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Monday, November 29, 2010

Maybe It Is Time to Profile

SUMTER, SC (WIS) - Three men are charged with trafficking marijuana after a Sumter police say they found 16 pounds of marijuana in their cars, as well as a gun and thousands of dollars in cash.Officers arrested Patrick English, 24, Curtis McConico, 23, and Antonio Parker, 24, all of Sumter, Saturday afternoon at the Wall Street Green Apartments, according to Chief Patty Patterson.
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Alshon Jeffery's brother commits to Gamecocks - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - If you think the Gamecocks' offense is dangerous with one Jeffery at wide receiver, wait until they have two.
Three-star wide receiver Shamier Jeffery of St. Matthews, younger brother of South Carolina All-American Alshon Jeffery, has committed to South Carolina.
Jeffery informed the Gamecocks' coaching staff of his decision on Monday morning, picking USC over Kentucky, Auburn and others.

Gamecocks In Virgin Territory in Title Game

For The Very First Time.... Like a Virgin!

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - This is not a typical post-Clemson week for the
Gamecock football team. For the first time ever, they are preparing for the SEC title game. See Full Story

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Clemson Loses to USC 29 -7

Lattimore was held to just 48 yards on 23 carries - an average of just 2.1 yards per carry.

"Last year we allowed USC about 200 rushing yards," said Swinney. "Tonight we only gave up 97 rushing yards. I'm proud of how our guys played up front, especially Jenkins and (Brandon) Thompson."



Saturday, November 27, 2010

Lee County Council Chairman Owns and Operates Waste Company at Industrial Waste Facility

What does Charles Arthur Beasley and Wally Lee have in common? The answer is: They both operate waste businesses from the same location. Read about it in Randy Burns' Special to The Item.

"...A second company, Lee County Compost and Recycling Co., is located at the same site. The compost company is owned and permitted by Lee through DHEC and accepts yard trash, land clearing debris and stumps.
'I devote all my time and resources to the solid waste company,' Lee said. 'It is my land, but Charles Arthur Beasley runs the compost company. He doesn't have anything to do with the solid waste company.'
Beasley, who is also the chairman of the Lee County Council, said he uses his equipment to 'grind tree limbs and debris into compost.'
'I don't have anything to do whatsoever with Lee County Solid Waste Co...,' he said."

SEE FULL STORY

Susan Ellen Scurry Chappell November 20, 1941 - November 26, 2010


AIKEN, SC - Susan Ellen Scurry Chappell, 69 of Aiken, S.C., died from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease) on November 26, 2010. She was born on November 20, 1941, in Sumter, S.C., daughter of the late William Hayne and Mary Ellen Faris Scurry of Bishopville, S.C. Funeral services will be held Monday, November 29, at 11AM at Aiken First Baptist Church, with the Rev. James Bennett and the Rev. Martha Ebel officiating. Interment will follow at 3PM at Bethlehem United Methodist Church Cemetery, Bishopville, S.C. 
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Friday, November 26, 2010

Susan Scurry Chappell - November 25, 2010

We have learned that former Bishopville resident Susan Scurry Chappell of Aiken, SC passed away yesterday. Details are incomplete and we will post them as soon as we have them.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Origins of Thanksgiving


Pilgrims
Pilgrim William Brewster holds a Bible as the Pilgrims pray for a safe journey as they leave for America from Delft Haven, Holland, on July 22, 1620.
The Pilgrims left Plymouth, England, on September 6, 1620. Their destination? The New World. Although filled with uncertainty and peril, it offered both civil and religious liberty.
For over two months, the 102 passengers braved the harsh elements of a vast storm-tossed sea. Finally, with firm purpose and a reliance on Divine Providence, the cry of "Land!" was heard.
Arriving in Massachusetts in late November, the Pilgrims sought a suitable landing place. On December 11, just before disembarking at Plymouth Rock, they signed the "Mayflower Compact" - America's first document of civil government and the first to introduce self-government.
Pumpkins. Photo copyrighted.After a prayer service, the Pilgrims began building hasty shelters. However, unprepared for the starvation and sickness of a harsh New England winter, nearly half died before spring. Yet, persevering in prayer, and assisted by helpful Indians, they reaped a bountiful harvest the following summer.
The grateful Pilgrims then declared a three-day feast, starting on December 13, 1621, to thank God and to celebrate with their Indian friends. While this was not the first Thanksgiving in America (thanksgiving services were held in Virginia as early as 1607), it was America's first Thanksgiving Festival.
Artist's depiction of the first Thanksgiving. Courtesy of Films for Christ.Pilgrim Edward Winslow described the Pilgrims' Thanksgiving in these words:
"Our harvest being gotten in, our Governor sent four men on fowling [bird hunting] so that we might, after a special manner, rejoice together after we had gathered the fruit of our labors. They four in one day killed as much fowl as... served the company almost a week... Many of the Indians [came] amongst us and... their greatest King, Massasoit, with some ninety men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted; and they went out and killed five deer, which they brought... And although it be not always so plentiful as it was at this time with us, yet BY THE GOODNESS OF GOD WE ARE... FAR FROM WANT."
George Washington, first President of the United States. Photo courtesy of Films for Christ.In 1789, following a proclamation issued by President George Washington, America celebrated its first Day of Thanksgiving to God under its new constitution. That same year, the Protestant Episcopal Church, of which President Washington was a member, announced that the first Thursday in November would become its regular day for giving thanks, "unless another day be appointed by the civil authorities." Yet, despite these early national proclamations, official Thanksgiving observances usually occurred only at the State level.
Much of the credit for the adoption of a later ANNUAL national Thanksgiving Day may be attributed to Mrs. Sarah Joseph Hale, the editor of Godey's Lady's Book. For thirty years, she promoted the idea of a national Thanksgiving Day, contacting President after President untilPresident Abraham Lincoln responded in 1863 by setting aside the last Thursday of November as a national Day of Thanksgiving. Over the next seventy-five years, Presidents followed Lincoln's precedent, annually declaring a national Thanksgiving Day. Then, in 1941, Congresspermanently established the fourth Thursday of each November as a national holiday.
Abraham Lincoln statute, Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C. Photo courtesy of Wallbuilders.Lincoln's original 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamationcame - spiritually speaking - at a pivotal point in his life. During the first week of July of that year, the Battle of Gettysburg occurred, resulting in the loss of some 60,000 American lives. Four months later in November, Lincoln delivered his famous "Gettsysburg Address." It was while Lincoln was walking among the thousands of graves there at Gettysburg that he committed his life to Christ. As he explained to a friend:
When I left Springfield [to assume the Presidency] I asked the people to pray for me. I was not a Christian. When I buried my son, the severest trial of my life, I was not a Christian. But when I went to Gettysburg and saw the graves of thousands of our soldiers, I then and there consecrated myself to Christ.
As Americans celebrate Thanksgiving each year, we hope they will retain the original gratefulness to God displayed by the Pilgrims and many other founding fathers , and remember that it is to those early and courageous Pilgrims that they owe not only the traditional Thanksgiving holiday but also the concepts of self-government, the "hard-work" ethic, self-reliant communities, and devout religious faith. Reposted from Christian Answers

Does Your Veterinarian Have Your Pet's Best Interest at Heart?


Emergency Service for Our Pets
Attention Pet Owners: This letter is in response to Ms. Jan Wilson’s recent letter regarding her valiant effort to save a little dog who was the victim of a hit and run driver, and a non-existent, after office hours, veterinarian emergency service in Florence. Ms. Wilson, your compassion for someone’s injured pet is commendable. Although, you were not successful in obtaining the medical help, which should have been available and which may have saved the life of this innocent animal, you have succeeded in calling to the public’s attention the inhumane practice of our local veterinarians, who refuse to give medical aid to animals suffering a medical crisis, after office hours.
I am certain there are many pet owners in our community, who, like me, are shocked to learn that the veterinarians we regularly patronize in our town have made no provision for our pets, in case of an after office hours emergency, other than to offer a number to call in Columbia. To confirm this incredible truth, just call your veterinarian, as I did. A representative in our veterinarian’s office told me that no one in that office would see our pet, if he had a medical emergency, after office hours. Their procedure is to give us a number to call -- in Columbia! In other words, pet owners, if our pets become ill after office hours -- or worse yet, like the little dog Ms. Wilson tried to save, are hit by a car -- we have to drive all the way to Columbia for help. Can you imagine traveling that distance, over an hour, with your injured pet, watching him suffer in excruciating pain, with nothing to relieve his suffering? Most likely, he will not survive the trip, having bled to death or having gone into shock. And all because of the failure of the Florence veterinarians to provide what other, more compassionate veterinarians have in place for their communities, an after-office hours emergency service.
Needless to say, these veterinarians in our town, do not have our pet’s best interest at heart. The little, helpless creature’s lives are at risk with this present system. They depend on us to keep them safe. Come to think of it, these local veterinarians depend on us too, for their livelihood. This should give us some bargaining power. If other areas can offer after-office hours emergency service, what’s wrong with Florence? Competent veterinarians should consider this a priority. Responsible pet owners should demand that they do! Shame on a society, tolerating anything less! What do you say, SPCA? Source


The letter above should never have had to be written. Florence is no different than any other community. Pets live where people live. If our veterinarians have our pet's best interest at heart then they need to offer after-hours emergency care.

Call your Veterinarian Today and ask if they provide AFTER HOURS EMERGENCY CARE! Let us know the respond and we will post their AFTER HOURS EMERGENCY CARE POLICY NEXT TO THEIR NAME BELOW.

Palmetto Veterinary Clinic
463 North Guignard Drive, Sumter
(803) 773-5506
AFTER HOURS EMERGENCY CARE POLICY:
              
Guignard Animal Clinic: Hooper Frank A DVM
1216 South Guignard Drive, Sumter
(803) 775-9152
AFTER HOURS EMERGENCY CARE POLICY:

Animal Medical Clinic
21 Pinewood Road, Sumter
(803) 773-1616
AFTER HOURS EMERGENCY CARE POLICY:
           
Guignard Animal Clinic
1216 South Guignard Drive, Sumter
(803) 775-9152
AFTER HOURS EMERGENCY CARE POLICY:

Advanced Veterinary Hospital
1230 Wilson Hall Road, Sumter
(803) 469-6077          
AFTER HOURS EMERGENCY CARE POLICY:
 
Peach Orchard Veterinary
1266 Peach Orchard Road, Sumter
(803) 494-8387
AFTER HOURS EMERGENCY CARE POLICY:

Bishopville Animal Clinic
428 N Main St # A, Bishopville
(803) 484-6994
AFTER HOURS EMERGENCY CARE POLICY:

Morris Animal Clinic
2093 Alex Harvin Hwy, Manning
(803) 435-8001          
AFTER HOURS EMERGENCY CARE POLICY:

Wateree Animal Hospital
www.watereeanimalhospital.com/
500 York Street, Camden
(803) 432-9084
AFTER HOURS EMERGENCY CARE POLICY:

Veterinary Medicine & Surgery
www.vmsvet.net/
196 Highway 601, Lugoff
(803) 438-1223
AFTER HOURS EMERGENCY CARE POLICY:

The Two Faces of Jim DeMint

Editorial: Why is Jim DeMint spending valuable time on a election in the state of Alaska when there are more immediate problems in his home state of South Carolina? Senator DeMint has gone national, that's abundantly clear and is spending less time on the issues facing South Carolinians. My advice to DeMint is don't make the same mistake Graham did. Time will tell if DeMint has kicked his home state to the curb in favor of political ambitions. What is that saying about power.....?

WASHINGTON — For all his success in helping elect ultraconservatives to the Senate, Sen. Jim DeMint now must face the difficult consequences of one spectacular, all but certain failure.
Even as DeMint says he would welcome fellow Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski back to the Senate, the South Carolinian is still urging conservative activists around the country to donate money to replace the Alaskan incumbent with tea party favorite Joe Miller.
DeMint, who raised $5.6 million for ultraconservative GOP candidates this year, has attached a personal-appeal letter to a CONTRIBUTE banner and a photo of Miller at the top of the Web site of his Senate Conservatives Fund." Full Story

Rep. Kris Crawford: McMaster Committed Prosecutorial Misconduct

Did South Carolina's attorney general abuse his authority for political gain when he made a comparison statement concerning his office's investigation of Nikki Haley's tax problems and that of Rep. Kris Crawford?


McMaster, who campaigned for Haley after losing to her in the primary, has said he couldn't make specific comments on a case (Crawford's) being prosecuted by his office but added, "If I believed Ms. Haley had broken the criminal law, I would not be here." Rep. Kris Crawford, (R) Florence thinks McMaster has abused his authority and a judge has ruled in his favor. McMaster must now turn over to the court all correspondence between his office and Haley's campaign pertaining to the Crawford case. 


"COLUMBIA — South Carolina’s attorney general was ordered Tuesday to turn over any correspondence between his office and the governor-elect in the case of a Republican legislator who accuses them of trampling his right to a fair trial.
Rep. Kris Crawford of Florence argues Attorney General Henry McMaster and Gov.-elect Nikki Haley inappropriately discussed his case in an attempt to separate Haley from Crawford’s tax woes. Crawford, the Legislature’s only doctor, was charged in April with failing to file state income tax returns for 2004 to 2007 on time." Full story

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Man arrested with $13,000 of marijuana - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Man arrested with $13,000 of marijuana - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |: "SUMTER COUNTY, SC (WIS) - A Rembert man was arrested Saturday for possession of tens of thousands of dollars worth of marijuana.

Sumter County Sheriff's Department says they arrested Lionel Smith on Red and White Street in Sumter. At the time of his arrest, he had in his possession about 6.5 pounds of marijuana valued at around $13,000.

Smith is currently being held in the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing. He is charged with possession with intent to distribute and possession with intent to distribute within a half a mile of a school."

An Open Message To Coach Spurrier: Do Not Rest, Reserve Or Save Anything! - CockyTalk

IT'S TIME!



 "Seriously who gives a **** about the Clemson game. Rest them starters...All we need is a lattimore or Alshon getting hurt...."

Lattimore sets SC record - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Lattimore sets SC record - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |: "COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore has set a school record with his 17th and 18th touchdowns against Troy.

Lattimore scored on a 17-yard run on the Gamecocks' first play from scrimmage Saturday. The scoring run surpassed the old mark of 16 set by Harold Green in 1987.

Lattimore broke off a 58-yard run on the Gamecocks' second series, giving him more than 1,000 yards rushing. He ended the drive with his 18th touchdown.

Lattimore is a freshman who is South Carolina's leading rusher this season. He had 212 yards and three touchdowns in the Gamecocks 36-14 victory at Florida that won the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division last week."

Clemson now bowl eligible | The Post and Courier, Charleston SC - News, Sports, Entertainment

Clemson now bowl eligible | The Post and Courier, Charleston SC - News, Sports, Entertainment: "WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Clemson’s defense continued its dominant play and the Tigers produced a few rare explosive offensive plays in a 30-10 win at Wake Forest, marking the Tigers’ first road victory the season. The win also made Clemson bowl eligible.

Da’Quan Bowers led the defensive effort with two sacks, bringing his season total to 15.5. The Clemson defense held a listless Wake Forest offense scoreless until the fourth quarter. The Tigers’ offense featured a 63-yard touchdown run by Jamie Harper that put the game away in the fourth quarter, and a 40-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Parker to Jaron Brown that gave Clemson a 13-0 lead at half.

Clemson hosts rival South Carolina next Saturday. The gametime has not been announced."

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Darwell's Cafe Where No One is a Stranger- Long Beach, Mississippi


Darwell's Cafe - Long Beach, Mississippi
127 East First Street
Long Beach, MS 39560
224-868-8946
e-mail: darwellscafe@gmail.com

As seen on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives



Darwell's Cafe!!! Recently, a business associate friend clued me in about this little gem of a place in Long Beach, Mississippi while we were in the Gulf-coast area working on a project.. we both ordered the Blacken Sirloin and filleted Crab served with Darwell's delicious Vidalia onion sauce.  

I found it to be a memorable eating experience and want share it with everyone... dining here will have your taste buds begging for more. Words fall short in describing this place... you have to experience it to understand. 

Bottom line... if you are within a hundred or so miles of Long Beach, Mississippi you have a reason to drop in at Darwell's Cafe located in Long Beach. 

The food is unbelievably good, the service is fantastic and the Cajun ambiance the owner's have set for the place will have you longing for more.  

I know it is only a matter of time before you make the trip, so when you walk up to the door, don't be surprised if you are met by Papa D... oh, you will recognize him immediately... and while there mention Natives of Lee County South Carolina to Papa D and Darwell... they are a couple of characters you will not soon forget and they will treat you right!!! (Click here for map

BEST OF THE BEST DINERS, 

DRIVE-INS & DIVES!


Great Food!
Great Atmosphere! 
Great People! 

Bring your Family or Come by Yourself and have a 
Great Time!
"Papa D" Most Memorable Character


We look forward to serving you at Darwells Cafe soon

 (located in Long Beach Mississippi)Open 11am - 9pm Monday - Saturday.






We offer casual dining where no one is a stranger. 
Located in downtown Long Beach, a couple blocks 
from the beach, and minutes away from casinos. 
We hope you take the time to explore our 






Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Illegal immigrants can qualify for in-state college tuition, court rules - latimes.com

Illegal immigrants can qualify for in-state college tuition, court rules - latimes.com: "Illegal immigrants can qualify for in-state college tuition, court rules
Critics say the California law that state Supreme Court justices upheld conflicts with a federal ban on undocumented immigrants getting college benefits based on residency. An appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court is expected."

BI-LO Charities | SCNOW

BI-LO Charities | SCNOW

SC VA med center advises veterans' caregivers - State & Regional - Wire - TheState.com

SC VA med center advises veterans' caregivers - State & Regional - Wire - TheState.com: "COLUMBIA, S.C. — The Dorn Veterans Administration Medical Center in South Carolina is offering advice and assistance to ease the stress of those who care for veterans.
VA spokeswoman Priscilla Creamer (KRA-mer) says the conference Monday was being held from 9 a.m to 2 p.m. at the Medical Center in Columbia.
Creamer says classes were organized to offer information about providing home care for injured veterans, legal issues involving their caregivers, stress reduction techniques and information on veterans benefits. Community agencies that can assist were also attending.
Contact the Medical Center at 803-776-4000, Ext. 4325 to register."

Prince William engaged to Kate Middleton - CNN.com


Prince William engaged to Kate Middleton

By the CNN Wire Staff
November 16, 2010 6:32 a.m. EST
Prince William and Kate Middleton at the RBS Six Nations Championship match between England and Italy at Twickenham in London in 2007.
Prince William and Kate Middleton at the RBS Six Nations Championship match between England and Italy at Twickenham in London in 2007.


The wedding will take place in London in the spring or summer of 2011, said a statement from Clarence House, William's home near Buckingham Palace. It said further details would be announced "in due course."The prince and Middleton, both 28, have been dating since 2003. Rumors have been rife for years that they have been close to marriage."Prince William and Miss Middleton became engaged in October during a private holiday in Kenya," the statement said. "Prince William has informed the queen and other close members of his family. Prince William has also sought the permission of Miss Middleton's father."Following the marriage, the couple will live in north Wales, where Prince William will continue to serve with the Royal Air Force."

News from The Associated Press

News from The Associated Press: "WASHINGTON (AP) -- Consumer alert: A new Medicare drug plan with the lowest upfront cost in the country may not be for everyone, experts say.

Medicare's open enrollment season just started, and the plan from insurer Humana and retail giant Walmart is getting attention. At $14.80, the monthly premium is the lowest of any national plan, about half the average. And Humana and Walmart are advertising savings of more than $450 a year for the typical Medicare recipient.

But experts say if you can't get to a Walmart easily and need costly medications for intractable conditions, it could be a disappointment. You could face copayments as high as 50 percent for drugs purchased at local independent drugstores, 'non-preferred' pharmacies as far as the plan goes."

Monday, November 15, 2010

Midlands Most Wanted - Crime & Courts - TheState.com

"Each Monday, The State will run information on a suspect wanted by authorities.


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NAME: Oliver Odell Lee
DATE OF BIRTH: June 14, 1969

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DESCRIPTION: Lee is 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 190 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.
WANTED BY: Lexington County Sheriff’s Department
CHARGES: Criminal domestic violence and malicious injury to property
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: 3064 Pine Plain Road, Swansea
IF YOU SEE HIM: Contact Crime Stoppers using one of the contact methods above." Source Information

Astonishing News Bush Favor Obama Over McCain

"Bush Would Have Backed Obama
The Financial Times reports an astonishing anecdote: In 2008, President Bush told British officials that he favored Barack Obama for president over John McCain.

'The venue was the Oval Office. A group of British dignitaries, including Gordon Brown, were paying a visit. It was at the height of the 2008 presidential election campaign, not long after Bush publicly endorsed John McCain as his successor... Trying to be even-handed and polite, the Brits said something diplomatic about McCain's campaign, expecting Bush to express some warm words of support for the Republican candidate... 'I probably won't even vote for the guy,' Bush told the group, according to two people present. 'I had to endorse him. But I'd have endorsed Obama if they'd asked me.''" Source

Dog saves residents from a burning Garden City condo | SCNOW

Dog saves residents from a burning Garden City condo | SCNOW: "Walking through what remains of her home, Betsi Santone still can not believe a fire ripped through her building early Sunday morning.

'When we came up the back steps and saw the devastation and the degree I was just blown away,” said Santone. “I don't need a key because I don't have a door. I don't have a wall. I mean, this is like 100 times worse than I really thought it was going to be.'"

Afghan President Not a Team Player

Karzai is Smoking Both Ends of the Cigar

Editor: How much longer do we have to endure President Hamid Karzai's attempts to keep us from our appointed goal. It is as obvious as it gets that the Afghan president's own goal is to keep pressure off our enemy. Assurances that Karzai is on-board with our strategy is rebuffed by his actions... Do whatever it is he resists and end the war quicker. 

"KABUL, Afghanistan — Top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus, was frustrated by the Afghan president's blunt call for a reduced military footprint in the country - a remark that threatens to undermine efforts to maintain international support for the war at this week's NATO summit.
President Hamid Karzai said in an interview this week that he wanted the coalition to put an end to night raids, which cause friction between Afghans and foreign troops. These operations are a key part in Petraeus' strategy to rout insurgents, improve security and bolster governance and development." Full report 

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Louise Walker Baskin Stevenson 1917-2010 « Images of Bishopville

Louise Walker Baskin Stevenson 1917-2010 « Images of Bishopville: "My Aunt Louise passed away at her home this morning. She had been quite senile for the last 6 or so years and, after suffering a stroke just before her 91st birthday, in an almost unconscious state. Aunt Lou grew up on Ridge Street, a daughter of Mary Walker and Arthur Bayard Baskin. Her brothers and sisters were Arthur Crawford, Marion, Eldridge, A.B., Sarah, and Virginia."

Melvin Returning to the Public Sector in Less Than Ten Years a Real Possibility

Editorial
John Reames
Editor

If you were to divide South Carolina into quadrants Lee County would be located in the Southwestern portion of the Northeastern quadrant. For years E.J. Melvin as Sheriff, worked hard to gain control of the drug problem in his little county and control it he did. 

He became the big dog on the block; a term criminal types know as someone you don't want to cross. 

"Big Dog" as he because known throughout the county was the center of everything. He was very approachable; everybody from the little old lady whose neighbor's dog 'was killin' her chickens' to the drug dealer who was about to be arrested; they all came to him with their problems.

"Big Dog" was in high cotton.

However, there was problem and that problem was drug use in the county escalated during his tenure because "Big Dog" was now the Top Dog in the drug underworld in Lee County. 

Now a Drug Kingpin, "Big Dog" had worked hard worming his way into the illegal drug business using the full weight of the law as his weapon of gaining control. Illicit drugs didn't come into "Big Dog's" county without him gaining control over its distribution. 

"Big Dog" had a huge ego, and it was that false impression of himself that was used to yank his chain.

"Big Dog" is in the Law Enforcement Dog House now, awaiting sentencing... 

Imagine the number of people, young or old, rich or poor, who were his victims. Not just those he threatened to put in jail, but those who were caught up in the web of his enterprise; those who became addicted and wound up on the wrong side of the track.  

When it came to drugs "Big Dog" didn't discriminate. It will be a grand reunion for those folk sitting in the big dog house waiting on the little puppy to enter their kennel.  

It is up to the judge to determine "Big Dog's" future time in the State Lockup; let's hope he throws the key away on this one. 

From WMBFNEWS
"Nettles stated, 'Police officers are not above the law. When a public official, such as Mr. Melvin, abuses his authority, he drains the public trust and erodes the confidence that our citizens should have in law enforcement.'
Melvin faces a mandatory minimum term of at least ten years and a maximum term of life. Sentencing is scheduled for January 7, 2011 at 10:30 am."

Friday, November 12, 2010

Work Wanted - Computer Monitor Screens Cleaned - FREE


Some of you know that I fancy myself to be somewhat of an elderly computer geek and have actually fixed your computer.
What you probably don't know is that I have a computer cleaning service too.
Clean a computer you say?!
Well, yeah; anybody can wipe the dust off, moist wipe the screen and shake the paper clips out of the keyboard but not many of you clean the inside of your monitor screen. It gets dirty over time and you lose clarity. Look at your screen closely... see those gray, dingy areas?  
Let me install a FREE program that will do the job in no time. The best part is that you can actually see the cleaning being done.
This little download is amazing and I'm dumbfounded that nobody has thought of this before now. Okay, enough said. Either you want this FREE download or you don't. It's safe... I promise. 

Here  is my free download to you. 

Click on the word  "Here" above and wait for a few seconds and the inside of your screen will be cleaned for you! 

Veterans urged to collect on unclaimed money - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Veterans urged to collect on unclaimed money - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |: "COLUMBIA, SC (WMBF) - Unknowingly, many military veterans are overlooking thousands of dollars in back pay that's rightfully owed to them, but, time to collect on the cash is running out.

It's like having a winning lotto ticket only to realize the date for collection expired last week. The government has half-a-billion dollars to distribute, but can't find enough troops to claim it.

'I was immediately suspicious about it,' admitted military veteran Ian Smith. 'It seemed like another scam that a lot of people prey on soldiers with.'

To Smith's goof fortune, it was not a scam, and he earned that money. So did other soldiers and Marines after learning when their enlistment was up, the Pentagon forced the soldiers to stay in."

Raw video: Tower demolition goes wrong - Nation - TheState.com

Raw video: Tower demolition goes wrong - Nation - TheState.com: "An Ohio power plant's 275-foot tower was demolished on Wednesday, but the blast knocked it the wrong direction. No one was hurt, but the collapse knocked down power lines and cut power to about 4,000 customers."

Reports: Human Remains Found in Zahra Baker Case - chicagotribune.com

Reports: Human Remains Found in Zahra Baker Case - chicagotribune.com: "HICKORY, N.C. (WGHP) — Sources told WSOC-TV Thursday that significant evidence has been found in the search for Zahra Baker.

Investigators found human remains while searching in Caldwell County Wednesday, sources told WSOC-TV. The evidence has been sent to the NC State Bureau of Investigation's lab for analysis.

Investigators are releasing no other information has been released so as not to 'jeopardize any future criminal proceedings.'

A WSOC-TV reporter returned to the search site on Dudley Shoals Road Thursday and found a hole about 2 1/2 feet deep and 10 feet across. A pile of dirt that would have been in that hole was nowhere to be found."

Eddie Boykin - Prayer Update


Bishopville Presbyterian Church
located at 215 S. Main Street
Bishopville, SC  29010
803-484-5441
mailing address: P.O. Box 66
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Prayer Update
I just received a phone call that Eddie Boykin's surgery went well. He is at McLeod and hopes to be in a regular room tomorrow. Please continue to keep him in your prayers that he will continue to improve.

For more information contact: 
Gwen
803.484.5441
bvlpcusa@ftc-I.net

Thursday, November 11, 2010

First Christmas Lee Haw Variety Show - Bishopville Opera House

"A Hometown Christmas Lee Haw" on November 30th (Tuesday night) at 7pm. Event will be held at the Bishopville Opera House. 

Tickets can be purchased at Bishopville DrugCompany , Corner Cutting and the Chamber of Commerce office. $8 for adults and $5 for children10 years old and under. 

Come one and all to join us for our 1st Christmas Lee Haw show. We have a wonderful evening planned and a few surprises. 

Kids may want to bring your letters for Santa, I hear he may appear.

For more information please call 803-484-5145.

Former Lee County sheriff facing life in prison, sentencing date - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Former Lee County sheriff facing life in prison, sentencing date - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |: "COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Former two-term Lee County Sheriff E.J. Melvin is behind bars at the Lexington County Detention Center, awaiting a sentencing hearing that could put him in federal prison for the rest of his life.

A federal jury convicted Melvin late Tuesday afternoon after deliberating racketeering, drug conspiracy, extortion, using a telephone to further a drug conspiracy and money laundering charges. Melvin is also guilty of lying to the FBI. He faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison with the possibility of a life sentence.

For complete coverage of Melvin's arrest and trial click here.

US Assistant Attorney Mark Moore charged Melvin with 25 separate acts of racketeering. The jury only needed to find the former sheriff guilty of two acts to be convicted, but the jury found guilty on all counts. The jury found Melvin not guilty of four of the 17 telephone counts. The drug conspiracy conviction carries a minimum of 10 years, the additional charges could enhance the sentence the judge will level on Melvin.

After the court clerk read the verdict, the judge revoked Melvin's bond and ordered the US Marshals to arrest the former sheriff and put him in jail until his sentencing hearing in January. Melvin was free since May 7 when he was set free on a $200,000 surety bond."

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Ellie E Price - Memories of South Korea



                      --------MEMORIES OF SOUTH KOREA--------
                          By: Ellie E. Price 
1999
 
         
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 "I remember seeing an unusual thing when our outfit, the 841st. Engineering Aviation Battalion was stationed near Kunsan, South Korea, in the summer of 1954. We were part of the famous SCARWAF (Link may require signing up with Google) organization, (Special Category of Army with Air Force). It was summer and we were busy building the North/South runway extension across the rice paddies. Our Unit was stationed near Kunsan, at K8 Air Base, very close to the Yellow Sea.”   

“One morning one of our D8 Caterpillar bulldozers was buried to the exhaust after being left overnight in the runway extension area.  I don't remember how we recovered it except that a 12-ton tank retriever vehicle, winches and much help from other large equipment was used. Large pumps were operated continually during this time for drainage. I suppose that centuries of rice production had occurred in this area and being so close to the sea it's a minor miracle that the extension itself didn't sink."  

(Note, From Kalani O’Sullivan (unfortunately his website is defunct), author of the above web site “Actually Kunsan Airbase was built on a reclaimed island back in about 1932. The base itself was built in 1938 after the polders (rice field areas) had been filled in. Thus those rice fields were only about 20 years old.” 

“The 841st EAB area was self-contained with their own mess hall and billets. Their housing area was located south of the Officers' Club and east of the athletic field...in what is now part of the Golf Course. This location would place them at the north end of the present runway...near the present End-of-Runway (EOR) arm/dearm area. Their motto was: "Build, Maintain, Defend". Along the lines of defense, the 841st was assigned to the perimeter defense of the base.”  
  
                                                        GUARD DUTY

"One night I was walking guard duty near an asphalt plant. It was a bitter cold night and for some reason political tension was high and we were given one live clip for our carbines, but told not to insert it. That night while walking my post, I could hear Korean voices all around me but couldn't tell where they were coming from. A Korean would shout something from the top of a mountain on my right and another would answer him from my left. I was scared and eventually joined Lonnie H. Grigsby, another guard, and lit a fire in an old drum of diesel fuel at the asphalt plant to warm our hands. There was more fuel there than we realized and when it got to going it lit up the whole area. Several Jeep loads of Military Police came thinking the Koreans had started an incident, but by the time they got there we were back walking our post again, live clips inserted.”


"When I arrived in January, 1954 as a private with the U.S. Army, I was assigned as light vehicle mechanic with the 841st Engineering Aviation Battalion. However, changes were made and I actually worked as a job-site dispatcher for heavy construction machinery. The airstrip was of course already built and our job was to build parking pads and maintain the runway and roads in the area. ... I left South Korea for Okinawa to join the 808th E.A.B. in July, 1954, then on to Iwo Jima later that year, to rotate home in February '55."


                                                   STEAM TRAIN

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"I came over on the USS Walker, a merchant marine ship, to Yokohama, Japan, then flew from Tachikawa Air Base to Taegu, South Korea. We then took a steam train up to Taejon, spent the night at an Army base and on down to Kunsan the next day. It was quite a ride, all day puffing across the rice paddies, with much evidence of war destruction everywhere. In thinking back, the scene seems straight out of a western movie of a hundred years ago.  A little Korean girl, about 8 years old, cute as a button, was on the train making her living shining shoes. She had a big smile and a bright personality and would come up and ask, "Woan booes polish, G I?", "Yeah." "Hokay", then out came the polish and the rag, chika, chika, chika, chika, and the job was done. On to the next G.I. Who could resist her?

                                                           
"The war had been over for six months and we lived a pretty uneventful life for the most part. One thing happened that was never explained to us. One day our men were issued weapons rather quickly (about May or June, ‘54) and deployed in a prone position near a rice paddy some distance from camp. After several hours with live ammunition we returned to camp without seeing or hearing anything unusual. I have always wondered if we had a training exercise or something more serious. I was 21 at the time, (66 now in 1999), and everything was new and exciting to me. I really think that young men today miss a lot by not being required to serve in our armed forces. The Korean countryside was rather barren and brown at the time with heavily rutted and pot-holed roads and mostly unpaved streets in the city of Kunsan."


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                                                        THE RADIO

"During the summer of 1954, a friend and I purchased a radio together at the PX. We both missed hearing the current hit songs and the armed forces network sometimes broadcast pretty good music late at night. We loved Tony Bennett, Perry Como, Eddie Fisher, and Frank Sinatra, but our favorite was Joni James.  She often signed off, late at night, with the song, "I'll Be Seeing You." That song, and the soft, intimate way she sang it, often brought tears to our eyes. "I'll see you in the morning sun.....and when the night is blue. I'll be looking at the moon..... but I'll be seeing you." Janet Leigh, Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell, Tony Curtis, and Gary Cooper were current hit movie stars, and I had never heard of or tasted Pizza or Ravioli."


                                              
 
MYSTERY GAME

After the war was over, supervised visits to Kunsan City were allowed. "One summer day, on a trip into Kunsan City, we stopped to watch some type of game being played beside the road. From a distance it looked really strange. Teenage Korean girls were somehow springing high into the air, first one then the other. As we got closer, I was surprised to see it was the same game that my sisters played at home. We called it "Spring-board" or "Jump-board," and these girls were experts at it. A stout plank, about ten feet long and eight inches wide was placed on a center pivot. At home it was usually a log a few inches above the ground. To start the action, A girl would stand on one end of the plank while the other jumped very hard on the raised end. This impact would send the first girl flying high into the air, eventually coming down hard to send her companion soaring. These young jumpers were highly skilled and each would be hurled eight to ten feet into the air, coming down at precisely the right spot to keep the action going indefinitely. I have often wondered what this game is officially called and if it is even played anymore." 

(Note from Kalani O’Sullivan) This is a traditional game for girls called "Naltwigi." It was supposedly started in ancient times when upper-class women were confined to the house and courtyards during the day...and could only go out at night during certain hours. In order to see over the walls during the day, they invented this game. Nowadays this is done by both men and women during traditional holidays like Chusok. Like many other things, the skill of jumping high has been lost as more sophisticated games has attracted the attention of the children.)


                                                       BASE LIFE

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“I remember a little of the base life in the more relaxed times after the cease-fire. "Yes they did still have a service club there, across the helicopter landing area from where we were. Also a large PX and other smaller clubs where the Australian airmen from the local British Meteor Squadron liked to have parties. They invited us to some of them and we had a lot of fun. We were at the extreme exit end of the strip with 841st, not far from where the 808th was and pretty near the Yellow Sea. We lived in 8 man squad tents and rode in a 3/4, (or 2 1/2) ton truck each morning to the motor pool and had to go completely around the take off (south) end of the strip. Saw lots of those B26 bombers still there and F80 and F84 Sabre Jets."



"In 1954 there were still many antiaircraft guns, trenches and foxholes in the area. I wonder if very much fighting actually went on near Kunsan? There was a wing of British Meteor fighter jets with Australian pilots and crews when I was there. They were nice, fun loving guys and the twin engine planes were beautiful." (Go to RAAF No. 77 Squadron for more information on this unit.)"


                           
 OFF DUTY

"The airman's club to the lower right of the 841st is where the Aussies had one of their memorable parties. Being 20 yrs. old and from a Southern Bible belt area, I'd had almost no experience with alcohol of any kind. Though my folks were not Baptist, we were definitely influenced by that strict culture. I was taught, like many others, that "beer leads to likker, likker leads to irresponsibility, and irresponsibility leads to broken families". So..."don't mess with that stuff, it’d be best to leave it alone!" Big glasses of iced tea, lemonade, Nehi's, Pepsi's and Cokes, called "dopes" in those days), were about all we dared to drink."


"So.....when those fun loving Australian Airmen invited us to a big party to show their appreciation for our work, I definitely wasn't prepared for the higher alcohol Japanese beer in huge quantities. I still remember the sound of those steel cans popping as fast as we could empty them, and the queer feeling of my buddies supporting me on that crazy, crooked path back to my tent. With the support, (and much laughter) of my more experienced buddies, I eventually made it back, with the whole tent slowly revolving about my head. The next morning on the way to breakfast I saw that many of the men came up a little short, and had peacefully finished the night in various roads and ditches."


After the threat from North Korea diminished, the 841st Engineers departed in the fall of 1954. Some of the units joined a sister outfit, the 808th, in Okinawa, while others went to Japan or other units.






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