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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCIV) — Gov. Henry McMaster nominated William H. Floyd to be the next executive director of the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) on March 9.Previously the agency's chief of staff, Floyd has served as acting executive director since March 1, following the retirement of Executive Director Dan Ellzey, according to a press release.Read more: ...
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCIV) — Gov. Henry McMaster nominated William H. Floyd to be the next executive director of the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) on March 9.
Previously the agency's chief of staff, Floyd has served as acting executive director since March 1, following the retirement of Executive Director Dan Ellzey, according to a press release.
"With tens of thousands of jobs created in just the last few years, it is paramount we have a leader at DEW who can help strengthen our workforce and fill these jobs," McMaster said in a statement. "With his experience as chief of staff and 35-year career as a certified labor and employment specialist, William Floyd is the right person to lead the agency forward and build upon the strong foundation already in place at DEW."
Prior to joining DEW, Floyd practiced law for 35 years as a certified labor and employment law specialist and has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America since 2008, according to the press release. He has served on the S.C. Chamber of Commerce's Board of Directors as well as the Chamber’s Human Resource and Manufacturing Committees. He also served on the S.C. Bar Employment and Labor Law Section and Military Law Section. Floyd received his undergraduate degree from Wofford College and his law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law.
"Great things are happening in South Carolina and I am privileged to be part of this growth and activity as the acting executive director," Floyd said in a statement. "I have spent my career as a lawyer learning the workforce needs and challenges of employers and employees. I am excited about approaching these challenges through full-time public service. As acting executive director, I hope to continue the momentum of this great workforce agency and work to help coordinate an efficient and effective workforce development system on behalf of jobseekers, employers and the state."
Floyd was screened by the South Carolina Senate's Committee to Investigate Candidates for DEW Tuesday morning, according to the press release. The governor's appointment is subject to South Carolina Senate approval.
The Charleston County Housing and Redevelopment Authority abruptly fired its executive director April 3 after holding a same-day emergency meeting.All seven members of the authority’s governing board voted to remove Franklin Scott from the position, chairman Sandino Moses told The Post and Courier on April 7. The board gave no public notice of the meeting, which was held in executive session.The South Carolina Freedom of Information Act mandates public bodies give notice of at least 24 hours in a publicly accessible place...
The Charleston County Housing and Redevelopment Authority abruptly fired its executive director April 3 after holding a same-day emergency meeting.
All seven members of the authority’s governing board voted to remove Franklin Scott from the position, chairman Sandino Moses told The Post and Courier on April 7. The board gave no public notice of the meeting, which was held in executive session.
The South Carolina Freedom of Information Act mandates public bodies give notice of at least 24 hours in a publicly accessible place before holding a special called meeting. However, emergency meetings, which Moses said this was, are exempt under the law. Minutes must be available to the public “within a reasonable time after the meeting,” though discussions held during executive sessions are also exempt.
The board decided to oust Scott because he hadn’t passed any of his performance reviews last year, Moses said. His firing comes 18 months after he began managing the troubled public housing agency, which operates independent of both the city and Charleston County.
Scott was placed on probation in fall 2022, Moses said. During his final review in December, board members had given Scott a list of six action items he needed to accomplish before his next one, which was scheduled for March 2, the chairman said. He did not say what the specific actions were.
When the board realized Scott hadn’t done any of the six tasks, they looked to hire a new executive director, Moses said.
Scott declined to comment on the decision, other than to thank Charleston County for the opportunity to serve its communities.
The authority worked with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development throughout March to hire Scott’s replacement, Moses said. The board chose Angela Childers, who currently serves as executive director of Beaufort Housing Authority, an independent agency with its own board, similar to Charleston County.
Childers will start her new position in Charleston on May 8. She could not be reached by press time.
Scott took the helm of Charleston County’s authority at a precarious moment.
It had been without an executive director for 17 months after the board fired James Williams in May 2020. Joseph Floyd Manor, one of two complexes the authority manages, houses some of the county’s most vulnerable residents. The 13-story building was thrust under a spotlight after reports in The Post and Courier detailed deplorable living conditions.
Moses said the board understood how challenging Scott’s position would be and gave him more chances than another job might have to improve.
At the end of the day, the housing authority is responsible for its tenants, Moses said: “They’ve been through a lot.”
The majority of residents living inside Floyd Manor’s 156 units are elderly or disabled, in addition to living below the poverty line. The authority took the first procedural step last summer in demolishing the high-rise, moving forward with plans to build a new complex.
But those plans have stalled, Moses said — a major factor in deciding to fire Scott.
“He wasn’t doing anything to move that effort forward,” the chairman said.
Every day the board didn’t do something meant another day of tenants “not getting what they need,” Moses added.
Board members were pushed to quickly act this week after learning Childers had submitted her resignation, Moses said, leading to the emergency meeting.
When asked why public notice wasn’t given after the fact, Moses said the board wanted to “get through the week” and “ask some questions.”
Reporter Tony Kukulich contributed to this report from Beaufort.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — Joseph Floyd Manor will be rebuilt.Sandino Moses, the board chair of the Charleston Housing and Redevelopment Authority, says the board is in the process of looking for a developer.The first step is building temporary housing for the current residents, which they hope to begin in 2022."[The temporary housing] will be directly behind Joseph Floyd Manor. We have a lot of vacant space, so we are going to use that space," said Moses.Joseph Floyd Manor to be rebuilt with tempor...
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — Joseph Floyd Manor will be rebuilt.
Sandino Moses, the board chair of the Charleston Housing and Redevelopment Authority, says the board is in the process of looking for a developer.
The first step is building temporary housing for the current residents, which they hope to begin in 2022.
"[The temporary housing] will be directly behind Joseph Floyd Manor. We have a lot of vacant space, so we are going to use that space," said Moses.
Joseph Floyd Manor to be rebuilt with temporary housing provided (WCIV)
Once the residents have a new home, the current Joseph Floyd Manor will be knocked down and rebuilt.
Sandino said that was the best option.
"We did a forensic assessment of the building, and after the findings, it was clear to us that we needed to move forward with building a new Joseph Floyd Manor," he said.
The new building is estimated to cost between $50 and $70 million. The goal is to improve the living conditions for those who live in Joseph Floyd.
"We want to give our tenants a state-of-the-art facility that they can live in and be proud of," said Sandino.
A month ago, we told you that Joseph Floyd Manor failed an inspection from HUD. The manor received a score of 36 out of 100.
ABC News 4 submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to see that inspection, and we recently got the results.
In May, HUD inspected 23 Joseph Floyd apartment units. They found 21 health and safety deficiencies.
One of those issues was mold and mildew.
Franklin Scott, the CEO of the Charleston County Housing and Redevelopment Authority, says fixing the mold issue is not a one-stop fix. It's ongoing.
"We had an outside contractor come in and do some remediation in dealing with the mold. We had some upgrades done to our HVAC systems, and we have done some basic maintenance to improve the airflow," said Scott.
Another deficiency, infestation.
Scott said they have pest control regularly spray units and respond to individual requests for bugs.
He said having a full-time maintenance staff is helping them respond to all emergency requests in under 24 hours.
"We have four people on staff full time, three temps. We are looking to add an additional two members onto the team," said Scott.
We asked Scott if he thinks the living conditions are good at the manor.
"I will refer to the numbers you have: 152 people living here now, hopefully, move in a few more at the end of this week. And we are improving daily," said Scott.
South Carolina Golf Association officials recycled an old event onto the 2022 championship calendar, crossed their fingers and hoped for the best. Turns out, they fretted in vain.“A home run,&...
South Carolina Golf Association officials recycled an old event onto the 2022 championship calendar, crossed their fingers and hoped for the best. Turns out, they fretted in vain.
“A home run,” SCGA executive director Biff Lathrop said in recounting the organization’s inaugural Public Links Championship that unfolded last weekend at the Charleston Municipal Golf Course.
Perhaps a “hole-in-one” or a “double-eagle” would be a more fitting analogy for the golf tournament designed for players who are not members of private clubs. Either way, the meaning is clear.
“A great weekend for golf,” Lathrop said. “Contestants, facilities, competition. ... We as an organization are excited about everything involved” with the Public Links tournament.
Indeed, the experience led the SCGA immediately to designate the Public Links Championship one of its major tournaments and to arrange for the second edition of the event to be staged again at the Charleston “Muni.”
“We went in with a goal of crowning a real ‘public links’ champion, a champion who plays the daily-fee courses, and we did that,” Lathrop said. “We’re always looking for way to get more people involved, and this offered an opportunity for another group to compete for a state championship.”
Officials placed players in flights based on first-round scores, giving all players an opportunity to compete for prizes after the final 18 holes.
For an extra jolt of excitement, the tournament produced a memorable finish with Colin Floyd (Sumter) edging Wade Wawner (Charleston) on the second playoff hole for the title.
Both Floyd and Wawner posted rounds of 69-75—144 to finish at even par, and both birdied the first extra hole, the par-4 18th.
Playing the 18th hole again, Floyd’s tee ball hit a cart path and ricocheted off a spectator out of bounds. After a one-shot penalty and still on the tee, he put his third into the fairway and his fourth onto the green. Wawner, meanwhile, left his drive in a fairway bunker, played out short and hit his third onto the green.
Floyd sank his putt for bogey, but Wawner three-putted for double-bogey.
“The whole tournament represented golf at its purist,” Lathrop said. “We had working guys, some caddies from the Charleston area clubs, just a great mix of competitors.
“We didn’t know what to expect, but we had a waiting list for entries. This is the first major championship (the SCGA) has had on a municipal course, and we couldn’t be happier with the experience. We’re excited about the future of this championship. We couldn’t have asked for more.”
Another PGA Tour season, the last wrap-around schedule, has its second tournament this weekend in Jackson, Mississippi. The state of South Carolina will be represented my mostly the same players but with different status in the eligibility rankings.
With Dustin Johnson now on the LIV circuit, Kevin Kisner (Aiken), ranked 25h in the world ranking, heads the Palmetto State contingent. The five state players with full eligibility rankings include Kisner, who won the WGC Match-Play, recent Tour tournament winners Lucas Glover (Greenville/Clemson) and Richy Werenski (Aiken), and top-125 finishers in the FedEx standings Matt NeSmith (Aiken/USC) and Doc Redman (Clemson).
Kyle Stanley (Clemson) starts the season on a major medical extension, and both Ben Martin (Greenville/Clemson) and Carson Young (Pendleton/Clemson) earned berths through the Korn Ferry tour playoffs. Jonathan Byrd (Columbia/Clemson), Andrew Novak (Mount Pleasant/Wofford) and Bill Haas (Greenville) have limited status after finished 126-150 on the FedEx standings.
Playing on former champion status, a low priority, are William McGirt (Bluffton/Wofford), Scott Brown (Aiken/USC Aiken), Tommy Gainey (Hartsville), Wesley Bryan (Columbia/USC) and D.J. Trahan (Mount Pleasant/Clemson).
Young, a former Clemson star who won a 2022 Korn Ferry Tour event, is the only PGA Tour newcomer among the South Carolinians. He won two South Carolina Amateurs before beginning his professional career.
Former Clemson star Stephen Behr Jr., who grew up in Florence and now lives in Atlanta, won the prestigious George Crump Memorial tournament at Pine Valley GC. “It’s definitely the biggest win of my career,” said Behr, the 2010 South Carolina Junior champion and son of Florence CC pro Stephen Behr. ... Christian Sease (Greenville) will defend his title in the SCGA Mid-Amateur next weekend (Oct. 7-9) at Dataw Island Club near Beaufort. Both the Cotton Dike (first and final rounds) and Morgan River (second round) courses will be utilized.
The Disco Biscuits opened the East Coast leg of their ambitious Summer Tour 2023 last night at The Windjammer in Isle of Palms, South Carolina. Doom Flamingo vocalist and local resident Kanika Moore led the jamtronica quartet through a rare cover of ...
The Disco Biscuits opened the East Coast leg of their ambitious Summer Tour 2023 last night at The Windjammer in Isle of Palms, South Carolina. Doom Flamingo vocalist and local resident Kanika Moore led the jamtronica quartet through a rare cover of Pink Floyd‘s “Have A Cigar” to get Wednesday’s second set underway.
Bisco bassist Marc Brownstein took to Twitter to tease a collaboration with Moore’s Doom Flamingo bandmate Ryan Stasik, also of Umphrey’s McGee. “Should we try to find a song for Pony to sit in on in Charleston?!,” Brownie asked his followers in utilizing Stasik’s nickname. However it was Kanika Moore who wound up joining the Disco Biscuits last night in South Carolina.
Roger Waters wrote “Have A Cigar” for inclusion on the 1975 Pink Floyd album Wish You Were Here. The Disco Biscuits debuted their version at the first annual Jammy Awards ceremony/concert, which was held at Irving Plaza in New York City on June 22, 2000. Primus bassist Les Claypool sang “Have A Cigar” that night with moe. percussionist Jim Loughlin emerging in the middle of the song.
The Disco Biscuits next covered “Have A Cigar” at New Jersey venue Starland Ballroom on February 25, 2006 — 379 shows after the premiere. The Pink Floyd classic was played somewhat regularly through a February 7, 2009 concert in Houston. Last night’s version was tDB’s first “Have A Cigar” since the 2009 Houston show — a span of 582 shows.
Kanika Moore displayed her powerful pipes and dynamic stage presence in singing “Have A Cigar” last night. The Disco Biscuits stuck closely to Pink Floyd’s arrangement as guitarist Jon Gutwillig‘s short but sweet solo was the extent of the improvisation in the six-minute number. Stream an official recording of last night’s Bisco show with a nugs.net subscription below:
The Disco Biscuits mixed staples, rarities and relatively new originals last night. A take on Pink Floyd’s “Run Like Hell” spanned nearly 30 minutes to close Wednesday’s second set and included “Above The Waves” within. Poor weather led to the band foregoing an encore at The Windjammer.
The setlist also included a first set bust out of “Rainbow Song” — played for the third time this year, but previously not since September 18, 2021, as well as Bisco’s second “Humuhumunukunukuapua’a” of 2023. “Spaga’s Last Stand,” “Shocked!” and “Falling” were the tunes debuted over the past year that the band performed on Wednesday.
Next up for Gutwillig, Brownstein, drummer Allen Aucoin and keyboardist Aron Magner are shows in Raleigh tonight, Richmond tomorrow and Harrisburg on Saturday. Free livestreams of the Raleigh and Harrisburg concerts are available for nugs.net subscribers. Scroll below for a complete list of the Disco Biscuits tour dates and ticketing links.
Set One: Confrontation, Spaga’s Last Stand, Shocked! > Rainbow Song  > Humuhumunukunukuapua’a 
Set Two: Have A Cigar , Uber Glue > Falling > Tempest > Run Like Hell > Above The Waves > Run Like Hell