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Saturday, August 27, 2011

From the Desk of Susan Wild

School psychologist suspended after prostitution, DUI arrest : News : MidlandsConnect.com


School psychologist suspended after prostitution, DUI arrest : News : MidlandsConnect.com: "LEE COUNTY (WACH) -- A Lee County school psychologist has been suspended for arrests that include prostitution and DUI, according to school district officials. According to multiple media outlets, 33-year-old Misty Watford was arrested in mid-July for soliciting prostitution during a sting. Later in the month, she was picked up for driving under the influence after serving time for her first arrest." 'via Blog this'

Editor: Watford's web profile has been removed from the school districts website. Here is a cached version Link. Another Link to news about Watford
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Prostitution Hotel; one guests view

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

USC embezzler goes to jail - Crime & Courts - TheState.com

Editor's Opinion: 90 DAYS IN JAIL? WHAT ? COME ON FOLKS... DO YOU THINK THIS WAS JUSTICE?


USC embezzler goes to jail - Crime & Courts - TheState.com: "A former accountant for the University of South Carolina who stole $179,000 in part by looting the university’s ATM machines was given 90 days in jail by Circuit Court Judge Casey Manning on Wednesday." 'via Blog this'

Monday, August 22, 2011

When Not To Quit: Man Revived After 96 Minutes : NPR

Editors Opinion: Hat's off to this flight nurse who had been trained in capnography and refused to let this man die. Why the emergency room doctor's didn't receive the same training is not explained in this article, but it implies that they didn't and made the decision to stop recovery efforts which would have led to his death but for the intervention of that nurse.

When Not To Quit: Man Revived After 96 Minutes : NPR: For more than an hour and a half, Snitzer had no pulse. Emergency room doctors said there was nothing more they could do. But one of the flight nurses who came with the emergency helicopter had been trained in capnography. Snitzer's carbon dioxide levels suggested that blood was flowing to vital organs like the heart and brain, and the nurse thought Snitzer still had a chance. The nurse "called the emergency room doctor, who told him that I was dead and that they should walk away," says Snitzer. "And he hung up and he said to the rest of the people in the room, 'Is anyone else here uncomfortable with walking away from this?' And they all said yes. And it was at that point that he called Dr. White." That's Dr. Roger White, an anesthesiologist at Mayo Clinic. He's the one who finally came up with the solution get to Snitzer's heart beating normally again.

Nurses: Vaccinate teens against rare disease » Anderson Independent Mail

Nurses: Vaccinate teens against rare disease » Anderson Independent Mail: As students head back for a new school year, nurses in South Carolina are asking parents to make sure to have them vaccinated against meningitis. Although rare, the disease can take a life in less than 15 hours. “It's a rare disease to get, but it's even rarer to survive without damage,” said Sharon Lothridge, school nurse supervisor for Greenville County Schools. “Even if it doesn't result in death, it results in ongoing problems for the child. It's not anything you would want to take a chance with.”

Gamecocks Ranked 12th in Preseason A.P. Poll | wltx.com

Gamecocks Ranked 12th in Preseason A.P. Poll | wltx.com: Here is the Associated Press preseason Top 25: 1. Oklahoma 2. Alabama 3. Oregon 4. LSU 5. Boise State 6. Florida State 7. Stanford 8. Texas A&M 9. Oklahoma State 10. Nebraska 11. Wisconsin 12. South Carolina 13. Virginia Tech 14. TCU 15. Arkansas 16. Notre Dame 17. Michigan State 18. Ohio Sate 19. Georgia 20. Mississippi State 21. Missouri 22. Florida 23. Auburn 24. West Virginia 25. Southern California

Dog owners beware: Dognappings on the rise - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Dog owners beware: Dognappings on the rise - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |: (CNN) - The American Kennel Club (AKC) reported a sharp rise in dog thefts this year; a 32 percent uptick. The group's database showed 224 animals were stolen so far this year, compared to 255 for all of 2010. Experts are saying the motive is all about money.

Protect Yourself and Your Children


Editor's Opinion: Any untreated water that is used for swimming, bathing, etc. should be considered unsafe and avoided, especially lake waters and rivers which are the repositories of industrial, farm and human waste.

Rare brain eating amoeba exists in South Carolina : News : MidlandsConnect.com: COLUMBIA (WACH) - A deadly parasite doctors call the brain eating amoeba can be found in freshwater lakes throughout South Carolina. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The dual-taxation meme | Felix Salmon

Editors Opinion: Maybe Warren Buffett is right... The rich are getting richer parasitically; meaning they have an unfair legal advantage, one of which are the deductibility laws. The rich income is unearned and should be taxed at a higher rate. My advice to readers is simple: read this article.


The dual-taxation meme | Felix Salmon: "So enough, please, of this idea that if corporate profits are taxed once, at the corporate level, then that means they should never be taxed again when they show up as individual income. That income is unearned: if anything, it should be taxed at a higher rate than earned income, because we want to encourage people to create value by working, rather than just living parasitically on the labor of others. If you want to make an argument that unearned income should be taxed at a lower rate, go right ahead. But don’t give me the dual-taxation argument. Because the same argument can be applied to just about any tax you like."

Defense in NC terror case seeks to block witness - Today's News - TheSunNews.com

Editor's Opinion: The fact that these people were training here in the U.S. is alarming... so why has the media failed to make it front page news? 


Defense in NC terror case seeks to block witness - Today's News - TheSunNews.com: "Among the alleged indicators that Kohlmann highlighted during a hearing Tuesday were that some of the defendants downloaded videos from the Internet described as extremist propaganda, some had acquired firearms and at least one had contacts with a foreign terrorist group. Individually, Kohlmann said the men may not have posed a serious threat. But by working as a team, he said, they had the ingredients needed to cook up a terrorist plot. “It’s really like making a cake,” he said."

City council votes to end controversial payments to mayor - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Editors Opinion: You can't really call it cronyism but you sure can call it backdoor politics. It's stuff like this that makes you wonder if more is to be found written between the lines of the Town Council's records of minutes. You know, stuff that may or may not make it into the official records. Councilman Craig Nesbit is to be applauded for his due diligence. The good citizens of Bishopville are fortunate to have this advocate on their City Council. 

City council votes to end controversial payments to mayor - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |: "'Mr. McCutchen answered, 'no record can be found where council authorized payments to Alexander Boyd, who has his health insurance through another employer,'' said Currie. Council's vote Tuesday night stops the payments as of January 1 and makes the practice illegal. Boyd refused to comment, saying he hasn't decided whether he'll accept any more payments. McCutchen will make the decision whether to continue signing the checks over to the mayor. He too refused to comment."

Bachmann wishes Elvis happy birthday on death date - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Editors Note or Opinion: It's my guess that millions of Elvis fans will join an equal number of "The Duke's" fans in boycotting Bachmann's Presidential run. What a ditz!


Bachmann wishes Elvis happy birthday on death date - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |: "SPARTANBURG, South Carolina (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann got her Elvis Presley dates all shook up during a campaign stop Tuesday in South Carolina. The congresswoman from Minnesota played the Elvis tune 'Promised Land' at a local restaurant and told the crowd of 300 that she wanted to say happy birthday to the king of rock 'n' roll. 'Before we get started, let's all say happy birthday to Elvis Presley today!' Bachmann said. But Aug. 16 is the anniversary of Elvis' death, in 1977, and someone in the crowd shouted back, 'He died today!'"

Monday, August 15, 2011

Two men almost drown by taking elevator into flooded basement

Two men almost drown by taking elevator into flooded basement: "Two workmen on Staten Island almost drowned Sunday when they took an elevator down into a basement flooded by heavy rains that inundated the New York area over the weekend, the New York Daily News reports. Ed Tyler, 26, and Wendell Amaker were trying to move construction materials down to the lowest floor, unaware that water in the basement was making its way up. 'We thought we were dead,' Tyler told the newspaper. 'I literally thought I was going to die.' The men, in water up to their waists, managed to hold a cellphone through a ceiling hatch to get a strong enough signal to call 911. By the time fire rescuers arrived, the water was up to their necks."

The 50 Hottest Stars Over 50 - FoxNews.com

The 50 Hottest Stars Over 50 - FoxNews.com: "The 50 Hottest Stars Over 50 Over-50 is the new under-40. Here are our picks for the sexiest Centrum Silver-munching celebs."

The Eye of the Beholder Beholds the Beauty of Truth

Editor's Opinion: Kudos to Murray Jordan of Florence, South Carolina for his insightful explanation of the problem with the  telling of a truth. 


His words: "The problem is: does the teller of the “truth” tell the real truth or the convenient version that advances the teller’s agenda? This is the problem with history, frequently the facts get lost in the telling." 


I won't add to anyone's confusion by linking Mr. Jordan's words that I have blatantly taken out of context to anything published or unpublished. (You can easily enough find the source of his words by copying and pasting them into your browser if you wish)


His words are strong enough to stand on their own merit and may be used by anyone, anywhere, and at anytime to advance his or her agenda.


Ending this I'll add that truth is in the eye of the beholder and we all behold that beauty is truth and truth is beauty. 






Haley to tout SC point-of-sale law | SCNOW

Editors Opinion: As I understand it the State of South Carolina presently taxes owners of property according to its value, but under the Point-of-Sale law the State would only be allowed to tax the property owner/seller based on its selling price. We all know the value of property is determined by your local tax assessor, hence your outrage when you open the letter from him/her informing you that they have determined your property is valued above what you think it should be for tax purposes. 


Now that you have been taxed to the point that you can no longer afford to keep your property, you and the buyers market determine what price will be acceptable when it is sold/bought and are only liable for the tax rate base on that figure. 


So the question seems to be this: Which is better for the economy; rich real estate agents or less taxed residents. 


I don't profess to understand it completely and apparently our own Representatives can't explain how the SC Point-of-Sale law works or they would have been publicly informing us about it. But fear not for Representative Chip Huggins over in Lexington County can explain to you how the new law will work. Give Chip a call at : Home Phone (803) 732-4418, Business Phone (803) 799-8035
Business Phone (803) 799-8035





Haley to tout SC point-of-sale law | SCNOW: "Real estate agents had complained that a 2006 law that protects property owners from huge tax bill increases depressed real estate sales. That law limits tax increases on property as long as the owner keeps it. But bills can rise sharply when it's sold and taxed per market value."

SC gas prices continue to fall | SCNOW

Editor's Opinion: With my tongue planted firmly in my cheek I can only wonder how the petroleum barons are going to survive this latest economic crash that is plaguing their industry. When will it ever end? Oooops... did I say petroleum... I meant robber!




SC gas prices continue to fall | SCNOW: "COLUMBIA, SC - Average retail gasoline prices in South Carolina have fallen 6.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.38/g Sunday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 4.7 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.60/g, according to gasoline price website SouthCarolinaGasPrices.com."

Trip to grocery store saves SC man's life | SCNOW

Editor: Not one to procrastinate this fella proves he's no couch potato.
Trip to grocery store saves SC man's life | SCNOW: "Eric Hines says he left his Inman home to go to the grocery store Saturday afternoon. He was only a half-mile down the road when his cell phone rang. A neighbor had called to check on him after seeing his home destroyed. Neighbors say the wind lifted the home off the ground and flipped it over before it crashed in the roadway. Other mobile homes nearby were not damaged."

Florence County No Longer Subject to 'Blue Laws' | wltx.com

Editor: Florence County residents will have to contend with the hoards of shoppers from neighboring counties when their retail doors open earlier on Sundays. Church pastors will see their pews emptying earlier as well.
Florence County No Longer Subject to 'Blue Laws' | wltx.com: "The Morning News of Florence reported reported that Florence County is now exempt from the state's 'Blue Laws,' which prohibit Sunday retail sales before 1:30 p.m. Counties are exempted if they have revenues from the state's 2 percent accommodations, or hotel room, tax of more than $900,000. Officials say Florence County topped that number in late June. Store owners are now adjusting employee work schedules and make other arrangements to open earlier. Magnolia Mall manager Stacie Dickerson says the mall will start opening at noon in a few weeks."

Bachmann says she's a proven leader - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Editor's Opinion: She can't prove it but she says that she is telling us the truth. Sounds a lot like the "Anthony Syndrome" to me.

Bachmann says she's a proven leader - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |: "Interviewed Sunday on CNN's 'State of the Union,' the Minnesota Republican says that she's a proven advocate for conservative causes in Washington. She says she's been on the front lines and fighting. While she is unable to name a single piece of legislation that she's pushed through Congress, Bachmann says that she's led the fight to repeal President Barack Obama's health care legislation. She says that on issue after issue she's been, in her words, 'at the tip of the spear.'"

Tainted beef leads to grocery recalls - State & Regional - Wire - TheState.com

Tainted beef leads to grocery recalls - State & Regional - Wire - TheState.com: "DODGE CITY, Kan. — At least three major grocery store chains have recalled some of their ground beef packages because they could be contaminated with E. coli bacteria. Winn-Dixie Stores Inc., Publix Super Markets Inc. and Kroger Co. announced the recalls mainly in the southeastern U.S. and said they stem from problems at the National Beef Packaging Co. of Dodge City, Kan. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Friday that National Beef was recalling more than 60,000 pounds of beef after the Ohio Department of Agriculture found the bacteria during routine testing."

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Clemson president: Has been no contact with SEC - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Clemson president: Has been no contact with SEC - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |: "'We are committed to the ACC,' he says in a statement. 'We have had no contact with the SEC.' Clemson surfaced in reports that said the school would possibly join Texas A&M in a move to the SEC as that conference's 13th and 14th teams. The Tigers have been charter members of the ACC since it was formed in 1953."

Woman helps give turtles second chance - Today's News - TheSunNews.com

Woman helps give turtles second chance - Today's News - TheSunNews.com: "“I fired the first three architects because they didn’t want me to have big hallways here,” Beasley told a visiting tour group led by scientists from the state Natural Sciences Museum in Raleigh. “I said, ‘This is our building, not yours.’ They couldn’t seem to understand that.”"

SEC may welcome new team : News : MidlandsConnect.com

SEC may welcome new team : News : MidlandsConnect.com: "A high-ranking source within Texas A&M confirmed to ESPN's Doug Gottlieb on Saturday morning the Aggies were poised to join the SEC. The San Antonio Express-News reported the time frame of their tentative plans to begin competition."

Islamville, SC - YouTube

Islamville, SC - YouTube: "Islamville, SC"

Robert E. Lee Academy in Bishopville, South Carolina - Columbia Community | Examiner.com

Robert E. Lee Academy in Bishopville, South Carolina - Columbia Community | Examiner.com: "Robert E. Lee Academy is accredited by the South Carolina Independent School Association at the Advanced Level. School will begin on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 with K4 beginning on Monday, August 22, 2011. REL is located at 630 Cousar Street, Bishopville, South Carolina. REL has added new courses and teachers for the 2011-2012 school year. With over 400 students enrolled; new courses available to high school students were added including graphic design and photography being taught by Karen Schwendinger."

Saturday, August 13, 2011

From the Desk of Susan H. Wild


Sumter Little Theatre
OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION

Written by: Ken Ludwig                    Directed by: Eric Bultman
 August 11th at 6:30pm
The reception will either be held in the SLT courtyard or in the SLT lobby depending on weather.
We hope you can attend.

It’s September, 1934. Tito Morelli, Il Stupendo, the greatest tenor of his generation is scheduled to appear for one night only as Otello with the Cleveland Grand Opera. The star arrives late, and with a terrible case of indigestion. They give him tranquilizers to calm his nerves. He falls asleep. But when the opera Company manager and his assistant can’t wake him up for the performance they think he’s dead. The audience is arriving. The  musicians and performers are ready. What will they do?

The performances will run August 11-14 & 18-21 with Thursday – Saturday at 8:00pm and the Sunday show is a matinee at 3:00pm.
Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $12 for students, seniors, military. We also offer a 10% discount for groups of 10 or more people.
You may make ticket reservations by calling The Sumter Little Theatre at (803)775-2150 during our box office hours of 3-6 pm starting August 8th, 2011.



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

Town's Police Chief Abruptly Resigns - Greenville News Story - WYFF Greenville

Editor's Opinion: He thought he was being humorous and posted an example of his humor on Facebook. News Flash: His bosses failed to think his posts were funny. 


Town's Police Chief Abruptly Resigns - Greenville News Story - WYFF Greenville: "Williamston's police chief resigned Friday afternoon following a complaint about postings on his Facebook page. The complaint centers around Richard Inman's profile, where he listed his languages, including 'sarcastic,' 'Ethiopian' and 'Jive.' There was also a picture of the inside of a mobile bathroom that read, 'Mexican Spaceship.' Inman said he both postings were meant to be funny."

Tea Party official jokes on Facebook about killing Obamas - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Editors Opinion: When is a joke a joke? When it doesn't offend anyone!

Make fun of Attorneys and the Legal World gets upset. Make fun of a cat and cat owners are upset. Make fun of presidents and you could find yourself in a legal quandary.  


The woman in this news items is claiming that "It was just a joke." Making fun of killing someone isn't funny. Humorous it wasn't. Abhorrent it was. Illegal? Well, people have been jailed for similar actions. 


The real joke was when she posted it for everyone to see. She made a mistake and it will follow her for the rest of her life. She's had her fifteen minutes of fame, let's move on to find someone else who thinks they are humorous. 

Tea Party official jokes on Facebook about killing Obamas - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |: "The joke has been circulating for years in various forms which have included the names of multiple political figures. 'It's just a joke,' Smith told the Item when contacted about her post. 'I had no idea it would be an issue.' Smith was elected chairwoman of the Sumter Tea Party in February 2011, according to the organization's now-defunct website."

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Army approves atheism-themed concert at Fort Bragg - Nation - TheState.com

Editor: Brick by brick the fortress of democracy our forefathers constructed is being dismantled and along with each brick our values as a county are being replaced by mud and weeds.
The evidence is in the self serving greed being displayed in our nation's capitol by men and women who have their well-being above that of the people who hired them.
All too soon the greatest document the world has ever known will truly be an historical relic, tucked away along with the Bible in some desolate crevice gathering dust.
In my wildest imagination, I never thought that I would live to see this come to pass... is it too late to rise up?
Army approves atheism-themed concert at Fort Bragg - Nation - TheState.com: "RALEIGH, N.C. — A concert event organized by atheist, agnostic and other non-theist soldiers has been cleared by the Army to take place next spring at Fort Bragg, concert organizers and a spokesman for the post said Monday. Organizers planned to hold the Rock Beyond Belief event this year, but they canceled after saying Bragg leadership was not providing the same support it gave to an evangelical Christian concert last fall."

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Judge Allows Torture Suit Against Rumsfeld : NPR

Editor: Once admired for his brash mannerisms and roguish ways Rumsfeld may find himself on the carpet as a result.
Judge Allows Torture Suit Against Rumsfeld : NPR: "A federal judge has ruled that former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld can be sued personally for damages by a former U.S. military contractor who says he was tortured during a nine-month imprisonment in Iraq."

Drinking Billboards Have Glaring Error - Video - WYFF Greenville

Editor: Somethng wrong offcer?
Drinking Billboards Have Glaring Error - Video - WYFF Greenville: "A glaring error plagues billboards in Sandoval County that speak out against underage drinking."

Family finds body in trunk of missing person's car - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |

Family finds body in trunk of missing person's car - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |: "SUMTER, SC (WIS) - Police found a body inside a car Wednesday night outside an apartment complex in Sumter. Detectives said the investigation started out as a call about a missing person. Sumter police said they got a call around 5:30pm from family members about a man who had been missing for a day. After driving around looking for their loved one, police say the family found the missing person's car at an apartment complex on Gion Street in the Marwood community. When police looked inside the car, they found a body inside the car. So far, police are not sure if it is the missing person's body. Police ask you to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC if you have information."

Son: Father's body found under his crawl space | SCNOW

Son: Father's body found under his crawl space | SCNOW: "PENDLETON, S.C. (AP) - The son of a 75-year-old Pendleton man who hasn't been seen for more than six weeks says he thinks a body found under the crawl space of his parents' home is his missing father. Michael Thomas told the Anderson Independent-Mail that he smelled a strong odor Wednesday while helping his mother move from the home, then looked under the duplex and found the body. James Thomas' family say he suffered from dementia and wandered away from his home in the past, but was always found nearby. Authorities said they looked under the crawl space shortly after James Thomas' disappeared on June 21, but found nothing. The Anderson County coroner and sheriff's deputies are at the home removing the body and investigating the incident. They have not identified the body."

Monday, August 1, 2011

White House Issues Fact Sheet on Debt Deal - Washington Wire - WSJ

Editor: Somewhere, somehow, somebody is going to get screwed... that's what Big Government does!
White House Issues Fact Sheet on Debt Deal - Washington Wire - WSJ: "Enforcement mechanism established to force all parties – Republican and Democrat – to agree to balanced deficit reduction. If Committee fails, enforcement mechanism will trigger spending reductions beginning in 2013 – split 50/50 between domestic and defense spending. Enforcement protects Social Security, Medicare beneficiaries, and low-income programs from any cuts."