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Monday, August 31, 2009

James Allen Folsom - August 29, 2009

Sumter, SC 

James Allen Folsom, 66, died Saturday, August 29, 2009 at Tuomey Regional Medical Center.

Born in Sumter County, he was a son of the late Lyde Folsom and the late Evelyn Barrett Folsom Brown. Mr. Folsom was a lifetime .... more

Sunday, August 30, 2009

2010 Gathering of the Classes Reunion Gala

The following dates have been set for the upcoming Gathering of the Classes Reunion Gala in Bishopville, SC. 

Feb 12, 2010 Early Bird Mixer - Cotton Museum - Bishopville, SC; 
Feb 13, 2010 Gathering of the Classes Reunion Gala - Opera House - Bishopville, SC 
Feb 14, 2010 Memorial Services for our deceased classmates - Location tba - Bishopville, SC

Friday, August 28, 2009

Bishopville City Council Meeting - Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

City Council Meeting

6:30 p.m.

Colclough Building

On the agenda: 
  1. Ordinance 09-03, amend Section  34-63 Code of Ordinances
  2. Debt set-off Resolution
  3. Safety Resolution
  4. Administrator's Report
  5. Committee Report's
  6. Public Comments
  7. Executive Session - Contractual Matter
If you wish to be placed on the agenda you will need to let them know by noon Friday before the scheduled meeting.

Spratt - Town Hall Meeting In Sumter - Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Sumter, SC

U.S. Representative John Spratt will hold a Town Hall Meeting in Sumter, Wednesday, September 2, 2009.
The subject of the meeting is health care. People who want to ask questions will be asked to write their name on an index card at the door and place the card in a box that most closely matches their position on health care reform – For, Against, or Undecided
At the meeting, priority seating will be given to residents of the 5th Congressional District of South Carolina.

Often overlooked fact: 50% of all health care in this country is either paid for or provided through the federal government. That includes Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, Tricare Standard, Tricare for Life, Veterans Health Care, Military Health Care, Indian Health Care, the Public Health Service, and the Federal Employees Benefit Program.

Time: 5:00 pm
Date: Wednesday, September 2
Place: USC-Sumter – Nettles Building, 200 Miller Road

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Mark Lane Deas - August 22, 2009

Eastover, SC

Mark Lane Deas, 47, died August 22, 2009 at his home in Eastover.

Born in Camden, he was a son of Naomi Deas Elmore and the late J.B. Deas. Mr. Deas was a member of Beulah Baptist Church at Horrell Hill. He was a graduate of Thomas Sumter Academy and Central Carolina Technical College. He was a Mason and was retired from the S.C. Forestry Commission. He was very much loved and will be greatly missed by his family.

Survivors include his mother, and step-father, Alford Elmore... more

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Elizabeth Ann Reames Watson - August 24, 2009

Elizabeth Ann Reames Watson, of Greenville, S.C., died August 24, 2009.

Born in Bishopville, S.C., she was a daughter of the late Cecil H. and Louise C. Reames. more

Monday, August 24, 2009

Bishopville Police Department Needs Public Assistance

Bishopville, SC

Bishopville Police Chief John Ewing says his department needs the assistance of the public in helping solve a break-in and theft that occurred Saturday morning, August 15, 2009 at Taylor's Tobacco on South Main Street. more

Friday, August 21, 2009

Mary Ida Woodham - August 20, 2009

Bishopville, S.C.

Funeral services for Mary Ida Warner Woodham who passed away August 20, 2009 will be held Sunday August 23, 2009 at 3:00 pm at Bethlehem United Methodist Church, Bishopville, S.C. Rev. Paul Rogers will officiate. Norton Funeral Home will be in charge.

Visitation will be Saturday, August 22, from 4-6 pm at the Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at Asbury Chapel, Wesley Commons, Greenwood, S.C. on Saturday, August 29, 2009 at 3:00 pm. More

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Breaking News

Spratt Announces $249.2 Million in Department of Agriculture Recovery Act Funds for South Carolina

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. John Spratt (D-SC) today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has distributed $249.2 million in funding to South Carolina from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) to help stimulate job growth and invest in critical infrastructure to build the economy.....

..... USDA Recovery Act investments nationwide will:

· Expand opportunities and spur economic development with up to $9 billion in broadband loans and grants to rural communities.

· Distribute $11.2 billion to provide 80,000 home loans in rural communities.

· Provide loans and grants worth $3.6 billion to provide safe drinking water, improve wastewater treatment systems, and to create jobs and bring increased economic benefits to rural America.

· Utilize nearly $3 billion to improve, develop, and finance business, industry, and employment while improving the economic and environmental climate in rural communities.

More on what this means to the Natives of Lee County later.

On The Agenda

Gregg McCutchen, City Administrator for the city of Bishopville says that he may have found some funding for
the paving of certain back lots in the downtown business district. McCutchen says there are some details that will need working through with the property owners and that he will present this information at tonight's workshop.

Additionally, McCutchen says that discussion will be had concerning a resident who owns property contiguous with Bishopville city limits and who has expressed a desire to have it annexed into the city.

Also on agenda for discussion will be jail fees and the old Seaboard Coastline Depot property on Cedar Lane. This building was entered on the National Register of Historic Places on Jan 6, 1986.

So it appears that a good bit of interesting stuff will be heard at tonight's workshop.

If you haven't been to one of these unstructured workshops where nothing is officially decided but much is discussed, now is the time. See you at 6:30 p.m. in the Colclough Building on East Council Street.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

'Round and 'Bout

...... "Therefore, I'm making an effort to attend as many of these public meetings as possible. I want to see the action; become a part of it and raise my voice if need be. I'm not sitting back and letting the others have all the fun... I'm joining in. Besides… one of these public meetings serves up grits and eggs!!!!"..... Read the entire article

Friday, August 14, 2009

From the Editor

We are evolving therefore we were forced to upgrade our site. As the days click by some of you will notice a difference in how you receive our newsletters.

You will receive a confirmation e-mail and will need to follow the instructions to continue your subscription to Natives of Lee County South Carolina.

Also, expect to receive dulicate e-mails for a day or two until the process sorts itself out, so please bear with us. We are striving to provide the best service possible for you.

Should you have any questions or experience problems please let us know immediately. We welcome feedback, so tell us what you like or dislike about our blog.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Hamlin Huiet "Buck" Jordan - August 12, 2009

Bishopville, SC
August 13, 2009

Hamlin Huiet "Buck" Jordan, 83, husband of Helen Ulmer Jordan, died Wednesday, August 12, 2009, at Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center. more

Why Being There Is Important

One night in 1994, Linda Polman was dancing wild polkas with drunken Russian soldiers at a farewell party in Mogadishu. It was a vibrant evening - vodka flowed freely from two-litre bottles and plates were piled high with steaks specially shipped in from Saudi Arabia. Everybody - the Russians, the motley collection of profiteers toasting lucrative reconstruction contracts, ligging journalists such as Polman - was very happy. Apart, that is, from one recently arrived Canadian pilot who asked: "Isn't there supposed to be a famine here? Aren't they starving in Somalia? They always used to be......" Link

The scenario depicted above is intended to draw attention to the blinders people wear; the apathy slowly invading the souls of people.

In Lee County there are community organizations and governmental agencies who conduct regular monthly meetings to which the general public is invited to attend. I don't have to tell you that a majority of the public rarely attend any of these informative meetings. When asked why they don't attend the reply is something like:

I don't know what my being there accomplishes or;

They are going to do what they want to do or;

I don't have time or and offer up other excuses not to attend.

Sure... you can read about what went on at a meeting after the fact from local news media accounts or get the 'word' from someone who attended, but something important and tangible is lost from a message when it is communicated to you second hand.

News articles are great and the reporters who write them are trained professionals, who try to paint a picture of an event using words and still images. I'm just as guilty, I read them all the time, but I'm aware that something written does very little in portraying the being there effect... the facial expressions; the body gestures; the voice inflections; the smiles; the frowns; the pats on the back; the handshakes, etc. All important.

Therefore I'm making an effort to attend as many of these public meetings as possible. I want to see the action; become a part of it and raise my voice if need be. I'm not sitting back and letting the others have all the fun... I'm joining in.

See you at the next public meeting!

  1. The Bishopville City Council holds meetings or workshops at 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Colclough Building on East Council Street.
  2. The Lee County Council holds meetings at 9:00 a.m. on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Court House.
  3. The Lee County Crime Stoppers holds a breakfast meeting at 8 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the old fire station on East Council Street.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Endangered: Bishopville High School

Fiduciary Responsibility

Bishopville High School was built with taxpayer money. From year 1937 until the school district closed the doors in 2000 when the new high school was completed south of Bishopville, it was taxpayer money that kept the school in operation for 63 years.

To the best of my knowledge very little money has been offered up by school district trustees to protect this once valuable commodity to the community. The way I see it, the school board has a fiduciary responsibility to the citizens of Lee County to protect all its property from unnecessary devaluation. Allowing this historically significant building to decay through indifference should not be acceptable. Funding must be found to mothball the building protecting it from further deterioration until a viable reuse of the facility can be found.Read the entire article

Monday, August 10, 2009

Letters of support to Friends of Bishopville High School

Glad to hear this! Although I never attended BHS, I love the building and have been saying that I wish I could find a way to help get it saved!!! My three older sisters, Debby, Millicent and Suzanne all are BHS Alums and I have many fond memories of attending events.... more

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Lee County Historical Society Meeting Tuesday

Bishopville, SC

Mike Bedenbaugh, executive director of The Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation will be the featured speaker for the next meeting of the Lee County Historical Society.

"A core tenant of the Palmetto Trust’s mission is to advocate passionately and professionally on the behalf of small S.C. towns and the preservation of their architectural heritage.

The Trust stays abreast of the sites and properties in need of preserving, like those listed as South Carolina’s Most Endangered Properties, and advocates on behalf of groups facing controversial preservation issues often providing statewide support and resources to halt development and preserve significant historic architecture." Link

There is no admission charge for the 7pm meeting. Society members and the general public are invited to attend. The meeting will be held at the Cotton Museum located at 121 West Cedar Lane in Bishopville. (803) 484-4497

Bishopville High School was recently placed on Palmetto Trust’s Most Endangered SC Properties and we strongly encourage all the members of 'Friends of Bishopville High School', a grassroots advocacy group working towards the preservation and reuse of the Bishopville High School building located at 600 North Main Street, to attend. More

Friday, August 07, 2009

Mr. James T. "Jim" Lowery, Jr. - August 6, 2009

Valle Crucis, NC

Mr. James T. "Jim" Lowery, Jr., age 66, of 259 Millers Mountain Trail, Valle Crucis, and Surfside Beach, South Carolina, died Thursday afternoon, August 6, 2009, at Watauga Medical Center in Boone.Mr. Lowery is survived by his wife of 45 years, Betty Baldwin Lowery of the home.... more

Thursday, August 06, 2009

DHEC's Lee County Landfill Website

Bishopville, Lee County, SC

Natives posted an article July 24, 2009, concerning the new 5-megawatt turbine generator installed by Santee Cooper at the Lee County Landfill and soon after the article hit the monitor screens throughout Lee County, we began receiving inquiries from several Lee County 'Natives' wishing to learn to how they could report future incidents of escaping gases.

Through the magic of the internet we located the answer and are delighted to report, DHEC, to their credit and in direct response to the rising tide of concern from the public, has developed a web page to aid in keeping everyone better informed of issues concerning the landfill.

In addition, Natives will provide a permanent link under the heading, Links of Interest.

Also from DHEC's Lee County website comes this information Link

  • Next Community Meeting

  • DHEC believes that one of the most effective ways to hear comments and concerns from local citizens is through meetings held in your community. Getting involved is an important way for you to stay informed and to share your thoughts with us.
  • We enjoyed talking with and hearing from many of you at our meeting in March 2009. We are currently looking at dates to hold another meeting in the Bishopville community, possibly in late August or early September. At this meeting we will share with you our ongoing efforts and most recent findings on activities at the landfill. Information on our next meeting will be sent to everyone on our mailing list and posted on the web page
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We hope this information will prove useful and that 'Natives of Lee County' whose lives are influenced by the presence of the landfill will 'sign up' for the DHEC e-mail updates. An informed public is an educated public. No gossip here folks.

More concerning the landfill: Link

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Virigil Hubert Hatton - August 2, 2009

Bishopville, SC

Virgil Hubert Hatton, 75, husband of Ruth Ann Winger Hatton, died Sunday, August 02, 2009 at Kershaw County Medical Center.

Born in Sky, Kentucky, he was a son of the late Johnny Hatton and the late Mattie Mae Mullins Hatton. More

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