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RIDGEVILLE — Lowcountry paleontologist Skye Basak credits recent torrential rains for her team’s discovery of a tusked walrus skull dating back roughly 2 million years.Basak and her staff at Palmetto Fossil Excursions found the basketball-sized skull buried about 25 feet below the surface in a part of Ridgeville that scientists believe to be an ancient barrier island. It will be donated to the College of Charleston’s Mace Brown...
RIDGEVILLE — Lowcountry paleontologist Skye Basak credits recent torrential rains for her team’s discovery of a tusked walrus skull dating back roughly 2 million years.
Basak and her staff at Palmetto Fossil Excursions found the basketball-sized skull buried about 25 feet below the surface in a part of Ridgeville that scientists believe to be an ancient barrier island. It will be donated to the College of Charleston’s Mace Brown Museum of Natural History.
Basak has uncovered several other fossils in the same area over time, but this one was special. When the team found it, Basak said she was “completely out of this world excited,” jumping with joy and “freaking out.”
“Of all the things that we could have possibly unearthed on this recovery mission this was by far the most sought-after speciman,” said Basak, co-owner of Palmetto Fossil Excursions, a charter paleontology service. “For me, it was the goal.”
Recent rainfall caused part of the skull and both of the tusks to separate. But all of the pieces were recovered and will be reconstructed.
It is rare to find complete walrus skulls with both tusks, and that’s one reason this particular fossil is special. It belongs to the extinct type Ontocetus.
There are about three or four partial-to-complete Ontocetus skulls known in the world, according to College of Charleston research associate and adjunct instructor Robert Boessenecker. He said there are 2½ skulls from the Netherlands and Belgium and a nice one from Japan.
The local skull is likely the only one in the United States of this genus, which ranged as far south as Florida and Morocco and northward to the Netherlands back in ancient times.
Researchers will likely conduct further research on the skull once it is turned over to the museum.
“Because it’s one of only a few skulls of this genus known worldwide, it might be a new species because it’s much younger, geologically speaking, than all the other specimens,” Boessenecker said.
South Carolina may not seem like the ideal environment for walruses. But the animals have only been glacial for 100,000 or 200,000 years, according to Boessenecker.
“We know it had a climatic tolerance, kind of like a modern monk seal, living in subtropical through at least temperate waters and possibly cold-temperate,” Boessenecker said.
The animal’s characteristics resembled sea lions but with curved tusks. Modern walrus tusks are straight.
Basak and the others from the excursion group have found several other fossils in the state belonging to extinct species. Earlier this year they uncovered a giant prehistoric whale flipper about 200 feet away from where the walrus skull was found.
“So many people that live here don’t even realize what’s beneath their feet,” Basak said. “It’s kind of a goal for me to revolutionize that, to bring it to the forefront for the people of South Carolina.”
Her company has donated several scientifically critical specimens to the Mace Brown Museum, including the whale flipper. Once the walrus skull is donated, Boessenecker said it will be catalogued and put on display.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - For people with loved ones at some correctional institutions across the state, taking a visit to see them in prison earlier this week was not possible because of staffing shortages, according to leaders with the South Carolina Department of Corrections.“We’re always going to go with safety,” South Carolina Department of Corrections Director Bryan Sterling says. “If we can’t visit—and I know loved ones really want to visit, either through video or in person—if we have ...
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - For people with loved ones at some correctional institutions across the state, taking a visit to see them in prison earlier this week was not possible because of staffing shortages, according to leaders with the South Carolina Department of Corrections.
“We’re always going to go with safety,” South Carolina Department of Corrections Director Bryan Sterling says. “If we can’t visit—and I know loved ones really want to visit, either through video or in person—if we have to cut something, we’re going to cut something.”
SCDC has hired 126 people since July 1, but there are about 1,300 correctional officer openings at prisons across the state, according to Stirling, though he says they only have funding for about 450. There are about 97 vacancies at Lieber Correctional Institution in Ridgeville.
“Programming, out of cell time, things of that nature—[staffing shortages] affect almost everything we do,” he says.
The department has had staffing issues for years, and Stirling blames low pay for the problem.
“In 2013, I took over—they hadn’t been given a pay raises in 10 years,” he says. “Besides maybe some updated pay across the board for the state, nobody had ever asked for a pay raise for our officers and they weren’t getting paid overtime.”
To combat the issue, however, Stirling says there have been significant pay raises for correctional officers within SCDC. There has been a $30 million pay raise across the board for security and correctional staff, he says.
“Some folks are going to see a 37 percent increase in their pay,” Stirling says. “The other thing we did, we went to General Assembly and asked them if we could drop the age to be a correctional officer from 21 to 18. You can now come out of high school in South Carolina and apply for a job at a corrections facility across this state and make close to $50,000 in your first year. And that doesn’t include overtime and bonuses and things of that nature.”
SCDC is set to increase pay for other jobs within the department, including nurses and maintenance workers like plumbers and electricians, according to Stirling. However, he adds improving retention is another important piece of the puzzle.
“We’re not going to hire our way out of this problem, we have to retain also the folks that we have,” he says.
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https://www.bassresource.com/bass_fishing_123/bass-chesapeake-91022.html B.A.S.S. NewsCECIL COUNTY, Md. — JT Thompkins was a man on a mission and his Championship Saturday performance fulfilled this truth with a 17-pound, 4-ounce limit that capped a three-day total of 39-12 and propelled him to victory in the Bassmaster Northern Open tournament at Upper Chesapeake Bay. After posting weights of 11-0 and 11-8, Thompkins started Day 3 in ninth place — 11-6 off the lead set by Chris Beaudrie. At the final tally, he had edged ...
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CECIL COUNTY, Md. — JT Thompkins was a man on a mission and his Championship Saturday performance fulfilled this truth with a 17-pound, 4-ounce limit that capped a three-day total of 39-12 and propelled him to victory in the Bassmaster Northern Open tournament at Upper Chesapeake Bay. After posting weights of 11-0 and 11-8, Thompkins started Day 3 in ninth place — 11-6 off the lead set by Chris Beaudrie. At the final tally, he had edged Beaudrie by 15 ounces. For his win, the 20-year-old from Myrtle Beach, S.C., earned $42,267 and a berth in the 2023 Bassmaster Classic.
“I didn’t think there was any way for this to happen; I don’t even know what to say,” Thompkins said of his come-from-behind victory. “This whole year, I’ve talked about dreaming of going to the Classic. It’s a dream come true.
“This was a tournament where I just had to make sure not to slip up and if I had an opportunity, to take advantage. I’m so happy to have this bag today to be able to do that.”
Maximizing his time, Thompkins stayed within sight of the weigh-in venue for most of the tournament. Working broad grass flats in 2 to 9 feet, he targeted hard-cover current breaks.
“I found this area in pre-practice; I was just scanning and I saw the stumps and it set up perfectly,” Thompkins said. “I really didn’t fish it in practice. I just knew that’s where it was gonna go down.”
Thompkins caught his Day 3 fish on a 1/2-ounce craw-colored Outkast Tackle jig with a green pumpkin Strike King Rage Menace. Earlier in the event, he also caught bass on a Senko and a ChatterBait.
“This was a day where everything worked out and every decision that I made, every time I made a move, there was a fish waiting for me,” he said.
“I caught more fish today than I caught the entire practice. I figured some things out today because the first two days, I messed up (my tide decisions). Today, I was able to correct that, and I was able to capitalize on a lot of things.”
Thompkins got off to a blistering start with a limit of approximately 14 1/2 pounds by 7:40 a.m. After a dry spell, he added a key afternoon cull that sealed his win. Sweetening his victory, Thompkins won his first Bassmaster Open on his mother’s birthday. “I want to let my mom know I love her and how much she means to me.”
Hailing from Princeton, Ky., Beaudrie finished second with 38-13. On Day 1, he placed second with 17-8, just 11 ounces off the lead. Adding 16-6 on Day 2 pushed him into the top spot. Unfortunately, Beaudrie’s productivity fizzled on Championship Saturday and he managed only three bass for 4-15. Beaudrie had been working matted vegetation with lots of baitfish in the Susquehanna River. With the weekend’s full moon pushing tides higher than normal, Beaudrie’s fish rode the rising level deeper into the mats. Following their progression and fishing a frog superslow delivered his two big bags.
“I found those fish in practice throwing a Picasso Lures spinnerbait,” Beaudrie said. “They were off the edge of the grass mat and during the tournament, I saw the conditions change, so I adjusted to throwing a white frog and punching a green pumpkin Senko.”
Beaudrie noted that switching from his standard 7-foot, 4-inch frog rod to a 7-7 heavy iRod and 65-pound Vicious braid helped him wrestle bass out of the vegetation from deep in the mat.
Pete Gluszek of Mount Laurel, N.J., finished third with 37-2. His first two days’ limits of 15-9 and 10-8 sent him to Championship Saturday in third place. Closing with 11-1 kept him at that spot. With 30 years of guiding and instructional work on the Chesapeake Bay, the Bass University founder leaned on his extensive local knowledge to work through the tough summer conditions and dial in a particular pattern.
“September scatters the fish; the baitfish are scattered, the bass are doing a bunch of different things and that makes it a little bit challenging,” he said. “I had a thing in the Susquehanna where I was fishing hard cover adjacent to grass beds and that’s where I was able to get bit consistently doing that.”
Gluszek targeted stumps, laydowns and docks where bass positioned to ambush passing bait pods. His main baits were a Rapala DT Fat, Texas-rigged Strike King Rage Bug with 3/8- and 1/2-ounce VMC weights and what he calls the Bass University Dean’s Rig — a Texas-rigged worm with a 1/16-ounce VMC Half Moon tail weight.
Cole Drummond of Effingham, S.C., won the $750 Phoenix Boats Big Bass award with his 5-13.
Alex Wetherell of Middletown, Conn., won the Bassmaster Northern Opens title with 572 points. Kyoya Fujita of Minamitsuru, Yamanashi, Japan, finished second with 566, followed by Keith Poche of Montgomery, Ala., with 549, Jacob Walker of Springville, Ala., with 547 and Thompkins with 537.
Wetherell, Fujita and Poche will receive invitations to fish the 2023 Bassmaster Elite Series. Notably, Fujita qualified during his first season fishing in America.
Cooper Gallant of Bowmanville, Canada, leads the overall Bassmaster Opens Angler of the Year standings with 983 points.
2022 Bassmaster Northern Open Tournament Upper Chesapeake 9/8-9/10 Chesapeake Bay, North East MD. (BOATER) Standings Day 3
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Pts Total $$$
1. JT Thompkins Myrtle Beach, SC 15 39-12 200 $42,267.00 Day 1: 5 11-00 Day 2: 5 11-08 Day 3: 5 17-04 2. Chris Beaudrie Princeton, KY 13 38-13 199 $20,287.00 Day 1: 5 17-08 Day 2: 5 16-06 Day 3: 3 04-15 3. Pete Gluszek Mount Laurel, NJ 15 37-02 198 $14,320.00 Day 1: 5 15-09 Day 2: 5 10-08 Day 3: 5 11-01 4. Trevor McKinney Benton, IL 14 37-00 197 $11,933.00 Day 1: 4 10-13 Day 2: 5 13-12 Day 3: 5 12-07 5. Kyle Austin Ridgeville, SC 15 35-09 196 $10,382.00 Day 1: 5 08-05 Day 2: 5 14-13 Day 3: 5 12-07 6. David Gaston Sylacauga, AL 15 35-08 195 $9,547.00 Day 1: 5 12-13 Day 2: 5 10-03 Day 3: 5 12-08 7. Duke Nave Oxford, PA 13 30-15 194 $8,950.00 Day 1: 3 10-14 Day 2: 5 11-06 Day 3: 5 08-11 8. Chad Pipkens Dewitt, MI 11 30-02 193 $8,353.00 Day 1: 5 14-06 Day 2: 3 09-08 Day 3: 3 06-04 9. Kyle Patrick Cooperstown, NY 12 24-13 192 $6,563.00 Day 1: 5 13-14 Day 2: 5 08-10 Day 3: 2 02-05 10. Brian Mullaney Ijamsville, MD 8 22-03 191 $10,143.00 Day 1: 5 15-00 Day 2: 3 07-03 ----------------------------------------------------------------------- PHOENIX BOATS BIG BASS Cole Drummond Effingham, SC 05-13 $750.00 ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Totals Day #Limits #Fish Weight 1 43 471 1045-02 2 33 391 866-08 3 6 38 87-14 ---------------------------------- 82 900 1999-08
RIDGEVILLE, S.C. (WCSC) - Walmart’s $220 million-dollar international distribution center in Ridgeville is now open for business.Officials from Dorchester County and Gov. Henry McMaster spoke at the grand opening on Friday.“This is just one more sign of our great prosperity that’s going to keep on going,” McMaster says. “This is one of the three largest such distribution centers in the world.”So far, Walmart has hired over 900 associates and they are looking to hire a total of 1,300 fu...
RIDGEVILLE, S.C. (WCSC) - Walmart’s $220 million-dollar international distribution center in Ridgeville is now open for business.
Officials from Dorchester County and Gov. Henry McMaster spoke at the grand opening on Friday.
“This is just one more sign of our great prosperity that’s going to keep on going,” McMaster says. “This is one of the three largest such distribution centers in the world.”
So far, Walmart has hired over 900 associates and they are looking to hire a total of 1,300 full-time employees. The Walmart distribution center is expected to increase the Port of Charleston’s volume by 5 percent, bringing them more jobs as well.
Jeffrey Holzbauer, General Manager of Imports with Walmart says this center will have a huge impact on Dorchester County. Not only for the number of jobs they are bringing but the pay rate as well.
Along with the distribution center, there are 122 retail stores in the state. In total, Walmart employs over 30,000 associates in South Carolina.
This will be the 5th distribution facility in the state, and its impact will reach farther than South Carolina. The center will supply 850 Walmart and Sam’s Club stores across the southeast.
Holzbauer says over the past few years keeping shelves in stores stocked has been an issue. The distribution center’s main purpose is to limit situations like that happening by making sure the right stores have the right products at the right time.
“Trailers come in from the port, folks then unload them,” Holzbauer says. “They go to a storage rack until a store is running low on inventory. Then we send associates to pick that product, take it to the ship dock, and put it in containers that’s destined for a regional distribution center.”
The town of Ridgeville was chosen for the distribution center for a few reasons. It’s strategically located relatively close to the port of Charleston. Holzbauer says there were a lot of qualified associates in the area, and there’s access to major transportation channels to get their products to their stores as fast as possible.
South Carolina Ports Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome says this building could be the tip of the iceberg for a county focused on business.
“We own this whole industrial campus, except we granted this to Walmart, so we’re working on other projects out here,” Newsome says. “I think there’s a number of distribution projects that can come here because of the location between I-26 and I-95.”
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RIDGEVILLE, S.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--This morning, Walmart associates and managers joined local residents and elected officials for the grand opening of Walmart’s highly ...
RIDGEVILLE, S.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--This morning, Walmart associates and managers joined local residents and elected officials for the grand opening of Walmart’s highly anticipated $220 million Import Distribution Center in Ridgeville, S.C. The event featured remarks from Governor Henry McMaster and Mike Gray, SVP Supply Chain Operations, Walmart; as well as a congratulatory video from John Furner, President and CEO, Walmart; and concluded with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
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“Our team of more than 980 associates from Dorchester County and the surrounding communities are excited to officially open the doors to our new Import Distribution Center,” said Jeff Holzbauer, general manager, Import Distribution Center #8980, Walmart U.S. “South Carolina is home to some of the country’s most convenient and efficient modes of transportation, including the Port of Charleston and Interstates 26 and 95. Being a member of this community means having the advantage of the region’s existing infrastructure as well as a pool of experienced associates familiar with it. Cutting this ribbon today signifies our commitment to that community.”
“Walmart has been a long-time partner of South Carolina, and as years have passed, they have continued to double-down on their commitment to our people and reinvest in our state,” said Governor Henry McMaster. “Walmart hasn’t only created thousands of jobs in our state – it has become an integral part of the communities in which it operates. Today’s celebration is the result of our state working hard to be the ideal place to do business and a company recognizing the benefit of having our incredibly skilled workforce and premier ports system in its backyard.”
Business Friendly Location Featuring Deep-Water Access
Dorchester County was selected as an ideal location due to South Carolina’s business friendly environment as well as the proximity to the nearby deep-water Port of Charleston. The new Import Distribution Center will store and sort imported goods that arrive through the Port of Charleston– the country’s eighth-largest port—for delivery to 850 regional Walmart and Sam’s Club locations across the Southeast. Once fully operational, the facility is expected to increase local port volumes by approximately five percent.
“Walmart is the recognized leader in supply chain innovation and performance. Having this world-class company choose our market for their seventh import distribution center is the ultimate vote of confidence in SC Ports and in South Carolina, further solidifying SC Ports as a leader in retail distribution,” SC Ports CEO Jim Newsome said. “The strategic investments we have made in port infrastructure enable SC Ports to support global retailers’ supply chains. We are thrilled to partner with Walmart to further their growth and impact for years to come.”
“We know our customers count on us for a broad assortment, and this new import distribution center will give us expanded access to seaports, in turn allowing us to deliver a wide selection of merchandise from around the globe,” said Mike Gray, SVP Supply Chain Operations, Walmart. “We also strive to be a store of the community and are proud of how we’ve been able to leverage our investments in supply chain to create economic opportunity and jobs for the Dorchester County area.”
Facility Surpasses Initial Hiring Goal
During the grand opening event, Holzbauer shared that the new facility is well on its way of surpassing its initial hiring goal of 1,000. Working alongside the Department of Commerce, Walmart expects to soon employ more than 1,300 local full-time associates at the new facility.
“We are actively staffing Ridgeville with a team that will play an important role in serving our customers,” said Andrew Dale, Senior Director of US Supply Chain People, Walmart U.S. “Walmart is dedicated to the training and development of its associates. Each of the positions we’re currently hiring for in Ridgeville, brings with it a pathway of lifelong career opportunity that with Walmart’s scale has industry changing impact. Walmart is full of everyday people doing extraordinary things.”
Continued Investment in South Carolina Community
During the grand opening ceremony, Walmart celebrated its commitment to the community by proudly presenting $10,000 to Going Places, a local non-profit organization whose mission is to bring joy to kids-in-need through the gift of bicycles.
“Dorchester County is excited to welcome the Walmart Import Distribution Center to Ridgeville. We value Walmart as a partner in community and economic development and appreciate their investment in our area,” said Bill Hearn, Chairman, Dorchester County Council. “A project of this magnitude requires a great deal of coordination, and we thank all of our allies, including the South Carolina Ports Authority, who made this possible.”
The new Ridgeville facility is located at 1030 Timothy Creek Rd. The three million square-foot facility (equivalent in size to 52 football fields) will become Walmart’s first Import Distribution Center in the state of South Carolina to leverage the port.
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About Walmart in South Carolina
Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online and through their mobile devices. In South Carolina we serve customers at 122 retail units and online through Walmart Online Grocery, Walmart.com and our family of brands. We are proud to employ more than 35,000 associates in South Carolina. Walmart supports local businesses, spending $1.6 billion with South Carolina suppliers in FYE 2021 and supporting more than 22,000 South Carolina supplier jobs. Walmart continues to be a leader in employment opportunity, sustainability, and corporate philanthropy. In FY21, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation contributed more than $15 million in cash and in-kind donations to local nonprofits in South Carolina. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting our corporate website and our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter channels.