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  • NEWS FEATURE WRITING Daily Over 50,000 Division THIRD PLACE The State Joey Holleman I love you Peggy
  • NEWS FEATURE WRITING Daily Over 50,000 DivisionSECOND PLACEThe Post and Courier - harles Carleton Coffin would be haunted by the sight for theBrian Hicks rest of his life. p e Behind the iron gate of the “MART,” Coffin found a long hall lined with benches down one wall, a platform on the other and, beyond it, a four-story brick building with grated windows and iron doors.Slavery in Charleston: He was standing in both a prison yard and an auction house. h Coffin, a reporter with the Boston Journal, was one of the first newspaper- men to reach Charleston after the Con- federate military abandoned it in Feb- ruary 1865. He immediately set out inA chronicle of human search of the city’s largest slave market so he could describe it for his readers in Massachusetts. As Coffin stood looking at the auction block, he heard a voice behind him. “I was sold there upon that table two years ago.”bondage in the Holy City Please see SLAVERY, Page 6A t THE UGLY TRUTH MORE ON THE WAR Tracing your roots back to the plantation. 7A of the nation’s of Africans of the white 4 million brought to The 18th installment of our population slaves lived America as 20-part series on the Civil War. 1B owned 95% of in South Caro- slaves came the slaves in A listing of sesquicentennial . lina. y through our America. events. 5B port. 0 ) 1
  • NEWS FEATURE WRITING Daily Over 50,000 DivisionFIRST PLACE Hidden Hurt The surprising, deep-seated cause of 16-year-old Aaron Williams’ death The Post and Courier Adam Parker Hidden hurt: The surprising, deep-seated cause of the WADE SPEES/STAFF The Williams family, Hailey (clockwise from left), Beth, Trace and Hannah, with their dog Sassy, at their home in Mount Pleasant. Aaron Williams, 16, died in December from self-inflicted burns. 16-year-old Aaron Williams’ BY ADAM PARKER aparker@postandcourier.com We were trying A t some point that Monday evening, perhaps after a pleasant family dinner, or after Sassy the Dalmatian to help had her walk, Aaron Williams stepped outside, sat him, but in his car and wrote a goodbye letter. we were Over dinner, Beth Williams and her three kids, Aaron, looking in Hannah and Hailey, chatted about the upcoming Christmas the wrong death PROVIDED break. Then they watched a movie together in the living room of their Mount Pleasant home. Beth’s husband, Lt. Col. Trace Williams, was nearing the end of a three-month assignment at Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, Fla. There was no outward indication to those close to Aaron that the high school junior was preparing to end his life. place. Beth Williams, Aaron’s mother A 2010 class photo of Aaron Williams. Please see HIDDEN HURT, Page 6A
  • PROFILE FEATURE WRITING OR STORY Daily Under 20,000 DivisionTHIRD PLACE 2C | Wednesday, February 23, 2011 ENTERTAINMENT Aiken Standard, Aiken, South Carolina Page edited by: John LoweryAiken Standard You never know who’s looking … Let me give you the moral of the story first: You never know who’s looking. And you never know how much they MIKE’S LIFE look up to you.Mike Gibbons This true-life fable started two players last Thursday, when my wife, practiced daughter and father-in-law hitting, went out to a restaurant. (Park- one of the er and I went home to make women sure the Wii still worked.) They hitting sev- had been there a few minutes eral balls when a bus pulled up. The bus over the was hauling the Chattahoochee fence nearYou Never Know Valley Community College us. Allie MIKE softball team from Phenix City, retrieved GIBBONS Ala., in town for a weekend the balls tournament. and took My daughter felt a connec- them to the fence, where the tion immediately as, to her, players approached. “Hey, anyone from Alabama surely you’re the girl from the is a Bama fan (even if they’re restaurant!” one said. Allie from down near Opelika). beamed. They told us theyWho’s Looking Plus, this was an honest- were playing in the champi- to-goodness softball team. onship game at 4 p.m. When With Allie’s tryouts for the that hour arrived, we were 10-year-old league only a few there in the bleachers, waiting days away, this was, to her, to cheer on CVCC. like seeing the Atlanta Braves We stood out, as a com- walk into the joint. munity college softball team Staff photo by Michael Gibbons She mustered up the cour- from Alabama usually doesn’t Allie Gibbons poses for a picture with the CVCC Lady Pirates softball game after their 15-14 win. age to go and speak with the have a big local following team, asking for pointers on when they play in South at a poster hung on the fence. Ala., was on a softball schol- ball. And when they gathered game ball to be her “practice what she should do at her Carolina. One mother even I slipped onto the field to see arship to CVCC when she for a team picture, they had ball,” and I think that’s a fine tryout. They were more than approached my wife and what they were all touching died in a car crash in October Allie hold Mallory’s jersey. idea. When she takes the field helpful, and Allie became an asked, simply out of curiosity, together as a team. It was a 2010. They were playing this “You’ve gotta be somebody for her first game, I hope she immediate fan of the CVCC why we were there cheering poster of a cherubic faced game – and every game – for special to hold Mallory’s jer- will carry the spirit of CVCC Lady Pirates. them on. My wife’s expla- teen named Mallory Garmon. her. sey,” one of the players told with her. And throughout On Saturday, Allie said nation seemed to make her It had the quote, “No one bet- CVCC started out strong, Allie. her endeavors in life, I want over and over that she wanted proud. ter than you right here.” In putting seven runs on the I don’t know any of the her to always have fun and to head to Citizens Park to As we watched the game, the dugout, Mallory’s No. 23 board in the first inning. The young women on the CVCC enjoy the journey, the way the see CVCC play. That, she we saw this team was some- jersey hung. I then saw a pink game got tight as it went on, team. I doubt I will ever cross CVCC team did. And I want told us, was HER team now, thing special. They had an T-shirt on the back of one of but the opposing team never paths with them again. But I her to always remember: She and she had to root them on. amazing energy. Cheers, the fan’s chairs – it had the could top the spirit of CVCC. hope they know the indelible will one day be the woman We finally made our way high-fives, chants, dances. No. 23, and the words “In CVCC won, 15-14. mark they left on a 10-year- some little girl looks up to. over to the fields around 3:30 This was a team Allie was Loving Memory of Mallory At the end of the game, old girl in South Carolina. Mike Gibbons is the man- p.m. The team was practicing born to follow. And emulate. Garmon.” they did something that They taught a lesson of team- aging editor of the Aiken on one field as other games As the innings played on, I quickly looked her up made a little girl forever work, of sportsmanship, of Standard. Contact him at unfolded throughout the park. we noticed the team, before online on my phone. Mallory, have some big league idols. loyalty. mgibbons@aikenstandard. We stood behind the fence as taking the field, would huddle the pride and joy of Elmore, They gave Allie the game Allie said she wants the com.
  • PROFILE FEATURE WRITING OR STORY Daily Under 20,000 Division Aiken StandarSECOND PLACE Macayla’s story Bible verse triggers Aiken native toAiken Standard share journey after loss of his daughter By MICHAEL GIBBONS Managing editorMike Gibbons The Rev. Jeff Smoak was ordained on April 10. He is a 1991 graduate of Aiken High School and has an undergraduate degree from The Citadel. He attended seminary at Erskine Col- lege and is working towardMacayla’s Story a PhD. Aiken native Jeff Smoak was preparing for a sermon at an Anderson church in March 2009 when he came upon a passage that put him at a crossroads of his faith. “And Nathan departed unto his house. And the Lord struck the child that Uriah’s wife bare unto David, and it was very sick.” Smoak, then a seminary student, turned his thoughts Submitted photo immediately to Macayla, his Aiken native the Rev. Jeff Smoak is seen with his daughter, Macayla, who died from a degen- 9-year-old daughter, who erative brain disease on May 22. Smoak has written a book about his experiences. was dying from a degenera- tive brain disease. A grieving father and a man of faith About the book found himself on a cliff of doubt. “I had to ask the question. Was my child struck? Was Macayla struck or not?” The beginning Macayla Smoak was born May 22, 2001. She was healthy, happy and inquisitive. By 2 years old, she was memo- rizing movie labels and could work the VCR. Her father remembers her adventurous spirit. “She was not a girlie-girl. She loved being outside, mess- “The Lord Struck the Child” Submitted photo ing with bugs, worms,” he said. by Jeff Smoak is available at www.lulu.com. The Smoak family is seen at the beach. Pictured, from left, are Please see MACAYLA, page 16A Jennifer, Macayla, Jeff and Jacob.
  • PROFILE FEATURE WRITING OR STORY Daily Under 20,000 DivisionFIRST PLACE The Island Packet Cassie Foss The People’s Advocate
  • PROFILE FEATURE WRITING OR STORY Daily 20,000 - 50,000 Division Not slowing downTHIRD PLACEHerald-JournalJenny ArnoldNot Slowing Down JOHN BYRUM/JOHN.BYRUM@SHJ.COM After losing part of his left leg in a motorcycle accident in February, Spartanburg Public Safety Officer Keith Soules has returned to his patrol shift after being fitted with a prosthetic leg. Injured officer’s comeback inspires many, but he says he’s not done yet By JENNY ARNOLD jennifer.arnold@shj.com W ith blue lights ablaze and siren screaming,
  • PROFILE FEATURE WRITING OR STORY Daily 20,000 - 50,000 Division Staying powerSECOND PLACEThe HeraldAndrew DysStaying Power PHOTOS BY ANDY BURRISS - aburriss@heraldonline.com Maurice Williams holds his gold record for “Stay” at his Charlotte home Friday. Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs had the No. 1 record in the country the week of November 21, 1960. Below, Williams’ memorabilia from his career is on display at his home. At bottom are tickets for Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs concerts in Rock Hill from 1964 and 1965. 50 years later, Lancaster’s Maurice Williams is still singing about the girl who got away T he clock struck 10 p.m. in the living room of the little house on Pleasant Hill Street. Across the street sat First Washing- ton Baptist Church, where whippet-thin 15-year-old Maurice Williams learned the music that wanted to burst forth from his soul. In that living room, on that hot summer night in 1955, the girl with the skirt and the braids and the smile that would rock the world five years later told Maurice she had to go home. Handsome Maurice begged. Handsome Maurice Andrew pleaded. “I was in love with that Dys girl ” Maurice recalls “Head
  • PROFILE FEATURE WRITING OR STORY Daily 20,000 - 50,000 Division A light to othersFIRST PLACE WILSON From Page 1A point where he can bow his head at his Thanksgiving meal she always has. Wilson speaks with pride of his recent presentation before the Conway City Council, where he successfully sought money to help send chapter today to talk truly to God about members to a national conven- what he’s thankful for. tion in Florida. “I’m thankful for my wife He impressed council mem- The Sun News that sticks by my side and my bers so much that even in a very daughter that drives me tight budget year, they gave around,” Wilson says. “I’m $500 to the effort. When Gra- thankful for my [National Fed- ham called Wilson to give him eration of the Blind] chapter the news, Graham found him- and that they believe in me so self lingering on the phone, en- much.” joying the conversation. To appreciate the depth of his “It’s very uplifting to talk words, you need to understand with him,” Graham says. the soul they’re coming from Wilson says there are bright and the history of the voice spots even on a completely dark speaking them. road. Wilson was born in Williams- His sense of direction, always burg County in 1942 and grew good, has uncannily stayed with Steve Jones up in a time when a whole group BY TOM MURRAY tmurray@thesunnews.com him, and he routinely can tell of people never called him any- Levern Wilson, president of the Conway chapter of the National Federation for the Blind, helps Patsy Roberts in the Jerlynn which way to turn when thing butHOTOS BY TOM MURRAY tmurray@thesunnews.com Church. The church hosted a Thanksgiving dinner for the Federation last Saturday. P “Boy.” Little Pee Dee Free Will Baptist they are driving together. He’s “Boy, you want something to The Rev. Leroy Larrimore (center) pastor of the Little Pee Dee Free Will Baptist Church, is guided to the hand of Levern Wilson by his learned to know where the sun eat?” he recalls being sum- ter ticked to $10. He walked the left eye. cent of his sight left at that time. He’s proud of all that. But is by the way it heats up one daughter-in-law Pam Larrimore (left). Wilson is the president of the Conway Chapter of the National Federationdoor of a Blind.the way to and moned from the back for the rest of Wilson a rooming Because of the loss, he had to He remembers it shrank even still, he says, each day is a chal- part or another of his face. He Larrimore lost their sight late in life. house where he had been raking house and plunked down anoth- retire from Eastman Kodak and more, to a point where he had lenge, a fight between the good can feel how the space inside his leaves all day. The offer, which er $15 for a week’s rent, learning get out of a security business he only what he describes as laser memories of the good past and home is different from that in h e r e f u s e d , w a s f o r f o o d at the same time that a job was owned with an associate be- vision. If you were facing him the intimidating fears of the un- the neighborhood outside and Blind late in life, he scraped from the plates of those possible if he was waiting out- cause he could no longer accu- head-on, he could see you. If you known future. inside, to be eaten on the porch. side the car wash on Main rately fire the gun he needed to moved at all, you were gone. “What’s the matter with you Street when it opened the next carry. He had the retirement in- “This is the only thing I can’t “All I had to do was cough, whip,” he says. “I wrassle with it how an open field feels more spacious neighborhood. than the meets issue head-on boy, ain’t you hungry?” Wilson shared his rural home morning. come, but lost the $12,000 to sneeze, and everything went every day. It’s a struggle every He rose early and recalls a $15,000 he made each year in black,” he says of episodes that day.” He says he can pretty well gauge a person’s height, weight A Light to Others with four sisters and four broth- long, roundabout walk to Main his own business. began to plague him. He wants to be able to walk and even hair color in a hand- ers, a father who set the rules Street. But he was there by 5 “I thought it was devastat- Then, one day in 2008, there o u t o f h i s h o u s e a n d l o o k shake and a bit of conversation. BY STEVE JONES battled to a.m. and Viewhired atphotos of ing,” Wilson says. and a mother who was more $1.25 an was no recovery. around. Again. Houck says blindness is to sjones@thesunnews.com worth. hour to helpLevern Wilson at give him a sense of self wipe down cars af- Sitting around doing nothing, “I panicked,” he said. “I used Jerlynn wants him to get out him what he imagines a lost leg He recalls his father telling ter they emerged from the though, was not an option. to wake up at night tearing at more, spread his light further is to a veteran. You always miss him that if he ever got in trouble wash. TheSunNews.com . “The measure of a man is my face. It was like you had a than the Federation. But he it, but the presence of the loss in CONWAY | A single tear sneakswould for defending himself, he “I said ‘Wow!’ ” he recalls. “A that he has got to stand on his mask on.” thinks his lack of formal educa- your mind diminishes as in- out of the corner of Levern Wil- was buck and a quarter an hour!” own two feet and make his mark be there to help him. If he Wilson joined the Conway tion limits what others will see creased activity takes over con- son’s right eye and slideshis fa- “You wonderhe got a job with in the world,” he says. caught stealing, though, Eventually, ‘How do they chapter of the National Federa- if he offers himself. scious thoughts. stealthily downrecallscheek,come hands Eastman Kodak, he says of upSo he bought a one-ton pick- tion of blind. He got more seri- The Fixer ther told him not to He out look at me now?’ ” where he his his mother’s home. stayed for 30 years, met and truck and trailer and started totally the Blind before he was It can be an anchor that stops movement or it can be a solitary on his shoulders, her eyes family, friends and acquain- beyond his dark glasses. It’s bor- married his wife, Jerlynn, start- making regular runs to South ous with the organization after “He’s one of the most impres- tear that dries on a cheek. Wil- not big enough, his, telling have was ed a“I’m the guy that solved Carolina, hauling fresh produce the 2007 diagnosis and now sive people I’ve met in recent ing into doesn’t him he tances. family and built a life that son, you just know, is one who as from the despair, the defines the American dream. enough juice good as anybody else, no mat- problems.” and seafood back north. says his involvement with the memory,” says Conway City Ad- will win. One who will create a ter the taunts they threw at He had a motorcycle, he went The trips reacquainted him organization played a big part in ministrator Bill Graham. new identity once again that fits to escape his cheek and drop him. Two years ago, Wilson, to with how much warmer and saving his life. deep sea fishing, he loved 68, David Houck, director of the the definition of a strong man. onto his shoulder,in those days, Wilson the final sparkvansaand en- slower life was in South Caroli- Back lingering on- lost hunt, he detailed in 14-year It wasn’t an easy journey and S.C. Federation of the Blind, “I dream of hunting wild ly as a glistening trail that ma- campaign against failing eye- na than New York, and he began the chapter work wasn’t his on- who’s been legally blind since he says, Williamsburg County tered them in competitions. He boars down here with my pis- ny people would nevercrow would have bought 80 acres with a cabin to talk with Jerlynn about relo- ly lifeline. “was so poor a see. sight, the last speck of light was 16, says Wilson’s future is tol,” he says. “I love living on the to carry his own corn.” where he, his family and friends cating. A native of Florida, she “My thought was what do I limited only by what he will try edge.” The only at first be- leaving him forever. You don’t notice itwork he and his sib- could share good times and resisted, partly because of her have to live for now?” he says. to do. lings could get to help maintain He’s been through the sui- own memories but mostly be- “Honest to God, I wanted to cause you’re so busy listening bond. Jerlynn Wilson still thinks of ➤ Contact STEVE JONES at to his words family was inlatest cide thing, through the search cause she worried about leaving cash out.” the about his agriculture, The Wilsons raised their chil- her husband as The Fixer, as 444-1765. struggle with his identity, a life- for adren – twoand has daughters a friends, a paid-for home and hard work, and the maximum lifeline sons, four come to Anger enveloped him like a pay was $3 a day. – the way he was raised. Well- support systems. cold blanket, preventing any hu- long challenge, and could reso- more defined rules. Copious love. “I knew I the handle The sight in his left eye con- man warmth from entering his HAVE YOU HAD YOUR YEARLY SKIN EXAM? Levern Wilson speaks of his struggle with the glaucoma that took his sight. nance of his deep voice. says. “I knew ISee WILSON | Page 9A tinued to deteriorate. Half of it dark new world. He remembers than $3 a day,” he was worth more than $3 a day.” Glaucoma scare was gone by 1997. By the time the day he sat hopeless on his He had a scare from glauco- the Wilsons moved into their bed with a .357 caliber pistol in Atlantic Dermatology Associates, P.A. $1.25/hour in Rochester ma, but it was deemed dormant home on the golf course near his lap. He called his pastor, who Toxic algae puts brakes on warming fix He saved what money he in 1973. could and when he was 16, he Conway in 1999, he could no lon- stopped him from raising the In 1993, he went to a doctor ger drive. He could still read gun and pulling the trigger. He went to the bus station in Hem- for help to stop tremors in his some, watch a bit of television, began to accept help from Jer- ingway to get a ticket to a better face and paralysis in his arms but his sight kept sliding. life. Wilson recalls studying the and legs. The doctor diagnosed lynn, who he says is 150 percent of the reason for him making it We are now participating with Medicare, Tricare, BCBS, UHC, Aetna, Cigna, Medcost, First Health schedule on the wall while the him with Bell’s palsy and start- Gone for good this far “in a land I’ve never BY SAMMY FRETWELL sity of South Carolina. house gas from air. Cruz and LSUbehind they have bad- South Carolina professor He was told at an eye ap- walked before.” man says the counter ed a regimen of steroids. McClatchy Newspapers For more than 20 years, sci- But recent research shows documented the toxic algae he want- “Everything’s going dark,” gered him about what in Claudia Benitez-Nelson, apointment in 2007 that the He became president of the ed, where he wanted to go. The Wilson recalls telling the doctor nerves to his eyes were so dam- Conway chapter, increased entists have discussed wheth- that putting more iron in the sections of the tired of waiting on Wil- duringof the research team,aged that there was no chance membership to 20, took the post man got open Pacific member the treatment. “I need to Dr. Jonathan Crane COLUMBIA | An experimental er adding iron to the sea could ocean also could cause an ex- Ocean, a finding believedthe customer see an eye doctor.” to the seahe would keep any vision. No as Area One director for the son and turned to to be said adding iron Dr. Ronald Benjamin plan to fight global warming effectively keep carbon dioxide plosion in growth of toxic al- the first of behind him.Previously, might Fine, said the global warm-hope. its kind. help curb physician, but state chapter and was named to Patricia Hood, PA-C could cause blooms of poison- out of the atmosphere by caus- gae. “Rochester,” the man said in wait until the steroids a poten- He estimates he had 3 per- head its fundraising committee. the toxin had been known al- ing — but not withouthave run Kelly Britt, PA-C a deep voice as he handed over their course. Charlene Snyder, PA-C ous algae in seafood-rich ing the increased growth of A recent report by re- most exclusively along the im- tially caustic side doctor exam- When the eye effect. stretches of the open ocean, phytoplankton, a tiny ocean searchers from USC, the Uni- his money, Wilson recalls. mediate coast, near beaches then ined him, Wilson recalls, she be- “Rochester,” Wilson AMERICA’S LARGEST WINDOW Andrea Villareal, PA-C say researchers at the Univer- plant that absorbs the green- versity of California-Santa and harbors. mimicked in as deep a voice as See ALGAE |Wilson didn’t came furious. Page 5A REPLACEMENT COMPANY We welcome new patients For an appointment call he could muster. Two days later, the bus pulled have Bell’s palsy, she said, he had suffered a stroke. America’s 910.251.9944 favorite Inside Star into the station in northwestern And the physician treating 1099 Medical Center Drive Wilmington, NC New York and Wilson disem- him for the palsy hadn’t seen barked into an October chill un- the glaucoma in Wilson’s med- like that in South Carolina. He ical history. had $40 in his pocket. Steroids will reawaken glau- He asked a cab driver where coma and put it on fast forward. Call Today the black people lived and got Within three months, Wilson 445-9921 in, stopping the journey short of had lost the sight in his right eye STARTING AT his destination because the me- and the peripheral vision in his $ 179
  • PROFILE FEATURE WRITING OR STORY Daily Over 50,000 Division THIRD PLACE The State Otis R. Taylor Jr. The Twist and Chubby Checker
  • PROFILE FEATURE WRITING OR STORY Daily Over 50,000 DivisionSECOND PLACE Ronald David RatliffThe Post and Courier Sinking into theGlenn Smith darknessSinking into the darkness Friends, family: Recession, deaths, addictions led to Ratliff’s downfall BY GLENN SMITH gsmith@postandcourier.com Linda Weaver crouched behind a car as she watched sheriff’s deputies swarm around her friend David’s home across the street in West Ashley. Pop! Pop! Tear gas canisters sailed through the air and found their mark with the shattering of glass. Weaver cringed that January day, re- calling all the hours David had spent installing those windows, tending to every detail in the tidy, four-bedroom h th t h i t ll b ilt
  • PROFILE FEATURE WRITING OR STORY Daily Over 50,000 Division SANFORD RETROSPECTIVEFIRST PLACE The governor’s future, personally and politically, remains in question as his time in office comes to a close The Post and Courier Yvonne Wenger Sanford Retrospective ALAN HAWES/STAFF As he flies on the state plane, Gov. Mark Sanford works on a speech he will give during a plant expansion announcement ceremony on June 24 at FujiFilm in Greenwood. Just days from leaving office, the governor, once seen as a possible presidential contender, is embarking on an uncertain path. G BY YVONNE WENGER // ywenger@postandcourier.com Gov. Mark Sanford rummages bol, a Palmetto tree and crescent through a ragged white canvas moon-shaped gorget, embroidered sack that he calls his mobile office on the tan headrests. The drone of and digs out his notes about a new the plane’s engine dominates the investment Fujifilm has made in passenger cabin, and the smell of Greenwood. leather fills the air as the hot plane He studies the details, and on a cools down on the 90-mile trip half-dozen index cards, he scribbles from the capital city to Greenwood. in barely legible penmanship a On this day, June 24, exactly one speech he will deliver in less than year earlier, Sanford also prepared an hour before the Japanese execu- to deliver a speech, one that would tives and company workers. WADE SPEES/STAFF change the trajectory of his The governor is traveling without Sanford’s well-worn “mobile office” political career and the direction of sits just outside his office door in any staff in the state’s King Air, a September, awaiting his next trip his life. nine-seat plane with the state sym- away from the Statehouse. Please see SANFORD, Page 8A
  • SHORT STORY Daily Under 20,000 DivisionTHIRD PLACEThe Times and Democrat Spray park sweetgrass clippedRichard Walker By RICHARD WALKER T&D Staff Writer City of Orangeburg employees called police around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday when they found theSpray Park Yoo-hoo! We see you, Mr. lock had been cut from the River- Sweetgrass man! You looked side Drive park’s gate. around but you didn’t see all of The employees told police they us in the video camera over your were missing a large quantity of a head. green, stalky substance. Early Wednesday one of several If you can pronounce it, it’s ecurity cameras at the Orange- technically called muhlenbergiaSweetgrass Clipped burg Spray Park captured foot- filipes. This native to the South- age of a man apparently breaking east is widely known for its use in n after hours and taking what a sweetgrass baskets. police incident report called “the Park employees estimate they’re majority of the sweetgrass.” missing about $80 worth of the The video shows the man enter- stuff. ng the facility around 2:30 a.m. Experts say the native grass that He then went off camera for about can grow a couple of feet high is 24 minutes, coming back into view becoming more scarce. Unless you with an armload of sweetgrass. have bolt cutters. At least he closed the gate when Police are following several he left, as seen in the video. leads taken from the sweetgrass video, including a clear view of ONLINE Mr. Sweetgrass man. If anyone has another name @TheTandD.com for Mr. Sweetgrass man, they are Visit us online for asked to contact Crimestoppers at video footage. 1-888-CRIME-SC. TheTandD.com/news CHRISTOPHER HUFF/T&D Contact the writer: rwalker@time- Authorities say someone broke into the Orangeburg Spray Park sanddemocrat.com or 803-533-5516. and cut away some sweetgrass on Wednesday.
  • SHORT STORY Daily Under 20,000 DivisionSECOND PLACEThe Island PacketTom Robinette...And Don’t Forgetto Play by the “Rules”
  • Police: SHORT STORY Monopoly thief no Daily Under 20,000 Division winner By RICHARD WALKER T&D Staff Writer Go to jail, go directly to jail ... A Denmark man didn’tFIRST PLACE pass GO, nor did he collect $200 after he allegedly tried to swipe a box of Monopoly game pieces from the John C. Calhoun Drive McDonald’s Friday night, according to an Orangeburg Department of Public Safety incident report. Around 10 p.m., an off- duty police officer working The Times and Democrat security spotted a man walk inside the restaurant and step up to the counter. The officer noted the man was unsteady on his feet. A few moments later, the Richard Walker man grabbed a box of Monop- oly game pieces and walked out, the report said. The officer followed the man into the parking lot. The man initially drew a Chance card and tried to say he bought Police: Monopoly Thief No the pieces. Police told him the games were not for individual sale. He was offered a Get Out Of Jail Free card if he would take the box of game pieces back. Winner The man said he would. However, once he was back inside, he changed his mind about returning the pieces, the report said. He said the box of game pieces contained his chicken dinner and soft drink, and he had paid for those items. Police weren’t impressed. They still saw St. Charles’ Place instead of chicken. After a bit of a scuffle, the 18-year-old was hauled off and charged with petit lar- ceny and public disorderly conduct, the report said. Contact the writer: rwalker@timesanddemocrat. com or 803-533-5516.
  • SHORT STORYDaily 20,000 - 50,000 Division THIRD PLACE Morning News Dwight Dana A Whopper of Energy
  • SHORT STORY Daily 20,000 - 50,000 Division a6/local Friday/7.15.11/www.independentmail.com Anderson County Body of unidentified woman removed from wellSECOND PLACE BY KIRK BROWN Independent Mail kirk.brown@/260.1259 BY NIKIE MAYO Independent Mail mayon@/622.1708 The body of a middle-aged woman was removed Thurs-Independent Mail day from a well near Inter- state 85 in Anderson County . Members of an Easley family believe the body is that of their 45-year-old rel- ative who has been missing from Anderson since May . Anderson County Deputy NATHAN GRAY Independent Mail Coroner Don McCown said Anderson County sheriffs spokesman Chad McBride he expects to confirm the discusses a body that was found in a well.Kirk Brown and woman’s identity and her cause of death after an au- night with relatives of Re- body began Thursday morn- topsy this morning. becca Lynn Simmons, an ing. County public works The body has likely been Anderson woman who was employees and the county in the well “at least several last seen on Mother’s Day . technical rescue team also SEFTON IPOCK Independent Mail weeks,” McCown said, The relatives, who reported assisted. adding that it was “almost Simmons missing on May The well is a few feet from Graffiti marks the entrance to a rundown structure off Hurricane Creek Road skeletal.” 31, are “pretty convinced” an abandoned house. The in Anderson where a body was recovered from an abandoned well. McCown said it took him that she was the woman in words “Brad and Becca’sNikie Mayo two hours Thursday to ex- the well, he said. Place” are spray-painted on NATHAN GRAY Independent Mail tract the body from the 50- Anderson County sher- an outer wall of the dilapi- foot well. The well is in a iff ’s Detective Wayne Mills, dated structure. A member of stand of pine and oak trees who was investigating Sim- Simmons’ mother, Jewel the Anderson along Hurricane Road, mons’ disappearance, found Craig, said Thursday night County Sheriff ’s which is off Liberty High- the body in the well on that her daughter spent Office walks way . Wednesday morning — the time at the abandoned down a trail off “It was hard and un- same day that the sheriff ’s house with a man whom she Hurricane Road pleasant down there in that office asked for the public’s was seeing named Brad to the well where hole,” he said. “But I want- help in finding her. Smith.Body of Unidentified a body was found. ed to be sure that I saw any Sheriff ’s spokesman Court records show that forensic evidence and that Chad McBride said 45 to 50 Simmons was facing we could preserve anything volunteer firefighters, emer- charges of unlawful neglect we found. The main thing is gency medical service per- of a child or helpless person that we were able to recover sonnel and sheriff ’s em- and possession of less than a woman, even if we can’t be ployees searched the area one gram of methampheta- sure who she is yet.” around the well for evidence mine at the time of her dis- McCown met Thursday before efforts to remove the appearance.Woman Removed fromWell
  • SHORT STORY Woman killed on way to help dog Daily 20,000 - 50,000 Division BY NIKIE MAYO Independent Mail mayon@/622.1708 Tricia Marie Trutwin ON THE WEB Photos from the scene of the was waiting to hear if she wreck and video are at had been accepted to med- www.independentmail.com. ical school and Chelsea Blair Spears was liv- Malone set a $10,000 sure- ing with her ty bond for Spears, and her parents and parents had posted bail for working at her by Saturday evening. Chili’s when McCown said the carFIRST PLACE their lives in- Spears Spears was driving during tersected this the accident, a 1999 Honda weekend. Civic, is registered to her Spears was driving west mother, Kimberly Spears. on Brown Road in Ander- Kimberly Spears is the ex- son late Friday night and ecutive director of the An- Trutwin was walking derson County Arts Center. across the same road be- Attorneys Bruce Byrholdt cause her neighbor’s dog and Sarah Drawdy repre- had been hit by a car and sented Chelsea Spears at Sat- she wanted to help. urday’s hearing. Independent Mail Spears hit Trutwin near Ashley Downs subdivision, according to the South Car- olina Highway Patrol.The ac- cident happened at 10:15 p.m. Less than an hour later, Byrholdt asked the judge for leniency, saying that Spears suffers from de- pression and would be liv- ing at home with her par- ents in Anderson. Trutwin was pronounced Malone ordered Spears Nikie Mayo dead. She was 41. not to have any contact with Spears, who is 24, has Trutwin’s family and set her , been charged with driving next court date for Nov 4.. under the influence in an In the lobby outside the accident involving death. judge’s office, Spears’ father Anderson County Deputy cried as he waited for his Coroner Don McCown said wife to gather bail money that alcohol and speed were for their daughter. Woman Killed on Way to Help Dog factors in the accident and that Trutwin died of “mul- tiple, multiple traumas.” Trutwin, a former nurse’s assistant at AnMed Health Medical Center, leaves behind two children “Our hearts, thoughts and prayers, go tim,” he said. “My daughter has such a big heart.” McCown said Trutwin, a graduate of Clemson Uni- our out to the family of the vic- and her husband. Her hus- versity, worked at AnMed band made it safely across before becoming an admin- Brown Road to try to help istrative assistant at a chi- the injured dog just before ropractor’s office. He said the accident Friday night. she had applied to medical “This is a tragic situation school, though he wasn’t both ways,” Magistrate sure which one, and had ex- Denise Malone said Satur- pected word any day about day at Spears’ bond hearing. whether she would get in. Spears’ parents, Kimber- “She was really smart; ly and William B. Spears, she studied microbiology ,” held hands and cried at the McCown said. “Getting in- hearing as they watched to medical school would their daughter via closed- have marked a milestone in circuit television. her life.” Chelsea Spears,in the An- Instead, one of the last derson County jail, cried markers of Trutwin’s life is through nearly the entire a white cross that the coro- proceeding,and sobbed hard- ner spray-painted on the er as she signed paperwork pavement. at the end of the hearing. She said only her name and Reporter Kirk Brown “Yes, ma’am” to the judge. contributed to this story.
  • SHORT STORYDaily Over 50,000 Division THIRD PLACE The State Dawn Hinshaw Everlasting Splendor
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  • Council SHORT STORY votes on Daily Over 50,000 Division gibberish Dorchester agendas offer little explanation of issues BY BO PETERSEN bpetersen@postandcourier.comFIRST PLACE ST. GEORGE — The people in the audience at the Dorchester County Council meeting on Monday finally had enough. The voting began incomprehensibly: “3rd Reading for Ordinance #11-13, ‘An Ordinance to Amend Dorchester County Ordinance Number 97-05 as Previously Amended Pertaining to the The Post and Courier Organization and Rules of Dorches- ter County Council to Delete the Last Sentence of Section 1-3 and Substitute a New Sentence in Lieu Thereof.’ ” County Council members raised their hands to approve, without dis- cussion, and moved on. In the audi- Bo Petersen ence, they looked at each other per- plexed. By the time council reached the eighth agenda item — four lines worth of the same sort of gibberish — two of them stood up. “I should know what you are doing,” said Karen Smith, of the Dorchester Council Votes on Gibberish community. “As a citizen I should un- derstand what you’re doing.” People don’t turn out for council meetings because they can’t follow what’s go- ing on, she said. “Can’t this be written in a language I understand?” No, because a lawyer wrote it, Coun- ty Attorney John Frampton joked. He and council members began explain- ing what the vote was for and how the language is required for the minutes. But that wasn’t it at all. John Muck- enfuss of Ridgeville followed Smith to the podium. “A common man with a 12th-grade education cannot understand this at all,” he said, waving the agenda. What council is actually voting to do “needs to be on the agenda or put online so you can understand it.” That’s the rub and it’s been that way for years. Unless there’s a fuss over a vote, or a council member takes it on himself to address the audience, agenda items often are passed without expla- nation. Council members do explain most ordinances on a first-reading Please see GIBBERISH, Page 6B
  • COLUMN WRITING Daily Under 20,000 Division A meeting of minds, not violence T he Greenwood Police Department squad car sat idle across the street. A Lander University public safety officer patrolled the lobby of Lander on the Square. This wasn’t the scene of a crime. It was a town hall meeting Monday evening hosted by U.S. Third District Representa- tive Jeff Duncan, R-S.C.THIRD PLACE There wasn’t an overt police presence, and perhaps the same law enforcement existence might have been present no matter the circum- stances. But the horrific trag- SCOTT edy in Tucson, Ariz. — J. BRYAN where U.S. Rep. Gabri- elle Giffords was shot, ASSOCIATE EDITOR six people died and 13 Since then, there has been endless chat- A busy Monday — Duncan lunched were wounded Jan. 8 ter about possible mental defects, warning with local pastors, took tours of Green- — still weighs heavily on many minds. signs, gun rights and tasteless political wood Mills and Self Regional Medical No, Duncan didn’t wade into a war propaganda. Center, and met individually with con- zone. No, he wasn’t in Washington, Despite the senseless violence, Duncan stituents — closed with a question-and- Index-Journal a place state Sen. Shane Massey once said he intends to continue his visible, answer town hall session. dubbed a “cesspool” when he removed face-to-face contact with voters. “It’s great,” Duncan said. “I have the his name from the race for the same seat “I hope it was a fluke,” Duncan said opportunity to interact with people and The magic of words Duncan now owns. Duncan was in Greenwood, a relatively peaceful place unless “loosely organized” wannabe gangs are playing their warped version of Cowboys and Indians in front of nightclubs. Regardless, safety comes first. We after Monday’s town hall where about a dozen people attended. “I would hate to see an attack on any of my colleagues or an attack on me. ... As Americans in this day and time, we have to be cognizant of our surroundings and very alert, not only as elected officials but everyone. So, I get some ideas. This is the first one for us (since being sworn in) here in Green- wood. I got to meet some people I’ve never gotten to meet.” Securing ideas was a theme Duncan emphasized Monday. He readily admitted he was still learning on the job, though his learned that the hard way. would hope everyone’s more aware.” involvement in Congress’ homeland secu- “The more you read, the more things The most troubling statistics? Twenty- craft and Wizardry. Duncan, a Ware Shoals High School rity and foreign affairs committees should Scott J. Bryan you will know. The more that you learn, one million AmericansNOT TOO LONGat all, 45hall can’t read AGO, town meetings were quiet, small gatherings Words — magical, singing, dancing, graduate and a Laurens resident, doesn’t intend to shirk his responsibility to meet advance his international schooling. “I hope to be able to gain knowledge the more places you’ll go.” million are marginallywhere the votingand could express compelling words — are a vehicle to illiterate public one- with voters. from my constituents (at town halls) and ideas and concerns to political leadership. After all, Monday’s town hall meeting address their concerns,” he said. — Dr. Seuss, “I Can Read With My fifth of high school graduates can’t read years, another destination, where the world’s That quickly changed. In recent was the first of five he planned to attend Many of those concerns — immigra- disenfranchised voters began loudly this week. tion, the federal reserve, entitlements and Eyes Shut!” their diplomas. conveying opinions, some occasionally problems and issues are simply forgotten “We’re not slowing down any,” said more — were discussed Monday. Many W ords are beautiful, amazing, In the Lakelands, there are those who lead- for a time. raising voices or chastising political ers. Public discourse became disgusting Duncan, who was entering the 11th hour of his busy schedule Monday. more will be bandied about in the future. Let us hope all of Duncan’s town hall magical. wage war against illiteracy. meetings — somecameras rolling, “It takesSTAFFER said the newly my situation,” at some microphone in hand and people, with A DUNCAN me away from meetings — and similar meetings around the nation — will be about discussion and Over the weekend Kathy Jennings, who has served as buffoons. Greenwood County Library executive became belligerent, irascible elected representative wouldn’t divulge debate, not screaming and animosity. Nobody anticipated the war of words security detail information. That’s smart. More important, let’s hope the patrol — my nose perpetually stuck in David director of the Greenwood Literacy Coun- director Prudence Taylor said. “(Reading) would eventually lead to deadly violence. Not many folks will pull a Knute Rockne car across the street remains idle. McCullough’s 1994 Pulitzer Prize winning cil for 4 1/2 years and as a tutor for where Giffords,fire helpssame staffer saidthe playbook.a quotationassociate editor of the Index- In early January, a gunman opened outside a supermarket eight 40, and send an opponent The me relax.the read I congressional Bryan is once, book on Harry Truman — I paused and years, is one of many proverbial soldiers.dropout, ‘Readinglaw enforcement awaregets yousbryan@indexjournal.com. Views was hosting a town hall meeting. Jared Loughner, a 22-year-old college office makes good books of through Journal. Contact him at 943-2513; e- Duncan’s agenda as a cautionary measure. mail smiled. “We offer classes, basic adult education pled the bad times.always remainto agree withthis column are those of the While security will ’ I have a expressed in that. Legislators need to do more than bark for education is accused of the shooting and has not guilty. Giffords was shot in the head concern for elected officials, Duncan was writer only and do not represent the news- There’s nothing more relaxing than classes, that help adults get caught up onHouston. Not that times are bad, but paper’s opinion. an and is undergoing treatment in more interested in people. we’re seeing a good book. When basic skills — reading, writing and math,” increase in youth (at the library). PeopleP icture a pack of dogs, foam- went to another public school-mind- Ask anybody working in public her inability to support the budget. to Calhoun Falls Charter School and ing at the mouth and starving ed politico, former Greenwood mayor school education, and they’ll gladly “We didn’t fund (education) like we online charter schools. District 50 John Grisham authors said Jennings, who cites “entertainment are coming in and our circulation is up. I from malnutrition. Picture Floyd Nicholson. discuss Act 388, which drastically should have funded it, and that’s why I would lose $88,390. another tome, I’m one of and knowledge” as her reasons for reading. think it’s because people are reading to for-these rabid, ferocious animals neglect- Joking with Dula — a white, South- reduced property taxes. In turn, that didn’t vote for the budget,” Parks said. Nobody can blame Calhoun Falls the first in the Lakelands “We have great volunteer tutors and some get about how bad the economy is.”ed and hungry, their bellies sore from ern football coach who was raised in left South Carolina with less funding “I think our children are worth more or the online charter schools forpangs of famine. Laurens — I asked about his political for education. than that.” wanting a share of the local money. to purchase it (Thanks paid tutors who help them gain general Taylor, who helped shepherd the new Now, imagine somebody throws affiliation, making an assumption But don’t worry, the South Carolina It’s hard to argue with facts. Nobody can blame Abbeville admin- to Amazon.com, I order knowledge in reading, writing and math.” library and its grand opening in Octobera hunk of red meat into the center of that was completely Taxation Realignment Commission Take Greenwood District 50, for istrators for attempts to safeguard itsthese neglected animals and imagine false. — formed by the state legislature example. Because of a lack of funding dwindling funding. it before most people The Greenwood Literacy Council is 2010, said there are a variety of tacticsthe ravenous, desperate behavior. “You can’t be for — released a report in December from the state, more than 220 posi- Because of a failed tax code, a herd know Grisham has even instrumental, especially in a state that geared toward improving literacy. She When pondering how the state education and be a 2010 recommending parts of Act 388 tions have been eliminated from the mentality with the Republican major-of South Carolina funds education Republican,” Dula should be eliminated and South Caro- school district since 2008. Because of ity and a gross negligence of the state’s written a new book). battled illiteracy at a 33 percent clip in the notes reading at the Greenwood County— along with the intensely debated quipped. lina should change much of its tax federal stimulus money, another 75 or youth, school districts and admin- Just a couple of months 1990s, according to Jennings. Library costs nothing — a library cardcharter school bill that could eradicate Sadly, Dula’s structure to pay for the state’s growing so positions were saved this year. But SCOTT istrators are doing the best they can ago, I purchased all of “Not a lot of literacy problems are diag- is free for Greenwood County residentssome local funding from school dis- joke was closer to needs. The state legislature, by the there is no federal stimulus money with little funding.tricts — I can’t help but think about a reality than the way, asked TRAC not to consider Act next school year, so those 75 positions Essentially what’sBRYAN we J. happening: Pat Conroy’s books and nosed,” said Jennings, who said she reads — and there is a collection of books forpack of wild dogs fighting over a piece SCOTT Republican Party 388 because the conclusion would be will likely disappear. have a lot of 8-year-olds getting by ASSOCIATE EDITOR began reading in earnest. history and novels, with a focus on local adult new readers, including sections ofof meat. cares to admit. In obvious. The state budget will be about a on scraps. Maybe one day soon the Neglect a dog? Starve an animal? J. BRYAN a state dominated Fearful of raising any taxes (other billion dollars less than the previous Republican Party — long the majority I often read his work authors. “People kind of fake it on the novels by Alice Walker and other popularYou face criminal charges, time in jail ASSOCIATE EDITOR by the Grand Old than cigarette taxes, apparently) and year, which means less money for party in this state and always so con- until 5 a.m. and con- job, and it’s important to us to try to help authors.and hefty fines. Party — nearly four losing elections, state politicians everybody. In fact, during District cerned about ensuring babies don’t get Neglect a child? Starve a mind? times as many people in this state are ignored the report. 50 superintendent Darrell Johnson’s aborted — will templated changing careers since Conroy’s begin worrying about people feel a little more comfortable with “There’s no reason for somebody toThat’s political policy in South Caro- registered as Republicans than Demo- State of the District address Feb. 11, what happens to those kidsso riveting I didn’t feel worthy of prose is after birth. day-to-day interaction with people, so we spend penny one (if they don’t want to),”lina. crats — the South Carolina “Right” LAST AUGUST, Anne Parks, D- he revealed the district projects more typing for a living. help them learn to read, learn to write and Taylor said. “It doesn’t cost anything.” has ignored and abused the education District 12, was meeting with McCor- than 300 job losses between 2009 and Bryan is associate editor of the A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO, system. mick County Council members with 2012. Index-Journal. Contacth h 943-’ him at ld b k k d l h” h h hShell Dula — then Greenwood High South Carolina Republicans have Shane Massey, a state senator. On top of that, the legislature is 2513; e-mail sbryan@indexjournal.School’s football coach — was con- long opposed raising taxes. And that’s When talking about last year’s bud- debating H3241, a charter school bill com. Views expressed in this columnsidering a run for John Drummond’s fine. But the current tax structure has get, which Parks voted against, she that would force Abbeville County are those of the writer only and do notstate senate seat, which eventually significantly hampered education. gave a simple, reasonable response for School District to relinquish $437,048 represent the newspaper’s opinion.
  • COLUMN WRITING Daily Under 20,000 Division Parents aging, dyingSECOND PLACE gives us new perspective M any — too many — of us who are on the tail end of the baby boomers list have faced or are facing the inevitable deaths of our Index-Journal parents. And for most, the experience is a difficult crossroad in life. We know it’s coming, but we prefer to not think about it. And when it comes, we get caught up in a Richard Whiting whirlwind of emotions. The two people we came to depend on for so many things are Don’t need ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ P gone. They nurtured uslay “Taps” for the 17-year-old “don’t or commit some other military crime. ask, don’t tell” military policy. How SHARE YOUR VIEWS There was a time when blending black and when we were babies it came to be, as with so many laws, Readers are encouraged to share their opin- white men in military units could result and helped us learn to and regulations, is perhaps under- ions. Letters to the Editor must not exceed in the commission of a hate crime as well, policies standable but not necessarily commend- walk, ride a bike and 250 words. Guest columns must not exceed brought on by pure racial prejudice. In WHITING’S finish our homework.It was apolicy ended. time, and now 625 words. Include your full name, street truth, those concerns remain, for there will able. it’s time the product of its address, and day and evening phone num- always be prejudice in this world. WRITINGS They encouraged usRemember when women did not serve bers, for verification purposes. Columnists people of allworkplace, the military has in the military, other than as nurses? should include one sentence about themselves As in any socio-economic backgrounds, to do better than they We occasionally carried those visits submit athis we did with no power saw and, yes, sexual Then along came and be prepared to photograph if races, religions, genders RICHARD S. WHITING did, reminding us of the past high schoolwith into early college for publication. All are good day’s labor. T in any other work- World War II and and the column is accepted hoe. Just a orientation. And just as subject to editing for length, clarity and libel. importance of an educa- years when her daughter and I came guaranteed. Contributors formerthe militarywas to find ways it the formation of the Publication is not denly, this place, Marine needs Women’s Army Corps are limited to one letter/column every 30 to work through those differences. If (WACs) and Women days. Mail submissions to: Executive Editor, anything, the highly disciplined and struc- Accepted for Volunteer P.O. Box 1018, Greenwood, SC 29648. Fax tured military should be among the safest Emergency Service to: Executive Editor, 864-223-7331. E-mail to: for such a diverse and divergent people. (WAVES). letters@indexjournal.com. Copy and paste into Professional football seems to be able to Many readers also your e-mail. Attachments will not be opened. field gay and straight players. Baseball, too. If e-mailed, photos must be attached as jpgs, WHITING’S recall when black men not embedded. They may not sleep in the same rooms, were fine to have as but they do share the same locker rooms WRITINGS recruits and enlisted men and showers. And aren’t all businesses held RICHARD in the military, only they strict discipline, strict standards. There’s to strict anti-discrimination policies that S. WHITING had to be segregated, a protect all workers, regardless of race, reli- little room for deviation from the estab- la the famous Tuskegee lished way. That’s why boot camps not gion, sexual orientation? Apply the same Airmen of World War II and the whole- only prepare men —and women — for standards in the military. sale segregation of troops in general. A battle, but also for taking the “I” out of Whether we choose to admit or ignore reminder of that segregation exists today the individual serving in an effort to build it, gay men (and women) have long served in Greenwood. Read the plaques on the a cohesive battle team. Again, the fewer in our military, and served well. military monument on Main Street. Even distractions the better. Thus, segregate the We have, in general, moved beyond in death, black and white soldiers were races, segregate the sexes. the days when blacks could not sit at the segregated while honored and remem- In the male-dominated military world Woolworth’s counter with whites We have
  • COLUMN WRITING Daily Under 20,000 Division CAROL BARKER T&D REGION EDITOR Hurry, maw!FIRST PLACE My dentures are slippin’ S o here’s the deal. I was The Times and Democrat in the checkout line at a grocery store in Lex- ington on Saturday. The woman ahead of me was a store manager who was getting Carol Barker off work and apparently buying some stuff for dinner. She pro- ceeded to get into a conversation with the teenage checker about a shoplifting that had occurred a few minutes earlier. Seems two “older” women made off with 12 boxes of a brand-name denture adhesive. The manager said she got the license plate number of the shoplifters but didn’t call it in because police couldn’t do any- thing about it anyway. (That didn’t make any sense to me.) Anyhow, the manager was so furious about the theft that she riled up the teen clerk and he was vowing to hunt down the old ladies when he got off work. The manager and the checker proceeded to talk about how you just couldn’t trust customers anymore. I came close to leav- ing my groceries on the counter and walking out. I should have, but I was actually more in-
  • COLUMN WRITINGDaily 20,000 - 50,000 DivisionTHIRD PLACE Herald-Journal Pam Stone
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  • COLUMN WRITING DSS needs scrutiny;Daily 20,000 - 50,000 Division so do we W e had been driv- ing on seeminglyBEST OF THE BEST endless dirt and gravel roads in a rural part of Horry County before making it to a small com- The Sun News munity tucked away be- tween a few large, barren fields. It was a couple of Issac Bailey years ago. It was there a ISSAC former S.C. BAILEY Depart- ment of Social Services social work- er and I jumped out of my A Different truck, Perspective walked up to a mobile home and knocked on the front door. It was a single-wide, prob- ably 20, 30 years old, the kind I grew up in only
  • COLUMN WRITINGDaily Over 50,000 DivisionTHIRD PLACE The Greenville News Beth Padgett
  • COLUMN WRITING Daily Over 50,000 DivisionSECOND PLACE BRIAN HICKS New verse D B g BRIAN HICKS Governor BRIAN HICKS Struggling has been S.C. gives up to an oldThe Post and Courier p b t outclassed its own cash favorite c L E et’s get this straight: H o ere are a few oldies but good- Our schools, which aren’tBrian Hicks ies for your reading enjoy- exactly rocking the national A bout 30 years ago, some w downtown residents would ment: rankings, are being consistently have told you that the great- “With this administration, you will underfunded by the state — forcing est threats this city ever faced were find no greater priority than econom- local districts to cut teachers and the Yankees, the earthquake and ... ic development and job creation.” programs just to make budget. So, Charleston Place. “We want partners, those who are of course, we should just say no to Yeah, nothing strikes terror in the willing to invest in South Carolina, $144 million of our own money for hearts of men like an upscale hotel create jobs in our state, and utilize education funding. Even though we with a little bit of convention space. the small businesses already here.” won’t get a tax refund by turning it But back then some residents said “Boeing was not just a win for our down. such a place would bring in an un- state for the jobs it directly created Brilliant. desirable class of tourist — people but for the auxiliary jobs and the State Education Superintendent who would only buy T-shirts and economic activity it will bring.” Mick Zais not only said no to this contribute little to the local econo- Those are all statements made by money, he accused the U.S. Depart- my. This thing, they warned, would Gov. Nikki Haley in her first state of ment of Education of playing poli- rip the historic fabric of the com- the state address two months ago. tics simply because it reminded him munity. So, governor, what happened? the deadline for getting this money Downtown residents and preser- On Thursday, Darla Moore gave is looming. vationists banded together to file a $5 million to the University of South Pot, meet kettle. lawsuit. Carolina for a new aerospace innova- Zais is not only playing tea party You see where this is going, right? tion and research center, which will politics with our children, he got This week preservationists and create jobs and help businesses already an assist from the current MVP of some downtown residents filed a here. This from a “partner” who has pandering, Gov. Nikki Haley. The suit to run Carnival cruise ships out proven, time and again, she is “willing guv said we don’t need no stinkin’ of town. Let’s not kid ourselves, that to invest in South Carolina.” federal bailout. is the ultimate goal here — to rid the And Haley summarily blew her off. Yeah, because she and Zais are do- town of Bermuda shorts and floppy ing such a good job with the schools hats. Of course the historic fabric of A class move on their own. the community is at stake. See, this is how you prove a point. This town doesn’t revere its history After Haley kicked Moore off the Other peoples’ money? so much as it wallows in it. university’s board of trustees last Congress approved this “bailout” week, some worried that the state’s last August, before the takeover by Calypso is a downer? flagship school would lose its most those guys who worship “job cre- This suit would be laughable if generous benefactor, and a very ators” that don’t create jobs. smart business leader It was meant to help the states
  • COLUMN WRITINGDaily Over 50,000 DivisionFIRST PLACE ROB THOMPSON/S.C. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer and his mother, Jill, and sister, Drea, show off his new sign. How Andre The State got his interchange T HE MAIN problem with driving 101 miles per hour on a the Legislature’s habit of wet highway, used the police ra- Cindi Ross Scoppe naming roads, bridges dio in the state car he was driving and other infrastructure home from a political event to try after living people (usually legis- to call off the trooper who was lators or their supporters) is that chasing him, and then used his this self-aggrandizing/patronage position to get out of a ticket when system opens the state up to all he finally was stopped. This is the sorts of embarrassment should man who did get a ticket — for those honorees get into trouble running two red lights at speeds later in life. And indeed, we’ve up to 60 mph on Assembly Street seen a smattering of such instanc- — from a Columbia police officer es, most recently with for- who was so worried by Mr. mer Comptroller General Bauer’s aggressive behav- Earle Morris. ior that he felt the need to But while individual leg- pull a gun on him. islators do occasionally try, How even his most ar- they rarely succeed in dent fans could believe it is naming public property af- appropriate to attach Mr. ter people who already Bauer’s name to any sort have embarrassed our of highway structure in a state. Which probably ex- state that has among the plains why Andre Bauer’s Cindi Ross most deadly roads in the friends didn’t even bother Scoppe nation is simply beyond trying to go the usual route me. Associate Editor of pushing a resolution Although I wish they through the House and had the backbone to say Senate when they decided no, it’s hard in our political that our outgoing lieutenant gov- system to blame the members of ernor needed to be honored in the Transportation Commission, asphalt. who voted unanimously in Octo- Instead, they turned to a little- ber to approve the request from used procedure of having the re- Lexington legislators. Since the quest made by the Lexington governor doesn’t actually control
  • HUMOR COLUMN WRITING Daily Under 20,000 Division Of ’cadas and men A bout a week ago, I walked out- Hodges said the demon-noise pro- from the house to the car, on the off side and was met by an unex- duced by the cicadas is actually the chance that we might encounter one orTHIRD PLACE pected visitor at my front door. male bugs “singing” in the tree tops to He was loud, intrusive and had pierc- attract the females. Index-Journal sports walk from one point to the next. ing, blood-red eyes. No, it wasn’t associate editor Scott J. Bryan after a Saturday night at Sports editor Scott Chancey uses this same method to pick up women, so if you’re two (or 10,000) cicadas on the 50-foot While the chief moniker she uses for the bugs is “ ’cadas,” she also has taken in the area of Regency Park Apartments to calling them “lazy nothings.” That Break. It was the first cicada I’d seen and hear someone badly warbling a came from a moment of frustration on since 1998. Bob Dylan B-side from the branches of my part when, during a walk around Index-Journal As I’m sure most of you are abundantly aware, the cicadas are back. The disgusting, a pine tree, just ignore it. MY DAUGHTER CHARLEY is a fairly adventurous 2-year-old and she the neighborhood, she stopped dead in her tracks at the sight of a cicada about six feet in front of us. Determined to assure her she little-winged insects, normally loves to discover new things, wouldn’t be harmed, I flicked the bug Chris Trainor on utility poles, in our I swear it was bigger than Jaws which appear every 13 especially animals, bugs and the like. years, are in the trees, But, the cicadas? Not so much. When the bugs started to invade away with my foot and said, “Charley, he’s not coming after you. He’s just a lazy nothing!” CHRIS M yards and seem to any“many,” —meana weekmy vacationswanted ily made the trek to the coast, Naturally, shefew min- water. What’s funny theas soon of you and by about taking Besides, if I else- I where. ago, she initially wasmy brother Mat- joined by curi- “marine-life alert” a has repeated that is, shore, utes later as we continued our as people would hit TRAINOR have taken a particu- three or four She actually picked up one and his wife and my descriptor about 1,000 times now and ous. to see a woman wearing a thew of the game of zinging the skim ball they would turn around and The mayor’s bugging out: ‘They taste like okra’ SENIOR WRITER porch. people, including my parents column empty front have noticed my Sunday’s edition. me and asked, “What’ while Confederate yard, shotgunning good buddy Justin and his wife. Everything to across the water to one anoth- stand at the edge of the water, lar liking to my — mightwas missing from lasthulls in the flag bikinimarched upwas set for madeSuddenly, mythat,Justinher mind, greatpretty er. it clear buddy in issued a stern warning. a PBR dat?”a nice weekend in the sun entire cicada Class of 2011 is a bunch of s “Chris there’s a shark right watching the the Now, if you ask fish. much anybody who was there While it would have been her husband “That’s from a cicada,” I responded.ain contactlazy there!” he said. was just jumpy that day being honest, they’ll and surf. It was great time about the shark, ifT wo weeks ago I wrote a col- who own The Two Old Bags shop In short, I respect the man and value My spine and my Explorer’s front end lets not evenhave been in Green- And nice to teaches their ... until we came nothings. Thinking he they are umn about cicadas. in Greenwood, have decided cicada his opinion on matters affecting the alignment are eternally grateful. I wrote about my daughter’s wings would make for good jewelry. City of Greenwood. go into all thechat some about “hulls” thatlast week, stories ’cada,” she said. bottle with the biggest,Jaws. vicious after our jellyfish encounter, tell you it wassix. Perhapsfeet We also needed to empty cicada wood late out the column and churning “A children to ignite man-eater since most I literally laughed in his face. long, maybe about five evenfear of the bugs she calls “lazy noth- The sisters have devised a plan in Which makes the events of this past CPW’sleft clingingin giving the outside walls are renewed interest to trees, about dump site assessments she saw one ofwith actual bugs Then rockets the THE LAST TIME THE let’s get real. Who’s Seconds later however, he CICADAS smaller.ings” and about a prank my buddies which they seal the wings with an week ... a touch disturbing. 54 acres at 1217 Grace St. to the city and murder trials and kids a lit Winston, AS WE HIT THE BEACH turned and hauled tail out of But, CHRISand I played on our friend Matt acrylic resin. The resin strengthens the On Monday night, I was at home for use as a park. (Note to allof vehicles. and even the tires enti- scurrying around nearby. last Saturday, Charley could theAt thatIpoint, I whipped was 1998 and I’mwas running lemonade stands, I I’d just go out invaded, was 19. It going to be honest about it? we set up a tent water. I sure was, instead, facing down cer- TRAINOR to Waterloo under which As the years go by,Horne during the cicada swarm of wings and gives them a certain shine. watching a little “Chicago Code” and ties involved: Let’s get this deal done. Extension death in Myrtle Beach. As noted by Clemson tain “What’s dat?” she asked, withher bit castles and going to college and living at homein the sto- on the week- build a sand my head around, and there the shark will grow in SENIOR WRITER1998, in which we poured a 42-ounce The cicada wing earrings are avail- getting my daughter ready for bed Or don’t. Either way we need to stop Well, maybe not certain end. the wives could read their US it was: the unmistakable fin ries of the folks who spottedcup full of the insects into the cab of able at The Two Old Bags in Uptown when I heard my cellphone chirp. I arguing about it every three years). death. But there was the dis- How- magazines and novels, then of a shark, gliding through the fish that day. his pickup truck in Greenwood. To read more about the glanced down, saw “Welborn” illumi- After the city business was dis- tinct possibility I could have ever, now that my daughter the guys headed down to the the water about five feet away Hell, I’m already telling the middle of the earrings and The Two Old Bags, flip nated on the outer screen and flipped cussed, the mayor and I exchanged a been turned into lunch meat Charley is growing up (she’s water to play some skim ball from me and about two feet people it was a 12-foot Great night. over to today’s Accent section and the phone open. few pleasantries, and he casually asked as I came face-to-face (actu- a robust 2 and 1/2 years old), (aka “those squishy, multi- away from a dude who was White, blood dripping from ally face-to-fin) with a shark my wife wants to make going colored balls that skip across swimming in a West Virginia its jaws as it looked for its next The column was check out the story by staff writer It was a picture message. Curious whether I had “tried any cicadas yet.” for the first time in my life. to Myrtle Beach for a week- the water”). baseball cap. victim. good for a chuckle Michelle Laxer. as to what type of picture the mayor I knew he was referring to the photo As summer 2011 heats up, end a sort of yearly tradition, I should take a moment Alas, the beast was thwart- or two, and several I can appreciate the creativity would be sending me at a fairly late he sent me a few nights earlier. I’m sure many of you have the type of annual pilgrimage here to let you know the I REMAINED CALM ed by three brave skim ball people have since behind transforming the wings of hour on a Monday evening, I hit “Were you really eating a cicada?” participated — or soon will many people my age had as blinding white light you saw ABOUT THE SITUATION players from the Upstate. emailed me to share cicadas into jewelry. I don’t see any “open” and saw it was a picture of I asked. participate — in the South kids, as our parents did before emanating from the east at and deliberately made my way Men so brave and resolute their cicada stories. problem with local ladies turning what Adams enjoying some type of food. I He informed me he actually ate Carolina summer rite of pas- us. about 11 a.m. last Saturday out of the water. that they ran from the water sage that is going to Myrtle Honestly, that’s OK with was me taking my shirt off And by “remained calm screaming like girls at a Justin But, honestly, I really could be seen as an every-13-years couldn’t really tell what it was. FOUR cicadas. He said his wife Erika Beach. Visiting the Grand me, as it’s my daughter’s God- at Myrtle Beach. Folks, I’m about the situation and Bieber concert.CHRIS didn’t think I’d be nuisance into a fun fashion statement. I scrolled down and read the text — one of the loveliest women you will Strand is as much a part of given right as a good South beyond white. I’m clear. deliberately made my way See you next summer,TRAINOR writing another cica- However, what about cicadas as a attached to the picture, at which point likely meet — battered and fried the life in the Palmetto State as Carolinian to play in the We were out in the ocean out of the water,” I mean Myrtle Beach.SENIOR WRITER da column for about, culinary delicacy? Sorry, but that’s a I was informed the Mayor of Green- four insects, then served them to the barbecue, dirty politics and sand, frolic in the waves of the about waist deep, firing the that I immediately screamed oh, another 13 years different story in my book. wood was, in fact, eating cicadas. mayor on a plate with a nice garnish. USC baseball national cham- Atlantic Ocean, get motion skim ball back and forth, “SHARK! SHARK! SHARK!” Trainor is the senior staff or so. Which brings us to Mayor Adams. Honestly, I laughed it off as a joke. I had to know, how did they taste? pionships. sickness on the rides at Fam- when Matthew and Justin and headed for shore so fast writer at the Index-Journal. (Sorry, I had to slip that last ily Kingdom and ask me spotted a jellyfish. Not an you would have thought Contact him at 943-5650; However, some folks around town I mean, sure, I had a picture of the “They taste like okra,” Adams said, one in there). awkward questions after an uncommon occurrence, but someone had free doughnuts email ctrainor@indexjournal.— namely Mayor Welborn Adams IN THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS mayor and he was eating something in with a little chuckle. For many years I was out airplane flies by pulling a ban- we quickly moved from that waiting for me on the beach. com. Views expressed in this— have forced my hand, so here we I’ve come to know Adams pretty well. that picture. But, surely it wasn’t really Later Thursday I sent him a text of the going-to-Myrtle Beach ner for Derriere’s Gentlemen’s area to avoid feeling the sting Soon enough, hundreds column are those of the writergo again. I think he’s done a good job as a cicada, was it? message to ask, one last time, if he business, which was fine by Club. of said jellyfish. of people on our section of only and do not represent the As previously documented, I have mayor, especially considering the I showed my wife, Christina, the really had been eating cicadas. He me. I was perfectly content So last weekend, our fam- We were on a bit of beach were darting out of the newspaper’s opinion.
  • HUMOR COLUMN WRITING Daily Under 20,000 Division MIKE’S LIFE A possum problem gone looseSECOND PLACE Let’s be honest – who here HASN’T lost a possum? Wait, no one? Really. Hmm. It all started late the other night when I heard Murphy the Excitable Dachshund whin- ing and yelping in the back MIKE out what room the possum was in. I was fairly certain it would have stayed close by but had to make sure it hadn’t made a break for another room. I closed off several rooms and left five pieces of dog food on yard. Generally, this means an GIBBONS the floor of each. I was hoping enemy has been found, and mgibbons@aikenstandard.com that wherever the possum was,Aiken Standard Murphy has gone into attack mode. Usually, it’s a possum, and it responds in the most possum way possible, which is to stand on a fence and drool. This time, however, Murphy “See,” I said, grabbing the towel, “The possum is...” Hello, empty towel. Turns out this particular car- rier had a small opening that it would come out looking for food and I would know where to focus my search. I thought I had the possum at one point when I heard something crunching on dogMike Gibbons wasn’t at the fence jumping I had not noticed, and it was food in our bedroom. I sprang and being drooled on but rather the perfect escape hatch for the out of bed, ready to pounce, in the shed. possum. My daughter later told only to find a very surprised I went out with a flashlight us that she had gotten up in the and slightly embarrassed cat. and saw he was going nuts and middle of the night to use the A short while later, I noticed scratching at a chair that was restroom and saw a possum that the dog food in the bath- leaning up against a wall. I walking on the bathtub. In her room was missing, and I leaned the chair back and saw defense, I think assuming you was fairly certain the cat had a tiny possum, not much big- are dreaming at that point is a not been in there. I launched ger than...well, a baby possum. safe bet. another search after seeing I reached down and scooped I put the bathroom on lock- some other, um, evidence that up the critter, while Murphy down and went into possum the possum was nearby. Sure retreated to the steps to receive recovery mode. I focused enough, huddled in a corner, his reward for saving us from much of my search in our was a very skittery possum. I imminent destruction. closet, as I figured it would scooped her up and presented I decided to put the possum likely have sought refuge in my trophy to my wife, who in a pet carrier for the night there. (When you’re on the was kind enough to pretend to so the kids could see it in the lam, don’t you want to hide in be impressed. morning. As an added precau- a stinky old boot?) I found another cage to keep tion, I put the carrier in the After an unsuccessful the possum in for the rest of bathtub because...well, just search, I decided to bring the night, one that had been because. I also put a towel in in backup, namely Murphy. thoroughly vetted for escape the carrier, which it quickly He found the possum once, hatches. The possum is now snuggled up in. so surely he could find it going to live with an environ- The next morning, my wife again. I set Murphy in the mental outreach program, so woke me up in a way people middle of the room and said, it will be well fed and well are rarely awoken: “The pos- “GOGETTHEPOSSUM!!!” cared for. And, I can say with sum’s gone.” over and over. Murphy great confidence, the next time “It’s in the towel,” I assured responded by scratching someone sees a possum on our her, rolling back over to sleep. himself while staring at me. I bathtub, they will definitely be “Pretty sure it’s gone,” she picked him up and set him by dreaming. said. the carrier. “GOGETTHEPOS- Mike Gibbons is the manag- I got up and went into the SUM!!!” Scratch. ing editor of the Aiken Stan- bathroom to solidly prove her So on to Plan B. Or C. Or dard. Contact him at mgib-
  • HUMOR COLUMN WRITING Daily Under 20,000 Division Good vibrations Would you like A mouse in the house a call for caution a little rap with is no more during snow play your cup of coffee? A house with a mouse,FIRST PLACE A mouse in a house. A critter in an abode, Is just against my code. E F veryone knows the Beach Boys’ or some reason, there, on my kitchen counter, sits one of the The code to live by and never stray, tune, “Good Vibrations,” with the Critters should just stay away. lyrics, “I’m picking up good vibra- new-fangled, solo cup coffee brewing Varmints, by nature are outside creatures, Regardless of size or features. tions ...” apparatuses. Just about any Beach Boys’ song con- It’s been on the counter ever since some- When one does scurry into a space, The thought is to instant- jures up images of bikini-clad girls, buff one smarter than me (my dad) decided I ly start a chase. needed one. So, for my birthday this year, I But when one is not sure guys with surfboards, huge waves, ice Index-Journal what abounds, cream hawker striped button down shirts, got a coffee brewing machine. If you had ’em, call out the hounds. the smell of suntan lotion, and sun rises Granted, there was nothing wrong with and sun sets. the coffee maker we’d got- We have a dog, and what a dog is he, Those images are nice anytime of the ten from one of the big box And fish in a tank quiet ACCENT year, even when the ground is coated in stores a few years ago. I did ON LIFE as can be. Joseph W. Sitarz But what my son saw snow and ice. break the little trap door JOSEPH SITARZ recently was, Something that caused There’s little doubt Greenwood is miles that stopped the flow of COLUMNIST quite a buzz. and miles away from the coast the Beach liquid and allowed you to He said it was tiny, indeed it was small, Boys call home. The last week in Green- grab a cup of coffee while It wasn’t big, or fat or tall. wood has been a winter wonderland/win- it was still brewing. It r across the kitchen floor with ran ease, e ter nightmareland, depending on your Get your cup and put If you had allergies you just might sneeze. perspective. Snow is a natural magnet to ACCENT the pot back. The trap youngsters who sacrifice door would open and liq- I did not see what he thought he getting wet and cold for ON LIFE uid would start filling the saw, It caught his eye, he dropped his a few moments of glori- JOSEPH SITARZ pot again. jaw. A mouse was what he spied, COLUMNIST ous fun that only comes The notion kind of hit me, broadside. T around a few times in EITHER WAY, Joltin’ The supposed varmint was all in his a lifetime here in the Joe Dimaggio’s brewing system was just fine. head, I told myself there was nothing to dread. south. No matter, though, because the solo cup The house is a castle to one and all, It was with great brewer, with its pretty blue light brightly There’s no way the stockade could fall. anticipation my two illuminating the water reservoir, sits on the The stove was his exit from being found, It was out of sight, there was no sound. ACCENT boys waited for the snow counter, next to the microwave and just A safe haven the stove did provide, ON LIFE to start late last Sunday around the bend from the stove. A way to avoid harm, with one big slide. night. The Weather The old coffee pot has joined the other It was nothing to fret or worry about, JOSEPH SITARZ Channel was a regular retired devices on a shelf down in the base- There was no mouse, I had no doubt. Day after day, the time did pass, stop as they cruised ment. The graveyard is filled with other The supposed mouse I could not harass. through the satellite channels. So were coffee pots, waffle makers, juicers and iced It didn’t come back within a day or two, the local TV stations so they could check tea makers. How was I to show what I could do. Weeks went by and still I did not spy, the ticker across the bottom on the TV But the new coffee maker on the shelf A mouse or something with my eye. screen for closings. They were constantly upstairs turned out coffee from light roast The sun rose on an October Sunday, in touch with their friend who happens to extra bold with names such as Breakfast A day for reflection and to pray
  • HUMOR COLUMN WRITINGDaily 20,000-50,000 & Over 50,000 Divisions Combined THIRD PLACE Morning News John Sweeney PeeDee Politics
  • HUMOR COLUMN WRITING Daily 20,000-50,000 & Over 50,000 Divisions Combined It’s an invasion by people who are different! It’s time to wipe the sleep from your eyes, Among themselves, they communicate using a bonnets, even in the summer! drink some coffee and do some light stretching foreign dialect that most Americans can’t un- Americans will start calling each otherSECOND PLACE exercises. It’s time to WAKE UP, America! derstand. “thee” and “thou,” even though we don’t know We are in danger of being infiltrated by peo- As most probably have ascertained by now, the difference between those two words. ple who do not share our traditional American I’m talking about the Amish — the Pennsylva- The Amish claim to be pacifists. They would values, who do not appreciate all that this nia Dutch, whose very name hints at their dual love to see total disarmament in this country. Minnesota teacher is zodiac killer country has to offer and who allegiance. Are they Pennsylvanians or are they would undermine our Con- Dutch? stitution. In short, these people are not like us. Well, once we are disarmed, then what? The perfect transport for one of those dirty bombs While the Amish are mostly concentrated in would be a little horse and buggy — parked Pennsylvania, they also have spread to com- right in front of Philadelphia’s Independence They hold themselves rumors that, at some newspapers, Iowa and the otherHall, where our Founding what thesigned the I’ve heard munities in Indiana, Missouri, And all even signs have changed, too. Fathers heck is it? apart from normal Ameri- horoscope is available, they justtheir numbers are Constitutionhave allows us to Iopenly discrim- if no current southwest Minnesota. And Kunkle claims that astronomers that known checked, and Ophiuchus apparently is bet- can society. Theyrun antech- increasing. shun old one. about this since 130 B.C.,against foreigners. ter known as the Serpent Holder. Great, my inate but they’ve kept it nology and the giftsThat would never happen at The Herald. We quiet. Amish, of West- When disputes occur among the What we need, America,wife’s new sign is a snake handler. I suppose he is a constitutional ern culture. have too much they don’t like team of skilled like otherdo I feel about that? Ambivalent, un- also speaks incoun- respect for the to call the cops How Ameri- amendment banning Amish law in this tongues. Unlike normal American cans. They settle problems themselves!of two minds, just like the typical unnecessary? astrologers who divine the decided, They try. What? You say that’s The Ophiuchus is described as a seeker ofThe Herald James women who prance around don’t even like to sue people! Gemini, which I now am. you might be singing a different tuneand as someone who likes future and offer invaluable Well, peace and harmony, Werrell in bikinis, flash strangers advice through measure- I was comfortable being a Cancer until star- to wear clothing of vibrant colors. So the new That is not the American way. How long can when electricity is illegal, zippers are banned ments of the subtle gravita- man Kunkle decided to inform us that the sign might be a contestant in a beauty pageant. who give them plastic beads it be before we have Amish law and Amish What’s so unsettling is that transportation is one it covers only 19 days each tional effect the stars have world is wobbly. and your fastest mode of But whatever it is, on the earth and the alongside of our Ameri- horsepower! and post their drunken escapades on Face- courts operating rightpeople my life might have been completely different if I year, from Nov. 30 to Dec. 17. (It looks to me, by book, these women cover themselves from can constitutional system? First, places from the start that I was a Amish threatway, like These who inhabit it, and by read- had known like America, the Gemini the is real. Ophiuchus snatched those days head to toe in plain dresses. And their bearded Lancaster, Pa., will goleaves, and then it will people aren’t like us. ing signs in wet tea Amish, instead. from Cancer.) In any event, it was enough to husbands approve of this! start toentrails and to Indiana, Ohio and big out my sign had changed, I when the wholejust out of whack. goat spread — chicken After I found Consider what happens throw you add zodiac preferring their own religious schools. Werrell They are bones. Even a little winter wonderland is too much They don’t use the public school James chunks of the Midwest. Wherelooked at an old horoscope to see how to their name: “Islamish.” by this whole disruption. system, will it end? three little letters the ad- Coincidence? I think not! not sure where to turn next. I guess the sen- Soon, the American heartland will be under It was startling. Substituting horoscopes vice might differ. I’m I’m so confusedJames Werrell permitted to marry only those of the same reli- the thumb ofthe lives of thou- can throw the Amish. America’s men will advice that day for Cancers: “Re- sible thing to do would be to consult my horo- Here’s the be Opinion editor gion or risk being excommunicated by fellow growingof people out of kilter, lax. in overalls, James Werrell, Heraldfor scope. Duh! can sands beards, walking around Don’t do anything rash. Take some time opinion page editor, members. sending and clunky black shoes. Womenreflection, and try to focus329-4081 or, OK, here itat this wintrywhile othershandy. straw hats them out tried. Lord knows, I tried. I to act on thoughtful will be reached blazing fire, looking out is: “Stay quiet specta- at on the by e-mail, at argue. They refuse to serve in the U.S. military.might be months, iflong, had the advantage of being the first in my with the cir- Your old assumptions may no longer fit, But for me, growing up, snow was reality, advice that be draped in notIyears, old. positive things in your life. Dance cle – sneering and wishing for summer. plain dresses, aprons and jwerrell@heraldonline.com. and neighborhood cumstances.” But that is a mere blip in the boundless void of to walk in the pristine snow The taste you a madeleine summoned of yourthe inevitable byproduct of the frigid season, of should consider the impact the choic- space compared to the blazing comet hurled that began to fall just before past “This es. Keepsmell of wet wool steam- use your the inalterable nature of things. Up Now, here’s the advice for Geminis: for Proust. The your wits about you, and part of last week by Parke Kunkle, an astronomy pro- might be on Monday. It was a ing onyou imagination.” up my childhood. there, it was inescapable. dawn a good day to tell the boss what a radiator conjures fessor at Minneapolis Community and Techni- really think of him, invest all your savings in high-tech, lightweight Cancer. Old habits So I moved. I skedaddled. I fled the north scene from Currier and Forget No, wait, that was waterproof are cal College. Ives, a blanket live in a small outerwear. hard to break. gold coins, and goof white cov- cabin in the Our defense against winter was and winter and snow. Kunkle said the Earth’s wobbly orbit means woods.” the visible world, wool – wool gloves see what it says for Gemini: “GoItell Let’s and mittens, wool coats,It’s an invasion; ering came south. But even here, the snow fol- it no longer is aligned to the stars in the same muffled by the snow, wool socks, your boss ...” soundwhat a missed opportunity. Wow, wool caps, wool sweaters. lows. way it was when the signs of the zodiac were My wife is, if anything, more flustered by first devised. So, for example, when astrologers thislchange g e n tIl am. Shetwent from being a James Werrell, Herald opinion page editor, Which is why I found it so difficult to en- f a k e s than y d r i f i n g Wool and corduroy and denim and rubber can say the sun is in Pisces, it’s really in Aquarius, Sagittarius to an air in a silveryonegaloshes. through the Ophiuchus. For thing, you be reached at 803-329-4081 or, by e-mail, at in a reverie about the dazzling beauty of gage according to Kunkle. can’t pronounce the new sun- For another, in Ohio, Ijwerrell@heraldonline.com. a world swathed in white. gray light bereft of sign. As a kid knew no better. Winter shine. came, winter stayed, and we endured. It Soon, that beautiful white snow, so deep James It was, by any measure, a wasn’t a choice; it was just the way it was. and dark and even, had turned to deadly, Werrell beautiful sight. I was a priv- We would start out dry but ultimately end glass-like sheets of ice or sharp, broken shards ileged inhabitant of a place up wet. Snow would invade our boots and of ice, waiting to sweep me off my feet andMinnesota teacher; where nature had erased all the rough edges soak our socks. Pants would get wet, then snap my bones. The winter wonderland had and replaced them with downy, white soft- freeze stiff. Gloves and mittens would soak melted, only to freeze again into something ness. It was peaceful, serene, perfect, un- through after packing a few snowballs, offer- more ominous and unfriendly. spoiled by man’s careless tread. ing little or no protection from the cold. Banish it! Send it to New England! Make it And all I could think was: “Please let it melt We heard of places in the world – places disappear! quickly.” with exotic names such as South Carolina – Enough. We have had two whole snow- I had tried to beckon a soulful appreciation where the snow would come and go in the storms this winter, and that’s plenty. for this picture-postcard winter scene. Most blink of an eye. These were places where the If you really like snow, move to Ohio or people would consider themselves fortunate snow didn’t turn gray and slushy and hang North Dakota or Minsk. If you really, really to be the first to venture into this virgin terrain. around till spring. In some of these places, the want to stay home from school, fake a stom-Winter Wonderland I was wretched. snow didn’t come at all. ach-ache. If you really like Jack Frost nipping Some would call me an ingrate, a cretin, In these faraway lands, there were no at your nose, stick your head in the freezer. someone incapable of appreciating the flaw- chapped legs, no frost-bitten extremities, no Just make the snow go away. Please, make less frosty display so carefully wrought by na- runny noses or cheeks rubbed red by a raw it be summer again soon! ture. Guilty! hand in a wet mitten. In these enchanted My face was freezing, and walking in the lands, snow was a happy thing, a novelty, a James Werrell, Herald opinion page editor, snow was twice as hard as walking on a nice, reason to stay home from school, a reason to can be reached at 803-329-4081 or by e-mail bare sidewalk. I wanted to be inside, next to a slide down a hill on whatever flat object was at jwerrell@heraldonline.com.
  • HUMOR COLUMN WRITING Daily 20,000-50,000 & Over 50,000 Divisions CombinedFIRST PLACE Pam Stone I’m Just Sayin’ Herald-Journal Sometimes it’s better Pam Stone to just sleep through it ‘O K,” I said to Paul last Thursday morning. “That was officially the most horrible thing that has ever happened to me.” “Really?” Paul replied, opening the fridge to retrieve the orange juice. “Worse than having a horse fall on you and break a few ribs?” “Worse.” “Worse than getting up in the middle of the night, only to step in something revolting from the cats?” “Oh, much worse.” “Worse than that flight out of Spain when you and your tour manager had had too many Bloody Marys, turbu- lence hit and all the bathrooms were occupied?” “OK,” I capitulated. “That as prett bad ” (And I’ e
  • SERIES OF ARTICLES Daily Under 20,000 Division AN INDEX-JOURNAL PRINT EDITION EXCLUSIVE THE FINALTHIRD PLACE MEMORIES Dr. Bob W. Todd checks the hand strength of Walla Wilson to determine if she is eligible for physical therapy, which Hospice cannot provide.Index-JournalSt. Claire Donaghyand Richard WhitingComfort in Dying PHOTOS BY SAM O’KEEFE | INDEX-JOURNAL Dr. Bob W. Todd speaks with 29-year-old Robert Lee Bryson about his current level of comfort on Oct. 26 in his mother’s home in Abbeville. Bryson died Nov. 16 from osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer that develops from the cells that form bone tissue. Hospice offers ‘palliative care’ for patients before reaching life’s final destination By ST. CLAIRE DONAGHY About Hospice COMFORT sdonaghy@indexjournal.com November is National Hospice/Palliative Care Month. HospiceCare of the Piedmont is a non-profit F or those with terminal illness, community organization that has been serving Abbev- IN DYING sometimes it depends whether a patient is solely interested in ille, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick and Saluda A look at counties since 1981. Hospice care extending time he or she has, or whether Learn more at: hospicepiedmont.org. First in a series the person desires to be more comfort- able in the time left. Supporting HospiceCare Today Since 1981, HospiceCare of the Pied- Show your support for HospiceCare of the Piedmont mont has been in the business of comfort by attending one or more of the following events: HospiceCare care, also known as “palliative care,” Community memorial service — 6:30 p.m. Tues- of the Piedmont’s Dr. helping patients — and their families day at First Baptist Church of Greenwood. (Keepsake Bob W. Todd — cope with their final days. angel ornaments available for purchase. Call 227- discusses “Palliative care is the managing of 9393.) comfort care. symptoms that can come with terminal Festival of Trees luncheon — noon Dec. 3 at illness,” said Dr. Bob W. Todd, HospiceC- First Baptist Church of Greenwood. (Reservations are of the Piedmont’s medical director. required.) Saturday Festival of Trees fundraiser — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. “Symptoms can be things such as physi- Nurse Lori Dec. 4 at First Baptist Church of Greenwood. cal pain, nausea, vomiting, shortness of Mounts talks Festival of Trees reception and live auction — 1 to about caring breath and even constipation, but there’s 5 p.m. doors open. Reception at 4:30 p.m. Live auc- for those also emotional, spiritual and social pain. Dr. Bob W. Todd places his hand on the tion of trees at 5 p.m. at First Baptist Church. facing terminal abdomen of Shirley Butler to diagnose Hope for the Holidays seminar — 5:30 to 6:30 illness. See HOSPICE, page 5A her symptoms related to uterine cancer. p.m. Dec. 7 at HospiceCare of the Piedmont offices.
  • SERIES OF ARTICLES Daily Under 20,000 Division THE WALL THAT HEALS l VIETNAM WAR VETERANSECOND PLACEIndex-JournalErin OwensVietnam Veterans SAM O’KEEFE | INDEX-JOURNAL Preston Rodgers served as a cook in the Army for a year in the Vietnam War. Though he had hoped to join the Marines, a shoulder injury during boot camp forced Rodgers onto a different path. THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED Rodgers was Army cook after shoulder injury prevented him from becoming a Marine By ERIN OWENS The Wall That Heals hospital. Though he is happy he did what he eowens@indexjournal.com After recovering, he said he hoped could for his country, Rodgers could When: to work on helicopters, doing mainte- do without some of his memories of Thursday-Sunday P reston Rodgers was never nance or radio repair, but because of Vietnam. Where: Lander happy with his assignment University the limited mobility of his shoulder, “I wouldn’t take nothing in the as an Army cook in the For information: Call he was given the assignment of cook. world for what I went through,” he Vietnam War. 866-341-5794 or visit His injury and subsequent job said, “but I wish I could lose the Growing up, he dreamt about being http://greenwoodtwth. assignment was the first of many dis- memory of some of the things that a Marine. Once he was old enough, webs.com. appointments Rodgers experienced happened.” he planned to join the Marines, but during the Vietnam War, not the least One memory that sticks out for joined the Army at the suggestion of boot camp, he injured his shoulder of which included disease, injury and a relative instead. Then, training at and had to spend four months in the the deaths of close friends. See RODGERS, page 4A
  • SERIES OF ARTICLES Daily Under 20,000 Division Since 9/11, police seek, share moreFIRST PLACE By RICHARD WALKER T&D Staff Writer He lived to his mid-90s. But Army Lt. Kermit Tyler most likely wished he could have only one par- ticular day back. He had the information, however faulty, and without understanding the significance, did nothing. The 9/11 terrorist attacks showed the need for open communication FILE PHOTO/SPECIAL TO THE T&D between law enforcement agencies up and down the board. Members of the Orangeburg Department of Public Safety Special Response Team review a floor plan during a weapon of The Times and Democrat The attacks brought to light the mass destruction training exercise in Orangeburg. troubling failure of federal and local agencies to share information, said can castle moated by two oceans a stunned American population on public. Some involved simulated ter- ‘Tested and strengthened’ Chief Wendell Davis of the Orange- couldn’t possibly be breached. heightened alert. rorist and lethal gas attacks. burg Department of Public Safety. Smaller attacks in the 1990s did “We need to check each one just “We’ve also had to put into place “The argument is that had the infor- little to awaken Americans to the to make sure. No one expected 9/11, ” a way to communicate with each mation been shared, there would not threat of terrorists. he said. other at the scene, Ravenell said. “I ” The Times and Democrat is only have been a response but pos- A 34-year law enforcement vet- The groundswell of change in law think everybody put into place (ra- taking a closer look at how our sibly we could have prevented some eran, State Law Enforcement Di- enforcement began with the public dio) channels we can use to reach the community has changed since of that stuff.” vision Chief Mark Keel said we and worked its way up. other agencies. 9/11 taught us a lot. ” Whatever their the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Visit the “Hot Topics” tab on our website for more. Nearly 60 years before the 9/11 devastation, Tyler had early infor- mation on America’s first Day of In- learned our sense of security was false, that America can be success- fully attacked. Since 9/11, police training has grown from how to handle traffic stops and domestic violence to in- Davis said training and commu- nication resulted in the 2007 ar- rest near Goose Creek of Egyp- faith, people found famy. The lieutenant knew from a ra- dar post that a large mass of aircraft was converging on Battleship Row. “I don’t think people thought on that scale that there would be an at- tack, he said. ” clude gas attacks and bomb threats. “Back then, we thought that any- thing, either war or terrorism, would tian students studying in the U.S. Authorities said the trunk of their car contained explosives, although Richard Walker, Phil Sarata, questions and INSIDE Information from the top didn’t Then airliners struck in New happen in another country, Orange- ” the men’s attorneys said they were clarify that an attack was imminent. York, Pennsylvania and Washing- burg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell homemade fireworks. In the end, on Dec. 7, 1941, 353 Jap- ton, D.C. said. “But to happen here, it was an “That really brought home the fact The headline characterizations anese planes hurled down from the When the realization hit home, eye opener. ” that you have to do two things: You answers after 9/11 of Pat Tillman were simple: NFL star, patriot, war hero and, for some, martyr. But Tillman skies over Pearl Harbor. Hindsight is always 20-20. Right or wrong, some will always ridicule people took an active part in their local law enforcement, Calhoun County Sheriff Thomas Summers Specialized training sessions in- volving the combined resources of state and local agencies have been have to communicate across lines, and you also have to train to recog- nize these things, Davis said. ” was more than that, and his Tyler’s lack of action. said. Calls reporting shadowy fig- held in Orangeburg County since One of the men was sentenced to 15 By DIONNE GLEATON legacy is a call to action. A3 T&D Staff Writer As in Hawaii, the mindset prior ures and unattended packages the devastating attacks 10 years ago. to the 9/11 attacks was the Ameri- went through the roof, called in by Some of the training was not made See PREPARING, A8 As the nation prepares to remember the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, faith and community leaders are urging individuals to look inward to see how they can make the world a better Dale Linder-Altman, Gene place. The 9/11 attacks destroyed the World Trade Center towers and severely damaged the Penta- gon, claiming thousands of lives and spawning the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Hopefully it has not destroyed the human spirit, leaders say. LARRY HARDY/T&D “I think it did send a lot of people to syna- Since 9/11, firefighters have been trained to deal with a broader spectrum of possible emergencies, Orangeburg Department of gogue and church, turning to prayers as they Public Safety Cpl. Stewart Haig said. were looking for strength. There were a lot of questions about, ‘Why did these things hap- pen?’ Many people had their faith tested ... and strengthened, said Rabbi Daniel Sherman of ” the Tree of Life Congregation in Columbia. Sherman said the event even shook him up. Firefighters better equipped, better prepared since 9/11 LARRY HARDY/T&D “It is very scary when terrorism hits home, Claflin University Vice President so my first thoughts were in making sure that Dr. Zia Hasan is involved with Zaleski and Dionne Gleaton those in my congregation and family members fostering religious understanding were OK as I was finding out what had hap- and unity through the Interfaith pened and seeing what we could do to help, Partners of South Carolina group. ” By PHIL SARATA of the attack. Sherman said. T&D Staff Writer The immediate offshoot of 9/11 for “I think an original concern was cized in this community in any way, ” fire services across the U.S. involved an safety and security in general. The tem- Hasan said. Their mission hasn’t changed, but influx of money for needed equipment. ple increased its security in particular. “Nationally and certainly in this firefighters face an entirely new set of Orangeburg County Fire System Coor- We began locking the front door after state, there is a greater focus on our possibilities since Sept. 11, 2001. dinator Gene Ball said grants from the 9/11. Whenever we have large gather- need to understand the different faiths “The mission of life safety first, U.S. Department of Homeland Secu- ings, safety is something in the back of and cultures that make up who we are property second is still the same. The rity and the Federal Emergency Man- our minds in a way that is different than as a nation. There is a spring of inter- big change on the part of the first re- agement Agency “pushed us into the before 9/11, he said. ” faith groups, he said, adding that he is ” sponder is that this can happen, Or- ” 21st Century. ” Claflin University Vice President for a member of the Interfaith Partners of angeburg Department of Public Safety “Just from the standpoint of the fire Planning and Assessment Dr. Zia Hasan, South Carolina group. Chief Wendell Davis said. system, there was no assistance prior to 9/11 How We Have Changed a Muslim, said he distinctly remembers “There are really sincere attempts to “Initially, we thought the first plane 9/11, Ball said. “Before, if any of our fire ” what he was doing on the day of the get to know each other and discover that The Times and Democrat is on 9/11 was a terrible accident, he said. ” departments could get a ‘new’ truck that attacks. ... we have the same dreams and aspira- taking a closer look at how our “Now we don’t automatically assume it was 20 years old, we were ecstatic. “We were in a cabinet meeting, and tions and feel the same not only about community has changed since the is an accident, but that it could be delib- “Since then, over $9 million has come one of our colleagues was driving here our communities, but our dedication to attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Visit erate. The mindset of first responders to our fire system through grants alone. from Columbia and just told us that a our faiths, he said. ” this story online to see a video has changed. ” By comparison, all the buildings and plane had crashed into the World Trade Sherman said, “I think we need to re- interview with Cpl. Stewart Haig. The Times and Democrat is The tragedy put firefighters squarely trucks prior to that time were done with Center. The building had not collapsed member how God wants us to live. It’s up taking a closer look at how our at the vanguard of domestic efforts in bonds and lease-purchase. We would or anything at that time. It didn’t really to us to make this world a better place. community has changed since the the nation’s war on terrorism. They be- not be where we are today, equipment- matter to me at that time who did it or That should always be our goal. ” attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Visit came icons, tangible points public sen- why. It was an evil act, Hasan said. ” He said the Muslim community has this story online to see a video timent rallied around in the aftermath See FIREFIGHTERS, A3 He said he did not experience anti- indeed been impacted in the aftermath interview with Dr. Zia Hasan. Not forgotten Muslim sentiment in Orangeburg fol- of the 9/11 attacks. lowing the attacks. “I worry that people think that the “They considered me to be impacted fundamentalists speak for all of Islam. by the tragedy as a Muslim the same way they were. I certainly did not feel ostra- See FAITH, A3 3 of the small-town S.C. men who died in wars after 9/11 By JEFFREY COLLINS Associated Press JEFFERSON — The three men never met each other, but they had much in common even before they were among the first to die thousands of miles away from their small South Carolina towns soon after the U.S. invaded Iraq in the second part of the war on terror. As the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks nears, the families of those men have taken different paths to mourn their loved ones. There was George Buggs III, the 11-year veteran of the Army who left behind his estranged wife and 12-year-old son whose confusion has turned into anger; Jason Hicks, a newlywed flight engineer seven years into his Air Force career whose legacy is a scholarship in his name at his high school; and Spence McNeil a teenager just seven
  • SERIES OF ARTICLES Daily 20,000 - 50,000 Division a4/local Sunday/2.13.11/www.independentmail.com By the numbers: Anderson County in the 1860s Census shows thriving towns but historians report hardship BY LIZ CAREY Independent Mail Civil Civil careyme@/260.1252 War BY ANNA B. MITCHELL Independent Mail anna.mitchell@/260.1256 150 years While official govern- ment figures tell one story ONLINETHIRD PLACE of Anderson County dur- ing and after the Civil War, Videos: H.V. Booth shares historians and residents tell more memories; local histo- ave b i g ! another. rians talk more about According to figures Abbevilles Civil War history from the U.S. Census Bu- reau, the Anderson Dis- Maps: Compare Andreson trict, as it was known then, County and United States was thriving in 1860 with census stats in 1860 and nearly 23,000 people living 1870 here. About 8,000 of them were slaves. And more than Photos: historical pictures, 160 of them were free blacks re-enactments and more — one of whom owned two slaves himself. www.independentmail.com Just under half the coun- /civilwar ty’s farmers had no slaves at all. But statewide, 60 per- cent of the population con- But the preferred home sisted of slaves. of educated and wealthy Census figures show residents remained Pendle- everyone here with a patch ton, a refuge since the 18th Independent Mail file photo of land grew some cotton, century for Charlestonians Re-enactors portray soldiers at the Battle of Oconee. but most also grew corn financially able to escape and raised hogs and enough the filth, heat and disease ofIndependent Mail other food to be self-suffi- the coast during the sum- Davis had on May 2 held cient. mer. his last cabinet meeting of According to W.J. Meg- Among others, states the Confederacy in NATHAN GRAY ginson, author of “The rights advocate John C. Cal- Abbeville. He was in Geor- Independent Mail African American Experi- houn’s widow, Floride, set- gia by the time Stoneman’s 92-year-old ence in the Upper Pied- tled in Pendleton in the men came looking for him. H.V. Booth of 1ST IN A SERIES mont,” white owners and their slaves worked closely together sometimes toiling 1850s within view of the There’s little doubt the Pendleton Farmer’s Society county came out of the war . Her grandson, John Cal- with damage to the rail- Elberton, Ga., is one of only a few men liv- in the same field side by houn Clemson, would be a road and roads, and likely ing who are side. prisoner in Ohio for much damage to buildings. The the sons of Slavery was woven into of the war and her son-in- 1870 population was 24,049, every fabric of society and law, Thomas Green Clem- with almost all the in- Confederate every corner of the state, son, served as a mining and crease in the black popula- veterans. wrote renowned state his- munitions engineer in tion, which by then totaled H.V.’s father torian Walter Edgar in his Texas. 9,593. served as a book “South Carolina: A While sending many But as with most of the guard at An-Liz Carey, Anna Mitchell, History .” men and supplies off to the South, the start of the dersonville “It was a rare white per- war, the county didn’t see decade after the war saw during the son who did not come into much military action until the number of factories in- Civil War. contact with a black person the end. Edgar also wrote in crease along with the pop- who was someone’s prop- his book that Anderson saw ulation. By 1870, some 78 erty he wrote. ,” one of a handful of slave up- factories employed around Man remembers father: Civil War veteran And the mood was tense risings in the state as white 425 people. in 1860, the year Abraham masters left plantations in Freed black men staked BY LIZ CAREY where they would gather all the young Lincoln was elected presi- the hands of women and claims to plantations that IndependentMail men, and the call would go out, ‘We dent. children. had been abandoned or careyme@/260-1252 need so many men from Alabama,’ or A letter from South Car- Some portion of the Con- seized by the government. ‘We need 400 men from Georgia,’ and H olina Gov. William Gist, federacy’s currency-print- Many white landowners, a erbert Booth, known as H.V in . they’d go out and draft ’em up and put printed on Nov. 16, 1860, in ing equipment likely made population already in de- Elberton, tears up when he talks them on a train.” the “Anderson Intelli- its way out of Columbia be- cline before the war started about his father. One of Isham’s brothers lost his life gencer,” urged every able- fore it was captured Feb. 17, because of depleted land, Booth’s father, Isham Johnson Booth, in Virginia, H.V said. Another came . bodied white man aged 18 to 1865, and is reported to have headed west. Half of the died when Booth was only 15. His father back with one leg 15 inches shorterKirk Brown, Ray Chandler, 45 to arm himself. been stored in Anderson in state’s wealth, Edgar wrote was 87. than the other, he said. Long since lost “If in the exercise of ar- the women’s college on in his book, had also disap- “He didn’t talk much about the war,” are the names of which brothers. Only bitrary power, and forgetful South Main Street. peared in the wake of Booth said. “Whenever we asked about one brother made it home alive. But of the lessons of history the , But the war did affect the emancipation. Human cap- it he said ‘Children should be seen not Isham, the youngest, didn’t get to fight. Government of the United area, Edgar said. ital — slaves — had a value heard.’” “Back then, they didn’t put their States should attempt coer- “There was a surge of of about $5.4 billion in mod- At 92, Booth is one of a handful of youngest soldiers on the front lines,” he cion, it will become our refugees to the Upcountry ern dollars. men who are living sons of Confederate said. “They made them KP (kitchen pa- solemn duty to meet force during the war,” Edgar An Anderson County na- veterans, and one of only two in Geor- trol) pushers and guards. They put their by force,” Gist wrote. said. “And not only people tive who had opposed se- gia. oldest men up as soldiers. So, he ended At the time, Anderson — but their valuables.” cession — James L. Orr — Isham Booth served as a guard at An- up as a guard.” established as a courthouse In May 1865, weeks after would become the state’s dersonville, the notorious Southern There are only a few stories of his town in 1826 — had a popu- Lee had surrendered at Ap- first post-war governor in prison that at one time held as many as time in Andersonville, Booth said. lation of 625, a rail line and pomattox, a Union hunt for 1866, and the process of re- 35,000 Northern prisoners of war and Mostly Isham didn’t want to remember , market square with its Confederate President Jef- building and recovering escaped slaves. it. share of merchants and cot- ferson Davis also brought file photo across the area. Independent Mail continued “He said it was the awful-est thing he “He said it was awful,” he said. “Pris- ton speculators. The coun- federal troops through the Now, 150 years later, the had ever gotten himself into.” H.V . oners were dying like flies. They didn’t ty reported 59 manufactur- area. Led by Maj. Gen. impact of the Civil War on Booth said. have any food, they didn’t have anyMike Ellis, Jennifer Howard Civil ■ Anderson mood was tense ers employing 174 people in 1860. More than 20 of those George Stoneman, Edgar Anderson County’s culture wrote in his book, the and heritage are indelibly According to H.V Isham Booth ., signed up to go to war after his three clothes, they didn’t have any water. He said he never would go back there.” establishments were flour search — called Stoneman’s imprinted in our cultural brothers signed up. According to Paul Anderson, with Lincoln’s election/4a and corn mills, along with Raid — stretched from landscape, our history and “He volunteered. He wasn’t but 16,” The ■ 10 carriage makers. Son of Confederate veteran Spartanburg to Anderson. our environment. Booth said. “There used to be a place Continued War shares memories of father/4a ■ Abbeville landmarks significantand Nikie Mayo at beginning, end of war/5a 150 years ■ Frederick Douglass: Civil War was fought for freedom/6a150th Anniversary of the Civil War 15a
  • SERIES OF ARTICLES Daily 20,000 - 50,000 Division JAIL, NO BAIL – 50 YEARS LATER Sacrificing for equality FriendshipSECOND PLACE FRIDAY January 28, 2011 what Nine spent 30 days at prison camp The old station wagon that transported prisoners screeched to a stop in front of the old building – a barn, really. A barracks that, in 1961, sat along Rock Hill South Carolina is now S.C. 5 on the eastern edge of York – where the current county animal shelter is. The surrounding area was JAIL, NO BAIL – 50 YEARS LATER fields, with the York County Prison Camp fenced in.The Herald Out of the back of the wagon tumbled 10 WHY NOT US? black men. W.T. “Dub” Massey and Rob McCullough, the smallest. Then Willie McCleod, not much Andrew bigger, and Clarence Graham and James Dys Wells and Mack Columnist Workman. John Gaines and Thomas Gaither jumped out, prodded with the hard batons of guards, then Charles Taylor and David Williamson Jr.Staff Prison. “I got out of that wagon,” recalled Williamson, “and I looked at the wire and the fence, and I said to myself, ‘Man, you got what you asked for; you are going to prison.’” SPECIAL TO THE HERALD The men were ushered into the middle The men in the photo, From left, W.T. “Dub” Massey, Thomas Gaither, James Wells, Robert McCullough and John Gaines are shown behind bars at the prison farm corridor of the building. during their 30 days there in 1961. White prisoners on the left, behind bars and wire in a common room. Black prisoners on the right behind bars and wire in a common room. Inside today’s paper Understanding At the end of the building was the kitchen. In a special edition of Viewpoint, The Herald profiles each member of the Friendship Nine and highlights the civil rights movement in Rock Hill. We also look at her son’s choices “My grandparents were preachers, and newspaper coverage of the protests. Finally, look for a commemorative photo with By Jamie SelfJail, No Bail - the first thing I noticed was that the most members of the Friendship Nine. jself@heraldonline.com building was shaped just like a cross,” Inez Graham grew up in Rock Hill when said Massey. “The whites had their side On the Web segregation wasn’t called “Jim Crow” – it of the jail, and we had ours. Look for extended coverage of the Friendship Nine at wasn’t called anything, she said. “Man, even jail was separate!” heraldonline.com/friendshipnine. Friendship Nine members recall their sit-ins and It just was. arrests in an exclusive heraldonline video slideshow. Her granddaughter’s childhood in Rock Segregated – even in jail Hill was different. Danise Simpson, now The prison farm was a scene straight Friendship Nine Commemorative March today 45, grew up in a newly integrated Rock Hill JIM STRATAKOS out of an old movie. Big, tall white still rife with racial tension. But it was jstratakos@heraldonline.com Today at 3 p.m., a march and re-enactment of the Friendship Nine will be held on Main guards carrying shotguns. Guards who Street from Dave Lyle Boulevard to the Old Town Bistro. changing. Inez Graham, whose son, Clarence, is one of the Friendship Nine, speaks See DYS ● 6A See UNDERSTANDING ● 7A Monday in Rock Hill.50 years Later Remembering Friendship Nine’s historic protest in Rock Hill Rock Hill’s Main Street was a busy HERALD FILE PHOTO Demonstrators are shown in 1960 on Main Street in Rock Hill. Racial tensions were high long before January 1961, when the Friendship Nine took to their stools at the lunch counter in McCrory’s. THE FRIENDSHIP NINE place in 1961. Jail, No Bail – 50 years later Department stores, variety and drug stores. Restaurants with counter The Herald begins four days of coverage of the 50th anniversary of the and curb service, dry cleaners – every- Friendship Nine arrests. In 1961, nine men who were charged with thing a person needed. trespassing after trying to desegregate a Rock Hill lunch counter Bustling lunch counters in four of chose 30 days of hard labor instead of paying bail. those stores, with pretty girls in hoop Today – What led to the Friendship Nine sit-ins and their original strategy skirts and ruby-red lipstick, burgers Saturday – A look back at the day the Friendship Nine sat down to make their and shakes and point – and were arrested bottomless coffee for a nickel a cup. Sunday – What the Friendship Nine endured in 30 days of hard labor at the Lean, raw-boned York County Prison Farm. Also, a special edition of Viewpoint looks in-depth guys in loafers and at the Friendship Nine and their place in Rock Hill’s civil rights history. khakis with knuck- Monday – Coverage of Sunday’s commemorative march, marking the 50th les scraped from anniversary of the historic sit-ins work in huge textile mills that hired anybody willing to Friendship Nine commemorative march Andrew work. At 3 p.m. Sunday, members of the Friendship Nine and others will walk down Dys If you were Main Street from Dave Lyle Boulevard to the Old Town Bistro to Columnist white. commemorate their historic protests. Blacks worked in service, as maids and hod-carriers and cooks. Blacks were there on Main Street, customers who could buy from ON THE WEB a back window, but looked straight Clockwise from top through by most whites. Look for extended coverage of Rock Hill’s civil rights movement at left: W.T. “Dub” They were there, but invisible. heraldonline.com/friendshipnine, where you’ll find historic photos from the 1960s Massey, John Gaines, James “I was a little boy, then a teenager, protests, stories from the past, Friendship Nine FAQs and a schedule of Wells, Robert looking into the places on Main Street, commemorative events. View a trailer from the South Carolina ETV “Jail, No Bail” McCollough, David Williamson, Willie and it was just whites sitting on those documentary. McCleod, Thomas stools,” said a black man, now 68, Gaither, Mack Workman, Clarence Graham
  • SERIES OF ARTICLES Daily 20,000 - 50,000 Division BOOKER T. WASHINGTON Two faces, 1 communityFIRST PLACE “Where you going now? You come on back and we’ll talk some,” the Rev. Rory Spivey (right) says to Eric Goings in the neighborhood. The Sun News Issac Bailey Booker T. Washington Anti-Violence PHOTOS BY JANET BLACKMON MORGAN jblackmon@thesunnews.com Trell Pressley (left) watches for a friend to pass while his sister Shy’da, 2, rests in the lap of Lakia Calloway late in the afternoon in the Booker T. Washington neighborhood of Myrtle Beach. Residents tout safety despite murders Editor’s note Columnist Issac J. Bailey spent BY ISSAC J. BAILEY several weeks beginning during ibailey@thesunnews.com February’s Black History Month in- terviewing Myrtle Beach mothers "It is a peculiar sensation, who have lost children to violence this double-consciousness, this since 2005, researching the roots of sense of always looking at one- the crime plaguing their Booker T. self through the eyes of others, Washington neighborhood, and ex- of measuring one’s soul by the amining the parallels in his own tape of a world that looks on in family’s struggles. amused contempt and pity." – Sunday | Mothers who have W. E. B. DuBois lost children to the crime that sul- John Graham died around 1 lies the heritage of their Myrtle a.m. on Sept. 4, 2006, shot to Beach community are taking their death during a robbery attempt. lessons to the streets in hopes of His death at the hand of a fel- saving other young people. low young black man was ruled Monday | A mother who lost self-defense. It would be one of 11 two sons to violence months apart killings in Myrtle Beach that speaks about her loss and her hopes year, the peak for violent deaths for the future. in the city between 2005 and Tuesday | One of those killed 2010. was a young woman whose mother Graham was killed in Booker recalls her spiral from successful T. Washington, a neighborhood college student to drug dealer. in the heart of South Carolina’s “You want to be a winner? You want to play football for the Wednesday | The story of a most important tourism center, Seahawks? You got to play football for me first,” Eric Goings (center) military veteran who got into the il- ll f i hb h d hild i h k hi l ld d d
  • SERIES OF ARTICLES SPECIAL REPORT: THE PRICE OF LIVING How can courtsDaily Over 50,000 Division protect the elderly?THIRD PLACE The Post and Courier Doug Pardue PHOTOGRAPHS BY ALAN HAWES/STAFF Ellen Murray (left) stands beside her mother, Lee Belle Murray, in front of Lee Belle’s home at 215 Wentworth St. A probate court approved a request by Lee Belle Murray’s court-appointed guardian to sell the house to pay for her continued care in an assisted living home against the wishes of Ellen Murray, who previously was caring for her. The Price of Living Judges, others finding new ways to guard assets of seniors in guardian situations BY DOUG PARDUE Planning for death or incapacitation The best way to make sure your affairs are handled the way you want in the event of death or in- dpardue@postandcourier.com capacitation is to have the three following legal documents: Seventy-one million. ◗ A last will and testament: This That number serves as the driving force behind efforts in South document details how you want Carolina and across the nation to improve the way the courts deal your possessions distributed. with elderly abuse. You can designate an executor It is the estimate of how many Americans will be 65 or older by to handle that distribution. The the year 2030 — double the number today. And that rapid increase document must be in writing and starts next year when the first baby boomers turn 65. signed by you and two witnesses. In South Carolina, the increase of people 65 and older is expected ◗ Durable power of attorney for to exceed the national rate. By 2030, the state will have 1,134,000 business affairs: This document such citizens. designates a person to handle This senior tsunami comes as no shock. Numerous studies and your finances and contractual federal reports have warned for years that, as the baby boom ages, relationships in the event that you the number of elderly who are subjected to neglect, abuse and fi- are incapacitated. nancial exploitation will surge. Despite the warnings, little has been ◗ Health care power of attorney accomplished in most states and nationally to remedy the failings and declaration of a desire for a of courts set up to protect the incapacitated elderly. natural death (or living will): This Just in September, the General Accounting Office, the investigative document designates a person to arm of Congress, released a study revealing that “there continue handle your medical decisions in to be instances where some guardians have taken advantage of the the event you are incapacitated. To find a lawyer, call the S.C. Please see COURTS, Page 9A Lawyers Referral Service at 800- 868-2284 or the Legal Service Agency at 720-7044 for attorney information.
  • SERIES OF ARTICLES Daily Over 50,000 DivisionSECOND PLACEThe Post and CourierBrian HicksCivil War 150th Divided Democrats set the stage BY BRIAN HICKS bhicks@postandcourier.com Holy City had gathered in front of the telegraph offices and the headquarters of the Charleston South Carolina in particular — had grown increasingly rest- less with the state of the Union. The series There was great excitement on Mercury to await news of the In 1832, South Carolina hadAnniversary Broad Street that evening. nation’s presidential election. nearly brought the country to “Civil War 150 Years: Local men dressed in fine suits Years of strife, decades of war over tariffs that state politi- Charleston at War” com- congregated on Charleston’s conflict, had all come down to cians considered unfair. Two memorates the 150th anni- busiest thoroughfare, their voic- one vote. Nothing less than the decades later, the Legislature versary of the Civil War in a es carrying along the dirt street, future of the country rested on declared that the state had the 20-part serial that chronicles their shadows dancing on the the electorate’s decision. right to secede, although law- life in the city between 1860 walls of three-story storefronts, Although the mood outside makers stopped short of follow- and 1865. most of which had been closed the newspaper office was festive, ing through on the threat. The story begins in the for hours. there was a palpable anxiety These politicians claimed the weeks leading up to secession It was Nov. 6, 1860, and the running through Charleston. and continues through the “enthusiastic” gentlemen of the For decades, the South — and Please see DEMOCRATS, Page 4A city’s fall. Its purpose is not to retell the story of the Civil War, but to provide a snap- shot of life in Charleston Please see SERIES, Page 4A Above: A reproduction from the May 18, 1861, Harper’s Weekly showing The Battery. To the right: Robert Barnwell Rhett, a drawing of the bombardment of Fort Sumter which ran in an issue of Leslie’s, and Robert Smalls.
  • SERIES OF ARTICLES Today: S.C. Secedes. When South Carolina started the Civil War — seceding 150 years ago tomorrow — it was one of the country’s wealthiest states, riches based on slavery. Four years later, the state was one of the nation’s poorest — and slavery no longer existed. Once a month through September, The State willDaily Over 50,000 Division look at the ways the Civil War changed — and continues to change — South Carolina in “The Civil War: 150 years later.” SUNDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2010 INSIDE TODAY A timeline: Events that led to seces-FIRST PLACE sion. Page A6 Facts: Some of the people and issues that played a role in secession. Page A7 Viewpoints: Two South Carolinians offer their opin- ions on the com- memoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Pages A8-A9 The State Changing South Carolina: A month- by-month look at The State’s un- folding “The Civil War: 150 years later” series. Page A6 THESTATE.COM Carolyn Click, Joey Holleman, First Baptist Church curator Harvey Teal tells the story of the Secession Conven- tion in Columbia and how the views of modern-day Southern Baptists differ from their Wayne Washington, 19th-century coun- terparts. Charles Lesser, retired S.C. De- partment of Ar- chives and History archivist, explains the history of the Ordinance of Se- cession and its Jeff Wilkinson and John Monk significance in U.S. history. Also, view a gallery of descendants of signers of the ordinance. And, each day during the series, a new Civil War fact will A copy of the Extra edtion of the CHARLESTON MUSEUM be online. Charleston Mercury announc ing secession The Civil War: S.C.’S SECESSION LEGACY Economic, racial, political upheaval followed, lingered By CAROLYN CLICK cclick@thestate.com A day later, Dec. 18, fearing an outbreak of smallpox, the top-hatted gentry adjourned to Charleston, crowd- 150 years later ing onto trains in the early morning darkness with an n a foggy day near Christmas 1860, a urgency of mission that had exploded with the Nov. 6 delegation of South’s Carolina election of President-elect Abraham Lincoln. wealthiest, most powerful citizens – This “convention of the people,” called by the state planters, judges, legislators and cler- Legislature after Lincoln’s election, was united and gy, all white men – assembled at Co- swift. On Dec. 20 — 150 years ago tomorrow — it adopt- lumbia’s stately red brick-columned ed the Ordinance of Secession, declaring South Caroli- First Baptist Church to contemplate na, one of the original 13 colonies, no longer part was of smashing the Palmetto State’s bond the United States. with the United States of America. “THE UNION IS DISSOLVED!” screamed the head- Within hours, the assembly adopted a resolution that line of the Charleston Mercury, a pro-secession for some among the group — those who relished the newspaper. moniker of “fire-eater” — thought was 30 years past due: Looking backward, as Americans prepare to mark the “The state of South Carolina should forthwith secede from the Federal Union.” SEE CIVIL WAR PAGE A6
  • REPORTING IN DEPTH Daily Under 20,000 DivisionTHIRD PLACEThe Beaufort GazettePatrick DonohueTraffic Camera CommissionFails to Meet
  • REPORTING IN DEPTH Daily Under 20,000 DivisionSECOND PLACEThe ItemJade AndersonSchool Board Seeks to Avoid Bias
  • REPORTING IN DEPTH Daily Under 20,000 Division The Times and Democrat 75 CENTS ★ ORANGEBURG, SOUTH CAROLINA | | 2 SECTIONS, 20 PAGES ★ VOL. 130 ★ NO. 95 Questions surround audit of Sheriff ’s OfficeFIRST PLACE By PHIL SARATA T&D Staff Writer Unrecorded bank accounts and un-inventoried capital assets in the Orangeburg County Sheriff ’s Office were unable to be verified, accord- ing to the annual county audit. Certified public accountant Dawn Strickland of C.C. McGregor & Company told Orangeburg County Council on Monday the firm issued a qualified opinion on the county’s financial statements for the 2009- rect except for these areas for which we cannot satisfy ourselves through audit procedures,” Strickland said. “Therefore, we are excluding them from the opinion.” Responding to a question from Councilman Clyde Livingston, Strickland noted the sheriff ’s of- fice audit only covered the period from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010. She did not offer any specific infor- mation in her report to council. “We were not hired to look into anything at the sheriff ’s office prior light during this audit and have not been previously audited. “The activity happened before July 1, 2009. We could not sat- isfy ourselves as to whether it is recorded.” Orangeburg County Administra- tor Bill Clark said the sheriff ’s office is a part of county government. As such, it is audited on a consistent basis as part of the annual county audit. Although The Times and Demo- crat has requested a copy of the au- made available to The T&D today. During the public comment por- tion of the council meeting, Jeanette Jeffrey asked council why the audit was done “behind closed doors.” She was assured by Council Chairman Johnnie Wright it hadn’t been. “I knew there was trouble with the audit,” Jeffrey said. “I cannot explain to you how I know. “All I can tell you is I know there is a lot more to this that needs to be brought out. “You heard her say they could not said there were unrecorded bank accounts. And why is that?” Jeffrey said she is “double check- ing” the information that has been given to her for possible presenta- tion to council at a future meeting. Strickland said the remaining portion of the audit noted 16 in- stances of internal control deficien- cies, 11 of them significant. Council accepted the audit as in- formation, with Livingston casting the lone dissenting vote. 2010 fiscal year. to July 1, 2009 during our engage- dit, only county officials had copies do the audit prior to July 1, 2009. Contact the writer: rwalker@ “This means that financial state- ment here,” Strickland said. “These during Monday’s County Council Why can’t they do it? They let it go timesanddemocrat.com or ments presented are materially cor- bank accounts and activity came to meeting. Clark said one would be over their heads tonight when she 803-533-5516. The Times and Democrat Tax-funded tabs Credit card spending records online don’t Phil Sarata, Dionne Gleaton, tell the whole story, higher ed officials say By DALE LINDER-ALTMAN T&D Staff Writer South Carolina State Univer- sity officials have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on every- thing from travel to dining out on ager for the athletic department. President George Cooper spent $5,100 on his card to pay for meals, gas and lodging from January through June. He and other S.C. State card- holders used the cards to make guidelines to control P-Card spending, and his office oversees the expenditures of state agencies, or Group A agencies. Some agen- cies, including colleges and uni- versities, do not fall under the au- thority of the comptroller general’s school Visa cards since those re- purchases at vendors ranging from office, which is charged with daily Dale Linder-Altman cords were first released online, airlines, restaurants and gas sta- oversight of the P-Card program. but officials say there’s more to it tions to office supply, grocery and In January, the South Carolina than meets the eye. department stores. Legislative Audit Council released Director of Finance John Smalls Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical a review calling for better over- said that the $494,000 spent in College spent $20,800 from Sep- sight of the P-Card program. The 2010 looks like a lot of money to tember to December, and Denmark review said that while the Budget the person on the street, but it’s Technical College spent $10,700 and Control Board sets statewide not a large sum to spend for a uni- from October to December at the policy, it does not have a system in versity the size of S.C. State. same kinds of vendors. Their use place to determine if agencies are “Keep in mind, we’ve got a $150 complying with that policy. million budget,” he said. “With “Without proactive and fre- more than 4,000 students, with “We got access from the quent reviews of the use of P- Denmark Tech finances under scrutiny a thousand employees, that’s not banks and in looking at Cards, the likelihood of fraud and much money. ... misuse is increased, the review ” Watchdogs “S.C. State is a small city. We some of the purchases, states. do food services, housing, secu- we saw some things According to Smalls, the LAC rity. We have everything that a city review gave S.C. State a clean bill would require, so a lot of purchases that we were very of health. are necessary. ” nervous about,” S.C. The LAC examined 52 purchases People often feel that credit card by S.C. State, and questioned just Comptroller General With money tight, spending is discretionary spend- ing, but it’s not, Smalls said. Richard Eckstrom said. one: a total of $4,000 spent on 17 purchases at a local restaurant. “It is regular operation of busi- Some of the meals were labeled state tech system ness for the university – simply us- After investigating “official dinner, but did not in- ” ing the credit card to pay for some- them, “we were pretty clude documentation, the review probing Visa use thing. The same expense would take place if it was done through a satisfied there wasn’t stated. Smalls said the review was not By DIONNE GLEATON purchase order, he said. ” much abuse going on.” questioning the expenditures, but T&D Staff Writer More than 10,000 state em- was asking why the university used ployees have access to the South a single restaurant. INSIDE DENMARK — State offi- Carolina procurement card. From The money was spent at the cials are digging deeper into Aug. 1, 2008 until July 31, 2009, Four Moons restaurant during a Denmark Technical College’s they spent more than $163 million See a list of local college and univer- search for three vice presidential finances following a special on the P-Card, a Visa card issued sity credit card bills on page A7 candidates, Smalls said. He used review that found problems by the Bank of America through a the Four Moons because there’s a with the use of purchasing cards and inadequate finan- contract with the state. An additional $54 million was ONLINE shortage of restaurants in Orange- burg and because it had a meeting @TheTandD.com room that was very convenient for cial controls. spent on the card by local govern- Following the review, the ment employees during the same Visit this article on- interviewing candidates. DTC Area Commission asked time period. line to nd out how Cardholders are generally held the South Carolina Technical The University of South Caro- you can look up govern- to a single transaction limit of College System to conduct a lina spent more than $28 million ment agencies’ credit $2,500 and a monthly spend rate more comprehensive review on the P-Card last year, or an aver- card purchases yourself. of $5,000 for purchases like sup- of the use of state-issued pur- age of $2.3 million monthly. TheTandD.com/news plies, materials, equipment for chase cards. Locally, South Carolina State state businesses, Eckstrom said. “As a member of the board University has issued 145 cards to has been reported on the state Airline tickets can be charged to and just as a citizen, I have employees. comptroller general’s website for the P-Card, but many vendors very grave concerns regarding Of the $494,000 spent in 2010, a shorter period of time. — including restaurants, gas sta- the apparent misuse of the $109,476 was spent by six em- The P-Card is designed to make tions and motels — are blocked to purchasing cards. We asked ployees on airline travel. Dr. La- it more convenient for authorized all state agencies, including edu- the State Technical College min Drammeh had the highest individuals to purchase routine cational institutions. System to give a 100 per- LARRY HARDY/T&D travel expenditures at $34,000. supplies for state business. It cuts The reason for blocking these cent review of the purchas- S.C. Technical College System officials have been asked to take a closer look at Denmark Technical College’s finances following a special review that found the college More than $20,000 was charged down on paperwork and saves the and some other vendors is that the ing cards going back to July has inadequate financial controls. to Director of Finance John Smalls’ state money in processing bills, goods or services they supply are 1, 2010, DTC Area Commis- ” P-Card on Oct. 4, 2010, and better S.C. Comptroller General Richard more likely to be used for personal sioner Calvin Wright said. He ment as early as February. My committee attempted to “From that limited review, card use began this past week. the card holders for that. With than $20,000 was charged to the Eckstrom said. also serves as chairman of the “I became aware of irregu- gain an explanation ... and the it was discerned that a further She plans to present her find- the procurement cards, there card of Alicia Davis, business man- Eckstrom says the state has See SPENDING, A8 commission’s business and fi- larities through self reporting administration was not forth- and more complete review ings to the area commission were very clear guidelines
  • REPORTING IN DEPTH Daily 20,000 - 50,000 Division Helms gets 6 years for school shootingTHIRD PLACEThe Sun NewsTonya Root HELMS From Page 1A Corrections to finish the prison sentence. The sentence was a relief to Helms’ parents and gave clo- sure to others involved in the case, they said. Jammed in a doorway, Traci Helms (right) holds her chest Wednesday Helms to PHOTOS BY JANET BLACKMON MORGAN jblackmon@thesunnews.com Cooper ordered and stumbles over words while her husband Jamie is embraced inHigh School Shooter the hallway at the Horry County Courthouse . Their son Christian Helms wasan serve six years in prison on sentenced to six years in prison. attempted murder charge in Former Socastee student: connection with a shot fired at Erik Karney, an Horry County police school resource officer. He must serve at least 85 per- ‘I need help, I want help’ cent of the sentence. Cooper sentenced Helms to six years in prison on a charge of taking Circuit Court Judge Thomas Cooper (right) watches as Jamie Helms reads a statement in the in the sentencing hearing. pipe bombs to school, which will run concurrently with ONYA ROOT T the MORE ONLINE made the day of the shooting, they didn’t understand the attempted murder charge.troot@thesunnews.com said Alicia Richardson, senior teen’s reasoning behind the in- C o o p e r t h e n s e n t e n ce d For more photos and video of reaction to the solicitor for juvenile prosecu- cident, but they thanked Kar- Helms to five years in prison onadmitted he was wrong verdict, go to TheSunNews.com . Christian Helms tion in Horry County. ney for his actions that day at the second bomb charge, but “If he were 30 years old and the school. for taking a loaded gun and pipe bombs to suspended that sentence and done this and got caught with “Officer Karney, I am so sor- ordered Socastee High School last year in a plot to of me.” Helms to complete these things, there wouldn’t be ry. Thank you. Thank you so four years probation after he iswho he said had bullied get back at people Helms will be about 20 years old when he any question as to what needs much. You showed your brav- released him. prison. That sen- from is released from prison after Circuit Court to be done,” Richardson said. ery, your courage, your honor tence will run consecutivelyknow it was wrong. I don’t Judge Thomas Cooper sentenced the teen “What I did, I to “This was a school shooting. He and again you had no way of the first two charges. of it. Not only do I need help, I Wednesday. Helms will remain in the custo- condone any wanted to be a school shooter.” knowing Christian would be Helms must also undergo want help,” the 15-year-old former Socastee dy of the state Department of Juvenile Jus- Psychologists testified that worth that,” Traci Helms said. mental health counseling while said Wednesday before tice until he is 17, when he will be trans- High School student Helms was depressed and suf- “You will always be at the top of in prison and after being re- PHOTOS BY JANET BLACKMON MORGAN jblackmon@thesunnews.com fered from some mental issues my list for things I am thankful Christian Helms cries as his mother Traci Helms testifies being sentenced to six years in prison. “I fe r re d t o t h e s t a t e D e p a r t m e n t o f leased while on probation. Traci Helms (left) reaches out to touch her son as she passes by after testifying in his for which he is now on for.” on Wednesday. Helms entered two guilty pleas and an Helms also received creditmeansentencing hearing at the Horry County Courthouse on Wednesday. swear I did not for to pull that trigger. I medication. Both parents make weekly Alford plea on Monday. the timewant toserved in jailwant people to be proud he has be better. I See HELMS | Page 5A Prosecutors said their goal visits to see the teen in Colum- since being taken into custody In an Alford plea, the defen- was to have Helms tried as an bia and are undergoing coun- at the age of 14 the day of the dant does not admit guilt, but ‘Every cop knows the second their adult, which was granted in seling, they said. incident on Sept. 21. acknowledges that a jury would March by a family court judge, “C h r i s t i a n i s my wh o l e Helms had faced up to 30 likely convict based on the gun is taken away from them, you are 15th Circuit Solicitor Greg world,” Traci Helms said, look- years in prison on the attempt- evidence. Hembree said. ing at her son as her chin quiv- ed murder charge and between The sentencing hearing, dead. I had it in my mind that I was “There is some hope that he ered with emotion Wednesday two and 15 years in prison on which took more than twice as can be rehabilitated,” Hembree afternoon. “It has been a hor- each of the bomb charges. long as a typical sentencing not going to die that day.’ said after the hearing. rible year. Not only did I deal Helms thanked Karney for hearing, included testimony ERIK KARNEY Helms’ family told Cooper with the fact my child is gone; I his actions on Sept. 21 inside from psychologists, school au- Horry County police school resource officer that they planned to support had to deal with what he had the school resource officer’s of- thorities, correctional officers, the teen in rehabilitation and done. I don’t understand it.” fice at the school. K a r n ey a n d h i s w i fe, a n d as he described being about 18 the school this year as the SRO, plan to do whatever it takes to Helms’ attorney, Russell “He’s the whole reason I get Helms’ family members. inches away from Helms, who where he spent five years help him when he is released. Long, told Cooper that the to call myself a 15-year-old in Karney, who declined to pointed the gun at his chest and working. “Christian, I love you with all teen’s mental health issues the first place,” Helms said. speak after the hearing, told head. “I knew the second I went “It’s almost been a year and I my heart. I am sorry for the were going untreated when the The teen pleaded guilty Cooper about how Helms came after it I had a chance of getting still have nightmares,” said past. I will do everything I can shooting occurred and that he Monday less than two hours af- to his office that day, pointed shot. I dove. The gun was fired Karney, who is the father to a to help you get through this,” has since improved while being ter a jury was selected to hear the gun at him and demanded and went off so close to my 4-year-old daughter and a said Jamie Helms, the teen’s fa- in custody due to undergoing his case. Helms pleaded guilty his weapon. head that it felt like a baseball 4-month-old son. “I still have ther. “I made fun of his haircut counseling and medication. to two counts of transporting “Every cop knows the sec- bat.” nightmares of being shot.” and many other things. I did “He pulled that gun out and he or possessing components of a ond their gun is taken away Karney suffered powder Helms had planned to emu- not understand him. I always screamed to the world help destructive device and entered from them, you are dead. I had burns to his head, but said his late the 1999 Columbine High loved him, but I didn’t show it.” me,” Long said. “Christian was an Alford plea on an attempted it in my mind that I was not go- emotional suffering continues. School massacre, according to Jamie Helms and the teen’s unable to help himself and no- murder charge. ing to die that day,” Karney said He also will not be returning to journal entries and a video mother, Traci Helms, each said body was listening.”
  • REPORTING IN DEPTH Daily 20,000 - 50,000 Division Mortgage papers raise fraud claimsSECOND PLACE FRAUD From Page 1A been used in at least 46 foreclo- sures since 2008. There are nearly 100 DocX mortgage assignments filed atThe Sun News Horry County’s register of deeds office for homes with loans totaling more than $17 million. Green’s purported signature is on many of those documents. And many of those docu- ments are suspected of being fraudulent, according to gov- ernment regulators. Questionable signatures The Federal Reserve Board and a trio of banking oversight groups issued a consent order in April against DocX and its parent company, Lender Pro- cessing Services Inc. of Jack- sonville, Fla. Although no fine was issued and the regulators said more study is needed to determineDavid Wren what wrongdoing – if any – oc- curred, the order has sparked investigations of DocX, which shut down last year, in at least four states and more attorneys general are expected to join the probe. The regulators’ action took place after a “60 Minutes” tele- BY STEVE JESSMORE sjessmore@thesunnews.com vision news broadcast on April Bob and Christine Dorrie are taking part in a program that they hope will get them out of foreclosure and into a loan modification so they can 3 that showed DocX hired high afford to keep their home in the Island Green East subdivision. school students and others for $10 an hour to sit in a sweat- Game of cat and mouse Fargo for more information lems are overblown, and that payments.” place between 2005 and 2007. shop-like setting and sign thou- about the ownership of his homeowners are looking for Walden, however, says that During the real estate boom, sands of mortgage documents The allegations aren’t limit- mortgage, the bank told him in any reason to stop a kind of response is disingenu- some of the nation’s largest every day, without checking to ed to DocX. November that Fannie Mae foreclosure. ous. While the courts are set up banks bought home loans from see if the documents were “If you look through your lo- owned the mortgage and that “The homeowners have de- to determine whether a home- all over the country and pack- accurate. cal land documents, they’re full Wells Fargo was only the loan faulted on their loans, and a owner has defaulted on a loan, aged them together in mort- DocX workers signed the of trash,” said Lynn Szymoniak, servicer. flaw in the documentation does he said, they are also responsi- gage-backed securities that documents as if they were vice a Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Then, in April, Wells Fargo not mean the foreclosure was a ble for ensuring the banks’ pa- were sold to investors – includ- presidents of national banks. lawyer who made it her mission told Dorrie that the real owner wrongful foreclosure,” said Ja- perwork is legitimate and that ing many 401(k) programs and Green, for example, claimed to to raise courts’ awareness of of his mortgage is Freddie Mac. nis Smith, vice president of due process is followed. pension funds.Myrtle Beach Real be the vice president of 20 fraudulent mortgage docu- “Given this information, only Mortgage Electronic Registra- “The banks just made up the Each security that was is- banks at the same time. ments after her own home went Freddie Mac has the authority tion Systems, or MERS, the na- paperwork they needed to get sued included thousands of And when the real Linda into foreclosure. “It is incredi- to enforce this note and fore- tion’s largest mortgage loan the deal done,” Walden said. mortgage loans worth a com- Green wasn’t signing the mort- bly widespread.” close on this property,” Walden registration service. “We want to hold the banks ac- bined $1 billion to $1.5 billion – gage documents, other DocX Bob and Christine Dorrie said. “Foreclosure is a very emo- countable for that.” and the Wall Street banks sold workers were signing them in moved to Myrtle Beach from Wells Fargo spokesman Jim tional situation, and people will hundreds of those securities to her name, according to the re- the Bronx in New York in 1998. Hines disagrees, saying the try all angles in an attempt to Where it all began investors who believed the rise port. DocX documents, includ- Like many people during the Dorries’ loan documents were stop the process,” Smith said. To better understand how in home values would never BY STEVE JESSMORE sjessmore@thesunnews.com ing those filed in Horry County, economic boom, the Dorries handled appropriately and that “At the end of the day, though, this mortgage mess occurred, end. show numerous variations of Green’s purported signature. used their credit cards to fi- nance a lifestyle beyond their the bank’s contract as a loan servicer gives it “the authority you still have a situation where the borrower didn’t make their one has to look back to the home-buying frenzy that took Myrtle Beach real estate agent Anthony Wise hopes to cancel his home loan based on what he considers a See FRAUD | Page 17A DocX workers told “60 Min- means. So, in September 2007, to take action on the loan to pro- utes” that Linda Green’s name they decided to refinance their tect the investor’s interests, in- fraudulent document and improper securitization of his mortgage. His home on Haskell Circle in Myrtle Beach is in was chosen as the one they all home in the Island Green East cluding foreclosure.” would sign because it is short and easy to spell. neighborhood to pay off some of their bills. Hines said Wells Fargo is working with the Dorries and danger of foreclosure. DocX also had public nota- “When we went to closing, hopes to “reach a solution that ries sign the documents, attest- the woman handling it said, would help them keep their ing that Linda Green was the ‘Well, we couldn’t get as much home.” Signatures on documents used in vice president of various banks money as we thought’,” Bob Linda Green’s signature ap- and that they saw her sign the paperwork. Jasmin Bennett, Dorrie said, adding that none of the credit card bills wound up pears on DocX paperwork used with thousands of Wells Fargo SIGNATURESEstate Fraud the notary who signed Wise’s getting paid in full. “We ended mortgages – although not in the document, did not return a tele- up with all the charge cards still Dorries’ case – since the real es- phone call seeking comment. open with money still on them tate boom. A sampling of the varied Linda Green Green, however, was not the vice president of 20 banks and the documents she and other DocX workers signed as if they were bank executives are com- ing under fire in legal proceed- and a new home loan at a much higher price.” The Dorries’ mortgage pay- ment, which had been $987 a month, soared to $1,340 a month after the refinance. Even so, Hines said Wells Fargo has reviewed mortgage documentation for all of its loans and “has not found any foreclosure that should not have taken place.” signatures found on DocX mortgage assignments filed with the Horry County foreclosure cases under review i n g s – i n c l u d i n g W i s e ’s As the economy grew worse, Wells Fargo sees foreclosure foreclosure. Linda Green could not be the Dorries quickly fell behind on their house payment. as a last resort, Hines said, and has worked with 673,000 bor- Register of Deeds. Allegedly fraudulent and reached for comment. A spokeswoman for Lender Pro- Wells Fargo Bank, the new owner of the Dorries’ loan, filed rowers to modify their loans since January 2009. forged DocX paperwork has been used in at BY DAVID WREN cessing Services did not re- spond to a request for comments. a foreclosure lawsuit against the couple on Sept. 2, 2009. Bob Dorrie’s emergency bankrupt- Bob Dorrie said Wells Fargo has repeatedly thrown up road blocks while he has tried to least 46 foreclosures here and thousands dwren@thesunnews.com “From what I can tell, every- thing DocX did was fraudu- cy filing three days before the house was to be sold at auction modify his loan. He hopes the perceived chain of title issues more nationwide. lent,” Wise, the owner of Exit Elite Realty in Myrtle Beach, told The Sun News last week. has put everything in limbo. The Dorries now are ques- tioning how Wells Fargo came will give him some additional leverage in court proceedings and force his lender to modify Anthony Wise has been selling real es- “They were just robo-signing these documents, in my opin- to own their loan. Ace Funding – the company his loan on terms he and his wife can live with. tate in the Myrtle Beach area for nearly ion, and Linda Green was the one who did that.” Wise has hired a Myrtle that gave the Dorries their loan in 2007 – filed for bankruptcy protection and went out of busi- “This is supposed to help force the bank’s hand, instead of them playing this game of cat three decades, but he had never heard of Beach company called New South Financial to help him ness the following year, never officially assigning the Dorries’ and mouse with me,” Bob Dor- rie said. “I’m still in the home, Linda Green until after his home went into fight the foreclosure. He says the allegedly fraudulent mort- gage assignment Green signed loan over to Wells Fargo. Wells Fargo didn’t file the as- signment on behalf of the de- and I’d like to keep it.” Who is at fault? foreclosure. – in this case, pretending to be the vice president of American funct Ace Funding until more than three weeks after the fore- Ballery Skipper, the director of Horry County’s Register of Now, just like hundreds of thousands of BY TOM MURRAY tmurray@thesunnews.com Home Mortgage Servicing Inc., the successor to Option One Mortgage – means the lender closure lawsuit was filed. A law- yer representing Wells Fargo in the foreclosure lawsuit signed Deeds office, said her staff is not responsible for investigat- ing whether or not a document people nationwide, Wise is finding that the New South Financial advisers Terry that is trying to take his home doesn’t really have clear title or the document for Ace Funding, even though he “really has no is legitimate. As long as fraud is not suspected, Skipper said, biggest investment he will ever make – his Walden (left) and Janete rights to the property. “At this point, with what we’ve discovered so far, I want authority to assign this mort- gage,” according to Terry Wal- den, an audit originator and at- she is legally required to file the documents. In the few cases where Skip- home – is closely tied to Green … or some- Christensen (center) work with my loan negated,” Wise said. “That’s what I’m going for.” torney liaison for New South Financial. per or her staff suspects fraud, the case is referred to the state one pretending to be her. Frank Welsh, whose mortgage When Dorrie pushed Wells attorney general’s office. Skip- per said she has not referred any of the DocX filings to law Green was a shipping clerk for an auto- documents are being analyzed after ‘From what I can tell, everything DocX enforcement. Register of Deeds offices in mobile parts company before taking a job alleged improper loan assignments did was fraudulent. They were just robo-signing these documents, in my other states, however, are starting to do their own investi- gations. A review of filings in in the signature room at a mortgage docu- were discovered. opinion, and Linda Green was the one Guilford County, N.C., for ex- ample, found 1,920 DocX loan ment company called DocX in Alpharetta, who did that.’ ANTHONY WISE documents for property worth $255 million and 15 variations of Linda Green’s signature. Ga., according to news reports. loan file or never existed in the first place. owner of Exit Elite Realty in Myrtle Beach Some mortgage executives say the documentation prob- 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
  • REPORTING IN DEPTH Daily 20,000 - 50,000 DivisionMarch 19th began as a quiet Saturday for dispatchers at the Spartanburg County Communications/9-1-1 Department. But five hours into their 12-hour shift, tragedy struck. Calls, like the flood of tears that would ensue, began to pour into the center following the Cleveland Park train derailment. The first call came in at 1:01 p.m. About a dozen dispatchers worked to gather information, console callers and assist first responders.FIRST PLACE “ I cling to the memory of Benji’s smile, to the sound of his voice. I cling to his shoe as I clung to it that day and prayed that God would not take him their from me. But I knew it was time for him to go. away ” Herald-Journal TIM KIMZEY/TIM.KIMZEY@SHJ.COM Dispatchers at the Spartanburg County Communications Department were recently recognized with a Team 9-1-1 Merit Award from the SC APCO/NENA for response to the Cleveland Park train accident. Here, Telecommunicator 2 Terry Davis dispatches EMS calls on Thursday afternoon. — DWIGHT EASLER An unforgettable day Team 1 recently 9-1-1 dispatchers Church was honored with the Team 9-1-1 Award of suddenly put to test tries to cope Jenny Arnold, Jason Spencer, Merit from the South Carolina By KIM KIMZEY with bills Association of kim.kimzey@shj.com Public-Safety “Spartanburg 9-1-1, what’s the address of By STEPHEN LARGEN Communication the emergency?” stephen.largen@shj.com Caller: “Uh, yes, the train here at Cleve- While the victims of the Officials/ land Park is overturned into the ditch on, uh, Cleveland Park miniature National Asheville Highway. The whole train flipped train tragedy wait for the Emergency over.” slow process of the state’s Number 9-1-1: “The whole train flipped over with legal and legislative systems Association for their work On the theCkidse r :it?”Ye s , t h e all on “ to address victims’ needs, the church overseeing a chari- that day. “All Web whole train flipped over table fund for the families is four teams Hear the into the creek, into the taking a new step. could handle 911 calls rock bed…” (In the back- Corinth Baptist Church of Lynne Shackleford, Luke Connell, it just as well, from the ground are screams.) Gaffney, home to 15 of the 29 day of the 9-1-1: “I’m here, give people injured in the March as far as I’m concerned, but Cleveland Park train me your name.” 19 derailment in Spartan- crash at GoUpstate. Caller: “…Multiple burg, is forming an advisory we happened to people…” committee of officials and com. be the team that 9-1-1: “I understand, nonprofit leaders from Cher- was working what’s your name?” (The caller again men- okee and Spartanburg coun- that day,” said tions multiple people. Then the line goes ties. The panel will oversee Scott Francis, a dead.) spending from the fund and shift supervisor Another call comes into Spartanburg TIM KIMZEY/FILE help lead future fundraising with the County Communications/911. The caller’s Emergency personnel tend to victims following efforts. department. words spray forth like bullets from a machine a miniature train wreck at Cleveland Park in Benji Easler, the 6-year- Spartanburg on March 19. ◆ SEE DISPATCHERS PAGE A7 ◆ SEE CHURCH PAGE A7 Lee Healy, Stephen Largen, Trevor PHOTOS BY MIKE BONNER/MIKE.BONNER@SHH.COM Above, Tabitha Easler hugs one of her sons during the service for her 6-year-old son, Benji, who died Saturday in a miniature train derailment in Spartanburg’s Cleveland Park. Below, a firefighter looks over the program during the service at Corinth Baptist Church in Gaffney. For more photos from the funeral, visit GoUpstate.com. Anderson and Kim Kimzey Family holds on to faith after losing son in tragedy By JENNY ARNOLD jennifer.arnold@shj.com GAFFNEY Park train crashed. The Lord was with his wife, Tabitha, also on the train, and with the rescue workers who set aside D wight Easler, his right foot in a their emotions to do cast, could not stand to face his their jobs. Cleveland Park Miniature Train congregation as he spoke during The Lord was with his son Benji’s funeral Thursday. the nurse who held Emotionally, Easler said, he couldn’t Easler’s hand at Spar- look at their faces. But he spoke from tanburg Regional Medi- the heart, telling the hundreds of cal Center and quoted people who attended his son’s service at Scripture, and in the Corinth Baptist Church in Gaffney how Benji Easler voices and strength God was with him on Saturday — when of his two other sons, Benji died. Seth and Matthew, who sobbed as their Easler said the Lord was with the father spoke during the service. good Samaritan who performed CPR on the 6-year-old after the Cleveland ◆ SEE FUNERAL PAGE A5 Derailment S Several hundred peo le attended th funeral service for Benji Easler on Thursday at Corinth l d e peopl t nde the f s c f Benj Easle enj ler Thursday Corinth rsd y Bapt Church. Mourners filed to the church cemetery, where white doves were released. ptist h rch. Mourners fil u iled h chur h emetery, e e hi e oves er rele sed ur etery, rint ri t s ere eleased. e
  • REPORTING IN DEPTH Daily Over 50,000 DivisionTHIRD PLACE 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 THE ACCUSED: LOUIS ‘SKIP’ REVILLE Charleston . North Charleston, S.C. ✯✯ $2The Post and Courier CHILD MOLESTERGlenn Smith, Gene Sapakoff A community comes to grips with the monster who lurked in its midstand Edward Fennell BY GLENN SMITH and GENE SAPAKOFF gsmith@postandcourier.com || gsapakoff@postandcourier.com L OUIS “SKIP” REVILLE prayed with, and preyed upon, vulnerable kids he coached and groomed over a decade in the Lowcountry. He taught school, led sports teams, guided Bible studies and took kids into his home asSkip ReVille molestation a foster parent. In nearly every area of his life, ReVille positioned himself to be close to chil- dren, to share their time and win their trust. Authorities say he used that access to carry out dark fantasies with adolescent boys. Just how many remains unclear. Mount Pleasant police have charged the 32-year-old educator with molesting five teens, but investigators have in- Charleston also is home to Darkness to Light, a national group that has trained some 300,000 people in ways to prevent child sexual abuse. Despite these efforts and high-profile arrests, new molestation cases come along all the time.stories dicated that more counts are on the way, led by In part, that’s because predators are crafty, ma- ReVille’s own confessions. nipulative and adept at covering their tracks, ReVille’s reach extended over years and across ReVille, 32, of taking advantage of people’s trust and institu- county lines, from the rigid confines of The Mount Pleasant tions’ disdain for being tainted by the stain of is accused of Citadel to the suburban corners of Summerville sex acts with at pedophilia, experts say. to the finest neighborhoods of Mount Pleasant least five boys “Child sexual predators get away with it for a in a case that and Daniel Island. He literally had hundreds of continues to combination of reasons,” said William Burke, a kids at his fingertips. unfold. Summerville clinical counselor who works pri- But just how did he keep his sexual advances marily with men accused of child sexual abuse. secret in a region well-versed in the threat of molesta- “First, they are pretty good at what they do. Then there tion? The area has seen a string of coaches, teachers, is what we call ‘passing the trash,’ where a school or ministers and priests charged with similar crimes, in- church gets rid of someone by sweeping things under cluding infamous predator Eddie Fischer, who molest- the rug and he goes on to another place.” ed more than 40 students during his teaching career. Please see REVILLE, Page 4A Louis Neal “Skip” ReVille, Past sexual predators How to talk to children INSIDE a biography. 4A in the Charleston area. 5A about molestation. 5A
  • REPORTING IN DEPTH Daily Over 50,000 DivisionSECOND PLACE “Why in the world are we taking violent sexual predators from out of state? That’s farcical.” S.C. REP. CHIP LIMEHOUSE, RCHARLESTONThe Post and Courier This is secure?Glenn Smith, Bo Petersenand Andy ParasPalmetto Behavioral PHOTOGRAPHS BY WADE SPEES/STAFF Four teens hopped the fence of the Palmetto Behavioral Health facility and escaped Wednesday. One remains at large. Area resident 4 escapees warned her only had toHealth neighbors BY ANDY PARAS aparasn@postandcourier.com S U M M E RV I L L E — Pe g g y Williams got a call from her hus- band that four teenagers with vio- lent histories had escaped from the scale fence BY BO PETERSEN and ANDY PARAS bpetersen@postandcourier.com aparas@postandcourier.com SUMMERVILLE — No real se- curity is legally required at the Palmetto Behavioral Health center children and adolescent treatment just down the road. She immedi- center where four teens with a his- ately called her neighbors in the tory of criminal violence scaled the Oakbrook Commons neighbor- fence and ran away Wednesday. hood to warn them to lock their And the center’s staff made no doors. timely effort to alert police or That was about 8 a.m. Thursday, residents in surrounding neigh- nearly 15 hours after authorities borhoods, authorities said. Police said the Washington, D.C., teen- Peggy Williams lives in the Oakbrook Commons were still waiting Friday for a pho- agers scaled a 6-foot-tall wooden neighborhood near the Palmetto Behavioral Health facility in tograph to be supplied of the teen fence and disappeared into the Summerville. She said that after she learned of the four teens who remained on the loose. on the loose, she called her neighbors to warn them to lock Please see NEIGHBORS, Page 6A their doors. Please see ESCAPE, Page 6A
  • REPORTING IN DEPTH Daily Over 50,000 Division Fired VA shelter directorFIRST PLACE files suit Good Neighbor Center board accused of fraud The Post and Courier BY RENEE DUDLEY rdudley@postandcourier.com Officials at a North Charleston Renee Dudley veterans’ homeless shelter that came under scrutiny l at e l a s t ye a r fired their execu- tive director last month following Waste and abuse at homeless shelter the release of a federal audit of the nonprofit’s operations. This week, Na nc y Cook, for mer d i rec- Cook tor of the Good Neighbor Center, fired back. She is su- ing the shelter and three members of its board of directors, accusing them of breaching her contract and fraud, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in the Charleston County Court of Common Pleas. Cook demanded a jury trial to re- coup more than $10,000 in unpaid wages and benefits, plus attorney fees and unspecified damages, according to the suit. She alleged that board members “en- gaged in a pattern of deceptive and fraudulent behavior” and said their Please see DIRECTOR, Page 7A
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  • BEAT REPORTING Daily Under 20,000 Division Fed up with burglaries Neighborhood works together to fight crime By RICHARD WALKERFIRST PLACE T&D Staff Writer Direct and to the point, it wasn’t always pretty. Civil, but the point was made. “The main thing we want to share is: Look out for your neighbor. Be vigilant, Creek- ” moor resident Malcolm Crider said. Creekmoor residents are trying to put a stop to prop- erty crimes and thefts be- fore the entire area is overrun with crimes far worse than burglaries. About 60 residents of the Columbia Road neighbor- hood met last week to dis- cuss expanding patrols to put The Times and Democrat more eyes and ears on the neighborhood. “I’m not asking you to con- front any of these people, ” ONLINE Crider View this article said. “All and revisit a I’m ask- collection of ing you articles for help- A man killed, a man sought to do is ful information in the event this ride.” happens to you. The TheTandD.com Richard Walker neigh- borhood of about 200 homes began a Crime Watch group three years ago after the typically CHRISTOPHER HUFF/T&D quiet, middle-class commu- Officials use dogs, Speaking at a Creekmoor Crime Watch meeting, Belinda Adams of nearby Flossie Lane said she was concerned recently when a deputy approached two young men without backup. nity began experiencing vehi- cle break-ins. When those auto break-ins escalated to burglaries, a core helicopter to hunt thanks to public, Chief Davis says Crime dropping group of block captains formed a part-time patrol in December that seeks out unknown vehi- cles, suspicious characters. shooting suspect “I don’t know if it’s helped, ” By PHIL SARATA up by four incidents Uniform Crime Report ONLINE Crider said. “But I think it Sidelined T&D Staff Writer but it was not a big has.” Part I Crime Data Statistics Review Orangeburg city crime number. Since the patrols began, Despite a slight increase in violent crime, the City 2007 2008 2009 2010 statistics from 2007 through “We try to main- Crider said, the community of Orangeburg experienced a significant decrease in 2010 attached to this article tain the downward has had one burglary. And that Bycrime during 2010. overall RICHARD WALKER Total Violent Crime 85 102 84 88 T&D Staff Writer at TheTandD.com trend as best as resulted in arrests. Department of Public Safety Chief Wendell Davis Total Property Crime 797 905 898 751 possible. As long as Total URC Part I Crimes 882 1007 982 839 Last month, a Creekmoor says the numberscoworkersPart I crimes reported to HOLLY HILL — Neighbors and reflect all describe shooting we don’t have sig- resident called deputies after victim Anthony James Sr. as a friend and good neighbor. Division as the South Carolina Law Enforcement Source: Orangeburg Department of Public Safety nificant spikes, we are relatively happy. ” seeing two men hauling two “He was a good guythethe neighborhood, a friend of the part of in Uniform Crime Report program. ” According to figures provided to city council TVs and other electronics from Noting he is never pleased with crime spikes of family said. “He was a good friend of the whole area, the whole Tuesday night, violent crimes rose from 84 reported a Slaughter Drive home. ” all trend. Missing wheelchair neighborhood. any degree, Davis said he is happy with the over- Officials were still seeking the person who shot James to death in his front yard, “We have double-checked the figures because we want to be sure, Davis said. “Violent crimes were ” See CRIME, A7 Deputies arrived within minutes, arresting three men after the resident gave them a and the family friend did not want to give will prevent Special The Times and Democrat description of the red SUV the On patrol, officer notices homeowners’ mistakes his name for fear of retribution. Investigators were looking for 45-year- old Carvin Holman in connection with the domestic-related shooting, Orange- burg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said. Olympian from men were driving. At the meeting, residents said it hasn’t always been that way. Most burglaries went By RICHARD WALKER Coroner Samuetta Marshall said James, Griffith recommends lighting as much of your unsolved or, at least in their about two miles south of the Holly Hill home competing in event 45, died Friday at his Boyer RoadT&D Staff Writer town limits. She said an autopsy would be yard light? A deadbolt or an extra Holman property as possible with utility lights or motion- sensor lighting. Also, trim shrubs to prevent them from becoming minds, forgotten. “That was just pure luck, what else can I say?” Crider performed Saturday. frustration levels growing over theft and With hiding places for would-be thieves. If a RICHARDis said of the combination of | 4 SECTIONS, 52 PAGES ★ VOL. 130 ★ NO. 154 By window WALKER75 CENTS ★ ORANGEBURG, SOUTH CAROLINA | “My sympathy goes out to theare things a homeowner can do to burglary, there family, Marshall said. ” concealed, a thief can enter the home unseen from T&D Staff Writer events that led to the arrests. The family friend called the death, “just a tragic situation. protect his property. ” The residents who patrol He said James had just gotten off work about 20 minutes before the road. “A lot of times, it’s really simple stuff, says Public ” These days, even vacant houses are burglarized. It’s like stealing Superman’s cape. the neighborhood keep their‘He’s going to outlive us all’ the shooting. eyes open, copy down license Eddie Addicks, James’ supervisor at the Holly Hill IGA, be great if Safety Officer Henry Griffith. “It would de- Certain metals they contain make them moregure out who would and “I’m still trying to fi of a scribed him as a “gooddidn’t happen. But if it does, they can know crime employee.” target than an occupied house.says Iris Larrymore. “I don’t know why why, ” plates and call law enforce- “He’s just a good guy,do. a good ol’ boy, Addicks said. “He what to just ” ” A metal thief “doesn’t care that the $50 obtained be the purpose. they would or what would ” ment when they see something fit in.” What to do? Oftentimes the recipe for protect- during the theft will cost a homeowner thousands to Regardless of the purpose, Larrymore’s suspicious. Addicks saiding your home turns to the meat department James began working in talk of “If I catch someone repair, Griffith said. “Regular Den’vis, won’t be able to compete in ” son, and frequent checks But that effort is hampered, about five years my house ... at ago and ” on abandoned or vacant Friday’s Special Olympics because someone property, (installing) ad- Glen Hutto said, by law en- LARRY HARDY/T&D developed a good rapport times, the resident isn’t home to render But many equate lighting, or possibly even alarm systems or to compete: his stole the teenager’s means forcement response times. An unidentified woman is comforted near the scene of a fatal shooting on Boyer Road in Holly Hill. with the customers. James ONLINE his or her wrath on thieves. video surveillance systems may help in keeping your wheelchair. Residents can’t sit back and employ- @TheTandD.com was one of thoseAn officer with the Orangeburg Department of let someone else do the workKiller’s appeal denied, but victims’ family is upset there are so many more to go ees who came in early and Griffith has watched homes and busi- stayed late. Public Safety, Visit us online for nesses on a regularfrom the the past three years. video basis for property safe. ” “It really surprises me that somebody Griffith said there’s nowould take a all burglariesLarrymore said. “It way to stop wheelchair, and theft. But a few steps can deter them. ” makes me for them, he said. “We have to stand up and “He didn’t mind coming his recent patrols, he wrote down actual On one of scene. Thieves aren’t generally inclined to show a great show that we won’t take folks By RICHARD WALKER the convicted killer could receive a port the granting of either a new tional Institute in Ridgeville after he sister, and wonder. ” T&D Staff Writer lesser sentence. guilt proceeding, or a new sentenc- was sentenced to death in 2001. niece. Gates Shuler in and helping out, Addicks TheTandD.com/news ” problem areas he saw in the city’s communities. said. “If he was already off, ONLINE deal of determination — if a house is fairly secure, For the breaking and stealing our property and threatening our “The application for post-convic- ing proceeding.” He was found guilty of shooting applauds the he didn’t mind helping. target items and areas tend to be rela- “‘Good’ ” @TheTandD.com he moves on. Simple locks and deadbolts can be a past five Addicks saidtively unlit, may be abandoned or vacant, and have major deterrent on not only doors but windows as years, lives, Hutto said. “Crime in ” After five years, a post-conviction tion relief is denied in its entirety,” Lisa Armstrong, Shuler’s attor- to death his former girlfriend, Linda judge’s decision but feels a decade he had just Visit this article to Orangeburg County will notmotion for relief has been denied for Manning wrote in his decision filed ney for the PCR motion, did not re- Williams, her mother Dorothy “Dot” or more of appeals is unreasonable. talked to James earlier Friday morning. When he found out what said. had little done to keep the bad guys out, he ” well. see an interview Den’vis has happened, he was shocked. dark area provides an ideal target for “An unlit or “If the door has a window of any size close to the competed be controlled until mothers,triple murderer Charles Shuler. at the Orangeburg County Court- turn a message seeking comment Gates, and Linda Williams’ daugh- “It’s just the long wait, it’s just not with Iris Larrymore. fathers, grandparents, brothers theft as even if someone happens to be watching Investigators aren’t giving many details. Neighbors say deadbolt, having a keyed locking mechanism on in the lo- LARRY HARDY/T&D Circuit Court Judge Casey Man- house on Tuesday. “Applicant has Thursday. ter, Stacy Gates, on Sept. 8, 1999. right,” he said. “If we don’t get on TheTandD.com/news failed to show error, and he failed to Shuler, who turns 63 next month, On that tragic day, Terry Gates lost there was apparently a fatal confrontation thief being seen or iden- the area, the chances of a in James’ yard over Police say shrubs around the windows of your home cal assistedning denied Shuler’s arguments for See KILLER, A7 a woman. tified are slim. ” See HOMES, A7 could provide hiding places for thieves. wheelchair See BURGLARIES, A7a new sentencing hearing at which show prejudice such as would sup- is currently held at Leiber Correc- three family members — a mother, Authorities were called shortly after 1 p.m. Friday to the race at the annual Special Olympics. He’s largely wooded area south of town. Traffic was blocked on Gard- done well, too, placing either first or second ner Boulevard south of town and also Boyer Road east by the each year. victim’s home. At about 2:30 p.m., a distraught woman was being comforted But Superman couldn’t fly without a as she was taken away from the scene. cape. And Den’vis can’t unless he has his CHRISTOPHER HUFF/T&D “It’s just a sad situation, the family friend said. ” wheelchair. Den’vis Larrymore is shown with his mother, Iris Larrymore, Tuesday at their LARRY HARDY/T&D More than 20 law enforcement officers from the Sheriff’s Of- home in St. Matthews. The disabled youth’s wheelchair was recently stolen, a The State Law Enforcement Division sent a See WHEELCHAIR, A5 wheelchair he needs to compete in the Special Olympics. LARRY HARDY/T&D helicopter to the area to assist in the search Anthony James was killed at this home on Boyer Road in Holly Hill on Friday. for shooting suspect Carvin Holman. See KILLED, A3 b fi f d
  • BEAT REPORTING Daily 20,000 - 50,000 Division A soldier’s sacrificeTHIRD PLACEHerald-JournalJenny ArnoldMemorial Services PHOTOS BY ALEX C. HICKS JR./ALEX.HICKS@SHJ.COM A military honor guard detail carries the casket of Army Capt. John David Hortman, a Byrnes High School graduate and Bronze Star recipient, from First Baptist Church of Spartanburg on Saturday after Hortman’s funeral service. Leader’s last letter: Celebrate with me By JENNY ARNOLD So Fields carried out the jennifer.arnold@shj.com task for his friend, and spoke n his friend Stan Fields, during Hortman’s funeral on I the late Army Capt. John David Hortman placed a great responsibility. Hortman, who was killed Aug. 8 in a helicopter training Saturday. Fields said Hortman’s letter was a window to his soul, and he read portions of it to the hundreds of friends and family members who packed the pews for the service at First Baptist exercise at Fort Benning, Ga., Church of Spartanburg. gave Fields a letter before his “I died doing exactly what I first deployment in 2008 that wanted to do, what God put me would be opened only in the on this earth to do,” Fields said, event of his death. quoting the letter. Hortman didn’t want two He asked Fields to be there Army officers, strangers, for his family. to come to the home of his “My mom and sister are mother, Brenda Jones, with going to need you,” the letter bad news. He wanted his friend said. Fields to gently break the news A member of the Patriot Guard waits outside during the funeral. to his mom. ◆ SEE HORTMAN PAGE A7 To see a photo gallery from the service, visit GoUpstate.com.
  • BEAT REPORTING Daily 20,000 - 50,000 Division a6/local Wednesday/8.24.11/www.independentmail.com Cleaning up the mess meth left behind Federal funds fall through; state will soon pay $1 million for cleanup BY MIKE ELLIS posal, Myrick said. Independent Mail Meth labs and dumpsDumps In South Carolina Meth Labs & in South Carolina The Anderson County ellism@ /260.1277 Sheriff ’s Office paid con- tractors an average of $3,500 )) ) When sheriff ’s deputies ) )) C h e)o k e e C h er o k e e per cleanup last year, about ) r arrested a father and son on ) ) )) ) ) ) $250,000 for the 65 sites. ) ) )))) ) )S p a) t a) b u r g )) Yo r k ) ® ) )) ) Y o r k 77 charges of manufacturing P ii c k) n )G r e e n v ii ll ) S p a) t a n b u r g ) P c k e n s G r e e n v ll e e s e ) n rr ) The sites have to be methamphetamine in Iva a ) ) ) cleaned up quickly usually , ) ) ) Beauticians Oconee ) ) month ago, a complicated Oconee )) ) ) ) )) ) within days, although more ) )SECOND PLACE ) ) )) ) ) ) ) ) U n ii o n Un on C h e s tt e r Ches er and pricy cleanup need to be ) ) 385 L a n c a s tt e r C h e s tt e r ff ii )ll d Lancas er Ches er e d e complicated sites like the M a r ll b o r o ) )) Mar boro done afterward. ) ))) ) )) property in Iva take longer, ) )) ) ))) n s ) ) ) )a u)))) ) Anderson Anderson Several active and aban- ) L a ur e n s L )) )) )) ) 26 ) re ) McBride said. ) ) ) ) doned labs were hidden on ) ) ) ) ) D ii ll ll o n In Anderson County theD , on D ) r ll ii n g tt o n F a ii r ff ii e ll d Fa r e d ) Kershaw Kershaw Da r n g o n a the property behind plastic ) A b b e v i l l e ) )) Newberry Newberry ) money for cleanups comes &burglaries Abbeville tarps and inside storage )) )) Lee mostly from seizures in drug 95 Greenwood Greenwood Lee M a r ii o n Mar on buildings. ) ) cases, he said, but also from F ll o r e n c e ) Richland F orence It was perhaps the biggest S a ll u d a Sa uda ) ) )) R i c h l a n d ) )) the sheriff ’s office budget. ) L )x n g tt o n ) Horry ) L e)ii n g))n S u m tt e r Horry methamphetamine lab dis- M c C o r m ii c k McCorm ck ex ) o Sum er “We’re using drug deal- ) ) )) ) ) covered in Anderson Coun- ) ) ) ) 95 er’s money to help pay for E d g e ff ii e ll d Edge e d ) ty this year, said Chad ) C a ll h o u n Ca houn C ll a r e n d o n their meth cleanup,” C arendon McBride, sheriff ’s office ) ) Aiken 20 WMcBride said. W ii ll ll ii a m s b u r g amsburg ) ) )i k e n A ) spokesman. ) ) ) ) ) But that money which is , Last year, the sheriff ’s of- ) G e o r g e tt o w n generally restricted to drug- George own Half million in cash, jewels fice discovered 65 meth labs and deputies appear on B a r n w e ll ll Barnwe Orangeburg Orangeburg related efforts, could be used elsewhere, he said. DATA SOURCE and other items stolen from track to match those num- bers this year, McBride said. Bamberg Bamberg D o r c h e s tt e r Dorches er )) ) B e r k e ll e y Berke ey Finding the money to pay to clean up labs has been a DEA EPIC DHEC On-Line Reporting ) ) ))) ) County Interviews homes in Elbert County Each cleanup costs the sheriff ’s office an average of A ll ll e n d a ll e A enda e C o ll ll e tt o n Co e on 95 source of strain for law en- )525 forcement throughout the Various News Media Updated 8/16/2011 $3,500 per lab, he said. The H a m p tt o n Hamp on ) nation since February when , C h a r ll e s tt o n Char es on BY MIKE ELLIS weeks after items were Iva property cost $8,000 to federal officials announced Protect yourself Independent Mail clean. that grant money that had taken, or even until afterIndependent Mail The case against the fa- Legend (2011) been used to pay for clan- ellism@/260.1277 the women had been ar- ther and son, Michael and J a s p e r B e a u ff o r tt Jasper Beau or destine lab cleanups would ) 208 Labs/Dumpsites rested and investigators Phillip Pettigrew,is pending. no longer be sent out after Division of Site Assessment, ELBERTON, GA. — Darla found jewelry in In South Carolina, June 30. Remediation & Revitalization Wilson came home from Mooney’s house. methamphetamine is con- Cartographer: David Wilkie South Carolina received centrated in the Upstate,said about $737,000 of that fund- church and found that the All the robberies hap- Lt. Max Dorsey of the South “When you look at this ing in the 2010 fiscal year wedding rings she’s had pened in Elbert County, Carolina Law Enforcement map, it will instantly jolt you and about half as much in for 50 years which touches Anderson Division, who specializes in at the number of dots in the the previous two or three had stolen. Her been County at the border of South Carolina and Geor- There are fighting meth. Upstate (compared with the “The Upstate of South rest of the state),” Myrick years. “In 2010, the demand for Carolina has a longstanding said. the money went up,” said husband walked across gia. The robberies spanned several ways problem with meth,”he said. About 70 percent of the re- Mark Keel, director of the Other counties — includ- ported methamphetamine South Carolina Law En- a6/local the street to see if Nikki at least five months and could have begun in May your identity ing Lexington, Aiken, lab or dump sites fall in the Dorchester and Berkeley — 10-county Upstate region. forcement Division. With no possibility of fed-Mike Ellis M a t t h e w s Mooney 2010, according to investi- have had problems, but the The rest are spread out in eral funding, law enforce- Coker had gators, can be stolen Upstate leads the state in use less than a dozen of the ment officials asked state Ex-Deputy Moore was fired 5 years ago seen any- thing amiss. Coker told Almost all the victims appear to have had some connection to Coker or and production,Dorsey said. state’s 46 counties. Officials at the South Car- The map is not compre- BYolina Department of Health hensive; it lists only a frac- MIKE ELLIS and Environmental Control tion of the meth labs found Independent Mail legislators to set aside $1 mil- lion for methamphetamine cleanup and related efforts in the state’s budget year, BY MIKE ELLIS him that she Mooney kill Hernandez. Moore was to include a note explaining . have created a map of for- in Anderson and the rest of ellism@ /260.1277 which began July 1. mer labs and meth-dumping the state because the list re- That money was set aside Independent Mail found by police in a parking what they hoped to accom- say the had been “laz- Investigators TIMELINE sites, with more than 200 lies on a voluntary notifica- and was a welcome relief, ellism@/260.1277 ing around lot near Burns’ apartment, plish. women stole from patrons Someone smashed the tion system. sites for 2011. That is only a Keel said. sitting in his car withcouch on the a gun Moore’s of the says Door Hair Sa- Moore’s note Red he L. Brent Keel said the state’s $1 , a door wanted to lead a drunken both had all day not do- Coker lon, where they employment as a passenger window of a 32- “Notification is voluntary, fraction of the total number L. Brent Moore’s career as readily accessible in of sites broken up this year so if there were a way for us million is expected to start an Anderson County sher- compartment, according to driving enforcementThe owner of enforcement ing anything worked. team, law the year-old Belton woman’s to hear about these through but it includes many of the flowing to local departments iff ’s deputy bobbed from get- the report. and had not seen any- hairthe latest officer in Anderson implementing salon was among Chevy Tahoe last Sunday other means of notification, major ones, said Adam sometime in September, Independent Mail file photo ting praise for his work to not arrested standards. Moore was thing,” Larry Wilson said. those who were robbed. County while she spokesman for the a that might help us with the This file photo shows a site in Iva where Anderson County sheriff ’s deputies say Myrick, a was sitting in once bids from contractors pew at Neals Creek Baptist cleanup efforts,”Myrick said. that a father and son were manufacturing methamphetamine when the two department. are accepted. getting fired twice. Deputies say that the request thatmembers were and no charges were filed af- It was a Family was “Those agencies thatCops and Crime On Tuesday a grand jury , ter Burns declined to press was one of not spared, including 2002 - Hired as an Church. were arrested in July. Wilson’s home honored. April the found labs in July and Au- indicted him on three charges against Moore. that were hit by created a team fo- animal control officer in two dozen Skipper brother, sister-in-law and “When we came out of charges of bribery and three charges of official mis- Moore was fired that day cusing on catching drunkenone of the Coker, 36, and . Whitney godmother of Pendleton immediately,, drivers, using federal according to Nikki Coker and Whitney Mooney, who are both now charged with multiple “Effective Hope Mooney 26, a pair of women, grant September 2003 - Hired Lower your Commercial NATHAN GRAY Independent Mail photos the church and The state health depart- There are two types of made, Myrick said. ment does not have a formal meth-production methamphetamine labs, gust can get reimbursed if “The chemicals are poured they present the paper- pro- Dorsey said. “Superlabs” down drains in homes and in work,” Keel said. saw my win- conduct. He has not been ar- rested and faces arraign- your employment with the money to pay for Moore and as atold officer in theburglary in Elbert County, Ga., worked at the Red dow smashed local hairdressers. The what investigators traffic counts of Anderson County Sheriff ’s one other expertElberton Star news- Police De- theft of Wilson’s wedding the on drunk- Pendleton in downtown Elberton. and all the Insurance Rates Door Hair Salon gram, any budget for such a are typically based in Mex- mobile homes,” he said. “It Several companies will program or any workers ded- ico or states in the South- can get in a septic tank and at likely be picked to do icated only to meth cleanups, west and can churn out 10 that point seep into soil and cleanup work in the state, ment hearings later this Office has been terminat- enbe part paper. Friends and class- rings is believed to driving. partment glass sur- Myrick said, but individual pounds of product in a 24- lead to contamination in the said Myrick,the spokesman- month. ed,” says the one-sentence burglaries excelled at catch- Nov. 24, 2004 - Submits of a string of Moore mates were targets. workers go “above and be- hour period. groundwater.” for the state health depart- rounding it, I • LIABILITY • PROPERTY • EQUIPMENT After an investigation of letter signed by then-Sheriff ing drunken drivers, leading like the to then- that may have netted Neighbors application yond” their designated mis- But almost all of the labs Inside, the production ment.The environmental the bribery allegations had David Crenshaw and dated the department in drunken- Sheriff David Crenshaw thought, ‘Did I • WORKERS’ COMP • UMBRELLA • AUTO sion to work with local law found in South Carolina are leaves toxins that can linger agency is helping distribute more than half a million Wilsons were hit. bump LIQUORcar McBride begun, Moore was fired driving arrests both before Coker 16, 2004 - Hired Dec. 12, 2005. dollars’ worth of jewelry , Mooney and Dec. ap- • the LIABILITY • GARAGE LIABILITY • AND MORE! enforcement to help restore the smaller type, which use in drywall, curtains and car- the money to sheriff’s offices from the sheriff ’s office Aug. Personnel coins, cash and, in a few the new positiongotten into records pro- and after peared to have as an Anderson County beside me?’ ” such sites because of the en- a simpler method and pro- pet if not cleaned up, Myrick and police departments as she said. “But that car wasBusinesses Since 1912 Insuring SC vironmental risk. duce an average of two said. cleanups become necessary , 10. That was the second time vided by the sheriff ’s office was created. He trained and sheriff’s deputy, effec- cases, women’s shoes, ac- all the homes without The department main- ounces of methampheta- When law enforcement Keel said. he had been fired while in response to a Freedom of certified dozens of other of- tive Jan. 4, 2005 there when we pulled in. tains a list of contractors mine per batch, he said. agencies break up a meth “We feel like the million cording to the Elbert leaving pry marks or wearing the uniform of the Information Act request ficers in advanced methods June 27, 2005 - Volun- Someone asked if I & BROWNLEE LAWRENCE who can clean up meth sites That translates into lab, they are responsible for dollars is a great, great help County sheriff ’s investi- breaking anything, in- Anderson County Sheriff ’s show that Moore was hired of detecting people who are tarily resigns from sher- bumped the window with Office. gators. vestigators said. back as a deputy Oct. 7, 2006. driving under the influence. iff’s office, citing per- INSURANCE and department officials about 10 to 12 ounces of tox- the cleanup. help with training and tech- ic material, according to a in this,” he said. “We don’t Contractors receive spe- know how far it will go, don’t my pocketbook, and I said, Street, Anderson There is no explanation in are a re- Moore was nomi- sonal reasons and ask- The Wilsons In fact, Larry Wilson said he David Fant 821 N. Main nical assistance, but paying U.S. Department of Justice cial training and must wear know if it will be enough, be- Almost five years ago — at ‘My pocketbook is in the 9 a.m. on Dec. 12, 2005 — An- the records from Crenshawwho live in February 2008 for ing for future considera- tired couple nated on believes thieves used a car,’ but I don’t know if I for the contractors and ar- website. protective gear, breaking up cause that really depends on or other supervisors ex- thein El- credit card to get tion of a position Robinwood Lane Officer of the Year into his 864-225-8222 800-804-0896 ranging for the cleaning gen- Production of the drug the chemicals and placing the number of sites. But we derson city police respond- even got that sentence out KEN have one year of funding erally falls on the shoulders and its toxic byproducts them in proper storage con- RUINARD Independent Mail ed to an incident involving bert County, Ga. In the back door thisside door, 2005 - Rehired plaining why Moore was re- award because he “led or Aug. 17, Moore and a civil distur- hired or the specificsrural enclave of driving under the enough office quiet of his agency in something easy by sheriff’s before I realized INSURANCE.COM WWW.LB what Martha Newton, probate judge in Anderson County,environment tainers was stolen them right now, and we’re very of local law enforcement, damages the said her identity before sending about five years ago when AIMSP409 Myrick said. and the home where it is off to special sites for dis- thankful for it.” bance at an apartment rehiring. about 25,000 people, gran- arrests in 2007 and had been 2005 - Fired influence that his wife Dec. 12, really happened.” someone took the mail out of her mailbox. building. According ite is a letter turn-of-the- able to do it also. for conduct unbecoming to king and was responsible for 30 per- About half an hour lat- By the end of that day, Moore wrote for his person- roofs of this agency’s DUI at other century angled cent still As they did an officer er two people tried to use dren’s Social Security jamas, trying to get their window, was repeated at Moore had been fired. nel file, then-Chief Deputy sky of the homes, the thieves locked jut into the cases,” according to a nomi- Oct. 7, 2006 - Rehired her credit and debit cards Most common types of numbers and their school license plate,” the woman Broadway Lake Baptist Joseph Hernandez called Tim Busha had rushed to nation of the Wilsons’Lt. by the sheriff’s office now-sleepy downtown letter signed by doors before at Wal-Mart to buy a $649 ID theft reported to FTC IDs, were stolen and the said. It was around 7 a.m. Church last Sunday . police that day to report that fire him without checking county seat. leaving, according to a 2008 - Sub- Elberton, the Billy Looper. Dec. 29, laptop. from January 2005 to keys have not been found. Monday and she didn’t get The thieves took purses a man had been pounding the facts. About two weeks after statement from mits application to From January to May 15 Elbert Breaking into cars is March 2010: Anderson city police ar- the plate numbers, but her and small electronics, but on his girlfriend’s apart- “I denied that I interfered of this year,Countywas re- Sheriff-elect John Skip- the Wilsons came home to Moore Sheriff Barry one of the most popular rested Felix Bowen Price husband went out driving investigators believe the ment door for an hour and a rude Sunday sponsible Haston. or caused any type of dis- surprise, for more than 43 per ways for identity thieves New credit card: 185,287 II, 40, and Sherri Lee Roe, and was able to find the real target was the infor- had made seven harassing turbance,” Moore and Mooney were theThe Wilsons have since Coker wrote percent of DUI arrests Jan. 5, 2009 - Sheriff in Anderson to get what complaints, or 13.2 percent 43, Monday and charged Dodge van at a nearby gas mation in purses and glove phone calls during the pre- about the 2005 incident Feb. by sheriff ’s deputies. their locks and arrested at 9 and replaced Skipper reappoints they can use to buy gift of complaints them with stealing a van station. compartments. vious day . the apartment. “Chief 23 burgla- made a high-pro- Moore as a deputy, charged with Moore installed deadbolts. Deputy Busha learned that the one at of formerneighbors of the the rest of cards, make payments on Employment: 155,119 com- and possessing stolen in- “I think what we did Whether thieves smash The man pounding on the ries, including file arrest Other coun- along with Larry Wilson, of Elberton, Ga., shows where he thinks someone broke into door was Moore, who was a no criminal charges were home. The two women, whothe force his home. Jewelry was stolen from the house. Wilson’s neighbor Nikki Coker stolen credit cards, sell to plaints, or 11.1 percent of formation, which includ- pretty much led to them in windows or get in an- the Wilsons’ ty administrator Joey Pre- live on deputy at the time, accord- forthcoming, two he termi- have since . Preston’s blood- said they2009 - Reas- but women ston in May different streets, Nov. 29, brokers online or other- complaints ed some of the cards from swapping out and getting other way they tend to tar- , and Whitney Mooney now face multiple charges of burglary. wise abuse a victim’s fi- Tax or wage: 125,230 com- the Belton woman’s purse. another car,” the woman get cars that have visible ing to a report by Anderson nated my position charged with anoth-level was deter- their se- DUI Enforce- been without alcohol have made sure signed to police officers. conducting an burglary andmined to have been belowarement Team er investiga-, deputies curity systems armed, nances. plaints, or 8.9 percent of Police also found IDs for a said. purses or electronics, said Hernandez was in an tion. In September 2006, the couldthreshold and the security three said more charges legal checked that Dec. 3, 2009 - New houses down, The other major ways complaints He said many others the jewelry case. My wife 22-year-old Anderson A Chrysler Town and McBride, the sheriff ’s of- apartment with his girl- Sheriff David Crenshaw charge against him was grant-funded position, just broken up lost more valuable jewelry said, ‘What have you mail and forg- Existing credit card: follow as people in the signs are posted and and he’s , are stealing been woman, whose car was Country van was stolen fice spokesman. friend, Shannon Russell area realize dropped. contacted me and explained they have checked or upgraded enforcement, DUI traffic over it.” but losing the wedding doing ining jewelry case?’ my checks, according to 107,356 complaints, or 7.7 broken into at Broadway around 11 a.m. from an An- Several dozen car break- Burns, who either was dat- that he wasn’t been aware of fully robbed. After the charge was dis- created for Moore Wilsons will cele- rings really stung him and I said, ChadI didn’t do their locks. The ‘No, McBride, a percent of complaints Lake Baptist Church Med Health parking lot, ins within the city limits ing or had dated Moore, ac- the circumstances that led also wasSkipper said he said that brate their 50th wedding his wife. Mooney missed, Larry Wilson Aug. 3 - Suspended that.’” spokesman for the Ander- New utility account: 65,047 shortly before someone but a GPS device in the car and in the county during cording to the report. charged stood behind Moore’s deci- without pay, effective up to my departure.” with possession he had tutored Coker, who anniversary later this “A lot of people had it son County Sheriff ’s Of- complaints, or 4.6 percent Wilson said his wife be- broke into the Belton allowed police to find the the past three weeks mean “(Hernandez) and wit- Moore wrote that Cren- drugsto make the arrest. of Schedule II sion and is now charged with rob- year. July 30 worse,” he said. “We came gan taking inventoryexpert on ID of complaints fice and an and woman’s car. thieves. that local identity thieves ness Burns have been shaw invited him back to the Besides the Officer of the Aug. 9 - Fired for official carrying drugs outside of bing him, when she was Larry Wilson said he in after church and looked noticed theft. More advanced that her wedding The day after the theft Inside the stolen van in- could have a fresh supply boyfriend and girlfriend for department, an invitation Year nomination, Moore misconduct (he refuses their original container. in college. bought the now-stolen at the jewelry cabinet. On band and engagement reading methods, like and a few hours before any vestigators found a treas- of information to exploit, around three months now,” Moore accepted. was praised in a letter of Aug. 10 to sign the ter- Many of the victims of “I have no animosity to- wedding rings from Zales top of it there had been ring, which came offwith portable Belton woman had called credit cards her arrests, according to the ure trove of credit cards, he said. according to the report. Moore was a sheriff ’s commendation by Cren- mination document) “Burns stated she has been the burglaries didn’t real- ward her. I just can’t be- for between $300 and $800 several deputy when John Skipper shaw for assisting members Nov. 30 - Moore is in- decorations, hand several months ago are just Wachovia from the church electronic devices, woman, someone with a debit cards, gift cards, So- “If you go out to my car seeing Moore for some time, defeated Crenshaw in the of the Duke Universityhappened,” he when he was getting out of things that were set on the to be resized, were to get traction parking lot. Cashiers tried ize they were missing lieve this foot- dicted beginning miss- loud muffler similar to cial Security cards and a right now, there’s insur- also.” days or said. “Her daddy lives the Army in 1961. November 2008 election. until ball team. The team mem- anything bed and not returned to ing. Two other Upstate. in the rings, each running the stolen cards what friends had heard in prescription card. ance and registration that The report does not make As is customary when a bers were separated from Source: Anderson The stolen cards that five times before giving up. the church parking lot The Belton woman was you’re required to have. It it clear whether Moore and new sheriff comes into of- their team and Moore County Sheriff’s Office two people were trying to The woman asked that drove past her house, cir- not the only one to be a re- may not have all your per- Burns were dating at the fice, Skipper said, all of the helped them find their way personnel files, provided use at Wal-Mart last week her name not be used in cling the block three cent victim of apparent sonal information on it, time. deputies at that time were to the Clemson University’s in response to a had already been canceled this story because her times. identity theft. but maybe there’s a receipt It says Burns told police required to reapply so he Memorial Stadium in time Freedom of Information by the time the thieves keys and other informa- After the third time, “I The same style of break- that Moore had said on sev- could consider keeping for a November 2008 game, Act request made it to a cashier. The tion, including her chil- ran out of the house in pa- in, smashing a passenger Continued eral occasions that he would them. Skipper asked them where the Tigers won 31-7.
  • BEAT REPORTING Daily 20,000 - 50,000 Division Sunday/10.16.11/www.independentmail.com Sunday/7.24.11/www.independentmail.com local/11a S.C. still lags other states in Father turns in daughter: ‘I know what I did was right’ incidents of gang violence Holly Whitfield, They are all being held with- out bail at the Anderson bank, food storage contain- company Alley Robinson , ers, lotion and body spray and Bell to Craft’s home. FROM PAGE 6A Inside 25, charged in County Detention Center. with a total value of $350 “I wasn’t raised that way were stolen, according to a and neither was she,” he , HIGH-PROFILE A bad crowd gained a foothold in the Local schools say gang incidents are rare/8a CONVICTIONS OF killing of man, 86 sheriff ’s office report. said. Randy Whitfield said he Pruitt said Friday that the Whitfield said his daugh- state, said Gregory, who is GANG MEMBERS IN BY KIRK BROWN warned his daughter for stolen clothing belonged to ter and the three others an 11-year veteran of the past two years to pay the ANDERSON COUNTY Independent Mail Alley Bell Robinson Whitfield months about hanging Holly Whitfield’s own two charged in Craft’s death “de- sheriff ’s of- salary of one task force kirk.brown@/260.1259 Robinson, 21. allowed Alley Robinson and around unsavory charac- , children, who have been in serve what they get.” fice. member and to purchase a SanchezFIRST PLACE The body of Craft, who Bell to borrow her car.But he ters. Pruitt’s care for the past 18 “I hate to be lied to, and I “South Car- Spanish translation device Gilliard olina doesn’t that makes it easier to com- Age: 22 Randy Whitfield strug- was affectionately known as didn’t believe her. “She has been running months. hate a damned thief,” he have a huge municate with Hispanic Charge: armed gled with the sort of anguish “Coon” in the tight-knit “She told me lies to start with the wrong crowd,” he Alley and Robinson also said. “You don’t take some- gang problem residents. robbery last week that no father Craytonville community with,” said Whitfield, a self- said. have criminal records, and thing that is not yours.” by any stretch The focus on the Hispan- Sentence: 18 wants to face. south of Belton,was found in employed heavy machinery Court records show that sheriff ’s officials said both Whitfield said that some of the imagina- L. Gadsden ic community is based on years The brawny his home at 1423 Trail Drive operator. “I felt it in my gut. Holly Whitfield was found men were out on bond from in the Craytonville commu- tion,” he said. efforts to track any incur- Anderson Coun- by a Meals on Wheels volun- It made me sick.” guilty of larceny at a May 16 previous arrests at the time nity “are calling me a rat for Anderson County’s sions into the area by an ex- Terrance Goss ty man was re- teer.An autopsy determined So he kept pressing for the bench trial that stemmed of Craft’s death. Bell had what I did.” He also said rel- gangs do not pose the same tremely violent gang called Age: 22 duced to tears that he died as the result of a truth. from a February break-in at been living in a foster home atives of those charged in threat as those found in Mara Salvatrucha, or MS- Charge: armed by a moral gunshot wound between “Finally she broke down her stepmother’s home in in Travelers Rest that he ran the case have made death a8/local metropolitan areas 13. This Salvadoran gang robbery Sunday/6.12.11/www.independentmail.com dilemma in- 12:01 a.m.and 3 a.m.Monday and said, ‘Daddy I was with Honea Path. . , away from on the day before threats against him. throughout the United originated in Los Angeles Sentence: 15 volving his Craft According to warrants in them,’ ” Whitfield said. “She Pamela Strickland Pruitt, his great-grandfather was But he said he was guided States, said 10th Judicial and has spread to at least 42 years daughter’s role the case,a wallet with at least came out and admitted she who is Randy Whitfield’s ex- killed. by his faith. Circuit Solicitor Chrissy states with an estimated in the slaying of an elderly $260 was taken from Craft’s was sitting in the car (out- wife, reported that several Randy Whitfield said his “Ultimately I have to an- , Adams. 6,000 to 10,000 members na- David Mario neighbor. home. He had lived alone side Craft’s home when he pieces of children’s clothing, daughter should have swer to the man upstairs,”he “When most people think tionwide, according to the Johnson a6/local Deep down, Whitfield since his wife died in De- was killed).” a Carolina Gamecocks piggy known better than to ac- said. Sunday/10.16.11/www.independentmail.com Rocky life of gangs, they think of the FBI. Age: 30 knew what he had to do. cember after her long strug- Whitfield said he wept organized gangs that are Although Gregory has Charge: drug “I am the one who made gle with Alzheimer’s disease, when his daughter de- prevalent in the bigger seen MS-13 graffiti in An- trafficking my daughter turn herself one of his relatives said. scribed hearing a single gun- Anderson County # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # # cities such as Chicago or derson, he has not linked Sentence: 30 in,” said Whitfield in an ex- shot before Alley Bell and , % * DE FAS New York,” Adams said. the gang to any local years Learning the truth # LIV T # 0 CING Independent Mail Police: Gang violence is escalating clusive interview with the Robinson left Craft’s home. ER “We do not have gangs like crimes. # INAN Y! # that in Anderson County . Another strength of the Derrick Jones Independent Mail. “I know Randy Whitfield,who lives After his daughter con- F We Will Beat Anybody’s Price or it’s FREE!* “However, we do have task force, Gregory said, is Age: 20 what I did was right, but it three blocks from Craft’s fessed, Whitfield said, he # # Several run-ins MATTRESS groups of individuals that gathering intelligence Charge: armed kills me.” home on Trail Road,was giv- took her to the Honea Path # # refer to themselves as about local gangs. robbery Holly Kristin Whitfield, ing an acquaintance a ride Police Department on Mon- with the law Sunday/6.12.11/www.independentmail.com ‘gangs’ and give themselves “We pride ourselves at Sentence: 25 local/9a 25, appeared at a bond hear- late Sunday night when he day night. A sheriff ’s detec- # # COUPONS! ing Saturday morning on saw his daughter’s car “go by tive questioned her the next # # lead up to Incidents names,” added Adams, who source development,” he years has assigned one of her of- said. “I think that is one charges of murder and like a bat out of hell.” morning. # # recent standoff SWAT Team pulled out all the stops to get to Ingram fice’s prosecutors to work thing that we are pretty good Jocastarius armed robbery in the fatal Monday morning, as Alley and Robinson were # # nearly triple with Gregory’s team. “The at, getting people to talk.” gang task force does an ex- Skipper said the ability Age: 21 cellent job in identifying to gather information about Charge: armed Timpson shooting of Glenn Craft, 86. news of Craft’s death spread, arrested Tuesday Deputies Three others face similar Whitfield started looking for apprehended Bell late through the neighborhood . # # # Tony Ingram charges: Craft’s 17-year-old his daughter. He found her at Wednesday at a York Coun- # BY KIRK BROWN Independent Mail hopes brother kirk.brown@/260.1259 in less than these individuals and then gangs has paid dividends. if and when any gang mem- Robbery “We haven’t had a large Sentence: 20 around 4 p.m. as the SWAT team great-grandson Charles fired tear gas rounds into the a friend’s house. Steven Bell II,a 40-mm launcher. home from Walter Chase ty residence near the North Whitfield said his daugh- Carolina border. Holly Whit- # # NASA MEMORY FOAM # # Kirk Brown ber is charged with a crime, outbreak of multiple shoot- years Alley 28, and Charlie Tyler ter first told him that she had field was charged Friday , But Ingram still wouldn’t budge. . Rocky will quiet neighborhood five years we work with law enforce- ings,” he said. Donning gas masks, the # Posturepedic # A ment to get the maximum The sheriff also credited SWAT team’s entry specialists tossed non-lethal concussion finally be put of modest houses out- sentence allowed by law.” the task force with keeping Gadsden repeatedly hit him close tabs on efforts of At- in the chest for failing to grenades into the home as they side Piedmont was burst inside. Ingram was BROWN BY KIRK un- Changing away for good transformed into a combat face of gangs lanta-based gangs to spread take part in a gang fight out- their reach into Anderson side a grocery store. armed and put up no resistance, Independent Mail zone in less than an hour on Lindsey said. kirk.brown@/260.1269 Anderson County Sher- County . Gadsden returned to An- “When they went in there, a sunny ThursdayFROM PAGE 8A after- iff John Skipper said he derson after the charge was they had him in 20 seconds,” he Three teens soaked the sedan noon last month. and Anderson Police Chief Solving an arson dropped seven months lat- said. and pickup with gasoline. As an parole, according to Tony In- Hill described Ingram’s cap- gram. Martin Brown decided to The May 17 shooting and er based on a medical ex- ture as a success.astonished neighbor watched, SWAT team members clad inwent back to prison Ingram form the joint gang task arson in the middle-class, aminer’s grand jury testi- “Nobody got hurt,”torched the ve- they he said. thick bulletproof vests and hel-resisting arrest and in 1992 for force to keep a lid on gang- typically quiet Stonehaven mony that the victim died RUINARD Independent Mail photos KEN “You can’t put ahicles and fired sev- price tag on mets crouched behind sheds. his parole. The resist- Piedmont shows a window that was broken in last month’s of a heart defect. his older brother Rocky Ingram and shots at a home violating Tony Ingramrelated crimes. of subdivision east of Center- standoff involving that.” eral Snipers grasping Remington was filed after he County sheriff ’s SWAT team. ville Road clearly got under ing charge the Anderson “We have a gang task He was arrested on a gun- Lindsey said the number of in the Stonehaven Cops and Crime tried to attack an Anderson 700 .308 rifles hid in the nearby times that the 28-officer SWAT before subdivision force so that we can put a Gregory’s skin. The crime, law violation in February woods. Two armored County deputy with a razor finger on it and monitor it which apparently focused after a security guard heard vehicles along,” he said.team is a shame varies from night. “He is called outfleeing into the knife, O N THE W belonging to the Anderson court records show. In- EB month to month. and disgrace for the whole fam- Ten days and two gram stayed behind bars for so that it doesn’t get out of County Sheriff ’s Office also 2½ on a grudge involving an 18- four shots fired in the front ily.” “It comes in spurts,” he said. home invasions lat- Oliver moved into position. years after this conviction, hand,” Skipper said. year-old who lives with his parking lot of the Anderson Tony Ingram, aIllustrating his point, the married fa- Crisis negotiators huddled in said. SWAT team photos and video the “face of parents, happened near the Mall. Gadsden also wasther of three who works at was deployed again Tony Ingram More Gregory said ar- SWAT team er, in May a pair of Since then Ingram has served life changed” in An- the sheriff ’s Mobile Command about Rocky Ingram’s has gangs home of a sheriff ’s deputy rested in July on charges of Mail photos doesn’t see . Michelin, also KEN RUINARD Independent a few hoursthe rival gang members gunned down after storming In- and the SWAT team standoff from tear gas is spread “The arson I think home ofsecond-degreeThe Anderson County gram’s house. That call also Center, which was parked for an array of chargesderson County since his unit time a Dust around the Piedmont is a Rocky Ingram. burglarydifficult upbringing that he and Rashaun Williams, who was sit- at www.independentmail.com. Gang members pretty big case considering the home to arrest Ingram last siblings endured as an ex- ting ona suici- motorcycle at the ranging from driving under the ended peacefully when a stalled block away, while a sturdy robot was created. ’s SWAT team fired the tear gas before storming and grand larceny influence to assault and battery . sheriff . his month. dal man surrendered without Apartments south equipped with a camera Meadow Run He also was charged with — keeping a lower profile, are where it was and how it hap- Gadsden, his brother cuse for the trouble that his Ki- incident. whirred to and fro onbut not convicted of — five the street of Anderson. brother has caused as an adult. that every “Nobody got hurt. pened,” Gregory said. mani Mandella Gadsden, 18, is aboutcall is different, Lindsey ac- he said, because of pressure You While stressing outside. encounters. counts of kidnapping, three from law “Life choices,” he Investigators were familiar A pair of news helicopters assaultPrior to the standoff,enforcement. court “Burning cars — that is a and Antonio Romalotti said. knowledged that Ingram’s cap- a 24-year-old father with Williams, counts of and battery can’t put a price tag circled overhead andwith intent to kill and a felony “The had been incidents Northern crime in the gang- Pelichet, 18, are charged about 30 records show Ingram graffiti ture represented a three whose youngest daugh- of rare degree have gonethat.” People car- ster world that dates all the with discharging firearms on DUI involving arrested at least 21 times and onlookers gathered on a grassy down. knoll to watch what would hap- the death of a charged withrying bandannas to identify way back to the mob.” more than 50 into a dwelling, conspiracy Rocky’s rap sheet and devotion of born seven weeks before of effort ter was re- KEN RUINARD Independent Mail woman. sources that happens only aHe was involved in a his death. few pen next. criminal offenses in the past 34 members The reluctance of victims tothemselves as gang Darrell Hill Based on intelligence to commit a crime and two Rocky Ingram was peryears 2005 gunfight outside Applebee’s The Anderson County Gang Task Force was formed in 2009. times 18 year. The cause of all of work with prosecutors has have gone down,” hesheriff’s captain he gathered, Gregory’s counts of arson in the Stone-when his name first ap- Neighborhood Grill and Bar on the com- years. Anderson County said. that old motion was Rocky Ingram.a problem in aalso wasof As a result, Gregory said, investigation focused on haven shooting and arson. posed The He number involved in one peared in court records. He was Clemson Boulevard that ushered these cases, of the largest“We have changed the way 52-year-old felon with a reputa- 10th Judicial Circuit jailbreaks in An- charged with a Back behind bars couple of drug GANG FACTS REPORT GANG ACTIVITY three individuals. A break Gregory who got his start , tion for erratic behavior had Chrissy Adams said. history back in Solicitor derson County offenses in Anderson County in an ongoing era of gang violence in After being examined at a “If victims do not cooperate we work cases. We have givethe case came when in- barricaded himself in his boy- 1980. that “We were trying to in as a gang investigator while that were later dropped. ofwas taken to County 1977 hospital, Ingram Anderson . hood home. and do not come to court, month marked the bit better at But last wegotten a little vestigators solved a cell serving as a U.S. Marine at Ingram received Anderson County Detention years, Anderson the a 25-year In the ensuing ■ There were 28,100 gangs and Anyone with information about What evolved into a tense cannot first time that Ingram had faced opportunity.” simply him every go forward,” what we do. phone store break-in. The Camp Pendleton in Califor- Center 1979 af-police and sheriff ’s officials have sentence in Septemberon charges of kidnap- 731,000 gang members in the gang-related activities or crimes is Adams said. anything like a SWAT team. going after a standoff had begun when four “Instead of person responsible for the nia, vowed to continue ter pleading guilty to two his ping and criminal domestic vio- gangs more seri- started taking United States as of 2009, accord- urged to contact: deputies responding to Responding to a report that a 911 Jay Lindsey who car- break-in agreed to provide tenacious pursuit of gang normal 16-year-old counts of armed robbery high and aggravated lence of a and ously. They formed a joint gang ing to U.S. Depar tment of Jus- ■ Mark Gregory/Anderson County call about a woman’s Ingram was driving around and a a warrants officer who commands abduction ries flag, which we don’t information about the members who commit larceny. The heists at a task force in 2009 that has made grand nature. He remains there in lieu tice. Gang Task Force: mgregory@an- arrived at 109 Ingram Lane a gunA troubled childhoodfrom,SWAT team shooting out of his car, an the sheriff’s pair of Greenville $40,000 bond.numerous high-profile arrests. of County gro- ■ There were at least 340 gangs dersonsheriff.com Anderson County deputy sub- much home go after shortly after 11:30 a.m. on May get The white, single-story we Stonehaven shooting and crimes. Tony Ingram recently led a cery stores netted a total of Five suspected gang members and 2,000 gang members in South ■ Sgt. Jeff Mosher/Anderson 5. dued him withwhere Rocky any crime that would be ba- a Taser on April Ingram was arson that led to this “I am not going to $200, according reporter and photographer let to court are serving prison sentences, rang- Carolina in 2007, state officials County Gang Task Force: jmosh- fourth gangster-influenced, month’s arrests of two gangs become normalrecords. raised as the sicallyof five chil- They stepped onto 11, 2008, according to a sheriff ’s the porch, in through the home where his which was adorned with an Ingram pleaded guiltymoreStandoff ends report. dren has seen gangster-motivated.” than its brothers and another man. my community because The same month, hiswas captured. Most to 30 years, after being I brother older ing from 15 of said. er@cityofandersonsc.com convicted on charges ranging from ■ There are at least 25 gangs with ■ Anderson Area Crime Stoppers: American flag that the military of breach of the pain and suffer- he believes to a charge fair share of Gregory said One of the brothers, La- have three children who brother Jim Ingram was sen- are the windows were shattered and SWAT team member David Davis, left, stands near Tim Grasty, one bed was damaged. The foot- to drug trafficking. armed robbery 450 members total in Anderson 1-888-CRIME-SC (274-6372) or peace, court records show. Sheriff ’s officials used some gave Ingram’s family after his ing. Ingram was arrested again of their excelled in a vance Shaka wearing a ghillie going to go to school here,” at the insteps of plus 25 Jesse mem- his team hasmost sophisticated — who is Gadsden, 19, suit, during a training session to life prison the SWAT team Lee Oliver III, the reput- tenced County, according to the Anderson visit www.andersonareacrime uncle died in World War II, and His older sister Peggyareas. One is ob- was old South Carolina Nationalsaid. Armory in Anderson. was 12 years after a jury found him May 10, 2008, on charges of couple of expensive — tactical gear to charged with reckless and he Guard bers could be seen founder of the ed in powdery knocked on the front criminal domestic violence and try to coax grants. The last door. when she was killed in the taining federal out Ingram at manslaughter in New Jer- guilty in the murder and armed room floor left Brick City Boys dust on the living County Gang Task Force. stoppers.com Gina Clark, 39, opened thecruelty. According to room month’shas received sey in 2009. Prosecutors Reporter Mike Ellis animal home’s livingtask force standoff. ar- on Christ- robbery of Greenville County that is one of the county’s largest behind by the tear gas. is door and frantically told the rest warrants,mas Eve 1966. Her cousin acci- trying to give him a 15-year-old died after he was accused “We were resident Homer Frank Davisupset about in jail awaiting trial on While he is on gangs, the more than $100,000 in the said deputies that Ingramof kicking a woman in the a hunting rifle, “would dentally fired every opportunity Lindsey not let her go,” according to and killing a kitten by in the head. ,” contributed to this story . Easter Sunday 1979, accordingarmed robbery and burglary damage, Ingram expressed re- charges. Six other suspects also O W N THE EB Jones, was sentenced to 40 years without parole in February after mouth a shooting Peggy said. to court records. that his rebellious, trouble- lief sheriff ’s report. slamming it against adidn’t go in that room’s Capt. Darrell Hill “We tree, Sheriff The Ingram brothers wereishave behind prone sibling back been charged in connection being convicted in Greenville of After taking Clark placing its head under his that happened,” negotiations in the mo- away, the much after knee handled among seven inmates who es- with the Stonehaven arson and bars. murder, assault and battery with deputies tried to get Ingram tothrowing it intoIngram, 49, the and then said Tony a bile command center, which County sheriff ’s SWAT team member Todd Owens caped July 15, 1980, from the the offender,” Williams in May Anderson re- “He is a habitual slaying of . Photos of the Anderson County intent to kill, possession of a come out. He wouldn’t budge. house. youngest of the family’s chil-large recreational ve- on his helmet during a training session at the old Anderson County Jail. The said.But members of local gangs and sembles a wears a camera Tony Ingram “I don’t see Gang Task Force at work at weapon during commission of a The deputies knew of In- dren. Deputies also arrested him hicle. The sheriff ’s office ob- South Carolina National Guard Armory in Anderson. prisoners used hacksaw blades how he keeps getting out.” those affiliated with nationally www.independentmail.com. violent crime and possession of a gram’s lengthy rap sheet and after a March 26,He said the cousin later a federal Department of 2009, shooting, tained took coated in soap to muffle state law, Rocky In- such as the Bloods, Under the known outfits Independent Mail file photo weapon by a person under 18. didn’t gamble. They called for to a his own life. according sheriff ’s report. Allied invasion of France on Homeland Security grant to in 1995 after a lengthy battle sound as they cut through faceCrips and Folk Nation continue to Rashaun Williams, 24, who was fatally shot in May in Ander- gram could the a maximum Jones killed Vincent Antonio the big guns. Tony Ingram’s wife, Rhonda, During a recent interview,the $297,000 command purchase D-Day, Tony Ingram said. He al- with bone cancer, Tony Ingram bars of their cell.sentence of 30 years on the kid- and his sister, SusanIngram pulled out a letter commit crimes involving guns son County, appears in a photo alongside his girlfriend, who is al- In April, Kendrick Darnell Lit- Campbell Jr. and wounded his Jay Lindsey, a warrants offi- Tony Paxton, center in 2005. so was an alcoholic with a bad said. Jim Ingram, the eldest Rocky Ingram got caught, and 10 years on napping charge cer who commands the sheriffRocky Ingram fired a shortly beforeare temper who often beat Rocky said that ’s that Peggy wrote “What we doing in there is son, died in prison at age 50 in and drugs, according to Mark Gre- so the mother of his three children. and he pleaded the charge of criminal domestic guilty to three tlejohn, 32, was convicted of as- brother, Kevin Devon Campbell, shotgun while she died. In the letter, she to develop a dialogue brother Jim if SWAT team, also knew Ingram. extremely intoxi- trying asked and his older 2003 while serving a life sen- violence ofand gory, who leads the Anderson counts of forgery, escape a high and aggravat- sault and battery with intent to kill according to Wilkins. “I had personal experience they stopped at his bring herthe individual and see if do their chores. cated after Santa Claus to with broth- they failed to tence for murder. ed nature. strong-arm robbery, court County Gang Task Force. County is escalating,” warned a borhood that you are not subject- and second-degree lynching for at- A state report issued last year house. dealing with him. I had to lock er Rocky a Batman punching him talking to us,” mean as hell,” we can get “He was just Even though they live next Tony Ingram said that weeks ago, the occupants bluntly worded grant application ed to what these people are doing tacking an undercover federal reported a tenfold increase in records show. He ended up Three based him up several times,” saidIngram pleaded guilty to the bag. Hill said. Tony Ingram said. door to each other, Tony In- serving 9½ years in state convictions, he isfrom a deputy leaving that the Anderson Police Depart- because you are — we all are,” agent two years ago in Greenville. gang-related crimes in South Car- on his past of a car fled , Lindsey, recalling that Ingramdomestic violence and father, Jamesone of the sheriff ’s criminal The children’s They had James Ingram died in May gram says he and Rocky In- prison before being released on qualifies for gloves and high- ment submitted to the U.S. De- said Anderson County Council Submitted photo hoping his brotherbehind masks, Evidence presented at a two- olina between 1998 and 2007. As- animal cruelty charges was a decorated war take a2010 at to In-92. The children’s had shown a fondness for guns, Ingram, on April two robots phone age Rocky Ingram, left, and his younger brother, Tony Ingram, of a life sentence under South Car- gram are not close. powered rifles. partment of Justice earlier this member Gracie Floyd at an Oct. day trial showed that Littlejohn, saults accounted for more than knives and swords in20, 2010. He was sentenced to their past gram’s home for fervently religiousPiedmont are shown inand him do not get1980s. veteran who took part in the him to use. Hill mother died “Me a photo from the Continued olina’s three strikes law. “We can only imagine what year. The application cited nearly 4 meeting. a member of the Bloods street half of the gang-related crimes 431 days of time served, accord- also tried to make contact by us- Simpsonville resident Steven ing to court records. Prosecu- ing the loudspeakers on one of serve as the hot afternoon wore The robot rolled inside, but Bryson, who grew up were planning to do,” Gre- a dozen unsolved gang-related they on Ingram Council members unanimous- gang, and several others beat a during that decade-long period, tors dropped the weapons the sheriff ’s armored vehicles. on. was blocked by furniture that gory said. Lane, said Rocky Ingram is a cases, including home invasions, ly approved a resolution spon- U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, but there were also 48 murders at- charged stemming from the in- Some of Ingram’s friends were Lindsey decided to send the Ingram had wedged into a hall- boyhood friend who never this month, Gregory a club shooting and five drug in- sored by Floyd designating Octo- Firearms and Explosives agent tributed to gangs, according to the Earlier cident involving his sister and brought to the scene in hopes that robot into the house to check on way . learned how to act likeover a suspected gang mem- vestigations. pulled an adult. ber as Gang Awareness Month. who was trying to buy an assault report. sister-in-law on the same day, they could make a connection. Ingram. But the $200,000 piece of Lindsey said he was getting ber and seized more than 2.5 pounds “He needs to be removed from The number of gang-related According to the resolution, a ma- rifle and a handgun. The agent But the South Carolina Law En- court records show. None of these attempts suc- technology which also was ob- , increasingly worried about In- society Bryson said. ,” of cocaine, 100 Ecstasy pills, $18,000 crimes in the county increased jor hurdle in combating gang ac- suffered a concussion and memo- forcement Division report also Most recently, a South Caroli- ceeded. tained through federal grants, gram’s well-being. Anderson County Sheriff four-member team al- from 32 in 2005 to 89 in 2009, the tivity is the “constant denial” of ry loss of the attack, according to noted that gang-related crimes ac- and a gun. His na Highway Patrol trooper SWAT team members occa- soon got stuck in a screen door. “I don’t know where he is, John Skipper saidis investigating Tuesday’s shoot- most recent year for which sta- the problem. so he agrees 13th Judicial Circuit Solicitor W counted for only 1 percent of of- . stopped Ingram on the night be- sionally caught glimpses of In- The SWAT team then used the what he is doing — he may have with Bryson’s sentiment. fore his confrontation with the gram. battering ram on its $310,000 killed himself,” he said. ings of two young men who were tistics are available. The 2009 tal- “Maybe this might be the Gang violence also has become Walter Wilkins. fenses reported in the state in 2007. SWAT team and charged him “He would look out windows. Bearcat armored vehicle to re- As a result of these concerns, case where our walkingsystem road in Pendleton. judicial along a ly ranked third among South Car- a problem in Greenville County, Littlejohn was sentenced to 14 Compared with other regions with driving with a suspended We would see him moving,” move the screen door and break sheriff ’s officials decided it was will recognize this and give him olina counties. where two shootings on July 17 years in state prison. of the nation, gangs have barely How bad is it? “Don’t think because you live wounded 10 people and led to Another Bloods member, Bel- license. He was allowed to leave Lindsey said. in the front door to Ingram’s time to act. some sentencing that will put after being ticketed. Ingram became harder to ob- home. Several loud booms echoed him away,” Skipper said. violence in Anderson in your nice, clean, cozy neigh- more than a dozen arrests. “Gang ton teen Robert Mondriques Please see S.C., page 7A
  • BEAT REPORTING Daily Over 50,000 DivisionTHIRD PLACE Sunday July 24, 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 A small teen in prison POSTANDCOURIER.COM Charleston . North Charleston, S.C. ✯✯ Victim $2.00The Post and Courier He never earlier asked had a chance for helpGlenn Smith It took police 90 minutes to reach site of shooting; Woman had broken off tryst with SLED agent BY ANDY PARAS and DIETTE COURRÉGÉPolice and Crime suspect confesses. aparas@postandcourier.com dcourrege@postandcourier.com Nation & World, 12A MONCKS CORNER — On Monday, Mary Ann Cox asked local deputies to keep a SLED agent, a man she said was her former lover, from contacting her any more. By Friday, both were dead behind the bank where she worked. He had shot her, then killed Boyette himself, authorities said. Girls Rock: Young PHOTOGRAPHS PROVIDED BY BELLI FAMILY They said Charles In better times — before he was sent to prison — James Belli enjoyed the company of his friends Boyette, 61, shot summer campers are and his dogs in Summerville. Belli was 19 when he was sent to Lieber state prison on burglary and bank teller Mary a hit at the Music Farm larceny charges. Only a few months into his sentence in 2006, he was stabbed to death. Ann Cox, 45, three times — twice in Local & State, 1B Belli was thrown to wolves in Lieber’s toughest dorm the arm and wrist and once in the back — as she was Cox It’s not that hard to BY GLENN SMITH gsmith@postandcourier.com Belli’s family knew none of this when they turned the wayward teen leaving Southcoast Community Bank on East Main Street about 5:30 p.m. turn your old house Inmates at Lieber state prison in to police in late 2005 to face bur- glary and larceny charges, hoping it He then turned the gun on himself and fired into his chest. The pair were into a smart home marked James Belli as prey as soon as he landed in a maximum- would straighten him out. Instead, he became a target for extortion at within feet of each other and were dead when police arrived, investiga- Home & Garden, 1D security cell block meant for mur- Lieber, and was roughed up and tors said. derers, rapists and other violent shaken down by other inmates. Cox had sought help from authorities criminals. Slight, slim and pale, the Belli, 19, had served just a few before the shooting. She told Berke- Summerville teen was fresh meat in months of his eight-year sentence ley County sheriff’s investigators on a den of predators. when prisoners attacked him on What happened to him at Lieber James Belli with his mother, Aug. 23, 2006. One man plunged a Please see HELP, Page 8A reveals a dark and dangerous world Diane DiLorenzo, at his homemade shank into Belli’s neck behind the brick walls and barbed middle-school graduation. — again and again. Belli died the READ MORE wire at one of South Carolina’s next day. toughest prisons. His family’s quest for answers, along with a civil Highlights, records It unveils a place where the most violent prisoners lawsuit, has yielded a bounty of documents and testi- To read an incident re- port and letters relating from city swim meet ruled the roost, guards suspected one another of cor- mony that raise fresh questions about prison officials’ ruption and corrections officials turned a blind eye to to Boyette’s suspension and resignation, go to Sports, 8C cancers in their midst, court documents show. Please see TEEN, Page 4A postandcourier.com.
  • BEAT REPORTING Daily Over 50,000 Division SANFORD RETROSPECTIVESECOND PLACE The governor’s future, personally and politically, remains in question as his time in office comes to a closeThe Post and CourierYvonne WengerGovernment As he flies on the state plane, Gov. Mark Sanford works on a speech he will give during a plant expansion announcement ceremony on June 24 at FujiFilm in Greenwood. Just days from leaving office, the governor, once seen as a possible presidential contender, is embarking on an uncertain path. ALAN HAWES/STAFF G BY YVONNE WENGER // ywenger@postandcourier.com Gov. Mark Sanford rummages bol, a Palmetto tree and crescent through a ragged white canvas moon-shaped gorget, embroidered sack that he calls his mobile office on the tan headrests. The drone of and digs out his notes about a new the plane’s engine dominates the investment Fujifilm has made in passenger cabin, and the smell of Greenwood. leather fills the air as the hot plane He studies the details, and on a cools down on the 90-mile trip half-dozen index cards, he scribbles from the capital city to Greenwood. in barely legible penmanship a On this day, June 24, exactly one speech he will deliver in less than year earlier, Sanford also prepared an hour before the Japanese execu- to deliver a speech, one that would tives and company workers. WADE SPEES/STAFF change the trajectory of his The governor is traveling without Sanford’s well-worn “mobile office” political career and the direction of sits just outside his office door in any staff in the state’s King Air, a September, awaiting his next trip his life. nine-seat plane with the state sym- away from the Statehouse. Please see SANFORD, Page 8A MULTIMEDIA: For a photo gallery, an Associated Press interactive timeline of Sanford’s political career, links to e-mails between Mark Sanford and Maria Belen Chapur posted on The State newspaper’s website and more, go to postandcourier.com. For more on the Sanford scandal, go to postandcourier.com/sanford.
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  • PUBLIC SERVICE FOR A DAILY NEWSPAPER Daily 20,000 - 50,000 Division a6/local Wednesday/10.5.11/www.independentmail.com A legal drug you can buy anywhere ‘Bath salts’ leave users high, paranoid — and in danger BY NIKIE MAYO Independent Mail mayon@/ 622.1708THIRD PLACE AND JENNIFER CROSSLEY HOWARD Independent Mail jchoward@/ 260.1248 Justin Dial’s cousin met 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.Independent Mail “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 he describes as “a really de- cent guy had snorted bath ,” salts that night. TheJennifer Crossley Howard 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. 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 t