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The weekly newspaper awards were presented on March 5, 2011, at the Hilton Columbia Center. More than 700 awards were presented. Here is the presentation of winners.

The weekly newspaper awards were presented on March 5, 2011, at the Hilton Columbia Center. More than 700 awards were presented. Here is the presentation of winners.

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  • 2. MONTGOMERY FOI AWARD All Weekly DivisionThe Middle Tyger Times WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23, 2010 T H E Fifty Cents MIDDLE TYGER TIMES Vol. 14 No. 25 Serving the communities of Duncan, Lyman, Wellford, Moore, Reidville and Startex www.hometown-news.com2 Holly Springs Fire Commission Holds Illegal FOI law Secret Meeting to Remove Popular Chief spells out Community rules for “Any action in uproar public over actions from that BY JAY KING meeting meetings HOMETOWN NEWS BY JAY KING HOMETOWN NEWS The Holly Springs Fire and Rescue is illegal Last week’s called meeting of the Holly Commission conducted an illegal secret meeting and can be Springs Fire and Rescue Commission has high- last Wednesday evening lighted how the state’s at which a vote was taken to fire Chief Lee challenged Freedom of Information law dictates how public Jeffcoat. bodies are supposed to Hometown News received a tip about successfully.” conduct meetings. The act, Title 30 of the meeting and sent the S.C. Code of Laws, this reporter to attend. — Bill Rogers, SC Press specifically requires in This reporter was PHOTOS BY JAY KING Association Executive Section 30-4-80(a) all subsequently excluded Director public bodies to give from the meeting after FLEEING THE SCENE WEDNESDAY written public notice attempting to advise Holly Springs Fire and Rescue Commissioners flee what has been called an illegal meeting of their regular meet- commission members last Wednesday night after voting behind closed doors to terminate Chief Lee Jeffcoat. The ings at the beginning about the requirements move has since reverberated throughout the community and created a wave of outrage of each calendar year to for open meetings under among area residents. include the dates, times the state’s Freedom of Information Act. SEE STATE FOI LAW I 2A The commission, comprised of chairman Ryan Phillips, vice- chairman Roscoe Kyle and members Kelly Wellford Council Waters, Clarence Gibbs and Hugh Jackson, met behind closed doors for about 45 minutes starting at 7 p.m. during which a vote was taken 4-1 to terminate Approves Jeffcoat. Most department’s of the 32 $2.3 million budget volunteers were present by the end of the meeting and tried to question commissioners BY JAY KING about their decision, HOMETOWN NEWS but the commissioners left without addressing The Wellford City those questions. Phillips returned FACING YOUR PEERS FRIDAY Council gave final Facing a hostile crowd at Friday night’s community meeting, state Sen. Lee Bright (standing at right foreground) faced a approval to a $2.3 mil- about two hours later series of questions and barbs deriding his role in the appointment of the four commissioners who’ve been accused of hav- lion budget for the 2010 ing a personal vendetta against Chief Lee Jeffcoat. The senator said he would look into the matter of Wednesday’s illegal - 2011 fiscal year at a SEE ILLEGAL MEETING I PAGE 4A meeting and would be present at the commission’s next scheduled meeting July 6. called meeting Monday night.
  • 3. BEST NEWSPAPER PUBLICATION Associate/Individual DivisionThird Place: The Independent Voice of the People’s Republic of Blythewood Barbara Ball
  • 4. BEST NEWSPAPER PUBLICATION Associate/Individual DivisionSecond Place: University of South Carolina Creative Services Staff
  • 5. BEST NEWSPAPER PUBLICATION Associate/Individual DivisionFirst Place: S.C. United Methodist Advocate
  • 6. BEST MAGAZINE OR SPECIAL PUBLICATION Associate/Individual DivisionThird Place: S.C. Lawyers Weekly
  • 7. BEST MAGAZINE OR SPECIAL PUBLICATION Associate/Individual DivisionSecond Place: University of South Carolina Creative Services
  • 8. BEST MAGAZINE OR SPECIAL PUBLICATION Associate/Individual DivisionFirst Place: S.C. Farm Bureau
  • 9. BEST PUBLISHED FEATURE STORY Associate/Individual DivisionThird Place: Murrells Inlet Messenger Tim Callahan “Michael Brown: My son Chandler”
  • 10. BEST PUBLISHED FEATURE STORY Associate/Individual DivisionSecond Place: Murrells Inlet Messenger Tim Callahan “Courageous student overcomes adversity”
  • 11. BEST PUBLISHED FEATURE STORY Associate/Individual DivisionFirst Place: Murrells Inlet Messenger Tim Callahan “Autism speaks to Georgetown, Horry counties”
  • 12. BEST PUBLISHED NEWS STORY Associate/Individual DivisionThird Place: S.C. United Methodist Advocate Jessica Connor “Campus funds frozen”
  • 13. BEST PUBLISHED NEWS STORY Associate/Individual DivisionSecond Place: S.C. Policy Council Rick Brundrett, Eric Ward and Kevin Dietrich “Boeing: The story behind the story” from The Nerve
  • 14. BEST PUBLISHED NEWS STORY Associate/Individual DivisionFirst Place: S.C. Policy Council Rick Brundrett, Eric Ward and Chip Oglesby “The high cost of S.C. lawmakers” from The Nerve
  • 15. BEST EDITORIAL/OP ED Associate/Individual DivisionThird Place: The Catholic Miscellany Alison Griswald “We all still need our mothers”
  • 16. BEST EDITORIAL/OP ED Associate/Individual DivisionSecond Place: S.C. Lawyers Weekly Paul Tharp “You can take a break”
  • 17. BEST EDITORIAL/OP ED Associate/Individual DivisionFirst Place: Murrells Inlet Messenger Tim Callahan “Younger brother’s death”
  • 18. BEST PUBLISHED PHOTO Associate/Individual DivisionThird Place: The Catholic Miscellany Keith Jacobs “Deacon Johnson”
  • 19. BEST PUBLISHED PHOTO Associate/Individual DivisionSecond Place: University of South Carolina Creative Services Michael Brown “Pregnancy”
  • 20. BEST PUBLISHED PHOTO Associate/Individual DivisionFirst Place: The Catholic Miscellany Keith Jacobs “Boy Scouts”
  • 21. BEST GRAPHIC DESIGN Associate/Individual DivisionThird Place: S.C. Lawyers Weekly Mike Zellmer “No camera, no DUI”
  • 22. BEST GRAPHIC DESIGN Associate/Individual DivisionSecond Place: S.C. Chamber of Commerce Bobby Baker “Purple Statehouse template”
  • 23. BEST GRAPHIC DESIGN Associate/Individual DivisionFirst Place: S.C. Lawyers Weekly Jim Sleeper “Paralegal personality”
  • 24. BEST EVENT MARKETING Associate/Individual DivisionThird Place: University of South Carolina Creative Services “Parents Weekend”
  • 25. BEST EVENT MARKETING Associate/Individual DivisionSecond Place: S.C. Lawyers Weekly “Leadership in Law”
  • 26. BEST EVENT MARKETING Associate/Individual DivisionFirst Place: University of South Carolina Creative Services “May Carolina”
  • 27. BEST PR CAMPAIGN Associate/Individual DivisionFirst Place: S.C. Farm Bureau “AG-tivity”
  • 28. BEST WEBSITE Associate/Individual DivisionThird Place: Ask & Receive, Inc. for
  • 29. BEST WEBSITE Associate/Individual DivisionSecond Place: S.C. Policy Council for
  • 30. BEST WEBSITE Associate/Individual DivisionFirst Place: University of South Carolina Creative Services for the President’s page at
  • 31. BEST ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER/ PUBLICATION Associate/Individual DivisionThird Place: Ask & Receive, Inc. “Golden Career Strategies”
  • 32. BEST ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER/ PUBLICATION Associate/Individual DivisionSecond Place: Ask & Receive, Inc. “HR News You Can Use”
  • 33. BEST ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER/ PUBLICATION Associate/Individual DivisionFirst Place: S.C. Chamber of Commerce “Competitiveness Update”
  • 34. SPORTS SERIES OF ARTICLES Open DivisionSecond Place: The Berkeley Independent Dan Brown “Games we used to play”
  • 35. ONLINE COLUMN WRITING Open DivisionSecond Place: Free Times Dan Cook
  • 36. CARTOON Open DivisionSecond Place: News-Chronicle Mike Beckom
  • 38. SINGLE ONLINE PHOTO Open DivisionThird Place:The JournalScenePaul ZoellerVictor “Goat”Lafayette
  • 39. NEWS SPECIAL EDITION OR SECTION All Weekly DivisionThird Place: The Clinton Chronicle Staff
  • 40. NEWS SPECIAL EDITION OR SECTION All Weekly DivisionSecond Place: The Clinton Chronicle Staff
  • 41. NEWS SPECIAL EDITION OR SECTION All Weekly DivisionFirst Place: The Lancaster News Staff
  • 42. SPORTS SPECIAL EDITION OR SECTION All Weekly DivisionThird Place:News and PressStaff
  • 43. SPORTS SPECIAL EDITION OR SECTION All Weekly DivisionSecond Place: Lexington County Chronicle & The Dispatch News Travis Boland
  • 44. SPORTS SPECIAL EDITION OR SECTION All Weekly DivisionFirst Place: The Greer Citizen Staff Byrne s High Rebels The G re Augus er Citizen After a thorou ALL gh investigat t 18, 2 FOOTB need further ion review. Agent , it was decided that these throughout the s will be sen t to the five loc cases 010 N next four mo SEASO is the hope of nth ations this agency tha s to gather further eviden findings in Co t we can presen ce. It S START lumbia, South t our comple December 3, Carolina on te 2010. the weekend , of F RIDAY 20 GUST Joel R. FitzPat AU rick Director The Greer Cit izen Division of Foo tball Affairs
  • 45. CRITICAL WRITING All Weekly Division HOMETOWN NEWS PAGE LABEL WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2, 2010 Neil Young’s Spartanburg Masterpiece get “Heart of Gold” andThird Place: CONCERT REVIEW AND PHOTO BY WILLIAM BUCHHEIT “Old Man” back-to-back by request? In its 59 years, the Of course, Neil Spartanburg Memorial Young has never been Auditorium has hosted conventional, and his hundreds of concerts by RATING: 9 OUT OF 10 longtime fans have some truly legendary accepted that he’s names. But it is hard not going to do too beautifully. to imagine any of them many things by the Young lightened the rivaling the masterpiece book. Nonetheless, the mood a little with the that Neil Young turned in performance proved he folky classic “Tell Me Sunday night. Blending can still play guitar like Why,” and capped off a new songs with classics, a virtuoso, sing like a stellar opening trilogy acoustic guitar with tortured angel and write with his 1970 ballad electric and piano with songs that can pierce “Helpless,” That song, organ, Young captivated straight to the soul. one of the most beautiful the capacity crowd with At 64, he still has that he’s written in his long a beautiful, intense mystique of being one of career, brought some performance. the deepest thinkers and The Woodruff News older members of the Quite frankly, the most underappreciated audience to tears. first song, an acoustic artists in rock history. From there, the segway rendition of the iconic Those fortunate enough into the newer tunes was “My My, Hey Hey,” to witness the spectacle relatively seamless, with was one of the best I’ve of his “Twisted Road” the environmentally ever experienced in- tour Sunday night left charged “Peaceful person. The audience the auditorium in a Valley” and the political Horse ballads, “Down By setlist to make the to enhance the show’s erupted when the blur of delight and stunner “Love and War” the River,” “Cinnamon evening extra special surreal tone. Light and Canadian legend picked William Buchheit both demonstrating disbelief. Indeed, Neil the opening rift on his Girl” and “Cortez the for the Spartanburg sound faded in and out the singer’s still-potent Young really had come to acoustic Martin, and the Killer.” Though he was audience. This kind and together, making many songwriting chops. The Spartanburg and rocked applause continued as the only one on stage, his unexpected gesture sent of the night’s moments night’s most lacerating it in his trademark way, his voice sprang, clear instinctual mastery of a new charge of electricity feel almost like scenes in six minutes was a new “Like A Hurricane.” and true, through the the electric Gibson and through the crowd, who a play. song called “Hitchhiker,” its effects pedal made jolted from their seats The elements of the speakers. “It’s better to burn which Young sang it sound like a whirling and sang each word with show I didn’t like were Setlist: through gritted teeth, chorus of guitars their idol. When the 64- relatively few. Coupling 1. HEY HEY MY MY (INTO THE BLACK) out than to fade away, ripping distorted power up there. And, while year-old “godfather of the weakest new songs, 2. TELL ME WHY he sang, the very line chords off “Old Black,” “River” was predictably grunge” took his final “Sign of Love” and “Leia” 3. HELPLESS with which Kurt Cobain 4. YOU NEVER CALL his trademark electric stellar, it was the bow near 11:00, people between the classics ended his suicide note 5. PEACEFUL VALLEY Gibson. That tune, which stripped-down “Cortez” were parading the star “Ohio” and “After the some 16 years ago. 6. LOVE AND WAR has yet to be recorded that best embodied with shouts of, “Thank Gold Rush,” seemed an The solemnity of the 7. DOWN BY THE RIVER inside a studio, was so the singer’s vintage You,” and “We love you, unwise move to me, as opener was hammered 8. HITCHHIKER intense that it made the themes of beauty, death, Neil.” did playing “Gold Rush” home by Young’s 9. OHIO next, “Ohio,” seem almost history and mysticism. While Young’s on an organ instead of a 10. SIGN OF LOVE harmonica solo, which mechanical. Detailing Sunday night, at least, performance was an piano. Though he sang it 11. LEIA careened through the a drifter’s view of late the 1975 gem finally absolute knockout, you well, that bizarre choice 12. AFTER THE GOLDRUSH theatre like a crying 20th Century America, got the presentation have to hand it to the robbed the 1970 song 13. I BELIEVE IN YOU banshee. By the time “Hitchhiker” may be the and appreciation it has Spartanburg Auditorium of some of its beauty 14. RUMBLIN’ the ring of the last chord artist’s best single work deserved. staff for their superb and grandeur. Lastly, 15. CORTEZ THE KILLER evaporated, people 16. CINNAMON GIRL since 1989’s “Rockin’ In The biggest treat of production. The sound The decision to finish in the crowd were the Free World,” and will the night came during levels were superb and the night with a brand Encore looking at each other likely be a concert staple the encore, when Young every song was crystal new, never before heard 17. HEART OF GOLD in astonishment. It 18. OLD MAN for the remainder of his played “Heart of Gold” clear. At the same song was also suspect. seemed impossible that 19. WALK WITH ME career. and “Old Man” by time, the sparse, rustic After all, how can “Walk the haggard 64-year- Young stayed electric request, diverting from stage design and red- With Me” not seem old could still sing so for the anthemic Crazy what has been a rigid tinted lighting worked anticlimactic after you
  • 46. CRITICAL WRITING All Weekly DivisionSecond Place: 1950’s musical throwback hits the Village Playhouse BY CHRIS MCCANDLISH ers to the Village Playhouse, NEWS@MOULTRIENEWS.COM Caroline Boegel and Amber Mann, along with Lara All- The Village Playhouse’s red, Jenna Brinson, and new play about coming of age College of Charleston senior in the late 1950’s, “The Mar- Alex Hennessey as the Music velous Wonderettes,” should Director, Mr. Lee. sound a nostalgic note with All of these actresses can its audience members, many sing well, but the play only al- Moultrie of whom came of age in the late 1950’s. But that’s not to say that the show is for old people, by any means. Anyone who has enjoyed such classic American films lows them each a song or two to really show their talents. Ms. Allred has some of the most soulful numbers; Ms. Miller doesn’t show her pipes until the second act, and Ms. Boegel sings like a chipmunk News as “Stand By Me,” “Ameri- the entire play until one num- can Graffiti,” or even “Dirty ber near the end. Dancing” will be entertained, Though a much lighter and at times delighted, by and much less brilliant work this quirky musical tribute than the Playhouse’s previ- to what could be called the ous production, “August: golden age of the American Osage County,” “The Mar- prom, when girls wore cot- velous Wonderettes” shows Chris ton-candy colored dresses and smacked bubblegum and boys could get kicked out of school for smoking. Those distinctive dynam- ics of mid-century American youth are used to clever effect again that Mount Pleasant has a real town theater in the Village Playhouse, one capable of making musicals and melodramas equally en- tertaining affairs. “The Marvelous Wonder- McCandlish in “The Marvelous Wonder- ettes” will have its final two ettes,” which weaves classic shows this weekend, Oct. 15 tunes like “Mr. Sandman,” and 16, at 8 p.m. at the Vil- “Lollipop,” and “With This lage Playhouse, 730 Cole- Ring” into a cute and amus- man Blvd. (located in the ing plot. Or vice versa—a few PHOTO PROVIDED Brookgreen Towncenter). songs into the show, it be- “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” a musical comedy set in a 1950’s high school gym at prom, will have its final Tickets are $30 for adults, comes obvious that this is a two shows this weekend, Oct. 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. in the Village Playhouse. The play received the 2007 Los $27 for seniors, and $25 for script written to squeeze in Angeles Ovation Award for Best Musical and was also nominated for the 2009 Drama League Award for students, with discounts every golden oldie number it Distinguished Production of a Musical. Writer and creator Roger Bean also received a Los Angeles Ovation available for youth and chil- can hold. Award nomination for Best Director of a Musical. dren. The Wonderettes are four Tickets can be purchased girls who have been asked at Betty Jean spend the rest of Secret Love); and Missy The Wonderettes reunite out overdoing it. 24 hours at www.villageplay- the last minute to perform the play singing about their doesn’t know how to know if to perform for their class, They retain distinctive per- and by phone at at their high school prom high school problems: all of her crush, the Music Director and all of the girls are now sonalities, but they are not 843 856-1579. after the scheduled group, them want to find a dreamy Mr. Lee, loves her (It’s In His women--older, tougher, and the same people they were 10 the Crabcake Crooners, was guy to sweep them off their Kiss, Teacher’s Pet). a little angrier. years before, and the change (Chris McCandlish can be banned because one of its feet (Dream Lover); Cindy The play has two acts, and The Village Playhouse cast feels real and developed, not reached at news@moultri- members was caught smok- Lou is threatening to steal the second act is set a decade does a great job of showing affected. To see more sto- ing in the boys’ bathroom. away Betty Jean’s guy with later at the girls’ 10-year high the changes that time has “The Marvelous Wonder- ries and photos, visit www. Cindy Lou, Missy, Suzy and her sly charm (Lucky Lips, school reunion. wrought in the women, with- ettes” features two newcom-
  • 47. CRITICAL WRITING All Weekly Division Quashie Offers Witty But Unflinching Racial CommentaryFirst Place: A review of Colin Quashie: Subjective Perceptions, on view at Benedict College’s Ponder Gallery through Dec. 10. Free Times Mary Bentz Gilkerson Quashie lives in Charleston but is hardly a typical “Charleston artist.” The artist was C olin Quashie’s work is some of the born in London in 1963 and raised in the most socially and politically engaged West Indies. His family immigrated to the in the state, if not the region. The United States when he was 6, and he grew artist’s unflinching examination of the up in Florida. After attending college for a lingering influence of racism in contempo- short time, he joined the Navy working on rary American culture is witty and ironic, submarines He began actively pursuing his
  • 48. HEALTH REPORTING All Weekly DivisionThird Place: The Lancaster News Gregory Summers
  • 49. HEALTH REPORTING All Weekly DivisionSecond Place: Lake Wylie Pilot John Marks
  • 50. HEALTH REPORTING All Weekly DivisionFirst Place: Myrtle Beach Herald Amanda Kelley
  • 51. EDUCATION REPORTING All Weekly DivisionThird Place: Free Times Ron Aiken
  • 52. EDUCATION REPORTING All Weekly DivisionSecond Place: The News & Reporter Travis Jenkins
  • 53. EDUCATION REPORTING All Weekly DivisionFirst Place: The Cherokee Chronicle Tommy Martin
  • 54. SPORTS BEAT REPORTING All Weekly DivisionThird Place: Myrtle Beach Herald Amanda Kelley
  • 55. SPORTS BEAT REPORTING All Weekly DivisionSecond Place: The Journal Scene Roger Lee
  • 56. SPORTS BEAT REPORTING All Weekly DivisionFirst Place: The News & Reporter Travis Jenkins
  • 57. FEATURE HEADLINE WRITING All Weekly DivisionThird Place: The News & Reporter Travis Jenkins ‘Shotgun’ start for Edwards Chester PD Back in Black From ‘Big D’ to ‘Block C’
  • 58. FEATURE HEADLINE WRITING All Weekly DivisionSecond Place: Keeping it real Myrtle Beach Herald IN THIS ISSUE… Charles D. Perry Crack up on aisle 5 Myrtle Beach guys turn wacky Walmart patrons into profitable website MAKING THE CUT Conway welcomes area’s first barber college
  • 59. FEATURE HEADLINE WRITING All Weekly Division WORDS, WORTHFirst Place: SHARING Novel is chosen for South Carolina First Novel Award Greenville Journal BY CINDY LANDRUM | STAFF AS A KID, Matt Matthews always wanted to write the great American novel. Melissa Blanton “I had all these romantic ideas of a writer’s life,” said Matthews, a Greer resident who is pastor of St. Giles Presbyterian Church. And over the years, he discovered those ideas were as much fiction as the novel he was writing. (Broom) Sticks W hen Beau Welling saw curling for the time, he thought it was one of the ridiculous sports he had ever seen. Welling, a 39-year-old Greenville residen and stones watching the 1988 Winter Olympics as a ager when curling, a demonstration sport in gary, came on the television. As he watched women sweeping the ice tiny brooms at a frantic pace in front of Greenville resident earns spot on granite rock aimed at a giant bull’s eye do strip of ice, Welling wondered why curling board of U.S. Curling Association, at the Olympics at all. “It was crazy. I questioned whether it was in Vancouver for Olympics a sport at all,” said Welling, a self-described s fanatic who found it odd there could be a in the Olympics he had never heard of befo Staff Writer Imagine Welling’s surprise that 22 years he would be on the board of the United S Curling Association and a member of the GOOBERS. Olympic delegation at this year’s Gam Vancouver. “It’s a bizarre story,” said Welling, a golf c designer who is working with Tiger Wood The Cliffs of High Carolina. After Welling’s initial encounter with the s he didn’t think much about it until 2002 wh But you can call them peanuts. They eat them saw it again on television during the Salt boiled in the South. And most folks will tell City Olympics. “Inexplicably, I was drawn to the s you, don’t knock them until you try them. page 8 said Welling of the game invented in Sco and popularized in Canada. “I was al
  • 60. SPORTS HEADLINE WRITING All Weekly DivisionThird Place: QB or not QB ... Wolves play quarterback shuffle in 2010 The Berkeley Independent Road Work Stags survive Camden, face Frank Johnson Midland Valley BY DAN BROWN The Independent This one was close. Tevin Bradshaw scored two late touchdowns to erase a 28- 21 deficit and give the Stags enjoy Berkeley Stags a hard fought 36-28 win over the Camden Bulldogs in Class AAA play- off action Friday night in Camden. Knight out With the win the Stags (8-3) travel to Graniteville to take on Midland Valley (7-4) on Friday. The Mustangs advanced to with 64-53 win the second round with a 21-0 shutout win over St. James in the first round. Given their third seed placement in the playoff brackets, the Stags will be on the road for the duration of the playoffs. “From here on out it’s cham- pionship football,” said Stags Can cops cap crooks’
  • 61. SPORTS HEADLINE WRITING All Weekly DivisionSecond Place: Lexington County Chronicle & The Dispatch News Travis Boland Dutch Fork nabs ‘proven winner’ from Charlotte
  • 62. WHAT’S INSIDE… SPORTS HEADLINE WRITING All Weekly Division Golson digs Heels WHAT’S INSIDE…First Place: Myrtle Beach Herald WHAT’S INSIDE… AMANDA KELLEY | THE HERALD Charles D. Perry Myrtle Beach junior Everett Golson announced Friday that he will accept a football scholarship from UNC. MB star to play football for North Carolina Campbell’s mm mm gold Seahawk swimmer captures first state titles in school history COOL RUNNING Despite official cancellation, hundreds still race MB Marathon
  • 63. PHOTO PAGE DESIGN All Weekly Division Thursday January 14, 2010 COASTAL OBSERVER Pawleys Island, South CarolinaThird Place: Coastal Observer Photos by Tanya Ackerman/Coastal Observer Brookgreen Gardens food and beverage manager Linda Beck hosted the Mad Hatters Tea Party in full costume. More photos at Brookgreen Gardens Christine Sokoloski opened its Hol- liday Cottage You bet they’re MAD, but for a luncheon and tea party on Saturday. it’s only HATTERS at this Guests were encouraged to wear their favorite “mad TEA PARTY hat” for the occassion. The cottage is host- ing tea parties every Saturday in January. Lorraine Carr enjoys some orange tea. Taking the theme to heart, Ann Bray wore a hat made out of tea bags. Karen Collins listens to a conversation. Scones were served with lemon curd or butter. Carlisle Nostrame tips her “mad hat.”
  • 64. PHOTO PAGE DESIGN All Weekly DivisionSecond Place:FortJacksonLeaderSusanneKappler
  • 65. PHOTO PAGE DESIGN All Weekly Division August 3, 2010 • THE LINK • Page 1BFirst Place: The Link Ashley Hatcher Photos by Wylie Bell/Special to The Link WYLIE BELL The drivers do get points for The two boys have learned “We work on them every on the class they enter, with Even the spectators can join Special to The Link distance before a backhoe the ins and outs of mud rac- day,” Holt said. “You just cash prizes awarded to the in the fun and slosh around in pulls them out of the mud and ing from their uncle, Johnny hope nothing breaks.” driver with the winning time. the mud. The track holds a Floor it, and hope for the the muck, but the goal is to Holt, who says he has “mud Fast Trax runs three classes According to Steen, the foot race through the bog for best. This is the advice you’ll make it all the way through in in his blood.” Holt has been of trucks based on tire size: record time to beat through kids and adults. the fastest amount of time. mud bog racing off and on for 36-inch and under, 37-inch the bog at Fast Trax is 5.022 Payton Hurst of Chester- get from drivers at Fast Trax Round two was a different the last five years, but he’s and over and an open class. seconds. field is a four-time winner Mud Bog in Wallace on how story, and 16-year-old Camden been messing around with big “In the open class, you can Roger Kirby has won three through the bog, and even a to make it through the 200-feet Ertle of Sanford, N.C., plowed trucks and racing ever since enter whatever you can afford times this year and won nine watermelon couldn’t slow his long pit of good old South his way through the bog in his he was his nephews’ age. to build and to race,” Jason times last year. His strategy is “nitrous barefeet” down on Carolina red clay mud. monster truck called French One of the keys to racing – Steen said. picking the right rut and hold- July 24’s race day. Just before Drivers come from all over Fry. and winning – is to keep the Steen started operating the ing it wide open. the kids were unleashed in to see how fast their mud “You need a lot of power truck running, Holt said. races in Wallace about two “After that first rut is made, the mud with promises to trucks can get through the bog, and a lot of wheel speed. Keep When you’re up to your years ago. The track offers the track starts getting faster which was particularly thick their parents to “wash ’em the tires spinning, and keep wheel wells in mud, main- bog racing and flat track rac- and faster,” Kirby said. and deep on Saturday, July 24. ’em grabbing. Find a bottom, taining the trucks is a daily ing for trucks and four-wheel- By the end of the night, down real good afterward,” In the first round of racing, and you’ll come out,” Ertle chore. After each truck comes ers. Races are held from enough mud has been slung they were each handed a tires were spinning, and en- said. out of the bog, they are hosed March through October on out of the bog for the four small watermelon to carry gines were whining, but driv- Ertle was one of the win- down at a water station, mak- the second and fourth Satur- wheelers to plow through it. through the bog. Payton took ers only went so far before the ners on July 24, as was his ing sure all the mud and the day of the month. As most of the drivers said, home the $10 top prize, but 3-feet-deep mud took hold and 15-year-old cousin, Jason sand gets rinsed off the un- Entry fees for drivers range mud bogging is more about each kid who braved the bog stopped them in their tracks. “Porkchop” Ertle. dercarriage. from $10 to $20, depending getting dirty than getting rich. got a dollar.
  • 66. PICTORIAL All Weekly DivisionThird Place:The Journal SceneStefan Rogenmoser“Fog Walk”
  • 67. PICTORIAL All Weekly DivisionSecond Place: The Citizen News Mike Rosier “Pond draped in Winter”
  • 68. PICTORIAL All Weekly DivisionFirst Place: Coastal Observer Tanya Ackerman “Pawleys Creek”
  • 69. HUMOROUS PHOTO All Weekly DivisionThird Place:Moultrie NewsHelen R.Hammond “Mojo”
  • 70. HUMOROUS PHOTO All Weekly DivisionSecond Place:Lexington CountyChronicle &The Dispatch NewsMark Bellune“Lexington Oktoberfest Parade”
  • 71. HUMOROUS PHOTO All Weekly DivisionFirst Place: Coastal Observer Tanya Ackerman “Winnie the Pooh”
  • 72. HARRIS AWARD FOR EDITORIAL WRITING All Weekly Division In our view District 56’s botched callThird Place: What a difference a few months can make. For that mat- In our ter, what a difference one after can make.the Clinton and a view 4-3 school board vote vote leading Six months High School football team to a state championship last fall, and Administration job come July 1. 2009 AAA Coach of the head coach Andy B. Young, the Year, is out of a Awkward timing, to say the least, but, considering the consideration some saw it coming. weeks that the board dragged its feet and delayed rehiring Young, honestly, Spring has finally sprung. Birds are singing. Pollen is heard that funding for education is at a 15-year We’ve all accumulating. And local elected officials are wrestling with budgets for theall heard that budget cuts in public schools nadir. We’ve next fiscal year. For most if not all of our government entities, 2010 severe and likely would result in cuts of teaching would be will be especially In our view positions. Now that the state has put an end to the Teacher challenging. Our struggling economy isn’t likely to put dump truck loads of extra cash on the table – nor are weand to see spending sprees on likely Employee Retirement Incentive (TERI) program, Laurens County new hires, new programs, and capital projects. Sure, there might be a new throughout the state have used its many school districts this or a necessary that to be considered – but this won’t be the year for expiration as the principle method of cutting jobs. Since asking taxpayers to reach deep into their pockets. The alcohol puzzle Still, we have one particular expenseretired teachers whose TERI plans have expired are now ing a city administrator. for one group of local leaders to consider. We request that Laurens Cityconsidered at-will hir- Council weigh the merits of yearly employees, we’ve witnessed sev- Politically, city council members may safely disregard such a request. that they would not invite any of the eral districts announce Laurens City Council has a decision to make regarding post-these lean fiscalretired understand howback for another year in order to cut their We fully acknowledge times and teachers easy it Advertiser midnight alcohol sales inside city limits Mondays say, "Sorry, no money." We’re also strongly aware of the polit- would be to through But, perhaps, city salaries. ical undercurrents of mistrust for government officials who often work at a displeasure of the taxpaying electorate.Unfortunately, that approach can paint those same dis- Fridays – enforce state law as it exists or fashionthe new ordinance enacting greater restrictions. Either way, the current policy of we might this time lettricts into politics and make of a corner. What happens, for exam- merit outweigh something law enforcement restricting sales after midnight each day of on fact-finding, knowledgeable study, and the truth. a decision based the ple, if one of those retirees is a football coach in a football week should end until the rule of law in this matter is re-estab- all the answers ourselves – butjust willing lished. Admittedly, we don’t have town that dowe are celebrated a state championship? Well, to search for them. We hope Laurens City Council will the same this year. where the TERI plan was “win-win” for both district and Staff Chief Robin Morse cites a 1984 ordinance giving hisdo have in hand, at this point, however, is an opinion whichthe decision Laurens County School What we depart- retired employee, – ment authority to stop alcohol sales at midnight on weekdays. Butcouncil – may have merit enough to begin a con- Trustees made Monday was “lose- for what it’s worth to District 56’s Board of when local property owners addressed city council and read from It is our opinion, after months of observing versation at the very least. lose.” Coach Young loses a job he held with distinction for a copy of the same ordinance, specifically “Sec. 6-4. Sundaythe city might benefit from a full-time profession- council in action, that al whose restrictionbe to help officials make informed decisions and Clinton High just lost the man who sales,” it appeared quite clear to us that the midnight job it would nearly 20 years — and lead city operations on a day-to-day basis. Carolina members’ own mouthsdelivered a storied the applies to Sunday only, in accordance with South From councillaw. we have heard concerns over program’s latest trophy. last this apparent Frankly, we’re as stunned as interim superintendent Dr. That’s why we’re a little puzzled not only that few months alone of possible hasty decision-making and miscom- misinterpretation of state law has occurred but also why with the public regarding David O’Shields, who rightly recommended that the dis- munication the city issues that could have been dis- felt it necessary for the city attorney to issue cussed publicly instead of in executive session. Obviously, having a full- a ruling. Unless there is another ordinance regarding alcohol salescity administrator might not have prevented those issues. On the time out there – other hand, they also might have done just that. An administrator might which would be an entirely new problem for thehave earlier caught the $70,000 in estimated losses from the continuation city to address – then it’s simple; city police should cease their policy of shutting commercial dumpster service, and could have all these years of the down alcohol sales after midnight unless it’s early Sunday the wise decision to end the service. already made morn- ing. Police don’t make the rules, in other words. Theyare constantly amazed at how much time and effort our elected We enforce the ones lawmakers create. We don’t need a city attorney’shave dedicated to serving our community. But how much time officials ruling on can the realisticall gi e to a m lti million dollar enterprise that is not that – it’s the foundational separation between the courts and the police. Obviously, this situation is, potentially, both embarrassing and litigious. Property owners who legally sell alcohol might have cause for action if they have been subjected to a restriction that wasn’t legal, especially if not enforced equally. Law enforcement officials point to lower incident rates because of their tighter restrictions as proof that their interpretation of the ordinance should prevail. But city leaders must understand that
  • 73. HARRIS AWARD FOR EDITORIAL WRITING All Weekly Division F R O M T H E E D I TO R I A L D E S K Please, help us AS GIMMICKS GO, the latest from our lieutenant governor is transparently frivolous: the likelihood of the states calling a constitutional F R O M T H E E D I TO R I A L D E S K health care reform is slim to nil. convention to stop The closest the nation has ever crept to such an event came in 1983, when the 32nd state – two short of the two-thirds needed – applied to Congress for aSecond Place: convention to propose a balanced-budget amendment. The momentum waned over Pandora’s Box concerns: no one was certain the agenda could be limited to a single subject. Even in the face of unpopular reform, the idea of giving modern-day revisionists a free run at the U.S. Constitution is as disquieting now as it was then. Which reveals the crusade Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer announced on Greenville Deal is done, but Bourey can News for the ploy it is: to the to snipe at gubernatorial opponent The key to Greenville City Manager Fox still contribute a chance citys success Henry McMaster for joining 16 other state attorneys general in a federal lawsuit challenging the new health care law. to accept the That council still voted Jim Bourey’s litany of successes – andIt is primary season, after resignation is evidence that interesting at F R O M T H E E Dbottom,R I Athe D E S K now wants city manager’s his managerialquest raises an I TO why L City Council historical point: onlyfor all all. But Bauer’s Bourey, one federal constitutional convention has occurred strengths, Good work, City him gone – can be summed up in a since our nation’s founding. But the states, individually, have held more quote has taken too many risks with the Journal he gave The Journal last week: IN A DIPLOMATIC MOVEare to take aOF THE UN, you city of you WORTHY risk, the less the get than 600. “I’m not reckless, but I think the more cautious you are and the less willing relationship that matters most. If there was He failed to heed council’s growing ever a state overdue a constitutional convention, it is South Carolina. Seven have been held to date: inmost crucial complaints about the one, 1776, 1790, 1861,1865, 1868, and requirement when Gov. “Pitchfork” Ben Tillman and his fellow of any elected official: to be Greenville has managed to remove one of the biggest obstacles toinfamously, in 1895, about the critical issues most accomplished.” fully informed municipal growth in SouthThis was the balance Bourey managed to ahead. Yet on a series of pivotal issues and over the other conventioneers enshrined the Legislature as ruling authority Carolina: the eternal turf war with single purpose districts. two branches. They intended to dilute the impact of what historians called strike for most of his six years at the helm decisions, council members say Boureyelected Two weeks ago, city officials forged a partnership with the Wade Hampton fear of the day: that a black maninaccurate or governor. of city government, and the payoff for the obsessive failed them with incomplete, might be Fire and Sewer District that Mayor Knox White rightfully calls “theTheir solution: strip the information –butthe pointmeager powers, Greenville has been huge. most poorly timed governor of all to the most important intergovernmental agreementa regular player on national fragment executive authority among dozens of independent agencies and The city is the city has ever reached.” the majority finally lost confidence in the Here it is: retroactive to Jan. 1, 2009,the most recent, the constitutional offices,relationship. subject to legislative veto. Top Ten lists; Wade Hampton will provide working and make it all Susan Clary “Top Ten Great (Main) Streets in steadfast foe of annexation into a friend. national finalists out named one of six by USC history professor Walter Edgar once told The State newspaper he fire protection to any properties within the district’s boundaries that American Planning Association’s 2009 believes America.” Last month, Fall’s Park was this Specific complaints focused on Bourey’s choose to become part of the city of Greenville. The result: Wade “most of the ills of 20th century South Carolina were set in place perceived failure to keep the council Hampton’s tax base is protected and Greenville has transformed a constitution.” about a potential 2009 budget informed deficit, problems with city efforts to A simple realization made this possible, for the said: the former foes bury power lines, and the collapse of of 88 contenders White Urban Land Simmons were after two different things. Institute’s Urban Open Space Award. In the city’s plan to buy and renovate the Greenville’s primary goal is to grow its population, and accordingly, old Hitachi building into an operations November, Greenville made’s its economic development potential, White told Journal writer Cindy Landrum. As for the fire district, tax base was paramount, said fire chief Randy Edwards. Every city annexation chipped away at Wade Hampton’s tax revenue stream, jeopardizing its ability to provide services to the properties that were left. So the district fought every annexation request, no matter how logical in the sense of what annexation is truly about. Cities exist because people living in close proximity need urban services above and beyond those typically required by people who
  • 74. HARRIS AWARD FOR EDITORIAL WRITING All Weekly Division From the Editor Race,First Place: The Final Frontier The Herald-Independent As has been noted previously here in this space, it is no great secret that there still exists in this mod- ern age a certain amount of racism. It is like a great From the Editor James Denton stain that, for whatever reason, human beings sim- ply cannot wash completely out. The era of institutionalized racism is, thankfully, The Hatchet in our collective rearview mirror. Today, we all eat at the same lunch counter, drink from the same water fountain and go to the same schools. Yet, here in and The Scalpel Fairfield County, we are beginning to hear some fa- miliar rhetoric. Chants and slogans and catch phrases – and yes, even the “R” word itself; all of It is no great secret that many municipalities, or 40 years ago. which might have had a place 30 From The Editor like Now, however, such a tone only serves to cloud many of their taxpayers, are facing tighter and the issue. tighter budgets these days and thus are facing some Last week, when a group of citizens and commu- No Big Deal? tough andnity leaders marched on the Fairfield County serious choices. The town of Ridgewayto express their opposition to the Cole- Courthouse is no different. But the man-Brown educationotherwise intended message, very suggestion by an bills, the well- meaning, whatever it may have been, that the fiscally responsible councilman, was drowned out by cries of racism and such distasteful phrases as town could trim its budget significantly through the elimination of its policePolitics.” And these weren’t shouts from “Plantation department seems so dras- It may, on the surface, appear petty to the assembly. These were the words delivered down tic as to border on the edge of irresponsibility. squabble over a mere $1,275 spent on outside There isfrom the podium.councilman in ques- no doubt that the tion has his eye on the bottom line, understands catering for the School District. After all, it is a business and is making an honest effort to avoid h i lf f i B h
  • 75. PUBLIC SERVICE FOR A WEEKLY NEWSPAPER All Weekly DivisionThird Place: Myrtle Beach Herald Charles D. Perry “Socastee High School Shooting”
  • 76. PUBLIC SERVICE FOR A WEEKLY NEWSPAPER All Weekly DivisionSecond Place: News and Press Cathy Elliott “Unserved Warrants”
  • 77. PUBLIC SERVICE FOR A WEEKLY NEWSPAPER All Weekly DivisionFirst Place: Lexington County Chronicle & The Dispatch News Mark Bellune, Jerry Bellune and Vicki Shealy “Education’s Rising Cost”
  • 78. SPORTS ENTERPRISE REPORTING All Weekly DivisionThird Place: Field house of dreams Carolina Forest High among schools slated for new halftime headquarters Carolina Forest BY AMANDA KELLEY SPORTS WRITER stand. District staff have already completed meetings with trainer with a space to tend to injured athletes. DeFeo said the project was D uring halftime, principals and athletic direc- something the schools said Chronicle football teams at Carolina Forest, Loris and other high schools clear their benches and head for the end zone instead of the tors, seeking their input on the design features. The money for the project is coming from the school dis- trict’s penny sales tax that’s helping to subsidize the dis- they needed, but is also a way to keep the playing field level because Conway and Aynor already have field houses. The building plan is the original diagram created for locker room. trict’s building program and the Conway field house, The locker rooms and other will not result in an increase though Conway opted to raise facilities are so far from the in taxes. money through their boosters stadium, they serve no pur- DeFeo said with certainty to add to the design. pose during games. Players, that the project wouldn’t be The ticket price was re- officials and spectators share happening if it necessitated a duced slightly because the bathrooms and there is no of- tax hike and the school board plans were already drawn. ficial place to take an injured wasn’t able to lower taxes. Amanda Kelley “It’s something that we re- player. Recently, the board cut debt ally need at Carolina Forest All of this will be changing service millage from 20 mills and the other schools,” said soon. to 14 mills. CFHS head football coach The school board has ap- He said the new field Drew Hummel. “Our locker proved the construction of houses are a testament to the rooms are so far away from field houses at six schools in success of the building pro- our stadium and the practice the district, which currently gram to be able to undertake fields.” do not have a field house. this project in a recession. Hummel said having the Conway and Aynor already The location of the field place to meet will be the have field houses and are not houses will be determined by biggest advantage because it part of the project. the administration at each will give the teams a chance to Loris, Green Sea Floyds, So- school, though DeFeo said get out of the elements, espe- castee, St. James, North Myrtle each of the six schools has the cially the cold winter rain. Beach, Myrtle Beach and Car- land to accommodate the “It will be nice to walk out of olina Forest will soon benefit size. the locker rooms and go to the from the new infrastructure. An artist’s rendering depicts the layout of the proposed con- The building will be climate practice field and the games Aynor, Green Sea Floyds cession stand to serve away teams during sporting events. controlled with both heat and and it will be nice for the visit- and Loris are first in the proj- air. There will be locker rooms ing teams to have a place to ect list. will have one, school officials by the individual schools. for both the home and visi- gather too,” he said. Anyor is receiving renova- say. School Board member Joe tors’ teams complete with Completion dates were not tions to its field house, while Architect Steve Usry visited DeFeo said the ticket price is showers and restrooms. available at press time, but GSFHS and LHS are getting the three high schools last $7.8 million for the field The design allots for a DeFeo said it is not likely to be new facilities. In time, high week to finalize the design houses, which will also in- coaches meeting area and of- finished before the start of schools without field houses plans in the locations selected clude a visitors’ concession fice and provides the athletic this football season.
  • 79. SPORTS ENTERPRISE REPORTING All Weekly Division SHORT-YARDAGE SOLUTIONSecond Place: GATA formation is the right fit for Dorman BY JED BLACKWELL GATA basically consists of a back and This year, Dorman’s tailbacks have eight blockers. The Cavaliers include a even less reason for concern, as they’re SPORTS EDITOR tight end, the regular quarterback split part of the package. Gutshall said that Dorman’s short yardage offensive wide, and, this year, a tailback. Three element makes the formation even formation may be the worst-kept secret blockers overload one side of the offen- more dangerous. in South Carolina football. sive line, and two blocking backs line “We haven’t had the ability to go out- up in front of the back who takes the side, but we do this year,” he said. “WeThe Woodruff News From the players to the arm-chomp- ing fans, everyone in the stands seems direct snap. haven’t thrown the wide-receiver pass to know that GATA is coming. “Basically, we’re just blocking yet. There are just so many things we Even the opposition has a pretty good everything and looking for a crease,” can do. The quarterback is still in the idea of how the Cavaliers will line up. Gutshall said. “One thing we do is put game. We have a tight end. We have a Stopping it is another matter. our best blocker (this year it’s offensive sprinter at tailback. We can sweep left GATA, a direct-snap, blocker-heavy lineman Patrick DeStefano) at blocking or right. We can run some option out of formation designed to help the Cavaliers back,” Gutshall said. “We’re looking for it. It’s just tough to defend.”Jed Blackwell spread offense adapt to short yardage a guy in that position who can physi- Gutshall said the formation’s versa- situations, is in its fourth incarnation cally handle everything thrown at him, tility is what makes it so hard to stop. and has met with uncanny success. The because the defense is liable to bring a “It’s just a simple solution for us,” Cavaliers’ conversion rate in such situ- stud off that corner to try to stop us.” Gutshall said. “Since we’re normally a ations has skyrocketed since the imple- Nothing has seemed to stop GATA so shotgun team, our center doesn’t feel mentation of the formation, and the far, and the Cavaliers are getting more panic. We overload one side with five back responsible for taking the snaps and more comfortable in the forma- offensive linemen. We have the ability is considered one of Dorman’s primary tion. The key to that success, accord- to throw it backside, We’ve thrown it to offensive weapons. To defensive coordi- ing to Gutshall, is the personality of our quarterback. You have to play the nators who try to stop Dorman on third- the GATA back. In the system’s exis- sweep, the halfback pass, the backside or-fourth-and-short, the Cavaliers are tence, the position has been played dump pass, the playside dump pass. downright scary. by Stephen Thomas, Walt Canty, A.J. You can’t squeeze too much, because That wasn’t always the case. Booker and Adam Humphries. Booker our tailbacks will beat you to the cor- According to coach Dave Gutshall, is this year’s full-time GATA back, but ner. Charone (Peake, Dorman’s stand- GATA was born out of necessity, the is hampered by a minor ankle injury. out receiver who sees some time at formation an answer to a major prob- Humphries played the position for the tailback in GATA) runs a 4.3, so you’ve lem. first time as a varsity player on Friday, gotta widen your guy out enough and “We were a spread, shotgun team, rushing 5 times for 32 yards and three not let him get outside. When you and we were having trouble getting touchdowns. widen that guy out, and you make sure one or two yards when we needed it,” “He’s one of those guys who will run you have enough numbers so you can Gutshall said. “Third and one, third through arm tackles,” Gutshall said play backside pass and the backside and two were as tough a call as we had of his ideal back for the system. “He’s counter play, if you can do all that, we to make all game long.” played quarterback at some point in think we can get two yards at the point Dorman’s staff struggled to find the system, because we want him com- of attack. Now it’s a physical battle, an answer, especially one that would fortable taking snaps. And the back and we think we’re going to win.” provide some consistency within the has patience, because sometimes a Gutshall thinks the formation gives offense. hole opens late. All those guys fit that the Cavaliers a tough offensive look to “We wanted a short yardage package, description” practice against, especially since it is but we wanted to stay in the shotgun,” Gutshall said Canty in particular so different from what Dorman usually Gutshall said. “I think a lot of problems used that patience to his advantage. shows opponents. occur when you put a kid under center “Walt would sit there, and I’d think “I’m sure they don’t have much time who’s not used to being there. I think ‘Go, Walt,” and he’d wait and see where to practice against it,” Gutshall said. you have turnovers. If you look, we the hole would open and take off,” “We’ve seen all kind of philosophies have yet to get under center this year, Gutshall said. “He was probably the over the past four years. I think we’ve even when we’re taking the last snap of most patient, but they’re all patient. probably seen everything that you the game to run out the clock. It’s just They’re power quarterbacks. They’re can line up in, and we’ve made some not what we do.” big, physical kids with the ability to adjustments. They come out and do Gutshall and his staff watched film throw the ball.” something, and we look at what will in search of a solution, and found one The GATA back is also a player whose happen when we do something else.” y while watching tape of Utah during name will turn up in a box score. GATA is also dependent on Dorman’s coach Urban Meyer’s tenure there. The “I think everybody wants to be a size on the offensive line, and on the product, with a couple of tweaks, was GATA back,” Gutshall said with a Cavaliers’ willingness to accept just the the genesis of GATA. smile. “He’s going to score the most necessary first-down yardage before “We copied a lot of it,” Gutshall said. touchdowns. But you know, we’ve never going back to their normal offense. “Over the years we’ve expanded it, but had a tailback pout about it. It’s been a we copied quite a few things.” team thing.” SEE GATA | B5
  • 80. SPORTS ENTERPRISE REPORTING All Weekly DivisionFirst Place: Video lets you weigh in on match Controversy continues over Fort Mill’s playoff loss Fort Mill Watch the youtube video To see the video, go to and click on the link 0:10 Head referee Sonny Justice blows the whistle for Fort Mill’s Austin King and Rock Hill’s Austin Threatt to start their match at 112 By Mac Banks icism aimed atthe Rock Hill High wrestling program and its head coach, Cain Beard. After the match, Beard said Threatt told him “the room was spinning and had he blurriness” FORT MILL — If a picture is Fort Mill head coach Chris in his vision. Beard said his wres- Times pounds. Fort Mill is leading 30-28 at this point and the winner of this match give his team the win and a berth in the Upper State worth a 1,000 words, then some- Brock said he has received sup- tler couldn’t continue because he championship meet. times, a video can speak vol- port from those in the wrestling was injured. Threatt went to the 0:11-0:27 Both wrestlers go for the upperhand, but neither umes. community regarding the loss. hospital after the match and re- wrestler seems to get an advantage. The backlash since Fort Mill “I have gotten over 100 e-mails mained out of school for the rest High School lost to Rock Hill in from coaches and officials who of the week. Mac Banks 0:28-0:43 King gets Threatt in a headlock, although the move the third round of the Class 4A have seen the video,” he said. According to Beard, Threatt isn’t too effective at first as Threatt flips back on top of King and it’s duals playoffs, 34-30, after the “We know who really won the still suffered from blurred vision difficult to see who has control. Bearcats were awarded the win- match.” and headaches late last week, 0:43-1:26 Threatt, who seemed to have an advantage on King, is ning points in a controversial fi- The video Brock is referring to and his family was worried about flipped over by King, who gets a tighter grip on the headlock and nal match, continues one week was posted on Youtube last week. a blood clot in his neck. appears to be in control while trying to pin his opponent. The camera later. It shows the actual match that ig- Regarding the Youtube video, then zooms out and doesn’t give a crisp shot of the action, but it’s Since the Feb. 8 matchup at nited the controversy. In less than Beard said he viewed it. clear Threatt is trying to keep from being pinned. Fort Mill High, message boards a week, it was viewed nearly “I am not going to comment Read the rest of the transcript, 5B on Web sites such as SCvarsity- 5,200 times and 41 people left .com been lighting up with crit- comments on it. Please see WRESTLING 5B
  • 81. BUSINESS REPORTING All Weekly DivisionThird Place: The Messenger Jim Faile “Sonoco Shareholders”
  • 82. BUSINESS REPORTING All Weekly DivisionSecond Place: Greenville Journal Dick Hughes “Women in the board room”
  • 83. BUSINESS REPORTING All Weekly DivisionFirst Place: The Press & Standard George Salsberry “Arnoti touts county facilities, etc.”
  • 84. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION All Weekly Division Thursday January 21, 2010 COASTAL OBSERVER Pawleys Island, South Carolina On the menu How Forty-one restaurants are cooking for the 2010 Souper Bowl. 811 Steak and Pasta: As-Third Place: paragus crab bisque Applewood House of Pancakes: Lowcountry Souper seafood bisque Austin’s Ocean One: Roasted duck with wild mushrooms and soba noo- dles Beef O’Bradys of Bowl Georgetown: Potato bacon soup Big Tuna Raw Bar: Shrimp and sausage gumbo Bistro 217: Tomato crab and jalapeño XII Blue Elephant: Coconut chicken soup Capt. Dave’s Dockside: Shrimp and crab bisque Capt. John’s Seafood Grill: Seafood gumbo with shrimp and scallops stacks Carefree Catering: White bean and ham Coastal Observer Carolina Wings & Rib House: Buffalo wing soup The Carriage House: up Crawfish and corn chowder Chive Blossom: Tuscan sausage and potato soup Chocolate and Coffee House: Chocolate chili Father Pat’s Lunch Kitchen: Roasted eggplant, Tanya Ackerman tomato and basil soup Fontinello’s: Tuscan-style T OSS OVER 40 RESTAURANTS and hun- dreds of hungry people into the pot. ham and bean Add in 600 or so handmade bowls. Stir and let simmer. Front Street Deli: Cream The result is Habitat for Humanity’s of tomato with basil Souper Bowl. It’s a feast for soup lovers Gilligan’s: She crab soup and a major fundraiser for the group that builds affordable housing for Georgetown Goat Island Grill: Low- County residents. country gumbo Souper Bowl XII kicks off Jan. 30 at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church. Hanser House: Red clam The doors open at 5:30 p.m. chowder Emily Mobley, one of the Souper Bowl organizers, said people usually start lin- High Hammock: Rustic ing up about an hour ahead of time to en- white bean and bacon sure the best selection of bowls. Although it continues until 7:30 p.m., she recom- Hoof ’n’ Finz Taproom: mends people arrive no later than 7 p.m. Blue crab bisque to get the most out of their Souper Bowl experience. Hot Fish Club: Crawfish Forty-one restaurants will be cooking gumbo up soups, chowders, bisques, gumbos and chili for the benefit. There will also be Humble Crumb: Capel- bread for dunking. loni with roasted garlic and Habitat homeowners, future homeown- prosciutto ers and volunteers will be on hand to ladle out the soups. Inlet Affairs: Baked potato Beer and wine will be on sale, and soup there will be bread on sale for people to take home. Island Bar and Grill Habitat will also raffle 16 gift baskets South: Maryland crab soup that include entertainment tickets, gift certificates for restaurants, stores and Island Café and Deli: rounds of golf, or gifts such as a stained Manhattan seafood chow- glass lamp. der Raffle tickets are $1 each or seven for $5. Winning tickets will be drawn dur- Landolfi’s: Cream of por- ing the Souper Bowl at around 6:45 p.m., tabella soup and winners do not have to be present to claim their prizes. Litchfield Country Club: Artists and volunteers have creat- Curry shrimp bisque ed and painted about 600 bowls for the event. Heather Teems, an art teacher at Murrells Inlet Seafood: Pawleys Island Montessori Day School, Lobster and crab bisque coordinated the bowl makers. The Souper Bowl started in 1998 as a Old World Italian: Italian way for participants in the Pawleys Island wedding soup Tour of Homes to wrap up their day. After a few years of “Empty Bowls” re- Pasteria 811: Shrimp ceptions at Litchfield Exchange, organiz- bisque ers found many people were too tired after the Tour of Homes and skipped the eve- Pawleys Island Tavern: ning event. Pork, collard greens and “Empty Bowls” then became the Souper black-eyed pea soup Bowl and was moved to January to coin- cide with the NFL championship game. Pawleys Plantation: New Last year’s event attracted 300 soup England clam chowder lovers and raised about $10,000. Perrone’s: Smoky potato TICKETS ARE $25 in advance and $30 at and applewood bacon soup the door and include a hand-made bowl. Tickets are on sale at the Chocolate and Quigley’s Pint and Plate: Coffee House in Litchfield Exchange, Lowcountry brewers chili Greenskeeper Florist, the Habitat for Humanity office in Georgetown, Litch- Rice Paddy: Lentil with field Books, and South Carolina Bank and Italian sausage Trust branches. For more information, call the Habitat River Room: Hoppin’ office in Georgetown at 546-5685. John gumbo Roz’s Rice Mill Café: Sweet potato and crab soup Salt Creek Cafe: Cream of wild mushroom soup Thomas Café: White bean and ham soup Photo illustration by Charles Swenson and Tanya Ackerman/Coastal Observer
  • 85. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION All Weekly Division Now u can paySecond Place: pkg metrs by txtCarolina Forest ChronicleMichael Smith PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY MICHAEL SMITH | THE CHRONICLE Visitors can now pay parking meter fees in MB by cell phone Myrtle Beach , and it’s saving visi- ing session via a phone call or Park- tors the stress of busy beach park- mobile’s cell phone app. Then the ing. user chooses the duration of the BY MATT MONTGOMERY “It works remarkably well,” said park, exactly like a regular meter, FOR THE CHRONICLE city spokesman Mark Kruea. “And and Parkmobile does the rest. When you’re only charged for the amount 15 minutes are left on the meter, D on’t LOL, it’s true. The of time you’re there.” Parkmobile notifies the user with a service is Parkmobile The service is available at every text message. (, parking meter in Myrtle Beach, ac- “In my experience, nothing beats and for a small fee, cording to Lanier Parking manage- the Parkmobile deal,” Kruea said. “I users have the ability ment company. Myrtle Beach is also call toll free on my cell phone, give to start and stop a metered park- the only city in South Carolina offer- the zone that’s posted on the park- ing session automatically. ing the Parkmobile option. It’s a new feature in the City of It costs 35 cents to activate a park- PARKING, A12
  • 86. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION All Weekly Division Beaches WHAT’S INSIDE | Are we having fun yet? A guide to doing nothing...................................................Page 24First Place: On the Marsh Walk ...........................................................Page 26 Son of the plantation, father of surfing ............................Page 32 Keeping a weather eye on rip currents ..............................Page 34 2010 Season Coastal Observer Tanya Ackerman Photo illustrations by Tanya Ackerman/Coastal Observer Thoughts for food
  • 87. WEEKLY NEWSPAPER WEBSITE All Weekly DivisionThird Place: Carolina Forest Chronicle
  • 88. WEEKLY NEWSPAPER WEBSITE All Weekly DivisionSecond Place: Clarendon Citizen
  • 89. WEEKLY NEWSPAPER WEBSITE All Weekly DivisionFirst Place: Charleston City Paper
  • 90. INTEGRATION OF PRINT AND WEB COVERAGE All Weekly DivisionThird Place: The Weekly Observer John Sweeney and Staff
  • 91. INTEGRATION OF PRINT AND WEB COVERAGE All Weekly DivisionSecond Place: The Journal Scene Staff
  • 92. INTEGRATION OF PRINT AND WEB COVERAGE All Weekly DivisionFirst Place: Carolina Forest Chronicle Michael Smith and Staff
  • 93. PHOTO GALLERY ON A NEWSPAPER WEBSITE All Weekly DivisionThird Place: Coastal Observer Tanya Ackerman
  • 94. PHOTO GALLERY ON A NEWSPAPER WEBSITE All Weekly DivisionSecond Place: Greenville Journal Greg Beckner
  • 95. PHOTO GALLERY ON A NEWSPAPER WEBSITE All Weekly DivisionFirst Place: The Journal Scene Paul Zoeller
  • 96. ONLINE VIDEO All Weekly DivisionThird Place: Charleston City Paper Joshua Curry
  • 97. ONLINE VIDEO All Weekly DivisionSecond Place: Charleston City Paper Mike Ledford
  • 98. ONLINE VIDEO All Weekly DivisionFirst Place: The Weekly Observer Staff
  • 99. LIFESTYLE/FEATURE SPECIAL EDITION OR SECTION All Weekly DivisionThird Place: LAKESIDE The Clarendon Sun Staff Gator Hunters catching the big ones Finding Ferguson Lake Marion’s lost town Lake Marion Birder’s Paradise SANTEELAKESIDE.COM SANTEELAKESIDE.COM 1
  • 100. LIFESTYLE/FEATURE SPECIAL EDITION OR SECTION All Weekly DivisionSecond Place: Charleston City Paper Staff
  • 101. LIFESTYLE/FEATURE SPECIAL EDITION OR SECTION All Weekly Division FOCUS Fort MillTownship 2010-2011 Newcomers’ Guide to Fort Mill,Tega Cay & Indian LandFirst Place: FREE! WHAT’S NEW: Fort Mill Times SCHOOLS FINDING THE RIGHT HOME Staff Settling into your new hometown GETTING THINGS INVOLVED TO DO Local groups and churches DINING HOT PAYING SPOTS YOUR TAXES What you need to know
  • 102. NEWS HEADLINE WRITING All Weekly Division Helmet law debateThird Place: comes to a head B T n G T R p RMyrtle Beach Herald c t u f a aCharles D. Perry S s g — c i r SHELL SHOCKED n t G C Gulf oil spill S l p driving up FILE S u seafood prices e The S.C. Supreme Court is expected to rule on the constitutionality of the Myrtle Beach helmet law in three weeks to 30 days. eBY MATT MONTGOMERYTHE HERALD s The disastrous oil leak ravagingthe Gulf Coast won’t impact theGrand Strand’s environment much, S.C. Supreme Court ruling could come within 30 days g A bexperts say, but the effects of thespill are already taking a toll in otherways. Several seafood restaurant own-ers say the prices of certain shellfishhave risen drastically. Ted Hammerman, who owns Mr.Fish on Kings Highway in MyrtleBeach, said he’s not even making aprofit off oysters anymore, andthere are no shrimp coming fromthe Gulf. Other shrimp sellers areout, too. One reason for this, he said, isthat the winter surplus was exhaust-ed by the numerous restaurants that
  • 103. NEWS HEADLINE WRITING All Weekly DivisionSecond Place: Fort Jackson Leader Crystal Brown
  • 104. NEWS HEADLINE WRITING All Weekly Division GR∑∑KFirst Place:Greenville JournalMelissa Blanton i n t e r ru p t e d Clemson administration and BY DICK HUGHES | CONTRIBUTING underperforming stores and became ly was to renew the leaders reconsider student day after the annual profitable, although it has continued shareholder meeting May 19. DEPOSED AS CHIEF executive to lose market share to competitors fraternity, sorority On July 12, the board announced thatofficer and director of Denny’s after such as Ihop. Marchioli was “no longer an employee ora decade at the helm, Nelson J. The company has yet to explain why officer of the company” as of June 30. increase in policies after anMarchioli is fighting back. Marchioli was removed as CEO. Under Three days after that announcement, alcohol-related incidents. the Not everyone is happy. Lying page 8 Game Shoeless Joe Jackson might be banned from baseball but the Hall of Fame was eager to get hold of his jersey, glove, Black Betsy bat and a gold Pennant watch from the 1919 World Series. Trouble is, they didnt exactly get what Major League Baseball paid for.
  • 105. SPOT NEWS REPORTING Weekly Under 6,000 Division White powder scare is a lesson in caution BY JACKIE R. BROACH “We consoled each other,” COASTAL OBSERVER she said of the dog, whichThird Place: When a white powdery substance spilled out of an envelope Hazel Prevatte re- appeared distressed by all the activity. When the hazmat team entered her home, Prevatte ceived in the mail on April 1, was told to take off her con- she said it never occurred to taminated clothing and her to be afraid. wash herself and the dog off The Pawleys Island Land- in the bathroom while the ing resident, 71, used to team tried to identify the work for the postal service, powder in the kitchen. Then and her first reaction was she carried Laddie to the irritation that someone had ambulance, where she was messed with her mail. checked out. Coastal “I never thought it could be more than a hoax,” she said. As it turns out, the pow- der was harmless, but it Midway used a solid and liquid material detection device to try to identify the powder. The handheld unit, which Midway received Observer caused quite a stir and brief- through a Homeland Secu- ly closed two roads near the rity grant in 2008, can rec- South Causeway as a haz- ognize the make-up of more ardous materials team and than 2,600 substances in as officials from the George- little as 30 seconds with a la- town County Sheriff’s Of- ser detection and vial sam- Jackie Broach fice, Midway Fire and Res- cue, and the FBI responded to Prevatte’s 911 call at around 11:30 a.m. She said she nearly didn’t The hazmat team goes through decontamination after investigating the white powder. and Sextant Place. Prevatte said. “He was on ple system, Midway Chief Doug Eggiman said. was. But it was unable to tell officials what the powder report the incident, but Before she could get out- the floor running around” “The device didn’t pick up when she called the post side, a slew of others had where some of the powder any hazards, but it didn’t office in Pawleys Island, arrived and were unload- had spilled. “They told me to identify the material either,” where she’d picked up her ing equipment, and two men watch him, because symp- Eggiman said. mail that morning, they told in protective clothing and toms would show up sooner The material was sent to her to take the matter seri- masks were walking up to in an animal.” a lab for more testing. ously. her door, she said. Prevatte has a 3-year-old Someone with the sheriff’s Within minutes after That’s when it occurred longhaired daschund named office returned to Prevatte’s phoning 911, the first emer- to her there might be a real Laddie. She kept him close home that afternoon to let gency vehicle pulled up in danger. during the hour and a half her know the substance was front of her home at the cor- “I was worried for my that emergency responders identified as a shipping ma- ner of South Causeway Road dog, more than anything,” were on the scene. terial and was completely
  • 106. SPOT NEWS REPORTING Weekly Under 6,000 DivisionSecond Place: Coastal Observer Jackie Broach Litchfield Beach murder Guilty plea brings closure, not ‘justice’ BY JACKIE R. BROACH ty, was sentenced to life in equate,” he said. COASTAL OBSERVER prison without the possibil- But Charney told Lawshe “This is not jus- ity of parole on June 24, af- tice. No court could give you the justice you de- In a somber black dress, looking pale and ter he pleaded guilty to a serve.” weary, Olivia Charney wept as she confront- list of crimes including the Blakeley, 63, was found dead in her bed ear- ed the man who brutally murdered her moth- slaying. In exchange for his ly Sept. 26, 2007, by firefighters responding to er, Julianne Blakeley of Litchfield Beach, in plea, the state agreed not to a fire at her home on Norris Drive. 2007. seek the death penalty. But Georgetown County Coroner Kenny “I hope you see my mother’s face every Blakeley’s family was Johnson said it was immediately clear the fire day,” Charney, 34, told Shane Earl Lawshe in supportive of the plea agree- wasn’t the cause of her death. Though she had a Georgetown courtroom last week. Her voice ment, said 15th Circuit So- burns on her arms and legs, they weren’t life- cracked with emotion as her brother, Blake licitor Greg Hembree. threatening. Thornton, wrapped his arm around her for “They were at a point Lawshe “Her hair wasn’t even singed,” Johnson said support. where they wanted to bring in 2007 after examining the body. Lawshe, 36, of Andrews, Williamsburg Coun- it to an end and felt life without parole was ad- SEE “PLEA,” PAGE 3
  • 107. SPOT NEWS REPORTING Weekly Under 6,000 DivisionFirst Place: Shooting shatters school, scatters students 16 - year - old suspect arrested the following night BY LEON G. RUSS HOMETOWN NEWS that hall, he made the outside the gym where he The joy of a blowout right turn into the hall was tended to by Broome win was followed by panic through which the public Athletic Trainer Nikki as gunshots rang out just enters the gym and dis- Allen.Spartanburg outside the doors to the Broome High School gym following the completion of the Broome-Chesnee basketball game on covered 21 - year - old Robert Lee Moore of 11 Thurgood Marshall Road, Spartanburg lying just outside the gym’s inside Eyewitness Barry Davis said, “It was quick, like a cannon, boom, boom, boom!” Moore stated, “I was Thursday night, February double doors. Moore coming out of the gym’sCounty News 11. Panicked students ran down the hallway, scream- ing, “he’s got a gun, he’s was stating he’d been shot although there was no blood to be found. Moore picked himself off double doors (on the Broome side). I just seen fire coming out of the cor- ner” of my eye. got a gun” and “someone’s the floor and went to the When asked if he sawLeon G. Russ been shot.” Broome High School head basketball coach Hal McManus shepherded his players into the locker men’s room with some friends to examine his left leg and found no blood or bullet lodged in him. After exiting the men’s who shot him Moore said, “I just heard a boom and seen fire come out. You can’t pick a face out of the crowd in a shooting.” room and then took off room he tried to exit the Allen tended to him after on a run down the hall- building but found a wit- he made his way outside way located behind the ness had already called the gym. She noted, “It’s PHOTO BY LEON G. RUSS Broome stands shouting, 911. just a contusion. There’s “Where’s my daughter, He managed to exit the no open wound, no exit Shooting victim Robert Lee Moore lies on the ground out- where’s my daughter?” building, but ended up side the Broome High School gym on Thursday, November Reaching the end of lying down on the grass SEE SHOOTING | A2 11.
  • 109. SPOT NEWS REPORTING Weekly Over 6,000 DivisionSecond Place: ‘EVERYONE WAS PANICKING’ Shooting shakes Socastee High School, but no students hurt in attack A MISSED WARNING? These posts appeared on the social networking site Myrtle Beach Twitter before Tuesday’s shooting at Socastee High: Sept. 21, 7:46 a.m. “Waiting for my ride. About to head to school. Not much longer.” Herald Sept. 21, 6:04 a.m. “I’m past the point of no return. No turning back now. Excited, but also scared.” Sept. 21, 12:52 a.m. “Haha wow, this is ganna be so much fun (; ” Sept. 20, 8:26 p.m. “Okay. So I’ve made this a situation so that no mat- ter what, it works out in my favor.” Sept. 20, 7:02 p.m. Staff “Me=Scared. Loaded shotgun = 15 feet away.” Sept. 20, 6:46 p.m. “My dad’s never yelled at me like that before. Considering suicide right now.” AMANDA KELLEY | THE HERALD Sept. 20, 4:48 p.m. Julie Willard hugs her son Zane after he is released from Socastee High School Tuesday afternoon. Students evacuated to the school’s football field after a shooting in the school “Outside, staring at a resource officer’s office. While students waited to leave, many parents nervously stood in the parking lot of the nearby Rite Aid Pharmacy hoping for more information. huge propane tank. Won- dering how big the explo- sion would be if I shot it or BY MATT MONTGOMERY AND AMANDA KELLEY known about it if it 14-year-old freshman boy. The Herald The teen told Karney that he had threw a Molotov cocktail THE HERALD was.” has not identified him because of his two pipe bombs in his bookbag, which at it.” Within hours, Sarah age. was in Karney’s office, according to a Sarah Christian heard the strange and the rest of the So- Horry County Police Sgt. Robert police report. Sept. 20, 1:19 p.m. message come over Socastee High castee community Kegler said the student went into offi- Officers then told school adminis- “Things are going great. School’s public address system Tues- would know what the cer Erik Karney’s office around 2 p.m. trators to evacuate the school and se- Should have 6 or 8 pipe day. message was about: Tuesday. cure Karney’s office. bombs and 4 Molotov “Code red, no response,” is what the One of her classmates The student showed a gun and a Karney sustained minor injuries to cocktails soon.” sophomore heard while sitting in her had been arrested, struggle began, Kegler said. The stu- his forehead, the police report said. He physical science class. Karney accused of shooting dent shot at the officer, but missed. was taken to Conway Medical Center Sept. 20, 7:25 a.m. Her classmates didn’t move, unsure at the school’s resource officer and Karney was hit by debris that went fly- where he was treated and released. “One more week and I of what to do. bringing pipe bombs to campus. ing after the bullet hit the wall. get my shotgun shells :D” “Get in the corner,” her teacher com- As of press time, police had not filed Karney was able to disarm the stu- See SCHOOL SHOOTING, Page 2A manded. “This is not a drill. I would’ve formal charges against the student, a dent and arrest him.
  • 110. SPOT NEWS REPORTING Weekly Over 6,000 DivisionFirst Place:Lake Wylie Iconic River Rat closing SaturdayPilot “Nothing can replace The River Rat. Catherine Muccigrosso tion,” said Rick Bullin, Powell’s LAKE WYLIE — For years wav- Al Powell is one of the nicest people in neighbor in Riv- ing in hungry diners from its the world.” er Hills for 15 fenced-in perch on S.C. 557, the Doris Williams of Lake Wylie years. “He’s cartoonish rat statue out front of done a lot for The River Rat will be waving 2010. Please come by before the too, I hope.” this community goodbye on Saturday. 26th and enjoy old memories Powell said The River Rat was and will be sore- Al Powell, owner of the iconic and our hospitality. Thank you, a family affair started when he ly missed.” restaurant, confirmed to the the River Rat Family.” was 21 at the now Rainbow Inn Powell Bullin said Lake Wylie Pilot Friday morn- As of early Monday morning, location on S.C. 49 before mov- Jac-Lynn’s Hallmark, which al- ing the 31-year-old restaurant 86 comments and counting had ing up the road to the current so closed this month after threeCatherine will close its doors for good Sat- urday, June 26. Friday afternoon, though, it was business as usual. “I’m at The River Rat shaking been posted about the closing. Responses ranged from shock to well wishes, reminiscence to people who “can’t imagine Lake Wylie” without the place. Com- location in 1989. Powell credits his parents, Red Powell and Peg- gy Adams, sister Gina Bolin, Mary “Mama C” Coon, son John Currence and, of course, wife decades at Lake Wylie Plaza, and The River Rat were charter members of Lake Wylie Cham- ber Commerce. Jack Allen, owner of the former Hallmark hands and talking to people,” ments posted talk about first Denny with its three decades of store, said the work Powell didMuccigrosso Powell told a caller. Powell broke the news late Thursday when The River Rat Facebook page posted this up- date: “We have enjoyed our loy- dates and last dates, first jobs and engagements. “This area has been wonder- ful to us, but the last two years with the economy, I put in all success. “I’m happy, I’m pleased,” he said. “I can’t put a value on the friendships I’ve made.” Patrons on Friday evening will be remembered. “His family’s been around for way longer than I have, and they’re restaurant people,” Al- len said. “He was a man ahead JOHN MARKS/JMARKS@LAKEWYLIEPILOT.COM al customers and want to thank the money I’ve cared to put in,” talked about The Rat and Pow- of his time, because there& John The River Rat mascot waves to ongoing traffic along S.C. 557 in all of you for your patronage Lake Wylie. The restaurant with the historic name and cartoonish throughout the years. Our last character out front will close Saturday. day will be Saturday, June 26, Powell said after doors opened at 4 p.m. Friday. “We’ll miss ev- erybody, and they’ll miss us, ell, and all that he’s done for the community. “This is definitely an institu- wasn’t the clientele out here See RIVER RAT ■ 6AMarks
  • 111. SPOT NEWS REPORTING Weekly 2/3 Times DivisionThird Place:The News & ReporterTravis Jenkins,Denyse Middletonand Nancy Parsons
  • 112. SPOT NEWS REPORTING Weekly 2/3 Times DivisionSecond Place: Two dead in Clearwater Cove fire Marina owners killed in blaze By MARTIN L. CAHN C-I (Camden, S.C.) associate editor The owners of one of Lake Chronicle - Wateree’s most popular marinas were killed by a fire that start- ed sometime Wednesday night. Kershaw County Coroner John- ny Fellers identified the victims Thursday afternoon as Clearwa- ter Cover Marina owners Libby and Tommy Philips, ages 56 and Independent 57, respectively. Fellers said the couple died of smoke and fume inhalation due to fire. “One of the bodies was recov- ered a little after 3 a.m., the other around 8 a.m.,” said Ker- shaw County Coroner Johnny Fellers. “They were burned be- yond recognition and we had to use dental records for positive identification.” Kershaw County Fire Mar- shal Gene Faulkenberry said dispatchers received a call about Martin L. Cahn the fire a little before midnight Wednesday. He said the first firefighter arrived at 12:06 a.m. Thursday, less than 10 minutes later. “He called it in as a garage fire. The house had already burned to the ground. It wasn’t C-I photo by Martin L. Cahn
  • 113. SPOT NEWS REPORTING Weekly 2/3 Times DivisionFirst Place: The Press & Standard George Salsberry
  • 114. ENTERPRISE REPORTING Weekly Under 6,000 DivisionThird Place: Lake City News & Post Charles Tomlinson
  • 115. ENTERPRISE REPORTING Weekly Under 6,000 DivisionSecond Place: Hampton County Guardian Michael M. Dewitt Jr.
  • 116. ENTERPRISE REPORTING Weekly Under 6,000 DivisionFirst Place: McKenzie Beach After violation, debris comes off road Coastal BY CHARLES SWENSON COASTAL OBSERVER A “notice of violation” was sent to owners of prop- erty at Litchfield following an investigation into con- struction debris placed on a road through the marsh, Observer according to the state Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management. Workers began removing the debris this week. The agency won’t release details of the violation until it receives the receipt of the certified letter sent to the property owners, said Dan Burger, spokesman for Coastal Resources. McKenzie Beach LLC demolished part of a motel and restaurant on Highway 17 last month, remains of what was once a popular black beach resort dur- ing the era of segregation. The work received per- mits from the state Department of Health and En- vironmental Control because the derelict buildings Charles SEE “MCKENZIE BEACH,” PAGE 2 Debris from an old restaurant was placed on the marsh road last month. It was removed this week. Swenson Tanya Ackerman/Coastal Observer
  • 117. ENTERPRISE REPORTING Weekly Over 6,000 Division , BENEATH THE SURFACE Myrtle Beach and Surfside were listed among the country’s most polluted beaches last year. But is that label fair?Third Place: Myrtle Beach Herald Amanda Kelley A child plays near a stormwater drain leading into the ocean in Myrtle Beach. These areas can be polluted. BY AMANDA KELLEY THE HERALD AMANDA KELLEY | THE HERALD side Beach “tested repeatedly for high levels of bacteria in the last three years” and were ater this month, Myrtle L late to issue public advisories. Beach and Surfside With ever-present summer Beach could appear on heat, tourists and locals alike the same list they made last are flocking to the coast to year. cool down, but are beachgo- It’s a list no tourist destina- ers wading in waste? tion ever wants to be associat- Or is this list merely a false ed with — the Top 12 Most alarm? Polluted Beaches in the Unit- ed States. Differing opinions Last year, Surfside Beach The author of the list, and Myrtle Beach landed in Kamelia Angelova, said the fifth and seventh place, re- data comes from an annual spectively, on the list pub- study released by the National lished by BusinessInsider- Resources Defense Council .com (NRDC), though no study for There were 10 other beach- 2010 has been released yet. es on the list. One was in Con- The NRDC is a nonprofit en- necticut and one was in New vironmental action organiza- York. The rest were in New Jer- tion headquartered in New sey and Florida. York. According to the website, both Myrtle Beach and Surf- See BEACHES, Page 3A Despite being ranked as one of the country’s 12 most polluted beaches, Myrtle Beach waters are not considered dangerous bstate and local health officials. Some officials question the methods used by the group that ranked Myrtle Beach in the “Dirty Dozen” last year. New beach rankings are expected to come out soon. AMANDA KELLEY | THE HERALD
  • 118. ENTERPRISE REPORTING Weekly Over 6,000 DivisionSecond Place: Free Times Eva Moore Above: The only headstone at Dust to Dust Green Burial Cemetery sits atop a grassy mound of earth. Photo by Jonathan Sharpe. because they want their death to help rather than hurt the environment: no embalming chemicals leaching into the groundwater, no trees cut down only to be made into caskets and buried, no half-ton metal vaults under the earth; no energy-sucking cremations. As a Christian, Bishop says green burial just makes sense to him. “Your soul’s gone; you’re just the shell,” j But T-shirts are how Michael Bishop’s “Usually it’s the immediate reaction — Bishop says. “And what’s the best thing to do been advertising his business. and then six months later they buy from me,” with that shell when you’re gone? If you can On the simple, bright blue T-shirts is a Bishop says. “Because they’ve had time to benefit something with your death — and I white-lettered explanation of what you get make an intelligent decision. I laugh at the believe you do, you benefit nature by doing it for $800 at Dust to Dust Green Burial Cem- people who mock and then later buy from — if your body can do one more good thing etery: an 8-by-10-foot plot complete with me.” in death, well, why not do it?” opening and closing (i.e., gravedigging, body Bishop’s customers are among the Bishop has taken the day off from his insertion and re-covering). Caskets are op- increasing numbers of people rejecting the regular job today. He wears a flannel shirt, tional. No vaults or embalming are allowed. modern funeral industry and choosing to jeans, a grubby baseball cap. His Swansea The T-shirts work, Bishop says — but be buried naturally. Some are in it for the country-boy accent seems to highlight his not usually right away. When people first see cost, which is much lower than a burial and sincerity. Photo by Joey Ayer. them, they joke or make faces. even than a cremation. And some are in it “Even if you’re embalmed and all, it’s still 20 coverstory October 13-19, 2010 |
  • 119. ENTERPRISE REPORTING Weekly Over 6,000 Division Un-fair marketFirst Place: values or not? Multiple million dollar properties pay less than $100 in property taxes Carolina Forest Chronicle LOT 1 Fair Market Value LOT 2 Fair Market Value $1,323,500 $1,323,000 Michael Smith Owner Leonard Brooks Tax $39.80 Owner Leo Wallace III and Nash A. Isenhower Tax $16,961.75 SOURCE: HORRY COUNTY PROPERTY RECORDS SOURCE: HORRY COUNTY PROPERTY RECORDS ILLUSTRATION BY MIKE SZWED | THE CHRONICLE Horry County leaders are questioning the fairness of the state’s agriculture use exemption, which enables land located in highly developed commercial areas to be taxed as if they were farmland. Horry County leaders question fairness of farm exemptions BY MICHAEL SMITH landowner along U.S. 501 paid less than $511,000 in taxes. EDITOR $40 in property taxes last year while a And a Carolina Forest landowner own-
  • 120. ENTERPRISE REPORTING Weekly 2/3 Times DivisionThird Place: The Messenger Jim Faile City manager search ‘tainted’ by illegal meetings Jim Faile Freedom of Information Act records, the first on Feb. 19 give notice, and the meetings are themselves public bodies were going to meet,” said Staff Writer by failure to provide adequate and most recently on April 12. must be open. The whole and are subject to the same Interim City Manager Vern notice, the search process Other meetings took place on search is tainted by that, and provisions of the FOIA as any Myers, who also serves on the The failure of city of should begin all over again. Feb. 24, March 4, March 23 it could be challenged in other public body. search committee. “This is a Hartsville officials to notify Hartsville City Council, and March 30. No minutes of court. It also erodes public “I checked, and you’re search committee. We’re talk- the press and public of meet- meanwhile, voted unani- any of the meetings were confidence in the process if right. We were supposed to ing about personnel issues, ings of the city’s City Manager mously Tuesday to hire a pro- kept, according to Sherron the people who are making notify the press, and we failed reviewing applications. The Search Committee tarnishes fessional executive recruiting Skipper, clerk to city council the decisions don’t under- to do so,” Mayor Mel press would not have been the legality of the search firm to assist in the search and a member of the search stand the law well enough to Pennington said late permitted to sit in. We are process and exposes it to legal and selection process. committee. follow it. The entire process Wednesday after The required by law when we get challenges, the executive The search committee, The panel constitutes a should start over.” Messenger asked him about down to three candidates to director of the S.C. Press appointed to review applica- public body as defined by the “Each of those meetings the situation. “I’m calling to provide information on those Association (SCPA) said. The tions and screen candidates, statute, Rogers said, and as where the city did not provide apologize on behalf of the city three candidates, and we attorney for the press associa- held its initial meetings with- such is required to provide at notice would have been ille- for our oversight.” have no problem with letting tion also said the meetings out giving notification to the least 24 hours written notice gal,” said SCPA attorney Jay Pennington is an ex officio the press have that informa- were illegal. press as required by the S.C. of all of its meetings except in Bender. Bender said the S.C. member of the committee tion. We’re not trying to hide SCPA Executive Director Freedom of Information Act emergency situations. Supreme Court has ruled that but said he only attended the anything.” Bill Rogers said that because (FOIA). “That was inappropriate,” committees that make rec- panel’s first meeting. The FOIA requires the the search committee meet- The committee has met Rogers said of the city’s failure ommendations to city coun- “The only thing that we ings violated the state’s six times, according to city to provide notice. “They must cils and other public bodies could have done is tell you we See City page 6A
  • 121. ENTERPRISE REPORTING Weekly 2/3 Times DivisionSecond Place: The News & Reporter Travis Jenkins
  • 122. ENTERPRISE REPORTING Weekly 2/3 Times DivisionFirst Place: The Lancaster News Christopher Sardelli
  • 123. LIFESTYLE FEATURE WRITING Weekly Under 6,000 DivisionThird Place: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 50¢ ® INDEX: Calendar 2A • Classifieds 6B • Crime 2A • Crossword 4B • Editorial 13A • Voters Guide 7A • Sports 1B • Engagement 5A The Berkeley Independent Frank Johnson Believe in ghosts?County couple’s home full of unexplainable occurrences BY FRANK JOHNSON Mike and Cindy were build- strangest feeling that he was The Independent ing their new home near being watched. Sometimes Photos Provided Jedburg Road in Berkeley he would sense movement (Above) The two ‘The start of it …’ County. The house, which the just out of his line of vision. photographs above were couple designed and built, is “It was a paranoid-type taken in the Fracasso home. located off an unpaved road feeling,” Mike said. At left, an unexplained orb The inexplicable orbs of three miles from the “Sometimes I’d be in the RV, contains a facelike image; light that began to show up in and I’d see stuff out of the at right, the apparent image family photographs were the Interstate. corner of my eye … I would of a strange face can be second clue that something The Fracassos, who were think, ‘Am I going crazy or seen in the background, strange was happening at the married in 1999, lived on the what?’” through the glass door. Berkeley County home of property in an RV while Mike Mike and Cindy Fracasso. – a carpenter by trade – “That,” Cindy said, “was Frank Johnson/Independent As they look back on it supervised the construction. the start of it.” (At left) Mike and Cindy today, the first clue came It was at various times dur- By the end of 2008, the Fracasso at their Berkeley before they even moved in. ing the house’s construction Fracassos were completely County home. During 2007 and 2008, that Mike began to have the See GHOSTS Page 11A
  • 124. LIFESTYLE FEATURE WRITING Weekly Under 6,000 DivisionSecond Place: “She had big brown eyes and brown hair and the most angelic little face ... I knew im- mediately she was mine.” Kimberly Cox Adoptive mother Coastal Observer A journey of Jackie Broach HOPE Kimberly Cox traveled more than 6,000 miles Photos by Tanya Ackerman/Coastal Observer to become a mom Kimberly Cox and her daughter, Hope, whom she adopted in Kazakhstan. BY JACKIE R. BROACH of a happy, healthy child. to be overseas, none of her friends by panic again during an eight- COASTAL OBSERVER The decision to adopt was the or family were able to accompany hour layover. But having already best one Cox ever made, she said. her. The idea of traveling halfway come so far, she decided to stick to E VERY NIGHT when they say But she quickly found the combi- across the world by herself was her course. their prayers, Kimberly nation of her age and single sta- more than daunting. The next flight she boarded Cox incorporates a story tus worked against her. She was “I was scared to death,” she took her to Kazakhstan. She land- for her 3-year-old daugh- unlikely to be given a baby in the said. “I’d been to many places, ed in Almaty, the nation’s former ter, Hope. United States. but always with people. I prayed capital, around midnight. It doesn’t start with “Once She applied to be a foster par- and prayed and finally got up the “I was told this man would pick upon a time,” but it does take ent, but was rejected. nerve to go.” But she was still sec- me up. They told me he was old, place far, far away and it has a “I could have adopted an older ond guessing the decision right but they didn’t tell me he was 85, happy ending. child, but being a teacher, I know up until she boarded an overseas had gold teeth and an old car,” It’s the tale of how Cox and about bonding. I wanted a baby,” flight in Washington, D.C., near- she said. Hope became a family and all Cox she said, the longing she felt still ly a year after she’d sent in her “He could only speak broken went through to adopt the little clear in her voice. adoption application. English, but he had a sign with girl and bring her home to North Unwilling to give up her “When I got on the first plane, my name on it, so I got in the car Litchfield from Kazakhstan two dream, Cox started looking into from Myrtle Beach, I’d already with him.” years ago. foreign adoptions, and on May 7, made up my mind that I would fly He took her through the dark, “I wanted to have a child so 2007, she applied to adopt a child to Washington, but as soon as I unfamiliar streets to a hotel for badly,” said Cox, 46, a special edu- from Gladney Adoption Center in got there I would fly back home,” the night, and the next morn- cation teacher at Waccamaw Mid- Kazakhstan, a country nestled be- she said. ing she flew to Zhezkazgan City, dle School. tween Russia and China. She spent the flight engaged where she met Ella Gozorozha, She loves being around chil- “Everywhere else I looked, the in another round of prayers and who works for what Cox describes dren so much that she used to people picked the child for you, said they were answered when as Kazakhstan’s version of the work as a nanny after school, and but in Kazakhstan you travel the plane sat on the runway for so Department of Social Services. she looked after children so often blind and when you go to the or- long that by the time it reached Gozorozha acted as Cox’s inter- for families at her church, that phanage, you pick the baby out,” Hope and her dog, Tyler. the terminal and she was allowed preter and guide while she was she was known as the “All Saints Cox said. to disembark, there was no time in Zhezkazgan City. The wom- Baby Sitter.” Traveling blind means the pro- and months of having an area for worries. en bonded immediately and Cox She enjoyed all that, but she spective parents don’t see pho- bank save new bills for her (the “I literally had to run,” she came to think of Gozorozha and wanted a baby of her own. tos, medical records or any other only kind that are accepted for said. “I didn’t have time to think.” her husband, Alexander Zhmakin, “I always wanted to be a information about children in the exchange in Kazakhstan), she al- The doors closed behind her as family. mama,” she said, casting an emo- orphanage before they arrive. most didn’t go. as soon as she boarded and she In addition to taking Cox to her tion-laden look toward her daugh- Cox liked the idea of being able She was treated extremely well knew she was meant to be on that hotel, Gozorozha helped her feel ter, a pint-sized ball of energy to meet the children and pick the in Kazakhstan, but before she flight. comfortable in a city where she with straight, dark hair and al- one who was right for her. went, she’d heard “horror stories” “It was a God thing,” she said. didn’t know anyone and was unfa- mond-shaped brown eyes. Clad in But after having her applica- about traveling to that part of the ■ miliar with the customs. pink, Hope dashes back and forth tion reviewed, receiving a letter world, she said. And because of COX LANDED IN Frankfurt, Ger- She also helped Cox find food. in a nearby play area, the picture of invitation to visit Kazakhstan the length of time she would have many, where she was consumed SEE “ADOPTION,” PAGE 16
  • 125. LIFESTYLE FEATURE WRITING Weekly Under 6,000 Division Love BY JACKIE R. BROACH COASTAL OBSERVER W HEN RICKIE GOLDBERG first laid eyes on her husband, Richard, during a business trip to PawleysFirst Place: Island three years ago, she knew he was the man she’d been waiting for all her life. “I was shazamed,” she said, a Southern drawl accenting her words and a beatific of the grin lighting her face. “When he hopped down out of that big ol’ truck, it was like I was hit by lightning.” land The couple started dating, and when Richard took her home to see his 12-acre property in Hagley, Rickie was doubly con- vinced their meeting was fated. “I’m a city girl, but I looked around and said ‘this is my farm,’ ” she recalled. Working on a farm had been a childhood dream for her, and one she’d never quite let go of. So, when Richard proposed six months and four days after they met, Rick- ie didn’t waste any time saying yes and getting started on the life she always knew she’d been meant to live. She left her job as director of the Spartanburg Convention and Visitors Bureau and, together, she and Richard went about turning his land into Coastal Observer True Blue Farms. First They cultivated about an acre, plant- ing a vegetable garden just down from the house, where they grow butter beans, comes love, green beans, Dixie Lee field peas, heirloom tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, bell pep- then comes pers, okra, banana peppers and zucchini. They also grow blueberries and herbs, and marriage, are experimenting with two local varieties of hot peppers: the Charleston hot pepper Jackie Broach and the Carolina cayenne pepper. then comes … A little farther away they have a flower garden for zinnias and ornamental sun- the tractor flowers. SEE “FARM,” PAGE 16 Along with vegetables, the Goldbergs also grow zinnias, ornamental sun- flowers, blueberries, herbs and peppers.
  • 126. LIFESTYLE FEATURE WRITING Weekly Over 6,000 Division LIVING HERE CThird Place: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2010 Empty Bowls full of promise Community project mon said. The school plans to donate 50 bowls. GET INVOLVED | hopes to raise Waller has been calling local professional potters to contrib- The Greer Citizen hunger awareness BY KRISTA GIBSON STAFF WRITER ute. She also contacted Loaves and Fishes. “They said they had been looking for schools, a younger group, to do something like this. They were thrilled,” Waller Participate in the event by donating bowls Call: Glenda Guion at t 355-2562 Email: W hat do empty bowls, said. because you have to fire them the Greenville Fine Arts In October, Redmon talked twice and then glaze them,” Center, Loaves and Fishes with a local artist selling pot- Redmon said. Krista Gibson and Coffee Underground have tery during the Greer Oktober- “We’re creating dip glaze so in common? This year, they will fest. When he explained their we can quickly glaze them,” all come together to participate project, he gladly donated Waller said. in the Empty Bowl Project. several bowls right then. The group has already Started several years ago by “Potters all over the world amassed a wide variety of bowls a high school art teacher and have heard of this,” Guion said. for the sale. his students in Michigan trying There is a national group called to raise money for a local food Potters Against Hunger. bank, the project is now an international organization. Glenda Guion, an instructor in 3-dimensional design in ceram- ics at the Fine Arts Center, told her classes about the project this year. The idea of mak- ing ceramic bowls and selling them to raise awareness about ‘Some of them are very the issue of hunger and food security caught the attention of basic with single colors two seniors, Ross Redmon and Chelsea Waller. and some of them are MANDY FERGUSON | THE GREER CITIZEN “When I started talking about CRAFTING THE CLAY: Chelsea Waller, senior Empty Bowls to the whole very beautiful works of at Wade Hampton High and the Fine Arts Center, class, they came to me and said they would like to take this on art.’ manipulates clay into the shape of a bowl for the as a senior project and be in Empty Bowl Project. charge,” Guion said. Redmon, a senior at Greer Ross Redmon High, and Waller, a senior at Student Wade Hampton High, are mov- ing full steam ahead. The Empty Bowl Project will ‘Not all students who have been be held at Coffee Underground on Main Street in Greenville Feb. through the clay class have mastered 27 from 2-5 p.m. Money raised will be given to Loaves and throwing on the wheel, so they can come in Fishes of Greenville, a mobile food rescue organization that PINCHING and make pinch pots. They can use any of the provides food to organizations AND THROWING that feed the hungry. Making the bowls techniques they have learned.’ Ceramic bowls made by stu- has been the biggest part dents, Guion, local potters and of the project. Redmon said “Some of them former students will be on sale it doesn’t take long to make a are very basic with single colors Glenda Guion for $10 each. At the same time, bowl. He pinched 30 bowls one and some of them are very Ceramics instructor a simple meal of bread and day during his ceramics class. beautiful works of art,” Redmon soup will be offered and served “Not all students who have said. “It will be first come, first
  • 127. LIFESTYLE FEATURE WRITING Weekly Over 6,000 DivisionSecond Place: Moultrie News Sully Witte Love knows no boundaries Couple celebrates the They were married Sept. 3, dress and wrote to me and on and off the ship. It means 1970. said come see me next time “to go on liberty.”). you’re in London.” “The lateness was not my How they met day their love blossomed Steven got on the ship and Steven was in the process returned to Portsmith, Eng- fault,” said Steven. “I had to take a taxi from my girl- of being transferred from land. It wasn’t until late No- friend’s house to the train BY SULLY WITTE ant. Alongside him was his shore duty to sea duty in vember of 1969 that Steven station and the taxi started MOULTRIE NEWS bride of 40 years--that same 1969. The Navy sent him to was able to return to London. to take me to the wrong train lovely English girl he met in London, England for a week But he was able to find Anita station. That’s what caused Forty years ago a young November of 1969. and while he was there he and they went on three glori- me to miss my train. In any sailor fell in love. He was one The couple came to visit met a beautiful girl in a local ous dates. case, I didn’t show for our of many young boys falling the USS Yorktown, the same club. However, she was on a “But after the third date I date the next night.” for the beautiful European ship that brought them to- date with one of his buddies. was late getting back to the Anita wondered what had girls they met while in ports gether 40 years ago. Steven “It was one of those cases of ship and the result was that happened and she didn’t have along the way. and Anita Butler were here love at first sight--or at least they pulled my liberty card,” a phone, so Steven couldn’t But last week, his story last week celebrating their attraction,” Steven said. “Af- he explained. (A Liberty Card landed him in Mount Pleas- 40th wedding anniversary. ter her date, she got my ad- is a pass that will allow you See Love, page 12A
  • 128. LIFESTYLE FEATURE WRITING Weekly Over 6,000 DivisionFirst Place: The Horry CHARLES PERRY | FOR THE HORRY INDEPENDENT The magic of Christmas is always enhanced by a visit to Santa. Starring in the title role is fun but challenging. Independent ‘Real deal’ Santas Don’t tug on Superman’s cape or these Santa beards BY KATHY ROPP Perry was getting his hair just the right shade of white. EDITOR After the first bleach application, it was not exactly orange, but what he calls “brassy.” The next step took For decades, it was the ultimate test. him to a golden yellow and, after walking around To determine if this guy was the real red-suit wear- looking sort of strange for a little more than a week, he Kathy Ropp ing, sleigh driving and gift-giving Santa, all a kid had went back for the final stripping, which left him a to do was tug at his beard. snowy white. But that trick won’t anymore, not with a group of Perry insists that getting to just the right color is Santas who take their work so seriously that they grow harder for Santas than women who regularly bleach full beards and strip them white, if necessary, so they their hair, because a Santa’s bleach job includes his can join a group of elite professionals known as Real eyebrows, beard and mustache. Beard Santas. “Those bleach fumes are really, really hard,” he said. They don’t just look like Santa with “uniforms” that “I think the next time I do it, I’m going to get some cost as much as $800 just for the shirt and pants, they sort of tubing, so I won’t inhale as much...Those study their craft to be able to say the right things to fumes are rough.” children and make their experiences with Santa com- Perry got interested in the Santa gig through a fortable. friend, another Real Beard Santa, who lives between First-year Real Beard Santa David Perry of Conway, Conway and Myrtle Beach and is just about to com- owner of Integrity Business Machines, when he’s not plete his third year as a Real Beard Santa. spreading joy as the jolly ole elf from the North Pole, These two men have several things in common. says when people ask him about his new gig as Santa, They both love children and they both have a lot of he responds, “It’s more fun than a man should be them. Perry has eight of his own, and Santa Harry, as allowed to have.” he prefers to be called, has five. They’re both But getting to this point wasn’t easy for Perry. Christians and say their religious beliefs aren’t com- “I almost shaved my beard the first of October,” he promised by Santa, who, of course, is not mentioned said. “It was hot and scratchy and I had not had any in the Bible. job offers...Thankfully, the merchants association But they say the things that Santa stands for are came and hired me, even though I hadn’t bleached Christian traits, including caring about kids, lifting up my hair yet...Then I jumped in with both feet after that.” The hardest part of preparing to become Santa for SANTA, A3
  • 129. LIFESTYLE FEATURE WRITING Weekly 2/3 Times Division tor LOCALIFE Monday, September 6, 2010/Page 10Third Place: Dancing her way to the top By KERI TODD BOYCE signing up. C-I (Camden, S.C.) localife editor However, on the last day, Chronicle - At 14, she was making the Douglas was pulled aside by decisions most students don’t the director. make until they’re 18. “I had been invited to stay Douglas Herlong, a Lugoff the whole year,” she said. student, had a roommate, strict “That’s when I knew my life rehearsals and was living more was about the change. I knew than 600 miles from her fam- I couldn’t pass up this oppor- ily when she began high school tunity.” Independent at the Harid Conservatory of Darby Herlong, Douglas’ Dance in Boca Raton, Fla. mom, said driving home from She only came home for Florida without Douglas was Christmas, Thanksgiving and one of the hardest things to do. spring break for four years. “I just cried,” she said. “It But according to Douglas, was hard, but I knew we were the experience has prepared doing the right thing.” her for a much brighter future, At Harid Conservatory, including her passion: dancing. students attend a public “I decided to go (to Harid) on high school for core academic a whim actually,” Douglas ad- credits in the morning. Then mitted. “I guess I was young the afternoon is dedicated to and all I thought about was do- dance classes and rehearsals. ing whatever it took to become “My schedule was far from a famous ballerina, like I saw breezy,” Douglas said. “I woke in all the dancer magazines.” up every morning at 6 o’clock Douglas began taking dance to be out the door and on the Keri Todd Boyce lessons when she was 3 at Pat- bus by 6:40. Then I went to a terson School of Dance in Lu- regular public high school for goff. As she got older she began four core classes. At 11:30 a.m. Douglas Herlong strikes a pose while vacationing at Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. with her family. taking lessons at The Columbia we would get back on the bus Conservatory of Dance, where and shove some lunch down Douglas said she is thank- to be an apprentice right out of well as meet new friends. she discovered her passion for before ballet class started at ful both of her parents believed high school,” Darby said. “And “I’ve danced at the Houston ballet. 12:45.” in her enough to let her take a now she’s going to school on a Summer Ballet Program and at “At first tap and jazz were After ballet, Douglas said, chance at Harid. scholarship to get her degree.” Kaatsbaan in Tivoli, N.Y.,” she my favorites but then as I grew students would have other “Especially my mom,” she Douglas under went surgery said. “Dancing has taken me older I discovered I had a pas- classes which included part- said. “If it wasn’t for her, I in January and missed all the to lots of places and I’ve made sion for the art of ballet,” she nering, pointe, variations, mod- wouldn’t have made it through.” auditions to become part of so many friends, including my said. ern, jazz, Spanish, character, Douglas fractured her ankle a company. She did, however, best friend.” Following that same pas- pilates, dance pedagogy, nutri- last October, when she was just make it to one audition. The When asked what she sees in sion led Douglas to try out for tion, kiniseology, music theory, months away from completing one for a scholarship at Point her future, Douglas said in four a summer program at Harid piano, dance history and music the dance program at Harid, Park University in Pittsburgh, years, she hopes to join a dace Conservatory. It was a four- history. and more importantly, just be- Pa., which Douglas is attending company in the corps. From week intensive dance program. When class was finished, stu- fore auditions to be in a dance as a freshman this fall with an there, she wants to teach and Douglas said only 60 students dents rehearsed for two hours company. $11,000 scholarship. eventually own her own dance would make the cut -- and she daily. “I wanted to give up,” Doug- “My mom has been a great school. was one of them. “The training I received at las said. “I would call my mom support system for me,” Doug- She attributes going to Harid “The summer program is like Harid was absolutely unbeliev- crying, saying I didn’t want to las said. “She’s the reason I’m to making her dreams possible. a long audition for the year- able,” Douglas said. “I wouldn’t be here any more, and she’d re- going to Point Park.” “If I would have stayed here, round program,” Douglas said, give up that chance and would mind me why I was there.” Point Park University is a I would just be dancing as a “but I really wasn’t interested certainly do it all over again. Her mom said one good thing liberal arts college ranked with hobby,” Douglas said. “Now I in leaving my family at such a My teachers, Mr. Olivier Pardi- did come out of the fractured Julliard as one of the top dance have the option of dancing as a young age.” na, Mrs. Svetlana Osiyeva, and ankle. colleges in the country. career.” In fact, Douglas checked a Ms. Victoria Schneider, are in- “I think if (the fracture) Dancing, Douglas said, has (Contact Keri Boyce at 432- box marked “uninterested” for credibly talented and I am hon- wouldn’t have happened, she opened up many opportunities 6157 or KBoyce@Chronicle- the year-round program when ored I got to study under them.” would have joined a company to travel across the country as
  • 130. LIFESTYLE FEATURE WRITING Weekly 2/3 Times Division Carter Dube’s death sheds light on pertussisSecond Place: The Lancaster News Gregory Summers PHOTO SUPPLIED Seven-week-old Landon Carter Dube died on Jan. 28 from pertussis (whooping cough). His parents, Daryl and Felicia Dube, are sharing his story in New York City this week as part of the national Sound of Pertussis campaign to encourage parents to get vaccinated. Gregory A. Summers Carter, who died from per- The couple is taking part in Thursday’s na- tussis (whooping cough) on tional Sound of Pertussis campaign. The ini- Jan. 28, already has his wings. tiative encourages parents to help protect Zachary Justice is flying to New York City He was only 7 weeks old. themselves and the babies in their lives by get- today. “Our lives changed forever,” ting an adult pertussis vaccine to reduce their On Thursday morning, the 10-year-old will risk of getting the disease and spreading it. Felicia said. “We lost first soak in the sights and sounds of Times Square, “I don’t want anyone else to have to suffer words, first steps, first birth- with his parents, Felicia and Daryl Dube. like that,” Felicia said. “It was the worst days and watching him grow But this isn’t some pie-in-the-sky, last-min- Felicia nightmare ever.” into a sweet little boy. Daryl ute vacation for the fifth-grader, who returns lost his first and only biologi- A fiery little redhead, Carter arrived just to Buford Elementary School on Aug. 16. cal son; Zach lost his little after 5 p.m. Dec. 8, a little before Felicia’s This Big Apple adventure has nothing to brother and I lost my faith in planned Dec. 21 C-section. do with Zach or his parents. what is fair in life. Still, Carter was perfectly healthy – 6 pounds, If they had their way, they’d be right here “I have a strong faith, but 6 ounces and 18.5 inches long. in Lancaster. watching Carter die so quickly However, by Jan. 19, Carter had developed This visit has everything to do and helplessly, it makes you a slight fever. Felicia, 35, said at first, pediatri- with the Dubes’ young- question where God was that cians thought it might be a cold or swine flu. est son, Carter. day,” Felicia said. “Was he too Daryl Then one of them mentioned pertussis busy to help my baby or what? (whooping cough). Felicia said she wrongfully Seven months later, I see a greater plan, but thought pertussis was a disease of the past. the hurt is still the same. It never changes.” After Carter started coughing hard and That divine plan is why the Dubes and turned blue, the tiny infant was taken to Zach are in New York City this week. Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, They are speaking up and speaking out to placed on a respirator and hooked to multi- make sure no other parents have to go through ple tubes. what they’ve been through this year. See LITTLE WINGS | Page 2B
  • 131. LIFESTYLE FEATURE WRITING Weekly 2/3 Times Division Southern Living gives JoMars’ fatback bar high marksFirst Place: “It’s all great. And the fatback is my favorite. Oh yeah.” – Sammie Lathan JoMars customer, leftThe Lancaster NewsChristopher Sardelli PHOTOS BY CHRIS SARDELLI/REPORTER Christopher Sardelli “I don’t know what my favorite is, but I do know I’m coming back,” Jones said. “It’s good A Holly anytime.” s Sammie Lathan dives into a plate Morris Like Lathan and Jones, hungry diners are loaded down with grits, scrambled shows off now traveling across the region for a taste of eggs, salty strips of bacon and white a plate of JoMars’ breakfast. Located just off S.C. 9 By- toast slathered in grape jelly, it’s easy to see Jomar’s pass, the restaurant is attracting breakfast why JoMars Family Restaurant has such a de- lovers from Camden, Monroe and Columbia. famous voted clientele. Maybe that’s the reason Southern Living fatback. Lathan, a Lancaster resident, stops by the Magazine named JoMars as having one of the restaurant for some of his home-cooked fa- five best breakfasts in South Carolina in its vorites at least once a week. March issue. Today, Lathan pulled up a seat near the famed “Fatback Hot- What makes a good breakfast? bar” along with his friend, JoMars Manager Holly Morris says it’s all Charles Jones. about the selection. With a full spread of eggs, “It’s all great,” Lathan bacon, sausage, fried potatoes, biscuits, says, taking another crack- French toast and pancakes, as well as fatback, ling bite from a strip of fat- Morris says JoMar’s breakfast has something back. “And the fatback is my fa- for everyone. vorite. Oh yeah.” “One man comes in twice a day from Mon- Jones keeps coming back for the grits roe for the vegetables and ice cream,” Morris and corned beef hash, but as he glances at said. “A woman comes in every once in awhile the bar full of steaming trays of eggs, pan- and buys $100 worth of fatback. She’ll freeze cakes and French toast sticks, he can’t seem it and eat it over a month.” to choose a favorite. See FATBACK BAR | Page 2B INSIDE: Fresh Sausage Gravy Recipe, 2B
  • 132. NEWS FEATURE WRITING Weekly Under 6,000 DivisionThird Place: The Woodruff News Phil Buchheit A Dog Named Doc Woodruff loses faithful officer STORY AND PHOTO by and lived with tified with NPCA and down there and here is BY PHIL BUCHHEIT Lieutenant Todd Drug Beat National K- this truck with a pit- Hendrix of the Woodruff 9 Association. It didn’t bull chained up in it The Woodruff Police Police Department. take long for Doc to and this dog is growl- Department is mourn- “Doc was the best dog impact the streets of ing and trying to get at ing the loss of one of that I have ever worked Woodruff. Doc. Doc walked right its K-9s that faithfully with,” said Hendrix, “In 2003 Doc had over by him and never even served the community a NNDDA (National 100 drug cases,” states paid him attention. of Woodruff for 7 years. Narcotic Detector Dog Hendrix, who believes He went right to the Doc, a 13-year-old Association) instructor that Doc’s biggest cab of the vehicle and German Shepherd who who travels all over the strength was his ability gave off a positive alert was trained in narcot- US to train dogs for to detect narcotics. that drugs were in the ics detection, tracking, police work. “I remember in 2003, vehicle. Inside the cab criminal apprehension, After working two the Highway Patrol I found a camera film and advanced obedience years for the Simpsonville called and needed assis- case containing 2 or 3Roughly 50 people filled the Woodruff Courtroom Wednes- died earlier this month Police Department, Doc tance on a vehicle that grams of night to pay tribute to Doc, a Woodruff Police K-9 that from kidney failure. came to Woodruff in was suspected of hav-died earlier this month. Doc was trained 2002 and became cer- ing drugs. I took Doc SEE DOC | 2A
  • 133. NEWS FEATURE WRITING Weekly Under 6,000 DivisionSecond Place: Coastal Observer Billy Campbell was a passenger on the US Airways plane that ditched in the Hudson River in New York City in 2009. He spoke Sunday at All Saints Church. Tanya Ackerman/Coastal Observer Roger Greene Passenger on Flight 1549 no longer takes life for granted BY ROGER GREENE will be worth look- COASTAL OBSERVER The 24-hour news cycle has Living the ing at. That struck me and I thought it was a great way to wrap things Miracle conditioned us to up.” expect the nega- Campbell, 50, is tive. Death, ill- a native of Green- ness, violence, in- ville and owns a juries and tales of home in Litchfield. financial pain are All Saints, as well constantly hurled as other churches, at us, and each schools and orga- passing day brings little relief. an instant. Don’t wait for some- nizations have invited Campbell Upon this smorgasbord of thing to happen. Try to enjoy ev- to discuss his experiences and misery and woe, there is little ery moment.” he plans on continuing his pub- room for hope and faith. The Campbell shared his story of lic speaking role. good things in life can be easy to survival with the congregation “It’s a story that touches so forget, and at times it’s difficult at All Saints Church on Sun- many,” Campbell said. “I’m al- to stir positive recollections. day. Campbell received a stand- ways happy to talk about it.” Forgive Billy Campbell, an ing ovation following his address With business dealings on entertainment executive, for and his words had a measurable both coasts, travel has long been putting a different spin on that. effect on his audience. a job requirement for Campbell A survivor of the US Airways “He was very inspiring,” said and flying has become routine. Flight 1549, which famously Eleanor Pitts. “He has great Boarding Flight 1549 on ditched in the Hudson River in faith and that is something we the afternoon of Jan. 15, 2009, New York City, Campbell un- all need in these times. What Campbell was familiar with the derstands that each day is a gift. stood out to me was when he flight path, leaving LaGuardia He’s aware that he, along with asked that if we died today, Airport in New York and touch- the others on the flight, are liv- would there be enough evidence ing down at Charlotte/Doug- ing miracles. to convict us of being Christian. las International Airport. From “I think it’s natural for those That was a great message.” Charlotte, he would catch a con- who haven’t experienced a [life- Added Chick Byrd, “We’re all necting flight to Myrtle Beach. altering] situation to take things going to reach the point where Campbell was one of the last for granted,” Campbell said. “Go- our life will flash before our eyes. to board the aircraft that day. ing through something like we Toward the end [of his address], He took his window seat, toward did on that plane changes your Billy talked about the need to the back and on the left side of perspective. Life can change in make our lives something that SEE “PASSENGER,” PAGE 4
  • 134. NEWS FEATURE WRITING Weekly Under 6,000 DivisionFirst Place: Jasper County Sun Anthony Garzilli “McCormack an honored veteran”
  • 135. NEWS FEATURE WRITING Weekly Over 6,000 DivisionThird Place: Spartanburg Journal Cindy Landrum IN THE LAND OF THEIR LOSS FOR THESE GOLD STAR MOMS, A TRIP TO IRAQ WAS ONE THEY HAD TO MAKE. PA G E 8 Greg Beckner / Staff
  • 136. NEWS FEATURE WRITING Weekly Over 6,000 DivisionSecond Place: Charleston City Paper Erica Jackson “Unbound: Libraries adjust”
  • 137. NEWS FEATURE WRITING Weekly Over 6,000 DivisionFirst Place: West Wateree Chronicle Claire Byun g ,A problem with pigs Wild boars wreak havoc in Kershaw County, many residents see no end to the destruction By CLAIRE BYUN struction these animals leave in “ There is nothing wrong with their wake. Special to the WWC Stating Kershaw County will Uprooted crops, giant mud holes ” never completely rid itself of the and damaged roads are symptoms hogs, Truesdale aims to keep them of a growing problem in South under jurisdiction. Carolina. CMYK “We’re never going to get rid of Wild boars destroy local resi- them now that they’re here, but dents’ land, agriculture and paved roads while foraging for food, leav- hunters need to get rid of at least one-third of the population to keep Ken Truesdale ing a path of rubble and mud in their trace. Ken Truesdale, Lugoff them under control,” he said. Kershaw County residents have Predator Pro resident and owner of Predator been experiencing the devastation Pro, knows the extent of the hog of the boars on their land, and Ray problem. Clepper is only one of the many lo- hibiting the removal or transport affect both livestock and humans. Predator Pro is a business that cals to be affected. of the hogs from the wild without Diseases like brucellosis can in- traps and kills destructive wild Clepper, owner of Ray Clepper a permit. fect humans and proves similar to animals. Boating Center in Irmo, is leasing The law also allows hunters to the swine flu, while pseudorabies “They’re very destructive not about 400 acres of land in rural harvest the destructive animals affects the central nervous system only to the land, but to the swamp Lugoff. The area is used for hunt- at night with certain weapon re- of domestic animals, according to and crops as well,” Truesdale said. ing and growing crops of corn, mil- strictions, “in an effort of trying to a DNR press release. The boars, which are not native let and sunflowers. prevent the spread of them,” Ruth Though some Kershaw County to North America but came here “I knew we had hogs, but I had said. residents think killing the pigs with the pilgrims, are now present no clue how much of a problem Hunters must now wear an ar- constitutes an inhumane act, Ruth in every county in South Carolina h i b ” Cl tifi i l li ht th t i i d th h t t l l
  • 138. NEWS FEATURE WRITING Weekly 2/3 Times DivisionThird Place: Georgetown Times Kelly Fuller “Seed grows into tree-sized plant”
  • 139. NEWS FEATURE WRITING Weekly 2/3 Times DivisionSecond Place: Georgetown Times Clayton Stairs “7th Grader saves toddler from pond”
  • 140. NEWS FEATURE WRITING Weekly 2/3 Times Division IN SEARCH OF BURIED HISTORY ARCHAEOLOGISTS PINPOINT SITE OF BUFORD MASSACREFirst Place: The Lancaster News Gregory Summers Archaeologists, from left, Scott Butler, Patrick Severts and James Page of Brockington and Associates of Atlanta use metal detectors to comb a cow pasture across the road from the Buford Battleground Park and monuments. They have been at the site for the last three weeks. Photos and story by Gregory A. Summers DON’T BE FOOLED The plastic yellow pin flags in a cow pasture across the road from the Buford Battleground don’t indicate the route of underground utilities leading to the Dollar General store now under construction on Pageland Highway. Those markers don’t have anything to do British musket and other items in a pri- with intersection improvements, either. vately owned pasture directly across the Those small flags have everything to do road from the Buford Battleground Park with the three historical markers that are and monuments. directly across Rocky River Road (S.C. The metal detector survey was complet- 522). ed as the first part of a plan to make up- Archaeologists have found the actual grades to the Buford Crossroads intersec- battlefield of the Buford Massacre. tion. The upgrades have been in the works “The most remarkable thing of all is for several years. that we have found an undisturbed bat- See MASSACRE | Page 2B tlefield that is totally intact,” said archae- ologist Scott Butler of Brockington and Associates of Atlanta. “I don’t think you know how unusual a find like this is.” Butler should know. He is an expert when it comes to the archaeology of forts, battlefields, military encampments and the tactics, equipment and weapons that Yellow pin flags mark the spots where mus- were used at these sites. ket and rifle balls have been found in the A t l d t t t th it b Scott Butler
  • 141. PROFILE FEATURE WRITING OR STORY Weekly Under 6,000 Division Stirring UpThird Place: Memories The Inman Times Jed Blackwell PHOTO BY JED BLACKWELL Lester Collins inspects jars of jelly, jam, and preserves in his kitchen. Collins is an award-winning canner, and will have several products on display at this week’s Piedmont Interstate Fair. Local canner creates award-winning products and raised in Clarksville, learning round steak.” BY JED BLACKWELL from his mother and grandmother Collins graduated Georgia Tech, EDITOR in their kitchens are among his then worked in textiles with first recollections. Milliken, first in Gainesville, then In his kitchen near Lake Bowen, “I’ll turn 67 on October 17th, and at the Corporate Headquarters in Lester Collins is keeping a part of I guess I was probably between Spartanburg. But throughout his the past alive. 5 and 7 years old when I started career, he never lost sight of his Collins uses 60 years of experi- helping my grandmother,” he said. love of cooking, or canning. Now, ence to make award-winning home- “She let me start helping her a his backyard fruit trees, bushes, made jams, jellies, and preserves, little bit, and my mother did the and vines help him continue his mostly from fruit grown just a few M D d did i f
  • 142. PROFILE FEATURE WRITING OR STORY Weekly Under 6,000 Division sday ch 4, 2010 COASTAL OBSERVER Pawleys Islan South CarolinSecond Place: Coastal Observer Jackie Broach Photos by Tanya Ackerman/Coastal Observ child, when people called her black, Minnie Kennedy would look in the mirror. She knew her colors, and couldn’t understand their mistake. Liberty and justice, for all The grandaughter of slaves, “But I could not say those last six words, of it.” They met two years ago and Sisk said she ‘with liberty and justice for all,’ ” Kennedy re- knew immediately Kennedy was someone she Minnie Kennedy, 93, has seen called last week from her home in Georgetown’s wanted to know better; someone she could learn historic district. “I couldn’t say them, because from. everything from segregation even as a little girl, I knew there was no such Though Kennedy has seen nearly a century, to the first black president thing.” she looks at least 20 years younger and is spry Kennedy said she used to hide in the back enough to keep up with the elementary school BY JACKIE R. BROACH of the room behind all her classmates and, as children she spent most of her life teaching. COASTAL OBSERVER they recited the end of the pledge, she would She’s also an arresting storyteller, using voices yell “with liberty and justice for white folks,” be- and gesturing enthusiastically with her delicate F ROM THE TIME SHE was a child growing up cause she’d seen the injustice with which those hands to draw in her listeners. in the 1920s, there were clear signs that of her own race were treated. Kennedy was born at Hobcaw Barony on Minnie Kennedy would leave her mark The principal would walk up carrying a big Christmas Day in 1916. Now a wildlife preserve, on the world. paddle and demand to know who the culprit the property, comprised of 14 former rice plan- She was a born reformer, questioning injus- was, but her classmates never turned her in. tations, was then the winter retreat of Bernard tices that others took for granted and fighting Even during the many years she spent as a Baruch, a Wall Street millionaire and advisor to battles others told her to back down from. teacher, first in Georgetown and then in New presidents. Now, at 93 and with a mind as keen as a York, Kennedy said she couldn’t bring herself to Kennedy’s grandparents were slaves at Hob- freshly-honed blade, she’s a living history tome recite the pledge in its entirety. caw. Her mother was Baruch’s cook and her fa- having marched with Martin Luther King Jr., At Obama’s inauguration, she stood on a ther a “jack of all trades,” doing whatever Ba- danced at President John F. Kennedy’s inaugu- chair, and shouted it. It was one of the most ruch needed done. Though her parents were ral ball and cheered in Washington, D.C., as she moving experiences she’d had since she stood at free, Kennedy said in her mind they didn’t have watched Barack Obama sworn in as the nation’s the Lincoln Memorial more than 45 years ago to it much better than their predecessors. first black president. hear King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. “On a plantation, it’s not like just having a “It was the first time I ever said the Pledge of “A lot of these things most of us can only read boss,” Kennedy said, her voice passionate and Allegiance all the way through,” Kennedy said about, Minnie has lived it,” said Tanya Sisk, eyes bright behind the rectangular frames of her of Obama’s inauguration. a friend and neighbor of Kennedy’s. “She was glasses. “It’s more than that. It’s not just your She was taught the pledge as child in school. right there for it and has first-hand knowledge SEE “MINNIE,” PAGE 16
  • 143. PROFILE FEATURE WRITING OR STORY Weekly Under 6,000 DivisionFirst Place: The ‘Papa Doc’ turns 100 The Star By PHYLLIS BRITT News Editor The year was 1910. Wil- liam H. Taft was president of the United States. Boy Scouts of America was on its way to being incorporated. The cost Phyllis Britt of a first-class stamp was 2 cents. Thomas Edison intro- duced his kinetophone, which would make “talkies” a real- ity. Henry Ford sold 10,000 automobiles. And on Friday, Feb. 25, 1910, while Edison was demonstrating his “trolley- less streetcar” (powered by storage batteries rather than overhead electric wires) in far-away New York City, Walter Gamewell Watson was born in a bedroom of a two-story, white clapboard farmhouse in Ridge Spring. Submitted photos Today (Thursday, Feb. 25), Dr. Billy Thurmond, left, congratulates Dr. Watson during a celebration of his 99th birthday the community is celebrating held at University Hospital last year. the 100th birthday of Dr. Wat- son, who came to be known as “Curly” and then by family Dr. W.G. Watson’s distinctions: and friends as “Papa Doc.” The festivities include a grand • Delivered more than 15,000 babies celebration at University • Oldest living graduate of The Citadel Hospital, where he has spent • Oldest known working physician in the United States his career. The party begins • Namesake of University Hospital’s W.G. Watson, M.D. Thursday at noon with his Women’s Center dedicated in 1999 colleagues, family and many • Inductee in the North Augusta Sports Hall of Fame of the children the local obste- trician has delivered through the years. refreshments will be served go to work, driving to the Then on Friday, everyone as folks get a chance to Women’s Center that bears who has come in contact congratulate Dr. Watson on his name – the W.G. Wat- with Dr. Watson is invited reaching the ripe age of 100 son, M.D. Women’s Center, to a local celebration to be and to meet and greet his which was dedicated in 1999. held from 4 to 7 p.m. at the family. After a quick and healthy Arts & Heritage Center of Now identified as the old- breakfast, often in the hos- North Augusta, 100 Georgia est known working physi- pital cafeteria, Dr. Watson Ave. The drop-in is hosted cian in the United States, Dr. makes rounds, touching the Dr. Watson holds one of the by the Center plus Dr. and Watson is still the chief of lives of patients and staff last babies he delivered. Mrs. John F. Bigger, Steve obstetrics and gynecology every day. During his career, the Wat- McElmurray and the staff at University Hospital. He son-delivered babies num- of Parks Pharmacy. Light rises early each morning to Please see WATSON, page 10A bered more than 15,000. Hotel that
  • 144. PROFILE FEATURE WRITING OR STORY Weekly Over 6,000 Division A tree finds its roots here.13 An elf with attitude. 20Third Place: Milliken:SpartanburgJournalCindy Landrum the man 8 Pag e Greg Beckner/Staff
  • 145. PROFILE FEATURE WRITING OR STORY Weekly Over 6,000 DivisionSecond Place: Free Times the Patrick Wall of the TORO STORY AND PHOTOS BY PATRICK WALL Chaz Bundick’s already had a long day. This is his third interview of the day; he sat poised as the biggest, most legitimate chance at through two in the morning, one of which was a music success story, even a hit record, since conducted by a journalist in Poland. He’s fresh Hootie and the Blowfish some 16 years ago. out of a meeting with local media production Bundick admits to still being company Mad Monkey about building, at his slightly overwhelmed — even baffled record label’s behest, a web site for Toro Y Moi — by the attention heaped upon him. [TOH-roh EE MWAH], his one-man electro- “I don’t really like being in front of pop band that’s making waves in the pop cameras,” he says. “Mentally, I think I’m used music world. And in less than 24 hours, he’ll to it. But physically, just looking at everything, be flying to New York City for, in addition to I just don’t think I’m a good subject to shoot.” more interviews, a photo shoot for New York- “I had to do this photo shoot for this clothing based nightlife and lifestyle magazine Paper. company called Uniqlo,” he continues. “Those Such is the life of a pop star in the making. people, they had, like, a real photographer Bundick is long used to getting attention come in from Germany or something. And in his hometown — both for Toro Y Moi she was like, ‘Look excited! Look excited!’ and his band, The Heist and the Accomplice And I was like, ‘What?’ I was uncomfortable. — but since the middle of 2009, he’s steadily She said, ‘Oh, I can tell you’re shy.’” been receiving more and more attention from He shrugs. “It’s cool, though, I guess. Internet tastemakers and brick-and-mortar I feel like I’m slowly getting there.” press outlets. And, with a newly released “It’s going to be busy,” he says of record, his skyrocketing fame shows few his upcoming year. “I hope it’s big.” signs of slowing down. Indeed, it has Bundick
  • 146. PROFILE FEATURE WRITING OR STORY Weekly Over 6,000 DivisionFirst Place: Charleston City Paper Greg Hambrick “Queen Mary: The Victor and The Spoilers”
  • 147. PROFILE FEATURE WRITING OR STORY Weekly 2/3 Times DivisionThird Place: The Press & Standard Linda Salsberry “Art is everyday things”
  • 148. PROFILE FEATURE WRITING OR STORY Weekly 2/3 Times DivisionSecond Place: The Gaffney Ledger Scott Powell “I-85 Landmark Eatery”
  • 149. PROFILE FEATURE WRITING OR STORY Weekly 2/3 Times DivisionFirst Place: The News & Reporter Travis Jenkins
  • 150. SHORT STORY Weekly Under 6,000 Division T WO PAIRS OF Adirondack chairs nestle Shrine behind the new shoots of sea oats that push up from the dune at the southern tip of Litchfield Beach. It’s a place where allThird Place: sorts of things that float eventually come to rest, even memories. The chairs were pulled from the ocean in December. They face southeast across Midway Inlet, just where the fragile dune of nature stretches a cautious toe toward the edge of the water. Early in the morning, footprints across the tide-swept sand testify to the pop- ularity of this quiet spot. In April, a notebook placed in a plastic bag gave visitors a chance to record their thoughts. Its pages filled up over the follow- ing weeks with private thoughts and medita- tions that people were eager to confide with those who shared their love for the beach. “This is hands-down the most beautiful and special spot in the whole world to me,” Coastal Observer wrote a woman who became engaged at the point two years earlier. One couple found the chairs while cele- brating their 25th wedding anniversary at the place where they spent their honeymoon. It is also a place of solace. “Being here is the only peace I have felt in months,” explained a man who recounted a Charles Swenson series of divorces, illnesses and deaths. In an entry on Mothers Day, a man said the spot made him feel close to his mother, who died in 1994. On Memorial Day, a man wrote of his un- cle who “paid the ultimate blood sacrifice on a small island in the South Pacific during WWII.” Entries often sound like a guestbook: “We have been coming to this beach and this point for 18 yrs. We thought it could not get better. It has.” “We call this point our Para- dise.” They aren’t all serious. Two friends wrote they paddled over by kayak after smoking “a bit of marijuana.” They crossed out “bit” and changed it to “lot.” “We’re locals of Pawleys, and this is one of the coolest places we have ever found,” they added. “This is a hell of a lot better than the Bronx,” said one brief entry. The notebook filled up, then it disap- peared. Odile Postic, a Litchfield resident, visits the point two or three times a week on walks looking for sea turtle nests. She watched the spot evolve from winter to spring into what one of her grandchildren called a “shrine of nature” in one of the notebook entries. The disappearance of the notebook adds its own charm to the spot. “It’s a big mys- tery,” Postic said. “And I think it should re- main so.” STORY BY CHARLES SWENSON PHOTOS BY TANYA ACKERMAN COASTAL OBSERVER
  • 151. SHORT STORY Weekly Under 6,000 Division Thursday July 1, 2010 COASTAL OBSERVER Pawleys Island, South CarolinaSecond Place: Delbert Cain with his chil- dren, Bob and Vir- ginia, on the water around 1925. His wool swimsuit, far right, is still in the fami- ly, though last worn in the 1970s. Coastal Observer In the Swim Jackie Broach Modern styles are more re- vealing, but Ra- chel Hock, below, prefers the 50s style in swimwear. Photos by Tanya Ackerman/Coastal Observer BY JACKIE R. BROACH suit just long enough to show it would have been accessorized COASTAL OBSERVER off, but said it itched even on the with black stockings, as well as parts of her body that were cov- bathing shoes and a bathing cap, B EACHES BURST with bright ered by the other suit. mobcap or scarf on the head. colors and fun patterns Dark brown with navy and “During the Victorian era, each summer as men green stripes around the bot- which ended in 1901, it was and women show off the tom, the one-piece suit has a mandatory in society for arms latest trends in swimwear. long sleeveless top with buttons and legs, as well as ankles to be It’s all a little dazzling to Mary on the left shoulder strap. Men’s covered,” said Lee Brockington, Deane Johnson, 79, who has a bathing suits had tops through a historian. “That mindset lasted house on the creek. most of the 1930s, Cain said. longer in South, where we have “I’m amazed at the fash- “All the bathing suits used to stricter codes of propriety. It ions they have today,” she said. be very conservative,” said Al- wasn’t until the 1940s that you “Growing up, we didn’t have any- berta Quattlebaum, 81, of Wa- began to see skin at the beach.” where near as many choices.” verly. “There was none of this The first chest-revealing suits The bathing suits of her youth two-piece stuff, I can tell you for men appeared in 1932, ac- came only in drab, dark colors, that. They would have hustled cording to a history of swimsuits and even into her college years you out of the county.” at The suit they were made more for func- Modesty is part of the reason was called the “topper” and had tion than style. wool was used for bathing suits. a detachable top that could be “They weren’t very pretty at The material was capable of zipped away from the bottom. all,” she said. holding its shape even when wet, But men who chose to wear it The earliest suits Johnson and the thickness of the material without the top were often ar- wore were made of wool and kept details concealed. rested for indecent exposure. “they were the worst,” she re- Johnson said her mother, Lu- It was about a decade later called. “Oh, those suits itched. cille Lachicotte, set tongues wag- that two-piece suits for women They were terrible.” ging by becoming the first wom- were introduced, and they were They also stank when wet and an to forego stockings on the much more modest than bikinis never seemed to completely dry. beach. of today. Betty Cain, 86, can’t comment “It was just too hot,” Johnson “They covered the breasts, on the smell, but she can say for said. “She decided it was silly.” and the bottoms were more like certain wearing a woolen bath- Johnson isn’t sure of the year, shorts with a skirt over them,” ing suit is not comfortable. but said it was probably some- recalled Nancy Altman, a Paw- The Murrells Inlet resident time after 1910. The bathing leys Island resident. has one dating back to the mid- suits women wore at that time More recent styles have “tak- 1920s stored in her attic. It be- had knee-length skirts with at- en it to the extreme,” said Quat- longed to her father-in-law and tached bloomers and sailor-style tlebaum. While she isn’t advo- was last worn in the 1970s when tops. The suits buttoned at the cating for wool swimsuits, “we Cain donned it for a pool par- neck, allowing the wearer to need to go back to a little more ty. She wore it over her regular step into it from the top. The suit coverage.”
  • 152. SHORT STORY Weekly Under 6,000 DivisionFirst Place: Hardeeville Today Erinn McGuire
  • 153. SHORT STORY Weekly Over 6,000 Division Third Place: Myrtle Beach Herald Charles D. Perry A sign of change, respect denly had to be carted off on a stretcher. MB football team takes He went to the hospital with a concus- sion. field for national anthem And yet before all the hits, hurting and heartache, something beautiful hap- BY CHARLES D. PERRY pened. THE HERALD Before the game, with some heads bowed and many hands over hearts, the Myrtle Beach’s game against Byrnes Seahawk football players stood in the end Friday night looked ugly. zone for GARY CONLOGUE | THE HERALD The home team lost. The star quarter- back was injured. Even after the game, aThe Seahawk football team was on the field for the national anthem last Friday. Seahawk player who seemed OK sud- See NATIONAL ANTHEM, Page 2A
  • 154. SHORT STORY Weekly Over 6,000 DivisionSecond Place: The All OK after van crushes wall BY FRANK JOHNSON “All of a sudden I heard a Gazette The Gazette No one was injured Friday morning after a scary acci- ‘Bam!’ Everyone ran out.” Doctors from the office immediately checked on both the driver and the waiting dent at a doctor’s office in room patient. Goose Creek. “They were OK,” Thomas A van crashed through the said. wall of Palmetto Primary The driver of the van was Care’s Springhall Drive loca- alone; he said the crash tion at around 8:30 a.m. The Frank occurred because he acciden- driver – a patient arriving for tally “hit the gas instead of an appointment – was not the brake.” injured, and neither was a The van – a white Chevrolet female patient who was sit- – which only had minor dam- Johnson ting in the waiting room. age despite taking out a wall Allison Thomas is the – was removed by midmorn- Palmetto Primary Care office ing Friday, and the office manager. continued to take patients. Frank Johnson/Gazette “I was at the front desk, and Thomas said she did not Frank Johnson/Gazette No patients were injured when a van crashed through a I saw (the van) come into the know how long repairs would Palmetto Primary Care office manager Allison Thomas wall of the Crowfield office. parking spot,” Thomas said. take. checks out the damage after Friday morning’s crash. 1 025 d l
  • 155. SHORT STORY Weekly Over 6,000 DivisionFirst Place: LINK Matt Wake “Winter sounds have a CD only their fans could make”
  • 156. SHORT STORY Weekly 2/3 Times DivisionThird Place: Sloan’s letter of intent BY TRAVIS JENKINS Sloan’s mother, Ginny, said she was a bit leery of her daughter going halfway across the country to attend Pearce Sloan is going far away from school, but supported her daughter’s The News & home to pursue higher education and the sport she loves, but Chester will always be just within reach, as long as she has her varsity jacket. choice. “I’m not crazy about her going 16 hours away to attend college. She got a presidential scholarship, though, Sloan will attend Missouri Valley and has worked so hard that I just Reporter College and be a part of the school’s rodeo team. Sloan has been riding horses most of her life and got involved in rodeos about five years ago. She has partici- couldn’t tell her no,” she said. Sloan plans to major in biology and pre-veterinary medicine. She said she plans to be a vet. She will participate in breakaway roping and team roping Travis Jenkins pated in South Carolina High School Rodeo Association events for the past four years as a barrel racer and roper. Unfortunately for Sloan, there sim- ply aren’t a lot of schools in the south- on the college rodeo circuit. So Sloan will go to Missouri, but she’ll take a unique keepsake with her, a varsity letter in rodeo. Sloan approached Ricky Campbell, BY TRAVIS JENKINS/THE N&R Pearce Sloan was the first Chester east that feature rodeo teams. Chester High School’s athletic direc- High School student to earn a letter “Unless you go out west, you just tor, a while back and asked about the in rodeo and will attend Missouri aren’t going to find a lot of rodeo possibility of getting a letter. Valley College. schools,” Sloan said. “I don’t play soccer or anything, but Sloan got noticed by Missouri Valley what I do is just as much a sport,” reasons that she shouldn’t get a letter. College because of her constant pres- Sloan said. So now, even when she’s in Missouri, ence in the top four rankings in South Chester doesn’t actually have a Sloan will literally have Chester High Carolina. A couple of riders who are rodeo team, but Campbell said since close to her heart. from around here that attend Missouri Sloan does participate in sanctioned “I’m proud of where I’m from,” Valley know Sloan and talked her up South Carolina High School Rodeo Sloan said. “And I want people to to coaches. Association events, he didn’t see any know that.”
  • 157. SHORT STORY Weekly 2/3 Times DivisionSecond Place: The Press & Standard Linda Salsberry “English Rotary Club tours”
  • 158. SHORT STORY Weekly 2/3 Times Division Wednesday, January 27, 2010 • The Summerville Journal Scene ‘Dear John’ premiere draws large, screaming crowdFirst Place: Film benefits Carolina Autism BY STEFAN ROGENMOSER The Journal Scene The crowds of screaming teenage girls and mobs of local media who gathered at the Terrace Hippodrome in Charleston Sunday for the The Journal Scene movie premiere of “Dear John” may have seemed silly to some, but ultimately the proceeds from the premiere will benefit Carolina Autism. All 400 premiere tickets were Stefan Rogenmoser sold, each costing $250. The film is based on the Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name. It’s a romantic drama about a soldier who falls “Dear John” actors Amanda Seyfried, Channing Tatum (right) in love with a conservative col- and seven-year-old Braeden Reed pose for photos at the movie lege student, according to the premiere Sunday at the Terrace Hippodrome in Charleston. official press release. For more photos visit Seven-year-old Braeden for. . . . I wish I was more like 6:30 p.m., but the starring Reed of Daniel Island was one him in a way. He doesn’t filter actors left in five big black of the main attractions. He’s an himself.” SUVs around 7 p.m. One driv- actor in the movie, which was Tatum said he likes er would not say where the filmed partly in Charleston in Charleston’s food and beaches, movie stars were heading, but 2008. He is autistic. Braeden’s mentioning Folly in particular. told two fans he’d never heard parents, Kevin and Adrienne After giving interviews, of the actors. Reed, were standing by his Tatum and leading lady The fans said they’d waited side as he occasionally shied Amanda Seyfried, who said since 2:30 for a photo with away from the incessant bar- earlier she had yet to read the Tatum, which they were able rage of cameras and micro- book, walked on the red carpet to snap before he entered the phones. outside the theater to greet vehicle and drove into the dark Braeden is a Carolina Autism hordes of screaming fans, sign night. client. The non-profit provides autographs and let their eyes PLATT’S intervention services to autistic take a beating from camera children and housing to autistic flashes. adults. Carolina Autism The director, Lasse Heating & Air worked with the film produc- Hallström – who is Swedish – ers to help them understand Conditioning, Inc. also directed the masterpiece Sales, Service, autism for Braeden’s fictional “My Life As A Dog,” “The Installation, Repairs character “Alan.” Cider House Rules,” and Residential/Commercial “Braeden is so free,” starring “What’s Eating Gilbert EPA Certified SJ07-233858 actor Channing Tatum told Grape,” based on novels by 100% Financing reporters. “He was the most natural person on the set. As an Reidar Jonsson, John Irving and Peter Hedges, respectively. 797-6787 actor, that’s what you stride The film screening began at Locally Owned & Operated
  • 159. COLUMN WRITING Weekly Under 6,000 DivisionThird Place: The Manning Times Daniel Lackey
  • 160. COLUMN WRITING Weekly Under 6,000 Division Promises, promises "Re-elect Mayor Goldie Wilson. Progress is his middle name. Mayor Goldie WilsonsSecond Place: County council progress platform means more jobs, better edu- cation, bigger civic improvements, and lower taxes. On Election Day, cast your vote for a proven leader. Re-elect Mayor Goldie Wilson..." — campaign slogan from the 1985 movie “Back dragging its feet to the Future.” People will say just about anything if they on junk yards think it will help them get elected to public office. Union County News In the fictional town of Hill Valley, Calif., Mayor Goldie Wilson promised voters every- Trustees looking What would compel someone to take a 22- ounce framing hammer and break thething but the kitchen sink. Who win- dows on his neighbor’s heavy equipment? if he has no authority over cares Graham Williams In the case of Steve Broadbent, it’s an school out for taxpayers the over- system? He’s a proven whelming sense of frustration with Union who promises better educa- leader County Council for not enforcing thetion!coun- Over the years, I’ve heard plen- ty’s junkyard ordinance. ty of unrealistic campaign promis- “Time’s up,” he said Thursday. or themselves? “It’s been a year.” es — at the local, state and One year ago this month, his level. The higher up the national neighbor, Jimmy Greer, ladder you go, the more outra- opened Graham home Eight dollars. a salvage yard at his on geous they sound. And the crazy Ashley Acres. Every day, vehi- some people actually have Williams thing is, how much taxes would That’s believe them.a house valued at $100,000 had cles are demolished at Unionincreased on Auto Salvage, located justLocally, the “phrase that School Trustees the few County Board of a Union pays” hundred feet from Broadbent’swill the budget recommendation by approved has usually been “I director bring Lawson last Monday finance help Lynn industry to home. He says the noise makes might as well say they Graham Union County.” They night. life miserable for himself and Williams his terminally help discover a new method of splitting the a 2-mill will ill wife. Lawson recommended atom. tax increase, saying the current Broadbent filed a complaint with the county on Aug. 18, 48-mill levy doesn’t generate 2009, stating that Greer was violating the enough revenue to meet the school district’s debt obligation for its two new schools. Eight dollars. That’s 66 cents a month – Graham about 2 cents a day. Of course, Willi people like me -- whose homes
  • 161. COLUMN WRITING Weekly Under 6,000 DivisionFirst Place: Hampton County Guardian Michael M. Dewitt Jr.
  • 162. COLUMN WRITING Weekly Over 6,000 DivisionHonorable Mention: LINK Clayton Kale
  • 163. COLUMN WRITING Weekly Over 6,000 DivisionThird Place: I remember, back when the infamous “you lie” soared above the president’s voice in the U.S. House chamber, embarrassing riches of leadership devoted, as Stewart said, to making sure South Carolina “gives more than its fair thinking: “oh please, oh please, don’t let share” to the nation’s comedy writers. that guy be from South Carolina.” Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, however, is a special case, uniquely gifted at “getting his mouth in place quicker than his head,” as Francis Marion political science professor Neal Thigpen noted to The Greenville Journal By SUSAN SIMMONS State newspaper. Bauer speaks so fast and so enthusiastically “it’s almost like a Gatling gun,” Thigpen said. And like a Gatling Susan Clary The fact that such a fear would instantly leap to mind was almost as gun, there’s not much left but smoke and flame when he finishes raking his targets. So it was when Bauer decided to Simmons ELECTION SEASONS are rarely heartening experiences, but this one has TAKE MY WORD been even more exasperating than usual BY SUSAN SIMMONS Fallout from the health care bill – and not simply due to the sexual soap operas our state cannot seem to stop serving up for national titillation. Democrat, are claiming they would Last week, when the combat over single outcome of any change, much less rather than the pig-in-a-poke feel of h do the job much, much differently. Obamacare had reached the hand-to- one that consumes 2,800 pages and takes massive, secretive, blatantly partisan Rather, it’s the way these humiliating Which brings us back to the larger hand stage in the House, a friend asked 10 years to implement. – which it was, no matter which side me, “Who’s telling the truth?” But a major part of the fog is a rooted for. scandal-fests suck the air out of larger, conversation: how those who want to deliberate political choice. And whether you’re happy or terrifi vastly more important conversations, succeed Sanford as governor would go Just for fun, I went through some old now depends on whether you think such as who South Carolina should elect about fulfilling their promises. files and unearthed a few columns written massive government intervention is th back in 1994, during the heat of Bill and best way to solve the nation’s problems to follow Mark Sanford as governor. This is a harder question to answer. Hillary’s fight for health care reform. The or the best way to make them massive Notice I didn’t say “who should be It’s far easier to learn the “what” of spin was vertigo-worthy then, too, but worse. You will find me in the latter ca the next governor.” The fact that this By SUSAN SIMMONS what struck me most was the amount of – not just because I prefer representati a candidate’s game plan, though the detail out in public long before the voting over paternalistic government, but governor follows Mark Sanford is a challenge there, too, is decoding which began. because I think Nancy Pelosi has it exa crucial piece of the weighing process. of the promises are genuine and which I thought about everything I had read It was possible to actually read the backwards. about health care reform – for months, to Clinton plan, to quote specifics by page On reform this radical, “trust us” is Sanford leaves his successor a great deal are simply intended to give us what we a degree that is neither healthy nor sane – number, to compare what its backers said enough, not when it will cost our coun of remediation to do, on many levels. want to hear. and answered, “I don’t know.” against what the proposed law would in $940 billion over 10 years – and that’s This makes the important question not Nobody does. Truly, nobody does. This fact do. with an accounting gimmick that start And it’s exactly then – when we fall in bill-turned-law has been manipulated, And when Americans realized the the taxes and fees four years before the just what the next governor promises to love with what we hear – that we need to massaged, tortured and spun for so promises were a lot sunnier than the real costs kick in. Not when it transfor accomplish, but how he – or she – would look at the how of the equation. Can this long that no one in the White House or restrictive reality, a majority rejected the something that so intimately affects Congress – on either side – knows the plan and Congress voted it down. our families, our personal solvency an go about getting it done. person point to ways he or she has worked sum total of what it contains, or what it Now fast forward to 2010, and Nancy potentially, our very lives. Which is why the latest soap opera with others – even those who may not
  • 164. COLUMN WRITING Weekly Over 6,000 Division By Kevin FisherSecond Place: Anna Benson Meant Business And she certainly deserved it. Anna Ben- I didn’t know Anna Benson. To my knowl- edge, I never met her. But I was a very big son was not only a pioneer in terms of female fan. fitness (she popularized the mixing of aerobic Gone too soon a few weeks ago at just 59, training with weight lifting), she was also a Anna Benson left a legacy — a business legacy pioneer in direct marketing. And again, this — that always seemed to me to be underre- international business model and the results it ported and underappreciated in Columbia. delivered originated in a modest building on Along with her sister Cynthia and former Harden Street. By Kevin Fisher Mark Henriksezn, Anna Benson husband An example of that impact occurred for built a physical fitness empire that spread me when I arrived in Chihuahua, Mexico, Remembering Tutt, from Columbia across the nation and around many years ago to meet up with some folks the world. and set out on an adventure through the Cop- Free Times the Best Dog Ever F or years, the loving joke among family, friends and colleagues of mine when it came to Tutt was, “We hope you go first.” I would always agree. In the process, The Firm workout videos — shot right here in Columbia and featuring local women — sold more than 100 million copies globally. Let that sink in. While the price of the tapes and DVDs per Canyon and Sea of Cortez. As our group gathered in the bar of the hotel that evening, I looked up to see an infomercial for The Firm playing on television, theOpinion by Kevin Fisher enthusiastic workout made even more so by the rapid-fire But Monday night, it was Tutt who passed on as I held her in my arms, the end Do The State’s Endorsements varied over the years, let’s say the average cost Spanish voiceover. Kevin Fisher having come for 10 pounds and 17 years was $20. If your calculator has enough zeros I proudly told the others that The Firm of pure love. I know some religions teach Matter? Do Any? to show it, that means sales have totaled $2 was a Columbia, S.C., enterprise, that those fit that animals don’t have souls and can’t go billion. That’s billion, with a b. and fine ladies were real women in my home- to heaven. But people with dogs know bet- Did you know a $2 billion internationalmunicipal andand that I’d even worked on decide whether we should town state it left to me to a project B ased on the ter. And to paraphrase Hank Williams Jr., “If heaven ain’t a lot like Tutt, then I don’t asked me the magic question: “What kind business behemoth was launched in Fiveelections we’ve just been on the left side of the screen. newspapers or primary with the one have government without wanna go.” Points? Many people don’t, tions Ithrough, theis no to the The idea that I knew hesitate tovideo government, II would of dog is that?” The trooper smiled at the and posed above short answer to the ques- never under- first, yes to the newspapers without not exercise choose the latter”), find the Indeed, for almost 13 years Tutt provided response, patted her on the head and sent me on my way with a warning and a “keep him second. decline of the daily newspaper alarming. a little bit of heaven on earth for me. We The nature and importance of endorse- At the same time, I’m encouraged by got her at age 4 from the Animal Protection straight, Tutt” farewell. In addition to making us and visitors to ments in political campaigns is changing, the success of fine weeklies like Free Times, League, Susan bringing her home as a sur- something plainly evident in our recent re- which are doing much to fill the gap, inform prise in an act for which I will be eternally the office happy every single day during her fine career (she was named Fisher Com- sults. Let’s look at both sides of the endorse- the public and offer insightful opinion col- grateful. It was the fall of 1997. ment coin, starting with The State. umnists (ahem…). The first task was a name — what to munications Employee of the Decade for the ‘00s as ‘90s winner Beverly looked on in What did these statewide candidates have But I’m glad Free Times doesn’t endorse call this unusually appealing little dog who in common? Henry McMaster for governor, candidates, and I think The State should give somehow managed to simultaneously look mock jealousy), Tutt liked to travel and was at home anywhere. Gresham Barrett for governor (runoff), it up. It’s passé for newspapers. Worse yet, it’s and act both regal and scruffy. After watch- Leighton Lord for attorney general. irrelevant. ing her for a few days, I suggested the name She brought infinite joy to my parents on weekends and when I was traveling (Mom What about these local candidates? Steve “Tutt.” Morrison for mayor, Tony Mizzell for City While people sometimes thought that was always asking when my next trip would Council District 4, Gary Myers for City It doesn’t matter had something to do with the boy king of be). She ran stunning sprints on the beach Egypt, it was actually a shorthand version at Folly (people would stop to watch); loved Council District 2, John Meadors for solici- whether you detest to put the top down and go to the Big Mo tor. of what she appeared to be: part terrier, part mutt — Tutt. Drive-In (no charge for dogs); and thought The common thread is that all were or deify Palin; her endorsed by The State. And all lost. The name proved both popular and Sonic was the greatest restaurant ever (food Indeed, McMaster, Morrison and My- endorsement of Haley ers finished third in their respective races, not even making the runoff. (No shame in was the game-changer. that, gentlemen — I also ran third in a city council race, and I think both the city and Not so the endorsement of a move- the state would be better off if all four of us ment’s key political figure, which in my view had won!) determined the outcome of the Republican While I managed my third-place finish gubernatorial primary in South Carolina. without the assistance of The State (and From the moment former Alaska gov- knew going in that the paper would never ernor Sarah Palin emerged onto the State endorse fiscal conservatives like myself or House steps with Rep. Nikki Haley, the Kirkman Finlay), all of those who did get GOP primary went tilt. It doesn’t matter the nod from Cindi Scoppe and/or Warren whether you detest or deify Palin; she was Bolton no doubt expected it would matter. the game-changer with that brief appearance Clearly, it didn’t. Candidates endorsed in Columbia. by The State lost in every seriously contested It took place late on a Friday afternoon, race (unless you consider the Democratic and in polls conducted over the weekend primary for governor a seriously contested Haley jumped from a weak fourth to a race, which it was not, as Vincent Sheheen’s strong first in the GOP primary field. There landslide win showed) has never been anything like it in South
  • 165. COLUMN WRITING Weekly Over 6,000 Division FIRST PLACE & BEST OF THE BEST: W I T H LY N R I D D L E Greenville Journal ONE BY ONE, they walked up the hill to the white clapboard church they knew so well. of Miracle Hill and veer off for a bit. It’s a disappointing part of the work, but through the years he has seen the same And in their own way, they felt the phenomenon happen again and again. Lyn Riddle same as the man who said, “If it wasn’t Former residents remember where for this place, I don’t know what they came from. One man said he got would’ve happened to me.” locked up not long after he left and The event was the Miracle Hill sitting in jail thought of the lessons Children’s Home Reunion, which he’d learned. takes place every two, then every three “I’ve never been in jail again,” he years. Former residents – young adults said. to almost retired – come back to the Tiano had her struggles, but raised Chris Hipsher 130 acres in Pumpkintown in Pickens Miracle Hill Childrens Home was built on property in Pickens County and was the three daughters, largely on her own, County to see many of the people who first of the ministrys buildings built by an all-volunteer workforce. held a job and cared for her mother in took them in when no one else wanted the last years of her life. Now she’s 58, them. children, the children of abuse, neglect. work and the love of country and God.” a barber in a shop where politicians WITH LYN RIDDLE Sharon Tiano arrived in 1964 when Troubled and unwanted, they found Reid Lehman, the president of tend to gather in Goose Creek. She’s she was 12 with her 11-year-old sister solace and a home with dorm parents Miracle Hill Ministries, which includes remarried – two years to a man who and 8-year-old brother. Her mother like Miss Pat, who seemed to know a the Rescue Mission in Greenville and brought his youth group from their told them they were going shopping little something about everyone who a number of other shelters, grew up church to work at Miracle Hill for a for school clothes. walked into the chapel. on the property because his father was week before the reunion. There’s nothing fancy about the way “We ate lunch, went down to the of- “I had her as a dorm parent when she the director. He said the best part of Tiano teared up thinking back on Generations Group Homes looks, but it fice and the man said ‘Are they staying?’ was 7 and now she’s a grandparent,” growing up there was he met his wife. her life, and stood proudly as she is magical nonetheless. and she said we were,” Tiano said. she whispered as a woman walked in. Today, 40 boys and girls live in what pointed down the hill toward the small Boys, abused and victimized by Then her mother, grandmother and The former residents were asked to are now cottages straddling the Ool- cemetery. WITH LY N RIDDLE others, arrive at the southern Greenville aunt drove down the hill. talk about what they remember. enoy River. Another 45 – 38 younger “This is home. My wish is to be County facility after committing some sort of sexual act against someone else. “Sometimes you don’t get over it,” “When I came to Miracle Hill I than 6 – live with foster families. buried right down in that cemetery,” It is their second chance. For many Tiano said. “I regret how she did it, moved up in life,” said a man who Lehman said the philosophy in its she said. the only other choice would have been but it was the best thing.” lived there for 10 years and for the simplest term could be described juvenile jail. Miracle Hill got its name while the longest time sat on the steps on Friday as effective parenting. The longer, Priscilla Harris is a musician. but not music, math, her other major en they come in shackled, wearing Got a story Oft first building was being constructed afternoons waiting for parents who more complicated version, is they She sings. She plays the clarinet. at Furman. She taught for three years, to inspire, a jumpsuit and carrying a plastic bag in 1958. The walls were up, but the never came back. use a matrix developed by CornellShe directs the choir for 5-year-olds and knew that wasn’t what was meant a toothbrush inside. They are 13 to with amuse, or roof wasn’t. And the folks prayed that “Everything we have learned we University that relies on rewards and entertain?at First Baptist Church of Greenville, for her. 17 years old. Dave Wilder/Contributing photographer a storm passing through would spare have taught our children. It goes on expectations rather than punishmentwhere she also coordinates all of the She and her husband John Harris, e boys enter a regimented life ThChildren’s Choir programs. a Furman math professor, haveofa chores and responsibilities and They notice a staff member cares, crisis intervention, which their work. It rained everywhere but begins with for generations,” one woman said. and criticism. Music was one of her majors at daughter, Sophie, and son, Will. She consequences when they fall short. They maybe it’s their counselor, but it might preventing a conflict from developing they said. on that building, “I came here at six months,” another He said it is not uncommon for peo- Contact Lyn Riddle at 679-1250Furman University. taught both children to sign as babies, to school. They dress up in slacks, go also be the cook. They see the other boys in the first place and then offers toolsdormitories housed the Then, to man said. “I learned the value of hard ple to leave the protected and prim world or Clearly, music has shaped her life, long before they could talk. Will could and ties for field trips. They sleep shirts following the rules, getting privileges. de-escalate those that do.perhaps as profoundly as the fact both sign 60 words on his first birthday. in dorms and more often than not cover They make a connection with an adult, “Instead of rule enforcer, we’reof her parents are deaf. Her mother “The brain is ready to communicate, twin beds with comforters bearing their often the first they’ve had in their lives. teachers,” said Brian Clark, the facilitywas born deaf after her grandmother but the vocal chords are not,” she said. name of their favorite sports teams. the With sexual abuse, the problem has director.had German measles and her father Over time, Harris began servingey have birthday parties, many for Th little to do with sex and everything to do He said they break through thelost his hearing at eight months during as an interpreter for various first time. Musical chairs is the No. the with power. The boys felt powerless in walls the boys have erected to protecta bout with spinal meningitis and a organizations, for Furman students 1 attraction at the fall festival. their victimization and they acted out. themselves through mutual respect,105-degree fever. Sophie Harris / Contributing photographer and patients at Greenville Hospital short, they get to have the sort of In At Generations, they become part investing in them with sensitivity and They’ve never heard Harris sing or Billy and Suzanne Sofey, shown here with daughter Priscilla Harris, attended System. Sometimes she signs for PTA they should have had before. lives of a group, something bigger than by simply being available. That meansplay. every musical performance Harris participated in. meetings or parent conferences with And that largely is because the staff themselves, and that basic human need noticing when someone is having a bad And yet Billy and Suzanne Sofey the Greenville County Schools. at Generations has managed to create to belong is met. day or a tough time with homework.attended every performance she’s ever But her mother was a majorette at Harris’ father had a surprise of his “I feel good when I’m doing something special among co-workers. it, “Kids will go to any group that accepts That means stopping and taking thegiven. the Mississippi School for the Deaf, own during the wedding festivities. to give back and help people,” sheey’re not just colleagues, but an Th them,” said Kathleen Reynolds, the chief time to talk. “I try not to think too much about where her parents met, and can dance At the rehearsal dinner, he played a said. “Deaf people don’t take that extended family, caring for as many as for executive officer. “That’s why gangs are It is offering a gentle yet firm hand.them not being able to hear me,” better than half of the hearing people tape of Harris as a small child singing granted.” 46 boys at a time. so prevalent.” And then comes more magic. OnceHarris said. “They’ve always been so Harris knows. “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.” And Harris doesn’t take for granted ey show respect, one to the other. Th Reynolds founded Generations in a boy realizes what happened to himsupportive.” “She signs music beautifully,” Harris “I didn’t remember my dad had the undying support her parents haveey care when concerns outside of Th 1991 as a tribute to her younger sister is not his fault, that he is a worthy Harris started playing the piano said. this,” she said. “The fact he wanted to offered her through the years. She bear down. They stand in for one work who was raped on a date. The trajectory individual, the desire to act out in thatwhen she was in the first grade. She Her mother signed “The Lord’s record me as a child and he couldn’t holds onto something her mother is another when necessary. of her sister’s life changed immediately. way vanishes.came home one day and there it was Prayer” at Harris’ wedding and through even hear it was amazing to me.” fond of saying: “One day when I’m in “We have each other,” said Charlene Reynolds wanted to make sure others And here’s how they know. Theyin the living room, a gift from her the sunroof of the church came a beam She considers having deaf parents heaven, I’ll be able to hear you.” Jones, the child care services director. had a different choice. surveyed all the boys who had comegrandmother, a Cable upright, the of light that fell right on her. a blessing. They showed her people And that’s vital because this is not The nature of the program changed in through the program in the past fivesame one Harris plays on now. “It was like God was sending sunrays can overcome anything if they G ot a st or y easy work. It’s messy. 1999 when Reynolds questioned whether years – about 400. They discovered 98 When Harris practiced, her mother to light her up like an angel,” Harris work at it. Once a fellow student t o in sp ire , Boys come in angry. They throw desks. they needed to restrain the boys as often percent had not had another sexualwould stand beside her and rest her said. expressed surprise that Harris was a m u se , or They curse. They refuse to participate. as they did. She discovered Cornell offense and 92 percent had no offensehand on the top to feel the vibration. Her mother hadn’t known whether not embarrassed by her parents and e n t e r t a in ? But then the magic happens. University had developed therapeutic at all. And they counted traffic tickets as “I get my musical ability from my she could do it on such an emotional Harris’ grandmother said, “It’s all in offenses.mother,” she said. “People think that’s day. But there she was, once again the way you perceive it.” C o n ta c t Ly n R i d d l e a t 6 7 9 - 1 2 5 0strange.” sharing music with her daughter. Harris thought she wanted to teach, o r l ri d d l e @ g re e n v il l e j o u r n a l .c o m . t !
  • 166. COLUMN WRITING Weekly 2/3 Times DivisionThird Place: The Press & Standard Charles Rowland
  • 167. COLUMN WRITING Weekly 2/3 Times Division Education was a callingSecond Place: for Dr. Barry I sat across from Dr. Pe- Staff ter Barry’s desk, my column notebook on my lap, facing my final exam in Newspaper his history course. And I felt as prepared as I could ever be – be- sides, I could use any Barbara Rutledge is editor The Lancaster News is worth notes I’d taken to back up my answers. Dr. Barry asked the first question. for The Lancaster News. I took a deep breath Barbara Rutledge tion and public service. and opened my notebook And in that order. His in- every penny to confirm my answer. tellect, humor and com- And then I looked up – passion were evident in shocked and agitated. every role he served. “Dr. Barry, I brought And he served many the wrong notebook,” I roles. said. He was an active mem- SometimesF or 158 years, this newspaper has been bringing you the im- He raised his eye- Staff brows, adding to my column frustration. “So, what did you ber of St. Catherine Catholic church, a mem- ber of Lancaster County portant news of the com- School Board, CareNet, a hug is all munity. When this paper was founded, downtown Lancaster had nine dry bring, Barbara? Your gro- cery list?” he said. Barbara “No, no,” I said. But Rutledge tried to the more I Discovery School Advi- sory Board and Lancast- er High School Improve- you can do ment Council, just to explain, editor I fum- is the more good stores, two shoe name a few. bled over my words. I shops, three grocery of The He never forgot the less looked like an animated stores, one harness maker, Lancaster fortunate and society’s cartoon character as I castaways. He was a for- two tailor shops and sev- News. pleaded my case. I t was a week when sports editor Robert Staff eral blacksmiths. Dr. Barry patted his mer president of the Mental Health Associa- Howey was on vaca- tion and I was attempting column The first editions of hands on his desk, closed We share our views me his book and looked tion and served on the to cover for him. From the newspaper included Barbara straight in the eyes. Prison Ministry team. across the counter, she and those who don’t Inmates considered local stories, notices Rutledge “Barbara,” he said in gave me all the pertinent agree with us. him their friend, said Fa- information about the up- about ship arrivals, com- is editor his unique raspy voice. of The That’s not all. Erma “This is an We tell ther David Runnion at coming scholarship fund- munity columnists, short Dr Barry’s Mass Tues- h t ll
  • 168. CYAN-AOOO MAGENTA-OAOO COLUMN WRITING YELLOW -OOAO BLACK 2/6/01 Weekly 2/3 Times Division Growing apart? First Place: BY JULIE R. SMITH A s everyone knows by now, Al and Tipper Gore have separated I am grateful for … after 40 years of marriage. And the question on everyone’s lips (okay, BY JULIE R. SMITH mean weedeater. one ever follows my exam I’ll never win a mine) is: Why? After 40 years, four kids forgiven. S ometimes I forget to be grateful. beauty pageant, but I don’t have an ideal rela what could be so bad you and grandkids, The Journal Okay, most of the time I forget to be grateful. I have everything that matters—more than I ever dreamed of, actually. But so often I focus on what I don’t have. I’m grateful for the beautician who beats my hair into submis- sion. I don’t have a lot of my mother, but I’m grat pushed me to be independe it another day? can’t live with I have my theories. (I always have my I don’t have perfect vis grateful for bifocal contacts theories.) Saying Al is a tad uptight is do make me feel drunk at 8 Maybe that’s human nature. Or maybe money, but I’m grate- I don’t have patience, bu like saying Joe Friday was somewhatCYAN-AOOO MAGENTA-OAOO Scene YELLOW -OOAO BLACK 2/6/01 that’s just me, spoiled and seldom satis- fied. (Insert swift kick to rear here.) George Clooney will never call, but I’m grateful for the husband who reaches over to hold my hand at 3 a.m. ful that our income exceeds our expens- es. I don’t have a sports car or a maid. But I love my battered Ford Explorer, whose for a good sense of humor. I don’t have smooth socTipper has always seemed deadpan, but I’m grateful for hip. frie pretty tolerant “You can’t take her anyw means well.” had a feud with Frank Zappa when She Julie Smith I don’t have a passport stamped with worn leather seat molds perfectly to my I’m shefamous, but I’m put warning labels on not fought to exotic destinations, but I’m grateful for posterior. And I’m grateful for a husband not Sarah Palin. Or Levi Jo the hospitality of friends. who vacuums the whole house—without I don’t have 300-thread- “adult” albums with I don’t have children, but I do have being asked--after he’s worked a 12-hour but I’m grateful for my sof 1,019 books. And a really cute dog. day. lyrics, but after his I don’t live in a fancy re I don’t have a showplace home in I miss my father, but I’m grateful that I’m grateful for no drive-bybecame death she which visitors wander around slack- he taught me how to be kind. I can’t paint, sew, cook, jawed. But I’m grateful for the worn I’ll never be 5 feet 8 with legs up to my friends with his but I’m grateful for the crea linoleum in my kitchen, because it’s an chin, but I’m grateful for my flawed body widow, Gail, and who can. Page 11A • Wednesday, August 25, 2010 me and the fire ants extra layer between because A) my husband likes it and B) I don’t speak a second under the house. much like my Explorer, it still gets me played drums on his I’m grateful for subtitles. I don’t have a big TV, but I’m glad I’d where I want to go. I don’t have an exciti Diva’s daughter Taking care of Mama rather read anyway. I don’t have and will never have Yard of I don’t have a Pulitzer Prize, but I’ve had a long, wonderful run in the newspa- per business. It’s the greatest show on lifestyle, but at least I’m no album. That’s cool. Julie R. Smith, who ap hosted Tipper also BY JULIE R. SMITH marrow biopsy and do long division. Heunless my the Month, put out Astroturf is considered sound funny, but hair whena accidentally set it on fire. grateful for the man I perennial. But I’m earth. entire life, can be reac can’t speak a coher- Halloween parties at W I’m not a great Christian—I hope no hen three adult kids try to He told me airheads were very special our lawn--he runs a Widdle pays to mow take care of one ailing ent sentence to mom, the result is regres- Mama’s casework- people. (Okay, I made that up.) Now, as the only child still in our the vice-presidential sion—all the way back to childhood er. As for setting up days. a hospital bed in a hometown, Bubba coordinates our mother’s health care, finances, trans- mansion: One year she dressed as a We don’t push each other in the pool living room or or scream and stomp our feet. We just parceling out pain meds, I’d sooner portation, house maintenance, grocery shopping, and doctors’ appointments. puppy, and Al was Underdog. That still snarl things like, “I can’t hire a care- taker from 200 miles away,” and swim the English Channel. It’s funny--my brothers and I range I and T-Bob—who evolved from wild child to an uber-conservative strikes me as hilarious. “YOU make her take the morphine!” There’s an old saying that one moth- in age from 61 to 49, but in these last few months we’ve not acted like sen conspiracy theorist—get home when h d l ll hi h b i ll Insiders insist there’s no affair on either side; they simply grew apart Say
  • 169. HUMOR COLUMN WRITING Weekly Under 6,000 DivisionThird Place: Hampton County Guardian Michael M. Dewitt Jr.
  • 170. HUMOR COLUMN WRITING Weekly Under 6,000 DivisionSecond Place: The Clinton Chronicle Larry Franklin
  • 171. HUMOR COLUMN WRITING Weekly Under 6,000 DivisionFirst Place: The Cherokee Chronicle Tommy Martin
  • 172. HUMOR COLUMN WRITING Weekly Over 6,000 DivisionThird Place:The Columbia StarMike Maddock
  • 173. HUMOR COLUMN WRITING Weekly Over 6,000 DivisionSecond Place:The Columbia StarMike Cox
  • 174. HUMOR COLUMN WRITING Weekly Over 6,000 Division Can you hear me now?First Place: OFF THE screeners would think I’m carrying a hand grenade. When her turn came, RECORD my wife announced “I want an iPhone because my sister has one. “We don’t have iPhones”, the clerkThe Greer Citizen LELAND BURCH hissed and showed six imitations. “These are free when you make Horizon the beneficiary in your Will,” he said.. phone?” asked the clerk when we were “How long will it take to learn how toLeland Burch finally summoned to the sales counter. “I just want to make calls,” I said. “Do you want a GPS application?” he use this phone?” she asked. “For you, no more than four to six weeks,” he answered. My wife left with a Victrola continued. “No,” I said. “I’m not lost.” Hemorrhoid – so named, I later decided, “We have phones that play music,” the because it is a pain in the a… clerk mentioned. “I already have a ra- Glancing at my watch, I noted we had dio,” I replied. “And I don’t need a phone been in the store for four hours, during for playing games, either.” which time the price of gas had gone up “OK, OK. Do you want a touch screen three times at the BP station. “Do you phone?” asked the clerk. “Absolutely have a cot?” I asked. “I’ve missed my Wake me up when it’s over not!” I screeched. “My big fat fingers would hit two or three icons at a time, afternoon nap.” Planning ahead “No”, the clerk said. “You have to I What is there to like about select your calling plan. You close enough to up touch the and I would never be able to make a an over abundance seated can list almost I had never considered the possibility that anything worse than a kidney OFF THE game in which players cannot use their hands and arms except to gesture at the thought there were Hop RECORD watching a bunch of folks OFF THE call.” to five friends for free,” he said. and to pickIup the scent arrangements “But stone could spoil a day of my life. referees. of signs that alerted us to the onset of casket, to read the tags on the flower pourin Until it happened last week when World Soccer is the only sport that people ancient age – signs like wrinkles, de- and I w Cup Soccer took over my favorite televi- in third world countries can afford to running up and down a field RECORD When the clerk handed fallen arches, cataracts etc. Then another me an “idiot don’t have that many friends,” I pro- be able to dial mentia, sagging belly, gray hair, arthritis, if the pastor enjoyed onions on his ham- Paradi sion channels, ESPN one and two. One LELAND BURCH play. All you need is a ball and colorful soccer match after another amounted underwear. like they are trying to avoid burger at lunch. You will you, b sign popped up recently when I was up your favorite pre-funeral music piped rials a placed on the mailing oth- funeraltested. “All right,” he said. on special headsets. Afterwards, you proof” Hamstrung Hubris, I noticed letter suggesting in “Next, what to wall-to-wall, non-stop boredom that Obviously biased soccer referees give ranks alongside watching paint dry. departed to find work south of the color coded cards to players who break stepping in a cow patty? list of a LELAND BURCH Hawai The World Cup is the only televised boarder. The talk around the breakfast the rules or incur some type of miscon- home that sent me a will have a seat at the family table for Heave sporting event, other than the Super Bore, with commercials that are far more tables is always about football, fishing and politics, with a sprinkling of base- duct. There is no bite to such punishment er shoppers snickering. OneI now andgo ahead it out of the way made a memorial for me in advance. The you will featurefive-coursefavorite foods again for another hour. neral whisperedplan my fu- that should just get and emergency numbers do the post-funeral of all my dinner. The meal want on I kno by thi celebration while the players form a hu- her of her grandfather. about it. your phone?” I had him plug in I am especially taste con- that Iinreminded (as you know, 911, entertaining than the show. ball and basketball thrown in. like the15-yard penalty in football or Each soccer goal sets off a 10-minue I have decided that monitoring the BP I don’t recall ever attending a high getting ejected from a baseball game. so I wouldn’t have to worry benefit of contributing today is that you attend oil eruption at the bottom of the gulf is school soccer match when the stadium After the matches, soccer players can man pyramid the center of the field. Since my contemporaries have begun won’t have to worry that it slipped your scious, so everything will be fried and ing inc more interesting than watching a soccer match was even half full of spectators. Few people have anxiously awaited the an- exchange their cards for a smoothie at the local Dairy Queen. “Actually,” her companionreminder that my Idays are numbered. mind when Ibe theup Andinflation. I would find it much more interesting if players revived the old 1960s escapade a mumbled, dropping like flies, really did not needAARPwill not check out.Soup Kitchen. into double chocolate brownies rial and eaten by your memo- layered salt, from cornbread to green tomatoes door p clubs, A number of people asked “did you see the Clemson-Carolina baseball game in the College World Series last night?” nouncement of which college would recruit a local soccer star – assuming one could be found in these parts. Amazingly, tens of thousand of specta- tors packed into stadiums to watch the World Cup matches. Even more amazing beetle instead. more like my two-year-old.” “he’s me to watch the World of attempting to pile into a Volkswagen No one forced Let alone that when I leave for (hopeful- ly) the big golf course in the sky, the one Threegift that youtosend me today wereordrivingnothing with feath- The $20 days later,I’m still and icefins will be served). may have ballooned $100 if we ers cream. And along are so eagles But not single person inquired, “did you watch that great World Cup soccer Some sports writers are lamenting that soccer, a constant threat to put Nyquil is the noise that spectators make during the matches. the house to do something worthwhile, sold me going for my funeral is where the letter The clerk then Cup. So when I woke up, I headed out of a $29.95 Wade saved $80 by taking when my ing for $25began price includes a place I can assure you that I will not be have Hampton action immedi- around 10 years from now. So you will side a pop. This tickets are go- Mid-sanctuary seating with a only o match on ESPN?” out of business as a low cost cure for in- It sounds like the world’s largest bee- collect the free tank of gas that BP is of- originated in Greenville, S.C. The worst ately after getting this invitation. spot in line at the pre-funeral reception Rem I have never been at Hardee’s or somnia, has never caught on in America. hive, but that sound apparently prevents fering every motorist to make up for the case would have me going to the place Another benefit of sending me an early where you can get autographs of family dings Bojangles’ during breakfast with the old But what is there to like about watch- them from falling asleep during waits of big oil spill. Then I discovered there is a timers gathered around when someone ing a bunch of folks running up and 60 minutes and longer for anything ex- minor technicality - you have to suck it that is hotter than h…, Columbia S.C. memorial is that I will issue you a cut, members (who are not incarcerated at when asked, “how good do you think the high down a field like they are trying to avoid citing to occur on the field. When a goal up off the beach in person. Based on the experiences of acquain- excusing you from attending my funeral. the time) plus refreshments of punch, respon school soccer team will be this year?” stepping in a cow patty? The object of is scored, often seemingly by accident, tances that planned funerals in advance And that is another substantial savings cookies and even deviled eggs. (Safety gradu My answer would be that the quality of soccer is to kick a ball into a net as big the ESPN announcer adds 38 syllables to Thought for the week: The trouble before going low, I’m somewhat hesitant since time is always money. alert: eggs will be served only if they Peter d soccer seems to be in decline nowadays as the side of a barn with your hands the word sssssccccccooooooooooooor- with being a good sport is that you have about such a project. After they had Of course, if you insist on attending come up with a cure for chickens with come because so many guest workers have tied behind your back. Soccer is the only reeeee because he won’t get to say it to lose to prove it. kicked off their relatives changed all of my funeral there will be nothing to Salmonella) it righ
  • 175. HUMOR COLUMN WRITING Weekly 2/3 Times DivisionThird Place: The Press & Standard Charles Rowland
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  • 177. HUMOR COLUMN WRITING Weekly 2/3 Times Division Floating the boat in style First Place: BY JUDY WATTS we need a profes- sional to go with gauging fuel requirements for when the wind isn’t enough, and how W e are now six months us is that I know many knots this boat travels per into the Great Boat nothing about sail- hour. I’m measuring mattress sizes The Journal Scene Search. Four days from ing that would be and deciding what color sheets I now we will return to Florida for of any help. I just want for the back bedroom – excuse the fourth time – the goal is to have figured out which me – aft berth. the last look, the sea-trial. Although side is port and So after doing a little online the Atlantic City leg of the GBS which is starboard. searching I decided it was time to was fun, it did not end as happily as I’m not sure why we can’t use right hit the stores. I hauled my guy over Judy Watts we’d have liked. So we walked and left like normal folks. And to my favorite department store to away. We also had walked away in although my guy has done a fair look at blankets and sheets. I jollied Connecticut and a couple of times amount of lake and harbor sailing, him into being interested and he in Florida. We even said a difficult the big wide ocean is new territory. managed a little enthusiasm. I know adieu to a real possibility in “I’d prefer not to make the news- the real reason he came along was Charleston. paper,” I said. “I can see the head- to be sure I didn’t, in his words, Less than two weeks from now we lines now – Crazy old people lost at “Sissify the boat too much.” Hubster’s non-project boat project will return to the site of a boat we sea.” I assured him that large floral BY JUDY WATTS “How would you But it, too, was a wreck. like to go to We visited a couple more boats, T he Hubster is going to sell the Connecticut?” crisscrossing a Jacob’s ladder path sailboat he’s diligently been Well, it is outra- through Florida. (Who knew there rebuilding for what seems geously out-of- were so many horse and cattle farms What’s in a (hotel) name? like most of our lives. Has he given up the notion of sail- ing? character for my guy to offhandedly suggest a trip that strewn throughout the guts of the sunshine state?) But the boats wereBY JUDY WATTS After circling BELONGINGS IN THE ROOM. WE all lacking in one way or the other. around we seemed No. He has not. ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR didn’t involve a One didn’t have enough headroomY ou’d think that all hotels to be lost and away ITEMS LEFT IN THEhe going to buy another boat? Is ROOM. hardware store. within a given chain would from the tourist side The list went on and on. below for our giant man-children to be created equally – or at of town. That’s Yes,uneasy about a I have laid the words So we were a little he is. But (He simply does not plan vacations, stand up straight. Another lackedleast in the same approximate reality. when we saw it. Our trip to the ice machine. Both of next boat is not going to on him. The us jaunts, getaways –whatever you call any personality whatsoever. We stayed at a bunch of hotels hotel. went, took wallets and anything known in sailing circles be what is else them.)from the same chains during our We didn’t say a lot we didn’t want to lose. But like I said, Back home that Sunday night werecent “find the boat” trips. (See The to each other. We as “a project.” we were tired and within an hour we “Sounds good to me,” I said, quiet- were weary but undaunted. We wereWatts Line, 6/23/10.) pulled in and my were settled in for It will not be a project because as I the night. ly excited as I mulled over the possi- on a mission so we started searching As the project to find a boat that guy went in and checked us in. It was ble reasons for the trip. And that’s after 11 p.m. and we were tired and Or so I thought.pointed out to him, we don’t have th b i A d th t’ hisn’t a project unwound, my only job I was about to doze off when thewas to show up with a suitcase, get just wanted to get some sleep. Hubster hopped out of bed and startedin the car and wait to be driven We grabbed our suitcases (only one tinkering with the refrigerator lodgedeither to a destination or an airport carryon each in our traveling-light in the cabinet across from the bed. Iand have a good time. This was his mode) and made our way to the eleva- didn’t ask at first as he pulled the cab-project and it was fun to tag along. tor. inet away from the wall, and
  • 178. SERIES OF ARTICLES Weekly Under 6,000 DivisionThird Place: The Citizen News Mike Rosier
  • 179. SERIES OF ARTICLES Weekly Under 6,000 DivisionSecond Place: Lexington County Chronicle & The Dispatch News Jerry Bellune “Greatest Generation”
  • 180. SERIES OF ARTICLES Weekly Under 6,000 DivisionFirst Place: Coastal Observer Jackie Broach “Pink Journeys”
  • 181. SERIES OF ARTICLES Weekly Over 6,000 DivisionThird Place: Fort Mill Times Toya Graham “Born to Serve”
  • 182. SERIES OF ARTICLES Weekly Over 6,000 DivisionSecond Place: Carolina Gateway Jenny Arnold, Beverly Lane Lorenz and Christopher Sardelli “Good Neighbors”
  • 183. SERIES OF ARTICLES Weekly Over 6,000 DivisionFirst Place: Fort Mill Times Jenny Overman “Tainted Water”
  • 184. SERIES OF ARTICLES Weekly 2/3 Times DivisionThird Place: The Lancaster News Jenny Arnold, Robert Howey, Barbara Rutledge, Christopher Sardelli, Jamey Shepherd, Greg Summers, Aaron Morrison and Jesef Williams “Always on call”
  • 185. SERIES OF ARTICLES Weekly 2/3 Times DivisionSecond Place: The Herald-Independent James Denton “SACS Report”
  • 186. SERIES OF ARTICLES Weekly 2/3 Times DivisionFirst Place: The Lancaster News Gregory Summers, Jesef Williams, Jenny Arnold and Christopher Sardelli “Cold Case Files”
  • 187. REPORTING-IN-DEPTH Weekly Under 6,000 DivisionThird Place: Hampton County Guardian Michael M. Dewitt Jr. “Officer-related car crash”
  • 188. REPORTING-IN-DEPTH Weekly Under 6,000 DivisionSecond Place: News-Chronicle Elaine Ellison-Rider “FOIA request prompts investigation”
  • 189. REPORTING-IN-DEPTH Weekly Under 6,000 DivisionFirst Place: The Woodruff News Theron Willis “Prayer Controversy”
  • 190. REPORTING-IN-DEPTH Weekly Over 6,000 DivisionThird Place: Free Times Ron Aiken “HUD/CEZ Issues”
  • 191. REPORTING-IN-DEPTH Weekly Over 6,000 DivisionSecond Place: Carolina Forest Chronicle Michael Smith “Tourism tax errors”
  • 192. REPORTING-IN-DEPTH Weekly Over 6,000 DivisionFirst Place: Myrtle Beach Herald Staff “Socastee High School shooting”
  • 193. REPORTING-IN-DEPTH Weekly 2/3 Times DivisionThird Place: The Messenger Jim Faile “Hartsville Veterans Memorial”
  • 194. REPORTING-IN-DEPTH Weekly 2/3 Times DivisionSecond Place: The Journal Scene Leslie Cantu “Impact Fees”
  • 195. REPORTING-IN-DEPTH Weekly 2/3 Times DivisionFirst Place: The Lancaster News Jenny Arnold “Police Officer fired”
  • 196. BEAT REPORTING Weekly Under 6,000 DivisionThird Place: The People-Sentinel Susan C. Delk “Government”
  • 197. BEAT REPORTING Weekly Under 6,000 DivisionSecond Place: News-Chronicle Elaine Ellison-Rider “Police/Crime”
  • 198. BEAT REPORTING Weekly Under 6,000 DivisionFirst Place: Coastal Observer Jackie Broach “Local politics”
  • 199. BEAT REPORTING Weekly Over 6,000 DivisionThird Place: Charleston City Paper Greg Hambrick “State and local politics”
  • 200. BEAT REPORTING Weekly Over 6,000 DivisionSecond Place: The Greer Citizen Matthew Burdick “Crime”
  • 201. BEAT REPORTING Weekly Over 6,000 DivisionFirst Place: Carolina Gateway Christopher Sardelli “Indian Land”
  • 202. BEAT REPORTING Weekly 2/3 Times DivisionThird Place: The Lancaster News Jenny Arnold “Cops and Courts”
  • 203. BEAT REPORTING Weekly 2/3 Times DivisionSecond Place: The News & Reporter Nancy Parsons “Great Falls”
  • 204. BEAT REPORTING Weekly 2/3 Times DivisionFirst Place: The Lancaster News Christopher Sardelli “Lancaster County Beat”
  • 205. SPOT SPORTS STORY Weekly Under 6,000 DivisionThird Place: Jasper County Sun Anthony Garzilli “Heavy loss for Canes”
  • 206. SPOT SPORTS STORY Weekly Under 6,000 DivisionSecond Place: Warriors defy fans to secure 1-0 win BY CHARLES SWENSON COASTAL OBSERVER Waccamaw High beat Coastal Observer West Florence 1-0 at home Saturday in a girls soccer match punctuated by heck- ling from visiting fans and that ended with sheriff’s Charles Swenson deputies questioning two players about a fight on the field. “Never in my life have I ever had a game like that,” said Chandler Murphy, a se- nior midfielder for the War- riors. Waccamaw knew it would be a physical match, but when the foul calls went against the Knights a group of West Florence fans grew increasingly vocal. “Put them on the ground, girls,” shouted one man. That brought Waccamaw coach Brian Brennan onto the field to complain to the referee. Waccamaw scored in the 15th minute when Yazzi Bennani connected with a ball that rebounded off the West Florence goal post. Katie Rastello, left, tries to get control of the ball. The Knights had sever- al chances to tie the game, Brennan complained to the Brennan called Jackson, but those were spoiled by referee again. “a class captain. She had a the Waccamaw goalkeeper, One irate West Florence level head.” Lunden Simpson. fan volunteered to leave the The clock was reset to
  • 207. SPOT SPORTS STORY Weekly Under 6,000 DivisionFirst Place:The BerkeleyIndependent Photos by Dan Brown/Independent At left, Garrick Messer, referee at the Berkeley-Stratford football game on Aug. 27, enters the stands to attend to Gene Cribb. Above, paramedics load Cribb onto the ambu- lance at Berkeley High School.Dan Brown A life saved in the stands ... BY DAN BROWN The Independent Shuler was one of several off-duty medical profession- als on the scene when local tal, so Gene Cribb was a very lucky man that night,” she said. Cribb picked it: 20 rows up in the stands at the 50-yard line of the game on Friday night, ‘Music Man’ says thanks The statistics are frighten- restaurant owner Gene Cribb Nobody had to tell Cribb Aug. 27. BY DAN BROWN ing. The Independent suffered a heart attack Aug. that. He knew. He counts Shuler was seated three Less than 10 percent of peo- 27, at the Berkeley – himself both blessed and rows in front of Cribb. ple who go into cardiac arrest Not 10 days after suffering a heart attack in the stands during Stratford football game in lucky … blessed to be sur- Angela Holten, a respiratory outside of a hospital survive. the Berkeley – Stratford football game on Aug. 27, Gene Moncks Corner. rounded by so many close therapist at Trident Medical “The statistics are even less Cribb, 64, was back in his usual seat behind the drum kit with While the odds of intact friends and family, and lucky Center, sat a few rows direct- than that but that’s the num- his band Custom 4 + 2 during Wednesday Steak Night at recovery are even at best, that he was at a high school ly above him. Debbie ber we’re quoted during Music Man Barbecue. Shuler said Cribb happened football game when he had Locklear, parent to Stags training,” said Anita Shuler, a Only this Wednesday night dinner was different. to be at the right place at the his heart attack. offensive lineman Ryan respiratory therapist at This was Cribb’s opportunity to say, “Thank you” to what he right time. If there is any place that a Locklear and a Trident car- MUSC with 23 years of called his guardian angels, those six individuals who saved his “The odds are 50/50 should person can call the best place experience. the patient arrest in a hospi- to have a heart attack, Gene See SAVED Page 7A See MUSIC MAN Page 7A
  • 208. SPOT SPORTS STORY Weekly Over 6,000 Division DORMAN DOES IT BYRNES DORMAN 28 17Third Place: Cavaliers Dethrone Rebels to Win School’s Second-Ever Title The Middle Tyger Times Jed Blackwell PHOTO BY PETE COCHRAN Dorman’s Kyle Stanley (18) and Ryan Pruitt (42) are swarmed by classmates in the stands at Williams-Brice Stadium following Saturday’s 4A Division I state championship victory over Byrnes. Stanley and Pruitt were part of a defensive effort that held the Rebels to a season-low 17 points and helped lead the Cavaliers to the second state football title in school history. Big Plays Spark Cavalier Victory BY JED BLACKWELL championship game. really says a lot about our kids. back Johnny Foster found receiver SPORTS EDITOR “I just anticipated the pass and What a great win for our team.” Charone Peake down the middle of stepped in front,” Parker said. After entering the fourth quarter the field for a 41-yard completion to “When I caught it, I didn’t see any- with a 14-10 lead, Dorman sud- the Byrnes 25-yard line. Two runs As Dorman’s John Parker raced thing but green in front of me.” denly found that victory very much by Jordan Thompson moved the down the home sideline at Williams- Parker’s interception return pro- in doubt. With just under nine min- ball to the 2, and A.J. Booker found Brice stadium on Saturday, his vided the exclamation point on utes to play in the game, Byrnes the end zone from there to stake vision was blissfully blank. a stellar effort by the Cavaliers’ running back Marcus Lattimore Dorman to a 21-17 lead with 5:26 to Parker didn’t see his opponents. defense. Dorman allowed 389 total bashed his way into the end zone play, setting the stage for Parker’s He didn’t see his teammates. He offensive yards, but forced four from one yard out, scoring his sec- interception return on Byrnes’ next
  • 209. SPOT SPORTS STORY Weekly Over 6,000 DivisionSecond Place: Fort Mill hopes pinned By Mac Banks At the same time, the referees came to stuff like that and yeah, I understand you the scorer’s table and talked to Fort Mill can’t continue after that, but a situation FORT MILL — There might as well have head coach Chris Brock. Beard then came like this. No, never. This is a simple, com- been steel chairs and brass knuckles in- to the scorer’s table a few minutes later mon occurrence and I’ve never seen any- Fort Mill Times volved, according to many Fort Mill High and said his wrestler couldn’t continue. one, not be able to continue.” School wrestling fans Monday night. As Beard was walking to the table, Threatt Fort Mill had fought its way back into Fort Mill, ranked seventh in the state, got to his feet without any help and looked the match after being down early 10-0. fell 34-30 to No. 2 ranked Rock Hill High in as if he could continue. The two teams started at 119 pounds with the third round of the state playoffs on a The referee then disqualified King for Rock Hill’s J.T. Charette beating Fort Mill’s controversial finish that had the referees using an illegal headlock, thus giving Alan Parks by major decision 14-5. Mac Banks being escorted out of Fort Mill High by se- Threatt the match win and Rock Hill the The Jackets’ Colby Hice was then dual meet win. pinned in the second period by Weston curity as the Yellow Jackets fans went bal- Trying to figure out what was going on, Beck at 125 pounds to put Fort Mill down listic. but knowing that Fort Mill had just lost, 10-0. Fort Mill’s Ryan Dugas gave the Jack- With Fort Mill up 30-28 in the final Yellow Jacket fans came out of the stands ets their first win of the evening by pinning match of the night and a date in the Upper and stood as close as they could to the Justin Collins in the first period. State Championship on the line, the Jack- floor without getting on it and gave Rock The Jackets then forfeited to Seth Beck ets’ Austin King, ranked seventh in the Hill and the referees a piece of their collec- at 135 pounds, but then had senior Zach state at 112-pounds, was going head-to- tive mind. Doran beat A.J. Boyd in a close 8-7 deci- head with Rock Hill’s Austin Threatt, who Both Beard and Brock have different sion. At 145 pounds, Fort Mill’s Curtis Ap- is ranked ninth. versions of what transpired. plegate upset Darshaey Moore by pinning King quickly took control of the match “When my kid said ‘I can’t finish’ and him in the second period to bring the score and went up 7-4 in the first 1:10 of the ‘the room is spinning,’ well then…,” Beard match. What transpired then was any- at 16-15 with the Bearcats holding a slim said. “From what the (Fort Mill) trainer lead. thing but normal. told me, he blacked out because his air King appeared to have Threatt pinned The upset of the night came when num- was cut off.” ber two ranked Jonathan Miskelly lost in on his back in a headlock. The referee Brock said he doesn’t have a problem blew the whistle, stopping the clock with overtime 6-4 to Dominique Jenkins, who with the illegal hold being called, but does is ranked second in the state at 42 seconds left in the first period. King let have a problem with how the match end- go of Threatt, got up and moved away 145-pounds, but was bumped up to wres- ed, admitting he feels his team was tle Miskelly at 152 pounds. Jenkins was up from the Rock Hill wrestler, who drew shammed out of the win. himself up on his knees. 4-2 with 23 second left in the third period, “Between the two of them (Beard and when Miskelly wiggled his way out of a Rock Hill head coach Cain Beard came Threatt) they decided he was hurt,” Brock out to the center of the mat to check his situation and was able to take Jenkins said. “This is a rough sport and things hap- down and tie the match at 4-4 as time ex- wrestler as the Fort Mill High trainer came pen. But I have been doing this for 30-plus to attend to Threatt. pired. years and I have never seen it come to a For more, go to www.fortmilltimes- What, if anything, was said between point where they can’t continue in a situa- Beard and Threatt is unclear. .com tion like that. I’ve seen broken arms and
  • 210. WHAT’S INSIDE… SPOT SPORTS STORY Weekly Over 6,000 DivisionFirst Place: COOL RUNNINGMyrtle Beach Despite official cancellation, hundreds still race MB MarathonHerald BY AMANDA KELLEY THE HERALD We’re not going to Bruce Richardson and his let the weather stop friends drove from Greenville to Myrtle Beach to run the us. We’ve been Myrtle Beach Marathon.Amanda Three and a half inches of snow wasn’t going to stop them. “We drove too far not to [run],” Richardson said. “We’re not going to let the training for five months. Bruce Richardson Runner |Kelley weather stop us. We’ve been training for five months.” Officials cancelled the Bi-Lo they had been training for. Myrtle Beach Marathon late Most of the runners opted to Friday night after a blanket of shorten their race, running rare coastal snow covered the the half marathon instead of ground. City spokesman Mark the full they had entered. It Kruea said safety was the wasn’t official, but it was still a main reason for the cancella- race and to the runners that’s tion. The course is not closed all that mattered. to traffic and “runners and City worker Carlos Williams cars must safely co-exist on even presented medals. city streets,” he said in a news He stood at the finish line release. handing the awards to the But hundreds of runners runners who came through. still showed up for the race He said he was supposed to be Saturday morning, and they working security for the race ultimately crossed the finish and the runners who showed line. up in the cold deserved to AMANDA KELLEY | THE HERALD
  • 211. SPOT SPORTS STORY Weekly 2/3 Times DivisionThird Place: The Press & Standard Brantley Strickland “Brock Miller resigns”
  • 212. SPOT SPORTS STORY Weekly 2/3 Times DivisionSecond Place: The Gaffney Ledger Larry Hilliard “Indians State Champs!”
  • 213. SPOT SPORTS STORY Weekly 2/3 Times DivisionFirst Place: The Gaffney Ledger Scott Powell Student makes $10,000 shot By SCOTT POWELL domly chose Thomas as her ket (at the other end of the Ledger Staff Writer replacement from a wave of court),” Thomas said. “I couldn’t hands pointing at her from the believe it when the basketball hit crowd. the net.” God must have a sense of “God does crazy things. I had The college purchased insur- humor. seen the girl (Wykenia ance for the $10,000 prize This is the only way Hemingway) a couple of times through American Hole in One Limestone College senior Cruz on campus, but had not met her. for the contest. Thomas can explain the miracle I was just standing with my Thomas, a Camden native, three-quarter-court shot he sank friends at the game, yelling ‘pick said he will share the prize Monday night to win $10,000. me’,” Thomas said. “I never money with Hemingway. He accomplished the feat played any type of basketball “She’s the girl who won the when he was randomly selected growing up. I came to Limestone ticket and randomly picked me from the crowd to participate in College to wrestle.” to take the shot,” he said. a “Pick A Shot” promotion dur- Thomas was one of two con- Thomas said he plans to ing halftime of the Limestone testants in the “Pick A Shot” pro- donate part of his prize money to College men’s basketball game motion. the Cherokee County Boys and against St. Andrews. Contestants are given the Girls Club. He is the unit direc- Thomas, a criminal justice opportunity to shoot from the tor of the club’s Teen Center. major, wasn’t even supposed to spot they feel most comfortable Thomas will graduate from take the shot. He had left his on the basketball court. If they Limestone College on May 6. ticket stub in his coat on the make that shot, they turn around He’s getting married May 22. opposite side of the gymnasium and shoot at the basket on the His fiancee wasn’t there to to join a group of friends. opposite end of the court from witness his great basketball Limestone freshman Wykenia where they made the first shot. shooting in person. Hemingway was initially select- Contestants have to make both She is a college student at San ed in a raffle ticket drawing to shots to win. Jose State in California. compete in the halftime promo- Thomas made both shots to “She will see the video,” Limestone College senior Cruz Thomas celebrates with tion. win the $10,000 prize. Thomas said. “I give all the freshman Wykenia Hemingway on Monday night after Due to her high school basket- “I made my first shot from the glory to God. He takes care of ball experience Hemingway free throw line I backed up to his children and reminds me winning $10,000 in a “Pick A Shot” promotion. The con-
  • 214. SPORTS FEATURE STORY Weekly Under 6,000 DivisionThird Place: The Chesnee Tribune Jed Blackwell Chesnee’s Ace Henderson’s eye-popping season leads Eagles It’s not hard to find Chesnee’s Brandon Henderson before the Eagles’ baseball games. He’s the young man at the center of what looks like a small-town speed trap. Henderson, a senior pitcher for the Eagles, is 5-0 on the season, boasts a 0.00 ERA and a fastball in the high 80s, and rarely unleashes his left arm these days without a dozen radar guns pointed in his direc- tion. “It started with some college scouts last year,” said Chesnee Athletic Director Bill Parris. “Now, it’s moved on to the major-league guys. There’s generally somebody watching him every time he pitches. He draws a crowd.” Last week, Henderson brought out at least a dozen Major league scouts gather behind the Chesnee backstop to scouts, armed with stopwatches and radar guns, to watch Brandon Henderson pitch
  • 215. SPORTS FEATURE STORY Weekly Under 6,000 Division PAGE LABEL Heart of the Team 00 WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2010 HOMETOWN NEWSSecond Place: Cavaliers’ manager is blessing to team, community BY JED BLACKWELL SPORTS EDITOR “When they presented him with that jersey, it was prob- (Editor’s Note: This is ably the biggest night of his life as well as mine.” the first article in an occasional series profil- Charles Lollis, Chase’s father ing those who give of themselves to help area high school athletic pro- Chase really shines, Chase’s photo was one a difference. They can grams. While the players however, is greeting of approximately 225 contribute to a team, an on the fields and courts customers at the bever- photographs selected organization, whatever age station for Sunday’s from over 1,000 entries it might be.” The Woodruff News are the face, strength, and backbone of every lunch buffet. in the NDSS worldwide Chase, meanwhile, is program, the count- “That’s his day,” call for photos. The pho- excited about the pro- less volunteers who Morrow said. “He fills tographs will appear in duction. work tirelessly behind ice cups for everybody, a video production to “It’s a big honor,” he the scenes - sometimes and offers each cus- be shown on the larger- said. “I’m going to New overcoming struggles tomer a cup of tea or a than-life MTV plasma York. I’m going to fly of their own to do so - cup of ice for the drink screen located in the up there to see my pic- are the very heart of the machine. And every heart of Times Square. ture.” time, he tells each cus- Charles Lollis, who Charles Lollis hopes Jed Blackwell teams we cover. These are their stories.) tomer ‘thank you, and wants to see opportu- that other people will enjoy your lunch today’. nities given to all spe- see his son’s picture W hen the He’s just a joy to have cial-needs people, not and realize that if given Dorman around here, and we just Chase, said the the opportunity, people Cavaliers love him. We’re so, so Dorman staff had been with Down syndrome burst onto PHOTO BY TRENT BROCK thankful that we were very encouraging about and other special needs the football field and Chase Lollis stands with his band of brothers during a able to hire him.” the Times Square pro- citizens can be just as recent Dorman High School football game. duction. productive as anyone. make their rush for the “I talked to some of “If one person is sideline every Friday Seeing his name the coaches, and they touched by one of these night, many in the stands look for their Everything worked also has a job at Blue in lights said to just let him run with it,” he said of the pictures, then the pro- duction is successful,” out, and it’s just been Star Barbecue on Pine favorite player, search- As the result of production. “They told he said. “My son is not a a happy marriage ever Street, where owner ing the numbers until since.” Kim Morrow says he’s Chase’s work with me that Chase is a spe- burden. He’s a blessing, they find who they’re For his father, who one of her best employ- the Dorman team, he cial kid who needs to and he’s been a blessing looking for. played football in ees. will soon experience a be known. If that’s the to many people. I just Inevitably, their eyes school, seeing Chase “When I interviewed unique honor. Chase’s way people feel, then want people to see that are drawn to 00. emerge with the team Chase, I put him photo, taken on the that’s what I want. This whatever someone’s Double-zero is Chase for the first time was through the same steps sideline at a Dorman is not for notoriety for challenges in life, if Lollis, the Cavaliers’ overwhelming. I’d put anybody through, game and entered by his Chase, but for people they’re given the oppor- manager, who works “When he ran out and he answered the mother into a contest, to see that if you have tunity, loved and cared steadily at his job as there the first time, I same questions as any will appear in lights on a special child, if any- for, and expected to fol- team manager while can’t tell you what it potential employee,” Broadway on Saturday, body special has a need, low through on things, encouraging the fans meant,” he said. Morrow said. “He did September 25 as part they can move forward then they can do any- to get behind the great then, and he’s of the National Down and have just as much thing just as well as Cavaliers. doing great now.” Syndrome Society’s quality of life as anyone anyone else.” “I enjoy it,” Lollis said Dressing for Morrow said Chase video production to else.” of his role as manag- demonstrate that people er and #1 fan. “I like the Part said he liked to clean and wash dishes, but with Down syndrome Dempsey agreed with Lollis. If you have someone you’d like for us to consider for a my fans. I like the With the job of man- she soon found other can be successfully “The thing I’ve always “Heart of the Team” profile, team. They’re a good ager firmly in hand, talents as well, such as included in commu- said about kids like him please contact Jed Blackwell team. They’re a special Lollis drew the notice making hush puppies nity activities, educa- is that there is a place,” at 542-6178 or jedblack- team.” of some of last year’s and french fries. Where tion, and employment. he said. “They can make It’s fitting, then, that Cavaliers. They quickly the Cavaliers should decided their manager have such a special per- APPLES ARE READY ! needed a proper uni- son as their manager. form, and former center Lollis, 20, has Down Jake Morris approached syndrome. That doesn’t Dempsey with the slow him down at all intention of making it on the field helping happen. the Cavaliers. Chase’s father, Charles Lollis, said the chance given to “Jake, a senior offen- sive lineman for us last Teachers and Church Group Leaders, Book Your Tour Today year, came up with the his son and the accep- tance shown him by idea of everybody chip- ping in to buy Chase a Call (864) 574-8889 or (864) 576-4195 Dorman is very special. jersey ” Dempsey said BIRTHDAY PARTIES GROUP
  • 216. SPORTS FEATURE STORY Weekly Under 6,000 DivisionFirst Place: Just like in the NFL, a group of Waccamaw High graduates knowsCoastal that winning a league championship is everybody’s ....Observer BY ROGER GREENE COASTAL OBSERVERRoger B Y CONSERVATIVE es- timates, close to 20 million people play fantasy football. For participants, the game offers yet anotherGreene way for them to connect with their favorite sport. It’s a concept that Wac- camaw High alums Kipp Chrismer, Emmett Fer- ri, Chad Cusick and Chris Caraballo have readily em- braced. The four helped estab- lish their own league in 2005, and when asked why they are ready for anoth- er season this fall, the one word heard most often was “fun.” “I love being a part of this,” said Chrismer, who serves as commission- er of the 12-team league. “It’s an event every week- end. Whether we’re watch- Photos by Tanya Ackerman/Coastal Observer
  • 217. SPORTS FEATURE STORY Weekly Over 6,000 Division WHAT’S INSIDE…Third Place:Myrtle Beach HEARING THE CALL As Major League draft nears, deaf Coastal player reaches out to kidsHerald ASHLEY BRUNO THE HERALD Scott Woodward can read successful I am shows them that not everything is impossi- ble and they can achieve any- thing if they work hard.” baseball signs. He knows when to steal, to take a pitch After picking up a baseball and bat at age 2, Woodward I just want to make or to swing away. But he can barely hear the said he just wanted to have fun. their lives easier fans cheering him on. He didn’t become serious Coastal Carolina’s 21-year- about the game until he was 9. by giving them the role old third baseman is deaf. He’s That’s when he played for a been this way since birth. He traveling team. He later model I never had.Ashley Bruno uses a hearing aid that that helps him hear muffled sounds, and he reads lips. Woodward is also a top prospect, and some experts believe he could play at the starred in high school. Now a college junior, Wood- ward is tied for third in the na- tion in stolen bases. He is also the first CCU player to play for Team USA. Scott Woodward Major League level. If he does, Woodward’s father, Kevin, he will be among a handful of said his son’s other senses deaf athletes to accomplish make up for his hearing prob- this feat. lems. But the Indiana native’s ac- “He was always the kid who complishments off the dia- would see something or no- mond have earned him more tice something that no one fans than what he’s done on else would,” Kevin Woodward the field. Woodward mentors said. “It was like he would see the hearing impaired students something and then you of Horry County Schools. would look and, sure enough “I just want to make their … it was always something lives easier by giving them the only Scott would notice.” role model I never had,” he ASHLEY BRUNO | THE HERALD said. “Showing these kids how See WOODWARD, Page 4B CCU’s Scott Woodward gives a lift to Nicholas Webb. Woodward, who is deaf, takes time away from baseball to mentor hearing impaired children.
  • 218. SPORTS FEATURE STORY Weekly Over 6,000 Division Conwayite regretsSecond Place: Willie Mays’ offer BY ROBERT ANDERSON SPORTS EDITOR An autograph of Willie Mays is one of the most coveted in all of sports, The Horry Independent but Conway National Bank vice president Mitch Godwin once said thanks but no thanks when the Major League Robert Anderson superstar offered to sign his baseball. In his defense, Godwin was a loyal and Godwin diehard fan of the St. able player awards. He Louis Cardinals and only ended his career with 11or 12-years-old when 660 career home runs, he turned down Mays, which ranked third at the who was then a member time of his retirement of the New York Giants. and currently fourth all- “I doubt very seriously time. In 1999, he placed if there’s very many peo- second on The Sporting ple, if anyone, who ever News’ list of the 100 turned down Willie Mays’ Greatest Baseball autograph,” Godwin Players, making him the said. “I had him sign my highest-ranking living program and he said ‘do player. Later in 1999, you want me to sign your Mays was elected to baseball?’ I politely said, Major League Baseball’s ‘no sir, I’m a Cardinal All-Century Team. fan.’ I remember him Godwin wasn’t think- laughing. It was just, by ing about any of that golly I was a Cardinal when he turned down fan.” Mays and his autograph
  • 219. SPORTS FEATURE STORY Weekly Over 6,000 DivisionFirst Place:Fort Mill TimesJason Chisari The Crushers play ‘for the right reasons’ More than just wins and losses By Jason Chisari The Lady Crushers went 0-7 for game, like in life,” Rob said. the season. Many of the girls on Making it even more of a fami- the team never picked up a soft- ly affair, their daughter Cassidy is TEGA CAY — With all of the ball until this year. But, listening a Crusher. emphasis on wins and losses, ad- to the team chant and scream in The Lady Crushers were a herence to rules and individual the dugout, or shout words of en- freshly added team to the Tega performance, it’s easy to forget couragement to teammates, it Cay recreational softball league why people enjoy sports in the becomes apparent that there’s this season. The team was ran- first place. The thrill of stepping more to be gained than merely a domly compiled, and the major- onto a field for the first time, or notch in the win column. ity of the girls were perfect the simple act of playing catch “It’s OK to lose, and it’s OK to strangers coming into the sea- with a loved one are but two ex- make mistakes out there,” said son. Nearly all were unfamiliar amples of feelings that fade over Carlyn Burns, who coaches the with the sport of softball, and time as the competitive drive and team along with her husband, even the all-important ritual of desire for glory gradually take Rob Burns. “We’re a team that’s practice has been a rushed, trun- center stage. about learning the basics, trying cated affair, according to Rob So maybe there’s a lesson to be your best and having fun. These Burns. learned when watching the 10U are the pillars of sports.” “We really had nothing to DAVID LOSEE/FORT MILL TIMES Tega Cay Lady Crushers softball “We want them to take some- Dory Hottle and her Crushers teammates keep each other
  • 220. SPORTS FEATURE STORY Weekly 2/3 Times DivisionThird Place: The News & Reporter Travis Jenkins
  • 221. SPORTS FEATURE STORY Weekly 2/3 Times DivisionSecond Place: The Press & Standard Brantley Strickland “Thunder and Thunder”
  • 222. SPORTS FEATURE STORY Weekly 2/3 Times DivisionFirst Place: Rings of honor Kershaw Eagles football teams saluted Robert HoweyThe Lancaster News KERSHAW – Some 41 years ago, Kershaw High School closed its doors for the final time as the Class AA schoolRobert Howey yielded to consolidation and became part of Andrew Jackson High School. The Eagles’ final football sea- son ended with a 9-3 finish. Still, the memories remain, many more like yesterday than yesteryear. Kershaw High’s final football seasons, all under the guidance of legendary coach Bill Few, fea- tured some of the state’s top football squads. Prior to the final Eagles’ foot- ball campaign in 1968, KHS played for the state champion- ship four consecutive seasons, 1964-67, capturing coveted state crowns in 1964 and 1966. The Eagles’ state title football ROBERT HOWEY/SPORTS EDITOR teams were the toast Saturday Kershaw High School legendary football coach Bill Few makes a point as Eagles 1964 state night at the Kershaw home of championship team captain Jimmy Catoe and Bill Parker, the 1966 KHS state championship team cap- Darryl Cook, a former Eagles tain, along with former Eagles’ player Darryl Cook, left, listen during an event at Cook’s home to honor player, and his wife, Clara. the former Kershaw High state champion football teams Saturday night.
  • 223. SPORTS COLUMN WRITING Weekly Under 6,000 DivisionThird Place: The Travelers Rest Monitor Roger Jewell
  • 224. SPORTS COLUMN WRITING Weekly Under 6,000 DivisionSecond Place: The Manning Times Drew Tripp
  • 225. SPORTS COLUMN WRITING Weekly Under 6,000 Division D.J. Weathers BY DAN BROWNFirst Place: This is one of those stories I’d give anything not to write. It’s probably one of the hardest I’ll ever have D.J. Weathers. to write. the untimely loss of a clo Check that … I don’t have to write it, but I want to. No, I feel com- pelled to. lives. A Defining And the big question, as posed I want MacAvoy my part of by Roy to tell in The Berkeley Moment ... BY DAN BROWN D.J. Weathers’ story. the movie Tin Cup, “Are you going to let the moment define I’ve Or are youreally known you? only going to define the moment?” past eight DJ for the Am I dreaming? They could have quit months, since the Stags Independent By Dan Brown It’s about 10 after 4 on a Saturday morning as I start this. I’ll probably not sleep much tonight. I’m probably not alone, either. tonight. And nobody, not one won the Class AAAA Div. of the 10,000 football fans and friends of D.J. Weathers whoIIwatched championship last state that game would have blamed them interviewed December. I one I t’s almost midnight, and I’m sitting was tough. We Last week bit. in a rapidly emptying parkingto say goodbye to D.J. had lot at But they briefly when doing a him didn’t. They did- Williams-Brice Stadium as I write was tougher. This week n’t story moment define let the on the team’s reaction to the school’s this. Because now we have to let them. They defined the him go. I want to get this down before the 90 moment. state championship in 13 years. first Life goes on, and so must And But better way could what I really didn’t get to know him well until Dan Brown minute drive home and I go to bed for dreaming. we. the night. I want to make sure We have to move on. I’m not Jerry Brown said after the The Stags won. The Stags beat a team there were 10 game that they have chosen to honor baseball season. their teammate, their class- mate, It was the first game of the season and I was brother? their friend, and their touted as the best in the state. The Stags there on the field players out Winning the game? Youthe dugout shooting pictures of standing near are beat a team hailing from the self-anoint- offense. He was tonight on missing team running through its infield drills. The the the point if you right. Tonight, the 11th man think a big “W” over ed title of “Football was D.J. Weathers. Summerville would have City.” Next week someone will paid a higher tribute to D.J’s They beat a quar- step up and replace him – memory. terback already tout- and not in the way that he’ll The Berkeley Stags were ed as the next John be forgotten. None of these not going to win that football Elway and showed, young men or women will game tonight. That would ever forget D.J. have been easy behind all the hype, that he’s still just a 17-year old kid. The Stags won a
  • 226. SPORTS COLUMN WRITING Weekly Over 6,000 Division FITZ’S FINAL Are you THOUGHTS seriouslyThird Place: JOEL FITZPATRICK booing? One W hen Saturday’s state FITZ’S FINAL game ended the title Saddening THOUGHTS first thing I did was approach a pair of Dor- man coaches to offer my JOEL The Greer Citizen Moment congratulations. FITZPATRICK Those two men were Less Mark Dempsey and Phil Smith. Both were men Joel Fitzpatrick S hortly after the 1989 who I have met over the water, NBA finals ended, I years, and I was honestly remember watching a video highlight of the se- happy for them. ries between the Los An- That was the only geles Lakers and Detroit Pistons. The video was accom- please reason I approached the coaches, however. I have always been taught that I panied by Bob Seger’s couldn’t imagine inter- and lose with you win “Famous Final Scene”, viewing one of our ath- and it was the first time I class. letes after a game and realized how powerful the Nothing I did at the right before they respond- right song could be when ed to my firstgame mattered as far as question, accompanying a sports the outcome, so I didn’t pulled out a piece of paper video package. and presented me with a suffer a loss. But I did list of prepared answers. Since that time, one of N my favorite combinations My response woulda great team win a big see be of music and sports has to not use thosegame, and wanted to pass answers because it would be my well wishes. on cheat- , been the video package ing the readers. Rather e that annually ends CBS’ than providing a feel for I turned around When how the athlete and headed back towards felt mo- ments after something the Byrnes sidelines, I big happened, it would be offering a watered-down i hi I h d t d reaction.
  • 227. SPORTS COLUMN WRITING Weekly Over 6,000 Division Enough already..Second Place: Y ou can forgive Conway High School football fans for feeling a little depressed as they watched the Tigers run off the field at halftime of this past Friday night’s game against Wando. Although Conway trailed 14-7 and certainly wasn’t out of the game, watching someThe Horry Independent of the key players limp to the locker room was downright depressing. SPORTS TALK Quarterback MykalRobert Anderson Sumter came to Moody, who was on crutches and in street clothes, under- went minor surgery yester- Robert day and will be listed as Anderson Coastal’s Bennett makes tough decisions play; CHS didn’t game to game the remainder of the season. Moody was ac- weeks. Tigers-28 So companied to the dressing 10. room by another of theDisappointing. Elgin’s over- Football is a fun game, but and Antoine In many ways, Bennett and Tigers’ key offensive Discouraging. Loris over GSF of a head football coach on Disgusting. time win the level of fun is too often Rivens. his assistants were victims of the collegiate level. He is ulti- Any one of those words over South determined by wins and loss- The bot- their own success. The mately responsible for the H-back Rory weapons, The Trojans have performance ofHoward. Howard, who could be used to describe Florence, es. The more games you win, tom line is Chanticleers became a power his team, and week’s unenviable Conway’s shocking 35-21 the Tigers the more fun it is. The less winning in the Big South Conference sometimes has to make tough games you put in the win col- football much sooner than anyone decisions he would prefera go-ahead touch-loss at the handsto slow dow caught not upset trying of could have umn, the less fun it usually is. helps pay could have reasonable expect- to make. down pass in the fourth this past Friday back R.J. B Sumter running forced a Unfortunately for Coastal the bills and ed. Spivey, Snider and Rivens Snider, who roamed the night. three-way Carolina and Coach David a 16-18 were big reasons it happened t th sidelines with Bennett for 18 i F id Li 35 T j 1 The Gamecocks, who were logjam for Bennett, the Chanticleers record the so quickly. years, was Coastal’s first offen- SPORTS winless in the region heading first place haven’t won as many games the past three years as anyone past three years is a big Shuffling his staff was tough for Bennett, who is a fine sive coordinator. As defensive line coach, Rivens also served into the game, weren’t good SPORTS atop the TALK enough to beat the Tigers region would like. Although Bennett is a very drop from winning Christian and a dedicated family man. on the CCU staff since day one as did Spivey, a Conway native without a little help. TALK standings respectable 50-29 at CCU, three con- Making sweeping staff and former CHS quarterback Unfortunately Conway with one three consecutive non-win- Robert secutive Big changes was even tougher for who coached the wide was its own worst enemy, all game to ning seasons forced him to Anderson South Bennett because it involved receivers. but gift-wrapping the upset Robert play had make some tough decisions Conference loyal friends who helped him Spivey, Snider and Rivens win for Sumter. Anderson they taken For starters Conway failed care of
  • 228. SPORTS COLUMN WRITING Weekly Over 6,000 Division Williams shows his true colorsFirst Place: What can winning two nation- al championships at your alma mater get you? If you’re North Carolina men’s basketball coach Laurens County School board’s vote to oust Young theRoy Williams, it is apparently It’s rather ironic that in a year dominated by talk of elections that a vote is what pushed out Clinton NICK clearly not working. wrong move title in 2009, the “old blood” was prep, is king. If youaneed a the power of security guard. If you don’t on the local new proof, just turn like something that is What’s even better, though, is a Prep football still teases the spo High School’s fixture of a football said during your agame, kick the comment from the chair of the segments on TV — as it did HERMAN school board, Linda Darby, saying WYFF-TV Monday nightNB Advertiser coach. the eighth state title in history was Playoffs, out. Stanley C person not the Andy Young’s 17-year run came the termination of Young following Tuesday night. Not the to a sudden end Monday night sports editor “Because the CHS team won the With 6:45 left in the game when the Laurens District 56 not sensationalistic. Playoffs, not the French Op Board voted 4-3 against retaining Prep football. for the 2010-11 school year. The embarrassed and I am very angry.” sensational. It’s just like all Saturdaywith each other. between North him as coach and athletic director criticism, saying “I’m stunned, I’m state championship, there’s nothing Clinton football and Young the synonymous move comes just weeks after Look on the blogs, too. Young was named the state’s’s mes- job,” she said. Carolina next season is rath Presbyterian Devil sidelines and other employees who don’t have a think of Young not roaming the R Nick Herman months after he led the Red Devils of posts by people who see it as a ing sensational about firing a Consider this atin Young’s tenu Huh? I’d agree that there’s noth- difficult, even if it is now a real Football Coach of the Year, and sage board was filled with a slew College — the Dean E. Smith to their first state championship in mark against the board and the coach who goes 0-11 every year. he had only three seasons of .50 more than two decades. Center in Chapel Hill, N.C., team, having the reigning state There is plenty that is sensational or-worse ball — out of 17. Young took a team that looked champions let go of their football when the coach fired was last seen Deon one heck of a footballho That’s ready for a quick one-and-out post- coach to save some money, or to celebrating his team’s state title at dition to Thompson went to the hand off. Now let’s t season run and guided them to a simply show they can fire someone Williams-Brice Stadium. state championship. Hardened by just because the school board has free-throw oust Young is that the move to In my time in South Carolina the move the forces a fum for a pair of line I’ve learned football, especially Clinton can’t recover from. their tough regular season sched- that power. l h d il h fi shots. Thompson, who finished the game with 19 points, made the first free throw and then Certain fan chants needn’t be used at the game made the second before being It’s not unusual at a basketball What do these chants have to shouldn’t be expected to stop replaced in the game by a sub. game for home fans — or visit- do with basketball anyway? Did their jobs and reprimand their That in itself is rather mundane ing fans, for that matter — to ride an opponent for the occa- NICK the Laurens fans who acted out own fans. It didn’t appear as if really believe that bringing up any adult tried to go over and in basketball, sional air ball, bad pass, blown HERMAN the parental status of a player give a warning, and if they did, but what dunk or clumsy tumble on the court. sports editor would somehow get the player their efforts certainly failed. off his game? Judging from the What was impressive, though, made the It happens. Quite often, in 16 points he scored in his team’s was the way the Wren moment stand player fact, a little humor can be taken victory, I’d say that was a futile handled the verbal barrage. He’s out of it, and the players and fans would get the basketball, the effort. probably heard those chants, or out was what all move on after awhile. fans, all of whom were sitting And what about the fan from worse, at other venues,aso he fan, who When the fans’ chants, howev- behind the Laurens Raider Wren who responded with her wasn’t shaken by it. He stuck to er, get too personal and go bench, would immediately enter own chant? What does that his game and helped his team was wearing a beyond the line of tact, there has into a chant of, “Child support.” prove? If her hope was to try and win, never even turning w h i t e - c o l - an eye to be something done to keep it Later on those same fans stand up for the offended Wren toward the fans who serenaded from draining all the sportsman- changed it up and threw in the player, she did it in the wrong him with the “child support” PC shirt lared ship out of a game. chant of, “Trojan.” These chants fashion. By chanting what she chants. He was the biggerwhile sitting man in Such was the case during the went on, alternating, throughout did, all she did was lower herself a gymnasium where the loudest Wren-Laurens boys’ high school the entire game. to the sub-standards set by a voices reminded me of spiteful at least 20 basketball game Friday night in The Wren fans, or at least one bunch of teenagers. She didn’t kids and their schoolyardrows taunts. up L Th R id kW h id did ’ d hi diff h i F h d Roy behind the Williams UNC bench,
  • 229. SPORTS COLUMN WRITING Weekly 2/3 Times Division Neff’s plan works to diamond perfectionThird Place: T hree years ago when Steven Neff, the former Sports Lancaster High and Lancaster Post 31 Legion Talk baseball star, was pondering his baseball future, he had Robert two thoughts in mind. The Lancaster News Howey was a 26h round draft Neff pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates out of LHS. The southpaw ace, Robert Howey Sawyer’s final the 2007 S.C. Gatorade Player battle reflected of the Year, had the way he was hoped for a higher draft se- T here’s an old Lancaster lection. He fig- Sports football story that in the ured the Talk mid-1970s when the late chance to play Neff Marv Maxwell was the Bruins’ in an estab- Robert lished college head football coach, his LHS Howey team was preparing baseball program, like South for a scrimmage. Carolina, might enhance his Blackwell’s spirit Great Falls, led by future draft status. the leg- is alive and well endary Harvey Stewart, was there was another Then, chain of thought, one on his one of the foes that August af- M att Blackwell’s 24th birthday was Thurs- ternoon. mind as a youngster. day April 8 “When I was a kid I was a Maxwell’s attention was drawn to a young Red Devils’
  • 230. SPORTS COLUMN WRITING Weekly 2/3 Times DivisionSecond Place: The News & Reporter Travis Jenkins
  • 231. SPORTS COLUMN WRITING Weekly 2/3 Times DivisionFirst Place: The Press & Standard Brantley Strickland
  • 232. PAGE ONE DESIGN PORTFOLIO Weekly Under 6,000 Division LEE CENTRAL Fields of Faith TOO MUCH FOR EAST CLARENDON — PAGE 7 — PAGE 14 The Manning TimesThird Place: ©2010 Times Publishing Company, Inc. Serving Clarendon County since 1882! Thursday, September 30, 2010 Volume 128, No. 32 75 cents A SECOND CHANCE ANIMAL SHELTER Talks could salvage shelter By JASON LESLEY - - - - - th - - - - JASON LESLEY / - - PUPPY LOVE. Thea Boucher, a volunteer at A Second Chance Animal Shelter, - See SHELTER, page 6 holds a puppy named Butter during an exercise session. “I love my dogs,” said Boucher, a volunteer for three years at the shelter. The Manning Times EAST CLARENDON HIGH Deaths shock students Jason Lesley MARY LANE / SHOWING THE WAY. Turbeville Town Admin- istrator Pat Goodwin makes a point to his wife, Barbara, and longtime Turbeville resident (who just turned 90) John Cole. TURBEVILLE By DANIEL LACKEY - - By MARY LANE - - See DEATHS, page 6 COUNTY COUNCIL - By JASON LESLEY - - - - - - PHOTO BY RON WINGARD DANCER. Pat Goodwin hugs Melissa Allen at the conclusion of Dancing With The Stars at See GOODWIN, page 6 the Cypress Center. He danced with Sandra Lucas Hyde. See DISPATCHING, page 6 KID’S DAY WEATHER $30in-county. 85 61 SUBSCRIBE! $40 for 1 year, Event promotes high, low if you live character development Mild weekend on the way as PAGE 20 October arrives. Learn about your county! for 1 year, outside of Clarendon.
  • 233. PAGE ONE DESIGN PORTFOLIO Weekly Under 6,000 DivisionSecond Place: The Weekly Observer Emily Killian
  • 234. PAGE ONE DESIGN PORTFOLIO Weekly Under 6,000 Division v Cubs’ Colvin disappointed by end of his Jackets’ Regiment plays on 1B ★ season | 11AFirst Place: ★ Star The September 23-29, 2010 | Vol. LVII, No. 4 | 50¢ Bringing Facilities in future head heart to concerns at meeting music By PHYLLIS BRITT News Editor Enrollment, facilities and discipline led The Star the discussion during the third commu- nity chat hosted Monday night by the two mem- bers of Aiken County Board of Education who represent Area 2. Ray Fleming and Keith Liner were joined by Area 2 Assistant Superintendent Peggy Fleming Trivelas and Aiken County Deputy Super- intendent David Caver in discussing the condition of Area 2 and the entire school district with a look at the path forward. Brandon Lockett Please see CHAT, page 5A Teen adds art toward fight against cancer By BILL BENGTSON Two local teen sisters have added an element to the fight against cancer, with the support of the Breast Cancer Preven- tion Coalition of the CSRA. Staff photo by Phyllis Britt Cancer patient Mary- Composer Larry Clark directs the North Augusta Middle School band in one of his own compositions, “Sentinel.” Louise Pawlowski, a sophomore at Fox ★ Westobou composer visits Creek High School, has her image as part of the “Calendar for a North Augusta, Paul Knox Christine Cure” mouse pad being offered for sale as a middle schools on Monday. fundraiser for the Medi- cal College of Georgia By PHYLLIS BRITT concert featuring the Savannah Cancer Research Cen- News Editor River Winds at First Baptist ter. Church Monday night. The idea, she “ usic doesn’t Rich Brasco, a member of M recalled, has its roots come alive the North Augusta Cultural in tough times – Febru- until you Arts Council and a retired Mary-Louise ary 2008, soon after she make it that band director, explained he was diagnosed with a way,” com- had first talked to Clark two rare form of cancer – primitive neuroec- poser Larry years ago for another proj- todermal tumors. Mary-Louise’s image Clark told students in the ect. Then the Arts Council was drawn from a picture taken by her North Augusta Middle School received a grant for its part in older sister, Christine. band on Monday. the Westobou Festival. “We Clark was in town visiting were in the right place at the Please see CANCER, page 9A both NAMS and Paul Knox right time,” said Brasco, who Staff photo by Phyllis Britt Middle School prior to his Composer Larry Clark, left, accepts a birthday cake from student Seth Rozs- being a part of the Westobou Please see COMPOSER, page 9A nyai and North Augusta Middle School band director Terry Jenkins. Leadership in area begins ★ E-mail your praise or critique of news events happening around our community to Book series finds roots INSIDE in North Augusta | 15A second year By PHYLLIS BRITT News Editor The first class of Leadership North Augusta graduated in June and then formed the board of directors for the upcoming class. The group spent nine months learn- ing about all aspects of life in North Augusta. The graduates of the inaugural class now serve as the board Index Question of the Week of directors and are ready to kick off the Bookings 6A Social 3B second year of Leadership North Augusta Classifieds 4B School menus 6A How would you like to E-mail your answer in October. Editorials 13A Sports 11A see the school district to editor@northau- The panel spent part of the summer tak- Obituaries 4A Star Lites 3A ing applications, interviewing candidates fund new Area 2 facili- Profile 6B Through my eyes Religion 2B by Charley Britt 12A ties? Please see LEADERSHIP, page 9A
  • 235. PAGE ONE DESIGN PORTFOLIO Weekly Over 6,000 Division M Y R T L E B E AC H Canine fashion showThird Place: YOUR LOCAL NEWSPAPER SERVING Garden City | Murrells Inlet | Myrtle Beach | Socastee | Surfside Beach See Page 10A VOL. 17 NO. 43 OCTOBER 22, 2010 | INSIDE | County still As school officials look for ways to improve grappling security, they’re exploring a new option … Myrtle Beach Herald with towing complaints Officials haven’t issued ticket in year since ordinance passed MONITORING SOCIAL MEDIA BY CHARLES D. PERRY Betty Moses MB wins cross THE HERALD country contest Christine Teeter knew she’d been overcharged. BY AMANDA KELLEY THE HERALD leadership at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, said monitoring social media can be difficult See Page 1B After her family finished eat- for school administrators. egan Adair doesn’t like the idea of M ing at the Conway Huddle “There isn’t an official way as far as being House last month, they walked school officials monitoring students’ able to monitor [social media],” Mitchell said. outside to find their car had Facebook pages. “There are devices that allow them to pick up been towed. “If I’m going to post something on my wall on key words and identify students who have For getting their vehicle on my own time, I shouldn’t have to worry Facebook and MySpace accounts.” back, the price was $185 — $25 about my administrators seeing what I have to Most school districts are developing policies more than the maximum rate say about personal issues,” said the Carolina for teachers and other employees who use so- Horry County allows for that Forest High School sophomore. “It could affect cial media, Mitchell said. These guidelines pro- kind of forced tow. their view on me in school. I think what goes hibit them from engaging in inappropriate on- “I have been cheated and on outside of school should stay outside of line behavior. scammed,” Teeter told Horry school.” For students, Mitchell said, the rules are usu- Megan Adair M Y R T L E B E AC H A time for pigskin and pigging out County leaders at a council Horry County school officials disagree. After threats were posted on a Twitter page ally that if their online activities disrupt school, meeting earlier this month. “I they can be disciplined for them. See tailgating photos Page 7B before a shooting and bomb See CCU football coverage Page 1B don’t believe the companies I think what “By and large, unless it gets GOP bags midterm involved just don’t know what they are allowed to charge by law. They know that the public goes on outside scare at Socastee High School, district leaders start- ed looking at ways to im- prove school security, in- We are looking into monitoring social media, pretty severe, the teachers don’t get too involved,” Mitchell said. “When you get just doesn’t know and they things written on Facebook Tea party helps fuel Republican surge of school should cluding monitoring social St. James goes take every advantage of that. … media sites such as Face- but that will be the most or MySpace that are humili- ating or derogatory towards BY MICHAEL SMITH AND CHARLES D. PERRY THE HERALD ucation, comptroller general, secretary of state and agricul- >How S.C. got its first pink for a cause See TOWING COMPLAINTS, Page 13A stay outside of book, MySpace and Twitter. [other students] … under YOUR LOCAL NEWSPAPER SERVING Republicans did what ture commissioner went to female (and minority) “We are looking into mon- difficult because many legal precedence the school Garden City | Murrells Inlet | Myrtle Beach | Socastee | Surfside Beach everyone expected Tuesday. Republicans. Statewide turnout was 44.24 school. itoring social media, but that district has a right and an ob- Rice, governor 10A Riding on a political wave of discontent over a sour econo- my and other issues, the GOP percent, with 1.16 million vot- ers casting ballots, figures show. See Page 4B Megan Adair will be the most difficult be- students don’t use their ligation to be able to censor VOL. 17 NO. 39 SEPTEMBER 24, 2010 reclaimed the U.S. House of Here’s a look at how the >Why a new county cause many students don’t that material and discipline Student | Representatives and fell just short of getting the Senate too. state elections went: S.C. Rep. Nikki Haley, R- chairman thinks he use their real names,” said real names. students for it.” Lehotsky South Carolina and Horry Lexington, will become South Superintendent Cindy Els- The disciplinary results berry. “Plus, I don’t know of Cindy Elsberry, superintendent County were no different. Carolina’s first female gover- can unite leaders 10A ‘EVERYONE WAS PANICKING’ About 65 percent of the bal- nor. WHAT DO YOU depend on the severity of the any manageable system out Horry County Schools| lots cast in Horry were straight With 45 of 46 counties re- ticket Republican, according porting, Haley led Democrat incidents. Mitchell said it to unofficial results. >How a tea party THINK? vying for Vincent Sheheen 51 to 47 per- Statewide, races for the con- cent, according to unofficial there for us to track it.” could be as simple as requir- stitutional offices of governor, lieutenant governor, attorney results posted to the S.C. darling upset a three- Should school officials Elsberry has charged Ed- ing the students to remove Shooting shakes Socastee High School, but no students hurt in attack general, superintendent of ed- See HALEY, Page 10A term incumbent 10A ward Boyd, the district’s chief accountability the hurtful or antagonistic information. Other be monitoring students’ and information officer, with finding a way for options include suspension. chairman’s social media posts? the district to check social media sites for secu- “Administrators have been prudent to make A MISSED WARNING? Voters support funding bus service Visit our website at rity threats. “We want something that’s affordable but sure punishment fits the crime to make sure there’s not an overreaction to this,” Mitchell seat BY AMANDA KELLEY said Coast RTA General Manager Coast RTA has struggled to find These posts appeared on THE HERALD Myers Rollins. “But we were more cash in recent years as recession- also very accessible,” Elsberry said. “I’m not said. “Schools have done a remarkable job re- the social networking site Twitter before Tuesday’s Supporters of mass public than pleased at the percentage and the margin of victory.” strained local governments cut back their financial support. The and participate in a poll sure where he is in his research, but we’ve only sponding to these kinds of incidents. I don’t shooting at Socastee High: transportation in Horry County coasted to victory Tuesday. When all 125 voting precincts belt-tightening has resulted in about this subject. just begun.” know if there’s an easy fix for it.” in the county reported their un- Coast raising fares and closing Sept. 21, 7:46 a.m. “Waiting for my ride. About to head to school. Voters overwhelmingly sup- ported funding the transit service provided by Coast RTA. official results, more than 63 per- cent of the votes were in favor of the county funding the bus serv- some routes. Local officials didn’t think Socastee crowns Gilland stepping Calls to Boyd were not returned. Mark Mitchell, a professor of educational See SOCIAL MEDIA, Page 2A “I was anxious to the last vote,” Not much longer.” VOL. 17 NO. 45 NOVEMBER 5, 2010 34 PAGES ice. See COAST RTA, Page 3A Foxworth homecoming down after term ends A team of their own Who’s Sept. 21, 6:04 a.m. | INSIDE | king, queen Model train show rides the rails into MB “I’m past the point of no return. No turning back now. Excited, but also scared.” Sept. 21, 12:52 a.m. making See Page 16B BY CHARLES D. PERRY THE HERALD “Haha wow, this is ganna be so much fun (; ” Special Olympics the call? | INSIDE | Calling the race for Horry County Council chairman a Grand Strand recreational train club looking for new home Sept. 20, 8:26 p.m. golf squad heads Surfside zoning “Okay. So I’ve made this David versus a situation so that no mat- ter what, it works out in to first tourney