Aug 26 2003

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault will receive a $169,756 grant. The funds will be used to:
  • Increase coalition building among survivors, women of color, rural and child advocacy groups;
  • Finalize the development of a statewide domestic violence needs assessment tool;
  • Develop standards for domestic violence member groups;
  • Provide training for new and current domestic violence and sexual assault program staff; and
  • Develop and conduct a conference for law enforcement professionals on domestic violence and sexual assault.
“Domestic violence and sexual assault are devastating crimes,” said Graham. “We must punish the offenders and offer support to victims.” The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice. ####

Aug 22 2003

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the Donaldson Center in Greenville will receive a $306,000 grant to acquire equipment for a new air traffic control tower. “Airport infrastructure improvements directly benefit South Carolina’s economy,” said Graham. “State of the art facilities at our airports encourage business investment and promote economic growth.” The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation. ####

Aug 20 2003

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced Lancaster County-McWhirter Field has been awarded a $270,000 grant for airport improvements. The funds will allow the airport to acquire land for the protection of the Runway 6 approach surface. “Airport improvements help improve passenger safety and make Lancaster County more attractive for business investment and economic development,” said Graham. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Aug 19 2003

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made the following statement from Kuwait City, Kuwait. Graham was meeting with U.S. Ambassador Paul Bremmer of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad when a truck bomb exploded at the United Nations Headquarters. “The people who were murdered today lost their lives trying to make the world a better place. The best way to honor their memory is to press on and complete their work. The greatest danger is to allow terrorist organizations to stop efforts to bring freedom and democracy to this troubled land. “We are being measured by the forces of evil and they are asking, ‘Will America keep spending money and are they willing to risk lives?’ The answer, in my opinion, has to be yes. “The young men and women serving throughout this region make me proud to be an American and I have great confidence in their abilities. We should all keep them in our prayers. We must also continue to press on to see the job through.” #####

Aug 18 2003

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the Valley Public Service Authority in Gloverville has been awarded a $1.76 million loan for water infrastructure improvements. The funds will be used to upgrade existing 2 inch and 4 inch waterlines to 8 inch and 12 inch lines. It will also be used to construct a 500,000 gallon elevated storage tank and well at the tank site. This project will eliminate low pressure, provide back-up capacity to the existing well, and add additional water storage. “These funds will enable Valley Public Service Authority to provide better service to their customers and make the area better suited for future economic growth,” said Graham. The loan is from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. ####

Aug 18 2003

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the Bull Swamp Rural Water Company in North has been awarded a $1.32 million grant and will receive a $1.65 million loan for infrastructure upgrades. The funds will be used to construct a new 250,000 elevated storage tank to assist in increasing pressure. Additionally, the funds will pay for the extension of several water lines, as well as two connections of the existing lines to relieve low pressure and provide for reasonable growth. “These improvements will not only enable Bull Swamp to better serve its existing customers, but also will increase the attractiveness of the area for future economic development,” said Graham. The grant and loan have been awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. ####

Aug 14 2003

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) announced Marlboro Electric Cooperative in Bennettsville and York Cooperative, Inc. in York received a combined total of $30 million in loans today. The loans will assist them in their efforts to serve new customers, add new distribution lines, and make improvements to their systems. Marlboro Electric Cooperative, Inc. The utility, which services Dillon and Marlboro counties, has been approved for a $12 million U.S. Treasury rate loan. The loan, which is to be paid back over the next 35 years, will allow the utility to serve 1,280 new customers, construct 141 miles of new distribution lines, and make other system improvements. York Cooperative, Inc. The utility, which services Cherokee, Chester, Lancaster, and York counties, has been approved for an $18 million U.S. Treasury rate loan. The loan, to be paid back over the 30 years, will allow the utility to serve 1,720 new customers, construct 102 miles of new distribution lines, and make other system improvements. “The energy needs of our state and nation continue to grow,” said Graham. “It’s important our utilities have the necessary infrastructure in place to ensure we meet our future energy needs.” The loans were made by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service. #####

Aug 14 2003

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced Lockheed Martin Services, Inc. in Greenville has been awarded a $5.8 million dollar contract modification to increase the value of an existing contract with the U.S. Department of Defense. The contract is for the production of aircraft parts for the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. “South Carolina companies provide the brave men and women of our armed forces with the latest in military technology and equipment,” said Graham. “The employees at Lockheed Martin should be proud of the role they play in protecting American interests around the world.” ####

Aug 13 2003

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) has been awarded a $1,000,000 National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP) grant. The NCHIP assists states to improve the Nation’s public safety by enhancing the quality, completeness, and accessibility of the Nation’s criminal history and sex offender record systems and the extent to which such records can be used and analyzed for criminal justice and authorized non-criminal justice programs. SLED will use these funds for several purposes:
  • Contract with the South Carolina Judicial Department to provide access to involuntary mental commitment records to the FBI for National Criminal Intelligence Service background checks;
  • Enhance the XML rap sheet capability to allow law enforcement agencies, through the National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System, to request a multi-state query for rap sheet information;
  • Enhance computerized criminal history to include photo images for all criminal history records;
  • Institute a two-digit fingerprint check process for background checks conducted as required under homeland security and a store and forward server at the central repository to forward the civil prints to the FBI;
  • Create and interface between the computerized criminal history and National Incident-Based Reporting System databases;
  • Upgrade software and equipment to allow for repository data to be accessible to all components; and,
  • Participate in NCHIP related training sessions and workshops.
“The ability of law enforcement to share resources is critical,” said Graham. “These funds will help our state law enforcement better protect South Carolinians.” The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice. ####

Aug 13 2003

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the Glenn Springs-Pauline Rural Fire District has been awarded a $23,166 grant for fire operations and firefighter safety. The funds will be used to improve training, wellness and fitness programs; purchase new firefighting equipment and personal protective equipment; and, make modifications to fire stations and facilities. “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 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. ####