Connie Porter Contributing Columnist
August 30, 2013
At Tuesday’s town meeting, we acknowledged Robert (Greasy) and Nancy Lawson’s 50th anniversary, which they celebrated on Friday, Aug. 23. Congratulations from the mayor and council.
Nancy and Greasy served many years on the council, and Greasy even had to take over as Mayor Pro Tem when we lost one of our mayors. They made me feel very welcome when I first came on council.
If you look out your window early every morning, you’ll see Greasy and Monroe walking. Monroe is Wanda Vanderford’s dog, and waits at the post office for Greasy every morning.
MMMM! As I told you last week, we all really enjoyed the pineapple cake that Ailene made for me, for my birthday. I’m so sorry that Mary Jo and Deloris couldn’t have a tiny little bite of it. But, Ailene never made me any of her delicious fudge, but I heard she made it for both of you. Maybe you both can make her feel guilty enough to make you one for your birthday, someday.
Well not this weekend, though, she’s so excited that she’s going to Charleston with Cheryl to see Roan, her grandson.
There will be a very important “Bridge Meeting” on Oct. 17, 2013 at the Old Armory behind the Hot Spot, at 5 p.m.
Even if you don’t live in the Lockhart area but come here to fish, you really need to come so you can voice your opinion. We need to let the SCDOT know that we would like to save the canal bridge (historical). It would be a great bridge to fish off, and we would like to make a walking trail from it to the old Mill bridge, also to fish off of. But we need your support.
The bridge will be started in 2015 and will be finished in 2018. They will leave the old bridge open for thru-traffic. I will keep reminding you of this important meeting from time to time.
Oh before I forget, I believe that right now in the plans for the bridge, they haven’t made access to the part below the bridge where people swim and fish (in No Man’s Land), that’s something the people need to address to them at this meeting. It would be a shame if we lost that privilege.
Donnie Adams is looking for volunteers to help cut the bushes on the rock wall coming into Lockhart. The highway department used to do this, but has to make cuts, and this wall seems to be one of them.
Contact Town Hall at 545-2103 if you own a weedeater and want to help. Thanks.
Meet Priscilla A. Randolph
I want to tell you of a lady, who is not from here, but is the great-aunt to the Thomasons (Roger, Putt, Ronnie, Charles, Roy and Russell). Their aunt, Peggy Hutto, was in the shop the other day, and told me that their fgreat-aunt had passed away. She was living in Anderson and was 106 years old.
Priscilla A. Randolph, Aug. 4th, 1907 to Aug. 16, 2013, lived alone up until two months ago. She still had a good mind, cooked, did laundry, and her own housework. She had three daughters, ages 73, 78, 81. One son, age 83. All still living.
She outlived two husbands, the first was shot by a moonshiner in a shootout. Well, he was shot in the crossfire and was shot in the head, but lived a full life until the age of 32. That was 70 some years ago, when he hit his head and discovered that the bullet was still lodged in his head.
She worked in the Marretta Mills, but loved to travel and married the second husband, from Michigan, and they moved to California. She moved back to Anderson in her 90s.
The reason I’m writing this is the Anderson Paper wasn’t interested in doing a short story on her, but after hearing how old she lived to and was still walking around and functioning as a younger person I thought how interesting she was and I would have liked to meet her. If she’d lived in Union County, you could bet our papers would be proud to do a story on her. Of course, we are a smaller town and no one is a stranger. We care.
Water Bill Increase
Well, I know all of you have been complaining about your water bill going up. But it didn’t! Brown’s Creek went up on us in June, but we have taken the blunt of it, but now starting on your September bill you will have a 10 percent increase. We’re sorry for this, but if our town had an income we might be able to handle some more of these charges. We struggle to do what we do.
If I could rent our 6 room house out, that would give us a little more income. If you are interested please call me at 864-545-6652.
Myrtis Young had a great time at the beach, and had a room overlooking the ocean. All she had to do was sit on the balcony and watch everything going on, and not get sand between her toes. I asked Doc how he enjoyed the vacation, and he did. He stayed home!
Remember In Prayer
Margaret Montgomery had a stroke last week and had been in Spartanburg Regional, but I heard she’s on her way back to Ellen Sagar for rehab. Tug Lee should be out of rehab this week. Buster Dabbs is in the hospital, also. Judy Spouse is in Oakmont for Rehab, and Dean O’Dell will be going home. Please add these to your prayers. Also add Beverly Shrader, one of our council members who is taking treatments for her leg and foot. We really miss her.
Birthdays, An Anniversary And A Birth
Aug. 26 was Betty Burns’ birthday, Happy Birthday! Carolyn Rash’s is the 29th. Jack McKnight has a birthday Sept. 1. Maddux Parker on the 2nd. Earnest (Fuzzy) Woods is the 4th along with Judy Turner. Betty and Jow Burns had an anniversary on the 26th of August. And Nicole and Chip had a baby girl on Aug. 20.
What’s this daily charge for “fruit?” the hotel patron asked the manager. “We didn’t eat any.”
“But the fruit was placed in your room every day. It isn’t our fault you didn’t take advantage of it.”
“I see,” said the man as he subtracted $150. from the bill.
“What are you doing?” sputtered the manager.
“I’m subtracting 50 dollars a day for your kissing my wife.”
“What? I didn’t kiss your wife.”
“Ah,” replied the man, “but she was there.”
Overheard: “I hate talking cars. A voice out of nowhere says things like, ‘Your door is ajar.’ Why don’t they say something really useful, like ‘There’s a state trooper hiding behind the bush.’”
And then there’s the fellow who’s sorry he ever installed a car telephone. He finds it a nuisance having to run to the garage every time it rings.
There’s a new telephone service that lets you test you IQ over the phone, it costs $3.95 a minute. If you make the call at all, you’re a moron. If you’re on the line for three minutes, you’re a complete idiot.
“When I was a youngster,” complained the frustrated father, “I was disciplined by being sent to my room without supper. But my son has his own color TV, phone, computer and CD player.”
“So what do you do?” asked his friend.
“I send him to my room.”
Well speaking of rooms, I’m going to mine now and go to sleep, hoping that tomorrow will be a busy day. Goodnight. 545-6652