“I don’t know that you stop people from smoking by spending a lot of money.”

S.C. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dan Cooper (R-Anderson) on the state’s recent ranking as 51st in spending on smoking cessation campaigns, according to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. Source: News 2

Special City Council Election Feb. 3

City Councilman Wendell Gilliard and his signature track suits have left the building. The winner of a seat in the Statehouse resigned his city office earlier this month and a special election has been called for Tues., Feb. 3. Filing for the seat opens on Nov. 28 and closes at the end of business day Dec. 8. The $150 filing fee can be submitted at the McNair Law Firm, 100 Calhoun St. For more info, call 843-723-7831. ­—Greg Hambrick


The Massachusetts National Guard has reactivated the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. The all-black unit’s Civil War charge on Battery Wagner off James Island in 1863 was featured in the 1989 film Glory. The new ceremonial unit will conduct military honors at state functions and veterans’ funerals.

Source: The Associated Press

Locals Awarded for Trashy Art

Charleston County has announced the winners of its Creative Recycling Arts Contest which required entrants to use common recyclable materials, including cardboard, ink cartridges, bottle caps, plastic bottles, newsprint (though not this newsprint, this is a weekly memento) and other “trash.”

The first place winner was Dayton Colie’s “Medusa,” made from cardboard and milk bottles. Interesting enough, the piece was likely constructed on the same budget as Medusa in Clash of the Titans. —Greg Hambrick

$15 million

That’s the amount the federal government has loaned South Carolina in order for the state to pay unemployment benefits. The state pays out about $10 million a week in benefits and has about $64 million left in an insurance trust fund. On Friday, the state announced the unemployment rate had hit a 25-year high of eight percent. Charleston County’s unemployment rose to 6.2 percent, one of the lowest in the state. Source: News 2, S.C. Employment Security Commission

Riley, Illegal Alien Suspend Streetscape

Charleston Mayor Joe Riley was seen last week palling around with Nicholas Claus. The cookie snatcher, frequent home invader, and notorious illegal alien was in town to help Riley announce the suspension of the city’s streetscaping project on lower King Street (between Market and Broad streets). Work crews won’t be back until Jan. 5, so the few shoppers with more than two turtle doves to barter can reach needy shop owners. Riley noted other city and King Street holiday plans, including two-hour parking vouchers for city and county garages that will be available at King Street stores. More information is available at www.ChristmasInCharleston.com, www.ChristmasOnKingStreet.com, and www.UpperKingDesignDistrict.com. —Greg Hambrick

“When you’re an endangered species, you don’t purge like the Kremlin.”

Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) on the apparent push back against Sen. Jim DeMint. The South Carolina Republican made threats following the Nov. 4 elections that he would call for a shake-up in party leadership if the GOP did not return to his conservative principles. Source: Roll Call