Partner News | November 21

Spirit Communications and Palmetto Rural Telephone Cooperative Bring Super-High-Speed Internet Access to Rural Schools in Charleston, South Carolina

spiritSpirit Communications and Palmetto Rural Telephone Cooperative (PRTC) are pleased to announce the availability of super-high-speed Internet access to six schools in the most rural areas of Charleston’s School District (Hollywood, McClellanville, and Ravenel, SC).

This highly complex project entailed 34 miles of advanced fiber construction and intricate drilling under the Edisto River and three different CSX railroad crossings. “I’m still amazed at what this task force accomplished for these students,” said Bob Keane, President and CEO of Spirit Communications. “None of this would have been possible without the close collaboration of Spirit, PRTC, the Charleston School District, and the State eRate Coordinator in conjunction with K12 School Technology Initiative Committee.”

Having high-speed access via advanced fiber optics technology is a significant investment in the students’ education and places them on par with other schools in the State. The expansion in bandwidth will enable the schools to take their curriculums to new levels by incorporating high-definition video, eLearning applications, and other virtual education programs only available via the Internet.

 “Not only will the fiber build benefit the students, faculty and staff — it will have a tremendous impact on our community,” said Jason Dandridge, CEO of PRTC. “In addition to supporting new growth it will also enable faster and higher quality communications in our fire and rescue facilities, medical buildings, local libraries and other prominent locations.”

ETV’s Palmetto Scene, which aired November 13th, captured the essence of this project through personal interviews with the students and faculty at Baptist Hill High School. Additionally, John McCarron, Executive Director of IT for Charleston County School District, discussed how the new Internet service is making an impact at the district level while Seth Krisnow, Technical Consultant at Spirit Communications, and Tony Stout, CTO, Palmetto Rural Telephone Cooperative, shared details on the technical aspects of the fiber dig. A replay of the segment is available online at

Headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina, Spirit Communications provides voice, data, Internet and fiber optic solutions, along with a full suite of Cloud services to commercial businesses and government agencies across the Southeast. The company’s mission is to enable customers to transform their operations through fast, stable and secure offerings that flex with business demand. Ranked among the top 25 privately held firms in South Carolina, Spirit serves thousands of customers in over 150 service locations throughout South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia. For more information, visit

Palmetto Rural Telephone Cooperative is a member-owned cooperative providing a complete telecommunications solution (Voice, Internet, Digital TV and Wireless phone) to the homes and businesses of Colleton County, South Carolina. For more information, visit


Landrum Human Resources is offering a Free Webinar: The Affordable Care Act – “Health Care Reform- 2015 and Beyond

Landrum Offers FREE ACA  Employment Law Update Webinar_Dec 2 2014Landrum Human Resources is offering a free webinar, “Health Care Reform- 2015 and Beyond”, Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 4:00 pm EST / 3:00pm CST.  The LIVE webinar will cover the key elements of the Affordable Care Act and discuss how this complex law will impact your business. Important employment law updates will also be presented, such as the impact of social media in the workforce and how employers can avoid liability.

Ted Kirchharr, Landrum vice president and chief operating officer, will co-host the webinar with Amie Remington, Landrum general counsel, and Todd Torgersen, president, Combined Insurance Services, Inc.  You can view a preview of this popular LIVE webinar on the Landrum website.  If you have a question you would like addressed by the panel, send to .

The webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, December 3, 2013, at 4:00pm EST / 3:00 pm CST. To take part, participants should go to and register.  Once the live presentation is made, it will be archived on the Landrum website and available for on-demand viewing.  For more information or to register by phone please call 850-266-6128.

Now in its 44rd year, the Landrum organization began as a small job placement agency and has grown from two internal staff members to over 140 human resource professionals.   Through its various subsidiaries the company provides comprehensive staffing services, human resources training and consulting, as well as PEO services.   The company is a past recipient of the Florida Governor’s Sterling Award recognizing organizational excellence and for five years in a row was named by the national Society for Human Resource Management as one of the Top Twenty-Five Best Small Businesses to Work for in America.   For more information about Landrum, visit our website at or subscribe to our blog at


SC Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics Accepting Applications for Class of 2017

gssm-logo-stackedOne of only 12 of its kind in the nation, the SC Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) is a public, two-year, residential high school located in Hartsville, for academically talented and motivated juniors and seniors from across the Palmetto State.

GSSM specializes in the advanced study of science, technology, engineering and math, with an additional focus on economics and entrepreneurship. Beyond its distinctive curriculum, GSSM offers unique learning opportunities via its nationally recognized Summer Program for Research Interns (SPRI), its Research Experience Scholars Program (RESP) and a three-week January Interim.

GSSM is Accepting Applications for the Class of 2017; Application Deadline: February 15, 2015.

GSSM provides Lunch & Learn information sessions to businesses of all sizes to help raise awareness of our School, our virtual engineering program, and our summer camps.

GSSM provides summer camp opportunities in 14 counties for rising 7-10th graders.

For more information, visit


Moore Beauston & Woodham LLP Announces New Hire

Sean Kenny Photo

Moore Beauston & Woodham L.L.P., a full service accounting and consulting firm with offices in West Columbia, Charleston, Greenville and Hartsville, South Carolina is pleased to announce that:

Sean C. Kenny, CPA, Senior Accountant, has joined the Charleston office’s tax and business consulting practice.  Sean received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the College of Charleston.  He has over two years of experience in public accounting and over eight years of financial experience in the private sector.  Sean is a licensed CPA in Maryland and has applied for licensing in South Carolina.  He is a member of the South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.


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