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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Bishopville High School Marker

Just a short post about the Historical Marker in front of the Bishopville High School building on North Main Street.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Last Blog

Today, just about five minutes ago I decided to shut the door on Natives of Lee County South Carolina. It was a good run and I enjoyed the overwhelming encouragement I received from my readers. I plan to devote my remaining time to my family, my passions and my God. Thank you and good-bye!


Sunday, March 20, 2011

Ard Draws Attention Away from Lee County. Details of Civil Charges Released

Editor: If a person was to look hard enough, finding that passage written in fine print within the law books that says you HAVE to be criminally predisposed to be a politician shouldn't be surprising, given the ever increasing rate at which they are being brought before the bench.

Link: Ard charges: Dems say criminal, GOP defends lt gov - S.C. Politics - TheState.com: "The state Ethics Commission on Friday released details of the civil charges it will pursue against Ard in a hearing later. Ard has said he will cooperate in the investigation and take responsibility if he made mistakes."

Saturday, March 19, 2011

ABC News - Japan Earthquake: before and after

ABC News - Japan Earthquake: before and after

This is one of the best presentations I have yet seen on the destruction
encountered in Japan. They are satellite photos taken before and after of
various areas, but what makes them especially descriptive is the method of
presentation.
As you move the mouse slowly over the picture, from right to left, the
'before' sat photo is replaced by the 'after' sat photo, giving you an
immediate comparison.
(Not click and drag, just move the mouse)

The before & after really bring home the extent of property damage.

Editors note: (Thanks to Cousin Jim Wesberry for this presentation and text)

Friday, March 18, 2011

Lee County Elected Leaders on the Hot Seat Again

Editor: The back door to the Lee County Council is getting plenty of use, according to some watchdogs. Council's modus operandi is getting a bit suspicious for these folk and they're taking action.

Link: Appeal claims Lee county zoning exception illegal | SCNOW: "Some 45 residents attended a meeting at the Lydia Community Center to hear Steve Beasley, a local farmer and appellant in the legal action, explain the environmental hazards that he and three other plaintiffs believe may accompany the installation of a liquid waste incinerator/evaporator at the Lee County Solid Waste Facility owned by Merrill’s Composting, Inc. Beasley also outlined the reasons for filing the appeal against the Lee County Council, the Lee County Planning Commission and the Lee County Board of Zoning Appeals.

Also speaking at the meeting were Attorney Richard C. Jones, who represents the appellants, and Samantha Seigel of Columbia, a representative of the Sierra Club.

“We simply feel that there are environmental concerns that were not considered when this matter was approved and that it may not be in the best interest if the surrounding community,” said Beasley. “We certainly were not given the proper opportunity to voice our concerns about what effect the incinerator will have.”"

Gone - On The Wings of a Dove - Ferlin Husky - March 17, 2011

Link: Country’s Ferlin Husky dies - Local / Metro - TheState.com: "Country Music Hall of Famer Ferlin Husky, the innovative recording artist whose 1957 smash “Gone” helped usher in the pop-leaning Nashville Sound era, died Thursday at his daughter’s home in Westmoreland, Tenn. He was 85 and suffered from congestive heart failure."


Thursday, March 17, 2011

"Big Dog" Awaits Kennel Assignment

Collared 'Big Dog', aka E.J. Melvin, the former Sheriff of Lee County will soon know the length of his federally issued leash.
Link:Prosecutors want 30 year sentence for fmr. Lee Co. Sheriff - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |: "KICKBACKS AS A HIGHWAY PATROLMAN

Prosecutors plan to show evidence that Melvin's criminal conduct dates back to his time on the South Carolina Highway Patrol, according to the filing. Melvin worked as a Trooper until his election in November 2000. Prosecutors said they have evidence that shows as a Trooper, Melvin 'solicited kickbacks…in return for providing information about law enforcement activity,' Moore wrote."

Another case for the State's Ethics Commission???

Do you think this is a Democratic ploy to destroy Haley or is there some truth to this story which will not go away?
LINK: Hospital: No one here filled out application for Haley - Governor Watch - TheState.com: "Hospital: No one here filled out application for Haley
But who did? Haley staff insists she did not fill out application obtained through a public records request"

"Haley was hired as a fundraiser in August 2008, a position created for her at a $110,000-a-year salary, leaving the post in April 2010 as she was campaigning in the Republican gubernatorial primary. Records show hospital staff was having trouble getting in contact with Haley and had asked her to take a leave of absence, which she refused. Eventually Haley and the hospital agreed to a $35,000 severance package."

You Tell Me - Is This Story Interesting?

I've received two (2) complaints about using other news sources (news other than Lee County news) in this Blog... Now I want to hear from you. Tell me what you think. In the meantime here is another item of news I thought was interesting and important to Lee County Natives.

LINK: Lt. Gov. charged with using campaign cash for personal expenses - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |: "'Ken Ard has been in office less than 90 days and has already managed to create a dark ethical cloud over the Haley/Ard administration and with these charges has brought great discredit again to South Carolina,'"

Monday, March 14, 2011

Educators Bring Home Failing Grades - No Excuses School Boards


COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A new report shows South Carolina dominates a list of America's worst public schools.
The list, published by NeighborhoodScout.com, finds South Carolina is home to 37 of the 100 "failing" schools. More than a dozen of the schools are in the Midlands.
The list was based on a combination of test scores, class size, money spent per student and other factors.
  • Below is a list and rank of the schools in the Midlands that made the list. 
  • Click here for the full list.

    97 MOUNT PLEASANT HIGH SCHOOL  Bishopville, SC
    90 WEST LEE SCHOOL  Bishopville, SC

    86 FAIRFIELD MIDDLE SCHOOL  Winnsboro, SC
    75 HYATT PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL  Columbia, SC
    71 NEWBERRY MIDDLE SCHOOL  Newberry, SC
    69 GIBBES MIDDLE SCHOOL  Columbia, SC
    63 W. G. SANDERS MIDDLE SCHOOL  Columbia, SC
    40 CHESTNUT OAK MIDDLE  Sumter, SC
    21 W A PERRY MIDDLE SCHOOL  Columbia, SC
    14 ALCORN MIDDLE SCHOOL  Columbia, SC
    10 MIDLANDS MATH AND BUSINESS ACADEMY  Columbia, SC
    2 KENNEDY/LLOYD CHARTER SCHOOL  Aiken, SC
NeighborhooodScout is owned and operated by Location Inc, a Massachusetts-based company borne of university research, specializing in nationwide relocation software, retail site selection, and real estate investment advising. The site offers specific information on each school to paying subscribers.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Great American Cleanup to kickoff in Bishopville | SCNOW

Great American Cleanup to kickoff in Bishopville | SCNOW: "The 2011 Great American Cleanup of South Carolina will kick off Saturday, March 12, at the Harlem Blue Pond Community Makeover in Bishopville.

According to a news release from Palmetto Pride, the Great American Cleanup of SC (GACSC) is the state’s largest cleanup event and is a part of the Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup.

Volunteers, law enforcement and city employees will come together for a litter pickup and dedication of a community garden from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Dedication of community garden and park bench will be held 1:30 p.m.

The event will kick off a citywide initiative to improve the Harlem Blue Pond area, the release said.

For more information on the GACSC, call (803) 758-6034."

Great American Cleanup to kickoff in Bishopville | SCNOW

Great American Cleanup to kickoff in Bishopville | SCNOW: "The 2011 Great American Cleanup of South Carolina will kick off Saturday, March 12, at the Harlem Blue Pond Community Makeover in Bishopville.

According to a news release from Palmetto Pride, the Great American Cleanup of SC (GACSC) is the state’s largest cleanup event and is a part of the Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup.

Volunteers, law enforcement and city employees will come together for a litter pickup and dedication of a community garden from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Dedication of community garden and park bench will be held 1:30 p.m.

The event will kick off a citywide initiative to improve the Harlem Blue Pond area, the release said.

For more information on the GACSC, call (803) 758-6034."

Deputies: SC Woman steals husband's fake leg, attacks him - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Editor: Drunk wife calls police to find out who decides to keep the house then she beats husband with his unreal leg.

Satisfied that she has the upper hand and right foot in the dispute she takes a smoke break on the porch. Meanwhile the abused husband fearful of another attack locks her out. Cops arrive, survey the scene and cart the irate wife off to jail.

Will these two settle their differences... ?? Will the husband get the house??

Deputies: SC Woman steals husband's fake leg, attacks him - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |: "According to the report, the woman that called never mentioned an assault, only asked questions 'about when a couple gets separated, who decides who gets the house?'"

7 children die in Pennsylvania house fire - CNN.com

Editor: This is a horrible event... no one can doubt that... but to sensationalize the story is even more tragic and wrong. These hard working parents were doing what millions of people have done since the beginning of time... working to provide for their family... they weren't partying at the local juke joint.... they were working at home! To purposefully and callously turn a suspicious eye on them is the worst type of journalism in my opinion.



7 children die in Pennsylvania house fire - CNN.com: "'While mom's milking cows, her 3-year-old daughter comes running into the barn and the 3-year-old tells the mother that there's smoke inside the house,' Pinkerton said. 'Mom leaves the barn, comes running out, sees that the house appears to be on fire.'"

Former CFO sentenced for embezzling $3 million - Crime & Courts - TheState.com

He didn't think the new employer would notice

Former CFO sentenced for embezzling $3 million - Crime & Courts - TheState.com: "Jerry F. Wells also must repay the money he stole and will spend three years on supervised release after serving his time in prison. Wells's sentence is more severe than the one he agreed to in July 2009 when he first pleaded guilty to the embezzlement from UCI Medical Affiliates. But federal authorities discovered that he had gotten another job while awaiting his sentence and had stolen $40,000 from the new employer."

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Together We Can Do This

The price of a gallon of gas is expected to hit $4.00 and above this summer and it is high time that we the consumers take action. We can't just boycott a station for a day or two to be effective. We have to have an intelligent plan and we have to be united in our actions. 


I'm not taking credit for the following plan but I can see that it has merit. Sure, we will be hurting some of our friends in a financial way who are in the gasoline dispensing business but you have to remind yourself that you are doing them and yourself a favor when you participate it this plan.


Last evening I stopped in at one of my local convenience stores where I pumped $11.00 worth of gas into my little Daewoo. The price of a gallon of regular gas on the pump was $3.30. That means that I pumped 3.33 gallons into my tank. Every day the price changes, creeping higher and higher. 


We, the consumers have to send a message to the oil companies that the law of supply and demand is controlled by us and not them. All we have to do is to unite in the same manner that they do and regain control of the law of supply and demand. 


Here is how we do this. We don't purchase their product! 


Wait a minute!, you say. That can't possibly work; I have to have gas!, and you would be right for we all rely on our cars. However, if we attack this in a united and intelligent manner we can regain our rightful stature in the market place.

Here is how it will work and I think this is a fantastic plan. For the rest of this year don't buy any gas from anywhere that displays an ExxonMobile, Chevron or BP sign.

If they are not selling any gas, they will be inclined to reduce their  prices. If they reduce their prices, other companies will  have to follow suit to remain competitive. Then what will we have? PRICE WARS!!!! 


But 
to have the needed impact, we need to reach literally millions of ExxonMobile, Chevron and BP gas buyers.  It's really simple to do!  


Now, don't  wimp out on me at this point...keep reading and I'll explain how simple it is to reach millions of
people!!

Facebook!



I'm putting this on my Facebook page and if each of my friends do the same in a matter of days we will have forced giant company's to lower their gas prices to stay competitive in the market place. Acting together we  can make a difference. 

If  this makes sense to you, please pass this message on. I further suggest  that we not buy from ExxonMobile, Chevron, or BP until the prices reach a more affordable level. 



This will only work if you share this with all your Facebook friends! 


Note: Below is a copy of the e-mail I sent to Kangaroo headquarters informing them of my effort. 



Hello,
I'm concerned that the gas prices are once again climbing to levels that are not affordable to many Americans and I'm starting a campaign through Facebook to voice that concern to about 800 of my friends. I wanted you to know this because I'm not targeting your company to start with. Consumers need to control the law of supply and demand not the big gas producers and I'm going to do my part by not patronizing them for the rest of this year. I know that is will be a small inconvenience for me and my wife but I feel it is worth it. Hopefully, all my friends will follow my lead and ask their friends to support this effort. I would love to learn your opinion.
I'm a Kangaroo consumer and will be patronizing your stores for the rest of the year (unless I learn that your stations are supplied by ExxonMobile, Chevron, or BP.)
Thanks for taking the time to read this. 

Sign at City Hall Should Read: Proactive Candidates Only Need Apply


Editors Observations: When you live a lifetime in a community you don't really notice the gradual change that takes its toll. It's like the reunion you attended where you found yourself face to face with a classmate you had not seen in forty or fifty years. It's an awkward moment at best because your mind had etched this memory of a young and vibrant person with whom you shared many memories; and now there is this old person standing in front of you who bears little resemblance to your classmate of years past. That is exactly how the face of Bishopville has changed during those same years. 


An example of what occurs when you have reactive leadership is what happened to the property that my family once owned on North Main street. Today there is a Mobile Home Park in what was once the back yard of my childhood home. Tell that to someone who once lived in Bishopville and you get a response of unbelievability. The shock of learning that is doubled when they see it with their own eyes. What were the Civic Leaders thinking?


Across Main Street from our home stood the majestic Woodward house that sat on an attractive sizable lot and was surrounded by many beautiful majestic oak trees which where so bountiful that the front, side and back yards were shaded and home to many birds and squirrels. Gone now; replaced by brick, mortar and concrete. A federal building is sitting in the middle of a residential district that also saw a gas station pop up. There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to the decision making process other than it was expedient or profitable to certain influential individuals. 


Continuing along with this dialogue I'll mention the old Grammar School, which had there been proactive leadership among the civic leaders during that time, could today have been a wonderful Community Center. But at least it hasn't seen the addition of bricks, mortar and concrete and is a wonderful park for the citizens use. 


The approaches to the community of Bishopville from the North, East, South, and West have changed the quaint little town appearance to one of a unsightly, confused, and disorderly collection of intermingled residential and business districts. 


An opportunity is at hand to select proactive community leaders who have the ability to anticipate the needs of the community and the fortitude to stay the course when the chips are down and who will end the hodge podge way of dealing with the town's treasures. Sitting at home while others decide how your home town is raped or protected is your privilege. You also have the privilege of the vote and, in my opinion, an obligation to your fellow citizens to exercise that vote. I hope that you do!




"Filing under way for candidates in BishopvillePosted: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 6:00 am | Updated: 5:39 am, Wed Mar 2, 2011.BY RANDY BURNS Special to The Item
BISHOPVILLE - Filing is under way for the six at-large council and the mayoral seats in the May 10 nonpartisan election for the city of Bishopville.
City Administrator Gregg McCutchen said residents seeking office should file during regular business hours at Bishopville City Hall, 135 E. Church St., in Bishopville by noon on March 11. Filing began at noon Feb. 25, said McCutchen."

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Move Over Law - Reprint from June 2009

Editor: This is a good program and one that all motorist should heed... I would add another sign with larger letters that would give this warning: DO NOT RIDE IN THE LEFT LANE UNLESS YOU ARE PASSING A SLOWER CAR IN THE RIGHT LANE. Can I have an AMEN!
SC Secretary of Transportation H.B. "Buck" Limehouse speaks during a news conference to bring attention to the Move Over Law that requires motorists to slow down or move over when approaching stopped emergency vehicles. Also speaking at the event were: (left of Limehouse) SC Department of Public Safety Director Mark Keel and (right of Limehouse) SC Highway Patrol Colonel Kenny Lancaster. Holding the sign are, from left: Ada Gardner of SCDOT's Richland Maintenance office, Roger Roscoe of the Camden Fire Department, Micah Norman of Lexington County EMS and Corporal M. B. Coffin of the SC Highway Patrol.  (Photo by Rob Thompson/SCDOT)


SCDOT Joins SCDPS to Educate Motorists About “Move Over” Law

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is installing signs across the state to educate motorists about the law requiring motorists to “move over” into an adjacent lane whenever possible as they encounter an emergency scene or a temporary work zone.

The signs read, “Move Over Or Reduce Speed For Stopped Emergency Vehicles.”
SCDOT is installing approximately 30 signs on various locations along I-20, I-26, I-77, I-85, I-95, I-385 and I-526.
 SCDOT has also partnered with SCDPS to produce a television public service announcement about the Move Over law.  It will be used in educational presentations by the SC Highway Patrol and will be distributed to driver education teachers across the state for use in their classrooms. 
SCDOT joined the South Carolina Department of Public Safety (SCDPS) at news conferences at locations across the state on June 17 to announce these efforts.
“SCDOT personnel face danger every day in temporary work zones that are covered by the Move Over law,” said South Carolina Secretary of Transportation H.B. “Buck” Limehouse. “We have thousands of maintenance and construction employees and personnel of our subcontractors who are working on our highways every day and during nighttime hours as well.  They are working to make your ride smoother and safer.”
“Anytime you see stopped emergency vehicles, orange work zone signs or equipment with flashing lights, and workers on the scene – move over.  Give these dedicated men and women room to work and room to live,” Limehouse said.
“The safety of first responders and highway workers continues to be an issue – both in South Carolina and nationwide,” said Director of the South Carolina Department of Public Safety Mark Keel. “That is why this effort was undertaken by our agencies.  I want to thank the many state and local law enforcement, fire fighters, EMS and others who have joined us in this important effort.”
The “Move Over” law requires motorists to “move over” into an adjacent lane whenever possible if they encounter an emergency scene.  Section 56-5-1538 defines an emergency scene as “a location designated by the potential need to provide emergency medical care.”   It is identified by emergency vehicles with flashing lights, rescue equipment, or emergency personnel on scene.
South Carolina’s “Move Over” law also provides protection for highway workers.  Section 56-5-1536 also requires motorists to “move over” into an adjacent lane whenever possible when passing temporary work zones.  A temporary work zone is defined as “an area on a roadway identified by orange work zone signs or equipment with flashing lights, and the presence of workers on the scene.” 
Drivers approaching a temporary work zone or an emergency scene are required by law to:
  • Keep their vehicle under control
  • Proceed with due caution
  • Significantly reduce their vehicle speed
  • Yield the right of way by making a lane change into a lane not adjacent to the temporary work vehicle or equipment if on a highway with at least four lanes, with at least two lanes proceeding in the same direction
  • Maintain the safe speed for road conditions if changing lanes is impossible or unsafe. 

Endangering temporary work zone or emergency personnel is considered a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not less than $300 nor more than $500.  Obeying this little-known law can save a life and prevent injury. 

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Mary Lee Josey - Saturday, 26 February, 2011

Bishopville, SC


Mary Lee Josey, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011. 93 Yrs. old.


Memorial service, Wednesday March 2, 2011 at 11:00 AM  St. Matthews United Methodist Church. More information later. 

Monday, February 21, 2011

RED FLAG FIRE ALERT DECLARED


RED FLAG FIRE ALERT DECLARED
February 18, 2011  8:00pm   
(Columbia, SC)  The South Carolina Forestry Commission has declared a Red Flag Fire Alert for the following counties:
·       Lancaster
·       Kershaw
·       Sumter
·       Clarendon
·       Williamsburg
·       Florence
·       Georgetown
·       Horry
·       Dillon
·       Marlboro
·       Chesterfield
·       Darlington
·       Marion
·       Lee  
The alert warns that fire danger is increasing and that outdoor fires may become difficult to control.
Forestry authorities say stiff winds and low daytime and nighttime relative humidity may perpetuate dangerous conditions in the coming days.  Citizens are asked to postpone outdoor burning until conditions improve. 
While burning is not prohibited under a Red Flag, it is a violation of state law to allow fire to escape.  Escaped fires can result in fines and court costs of more than $450.  For more information, visit http://www.trees.sc.gov/baninfo.htm .
Suspected wildfires should be promptly reported to 911 or the Forestry Commission Dispatch Center 1-800-777-FIRE.
-END-
For more information, contact:  Scott Hawkins (803) 896-8820
For every $1.00 invested by SC in the Commission, forest industry produces about $1,800.00 of economic impact.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

"Big Dog" Moved Out of State for Security Reasons


"Big Dog" E. J. Melvin, the former Sheriff of Lee County... Moved from SC to another holding facility in Irwin County, Georgia for security reasons!!!
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Former Lee County sheriff EJ Melvin has filed a motion for a new trial and has been transferred out-of-state to a new federal holding facility.
Melvin claims the government did not sufficiently prove the charges, nor provide sufficient evidence to convict. Melvin has also asked for the judge to make a judgment of acquittal.
In November, the former sheriff was convicted of drug conspiracy, 25 racketeering acts, money laundering, extortion, theft of public funds, and lying to the FBI. The motion comes despite the fact that a federal jury spent more than 15 hour deliberating the facts. There is no date set for the judge to hand down a decision on Melvin's request.
United States Marshals have moved Melvin out of the Lexington County Detention Center to another facility in Irwin County, Georgia to hold him until sentencing. The move came because of security concerns according to the Marshal Office in Columbia. The sentencing was set for this month, but is pushed back until the end of February. 

From the Desk of Scott Hawkins - South Carolina Forestry Commission


Weather message from the South Carolina Forestry Commission
The South Carolina Forestry Commission is asking residents statewide to postpone outdoor burning for the next 72 hrs (the Presidents’ Day weekend).  Predicted weather conditions of low relative humidity, no rain, and high winds will make debris burns hard to contain, increasing the chance for wildfire.  Statistically, more than 40 percent of all wildfires in South Carolina begin as escaped debris burns.  So far this month (Feb. 1 to Feb.17), SCFC personnel have responded to more than 226 fires across the state.
SCFC law enforcement officials have been instructed to aggressively enforce laws pertaining to outdoor burning.  Officers will write citations for failure to notify the Commission of your burn (as required by law) and will ticket anyone responsible for a burn which escapes.
While this weather message is aimed at the practice of debris burning, the public should remember that the same weather conditions can cause unattended campfires to become wildfires as well.  No fire of any kind should be left unattended.
To report a wildfire, call 911 or 1-800-777-FIRE (3473).
By Scott Hawkins
(803) 896-8820

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Boy, 7, airlifted to burn center after fire - The Item: News: fire,

Boy, 7, airlifted to burn center after fire - The Item: News: fire,: "was showing.
Sumter Fire Department Lt. Wayne Holmes said volunteer firefighters arrived within 10 minutes of the 12:15 p.m. call, while units from the East Hampton Avenue headquarters were on scene at 12:35 p.m."

Huge turnout anticipated for SC wildlife expo - State & Regional - Wire - TheState.com

Huge turnout anticipated for SC wildlife expo - State & Regional - Wire - TheState.com: "CHARLESTON, S.C. — Charleston is providing an early jump on the spring tourism season on the South Carolina coast as it hosts the annual Southeastern Wildlife Exposition.
Between 30,000 and 40,000 usually attend the three-day event that opens Friday but offers visitors previews through the day Thursday.
This year, the expo hosts 120 wildlilfe artists and 300 exhibitors.
There are also popular demonstrations, ranging from raptors from the Center for Birds of Prey to a dock dogs competition featuring retrievers.
Tourism officials say that 2011 should continue a steady, solid recovery for the $18.4 billion tourism industry in the state."

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Lee chamber to name Business Person of Year - The Item: Local News: lee,

Lee chamber to name Business Person of Year - The Item: Local News: lee,:

"BISHOPVILLE - The Lee County Chamber of Commerce will recognize the Business Person of the Year and Citizen of the Year at its annual banquet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Opera House on Main Street.

Nominations for the awards are made by chamber members, with the final selections chosen by an outside committee.

A year ago, Lee County Parks and Recreation Director Alan Watkins was named Citizen of the Year and NBSC executive Fred Sandy was chosen Business Person of the Year.

Tickets are $25 per person and $40 for a couple and are available at the chamber office on Main Street.

Back Porch Culinary is catering the banquet and Lyric on Main is providing a dessert bar, according to Chamber Director Pam Kelley.

Bill Clary, a motivational speaker and comedian, will provide the entertainment.

For tickets and more information, contact the chamber at (803) 484-5145."

Oak Haven Acres Community Crime Watch News - Sumter County, SC: These People Never Thought Someone Evil Would Choose Them

Oak Haven Acres Community Crime Watch News - Sumter County, SC: These People Never Thought Someone Evil Would Choose Them

Gun Right Supporters Alert


Friends of South Carolina!

A word from my favorite South Carolina Gun Rights group, GrassRoots GunRights of SC.  Visit them at www.scfirearms.org

*** GrassRoots Gorillas CALL TO ACTION! ***
TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS. We need as many gun rights supporters as possible to attend this meeting.
The GrassRoots Gorillas who answer this call can be the deciding factor which convinces the politicians to make some long sought after improvements to SC gun laws.
The House Judiciary General Laws subcommittee has scheduled a meeting on Thursday February 17, 2011 at 9am in room 516 of the Blatt building to discuss H. 3292.
H. 3292 is a very important bill which - if amended properly - could change SC gun laws for the better in a number of ways (open carry, restaurant carry, prohibit employers from banning guns in stored employee's vehicle, etc.) GrassRoots has proposed amendments to fix the problems with H. 3292.
If you have not already read the GrassRoots analysis of H. 3292 please read it at http://www.scfirearms.org/Legislative/H3292_analysis.pdf
If this meeting is packed full of GrassRoots Gorillas, it just might convince the members of the subcommittee to adopt the GrassRoots proposed amendments to H. 3292 and recommend the bill for passage.
Gorillas should meet on Thursday February 17, 2011 no later than 8:45am near the statue of Strom Thurmond on the statehouse grounds. Contact me with any questions.

Also, call the members of the subcommittee and tell them you want them to accept the GrassRoots GunRights amendment to fix the bill!

Rep. Thad Viers
(803) 734-3064
ThadViers@schouse.gov

Rep. Dan Hamilton
(803) 212-6795
DanHamilton@schouse.gov

Rep. George Hearn
(803) 212-6796
GeorgeHearn@schouse.gov

Rep. Laurie Funderburk
(803) 734-3044
LaurieFunderburk@schouse.gov

Rep.David Weeks
(803) 734-3102
DavidWeeks@schouse.gov


Thanks for all you do!
Talbert Black, Jr.

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Saturday, February 12, 2011

After 3 personal disasters, Sumter man still positive - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

After 3 personal disasters, Sumter man still positive - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |: "'She just started getting worse and worse,' said Barkley. He was referring to the love of his life for the past 30 years, Irene. 'She had had a heart attack,' said Barkley.

Irene has been in the hospital about three weeks. Things were pretty serious, but Barkley has been right there with Irene, disabled himself from a workplace accident. It didn't stop him from chasing down her doctors until, 'I got a phone call telling me to come home and wouldn't tell me why.'"

Friday, February 11, 2011

Lee County's Rep. Grady Brown has 'Chance' at Redemption

Editorial: Start baking those Apple pies Maude, the S.C. Senate has approved a bill that would legalize raffles and have sent it on to the House membership for their approval. FUNdraisers will sure to be on the agenda's of many group's across the state as soon as Rep. Grady Brown and his cohorts in the House chambers do likewise
"'... Angela Nicholas with Red Cross Coastal South Carolina chapter..."'"'Anytime you're doing a fundraiser you do have to be cautious with what you're doing and how you're doing it,' she said, 'You need to make sure that your donors are ok with the activity sometimes there are third parties out in the community who are doing fundraisers on your behalf and of course you don't have quite as much control over that.'
Nicholas said if the bill becomes law then the organization may look into holding raffle fundraisers in the future.
The bill that would legalize raffles still has to pass in the house which then needs the governor's signature and be left up to the voters since it requires changing the constitution."
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Ignorance of the Law..... December, 2010

Lindsay Lohan case: Authorities looking at earlier incident at jewelry store, possible motive - latimes.com

Lindsay Lohan case: Authorities looking at earlier incident at jewelry store, possible motive - latimes.com: "The judge on Wednesday admonished Lohan.

'You're in a different situation now that a felony has been filed against you,' Schwartz told Lohan in court. 'If you violate the law, I will remand you and set no bail and your attorney won't be successful this time. ... You need to follow the laws just like everybody else. ... You're no different than anyone else, so please don't push your luck.'"

Lindsay Lohan would consider a no-jail plea deal, her lawyer says - CNN.com

Lindsay Lohan would consider a no-jail plea deal, her lawyer says - CNN.com: "Los Angeles (CNN) -- Lindsay Lohan will consider a plea deal on the charge that she stole a necklace from a jewelry store if she can avoid going to jail, her lawyer said Thursday.
Attorney Shawn Chapman Holley insisted, though, that the grand theft charge is 'entirely defensible.'"

Super Bowl: William "The Refrigerator" Perry acknowledges alcoholism, insists he's not putting himself in jeopardy - ESPN

Super Bowl: William "The Refrigerator" Perry acknowledges alcoholism, insists he's not putting himself in jeopardy - ESPN: "AIKEN, S.C. -- Every day begins with William Perry needing help out of bed. Usually, it's 10 a.m. before he even gives it a try, and to support his 400 pounds, he shuffles to the living room on two legs that barely work and his sturdy black cane."

Thursday, February 10, 2011

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YouTube - 2nd Jerusalem Dome of the Rock Temple Mount UFO video surfaces from 01/28/2011.

Problems continue to worsen at jail - The Item: News: jailovercrowding,

Problems continue to worsen at jail - The Item: News: jailovercrowding,

"Capacity and housing issues as well as worries about violent crime trends were something that jail Director Maj. Simon Major shared with The Item during a tour of the facility in December. Space is dwindling as violent crimes are becoming more frequent, he said. But since then, the trends have continued to worsen, so much so that overcrowding and lack of space for violent offenders is a real possibility.

On Tuesday, Major briefed Sumter County Council as part of an effort to keep the group regularly updated about what's going on at the jail - a unisex, pre-trial facility located on Winkles Road in Sumter that operates on a $6 million annual budget.

Major discussed the number of violent offenders currently housed at the jail, as well as trends showing the expected increase of those offenders during the next decade. It was information Public Safety Committee chairman and Councilman Artie Baker said is "frightening.""

Crooks get Celebrity Status in Hollywood!!!

Why would they even consider Halle Berry when they have an expert facing a judge for the same sort of crime? Lindsay Lohan would be perfect for the role... she's a career criminal... what more could the producers of the proposed movie ask??

"Doris Payne, 80, an international jewel thief for more than half a century, was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison for swiping an $8,900 diamond ring from a Macy's department store in San Diego.
Payne has told reporters that she began her life as a jewel thief in her 20s and that she has stolen valuables in New York, Las Vegas, London, Paris, Monte Carlo and Tokyo and throughout the U.S. She has several convictions on her record.
Payne was sentenced in San Diego County Superior Court. Hollywood producers reportedly are considering a movie of her life to star Halle Berry." Source Link

The Judge is Right - It's All About Luck

 Editorial: Luck. What does that word mean? Webster says that it "is a force that brings good fortune or adversity.

The fact that Lindsay Lohan lives in California is definitely fortunate for her because she has a propensity for doing the little things that keep her in front of some LUCKY Judge who see this type of behavior all the time from the pampered Hollywood types.  The judges out west think differently than the ones we have here in the east.

Is that a fair statement to make?

Would her luck be any different if she lived in Lee County?


"LOS ANGELES — Lindsay Lohan pleaded not guilty Wednesday to felony grand theft of a $2,500 necklace - a case that could return the troubled starlet to jail rather than the big screen.
She entered the plea through her attorney Shawn Chapman Holley after a judge scolded her about following the law.
'Look around this room,' Superior Court Judge Keith Schwartz told Lohan. 'Everybody else has to follow the law. You're no different than anyone else. So please, don't push your luck.'" Source Link

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Take Hold of The Life Line



AFTER A FEW OF THE USUAL SUNDAY EVENING HYMNS, THE CHURCH'S PASTOR STOOD AND APPROACHED HIS PULPIT. 

PAUSING MOMENTARILY HE BOWED SLIGHTLY IN ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF THE ELDERLY GENTLEMAN, WHO WAS THE GUEST MINISTER SITTING TO HIS RIGHT… TURNING BACK TO THE CONGREGATION, HIS EYES SCANNING EVERYONE IN THE SANTUARY HE BRIEFLY INTRODUCED THE OLD GENTLEMAN EXPLAINING TO THEM THAT THE GENTLEMAN WAS ONE OF HIS DEAREST CHILDHOOD FRIENDS AND THAT HE WANTED HIM TO HAVE A FEW MOMENTS TO GREET THE CHURCH AND SHARE WHATEVER HE FELT WOULD BE APPROPRIATE FOR THE SERVICE.... 

WITH THAT, THE OLD MINISTER STEPPED UP TO THE PULPIT AND BEGAN TO SPEAK... HE BEGAN:

'A FATHER, HIS SON, AND A FRIEND OF HIS SON WERE SAILING OFF THE PACIFIC COAST WHEN A FAST APPROACHING STORM BLOCKED ANY ATTEMPT TO GET BACK TO THE SHORE. THE WAVES WERE SO HIGH, THAT EVEN THOUGH THE FATHER WAS AN EXPERIENCED SAILOR, HE COULD NOT KEEP THE BOAT UPRIGHT AND THE THREE WERE SWEPT INTO THE OCEAN AS THE BOAT CAPSIZED.' 
THE OLD MAN HESITATED FOR A MOMENT, MAKING EYE CONTACT WITH TWO TEENAGERS IN THE FRONT PEW WHO WERE, FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE SERVICE BEGAN, LOOKING SOMEWHAT INTERESTED IN HIS STORY... THE AGED MINISTER CONTINUED WITH HIS STORY...

'GRABBING A RESCUE LINE, THE FATHER HAD TO MAKE THE MOST EXCRUCIATING DECISION OF HIS LIFE: TO WHICH BOY WOULD HE THROW THE OTHER END OF THE LIFE LINE. HE ONLY HAD SECONDS TO MAKE THE DECISION. THE FATHER KNEW THAT HIS SON WAS A CHRISTIAN AND HE, ALSO, KNEW THAT HIS SON'S FRIEND WAS NOT... T HE AGONY OF HIS DECISION COULD NOT BE MATCHED BY THE TORRENT OF WAVES...
 
AS THE FATHER YELLED OUT, 'I LOVE YOU, SON!' HE THREW OUT THE LIFE LINE TO HIS SON'S FRIEND. BY THE TIME THE FATHER HAD PULLED THE FRIEND BACK TO THE CAPSIZED BOAT, HIS SON HAD DISAPPEARED BENEATH THE RAGING SWELLS INTO THE BLACK OF NIGHT.  HIS BODY WAS NEVER RECOVERED. ...BY THIS TIME, THE TWO TEENAGERS WERE SITTING UP STRAIGHT IN THE PEW, ANXIOUSLY WAITING FOR THE NEXT WORDS TO COME OUT OF THE OLD MINISTER'S MOUTH... 'THE FATHER,' HE CONTINUED, 'KNEW HIS SON WOULD STEP INTO ETERNITY WITH JESUS AND HE COULD NOT BEAR THE THOUGHT OF HIS SON'S FRIEND STEPPING INTO AN ETERNITY WITHOUT JESUS.. THEREFORE, HE SACRIFICED HIS SON TO SAVE THE SON'S FRIEND. '

HOW GREAT IS THE LOVE OF GOD THAT HE SHOULD DO THE SAME FOR US. OUR HEAVENLY FATHER SACRIFICED HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON THAT WE COULD BE SAVED. I URGE YOU TO ACCEPT HIS OFFER TO RESCUE YOU AND TAKE A HOLD OF THE LIFE LINE HE IS THROWING OUT TO YOU IN THIS SERVICE.'                                 

WITH THAT, THE OLD MAN TURNED AND SAT BACK DOWN IN HIS CHAIR AS SILENCE FILLED THE ROOM.


THE PASTOR WALKED SLOWLY TO THE PULPIT AND DELIEVERED A BRIEF SERMON CLOSING WITH AN INVITATION AT THE END.

HOWEVER, NO ONE RESPONDED TO HIS APPEAL.
                                                                                 
WITHIN MINUTES AFTER THE SERVICE ENDED, THE TWO TEENAGERS WERE AT THE OLD MAN'S SIDE, 'THAT WAS A NICE STORY,' POLITELY STATED ONE OF THEM, 'BUT I DON'T THINK IT WAS VERY REALISTIC FOR A  FATHER TO GIVE UP HIS ONLY SON'S LIFE IN HOPES THAT THE OTHER BOY WOULD BECOME A CHRISTIAN.'

'WELL, YOU'VE GOT A POINT THERE,' THE OLD MAN REPLIED, GLANCING DOWN AT HIS WORN BIBLE. A BIG SMILE BROADENED HIS NARROW FACE. HE ONCE AGAIN LOOKED UP AT THE BOYS AND SAID, 'IT SURE ISN'T VERY REALISTIC, IS IT?  BUT, I’M STANDING HERE TODAY TO TELL YOU THAT STORY GIVES ME A GLIMPSE OF WHAT IT MUST HAVE BEEN LIKE FOR GOD TO GIVE UP HIS SON FOR ME.

YOU SEE... I WAS THAT FATHER AND YOUR PASTOR IS MY SON'S FRIEND.'


acknowledgement to my little sister for this story

Ridiculously Cute And Tiny Royal Antelope Calf Born At The San Diego Zoo. These Tiny Antelopes Stand Barely A Foot Tall ... - #37986 - NOTCOT.ORG

Ridiculously Cute And Tiny Royal Antelope Calf Born At The San Diego Zoo. These Tiny Antelopes Stand Barely A Foot Tall ... - #37986 - NOTCOT.ORG: "*RUGENIUSRidiculously cute and tiny Royal antelope calf born at the San Diego Zoo. These tiny antelopes"

First Alert Forecast Discussion - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

First Alert Forecast Discussion - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |: "Up to 1' of snow/sleet is possible on mainly grass surfaces across Chester, Fairfield, Newberry, Kershaw, Greenwood, Saluda and Lee counties with lows near 30 degrees. A dusting at most will accumulate in the central Midlands with lows dropping to near 32 degrees. No accumulation is expected in the southern Midlands. Road conditions should not be significantly impacted."

Lindsay Lohan to be charged with grand theft over necklace - CNN.com

Lindsay Lohan to be charged with grand theft over necklace - CNN.com: "Prosecutors are expected to formally charge Lindsay Lohan on Wednesday with felony grand theft related to a necklace allegedly taken from a California jewelry store in January.
The charge comes five weeks after the actress was released from court-ordered drug rehabilitation and less than three weeks before a judge said he might free her from supervised probation from a 2007 drunken driving conviction."

Think James Bond is Fiction?

 Governments have been doing this sort of stuff since the beginning of time...
"A Salvadoran man jailed in Cuba in connection with a string of 1990s hotel bombings says he told a U.S. prosecutor that he got explosives and money directly from a former CIA operative now on trial in Texas, and that he is willing to testify against him." Source Link

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

First Alert Forecast Discussion - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

First Alert Forecast Discussion - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |: "Expect a beautiful Tuesday with highs in the lower 50s today. Clouds will increase Wednesday as a cold rain will enter the state Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Rain will become mixed with light snow and sleet in the central and northern Midlands including Columbia, Lexington, Aiken and Sumter overnight. A dusting of snow and sleet is possible in the central Midlands. Up to 1' of snow and sleet can be expected in Chester, Fairfield, Newberry, Kershaw, Greenwood, Saluda and Lee counties. "

Is Shopping in Sumter Dangerous?

Woman walking to work robbed by black teens wielding gun.
"Two young men are in jail after reportedly robbing a 36-year-old Walmart employee at gunpoint in the Kmart parking lot Saturday night, according to an incident report by the Sumter City Police Department.
Randolph Forest Washington, 18, of 4571 Wrangler Trail; and Aspen Maurice Smith Sadler, 17, of 6750 Essie Road in Rembert, were both charged with armed robbery with a deadly weapon about 11:59 p.m. Saturday after a woman was robbed earlier that evening."

Source Link: The Item

Monday, February 07, 2011

Small Legal Ads in Newspapers are Sometimes Overlooked


Solid Waste Incinerator Hearing 
at 5pm Today Lee Court House

Property owned by Mr. Wally Lee is being proposed as a Site for the installation of a Solid Waste Incinerator. Apparently Mr. Lee has made a Special Exception application for a Waste Water Incinerator Pyrolysis Processing Center located at TMP# 025-00-00-012.

The Lee County Board of Zoning Appeals will hear Mr. Lee this afternoon at 5pm in the Lee County Court house, 1st floor, room 102. Planning and Zoning phone: 803. 484. 5341 ext. 330

You may want to attend this hearing!!!

How can you not root for Tommy Two Gloves? - Waggle Room

How can you not root for Tommy Two Gloves? - Waggle Room: "Sporting two black rain gloves and a golf-cap ogo touting a water-heating company, Tommy 'Two Gloves' Gainey is not your prototypical PGA Tour golf pro. Yet, could there be a more appropriate frontrunner at the Waste Management Phoenix Open?"

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