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Wagener-Salley FFA members attended the 86th State FFA Convention held at Clemson University June 12-14, by Mayor Mike Miller 2013. FFA members from across the by Mayor Mike Miller By TEDDy KULMALA state conducted FFA business, firstname.lastname@example.org Local governments don’t produce a their best for Wagener. Your opinions KULMALA President John Quincy Adamsa once said, participated in FFA Career Development submitted photo product, theyproduce provide services. When are important myself and the Council. kenstandard.com Local governments don’t their best for Wagener. Your to opinions “Patience and perseverance a magical Events, were recognized for their The Wagener Police Department has a new ofcitizens interacthave with town employees – the Please feel free to contact us anytime A dog spay/neuter program sponsored submitted photo product, they provide services. When are leaves important to myself and the Council. effect before which ficer patrolling the streets – new on four legs. whether it involves paying utility bills, a free with your suggestions. FOTAS and Pawmetto Lifeline. accomplishments, received the State FFA ner Police Department has a ofcitizens interact with difficulties town employees – by Please feel to contact us anytime A dogdisappear leaves the spay/neuter program sponsored and obstacles vanish”. I know well that our Xantos, a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois, was water service issue or being pulled over I ask you to join me in welcoming our ng the streets – on four legs. whether it involves paying utility bills, a with your suggestions. by FOTAS and Pawmetto Lifeline. Degree and were entertained and difficulties cannot compare to – issues of 1825, obtained by the town from the Columbia Police by a police officer the response theyyou Canine Officer Xantos to the Wagener By MIKE MILLER -year-old Belgian Malinois, was water service issue or being pulled over I ask to join me in welcoming our motivated by special guest. but one’s personal qualities of patience and Department and is Wagener’s first K-9 unit, ac receive can shape their entire outlook Police Department. Xantos is a Belgian the town from the Columbia Police by a police officer – the response they MILLER Canineand Officer Xantos to the Wagener By MIKE Wagener-Salley FFA Lori perseverance aretheir justof as, if not more effective cording to Officer Jeremy Hill, ac who Xantos’ opinion the town government. imported from The Netherlands This year’s WestMalinois Nile Xantos virus outbreak is on track to be the - is and is Wagener’s first K-9 President, unit, receive can shape entire outlook and Police Department. is a Belgian Tindal, and Sentinel, Jacob Yon, handler. I assure youThis that we at Town Hall strive and will working with Officer and serving today. biggest since the virus first appeared in the United Jeremy States fficer Jeremy Hill, who is Xantos’ opinion of the town government. Malinois imported from The Netherlands year’s West Nile virus outbreak isbe on track to be the Hill spent eight weeks in school toin learn to do our to Hall insure that employHill, who is certified as a police canine inour 1999, U.S. health officials reported Aug. 21. Unfortu This past we have been fortunate represented Wagener-Salley FFA the how to I assure youmonth that we atbest Town strive and will working with Officer Jeremy biggest since the virus firstbe appeared in the United States be a handler and to be able to train other officers ees have everything needed to do fulfill handler and trainer. nately in South Carolina, Aiken County is in the lead with to receive adequate rainfall at a most crucial eight weeks in school to learn how to do our best to insure that our employHill, who is certified as a police canine in 1999, U.S. health officials reported Aug. 21. Unfortu business meetings as voting delegates. in handling. Xantos, he said, had already been their duties and obligations to our cus-Aiken The presence of a K-9 officer deter photo bywe rob novit four confirmed of the Nile as of Aug. will 24, ac and to be Rodgers able to train other officers ees have everything needed to do fulfill handler and cases trainer. time of year, for which are thankful. We nately in South Carolina, County isWest in the lead with Kelly participated in the drug dealers by being in town and visible. through training with the Columbia department. tomers. We will expect employees take Laura Bacon, the new Busbee Corbett Elementary Middle School principal, greets fifth-grader Benzel Heyward and his cording to the Department Health and Environmental Xantos, he said, had already been their duties and obligations to our cusThe presence of a K-9 officer will deter photo by rob novit four confirmed cases of the West Nile as of Aug. 24, ac can only praise God for such a bountiful Greenhand Greed Speaking Career “For reasons specific to them, they requested K-9 officers are also valuable in assisting pride in their work and maintain high mother, Cynthia Heyward, and other students and parents as they arrived. See more photos on pages 5 his and 9. Control. drug dealers by being inEnvironmental town and visible. ning with the Columbia department. tomers. We will expect employees take n, the new Busbee Corbett Elementary Middle School principal, greets fifth-grader Benzel Heyward and cording to the Department of Health and blessing. However, we must deal with the Development event and placed fourth another dog. He just didn’t fit that need,” said.as they arrived. See more photos on pages consequences officers in detaining criminals, tracking standards of integrity cooperative ef- than Those older 50 are the most to become sens specific to them, they requested K-9 officers are also valuable inlikely assisting pride in9. their work and maintain high nthia Heyward, and other students and Hill parents 5 and Control. of being blessed so in much in provided many laughs for the audience. Felder, who I feel experienced the greatest According to Mayor Michael Miller, Xantos was fleeing criminals and locating lost people. forts to achieve mutual goals and exceed verely ill with West Nile and should take special care to in the Kelly had to recite the FFA He justState. didn’t fit that need,” Hill said. officers in detaining criminals, tracking standards of integrity in cooperative efThose older than 50 are the most likely to become se such a short period of time. Over a period brought to the United States from Holland, where National FFA Vice President Wiley We will be working closely with other expectations. inconvenience of all. On returning home avoid mosquitoes, according to the CDC. The most effec to Mayor Michael Miller, Xantos was fleeing criminals and locating lost people. forts to achieve mutual goals and exceed verely ill with West Nile and should take special care to Creed and answer questions concerning of about 32 hours, we received six inches many police dogs areHolland, bred. He where is the same breedBailey entertained and encouraged all law enforcement agencies through “muOur customers are not always right, but tive practices of protecting yourself against this disease one evening Mr. Felder noticed that the he United States from We will be working closely with other expectations. avoid mosquitoes, according to the CDC. The most effec of rainfall, but again, we were more the creedthe and her agriculture beliefs. as Cairo, dog served the Navy SEALs tual assistance” agreements to assist a they are always the customer. Certainly may be simple but lifesaving. The first“muis topassable drain any dogs are bred. Hethat is the sameon breed law enforcement agencies through Our customers are not right, but road, although wet, appeared but tiveneighbors practices of protecting yourself against this disease present with his keynote speech. fortunate than some ofalways our who Brielle Busbee, George Harley, mission that killed Osama bin Laden. large area ofdrain northeast Aiken we have a few problematic “frequent fli - The areas of assistance” standing water where mosquitoes like County. to breed. dog that served on the Navy SEALs tual agreements to assist a they are always the customer. Certainly may be simple but lifesaving. first is to any about halfway through the previously also received ers” six inches over a 1-hour period Preston Hall, April Jeffcoat, Grayson “A lot of times, you’ll hear people refer to them Shaina Key, T.C. Rushton and Haley The tornado warning siren is scheduled that constantly can never about your home and yard for anything that may killed Osama bin Laden. large area of northeast Aiken County. wetime. have a few problematic “frequent fli-Look areas ofcomplain, standing water where mosquitoes like to breed. flooded area, his vehicle simply sunk in the of Williamson were recognized for placing as a souped-up shepherd,” Chiefthe Jeff Key for completed installation Thursday, be satisfied and thrive on negativism, but hold water such as flower pots, buckets, old kiddie pools Joye and Jenna Starnes were awarded mes, you’ll hear German people refer to them Theand tornado warning siren is scheduled ers” that constantly complain, can never Look about your home yard for anything that may mud where it remained until the next Just prior to the rains, work was said. “Supposedly, they seeis aJeff little better, they first in the State Ag. Mechanics Sept. 27. We will establish a rains protocol that’s just part of water the job we accept. and such. Ifmorning. your buckets, home has gutters, make sure they arefor Contest Staff photo by teddy Kulmala up German shepherd,” Chief for completed installation Thursday, be satisfied and thrive on negativism, but hold such as flower pots, old kiddie pools State FFA Degree, which theKey highest The following day the underway on of the resurfacing of Landy smell a little better, they run they a little faster.” its future use and provide this informaWe will be looking at ways to improve clear and free flowing as occluded gutters provide very sedly, they see a little better, Sept. 27. We will establish a protocol for that’s just part the job we accept. and such. If your home has gutters, make sure they are Staff by teddy Kulmala awarded aphoto Lincoln Mig Welder. Drive, which included construction of a returned and again the road was flooded degree given at the state level. Recipients and were Xantos is seen here with his handler, Officer tion to be readily available for everyone our services and modify policies to opproductive breeding areas for mosquitoes. Use mosquito better, they run a little faster.” its future use and provide this informaWe will be looking at ways to improve clear and free flowing as occluded gutters provide very and, with the ground already saturated the R.J. Cole, McCoy Martin, Riley Burnett of thissee degree had to have larger and updated water supply line. Words Please Xantos, Page 22 been very Xantos is seen Jeremy Hill. his handler, Officer in our area. timize the ability of our personnel to do repellent with DEET, dress in long pantsand and Mr. longFelder sleeves, here with tion be readily available for everyone our services and modify policies to opproductive breeding areas for mosquitoes. Use mosquito road remained underwater and Jacob Yon were recognized for placcannot express our deep appreciation to active in their at beour especially careful at dusk and dawn when mosqui ntos, Page 22 local chapter as well asJeremy Hill. in area. timize the ability of our personnel to do and repellent with DEET, dress in long pants and long sleeves, remained at his home for the next two days. the residents of Landy Drive for their toes kind ing first in the State Tool Identification are most active. the State level. Students had to earn and and be especially careful at dusk and dawn when mosqui Mr. Felder is a true gentleman that I very understanding of the difficult situation ourwill be We taking steps to aid in mosquito control and and use contest earlier this year. toes are most active. invest $1,000 through their Supervised much respect and Istagnant agree with one of the workers encountered following the rains. ask that you report any areas of water that cause We will be taking steps to aid in mosquito control and Retiring State President Trent Agricultural Experience Projects. workers who described himthose as, “very kind Certainly their levels of frustration had to be you concern. We are closely monitoring “retention/ ask that you report any areas of stagnant water that cause Rushton recognized his Agriculture and overly patient. ” “retention/ Thank you sir.eliminate Preston Hall was recognized as a detention” pond areas but unfortunately cannot extreme, and one wouldyou expect someWe critical concern. are closely monitoring those Teacher, Allen Williams, and his parents, Finally, as many of you may know, Chief WAGENER-SALLEY 54, PELION 26 Proficiency Award Winner in the STAff rEporTS Head coach Ken Tucker said the War Eagles he and the team needlaced to keep focusing onareas the them at this These manmade breeding grounds are comments possibly with a little angry detention” pond but point. unfortunately cannot eliminate Jeff Key resigned his position with the Carolyn and Michael Rushton. WAGENER-SALLEY 54, PELION 26 PELION — Wagener-Salley High School preparations the same way next game. mandated by some of the very folks charged with protect Diversified Agriculture Production porTS Head coachwill Kencontinue Tucker said the War Eagles he and the team need to keep focusing on the “venting.” However, that was at not the case.These manmade breeding grounds are them this point. Wagener Police Department effective May It has been nearly a decade since the continued its torrid pace to open the 2012 they’ve done during the first 2-0 start for the “I’ve got to work hard. (Last week’s win) ing the citizens. I think the odds of a death resulting from Kaylee Rushton, Trent’s sister, and family PELION — Wagener-Salley High School will continue preparations the same way next game. mandated by some of the very folks charged with protect The constantly positive attitudes, outgoing category for his work on the family farm. 9th, 2013. Chief Key worked with theswept WPD Wagener-Salley Highthe School football team season on Friday night, using a strong second program since Thefor War Eagles“I’ve hadn’t onehard. step accomplished but the now we a mosquito-borne illness far exceeds that of being nearly a decadewere since continued itsthe torrid pace to open the 2012 they’ve during first2003. 2-0 start the got to is work (Last week’s win) ing citizens. I think odds of a death resulting from cooperation, and kind expressions ofhave friendthe Haley Williamson introduced Attendees entertained by the done gone for the past 13 years, serving many in our opened season with consecutive victories. half to blow out Pelion High School, 54-26, 3-0 since 1995. to move on to next week,” said quarterback away and lost forever in a flash flood on Park Street. ley Highthe School football team season on Friday night, using a strong second program since 2003. The War Eagles hadn’t is one step accomplished but now we have a mosquito-borne illness far exceeds that of being swept gratitude from the residents did much to Trent to give his retiring address – Hypnotist Al Snider. State FFA president and throughout Aiken County. After with some long years, victories. the War Eagles have notching a win over its the Class AA rival for doing, Stroman. “The season’s over yet We are very pleased to say that spay/neuter prothe eason consecutive half to blow Pelion High School, 54-26, gone 3-0 since “We’ll 1995. just keep doing what we’reto move on toMalcolm next week,” said quarterback away andnot lost forever inout acommunity flash flood on Park Street. boost morale and increase determination to “Kindness”. photo by rob novit and Wagener-Salley FFA member, Trentjust keep started this season off with back-to-back-to first time 1995. The War have trying to get better,” Tucker said. Malcolm Stroman. and we still have to work hard.” We thank Chief Key for his service for the gram sponsored by FOTAS and Pawmetto Lifeline was ong years, the War Eagles have notching a win over itssince Class AA rival for the “We’ll doing what we’re doing, “The season’s not over yet We are served very pleased to say that the spay/neuter pro - Eagles dophoto the best job possible for those by by rob novit back wins, including the 73-14 thrashing of Quarterback Malcolm Stroman, the Aiken Here’s a look at the games since last photo by tina chavious paioni Mary and Jason Bevell accompany their excited son Jason to his kinTown of Wagener and wish him our very Rushton and other FFA members eason off with back-to-back-to first time 1995. The War Eagles have trying to get better,” Tucker said. and we still have to work hard.” gram sponsored by since FOTAS and Pawmetto Lifeline was the Landy Drive improvements. Please see convention, Page Please see football, Page 17 Bethune-Bowman. Standard Player of the Week for Week 1,16 said month’s edition camelast out. Dr. Bacon, and Lance dergarten class at Busbee Corbett Elementary Middle School. Please see MAYOR, Page 29 ncluding the Becky 73-14 thrashing of Brown Quarterback Malcolm Stroman, the Aiken Here’s a look at I the games since best in the future. photo by tina chavious paioni Mary and Jason Bevell accompany their excited son Jason to his kinvolunteered to be hypnotized, which especially want to thank Mr. Charles
From the Mayor’s Mayor’s Desk Desk
Remembering Virginia Miller – ‘Aait Vedan’ Memories
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
by LeMyra Young
Editor’s note: The following is a reprint of LeMyra’s column from May 25, 2005. Memories when Rabbit Michael speak the total, LeMyra has been busy taking care of her mom and askedheard that this column be Memories are precious. Memories are she said you are not supposed to have that reprinted this month. something that cannot be taken away from much money. (Rabbit had boiled the peanuts you. Memories bring you great comfort and and helped Michael bag them.) Mrs. Virginia Memories joy. Memories can sustain you through diffi- questioned him, and he admitted that he had are precious. Memories are something thatin cannot be taken away from cultMemories times. Memories allow you to remember put a nickel the pinball machine. Mrs. Viryou. Memories bring you great comfort and joy. Memories can sustain you through from where you came and look forward to ginia, Rabbit and Michael immediately went difficult times. Memories allow you to remember from and where you came and look where you are going. Memories are God’s to Jerry’s made Michael return the $3, forward where you are going. Memories are God’s gift from thepast for back. the future. gift from to the past for the future. and Jerry gave him his nickel I knew that Mrs. Virginia’s boys called Truly Wagener This Southern, past Oct. 31,Truly Wagener lost one of her “Shah,” and so I questioned Michael as Several weeks ago, I Virginia was reading in The State paper; gist of the its most beloved citizens, Bun-an editorial to the reference to Shah. Itthe seems that when column was Mrs. that Virginia all things southern becoming “diluted and commodified, ” drick Miller. was born in are fast the oldest Miller boy “Buzz” was just beginresulting loss of the “authentic South,” again. I read the words “authentic Columbia in onthe Aug. 2, 1929. She grew up in ning to speak he kept repeating “shah, shah, South, ” several times, mulling overand just what encompasses “authentic South?” Now, the“Avenues” area of West Columbia shah.” After a few days of this, Mrs. Virginia graduated from the University of South having lived my entire 59 years in the South, I should be an authority on “Shah,” all that and is realized that he was calling her Carolina. Shortly after graduation she met so she became Shah to all her boys and then southern, at least Wagener southern. and married O’Neal Jr.about and moved to we to her grandchildren The first thing I Miller thought is how place emphasis on and kin.great-grandchild. I can still hear Wagener (Mr. Neal’s hometown) rearedJimmy, Michael said, when he entered school, all the my grandmother Leila refer toand “Cousin ” or “Cousin Agnes, ” or some other their three boys. I recently hadgreat the pleasure ofknowing other students had aand mama, and he kin told to Shah such relationship. She took pride in her family claiming spending afternoon with her second son that he wanted to call herhas Mama, too. She them all. the She passed this characteristic to my mother, who in turn handed it Michael he I shared with me better so many wonexplained she tree, was his mama,it but down toas me. like nothing than to delve into a that family whether is she mywas derful stories of his mother and his family. called Shah. own or that of someone else. Most new-comers to Wagener are wise to quickly learn Michael tells that, being city still girl, be hiscareful when Some time after living inabout Wagener, Mrs. family connections and a then saying something someone, mother was in culture shock upon moving to someone’s Virginia relative. opened Miller’s Flower Shop. In for invariably you will be speaking about Wagener; however, one special person childhood she acquired her love for Another truly Wagener quality istook the wayher in early which we identify people. Ann, my Mrs. Virginia under her wing. That person flowers helping her grandmother in her yard brother Charlie’s (having born and reared inMrs. Columbia) was a little was Ruby Phillips,wife, better know asbeen “Rabbit.” and garden. Virginia hadin nofor formal culture shock when she moved to Wagener twenty four years ago. For from the first Rabbit became a constant at the Miller house training in flower arranging; her skill was day she moved into town,with she has been known as “Little Charlie’s” wife, by since as she helped Mrs. Virginia her boys an innate talent as was proven the many Granddaddy always been considered “Big and shared herCharlie cookinghas skills. Michael said awards she Charlie. received”for her floral designs and However, the identity tags that we give to people are not just in Wagener. I his mother grew up in the Lutheran church demonstrations throughout the southeastern remember last Christmas season before United DaddyStates. closed the Red and White. It but became the a Baptist upon moving to Wawas several days before New Year’s Day, was getting ready to go to the gener; she made sure that her boys were in and Daddy In 1979, Michael made friends with a Farmer’s Market in Columbia. It was unusually cold, and he was trying to decide church every Sunday and preached to them gentleman from Holland who was visiting whether goof atgambling. his usual One 3:30AM or wait until daylight. The decision soon about the to evils Saturday the United States. After manywas trips to visit made for him. He said that his theboiled “sweet potato woman” had and called told that after Michael finished selling pea - with this friend hisand family in him Holland, nuts, he decided that he would make a detour she would not be on the market until after 9:00AM; she was afraid the sweet Michael arranged for his that mother to visit with by Jerry’swould gas station, which was said housed a “How themdid also. Michael to first, to potatoes freeze. Daddy to in her, you knowflew that I Belgium was planning building the magistrate’s Wa- Tuesday?” and his mother was to follow and meet him come in where the morning instead office of myin usual She replied, “The ‘collard man’ gener is today. couldn’t resist dropin Holland. told me that it was the told me!” … “Michael the sweet potato woman and the collardMichael man,” truly southern. ping a nickel in the pin ball machine trait even is being first international fight for with his mother, and I think another truly Wagener on a first name basis the local though he had been told it was gambling. he arranged with the airlines her to have undertaker. I remember when my husband Garry’s father passed away,for Garry’s With that oneTulsa, nickel,Oklahoma he immediately $3; special care. She was to disembark the plane family from was won in Wagener for the funeral. And of course, on fortunately he was smart enough to head for via a wheelchair; as Michael waited in the the day of the funeral, the family had been provided a very big dinner by church home. Michael did not include $3 in Hubert his handicap he did not see his mother. He and community friends. We the invited Blizzard area of Blizzard’s Funeral Home to peanut money for he knew the consequences found her in the customary waiting area ratheat with us. Hubert was seated at the table next to Garry’s mother. After eating for of gambling. Later he was sitting at the kitcher miffed that he had thought she needed awhile, she turned to Hubert and said, “Hubert, go get me some tea.” And Huberta en table counting all of his savings. Rabbit got gotwere her some all had a good laugh, including Mrs. Please see MeMories, Page 3 Young. Garry’s and up his and mother also intea. the We kitchen, and,
of any and every meal three times a day? A meal can be made from grits and bacon and eggs, or grits and milk gravy and biscuits, or grits and tomato gravy and corn bread or my most favorite: grits and butter and toast. And it is in the South that dinner is the meal in themiddle of the day and not at night. The night meal is supper. I remember several years ago that Garry and I were visiting in the home of Capers and Pat Asbill in Ridge Spring, South Carolina. Garry and Pat taught at Ridge Spring High School many years before Capers joined them to teach there also. Garry and Pat were in their own conversation and Capers and I were talking about family kinship. He and I could go on forever about our southern roots. Out of the blue, Pat turned to me and asked, “LeMyra, what do you call the meal in the middle of the day?” I immediately replied, “DUNNAH!” She said, “I can’t believe you said that. That is just what Capers calls it!” Well, actually, I do normally say “dinner,” however, I knew that Capers likes to sometimes put a little extra emphasis to his already truly Southern drawl and that “dunnah” would be his choice of pronunciation. Now that I am thinking about food and eating, what is more truly southern than hush puppies? Hush puppies are like grits, they can be eaten with just about any meal. Garry likes my hush puppies so much that on more than one occasion when we have been eating out and have ordered hush puppies, he has informed the “cook” and once the restaurant owner, “You should get my wife’s hush puppy recipe.” I always think, now that cook is really going to be impressed with my meal, flour, and cold water concoction. However, it is not original to me but to Myra Fogle. Another truly Wagener, truly southern item is the boiled peanut. However, not all of the southern states are familiar with the boiled peanut. One summer when Garry was working in Virginia, I tried to buy boiled peanuts and the people there thought I had lost my mind. But that is alright, because I know that if they ever tasted boiled peanuts that they would soon discover what we in truly Wagener have been enjoying for a long time the truly southern, truly Wagener boiled peanut. Why just up the road we have the nationally famous “Pelion Peanut Party,” and they boil them by the bushels. I love my South, my truly southern, truly Wagener roots. I love my grits and my hush puppies and my middle of the day “dunnah” meals. But most of all, I love my truly southern, truly Wagener family and friends. There is no place like home.
Oklahoma family is still not too sure about our relationship with Hubert. And I think also that it is unique to the South that we celebrate the life of an individual when he dies by congregating at the funeral home to not only pay respect to the family of the deceased, but also to see old friends and share precious memories. And where else but the South can the truly southern dish …grits… be the center
The benefits of pet therapy
by Kathy Crist
Your best friends keep getting better. More dogs and other animals are going to work as pet therapists. Even a therapeutic, interactive robot created by the Japanese is helping reduce stress for healthcare patients – Paro, who looks like a fluffy white seal, responds to voice, touch, light and temperature. The good news is these animal helpers – real and robotic – are creating more jobs while transforming the well-being of people who need it most. Companion creatures give therapy simply by being with you. Dogs and cats, cuddle, play, walk and rest by your side. Animals allow you to groom, feed, watch and care for them, and the result is longer, healthier, happier lives for you and them. More than 90 percent of Americans in both pet-owning and non-pet-owning households told the American Humane Society in a 2012 survey that they believe an animal companion improves lives. The positive effects of pet and animal-assisted therapy are undeniable. It’s inspiring to see the elderly light up when they interact with a pet. Their everyday lives are enriched because of the companionship pets provide. Right at Home of the CSRA has a registered pet therapy dog named Snickers on our care team. Snickers visits our clients in their homes and also serves the community by visiting residents at assisted living facilities and skilled nursing facilities. Increasing evidence shows pet and animal-assisted therapy helps: • Reduce depression, irritability and agitation, while increasing social engagement for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Mara M. Baun, DNSc, who is with the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, has documented for more than a decade how animal visits also foster greater physical activity (when people groom, play with and walk the pets), improved eating, more attempts to communicate, and greater pleasure and happiness (more laughter and smiles during time
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with the animals). • Ease anxiety, according to a twoyear study that Alberta Health began in 2003, which shows a reduction of symptoms and panic attacks in 80 percent of people given dog companions. • Decrease sleeplessness and suicidal thoughts from post-traumatic stress disorder, otherwise only treated with medication, especially for war veterans and trauma survivors. In one 2011 study by the U.S. Army with the Psychiatric Service Dog Society, 82 percent of people given service dogs reported reduced symptoms within one month. • Manage pain, particularly with cancer, as cited by The Gale Group, Inc. in a 2010 report on cancer visitation therapy, regarding the effects of dogs spending time with children with cancer. • Lower hypertension and reduce heart attacks, as noted in a 2005 study at UCLA Medical Center where cardiac patients exhibited lower adrenalin levels associated with stress. • Foster healing after surgery and invasive medical procedures, even dental appointments, as proven by the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., that in 2002 introduced Dr. Jack, a miniature pinscher as its first facility-based service dog. • Create more happiness and comfort by increasing levels of the hormone oxytocin. In a study by the University of Missouri-Columbia’s Center for the Study of Animal Wellness, simply petting a dog, cat or rabbit for 15-30 minutes increased the feel-good hormone oxytocin and its several partnering stress-beating hormones. Right at Home is dedicated to helping caregivers and those needing care by providing private-duty care giving services. Right at Home serves Wagener and surrounding areas in the CSRA. If you have concerns about caring for a loved one, please call 803-278-0250 or visit us on the web at www.rightathome.net/csra.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
A. L. Corbett Middle School and Busbee Elementary School Career Fair 2013
Career Fair 2013 gave elementary and middle school students information about opportunities that exist at businesses, high school, and colleges. Students will be able to plan for the future at an early age. We would like to thank the following businesses, schools and other agencies for your support: Aiken Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Services; Crout Tax Service; Chandler Law Firm; Aiken School of Cosmetology; New Holland Fire Department; Matt Sanderson, Meteorologist for WRDW News 12; New Holland Fire Department; Wagener-Salley High School Junior ROTC; Stephanie Gordon, Registered Nurse; Keith James and Royal Image Salon; Lisa Peterson, Zumba Fitness; UPS; Comporium; Blanchard Machinery; Aiken County Animal Shelter; Santee Cooper Electric; Salley Fire Department; Aiken Electric Cooperative; Aiken County Sheriff ’s Department; Sage Mill Fire Department; Vincent Alexander, USCA Coach; Melissa Gandoufo, U. S. Army; and Kent’s Korner.
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United Methodist Minister Ordained
Reverend Scott W. Smoak was recently ordained as an Elder in the United Methodist Church at the Annual South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. Ordination is the process Methodists, and some other Christian churches, use to certify their pastors and leaders. This is a long process and includes several steps. After feeling the call to the ministry, there is much academic coursework, undergoing a psychological examination and background checks and responding to ministry questions from the District Superintendant. Following this the annual conference interviews the candidate and views their academic process. After one Reverend Scott W. Smoak year of certified candidacy and completion of half of the graduate degree requirements part-time appointment in Great Falls, SC, serving both Mt. Dearborn UMC and you can be ordained. Reverend Smoak felt the call to ministry Heath Chapel UMC. In 2011, he was appointed to Wagener UMC and Swansea when he was 15 years old. He was very active in his church, Mount Hebron United UMC Charge. He was commissioned a Provisional Elder in 2011. They must serve Methodist Church in West Columbia and as a Provisional Elder for two years prior to their youth group, which his spiritual going for ordination. formation came from. His grandfather, The United Methodist Church is a Walter J. Smoak, Sr., was a United connectional church, thus the ministers Methodist minister. It is very special for can be moved from area to area by order him to be ordained and follow in his of the State Conference. Rev. Smoak has footsteps. He used his grandfather’s Bible been re-assigned to Wagener/Swansea for as part of the ordination service. While in Seminary in 2007, Rev. Smoak another year at this time. The assignments are confirmed at the annual conference in served one year as a student pastor at June of each year. Rehobeth United Methodist Church in Columbia. Then in 2008, he took a
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Nick Navarro pictured with Coach Steve Spurrier during Gamecock Football Camp. Nick is outstanding football player whose positions include- defensive end, fullback, and center. Nick’s stats this past year- 32 tackles total 14 sacks. Highlight: 30 yd touchdown off fumble. Nick’s future goals are to be a christian athlete at the University of South Carolina Gamecocks He also wants to work with the migrant ministry.
BY CYNTHIA HARDY
Wagener Museum contributor
This month in wagener’s history
Two deaths of local interest occurred June 17, 1912. Confederate soldier and well-to-do farmer Emanuel Garvin died at the age of 80 years old. Mr. Garvin is buried in the Wagener cemetery. Mr. George W. Cofer, “a quietly disposed man and a highly respectable citizen”, also died and is buried in the Bethcar Baptist Church cemetery. Mr. Cofer was about 53 years old.
“Good Showing for the Progressive Little Town of Wagener”- One of the first men to open a business in Wagener was Mr. J.A. Gunter. Messrs. Jackson & Lybrand, Gantt & Gantt, Mr. E. Williams, Messrs. M.T. Gunter & Son, Mr. A.A. Ables, A.G. & J.Q. Ward were also successful merchants of the town. There were two millinery stores owned by Mrs. Fannie Gunter and Miss Emma Ables, respectively. Dr. J.G. Baggott and Dr. F.B. Gunter were the town’s physicians. The town had two “first class buggy and wagon shops” owned by Messrs. Gantt & Jackson and Mr. D.A. Cantifer, respectively. According to the reporter the town had “one of the greatest health resorts in the state.”
June 27 1920 STATE newspaper ad: WANTED-Superintendent for the Wagener High School for the ensuing year; salary $2,000. Nothing but good man need to apply. Address E.A. Austin, Wagener, SC.
- Sources: Aiken Journal & Review, Augusta Chronicle, State
Bryson Shealey, Dallas Johnson and Cooper Brown with Clemson Football Coach Dabo Swinney after completing his football camp.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Wagener women’s well
by Dianne Lemacks
On Monday, June 10, the Women’s Well was the host to about 25 women from the Aiken area. They were all members of the Aiken Sewing Guild. Lynn (a Guild member) knew of about the Women’s Well ministry and introduced the others to our abundance of cloth, trim and miscellaneous supplies. The Sewing Guild is always in need of material/cloth for their sewing projects. Of course, we were happy to sell them some of our inventory at a very good price to them.
More than sharing our inventory, we shared ideas and made new friends. Since the middle of February, I have been absent from participating on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Well. I would go in to do paper work and check on things when no one was there except for Laverna. The reason for me not being there was orders from my doctor. I was preparing for back surgery and needed to be 100% healthy for this major, major operation. It took until April 17th for all this to happen successfully. It has been two months since my surgery and I am well on the road to recovery. I now have another miracle testimony of how God answers our prayers. The Women’s Well never missed a beat in my absence. This is a testimony to God’s ministry and the faithfulness of His willing workers. Laverna watched over the administration of the Well and did an excellent job keeping up with the many details of overseeing a ministry. Clara, Eartha, Jannel, Lennie, Dorothy, Patricia, Geneva, Marie and many others were faithful to do their part. It takes many of us working in unity to accomplish God’s purpose. We will continue to meet this summer with Bible Study on Tuesdays from 10:30 – 12:00. On Thursdays, we will work on projects and quilt. We invite all women to join us for fellowship and learning new skills. A Christ Central student is planning a girls’ ministry for July at the Well. If you are interested, call 803-606-1780 for more information. Until next month, Be Blessed and Be a Blessing.
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summer reading program at aiken county libraries
Dig Into Reading! is a vacation reading program for children in Aiken County running from June to August 12th. Children may register for the reading program at any of the libraries in the county or at the Bookmobile. Children completing the reading requirements will receive a hand puppet and a certificate. Don’t forget tweens and teens! Beneath the Surface is a vacation reading program for rising sixth to twelfth graders that runs alongside Dig into Reading! For the first time Tweens and Teens may register for the reading program at any Aiken County location or on the Bookmobile. Teens completing the requirements will receive a pair of ear buds and a chance to win a Kindle. Research has shown that students who do not read during the summer lose important skills that they have to re-learn during the next school year. The summer reading program is a proven method to preventing this skill loss. The incentive based program and events provide learning opportunities while fostering a lifelong love of the library and reading. 2:30 Thursdays June 20- Magician Chad Crews July 11- Porkchop Productions “Three Goats Gruff ” July 25- Ruth Patrick Science Education Center animal presentation August 8- A Fractured Jack and the Beanstalk Puppet Show Teen Program- Silent Library Thursday, July 18 at 2:30
Girl Scouts from Troop 2182, Brianna Nicole Allemond, Amanda Corley, Jennifer Curtis, Miranda Fern Hannah and Alexis Ricard, have received the prestigious Gold Award for demonstrating leadership abilities through a community service project. The Gold Award is the highest award that can be earned in Girl Scouting. The young ladies created a website (www.girlscouting.wikispaces.com) entitled “Girl ScOUTing Outdoor Skills” complete with instructional videos that teach useful outdoor skills. The videos and website exhibit everything from how
to make a sit-upon, outdoor cooking, lantern use, etc. Each young lady worked a minimum of 80 hours on her project. Their Troop Leaders are Pattie Corley, Lisa Curtis and Tina Allemond. Brianna is the daughter of Tina Allemond of Lexington, SC. Amanda is the daughter of Ronnie and Pattie Corley of St. Matthews. Jennifer is the daughter of Richard and Lisa Curtis of Lexington. Miranda is the daughter of Craig and Laurie Hannah of Wagener. Alexis is the daughter of Jody Morgan and Ben Ricard of Gilbert.
Wagener Branch Library
The following 6th grade students from A.L. Corbett MIddle school were selected and participated in The Aiken All-County Da Capo Band Clinic at Paul Knox Middle School on May 25, 2013. The conductor for this camp was Candy White- Band Director for Evans Middle School. Pictured left to right. Bryson Shealey, Samuel Driggers, Mr. Forston-Band Director, Kaila Harrell, Jennifer Dougherty.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Ladies Auxiliary to VFW Post 6304
The ladies have been real busy with the Roy Warner Memorial Concession Stand. The boys’ session has ended in May and the girls’ softball followed. This has been quite an experience for all of us. The yard sale in May was a big success. The ladies are planning on having another yard sale and bake sale in the near future. Due to everyone’s busy summer schedule, the ladies will again go full steam ahead in the fall. They are in great need of help. Please step up and do whatever you can. The ladies have been doing great things. They have sponsored a member and her husband in their volunteer effort at the VA Clinic in Aiken, by providing the veterans with refreshments as they come to the clinic for blood work or just waiting for their appointments. They have also sponsored a Golf Cart at the Wounded Warriors Golf Tournament to be held at Gaston. Another thoughtful effort of the ladies is the packaging of a care package to be sent to our active member Page Dickson Mercurio and her husband, who are currently stationed in Texas. Great Job, ladies. Keep up the good work. There were more members present at the June meeting. Hopefully, we can keep this momentum going. The next meeting will be held on July 8th at 4:30 pm at the VFW bldg. Please show your support to our veterans, who have done so much for us and our country. Speaking of our Veterans, they so diligently placed American flags on all VFW deceased members this past Memorial Day. Great job and thank you. Lest we forget!!!
Help Elderly Loved Ones Avoid Financial Abuse
FINANCIAL FOCUS Article 4 — June 3, 2013
It’s unfortunate, but true: The elderly population may be the most vulnerable group in our society. In fact, in an effort to call attention to the problems of physical, emotional and financial abuse of the elderly, the United Nations has designated June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. If you have older parents, or even grandparents, can you do to anything to help prevent them from being victimized, especially with regard to their finances? Actually, there’s a lot you can do. First and foremost, you need to maintain good communications and a trusting relationship with your older family members. As long as these elements are present, you should feel free to make the following suggestions: • Increase awareness — When it comes to financial fraud and scams, many seniors think: “It can’t happen to me.” But the facts suggest otherwise: Some 20 percent of Americans over the age of 65 admit to having been victimized by financial swindles, according to a survey by the non-profit Investor Protection Trust. Let your loved ones know that no one in their age group is immune to financial predators. • Guard private information — Ask your parents or grandparents to not divulge personal information over the phone. In fact, urge them to get caller ID, if they don’t have it already, and tell them that if they don’t recognize the number, don’t answer. Legitimate callers are more likely to leave messages than scammers. • Don’t send money. Exhort your parents or grandparents to never wire money to a random account — no exceptions. • Ignore “limited-time offers” — Your loved ones should ignore callers, mailers or emails that demand they act immediately. These offers are often overblown at best and may be fraudulent at worst. • Don’t trust “no risk” offers — Financial offers that sound too good to be true are likely just that — untrue. Legitimate investments carry both potential risks and rewards. • Avoid “debt-settlement” claims — If your older loved ones have debt problems, they may be especially susceptible to offers that claim to “clear up” all their debts. But there’s no quick fix to this problem and any caller who claims otherwise is likely being deceitful. Encourage your parents or grandparents to discuss their debt situation with an honest, professional debt counselor or a financial advisor. Here’s one more thing you can do to help your parents or grandparents avoid financial fraud: If they don’t already work with a trusted, qualified financial professional, introduce them to one. If your parents have a relationship with such a professional, they will be less likely to listen to any questionable, unsolicited offers than if they were trying to manage their finances on their own. You’re in a good position to know how much, or how little, help your elderly loved ones may need in terms of avoiding financial abuse. So be willing to do whatever it takes to help them enjoy their retirement years comfortably.
This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
CHU - CharacterBased Housing Unit
by Wes and Nancy Bommer
What in heaven’s name is a CHU? It stands for Character-Based Housing Unit. Most of us would call this good citizenship. This is a program initiated by Warden John Pate and JumpStart founder Tim Terry at Allendale Correctional Facility. The program promotes character, accountability and respect. The program is intended to help the residents change their lives and prepare for release. CHU resident coordinators under the direction of Warden Pate and Tim Terry developed a blueprint to restructure the vision behind the CHU with a plan to institute the program over three to five years. The plan is to turn the entire Allendale Correctional Facility into a yard wide CHU. Peer accountability makes this work with behavioral contracts and if an issue arises it is settled by the inmate coordinators. If an inmate is noncompliant, they can be removed from the CHU and would have to earn their way back into the program. However, there are those that do not care to improve their lives
Late Spring Bees
Weather has taken a large toll on bee activity this spring. The up and down temperatures have stopped and restarted honey flows, plant growth all season. Gardeners can easily see the result on their plants. The much needed rain has had the effect of stopping bee flight as bees do not fly in the rain. A single raindrop could knock a bee to their death. The strong winds that have been part of this weather have stopped their flight. Bees do not fly in wind above six miles an hour. How do bees know when the wind is too strong? The final segment on the bee’s antennae is a wind speed indicator. In spite of this, some honey was made and commercial pollination is underway. Pollination for our squash, cucumbers and melons cannot be understated. They are some of our primary agricultural cash crops. There has been an increased demand in the beginning beekeeping course normally given just after the first of the year. Mid-State Beekeepers will be conducting another course over three Saturdays starting in July. Interested persons should check www.scmidstatebeekeepers.org for details. This class is necessary to get started in beekeeping. Fees charged for this class are all given back through books and memberships. Our newest bee club is the ABC or Allendale Bee Club. They have adopted a constitution and have their entire officer positions filled. They will be having two beginner beekeeper courses at the same time this summer. The first class has been trained and tested, and they are now reproducing a portion of the training. Instructors from the state will come in and put on a regular short course. Bees at the institution are catching up after a later start, and should do fine by the end of the summer. Wes Bommer, Beekeeper Former President of SC Beekeepers Association Former President of Mid-State Beekeepers
and live in a separate building where they can rage at the system. Eventually, those who do not desire to change will be transferred to another facility where they can act out. The personnel that we have been affiliated do not deny why they are there, but rather have taken responsibility for whatever they have done and are working towards a better way of life. Education is a key component for making this system work. If you do not have a high school education, GED training is mandatory. This goes so far to improve an individual’s success after their release. Alcohol and drug education are two sixmonth independent programs. Most would admit that either one of the other was a key factor in their incarceration. Anger management training is a key component for the inmates in learning how to deal with others. Two classes are required to be taken after normal working hours. South Carolina Beekeepers Association was asked if they could put on a beginner’s beekeeping course for the inmates.
Please see CHU, Page 16
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Greggory Ce’Quan Hicks
Helen Michelle Rumsey
Howard Venning Morrison
Jalen De’Andre Corley
Jasmine Nicole Abney
Je ery G. Hair III
Jenna Michelle Starnes
Jeremy Sean Poole
Joseph Allen Colvin
Joshua Diondra Hayes
Justin Allen Gray
Kavonghn Darrius Mitchell
Lakeiya Shaquanda Corley
Lexus Kiera Brannum
Loretta Lynn Fields
Manuel Jacob Sanchez
Marisa Sue Finlayson
Mark Corley II
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
School Class of 2013
Marty Jermain Corley Megan Nicoleann Jones Michael Trent Rushton Miranda Kathryn Ann Rawls Myeisha Monique Johnson Nikia Lynette Bloome Nina Cherie Overton Olajuwon Rashawn Patterson Preston McKinnley Hall Reshonique Michelle Gleaton Rochelle Na’Tasha Jones Ronnie Vincent Walker Shamona Nicole Foulks Shane Matthew Fulmer Shanice La’Shawn Frazier Shawn Rico Wright Shiqwan Damion Brown Shyhein Tashan Lindsey
Sonya Renee Bridges
Tamara Delvon James
Taylor Aleisha Sims
Tillman Quinton Corbett
Timothy Harold Dennis
Tregory Lamar Garvin
Trevian Markise Davis
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
by Dr. Tommy Huddleston
How Free is America?
foundation of our nation. • Presently, we are a nation that would rather offend God than those who attack the very moral fiber of who we are. You can be politically correct, yet biblically wrong. • Moral decline is being accepted without much thought as to the consequences. • A decline in biblical spirituality. Church attendance is at an all-time low. We seem comfortable accepting much of the world’s agenda. • The apparent abuse of separation of church and state. • Rejecting God-defined marriage and accepting same-sex marriage as the norm. • Removing God from His place of prominence in our society. We will never be able to escape or withstand His judgement. Even the views that are opposite of mine are protected by the same freedoms. However, America is making a big mistake by trying to separate God from our freedom. Without God, we put selfish desires in His place. This is a formula for disaster. Although we experience freedom as a nation, we are walking in spiritual darkness. Our only hope is to repent of our sins, receive God’s forgiveness and return to Him. It is the responsibility of every Christian to intercede on behalf of our nation. Jesus is our only hope! “If my people, who are called by my name will humble themselves, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14) FREEDOM IS TO BE EMBRACED AND NOT LOST!!
Al - Anon
YOU DIDN’T CAUSE YOUR LOVED ONE TO DRINK
A new podcast from Al-Anon Family Groups entitled “Did we cause our loved one to drink?” shares firsthand knowledge from men and women who have been affected by someone else’s drinking, according to Nicolette Stephens, Information Analyst for Al-Anon Family Groups’ World Service Office “The podcast focuses on a question so many people worry about, but are afraid to ask,” Stephens said. “To listen to the podcast, look on the Al-Anon home page at www.Al-AnonFamilyGroups.org, under First Steps to Recovery in Al-Anon.” Al-Anon podcasts are available free of charge. “One of the reasons people affected by someone else’s drinking isolate is they are afraid the drinking is their fault, and they don’t want anyone to find out,” Stephens explained. The podcasts demonstrate how local Al-Anon meetings can offer families in [name of local community] support on a confidential basis,” Stephens said. “The same fear that causes people to isolate can create a strong bond of recovery between those who have been in the same situation.” The series of six podcasts from Al-Anon Family Groups addresses fears many people have in common when their loved one has a problem with alcohol. A subscription to all six podcasts is available at no charge. Al-Anon Family Groups is a not-forprofit organization that has been helping families and friends of people who have a drinking problem since 1951. More information about Al-Anon Family Groups you can call 1-888-4Al-Anon during business hours ET throughout the U.S. and Canada. Information is available on-line at www.Al-AnonFamilyGroups.org. For local Al-Anon information contact Nancy B. at 803-564-6487.
Local meetings: Monday Nights at 7:00 PM Wagener United Methodist Church, 153 Columbia Highway, Wagener, SC
July 4, 2013, America will celebrate her 237th birthday! Throughout the years America has been a nation of influence and power. We understand the blessings of freedom. This freedom is God-birthed, a legacy to our founding fathers and protected by brave soldiers who have been and are now willing to pay freedom’s ultimate price. Freedom is not free! Many nations do not have the freedoms American enjoys and which we often take for granted. They experience the peril of being ruled and controlled by governments and religions that determine their every move. In America, we have the freedom to worship without being told by government officials when or how or what to worship. We have the freedom to speak our minds. Freedom of the press allows us to keep up with world events. We can choose our vocation and where we are going to live. One of our cherished freedoms is being able to elect government leaders without fear of retribution. As an American and a Christian, I am concerned about where we are headed. What kind of America will we leave to the next generation? Will the freedom we enjoy be a thing of the past? Some will say that losing our present freedom is farfetched or even impossible. I am not so sure. These are some concerns I have: • Government being too big and seeking to limit the freedoms we have. • Culturally accepting lifestyles that contradict the Word of God and the intent of our founding fathers when they laid the
by: Brian Watts
of twists and turns, As you get older, you look back on certain situations, valuable lessons learned. Live for today and tomorrow, learn from your past, always try your best, Put your trust in God, believe in Him, He’ll help you with the rest. My life seemed to go by real fast, went to sleep a boy, awoke a man, Now I try to tell my story about life’s addictions, get it across the land. These words are written by a retired drinker and user of much dope, Now I have God in my life. He’s cleansed my soul and gave me so much hope. If you are interested in contacting Brain, his e-mail address is email@example.com
It’s 4:00 AM, I’m drinking coffee, my roosters are crowing away, I bow my head and thank God for life, as I start my day. It’s in these moments I think of my old life, how I lived in a black hole, The years of drinking and drugs had ripped out my heart and stolen my soul. I try to tell these young people who party hard and live fast, In the blink of an eye, your young life will be your past. I’m now almost fifty, close to 6 years sober, I give God the glory, I can use my old life now to help others as I tell my story. Remember as you go through life, it’s full
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
S. Carolina Legislative Update
Dear Friends: Today the House of Representatives convenes in special session to consider Gov. Haley’s vetoes to the 2013-2014 state budget. Last week, after a legislative conference committee hammered out differences between the House and Senate versions of budget, we sent it to the Governor for her review. The Governor is authorized to use her line item veto to modify the $6.7 billion General Fund budget. A compromise budget is never completely satisfying; it contains some things each legislator prefer the state not fund or fund with more or less dollars. However, each Senator and Representative is but one voice and one vote; in the end the compromise budget is the work of 170 members of the General Assembly, Republican and Democrat.
by SC Rep. Bill Taylor, R-District 86
• $12 million to help cover the cost of more students choosing public charter schools. • Tax credits for donations made to organizations granting private-school scholarships to disabled students — what advocates of school choice say is just the beginning of private-school choices for students. The state will give up to $8 million in tax credits. • $26 million to expand the state’s 4-year-old kindergarten program for children living in poverty to 17 additional school districts. State Employees: • No pay raises for most of the state’s 55,000 employees (correctional officers will get a 3% pay raise). • Instead of giving pay raises, the budget calls for covering the cost of rising state health insurance premiums, totaling about $54 million. • $1.3 million for 30 additional state troopers. Your Identity Theft Protection: After hackers invaded the SC Department of Revenue computers last fall and stole the personal information of 6.4 million citizens and businesses, the state paid for individual credit-fraud services for those affected. This budget continues to pay for those services. • $10 million for identity theft protection or monitoring. • $10.7 million for security upgrades through the state Budget and Control Board. • Tax deductions of $300 for individuals and $1,000 for joint filers for people who buy their own consumer protection and identity theft-resolution services.
Allison was the primary sponsor and deserves much praise for her efforts. John Schafer, Director of the Grandparents Rights Association of SC, says... “H-3464 is one of the most important pieces of legislation regarding families to pass in many years. South Carolina has set a national precedent with this law. No other state has wording in the child protective statutes that not only gives Grandparents actual standing in family court, and at the same time preserves the priority standing of good parents. Grandparents, and grandchildren all over South Carolina sincerely thank the SC General Assembly, and especially those, like Rep. Rita Allison and Rep. Bill Taylor, who championed this legislation.”
Equal Access to the Ballot Act
In response to last year’s ballot debacle that denied nearly 250 candidates from getting on the ballot to run for public office, the General Assembly passed legislation that streamlines the ballot process and gives equal access to the ballot for incumbents and non-incumbents. Last week, Gov. Haley conducted a ceremonial bill signing for S.2, the Equal Access to the Ballot Act.
This Years’ Major Legislative Accomplishments
More Money for Roads: It is being called the most significant step the state has taken in years toward fixing SC’s ailing road system... • $50 million to borrow up to $500 million for the state’s interstates and bridges. • $41 million, collected from half of the state sales tax on motor vehicles, for state secondary roads. • $50 million in one-time surplus money for bridge replacement and rehabilitation. School Funding Increases: The budget increases funding for public education, funds a modest form of School Choice for the first time in SC and expands early childhood programs... • $77 million more in state funding for students. • Public school teachers, who are not state employees, will receive a pay increase of about 2 percent, which districts are required by law to provide. • $23.5 million to purchase much-needed school buses.
Success for Grandparents!
As we neared the finish line for the regular session, the General Assembly unanimously approved the Grandparent’s Rights bill and Gov. Haley signed it. I have trumpeted this legislation for three years and I’m a co-sponsor. Rep. Rita
There were other significant legislative accomplishments that are good for South Carolina. Here are a few... • Boeing Expansion: We authorized $120 million in economic development bonds to assist infrastructure improvements so Boeing can expand and invest at least $400 million and create 400 new jobs. • Small Business Access to Growth Act: Both the House and Senate approved legislation to encourage ‘angel investors’ to provide start-up funds for emerging high-growth enterprises. • Raffles/Gambling: Passed by the House and Senate, this legislation allows charitable organizations to hold events featuring bingo and raffles to raise money for charities. The Governor as already signed this bill. • Handgun-Background Check for Mental Health Issues: With bi-partisan support, SC joins most other states in allowing judges to add the name of a mentally unstable person to the federal background check registry for gun purchases. The House passed major legislation this year that has yet to win Senate approval. Here are the top items...
• Ethics Reform: Supporters in the Senate did not have enough votes to stave off delaying tactics used by an alliance of mostly Democrats and a handful of Republicans. • ObamaCare Nullification: Prohibits enforcement of the Affordable Care Act in SC. It was blocked by opponents in the Senate on the final day of session. • Early Voting: Creates SC’s first official early voting for 9 days before an election. • CWP Restaurant Carry: Another bill that will not pass this year is legislation that would have allowed concealed weapons permit holders to carry their guns into restaurants that serve alcohol. The House refined the Senate version of the bill this week, but Democrats in the Senate who oppose the bill prevented it from reaching a vote before Thursday’s deadline. • Shortening the Legislative Session: For the 10th time since 1994 the House approved this Constitutional Amendment to shorten the session. It awaits Senate action. FOI: Another bill that has stalled is legislation to improve S.C.’s Freedom of Information Act. I am the primary sponsor of this important bill that would push forward with government transparency at levels. I will be working this summer and fall to address ways to overcome the roadblocks. Fair Tax First Hearing: The SC Fair Tax Act got a ‘fair’ hearing before a House Ways & Means sub-committee in the final days of the legislative session. It was the first-time ever a legislative committee convened to examine the merits of the proposed state Fair Tax. As a primary sponsor of the legislation, I led with testimony explaining how the Fair Tax could be a game-changer to propel SC’s economy and deliver a fairer way to collect taxes. There was no decision by the committee, but it was a good first step. Thanks to the many Fair Tax advocates who traveled from all over the state to show their s upport for this bold initiative. Updating Sex Education: One of the most contentious pieces of legislation we have dealt with this year is a move to update SC’s Comprehensive Health Education Act for public school students. A House Education sub-committee, on which I serve, amended the legislation to insure that abstinence education is emphasized in the curriculum. Time 9 Columbia. If I can ever be of assistance to you, or if you have ideas on issues you want me to share with the rest of the General Assembly, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Teacher Cadet Recognition Nina Overton, Timothy Dennis, Marty Corley U.S. Army Reserve Chelsa Argroe Wagener-Salley Class of 1986 Scholarship Nikia Bloome $500 Women’s Club of Wagener April Jeffcoat, Elizabeth Busbee, Reshonique Gleaton - $1,000 each West Point Leadership Award Joshua Gambrell Recognition of Honor Graduates Nikia Bloome Danielle Brown Elizabeth Busbee Marisa Finlayson George Gallop, III Reshonique Gleaton Jeffery Hair April Jeffcoat Grayson Joye Nina Overton Helen Rumsey Michael Rushton April Stratton University of South Carolina Aiken Joshua Grambrell, Ryan Brown, Anthony Wiles - in recognition for outstanding high school academic achievement. We would like to recognize Miss Megan Jones who is the recipient of the Horton School of Music Stipend in the amount of $6,000 for four years at Charleston Southern University. Miss Johnson has also been selected to receive the Charleston Southern University Educational Opportunity scholarship valued at $16,000 over four years. We would like to recognize Miss Elizabeth Busbee who was selected to receive the Vernon and Wava Ford Memorial Scholarship for outstanding scholastic achievement. This scholarship is valued at $10,000 over four years. Miss Busbee was also selected to receive the Charles Southern University Student Success Award valued at $40,000 over a four year period. We would also like to recognize Miss April Stratton as a recipient of a $1,100 Early Decision from Spartanburg Methodist College and also a recipient of a $4,100 Milliken Scholarship from Spartanburg Methodist College. Anna will serve as the State FFA 2013-14 FFA President. She will share her officer duties with five other female officers. This is only the second time the FFA has been led by an all-girl officer team and then it was led by WagenerSalley FFA member Carrie West. Cole and Hunter Buff, Helen Rumsey were in attendance to show support for the Wagener-Salley FFA. Wagener-Salley FFA members stayed on campus and ate in the Clemson Cafeteria while at the Convention.
Aiken Electric Co-Op Chelsa Argroe Aiken Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Inc. Timothy Dennis ($500) Aiken Dollars for Scholars Reshonique Gleaton, Nina Overton $5,000 a piece Ambassadors Club of Aiken Scholarship Audrey English ($500 Presented to a student who will attend a HBCU fall 2013) Barry Johnson Memorial Scholarship Elizabeth Busbee ($1,000 was presented by Aiken County Softball Umpire Association to a high school young lady who played softball and possessed positive character traits similar to Mr. Johnson Celebration of Character Marisa Finlayson $1000 Chemical Engineering Scholarship Ronnie Walker $2500 Churces Together for Kids Elizabeth Busbee, Reshonique Gleaton $1,200 a piece Congressional History Award Reshonique Gleaton, George Gallop Dakota Watson Scholarship Tamara James $500 Daughter of Amercan Revolution Erika Daniels Illinoise Valley Community College Athletic Scholarship Jenna Starnes (Full Scholarship valued at $8,000 a year to play softball) Jacqueline Johnson Scholarship Audrey English ($500 was presented by the Jacqueline Elvira Hodges Johnson Fund, Inc. of Walterboro, SC) Marine Corps Award Jeffery Hair - Distinguished Athlete Award Jenna Starnes - Distinguished Athlete Award George Gallop - Scholastic Excellence Award Devon Way - Semper Fidelis Musical Excellence Award NUCOR Foundations Scholarship Danielle Brown - $12,000 Sigma Pi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Trevion Davis $500 Royal Aikenites Scholarship Reshonique Gleaton - $1,500
Trevor West made the Spring 2013 President’s List at Clemson University. He has earned a perfect 4.0 for the semester and distinguished himself among his fellow students at Clemson. Congratulations on the success of your hard work in your studies.
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all conducted by volunteers and financed by donations at no cost to the taxpayer. All of their training programs are self-doubling using the inmate coordinators and mentors. They are currently involved in creating a worship center in a building where inmates were employed in manufacturing Armstrong flooring. Further information on contributions for the worship center can found at www.ACIworship.org. If you care to donate to the quilting program or to the beekeeping class contributions can be dropped off at the Nancy Bonnette Library. Items that are needed for the quilt class include cotton fabrics, cotton batting, thread, old sewing machines. Monetary contributions would be appreciated for both programs and could be either left at the library or sent directly to Allendale Correctional Institution, CHU, c/o of Warden John Pate, P.O. Box 1151, Fairfax, SC 29827-1151. Your support would be welcome for both programs.
My wife and I met with the inmates and found a level of knowledge superior to anything that I have ever seen in people taking a short course. The inmates had been conducting their own training with books and training that had been donated. At this time, they have taken the certification test and this first group will take a practical in late summer and then will become certified beekeepers. They now have five hives of their own that they are maintaining. While attending a volunteer meeting, my wife, Nancy, discussed teaching a quilting class as that is something she thoroughly enjoys sharing. Classes began with inmates working on creating a Sudoku nine-block quilt. They are enthusiastic and are putting their creative skills to work. Another program that is being instituted is making rescue animals ready for adoption. The beauty in these programs is they are
Convention from Page 1 Trent explained how important is to be kind to everyone we come in contact with and to try to make it a habit to go out of our way to show kindness to someone we meet each day. He emphasized that one gesture of kindness may be what helps an individual make it through a seemingly impossible day. During the last general session, Trent turned over the President’s gavel to Aiken High’s past FFA president and Wagener’s friend, Anna Mink, daughter of Dee Taylor.
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Fawn was found in Staley Road water facility fence Friday morning. Neighbors said he had been roaming their yard the day before “making a noise” and was alone. Buddy never meets a stranger.
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Kitchings Mill Library headed to Wagener after Council OKs plan
by Michael Ulmer
The old Kitchings Mill Library appears to be on the move to Wagener. The over 100-year-old structure will be relocated after Aiken County Council unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday, recommending it be moved to a spot other than the Aiken County Historical Museum. County Councilwoman Kathy Rawls, a vocal supporter of the library’s preservation, enthusiastically applauded Council’s decision. “I’m glad it’s going to a place where people will appreciate what it represents,” Rawls said. The Aiken City Board of Appeals denied a variance request relating to the building on May 28, leaving the property in jeopardy of being destroyed. Rawls said Tuesday that the Board’s decision was a “slap in the face” and apologized for asking Council to originally locate the building at the museum, which is inside the Aiken City limits. After the board’s decision, Wagener Mayor Mike Miller offered his own proposal, allowing the library to be relocated at a new park at the end of Park Street. The County’s request to relocate the structure to the museum was initially approved by the City Design Review Board. The Board offered approval in March on the condition that it see exactly where on the property it would be situated. The variance request later filed by the County was ultimately denied by the City’s Board of Zoning Appeals with several residents, saying during the Board’s meeting the structure would look awkward and wouldn’t be a good fit. In other business, a proposal to appoint a new part-time magistrate for Aiken County failed after a 4-4 vote. Council members Phil Napier, Sandy Haskell, Willar Hightower, and LaWana McKenzie voted against the proposal, while Rawls, Councilmen Scott Singer, Andrew Siders, and Chairman Ronnie Young voted in favor. Councilman Chuck Smith was absent from Tuesday’s meeting. The proposal was presented by the Aiken County Magistrate’s Office after staff uncovered an approximately $29,000 line item for a constable that is no longer needed. McKenzie said she reached her decision to deny the request after considering the needs of each County department. She indicated that the County’s budget is already tight and that Council could be setting an undesirable precedent by approving such requests. Rawls, Siders, and Singer indicated that Council should at least approve the proposal at this time and could take another look at the request as the budget moves toward final approval. The budget must be approved by the end of the fiscal year on June 30. Council also agreed to table a proposal rezoning approximately 3,200-acres of property from a virtually all-inclusive zoning to one more narrowly focused on low-density residential developments for the local horse industry. Council will consider third reading of the proposal during a later meeting. Additionally, Council approved second reading of an ordinance altering the County’s procurement policies. Assistant County Administrator Brian Sanders said the changes should make the County’s purchasing process more efficient, while minimizing the level of “red tape.”
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Farewell from the 2012-2013 South Carolina FFA State President
by Trent Rushton
Four years ago, Mr. Allen Williams, the agriculture teacher and FFA advisor at WagenerSalley, said to me, “Trent, one day, you are going to run for state office.” Of course, at that time, I was skeptical about his idea and be completely honest, I thought he was crazy. There was no way that I could handle being an FFA state officer, or so I thought. But little did I know that three years later, I would be elected to serve as the 2012-2013 South Carolina FFA State President. That year of service was beyond incredible. I was blessed to be able to serve over 6000 FFA members in South Carolina. I traveled over 10,000 miles, visited Indianapolis, Atlanta, Washington D.C., Alexandria, Virginia, Asheville, North Carolina and just about every little town that South Carolina has to offer. I met someone from every state in the U.S. I spoke at tons of events, from crowds of 10 to crowds of 800. I stood behind a podium on our State house’s steps and I sat on a desk in front of a 9th grade Agriculture class. I conversed with Joe Wilson, Hugh Weathers, and many other prominent individuals, but I also had many conversations with young FFA members, and I value those just the same. I spent many nights away from home and many hours in an airplane or a car, but I wouldn’t trade those experiences for anything. Being the South Carolina State FFA President was the greatest experience of my life. I retired from office on June the fourteenth. It was a sad moment, but I have begun a new chapter in my life. I have many people to thank, for helping to make it possible. So thanks to everyone who has ever been a friend, teacher, or mentor of mine and a special thanks to my family, their love and support is overwhelming. I must also thank Mr. Williams, Wagener-Salley High school’s greatest asset. He has been one of my biggest influences. Mr. Williams is the ideal educator, and a model for young teachers. Most importantly, however, I must thank God. He guides and directs me, He looks after me, and He blesses me abundantly daily. In South Carolina, State officers are elected by a nominating committee, made up of eight members from around the state. I could not have been happier with the chosen slate of 2013-2014 State Officers. Elected to President, was my dear friend Anna Mink, I know that she will do well and she appreciates this honor like no one else could.
Trent Rushton 2012-2013 South Carolina FFA State President
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Ricky M Hammond
February 19, 1994 – May 25, 2013 AIKEN - Ricky Hammond, 19, was born February 19, 1994 in Aiken, SC. He was the son of Tamara and Marvin Hammond. He departed this earthly life on Saturday, May 25, 2013. Ricky attended New Creation Church in Aiken, SC. He was a well-loved person that would do anything for anyone. He also attended South Aiken High School and was in the process of getting his GED from Christ Central. He was very ambitious and an outgoing young man that had a lot of goals he wanted to achieve. He was preceded in death by his uncle, grandmother, a special great aunt, and a cousin. He leaves to cherish his memories: his parents, Tamara and Marvin Hammond of Aiken, SC; Two brothers, Marvin Jr. and Tamaris Hammond of Aiken, SC; One sister, Tamei Hammond; Grandparents, James (Emma Lee) Hammond; Grandfather, Danny Frazier; Three uncles, Johnny Lee (Jasmine) Hammond of Aiken, SC, James (April Hammond of Edgefield, SC, Keith (Michelle Hammond of Stuart, FL; Two godmothers, Georgette Roper, Aiken, SC and Julie Hawkins of Graniteville, SC; Three special great aunts, Dorothy (Ernest) Edwards of Aiken, SC, Ernestine (Isaiah) Moore of New Holland, SC, Vernell (Frances) Williams of Aiken, SC; Seven great uncles, and a host of other relatives and many sorrowing friends who will miss him dearly. Funeral Services were held on Saturday June 1, 2013, 2:00 p.m. at the Baughmanville Baptist Church in Wagener, South Carolina.
Darryl Lamont Tyler
May 19, 1967 – May 29, 2013 WAGENER - Darryll Lamont Tyler, 46, the sond of Rosa B. Tyler and Thomas Tyler was born on May 19, 1967 and departed this earthly life on Wednesday, May 29, 2013. He attended Wagener-Salley High School and graduated in 1985. Darryl had a passion for music and drag racing. He was affectionately known as “DJ Cowboy.” He was loved and will be dearly missed by his family and many friends. Darryl was preceded in death by his grandmother Carrie L. Cannon and grandfather William “Bulley” Tyler. Left to cherish his memories are his mother Rosa B. Tyler, his father Thomas Tyler, and grandmother Magnolia Tyler. Three sisters; Yolanda (DeCosta) Yubazzah, Wanda Tyler, and Rose Marie Moore. Four children; Marcus Hudson of Tampa, FL, Darryl Tyler and Tre Tyrig Tyler both of Columbia SC, and D’Aundra Shantel Tyler of Boston, MA. One grandson Javin Javonte Tyler. He also leaves a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Home going services were held on Sunday, June 2, 2013 at Tabernacle Baptist Church, Leesville SC, at 3:00 p.m.
November 13, 1925 - June 14, 2013 WAGENER - Matthew “Mack” Staley, 87, was born on November 13, 1925, to the late Ella Homes Staley and Paul Staley Sr., in Wagener, South Carolina. He was educated in the Aiken County School systems, and received the equivalent of a sixth grade education. Instead of pitying himself, he chose to learn from his life experiences and from studying the Word of God, and was blessed with the wisdom and knowledge he did not obtain from his formal education. As a young man, Matthew Staley joined and became an active member of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. However, the God-given calling and anointing placed on his life led him into his ministry of spreading the good news to both unbelievers and saints alike. Reverend Staley assumed the Pastoral leadership of Lotts Grove Baptist Church in Johnston, SC, for several years. He later became the Pastor of Mount Hebron Baptist Church of Edmund, SC, where he served and tended his flock faithfully for 41 years. Following God’s leading, he also diligently served as a moderator of the Cedar Branch Association. In 2012, God blessed and publicly honored Reverend Staley’s faithfulness in shepherding his flock for over 40 years when he received the Black Heritage Award. Even during one of his favorite pastimes, he still ministered the gospel throughout the CSRA as a lifelong member of the Original Staley Brothers, a quartet gospel group. His purpose complete and his destiny fulfilled, Reverend Staley was embraced in to the waiting arms of His Heavenly Father on June 14, 2013. He was preceded in death by his parents, eight brother, and four sisters. He is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Gwendolyn Staley of the home in Wagener, SC; children: Maxine (David) Wright of Bath, SC; Alvin (Francis) Staley of Batesburg-Leesville, SC; Bishop Dr. Michael (Regina) Staley of Aiken, SC; Paul (Terri) Staley of Chesapeake, VA; Elaine Staley of the home; Terrell (Ann) Staley of Baton Rouge, LA; and Dowana (Adrian) Woodson of Atlanta, GA; one brother: John (Annie Mae) Staley of Queens, New York; one special sister-in-law: Myrtis Wooden Staley of Beach Island, SC; several of other brother and sister-in-laws, 13 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, other loving relatives and caring friends. Homegoing services for the late Reverend Matthew Staley were held on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 1:00 pm at Friendship Baptist Church. Reverend Henry Cook officiated and Reverend Haskell Staley presided over the services.
Reverend Matthew Staley
Alberta Dennis – age: 86
October 15, 1926 – May 29, 2013 SPRINGFIELD - Alberta Staley Pontoon Dennis, 86, daughter of the late Bessie and Albert Howard was born on October 15, 1926 in Cleveland, OH. She was married to the late John, Felis, and Norris Dennis. She attended Union Academy in Springfield, SC and graduated. She accepted Jesus as her savior at an early age. She joined Friendship Baptist Church as an usher, and active member at Jerusalem Baptist Church. Alberta was a plant worker and loved her garden with a passion. She was employed at Wagener Manufacturer as a janitor for many years. She was an outgoing person who never met a stranger. She loved everyone from the bottom of her heart and would always give no matter what. She leaves to cherish her memory, one brother Xavier (Earlene) Livingston of Queens, NY; five sons: Drexall (preceded in death), Donald (Joann) of Springfield, SC, George (Della), Albert Staley of Columbia, SC, William Pontoon of Mainz of Germany. One daughter, Minnie (Charles) Tyler of Springfield, SC; Sixteen grandchildren, nineteen great grandchildren, and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends. Special thanks to Tykeisha Pontoon (Great-grandaughter), Tannis Scott (Caregiver), and Dr. Crystal. Funeral services were held Saturday June 1, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at Friendship Baptist Church in Salley, SC.
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