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Sunday
Jun172018

Charlotte Airport Cancels Many Monday Flights 

UPDATE:

GSP’s online flight status board showed the following flight cancellations (time and flight number) on Monday.

DEPARTURES

  • 6:02am AA5344
  • 6:28am AA5486
  • 7:18am AA5058
  • 9:27am AA5360
  • 11:13am AA5178
  • 12:48pm AA5214
  • 2:20pm AA5349

ARRIVALS

  • 8:51am AA5360
  • 10:43am AA5178
  • 10:43am AA5178
  • 12:16pm AA5214
  • 1:37pm AA5349

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A technical issue has caused about 70 flight cancellations out of Charlotte Douglas International Airport for the remainder of Sunday night.

The airline carrier will be operating on a reduced schedule into and out of Charlotte on Monday morning until noon.

According to PSA Airlines, an American Airlines regional carrier, the issue is not affecting any of its other regional carriers or mainline flights.

American Airlines said an update is causing the computer program that deals with crew assignments & flight operations to run slow.

PSA Airlines provided an updated statement Sunday evening.

We understand that these cancellations have been frustrating for our customers, and we are doing everything in our power to get things back to normal as quickly as possible. We are rebooking passengers and American's customer relations department will be reaching out to all affected customers. We encourage all customers flying out tonight or tomorrow to check their flight status on aa.com or the American Airlines app.

Sunday morning, PSA Airlines experienced a technical issue, which primarily impacted flights to Charlotte.

Some inbound flights were delayed to Charlotte Douglas International Airport after being held at their origin until Sunday, according to FlightAware.

The ground stop was lifted after flights were being held Sunday morning until 10 a.m. Another ground stop stating flights were being held until 4 p.m was lifted Saturday afternoon.

An American Airlines spokesperson provided a statement to WBTV Sunday about the mishap.

"This morning, PSA Airlines, an American Airlines regional carrier, experienced a technical issue, which primarily impacted flights to Charlotte. As a result of this issue, some aircraft have been delayed arriving and departing Charlotte. To better control the flow of PSA aircraft to Charlotte, a ground stop has been issued until 3 p.m. ET."

Sunday
Jun172018

Top Republicans Join Democrats to Halt Child/Parent Separation at Border

WASHINGTON — Leading figures of both parties pressured President Trump on Sunday to halt his administration’s practice of separating children from their parents when apprehended at the border, as the issue further polarized the already divisive immigration debate in Washington.

Republican lawmakers, the former first lady Laura Bush and a onetime adviser to Mr. Trump joined Democrats, including former President Bill Clinton, in condemning the family separations that have removed nearly 2,000 children from their parents in just six weeks. The administration pushed back, arguing that it was just enforcing the law — a false assertion that President Trump has made repeatedly.

The issue took on special resonance on Father’s Day as Democratic lawmakers made visits to detention facilities in Texas and New Jersey to protest the separations and the House prepared to take up immigration legislation.

Mr. Trump remained unusually silent on the issue on Sunday even as Melania Trump weighed in, saying she “hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together.”

Mrs. Trump “believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with a heart,” the first lady said in a statement issued by her office.

By laying responsibility for the situation on “both sides,” Mrs. Trump effectively echoed her husband’s assertion that it was the result of a law written by Democrats. In fact, the administration announced a “zero tolerance” approach this spring, leading to the separations

Full Story Here

Sunday
Jun172018

Anderson County Council to Vote on Final Budget for 2018-19

Anderson County Council will vote on the final budget for fiscal year 2018-2019 as part of Tuesday night's meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the historic courthouse downtown. 

More information and the complete agenda is here.

The council honors and recognition meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Saturday
Jun162018

USC to Offer Recovery Support for Addicts

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - When students return to the University of South Carolina this fall, they'll find the school has added a full-time staff member who coordinates support programs for recovering addicts.

The State newspaper in Columbia reports the school has hired Larkin Cummings, who previously worked at the University of Texas-Austin in that university's recovery program.

A survey conducted in the fall of 2016 found 4 percent of the student body could use help recovering from a drug or alcohol addiction. That's about 1,350 students at one time.

USC spokesman Jeff Stensland said in an email that students in recovery told school administrators that such a position is needed.

About 200 colleges and universities have a recovery program for students.

 

Information from: The State, http://www.thestate.com

Saturday
Jun162018

Civil War Veteran, Dad to 14, Inspiration for Fathers Day

Fron History.com

William Jackson Smart was a twice-married, twice-widowed Civil War veteran and father of 14 children, one of whom dedicated her life to the creation of Father’s Day in honor of her devoted and selfless dad.

The story goes that William’s daughter, Sonora Smart Dodd, was attending one of the first official Mother’s Day services in 1909 at her church in Spokane, Washington, when she had an epiphany—if mothers deserved a day in honor of their loving service, why not fathers?

When Sonora was 16, her mother Ellen died, leaving William as a single father to Sonora and her five younger brothers. And by Sonora’s account, he performed brilliantly.  “I remember everything about him,” Sonora said many years later to the Spokane Daily Chronicle. “He was both father and mother to me and my brothers and sisters.” Sonora’s mother Ellen, herself a widow, had three children from a previous marriage. On top of that, William had also been married and widowed before he met Sonora’s mother. William had five children with his first wife, Elizabeth, who were already grown when William became a widower for the second time.

In 1910, Sonora brought a petition before the Spokane Ministerial Alliance to recognize the courage and devotion of all fathers like William on June 5, her dad’s birthday. The local clergy liked the idea of a special Father’s Day service, but couldn’t pull something together so quickly, so they settled for June 19, the third Sunday in June.

On that first Father’s Day in 1910, church sermons across Spokane were dedicated to dear old dad, red and white roses were passed out in honor of living and deceased fathers, the mayor of Spokane and governor of Washington issued proclamations, and Sonora found her calling. She would spend much of the next 60 years pushing for the official recognition of Father’s Day as a national holiday.

William Jackson Smart, the original inspiration for Father’s Day, was born in Arkansas in 1842 and records show that he enlisted as a Union soldier there in 1863. That was odd, because Arkansas was a Confederate state. Spokane resident, Jerry Numbers, who owned what had been Sonora’s home, researched the Smart family history for Spokane’s Father’s Day Centennial Celebration in 2010. Numbers says that William, in fact, fought for both sides in the Civil War.

Driving a supply wagon for Confederate troops, William was captured in the Battle of Pea Ridge, a decisive Union victory in Arkansas in 1862. Rather than languish in a prisoner of war camp, he opted to join the northern cause. As indication that William was a “Reb” before he was a “Yank,” Sonora was a member of both the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Daughters of Union Veterans.

When Sonora was born in 1882, William and his second wife Ellen were living on a “coal ranch” in Jenny Lind, Arkansas. Instead of mining for coal, William and the family “farmed” it, collecting chunks of coal from the surface and carting it to town for sale. William and Ellen sold the property in 1887 for $5,000—a handsome sum at the time—and the family traveled by train to a new homestead outside of Spokane. (The farm in Arkansas would turn out to be one of the most productive coal fields in the entire nation.)

It was on the Smart’s family farm near Creston, Washington, where William’s second wife died and he became a widower again at the age of 56. His youngest son was seven or eight and Sonora, his oldest child still living at home, was 16. In Sonora’s memories of this difficult time, she recalls her father as a “great home person,” a man who exemplified fatherly love and protection.

That first Father’s Day celebration in Spokane might have remained a local tradition if not for the perseverance of Sonora Smart Dodd. Following the 1910 Father’s Day observance, William Jennings Bryan, one of the most famous politicians of the time, sent Sonora a congratulatory letter, which sparked a rush of national media attention on Sonora and Spokane.

Sonora won the support of her congressmen, who began to lobby for the creation of a national holiday. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson celebrated Father’s Day in Spokane during a visit to Washington. We don’t know if William Jackson Smart was there to shake the president’s hand, but it would have been one of his last Father’s Days. William died in 1919.

Much more than a Father’s Day booster, Sonora Sharp Dodd was an accomplished artist, poet, children’s book author, funeral home director, and founding member of just about every civic organization in Spokane. But she never let go of her determination to give fathers like hers the recognition they deserved.

It wasn’t until 1972, six years before Sonora’s death at the age of 96, that President Richard Nixon finally signed a Congressional resolution declaring the third Sunday in June to be Father’s Day. Her dad, no doubt, would have been proud.

Saturday
Jun162018

Recall Reminders of Foods to Avoid This Week

From breakfast cereal to vegetables, US health officials are warning people to avoid some foods after this month's outbreak of unrelated intestinal infections, including salmonella. 

Here are the foods to stay away from: 

Kellogg's cereal

Federal health officials want you to toss out all boxes of Kellogg's Honey Smacks after a salmonella outbreak sickened 73 people across 31 states
"The FDA is advising consumers to not eat any Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal ... regardless of size or 'best if used by' dates," it said Friday. 
Twenty-four people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. New York has the highest number of cases -- seven -- while California, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania have each reported five cases. Other states involved have reported between one and four case of illnesses. 
Salmonella symptoms include fever, diarrhea and abdominal pain that begins 12 to 72 hours after exposure to the bacteria.

Vegetable trays 

Some vegetables are not safe, either. 
The Food and Drug Administration say it's is investigating at least 78 cases of cyclospora illnesses linked to recalled Del Monte vegetable trays. The trays contained broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and dill dip, and were sold in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. 
In addition, Del Monte is recalling small veggie trays that include broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, celery and dill dip distributed to Illinois and Indiana, the FDA said in a statement. 
Cyclospora cayetanensis is a microscopic parasite that contaminates food or water, and when ingested, causes an intestinal illness. Symptoms include diarrhea, with sometimes explosive bowel movements, loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps, bloating, nausea and fatigue. 

Cut melons

Put down the fork and step away from cut melons or fruit salad mixes that contain the fruit.
The Food and Drug Administration is warning people in 23 states that the fruit may be contaminated with salmonella.
The outbreak has affected 60 people mostly in five Midwestern states -- with about half of them hospitalized. 
Cut watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe as well as fruit salads containing these melons have been recalled in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
The fruits were sold in stores such as Walmart, Kroger, Walgreens, Sprouts Farmers Market, Costco and Whole Foods/Amazon.
Friday
Jun152018

Some Downtown Streets to Close for Saturday Car Show

The Piedmont Natural Gas Day B-4 Father's Day Car Show is scheduled for Saturday, with registration beginning at 8 a.m. The show is set to start at 10 a.m. and finish up around 3 p.m.

Street closures Saturday morning - after 5 am - along the following streets and lots: 

Main Street - Earle Street to Market Street

Whitner Street - McDuffie Street to Murra

Avenue - including the loading zone across from the Chiquola, Courthouse Plaza

Benson Street - McDuffie Street to Murray Avenue

Church Street Parking Lot area on the corner of Main and Market Streets  

This year is shaping up to be the biggest Car Show yet. Cars will be towed to make room for the event. Parking in the W. Whitner Street garage is free and an easy walk to all of downtown.

Friday
Jun152018

S.C. Native Josh Turner to Headline Celebrate Anderson Sept. 2

South Carolina native Josh Turner will headline the 20th annual Celebrate Anderson Festival, Sept. 2, at the Anderscon County Civic Center.

This free Labor Day festival starts at 1 p.m. with family activities. Gates at the William A. Floyd Amphitheater, where country star Josh Turner performs at 8:30, will open at 5:30 p.m. A fireworks show is schedueld to follow Turner's concert.

The Celebrate-Fun-Zone on the front lawn of the Civic Center will be open from 1-5 p.m. to allow kids of all ages to play on large inflatables, and have the opportunity to participate in other family activities.  The T.L. Hanna Jazz Band is scheduled to kick off the concert.

This concert and all events are free and open to the public. Concessions will be available for purchase. Guests may bring blankets and chairs for the concert. No coolers, tents or pets are permitted.

Turner, one of country music’s most recognizable voices, has sold more than 8 million record. He is a disciple of traditional country music and one of the youngest members of the esteemed Grand Ole Opry.  From his 2003 platinum-selling debut "Long Black Train" to his most recent 2017 Billboard No. 1 release, "Deep South," Turner has garnered multiple Grammy, CMA, and ACM nominations. Turner’s hits include “Your Man,” “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” “Firecracker" and “Time Is Love,” the most played country song of 2012.

The Hannah native has created a scholarship fund to assist students interested in pursuing a future in arts and music.

Friday
Jun152018

Feds Say Prison Cellphone Jamming Tests Successful

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Federal officials say they conducted a successful test earlier this year of a jamming technology some hope will help combat the threat posed by inmates with smuggled cellphones.

A report obtained Friday by The Associated Press details the January 17 test of micro-jamming technology at a federal prison in Cumberland, Maryland. Officials say they were able to shut down phone signals inside a prison cell, while phones about 20 feet away worked normally.

Prisons officials have for years spoken about the dangers cellphones pose in the hands of inmates, who can use them to continue their criminal endeavors behind bars. Wireless industry groups oppose jamming, saying it can interfere with legal cell signals nearby.

Officials say they're using the data for more evaluation to develop recommendations for future plans.

Friday
Jun152018

Heading to Myrtle Beach? Stay Out of the Water

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Swimmers were advised to stay out of the water along some parts of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina after state regulators said high levels of bacteria were reported in some areas.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control issued a warning for several areas around the state where beach waters were not safe. Those affected areas include 200 feet above and below the following locations:

• 15th Avenue South in Myrtle Beach

• 16th Avenue North in North Myrtle Beach

• 23rd Avenue South in Myrtle Beach

• 34th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach

• 53rd Avenue North in Myrtle Beach

According to state officials, elevated bacteria levels triggered the warnings. It was not immediately clear when the levels would return to normal.

Authorities said, “It is safe to wade, collect shells and fish within the swimming advisory area but swallowing water in those areas was not advised. People with open cuts and wounds were also urged to stay out of the ocean water.

Friday
Jun152018

Anderson Unemployment Rate at 2.6 Percent for May

Anderson County's unemployment rate rose slightly to 2.7 percent in May, up from 2.6 percent in March.

Of the 89,153 member workforce in the county, 86,723 were employed while 2,430 remain jobless.

The statewide jobless rate dropped to 4 percent in Mayl, down from 4.2 in April.

South Carolina’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 4.0 percent from 4.2 percent in April as unemployment fell by 5,431 people to a level of 92,498. The number of individuals working across the state declined slightly by 224 people in May to a level of 2,225,431. The state’s labor force fell by 5,655 to 2,317,929.

Since May of 2017, the labor force has grown by 9,202 people, and employment gains totaled 13,845. The level of unemployed declined by 4,643 people.

Note the state rate is seasonably adjusted, unlike the county jobless rates which are based on raw data.

Nationally, the unemployment rate edged down to 3.8 percent from April’s rate of 3.9 percent.

Friday
Jun152018

American Airlines Experiencing Problems at GSP

GREER, SC (FOX Carolina) - Be sure to check your flight status before heading to the airport if you’re flying American Airlines from Greenville Spartanburg International Airport Friday.

According to GSP’s online flight tracker, several morning flights were canceled. All flights between GSP and Charlotte Douglas International Airport and some flights between GSP and Philadelphia were canceled.

American Airlines tweeted Thursday that PSA Airlines, American’s regional carrier, experienced a technical issue that forced them to cancel all of their flights Thursday night.

“We are experiencing a technical issue that has caused the need to cancel the rest of our flights this evening. Our team is working hard with American Airlines to resolve the issue as quickly as possible and accommodate customers,” PSA Airlines posted on Facebook.

WBTV reports that about 275 flights were canceled overall, including 120 in Charlotte.

These flights departing and arriving at GSP were canceled Friday:

  • AA5344
  • AA5486
  • AA5058
  • AA5031
  • AA5360
  • AA5563
  • AA5178
  • AA5214

Click here to check your flight status at GSP.

Friday
Jun152018

Kellogg's Honey Smacks Blamed for Salmonella Outbreak

June 15 (UPI) -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said a salmonella outbreak that's sickened 73 people in 31 states is linked to Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal.

The CDC said from March 3 to May 28 the outbreak sent 24 people to the hospital, most in California, Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania. No deaths have been reported.

The Kellogg Company announced Thursday it is recalling 15.3-ounce and 23-ounce packages of the cereal with "best if used by" dates between June 14, 2018, and June 14, 2019.

The recalled 15.3-ounce packages have a UPC code of 38000 39103 and the 23-ounce packages 38000 14810.

Kellogg's has offered a full refund for the products. More information is listed on the company website.

The CDC advised those with the affected cereal to discard it immediately.

Most people infected with salmonella develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps within 12 to 72 hours of being exposed to the bacteria. The ailment can be deadly.