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A few of our most popular commercial and industrial electrical services include but are not limited to:

  • Parking Lot Light Installation
  • Electrical Safety Inspections
  • Electrical Grounding for Businesses
  • Generator and Motor Insulation Resistance Analysis
  • Electrical Troubleshooting for Businesses
  • Ongoing Maintenance Plans for Vital Electrical Equipment
  • Transformer Installation
  • Circuit Testing for Businesses
  • Preventative Maintenance for Electrical Equipment
  • Electrical Wiring for New Businesses
  • Electrical Service Upgrades
  • Much More

A few of our most popular commercial and industrial electrical services include but are not limited to:

Circuit Breakers

Tripped Circuit Breakers

Your businesses' electrical system will trip when it has too much electricity running through it. These problems are very common in commercial properties and usually stem from one of three culprits: circuit overloads, short circuits, and ground fault surges. Obviously, when your circuits are tripped regularly, your business operations suffer. To help solve your circuit breaker problems, our commercial electricians will come to your location for in-depth troubleshooting. Once we discover the root cause, we'll get to work on repairing your circuit breaker, so you can continue working and serving your customers.

Flickering Lights

Flickering Lights

Like tripped circuit breakers, dimming or flickering lights are among the most common commercial electrical problems in South Carolina. These issues typically stem from poor electrical connections. These poor connections will usually cause sparks, which can start fires and wreak havoc on your commercial building. While dimming lights might seem minor, if you leave this problem to fester, you could be looking at permanent damage to your businesses' electrical systems. Given the danger involved in fixing this problem, it's important that you work with a licensed business electrician like Engineered Electrical Solutions as soon as you're able to.

Dead Power Outlets

Dead Power Outlets

Dead power outlets aren't always dangerous, unlike other recurring commercial electrical issues. They are, however, disruptive to your company's productivity. Dead outlets are common in older commercial buildings and are often caused by circuit overloads. Connecting multiple high-wattage devices and appliances to the same power socket can cause overheating. When the power outlet overheats, it can lead to tripped circuit breakers. In some cases, the live wire catches fire and burns until it is disconnected. For a reliable solution using high-quality switches, sockets, and circuit breakers, it's best to hire a professional business electrician to get the job done right.

Residential Electrician vs. Commercial Electrician in Pageland:
What's the Difference?

Finding a real-deal, qualified commercial electrician in South Carolina is harder than you might think. Whether it's due to availability or budget, you might be tempted to hire a residential electrician for your commercial electrical problem. While it's true that great residential electricians can help solve commercial issues in theory, it's always best to hire a business electrician with professional experience.

Unlike their residential colleagues, commercial electricians are licensed to deal with different materials and procedures suited specifically for businesses. Commercial wiring is much more complex than residential, and is strategically installed with maintenance, repair, and changes in mind. Additionally, commercial properties usually use a three-phase power supply, necessitating more schooling, skills, and technical ability to service.

The bottom line? If you're a business owner with commercial electricity problems, it's best to work with a licensed commercial electrician, like you will find at Engineered Electrical Solutions.

Professional and Efficient from
Call to Technician

Shields Painting has been in the business since 1968. In a world where so much has changed, we are proud to uphold the ideals that make us successful: hard, honest work, getting the job done right, and excellent customer service. Providing you with trustworthy, quality work will always take priority over rushing through a project to serve the next customer. That is just not the way we choose to do business.

As professionals dedicated to perfection, we strive to provide a unique painting experience for every customer - one that focuses on their needs and desires instead of our own. Whether you need residential painting for your home or commercial painting for your business, we encourage you to reach out today to speak with our customer service team. Whether you have big ideas about a new paint project or need our expertise and guidance, we look forward to hearing from you soon.

We want to be sure every one of our customers is satisfied, which is why we offer a three-year guaranteed on our labor. If you're in need of an electrician for your home or business, give our office a call and discover the Engineered Electrical Solutions difference.

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How to adopt a pet Saturday during Clear the Shelters

Bring home a pet (or two!) from one of these participating Clear The Shelters locations on Saturday.CHARLOTTE, N.C. — As area shelters reached critical levels, a nationwide campaign was launched to help clear the shelters and find forever homes for as many pets as possible.Participating area shelters and rescues will have volunteers available Saturday at the following locations to help as many pets as possible find their forever homes: Most locations will have waived or reduced adoption fees.York County Hum...

Bring home a pet (or two!) from one of these participating Clear The Shelters locations on Saturday.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — As area shelters reached critical levels, a nationwide campaign was launched to help clear the shelters and find forever homes for as many pets as possible.

Participating area shelters and rescues will have volunteers available Saturday at the following locations to help as many pets as possible find their forever homes: Most locations will have waived or reduced adoption fees.

York County Humane Society1 - 4 p.m. by appointment only8177 Regent Pkwy, Fort Mill, SC 29715

CMPD Animal Care & Control11 a.m. - 5 p.m.8315 Byrum Dr, Charlotte, NC 28217

Humane Society of Charlotte11 a.m . - 6 p.m.1348 Parker Drive, Charlotte, NC 28208

Gaston County Animal Care and Enforcement11 a.m. - 2 p.m.1491 Business Park Ct, Gastonia, NC 28052

Lancaster SPCA10 a.m. - 1 p.m.Lancaster County Animal Shelter, 2074 Pageland Hwy, Lancaster, SC 29720

Lincoln County Animal Services12 - 5 p.m.650 John Howel Memorial Dr, Lincolnton, NC 28092

Greater Charlotte SPCA11 a.m. - 2 p.m.Pet People Waverly, 7315 Waverly Walk Ave, Charlotte, NC 28277

Catawba County Animal Services11 a.m. - 6 p.m.201 Government Services Dr, Newton, NC 28658

Watauga Humane Society12 - 5 p.m.312 Paws Way, Boone, NC 28607

Stanly County Humane Society10 a.m. - 2 p.m.2049 Badin Rd, Albemarle, NC 28001

Stanly County Humane SocietyAdopt cats from Petsmart (cats only)10 a.m. - 2 p.m.780 Leonard Ave Suite H, Albemarle, NC 28001

Zach’s RescuePetsmart, 2875 W Hwy 74, Monroe, NC 28110

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Care and Control is asking for the public's help as rising pet intake, staffing shortages and population growth in Charlotte put the shelter in "crisis" mode.

After the COVID-19 lockdown drove intake numbers down and more families to adopt new pets, the center is now facing a perfect storm of straining factors: A rising human population, also bringing new pets to the area, the highest intake numbers in years and staffing shortages.

Clear The Shelters is an annual, nationwide pet adoption and shelter donation campaign that is spearheaded by NBCUniversal Local, a division of NBCUniversal. Each year, NBCUniversal Local’s NBC- and Telemundo-owned stations, plus affiliated stations, partner with animal shelters and rescues in their communities to host Clear The Shelters events.

Charlotte Knights fostering dog as WCNC Charlotte launches Clear The Shelters

Here's a look at which area shelters and rescues are participating in Clear The Shelters during August:

York County Humane Society

Gaston County Animal Care and Enforcement

Greater Charlotte SPCA

Catawba County Animal Services

North Mecklenburg Animal Rescue

Lincoln County Animal Services

Watauga Humane Society of Boone

This year, Clear the Shelters was a month-long campaign, finding homes for animals across the Charlotte area who need a forever family. Donations can be made online with 100% of the money going to the shelter or rescue. WCNC Charlotte has teamed up with 11 shelters and rescues to support the annual adoption campaign.

Also new this year are the opportunities to find pets online and via the WeRescue app and to donate to hundreds of other shelters that are not able to remain open during the COVID-19 crisis, but still desperately need help to care for animals and place them in homes.

To help individuals and communities continue to practice safe social distancing measures, WCNC Charlotte's month-long “Adopt & Donate” effort will feature virtual pet adoptions and make it easy for people to donate online to participating shelters and rescues. The campaign runs from Aug. 1 through Aug. 31.

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Assistance Available for Housing and Utilities

Federal funds are available to those who suffered financially from the pandemic to assist in the prevention of eviction and disconnection of essential services.You can help AARP SC share important information in connecting individuals with rent, mortgage, and utility bill assistance. AARP SC is working collaboratively with Dominion Energy South Carolina, Duke Energy Carolinas, Duke Energy Progress, the Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, and with SC Housing to make those connections, more help is needed in spreading the word....

Federal funds are available to those who suffered financially from the pandemic to assist in the prevention of eviction and disconnection of essential services.You can help AARP SC share important information in connecting individuals with rent, mortgage, and utility bill assistance. AARP SC is working collaboratively with Dominion Energy South Carolina, Duke Energy Carolinas, Duke Energy Progress, the Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, and with SC Housing to make those connections, more help is needed in spreading the word.

The goal is to increase awareness of and applications for assistance through SC Stay Plus and the Homeowner Rescue Program.SC Stay Plus is a rental and utility assistance program funded by the U.S. Department of Treasury, launched in May 2021 to assist households experiencing financial hardships during the pandemic. The program can help impacted households get back on track by providing up to 12 months of rental and utility assistance dating back to March 13, 2020, and up to three months of future rent and utility assistance.

SC Homeowner Rescue Program (SC HRP) is a federally funded program established to provide financial assistance to eligible homeowners experiencing pandemic-related financial hardship that began before January 21, 2020, and continued after that date. This program runs through September 30, 2026, or if funds remain available.

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AARP SC hosted a Telephone Town Hall on July 29.You can view the recording here.

Other Assistance and InformationClick on the links below for assistance and local events where representatives can help.

Dominion Energy South CarolinaTuesday, August 2Colleton County Sheriff’s Office National Night Out Block Party/Hyde Park Neighborhood Watch6 – 8 p.m.In the vacant lot under Transmission Power lines on Azalea Drive in the 300 block areaWalterboro, SC 29488

Saturday, August 13Healthy Blue Back to School Bash at Lorick Park10:00 am – 2:00 pm1600 Lorick AvenueColumbia, SC 29203

Saturday, August 20Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office Annual Back to School Bash at Goodland Park11:00 am – 2:00 pm1404 Goodland Park DriveSpringfield, SC 29146

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The Wrap: Friday’s NC football scores, how the Sweet 16 fared, next week’s schedule

A recap from a busy Friday night, all The Charlotte Observer coverage in one spot.Rk.SchoolClassRecordFridayNext Week1.Providence DayIND3-0d. Charlotte Catholic 21-20Cabarrus Warriors2.Chambers4A2-1d. John Glenn 40-0at Hickory Ridge3.Hough4A1-1idle...

A recap from a busy Friday night, all The Charlotte Observer coverage in one spot.

Rk.SchoolClassRecordFridayNext Week
1.Providence DayIND3-0d. Charlotte Catholic 21-20Cabarrus Warriors
2.Chambers4A2-1d. John Glenn 40-0at Hickory Ridge
3.Hough4A1-1idleCox Mill
4.Charlotte Catholic4A2-1lost 21-20 to Providence Dayidle
5.Ardrey Kell4A3-0d. Marvin Ridge 45-10at Weddington
6.Kings Mountain3A3-0d. Burns 27-0idle
7.Weddington4A2-1d. West Forsyth 49-32Ardrey Kell
8.Hickory Ridge4A2-1d. Porter Ridge 37-14Chambers
9.Butler4A2-1lost 29-28 to New Hanoverat Myers Park
10.Charlotte ChristianIND2-1d. Cuthbertson 42-21at Topsail
11.Burns2A2-1lost 27-0 to Kings MountainWatauga
12.South Point2A3-0d. R-S Central 42-14idle
13.West Rowan3A2-1lost 35-14 to MooresvilleNorth Rowan
14.Olympic4A3-0d. Hopewell 41-0at East Mecklenburg
15.Watauga4A3-0d. Mitchell County 28-21Burns
16.Maiden2A2-1d. St. Stephens 30-19idle

Providence Day QB Jadyn Davis, the No. 2 recruit at his position nationally, has thrown for 10 TDs in his first two weeks By Langston Wertz Jr.

FRIDAY’S NORTH CAROLINA SCORES

Albemarle 57, Swannanoa Owen 12

Andrews 52, North Buncombe 6

Anson County 26, Monroe Piedmont 6

Asheville 28, Brevard 0

Asheville Reynolds 49, Alexander Central 7

Bartlett Yancey 56, Hillsborough Cedar Ridge 0

Bear Grass 28, Seven Springs Spring Creek 6

Belmont Cramer 27, East Gaston 21

Belmont South Point 42, R-S Central 14

Boonville Starmount 59, East Bend Forbush 0

Bunn 49, Oxford Webb 0

Burlington Williams 37, Southern Alamance 20

Cape Fear 39, Fayetteville Sanford 28

Cary Panther Creek 35, Durham Jordan 27

Central Cabarrus 32, Gastonia Huss 27

Central Davidson 67, West Davidson 0

Chambers 40, Robert B. Glenn 0

Charlotte Ardrey Kell 45, Waxhaw Marvin Ridge 10

Charlotte Berry Tech 30, Charlotte Garinger 6

Charlotte Christian 42, Waxhaw Cuthbertson 21

Charlotte Latin 18, Metrolina Christian Academy 12

Charlotte Olympic 41, Huntersville Hopewell 0

Charlotte Providence 64, Monroe Parkwood 42

Charlotte Providence Day 21, Charlotte Catholic 20

Cherryville 21, Blacksburg, S.C. 20

China Grove Carson 47, South Stanly 0

Chocowinity Southside 33, Robersonville South Creek 8

Choctaw Central, Miss. 30, Cherokee 20

Christ the King High School 14, Lake Norman Charter 0

Clayton Cleveland 34, Greenville Conley 23

Clinton 55, Fayetteville Smith 28

Concord Cox Mill 24, Monroe Sun Valley 23

Croatan 18, East Carteret 7

Davie County 28, North Davidson 21

Durham Hillside 15, Greensboro Dudley 8

Durham Riverside 42, Vance County 13

East Burke 28, Valdese Draughn 27, OT

East Davidson 42, Trinity 13

East Duplin 55, Richlands 0

East Surry 42, West Stokes 7

East Wilkes 43, North Wilkes 7

Eastern Alamance 41, Northern Guilford 35

Eastern Randolph 35, Walkertown 21

Enka 45, Rosman 6

Fayetteville Pine Forest 49, Fayetteville Byrd 0

Fayetteville Westover 54, Fairmont 0

Forest City Chase 65, North Gaston 14

Gastonia Forestview 13, Morganton Freedom 7

Gray’s Creek 21, West Johnston 10

Hampton, Tenn. 36, Avery County 27

Hertford County 48, Bertie County 8

Hickory 35, Newton-Conover 28

Hickory Ridge 37, Indian Trail Porter Ridge 14

Holly Springs 14, Fuquay-Varina 3

Kannapolis Brown 28, Mint Hill Rocky River 0

Kinston 38, Ayden-Grifton 14

Knightdale 47, Pembroke Swett 14

Lake Norman 35, Statesville 14

Lee County 34, South Granville 28

Lenoir Hibriten 60, West Caldwell 14

Marlboro County, S.C. 27, Scotland 24

Marshville Forest Hills 52, Monroe Union Academy 7

Matthews Weddington 49, West Forsyth 32

McDowell County 26, East Rutherford 0

Monroe 54, Concord 10

Mooresville 35, West Rowan 14

Mooresville Pine Lake Prep 21, Bessemer City 0

Mount Airy 54, Surry Central 6

New Bern 53, West Craven 0

New Hanover County 29, Matthews Butler 28

Newton Grove Hobbton 47, East Columbus 6

Newton Grove Midway 22, South Lenoir 14

North Brunswick 49, Swansboro 23

North Duplin 35, Jones County 14

North Myrtle Beach, S.C. 42, West Brunswick 26

North Raleigh Christian 20, Southlake Christian 0

North Rowan 49, North Stanly 0

North Surry 36, Elkin 27

Northeast Guilford 18, Eden Morehead 7

Northwest Cabarrus 14, North Lincoln 0

Northwest Guilford 49, Winston-Salem Reynolds 6

Oak Grove 21, Jamestown Ragsdale 20

Pamlico County 36, Harrells Christian 30

Pasquotank County 38, Perquimans 12

Person 55, Granville Central 0

Pfafftown Reagan 17, Charlotte Myers Park 14

Pungo Christian 38, Swan Quarter Mattamuskeet 18

Rabun Gap-Nachoochee, Ga. 50, Charlotte Country Day 12

Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons 31, Richmond County 0

Raleigh Leesville Road 31, Wallace-Rose Hill 21

Raleigh Millbrook 48, Garner 7

Raleigh Ravenscroft 28, Cabarrus 13

Raleigh Sanderson 56, Erwin Triton 55

Randleman 47, Montgomery Central 7

Roanoke Rapids 53, North Pitt 8

Robbinsville 26, Burnsville Mountain Heritage 8

Rocky Point Trask 42, Rose Hill Union 0

Salisbury 35, East Rowan 7

Shelby Crest 54, Shelby 49

South Brunswick 62, West Bladen 0

South Iredell 43, West Iredell 6

South Mecklenburg 53, East Mecklenburg 0

South Pointe, S.C. 16, Charlotte Mallard Creek 13

Southeast Halifax 44, Northwest Halifax 0

Southern Guilford 21, Western Guilford 0

Southern Pines Pinecrest 41, Apex Middle Creek 24

Southern Wayne 20, Goldsboro 0

Southwest Guilford 49, High Point Central 6

Spring Lake Overhills 34, Morrisville Green Hope 0

Swain County 13, Franklin 10, OT

Thomasville 38, High Point Andrews 0

Thomasville Ledford 70, Trinity Wheatmore 0

Topsail 43, Holly Ridge Dixon 0

Unicoi County, Tenn. 35, Madison County 14

Waccamaw, S.C. 43, Wilmington Ashley 0

Wake Forest 17, Wilmington Hoggard 7

Washington Academy 12, South Central Pitt 7

Washington County 27, Kill Devil Hills First Flight 12

Watauga County 28, Mitchell County 21

Waynesville Tuscola 33, Asheville Erwin 12

West Carteret 24, Farmville Central 7

West Lincoln 54, Newton Foard 7

West Mecklenburg 14, Gastonia Ashbrook 9

West Stanly 21, Mount Pleasant 20

Western Alamance 28, Eastern Guilford 26

Whiteville 43, East Bladen 13

Wilmington Laney 56, Lumberton 0

Winston-Salem Carver 42, Gastonia Highland Tech 0

Winston-Salem Mt. Tabor 29, Greensboro Page 14

Winston-Salem Prep 21, Winston-Salem Parkland 20

POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS=

Jacksonville Northside vs. St. Pauls, ccd.

THURSDAY’S NORTH CAROLINA SCORES

Apex 56, Harnett Central 13

Arendell Parrott 44, Wake Christian 28

Athens Drive 20, Cary 14

Carrboro 36, East Chapel Hill 12

Community School of Davidson 38, Thomas Jefferson 14

Currituck 28, Hickory VA 7

Gates 46, Manteo 16

Green Level 24, SE Raleigh 0

Greene Central 44, Beddingfield 6

Heritage 34, Broughton 7

Hobbton 47, East Columbus 6

Hunt 28, SW Edgecombe 0

James Kenan 48, Eastern Wayne 26

JH Rose 48, Northeastern 26

John Paul II Catholic 19, Catholic VA 13

Lakewood 64, Lejeune 0

Louisburg 59, South Wake Crusaders 0

North Moore 35, South Davidson 0

Northern Nash 61, Corinth Holders 0

Overhills 34, Green Hope 0

Princeton 45, Rosewood 32

Reidsville 50, Rockingham 6

Riverside-Martin 40, Northside-Pinetown 28

Rocky Mount 28, Holmes 21

Rolesville 48, East Wake 7

Smithfield-Selma 42, North Johnston 0

South Garner 45, Enloe 8

Southern Durham 38, Northern Durham 6

Southern Nash 41, Fike 13

Tarboro 48, North Edgecombe 15

Union Pines 40, Western Harnett 14

Wilkes Central 34, Patton 8

Willow Spring 49, Seaforth 0

THURSDAY

Nonconference

Garinger vs. West Charlotte, at Waddell High, 7

FRIDAY

Mecklenburg nonconference

Ardrey Kell at Weddington, 7

Bessemer City at Christ the King, 7

Butler at Myers Park, 7

Cabarrus Warriors at Providence Day, 7

Chambers at Hickory Ridge

Charlotte Christian at Topsail, 7

Charlotte Country Day at Asheville School, 7

Charlotte Latin at Forest Hills, 7

Corvian Community at Lake Norman Charter, 7

Cox Mill at Hough, 7

Independence at Hopewell, 7

Mallard Creek at Gaffney (SC)

Metrolina Christian at Covenant Day, 7

North Mecklenburg at Berry Academy, 7

Olympic at East Mecklenburg, 7

Rocky River at Sun Valley, 7

South Mecklenburg at Cuthbertson, 7

SouthLake Christian-Davidson Day at Ravenscroft School, 7

Victory Christian at Hickory Grove Christian, 7

West Mecklenburg at Harding, 7

Area nonconference

Albemarle at Anson County, 7

Bandys at South Caldwell

Camden (SC) Military vs. Hickory Hawks, at Lenoir-Rhyne Univ.

Chase at Cherryville

Chesnee (SC) at R-S Central

East Rowan at North Davidson

East Rutherford at Madison County

Freedom at Patton

Highland Tech at Draughn

Jay M. Robinson at Jesse Carson, 7

Lake Norman at Alexander Central

Monroe at Montgomery Central

Mount Airy at Ashe County

Mountain Island Charter at Union Academy, 7

North Rowan at West Rowan, 7

Northwest Cabarrus at Mount Pleasant

Parkwood at Marvin Ridge, 7

Piedmont at Pageland (SC) Central

Pine Lake Prep at Starmount

Richmond Senior at South View

Salisbury at South Rowan, 7

Shelby at Hibriten

South Davidson at South Stanly

South Iredell at West Forsyth, 7

Watauga at Burns

West Cabarrus at Catawba Ridge (SC)

West Stanly at North Stanly

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Mecklenburg: Charlotte Catholic, Community School of Davidson, Palisades, Providence.

Others: A.L. Brown, Ashbrook, Bunker Hill, Carolina Bearcats, Central Cabarrus, Concord, Crest, Draughn, East Gaston, East Lincoln, Forestview, Fred T. Foard, Hickory, Hunter Huss, Kings Mountain, Lincolnton, Maiden, Mooresville.

Newton-Conover, North Gaston, North Iredell, North Lincoln, Porter Ridge, St. Stephens, South Point, Statesville, Stuart Cramer, Thomas Jefferson Academy, West Caldwell, West Iredell, West Lincoln

This story was originally published September 2, 2022 6:15 AM.

Lexington native Meera Bhonslé ready to represent SC in Miss USA competition

On October 3, a lifelong dream will come true for a Lexington girl as she represents South Carolina on the Miss USA pageant stage.Meera Bhonslé is a first-generation American, a University of South Carolina graduate and a former Cola Daily staff writer, and she is now Miss SC USA.“I've dreamed of this since I was a tiny, tiny little tot. And I honestly didn't know if I would ever make it here, but here I am going to Miss USA wearing South Carolina across my chest,” she says. “Representing my home state ...

On October 3, a lifelong dream will come true for a Lexington girl as she represents South Carolina on the Miss USA pageant stage.

Meera Bhonslé is a first-generation American, a University of South Carolina graduate and a former Cola Daily staff writer, and she is now Miss SC USA.

“I've dreamed of this since I was a tiny, tiny little tot. And I honestly didn't know if I would ever make it here, but here I am going to Miss USA wearing South Carolina across my chest,” she says. “Representing my home state is super exciting, but it's also a little nerve-wracking because I want to make sure that I am the best representation of myself as a person and of our state. I just want to do well and make everyone here proud.”

Bhonslé was just five months old when her mother entered her in her first pageant. “I won and the rest is history. Here I am today,” she says, laughing.

She competed in pageants in middle school and high school (at Lexington High School), and as a UofSC student won the Miss Gamecock crown. She then competed for the Miss SC USA crown, winning on her fourth try this past March.

As the daughter of a Salvadorian mother and an Indian father, Bhonslé is very much aware that she is not the old stereotype of a pageant queen.

“It is really cool to kind of break those glass ceilings and those stereotypes, because there are a lot of little kids who might say ‘Oh, she looks a little bit like me, so I could do that someday.’ To be a role model for them is really important and really amazing as well.”

Kids are important to Bhonslé, whose lifetime love of reading inspired her to begin her platform, “Reading is Leading,” in 2014.

“I love children, and my platform reading is based around early childhood literacy in South Carolina. I get to go to schools all over the state and read with kids and talk to them about the importance of literacy, and talk to parents and to our local leaders and state leaders as well, which is a very, very fun thing to do for me,” she says.

The months since winning Miss SC USA have been a whirlwind for Bhonslé, from joining the other Miss USA contestants on a trip to Cancun to meeting with legislators in Washington, but she says her favorite experience wearing the crown was closer to home.

“I was in Pageland, South Carolina for the Pageland Watermelon Festival and the High Point Fire Department let me drive a fire truck! “Lights, sirens on the open roads, I drove the fire truck and it was the coolest thing I have done so far. And I will never not talk about it,” she says.

The next trip for Bhonslé is to Reno, where she and the other state pageant winners will compete for the Miss USA title, with the winner to be crowned October 3.

If she wins, she will move to Los Angeles for the next year to represent her country as Miss USA and compete in the Miss Universe pageant. If she does not finish first, however, she still wins, with the chance to continue representing South Carolina until she crowns her successor in March 2023.

Whether in South Carolina or California, Bhonslé already has a personal celebration planned.

“When all of this is over, I am taking my little rear end all the way to the closest and first barbecue place I can find. I want a fat plate of fried chicken, barbecue, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, rice and gravy, everything. I want everything on the plate and I want no one to look at me and I want to sit in silence and eat the biggest meal of my whole life,” she says with a laugh.

The Miss USA pageant will be broadcast live from Reno’s Grand Sierra Resort & Casino by FYI on October 3rd. Visit fyi.tv for more details. Follow Bhonslé’s adventures leading up to the big moment on Instagram and Facebook.

Eight new members inducted into USC Athletics Hall of Fame Thursday

Eight members were forever enshrined at Williams-Brice Stadium, including Laura Bernstein Kassirer from women’s tennis, softball coach Joyce Compton, LaShinda Demus representing women’s track & field, Otukile Lekote from men’s track & field, Blakely Mattern from women’s soccer, football standouts Corey Miller and Del Wilkes (posthumously), and Matt Price representing baseball.Since the University of South Carolina Athletics Hall of Fame was created in 1967, 205 members, including these eight, have been ...

Eight members were forever enshrined at Williams-Brice Stadium, including Laura Bernstein Kassirer from women’s tennis, softball coach Joyce Compton, LaShinda Demus representing women’s track & field, Otukile Lekote from men’s track & field, Blakely Mattern from women’s soccer, football standouts Corey Miller and Del Wilkes (posthumously), and Matt Price representing baseball.

Since the University of South Carolina Athletics Hall of Fame was created in 1967, 205 members, including these eight, have been selected by the University of South Carolina Association of Lettermen.

Here’s a look at the 2022 class:

Laura Bernstein Kassirer – Women’s Tennis (1981-83) Bernstein Kassirer played at Carolina for two years before turning pro… posted a two-year singles record of 41-11 and a doubles mark of 42-5… became the first All-American in program history after advancing to the NCAA Singles Championship round of 16 in 1983… finished her freshman year as the 30th-ranked player in the country and improved that to 15th as a sophomore… led her team to a 50-8 mark over that two-year period, the most combined wins in consecutive years in school history.

Joyce Compton – Softball (1987-2010) Compton retired after 24 years at South Carolina with a 951-486-4 mark, making her the winningest coach in school history… her overall record of 1,066-563-4, ranked 10th in wins among all NCAA softball coaches regardless of division and ninth in Division I history at the time of her retirement… took the program to the NCAA Tournament 13 times including two trips to the Women’s College World Series… was a five-time Region Coach of the Year and was inducted into the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2002… her jersey was retired at Carolina in 2022.

LaShinda Demus – Women’s Track & Field (2002-04) Demus was a four-time NCAA champion and 11-time All-American… won NCAA titles in the indoor 400 meters in 2003, indoor 4×400-meter relay in 2002, outdoor 400-meter hurdles in 2002 and the outdoor 4×400-meter relay in 2002… an integral part of the Gamecock national champion team in 2002, contributing 26 points… a two-time SEC champion, Demus qualified for two Olympic Games (2004 and 2012), earning a silver medal in the 400-meter hurdles in 2012, and was a World Champion in the event in 2011.

Otukile Lekote – Men’s Track & Field (2001-04) Lekote won three individual NCAA titles for the Gamecocks… won the indoor 800 meters in 2001 and swept the indoor and outdoor 800-meter titles in 2002… was a nine-time All-American in the 800 meters and as a member of the 4×400-meter relay team… was a seven-time SEC champion… still holds the program records in the indoor and outdoor 800-meters and is a member of the school record 4×400-meter relay team.

Blakely Mattern – Women’s Soccer (2006-09) Mattern started at defender in 92 matches during her four-year career, scoring 16 goals and assisting on six others for 38 points, including five game-winning goals… recognized as the first All-American in program history, she earned three All-Region honors and was a four-time All-SEC selection… named the 2007 SEC Defensive Player of the Year and the 2009 SEC Scholar Athlete… in 2009, she was a finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award… was a third-round pick in the 2010 WPS Draft, the 21st selection overall.

Corey Miller – Football (1987-90) Standout defensive end for the Gamecocks from Pageland, S.C., who went on to a successful NFL career… earned All-South Independent honors as a defensive end in both 1989 and 1990… totaled 187 tackles with 15.0 tackles for loss and 10.0 sacks… selected as Carolina’s Outstanding Defensive Player in 1989 and a team captain in 1990… played in the Blue-Gray All-Star game… selected by the New York Giants in the sixth round of the 1991 NFL Draft… logged seven seasons with the Giants before wrapping up his playing days with the Minnesota Vikings.

Matt Price – Baseball (2009-12) Price was the closer on the Gamecocks’ National Championship run from 2010- 2012… set the career school records for saves (43) and appearances (102), as well as the SEC career record for saves… earned Freshman All-America and second-team All-SEC honors in 2010… credited with the win over UCLA that clinched the squad’s first national title… earned All-America and first-team All-SEC honors in 2011… named to the College World Series All-Tournament team after posting a 2-0 record with two saves in five CWS appearances, tossing nine scoreless innings… earned second-team All-SEC honors in 2012 as a team captain.

Del Wilkes – Football (1980-84) Wilkes, an all-state offensive lineman from Irmo, S.C., had a standout season as a senior in 1984 for the Gamecocks, being named to four All-America teams (Kodak Coaches, Walter Camp, AP and UPI (2nd team) while also being named All-South Independent and winning the Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the top blocker in the state… a co-captain of the squad, he was named MVP as a senior and was named to the modern era all-time USC team in 1993… went on to a career in professional wresting as “The Patriot”… passed away in 2021 at the age of 59.

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