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International Christian missionary pens business leadership book

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Henry Clay, a Christian missionary and missions-leadership project director for the Navigators, has written his first book. He has many in the pipeline, he says. But his first book, “DRESSCODES: Developing others through evaluated experience,” is a means – he hopes – of developing leaders through “the incidental moments that are often missed.”

Leadership development is not a new venture for Clay, who currently mentors 10 Navigator leaders, nine of whom are serving overseas. He’s also developing a leadership coaching curriculum for the near-90-year-old global Christian-missions ministry based in Colorado. He’s working with college students interested in serving in missions overseas. He and wife Wendy, also a missionary, are very involved in the lives of their children and grandchildren. He preaches on occasion, regularly teaches Sunday School, and he is an active member of Columbia’s Northeast Presbyterian Church (PCA) where Sunday, Mar. 17, he will sign copies of DRESSCODES from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in the church atrium.

We caught up with Clay between travels; he’s only days back from Japan.

W. THOMAS SMITH Jr.: Why this book? You’re a professional missionary. So why a book about a formula for business leadership development?


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Gamecock Basketball stars featured in RCSD PROUD

COLUMBIA, S.C. – “RCSD PROUD,” a brand-new hip hop video produced for the Richland County Sheriff’s Dept. (RCSD) and featuring former University of South Carolina Women’s Basketball standout Tina Roy and NCAA-championship winning head coach Dawn Staley was released Fri., Feb. 1.

“A tour de force of the department’s resources and community connections,” according to The State newspaper, the video’s vocals are rapped by Roy – today an RCSD deputy – who wrote the lyrics and otherwise led the two-minute, 45-second music track, as other RCSD deputies, units, Community Action Team cars and K-9s are shown in static displays, during training, and otherwise performing and having fun as tape rolls.

Roy’s former head coach, basketball hall-of-famer, WNBA star, and three-time Olympic gold medalist Staley also appears in the video as does Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott, who makes two cameos in the track.

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S.C. Governor touts state’s new Floodwater Commission

COLUMBIA, S.C. – In his State of the State address delivered, Wed. Jan. 23, 2019, S.C. Governor Henry McMaster highlighted the criticality, purpose of, and path forward for his newly established South Carolina Floodwater Commission.

The S.C. Floodwater Commission “is unique in the United States: There’s not another one,” said McMaster. “This Commission’s purpose is to provide guidance, solutions and opportunities presented by inland and coastal flooding and all that entails.”

McMaster added, “Its scope will be global, to be applied here in South Carolina.”

The Governor also recognized Floodwater Commission Chairman Tom Mullikin [View the State of the State address –, specifically beginning at the 39:34 mark].

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Korean church presents check to Richland County (S.C.) Sheriff’s Foundation

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Members of the Korean Community Presbyterian Church in downtown Columbia presented Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott with a check in the amount of $4,500 for the Richland County Sheriff’s Foundation, earlier this week. The check, according to Sheriff Lott, speaks to the close, ongoing relationship between the Richland County Sheriff’s Dept. (RCSD), the church, and the broader Korean community in Richland County, S.C.

“I feel as if we’re part of the extended family of the Korean community in the Midlands of South Carolina; and they with us,” said Lott. “This relationship and their gift to us today speaks volumes as to the familial bond and kinship we share.”

If there are any barriers between the Korean community and RCSD, it exists only within the language gaps experienced occasionally, which is why RCSD’s Korean-American deputies who speak the language and fully understand the cultural nuances are key to RCSD’s service to all of its citizens.

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Elections, new appointments to S.C. Floodwater Commission

Connor named chair of the Commission’s National Security Task Force

ORANGEBURG AND COLUMBIA, S.C. – Col. Bill Connor was unanimously elected chairman of the National Security Task Force of the South Carolina Floodwater Commission, Thurs., Jan. 24.

Connor (left) and Vitali

An Orangeburg-based attorney and U.S. Army Reserve Infantry officer (Airborne Ranger), Connor is a decorated combat veteran and former senior U.S. military advisor in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He currently serves as the Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer (EPLO) for S.C. As EPLO, Connor is the ranking military representative of UNITED STATES ARMY NORTH for the Palmetto State.

Among Thursday’s new appointments was Col. Steve Vitali of Columbia, who was named to the National Security Task Force, Wed., and elected operations officer, Thurs., upon Connor’s recommendation and nomination.

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Mullikin retires from S.C. State Guard

Two-star commander will step down as head of historic state defense force

COLUMBIA, S.C. – MAJOR GENERAL THOMAS STOWE “TOM” MULLIKIN will retire from command of the all-volunteer South Carolina State Guard (SCSG) during a formal change-of-command ceremony, Sat. Dec. 1, at the S.C. State House in Columbia. The incoming commander is Brig. Gen. Leon Lott, sheriff of Richland County who previously held the post of deputy commander SCSG.

MG Mullikin, who was recently appointed by S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster to chair the state’s new Flood Commission, has served in varying leadership and command capacities in both the SCSG and the S.C. Military Department’s Joint Services Det. (SCMD-JSD) as well as the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps, U.S. Army Reserve.

Mullikin is an attorney, university professor, and global expedition leader specializing in energy and environmental issues and representing several international organizations and multi-national corporations, worldwide.

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Countless law enforcement agencies have achieved fame and notoriety over the previous 100 years. High profile criminal cases have led to the renown of many, as have the sheer number of police departments, sheriff’s offices and other law enforcement agencies at every level – locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. Among some of the best-known are NYPD, LAPD, the FBI, the U.S. Marshal’s office, even Scotland Yard. There are many others.

Here in South Carolina, one of the best-known law enforcement agencies (LEAs), nationally and internationally, is the Richland County Sheriff’s Department (RCSD).

Led by Sheriff Leon Lott, a veteran law enforcement officer who has served in uniform since 1975 and as sheriff of Richland County since 1997, RCSD has earned its reputation as a model of professionalism not so much by the notoriousness of the criminals the department has pursued and brought to justice over the years – though there have indeed been those – but by the forward-thinking culture Lott has instilled in his RCSD over the past two decades and continues pressing hard today.

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Mullikin family and GEA build children’s library in the Republic of Fiji

CAMDEN, S.C. – The children and teachers of WENDY HOUSE, the primary kindergarten in the Village of Toga, Republic of Fiji, now have a new library wing added to the school, thanks to a generous donation from Tom and Virginia Ann Mullikin of Camden-based Global Eco Adventures (GEA). And the library is now said to be a popular learning hub for both students and adult villagers alike in Toga.

“Books and other educational resources are a critical necessity for so many otherwise isolated people, worldwide, who should benefit from the same boundless learning and life-building opportunities far too many of us take for granted,” says Tom Mullikin, pres. of GEA. “Virginia Ann and I have always tried to invest our money and make a difference in the communities and regions of the world where we have worked and – in that work – physically seen and experienced the greatest need.”

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