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Wednesday
May272015

Community Leader Cordes Gaillard Seabrook Dies at 88

Memorial Service Set for 2 p.m Sunday

Cordes Gaillard Seabrook, Jr., 88, died peacefully in his home on May 27, 2015, surrounded by his wife Araluen “Clinky” Seabrook and family. He was born on March 12, 1927, to the late Cordes G. and Ruth B. Seabrook and spent most of his life in Anderson, SC, the community and state that he loved. He was an inspiring but humble man with a great sense of humor. He enjoyed being around people and was always a leader and contributor.

After graduating from Anderson Boys High, Cordes attended the Citadel and graduated in 1948 with a BS in Business. He was then commissioned into the Army as a Second Lieutenant. As a Sloan Fellow he received a Masters in Industrial Management from MIT in 1960. He was a founding partner of Seabrook, Inc., a successful textile parts and improvements business that he and his brother Bill Seabrook sold in 1985. Cordes and Bill then partnered to form Value Systems, an organization of textile purchasing associations. He retired in 1997.

Cordes was appointed by Governor James Edwards to the ETV Commission and Endowment Board and served from 1976-1988. He was an accomplished fundraiser for many worthy causes. He never liked spending money on himself, but he did not mind giving it away. He was quite philanthropic not only with his resources but also with his time. He was a founding and charter member of the board of the Foothills Community Foundation. He was especially proud of his work to establish their endowment fund to promote philanthropy in the region.

He was involved in many civic activities in Anderson and was generally in a leadership role in these organizations. He introduced the idea for Wise Walks Public Art Project to the community and spearheaded the project to place inspirational quotes underfoot in downtown Anderson. He was also instrumental in raising funds for the TBA 100 Generator Project to add greenspace to the downtown area. He served on the Board of Trustees of AnMed as well as the Perpetual Bank.

He understood the importance of education and served several terms on the District 5 School Board. He was also involved with the United Way, the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce, Friends of Anderson County Library, Alliance for Local Leadership, Anderson/Clemson University Alliance, All American City competition.

Cordes has been recognized with numerous awards over his lifetime. In 2011 he was named Communitarian of the Year by the United Way of Anderson, and in 2012 he was the recipient of the Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award.

He followed politics and was always willing to let elected officials know what he thought. He was very much a fiscal conservative. He was one of the organizers of the South Carolina Republican Party and the first Republican Party Chairman in Anderson County.

He was a lifelong member of Grace Episcopal Church where he served several terms as Senior Warden and Treasurer. He served on the Kanuga Conference Center Endowment Board and Board of Visitors for many years and attended numerous conferences in Hendersonville, NC.

Cordes had an appealing personality. He had a wonderful sense of humor, loved people, and treated everyone like a peer. He was a networker before it was part of our common language. His natural curiosity motivated him to be a lifelong learner. He was dependable, liked work better than play, and always kept his word. He was an original thinker; his ideas were ahead of his time. Cordes described himself as a joyful troublemaker; he always enjoyed stirring up a little harmless trouble. He was genuinely fun to be around. If you knew him, you were fortunate.

He was a loving and devoted husband and father. He was very proud of his family and enjoyed being a mentor to all of them. He especially enjoyed an annual week at Kanuga with his children and grandchildren. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Araluen “Clinky” Seabrook, whom he adored; four children, nine grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. The children are Cordes G. Seabrook, III (Georgia) of Troy, SC; Louise Seabrook Knisley (Charles) of Anderson, SC; Eleanor B.“Lee Lee” Seabrook of Ashville, NC; and March E. Seabrook, MD (Anne) of Columbia, SC. The grandchildren include Gloria Duryea, Chip Knisley, Nelson Seabrook, MD, L’Angel Midgley, Richard Seabrook, Ruskin Seabrook, Ian O’Connor, Elizabeth Seabrook and Thayer Seabrook. In addition, he is survived by his brother Bill Seabrook (Elizabeth) of Cramerton, NC.
A Memorial service will be held at Grace Episcopal Church in Anderson, SC at 2:00 pm on Sunday, May 31, 2015, with The Reverend John B. Hardaway, IV officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. McDougald Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to Kanuga Conferences, Grace Episcopal Church, United Way of Anderson or Hospice of the Upstate.

A message of condolence may be sent by visiting www.mcdougaldfuneralhome.com
The McDougald Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Anderson, SC.

Wednesday
May272015

S.C. House Votes for Special Session to Finish Budget

South Carolina's legislative session would be extended for three days under a bill given unanimous approval by the House.

The House on Wednesday approved a resolution creating a special session from June 16 through June 18. By law, the regular session must end at 5 p.m. on June 4.

But the Legislature is far from having a state budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.

Debate over how to fund road and bridge construction has blocked the Senate from completing its proposed budget package. GOP Sen. Tom Davis of Beaufort has been blocking a bill that spends one-time surplus money because he opposes raising gas taxes.

Adding to the debate is the potential that legislators will have an additional $400 million to spend after state economic advisers meet Friday.

Wednesday
May272015

S.C. Elects First New Chief Justice in 15 Years

Lawmakers have elected South Carolina's first new chief justice in 15 years.

Associate Justice Costa Pleicones (Pluh-KOH-Nus) ran unopposed in Wednesday's legislative election to be the state's top judge. He will replace Jean Toal, who turns 72 in August and is required to retire at the end of the year because of her age.

Pleicones cannot be chief justice long. He turns 72 next year.

Pleicones says he won't change much. He would like to make the bar exam two days instead of three and continue Toal's push to have legal papers filed electronically.

The two retirements will open two coveted seats on the five-member state Supreme Court and raised questions whether lawmakers will follow custom and elevate the longest serving associate justice, 63-year-old Don Beatty, to chief justice.

Wednesday
May272015

Shakespeare in Wren Park Part of 7 Plays in 37 Days Festival

The City of Anderson and 24 Hour Musical Inc. announce Shakespeare in the Park, an updated retellling of "A Midsummer Night’s Dream," June 19-22 at 7:30 p.m. at Carolina Wren Park Downtown. A

The shows will be directed by Dr. David Larson, Dean of The South Carolina School of the Arts and Professor of Theatre at Anderson University, and produced by Diane B. Lee. The show is free and open to the public.

"Carolina Wren Park in Downtown Anderson is a magical place," Lee said. "It is just waiting for "A Midsummer Night's Dream," and we will have a fabulous Shakespeare in the Park experience for everybody."

“A Midsummer Night's Dream is the ideal inaugural play for Anderson's Shakespeare in the Park," Larson added. "The park is the perfect venue to enjoy a live Shakespeare production on a beautiful summer evening.  The play is ‘crazy fun’ - full of goofy characters and mistaken identities.  Midsummer is Shakespeare's most popular and accessible play.”

Larson said the play is the ideal inaugural play for Anderson's Shakespeare in the Park. 

The updated production tells the tale of young lovers lost in the woods run into the mischievous fairy kingdom. Topping it off are the famous "rude mechanicals," a group of local red-necks who rehearse and produce the lamentable tragedy of Pyramus and Thisby.  The play will be seen through the lens of the 1960s, with debutantes, hippies and rednecks.

 

Coolers are welcome in the Park during the play, but please no glass or alcohol. In case of rain, performances will be held in Wren Pavilion, adjacent to the park.  

“I hope everyone is ready to come ‘play’ in the park with us,” Lee said.  “This is Shakespeare as you've never seen it before.”

The production headlines the inaugural Anderson Theatre Festival, with area stages featuring 7 plays in 37 days.  The Anderson University Repertory Theatre will present "A Comedy of Errors" on June 30 and July 2 and "Servant of Two Masters," July 1 and 3 at Anderson University's Belk Theatre.

Other performances include:

"On Golden Pond," June 5- 7 and 12-14 at Electric City Playhouse; "The Original Broadway Musical, Peter Pan," June 19-21 and 26-28 at Alverson Center Theatre; The Montessori School’s "Lion King Jr.," June 26 at Electric City Playhouse and "Mystery Production" by 24 Hour Musical July 11 at Anderson University’s Belk Theatre.

For further information, Ruth Ann Terry: 864-231-2603 or Diane B. Lee: dianeblee48@gmail.com

Wednesday
May272015

Webster Dictionary Adds 1,700 New Words

Merriam-Webster has added more than 1,700 new words into its dictionary, including "emoji," "colossal squid" and even "WTF" for when you see "NSFW" "memes."

The American reference guide also expanded existing entries by more than 700 new senses and added 3,200 examples that provide contextual information.

"Whatever they do or are, all of them are members of this vibrant, expanding language we share. And now they're part of Merriam-Webster Unabridged too," Associate Editor Emily Brewster wrote, announcing the additions.

New additions include:

emoji (n.)
Definition: any of various small images, symbols or icons used in text fields in electronic communication (as in text messages) to express the emotional attitude of the writer, convey information succinctly, communicate a message playfully without using words, etc.

NSFW (abbrev.)
Definition: not safe for work; not suitable for work, used to warn someone that a website, email attachment, etc., is not suitable for viewing at most places of employment.

meme (n.)
Definition: an idea, behavior, style or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture.

photobomb (v.)
Definition: to move into the frame of a photograph as it is being taken as a joke or prank.

dark money (n.)
Definition: money contributed to nonprofit organizations that is used to fund political campaigns without disclosure of the donors' identities.

The entries also come with examples, such as for "wtf."

<... an event showcasing the king of WTF foods -- the food item that wins the crown for most bemusing common ingredient in the Chinese culinary vocabulary: The humble holothurian, better known as the common sea cucumber. -- Erin McKean, Wall Street Journal, 26 Nov. 2011>
Tuesday
May262015

Charter Needs Help in $56B Bid for Time-Warner

Charter Communications Inc, seeking to remake the U.S. cable television industry by acquiring larger rival Time Warner Cable Inc for $56 billion, will try to skirt the regulatory obstacles that helped sink Comcast Corp's earlier bid for Time Warner Cable.

The combined company would control a big swath of the cable and Internet markets, marking a huge step toward industry consolidation, long advocated by cable pioneer John Malone, Charter's biggest shareholder.

But before that can happen, the Federal Communications Commission will "look to see how American consumers would benefit if the deal were to be approved," said the agency's chairman, Tom Wheeler.

The agreement is the latest example of how cable companies are grappling with declining subscriber numbers as viewers shift to cheaper and more flexible streaming services offered by Netflix Inc, Amazon.com Inc, Hulu and others.

Even premium cable network HBO, owned by Time Warner Cable's former parent, recently started a stand-alone streaming service.

Charter and others have been beefing up their higher-margin Internet businesses through consolidation and partnerships to offset TV subscriber losses.

Full Story Here

Tuesday
May262015

Body Camera Bill Headed for Conference Committee

A bill encouraging police in South Carolina to use body cameras will likely end up in a conference committee.

The House voted Tuesday not to agree with the Senate version of a body camera bill. That probably means a committee of three House members and three senators will iron out the differences.

The House version has six months of study, then directs the Law Enforcement Training Council to study agencies already using the cameras worn by officers. The panel would develop statewide guidelines within six more months.

The Senate takes less time to study the issue.

The name of the legislation has been changed to "The Walter L. Scott Law" after the driver shot and killed by a North Charleston police officer who is now facing a murder charge.

Tuesday
May262015

Haley Wants Extra $400 M Used on Roads, Debt, Tax Cuts

Gov. Nikki Haley says lawmakers better use $400 million likely to be added to the budget this week to give tax breaks, pay down the state's debt or fix South Carolina's roads and bridges.

Surrounded by 25 Republican House and Senate members, Haley said Tuesday she's not going to specify what she wants, as long as the money goes toward those three things instead of toward legislators' pet projects.

The extra money is coming through economic growth and additional tax revenue. The Board of Economic Advisers is meeting Friday to confirm how much money will be added to the budget. Haley says the state is past the Great Recession and can expect this kind of growth regularly.

The additional revenue could doom proposals this year to raise the gas tax.

Tuesday
May262015

Sheriff's Office Releases Sketch of Exposure Suspect

Sheriff’s deputies are still searching for a white male who exposed himself to a female student at Pendleton High School last Wednesday.

Investigators now believe the suspect was also involved in two other incidents that same afternoon.  

At incident reported to Clemson Police Department involved a residential burglary and indecent exposure, while an incident reported to Central Police Department was described as a residential break-in.

In all three incidents, the suspect was described as a young white male who was seen leaving in a dark gray 4-door car.

Based on information from the victims, a composite sketch of the suspect has been created by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office sketch artist.
 
The suspect is believed to be in his mid-20’s to early-30’s.  His vehicle is described as a dark gray Toyota Corolla; unknown license plate number.  Based on the school’s video footage, the vehicle appears to have damage to the right rear bumper.

Anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspect is asked to contact Sgt. Gregg Hayden at (864) 260-3492 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

Tuesday
May262015

High Court to Hear "One Person, One Vote" Challenge

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Tuesday, to hear a case that may mark a major shift in the way voting districts are drawn by counting just citizens who can legally vote, not the total population.

Some voters in Texas claimed their ballots carried less weight than those in state Senate districts that included large numbers of illegal immigrants. Voters claim the state of Texas violated their constitutional protection of "one person, one vote" by allocating its state senators based on total population, rather than on the number of eligible voters. About once a decade, political district are redrawn based on census data, which counts the total population, including non-citizens and illegal immigrants.

The rule is based on the 14th Amendment equal protection clause and is applied in all branches of the government from Congress to local elections. A 1964 court ruling established the "one person, one vote" rule and required all voting districts to have roughly the same population.

The court's decision could have a significant effect on states with large immigrant populations, such as Texas, Florida and California. The court said it will hear the case in the fall and rule in early 2016.

Tuesday
May262015

Airport Readies for Wednesday Air Show

The Anderson County Air Show will kick off on Wednesday, with displays, helicopter rides and ample opportunity to soak in all things aviation.

Traffic disruptions are expected on Airport Road, U.S. 24, Old Portman Road and Michelin Boulevard

See schedule of events and parking information below.

AIR SHOW EVENT SCHEDULE
noon - Gates Open, Helicopter Rides Begin
noon - Commercial & Static Displays Open
3:00PM - WWII Jump launch in C45
3:15PM - Wind Streamer Drop
3:25PM - WWII Veteran Parachute Jump
3:30PM - C45 Recovery
3:35PM - Just Aircraft Flight Demo
3:45PM - SFAPT Launch in C45
4:00PM - Opening Ceremony, National Anthem and Flag Jump
4:17PM - Pitts Model 12 (Greg Connell)
4:29PM - MX2 & Pitts Model 12 Demo
4:39PM - Helicopter Rides End
4:39PM - F4U-4 Corsair Flight Demo (Jim Tobul)
4:51PM - P51D Mustang Flight Demo (Scott "Scotter" Yoak)
5:03PM - F4U-4 & P451D Class of '45
5:15PM - Snowbirds Start Engines
5:30PM - Snowbirds "Smoke On"
6:01PM - Airport/Airspace Open to Public

PARKING INFORMATION:
1. Handicap Parking for Valid HC Parking Plackard or License Plate Display. HC Parking is in terminal lot - no other vehicles allowed in that lot

2. VIP/Sponsors MUST DISPLAY parking pass in vehicle

3. Parking will open at noon - closed to patrons until that point

4. Please be patient and follow instructions of law enforcement and parking attendants

5. No RV's allowed in public parking areas

Monday
May252015

Report: S.C. Ranks Low in Support for Senior Citizens

Lauren Sausser, Charleston Post and Courier

South Carolina isn’t anywhere near the healthiest state for seniors, a new national report shows.

The Palmetto State ranks 36th for overall senior health, but it’s near the very bottom of the list for food insecurity and community support for its oldest residents.

The rankings, which consider many variables, including hospital readmission rates, premature death and doctor shortages, were calculated by the United Health Foundation for its 2015 America’s Health Rankings Senior Report.

Full Story at Charleston Post & Courier

Monday
May252015