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Award-winning customer satisfaction

“State Farm has been awarded Highest in Customer Satisfaction among Life Insurance Providers and #1 for Product Offerings.” – J.D. Power*

Hal Girard Agency Voted Best 11 years in a row! 803.359.5393 520 Columbia Ave, Lex, SC

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First in the State

Since Lexington Medical Center began providing comprehensive cardiovascular care in 2012, we have strived to provide the best possible heart care to our friends and neighbors. Being the first health care organization in South Carolina to achieve the prestigious HeartCARE CenterTM National Distinction of Excellence, the highest honor from the American College of Cardiology, is the latest example of our commitment to serving our community.

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Thanks for reading Lexington Life Magazine. I recently travelled to visit my dad and on the plane some youngsters were doing Mad Libs. I had literally forgotten all about them but figured I would use the opportunity to refresh our memories together by creating a short Mad Lib editor’s letter for your enjoyment. Many people move to Lexington for the (adjective) schools. The district is growing at a (adjective) pace. The school district is currently building a (noun) on (name of road). I thought they would have (adjective) their lesson when they built the (name of Atlantic City casino built by Donald Trump) of all schools on a small, curvy road that was (idiom) to handle the traffic. Obviously, the Lexington (number from 0 to 1) school district enjoys making traffic (adjective) for the residents. Why else would they build a (noun) on Old (Indian tribe) Road? (Exclamation)! Maybe they are planning to expand bus service to make it easier for their students’ (plural noun)? I have seen many electronic (plural noun) advertising that they are hiring new (noun) (type of vehicle) drivers. It sure is a real (part of body) scratcher to me. I would not want to live in the (Political position)’s (Civil War general) subdivision and have to deal with the (noun) construction on a (adverb) basis. I guess there are always (adjective) pains but there must be a (adjective) way. See what happens when you (verb) teaching (adjective) handwriting and (type of school subject)?


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EDITOR Kristi Antley

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Renee Love, Mandy Matney, Jackie Perrone, Linnette Rochelle, Kim Becknell Williams

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contents Features


17 Best of Lexington Life Nominees 30 Lexington County Museum Murders and Mysteries Tour 38 Celebrate Recovery 44 South Carolina’s Great White Shark Whisperer 52 The Doorway

13 From the Mayor 14 Faith Matters 61 David Clark

Departments 11 From the Publisher 12 Events 15 Lexington Leader 58 Spice of Life



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No Scary Lines at this Doctor’s Office

Friday, October 8th-Sunday, October 10th Fall Plant and Flower Festival S.C. State Farmer’s Market, 3483 Charleston Hwy, West Columbia, Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Sunday 10:00 a.m.4:00 p.m. This fall extravaganza is free and open to the public! Shop for seasonal plants and flowers, yard décor and so much more! Thursday, October 13th-Sunday, October 24th S.C. State Fair S.C. State Fairgrounds, 1200 Rosewood Dr., Columbia, varying times Take the whole family out for fun, food, rides, a petting zoo and live entertainment and competitions! Visit for schedule and ticket information. Wednesday, October 20th-Saturday, October 30th Boo at the Zoo Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, 500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia, 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Put on your cutest costume for the Zoo’s popular Halloween spook-tacular! Bring your own trick-or-treat bags to collect goodies as you work your way through various sights and sounds of the night. Rides and concessions are an additional charge. $12 Riverbanks members and $14 general public, children under 2 are free. While you may spot a few night owls during Boo at the Zoo, most of the residents will be off-exhibit to catch some zzz’s. For more information visit

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Friday, October 29th Toyko Joe’s 25th Anniversary and Breast Cancer Fundraiser Icehouse Amphitheater, 107 W. Main St., Lexington, 6:00 p.m. Join Tokyo Joe as they celebrate their 25th anniversary with the Root Doctors and Prettier Than Matt. Proceeds will go to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased from

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Mayor Steve MacDougall The Town of Lexington’s Gibson Pond Park has finally reopened! The park is located at 241 Gibson Road and features a new dam with a bridge and fishing piers, a new dock, and new picnic shelters. For the past year, the park has been closed for construction. The repairs had to be made from damage sustained during the 2015 historic flooding, which caused the dam to breach, like many others in the area, and left the pond empty. Since then, the town has worked diligently to bring the park back to life. Gibson Pond Park has a rich history in the Lexington community. The pond is fed by Twelve Mile Creek and was once a site for gristmills, sawmills, and a small cotton mill. Formerly known as George’s Pond, the property was purchased from the George family by Murray Gibson in 1943. For nearly 30 years, Gibson Pond was a community recreational area, featuring a pavilion known as “the best dance hall in the county,” picnic tables, swimming, fishing, canoeing, paddleboats, camping, and rental cabins. The property was closed to the public in 1972, but in 2007, the Town of Lexington redeveloped Gibson Pond into a park, which allowed the public to enjoy it once again. The park is dog-friendly. You can also canoe and kayak in the pond or take a stroll on the walking trail. There is also a large picnic shelter that can be rented for private events. I’d like to personally thank all of the town staff who worked together to make this project come to life. We hope it’s a place the community can enjoy for years to come. n

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Chad Myers Adult Discipleship Director Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31 31


I recently watched a reality makeover show on Netflix. (Don’t try to guess which one, you’ll just miss the point of this brilliant article:) I had never seen it before. I didn’t even know the basic premise of the show, but was surprised to be in tears midway through thinking to myself, “this is salvation.” The recipient of the makeover was in desperate need. Old hairstyle or no hair swag at all. Outdated clothes. No space for hosting friends or family and no time or motivation to make any changes. In comes a team of specialists, each one through time and practice had sharpened their skills and like seasoned veterans, brandished their weapons of war and went to work on the somewhat nervous but willing participant. What surprised me most was not the outcome. It wasn’t the new hospitality area. It wasn’t the new “do”, or the newly fitted, expensive wardrobe. It wasn’t the tears of family and friends at the transformation of the person. So what was it? It was the intersection of the relational dynamic when the “for-ness” of the team broke down the resistance of the recipient. The team aimed their encouraging words, hugs, high fives and their dreams and vision for what the person could be even when the person didn’t care enough to do it for themselves. They aimed love. Consistently. Constantly. Tears rolling down my face I thought, “this is salvation.” We are our own worst enemy. We don’t often choose what’s truly best for ourselves and we are in need of a spiritual makeover. This is the fruit of sin. And here comes God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This team of skilled practitioners aims laser-beam encouragement and love, restoring us and inspiring us to be the best version of ourselves and in the end, breaking down our resistance. God’s love is for us. And his love shatters our shame, stifles our self-condemnation and shuts down our self-hatred. Christians don’t always represent this type of relational dynamic energy, but that’s our fault, not God’s. We like to define ourselves by what we are against. God defines himself by what he is for. He is for us. We can be for others. After all, when all is said and done, “the greatest of these is love” (I Cor. 13:13).

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by Jackie Perrone

Tim Ivey Tim Ivey is in Lexington because of an offer he couldn’t refuse; however, he has been thankful every day that he landed here. “I love our community, and being store owners is great, but my wife and I agree--being grandparents is the greatest job of all.” The enthusiastic entrepreneur and his wife, Jane, own and operate The UPS Store in Lexington’s Publix Shopping Center, assisted by two of their four adult children along with a rotation of young people he has the opportunity to mentor and appreciate. It all started in Union, S.C. when a pair of high school sweethearts began their married life. “I was working in a mill at night, and taking computer classes,” he recalls. “I knew I needed a change and I joined the Air Force to learn electronics. It was a great decision. My assignments were Biloxi MS, Homestead FL, and Myrtle Beach SC – all on a coast somewhere.” Along the way, he picked up extra work with a few video game companies, and one in Columbia hired him after his military service in 1988. He and Jane moved to Lexington with their first two children. After some time spent primarily on the road, they opened The UPS Store in White Knoll Shopping Center. Ever since those early days they have made it a practice to hire high school students and to support local schools. They work closely with the community printing banners, graduation signs, etc. and organized a group that has donated over $8,000 in scholarships to White Knoll High. Around 2015, another great offer came his way; the owner of The UPS Store in Publix Shopping Center asked if they would be interested in purchasing her business-it was fate. Tim and Jane had just recently built a house just across the street from the location. The store has always thrived in the current location, and Tim remarks, “We have had lots of employees over the years, and one of my main objectives is to make them understand they have value, and we hope we train them to be successful.” Four children (Krystine, Keely, Tyler and Amy), seven grandchildren, and 42 years later, Tim and Jane celebrate every Friday night with “date night,” exploring the Midlands restaurant scene. “We critique them all, and try never to be negative,” he says. Their favorite hobby is RVing, and they have been active in the music ministries at Lexington Baptist Church since 1994. n October 2021 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 15

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Best Aesthetic Spa: About You Aesthetics • Cardinal Age Management • Enhance Image Best Aesthetic Practice: Fresh Faces by Celeste • Premier Medical & Med Aesthetic Center • Blonde Doc Face & Body Best Afterschool Program: Big Blue Marble • Harvest Daycare & Afterschool • Palmetto Athletic Center Best Allergist: Allergy Partners • CENTA Medical Group • Lexington ENT Best Alterations: Jackie Lynn Alterations • Kimmy’s Alterations • Zebra Cleaners Best Ambulance Service: First Priority • For Life Medical Transportation • Metro One Ambulance Best Apartment Complex: Cedarcrest Village • Lauren Ridge Apartments • River Bluff of Lexington Best Asian Restaurant: Antai • Bodhi Thai Dining • Ganbei Best Assisted Living Facility: Morningside of Lexington • Oakleaf Village • Westminster Memory Care Best Attorney-Criminal Defense: Burn Law Firm • Geise Law Firm • Law Office of James Snell, Jr. Best Attorney-Family Law: Farley Law Firm • Jewette Dooley Law Firm • McCutchen McLean Best Attorney-Litigation: Cavanaugh & Thickens Attorneys at Law • Morgan Litigation Group • Strom Law Firm Best Attorney-Real Estate: Holliday Ingram • Stratton & Reynolds • The Templeton Law Firm Best Audiologist: Carolina Audiology • CENTA Medical • Lake Murray Hearing Best Auto Body Shop: CARSTAR Lexington Collision • Gerber Collision • Gilbert Paint & Body Best Auto Performance Shop: Das Auto Haus • Doc’s Garage • Kestner Automotive

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We handle residential and commercial real estate matters, including contracts, closings, title searches and title curative matters

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Best Auto Repair Shop (domestic): Christian Brothers Automotive • North Lake Auto Repair • The Muffler Shop of Columbia Best Auto Repair Shop (foreign): Abbott’s Auto Repair • B & T Automotive • Shealy Automotive Best Auto Service Department-Dealership: Herndon Chevrolet • Jim Hudson Ford • Peter Boulware Toyota Best Bank: Ameris Bank • First Citizens Bank • First Community Bank Best Barber Shop: DyeHard Barber Shop • Lexington Barber Shop • Lexington Gentlemen’s Salon Best BBQ Restaurant: Belly’s Southern Pride • Hudson’s Smokehouse • PK BBQ Bar & Grill Best Breakfast: Cafe Strudel • Eggs Up Grill • Fatz Cafe Best Buffet: Eastern Buffet • Hudson’s Smokehouse • Shealy’s BBQ Best Burger: Goodfella’s Grill & Bar • O’Hara’s Public House • Old Mill Brewpub Best Cardiologist: Lexington Heart & Vascular Center • Prisma Health Cardiology • Providence Medical Group Best Carpet Store: BMH Flooring Specialist • Door to Door Floors • Floor Boys Best Car Wash: Andy’s Car Wash • Frank’s Car Wash • Personal Touch Hand Car Wash Best Catering Company: Dupre’ Catering • Hudson’s Smokehouse • Southern Way Catering Best Cell Phone and Tablet Repair: CPR Cell Phone Repair • Smart Phone Medic • uBreakiFix Best Charter School: Clear Dot Charter School • East Point Academy • Midlands Middle College Best Chiropractor: Bigbie Chiropractic • Collaborative Healthcare • Old Mill Chiropractic

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Best Coin and Collectible Dealer: Gilbert Coin and Collectible Exchange • Golden Eagle Precious Metals Exchange • West Point Coins Best College for Working Adults: Columbia College • Midlands Technical College • Remington College Best Commercial Real Estate Agency: Fuzion Business Solutions • NAI Columbia • W. S. Commercial Real Estate Best Cosmetic Dentist: Aesthetic Smile Studio • Robinson Dental • Southern Shores Dental Best Cosmetology School: Kenneth Shuler • Lexington Technology Center • Southeastern Esthetics Institute Best CPA: Dooley and Company • Rish and Enzastiga CPA • Thomas Watson & Company Best Credit Union: Allsouth Federal Credit Union • Palmetto Citizens • Safe Federal Credit Union Best Custom Home Builder: Brewer Homes • Magnolia Custom Homes • Stoneridge Builders Best Damage Restoration Services: Palmetto Commercial Services • Paul Davis Restoration • Restoration of Columbia Best Dance Company: Columbia City Jazz Conservatory • South Carolina Dance Company • Stepping Out Dance Studio Best Day Spa: Beautify Medical Spa • Brazilian Wax and Spa • Glow Salon & Spa Best Daycare: Big Blue Marble • Cadence Academy • Lexington Child Development Center Best Deli: Cribb’s Sandwich & Sweet Shop • Steve’s Deli • The Deli Best Dentist-Adults: All Smiles Dental • Dr. Sherry Powell • James Denny, DMD

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Best Dentist-Kids: Midlands Pediatric Dentistry • Palmetto Smiles • Sunset Children’s Dentistry Best Dermatologist: Columbia Dermatology • Columbia Skin Clinic • Palmetto Dermatology Best Dessert: Crumbl Cookies • Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt • The Blended Bakery Best Dry Cleaners: Kleen Kare Cleaners • Lexington Dry Cleaners • Zebra Cleaners Best Engineering Firm: Mead and Hunt • The SEFA Group • Tobais & West Best Exterminator: Cayce Exterminating Company • Corder Pest Control • Premier Pest Solutions Best Facial: About You Aesthetics • Girl, Find Your Glow • Holistic Skin Care Best Fast Food: Bojangles • Chick-Fil-A • Rush’s Best Fitness Center: BodyShop Athletics • HOTWORX Lexington • RockBox Fitness Lexington Best Florist: Kelly & Co. Florist • Lexington Florist • Storey’s Florist Best Funeral Home: Barr-Price Funeral Home • Caughman Harman Funeral Home • Thompson Funeral Homes Best Place to Buy Furniture: Economy Furniture • Scott’s Furniture • Sherwood Furniture Best Garden Center: Lowe’s Home Improvement • Wingard’s Market • Woodley’s Garden Center Best Gastroenterologist: Columbia Gastroenterology Associates • Consultants in Gastroenterology • Lexington Gastroenterology Best General Contractor: Calloway Construction • Hill Construction Company • New Level Construction Best Glass Store: ACE Glass • Absolute Glass • Sheppard’s Glass Best Golf Course: Country Club of Lexington • Golden Hills Country Club • Hidden Valley Golf Club

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A PROFESSIONAL SMILE GOES A LONG WAY! Family and Cosmetic Dentistry

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Best Greek Restaurant: Bellis House of Pizza • Mediterranean Cafe • Showmars Best Gun and Ammunition Store: C2C Arms • Palmetto State Armory • Shooters Choice Best Gym: Dynamic Fitness • Health Directions • Wolf’s Fitness Best Hair Salon-Adults: Bloom Salon • Palmetto Roots Salon • Salon M Best Hair Salon-Kids: Snip-Its • Sport Clips Haircuts • Studio 192 Best Hair Stylist: Angie Williams-Palmetto Roots Salon • Audrey Williams-Glow Salon • Kelli Chastain-Bloom Salon Best Happy Hour: Goodfella’s Grill and Bar • LJ’s Par and Grill • O’Hara’s Public House Best Hardware Store: ACE Hardware Three Fountains • Lexington True Value • Lowe’s Home Improvement Best Healthy Eating: Clean Eatz Lexington • Clean Juice • Tropical Grille Best Heating and Air Company: All American Heating & Air • Cool Care Heating & Air • Krantz Kooling & Heating Best Home Builder: Epic Homes • Great Southern Homes • Kinsey Homes Best Hospice Care: Compassionate Care Hospice • Heart of Hospice LLC • Pathway Hospice Best Ice Cream Shop: Coldstone Creamery • Menchie’s • Truly Scrumptious Creamery Best Insurance Agent: Hal Girard State Farm • Herring Insurance • Misty Stathos State Farm Best Insurance-Auto: Ernie Yarborough • Misty Stathos State Farm • Scott Amick State Farm Best Insurance-Home Owners: Farrell Insurance Agency • Hal Girard State Farm • Tidwell Agency Insurance

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Best Insurance-Life: Ryan Grubbs State Farm • SC Farm Bureau Insurance • Woodmen of the World Insurance Best Interior Design: Brandon Davidson Interiors • M Gallery Interiors • Paige Butler Interior Design Best Internet Service Provider: Carolina Connect • Comporium • Windstream Best Investment Firm: Cornerstone Financial Management • Crescent Financial Group • Edward Jones Best Italian Restaurant: Alodia’s Cucina Italiana • DeLucca’s Italian Grill • Travinia Italian Kitchen Best Jewelry Store: Barnes Jewelers • Chapman Jewelers • Moseley’s Diamond Showcase Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant: Flight Deck • Miyabi Jr. • Moe’s Southwest Grill Best Kid’s Meal: Blaney’s Wings and Grill • Salsarita’s • Uno’s Pizzeria and Grill Best Landscaping Company: Precision Landscaping • Saluda Hill Landscape • Trifecta Landscaping Best Learning Center: Kumon Math & Reading Center • Lexington Tutoring Academy • Mathnasium Best Manicure/Pedicure: Blush Nails • Diva Nails • VIP Nail Bar Best Manufactured Housing Company: Clayton Homes • Congaree Home Center • Lexington Discount Homes Best Oral Surgeon: Associates in Maxillofacial Surgery • Lexington Facial & Oral Surgery • Midlands Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Best Marina: Jake’s Landing • Siesta Cove Marina • Southshore Marina Best Massage: Soma Bodyworks • Soothing Sessions • Wellness Massage Best Mattress Store: Best Mattress • Economy Furniture • Michaelis Mattress

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Locally owned for over 30 Years! 803.957.7335 • October 2021 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 23

Best Meat Store: Caughman’s Meat Plant • Ole Timey Meat Market • The Royal Butcher Best Medical Spa: About You Aesthetics • Plastic Surgery Consultants • Rejuvenations Medical Spa Best Men’s Clothing Store: B.P. Skinner Clothiers • Craig Reagin Clothiers • Granger Owings Best Mexican Restaurant: Brothers and Beer • Diablo’s Southwest Grill • El Jimador Best Microbrewery-Local: Hazelwood Brewing • Krafty Draft Brew Pub • Steel Hands Brewing Best Milkshake: Cookout • Rush’s • Sonic Best Mortgage Company: Guaranteed Rate Affinity • Guild Mortgage • Synovus Bank Bet Mosquito Treatment: Mosquito Joe • Mosquito Squad • Pest Management Systems Best Moving Company: Gentlemen Movers • The Moving Squad • Undergrads Moving/Movers Best Music School: Freeway Music • Lexington School of Music • Musicians Supply Lessons & Gear Best OBGYN: Carolina Women’s Physicians SC OBGYN • Kraemer Women’s Care • S.C. OBGYN Best Oil Change: Christian Brothers • Express Oil Change • Take 5 Oil Change Best Oncologist: Lexington Oncology • SC Oncology Associates Best Ophthalmologist: Columbia Eye Clinic • Eye Center • Palmetto Ophthalmology Best Optometrist: Envision Family Eyecare • Eye Care of Lexington • My Optical Best Orthodontist: Braces Place • Purnell Orthodontics • Whitehead Orthodontics Best Orthopaedic: Lexington Orthopaedics • Midlands Orthopaedics • Southeastern Orthopaedics Best Pain Management: Carolinas Center for Management of Pain • Palmetto Pain Management • Sandhills Pain Specialists

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Best Party Shop: Happy Hour Wine and Spirits • Lexington Beverage Outlet • Sam’s Wine and Spirits Best Pediatric Practice: Lexington Pediatric Practice • Palmetto Pediatrics • Sandhills Pediatrics Best Periodontist: Columbia Periodontal • Southern Roots Periodontics • Sunset Periodontics and Implant Dentistry Best Personal Trainer: Center Fit • Rockbox Fitness • Simply Fit Best Pet Groomer: Kristi’s Fancy K-9s • Lexington Pet Lodge • Paws for Applause Best Pet Hospital: Cherokee Trail Veterinarian • Grace Animal Hospital • White Knoll Veterinary Hospital & Pet Resort Best Pet Kennel or Boarding Facility: Grace Animal Hospital • Lexington Pet Lodge • Sutton’s Southern Pet Retreat Best Pharmacy-Local: Medicine Mart of Lexington • My Pharmacy • Riley’s Drugs Best Physical Therapy Practice: Drayer Physical Therapy • Fyzical Therapy & Balance • Lexington Rehab Best Pizza: Bellacino’s Pizza & Grinders • Clara & Ray’s Restaurant Italiano • Knead Pizza Best Place for a Birthday Party: Fox Farm • Stars and Stripes • Three Fountains Skating Rink Best Place to Buy Bath or Kitchen Fixtures: Capital Kitchen & Bath • Gateway Supply • KB Kitchen & Bath Best Place to Buy a Boat: Captain’s Choice • Mountaintop Marina • Tidewater Boats Best Place to Buy a Car-New: Herndon Chevrolet • Jim Hudson Ford • Love Chevrolet Best Place to Buy a Car-Used: Rock and Roll Auto Sales • Luxury Cars of Lexington • Meeting Street Motors Best Place to Buy Eyeglasses: Eye Associates of Lexington • My Optical • Sansbury Eye Center

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Looking for a way to have fun while exploring the Lexington area? Rather than turning pages in a dull history book, dark tales and stories weaved with fact and folklore come to life right before your eyes during the Lexington County Museum’s Murders and Mysteries Tours. The tours fill to capacity almost as soon as they become available, and with good reason: Whether you are a resident or just visiting, you will be intrigued by these twilight adventures. by Kim Becknell Williams As participants stroll through a guided tour of Main Street, they are captivated by eerie stories of homicide investigations, bizarre trials, and ghost sightings, which may or not be embellished with creepy details and accounts claimed by Lexington natives. Education blends with entertainment as historical locations are pointed out; no cemeteries are explored, but several resting places for interesting characters are referenced. Each stop along 30 | LEXINGTON LIFE | October 2021

the tour allows participants to mentally “tag” or “earmark” the location of these occurrences from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Because of the nature of discussions related to crimes, the tours are open to those 18 years of age or older. Parental permission is considered for those younger. No reservations are required, but early registration is suggested. A casual discussion between two Lexington County Museum employees

sparked the Murders and Mysteries Tour, which began eight years ago. The tours continue today, led by J.R. Fennell, the museum director, and Patricia Shandor, visitor services coordinator at the museum. Except for last year, due to the pandemic, the tours have been held regularly; the first tour since the pandemic was held on July 17 in Lexington beginning at the Icehouse Amphitheater. Guided tours last approximately 1-1½ hours and

are held in three towns: Lexington, West Columbia, and Irmo. Once dusk begins, participants are gathered, briefed, and split into small groups. “We think that people really enjoy the tour,” Fennell says. “We’ve gotten good reviews online from the tour.” Joyce Mize is a museum volunteer, who has served on the Museum Commission. She is a regular spectator at the tours and says she’s been so many times that she has lost count. “Even though I have experienced the stories more than once, I still enjoy the tours,” Mize says. “J.R. does a great job. I enjoy the tour to learn the history of Lexington County.” Each respective city tour features factual history and landmarks, notorious crimes, legends of the past, suspicious characters, pertinent events, and plenty of mysterious folklore related to the area. History buffs, tourists, and residents who want to learn more about the history of the town will relish the opportunity to learn and be entertained at the same time.


Tours are usually held three times a year in downtown Lexington. What are some of the stories that spectators might hear? “Among others, we discuss a duel that occurred in 1861,” Fennell says. “Several murders, a couple lynchings, and the haunting of the Hazelius House.” Villains, shady characters, and notorious events emerge during the tours. “One

of the people we discuss is Black Luke Manning, an outlaw who terrorized Lexington in the 1820s,” Fennell continues. “He impersonated militia officers and stabbed several people. He gave the town of Lexington the nickname ‘Pompey Town,’ which apparently was quite popular in the nineteenth century.” One story is reminiscent of an old Western film where tumbleweeds roll along dirt roads and duels start outside the swinging doors of a saloon. Perhaps a coyote howls in the distance. The story is about a duel between two men named Baylis Boozer and Sims Frederick Hendrix. “Boozer and his father Lemuel Boozer were well-known Unionists who did want South Carolina to secede from the Union,” Fennell says. “Because of his Unionist beliefs, Baylis Boozer was ridiculed by S.F. Hendrix. According to family legend, Boozer then challenged Hendrix to a duel. Although they started off fighting each other with knives, Boozer switched to a shotgun after being deeply cut. Boozer missed and was killed by Hendrix and his pistol.” You can almost smell gun smoke in the air. This is said to have happened right on Main Street in Lexington. Pistols, shotguns, and knives in a duel never end well for somebody. The stories continue and almost come to life, as mysteries unfold in the dark of night. One of the stories centers around South Carolina’s “trial of the century” when a crime happened in Columbia, but the trial was relocated to Lexington’s courthouse. “This case involved

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the murder of Narciso Gonzales, the founder and editor of the State newspaper by South Carolina’s Lt. Governor James Tillman in 1903,” Fennell says. “The jury ended up finding Tillman not guilty despite the fact he never disputed shooting Gonzales.” Case details can be found at tillman-gonzales-murder-trial-palmetto-special. Guilty or not guilty? Buildings that residents pass by on a regular basis have interesting histories, too. “In Lexington, we highlight the 1940 courthouse, which now houses the county magistrate court and is known as the ‘old courthouse,’” Fennell explains. “Due not only to its age but because that was the site of the jail before the construction of the courthouse.” If buildings could talk, what a story they would tell.

West Columbia

The West Columbia tours are usually held twice a year. Fennell says the West Columbia tour includes visiting many historical structures located along State Street. Some buildings from the past take on a new life in the present. These include the old fire department and city hall/jail, which are now part of Savage Craft Ale Works. The tours are likened to pulling an old library book off the shelf, blowing off the dust, and opening the cover to discover remarkable tales of yesteryear. One such tale took place during Prohibition. The years of banned alcohol sales and speakeasies were certain to find those who conjured up schemes to get their favorite intoxicating beverage. “One story from

West Columbia involves the old jail,” Fennell says. “The police would store confiscated liquor there during Prohibition. There were three attempts to steal it, including one in 1923, where a fake call was placed to the police. When the police left the building to investigate the call, the thieves broke in and stole the booze.” Clever tactics.


The Irmo tour happens once a year. During this tour, stories include members of a religious cult known as the

Weberties. “It was believed that a man named Jacob Weber was an incarnation of God, a man named Hans Schmidtpeter was Jesus, and an escaped slave named Dauber was the Holy Spirit,” Fennell tells us. “They were on the north side of the Saluda River during the early 1760s. After Schmidtpeter and Dauber murdered a man, Weber declared that Schmidtpeter and Dauber were actually Satan and had them killed. A militia from Charleston then came to arrest several of the ringleaders. Weber was the only one found guilty, though, and was executed.” n October 2021 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 33

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Thirty years ago, a man named John Baker approached his pastor, Rick Warren, with the need for a 12-step recovery program wherein participants claim Jesus as their higher power. Together, they created what is known today as Celebrate Recovery (CR). Baker’s vision grew into a ministry that now extends to 35,000 churches across the nation. Celebrate Recovery is so much more than a free 12-step community program. Participants learn how to identify and explore their specific personal struggles within a nonjudgmental, confidential atmosphere. Support, resources, coping methods, and counseling are combined to promote a healthy lifestyle and worldview through the Gospel. The goal is to become closer to Christ and break toxic cycles, habits, behaviors, and hang-ups as well as addictions that hinder personal, professional, and spiritual growth. Assisted by CR leaders, each member is encouraged to find a suitable sponsor. If someone needs a turning point at any stage of life within a caring safe haven, CR is where he or she needs to be. As pastor and counselor, Paul Bishop of First Baptist of Lexington says, “CR believes you are as sick as your secrets and by sharing and confessing to others, the healing process can begin.”

small groups according to each individual’s particular reason for attending the program. These intimate small groups are not for Bible study nor for therapy. It is a time for each person to have an opportunity to share what he or she is going through (if they so desire) and to support others through active listening. CR believes it is through telling one’s story to sympathetic ears that one begins to find hope and healing as well as the strength and courage to overcome the hurts, habits, and hang-ups that hold one back. Each person attending the CR program must follow five guidelines in order to protect privacy and remain an eligible participant: 1) Keep sharing focused on one’s own feelings and limit sharing to three to five minutes. 2) Cross talk (when two individuals engage in dialog excluding others) is not allowed. 3) Each person is free to express feelings without interruption or suggestions from others. 4) Anonymity and confidentiality are critical and basic requirements. 5) Offensive language has no place in a Christ-centered recovery group.

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What is covered in the CR step program? Items covered in CR’s step program include but are not limited to admission of things one is in denial about; surrendering hurts, habits, and hang-ups to Jesus; taking an honest self-inventory of resentments, fears, habits, and changes one needs to make; acknowledging positive things one has done in life; expressing gratitude to God and others; learning to take a daily inventory of oneself; and seeking ways to give back.

Where can my children go while I am in meetings? Celebration Place is a program for first- to fifth-graders that coincides with CR’s teaching of the principles based on the Beatitudes. This helps children and their parents engage in “positive, faith-filled conversations about life in hopes of teaching them how to develop healthy coping mechanisms as they grow up. (Nursery care is available for younger children, with registration.) The Landing is a ministry for junior high and high school students at First Baptist Church and in the community, designed to help them as they struggle with their own hurts, habits, or hang-ups. “I have heard many attendees express, and have myself said, that what happens at Celebrate Recovery meetings is what “church” is supposed to be about – worship, accountability, confession and repentance, breaking of chains and freeing of the soul, vulnerability, love, grace and more grace.” On September 28, 2021, the members of Celebrate Recovery at FBLex celebrated their 16th anniversary with Celebrate Recovery proponent Cory Miller of Fox News Sports as their guest speaker. CR at FBLex is a tremendous blessing to many in the community.

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Celebrate Recovery has repeatedly proven to be life-changing for hundreds of thousands of people across the nation. Here are what some local members are saying about Celebrate Recovery at FBLex: “Celebrate Recovery has been a safe place for me to work through my childhood trauma, and it has helped me to develop new healthy ways of coping and connecting with the world around me.” “My addiction began in isolation, but it is being defeated through [my] community [at Celebrate Recovery].” “There is more to dealing with anxiety and drepression than just ‘getting over it.’” “I can act crazy and my forever family (CR) still loves me.” Recovery from Bipolar “When you refuse to inherit dysfunction and trauma, you learn new ways of living so you won’t repeat cycles. I needed to recognize that I had developed certain patterns of behavior due to a belief system I had absorbed from those in [my] past ... These behaviors kept me feeling unwanted anxiety and hurt. [I had to] recognize that old patterns are not working for the present [but instead] cause more harm. [I learned that] God has a purpose for our pain, [and to] trust God and allow what Jesus did at the cross to make way for a changed heart. Now I can allow healthy people to help me. This is what CR has done for me.” “Celebrate Recovery taught me how to set boundaries! I am no longer a “yes” person and no longer feel like a bus has run over me over and over again. Celebrate Recovery is also giving me the courage to step out of my isolation bubble. I have so many new friends who are encouraging, loving, and honest.” “CR has taught me that my struggles with porn addiction (or alcohol, drugs, anger, etc.) is not my real issue. Rather, my addiction has shone light on my real problem.” “CR means freedom to me. Freedom from the bonds that the past had on me. Freedom to remove my mask and be me, the real me.” “Celebrate Recovery at FBLex is the first place I have found that genuinely accepts and loves people for who they are, right where they are, warts and all. Whether you suffer from some sort of addiction, you are codependent, you are a survivor of abuse, you are a people pleaser, etc., CR is a safe and welcoming place. Everyone at CR is struggling and everyone is seeking recovery. There is no place for judgment there. This fact alone taught me that it is okay to admit my human struggles and inadequacies to myself and to others. It encouraged me to be more vulnerable and open to friends and family who are safe in order to progress in my healing journey. No one is exempt from brokenness in this life, and I believe Celebrate Recovery is for anyone seeking some sort of healing for their soul.”

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South Carolina’s Great White Shark Whisperer has been watching Shark Week since its premiere in 1988, when he was in middle school. But this year, Shark Week was different for Chip Michalove. Hilton Head’s famous charter captain made an appearance on two episodes of the wildly popular Discovery Channel series. “Never would’ve imagined in my life this kid from Kentucky who grew up chasing frogs would be on that show, with Snoop narrating,” Michalove says. During his impressive career as a charter captain off the Hilton Head coast, Michalove has caught, tagged, and released over 30 great whites for scientific research. Like clockwork, great white sharks swarm the South Carolina coast from December to March every year. They make their journey from the New England area, where scientists teaming up with Michalove spot the rare creatures in the summertime. Becoming Hilton Head’s great white shark whisperer was no easy task. Michalove studied the creatures for decades and made it his life goal to see one off the Lowcountry coast. For 12 straight winters, Michalove attempted to a catch a great white shark off the coast of Hilton Head Island. Before Michalove came around, fishermen really didn’t even think about attempting to catch great whites off the coast of South Carolina. For years, he was made fun of by the other local fishermen who said Chip was on a “great white goose chase” trying to catch a creature they weren’t sure was out there – until one January day in 2014 when Michalove caught his first great white shark. Then he caught another. And another. “I’m addicted to it,” Michalove says. “You can’t match the adrenaline rush of being connected to a 2,000-pound fish.” Michalove’s great white shark adventures have landed him in the

Occasionally, we get lucky and get multiple in one day, like that one day we caught lightning in a bottle and hooked seven, but then we’ll go out for a month and not even see one.” Michalove is fortunate to catch a lucky break when Shark Week film crews visited Hilton Head this winter. They just happened to be in town the week a 55-foot North Atlantic Right Whale was floating off the coast of South Carolina – a great white feeding fiesta. Michalove and the crew saw more than 25 great whites while the Discovery Channel was filming on Hilton Head. Michalove is admittedly obsessed and fascinated by the great white shark. Every time he catches one, he learns more about the creature. “Not only are they massive, but they’re incredibly intelligent,” he says. “This is the smartest fish in the sea we’re talking about. It’s a process trying to figure them out.” He’s estimated there are around 1,000 great whites off the South Carolina coast every winter. Because great whites only are here in the winter time, South Carolina hasn’t had any great white shark attacks on record. A year-round business While great white sharks are only in South Carolina in the colder months, plenty of other shark species like to spend their summers in the Lowcountry, too. Michalove’s charter company Outcast Sport Fishing offers unforgettable shark fishing experiences all year long. If you’re wanting to go shark fishing in South Carolina with hopes of reeling in giants, Michalove is your guy to call. “The interest in sharks is at an all-time high, and it’s only getting higher,” he says. “I always tell people, there’s no Grouper Week on the Discovery Channel, and there’s good reason for that.” While Michalove’s best known for his great white shark encounters, he’s caught thousands of other sharks off the Lowcountry coast. Here are a few of his other favorite South Carolina sharks.

national spotlight several times, but this year was his first year on Shark Week. He said he’s had opportunities to be featured on Shark Week before, but he hesitated in fear that he’d share a secret that might end up hurting the species. “You take a film crew and scientists just one time, and they’ll know exactly everything that took me years to figure out in one day,” Michalove continues. The Discovery Channel filmed him for the show in

“I’m addicted to it, you can’t match the adrenaline rush of being connected to a 2,000-pound fish.” February and early March – and he wasn’t sure what was going to happen. There are no guarantees with catching great white sharks in South Carolina. Michalove says just seeing one in South Carolina is “like finding a needle in a field of haystacks.” “They’re just not concentrated to one area like they are in other parts of the world,” Michalove says. “They’re spread out.

Tiger sharks Tigers are the true locals of South Carolina,” Michalove says. “No other big shark is here nine months out of the year.” Though he has caught a tiger shark during every month of the year in South Carolina waters, typically these sharks head out to the Gulf Stream from December through February. Tiger sharks have been responsible for a lot of attacks around the world, but they are highly unlikely to attack in South Carolina waters. Tiger sharks are the second largest sharks in the southeast (next only to the great white, of course). They are huge and stick out with their black stripes/spots and large heads. Tiger sharks are between 10 and 14 feet and 850–1,400 pounds. Michalove says tiger sharks love the rivers in South Carolina. He’s caught a 1,000-pound tiger shark near the Broad River Bridge in Beaufort, which is about 13 miles from the ocean. As cool as tiger sharks are, Michalove is worried that there are so few large ones in the Lowcountry. “In the last few years, I’ve been catching the same few tiger sharks that are over 1,000 pounds again and again,” he says. “I worry there are so few of the big ones left anymore.” Hammerhead sharks People, especially kids, love hammerheads. The flat, hammer-shaped heads and wide-eye sets make these sharks exOctober 2021 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 45

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cellent hunters with almost 360 views of their prey. But don’t worry, these sharks aren’t much of a threat to humans. “If my boat sank and I had a dolphin and a hammerhead coming at me, I think I’d be more scared of the dolphin,” Michalove says. “Hammerheads are scared of their own shadow.” Highly sensitive, hammerhead sharks can pick up electric impulses 100 miles away, which makes them good at hunting fish. There are several different types of hammerhead sharks in S.C., including bonnethead, scalloped, Carolina, and great hammerhead sharks. Great hammerheads can grow up to 20 feet and weigh 1000 pounds. Bull sharks A lot of times when you see a shark attack in Florida or South Carolina, the bull shark is blamed. They are aggressive in nature with a mean bite, but Michalove believes they’ve been wrongfully accused of a lot of attacks. Over the years, Michalove has read dozens of shark stories where the bull shark is pinned as the likely culprit, but he says the wounds just don’t add up to the size and power of their jaws. Bull sharks can grow up to 8 feet long and average around 200 to 290 pounds, but Michalove has seen them as large as 500 pounds. “If a bull shark grabs you, you’re going to need a skin graph or a prosthetic,” Michalove says. Bull sharks were blamed for a series of attacks off the New

England coast in 1916 that eventually inspired the movie Jaws. These sharks can survive in fresh and saltwater, which is why Michalove says they’re popular among fishing clients. Bull sharks are in South Carolina between March and October, but peak season is between July and August, Michalove says. Black tips Of all the large sharks swimming off South Carolina’s coast, blacktips are the peskiest and most abundant. Michalove says he catches around 200 a year. Blacktips are in South Carolina between April and September. They are typically the smallest of the giants in our waters but by no means small, growing up to 150 pounds and typically around four to five feet long. Some can grow up to eight feet. Michalove believes these sharks are the most likely culprits for most of South Carolina’s shark attacks, based on the size of most wounds. Michalove says they have smaller mouths and frequent shallow waters as they chase schools of fish. “These are the ones cruising through the surf, the ones the life guards blow the whistle at,” Michalove says. “They love the beach and the inlets.” But what’s cool about them? “When you hook them, they jump out of the water and spin,” Michalove says. The blacktip is also incredibly photogenic. Chip’s Instagram account is loaded with happy customers embracing blacktips and other fun sharks. Check it out at instagram/outcast_sport_fishing. n October 2021 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 47

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Long before the Harry Potter series, I loved dressing up like a witch on Halloween. My best friend Lara and I were thrilled for the rare chance to walk through our neighborhood wearing black capes and witches’ hats, chanting “trick-or-treat” at each familiar door like an incantation designed to conjure up loads of candy. In those days, my parents would make us wait until the first trick-or-treater knocked on our door before they would allow us out of the house to trick-or-treat ourselves. (I guess the idea was that one could arrive too early for Halloween, and perhaps our parents did not want us, tiny witches, to interrupt the neighbors’ dinnertime.) For me and Lara, the time seemed forever until that first Halloween visitor arrived, and we waited eagerly for that knock on the door that would set us free into the Halloween twilight. We were children but also imaginary witches, playing between the two worlds of childhood and make-believe. Like so many subjects that become more clear and deeper with age, I did not realize until years later the history or spiritual significance of the Halloween season – or the idea that the season used to be considered a liminal space, much like a threshold between the spirit world and the human world. Cultural historians believe that Halloween, celebrated on October 31, likely has roots in older traditions from pagan 52 | LEXINGTON LIFE | October 2021

cultures, such as the Celtic Harvest festival or the Gaelic festival Samhain. As Christianity spread across the West, pagan rituals were probably Christianized and later evolved into a liturgical season for remembering the dead. The word “Halloween” is a contraction of the word “All Hallows’ Evening,” or “All Hallows’ Eve.” Long ago, people believed that on Hallows’ Eve the souls of the dead wandered the Earth, which made the night a dangerous night for people to be out of their houses. The following day, November 1, is “All Hallows’ Day,” or “All Saints’ Day,” a day of honoring saints. Today, the word “hallow” means “honor” or “holy,” but the word “hallow” used to mean “saint” or “holy person.” This word choice, “hallow,” is a clue about how “All Hallows’ Evening” (which became our modern word “Halloween”) is a time for re-

een evening, many years ago, I was blessed with an opportunity that enriched my understanding of spirits. I was in a cafeteria having a late supper with my children. Suddenly, from what seemed “out-of-nowhere,” an older gentleman I had never seen before walked directly up to me. He looked at me intently, as if he knew me, and said, “You’re part Native American. I can always tell.” The man walked with a cane, his skin was creased with the deep wrinkles of time and experience. In a way I could not rationally explain, he seemed more like a relative I had yet to meet than a stranger. I did not feel worried or afraid of him. I could tell that the man was on his way to the cash register – along with a younger man who turned out to be his son – but the short walk across the dining room had tired the older gentleman, and he paused a minute at our table. The man’s question had surprised

We both knew that life is filled with many mysteries and that there are many things that, as mortals, we can never understand. membering saints and others who have crossed from this world to the next. Hundreds of years ago, Halloween was considered a dangerous night because it was a time in which the boundaries between the human world and the spirit world were somehow more permeable, and spirits could wander among us. I used to think of such spirits as only in the forms of ghosts, but one Hallow-

me, but he was right. I am part Cherokee. I learned that the man’s name was William, which is also my father’s name and my son’s name, and William shared that he was also part Native American. My Cherokee ancestry is so distant that I was surprised but honored William would suggest my connection to the Cherokee people, and, like me, William was also proud of his Native American ancestry. I learned that William and his

son had dinner most evenings at this cafeteria, and these days William’s son did all the driving and handled all of William’s business, too. Although William walked slowly and carefully, his memories were quick, and in that brief twilight conversation, William and I crossed easily between the spaces of our two worlds. We shared some of the poignant experiences that had shaped our spirit. We skipped the superficial details that keep many of us stuck in shallow conversations and instead dove into the marrow of life, the streams of memory. It was a spiritual conversation if ever there were one. I told William about my people, like my great-great-great grandmother who had come down from the mountains to avoid starvation and to start a new life. She was a Cherokee named “Nokwisi,” which means “Star.” My grandmother had wanted to name my mother “Star,” in honor of this relative, but her father had decided on another name he felt fortuitous. I had learned of Star from my grandmother Dorothy, who, even when she had Alzheimer’s and was in her 80’, still had hair as black as a raven’s. William’s son nodded knowingly when

I mentioned my grandmother’s Alzheimer’s, and I understood silently what the son could not say aloud. Then William told some of the stories of his people, the kind of stories that one carries in his or her heart for a lifetime. In his mind, William crossed the threshold to another time, through decades back to childhood and the memory of his baby brother who had died long ago in a fire. Tears came to William’s eyes as if the loss had just happened, and we both knew that while life moves forward, some experiences are too much for even time to heal. In what seemed only a minute, William had returned to the present time, looking at my own children who were staring back at him. I could tell that William and I had more in common than not. We both knew that, although it would be years before my children were adults, like William’s son, in the context of eternity, the time from childhood to adulthood is but an instant. We both knew that life is filled with many mysteries and that there are many things that, as mortals, we can never understand. We knew instinctively that perhaps only through sharing our stories can we help one another understand the human

journey, and, if understanding is not possible, then perhaps a kindred spirit might help us to bear life’s mysteries just a little easier. I wished we could have stayed longer, but they were turning out the lights in distant parts of the dining room and starting to lock the doors. We did not have time to exchange many words, but as the great Chief Joseph said, “It does not require many words to speak the truth.” So often our words and stories help us make sense of life. I valued William’s bravery in sharing his spiritual stories with me, events in his life that remained as much a mystery to him that day as they had been decades earlier. At first, I did not understand how this stranger, William, could have possibly recognized me, but then I realized that in the spirit world William and I shared a common tribe. At some level, we are all part of the same tribe of humanity, and we are all sharing a journey, trying to make sense out of the human experience. I knew I would never see William again, but on that Halloween evening two kindred spirits crossed from the world of strangers to one of friends. n October 2021 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 53

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Old Men Teach Hard Lessons “We’re about to deliver one. We’ll bring the last one to the Walmart parking lot.” The highly tattooed ladies were in a hurry: “Please take him. He was the runt of twelve and nobody wants him.” I deposited the frightened tiny little boy on a blanket in Christine’s lap. “He’s a mix of Pit, Beagle, Lab, and Husky.” She wrapped the blanket around him, rubbed his ears and talked to him. About halfway home I said: “Hey, Weaver, good dog.” He shivered. He had several nasty bite marks where the other dogs had picked on him. “He’s still shivering real bad. What do we do?” “We just hold him until he stops shivering.” One of us held him for four solid days. Finally, Weaver stopped shivering and began wagging his tail. Khaki the Second and Spunky were very curious about “the new guy.” It was soon obvious little Weaver would be the Alpha male of the group. I reckoned it was a combination of the Pit in his blood and being picked on. Weaver grew into a magnificent dog over the next eighteen months. All three dogs are close, but we noticed Weaver

sometimes harassed nine-year old Spunky. Spunky was dumped in the road back in 2012. Spunky was also a scrawny runt, and has always been skittish. He’s a beautiful, sweet dog who is generally passive until a problem arises. He’s the kind of dog one is glad to have in the country. He only barks when it matters, and he’s big enough to handle anybody who tried to hurt Christine. Spunky’s been very patient with Weaver. Using the universal equation that “One Dog Year equals Seven Human Years,” Weaver is a smart-aleck ten-year old. He continued nipping at old, patient Spunky. I’d catch him doing it: “Spunky loves you, but Spunky’s old and he just wants to be left alone. You’re heading for a rough lesson.” Weaver would bound off to lick Spunky’s ears as apology. He’d walk up later to a relaxing Spunky and nip at him. Spunky growled low. Weaver’s harassment campaign stepped up. Spunky’s growling got deeper and louder. Then one day we heard what sounded like a dozen dogs fighting. I rushed to the

window overlooking the melee. Khaki the Second was laying down spectating. Spunky was standing proud over Weaver, his front paw on Weaver’s chest. Young Weaver was yelping like the spanked puppy that he was. I whistled them up with the treat signal. They lined up and waited. I squatted down and rubbed both Spunky and Weaver. “Did you learn your lesson, Weaver? You have to be careful of old men who just want to be left alone.” They got their treats and bounded off for a run. After they returned, Weaver laid his head on Spunky’s stomach. Spunky’s paw was draped over Weaver’s shoulder. The older men tolerated Weaver. They warned him. And then The Old Man straightened Weaver out. Just like Daddy said: “That’s enough, son.” n

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