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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Have an Opinion about Managing and Hunting Waterfowl?

Waterfowl hunter public listening sessions scheduled
The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Waterfowl Advisory Committee, an advisory group to the DNR Board, has scheduled five listening sessions to be held around the state. The purpose of these meetings is to allow waterfowlers to express opinions about the management and hunting of waterfowl.
Each speaker will be limited to two minutes and must sign up on arrival. Speakers will be heard in the order of sign up. Those unable to speak due to time constraints, or those not wishing to speak, will be supplied with comment cards. A summary of all listening sessions once completed will be supplied to the DNR Board.
Note: All sessions begin at 7 p.m. and end at approximately 8:30 p.m.
  • Sept. 22: National Guard Armory, Beaufort - 1 Cavalry Lane (off of Hwy 21)
  • Oct. 6: DNR Ft. Johnson Auditorium, Charleston - 217 Ft. Johnson Road
  • Oct. 20: Georgetown County Training Center on the campus of Horry-Georgetown Tech, Room 508 Georgetown - 3993 S. Fraser St. (Hwy 17)
  • Nov. 3: Midlands Tech, Airport Campus - Academic Center, W. Columbia - 1260 Lexington Dr.
  • Nov. 19: County Council Chambers, Greenville - 301 University Ridge, County Square
For more information -

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

George Amon Plyler- October 27, 2009

Bishopville, S.C.

Funeral services for George Amon Plyler age 79, who passed away Oct. 27, will be held Friday at 2:00 at the Norton Funeral Home chapel. Rev. B.R. Wallace & Rev. Gene Plyler will officiate. Burial will be... more information

Fund Raiser - Lee County Historical Society - November 15, 2009

The Lee County Historical Society will be hosting an Historical Site Tour of ten (10) homes inside Bishopville's city limits Sunday, November 15, 2009 between the hours ... more information

Friends of Bishopville High School Update - October 28, 2009

In a sister blog, Friends of Bishopville High School, readers of Natives of Lee County South Carolina can learn about the success the citizens of Marion, South Carolina had in the restoration and reuse of their old High School Building. Click here to read about their success. 

Please continue to write letters in support of our efforts to save and restore Bishopville High School. We need people to volunteer their services as we go forward, so please contact John Reames at 803-720-5007 if you are willing to help us. 

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Chicken Salad Luncheon - Tuesday, October 27, 2009 - Masonic Lodge #104

The Bishopville Pilot Club will have a chicken salad luncheon Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at the Masonic Lodge located at 509 Cousar Street.  

Tickets are $6.00 each and include a generous portion of chicken salad, crackers, creamy jello salad, 1/2 pimento cheese sandwich, tomato and slice of pound cake. The proceeds of the luncheon will go to help fund Pilot projects. 

The service focus of Pilot International is helping people affected by brain-related disorders and disabilities through volunteer activities, education, and financial support.

Anna Lee Smith Watson - October 20, 2009

Bishopville, S.C. 

Funeral services for Anna Lee Smith Watson, age 87, who passed away Oct. 20, will be held Friday at 4:00 pm at Calvary Baptist Church. Rev. Sim Smith & Mr. Randy Wilson will officiate. Burial will be in the Cedar Creek Baptist Church Cemetery directed by Norton Funeral Home. More information

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


Chief John E. Ewing Jr. would like to remind everyone to be extremely careful while driving and walking during Halloween festivities this year.  Chief Ewing stated, “Halloween is a special time for our children and I want to make sure that all the children in Bishopville have a safe and happy Halloween. More information

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Doris Watkins Kelley - October 17, 2009

Bishopville, S.C.

Funeral services for Doris Watkins Kelley, age 83, of Bishopville, will be held Tuesday, October 20, 2009 at 3:00 pm at St. Matthews United Methodist Church, with a private burial. Rev. Barbee Parsons, Rev. Ricky Howell & Rev. Edward L. Davidson will officiate.

Visitation will be Monday, October 19, 2009 from 6-8 pm at Norton Funeral Home, Bishopville... more information

Friday, October 16, 2009

For Sale As Is- 2006 Honda Rancher TRX350

Sold Sold Sold Sold Sold

2006 Honda Rancher 2X4 TRX350 w/positive rear end

Helmet and folding aluminum ramps included in the selling price of 

For more information
Call 803-934-6415

On the Agenda - Bishopville City Council Meeting, Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Bishopville, SC 

During the City Council meeting, Tuesday, October 20, 2009 the members of council will hear a report concerning progress to save the old Bishopville High School. The members of council will learn that a perfect tenant for the old Bishopville High School located on North Main Street in Bishopville may have been found. 

However, there remains an abundance of details which must be worked through if we... more information

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Bird Dogs

This article reminded me of the days I spent with my daddy.... link

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Lee County Historical Society’s Barbeque Cook Off and Plant Sale - Saturday, October 17, 2009

Bishopville, SC 
Don’t miss the Lee County Historical Society’s Barbeque Cook Off and Plant Sale taking place during the Lee County Cotton Festival in Bishopville on Saturday, October 17.  Competition will be fierce because we have cookers from Sumter County.  Look for tents on the front lawn of the old library building.
The Lee County Historical Society wishes to thank Danny’s Trophy Shop of Sumter for providing the trophies for the competition, which are currently exhibited at the Lee County Chamber of Commerce.
We would also like to thank the following supporters:  State Farm Insurance, Stuckey and Alexander Insurance, Travis Windham Insurance, Jeffords Insurance Agency, Alex’s Realty, H. & A. Realty, Cousar Realty, Town and Country Tire, Edward Jones, Food Lion, and Piggly Wiggly.  Kentucky Fried Chicken, Watford’s Barbeque, and Ward’s Barbeque are supplying the slaw.  Sale of barbeque will begin at 11 a.m.
The Society will have a limited number of fragrant camellias for sale.  These hybrids are the latest thing in the camellia world.  Purple and white iris from the James House garden will also be available.  The plant sale will begin at 10 a.m. and end at noon.  

Gathering of the Classes Reunion Celebration - February 12 -14, 2010


October 2009  

Dear Former Students of Bishopville High School,

You are cordially invited to attend the widely anticipated Gathering of the Classes III Reunion Celebration in Bishopville, South Carolina, the weekend of February 12, 13 and 14, 2010.

Celebration activities are as follows ... more information

Monday, October 12, 2009

Charles Thomas 'Tommy' Boykin - October 12, 2009

Bishopville, SC

Funeral services for Charles Thomas (Tommy) Boykin, age 62, who passed away Oct. 12, will be held Wed. at 4:00 pm at the Cedar Creek Baptist Church. Rev. B.R. Wallace & Rev. Mike Allen will officiate. Burial will be in the Cedar Creek Baptist Church Cemetery directed by Norton Funeral Home. Visitation will be Tues. 5-7 pm at the Funeral Home.

Tommy was born in Bishopville a son... More information

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Bettie Rowland McLeod - October 9, 2009

Bishopville, SC

Bettie Rowland McLeod, 87, widow of James Francis McLeod died Friday, October 9, 2009 at the home of her daughter.

Born in Asheville, NC she was a daughter of the late William Thomas Rowland and the late Frances Miller Rowland. Mrs. McLeod was a member of Bethlehem United Methodist Church. During her husband's term as Clerk of Court of Lee County, Mrs. McLeod served as his deputy Clerk of Court. more information

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Hala Perryman Ferguson - October 5, 2009

Bishopville, SC

Funeral services for Hala Perryman Ferguson, age 77, widow of Leon Ferguson, who passed away on Oct. 5, 2009, will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Norton Funeral Home chapel in Bishopville.

The Rev. John Hodges will officiate. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetary in Sumter. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the funeral home... more information

Henry Timmons "Tim" Whitehead - October 5, 2009

Lamar, SC

Henry Timmons "Tim" Whitehead, 58, died Monday, Oct. 5, 2009.

Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Thursday at Salem United Methodist Church. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Layton-Anderson Funeral Home.

Mr. Whitehead was born in Sumter County, the son of Howard Eugene Whitehead Sr. and the late Henrietta Timmons Whitehead. He graduated from Bishopville High School.... more information

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Charlotte Ryan Stuckey - October 7, 2009

Bishopville, SC 

Charlotte Ryan Stuckey, 92, widow of William Hamer Stuckey, entered into eternal glory with her Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus, on October 7, 2009 in Irmo, SC at the Ascension Hospice House.

Church services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, October9, 2009 at Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Bishopville with the Rev. Paul Rogers and the Rev. Randal Shell officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. more information

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Hankering for Some Good Old Down Home Country Cooking?

If you are anything like me when it comes to food, you don't let an opportunity pass you by when 'down home cooking' is in the offering. Mark  your calendar right now and be at Bishopville's Opera House on Main Street between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Thursday, October 15, 2009 for the Lee County Art Council's annual 'Taste of Lee' event. 

The wonderful aroma of freshly cooked food drifting down Main Street will have your taste buds popping and your mouth watering in anticipation of good fixin's from some of Lee County's best cooks. 

It's all you can eat and drink folks, and the proceeds help support the Lee County Arts Council. 

Tickets are $15 for singles and $25 for couples. They can be purchased from any member of the Lee County Arts Council or at any of the following locations:

Opera House
109 N Main St
BishopvilleSC 29010-1413
(803) 484-5090

Bishopville Drug Co. Inc
302 S Main St
BishopvilleSC 29010-1422
(803) 484-3784

Lee County Chamber of Commerce
219 N Main St
BishopvilleSC 29010-1415
(803) 484-5145
(803) 484-4270


Are There Any Marsh Tackies in Lee County?

I know plenty about swamps, having sloshed around in my share of them over the years hunting everything from squirrels to hogs while learning to avoid creatures like snakes, gators and the occasional bear. 

We have swamps here in South Carolina known by locals as; Agnay aka  Aggies, Beaver Dam, Big Boar Flat, Black Tom Bay, Calf Pen, Caw Caw, Chitty Pond, Devil's Dining Room, and Egg Pond, names that force the imagination to run wild. 

And there are the swamps whose names signify distance like Four Mile, Five Mile and even Fifteen Mile Swamp... swamps whose names apparently were important milestones for earlier travelers. All totaled, we have approximately 514 swamps here in South Carolina including the legendary Scape Ore swamp, home of the celebrated Lizard Man.  (Scape Ore swamp is located near the historic town of Bishopville, which is home to the Lee County Cotton Festival)

Marshes are different from swamps in that they tend to be shallow with grasses, reeds, rushes and other similar plants including low growing shrubs. Swamps on the other hand are deeper, generally have a greater percentage of open water surface and are largely dominated by trees rather than grasses and small shrubs. 

The Marsh Tacky we refer to is a legendary horse of immense importance to the heritage of South Carolina and it is through the dedicated efforts of owners and lovers of this wonderful horse that the breed is finally gaining the respect and hopefully the protection it deserves. 

The wording contained in a long overdue bill that is currently residing in the House Committee on Invitations and Memorial Resolutions explains the horse best.

"The Marsh Tacky, a rare Colonial Spanish horse breed unique to South Carolina, has played a significant role in South Carolina's history. During the American Revolution, it is historically documented that Marsh Tackies assisted in the victories of the famous 'Swamp Fox', Brigadier General Francis Marion, whose troops of 'irregulars' had the advantage of being mounted on small, agile horses that were superbly adapted to the Lowcountry's rough, swampy terrain. Marsh Tackies required little care from the troops, were able to travel long distances without fatigue, and survived on forage reducing the need for supply wagons carrying grain. The sure-footed Marsh Tacky enabled the militia to out maneuver the British troops who rode larger European horse breeds that could not traverse the swampy forests.

Marsh Tackies served the southern Confederate cavalry during the Civil War. Southern recruits were often required to provide their own horses, which were trained and familiar with their riders, giving an early advantage to the southern forces. After the Civil War, Marsh Tackies became an integral part of agricultural life and were used for everything from plowing fields and herding cattle to delivering the mail, taking children to school, and families to church. Most Lowcountry families had Marsh Tackies in their fields or gardens.

Marsh Tackies have changed little since the colonial period.    Relative isolation on the Sea Islands and secluded areas of the Lowcountry, along with owner dedication to the preservation of the breed has allowed the Marsh Tacky to remain relatively untouched. Owners often comment on the built-in 'woods sense' of the breed and how the horses have a natural way of traversing water obstacles and swamps. Many horses display characteristics and primitive markings carried by their Spanish ancestors including dorsal stripes, zebra leg stripes, and lengthy manes and tails.

Marsh Tacky owners and enthusiasts further supported the breed by forming the Carolina Marsh Tacky Association in 2007. National associations such as American Livestock Breeds Conservancy and Equus Survival Trust have joined local efforts to study, document, and provide a future plan to ensure the survival of the Marsh Tacky.

The Marsh Tacky remains a living piece of history in its native region and has earned its title as the state horse of South Carolina.

To ensure the Marsh Tacky as our State Horse, I strongly urge you to contact your State Representative and tell him about the bill and how important it is to push for its passage. Tell him the Carolina Marsh Tacky or Marsh Tacky is an extraordinary breed of horse and is native to South Carolina. Its marvelous ancestry can be traced back over 400 years, but today there are very few representatives left. Tell him the Marsh Tacky is considered an endangered breed subject to extinction. Ask him to support bill H. 3044 by voting to add Section 1-1-711 to Chapter 1, Title 1 of the 1976 SC Code of laws.

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