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Greenville County Council Dispute Going to Court PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Tuesday, 08 August 2017 00:00

The legal battle in Greenville County Council is coming to a conclusion – at least in court.

The legal complaint filed by  members of Greenville County Council against Chairman Butch Kirven will be heard in the Greenville County Courthouse Wednesday Morning, August 9 at 9:30 am.

The dispute began when Chairman Kirven ruled that fees on county taxpayers could be increased with only 7 votes of the 12 member Council. Council rules state that increases in taxes and fees require more than a simple majority.

Councilmen Willis Meadows, Joe Dill and Mike Barnes along with state lawmakers and other citizens asked the State Attorney General for an opinion on the Kirven decision. When the Attorney General opinion disagreed with Kirven, he decided to ignore it. That action by the chairman forced  his opposition on Council to go to court to force compliance.

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Kirven to Dump Finance Chair Over a $10 Fee PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Monday, 17 July 2017 00:00

By Bob Dill
As Chairman of Greenville County Council, Herman “Butch” Kirven is determined to increase the county road maintenance fee from $15 to $25 using whatever means is available to him. A court challenge has blocked implementation of the proposed Ordinance, alleging that the vote was short of the legal requirement.  
Vice Chairman Willis Meadows is one of the Council members opposed to the $10 fee increase. In accordance with county policy, the Vice Chairman, elected by the council members is also chairman of the Finance Committee.
Chairman Kirven informed the council members Friday by Memorandum that he had planned a policy change in the Committee of the Whole meeting for yesterday, Tuesday, July 18 at County Square.
Kirven informed the members as follows: “This memo gives notice that on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at the Committee of the Whole meeting and during the Committee Reports portion of the Regular Council Meeting, we will be making a motion to suspend notice and the amendment introduction provision in Council Rule VI (A). This will allow for the immediate adoption of a Rules amendment. The proposed amendment to Council Rule V (C) will allow for the Chairman of Council to appoint the Chair of the Finance Committee.”
If the proposal passed it was expected that Chairman Kirven would appoint Dr. Bob Taylor, someone he can control as Finance Chairman to support the fee increase.

 
Greenville County Schools Hall of Fame Accepting Nominations PDF Print E-mail
Written by Press Release   
Wednesday, 05 April 2017 00:00

Greenville County Schools is accepting nominations for the GCS Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame honors men and women who have graduated Greenville County Schools and have made substantial or significant contributions at the local, regional, national, or international levels in any appropriate area of endeavor such as, but not limited to, academia and education, arts, athletics, business, media, public service, philanthropy, medicine, military, or science.

The deadline to receive nominations is Monday, May 1, 2017. The awards presentation will be held on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at a dinner hosted by the Greenville County Schools Foundation.

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SC Division CofC Dedicates Southern Cross of Honor PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chandler Tucker   
Wednesday, 05 April 2017 00:00

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On Saturday, March 25, 2017, the SC Division CofC had the privilege of conducting a Dedication Ceremony for the Southern Cross of Honor and grave marker of Private William M. Pendleton, who served in Company G, Capt. J. F. Specks Company, 57th North Carolina, State Troops, in the War Between the States. The ceremony was held in the cemetery of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Clover, SC. Chapter members from Jeanie Benson 884 and Caroline S. Coleman 537 CofC were participants in the event.

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VA Secretary: VA Will Not Be Privatized PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Dill, Publisher   
Wednesday, 05 April 2017 00:00

“My sole focus is veterans and making sure their needs are met.” ~ Secretary of the VA, Dr. David Shulkin

Dr. David Shulkin, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, told Senators at his confirmation hearing that the VA would not be privatized under his watch.

The Military Officers Association provided more than fifty questions to the Senate Veteran Affairs Committee to be posed to the new Secretary, who is the first non-veteran to head up the VA, and the only Trump Cabinet member to have served in the Obama Administration.

Q: Where do you stand on privatization?

A: The VA is a unique national resource that is worth saving, and I am committed to doing just that. … I will seek major reform and a transformation of the VA. There will be far greater accountability, dramatically improved access, responsiveness, and expanded care options, but the Department of Veterans Affairs will not be privatized under my watch. … If confirmed, I intend to build a system that puts veterans first and allows them to get the best possible health care wherever it may be — in the VA or with community care.

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Quilt of Valor Goes to Charlie Porter PDF Print E-mail
Written by Clyde Rector   
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 00:00

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At the American Legion Major Rudolf Anderson, Jr. Post 214 Tuesday evening meeting, Charlie Porter was presented a Quilt of Valor by Kenneth Hinkle and Suzanne DiCarlo.

 
The Promise Keepers from CPAC 2017 PDF Print E-mail
Written by LaDonna Ryggs   
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 00:00

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National Harbor, MD—Permeated with electricity and anticipation, a well-beyond capacity crowd began chants of “Trump, Trump,” in rippling waves, reminiscent of Inauguration Day.

President Trump’s speech was the highlight for the Conservative Political Action Committee’s (CPAC) conference. With likely 8,000 people in attendance, and a long line of people stretched around the halls hoping to get in, his speech was the most attended event of the conference. Even the media overflowed their section to cover the speech.

The speech began with a scathing attack of the Mainstream Media and its treatment of him, as he called it “Fake News.” But the majority of the speech could have been called “The Promise-Keeping” speech. To cheers, Trump went over a litany of his conservative reform agenda.

On Guns and Military: We will protect the 2nd Amendment. We will rebuild our military, we will respect our flag, and we will take care of our veterans. I want us to invest in our military once again. I have ordered our Defense Department to formulate a plan to eradicate ISIS.

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