Fidelis Family Retreat

Yesterday I learned for the first time about a wonderful cause led by a local family here in Chapin: Fidelis Family Retreat

I plan to meet with the family next month along with Representative Huggins and learn how we can help even more than what they’re doing currently for fundraising.

Thanks, Jim Broach, Lisa Harris and others for “sending the troops” my way!

From their website…

Mission Statement

At Fidelis Family Retreat, we are establishing a new way for veterans to successfully interact with their families as well as their community through recreational therapy. Fidelis Family Retreat on Lake Murray, SC provides a peaceful place for relaxation, community events and activities, as well as multiple land and water activities year round. Recreational therapy adds fun into the veterans’ life, helps to reduce stress, anxiety, and/or depression related to; mental and physical disabilities incurred during time in service as well as the transition from active duty to veteran life. The retreat creates an environment that allows for the veterans’ barriers to come down assisting them to reconnect with their family and friends, taking important steps towards mending relationships and strengthening bonds by creating opportunities for healthy interactions as well as creating new memories.

When you come to Fidelis Family Retreat, one of our staff will be available to discuss any areas in which you are struggling or need guidance. Based on the needs of the veteran, family members, or friends; our staff will compile a packet with resources, tips, and tricks specific to each veteran that will assist in strengthening relationships with family and friends, and reintegrating into their local community.

From May through August we offer: overnight camps and local community activities. From September through April we offer our local veteran community: hobby classes, events, in addition to a multitude of land and water activities.

Vision Statement

At Fidelis Family Retreat we feel that our approach will help our veterans feel more connected to their community and less alone in hopes of decreasing the number of veteran suicides. Helping to overcome the battle in their minds here at home.

Try Hockey for Free Day – The Plex, November 7th!

On Saturday, November 7th 2020, USA Hockey and 350 local associations across the country will host Try Hockey for Free Day! Participating locations encourage kids, ages 4 to 9, to come try youth hockey. All locations will have limited equipment available for use.

Please register here

Zoning request – Connie Wright Road

Richland County Council will vote later this month (October 27) on a request on Connie Wright Road.

Our voice and vote on zoning matters is our local Richland County Councilman, Bill Malinowski.

I did speak with county officials today and I was told that staff and the Planning Commission both voted for a DISAPPROVAL of the request. It’s my belief County Council will also vote that way later this month.

Update on Wessinger Road

Rep Huggins and I share the area around Wessinger and wanted all to know the latest from SCDOT. Like y’all, we are disappointed in the amount of time this project is taking as well as the horrible conditions for all of us during the process.

Below is the very latest from SCDOT on 10/13:

The contractor’s plan to bring in milling equipment and crew is in action this week. They are milling 6 inches into the thick asphalt and this will facilitate being able to effectively reclaim the full depth of the 12″ cement reclamation. The contractor indicates that they expect the cement reclamation to be completed by October 30th and that the final surface on the entire road is expected to be completed by December 1st. Let me know if you would like to have additional information.

Lexington County voters – satellite voting offices this month

Earlier this month, I shared where Richland County voters in our area can vote nearby.

Now, we have information for local Lexington County voters in the Irmo/Chapin area.

Irmo Town Hall
October 22 and 23rd
8am – 5pm

Chapin Town Hall
October 26th
8am – 5pm

These facilities allow in-person absentee voting for those living in Lexington County.

If you previously requested an absentee ballot from Lexington County and have yet to receive your ballot, please let me know by emailing me at NathanBallentine@schouse.gov

$33M for Protective Equipment for SC School Districts

Visited RiverSprings Elementary this morning for this important message for all our schools in the state.

From SC Department of Education Website

State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman announced today at River Springs Elementary School that the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) will purchase and distribute over $33 million worth of personal protective equipment (PPE) and supplies to all eighty one public school districts to support efforts to maintain and return to face to face instruction.

“With the 2020-21 school year well underway, it is critical that teachers and schools have the supplies needed to ensure face to face instruction can continue to be carried out as safely as possible,” said State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman. “This statewide order will not only ensure that face to face operations can be maintained for the foreseeable future but will also provide the necessary resources to phase in additional face to face learning as health and safety conditions allow.”

The South Carolina General Assembly recently provided the SCDE additional flexibility to use previously allocated Coronavirus Relief Funds to cover the costs of school safety measures taken in response to COVID-19 including, but not limited to, purchasing masks, gloves, wipes, hand sanitizer, face shields, cleaning solution, plexiglass, and other cleaning equipment and supplies. The SCDE collected requests from all eighty one public school districts and is pleased to be able to fund every request made.

The SCDE has purchased and will distribute the following PPE and supplies to school districts:

597,585 – Adult and student reusable cloth face masks

2,681,950 – Adult and student disposable face masks

189,966 – KN95 masks

87,010 – Adult and student face shields

108,476 – Boxes of Gloves (100 count each)

331,913 – Gowns for nurses

606,473 – Cases of disinfecting wipes (50 count each)

41,474 – Gallons of hand sanitizer

99,259 – Bottles (16 oz) of hand sanitizer

69,243 – Bottles (32 oz) of disinfecting solution

1,746 – Electrostatic backpack sprayers

The SCDE has also facilitated and funded district orders for plexiglass, which when used according to DHEC guidelines, allows classrooms to accommodate additional students while maintaining safety standards. Over 300,000 pieces of plexiglas have been ordered with many already delivered and being used in classrooms across the state. Other PPE and supplies began to arrive at school district designated delivery locations last week.

Small Business Association / NFIB endorsement

Received this letter today and will continue to help promote a vibrant business community in our state. I welcome the other endorsements that have previously lent their support.

Did you request an absentee ballot (Richland County)?

Just got this email this morning. Be on lookout in your mailbox next week!

Also, don’t forget you can always go vote in-person absentee (Richland County) at Ballentine Park

SC Chamber of Commerce Endorsement

Found this on Twitter today. It’s good to receive endorsements from various groups across the state; but the one that matters most is yours right here in Irmo and Chapin!

NRA endorsement

As someone who recently took up hunting (5 years ago), I’m happy to share another endorsement of my campaign . Like I’ve mentioned before, receiving endorsements are good and they give voters a sense about each candidate; but at the end of the day it’s the endorsement of the community that matters most!