Who, What, When & Where Of Whitmire: Whitmire Community School honors veterans

Cassie J. Fowler Contributing Columnist

November 20, 2013

Hello everyone, it looks and feels like more than fall y’all. Brrr. Our first real freeze of the year and Gottrocks The Birthday was ready. He had his motor and wings winterized. He had no problems getting the birthday wishes to me.


Happy Birthday to Blake Roche, Bennie Gilliam Sr., Monica Lambert, Theresa Thrift, Ron Eison, Dot B. Hellams, Chris Crumpton, John “Neighbor” Miller, Sue R. Jones, Billy Gresham, Travis Wallen, Dot Willard, Amanda Reid, Gary Lane, Reggie Yarbrough, Fannie Agnew, and Hugh Coleman Jr.

Best Feel Good Wishes

We send our Best Feel Good Wishes and speedy recovery to Ronnie Abrams, and we also send our best feel good wishes and speedy recovery to Coach William “Lefty” Johnson. We send hugs to his wife Kitcy and daughter Hollis. Coach “Lefty” and his family are beloved in the community.


We send our sympathies and best wishes to the families of Mrs. Sarah Wilbanks Shealy. Mrs. Shealy was a Whitmire High Graduate.

Community News

Whitmire Community School hosted the community wide Veterans Day Ceremony and Celebration Monday, Nov. 11. Students and administration welcomed the veterans and their families to the school.

Commander Thomas Crisp of The American Legion Post #70 of Whitmire gave opening remarks, as Whitmire’s Mayor Billy Hollingsworth introduced the guest speaker, former Whitmirian Martin Gaye Suber. Mr. Suber, a 1955 graduate of Whitmire High School, is a University Of South Carolina graduate and a veteran. Mr. Suber gave a little history on how Whitmire Area, and Newberry County residents were always patriotic and supportive of veterans who fought in various wars.”

The WCS elementary and junior high chorus performed as well as the WCS Concert Band. The veterans stood and saluted as the WCS Band played songs for each branch of military service.

The veterans and their family members were treated to a special home cooked-style meal in the cafeteria. It was a well coordinated event and a big Thank You to all involved.

Upcoming Events

A Community Thanksgiving Service is Nov. 24 at 6 p.m. at The St. Timothy Lutheran Church on Main Street. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The Whitmire Jaycees announced their Christmas events at the recent town council meeting. President Elect Christianna Gilliam presented their upcoming plans.

The Christmas Tree Lighting is Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the west end of Main Street. The parking lot area will be the gathering place for residents, the WCS Band, and chorus. Programs will be handed out as well as hot chocolate and refreshments.

The Whitmire Christmas Parade is Dec. 14 at noon. The line up at 11 a.m. on Broad Street — formerly North Main — near the Car Wash at the corner of Broad and Church. Santa will hang around after the parade to hear wishes from the kids. The Whitmire Rescue Squad members serve soft drinks and popcorn as Santa listens to the kids’ wishes at their Main Street /Gilliam Street location.

Registration is going on Now for Whitmire Winter Sports. Basketball, private tennis lesson and a baseball camp will be offered. Contact Program Cordinator – Joey Dillard on The Whitmire Recreation Page or via e-mail: whitmirerecreation@gmail.com or call 803-694-0198 or 803-924-4057.

People In The News

Congratulations to Christianna Gilliam. Christianna was elected President of The Whitmire Chapter of The Jaycees. She is a graduate of Whitmire High school and Limestone College, where she earned a Bachelors in Mathmatics and a Minor computer/ internet studies.

She can be contacted about Jaycee activities at : whitmirejaycees@yahoo.com and 803-694-9251.

Allrighty readers, Garabund The Deadline Fairy is here and tapping a groove on the key boards. He thinks he is going with us to Chester tonight to see The Johnny Marshall Band at the 2nd Thursday Blues Series Concert. I have more news for him, he can fly to Chester over faster than we can drive.

Until we meet here next week, feel free to send your news bits, civic and church news and photos to: news2cassie@yahoo.com