Dutch Fork Football – Drive for Five!

Another big night tomorrow for Dutch Fork High School! In what has been sort of a tradition the past few years, I’ve provided Rally Towels for 400 fans and delivered them to Dr. Gary this morning.

From the Lexington Chronicle

THOMAS GRANT JR.
chroniclesports@yahoo.com

A victory away from South Carolina High School League football history.

It’s where top-ranked and 4-time defending Class 5A champion Dutch Fork positioned itself following the 24-0 shutout of Sumter Friday in the Lower State final.

By staying undefeated for a 49th straight game and winning its 48th consecutive in-state game and 23rd in succession during the post-season, the Silver Foxes (9-0) can become the 1st time in state history to win 5 in a row next Friday at Charlie W. Johnson Stadium.

It would also be the 6th state title in school history, all under head coach Tom Knotts, who’s won 12 overall (7 in North Carolina).

Quarterback Will Taylor accounted for 303 total yards and 3 of his team’s touchdowns. His 23-yard touchdown run put Dutch Fork on the board.

A field goal by Furkan Unlutaskiran made it 10-0 at the half. An interception in the 3rd quarter set up a 33-yard touchdown pass by Taylor to Elijah Spencer.

With 1:37 left in the 3rd quarter, Taylor found Antonio Williams for a 83-yard touchdown. Taylor finished with 213 passing yards and 90 rushing yards.

After allowing 42 points last week to Carolina Forest, the Silver Foxes’ vowed not to repeat that effort against Sumter. It lived up to its word, forcing 3 turnovers, allowing just 10 passing yards and putting together a 4th quarter goalline stand at its own 1 to preserve Dutch Fork’s 14th shutout win since 2016.

Standing in the way of history is TL Hanna. The Yellow Jackets defeated Northwestern 28-24 to set up a rematch in the state finals from 2 years ago.

Dutch Fork trailed TL Hanna before scoring 42 unanswered points in a 59-20 victory at Williams-Brice Stadium. This year’s contest will take place on the campus of Benedict College at 7:30 pm on Dec. 4.

Rawls Creek cleanup


From WIS website

IRMO, S.C. (WIS) – When it rains, it floods at Rawls Creek in Irmo.

Neighbors in the Friarsgate community have been dealing with flooded yards and homes since the historic 2015 floods, but experts say there could be a simple solution and they’re asking for your help.

The creek flows into the Saluda River, and since 2015, there have been debris and trash backups. Some trees have created dams, and when the area experiences heavy rain, there’s nowhere for the water to go.

“It fills up very quickly,” said Tom Mullikin, chairman of the South Carolina Floodwater Commission.

On one morning stroll along the creek, Mullikin and Blue Granite employees found old road signs, plastic bags, recycling bins, furniture, and even a BB gun.

“We’ve seen just about anything that could come out of someone’s carport or garage has floated right into these creeks and canals backed and them up, which is creating in large part flooding in neighborhoods around the state,” said Mullikin.

People who live along the river say they’ve gotten used to water in their yards, which sometimes backs up into the sewer system.

Neighbors in the Friarsgate community have been dealing with flooded yards and homes since the historic 2015 floods, but experts say there could be a simple solution and they’re asking for your help.

The creek flows into the Saluda River, and since 2015, there have been debris and trash backups. Some trees have created dams, and when the area experiences heavy rain, there’s nowhere for the water to go.

“It fills up very quickly,” said Tom Mullikin, chairman of the South Carolina Floodwater Commission.

On one morning stroll along the creek, Mullikin and Blue Granite employees found old road signs, plastic bags, recycling bins, furniture, and even a BB gun.

“We’ve seen just about anything that could come out of someone’s carport or garage has floated right into these creeks and canals backed and them up, which is creating in large part flooding in neighborhoods around the state,” said Mullikin.

People who live along the river say they’ve gotten used to water in their yards, which sometimes backs up into the sewer system.

“There is no quick fix,” Mullikin explained. “We have allowed our natural water systems to clog now for decades.”

But he says there is a simple way to help. He’s teamed up with Blue Granite, which services Friarsgate, to lead a community clean up and restore the creek.

“It’s helped in other areas in the state where we have been involved, and we will see some immediate relief here,” said Mullikin.

Blue Granite says it got involved because the company is dedicated to providing quality service to its customers.

“If this can be addressed, you are addressing fewer issues that have to be done with the expansion of systems or additional systems that need to be done,” said Dave Wilson, a spokesman for the company.

The cleanup won’t just help control flooding. Mullikin notes that plastic bags are carcinogens, and removing hazardous materials from the creek can help protect you and your family.

“It’s a matter of creating healthcare problems that will be lasting,” he explained. “This will be our legacy; what we do today on these types of issues will be our legacy tomorrow.”

By Caroline Coleburn | December 3, 2020 at 4:33 PM EST – Updated December 3 at 6:03 PM
IRMO, S.C. (WIS) – When it rains, it floods at Rawls Creek in Irmo.

Neighbors in the Friarsgate community have been dealing with flooded yards and homes since the historic 2015 floods, but experts say there could be a simple solution and they’re asking for your help.

The creek flows into the Saluda River, and since 2015, there have been debris and trash backups. Some trees have created dams, and when the area experiences heavy rain, there’s nowhere for the water to go.

“It fills up very quickly,” said Tom Mullikin, chairman of the South Carolina Floodwater Commission.

On one morning stroll along the creek, Mullikin and Blue Granite employees found old road signs, plastic bags, recycling bins, furniture, and even a BB gun.

“We’ve seen just about anything that could come out of someone’s carport or garage has floated right into these creeks and canals backed and them up, which is creating in large part flooding in neighborhoods around the state,” said Mullikin.

People who live along the river say they’ve gotten used to water in their yards, which sometimes backs up into the sewer system.

“There is no quick fix,” Mullikin explained. “We have allowed our natural water systems to clog now for decades.”

But he says there is a simple way to help. He’s teamed up with Blue Granite, which services Friarsgate, to lead a community clean up and restore the creek.

“It’s helped in other areas in the state where we have been involved, and we will see some immediate relief here,” said Mullikin.

Blue Granite says it got involved because the company is dedicated to providing quality service to its customers.

“If this can be addressed, you are addressing fewer issues that have to be done with the expansion of systems or additional systems that need to be done,” said Dave Wilson, a spokesman for the company.

The cleanup won’t just help control flooding. Mullikin notes that plastic bags are carcinogens, and removing hazardous materials from the creek can help protect you and your family.

“It’s a matter of creating healthcare problems that will be lasting,” he explained. “This will be our legacy; what we do today on these types of issues will be our legacy tomorrow.”

The volunteer-lead cleanup will take place next Saturday, December 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dozens of community members and some lawmakers are already planning to come out. Individuals and groups can sign up to help with the clean-up by visiting this link or www.myutility.us .

If you live in an area with continuous flooding, the Floodwater Commission encourages you to go to their website and let them know about it.

They are organizing water cleanup projects all over the state.

Covid-19 Vaccine to arrive to SC by mid-December?

From The State

South Carolina could be less than two weeks away from receiving its initial shipment of COVID-19 vaccines, officials say.

Stephen White, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control’s immunization program manager, said if both Pfizer and Moderna receive approval for their respective COVID-19 vaccines when anticipated, South Carolina could be in line to receive limited quantities of both vaccines before Christmas.

“Things can change, decisions could linger, things could be expedited,” he said on a media call Thursday. “But that is the time frame we’re thinking the vaccine could be available, if the (emergency use authorization) is approved and (the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices) provides their guidance.”

If authorized by the FDA, Pfizer should be able to produce enough vaccines for about 12.5 million Americans by the end of the year, and Moderna expects to have about 20 million doses available for distribution nationwide by year’s end.

DHEC officials did not say the exact amount of each vaccine South Carolina might receive later this month, saying only that doses would arrive in “very limited” quantities and on a rolling basis.

The vaccines will be allocated in phases, beginning with healthcare workers on the front lines of the pandemic and residents of long-term care facilities.

Because doses will be in such short supply early on, it’s likely local decision makers will initially need to prioritize some individuals over others, DHEC officials said.

“For example, if you have an older nurse with diabetes versus a younger respiratory therapist with no medical problems, there might be a decision at that local level to vaccinate the more vulnerable person,” explained Jane Kelly, assistant state epidemiologist.

DISTRIBUTION PLAN DETAILS
Kelly said agency officials are still working out the details of subsequent vaccine distribution phases, but that those next in line would be those at increased risk of contracting COVID-19 or at high risk of experiencing severe complications from the virus.

She said people may fall into the second vaccination group, referred to as Phase 1b, if they have pre-existing medical conditions, are of advanced age, or live or work in congregate settings such as group homes or correctional facilities.

White said it’s too soon to say when the state might be able to start vaccinating members of those vulnerable groups, but hoped it would be within the first few months of 2021.

“We’re anticipating that based on the allocations that we’re going to get in the coming weeks, that hopefully some time in the January, February time frame we may be able to move into a (Phase) 1b type of status and start looking at those particular target populations,” he said.

After the most high-risk populations are vaccinated and larger quantities of vaccine become more readily available, the state will move into Phase 2, DHEC officials said.

Kelly said Phase 2 would encompass people who are at increased risk, but not necessarily at the highest risk of COVID-19 infection or of developing serious complications if infected.

She cited likely Phase 2 vaccine recipients as school employees and people with diabetes, obesity and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, among other medical conditions.

The third phase of distribution, which is still months away, would include anyone else who wants to be vaccinated, Kelly said.

“Our ultimate goal is that everyone in South Carolina who wants vaccine can receive vaccine, but we need to do it in this phased manner in order to cover the most vulnerable first,” she said.

House budget calendar

This is my third term as a member or the House Ways and Means Committee (‘budget committee) and like last year, it’s going to be very challenging times. Fortunately, the House did not go along with the Senate’s wish for a new budget and instead we stuck with the same level of spending from the prior year (passing a Continuing Resolution). Had we not done that, we would start with making draconian cuts to what was proposed.

As I learn more about our economic situation, I will keep you informed!

Here are the dates for hopefully passing a budget through the House in time for the Senate to address.

House Ways and Means Committee
2021 Budget Schedule:*

January 12 – 14: First week of session & budget subcommittee meetings
January 19 – 21: Budget subcommittee meetings
January 26 – 28: Budget subcommittee meetings
February 2 – 4: Budget subcommittee meetings
February 9 – 11: Proviso Subcommittee meeting
February 16 – 18:** FULL COMMITTEE BUDGET DELIBERATIONS

February 23 – 25: Appropriation bill printed
March 2 – 4: Printed appropriation bills placed on House members’ desks

March 8 – 12:** HOUSE FLOOR BUDGET DELIBERATIONS

Important Dates:
January 31, 2020: Deadline for proviso submittals
February 15, 2020: BEA estimate due
* Schedule subject to change at the discretion of the chairman.
** Full committee and House floor deliberations may begin on the Monday of the weeks indicated.

2021 House Re-organization Session

The 1st Session of the 124th General Assembly will convene on Tuesday, January 12, 2021.

For lots of information the entire General Assembly and more, visit our website www.scstatehouse.gov

This week the House had our organizational session where 124 members were sworn-in for their two year term, members elected officers, received committee assignments, selected seats in the chamber, and new members learn their new offices.

Some quick info for you:

The House has 124 members

*81 are Republicans and 43 are Democrats
*15 are freshmen
*34 are African American
*24 are female

3 new members made it to the coveted Ways and Means Committee: Chandra Dillard, Craig Cagnon, and Lee Hewitt
There is a new Judiciary Chairman: Chris Murphy

I again serve as one of only 2 Republicans on the Richland Delegation (15 Democrats, 2 Republicans) and have been in the same office suite since my first election. 320B Blatt Building. Please stop by anytime; but call ahead to schedule appointment as our days vary from week to week.

Anytime we are in chamber, feel free to send a note in via the pages located directly out front of the House Chamber. PLEASE list your mobile number and email incase we are in the middle of debate and I cannot make it out to visit with you!

My office phone is 803-734-2969
My home phone is 803-834-4613
My legislative aide is June Cornelius

Email is NathanBallentine@schouse.gov
Website: www.nathansnews.com

My committee is Ways and Means where I serve as a subcommittee chair. I also currently serve as Co-Chairman of the SC Energy Caucus (a bipartisan committee we formed after the VC Summer fiasco).

‘Lasagna Love’ – right here in our community!

Maybe, like me, you weren’t aware of some great work being doing our community! Thank y ou Caroline and others! click below to donate, cook, or request a meal for a family who may need it during these times.

From WACH FOX website

COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) — The Lasagna Love movement started just after the pandemic hit the United States, when founder Rhiannon Menn and her toddler started making and delivering meals to families in the neighborhood who were struggling.

Here in the Midlands though, the Lasagna Love movement just began in October when Caroline Bryan from Irmo reached out to get involved.

“Sometimes we just need somebody to step in and say, ‘hey I see you, I see that you’re struggling, or I see that you’re having a hard day or a hard week, and I just want to spread a little love.” says Bryan. “We’ve helped people that have lost their jobs, lost their child care, anything like that to just stressed out families that are struggling with virtual learning.”

Those who volunteer are known as Lasagna Mama’s and Papa’s, and how often you can help out is up to you.
“We don’t have enough volunteers every week to meet the needs of every family, some families are having to wait two or three weeks,” says Bryan. “So we definitely could use more lasagna family members to volunteer and help.”

Lasagna Love is always looking for more volunteers, you can anonymously nominate a family in need , request a lasagna of your own , donate the groceries , or sign up to cook .

CDC guidelines are always followed, to reduce the chance of spreading the coronavirus.

“Our delivery is contactless so what we’ll do is will text the recipient and give them a timeframe then you just take it and you leave it on the doorstep and then you send them a text before you leave,” says Bryan. “So there’s no actual physical contact with the families you’re helping.”

Thousands of families nationwide have been fed through Lasagna Love.

Come join me! Any guy 21 to 71+ years old in the community

Seven years ago I found this group of men in the community and am glad I did! Today I’m sharing again because I know there are men out there like me, who need what we have!

What is F3? Click here.

Come join me and about 100 guys from Chapin, Dutch Fork and Irmo. If you’re reading this in other parts of the state/country, click and find a group near you, too!

Test Before Turkey

You heard McMaster encourage us to “Test Before Turkey” and you can do just that – for free – right here at the Ballentine Library on Dutch Fork Road.

You do NOT need an appointment – as I learned today when I drove up for my scheduled 3:30 time; but was told they had to stop for the day.

I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving! For other locations of testing around the state, click here.

Adopt A Highway- Marina Road November 21st

The next Adopt a Highway is Saturday November 21st. We begin at 8:00 am, meeting at First Citizens Bank at the end of Marina Road. Bags, grabbers, and vests will be available. If you have your own, please bring them for your use. Any questions, please call 803-542-2419. The more folks we have helping, the faster the job goes. Last time there were so many that it only took around 30 minutes in total for 2 miles of Marina Road. Thank you.

www.ballentinecivic.com
803-542-2419

Irmo Chamber Oyster Roast – December 1st

Come celebrate the holiday season with us in Irmo Town Park! Join us for our annual Holiday Oyster Roast on Tuesday, December 1st from 5:30PM-8:30PM. For 2020, we have partnered with our friends at the Town of Irmo and we will have Mayor Barry’s State of the Town Address followed by the lighting of the Irmo Christmas Tree! At 6PM, we’ll kick things off with live music from Tokyo Joe Acoustic in the gazebo and all the steamed Lowcountry oysters you can eat! We’ll also have local chili from The Food Academy Cafe (located inside Honda of Lake Murray) for all of your who don’t LOVE the oysters. Beer and wine is included in the ticket price. Come celebrate the end of the weirdest year EVER!

Tickets are $25 each and must be purchased in advance