"I thought I could put myself all the way in it and not feel it, but I did. I realized, 'I understand, maybe, why people end up not being so good.' Because they get lied to a lot."
Stephen Colbert on running for president (in South Carolina). Source: Entertainment Weekly
Keep It Down!
Folly Beach City Council passed a live music noise ordinance this week, after meeting with bar owners to establish a compromise. Council member Tim Goodwin proposed the bill after neighboring residents repeatedly complained about the tunes in recent weeks. Bars are now required to cease live music outdoors at midnight on weekends, and at 10 p.m. on weeknights. Indoor music is unaffected and may be played until 2 a.m. The news affects venues like Surf Bar and the Conch most directly, who regularly hosted acoustic musicians on their patios during the summer. What about live bands at a house party? "Well, you'd better invite the neighbors," says Goodwin. —Stratton Lawrence
Citadel Cadets Rough Up Princeton Band
Few were impressed by the on-field antics of the Princeton University "scramble band" during the Sept. 27 football game at The Citadel. But apparently the real action came before the game, when the band walked through campus and got into a scuffle with Citadel cadets.
Post and Courier's sports sage Ken Burger reported Sunday that the band was "sashaying" near the parade field on campus, leading Cadets to charge at them.
"It was awful," one cadet told Burger. "They're lucky they didn't get killed."
Papers across New Jersey lit up by Monday with further reports of the incident, with band members claiming they'd been roughed up, spit on, and that at least one member had his instrument broken.
One student told the Princeton newspaper that "three or four cadets" tackled him and pushed him up against a tree.
Retired Lt. Gen. John Rosa, the Citadel president, said in a statement that the school "must hold cadets to a higher standard."
"Developing principled leaders is our top priority at The Citadel," he said. "This weekend has provided our cadets with an object lesson in the responsibility that leaders bear to demonstrate exemplary behavior. ... This lesson is vitally important because, after graduation, their actions will reflect on the military or civilian endeavors with which they will be associated." —Greg Hambrick
That's the deadline for voter registration. The county's election office will be open on that Saturday for last minute registrants. For more information, visit www.charlestoncounty.org.
Google Grand Opening Oct. 7
Forget the Apple Store opening. That was sooo last year (er ... well, sooo earlier this year). All those eyes behind those glasses held together by scotch tape are on the grand opening of the Google server farm. The $600 million facility at Mt. Holly Commerce Park near Moncks Corner will have an opening reception from 3-6 p.m. on Oct. 7.
Those who attended Google's 2007 debate after-party already know that these folks can put together an event. The company is offering what amounts to golden tickets, with 50 invitations for the opening to be offered at random to Berkeley County residents who register at a Google website. Us Charleston folk will just have to play with our personal light-up Google fans and remember the good 'ol days. —Greg Hambrick
City Approves Market Makeover Managers
The Charleston City Council approved the proposal of City Market Preservation Trust to take over the city's historic marketplace. The move came at the end of a more than year-long process of finding a new management team to take on the popular tourist attraction, with an eye on sprucing things up.
The agreement calls for immediate improvements within the next two months, including brick repair, pigeon and pest control, a fresh coat of paint, steam cleaning, and other small repairs. The city and the Trust will also work over the next two years to develop a long-term improvement plan that could include extending the market with a new shed across East Bay Street. Other changes that have been discussed include public restrooms and parking improvements.
Helmed by Hank Holliday and Steve Varn, the trust will get a percentage of the Market revenue in exchange for their work managing the site. —Greg Hambrick
That's the fee proposed by Charleston International Airport officials per passenger to pay for $150 million in improvements, including a luggage carousel and an additional airplane gate. The fee will need FAA approval. Source: Charleston Regional Business Journal
That was the age of Staff Sgt. Matthew J. Talyor, a Charleston resident who died in Iraq last week. Taylor was stationed at Fort Polk, La. His wife and three children were staying with family in Goose Creek. Source: The Post and Courier