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Monday, July 27, 2009

Are Lee County Taxpayers getting the most Bang for the Buck?

At least two Lee County Council member's have different opinion's as to the benefit derived from the county’s membership in the Central SC Alliance.

Council Chairman Arthur Beasley, in explaining why the decision was made to drop the alliance’s $72, 000 annual membership fees this year, cited the tight budget the county is presently facing. Notwithstanding county's decision, the Chairman believes that council maintains a good relationship with Central SC Alliance and hopes Lee County can rejoin when conditions improve.

On the other hand, Beasley’s opinion is in direction opposition to at least one other council member. Travis Windham, a local independent insurance agent and council member, does not believe the alliance has done enough to warrant Lee County’s continued membership and feels Lee County taxpayer's are not getting their money’s worth.

It is clear that Councilman Windham believes the county has actually suffered under inadequate promotion by Central SC Alliance, recalling only one new investment the alliance was responsible for in six years. Windham suggests the county look outside of the alliance for the recruitment of investments.

Central SC Alliance was founded in 1994 and is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public/private partnership which engages in the recruitment of capital investment and job creation in the Central region of South Carolina. Members from the Public sector include the City of Columbia, Clarendon, Lee, Newberry, Saluda, USC, Fairfield, Lexington, Orangeburg, Sumter, Calhoun, Kershaw, McCormick and Richland.

County taxpayers have to ask this question: Has the county received the bang for its buck with only one return on the books from a yearly $72,000 investment by the taxpayers in a six year span?

If his information is accurate it appears Councilman Windham may be 'right on' in his assessment. With a $1 million shortfall being realized in the latest county budget, gambling with taxpayer money by investing in a non-producer is not the answer. County Council would be well advised to revisit some revenue creating development projects it has cast aside in recent years.

By the way, Saluda County, citing a similar budget shortfall, has also dropped its membership. Link

Friday, July 24, 2009

Retired Educator Appointed to Fill Vacancy

It looks as if Jewell Tindall can't get away from education. At the recommendation of the Lee County legislative delegation, Governor Mark Sanford has appointed the retired Lee County educator to fill the vacancy created by the sudden death April 5, 2009 of Will Ed McKenzie.

McKenzie ran unopposed and was elected to represent the citizenry in district 2 in the November 2008 election.

Tindall, who previously served as a trustee for 8 years, is expected to be sworn in at the next board meeting. She will then represent the citizens of Lee County District 2 until the general election in November of 2010 and has said that she will not be a candidate for the school board in 2010.

Welcome back Mrs. Tindall.

Is Something Rotten in Denmark... errrr Bishopville?

This may be old news to some Natives, however there may be a few out there who don't always get the news from Sumter.

From Randy Burns - Sumter Item July 22, 2009, comes news that the stench from 'The Mountain' may be under control.

According to Randy's article " A new 5-megawatt turbine generator installed by Santee Cooper at the Lee County Landfill..." is "...helping Lee County residents and visitors by capturing additional methane gas which has been escaping into the atmosphere, contributing to the foul odor."

Also in Randy's article was a statement attributed to Jamey Amick, an executive with Republic Services, owner of the landfill, "DHEC had an inspection at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, and we scored a 1 in all areas," he said. "And that's the best you can do. It indicated that odor was not an issue at the landfill on that day."

We feel sure that the local residents will be doing their own 'inspections' every minute, every day and that they don't need no 'Stink Meter' to tell them that 'something is in the air' should that be the case. Time will tell.


Thursday, July 23, 2009

Patricia Ann Watson Ingle - July 20, 2009


A memorial service for Patricia Ann Watson Ingle, widow of Kenneth Parnell Ingle will be 2:00 PM, Thursday July 22, 2009, in Cain Funeral Home Chapel Florence, conducted by the Rev. Bobby Steen. more

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Letter to the Editor

Dan F. Laney wrote:

I enjoyed your July 13 email, but I was surprised to read your article about Zuill Bailey, Sr. I am also from Bishopville (I grew up on Ridge Street across from Bishopville Grammar School, attended BHS in 68-70 and graduated from Lee Academy in '73), but I did not know Zuill. I guess we were too far apart in age.
The reason I was so surprised is that our son, Kyle Laney, is an 11th grade cellist in the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, and in March of this year, Zuill Bailey, Jr., played with Kyle's orchestra in a concert here in Atlanta. It was a great thrill for the young musicians. Zuill is indeed a superstar cellist, and it was a really big deal for him to perform with the Youth Orchestra. I had no idea, however, that his father is from Bishopville and that he is another member of the "Bishopville Diaspora".

Dan Laney

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Rachael Bradbury - Images of Bishopville

Natives need to check Rachael Bradbury's website... She has put forth a lot of effort in this project. Look in the righthand column for: Links of Interest... The 1923 Class will is a hoot!!!! Had a lot of my relatives mentioned. I know you will enjoy her site... I have and look forward to more. Thanks Rachael!!!

50th for the Class of 1959

Raymond Reynolds and Tommy Moore

Harry and Harry Too's Restaurant in Bishopville, South Carolina was the scene of the 50th reunion for members of Bishopville High School's graduating Class of 1959.

Arriving fashionably late (almost 2 hours) Ann 'Bailey' Reames with her husband Johnny in tow, walked through the doors and immediately spotted someone she had not seen in years... "Tommy Moore!" she exclaimed as she weaved her way through the maze of tables and chairs to hug her classmate...

Similar greetings were repeated throughout the day as Ann spotted and hugged all her former classmates. Spirits were high, smiles were wide and the tales were forthcoming (mostly from the men), however great fun was had by everyone in attendance.

The decorations, while modest were very appropriate... with a banner hung high in advertizement of the fact that 50 years has passed since the final bell at Bishopville High School rang for this group of former classmates.

The food was refreshingly simple and tasty, with the gracious and talented Elmore's serving up delicious hamburgers made to order, along with plenty of finger foods, dips, cake and beverages to everyone's delight.

Mrs. Jewell Tindall, one of the teachers invited to attend, presented the class with a beautiful arrangement of red roses in recognition of the 5oth year anniversary celebration.

In attendance along with Mrs. Tindall were Mrs. Barbara DuBose and Mrs. Fannie Watson. Speaking for the Class of 1959: Ladies we salute you... please recognize that we are eternally indebted and beholden to your persistance and perseverance and that our years under your tutelage was not in vane. We thank you.

In closing: Everyone stay healthy for in two years the Bishopville High School Class of 1959 will gather once again in celebration... Pictures

Saturday, July 18, 2009

"Little Known Facts"

I did not know that!

The illegitimate beginning that led to the establishment of the famous Smithsonian Institution.



I guess you would call James an inquisitive fellow. His friends say he thought nothing of risking life and limb in pursuit of knowledge. He published dozens of scientific papers, and some of those are still mighty interesting. He once wrote up his analysis of a lady's teardrop. And he convinced all England that there was a surefire scientific method for better coffee.

James was a member of the royal society of London. Now you've heard of those guys. They're the ones who led us all into the age of science. James was a leader in that circle of great men. They called him the best chemist of his time. But there was one thing about James that was a little different from the scholars he hung out with - he was rich.

He was the illegitimate son of the first Duke of Northumberland and his mother, well she came from royalty. When James died in 1829, both England and the United States were surprised at the will he left behind. Oh, at first glance it wasn't anything unusual. He left his estate to a nephew since he didn't have any close family. But in a contingency clause, if that nephew died without children, well, then his riches would go to the people of the United States of America.

Now nobody could figure out why James would do that. He didn't know anybody from America and nobody could remember him ever visiting the U.S. You can imagine what an uproar it caused. And wouldn't you know it, a few years later that nephew did die childless. But there was one stipulation to America's fortune. All those bucks had to be used for the increase and diffusion of knowledge.

Now a good many Congressmen didn't think we had any business accepting that inheritance. James was, after all, a foreigner - and an English one to boot. And not only was taking the money beneath our dignity, some said, but it was probably unconstitutional. Well President Andrew Jackson was all for accepting the gift, and after a lot of bickering and debate in Congress, we did.

But wouldn't you know it, that was just the beginning of the arguments. After we'd sent a man over to collect our inheritance, which, by the way, was more than a half a million dollars (quite a fortune in those days), nobody could agree on how to spend it. A bunch of people thought we ought to start up a university, but then they couldn't decide whether it should be dedicated to science, or to social reform, or to the classics - whatever those were. But finally, someone had the bright idea to start a museum.

And It's a Little Known Fact that we didn't just build any old museum, but our pride and glory, unequaled in the entire world. And for that the American people are beholden to a blue-blooded Englishmen: James Smithson, the benefactor of the Smithsonian.

The Smithsonian Institution was founded for the "increase and diffusion" of knowledge by a bequest to the United States by the British scientist James Smithson (1765-1829), who had never visited the United States himself. In Smithson's will, he stated that should his nephew, Henry James Hungerford, die without heirs, the Smithson estate would go to the government of the United States for creating an "Establishment for the increase & diffusion of Knowledge among men". After the nephew died without heirs in 1835, President Andrew Jackson informed Congress of the bequest, which amounted to 104,960 gold sovereigns, or US$500,000 ($9,235,277 in 2005 U.S. dollars after inflation).

Eight years later, Congress passed an act establishing the Smithsonian Institution, a hybrid public/private partnership, and the act was signed into law on August 10, 1846 by James Polk. (See 20 U.S.C. § 41 (Ch. 178, Sec. 1, 9 Stat. 102).) The bill was drafted by Indiana Democratic Congressman Robert Dale Owen, a Socialist and son of Robert Owen, the father of the cooperative movement. Link

The National Mall
Washington, DC 20560

Friday, July 17, 2009

Bishopville's Native Crooner to Perform in Sumter

Hank Martin is known far and wide among his peers for his tremendous musical talent. But it is here, his roots and among his friends that he is best known.

It is not just the fact that he is native to the Bishopville/Sumter area... no, the man can flat-out entertain audiences young and old.

The moment Hank steps on stage his audiences have learned to expect anything and everything, for over the years they have become acclimated to his inclusion of family, friends, audience members and the occasional guest appearance of some local favorite to his standing room only performances.

Hank's musical repertoire appears to be boundless with a wonderful mixture of gospel, beach, rhythm and blues, oldies, show tunes and maybe even some of his many 'stick n' your mind for hours' commercial jingles.

So come prepared to be beguiled by our own extraordinary crooner of your favorite songs, Mr Hank Martin.

See you tonight in Downtown Sumter, at Fridays at the Terrace 7 to 10 PM.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Phil and Dargan

Dargan Watts and Phil Chewning
ca 1960
Picture provided by Dargan Watts

How about a bit of baseball trivia for you Bishopville High School Sports fanatics:

During the years 1960 thru 1962, former Bishopville High School slugger Phil (Choo Choo) Chewning attained a batting average of 378 while at Furman University. According to the latest stats published in the 2008 Furman Record Book that record still stands.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Margaret Flowers Stokes - July 14, 2009

Graveside services for Margaret Flowers Stokes, age 91, who died July 14 will be held Friday at 2:00 pm more

Monday, July 13, 2009

Lee County Historical Society

The next meeting of the Lee County Historical Society will be held on Tuesday, July 14 at 7:00 pm at the S.C. Cotton Museum. Thomas Gordon McLeod, a historian with the Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation, will speak on Governor Thomas Gordon McLeod. Governor McLeod's home is on West Church Street. Linda Butters, the current owner of the home, will open it for attendees after the meeting. We look forward to seeing you there.

Elvin C. Price - BHS Class of 1956

After high school, Elvin married Anne Monneyhan from Wedgefield, moved to Columbia to find work. After the birth of two sons the couple moved to Atlanta, Georgia. Elvin and Anne divorced in 1982 and he married Janet Gatien from Escanaba, Michigan in 1985. .

In 1969, Elvin began working in a basement workshop building quality, laborsaving devices for the sewn products industry. Few would have imagined this one-man company, capitalized with slightly more than $100, would one day become the world's largest builder of automated sewing equipment and custom laborsaving devices. This all came from a start at Biflex Brassiere & Gridle Mfc. Co. sweeping the floor during my last two years of high school. Our motto was “What nature has forgotten we stuff with Cotton”

The emphasis at AAC has always been on quality; not only of the product but most importantly, the development of a quality work force. As Elvin so often points out, Atlanta Attachment's employees are its most valuable asset. Unlike the building and equipment, they appreciate and become more valuable. The company, therefore, puts most of its time and resources into recruiting and retaining the most talented and productive personnel.

The company relocated to Lawrenceville, GA in 1978 to take advantage of a quality worker base

Today, even with unprecedented growth, that same hardworking and talented individual who meets the company's criteria can be found at Atlanta Attachment Company.

While many of the company employees hold a college degree, it is not a prerequisite. The founder never had the opportunity to attend college other than the few classes he attended in the 1960's at Georgia Tech. It is the stated policy of Atlanta Attachment Company that: "We will provide an atmosphere in which talented and motivated persons can excel."

Atlanta Attachment Company regularly exceeds its sales and profit goals and because of outstanding dedication, its employees enjoy a secure environment and share in its success.

In 2007 Atlanta Attachment had outgrown the three building we were in and decided to build a new facility and combine all operations into one location. The new facility was built with GOING GREEN in mind. We collect all the rain water and reuse it for the pressure washing of machine parts and other weldments before painting. We also use natural lighting in our office and shop assembly area.

In 1995 we started a new division of our company, Priceless Plane Products. This division produces aircraft tugs for the general aviation market. The tugs and products from AAC are sold worldwide, last year we sold into 56 different countries.

We still operate our company, with the help of three of our six sons. Business conditions have been poor for the last 8-10 months, we hope to see better days for AAC and all of America.

A note from Elvin: Janet and I retired in 2007 and travel in our motor home and airplane.

We are both in good health and enjoy our 6 grandchildren; four boys, two girls. We plan to attend the (Gathering of the Classes Reunion in February, 2010). Thanks for the blogs.

Elvin and Janet
770 963 7830 home
678 234 1900 cell

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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Searching For A Lost Classmate

We are looking for James L Cook; Bishopville High School class of 1960.

James' last known location was Pensacola, Florida.

If anyone knows James' contact information please contact John Reames at or call 803-795-8986.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009


SOLD ! ! ! !
Vehicle is being sold as is!

Red Exterior/Black Interior

Vehicle is in fair condition and has the normal dings and dents in addition to faded paint on the fiberglass bumpers and hard top. Interior portion has signs of wear with a small hole in the driver’s side seat. Dashboard vinyl has a couple of cracks and the plastic panel surrounding the Heater/A/C/Radio is broken. Radio is not the original (better). Carpet has signs of wear. A/C works, however it has a slow gas leak.

Has new clutch plate, throw out bearing and seal. New gaskets on oil pan and valve cover; the brake pads are newly installed and the battery was replaced recently. The vehicle drive train is in good condition.

VIN#: JM1NA351XM0209628

Year/Make/Model: 1991 MAZCA MX-5 MIATA

Color: Interior, Black – Exterior, Red

Body Style: CONVERTIBLE (with hard top)

Engine Type: 1.6L FI DOHC

Transmission: 5 speed manual RWD

Manufactured in: Japan

Asking $2000.00

Can be seen by appointment. Call John Reames @ 803-795-8986

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