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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.

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  2. 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. 3. BEST NEWSPAPER PUBLICATION Associate/Individual DivisionThird Place: The Independent Voice of the People’s Republic of Blythewood Barbara Ball
  4. 4. BEST NEWSPAPER PUBLICATION Associate/Individual DivisionSecond Place: University of South Carolina Creative Services Staff
  5. 5. BEST NEWSPAPER PUBLICATION Associate/Individual DivisionFirst Place: S.C. United Methodist Advocate
  6. 6. BEST MAGAZINE OR SPECIAL PUBLICATION Associate/Individual DivisionThird Place: S.C. Lawyers Weekly
  7. 7. BEST MAGAZINE OR SPECIAL PUBLICATION Associate/Individual DivisionSecond Place: University of South Carolina Creative Services
  8. 8. BEST MAGAZINE OR SPECIAL PUBLICATION Associate/Individual DivisionFirst Place: S.C. Farm Bureau
  9. 9. BEST PUBLISHED FEATURE STORY Associate/Individual DivisionThird Place: Murrells Inlet Messenger Tim Callahan “Michael Brown: My son Chandler”
  10. 10. BEST PUBLISHED FEATURE STORY Associate/Individual DivisionSecond Place: Murrells Inlet Messenger Tim Callahan “Courageous student overcomes adversity”
  11. 11. BEST PUBLISHED FEATURE STORY Associate/Individual DivisionFirst Place: Murrells Inlet Messenger Tim Callahan “Autism speaks to Georgetown, Horry counties”
  12. 12. BEST PUBLISHED NEWS STORY Associate/Individual DivisionThird Place: S.C. United Methodist Advocate Jessica Connor “Campus funds frozen”
  13. 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. 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. 15. BEST EDITORIAL/OP ED Associate/Individual DivisionThird Place: The Catholic Miscellany Alison Griswald “We all still need our mothers”
  16. 16. BEST EDITORIAL/OP ED Associate/Individual DivisionSecond Place: S.C. Lawyers Weekly Paul Tharp “You can take a break”
  17. 17. BEST EDITORIAL/OP ED Associate/Individual DivisionFirst Place: Murrells Inlet Messenger Tim Callahan “Younger brother’s death”
  18. 18. BEST PUBLISHED PHOTO Associate/Individual DivisionThird Place: The Catholic Miscellany Keith Jacobs “Deacon Johnson”
  19. 19. BEST PUBLISHED PHOTO Associate/Individual DivisionSecond Place: University of South Carolina Creative Services Michael Brown “Pregnancy”
  20. 20. BEST PUBLISHED PHOTO Associate/Individual DivisionFirst Place: The Catholic Miscellany Keith Jacobs “Boy Scouts”
  21. 21. BEST GRAPHIC DESIGN Associate/Individual DivisionThird Place: S.C. Lawyers Weekly Mike Zellmer “No camera, no DUI”
  22. 22. BEST GRAPHIC DESIGN Associate/Individual DivisionSecond Place: S.C. Chamber of Commerce Bobby Baker “Purple Statehouse template”
  23. 23. BEST GRAPHIC DESIGN Associate/Individual DivisionFirst Place: S.C. Lawyers Weekly Jim Sleeper “Paralegal personality”
  24. 24. BEST EVENT MARKETING Associate/Individual DivisionThird Place: University of South Carolina Creative Services “Parents Weekend”
  25. 25. BEST EVENT MARKETING Associate/Individual DivisionSecond Place: S.C. Lawyers Weekly “Leadership in Law”
  26. 26. BEST EVENT MARKETING Associate/Individual DivisionFirst Place: University of South Carolina Creative Services “May Carolina”
  27. 27. BEST PR CAMPAIGN Associate/Individual DivisionFirst Place: S.C. Farm Bureau “AG-tivity”
  28. 28. BEST WEBSITE Associate/Individual DivisionThird Place: Ask & Receive, Inc. for sharingluxury.com
  29. 29. BEST WEBSITE Associate/Individual DivisionSecond Place: S.C. Policy Council for thenerve.org
  30. 30. BEST WEBSITE Associate/Individual DivisionFirst Place: University of South Carolina Creative Services for the President’s page at sc.edu
  31. 31. BEST ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER/ PUBLICATION Associate/Individual DivisionThird Place: Ask & Receive, Inc. “Golden Career Strategies”
  32. 32. BEST ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER/ PUBLICATION Associate/Individual DivisionSecond Place: Ask & Receive, Inc. “HR News You Can Use”
  33. 33. BEST ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER/ PUBLICATION Associate/Individual DivisionFirst Place: S.C. Chamber of Commerce “Competitiveness Update”
  34. 34. SPORTS SERIES OF ARTICLES Open DivisionSecond Place: The Berkeley Independent Dan Brown “Games we used to play”
  35. 35. ONLINE COLUMN WRITING Open DivisionSecond Place: Free Times Dan Cook
  36. 36. CARTOON Open DivisionSecond Place: News-Chronicle Mike Beckom
  38. 38. SINGLE ONLINE PHOTO Open DivisionThird Place:The JournalScenePaul ZoellerVictor “Goat”Lafayette
  39. 39. NEWS SPECIAL EDITION OR SECTION All Weekly DivisionThird Place: The Clinton Chronicle Staff
  40. 40. NEWS SPECIAL EDITION OR SECTION All Weekly DivisionSecond Place: The Clinton Chronicle Staff
  41. 41. NEWS SPECIAL EDITION OR SECTION All Weekly DivisionFirst Place: The Lancaster News Staff
  42. 42. SPORTS SPECIAL EDITION OR SECTION All Weekly DivisionThird Place:News and PressStaff
  43. 43. SPORTS SPECIAL EDITION OR SECTION All Weekly DivisionSecond Place: Lexington County Chronicle & The Dispatch News Travis Boland
  44. 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. 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. 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- house.com 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. enews.com. 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- moultrienews.com)
  47. 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. 48. HEALTH REPORTING All Weekly DivisionThird Place: The Lancaster News Gregory Summers
  49. 49. HEALTH REPORTING All Weekly DivisionSecond Place: Lake Wylie Pilot John Marks
  50. 50. HEALTH REPORTING All Weekly DivisionFirst Place: Myrtle Beach Herald Amanda Kelley
  51. 51. EDUCATION REPORTING All Weekly DivisionThird Place: Free Times Ron Aiken
  52. 52. EDUCATION REPORTING All Weekly DivisionSecond Place: The News & Reporter Travis Jenkins
  53. 53. EDUCATION REPORTING All Weekly DivisionFirst Place: The Cherokee Chronicle Tommy Martin
  54. 54. SPORTS BEAT REPORTING All Weekly DivisionThird Place: Myrtle Beach Herald Amanda Kelley
  55. 55. SPORTS BEAT REPORTING All Weekly DivisionSecond Place: The Journal Scene Roger Lee
  56. 56. SPORTS BEAT REPORTING All Weekly DivisionFirst Place: The News & Reporter Travis Jenkins
  57. 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. 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. 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. 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. 61. SPORTS HEADLINE WRITING All Weekly DivisionSecond Place: Lexington County Chronicle & The Dispatch News Travis Boland Dutch Fork nabs ‘proven winner’ from Charlotte
  62. 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. 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 coastalobserver.com. 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. 64. PHOTO PAGE DESIGN All Weekly DivisionSecond Place:FortJacksonLeaderSusanneKappler
  65. 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. 66. PICTORIAL All Weekly DivisionThird Place:The Journal SceneStefan Rogenmoser“Fog Walk”
  67. 67. PICTORIAL All Weekly DivisionSecond Place: The Citizen News Mike Rosier “Pond draped in Winter”
  68. 68. PICTORIAL All Weekly DivisionFirst Place: Coastal Observer Tanya Ackerman “Pawleys Creek”
  69. 69. HUMOROUS PHOTO All Weekly DivisionThird Place:Moultrie NewsHelen R.Hammond “Mojo”
  70. 70. HUMOROUS PHOTO All Weekly DivisionSecond Place:Lexington CountyChronicle &The Dispatch NewsMark Bellune“Lexington Oktoberfest Parade”
  71. 71. HUMOROUS PHOTO All Weekly DivisionFirst Place: Coastal Observer Tanya Ackerman “Winnie the Pooh”
  72. 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. 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 Forbes.com’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