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  • 1. NEWS HEADLINE WRITING Daily Under 20,000 DivisionFIRST PLACE Index-Journal Scott J. Bryan
  • 2. NEWS HEADLINE WRITING Daily 20,000 - 50,000 DivisionTHIRD PLACEHerald-JournalPhillip Randall
  • 3. NEWS HEADLINE WRITING Daily 20,000 - 50,000 DivisionSECOND PLACE ■ ■ “It is so good it makes me want toIndependent Mail ■ go back to school.” ■ Randy Hayes Pendleton mayor ■ It’s aMike McMillan ■ ■ ■ KEN RUINARD Independent Mail photos wrap! MORE MORE Video and photos of food tasting at Mount Lebanon Elementary School students Chandler-Brooke Wilkinson, 12, right, and Kennedy Harrison, 11, left, ONLINE ONLINE www.independent discover the chef hat is too big for Colt Martin, 12, as student council members prepare to serve a chicken wrap that is a mail.com. semifinalist in first lady Michelle Obama’s Recipes for Healthy Kids competition. Hawaiian Chicken entry at Mount Lebanon school gets good grades from judges BY VINCE JACKSON Special to Independent Mail PENDLETON — A Pendleton el- ementary school received a visit Friday from a team of national judges who came to taste the school’s new lunch food. The new dish vaulted the Hearsay school into the semifinals of first lady Michelle Obama’s Recipes for Healthy Kids compe- The Bee Man gets an A for his response to uninvited guests tition. Last year the U.S. Department of Agriculture launched a cam- paign to develop school lunch foods that are healthy taste good , A big thank-you to the bee ■ News from 13-Year Cicada Cen- where it was coming from.” Several and are fun to eat. man! Hearsayer Audrey B. tral! “It’s like being in a sci-fi hours later, Ms. M said, she discov- PSST … The first lady made the initia- PASS IT ON tive part of her Healthy Kids of Hart County had a lot to movie!” Hearsayer Cynthia of ered “these huge bugs on the play campaign to remove sugars and say about a recent encounter with Abbeville opined on May 3. “I was set. Lots of them — cicadas! I would fats from school lunch menus. A Crunchy Hawaiian Chicken Wrap, one of several made for Pendleton Mayor Randy Hayes, right, sitting beside Todd a bunch of honeybees on Easter outside with my dog, PJ, and the never have predicted the sounds HEARSAY is written Mount Lebanon Elementary judges at Mount Lebanon Elementary School in Pendleton. Bedenbaugh, director of the South Carolina Department of weekend. “They were hugging the noise was like we were getting at- coming from such small creatures.” by Salley M. McIner- School answered the call with Education Office of Health and Nutrition, tries a chicken wrap. side of a tree about 10 feet up and tacked. You could hear them crawl- Well, all you fine Hearsayers who ney. If you have a their Crunchy Hawaiian Chick- beans and peas. legumes) - $1,500; second place the swarm was about five inches ing around. They were flying every- have been hearing cicadas, thank contribution for en Wrap entry in the Dark “Recipes for Healthy Kids (dry beans and legumes) - $1,000; with student chef assistants by dents, creativity and presenta- Green and Orange Vegetable draws on America’s culinary Popular Choice Award - $1,500. her side, Lorett Arnold-Hayes tion, according to Chartwells thick!” Mrs. Aud allowed as how where and hitting the house. It was you for letting Hearsay know about Hearsay — some- category . creativity and dedication to For a complete list and to vote demonstrated for the judges School Dining Services. her fam didn’t know what to do really spooky!” Thanks, Cyn, and the noise. Just wish they’d come to thing you’ve seen or The wrap was the brainchild healthy lifestyles,” said Tim on your favorite recipe, visit the how the wrap is made. Chartwells provides dining about the bees but remembered read this from Hearsayer Moma- Hartwell so Hearsay could hear ‘em heard that struck of team members Vikki Mulli- O’Connor, USDA associate ad- Recipes for Healthy Kids web- “It is really very easy eco- , services for more than 550 pub- having “bought a quart of honey gain45: “I live near the Ebenezer too! you as funny, silly, in- nax, a school nutrition profes- ministrator for Special Nutri- site at www.recipesforkids nomical and time efficient,” she lic school districts and private at Morgan Hardware (in Lavonia, Fire Department, just off Highway ■ Fried cicadas for supper? Now teresting, entertain- sional; Chef Lorett Arnold- tion Programs. “Chefs are pro- challenge.com. Voting ends May said. schools nationwide. Hayes of 1826 on the Green in viding culinary expertise, 31. “All of the students here at “We are excited about the op- Ga.) and it was Mr. Walker’s Hon- 413. I noticed the buzzing sound Hearsayer Martha, who lives in the ing, odd or other- Pendleton; community member school nutrition professionals A host of school officials and the school have really gotten in- portunities that this recipe con- ey from Martin, Ga. We got the The Bee Man Sunday (May 1). The buzzing never Slabtown community near Ander- wise — get in touch Kristi Martin; parent and are sharing insight as to what dignitaries, from the South Car- to this contest,” said school test brings to the school commu- telephone number of Mr. Walker stops and seems to get louder dur- son, tuned in with — believe it or with Salley. Her e- teacher Edie Wilkinson; and can be accomplished in a school olina Department of Education Principal Mona Fleming. “We nity in Anderson County School from the jar of honey. He came in into the box … Our family ing the day!” And from Hearsayer not — a really fine fried cicada mail address is sal- student Chandler Wilkinson. setting, and kids and parents to the mayor of Pendleton, filled have seen a rise in interest in District 4,” said Barbara Gard- his overalls and beard and said he learned so much that day and re- JRB1953: “They have been buzzing recipe! “I found an Indian cookbook ley@hartcom.net. The Mount Lebanon recipe are making sure that students the school cafeteria as the na- healthy eating spurred by this ner, director of dining for was among 15 chosen to move will choose these nutritious tional judges set about their event.” Chartwells in District 4. has been keeping bees and mak- alized the miracle of pollination all day today (May 3) in the Cray- at a yard sale,” Mrs. M mentioned. forward in the competition from items in school and beyond.” work. After tasting a sample of the After sampling the chicken ing honey since he was a young and new life. Thank you, Mr. tonville area.” And from Hearsayer “This is one of the recipes: ‘LO- schools in 11 states, including Winning recipes will also re- “It is exciting that Mount chicken wrap Pendleton Mayor wrap and marking their score boy. Mr. Walker climbed a ladder Walker, for all your experience Mdale, who lives between Iva and CUST. Gather locust (cicada) at Arizona, South Carolina, Flori- ceive monetary prizes totaling Lebanon is a semifinalist,” said Randy Hayes said, “It is so good cards the judges awaited the ar- and gently swept the bees into one and knowledge!” And by the bee Antreville, on S.C. 184. “I came night, then pick up those out of da, California, Massachusetts, $12,000: Grand prize winner - Lee D’Andrea, superintendent it makes me want to go back to rival of the first group of stu- of his boxes. As long as the queen way, Mr. Walker’s first name is home to an irritating noise today shell, remove shell from others. Do Colorado, North Carolina, Min- $3,000; first place (whole grains) Anderson District 4. “All of this school.” dents to eat lunch. USDA nutri- nesota, Ohio, New Mexico and - $1,500; second place (whole fits into our healthy lifestyles The judges will determine tionist Ann Hall said she was bee enters the box, they will all “Rollo” (pronounced “Rah-lo”) (May 6). It sounded like a lot of not let sunshine on them or they Connecticut. From among the grains) - $1,000; first place (dark and wellness teaching. We are which three entries, in each cat- anxious to gauge the acceptance follow. Mr. Walker asked for a cup and if you are beset by a swarm of emergency vehicles. I rode up the will spoil. Wash and then fry in a 340 entries submitted, five were green and orange vegetables) - addressing childhood obesity egory will move on to the na- , of the food by the students. of coffee, waited a while and con- bees, by all means, call the bee road and down the road but didn’t small amount of grease. Eat hot or selected in each of three cate- $1,500; second place (dark green and positive eating habits in our tional competition in July The . “That is what it is all about,” tinued another sweeping of bees man at (706) 599-1073. see anything and couldn’t tell cold.’ “ Or maybe not at all? gories: whole grains, dark green and orange vegetables) - $1,000; schools.” finals will be in Texas. Judging she said, “The kids have got to and orange vegetables, and dry first place (dry beans and Dressed in the attire of a chef is based on taste, appeal to stu- like it, too.”
  • 4. NEWS HEADLINE WRITING Daily 20,000 - 50,000 Division Rubber meets the road uck flips, spills hundreds of tires on I-85/ Feeling taxed? As deadline looms, how states stack up TAX DEADLINE Federal taxes are dueFIRST PLACE typical April 15, which fa BY THOMAS HARGROVE is delayed only for weeke Scripps Howard News Service April 15 is not a federa Every spring, millions of D.C., typically celebrates Americans rush to the post dent Abraham Lincoln’s f office to file their taxes be- 16, but moved the celeb fore the April deadline. The April 18 deadline w Paying taxes unites us. It government shutdown, a also divides us. Payment of tax refunds, People can pay five and down happens and lasts. even six times more in state and local taxes than other folks in similar circum- stances making similar in- comes, according to recent studies of relative tax bur- dens. South C “Taxes vary by a pretty significant amount in Amer- ica,” concluded Mark Robyn, a staff economist at is a low Independent Mail the Tax Foundation, a con- BY MIKE ELLIS servative study group based Independent Mail in Washington, D.C. ellism@/260.1277 “The highly taxed states tend to be in the Northeast South Carolina’s ove and in the mid-Atlantic re- taxes are the second-low gion. They have more gov- in the nation, according ernment services, bigger study by the conserva government, and so they Tax Foundation. raise more revenue to sup- “South Carolina is ju port that government,” low-tax state, genera Robyn said. “The South and said Mark Robyn, autho Southwest tend to be lower- the tax burden study . taxed.” But other studies — For example, a married the government of Wa Kylie Yerka couple with three children ington, D.C., and by Li earning $50,000 will pay ty Tax Service, which about $10,348 a year in state based in Virginia — put and local income, property , Palmetto State at 37th sales and automobile taxes 31st in terms of its tax b if they live in Bridgeport, den. Conn., according to a study When it comes to s the District of Columbia tax, the state’s 6-percent city government released in is tied for 13th highest in September 2010. country . But if that family lived in Its income taxes, ho Cheyenne, Wyo., it would ing around 7 percent for pay only about $2,186, ical residents, are aver thanks to modest property Robyn said. Property ta taxes and no state income are lower than the natio tax. average, but close to it. “We are a very conserva- All told, South Carol tive state, very frugal in our winds up as a strikingly spending. It’s always been tax state, Robyn said. that way,” said Wyoming “When I think of s State Revenue Director Ed and local taxes, I think going broke to pay for Schmidt. His state, the na- come, sales and prope tion’s top coal producer, taxes,” he said. “South C levies mineral-production olina isn’t particularly taxes that help hold down in any of those. But if other taxes, he suggested. add it all up, it’s there. O Although methods of cal- er states tend to tax culating tax burdens vary thing or something else p enormously — as do the con- Independent Mail file photos ty highly .” clusions they draw most J d Elli tt f A d i fl g l g S C 28 B i A d t tt t Robyn said his study 23a GA$ Prices in South Carolina nearly a dollar more than this time last year, but headed down BY KIRK BROWN a week on gas. Independent Mail E li thi th th U S
  • 5. NEWS HEADLINE WRITING Daily Over 50,000 DivisionTHIRD PLACE A mom’s Hoax world The Post and Courier spurs falls apart bank PROVIDED Boys’ daring adventure leads to tragedy for 12-year-old Beth Harrison hoopla Scare captivates onlookers, ties up traffic, first responders BY DAVID W. MACDOUGALL macdougd@postandcourier.com Craig and Gayle Voelker of Illi- nois were enjoying their first visit to Charleston on Wednesday when they walked out of the Daughters of the Confederacy Museum and into what looked like a scene from “Dog Day Afternoon.” “We walked out, and the first thing3. we see is cops with machine guns,” WADE SPEES/STAFFy Gayle Voelker said. City police offi- Teal Baptiste, mother of 12-year-old Corion Baptiste (top), talks about her son who was found dead cers were kneeling behind their police late Sunday, several hours after he and three others entered a locked shipping-container facility Awendaw beaver population a gnawing problem cars with rifles and semiautomatic weapons aimed at the entrance to the Wachovia Bank at the corner of Meet- ing and Market streets, she said. Her husband began shooting video. and drove heavy machinery through the yard at ConGlobal Industries off Spruill Avenue in North Charleston. On the right is a friend, Ajanaclair Lynch. BY GLENN SMITH and ANDY PARAS gsmith@postandcourier.com 00 Rumors spread quickly in the aparas@postandcourier.com78) BY PRENTISS FINDLAY causes his flooding problems. The Mike Taylor said throngs of tourists who were watching Teal Baptiste felt a knot form in her stomach when 11 pfindlay@postandcourier.com state is taking aim at the issue. But stagnant water all the commotion. It was a bank rob- her 8-year-old son came through the door without his bery. There were guns and hostages. 82 that may not be enough. in the drainage Someone tried to rob the bank with a older brother by his side. Young Ahmad had gone off to play Sunday after- AWENDAW — When night falls Last week, the Department of canal next to his bomb strapped to his body. noon with his 12-year-old brother, Corion, and two other boys during a family visit to North Charleston’s None of it was true, police later said. here, the problems start. Transportation awarded a $55,000 house does not No robbery. No hostages. No weap- Union Heights neighborhood. Now, Ahmad had re- turned alone, wet and dirty. That’s when the beavers come out contract to the state Department of drain because ons. No bomb. She asked him what happened. Ahmad wouldn’t say.9B to build dams and create their own Natural Resources to trap and re- beavers build Though no one was injured, the bi- He seemed out of sorts. He kept asking for a blanket, though it was 100 degrees in the house. zarre incident tied up dozens of police4B private pools. locate beavers that affect highway dams that block and firefighters and snarled traffic in Baptiste took to the streets to search for her miss- ing son, the sensitive boy she called her hero. Hour FILE1C Trouble is, they also flood about drainage in Berkeley and Charles- the canal. The the heart of Charleston’s tourist dis- after hour, calling his name, looking in yards, ask- This is an example of a top loader much like the ing others if they had seen him. Sunset came, then one that was involved in the accident in which a2B trict for more than three hours. an acre of Mike Taylor’s land on ton counties. backup causes At 2:43 p.m., police received a call darkness. Quickly, hope began to fade for the single 12-year-old boy was killed. mom of six.7B Sewee Road. “Beavers take up residence in about an acre from a clerk at the Wachovia office “I could feel it in my stomach, like a mother’s intu- at 177 Meeting St., police spokesman ition,” she said, a tear sliding down her cheek. “I just MULTIMEDIA2A He joked about setting up a stand pipes throughout the state system,” of his land to be Charles Francis said. knew something bad had happened to him.” To hear a 911 call about the top loader tragedy, go to postandcourier.com/ on his property offering three shots said Kirk Richards, DOT assistant under water. A man had gone to a teller and said Please see TRAGEDY, Page 7A audio. he was being held against his will and at the rodents for $5. district maintenance engineer. PRENTISS FINDLAY/ He waved and said ‘Bye Mama.’ That was the last time I saw him. Taylor said a beaver dam in a STAFF Please see INCIDENT, Page 5A drainage pipe under Sewee Road Please see BEAVERS, Page 7A
  • 6. NEWS HEADLINE WRITING Daily Over 50,000 Division SECOND PLACE The State Robert J. Venturella
  • 7. NEWS HEADLINE WRITING Daily Over 50,000 Division chain hoists. d y t Hunley on a slow rollFIRST PLACE s, nd Confederate sub rotated a few millimeters at a time; should be upright today BY BRIAN HICKS bhicks@postandcourier.com VIDEO perfectly aligned.” Barring any complications, the ro- The Hunley has rested on its star- board side since it was recovered from See provided video of tation should be finished sometime the Atlantic Ocean in 2000. Archae- The H.L. Hunley was never a fast the Hunley rotation at today. ologists wanted the sub lifted in the ain boat, but it probably never moved postandcourier.com/ This is a major step in the Hunley position it was found to avoid moving The Post and Courier . this slowly. On Wednesday, engineers and sci- videos. project, one last engineering puzzle before conservators put the sub entists at the Warren Lasch Conserva- by slowly adjusting the 15 straps that through the restoration process. The tion Center began rotating the Con- cradle the Hunley, and keeping a la- move attracted the attention of myri- federate submarine into an upright ser sight running from stern to bow ad people who have had a hand in the position — 3 millimeters at a time. that would detect any twisting of the project, from State Archaeologist Jon- The pace was plodding, the progress hull. athan Leader to former Friends of the artifacts inside the sub. The Hunley has remained in that position ever since. But now the entire hull needs to be exposed so that conservators can re- move the crusted sand and shell that covers the hull in preparation for the Tony Brown Roadhouse blues Music, liquor, young crowds can be magnet for trouble, authorities sayDeclaration of ‘war’ Be alert: BY BO PETERSEN bpetersen@postandcourier.com Portuguese man-of-war — the gorgeous, jellyfish-like creature with tentacles that can hang as long as a tree is high and a sting Painful ‘blue FOLLY BEACH — It looked like a shiny blue balloon, bobbing across the surf be- that burns like fire. The man-of-war spot- ted Wednesday was one of at least three orbottle jellyfish’ tween the Washout and the Morris Island Lighthouse. The woman wading started to four spotted near Lowcountry beaches over the past few days. A beachgoer reported are lurking in go see when someone on shore screamed for her to stop Please see ‘WAR’ Page 6A
  • 8. SPOT NEWS REPORTING Daily Under 20,000 DivisionTHIRD PLACEThe ItemNick McCormac,Jade Andersonand Robert J. BakerFor Many, Quake HitsClose to Home
  • 9. SPOT NEWS REPORTING Daily Under 20,000 DivisionSECOND PLACEThe Times and DemocratRichard WalkerWoman Dies in Train Crash
  • 10. SPOT NEWS REPORTING Daily Under 20,000 DivisionFIRST PLACE Cut draws workers’ ire Proposed budget cut protested by Social Security employees Aiken Standard By JEREMY TIMMERMAN Staff writer A proposal in the U.S. House of Representatives to cut $1.7 billion from the “We struggle to pay people in the right amount, on time, all the time,” she said. One option that might be given to qualified workers who are 55 years of age and T budget of the Social Security have been working for the p Jeremy Timmerman Administration will have side of the administration’s The main issue for the 12 to 14 protesters, who were agency for at least 20 years is local consequences, according a buyout. Campbell said that to protesting employees out- she was “not in a position” to take the buyout, but if she office on Corporate Parkway. met qualifications, she would “have to think long and hard” about leaving under buyout Cut Draws Workers’ Ire giving up their lunch breaks terms. for the demonstration, was Campbell added that the the monthlong furloughs that number of experienced work- could result from the cut. ers who would potentially Ardell Campbell, who has accept a buyout and leave been working for the admin- the agency would also have istration for 15 years, said negative consequences on the that the level of service the quality of service offered. office is able to deliver will Multiple media outlets suffer if workers are forced reported similar protests C to take a month off from their across the country in response t duties. to the proposal. c “The federal government The reports also indicated r is proposing furloughs of that the other protests had Social Security employees, been organized by a national t so we wouldn’t be able to trade union. t produce the kind of world- Not all of those involved class service we have been,” with the Aiken demonstra- t Campbell said. “The Ameri- tion were current employees. i can public deserves the kind At least one retiree, Glenda n of world-class service we’ve Corbett, donated her time for o been providing.” the cause. i Campbell added that, due Corbett, a 2002 retiree b to the amount of work she after more than 38 years with A and her coworkers face in a the administration, agreed t given day, they find it dif- that expecting the necessary ficult to keep up, even when amount of work with employ- h the office, located off Whis- ees taking monthlong fur- t key Road, across from South loughs was unreasonable. Staff photo by Michael Gibbons p Aiken High School, is fully Ardell Campbell stands on the sidewalk on Corporate Park- n staffed. Please see PROTEST, page 5A way during her lunch break from the Social Security office.
  • 11. SPOT NEWS REPORTING Daily 20,000 - 50,000 DivisionHONORABLEMENTIONIndependentMailNikie MayoHaven Struck by Blaze
  • 12. SPOT NEWS REPORTING Daily 20,000 - 50,000 Division THIRD PLACE Morning News Tucker Mitchell DOJ Weighs in on Vote Map
  • 13. SPOT NEWS REPORTING Daily 20,000 - 50,000 Division HOSPITALIZED GRAHAM ‘IN GOOD SPIRITS’ ● 3A SERVING YORK ● CHESTER ● LANCASTER COUNTIES The Herald 50 CENTSSECOND PLACE THURSDAY May 12, 2011 SPECIAL STORM COVERAGE | UPDATES AND PHOTOS AT HERALDONLINE.COM Storms pack a punch Rock Hill ● South Carolina heraldonline.com ■ Rain and hurricane-force winds hit York, ■ Extensive damage reported as fallen trees,The Herald Chester and Lancaster counties overnight power lines leave thousands without power By Nicole E. Smith and Jamie Self nsmith@heraldonline.com jself@heraldonline.com Severe thunderstorms with hur- ricane-force winds pummeled York County early Wednesday causing widespread power outages and, for some, severe damage reminiscent of Hurricane Hugo. Mike and Shirley Brown woke toNicole Smith, news that midnight winds sheared off the roof of their church, Living Hope Freewill Baptist, on old North Main Street in Clover. Only blue sky covered their flooded sanctuary Wednesday afternoon. “It’s a total loss,” said Ed Le- mieux, an owner of the building the church leases. He drove to the Browns’ home to break the news. “They just put in all new bath- rooms, all new walls,” he said. “This is sister Shirley calling,” Shirley said to church members from her couch Wednesday morn-James Self, ing. “The wind has torn our church down.” Winds between 60 and 80 mph swept the Piedmont after midnight Tuesday in a storm with rare intensi- ty, meteorologists from the National Weather Service said. A line of tight- ly packed thunderstorms developed late Tuesday in Ohio and moved south through York County before reaching the coast. The storm was more severe than similar storms in this area, NWS meteorologist Neil Dixon said. Tuesday night’s storm frontShawn Cetrone spanned more than 100 miles, pro- ducing hurricane-force winds. Meteorologists are now survey- ing damage in York, Cherokee, and Chester counties to determine how high the winds speeds were, he said. Local authorities reported hun- JAMIE SELF - jself@heraldonline.com Members of the Living Hope Freewill Baptist Church in Clover survey the damage in the sanctuary. The church was recently renovated, but the building was not insured. See STORMS ● 5A HICKORY GROVE CHESTER COUNTY Couple: Chester’s ‘hard hit’ drawsand Andrew Dys ‘Everything was falling down’ By Shawn Cetrone scetrone@heraldonline.com HICKORY GROVE — Rebecca Blackwood was lying in bed at mid- MICHAEL CARR Hugo, war comparisons By Andrew Dys adys@heraldonline.com CHESTER — Storms with winds that reached 90 mph ripped through Chester County early Wednes- day, causing damage emergency officials are saying is the worst since Hurricane Hugo in 1989. Damage totals could reach into the millions of dol-Storm Packs a Punch night watching the weather on tele- Tom Blackwood of Hickory Grove stands next to an oak tree that lars, emergency workers said, as dozens of homes vision, when she saw that a danger- crashed through his home during Wednesday’s overnight storms. and businesses were smashed by falling trees or had ous thunderstorm was encroach- roofs ripped off. ing on her Hickory Grove home. As Thomas, 66, and Rebecca, 61, Storm coverage No injuries had been reported by late Wednesday. Outside, lightning flashed amid headed for the cellar, two more oaks The only deaths were scores of baby turkeys at a roaring thunder and bawling collapsed on their home of 32 years. SCHOOLS: Chester County schools farm in northwestern Chester County – but property winds. “Everything was falling down,” on two-hour delay. Most other damage is severe over much of the county. DAN O’MARA - domara@heraldonline.com She elbowed her husband, who he said. districts on regular schedule. 5A “There are spots where it looks like a war zone,” Landscaping clings to the rootball of a huge awoke, saw the TV and glanced out Their path was blocked. THE REGION: Residents and said Ed Darby, the county’s deputy emergency man- tree that toppled over in the yard of this home the window. Wearing only shorts, Thomas business owners share their agement director. “The city of Chester seems to have near downtown Chester. “I jumped up and grabbed my grabbed a blanket and wrapped it gotten it the worst.” storm stories. 5A flashlight and said, ‘Let’s get to the around himself and Rebecca, who After meeting with National Weather Service in- Tornados probably were not the culprit, he said, cellar,’ ” said Thomas Blackwood. was in pajamas. PHOTO PAGE: How nature left its vestigators who had done a field survey Wednesday because damage to most structures was on the wind- As they rushed through the bed- They rushed for the back door mark in York and Chester afternoon, officials determined the storm was most ward side of the buildings. room door, an enormous oak tree and stepped out into pouring rain. counties. 1B likely “straight-line winds” of up to 90 mph. “Safety, with all these power lines down, is first crashed through the roof and land- Barefoot, they pushed aside fallen ONLINE: See video of damage to a The same storm line running northwest to south- priority for all of us,” Murphy said. “From what we ed on their bed. tree limbs and stumbled over de- Lowrys turkey farm, plus more east damaged western York County and areas in have seen so far, this is the worst we have had since “It fell right where we were ly- North Carolina, said Eddie Murphy, Chester Coun- photos. ing,” Thomas said. See ESCAPE ● 5A ty’s emergency management director. See CHESTER COUNTY ● 6A
  • 14. SPOT NEWS REPORTING Daily 20,000 - 50,000 Division Plane crash kills 2 in NMB RV parkFIRST PLACE CRASH From Page 1A Grand Strand Regional Medi- cal Center. His name was not available. Another individual who was in the vicinity at the time of the plane crash suffered The Sun News minor injuries and refused treatment, Dowling said. Grand Strand Regional Med- ical Center spokeswoman Joan Carroza said a man hurt in the crash was transported to that hospital and was evaluated Tuesday for non-life-threaten- ing injuries.. She said the hos- BY JANET BLACKMON MORGAN jblackmon@thesunnews.com pital is not treating any other The pilot’s body is looked at beneath a pink sheet at Janelle Frost, patients for injuries related to Briarcliffe RV Resort on Tuesday. A plane crashed in the BY CHIP SANDERS csanders@thesunnews.com the incident. resort and hit a recreational vehicle. The incident is the second Safety Board expect to be the The Carroll family had spent plane crash in the North Myr- the plane come in low over the The pilot had been parking crash site today. the day with family on vacation office building. tle Beach area in less than a Courtesy of Cliff Douglas the plane at Ramp 66 in North The last fatal plane crash in in North Myrtle Beach. Flames engulf the single-engine plane that crashed Tuesday. Two were killed at Briarcliffe RV Resort in North Myrtle Beach. year. The earlier crash killed She said she was in the office Myrtle Beach for the last two North Myrtle Beach happened The plane crashed into the three people. with about eight other employ- months or so, Dowling said. Of- on July 14 and killed Danny back of a mobile home and Cessna hits trees, smashes trailer The plane Tuesday clipped ees when “we heard it come in ficials think the pilot had a some trees as it crashed and and then we heard the explo- home in the area. Carroll, 54, his wife, Raychel Carroll, 66, and their grand- caught fire when it exploded at 1306 Toucan Road in Creekside Adva Saldinger, BY JANELLE FROST, ADVA SALDINGER, JAKE Inside SPRING, AND GINA VASSELLI damaged three RVs in the park, sion.” She said the resort is in He said the pilot was “doing daughter, Mallory Fields. That Mobile Home Park. The Sun News according to Dowling. The the flight line for Grand Strand touch-and-go landings” Tues- View a list of the area’s fatal plane crashes since 2006 crash occurred soon after the Sandra Freeman, 54; Robert | Page 6A Two people were killed Tuesday when a single- weather was cloudy with light airport and they sometimes day, which officials believe was pilot took off from the Grand John Werkheiser, 38; and Keith View more photos and a drizzling rain at the time of the hear planes come over. engine plane crashed into a trailer parked at the able Tuesday. Authorities were notifying to keep up to date his instru- Strand Airport in North Myrtle Lewis, 35 were treated and re- Briarcliffe RV Resort in North Myrtle Beach. relatives. video from the The crash happened just after 1 p.m. Tuesday incident. Autopsies are planned for today, Edge said. “Thank God our resort is al- ment flying certification or Beach. leased from area hospitals for scene of the plane crash at at the RV park located on North Kings Highway. Emergency crews closed off most empty at this time,” she p r a c t i c e t o a c h i e v e t h e The woman and her husband were sitting on That crash remains under injuries they suffered in the Witnesses reported seeing the Cessna plane the couch inside the RV when the plane crashed, crash into the park and hearing screams from North Myrtle Beach spokesman Pat Dowling said. the RV park said. But she said there were certification. two blocks inside investigation, but a preliminary crash. TheSun News.com . victims. Dowling said the woman’s responding to the crash to “quite a few people” in the area after husband, who was FAA spokeswoman Kathleen report showed Danny Carroll, A fourth person, Ronnie Bry- Horry County Coroner Robert Edge said that able to make it out of his trailer after the impact, Y ANDALL B R ILL H rhill@thesunnews.com secure the taken Dowling said. Resort resident plane crashed. the plane’s pilot and a woman in a camper were suffered first-degree burns and wasarea,to Briarcliffe RV where the Bergen said the crash occurred who piloted the plane, was not ant, 34, suffered burns. Jake Spring killed. The woman was Eve Sullivan, 70, from The plane crashed onSusannorth composes herself Cessna plane, ac- after one of those take-off ma- the Turner The 2004 rated to fly that particular New Hampshire. The pilot’s idenity was not avail- See CRASH | Page 6A as her husband Joe gives his end of the RV park, close to cording plane Federal Aviation neuvers. eyewitness account of the to the plane at night, according to a ➤ Contact JANELLE FROST at U.S. 17. crash Tuesday atAdministration’s website, is the resort. Investigators are working to preliminary report released by 443-2404, ADVA SALDINGER Joyce Bertschy, an employee registered to Flynfish LLC in determine more. Officials from the National Transportation at 626-0317, or GINA at the RV resort, saidBall of flames Massachusetts. she heard Plymouth, the National Transportation Safety Board. VASSELLI at 443-2434. follows loud roar BY ADVA SALDINGER asaldinger@thesunnews.com Shortly after 1 p.m. Tuesday, when and Gina Vasselli many residents at the Briarcliffe RV Resort were watching TV or cleaning up, their day was upended by a loud roar, a series of explosions and a fire ball as a small plane crashed into one of the trailers. The plane’s pilot and a woman in a trailer were killed in the crash, accord- ing to officials. The plane hit a tree BY JANET BLACKMON MORGAN jblackmon@thesunnews.com A trailer that was hit by the plane at the resort. See RESORT | Page 6A Plane Crash Kills 2 in NMB RV Park
  • 15. SPOT NEWS REPORTING Daily Over 50,000 DivisionTHIRD PLACEThe Greenville NewsBen Szobody, Ron Barnett,David Dykes, Jenny Munro,Abe Hardesty and Eric ConnorMax Heller: He Made Upstate aBetter Place
  • 16. SPOT NEWS REPORTING Daily Over 50,000 Division SECOND PLACE The State Noelle PhillipsMurder-Suicide Leaves Four Dead
  • 17. SPOT NEWS REPORTING Daily Over 50,000 DivisionFIRST PLACE The Greenville News Paul Alongi, Ben Szobody and Staff Winter’s Icy Mess May Linger for Days
  • 18. ENTERPRISE REPORTING Daily Under 20,000 DivisionTHIRD PLACE day after less than a year and a half on the probing the use of state purchasing cards him. “We certainly want to wish you well Audit questions spending See DENMARK, A5 SLED given LACThe Times and Democrat report on SCSU’s Clyburn Center By DALE LINDER-ALTMAN T&D Staff Writer South Carolina State University’s manage- ment of its James E. Clyburn University Trans-Dale Linder-Altman portation Center makes the Keystone Kops look like a professional organization, a S.C. Legisla- tive Audit Council board member says. Malcolm Factor said an LAC review of the center released Tuesday “was mind-boggling to me. ” While the LAC said reports of missing money were unfounded, it said the university could owe up to $1.7 million for a shortfall of match- LARRY HARDY/T&D ing grants and improper expenditures, including The James E. Clyburn University Transportation Center under construction on the campus of S.C. State was the focus of a Legislative Audit Council reimbursements for mileage, lodging and food. review following 12 years of delays in constructing the center and media reports that the university could not account for millions in federal funding. Factor noted that audits only look at samplesAudit Questions Spending of expenditures, and the LAC review could in- dicate many more problems. “I have something called the cockroach theory, he said. “If you find a cockroach in your ” Auditors: house, I guarantee you there’s a lot more in the woodwork. ” LAC Director Tom Bardin said the audit has S.C. State been turned over to the State Law Enforcement Division. The university first announced plans for the then-$80 million research and training center not missing in 1998. The first building is under construction now, even though the university has had millions set aside for the project over the years. millions The report says the center is now projected to cost $107 million, but the university only has $27 By DALE LINDER-ALTMAN million for the work. T&D Staff Writer “Although SCSU lacks the $80 million to complete the center, it has begun work and has After months of specula- exposed the University to future financial obli- tion, the S.C. Legislative Audit gations, the review found. It said the univer- ” Council has confirmed what sity has no viable plan for raising the rest of the South Carolina State Univer- money. sity has said all along: millions It plans to use lottery money — which should set aside for the James E. Cly- be used for students — to go toward some of the LARRY HARDY/T&D burn University Transporta- costs, Factor said. Legislative Audit Council Director Tom Bardin and board member Mallory Factor discuss the LAC review of South tion Center are not missing. “As a citizen of this state, I find that wrong. Carolina State University’s James E. Clyburn University Transportation Center. The LAC review began last That’s my personal opinion. It’s about educat- September at the request of 10 ing our students, not building edifices in people’s government guidelines for other expenses ex- South Carolina lawmakers fol- names, he said. ” cept those paid for by general funds. “I have something called the lowing a news report that the Factor also questioned whether the project The report also questioned why employees university couldn’t account should go forward with the university needing were paid more when they were paid with the cockroach theory. If you find for millions given to transpor- 84 percent of the funding. center’s funds. For example, an employee with tation-related programs. “It’s inexcusable, wrong and I think the a base rate of pay of $15 per hour was hired as an a cockroach in your house, I While the audit found vari- Legislature should look into this in more detail, ” administrative specialist at $31 per hour. ous problems with delays and he said. The university noted that it has to follow fed- guarantee you there’s a lot more expenditures, it says there is The review found questionable spending, and that the university had inadequate controls to eral guidelines for overtime pay, but a committee has been set up to review its policy. in the woodwork.” no evidence that any money is missing. catch the spending problems. The LAC recommended that the S.C. State — S.C. LEGISLATIVE AUDIT COUNCIL BOARD University officials have For instance, the LAC found instances where trustees take on more oversight of the plans and MEMBER MALCOLM FACTOR continuously said that about employees registered for conferences where funding for the center to ensure that resources $24 million in federal funding food was provided — but were still reimbursed provided for student programs are not being was designated for programs ONLINE for food, contrary to university policy. spent on the center. and spent on research, schol- And one employee was reimbursed for four It also recommended that the board hold the arships, grants and faculty nights of lodging. When LAC checked, however, president responsible for controlling internal @TheTandD.com salaries. it found the employee was recorded as spending weaknesses by evaluating him on the issue. Visit us online to watch Another $26 million was only one night. The LAC looked at delays in construction of video from the press designated for construction. The university said the policy on reimburse- Phase I of the center, which includes land prepa- conference and Jonathan As of March 2011, about ments for meals will be amended to fall under ration and construction of the research center. Pinson’s video statement. $8 million of that had been the South Carolina meal rates and guidelines, but stated that it is not legally bound to follow See SCSU, A5 TheTandD.com/news See AUDITORS, A5
  • 19. ENTERPRISE REPORTING Daily Under 20,000 DivisionSECOND PLACEThe Island PacketGrant MartinLost in the Shadows
  • 20. ENTERPRISE REPORTING Daily Under 20,000 DivisionFIRST PLACE The Item Nick McCormac Getting Photo ID Difficult
  • 21. ENTERPRISE REPORTING Daily 20,000 - 50,000 Division y , F S.C., N.C. differ on r Carowinds records fTHIRD PLACE N.C. ride inspectors must follow stricter documentation s 1 h a procedures than a S.C. inspectors.The Herald By Don Worthington dworthington@heraldonline.com The South Carolina agency responsible for ensuring the safety of rides at Carowinds does not keep records of prob- lems discovered during annual inspec- tions at the amusement park. In North Carolina, inspectors docu- ment all concerns found during reviews atDon Worthington the park, which straddles the state line. An official with the N.C. Department of Labor said detailed records allow the agency to track any recurring problems with rides. The records also would be valuable if the inspection became part of a lawsuit. F The director of South Carolina’s De- E partment of Labor, Licensing and Regula- c tion, or LLR, said Friday her agency’s re- y cords policy will change. LLR has been re-S.C., N.C. Differ on viewing its inspection practices since the h March death of a 6-year-old boy on a min- w iature train ride in Spartanburg County. “ State Sen. Wes Hayes of Rock Hill said o keeping more detailed records is “the g commonsense thing to do. … South Caro- lo lina needs to go to school on what North Carolina is doing.” H Catherine Templeton, the LLR director, h and a Carowinds spokesman say the oCarowinds Records amusement park’s rides are safe. m Bryn Winborn, spokeswoman for c Carowinds, said safety is the park’s No. 1 lo priority and rides are inspected daily. c Templeton said no ride is allowed to open if a significant problem is discovered h during an inspection. t In fact, all minor issues are resolved be- if fore a final inspection report is issued, she h said. “It’s not running if anything is wrong,” y she said. e After the Spartanburg train accident, a T h e H e ra l d re q u e s t e d re c o rd s o f I Carowinds inspections from both states. M LLR’s records from Carowinds inspec- s tions showed no problems at the 26 rides d in South Carolina. The inspections were conducted in March. n The records show each ride was rated fu on 25 factors, including structural integri- c ty, electrical safety and operations. Each o ride was given a satisfactory rating in ev- ery category. T No details were written in the notes sec- s tion of the forms. No list was made of what F repairs, if any, were required for certifica- F tion. th The N.C. records show inspectors iden- 1997 OBSERVER FILE PHOTO The Thunder Road roller coaster at Carowinds is the only ride that operates crosses the state border. Because the See CAROWINDS ● 7A entrance to the ride is in south of the state line it is inspected by South Carolina.
  • 22. ENTERPRISE REPORTING Daily 20,000 - 50,000 Division a6/local Wednesday/10.5.11/www.independentmail.com A legal drug you can buy anywhereSECOND PLACE ‘Bath salts’ leave users high, paranoid — and in danger BY NIKIE MAYO Independent Mail mayon@/ 622.1708 AND JENNIFER CROSSLEY HOWARD Independent Mail jchoward@/ 260.1248 Justin Dial’s cousin metIndependent Mail him in Piedmont with a compound bow in one hand and a pistol in the other. Dial had gone to his cousin’s garage to check on a truck. “They are after me,” Di- al’s cousin screamed. “They are coming to get me.” He pointed the bow over his shoulder and toward the woods.Nikie Mayo and “I’m not going to let them get me,” he said. Dial’s cousin was talking about men that only he could see. “He was hallucinating and ready to shoot,” Dial said in an interview. “I just left the yard and got out of there.” Dial’s cousin, whom heJennifer Howard describes as “a really de- cent guy had snorted bath ,” salts that night. The cousin’s admission of snorting bath salts and drinking is included in an Aug. 17 report from the An- derson County Sheriff ’s Of- fice. NATHAN GRAY Independent Mail While Dial left the garage to call the sheriff ’s office Bath salts are being used as a recreational drug and are available at many gas stations and smoke shops around the United States.A Legal Drug You that night, his cousin went inside the home that he “Anything could be in them. You’re In the meantime, bath “You’re basically playing In 2010, the American As- shared with his parents and salts are sold in tiny vials or Russian roulette anytime sociation of Poison Control “began to toss the whole basically playing Russian roulette packets, often found behind you take one of these.” Centers had taken 303 calls house,” according to the shelves at gas stations, head In Iva, an Independent about bath salts. As of Aug. deputy’s report. Dial’s anytime you take one of these.” shops and convenience Mail reporter bought a 31, the association had an- cousin turned over furni- stores, including some in product labeled Cloud swered almost 5,000 calls ture, knocked picture Jeffrey Scott Anderson County. Under Nine. The package turned about them. frames off every wall, and spokesman for the DEA brand names including out to contain what ap- The Palmetto Poison threw “just about every- Ivory Wave, Vanilla Sky, peared to be herbs rather Center in Columbia has al- thing he could get his hands to cocaine. gredients. Some packages Tranquility and Locomo- than powder or crystallized ready answered at least 118 on” down on the floor. But there is a big differ- bear messages like “not for tion, the salts are sold — bath salts. calls related to the bath saltsCan Buy Anywhere He went back to the ence between bath salts and human consumption” or legally — and can cost as lit- However, that same Iva this year. That’s up from garage with a loaded gun cocaine: In many parts of “must be 18 to purchase.” tle as $1 per high. gas station sold a brand of just two calls in 2010. and fired several shots in- the United States, buying Some packages found by powdered bath salts called Dr. Wally Davies of An- side. Afraid for their lives, bath salts is a perfectly legal the Independent Mail bore A challenge Tranquility . Med Health Medical Center his parents ran from their activity. no warnings at all. to medicine The purple package has seen firsthand how bath home on River Road and They’re cheap, too. The U.S. Drug Enforce- In their purest forms, promised “an invigorating salts affect patients that sought refuge at a house A gram of cocaine can ment Administration re- bath salts are composed of and scentual (sic) experi- have come into his emer- nearby . fetch $120 in Anderson cently announced that it three synthetic stimulants: ence” and cost $15 for half a gency room. It took the efforts of the County. At an Iva gas sta- plans to use its emergency mephedrone, methylone, gram. The hospital does not Anderson County SWAT tion and an Anderson con- powers to make bath salts il- and methylenedioxpy- At an Anderson conven- have official statistics on team to keep the halluci- venience store, Independent legal for at least one year so rovalerone, or MDPV . ience store, another Inde- how many patients have in- nating man and his family Mail reporters bought the the agency can study them A spokesman for the fed- pendent Mail reporter gested them because bath safe. same amount of bath salts and decide whether the eral Drug Enforcement Ad- bought two brands of bath salts are not easily traceable Medical experts say the for $20 to $30. chemicals in them should ministration said bath salts salts — Locomotion and in available drug tests. But kinds of behavior that Di- Doctors say that when be permanently controlled. were seen in the United Bang — for a total of $20. Davies said the hospital al’s cousin exhibited — hal- these bath salts are snorted Areas in at least 33 states Kingdom and Germany as Those bath salts were started noticing cases of pa- lucinations and signs of or injected, they can pro- have taken measures to ban early as two years ago, well bought at a convenience tients having reactions to paranoia — are classic duce an effect on a person’s or try to control the chemi- before they were on the store less than a quarter- bath salts in the summer of symptoms of the effects body that is worse than co- cals used in bath salts. radar of authorities in the mile from Robert Anderson 2010, and saw a “smatter- that bath salts have on the caine or methampheta- In South Carolina, Rep. United States. In Britain, Middle School. ing” of cases last fall and body and the mind. mine, and lasts much Anne Thayer of Anderson buying bath salts has been They were sold in jars winter. In a recent period of The stimulants are sold longer. County introduced a bill in illegal since 2010. that contained 500 mil- just a few weeks, the hospi- in crystal and powder form Just two weeks ago, a March to outlaw bath salts Because the product is ligrams each, but doctors tal treated at least five pa- in small, brightly colored Central man who was high in this state. But the bill re- not regulated by the U.S. say that a person who takes tients who had ingested packages that are labeled on bath salts threatened to mains stalled. Food and Drug Adminis- bath salts can begin to have bath salts.
  • 23. ENTERPRISE REPORTING Daily 20,000 - 50,000 Division Mortgage papers raise fraud claimsFIRST PLACE The Sun News David Wren Mortgage Papers BY STEVE JESSMORE sjessmore@thesunnews.com Myrtle Beach real estate agent Anthony Wise hopes to cancel his home loan based on what he considers a fraudulent document and improper securitization of his mortgage. His home on Haskell Circle in Myrtle Beach is in danger of foreclosure. SIGNATURES Signatures on documents used in Raise Fraud Claims A sampling of the varied Linda Green signatures found on DocX mortgage assignments filed with the Horry County foreclosure cases under review Register of Deeds. Allegedly fraudulent and forged DocX paperwork has been used in at BY DAVID WREN least 46 foreclosures here and thousands dwren@thesunnews.com more nationwide. Anthony Wise has been selling real es- tate in the Myrtle Beach area for nearly three decades, but he had never heard of Linda Green until after his home went into foreclosure. Now, just like hundreds of thousands of BY TOM MURRAY tmurray@thesunnews.com people nationwide, Wise is finding that the New South Financial advisers Terry biggest investment he will ever make – his Walden (left) and Janete home – is closely tied to Green … or some- Christensen (center) work with one pretending to be her. Frank Welsh, whose mortgage Green was a shipping clerk for an auto- documents are being analyzed after mobile parts company before taking a job alleged improper loan assignments in the signature room at a mortgage docu- were discovered. ment company called DocX in Alpharetta, Ga., according to news reports. loan file or never existed in the first place. DocX helped banks create documents – Those documents then were used in fore- such as mortgage assignments, which closure proceedings all across the country. transfer ownership of a home loan from In Horry County, DocX documents have one entity to another – in cases where the documents were missing from the original See FRAUD | Page 16A
  • 24. PARTY ON THE WANDO, 1 ENTERPRISE REPORTING Daily Over 50,000 Division Being gayTHIRD PLACE in Charleston Socially, legally and religiously, attitudes are changing, but homosexuality is still very much a minority lifestyleThe Post and CourierYvonne Wenger andAdam Parker WADE SPEES/STAFF Tasha Gandy (left) and Amanda Hollinger, North Charleston residents, were married last weekend in New York City. “It wasn’t a logical decision because we know rights didn’t extend to South Carolina,” Hollinger said. But the pair love New York and wanted to be “part of history,” they said. BY YVONNE WENGER and ADAM PARKERBeing Gay in Charleston ywenger@postandcourier.com, aparker@postandcourier.com A manda Hollinger and Tasha Gandy just got married. They eloped to New York City on July 24 and appeared before one of many volunteer judges recruited for New York’s first day of sanctioning same- sex marriage. “There were throngs,” said Hollinger, who works at the Trident Tech Foundation. “It was very festive,” said Gandy, finance di- rector for Spoleto Festival USA. “People were handing out lollipops, sodas, water. They were cheering. It was like a big street party.” They saw only one mild-mannered protester holding a sign saying, “Bad idea.” “It wasn’t a logical decision because we know rights didn’t extend to South Carolina,” Hollinger GRACE BEAHM/STAFF said. But they wanted to be part of history. Doug Warner (left) ended a 14-year military commitment because of his Please see GAY, Page 6A relationship with partner Truman Smith.
  • 25. ENTERPRISE REPORTING Daily Over 50,000 Division SECOND PLACE The State Wayne Washington USC’s Biomass Plant Debacle
  • 26. ENTERPRISE REPORTING Daily Over 50,000 DivisionBEST OF THE BEST p py g The Post and Courier Sunday September 4, 2011 T H E S O U T H’S O L D E S T DA I LY N E W S PA P E R . F O U N D E D 1803 POSTANDCOURIER.COM Charleston . North Charleston, S.C. ✯✯ $2.00 Renee Dudley EUROPEAN VACATION OR European Vacation or LEGITIMATE BUSINESS? Garcia crucial for Gamecocks in season Inside Haley’s Haley’s fiscal priorities under fire opener against ECU approval rating dips in Public Policy as summer ‘jobs’ trip detailed Sports, 1C Legitimate Business? poll. 3B BY RENEE DUDLEY rdudley@postandcourier.com By the numbers The S.C. Commerce Depart- G ov. Nikki Haley’s weeklong trip to ment alone spent more than $127,000 on Gov. Nikki Haley’s Europe in June in search of “jobs, June trip to Europe. Here are jobs, jobs” cost South Carolinians some of the cost breakdowns: $25,412 more than $127,000. But the governor and her entourage of more than two dozen re- turned without any finished deals to bring South Carolina How crunching the new employers to the Palmetto State. networking reception numbers before you $5,147 Haley, who captured the governor’s office preach- ing fiscal restraint, spent the cash so she, her refinance pays off husband and the rest of the state’s contingent could stay in five-star hotels; sip cocktails at the Per diem expenses Personal Finance, 1F Paris Ritz; dine on what an invitation touted as charged to the state “delicious French cuisine” at a swanky roof- top restaurant; and rub elbows with the U.S. Ambassador to France at his official residence near the French presidential palace. $1,530 One airfare The South Carolina group also threw a to and from Europe soiree at the Hotel de Talleyrand, a his- $430 toric Parisian townhouse where they feted foreign employers in hopes they’d set up shop in South Carolina. The Department of Haley’s average Please see HALEY, Page 11A daily hotel bill Youngsters illustrate
  • 27. BUSINESS REPORTING Daily Under 20,000 DivisionTHIRD PLACEThe ItemJoe PerryShirt Display inMall Stirs Up Debate
  • 28. BUSINESS REPORTING Daily Under 20,000 DivisionSECOND PLACEThe Island PacketGrant MartinLost in the Shadows
  • 29. BUSINESS REPORTING Daily Under 20,000 DivisionFIRST PLACE Selling downtown Economy hit revitalization efforts, but work goes on By GENE ZALESKI T&D Staff Writer Times and Democrat Dead leaves and a brown paper bag rest outside the en- trance to the former Soprano’s restaurant at 1128 Russell St. A sign says it serves “A Meal You Can’t Refuse, but a glance ” through the window shows the sign is mistaken. Like its predecessors at the same location — El Rodeo’s Gene Zaleski and La Pasta Bistro Grill — Sopranos closed shortly after opening its doors. It’s the same further down Russell Street, where a “For Rent” sign hangs outside Sophisticated & Glam- orous Fashions. “Financing has been the main challenge,” Century 21 The Moore Group real estate agent Cal Bruner said. “A lot of Selling Downtown franchise-type businesses and compa- ONLINE nies put a lot of View a photo their ex- gallery online at pansion TheTandD.com plans on hold once the financial crisis started. “We are getting more calls from them about different LARRY HARDY/T&D spaces and buildings. I am While the recession took its toll on efforts to fill shops downtown, Orangeburg officials hope 2011 will be better. optimistic because the calls I have received since the first of the year have been a lot more than I received last year.” Bruner said the sluggish Downtown building owners hope for turnaround in ’11 economy “absolutely” had a negative impact on downtown By GENE ZALESKI development. T&D Staff Writer “We had several projects in the works that really would As Orangeburg officials look for ways to revitalize downtown, have helped the downtown some building owners are expecting a positive year and hope to area, he said. “But once word ” see movement on some long-vacant properties. got out about the financial The former Hotel Eutaw on Russell Street was renovated in markets and that we were in a 2008 with plans to open a restaurant and retail space there by recession, those investors put the end of 2009. Claflin University is using some of the build- all on hold and have not come ing to house students, but the restaurant and retail outlets have back. ” yet to be realized. Several restaurants and Thomas Cole, real estate manager for Red Curb Investments, clothing businesses have ex- says interest has been shown in the building, including from pressed an interest in the a number of local restaurants and retailers. The ground floor downtown area, Bruner said. is ideal for a coffee or sandwich shop and the adjacent 6,000- “If we can get one or two square-foot building could be used for banquet and catering restaurants in the downtown space, he said. area and try to create a desti- “We would like to see the streetscape come down Russell nation, then I think you will Street, Cole said. “That would be a huge help because the side- ” see other businesses follow, ” walk is so cracked up in front of the building.” Bruner said. The Rev. Victoria Golding of Brooklyn, N.Y. had been planning And Bruner says downtown to transform the former E-Mart building on Memorial Plaza into is great for business. It is less a worship, counseling and outreach center. costly per square foot and the “There is no movement right now, Golding said. “We are still ” character of the downtown LARRY HARDY/T&D working on getting things done. ” A.B. Hutto, left, and Jennifer Zeigler, center, spend time at the Wing King Cafe on Russell Street. See DOWNTOWN, A9 Serving them is Wing King employee Lou Hutto. See TURNAROUND, A9
  • 30. BUSINESS REPORTING Daily 20,000 - 50,000 Division ■ ■THIRD PLACEIndependent Mail A mushrooming business Liberty couple works to teach others the benefits of the fungiCharmaine BY CHARMAINE SMITH-MILES Independent Mail milesca@/260.1260 Tradd, 37, spent two years there, at that farm in Charleston, before he moved on and went to work landscaping for a while. He cook. Plus she helps in the lab too. She knows how to forage for mushrooms just like Tradd does. Together they work on finding L IBERTY — On Tradd and Ol- stopped working toward a college species of mushrooms in the wild ga Cotter’s dining room degree about halfway through. and learn how they can growSmith-Miles table are a half-dozen glass But he never stopped his stud- those mushrooms anywhere. Mason jars filled with all shapes ies of mushrooms. In 2007, Tradd finally saw his and types of mushrooms. In the In those years, this part- dream come true. oven, there are homemade biscuits farmer, part-scientist has After a year of searching, baking, topped with fresh chopped learned how to pick mush- they found this 8-acre farm be- mushrooms and cheddar cheese. rooms, how to identify them in tween Liberty and Anderson. Along the driveway as you pull , the wild, how to grow them on Now a student at Clemson into their small farm, is a sign with everything from logs to denim University Tradd has received a , mushrooms on it and there are jeans. Now he’s learning how scholarship from the U.S. Envi- gourds in their yard painted to look different kinds of mushrooms ronmental Protection AgencyLiberty Couple like colorful mushrooms. There are can be used to clean up oil, to act that will help him finish his de- mushrooms everywhere. as insecticides, and break down gree in microbiology Every- . Welcome to Mushroom Moun- the paper that we throw away . thing is paid for while he contin- tain. Cotter looks over composting hay with worms. And his wife, Olga, 33, only ues his studies on mushrooms. This is the place that Tradd has strengthened his passion for Together, Tradd and Olga grow been longing to have for the last 17 cally thought about his interests , had a job. And it would do more mushrooms. mushrooms — thousands of them years. It is a mushroom farm, together and had an idea. than teach him about how to A native of Eastern Europe, Ol- each year for local restaurants — with its greenhouse for growing She asked him one day what make a wage and study at the ga did not grow up with the pho- and they help other mushroom more than two dozen types of he thought about going to work same time. bia many Americans have farmers by doing research on dif-Works to Teach mushrooms, a short walking trail at a mushroom farm, this one lo- “At least it was a with mushrooms — espe- ferent wild mushrooms. in the woods to show others how cated near Charleston. It was job that kept my sci- cially those mushrooms They teach anyone who will mushrooms grow and a full-scale called the Low Country Exotic ence gears going,” in the wild. listen about the wonders of indoor research lab dedicated to Mushroom Farm. Tradd said. “My grandfather, he’d mushrooms and how the fungi the study of mushrooms. “Mom said, ‘You know, some It sparked a life- send me and my sister can help all sorts of environmen- It is the result of one turn tak- of the mushrooms they grow long love of every- out to go mushroom tal concerns. Such as how en when he was younger and a there are medicinal,’ ” Cotter thing to do with hunting,” Olga said. “He they’ve found several species of student in biology at the College said. “This was a new thing mushrooms. send us each with a basket mushrooms that attack insects. of Charleston. back then. The first thing I did But it would take a and we’d bring them back The mushroom actually will trap He was interested in medicine was buy a book on mushrooms. I while before mush- and he’d tell us which certain insects and kill them. and research. But he also had an had zero previous knowledge of room farming and re- ones were good.” Ultimately Tradd wants to , interest in the outdoors, having collecting mushrooms.” search would be- Now, these two teach people about mushrooms. spent much time fishing, hiking So he read. And then he went come a practical make quite the “Anyone can grow mushrooms,” and enjoying nature as a child. He and introduced himself to the way of living pair. She’s the he said. “But once you have them, knew what he loved. But it was mushroom farm’s owner. that actually herb garden- what do you do with them? That’s his mother, who, thinking practi- Before he left that farm, Tradd paid the bills. er and the what we are here for.” nominations Know someone or someplace with a story? The Storyteller is always looking for stories about the interesting places and people who make up this community. If you have an idea, call or e-mail Char- welcome maine Smith-Miles at (864) 260-1260 or milesca@independentmail.com.
  • 31. BUSINESS REPORTING Daily 20,000 - 50,000 Division EXCLUSIVE Freestyle may get new ticket to rideSECOND PLACEThe Sun NewsDawn Bryant PARK From Page 1A style or whether it would create a new theme. “They hope it reopens and if it’s done right. “There were many issues that kind of led to the demise of the first two. Obviously, there were a heckuva lot more that went wrong than right,” Loftus said. “Done correctly, and withFreestyle May Get it’s a big success,” said Franklin PHOTOS BY JANET BLACKMON MORGAN jblackmon@thesunnews.com the right marketing, it should The park formerly known as Freestyle attorney for FPIWednesday. The mortgage holder, FPI US LLC, has bought Daniels, an Music Park on have a chance.” the property out of foreclosure“Theyhas announced plans for opening the park in 2012. US. and don’t want to see it One culprit that hampered be a vacant theme park. They the park’s second run was the Mortgage lender buys theme park out of foreclosure are not willing to just let it go.” FPI US LLC, which had fore- Great Recession, which led to an 8 percent drop in tourism in closed on former park opera- South Carolina in 2009, accord- tors FPI MB Entertainment ing to figures released this BY DAWN BRYANT TAKE A POLL LLC a year ago, bought the week by the S.C. Parks, Recre- dbryant@thesunnews.com property at the HorryMusic Park If the former Freestyle County ation and Tourism department. reopens, will you go? Take the pollNew Ticket to Ride The theme park formerly foreclosure auction Monday Tourism throughout the state at TheSunNews.com . generated $14 billion in 2009, known as Freestyle Music through a “credit bid” of $7 mil- Park might be back in business lion. That means FPI US gets down about $1 billion from the the property but doesn’t pay BY JANET BLACKMON MORGAN jblackmon@thesunnews.com previous year. in time for summer 2012. it. that amount because it’s alrea- The iconic Gibson guitar sits pasts a fence and weeds at the park formerly known as Freestyle Music Park on Tourism officials have said FPI US LLC, the mortgage “Any time you can take dy owed more than that by the Wednesday. the industry has picked up holder of the park that has now something that is dead and you former park operators. The to- since then. been closed for two years, tal debt wassome million,it, it is can bring $34 life to ac- branded as Hard Rock Park went wrong the first two times 501 at the Intracoastal Water- fabulous.” FPI’s talks with potential good,” said Horry County bought the property out of cording to court records. Other and debuted in 2008. It filed for the park operated, identify way, said a revived theme park managers or buyers are in the During the past two years, foreclosure this week with the businesses that were stillLoftus, Councilman Gary owed bankruptcy protection after a what needs to happen to make could be the first step in getting theme park operators and oth- early stages, and it’s unclear goal of reopening the theme money by district includesof slow first season. whose Freestyle are out the the park a success and find a the area back to where it should ers have stopped by the park when FPI would announce de- park in Fantasy Harbour in luck. theme park area. The park’s second run start- buyer or good partner to man- be. A re-opened theme park interested in buying some of tails of a reopening. It would FPI US is looking for either time for next summer, its at- FPI US won the auction over ed early the following year age the park, Daniels said. could bring more people to the the rides, but the investors probably take between six and torneys said Wednesday. one partner to manage Swann, when a group of investors a other bidder, Alton and oper- That means the theme, mar- area and make it look better, didn’t want to sell off the parknine months to adequately pre- “There’s a little bit of light at a ate the park or a buyer in bought it out of bankruptcy for keting and ticket prices – which said Robbie Love, owner of The piece by piece, still optimistic real estate professional who pare the park and promote it, the end of the tunnel,” said Da- Myrtlepurchase the park and re- million in February 2009 some critics said were too high, X Sports Center off George that the theme park could even- can Beach who said during $25 though Freestyle owners did it vid Slough, an attorney for FPI a brief telephone conversation and reopened it as Freestyle especially during the tough Bishop Parkway near the park. tually work in Myrtle Beach, open it, Slough said. in three months after they US. Wednesday that the earlybeen Music Park a few months later. economy – will all be reviewed, Talks are in he had stages, bought the park out of “Definitely, that’s a boost,” Daniels said. A small crew has Elected leaders and busi- working not clear exactly when also fell into financial trou- he said. Tickets for admission he said. “That should be a good continued to work at the park, so it’s on a plan to bring It bankruptcy. ness owners near the park her- somebody in to take over the bles after just one summer – a through a locked gate about shot in the arm for the area.” the park would open, whether The Hermit can be seen to Freestyle started at in the including an engineer who reg- “There’s no timeframe,” park. season where tourism state- Freestyle Music about $30 for alded the news Wednesday, it would still be called Free- park formerly known as $40 for adults and Park. An Having the park reopen ularly runs the rides to keep Daniels said. “They are work- saying it could help rejuvenate “I’d just like to see some- wide took a hit because of the used on the Led Zeppelin IV might not translate into more them in shape, Daniels said. image of the Hermit was children, though the park ing hard.” an area that desperately needs thingSee PARK it,” he said. lagging economy Hermit is alsodropped them later in the sum- business at the Clarion Hotel happen to | Page 8A album. The that kept ma- used in Tarot cards. “You start selling off the Posma of the Clarion hotel, “It’s a shame to see it go to ny people from traveling or mer of 2009 to less than $20 for and Conference Center on Fan- rides, you destroy the value of like Loftus, said a theme park waste.” prompted them to cut back on special promotions. could be successful here. tasy Harbour Boulevard, but it the theme park,” he said. “They The 50-acre theme park has their spending if they did go on “Many things in the past would help the look of the area, truly are committed. They “If they take input they have sat idle for about two years, a vacation. have to be done differently,” said Lori Posma, the hotel’s want to see it reopen. They learned and apply it, commit to far cry from the hoopla that The park has been closed Daniels said. “They’ve learned sales director. want to see it work.” it, I think they can make it marked its first and second since, riding a wave of cases in a lot of hard lessons, lost a lot of “That would be great,” she They have learned lessonswork,” she said. “I’m hoping for openings during a two-year court. With the litigation be- money. But they are committed said. “Just the perception of the from the park’s back-to-back the best.” period. hind it, the park can move for- to it.” area – everybody says it looks failures, Daniels said. The park, which was built for ward, Daniels said. Some business owners in the so decrepit over here...Any ac- Loftus said a theme park can ➤ Contact DAWN BRYANT at $400 million, was originally FPI plans to look at what Fantasy Harbour area, off U.S. t i o n o v e r h e r e w o u l d b e work in the Myrtle Beach area 626-0296.
  • 32. BUSINESS REPORTING Daily 20,000 - 50,000 Division F S.C., N.C. differ on r Carowinds records fFIRST PLACE N.C. ride inspectors must follow stricter documentation procedures than 1 see 19 he aft ago S.C. inspectors. The Herald By Don Worthington dworthington@heraldonline.com The South Carolina agency responsible for ensuring the safety of rides at Carowinds does not keep records of prob- lems discovered during annual inspec- tions at the amusement park. In North Carolina, inspectors docu- ment all concerns found during reviews at the park, which straddles the state line. Don Worthington An official with the N.C. Department of Labor said detailed records allow the agency to track any recurring problems with rides. The records also would be valuable if the inspection became part of a lawsuit. Fac The director of South Carolina’s De- Ev partment of Labor, Licensing and Regula- ch tion, or LLR, said Friday her agency’s re- yea cords policy will change. LLR has been re- S.C., N.C. Differ on viewing its inspection practices since the he March death of a 6-year-old boy on a min- wh iature train ride in Spartanburg County. “W State Sen. Wes Hayes of Rock Hill said of keeping more detailed records is “the go commonsense thing to do. … South Caro- lon lina needs to go to school on what North Carolina is doing.” Hil Catherine Templeton, the LLR director, ha and a Carowinds spokesman say the of Carowinds Records amusement park’s rides are safe. mo Bryn Winborn, spokeswoman for city Carowinds, said safety is the park’s No. 1 los priority and rides are inspected daily. chi Templeton said no ride is allowed to open if a significant problem is discovered ha during an inspection. to In fact, all minor issues are resolved be- if s fore a final inspection report is issued, she ha said. “It’s not running if anything is wrong,” you she said. ear After the Spartanburg train accident, an T h e H e ra l d re q u e s t e d re c o rd s o f Ies Carowinds inspections from both states. Mc LLR’s records from Carowinds inspec- ser tions showed no problems at the 26 rides do in South Carolina. The inspections were conducted in March. no The records show each ride was rated fun on 25 factors, including structural integri- car ty, electrical safety and operations. Each on ride was given a satisfactory rating in ev- ery category. Th No details were written in the notes sec- sea tion of the forms. No list was made of what Fin repairs, if any, were required for certifica- Fac tion. the The N.C. records show inspectors iden- 1997 OBSERVER FILE PHOTO The Thunder Road roller coaster at Carowinds is the only ride that operates crosses the state border. Because the See CAROWINDS ● 7A entrance to the ride is in south of the state line it is inspected by South Carolina.
  • 33. BUSINESS REPORTING Daily Over 50,000 DivisionTHIRD PLACEThe Greenville NewsDavid DykesWorker Sparked Lockheed Review
  • 34. BUSINESS REPORTING Daily Over 50,000 Division LAKE EFFECT Higher-end development sought for Santee Cooper lakesSECOND PLACEThe Post and CourierWarren WiseLake Effect BRAD NETTLES/STAFF A boat passes Blacks Camp on Lake Moultrie. The commercial lot is one of 53 owned by Santee Cooper and leased out to businesses around lakes Marion and Moultrie. The state- owned utility has targeted six of the leased lots for upscale development as most of the leases come up for renewal starting next year, but Santee Cooper won’t say which six they are. For decades, entrepreneurs set up fish camps and other water-based busi- nesses around Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie to make a living off leased sites through state-owned utility Santee Cooper. But for some of the 53 commercial leaseholders around the lakes, that soon could change. The Moncks Corner-based utility has targeted six sites on the lakes’ edges where it would like to see higher-end development. It calls them “inte- grated development areas” in its Comprehensive Property Management Strategy. Santee Cooper won’t say which six they are, but its board of directors recently gave staff members greater latitude to bring in what it called “a
  • 35. BUSINESS REPORTING Daily Over 50,000 Division CONTINENTAL TIREFIRST PLACE How S.C. The State beat N.C. Jeff Wilkinson How SC Beat NC to Win to win plant $31 million in incentives sealed deal Plant By JEFF WILKINSON jwilkinson@thestate.com Oct. 6 was a great day in South Carolina, as Conti- September, Gov. Nikki Ha- ley and Palmetto State re- cruiters held out a $31 mil- lion infrastructure grant, aimed at attracting the in- nental Tire said it would ternational tire maker. build a $500 million plant Meanwhile, Republican in Sumter County creating lawmakers in the Tarheel 1,600 jobs. That deal came, State were butting heads in part, because of a few with Democratic Gov. Bev- lousy days in North erly Perdue over that Carolina. state’s offer of $45 million As the decision came down to the wire in late SEE S.C. WON PAGE A18
  • 36. LIFEST YLE FEATURE WRITING Daily Under 20,000 DivisionTHIRD PLACE TUESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2011 / A8 LOSINGThe Times and Democrat to WIN Mother and son shed 300-plus pounds togetherWendy Jeffcoat Crider W By WENDY JEFFCOAT CRIDER T&D Features Editor ith the new year under way, many are vowing to shed unwanted pounds. A Smoaks mother and son have proven it’s not as impossible as it may seem. Lynette Lyons and her 21-year-old son, George, have lost more than 300 pounds combined in a little more than a year. “I was just tired of being new body. ” Coping with that new body is tough, Lynette said. “Everything looks different, she said. “At first, ” you hate seeing all of these ripples and dents and things hanging. But it does tighten. “But George is right — the extra skin is not a good thing. ” Lynette said others who have looked at George’s plan and tried it say the hardest part is not snacking. Instead of reaching for a bag of chips in the mid- dle of the day or a candy bar, they chew a piece of sugarless gum, have a Tic Tac or drink some water. ONLINELosing to Win: Mother and overweight, said George, a ” “Staying away from sweets is a lot easier than I @TheTandD.com student at Orangeburg-Cal- thought it would be, George said. “We only cheat ” houn Technical College. “I once a month, and it usually makes me sick when I Visit this article came up with the plan to do eat chocolate because I’m not used to having it. online to see low-calorie and work out, and “You think about food a lot differently, like what how the pair that’s what I did. it’s doing to your body when you eat. ” lost the weight. “At the beginning, I worked But just because they have changed their eating hab- TheTandD.com/ out an hour a day, but now I its doesn’t mean they judge others’ food choices, Lynette features work out two hours a day. ” said. George began his weight- “We don’t say, ‘Oh my God, did you see what they loss journey in September 2009 with his cousin, Brandon ate?’ It’s not like that, she said. “But for yourself, you ” Simmons, who has also lost weight on the plan. George and think, ‘I really don’t need that. ” ’ his mom said they have both struggled with their weight all of George said it helps to start losing weight for the their lives, and have tried many diet and exercise plans to no right reasons.Son Shed 300-plus Pounds avail. Lynette joined her son in his regimen in January 2010. “It’s got to be something that you want for your- “I’ll be honest — I didn’t know if I would be able to be that self, but you really need somebody that’s dedicated with strong, because it takes a lot of willpower, but then I just de- you. They can motivate you and, vice versa, you can help cided, the first of the year, ‘You know what? I’m going to do them, he said. ” it. He’s doing it — I’m going to do it with him, ” she said. ’ Lynette added, “It helps to have somebody who Lynette, 45, a creative graphic design artist at The Times loves you, too. ... You have that love and that deep and Democrat, said her weight began to balloon when she concern for each other, and you really want to quit smoking 5-1/2 years ago after a diagnosis of chronic see each other succeed. ” obstructive pulmonary disease, commonly referred to Lynette said her older son, Wade Jr., and as COPD. husband Wade are supportive of their efforts “Between quitting smoking and being on all kinds of and have even lost some weight as a result of the lung medications, steroids and all of that, yeah, I put it family not buying or cooking “the old way. ” on pretty quick, she said. “You don’t even realize it, until ” They said don’t get discouraged if it’s hard to do a sit up or you look back and you’re like, ‘Wow. ’ walk a mile at first, or the weight doesn’t seem to be comingTogether “When I decided to go into it with (George), he told me off fast enough. from the start, he said, ‘Mama, it’s not just for three months, “When you’re a heavy person, you might have lost 20 or 30 six months. When we do it, we’ve got to do it all the time. ’ pounds and not one person will notice, Lynette said. “Don’t ” And he’s right — you’ve got to do it all the time. But now that let it upset you if nobody knows, because you know it. ” we’ve been doing it all this time, it’s like second nature. ” Also, George said don’t weigh yourself constantly because The “it” Lynette is referring to is the strict counting of calo- that can be discouraging. “Judge by your clothes ... and when ries, eating healthy foods (no sweets or junk food allowed), doing something is a little bit easier, he said. ” working out every day, no snacking, etc. It’s all in George’s When the going gets tough — and it does — they have their lifestyle changes plan, which the pair have put in writing be- ways of coping. cause so many people have asked them how they lost all of that “I work out harder, George said. ” weight. “I do a lot of praying, Lynette said. ” The pair said they eat a lot of chicken, vegetables, granola “I can’t say this enough — I give God the glory for it all, because bars and low-calorie soups, and their exercises include every- you don’t realize how strong you can be until you first rely on him, thing from cardio and Pilates to strength training and riding bi- and then you set your mind that you’re going to do it, she said. “He ” cycles. They said they use a lot of workout DVDs in their routines. strengthens us to succeed and to encourage each other. ” The most important thing the two say they have, however, is It’s all paid off. While Lynette said George has always been support. healthy, he recently had a physical, and Lynette said his doctor was “It makes a big difference, to have somebody supportive, George ” amazed at his weight loss. said. “You need somebody to motivate you to stay on track. ” Lynette said she, too, can tell a difference. “And somebody serious about it, Lynette added. “I ” “I breathe better, I breathe deeper, I rest better, she said. ” pick and say that he’s my drill sergeant, but there are days “You feel like you have more energy, like you can do more. ” when I probably would falter a little bit, but George is like, “And you want to do more, George said. “I’m more confi- ” ‘No, we’re going to do it. ” ’ dent. I feel better about myself. ” George has lost so much weight that he now has a lot of extra skin. ■ Contact the writer: wjeffcoat@timesanddemocrat.com or “And it’s everywhere, he said. “You have to cope with your ” 803-533-5546. Pictured, at left, George Lyons before (top, special to T&D) and after (bottom, photo by Larry Hardy/T&D). Pictured, at right, Lynette Lyons before (top, special to The T&D) and after (bottom, photo by Larry Hardy/T&D).
  • 37. LIFEST YLE FEATURE WRITING Daily Under 20,000 Division WEDNESDAY UP NEXT Yard sales, music and more THURSDAY Accent 7A May 18, 201 GREENWOOD MUSIC FESTIVAL SCHEDULESECOND PLACE The fifth anni- versary season of Greenwood Music Festival is almost here. The festival’s theme this year is “Roman Holiday” and is Thursday through Monday. Here is a look at the schedule for the festival: THURSDAY 7:30 p.m. — Arts Center at the Federal Building, 120 Main St. — Emerald Brass in the Gallery; soprano Siân Davies, from Chicago, sing- ing Italian arias andIndex-Journal songs, and songs of 1911 (in celebration of the 100th anniver- sary of the Federal Building; a “Bacchus” reception and the commissioned art- work by local artist Skip Shelton will be unveiled. Tickets $25. FRIDAY 6 p.m. — Amici Strings from the S.C. Governor’s forJoseph Sitarz the Arts in Greenville present a free 30- minute concert at the Greenwood Museum, JOSEPH SITARZ | INDEX-JOURNAL 106 Main St. ABOVE: Keith Jameson sprinkles chocolate chips into a baking dish as he makes Bacchus Bars for Thursday’s reception following opening night performances 7 p.m. — “Spar- for the Greenwood Music Festival. BELOW: The founder and director of the music festival scoops out the last drops of condensed milk for the Bacchus Bars. tucus” (1960): Classic film starring Kirk Douglas and GREENWOOD MUSIC FESTIVAL l BACCHUS BARS Lawrence Olivier at Greenwood Com- munity Theatre, 110 Jameson knows way Main St. Tickets $5 for adults and $3 for students with ID. SATURDAYJameson Knows Way 2 p.m. — “Roman Holiday” around the kitchen (1953): Classic film starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck at Greenwood Community Theatre, By JOSEPH SITARZ of revelry,” Jameson said. “For me, I sing a lot in 110 Main St. Tickets jsitarz@indexjournal.com “I thought that was a nice Latin,” Jameson said, adding $5 for adults and $3 tie-in.” from Cox’s class he learned for students with ID. Keith Jameson doesn’t GHS Latin teacher Linda there were different scales, 7 p.m. — Ensem- have to sing for his supper, Cox would have Bacchus major and minor key instru- ble Radieuse, trio of flute, oboe and but if he did have to, he cer- Bars during Latin banquets ments were tuned differ- piano from Converse tainly could. the class would have. Cox ently and that people sang College at FirstAround the Kitchen He doesn’t have to worry and her husband, Vern, were in modes. “That directly Presbyterian Church about singing for his just supporters of the music fes- related to what I was study- of Greenwood, 208 “desserts,” either. tival and attended. Cox died ing in music.” Cambridge Ave. Tick- Jameson, a tenor who in November 2009. Jameson said Cox taught ets $15. sings opera internation- “I think she would love it,” him to have an appreciation SUNDAY 4 p.m. — ally and is the founder and Jameson said. “I think she for history, how it relates to Peachtree Symphon- director of Greenwood would be at every event.” our lives today and not to ic Winds from Atlanta Music Festival, can cook. Jameson noted the rec- forget our history. presents symphonic Greenwood Music Fes- ipe for Seven Layer Magic He practices what he wind music including tival kicks off Thursday Cookie Bars can be found preaches, even in his cook- “Roman Carnival and runs through Monday on the Eagle Brand Con- ing. Jameson cooks comfort Overture” by Berlioz, “Pines of Rome” by with activities ranging from densed Milk cans. foods, including his mother’s Respighi and more at movies to cabaret and from “The only difference they lasagna, chicken pie, and First Baptist Church chamber music to arias. don’t put butterscotch in mac and cheese. of Greenwood, 722 And during Thursday’s theirs,” he said. “I do.” “I can follow a recipe,” Grace St. Tickets opening reception following To make the bars Jameson said, noting he $15. performances by Emerald authentic, Jameson said prepared lemon chicken for MONDAY Brass and soprano Siân Cox researched what food his parents since he’s been in RECIPE 7 p.m. — Nat Chandler, Broadway Davies, everyone will get would have been available in Greenwood for the music BACCHUS BARS star and Greenwood a chance to sample some Roman times. Many of the festival. (Seven Layer Magic Cookie Bars) native presents a (In honor and memory of Linda Cox, Keith Jameson’s of Jameson’s Bacchus Bars. ingredients would have been special cabaret eve- This year’s festival theme gotten through trade ships See BACCHUS, Greenwood High School Latin teacher) ning as the festival page 9A 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter is “Roman Holiday” and or people bringing the items finale at Greenwood 1 1/2 cups of Graham Cracker Crumbs the bars will be among the to Italy. Community Theatre, 1 (14 oz.) can of Eagle Brand Sweetened 110 Main St. Tickets goodies served during the “I remember them in Condensed Milk (NOT Evaporated Milk) $25. Tickets for the Bacchus celebration which high school as Bacchus Bars. 1 cup (6 oz.) Hershey’s Butterscotch Chandler show are will feature fruit, nuts, des- Flavored Chips They taste the same. It’s the available exclusively 1 cup (6 oz.) Hershey’s Semi-Sweet serts and wine. same kind of thing. They’re Chocolate Chips at GCT. Call 229- This is on the heels of easy to make.” 5704 information. 1 1/3 cups Mound’s Sweetened 2010’s French themed “Vive Jameson holds Cox, who Tickets for all Coconut Flakes (Jameson uses other events are La France” and “Let Then taught him Latin for two Baker’s Secret) available at the Arts Eat Cake” reception. years, in high regard. 1 cup chopped nuts (Jameson uses Center at the Federal Jameson, born Keith Rich- “She was a great teacher,” pecans) Building or the Green- Preheat Oven to 350 degrees (325 ard to Kenneth and Carol Jameson said. “She was very degrees for glass dish). In 13x9-inch wood Chamber of Richard, lives in New York hands on. It wasn’t just let’s Commerce. Call the baking pan, melt butter in oven. City, still remembers how he learn a dead language. She Arts Center at 388- Sprinkle crumbs over butter; pour learned about Bacchus Bars. 7800 and the Cham- brought in old movies. She condensed milk evenly on top of crumbs. ber at 223-8431 “I knew about Bacchus made it interesting and fun.” Top with remaining ingredients in order listed; for information. Visit from my Latin studies at She would apply what she press down firmly with a fork. www.greenwoodmu- Bake 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool. Greenwood High School, was teaching related to the sicfestival.org for Chill if desired. Cut into bars. Store lightly covered at that Bacchus was the god students. room temperature. Makes 18-24 bars. information.
  • 38. LIFEST YLE FEATURE WRITING Daily Under 20,000 DivisionFIRST PLACE The Island Packet Justin Paprocki Grandfather of the “Grind” ■ ▲
  • 39. LIFEST YLE FEATURE WRITING Daily 20,000 - 50,000 Division HONORING MOTHER’S DAYTHIRD PLACE Missing PHOTO PROVIDED Hats star at the Royal Wedding Tea Benefit hosted by Pam Stone. Ladies, let’s mom bring back the hats A s far as the eye could see, a sea of hats! Having mentioned to the local press that I would love attending ladies to please wear hats during the Royal Wedding Tea Benefit I had theHerald-Journal privilege of host- ing, I was simply delighted to take in the scene before me: tables adorned with crisp white Pam Stone linen and dotted I’m Just Sayin’ with vin- tage bone china andKim Kimzey silver spoons with enormous, blowsy, English roses in cobalt blue vases standing sentry in each center. And around each table the most wonderful hats! Yes, I do rather go on about it — I suppose because it is such a rarity for my gen- eration. Watching an ancient Doris Day film the other night, there was a telling scene regarding the culture of the day. Upon learning that her second husband, a very young Louis Jourdan, murdered her first husband with plansMissing Mom The McGill family includes Joseph “Rex” McGill and his children Heath, left, Caroline and Corey, right, holding a photo of her mother, Nicole now to do away with her (why Heath McGill, who died in June 2008. At top is a photo of Nicole McGill that Corey keeps in her cell phone. it took her so long I’ll never know; Jourdan didn’t blink in Young family a single scene and when he walked, his arms didn’t move, and everyone knows that’s the ‘Nicole’s nuggets’ learns to go on first sign of a psychotic killer: their arms stay still when they walk), Day flings open her “I have grown closet to pack her things, and and matured into without mother on the shelf above her rack of clothes were a good dozen hat boxes. It immediately drove a stronger person home the sheer necessity of because of my such an accessory — for men mother’s death, T as well. One simply did not go he prom was two weeks away, and out without a hat. and I know she Corey McGill held up the purple gown Surveying the well-coiffed she would wear. She knew it was the one heads around the restaurant, would be proud as soon as she put it on, even though it I couldn’t possibly decide on a favorite. Was it the “fascina- of me.” wasn’t the first one she chose. She had planned to attend her first prom in a tors” made popular by Kate COREY, gown the same shade as her eyes — blue. The lash- Middleton: coquettish little 17, a junior at Boiling Springs es that frame them are darkened with the brand of adornments of tulle and feath- High School mascara her mom, Nicole Heath McGill, once wore ers fastened securely to the and taught her to apply. hair, or the becoming, wide- But on prom night it was Aunt Dee Dee, not brimmed affairs, dipping slyly Nicole, who laced up the back of her gown. over a perfectly arched brow Nicole died in June 2008 after a six-month battle and wreathed with lace and with cancer. She was 36 years old and left behind ribbon? many loved ones, among them her children Corey, Certainly nowhere did I wit- then 14 years old, Heath, 11, and Caroline, 5, and ness a single fashion faux pas her husband, Rex. as many saw, shall I point out “Heath, 14, has They had not shielded their children from the over my saucer of milk, when the image of Princess Beatrice his mother’s truth. Their momma had cancer. She would fight and defeat it. They trusted in was flashed over the wide kind heart.” Jesus Christ to cure her, Rex said. screen with what appeared to MARSHIA HEATH, The family went to Walt Disney World. Even be a beige Teletubby perched though Nicole was ill, she rode a 70-mph ride. She upon her red head. Why she Nicole’s mother and the admired a kimono in a store on their trip. Rex didn’t follow my lead and just children’s grandmother bought it and surprised her with it. There’s a photo drive over to Fred’s and pick of Nicole wearing the kimono with a smile on her up a straw number for eight face. Corey has also saved a picture of Nicole wear- bucks and pin a few roses from ing the kimono in her casket. the garden to the brim, I’ll The children and their father were left to strug- never know. Royals are differ- gle with a gaping loss that seemed so unfair. ent. Why did their mother and wife get cancer? Why “Excuse me,” came a soft did she die? And just as they did in the past, Rex and almost apologetic voice told them to trust, to believe God had a plan. behind me. Turning, I saw a Nicole’s funeral service was held at Cudd Memo- dear thing tidily attired in a rial Baptist Church in Spartanburg. The Rev. suit from another time with a Danny Garrett has been the pastor there for 20 natty matching hat. “No one years. It was the largest visitation he’s seen at the else in my family wanted to come to the tea, and I didn’t “I’m one of a church. People stood in line for hours to express their condolences. want to miss it for the world, so kind. I’m like The children spoke at the service. They sang at I’m all alone. Is there a place her graveside. for me?” nobody.” “I think it was (Nicole) and Rex’s faith that gave “You’re not alone, you’re CAROLINE, them the strength to do that,” Garrett said. with me,” I smiled, clasping 8, a second-grader at her white gloved hand. “And Spartanburg Christian ‘Nicole’s nuggets’ of course there’s a place for Academy Joseph “Rex” McGill had prayed for the right you. I’m going to seat you with woman. He found her after he slid into third base some lovely ladies.” and scraped his hand at a softball game. Nicole Heath, 16 at the time, bandaged his hand in the SEE PAM STONE PAGE E9 dugout. SEE MOM PAGE E9 Story by KIM KIMZEY / Photos by TIM KIMZEY
  • 40. LIFEST YLE FEATURE WRITING Daily 20,000 - 50,000 DivisionSECOND PLACEThe Sun NewsSteve Palisin 8 THE SUN NEWS kicks! | Friday, October 21, 2011 THE SUN NEWS kicks! | FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2011 9The Stand on The Strand Other weekend options Campground and Garden City Beach Information | 238-2734 Fall Tree Planting and Harvest Celebration Myrtle Beach Wine Fest Who | North Myrtle Beach Tree City Board When | 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday When | 3-5 p.m. Friday Where | Myrtle Beach’s Valor Memorial Garden, at Where | North Myrtle Beach Farmers Market, 925 The Market Common on two wheels First Ave. S. How much | Free Includes | Tree-planting education at 3:15 p.m., ceremonial tree planting at 4 p.m. Information | 280-5572 or www.nmb.us How much | Free admission; $3 for wine-sampling glass Information | 839-3500 or www.marketcommonevents.com Third annual Fall FestivalTwo Wheels Gaither Fest Cooler weather beckons for bicyclists When | Concerts at 7 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. Saturday When | 5-8 p.m. Saturday Where | Grand Strand Baptist Church, 350 Hospitality Lane, off Waccamaw Boulevard BY STEVE PALISIN One ride she made her own getaway, espe- Where | Myrtle Beach Convention Center, at Oak How much | Free admission spalisin@thesunnews.com cially in summer’s dog days, spanned 20 miles Street and 21st Avenue North Information | 236-2233 or round trip at midnight on Myrtle Beach’s How much (covers both nights) | $100 ages 13 www.thejubileechurch.org icycling can be an easy form Ocean Boulevard between the Dunes area B and older, otherwise $35 of recreation to fall into at and Springmaid Beach. She said the well-lit Information | 800-515-1330, 800-713-3773 or Annual Fall Festival this time of year. avenue, along with South Ocean Boulevard’s www.gaither.com When | 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday The blazing heat of sum- dedicated bike lanes between Sixth and 27th Where | Murrells Inlet Presbyterian Church, 4499 mer has passed, and frosty avenues, only adds to the Boulevard’s bike- Annual Arts & Crafts Fair U.S. 17 Bypass, Murrells Inlet mornings of winter remain friendly amenities. Benefiting | Charities for hospice, as well as Hope How much | Free in the distance, leaving resi- Harbor and Brunswick Family Assistance Information | 651-3751 dents to bask in the long au- On the Inlet PHOTOS BY CHARLES SLATE cslate@thesunnews.com When | 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday tumns the Grand Strand enjoys. Mary Woolford, who with husband Tim A cyclist rides across the bike bridge that has a beautiful view of the inlet on the Where | Brunswick Plantation’s Brunswick House, Oktoberfest Whether for a loop on a leisurely ride, do- Woolford owns Grand Strand Bicycles in Bike The Neck path in Murrells Inlet. 382 Brunswick Drive, Calabash, N.C. When | Noon-4 p.m. Saturday ing errands, or training for an athletic event, Murrells Inlet and a newly acquired site in How much | Free admission Where | New Life Lutheran Church,7311 S.C. 544, bicycling provides the wheels to get there or downtown Myrtle Beach, also sang the sea- Information | 910-287-4604 Socastee, near S.C. 31 get something done. son’s praise for pedaling. Bypass.” How much | Free admission Judy Panarello, manager of Bodacious “With the fall weather,” she said, “the hu- Riders range in age from 13 to 69, she said, Some bicycle tour ideas ‘Big Bash’ Information | 685-8301 Bob’s Beach Bicycle Tours in Little River, re- midity’s gearing down, and the morning air is and other weekly rides, such as “the Tour de ➤ Bike the Neck, based in Pawleys Island | When | Noon-4 p.m. Saturday, with the band Salty membered finding the sport’s virtues during more crisp. It’s a lot more comfortable, in- Murrells Inlet,” which utilizes part of a “Bike 237-4486 or www.biketheneck.com Dog Grissett’s Gruesome Haunted Manor her college days, when parking spaces for stead of sweating.” the Neck” path in northeast Georgetown ➤ Grand Strand Bicycles | 652-3700 in Murrells Where | Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10420, 4359 Halloween Spooktacular cars were always full, prompting her to com- Organized rides depart weekly from each County, are available. U.S. 17 Bypass, Murrells Inlet Benefiting | DaQuan Byron Grissett in the 2011 Inlet, 839-3702 in Myrtle Beach, or store, and Mary Woolford, like Panarello, said mute via bicycle. “Bike the Neck is the best casual bike path www.grandstrandbicycles.com How much | $7, includes meal served noon-2 p.m. Beautillion by the local alumni chapter of Alpha Phi turnout increases in the summer, but core “I started getting 20 miles a day just going around,” Woolford said. “Even on the hottest ➤ Bodacious Bob’s Beach Bicycle Tours in Little Information | 651-6900 Alpha Fraternity Inc. groups keep the tours hopping the rest of the to school,” she said. “It’s great exercise. If you of summer days, it’s still 10 degrees cooler River | 241-2731 or www.beachbicycletours.com When | 7-11 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays through Oct. 29, year. have a bad back, bad knees or a bad whatever, there.” ➤ City of Conway Parks & Recreation bike trails Saturday’s Music & Wine at the Vineyard and Oct. 31 At 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays, a tour leaves the it’s the least-impact exercise out there.” map | www.conwayparksandrecreation.com/bike When | Noon-5 p.m. Saturday with Nancy Olive Where | 2000 Fifth Ave., Conway Myrtle Beach store for a 28-mile loop north on Bike the Neck plans Panarello, whose employer organizes vari- trails.html or 248-1740 performing 12:30-4:30 p.m. How much | $10 ages 10 and older, otherwise $5 Ocean Boulevard to the Dunes area, then ous guided tours and mapped solo routes on Linda Ketron, who leads the Bike the Neck Where | La Belle Amie Vineyard, 1120 St. Joseph Information | 246-0091 heads west and south along the Intracoastal the Strand’s north end, said just the way a grass-roots group, which started in 1994 and Road, Little River Waterway and back downtown via Oak rider sits on a bike also can help improve his Street. has since overseen development of 12.5 trails How much | Free Annual Fall Festival or her posture. Woolford said traffic, even in summer, for cyclists, walkers and runners, said plans hood south of Huntington Beach State Park, Information | 399-9463 or www.labelleamie.com Benefiting | SC-CARES She said the goals she stresses to riders stays light, especially with the group pace of to add five more miles are inching closer to Ketron said. When | Noon-5 p.m. Sunday center on pedaling safely on the road and 18 to 20 mph, but slower riders meet up peri- fruition. Funds have accrued from various She also wishes she had more free time to Longwood Fire & Rescue Haunted Trail Where | SC-CARES, 236 Abbeville Drive, off U.S. 701 highlighting all the potential fun from, for ex- odically. “We regroup at the next stop sign. sources, including matching grants and pri- bike her own favorite loop more often from When | At dark Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. north of Georgetown ample, 12 miles in this beach setting, or a few We haven’t lost anybody yet,” said Woolford, vate donations. her home on the north side of Litchfield 29, and Oct. 31 How much | Free admission miles along Little River’s waterfront. appreciating acknowledgment for Once regulations are met, the route would Beach. It spans about 14 miles, using parts of Where | Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue, 758 Includes | A tortoise race, and contests for acorn “It’s an enjoyable jaunt,” Panarello said. passers-by. connect Litchfield Beach with Pawleys Island the bike trail, heading as far south as Litch- Longwood Road (N.C. 904), Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. collecting, young artist posters, and trick-or-treat “It’s something you can do every day that “People are used to seeing us coming. They via a 10-foot-wide path along the east side of field Beach & Golf Resort, west to the Sandy How much | $7 costumes helps you live a longer, healthier life, and save clap.” Kings River Road, parallel to U.S. 17 between Island boat dock, and north to the start of U.S. Information | 910-287-3030 Information | 546-7893 or www.sc-cares.org you money. There’s no down side to it.” Woolford said riding a Saturday morning Willbrook and Waverly roads. 17 Business heading into Murrells Inlet. She likes the north side of the Strand, route from the Murrells Inlet shop started in “The engineering plan is 100 percent com- Bodacious Bob’s Panarello said bicycling is Fall Festival Docksider’s Beach Party Oyster Roast which has less traffic and “wider, open spac- 2006 with three riders, but come prime vaca- plete, and it has been filed,” Ketron said. “a great sport, but first and foremost, it’s When | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday, with flounder Who | With the Carolina Breakers in concert es” for bicycling, and multiple routes that go tion season, a group of 100 riders becomes a “This means we could be only weeks or transportation,” a way to get places and smile fish fry 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and dinner at 4 p.m., both When | 3-7 p.m. Sunday by golf courses. Others have a farm, beach or common occurrence. A group that size is bro- months away from the project being put out about how you got there. Friday Where | Docksider’s Bar and Grille, 2501 Bridge winery on the trail. ken into three smaller groups, including one to bid. I would hope by this time next year we “It’s probably man’s most brilliantly con- Where | Surfside United Methodist Church, at 13th View Court, North Myrtle Beach, at Barefoot “People, especially families, who come have this new leg of the path done.” ceived, economically and eco-friendly trans- Avenue North and U.S. 17 Business in Surfside Marina; head west over bridge, then take second at a “road bike pace” as slow as 16 mph. here, want a more intimate vacation experi- Then attention would turn to a stretch be- portation ever,” she said. “I was probably a “It’s literally for people who want to go out Beach left ence,” Panarello said. “This gives them an op- tween Boyle Road and Trace Drive, where the Tour de France winner in another life.” Cyclists who want to ride in a group have several offerings along the Grand and get fresh air,” Woolford said. “We stay in How much | Free admission; fish-fry meals $8, How much | Free admission Strand, like this Tuesday morning ride that leaves from Grand Strand Bicycles in portunity to do that.” and around Murrells Inlet, but stay off U.S. 17 path follows some roads through a neighbor- ➤ Contact STEVE PALISIN at 444-1764. with delivery available between Pirateland Information | 458-8551 Myrtle Beach.
  • 41. LIFEST YLE FEATURE WRITING Daily 20,000 - 50,000 Division a4/local Monday/10.3.11/www.independentmail.com A loveFIRST PLACE not lost Letters from century-old courtship return Independent Mail to Anderson home BY NIKIE MAYO Independent Mail mayon@/ 622.1708 Inside a shoebox on the top shelf of her closet,Michelle Scott has long kept remnants of a century-old courtship between an Anderson Nikie Mayo farmer and a Georgia schoolteacher . Scott is not related to the cou- ple, and she is too young to have met them together. But Scott has known Fritz Watson Sr. and Beu- NATHAN GRAY Independent Mail lah Moorhead her whole life. For as long as she can remem- Neil Watson looks at letters written by his grandparents Beulah Moorhead and Fritz Watson after they were returned to the ber, Scott has kept safe a collec- Watson family by Michelle Scott, who had them in her possession for several years. tion of letters that Watson and Moorhead wrote to each other most intimate thoughts to each back to the family that traces its as they fell in love. other remain legible on yel- roots to an Anderson farmer and The letters cover a period lowed pages, tucked away in the a Georgia schoolteacher. A Love Not Lost from 1911 to 1914, and chronicle same envelopes that held their portions of the couple’s unfold- writings 100 years ago. The gift ing courtship, Watson’s proposal The Watsons and the Scotts met of marriage and Moorhead’s Gaps in a family genealogy recently in Anderson to exchange plans for their wedding. Jane Watson Morris has spent the letters, and to talk about them. Scott, who lives in Belton, has years tracing her Anderson Michelle Scott’s father, Mick- often wondered if that wedding County roots. ey apologized to the Watsons for , ever happened. She has large, thick binders taking the letters from the emp- From the time she was a little full of the letters that passed ty house the family called Tip girl, Scott has been the keeper of back and forth between her Top. No one lived there in the the letters that her father found grandparents, Beulah Moorhead 1960s when Mickey Scott, just a years before she was born. She is and Fritz Watson Sr. young man, went inside with 40 now, but Scott still talks about She found the letters in the one of his relatives. He asked for when she took the letters to house that her family called “Tip the Watsons’ forgiveness. school for show-and-tell. She re- Beulah Moorhead Fritz Watson Top,” which used to stand near “We thought it was a haunted members getting an “ ” when she A where Walmart is now on Liberty house,” Scott said. “I saw the let- used the letters as part of a pres- and each began to anticipate, and taking medicine, I don’t believe Highway Eventually all of the Wat- . , ters scattered all over the floor entation she made in civics class. hope for, a letter from the other. it is any bad dose at all.” sons that had lived in Tip Top in an upstairs room, and I decid- But it was not until two weeks Eventually Watson proposed to , As the couple’s wedding day moved to different homes and left ed to take them because they ago that she began to put togeth- the girl that he called his “Geor- approaches, Moorhead writes it empty By the 1960s, what was left . had penny and two-cent stamps er the pieces of a puzzle that is gia gem” and his “little hobo.” that she hopes for good weather of the home burned to the ground. on them. The house was aban- 100 years old. What Scott discov- When she said yes, Watson for their nuptials, but that other Over the years, Morris has read doned. I never, never for one sec- ered would change, and bind, wrote back to Moorhead that things are more important. and re-read all the letters she had ond, meant any harm.” two Anderson County families. had he been near her, he would “For myself, I feel that I al- that her grandparents wrote to Neil Watson and Jane Morris, have given her a big bear hug. ready have so much that I can ask each other while they were court- both grandchildren of the cou- A love affair In her next letter, from the fall of for no more — be the weather ing before they were married. She ple who wrote the letters, imme- Fritz Watson and Beulah 1914, Moorhead didn’t miss a beat. what it may she writes. “I am ,” has made copies of the letters for diately told Scott that no apolo- Moorhead met at the party of a “And you would have made hoping for the happiest day in all of the couple’s grandchildren. gy was necessary . mutual friend a century ago. me suffer from a big bear hug if our lives, yet I’m sure there will Morris knew there were some “We are just so grateful to They had something to talk I’d been near, eh?” she wrote. be better to come. I, too, hope that gaps in the correspondence that have them,” Watson said. “If about right away: His distant “Having been a schoolteacher, I we may help each other keep the she had, but figured the missing you hadn’t taken them that day , cousin was married to a cousin naturally think of punishing Giver of all Good in mind.” letters that her grandparents they would have been lost in the of hers. He was eight years her boys for their misdoings.” As Watson writes about his wrote were long gone. fire. We never would have had senior, but the young farmer was Later, she writes about her deci- love for the woman from Georgia, the pieces we were missing.” intrigued by the young teacher. sion to accept Watson’s proposal of he also talks about making sure Solving a mystery Morris nodded. They began writing letters to marriage, and to have their wed- that their home in Anderson is Michelle Scott was reading the “We don’t need to give you for- each other while she was in ding on Dec. 23, 1914, the 39th wed- ready for her. He tells her that her Independent Mail two weeks ago giveness; there is nothing to for- Georgia and kept up the corre- ding anniversary of her parents: letters are “enough to make any- when came across an obituary give,” Morris said. “What we need spondence even as she spent time “How did I make up my mind? one glad they are living.” with a name she immediately rec- to give you is our thanks. You in Tampa, Fla., and he remained I went to bed and went to sleep He tells Moorhead not to wor- ognized. The obituary was that of have given us an incredible gift.” on his farm in Anderson. (got the letter on the way to the ry about the strength of the Fritz N. Watson of Anderson. As the families began to talk The letters were formal at first. sewing club and didn’t get back bond they have. “ I read it, I realized that it was As about going their separate ways, The more they wrote, the more until night). Then early the next “Just always feel that we were for Fritz N. Watson Jr.,” Scott said. the Watsons made plans to copy the they included details of their day- morning, I thought it over and de- made for each other,” he says. “A “When I got to the part that said he found letters and pass them around to-day activities — how she could cided that after all it was the most glorious thought to me, and I as- was the son of Fritz Watson Sr. and to the rest of their relatives. buy oranges in Florida for 10 sensible thing, for people claim a sume (to) you.” Beulah Moorhead, my mouth “Can I get copies of the let- cents a box or how he had nearly holiday for yuletide anyway . Then, on Dec. 17, 1914, Watson dropped open. I had an answer that ters, too?” Michelle Scott asked. worn himself out working on the “There’s no good reason why I writes what he calls his “last let- I had looked for my whole life.” “I’ve had these people with farm. It wasn’t long before the shouldn’t do as I most want to. ter as a single man,” and says he Scott called the funeral home me my whole life,” she said. “I’m teacher and the farmer were Why not do as my feelings can’t wait to be married. mentioned in the obituary Soon, . not sure I’d know what to do writing to each other every day prompt me? Not the least like Watson’s and Moorhead’s plans were made to get the letters without them.”
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  • 48. NEWS FEATURE WRITING Daily 20,000 - 50,000 Division a10/local Sunday/5.1.11/www.independentmail.com Unsolved, but not forgotten Investigators still seeking answers in beating death of homeless man BY NIKIE MAYO than a quarter-mile off the Independent Mail highway at the intersectionTHIRD PLACE mayon@/ 622.1708 of S.C. 28 Bypass and New Pond Road. It’s not a place Mark Napier Kirby’s life that anyone would stumble was a mystery And for the . upon. Back in the woods past year, authorities have and under a canopy of been trying to unravel the trees, Kirby slept sur- mystery of who beat him to rounded by poison oak, death. caterpillars and inch- A homeless man who worms. This hidden part of sought refuge in the woods Anderson County is near a Walmart in Ander- marked by foot-worn paths son, Kirby was separated that lead to the highway . from the rest of the world Remnants of yellow by his choices, his ailments crime-scene tape are still and his addictions. He lived tied to a couple of trees. with whiskey close at hand, Sunday/5.1.11/www.independentmail.com Pieces of an egg-crate mat- local/11a and he died with track tress several yards away marks on his arm. from Kirby’s camp are evi- His campsite was less dence that other people use than a quarter-mile from the intersection of S.C. 28 Bypass and New Pond Surrounded by mystery these woods. But Kirby’s campsite wasn’t really near anyone else’s. He soughtIndependent Mail Road. It’s a steep hike to the refuge within refuge. place where his clothesline, “You don’t just land here,” made of a black nylon cord, said investigator Rob is still stretched between Gebing,a homicide detective two trees. It was at this campsite Not much known about Mark Kirby, or who might have killed him for the Anderson County Sheriff ’s Office. “We believe that another homeless man FROM PAGE 10Ait is likely that whoever did panhandle in the same found Kirby on April 30, this to Mr. Kirby is someone spot, but they don’t believe 2010, beaten by someone for 15 years before who knew he was there.” he died. that confrontation got vio- who held him down, pum- It is not clear Deputy Coroner Don Mc- what lent. meled his eyes black, broke Cown’s notes indicate that caused Kirby’s break from his teeth and nose and left the rest of theKirby had likely been dead world, Piecing together him with the gaping head though those who knew or two when his only a day the puzzle wound that killed him. him said he battled alco- found last April. body was Detective Gebing said His killer has not been holism and a diagnosed The homeless man who the authorities continue toNikie Mayo caught. found Kirby’s body was mental illness, possibly search for a suspect. Kirby’s death is a case bipolar affective disorder. to or from his own heading In the weeks before he that has gone ice cold. campsite. Kirby’s family declined died, Kirby lived with a There were few leads to be- to be interviewed for thiscruel and ironic,” “It is roommate in a trailer in gin with, and now, authori- story and gave investiga- said. “It seems like McCown southern Anderson Coun- ties say there are none. But , tors few details about his saw the woods as Mr. Kirby ty. But the men were both investigators are deter- early life. his safety net away from the evicted in early April 2010 mined to find out who killed The deputy coroner of the world. And yet, it rest said after they didn’t pay the him, and why . Kirby’s brother told him hevery place he was was the rent. Here is what is known had tried to help himsafe.” not sev- Records indicate that the about Mark Kirby: eral times, even offering roommates’ relationship He was raised in an up- Who was Mark Kirby? him jobs. He would work was turbulent. per middle-class family for a while, but always end- came from an up- Kirby In August 2009, less than near Columbia, but lost per middle-class family ed up retreating from the a year before he died, Kir- touch with all of his rela- rest of the world. near Columbia. He attend- by filled in the details of an KEN RUINARD Independent Mail photosUnsolved, but not tives more than a decade In Anderson, Kirby college ed spent and for a while assault-and-battery com- ago. He spent at least the Detective Rob Gebing of the Anderson County Sheriff ’s Office continues to investigate the death of Mark the April some time at held a steady job as a social plaint against the man. last two years of his life in Kirby, 45, which happened one year ago. worker. House on East Franklin A deputy’s report says he Anderson County where he , Street, a halfway house for his death last Before went to AnMed Health was evicted from a trailer those trying to April, anyone who passed recover Medical Center and pho- a little more than a year ago “It seems like Mr. from drug and alcoholon the street on one of him ad- tographed bruises on Kir- for falling behind on the rent. He and his roommate Kirby saw the dictions. The address of the days might have his good by . house is on his driver’s li-he was a construc- thought Kirby told the deputy had a tumultuous relation- woods as his safety cense. tion worker, that he was a that he and his roommate ship; deputies came to the Kirby’s former room- to swing a hammer Gebing of the Anderson County Sheriff ’s Office looks through a file of information about the man able Detective Rob had been drinking at their hospital at least once after net away from the mates at the April House death of brown Kirby. Kirby, a homeless man, was severely beaten before he was found dead in a wooded area for a living. His dark Mark home and that his room- a dispute at their home left told the Independent Mail neatlythe intersection of S.C. 28 Bypass and New Pond Road in Anderson. rest of the world. hair was near trimmed mate “got upset for (an) un- Kirby with bruises. last year that they and his hazel eyes were thought known reason and started Kirby lived for a while in And yet, it was the that drinking might kill When he died, he piercing. MORE MORE striking Mark with a closed a halfway house in Ander- was wearing a gray T-shirt, him, but never expected fist…” son, but left because he very place he was that another person would. a belt, and New jeans and ONLINE The deputy gave Kirby aForgotten wanted a stiff drink more McCown said that whensneakers. At 5 feet 9 Balance ONLINE victim’s form but then Kir- than he wanted a roof over not safe.” he contracted inches and 180 pounds, he Kirby’s by withdrew his complaint. his head. brother, the man said that gaunt figure often wasn’t the More photos and video Investigator Gebing He eventually set up he had expected a call about with homeless- Deputy Coroner associated of Detective Rob Gebing questioned the man after camp in the woods near Don McCown his death, and that part of addiction. Deputy ness and talking about the case at Kirby’s death. The man has Walmart. And he was beat- him believed that Kirby Don McCown, who Coroner www.independentmail.com. an alibi for the time of Kir- en to death before his body was already dead helped handle the crime long be- by’s death that Gebing said was found on April 30, 2010. Recently,fore the call the scene, remarked in his notes just before came. he has no reason not to be- He was 45. first anniversary of his that Kirby was “well Then Kirby’s brother too. Even the man who lieve. Countless shoppers may death, sheriff ’s investiga- groomed.” simply asked what the au- found Mr. Kirby went back Still, Gebing is confident have seen Kirby panhan- tors and thorities needed himAside from those basic the county’s to do. to his own campsite for a that someday he will be dling at Walmart, investi- Chad McBride of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office said some details could not deputy coroner reviewed paid for Kirby’s family details, much of his life re- few minutes to think before able to piece together the gators said, or walking be revealed to keep the investigation of Kirby’s death from being compromised. the evidence into be cremated. him yet anoth- mains a mystery . he reported what he had puzzle that surrounds Kir- along S.C. 28 Bypass or New er attempt to find a clue as The people who could fill seen. He was scared for by’s death. Pond Road. In the months it back to his camp. An An- an educated man who once The crime scene some of the gaps — Kir- Authorities are offering to who killed him. in himself.” Someone will slip up. before he was killed, Kirby derson County deputy once held a steady job, to leave a reward for information Elements of the crime members — had by’s family Gebing keeps in a folder Someone will talk a little was cited for begging, va- bought him a tent. his family behind and ulti- that leads to the arrest of ‘Someone who knew been estranged from him and the crime scene make the sketches of two men too much, brag a little too grancy and public drunk- What investigators don’t mately seek shelter in an the person responsible for he was there’ McCown believe Kirby’s who authorities said a year much, drink a little too enness, but he always made know is what caused Kirby acre of Anderson woods. , Kirby’s death. Kirby set up camp less result of death was the Continued ago were wanted for ques- much and hand out a clue. some kind of personal rage tioning in Kirby’s case. And Gebing will be waiting rather than robbery or Sketches of two men who could possibly help provide more information about Authorities believe that to seize it. some random act. the beating death of Mark Kirby. they have identified and spo- Or maybe, he says, some- Kirby’s wallet, though ken to one of them, a man in one who knows what hap- empty was still in his jeans. make it back to where he trail of bruises marked his , Gebing has worked at the his 50s whom they describe pened will have the He had about a dozen bot- lived,” McCown said. back. What killed him, Anderson County Sheriff ’s as “very cooperative.” They courage to tell him. tles of pills and some doc- “Maybe somebody saw him though, the deputy coroner Office for a decade, the last are still looking for the oth- “In the meantime, what tor’s notes in a canvas bag staggering into the woods. said, was a gaping head four years as a homicide de- er man. They describe him bothers me the most,” he that he kept with him. They That’s such a heavily trav- wound. Flies laid their eggs tective. as a man in his 30s who is said, “is that someone out were apparently un- eled highway that I believe in that wound, in the hours When it comes to putting about 5 feet 8 inches tall with there is getting away with touched. somebody is bound to have after what McCown called together a complete picture a slender build and sandy murder.” His watch, a fairly plain seen something.” “a slow, slow death.” of a man’s last days, it is blond hair. He may go by the Kirby’s death haunts the one with a black band, was Kirby had what McCown much more difficult when name Bruce. deputy coroner, who still still on his wrist. called “defensive wounds” A problem to solve that person has essential- Authorities believe that pores over Kirby’s file hop- “It’s not unusual that a on his fingers. But his abil- Cases like Kirby’s are ly taken himself out of so- the man they are looking ing he will think of some homeless man wouldn’t ity to defend himself may challenging for even the ciety’s mainstream, Gebing for, along with a few other new question to ask, some have any money so an emp- have been limited, the best and most experienced said. , men, may have sat around new lead to follow. Every ty wallet doesn’t make me deputy coroner said, be- investigators. Detective “He had limited con- Kirby’s campfire drinking time he sees homeless peo- say, ‘Oh, he was robbed,’” cause Kirby was drunk Gebing’s colleagues de- tacts,” Gebing said. “And with him a few days before ple that he doesn’t already McCown said. “I think a when he died. scribe him as both. those contacts, in many cas- he died. know, McCown asks them robber would have taken Empty whiskey bottles Gebing spent several es, are likely to be people The last known public if they ever knew Mark those pills.” and beer cans littered his years in the Army a mem- who have struggled with record that Kirby was alive , Kirby . McCown said he found campsite. ber of the Military Police, some of the same things he comes from April 26, 2010, “The bottom line is that, no signs of struggle at Kir- For all the unknowns before coming to South Car- has struggled with. They when a deputy asked him to whatever faults he had, he by’s campsite. that surround Kirby’s olina. His close haircut is keep to themselves, too. leave Walmart. Authorities was still a human being,” “I don’t know if that death, one thing is clear: He a hint at his military roots, They aren’t rushing out to say there is also some indi- McCown said. “What sepa- means he wasn’t able to was severely beaten. as is what his colleague offer information, even if cation that Kirby and an- rates us from the animals fight back much, or if it Both of his eyes were Chad McBride describes as they know something, be- other man got into a dis- is that we seek justice for means he was beaten at an- blackened, his teeth and a “thorough attention to de- cause they are of the mind- agreement at the store people who deserve it. And other place and managed to nose were broken, and a tail.” set to protect themselves, when they both wanted to Mr. Kirby deserves justice.”
  • 49. NEWS FEATURE WRITING Daily 20,000 - 50,000 Division MAIL ‘A PIECE OFAMERICANA’SECOND PLACEThe Sun NewsBrad Dickerson PHOTOS BY STEVE JESSMORE sjessmore@thesunnews.com Myrtle Beach postal worker Tom Grammen loads his vehicle Wednesday as he prepares to deliver mail on his route in Myrtle Beach near 21st Avenue North. . Mailman changesMailman Changes with the times Avenue North, one of the em- site, the majority of the Postal “What must happen, be- MAILwith the Times Employee says USPS will persevere ployees – knowing Grammen is Service’s problems stem from a cause of the Internet primarily, From Page 1A a fan of classic rock – gave him 2006 congressional measure is the whole system has to two burned CDs of music from requiring it to pre-pay employ- shrink,” Spratlin said. BY BRAD DICKERSON MORE ONLINE with people made him feel like a part of the family. Bob Seger and the Steve Miller Band. ee health benefits at the begin- ning of each year to the tune of He added that 5 percent of Americans paid their bills on- bdickerson@thesunnews.com Would you be upset one partic- get your mail If he delivered for if you didn’t As he says, everyone loves $5.5 billion. This would help to line in 2000, while 60 percent do ularSaturday? Take a poll he saw and view more on family long enough, online the mailman. fulfill a 75-year requirement in today. In the past five years, Tom Grammen calls his postal route the photos at TheSunNews.com . the kids grow up. As the man And Grammen genuinely just 10 years. mail volume has decreased by “million dollar mile,” a stretch that incor- who brought them their mail, seems to love his job. If he “We’re $5.5 billion in the hole 43 billion pieces. porates his own personal three B’s: boule- he also knew which colleges comes across someone on the before we even sell a letter,” vard, beach and bikinis. that it be allowed when some- delivery to five were interested, or to cut mail streets, he says hello and tells Grammen said. Special delivery The Myrtle Beach postal carrier has one’s birthday and raise the price of postage. days a week was coming up. them it’s a beautiful day for a Harry Spratlin, communica- Grammen himself has no- worked the north end of Ocean Boulevard However, themean 120,000 postal workers That could nation’s capital walk. tions coordinator for the Great- ticed that first-class mail has for the past four years. It’s such a sought- had what the Grand and thousands of post could lose their jobs Strand The temperature inside the er South Carolina Postal Dis- dropped off in the last few after beat that new guys put bids on his d o e s n ’closebtheir-doors,iincluding some in offices t – o n e c h i l l n g postal van can top 120 degrees trict, said this measure is a years, but package delivery has route when Grammen’s on vacation. temperatures. South Carolina. in the summer, but Grammen is large reason the USPS has ex- picked up because of a priority “If you’re going to carry mail fortunate that he gets to see the perienced an $8 billion-plus per flat rate. He’s been a postal carrier for 26 years – Grammen, however, isn’t singing gloom for a living, do it somewhere ocean every day on his route -- year financial shortfall over the Winter residents often have 15 of those in Myrtle Beach – and seniority where the weather’s nice,” As someone and doom for his employer. as well as the throngs of tour- past five years. large packages delivered that has its perks when it comes to getting the Grammen said.the industry long enough to who’s been in “It’s tough to ists who frequent the area each Over the past four years, the have 20 pounds worth of mate- golden delivery routes. see changes firsthand, he definitely thinks deliver in the snow.” year. Postal Service has reduced its rial inside, he said. Much of that “You bid on a route and whoever has se- the USPS will up for warmer He packed it undergo a face-lift. Still, the Most important, he loves that work force by 110,000 through weight comes from personal niority gets it,” Grammen said. “I guess temperatures, and traded delivered. mail will continue being his BY STEVE JESSMORE sjessmore@thesunnews.com the job helped him raise three attrition only, and not layoffs, medications. that’s one good thing that comes with age.” walking a piece ofa set of keys. one of the last postal worker Tom Grammen loads boxes “It’s shoes for Americana, Myrtle Beach children and give him a home. according to Spratlin. “This truck is just one big The news is not so good for the U.S. Post- Like many postal carriers, a into his vehicle at the Fifth Avenue North post office few pieces,” Grammen said. “It’s a good job, and you still He added that a study start- pharmaceutical company in the van is Grammen’s primary de- Wednesday as he prepares to deliver mail on his route have time for your family,” ed in July is looking at 3,700 winter,” Grammen said. al Service as a whole, which is on the eve of Postman Tom Grammen stops his livery method, with the excep- in Myrtle Beach. From foot to van Grammen said. post offices for possible closure. And while the Postal Service having used up its cash reserves, reaching tion being a walk through the truck and exits to deliver mail to a Twenty-eight of those are in continues to fix its problems, its government-mandated borrowing limit Rainbow Harbor complex nearas a postal car- mailbox. Very little of his route chance. Concerns of many When Grammen started Assuming the Myrtle Beach is any indication, not a is South Carolina, but none in Grammen is going to continue of $15 billion and being unable to make a 50th Avenue North and foot in Washington, Kings Highway rier at 21, he was on Kings Post Office near walking, Grammen says as he streets off On one of the side Postal workers across the Horry or Georgetown counties, ensuring his customers get required $5.5 billion payment to its retiree D.C. Having those personal and Fifth Avenuedelivers that Ocean Boulevard, he spends a country are worried about Highway. connections North hit mail on his route in Myrtle Spratlin said. their mail on time, while always health program. President Obama has pro- Grammen remembers a time 900 stops, then Beach. and few moments talking to a gen- whether they’ll still have a job its 18 city This study should be com- taking a moment to check out posed bailing out the mail service, urging when most mail carriers did 8A rural routes would make tleman who was out pruning a down the road. See MAIL | Page two plete in early 2012, and includes the ocean. walk their routes. He said the 18,000 individual deliveries ev- tree. At a wedding boutique in On Tuesday, members of the customer surveys and a public “I got a pretty good route,” he most stops a person could make ery day. Grammen himself esti- Rainbow Harbor, the ladies in- USPS’ four employee unions meeting, Spratlin said. The said. in a shift was 350 to 400. With mates he handles 2,000 pieces side show him the sonogram gathered in congressional dis- bulk of these are small, one-per- The Washington Bureau the trucks, he said, officials dis- of mail daily. photos of a colleague’s unborn tricts across the country as part son operations that bring in contributed to this report. covered they could more than But did moving from foot to child. of a Save America’s Postal Serv- around $10,000 a year, while double that, jumping from 800 van kill that personal attention? And after dropping off the ice rally. overhead costs are at least five ➤ Contact BRAD DICKERSON at to 900 stops. If watching Grammen in action day’s mail at a hotel near 27th According to the rally web- times that amount. 626-0301.
  • 50. NEWS FEATURE WRITING Helms opens up about past, futureDaily 20,000 - 50,000 DivisionBEST OF THE BEST The Sun News Isaac Bailey and Tonya Root Helms Opens Up JANET BLACKMON MORGAN jblackmon@TheSunNews.com Socastee High School resource officer Erik Karney (left) and Jamie Helms talk and exchange a handshake after Christian Helms was sentenced at the Horry County Courthouse on Wednesday. Teen sentenced in shooting says ‘real’ About Past, Future Christian is different, caring person BY ISSAC J. BAILEY AND TONYA ROOT ibailey@thesunnews.com troot@thesunnews.com MORE ONLINE For more photos and videos of this week’s sentencing hearing and to read pages from Helms’ journal, go to at TheSunNews.com . The school year had just be- gun last September when a 5-foot, 90-pound ninth-grader public as a police officer in arrived for class at Socastee Charlotte, N.C. High School, with a handgun The gun went off as Karney and a backpack carrying two jumped across his desk to dis- homemade bombs. arm the student, who he’d lat- What happened next will er learn had compiled a hit list forever link two families whose and mapped out a plan to kill fates were changed by the multiple people at the school flight path of a single bullet. that day beginning with Kar- Christian Helms, then 14, ney in an attack designed to entered the office of School Re- emulate the carnage suffered source Officer Erik Karney in 1999 at Columbine High Christian Helms stands to and aimed the handgun at him, School in Colorado. speak for himself in his a Brazilian-made, INA Tiger In an exclusive interview