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Morgan Leach Hager, Jr. | Obituaries | The Press and Standard


surrounded by his loving family at his home in Cottageville while under the care of Hospice Care of South Carolina. Funeral services were conducted 2 o’clock Monday afternoon, April 27, 2015, from The Brice W. Herndon and Sons Funeral Chapel, Walterboro.

Morgan Hager Jr.


Morgan Leach Hager Jr., 69, entered into rest Thursday afternoon, April 23, 2015, surrounded by his loving family at his home in Cottageville, S.C., while under the care of Hospice Care of South Carolina.

South Carolina Mayor’s Death Settlement Reduced to $10M


A settlement has been reached in the lawsuit against the town of Cottageville over the shooting death of the former mayor by a police officer. The Post and Courier of Charleston reported the $97 million awarded by a federal jury last fall has been reduced ...

15-year-old dead after motorcycle wreck in Cottageville


Officials with the Colleton County Fire-Rescue say the accident happened on the 2100 block of McDanieltown Road at 5:15 p.m.. Officials say Holland was wearing safety gear. The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the wreck.

South Carolina Cop Indicted For Arson, Stays On Job, No Suspension


However, that's not the case in Cottageville, South Carolina, where Police Chief Charles Long has no intention of suspending or firing Officer Travis Balkom. Balkom was arraigned this week on third-degree arson charges from a 2009 case in which two homes ...

As the midterm elections near, it’s unclear who can vote


With less than three weeks until the midterm elections, the rules for voter ID keep changing ...
while allowing restrictions on voting times in North Carolina. As one judge in the Texas case explained on Tuesday, the “only constant principle ...

Jury Awards Slain South Carolina Mayor’s Family $97M


A federal jury in Charleston, S.C., has awarded the family of the former mayor of Cottageville $97 million for his shooting ...
million punitive damages against Price. Family attorney Mullins McLeod told the jury that Price shot Reeves because the ex ...

South Carolina: $97 Million Awarded in Killing


Mr. Reeves’s family sued Mr. Price and the town of Cottageville, saying it should never have hired the officer because he had a troubled employment history. Mr. Price’s lawyer said the mayor had bipolar disorder and was enraged when he confronted the ...

Family of ex-South Carolina mayor shot dead by police officer are rewarded $97 MILLION in damages...
but the officer avoids charges


The family of a former small-town South Carolina mayor who authorities say was shot to death by a police officer he had complained about for aggressive behavior has been awarded $97 million in a federal wrongful death lawsuit. Bert Reeves was shot in the ...

Cottageville, South Carolina Vacation Rentals


Cottageville, South Carolina offers great vacation house rental and home rental-by-owner deals for the knowledgeable traveler. No matter what budget or level of comfort you seek in your holiday to Cottageville, SC, there's surely a great local vacation ...

Bee City in Cottageville, SC


Yesterday my son's class took a trip out to Bee City in Cottageville, SC.Bee City is a honeybee farm, petting zoo and nature center. It was cold for April (55) and a little rainy but that didn't stop …

Kittens, cats rescued from Round O mobile home covered in Methamphetamine chemicals; Shelley Pafford, 28, Ashlyn Wiedenbach, 21, and Ronald Juliano, 48, arrested


Nearly 20 kittens and four cats were rescued from a Round O mobile home that was covered in chemicals involved in the making of methamphetamine, according to officials. A woman called the Colleton…




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The Guardian and a warning to COTTAGEVILLE SOUTH CAROLINA: Jehovah´s Witnesses´ silencing techniques, as terrifying as child abuse

Growing up in a Jehovah’s Witness family is different. As a child, I didn’t celebrate birthdays, Christmas or July 4. Nor did I, or anyone I knew, mix with non-Witness families in Little League or Girl Scouts. Instead, I spent much of my time sharing the “good news.” I used to go door-to-door on my own with a big, strong, well liked man in my congregation, named Jonathan. I was just 9 and 10 when he repeatedly sexually abused me.

It is really hard for kids to speak up when they’re abused. But the Jehovah’s Witnesses make it a lot harder.

They have a “2 Witness” rule, which says that anyone who accuses an adult of abuse must have a second witness. If there is no second witness, the accuser is punished for a false accusation - usually by ordering that no Witness may talk with or associate with the “false” accuser. This is called dis-fellowshipping. For a kid raised only with other Witnesses, it was horrifying. Even your parents would have to ignore you. It was more terrifying than Jonathan.

It was the elders of my congregation who had assigned Jonathan to team up with me. When we separated from the others, he forced me into his pick-up truck and drove us to his house. Then he would say “Let’s play”. It happened too many times. Like everyone else in the congregation, my parents liked “Brother” Jonathan and trusted him in our family.

My parents were consumed with some really huge problems in those years, and later divorced. I was emotionally alone - and wanted to be the best Jehovah’s Witness I could be. That’s why I went out to field service - the door to door ministry that Witnesses are known for.

What my parents didn’t know, was that Jonathan had sexually molested another girl in our congregation. The elders knew this and had kept it a secret. They were following orders from Watchtower leaders, based in the world headquarters in New York, who in 1989 had issued a top-secret instruction to keep known child sex abusers in the congregations a secret. This instruction became Exhibit 1 at my civil trial.

The elders and the Governing Body all knew that child molesters hide in religious groups and often are people who are likeable and friendly - like Jonathan. They knew molesters would likely do it again. But they chose to ignore the safety of the kids, in favor of protecting their image - and their bank account - from lawsuits. It was all in that 1989 letter.

A recent report by the Center for Investigative Reporting revealed that they have continued to issues directives urging silence around child abuse. Last November, elders were instructed to avoid taking criminal matters like child abuse to the authorities. Instead, they were told to handle them internally in confidential committees. The report also showed that Jehovah’s Witnesses evoke the First Amendment to hide sex abuse claims.

It took me learning about Jonathan’s other victims for me to speak up. In 2009, I looked on California’s Megan’s Law website, the state’s official list of registered sex offenders. There, I found he had been convicted a few years before for sexually abusing another 8-year-old girl. I felt horribly guilty that I hadn’t spoken up about him earlier. Now, I need to stop predators from doing this again.

The only way to end this abuse is by lifting this veil of secrecy once and for all.

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There are more opportunities than ever for those receiving benefits from Social Security Disability Insurance [Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)] and SSI [Supplemental Security Income (SSI)] to learn job skills and find permanent employment in COTTAGEVILLE SOUTH CAROLINA.

If you are looking for work, or are new to the workforce, familiarize yourself with the Americans with Disabilities Act [Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)] of 1990 , a federal civil rights law designed to prevent discrimination and enable people with disabilities to participate fully in all aspects of society.

A fundamental principle of the ADA is that people with disabilities who want to work and are qualified to do so should have equal employment opportunities.

This booklet answers questions you may have about your employment rights under the ADA.

How do I know if I am protected by the ADA?

To be protected, you must be a qualified individual with a disability. This means you must have a disability as defined by the ADA. Under the ADA, you have a disability if he has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity such as hearing, seeing, speaking, thinking, walking, breathing, or performing manual tasks. You must also be able to perform the job for which you want to be hired, or for which you have been hired, with or without reasonable accommodation.

What are my rights under the ADA?

The ADA protects you from discrimination in all employment practices, including: job application procedures, hiring, firing, training, pay, promotions, benefits and licenses. You are also right not to be harassed because of your disability and your employer can not fire or discipline you for asserting your rights under the ADA. More importantly, you have the right to request reasonable for the hiring process and employment functional adaptations.

What is a "reasonable accommodation"?

A reasonable accommodation is any modification or adjustment to a job, work environment or how they usually do things that would allow you to apply for a job, work, or enjoy equal access to the benefits available to others in the workplace. There are many things that can help people with disabilities work successfully. Some of the most common types of accommodations are:

  • physical changes, such as installing a ramp or modifying the workspace or services;
  • sign language interpreters for the deaf or blind readers;
  • provide a quiet space or other changes to reduce noise distractions for someone with mental disabilities;
  • training and written materials in accessible formats such as Braille or audio cassette or computer discs;
  • TTY for deaf can use the telephone, and computer hardware and software to facilitate computer access for people with visual impairments or who have difficulty using their hands; and
  • licenses disability who needs treatment.

    What should I do if I think I need a reasonable accommodation?

    If you think you need a reasonable accommodation for the job application process or at work, you must apply. You may request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the job application, or any time before or after starting work. How do I request a reasonable accommodation? Just let your employer who needs an adjustment or change because of their disability. Needless to complete special forms or use technical language to do so. For example, if you use a wheelchair and it does not fit under your desk, you should talk to your supervisor. This is a request for a reasonable accommodation. A doctor´s note requesting disability leave or saying that you can work with certain restrictions is also a request for reasonable accommodation. What happens after making a request for a reasonable accommodation? Once you have made the request for reasonable accommodation, the employer must discuss the options available to you. If you have a disability that is not obvious, the employer may require documentation that demonstrates and explains why you need a reasonable accommodation. You and your employer must work together to determine an appropriate accommodation.

    For more information on labor support, contact the Social Security Administration [Social Security Administration] to:

    1-800-772-1213 (voice)

    1-800-325-0778 (TTY) www.ssa.gov/work [2]




  • Protect Your Business in COTTAGEVILLE SOUTH CAROLINA from Spring Weather Threats

    This winter has been particularly harsh for businesses in the northeast and parts of the southern U.S., as record snowfalls and frigid temperatures forced many companies to close their doors for several days.

    Many parts of the country are bracing for possible spring floods that may follow when the snow melts. Meanwhile, April through June is the peak time for tornadoes, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The Southeast, Midwest, the Gulf States and the South Central region are particularly vulnerable to these dangerous windstorms.

    Now is a good time to make a plan to protect your clients, customers and your business for the threats caused by spring storms and floods. Join the U.S. Small Business Administration and Agility Recovery on Tuesday, March 10 at 2 p.m. EDT for a free webinar on best practices for mitigating spring weather risks. These preparedness tips are based on real-life recovery experiences from business owners.

    The SBA has partnered with Agility to offer business continuity strategies through its “PrepareMyBusiness” website. Visit www.preparemybusiness.org to access previous webinars and for additional preparedness tips.

    The SBA provides disaster recovery assistance in the form of low-interest loans to homeowners, renters, private nonprofits and businesses of all sizes. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov/disaster.

    WHAT: “Preparing for Severe Spring Weather” - A presentation from Agility CEO Bob Boyd, followed by a question and answer session.

    WHEN: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 from 2 –3 p.m. EDT
    HOW:

    Space is limited. Register at http://agil.me/springprepsba

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