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October 31, 2014

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2 SECTIONS, 20 PAGES FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2014 DAILY 75¢, SUNDAY $1.50 TODAY: Partly sunny and nice. In the high 60s. FORECAST, 10A Index-Journal is published with pride for the people of the Lake- lands. You are important to us. If you miss your paper, please call 223-1413 (before noon on weekends). Inside today's edition ■ ABBY 5A ■ BUSINESS 10A ■ CALENDAR 2A ■ CLASSIFIEDS 6B-10B ■ COMICS 7A ■ EDITORIALS 8A ■ ENTERTAINMENT 5A ■ LOTTERY 5A ■ MARKETS 5B ■ OBITUARIES 4A ■ SPORTS 1B-4B Index-Journal is committed to editorial excellence. To report an error, contact Executive Editor Richard Whiting at 943-2522 or rwhiting@indexjournal.com. Mullis challenging Duncan for U.S. House seat Spanning nine counties and nearly 5,000 square miles, the 3rd Congres- sional District of the South Carolina House of Representatives is vast. Outside of the two main commer- cial hubs in Anderson and Green- wood are the unique rural commu- nities that have a lot riding on the moves being made by state and local representatives. This ye ar, t he L a k e l a n d s a n d company will get to decide who joins six other represen- tatives from South Carolina to serve in the U.S. House, Republican incum- bent Jeff Duncan of Clinton or Democratic challenger Barbara Jo Mullis of Fairplay. Duncan has focused his campaign on three components: jobs, energy and the founding fathers. While searching for a candidate to endorse in the House race, Mullis, a retired school teacher, wasn't see- ing anyone. Duncan was looking at the possibility of moving into a third term with no one running against him. At that point, Mullis decided to submit her name. Duncan wants to fuel the entre- preneur to help c re at e j o b s i n South Carolina by lessening gov- ernment regula- tions and creating fair tax regula- tions. "What we can do as U.S. legislators is make sure the environment is conducive to job cre- ation," Duncan said. Mullis wants to focus on infra- structure and innovation when it comes to job creation. A major need in South Carolina regarding infra- structure is fixing the roadways in order to establish better logistics for moving product, according to Mullis. The candidate said innovators By COLIN RIDDLE criddle@indexjournal.com Women find success in ending their horror stories EDITOR'S NOTE: "Martha" and "Veronica" are fictional names used to protect the identities of two women who spoke to the Index-Journal on condition of anonymity. They spoke with the intent of help- ing other women in abusive relationships as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Martha knows the terror that inevitably comes from living amid the backdrop of abuse. For years, she shared quarters with the embodi- ment of her nightmares, suffering through decades of psychological torment. On one occasion toward the end of her marriage, she remembers walking into her husband's bedroom and finding a startling incarnate of the man she once loved. Years of drugs and alcohol abuse had rendered him cold, and she remembers staring into the glazed-over eyes of a creature that appeared soul- less, uncaring and no longer human. Those eyes haunt her even to this day. "That was the only time I saw that," Martha said, trembling as she relived the moment, "but I never wanted to see it again. Never." Martha enjoys life one day at a time now. She is a beacon of hope to many in the tightly-bound shoes she once wore. Martha is a domestic violence survi- vor who was able to escape her abusive relationship and start life anew. It's a journey four years in the making, and one that saw her spend several months at Meg's House. It was at the battered women's shelter that Mar- tha began building toward her independence. Last month, the journey came full circle as she moved into her own condo. "That place (Meg's House) has really done things for me that I never thought possible," she said, "like the new place I moved into. I just never thought I'd live in a place like that, after going through what I've been through. I'm happier. It's just weird how you feel so free when you leave a place like that. It was like being out of jail." Martha knows she is one of the lucky ones. There are a host of reasons battered men and women remain in abusive relationships, the most common is for security. Many rely on financial support from By MATT BRUCE newsrelease@indexjournal.com ■ DOMESTIC VIOLENCE State orders new election for Harrell's former seat COLUMBIA — South Carolina election commissioners agreed Thurs- day to let Republicans replace former House Speaker Bobby Harrell on the ballot, one week after he pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations and resigned from his seat as part of a plea deal. But the state Supreme Court may have the final say. The State Elec- tion Commission ordered a special GOP primary for the seat represent- ing parts of Charles- ton and Dorchester counties, setting a one-week filing period to begin on Election Day. The primary would have to be followed later by a special general election to fill the seat, possibly Dec. 9. Under the commission's order, Har- rell's name remains on Tuesday's ballot but the results will not count. Neither will the votes of about 1,000 people who already have voted absentee in the race. The commissioners' 5-0 decision came moments after they rejected Harrell's withdrawal affidavit, explain- ing later that the formal statement was unnecessary. Commission Chairman Billy Way said Harrell's guilty plea already dis- qualifies him from running. Harrell, first elected to the House in 1992 and elected speaker by his colleagues in 2005, pleaded guilty last week to using campaign money for his own benefit. Under the plea, he cannot hold office for at least three years, the period of his probation. Hours after the decision, an attorney for Democratic candidate Mary Tin- kler asked the state's highest court to immediately review the commission's decision, overturn it and allow the gen- eral election to continue. The petition filed by William Wilkins says the deci- sion ignores the timelines set in state law for substituting a candidate. "This whole process reeks of poli- tics," Democratic Party Chairman By SEANNA ADCOX Associated Press See VIOLENCE, page 4A JEFF DUNCAN BARABARA JO MULLIS Northside Middle PTO president shaves her head T ammy Gravley said she's known for going above and beyond, but she might have topped herself this time. Gravley, Northside Middle School's Parent Teacher Organi- zation president, had her head shaved Thursday afternoon at a school pep rally, keeping up her end of the bargain of a school fundraising incentive. "My daughter said she was glad she was no longer in mid- dle school for this and my son, who is a student at Northside, just keeps shaking his head," Gravely said. She said the incentive came into being as members of the organization were forced to think outside the box this year regarding fundraising because of the Smart Snacks in Schools regulations prohibiting unhealthy fundraisers. "We were struggling with ideas on what to use for a fun- draiser," Gravely said. "It was more of a light bulb just turned on and thought to myself, 'why By KATE HRUBY khruby@indexjournal.com ABOVE AND BEYOND PHOTOS BY GREGG HAMPTON | INDEX-JOURNAL Tammy Gravley, PTO president at Northside Middle School, reacts to having her head shaved by Kyley Caldwell of Shear Designs at a school pep rally Thursday afternoon. BEFORE AFTER See SHAVED, page 4A VOL. 96, NO. 155 www.indexjournal.com Happy Halloween! 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