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THE MAGAZINE FOR COOPERATIVE MEMBERS VOLUME 76 • NUMBER 9 (ISSN 0047-486X, USPS 316-240)

Read in more than 600,000 homes and businesses and published monthly except in December by The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, Inc. 808 Knox Abbott Drive Cayce, SC 29033 Tel: (803) 926‑3175 Fax: (803) 796‑6064 Email: letters@scliving.coop EDITOR

ept 2022 |sept 16 All roads lead to Buc-ee’s The much-loved, mega-sized travel center and its diehard fans arrive in South Carolina. Brisket, anyone?

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Meat pies were originally a way to provide quick meals to workers in coal mines, factories and fields. Today, we eat them because they are delicious. Learn to make your favorite pies at home with Chef Belinda’s recipes.

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Explore the South Carolina grist mills that keep the old stone-ground traditions alive with every bag of grits, flour and cornmeal.

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Family traditions run deep at Suber’s Corn Mill in Greer. Owner Jim Suber is a fourth generation miller, carrying on the business his great-grandfather began more than 150 years ago. Photo by Milton Morris.

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Tesla Megapack, can smooth out voltage and frequency differences that affect power quality. These systems also help integrate intermittent renewable energy sources into the power grid by storing excess solar and wind energy produced during the day and making it available for use at night. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports that utility-scale battery capacity jumped 35% in 2020 and has tripled in the past five years. The agency predicts that by 2023, electric utilities will have 10 times the battery capacity they had in 2019. Much of that increase comes from battery systems located near large solar projects. Analysts say the value of the world battery market already exceeds $100 billion, and they project it will grow more than 10% annually over the next five years. In the U.S. alone, 13 electric vehicle battery manufacturing plants are expected to open in the next five years. And the best news of all? This cycle of innovation is cutting battery costs for consumers. The price of the most popular type of rechargeable battery is down more than 90% from what it was just 10 years ago. —PAUL WESSLUND

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Join the faithful who gather at Indian Field Methodist Campground near St. George each fall to continue the timehonored tradition of camp meetings. See all the photos and read the history of week-long revivals in South Carolina at SCLiving.coop/camp-meeting.

Restoring a classic

Built in 1861 and abandoned in the 1950s, historic Jones Mill near Fountain Inn is getting a new lease on life, thanks to a $1.6 million restoration effort. Read the story at SCLiving.coop/jones-mill. And don’t miss this month’s feature on operating grist mills, starting on Page 21.

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Growing demand for electric vehicles (EVs) is fueling the drive for better, cheaper and smaller batteries. Auto manufacturers around the world plan to spend more than half a trillion dollars on electric vehicles and batteries in the next eight years. The Kansas City Assembly Plant shown here is Ford’s first U.S. plant to assemble both batteries and electric vehicles.

By 2023, electric utilities are predicted to have 10 times the battery capacity they had in 2019.

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smartphone battery occupies a large share of your daily thoughts, just wait—the battery boom is coming. Innovators are racing to make batteries that are cheaper, better and smaller. Some are even developing washable and bendable batteries to heat your gloves or be sewn into athletic wear to help track your exercise routine. The booming electric vehicle market is fueling dramatic advancements in battery technology, and electric utilities are using massive battery systems to make power delivery more reliable. Utility-scale battery systems, like the IF THE STATUS OF YOUR

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New man, new picture their communities to enhance their I HAVE A CONFESSION. The smiling members’ quality of life by supporting face you’ve enjoyed next to this mescharities, local students and teachers, sage each month isn’t me. It used to senior citizens and others in need. be, but not anymore. When I see that That nose had not been probed for fella, I see someone different than I evidence of COVID (I’m still negative, am now. thankfully) when our world changed, The person in that picture 17 and co-ops changed with it. Across the years ago was a father of a 3-yearstate, co-ops adeptly adjusted their old, 5-year-old and a 15-year-old. Now, policies and practices to protect the I’m a grandfather of a 1-year-old. I’m employees and members, even revosure many of you can recognize the stark difference in those roles. But an lutionizing their previously festivalCouick the Younger becomes, 17 years on, Couick the Elder. account of my personal journey since like annual meetings into drive-thru that photo was taken might best be affairs. left for another column. That guy had just begun his journey We made similar transitions with our statewide proin the electric cooperative movement and had not yet experigrams like Washington Youth Tour and the Cooperative Youth Summit. Since the high school students selected by the enced what would become some of the most important parts ­electric cooperatives couldn’t go on those trips, we designed of his life. a once-in-a-lifetime virtual experience that involved national He had yet to work alongside policymakers and energy and state leaders and an innovative podcast challenge for industry leaders on a groundbreaking study about the impact the students. energy efficiency has on homes and generation demand. A Those spectacles had not yet magnified the countless co-op idea born in S.C.—providing loan funds through coopl ­ etters and emails I’ve received from many of you over the eratives to make thousands of homes more energy efficient— years expressing your appreciation for your co-op. Nor had grew into the national Rural Energy Savings Program Act. they enlarged the words of Dr. Lacy Ford and Jared Bailey in Those eyes had not seen South Carolina’s ­cooperatives the recent publication of the book Empowering Communities, respond to catastrophic weather events like Hurricane a history of how electric cooperatives transformed South Matthew and the Thousand Year Flood. Lineworkers were not Carolina. only restoring power to their cooperatives’ members but helpIn July, a new photograph was taken to use with this ing to do the same in other cooperative territories. Member column. I’m not a photographer, but I think a wider lens was service representatives were not only reassuring anxious used. If you compare the two closely, you may notice that my members but were gathering food and supplies for neighbors crooked smile is a little wider as well. in need. That’s the least of the transformations that can happen Those shoulders had not yet been covered by the distincto a person in 17 years working for South Carolina’s electric tive red jacket worn by 185 World War II veterans and their cooperatives. guardians (like me) during the Honor Flights the electric cooperatives sponsored so that those heroes could visit the national memorial constructed in their honor. That chin had not yet stuck out with pride when Gov. Nikki Haley signed landmark renewable energy legislation or when Gov. Henry McMaster signed into law new standards of cooperative governance and transparency, both of which our electric cooperatives had a hand in constructing. I’ve also MIKE COUICK President and CEO, stood a little taller as our cooperatives have reached out to The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina

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Help a neighbor save energy BY MIRANDA BOUTELLE

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I’m a firm believer that saving energy helps the environment as well as the pocketbook. So, how can I help others improve their energy savings at home?

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to a new permanent spot so it does not block air flow. Adjust the water heater. Check the water heater and set it to 120 degrees. Use a kitchen thermometer to test the water temperature. At the faucet nearest the water heater, turn on only the hot water and wait until it gets hot. Let the hot water run into a glass and place a kitchen thermometer in it. Wait until it registers the highest temperature. If the water heater is set too high, you can save energy by lowering the setting. Keep outdoor units clear. Clean brush and debris from around the air conditioner or heat pump. If leaves or brush pile up around the outdoor unit of a heat pump or air-conditioning system, it can reduce the airflow, making the system work harder than it should. That uses more energy and can reduce the life of the unit. Remove the window AC for the winter. By removing the unit before

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Helping people feels good. Supporting community is sewn into the fabric of your electric co-op, which is guided by the Seven Cooperative Principles that put the needs of members first. On National Good Neighbor Day (Sept. 28)—or any day this month—join in the cooperative spirit and help your neighbors, friends and family save at home with these do-it-yourself energysaving tips. Change lightbulbs. Prioritize changing lights that are used the most, such as incandescent porch lights left on all night. LEDs use about 75% less energy and last up to 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs. Some neighbors can’t climb step stools or ladders, so help them out if you are able. Be sure to check for overhead power lines when using ladders outside. Swap the filter. Furnace filters should be checked regularly and replaced when they are dirty. Simply writing down the dimensions of the furnace filter can help your neighbor, who can pick up a pack of new ones in the store or order online. If you find a really dirty furnace filter, don’t remove it until you have a replacement. Operating your system without a filter allows dirt and dust in the system to go directly to the heating and cooling components, which can damage the system and necessitate costly repairs. Open the dampers. Register dampers allow heated and cooled air to properly circulate throughout the home. If you have a central air heating or cooling system, dampers should be left open. The idea that closing registers saves energy is a common misconception. If furniture is on top of dampers, move it

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wintertime, the window can close properly. This prevents heat from escaping and wasting energy. It also keeps the room more comfortable. Window AC units are heavy and awkward, so this project is best done with a buddy. Get that person to commit to helping put the unit back next spring. Share energy-saving programs.

Information is a great way to help, and it’s free. Look into programs your co-op offers and share that information with your neighbor. Don’t forget to check the U.S. Department of Energy for federal tax credits for upgrades. MIRANDA BOUTELLE is the director of o­ perations and customer engagement at Efficiency Services Group in Oregon, a cooperatively owned energy efficiency company. She also writes on energy efficiency topics for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.


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BY PAUL WESSLUND

ONE MONDAY MORNING LAST SUMMER,

a young male brown bear climbed to the top of an electric co-op utility pole in Arizona—presumably to see what he could see. But when two co-op employees spotted the creature, they knew it was nothing to joke about. His arms were draped between the crosspieces, paws resting on the pole’s neutral conductor, head next to an energized 7,200-volt line. “If he touched it, he would have been dead,” said one of the workers. So, they de-energized the line and called in 18-year co-op veteran Werner Neubauer. It wasn’t his first rodeo, er, animal rescue. He’d also saved cats, raccoons and even a bobcat. A co-op bucket truck hoisted Neubauer, 8-foot-long fiberglass hot stick in hand, to meet the bear. The bear tucked his face under his front arm, ­covering his eyes. “Alright, little bear. Time to get off this pole,” Neubauer encouraged. The bear nipped and grabbed at the stick, but Neubauer finally nudged him down, where he ran off into the desert.

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seabirds, electric co-ops have a track record of showing they understand the importance of caring for wildlife. Janelle Lemen, regulatory director for environmental policy at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), describes how co-ops across the country take actions like building nesting platforms for ospreys and falcons, and modifying electrical structures to reduce potential electrocutions of birds. Co-ops have coordinated those efforts nationwide though NRECA’s membership, since 1989, in an organization called the Avian Power Line Interaction Committee. Co-ops also regularly work with other state, local and federal wildlife agencies to come up with the best ways to ­coexist with wildlife, Lemen says. “Electric co-ops have a long history of implemen­ ting conservation efforts to benefit America’s wildlife and other natural resources.” One part of that history is an annual week-long Pollinator Power Party. Co-ops know a lot of us love butterflies and bees and that both are essential to the ecosystems that pollinate plants. So, ­several electric co-ops have become part of a group called the Pollinator Partnership to increase awareness of bee and butterfly habitats.

Grazing under solar panels

A more direct interest between co-ops and wildlife comes in the form of protecting birds from high-voltage equip-

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ment, both for the birds’ safety and to keep animal electrocutions from causing power outages. Co-ops in several states have built platforms to keep ospreys and other birds from nesting on power lines. An electric co-op in Hawaii has even experimented with a laser fence system to keep seabirds from colliding with power lines. And it’s not always the co-ops protecting animals. Sometimes the critters help out the co-ops. As solar energy use grows across the country, some co-ops are getting the grass under photovoltaic panels trimmed by sheep. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory conducted a study called Solar Sheep and Voltaic Veggies: Uniting Solar Power and Agriculture. Among its conclusions: “Sheep have often proven to be the best tenants of the land. Horses can be picky about what they eat, cows are large and require a lot of space, and goats tend to chew on wires and climb on panels.” PAUL WESSLUND writes on consumer and cooperative affairs for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, the national trade association representing more than 900 local electric cooperatives.

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The wild side of electric co-ops

From left: A curious bear near Bradley Lake Hydro in Alaska checks in on workers during a dam inspection. Many electric co-ops across the U.S. have established pollinator gardens and habitats to help butterflies, bees and other essential pollinators thrive. As solar energy use grows across the country, several co-ops are getting the grass under photovoltaic panels trimmed by sheep.


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Handheld meat pies SOUTHERN-STYLE MEAT PIES MAKES ABOUT 16

3 large garlic cloves, 1 tablespoon olive oil minced 1 pound very lean ground Fresh ground beef (90/10 ratio) black pepper ½ pound ground pork ¼ teaspoon cayenne 1 medium onion, finely pepper chopped 2 scallions (green onions), 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour chopped 1 cup unsalted beef stock ½ red bell pepper, finely 1 tablespoon hot sauce chopped 4 pastry crusts (homemade 2 celery ribs, finely or store-bought) chopped Vegetable oil, for frying Kosher salt

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add oil. Crumble beef and pork into skillet and cook until all pink is gone, 5–7 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and add onions, scallions, bell pepper, celery, garlic, salt, black pepper and cayenne. Cook until vegetables are soft, another 5–7 minutes. Add flour and stock and bring to a simmer. Cook until mixture thickens slightly, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in hot sauce. Allow to cool. On a floured surface, roll out pastry to ¼-inch thick. Using a cookie or biscuit cutter, cut into 5-inch rounds or desired shape. Place 2–3 tablespoons of filling on one side of dough, leaving about ½ inch along the edge. Using a pastry brush or fingers, brush water along the edge of the dough. Fold the blank side over on top of the filling and crimp the edges to seal. Place on a large platter lined with parchment paper. Set a rack on a baking sheet lined with paper towels. Heat 2 inches of oil in a Dutch oven or deep skillet, over medium heat. Working in batches, fry meat pies until they are golden brown, turning as needed, about 4 minutes. Transfer to paper towel-lined rack. Allow to cool slightly and serve warm. Alternately, bake in a 400 F oven for 20–25 minutes until golden brown. Lean into beef. Use 90/10 (extra lean) ground beef when possible. It has less fat and prevents the pastry from getting soggy. If using 80/20 beef, drain excess fat before adding veggies. CHEF’S TIP

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BY BELINDA SMITH-SULLIVAN

Mini meat pies were originally e a healthy, inexpensiv vide pro to y wa t ien en and conv mines, al co rs in nourishment to worke during s ad lro rai factories, fields and the me to ho urn ret uld the day until they co own by Kn al. me ier art their families for a he ent regions of the various names in differ s have forged a country, handheld pie icon enjoyed way as a “fast food” of everywhere, any time the day.

BARBECUE CHICKEN HAND PIES MAKES ABOUT 16 PIES

8 ounces chicken, cooked and shredded ¼ cup barbecue sauce 8 ounces grated cheddar cheese Pastry dough (homemade or store-bought) 1 large egg, optional

Preheat oven to 400 F. In a medium bowl, combine chicken, barbecue sauce and cheese. On a floured surface, roll out pastry to ¼-inch thick. Using a cookie or biscuit cutter, cut into 4-inch rounds or desired shape. Place 1–2 tablespoons of filling on one side of dough, leaving about ½ inch along the edge. Using a pastry brush or fingers, brush water along the edge of the dough. Fold the blank side over on top of the filling and crimp the edges to seal. Place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. If desired, in a small bowl, whisk egg and brush on top of pies (or leave plain). Bake 15–20 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool slightly and serve warm.

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2 packages frozen puff pastry 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 pound andouille sausage, removed from casing and crumbled 1 green bell pepper, chopped 1 red bell pepper, chopped 1 onion, diced 4 garlic cloves, minced

1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1 teaspoon dried thyme Kosher salt Fresh ground black pepper ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper 2 tablespoons all‑purpose flour ½ cup grated cheddar

Preheat oven to 400 F. Thaw puff pastry according to package instructions. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Add crumbled sausage and cook until lightly browned, 8–10 minutes. Add bell peppers, onion, garlic, jalapeno, Worcestershire sauce, thyme, salt, pepper and cayenne. Cook until vegetables are soft. Sprinkle with flour and add water; stir to combine and bring to a simmer for 1–2 minutes until mixture starts to thicken. Remove from heat and stir in cheese. Allow to cool. On a floured surface, roll out puff pastry about half its thickness. Using a cookie or biscuit cutter, cut into as many 4-inch rounds as possible. Roll up the remaining dough and cut into additional rounds. Scoop 2 tablespoons of filling on top of half the rounds, leaving about ½ inch along the edge. Using a pastry brush or fingers, brush water along the edge of the dough. Place the remaining rounds on top and crimp edges to seal. Bake for 15–20 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool slightly and serve warm. CHEF’S TIPS

Love the leftovers. Whenever you have leftover meats—beef, chicken, pork roast— make meat pies that you can bake, freeze and reheat for a future road trip, hike, picnic or lunch. Pies can be stored for up to two months in the freezer. Reheat frozen pies at 350 F for 20 minutes or until bubbling. Size of meat pies. Depending on the size of your pastry cutter, your yield may vary. Leftover filling can be refrigerated up to 4 days.

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for a store to open once, and that was when I was in high school and wanted The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, a video game released on Black Friday in 1998. I waited with hundreds of other people before dawn in the parking lot of the Westgate Mall in Spartanburg, but by the time I made it into the store, the game was already gone. So even I am surprised when I find myself, at 5 a.m. one Monday morning in May, waiting for the grand opening of a gas station off of I-95 in Florence. Well, not just any gas station. “Buc-ee’s is like Walmart and Disney World had a baby.” “We love Buc-ee’s. Actually, we’ve never been, but we love the idea of it.” “I’m from Florence, and this kind of thing just doesn’t happen. So, whenever I found out, I was like, ‘I have to go to Buc-ee’s. I have to be the first customer.’ And we are. And I’m going in, and I’m grabbing Beaver Nuggets.” Those would be the words of Lucy Peacock, Hannah Clark and Olivia Giammona, who have joined their friend Julianna Gray as the first customers in line at the first-ever South Carolina Buc-ee’s, a 53,000-square-foot travel center that inspires the kind of fandom normally reserved for rock bands. They are all college students, all out here in matching pastel jumpers, and all giddy about what’s waiting for them inside the store. What’s inside? The weird and the wonderful. Buc‑ee’s Texas Brisket. Buc-ee’s Wall of Jerky. Buc‑ee’s Beaver Nuggets. Buc-ee’s bow ties. Buc-ee’s tumblers. Buc-ee’s 16

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Prickly Pear Cactus Jams. Buc‑ee’s Dill Pork Rinds. Buc-ee’s Pickled Quail Eggs. Buc‑ee’s Chocolate Rocks. Buc-ee’s hunting and fishing supplies, Christmas gifts, kids’ toys, beachwear and cookbooks. You name it, and you’re likely to see it and want to buy it, and almost all of it is emblazoned with the Buc‑ee’s logo—a smiling bucktoothed beaver in a red ballcap with the brim flipped up. “I always say, ‘If you can’t find it at Buc-ee’s, you probably don’t need it.’” That would be John Graber, the store’s general manager who, by 5:30 a.m. on opening day, is high-fiving a line of customers that has backed up beneath the giant inflatable Buc-ee the Beaver towering over more than 100 gas pumps. The actual mascot is out here today, too, dancing and smiling his bucktoothed smile for pictures with the Buc-ee’s fans. Or, I should say, the Buc-ee’s fanatics. Janice Crocco of Florence has never been to a Buc-ee’s, but she owns tons of Buc-ee’s memorabilia (sweatshirts, coffee mugs, T-shirts) given to her by her son who lives in Texas, and she’s second in line because she wouldn’t miss the opening of Buc-ee’s in her hometown for the world. And then there’s third-in-line Zoë Jenkins of Andrews, who celebrated her fifth birthday party with Buc-ee’s cake and Buc-ee’s gift bags, and in her six years on this earth has been to every Buc-ee’s in Georgia, Florida and Alabama. Other fans wear old Buc-ee’s tie-dyed T-shirts and pajama pants like true Buc-ee’s groupies. Many have taken off work or school. “Are y’all ready?” District Operations Manager Josh uu


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Texan Arch “Beaver” Aplin, brainchild behind and co-founder of the Buc-ee’s chain, shares ribbon‑cutting duties at the new Florence travel center with South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster.

slogans: “Holding it till Buc-ee’s. If you know, Smith finally cries, “What are you waiting for? GET THERE you know.” Go!” Buc-ee’s is located at 3390 We go. Through the doors, into the bright N. Williston Road in Florence. lights, among the aromas of sugar and slowA LITTLE BEFORE 10 A.M., the governor shows That’s Exit 170 off I-95. The cooked meat. The college girls beeline it for up. There is ribbon to be cut. There are store and gas pumps are the Beaver Nuggets (think deep-fried Corn speeches to be given and hands to be shook. open 24 hours a day, seven Pops) and succeed in going down into the A crowd gathers round. Buc-ee’s, after all, days a week, 365 days of the record books as the first paying customers is big news in Florence, bringing some 300 year. For more information on at the Florence Buc-ee’s. Smiling workers, all new jobs that pay $18 to $22 an hour with the rapidly expanding chain wearing red Buc-ee’s T-shirts tucked neatly benefits including paid time off and a 401(k). of mega-sized convenience into khaki pants, cheer us on: “Welcome to The employees have been training for weeks, stores, visit buc-ees.com. Buc-ee’s! Welcome to Buc-ee’s!” learning the Buc-ee’s brand of hospitality. All this is the brainchild of a man named Buc-ee’s founder Aplin himself is on hand, Arch “Beaver” Aplin, who opened the first having arrived in Texas-style: fedora, mirrored Buc‑ee’s in 1982 with co-founder Don Wasek in Lake Jackson, shades, crisp blazer. Texas. The original stores were ­traditional-sized affairs, but “Our people have told me that this was the best class we’ve ­everything is bigger in Texas, so Buc‑ee’s just kept on growing. ever had. Incredible employees,” Aplin says in his deep Texas As of this writing, there are 54 other mega-sized travel centers drawl. “They’re doing a wonderful job.” in Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Florida and Tennessee. After all the pomp and ceremony, I go back inside to beat the Additional locations are planned for Colorado, Mississippi crowds to my second helping of brisket. Brisket taco for breakand Missouri, and a second South Carolina location, near fast, brisket sandwich for lunch. Why the Buc-not? Then I get Anderson, is expected to open in 2025. some fire starter and some sunglasses cords, too, because I’d Today, I’m after the two most iconic Buc-ee’s items: their forgotten I needed these items until I saw them. Without even brisket and their bathrooms. I start with the brisket, the thinking about it, I’m on something of a Buc-ee’s shopping spree. recipe of national BBQ champion Randy Pauley. He’s here “Come back and see us now,” the cashier says with a happy today in a cowboy hat and cowboy boots with his chef’s knife grin, and I tell her I will. sheathed to his belt-buckled jeans. “It’s layers of flavor,” he says, describing but not divulging AND I DO. NOT EVEN A WEEK LATER, I’m back at Buc-ee’s. the secrets of his culinary creation. “It’s not just one. It’s salt, For many fanatics, Buc-ee’s is a destination, but today I’m pepper, garlic, smoke, a little bit of sweet. So, it’s layer after on my way across the state. I have no shortage of options for layer after layer, and juicy. It’s gotta be juicy.” pitstops, but I hold it until Buc-ee’s. I want to see if the ­novelty Like almost all Buc-ee’s employees, Pauley speaks with has worn off—if the bathrooms are still as clean and the smiles both the polish of a company man and the enthusiasm of are still as bright. a company fan. But he’s not kidding. Biting into the brisThis time, I gas up at the pumps (easy pay, rapid flow) and try the cherry jerky (sweet, chewy) and a kolache (doughy ket taco, I do indeed savor the layers of flavor, and then I Czech pastry). Despite the fact that there are more people inside top it off with the sweet dessert-like crunch of some Beaver than there were at the grand opening, I don’t see so much as a Nuggets. A bona fide Buc-ee’s breakfast of champions. single crumb on the floor or a stain in the bathrooms. Then it’s on to (and into) the bathrooms voted No. 1 in On my way back to the highway, I see the beaver smiling Cintas America’s Best Bathroom Contest. And let me tell at me from his high perch on the Buc-ee’s sign, as if he knows you, these bathrooms live up to their reputation—spacious what I must now confess: I am a Buc-ee’s convert. And I will and impeccably clean, with stall walls that go all the way to be coming back soon. the floor. I suddenly understand one of the Buc-ee’s T-shirt 18

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South Carolina grist mills keep the old stone-ground traditions alive BY HASTINGS HENSEL | PHOTOS BY MILTON MORRIS

Simplicity, it has been said, is the ultimate form of sophistication. We are told over and over to keep things simple—pure and simple. Less, they say, is more. Nowhere does such wisdom ring truer than at a grist mill. At a grist mill, ­nothing is complex about the operation. A stone wheel, often powered by a waterwheel, turns on an axle against another stone wheel, pummeling corn into the fine grain of cornmeal or the coarser grain of grits. And that’s pretty much it. It’s a far cry from engineered flavors or the meatless “meat” churned out of modern food labs, and anyone who’s tasted freshly ground grits or cornmeal will tell you that, just like fish right off the hook or tomatoes right off the homegrown vine, stone-ground corn is as good as it gets. Although most rural communities once had a miller, there are only a few grist mills still grinding away in South Carolina. In search of authentic grits and cornmeal, I set off on a road trip to three water-powered Upstate mills. At each stop, I learned something else about simplicity. A grist mill operates the old and simple way because, well, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. And when you do things the old and simple way— passed down generation after generation—it means you have a story to tell.

The machinery inside Timm’s Mill has passed the test of time with flying colors and still cranks out grits and cornmeal the old-fashioned way.

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Linda Suber keeps an eye on the scale as she fills a bag with grits.

Suber’s Corn Mill STEPPING INTO SUBER’S Corn Mill on a Saturday when they are grinding corn is indeed like stepping back in time. A thin layer of cornmeal dusts everything in sight— the wooden floorboards, the grindstone, the sifter, the flour mixer, the rocking chair, the fishing pictures hanging on the wall, the whirring box fan in the window, the cast-iron wood stove, even the miller himself, Jim Suber. “I believe it’s gonna start,” Suber says with a sly grin when I walk in just after 9 a.m. It’s an obvious joke because it—the mill—has been starting up for 150 years. Suber—whose great-grandfather James Suber started a grist mill and whiskey still on the same branch of the Enoree River, Princess Creek—pulls a lever that opens the gates on the top of the hill. Water comes coursing down the creek, under the railroad tracks, and turns the waterwheel that powers the mill. “Someone asked me how long they run,” Suber says about the 18-inch granite wheel at the heart of the works. “I said, ‘That’s 18-inch rock. I’ve been running it 60 years, and I wore only an inch off of it.’” Suber’s son, Bryan, who works at the mill on Saturdays as a fifth-generation miller because he “can’t get away from it,” feeds 50-pound bags of corn into a bin. The corn is conveyed by metal cups to the grindstone, which is adjusted according

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Jim Suber is a fourth generation miller in Greer. He’s been using this granite grindstone for 60 years and only an inch has been worn off.

to the desired product. For cornmeal, they sift off the bran, which is the tough but nutritious outer layer of corn, and save it to feed livestock. For self-rising flour, they mix the cornmeal with baking powder, baking soda and salt. For grits, they keep the bran in. “If you don’t want that in your grits, run them in cold water,” advises Linda Suber, Jim Suber’s wife and Bryan Suber’s mother. “My mother-in-law used to say, ‘Swim it off!’” Although the family business only grinds and sells to the public on Saturdays, they also sell their grits to local restaurants and farmers markets. And they still have loyal customers, like Greer resident Carl Dunham, who comes every weekend. “It’s the only place you can get real cornmeal,” Dunham says. “It’s the real thing. It’s an institution. Not a quantity business, but a quality business because it’s a family business.” Suber’s Corn Mill is located at 2002 Suber Mill Road in Greer and open to the public on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For details, call (864) 430‑3675 or visit facebook.com/SubersCornMill.


“ The key thing is the quality of the corn and the freshness of the grind.” — DAVID WORTHAM, TIMM’S MILL

Timm’s Mill of gently rolling hills between Anderson and Pendleton, Timm’s Mill is a labor of love for gastroenterologist David Wortham, who bought the property in 2001 and began a two-year restoration project. Wortham tells me that there was a Timm’s Mill as far back as 1780, a mile up Six and Twenty Creek from its current location. After a series of moves and setbacks, the mill ceased operations in 1970. “I didn’t want to see the mill go away,” Wortham says, opening up a photo album with before-and-after pictures. They had to lift the waterwheel out with a crane to have it refabricated. “So, I started researching mills and realized there were not many remaining. There are very few. You can put them on one hand. And I had this standing building, and I had this vision that one day we could maybe restore it and make it work again.” Like a justifiably proud father, Wortham is quick to point out two unusual things about his waterwheel, made by the famous Fitz Water Wheel Company. For one, it is set at about a 20-degree angle from the building so that the shafts and pulleys run parallel to the floor joists. Two, it has an internal ring gear. If it all sounds a bit technical, it’s because such specialized knowledge is necessary in the world of mill restoration. In fact, Wortham points to the serendipitous fact that the Society for the Preservation of Old Mills (SPOOM) happened to host its annual meeting in nearby Clemson the year that he started his project. He says, “We got a lot of exposure to different people,” who helped him learn the milling trade. One of the former millers at Hagood Mill even came down and took him through the process. “I’ve been blessed by some very kind, generous friends.” These days, he grinds corn and sells to the public on Wednesdays, and he ships to various restaurants in the area, including the famous Clemson barbecue joint, The Smokin’ Pig. He also holds an annual Christmas party open to the public; it’s a celebration of the community that’s helped Timm’s Mill endure as one of the last functioning grist mills in the state. And, as a gastroenterologist, he’s quick to point out something else: “Grits are good for your gut,” he says. “And you can quote me on that!” NESTLED IN A SHADED COVE

For David Wortham, second from left, the mill is a gathering place for family, friends and customers, who look forward to the annual Christmas party. The holiday gathering is Wortham’s way of saying thanks to the community for their support of the mill restoration project. Wortham purchased the property in 2001 because he “didn’t want to see the mill go away.” The waterwheel had to be lifted out with a crane to be refabricated during the two-year restoration project.

Timm’s Mill is located at 150 Timms Mill Road in Pendleton. Although the mill is open most Wednesdays, visitors are encouraged to call or email ahead. (864) 261‑3366, info@timmsmill.com. For more information, visit timmsmill.com. SCLIVING.COOP | SEPTEMBER 2022 | SOUTH CAROLINA LIVING

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Hagood Mill depends on volunteers to keep the mill grinding. Below, a miller manages the sifter, which separates ground corn depending on coarseness.

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the grist mill’s grounds every third Saturday for a festival that offers craft and milling demonstrations and tours of the park’s petroglyphs museum.

Hagood Mill Historic Site Hagood Mill Historic Site comes alive with musicians, quilters, blacksmiths, families touring the prehistoric petroglyphs museum and vendors selling everything from tacos to handmade leather goods, but the heart of this Pickens County park is— and always has been—the historic grist mill. Truly, it feels like a beating heart inside the restored wooden structure built atop a foundation of creek rocks, what with all the wheels wheeling and pumps pumping and pulleys pulling and chutes chuting. And all of it is powered by the picturesque waterwheel out back on Hagood Branch. During every third Saturday event, volunteers under head ON THE THIRD SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH,

GET MORE RESTORING JONES MILL—Built in 1861 and abandoned in the 1950s, historic Jones Mill near Fountain Inn is getting a new lease on life, thanks to a $1.6 million restoration effort. Read the story at SCLiving.coop/jones-mill.

FOR MORE ON HAGOOD MILL, see these stories at SCLiving.coop/travel. Hagood Mill: Crafting a legacy—Watch the 2016 renovation of Hagood Mill’s historic waterwheel in this Pickens County Tourism video. Hagood Mill Keeps History Alive—Join us on a walkthrough of the petroglyphs museum and the Third Saturday Folklife Festivals. 24

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miller Alan Warner make sure the whole operation runs just as it would have 100 years ago. They repair belts and pulleys, keep everything clean, and heft 50-pound bags of corn into the hopper while narrating the history of the mill to interested visitors. “What an opportunity to have something that old and that unique, to be able to run it, and for people to come see it and also buy the products that you’re making,” Warner says. While they also mill wheat, rye, oats, barley and millet for sale on the first floor of the mill, old-fashioned yellow grits are the most popular item, and for good reason. They provide a literal taste of old South Carolina. “When we talk to people, we’re also explaining how to cook them,” Warner says. “There is a difference between stone ground and manufactured grits. We’re taking the whole kernel of corn and grinding it. What you get is a product that includes the germ, and the germ has all the oils and nutrients in it and that’s what gives it a unique taste.” Hagood Mill Historic Site is located at 138 Hagood Mill Road in Pickens and operates every third Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more on the park and its other attractions, call (864) 898‑2936 or visit hagoodmillhistoricsite.com.


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Visit FMHM.ORG for more information Museum Hours: Wednesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 107 Clebourne St, Fort Mill, SC 803.802.3646

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15–18 euphoria, multiple venues,

Greenville. (864) 617‑0231 or euphoriagreenville.com. 15–18 The Penguin Project: The Aristocats Kids, Greenwood Community Theatre, Greenwood. (864) 229‑5704 or greenwoodcommunitytheatre.com. 16 Spartanburg Greek Festival, downtown, Spartanburg. (864) 585‑5961 or spartanburggreekfestival.com. 17–18 Sooie. Mauldin’s Annual BBQ Cook-off, Mauldin Cultural Center, Mauldin. (864) 335‑4862 or mauldinculturalcenter.org. 17–18 South Carolina Fiddling Convention, Hagood Mill Historic Site, Pickens. (864) 898‑2936 or hagoodmillhistoricsite.com. 17–18 September Campout, Anne Springs Close Greenway, Fort Mill. (803) 547‑4575 or scgreenway.org. 20–24 South Carolina Foothills Heritage Fair, The F.A.R.M. Center, Seneca. (864) 723‑0698 or farmoconee.org.

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23 Autumnfest at the Market, Greenville State Farmers Market, Greenville. (864) 244‑4023 or greenvillestatefarmersmarket.com. O C TO B E R

1 Ridge Runner Corvettes Car

Show, Embassy Suites Golf Resort & Conference Center, Greenville. ridgerunnercorvettes.com. 2 Hispanic Heritage Festival, Fluor Field, Greenville. (864) 402‑4207 or ahamsc.org/hhf. 6–8 Albino Skunk Music Festival, The Skunk Farm, Greer. albinoskunk.com. 8 Spartanburg Soaring!, Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg. (864) 542‑2787 or chapmanculturalcenter.org. 11–16 Piedmont Interstate Fair, Piedmont Interstate Fairgrounds, Spartanburg. (864) 582‑7042 or piedmontinterstatefair.com. 14 Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg. (864) 948‑9020 or spartanburgphilharmonic.org. 14–16 Fall for Greenville, Main Street, Greenville. fallforgreenville.net. 14–23 Clemson Little Theatre presents The Giver, Pendleton Playhouse, Pendleton. (864) 646‑8100 or clemsonlittletheatre.com.

21–23 The Walhalla Oktoberfest, Sertoma Field, Walhalla. thewalhallaoktoberfest.com. 23–Oct. 2 Mauldin Theatre Company presents I Wanna Rock!, Mauldin Cultural Center, Mauldin. (864) 335‑4862 or mauldinculturalcenter.org.

Midlands SEPTEMBER

15 “The Hunt is On” Southern

Decoy Carvers, Aiken Center for the Arts. (803) 641‑9094 or aikencenterforthearts.org. 16 Aiken Master Gardener Association presents “Randy’s Gardening Medley, Stop and Smell the Mint,” Millbrook Baptist Church, Aiken. (803) 508‑7739 or aikenmastergardeners.org. 16 Lunch and Learn: “Home Front in World War I South Carolina,” USC‑Lancaster Native American Studies Center, Lancaster. (803) 313‑7172. 17 The Lettermen, Sumter Opera House, Sumter. (803) 436‑2616 or sumteroperahouse.com. 17–19, 24–26 Butterflies Are Free, Rock Hill Theatre, Rock Hill. (803) 326‑7428 or rockhilltheatre.org.

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Our mobile-friendly site lists even more festivals, shows and events. You’ll also find instructions on submitting your event. Please confirm information with the hosting event before attending. 22–25 Raylrode Daze Festivul,

downtown, Branchville. (803) 682‑0124 or raylrodedazefestivul.com. 23–24 Irmo Okra Strut Festival, downtown, Irmo. (803) 781‑7050 or okrastrut.com. 24 Holistic Wellness Fair, H.O. Weeks Center, Aiken. holisticwellnessfair.org. 30–Oct. 9 Chapin Theatre Company presents Farce of Nature, Firehouse Theatre at American Legion Post 193, Chapin. (803) 404‑0015 or chapintheatre.org. OCTOBER

1 Fall Farm Day, Old McCaskill’s

Farm, Rembert. (803) 432‑9537.

1 Newberry Oktoberfest,

Historic Downtown, Newberry. newberryoktoberfest.com. 3–9 Orangeburg County Fair, 350 Magnolia St., Orangeburg. (803) 534‑0358 or orangeburgfair.com.

6–8 Ridge Spring Harvest

Festival, downtown, Ridge Spring. (803) 685‑5511 or ridgespringharvestfestival.com. 6–9 United States Disc Golf Championship, Winthrop University, Rock Hill. usdgc.com. 12–23 South Carolina State Fair, South Carolina State Fairgrounds, Columbia. (803) 799‑3387 or scstatefair.org. 13–15 South Carolina Jazz Festival, multiple locations, Cheraw. scjazzfestival.com. 14 Lightwire Theater’s The Adventures of Tortoise and Hare, Sumter Opera House, Sumter. (803) 436‑2616 or sumteroperahouse.com. 15 Rock Hill Oktoberfest, East Main Street, Rock Hill. rockhillevent.com. 15 Rosewood Art & Music Festival, 2901 Rosewood Drive, Columbia. (803) 250‑6187 or rosewoodfestival.com.

Lake Murray, South Carolina Join us for the 1st BASS World Championship on US soil. Held on Lake Murray, SC Oct. 16-22, 2022!

Youth Angling Day

Oct. 16 | 11-3 PM | Columbia Canal Bring the kids out to meet a real bass fishing pro and PAW Patrol's Skye & Marshall.

Weigh in Concert w/ Cody Webb Learn more about this once is a lifetime event that is fun for the whole family!

Oct. 21 | 4 PM | Dreher Island State Park Watch the weigh in on the MLF stage followed by a Country Music concert. Come hungry, there will be food trucks & vendors

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15–25 Society of Stranders Fall Migration, multiple venues, Myrtle Beach. shagdance.com. 17 Aynor Harvest Hoe-Down Festival, Aynor Town Park, Aynor. (843) 358‑1074 or aynorhoedown.com. 17 Cuban Carnival featuring the Buena Vista Legacy Band, Charleston Music Hall, Charleston. (843) 641‑0011 or charlestonjazz.com. 17 Wild Side, Kaminski House, Georgetown. (843) 527‑0078 or scelp.org. 17 Lowcountry Reptiles, Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, Ridgeland. (843) 284‑9227 or morrisheritagecenter.org. 24 Bluffton Boiled Peanut Festival, Heyward House, Bluffton. heywardhouse.org. 24 Irish Italian International Festival, Main St., North Myrtle Beach. (843) 280‑5570 or parks.nmb.us. 24 Getting Saucy BBQ Sauce Competition, Firefly Distillery, North Charleston. gettingsaucysc.com. 24 MFBG Beerfest, Moore Farms Botanical Garden, Lake City. (843) 356‑9500 or moorefarmsbg.org. 24 Yoga and Healing Arts Festival, downtown, Hartsville. scyogafest.com.

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n Spring-flowering bulbs will soon be showing up at garden centers, and if you want the best displays next year, pay more to get more. “Bargain” bulbs are usually smaller and won’t put on grand flower shows. The best blooming results will come from larger bulbs, which are normally more expensive, but the results are worth it.

BY L.A. JACKSON

TIP OF THE MONTH Before the garden slips into its annual fall fade, grab a digital camera and unleash your inner Ansel Adams. Shoot like a tourist in Rome—in other words, take a ton of closeups and wide-angle shots to record the many aspects of your personal plant world. Such captured moments will give you a visual record of how your garden did this year, which could be an able aid in planning for future growing seasons. As a bonus, studying these “happy snappies” before next spring’s planting frenzy will also help prevent you from accidentally digging up any herbaceous perennials that die back to the ground over the winter.

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SING THE BLUES Gardening friends will be blue Salvia with envy at your colorful anise sage blossoms. g­ uaranitica, anise sage—so named for its scented leaves—brings a toughness many salvias are known for to a dusky purple. As a softer contrast, just about any garden party, along with Argentine Skies has green calyxes typithe desirable ability to flaunt flowcal of most anise sages, but its flowers blush in a modest light blue. ers from spring until the first autumn Many other anise frosts. An herbasage cultivars are ceous perennial that, A double bonus: available to gardepending on the while deer ignore this deners, meaning cultivar, can reach 3 to 5 feet tall, it will plant, butterflies, bees the three I menshow off imprestioned are just the and hummingbirds tip of a pretty icesive stalks of small, conical blooms visuberg. Various seleccan’t resist it. ally residing in the tions can probably violet/indigo end of the spectrum, with be found at your local garden centers, some cultivars even flirting with true but anise sage is also an easy find if you blue. prefer to let your fingers do the walking Like for most perennials, fall is a on the Web. fine time to plant anise sage. Placed in Regretfully, sticking to truth in joura well-draining area that receives about nalism, I do have to admit that the six hours of sun a day and, at least for leaves of my anise sage plants, when its first year in the garden, watered well rubbed, at least to me, don’t really when the rains don’t cooperate, this smell similar to the anise cookies I blooming beauty can easily settle into devoured by the handful as a kid—so its no-fuss-no-muss mode in almost any I can’t really cast my vote in favor of landscape setting. And a double bonus: the name connection. Maybe it’s just while deer ignore this plant, butterflies, my nose being a notch or two off, but bees and hummingbirds can’t resist it. rather than sing the blues, I enjoy the As far as particular cultivars, for me, blues (and the indigos and the violets) Black and Blue goes to the head of the of these steadfast plants that dependclass. It has been a popular pick for ably doll up my landscape with beauyears, and for good reason—each pretty tiful blooms through the long growing blue bloom emerges from a midnight season. black calyx, making for a visual pop to remember. The recent hybrid introducL.A. JACKSON is the former editor of tion Amistad is a similar sight sensation, Carolina Gardener magazine. Contact him at lajackson1@gmail.com. except its flowers are dipped deep into BOTANICALLY KNOWN AS

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SNAP SHOTS Take pictures of this year’s growing season to help guide you to an even better garden next year.

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n It’s peony planting time! Place tubers in a well-prepared planting area that basks in the early morning light but, to prevent the beautiful blooms from fading too quickly, also provides some sun-relieving shade during the afternoon scorch.


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Jan Goodall at your service BY JAN A. IGOE

LATELY, YOU’VE P ­ ROBABLY

noticed that despite the technological magic that can deliver the entirety of human knowledge directly to our thirsty brains, certain Homo sapiens have managed to remain stupid. (I won’t name names since space is limited.) But so far, no vaccine has successfully prevented us from getting dumber. I recently encountered a couple of golfers who desperately need that vaccine. Since I’ve been living on a golf course for a decade, I’ve become sort of a freelance expert on the species. I study golfers the way Jane Goodall studied apes and occasionally witness antics so bizarre they defy description. But I’ll try. There are some no-frills facilities adjacent to my house. Granted, they are about a half-step above a Porta Potty, but they still count as my personal outhouses—which should be a bonus when it’s time to sell. Plus, they guarantee daily entertainment. Like yesterday, when I saw two older guys, who didn’t really seem like the leaping type, suddenly start jumping around, emitting the high-pitched squeals of preteen girls at a Bangtan Boys concert. (Think Backstreet Boys, but Korean.) Anyhow, they were swinging their drivers like maniacs but were nowhere near the tee. I couldn’t see exactly what inspired the chaos over the hedge separating us, but they were happy to share as they zipped away on their cart. “We found an enormous snake in the men’s room. We didn’t know if it was poisonous, so we shoved it into the ladies’ room.” 38

Historically, canines have been torn between their instinct to chase bouncing yellow prey and their reluctance to relinquish it. Problem solved. Not every female has experienced the thrill of exposing herself to a venomous reptile (unless they were dating), but thanks to these brave gentlemen, they’ll have that opportunity. Next up, great brains in tennis. No snakes, just misguided furry logic. The Wilton Tennis Club thought it would be jolly good fun to get dogs to replace the ball kids at Wimbledon. Brits love dogs as much as tennis. So, assuming no squirrels crash the gate, it’s a swell idea, right? Wrong. I could have told them this

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idea was doomed, but oddly enough, no one ever asks me. Yes, dogs are fast. They can fly over the net like it’s a speed bump and evade obstacles like Kalon Barnes running a Carolina Panther blitz. But returning the ball may not be a particularly high priority to the dog. Historically, canines have been torn between their instinct to chase bouncing yellow prey and their reluctance to relinquish it. Sure, you might find the ball dog in a docile mood, willing to surrender the ball. Or you may be waiting until next month. Just don’t make any plans. There’s also the matter of a dog’s attention span, which can put a hyperactive 3-year-old to shame. If the dog decides it’s time to curl up with that juicy tennis ball and take a nap, no fourth-set tiebreaker is going to stop him. But don’t lose hope. A marathon game of keep-away could easily be next. On the off chance that the dog does return the ball in a timely fashion, there’s the matter of slobber. Try serving an ace with 5 pounds of industrial glue on your racket. The rule book doesn’t cover that contingency. Yet. Now, if tennis ever gets a halftime show, the ball dog idea would rock. And in case any brave men decide to leave the dogs in the ladies’ room, there would be less screaming. devotes her time to documenting golfers in the wild and taming her dogs, who have made off with more than a few golf balls that made the mistake of landing in her yard. Write to her at HumorMe@SCLiving.coop. JAN A. IGOE


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