I was hoping to write about the state Supreme Court ruling before I left for good after this week, but still no ruling. I talked to Superintendent Charles Gale last week about the district's contingency plan in case the court did not rule before the Dec. 31.
Gale said the district's other option is to sell the bonds and then place the funds in esgrow until the decision is made. He said they haven't done this sooner because it'll cost interest once its done and the School Board will have to approve it - so look for that to happen if a ruling doesn't come down.
I'm actually moving this week so in reality I'm more of a reader than a writer until I take off for Berkeley. I say that because I wanted to pass along the Associated Press version of an unbelievable story I read in today's paper. The full story with video is on the Anderson Independent-Mail website:
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A man driving a float in the Anderson
Christmas parade has been charged with drunk driving after he passed
another float then sped down Main Street, police say.
officers caught up to 42-year-old David Allen Rodgers, he had an open
container of alcohol in the truck he used to haul the children and
adults on the float for the Steppin' Out Dance Studio, Anderson Police
spokeswoman Linda Dudley said.
Witnesses said Rodgers was driving in line in Sunday's parade when he pulled out to pass a tractor in the float.
Rodgers sped down Main Street and ran a red light, while a witness on the float called 911 on a cell phone, police said.
started chasing Rodgers, who didn't stop for three miles. Once he
pulled over, he tried to attack an officer, Dudley said.
whose child was on the float, faces more than three dozen charges,
including DUI, 18 counts of kidnapping and assaulting an officer,
A woman who answered the phone at Rodgers'
home would not talk to a reporter and a message left at the dance
studio was not returned Monday.
Rodgers will have a bond
hearing on the kidnapping charge Tuesday. He has a prior traffic
offense, but Anderson Police officials could not elaborate on the
Wednesday came and went without a state Supreme Court decision on the schools' alternative financing plan.
But we will have a story in tomorrow's paper letting you know whether Moody's Investors Service believes a negative ruling would have an impact on the $2.5 billion of revenue borrowed through similar programs by districts across the state.
Wednesday is the 15th, which is when the school district hopes the state Supreme Court will render an opinion on its financing plan.
The district says it needs to know by then whether the plan is constitutional before selling the bonds that will pay for $90 million worth of school improvements, including a $70 million high school and a $10 million elementary school in Cottageville.
No one's heard anything yet, so we'll just have to wait and see. I'll keep you updated so keep checking back here.
The following essay is from Shawn Jadrnicek, an extension service agent for Colleton and Jasper counties. Shawn teaches a popular master gardener class.
A contact number for him is listed below:
Food of the Gods
If you’ve ever bitten into an
unripe persimmon it’s unlikely you’ll ever forget the experience.
The memory of puckered lips and a pasty
mouth restrain you from partaking of the fruit when it’s ripe. However, a ripe persimmon easily lives up to
its Greek scientific name Diospyros or “food of the gods.”
If you’ve had the unripe persimmon
experience you’re not alone. The early
American colonists didn’t know how to eat the persimmon. The Native Americans had to explain the blet
or rotting of the fruit that must occur to realize the juicy sweetness. Once the fruit was ripe the early colonists
were amazed, Captain John Smith described the fruit as delicious as an apricot.
Clemson Extension's annual Holiday House fundraiser will take place Wednesday and Thursday.
The office and its Family and Community Leaders (FCL) is having the event at the Coastal Electric Outback Building on
2269 Jefferies Highway for the third straight year. Officials say the building accomodates more exhibits and allows more people to participate in the presentations, workshops and luncheons.
“We have a great line-up of speakers and demonstrations,”
Marilyn Peters, Clemson Extension FCL Advisor said in a press release, “and the FCL clubs members
have been busy making holiday crafts to sell.”
On Wednesday, FCL Craft Sales will be from
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wills, Trusts & More by Bert Duffie
(local attorney) from 9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Announcement of Bake-off Winners at 10:30 a.m.
Growing Camellias in South Carolina by
Peggy Thomas and Miles Beach, Coastal Carolina Camellia Society from 10:45 to
Holiday Gifts &
Crafts by Jackie Scarborough from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m.
will conduct a Kewpie Doll Pin Cushion
(demo and workshop) from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. (Cost: $10).
FCL Craft Sales will be from
9:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.
Personal Safety by Otis Rhodes, Walterboro Police chief, from 9:30 to
Companion Planting by
Tim Kelly of Fayeth Design from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m.
“Of course, one of the highlights of Holiday House is the
food,” said FCL president Sallie Stephens. “We offer lunches at 12 noon both
days---soup, chili, and cornbread on Wednesday and BBQ on Thursday. Holiday sweets will be offered both days.”
The lunches sell for $3.50 and take-out is available on both days.