Last updated: May 19. 2014 10:24AM - 176 Views
Cassie Fowler Contributing Columnist



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Hello everyone, local news to share after we do our birthday wishes.


Birthdays and sympathies


Happy Birthday to Bill Andrews, David Andrews Sr., Marc Jeter, Naomi Johnson, Sue M. Hollingsworth, Cameron Gage-Eison Renwick, Jessica Weathers, Tritan Taylor, Becky Y. Hinricks, Karen Measamer and Merle Bumgarner.


On a sad note, we send our sympathies and best wishes to the families of Rickey Steen. Known as “Toot” Rickey, he was a 1979 WHS graduate.


News and events


The First Baptist Church Missions Fundraiser Golf Tournament is May 24 at the Whitmire Golf Course. Contact persons are Loraine Long and Jimmy Moss. The church also has a Facebook page for information and comments.


The I-26-I-77 Yard Sale is June 6-7. The Whitmire Economic Development Board members have partnered with the Chester Downtown Development Association to organize this yard sale. Other communities involved include Union, Laurens, Fairfiled and Chester. Folks from various states have already sent word of their travels to Whitmire for the sale.


The Economic Board members had a successful Mothers’ Day Event on May 10. The outdoor event “Blooms For Mom” drew folks to get their child’s or their faces painted, buy a potted plant or flower corsages for Mom, Summer sun dresses by Sylvia, jewelery and accessories from Tyler Nelson and Kim Wallace.


Randy Livesay provided piano/accordion music, as shoppers enjoyed a nice selection of art and paintings under the gazebo. Members of The Pearl of The Piedmont Artisan Guild, Peggy Brickles, Judy Burnett, and Janice Weakland sold their arts/crafts and did the face paintings. Newberry County Councilman Scott Cain and his wife Cathy drove over for the event and bought some flowers and plants.


Whitmire Council Member Debbie Harris helped with plant and flower sales. Anita Silvers and friends sold potted plants and flowers, with portions of proceeds going to her animal rescue efforts. The Economic Board’s Executive Director Maria McMurtury and her husband Marty coordinated the purchase of plants and flowers with Joe’s Market. All in all, it was a fun event that raised funds for all civic groups involved and gave ‘Whitmirians’ chance to do last minute shopping for Mom.


The Whitmire Jaycees have announced the dates for the Party In The Pines Festival which will be held June 12-14. The nightly festival has been a round for over 25 years, and includes carnival rides for kids, live music for mom and dad, arts/craft vendors, and a variety of food vendors. Anyone or any businesses interested in renting a space on Main Street, please contact the Whitmire Jaycees at whitmirejaycees@yahoo.com or visit their Facebook page.


OK readers, in closing this week’s edition, I hope you all enjoyed the long awaited spring rain last week. Whew, I wasn’t ready for summer in the South just yet. Let’s hope the low 80’s temps will stay with us for a while. Feel free to send your news bits to me at news2cassie@yahoo.com.

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