Numbers worth knowing and quotes of note

"Drinking and smoking tend to kind of go together. I think it would definitely put a lasting dent in our business."

Jason Ladson, general manager of King Street Grille in Mt. Pleasant, after the town council called for staff to draft a smoke-free workplace ordinance. The town will consider the ordinance in March. Source: Post and Courier

Charter School Scuffle

Charleston County School District officials have presented early plans for the Rivers Middle School that would monopolize the campus, potentially shutting out the proposed Charter School for Math and Science.

Parents and teachers have been meeting since last May to shape the charter school that would open in 2008 for sixth to ninth graders and then expand to the 12th grade by 2011. But district officials are planning uses for the building that all but ignore the charter school.

The district closed the school, located on the upper reaches of King Street, several years ago, moving students over to the Burke High School campus. The building is now used for auxiliary district services and office space. Proposed magnet programs for preservation and technology would be paired with an advanced placement program to put more than 600 students into the school. The district plans to bring its proposal out to the public to get input, but school board members warned the district to also include a public discussion on the charter school.

"I want us to consider all the possibilities," says Gregg Meyers. "I think some of the frustration is unnecessary, because I think we're a lot more open-minded than some people think we are."

Board Member David Engelman questioned how an aging school like Rivers Middle could handle the upgrades necessary for a technology school, and Arthur Ravenel suggested the program may be a better fit at the new Burke High School. District staff said that renovations are planned at Rivers if necessary, but noted that the plans aren't carved in stone.

Organizers of the new charter school announced Tues., Feb. 20, that they have been approved for the first allocations of a $220,000 grant from the state Department of Education. The initial $20,000 will go toward planning, with $200,000 to follow to assist the school in its first two years of operation. --Greg Hambrick


That's the product code to look for on the lids of bad containers of Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter. Salmonella reports sparked nationwide concern about the peanut butter, including six potential cases in South Carolina. Source: Post and Courier


That's the number of Wando High students and former students indicted recently for a string of armed robberies last year. Source: Post and Courier

"Hey, big guy. Having a few drinks? Think you had one too many? Then it's time to call a cab or call a sober friend for a ride home. Remember, your future is in your hand."

That's the message that men will receive from talking urinal cakes in New Mexico. The voice is said to be that of a flirty, yet stern woman. Source: The Washington Post


That's the amount of money raised by the College of Charleston's Dance Marathon. All proceeds will be donated to the MUSC Children's Hospital. Source: College of Charleston


That's the fee for a peddlers' permit in the City of Charleston beginning next month, following City Council's final approval last week. A separate fee for a mandatory training program for children that sell palmetto roses was pulled from the ordinance before final approval. Source: Post and Courier

"The data is crystal clear: our armed forces are under incredible strain, and the only way that they can fill their recruiting quotas is by lowering their standards."

Representative Martin T. Meehan (D-Mass.), chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight, on the growing number of waivers granted to military recruits with criminal backgrounds. Source: The New York Times


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