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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Sumter man among 7 arrested for dog fighting - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Sumter man among 7 arrested for dog fighting - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |: "BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WIS) – In a joint investigation, Berkeley and Florence County Sheriff's deputies�arrested seven people they say were involved in a dog fighting ring in the Lowcountry.

The raid happened Saturday at a suspected dog fighting and baiting house on Nolton Lane in Moncks Corner. Deputies seized approximately 20 dogs, $14,000 dollars and one firearm during the operation.

Among those arrested in the raid was 33-year-old Adrian Ingram of Mccormick Street in Sumter. He's being held in the Berkeley County Detention Center�on Animal Fighting and Baiting charges awaiting a bond hearing."

Friday, October 29, 2010

Marion Napier White Messier - October 29, 2010


Correction: The Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday. 
Our apologies for the error.

Bishopville, SCBishopville, SC
October 29, 2010

Marion Napier White Messier, 75, widow of Anthony F. Messier, died Friday, October 29, 2010 at heritage Home of Florence.

Born in Lee County, she was a daughter of the late Marion Napier White and the late Lila Lee Davis White. Mrs. Messier was a member of Bethlehem United methodist Church and was a public school teacher for 39 years. She was a graduate of Coker College in Hartsville and received her master's degree from the University of South Carolina in Columbia. She served as president of the Lee County Historical Society and was a faithful volunteer and docent at the SC Cotton Museum in Bishopville.

Survivors include two sons, Anthony N. Messier (Sally) of Camden and Michael Messier (Charlotte) of Florence; a daughter, Julie Messier Pepper (Joe) of Spartanburg; eight grandchildren, Sara, Joseph, Elizabeth, Caroline, Kathryn, Jamen, Rebekah, and Amy; a sister, Fannie Watson (Tom) of Bishopville; a brother, D.A. White (Rita) of Summerton; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Bethlehem United Methodist Church with the Rev. Henry Altman officiating. Burial will be in the Bethlehem United Methodist Church cemetery. 

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Hancock-Elmore-Hill Funeral Home and other times at the home, 3873 Red Hill Rd., Camden. 

Memorials may be made to the Lee County Historical Society, P.O. Box 684, Bishopville, SC, 29010.

Hancock-Elmore-Hill Funeral Home of Bishopville is in charge of the arrangements. 
October 29, 2010

Marion Napier White Messier, 75, widow of Anthony F. Messier, died Friday, October 29, 2010 at heritage Home of Florence.

Born in Lee County, she was a daughter of the late Marion Napier White and the late Lila Lee Davis White. Mrs. Messier was a member of Bethlehem United methodist Church and was a public school teacher for 39 years. She was a graduate of Coker College in Hartsville and received her master's degree from the University of South Carolina in Columbia. She served as president of the Lee County Historical Society and was a faithful volunteer and docent at the SC Cotton Museum in Bishopville.

Survivors include two sons, Anthony N. Messier (Sally) of Camden and Michael Messier (Charlotte) of Florence; a daughter, Julie Messier Pepper (Joe) of Spartanburg; eight grandchildren, Sara, Joseph, Elizabeth, Caroline, Kathryn, Jamen, Rebekah, and Amy; a sister, Fannie Watson (Tom) of Bishopville; a brother, D.A. White (Rita) of Summerton; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Bethlehem United Methodist Church with the Rev. Henry Altman officiating. Burial will be in the Bethlehem United Methodist Church cemetery. 

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Hancock-Elmore-Hill Funeral Home and other times at the home, 3873 Red Hill Rd., Camden. 

Memorials may be made to the Lee County Historical Society, P.O. Box 684, Bishopville, SC, 29010.

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

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Conservatives to Blame for Confusion Among Voters on Healthcare Law

Like the village blacksmith the conservatives who have everything to gain and more to lose are taking a hot item and hammering away at it until it doesn't resemble the original. 

Media and political pundits refer to it as 'Misrepresenting the facts'. I call it lying to achieve a goal. Your friendly Used Car salesman would be proud of them. Anything goes when it comes to moving the vehicle off the lot. 
"...Misrepresenting the health care law has been perhaps the single most dominant theme of attack ads by GOP candidates, party groups and independent conservative organizations. A record estimated $4 billion is being spent on both sides in this midterm election, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. And from our observations, a large part of that is being spent to discredit the health care legislation and the Democrats who voted for it. In this article we wrap up all this health care spin, examining both the latest claims and those that have been repeated most often..."
 Read the entire article here

Ellington follows in Spiller's cleats for Clemson - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Ellington follows in Spiller's cleats for Clemson - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Ellington follows in Spiller's cleats for Clemson


CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson left tackle Chris Hairston says not much has changed up front since Andre Ellington took over for star C.J. Spiller in the Tigers backfield: Hold your blocks for a few moments and wait for the touchdown celebration.

Ellington has quickly filled the speedy cleats of last season's ACC player of the year. Ellington has 12 touchdowns this season, including four scoring runs of 42 yards or more — same as Spiller had all last season.

Hairston says Spiller and Ellington share the same knack for breaking through the tiniest holes and outrunning defenders to the end zone. The Atlantic Coast Conference is finding that out.

Ellington is fifth in league rushing with 642 yards and leads the ACC in scoring with 12 touchdowns.

Clemson linebacker Brandon Maye is expected to play against Boston College after missing the Georgia Tech game.

Maye was held out of the 27-13 victory over the Yellow Jackets because of a calf injury. He missed Clemson's first two games of 2010 because of arthroscopic knee surgery and did not play until a 27-24 overtime loss at Auburn.

Maye started 25 of 26 games in his first two seasons before missing this year's games. He had set a Clemson record in 2009 with five forced fumbles. In 2010, the junior has 15 tackles in four games.

Anna Nicole Smith's boyfriend, one doctor convicted in drug conspiracy - CNN.com

Anna Nicole Smith's boyfriend, one doctor convicted in drug conspiracy - CNN.com: "False names were used by Stern and the doctors to hide excessive prescriptions from the state's computer system that monitors drug usage, prosecutors argued. The defense said it is a common practice in Hollywood, used to protect celebrities' privacy from prying tabloid reporters.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Robert Perry hinted before the verdicts were returned that if any defendants were found guilty, he would consider 'possible selective prosecution issues' when sentencing them. He would have the power to reduce most of the felony charges to misdemeanors.
After the verdicts were returned, Perry set sentencing for January 6. Stern and Eroshvich could face a maximum of three years each in prison, according to the prosecutor's office."

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Prosthetic leg found, believed to belong to missing N.C. girl - CNN.com

Prosthetic leg found, believed to belong to missing N.C. girl - CNN.com: "(CNN) -- A prosthetic leg thought to be that of missing 10-year-old Zahra Baker has been found in a brushy area off a North Carolina road, Chief Tom Adkins of the Hickory, North Carolina, police said Wednesday.
Police launched a search for Zahra on October 9, but no one other than a family member has reported seeing her since September 25, when a woman saw her at a furniture store. The girl's disappearance is now being probed as a homicide.
Adkins said that the prosthetic leg is 'consistent with' that of Zahra, a freckle-faced youngster who lost her leg to bone cancer. It was found late Tuesday afternoon off Christie Road in Caldwell County, he said, and authorities are using its serial number to confirm it belonged to the young girl. Zahra got the leg in Australia, where both her birth parents are from."

Sitting Judge's Not as Supreme as They Make Themselves Out To Be.


Supreme Court Naive and Uninformed?
Source: LA Times ---
"The Supreme Court sent a wave of corporate and union money flooding into campaign ads this year, but it did so with the promise that the public would know — almost instantly — who was paying for them.
"With the advent of the Internet, prompt disclosure of expenditures can provide shareholders and citizens with the information needed to hold corporations and elected officials accountable for their positions," Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote in January. "This transparency enables the electorate to make informed decisions and give proper weight to different speakers and messages."
But Kennedy and the high court majority were wrong. Because of loopholes in tax laws and a weak enforcement policy at the Federal Election Commission, corporations and wealthy donors have been able to spend huge sums on campaign ads, confident the public will not know who they are, election law experts say.
Corporate donors have been able to hide their contributions despite the opposition of shareholders and customers — the very groups cited by Kennedy.
By an overwhelming margin, shareholders say they don't want their companies devoting money to political ads. Customers are also easily angered by corporate political stands. In a recent case, Target Corp.'s chief executive was forced to apologize after it was revealed the company had donated $150,000 to the campaign of a Republican candidate in Minnesota who opposed gay rights. The retail chain faced a possible boycott led by gay rights activists.
"The biggest change this year is that it is no longer possible to identify the individuals who are responsible for funding election communications," said Karl J. Sandstrom, a former FEC commissioner who advises Democrats on election law.
He called Kennedy's opinion naive and said it reflected a "very uninformed view of how disclosure works..." Read more from the LA Times 

Ridding the Country of the Obama Healthcare Plague Number One Republican Project

Ask yourself this question:
Do Republicans Have a Better Plan 
or is it the Same as when 
They Held Majorities in the years 2000 to 2006?

 Source: "As they campaign to recapture Congress, Republicans are vowing to repeal President Obama's new healthcare law and relieve Americans from rising insurance premiums and bigger government.
But some conservatives acknowledge that the healthcare program offered by party leaders is largely unchanged from the proposals the GOP pushed when it held majorities from 2000 to 2006. During that period, insurance premiums skyrocketed, businesses reduced benefits and the number of Americans without health insurance rose."
Be Careful of What You Wish For.... You Just May Get It! 

"One of our No. 1 priorities needs to be to preserve the good things we have now," said Rep. Wally Herger of Chico, who would chair the House Ways and Means health subcommittee if Republicans take the House.
But as costs continue to climb and the ranks of uninsured swell, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office last year estimated that the House Republican plan would leave 52 million people without insurance in 2019, compared with 50 million today.
"The problem is that if you want to insure more people, you have to put more money on the table," said Gail Wilensky, who ran the Medicare and Medicaid programs under President George H.W. Bush..."
Read more from the LA Times 

Folks in Lee County can identify with the 'FOWL' Smell in Columbia


Smell that permeated Columbia area was chicken manure

Posted: Oct 26, 2010 10:41 PM EDTUpdated: Oct 27, 2010 8:27 AM EDT
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - We got several calls into our newsroom about a strange stench around the Columbia metro area. Twitter was abuzz with complaints about the smell. 
The Department of Health and Environmental Control said it smells like chicken manure, and that's what a city official confirmed Tuesday night. 
Chicken manure was in fact laid down at a farm near Rosewood Drive. The official said that's what's likely causing the smell.

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Drug dealers testify to paying fmr. sheriff "dues" to deal - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |



COLUMBIA, SC (WIS)- A convicted drug dealer from Bishopville, who agreed to testify against former Lee County sheriff EJ Melvin, gave a federal jury a look inside the county's drug world Tuesday.
Quentin Davis, also known as "Young Buck," said dealers inside the county knew they had to "pay their dues" to Melvin, AKA "Big Dog" in order to do business there.
Davis is also the only witness in the case who will testify that Melvin delivered or dealt drugs during the four-year-long FBI investigation. He's also the man the FBI talked to about setting Melvin up when the federal investigation started in 2006.
Before the traffic stop, Davis told the jury about a trip he made to a store on Highway 15 South called "Sambo's." The store was then owned by a man named George Patel. Davis said Patel was supplying cocaine to dealers inside the county. Davis said Patel told him to drive around the back of the gas station and wait.
"I saw a gold Expedition pull around behind me," Davis testified. "It was the sheriff's truck…I got nervous, I was smoking a blunt." Davis said he never actually saw Melvin behind the wheel that day, but said he recognized the truck as the sheriff's SUV because of the police lights in the grille and side-view mirrors. Patel got out of the SUV, according to Davis, "He had a bag in his hand and asked me what I wanted. I told him a ‘Big 8,'" which is street slang for an eighth of a kilogram of cocaine.
In the FBI's affidavit, filed after Melvin's May 1 arrest, agents wrote that Davis said he saw a Patel "…get out of Sheriff Melvin's vehicle carrying a white grocery store bag," which held a kilo of cocaine. During his testimony Tuesday, Davis said he asked Patel, "was that the sheriff, and he said yeah."
Melvin denied Davis' claims as he left the courthouse Tuesday when WIS asked if he'd had any deals with Davis, "I have no comments, no sir, but I can't make no comments right now."
About a year later, well into 2007, Davis said he got a visit from Larry "Hawk" Williams, a co-defendant in the drug conspiracy case against Melvin. Davis said Williams told him, "Big Dog wasn't to talk to you." Williams called Melvin on a cell phone, then handed the phone over to Davis, "He said I had a charge…said he could help me with it." Davis said he gave the sheriff his car, a 1997 Nissan Maxima, as his first payment.
Months later, Davis said he started on a payment plan to Melvin that consisted of "10 to 15" payments to the then-sitting sheriff that lasted for about a year. "We called it paying dues," Davis told the jury. The "dues" paid to Melvin was all drug money, Davis said. Davis testified that he paid Melvin "numerous times," in person. The payments totaled around $2,000, according to Davis, but he said he only kept mental records of the payment totals.
"I was in a no-win situation, he could have been lying to me, he could arrest me. He could have been playing both sides of the fence," Davis said. The reason, "For protection, I guess," Davis told the jury.
Some time later, the FBI wired Davis and sent him into Lee County to conduct undercover drug buys. Davis is one year in to a 10 year prison sentence after pleading guilty to the federal drug charges last year.
Part of Davis' deal for testifying would earn him a reduced sentence, only if he provided "substantial assistance" to prosecutors, and provided his testimony was truthful. Davis is currently serving his time inside a federal prison in Pennsylvania.
If convicted on the charges, Melvin faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years to life in prison.
Melvin's trial continues Wednesday morning at 9:30. The trial is open to the public.
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New York judge orders LimeWire to close down - Oct. 27, 2010

LimeWire to shut down on court order

limewire_injunction.top.jpgA New York judge ordered LimeWire to shut down.By Aaron Smith, staff writer


NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- A New York judge ordered LimeWire to stop distributing its file-sharing software, agreeing with the plaintiffs that LimeWire's service is used "overwhelmingly for infringement."

Source

Clemson ditching textile degree program - Breaking News - TheState.com

Clemson ditching textile degree program

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CLEMSON - South Carolina’s textile industries have been dropping jobs for decades and now Clemson University is ditching a degree program focused exclusively on the industry.

The Greenville News reported Monday the number of students in textile-related majors has dropped as mills closed and the jobs moved to cheaper labor markets overseas. Because of that dropping enrollment, Clemson is phasing out the undergraduate major in polymer and fiber chemistry in 2013, after current students graduate.

In its place, university trustees have approved a polymer materials concentration to the bachelor of science program in materials science and engineering.

Clemson’s textile school had an enrollment of 800 students in 1950. That had dropped to about 125 students by 2000.

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Police seek man in child sex assault - Crime & Courts - TheState.com

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Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010

Police seek man in child sex assault

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Police are looking for a man they say is wanted in connection with a child sex crime in Irmo.

Eric Dwayne Marsh, 35, is wanted for criminal sexual conduct with a minor, the Irmo Police Department said.

Marsh's last known address is in Lely Court in New Friarsgate. He is 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighs about 150 pounds.

Contact Crime Stoppers using one of the methods above if you have information about Marsh's whereabouts. Tips can be left anonymously.

– From staff reports

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