Congratulations Steve Arnold and Chick-fil-A Ballentine

Congratulations Steve Arnold and Chick-fil-A Ballentine for 10 years of serving and loving our community! Stop by tomorrow for their special day and tell them “thanks” for all they do for our families!

Steve regularly helps our Irmo Community Prayer Breakfast and was our speaker two years ago.

Dine-in eating is back!

How hard has the economy been hit?

Congress already spent $2.5 TRILLION and will soon spend another $2 TRILLION to keep the economy afloat. Just how big are those numbers? I share in video below.

More help with unemployment requests

DEW ran a comparison of initial claims during the Great Recession vs. the COVID-19 Pandemic. At the peak of the Great Recession, the largest week for initial claims was in April of 2008, with 13,848 initial claims filed. The recent peak was 87,686 claims in a one-week period

Accelerate SC

Chapin Chamber (Zoom) Town Hall

Rep Huggins and I were invited by Rebecca Hines, President & CEO of the Greater Chapin Chamber of Commerce, to join others in a Virtual Town Hall yesterday.

I’ve had many zoom calls during the past few weeks and this was certainly a good one with members of the Chapin community!

Staying positive in a pandemic

The world has definitely changed (for how long?). You may not be able to do things the way you’ve always done them; but you can still do most of those things!

Stay safe and get outside #LakeMurray

Plenty of space for social distancing on the Jewel of South Carolina, Lake Murray – more than 50,000 acres with 500 miles of shoreline and over 75 square miles!

Support Local Small Business

Most of y’all know I eat a lot of fast food. Often. At least twice a day – if not three times.

For those that don’t, you may not be aware that we have many small businesses (food service) still open and trying to make it through this mess.

Today, Isaac (Silver Fox Grille) shared that he had to shut down breakfast and was going to have to let staff go – but he made decision to try to find them hours during lunch so they wouldn’t go broke.

That’s the harsh reality many small businesses are facing – and not just food service.

Keep that in mind and, if you can, support local business!

Stay safe and let me know if I can help you with any state agency during this time. See earlier posts about COVID19 on this site (

COMMUNITY COOKOUT was a huge success – thank you!

The temp and humidity made it feel like 100+ degrees, but that didn’t stop everyone from meeting and mingling with local, state, and national leaders right here in our community!

Special thanks to Christina and Mark Woody who opened up there home again for this event.

Thanks also to Alex Salmon Photography for the video he put together which I feel captures the night and to Sam Holland for his wonderful photos .

For those that could not make it, this is a regular event I give to the community every other year. It started before I was first elected and continues to grow every year. I’ve enjoyed meeting new voters and bringing new officials for y’all to speak with in a casual setting. Too many times voters/constituents feel their elected officials aren’t accessible to them. This night is just one way for people to see their leaders not in the “stuffiness of coat/tie, board rooms, etc” but instead, right here on the shores of Lake Murray.

You can find information and videos of past cookouts here .

Thanks to almost 20 officials (all, who represent our area) who took time to be there for me/you!

US Senator Lindsey Graham
SC Governor Henry McMaster
SC Lt. Governor Pamela Evette
SC Senator Dick Harpootlian
SC House Representative Chip Huggins
Chapin Mayor David Knight
Chapin Town Councilman Leland Teal
Irmo Mayor Hardy King
Irmo Town Councilman Barry Walker
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott
Lexington County Councilmwoman Erin Long Bergeson
School District Five Superintendent Dr. Christina Melton
School District Five Board Chairman Robert Gantt
School District Five Board Members Jan Hammond and Ken Loveless