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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Charles Farmer - December 13, 2012

Just learned that Charles Farmer has passed away today... details,  when I get them will be posted on the following site: Sumter Masonic Lodge 364

Old Fashioned Christmas Downtown Sumter

Old Fashioned Christmas

Friday, December 07, 2012

Australian radio jocks leave airwaves following nurse's death - CBS News

Mel Greig (right) and Michael Christian (left) made the call to London's King Edward VII hospital.Australian radio jocks leave airwaves following nurse's death - CBS News: ""We were very surprised that our call was put through. We thought we'd be hung up on as soon as they heard our terrible accents," the radio jocks said in a joint statement with the station at the time. "We're very sorry if we've caused any issues and we're glad to hear that Kate is doing well.""

Issues? Did I read that right?

Isn't there another island in the vast expanse of the Earth's oceans where these two dullard's can be deposited?

If you don't see this in the window... Don't Go into the Store!

                       The American Christian Life United Choir

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Honolulu after Pearl Harbor: A report published for the first time, 71 years later - The Washington Post

Honolulu after Pearl Harbor: A report published for the first time, 71 years later - The Washington Post: "On Dec. 7, 1941, when Japanese planes attacked Pearl Harbor, I was working as a reporter for the Hono­lulu Star-Bulletin. After a week of war, I wrote a story directed at Hawaii’s women; I thought it would be useful for them to know what I had seen. It might help prepare them for what lay ahead. But my editors thought the graphic content would be too upsetting for readers and decided not to run my article. It appears here for the first time."

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Jim DeMint leaving Senate for Heritage Foundation - CBS News

Jim DeMint leaving Senate for Heritage Foundation - CBS News: ""It would be historic for an Indian American governor from the Deep South to appoint an African American to the US Senate," said the source. "I think it's highly unlikely she would appoint a placeholder. There are too many critical votes coming in the next 24 months. Scott and DeMint are lock step on the issues."" 'via Blog this'

J.R. Dixon Auctions


Truck Bed Liner Spray System Complete with Spray Booth and Exhaust Filtering System

Bidding closes 5pm December 6, 2012 Eastern Time
Reflex Truck Bed Liner Installation/Spray System is in excellent condition, having only been used a few times! 

Great business opportunity for start up full-time or part-time business or as a add-on to existing business. Auction ends today.

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

S.C. sheriff urges women to pack firepower - CBS News

S.C. sheriff urges women to pack firepower - CBS News: ""I know I'm going to get lit up by people that don't like guns . Guns have not killed a single person without somebody being stupid being on the trigger anyway. I'm all about gun safety, but I want them to go get their concealed weapons permit. I'm want these people to forever stop doing this. I am tired of looking at these victims. I am tired of looking at these people and saying, 'There is life after this.'"" 'via Blog this'

Church Cancels ‘Charlie Brown’ Over Atheist Outrage | FOX News & Commentary: Todd Starnes

Church Cancels ‘Charlie Brown’ Over Atheist Outrage | FOX News & Commentary: Todd Starnes: "Good Grief! A Little Rock church has cancelled a student matinee performance of “Merry Christmas Charlie Brown” after critics complained the show was too religious and therefore violated the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution."

When will enough be enough... ???

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Truck Bed Liner Installation/Spray System - J.R. Dixon Auctions

J.R. Dixon Auctions: < <<< Click here to see a Great opportunity as an start-up business or as an add-on to an existing business.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Fantasy of Lights - City of Sumter, SC

Fantasy of Lights - City of Sumter, SC: "Beginning on December 1st every year at 6 p.m., one of the largest lighted displays in South Carolina will illuminate the world famous Swan Lake Iris Gardens! The Opening Ceremony is celebrating the 25th annual Fantasy of Lights and the 33rd Anniversary of the Floating Christmas Tree! The world famous 150 acre Swan Lake-Iris Gardens will illuminate with more than a million lights and 150 lighted figures!"

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Know Any Rich Farmers?

Farming: A multi-million dollar business - Nov. 27, 2012: "While million-dollar independent farms aren't the norm -- there are many times more small farms that struggle to make ends meet -- these slightly larger farms have been able to take advantage of their size, more advanced technologies and the recent commodity boom to become very successful small businesses." 'via Blog this'

Friday, November 02, 2012

Freedom Land by Hank Martin

The above YouTube video features a new song written by Hank Martin and P.R. Battle. 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Public Meeting Concerning the State of Lee County School District

The public is invited to attend a Community Meeting to discuss the state of the Lee County School District at Bethlehem United Methodist Church on Thursday evening at 6:30 pm in the Atkinson Center. 

Friday, September 14, 2012

Classic Car Show - Sumter, South Carolina

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Classic Car Show

9:00am to 2:00pm
Sponsored by Sumter Cute Rate
Drugstore & Soda Fountain
Entry Fee ($10 per entry) and proceeds benefit the Gamecock Shrine Club 

50/50 Tickets - Door Prizes - Giveaways

Come Show Off Your Ride!

Trophies for 
 * Oldest Car
* Best Paint Job
* Best Engine Compartment
* Manager's Choice
Entrants to Stage Cars in Rear Parking Lot 
Enter from Dugan or Sumter Streets

For More Information 
Call Todd Touchberry @ 803-983-5430

Monday, September 03, 2012

Help Jack Celebrate His 100th !

From the desk of  Calbert Johnson

Anyone who has ever lived in Bishopville or Lee County has been touched in one way or another by Jack Shuford.  Jack turns 100 on September 5th and is still active although his sight and sound is not what it used to be, he is still sharp as a tack.
May I ask a favor of you.....Send Jack a Birthday card for his 100th birthday.  I know he would appreciate it and I know he certainly deserves it. 
His address is 312 West Church St., Bishopville, S. C. 29010. 
He probably delivered mail to everybody that receives this e-mail. 

Thanks in advance......Calbert Johnson

Links to the Past:

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

For Sale - 1985 Chevrolet El Camino Conquista / SS / Standard

Cash or Certified Check

1985 Chevrolet El Camino Conquista / SS / Standard (Vin# 3GCCW80H3FS914535)
Dark cherry with maroon combination vinyl & cloth interior
150,400 actual miles - Very good over all condition (no rust) & runs great
305 V8 (Uses no oil between changes) with 750 heavy duty transmission

Ø  New paint and window rubber
Ø  Three or four minor paint nicks and one very small dent near tailgate
Ø  Small crack in dash panel
Ø  Oversize wheels; Mastercraft Avenger G/T raised letter tires
Ø  New top for dash panel
Ø New Air conditioner, radiator, heater, hoses & belts
Ø  Power brakes & steering
Ø  Tilt steering & cruise control
Ø  Intermitting wipers
Ø  Original radio works; speakers need replacing
Ø  All previous owner history (2 prior owners) including service papers

Phone: John Reames @ (803) 720-5007

Wednesday, August 15, 2012


Bishopville Animal Rescue Krew, Inc.- BARK – will be in Sumter Saturday, August 18, 2010 between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm. For a nominal fee the team will microchip your pet. Dog washing is $10. Doris Winstead from the Lee County Animal Shelter will have lots of shelter animals available for adoption. Adoption fees for Cats is $25 and for Dogs it is $50. Many of these animals have already been spayed or neutered.

Lee County Animal Shelter Website Link:

For More Information Call:
Lee County Animal Shelter
101 Animal Shelter Lane
Bishopville, SC 29010
Phone: 803-428-2077

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

U.S. Capitol Tour with David Barton

In my 70 years and I've never heard about this before... Why?

Awesome history lesson!!!

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Sumter Photo Gallery | Can you ID these men? | Sumter News

Sumter Photo Gallery | Can you ID these men? | Sumter News: "The Sumter County Sheriff's Office is asking for the community’s assistance in identifying the two individuals in the above photos. Deputies say the two men are believed to be persons of interest that may have been involved in the robbery of the P&D Grocery. If you have any information or recognize these individuals you are urged to contact Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC." 'via Blog this'

Friday, June 15, 2012

Bishopville Chief John Ewing Leaving for New Job |

Editors Observation: The Members of Bishopville City Council have a big problem... who are they going to found to fill the Shoes and Uniform of the former popular Police Chief? In this job; size does not fit all. 

Bishopville Chief John Ewing Leaving for New Job |

"Ewing told News19 Thursday that his last day on the job in Bishopville will be June 21st. He says it was time to move forward and this was an opportunity he couldn't pass up."

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Pizza vending machines are headed for the U.S. later this year -

Editors Observation:
hmmmmm.... or yummmm... Yep! I can see this huge machine sitting on the corner of N. Main and E. College Streets...Not made with hands Pizza anyone?

Pizza vending machines are headed for the U.S. later this year - ""Let's Pizza is a huge success in Europe and especially in Italy. That was proof for us that we have a very good pizza," A1 Concepts Chief Executive Ronald Rammer told Pizza Marketplace. The pizza arrives in an insulated take-away box. The machine takes cash and credit cards. A 10-inch pizza will sell for about $5.95." 'via Blog this'

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Bishopville police chief resignsBishopville Police Chief John Ewing
Bishopville Police Chief John Ewing has announced his resignation from the department.
He said he is leaving for a new opportunity with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, where he started his law enforcement career. Ewing will supervise the Internal Affairs division at the department.
Ewing has been chief of the Bishopville Police Department for 5 years. Before that, he spent 10 years with Richland County.
“I thank the city of Bishopville and Lee County for accepting me and my wife into the community,” said Ewing.
In 2011, he won the The Strom Thurmond Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement.
Ewing did not say what his new role in Richland County will be, but said it was an offer he could not refuse.
Bishopville City Council will be tasked with naming an interim chief.
Ewing's resignation is effective June 21st.
Source LINK

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Shug Horton: Greatest High School Baseball Coach in South Carolina History Retires

TUESDAY, MAY 29, 2012

MORRIS: Longtime Bamberg-Ehrhardt baseball coach retiring - Ron Morris -

G1K54QCBK.3Staff Photographer        BAMBERG — - WHEN DAVID Horton walks into Frye’s Drive-In restaurant off U.S. 301 just outside Bamberg, all heads turn. Gov. Nikki Haley might attract the same attention in her hometown, but not likely. Horton glad hands a couple of old heads and quickly hurries off to a back room as a voice resonates from a table deep in the main dining area.

“Coach, you don’t need to retire,” the patron shouts.
There is no turning back now. Word spread last week through this community of 3,700 residents that the greatest coach in the history of South Carolina baseball has seated himself in the Bamberg-Ehrhardt High dugout for the final time.

For the entire article go to this LINK

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Free Parking for the Annual Iris Festive Parade

Sunday, May 27, 2012
Sumter Masonic Temple
Free Parking for the Annual Iris Festive Parade
Boiled Peanuts, Hot Dogs and Cold Drinks Available
Location: Sumter Masonic Temple
215 Alice Drive, Sumter, SC 
Time: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Call ahead for pickup or more info: 803-773-9518

Monday, May 07, 2012

Everybody Loves a Parade - Join Us at the Iris Festival Parade

Sunday, May 27, 2012
Sumter Masonic Temple
Time: 11:00am - 3:00pm

Free Parking for the Annual Iris Festival Parade

Front row seats-Bring your lawn chairs

Boiled Peanuts, Hot Dogs and Cold Drinks Available! ! !

Location: Sumter Masonic Temple
215 Alice Drive, Sumter, SC 
Call ahead for pickup or more info: 803-773-9518

Monday, April 30, 2012

50 Year 'Celebrants' Gather in Bishopville

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Scene at Cotton Museum in Bishopville, SC April 2012
Please Forgive the Technical Difficulties ... working to repair problem! 

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Death Valley ranked #1 College Football Stadium - - Columbia, South Carolina |

Editor: Another Number One for THE university of South Carolina, Clemson's Memorial Stadium in Death Valley - Home of "The most exciting 25 seconds in College Football"

Death Valley ranked #1 College Football Stadium - - Columbia, South Carolina |: "Clemson, SC (WIS) - South Carolina is home to the best stadium in college football.  That stadium happens to be in Clemson, where the Tigers play."

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

The Silent Sermon

A member of a certain church, who previously had been attending services regularly, suddenly stopped coming to church.  After a few weeks, the Pastor decided to visit.
The Pastor found the man at home alone, sitting before a blazing fire.  Guessing the reason for his Pastor’s visit, the man welcomed him, led him to a comfortable chair near the fireplace and waited.  The pastor made himself at home but said nothing.  In the grave silence, he contemplated the dance of the flames around the burning logs.  After some minutes, the Pastor took the fire tongs, carefully picked up a brightly burning ember and placed it to one side of the hearth all alone.
Then he sat back in his chair, still silent.  The host watched all this in quiet contemplation.  As the one lone ember’s flame flickered and diminished, there was a momentary glow and then its fire was no more.  Soon it was cold and lifeless.  The Pastor glanced at his watch and realized it was time to leave.  He slowly stood up, picked up the cold, dead ember and placed it back in the middle of the fire.  Immediately it began to glow, once more with the light and warmth of the burning coals around it.
As the Pastor reached the door to leave, his host said with a tear running down his cheek, “Thank you so much for your visit and especially for the fiery sermon.  I shall be back in church next Sunday.”
We live in a world today which tries to say too much with too little.  Consequently, few listen.  Sometimes the best sermons are the ones left unspoken.  What silent message would God have you share with someone today?
“Even so, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” — Matthew 5:16

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Personal Medicaid Records of 228,435 Beneficiaries Compromised = Is Yours Among Them

DHHS: Employee stole personal information of 228,435 SC Medicaid - - Columbia, South Carolina |: "COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - During an agency performance review, the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) discovered last week that an employee working within the Medicaid program inappropriately transferred personal information of 228,435 Medicaid beneficiaries to his personal email account, constituting a violation of agency policy." 'via Blog this'

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Pot Crack

An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which she carried across her neck.

One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water.

At the end of the long walks from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.

For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water.

Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments.  

But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it could only do half of what it had been made to do.
After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream.

'I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house.'
The old woman smiled, 'Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path, but not on the other pot's side?'

'That's because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them.'

For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table.  

Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house.'

Each of us has our own unique flaw. But it's the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding.  

You've just got to take each person for what they are and look for the good in them.

Sunday, April 08, 2012

The Crabby Old Man in the Nursing Home

What do you see nurses? . . .. . . What do you see?
What are you thinking . . . . . when you're looking at me?
A crabby old man .. . . . . not very wise,
Uncertain of habit . . . . . with faraway eyes?

Who dribbles his food . . . . . and makes no reply.
When you say in a loud voice . . . . . 'I do wish you'd try!'
Who seems not to notice .. . . . . the things that you do.
And forever is losing . . . . . A sock or shoe?

Who, resisting or not . . . . . lets you do as you will,
With bathing and feeding . . . . . The long day to fill?
Is that what you're thinking? . . . . . Is that what you see?
Then open your eyes, nurse . . . . . you're not looking at me.

I'll tell you who I am. . . . . . As I sit here so still,
As I do at your bidding, . . . . . as I eat at your will.
I'm a small child of Ten . . . . .. with a father and mother,
Brothers and sisters . . . . . who love one another.

A young boy of Sixteen . . . . with wings on his feet.
Dreaming that soon now . . . . . a lover he'll meet.
A groom soon at Twenty . . . . . my heart gives a leap.
Remembering, the vows . .. . . . that I promised to keep.

At Twenty-Five, now . . .. . . I have young of my own.
Who need me to guide . . . . . And a secure happy home.
A man of Thirty . . . . . My young now grown fast,
Bound to each other . . . . . With ties that should last.

At Forty, my young sons . . .. . . have grown and are gone,
But my woman's beside me . . . . .. to see I don't mourn.
At Fifty, once more, . . . . . babies play 'round my knee,
Again, we know children . . . . . My loved one and me.

Dark days are upon me . . . . . my wife is now dead.
I look at the future . . . . . shudder with dread.
For my young are all rearing . . . . . young of their own.
And I think of the years .. . . . . and the love that I've known.

I'm now an old man . . . . .. and nature is cruel.
Tis jest to make old age . . . . . look like a fool.
The body, it crumbles . . . . . grace and vigor, depart.
There is now a stone . . . . where I once had a heart.

But inside this old carcass . . . . . a young guy still dwells,
And now and again . . . . . my battered heart swells.
I remember the joys . . . . . I remember the pain.
And I'm loving and living . . . . . life over again.

I think of the years, all too few . . . . .. gone too fast.
And accept the stark fact . . . . that nothing can last.
So open your eyes, people . . . . . open and see.
Not a crabby old man . . . . Look closer . .. . see ME!!

Friday, April 06, 2012

Hot Jessica Dorrell On Back Of Employer Bobby Petrino's Motorcycle During Accident

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Hot Jessica Dorrell On Back Of Employer Bobby Petrino's Motorcycle During Accident: "Jessica Dorrell, an assistant with the University of Arkansas’ Athletic Foundation since 2009, toiled in relative obscurity, preparing for for her first marriage and to Arkansas Swimming and Diving Operations Director Mr. Josh Morgan on June 9, 2012 – until today, and after a weekend motorcycle ride with her new boss, Razorback’s Head Coach Bobby Petrino that ended in a crash which left him hospitalized."

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Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Wisconsin woman, 80, showed no fear in landing plane for dying husband | Detroit Free Press |

Wisconsin woman, 80, showed no fear in landing plane for dying husband | Detroit Free Press | "STURGEON BAY, Wis. -- An 80-year-old woman who landed a twin engine plane after her pilot husband lost consciousness performed well under pressure, said the pilots who helped her." 'via Blog this'

Monday, April 02, 2012

2.3 Million Smells Pretty Good to 6 Lee County Residents

Landfill ordered to pay residents after stench complaints : News : "COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A federal jury has ordered the owner of a Lee County landfill to pay $2.3 million to six residents who say their lives have been made miserable by the stench from the 140-foot tall piles of trash." 'via Blog this'

Monday, February 13, 2012


This are criminals.... we need to get them off our streets and behind bars...


Slideshow Landing Page - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |:

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Sunday, February 05, 2012

Silly Wabbit

Sheep-Herding Swedish Bunny Becomes Online Hit (VIDEO):

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Remember that foul smell in the house? Well....

Mummified Body Discovered In Air Duct At French Bank | Fox News: "LYON, France -- Police and firefighters were attempting Tuesday to dislodge the mummified body of a man trapped inside an air duct at a French bank.

Lyon Capitale reported that investigators were unsure if the half-rotted corpse was a trapped worker, a burglar who was attempting to sneak inside the building or a vagrant looking for shelter at the branch of Credit Foncier in Lyon, eastern France."

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Betty Anne Brown Truesdale - January 30, 2012

Betty Anne Brown Truesdale, 82, wife of Liston Truesdale, died Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, at McCoy Memorial Nursing Center.
She was born in Bishopville and always lived there. She was a daughter of the late Gene and Edna King Brown. She and Liston had no children of their own but thousands of her dear school children. Mrs. Truesdale graduated from Bishopville High School and Columbia College with a major in French. She also received a degree in library science from the University of South Carolina. She taught in Bennettsville, Central, Ashwood-Central and Bishopville High School. She taught in the public schools of Lee County for 45 years. She was a lifetime member of Bethlehem United Methodist Church. She was the co-author of "Volume 2, History of Lee County" and the "History of Bethlehem United Methodist Church."
Survivors include her dear husband of 60 years; a sister-in-law, Mildred Elmore of the Bethea Home; nephews, Cliff Davis (Carol) of Lugoff, James Davis of Conway and Harris Brown (Teresa) of Hartwell, Ga.; nieces, Abbie Elmore Denny (Lyn) of Lake City and Cora Beth Loftin (David) of Nashville, Tenn.; adopted daughters, Cheryl Austin Skinner (Marvin) of Oswego and Kim Williams of Atlanta; special friends, Marie Freeman, Gloria Hariott, Darron Wilson, Willene Smith and Betty Lou Watson; several great-nieces and great-nephews; and her precious dogs.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Louise Davis (Loyce); a brother, Gene Brown Jr. (Frances Harris); a niece, Millie Elmore Mozingo; and a brother-in-law, Darwin Elmore.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Bethlehem United Methodist Church with the Rev. Henry Altman and the Rev. Sam Stevens officiating. Burial will be in Bethlehem United Methodist Church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Bethlehem United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 167, Bishopville, SC 29010; the Epworth Children's Home, P.O. Box 50466, Columbia, SC 29250; B.A.R.K., 121 Julia Drive, Bishopville, SC 29010; or to a charity of one's choice.
Hancock-Elmore-Hill Funeral Home of Bishopville is in charge of the arrangements.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Google Search- Election results South Carolina

Editor: Not surprising at all... South Carolina voters are completely comfortable with the choices. Of the choices given they simply elected the one who has demonstrated he isn't afraid to mix it up with all comer's... what a stunning defeat!

Newt Gingrich's victory speechelection results south carolina - Google Search: "US elections 2012: South Carolina primary results county by county

The Guardian (blog)‎ - 31 minutes ago
We have just added the latest South Carolina State Election Commission results. You can see a summary of the data below. Some simple analysis of the votes ...
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Friday, January 20, 2012

Which One is Telling the Truth ?

Editor's Opinion: Do you believe Marianne Gingrich, who by all accounts seems to have nothing to gain, but who could be the disgruntled ex-wife; or do you believe Newt, who has everything to gain; especially the Office of the President of the United States. According to the article Newt implied to his ex that his present wife didn't care what he did... does that mean she is okay with an open marriage... sort of puts a big "?" on the forehead of Newt, now doesn't it.... 

Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich in 1999 asked his second wife for an “open marriage” or a divorce at the same time he was giving speeches around the country on family and religious values, his former wife, Marianne, said Thursday.
In an interview with The Washington Post, Marianne Gingrich said her former husband called her on May 10, 1999, as she was having dinner with her 84-year-old mother and said, “I want a divorce.”
“Is there anybody else?” Marianne Gingrich recalled saying. “He was quiet. Within two seconds, when he didn’t immediately answer, I knew.”
Two days later, Newt Gingrich gave a speech at a conference titled “The Demise of American Culture” sponsored by the Republican Women Leaders Forum in Erie, Pa. Gingrich extolled the virtues of the Founding Fathers and criticized liberal politicians for supporting tax increases, which he said hurt families and children. In the speech, which was televised on C-SPAN, he spoke often of God, families and values.
“When a liberal talks about values, will he or she actually like us to teach American history?” Gingrich told the women’s group. “Will they actually like young people to learn that George Washington was an ethical man? A man of standards, a man who earned the right to be father of this country?” more: Read the full article here

Can Independent's and Democrat's Vote in the Republican Presidential Primary?

Editor: Unsure about voting Saturday? The South Carolina Election Commission says if you are registered you may vote... pretty simple huh...

Q. Do I have to be a registered Republican to participate in the Republican Presidential Primary?
A.  No,  S.C. does not have registration by party.  The  Presidential Primary is open to all registered S.C.
Q. If I vote in the Republican Presidential Preference Primary, will I  be limited to voting in only the
Republican State Primary in June?
A.  No, voting in a Presidential Primary has no affect on your participation in the State Primaries.  Voters
who vote  in the  Republican  Presidential Primary will  still have the  choice of voting in either the
Republican or Democratic State Primaries in June

Editor's Soap Box

I wasn't born when Roosevelt added this to an address in which he proposed social security, unemployment insurance, and (what was then called) aid to dependent children to help the deserving poor:   

"The lessons of history, confirmed by evidence immediately before me, show conclusively that continued dependence on relief induces a spiritual and moral disintegration fundamentally destructive to the national fiber. To dole out relief in this way is to administer a narcotic, a subtle destroyer of the human spirit. It is inimical to the dictates of sound policy. It is a violation of the traditions of America."  

Not so subtle now, huh!!!! 

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Friday, January 13, 2012

From the Desk of Nick Baskin BHS Class of 1962

BHS CLASS of 1962
YES....50 years...FIFTY

WHEN...April 20 and 21st...2012

WHERE...COTTON MUSEUM...perhaps both Friday NIGHT's casual event..

    ...and...for the Saturday NIGHT Banquet


HOW MUCH...??? $40...

Details...Clarifications....Nick (803-438-1696)...or Jean S. Watkins...or
Joyce Driggers, etc.

PLEASE spread the word...and LET's CELEBRATE we always
have done....and.....will keep DOING...until...NO ONE is LEFT....(hahaha)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

A name does not make a man, a man makes the name

Editor: Anonymous Quote: “A person shows what he is by what he does with what he has.”


Jim ‘Jimmy’ Barrow or 'Rat', the latter a somewhat affectionate albeit cruel moniker he no doubt is not as fond of as were his schoolmates back in his hometown of Bishopville, South Carolina, has done quite well in the world of finance. If you have some spare bucks laying around, ‘Rat’ Barrow may just be your ‘Go to Man’….

An article touting his business acumen was recently published online on the Swing Trading Daily website and reposted here in its entirety for your reading pleasure. 



By Landon Brace 

James Barrow
Jim 'Jimmy' Barrow aka 'Rat'
James Barrow is an industry veteran who currently leads the portfolio management team of the Vanguard Windsor ll and Selected Value Funds. He also founded the Texas-based investment firm Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney, and Strauss. Even while the S&P 500 (SPY) posted negative returns, Mr. Barrow was able to average an overall return of over 9% during the previous decade. He has a history of being a deep value investor and his recent 5 investments may prove to be worth some consideration.

Janus Capital Group, Inc. (JNS) – At the end of the third quarter of 2011 Mr. Barrow took an increasingly large stake in Janus with a purchase of 1.2 million shares at an average cost of $7.54. This latest purchase follows the pattern of investments since the third quarter of 2010 to bring total holdings of Janus to slightly over 4.1 million shares. At $6.56, $1.20 higher then its yearly low set in early November, Janus has clearly been beaten down by the overall decline in financials. Even after seeing market capitalization sliced in half it has maintained its strong dividend and currently yields 3%. The current P/E of 7 is very attractive when compared with rivals Franklin Resources (BEN), and T Rowe Price Group (TROW). Management continues to work to improve the performance of many of the firm's lagging equity funds, which have been a drain on revenue throughout the last year. Janus’ fixed income funds continue to entice investors and over the long term this company has great potential to pay off. With Janus’ 3% yield I believe most investors won’t have a problem maintaining their patience.
Gibraltar Industries, Inc. (ROCK) – Mr. Barrow made his second largestpurchase of Gibraltar in the third quarter of 2011 since he began acquiring shares in 2009. His purchase of 560,993 shares at an average price of $9.46 is paying off quite well so far. At its current closing price of $14.02, Gibraltar is less then a dollar below its yearly high of $14.65 set last December. It has been steadily climbing since touching its yearly low of $7.35 in August and now the question is whether this company has run its course? Although there have been patches of good news, the housing market continues to be a grim reminder of the state of the current economy. Plus, the rising costs of raw materials are further pinching the already razor thin margins of the building material industry. Although housing will improve eventually, in the near term Gibraltar appears to be unsustainable at these levels. With the dividend on hold since early 2009, it will be hard to expect investors to wait around for the increases in material demands that will drive Gibraltar forward.
Medtronic, Inc. (MDT) – For the latest quarter, Mr. Barrow made his second largest purchase of medical device maker Medtronic since he began acquiring shares in early 2009. With slightly over 8 million shares purchased in the third quarter at an average cost of $34.80, he now holds 25.9 million shares. At $34.61, Medtronic is slightly off its yearly low of $30.18 set back in August but is nowhere near its high of $43.33 set in May. The company that specializes in cardiovascular medical devices has come under increased scrutiny from analysts due to fears of Medicare reductions driving down procedure volume. Although rival device makers Boston Scientific (BSX) and St. Jude Medical (STJ) are feeling the heat as well, Medtronic’s superior operating margin of over 27% stands out. Medtronic also boasts an impressive P/E of 10.9, and a solid quarterly dividend yield of 2.7%, leaving competitors St. Jude (STJ) and Boston Scientific (BSX) in the dust. With continued discussion of Medicare reform the medical device makers do present a higher degree of risk than your average stock. This can be seen by the nearly 6% decline in Medtronic’s share price today on an analyst’s report from Wells Fargo (WFC) regarding this exact topic. Although, if you are looking for exposure to this industry, Medtronic is a no brainer.
Sanofi (SNY– Mr. Barrow only recently began acquiring shares of Sanofi in the first quarter of 2011. During the third quarter of the same year he made his largest purchase of Sanofi, 1.6 million shares for an average cost of $35.97, and now holds over 3.5 million shares in total. Sanofi, a diversified French pharmaceutical company, has American Depositary Shares listed on the NYSE trading right between its yearly high and low at $34.49. The shares are down since touching their yearly high of $40.75 in May, a month after they acquired Genzyme Corporation in a cash deal. Other than Pfizer, (PFE) Sanofi has the lowest P/E in the industry at 14.42 and its gross margin is almost double the industry average at 20.89%. Although it has an impressive yield of 3.8%, investors must keep in mind that they will have foreign tax taken out of the gross distribution since the company is based in France. With the wide variety of drugs for humans and animals, overall diversification of Sanofi’s product line is impressive. With the looming fear of a top seller being sold as a generic, diversification is key in the pharmaceutical industry. If you’re looking for exposure to the pharmaceutical industry without taking of a large amount of risk, I would take a second look at Sanofi.
Carnival Corporation (CCL) – Mr. Barrow has been purchasing Carnival for many years, picking it up at rock-bottom prices during the lows of 2009. During the third quarter of 2011 he acquired 3.7 million shares at an average cost of $33.16 to bring his total holdings up to 25.7 million. Carnival is well off its yearly low of $28.52 set back on October 4, but still has a ways to go before reaching that yearly high of $48.14 set in early January. Although bookings in Europe have started to slow due to the economic concerns in that part of the world, North American sales have been strong and continue to drive the company forward. A dependable 3% dividend from a travel and leisure company is certainly worth taking notice of in this environment. Plus, an operating margin of 14.67% that is above the industry average is noteworthy as well. With bargain-hungry consumers in full force, the all-inclusive nature of cruises continues to lure consumers to that style of vacationing. Carnival has proven that the dividend is dependable and with an increasingly large cash position, a higher return for shareholders shouldn’t be too far off.
Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.

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