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KellyGram – America the Beautiful

 

 

After not traveling on an airplane since before Covid, I took a weeklong trip to Colorado and played golf on their beautiful courses. I enjoyed all things about Colorado. Even though I grew up in the South, I would not voluntarily leave the southeastern United States. While I love lots of other parts of this great nation, especially the American West which includes Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, etc. as they are absolutely breathtaking. Aside from smoke from the California wildfires, the air in Colorado was wonderful. Although the temperature was warm, the humidity was low and was greatly appreciated by someone who lives in Famously Hot Columbia! Colorado has been voted the second healthiest state in the nation and for good reason, nature, climate, and air quality. Most importantly, the beauty of its scenic mountains, valleys, canyons, and rivers are hard to beat. I hope this Covid thing will suddenly slink away into the darkness, and we will be free to enjoy America the Beautiful again.

Stay safe and Have a great weekend!

 

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – Take me out to the Ball Game!

 

 

I must admit every summer providing my Atlanta Braves are doing fair to middling, I find myself fixated on their games every single day. This year marks at least 30 years that I have been a Braves’ fan. As of today, we are one game back. It seems my emotions live or die (It’s not quite that bad!) on how the Braves do the night or afternoon before. I always keep up with the Gamecocks and Coastal Carolina’s traditionally excellent baseball programs. I even find time to take in a few Fireflies games, especially when they play the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, from my second home. A lot of sports have my attention, such as college and pro football, golf, and even men’s and women’s college basketball. In the summertime, it’s definitely watching America’s team play the national pastime.

Have a great weekend!

 

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – Careless Driving

 

 

Today I want to share my thoughts on the drivers in South Carolina. I travel all over the Midlands, the Grand Strand, and the route in between. I see numerous instances of people speeding, being discourteous, being distracted, and disregarding traffic signals. I live in Columbia off Trenholm Road and the people that are coming through in the mornings and back out to the suburbs in the afternoon fly down that road like it’s a racetrack. As I look out my office window at 1523 Huger Street, I see that the red light does not mean anything to a lot of people. The speeding down Huger Street is terrible as well. In my forty-three and a half years, part of my practice has been as a personal injury attorney, and I have seen the harm that careless driving can cause, sometimes even death. Please slow down and obey the traffic signals! Please be courteous to your fellow drivers. We are all in this together.

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – Vista Insurance Group

 

 

Today I want to give a shout out to my friends at Vista Insurance Group. Vista is owned by Alex and Cecilia Fournil, who are great agents and exercise the highest degree of fiduciary responsibility to their clients. They are extremely responsive when we reach out to them, they are quick and efficient. Vista has a full line of property casualty as well as a wide range of insurance products and services. They have offices in Columbia, Charleston, and Charlotte. I get calls and emails daily from companies wanting to quote my business insurance and I always tell them, “That would be a waste of time because I’m extremely SATISFIED with the service, I receive from Vista Insurance Group.” I highly recommend them for your insurance needs!

Aside from being great business owners they are great people and amazing parents.

Have a great weekend!

 

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – Welcome Aboard, Melissa Delldonna

 

 

The Mike Kelly Law Group is excited to announce the addition of Melissa Delldonna to the Myrtle Beach team. She is a very experienced paralegal and excellent with client service. She is quickly fitting into the Mike Kelly Law Group family and we are glad to have her!

She is a native of Connecticut and attended the University of Connecticut – Go Huskies! When she is not pushing the ball forward for the Mike Kelly Law Group, she enjoys spending time with her family, hanging out at the beach, or watching baseball – especially her beloved Red Sox. We look forward to Melissa spending a long tenure as a Mike Kelly Law Group family member!

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Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce

 

 

I spent most of the last two weeks in our Myrtle Beach office. My time was mainly spent on working, but I was able to do a little golfing, enjoying the beach, and other fun activities. On Tuesday I attended a Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce event along with our resident Attorney, Joseph Scibelli. We really enjoyed getting to know the members and learning about all the benefits that being a Chamber member has to offer. This is a sizable chamber with businesses from Calabash, NC to Georgetown County. While my favorite, the Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce, operates for the benefit of commerce and quality of life where there are approximately 22,000 residents. Gene Stephens, President and CEO, along with his team of Susan Yenner and Dillon Pullen do an excellent job of promoting everything Fairfield County has to offer from the Palmetto Trail to the Farmers Market as well as downtown Winnsboro, Ridgeway, and the beauty of Lake Monticello. They do an outstanding job making Fairfield a better place to live, work, shop, and play. Support your local Chamber of Commerce especially the good people in Fairfield County.

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Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – My friend, Larry Needle

 

 

This week I am going to highlight a long-time close friend, Larry Needle. Larry practices law in Columbia, Charleston, and Myrtle Beach, Lawrence J. Needle, P.A. He is a Charleston native and has a very impressive resume! Larry is a graduate of both Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and Law Center and previously practiced law in Houston, Texas. He is an active member of numerous associations in the field of immigration. Larry is an extensive writer and public speaker in his area of expertise. He is as experienced and competent as any immigration lawyer in the nation. Larry is passionate about doing his job and in helping his clients; whether they be corporate, such as hospitals, medical clinics, or just individuals who have immigration issues.

I recently had the pleasure of spending most of the day with Larry. We both enjoy practicing law side by side when we are in our Myrtle Beach office. Larry is an avid tennis player and is most passionate about his wife and three daughters.

I am glad to have him as my friend and cohort. If anyone in KellyGram land ever needs an immigration lawyer, Larry is your man!

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram- Challenger Learning Center

 

 

As I have reported before, I serve on the Richland County Airport Commission. Myself and two of my fellow members met with Dr. Carolyn Donelan, Lead Flight Director, of the Challenger Learning Center on Monday. We were thoroughly impressed with the facility as well as the programs available for students, both for Richland District One and other school districts as well. The center is operated adjacent to W. A. Perry Middle School and C. F. Bolden Stadium, a Richland County School District One sporting event venue. Carolyn has done a remarkable job expanding this program since she took helm. I got to take a sneak peek at two of the summer camps that were taking place while I was visiting. The Center has programs on robotics, hands-on science explorations, an aerospace education laboratory, an e-Planetarium, and continuing education programs for adults. They serve 7000 to 8000 students per year. There are even students coming from adjacent states. If you have children or grandchildren who may have the slightest interest in a career in aerospace – then this is the place to whet their appetite!

The Richland County Airport Commission which oversees Jim Hamilton – L.B. Owens Airport is exploring opportunities to assist the Challenger Learning Center and hopefully generate in the younger generation an interest in a career in aviation.

Have a great weekend!

 

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – Summer

 

 

Although it has felt like summer for some time here in South Carolina the official kick-off for Summer 2021 was Sunday, June 20th. At my stage in life, I am thankful for all four seasons, but I especially love the fun of summer! I love anything around the water and plan to spend as much time as feasible in my Myrtle Beach office so I can take advantage of everything the Grand Strand has to offer. I have resumed playing golf and I am trying to work on my game in my spare time (it needs lots of work – LOL).

Since I have an inside job anything that gets me outside to enjoy summer, I take advantage of. I enjoy walking on the beach, golfing, and walking in my neighborhood in Columbia. These all remind me of God’s awesome creation for us here on earth. I hope to see you at one of the many attractions in Columbia and Myrtle Beach.

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – Parker James Team

 

 

The Kelly family had a blessed event last week in the birth of my grand-nephew, Parker James Team. He is so adorable, and I hope by the time this KellyGram reaches your inbox I will have made my personal visit to pay homage to the latest member of the Kelly family! Parker James is the son of proud parents, Kelly Calamas Team, my niece and her husband, Ryan Team. I have already begun making plans to have him as a loyal disciple of Gamecock Nation. Although there will probably be a civil war in his household, and I wholly suspect his dad will prevail! I am rooting for you Kelly to do what you can to assist me in welcome him with open arms into Gamecock Nation. Seriously, I look forward to watching this young man grow and develop. Parker truly is yet another blessing in my life!

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Mike Kelly

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