Thanksgiving and Small Business Saturday — Weekly Legislative Update from Rep. Tom Young

November 16 to November 21, 2011

The House of Representatives is out of session for 2011 and returns to session on January 10, 2012.   I hope that you find this update helpful and informative:

Happy Thanksgiving!:  Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!  We have so much for which to be thankful.  I hope that you and your family enjoy the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Thanksgiving Events in Greater Aiken:  Annual Thanksgiving events in Greater Aiken include the following:

Thursday, November 24
One Table
Time: 11am – 2pm
Place: The Alley in Aiken

This Thanksgiving Dinner is open to the entire community. For more information, please visit

Thursday, November 24
Blessing of the Hounds
Time: 11am

This annual event opens the hunt season in Hitchcock Woods. Park by the Aiken County Historical Museum and enter the woods from South Boundary for a 20 minute walk to Memorial Gate. Children are welcome, but please, no pets. Call 803.643.DRAG for more information.

Small Business Saturday – November 26:  This coming Saturday is “Small Business Saturday” which is a nationwide initiative to encourage shopping at local, independently owned businesses on one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year.  To learn more about this, you can go to or see this flyer prepared by the Aiken Downtown Development Association.  Either way, consider supporting our local small businesses when you shop this Holiday season and during the coming year.

Citadel Investigation Status Letter:  While the situation at Penn State has been all over the news for the past 2 weeks, another situation has arisen closer to home here at The Citadel in Charleston.  Many people in District 81 are either graduates of The Citadel and/or strong supporters of the school.  I received a letter from The Citadel regarding the investigation and the school’s cooperation with the South Carolina’s Attorney General’s office.  That letter can be seen here.

Feedback Requested — Planning for the 2012 Legislative Session:  The 2012 legislative session will convene on January 10.  I am seeking input from constituents on the critical issues facing our state and area including tax reform; spending reform; K-12 education; the costs of higher education; health care; economic development; job growth; and the unfunded liabilities in our state’s retirement systems.  Your input is welcome on any issue important to you.  Please email me back or contact me by phone or in person at your convenience.

Frequency of Legislative Updates:  Over the remaining month and a half of this year, my legislative updates may not come every week.

Speaking to Groups Around the District: Several local groups have invited me to attend one of their meetings to provide a legislative update.  If you have a group that would like for me to come to a meeting, please let me know.

Help for Displaced SRS Workers: If you or someone you know lost a job at SRS, there is a One-Stop Transition Center open in downtown Aiken at Park Avenue and Laurens Street to assist workers displaced at SRS with finding new work.  The Center is open from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. For more information, visit

Report Waste, Fraud and Abuse in State Government:  To report waste, fraud and abuse in state government, you can call: 1-855-SC-FRAUD.

Roll Call Voting:  There is a new link available to keep up with all the roll call votes in the S.C. House.  That link can be accessed at either my website at or at the website.

Facebook:  I have a Facebook page for Representative Tom Young. Please “like” the page to receive updates during the week from me on Facebook.

Tom Young’s Website: My website can be reached at There are links to a variety of constituent services; the status of sponsored bills; and roll call votes. Please add my web site as a bookmark on your computer.

State House Tours:  Tours are available for the S.C. State House by calling (803) 734-2430.

Email Updates:  If you know of people in or around District 81 who do not receive my updates but they would like to get them, please email their names and email addresses to me.

Road Issues:  If you see a road problem, call the SCDOT at 641-7665 or Aiken County at 642-1532 to report the problem.  If you do not get a prompt response, please let me know at or call me. Generally, most paved roads in the County are maintained by SCDOT and are identified on the road sign poles by a small black and white sign listing the road number, such as S-2-1669. Most unpaved roads in the County are maintained by the County.

Thank you for the opportunity and the honor to represent you.  Please let me know if I can help you in any way or if you have questions about these or other issues. Your feedback is meaningful and appreciated.

Tom Young
649-0000 (o)
215-3631 (cell)

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