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Electricity – it’s one of the most important innovations in the history of humankind. It’s hard to imagine life without electricity, and for good reason. Nearly every aspect of our lives is affected by electricity in some form or fashion, from the way you wash your clothes to the effort you put in at work. From a residential standpoint, you need it to cook, clean, entertain, and live comfortably. For commercial purposes, electricity is used to power the computers needed to keep America moving. That’s why, when the electricity in your home or at your job is compromised, life grinds to a halt. Unfortunately, electrical problems are inevitable in today’s day and age. When the electricity in your home or commercial workspace fails, you need a quick, effective solution that will get your life back on track. And that, in a nutshell, is where L&M Electric, Inc. shines the brightest.

Our company was founded in 2009 by Roger Lee and John Mezzles. With a combined 46 years of electrical experience, the two entrepreneurs set out to create a company that offers quality workmanship and unparalleled service to all its builders and clients. Today, we are proud to have served South Carolina for nearly two decades as the premier electrician contractor in Ariel, SC. Our family-owned business specializes in both residential and commercial electrical work. Our highly-trained team has the experience and skills to handle any electrical issue, from minor panel breaker problems to large-scale industrial issues.

Despite winning numerous awards and recognitions in the Southeast, we don’t let our accolades go to our head. Our team is committed to providing effective, personalized electrical work for every one of our customers. We take pride in our ability to offer peace of mind to our customers when they need it most, and that’s exactly what we aim to provide to you too. We’re talking one-on-one service provided by a friendly, professional electrician. There are no corners cut, no hidden fees, and no excuses – only the highest quality work from the finest electricians in Ariel.

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What sets us apart from other electricians in Ariel, SC? It boils down to three reasons:
Customer-Centric, Quality Electric Service
Customer-Centric, Quality Electric Service

As guests in your home, you won’t ever have to worry about a member of our team trying to sell you something you don’t need. Our job is to serve your electrical needs. You expect the highest quality electrical work in South Carolina, and that’s what we will provide.

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Experienced, Affordable Electricians

You understand that the highest quality work requires fair compensation, but you’re not made of money. Our commitment is to offer affordable electric work at a price you’re satisfied paying.

Family Owned & Operated
Family Owned & Operated

We know that you are choosing L&M Electric for a reason. Unlike large corporations, we truly care about our customers. As a family business, serving you is personal for us. We stake our reputation on the quality of our work. As such, we are accountable and will always strive to deliver the service you have come to expect from our company.

Affordable Electric Service That Makes You Feel Like Family

At L&M Electric, we employ the brightest commercial and residential electricians in Ariel. Having electricians that specialize in both residential and commercial projects allow us to provide our customers with a wider range of services.

Our team fixes a broad range of electrical issues, but we have built our reputation on the following electric services:

Affordable Electric Service That Makes You Feel Like Family

Electrical Repairs

Every homeowner has to deal with an electrical component breaking or failing at some point. When that happens, you need a partner who can troubleshoot the problem and correct the issue efficiently and effectively. A few common problems that we help solve for our customers include:

  • Ceiling Fan Repair
  • Light Fixture Repair
  • Light Switch & Outlet Repair
  • Electrical Safety Inspection

Electrical Installations

Whether you have a new ceiling fan that needs to be installed or you have a new electrical outlet that you’d like added to your bedroom, L&M Electric is here to help. Our team installs quality solutions every day of the week – there’s no electrical installation job your residential electrician in Ariel, SC, can’t handle. Here is a glance at some of the installation projects that we complete for homeowners:

  • Smart Home Installation
  • Electric Car Charging Station Installation
  • Whole-Home Surge Protection Installation

Renovations and Remodeling

If you’re renovating or remodeling your home, you need a professional electrician on-hand to work to properly install your new electrical devices and systems. Our skilled electricians are happy to work with you or your remodeling consultant to install your lights and keep your home shining bright. Common renovation and remodeling jobs include:

  • Hot Tub Wiring
  • Kitchen Lighting Renovations
  • Finished Basement Electrical Wiring

New Construction Electrical Projects

Many new construction homeowners stress about having their electrical system wired from scratch. For us, it’s just another day on the job. If you’re building your dream home, don’t leave your electrical work to mediocre electricians. Trust L&M electric for reliable service and the highest quality electrical work in Ariel. A few new construction projects we handle are:

  • Breaker Panel Box Installation
  • Wiring for Backup Generator
  • Landscape Lighting Outdoors
  • Low Voltage Wiring

Your Residential Electrician in Ariel, SC

When you own a home, there’s something inherently fulfilling about taking care of your property and fixing issues that pop up over time. When it comes to electrical work, however, DIY projects can be dangerous. Electricity is an amazing innovation, but if you aren’t fully trained and licensed to handle such work, it’s best to leave it to the experts at L&M Electric. Your home’s safety is essential for you and your family. Our team will go above and beyond to ensure that your home’s electrical system is operating correctly without any concerning problems.

With more than 60 years of combined experience as electricians, we are capable of troubleshooting and fixing a litany of electrical issues in your house. Keep reading to learn more about the most common electrical issues our customers report, along with some handy tips on how to remediate such problems.

Your Residential Electrician

Panel Breaker is Tripped

If you don’t have any power in your home, it might be time to check your electrical panel to see if there are any tripped breakers. If you spot a tripped breaker, try your best to switch it over to its original position. If you can’t, remember that some breakers need to be flipped to the “off” position before turning it back on. If you don’t have any luck, give our office a call. We’ll send a trained residential electrician in Ariel to your home to fix the problem on-site.

Panel Breaker is Tripped

Overhead Fan Stops Working

If you have an overhead fan in your living room or bedroom, you know how quickly it can accumulate dust. Most homeowners clean up using a rod duster. However, sometimes homeowners accidentally hit the fan direction switch when doing so. But, instead of flipping it “on” or “off,” they bump it into a limbo zone where neither direction is selected. When this happens, your overhead fan will not spin. If one of your fans stops working suddenly, this is one of the most common reasons why. If you’re sure you didn’t hit the fan direction switch, it could be an indication of a larger problem. In this case, call our office for a free phone consultation. We’ll troubleshoot with you over the phone and if necessary, send out an electrician.

Overhead Fan Stops Working

Kitchen Breaker Keeps Tripping

If your home was built in the last 35 years, chances are it has two 20-amp circuits running to your kitchen countertop outlets. Newer homes will have three circuits. If you’re constantly tripping the breaker to your kitchen, it’s most likely because you have too many electrical devices connected to the same circuit. To help alleviate this problem, place appliances like coffee makers and toasters on two different circuits. That way, they can share the load.

At the end of the day, your home is your place of solitude and relaxation. But, when you have electrical issues in your home, things can quickly go from peaceful to problematic. Whether you’re renovating your home and need a new room wired for power or your panel breaker keeps giving your problems, L&M Electric is here to assist. If you have questions about an issue or need to schedule service, our team is ready to help answer your questions and coordinate the best time for a residential electrician to come to your home in Ariel.

Kitchen Breaker Keeps Tripping

Tips to Save Money and Maintain Your Home’s Electrical Systems

Unlike some of our competitors, who are reluctant to provide any information that might prevent them from making a buck, L&M Electric is all about empowering our customers. If we can offer sound advice that will educate our clients and help them save money, we have no problem doing so. That’s why we have put together some helpful tips and tricks for maintaining your home’s most common electrical systems. Because, at the end of the day, a little knowledge can go a long way when it comes to your family’s safety.

Install-Surge-Protectors

Install Surge Protectors

Intense lighting storms can cause powerful surges of electricity that ruin your home’s electrical appliances and amenities. Surge protectors installed at your electrical panel can help prevent these surges by grounding the electricity running through your home. They do so by directing it away from your electrical devices. This common solution is inexpensive, effective, and always a better choice than replacing expensive items like TVs and computers.

Examine Your Breaker Panel

Examine Your Breaker Panel

Breaker panels control the power to your home. When they go bad or are damaged, there’s a good chance that you will lose power to most of the rooms in your house. Open your breaker panel and keep a sharp eye out for signs of corrosion and rust. Double-check that each breaker you see flips on and off properly. If you notice corrosion or if the breaker switches won’t flip, it’s time to get in touch with a residential electrician in Ariel, SC, who can inspect your breaker panel and recommend upgrades if necessary.

Test Your GFIs

Test Your GFIs

GFIs, or Ground Fault Interrupters, are similar to surge protectors in that they prevent electrical damage from happening in your home. The primary job of a GFI is to prevent electrical shocks that happen during a ground fault. Because water is a conductor of electricity, GFIs should be installed anywhere that an outlet comes into contact with water. You should try to test your GFIs every month, if possible, to ensure that they are working correctly. When you look closely at your GFI, you will notice a “test” and a “reset” button. Hit the “test” button to trip the GFI outlet and then hit “reset” to restore power. If your outlet resets, your GFI is working as it should. If not, you need to replace your GFI outlet. Because electricity is involved, we recommend hiring a professional to install new GFIs in your home. That way, you know the job is done right.

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Replace Outdated Light Bulbs

The right light bulb can add the perfect amount of ambiance to your home. Eventually, however, even the best light bulbs will need replacing. While they don’t need checking every month, it’s a good idea to inspect all your bulbs at the beginning of the year. If any of your bulbs are dead, you should replace them. You should also consider replacing bulbs that are incandescent with LED lights. LED light bulbs may cost more upfront but use less electricity and are more efficient over the long run.

Schedule a Home Safety Inspection

Schedule a Home Safety Inspection

In terms of preventative maintenance, scheduling a safety inspection for your home’s electrical systems should be a high priority. These inspections will shine a light on the electrical features in your home that need to be fixed. Most modern electrical fires are caused by short circuit arcs, defective insulation, or broken wiring. An inspection conducted by a qualified electrician will help determine what needs to be fixed so you and your family stay safe in your home. Your inspector should cover your whole home and will examine common features such as:

  • Breakers
  • Fans
  • Exposed Wiring
  • Electrical Panels
  • Circuits
  • Switches
  • Outlets and More
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he electrical system in your home brings it to life from the lights and appliances we use every day to the entertainment we all love and enjoy. You want an electrician that makes you feel safe while delivering the quality services you’re promised.

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Full-Service Electrical Work for Home and Business

Whether you need light switch services for your newly renovated home or need a generator installed at your commercial property, L&M Electric is here to serve you. Our team will get the job done right, so you can get back to loving your life in the Lowcountry.

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Latest News in Ariel

Joburg Open: Burmester too big in South Africa

The DP World Tour kicks off with the first of three events in South Africa - the Joburg Open - and our man fancies the rebranded European Tour to start with a winning favourite...Tournament HistoryAriel Canete won the first edition of the Joburg Open in 2007 and it was an ever-present on the European Tour up until 2017, when there were two editions - one in February and one in December....

The DP World Tour kicks off with the first of three events in South Africa - the Joburg Open - and our man fancies the rebranded European Tour to start with a winning favourite...

Tournament History

Ariel Canete won the first edition of the Joburg Open in 2007 and it was an ever-present on the European Tour up until 2017, when there were two editions - one in February and one in December.

It was lost from the schedule for a couple of years after that and it wasn't included in the schedule last season but following J.B Hansen's success in 2020, when it was one of the final events of the 2020 Schedule, it's now the first event of the 2022 schedule.

The final renewal before the slight hiatus, in December 2017, was the first edition of the tournament staged at this week's venue - Randpark. Although on that occasion, they used both the Firethorn Course and the Bushwillow. As was the case when JB Hansen won here a year ago, only Firethorn will be used for this renewal.

In addition to kicking off the DP World Tour, the Joburg Open also opens a three-week run of events in South Africa. We're back to the Gary Player Country Club for the South African Open next week before moving on Leopard Creek for the Alfred Dunhill Championship.

Venue

Firethorn course, Randpark Golf Club, Johannesburg.

Course Details

Firethorn - Par 71 7,506 yards Stroke Average in 2020 - 70.87

In addition to last year's renewal and the December 2017 edition of this event, Firethorn was also the host course for the South African Open in both 2018 and 2020 when Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace were victorious.

When still called Randpark, it also hosted the 1995 and 2000 South Africa Opens, won by Retief Goosen (-13) and Mathias Gronburg (-14) respectively and it also staged the SAA Pro-Am Invitational on the Sunshine Tour in 2009 and 2010, when on both occasions the winning total was eight-under-par through 54 holes. The winners were Ryan Tipping and Tyrone Ferreira. And finally, Otto Van Buynder won the Big Easy Challenge on the Big Easy Tour here three years ago.

The course underwent extensive changes prior to this event in 2017 but it didn't appear to make the venue any tougher - Shubhankar Sharma won with a total of 23-under-par.

Although Firethorn appears long on the card, it's worth remembering that we're at altitude so the ball travels much further.

TV Coverage

Live on Sky Sports all four days, beginning at 10:00 on Thursday

Last Four Course Winners with Pre-event Exchange Prices

2020- JB Hansen -19 60.0 2020 - Branden Grace -21 25.0 2018 - Louis Oosthuizen -18 9.0 2017 - Shubhankar Sharma -23 150.0

What Will it Take to Win the Joburg Open?

To provide a statistical snapshot, here are the stats for the top-five and ties at the last two South African Opens, the 2017 edition of this event and last year's renewal here.

2020 Joburg Open at Randpark JB Hansen -19 DD - 25 DA - 35 GIR - 7 SC - 17 PA - 5 Wilco Nienaber -17 DD - 2 DA - 47 GIR - 24 SC - 25 PA - 7 Shaun Norris -16 DD - 36 DA - 42 GIR - 47 SC - 4 PA - 1 Aaron Cockerill -13 DD - 52 DA - 35 GIR - 64 SC - 1 PA - 4 Brandon Stone -13 DD - 5 DA - 32 GIR - 2 SC - 57 PA - 36 Steve Surrey -13 DD - 50 DA - 4 GIR - 10 SC - 36 PA - 28

2020 South African Open at Randpark Branden Grace -21 DD - 47 DA - 8 GIR - 36 SC - 2 PA - 4 Louis Oosthuizen -18 No Stats Produced Marcus Armitage -16 DD - 7 DA - 21 GIR - 47 SC - 3 PA - 8 Jaco Ahlers -15 DD - 44 DA - 12 GIR - 14 SC - 25 PA - 10 Jack Senior -15 DD - 39 DA - 3 GIR - 22 SC - 1 PA - 29

2018 South African Open at Randpark Louis Oosthuizen -18 DD - 12 DA - 54 GIR - 36 SC - 4 PA - 2 Romain Langasque -12 DD - 42 DA - 57 GIR - 19 SC - 3 PA - 27 Thomas Aiken -10 DD - 51 DA - 26 GIR - 47 SC - 18 PA - 23 Bryce Easton -10 DD - 31 DA - 26 GIR - 14 SC - 36 PA - 13 Charl Schwartzel -10 DD - 17 DA - 63 GIR - 22 SC - 1 PA - 39 Oliver Wilson -10 DD - 56 DA - 46 GIR - 22 SC - 13 PA - 28

2017 Joburg Open at Randpark Shubankar Sharma -23 DD - 39 DA - 12 GIR - 31 SC - 1 PA - 3 Erik Van Rooyen -20 DD - 21 DA - 23 GIR - 1 SC - 4 PA - 47 Shaun Norris -17 DD - 32 DA - 33 GIR - 55 SC - 5 PA - 1 Tapio Pulkkanen -17 DD - 1 DA - 54 GIR - 41 SC - 2 PA - 23 Marcus Armitage -15 DD - 12 DA - 64 GIR - 31 SC - 6 PA - 39

DD - Driving Distance DA - Driving Accuracy GIR - Greens In Regulation SC - Scrambling PA - Putting Accuracy

What you do off the tee here doesn't appear to be crucial and Hansen is the only one of the last four course winners not to rank in the 30s for Greens In Regulation.

T&Cs apply.

The first three home last year, and Aaron Cockerill in tied fourth, ranked fifth, first, seventh and fourth for Putting Average and none of the four winners have ranked any worse than fifth for PA so it clearly all comes down to what you do on the greens here, although Scrambling has also been a key stat.

Nobody got up-and down more than Cockerill in last year's edition of this event and the best three scramblers were all placed in the South African Open here January last year. At the 2018 South African Open, three of the best four scramblers were placed in 2018 and at the 2017 renewal of this event here, the first five home all ranked inside the top-six for Scrambling.

Making hay on the three long holes is crucial. Louis Oosthuizen only played them in eight-under-par in 2018 but the other three winners played the par fives better than anyone else for the week and the first three home last year ranked first, second and third for Par 5 Scoring.

Winner's Position and Exchange Price Pre-Round Four

2020 - JB Hansen - Solo second 3.1 2020 - Branden Grace -T4 trailed by three 12.5 2018 - Louis Oosthuizen - led by three 1.6 2017 - Shubhankar Sharma -led by five 1.4

In-Play Tactics

The first and second in this event last year, Hansen and Wilco Nienaber, were separated by a solitary stroke but four clear of the rest with a round to go and Oosthuizen and Sharma both converted big leads here but it's possible to come from off the pace.

Chris Swanepoel lost the SAA Pro-Am in a playoff having trailed by seven with a round to go and Mathias Gronberg won the 2000 South African Open having trailed by five through three rounds.

This is low grade stuff to kick the season off and I'll be looking to take anyone that trades short on with plenty of golf still to play. Nienaber was matched at a low of just 1.12 when he turned for home with a three-stroke lead in round four last year but after a string of pars, he dropped shots at 17 and 18 to lose by two strokes.

It's hard to get home here though as the finishing stretch is tough. The second hole was the hardest on the course last year and the par three eighth ranked as the third toughest but seven of the hardest nine holes are encountered after the turn. The par five 14th was the easiest on the course last year, averaging only 4.36, and the other par five on the back-nine, the 12th, only averaged 4.75 but every other hole after the straightforward ninth is tough and they all averaged over-par for the week last year.

Market Leaders

Dean Burmester has only ordinary course form with three missed cuts and two top-20s but that's the only negative and I don't think it's a huge negative. When he finished 18th last year he started too slowly to figure and when 19th in 2017 he dropped away after a decent start so there's some evidence to suggest he can perform here and he's a better player now anyway.

He won his second European Tour event in May at the Tenerife Open and he arrives in Joburg in sparkling form. Having finished seventh in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in October, he won the South African PGA Championship by two strokes three weeks ago so you can perhaps forgive his strange week at the Dubai Championship a fortnight ago where he could only finish 44th, despite sitting second after round one.

A very consistent week last week, where he ranked second for Greens In Regulation and ninth for Scrambling, saw him file four consecutive 69s to finish an impressive tied sixth behind Collin Morikawa and he'll take some beating if he can repeat any of those three recent performances here.

In contrast to the favourite, fellow South African, Dylan Frittelli, is in poor form and on two previous visits to Randpark he's finished 42nd and missed the cut so he's easy to dismiss.

Selections

Given the fine record of South Africans in their homeland on the European Tour, and his current form, I was more than happy to back Dean Burmester at 12.5.

He's been drifting all week and is now an attractive price whereas two others I liked, South Africa's Jayden Schaper and Germany's Matti Schmid, have shortened up a little too much for my liking but I'll be checking in again tomorrow to see if they drift.

I also quite like the look of Challenge Tour graduate, Marcus Helligkilde, who's attempting to become the fifth different Dane to win on Tour in 12 events. That should provide some inspiration, as will the fact that fellow countryman, JB Hansen, won the last edition. He arrives in South African having won three of his last ten starts on the Challenge Tour and he equipped himself nicely when last seen on this DP World Tour - finishing 12th at the Dutch Open where he ranked 13th for Greens In Regulation and ninth for Putting Average.

I've got a few outsiders I like too, and I'll be back tomorrow with those in the Find Me a 100 Winner column.

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Lazarus APT Uses Updated Malware in Potential Supply Chain Attacks

A pair of cyberattacks launched by the Lazarus advanced persistent threat (APT) group may indicate an effort to “build supply chain attack capabilities,” according to Kaspersky researchers. The group behind the attacks targeted legitimate South Korean security software in June, as well as a company developing asset monitoring solutions in Latvia - an “atypical victim” for Lazarus - in May.Researchers with Kaspersky, in their ...

A pair of cyberattacks launched by the Lazarus advanced persistent threat (APT) group may indicate an effort to “build supply chain attack capabilities,” according to Kaspersky researchers. The group behind the attacks targeted legitimate South Korean security software in June, as well as a company developing asset monitoring solutions in Latvia - an “atypical victim” for Lazarus - in May.

Researchers with Kaspersky, in their APT trends report for the third quarter of 2021, said the Lazarus group leveraged an updated version of the DeathNote malware, which is known to send data about the compromised host and fetch a next-stage payload, as well as the Racket downloader. Through these attacks, the group was able to execute a malicious payload to target a think tank in South Korea, said researchers.

“We observed that the infection chain at the think tank stemmed from this security software spawning Lazarus’ Racket downloader," said Ariel Jungheit and David Emm, senior security researchers for the Global Research and Analysis Team (GReAT) with Kaspersky. "This by itself doesn’t necessarily mean that a supply chain attack took place, but it does raise suspicion. The actor focused on a specific old version that might have had a vulnerability allowing Lazarus to leverage this software to infect their targets."

Upon further investigation, researchers observed the DeathNote malware cluster using a slightly updated variant of Blindingcan, a North Korean remote access trojan. The malware was previously highlighted by the U.S. Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) in 2020, which at the time said that it was being used to target government contractors to gather intelligence surrounding key military and energy technologies. The malware was also used to deliver a new variant of Copperhedge, also reported by CISA in 2020, which is a North Korean remote access tool used to target Windows systems.

“As part of the infection chain, Lazarus used a downloader named Racket that they signed using a stolen certificate,” said Kaspersky researchers. “As a result of taking over the attacker’s infrastructure with a local CERT, we had a chance to look into several C2 scripts associated with the DeathNote cluster. The actor compromised vulnerable web servers and uploaded several scripts to filter and control the malicious implants on successfully breached victim machines.”

"Supply chain attacks provide attackers with far-reaching access to a set of targets they can predict, many times with high privileges given the inherent trust put into the abused legitimate software."

Researchers said that the complex, multi-stage infection scheme used to deploy these malware families represented an update for the Lazarus group.

While these are executed in-memory only, the loader and the downloader pieces of the DeathNote cluster are present on disk and are constantly revised to evade detection," they said. "We also saw that the server-side scripts were updated, mainly in terms of the encryption used in communications.

Jungheit and Emm said the recent campaign suggests Lazarus is "working on building up their capacity to perform supply chain attacks." The North Korean threat group (also known as Hidden Cobra and APT38) has been active since 2009 and has in recent years been honing in on the cryptocurrency vertical to launch its attacks. However, this isn’t the first time the group has launched supply chain attacks. For instance, last year researchers with ESET found the APT launching an unusual supply chain attack to target South Korean users of the WIZVERA VeraPort software.

Jungheit and Emm said they believe that the massive impact of supply chain attacks - like the SolarWinds intrusion - has “caught the attention of other APT groups.”

“We saw an increase of supply chain attacks in 2021 of various sophistication levels,” they said. “Supply chain attacks provide attackers with far-reaching access to a set of targets they can predict, many times with high privileges given the inherent trust put into the abused legitimate software. This allows actors to ‘cut corners’ in the attack lifecycle, which also gives them better chances in preserving their anonymity.”

A separate supply chain incident this year, which researchers with Kaspersky refer to as SmudgeX due to its use of a PlugX backdoor, modified the installer package on a distribution server for an unnamed fingerprint scanner software, for instance. The software is used by government employees in an unnamed country in South Asia to support recording attendance, said researchers. The timeline of the attack appears to have been from March through June, and it has been linked to "an APT threat actor, suspected to be HoneyMyte," said Kaspersky researchers.

“The APT modified a configuration file and added a DLL with a .NET version of a PlugX injector to the installer package,” said Kaspersky researchers. “On installation, even without network connectivity, the .NET injector decrypts and injects a PlugX backdoor payload into a new svchost system process and attempts to beacon to a C2.”

Ben Read, director of cyberespionage analysis at Mandiant, said that for years APT groups have focused on both “pure software supply chain” attacks as well as supply chain attacks that rely on managed services providers. The latter type of attack was highlighted this week by an analysis from Microsoft of Nobelium, which was observed targeting at least 140 technology service providers in an ongoing campaign that started in May. A number of other threat groups have been involved with supply chain attacks over the years, including APT10 and APT41, Read said.

“Supply chain attacks go back decades, we’ve seen them from major groups,” he said. “The pure software supply chain attack, as seen with SolarWinds, is a widely used tactic because it is very effective. It’s fraught with the potential for discovery of an initial entry - if attackers can reach that initial entry point in one place they can then reach other victims.”

Overwhelming support pours in for S.C. teen battling leukemia, COVID-19

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – A Grand Strand teenager is receiving support from across the country after she contracted COVID-19 and then learned that she had leukemia.Ariel Griffith, a 13-year-old student at Ocean Bay Middle School, got sick in December, just before Christmas.She was taken to Grand Strand Medical Center where she was treated for COVID-19. But according to Ariel’s mother, Lauren Hocin, Ariel’s condition worsened and they took her to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston where th...

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – A Grand Strand teenager is receiving support from across the country after she contracted COVID-19 and then learned that she had leukemia.

Ariel Griffith, a 13-year-old student at Ocean Bay Middle School, got sick in December, just before Christmas.

She was taken to Grand Strand Medical Center where she was treated for COVID-19. But according to Ariel’s mother, Lauren Hocin, Ariel’s condition worsened and they took her to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston where they ultimately learned that Ariel has leukemia.

“You never think, ‘Oh my gosh, my kid has cancer, or my kid has leukemia.’ Those are not the things you immediately go to, so it’s been a shock for us,” said Lauren Hocin.

The family started getting an outpouring of support on social media, which is when they asked people to start mailing cards to Tavern in the Forest, which is Ariel’s stepfather, Aaron Hocin’s, restaurant.

Over the past few weeks, they have been inundated with cards from all over the country, including Hawaii, Virginia and Florida. Several bags full of letters are already with Ariel at MUSC.

“The majority have been what other people have gone through, whether it’s coronavirus, cancer, tragedy and that they overcame it. We know Ariel is strong and she’s going to do the same thing. That is just so special to us,” Lauren Hocin said.

Ariel has two years of leukemia treatment ahead of her, but her mom said she’s starting to recover from the coronavirus and pneumonia and could be home soon.

Aaron Hocin hasn’t been able to see his stepdaughter in nearly a month, since she was admitted to the hospital. He said he can’t wait to see her when she gets out and share some of the cards with her.

“We’re looking forward to turning the page and getting her home and comfortable,” Aaron Hocin said.

The family plans on having a late Christmas celebration for her when she gets out of the hospital, which could be by the end of the week.

Ariel also wants to celebrate New Year’s, and they have plenty of cards to read to make those days a little more special.

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South Carolina proviso could cut funding from schools based on number of virtual students

South Carolina schools could see a drop in state funding next year if districts allow too many students to opt for virtual classes in the fall.A proviso in the Senate's version of the state budget would cut funding for school districts with more than 5% of students in virtual programs. For every student past the 5% threshold, schools could see the amount of money they get per student cut nearly in half.The proviso was added to an initial version of the budget ...

South Carolina schools could see a drop in state funding next year if districts allow too many students to opt for virtual classes in the fall.

A proviso in the Senate's version of the state budget would cut funding for school districts with more than 5% of students in virtual programs. For every student past the 5% threshold, schools could see the amount of money they get per student cut nearly in half.

The proviso was added to an initial version of the budget days after state legislators required all public schools in South Carolina to offer full, five-days-a-week instruction in an effort to get students back in classrooms after many spent the past year doing virtual and hybrid instruction.

"For every student participating in the virtual program above the five percent threshold, the school district will not receive 47.22% of the State per pupil funding provided to that district as reported in the latest Revenue and Fiscal Affairs revenue per pupil report pursuant to Proviso 1.3," the proviso said. "This amount shall be withheld from the EFA portion of the State Aid to Classroom's district allocation and, if necessary, the state minimum teacher salary schedule portion of State Aid to Classrooms."

The proviso, which was introduced by Sen. Greg Hembree, R-Horry, said the cap does not apply to students in special education classes who need virtual instruction because of their individualized education plans.

For Greenville County Schools, which currently has about 74,000 students enrolled, it means the virtual program could be limited to less than 4,000 students next year or risk losing funding.

About 3,600 students in the district signed up for the fall virtual program before the district's April 23 deadline. Students can still sign up for the program through July 15 but will be added to a waitlist depending on space.

Patrick Kelly, director of governmental affairs with the Palmetto State Teachers Association, said the proviso provides an incentive for districts to encourage more students back to school buildings next fall.

"We think that the proviso that was offered by Sen. Hembree and amended by the Senate does a good job of trying to strike a balance between what we know is best for the overwhelming majority of students, which is being in-person in school, while affording the flexibility for districts to meet the needs and desires of families and students."

Tim Waller, a spokesperson for Greenville County Schools, said the proviso may limit the number of students the district decides to accept into the program and would hamper school choice.

School districts could potentially get around the cap if they applied to have their virtual programs become a "school of innovation" under a recently expanded law in South Carolina that allows certain schools more flexibility, but the process is lengthy and requires a super-majority approval by the local school board as well as approval by the state Board of Education.

The proviso wouldn't impact the state-run online program, called VirtualSC, or online-only charter schools.

The state's 2021-22 budget, which is now back in the hands of the House of Representatives, likely has a long way to go before it passes through the General Assembly and toward the governor's desk.

Julie Horton, director of governmental relations in Greenville County Schools, said because the tax filing deadline is May 17 this year, legislators made a dispensation in order to convene after their adjournment date on May 13 to discuss certain topics, such as the budget.

"We possibly won't know for a while," Horton said.

Ariel Gilreath is a watchdog reporter focusing on education and family issues with The Greenville News and Independent Mail. Contact her at agilreath@gannett.com and on Twitter @ArielGilreath.

SC teachers could get raises, bringing Greenville County's starting pay to over $42K

South Carolina's teachers are set to get a $1,000 pay bump on top of the raises the state's legislature passed earlier this year.The $1,000 was a late addition to the state's budget for next year. The budget has not officially been passed, but because the state House of Representatives and Senate both added the increase to their versions of the budget, the added teacher pay is likely to stay in the final version.The Greenville school board approved the raises at a meeting Tuesday evening, contingent upon them rem...

South Carolina's teachers are set to get a $1,000 pay bump on top of the raises the state's legislature passed earlier this year.

The $1,000 was a late addition to the state's budget for next year. The budget has not officially been passed, but because the state House of Representatives and Senate both added the increase to their versions of the budget, the added teacher pay is likely to stay in the final version.

The Greenville school board approved the raises at a meeting Tuesday evening, contingent upon them remaining in the state's budget.

This will boost the pay of not just teachers, but all employees on the teacher salary schedule. The state additionally included school nurses, audiologists and physical and occupational therapists in the $1,000 raises.

Bus drivers are likely to see an increase that, for Greenville County Schools, brings the entry-level pay from $16.32 to $16.57 an hour.

In Greenville County Schools, an additional $1,000 means entry-level teacher pay will go up to $42,515, one of the highest starting salaries for public school teachers in the state. The total cost of the increases is about $7.2 million, and the General Assembly is expected to fund most of it.

Earlier this year, the state passed a 2% increase for teachers along with a retroactive salary step increase starting for the 2020-21 school year, when step increases had been frozen.

The pay increases come after a school year where, statewide, teachers left classrooms at a higher rate than previous years, with burnout and tension in schools exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Superintendent Burke Royster said the Greenville district is hiring about 600 teachers for the 2021-22 school year, and about 80 of those are newly created positions.

"We could hire every teacher who graduates from education programs in the state, and we still wouldn't have enough teachers," Royster said.

Royster said nationally, low pay is one of the top reasons teachers leave the profession.

Ariel Gilreath is a watchdog reporter focusing on education and family issues with The Greenville News and Independent Mail. Contact her at agilreath@gannett.com and on Twitter @ArielGilreath.

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