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Sunday, January 30, 2011

BBC News - Climber found reading map after 1,000ft fall

BBC News - Climber found reading map after 1,000ft fall: "A climber who fell 1,000ft (305m) down a mountain and survived was found by his rescuers standing up reading a map."

COLUMN: Know when to turn on vehicle's headlights | SCNOW

An awful lot gets the better part of my patience. Always has and always will. One of my pet peeves is the left hand lane driver. It seems to me that the minute they hit a four lane highway they park themselves in the left lane of traffic and never relinquish it 'come hell or high water.'

Never mind the law... it wasn't written with them in mind...

SECTION 56-5-1810. Drive on the right side of roadways; exceptions.
(a) Upon all roadways of sufficient width a vehicle shall be driven upon the right half of the roadway except as follows:
1. When overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction under the rules governing such movement.
2. When an obstruction exists making it necessary to drive to the left of the center of the highway. Any person so doing shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles traveling in the proper direction upon the unobstructed portion of the highway within such distance so as not to constitute an immediate hazard.
3. Upon a roadway divided into three marked lanes for traffic under the rules applicable thereon.
4. Upon a roadway restricted to one-way traffic.
(b) Upon all roadways any vehicle proceeding at less than the normal speed of traffic at the time and place and under the conditions then existing shall be driven in the right-hand lane then available for traffic or as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway, except when overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction or when preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into a private road or driveway.
(c) Upon any roadway having four or more lanes for moving traffic and providing for two-way movement of traffic, no vehicle shall be driven to the left of the center line of the roadway, except when authorized by official traffic-control devices designating certain lanes to the left side of the center of the roadway for use by traffic not otherwise permitted to use such lanes, or except as permitted under item 2 of subsection (a). This subsection shall not be construed as prohibiting the crossing of the center line in making a left turn into or from an alley, private road or driveway.
Then there is this article in the news recently: LINK

"The Law: S.C. Code of Laws Section 56-5-4450 indicates the following: every vehicle upon a street or highway within this state shall display lighted lamps and illuminating devices, excluding parking lights, from a half hour after sunset to a half hour before sunrise, and at any time when windshield wipers are in use as a result of rain, sleet or snow, or when inclement weather or environmental factors severely reduce the ability to clearly discern persons and vehicles on the street or highway at a distance of 500 feet.
Additional information regarding the type of approved lighting, number of lamps required, height from the ground, tail lights, etc. can be found in S.C. Code of Laws Sections 56-5-4490, 56-5-4500, 56-5-4510 and 56-5-4520."
Am I alone in thinking that somewhere, somehow, we have failed to require a 'working' knowledge of the do's and don't's contained in the SC Drivers Handbook for those seeking the privilege to drive on our highways?


Saturday, January 29, 2011

Only Us Old Folk Will Remember This Sitcom!!!!

I Guarantee You've Never Seen A Ball Ride The Rim This Long

I Guarantee You've Never Seen A Ball Ride The Rim This Long

Irmo man sought in wife's disappearance - Breaking News -

An arrest warrant has been issued for 38-year-old Stacy Edward Wade of Irmo in the disappearance of his estranged wife, Charnel Redden. Redden was last seen Monday afternoon at Wade's home on Fallsbury Road in New Friarsgate.

"We've been investigating the disappearance since Monday," Irmo Police Chief Brian Buck told The State. Information developed since then has led authorities to believe foul play is involved in the 25-year-old working student's disappearance, Buck said.
Redden's family reported her missing when she failed to return phone calls.
Police distributed a picture of Wade and a photograph of a truck similar to the 1997 white Ford pickup he is thought to be driving. Wade's pickup has an "In God We Trust" SC tag with the number 9544EJ.
Wade was last seen by friends Wednesday or Thursday, Buck said.
A bench warrant has been issued for Wade's arrest by the Lexington County Magistrate's court.
If anyone knows there whereabouts of Redden or Wade, notify the Irmo Police Department or notify Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC or or text TIPSC plus your message to CRIMES (274637).

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Friday, January 28, 2011 feature

Show this to your kids.... heck, I was enthralled! feature

Senate panel OKs gambling in homes - S.C. Politics -

Editorial: Sometimes our lawmakers get it right.... Sometime!

Senate panel OKs gambling in homes - S.C. Politics - "“Nothing … may be construed to allow electronic gambling machines or devices, slot machines, or video poker play or to change or alter in any manner the prohibitions regarding video poker,” the bill reads.
“There’s no way to construe that video poker is part of this,” said state Sen. Robert Ford, D-Charleston.
The bill is the second gambling-related proposal this year to reach the Senate floor, joining a bill to allow churches and other nonprofit groups to raise money with raffles.
Oran Smith with the anti-gambling Palmetto Family Council said lawmakers should have spent more time with the bill in committee to ensure it was drafted carefully. “Everything has to be considered very carefully.”"

Sanford, Argentine lover hit Uruguay resort - S.C. Politics -

Sanford, Argentine lover hit Uruguay resort - S.C. Politics - "Former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford enjoys time on the beach with his paramour, Maria Belen Chapur in Punta del Este, Uruguay."

Sanford, Argentine lover hit Uruguay resort - S.C. Politics -

Sanford, Argentine lover hit Uruguay resort - S.C. Politics - "Former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford enjoys time on the beach with his paramour, Maria Belen Chapur in Punta del Este, Uruguay."

South Carolina celebrating inaugural Flag Day - State & Regional - Wire -

South Carolina celebrating inaugural Flag Day - State & Regional - Wire - "CHARLESTON, S.C. — South Carolina is celebrating its state flag for the first time with a special day.
Friday is the 150th anniversary of the adoption of the well-known blue flag with the palmetto and crescent. A ceremony at Fort Moultrie on Sullivans Island marks the occasion.
The flag was adopted after South Carolina seceded from the Union but before the Confederacy was formed the following month."

Community Calendar - Friday - Local / Metro -

Everybody head west today for there's cooking lessons to be had in the Capital City.

Community Calendar - Friday - Local / Metro - "TODAY
SARDINE DEMONSTRATION COOKING CLASS: 5:30-6:30 p.m. today, Columbia’s Cooking Kitchen, 915 Greene St. Learn about the health benefits of sardines. Will feature a classic sardine dish. Call or e-mail to register. (803) 576-5666;"

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Opinion From Talbert Black, Jr. -Turns into a Thank You!!!!

Friends of South Carolina!


You successfully stopped this bill in its tracks.  Reports from the hearing say that the only person in favor of the bill was its sponsor.  Because of your swift action, the legislators on the committee all agreed it was a bad bill.

Legislators should not get special privileges over us.  They are our servants!  It is good to constantly remind them of that.

So thanks to all those who made phone calls, sent messages, and showed up at the subcommittee hearing!

We’ve stopped H3405, dead.

Thanks for all you do!
Talbert Black, Jr.
Interim State Coordinator
Campaign for Liberty


Talbert Black, Jr.
Interim State Coordinator
Campaign for Liberty

The SC General Assembly changed from a direct email system to a submission form on the individual webpage of each lawmaker. The links below will open each lawmaker's page where you must click "Send a message to Representative" then paste in your message.

I saw this coming last year when they put the forms up and took the e-mail addresses down.  I guess they felt like they were getting to many e-mails.  I talked to an aide and she told me her job was to delete any message that does not come from a constituent.


When these representatives sit on a committee, they don't just represent their home district, they represent the whole state!  Please call and tell them how you feel about this attempt to cut off communication.  We demand accessibility to the committee members.  If they can't stand the heat, then maybe they need to find another job.

If you are a constituent, use the form at the link provided below, if not, rest assured they will never see your message.  KEEP THEIR PHONES RINGING!

Please take the following “Action Steps” ASAP and let the members of the subcommittee know how strongly you feel about politicians giving themselves special privileges while leaving you and your family at risk.


1) Call each member of the House General Laws Subcommittee and tell them the following:

“I strongly urge you to Vote NO on H. 3405! No special privileges for public officials! If it's good enough for YOU, it's good enough for ME. GrassRoots GunRights speaks for me!”

2) Using the submission forms at the links below, send each member of House General Laws Subcommittee with the same message:

“Dear Representative (INSERT NAME):

I strongly urge you to Vote NO on H. 3405! No special privileges for public officials! If it's good enough for YOU, it's good enough for ME. GrassRoots GunRights speaks for me! Sincerely,


Members of the SC House General Laws Subcommittee:

Rep. Thad Viers
(803) 734-3064

Rep. Dan Hamilton
(803) 212-6795

Rep. George Hearn
(803) 212-6796

Rep. Laurie Funderburk
(803) 734-3044

Rep.David Weeks
(803) 734-3102

If you are unable to reach any of these Representatives at their individual office numbers listed above, call the House Judiciary Committee (803) 734-3120 and ask to be transferred.

Thanks for all you do!

Talbert Black, Jr.
Interim State Coordinator
Campaign for Liberty

P.S.  Please consider making a donation at this link

I do all my political activism as a volunteer. Additionally I work a regular full time job to support my family.  Much of what needs to be done costs money... like radio ads, mailings, and even the training material for the classes and orientations that I host.

You will notice that the donated money is collected through Campaign for Liberty in Virginia.  Rest assured that 100% of the donated money comes to South Carolina and is used for South Carolina under my direction.

Thank you for your generosity!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

SC lawmakers endorse bill allowing in-home poker - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

SC lawmakers endorse bill allowing in-home poker - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |: "COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - South Carolina senators have endorsed a bill legalizing friendly games of poker in people's homes.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 15-6 on Tuesday to advance the bill to the Senate floor. The measure would replace the state's 1802 anti gambling laws that, if read literally, ban any games with cards or dice.

Legislators have tried to change the laws since a 2006 raid on a poker game in Mount Pleasant, which is currently before the state Supreme Court. Senate President Pro Tem Glenn McConnell says the laws are selectively enforced, and the government has no business telling people they can't play games in their own homes.

Opponents say they fear the unintended consequences of trying to tweak gambling laws. They say they fear any loopholes could usher in outright gambling."

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

"Big Jerry" Watson Benefit Chicken Bog and Gospel Singing

Saturday, February 19 · 11:00am - 2:00pm

LocationCedar Creek Baptist Church

Created By

More InfoCome out and support a brother in need. As you may know, Big Jerry has had a year of health problems and needs your help. Jerry's sang for years in the Cedar Creek Quartet and has been a part of many benefits for others. Now it's our time to give back. From 11-3, come get your chicken bog with the fixin's from the Cedar Creek Fellowship Hall. At just $5 per plate, you won't eat for cheaper, or feel better doing it. You can eat in or carry it home. Then at 6:30 that night, head to the Sanctuary for a night of gospel singing with some of the best in the area. We've got Cedar Creek, the Ray Heron Singers and the Praisemen. So come help everyone's favorite Teddy Bear in his time of need. For more information, contact Debbie Hawkins at 803-428-6744, Annette Stokes at 803-229-5171, or Kaye Arrants at 803-229-0526.

Monday, January 24, 2011

How many of you Facebook?

My brother, George O'Kelley, will receive a Military Cross from the UDC at the Frist Presbyterian Church in Bishopville, SC on 2/13/11. My mom just turned 95 Jan. 6 so she will be there to see this. George is an attorney in Beaufort, SC and
a retired colonel from the USMC. Come to the ceremony and join us that Sunday at 3:00.

Woman suffers medical condition and crashes into west Charlotte - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Woman suffers medical condition and crashes into west Charlotte - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |: "Reginald Love was sitting on the couch in the direct path of the car.

'I was up reading my Bible, drinking my coffee,' Love said. 'Got up to go to the kitchen to make another pot of coffee, and before I got back to the living room, I heard a big boom.'"

New Zealand Woman Partially Paralyzed by Hickey -

New Zealand Woman Partially Paralyzed by Hickey - "A New Zealand woman was temporarily partially paralyzed by a hickey on her neck from her amorous partner, AFP reported Friday.

The 44-year-old woman went to the emergency department of Middlemore Hospital in Auckland last year after experiencing loss of movement in her left arm while watching television, doctors reported in the New Zealand Medical Journal.

Doctors concluded the woman had suffered a mild stroke but were puzzled about its cause until they found a small vertical bruise on her neck near a major artery, a hickey, she received a few days earlier."

Ferrari's fantastic four-wheel-drive FF flagship four-seat fastback — Autoblog

Ferrari FF

Ferrari's fantastic four-wheel-drive FF flagship four-seat fastback — Autoblog: "Of course nobody buys a Ferrari for its environmental credentials, so here's the info you've been waiting for: 0-62 in 3.7 seconds (a third quicker than the 612) and a top speed of 208 mph (about nine mph faster than the 612). Credit that bit to the all-new, direct-injection, 6.3-liter V12 and its 651 horsepower and 504 lb-ft of torque, which you can read about – together with the other technical details – in the press release after the jump. Ferrari's also launched a dedicated microsite for the new flagship, and don't forget, of course, to check out the first batch of high-resolution images of the svelte new shooting brake in the gallery below. Thanks to all for the tips!"

Officials: 'Bath salts' are growing drug problem

If you think personal hygiene and odor is a problem? Wait 'til you read this bit of information ....

Officials: 'Bath salts' are growing drug problem: "Sold under such names as Ivory Wave, Bliss, White Lightning and Hurricane Charlie, the chemicals can cause hallucinations, paranoia, rapid heart rates and suicidal thoughts, authorities say. The chemicals are in products sold legally at convenience stores and on the Internet as bath salts and even plant foods. However, they aren't necessarily being used for the purposes on the label."

Saturday, January 22, 2011

News from The Associated Press

If you love Pro-FOOTBALL we're down to the final four!

News from The Associated Press: "-- Next step, the Super Bowl. The NFL's final four has a strong connection to the big game, from the first champion (Packers) to the winner of perhaps the most significant game (Jets). And from possibly the best Super Bowl team (1985 Bears) to the most dominant franchise of the era (Steelers)."

Keith Olbermann abruptly dropped by NBC | Richard Adams | World news |

Hopefully, the others will fall too! All of them; Hannity, Madldw, O'Reilly, all of them.... Using a parody of ex-president George W Bush's well-worn words, "The world is sanerwith them gone"

Olbermann had a stormy relationship with management and had beensuspended from hosting the nightly show by the network last November after violating station rules by making donations to three Democratic candidates. He was reinstated the following week. (One of the three candidates was Gabrielle Giffords, the Arizona congresswomen attacked in Tucson.)Keith Olbermann abruptly dropped by NBC | Richard Adams | World news |

Sumter police officer dies after wreck - The Item: Home

Sumter police officer dies after wreck - The Item: Home: "REMBERT -- A Sumter City police officer died and another was injured after they were involved in a wreck on U.S. 521, just north of Rembert on Friday around 3 p.m. The wreck occured beside Mt. Bethel Baptist Church at Boykin Mill Road.
Sumter County Coroner Harvin Bullock confirmed an officer died following the accident. Officials said Corporal Charles Nesbitt Jr., 39, was pronounced dead around 4 p.m."

Friday, January 21, 2011

NASCAR out of touch with its fans |

NASCAR out of touch with its fans | "“(The drivers) came from humble beginnings, had a dream, worked hard, paid their dues and became successful. They epitomized the American dream.”

They related to the fans and the fans related to them. She continues:

“Those days disappeared with the arrival of private jets, expensive motorhomes and time-consuming demands from team sponsors. . . The new generation of drivers retreated to often-gated, multi-million-dollar houses (while the fans struggled to pay ever-higher ticket prices).

“The drivers were no longer the neighbour who was successful at a chosen profession but rather a celebrity. A huge disconnect developed between the fans and the drivers.”"

Insights into Aging (1) | The Encouraging Word

Insights into Aging (1) | The Encouraging Word: "Our youth-oriented culture gives old age a bad rap, but clearly God doesn’t agree. To Him old age is the reward for a life well-lived, a privilege earned, an accomplishment worth celebrating, and wisdom shared to benefit succeeding generations."

Blair Testifies Before British Inquiry Into Iraq War -


This pronouncement from former British Prime Minister Tony Blair should place those who are perverting the Religion of Islam squarely in the cross-hairs of the Free World. No place on this planet should be a safe haven for the handful of derisory individuals who are hijacking Islam for perverted purposes.

Somehow, we have been cajoled into believing that it is time to withdraw  from the battle... why? We have them severely wounded...  Don't allow them time to heal their wounds... keep the pressure on until not one remains standing... Stop the talk and walk the walk! That the greatest military the world has ever seen being reined in for political reasons is insane... we have them surrounded; their leaders exist in a small enclave.... let loose the hounds!!!! Now is the time to execute the coup de grĂ¢ce!

Blair Testifies Before British Inquiry Into Iraq War - "“The single most difficult thing we have to face today — and we face it still — is the risk of this new type of terrorism and extremism based on an ideological perversion of the faith of Islam combined with technology that allows them to kill people on a large scale,” Mr. Blair said

“Although this is a time where many people think this extremism can be managed, I personally don’t think that is true. I think it has to be confronted and changed.”"

Legislature should rescind Bauer interchange honor - Editorial -

Editorial on the editorial

These recognizable names in South Carolina's Legislature are creating laws that make it seem as if you're getting a lot more than you really are. They are sneaky the way children are sneaky. It is a game to them. They haven't grown up...
We have a childish sneaky former Legislator sitting in the Governor's chair.......leading the example for others to follow. Upset them and they'll take their little red wagon and go home... to that I say, give them the stupid wagon and send them on their way...

Legislature should rescind Bauer interchange honor - Editorial - "Who did it?

According to the Lexington County Legislative Delegation, the Oct. 8 request to name the interchange for Andre Bauer was made by Sens. Jake Knotts, John Courson, Ronnie Cromer and Nikki Setzler, then-Rep. and now-Gov. Nikki Haley and Reps. Chip Huggins, Kit Spires, Kenny Bingham, Marion Frye and Mac Toole."

Guilty of Nepotism? - Not if your Relative Lives Apart From You

A new definition as been coined for the term 'Nepotism' by SC State University Finance Director John Smalls

Read This:

"'Nepotism is involved when a person is living with you,' stated Smalls, 'The person that did this work, Alisa Smalls, she has a company in Atlanta and that does not create nepotism. She does not live in my household. She doesn't live in South Carolina. She lives in Atlanta.'

The policy (SC State university's ethical conduct policy) states employees: 'may not engage directly or indirectly in any business transaction for the profit of the employee or employee's family member.' Employees may not: 'participate in the negotiation in which the employee or employee's family member has a financial or personal interest.'"

Alzheimer’s Test, First of Its Kind, Clears Hurdle -

Alzheimer’s Test, First of Its Kind, Clears Hurdle - "More than five million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease.

Plaques are part of the criteria for having Alzheimer’s — if a person with memory problems does not have plaques, that person does not have Alzheimer’s. But without the scan, the only way to know if plaques were present is to do an autopsy."

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Come On Folks!!! Only Small Thinkers believe this BUNK!

In all probability some of you have received an email recently, which gives one the impression that everybody but Conservatives want the U.S. Flag removed from our public schools.

Come On Folks! Enough is Enough!

Do you people who forward this stuff possess a single ounce of moral fiber in your makeup?

Should it come to pass that we discover you ACTUALLY believe this useless information, then the rumors that your uncle 'Mr. Common Sense' has died are true!!!! Just as many non-conservatives if not more, have fought for the right to fly our flag. Some have been maimed for life as a result of their patriotic efforts, while others have lost their lives in defense of the U.S. Flag. God bless them all!!!

Wait! I'm not though; I get this useless stuff forwarded to me from those I'm convinced are small brained and they do it without even the courtesy of jotting down their thoughts. I suppose it's the 'Piper' syndrome: 'Look what I got from fifty of my small thinking buddies; I think I'll do you a favor and forward it to you'. Duh! Hey, let me do you a favor and let you in on a secret; forwarding this nonsense is not the best way to remain anonymous... everybody knows who has the small brain in this email chain and it ain't the one who tosses this sort of blather in the recycle bin either.
I'm so fed up with the minority of folk whom I call friend, and who continue forwarding this stuff that I'm seriously contemplating posting their emails on one of my blogs... think I'm kidding? Let's just say it would be a good idea to remove this editor from your mass forwarding button unless you want your fifteen minutes of fame.

I can hear you now... 'I just thought it was funny and wanted to share it with you'. Friends... it's not funny to some of us... and it is really sad, but there are those out there who really believe this junk... you're doing them wrong from a moral point of view.  
'Calm down!', some will say to which I will reply, I'LL NOT CALM DOWN UNTIL YOU STOP BEING A small thinker!

Anyway, I need another excuse to start another blog. This one could bear the title: “Another Forwarded Email from a Small Thinker”... or maybe... “Small Thinker Gets Fifteen Minutes of Fame Forwarded!”...   ummm I like the sound of the latter.

Read this! 

Labor Union Tells Supporters to Vote For U.S. Flag Ban on Fox News PollFiction! Bunk! Useless Blather! 

Summary of the eRumor:
This is a forwarded email that tells of a Fox News poll posted on their web site that asks if the American flag should be banned from schools. The email warns that the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and have been encouraging followers to participate in the poll and to vote to support the ban. The email also encourages true patriots to go to the link and vote to keep the flag in schools.

The Truth:
This poll is on the Fox News web site and the SEIU denied encouraging supporters to participate. A posted statement on their web site saying that they "would never encourage people to vote to ban the American flag." The labor union went on to say, "We also don't often drive traffic to Fox's website either, so that should have been a red flag as well."
This poll was sparked by a May 5, 2010 news story of students being sent home from a Morgan Hill, Ca school for wearing American Flag shirts on a day that is celebrated by Hispanics from Mexico known as "Cinco de Mayo."Over two million votes have been tabulated but it is important to remember that these results would have no change to any existing policies. The poll is also clearly labeled at the bottom to say that it is not a scientific poll. A spokesperson for told that the allegations are "categorically false."Labor Union Tells Supporters to Vote For U.S. Flag Ban on Fox News Poll-Fiction!: "Vote For U.S. Flag Ban on Fox News Poll-Fiction!"

He's a master broadcaster - The Item: Local News

He's a master broadcaster - The Item: Local News: "It was his beautiful soprano voice that first got state Rep. Grady Brown in front of a microphone in fifth grade, and that's where the Lee and Sumter counties' legislator has been, more or less, ever since. 'There wasn't a note I couldn't hit then,' he said." -- Recruiting News -- QB Roberts commits to the Tigers -- Recruiting News -- QB Roberts commits to the Tigers: "“Coach Swinney called my parents and made the offer,” Roberts told TigerNet Tuesday afternoon. “My parents got a hold of me at school and let me know what the coaches were offering me. It is a dream come true for me. I accepted the offer on the spot.”"

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Happy Birthday Cousin!!!!!

Happy Birthday

Harold Galloway

Saturday, January 15, 2011

We All Knew This Day Would Come !

Danger! Danger Will Robinson! 
"...In a breakthrough for artificial intelligence, IBM's Watson supercomputer has trounced Jeopardy! legends Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter in an exhibition round of Jeopardy! The round took place today ahead of this weekend's man vs. machine competition airing February 14, 15 and 16. Jennings and Rutter (described by one blogger as mankind's 'last, best hope' against our robot overlords) will take on the supercomputer named after IBM founder Thomas J. Watson. The powerful machine was built by a team of 25 IBM scientists over four years. It has consumed the data-equivalent of over one million books and even knows its way around puns. Here's a video of Watson owning everyone followed by the fears and anxieties of lowly humans:..."

View Video

Friday, January 14, 2011

Police Search for Burglary Suspect | Midlands Crimestoppers | 1-888-CRIME-SC | Anonymous tips earn cash rewards with Crimestoppers.

Police Search for Burglary Suspect | Midlands Crimestoppers | 1-888-CRIME-SC | Anonymous tips earn cash rewards with Crimestoppers.: "Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Police are asking the public to look out for a car they believe was involved in a burglary in the Shandon Neighborhood last week.

Investigators with the Columbia Police Department say an older model four-door red Chevy Caprice was used by three teenaged suspects. Police say the suspects were between 14 and 19 and wore red hats during the crime."

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Paper names ex-Klansman in civil rights murder -

Paper names ex-Klansman in civil rights murder - "Early on the morning of December 10, 1964, Frank Morris ran out of his shoe store, his clothes and skin on fire.
People who saw him in the hospital afterward said the African-American businessman was so badly burned they didn't recognize him.
'Only the bottom of his feet weren't burned. He was horrible to look at,' said the Rev. Robert Lee Jr., now 96.
Morris survived for four days before dying -- long enough to tell the FBI that two men had broken into his store while he slept, smashed windows, doused the place in gasoline and told him: 'Get back in there, nigger.'"

Do we need a fickle coach at Clemson?

Editorial: If there is one thing that Clemson football needs it has to be consistency; but if you have a coach who has demonstrated the lack of steadfastness in his resolve then the recipe for disaster will be on the menu. I believe Clemson would be better served to withdraw its offer to Chad Morris and continue searching for someone with a little more experience and stronger temperament.
 "... Al Jerkins of KJRH in Tulsa posted tonight that Kragthorpe, who has already been the head coach at Tulsa, has withdrawn his name from consideration for the job.
Jerkins said 'Former TU offensive coordinator Chad Morris also interviewed today. Morris had accepted an offensive coordinator position at Clemson, but has expressed interest in returning to Tulsa to get his shot at being a head coach. Kragthorpe told Channel 2 Sports he got the impression TU would hire a coach within the next few days.'
Clemson had scheduled a news conference for 2 p.m. on Thursday to introduce Morris and new defensive coach Marion Hobby." Source

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

2011 Clemson Football Commitments

1. Shaq Anthony  OL  6-5  260 Piedmont, SC (Wren HS)
2. Isaiah Battle  OL  6-7  260 St George, Virginia (Blue Ridge HS)
3. Mike Bellamy  RB  5-10 180 Punta Gorda, FL (Charlotte HS)
4. Martavis Bryant WR  6-3  195 Hargrave Military Academy
5. Corey Crawford DE  6-5  275 Hargrave Military Academy
6. Cortez Davis  DB  6-3  200 Daytona Beach, FL (Mainland HS)
7. Kevin Dodd  DL  6-5  270 Greer, SC (Riverside HS)
8. B.J. Goodson  LB  6-1  215 Lamar, SC (Lamar HS)
9. Joe Gore  DE  6-6  262 Lake Waccamaw, NC (East Columbus HS)
10. Adam Humphries WR  5-11 176 Roebuck, SC (Dorman HS)
11. Grady Jarrett DL  6-1  280 Conyers, GA (Rockdale County HS)
12. Marlin Lane  RB  6-1  190 Daytona Beach, FL (Mainland HS)
13. Eric MacLain TE  6-5  245 Fayetteville, NC Jack (Britt HS)
14. Jerome Maybank DT  6-4  310 Pawley's Island (Waccamaw HS)
15. Tony McNeal     QB  6-1  180 Chester, SC (Chester, HS)
16. Ryan Norton  OL  6-4  275 Mauldin, SC (Mauldin HS)
17. Charone Peake WR  6-3  200 Spartanburg, SC (Dorman HS)
18. Robert Smith   ATH 6-0  180 Ft Dorchester, SC (Woodland HS)
19. Stanton Seckinger   WR  6-5  200 Charleston, SC (Porter-Gaud HS) 
20. Cole Stoudt         QB  6-3  195 Dublin, OH (Dublin Coffman HS)
21. Colton Walls      LB  6-2  230 Charlotte, NC (Latin HS)
22. Sammy Watkins      WR  6-0  200 Fort Myers, FL (South Fort Myers HS)
23. DeShawn Williams DT  6-0  280 Central, SC (Daniel HS)
24. Lateek Townsend     LB  6-0  200 Bennettsville, SC (Marlboro Co HS)  

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Barry Dale Smith - Saturday, January 8, 2011

Bishopville, SC
Barry Dale Smith, 66, husband of Linda Langdon Smith, died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, at his home.
Born in Florence, he was a son of the late Cecil Bradford Smith and the late Teressa Hatfield Smith. Mr. Smith was a member of Elliott Baptist Church and was retired from the South Carolina Department of Corrections. He was a U.S. Navy veteran.
Survivors besides his wife include four children, Christy E. Smith, David J. Smith (Katharina), Jennifer L. Smith, and William B. Smith; and three grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday in the Hancock-Elmore-Hill Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Billy Griffith officiating.
The family will receive friends following the service and other times at the home, 1490 Elliott Hwy., Bishopville.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 950 48th Ave. North, Myrtle Beach, S.C. 29577 or to the William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center, Attn: Priscilla Creamer, 6439 Garner's Ferry Rd., Columbia, S.C. 29209.
Hancock-Elmore-Hill Funeral Home of Bishopville is in charge of the arrangements.

Freezing rain could last several hours Monday - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Freezing rain could last several hours Monday - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |: "COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the Midlands from midnight Sunday night through 7:00 a.m. Tuesday. A wintry mix could result in slick and icy spots on the roads and bridges Monday. Additionally there could be power outages."

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Sumter’s House of Classics II

Sumter’s House of Classics II

What: Sumter Civic Theater & Sumter County Library present Sumter’s House of Classics II
This month:  Sahara

When: January 7, 2011 at 7:30 pm.  Doors open at 7:00 pm. Sumter’s House of Classics II is the first Friday of each month.

Where:  Sumter Opera House, 21 North Main Street, in the heart of beautiful downtown Sumter, South Carolina.

Cost:  $2.50 per person at the door on the day of the show.

Information:  The Sumter Civic Theatre and the Sumter County Library are proud to present Sumter’s House of Classics II!  The sequel to an already great series, Sumter’s House of Classic Movies, Classics II features more recent classics and some fare one normally would not see at the usual Classic Movie night.

Feel the heat this January with Sahara.  On the surface, it’s a war movie that takes place in the deserts of North Africa during the height of World War II.  Dig deeper into the sands, however, and you’ll find that Sahara is a tale of desperate survival and psychological tensions stretched to the limits.  As Allied soldiers (led by Humphrey Bogart) find themselves stranded in the Sahara at a dry well, Axis goons approach, leading to a tense stand-off as the two sides negotiate the trade of guns for water.  As both sides grow thirstier and more desperate, the situation grows potentially more explosive.
Additional Information:  Please contact Swan Lake Visitors Center at 803-436-2640,, or
Robert Harden, Director, Sumter County Library
Tyler Cook, Cultural Coordinator, City of Sumter

Humane Society ranks S.C. low - Local / Metro -

Humane Society ranks S.C. low - Local / Metro - "The society this week released its second annual “Humane State Ranking.” It rates states on their laws regarding animal cruelty, wildlife, animals in research and farm animals.
California, New Jersey, Illinois and Massachusetts topped the list as animal-friendly states, while South Carolina tied with Arkansas, Kentucky, Montana, Utah and Wyoming for 38th place.
Mississippi, No"

Monday, January 03, 2011

Hawk saved by family released to freedom - State & Regional - Wire -

Hawk saved by family released to freedom - State & Regional - Wire - "'The bird is free because it wasn't left on the road,' said 7-year-old Sophia Taylor. 'We should always help out someone if they need it.'
And that little girl just about summed it up. Something, somebody, needs a hand, you give one.
'It was beautiful to watch Beam Me Up Scotty fly away,' said Angie Coulter. 'Free as a bird.'"

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Rosa Lee Nason - January 2, 2011

Rosa Lee Nason passed away this morning in the McCoy Nursing Home in Bishopville, SC.
Services:   Thursday, 6 January 2011 - 1:00 PM
                 Concord United Methodist Church
                 Donald Davis and Lucknow Road
                 Bishopville, SC 29010
The viewing will be Wednesday eventing  at the Hancock, Elmore, Hill Funeral Home, 200 W.Church Street, Bishopville, SC
Members of the family can be reached at 843 664-8764 

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Former Bishopville Resident Jailed for "GOOD"

Former Miss Bishopville Behind Bars in Commerce City, Colorado
Jailbird Needs Help!
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PS: Great sacrifice for a great cause Joyce, we love you for doing this!

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