Teacher Certification Program Offered

“South Carolina is currently experiencing a shortage of qualified teachers.  With the American Board teacher certification program you can be in the classroom teaching within the year.  The American Board is a non-profit organization dedicated to addressing teacher shortages across the country and in your state.  With simply a bachelor’s degree you are pre-qualified for the program and can begin the process of teacher certification immediately.  The American Board is hosting free live information session in your area, for information on upcoming sessions visit the American Board website at, www.abcte.org. to register.”

The following is our upcoming events schedule for your area is below. Read more

Oct. 30-Nov. 5, 2014 Edition

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Disabled American Veterans Harley-Davidson Team Up

So many veterans feel confused about benefits and services they have earned. There is so much to know and so many changes from one year to the next. That is why the nonprofit DAV (Disabled American Veterans) and the Harley-Davidson Foundation have teamed up to offer help. The DAV Mobile Service Office will be at the Thunder Tower Harley-Davidson, (Look for DAVs Portable Service Canopy), 190 Pontiac Business Center Drive, Columbia, South Carolina, from 10a.m. until 5p.m., on Saturday, November 8, 2014, to personally provide the best counseling and claim filing assistance available. Read more

Remington College is again holding its “Cuts for Cause” event

Remington College is again holding its “Cuts for Cause” event to collect food for families in need. Throughout November, anyone who brings in a can of food or other non-perishable food donation gets a free haircut, manicure, or pedicure. The salon services will be provided by students and instructors in the Remington College Columbia Campus Cosmetology Program.

To schedule an appointment: call The Salon at Remington at, (803)214-9062. Walk-ins are also welcome. Hours: Monday – Thursday: 10a.m to 3p.m. Friday: 10a.m. to 2p.m. Saturday: walk-ins only from 8:30a.m .to 11a.m. and 12p.m. – 1p.m. Read more

Record Number of Black Candidates Seeking Office

By JESSE J. HOLLAND

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 100 black candidates will be on the ballot in statewide and congressional races next month, a post-Reconstruction record that some observers say is a byproduct of President Barack Obama’s historic presidency.

At least 83 black Republicans and Democrats are running for the U.S. House, an all-time high for the modern era, according to political scientist David Bositis, who has tracked black politicians for years. They include Mia Love in Utah, who is trying to become the first black Republican woman to be elected to Congress.

Four other black women — Bonnie Watson Coleman in New Jersey, Brenda Lawrence in Michigan, Alma Adams in North Carolina and Stacey Plaskett in the Virgin Islands — are expected to win seats as Democrats, Bositis said. If they all win, and no black female incumbents lose, there should be 20 black women among House members, an all-time high, Bositis said.

There are at least 25 African-Americans running for statewide offices, including U.S. senator, governor or lieutenant governor, also a record number. Read more

Science and Mathematics Governor’s School Now Accepting Applications for Class of 2017

Tuesday, October 28, 2014, Columbia, SC – The Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) is now accepting applications for its class of 2017 through February 15, 2015. Online applications are available at, www.scgssm.org/apply-now.

One of only 12 of its kind in the nation, GSSM is a two-year, public, residential high school specializing in the advanced study of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Beyond its distinctive curriculum, GSSM offers unique learning opportunities including the nationally recognized Summer Program for Research Interns (SPRI), the Research Experience Scholars Program (RESP) and January Interim. These innovative programs provide students with mentored, graduate-level internships, international travel experiences and options to explore non-traditional courses. The School is also educating the next generation of entrepreneurs and business leaders through the BlueCross BlueShield Economics & Finance Institute and the next generation of engineers through the Duke Energy Engineering & Innovation Institute.

GSSM Applicants should: Read more

Bakari Sellers for Lieutenant Governor

Friend —

I am incredibly proud to announce that Mayor Steve Benjamin of Columbia has endorsed me for Lieutenant Governor. Mayor Benjamin knows that I will fight hard for Columbia’s seniors and for all of South Carolina. I applaud the Mayor’s accomplishments on economic development and job creation, and I look forward to working with him in the future. Here’s what the Mayor had to say: Read more

SCDP to Host Election Night Victory Party with All Statewide Candidates

Candidates, activists and voters will celebrate Election Day victory at the Marriott in Columbia starting after polls close at 7:00pm

The South Carolina Democratic Party recently announced its plans to bring candidates, voters and grassroots supporters together after polls close at 7pm on Election Day to follow the returns and celebrate the work they have done to restore honest leadership and bring real accountability back to South Carolina’s state government with victories up and down the ballot. All statewide candidates and some local candidates, including gubernatorial candidate Vincent Sheheen, Lt Governor candidate Bakari Sellers, US Senate candidates Brad Hutto and Joyce Dickerson, and Rep. Jim Clyburn, plan to attend.

“South Carolinians are working hard to bring new, honest leadership to South Carolina at all levels of government, and to finally elect a governor that we can trust,” said Chairman Jaime Harrison. “We look forward to bringing our candidates, our volunteers, and voters from around the state together on Election Night to celebrate the results of their hard work as we change the state for the better.” Read more

Free Seminar to Provide resources for Caregivers of Dementia and Alzheimer patients

The Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center (VAMC) Dementia Committee presents a free seminar November 7, 2014 for area caregivers and healthcare professionals titled “The Journey of Caregiving for Veterans with Dementia.”

The daylong seminar for professional and non-professional caregivers and family members of those who are experiencing dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease will provide information on dementia, community and VA resources, management of difficult behaviors, and quality of life.

Scheduled from 8:30a.m. to 4:30p.m. The seminar will be held at the Dorn VAMC Auditorium, 6439 Garners Ferry Road in Columbia. Read more

SEC Reminds Voters of Absentee Deadlines

The State Election Commission wants voters to be aware of fast approaching deadlines for voting absentee in the 2014 General Election.

Qualified voters (reasons listed below) may vote absentee either in person or by mail:

IN PERSON Visit your county voter registration office , complete an application, and cast your ballot. You may vote absentee in person up until 5p.m. on Monday, November 3

BY MAIL – WARNING: Voting absentee by mail at this late date should be done only if necessary.

Step 1: Get an absentee application in one of two ways:

1. Get the application online at scVOTES.org. Follow this link to get your application online. You must be able to print your application.

2. Request an application from your county voter registration office by phone, mail, email, or fax.You will be mailed an application. Read more