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Thursday, October 23, 2014

What's Wrong with South Carolina? Hugh Leatherman and Bobby Harrell

What's Wrong with South Carolina? | The Nerve

"""...In a stunning display of the insidious concentration of power plaguing the state, the majority of the STIB board is appointed by two people – one, a senator (the President Pro Tem, Hugh Leatherman, from Florence); the other a member of the House (the Speaker – formerly Bobby Harrell). Collectively, they represent less than 3 percent of the voters in the state, but they control the entire new construction transportation budget and all of the new repair and maintenance funding.

Last month, the DOT released a report asserting that the state faces a $42 billion shortfall in transportation funding over the coming 45 years.  That comes to almost $24,000 per South Carolina household. Which is to say, the number is a joke.

Underneath the number are billions of dollars of funding for the pet projects of political insiders, projects that are unnecessary, unimportant or outright harmful. The poster children are I-73 between Rockingham, N.C. and Conway, at $2.4 billion, and the extension of I-526 to Johns Island, at more than half a billion dollars. Removing those two boondoggles would reduce the “backlog” by $3 billion...""" source link

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Come on, man! What have you been doing for 27 Years?!!!

Editors Opinion: According to his bio posted on the Lee County Sheriff's Office website, Daniel Simon began his law enforcement career in 1987 with the Bishopville Police Department. In 2010, he became the Sheriff as a result of a special election which was held following the arrest and subsequent conviction of the former Sheriff, E. J. Melvin. Now we read that this Sheriff, whose personal motto reads: "Learning Not to Prepare, Is Preparing to Fail" and who has approximately 27 years in law enforcement, is complaining that, "We have to be proactive...", then maybe he is not the person for the job.

Lee County's Sheriff is reactive in his leadership because he lacks the initiative required to be a good leader. Events direct his agenda, surprising him and he reacts by complaining that he is not proactive.  Took 27 years to recognize the problem and only now is he reacting by complaining, "We've gotta do something about it...".  I mean; Come on, man! What have you been doing all those years?!!!

Sheriff: Missing 17-Year-old Found Dead: ""We've gotta do something about it, we can't just sit back and wait for things like this to happen. We have to be proactive because what happened this weekend can happen next weekend, it can happen tomorrow," said Simon."

Friday, August 15, 2014

Speaker May Call Lawmakers Back to Columbia .Nothing Pressing... Cost to taxpayers $34,000

MY LAST NERVE: Speaker May Call Lawmakers Back to Columbia . . . But Why? | The Nerve:

"What’s really going on? If it is to genuinely address these two vetoes, what took the Speaker so long to bring the crew back together? Or is there some other agenda here?"

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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Open Door Event

Patesville Masonic Lodge No. 295
3513 Una Road
Bishopville, SC 29010

You are invited to a special presentation on the history of the H.L. Hunley Submarine at the Patesville Masonic Lodge on 
Saturday August 16th, 2014
Hosted by guest speaker:Col. Vic Phillips

Col. Vic Phillips : 
Past Master, Amity Lodge #340
Past High Priest, Campbell Chapter #31-York Rite
Past Illustrious Master, Cephas Council #13-York Rite
Past Commander, Florence Commandery 10-York Rite
Americanism Chairman, Pee Dee Scottish Rite Club
Past Commander, Pee Dee Rifles-SCV Camp 1419

This is an open door event
Non-Masons and Masons are welcome to attend.
Lodge Building Fundraiser - Requested donation of $10.00

 Door Opens at 5 pm.
 Meet and Greet 5 pm to 6 pm.
 Dinner at 6 pm to 6:30 pm (Hamburgers and Hotdogs)
 Presentation starts at 6:30 pm to 8 pm.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Rounder Saverance

TIMMONSVILLE -- Rounder Saverance, 67, died after a brief illness on Monday, December 09, 2013.

Funeral services will be Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel at Layton-Anderson Funeral Home 4210 W. Palmetto Street. Interment will follow at Fair Hope Cemetery, Lynches River Road, Lamar.

Visitation will be today (Wednesday) Dec.11, 2013 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Layton-Anderson Funeral Home and at other times at the home of Don and Donna Saverance. 

Mr. Saverance was born in Florence County, the son of the late Warren G. and Rebecca Moore Saverance. 

Rounder was the Vice President of Pee Dee State Bank for 35 years, after which, he was hired as a Vice President of the Citizens Banks where he was instrumental in the formation of the new bank location in Timmonsville. 

He was a graduate of the USC School of Banking, UNC School of Banking, Louisiana State University and Harvard School of Banking. 

He was associated with Layton-Anderson Funeral Home for a number of years and most recently as a partner. 

Rounder was a member of the Benton Lodge No. 26, Shriners, member of FMU Foundation Board of Directors, Chairman of Florence County Health Board, a member of the Florence County Transportation Committee, past President of the Timmonsville Chamber of Commerce, past President of the Timmonsville Rotary Club. 

Rounder was associated with NASCAR, and was also a member of American Power Boat Association. Surviving are: a brother, Don Saverance and his wife Donna of Lamar; three sisters, Beverly Saverance, of Lamar, Jean Singh, of Spartanburg, Rebecca "Bookie" D'Alessandro and her husband Carmine of Lexington; a niece Shay Singh; a nephew Mike Leviner; a great-niece Rebecca Leviner and his faithful canine companion "Buddy". 

Memorials may be made to Fair Hope Church, C/O Connie Weatherly, 213 S. Cartersville Hwy, Timmonsville, SC 29161 or Timmonsville Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 9, Timmonsville, SC 29161.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Reed Keller Price Obituary: View Reed Price's Obituary by The State

Reed Keller Price Obituary: View Reed Price's Obituary by The State


A funeral service to celebrate the life of Reed Keller Price, 72, of Bishopville, SC, will be held at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at Antioch Baptist Church in Camden. The reverends David Robinson, Ken Bouldin, and Jimmy Atkerson will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5:00-6:30 PM, on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. Memorials may be made in his memory to Antioch Baptist Church, 1875 Antioch Road, Camden, SC 2902. Reed Keller Price died December 8, 2013. He was born in Bishopville, SC, the son of the late Joseph K. and Mae Keller Price. He was a member of Antioch Baptist Church and was a former deacon at the church. Reed was a musician for most of his life and was an avid NASCAR fan. He ran the sound system at Antioch Baptist Church and at Antioch Community Center. Reed is survived by his wife, Barbara Steen Price, brothers, Lewis Price of Sumter, SC, Olin Price of Bishopville, SC, and Leo Price of McBee, SC; sisters, Ellen Price Lee of Camden, SC and Donna Price Galloway of Camden, SC; 10 nieces and 19 great-nieces; 9 nephews and 8 great-nephews. Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the Price family by visiting

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Bishopville council picks mayor pro tem - The Item: News

Bishopville council picks mayor pro tem - The Item: News:
 BISHOPVILLE - During the city council meeting Tuesday afternoon, Bishopville gained a new mayor pro tem. "...The mayor pro tem acts as the mayor during the absence or disability of the current mayor. If the mayor is recalled or steps down, the mayor pro tem would take over the position until the next general election..."

Remembered - Designer Leaves Lasting Legacy for Millions

John Antonio was with Henderson Advertising when he designed the Clemson Tiger Paw logo in 1970.
John Antonio was with Henderson Advertising when he designed the Clemson Tiger Paw logo in 1970.
John Antonio, 83, the designer of Clemson’s Tiger Paw logo, died today in Greenville after a long bout with cancer.
The native of Greenville designed the logo in the spring of 1970, and it was introduced at six separate press conferences around South Carolina, Charlotte and Atlanta by head football coach Hootie Ingram, head basketball coach Tates Locke, All-ACC running back Ray Yauger and university Vice President Wright Bryan on July 21, 1970.
Frank Howard had just retired after 30 years as head coach and replaced by Ingram, and Locke had just been hired as the new basketball coach, so Edwards felt it was time for a change from an image concept as well. He hired Henderson Advertising in Greenville to work on a new athletic logo.
Company President Jimmy Henderson had attended Clemson and took personal interest in the project. He gave the project to Antonio, who had worked with corporations on logos and public relations. He contacted every school in the nation and requested a copy of their Tiger logo. All were pictures or drawing in some form of a Tiger.
Antonio then wrote the Museum of National History in Chicago and asked for a plaster-of-Paris cast of the imprint of a Bengal Tiger’s paw. This was sent to Henderson and a picture was made, slightly tilted about 10 degrees to the right.
Antonio had a meeting with Clemson coaches and administrators in early summer of 1970 and showed the use of the Tiger paw on stationary, athletic fields and uniforms. Howard, then the director of athletics, was not impressed until Antonio pulled out an orange Clemson helmet from under the desk. He had affixed a white tiger paw to the helmet. It was unusual in those times to have any logo on a college helmet.
“That helmet made a big impact on Coach Howard,” Sports Information Director Bob Bradley recalled years later. “He was so impressed he wanted to bring that helmet back to Clemson and show everyone.”
Antonio’s memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at First Presbyterian in Greenville.

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