Summer in Sumter SC

Thursday, June 30, 2011

BofA to pay out $8.5B in mortgage settlement - Business - TheState.com

Editor: It's true Virginia... those that have get while those that don't have still don't have. It's the American way....
BofA to pay out $8.5B in mortgage settlement - Business - TheState.com: "Bank of America Corp. announced this morning that it has agreed to pay $8.5 billion to settle claims by a group of investors that took losses on soured mortgage-backed securities.
The settlement covers nearly all of the exposure the bank faces from former Countrywide Financial first-lien mortgage securitizations, Bank of America said in a news release. The agreement covers 530 mortgage bond trusts with original principal of $424 billion. The agreement is supported by major investors, including money manager BlackRock and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. It still needs court approval."

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

STATE WILDFIRE RESPONSE AGENCY URGES COMMON SENSE ON FIREWORKS



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 29, 2011
(Columbia, SC)  The staff of the South Carolina Forestry Commission know the Fourth of July holiday is coming up without even having to look at the calendar.  The phone calls about fireworks and their legality have started rolling in to SCFC offices, but the agency’s message is a simple one:  please use common sense.
The public often approach SCFC personnel urging the agency to ban fireworks.  SCFC public information director Scott Hawkins says many safety conscious residents are worried about the chances of fireworks sparking a dangerous wildfire, especially this year.
“Fires in Arizona, Texas, Georgia, and Florida have been in the headlines, along with several in our state and folks are worried, but the SCFC doesn’t have the legal authority to ban fireworks,” Hawkins explained.
Instead, the Forestry Commission is urging people to take advantage of the public fireworks displays planned by local municipalities.  These shows are conducted professionally with safety and entertainment sharing top billing. 
An on-going drought, a holiday weekend, and a proliferation of fireworks outlets this time of year is a recipe for wildfire.  With diminished firefighting capacity due to budget cuts (by about 46% since 2008) and aging equipment, SCFC is hoping folks won’t take chances. 
“That expression, ‘you’re playing with fire,’ is taking on a more literal meaning right now,” Hawkins said. “Ground fuels around the state are dry and ready to ignite.”
On the minds of SCFC personnel responding to fire calls this weekend will undoubtedly be the recent tragedy in Florida.  Two Florida Division of Forestry firefighters died this month when their units were burned over while suppressing a relatively small wildfire.
Eleven SCFC employees and several engines are deployed to Georgia to assist with that state’s suppression efforts.  An SCFC mechanic is in North Carolina dispatched to help colleagues there keep the firefighting equipment up and running at a large coastal fire. 
SCFC veteran Brad Bramlett hopes to enjoy the Independence Day holiday with his family uninterrupted by fire calls.  “We know that fireworks are an important part of the holiday for many South Carolinians,” Bramlett said.  “So if you have to use them, please make sure you’re using them as safely as possible.”
Bramlett offers tips for making sure your fireworks don’t create a show of their own by spreading to grass, the woods, or nearby buildings:
    • Know what the local laws say about fireworks in your area
    • Always make sure there’s adult supervision around
    • Do not shoot fireworks toward wooded areas
    • If a firework does land in a wooded area, go check it to BE SURE that it is completely extinguished
    • Have water handy (garden hose connected to the house and/or buckets of water)
    • Make sure to shoot fireworks from a hard surface
    • Refrain from shooting fireworks on windy days
    • Afterward, monitor the area where the fireworks were used to make sure nothing is burning
Even though, depending on local ordinances, fireworks may be legal, you can be held criminally and financially responsible if you cause a fire.  A recent push by the Commission urging stricter penalties in the state’s courtrooms for people convicted of burn law violations resulted in an increase in the average fine from $99.48 to $278.13.
“We don’t see any of that money, but if it’s a deterrent against future wildfires, we’re saving a lot,” Hawkins said.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

USATODAY.com feature

Click this link and watch the Space Station grow...
Amazing that it is that big!

Making it Grow! LIVE

Live Broadcast of SCETV’s Hit Show!



What:  Making it Grow! LIVE

When:  Tuesday, June 28.  Show begins at 7 PM.  Audience is asked to be in their seats by 6:30.

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

Cost:  FREE!

Information:  Making it Grow! LIVE

Join the hosts of SCETV’s hit Making it Grow! for a free, live broadcast at the Sumter Opera House!  Making it Grow!’s panel of gardening and horticulture experts share their wisdom and insight with budding gardeners and amateur green thumbs across the state at this live ETV telecast.

Have a burning question about your favorite plant?  Need a diagnosis for an ailing annual?  Bring your plant and get quality advice straight from the source.  Shoot an e-mail to vmiller@scetv.org before the show to get your question on the air.

You can even meet the hosts before the show and enjoy some free bluegrass from 6 to 6:30.  Audience members are asked to be in their seats by 6:30 for the live broadcast at 7.

This event is completely free and open to the public, so bring the whole family for this ETV telecast!
Additional Information:  Please contact the Swan Lake Visitors Center at 803-436-2640, www.sumtersc.gov/VisitingUs/OperaHouse.aspx, or www.sumtersc.gov.
Tyler Cook, Cultural Coordinator, City of Sumter


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

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

From the Desk of Susan Wild


JAMMIN’ JULY 4TH!

Jammin’ July 4th is almost here! Come and enjoy great fun for the entire family at Dillon Park in Sumter, South Carolina!  The park opens at 5 pm and festivities continue until 11pm.  This fabulous event is hosted by the 20th Force Support Squadron of Shaw AFB and sponsored by the City of Sumter and Sumter County along with a large number of Sumter’s local businesses! The local sponsors help keep the children’s rides affordable and you can count on favorites in food and beverages as well as continuous entertainment.  Jammin’ July proudly welcomes the feature entertainment starring “Blue Aces”!  And at 9:30pm we’ll celebrate with Shaw’s famous fireworks display one of the largest free displays in South Carolina and as promised the festivities will re-open until 11pm so make sure you’re at the Jammin’ July 4th 2011 at Dillon Park, Sumter.

Dillon Park is located on Frontage Road also known as North Pike West from Main Street or Hwy. 521 North.  Parking with RTA shuttles to Jammin’ July will be available every 30 minutes to and from the Sumter Mall. Pick up the shuttle Belk side of the Mall from the Bultman Drive or Broad Street entrance. These shuttles are also wheelchair accessible! Lots of fun and attendance made easy at the Jammin’ July 4th 2011 at Dillon Park… Sumter! For more information call 800-688-4748 or log on to www.sumtersc.gov  or www.20thfss.com!  BRING your blankets and chairs! But Please NO Coolers or Pets!




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

Saturday, June 18, 2011

$200,000 Sumter winner needs a realtor - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

$200,000 Sumter winner needs a realtor - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |: "A Sumter woman who dreamed about winning $130,000 and buying a home, exceeded her expectations with a $200,000 South Carolina Education Lottery win. 'When I won the lottery in the dream, I was so shocked I woke up,' said the winner. 'The dream seemed real.' The winner told lottery officials she was scratching the 20X The Money ticket in the car while waiting to pick up her kids. She realized she won right before the kids hopped in. She didn't tell them, but iInstead got out of the car and called her fiancé and whispered the news to him."

$200,000 Sumter winner needs a realtor - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

$200,000 Sumter winner needs a realtor - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |: "A Sumter woman who dreamed about winning $130,000 and buying a home, exceeded her expectations with a $200,000 South Carolina Education Lottery win. 'When I won the lottery in the dream, I was so shocked I woke up,' said the winner. 'The dream seemed real.' The winner told lottery officials she was scratching the 20X The Money ticket in the car while waiting to pick up her kids. She realized she won right before the kids hopped in. She didn't tell them, but iInstead got out of the car and called her fiancé and whispered the news to him."

Neighbors band together after rash of break-ins - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Neighbors band together after rash of break-ins - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |: "Sheriff Daniel Simon knows the feeling from an earlier experience. 'I'm not exempt from it,' he said. 'My home was broken into. Everybody, I know their pain.' Over two weeks, there were at least five break-ins and thefts. It didn't take long for the people in the rural neighborhood to get fed up. They looked out their window and they made the call. That call was to Crimestoppers. 'One time, it was not good to be nosey,' said Bradley. 'But this neighborhood has started to be nosey again.'"

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Haley: Added state money should go to taxpayers, not schools - SC Politics Today - TheState.com

Editor: I'm with the Governor on this one!
Haley: Added state money should go to taxpayers, not schools - SC Politics Today - TheState.com: "Haley said the House was able to balance its budget without the additional money, and the Senate should do the same. 'If you're not giving it in tax relief, if you're not giving it to pay down the debt, you send it back to the taxpayers -- that's where it belongs,' Haley said."

Heroin seized: 163 packets - Roanoke Rapids Daily Herald: News

Editor: Sumter residents travel to Virginia where they are arrested for possession of heroin with the intent to sell....
Heroin seized: 163 packets - Roanoke Rapids Daily Herald: News: "Shana Benchaley, 18, of Sumter, S.C., was charged with possession with intent to sell, manufacture and deliver heroin, domestic assault, disorderly conduct, possession of a Schedule I controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of Clonopin. “Apparently she didn’t have a prescription for it,” Jackson said. Also arrested was Daniel Anthony Hargadon, 22, of Sumter, S.C., who was charged with maintaining a vehicle for controlled substance, possession with intent to sell, manufacture and deliver heroin, possession of a Schedule I controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. The third suspect arrested was Stephen Hayden, 20, of Sumter, S.C., who is charged with possession with intent to sell, manufacture and deliver heroin, possession of marijuana, possession of a Schedule I controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia."

WCIV-TV | ABC News 4 - Traffic stop leads to load of pot

WCIV-TV | ABC News 4 - Traffic stop leads to load of pot: "CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Expired license tags and a cracked windshield led to an arrest and confiscation of six pounds of marijuana on Tuesday. A K-9 discovered the green, about $15,000 worth or pot. Roosevelt Lewis, 32, of 53 Sally Street, Wedgefield, South Carolina, is charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute. Officials say an officer on patrol in the area initiated the stop of Lewis' vehicle on Paul Cantrell Boulevard after noticing the expired tag and cracked windshield."

Scotts CEO cites pot as market for potting soil | The Columbus Dispatch

Editor: Heading out to Lowe's or Home Depot to pick up some "potting" soil... ????
Scotts CEO cites pot as market for potting soil | The Columbus Dispatch: "Scotts Miracle-Gro could be looking to market potting soil - and other products - to help grow pot as a way to boost sales. In an interview published yesterday in The Wall Street Journal, Scotts CEO Jim Hagedorn said he is exploring the medical-marijuana industry as well as other niche markets to help increase sales at his lawn-and-garden company. Hagedorn told the newspaper he wants to 'target the pot market. There's no good reason we haven't.'"

Senate OKs anti-copper theft bill - SC Politics Today - TheState.com

Senate OKs anti-copper theft bill - SC Politics Today - TheState.com: "The state Senate agreed Wednesday with the House on new measures intended to halt spiraling copper thefts in the state. By a 39-1 vote, senators agreed to require those who sell copper to get a permit from their local sheriff's department. Also, the bill prohibits recyclers from making cash payments for copper, catalytic converts and beer kegs. The bill now heads to Gov. Nikki Haley's desk for her signature or veto."

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Teen shot to death during Sumter home invasion - State & Regional - Wire - TheState.com

Teen shot to death during Sumter home invasion - State & Regional - Wire - TheState.com: "SUMTER, S.C. — Authorities say a 16-year-old man has been shot and killed as he tried to rob another man in his Sumter home. Sumter police say the dead teen and three others were part of a robbery around 4:30 p.m. Investigators say a man in the house fired on the group who tried to rob him, and the robbers fired back. Authorities say the teen was hit in the back and died at the hospital less than an hour later. His name has not been released. No one else appeared to be injured. Investigators are still sorting through what happened and no charges have been filed."

Sunday, June 12, 2011

SLED worker's behavior detailed | The Post and Courier, Charleston SC - News, Sports, Entertainment

Editor's Opinion : There appears to be a 'culture' problem brewing at SLED.
SLED worker's behavior detailed | The Post and Courier, Charleston SC - News, Sports, Entertainment: "SLED Director Reggie Lloyd said the punishment was appropriate, because Simpson's staff also contributed to the inappropriate atmosphere in that office. He said the staff had complained about past supervisors as well, and some seemed to resent being managed and pushed to work hard. The investigative file included comments from others within SLED who had noticed the banter in Simpson's office. Assistant SLED Director Steve Birnie noted that the staff was 'somewhat immature' and the office environment 'too casual.' 'There were not a lot of clean hands down there,' Lloyd said. 'There was a lot of blame to go around.'"

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Anti-copper-theft bill one vote from becoming law : News : MidlandsConnect.com

Anti-copper-theft bill one vote from becoming law : News : MidlandsConnect.com: "- A South Carolina bill banning cash payments for copper appears one vote away from Gov. Nikki Haley's desk. The House voted Thursday to end cash sales for copper, and to require both seller and recycler to obtain permits from local law enforcement. The amended bill returns to the Senate."

Bishopville loses 3 firefighters to EMS service - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Editors note: City leaders in Bishopville are not talking! Meanwhile, residents could find themselves digging deeper into to their pockets to offset their elected leaders latest costly decision. Read about it here:
Bishopville loses 3 firefighters to EMS service - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |: "As for the city's reasons for not renewing the contract and allowing this to happen, the city administrator declined to comment Friday and WIS News 10 still has not heard back from the mayor."

United Parents to Restrict Open Access to Refrigerant Corporation

United Parents to Restrict Open Access to Refrigerant Corporation: "Want to know more about inhalant abuse? Take the web-based training on inhalant abuse developed especially for parents and guardians by Howard Wolfe, MA, LMFT, Director of the New England Inhalant Abuse Prevention Coalition. To take the web-based training, please visit the New England Inhalant Abuse Prevention Coalition website at http://www.inhalantabusetraining.org/."

Friday, June 3, 2011

From the Desk of Susan H. Wild

Third Army Change of Command - Live Stream

For those of you unable to attend in person, you can watch the Change of Command live…

Third Army will conduct a Change of Command Ceremony June 3, at 9:30 a.m. at Fort McPherson, Ga. Lt. Gen. William G. Webster will relinquish command to promotable Maj. Gen. Vincent K. Brooks. The event will be the last of its type for Third Army at Fort McPherson.

A live webcast will be available at the following link: http://www.dvidshub.net/webcast/1770. The event is scheduled for 0930hrs on Friday, June 3. The window should open 15 minutes prior to the event start time. The webcast will also be accessible via the front of the Third Army website: http://www.arcent.army.mil/.

Susan H. Wild

Communications, Tourism & Recreations Director, City of Sumter

P O Box 1449

Sumter, SC 29151

Phone: 803-436-2500