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Hello everyone. Whew! That’s about all I can say about these sweltering Southern temperatures. “Please happen everyday pop up showers” sighs our plants and flowers. Local news on the way, after we send out the birthday wishes from Gottrocks the birthday fairy.


Happy birthday wishes to Hannah Wagner, Steve Senn, Ruth Wicker, Janice Jarvis, Kim Sheilds, Jeff and Tommy King, Craig Erskine, Blair Robertson, Claudine Taylor, LaVerne Brock, Eden Greenway, Larry Worthy, Micheal Hefner and Lydia Hefner, Gauge Keller, David Champion, Linda Epps, Jeanne McCarley, Jeff Duncan, Frankie Worthy, Tracy Winbush, Becky Ellison, Bonnie F. Prince, Karen Yanetti, Stan Coleman, Muriel Lake, Frank Suber, Vanessa R. Owens, Jo Anne Reed, and Jolene S. Postol.


On a sad note, we send our sympathies and best wishes to the families of James “Rusty” Steele.

News and Events

The Whitmire Economic Development Board members are working on the July 19 veterans celebration. The event will be held on a Saturday, with a parade, car show, music, vendors and food. Two of the guest speakers will include Newberry County Councilman and veteran Scott Cain. Commander Thomas Crisp will also be speaking. This is a family oriented event and will be held downtown and at the Heritage Park stage area. The entrance to the stage area is on Gilliam Street between the post office and Roche’s Pharmacy.

The board has their Farmers Garden To The Table farmers market planned for Saturdays through October. This event will be held in the parking lot of Heritage Park off the Glenn Street location. The parking lot is also the former site of Park Street School. All local growers, gardeners and farmers are encouraged to participate. Flowers, plants, veggies, arts and crafts are for sale. Spots are available for a low price. Contact the Whitmire Economic Development Board on their Facebook page or send an e-mail to Executive Director Maria McMurtury at mariamcmurtury@yahoo.com.

Well, another good year is in the books for the Party In the Pines Festival.

“We ran out of space on Main Street, we wish we could have accommodated everyone who contacted us for spaces,” said Whitmire Jaycees President Christianna Gilliam. The three-night fest featured local artists like The Mattie Phifer Band, country artist Cody Webb, local and regional gospel choirs and groups.

The parade featured politicians to firefighters, first responders, to Barney Fearless Fife. Members and officers of The State Chapter Of The Jaycees attended and helped out at the Jaycees booth. Dang, wish I could tell you more about the festival, but I wasn’t here during fest time.

This is the first time in several years I haven’t attended. You see, Arthur and I were giving driving lessons to rude and aggressive motorists in New York City. Yes, go ahead and laugh, I say that in jest. I was learning from their bad habits. Three lanes of traffic in the congested SoHo District, Manhattan, The Bronx, and on roads now wider than a street through your neighborhood. From Manhattan to the Bronx, our GPS let us down so many times.

Remember the song “You Got Me Going In Circles?” We could’ve used a dose of Dramamine as it applied to us in The Bronx. Vertigo set in, as we circled neighborhoods like a magnetic car on a track. Under the train tracks to cursing the one way over crowded streets, we reinforced our driving skills. I literally drew up, folded up like a bat, when a driver nosed her car in within an inch of our front wheel fender. She glared at us like we did something wrong.

I can tell you this, New York is best seen from a hotel room overlooking the cities, and walking is the preferred way of transport. And yes, Connecticut has its beautiful spots too, once you get past the commuters en route home from New York. The rolling green hills, creeks, rivers, cooler pleasant air at night, the multi-cultural areas of Stamford, all make for an interesting visit.

OK then readers, you read a brief overview of our vacation, now it’s time to hear from you. Feel free send your news bits and photos to news2cassie@yahoo.com.

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