be his last college football game, South Carolina receiver Pharoh Cooper mingles with fans as he leaves the field after Saturday’s game against Clemson. It has been reported that Cooper may declare for the NFL draft. Photo by Michael Smith | Carolina Forest Chronicle
Photo by Michael Smith | Carolina Forest Chronicle
By Antoine Thomas
While thousands of fans prepare for their journey to Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturday for the Gamecock’s final game against rival Clemson, residents who live near the stadium will have already mapped out their strategy for battling traffic and surviving gridlock. .
“You got to plan your day,” said Pete Kelly, who lives footsteps away from Olympia Avenue. “If it’s an early game, it’s fine because it starts at 12 o’clock. But if it starts at seven, then it’s an all- day thing.,”
Kimberly Richardson, who has lived near Williams-Brice all her life, said her close proximity to the stadium means her travel time doubles whenever USC hosts a football game.
Richardson, 46, said she can make her way through traffic before and during the game. Her biggest headache comes after the final clock hits zero – sometimes she waits as much as an an hour- and-a-half to get back home. That’s because all lanes on Bluff Road are directed outbound from the stadium toward the interstate.
“If I’m trying to come home, I can’t get home because all four lanes are going down,” she said. “Then if I try to go up Shop Road and come over here, it’s blocked off, so you can’t get over to Bluff Road.”
She wishes the post-game traffic flow chart (pdf) that state troopers use to direct motorists, mirrored the pre-game plan, which utilizes one lane on Bluff Road for people going away from the stadium.
“I just think they shouldn’t make all four lanes going down,” she said. “Just like before the game, they have three lanes going up, maybe they need to have one lane so people can get home.”
South Carolina Department of Public Safety Lance Cpl. David Jones said residents near the stadium have to be patient and understand that officers’ priority is directing thousands of people away from Williams-Brice after the game.
“We’re responsible for getting these people into the general area, and getting them out,” Jones said. He added that the main goal is to move 80,000-plus people safely out of Williams-Brice after the game.
Jones said they try to efficiently get fans out of the area after the game as soon as possible, which usually takes about an hour. He added that because officers rely on the game day traffic patterns, changing one direction would affect the entire pattern.
“If you were to change one little control point, it would change everything else,” he said.
Jones said that though it may seem as if every lane on some roads are going outbound after the game, a lane will always be ready for emergency situations.
“We’re always going to have a lane open for first responders, emergency officials and tow trucks, etc.,” he said.
Restaurants feed off game day
While nearby residents debate whether to drive on game days, restaurants gear up early in the week to prepare for the high volume of footsteps.
Restaurant owner Bernie Shealy said his eatery, Bernie’s, begins prepping for game days on Monday, ordering the products he needs at the beginning of the week so they will arrive at least a day before the game.
Shealy’s eatery and Sheri Jefferson’s restaurant, Midlands Cafe, are usually closed on weekends because Bluff Road is primarily an industrial area. But they said they make an exception for game days because of the additional food sales.
Shealy said during late games, Bernie’s could sell as many as 6,000 pieces of chicken and just as many wings, a huge plus compared to regular weekdays.
“On our best football games, we will do 30 or 40 percent more (business) than we do any of our biggest days during the week,” Shealy said.
And with his restaurant located within minutes of Williams-Brice, many use his restaurant for parking.
“The biggest dynamics since South Carolina has gotten into the SEC and the expansion of the stadium, is the parking that we’re able to take in,” said Shealy, who charges $20 to park at his restaurant. “We park anywhere from 150 to 275 cars each game.”
Jefferson said Midlands Cafe has also had success in game day parking despite its distance from the stadium. Usually charging $10 a car, she credits the more than $100 they’ve earned from parking in past games to fans’ desire to save money by parking farther away from the stadium..
“The further you get the more it costs going further up, so they don’t have a problem parking here and then walking up,” Jefferson said.
And with more than 100,000 people expected to be near the stadium for the USC-Clemson game, the restaurants, like others around the city, are preparing for big crowds and hungry patrons.
Columns article posted by SC Press Association on November 24th, 2015
By Phil Noble
The election is over. All the votes have been counted and John Tecklenburg will be the new mayor of Charleston.
In the end, it was not even close. He got 58 percent of the votes in the runoff election over State Representative Leon Stavrinakis. There were four other candidates in the first election two weeks prior.
Before I go any further, a full disclosure. John has been a very good friend of mine for nearly 40 years. We first met when we were both in college in Washington, DC. We lived a couple of blocks apart in Charleston; our children were born about the same time and as they grew up, we were as likely to have each other’s kids at the dinner table as our own. John got me involved in lots of his community projects and I did the same. I was a part of his campaign from the beginning – through all the ups and down.
So, why did he win?
The campaign and indeed the whole city are framed by two factors – Joe Riley’s 40 years in office and the Emanuel tragedy. When Riley took office in 1975, Charleston was a sleepy, closed, self-obsessed, economic back water of a town whose focus was its historic past. Riley took that history and used it as the foundation to build a booming, economically vibrant, diverse, creative, world class city. He is often referred to by his fellow mayors as “America’s Best Mayor” – because he is.
I moved to Charleston just before Riley became mayor and to know the city then and now is to know the difference between night and day. The transformation has been stunning. Where once the city had essentially no real economic growth (and no one cared), it has been transformed so totally that today the rapid development and growth has led to an uneasy angst about this growth and the city’s quality of life.
The other overarching influence in the city today is as new as our history is old; it’s the looming shadow of the Emanuel tragedy. We as a city are moving from dealing with Emanuel as an event to beginning to grapple with what its permanent impact on our city will be. We are only at the beginning of understanding what this tragedy will mean for the city and its future.
John and his family have a long history of working hand in hand with the African American community on countless ‘community uplift’ projects. John and his wife, Sandy, have an easy style and open warm embrace of people (they love to hug everyone) and their style was a hallmark of the campaign. In one of the most moving and eloquent parts of his campaign stump speech, Tecklenburg said, “Emanuel did not just create the opportunity for us to do things differently, it created the obligation on all of us to do things differently.”
Setting aside all the back and forth about campaign tactics, TV ads and such, the underlying reason that Tecklenburg is the new mayor is that he is fundamentally in tune with the zeitgeist of his city.
There were four big reasons for his success. First, he was a successful small businessman who had worked as head of economic development of the city for a stint under Riley and voters sensed that he could handle the job. Second, despite his being a commercial realtor, he was willing to push back hard against developers as he understood the city’s angst about growth and over-development.
Third, he embodies a new style of open and inclusive governing. As he often said, “Everyone will have a seat at the table and if all the chairs are filled, we’ll pull up some more chairs.” And fourth, John viscerally understands that the issues of reconciliation are always primary in this Old South City and that Emanuel has forever changed the narrative.
Tecklenburg’s election is important for not just Charleston but the state as a whole. John’s longtime friend and now Mayor of Beaufort, Billy Keyserling, coined the phrase that the mayor of Charleston is ‘King of the Coast’ because of his position and influence…and indeed he is.
What kind of mayor will Tecklenburg be? Who knows? Being elected mayor as a first time elected official is a little like being a promising young horse at the beginning of racing season – you don’t know how they will run until they run.
That said, there is a whole lot of reason for optimism. John has all the right pedigrees and bloodlines; he has a good cadre of new (mostly) young trainers and handlers; he has performed well in the preliminaries; and the crowd is all behind him, cheering him on and wanting him to be successful.
And like a great race horse, John has one intangible quality – perhaps the most important quality. He has heart. He cares deeply about ‘our brothers and sisters’ and he has a deep passion for service motivated by all the right reasons.
He is a good man who simply wants to do what is best for the city he loves.
As a friend, I’m very proud of him. As a citizen of Charleston, I’m very optimistic for my city.
Phil Noble is a businessman in Charleston and President of the SC New Democrats, an independent reform group started by former Gov. Richard Riley to bring big change and real reform. firstname.lastname@example.org
News article posted by SC Press Association on November 24th, 2015
Lake City, S.C., officially became the first city in South Carolina, and the 15th city in the nation, to become a certified Bee City USA® on Nov. 20, 2015.
Ashley Jacobs, Community Museum Society (CMS) executive director, and Hunter Deas, CMS facilities and rentals manager, made a presentation on Nov. 10 to Lake City’s City Council members, who then voted unanimously to become a Bee City USA. This completed the efforts of the City of Lake City, CMS, and Moore Farms Botanical Garden (MFBG) to accomplish this certification. The Bee City USA program recognized Lake City’s efforts by awarding the city its certification.
Bee City USA is a non-profit national organization which encourages city leaders to celebrate and raise awareness of the contribution bees and other pollinators make to our world by making a set of commitments, defined in a resolution, for creating sustainable habitats for pollinators.
Deas, a hobbyist beekeeper, first heard about Bee City USA during a presentation earlier this year at the Buncombe County/Center for Honeybee Research Spring Bee School. Deas was quick to make a connection between the goals of the Bee City USA program and existing programs in Lake City, a historically agricultural community already in full support of pollinators.
“When I heard about the Bee City USA program, already passionate about bees, agriculture, and pollinators at large, I was immediately excited by the thought of Lake City becoming a Bee City USA,” Deas said.
Shawn Bell, city administrator for the City of Lake City, said that he was proud of Lake City becoming a certified Bee City USA community.
“The fact that we are the first in South Carolina, and are joining a list of certified cities that include Asheville, North Carolina, and Seattle, Washington, is truly remarkable,” Bell said. “This unique recognition would not be possible without the City of Lake City’s strong partnerships with Moore Farms Botanical Garden and the Lake City Beautification Committee.”
Deas expressed that he was glad to see the Lake City’s leadership so willing to make the city more pollinator-friendly, and that the Bee City USA program was able to provide a way for the community to come together to reach that goal.
“I think that it is wonderful [for Lake City] to be able to highlight the plight of the honeybee, and that Bee City USA has created a vehicle to not only address the issues facing honeybees, but all pollinators, and that the program’s approach is such an inclusive, community-based initiative,” Deas said.
Bee City USA founder and director, Phyllis Stiles, cited the potential for long-term gain for both pollinators and local community members when she explained the program’s benefits.
“The program aspires to make people more PC — pollinator conscious — that is,” Stiles said. “If lots of individuals and communities begin planting native, pesticide-free flowering trees, shrubs and perennials, it will create large-scale change for thousands of species of pollinators at risk — including honeybees we all depend on for our food production. How each city celebrates pollinators is up to them, but we especially encourage educational programs for children, like school gardens. When a child falls in love with pollinators, they are friends for life.”
According to Deas, during the process of applying for the certification, a number of organizations were brought into the discussions, including the Lake City Partnership Council (LCPC). The City agreed to assign facilitation of the local Bee City USA program to CMS, a Lake City non-profit organization. Deas and Jacobs, along with City Administrator Shawn Bell, Rob Bockman of the LCPC and Kathleen Dickson, MFBG horticulturist, were named to the committee for Lake City’s efforts to engage the community in promoting pollinator-friendliness.
A designated Bee City USA is expected to annually celebrate being a Bee City USA community with a proclamation and public awareness activities; publicly acknowledge commitment to the program through signage and web links; and annually report activities to Bee City USA to renew the certification. Lake City will celebrate National Pollinator Week in the third week of June.
For more information about the Bee City USA organization, visit www.beecityusa.org, or email Director Phyllis Stiles at email@example.com. For more information about the Lake City Bee City USA program, contact Hunter Deas at 843-374-1500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos article posted by The Island Packet on November 22nd, 2015
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