There are reports circulating on the web and via email that a giant African land snail had been discovered by a woman in her Houston, Texas garden. The reports further state that authorities suspect that more might be found in the area and pose a potential "DEADLY THREAT".
Is there anything more frustrating than when the power goes out? Electricity is one of the most important parts that make up our daily life. But, if not controlled, electricity can damage property and even take lives. With all the thunderstorms we have in this area, a quality surge protector is a necessity.
We are blessed to get to live so close to the ocean, but we also get to witness nature’s awesome power at regular intervals. Be it a summer thunderstorm or a tropical storm or hurricane we see our fair share of lightning strikes. It used to be that all you could do was pray that you didn’t get a hit. But thanks to modern technology, you can be protected from lightning strike damage.
Today, your home of businesses can be protected from the damages associated with voltage spikes, shorting or blown transformers, surges and worst of all, lightning.
For proper protection, your home should have three layers of surge protection. The first is a surge protector at the Main Service Entrance. Then a second surge protector is placed at the panel box. Lastly, there should be a surge protector at the device you want to protect.
The FHA, struggling to manage a large number of delinquent mortgages, will likely need a $943 million taxpayer bailout, the administration said in President Barack Obama's fiscal 2014 budget proposal released Wednesday. After almost 80 years of insuring mortgages, it would the first time the FHA has needed a bailout.
According to FHA Commissioner Carol Galante, the agency “might” be able to avoid taking aid from the U.S. Treasury to fill the projected budget hole. The agency will decide if it needs the funds by September 30.
"FHA, while still under stress from legacy loans, has made significant progress and is on a sound fiscal path forward," Galante told reporters on a conference call. "We are continuing to act and do everything possible to ensure that the impacts of these legacy loans...are corrected as soon as possible."
Email users are being victimized by a phishing attack targeting US airlines. NorthWest, Delta Airlines, MidWest Air Group, and American Airlines have been used by theives to carry out phishing scams across the country. The scam uses email messages in the name of the airlines urging recipients to confirm an airline ticket they never purchased.
The email is made to look like it's from the “Buy ticket online” service offered by the airline. It gives details of the purchased ticket and asks the recipient to confirm the purchase by printing out the invoice and the ticket by clicking on an attachment in the mail.
Unsuspecting users who click on the attachment download a malicious program onto their computers. The malware goes by the name “Trojan.Zbot-1715” and it spells trouble.
This malware enables the thieves to scan and obtain confidential information like credit card access codes, social security numbers and banking passwords. It can also allow remote access to the victims machines.
The airlines say there are things inside the mail which should warn people of the scam. The emails are written with poor English; smelling mistakes and mistakes in grammar. Secondly, the airlines say regular users should be aware of the strange format in which the itineraries are presented.
Northwest Airline’s Vice President for e-commerce, Al Lenza, reaffirms:
Customers should be aware that these e-mails are not coming from the airline. NWA itineraries are specific and contain information that customer will recognize. If the format does not look familiar to you, and you have not recently purchased a ticket, do not open the attachment. Delete the e-mail right away.
Those who receive the emails should delete it without tinkering with the attachment inside. They should also look into their card statements to make certain no unfamiliar payments were made from it.
It is being reported that the FBI have successfully identified a suspect connected to the bombing The final word is unclear as some news outlets report the identification and others report an actual arrest. The Boston Globe has reported that the FBI have an image, via surveillance footage, of a a suspect carrying and/ possibly dropping a bag around where the second bomb went off.
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Meanwhile, after Monday's horrific tragedy, the citizens of Boston are still trying to cope with what happened as well as move forward.
Grand Strand Church of Christ will be hosting Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace Program starting Sunday, April 14th at 5 PM. The course will run for 9 weeks. The only cost is for the course materials which are available through www.DaveRamsey.com. Listen in as Shane Boyd discusses who will benefit and why.
This whole thing started for me after we got a almost $300 cable bill the other day. I sat down and thought about just how much time I actually watched TV as opposed to other things like the internet and I thought to my self, this is insane!
So I talked to my brother (the main TV watcher in the house) and at the very mentioned of not having cable he freaked out and clutched the remote like a over protective mother gorilla . At that point I realized this might be harder than I thought...
The debate of weather or not to ditch traditional TV cable services in favor of internet alternatives has been gaining speed over the last few years as more people are "cutting the cord" on their cable providers and using websites like Netflix and Hulu, or internet connectors like Roku boxes to meet their entertainment needs. While reports say the tide hasn't quite reached the turning point yet, cable companies are looking over their shoulders a little more each day.
And I can see why. I can't count how many people I know that rely solely on the internet for in-home entertainment. My sweetheart hasn't had cable in almost 3 years and hasn't missed it once! Between Netflix, Redbox, and iTunes we have all the TV and movies we could ever need-without the hassle of dealing with the cable companies. The only downside being that we have to wait a few hours for brand new shows to be available.
For instance, He purchased a season pass on iTunes for AMC's The Walking Dead and we get the whole season-just delayed 8 hours. So whenever a new episode airs on television, we get it around 8 hours later. But we only have time to sit and watch it once a week anyway so it works for us.
On the other hand my brother professes his love for cable, but yet, constantly complains about it. We have HTC (Horry Telephone Company) and the package includes around 200 + channels, pay-per-view, and "On Demand" services. Which sounds nice in theory but when the "On Demand" feature refuses to load for the fourth month in a row, new movies take forever to arrive, and more than 45 of the channels never get watched, I just can't understand the appeal. I mean besides the fact that you can flip through the channels what is there?
His response: "I like to be able to flip around and record my shows." OK I can level with him 50/50. Being able to flip around has its appeal every now and then, but why record one episode at a time when you have access to whole entire series (and all their episodes, in order!) at your finger tips?
His response: "what if I don't want to pick and choose? I don't want that kind of commitment!What if I am just board and want to just flip around? And what about the Outdoor channel?!"
A comeback almost slipped off my tongue before my brain registered this has a valid concern and caused me to bite it back. I guess I understand where he's coming from. At the moment, internet entertainment is very individualized. Even though you can "browse" (the internet version of "flipping") through lots of different categories of movies, shows, etc across the different sites, you do have to pick and choose what you are going to watch. But then again you don't have to deal with as many commercials, especially if you purchase a season of a show on iTunes.
Which brings me to the fact that there is still a cost involved but in my opinion its way lower than cable. Say you have a subscription to Netflix (the one where you can instantly stream movies) that's $16 a month, and in that same month you buy a season pass to a couple of your favorite shows at $45 a pop.
That brings you to $106 total for the month. But then its only $16 the next month because you've already purchased the shows you watch for the year. Assuming that you will buy only two more shows during the next year, plus your internet service bill every month (let's say $80 bucks, your yearly entertainment total comes to: $1,332 dollars.
Now say you have cable and you maybe order 3 movies every month from pay-per-view or "On Demand," using my bill as a reference ($250 dollars,) your total would be: $3,000 dollars. That's nuts!
Now I'm not a statistics writer or a mathematician so those figures are just gross estimates-but still. It just seems like a lot to me to shell out this much money every month for TV I don't really even watch. I mean I am being robbed people! Everything I do is on the internet. I get my news, my music, my mail, my banking, most of my shopping from the web.
And all I have to deal with is the occasional "website temporarily down" error or a lively (he he) argument with a websites help contact via e-mail. I would just as soon hook my TV up to the internet connection and be completely satisfied.
But maybe that's just me. Maybe it would work for me because my needs are different. Not only am I comfortable using the internet, I don't watch that much TV, and when I do its for very specific shows or events. And with sites like YouTube that do live broadcast's of world events (like the Presidential inauguration) I just don't need cable.
My brother and others like him are just apparently different. They might not like dealing with the internet for everything. The idea of being in so much control over what they choose to watch is just a worry they could not care less to have. And they probably like being able to talk to a real person on the phone when the stupid cable doesn't work-Because I guess I am the only one that thinks talking to under-paid operators that have no patience and only one or two answers for every single problem is a torture from the 9th layer of hell.
Plus, due to equally internet un-savvy-ness, not all channels (the Outdoor channel for instance) have all their programming available online. (a topic I won't go into but geez...)
I would say that this cable-loving group is primarily an older one but then again my grandmother would be more than satisfied to have her Roku TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network) channel and her Netflix seasons of NICS and call it a day.
Eh. To each it's on. I still think they are paying through the nose for a vastly inferior entertainment experience but then again I am obviously a crazy control freak nerd that is two keystrokes away from living in a geek lair deep beneath the city never to see the light of day again. Or at least that's what my brother says.
Well, it isn't over yet. I think we could at least reach a good compromise....maybe.
So what's your take on the debate? Could you or your family live without traditional cable service? Or is the idea of a internet based TV too much?
Vinegar is an inexpensive and non toxic way to clean hardwood floors. Special care must be taken with hardwood floors to keep them glossy for the long run. Vinegar is a safe cleanser to use because the active ingredient in vinegar is completely biodegradable. Non-toxic and eco-friendly, common household vinegar kills bacteria and viruses. It will also last forever in the closet. It doesn’t break down over time.
So the next time you’re shopping for cleaning supplies, take a look at the types of vinegar that are on the shelf. For cleaning hardwood flooring, you will want to use white vinegar. It will not stain the floor and it’s cheap too!
The Vinegar Cleaning Method
- Make sure the floor is clear of rugs and furniture. You want to clean the entire floor in one pass.
- Make sure no one, person or animal will walk on the floor until it is completely dry.
- Make sure all loose debris is removed by vacuuming or dust mopping the floor.
- Mix 1/2 cup of white vinegar to one gallon of warm water.
- Use a clean mop and wring it until it is damp. Do not use a very wet mop.
- Mop the floor from one corner to the opposite corner. Make sure you will have a way out of the room when you are done. Always mop with the grain of the floor. If This will hide any slight streaking that is left behind.
- Rinse the mop frequently and change the water when it gets dirty looking.
- Rinsing is not necessary. If you have noticeable streaks, a damp once-ever with clear water should cure them.
Now, just put the furniture and rugs back in place after the floor dries and you are done. There you have it. An easy and inexpensive way to keep your hardwood floors shiny and beautiful for many years.
For more cleaning tips, check out the house cleaning blog at MyConwaySC.com.
Well the months are flying by this year; can you believe it is late March already? Ole Bubba is still getting use to the time change from the Spring Forward and lose an hour of sleep scheme. Bubba wants to wish each and every one of you out there a very Happy Easter and hopes to hear that everyone of you attended church for Easter Services.
Now on to the Gossip that ole Bubba Noseit heard while making his rounds…
At least that's what it felt like as I was walking away. For the first time since I woke one morning all "developed" as my mother called it. (I called it getting side swiped by puberty so hard my future grandchildren felt it.) And for all you women that wish for bigger... assets...trust me when I say this: you have no idea what you are asking for.
Let me give you a snapshot of how life is for someone like me: People stare. All the time. And its aggravating. Upon meeting a new person, your eyes are always the second thing they see. Old men wink at you at the grocery store. The pizza guy loses all sense of how to make change. And prudish old ladies give you bad looks. Even your friends stare! You can forget pretty little tank tops with whisper thin straps too, because unless they're made of the web of Spider Man, you are in trouble...
The community is already reaching out after an out of control blaze destroyed and/or severely damaged 26 apartment buildings in the Carolina Forest area.
According to officials the fire started around 5:00 pm on Saturday afternoon. The cause of the fire is unclear.
*Photo credit: Nicholas Keefer: From www.wmbfnews.com*
Unless you climb inside it and have your little brother turn it on, clothes dryers are one of the safest appliances in your home. Well, except for the possibility of a dryer fire. The threat is real but there are common sense ways to protect your family.
Overtime it’s possible for fabric sheets, fabric softeners, and laundry detergent ingredients to cause a waxy buildup on the dryer lint screen. This buildup can restrict air flow causing higher operating temperatures and longer drying times. The simple solution and preventative for this is to clean the filter with plain old soap and water every six months or so.
If the airflow becomes completely clogged, you could end up with a fire on your hands. Be sure to clean the filter between every load. If you want to be super safe, avoid using liquid fabric softener. Especially on items made of fleece, terry cloth, or velour fabrics. When added to the rinse cycle, liquid fabric softener has been shown to make these types of fabrics burn faster. To be extra safe, use dryer sheets.
Clothing or rags that have become contaminated with flammable liquids or grease should be line dried. This may sound extreme, but if all the flammable material doesn’t come out in the wash, it will be heated in the dryer. Better to line dry the item a time or two than run the risk of a dryer fire.
Keep your dryer clean. This includes the inside, underneath and behind the unit. Anywhere lint can build up is a potential hazard.
If you are shopping for a new dryer, look for one that uses a moisture sensor instead of a regular timer to control drying time. Not only are they safer, but they save energy by only running the machine until the clothes are dry.
Most importantly, keep your dryer duct clean! Most dryer fires occur because lint builds up in the duct. If your duct is made of foil or plastic, the fire can burn through the duct and catch the home itself on fire. Where possible, use metal duct for your dryer installation. It will do a much better job of containing a potential fire.
Investing in a lint cleaning brush is a good idea. Periodically clean the entire air path from the drum to the outside. If there are places in your dryer that you can’t reach, but you can see lint, have your dryer cleaned by a professional. While he’s at it, he can check the belt and pulleys for proper tension and operation. After all, you don’t drive your car until it quits. Think of it as an oil change for your dryer.
If you have a problem with an appliance or just have a question, contact us. We have the know-how and experience to solve your appliance issues.
Refrigerator filters can theoretically last for years or only months depending on how much contamination is in the water as well as the how much water passes through the filter. Well water has a higher likelihood to contain contaminants than publicly treated water. This may necessitate more frequent filter changes. A good rule of thumb is to change the filter as called for by the manufacturer, but at least every six months.
How Do Refrigerator Filters Work?
The primary filtering agent used in water filtration systems is carbon because carbon can absorb many of the chemicals found in tap water. Most refrigerator water filters use granular activated carbon (GAC). This GAC attracts chemicals and impurities which can cause bad taste and odors, like chlorine and grit. Unfortunately, the average refrigerator filter is not able to filter the water of some of the more dangerous, health-threatening contaminants.
Because of the path by which water is channeled through GAC filters, the water is not in the filter for a sufficient amount of time to completely absorb those substances. Carbon is also not capable of absorbing heavy metals like lead. GAC filters can trap larger particles of heavy metals and sediments while allowing others to pass through to the output water. Failing to change the water filter every six months allows these unabsorbed contaminants to saturate the filter. Once the filtering material is saturated, it can no longer hold the contaminants and they can leak back into the output water. Allowed to go on too long and the output water may contain more contaminants per glass than the tap water had in the first place.
Refrigerator Filters Don’t Last Forever.
As technology has improved, more absorbent carbon-based filters called solid carbon block filters have been developed. These filters contain solid blocks of carbon to absorb more contaminants from the water. The water takes quite a bit longer to strain through carbon blocks than the carbon granules of the GAC filter so that there is sufficient time for the more health-threatening contaminants to be absorbed. These carbon block filters are able to absorb things like pesticides and other contaminants; they still can’t absorb heavy metals or agricultural by-products like nitrates or sulfides. The composition of the carbon blocks does allow them to retain heavy metals and bacteria from entering the output water. Failing to change even carbon block filters every six months can result in contaminants saturating the filter, allowing contaminants to leak into the output water.
If you leave a filter unchanged long enough, it can ultimately lead to a reduction of water pressure, which can cause problems with the ice maker and water in the door functions.
Some refrigerators use fiber water filters. These are filters made up of tightly wrapped rayon fibers or spun cellulose. These can trap sediments like rust and lead. Used alone, these filters do not reduce the levels of any chemical or health-threatening contaminants. But when used in conjunction with other types of filters, they do help reduce the concentration of sediments. These hybrid filters should also be replaced every six months to avoid the filter saturation that allows contaminants to enter the output water.
The Beach Starts to Show Some Life...Meanwhile "Myrtle Manor" Debuts And Gets Robbed All In The Same Week
Its finally beginning to feel like springtime outside. I was about to give up hope that we would ever have sunshine again! Thank the good lord we only have one January and February per year cause I'd couldn't take another one.
Everybody else around here must feel the same because signs of life are already starting to pop up around town and at the beach after this long cold winter. Shops that close during the latter months of the year are getting ready to open back up, the wedding season is getting in gear, Easter is just around the corner and kids everywhere are sitting on pins and needles awaiting their spring breaks.
I can't wait. While I love the fall and the holidays, I adore our summers and the older I get the better they get. Now that's not to say that I don't do my share of complaining about the astronomical heat or those "dag-gum tourist" that drive like erratic morons searching for the closest buffet, restroom, and parking spot. This ritual complaining is like a perk of being a local-we need the tourists and their money but we still reserve the right to gripe about not being able to drive down 501 or having to search out secluded spots on the coast to be able to enjoy the beach.
Lately, the local griping noise has started early and aggressively due to the debut of TLC's latest reality series that filmed last year at Patrick’s Mobile Home Park off Highway 15. Titled "Welcome to Myrtle Manor" the "docu-series" follows the lives of residents in the Myrtle Manor trailer park
Conway Police arrested a suspect linked to the January 7th shooting on 6th Avenue in Conway, which left one dead and one wounded. From the release:
"Conway, S.C. (February 26, 2013) - Conway Police have charged Rashad Derller Burroughs, 19, of Conway with Murder and two (2) counts and Attempted Murder in connection with a shooting that occurred on Monday, January 7, 3013 at 2:36 p.m. in the Sugar Hill Community of Conway. Burroughs was arrested without incident Monday evening and was transported to the Horry County Detention Center where he is awaiting a bond hearing.
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