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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The Item: News - Lee candidates forum set for Thursday

Updated 10:00 a. m.

Across the nation many political incumbents are finding themselves sitting at home re-familiarizing themselves with family after the votes have been tallied. The question "Will Lee County voters show up with brooms in hand?" to sweep incumbents out of office looms large. Are Lee County voters fed-up with their leaders and opt for change?

That question will soon be answered but in the meantime, the local chapter of the NAACP, recognizing the importance of these contests, once again has moved to center stage by organizing a public forum where questions for the candidates will be gathered from those in attendance.

Here is how the political scene stacks up:

  • Matt Bramlett has broom in hand as he opposes incumbent Gordon Eckley for the council seat in District 4.
  • Frank Brent Millican hopes to show voters he has what it takes to unseat long time council member Charles Arthur Beasley for the seat in District 6.
  • Ebbie Myers is chomping at the bit and is pitted against incumbent Sam McCutchen for the County seat in District 7
  • The coveted District 50 House seat in Columbia is up for grabs as Ennis Bryant seeks the position long held by incumbent Grady Brown.
And then there is the race for the office of Sheriff of Lee County. This one should prove to be the most watched. The office vacated as the result of the recent arrest on federal and state drug charges of former Sheriff E. J. Melvin is being sought after by five candidates: Tyrell Cato, Tillman Smith, Lloyd Greer, Jimmy Tidwell, and acting Sheriff, Daniel Simon.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

More than 50 graduate from Bishopville academy | SCNow

Smiling Faces Toss Tassels in Lee County

More than 50 graduate from Bishopville academy | SCNow

Greenville rolls out the red carpet for visit by Prince Edward | greenvilleonline.com | The Greenville News

England's Prince Edwards Comes to Upstate

Greenville rolls out the red carpet for visit by Prince Edward | greenvilleonline.com | The Greenville News

Friday, May 21, 2010

The Item: News - Lee official charged with growing pot

It is not summer yet as evidenced by the spring cleaning still going on in Lee County... take the rug out and give it a good shake... sometimes it is amazing the amount of dirt you remove.

What more could be embedded in the county's rugs?

The Item: News - Lee official charged with growing pot

Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Item: News - Megasite recognized nationally


Helter-Skelter... No, I'm not referring to the Charles Manson scenario about war or the many other spin-offs... I'm referring to the seemingly careless hurried and confused manner Lee County elected officials conduct the business of the people.

The citizens of Lee County have part ownership in 1400 acres of land that has been sitting mostly in an embryonic state with the greater part of it sitting in a county that does not even share a border with Lee County. In fact all of the land is east of the I-95 corridor. Last I looked at a map of Lee County, I-95 does not appear. What's that old saying... "Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades."

Another mystifying side to this ‘Megasite’ deal is that all this started in 2006 with only three counties, Clarendon, Sumter and Lee owning a ‘slice of the pie’. In 2009 Williamsburg bought a portion of that pie which in my calculation reduces the size portions for the other three counties. Just what are the percentages of ownership for the various pies and how are they determined?

It’s now 2010 folks are we shooting in the dark here? Is this a wild guess, an attempt that has little chance of success? Can we continue this paper chase? Is this a case of build it and they will come? Being named to a nationwide list of “Top 10 Sites in the South that Will Eventually Land ‘The Big One’” does not automatically ensure that it will happen. Where is the Megasite located on the list, first, fourth, tenth?

Spin that roulette wheel again Ma we are bound to hit a winner… Eventually?
The Item: News - Megasite recognized nationally

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Item: News - Tidwell to make another run for Lee sheriff

Apparently Jimmy Tidwell thinks the people of Lee County don't trust former Sheriff 'Big Dog' Melvin's personnel, claiming that someone "... not associated with the Melvin administration..." would be more trustworthy.

Tidwell's statement, "... I will retain good employees..." tells us that he thinks there are bad employees working in the Sheriff's office today!

Tidwell, who last ran as a Republican is now a Democrat! Apparently, the point is to get elected no matter what!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Workers Fired for Misconduct Still Getting Benefits wltx.com | Columbia, SC News, Weather and Sports |

Unwritten agency policy allows fired workers to receive over $200 million dollars in illegal benefits from the South Carolina Employment Security Commission and our state lawmakers are bothered... ???? !!!!!!

That fact is bad enough but add to this outrageous information the fact that the agency's 'hearing officers say they remain bound by a (non-existent) policy' therefore, fired workers are continuing to receive benefits they don't deserve. These people at this agency are waiting word from someone other than agency heads to tell them to stop a practice that should have never been started in the first place.

Lawmakers enacted a law over a month ago that should have stopped the practice. Are these agency leaders dunderheads?

Unbelievable!!!



Workers Fired for Misconduct Still Getting Benefits wltx.com | Columbia, SC News, Weather and Sports |

Tomato Tips - 10 Tips for Growing Great Tomatoes

Love fresh produce? Don't have a garden?

Well, here are ten indications that your neighbor has a garden:

10. Dirty finger nails
9. Green stains on knees
8. Seen lugging large bags of mulch about
7. Wearing of straw hats early in the morning
6. Never buys vegetables at the grocery
5. Marvelous tan
4. Brings you buckets of freshly picked strawberries or other seasonal produce
3. Always has a hoe, shovel, rake or wheelbarrow close by
2. Drinking from a garden hose is a common scene


And the number one give-away that your neighbor has a garden are the ever present coveralls!

Tomato Tips - 10 Tips for Growing Great Tomatoes





The Item: News - Acting sheriff running to be full-time sheriff

The Item: News - Acting sheriff running to be full-time sheriff:

Before being appointed as Acting Sheriff, Daniel Simon was an Administrative Major with the Lee County Sheriff's office and indicates that he did not interact with former Sheriff E.J. Melvin on a daily basis and as a result had limited knowledge of the departments business. Simon is married to A. Nicole Simon, a former Bishopville Chief of Police.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Tillman Smith - In His Own Words on Why He Should be Elected Sheriff of Lee County


Bishopville, SC
May 16, 2010

Tillman Smith - In His Own Words on Why He Should be Elected Sheriff of Lee County

     Thank you for the opportunity to tell you about my candidacy in the up-coming special sheriff's election for Lee County. First I'll give you a little information about myself.

     My name is Tillman Smith and I am 43 years old.  I was born and raised in the Stokes Bridge community... more information

Friday, May 14, 2010

Robert "Wayne" Smith May 19, 1942 - May 13, 2010

Bishopville, SC
May 14, 2010

Robert "Wayne" Smith, 67, went to be with his Lord on May 13, 2010 at his home surrounded by his family. More information

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Item: News - Some question charges against Melvin

Indignation among the black community in Lee County over the arrest of ex-Sheriff E. J. Melvin.

Family members claim law enforcement guns pointed at the former sheriff at the time of his arrest is excessive force.

Claims and rumors that Melvin was conducting a one-man investigation into drug crimes are circulating in the county.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story

If you are into politics, then you will want to see THE LEE ATWATER STORY.

Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story

The Item: News - Lee expected to approve buying used equipment

An old saying may apply here: "You May be Buying Somebody Else's Problems When You Buy Used Equipment!"

The Item: News - Lee expected to approve buying used equipment

Arborist rescues Hartsville cat stuck for weeks in tree | SCNow

A friend, who shall remain nameless, is all too familiar with cats stuck in trees.

Happy Mother's Day





OPED: Southern speech requires practice and dancing with the drawl | SCNow

True Southerners will get a kick out of this. All the rest who have been transplanted on our soil 'can only scratch they's heads in wonderment.'

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Former Lee County sheriff out of jail on federal drug charges - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Today the former Sheriff of Lee County begins his defense at home.

Wearing a ball cap and sunglasses borrowed from a fellow inmate, E. Jerome Melvin hoped to leave the Lexington County Detention Center un-noticed yesterday, but his disguise was for naught...

Former Lee County sheriff out of jail on federal drug charges - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Fugitive charged in bomb threat captured on isle

This gentleman got out of bed on the wrong side...

Fugitive charged in bomb threat captured on isle

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Reception Honoring Newly Elected Council Member

On Bishopville City Council's agenda for Tuesday, May 11, 2010 is a reception which is to follow the swearing in ceremony for councils newest member, Wesley Drayton. See the Public Meetings page for more information.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Meet Governor John C. Calhoun - Tuesday, May 11, 2010



Lee County Historical Society

The monthly meeting of the Lee County Historical Society will be held on Tuesday, May 11, at 7:00 p.m. at the South Carolina Cotton Museum, 121 West Cedar Lane. 

Dr. Joseph T. Stukes, director and speaker of the Joe Stukes History Series in Florence, SC, will be our guest. He will give his historical impersonation of... more information

Leila Brown Anderson Martin Corbett- Monday, May 3, 2010

Bishopville, SC
May 5, 2010

Leila Brown Anderson Martin Corbett, 95, widow of Spencer James Anderson, Sr.; Jean Allen Martin, and Archie O'Dell Corbett, died Monday, May 3, 2010 at Tuomey Regional Medical Center after a brief illness. more information


Tuesday, May 04, 2010

The Item: News - Simon is acting sheriff

The newly appointed 'acting' sheriff says "Nothing has changed in the Sheriff's office..." meaning it is business as usual... let's hope Simon can bring some dignity and trust back to the office of Sheriff.

The Item: News - Simon is acting sheriff

The Item: News - Melvin denied bond

Family sticks by former sheriff -- says he will be exonerated -- pleads with Lee County residents not to prejudge....

The Item: News - Melvin denied bond

Shocka! Nigerian Email Scam Originates in Greenville : Greenville Dragnet

Today's poll "Have you ever been scammed?"



Shocka! Nigerian Email Scam Originates in Greenville : Greenville Dragnet

Monday, May 03, 2010

The Item: News - Bishopville council election is Tuesday

The Item: News - Bishopville council election is Tuesday

Will the turnout to elect a new councilman be a disappointment or will the voters get off the couch and do their duty?

Do you plan to go to the polls?

The Item: News - Melvin spends weekend behind bars

Randy Burns, reporter for the The Item Newspaper in Sumter, SC says that Melvin is expected to hear the charges against him at 2:30 p.m. today.

Lee County Sheriff to be in court on federal drug charge | SCNow

In our 'not so equal justice' for all system will we see more of the same 'slap on the wrist' or some real justice?

Lee County Sheriff to be in court on federal drug charge | SCNow

Sunday, May 02, 2010

WEB EXTRA: Indicted sheriff led WIS on a drug raid in 2004 - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

I guess it only takes a couple of years to learn how to be corrupt. Former Lee County Sheriff once taunted a suspected drug dealer back in 2004, "Tell them I'm coming every day, every night," Melvin taunted one suspected dealer. "They just opened up a can of whoop-ass they can't put a lid on." link


Looks as if the Feds have put the lid on this drug dealer.

WEB EXTRA: Indicted sheriff led WIS on a drug raid in 2004 - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

UPDATE: Lee Co. Sheriff, 6 others arrested on drug charges - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

At 6:30 am this morning the temperature was 74 degrees on my back porch.... that is nothing compared to the heat facing Lee County's Sheriff Melvin!

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Latest issue of S.C. Statehouse Report -- South Carolina's legislative and policy forecast

I don't know if any of you subscribe to this website. I find it to be informative. Check it out.

Bishopville High School Class of 1965 Reunion


Bishopville High School Class of '65 will have a 45-year reunion on Saturday, June 12, 2010, at the Pilot Home on Barnett Drive in Bishopville.  The reunion will begin at 6:00 p.m.  Friends and associates from other classes are welcome to attend.
 
No money is due, and classmates do not have to let anyone know whether they are coming.  They can just show up.  Everyone is asked to bring one hors d'oeuvre (sandwiches, dip, chips, etc.) and a cooler with their choice of beverages.  Soft drinks, ice, and paper products will be provided.
 
Requirements to attend: 
1.  You should know someone from the Class of '65.
2.  Casual dress.
3.  Some enthusiasm about hanging out with a bunch of 63-year olds. 

Information provided by Retta D. Tindal


Are You There?

Just a short note to all my friends and readers... It has been awhile since I spent some time at the computer and I must say that the fingers seem to be a little more stiff than in the past... just typing those few words cause me to pause and rub my hands together absentmindedly, hoping against hope that I can make them a bit more limber.

The words are in my head but by the time my fingers are ready to transfer them to the screen I've forgotten what it was that I wanted to say. A sign of my age I suppose... a fact I am trying to ignore but my body tells me I can't. Hey, I stopped looking at the stranger residing in my bathroom long ago. (Wall mirrors! I dislike them.) I preferred to go with what my mind was telling me; that I was still a young man in my prime and could do things any twenty year old could do... What a liar! There is no doubt that my mind is ultra-conservative; feeding me all that misinformation.

I miss you guys so if you can get your fingers to dance across the keys, type me a note; let me know you're really out there! I haven't heard from many of you in a while.




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