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LAKESIDE THE GOOD LIFE ON LAKE MARION, SOUTH CAROLINA • OCTOBER - NOVEMBER 2012

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BEACH-RIVER SWEEPS

a labor of love FOR VOLUNTEERS Story By Sharron Haley shaley@theitem.com

The pristine waters of Lake Marion and its tributaries extend for miles and miles throughout Clarendon, Orangeburg, Berkeley, Calhoun and Sumter counties. They provide wonderful recreational opportunities nearly year-round for residents and visitors. But lately, thoughtlessness by some of those visitors and residents have made the shoreline of South Carolina’s largest lake a dumping ground. Trash thrown out of a boat or car, or from a camping site mars not only the beauty of the lake, its shorelines and its waterways, but it also endangers the wildlife that call these recreational wonders home. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources partners annually with the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium for the Beach-River Sweep, and the motto is “One day … three hours … a world of difference.” This year, hundreds of conservationists and avid outdoorsmen canvassed the lakes, shorelines and waterways of South Carolina in September, cleaning up what thousands of individuals had thoughtlessly left behind. Members of the Goat Island Boat Club chose Green Island, a popular camping retreat in Clarendon County, as their focus area for the annual sweep. Club members picked up everything from discarded dog houses and household trash to tires and old lawn chairs. They even picked up a few grills campers had left behind. “We chose Green Island because it is a popular retreat,” member Eddie Gleaton said.“It’s truly a shame the amount of trash that people leave behind.” State DNR officials had no official numbers for this year’s sweep, but said 20 tons of trash was picked up during the one held across the state in 2011. During the sweep’s 23-year history, more than 1,100 tons of trash has been collected. Most of it has been recycled.

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GENERAL MANAGER Gail Mathis gailm@theitem.com PUBLISHER Jack Osteen jack@theitem.com ARTICLES & RESEARCH Robert J. Baker bbaker@theitem.com Sharron Haley shaley@theitem.com

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LANDMARKS AND LANDSCAPES

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LAKE MARION haunted hideaways

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TAKE A BIRD WALK at the Refuge

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HUNTING DIFFERENT after four decades

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MOVING ON

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WATER, WATER everywhere

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THE ATYPICAL CATCH

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TO STUFF OR not to stuff

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BRITISH BY BIRTH 32 Southern by the grace of God MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND 36 means ‘Lessons Learned’

LAYOUT & DESIGN Cary Johnson cjohnson@theitem.com PHOTOGRAPHY Robert J. Baker Sharron Haley CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: Yana Mathis, Earle Woodward, John DuRant, Ray Winans and Rich Carter

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LANDMARKSBerkeleyAND County • Clarendo The Santee Cooper lakes, both Moultrie and Marion, cover Berkeley, Calhoun, Clarendon, Orangeburg and Sumter counties. Altogether these counties boast Revolutionary War battles sites, grave markers of war heroes, museums dedicated to preserving watershed moments in state and American history, beautiful churches that have sheltered the worship of Jesus Christ for more than two centuries and wildlife reserves, swampland and nationally recognized, pristine forests.

BERKELEY COUNTY

Francis Marion’s Gravestone is a popular attraction at Belle Isle Plantation cemetery off S.C. 45 between S.C. 6 and Eadytown in St. Stephen. The plantation itself has existed at least since 1795, which was the year of Marion’s death. The Moncks Corner Train Depot was once the first destination for mail and news from the outside world and also served as a platform for farmers to sell goods. Renovated

in 2000, it now serves as the town’s Visitor and Cultural Center, and the facility can rented for special occasions, meetings and seminars. Old Santee Canal Park and Berkeley Museum are located on S.C. 52, near the Tailrace Canal in Monck’s Corner. For more information, call (843) 761-9622.

CALHOUN COUNTY

Belleville Plantation and Cemetery dates back to the Revolutionary War when Col. William Thomson and his new bride, Eugenia Russell, bought 400 acres of land on Buckhead Creek. Located on the Congaree River near Fort Motte in St. Matthews of U.S. 601, the site almost became the state capitol after the war, but lost out by a couple of votes. The Calhoun County Museum and Cultural Center, located at 303 Butler St., St. Matthews, contains an art gallery, along with agricultural galleries and a research room with archives. Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tuesday-Friday, the museum also offers research opportunities by appointment only. Right now, the museum’s prime feature is the map collection of Dr. John L. Ward, which showcases the original, complete Robert Mills Atlas of 1820. For more information, call (803) 874-3964 or visit bit.ly/ovtw6a. Shady Grove Methodist Church, located on State Road S-9-53 in Cameron, was built in the 1800s on land given to Conrad Holman in 1740 by King George II. Its oldest section was built with hand-hewn log framing set by wooden pegs in the early 1800s. Its white-frame building, along with its bell tower and steeple, were recognized as a historical site in June 1970.

CLARENDON COUNTY

The Clarendon County Museum and History Center, operated at 102 S. Brooks St., Manning, by the county’s Historical Society, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., ThursdayFriday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday,

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Old Santee Canal Park Swamp Fox Murals

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The Moncks Corner Train Depot


LANDSCAPES on County • Orangeburg County • Sumter County & Williamsburg County excluding holidays. The museum features permanent exhibits dedicated to war memorabilia and the county’s agricultural history as well as an early 20th century kitchen furnished with an antique wood stove, cast-iron water pots and old-fashioned china and cutlery. The museum’s newest exhibit features items from Alcolu’s heyday in the 1930s and 1940s. Lake Marion Artisans, a group of artists from throughout Clarendon County and its surrounding areas, has an open gallery. Select hours are Thursday-Saturday of each week at 108 Main St., Summerton. For more information, visit on.fb.me/PBIaxD. The Lake Marion Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 12-1 holds its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month in the fire department training room at the Emergency Services Complex, 219 Commerce St. in Manning. The public is invited to attend all meetings, which are moved periodically to the second Wednesday of the month due to fire

department training. Time chances are noted in advance. For more information, call Flotilla Commander Joe Livingston at (803) 707-4016. The 33-mile Lake Marion passage of the Palmetto Trail skirts along the high water mark of the north side of Lake Marion in Clarendon County. Trail users can enjoy some of the most magnificent vistas in the coastal plain with opportunities to spot abundant wildlife and colorful flora. Much of the land along the trail is open for hunting, and users should wear bright colors during big game hunting season, which is from August through January. The Swamp Fox Murals are spread throughout Clarendon County and feature depictions of Gen. Francis “Swamp Fox” Marion and his soldiers fighting the British in Clarendon and surrounding areas. Murals in Manning are located on the walls of B-Mart, the Manning Police Department, IGA, Edward Jones, Piggly Wiggly, Geddings Do It Best Hardware and Substation II. In Summerton, they are located

at Baucom Realty, Ginger’s Flower Shop, the Walker building, Detwilers and Gaters Law Office. In Turbeville, they are at Dollar General, the Smith Building and the corner of Main and Gamble streets. The newest mural, completed in June by Terry Smith, is located at CitiTrends, South Mill Street, Manning. Weldon Auditorium, North Brooks Street, Manning, is a state-of-the-art performing arts facility originally built in 1954 and re-opened after years of disrepair in December 2010. Upcoming performances include the USC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Donald Portnoy and featuring pianist Marina Lomazov on Nov. 15, the return of the 282nd Army Band on Dec. 16 and the 3rd annual performance of “The Nutcracker” by the Columbia City Ballet on Dec. 11. For more information and a schedule of events, visit weldonauditorium.org.

ORANGEBURG COUNTY

The Alex Salley Archives Building, located on the corner of Middleton

Clarendon County Museum

Columbia City Ballet

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and Bull streets in Orangeburg, houses irreplaceable historical records, papers and other items relating to the county’s past. Hours are 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the first Saturday of each month. For more information, call (803) 535-0022. The Branchville Railroad Shrine and Museum, 7204 Freedom Road, Branchville, is located at the world’s first and oldest railroad junction, featuring a line that once operated on the country’s first scheduled passenger train. Call (803) 274-8820 for hours and admission prices. The Children’s Garden Christmas is a popular holiday attraction, giving the Edisto Memorial Gardens an annual light display stretching one-half mile on a vehicular trail that includes 25 animated and 14 motionless displays along with 60 lighted cherry trees and a kids’ walk with 14 more displays. The lights operate daily beginning the first Monday before Thanksgiving through the first week of January. The former site of Hawthorne School of Aeronautics is three miles south of Orangeburg on U.S. 21, featuring a retirement community known as The Oaks where the Air Force’s former primary flight school

trained 5,924 American and French pilots from 1941 to 1945. The school had one of the best training records, accounting for the fewest training accidents, during its operation. The Orangeburg County portion of the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor contains 50 sites of interest, including parks and trails, railroad history, military battlegrounds, historic homes, agricultural heritage, churches/cemeteries and museums and historic schools. Beautiful gardens, rivers and lakes are prominent. The Discovery Center involves a four-county region, including Orange burg County, and opened in Blackville, U.S. 78, recently. For a brochure with a map that pinpoints locations, call the Orangeburg County Chamber of Commerce at (803) 534-6821 or visit www.orangeburgchamber.com. Information on the entire heritage corridor can be found at www.scheritagecorridor.org.

SUMTER COUNTY

The 19th annual Big Wednesday Classic Golf Tournament and Tailgate Party will be held Nov. 14 at Sunset Country Club and USC Sumter Nettles Building, respectively. The tournament will begin at 10 a.m., with registration at 9 a.m., featuring a 3-person Captain’s choice format

with head-to-head Carolina and Clemson teams. Each team must have a combined handicap of at least 30 with no more than one A player per team. The tailgate will be from 6-9 p.m. and includes entertainment and appearances by Cocky and Tiger, along with visits from the Carolina and Clemson cheerleaders, door prizes, beer, wine and food. For more information, call (803) 938-3851. The Carolina Backcountry Oyster Roast will be held 6:30-9:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Sumter County Museum, 122 N. Washington St., providing all the steamed oysters one could handle. Barbecue, chili, drunken collards and beverages will also be served. Tickets are $40 per person and limited to 500 people. Call (803) 775-0908 for more information. The USC Sumter Fall Natural History Series Nature Walk will continue Nov. 9 at Cypress Park and Dec. 7 at Swan Lake-Iris Gardens. Registration is required, and walks are limited to the first 20 people to sign up. Walks will be held from 8:30-10 a.m. on their respective days. Participants are encouraged to bring walking shoes and binoculars and will learn how to identify and better understand the ecology of native flora and fauna that inhabit Sumter

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Oktoberfest on Main presented by Hamptons will be held Oct. 13, transforming downtown Sumter with the feel of an old German town through German beer, wine, music and delicious food. The Little German Band and Deas-Guyz will perform. Call (803) 436-2640 for more information.

The Festival of Lights will be held for the 24th year at Swan Lake-Iris Gardens beginning shortly after Thanksgiving. The 150-acre park will be illuminated with more than one million lights and 150 lighted figures. This will also be the 32nd year the park features the Floating Christmas Tree, which features the word “Noel,” the Old French word for Christmas. Call (803) 778-5454 for more information, or email tourism@ sumter-sc.com. Tuomey Regional Medical Center’s 11th annual Festival of Trees will be open to the community from Dec. 6 through Jan. 4 at the hospital’s main building, 129 N. Washington St. in Sumter. The Firefighters BBQ Challenge will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 17 at G&G Fire Equipment Service, 1655 Stamey Livestock Road in Sumter. For just $5, you can sample barbecue from all teams and put down a vote for your favorite pitmasters. Plates, sandwiches and desserts will be available for an additional charge. All proceeds benefit the programs and services of the American Red Cross. For more information, call (803) 7752363.

Poinsett State Park in Manchester State Forest encompasses 1,000 acres of separate trails for hiking, biking and trail riders, and also contains Sumter’s 14-mile portion of the Palmetto Trail, a 425-mile long trail from the mountains to the sea spread across the state. The lake at Poinsett is the perfect setting for a relaxing ride in a paddleboat, which can be rented at the park’s office, while Lake Marion is obviously ideal for kayaking and canoeing. The park office is located at 6660 Poinsett Park Road, Wedgefield. For more information, call (803) 494-8177. The 5th annual Sumter Sip and Stroll will be held 6-8:30 p.m. Nov. 2 in downtown Sumter, benefitting Meals on Wheels provided by Sumter Senior Services. Businesses in historic downtown Sumter will open their doors to ticket holders to offer a wide variety of wines paired with wonderful artisan breads and hors d’oeurves. Call (803) 773-5508 or visit

www.sumterwinefest.org for more information. The Sumter County Genealogical Society, 219 W. Liberty St., Sumter, is open 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, but is closed for all major holidays. Queries begin with a nonrefundable deposit of $20, which also covers the first hour of research. Copies and mailing charges are extra. Facility volunteers ask that requests be as specific as possible, with all relevant information provided. For more information, call (803) 774-3901, or email Editor Jay Ingersoll at sumtergensoc@aol.com. The Sumter Little Theater, 14 Mood Ave. in Sumter, has Youth Theatre Classes for two hours each week for students grades three through 12. Students will learn the skills neede3d for acting and theater participation, and may also audition for the three youth productions and subscription plays with parts for young actors that the theater offers during the year. For more information, call (803) 7752150. Compiled by Robert J. Baker bbaker@theitem.com

Sumter Sip & Stroll

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TAKE A BIRD WALK AT THE

Refuge By Sharron Haley shaley@theitem.com

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stunning array of migratory birds call the Santee National Wildlife Refuge home during fall and winter months. Nestled on the northern shores of Lake Marion in North Santee outside of Summerton, the Refuge is 13,000 acres of pristine wildlife habitats on four units, each offering a multitude of activities for visitors to the refuge. On Oct. 13 and 20, birders can enjoy fall migration bird walks through the Refuge’s Bluff Unit, where the Visitors Center and Indian Mound are located, and the Pine Island Unit. There birders may catch a glimpse of a bald eagle or several species of grassland birds. “The walks will be on our most popular hiking trail,” said Refuge Park Ranger Susan Heisey. “It will be a nice, easy walk on a one-mile trail through one of the prettiest areas of the Refuge.” The Refuge was founded more than 60 years ago as a sanctuary for migratory birds. Heisey said the Refuge was lucky to have Charleston native Nathan Dias volunteer to conduct the walks this season. Dias, an avid birder, is also well known for his contributions to the Cape Romain Bird Observatory. “He is an outstanding birder,” Heisey added.“He always finds interesting bird species on his walks.” One species Heisey said she hopes visitors will be able to find is the “strikingly beautiful” Bobolink that flies more than 20,000 miles from the Canadian prairie to the grasslands of South America during its migration south. Heisey said other species that may be seen on

the migration walks are the Empidonax Flycatchers, several Thrush species, birds of prey including the American Kestrel and the Scarlet Tanager. Birders could also see the beautiful Baltimore Oriole, Rosebreasted Grosbeak,Yellow-billed Cuckoo and the popular Painted Buntings. Last fall, birders had the rare treat of viewing the Vermillion Flycatcher, Morning Warbler and the Clay-colored Sparrow. The guided walks will begin at 7:30 a.m. from the Refuge’s Visitors Center. Binoculars and a field guides are must haves on the migration bird walks. Heisey suggests that birders pack sunscreen, bottled water and snacks for the walk. While the migration bird walks are scheduled, visitors to the Refuges are also encouraged to hike the many trails that traverse the national wildlife refuge. “Fall is the time of year to bring your family or enjoy the solitude you can find on one of the refuge’s hiking trails or the Wildlife Drive,” Heisey added.“You could also catch a glimpse of an alligator or two, Canadian geese or white-tailed deer.” Heisey suggests that visitors begin their self-guided walks at the Visitors Center, 2125 Fort Watson Road, Summerton, seven miles south of Summerton on U.S. 15/U.S. 301. Heisey said the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System is partnership with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continued benefit of the American people. For more information on the Refuge or its programs, visit www.fws.gov, call Heisey at (803) 4782217, or email her at susan_heisey@fws.gov.

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Livin’ Lakeside

Moving On By Yana Mathis

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he foreclosure business is alive and well, and as I have been reporting for the last several years, it’s still a buyer’s market. Conservative buyers are still hesitant to commit to long-term investments despite historically low mortgage interest rates. As a result, most sellers have accepted this and have adjusted their prices accordingly. However, people who are just shopping for a “steal of a deal” and don’t really plan to use the property for a primary residence will just wait until the property goes into foreclosure. At that point, they no longer have exclusive rights in the form of an offer to purchase/agreement to sell with the property owner, but take their chances on going to public auction to jump in on the bidding game with the bank or mortgage company who takes over ownership. I have personal experience with this on both sides of the fence. As a real estate agent, I have assisted buyers

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and investors in the bidding of distressed properties, whether for rental purposes or their primary residence. I have also lost property through a tax sale auction, and another investment property recently from a foreclosure as I could no longer afford to pay due to lack of renters and buyers. I could play the Blame Game – especially since the neighbors seemed to pester my renters and potential buyers – but I finally realized I was tired of the fight. I was tired of cashing in retirement accounts and borrowing money to keep it afloat. My daddy used to repeat this advice to me: He’d say, “Honey, you gotta know when to hold ‘em and when to fold ‘em.” Didn’t Kenny Rogers have a song about this? Anyhow, I finally got peace about it when a wise counselor said to me,“Well, I thought you made an agreement with the mortgage company that as long as they were paid you could keep the property and when you no longer could pay, you agreed they could have it back?” I have never thought of it quite like that, but one can only do what one can do with the circumstances they are dealt. I sincerely hope we are nearing the bottom of the Real Estate Crash; however, it will take some time for the values to even come close to what we were used to five years ago. So, if you really have to sell, listen to your agent, look at the comparable sales and price it accordingly. If you’re renting and have good credit, you need to make your move into home ownership! Not sure you’ll be staying for long? You can certainly rent out your home and let someone else pay that mortgage for you. The current stats for our local market – 30 days prior to this publication – show listings bringing about 86.5 percent of the lowest asking price and residential sold prices averaging $103,000. On a political note – and I hate politics – I want to remind people that you never know who might be in the 47 percent of people who need government assistance from time to time or for what reason they find themselves in that position. I saw recently that the South Carolina State Housing, Finance and Development Authority is offering down payment assistance for new construction homes or never-lived-in homes. I hope to learn more about this, and if I can help someone get a home with a little help from our government, then everyone wins, right? Have a happy fall, y’all!


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Water, water everywhere By John DuRant john@durantinsurance.com

At our agency, we have seen an uptick in claims this year. That is common when the economy goes south. People have less money available to pay claims that are even slightly over their deductibles. While this is tempting, it can be detrimental to your homeowners insurance policy. We are seeing a number of companies in the marketplace that will non-renew for two claims in three years, forcing you to acquire another policy at a higher rate. The most prevalent and damaging claim is for water damage. Claims from wind or lightning, while sometimes very costly, don’t appear to hold as much weight as a water claim. While you can’t prevent wind or lightning, you can sometimes prevent water damage. Companies are now starting to non-renew homeowners insurance if you have a single water claim, whether preventable or not. Damage from water to your home can oftentimes have potential for further claims down the road, and insurance companies simply don’t want to pay for them. Water claims can be very sticky – sometimes they are paid and sometimes not. I’ll try to explain generally what would be covered and what wouldn’t. First of all, let me be clear: If your home is damaged in a flood and you don’t have a separate flood policy, there is no coverage. Flood coverage is provided under a separate flood policy. Would you be covered if water leaked in from wind damage to your roof? If the water damage was caused by a covered cause of loss, such as wind or lightning, then there would be coverage. However, if you do nothing to stop further damage – such as not placing a tarp on the roof or cleaning up excess water in the house – and further damage is caused, then you may have some problems. If there is a pipe burst causing flooding in your home, then generally you would be covered. However, it is incumbent upon you to maintain your house, so if you have an older home and have not updated or repaired older pipes and fixtures, an insurance company could make the case that you have been negligent in the maintenance and, thus, give you problems on the claim. This is the tricky part. If you have an undetected leak

in your home over time which causes damage, then you most likely will not have coverage. An adjuster will have to be able to tell when the damage occurred to pay the claim. If he cannot determine the time frame, or he finds rot in the floor or mold in the walls, then the claim would be denied. I have seen claims come in where the entire floor has been rotted out, and the claim was ultimately denied. I have seen claims where there was an ongoing leak, which buckled the wood floors, and the claim was ultimately denied. I have a friend whose teenager, while leaving for school, left the water running in the upstairs sink. It flooded the entire second floor of the house, and she only noticed it when she saw water running down the stairs. The claim was denied due to negligence. I wouldn’t have wanted to be that teenager when he arrived home after school! Most water claims, excluding damage from outside flooding – covered under separate policies – are, in fact, paid. The most important thing to remember when you have water or any other claim is to try to take steps to limit any further damage. These could be simply putting a tarp on the roof or mopping up excess water on the floor. For water claims, it is also very important to contact a mitigation specialist – like ServPro – that has specialized equipment to move the moisture out of the home and prevent any further water or mold damage. If you simply bring in fans, it just moves the moisture around the home instead of drying out the entire house. Finally, water claims are probably the No. 1 reason we’ve seen for policy non-renewal. Keep your deductible as high as you can afford to take away the temptation to file any small claims. Any claims slightly over your deductible, just pay them out of pocket.You’ll be glad you did when you have a larger claim and you need that coverage.

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23-year-old Hopkins woman, her fiancé and two guides left Randolph’s Landing on a quiet Sunday morning in early September to hunt alligators, and didn’t have to travel too far before finding their prey. Within 15 minutes, Kayla McGuire had bagged an 800-pound, 12-foot alligator with a .44-caliber magnum pistol. “’Oh my God. Oh my God.’ Those were my first thoughts,” McGuire said.“I really wasn’t ready, but I had to get ready really quick.” McGuire, who has been hunting for just three years, said she had wanted to bag a big gator – maybe a 6- or 7-footer. “My fiance and I want to travel hunt,” she added.“I thought hunting an alligator would be a challenge. It would be the perfect hunt. I had no idea what an adrenalin rush it would be. There is absolutely no way I will ever forget this.” McGuire said she’s getting the meat processed and saving the hide with the idea of maybe having something made with it. The gator’s head is being mounted by a taxidermist in Charleston. She didn’t nab the gator all by herself, McGuire admitted. She had help from guides Eugene “Gene” Finkbeiner and Randy Donley of D4 Outfitters in Sumter. “I scouted him out a few days earlier,” Donley said.“We knew pretty much where he’d be.” Once the guides spotted the gator on Sunday, they threw a hook line over his back and pulled him toward the boat close enough for McGuire to make the shot. The 12-footer was the ninth gator that Finkbeiner and Donley have helped harvest since alligator season opened in 2009.

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“This was our second largest,” Donley said.“Our largest measured 13.3 feet long.” While Donley wouldn’t tell the exact location where McGuire made the catch, he did say it was “very close to Randolph’s.” McGuire said the trip home was exciting too. It’s not every day that motorists see a huge alligator tail sticking out the back of a pickup truck. “Driving home on the interstate, we had people pulling up beside us, rolling down their windows and asking us questions,” she said.“People were taking pictures. It was crazy.” Now that she’s nabbed her first gator, McGuire said she’s hooked. “I’m gonna keep putting my name into the drawing,” she said. “I can’t wait to do this again.” Alligator hunting season stretched this year from Sept. 8 to Oct. 13. All hunters pay a $10 non-refundable application fee to have their names put into a random computer drawing with a predetermined number of names drawn each year. The number of names or tags is determined by the alligator population, according to Lt. Robert McCullough

with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. “We have a lot of alligators right now,” he said.“This year we issued up to 1,000 tags. If the population of alligators drops, then we won’t issue as many tags. It’s a management tool for controlling the alligator population.” Hunters are divided into four zones that are located in the eastern portion of South Carolina. No alligator hunting is allowed in the western portions of the state. Clarendon and Sumter counties are located in Zone 3, while Lee County is in Zone 4. McCullough said Zone 3, which includes all of Lake Marion, has some big alligators. “Now, you’ve got some big alligators around the lake,” he said.“Some as big as 15 to 16 feet.” In his 30 years with DNR, McCullough said he’s only heard of a handful of cases where alligators and people have a problem. “They usually don’t come around people,” he said. “They pretty much stay off by themselves.” For more information on alligator hunting, visit www. dnr.sc.gov/wildlife/alligator/drawhunt.html. SANTEELAKESIDE.COM 17


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TO STUFF NOT TO STUFF Story By Nancy Harrison

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Should you stuff the turkey or not? That’s a big question at Thanksgiving. It’s an important question. If you don’t handle it right or don’t cook it properly, a stuffed turkey can make your guests sick from a foodborne illness after they stuff themselves with your improperly cooked stuffing. A happy ending results from proper preparation of the stuffing. Mix all the ingredients just before it goes into the turkey, using only cooked ingredients such as sautéed vegetables, cooked meats and seafood and pasteurized egg products instead of raw eggs. If it’s more convenient, the wet and dry ingredients can be prepared separately ahead of time and chilled. Mix the ingredients just before placing the stuffing inside the turkey or in a casserole. The stuffing should be on the moist side, since heat destroys bacteria more readily in a moist environment. Stuff both neck and body cavities. Stuff the bird loosely, using about three-fourths of a cup of stuffing per pound of turkey. The stuffing should reach an internal temperature of at least 160 degrees, whether it’s in the bird or in the casserole. Use a meat thermometer to check all parts of the stuffing to make sure bacteria will be destroyed. Immediately after stuffing your turkey, place it in a preheated oven set no lower than 325 degrees. It’s not a good idea to cook a turkey, stuffed or not, in a slow oven overnight. Foodborne bacteria can multiply under such conditions. Experts in food safety recommend that consumers avoid buying a pre-stuffed turkey. It’s highly perishable, and you have no way of knowing whether the bird has been kept frozen all the way from the processor to the

You will need:

• 1 (16 ounce) package milk crackers • 1 pound ground pork sausage • 1 large onion, finely chopped • 5 stalks celery, finely chopped • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning • salt and pepper to taste • 3 eggs, beaten • 3 cups hot milk

Directions:

meat case. Partially cooking a turkey to refrigerate it so it can be finished later is not recommended either. It is safe to partially cook or microwave a turkey only if it is immediately transferred to a hot grill or oven to finish cooking. Cooks need not bother opening the oven door to baste the bird throughout the roasting process. It won’t make the meat any juicier, since most of the liquid runs off into the pan. Constantly opening the oven door can also cool the oven and increase the roasting time. The open-pan roasting method is the cooking technique of choice, consistently creating a juicy, tender, golden brown, picture-perfect turkey. Place the turkey breast up on a flat rack in a shallow pan 1.5 to 2 inches deep. Insert an oven-safe meat thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh, then brush or rub the skin with oil to prevent drying and to enhance the golden color. Put the bird in an oven preheated to 325 degrees. When the skin is a light golden color and the turkey is about two-thirds done, shield the breast loosely with a tent of lightweight foil to prevent overcooking. An eight- to 12-pound unstuffed turkey will take between 2.5 and 3 hours to cook. A bird weighing 20 to 24 pounds will take between 4.5 and 5 hours. Add about 30 minutes to the cooking time for the smaller bird if it’s stuffed and about 15 minutes to the time for the larger one. For more information on cooking times and proper preparation and handling of a turkey, call your local Clemson Extension office, Nancy S. Harrison, Food Safety and Nutrition Educator, (803) 874-2354 ext.113, (803) 4358429 or (803) 534-6280.

Milk Cracker Stuffing

1. In a food processor, grind the milk crackers into crumbs. Place in a large bowl. 2. Place sausage in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, reserving liquid, and mix into the bowl with cracker crumbs. 3. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, slowly cook and stir the onion and celery in 3 tablespoons of the reserved sausage liquid until soft. 4. Mix the onion and celery into the cracker crumb and sausage mixture. Mix in the poultry seasoning, salt, pepper, eggs and milk. Chill in the refrigerator approximately 1 hour before stuffing the turkey.

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he girl was pretty and thin, and the black suit covering her slight frame only made her look slimmer. All she carried was a travel bag filled with essentials she would need for a short stay in Columbia. Motorist after motorist passed the 20-something as she stood on the bridge that crosses the Wateree River’s blackness on U.S. 378, but a young couple soon provided aid. The couple wondered what such a nicely dressed young woman was doing walking the highway at this late hour. On each side of the road beyond the shoulder was a steep drop of perhaps 20 feet to a drainage ditch. The girl’s perch was a precarious one, and the couple thought they might help. “I’m going to Columbia to take care of my ill mother,”

the girl told the couple when asked about her plight.“Can you give me a ride?” The girl gave an address for a home on Pickens Street, a house not far from the University of South Carolina campus. The couple, Mr. and Mrs. Tipton to be exact, continued a conversation they began long before they spotted the sinewy waif wandering along the highway in solitude. Mrs. Tipton endeavored to include the young woman in the conversation, and turned around to query the girl’s thoughts and opinions. But the girl was gone. She had never existed. In some versions, the woman has been dead for decades; in others, she’s been dead only a few years. Either way, the story always goes that the woman died in a car accident near the site where motorists meet her restless spirit each year on the anniversary of her death. SANTEELAKESIDE.COM 27


“Swamp Girl,” as the story is known, is probably Sumter County’s greatest ghost legend. Though similar tales can be found in folklore across the United States, the lone girl wandering the swamp and seeking a ride to her mother’s home in Columbia has imprinted specifically on the midlands. The rest of the story finds Mrs. Tipton in hysterics after the girl disappears from the back seat of her and her husband’s car. Mrs. Tipton is inconsolable and has to be tranquilized at a Columbia hospital. Mr. Tipton, awaiting his wife’s release, decides to visit the address given to him by the girl. In some versions, he meets her brother; in others, the supposedly ailing mother. In all versions he is told the girl died in the aforementioned car accident, and that this isn’t the first time callers have come to the home to inquire about the girl’s mysterious appearances and disappearances. In many cases, the brother cuts off Mr. Tipton. “You needn’t tell me what you came for,” the man says. “You came to tell me you picked up a young lady in the swamp and she disappeared. That was my sister. She was 28 OCTOBER • NOVEMBER 2012 | LAKESIDE

killed in an automobile wreck in the swamp three years ago while she was on her way to the hospital to see our mother. Two other people have had the same experience you have, each time on the anniversary of her death.” The counties of Lake Marion – Berkeley, Calhoun, Clarendon, Sumter and Orangeburg – have few specific ghost tales, according to “Ghosts of the Carolinas” by Nancy Roberts, from which much of the above narrative is taken. Miles away in Berkeley County, children grow up learning about the Ghost of Little Mistress Chicken, according to “Haunted South Carolina: Ghosts and Strange Phenomena of the Palmetto State” by Alan Brown. Mistress Chicken allegedly haunts Rice Hope Plantation in Moncks Corner, acquired by her grandfather Charles Read in 1735 when it was known as Luckins Plantation. The original plantation was established in 1692. Catherine was Mistress Chicken’s given name; her last name came after her mother married a man known only as Captain Chicken, who died when the girl was young. After the girl’s mother married a prosperous plantation owner, Catherine was sent to a nearby boarding school,


where her horrifying story began. On an early spring day in 1752, 8-year-old Catherine was forced to stay inside the school and sew a long seam as punishment for “persistent idleness.” Curiosity always got the best of Catherine, and soon she was breaking the new rules for her punishment by going outside to play with her pet turtle, taking the fabric she was supposed to be sewing with her. Mrs. Dutarque, wife of the cruel schoolmaster, was almost unable to talk her husband into going to look for Catherine when the girl did not return home by supper time. Monsieur Dutarque found a rope and his pistols and marched out the door to find the girl, but not before he ate his supper. He found the girl not far from the school and decided to teach her a lesson. “To punish her, he took her to Strawberry Chapel churchyard and tied her to a tombstone because he was not a kind man,” Lou Edens told Alan Brown more than two decades after turning Rice House Plantation into a bed-and-breakfast.“He forgot her, and darkness came … (A slave who had been visiting a neighboring plantation without permission later found Catherine), (but) he did

not free her immediately because if he freed her, he would be whipped for leaving his plantation without permission. He would also be committing the egregious crime of touching a white person.” The slave later stopped a member of a rescue party assembled to find the young girl and told him where to find her. Monsieur Dutarque was tied on a mule backwards and drummed out of town; his wife was put on a ferry and told never to come back. The townspeople wanted to do more to the school’s vile headmaster, but Catherine insisted they not hurt “poor Monsieur Dutarque,” according to the story. Three hundred years later, Catherine’s ghost allegedly haunts Rice Hope Plantation, seeming to favor the Heron Room, where her grandmother rocked her after her harrowing experience in the churchyard, which left her unable to speak and traumatized. When Edens ran the home, she said guests reported hearing doors open on their own or the sound of voices whispering. Edens was not scared, however. “I’m never scared here,” she said.“The ghost is not malicious.” SANTEELAKESIDE.COM 29


Hunting different 40 years on By Earle Woodward earlew@theitem.com

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n my 40-plus years of hunting, I suppose I’ve just taking up decoys, building blinds – even temporary ones about done it all. – and getting up at 2 in the morning and driving a boat for I started as a young lad chasing doves on a friend’s an hour through the pitch-black darkness of a rain-soaked farm before learning about quail, ducks, deer and swamp in the dead of winter. It certainly will take it out of turkey, with the occasional goose thrown in for good a person, and I loved it to no end. measure. I have enjoyed it all, more so than I could have Back in the 1970s and 80s, there were thousands and possibly imagined in the very beginning. thousands of duck in and around the Santee Cooper Back then we had to have Henry’s dad drive us out to lake system; a limit of big fat mallards was a common the farm and pick us back up. That worked until I got a occurrence, and we lived in the swamp. I would literally driver’s license and all bets were off. Henry and I hunted pace the floor at night waiting on my hunting partner to almost every afternoon after school and absolutely wore show up. It was bad! I needed to duck hunt as bad as a out the dove.s crackhead need another hit. I have noticed a distinct change in my attitude toward I am no longer compelled by the forces of nature to get hunting. Then I would plan for the opening day of up at some unreasonable hour and put myself through whatever season happened to be coming up for weeks. the misery of chasing ducks for no good reason; the I’d lose sleep over it, envisioning wave after wave of doves duck population is now pretty much a thing of the past. I settling into a corn field and flock still enjoy a good duck hunt, but I much prefer to get up and more flocks of ducks, around 5:30 or 6 a.m. to hunt a farm pond or swamp for wings cupped, a couple of wood ducks than to blast out of the house at slipping into a midnight. I do still go out once or twice a year just to be raft of decoys. sure it’s over. I was There are a couple of things I can point to that I feel completely played a major role in this changing attitude. Number and totally one has got to be age. I’ve been chasing something in the addicted woods for more than 40 years; my body is now beginning to to show the wear and tear that all that chasing has caused. hunting. Arthritis has invaded my joints and those cold, damp, Duck soggy hunts cause more pain than pleasure. hunting, As I’ve aged, I’ve also learned to take things slower and for the enjoy the whole experience, not just the pulling of the most part, trigger. I’ll admit to passing up a buck or doe just to sit in is a young the peace and quiet and watch what unfolds. Sometimes man’s it’s just not worth ruining the moment’s peace just to sport. From pull the trigger or release the arrow. Sometimes it’s just experience, because I’m too darn lazy to want to clean the thing if I I can tell you do shoot it! that real, true, I think the No. 2 reason would have to be the “Been successful there, done that” mentality. While I used to hit the ground duck hunting running, fired up to get the best place or take the most takes a lot of and biggest game, that is no longer important to me. In work: It takes 40 years, I’ve taken more dove, ducks and deer than I can everything from relate. I’ve gotten my share, and I don’t feel the need to finding and staying match those numbers in the years ahead. To put it bluntly, on ducks to hunt the whole thing is beginning to get a little blah. to putting Now, while on a dove shoot, I enjoy watching the By Robert J. Baker out and youngster and the dogs. The kids are where I one was,

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oth of the dogs are of British extraction, English pointers to be exact. If they could speak, however, it would not be with the clipped, precise accent of a kingdom. Their words would flow with the easy drawl of Dixie. Wanda would spill her vowels gently like warm honey on a biscuit and Junior would corrupt the King’s English in the style of a Geechee Boy with a glass of bourbon. But they seldom have much to say, and when they do, they speak through their eyes with a sincerity that is bottomless. Barking is reserved for intruders like the big rat snake that lives in the yard. When it is just us, things are pretty quiet around here. I’ve come to like it that way. Many years ago, we went to pick up the father of these pups at a farm in South Carolina. At the time, pointers were a difficult breed to locate, so we had to resort to buying a purebred. After we picked him out, they gave us the AKC papers and, with some unease, they explained that they had named the entire litter after Confederate generals. We now owned General Jeb Stuart, the Last Cavalier. I was amused. The former Mrs. Carter, of Long Island, N.Y., lacked my enthusiasm. That unshared enthusiasm would become a matrimonial hallmark. Jeb, on the other hand, was trained to hunt quail and his enthusiasm was boundless. When frozen on point, the sheer intensity of his focus would sometimes cause him to tremble. In that moment, he was the picture of utter fulfillment. Countless generations of selective breeding culminated in this single act of perfection, and it was beautiful to witness. Attending to that magnificent olfactory capacity did not leave much room for cognitive function. One sunny 32 OCTOBER • NOVEMBER 2012 | LAKESIDE

morning, he trotted in front of the truck while I eased along in idle through the broom sedge beside a stand of hardwoods. The ruts made a sharp bend and we suddenly found ourselves head-on with a gobbler who was walking like he was late for an appointment. Jeb had never seen a bobwhite that big. He quickly decided to reverse course and figure things out later. In his zeal to depart, he made such an immediate U-turn that he smacked right into the bumper, hitting it so hard I expected a broken nose. When I got out to check on him, the tail wagged though the eyes betrayed embarrassment. Jeb left this world a long time ago and now his daughter, Wanda, gazes at me with eyes that are circled in gray. Her movements have slowed and she steps more careful these days. There’s a hitch in her giddy-up, but the tail still wags. The forehead in my mirror grows longer each year, and I’ve got issues with my giddy-up as well. Innumerable forefathers contributed to my own imperfect state, but the dogs have never uttered a word of criticism. Regardless of my transgressions, forgiveness is immediate and absolute, a quality absent in some two-legged Christians I’ve met. According to something I read, if you want to know who really loves you, lock your wife and your dog in the trunk of your car for an hour (don’t really). When you open the trunk, only one of them will be glad to see you. I was never inclined to attempt that experiment. Instead, Jeb moved with me to Whiskey River among the live oaks dripping with Spanish moss, where bobwhites whistle sharp and clear through the morning stillness. Now, I aspired to that simple creed:“I hope one day to be the man that my dog already thinks I am.”


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Memorial Day weekend means ‘LESSONS LEARNED’ Story By Ray Winans rjbwinans@aol.com

I know it’s been a while since my last column, but I remember I made a promise to write about our annual camping trip. Now it’s time to make good. First, I would like to note that I promised the guys to go easy on them, but I did make sure they understood the ground rules for when I write my column.You know, unlike Vegas, if it happens, someone is going to hear about it. So, let’s get started, or shall I say, this is how it started. We met at the landing in Columbia about noon or so. And this was no big adventure like last year. If you remember last year, my truck, boat and son met on a collision course that was laughed about at later dates by everyone. My red Silverado still bears the scars. This year, no one did anything or forgot anything that was important. My mistake. Did I say anything important? You see, everyone was informed by Ken to bring his own steak for the evening meal, and we planned to cook them over the open fire. One of us misunderstood the communication, and let’s just say, thank God for Burger King leftovers. Yep, that night on the grill, beside those nice, juicy, marinated stakes, laid two warming cheeseburgers so Patrick wouldn’t have to eat them cold. I bet he doesn’t forget his steak next year, although he kept telling everyone how delicious those leftover burgers were. Patrick did make up for his inability to hear by catching the trip’s biggest bass. I believe he also beat us in dominoes this year. I guess Mr. Clean is one-up on us then. Everything went pretty well this year. We set up camp, 36 OCTOBER • NOVEMBER 2012 | LAKESIDE

and I had brought my large shade tent so we could enjoy lots of shaded area. Oops, did I say pretty well? It seems that my thinking ahead to put stakes in the ground to hold the shade tent down from strong winds ruined one of our fellow campers’ ability to maneuver in the dark. I will have to admit that those stakes probably should have had foam, warning signs and lights around them so Ken would not have hurt himself. If I would have known then pain that they were going to cause, I would have done something different. By pain, I mean the crying at, whining at and chewing out I got for two days for those stupid stakes. I promise to do better next year, Ken. Now, as for those Devine boys, they really had no issues. Oops, did I say no issues? Now everyone knows that the sun gets very hot and that you really need to protect yourself from those burning rays, right? I will admit that T.J. used enough sunscreen one day that he looked like someone had rolled him in grease before spray painting him white. The only problem was it was a day too late.You see, he told us that the girls like that bronze look, and he didn’t burn. He said he just bronzed. So much for that not-burning-stuff, Mr. Lobster. I believe another valuable life lesson was learned that day. The real exciting part of the trip was what seemed to be a practical joke by Jimmy, but it turned out pretty cool. He had come back to camp in his boat looking like he had just saved the entire group and needed to tell us what he did. He told me to get in the boat with him, that


he wanted to show me something. As we started back up the river, he explained that he had just seen a bear in the river and he had forced him back onto the bank on the opposite side from where we set up camp. Not knowing whether or not to believe him, he took me to the bank where he said the bear went into the woods. Sure enough, there were bear tracks leaving the river and heading into the thick underbrush. Having spent some time in Alaska, I quickly recognized the prints of what seemed like a good-sized animal. Now I can truly say that Jimmy was the hero of this year’s trip for saving his fellow campers from being attacked by a large black bear. As for the trip itself, it was a peaceful, relaxing time that brought us many memories, like sitting in the dark and watching the fireflies light up the sky like Christmas lights; finding Indian pottery on a washed over sandbar; and, perhaps best of all, Patrick giving our Sunday school lesson early that Sunday morning to give us something to think about.

These truly are great men that I rib a little hard sometimes in my column, but I wouldn’t trade this trip with them for anything else on Memorial Day weekend. A special thanks goes out to all of you for giving me these trip memories. I hope we have many more. I know you are probably thinking,“What about you, Ray?” Before I close, I have a story that was a real life lesson for me.You see, the last day, on our way out, I dove into the water to be refreshed on the way back. In doing so, I washed off my sunscreen and needed to reapply more. Apparently sunscreen, sweat and contacts don’t mix. As soon as I got back to the landing, I was having trouble seeing. Before I made it back to Manning from Pack’s Landing, I couldn’t see anything and I had a pain that I had never felt before in my eyes. Long story short, I stayed home from work in the dark for two days recovering from that burning in my eyes. I have learned not to apply sunscreen too close to my eyes. Talk to you next time.

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all brings pumpkins and scarecrows adorning our doorways. Soon little ones will dress up for trick-ortreating and mom will be in the kitchen preparing that Thanksgiving dinner. Then, it’s off to find that perfect tree … Mmm, the smell of a freshly cut tree with apple and cinnamon spices coming from the oven. It’s time for the holidays. Fall Fest kicks off the holidays’ celebration in Manning. On Oct. 21, Main Street Manning will host games, face painting, live entertainment and pumpkins, lots of pumpkins, pumpkins in every size from tiny to humongous in the Pumpkin Patch on the lawn at Manning United Methodist Church and the city park on Rigby Street. As soon as it gets dark, all the children gather in the Pumpkin Patch to watch a showing of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.”The youth of the church will be selling popcorn, drinks, hotdogs and hamburgers throughout the afternoon and during the movie. Shops in Manning and Summerton will open on Sunday for the annual Christmas Open houses on Nov. 4. What’s new for 2012? “This year I see it as very traditional with decorations in red and white,” said Linda Miles, owner of Flowers de Linda in Manning.“We’ll have some whimsical, jolly Santas, reindeer and an elf or two. Nothing dramatic this year.” Miles said she finds that homes tend to have more than one tree, each dedicated to a theme. “They’ll have the family tree with their heirloom ornaments, then they’ll have a tree in the living room and maybe one or two other trees throughout the house,” she said. Miles said that nutcrackers seem to be popular in Manning around Christmas because the Columbia City Ballet comes to town and performs “The Nutcracker.” While people choose to give poinsettias at Christmas, more hostesses buy their own arrangements for their Thanksgiving dinner table. “A hostess will come in and pick up a few flowers or an arrangement,” Miles said.“She worked hard on that dinner and wants the table to look nice for her family and friends.” Ellen Ardis, who owns Ginger’s Flowers and Gifts in Summerton, said that the folks in Summerton tend to be very traditional around the holidays. “We have the Possible Dream Santas,” Ardis said.“We sell a lot of ornaments, wreaths and garland. People here tend to go all out for Christmas, more so than other places in the county.” Ardis said she believes the Summerton folks will stay true to the more traditional colors of red, green and gold for this holiday decorations. Dot Witherspoon at Southern Flair in Manning said she expects

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he fall in South Carolina offers hunters a bounty of outdoor recreational activities from dove and quail hunts to hunting white-tail deer, rabbits, coyotes and feral hogs. Brett Witt with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources said hunters need to know the rules and regulations for the prey they are hunting. “For a license in South Carolina, residents or non-residents must complete a Hunter Education Course if they were born after June 30, 1979, before they can get a hunting license,”Witt said.“There are several options for those born after the deadline. They can log onto our website at www.dnr.sc.gov and look under the Hunter Education tab for more information.” Once a hunter has the proper license, they still need to abide by rules regarding limits, dates and times to hunt and type of weapon they use whether it’s a rifle, shotgun, hand gun or archery equipment. The season for Mourning doves and Eurasian collared doves is split into several segments. The segments that are applicable now include Nov. 17-24 and Dec. 21 - Jan. 15. While there is no limit on the number of Eurasian collared doves harvested in one day, hunters are limited to 15 Mourning doves per day. Hunters are also limited to just 50 shells per hunt. Quail season also has several segments, including now through Nov. 18 for dogs only; Nov. 19 - March 1 for dogs and guns; and March 2 - Nov. 24, 2013 for dogs only. The limit of quail harvested in a single day is 12. Deer hunting is regulated throughout South Carolina by zones with Clarendon, Sumter and Williamsburg counties included in Zone 5, while Calhoun, Orangeburg and Berkeley counties are in Zone 6. The season for hunting deer with guns in Zone 5 began Sept. 1 and runs through Jan. 1, 2013. Hunters can shoot bucks or does on Oct. 13, 20 and 27; Nov. 3, 10, 17 and 24; Dec. 15, 22 and 29; and Jan. 1. Hunters are limited to harvesting only two antlerless deer on the bucks or doe days. In Zone 6, the season for hunting deer with guns or archery runs through Jan. 1 for bucks only with no limit on antlered bucks. Hunters in Zone 6 can hunt either bucks or does on the days listed for Zone 5 with a limit of two antlerless deer harvested on those days. Witt said his department is encouraging hunters to harvest feral hogs while they are out hunting other animals. “There are no restrictions in terms of limits for feral hogs that are harvested,”Witt added.“There are some restrictions on public lands like no night hunting. Hunters need to check on those rules.” Witt said harvesting feral hogs has a two-fold benefit. “Yes, please shoot feral hogs,” he said.“They are an invasive species. They tear up habitats and crops and they even eat quail eggs. They taste good too.” 44 OCTOBER • NOVEMBER 2012 | LAKESIDE

Witt cautions hunters that when harvesting feral hogs to use gloves when touching the animals prior to processing. “They carry different diseases, but if a hunter uses gloves and cooks the meat at a safe temperature, they will enjoy the taste,” he said.“Get the processor to butterfly the pork chops. It’s delicious.” The Santee National Wildlife Refuge has dates scheduled for white-tail deer and raccoon hunts. “I was coming to work today,” Park Ranger Susan Heisey said on Sept. 25,“and saw a huge six-point buck.” All the hunting on the refuge is done through a lottery drawing, Heisey added. She said the refuge gears its hunts toward families, friends and kids, so that kids can get that first hunting experience with a family member. “We provide 15 tree stands. We take them to the stands and we pick them up. We have them track a deer they’ve shot,” she added.“We have some big deer on the refuge. We hope a few of the kids can harvest one this year.” Heisey said the refuge is closed to other visitors on its designated hunting days. “We do that for a variety of safety reasons,” she said. “We want our visitors safe at all times.” Like Witt, Heisey encourages hunters on the refuge to harvest feral hogs if given the chance. “They are a growing problem on the refuge,” she added. “They are damaging the habitats of other animals and their numbers are increasing rapidly.”


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WHO DOES THE WORK While you don’t receive the joys of making a place truly “your own,” you do have limited costs in renting. Landlords are responsible for general upkeep and safety, allowing you to focus on the fine points. Homeowning, in contrast, puts you in the driver’s seat.You shoulder the expenses and reap the rewards of home improvement both great and small. Think about whether you want to put in additional time and money. CHOICES, CHOICES Whether you decide to take the step of home ownership is a personal choice with its own ups and downs. Hopefully we’ve helped dust off the magic ball a bit; what you see in your future is up to you!

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LIFESTYLE AND MOBILITY Mobility is part of renting. Freedom to take the next job or move for a relationship is easy to come by when you rent a home. And when you do move, there’s often more choice of specific location, and price, when you seek rental housing. Want an apartment near a park in western Philadelphia? You may find an easier time looking to rent than buy. Many renters say they love knowing they’re not tied down - and don’t have to assume financial responsibility for their living space. This is of course a big difference from home ownership: who does the work.

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