It's one hell of a mess
Cedar Posts has been in Charleston for the last week, dealing with the boat business and trying to keep an up beat smile while working through some heart ache.
One of Cedar's Captains, Lucas Smith was killed along with one of our stews, a little more than a week ago. The Post and Courier story is here. Lucas and I have been friends for nearly a decade, he'll be missed, and every time I hear someone say "Brother" I'll think of him.
The trouble at hand is how to sort out the many commitments we've made to clients while the powers that be, shut down his business.
Trust me its ugly.
The FAA's Preliminary Accident Report is here.
On the plus side I've had time to enjoy Charleston a little more than usual. In doing so I've read the Charleston Post and Courier more in the past week than I have so far this year. It really is a great newspaper made by some great people.
One such person is Ken Burger who wrote his last column this past week. You might recall Cedar's challenge that cost me $100.00 last summer. Ken turned the tables on my challenge and made me laugh so hard I almost spit coffee.
Ken Burger sits down with the staff of Jack's Cafe at 41 George Street Charleston.
Ken's final column is here and my post from last year here.
CMPD Chief Monroe issues a statement on "Mandatory" yearbook photos
Charlotte's Chief of Police Rodney Monroe did a 180 late Monday evening, stating that the yearbook photos are now NOT mandatory. The chief cited "a few complaints". Cedar Posts would describe it more like a phalanx of complaints.
Trial date set in fake testicles case
From the Charleston Post and Courier: The trial for the case of the fake plastic testicles is set for 10 a.m. Sept. 21.
That's assuming a judge does not dismiss the case before then, Charleston attorney Scott Bischoff said today.
He's representing Virginia Tice, who got a $445 ticket after she pulled her pickup into a gas station with big red fake plastic testicles hanging from the rear.
Police Chief Franco Fuda gave her the ticket, saying she had violated the state's obscene bumper sticker law.
The law says a sticker, decal, emblem, or device is indecent when it describes "in a patently offensive way, as determined by contemporary community standards, sexual acts, excretory functions, or parts of the human body." The rest of the story is here.
Family Dollar shoplifter sentenced to 20 years in prison
From the Charlotte Observer: A Lancaster man with a history of shoplifting was handed down a 20-year prison sentence after a trial in a York County courtroom.
Donald Ray Altman, 48, received the sentence after being found guilty of shoplifting, four counts of possession of stolen goods and altering a license tag, according to a release from the 16th Circuit Solicitor’s Office. The rest of the story is here.
Boy, 14, arrested after urinating in public
Also from the Charlotte Observer: A Rock Hill teen playing basketball was arrested after he took a bathroom break in nearby bushes.
A resident of Gentle Breeze Lane alerted authorities Saturday night to a teen who urinated near his house, according to a Rock Hill police report.
Police talked to the boy, 14, who was playing basketball near that man’s house around 7:50 p.m.
He admitted to relieving himself in the bushes near the house but didn’t think he did anything wrong. He told officers he thought it was OK to use the bathroom in public since he was covered, the report states.
Police charged the teen with public disorderly conduct and took him home. He was released to his mother and issued a summons to appear in court.
The Coburg Cow has been a part of my Charleston life since I was born. Mrs. Cedar loves Coburg Chocolate Milk and so and trip to Charleston requires a cooler for two things "fresh shrimp" and Coburg Chocolate Milk.
It's just better than anything we have in Charlotte. This week the Coburg name will fade into our dusty memories and the story is here.
The Post and Courier has done a number of stories on the high accident rate along I-26 between Summerville and I-95. Now the State DOT is going to try to fix what's wrong with the highway. Their solution is here and its also a fail.
The trouble is not with the road but the truckers who drive based on their "floscan" read outs and not the speed limit. They creep past each other blocking both lanes for miles at a time. This causes a temporary traffic log jam behind them. It is this log jab that causes drivers to jockey for position and often a sudden slow down in traffic a mile or more behind the trucks.
Suddenly finding the cars in front of them driving 20 miles an hour slower the surprised driver swerves off the road and strikes the trees. Game over!
Note: It is better to hit the car in front of you going 50 than the tree that is parked.