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12 Lexington County 911 Communications 17 Ways to Increase Your Home’s Curb Appeal 23 8 Ridiculously Famous Rabbits 26 Marching to a Healthy Beat 28 Doolittle’s Raid on Japan Turns 75 35 Lexington County Chamber Awards 37 How to Escape a Rut 42 The Mitchell House and Gardens 49 Spring and Summer 2017 Fashion Feature

Columns 8 Faith Matters 53 David Clark

37 The lightning flashed over and over again. The thunder shook the entire house, and the storm seemed to be centered right over the heart of Lexington. The wind howled, and the rain struck the roof with a viciousness not seen in years. This wasn’t an ordinary storm, and the rapid fire lightning and booms of thunder had the entire house on edge. Our dog Biff was petrified. In six years, I’d never seen him shake and pant so much. He was truly terrified. Usually when he is scared, he shimmies underneath our bed for comfort. It was like he actually felt the storm within his body. I wasn’t sure what to do so, I took him into the closet where it was dark and a little bit quieter. I hugged him and spoke calmly to him, petting him gently. I think our 9-year old son Noah also needed to be petted. The storm rumbled on for what seemed like an eternity. Seeing the fear in Biff’s eyes was a new experience for me. He was truly afraid, and needed comfort. Who do we go to for comfort? As I kid, I went to Mom or Dad, sometimes even my brother. As an adult, I’ve used different things as a substitute for that intimate relationship where I could seek comfort. Alcohol, food, and even narcotics have been used to mask my pain and sadness. These

42 artificial Band-Aids never worked, and in many instances made the situation worse. Now I do a much better job of talking to God and writing in a journal. It sounds so basic and simple, but it really works. Making time to talk to God — and, more importantly, silently listening to what He says — has changed my life for the better. As we celebrate Easter and the fact that He died for our sins and rose again, we also need to seek and ask for forgiveness and maintain a consistent relationship with God. No matter what storms life brings, He will provide the ultimate comfort. Thanks for reading, Todd Shevchik


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Saturday, April 8 Newcomer’s Workshop Wingard’s Market, 1403 N Lake Dr., Lexington, 10 a.m. Workshop covers soils, plants, watering, planting in the sun or shade, fertilizing, and much more. $10 for workshop and receive $10 “Wingard’s Coupon,” good for use that day. Register at or call 803.359.9091.

Saturday, April 8 Priscilla Shirer Live Simulcast Harvest Church, 4865 Sunset Blvd., Lexington, 10 a.m. – 5:35 p.m. Simulcast event will feature Shirer’s dynamic storytelling and passionate Bible teaching, worship from Anthony Evans, and a unique prayer time experience. It will challenge and encourage women to know God’s word and grow deeper in their faith. Tickets are $22.50 and can be purchased at Saturday, April 15 Oyster Roast & BBQ for Law Enforcement Carolina Wings and Rib House, 105 Northpoint Rd., Lexington, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. This is the second annual Oyster Roast & BBQ for Law Enforcement and it’s all you can eat! Live music by Mandy Addy and the Diving Horses. Tickets are $30/advance and $40/ at the door. Visit for more information. Saturday, April 22 LMC’s Heart and Sole Women’s Five Miler Arsenal Hill Building, 1800 Lincoln St., Columbia, 7 a.m. – 11 a.m. The Heart & Sole Women’s Five Miler is South Carolina’s premier women’s-only road race and walk. Established in 2002, the event attracts women of all ages and athletic abilities. Individual registration is $35 through April 21; $45 on race day. Heartandsolerun. com for more information.

Saturday, April 22 Walk MS: Columbia 2017 Columbia Riverfront Park, 312 Laurel St., Columbia, 8:30 a.m. Ending multiple sclerosis for good will take a group effort. Walk MS teams up friends, loved ones, and co-workers to change the world for everyone affected by MS. Register for free online at Saturday, April 22 Walk Like MADD Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Rd., Columbia, 2 p.m. Walk for those who no longer can, and alongside those who are learning to walk again. Walk with supporters who share the vision of no more drunk driving victims. Walk because together we will end drunk driving. Registration is at 2 p.m., walk begins at 3 p.m. Visit or call 803.748.7333 for more information. Saturday, April 22 2nd Annual Gator Band Food Truck Festival River Bluff High School, 320 Corley Mill Rd., Lexington, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. The Gator Band Food Truck Festival features the best food trucks from Columbia and the surrounding area! Event also features crafters, local businesses, a kid’s zone and Disney’s Moana shown on the Jumbotron. for more information. Saturday, April 29 Kid’s Day of Lexington Virginia Hylton Park, 111 Maiden Ln., Lexington, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. This year’s event marks the 17th anniversary of Kid’s Day! Come out and enjoy learning, laughing, eating, entertainment, togetherness, and a whole bunch of fun! The proceeds from this event go to the Nancy K. Perry Children’s Shelter and the Dickerson Center for Children. If you are interested in volunteering for Kid’s Day, call 803.356.8554.

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Constance Flemming If you don’t recognize the name Constance Flemming, you haven’t been paying attention. This long-time resident has served her community through education, music, and public service, always looking for ways to make things better for everyone. She’s following in the footsteps of her father, Willie Caractor, who was known as “Mayor of the Hill,” although he never ran for public office. “I was actually born in Philadelphia,” she says. “My family arrived here when I was two weeks old and moved into this house on Hendrix Street. I’ve been here ever since, although I did spend one year in a different house on the next block on the same street. It’s home.” That home is just a block from the city park named for Willie Caractor. This family believes in community. Constance attended local schools and graduated from Howard University with a degree in music education and performance. She’s been an educator ever since, teaching music, math, and academics at what was then called Lexington Intermediate School, followed by a year at Gilbert Primary. Her music has been part of the community throughout the years, as Music and Choir Director at her church, St. Paul Baptist, as well as other churches around Lexington, at Village Square Theatre, and at North Carolina Opera Company. She was the first citizen of Lexington to be asked to be part of the South Carolina Arts Commission, where she served for seven years. That led to participation in the Southern Arts Federation in Atlanta for six years, a consortium of 13 states doing funding for performance and programs. All of this community involvement created a natural turn toward political service. She was elected to Lexington Town Council for the years 2002–2006 and has not shut the door on the possibility of another run for office, maybe that of mayor. She has served as a poll manager, and on the Board of Election Commissioners, finding satisfaction in taking part in the democratic process. For now, she is relishing retirement from the daily schedule, along with her role as nana to two grandchildren, Selena Magni and Shayla Bowers, daughters of Constance’s daughter Dr. Ebony Bowers, PhD. in human services. n

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When an emergency call is placed to the 911 Dispatch Center in Lexington County, an operator is ready and waiting to serve their neighbors in the time of their greatest need. 12 | LEXINGTON LIFE | April 2017

An “ordinary” shift in the career of a 911 call taker, or operator, usually begins with a phone call that originates from the 911 lines or was forwarded from a non-emergent administrative office after hours. “You really never know what’s going to be at the other end of that line,” says Kelley McMillan, a veteran dispatcher of 15 years and the current training coordinator for the 911 program. After answering, the operator immediately begins to interrogate the caller to decide the best approach to address his or her need. The support of sophisticated computer equipment enables the 911 personnel to achieve their responsibilities with great precision. According to Deputy Chief Rodney Watson, Lexington County’s 911 communications assistant, “We use … software automation of our processes, so we have tons of different software we use, from interrogating calls to showing the location of our field units.”

“One of the major software that we just installed was … Priority Dispatch,” adds Harrison Cahill, the public information officer for Lexington County. This new software assists the operator in “triaging” the calls they receive by providing a script of questions to follow when interrogating a call. “The outcome of those questions will determine what type of EMS unit that call is going to receive,” explains Mr. Cahill. “It allows us to not only make the most effective and efficient use of our resources, but also ensures that we take care of the citizens the best way because it gives us that ability to assign that type of unit to that type of incident,” says Deputy Chief Watson. An additional “quality assurance” feature of this software identifies the strengths and weaknesses of the process, so if any issues arise, they can be later addressed. The Lexington County 911 call center is one of only four in South Carolina that


“You really never know what’s going to be at the other end of that line.” is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). It is staffed by about 55 full- and part-time staff members who work 12 hour shifts and receive approximately 46,000 calls each month. A single operator within the center may handle more than 100 calls each day, but he or she also may act as a dispatcher, which is a separate role and, in addition, must operate the radio consoles that communicate with the emergency responders in the field. The application, testing, training, and certification process to become a fully qualified 911 operator lasts more than a year and is accomplished in-house. “It takes a truly special person to be able to do that job and do it well for a long period of time,” says Deputy Chief Rodney Watson. “We’re getting ready to have our first retiree (Deborah Raulerson) … and she’s been on the floor the whole 28 years … and that is a first for our center.”

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Mastering the ability to multitask is mandatory for this position, explained Training Coordinator McMillan. Also, “Proficiency in computer skills is a … good quality to have here, and managing your stress because we are always under a high level of stress. Just the call volume itself is stressful enough, but then the types of calls that you have to deal with, on top of that, adds stress to that.” “What people don’t realize is that 911 dispatchers are the first first responders,” says Mr. Cahill, and “when seconds matter, dispatchers save seconds.” Because this is such a demanding job, the burnout and turnover rates are extremely high, even though the operators are taught coping techniques, like breathing exercises, and provided with treadmills that fit underneath the telecommunicator equipment to use while call taking. Another challenging aspect of this position is that the 911 operators rarely experience closure in emergency situations. “We see the front end … and we imagine the worst of what’s going on,” says Ms. McMillan, and the majority of the time, “We don’t exactly know what the outcome is.” Also, because of the way cell towers function, operators occasionally receive calls from other regions and even other states. Still, every emergency must be dispatched, and the operator has to find a solution without delay. Because of this, one of the most important pieces of information a caller can initially share is his or her physical location. The 911 center receives a “broad spectrum” of calls, but they are all treated with the same professional approach. However, to inform citizens about the proper use of 911, the Public Safety Department of Lexington has produced a music video, starring Red E. Fox and several of the area’s emergency responders, which can be found on the County of Lexington’s Facebook page or YouTube channel. “Those public pieces help us educate our citizens as to exactly what we do and how they can help themselves by helping us,” explains Mr. Cahill. “If there’s a storm, a flood, any other act of God,” says Deputy Chief Watson, “we will ensure that this center’s always staffed, and people will always have that ability to contact us.” For this reason, another exact duplicate of the primary 911 center is housed within the basement of the administrative building and can be staffed and fully functional within an hour. “We never shut the light off,” concludes Deputy Chief Watson. n

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by Kristen Carter It’s important to remember that your home’s curb appeal can go a long way toward increasing its overall appearance as well as its monetary value. If you are looking to sell, homes that look neat and well-cared for tend to spend less time on the market and often command higher selling prices than those whose owners overlook this crucial selling point. If you plan to stay in your home for the foreseeable future, freshening up its outward appearance can turn the neighbors’ heads when they pass by and do wonders for your spirit when you pull up the driveway after a long day away. What is “Curb Appeal?” Curb appeal is the first impression guests and neighbors form of your property. In other words, it’s what they see the moment they pull up to your house. Since you only get one

chance to make a favorable lasting first impression, let’s take a look at ways to add appeal to your home and increase its value. Ways You Can Increase Your Home’s Curb Appeal There are many simple ways to increase your home’s curb appeal to make it more attractive. The first step is to take a walk around your property and look at it through the eyes of someone who is seeing it for the first time. Pay special attention to the following areas. Sidewalks and Walkways Sidewalks and walkways should be free of cracks, holes, or excessive dirt or debris. They should be neatly edged. Driveways Driveways should have a smooth finish, be free of cracks or holes, and be neatly edged. April 2017 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 17

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Hedges and Lawns Hedges should be classically trimmed. If you are looking to sell, this is not the time to experiment with odd shapes or patterns. Landscaping should be well cared for and well maintained. Grass should be neatly cut and free of any weeds or grass clippings. Lawns should be free of any unnecessary clutter. Store lawn maintenance equipment, outdoor toys, tools, etc. in their proper locations. Trees Trees on your property should be in good health, free of any dead limbs that could cause a hazard and safely trimmed away from any power lines. Any trees that overhang the roof line should be trimmed back. Depending on the time of year, leaves should be raked and disposed of. Flower and Vegetable Gardens Flower and vegetable gardens should be free of any plant debris and neatly maintained. Siding and Brick Exteriors Exterior siding should be free of dents and be well fitting to the sides of the home.

Bricks and the mortar used to join them should not be crumbling or have obvious chips or gouges. Windows, Window Shutters, and Window Screens Windows should be clean and free of grime. Window screens should be free of rips and tears, and should close properly. Window shutters should hang correctly. Gutters and Downspouts Gutters should be free of debris and in good repair. Downspouts should be free of any clogs and free-flowing to allow for proper drainage. Exterior Surfaces Exterior paint should not be faded or peeling. Apply a fresh coat of paint if needed. Pressure wash exterior surfaces to remove any mold or mildew. Natural, appealing neutral palettes tend to be more universally appealing, particularly to home buyers. If you are not selling, contrasting pops of color can be refreshing. For example, the front door painted in a contrasting or bright color has become very popular in recent years.

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Sometimes in the world of entertainment things get a little quirky. Sometimes they even get quite “hare-y.” When this happens, it is probably because a famous bunny has come around. Adults and children alike know who these rabbits are, but there are more of them than you might imagine. How many of the following eight do you know? The White Rabbit

Muttering out loud all about how late he is for a very important date, the strange White Rabbit is the very first character Alice comes face to face with when she enters Wonderland. In fact, she follows him down the rabbit hole right into Wonderland just to see what he is late for. If not for this famous rabbit, Alice in the Wonderland might never have happened.

Peter Rabbit

Peter Rabbit makes his presence especially well known to Mr. McGregor after his favorite vegetables go missing from his garden. Peter learns a valuable but hard life lesson when one of his theft attempts causes him to lose his clothes. Lucky for him, he did not lose his life as well, instead only catching a cold and suffering the humiliation of having to go home nude. After that, he makes a few more appearances in other Beatrice Potter books, though not as the main character.

Roger Rabbit

Roger Rabbit made his first appearance in Gary K. Wolf’s novel Who Censored Roger Rabbit? In 1988, Roger hit the big screen in the popular film Who Framed Roger Rabbit? In the film, this quirky rabbit is accused of a crime he didn’t commit. By the end of the film, though, his innocence is proven. .

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The Energizer Bunny

The Energizer Bunny made his debut in the 1980s for an Energizer battery commercial. Though he was not alone in his first appearance, he made enough noise to quickly grab everyone’s attention. Beating his drum, the pink rabbit lets the world know that he keeps going and going and going. To this day, he still spreads that message.


Who else but Winnie-the-Pooh’s friend Rabbit can go by a name simply stating what he is? Perhaps no other rabbit ever could. And no other rabbit ever can now because, whenever the name is uttered, everyone thinks of the one and only rabbit friend of Pooh. He made his debut in 1926 in the very first book A. A. Milne wrote about Winnie-the-Pooh and has been warning Pooh and his friends of danger ever since.

The Trix Rabbit

The Trix Rabbit made his first appearance for children all over the United States in 1954. To this day, he still tries to get his paws on the beloved fruity cereal, only for the silly rabbit to inevitably be reminded that Trix are for kids. This never seems to stop him from trying, though.

Bugs Bunny

Bugs Bunny outshines all the other stars of the Looney Tunes cast. His mischievous ways began in 1940, and he has since starred in over 150 Warner Brother’s cartoons. This is one cartoon character that will never be forgotten. He has proven to stand the test of time and adapt to at least four generations’ worth of children. He even entertained the troops during World War II.

The Easter Bunny

The Easter Bunny might just be the most famous rabbit of all time. They say children first began hearing of him in Germany because rabbits symbolize fertility there. Because eggs are also a sign of fertility, the two of them somehow got paired together to form the myth of the Easter Bunny. It spread throughout Europe and eventually to America. Now this famous bunny is expected to bring goodies each year to children all over the world, much like Santa Claus does. n

How did you do? Did you know all or most of these famous rabbits? If so, perhaps you learned a bit more about them as you read. It is amazing how long some celebrities can endure the spotlight, especially for an animal.

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Innovative Techn Heart Patients Fixing Slow Heartbeats In March, Lexington Medical Center became the first hospital in South Carolina to implant a new wireless pacemaker called Micra™ into a patient to fix a slow heartbeat. Called the world’s smallest pacemaker, this device is not visible under the skin, and because there are no wires connected to it, there is a lower risk of complications. “This device represents a significant breakthrough in technology,” said William W. Brabham, MD, FHRS, of Lexington Cardiology, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice. “The ability to deliver therapy using such a small device is revolutionary. It’s very exciting to think of the possibilities in the future.”

does not require treatment. But in some cases, clots can form, get into the arteries and cause a stroke. Patients who have suffered a stroke because of a PFO have an increased risk of experiencing a second stroke. The new device closes the hole and reduces the risk of another stroke. “It’s the first FDA-approved device for stroke reduction,” said Robert Leonardi, MD, FACC, FSCAI, of Lexington Cardiology. “In fact, the stroke reduction rate is estimated to be 50 percent.” Both the appendage and PFO closure procedures are minimally-invasive and placed using a catheter. n

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A pacemaker helps restore a healthy heart rhythm by sending tiny electrical signals to the heart to increase the heart rate. Traditionally, pacemakers have been implanted below the collarbone through an incision and have included leads, which are insulated wires. The leads carry the electrical impulse from the pacemaker to the heart. The size of a vitamin capsule, Micra is more than 90 percent smaller than other pacemakers. It’s implanted with a catheter through a vein in the leg directly into the heart and does not have leads, which eliminates concern about the leads shifting within the heart. Lowering Stroke Risk Lexington Medical Center has also begun using a device called the Watchman™ to help reduce the risk of stroke in patients who have atrial fibrillation, an irregular heart rhythm that affects the heart’s ability to pump blood properly. In these patients, blood can pool in an area of the heart called the left atrial appendage and form a clot. If the clot travels to another part of the body, it can cut off blood supply to the brain and cause a stroke. The Watchman blocks the appendage. It may also eliminate the need for patients to take a blood thinner. Last fall, Lexington Medical Center also became the first hospital in South Carolina to use the AMPLATZER™ PFO Occluder to reduce the risk of stroke in patients who have a small hole in the heart called a patent foramen ovale (PFO). About 25 to 30 percent of Americans have a PFO. Typically, the condition causes no problems and

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Sunday, April 4, 1943. Nineteen-yearold Bryce Lever was searching for fishing worms near the south shore of Lake Murray. He heard it before he saw it – the faint rumbling of a B-25 warplane. A pilot once compared the sound with wearing a bucket on your head while two jackhammers attacked each side. Bryce smiled at the perfection of the description, although this plane’s rumble sounded different. He was accustomed to bombers flying over the lake, but this plane flew low, heading ominously toward the water. Twenty-seven-year-old Katherine Townsend also noticed the aircraft coming down as she walked along the lake’s north shore. Alarmed, Katherine ran to the home of neighbor Sewall Oliver, who she knew owned a speedboat. Six miles out from the Columbia Army Air Base, the plane had lost power to its left engine. The bombardier, Henry Mascall, urged the trainee pilot, William Fallon, to execute an emergency landing on the lake instead of returning to base. Fallon prepared the crew for a forced water landing and ditched the plane. Those who saw the plane fall described it as stalling before it “pancaked” across the water, landing about two miles west of Dreher Shoals Dam. The plane lost its right engine during the crash. When it landed, the left wing, weighted by its heavy engine, sank below the waterline, pitching the right wing upward 28 | LEXINGTON LIFE | April 2017

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above water. The crew climbed onto the dry wing to safety and inflated their life raft. There was no time to waste. Sewall Oliver sped to the site and arrived in time to rescue all five men in his speedboat before the plane sank seven minutes after impact. The plane sank to a depth of 150 feet where it remained until 2005. Doolittle’s Raiders The Columbia Metropolitan Airport, originally called The Lexington County Airport, was built in 1941.

On December 7, 1941, Japan’s naval and air forces launched a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, destroying America’s Pacific fleet. In an historic radio address to the nation the following day, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared war against Japan. Soon after, the airport was renamed Columbia Army Air Base (CAAB), and the base was transformed into a training field for B-25 Mitchell bomber crews. Local Lake Murray resident Richard Peterson has a family connection to the story. His father, Major Daniel McCloud Peterson, served with the Army’s Special Operations Force, which is similar to today’s CIA. President Roosevelt sent Peterson to the CAAB to work with James Harold “Jimmy” Doolittle. Doolittle, a highly respected military aviator, would lead the “Doolittle Raid” on Japan in retaliation to Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. Richard’s uncle, JC Townsend, was a seasoned test pilot with extensive experience and knowledge of the B-25 bomber. His job was to qualify the crews for the secret mission. JC evaluated pilots’ skills, temperament, and readiness for the extremely hazardous secret mission. Once assembled, the crews left Columbia for training at Eglin Field, now Eglin Air Force Base, in Florida. Another historical milestone of this mission: This was the first time a B-25 launched from a carrier at sea. White lines, representing the actual width and length of a carrier,

were painted on training runways for pilots to perfect their takeoffs. In March of 1942, the trained pilots left Eglin for the west coast and final loading aboard the USS Hornet. Heavy with extra fuel, the planes were cumbersome. Sixteen bombers were tightly packed on the Hornet’s deck. Pointed into the wind, the large carrier pitched and rolled in the heavy seas. The pilots were ready, the engines primed. On April 18, 1942, Colonel Doolittle led his B-25 crews from the deck of the USS Hornet. They were headed to Japan; there would be no return landing on the carrier. In a surprise attack, Doolittle’s Raiders bombed Tokyo and four other Japanese cities. Sixty-nine of the eighty flight crew survived their mission. Some bailed out or crash-landed along the Chinese coast. One aircraft made it to the Soviet Union, where they were held captive by the Soviets. The daring Doolittle Raid transformed American morale at a time when America needed it the most. Lake Murray’s World War II Bombing Ranges B-25 crews from the Columbia Army Air Base (CAAB) flew thousands of training missions over Lake Murray from 1942 to 1945. Seven of Lake Murray’s islands provided perfect sites for target practice. Originally called “Lunch Island,” Doolittle Island (Bomb Island) was the primary target. Crews dropped phosphorous (“dummy bombs”). Their explosive impact discharged a large puff of white smoke, which pinpointed the bomb’s impact. Before the war brought noisy warplanes and practice “dummy bombs,” Lunch Island was an ideal setting for youthful 1940s-style romances, far from the eyes of meddling parents. Young folks packed their lunches, leaving parents to believe they were meeting friends for the day. Lunch Island was a busy place back then, before the bombs. Born and raised in Leesville, Randall Shealy heard countless stories from his grandfather. His family once operated the Holley Ferry at the Lexington/Saluda Line before the dam was built, and his grandfather was the last of the ferry’s operators. In 1997, Shealy began a serious study of Lake Murray’s history. His passion has led to extensive research and hours of interviews. Today Randall shares his knowledge with school groups and civic organizations and hopes to establish a permanent Lake Murray Museum.

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Shealy has photographs displaying fragments of practice bombs, still packed with white sand, lodged in the banks of Bomb Island. He cautions visitors to avoid any exposed metal pieces. A young Leesville schoolmate of Randall’s died in a tragic accident involving an exploded bomb. In the early 1990s, purple martins began roosting on Doolittle, or Bomb Island. The island was chosen as a sanctuary for the world’s largest purple martin roosting area in the world. Visitors can take a guided boat tour to see the martins during summers but are not permitted on the island until the birds leave for their winter migration.

The Bombing of Saluda Country Traffic Circle Randall Shealy’s uncle ran a store at the Saluda traffic circle. So did his neighbor, Mr. W.P. (“Mr. Pink”) Lindler. During the war years, CAAB alerted civilians in advance of night bombing on the lake. On those nights, Mr. Pink flipped a special switch to turn off the lights at the circle. On the islands, military crews arranged oil-burning devices, known as smudge pots, in a large circle to guide pilots to their target. One night around 11:00 p.m., a group of B-25s on a night bombing training mission over Lake Murray, headed toward what they assumed were the circular lights of Bomb Island. The amber lights at Saluda’s traffic circle were still on, but the smudge pots on the island stood idle, their fires out. The traffic circle area was quiet; residents were down for the night. High-pitched whistles, followed by the

deafening blasts of bombs exploding, jolted Mr. Pink and his neighbors awake. Pink jumped from his bed. Clad in his long johns, he ran to his store, then to the switch box to turn off the highway lights. The family piled into their old ’35 Chevy, with its empty radiator and sped off down the road. No one was hurt. Some residents had hidden in a highway culvert, and one bomb knocked a limb off a neighbor’s tree. Fifteen to 20 bombs dropped that night. Because no bombs hit any buildings, an official report was never filed. Randall Shealy remembers playing in the bomb craters as a child. In 1993, the US Naval Reserve interviewed a then-78-year-old Katherine Townsend Tapp shortly before she passed away. Katherine described exactly where she saw the plane go down in 1943. She remembered, “It just came in like it was landing.” To wish the reserve crew luck, Katherine requested that they “Bring back the big one.” Thanks to her account and

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Those of us who did not live through that era may watch old movies and newsreels to gain a sense of the experience. But that does not compare with the haunting memories of those who lived it. Katherine Townsend, Mr. Pink Lindler, and Sewall Oliver valued family and community. In spite of an unforgiving war that threatened both, they survived – a testament to their strength, determination and trust. We owe a debt of gratitude for their sacrifices and for those of our war heroes. They gave us the opportunity to live in a safe, thriving community. It is essential that we value and sustain their legacy. n

Commemorative Activities in the Midlands The Spirit of Lake Murray is offering history lunch cruises in honor of the 75th anniversary of the DooLittle Raiders. Visit for dates, availability, and tickets. The Lourie Center is hosting a concert by the Capital City Big Band in honor of the 75th anniversary of the DooLittle Raiders on the actual date of the historic event: April 18. Visit for more information.

Author’s Notes Today, one crew member survives: Lt. Colonel. Richard “Dick” E. Cole, who served as Doolittle’s co-pilot on Crew Number 1. Cole, now 101 years old, plans to return to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in April to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the raid. The Midlands is commemorating the 75th anniversary of three related historic events: Pearl Harbor, the opening of Columbia Army Air Base, and the Doolittle Raid.

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The Greater Lexington Chamber Awards Night The Greater Lexington Chamber and Visitors Center honored local businesses and professionals at its annual Chamber Awards Night on February 23 at The River Center at Saluda Shoals Park. This annual ceremony, presented by Wells Fargo, allows Chamber members to nominate their fellow members to be recognized because of their leadership within the business community and the community at large. Allison Hedrick, associate agent at Morgan & Associates Nationwide Insurance, earned the Young Professional of the Year award. Trey Powell, owner of Mosquito Joe of Lake Murray, received the Small Business of the Year Award. First Community Bank earned the Large Business of the Year Award. Heather Corley, branch banker at BB&T, was recognized for her volunteerism and advocacy for the Chamber with the Ambassador of the Year Award. Troy Simpson, vice president of member services at Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative, was honored with the Mike Till award. This award is given to an individual who best exemplifies the characteristics of Mike Till – friendliness, perseverance, and dedication to the Lexington community. For information about future events hosted by the Chamber, visit

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“Feeling stuck and uninspired can be frustrating, but it can also be the perfect opportunity to learn something about yourself. Ruts are inevitable, but with the right mindset you can actually make them kind of fun.” less-than-desirable smell associated with tanning products. Treat Yourself Sometimes treating yourself is all it takes to refresh your routine, even your state of mind. This is by far my favorite trick to escape a rut. Splurge on a spa treatment, get your eyebrows waxed, buy an overpriced bath bomb. Pick up that lilac eye shadow that you keep talking yourself out of buying. Pull the trigger on buying those oversized frames that you don’t see yourself wearing every day but make you feel powerful. Fellow glasses wearers, I’m talking to you. Glasses are a perfect way to mix up your look without making a big commitment. I love to invest in a few

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Early History Visitors to this lovely home and surrounding gardens have the added experience of celebrating their special day in a home brimming with history and memories of old Lexington. John Taylor built Lexington’s Mitchell House in 1925 for his daughter, Pearl, and son-in-law, Keller Mitchell. A well-known builder, Mr. Taylor constructed many of Lexington’s churches in the early 1900s, including Lexington’s Pilgrim Lutheran Church. A survey from the South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office tells us that the house is “… a good example of rural, modest Italianate design with its cupola, square plan, and symmetrical facade. It has retained good integrity and condition.” Take a moment to study the exterior of the two-story Mitchell House, and you will discover the characteristics of Italianate architecture. A cupola crowns the gentle, sloping roof, called a “hipped roof.” Square wooden posts support the one-story hiproof porch. Double rows of sidelights and a transom frame the front door, and double windows flank each side of the door. Matching exterior brick chimneys on each side of the hipped roof give the house its symmetrical look. The original Mitchell family raised six children in the home. Four additional families, including the Addys, who bought the home in 1947, followed before the current owner, Phyllis James, bought it in 1992. It is extraordinary that this lovely home retains its original charm and architecture almost a century later. The Mitchell House now overlooks one of Lexington’s busiest roads. Motorists rush to and from work along North Lake Drive each day. Bus and car traffic flows into and out the entrance of Lexington Elementary School directly across the street. If you find yourself stopped in the afterschool traffic some afternoon, glance over at the lovely home that graces the property among the camellia blooms on North Lake Drive. Notice how well it has held its age and identify the features that define its architecture. It would make a great lesson for school children. A recently retired Lexington teacher, Susan Wise, said her mother taught at Lexington Elementary School in the 1940s. Susan’s mother spoke of living at a boarding home across the street from the school. Indeed, the house next door to the

ell House, once owned by Ellis and Bertha Efird, was used as a boarding school for teachers. A Wedding Venue Owner Phyllis James purchased the home in 1992. She decided to buy the house soon after acting as the listing agent. Was it a coincidence or fate that Phyllis grew up in a home identical to The Mitchell House in Galivants Ferry, South Carolina? Her childhood home was built in the mid1940s, but it had the same façade, same window structure, and same front porch. When asked what led her to turn the home into a wedding venue, Phyllis smiled, remembering the country church where she worshipped as a child.

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a wedding? Combine her natural ability to work with people, her life experience, and an abiding passion for her business, and, as she says, “It all came together like a perfect storm.” “A Day You’ll Always Remember in A Place You’ll Never Forget!” It is obvious that Phyllis James loves her profession. Her eyes light up while giving a tour of the house, explaining the function each room serves during a wedding celebration. The original two-storied house and rooms have been restored, and they are both welcoming and functional for modern-day weddings. Phyllis has added additional space for inside and outside wedding events at the rear of the original home. The Mitchell House venue offers 28 different packages, including custom or premium options for any special occasion,

not just weddings. Phyllis helps guide cus- stress-free wedding. After a first meeting, a tomers to the most affordable choice for bride will remark, “It’s so much more than their event. I thought.” Upon arrival, Phyllis One of the reasons for invites a bride and groom the success of her venue is to join her in the Azalea a firm belief that the bride Room. Sample wedding has to be happy at all packages with accompatimes. Phyllis is present at nying photographs are each event, along with her on display. She asks quesexcellent staff, to make it tions about what season happen. An interesting touch: if a bride is wearthe couple has in mind ing heels, she is given flat for their wedding. How slippers to make her way many guests would they 421 N Lake Drive safely down the staircase. like to include? How do Lexington, SC 29072 When she reaches the they envision their wed(803) 359-5325 main floor, a staff memding? From there they www.mitchellhouseand ber, sometimes Phyllis, discuss what they have assists the bride with slipto accomplish to have ping the shoes back on. the kind of wedding they “Every time I send someone down the want and can afford. The venue is full service, except for gowns, and Phyllis and her aisle and fluff a bride’s train, I feel like I am staff deliver on their promise to provide a sending my own daughter down the aisle,” says Phyllis. A writer leaves the Mitchell House thinking back on her own memorable wedding. She might even talk her husband into doing it all over again at this charming home. n

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Kirk Morgan is proud to have been voted “best litigation attorney” in Lexington for the past 7 years. “Litigation” is a term used to describe civil legal proceedings between people or corporations to enforce a legal right. Walker & Morgan, LLC focuses on serious and catastrophic personal injury cases which often involve unique and complex theories. Since graduating from the University of South Carolina School Of Law in 1983, Kirk has been involved in hundreds of legal proceedings taking place in the South Carolina judicial system. In order to obtain the best result for one’s client, one needs to have an experienced lawyer representing you who is fully prepared by both experience and resources to proceed to trial. Kirk has served as president of the South Carolina Association for Justice, a group of more than 1,300 trial lawyers, who exclusively represent clients in civil litigation matters. He is also past president of the National Melvin Belli Society. Since 1998, Kirk has been board p certified in civil litigation by the prestigious National Board of Civil Trial Advocacy. Walker Morgan is a law firm composed of Kirk’s partner of 33 years Bill Walker, and two younger partners, Will Walker and Chuck Slaughter. Together they form a team that focuses on a select number of cases in order to maximize interaction with clients and quality of representation. For the past 15 years, Walker Morgan, LLC has gained a national reputation as a firm that emphasizes representation of clients with significant burn injuries. If you or a member of your family has a legal matter that may require resolution within the civil court systems, the attorneys of Walker Morgan, LLC invite you to contact their offices at 135 East Main Street in downtown Lexington.

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Spring and Summer 2017


REPORT by Katie Gantt

Shopping locally has

never been so stylish

After an unseasonably warm winter, it seems we’ve hardly had time to put our cool weather favorites to good use. Yet the reality of spring is upon us. It’s time to put away the knee-high boots in exchange for sandals; the hoodies in exchange for breezy dresses, and the scarves in exchange for swimsuits. Spring and summer wardrobe staples remain consistent here in Lexington – we really have no choice but to dress for the weather in our famously hot corner of the world – but it’s always fun to consider the season’s fashion trends when shopping to refresh your wardrobe. Let’s take a look at some of the styles making waves on runways and in our local stores.

a layer beneath dusters, tunics, and dresses. Leggings are also great for when you are lounging around the house and want to feel simultaneously comfortable and put together. The athleisure trend, to be looked at in more detail below, is absolutely still a thing and leggings are a staple in many of those looks as well. Rachel Romanelli, local LulaRoe vendor and owner of Bella Riley’s Salon and Spa, emphasizes the comfort and versatility that leggings offer any wardrobe. “Leggings are generally comfortable and our Lula Leggings are so soft that they were actually nicknamed ‘Butter Leggings.’ What makes them really unique is that LulaRoe distributes just a few prints to the same regions, which means that a client’s pair leggings by LulaRoe of LulaRoe leggings could be the only one of its kind in the state of SC.” Find more information on Rachel’s LulaRoe boutique by searching “LulaRoe Rachel Donna” on Facebook.

Transitioning to Spring

Fortunately, some of the most popular looks we’ve been wearing for the last few seasons don’t seem to be going anywhere any time in the near future. This includes specific pieces as well as general styles that are going to help us transition into the next season. For starters: leggings – the ladies love them! This clothing article is so comfortable and versatile. Leggings come in the craziest of patterns or in the simplest of solids. They can be worn in professional settings as


Athleisure, according to Wikipedia, “is a trend in which clothing designed for workouts and other athletic activities is worn in other settings, such as during work, casual or social occasions.” It’s been speculated that the popularity of yoga pants as acceptApril 2017 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 49

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able everyday wear gradually morphed into the monster of a trend that is now athleisure. Popularized by celebrities such as Rihanna, Kylie Jenner, and Jennifer Lopez, the look is ideal for accomplishing a variety of tasks throughout the day. If chosen carefully, your morning workout ensemble can transition you to your daytime activities with the addition of a sweater or jacket, given that you don’t work in an environment with strict wardrobe guidelines. Dinner or drinks after work? No problem. Pair strappy, high-heeled sandals with fitted joggers. Jeremy Addy, owner of Craig Reagin Clothiers, noticed the trend pop up several seasons ago and has watched it become more and more mainstream. “Next fall, you will see a lot more of the ‘west coast prep’ stylings from brands like Johnnie-O. Peter Millar will launch an entire athleisure collection to take Lululemon head-on. Several of our most popular casual items are Barbour Joggers and Patagonia Pullovers.” In regards to styling, Jeremy advises that the key to perfecting the athleisure look is to accurately mesh comfort and fit. “Athleisure items tend to offer soft, synthetic fabrics that combine comfort and performance, but also offer a more refined fit that keep the garment from being perceived as the baggy sweats of the 90’s,” he says. Free the Shoulders!

Shoulder cut-outs have gained in popularity in the last year or so. Many a Lexington lady can be spotted wearing the trend in a variety of forms: blouse, sweater, or dress. While this look will still carry its weight into the spring and summer season, runways are taking it a step further with a wave of one shoulder tops and also completely off-the-shoulder tops making its way down the catwalk. Exposing the shoulders is an opportunity to put your hair up, wear a bold earring, and keep your neck cool. It also showcases the feminine form while maintaining an air of class and elegance. Chris Godfrey, owner of fab’rik Lexington, agrees that we will be seeing lot of shoulders around town in the coming months. “Off the shoulder tops and cold shoulder tops and dresses are all over the store this spring. They are fun and flirty.” She advises pairing the off the shoulder top with flared or skinny denim, cute wedges, and great jewelry. “This trend exceeds date night and can be very well put together for every day. Why not be cute every day?” Now that is timeless advice. Beauty and Accessories

Let your skin breathe this spring. It only makes sense to tone down the makeup when rising temperatures are going to melt it off anyway. Switching your full-coverage foundation to tinted moisturizer is a good start. Ease up on the highlighter and bronzer, as we are seeing looks lighten up all across the board. And while a well-sculpted brow will never go out of style, we are happy to report that the overly exaggerated “Instagram brow” is making its way out the door. Pink is the beauty hue to shop for and fortunately it comes in a variety of shades – there is sure to be a match for every skin tone. Unique, statement earrings are the accessory of the season and in the shoe department, look for block heels, oxfords, and mules. If you are feeling bold, try a lucite block heel. Use this list of ideas to spring start your shopping; if you can, shopping locally is always ideal for Lexington’s economy. No matter what you wear, make sure you’re comfortable in it. Nothing is more timelessly fashionable than a woman who carries herself with confidence and conviction. n

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The Deepest Love S

uppose you’re an old fud like me: 57 years old or thereabouts. Younger folks should bear in mind that what I’m saying may seem at least foreign if not downright wrong. I can’t help it, and you’ll just have to remember to be respectful when you’re listening to old folks. I speak to the reader as if we share a similar raising. There is an important topic: Raising. This simple word is a circle on a map encompassing a wide landscape of issues: respect for self and others, manners, behavior, patience, empathy, compassion. Each of these simple words also encompasses even more detail. Every day I grow more appreciative of my parents. They grew up during the Depression and the Dust Bowl, and they would be 100 years old now. They often said: “We didn’t know we were poor because everyone else was just like us.” Daddy said: “The man who’s mad all the time has too much money.” He related a story about whole families starving to death in their beds during the Dust Bowl. “They were mean to people trying to help them, so nobody helped them. Everybody figured they didn’t need help.” When I turned 18 and was full of youth’s amazing knowledge, Daddy said: “Son, it’s time for you to leave home.” I wanted to go but was insulted when Daddy said I had to leave. But, like the old story of the blind man meeting Jesus, 60 days caused the scales to fall from my eyes, and I began to see. There’s nothing like pain from stupid decisions to make a young man grow up a little. I’ve been growing up ever since. Five dollars says not many of you of a certain age pitched a tantrum in a restaurant more than once or twice. You were taken outside to “get straightened out.” We learned how to act because we learned it was painful to not act that way. That wasn’t a bad thing, was it? My generation of parents and those coming after have done the worst job in history of maintaining the traditions held by our parents. It is certain that some of those traditions could stand to be softened, but the most casual observer can see we are living in a world of folks who, as my Daddy would say, “Don’t know how to act.” The big fad is outrage and tantrum, usually pitched by overgrown babies still living at home and still being protected by Mama’s apron. “Oh, but you don’t understand, I love my children.” In the real world outside tender-loving protection, nobody gives a rip about tantrums and outrage, and these babies are building walls against anyone who will help them when they really need help. Mama and Daddy won’t be around forever. Then what? Love requires the sacrifice of letting someone go. There was a father whose son was David Clark writes and works treated unfairly. Dad let his boy suffer and in Cochran, GA. die in that unfairness. The boy suffered horConnect with him at ribly. And He rose again. n

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Crispy Parmesan Cauliflower Bites Serves 4 4 cups cauliflower florets ½ cup all-purpose flower 2 large eggs 1 cup panko breadcrumbs ½ cup parmesan 1 tbsp creole seasoning ½ cup vegetable oil Working in batches, dredge the cauliflower florets in the flour, dip into the eggs, and coat in the breadcrumbs, Parmesan, and creole seasoning mixture. Fry each batch in oil heated to medium-high until golden brown and set them aside on paper towels to drain. Don’t forget to add your favorite dipping sauce.

Spring Pasta Serves 4 2 cups of pasta (4 oz. uncooked wagon when pasta or small pasta like penne)

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½ cup frozen peas (thawed) 1/3 cup pesto 1 cup chicken (cooked, diced/try using rotisserie or leftover chicken) Boil pasta per package instructions. Once ready drain and stir in peas, pesto, and chicken until completely combined.

Strawberry Icebox Cake Serves 12–14 19 oz graham crackers 2 lb fresh strawberries 3½ cups heavy cream 1 banana, sliced thin ½ cup powdered sugar 2 tsp vanilla ¼ tsp salt Cream powdered sugar, vanilla, and salt with the heavy cream in the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat until the cream mixture holds stiff peaks. Spread a thin layer of heavy cream mix in a 9x13 pan

just to coat the bottom. Layer five graham crackers across the center of the pan, then two more, breaking them as needed to fit around the top and bottom edges. Spread a thick layer of heavy cream mix over the grahams and top with a hearty layer of sliced strawberries. Place graham crackers on top of strawberries, then heavy cream mix, then a layer of thinly sliced bananas. Repeat the graham-strawberries-cream layers one more time (three times total), and you should reach the top of the pan. Refrigerate for at least four hours or overnight until the graham crackers have softened completely. Top with a few sliced strawberries or whole strawberries. Serve chilled.

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