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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?"

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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