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Monday, March 29, 2010

Lee County Farm Family Highlighted

March 29, 2010

South Carolina is one of the most rapidly urbanizing States in the Nation. Lee County, on the other hand, is the epitome of the rural South Carolina that is rapidly disappearing. The county, formed from parts of Darlington, Sumter, and Kershaw Counties, has been a major producer of cotton since colonial times. U.S. Senator Ellison Durant Smith (1864-1944), a native of Lee County, was nicknamed "Cotton Ed" because of his support for cotton farmers. Although cotton was the backbone that built the South, planting cotton "fence row to fence row" causes erosion concerns and provides no feed or habitat for wildlife.
One of the most unique family farms, not only in Lee County but in South Carolina as a whole, is the Billy Clyburn family farm. As a result of the Civil War, influenza epidemics, the Great Depression, and failing farm economies, it has been rare for sizeable, contiguous row cropped farms to remain in one family for many generations. The Clyburn family is one such rare jewel. The family originally immigrated from Scotland in the late 1800's. Billy Clyburn is the sixth generation row crop farmer planting as much as 800 acres of cotton as well as other crops. The farm covers a contiguous area six miles wide in two Counties-Lee and Kershaw.
Another unique feature of this farm is that for two generations the farm was managed by women. Clyburn's great-grandmother had married a gentleman from Mississippi. She inherited the farm with the stipulation that she live and farm on the land. And so she did. Clyburn's grandmother farmed the land after her husband died during the influenza outbreak of 1912.
South Carolina generally has small fields. The Clyburn farm has large hundred-plus area fields with one field having more than 500 acres. This one field is larger than most farms in the State.
Cotton farming on large fields comprised of light sandy/clay soil has caused soil and wind erosion problems on the farm. During the early days of CRP, Clyburn enrolled qualifying acres and planted them to monoculture pines. This greatly assisted in reducing farm erosion but did not provide food and habitat for wildlife. In later years, Clyburn offered qualifying land for CRP to be planted to Longleaf Pines. Still, CRP offered no solution for providing wildlife food and habitat in the large relatively flat cotton fields. Then along came the Habitat Buffers for Upland Birds practice. The purpose of this practice is to provide food and cover for Bobwhite Quail in cropland areas. Secondary benefits may include reducing soil erosion from wind and water, increasing soil and water quality, and protecting and enhancing the on-farm ecosystem. The Clyburn farm was the first with contracts approved for Habitat Buffer for Upland Birds and currently have enrolled more than 294 acres into the practice that surround approximately 1,250 acres of cropland.
After farming for more than 40 years, Clyburn plans to retire in the next few years and take advantage of the benefits derived from CRP enrollment. His plans include a hunting plantation and retreat. His daughter Virginia is ready and willing to become the seventh generation to manage this historical family farm.
Odd-shaped field approved for CP-33.
The odd-shaped field on the right has been approved to install CP-33, Habitat Buffers for Upland Birds. The buffer was designed to square up the field. This once barren wildlife habitat area will now be an ideal habitat for quail. In the background are CRP loblolly pines.
Loblolly pines planted to prevent wind erosion.
Loblolly pines were planted to prevent wind erosion during one of the first CRP signups. Prior to the tree establishment the highway was often covered in soil from the field.

Generation 6 and 7- Billy with his daughter Virginia.
Generation 6 and 7- Billy with his daughter Virginia

View of large field on Clyburn farm.
View of large field on Clyburn farm. This field approved for CP-33.

Friday, March 26, 2010

South Carolina's Washington Connection

How much do you know about your Washington Representative? 

The following information is public record but hard to find. 

From the Congressional Directory Online via GPO Access
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                             SOUTH CAROLINA

                      (Population 2000, 4,012,012)


    LINDSEY GRAHAM, Republican, of Seneca, SC; born in Seneca, July 9, 
1955; education: graduated, Daniel High School, Central, SC; B.A., 
University of South Carolina, 1977; awarded J.D., 1981; military 
service: joined the U.S. Air Force, 1982; Base Legal Office and Area 
Defense Counsel, Rhein Main Air Force Base, Germany, 1984; circuit trial 
counsel, U.S. Air Forces; Base Staff Judge Advocate, McEntire Air 
National Guard Base, SC, 1989-1994; presently a Colonel, Air Force 
Reserves; award: Meritorious Service Medal for Active Duty Tour in 
Europe; professional: established private law practice, 1988; former 
member, South Carolina House of Representatives; Assistant County 
Attorney for Oconee County, 1988-92; City Attorney for Central, SC, 
1990-94; member: Walhalla Rotary; American Legion Post 120; appointed to 
the Judicial Arbitration Commission by the Chief Justice of the Supreme 
Court; religion: attends Corinth Baptist Church; committees: Armed 
Services; Budget; Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs; Judiciary; 
Veterans' Affairs; Select Committee on Aging; elected to the 104th 
Congress on November 8, 1994; reelected to each succeeding Congress; 
elected to the U.S. Senate on November 5, 2002.

                  Office Listings


290 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC        (202) 224-5972
  Chief of Staff.--Richard Perry.                          FAX: 224-3808
  Legislative Director.--Jen Olson.
  Press Secretary.--Meghan Huges.
  Scheduler.--Alice James.
130 South Main Street, Suite 700, Greenville, SC 29601.   (864) 250-1417
  State Director.--Jane Goolsby.
  Upstate Regional Director.--Van Cato.
530 Johnnie Dodds Boulevard, Suite 202, Mt. Pleasant,     (843) 849-3887
 SC 29464..............................................
  Low Country Regional Director.--Bill Tuten.
508 Hampton Street, Suite 202, Columbia, SC 29201......   (803) 933-0112
  Midlands Regional Director.--Rene Ann Tewkesbury.
John L. McMillan Federal Building, 401 West Evans
 Street, Suite 111, Florence,
    SC 29501...........................................   (843) 669-1505
  Pee Dee Regional Director.--Celia Urquhart.
140 East Main Street, Suite 110, Rock Hill, SC 29730...   (803) 366-2828
  Piedmont Regional Outreach Director.--Wes Hickman.
124 Exchange Street, Suite A, Pendleton, SC 29670......   (864) 646-4090
  Senior Adviosr.--Denise Bauld.

                                 *  *  *

    JIM DeMINT, Republican, of Greenville, SC; born in Greenville, 
September 2, 1951; education: West Hampton High School, Greenville, SC, 
1969; B.S., University of Tennessee, 1973; M.B.A., Clemson University, 
1981; certified management consultant and certified quality trainer; 
advertising and marketing businessman; started his own company, DeMint 
Marketing; active in Greenville, SC, business and educational 
organizations; U.S. House of Representatives, 1999-2005; religion: 
Presbyterian; family: married to Debbie; four children; committees: 
Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs; Commerce, Science, and 
Transportation; Foreign Relations; Joint Economic Committee; elected to 
the U.S. Senate on November 2, 2004.

                  Office Listings


340 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC        (202) 224-6121
  Chief of Staff.--Bret Bernhardt.                         FAX: 228-5143
  Policy Director.--Matt Hoskins.
  Senior Administrative Advisor.--Ellen Weaver.
  Communications Director.--Wesley Denton.
105 North Spring Street, Suite 109, Greenville, SC        (864) 233-5366
112 Custom House, 200 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC     (843) 727-4525
1901 Main Street, Suite 1475, Columbia, SC 29201.......   (803) 771-6112

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                             FIRST DISTRICT

    HENRY E. BROWN, Jr., Republican, of Hanahan, SC; born in Lee County, 
SC, December 20, 1935; education: Berkeley High School; Baptist College; 
and The Citadel; professional: businessman; Piggly Wiggly Carolina Co., 
Inc.; helped develop the Lowcountry Investment Corp.; awards: National 
Republican Legislator of the Year; South Carolina Taxpayers Watchdog 
Award; South Carolina Association of Realtors Legislator of the Year; 
honorary degree, 
Doctor of Business Administration, The Citadel; married: Billye; three 
children; public service: Hanahan City Council, 1981-85; South Carolina 
House of Representatives, 1985-2000; committees: Natural Resources; 
Transportation and Infrastructure; Veterans' Affairs; elected to the 
107th Congress on November 7, 2000; reelected to each succeeding 

                  Office Listings


1124 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC      (202) 225-3176
  Chief of Staff.--Chris Berardini.                        FAX: 225-3407
  Legislative Director.--Ryan Bowley.
  Press Secretary.--Katie McKinney.
5900 Core Avenue, Suite 401, North Charleston, SC 29406   (843) 747-4175
  District Director.--Kathy Crawford.
1800 North Oak Street, Suite C, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577.   (843) 445-6459

Counties: Berkeley (part), Charleston (part), Dorchester (part), 
        Georgetown (part), Horry. Population (2000), 668,668.
ZIP Codes: 29401-07, 29410, 29412-14, 29416-20, 29422-25, 29429, 29436, 
        29439-40, 29442, 29445, 29449, 29451, 29455-58, 29461, 29464-66, 
        29469-70, 29472, 29474-75, 29482-85, 29487, 29511, 29526-28, 
        29544-45, 29566, 
        29568-69, 29572, 29575-79, 29581-82, 29585, 29587-88, 29597-98

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                             SECOND DISTRICT

    JOE WILSON, Republican, of Springdale, SC; born in Charleston, SC, 
July 31, 1947; education: graduated, B.A., Washington & Lee University, 
Lexington, VA; J.D., University of South Carolina School of Law; 
professional: attorney; Kirkland, Wilson, Moore, Taylor & Thomas (law 
firm); served on the staff of Senator Strom Thurmond and Congressman 
Floyd Spence; former Deputy General Counsel, U.S. Department of Energy; 
former Judge of the town of Springdale, SC; military service: U.S. Army 
Reserves, 1972-75; retired Colonel in the South Carolina Army National 
Guard as a Staff Judge Advocate for the 218th Mechanized Infantry 
Brigade, 1975-2003; organizations: Cayce-West Columbia Rotary Club; 
Sheriff's Department Law Enforcement Advisory Council; Reserve Officers 
Association; Lexington County Historical Society; Columbia Home Builders 
Association; County Community and Resource Development Committee; 
American Heart Association; Mid-Carolina Mental Health Association; 
Cayce-West Columbia Jaycees; Kidney Foundation; South Carolina Lung 
Association; Alston-Wilkes Society; Cayce-West Metro Chamber of 
Commerce; Columbia World Affairs Council; Fellowship of Christian 
Athletes, Sinclair Lodge 154; Jamil Temple; Woodmen of the World; Sons 
of Confederate Veterans; Military Order of the World Wars; Lexington, 
Greater Irmo, Chapin, Columbia, West Metro, and Batesburg-Leesville 
Chambers of Commerce; West Metro and Dutch Fork Women's Republican 
Clubs; and Executive Council of the Indian Waters Council, Boy Scouts of 
America; awards: U.S. Chamber of Commerce Spirit of Enterprise Award; 
Americans for Tax Reform Friend of the Taxpayer Award; National 
Taxpayers' Union; Taxpayers' Friend Award; Americans for Prosperity; 
Friend of the American Motorist Award; public service: South Carolina 
State Senate, 1984-2001; family: married to Roxanne Dusenbury McCrory; 
four sons; committees: Armed Services; Education and Labor; Foreign 
Affairs; Assistant GOP Whip; member, Republican Policy Committee; 
elected to the 107th Congress, by special election, on December 18, 
2001; reelected to each succeeding Congress.

                  Office Listings


212 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515.   (202) 225-2452
  Chief of Staff.--Eric Dell.                              FAX: 225-2455
  Press Secretary.--Ryan Murphy.
  Legislative Director.--Melissa Chandler.
903 Port Republic Street, P.O. Box 1538, Beaufort, SC     (843) 521-2530
1700 Sunset Boulevard (U.S. 378), Suite 1, West           (803) 939-0041
 Columbia, SC 29169....................................

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Counties: Aiken (part), Allendale, Barnwell, Beaufort, Calhoun (part), 
        Hampton, Jasper, Lexington, Orangeburg (part), Richland (part). 
        Cities and townships: Aiken, Allendale, Ballentine, Barnwell, 
        Batesburg, Beaufort, Blackville, Bluffton, Blythewood, Brunson, 
        Cayce, Chapin, Columbia, Coosawhatchie, Cope, Cordova, 
        Crocketville, Daufuskie Island, Early Branch, Elko, Estill, 
        Fairfax, Furman, Garnett, Gaston, Gifford, Gilbert, Hampton, 
        Hardeeville, Hilda, Hilton Head Island, Irmo, Islandston, Kline, 
        Leesville, Lexington, Livingston, Luray, Martin, Miley, 
        Montmorenci, Neeses, North, Norway, Orangeburg, Pelion, 
        Pineland, Port Royal, Ridgeland, Ruffin, Scotia, Springfield, 
        St. Helena Island, St. Matthews, State Park, Swansea, Sycamore, 
        Tillman, Ulmer, Varnville, West Columbia, White Rock, Williams, 
        Williston, Windsor, and Yemassee. Population (2000), 668,668.
ZIP Codes: 29002, 29006, 29016, 29033, 29036, 29045, 29053-54, 29063, 
        29070-73, 29075, 29078, 29107, 29112-13, 29115-16, 29118, 29123, 
        29128, 29130, 29135, 29137, 29142, 29146-47, 29160, 29164, 
        29169-72, 29177, 29180, 29203-07, 29209-10, 29212, 29219, 29221, 
        29223-24, 29226-27, 29229, 29260, 29290, 29292, 29405, 29412-13, 
        29436, 29470, 29472, 29801, 29803, 29805, 29810, 29812-13, 
        29817, 29826-27, 29836, 29839, 29843, 29846, 29849, 29853, 
        29901-07, 29909-11, 29913-16, 29918, 29920-28, 29932-36, 29938-
        41, 29943-45

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                             THIRD DISTRICT

    J. GRESHAM BARRETT, Republican, of Westminster, SC; born in Oconee 
County, SC, February 14, 1961; education: B.S., Business Administration, 
The Citadel, 1983; military service: U.S. Army, 1983-87; professional: 
small businessman; organizations: Westminster Rotary Club; Oconee County 
Boy Scouts; Westminster Chamber of Commerce; Oconee County Red Cross; 
public service: South Carolina House of Representatives, 1997-2002; 
religion: Baptist; attends Westminster Baptist Church; married to 
Natalie; children: Madison, Jeb, and Ross; committees: Financial 
Services; Foreign Affairs; Standard of Official Conduct; elected to the 
108th Congress on November 5, 2002; reelected to each succeeding 

                  Office Listings


439 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515.   (202) 225-5301
  Chief of Staff.--Darryl Broome.                          FAX: 225-3216
  Legislative Director.--James Miller.
303 West Beltline Boulevard, Anderson, SC 29625........   (864) 224-7401
115 Enterprise Court, Suite B, Greenwood, SC 29649.....   (864) 223-8251
233 Pendleton Street, NW., Aiken, SC 29801.............   (803) 649-5571

Counties: Abbeville, Aiken (part), Anderson, Edgefield, Greenwood, 
        Laurens (part), McCormick, Oconee, Pickens, Saluda. Population 
        (2000), 668,669.
ZIP Codes: 29006, 29037, 29070, 29105, 29127-29, 29138, 29166, 29178, 
        29325, 29332, 29334-35, 29351, 29355, 29360, 29370, 29384, 
        29388, 29406, 29611, 29620-28, 29630-33, 29635, 29638-49, 29653-
        59, 29661, 29664-67, 29669-73, 29675-79, 29682, 29684-86, 29689, 
        29691-93, 29695-97, 29801-05, 29808-09, 29816, 29819, 29821-22, 
        29824, 29828-29, 29831-32, 29834-35, 29838, 29840-42, 29844-45, 
        29847-48, 29850-51, 29853, 29856, 29860-61

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                             FOURTH DISTRICT

    BOB INGLIS, Republican, of Travelers Rest, SC; born in Savannah, GA, 
October 11, 1959; native of Bluffton, SC; education: May River Academy, 
Bluffton, SC, 1977; Duke University, Durham, NC, 1981; University of 
Virginia Law School, Charlottesville, VA, 1984; professional: attorney; 
admitted to the South Carolina Bar, 1984; Hunger, Maclean, Exley & Dunn 
(law firm), 1984-86; Leatherwood, Walker, Todd & Mann (law firm), 1986-
92 and 1999-2004; religion: Presbyterian; member, Redeemer Presbyterian 
Church; married: the former Mary Anne 
Williams, 1982; five children; U.S. House of Representatives, 1993-98; 
committees: Foreign Affairs; Science and Technology; elected to the 
109th Congress on November 2, 2004; reelected to each succeeding 

                  Office Listings


100 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515.   (202) 225-6030
  Chief of Staff.--Wayne Roper.                            FAX: 226-1177
  Deputy Chief of Staff / Legislative Director.--Garth
   Van Meter.
  Legislative Assistants: Whitt Hance, Marcus Huskey,
   Cynthia Lewis, Catrina Rorke, David Weil.
  Executive Assistant.--Katie Banks.
105 North Spring Street, Suite 111, Greenville, SC        (864) 232-1141
  Communications Director.--Price Atkinson.
145 North Church Street, BTC #56, Spartanburg, SC 29306   (864) 582-6422

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  Constituent Liaison: Dwayne Hatchett, Brent Troxell.

Counties: Greenville, Laurens (part), Spartanburg, Union. Population 
        (2000), 668,669.
ZIP Codes: 29031, 29178, 29301-07, 29316, 29318-24, 29329-31, 29333-36, 
        29338, 29346, 29348-49, 29353, 29356, 29364-65, 29368-69, 29372-
        79, 29385-86, 29388, 29390-91, 29395, 29564, 29601-17, 29627, 
        29644-45, 29650-52, 29654, 29661-62, 29669, 29673, 29680-81, 
        29683, 29687-88, 29690, 29698

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                             FIFTH DISTRICT

    JOHN M. SPRATT, Jr., Democrat, of York, SC; born in Charlotte, NC, 
November 1, 1942; education: graduated, York High School, 1960; A.B., 
Davidson College, 1964; president of student body and Phi Beta Kappa, 
Davidson College; M.A., economics, Oxford University, Corpus Christi 
College (Marshall Scholar), 1966; LL.B., Yale Law School, 1969; admitted 
to the South Carolina Bar in 1969; military service: active duty, U.S. 
Army, 1969-71, discharged as captain; member: Operations Analysis Group, 
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Comptroller), received 
Meritorious Service Medal; professional: private practice of law, 
Spratt, McKeown and Spratt, York, SC, 1971-82; attorney, York County, 
1973-82; president, Bank of Fort Mill, 1973-82; president, Spratt 
Insurance Agency, Inc.; president, York Chamber of Commerce; chairman, 
Winthrop College Board of Visitors; chairman, Divine Saviour Hospital 
Board; board of visitors, Davidson and Coker Colleges; president, 
Western York County United Fund; board of directors, Piedmont Legal 
Services; House of Delegates, South Carolina bar; religion: elder, First 
Presbyterian Church, York; married: Jane Stacy Spratt, 1968; children: 
Susan, Sarah, and Catherine; committees: chair, Budget; Armed Services; 
elected to the 98th Congress, November 2, 1982; reelected to each 
succeeding Congress.

                  Office Listings


1401 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC      (202) 225-5501
  Chief of Staff.--Dawn O'Connell.                         FAX: 225-0464
  Deputy Chief of Staff / Communications Director.--
   Chuck Fant.
P.O. Box 350, Rock Hill, SC 29731......................   (803) 327-1114
  District Administrator.--Robert Hopkins.
707 Bultman Drive, Sumter, SC 29150....................   (803) 773-3362
88 Public Square, Darlington, SC 29532-0025............   (843) 393-3998

Counties: Cherokee, Chester, Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, 
        Fairfield, Florence (part), Kershaw, Lancaster, Lee, Marlboro, 
        Newberry, Sumter (part), York. Population (2000), 668,668.
ZIP Codes: 29009-10, 29014-16, 29020, 29031-32, 29036-37, 29040, 29045, 
        29055, 29058, 29065, 29067, 29069, 29074-75, 29078-79, 29101-02, 
        29104, 29106, 29108, 29122, 29126-28, 29130, 29132, 29145, 
        29150-54, 29161, 29163, 29175-76, 29178, 29180, 29203, 29218, 
        29307, 29323, 29330, 29332, 29340-42, 29355, 29372, 29501, 
        29506, 29512, 29516, 29520, 29525, 29532, 29536, 29540, 29543, 
        29547, 29550-51, 29563, 29565, 29567, 29570, 29573-74, 29581, 
        29584, 29592-94, 29596, 29654, 29702-04, 29706, 29708-10, 29712, 
        29714-18, 29720-22, 29724, 29726-32, 29734, 29741-45

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                             SIXTH DISTRICT

    JAMES E. CLYBURN, Democrat, of Columbia, SC; born in Sumter, SC, 
July 21, 1940; education: graduated, Mather Academy, Camden, SC, 1957; 
B.S., South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, 1962; attended 
University of South Carolina Law School, Columbia, 1972-74; 
professional: South Carolina State Human Affairs Commissioner; assistant 
to the Governor for Human Resource Development; executive director, 
South Carolina Commission for Farm Workers, Inc.; director, Neighborhood 
Youth Corps and New Careers; counselor, South Carolina Employment 
Security Commission; member: lifetime member, NAACP; Southern Regional 
Council; Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.; Arabian Temple, No. 139; Nemiah 
Lodge No. 51 F&AM; married: the former Emily England; children: Mignon, 
Jennifer and Angela; elected vice chair, Democratic Caucus, 2002; chair, 
Democratic Caucus 2006; Majority Whip; elected on November 3, 1992, to 
the 103rd Congress; reelected to each succeeding Congress.

                  Office Listings


2135 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC        (202) 225-3315

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  Chief of Staff.--Yelberton Watkins.                      FAX: 225-2313
  Deputy Chief of Staff.--Barvetta Singletary.
  Legislative Director.--Danny Cromer.
  Scheduler.--Jennie Chaplin.
1225 Lady Street, Suite 200, Columbia, SC 29201........   (803) 799-1100
  District Director.--Robert Nance.
181 East Evans Street, Suite 314, Post Office Box 6286,   (803) 662-1212
 Florence, SC 29502....................................
176 Brooks Boulevard, Santee, SC 29142.................   (803) 854-4700

Counties: Bamberg County. Cities and townships: Bamberg, Denmark, 
        Erhardt, Olar. Berkeley County (part). Cities and townships: 
        Bethera, Cross, Daniel Island, Huger, Jamestown, Pineville, 
        Russellville, Saint Stephen, Wando. Calhoun County (part). City 
        of: Cameron, Creston, Fort Motte, St. Matthews. Charleston 
        County (part). Cities and townships: Adams Run, Charleston, 
        Edisto Island, Hollywood, Johns Island, Ravenel, Wadmalaw 
        Island. Clarendon County. Cities and townships: Alcolu, Davis 
        Station, Gable, Manning, New Zion, Rimini, Summerton, 
        Turbeville. Colleton County. Cities and townships: Ashton, 
        Cottageville, Green Pond, Hendersonville, Islandton, 
        Jacksonboro, Lodge, Ritter, Round O, Smoaks, Walterboro, 
        Williams. Dorchester County (part). Cities and townships: 
        Dorchester, Harleyville, Reevesville, Ridgeville, Rosinville, 
        Saint George. Florence County (part). Cities and townships: 
        Coward, Effingham, Florence, Johnsonville, Lake City, Olanta, 
        Pamplico, Quinby, Scranton, Timmonsville. Georgetown County 
        (part). Cities and townships: Andrews, Outland, Sampit. Marion 
        County. Cities and townships: Centenary, Gresham, Marion, 
        Mullins, Nichols, Rains, Sellers. Lee County (part). Cities and 
        townships: Elliott, Lynchburg. Orangeburg County (part). Cities 
        and townships: Bowman, Branchville, Cardova, Cope, Elloree, 
        Eutawville, Holly Hill, Norway, Orangeburg, Rowesville, Santee, 
        Vance. Richland County (part). Cities and townships: Blythewood, 
        Columbia, Eastover, Gadsden, Hopkins. Sumter County (part). 
        Cities and townships: Mayesville, Oswego, Pinewood, Sumter. 
        Williamsburg County. Cities and townships: Cades, Greeleyville, 
        Hemingway, Kingstree, Lane, Nesmith, Salters, and Trio. 
        Population (2000), 668,670.
ZIP Codes: 29001, 29003, 29006, 29010, 29018, 29030, 29038-42, 29044-48, 
        29051-52, 29056, 29059, 29061-62, 29078, 29080-82, 29102, 29104, 
        29107, 29111, 29113-15, 29117-18, 29125, 29128, 29130, 29133, 
        29135, 29142-43, 29146, 29148, 29150, 29153-54, 29161-63, 29168, 
        29201-05, 29208-09, 29211, 29214-17, 29220, 29223, 29225, 29228, 
        29230, 29240, 29250, 29403, 29405-06, 29409, 29415, 29418, 
        29426, 29430-38, 29440, 29446-50, 29452-53, 29461, 29466, 29468, 
        29470-72, 29474-77, 29479, 29481, 29488, 29492-93, 29501-06, 
        29510, 29518-19, 29530, 29541, 29546, 29554-56, 29560, 29565, 
        29571, 29574, 29580-81, 29583, 29589-92, 29817, 29843, 29929, 
29931, 29945 Population (2000), 668,668.
ZIP Codes: 29401-07, 29410, 29412-14, 29416-20, 29422-25, 29429, 29436, 
        29439-40, 29442, 29445, 29449, 29451, 29455-58, 29461, 29464-66, 
        29469-70, 29472, 29474-75, 29482-85, 29487, 29511, 29526-28, 
        29544-45, 29566, 
        29568-69, 29572, 29575-79, 29581-82, 29585, 29587-88, 29597-98

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Palmetto State's Wildest Weekend!

25th Annual Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic
Admission: $6 Adults, $5 Seniors, Kids 10 and under FREE!
The Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic is this weekend at the State Fairgrounds in Columbia. Classic-goers will find the latest fishing, hunting and outdoor equipment for show and sale. 

Editor's Note: Click on the links for additional information. Link

Also featured:
  • Live entertainment
  • Hunting and fishing seminars
  • Live wildlife
  • Archery demonstrations and more!
State Fairgrounds, Columbia, SC
The Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic - is a hunting, fishing and outdoor show emphasizing free events for the family.

March 27, 200912 p.m. - 8 p.m.
March 28, 20099 a.m. - 7 p.m.
March 29, 200911 a.m. - 6 p.m.

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Five Military Veterans Honored by the Lottie Green Chapter of the UDC

Bishopville, SC
Updated March 24, 2010

The fellowship hall of the Presbyterian Church, Sunday, March 21, 2010, was the scene of a standing room only ceremony as family and friends gathered to honor five local military veterans. The event was hosted by the Lottie Green Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

Photo Courtesy of Retta D. Tindal
 M. Graham Drayton, F. Garner Tindall, Hugh Tindal, III,
Cheryl O. Cole, Michael H. Jeffords
Forrest Garner Tindall received the World War II Cross of Military Service. Garner was a Sergeant in the Army Air Corps, 367th Bomb Squadron, 306 Bomb Group and is the great-grandson of William Thomas Hill of Darlington County.

Marion Graham Drayton, a great-grandson of Thomas Addison Graham, received the Vietnam Cross of Military Service. Graham was a Major in the United States Army.

Hugh Tindal, III, served as a Radioman 2 for the United States Navy aboard the USS Ranger also received the Vietnam Conflict Cross of Military Service. Hugh is the great-great-grandson of James Burrell Tindal of Clarendon County.

Michael Hamilton Jeffords served as a sergeant in the 2020th Command Center, United States Air Force, during the Vietnam Conflict and received the National Defense Medal. He is the great-great- grandson of Oscar Fitzland Chappell of Richland County.

The World War II Cross of Military Service was presented posthumously to Guy Ritch O'Kelley, Sr., the grandson of George Washington Kelly.  Mrs. Cheryl O'Kelley Cole received the award on behalf of her father. Mrs. Cole is also the president of the Lottie Green Chapter in Lee County.

Retta D. Tindal, President of the South Carolina Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, presided at the ceremony assisted by Jeannette G. Taylor, Parliamentarian for the South Carolina Division, acting as Recorder of Military Service Awards.

Members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Joseph B. Kershaw Camp 82 from Camden, SC provided the color guard. They were Ed Westbury, Tripp Wilson, Gary Felder, Gregg Boykin, and Joseph Matheson.

The Cross of Military Service is an outgrowth of the Southern Cross of Honor that was awarded to Confederate veterans between 1900 and 1913. In 1898, the United Daughters of the Confederacy conceived the idea of bestowing the Southern Cross of Honor on Confederate Veterans. Between 1900 and 1913, over 78,000 crosses were bestowed.

Seventeen World War I Crosses were awarded by the Lottie Green Chapter between 1919 and 1927. Among the seventeen were such notable Bishopville citizens as Henry C. Jennings, Harry Woodward, Francis John DesChamps, Robert Calvin McCutchen, John M. Rhame, and James Davidson Heriot. All seventeen World War I veterans were the sons and grandson of Confederate soldiers.

Monday, March 22, 2010

In Small Communities Across the South the Person Next to You Could be a Relative

Family tree, relativesYou don't have to travel very far to find relative's much like I did back in the 1960's while stationed at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas.

Shoot... you can find yourself sitting in some exotic location in Bishopville; similar to the location Nina Nash (Swami) chose this past February while in town for the Gathering of the Classes Reunion Celebration.

Apparently, the experience made a huge impression upon Nina for she even wrote about the newly found addition to family on her site 'Let's Celebrate South Carolina' 

Now, if I can only get her to spell my last name correctly..... just teasing Nina.... I'm perfectly happy to be called to the dinner table each day.

Re-post -Mrs. McCoy's 4th Grade Class - Bishopville Grammar School 1952

We are re-publishing this photograph of one class of the third grade. We believe there is another third grade class photo out there somewhere showing our other classmates. 

From left to right:

First Row: Jane Ferguson, Sylvia Skinner, Christine Smith, Frankie Kelley, Mary Ann Baskin, Not Identified
Second Row: Barrie Cunningham, Not Identified, Billie Raye Dampier, Susan Scurry, Barbara Reynolds, Jean, Not IdentifiedNot Identified
Third Row: Alma Joyce Smith, Joyce Walters, Brenda Cumalander, Suzanne McCutchen, Carey Kilgore, Not Identified
Fourth Row: Johnny Reames, George O'Kelley, Not Identified, Val Green, Dickey Bridgeman, John Hope Shuford, Jimmy Moore
Fifth Row:  Not Identified, Billy Clyburn, Butch Williams, Mrs. McCoy, Jimmy Dowling, Not IdentifiedNot Identified

Friday, March 19, 2010

Want to go Fishing and Don't have the Equipment?

March 19, 2010 SCDNR

Fishing Tackle Loaner Program 

Fishing TackleThe fish are biting! Are you ready to go catch them? Whether you are a first-time angler who wants to learn, or an age old pro looking to catch dinner, you can check out fishing equipment from one of several South Carolina Fishing Tackle Loaner Program Sites. At an official FTLP site, you can borrow a rod, reel and tackle box... everything but the fish! FTLP sites also have helpful hints on topics such as tying knots, rigging a line, what bait to use, and other information you need to know to be prepared for your first fishing trip.
A day of fishing is a wonderful way to enjoy spending time outdoors with friends and family.
SCDNR Fishing Tackle Loaner Program
Attn: Lorianne Riggin
1000 Assembly Street
P.O. Box 167
Columbia, SC 29202
For more information, call (803) 734-8483

Map of Fishing Tackle Loaner Program Sites
  1. Aiken State Natural Area 
    1145 State Park Road
    Windsor, SC  29856
  2. Barnwell State Park
    223 State Park Road
    Blackville, SC 29817
  3. Calhoun Falls Recreation Area
    46 Maintenance Shop Road
    Calhoun Falls, SC  29628
  4. Cheraw State Park100 State Park Road
    Cheraw, SC  29520
  5. Colleton State Park
    147 Wayside Lane
    Canadys, SC  29433
  6. Croft State Natural Area
    180 Croft State Park Road
    Spartanburg, SC  29302
  7. DNR Clemson Office
    311 Natural Resources Drive
    Clemson, SC 29631
  8. DNR Columbia Office
    1000 Assembly Street
    Columbia, SC  29201
  9. Devils Fork State Park
    161Holcombe Road
    Salem, SC  29676
  10. Dreher Island State Park
    3677 State Park Road
    Prosperity, SC  29127
  11. Edisto Beach State Park
    8377 State Cabin Road
    Edisto Island, SC 29438
  12. Givhans Ferry State Park
    746 Givhans Ferry Road
    Ridgeville, SC  29472
  13. Hamilton Branch State Recreation Area
    111 Campground Road
    Plum Branch, SC  29845
  14. Hickory Knob State Park
    1591 Resort Drive
    McCormick, SC  29835
  1. Horry County Parks and Recreation 
    2830 Oak Street
    Conway, SC 29526
  2. Hunting Island State Park
    2555 Sea Island Parkway
    Hunting Island, SC  29920
  3. Kings Mountain State Park
    1277 Park Road
    Blacksburg, SC  29702
  4. Lake Greenwood State

    302 State Park Road
    Ninety Six, SC 29666
  5. Lake Hartwell State Recreation Area
    19138-A Hwy 11 S
    Fair Play, SC  29643
  6. Lake Warren State Park
    1079 Lake Warren Road
    Hampton, SC  29924
  7. Lake Wateree State Park
    881 State Park Road
    Winnsboro, SC 29180
  8. Lakewood Camping Resort
    5901 S. Kings Hwy
    Myrtle Beach, SC 29575
  9. Lee State Natural Area
    487 Loop Road
    Bishopville, SC  29010
  10. Oconee State Park 
    624 State Park Road
    Mountain Rest, SC  29664
  11. Poinsett State Park 
    6660 Poinsett Park Road Wedgefield, SC 29168
  12. Sesquicentennial State Park
    9564 Two Notch Road Columbia, SC  29223
  13. Table Rock State Park
    158 E. Ellison Lane
    Pickens, SC  29672

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Three Man Lynchburg Police Force Lose Cruiser to Vandals Early Saturday Morning


March 16, 2010

“I expect an arrest real soon”, Lynchburg Police Chief Charles L. Lewis said about the fire, which burned one of their unmarked cruisers early Saturday morning. Chief Lewis added, “I’ve been with the Lynchburg Police Department for twelve years, seven of those years as Chief…” The Chief said he has never experienced anything like the weekend vandalism in all the years he has in law enforcement.

“I got the call from dispatch around three thirty in the morning telling me that one of my cruisers was on fire. When I got there they already had the fire out. A couple of deputy’s was there and we began to look around”, the Chief stated. “One of the first things we noticed was the lid on the gas tank was open and the cap was off. We saw paper stuffed down in the pipe.” The Chief added, “There was a lot of paper, stuff that had been inside the car…” including a ticket book, “…on the ground on the right side,” he added, “We found a set of handcuffs that was in the car on the trunk of the cruiser parked next to it”. “We think they wanted to take the cuffs but forgot them,” the Chief said. Continuing he added, “…we believe the fire was started inside the right passenger side on the seat. That was the hot spot, the right side.” continuing, “... the cruiser parked next to the one burnt suffered a little damage to the police insignia on the door.”

“SLED came and took all the evidence back for processing…” the Chief said adding;”… we ought to get some good fingerprints”. “This is a big loss for our town,” Lewis continued,  “ the department has five cars; we use four for patrolling”.  Asked how he would operate now that the department has lost a cruiser Lewis said, “Including me, right now we are a three man department”, explaining that a couple of former employees have left the department so the loss of the cruiser would not change the way he ran the department. When asked where he lives the Chief said, “I live in Florence,” adding, “None of my officers live in the county”, meaning Lee County.

Chief Lewis asks that anyone with information call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. You can also use the online tip form.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Joyce Skinner - March 12, 2010

Bishopville, SC 
March 13, 2010

Funeral services for Joyce Skinner, age 88, who passed away March 12, will be held Monday at 2:00 pm at the Hebron United Methodist Church in Lee County. Rev. Ryan Riley will officiate. more information

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Nine Years in Law Enforcement Ends in Arrest for Lee County Man

Lee County News

Bishopville, SC

Multiple media sources have been reporting that James McCutchen Reddick, 55 of 
129 St. Charles Road in Bishopville, SC is without a job and facing three counts of pointing and presenting a firearm, driving under the influence in addition to having an open container (broken seal) of alcohol in his... more information

Monday, March 08, 2010

Funeral Services Announced for Lee County Woman Who Died Trying to Protect Her Husband

Ethel Mae Horton, 65, died of a heart attack Thursday, March 4, 2010 at her home while defending her husband from an attack by a relative's 10 year old Pit Bull Terrier. 

According to media reports, Mr. Horton, 75,  was feeding his dogs in his back yard, when the Terrier, whom the Horton's were temporarily tending for a relative, pulled free of its tethering chain. Mrs. Horton succumbed while attempting to protect her husband.

According to Lee County Coroner Alford Elmore, an autopsy performed Friday, March 5, 2010 revealed that Ethel Horton had an enlarged heart and that she died as a result of the heart attack and not the mauling by the dog.

Mr. Horton is expected to be released from the hospital soon. His condition was not available at post time. 

Mrs. Horton's funeral announcements were made today. More information

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Local Man Killed, Hartsville Woman Injured in Motorcycle Accident

Lee County News

According to an article by Randy Burns, in The Sumter Item, Alex L. Raley, 50 of Bishopville, SC was killed in a motorcycle accident Thursday morning.

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