Wednesday, October 30, 2013

From the House

Bluffton Today

Bluffton lost one of its patriarchs this last week with the passing of my friend Jerry Reeves III. Jerry was a brilliant man whose business savvy brought prosperity to his family, and whose good works changed the economic and social landscape of Bluffton. In truth, it was the example of this fine man that helped me understand the crucial importance of good, decent jobs to the stability of families, which has formed the basis of much of my work in the legislature.


The Reeves’ family business, Resort Services (RSI), has provided employment for literally hundreds of our neighbors over the years. His efforts in founding and nurturing The Children’s Center has allowed his employees and many, many other parents the security of knowing their children were in a secure, safe environment during the work day. Among Jerry and Mary Reeves’ many contributions to the community, the impact of RSI and The Children’s Center is probably the most profound. Our love, gratitude and admiration for this genuinely humble and kind man will always endure.


Shifting from the inspirational to the mundane, I want to remind you that your credit monitoring, provided free of charge by the state, is moving from Experian to a new company, CS Identity Corp. This move requires that you sign up with the new company as soon as possible. You need to go to www.scidprotection.com or call 855-880-2743 and enroll in the new program.


You may remember that last year, the Department of Revenue data system was hacked. This resulted in the loss of financial and personal information of millions of individual South Carolinians and businesses. We hired Experian on something of an emergency basis as we worked through the system to assess the damage. This year, we went through our normal acquisition process to choose the contractor to provide this service. For their own reasons, Experian did not respond to our Request for Proposals, but did begin to market their services to folks on the list of people and businesses they were hired to protect. The resulting confusion resulted in literally hundreds of calls to this office, to which we patiently responded.


Again, I would like to apologize for the lack of proper security in our handling of your tax information. We fell short of the mark and we will make up for it the best way we can for as long as we can. I urge you to email or call the new contractor as soon as possible and sign up. A gap in your coverage is not a risk you want to take.


Don’t forget the 6th Annual Taste of Waddell is coming up Sunday the 10th of November from 3 to 7 p.m. A little over a week away and sure to be a big party for a good cause. Chef Mike Sigler will be cooking his signature shrimp dishes, “Admiral” Al Stokes will be conducting tours of the facility and this representative, along with Representative Weston Newton, will be on hand for some news on the upcoming session and the prospects for the Waddell Center’s financial future.


Finally, Mary and I have signed on as sponsors for the Bluffton Historical Society’s Christmas Gala at the Colcock-Teel House in Old Town Bluffton. Tamela Maxim is chairwoman of the committee putting this fabulous event together, along with Maureen Richards, Executive Director of the Heyward House. Expect excellent food by Reeves Catering, lots of fun and prizes, as well as a semi-spooky walk down the nature trail to the Oyster Factory Park. Save the date: Friday, December 13th, and remember to take out your period costume and make sure your gaiters are clean and your bustle is plumped.