Last updated: July 21. 2014 10:45AM - 111 Views
Cassie Fowler Contributing Columnist



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Hello, everyone. Local news on the way after we send out our birthday wishes. Gottrocks the birthday fairy had an interesting week. He said he had flown to Alaska to get away from Southeastern heat. Can you blame him?


So let’s do our wishes, then we’ll send him off with lemonade and coolant.


Birthdays


Robert Lipford, Bob Burnett, Robbie Hall, Scott Wilkerson, Rev. Jim Nates, Ida Grace Shields, Amelia W. Shields, Katie Moss, Marie Whisenent, Doug Alexander, Kinsley Hood, Lee Bradley, Melissa Brock, Brooke H. Lance, Donna Champion, Isabella”Izzie” Gilliam, Beverly Senn, Christi E. Jones, Dianne King, and Jason Cody.


Sympathies


On a sad note, we send our sympathies and best wishes to the families of Dayyon L. Baum, James “Bonehead” Taylor and Lucy B. Eaves.


News and events


The Whitmire Golf Association members are working with children and youth in a summer golf program. Various members provide golf supplies, etiquette, rules and lessons at The Whitmire Golf Course. This is the first time on the course for many youngsters and they are getting hands-on attention. The course is located on 168 Golf Alley beside Legends Stadium at the end of Union Street.


At this column edition, the members of The Whitmire Economic Development Board are getting ready for the first Veterans Celebration. The board members have a music and crafts event planned for Aug. 29. The Economic Development activities include members of The Pearl of The Piedmont Artisan Guild members, who present workshops and sell their arts and crafts at the board planned events.


So far the board members have had nice turnouts at their events and next year at this time, they hope that citizen participation and attendance will double. In the past 20 years, folks have gotten used to doing their own thing on weekends. In the fall, high school and college football is on 95 percent of folks’ weekend activities. The main activities for community participation have been the annual Party In The Pines Festival, The Wolverine Golf Classic, school and church activities, and the Halloween carnival.


Being that Whitmire is in the Sumter National Forest, we have several outdoor places of interest that are not far from the town limits: The Brickhouse Hunt Camp, The ATV, Equestrian Trails, The nationally recognized Palmetto Hiking Trail, The Enoree and Tiger River Canoe Trails, Molley’s Rock Park, The Double J Ranch, Leeds Ferry Park near Chester to name a few.


I say to parents, students, readers: take advantage of the outlets here and around Whitmire. Why not take your kid camping or have a cook out day in the serene peaceful woods surrounding Whitmire?


The Brickhouse Hunt Camp has attracted folks from all 50 states in its years of operation. These outdoor leisure time activities and sites are eye openers for newcomers to Whitmire. Especially in the minds of children who haven’t been exposed to outdoor leisure time activities. The sites valuable sources of information, education and fun.


At least think about it. We hope to see you in or around The Whitty, but in the meantime feel free to send your news and photos to news2cassie@yahoo.com.


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