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KellyGram – Project Unity USA

 

 

On this Father’s Day weekend, Saturday June 15th at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds between 12:00pm and 4:00pm, the South Carolina non-profit, Project Unity USA is holding The Exclusive Car, Truck and Jeep Show, along with a Toy Drive. The event is headed up by my good friend Bruce Trezevant. Bruce has done remarkable things as Founder and CEO of Project Unity USA. As a former Los Angeles Police Officer and Richland County Deputy Sheriff, Bruce has seen his fair share of violent crimes committed throughout communities. He has committed himself through this non-profit organization to promoting unity within communities. The goal is to bring law enforcement, churches, businesses, and the media together to advocate for the reduction of crime and to promote the betterment of people’s lives.

Admission to this event is either two toys or two articles of clothing for underprivileged children, size infant to age 15 years old. All the items collected will be given at a future event, Christmas in July. Not only will there be an incredible line up of cars, trucks, and jeeps but there will also be vendors, food, games, and music that will make it a fun-filled event for the entire family. Please consider going out to this wonderful event and supporting this organization as it helps in unifying our communities.

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Have a happy and safe weekend!

 

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – Memorial Day 2024

 

 

This weekend culminates with Monday being Memorial Day, which honors the sacrifices made by all our military heroes and their families. Memorial Day started as an event honoring Union soldiers who died during the American Civil War and it was originally known as Decoration Day. Now we proudly celebrate and honor the contributions of all those who have served in the United States armed forces.

This weekend millions of Americans will pay their respects to honor their loved ones who have died in military service. Whether that be by visiting a cemetery or spending quality time with friends and family, it is so important to commemorate our fallen soldiers.

American Flags will be placed on graves in national, as well as many church and community cemeteries. We are very fortunate to have a national military cemetery right here at the base of Fort Jackson, which is the largest basic training facility in the United States Army.

Please enjoy your holiday by celebrating with your family and friends but take the time to do some inner reflection of this day and what it means.

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We at Mike Kelly Law Group want to wish everyone a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend (which also coincides with my birthday)!

 

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KellyGram – 2024 Columbia Fireflies Season

 

 

The Mike Kelly Law Group is a proud supporter of our hometown baseball team, the Columbia Fireflies. It is always such a fun experience to attend their games at Segra Park and cheer them on. The Fireflies also host theme nights that coincide with the games. Tonight, they have a Bobblehead giveaway, Saturday will be Star Wars Jedi Training and next Tuesday will be Arts Night with Karaoke. I truly love watching baseball but the most fun part about attending a Fireflies game is all the events, enjoying the endless activities, and eating all sorts of comfort food.

The Fireflies Management staff do a great job of entertaining guests from the time the park opens until it closes and a bonus on Saturday nights includes a wonderful firework display to conclude the evening!

We are currently in a 12 game homestand so go secure your tickets and check out our local heroes. Go Fireflies!

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Have a great weekend!

 

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – Earth Day 2024

 

 

As we progress as a society, it is becoming increasingly important to be mindful about the health of our planet and to recognize our impact on the environment. I was never known to be an environmentalist until two well-meaning church ladies confronted me in the naïve of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church and asked me to join the Gills Creek Watershed Association Board. Since I almost never say no, I signed on and boy was I in for a valuable education! I quickly learned that the Gills Creek Watershed services 200,000 South Carolinians, from Spring Valley all the way to the Congaree River. I also learned just how important it is to keep our waterways healthy regardless of where they may be located! I have since been enlightened about Earth Day, its origin, and its importance. It is a bipartisan effort to salute our planet and make positive changes for the benefit of our environment. On behalf of my children and grandchildren this is very important to me in creating a better future for them.

Planet versus Plastics is the theme this year for World Earth Day. It aims to bring attention to the serious threat of plastic pollution on our planet. Please consider protecting the environment in everything you do because it affects our lives, health, and society as we know it!

We are blessed to be on planet Earth so let’s honor it!

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KellyGram – Employment Law

 

 

In today’s world, it is so important that employees know their rights and employers know their responsibilities. MKLG is very proud to have our very own employment law attorney, Janet E. Rhodes. Janet has represented both employees and employers for over 15 years. She is detail-oriented and always works so hard for the people she represents.

Janet represents clients in matters involving wrongful termination, discrimination, wage disputes, and equal pay. She also represents those who have been involved in employment contract disputes, including non-compete agreements. Janet has litigated matters involving the Family Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

She has extensive experience drafting employment agreements, non-compete agreements, independent contractor agreements, and severance agreements. For employers, Janet offers an in-depth employment practices audit, ensuring employers are following the law regarding matters such as statutorily mandated terms of employment and postings. She also drafts handbooks which serve as a first line of defense for employers regarding potential employee disputes.

If you feel like your employer hasn’t treated you right, whether it be pay (overtime, minimum wage, vacation, bonuses/commissions), working conditions, discrimination, wrongful termination, or in any other way, Janet is the one to provide you with answers. Please feel free to contact her directly. Janet’s direct dial is 803-461-2160 and her email address is jrhodes@mklawgroup.com.

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KellyGram – 2024 National Women’s Basketball Championship

 

 

How about that incredible performance from the University of South Carolina’s Lady Gamecocks Basketball team! It is a privilege to have such a talented and hardworking women’s basketball team, right here in our back yard. Five to ten years ago I rarely watched women’s basketball, but now I look forward to cheering them on with every single game. I think the growth and popularity of women’s basketball has been astronomical in recent years and I find myself being interested in other well-known women’s teams as well. I proudly know the names of all the players on the key teams and I am not alone. This past weekend’s Women’s National Championship featured the women’s game having more TV viewers than the Men’s game! I certainly give the rise in the interest in women’s basketball to superstars like Caitlin Clark, but I think most of the heightened interest comes from our Gamecocks Head Coach, Dawn Staley and her magnificent 2023-2024 team. I was so excited to see the Gamecocks win the National title and regret that I will be unable to celebrate with the team this coming Sunday when my beloved Columbia has a parade down Main Street in their honor.

Next year looks exceedingly bright with the incoming players, including this past year’s freshman, Tessa Johnson and MiLaysia Fulwiley, and I am ready for the upcoming season to start right now! Go Gamecocks!

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KellyGram – Congratulations to Lisa Long Cotten!

 

 

Seventeen years ago, I was blessed when Lisa Cotten came to work at the Mike Kelly Law Group. She is the only human being that ever worked for me (including myself) that earned the high honor of being a Phi Beta Kappa college graduate. She graduated from “The” University of South Carolina, which happens to be my favorite college in the world! Lisa is an outstanding attorney, wife, and mother. She is also an avid sports fan in her own right, as well as following all sports activities involving her very athletic son, college student Myles. Lisa has received yet another well-deserved honor that deserves recognition. Lisa was recently named Assistant United States Attorney, for the District of South Carolina, and she will be excellent in this position. As with all the other lawyers who have come through my doors during the last four decades, she is family, and I am immensely proud of all her continued accomplishments!

The US Attorney’s Office is incredibly lucky to have you, Lisa! Congratulations and good luck in your new endeavor!

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KellyGram – Holy Week

 

 

I am so proud that we have built a diverse group of KellyGram followers which includes people of different religious faiths or perhaps those no faith, but for the Christian followers, which includes myself and most of the MKLG staff, this is a big week for us. For starters, it is the culmination of Lent and the events leading up to Jesus’s crucifixion and resurrection three days later. Of course, there are many other holy days to celebrate throughout the year, but this is one of the most important weeks of our faith. In my Episcopal denomination we observed Maundy Thursday (also called Holy Thursday) last evening that included communion and feet washing, which happened to the disciples the night before Jesus’s crucifixion. We are observing the high holy day of Good Friday today and then on Saturday night we will have an Easter Vigil (which is one of my favorite services on the church calendar). Then on Sunday we will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus on Easter. It is such a special time of year, and I am so grateful for all my many blessings.

I plan to be at all four services and truly cherish the opportunity to belong to my beloved St. Martin’s-in-the Fields Episcopal Church and worship the Lord.

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KellyGram – A Busy Spring

 

 

Well, it looks as though Spring has finally sprung, both literally and figuratively. While the pollen seems to be raining down relentlessly, it is so wonderful that Spring has arrived here in Columbia, South Carolina. One of the best aspects of this time of year is the never-ending number of events to choose from, in addition to a very busy work schedule of course. As you all know by now, I do enjoy the theater and next week in Columbia we have the 2024 Tasting Notes, which is a popular wine and food celebration to benefit the South Carolina Philharmonic. There’s also a play at Trustus Theatre and a Concert at the Township, just to name a few. There are numerous other events happening across the state that I look forward to attending as well. I’ll just have to make sure I get lots of beauty sleep to make it through the Spring Season! Seriously though, I am very excited to see South Carolina grow and prosper throughout the Spring, to see the improvements in our cultural lives, along with the beauty of living in this wonderful place during the Springtime. Please take a moment to smell the roses but to also take a look at your upcoming local calendar to see what events may be taking place in your area this Spring.

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KellyGram – Arts & Innovation District on the Move

 

 

The Mike Kelly Law Group has had an office in Myrtle Beach since we established the firm almost 20 years ago. Unfortunately, our business neighborhood had declined over the years, but we were always hopeful that it would come back to be better than ever. Thanks to the leadership of the City of Myrtle Beach, the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, and our local businesses in the area, the Arts & Innovation District is now on fire!

Just three years ago the Grand Strand Brewing Company became an anchor business based across from the old Pavilion property and directly opposite our building on Broadway Street. Since then, new businesses have steadily opened in the area including a new bakery, Le Manna Bread, owned and operated by a Venezuelan family, HTC Aspire HUB, a Health Club, and a soon to be Wine Bar Tasting Room, along with the Dolly Llama Waffle Master ice cream and dessert shop. This is all within just one block from the Mike Kelly Law Group in Myrtle Beach. Further down Broadway other new businesses have popped up including a new restaurant out of the Charleston area, Swig & Swine. I have not tried it yet, but it is on my list for next week’s trip. In the future, preliminary plans have been drawn up for Coastal Carolina University and the City of Myrtle Beach to collaborate on building a Performing Arts Center as well as plans to reconfigure the streets in the new Arts & Innovation District. It will be much like Downtown Columbia with real city blocks, sidewalks, streetscaping, and other innovative and beautification projects.

To say we are excited at the Mike Kelly Law Group is an understatement!

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