WBJ readers have selected Steve Martens of The Martens Companies as their most admired top executive in the real estate sector.

We recently put out a call for suggestions of admired CEOs. Since then, weve been asking you to choose an admired CEO or top local executive from among reader and staff suggestions in each of several local industries.

DHEC officials said the exposure happened on April 2.

The victim was able to kill the fox and have it submitted for lab testing. The fox tested positive for rabies on April 3.

To reduce the risk of getting rabies, we recommend that people avoid wild animals acting tame and tame animals acting wild, said Sandra Craig of DHECs Bureau of Environmental Health Services (BEHS). About 275 South Carolinians must undergo preventive treatment for rabies every year, with most exposures coming from bites or scratches by a rabid or suspected rabid animal. Wild animals contract the disease most often, but domestic pets can contract rabies as well.

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A pit bull at the Lowndes County Animal Shelter Thursday was one of the 14 dogs and puppies that James Bell, III was cited for having at his home on 2nd Ave. in Valdosta.

As of Thursday, Bell had been cited with nine counts of rabies violations and seven counts of having too many dogs at his home while Valdosta police continued to investigate the dogs possibly being part of a dog fighting ring.As of Thursday, Bell, III was not facing any charges related to dog fighting. A neighbor told WALB on April 9th that she did not believe that Bell, III was involved in any dog fighting and that he fed his dogs every day and gave them fresh water every...

(WBIR – KNOXVILLE) – A US Senate panel led by Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander has unanimously passed legislation updating the No Child Left Behind education law.

Alexander, Republican chair of the Senate education committee, has worked along with Sen. Patty Murray, the Washington Democrat, on a bipartisan effort that theyre calling the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015. Thursdays vote came after three days of amendment and debate.

It moves on to the full Senate after Thursdays 22-0 vote at the committee level.

Alexander moved quickly after becoming committee chair to refashion the Bush-era law that subsided in 2007. Less emphasis on federal control has been one goal.


OB Jacobi (right), Windermere Real Estate president, has been working for several years to help launch a residential real estate program at the University of Washington. He spoke at the Puget Sound Business Journals 35th Anniversary Roundtable discussion last week. Listening to Jacobi is David Giuliani, co-founder and chair of Washington Business Alliance.

After nearly one year of being confined to 6-foot leashes and fenced-in yards, dogs in Southern Arizona may soon be able to run free without fear for rabies.

A surprise outbreak led Santa Cruz County to issue a rabies quarantine in April 2014 to prevent dogs and other pets from interacting with rabid skunks, the main carriers of the disease in that area.

The quarantine has been extended through April this year, but the number of rabid skunks appears to be in decline, said Lt. Jose L. Peña, supervisor at the Santa Cruz County Animal Care and Control in Nogales, Arizona.

“Since February, it’s slowed down tremendously,” he said.

The quarantine is not likely...

Animal advocates often lament the lenient punishments handed out to those who abuse animals. It’s difficult to comprehend how someone who hurts an innocent animal can receive little to no punishment. Although abusing an animal is by itself bad enough, studies have also demonstrated that children who injure or abuse animals are more likely to hurt or murder people as they get older, according to the Humane Society of America. By sending the message that is okay to inflict harm on one living being in not properly enforcing instances of abuse, violence and apathy are fostered and almost normalized into society. It is a truly vicious cycle where more often than not, voiceless animals are the ones...

I’ve also enjoyed a great meal at Ohio-born restaurant, Der Dutchman. Der Dutchman specializes in Amish-style dishes.

Okay, one: I’ve never had mashed potatoes so creamy, and two: the roast beef was just fabulous.

To really set you in the aesthetics of the restaurant, the employees wear traditional Amish dresses and suits.  Everything is so good and everyone is so friendly, I definitely want to go back and try the pot pie, which I hear is sublime. A+

I also really enjoy going to international markets that aren’t “World Market: the corporate version of international grocery stores.” Over the break, I visited Jungle Jim’s, which...

A national defense analyst is dismissing the fears of conspiracy theorists that a large-scale military exercise planned for this summer is part of a government plot to impose martial law.

Operation Jade Helm 15 is a major exercise involving elite service members from all four branches of the military. Army Special Operations Command has announced it will begin on July 15 and run through September 15, and that the participants will operate covertly among the US public and travel from state to state in military aircraft. Texas, Utah and a section of southern California are labeled as hostile territory, and New Mexico isnt much friendlier (see map).

The Washington Post reports that...

A Nanticoke bar has been cited for allowing gambling on its premises in violation of state liquor laws, according to the state Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement.

Lacey’s Bar amp; Grill, on East Main Street, “possessed or operated gambling devices or paraphernalia or permitted gambling or lotteries” on its premises on Feb. 23, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

The citation was issued on March 18, police said, in a news release.

The charge will be brought before an administrative law judge, who has the authority to impose penalties of up to $1,000 for minor offenses and up to $5,000 for more serious offenses, according to police.