DOT elects new chairman
John P. Edwards has been elected chairman of the S.C. Department of Transportation.
Edwards represents the 4th Congressional District on the commission. He succeeds R. Eddie Adams, who remains a commissioner representing the 3rd Congressional District.
Edwards, of Greenville, is owner and president of Edwards Piping & Machinery.
Also, Harrison Rearden, representing the 6th Congressional District, was elected vice chairman. Rearden is retired from the S.C. Department of Social Services.
New commissioners are Chad Ingram and Mike Wooten.
• Ingram represents the 2nd Congressional District, a position formerly held by Craig Forrest. Because of reapportionment, Forrest no longer lives in the 2nd District. Forrest will serve as an at-large member of the commission for the remainder of his term. Ingram, of Aiken, is chief executive of Garvin Oil Co.
• Wooten is the first commissioner to represent the newly formed 7th Congressional District. Wooten, of Murrells Inlet, is president and founder of DDC Engineers in Myrtle Beach.
S.C. college savings program sees significant growth
South Carolina’s state-run college savings program saw a 16 percent increase in the amount of money invested last year.
State Treasurer Curtis Loftis said Tuesday that more than $36 million was put into the Future Scholar program in December, a 48 percent increase over December 2011. The program now has more than $1.6 billion invested.
Loftis says lower expenses and fees, combined with a lower minimum to invest and a marketing campaign helped fuel the growth of the 529 college savings program.
The Future Scholar program allows parents, relatives and friends to contribute tax-free money toward a child’s college education. The money is invested and can be removed from the account without paying taxes to pay for college expenses.
Governor Nikki Haley’s public schedule for this week, released Tuesday by her staff, is:
Today, 2 p.m. – Participate in the groundbreaking for JTEKT, Piedmont
According to her office, Haley’s activities last week included:
4 – Economic-development activities: three calls and a groundbreaking at Google’s Berkeley County data center
3 – Speeches: to the Palmetto Business Forum in Cayce, the Columbia Urban League’s 15th annual MLK legacy breakfast in West Columbia and the State of the State address
2 each – Meetings concerning the Legislature; media activities: an availability to preview her State of the State speech and a call with editorial board writers; and phone calls noted, one to grassroots activists and another to a fellow governor
1 each – Call concerning a state agency; and a ceremonial duty; a State House meeting with students at Bluffton’s M.C. Riley Elementary School
Busiest days – Tuesday and Wednesday, with four activities each
Slowest days – Monday, Thursday and Friday, each with two activities each
From Staff and Wire Reports