Sep 07 2004

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced Allen University and Benedict College in Columbia, along with Claflin University in Orangeburg, will receive federal grants to expand their role and effectiveness in addressing community development needs. The three Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) will each receive $550,000 to allow these institutions to become more involved in community development needs such as neighborhood revitalization, housing and economic development. The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. ####

Sep 07 2004

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced Horry County will receive an additional $1,106,053 to aid in the construction of a new terminal building at the Myrtle Beach International Airport. Graham announced the original $3,529,276 grant in April 2004. The increase in funding will accommodate security enhancements including new security vehicles and fencing, and will aid in site preparation. “Air travel is very important to Myrtle Beach and the tourism economy,” said Graham. “People love visiting Myrtle Beach and the more convenient we can make it to get there, the better.” Earlier this year, Graham met with local elected officials, airline representatives, customs officials and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to push for more resources at the airport. Graham’s efforts helped Myrtle Beach secure its own TSA director instead of having to share one with Charleston. Before this change, Myrtle Beach was the only airport of its size in the state to be paired with another airport under the TSA. “I've been very impressed by the growth of air travel in Myrtle Beach,” said Graham “We must continue to build the necessary infrastructure to allow the airport to grow. There's no doubt in my mind that increased air travel will tremendously enhance economic opportunities in the Grand Strand.” Graham also pledged his assistance for the airport when it begins applying for designation as a port-of-entry, a distinction requiring the federal government to pay for customs handling. To qualify as a port-of-entry, the airport needs at least 15,000 international passengers annually. Myrtle Beach is expected to meet this designation later this year. ####

Sep 02 2004

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced more than $600,000 in grants to fire departments in Abbeville, Conway, Honea Path, Saint Matthews, and Whitmire. “Firefighters risk their lives to protect others, and they deserve the best equipment and training available,” said Graham. “Firefighters are some of the heroes in our midst.” The grants were awarded in one of two program areas:
  • Operations and Firefighter Safety Program: The funds may be used for training, wellness, and fitness programs; the purchase of firefighting equipment and personal protective equipment; and modifications to fire stations and facilities.
  • Firefighting Vehicle Acquisition Program: The funds may be used for the purchase of firefighting vehicles including pumpers, brush trucks, tankers, rescue vehicles, ambulances, quints, aerials, foam units, and fireboats.
The grants awarded include: Abbeville Antreville Volunteer Fire Department will receive an $82,832 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Cold Springs Volunteer Fire Department will receive an $81,162 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Conway Conway Fire Department will receive a $124,393 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Honea Path Craytonville Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $64,035 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Saint Matthews Fort Motte Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $166,336 Firefighting Vehicle Grant. Whitmire Whitmire Fire Department will receive an $88,810 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. The Assistance to Firefighters grant program awards one-year grants directly to local fire departments, enhancing their ability to respond to fire and fire-related hazards in the community. The program supports departments by providing them the tools and resources necessary to protect the health and safety of the public and their firefighting personnel. Grantees share in the cost of the funded project at a percentage based on the population of their respective jurisdiction. Grantees that serve jurisdictions of 50,000 or fewer residents are required to provide a non-Federal cost-share of 10 percent while grantees that serve jurisdictions of over 50,000 provide a 30 percent cost-share. The match must be in cash without the use of in-kind contributions. In addition, the maximum amount of federal funds that an applicant can be awarded is $750,000 during any fiscal year. The grants are made by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. ####

Aug 26 2004

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced Charleston will receive a $225,000 grant to support the Weed and Seed program. Weed and Seed aims to prevent, control, and reduce violent crime, drug abuse, and gang activity in targeted high-crime neighborhoods. The strategy involves a two-pronged approach: law enforcement agencies and prosecutors cooperate in ‘weeding out’ criminals who participate in violent crime and drug abuse, attempting to prevent their return to the targeted area; and ‘seeding’ brings human services to the area, encompassing prevention, intervention, treatment, and neighborhood revitalization. This is the fourth award for the Charleston program which serves four neighborhoods in the community. During this project period, program goals include reducing drug trafficking and illegal drug use, improving police relations and cooperation with residents, focusing on faith-based/community-based programs that target youth and provide positive alternatives to crime, and removing blight and deterioration in the area. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice. ####

Aug 24 2004

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced Oconee County will receive a $58,500 grant to conduct a runway safety area study at the Oconee County Regional Airport. The study will review a variety of alternatives to extend the existing runway and improve the safety area. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation. ####

Aug 18 2004

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced $330,000 in grants to fire departments in Georgetown, Joanna, John’s Island, Port Royal, and Woodruff. “Firefighters risk their lives to protect others, and they deserve the best equipment and training available,” said Graham. “Firefighters are some of the heroes in our midst.” The grants were awarded in one of two program areas:
  • Operations and Firefighter Safety Program: The funds may be used for training, wellness, and fitness programs; the purchase of firefighting equipment and personal protective equipment; and modifications to fire stations and facilities.
  • Fire Prevention Program: The funds may be used for public education, awareness, and fire code enforcement activities; fire inspector certifications; the purchase and installation of smoke alarms and fire suppression systems; wildland fire mitigation; and arson prevention and detection activities.
The grants awarded include: Georgetown Georgetown County will receive a $77,832 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Joanna Joanna Fire Department will receive an $117,283 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. John’s Island St. John’s Fire District will receive a $45,000 Fire Prevention Grant. Port Royal Town of Port Royal Fire Department will receive a $36,995 Fire Prevention Grant. Woodruff Woodruff Fire Department will receive a $53,505 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. The Assistance to Firefighters grant program awards one-year grants directly to local fire departments, enhancing their ability to respond to fire and fire-related hazards in the community. The program supports departments by providing them the tools and resources necessary to protect the health and safety of the public and their firefighting personnel. Grantees share in the cost of the funded project at a percentage based on the population of their respective jurisdiction. Grantees that serve jurisdictions of 50,000 or fewer residents are required to provide a non-Federal cost-share of 10 percent while grantees that serve jurisdictions of over 50,000 provide a 30 percent cost-share. The match must be in cash without the use of in-kind contributions. In addition, the maximum amount of federal funds that an applicant can be awarded is $750,000 during any fiscal year. The grants are made by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. ####

Aug 13 2004

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced North Charleston will receive a $225,000 grant to support the Weed and Seed program. Weed and Seed aims to prevent, control, and reduce violent crime, drug abuse, and gang activity in targeted high-crime neighborhoods. The strategy involves a two-pronged approach: law enforcement agencies and prosecutors cooperate in ‘weeding out’ criminals who participate in violent crime and drug abuse, attempting to prevent their return to the targeted area; and ‘seeding’ brings human services to the area, encompassing prevention, intervention, treatment, and neighborhood revitalization. This is the fourth award for the North Charleston program which serves four neighborhoods in the community. During this project period, program goals include reducing drug and violent crime, improving police relations and cooperation with residents, providing more comprehensive services to residents through local safe havens, and improving the physical condition of the neighborhoods. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice. ####

Aug 13 2004

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced $370,000 in grants to fire departments in Abbeville, Aiken, Branchville, Iva, and Pauline. “Firefighters risk their lives to protect others, and they deserve the best equipment and training available,” said Graham. “Firefighters are some of the heroes in our midst.” The grants are awarded in one of three program areas:
  • Operations and Firefighter Safety Program: The funds may be used for training, wellness, and fitness programs; the purchase of firefighting equipment and personal protective equipment; and modifications to fire stations and facilities.
  • Fire Prevention Program: The funds may be used for public education, awareness, and fire code enforcement activities; fire inspector certifications; the purchase and installation of smoke alarms and fire suppression systems; wildland fire mitigation; and arson prevention and detection activities.
  • Firefighting Vehicle Acquisition Program: The funds may be used for the purchase of firefighting vehicles including pumpers, brush trucks, tankers, rescue vehicles, ambulances, quints, aerials, foam units, and fireboats.
The grants awarded include: Abbeville Abbeville County Fire Protection Service District will receive a $53,865 Fire Prevention Grant. Aiken Silver Bluff Fire Department will receive an $87,030 Firefighting Vehicle Grant. Branchville Hunter’s Chapel Fire Department will receive a $10,494 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. Iva McGill Station 3B will receive a $147,011 Firefighting Vehicle Grant. Pauline Glenn Springs-Pauline Rural Fire District will receive a $71,887 Operations and Firefighter Safety Grant. The Assistance to Firefighters grant program awards one-year grants directly to local fire departments, enhancing their ability to respond to fire and fire-related hazards in the community. The program supports departments by providing them the tools and resources necessary to protect the health and safety of the public and their firefighting personnel. Grantees share in the cost of the funded project at a percentage based on the population of their respective jurisdiction. Grantees that serve jurisdictions of 50,000 or fewer residents are required to provide a non-Federal cost-share of 10 percent while grantees that serve jurisdictions of over 50,000 provide a 30 percent cost-share. The match must be in cash without the use of in-kind contributions. In addition, the maximum amount of federal funds that an applicant can be awarded is $750,000 during any fiscal year. The grants are made by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. ####

Aug 11 2004

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) said he was very disappointed with fellow Senator John Kerry (D-Massachusetts) saying he opposed opening Yucca Mountain as the long-term repository for nuclear waste. Kerry’s position puts him at odds with the entire South Carolina delegation which voted unanimously in 2002 to open Yucca Mountain. South Carolina is home to an estimated 37 million gallons of liquid waste at Savannah River Site and also growing stockpiles of spent nuclear fuel stored at commercial nuclear power plants in the state. The nuclear waste is slated to be moved from South Carolina and sent to Yucca Mountain for long-term storage. “John Kerry wants to abandon Yucca Mountain and store millions of gallons of nuclear waste in South Carolina,” said Graham. “His position is simply unacceptable. “Yucca Mountain was chosen as a national repository for nuclear waste over twenty years ago and Congress ratified the decision in 2002,” said Graham. “Kerry’s opposition to opening Yucca Mountain will leave South Carolina with no outlet for thousands and thousands of tons of nuclear waste. “From an environmental and national security perspective, it is imperative we have a central repository to store our nuclear waste,” said Graham. “Outside experts and Congress have looked at this problem for years and we know Yucca Mountain, Nevada is the appropriate location. “John Kerry’s action would destroy over two decades of work on a national repository to provide secure, long-term storage of nuclear waste materials,” said Graham. “I hope all Republicans and Democrats in South Carolina will condemn this action and let Senator Kerry know we don’t agree with his position. We don’t appreciate him trying to pull the rug out from under us.” ######

Aug 11 2004

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) made the following statement after speaking with the Secretary of the Navy Gordon R. England and Second District Congressman Joe Wilson (R-South Carolina) about last weeks announcement that Strike Fighter Squadron 82 based at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort would be decommissioned. Graham is a member of the Armed Services Committee in the U.S. Senate. He said: “After speaking with Secretary England, I have been assured and am confident the squadron decommissioning will not hurt us during the upcoming BRAC process and the decision has nothing to do with a lack of community support. “This decision is the result of three years of integration between the Navy and Marine Corps resulting in the need for fewer aircraft. The squadron will be the third of five that have been designated for demobilization. I believe the Navy and Marine Corps are making a sound decision by reducing the inventory of aircraft given their integration successes and advancements in technology. “According to Secretary England, Beaufort is a vital and indispensable part of the Navy-Marine Corps tactical aviation capability and they could not be more pleased with the surrounding community.” #####