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Annual ECO BALL slated for Earth Day 2020

Global expedition leader says “big announcement” planned for the 5th annual event

By Alex Junes-Ward

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Global Eco Adventures, Inc. (GEA) will host its 5th annual ECO BALL at Columbia’s Riverbanks Zoo & Garden, Wed. evening, Apr. 22 – Earth Day 2020 – and will present awards for Environmental Champion of the Year, Environmental Legislator of the Year, and Environmental Educator of the Year.

Previous award recipients have included S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster; S.C. Sen. Thomas Alexander; famed Ecuadorian Olympian and naturalist Dr. Diego Quiroga; Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Kathleen Parker; and the late American naturalist Jim Fowler, host of the Emmy-winning television series WILD KINGDOM.

“This year’s GEA ECO BALL will prove to be one of the most – perhaps the most – memorable Earth Day event(s) here in South Carolina,” says Tom Mullikin [pictured above], president and founder of GEA. “We will be making a big announcement as regards one of our forthcoming exploratory expeditions.” Continue reading “Annual ECO BALL slated for Earth Day 2020”

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Holidays not the time for less vigilance

By Sheriff Leon Lott

We are in the midst of the holiday season when most of us more-deeply embrace that which we all want: “Peace on earth; good will toward men.” Unfortunately, those among us with more selfish, self-serving aims will capitalize on the fact that so many of us seem to let-down our guard in our rush to get everything done and our haste to believe that all have the same sense of “good will” that we do.

They don’t. It’s an unfortunate reality that the level of crime and criminal activity ticks up this time of year. And this is largely a result of two dynamics. The first being that the ordinary citizen is so-focused on parties, shopping, decorating, cooking, additional responsibilities and events at church, volunteering to help others, dealing with heavy traffic, getting ready for family visits, and a limited time to get everything done – all-the-while working a double-shift at work to pay for it all – that they tend to lose their normal sense of situational awareness. Their caution drops.

The second dynamic is that the bad guys know this.

Add to the mix a dramatic increase in retail and online purchases, quick monetary transactions, drop-offs and deliveries, and you have the potential for real problems. Continue reading “Holidays not the time for less vigilance”

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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”

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Event to raise money in support of Army-honoring park and visitor venues at Fort Jackson, S.C.

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The GATEWAY TO THE ARMY ASSOCIATION – a non-profit organization with a mission of designing, funding, and building Fort Jackson’s Centennial Park – will host its first-ever Centennial Park Fundraiser, Wed., Nov. 13 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a silent auction followed by a live auction at 7:00 p.m.

“This is going to be an exciting evening, a lot of fun, auctioning-off a lot of great items from parachute jumps to an autographed Clemson national championship football signed by Dabo Swinney,” says Gateway president and chairman Marty Wells, a retired U.S. Army command sergeant major. “Not to mention all the local celebrities and friends and supporters of the largest Army basic training facility in the nation; with all proceeds going toward Centennial Park on Fort Jackson.” Continue reading “GATEWAY TO THE ARMY ASSOCIATION HOSTS NOVEMBER FUNDRAISER”

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S.C. Gov. McMaster, Lt. Gov. Evette to address public at Floodwater Commission event

By Alex Junes-Ward

HORRY COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA – S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster and Lt. Gov. Pamela Evette will address the public during the S.C. Floodwater Commission’s quarterly meeting and “clean up” day in Horry County, Nov. 8. The HORRY COUNTY SERVICE DAY’s events will also include a number of dignitaries and scores of volunteers working at four key worksites – the Conway City Marina in Conway, the James R. Frazier Community Center in Bucksport, the Socastee Park and Yacht Basin Landing in Socastee, and the Town of Loris Recreation Department covering the City of Loris and the community of Longs.

According to a statement published by Horry County: “The Horry County Service Day will focus on clearing drainage ditches, culverts, canals, streams and waterways in the area, The work plans include clearing trees, limbs, trash, and debris, and removing accumulated sediment. Three of the four regional work sites will include watercraft cleanup in the Waccamaw river and adjacent waterways where debris is hindering the free flow of water. Volunteers with boats/watercraft are encouraged to attend and bring their boats.”

The work is slated to begin at 9:00 a.m. and will conclude at 2:00 p.m. Continue reading “S.C. Gov. McMaster, Lt. Gov. Evette to address public at Floodwater Commission event”