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from the EDITOR 18 I’m sure everyone is glad it’s finally springtime — what a winter we had! Once again, Terry and I were blessed to have spent the holidays with our five grandsons, who bring us so much joy. We have a son in the Army, and he’s been away from South Carolina for such a long time. He just received orders to move to Shaw Air Force Base in June, and we’re so excited. What a blessing for this Nana — I’ll have all my grandchildren back in South Carolina! God is good. As we prepare for the upcoming summer season, I’d love to hear what’s happening in your neck of the woods. Call or email me anytime. I’d also like to thank all my advertisers for using Lake Murray Life as an advertising tool. Always remember to shop, eat and do business with locally owned businesses like the ones you see within these pages. Ours is a direct mail magazine, sent right to your doorstep. If you like what you see, please tell your friends and neighbors about us! I’d like to congratulate all our Best of Lake Murray Life winners for 2014, voted on by our readers. Until next time: don`t forget to try Sunday morning church at Big Man Shealy’s (along with food and gas), great food and entertainment at Charlie’s Fisherman’s Wharf, and boat rentals and more at South Shore Marina. Tell them Anne sent you, and grab a Big Bertha tube while you’re there for plenty of fun on the lake this summer. See you back here in June!


Best of Lake Murray Life 2014 Alive at 25 David Clark Spirit of Lake Murray

DEPARTMENTS 3 From the Editor 5 Events 7 Lake Murray Life Leaders Dwayne Shealy 24 Spice of Life Publisher & Editor-In-Chief Todd Shevchik

EDITORial Consultant Allison Caldwell

Editor & Sales Manager Anne Reynolds

Editorial Assistant Tiffanie Wise

Account Executives Donna Shevchik

GRAPHIC DESIGN Jane Carter Website Designer Paul Tomlinson

Brandi Rabon Assistant Editor/ Production Manager Kristi Antley

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ynolds, Kristi Antley, Allison Brandi Rabon, Caldwell, Tiffanie Wise Contributing Photographers Lawrence R. James, Jackie Perrone Theresa Adams, Charles Assey, Nikki Bauer, Karen Folsom, Nancy Pilat-Renner, Anne Reynolds


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EVENTS Saturday, March 8 15th Annual Mardi Gras Gala Double Tree by Hilton, 6:30-11 p.m. Support the Dickerson Center for Children. $100 per person with music by the Coastal Breeze Band, live and silent auctions, food, drink and more! 791-1511 or mardigras@ Monday, March 10 2014 Heritage Christian Classic Golf Tournament Lexington Country Club Hole-in-one prizes include round trip airline tickets, golf clubs, a flat-screen tv and more. Putting contest, goody bags for all golfers and a box lunch. Registration 10 a.m., lunch 11:30 a.m., start 12:30 p.m., dinner 5 p.m. 403-9448 or sean.abrams@ Thursday-Sunday, March 14- 16 48th Annual Carolina Classic Home & Garden Show SC State Fairgrounds Enjoy free seminars, door prizes, giveaways and more than 250 exhibitor booths. Visit 24/7 Total Protect in the Cantey Building (booth 222) for a chance to win a security system and free monitoring. Saturday, March 15 12th Annual St. Pat’s Get to the Green Maxcy Gregg Park 10k (7:30 a.m.), 5k (8 a.m.) and 1-Mile Walk/Fun Run (8:15 a.m.) participants receive free entry to the St. Pat’s in Five Points Festival, a $15 value. Thursday, March 20 10th Annual Taste of Lake Murray Double Tree by Hilton, 6-11 p.m.

Enjoy food from 14 local restaurants, live music and dancing while raising money for the 4th of July Celebration on Lake Murray. Music by The American Flyers Show Band from Atlanta! 781-5940 or Saturday, March 22 Pam Blackwell’s Kidney Transplant Fundraiser Applebee’s in Lexington, 8-10 a.m. Enjoy a pancake breakfast and raise money for Pam Blackwell’s kidney transplant. Advance tickets are $7 per person at 606-2022. Saturday, March 22 Edible Workshop Wingard’s Nursery, 9 a.m. A Square Foot Gardening System or an Earthbox Garden System? Learn about these products and how easy it is to grow your own food. 359-9091. Saturday, March 29 2nd Annual Red, White & Blues Irmo Town Park 6-9 p.m. Enjoy wine tasting, appetizers, and live music while supporting local businesses and our community. Advance tickets are $25. For more information on tickets and booth rentals contact the Greater Irmo Chamber at 749-9355. Thursday, April 3 9th Annual Junior Woman’s Club Fashion Show & Silent Auction Country Club of Lexington, 6 p.m. Doors open at 6, fashion show starts at 7. Cash bar, appetizers, silent auction, $25 per person. All proceeds benefit various women’s and children’s charities in Lexington County. 429-4859.

Thursday, April 3 701 CCA Presents: Columbia Open Studios Preview Party Olympia Room at 701 Whaley, 7-10 p.m. Meet the artists of Columbia Open Studios at a relaxed reception with cash bar and complimentary hors d’oeurves. $5 members, $10 non-members. Saturday, April 5 3rd Annual It’s All About Herbs Festival Lexington County Museum, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free admission includes a plant sale, bake sale, free herb mini-demonstrations, seminars, silent auction and raffle. Facebook. com/TheHerbBunch or Thursday, April 24 3rd Annual Emma Longstreet Memorial Golf Tournament Golden Hills Country Club, 11:15 a.m. Celebrate the life of Emma Longstreet! All proceeds benefit the Emma Longstreet Memorial Fund and Midway Elementary’s French Immersion program. 730-3442.



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Lake Murray LEADER By Jackie Perrone

Dwayne Shealy Before there was a Lake Murray, Adam Shealy farmed land and fished on the river in Saluda County. In the 1920’s, he bought waterfront land for $1 an acre, built a shack and boat landing on the waterfront, and went into business. If you brought your own oars, you could rent a boat from Adam for 50 cents. Renting the necessary paddle would cost another 25 cents. And for the princely sum of $2 a day, you could enjoy a motor on your rented boat. Fast forward almost a century. Adam Shealy’s grandson, Dwayne, proudly carries on the family tradition at the marina/ restaurant/dock now called Big Mans Marina, located a couple of miles from the traffic circle at Highways 378 and 391.. “My family has been here for three generations,” he points out. “My father took over from Grandaddy Adam in 1968. Twenty years after that, he built this marina. He named it Little River Marina, but it’s now officially Big Mans Marina as a tribute to him. My father had an official name of Paul Noland Shealy, but he was

known to everyone as Big Mans. Now the road leading in here from Highway 391 is named Big Mans Road. He died eight years ago, and my brother and I are keeping up the tradition.” Big Man’s widow lives on adjacent land in the family home. Dwayne Shealy finished high school at Hollywood High in Saluda, and attended the University of South Carolina. He carved out a career working at nuclear power plants in South Carolina and neighboring states, but now devotes full time to the marina and to the nearby salvage business he co-owns with his brother Steve. Gradually, the business has added conveniences to serve the boating puablic. This year, Big Mans Marina has new gas stops as well as new parking slips for their watercraft customers. The convenience store also sells bait and tackle, as well as gas and food. “We’re on deep water all year round,” says Dwayne. “We can provide everything needed for outings on the lake. It’s quieter here and not as crowded as on the other ends of the lake.” Big Mans is

open seven days a week from 6 a.m. It’s possible some of those lake customers also represent the third generation doing business there. The marina named for “Big Man” has a devoted following in the south-shore area and will host the 8th annual “Little River Fest” in September. This festival is one of the largest events held on Lake Murray and includes live music, food and fellowship on land or from the convenience of your boat. Because the regulars show up often, even on Sunday mornings when lots of other folks are attending church, a Christian church service has evolved at Big Mans. In the year 2000, a retired Methodist minister named John Griffith and his wife Priscilla offered to hold a worship service at the marina for any who cared to drop by. For 12 years his leadership provided care and sharing for a motley congregation, who came by boat, car, motorcycle or on foot to take part. The Rev. John died two years ago, and Priscilla has taken up the reins, leading Bible study and prayer every Sunday at 8 a.m. n MAR/APR 2014 | LAKE MURRAY LIFE | 7


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Aliv Teaching Teens to by Marilyn Thomas Car crashes are the top killer of young people between the ages of 15 and 24, accounting for 44 percent of all teen deaths. Each year in the United States, more than five thousand teens are involved in fatal motor vehicle collisions. Alcohol is a factor in about 25 percent of those fatalities. In many cases, however, this tragic finale of promising young lives could have been prevented. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Benjamin Franklin’s old adage still applies today, even to the issue of teen driving safety. Alive at 25 is a defensive driving program of The National Safety Council, a nonprofit that provides resources in an effort to prevent accidents and promote safety and well being within local communities. Unlike typical driver education courses, Alive at 25 doesn’t teach the mechanics of operating a motor vehicle. This survivaltraining program is considered a supplemental, but critical addendum to mastering basic driving skills. The ultimate goal is to prevent teen traffic violations, collisions and fatalities by teaching defensive driving techniques and encouraging safe behaviors behind the wheel.

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Lacking maturity and driving experience Being overly confident or engaging in risk-taking behaviors Failing to wear a safety belt Speeding or driving too fast for road conditions or visibility Driving while impaired by alcohol or other drugs or drowsiness Being distracted by talking and texting on cell phones, eating, drinking, or reading Riding and communicating with other passengers, especially peers Following other vehicles too closely

Source: U.S. Department of Transportation 18 | LAKE MURRAY LIFE | MAR/APR 2014

Tragedy to Triumph: A Program History Twenty years ago, Colorado was the first state to introduce a defensive driving program for teens. Since then, more than 400 thousand young people in the U.S. have completed these courses. South Carolina

ve at Drive Safely and Responsibly was the first state to initiate the program in the Southeast. In partnership with the state chapter of the National Safety Council, Alive by 25 is now established in 70 high schools statewide; 75,000 students have completed the course so far. In 2006, the community within School District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties experienced the devastating loss of seven young people under the age of 22 who died in traffic accidents. Kelly Payne, a social studies teacher at Dutch Fork High School, immediately launched efforts to organize Alive at 25 within the local school system. As the continuing administrator of this course, Payne believes the program has brought the community together and “allowed students, parents and faculty to become proactive in preventing future fatalities.” Kim Davies is one of the program’s strongest local advocates. Her daughter, Megan, was one of those tragically killed in a car accident in 2006. “It kills me to think of another parent having to live through what I have,” she


says. Davies graciously allows Megan’s story to be shared as a testimonial to the devastating consequences a poor decision behind the wheel can cause. Alive at 25 also sponsors an annual fundraising dinner in Megan’s honor, where the Megan Alyse Preston Award is presented to an exceptionally active program volunteer. In 2012, an educational scholarship was established in Megan’s memory to provide financial assistance for young people who have suffered the loss of a loved one in a vehicular accident. “This program saves lives!” says Payne. “It’s made a positive difference in reducing teenage fatality rates by over 60 percent statewide. Since its inception, there has been a 100 percent reduction in fatality rates in Lexington Five.” Program Basics: Instructors and Participants Alive at 25 instructors use a variety of techniques to create an interesting approach to defensive driving strategies. Along with personal examples and even humor, they


offer workbooks, interactive media presentations, group discussions, role-playing and brief lectures to communicate pertinent information and encourage students to drive more safely and responsibly. Off-duty or retired municipal police officers, deputy sheriffs and highway patrol officers undergo specific training in order to teach the course. The intensive threeand-a-half-day training sessions are open to qualifying law enforcement applicants (call


803-732-6778 for more information). “The officers are professional and dedicated,” says Payne. “They have a heart for teaching teenagers. This is also a great way to show kids that officers are there to watch out for you in the community. It’s a good thing that breaks down that barrier,” she adds. Classes last for about four and a half hours, and are usually hosted by local high schools. Although the program is often held on school property, it is not part of the academic curriculum. Classes are open to anyone between the ages of 14 and 24. Neither a driver’s license or even a permit is necessary for teens to sign up for the program. At many high schools, students are required to complete the Alive at 25 course before receiving a parking pass. At Dutch Fork, about 80 percent of junior and senior students have already completed the course. How to Register: For Students and Parents Students can register online to attend

an Alive at 25 class, and should do so at least five days before their preferred class is scheduled. A small, prepaid fee is required, and financial assistance is available for those who can’t afford it but want to take the class. Students will receive a certificate upon completion. Because parents are integral partners in making sure their teens drive safely and responsibly, the National Safety Council also offers an Alive at 25 program just for them. After completing this Internet-based course, parents are better able to understand the driving skills and constructive behavioral principles that their teens should be implementing behind the wheel. The online course lasts two hours, but parents can pause if needed and return to it at their convenience. n For links to the parenting program, statewide student class schedules, and other program details, visit Interested parties can also contact the South Carolina National Safety Council at (803) 732-6778 for additional information.

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I figured I would give everybody a break from the car talk and get personal for this month’s article. I’d like to tell you a little about myself, and my experience so far in the car repair business. I started off at age 13, when Dad would take me into work in the summertime so I could help wash cars and make a little money for my efforts. The money wasn’t much, but it was a good building block for learning some life lessons. Helping wash cars was my summer job every year after that. As I got older, I thought I knew that working in the shop was not what I wanted to do. I finished high school and spent my first year at USC studying criminal justice, and realized that didn’t suit me either. I spent the next year of my life at Harding University in a small town in Arkansas. After spending two years in the university, I determined that it was time to go to work. I came back to South Carolina and tried a few different jobs until I found a job working for an automotive clips and fasteners company. This was a traveling job. I would go into body shops all over the country and set up the clips and fasteners system along with an invoicing software program, and then train the staff on their new system. At this point in my life, I’m blessed to say I’ve been to 42 states, and I hope to see the rest in the next few years. Once the traveling job came to an end, I started back with the family business, working in the body shop. I began working as the parts manager, eventually started running a software program to help run production, and then became an estimator. A few years in, I had an opportunity to become the store leader at a shop in Spartanburg, an Ohio-based body shop company called DCR Systems. I took the opportunity and moved to Spartanburg, and I learned a lot about management, discipline, structure, following process, and being a good employee. This opportunity lasted for a year. Then in August 2009, I returned again to the family business, but this time as the leader. I’ve been in this position since then, and have learned so much about business, leadership, integrity, taking risks, and about myself. There have been many challenges, especially as we underwent a name change and opened our Lexington location. We are all very lucky to have a great Dad to help teach us, who allows us to make our mistakes so that we can learn from them. We also have the legacy laid out for us by our grandparents, who began the body shop business that we continue to build upon. This is just a snapshot of my body shop history. There are some exciting times coming as our industry continues to evolve and change at an extreme pace. I look forward to the future as I take a look at the past.


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Recipes provided by members of The Herb Bunch, hosting the 3rd Annual It’s All About Herbs Festival on Saturday, April 5. Follow them on Facebook and check our Events calendar for details.

Cheese Ravioli with Pesto 1 package (9-oz.) fresh 3-cheese ravioli 1 1/3 cups fresh baby spinach 2/3 cup fresh basil leaves 1/2 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper 2 garlic cloves 2 Tbsp. chicken broth 2 Tbsp. olive oil 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice 1 large tomato, diced 1/2 cup (2-oz.) shaved fresh Parmesan cheese 1/3 cup pine nuts toasted Fresh basil leaves Cook ravioli according to package directions

and drain. Combine spinach, basil, salt, red pepper and garlic in a food processor. Add broth, olive oil and lemon juice. Combine ravioli, pesto and tomato in medium saucepan over medium high heat. Cook minute until warm. Spoon into bowls, sprinkle with cheese and nuts and garnish with basil leaves. —Charlotte Compton Sour Cream Lavender Pound Cake 1 box yellow cake mix 1/2 cup sugar 4 eggs 1 Tbsp. lavender buds 3/4 cup vegetable oil Powdered sugar 1 (8-oz.) carton sour cream Combine ingredients in a mixing bowl. Mix with an electric mixer at medium speed for 4 minutes. Pour batter into a greased and floured Bundt pan. Bake in a preheated 325-degree oven for 45 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean and the edges of the cake begin to pull away from the sides of the pan. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. — Honey Comer Aioli-Horseradish 1 (10 or 12-oz.) tofu 1/2 tsp. salt 1 clove garlic, chopped fine 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice 2 tsp. Horseradish 1 Tbsp. olive oil Blend all ingredients and refrigerate. Makes 2 cups. Delicious on salad greens or as a cracker spread. — Louise Watkins



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omething I’ve noticed about the older generation is their sense of gratitude. I get lots of mail from older folks. A typical letter is from a person in their late 70s. They have lost a spouse. Their parents died years ago. Quite a few have lost children. I can’t recall receiving a single letter from this age group describing their life as bad. Almost every letter from this age group contains a sentence describing how God has blessed their life. On the face of it, one has to ask: “How can they possibly say that God has blessed them?” And I reckon some older folks think their life is horrible. But claims of horrible lives seem to be usually made from folks in their 40s. A friend of mine commented that she had never heard her Dad complain about food. I have the same memory of my Daddy. The reason is very simple. Those men grew up knowing that an empty belly believes any meal is a good meal. Doing without teaches gratitude. How many times have we all heard stories of folks sharing food with strangers during the Depression era? What would be the modern reaction to a hungry stranger knocking on our door and asking for a meal? What would be the modern reaction to the news that grocery stores would not be stocking their shelves one week from now? What would be the modern reaction to the news that large numbers of families, including yours and mine, wouldn’t be able to afford the food that was available? What would be the modern reaction to standing all day in a line waiting for a cup of soup? Can you imagine the uproar? “That’s not fair!” Nowadays we order our salad dressing “on the side.” And that, in and of itself, is 26 | LAKE MURRAY LIFE | March 2014

not a bad thing. But I wonder: how often we would do that if we went a year without salad? In theory, we live in the most comfortable society the world has ever known. There is plenty of food. Houses are airconditioned. There are no cracks in the carpeted floors. The children are wearing shoes. By rights, we should all be as happy as pigs in cool mud on a hot day. But I’d bet that today’s most comfortable society is also the complainingest. Every person living today should spend time studying photographs documenting the Depression era. The library will have a book of those photos. Look at the men and women — my Grandparents — look in their eyes. Notice how many children wore shoes. Look at the cracks in the floors. Look at the families loaded into cars trying to escape the Dust Bowl. Look at the hunger. Older folks who write me and claim the Lord’s blessings on their long, rich lives remember those photographs. They lived those photographs. They were the barefooted children standing on cold, dusty floors. Would today’s most comfortable society survive that experience? How can we plant the seeds of gratitude?

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Q & A On The Spirit of Lake Murray Inspection Q: Why is The Spirit of Lake Murray being put in dry dock at this time? A: Every passenger vessel that is operated on navigable waters within the United States has to comply with United States Coast Guard (USCG) regulations. Lake Murray has two vessels that fall into this category--The Southern Patriot (operated by another company) and The Spirit of Lake Murray. The USCG requires that the vessel be brought out of the water once every five years so its hull, or bottom of the vessel, can be inspected. Even though our vessel is inspected annually by the USCG, they do not inspect the bottom when it does an annual inspection. The process of taking a vessel out of the water is called “dry dock”. Q: Why did you decide to do your dry dock at Big Man’s Marina at the northwest end of the lake? A: As many of your readers recall, The Spirit of Lake Murray came to Lake Murray in March, 2009. At that time, we used the services of a local crane company to put the boat in the water at Lake Murray Marina in Ballentine. Since then Lake Murray Marina has changed its appearance with a new 200+ apartment complex called Marina Bay Apartments as well as a new and bigger restaurant, Liberty on the Lake. These have been good additions to Lake

Murray shoreline; however, there in no room to set up a crane on the property to take a boat out of the water. When the apartments were built, we moved our operation across the cove to Shealy’s Landing off of Shadowood Drive, but with the recent dredging done at the landing, the ground was too soft for a crane to get close enough to the shoreline to operate safely. After looking at other places, Big Man’s Marina on Route 391 at the north end of the lake was the best place we could find. Q: How long do you think your vessel will be in dry dock? A: It all depends on the USCG. If they find places on the bottom of the boat which has thin metal, than we do what is called “crop and renew”. That means we cut out questionable metal and have a welder replace it with new metal. If necessary, we will bring in a company to do ultrasonic testing of the bottom to determine the metal thickness. Our particular vessel is allowed a 20% waste factor. We have operated solely on fresh water since our last dry dock so we are not affected by salt water which eats away at any boat. The amount of time that we are in dry dock, will be determined by the USCG when they do the inspection and tell us the repairs we need to make to the hull of the boat.

Q: It has been five years since you brought your ship to Lake Murray, how has business been? A: We do an average of 180 cruises a year. Most of our cruises are private charters when people hire the boat for private events like birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, business meetings, college parties, school educational cruises, etc. Every month, we offer public cruises where people can go on line and make reservations themselves. Of course in July and August of each year, thousands of Purple Martins make their annual trip from Brazil to Bomb Island giving the Midlands a special treat. We have had groups come from North Carolina and Georgia to see the birds. Q: Has there been in increase in the number of historical cruises? A: Yes, not only school children come for educational trips, but older folks too. On our History Cruises we talk about what life was like before the Lake Murray dam was built in 1930 and covered up communities of about 5,000 people under the water. When you add that bit of history to the Doolittle Raiders initial training at Lake Murray in 1942 and the Army Post on Shull Island, there is a lot of history to be told about Lake Murray and its 650 miles of shoreline. n

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