Search This Blog

Monday, December 28, 2009

Thomas "Richard" Parnell - Monday, December 28, 2009

Bishopville, SC

Thomas "Richard" Parnell, 72, husband of Jeanette Hudson Parnell, died Monday, December 28, 2009 at his home.

Born in Sumter County, he was a son of the late Gettice Laverne Parnell and the late Francis Inez Huggins Parnell. More information

Friday, December 25, 2009


To all our many friends, Ann and I wish each of you a very Merry Christmas
God Bless 

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Bishopville Police Chief Ewing Delivers Early Christmas Present to Drug Dealers!!

News Advisory
December 23, 2009

The City of Bishopville Police Chief John E. Ewing Jr. announced today that his department has concluded a second round of arrests relating to the illegal distribution of drugs in the City of Bishopville.  

Back on May 29, 2009, Chief Ewing and his officers conducted raids across the city where over 16 individuals were arrested for selling drugs.  During that raid, over 65 arrest warrants were served and over 7 search warrants were conducted.  It was during that drug sweep, where Chief Ewing made it clear that this was the first of many rounds into the drug investigations within the city.  On December 22, 2009, his officers arrested the below individuals for distribution of drugs.  

Chief Ewing once again credits the efforts of the community for assisting in these investigations.  

In a message to those selling drugs in the city of Bishopville, Chief Ewing said, “I told you that we were coming.  We are going to continue to come and put you were you belong. You have two choices; stop selling drugs or go to jail.”

Arrested on November 24, 2009:

Mitchell Mickens  Dob 6/25/49
210 W. Cedar Ln., Bishopville, SC
Charges:           2 Counts of Distribution of Crack Cocaine
                        2 County of Distribution of Crack Cocaine within ½ mile of a school
                        1 Count of Felon in Possession of a handgun
                        1 Count of PWID Crack Cocaine within ½ mile of a school
                        1 County of PWID Crack Cocaine

Arrested on December 22, 2009:

Chad James  Dob 3/07/80
208 Mosley St., Bishopville, SC
Charges:           Distribution of Cocaine
                        Distribution of Cocaine within ½ mile of a school
Gartrice Wright  Dob 07/27/72
151 Hansel St., Bishopville, SC
Charges:           Distribution of Crack Cocaine
                        Distribution of Crack Cocaine within ½ mile of a park
                        Felon in possession of a handgun

Trevis Latroy Stuckey  Dob 6/07/78
313 Woodward St., Bishopville, SC
Charges:           2 Counts of Distribution of Crack Cocaine
                        2 Counts of Distribution of Crack Cocaine within ½ mile of a school

Warrants pending on the following:

Maurice Rogers Dob 6/18/74
403 N. Heyward St, Bishopville, SC
Charges:           Distribution of Crack Cocaine
                        Distribution of Crack Cocaine within ½ mile of a school

Nigel Harris  Dob 12/06/91
360 Royer Rd. Bishopville, SC
Charges:           Distribution of imitation substance

Derrick Stuckey Dob 12/16/75
315 Woodward St., Bishopville, SC
Charges:           Distribution of Crack Cocaine
                        Distribution of Crack Cocaine within ½ mile of a school

Lonnie Abrams  Dob 9/20/77
501 Tubbs Ct., Bishopville, SC
Charges:           2 Counts of Distribution of Crack Cocaine
                        2 Counts of Distribution of Crack Cocaine within ½ mile of a park

One additional individual’s name is not being released at this time.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Message From Bishopville Police Chief John E. Ewing, Jr.

Bishopville, SC

Bishopville Police Chief John E. Ewing Jr. and the men and women of the Bishopville Police Department would like to wish the citizens of Bishopville and Lee County a safe and Merry Christmas.  Chief Ewing would like to remind everyone to be extremely vigilant during the Christmas season.  “During the Christmas season, some crimes typically tend to rise.  Just like the saying, ‘Tis the season, well, ‘Tis the season to become a victim of crime” says Ewing. Ewing also adds, “The criminals want to have a good Christmas.  They tend to increase their criminal activity during Christmas to make sure that they have that good Christmas.”  Ewing says that there are a number of things you can do to decrease your chances of becoming a victim of a crime during the holiday season.

-If you are going out of town, notify your neighbors and the Police Department.
-If you go out of town, stop your mail and newspaper or have a neighbor collect them.
-Have your home lights on timers.
-As always, neighbors should keep a close eye on each others houses.
-Park in a well lit area of the parking lot when going shopping.
-If possible, shop with a friend.
-When shopping, don’t flash money around in the stores.
-Don’t load yourself up with too many bags at once; You have to be able to defend yourself.
-After purchasing gifts, put the gifts in the trunk of your car and not in plain view.
-Prior to leaving a store to go to your vehicle, have your keys out and ready.
-Always be aware of your surroundings.

Ewing says, “The criminals hate being seen and they hate a lot of noise.  That’s why parking in a well lit area is to important.  If you are the unfortunate victim of a criminal while walking to your vehicle, scream and make a loud noise.  Do anything you can do to draw attention to you and to your attacker.”

Chief Ewing says, “As always, the men and women of the Bishopville Police Department will be patrolling your neighborhood and if you need them, don’t hesitate to call for assistance.”



December 23, 2009

Columbia, SC

In response to recent cuts in state funding, the South Carolina Forestry Commission is instituting a mandatory five-day furlough for all of its employees.  This action will save the agency about $200,000.00.

The furloughs will not impact critical agency operations, including fire suppression, law enforcement, and forest management services.  SCFC employees may choose, with supervisor approval, when they will use their days of unpaid leave.  Individual furloughs must be taken between January 2 and June 30, 2010.  Supervisors will approve the time off in keeping with the needs of public safety and the continuation of agency operations.  SCFC paychecks issued between February 1 and June 30, 2010 will reflect the deductions.  The furlough translates to a 4.6 percent salary reduction over that period for each employee.  SCFC employs approximately 360 people statewide.

Since the beginning of FY2009, the South Carolina Forestry Commission has experienced a 33 percent cut ($6 million) to its funding.  The 2010 mandatory furlough is the most recent step the Forestry Commission has taken to reduce its expenses while avoiding layoffs.  Recently, an employee retirement buyout incentive was offered to qualifying staff.  Additionally, many vacancies within the agency have gone unfilled.  SCFC has curtailed travel and suspended equipment purchases as cost-cutting measures as well.  This is the second furlough for the agency since FY2009 and the third since FY2003. 


For more information, contact Scott Hawkins at (803) 360-2231.

The SC Forestry Commission’s mission is to protect and develop South Carolina’s forest resource.  For every $1.00 invested by SC in the Commission, the industry produces more than $1,300.00 of economic impact.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Bishopville Police Chief Calls Press Conference

Bishopville, SC

Bishopville Police Chief John Ewing has not released any information concerning his departments investigation into allegations of abuse by a former kindergarten teacher of 5 year old students at Bishopville Primary School but that is about to change.

According to Randy Burns, reporter with the Item newspaper, Lee County School District's director of human resources, Dr. Jeffery Long, filed a report with the police department November 19, 2009 alleging the teacher used excessive corporal punishment on students in several incidents since October 1, 2009. The teacher has been identified in press reports as Sarah Roberta McCutchen of Bishopville.

Ewing has called a press conference for tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m.

Dalzell Resident Not Happy With Lee County Public Meeting Notices

Read Recently in the Sumter Item's Letters Section:

Why aren't public meetings in Lee County public friendly? The Constitution of the United States begins with "We the people;" thus I believe all public meetings should not only follow the law, but also the spirit of the open meeting law. But in Lee County, a lot is left to be desired. Public meetings aren't properly advertised by the County Council or the school board. The public has a right to know what their local officials are doing and participate in the governing of their government. But County Council and the school board say they want public involvement, but they have a weird way of showing it. County Council doesn't properly notify the public when meetings are held, and I have to see a notification of a county committee meeting. Then County Council further limits our participation by holding the meeting at 9 o'clock in the morning. Then there is our school board that limits public participation by limiting input and information. Information that should be made readily available to the public. I have asked for information and was told by the superintendent that I must apply through the Freedom of Information Act, now mind you I was not asking for any information that was not public domain. Because this same information is provided to the news reporter, but I guess his right to it is greater than mine. Then the school board goes to the greatest length to tell the public how important public involvement is, but I have yet to go to a meeting that was open to public debate before an item was voted on. These public bodies ask for public input and involvement, but all I see is their haphazard intentions. S.C. state law states that a public body doing public business must notify the public when, where and what in a timely matter, but no less than 24 hours unless it is an emergency. But you are not following the spirit of the law when you post a notice 24 hours before the meeting and a notice in the paper the day of the meeting for a meeting at 9 a.m. All the public asks is that you follow the law. Good government is a government of the people, by the people and for the people.



Wednesday, December 16, 2009

From WLTX News - Bishopville Police Investigate Local Teacher for Student Abuse

Bishopville, SC

According to a news report from WLTX News an unnamed teacher at Bishopville Primary School is under investigation by the police for abusing students. The report indicated that the teacher no longer works for the school district. No charges have been filed. Video

Saturday, December 12, 2009

James "Kenny" Lucas - December 12, 2009
Bishopville, S.C.

Funeral services for James (Kenny) Lucas who passed away Saturday, December. 12, 2009, after a courageous battle with cancer, will be held Monday December 14, 2009 at 3:00 pm in the Chapel of Norton Funeral Home in Bishopville. Burial will be in the Turkey Creek Cemetery. More

Friday, December 11, 2009

Lee School Board to Host Two Meetings December 10, 2009

Lee School Board to Hear From Parents/Community Advisory Committee in Public Session

Lee County's Board of School Trustee's have announced a public hearing on Monday, December 14, 2009 at 6 p.m. to hear from the Parents/Community Advisory Committee's spoke person, Mr. Samuel Joye. Link 

Regular Lee School Board Meeting set for December 10, 2009, 7:00 P.M.

The Lee County School Board of Trustee's will have its regularly scheduled board meeting on Monday, December 14, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at Lee Central High School. Link

Stanford Farmer - Thursday, December 10, 2009

Bishopville, SC

Stanford Farmer, 88, beloved husband of the late Minnie A. Smith Farmer, died Thursday, December 10, 2009 in Bishopville. More

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Edith A. "Bunny" Mathis - Thursday, December 10, 2009

Edith A. "Bunny" Mathis, 84, widow of Marion E. Mathis, died Thursday, December 10, 2009 at her home. More

Bishopville Man Released on $10,000 Bond After Drugs Found During Traffic Stop

Michael Joyner, 58, of 406 Nettles Drive, Bishopville, SC is charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. Link

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Lee County Council to Meet December 11, 2009

DECEMBER 11, 2009, 9:00 A.M.



ITEM #4)              ADJOURN

35th Anniversary Celebration - Lee County Disabilities and Special Needs Board, Inc

35th Anniversary Celebration
You are cordially invited to join us for an evening of reflection and fellowship as we celebrate our 35 years of services to persons with disabilities

December 9, 2009
5 to 7 PM
Gibbs Community Training Center
307 Chappel Road
Bishopville, SC

RSVP to 803-484-9473
ext 222 by December 4, 2009

Mary Mack
Executive Director

Friday, December 04, 2009


DECEMBER 8, 2009, 9:00 A.M.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Landfill and Putrid Odor Woes - Lee County Residents Have it All

Less than two miles from the City Limits South of Bishopville, SC, the surrounding Lee County landscape is mostly flat with the exception of a mountain of garbage looking like a huge festering boil in the otherwise serene setting. Yep, you heard right... a huge festering mountain of rancid odor producing garbage owned and managed by Republic Services which acquired the landfill December 5, 2008.

Folks traveling on either, the heavily traveled Interstate 20, near mile marker 116 or on the lesser but still heavily traveled U.S. Highway 15 at the junction with I-20 will usually detect a putrid odor before they even see the mountain. Should these travelers have any windows open in their vehicles you can bet that they are quickly shut. If the ghastly aroma is enough to gag someone traveling through, you can only imagine what the people who live and work in the nearby area must be experiencing.

Landfill gas (LFG) is not environmental friendly because it is flammable and potentially explosive and is a significant greenhouse gas that is known to trap more heat in the atmosphere than does carbon dioxide.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, landfill gases that are created under the landfill surface generally move away from the landfill, either by rising up through the landfill surface or migrating underground to surrounding areas. There are several factors that influence where the gas goes:

  1. Permeability. Gas flows through areas of least resistance. If one side of the landfill is very permeable, then gas will likely leave the landfill from that area. Artificial channels such as drains and trenches can act as pipelines for gas movement.
  2. Diffusion. Gas moves to areas with lower gas concentrations. Gas concentrations are generally lower in areas surrounding the landfill.
  3. Pressure. Gas moves to areas of lower pressure. This means that the pressure of the surrounding areas (e. g., changing weather conditions) will affect gas movement from the landfill.

Gas that is released into the air is carried by the prevailing winds. While wind dilutes the gas with fresh air, it can also move gas into neighboring communities. Wind speed and direction determine how much gas reaches nearby residents, so the degree of the problem varies greatly from day to day. At locations near the landfill, the worst time of the day is often early morning or early evening because prevailing winds tend to be gentle, providing the least dilution of the gas.

DHEC officials announced last night that they will soon begin monitoring the landfill in the hopes of identifying  the gases produced, by tapping into the new gas capturing system installed recently at a cost of over $1 million by the new owners. Methane gas is the primary gas of concern because it is colorless and odorless and is highly explosive at certain concentrations, which is between 5% to 15% of the total air volume.

Other gases, called trace gases, are produced in landfills in much smaller amounts. Hydrogen Sulfide is a trace gas and it gives landfills its characteristic foul odor. These two gases are the subject of most complaints to DHEC and Republic Services because of possible health and safety related issues. Residents are also concerned that their property values have suffered as well and feel they should be monetarily compensated by the company.

Last night officials from the Lee County Landfill and DHEC heard from a crowd of about 50 to 60 people. The good folks of Lee County attending the meeting and who are most effected by the landfill are not convinced that the procedures put into place recently have improved their living conditions.

A look at Republic Services track record shows a history of poor environmental ratings. Low ratings and the  accompanying fines from Federal and States Environmental Protection agencies put an understandable sour taste in the mouth of locals.

In September, 2009,  Newsweek' s Green Rankings website has Republic Services ranked 448th out of 500 of the largest companies in America and placed at 46th out of the 50 companies in their industry.

Republic Services has also been the target of several high-profile fines by the EPA and state's Departments of Environmental Protection agencies. SC Department of Health and Environmental Control has fined the company a total of $29,000 since December 2008 for regulatory violations at the Lee County Landfill.

 Officials with the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control says Republic Services is doing all it can and Republic Services says they are putting their best foot forward and are operating within DHEC regulations. The citizens living within range of the rancid odor which can come from any direction on any day, don't agree with either of them.

In other related news, the fire in the unauthorized landfill in the western part of Lee County is just about history according to Randy Burns, staff writer for the Sumter Item. Randy reports that a Lee County family owns the property and that a member of the family has been hauling in debris almost daily. The family is expected by DHEC to clean up the landfill.

Additionally, Randy's article says that another landfill, which is legally operated  and regulated by DHEC and owned by a resident of Wedgefield in Sumter County is located about 300 yards from the burning landfill.

Pressed in  the middle of all the news concerning these two landfills we have the rezoning of about 70 acres of land across Highway 15 from the Lee County Landfill. Many folks in the county believe that this acreage is being rezoned industrial for Biocrude, Ltd, a company that converts waste from meat processing facilities into a product similar to #6 fuel oil suitable for use by local industry as an energy source. Farmers could benefit also from the grey water left after the conversion process as a form of soil supplement.

The Lee County Council meeting tomorrow morning could prove to be very interesting. On the agenda is the rezoning of 70 acres of land from rural to industrial. The land is owned by the Stuckey family estate. Council will meet in the Magistrate's office on Gregg Street in Bishopville. As you may remember, the mountain of garbage outside of Bishopville is partially located on land previously owned by the same family.

A question comes to mind... has council learned from past council mistakes? We could have the answer tomorrow at the earliest.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Community Meeting

Bishopville, SC
Tuesday December 1, 2009

DHEC will be hosting a Community Meeting on the Lee County Landfill. 

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Lee Central High School at 1800 Wisacky Highway in Bishopville.

Word of the Day

Snap Shots

Get Free Shots from