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Opinion

  • Remember the August 2017 solar eclipse that sliced across South Carolina? Bright daylight gave way to shadows, which then gave way to total darkness. Within minutes, of course, a summer day was again put into the sun's bright light.
    Another eclipse seems to be taking place in the Palmetto state. In this case, it is what the public should be privy to that is being eclipsed.

  • Hospice of Chesterfield County was sold in December, but the mission of helping the terminally ill continues with the newly formed Hospice of Chesterfield County Foundation.
    There have been many questions about the change. Here are some of the answers.

    What is the Hospice of Chesterfield Foundation?
    The foundation was formed after the sale to carry on the original mission of helping the terminally ill.
    The foundation does not provide direct patient care.
    It is not a hospice organization.

  • It was another busy week in Columbia. Progress was made on the comprehensive education reform bill and the Ways and Means Committee passed this year's budget.
    The 2019-2020 budget is built on the foundation of protecting taxpayers, a renewed commitment to being resourceful and efficient, funding only core functions of state government, and providing value for every dollar we spend.

  • My four-year research project shows black people who live in Southern counties where more lynchings occurred were less likely to register to vote, or were less likely to indicate that they voted in recent elections, compared to their white counterparts.

  • We have been hard at work in Columbia this week in committees focusing on the 500 bills that crossed the desk the first day of session. There are more than 70 bills in education, and well more than 100 bills in judiciary alone.
    Speaker Jay Lucas has appointed me to serve this year on the Education and Public Works Committee, Invitations and resolutions, and the Speakers Ad Hoc OPIOID Committee and the South Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority.
    Governor McMaster has appointed me to serve on the South Carolina Flood Committee.

  • Madam/Mr. Speaker:
    I rise today to speak to how the tale of two Kings has brought us to this moment in history. 
    If he had been allowed to live, today (Jan. 15) would have been Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 90th birthday. On this auspicious day, this august body stands ready to vote to disapprove of Representative Steve King's recent comments and condemn white nationalism and white supremacy.
    White supremacy and white nationalism are evil.  They are insidious and are clear and present dangers to our great Republic. 

  • Over the past two years, Republicans have focused on spreading opportunity, and it has paid dividends: From the creation of opportunity zones in some of our nation’s most distressed communities to amazing job-creation statistics and low unemployment rates, there’s no doubt that the future is brightening for many Americans.

  • Rep. Richie Yow
    ◆ H3170: Exempting an all-terrain vehicle purchased or lease in another state from S.C. use tax, if the purchasers paid the sales tax in another state.
    ◆ H3346: Revise the filing period for election to the Chesterfield County Board of Education.
    ◆ H3358: Require companies with a state contract to mow along state highways to pick up and dispose of all trash and other debris before mowing.
    ◆ H3359: To allow a veteran’s designation on state identification cards and driver’s licenses.

  • I wanted to speak to the community about shootings. This is a common issue that the “2000’s” crew, I would say, go through.
    Most cases stir up because of bullying and cyber-bullying. These issues are displayed on all kinds of social media sites.
    This carries the problem even further than what it’s suppose to go.

    It starts to become personal, carrying it to schools,  people’s houses and the streets. Many teenagers and young adults commit suicide or make suicidal attempts each year.

  • The Pageland Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to the revitalization of Historic Downtown Pageland and the small local business and industries that make up that area. 
    When I assumed the role of President of the Pageland Chamber of Commerce, I made the commitment to the economic development, promotion and well being of the businesses here in Pageland.  This included not only the large Industries, but the small local businesses that make up the chamber membership.

  • Who are the unsung people who quietly make Pageland a better place?
    Is it the person who picks up trash in your neighborhood?
    Is it the person who gives you a smile as they help you with your groceries or take your order at a local restaurant?
    Is someone in your civic club or church group who is always there to give of his or her time or talent?
    When we asked for nominations last week of people who have gone above and beyond for Pageland those were the people we wanted to reach – the people who make a difference without making the headlines.

  • In the gospel of Matthew chapter two we find the record of the visit of the Wise Men in search of the King of the Jews. 
    Their search struck a chord of deep concern in the heart of Herod the king.  His reaction of fear resulted in Joseph, Mary, and the baby Jesus becoming a “refugee family” in Egypt. 
    The scripture speaks of a warning in a dream to Joseph.  “When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt.”

  • South Carolina is truly a state of smiling faces and beautiful places. From the back roads of Chesterfield County to the coastline of Charleston and beyond, we are blessed with rich and abundant resources.
    What we do with them now impacts generations to come.  That’s why we believe conserving and protecting land today is one of the best ways to benefit our communities in the future.
    Conservation Voters of South Carolina and Nestlé Waters North America have long been engaged in land conservation and restoration activities. 

  • From release

    Festive meals, flickering lights and holiday decorations are all hallmarks of the holiday season. The holiday traditions all contribute to an increased number of home fires during December.
    The National Fire Protection Association encourages everyone to be aware of potential fire risks, and to take steps to minimize them.

  • “He’s not acting right,” said his mother, sitting on a chair beside her son in the emergency department of a rural South Carolina hospital.
    “He gets all upset, he yells out, he hits at me, then he just gets real quiet-like. It’s been happening a lot more lately. He just stares off, he doesn’t move, he won’t say nothing to me. Then he kinda’ wakes up after a while.”

  • Two months ago, I appeared before the Pageland Town Council and made the announcement that Historic Downtown Pageland was dying. I stand by that statement.
    We have 17 vacant storefronts in our downtown business corridor. We have businesses teetering on the brink of closure. We have many businesses that offer limited services, or churches that are only open one or two day a week. Most of our businesses are closed by 5 p.m. during the week.

  • The statistics are staggering.
    Every day in our community four or five people are physically abused by an intimate partner or spouse.
    October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time when social justice advocates across the nation focus attention on ways to intervene in and prevent domestic violence, and encourage everyone to become part of the solution.

  • Entire towns submerged. Homes and businesses destroyed. Lives lost.
    Hurricane Florence has devastated communities and impacted thousands of lives across South Carolina but particularly in the Pee Dee region. While some are anxiously waiting for the floodwaters to recede, the clean-up effort is underway in some places as we get through this trying time together.

  • September is National Suicide Prevention Month.  As Miss Teen Spirit of Pageantry Cosmos United States, 2018, my platform is adolescent mental health awareness and suicide prevention. 

    I am sharing my story to give those who need it the push they need to speak up to someone. 

    I am sharing this story for people who struggle with mental illness, but also for those with loved ones trying to understand what goes through their heads.  

  • Tim Griffin, president of the Pageland Chamber of Commerce gave this speech before the Pageland Town Council at its recent meeting.

    Mayor, Council, Administrator:
    I come before you tonight to bring you news of a grave nature, Historic Downtown Pageland is dying!
    It is not injured, it is not bruised, it does not have a little scrape or cut, Gentleman, Historic Downtown Pageland is dying!