Summer in Sumter SC

Saturday, April 30, 2011

SCDHEC: Land & Waste Management

SCDHEC: Land & Waste Management: "In May 2010, South Carolina passed legislation that requires computer, printer and television manufacturers to provide recovery programs for desktop, laptop, notebook and tablet computers as well as computer monitors, printers and televisions from residents."

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

WH releases Obama birth certificate (View it) - Politics - Wire - TheState.com

WH releases Obama birth certificate (View it) - Politics - Wire - TheState.com: "In a news conference shortly after the news of decision broke, Trump said he 'was honored' and 'proud' to have caused the White House to release the certificate."

4 dogs with NC State Wolfpack ties apparently poisoned - Breaking News - TheState.com

4 dogs with NC State Wolfpack ties apparently poisoned - Breaking News - TheState.com: "ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. -- Four Tamaskan dogs with ties to North Carolina State Wolfpack mascot Tuffy have become seriously ill after eating fish laced with antifreeze that their owner says was placed on his property intentionally. The Daily Advance of Elizabeth City said John Bannow of the Nixonton community saw the dogs acting strangely Sunday and found a large bowl containing fish that later was determined to be laced with antifreeze. The bowl was set in a freshly dug hole and covered in grass."

Sunday, April 24, 2011

MyReporter.com Can a police officer randomly stop people on the sidewalk and require them to produce identification?

MyReporter.com Can a police officer randomly stop people on the sidewalk and require them to produce identification?: "...an officer, like anyone else, may ask a pedestrian to stop and talk, and may ask to see the pedestrian’s identification. A pedestrian is free to decline such a request and to go on about his or her business.”"

11 in Upstate plead guilty in $1.8 million postal scheme | GoUpstate.com

11 in Upstate plead guilty in $1.8 million postal scheme | GoUpstate.com: "...investigation into a widespread check fraud conspiracy operated by Hope Mitchell and her associates. The scheme used by the conspiracy was simple and effective, authorities said. The leaders of the conspiracy, many of whom were from the Mitchell family, recruited indigent people in the Union and Spartanburg areas to participate in the scheme."

Saturday, April 23, 2011

States moving quickly to switch execution drug - State & Regional - Wire - TheState.com

States moving quickly to switch execution drug - State & Regional - Wire - TheState.com: "South Carolina also obtained its supply of sodium thiopental from England, informed the DEA after the agency began seizing other states' supply, and handed the supply over to the DEA Thursday. South Carolina is exploring pentobarbital, possibly used alone, and other options before the scheduled May 6 execution of Jeffrey Motts, 36, condemned to die for killing his cellmate in 2005 while serving two life sentences for a previous double homicide.
'We're looking at other alternatives, just as other states have done,' said South Carolina prisons spokesman John Barkley."

Friday, April 22, 2011

Lee County landfill celebrates Earth Day | SCNOW

Lee County landfill celebrates Earth Day | SCNOW: "The 203-acre landfill is located near Bishopville on a 1,155-acre tract of land that includes retention ponds, buffer area and additional landfill use. The facility was opened in 1992. The Lee County Landfill is operated in a manner which protects public health and the environment. It handles more than 2,000 tons of solid waste each day that is made up of discarded food, broken furniture and paper products such as napkins and tissues."

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Sumter man charged with assault on infant son - Crime & Courts - TheState.com

Sumter man charged with assault on infant son - Crime & Courts - TheState.com: "Thirty-four-year-old Lee Dean Azevedo was arrested Wednesday after his three-month-old son was treated for injuries including a fractured skull and swelling and bleeding on the brain."

Civil War tourism map touts life off battlefields - State & Regional - Wire - TheState.com

Civil War tourism map touts life off battlefields - State & Regional - Wire - TheState.com: "There are battlefields, and then there's Belle Boyd, teenage temptress and Confederate spy. The Appalachian Regional Commission is betting Boyd is the sexier Civil War story and that tourists will want to visit the Martinsburg, W.Va., home of the notorious 'siren of the South' who used her feminine charms to spy on Union soldiers for the Confederacy."

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A Tale of a Cancer Survivor and Her Dog Lucky

Mary and her husband Jim had a dog named 'Lucky.' Lucky was a real character. Whenever Mary and Jim had company come for a weekend visit they would warn their friends to not leave their luggage open because Lucky would help himself to whatever struck his fancy. Inevitably, someone would forget and something would come up missing.

Mary or Jim would go to Lucky's toy box in the basement and there the treasure would be, amid all of Lucky's other favorite toys. Lucky always stashed his finds in his toy box and he was very particular that his toys stay in the box.

It happened that Mary found out she had breast cancer. Something told her she was going to die of this disease.....in fact; she was just sure it was fatal.

She scheduled the double mastectomy, fear riding her shoulders. The night before she was to go to the hospital she cuddled with Lucky. A thought struck her...what would happen to Lucky? Although the three-year-old dog liked Jim, he was Mary's dog through and through. If I die, Lucky will be abandoned, Mary thought. He won't understand that I didn't want to leave him! The thought made her sadder than thinking of her own death.

The double mastectomy was harder on Mary than her doctors had anticipated and Mary was hospitalized for
over two weeks. Jim took Lucky for his evening walk faithfully, but the little dog just drooped, whining and
miserable.

Finally the day came for Mary to leave the hospital. When she arrived home, Mary was so exhausted she
couldn't even make it up the steps to her bedroom. Jim made his wife comfortable on the couch and left her to
nap... Lucky stood watching Mary but he didn't come to her when she called. It made Mary sad but sleep soon overcame her and she dozed.

When Mary woke for a second she couldn't understand what was wrong. She couldn't move her head and her body felt heavy and hot. But panic soon gave way to laughter when Mary realized the problem. She was covered, literally blanketed, with every treasure Lucky owned! While she had slept, the sorrowing dog had made trip after trip to the basement bringing his beloved mistress all his favorite things in life.

He had covered her with his love.

Mary forgot about dying. Instead she and Lucky began living again, walking further and further together every day. It's been 12 years now and Mary is still cancer-free. Lucky He still steals treasures and stashes them in his toy box but Mary remains his greatest treasure. 

Remember....live every day to the fullest. Each minute is a blessing from God. And never forget......the people
who make a difference in our lives are not the ones with the most Credentials, the most money, or the most
awards. They are the ones that care for us.

If you see someone without a smile today give them one of yours! Live simply... Love seriously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.





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Monday, April 18, 2011

The Legacy of Christine Woodham Beasley at Lucknow School « Images of Bishopville

The Legacy of Christine Woodham Beasley at Lucknow School « Images of Bishopville: "Some months ago Ellie Price sent me his memories of growing up in Lee County and of a favorite teacher that many of you remember, Christine Woodham McIntyre Pate Beasley. I promised to write a post in her honor … and then promptly misplaced all the wonderful letters and photographs he’d sent me. But, they resurfaced, as I knew they would and, Ellie, I will now keep my word!"

Sunday, April 17, 2011

World's oldest man dies in Montana at 114 - Yahoo! News

World's oldest man dies in Montana at 114 - Yahoo! News: "GREAT FALLS, Mont. – Walter Breuning's earliest memories stretched back 111 years, before home entertainment came with a twist of the radio dial. They were of his grandfather's tales of killing Southerners in the Civil War."

Friday, April 15, 2011

It's 'Dancing With the Cars" at Talladega Superspeedway - ESPN

It's 'Dancing With the Cars" at Talladega Superspeedway - ESPN: "'I'm a fan of it because, I think, honestly it's safer doing it with one spotter and two cars,' Burton said. 'However, I'm not a fan of it because it's supposed to be us against them, you know? We are not supposed to be working together."

From the Desk of Susan Wild

MAYOR'S PRAYER BREAKFAST

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Sumter, SC.  On May 5, 2011, the Sumter community will gather to hear motivational speaker Ruth Graham, daughter of the Reverend Billy Graham and founder of Ruth Graham and Friends.  Third daughter of the Reverend and Mrs. Graham, she “seeks to minister God’s grace and restoration to those who feel marginalized within the church and to better equip churches themselves to address the needs of the hurting in their midst.” 

No stranger to heartache herself, she provides a Biblical perspective to her journey of faith. She is warm and articulate as she connects with her audiences, talking openly about her own pilgrimage through her husband’s infidelities, her divorces, her teenage daughter’s two unplanned pregnancies, another daughter’s bulimia, her son’s battle with drugs, and returning to school at age 40.

Ruth is an experienced conference speaker and Bible teacher.  She is also a frequent guest speaker – and interview subject – in the news media.  She has appeared on a variety of radio and television shows including: Good Morning, AmericaThe Hour of PowerFocus on the Family, Moody Broadcasting, Fox & Friends, CBN, Life Today and CNN.  She has also published numerous books. 

Ruth has three grown children and eight grandchildren.  She and her husband, Greg, and his three sons, live near Charlottesville, VA.  Her life Bible verse is John 1:16.

The annual Mayor's Prayer Breakfast will be held on May 5, 2011 at the Alice Drive Baptist Church, 1305 Loring Mill Road.  Breakfast is served at 6:45 a.m., and the program begins at 7:30.  Tickets are available for $10 advance, $12 at the door at the Swan Lake Visitors Center, SEACO and the Sumter Chamber of Commerce.  Seating is limited, so please purchase your tickets early.  Please make checks payable to “Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast,” PO Box 1449, Sumter SC 29151.  Phone orders will be accepted by the Swan Lake Visitors Centeronly, and must be mailed before Wednesday, April 27, 2011.  For more information, or for sponsorship opportunities, please call (803) 775-4437.

Join Mayor Joseph T. McElveen, Jr., Ms. Ruth Graham and the Sumter community for this joyous annual event!  Don’t miss out—get your tickets today!

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Susan H. Wild
Communications, Tourism & Recreations Director, City of Sumter
P O Box 1449
Sumter, SC 29151
Phone: 803-436-2500

Thursday, April 14, 2011

When is a Felon not a Felon?

Editor:
Answer: In South Carolina?!
"Once you expunge a record, it’s gone. Forever."

Did She or Didn't She? Is Haley Fibbing?

Editor: I may be watching too much TV but I believe whoever filled out the job application left personal traces belonging only to the perpetrator. Of course SLED would have to put their crack forensic team on the case to solve this mystery. What do you think? Did she or didn't she?
News Source Link: Sheheen says Gov Haley lied on job application - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |: "Haley has said she didn't fill out the application. The document has been questioned because it listed Haley's earnings from a previous job as much higher than what her tax returns showed"

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

From the Desk of Susan Wild

“Evening In The Round” Returns to Sumter Opera House
         Starring Linda Davis, Lang Scott, and Bill Whyte

Sumter, SC -- Three of Nashville’s most talented singer/songwriters will return to the Sumter Opera House on Saturday, April 16th when they perform an “Evening in the Round.”  The intimate night of acoustic music, starring Grammy award winner Linda Davis and hit songwriters Lang Scott and Bill Whyte, will be injected with hits, humor and a whole lot of down home appeal.  Showtime is at 7:30pm, doors open at 7:00pm. 

We had such a great turnout and response to last year’s concert, (including the Mayor!)…and the Sumter Opera House is such a beautiful venue, that we are excited about performing there again this year” Scott says.

Tickets are $20 and are on-sale now at SEACO Music in Sumter.

LANG SCOTT

Scott has long been one of Nashville’s most consistent and sought after musicians and vocalists, having toured with Reba, Garth Brooks, Kenny Rogers, Brooks & Dunn and Linda Davis. He has written songs for LeeAnn Rimes, JoDee Messina and Linda Davis.  Lang was the first National Champion of TNN’s “You Can Be A Star,” and had his own recording deal with mega label MCA Records. Lang has been married to Linda Davis since 1984.  They reside in Nashville with their two children, Rylee and Hillary.  Hillary Scott is one third of the Grammy Award winning group Lady Antebellum.

LINDA DAVIS

Labeled a 'song stylist', Davis' unique ability to interpret a song soon made her one of the hottest session singers in Nashville.  She quickly caught the attention of label executives and landed her first record deal with CBS/Epic Records.

Early on, Davis gained a legion of friends and fans in the music industry, including superstar Reba McEntire.  Their mutual respect for each other’s talent led them to record the duet  “Does He Love You.”  The recording became a #1 hit and earned the women several awards, including a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Collaboration.

Through the years, Davis has played to sold-out crowds with the likes of Garth Brooks, George Strait, Reba and Kenny Rogers, to name a few.  Kenny Rogers, a long-time friend and fan proclaims, "In this business, there are people who can sing and there are singers. Linda Davis is absolutely one of the best singers in the business. I defy you to find anyone who's ever worked with her or heard her sing to disagree with that statement. She is the best."

For more information go to www.lindadavis.com.

BILL WHYTE

Bill Whyte's unique presentation of funny and twisted songs makes him a favorite everywhere he entertains.
The Whyte-penned "I'm Goin’ Ugly Early Tonight" which was recorded by Cledus T. Judd, is the perfect howling climax for his stand up-singing routine, which is full of funny songs like “Trailer Park Sexy” and “Retired,” recently recorded by Ray Stevens.
Whyte’s other career is that of a morning radio personality.  He has been a morning guy in Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Indianapolis and Nashville and has won numerous broadcast awards, including the CMA Award for Best Large Market Personality.

Whyte’s songs have been recorded by Linda Davis, Brady Seals, Kacey Jones and others.

For more information go to www.billwhytecomedy.com

  
Susan H. Wild
Communications, Tourism & Recreations Director, City of Sumter
P O Box 1449
Sumter, SC 29151
Phone: 803-436-2500

OJT for Alan Watkins While County Boss's Look for Permanent Administrator

Who is going to be the next Parks and Recreational Director?
Source Link: Lee Co. council hires interim administrator - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |: "BISHOPVILLE, SC (WIS) - Lee County council members unanimously voted Tuesday to hire an interim county administrator to lead the county's day-to-day operations after former administrator Bobby Boland retired a week ago. Council voted to hire Alan Watkins for a six month term. The position will pay Watkins $65,000 annually for his services as the county begins the search for a permanent replacement. Watkins replaces Boland, who previously served as administrator in Kershaw and Clarendon Counties. Boland retired April 1 for 'health reasons,' according to Boland."

SC bill nixing licenses for ditching classes OK'd | SCNOW

Editor: This is a good law.... now we wait and see if law enforcement has the will to enforce it.
SC bill nixing licenses for ditching classes OK'd | SCNOW: "COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina teens under 18 will lose driving privileges if they drop out of school or skip too many classes under a bill heading to the House floor for debate. The House Education and Public Works Committee unanimously approved on Tuesday a measure that would suspend licenses until the student reaches 18. Members of the committee said the legislation will encourage students to think seriously about the consequences they'll face if they don't stay in school. The House passed the same legislation last year. But that action came too late to meet a procedural deadline for bills to reach the Senate. The state Department of Education supports the measure and says there will be no additional costs to the agency."

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

It Pays to be a Councilman in Lee County!

Source Link: Lee County's $900k insurance program "unaffordable" - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |: "State ethics commission records show council members received the following salary totals in 2010 listed below: Beasley: $11,595.61 Addison: $11,250 Fountain: $10,125.31 McCutchen: $9,241.39 Eckley: $9,164.83 Logan: $10,125.31 Windham: $6,102 Lee County Council will meet Tuesday and could take a vote on an alternative plan to fund the county's insurance plan as council works out its budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year."

It Pays to be a Councilman in Lee County!

Source Link: Lee County's $900k insurance program "unaffordable" - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |: "State ethics commission records show council members received the following salary totals in 2010 listed below: Beasley: $11,595.61 Addison: $11,250 Fountain: $10,125.31 McCutchen: $9,241.39 Eckley: $9,164.83 Logan: $10,125.31 Windham: $6,102 Lee County Council will meet Tuesday and could take a vote on an alternative plan to fund the county's insurance plan as council works out its budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year."

Solar highways. [VIDEO]

Out of the box thinking... and very feasible! I think I day-dreamed about this when in high school...
Solar highways. [VIDEO]

Monday, April 11, 2011

George Clooney to play the Lone Ranger | The Sun |Showbiz|Film

Hi Yo Silver..  Away!!! 

The Lone Ranger Rides Again!!!!

"Who was that Masked Man anyway?"

George Clooney to play the Lone Ranger | The Sun |Showbiz|Film: "HOLLYWOOD heart-throb GEORGE CLOONEY is to play the Lone Ranger in a new movie. The Oscar-winner, 47, will appear as the masked crimefighter with fellow star JOHNNY DEPP as the legend's trusty sidekick Tonto."

Ronnie Williams for Bishopville Mayor « Images of Bishopville

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Ronnie Williams for Bishopville Mayor « Images of Bishopville

Oconee reactors release tritium into SC waterways - State & Regional - Wire - TheState.com

Oconee reactors release tritium into SC waterways - State & Regional - Wire - TheState.com: "Columbia environmental attorney Bob Guild says there are so many different ways to get radiation exposure and no additional doses are good for anyone. Although naturally occurring, tritium is also a byproduct of nuclear power operations. Long-term exposure to high amounts can increase a person's cancer risk."

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Attempted pressure-washer theft goes awry in a hurry - Crime & Courts - TheState.com

Attempted pressure-washer theft goes awry in a hurry - Crime & Courts - TheState.com: "The homeowner saw an unfamiliar SUV parked in front of his home and a man loading a pressure washer from the garage into the vehicle, which had a female passenger, according to the release. The homeowner grabbed a shotgun and confronted them. The woman got out of the SUV. The man jumped in and drove off, and the pressure washer fell out, the release said. The homeowner held the woman at gunpoint while he called 911 and waited for deputies. She was charged with trespassing."

Friday, April 1, 2011

Sonoco

Sonoco: "Sonoco is looking for an experience Human Resources Manager to be located in Hartsville, SC. The position will work with the Vice President of Human Resources, North America. Job Duties and requirements are: Primary Contact Assigned Staff Groups Attend staff meetings Understand business issues, determine HR strategic needs and provide necessary HR support Communicate HR initiatives and changes to management teams "