Board Chair, Acting Director Observed from Back of Chamber

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About 60 representatives of families with members being served by the massive Greenville County Disabilities and Special Needs Agency filled Council chambers for the April 17 Greenville County Council meeting. Eight of the family members were able to address the Council during the 30 minutes allowed for constituent remarks. They discussed the importance of the agency to their families and the stress on families brought about by recent confusion, turmoil, uncertainty and unexplained personnel changes.

 

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“I Do’s” come in “Twos” for sisters Prentiss Elisabeth and Lisë Marie Kendall. Due to the logistics of getting two of their siblings here who are currently in Nevada and Hawaii the sisters and grooms opted for back to back weddings December 3, 2011, at Hampton Park Baptist Church in Greenville, SC. Prelude music by area harpists, Aubrey Elliott and Sarah Northrop, began at 10:30. As the mothers, Jan Kendall and Valerie Allen entered, Mark Jeffords and his mother, Barbara Jeffords, sang “O Holy Night,” followed by the chiming of the eleventh hour from Dr. Ed Dunbar, organist. Paton Kendall, nephew of the bride, came down the aisle ringing bells announcing repeatedly “the bridegroom is coming!” Hunter Kendall, brother of the bride, sounded forth the fanfare announcing the appearance of the bridegroom, James Chandler Allen of Knoxville, TN, and his groomsmen.

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The Government Has Never Released Coyotes into South Carolina For Any Reason

Coyote-MugCoyotes were trapped and killed near Wade Hampton High School and fire department recently. This raised the question as to the legality of trapping and shooting coyotes in South Carolina. A call to the Sheriff’s Office led to the Department of Natural Resources in Clemson.

Coyotes have been present in Upstate South Carolina since 1978. They are now present in 46 South Carolina Counties. DNR has never released Coyotes in South Carolina for any purpose, although an unfounded rumor alleges they were released in SC to help with deer

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The TD Convention center filled quickly tonight, as more than 1000 invited guests, staff, friends and family gathered for Piedmont Women’s Center’s annual Banquet for Life 2012, “Righting the Wrong.” Lenna Fox Neill welcomed the crowd with her spontaneous enthusiasm and sparkling personality. She took the stage and grabbed the attention of everyone in the room with a simple statement, “We have saved 243 babies.” That simple remark underscored the complete purpose and mission for the Piedmont Women’s Center and the evening itself.

 

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Thad-SammonsThaddeus Edward Sammons, Jr., 88, of Taylors, husband of Racheal Lollis Sammons for 64 years, joyfully entered into his long-awaited heavenly home to be forever with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on February 29, 2012, following an extended illness. Mr. Sammons loved the Lord first and made it his life’s mission to win as many people to Christ as he could. He was very successful in this ministry, enthusiastically sharing the Gospel with family, friends, and strangers wherever he went. With his winsome personality and genuine compassion for people, he seldom ever missed an opportunity to be a witness. He was an ordained deacon and long-time member of Mountain Creek (Greenville) and Cresthill (Savannah) Baptist Churches and later a member of Pelham Road Alliance Church and currently, of Milford Baptist Church.

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Jim-KeaslerJim Keasler went to his eternal home Monday, February 27, 2012. A celebration of life was held at Brushy Creek Baptist Church in Taylors on Thursday. He is survived by his beloved wife Pat of 25 years and 3 children and 2 stepchildren.

Jim was born January 23, 1932, graduated from Inman High School in 1950 where he played football and was president of his senior class. He graduated from Spartanburg Junior College and received a degree in business from the University of South Carolina in 1958 after serving a tour in the United States Air Force as a volunteer in the Air Force Cadet Program.

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Leap-Year-Triplets

Triplets, Harris, Elizabeth, and Andrew Rowe will have a special birthday on Wednesday, February 29, a Leap Year birthday!  Born on February 29, 2004 at MUSC in Charleston, SC, these spontaneous triplets are very rare.  The odds of being born on Leap Day are 1 in 1,461 and the odds of being a spontaneous triplet is 1 in 8,100 births.  Therefore, the odds of being a spontaneous triplet born naturally (not via C-section) on Leap Year are virtually non-existent; the Rowe triplets may be the only set in the world.  Born full-term at 37.5 weeks after an uncomplicated pregnancy, the healthy triplets at almost 17 pounds collectively went home after 2 days of "rooming" in with mom and dad, Jeff and Kelly Rowe formerly of Mt. Pleasant now livng in the upstate of SC.  They continue to be active 8 year olds, home-schooled, and involved in sports, cub scouts, church, and their large family of nine.

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