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Saturday, July 31, 2010

The Item: News - Secret Service won't charge former sheriff's sergeant

The Item: News - Secret Service won't charge former sheriff's sergeant: "Jennifer Timmons, spokeswoman for the State Law Enforcement Division, confirmed in an e-mail that SLED is still investigating Dukes' house fire from last spring.
'This is the fourth investigation, and we have come up clean,' Dukes said, referring to the Secret Service case. 'Whenever you put your faith in God and your family and the community - the people that know you are good people - no one else can bring evil to you. I would like to thank my friends and my community for the prayers, the calls, the texts and a special thanks to you all who went out of your way to give me a hug or an uplifting word.'"

The Item: News - Lee County nears contract with Pee Dee EMS

photo: South Carolina Association of Counties
"Lee County Council and Pee Dee Regional Emergency Medical Services, headquartered in Florence, are nearing formal agreement on a plan to provide temporary management and supervision to the county EMS department.  Council Chairman Charles Arthur Beasley said Thursday that the action is not intended in any way to dissolve the county EMS department, but is being done to strengthen the management of the department while the county seeks a new director. 'We have already interviewed a couple of applicants for the director's position,' he said. 'We hope to have a new director in a few weeks.'"

The Item: News - Lee NAACP to give away school supplies

The Item: News - Lee NAACP to give away school supplies: "Lines are expected to form early for the Back-to-School Supplies Giveaway, scheduled to begin 6 p.m. Thursday at Dennis Community Center, 410 W. Cedar Lane.
Hannah Hickman, one of the event's organizers, said this year's back-to-school event has a new name.
'We're calling it our Annual Back-to-School Supplies Give-Away,' she said.
Other groups are having back-to-school bashes, but the primary focus of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's event is to reach out to students and their families with school supplies, Hickman said."

The Item: News - Bishopville artist wins 'Famously Hot' contest

The Item: News - Bishopville artist wins 'Famously Hot' contest: "McClung, formerly Katie Van Bercklelaer, is the daughter of Bishopville artist Susan Ciotti, who owns the Accidential Artist studio in Bishopville. She is the granddaughter of Jean and Harry Woodmansee of Bishopville."

Friday, July 30, 2010

Mr. Sunshine � Images of Bishopville

People, good people make a community and Robert "Mr. Sunshine" Melton was a good person.

"Robert was the second child born to Mary Marche Melton and Joseph Melton. He had four siblings and they all joked that they had been born in 1910 and, since birth certificates were not yet required in South Carolina, that’s the year he went with. As with many African-American children of the day, Robert had little formal education. He went to school as a boy a few months out of the year, when he wasn’t working on the farm. Despite these drawbacks, he was well-educated, just not in a schoolhouse. He once remarked to a friend that he couldn’t see trying to learn more in books when he could learn on his own."

Walkowitz Children

Rachael Bowman Bradbury has a request and sent the following message in hopes of finding an answer:

I am proofreading the book for the absolute last time and came across one other item you might be able to help with. I am looking for the names of the Walkowitzes children. I have a picture of a girl when she was about 4 or 5 and I can read "Walkowitz" but not her first name. Do you know anyone born about 1950 that I could ask? If I don't get it, it's not a big deal. It actually looks like her name is "Teen." ???? Thanks!!
If you can help Rachael with this I'm sure she will be most appreciative. You can email me or use the comment section below; also I'm sharing this post with my friends on Facebook so that gives you another option for any replies. Additionally, you may want to visit Rachael's web page "Images of Bishopville" to learn about her book
Thanks Natives... somehow you always seem to provide the answers to the tough questions. 

A Tour of The Sweetest Town in SC, Strangest Name | Columbia, SC News, Weather and Sports |

photo: Roadside America
"When you get to town, there's one sign that welcomes you to Sugar Tit. That sign shares a post with an advertisement for Joe's, the only business in town besides the track."

The town's acknowledged historian, Kenneth Tucker: "Grandma says they used to get flour sacks and wash them out. They'd fill 'em with sugar and molasses and cut a corner of the bag," he said.
Tucker says that's what they would use to pacify babies. "They called those things Sugar Tits," Tucker concluded, "And there's the town name."

Lawmakers want to know what SC State did with millions in tax money - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

photo: SCDOT

" (Rep. Chip) Limehouse says  SC State is not turning over financial records. 'When the Legislative Audit Council started making inquiries, SC State is saying, essentially, the dog ate our homework, is the excuse for not having the records,' said Limehouse."
"We have recently witnessed the dark side of a rush to judgment in the Shirley Sherrod case. Now we have the same sordidness being directed towards South Carolina State University." Congressman Jim Clyburn (photo: Carolina Politics On Line)

Thursday, July 29, 2010

S.C. Politics Today

B82394431Z.1_20100720201413_000+GDR1H857C.3-0.standalone.prod_affiliate.74[1]Graham: “They come here to have babies. They come here to drop a child – it’s called drop and leave…that attracts people here for all the wrong reasons.”

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"Appearing on Fox News, (Senator Lindsay) Graham said children of illegal immigrants should not automatically be granted citizenship If born in the United States. Graham said eliminating birthright citizenship would help prevent another wave of immigration decades down the road."

Alvin Greene Campaign Manager Suzanne Coe: His Honesty is Refreshing | Columbia, SC News, Weather and Sports |

Honesty refers to a facet of moral character and denotes positive, virtuous attributes such as integrity, truthfulness, and straightforwardness along with the absence of lying, cheating, or theft, and according to Suzanne Coe, "'If Alvin tells you he's hiking the Appalachian Trail, he really would be hiking the Appalachian Trail... You can believe what he says. He wants to do the job because he thinks things are really wrong, and it's not for his own self-interest.'"


SC bases not picked for F-35 fighter : News : WACH

Shaw AFB will not get the new F-35 Fighter

"The Air Force has chosen bases in Arizona, Florida, Utah and Vermont to serve as homes to the U.S. Air Force's pricey new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter."

Edward E. Kurowski - July 29, 2010

Bishopville, SC
July 29, 2010

Edward E. Kurowski, 85, died Thursday, July 29, 2010 at the Kershaw Health Medical Center in Camden.

Born in Schenectady, NY, he was a son of the late Harold Kurowski and the late Emma Outerhoudt Kurowski.

Survivors include one daughter, Shirley Thomas; one son, Leo T. Kurowski, two brothers, Stanley Kurowski, and Leo Kurowski; and one sister-in-law, Martha Kurowski.

He was preceded in death by a son, Edward E. Kurowski, II, and a brother, Harold P. Kurowski.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the Ashwood Church of the Nazarene, 2145 Green Ln., Bishopville, SC 29010.

Hancock-Elmore-Hill Funeral Home of Bishopville is in charge of the arrangements.

Summerville proposes new tough immigration ordinance |

Another Community Sees the Need for Immigration Reform

"Summerville Councilman Walter Bailey has proposed an ordinance requiring most employers to check the immigration status of workers. It would also require those who rent homes or apartments in town to prove they are citizens or in the country legally."

Facebook Personal Info of 100 Million Users Published | Columbia, SC News, Weather and Sports |

Now Everybody Will Have Their Fifteen Minutes of Fame!

Facebook Personal Info of 100 Million Users Published | Columbia, SC News, Weather and Sports |: "(CBS News) - An internet security consultant has collected and published limited personal data on about 100 million Facebook users in a move he says was meant to highlight concerns over the company's much-maligned privacy settings, reports the BBC."

The Item: News - Greene drops campaign adviser, hires another

Breaking News!

Royalty Free RF Clipart Illustration Of Blind Justice Holing Scales And A Sword Over A Laurel by pauloribau

"Donna Warren said Wednesday she no longer represents Greene, a Manning native, in his long-shot bid to oust Republican U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint. Warren lives in Los Angeles and had been working for free for Greene's campaign for several weeks. She says Greene has hired Greenville attorney Suzanne Coe to manage his campaign."

Protect your computer in a storm : News : WACH

Better Safe Than Sorry

"When it comes to protecting your electronics Miano says it's best to invest in a quality surge protector, pointing out that the best ones will cost you more than $20.

But if you have a choice, Miano says a back-up battery is the best choice.

He says it protects the computer from both surges and brown-outs and points out that most brands carry an insurance policy if it fails to protect your electronics in a storm."

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Midlands Outdoors: Midlands Kayak Angler Catches 42-inch Redfish

More on Dalton Reames:

South Carolina Hunting & Fishing Reports, Forums - SC Sportsman

A 42 inch Redfish (aka Red Drum) had its way with Dalton Reames and his 12 Wilderness Systems Tarpon Kayak. Both Red Fish and Reames recovered to perhaps meet again someday.

"It wasn't easy to keep the toadfish, skates, and small sharks off the bait, but kayak angler Dalton Reames of Sumter caught the fish of a lifetime. Reames landed a 42-inch redfish while trolling a mud minnow through Johnson Creek, making what started out as a slow day into a memorable one."

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Norton Funeral Homes

Norton Funeral Homes:

Bishopville, S.C.

July 27, 2010

Graveside services for Olin L. Farmer will be Wednesday at 11:00 am at Mizpah Baptist Church Cemetery directed by Norton Funeral Home. Visitation will be in the Church Fellowship Building after the service."

Democratic Leaders Ponder Offering Rangel a 'Deal'

"For days, senior House sources have discussed the possibility of Democratic leaders offering Rangel a 'deal' that would avoid a potentially embarrassing, public ethics trial right before Democrats face one of the most-competitive midterm elections in years.

Many Democrats are concerned that Rangel's insistence of proving his innocence at the trial could damage other vulnerable House Democrats right before an election."

New Federal Initiative Could Revolutionize Immigration Enforcement

"The federal government meanwhile is rapidly expanding a program to identify illegal immigrants using fingerprints from arrests, drawing opposition from local authorities and advocates who argue the initiative amounts to an excessive dragnet. 

 The program has gotten less attention than Arizona's new immigration law, but it may end up having a bigger impact because of its potential to round up and deport so many immigrants nationwide."

Monday, July 26, 2010 - Thousands of Arlington Graves Could Be Mislabeled, Senator Says

'Heartbreaking Incompetence' - Thousands of Arlington Graves Could Be Mislabeled, Senator Says: "An internal Army investigation found at least 211 discrepancies between burial maps and grave sites at Arlington. The review found lax management of the cemetery and a reliance on paper records to manage the burial sites.

This is one small section of burial sites at Arlington
At a news conference Monday in Columbia, Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill said the number of burial site errors could be much higher because the Army report was limited to a small section of the cemetery.

McCaskill called the growing scandal a matter of 'heartbreaking incompetence' and said the military has spent more than $5.5 million over seven years in its unsuccessful attempts to computerize the cemetery's burial records.

'At the very essence here you have waste,' she said. 'There may be fraud -- we don't know at this point.'"

"Perched along the Potomac River across from the nation's capital, Arlington National Cemetery is considered among the country's most revered burial sites, with more than 300,000 people interred with military honors. An average of 30 funerals occur each day.
The cemetery includes the graves of former presidents as well as U.S. Supreme Court justices."

Sales Tax Holiday is Coming Up Soon | Columbia, SC News, Weather and Sports |

Sales Tax Holiday is Coming Up Soon | Columbia, SC News, Weather and Sports |:

"South Carolina shoppers and government hope for a boost from the sales tax holiday coming up next month.

The annual tax break on back-to-scool items will run from Aug. 6 through Aug. 8."

SC town hires 1-man police department : News : WACH

No Property Taxes in Gaston, South Carolina!!

"Mayor Tony Bivens hopes to add more officers as finances improve. Gaston doesn't have property taxes and relies mostly on business fees"

FDIC: Bank Failures in Brief

"2010 Bank Failures in Brief" 

"The list of Bank Failures in Brief is updated through July 23, 2010. Please address questions on this subject to the Customer Service Hotline (Telephone: 1-888-206-4662)."

Since the year 2000 South Carolina has seen four (4) bank failures and they all have occurred in 2010.

Latest Listing of Failed Banks

Williamsburg First National BankKingstreeSC17837July 23, 2010July 23, 2010
First National Bank of the SouthSpartanburgSC35383July 16, 2010July 19, 2010
Woodlands BankBlufftonSC32571July 16, 2010July 20, 2010
Beach First National BankMyrtle BeachSC34242April 9, 2010April 13, 2010 - Justice Department Right in Black Panther Case, Commission Official Says

The Commission on Civil Rights Broken?

"Abigail Thernstrom, vice chairwoman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, has over the past several weeks publicly broken from fellow commission members trying to escalate the probe.�"

'Thernstrom argued that the kind of voting rights case the Justice Department was initially trying to win against the New Black Panther Party is "very hard" to prosecute and that their evidence was "extremely weak." Though the incident was caught on video, she said no voter has come forward to testify they were dissuaded from casting their ballot. Plus she said the charges against the Justice Department as a whole are not substantiated.
"We have no direct evidence that they actually intimidated anybody, stopped them from voting," she said. "Two, we certainly have no direct evidence that anybody in the Justice Department said, 'We're not going to prosecute this case because we have racial double standards.'"
'Thernstrom recently told that her commission colleagues pursued the two-year-old case because they "had this wild notion they could bring Eric Holder down."
Asked if she believes that, she said Sunday: "I do mean it, literally."'

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Pee Dee Kayak Club keeps cool in Lynches River | SCNow

Beat the Heat!

Pee Dee Kayak Club keeps cool in Lynches River | SCNow


There was cause for concern for Miami Hurricanes, Virginia Cavaliers, Virginia Tech Hokies, Florida St Seminoles, Clemson Tigers, Maryland Terrapins, North Carolina St Wolfpack, Wake Forest Demon Deacons, Duke Blue Devils, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, North Carolina Tar Heels, and Boston College Eagles fans because of rumors that the SEC wanted to raid the ranks of the ACC for teams to create a superconference.

Observations from the 50-yard Line: Swofford confident in ACC's future: "There were reports that the SEC might try to pry some combination of Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech and Miami away from the ACC to form a 16-team superconference. There also was talk that the Big Ten might be interested in Maryland."

Column: Florence police gear up for next session of Citizens Police Academy | SCNow

In Florence the Citizenry are Trained by Police

"Aug. 10 will mark the beginning of another Florence Police Department basic Citizens Police Academy (CPA) session for 2010. The upcoming CPA will run for 10 weeks, meeting Tuesday and lasting two hours per session from 6 to 8 p.m. This session will conclude Oct. 12 with a graduation."

Saturday, July 24, 2010

The Post and Courier - Folly's Municipal Court docket filled with cases as island cleans up litter, cracks down on alcohol - Charleston SC -

Folly's Municipal Court docket filled with cases as island cleans up litter, cracks down on alcohol
Folly Beach's Municipal Court
Violator's Await the Judge's Decision
"The citizens of Folly Beach don't want to be anyone's doormat," (the town's Mayor Tim) Goodwin said. "We're not going to be your trash can. This is all just following up on last year. If they'll just follow the rules, everything will be fine. Take your good memories and your trash -- leave your footprints."

The Post and Courier - Folly's Municipal Court docket filled with cases as island cleans up litter, cracks down on alcohol - Charleston SC -

"... the Edge of America has been pushed to its limit. After it took three days to haul away the trash from particularly hedonistic July Fourth partying in 2009, locals demanded the city take action. And it has. The hallway outside Municipal Court was a testament to that Friday, as more than 100 folks waited to have their cases heard and citations settled." - VA to allow veterans to use medical marijuana at clinics in the 14 states where it's legal

Striking News
Could the exodus of illegals from New Mexico be overshadowed by the exodus of military veterans from the states where medical marijuana is illegal?

"According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, there are 14 states and the District of Columbia with medical marijuana laws. They are: Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington. New Jersey also recently passed a medical marijuana law, which is scheduled to be implemented next January."

16-Year-Old Killed in Texting-While-Driving Accident | Columbia, SC News, Weather and Sports |

"A text on a phone took the life of a 16-year-old girl. That's the message a father wants to share as his part of our "Great Hang Up" campaign. Amos Johnson from Asheville says he is now fighting the "it can't happen to me" mentality. He wants teens to know, it can happen to them because it happened to his daughter."

16-Year-Old Killed in Texting-While-Driving Accident | Columbia, SC News, Weather and Sports |:

"'Ashley, my daughter, died because she received a text and retrieved it. She took her eye of the road for a second, that's all it took,' explains Johnson. The photos that show what is left of his daughter's car are hard to look at, but help tell the story of what can happen when drivers are distracted."


South Carolina's Alvin Greene's Rap Video

Friday, July 23, 2010

Lake Wateree residents worry broken dam could cause more flooding - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

 "'As long as we're talking about Lake Wateree and rainfall around it, it's not going to be a big deal,' said a Duke Energy forecaster. 'When the entire chain is full, when Lake Norman is full, look out.'"

Three in Anderson under doctor's care for rabies � Anderson Independent Mail

"Avoid wild animals acting tame and tame animals acting wild,” Ferguson said. “About 400 South Carolinians must undergo preventive treatment for rabies every year, with most exposures from being bitten or scratched by a rabid or suspected rabid animal. Wild animals carry the disease most often, but domestic pets can contract rabies as well." - Vietnam Veteran in Florida Reportedly Told to Remove U.S. Flag

A Vietnam veteran in Florida reportedly must remove an American flag from his apartment window or management officials will take it down for him."

Should anyone feel the need to call in support of this Veteran the Manatee Bay Apartment complex office opens at 10 am and the contact information is: 

1225 South Beach Street
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
(386) 255-0919

Brad Keselowski-Carl Edwards feud: Will probation end it? - ESPN

Brad Keselowski-Carl Edwards feud: Will probation end it? - ESPN:

"'It's good because now no one will expect me to go out there and retaliate against Carl,' (Brad) Keselowski said Friday. 'I know some of my fans got really upset [being placed on probation], but I wouldn't say I was surprised. I think what it says is NASCAR doesn't want me to go out there and intentionally wreck Carl. That's great. I didn't want to. Now I don't have to worry about that.'"

Natives of Lee County South Carolina: Chinchilla Ranch In Bishopville

Read the latest comments about the Chinchilla Ranch by clicking on the link below. Be sure to read Jane Asbill Randle's recollections:

Goats hang out on IHOP billboard in Roanoke Co. | WSLS 10

Goats good for business.

Goats hang out on IHOP billboard in Roanoke Co. | WSLS 10: "The goats even have their own Facebook fan page:!/pages/IHOP-Goats-on-220-at-Davis-Boone-Rd/125166724185710?ref=search"

The Item: News - Man wanted in Florida arrested in Clarendon

Never know who you will meet on I-95

The Item: News - Man wanted in Florida arrested in Clarendon: "'They implanted a chip into my head and I work for the CIA,'"

Real Sons Of Confederate Veterans 'Compare Notes' - Greenville News Story - WYFF Greenville

Real Sons Of Confederate Veterans 'Compare Notes' - Greenville News Story - WYFF Greenville:

"How old do you have to be to have had a father who fought in the Civil War? James Brown and H.V. Booth know the answer. They're among 32 surviving sons of confederate veterans.
'My father was born in 1841,' Brown said.
'My daddy was born in 1847,' said Booth.

The two men sat down together at the first national convention of the Sons of Confederate Veterans to be held in Anderson. Brown is 91, and lives in Elbert County, Ga. Booth is 98, and resides in Greene County, Tenn."

Sumter Family Says Prayer Saved Baby's Life | Columbia, SC News, Weather and Sports |

Sumter Family Says Prayer Saved Baby's Life | Columbia, SC News, Weather and Sports |:

"'He was known as the 'One-in-a-Million Birth Defect Baby.' What was wrong with his liver has never happened before,' said Healon.

'At birth, one of Ethan's arteries went inside his liver and made a u-turn,' said M.J. Huber, Ethan's Mother.

Ethan's liver only filtered a quarter of his blood, and his heart had a hole in it, both of which are life threatening conditions.

'We never knew from moment to moment what color he may be,' said Healon. 'There was a lot of fear.'

Healon said though there was fear, they also found peace. Family members remember one particular Sunday at church when Ethan was 8-months-old.

'We brought him to the alter and my pastors prayed for him. They anointed him on his stomach and on his heart,' said Healon.

That same week they took Ethan to the doctor.

'The doctors took him back for an MRI and the doctors came back completely astonished because they could not believe the liver was completely healed and the heart was completely healed,' said Healon."

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Victim of house ransacking begs for her dog's return - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |


Ann Hamiter of Irmo, SC pleads for the return of her 10 year old chocolate lab, Alli.

'Alli is a 10-year-old fun-loving chocolate lab, but she's very sick. "Why someone would bother her, I cannot imagine," said Hamiter.'

"If you have any information that may help authorities find Ann Hamiter's dog, you're asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC."

Thursday, July 22, 2010

From the Editor - Customer Relations

Sumter, SC
July 22, 2010

My apologies to some of you for clogging your e-mails with multiple posting notices. Let me explain... I use two services to send e-mail notices of postings. One is Feed Blitz and the other is Feed Burner... those of you who receive updates by Feed Blitz get an e-mail every time I post to the blog. This is bothersome to some of you so I've decided to drop Feed Blitz. Doing so will result in some of you not receiving e-mail notices of posts to the blog. On the other hand Feed Burner only posts once a day (around 7 - 9 am). So no matter how many posts I make you will only receive one e-mail unless I specifically ask it to send at a different time and then you will receive the e-mail within a time frame I selected.

I hope this helps. Let me know if you think I need to make other changes.

More doctored BP photos come to light

Is this stuff is bordering on criminal intent?!

More doctored BP photos come to light - Sherrod Says She's Inclined to Turn Down Outreach Job at USDA

FOXNews feels that they are above the fray... that they did nothing wrong... - Sherrod Says She's Inclined to Turn Down Outreach Job at USDA

Lee County School District - Homepage

Lee County School District - Homepage:

"Back to School Education and Health Fair
Who:� The Lee Community
When:� 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Where:� Lee Central Middle School"

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Whale wallops South African yacht, snapping mast - Weird News -

Breaching right whale crushes sailing yacht

Whale wallops South African yacht, snapping mast - Weird News -

"CAPE TOWN, South Africa — A yachter in South Africa says her trip off the country's picturesque southwestern coast was wrecked by an unexpected whack from a whale."

South Carolina Remains National Leader in Engineering Workforce | SC Commerce

South Carolina Remains National Leader in Engineering Workforce | SC Commerce

AMBER Alert In Effect, suspects’ vehicle headed toward S.C. | Interstate 107

AMBER Alert In Effect, suspects’ vehicle headed toward S.C. | Interstate 107

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Chinchilla Ranch In Bishopville

Does anyone have any details on Bishopville's Chinchilla Ranch which was reportedly operated by Mary Townsend or possibly Avery Asbill?

Firing of USDA official Shirley Sherrod now under review

Talk about knee-jerk reactions, the fact that our government at the highest levels reacted in a negative manner when this story first broke is frightening. Why didn't our leaders research the truthfulness of this, especially since it came from a known source of misinformation. Fox News should be held accountable.

Firing of USDA official Shirley Sherrod now under review

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