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Lake Murray Life ! It’s that time of year again—time to start submitting your nominations for the Best of Lake Murray Life! Winners will be announced in our March 2013 issue. At least ten categories must be filled in for a ballot to be considered eligible. Fill out and mail this form, or nominate online at From restaurants to service providers to lake locales, help others discover the Best of Lake Murray Life! Best Allergist_________________________________ Best Apartment Complex______________________ Best Assisted Living Facility____________________ Best Audiologist______________________________ Best Auto Repair______________________________ Best Bank____________________________________ Best BBQ Restaurant__________________________ Best Boat Repair______________________________ Best Boat Storage____________________________ Best Boat Towing _____________________________ Best Cardiologist_____________________________ Best Chiropractor_____________________________ Best Cosmetology School______________________ Best CPA____________________________________ Best Credit Union_____________________________ Best Day Spa ________________________________ Best Dentist__________________________________ Best Dermatologist___________________________ Best Dock Builder_____________________________ Best Dry Cleaner______________________________ Best Emergency Room________________________ Best Exterminator ____________________________ Best Facial___________________________________ Best Family Attorney__________________________ Best Family Marina____________________________ Best Fast Food_______________________________ Best Fitness Center___________________________ Best Garden Center___________________________ Best Glass Store______________________________ Best Golf Course_____________________________ Best Greek Restaurant_________________________ Best Hair Salon_______________________________ Best Hardware Store__________________________ Best Heating & Air Company___________________ Best Home Builder____________________________ Best Hospital_________________________________ Best Hotel___________________________________ Best Italian Restaurant_________________________ Best Japanese Restaurant______________________ Best Jewelry Store____________________________ Best Lake Dinner Cruise_______________________ Best Lake View Restaurant_____________________ Best Landscaping Company____________________ Best Litigation Attorney________________________ Best Marina Food_____________________________ Best Marina For Entertainment _________________ Best Marina Gas Prices________________________

Best Massage________________________________ Best Mattress Store___________________________ Best Meat Store______________________________ Best Mexican Restaurant_______________________ Best Nail Salon_______________________________ Best OBGYN_________________________________ Best Oncologist______________________________ Best Ophthalmologist_________________________ Best Optometrist_____________________________ Best Pediatrician______________________________ Best Personal Trainer__________________________ Best Pet Groomer_____________________________ Best Pet Hospital_____________________________ Best Pet Kennel or Boarding Facility_____________ Best Pet Supply Store_________________________ Best Pizza____________________________________ Best Place To Buy A Boat______________________ Best Place To Buy A Car_______________________ Best Place To Buy A Jet Ski_____________________ Best Place To Buy A Motorcycle_________________ Best Place To Buy A Pool______________________ Best Place To Buy an RV_______________________ Best place To Buy Collegiate Merchandise_______ ____________________________________________ Best Place To Buy Outdoor Furniture____________ Best Place To Camp on Lake Murray ____________ Best Place To Get Dessert______________________ Best Place To Order A Salad____________________ Best Place To Purchase Boat Insurance___________ Best Place To Purchase Car Insurance____________ Best Place to Rent a Boat______________________ Best Plumber_________________________________ Best Radio Station____________________________ Best Real Estate Attorney______________________ Best Realtor__________________________________ Best Roofing Company________________________ Best Seafood Restaurant_______________________ Best Southern Cooking________________________ Best Steak___________________________________ Best Sushi Restaurant_________________________ Best Tanning Salon____________________________ Best Temp To Hire Service_____________________ Best Unique Gift Shop ________________________ Best Veterinarian _____________________________ Best Water Sports Store_______________________ Best Wine Selection___________________________ Best Women’s Gym___________________________

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from the

EDITOR inside the issue

As a lake resident and eight-year veteran of Lexington Life Magazine, I’m proud to “introduce” myself as the new editor of Lake Murray Life! Many of you I’ve met before, either out and about in the greater Lexington area or by helping you make the most of your marketing investment with ads in our direct mail publications. I’ve been in advertising sales for 25 years, and love nothing more than creating and building relationships with satisfied customers who choose to spend their valuable time and dollars with us. Well, almost nothing—there is the lake, after all. My husband Terry and I live on the Gilbert side of Lake Murray and love spending time on, in or near the water. When Terry’s not busy managing Three Fountains Ace Hardware, he’s often relaxing in the hammock, fishing from the dock or out driving the boat. Editorially, I look forward to sharing some of our favorite finds like The Lake Murray Pork Chop Club, Preacher John Griffith at Big Man Shealy’s, and safety tips from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. On the advertising side, I’m available as always to help promote your business or service to more than 15,000 homes each month. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with story ideas, calendar events or advertising questions. We’ll meet back here in October, and then again in March to announce the winners of the second annual Best of Lake Murray Life competition. Spread the word, keep in touch, and enjoy what’s left of another beautiful summer on Lake Murray!

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COVER 10 Saluda County Traffic Circle Bombing

FEATURES 3 Best of Lake Murray Life Ballot 15 Fun on the Fourth

COLUMNS 8 9 13 14

Lake Murray Chamber Debra Carter Greater Irmo Chamber Tiffany Boyce Lake Murray Association Jim Nelson Lake Murray Country Miriam Atria

DEPARTMENTS 4 From the Editor 5 Events 7 Lake Murray Life Leader Lyman Whitehead

Publisher & Editor-in-Chief Todd Shevchik

Account Executive Annette Sudduth

Editor/Account Executive Anne Rabon

Graphic Design Elizabeth Howell

Editorial Consultant Allison Caldwell John 16:33

Contributing Writers Kay Gordon, Jackie Perrone

Editorial Assistant Tiffanie Wise

Contributing Photographers Kay Gordon, Jackie Perrone, Lake Murray Country

CONTACT US 225-B Columbia Avenue, Lexington, SC 29072 803.356.6500 •

Art in the Garden VII Call for Sponsors Sponsorship opportunities are now available for this annual arts and music fundraiser for Lexington Interfaith Community Services (LICS), presented by Wingard’s Nursery and Garden Center. Choose from Executive ($5,000), Platinum ($2,500), Gold ($1,000) or Silver ($500) sponsorships, or customize your own. Operating throughout Lexington County since 1979, LICS serves individuals and families faced with crisis-related needs for food, clothing and shelter. Call Wally Steinhauser at (803) 359-9091, or Linda Trumbauer at (803) 957-6656 ext. 228.

August 10 9th Annual Countdown to Kindergarten Celebration EdVenture Children’s Museum, 5-8 p.m. The first day of kindergarten is right around the corner! To celebrate this milestone, EdVenture Children’s Museum and United Way invite all South Carolina rising kindergartners and their families to the Countdown to Kindergarten Celebration. The evening will feature free admission to the museum, local mascots, games and information booths. Rising kindergartners can also practice boarding a school bus!

August 10-11 31st Annual South Carolina Peanut Party Pelion Community Club, 951 Pine St. The Peanut Party kicks off at 5 p.m. on Friday with the Blessing of the Pots by local clergy, the Pelion High School band, welcoming words by the Steering Committee, and rockabilly music by the Black Bottom Biscuits from 7-11 p.m. Parade starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, followed by a car show (registration 9-11 a.m., awards at 3 p.m.), pet show, frozen t-shirt contest (1 p.m.) and more!

August 24-26 Famously Hot Music Festival Finlay Park, Columbia Enjoy three days with three different styles of music: EDM (electronic dance music) on 8/24, rock on 8/25, and country on 8/26. Well-known acts include Savoy, Collective Soul, Seven Mary Three, Lonestar, Josh Thompson and more. Advance tickets and complete details at

August 25 Wine on the River West Columbia Riverwalk, 7-10 p.m. Join Women of Hope for an evening of hors d’oeuvres, wine and music. $25 in advance, $35 at the event. All proceeds benefit the Lexington Medical Center Foundation Cancer Care Fund, which supports patients in need by purchasing critical medications and supplies and providing emergency assistance with living expenses. (803) 791-2540 or

August & September

EVENTS August 31 Rugs for a Reason: Special Olympics Pilot Program Sales Deadline Support athletes in SC and GA by purchasing a beautiful Special Olympics area rug, manufactured by Shaw Industries. If 200 rugs or more rugs are sold by August 31, this generous fundraiser could launch on a national level.

September 3 Chapin Labor Day Festival Historic downtown Chapin Parade starts at 9:30 a.m., followed by a children’s carnival, the Chapin Idol talent contest, a classic car show and model train display, book sale, arts and crafts, food vendors and an old-fashioned gospel concert.

September 28 Wine & Waltzes Gala Fundraiser Event The River Center at Saluda Shoals, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Advance tickets available; proceeds benefit the Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra. $40 per person through August 24; $45 per person from August 25-Sept. 20; $50 per person Sept. 21-28. Register online at or call (803) 400-3540.

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Lyman Whitehead


You might say Lyman Whitehead is just what the doctor ordered. He combined a 38-year career as a pharmaceutical representative with an ongoing dedication to the people and places around him. Good medicine, indeed. Whether it’s politics, government service, church service, boards or committees, Whitehead’s fingerprint is on many worthwhile projects in the Midlands and statewide. “In my work with the Bayer Company, I traveled everywhere in South Carolina,” he says. “I got to know the people and places in every county. There’s hardly a road anywhere in the state that I haven’t traveled and observed.” A natural progression, then, when he was elected by the legislature to the State Highway Commission in the 1990s. He led fundraising and organizational efforts to maintain and improve roads and bridges across the state. Governor David Beasley appointed him in 1998 to the State Infrastructure Bank, charged with funding the most urgent needs for roads and bridges. “There were three huge projects needing support at that time,” he says. “We were able to raise funding for the newest bridge across the Cooper River in Charleston, the Hilton Head Expressway, and the lower level of the Lake Murray Dam renovations. I served four years, then Gov. Jim Hodges appointed me for another four.” His interest in infrastructure has not waned since that time. For one thing, he’s always been in favor of toll roads, which would enable faster and greater construction of needed routes in South Carolina. “Who pays for toll roads?” he asks. “It’s the tourists. Local people

know the backroads, and the tourist traffic that crosses our state on superhighways would be the ones paying for them. It would be a logical approach to getting I-73 built across to Myrtle Beach and then on to Charleston. We’d need to convince a lot of people to get it approved.” Whitehead’s resume includes an impressive list of awards including the Order of the Palmetto from Gov. Beasley, a Lifetime Achievement Award and an Ambassador of the Year award from the Greater Irmo Chamber of Commerce, and the Order of the Okra from that Irmo body. The Lake Murray/Irmo I-26 Interchange is named in his honor. He served as chairman of the Lexington County Republican Party and of the Second District Republican Party, attending five national Republican Conventions. He served on the Boards of Lexington Medical Center and its Foundation, and as Chairman of the Greater Irmo Chamber of Commerce. Not to mention the Whiskey Literary Society, which involves meeting at a coffee shop to settle the affairs of the week. He is a Rotarian, Optimist and Mason as well. Lyman was married first to Loretta Bullock; she predeceased him, along with their daughter Mary Rebecca, who died at age 28 as a result of an automobile accident. He and his second wife, Jo Anne Booth Whitehead, are parents of Sam, Jeff, and Amy Jo, and grandparents of five.

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Chamber of

COMMERCE Despite the heat and the storms, we have had a beautiful summer here on Lake Murray. The Chamber has been busy handing out Lake Murray maps to businesses all around the lake. If you would like one, please contact the Chamber office. Have you taken your Purple Martin Cruise on Lake Murray yet? If not, you are missing a delightful treat! Contact The Debra Carter Spirit of Lake Murray for a cruise to see Chairperson this beautiful sight and to have a wonderful relaxing dinner. Bingo Night at Rawls Creek was a great success—we had a big crowd and lots of fun! We will be having our Anniversary Celebration in September. Stay tuned for full event details. We’ll also be hosting more networking opportunities in the coming months. If you would like to get on our email list for regular announcements and promotions, please call the Chamber. I wish all of you a safe and happy summer and a smooth transition into fall!

Contact Us 2037 U.S. Hwy. 378, Lexington (803) 356-2151

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As the summer quickly disappears, we are in full swing here at your Irmo Chamber. We welcomed Melba Elsey of The Clearwater Company as our new Chair last month, and she’s already off to an exciting start! We also welcomed Noveita Roe of Duraclean as our ChairElect, Scott Wilhide of GMM Insurance as Treasurer, and Barbara Willm of Lexington Medical Center as SecTiffany N. Boyce retary. We also welcomed new board President and CEO members Tom Ledbetter of Midlands Technical College, Randi Sullivan of the DoubleTree by Hilton, Michael Cromer of First Community Bank, Melissa Engel of Agape Senior, and Irmo Mayor Pro Tem Barry Walker. We said goodbye to some wonderful board members as well, including Regina Brown of Palmetto Health, Ivette Starkey of Allsouth Federal Credit Union, Tom Boettger of Carrabbas, Kirk Luther of The New Irmo News, and Linda Ingle of Jo-Lin’s Bridal. Thank you all for your service and leadership! We are working on our first ever Greater Irmo Welcome Guide! This is going to be a 44-page full color magazine featuring our chamber members and all that our area offers for those who live, work, play and worship here. For advertising opportunities, please contact us at (803) 749-9355. Great things are happening here in Irmo! Our monthly luncheons resume September 12, and Palmetto Health Parkridge will host a Business After Hours on September 13. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Annual Okra Strut, coming up September 28-29! We’ll be partying in the park this year!

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BOMBING of Saluda Country Traffic Circle by Kay Gordon A peaceful, small rural community near Lake Murray earned its claim to fame during World War II, when the Saluda County Traffic Circle was accidentally bombed. B-25 airplanes on a training mission to drop dummy bombs on an island target mistook the Traffic Circle for what is now known as Bomb Island, Lunch Island or Doolittle Island. Nobody was hurt, and a brush fire started by one of the bombs was immediately doused.

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Gen. Jimmy Doolittle dispatched B-25s from a U.S. Naval Aircraft in the Pacific to bomb Tokyo earlier in the war. On June 14, 1944, a B-25 took off from West Columbia Army Air Base for some bombing practice on Lake Murray. The Traffic Circle, joining U.S. 378 and S.C. 391, is a loop and a gateway to and from other points of interest. It’s about 30 miles northwest from Columbia, about 17 miles from Lexington, 13 miles from Prosperity, 14 miles from Saluda, 11 miles from Batesburg-Leesville, and about 50 miles from the Georgia state line. Nearly 70 years later, people still talk about the night that a B-25 mistook the Traffic Circle for a practice range on the lake and accidentally bombed the community just before midnight. Those who lived there have told their stories through the decades. The Traffic Circle was accidentally bombed twice more in the next few months, said Gloria Lindler Patton, who now lives in Woodruff. Patton was eight years old in 1944. Her brother, Joel Lindler, was about two years old. Their father, James “Pink” Lindler, was the hero of the hour. Patton said she remembers the buzz of the planes, the sound of the bombs, and the ensuing confusion. People were frightened. “At first, Daddy thought an oil stove had exploded,” she said. Mr. Lindler raced in his long johns from the house to the store, then to the light pole and used his key to turn off the lights. Afterwards, he piled his family in their 1935 Chevrolet to escape for a while. The Lindler’s cousins, Louise Northey Clark and Jimmie Northey, lived nearby on the Circle. Their father, James Northey, was instrumental in building the Traffic Circle in 1940. He worked for Boyle Construction Company, and was in charge of grading and roadwork for the project. Clark was 12 years old the night the traffic circle was bombed, and said one of her fondest memories of that night was eating watermelon. “Daddy had a big watermelon patch,” she said. “We were all wide awake. We ate watermelon all night long.” Clark, who is now 82, also remembers good times growing up in the neighborhood “Before refrigeration, we used to have a beef club,” she said. “We had

Nearly 70 years later, people still talk about the night that a B-25 mistook the Traffic Circle for a practice range on the lake and accidentally bombed the community just before midnight.

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Regulars Joe and Sarah Meetze and their grandson Nicholas Brewer, drive from Irmo for double-dip ice cream cones.

Byron Chafin and Gavan Rikard come as often as they can for homemade sandwiches.

16 members. Each raised beef to be butchered, and divided it into 16 pieces. We had enough beef to last all summer,” which they put up in smoke houses and on ice. She remembers folks sitting on porches and counting cars to pass the time. The community had a baseball team, and some boys went to college on scholarships. The children attended public schools nearby. They didn’t worry about playground equipment. “We didn’t have a piece of playground equipment, but we always played,” she said. “We found tree limbs and jumped rope.” Clark said the changes have been small through the years, and that the community’s heritage has passed from generation to generation. Clark, her husband Buddy, and Joel Lindler still live there. Some things have changed, however. Pink

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Lindler manually turned off the Traffic Circle lights after the bombing incident. Today the lights are automatic, running from dusk to dawn. People stop to shop, eat, buy gas and other items from businesses around the Traffic Circle. The Circle Diner is a popular restaurant and meeting place. People who live nearby and from several miles away, like regulars Joe and Sarah Meetze and their grandson Nicholas Brewer, drive from Irmo for double-dip ice cream cones. Plenty of locals, including Byron Chafin and Gavan Rikard, come as often as they can for homemade sandwiches. The Circle Fire Department, a machine shop, service station, fireworks business, liquor store, and other small businesses dot the Circle now. While there have been changes, the memories and friendliness remain the same. The Traffic Circle is still a destination and gateway. Some folks, like Patton, say it’s the prettiest place on earth. “I love the Circle,” she said. “The greenest grass in the world grows in the middle of the Circle.”

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The Lake Murray Association will begin replacing all of the windsocks on Lake Murray that aid Life Reach Helicopters in landing safely during rescues on the lake. The Association maintains windsocks at nine sites on the lake, such as Pine Island and Dreher Island State Park. Our fall meeting for the Richland/Lexington side of the lake will be at the Quarterdeck Jim Nelson at Lighthouse Marina in September. Check Publicity Director our website for the exact date. The meeting is free and features an interesting film on water safety called A Perfect Day, speakers from DNR to help solve muskrat and beaver problems, and Are You Smarter Than a Lake Murray Boater? — a humorous take on boating knowledge presented by the Power Squadron. Hot dogs and refreshments will be provided. We’ll hold a fundraising golf tournament on Friday, October 5 at the Timberlake Country Club. Hole sponsorships are still available at $100 each; only two sponsors per hole are allowed. Lake-related companies and neighborhoods can sponsor a foursome at just $75 per golfer. Visit our website for complete details. Working with the Sheriff’s departments of the four counties Lake Murray touches, the Association is offering dock signs with the home’s street address. This allows law enforcement to quickly find an address from the lake side rather than through often confusing, winding streets. The Lake Murray Sheriff’s patrols offer free home patrols by boat when residents are away from home, but you must have an Association dock sign for these patrols. The metal dock signs are easy to order from our website ($30 members, $35 non-members). If you’d like the Sheriff’s Patrol on Lake Murray to check your property while you’re away, look up the Property Check Form at or call (803) 576-3000. Membership dues help us keep Lake Murray the Jewel of the Midlands, and are tax deductible. Family memberships are just $25. Give us a call or email

Contact Us P.O. Box 495, Ballentine 29002 (803) 749-3888

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Lake Murray

COUNTRY The 2012 4th of July Celebration on Lake Murray, presented by Lexington Medical Center, was a blast! Locals and visitors enjoyed decorating their boats for the annual Boat Parade during the day, and at dusk the crowds watched as the evening sky lit up with two sparkling fireworks shows at Dreher and Spence Islands. Miriam Atria This year’s festivities were special President and CEO because this was the first year that our 4th of July Celebration was filmed by WACH FOX Television and followed with a special half-hour airing on July 4th. Our regional tourism office partnered with WACH FOX to expose this event to a larger audience. The community really enjoyed watching it on television. Since the special airing, our Visitor Center has received numerous calls asking how to participate next year. 2012 Boat Parade Winners • 1st Place: #13 Walt Slominski of Chapin • 2nd: #35 Cary Palmer of Irmo • 3rd: #10 Jeff & Rosemary Carmean of Lexington • Honorable Mention: #20 Judy Ruff of Chapin, #24 Frank Chapman & Sammy Crouch of Lexington • Grand Marshall: Dan Peagler of Chapin It’s important to mention that the 4th of July Celebration on Lake Murray is made possible by the Taste of Lake Murray event, held annually in March. The 2013 Taste of Lake Murray will be held on March 21, 2013. The funds raised at this event make the fireworks happen! Learn more at

CONTACT US 2184 N. Lake Drive, Columbia (803) 781-5940

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Lake Murray 4th of July Celebration

Photos courtesy of Lake Murray Country Photo credit: The Capital City/Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Office

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