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Wednesday, May 30, 2012
covering wagener and eastern aiken county

Busbee, Starnes named to All-Star team

The bats have fallen silent as high school baseball and softball has come to an end around the state, but when the honors were handed out for the recently-completed season, area players made plenty of • Rakeem Hicks signs to play college noise. Brielle Busbee (Wagenbasketball | 16. er-Salley) — Busbee is a Class A All-State selection after finishing her junior season with a .412 batting average and 23 RBIs. She also threw out 28 runners from her position as a catcher. Jenna Starnes (Wagener-Salley) — Starnes went 7-5 on the mound with 106 strikeouts for the War Eagles. She made the Class A All-State team for the second year in a row. At the plate, she had a .500 batting averaging with 21 RBIs.

On May 4, our Wagener-Salley High School JROTC Drill team traveled to Orlando Florida to compete in the National High School Drill Team Championship. Our small school, from our small community was represented well, very well. They finished in Ninth place overall of the 75 schools in the competition. In individual rifle MAYOR MIKE competition, Cadet PurMILLER vis Blizzard earned second place, as well as fourth place with Cadet Austin Bodie in the duo competition. Our Color guard, commanded by Deonte Williams placed fourth in the group competition. It is a pleasure that I can join many others in congratulating our Wagener-Salley High School JROTC Drill Teams for their skill, discipline and impressive performance. Construction work is underway on the vacant corner lot at Church and Main Streets. This is the former site of the Gulf Station built about 1958, and later became the first Kent’s Korner convenience store. This property was generously donated to the Town of Wagener for public use. This property has long been considered an area of ground contamination from prior use and hence has undergone continuous remediation measures by the former owners. Shortly after ownership transfer we applied and successfully competed for a CDBG grant very specific for demolition and restoration of the property to a useful state. Many factors influenced the planning of the project. These included some neutralized underground structures and utility easements that must be protected. We have worked very closely with all agencies involved, who have also worked with us in a very cooperative spirit and effort to benefit our community. When construction is completed the property will have a hard surface parking lot, green
Please see MAYOR, page 29

Buddy Ball a hit with special needs kids

WAGENER — It was a great day for baseball at Roy Warner Park on Saturday – unseasonably cooler temperatures, not a cloud in the sky and several players who were more likely, after hitting the ball, to run to third base or the pitcher’s mound or simply chase the ball down and bring it back to home plate than to run to first base. That’s the joy of a T-ball version of Buddy Ball – on this day pairing preschoolers from Busbee Corbett Elementary Middle School with adult volunteers and other kids. Teacher Marcia Gettys, a 21-year veteran at Busbee Corbett, was thrilled with the first-time event, featuring members of the Westinghouse Nuclear Fuels Division out of Columbia. Her only disappointment was that several parents didn’t make it with their kids. “These kids are so great,” said Gettys. “They have delays, but some can go on soon into regular education. This program today is really good for them, and I want all of them to get this kind of experience.”
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Former Wagener Mayor Steve Carver assists his nephew, Jacob Key, with running the bases during a Buddy Ball baseball game at Warner Park Saturday. Carver’s colleagues with Westinghouse Nuclear Fuels in Columbia volunteered for the event.

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Learning history through time spent at a cemetery
Memories Memories are precious. Memories are something that cannot be taken away from you. Memories bring you great comfort and joy. Memories can sustain you through difficult times. Memories allow you to remember from where you came and look forward to where you are going. Memories are God’s gift from the past for the future. occurred before Sue was born, she would always ask, “Well, Daddy where was I?” And Uncle Sammy would reply, “You were under the bed.” His comment would always satisfy her. Aunt Mame lived across the road from New Holland Baptist Church. Mama recalls that Aunt Mame LEMYRA always had a garden YOUNG and fruit trees and her house was always spotless. Mama also said that Aunt Mame was very neat and always wore dresses with a black background. I questioned Mama about this, and she told me that all those many years ago that many women wore black because their husbands were dead. Several days after I spoke with Sam Lybrand, I told Mama that we were riding to New Holland cemetery. I jokingly said that I had a few questions for some of the Lybrand relatives buried there. My great-great-grandfather Wesley Allen Lybrand and great-great-grandmother Sarah Elizabeth Lybrand and my great-grandfather George Washington Lybrand and great-grandmother Jane Jackson Lybrand are all buried at the New Holland cemetery. Uncle Sammy, Aunt Mame and a lot of other Lybrand uncles, aunts and cousins are buried there, too. After arriving at the cemetery, Mama and I got out of the car and began to walk through the cemetery reading the inscriptions on the graves and discussing how each one was related to us. We came to great-grandpa George’s brother, Noah Webster Lybrand’s grave; he died from being bitten by a rabid dog. George W. and Jane had six other children besides Sammy and Fred; Aunt Corrie, of whom I often speak, was the oldest girl. I probably knew her better than any of Pa Fred’s siblings. When Grandmama Leila Lybrand was alive, Sunday afternoons was a time to ride to New Holland. Almost always, we would eventually visit with Aunt Corrie who lived on highway 39 between Oak grove and New Holland. I remember Aunt Corrie always laughing about most everything. She never let life get her down. Her youngest daughter Faye was the age of Mama, and Mama has told me many tales about Faye and herself. One of my favorites is just after Faye’s daughter Gloria Jean was born. She was at Aunt Corrie’s house and Eugene Buckingham, more affectionately known as “Punk,” said, “Ma’ah you better go in there and see about the baby; Faye is dragging her around like a sack of peas.” Also when we were at the cemetery, Mama told me a tale about her daddy and Cousin Annie Boatwright Johnson’s husband Claude. Pa Fred and Claude were fishing from a boat in the river. It seems that Claude had taken off his hat and placed in the bottom of the boat behind him. Pa Fred told Claude to get his hat, as it was getting water in it. Claude began to retrieve his hat and in doing so he also began to moan … ooh, ooh, ooh, then louder ooooh, ooooh, all the while bumping his hat from one hand to the other! Well, a snake had fallen from a tree into the boat, and Pa Fred had managed to slip the snake into Claude’s hat; I can just imagine the fun Pa Fred had with that stunt. Mama went on to say that Pa Fred came home and told Grandmama Leila what he had done. After them having a good laugh, Grandmama asked, “What happened to Claude’s hat?” Pa Fred replied that the

A Welcome Call About two weeks ago, I received a letter from Sam Lybrand, a cousin that I had never met before; he wanted information on the Lybrand family. Since his phone number was included with his request, I gave him a call. Through our conversation, I learned that he and I share the same greatgrandparents – George Washington and Jane Jackson Lybrand. Sam lives on Edisto Island, S.C. His father Harvey Lybrand* was a first cousin to my mama. Mama’s father Fred was the youngest son and Harvey’s father Samuel was the oldest son of G.W. and Jane Lybrand. Sam is working on a family history for his children and in the process is reaching out to Lybrand relatives. I delight in family history, and it does not have to be my own family. Mama is a wealth of knowledge; she remembers family connections, family stories and occasionally lets one of the family skeletons out of the closet. So since Sam’s call, we have sent him family pictures and family information. Uncle Sammy, Sam’s grandfather, died in 1924 the same year that Mama was born; therefore, Mama knows only what she has been told about him. However, Aunt Mame his wife did not die until 1973, and Mama spent a lot of time at Aunt Mame’s house when she was growing up. Aunt Mame’s oldest daughter Thelma Hydrick died when her daughter Frances was just 2 years old, and so Frances came to live with her grandmother Mame. My mama whose name is also Frances and Frances Hydrick were constant playmates. Mama told me that Aunt Mame was terrified of a thunderstorm, and, when she heard thunder, she would make them lie down on the bed and to not let their feet touch the floor. Frances Hydrick moved to New Mexico after getting married, and Mama hears from her occasionally. Aunt Mame’s youngest child was Sue. When the family was sitting around talking about events from the past that

last time he had seen it, it was spinning down the river. I have been retired 14 years now, and from 1999-2004, Garry, my husband, and I visited 44 states of our great United States. I still often remark that I never dreamed that Garry and I would have been able to travel as we did. Even today we still talk about all of the momentous times that we shared. So, next to our travels, I would put visiting cemeteries as my second fun thing to do. There is so much history and mystery in a cemetery. And by the way, I did not get a single answer to any of my questions from any of my Lybrand relatives at the New Holland cemetery. I just got a lot of good memories. * Harvey Lybrand was the third child of Uncle Sammy and Aunt Mame; he was Aiken County Superintendent of Education from 1933-1936. Harvey, his wife Jenny and their three sons Tommy, Sam, and David moved from Aiken to Edisto Island. Harvey and his family developed much of what Edisto Island is today.

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AL Corbett holds its annual athletic banquet
AL Corbett’s student athletes were honored at their athletic banquet on May 1, where guest speaker, Johnnie Morant, a former Oakland Raider and CFL player, spoke of the importance of having an education. Morant played four years with the Oakland Raiders and went on to the CFL where his career was stopped short with a blown-out knee. He was one semester short of graduating from college when he was drafted and decided to go back to college and finish his degree. He will be coaching with Wagener native Jamie Garvin, head coach at Southern Tech Academy in Charlotte, N.C., this coming year. Every athlete was recognized, and awards were passed out before the group went into the cafeteria to enjoy dinner and fellowship with each other.

The WagenerSalley High FCCLA (Family, Career, Community, Leaders of America) secretary, Charity Bynem, has been elected the FCCLA vice president for STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) events for 2012-13 school year. Charity will travel with the FCCLA S.C. delegation and FCCLA adviser Mary Mason to Orlando, Fla., to attend the National Leadership Conference July 7-12.


MEETING MORANT: Pictured is Kiyon Middleton, an eighth-grader at AL Corbett, with Johnnie Morant.

The following students were recognized recently as Students of Character: • Busbee Corbett Elementary Middle School – Kaylin Jackson, Gauge Neeley and Jennifer Sampson. (elementary), and Preston Rodgers and Avery Snipes (middle) • Wagener-Salley High School – Ryan Brown, Marisa Finlayson and Sonora Williams

Students admitted to St. Augustine’s
St. Augustine’s College admitted the following local students: Darryl Bynem of Wagener and Jaylynn Nicholas of Graniteville.

The Citadel honors students for grades

The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, honored the following students for academic excellence during the spring semester of the 2011-2012 academic year: Jonathan Daniel Holsenback of Wagener, William Zaccheus Adams of Batesburg, TaKima Denise Butler of Montmorenci, Jeffrey Charles Johnson of North Augusta, Andrew Pryor Nelson III of North Augusta, Paul Tyler Sizemore of Belvedere and Atom Kristchain Young of North Augusta.

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On Friday May 11th, the sixth-grade class of A.L. Corbett Middle School traveled to Myrtle Beach. The students and staff have looked forward to this field trip all school year. The tour buses arrived early. It was exciting to have these roomy, air-conditioned buses. We arrived just before lunch time at Medieval Times. Students have been learning about World History this year, so a trip back in time was perfect! They were allowed to shop in the

medieval store, where they found armor, crowns, jewelry, and flags for cheering on their favorite knight. We were then selected to enter the arena based on color, which we soon found out was the color of our knight. Most of us were seated in the yellow knight section, but some of us were part of one of the rivaling teams, the black and white knight. As the story began of the lost prince and the battling knights, the meal was

served. We feasted on BABY DRAGON a.k.a. Rotisserie chicken, DRAGON FINGERS a.k.a baked potato, DRAGON TOES a.k.a. corn, DRAGON TONGUE a.k.a. bread and DRAGON TAIL a.k.a. a cookie. The knights gave flowers to their favorite damsels in the audience. We watched the knights battle to the end. Our favorite knight lost, but we cheered him to the end. It was feared that the evil green knight would be victor in the end, but the prince returned and with

the winning knight’s assistance they overcame the green knights fury! We made a quick trip across town to Ripley’s Aquarium. The students enjoyed a hands on experience with the horseshoe crabs. There even was a robotic dinosaur exhibit. The students enjoyed the shark tank the most with the rotating path that carried them around and under the tanks. It was interesting to see all the different sea creatures! We experienced History and Science all in one trip!

Ms. Felkel’s First Grade Awards Outstanding performance:
Art – Lauren Allen and Paisley Hammonds Music – Lauren Allen and Bryson Barrett PE – Joe Rouse and Paisley Hammonds Highest Reading MAP score – Gabrielle Prescott Highest Math MAP scores – Josiah Williamson, Gabrielle Prescott and Miracle Pough All A’s: Jackson Hammett, Lauren Allen, Paisley Hammonds, Miracle Pough, Gabrielle Prescott, Gabe Smith and Kaylyn Tyler

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COMPLETERS: Allan Willams presents to his completers – those who have taken four years of agriculture.

A $2K SCHOLARSHIP: J T Wooten is presented with a $2,000 scholarship from Dixie Youth District Director Odell Morris.


STATE CHAMPIONS: Ag Mech team representing WSHS FFA, from left, are Bobby Chavis, Trent Rushton, Grayson Joye and Harley Gallop.

Wagener-Salley FFA tool ID team wins 1st
Wagener-Salley High’s FFA Tool Identification Team placed first in the state at the State Fair grounds in Columbia on April 21. Team members were Megan Swartz, T.C. Rushton, Haley Williamson and David Rathburn. Preston Hall, Sam Hutto, Trent Rushton and D.J. Smith placed second in the state FFA Tractor Operation Event.

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Library summer reading program begins June 14
The Nancy Bonnette Library in Wagener begins its Summer Reading program June 14 for children preschool through 5th grade. More than 100 children are expected to register. This year’s theme is Dream Big-Read! and features all the fun and excitement of a marvelous night time adventure. A reading medal and certificate of achievement will be awarded to children who complete the reading requirements (20 books for those under 6 years and 10 books for those 6 or older). Parents may read books to children who have not yet learned to read. Summer Reading at the Wagener library will run through July 27. Come enjoy a variety of weekly programs for children during the months of June and July, such as a puppet show, a magician and a wildlife presentation. There will be no programming July 5. Registration began May 29 at the library. Again this summer the library is extending the fun of Summer Reading to adult patrons 18 and older. For each library book read during the months of June and July, patrons can put their names and telephone numbers in for a drawing to win a handy tote bag. Each library will have one winner. The drawing will be July 30. • June 14 – “Spoon Man” Jim Cruise – Join Jim for a fun, interactive musical show! • June 21 – Puppet Show – Presenting the classic children’s book, The Paper Bag


Lego Club for children coming to library
Princess. • June 28 – Magician Chad Crews – Be amazed by his mysterious feats of illusion! • July 12 – Porkchop Productions – The funniest theatrical version of “Chicken Little.” • July 19 – Ruth Patrick Science Education Center – Creepy, crawly fun with critters! Get up close and personal with local wildlife! • July 26 – Roaming Along in Story and Song with folksinger Cathy Benedetto and storyteller Vic McGraner. The library is located at 204 Park Street, NE, in Wagener. Library hours are 10 to 1 and 2 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. For questions about the children’s events or regular library services, call branch manager LeWanda Fulmer at (803) 564-5396. Children love Legos! The Nancy Bonnette Library in Wagener recently offered two Lego afterschool programs for elementary age children that were so successful the library will form a Lego Club beginning in September. Branch manager LeWanda Fulmer is excited about offering the monthly Lego Club and other afterschool programming at the recently expanded and renovated library. Building with Legos gives children a chance to work cooperatively and use their creative abilities. With two huge bins of assorted Legos available, the sky is the limit on what to build!

Aiken County PRT Outpost Camps for kids ages 6-12
These are all-day camps from 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Activities will include games, sports, arts and crafts, environmental education and field trips. The fee for camp is $80 per week. Session 1 – Wagener; Session 2 – Jackson; Session 3 – Graniteville; Session 4 – Clearwater. Registration is required. Call (803) 642-7559 or www.aikencountyprt.com.

Aiken County PRT Photo Contest
Submit your photographs now through June 28, 2012. The entry fee is $5.00. Photos must have been taken within the past 2 years in Aiken County. Pictures can be of landscapes, architecture, animals, historic sites, etc. Winning photos will be published in a 2013 calendar. Proceed from the calendar will benefit the Aiken County PRT Senior Programs. Winners will be announced in October at a Gallery Show at the Aiken County Historic Museum and the calendars will be for sale through the Aiken County Visitor Center. Call (803) 642-7559 or www.aikencountyprt. com for more information.

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Dear Friends: We began May with the South Carolina Supreme Court dropping an A-bomb on the electoral process. The Justices ordered the political parties to remove candidates from the June 12th primary ballot for failure to file their candidacy without all the correct paper forms. • The ballot bungle explained: A 1992 law requires candidates to file a statement of economic interest at the same time they officially file their election paperwork. In the last couple of years filing has been online not on paper. A lawsuit was brought by two REP. BILL citizens challenging the filing proTAYLOR cess and the Supreme Court chose to follow the letter of the law in its ruling. More than 180 candidates statewide were knocked off the ballot; eight of those were in Aiken County. Following the courts’ decision legislation was introduced allowing those candidates who filed electronically to be certified to run. This is an issue loaded with legal land mines. The legislature has no authority to fix a law on which the Supreme Court has ruled and any carefully crafted changes would likely require approval from the U.S. Justice Department under the Voting Rights Act. That would certainly delay to June primary election to August or even September. It’s a shame! This is a dreadful situation for both candidates and voters. It’s tough enough to put yourself out to be a candidate, then get knocked off the ballot on a minor technicality five weeks before the election. It’s hurtful and disappointing to those who have worked so hard and my heart goes out to them. And for voters, this means you won’t have a full range of choices in the June Primary Election. The 20-year-old law has never been a problem, but with the electronic filing currently being used, the political parties failed to require adherence to the “paper filing” law. There is no doubt we will pass legislation to correct and modernize the law and make it easier for candidates to use technology to meet the legal filing requirements. Restructuring state government: Early this month the House of Representatives tackled the monumental task of restructuring a major part of state government. We are earnestly trying to create an organizational structure that is more efficient and responsive and will stand the test of time for many decades to come. Eliminating the Budget & Control Board: South Carolina is the only state with a Budget & Control Board; a five member panel that oversees about 1300 employees and many functions of state government. In recent years, the House has passed three bills creating a Department of Administration. This month the House GOP Caucus announced plans for a new version of the proposed state Department of Administration.

It fully eliminates the Budget & Control Board and gives the Governor’s office control of 90 percent of the old B&C Board. It also shrinks the current the number of employee allocations by 10 percent. The goal is a more streamlined and efficient state government with accountability and checks and balances. (see chart) The newest House plan differs from the Senate version they sent us. Their plan called for splitting the B&C Board in 10 different government agencies, including 8 new ones. After much debate, the House voted 71-33 to approve the amended plan. The bill was sent back to the Senate. The goal is to get this major reorganization accomplished before the legislative session ends next month. • Charter school bill signed: Gov. Haley has signed legislation allowing the expansion of charter schools statewide. The bill allows universities to sponsor charter schools, giving them more options to form. It also allows for boys-only and girls-only schools. It also requires traditional schools to give charter students access to extracurricular activities. South Carolina has 17,000 students in 47 charter schools. They are public schools overseen by a board of parents, teachers and community members, rather than a district board. • FOI bill passes House: The revisions in South Carolina’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was approved in the House less than an hour before the deadline for bills to crossover to the Senate. Failure to meet the crossover deadline would have killed the bill. Now it is up to the Senate to consider the legislation I’m proposing. I have been assured by Sen. Larry Martin, the Chair-

man of the Senate Judiciary Committee, that it will be heard by a subcommittee. Time is running out before the session ends. • Sales tax reform fizzles: I’m disappointed to report that efforts to reform the South Carolina’s hodgepodge of sales tax exemptions was mostly gutted this week by the House Ways & Means Committee. The tax reform committee on which I served for six months proposed eliminating two-thirds of the special interest sales tax exemptions worth about $250 million. We recommended preserving the ones that directly benefit families (i.e., gasoline, food, electricity, water, medicine, etc.). After hearing group after group pleading their case, the House Ways & Means Committee amended the bill so as to keep all but about $15 million in exemptions – that amounts to 6 percent of what we recommended. • Expansion of horse liability protection law: Gov. Haley has signed into law the bill which protects landowners from liability due to someone sustaining damages while riding a horse on the landowner’s property where the landowner grants permission to ride. The legislation was initiated by the Aiken County Legislator Delegation. Clubs, classes, and stables are already protected from lawsuits under an existing law. This legislation will benefit private landowners across the state in addition to the Aiken Land Conservancy and the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce with their joint horse trail easement project. This is good for all of Aiken County. Thank you for the privilege of serving you. As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions, don’t hesitate to call or write.

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There is an anonymous quote posted above my desk. It says: “Those who say it cannot be done should get out of the way of those who are doing it!” I’m telling you I must have glanced up and pondered those words at least several times a day during the past few weeks and wondered if I was kidding myself to believe them. I also remembered something my parents always taught me – that when things seem impossibly tough, the only route to take is to stay calm and collected, think clearly and keep paddling like there is no tomorrow. Oh, yes, and one more thing – don’t make any hasty decisions, and don’t make any promises that you can’t keep. It seems to me that’s a lot said in a few words – and all of them words of wisdom – not easy advice to follow but so truthful. Anyone who says that economic times are getting better in America obviously hasn’t spent much time lately in small-town America in the heart of the deep South. I was listening to the news one morning while getting ready for work and heard that a recent study indicates that 60 percent of Americans feel that we will all be better off a year from today. Someone made the comment that most Americans probably “hope “ to be better off a year from today, but most don’t seem too positive about it. Working in a retail business, I have constant contact with people from all walks of life. This has provided me with a few experience lately that, not too long ago, I would have considered quite unusual in a country where we have had a “chicken in every pot and a car in every garage” for as long as I can remember. In the last few weeks I have twice had someone walk into the store and ask for money to buy food because they were hungry. Now, I don’t know how this might affect you, but it certainly struck a strange and unusual note with me. I have been in business for many years, and this is most definitely not a common occurrence with me! I just spoke with a customer who does landscaping and yard work. He told me that, as long as there is daylight, he tries to keep working. He tries to accommodate his customers in any way that he can, as that is the only way he can keep his bills paid and hope to stay ahead of his expenses. He was buying supplies to do his own maintenance on equipment, in hopes of saving a few dollars. Generally, everyone I talked with is working longer hours, often for less pay than normal, in hopes of keeping the wolves away from the door! I, too, have plenty of problems of my own. You have all heard me talk about living in an old clapboard country house in need of a number of repairs. Trust me when I say that it is becoming more dilapidated as time moves on! This poor house is in need of a new roof, new wood facing underneath that roof, new garage doors, new screen on the back porch, new storm doors (both of which are just before falling off the hinges), as well as major repairs to the living room ceiling and the kitchen floor. With regular monthly bills, groceries and food for all the animals, money is in short supply. Many things go unattended and remain on the “to do” list until funds become available. I am one of the lucky Americans, though, because I have food on the table, clothes to wear and a roof over my head. I am also lucky enough to be able to pay my monthly bills. I am meeting people everyday who are not so lucky. I am meeting people who never had a garden but are starting to grow their own food. I am meeting people who never learned how to sew but are now learning to make their own clothes. I am meeting people who are walking, taking public transportation or carpooling to work rather than driving everyday, in order to save money and cut back on expenses. These people have the right idea. We must all learn to make sacrifices, live frugally and spend less. We must all do what we can to help others, who find themselves in less than ideal circumstances. My father-in-law always said, “Every day’s a good day,” and he was right. It’s up to you and me to make it that way! Let’s all keep our eyes and ears open as we approach the November 2012 elections. Let’s listen to what the political candidates are offering us, and vote based on what we have already seen and on what we hope to see in the future. Let’s remember our soldiers who are still fighting in Afghanistan and other parts of the world to defend our freedoms here at home. It is easy to forget these men and women as we go about our daily lives. A special thank you goes out to the Ladies Auxiliary of the Wagener VFW Post for their efforts in raising money to support our soldiers and their families. Their Spring Dance proved to be a great social event, as well as a wonderful fundraiser for our troops. Remember, the only way we can improve out circumstances is by making improvements in ourselves!

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God sends me words all the time, I write them everywhere Here’s some of the words he sent me, I’d really like to share Life is like playing a game of chess, You have to make the right move to win And if you have a problem with drugs, Then in your heart let Jesus in

I did dope and drank over twenty years, My dealers were on speed dial Now I read God’s words and help others, When I pray I smile My old life is now a story, Like the last chapter of a book Part Two is just beginning, It’s like my old life was just took I’ve been real busy with my work, Talk of my miracle when I can How God has taken my addictions away, Made me the man I am My desire to drink and do dope, God took that away He’s kept me alive so I can talk of His love each and every day I was a drunk and an addict of Satan’s dope Now with God on my side, He cleansed my soul and I have hope! Brian is a miracle! He has recovered from more than 20 years of abusing and being heavily addicted to several kinds of drugs and alcohol.

WSHS names A/B honor roll
The following students at WagenerSalley High School were named to the A/B honor roll: Briana Patrice Bellinger, Ashley Nicole Brown, Trey Martin Crosby, Tyriq Kaseim Miguel Davis, Basha Michelle Lanita Gaines, Angela Brittany Glenn, Mikayla Marie Jennings, Dillon McCabe Overton, Shakira Monique Perry, Tony Lamar Still, Kristin Enese Stone, Charles Henry Tice, Whitney Nicole Tindall, Cory Justin Waldroup, Joshua Troy Wooten, Loretta Lynn Fields, Marisa Sue Finlayson, Reshonique Michelle Gleaton, Grayson Randolph Joye, Shyhein Tashan Lindsey, Helen Michelle Rumsey, Michael Trent Rushton, Jenna Michelle Starnes, April Ann Stratton, Ryan Lawrence Brown, Hunter Ashley Buff, Bobby Gene Dalton Chavis, Brandon Tyrell Edwards, Joshua Furman Gambrell, Phillip J.R. Hicks, Xavier DaQuandra Keitt, Kianna Ty’teyana Middleton, Keyonda Monquie Pontoo, Douglas Jared Smith, Robert Quincy Tyler, Nyema Chantell Ware, Meagan Danielle Waters, Charity Renee Bynem, Johniya La’Trel Bynem, Aaliyah Shontell Chandler, Candace Marie Crumpler, Jordan Taylor Fraser, Rontravious Dey’Shawn Garvin, Rebecca Ruth Martin, Lexxice S Robinson, Kaylee Celes Rushton, Rushton, Tillman Campbell, Laura Catherine Stabler-Tindal, Antavia Shalee Swedenburg, Mailayasia Cheyenne Tyler, Alexander Columbus Walker, Haley Johnette Williamson and Seba Alexander Williamson.

WSHS lists A honor roll
The following students at WagenerSalley High School were named to the A honor roll: Samuel Henry Clarke, Quarmaine Rashawn Edwards, Lee Ellen Fulmer, Shameka Nicole Fulmer, Teerah Kanesha Jackson, Denisha Rae’shael James, Shayla Teonna Jenkins, Kayley Ellen Kirkland, Amber Destiny Payne, Marquiece Lashon Sims, Sonora BenitaJo Williams, Elizabeth Brielle Busbee, George Harley Gallop, April Michelle Jeffcoat, Anthony Daniel Wiles, April Maria Adcock, Christopher Carol Bumgardner, Shanique Blessing Coleman, Brandon Derrick Koon, Jamie Elizabeth Swartz, Jerel Dorez Swedenburg, Shequavia Nyesha’ Tyler and David Omar Urizar.


As my year being sober has finally come, This new life I won’t lose With God as my Counselor, I’ve put down the dope and I’m not drinking any booze I talk with God every day, He walks with me across this earth He’s cleansed my soul and strengthened my mind, I’m regaining my self-worth

• I am not ashamed to be a follower of Jesus Christ. • I love them and their mother, Lucy, with unconditional love. One of the great needs of today’s culture • God has blessed me by allowing me to be is for fathers to assume the responsibility of investing in their chiltheir Daddy. dren’s lives. There are • I am not perfect, and I thank them for far too many fatherless their understanding and forgiveness. homes, and the impact • I pray for them daily. is devastating. Even in • I will strive to never embarrass them with homes where there are lifestyle failures. both father and mother, • I am very proud of them. there is a great challenge • My prayer is for Jesus to be the most for fathers to share in important Person in their lives. the child-raising experiLet’s look at the lighter side of fatherhood. ence. It is tempting to Most children will seek to honor their father make excuses and focus with some gift of love. Many fathers can DR. TOMMY HUDDLESTON primarily on the family’s relate to Bill Cosby’s Father’s Day experiphysical needs and not ence: contribute regularly to the spiritual and emo“For Father’s Day I give each of my five tional development of the family. kids $20 so they can go out and buy me a As a blessed father of three grown children, present – a total of $100. They go to the store I understand that challenge. Since I cannot go and buy two packages of underwear, each back and undo some regrettable mistakes, I of which costs $5 and contains three shorts. welcome the opportunities now to invest in They tear them open and each kid wraps their lives as I am needed. Maybe a father is up one pair, the sixth going to the Salvation reading this article and realizes he needs to Army. Therefore, on Father’s Day I am walkstep up and be what his children need. It is ing around with new underwear and my kids never too late! are walking around with $90 worth of my As you celebrate Father’s Day, many change in their pockets.” memories will surface as you reflect upon It is my prayer that every father will have that relationship. I would encourage you to a blessed day and will commit to be a godly focus on the positive, learn from the negative model to their children. “As for me and my and cherish the memories. Life is too short to house, we will serve the Lord.” be bitter. As a Christian father, there are many things Dr. Tommy Huddleston can be reached via I want my Rebecca, Stephen and Rachel to email at twhuddleston@hotmail.com or at the know about me. I want them to realize that: church office at (803) 564-6308.


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June 2-7:
Seivern Baptist Church will be holding Vacation Bible School from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. “It’s out of this world with club VBS!” A Space Quest theme – “Jesus: The Way, the Truth, the Life!” (John 14:6) book page for more information.


June 24-27:
Bethcar Baptist Church’s VBS will be for preschoolers to adult classes. The theme is “Amazing Aviation Wonders – Encountering God’s Awesome Power” (Psalm 147:5). Kickoff is Saturday, June 23 from 5 to 9 p.m. and will continue June 24-27 from 6 to 9 p.m. Come join the fun and enjoy the food, fellowship and JESUS.

June 10-15:

Berlin Baptist Church’s “Amazing Wonders Aviation” will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. each night with supper being served. Crafts, music and games are all designed to make amazing things happen as your kids encounter God like never before. Salley Baptist Church will offer AmazYou’ll see lives changed as kids tour some ing Wonders Aviation from 6:30 to 8 p.m. of the world’s most marvelous natural wonders and learn to trust and recognize God as they explore His awesome power. Amazing Wonders Aviation has your ticket! New Holland Baptist Church will offer Amazing Wonders Aviation from 6:30 until First Baptist Church Wagener – Join 9 p.m. to children ages 3 to 13. us for Space Quest VBS from 6 to 8:30 p.m. nightly.

July 15-19:

BY DIANNE The more I get to know the women at the Well, the more I know how much we are alike. Our women come from all over. Miracle is from Porte Rica, Annie is from China, Jean and Caroline are from Pennsylvania, Lennie is from Maine, Lorene is from Norfolk, VA, and I am from Eau Claire near North Columbia. Clara, Gloria, Lavern, Alberta, Dorothy, Geneva, Jennel, Patricia, Earthleen, Marie, Willette, Pansy, Jessie, Rozeina and Janice are all from local communities. As we share stories of about our up bringing, I am amazed how much we have in common. Our love for God has brought some unlikely women to a place of friendship, respect and love. We see beyond our differences and focus on our commonalities. After all, we are (all humans) created in God’s image. On Thursday, May 10, the ladies of the Women’s Well gathered at Edisto Lake for lunch on my porch. No matter where we go, we always have a good time. The weather was perfect, the view relaxing and the food delicious. Gail Sharpe continues to lead the “Resurrected Women” women’s group on Saturday nights. For time, meeting place and information, call Gail at 803-608-2557. It is not too

July 16-20:

Mt. Hermon Baptist Church’s “Amazing Wonders Aviation” will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. with supper each night with fun, crafts and music for all ages. “Our Lord is great, vast in power; His understanding is infinite.” Psalm 147:5 (HCSB)

July 22-26:
Saron Baptist Church will offer “Jesus Truth Seekers” nightly from July 22 (after church services) through 26 beginning at 6:30 p.m.

June 11-15:

June 25 – July 26:
Zion Hill Baptist Church – All Summer Camp from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All children from ages 18 and under are welcome, and lunch will be provided. Activities available include games, Bible study, arts and crafts and movies. If you would like for your child to attend this camp, contact Pansy Brown by June 11. For more information, call 564-5060 or (803) 649-3085.

Clinton Methodist Church’s “Kickin’ it old school 1980s” will be held from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m.

June 18-22:

Zion Hill Baptist Church will host VBS. Watch the Wagener Monthly’s Face-

late to join in. Lorene and Carl Cuthrell left last week to go back home for the summer. Carl teaches at Christ Central Institute and Lorene is a dedicated volunteer at the Women’s Well. For the past year, they have traveled from their home in Lexington, NC to Wagener each week. More often than not, they would take students home with them for the weekend. They are truly selfless in their love and caring for others. Lorene made such a positive impact in our community and at the Well. She taught women to sew, made quilts for them, and spent endless hours assisting in their projects. Her love is genuine and her love for Jesus is obvious. Lorene helped Annie make two dresses for her daughter. Annie’s daughter Gianna was delighted with her new dresses and with her mother’s new talent. Gianna’s little brother Massimo was proud of his mother too. We are going to participate in the Ridge Springs’ 44 mile Peach Tree 23 Yard Sale on Saturday, June 2. This event spans from Ridge Springs to Batesburg-Leesville and has become very popular. We will be located near the Ridge Springs pavilion across from the restrooms. Come by and say hello. Purchases are welcome too. Until next month, “Be Blessed.”

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sess you, you’ll steal and you’ll lie. You do what you have to just to get high. The crimes you’ll commit, for my narcotic charms will be worth the pleasure you’ll feel in your Let me start by saying thank you to all the arms. You’ll lie to your mother; you’ll steal people at the Aiken Standard and Wagener Monthly for allowing me from your dad When you see their tears, you should feel sad. But you’ll forget your morals to get my words out to and how you were raised, I’ll be your conhelp others that struggle science, I’ll teach you my ways. I take kids with addictions. Also, from parents, and parents from kids, I turn want to thank everyone people from God and separate from friends. for their kind words, replies, and emails on my I’ll take everything from you, your looks and your pride, I’ll be with you always, right by words. I’m just a tool. I give all the glory to God. your side. You’ll give up everything your I struggled with addic- family, your home, your friends, your money, then you’ll be alone. I’ll take and take, till tions over 20 years of BRIAN you have nothing more to give. When I’m my life so I know what finished with you, you’ll be lucky to live. WATTS some of you all are going through. Give your If you try me, be warned this is no game. If problems to God – He will help you get your given the chance, I’ll drive you insane. I’ll ravish your body; I’ll control your mind. I’ll life on track. First, you have to want to quit; own you completely; your soul will be mine. second, you have to put your trust in Him. The nightmares I’ll give you while lying in Remember to love your life and thank God bed, the voices you’ll hear from inside your for what you have. Also, don’t judge others by their way of life or appearance. You don’t head, the sweats, the shakes, the visions know their story. Here are some words that a you’ll see; I want you to know, these are lot of people can relate to. Again, if you want all gifts from me, But then it’s too late, and to change your ways, ask God’s help and trust you’ll know in your heart, that you are mine, in Him! God bless. and we shall not part. You’ll regret that you COCAINE AND PILLS – I destroy tried me, they always do, but you came to homes, tear families apart, take your children, me, not I to you. You knew this would hapand that’s just the start. I’m more costly than pen. Many times you were told, but you chaldiamonds, more costly than gold, the sorlenged my power, and chose to be bold. You row I bring is a sight to behold, and if you could have said no, and just walked away, If need me, remember I’m easily found. I live you could live that day over, now what would all around you, in schools and in town. I you say? I’ll be your master; you will be my slave, I’ll even go with you, when you go to live with the rich, I live with the poor, I live your grave. Now that you have met me, what down the street and maybe next door. My will you do? Will you try me or not? Its all power is awesome; try me, you’ll see, but if up to you. I can bring you more misery than you do, you may never break free. Just try me once and I might let you go, but try me words can tell. Come take my hand, let me lead you to hell. twice, and I’ll own your soul. When I pos-

You didn’t cause your loved one to drink
A 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 AlAnon 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 Wagener 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-An on 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 notfor-profit organization that has been helping families and friends of people who have a drinking problem since 1951. More information about Al-Anon Family Groups in Wagener, you may contact Nancy at 803-564-6487 or visit the South Carolina Website www-al-anon-sc.org. Local meetings are as follows: SEARCHING OUT SERENITY AFG – Monday at 7 p.m. Wagener United Methodist Church 153 Wagener Road (Hwy. 302) Wagener, SC 29164 (Open / Discussion) Park behind church – Enter building; the meeting room is the first door on right

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Raheem Hicks signs to play collegiate hoops

WAGENER — Rakeem Hicks, star center from the Wagener-Salley High School basketball team and first-team member of the All-Aiken Standard squad, signed his letter of intent to play at Coffeyville Community College on May 4. The 6-foot-9, 240-pound Hicks chose the Kansas school over other two-year colleges, including Aiken Technical College, Gulf Coast Community College, Georgia Perimeter College, East Georgia College and Tallahassee Community College – where former Aiken High star Tra Parker played last year. Hicks said choosing a college so far from home didn’t weigh heavily in his decision. He already has extensive experience traveling, playing for AAU teams such as the CSRA Shockers, Celtics South and Georgia Stars. He also spent a week in Anderson participating in the American Legion Boys State where he learned about and participated in a mock government. “School is school,” Hicks said after a signing ceremony in the Wagener-Salley High School library, where he was joined by family, teammates and school faculty members. “I know my family is going to support me wherever I go, and this is a step toward my future instead of being in this area now. “I’m going to go there and play hard and move on to a bigger and better school.” What was of greater concern to Hicks than location was finding a college that would allow him to further his education while improving his game to the point where he can transfer to a Division I school. He said Coffeyville met all of those requirements and has a good track record of putting its graduates in D-I colleges. Among some of the more famous Coffeyville alums are longtime NBA player Reggie Evans and former heavyweight champion James “Buster” Douglas, who played basketball for the Ravens. The opportunity to play immediately for a coach known for developing big men also helped to form Hicks’ decision. He said the system of longtime Coffeyville coach Jay Herkelman will suit Hicks’ skills and enhance his overall game. Hicks said the Ravens play an up-tempo game and run a full-court press in which he’d be a pivotal player. Hicks also said he’ll get the chance to operate in the low post on offense, as well as on the wing. “They share the ball well, and everybody gets touches,” Hicks said. “I’ll get to attack the rim; that’s what I like to do.” In college, Hicks is looking to hone his game. He wants to add bulk and muscle as well as develop greater footwork. That should benefit his all-around game and could allow him to improve on the double-double points and rebounding statistics he averaged in high school. “He’s ready to move to the next level,” said Earl Seeley, who coached Hicks for four years at Wagener-Salley and has admired the strides he’s made in more ways than one. “The main thing is his maturation. Not only physically, but his attitude for the game and dedication for the game. I’m fortunate to witness his growth.” Hicks and Herkelman are discussing when he should arrive in Kansas, with early enrollment in June being considered vs. heading to school in August. Whenever Hicks gets to Coffeyville, he said he plans on working hard – in the gym and classroom. He’s currently undecided on a


HEADED TO KANSAS: Wagener-Salley’s Rakeem Hicks, front and center, signs to play college basketball at Coffeyville Community College in Kansas. Seated next to Hicks is his brother Greggory and mother Rosalyn. Standing, from left, are his grandfather Andrew, grandmother Rosa and Wagener-Salley basketball coach Earl Seeley. major, but is weighing pharmacy, physical therapy and education as possible courses of study. “I want to get a degree first of all,” Hicks said of his ultimate aspirations. “I’m using basketball as the car I’m going to drive to get an education. … I’m blessed enough to go to a school where my family doesn’t have to pay tuition.” Hicks said he doesn’t have a preference about where he might transfer. He said the four-year schools he spoke with previously said they’ll be following his progress in Coffeyville. The colleges he’s mentioned speaking with in the past include Georgia, Marquette, VCU, Jacksonville State, College of Charleston, Charleston Southern, The Citadel, Anderson, Furman, Newberry and South Carolina State. “I don’t have a preference,” Hicks said. “I just want to play basketball and get an education.” He also previously spoke with South Carolina, a school Hicks said he’s interested in. Playing for the Gamecocks is a legitimate possibility, since Herkelman has a good relationship with new Gamecocks head coach Frank Martin. Regardless of where Hicks goes, Seeley is confident his pupil will be a success. “He’s ready to go to Division I in two years,” he said. “No doubt.” Noah Feit is a reporter for the Aiken Standard, primarily covering sports, and has been a professional journalist for more than a dozen years after graduating from Syracuse University.

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Salley Head Start 2012 Moving Up Ceremony
The Salley Head Start Center held its 2012 Moving Up Ceremony on May 25 at 10 a.m. It’s theme is Stepping Toward the Future. For the graduates of Salley Head Start, this is the next step before entering Kindergarten next school year. The graduates recited many songs and poems for their families, friends, and teachers. Each graduate received a diploma with the accompany of AT&T Pioneers’ Gift of the Huggie Bear. The 2012 Salley Head Start Graduates are as follows: James O. Allen, Patricia Bledsoe, Keyandre Clark, Zy’Keira Cook, Nasir Corbitt, DaKair Corley, Patten Davenport, Malaisa Felder, Schatara Fraizer, Elijah Gathers,Malcolm Gleaton, Kenya Jackson, Davion Kinard,

Carson King, Kayliah Metcalf, La’Nya Middleton, Y’Nya Middleton, Sana’ye Owens, Laila Parrish, Anijah Sanders, Eva Sapp, Keenan Smith, Aiden Stroman, Nai’Shawn Thomas, Ma’da’m Walker, Sir Jospeh Walker and Shania Williams. In addition the celebrating the graduates, the Head Start Staff also gave out Stepping Toward the Future Volunteer Awards in the following areas: Volunteer of 2012: Ms. Irma Rowe Randle, Honored Volunteer: Ms Jenny DunbarQuattlebaum, Mother of 2012: Ms. Kim Bledsoe, Honored Mothers: Christa Mae Davenport, Latoya Conner, & Thelma Swendenburg (grandmother), Father of 2012: Mr. Henry Allen, Jr. (grandfather), Honored Fathers: Trevis Haynesworth and William Edwards, and the Male Involvement Award: Willie Stroman. The students’ final words for their beloved Head Start were “Farewell, Dear Teachers. Off to Kindergarten we go.”

GOOD MEMORIES: The Wagener High School Class of 1952 held their reunion May 19 at Red Lobster in Aiken. Evangeline Proffitt Sastic, Lila Mae Sheppard Collins, Lyman Harvey Cook, Ethel Ann Gunter Furtick, Peggy Baughman Hancock, George McGee, Bill Posey, Allen Rawls, Barbara Kitchings Rhoad, Shirley Shapiro Sonenshine and Pauline Rankin Woodward.

Wagener graduates compare memories at 60th class reunion

Please help Cyril B Busbee Elementary AL Corbett Middle School by continuing to save “BOX TOPS” “CAMPBELL” labels and …

Bill Posey, a member of the Wagener High School graduating class of 1952, described his classmates as a bunch of young folks who were getting together to celebrate their 60th high school reunion. A group of 17 people, including a former teacher, met for lunch at Red Lobster in Aiken on May 19. “We’re finding out that our memory is better for the old times than it is for the new times,” said Posey. The graduating class was composed of 23 students, but nine have passed away over the years, and three of the class members live out of state, said Posey. The reunions have become more frequent. “We’re holding them now about every other year,” said Posey. “Soon, we’ll be holding them every year.” The classmates discuss a variety of topics at the reunions, rehashing old times, talking about teachers who are long gone, playing sports, and their travels across the nation and the globe, said Posey. “The reunions enable us to see each other and chat,” said Posey. “As a class, we were very close-knit. When someone passes, we miss them. It’s good to be able to get together with the group we have.”

Sarah Gantt, who was the Wagener High School home economics teacher, was also in attendance at the meeting. Spencer Smith, the school’s agricultural teacher at the time, is also still alive but wasn’t able to attend the reunion, although he did attend last year’s gathering. “They were a nice class,” said Gantt. “My daughter teaches school, and I tell her all the time, ‘You know what, the years that I taught school were so wonderful.’ Children were so well-behaved. Their parents taught them. I taught the girls, and finally, before I retired, I taught the boys.” The living members of the 1952 Wagener High School graduating class include Posey, Evangeline Proffitt Sastic, Lila Mae Sheppard Collins, Lyman Harvey Cook, Ethel Ann Gunter Furtick, Peggy Baughman Hancock, Charles Earl Heyward, Madelyn Williams Hutto, Margie Gleaton Locklear, George McGee, Allen Rawls, Barbara Kitchings Rhoad, Shirley Shapiro Sonenshine and Pauline Rankin Woodward. Ben Baugh covers the equestrian beat and general assignments for the Aiken Standard. Among the awards Baugh has won include the 2003 Raleigh Burroughs Award as the turf writer making the most impact on the Florida Thoroughbred Industry.

Kim & Scott’s
“Raising Dough” for Schools!

If you have a student that attends Busbee Corbett Elementary Middle School, you may attach the “BOX TOPS” to the “PILE UP” forms given to your child and send the completed form in to Ms. Blizzard. The UPC bar codes from Campbell Labels and LABELS for EDUCATION PRODUCTS can be glued to the 1 -POINT or 5 –Point forms. Keep the “Raising Dough” for Schools UPC bar codes S EPARATE and return them to the school in an envelope or “zip lock bag.” If you do not have a child attending Busbee Corbett Elementary Middle School, you may send the “BOX TOPS” and “CAMPBELL” labels to Marcia Lee Blizzard. Thanks! Busbee Corbett Elementary Middle School c/o Marcia Lee Blizzard 20 AL Corbett Circle Wagener, SC 29164

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Columnist Beekeepers around the Midlands are harvesting their honey at this time. This means that they go out and remove the honey supers or honey storage boxes and carry them to a place to extract the honey. The honey removed should all be capped. Bees cap the cell of the honey at their convenience once the moisture content is below 18.6 percent. In this capped state, the honey will last indefinitely. The tops are removed from the cells of the honey then the frames are then placed in an extractor. The extractor rotates either manually or with an electric motor and drains down to be received into a container. The honey is allowed to settle in this container for a week to 10 days before bottling which allows the air and any wax to come to the surface. The honey would be completely usable before this as it just wouldn’t be as clear in the bottle and not as near as appealing. To make cut-comb honey, we put in a special foundation then cut it out of the frames to fit in the bottles then liquid honey is poured over the bottles to complete the fill. The board of directors meeting was held the first Friday of the month. Plans were finalized for the summer meeting which will be at Clemson University in July. We have grown to a point that we needed a larger auditorium and will be moving to the Hendrix Building. The Hendrix Building is where the famous Clemson Blue Cheese is sold. Plans are almost completely finalized for next spring’s meeting which will be a joint meeting with North Carolina. There should be over 600 in attendance and over 25 vendors.


In maintaining my commitment on pesticide use because dusting our gardens is so harmful to our pollinators, I have only had to hand pick a few dozen potato beetles. Hopefully, other gardeners will have the same success. Pollination particularly of squash has been hampered due to the weather. The foggy overcast mornings have kept bees from flying. Bees navigate by the sun, and, if there is no sun, they may not be able to navigate to where they are going or find their way home. Squash suffer the most as squash blooms close by noon while cucumber blooms remain open all day. So if you have some irregular shaped squash that may be the problem. Wes Bommer is a Master Gardener, member of Wagener Garden Club and president of Mid-State Beekeepers and the State Beekeepers Association.

Ella Claire Poole is Baby Miss Peach Blossom Queen. She will be riding in the parade in Johnston on May 5. Ella Claire is the daughter of Andrew and Anna Poole of Salley (Hollow Creek Community) granddaughter of Billy and the Honorable Donna Williamson and Andy and Jan Poole.

The Wagener Garden Club members met at Town Hall on April 3 at 3 p.m. to go to Aiken to see Sandy and Chris Randall’s garden. The tour of the garden included the koi pond and different areas dedicated to a wide variety of plants. Sandy identified the various plants that were included – oak leaf hydrangeas in full bloom and several other shrubs, perennials and wild flowers, as well as beautiful rock formations. There were benches for resting and discussing the beautiful plants. After the tour, everyone went inside for refreshments that were furnished by Jeanette Shumpert and Nancy Ballew. There was time for visiting and discussing how our gardens can be improved based upon ideas noted in the Randalls’ garden. Due to time constraints, no business meeting was conducted.

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Printing service honored for work on area calendar

Innovative Solutions’ printing services for local businesses have racked up some 2011-2012 regional industry awards. The 45th Annual PICA Awards were held in March by the Printing Industry of the Carolinas Inc. Innovative Solutions submitted entries in several categories, which pitted them against other printing businesses of their size in North and South Carolina, and the local firm brought home three Best In Show awards and a Special Judges’ Award. The Best In Shows were in the Digital Printing, Sales Campaign category for a self-promotion package Innovative Solutions used for its own business; the Digital Printing, Posters category for a Dogwood Stables poster; and the Digital Printing, Cards category for a set of rack cards they produced for the U.S. Polo Association. “The Special Judges Award, I think, is for when something doesn’t fall into a specific category, but the judges felt it needed to be singled out for special

recognition,” said Innovative Solutions co-owner Debbie Renew. In this case, the judges chose to recognize “The Palmetto State ... Naturally” 2012 calendar the printers produced for the nature and garden shop Birds & Butterflies, with images from the shop’s 2012 Nature Photography Contest. “We’re certainly pleased to hear that Innovative Solutions won that award,” said Birds & Butterflies co-owner Ron Brenneman. “We were very pleased with the quality of the calendars they printed for us, and we appreciate them being in the Aiken community.” Renew and her co-owner Rae Leigh Warner said they submitted the calendar because it was one of the pieces of design work they were proudest of from the eligibility period. “I just liked the design of it. So much of what we do is basic forms and letterhead, and this was such a creative process,” Warner said. “There were really no bad pictures; it was hard to pick which ones to use or leave out.” The PICA Awards will be on display in Innovative Solutions’ conference room, Renew and Warner said.


Rae Leigh Warner and Debbie Renew, owners of Innovative Solutions, show off the printing business’ awards from PICA for 2012.

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Girl Scout Troop 1055 of Wagener, year is coming to an end in May. We have really had a fun and exciting year! Cookie sales ended in March! We were one of the top selling troops in Aiken County! Thank you Wagener and the local communities for your support. With the funds raised, the girls will be enjoying a end of the year ice cream party. We look forward to an indoor and outdoor adventure trip over the summer and into the fall. Please be on the look out for registration news for the new school year in August! All girls from 5-year-old kindergarten through 12th grade are encouraged to join!

Automatic investing can pay off for you
To achieve investment success, you don’t have to start out with a huge sum or “get lucky” by picking “hot” stocks. In fact, very few people actually travel those two routes. But in working toward your investment goals, you need to be persistent – and one of the best ways to demonstrate that persistence is to invest automatically. How do you become an “automatic” investor? You simply need to have your bank automatically move money each month from a checking or savings account into the investments of your choice. When you’re first starting out in the working world, you may not be able to afford much, but any amount – even if it’s just $50 or $100 a month – will be valuable. Then, as your career progresses and your income rises, you can gradually increase your monthly contributions. By becoming an automatic investor, you can gain some key benefits, including these: • Discipline – Many people think about investing but decide to wait until they have “a little extra cash.” Before they realize it, they’ve used the money for other purposes. When you invest automatically, you’re essentially taking a spending decision “out of your hands.” And as you see your accounts grow over time, your investment discipline will be self-reinforcing. • Long-term focus – There’s never any shortage of events – political crises, economic downturns, natural disasters – that cause investors to take a “timeout” from investing. Yet if you head to the investment sidelines, even for a short while, you might miss out on some good opportunities. By investing automatically each month, you’ll maintain a long-term focus. • Potential for reduced investment costs – If you invest the same amount of money each month into the same investments, you’ll automatically be a “smart shopper.” When prices drop, your monthly investment will buy more shares, and when prices rise, you’ll buy fewer shares, just as you’d probably buy less of anything when prices are high. Over time, this type of systematic investment typically results in lower costs per share. Furthermore, when you invest systematically, you’re less likely to constantly buy and sell investments in an effort to boost your returns. This type of frequent trading is often ineffective, and it can raise your overall investment costs with potential fees, commissions and taxes. (Keep in mind, though, that systematic investing does not guarantee a profit or protect against loss. Also, you’ll need the financial resources available to keep investing through up and down markets.) Clearly, automatic investing offers some major advantages to you as you seek to build wealth. Of course, if you’re contributing to a 401(k) or other employer-sponsored retirement plan, you’re already automatically investing because money is taken out of your paycheck at regular intervals to go toward the investments you’ve chosen in your plan. But by employing automatic investing techniques to other vehicles, such as an Individual Retirement Account (IRA), you can continue your progress toward your long-term goals, including retirement. So, do what it takes to become an automatic investor. It’s easy, it’s smart, and it can help you work toward the type of future you’ve envisioned. Provided by Andy Shumpert, your local Edward Jones financial adviser.

The Central Savannah River Area Hydrangea Society presents the 2012 Hydrangea Conference with Vince Dooley on June 7 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the beautiful Savannah Rapids Pavilion, Martinez, Ga. Featured speakers will be: • Vince Dooley, UGA’s former coach, author and gardener extraordinaire • Jamie Blackburn, curator of Woodland Gardens at the Atlanta Botanical Garden • Robert McCartney, co-owner of Woodlanders Nursery in Aiken • Lisa Bartlett, Green and Grow, Atlanta Registration includes snacks, light lunch and door prizes. Following the conference, there will be an optional garden tour at the Hydrangea Garden at Pendleton King Park. Registration information is available at csrahydrangeasociety.org.

Senior Brown Bag Pickup at Perry Baptist Church will take place on Wednesday, June 13, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Wednesday, July 11 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Senior Brown Bag Ministry is available to all eligible recipients in need of food regardless of race color, national origin, sex, or handicap. To be eligible for the Brown Bag Program, you must be 60 years of age and meet the USDA income eligibility guidelines for food assistance. You must fill out an application to receive food from the SBBM. You may make a donation to the program but you are not required to pay anything to receive a bag. This program is a service of Golden Harvest Food Bank. If you need more information, contact Perry Baptist Church at (803) 564-5343.

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Featured Speaker
Lt. Keith Shumpert will be the featured speaker at Expressions Coffee Shop, at 112 Railroad Ave., on June 8. He will speak on crime in the Wagener area. Presentation begins at 10 a.m. and the public is encouraged to attend. Shumpert Refreshments will be served. Be present and be in the know.

Meet William Armstrong the new internship director of CCI. The summer program begins June 7. For information on what they will be doing for the community you may reach him at (423) 464-0756.


Graduate Steve DeCosta and CCI President Ken Clark

CCI held the spring Graduation Exercises at the First Baptist Church of Wagener on May 11. The following received a Certificate in Missions Ministry: Ariel B. Arthur, Chadrick D. Bechtel, Andrea D. France, Robert C. Neil, Derek Schaller, Sandy Snead and Larry Stephen Snipes. Ollie Geiger and Sylvia Parker received a Certificate in Biblical Studies. Stephen Lawrence DeCosta, Kevin Dean Hopper and Gail Ann Sharpe received an Associate of Arts in Missions Ministry.

Just Ducky
Recently CCI had a couple of visitors on campus. The recent rains had created ponds around Wagener. These ducky tourists were caught enjoying the one just across from the Wagener Post Office.

Aiken County Councilmember District 1

419 Lake Amelia Rd Wagener, SC 29164 803-564-5435 (Home) Email: brawls01@pbtcomm.net
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Trent Rushton and Brielle Busbee

From left are Sonora Williams, Cohen Blackburn, Aaron McAlister, April Jeffcoat, Daniel Mizell and Marisa Finlayson.

Email your prom photos to dtaylor@aikenstandard. com or kklock@aikenstandard.com. Photos cannot be pulled from Facebook without permission.

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A Kids’ Crusade will be held at the Listine Courtney Center on June 9 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Come hear from the puppet ministry of Bonnie Sue and friends sponsored by the Shumpert family. There will be stories, puppets, fun, games, prizes and food. For more information, contact Jan Shumpert at (803) 837-2009.

Would like to thank all who contributed to our Annual Charity Golf Tournament that was held May 4th. God bless you all for being a blessing!

Corporate Sponsors

Wagener Drug Company
Joey Black of


Hole and Prize Sponsors
Aiken Electric Coop Aiken Veterinarian Clinic Fulmer’s Monument Hidden Valley Golf Club Kents Korner – Garvin Oil Hoover’s Flooring Piggly Wiggly Tyler Brothers Lots of Anonymous Donors

Many special thanks to all the golfers and volunteers, without you the tournament could not have been a success!

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Edwards – Jamison

Glenda Edwards and Jeffrey Jamison Sr. Roosevelt Edwards and the late Mildred V. Robinson Edwards announce the engagement of their daughter, Glenda Edwards of Wagener, to Jeffrey Jamison Sr. of Norway, a son of Rovenia Langley and the late Mr. Alton Jamison. The wedding is planned for June 23, 2012, at Saron Baptist Church, Wagener. The bride-elect is a maternal granddaughter of Maggie Robinson and the late Harold Robinson, Salley, SC, and a paternal granddaughter of the late James Arthur and Gladys Edwards of Wagener. She is a 1988 graduate of WagenerSalley High. She is a graduate of South Carolina State University and Webster University with a degree in Nursing and Health Care Administration. She is employed by The Regional Medical Center (Orangeburg). The bridegroom-elect is a maternal grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Leo (Effie) Bell of Norway, SC, and a paternal grandson of Mr. Willie (Attie Lou) Jamison of Norway, SC. He is a 1983 graduate of Hunter-KinardTyler. He is a graduate of Orangeburg Technical College with a degree in Machine Tool Technology. He is employed by Allied Air Enterprises (Columbia).

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COLUMBIA — Christ Central Ministries is celebrating 15 years of service to the homeless, poor, and disadvantaged individuals and families in communities across South Carolina. Economists estimate that the recession has and will force millions more people into homelessness. Although “homelessness,” the lack of regular and adequate nighttime residence, is a difficult number to measure, more South Carolina residents – especially families – are sleeping in shelters, living in their cars and taking up residence in tent communities. The mission of Christ Central is to address homelessness by meeting the immediate needs of the poor and disadvantaged in communities across South Carolina and by assisting the community in planning for their future. Christ Central Ministries serves all counties in South Carolina through its Mission Stations located in Aiken, Allendale, Chester, Clinton, Columbia, Florence, Graniteville, Joanna, Lexington, New Ellenton, Prosperity, Ridgeland, Saluda, Seneca, Wagener, Walhalla, Windsor and Winnsboro. Christ Central Ministries celebrated 15 years of serving the community and more than 1 million people served in a luncheon on its anniversary date of May 18. At the lunch open house, volunteers and patrons spoke about the successes of the last 15 years. The response was so overwhelming, that Christ Central Ministries will host another celebration on May 31 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The public is invited to visit the Mission Station and see what services are offered and the blessing the services offered are to those in need. Services Offered at the Columbia Mission Station • Serves healthy meals Sunday through Friday • Provide snacks to after school programs and day care centers • Provide families with groceries on a monthly as needed basis • Provide clothing for men, women, and children • Provide personal hygiene packs • Provide bus tickets • Provide pampers • Counseling services and drug recovery services • Prescription assistance • GED classes • Health education classes • Exercise classes • Medical services • Benefit Bank • Foot Care Clinic

children by her second husband, the English actor, John Loder. Her first child was adopted during her marriage to screenwriter Gene Markey. Her son told this writer I would like to thank the children of Hedy Lamarr, that “Hedy was not a good mother and only adopted Anthony Loder and Denise Loder-Deluca for their Jimmy because she thought she was infertile.” In the input in this article. I got to know them both through late ’50s, Hedy married millionaire Howard Lee but our mutual appreciation of entertainment art. I corthat marriage only lasted until 1960. Howard Lee later respond with them almost weekly and Anthony is in progress of writing a definitive biography of his Moth- married actress Gene Tierney. In the early ’60s, Hedy appeared on numerous teleer. He resides in Los Angeles and his sister Denise is an vision shows including “What’s My Line” and “To artist and lives in Seattle, Washington. Tell The Truth.” She was also a guest on one of Bob In the summer of 1968, I was 15 years old, and my Hope’s television specials. She and Hope had starred in family and I were on vacation in New York City. Dura movie together in 1951, “My Favorite Spy.” In 1965, ing the summer months we always alternated between Hedy published her autobiography, “Ecstasy and Me” two spots: the beaches of South Carolina and the lure which caused quite a stir in the Hollywood community. and grandeur of the Big Apple. It told of her upbringing in Austria and was titled after My father and I were down on Broadway hailing a German production in which she had starred. The a cab to make our way to the Guggenheim Museum movie, “Ecstasy” was a trailblazer especially during the when out of the corner of my eye I saw her walking in silent era because Hedy appeared totally nude. Embarfront of the Imperial Theater. There was a flower venrassed by the tawdriness of the book, Hedy admitted dor on the corner and I rushed over and purchased one rose. I took it to the woman I had spotted and handed it she had employed a ghostwriter and he had taken inaccurate liberties with the material. She later sued the to her. Not a word was spoken and as the cab stopped and I opened the door I looked back and she was smil- author and publisher and was awarded an undisclosed settlement out of court. In the early ’70s, she also sued ing at me. The woman I saw that day on the streets filmmaker Mel Brooks for his unauthorized use of her of New York City was the great screen legend, Hedy name in the film, “Blazing Saddles.” Again this was Lamarr. settled for an undisclosed amount. Hedy Lamarr was at one time known as the most In 1965 something very disturbing happened that beautiful woman in the world. She was a great star confounded all who knew Hedy Lamarr. She was of the silver screen and during the ’30s, ’40s and the arrested and charged with shoplifting in New York. She early part of the ’50s she starred in some of the great had stolen inconsequential items such as a lipstick and films of the period including “Algiers,” her introduccompact from Walgreens Drug Store. When I asked tion to American audiences which co-starred Charles her son Anthony about this he responded by saying Boyer and made famous the line, “Com wiz me to the that “Hedy thought she was owed because of all the Kasbah.” The “Ziegfeld Girl,” “Boom Town,” “Comentertainment she had given the world.” The adverse rade X” and “White Cargo” soon followed and Hedy publicity that erupted caused the producers of a low became a very bankable commodity for the studios. In budget horror movie, Picture Mommy Dead to release 1950, Cecil B. De Mille directed her in the title role Hedy from her contract. This was to be her comeback in “Samson and Delilah.” But during the late ’50s, her of sorts. career began to wane with commercial flops such as Hedy Lamarr went into virtual seclusion and moved “The Story of Mankind.” Hedy’s days in Hollywood to a community outside of Orlando. Not much was were over with the 1957 release of “The Female Aniheard from her until another shoplifting arrest in 1997. mal” co-starring George Nader and Jane Powell. According to her son, “Mother became a prisoner of “Hollywood had used her up and threw her to the wolves” commented her son, Anthony Loder. Hedy was her own persona scarred physically from too many botched plastic surgeries and scarred mentally by years no longer the big star she had been and from then on of alcohol and drug abuse. The first half of her life was her life would take on unfortunate turns and twists. Her personal life was in shambles with 6 failed mar- a glittering fairytale, the second a tragic waste.” Hedy riages and three children to support. Hedy had had two Lamarr died at the age of 86 in 2000.

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space, and a “pocket park.” The old saying “you can’t judge a book by the cover” does not apply to small rural towns. I have been very impressed by interest, calls and comments regarding the

physical improvements and appearance of Wagener. However, the most impressive comments I have heard about Wagener relate to the character of its citizens. Friendly, courteous, helpful and outgoing along with many other positive attributes, seem always to be mentioned. Thank you for representing our community well. Please let us know how we can better represent you!

Steve Carver, the response team manager at Westinghouse Nuclear Fuels, is the former Wagener mayor. His friends on the team, including Carver’s nephew, Jacob Key, who has cerebral palsy, have visited Gettys’ class previously for Christmas parties. “Our response team is involved with communities all around us,” Carver said. “They did a Christmas party for six kids who lost their fathers in Afghanistan and also donated a fire truck to Lexington County. It’s great to have them out here today to provide these kids with something they may not get otherwise. And to have Jacob out here, too, is an added benefit.” Jacob’s dad, Jeff Key, also was appreciative of the response team members’ willingness to help out. “The look on Jacob’s face is priceless,” said Key. The other children from Gettys class included Reazon Watson, 3, Dakotah Murphy, 4, and Carlos Amaker Jr., 5. Among the other kids joining the event were Reazon’s 2-year-old brother, Cameron Pontoo, and Jacob’s older brother Jeremy, 9. Dakotah’s cousin, Mikayla Backman, a 6-year-old athlete from Lexington, served as a mentor for Dakotah throughout the game. “Mikayla is a good role model,” said Dakotah’s mom, Michelle Murphy. “My


A LITTLE HELP? Reazon Watson, a preschooler from Busbee Corbett Elementary School Middle School, looks to volunteer Danny Shealy for base-running advice. daughter loves Mrs. Gettys’ class and thinks she’s such a big girl today. She’s been talking about baseball all week, and her face lights up when she hits the ball.” The response team members attending the event were Danny Shealy, Willie Dash, Jessica Chiu, Paul Threatt, Larry Widell and Keith Black. “As I watch these kids, I’ve been reflecting on my own kids,” said Threatt. “These are can-do children. There may be areas where they’re lacking, but just to see the smiles, it’s a blessing to me.”

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Gladys Wood
June 29, 1919 – May 17, 2012 LEESVILLE — Ms. Gladys Wood, 92, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 17, 2012. Ms. Wood was the daughter of the late Edward and Pearl Heyward Wood. She is sister of Willie Mae Valentine of West Columbia, Frances (Toby) Harsey of Bamberg, Wilbur Wood of BatesburgLeesville and the late Ray Wood, Roy Wood, Daisy Hartley, Silas “Cap” Wood, Lonnie Wood, Geneva Kneece and Jesse Clarence “Bill” Wood. The funeral service was held on Sunday, May 20, at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Blizzard Funeral Home. Burial was in the Hall Town Cemetery.

Alumni basketball tournament held at Wagener-Salley High School
Willie Stroman is dedicated and determined to boost community events in the rural area of Wagener. This time, he wanted everyone to come out and participate or simply just have fun watching a good old game of basketball. The winner(s) of the tournament received a first-place trophy as a prize. “To be the best, you must beat the best,” which was the theme for the 2012 Alumni Basketball Game Tournament. Its location was the Wagener-Salley High School gymnasium on May 26 at 5:30 p.m. Admission fees were $4 for children (17 and under) and $6 per adult, and all proceeds went toward Stroman’s next community event which is deemed the Community Cookout, which will be held on June 2 at Cresent Park in Wagener. There will be various vendors and services for everyone to enjoy. All donations toward the Community Cookout are welcome. If anyone would like more information on the Community Cookout, contact Stroman at (803) 258-1361 or (803) 258-1361.

Mozelle Marie Davis Schofield
Feb. 4, 1931 – May 14, 2012 SALLEY — Marie Schofield, 81, of 159 Aldrich Road, Salley, died Monday, May 14, 2012, at Unihealth in Aiken. She was the daughter of the late Willie and Rosa Gaines Davis. Marie was born Feb. 4, 1931, in Aiken

County, educated in the Aiken County public schools and joined the Sardis Baptist Church at an early age. She was later employed with Unisys Corp. Marie was united in holy matrimony to the late Lewis Schofield and to this union one child was born, Lewis Clary (Joyce) Schofield, Wilingboro, N.J. She leaves to cherish her loving memories her adopted children, Timothy Staley and Lisa Washington, a mother figure to Ella Mae Bynum and Mildred Schofield; her grandchildren, Marie Schofield Thompson, Aiken and De’Shonda T. Schofield, Salley; three sisters, Carrie Garvin, Brooklyn, N.Y., Ollie Williams, Dalley, S.C., Carrie Lou James, Charlotte, N.C.; one brother, Isiah (Burdie) Davis, Lower Marboro, Md.; two aunts and a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services were held on Thursday, May 17, 2012, at 2 p.m. at the Sardis Missionary Baptist Church, 265 Walnut St. E., Salley, SC with the Rev. Jimmy Wise officiating. Burial followed the homegoing services at the Christian Hill Cemetery in Salley.

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F. Larry Carlton
July 19, 1943 – April 23, 2012 GASTON — Mr. Larry Carlton, 68, entered into rest Monday, April 23, 2012. Mr. Carlton is survived by his daughter, Kim Carlton; grandchildren, Ashlynn Cates and Blake Cates; sister, Lessie C. Sanders of Lexington; brothers, Richard Carlton of Chapin, Barry Carlton and James Carlton of Greenville; niece, Tamethe Palmer; friend, Monty of Gaston; and his best friends (pets), Gizmo and Boomer. Mr. Carlton was born in Orangeburg, the son of the late Marion Lee and Essie Godwin Carlton. A celebration of Larry’s life was held Friday, April 27, at 2 p.m. at Gibson Park in Lexington. 19, 2012. Mr. Jeffcoat was married to the late Carolyn Hoover Jeffcoat. He was the son of the late Tillman Jeffcoat and Maybelle Gunter Jeffcoat Hutto. He was also predeceased by his sister, Pansy Stillinger, and brothers, O’Neal and Donley Jeffcoat. Mr. Jeffcoat is survived by his sons and daughter-in-law, Ricky Jeffcoat and Dwayne and Cindy Jeffcoat; grandchildren, Christy (Mac) Boles, Dustin Jeffcoat, Ashley Jeffcoat and Nick Jeffcoat; great-grandchildren, Natalie Boles and Ava Boles, and many nieces and nephews, among which is his special niece and her husband, Becky and Paul Ray Sharpe. A graveside funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22, at Perry Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Paul Widener officiating.

Ralph Carson Walters

Dec. 22, 1935 – April 27, 2012 COLUMBIA — Mr. Ralph Carson Walters, 76, entered into rest Friday, April 27, 2012. Mr. Walters is survived by his friends, among whom are Mitch and Carolyn Medlin and their family. Formerly of Greer, SC, Mr. Walters was born in Walton Boone, W.Va., the son of the late Cecil Earl and Mary M. Deverick Walters. He was the widow of Jean Jordan Walters and attended Apache Baptist Church in Greer.

Mary Helen Watson Harley

Aug. 9, 1961 – May 17, 2012 WILLISTON — Mrs. Diana Joy Robbins, 50, entered into rest Thursday, May 17, 2012. Diana was born in Ft. Knox, Ky., the daughter of the Eleanor Louise Keene Robbins and the late Roy Clifford Robbins. Diana is survived by her husband, Benjamin “B.J.” Jared Makinson; sons and daughtersin-law, Joe and Nikki Starrett and Wayne and Ashleigh Starrett; grandchildren, Marshall Starrett and Ryleigh Starrett; siblings, Dennis and Laurie Robbins of Waldoboro, Maine, Deborah and John Applegate of Pelion, Daniel and Dianne Robbins of Wagener, Donald and Jayne Robbins of Lexington and David and Karran Robbins of Wagener; her mother, and many nieces and nephews. The funeral service was held at 5 p.m. on Monday, May 21, in the Bethcar Baptist Church with the Rev. Chris Addy officiating.

Diana Joy Robbins

Harvey Jeffcoat

Feb. 3, 1936 – May 19, 2012 WAGENER — Mr. Harvey Jeffcoat, 76, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, May

March 3, 1934 – April 25, 2012 BATESBURG — Mrs. Mary Helen Watson Harley, a daughter of the late Johnny Gantt and the late Pansy L. Peterson, was born in Aiken County, South Carolina March 7, 1934. She departed this earthly life Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at White Oak Manor, Newberry, South Carolina after a lengthy illness. She received her education in the Aiken County public school system. At an early age, she joined Calidonia Baptist Church where she served on the Senior Choir. She was also a member of the Order of Eastern Star. Mary later met and married Walter Harley Jr. She was a devoted wife and a loving and caring mother and grandmother who loved her family dearly. She was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Cynthia Ann Watson and a brother, Levon Gantt. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her. She leaves to honor and celebrate her life her devoted husband, Walter Harley Jr.; four sons, Al Watson, Terry (Elberta) Harley and Steven (Stephanie) Harley, all of Batesburg-Leesville, and James (Yolanda) Harley of Aiken, South Carolina; ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; four brothers, Pernell (Elizabeth) Peterson, Henry (Burnet) Peterson, Willie S. Peterson and Vernell (Roy) Watson; two sisters, Eva Mae Gantt and Deloris (Jimmy) Young; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and many sorrowing friends. Services for Mrs. Mary Harley were held on Monday, April 30, 2012, at 3 p.m. at Calidonia Baptist Church, 1887 Old Ninety-Six Indian Trail Road, BatesburgLeesville, with Rev. Bernice Tyler officiating.

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