Thursday, March 31, 2011

This is Really Irksome... if irksome is a word

Link: Report Criticizes High Pay at Fannie and Freddie - "The companies, whose fates are to be decided by Congress this year, paid a combined $17 million to their chief executives in 2009 and 2010, the two full years when Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were wards of the state, the report found. The top six executives at the companies received $35.4 million over the two years."

Employment Chances Higher in Upstate

Make it easy to apply for a job.... do it online!!!
Link: South Carolina personnel company puts BMW applications online | SCNOW:
"A personnel firm says it is moving its recruiting for positions at BMW Manufacturing Co.'s South Carolina plant to a website. MAU Workforce Solutions said in a news release Thursday that people can apply online for a position and schedule an interview that will be conducted at MAU's Greenville office. The company says the online registration means an end to having applicants stand in long lines or attend job fairs to get an interview. For people without access to a computer, BMW will hold a virtual job fair at the McAlister Square One-Stop Center on Tuesday. MAU is hiring forklift operators and production associates that pay $15-16 dollars an hour depending on shift. Most of the jobs will be at night."

From the Desk of Scott Hawkins - South Carolina Forestry Commission

Naptime Over for the 13-Year Cicadas, Forestry Commission Says

March 31, 2011

(Columbia, SC)  It will be all the buzz in the coming weeks.  The emergence of the 13-year periodical cicadas is expected in South Carolina this spring and summer and if their plump bodies, veined wings, or big orange eyes don’t get your attention, their love songs will.
South Carolina Forestry Commission entomologist Laurie Reid says (mainly upstate) South Carolina residents will begin hearing the insects again for the first time since 1998.  The 13-year reproduction cycle requires them to emerge from the ground, shed their skins, and find a mate -- in precisely that order.

And they will be hard to ignore.

“The buzzing sound that will be ubiquitous everywhere these insects emerge is actually the males’ mating call,” says Reid, who has a special page on the Forestry Commission’s website explaining what’s going on and why.  “They’ve spent 13 years living underground happily munching away on roots, but now it’s time for some noisy fun in the sun.”

Under one tree, there can be as many as 20,000-30,000 emerging nymphs.  But the insects will not pose a threat to South Carolina’s 13.1 million acres of forestland.  Neither the bugs nor the skins they leave behind on the bark will impact timber production or value.  That’s good news for landowners as more than 88 percent of the state’s forests are privately owned.

Still, the Forestry Commission wants to keep up with the little beasts.  Reid is asking “citizen scientists” to record their experiences with the 13-year cicadas by logging in some data at  

Here’s what she needs:
·       your location (city and county)
·       the date that you first (or last) heard or saw the cicadas
·       any egg-laying damage you’ve seen
·       and any other information you think may be helpful
“Temperature is the factor determining when they’ll appear in your area,” Reid says.  “In areas where there’s been a steady ground temperature of 64 degrees Fahrenheit for a couple of weeks, they’ll be alerted that the air above is warm enough to support their emergence and enhance their courting.”

It may be mid-April before we see them.  Reid says there are more than 75 species of shrubs and trees onto which the female may lay eggs.  The preferred trees are the hardwoods, oak, hickory, apple, and sweetgum.  Momma cicada may also lay eggs on dogwood, blueberry, and azaleas.

Each female periodical cicada can lay up to 600 eggs in her lifetime.  The egg laying take a toll on the branches.  It often causes the leaves on some branches to turn color and perhaps drop to the ground.  However, this will not cause any long-term health issues for mature trees.  They are also harmless to people and pets, even if Rover eats one.

“After six to seven weeks, the nymphs will hatch from the eggs, drop to the ground, and burrow down to the plant roots where the cycle starts again,” Reid explained.  “We won’t hear from them again until the year 2024!”

Scott Hawkins, SCFC

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

No raccoon meat in cooler, DHEC tells store - Local / Metro -

No raccoon meat in cooler, DHEC tells store - Local / Metro - "No raccoon meat in cooler, DHEC tells store"

Raccoons are okay in the woods. But their meat should never be in a store cooler, says the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Earlier this month, acting on a tip, DHEC health inspectors found bags of chilled raccoon meat in a cooler at a Gadsden convenience store near Eastover in lower Richland County and told the owner to get rid of them.
“This is not something we see even on a rare basis,” said DHEC spokesman Thom Berry, who in his 28 years with the agency could not recall a single time raccoon meat was found in a store cooler.

Raccoon meat is not properly certified by state and federal meat inspectors as being safe for humans to eat, Berry said.

Raccoons are known carriers of the rabies virus, though not all raccoons carry the virus.
Berry said when inspectors made a second visit to the store, the raccoon meat was still on the premises. 

Inspectors told the operator to put bleach on it and throw it in the trash.

DHEC’s enforcement branch is considering action against the store, Lucky Seven No. 2, at 7815 Bluff Road, he said.

“Whether it would be a fine or not, we will have to decide,” Berry said.

The manager of Lucky Seven, also known as Freeman’s Place, could not immediately be reached for comment. A clerk who answered the phone Tuesday evening said she could not respond.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

From the Desk of Susan Wild

Local Residents Called to Contribute to Historic Cancer
Research Effort

Sumter, South Carolina – May 13, 2011 – Residents of the Sumter community have an unprecedented opportunity to participate in a historic study that has the potential to change the face of cancer for future generations.   Men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer are needed to participate in the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3). CPS-3 will enroll a diverse population of up to half a million people across the United States and Puerto Rico. The opportunity for local residents to enroll in CPS-3 will take place at the Sumter County Relay for Life on May 13, 2011 from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.   The citizens of Sumter County should feel honored that their community was chosen by the American Cancer Society to have the only enrollment site in South Caroline in 2011. 
CPS-3 will help researchers better understand the lifestyle, environmental, and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer. “My husband, MSgt Eric Bodden, is a recent cancer survivor.  As a wife and caregiver, I struggled with not being able to make him better or make the treatments less debilitating.  I could only offer support and very little comfort.  When I heard about the CPS-3 enrollment opportunity I knew I wanted to participate.  This was my chance to do something so that perhaps another wife and caregiver did not have to see their husband go through what mine did.  However, I took it one step further and decided to be part of the driving force that got the word out to the community.  I really believe that this (CPS-3 and research) is part of the answer.  I hope that people in Sumter will commit to the study.  This could truly make a difference for our children,” stated Bethany Bodden, Chairperson of the CPS-3 Study in Sumter County.
To enroll in the study, individuals complete two steps, one in person at the Relay and one at home. As part of the in-person enrollment, individuals complete a brief written survey, provide some physical measurements, and give a small blood sample. The enrollment process is complete when individuals complete the more comprehensive baseline survey which is mailed to their home. Over the course of the study – which is anticipated to last 20 to 30 years – participants will be asked to fill out follow-up surveys every few years that will be sent to their home.  This is where commitment is so important.
“Many individuals diagnosed with cancer struggle to answer the question, ‘What caused my cancer?’ In many cases, we don’t know the answer,” said Alpa V. Patel, Ph.D., principal investigator of CPS-3. “CPS-3 will help us better understand what factors cause cancer, and once we know that, we can be better equipped to prevent cancer.” Dr. Patel added, “Our previous cancer prevention studies have been instrumental in helping us identify some of the major factors that can affect cancer risk. CPS-3 holds the best hope of identifying new and emerging cancer risks, and we can only do this if members of the community are willing to become involved.”
Researchers will use the data from CPS-3 to build on evidence from a series of American Cancer Society studies that began in the 1950s that collectively have involved millions of volunteer participants. The Hammond-Horn Study and previous Cancer Prevention Studies (CPS-I, and CPS-II) have played a major role in understanding cancer prevention and risk, and have contributed significantly to the scientific basis and development of public health guidelines and recommendations. Those studies confirmed the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer, demonstrated the link between larger waist size and increased death rates from cancer and other causes, and showed the considerable impact of air pollution on heart and lung conditions. The current study, CPS-II, began in 1982 and is still ongoing. But changes in lifestyle and in the understanding of cancer in the more than two decades since its launch make it important to begin a new study.
The initial enrollment process takes about 30 minutes at the local event and an additional 45 to 60 minutes at home to fill out the more comprehensive baseline survey. Periodic follow-up surveys of various lengths are expected to be sent every few years to individuals. The voluntary, long-term commitment by participants is what will produce benefits for decades to come. “Taking an hour or so every few years to fill out a survey – and potentially save someone from being diagnosed with cancer in the future - is a commitment that thousands of volunteer participants have already made. We're looking for more like-minded individuals in the Sumter community to join this effort that we know will save lives and improve the outlook for future generations,” said Dr. Patel.
The Sumter County Relay for Life event was chosen as the only site in South Carolina that will be enrolling participants in this study in 2011.  If you have family or friends in other states who want to participate, have them contact the number below to get information about enrollment sites in their area.  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity.   
For more information or to learn how to become involved with CPS-3, visit, email cps3@cancer org, call toll-free 1-888-604-5888, or visit us on Facebook at “Cancer Prevention Study 3 – Sumter County, South Carolina”.

About the American Cancer Society
                The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit

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

Monday, March 28, 2011

News from The Associated Press

News from The Associated Press: "BEERSHEBA, Israel (AP) -- Israel deployed a cutting-edge rocket defense system on Sunday, rolling out the latest tool in its arsenal to stop a recent spike in attacks from the neighboring Gaza Strip."

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Did this Jefferson person just arrive on Planet Earth?

Editors opinion: Just what we need is another building, another highway, another tree, another flower, another anything named after anybody.... makes no difference if the person is pink, green, or purple, egos need to be fed and the best way to do that is to name something after somebody.
Hey, let's change the name of Gervais Street to Moore Avenue in honor of Darla... What about changing the name of Broad River to Coble River in honor of former Columbia Mayor Robert D. Coble. How about Congaree Vista becoming Benjamin Vista.... I mean... come on!!! 
Link: Moore announces $5M gift for aerospace research - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |: "'Finally, we'll have something named after an African-American,' said Jefferson, who's majoring in political science and African-American studies."

Friday, March 25, 2011

From the Desk of Susan Wild


                The excitement of Sumter @ Six is HERE!  The Sumter @ Six concert series sponsored by The City of Sumter, First Citizens, H &S Wholesalers-Budweiser and XDOS; is the party you have to attend! The 2011 season with great entertainment is scheduled for the second Thursday of each month through October!   Bring your chairs, enjoy great food and beverages from downtown restaurants! For a new twist enjoy local entertainment during intermission and each month there is a guest Food Vendor!  Meet your friends and family for good ole fashioned fun!  Thats right... fun for all ages in Downtown Sumter at the Brody Pavilion on Harvin Street.  For more information please call 803-436-2640, 800-688-4748 and visit us at  or for the full calendar of events!

Sumter @ Six: Thursday (April-October) 2011

April 14 - The Fantastic Shakers
May 12 - Nantucket
June 9 - Atlantic Groove
July 14 - The Embers
Aug 11 - Billy Scott & The Party Prophets
Sept 8 - Chief Complaint
Oct 13 - Band of Oz

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

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Idiom: The apple doesn't fall far from the tree

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree
Kids are like their parents; a chip off the old blocklike father, like son
I looked at the father, then at the son, and I thought, The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

Link: Sumter teens charged with robbing, throwing younger boy in creek - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina |: "Nicholas Hendrix, 17, and Kevin Fletcher, Sean Jensen and Brandon Brown, all 16, are charged with robbery and criminal conspiracy in connection with the assault, which Sumter Police say happened around 3:00pm Saturday."

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Health and Wellness - Well Blog -

Health and Wellness - Well Blog - "Think Like a Doctor (The Contest) By LISA SANDERS, M.D. The Challenge: Can you solve a medical mystery involving a healthy child who is losing her hair?"

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Ex-SC State Trooper and Sheriff Gets 17 Years

Link: Ex-SC sheriff gets 17 years on drug charges - Crime & Courts - "The newly-elected Lee County sheriff asked a friend and small-time drug dealer Larry Williams for help. Williams took $500 in profits from his illicit trade, cementing the pair's strange partnership. For most of his time as sheriff, Melvin picked out certain drug dealers and let them operate in his county with immunity as long as they paid bribes of a couple hundred dollars, often given to him in a handshake or to Williams. He'd fix a traffic ticket or drop a minor arrest for a similar amount. And he stole from the county's treasury too, taking kickbacks from the man hired to clean the floors at the sheriff's office or from catering his famous barbecue for county functions, authorities said."

Friday, March 18, 2011

Haley: I had nothing to do with it....

Link: AP Generic News | SCNOW: "Democratic Party chairwoman Carol Fowler said Friday that SLED needs to investigate who may have stolen Haley's identification and used it to falsify the application for a fundraising job at Lexington Medical Center. The job application states that Haley had earned $125,000 at the clothing business her parents ran. She had earned $22,000. Haley said Wednesday she had nothing to do with filling out the application, never signed it and never supplied the salary figure."

Haley is Swinging Her Axe Again

Link: AP Generic News | SCNOW: "COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Gov. Nikki Haley has replaced the board that governs the South Carolina Educational Television Network. The State newspaper reported Friday that Haley has appointed seven new members."

News from the Sumter Item

Link: Leventis raises conflict-of-interest concerns - The Item: Local News: schoolboard, leventis,: "State Sen. Phil Leventis, D-Sumter, sent a letter to trustees Wednesday stating that because the spouses of the Rev. Daryl McGhaney, the Rev. Ralph Canty Sr. and Vice Chairwoman Karen Michalik work in what is now Sumter School District 2, they cannot vote on the superintendent's position."