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July 20, 2011

 

Editorial Stories

Chamber should honor Tony DiLeo

Shot gun houses still have value

Sweepstakes scams target elderly

GOP pushes for Pee Dee in 7th District

 

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Chamber should honor Tony DiLeo

The Greater Darlington Chamber of Commerce does a great job with its annual banquet every year. This year was great also. They recognized several well-deserving people, but one name was missing: Mr. Tony DiLeo, who was director of the Darlington Downtown Revitalization for a lot of years.
Tony put his heart and soul into making the downtown area more attractive and business-friendly. He also made the Taste of Darlington what it is today, a big success.
Tony gives over 100 percent on every project he worked on and with much professionalism. I worked with Tony at Perfection American Gear where he was plant manager, and I worked in production control. He worked as hard there as he did as revitalization director and should be recognized for all his hard work and years of service.

Johnny B. August
Darlington

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Shot gun houses still have value

At the July 5th City Council meeting, the City Codes Enforcement Officer Lee Bass asked for approval of the demolition list of dilapidated houses from Council. The News & Press reported this in the July 13th paper: “The approval allows Bass to begin the process of notifying owners with certified letters. Property owners have 30 days to respond. Owners may choose to tear down the vacant structures on their own, or Bass will meet with them to discuss what must be done to repair the homes. He also connects them with Habitat for Humanity when possible.”
What was not said is that streetscape is very important to the appearance of an “old” neighborhood. I understand the importance that one dilapidated home can have on the appearance of a neighborhood as a whole, but by the same token some of these old homes have historical value and were built at the turn of the century. Although they might not be listed on the historic registry, they still have value to many. The “shot gun” houses were built long ago for workers at the mill. If we take them down, we are destroying part of our history.
The six houses on the list are on Second Street, H Avenue, Lee Street, South Dargan Street, Hickory Street and South Main Street.
Why are only certain areas being targeted in reference to vacant homes being demolished? This is a citywide problem. If the homeowner cannot refurbish the home, pay the demolition fee or tear it down themselves, the city will put a lien on the property tax (demolition fee). If the homeowners is unable to pay the property tax by the cutoff date, the land will be sold to the highest bidder at the tax sale in October at the Darlington County Courthouse.
In many cases, homeowners don’t allow their homes to get in these conditions by choice. It is usually a simple matter of circumstance and finances. I hope that at some point someone can come up with a grant that can help save these neighborhoods. This will be a top priority of my administration, and I will be involved in organizing these neighborhood associations. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call me at (843) 393-0450.

Gloria Cheeseboro Hines
Darlington

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Sweepstakes scams target elderly

In recent months, our office as well as several other agencies in the local area have been contacted by elderly victims who have been taken advantage of in a sweepstakes phone scam.
The caller will make contact with the elderly person and convince them that they have won a large sum of money, but that they have to pay a fee to get around paying large sums of taxes on these monies. The victim will be asked to go to a Western Union usually at a local grocery store and send these monies out of the country. They even go as far as to try to give the victim a cover story for anyone who might be taking them to send the money.
We strongly urge you to let anyone that you know who might be susceptible to a scam such as this to be wary of anyone that calls you on the phone that you don’t know who tells you something that you know is too good to be true. If they continue to call you after you have asked them not to, please tell them to call the local sheriff’s office or police department, and we will gladly help them.
If you received a check in the mail involving this same type of situation where they ask you to cash the check and then send them the money, it is also a scam.
Once again if you need someone to look at the check to tell you if it is genuine, please call a local police agency, and we will look at it for you.
Remember if you cash or deposit such a check you are the one that will be most likely held accountable for it.

Captain Daniel Watson
Darlington Police Department

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GOP pushes for Pee Dee in 7th District

Citizens from all over the Pee Dee Region will be gathering at the State Capitol in Columbia on Tuesday, July 26. This demonstration of comradeship is to show members of the State Legislature the people of the Pee Dee Region want to be the new 7th Congressional District.
We believe this action, which we are calling the Pee Dee Push, is necessary because the South Carolina Senate insist on playing games. The Great Pee Dee Region is and should remain a cohesive region. We are not asking for anything that is not simple common sense and fair.
PEE DEE PUSH is a protest against raw political moves.
Unlike some of the other redistricting proposals, it is not about Democrat versus Republican or racial motivated. This day is about saving the PEE DEE Region of South Carolina. The goal is to have Pee Dee residents and those who support the region from all across the State to converge on the South Carolina State House on the day the legislature goes back into session. Our goal, express the Pee Dee’s desire to remain intact and have the 7th Congressional District in the Pee Dee Region of South Carolina.
Currently, some members of the South Carolina Senate want to divide the Pee Dee region of South Carolina into four different Congressional districts. This leaves the Pee Dee once again an unrepresented area of the state. We believe it is time for the Pee Dee to take a stand in opposition to this decision by the South Carolina Senate Leadership.
Why should a natural Region (that will pass the test of the judicial review) be split up just so other districts can be held intact, or strengthened, just to protect already well-represented areas of the state?
Printed materials, including statements from citizens, city and county elected officials, state office holders, business leaders and educators will be available for participants to hand out and to discuss with legislators. All participants will be encouraged to share a personal Pee Dee story with these legislators. Our goal is to assure that every elected official has to look in the faces of the people of the Pee Dee when they make these important decisions that will adversely impact our Region.
We need to begin arriving in Columbia at 8:30am. We will meet at Magnolia Mall in Florence (just outside of Barnes and Noble) at 7a.m. Carpools will be formed, and then we will become a caravan heading to Columbia. We need as many volunteers who are willing to drive to sign up and list how many you can have ride with you. We are asking everyone who rides with someone to please make a donation to the driver for gas.
We need a lot of PEE DEE WANTS THE 7TH signs! There will be a sign making event the night before this event.
Pee Dee Rush leadership is working on a press conference that will take place on July 26th at the statehouse event.
This will be a full day in Columbia, South Carolina. We would like to have citizens from all over the Pee Dee fill the house and senate balconies, the lobby of the State House. We also need citizens to picket outside on the sidewalks and near the State House parking garage.
We are asking the people of the Pee Dee to stay at the State House until the Pee Dee gets the 7th District on July 26. This will be a very long but historical day!
For more information concerning Pee Dee Push, contact Bill Pickle at (843) 260-7806 or Stephanie Rawlinson at (843) 229-1551.

Bill Pickle
Florence County GOP Chair

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