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Deputy retires, celebrates 90th birthday on same day

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Forty-plus Richland County Sheriff’s Department (RCSD) patrol vehicles, including two RCSD motorcycles, assembled at Cardinal Newman High School in northeast Columbia before converging on the nearby Waterford retirement community, Tues. morning, Apr. 21, where deputies passed-in-review before retiring Reserve Deputy Dewight Thomas, a resident of the Waterford.

“We wanted to do something special for Dewight who not only retired this week, but he turned 90-years-old on the same day,” said Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott. “Since we couldn’t have him celebrate with us at our offices because of the current COVID-19 threat, we thought we’d host a processional parade in his honor and for all the residents of the Waterford to see and enjoy with him.” Continue reading “Deputy retires, celebrates 90th birthday on same day”

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COVID-19 RESPONSE: Global Expedition Leader on the Current Pandemic

CAMDEN, S.C. – Energy and environmental attorney Tom Mullikin is not only working but training every single day, “without fail,” he says, during the coronavirus pandemic. He’s doing it while encouraging others and assisting family and friends in his hometown of Camden (one of the earliest-and-hardest hit regions in terms of the virus) and elsewhere around the state.

“Uncertain times like these are all the more reason to live purposeful lives,” Mullikin says. “To get through this pandemic – including the public fear of infection, of upended lives, and volatile markets and market predictions – we have to get up every day with purpose and drive, even if that drive is not naturally occurring at the moment.”

Last week, Mullikin – along with Dr. Tallulah Holmstrom, chief medical officer of Kershaw Health; and Kershaw County Sheriff Lee Boan – released a public service announcement, which not only raised the banner for safety and best health practices going forward, but the PSA encouraged the public to take heart and “be strong.”

Holmstrom and Boan both urged continued social distancing measures.

Mullikin said, “Kershaw County has led the way in our nation, since we fought and won our Independence, and we will continue to meet great challenges. We will lead the way in defeating the coronavirus through our responsible actions.”

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Mullikin earns leadership honor

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Environmental attorney and global expedition leader Thomas S. Mullikin has been named among the 2020 South Carolina LEADERSHIP IN LAW HONOREES and will be recognized among this year’s class of honorees hosted by S.C. Lawyers Weekly in partnership with the Charleston School of Law, next month.

The Leadership in Law awards project recognizes accomplished attorneys “from across the Palmetto State who have achieved success in their law practice, made contributions to society and had an impact on the legal profession,” according to S.C. Lawyers Weekly. Of the 28 Leadership in Law honorees, one will be selected Lawyer of the Year.

Mullikin, who in addition to serving as founding partner of the Camden-based Mullikin Law Firm, is a recently retired commander (major general) of the S.C. State Guard. Today he serves as professor at Coastal Carolina University, a professor at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador (the school’s Galápagos Islands campus), and as chairman of the gubernatorially established South Carolina Floodwater Commission. Continue reading “Mullikin earns leadership honor”

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Four-star General addresses AUSA’s S.C. chapter

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gen. Carter F. Ham, the retired U.S. Army four-star who today serves as president of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA), addressed members of AUSA’s Fort Jackson-Palmetto State Chapter during a reception, Wed. Jan. 29, at the Capital City Club in downtown Columbia.

Gen. Ham

Among the guests were S.C. Lt. Gov. Pamela Evette; Kris McBride, AUSA’s 3rd Region president; Maj. Gen. Van McCarty, the adjutant general of S.C.; several other general-officers; and Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott, who serves as president of the Fort Jackson-Palmetto State Chapter.

“This is not the first time Gen. Ham has visited us,” said Lott, who also holds the command-rank of brig. general in the S.C. State Guard. “To have someone here as widely known and respected as he is in both national and international military circles, speaks to the strong and enduring relationships our South Carolina communities enjoy with all of our military bases and communities, particularly here in Columbia with our vitally important base at Fort Jackson.”

Among its many schools and functions, Fort Jackson is the largest entry level (basic) training facility in the U.S. Army. Continue reading “Four-star General addresses AUSA’s S.C. chapter”

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Martial arts superstar joins fellow fighters at post-Thanksgiving soiree

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Keith Vitali, the former #1-ranked Karate champion in the U.S. and star of many well-known martial arts movies, joined several fellow members of the South Carolina Black Belt Hall of Fame and their wives at the home of Tom and Virginia Ann Mullikin for a first-of-the-season Christmas party, Sunday, Dec. 1.

“It was a great way to enjoy the first day of Advent while everyone was still in town following the Thanksgiving holiday,” said Mullikin, who was inducted into the S.C. Black Belt Hall of Fame (SCBBHOF) earlier this year. “These men are not only nationally and internationally recognized tournament fighters all, but what they have done in terms of bringing recognition to South Carolina is immeasurable.”

Mullikin added, “What many may not realize is that some of the best fighters in the world hail from this state, thanks to the martial arts culture that has been created here largely by these men seated around this table and others.”

Seated at front is Mullikin, followed by (rounding the table counter-clockwise) Kershaw County Councilman Jimmy Jones, Keith Vitali and Kathy Vitali, U.S. Marine Col. (Ret.) Steve Vitali and Rhonda Vitali, Virginia Ann Mullikin, Mike Genova and Shelley Genova, Jeanne Brutschy and Bruce Brutschy, and Mara Horton Jones. Continue reading “Martial arts superstar joins fellow fighters at post-Thanksgiving soiree”