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Senators: DSS must quickly hire caseworkers

COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina's Department of Social Services must immediately hire more caseworkers to stem a child welfare crisis and not wait until legislators pass a budget next year, state...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/2014-09-16/senators-dss-must-quickly-hire-case
SC governor candidate's call for DSS session called unrealistic

...candidate Tom Ervin has asked the Legislature to return to Columbia for a special session to take the Department of Social Services out from under Gov. Nikki Haley's control ? a request rejected Monday as unrealistic grandstanding 50 days before...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/2014-09-15/sc-governor-candidates-call-dss-ses
Vermont's largest city reaches milestone in green-energy efforts

...Ed Truelove said.Utility officials in Burlington, a lakefront city known for its liberal politics and extensive social service network, first began discussing the goal in 2004.Neither Burlington nor Washington Electric claims that each...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-09-15/vermonts-largest-city-reac
Reforms show results, juvenile justice officials say

...would either prey on them or convert them. And the community setting permits coordination between other state child social services, like educators and social workers.For instance, over the past year Niles has asked every school with a campus...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/crime-courts/2014-09-13/reforms-show-results-j
Memorial held for slain children

...under suicide watch. Lexington County authorities transferred him to a state prison for his safety.On Thursday, social services officials released a file detailing allegations of abuse and about a dozen visits to Jones' homes in the past three...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-09-12/memorial-held-slain-children
5 children were killed at home, sheriff says

...the family took a summer trip to Disney World and the beach, according to documents released by the Department of Social Services on Thurs day. Authorities never found anything serious enough to take the children away, but the documents show...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-09-11/5-children-were-killed-home-s
Across the region

...say the boy has undergone several extensive surgeries since the raid.In other newsOFFICIALS AT THE Depart ment of Social Services said Tuesday that the agency's steps to improve include working more closely with South Carolina law enforcement...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-09-09/across-region
Nontraditional independent republican candidate Tom Ervin looks to shake up South Carolina's gubernatorial race

...as an "independent Republican." And when he jumped in, he immediately took aim at Haley and her Department of Social Services, saying testimony before a Senate panel about the beating death of a 4-year-old Richland County boy prompted him...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/elections/2014-09-06/nontraditional
Child abandoned, food stamp fraud in SC

...methamphetamine charges.The sheriff said investigators discovered Vosburg was receiving help from the Department of Social Services food stamp program for two children. Investigators determined one of the children was being cared for by a grandmother...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2014-08-14/child-abandoned-food-stamp-f
Summer heat sends more to area cooling centers

...conditions can shut down the neurological system, possibly resulting in seizures.Maj. Shirley Suarez, director of social services at the Augusta Salvation Army, said starting at 1 p.m., the organization's Center of Hope shelter sets out...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2014-08-08/summer-heat-sends-more-area-