Summer in Sumter SC

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Florence police target Internet-based prostitution | SCNOW

Editor: A sting like this in Sumter could add to the population in the county lockup! Buyer Beware!
Florence police target Internet-based prostitution | SCNOW: "FLORENCE, SC -- “Hello. My name is Aimee. I’m sweet, gorgeous, curvaceous, sensual, friendly, freaky hot and ready. I’m waiting on your call so that I can make your wildest dreams a reality. $300 an hour. I offer in and out-calls all night. Call me now!” “Hi. I’m Taylor. I’m blonde blue eyes 5’6 120 pounds. I’m a fun, easy girl looking for a fun encounter. Call or text only if you are very interested. My areas are Florence, Marion, Dillon and Latta in S.C. In and out calls.” Chances are you don’t know Aimee or Taylor, but they and other women like them are regular visitors to the Pee Dee. They work the Florence area for a couple of nights, head to the coast for a few shifts, maybe even a stop or two along the interstate on the way out, and then back to Columbia. And they recruit their customers in the open by advertising on the Internet"

Newberry County Warns About Scam | wltx.com

Editor: This is happening in other areas of the state and county. Citizens should never give out personal information over the phone or internet.
Newberry County Warns About Scam | wltx.com: "Newberry County (WLTX) - The Newberry County Sheriff's Office is warning people about a scam alert. Deputies said scammers are taking advantage of the debt debate to try to get social security and medicare information. Investigators said a caller will advise that due to the default of the government, medicare and social security is changing to protect you. They then ask for your information so they can verify benefits and insure you get your check. Investigators said medicare and social security are not changing and to never give this information out to anyone except a trusted health care provider."

Armed robbery suspect has lengthy criminal history - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Armed robbery suspect has lengthy criminal history - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |: "Investigators from the Camden Police Department, the Richland County Sheriff's Department, the Lee County Sheriff's Office, and the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office were questioning Bolden in connection to similar crimes. Police said it's not known at this time if the suspect is linked to other armed robberies in the Midlands. A news conference in expected on Monday to further discuss this investigation. Bolden is no stranger to the detention center. He has a rap sheet dating back to Camden in 1984. Some of his offenses include breaking into homes and burglary."

Phone scam using unpaid traffic tickets to target victims - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Phone scam using unpaid traffic tickets to target victims - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |: "SUMTER COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Sumter County deputies said someone is calling people and pretending to be from the magistrate court in order to get your money. Our phones can give us electronic reminders every day for anything from appointments to unpaid bills. But recently, Sumter County deputies said a woman got a phone message that's not so helpful. 'When she answered the phone, she got an automated voice telling her she had unpaid traffic tickets with the city of Sumter,' said Sergeant Robert Burnish."

Saturday, July 30, 2011

LETTER TO EDITOR: Where is justice for E.J. Melvin? | SCNOW

Editor: Big Dog's Sister Upset
LETTER TO EDITOR: Where is justice for E.J. Melvin? | SCNOW: "People can make the remark about having respect for the justice system, but I say, what justice system? The way I see it we do not have a justice system when O.J. Simpson and Casey Anthony can walk free for murder, among others, who can get out on bond just to kill again. Former (Lee County) Sheriff, E.J. Melvin did not harm or kill anyone and they were trying to give him life in prison but instead gave him 17 years, for protecting drug dealers, lying to the FBI, which Anthony did as well. E.J. has already serve time before his trail. E.J. Melvin was never caught with drugs, even though they searched and searched. He was not living above his means, which was investigated also, but because of tapping his phone and communicating with drug dealers, Melvin was convicted."

Haley listed self as white on voter registration form - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Editor: Politically Incorrect?
Haley listed self as white on voter registration form - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |: "South Carolina Democrats are accusing the state's first minority governor of using her heritage for political convenience after unearthing a 2001 voter registration application on which she lists herself as white. Democratic Party Chairman Dick Harpootlian said Thursday the document shows Republican Gov. Nikki Haley has trouble with the truth and highlights her own heritage only when it suits her. Haley spokesman Trey Walker declined to comment. Haley was born in South Carolina after her parents emigrated from India. Her background has added to the attention she has drawn since taking office in January. The application Haley signed in March 2001 identifies her race as 'W.' It first was obtained by Democrats. The Associated Press independently viewed it Thursday. Much of the voter registration form was filled out automatically using driver's license information."

Friday, July 29, 2011

Atlantic Beach fires nearly all its employees - Local / Metro - TheState.com

Where else but Atlantic Beach

Atlantic Beach fires nearly all its employees - Local / Metro - TheState.com: "Atlantic Beach fired its three police officers, two municipal judges and four other town employees just hours after two new councilwomen took their seats Tuesday night. The mass firings came after Carolyn Cole and Windy Price were sworn in at an emergency meeting. The S.C. Supreme Court earlier this month declared them winners of a contested 2009 election, and the justices upheld the ruling Friday."

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

From the Desk of Susan Wild


The Sumter Fire Department from time to time has called upon the support of the Sumter community for various projects or organizations.  This project memorializes their brothers and sisters who at one time would go to work and fight fires on a daily basis as our own local Hero’s do right here in Sumter.  On that ONE day they had to face the worst fear but did it with the most bravery necessary and with not a thought of what they were each sacrificing at home.  Our Sumter Fire Department has an opportunity to remember that day here in Sumter but cannot make it a reality without the support and partnership of the Sumter Community.  Please view the (information below) and see if you would be willing to join our local Hero’s in memorializing those we shall never forget on that September day.  If you would like to know more about other opportunities to be a 9/11 Memorial partner please contact the Sumter Fire Department by calling 803-436-2600.




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

BISHOPVILLE, SC - City holds emergency meeting to discuss checks sent to mayor - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Editor: Mistakes can sometimes be embarrassing. Willful actions that are not accountable can be criminal in nature. You have to ask yourself this question: Why did this council spend this money when its coffers are almost empty?


City holds emergency meeting to discuss checks sent to mayor - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |: "The only report council had after the executive session Monday was that they're following a 2004 ordinance, authorizing the mayor's monthly payments. It's an ordinance WIS News 10 asked City Manager Gregg McCutchen for last week before having to file a Freedom of Information Act request for it. McCutchen hasn't provided a copy of the ordinance or the meeting minutes Monday. The concern for many of the voters who attended the meeting is that council is doing business without voting on spending and doing business behind closed doors. "

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Bishopville woman pleads guilty to filing false tax returns | SCNOW

Bishopville woman pleads guilty to filing false tax returns | SCNOW: "A Bishopville woman has pleaded guilty to aiding and assisting in the preparation of a false federal income tax return, U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles said in a press release. U.S. District Court Judge Joseph F. Anderson Jr. accepted the plea from 48-year-old Melissa S. Woods and will sentence her after he reviews a presentence report. She faces a $100,000 fine and/or three years in prison, pus a $100 special assessment."

Friday, July 22, 2011

Laughter IS the best medicine


Arthur is 90 years old. He's played golf every day since his retirement 25 years ago.  One day he arrives home looking downcast. "That's it," he tells his wife. "I'm giving up golf.  My eyesight has got so bad. Once I've hit the ball, I can't see where it went."

His wife sympathizes. As they sit down, she has a suggestion: "Why don't you take my brother with you, and give it one more try." "That's no good," sighs Arthur. "Your brother is a hundred and three. He can't help."  "He may be a hundred and three," says the wife, "but his eyesight is perfect."

So the next day, Arthur heads off to the golf course with his brother-in-law. He tees up, takes an almighty swing, and squints down the fairway. He turns to the brother-in-law. "Did you see the ball?"  "Of course I did!", says the brother-in-law. "I have perfect eyesight."

"Where did it go?" asks Arthur.

"Can't remember."


Georgia Set To Videotape Execution Tonight : The Two-Way : NPR

Editor: Judicial Murder... why is it still legal?
Georgia Set To Videotape Execution Tonight : The Two-Way : NPR: "After a last-minute delay, it looks like the execution of Andrew Grant DeYoung will be videotaped tonight. Yesterday, the Georgia Supreme Court decided not to overturn a lower court's decision to allow the first videotaping of an execution since 1992. But the state Department of Corrections delayed the execution for 24 hours. DeYoung, who was found guilty of killing his parents and his sister, is now scheduled to be executed by lethal injection at 7 p.m. ET tonight."

Police chief's house shot at after she shut lemonade stand down - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Editor: Apparently someone thinks the Police shouldn't be parenting in Midway, Georgia.
Police chief's house shot at after she shut lemonade stand down - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |: "Police said the girls standing and waving their signs dangerously close to the road. 'They were unsupervised so that was the first concern that we had,' said Officer Duvale Page Sr. 'With no parents in sight, we chose to let the young ladies know they couldn't sell the lemonade that way.' The girls had been operating the stand in the town of less than 2,000 residents for one day when the chief and another officer drove by. According to town ordinances, the girls needed a business license, peddler's permit and food permit to operate. The permits cost $50 a day or $180 per year."

Solicitor: No Charges For Councilman In Club Fight - Greenville News Story - WYFF Greenville

Editor: Dropping of Charges Against Council Member Appear to be Racially Motivated.
Solicitor: No Charges For Councilman In Club Fight - Greenville News Story - WYFF Greenville: "SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Charges will not be filed against a Spartanburg City Council member seen pushing the owner of a nightclub, 13th Circuit Solicitor Walt Wilkins announced Wednesday."

Cops: Teen loses part of hand during copper theft - State & Regional - Wire - TheState.com

Editor: What? To begin with it is abundantly clear that this 18 year old was missing part of his brain; now he can add other body parts to the list.
Cops: Teen loses part of hand during copper theft - State & Regional - Wire - TheState.com: "BLACKSBURG, S.C. — Cherokee County sheriff's deputies say an 18-year-old Union man trying to steal copper lost part of his hand after an explosion at a brickyard. Sheriff Steve Mueller told the Herald-Journal of Spartanburg that an officer saw the men climb a chain link fence around 5:30 p.m. Monday and get into a car as smoke billowed from the back of a building at the Borin brickyard. Authorities say when the officer stopped the car, Jonvan Spears appeared to be suffering severe burns and had lost part of his hand."

Greenwood man wins $200,000, doesn't tell wife - State & Regional - Wire - TheState.com

Editor: Well.... what would you do?
Greenwood man wins $200,000, doesn't tell wife - State & Regional - Wire - TheState.com: "COLUMBIA, S.C. — A Greenwood man didn't tell his wife he won $200,000 in the South Carolina lottery. He just planned to let her know with their paid bills. Lottery officials said Thursday the man won the prize in the $200,000 Cash scratch-off game. He asked the lottery not to release his name. The man says he was alone in his car at a stoplight when he scratched the ticket. He said he needed to get his reading glasses to make sure he won. The lottery says three more $200,000 prizes remain in the scratch-off game."

Thursday, July 21, 2011

North Myrtle Beach ordinance levies fine on those who don't fill holes - Local - TheSunNews.com

Editor: Next it will be illegal to lay on the beach for fear someone will trip over you... come on people!
North Myrtle Beach ordinance levies fine on those who don't fill holes - Local - TheSunNews.com: "To help prevent those risks, the City Council recently passed an ordinance that prohibits beachgoers from digging holes, trenches or depressions on the beach deeper than 12 inches and then leaving them unfilled. The plan is for beach service personnel to educate residents and visitors about the new law, which also calls for violators to pay a $100 fine."

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A local favorite son... Hank Martin's (hankmartin@comcast.net) birthday is on Thursday July 21st. Hank will be 67 years old and still has the voice and moves that make you happy.

HAPPY HAPPY HANK

SC Retirement System Faces Deficit of Billions | wltx.com

SC Retirement System Faces Deficit of Billions | wltx.com: "'We're not gonna leave state employees holding the bag on this one,' Eckstrom said. 'State employees, they're as surprised as everyone else that this awful shortfall has occurred, so state employees have been working and been expecting that these benefits are gonna be there and so it's up to the state to honor that commitment that the state made.' Eckstrom says the South Carolina Budget and Control Board and General Assembly will have to take action to begin to fix the problem."
Editor: Don't look now Eckstrom but the South Carolina Budget and Control Board as well as the General Assembly are the problem!!!!!

SC Retirement System Faces Deficit of Billions | wltx.com

SC Retirement System Faces Deficit of Billions | wltx.com: "'We're not gonna leave state employees holding the bag on this one,' Eckstrom said. 'State employees, they're as surprised as everyone else that this awful shortfall has occurred, so state employees have been working and been expecting that these benefits are gonna be there and so it's up to the state to honor that commitment that the state made.' Eckstrom says the South Carolina Budget and Control Board and General Assembly will have to take action to begin to fix the problem."
Editor: Don't look now Eckstrom but the South Carolina Budget and Control Board as well as the General Assembly are the problem!!!!!

SLED investigating monthly checks sent to Bishopville mayor - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Editor: What is it with Lee County!?
SLED investigating monthly checks sent to Bishopville mayor - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |: "Agents want to know if city employees broke the law by writing Mayor Alexander Boyd monthly checks in place of health insurance benefits after he turned the health benefit down in 2004. Boyd is a retired Lee County employee, and he and his wife have their health insurance paid for by the county for the rest of their lives. In 2004, Bishopville City Administrator Greg McCutchen said Boyd declined to take the city's health insurance. Instead, McCutchen says the city started cutting the mayor a check for the cost of the insurance. Bishopville Councilman Craig Nesbitt found out about the checks from a voter who asked him to investigate. Nesbitt met with a SLED agent for more than an hour Tuesday inside the Bishopville Police Department."

O'Keefe targets S.C. health services - Local - TheSunNews.com

Editor: Unsavory actions in the health department...
O'Keefe targets S.C. health services - Local - TheSunNews.com: "He chose South Carolina in part because the state's consent laws allows for filming individuals without their permission. He also said he wanted to expose weaknesses in the system by laying out a seemingly outrageous story of terrorists seeking help and not being called on it by cooperative employees. 'These people aren't shocked by anything,' he said of the account the actor gives, which includes discussion of owning expensive bullet-proof luxury cars and exporting arms. There appears to be 'no controls in the system.'"

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

SC governor blasts media following AP jobs report | SCNOW

Editor: It's just a simple case of counting your chickens before they hatch... can't fault the Governor on this one... she had help.
SC governor blasts media following AP jobs report | SCNOW: "Haley complained during a Cabinet meeting Tuesday the media doesn't want to report anything positive about her administration. She says regardless of exact jobs totals, other governors are jealous. An AP analysis of Haley's boast of 10,000 jobs revealed some were announced before she took office and others won't be filled for years. She also included jobs that are the fruit of a deal she tried to derail. The actual final tally came to about 9,000 positions, including 4,000 with Wal-Mart. Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt says the overstatement was his agency's fault."

DuPont Is Sued Over New Herbicide - NYTimes.com

DuPont Is Sued Over New Herbicide - NYTimes.com: "While extremely effective at killing stubborn dandelions, clover, ground ivy and wild violets, Imprelis is now suspected by many landscapers to be equally effective at attacking trees, even when applied in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Thousands have been dying in areas in close proximity to grass that was sprayed with the herbicide, they say. Most at risk are willows, poplars and conifers, which have shallow root systems, close to the turf where the product is applied, they add. In a statement on Tuesday, DuPont said: “We are working with our customers to investigate reports of unfavorable symptoms observed on certain tree species, primarily Norway spruce and white pine.”"

Child found cut and bruised; couple accused of trying to give him away : News : MidlandsConnect.com

Child found cut and bruised; couple accused of trying to give him away : News : MidlandsConnect.com: "A police report says a woman told officers the couple approached her on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk on July 16 and asked for money. The report goes on to say they then asked her to take their child home for the night because they were homeless and unable to care for him. The woman took the child home and returned him the next morning. July 17 they called her and asked if she wanted to take the child again. Concerned because the child had injuries and the couple was intoxicated when she took him on July 16, the woman called police."

Haley signs SC law on builders insurance | GoUpstate.com

Editor: Long overdue!
Haley signs SC law on builders insurance | GoUpstate.com
CONWAY — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has signed a law insuring that builders' insurance policies cover damages resulting from defective work.

‪Baby Laughing Hysterically at Ripping Paper (Original)‬‏ - YouTube

We all need a good laugh now and then.... I prefer now!!!
‪Baby Laughing Hysterically at Ripping Paper (Original)‬‏ - YouTube

Monday, July 18, 2011

Pearl Fryar hedges his bets on talent - Berkshire Eagle Online

Pearl Fryar hedges his bets on talent - Berkshire Eagle Online: "On Sunday, Fryar demonstrated at The Mount how he skillfully carves into a 6-foot Emerald Green American Arborvitae, using a 19-inch gas-powered hedge-trimmer and a pair of hand pruners. The crowd that gathered at author Edith Wharton’s estate and gardens watched intently as the ordinary native shrub was transformed into a globe at the bottom, topped with a spiral. 'The key to making a spiral is to start at an angle and keep going at that angle until you run out of plant,' said Fryar. The 72-year old native New Yorker credits his gardening masterpieces to God-given talent and high-quality tools. 'If you spend less than $100 for a hedge-trimmer, you’re doing more harm than good to the plants,' he said."

Sunday, July 17, 2011

NBC Apologizes to Lawmakers for Omitting 'Under God' in Pledge - FoxNews.com

Editors Note: Had no one complained this would have gone unnoticed.
NBC Apologizes to Lawmakers for Omitting 'Under God' in Pledge - FoxNews.com: "NBC has issued a formal apology to members of Congress for opening its broadcast of the U.S. Open championship with a montage that included children reciting the pledge without the words 'under God' and 'indivisible.' In a letter to 108 U.S. lawmakers, Kyle McSlarrow, president of Comcast and NBC Universal, said that the channel's effort to produce a patriotic piece was undermined by 'a serious error in judgment' by a 'small group of people' who have been 'reprimanded.' 'To be absolutely clear, this was not an ideological decision by the company and it was not discussed with or approved by any senior NBCUniversial official,' McSlarrow wrote. 'We have made quite clear -- internally and externally -- that the employees who made this decision were wrong,' he said. 'Not only were countless citizens justifiable upset, but also the actions of this small group cast a negative light on NBCUniversal, NBC, and NBC Sports, as well as our partners at the United States Golf Association."

Black Men Survive Longer in Prison Than Out, Study Finds - FoxNews.com




 "Black men are half as likely to die at any given time if they're in prison than if they aren't, suggests a new study of North Carolina inmates. The black prisoners seemed to be especially protected against alcohol- and drug-related deaths, as well as lethal accidents and certain chronic diseases."

Hundreds Of Troops March In San Diego Gay Pride Parade : NPR

Marines and other military personnel march in San Diego's gay pride parade on Saturday. About 200 active-duty troops and veterans from every branch of the military participated for the first time in the march since Congress voted to repeal "don't ask don't tell."

Hundreds Of Troops March In San Diego Gay Pride Parade : NPR: "About 200 active-duty troops and veterans wearing T-shirts advertising their branch of service marched Saturday in San Diego's gay pride parade with American flags and rainbow banners, marking what is believed to be the first time a military contingent has participated in such an event in the U.S. Many of the active-duty troops said they were moved to come out because it is time to end the military's ban on openly gay troops. The march comes a day after a federal appeals court reinstated the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy but with a caveat that prevents the government from investigating or penalizing anyone who is openly gay."

Melungeons celebrate mysterious heritage at 3-day N.C. conference - Local - TheSunNews.com

Melungeons celebrate mysterious heritage at 3-day N.C. conference - Local - TheSunNews.com: "'Melungeon ever so long was a dirty word. Nobody wanted to be Melungeon.' But with new research and a renewed interest in ancestry and family backgrounds, the affiliation is taking on a much more positive spin. 'Seems like everybody wants to be Melungeon now,' said Starnes, 59."

S.C. farmer has faith in mushrooms - Local - TheSunNews.com

S.C. farmer has faith in mushrooms - Local - TheSunNews.com: "The key to Lewis' operation is his grow room, inside of which he keeps the humidity steady at 70 percent. The room also keeps insects and other organisms that could contaminate the mushrooms outdoors. The farming of mushrooms in South Carolina would be nearly impossible if not for the grow house, where multiple varieties of mushroom are able to grow."

Casey Anthony Freed From Jail, Slips From View - NYTimes.com

Casey Anthony Freed From Jail, Slips From View - NYTimes.com: "After three years behind bars, Anthony was given $537.68 in cash from her jail account to begin her new life."

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Behind Laura Bush's Car Crash - The Daily Beast

Editors note: Going back in time to May 2, 2010 to a story: Behind Laura Bush's Car Crash - The Daily Beast: "Throughout the eight years of her husband’s presidency, the subject of Laura Bush’s role in a deadly car crash when she was a 17-year-old high school senior was considered off limits to the press. With an assist from friendly Texas officials, George W. Bush’s staff prayed the details of her deadly crash would never emerge. For many years, the Midland city attorney and police department blocked the release of the police report of the accident, until lawyers for the tabloid The Globe successfully appealed to the state's attorney general. At the same time, the Bush family cautioned friends and former neighbors to be circumspect in their comments. During the 2000 election run-up, when I reached Billie Ruppe, who lived across from Laura’s family, the Welches, on Humble Ave. in Midland for 25 years, she said quickly, “I’m not going to give you any information till I talk to Laura. I would need to get permission from her.”"

Ga. police shut down girls' lemonade stand | GoUpstate.com

Editor: Next you will see three Girl Scouts being handcuffed and tossed in the back of a squad car for selling cookies door to door.
Ga. police shut down girls' lemonade stand | GoUpstate.com: "MIDWAY, Ga. — Police in Georgia have shut down a lemonade stand run by three girls trying to save up for a trip to a water park, saying they didn't have a business license or the required permits. Midway Police Chief Kelly Morningstar says police also didn't know how the lemonade was made, who made it or what was in it. The girls had been operating for one day when Morningstar and another officer cruised by. The girls needed a business license, peddler's permit and food permit to operate, even on residential property. The permits cost $50 a day or $180 per year. One girl, 14-year-old Casity Dixon, says the three had to listen to police and shut down. The girls are now doing chores and yard work to make money."

Mauldin Man Disputes 10 Year Old Water Bill - Greenville News Story - WYFF Greenville

Editor: Way to go Massengale, now wait for the 10 year old property tax bill to arrive in your mailbox or the Codes Enforcement Officer to knock on your door...
Mauldin Man Disputes 10 Year Old Water Bill - Greenville News Story - WYFF Greenville: "'A representative from the water company was at the door saying, 'We're going to turn your water service off,'' he said. Massengale said he and his wife convinced the man to give them more time. Then Massengale began a frantic search for a receipt, bank statement or anything that would prove he had paid his water bill in 2001. He found it. 'There's the check number. It says Greenville Water System,' pointing at his bank statement and check register. He said the fun part was presenting the evidence to the water company. 'When I showed them my information, their jaws dropped,' he said. 'They were in shock that somebody had proof that they had paid a 10-year-old bill.'"

Police: NASCAR Driver's Grandson Stole Championship Rings - Greenville News Story - WYFF Greenville

Editor: There has to be more to this story... maybe the grandson was a dope head and not just a dope!
Police: NASCAR Driver's Grandson Stole Championship Rings - Greenville News Story - WYFF Greenville: "The grandson of NASCAR driver Jack Ingram has been charged with stealing his championship rings and other mementos, then asking Ingram to pay for their return."

Defendent in Horry County mortgage fraud case likely to plead guilty - Local - TheSunNews.com

Editor: Did these two buffoons really believe their customers wouldn't notice the missing manufactured home they bought?
"Vaught had the loan proceeds sent to his dealership but never purchased the homes for his customers, according to documents filed in a separate civil lawsuit. Fortenberry and Vaught then split the loan proceeds, those documents show, leaving buyers with mortgages to pay but no homes in which to live."

Lizard Man rumors return after sighting in Lee County - Local - TheSunNews.com

Editor: Stories about the Slimy Creature are just that... stories. People need to see the real thing before they will come... let's try something more feasible to improve the economy in Lee County!
Lizard Man rumors return after sighting in Lee County - Local - TheSunNews.com: "Lizard Man rumors return after sighting in Lee County By Steve Lyttle - McClatchy Newspapers E-MAIL PRINT 4 COMMENTS TEXT SIZE: He's 7 feet tall, with red eyes, three pointed fingers on each paw, and a hunger for car and truck fenders. And he might be back - if he ever left Lee County. We're talking about Lizard Man, the creature - or rumored creature - that attracted an estimated 50,000 curious people to Lee County in 1988, when the first reported sightings of the creature made national headlines."

Drought eating up crops : News : MidlandsConnect.com

Drought eating up crops : News : MidlandsConnect.com: "'We have a great long growing season, so what might impact us in July, may not be a problem in September, October as some of the fall crops come in,' says Hugh Weathers. Weathers talking to a group of Midlands utility workers Thursday saying twenty and twenty-five percent of the states economy flows through agriculture business and that’s why officials are bring proactive."

Thursday, July 14, 2011

SC Department of Motor Vehicles

SC Department of Motor Vehicles: "WHO ARE YOUR EMERGENCY CONTACTS? On Tuesday, June 21, 2011,SCDMV announced a new online transaction that allows customers with a driver’s license, beginner’s permit or identification card to enter emergency contact information for their SCDMV record. In the event of a collision or other medical emergency, law enforcement will have access to this information and may provide it to emergency medical personnel. For more information, click here."

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Paying Attention To A Forgotten Navy Pig's Plaque : NPR

Paying Attention To A Forgotten Navy Pig's Plaque : NPR: "King Neptune was a prodigious fundraiser. During his career, he raised $19 million in war bonds to help fund the U.S. Navy in World War II. And he became a celebrity. 'He was an icon. It's kind of like something you were proud of,' Goddard says. When he died of pneumonia in 1950, he was given a military funeral. Yes, a military funeral for a pig — a pig that earned the enduring affection of southern Illinois residents while helping win the war effort."

Heat Advisory Issued Again : News : CarolinaLive.com

Heat Advisory Issued Again : News : CarolinaLive.com: "A heat advisory has been issued for the area from 11am until 8pm. An excessive heat warning has also been issued for Central South Carolina. Dangerously hot and humid conditions are expected again today. Temperatures will once again soar into the low to mid 90s near the beaches and around 100° Inland. With the high humidity it will actually feel like 105°- 110° for several hours through the afternoon."

Sexting leads to kidnapping and assault in Surfside Beach - Breaking News - TheSunNews.com

Sexting leads to kidnapping and assault in Surfside Beach - Breaking News - TheSunNews.com: "Police said Wilder was pretending to be the girl and sent a message to the victim telling him that she was “buck naked,” the report shows. The victim came into the suspects’ house and went upstairs. Wilder then approached the victim, wrestled him to the ground and began choking him, the victim told officers. Wilder pulled out a knife and told the victim he was going to cut his genitals off, the report shows."

10 guilty in 2010 shootout at Sumter hotel - Crime & Courts - TheState.com

10 guilty in 2010 shootout at Sumter hotel - Crime & Courts - TheState.com: "Ten men and women pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal robbery and drug trafficking charges for their roles in a 2010 shootout in the parking lot of a Sumter Holiday Inn Express. One person was killed in a hail of gunfire amid a dispute over stolen marijuana, police said. Those who pleaded guilty to Hobbs Act robbery, use of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and misprison of a felony: • William “Bubba” Jenkins, 25; • Howard “Buzzard” Logan, 25; • Elliott Jermaine “J-whip” Porcher, 32; • Marvin “Lump” Dennis, 23; • Brandon “Rex” Bradshaw, 24; • Tony Murphy, 30; • Randell Murphy, 29; • Felicia Jenkins, 28; • Aya Milton, 26; and • Lashawn Gillard, 24. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Jenkins, Logan and Porcher planned to rob Logan’s marijuana supplier, Gillard, with the help of the others listed."

White House, in Shift, Turns Against Syria Leader - NYTimes.com

Editor: Stirring the sands of war? Are our actions in the Middle-east a precursor to WWIII! Why are we so intent on their problems? Is it because we are going broke at home?
White House, in Shift, Turns Against Syria Leader - NYTimes.com: "On Monday, Mrs. Clinton said, “If anyone, including President Assad, thinks the United States is secretly hoping that the regime will emerge from the turmoil to continue its brutality and repression, they are wrong. President Assad is not indispensable, and we have absolutely nothing invested in him remaining in power.” Mrs. Clinton’s comments seemed calculated to answer critics who pointed to the striking difference in how the administration responded to Libya and Syria — and contended that it has acted too gingerly toward Mr. Assad, fearing that his downfall would destabilize other countries in its neighborhood. Administration officials said they had no choice in Libya: Colonel Qaddafi is notoriously unpredictable, and had threatened to send his troops house-to-house in Benghazi, killing his opponents. In Syria’s case, there is no military remedy. NATO nations have no interest in acting in Syria, and there is no chance of a United Nations Security Council resolution equivalent to the one that NATO is enforcing in Libya. Russia has made clear it would reject any resolution condemning Mr. Assad."

News from The Associated Press

News from The Associated Press: "LAKE ELMO, Minn. (AP) -- A gay activist's undercover video is drawing unwanted attention to a counseling clinic co-owned by GOP presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann, with footage apparently showing a counselor offering to help the activist overcome his homosexual urges. Both Bachmann and her husband Marcus, who runs the clinic, refused Tuesday to answer questions about the video from Truth Wins Out, a gay advocacy group that has worked to discredit so-called 'ex-gay therapy.'"

Obama: Social Security Checks Could Be In Jeopardy | wltx.com

Obama: Social Security Checks Could Be In Jeopardy | wltx.com: "'The whole thing is crazy, is congress not going to get a check? Is my congressman not going to get paid on the third or first when they're supposed to get paid?' News 19's Nate Stewart asked"

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Police: Woman Posed As Boy To Be With Girl - Video - WYFF Greenville

Police: Woman Posed As Boy To Be With Girl - Video - WYFF Greenville: "Police: Woman Posed As Boy To Be With Girl"

Woman Says Farm Smells Like 'Human Waste' - Greenville News Story - WYFF Greenville

Woman Says Farm Smells Like 'Human Waste' - Greenville News Story - WYFF Greenville: "'I wanted to cook outside. Tuesday and Wednesday it was unbearable. There's no way I would invite somebody to my house and it smell like that,' Jolley said. But the farmer who owns the field next to Jolley's house, Frankie Mullikin, said Jolley is mistaken about the smell. Mullikin said it was, in fact, a biosolid, but not one that contains treated sewage. 'What we use here is the wash water from the Haynes T-shirt plant in Greenville,' Mullikin said. 'She's smelling the water that's been washed through the cotton.' Adam Myrick, of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, confirmed that Mullikin used a biosolid fertilizer from cotton processing. Myrick said even if Mullikin had used fertilizer containing treated human sewage, it would have been perfectly legal. 'It's all properly permitted and regulated,' Myrick said, adding that biosolid fertilizer made from human waste is a common practice in farming. But Jolley said even it is legal, the smell has taken the joy out of country living. 'If I wanted to live beside a sewer plant, I would have moved beside a sewer plant. That's not a country smell,' she said."

Steve McCaskill Sues Sheriff Jim Matthews in Kershaw County | wltx.com

Steve McCaskill Sues Sheriff Jim Matthews in Kershaw County | wltx.com: "CAMDEN, S.C. (AP) -- A former Kershaw County sheriff is suing the current sheriff saying the county's new top lawman defamed him. Ex-sheriff Steve McCaskill is asking for $2 million in damages from current Sheriff Jim Matthews. McCaskill announced his retirement before last year's election, and Matthews beat the old sheriff's preferred successor in the Republican primary. In the lawsuit, McCaskill said Matthews accused his administration of misusing victims advocate money, said McCaskill's employees were negligent in handling evidence and suggested deputies had no ammunition when McCaskill left office. Matthews says the lawsuit is frivolous. He says if McCaskill doesn't drop the suit, he will make the evidence he has to back his claims public in front of a jury."

Dog found with teeth sawed off - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Dog found with teeth sawed off - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |:
Cowboy (Source: PETS, Inc.) "'It's just an amazing thing that a dog could have been through as much as he's been through and still be so accepting and gentle with people,' said Jane Brundage. He was solely focused on the tennis ball that was given to him by the young woman who found him. 'It's time that we all spread the word and ask everyone to keep their eyes open for suspicious illegal behavior in that area,' a PETS, Inc. representative said. 'The HSPCA has a standing reward of $5,000 for anyone with information that will lead to a conviction for dog fighting in South Carolina. Gaston is a great place to start looking.'"

Teen dies at sleepover after drinking spiked soda - USATODAY.com

Teen dies at sleepover after drinking spiked soda - USATODAY.com: "Rao's mother told authorities she woke up early Sunday and saw two of the girls throwing up. They told her they were suffering from food poisoning from dinner earlier as she helped clean them up and put them back to bed. The mother woke up about an hour later when her daughter and another girl began vomiting. Hours later, two of the girls had already been picked up by their parents and a third was in the shower when Rao's parents tried waking their daughter. O'Leary said criminal charges against Rao's parents are unlikely. Rao's friends later told investigators the girl had passed around a soda that had tasted strange, but they said they didn't know what was in it."

Monday, July 11, 2011

Teen killed by BB-gun shot near Reidsville | SCNOW

Teen killed by BB-gun shot near Reidsville | SCNOW: "REIDSVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Rockingham County sheriff's deputies are investigating the death of a teenager who was found in the woods near Reidsville with a BB gun shot to the head. The News & Record of Greensboro reported the 14-year-old boy was found in a remote, heavily wooded area near the county landfill Sunday evening after another boy had stopped a motorist on a nearby road to ask for help searching for the teen. Sheriff's spokesman Dean Venable says various law enforcement and emergency agencies responded, using bloodhounds and helicopters in the search. Venable says the victim did not appear to have other injuries. It was unclear how many people were in the woods at the time. No charges have been filed."

Unattended child bill hearing likely - Crime & Courts - TheState.com

Unattended child bill hearing likely - Crime & Courts - TheState.com:
"Statistics say that 87 percent of all children who die after being left unattended in cars are aged 3 and under, according to KidsAndCars.org, a Kansas-headquartered group that tracks car incidents in which children die or are injured.
An average of 38 children a year die nationwide after being left unattended in cars, according to the group. So far this year, 18 children around the country have died, including one in Columbia who died on Father’s Day of a heat stroke after being left in a car by his father.
“Not cooking children by leaving them in a hot car ought to be a no-brainer,” said Rep. Chip Limehouse, R-Charleston, a co-sponsor of Gilliard’s bill."

The Carolinas | Camden mayor hits another first - Local - TheSunNews.com

The Carolinas | Camden mayor hits another first - Local - TheSunNews.com: "CARY Man: $7 Goodwill painting worth $1,600 A man who bought an oil painting at a Goodwill store in Cary says he thinks his find could be worth $1,600. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that Tony D'Amico recently bought the seascape of waves crashing against rocks for $7. D'Amico says he paints in his spare time and noticed the painting's signature 'Uwe' and handmade frame. D'Amico says he tracked down the painter, California artist Uwe Werner, and described the painting to him. Werner said he was sure it was one of his early pieces and was an original. The artist says he thinks the painting, called 'Lone Gull,' could be worth as much as $1,600. D'Amico says he won't sell the piece. He says it's an inspiration for his own artwork."

The Carolinas | Camden mayor hits another first - Local - TheSunNews.com

The Carolinas | Camden mayor hits another first - Local - TheSunNews.com: "CARY Man: $7 Goodwill painting worth $1,600 A man who bought an oil painting at a Goodwill store in Cary says he thinks his find could be worth $1,600. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that Tony D'Amico recently bought the seascape of waves crashing against rocks for $7. D'Amico says he paints in his spare time and noticed the painting's signature 'Uwe' and handmade frame. D'Amico says he tracked down the painter, California artist Uwe Werner, and described the painting to him. Werner said he was sure it was one of his early pieces and was an original. The artist says he thinks the painting, called 'Lone Gull,' could be worth as much as $1,600. D'Amico says he won't sell the piece. He says it's an inspiration for his own artwork."

Deputies: Man Wanted for Kidnapping, Assault, & Attempted Murder | wltx.com

Deputies: Man Wanted for Kidnapping, Assault, & Attempted Murder | wltx.com: "Berkeley Co., SC (WLTX) - Berkeley County Deputies are looking for a man they say kidnapped and assaulted two women. Berkeley County Sheriff's spokesman Dan Moon says two females told investigators that 44-year-old Gary Woodside Jr., abducted them from the Moncks Corner area on Saturday. According the the victims, Woodside assaulted them before dropping them off on the side of a road."

Orangeburg cops use new tool to track stolen cars - Crime & Courts - TheState.com

Editor's Note: What's wrong with this Picture..... Sheriff Claims Device Used Only To Search For A Stolen Car or License Plate, However, This Law Enforcement Device is Catching Uninsured People who are Operating Vehicles while their Drivers License is suspended.
Orangeburg cops use new tool to track stolen cars - Crime & Courts - TheState.com: "Officers Ophelia and William Ketcherside won the $10,000 NDI Recognition Systems unit in a fishing tournament. As for the vehicle that set off the system during a recent media demonstration, it was caught about a mile away and stopped. Officials allege the driver had a suspended license and no insurance on the car. The information gathered by the cameras is stored in a database. Ravenell said that information is only used to search for a stolen car or license plate."

Sumter man charged in cousin's shooting death : News : MidlandsConnect.com

PhotoSumter man charged in cousin's shooting death : News : MidlandsConnect.com: "SUMTER, S.C. (AP) -- Deputies say a Sumter man has been arrested in the shooting death of his 23-year-old cousin. Sumter County Sheriff Anthony Dennis says deputies responding to a shooting on Saturday found Marcus Lewis lying on the floor inside a home. Dennis says Lewis had been shot, and he was pronounced dead at the scene."

News from The Associated Press

News from The Associated Press: "NORTH PORT, Fla. (AP) -- High school principal George Kenney acknowledged using hypnosis to help people: students who needed to relax before tests, a basketball player having trouble making free throws and even school secretaries who wanted to quit smoking. But now the popular 51-year-old principal's future at North Port High School is in question since it came to light that he had hypnotized two students before their separate suicides this spring."

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Today, The Mets Deposited The First Of 25 $1,193,248.20 Checks Into Bobby Bonilla's Bank Account

Today, The Mets Deposited The First Of 25 $1,193,248.20 Checks Into Bobby Bonilla's Bank Account: "Jack Dickey — Bobby Bonilla is 48. He hasn't played for the Mets since 1999. He hasn't played in MLB since 2001. But, back some time ago, when Howie Rose and Fran Healy called the games on TV, the Mets needed to release Bonilla without paying all they owed, so that they might free up cash to trade for Mike Hampton and sign—yes—Derek Bell and Todd Zeile. So they struck a buyout deal with Bobby Bo. He'd get his $5.9 million for 2000. Beginning in 2011, with interest."

Be a Cheerleader or Rally Cat for a Day! - CLEMSON UNIVERSITY OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE

This year's clinic will be held Sept. 10.Be a Cheerleader or Rally Cat for a Day! - CLEMSON UNIVERSITY OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE: "The date has been set for the 2011 Be a Cheerleader/Rally Cat for a Day clinic for football. The clinic will be held on Saturday, September 10th in conjunction with the Clemson vs. Wofford College game. Game time has been set for 3:30 PM. General Information Date: Saturday, September 10th 2011 Clinic Time: Registration starts at 10:30 a.m. (Doors open at 10:30 a.m.) Opponent: Wofford College Location: Clemson Athletic Indoor Track Fee: $60.00 (includes cheer & dance instruction, t-shirt, lunch & participant ticket). This fee is payable by check only. (ticket, pizza, tee, maybe charge $65.00) -350 spots are available for the clinic and are available on a first come, first serve basis -NO refunds will be given once registration is processed ** -A confirmation e-mail will be sent once the registration is processed -This is not a high intensity clinic and is designed to give your child a great experience. -No minimum or maximum age limit, but is recommended for ages 4-13 -An agenda will be finalized once we get closer to the event. -Parents can stay in the Indoor Track during the clinic"

States weigh 'Caylee's Law' in verdict aftermath | GoUpstate.com

States weigh 'Caylee's Law' in verdict aftermath | GoUpstate.com: "TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Lawmakers outraged over Casey Anthony's acquittal have responded by proposing so-called Caylee's laws that would allow prosecutors to bring felony charges against parents who do not quickly report missing children. The new measures were triggered, at least in part, by an online petition that had more than 700,000 signatures Friday. Some questioned whether a new law would do any good because the circumstances of the Anthony case were so rare, but lawmakers in at least 16 states have already floated proposals reacting to the verdict."

Medical marijuana: U.S. rules that marijuana has no accepted medical use - latimes.com

Medical marijuana: U.S. rules that marijuana has no accepted medical use - latimes.com: "By John Hoeffel, Los Angeles Times July 9, 2011 Marijuana has been approved by California, many other states and the nation's capital to treat a range of illnesses, but in a decision announced Friday the federal government ruled that it has no accepted medical use and should remain classified as a highly dangerous drug like heroin. The decision comes almost nine years after medical marijuana supporters asked the government to reclassify cannabis to take into account a growing body of worldwide research that shows its effectiveness in treating certain diseases, such as glaucoma and multiple sclerosis."

Ex-director of Illinois cemetery sentenced in burial scheme - CNN.com

Ex-director of Illinois cemetery sentenced in burial scheme - CNN.com: "(CNN) -- The former director of a Chicago-area cemetery where hundreds of graves were dug up and resold has pleaded guilty to several charges involving the desecration of human remains. Carolyn Towns, 51, who ran the Burr Oak Cemetery when the allegations surfaced in 2009, was sentenced to 12 years in prison Friday after she pleaded guilty to all charges against her, including dismembering a human body and theft from a place of worship, according to state prosecutors in Cook County, Illinois."

Sherman may be gone this fall - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Sherman may be gone this fall - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |: "COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - There's a little football news to talk about this weekend. Our partners at TheBigSpur.com reported that wide receiver Bryce Sherman is leaving the gamecock football team. Sherman was a fan favorite because of his speed and height. But he would have a very tough battle for playing time if he stuck around next season. He has been the team's top kick returner, but Bruce Ellington is expected to challenge for that spot. South Carolina hasn't confirmed Sherman's departure. Bryce noted on his Twitter page that he didn't wish to talk about football, and he will tell everyone about it Monday."

WHAT IF.... the law in Sumter County was the same as the City of Florence's?

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The Law: City of Florence Ordinance Codes 13-60 through 13-64 indicate the following: The term “garage sale” shall mean household or personal effects on public display in a garage, carport or yard for the purchase of others.
It shall be unlawful to conduct a garage sale without first obtaining a license therefore from the license inspector and paying a fee of $5.
A garage sale shall be limited to the hours of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and shall be allowed for one day only.
A license for a garage sale shall not be issued to any person for the use at any one house or residence more than once in any 12-month period.
A person securing a license under this article shall be prohibited from purchasing or bartering merchandise for the express purpose of selling it in a garage sale.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Fired Sumter police officer accuses boss of assault - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Editor: Politics has its place in government but at what cost?
Fired Sumter police officer accuses boss of assault - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |: "Master Sergeant Terry Griffin retired from the Sumter Police Department after a 30-year career. Griffin says sometime in 2001, he and several other Sumter officers responded to a call at a home on White Oak Park. It was a domestic violence call, and Griffin says the home belonged to Alvin Holston. 'I found his daughter's clothes had been thrown out the front door and the back door into the yard,' said Griffin. 'Alvin was of course agitated, and the girl had been thrown down and her knees skinned up.' 'Of course, I put him in my police car, took his gun and keys and carried him to the police department and that's the last I heard of it,' added Griffin. Griffin says the captain and chief took the case over. He filed a report, and assigned a case number. Griffin said he checked on the report later, but found the report had disappeared. Griffin said he 'fully' intended to prosecute the case."

Casey Anthony to be released Wednesday - Crimesider - CBS News

Editor: Is this a Lesson to Prosecutors to First Seek the Truth then Build a Defenseless Case?

Casey Anthony to be released from jail WednesdayCasey Anthony to be released Wednesday - Crimesider - CBS News: "(CBS/WKMG/AP) ORLANDO, Fla. - Casey Anthony will be released from jail on Wednesday of next week, according to a court official. Anthony was sentenced Thursday by Judge Belvin Perry to four years in prison for lying to police, but with credit for time served and good behavior she will remain in jail for just one more week."

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

From the Desk of Scott Hawkins

July 5, 2011  1915 HRS
(Columbia, SC)  State Forester Gene Kodama has issued a ban on outdoor burning in counties within the SCFC Pee Dee operating region. 
The State Forester’s Burning Ban prohibits all outdoor burning in unincorporated areas of the following counties:
·       Lancaster
·       Kershaw
·       Sumter
·       Clarendon
·       Williamsburg
·       Florence
·       Georgetown
·       Horry
·       Dillon
·       Marlboro
·       Chesterfield
·       Darlington
·       Marion
·       Lee  
Concurrently, all remaining South Carolina counties are hereby under a Red Flag Fire Alert.
These notifications are aimed squarely at reducing new fire starts statewide and are the direct result of increased fire activity in the Coastal Plain, stretched resources (personnel and equipment), aging suppression equipment, and incidents of firefighter fatigue and injury.
Our Pee Dee operating region in June suppressed 118 fires (totaling 734.5 acres).  Since July 1, firefighters in the Pee Dee have suppressed more than 60 fires (total acreage, TBA).
Statewide, the Forestry Commission suppressed 320 fires in June (totaling 2,478 acres). 
Forestry Commission firefighters are at the highest level of readiness and are bracing for another day of intense activity.  The public is asked to immediately report any suspicious smoke or fire to 911 or the Forestry Commission Dispatch Center, 1-800-777-FIRE.
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WHAT IS A BURNING BAN?
A Burning Ban legally prohibits outdoor burning.  Bans are emergency measures, declared only when outdoor burning is deemed a significant threat to public safety.
There are two kinds of Burning Bans under SC State Law:  a State Forester’s Burning Ban, declared by the director of the Forestry Commission, and a Governor’s Burning Ban, declared by the Governor upon recommendation of the State Forester.
The State Forester’s Burning Ban prohibits starting any fire in or adjacent to “woodlands, brushlands, grasslands, ditchbanks, or hedgerows” (SC Code 48-35-50).   This is generally interpreted to include all types of outdoor burning.
SC Code 48-35-50 specifies that the decision to issue a State Forester’s Ban must be “deemed necessary in the interest of public safety.”  When issued in response to existing or predicted wildfire danger, the informal criteria is the State Forester’s determination that available fire suppression resources may not be adequate to protect the public from expected wildfire events.
A State Forester’s ban may also be issued in advance of hurricanes, in response to specific smoke or atmospheric stability situations, or other events when fires could have an adverse impact on public safety.
The Governor’s Burning Ban is less restrictive, making allowances for certain agricultural burning (SC Code 48-31-30)
In announcing a Burning Ban, the issuing authority will specify the area of South Carolina to which the restrictions apply.  Neither the State Forester’s Ban nor the Governor’s Ban applies with the corporate limits of any town or city (SC Code 48-35-30 and 48-31-30).
Violation of either a State Forester’s Ban or a Governor’s Ban carries a fine of up to $100.  Any burning to which a Ban applies also requires prior notification to the Forestry Commission, so ignorance of a declared Ban is not generally considered a viable legal defense. 

WHAT IS A RED FLAG FIRE ALERT?
A Red Flag Fire Alert is a wildfire danger warning issued by the SC Forestry Commission.  The Red Flag cautions that wildfire danger is increasing, and that outdoor burning could become difficult to control.
A Red Flag Fire Alert does not prohibit outdoor burning as long as all other state and local regulations are followed.  When a Red Flag is in effect, the Forestry Commission asks people to voluntarily postpone any outdoor burning.
While the Red Flag itself does not prohibit burning, it may trigger certain county or local ordinances that do restrict outdoor fires.  To find out about these ordinances, contact your local fire department.  (Forestry Commission officers do not enforce local burning ordinances; that authority is reserved to city or county officers.)
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A Forestry Commission Red Flag Fire Alert is sometimes confused with a National Weather Service Red Flag Warning.  The NWS Warning is issued when their forecast includes any two of the following conditions:  sustained wind speeds in excess of 20 mph; significant wind shifts; relative humidity of 25% or lower; and high lightning potential. 
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For more information, fire statistics, and real-time fire activity maps, visit www.trees.sc.gov
News managers in the SCFC’s Pee Dee operating region may contact Russell Hubright at 803-667-1052
Statewide, call Scott Hawkins at 803-360-2231

Monday, July 4, 2011

Returning to Our Roots

By Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
 
      When a tree's root system is destroyed, the tree can no longer access the nutrients it needs and it begins to weaken. The leaves wilt, the branches droop, the fruit ceases to grow. Eventually, the tree dies.

      America was formed and developed from biblical roots, but today our leaders chop away at our foundation. They deny the core of our purpose. They allow invasive roots to choke out the Truth. Yet what do Christians do? We cling tightly to the rotting fruit on the drooping branches, while underneath us the truth of our country's past and the hope for our present and future are being destroyed.

      Without the root system, there can be no fruit. The secular thinkers of this country would like us to think our country was founded on humanistic values and ideals. They view our country's birth as a philosophical and political event. However, the original words from the colony charters, the Declaration of Independence, and early political speeches all point directly to our country's foundation upon the Christian faith and biblical Truth. Our Founding Fathers believed that this is a nation with its roots in the Bible.

      How horrendous that we have let these evangelical roots rot underneath us! The people of the prophet Jeremiah's day had also departed from their godly roots. The prophet understood that only God could change their hearts and said, "Restore us to yourself, LORD, that we may return; renew our days as of old" (Lamentations 5:21).

      The reason for our country's decay is our departure from the One True God. We have rejected the God of our Founding Fathers.

      We need to pray that God will restore us to Himself, just as Jeremiah did. We need to pray that America, starting with ourselves, will turn back to God.

      Prayer: God, forgive us for rejecting You. I pray that America will return to biblical roots. Amen.
"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land" (2 Chronicles 7:14).

Editors note: Youssef was born in 1948 in AssuitEgypt. He was raised in a Christian home, but often tells of how he was saved in 1964 at the age of 16. During the Six-Day War Youssef left Egypt for Lebanon where, after six months, he visited the Australian embassy and was granted a temporary visa to that country. While in Australia, Youssef studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a minister, and met his wife, Elizabeth. Source Link

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Man Arrested While Speeding To Hospital - Greenville News Story - WYFF Greenville

Man Arrested While Speeding To Hospital - Greenville News Story - WYFF Greenville

Man Arrested While Speeding To Hospital - Greenville News Story - WYFF Greenville

Man Arrested While Speeding To Hospital - Greenville News Story - WYFF Greenville

Sumter coroner sued over whether autopsy report is public | SCNOW

Sumter coroner sued over whether autopsy report is public | SCNOW: "The Sumter County coroner says he can't release an autopsy report to a newspaper because he is a health care provider and it would violate medical privacy laws. Coroner Harvin Bullock made the argument after being sued by The Item newspaper because he refused to release the autopsy report for 25-year-old Aaron Jacobs, killed by a police officer who thought he pulled a weapon as he tried to question him about a carjacking in September. Bullock's attorney also says autopsy reports aren't public records. South Carolina Press Association Attorney Jay Bender says the coroner is elected by the people and his reports are public records. He also says it is absurd the coroner calls himself a health care provider when he only treats dead people."

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Only 30 people Show Up For Last Year's Fourth of July Festival in Lee County


2011 Fourth Celebration 
Cancelled in Lee County
due to lack of interest?
 BISHOPVILLE, SC (WIS) – While neighbors across the Midlands are getting ready to celebrate our nation's independence with fireworks and fanfare, one Midlands town Fourth of July festival has been canceled indefinitely.
"If you don't have the people there, why continue doing something and people are showing you they're really not supporting it," said chamber board member Roshanda Pratt.
Pratt says, last year,  the chamber and local sponsors spent a total of $1300 on entertainment with more than half spent going towards fireworks and only 30 people out of 19,000 residents showed up to the festival at Lee County airport.
According to Pratt, lack of attendance for the festival may be due to where it was located.
"I think a lot of it also was the heat. We were at a place that was a wide open space and there's no shade," Pratt added.
Some residents say the reason for them not showing up to last year's event in Bishopville was due to poor promotion or lacked the attractiveness of other 4th of July celebrations in neighboring counties.
Pratt added that the decision was made to avoid throwing money away and focus on the Cotton Festival in September.

Only 30 people Show Up For Last Year's Fourth of July Festival in Lee County


2011 Fourth Celebration 
Cancelled in Lee County
due to lack of interest?
 
BISHOPVILLE, SC (WIS) – While neighbors across the Midlands are getting ready to celebrate our nation's independence with fireworks and fanfare, one Midlands town Fourth of July festival has been canceled indefinitely.
"If you don't have the people there, why continue doing something and people are showing you they're really not supporting it," said chamber board member Roshanda Pratt.
Pratt says, last year,  the chamber and local sponsors spent a total of $1300 on entertainment with more than half spent going towards fireworks and only 30 people out of 19,000 residents showed up to the festival at Lee County airport.
According to Pratt, lack of attendance for the festival may be due to where it was located.
"I think a lot of it also was the heat. We were at a place that was a wide open space and there's no shade," Pratt added.
Some residents say the reason for them not showing up to last year's event in Bishopville was due to poor promotion or lacked the attractiveness of other 4th of July celebrations in neighboring counties.
Pratt added that the decision was made to avoid throwing money away and focus on the Cotton Festival in September.