Monday, September 19, 2011

Bless Their Hearts: Just Kind of Going By Ear

Also: Rep. Harold Mitchell's jail time and a $95,000 fire drill

Posted by Paul Bowers on Mon, Sep 19, 2011 at 3:16 PM

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Dept. of D'oh!: During last week's impeachment hearing for Ross Kressel, the student body president at the College of Charleston, the Student Senate was embarrassed to find that its document for approving a Vote of No Confidence required a signature from the student body president. During the public input session, one wiseacre in the audience waited his turn to ask, "Do you guys actually know what you're doing, or are you just kind of going by ear?"

No-Laughing Gas Dept.: During an emergency drill on Sept. 7 at Charleston County's Leeds Avenue records center, a worker accidentally set off the release of $95,368 worth of halon, a pricey gas used for fighting fires around vital records, museum exhibits, and sensitive electronics. County officials told the Post and Courier's Glenn Smith that no one was hurt and no records were damaged as the county's 10 storage tanks emptied themselves of nearly 4,500 pounds of the gas.

This Guy Spends Our Money Dept.: Rep. Harold Mitchell (D-Spartanburg) spent a few hours in the clink last Tuesday on charges of failing to pay more than $7,000 in state income taxes. According to the S.C. Department of Revenue, Mitchell earned a total of $274,457.30 from the years 2005 to 2008, but he reported a total of $49,746.30 for those years. If convicted, Mitchell would face up to 20 years in prison or $40,000 in fines.

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