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KellyGram – Janet Rhodes

 

 

The Mike Kelly Law Group is beyond thrilled to announce the addition of Janet Rhodes as a Partner at our Firm. I have known Janet for more than a few years. I have always thought that she would be a great fit in our Law Group, and she finally agreed!

Janet has been a practicing lawyer for thirteen plus years. She began her legal career as a Judicial Law Clerk for two SC Circuit Judges, and then worked in several law firms, practicing Employment Law. We are especially appreciative of the fact that Janet will bring her versatility to the firm and engage in several aspects of law. While her focus will be on Employment and related law, she will also be handling Social Security Disability claims and assisting Brad Hewett and the ligation team in both the Columbia and Myrtle Beach offices.

Before graduating law school, Janet went to college at Wofford, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She was on the track and field team, where she threw the javelin, and I can honestly say she is the only person I know who is an All-Conference in javelin. When she is not practicing law, Janet enjoys serving on the Board of Directors of our beloved Trustus Theatre, and hanging out with friends and family!

Please join me in welcoming Janet to the Mike Kelly Law Group family!!

Have a great weekend!

 

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – Cold Weather

 

 

The last several weeks in Columbia and Myrtle Beach have been very cold! We have had snow and/or ice on two occasions, and prospects for the next few days appear to be more of the same! I must confess as I get older, I am more averse to cold weather, and am looking forward to Springtime. My outdoor activities will resume, flowers will bloom, and the State of South Carolina will rise and shine with the warmer weather!

I especially worry about the homeless during these cold nights. I salute the various agencies around our two key cities of MKLG, Columbia and Myrtle Beach, for their efforts to keep those on the street warm, fed, and safe. I closely follow what happens at Transitions, which is right up the street from me, and I think they do an excellent job dealing with this critical situation.

Please remember these non-profit agencies during these times with your volunteerism, your treasure, and your prayers. I am looking forward to warming up soon!

Have a good weekend!

 

Mike Kelly

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Kelly Gram – Reflection on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

 

Even as a little boy, I was interested in governmental affairs, and all types of change. I became acquainted with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. when I was eight or nine, and then again at age eleven, when I watched live his most famous of many speeches – “I Have a Dream.”

In observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, I watched it again this past Monday on YouTube. If you have never watched it, or have not seen it in a while, I urge you take 18 minutes out of your life to listen. Many things that he advocated for in his speech have come to pass, and others have not. As someone who has done more than his fair share of public speaking over the years, I not only appreciated the content of the message, but also his advocacy skills, his passion, and his elocution. I especially admired his insistence on nonviolence. His was another life cut way too short, but I am thankful that Dr. King lived on this earth and served mankind!

Have a great weekend!

 

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KellyGram – Pet Peeve

 

 

It is pet peeve time on this Friday! I have noticed in downtown Columbia, as well as certain heavily traveled areas of Myrtle Beach, that pedestrians risk life and limb to walk across the street! As a prime example, I was coming to work last Friday when what looked to be a homeless gentleman was in the crosswalk at Taylor and Main Streets. He was wearing a mask, paying attention and was in the middle of the street when the light turned green. I was in the right-hand lane heading down the hill to my office, and I slowly inched across the intersection to give him time to pass. My cohort in the left lane took off like he was drag racing, and fortunately, the man was able to get back to the curb in the nick of time before being plowed under. Citizen’s arrest has been in the news a lot lately, but I sure wanted to make one if I could have caught the guy! Seriously, pedestrians in the crosswalk always have the right of way!

Section 56-5-3130 (Pedestrians’ right of way in crosswalks) says in part when traffic control signals are not in place, or not in operation, the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right of way, slowing down or stopping if need be to yield to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a crosswalk when the pedestrian is upon the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling, or when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger.

Please talk about this with the young drivers in your family, your friends, and your neighbors. We want Columbia and Myrtle Beach to be pedestrian friendly cities, and that requires motorists to give them their rights under the statute!

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – Lessons Learned

 

 

I am always in a reflective mood, but much more so at the beginning of a New Year. The year 2022 stands before us, and even though it will pass quickly (especially for those senior members of life like me!), there is still much time to make changes and improvements, and to foster better habits. Now is the time for those of you who choose to improve your finances, personal health, internal growth and maturity to get busy!

With loved ones and friends passing away in increasing numbers each and every year, or so it seems, I am going to choose to get busy! This is not merely a New Year’s Resolution, but a profound commitment to change what I can, and pray that what is beyond my control can be changed.

There will be multiple failures, disappointments and some surprises for sure, but that is where Faith comes in. Your faith can be religious (mine certainly is!) or belief in one’s self, reference to past occurrences, belief in statistical probabilities or whatever else assists all of us through the hard times. With regard to failures, I can honestly say after quite a few years on earth, that I have learned more from being in the proverbial ditch, as opposed to when I have been on the mountain top!

Here is to the best 2022 for all of you. Take the time to smell the roses for sure, but if you choose to do so, then commit yourself to positive changes for you, your loved ones and all people around the world!

Happy a great weekend!

 

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – My Eyesight 2022

 

 

Over the course of the first few weeks of January, I will be working on my to-do list and visions for the future, both personally and professionally! This week between Christmas and New Year’s usually reminds me of a ghost town here at the office. I have learned to live with it, and actually appreciate it as a time for reflection.

Right now, my focus is on my own personal eyesight, because I had come to the point where my cataracts were inhibiting me from seeing, especially at a distance. I went to Dr. Brian Huff of The Eye Center here in Columbia. He is one the premiere specialists on eye surgery and care, and I was extremely impressed by his expertise when it came to my vision! We addressed my right eye issues first, on December 20th, and will soon address my left eye. I am hoping I will be able to see more like a 30 year old than a man of my age, and I am so grateful for the gift of vision that the good Lord has given me! During my initial recovery from surgery part one, I came to deeply appreciate having good eyesight again. Anyone with vision issues should try to see some of the fine ophthalmologists and eye surgeons we have in South Carolina, and certainly Dr. Huff is at the top of my list.

Happy New Year to Everyone! Here is to good vision!

 

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KellyGram – Merry Christmas

 

 

This coming Saturday is a day that will be celebrated all over the world. I used to be a “bah humbug” Christmas person, but, like many things in my life, I have mellowed out, and have grown to love and enjoy the Christmas Season and all it entails. For me, Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Secondly, it is about friends and fellowship. Even though the world is not fully back to normal, there are still ways that we can celebrate and spend time with our family and friends.

Christmas took on an added meaning for me three years ago, when my granddaughter, Helena, was born. Right now, this is my only grandchild. I love her very much, and am fascinated to watch her grow, mature, and understand the meaning of Christmas.

With all the trials and tribulations in the world today, please hold and cherish your loved ones even tighter this year, and enjoy the holiday!

Have a blessed holiday weekend!

 

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – Volunteerism and the Richland County Bar Association

 

 

I have always enjoyed and benefited greatly from being involved in civic organizations in my hometown of Columbia and occasionally in alternate firm locations in Fairfield and Horry Counties. All of it has been extremely rewarding and although I am not s spring chicken anymore, I still enjoy my civic engagements. I feel everyone has a duty to give back and be involved with civic organizations of their chose and today I want to focus on my longstanding association with the state and county bar associations.

I served as the Richland County Bar President from 1990-1991 and 1991-1992 and the South Carolina Bar President from 1999-2000 and continue to enjoy serving on committees and trying to raise the performance level of we lawyers as servants of the people.

I was very blessed this past week to receive the John W. Williams, Jr. Distinguished Service Award from the Richland County Bar. It is based upon distinguished and meritorious service to the legal profession or to the public in professional related activities. The John W. Williams, Jr. Distinguished Service Award is the highest recognition given by our Association and it is determined by the Executive Committee based upon written nominations from members of our association. I was quite humbled and more than honored to receive this award and be nominated and recognized by my fellow peers.

It remains my honor to continue to serve as long as I am able to my county, state and fellow man!

Have a blessed weekend!

 

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KellyGram – Careless Driving

 

 

I wrote a KellyGram on this earlier this year, but I am here to tell you that I am genuinely concerned about careless driving all over our state but particularly in Columbia. The number of car crash fatalities as of Dec. 3, 2021, in South Carolina is at 1,005 and puts 2021 on track to be the deadliest on South Carolina’s roadways mostly because of speeding, drunk driving and distracted driving!!!

As I sit in my chair at the corner of Huger and Taylor Streets in the headquarters of the Mike Kelly Law Group, I see red lights being run routinely, barreling down city streets at high rates of speed far beyond the posted speed limits and it is really scary to watch! I have handled motor vehicle accidents for forty-four (44) years, and I have seen the damage that can be done by the actions of a careless driver.

Please slow down and feel free to lobby our City Councilmen and our new Mayor Daniel Rickenmann to step up traffic enforcement in Columbia because we all need it!

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Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – Ingeborg “Inge” Martin

 

 

I have been going to too many funerals lately of great friends and I hope this will be the last KellyGram tribute for anybody in my friends’ and loved ones’ circle in the foreseeable future!

On Wednesday, I had the pleasure of attending the funeral of Inge Martin “OMA.” She was a beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother to her fine family. She was born in Augsburg, Germany in 1939 and immigrated to the United States shortly thereafter. She married an American military man and they proceeded to have a family. She was one of the hardest working and at the same time most loving and caring people of I have ever had the pleasure to meet.

Our friendship began in my beloved Kroger on Forest Drive, and it only got better from there. She worked for Kroger for 30 years and we had many memorable moments together talking and chatting in the Kroger when I would go three to four times a week or on the telephone. Usually, she was manning her front-end desk position, so I always got to see her.

One memorable moment for me was when she retired at age 70. She called and asked me if I would help her fill her retirement paperwork and even though they did not require the services of a lawyer, I was more than happy to fill them out with her in my law office conference room. Interestingly her birth certificate which was required with the retirement package from Kroger was adorned with a swastika and that will probably be the only German birth certificate that I will ever see! When we had finished the paperwork and was ready to put it in the mail, she pulled out her handbag to pay me and I said, “Ms. Martin, there is no charge!” She just cried and hugged me in appreciation.

A loving and caring woman has gone to be with her maker. I only hope that I can be as kind and gentle as you were, Inge! I love you and will miss you dear friend!

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