Who, What, When & Where Of Whitmire: Birthdays, sympathies, and upcoming events

Cassie J. Fowler Contributing Columnist

May 21, 2014

Hello everyone, local news to share after we do our birthday wishes


Happy Birthday to Bill Andrews, David Andrews Sr. Marc Jeter, Naomi Johnson, Sue M. Hollingsworth, Cameron Gage-Eison Renwick, Jessica Weathers, Tritan Taylor, Becky Y. Hinricks, Karen Measamer, and Merle Bumgarner.


On a sad note, we send our sympathies and best wishes to the families of Rickey Steen. Known as “Toot” Rickey was a 1979 WHS graduate.

Upcoming Events

The First Baptist Church Missions Fundraiser Golf Tournament at Saturday, May 24 Whitmire Golf Course. Contact persons are Loraine Long and Jimmy Moss. The Church also has a Facebook page for info and comments.

The I-26-I-77 Yard Sale is June 6-7. The Whitmire Economic Development Board members have partnered with the Chester Downtown Development Association to organize this yard sale. Other communities involved include Union, Laurens, Fairfield, Chester. Folks from various states have already sent word of their travels to Whitmire for the sale.

The Economic Development Board members had a successful Mothers’ Day Event, the Saturday of May 10. The outdoor event, “Blooms For Mom,” drew folks to get their child’s or their faces painted, buy a potted plant or flower corsages for Mom, summer sun dresses by Sylvia, jewelry and accessories from Tyler Nelson and Kim Wallace. Randy Livesay provided piano/accordion music, as shoppers enjoyed a nice selection of art and paintings under the gazebo.

Members of The Pearl of The Piedmont Artisan Guild — Peggy Brickles, Judy Burnett, and Janice Weakland — sold their arts/crafts and did the face paintings. Newberry County Councilman Scott Cain and his wife Cathy drove over for the event and bought some flowers and plants. Whitmire Council Member Debbie Harris helped with plant and flower sales. Anita Silvers and friends sold potted plants and flowers, with portions of proceeds going to her animal rescue efforts. The Economic Development Board’s Executive Director Maria McMurruty and her husband Marty coordinated the purchase of plants and flowers with Joe’s Market.

All in all, it was a fun event that raised funds for all civic groups involved and gave Whitmirians chance to do last minute shopping for mom.

The Whitmire Jaycees have announced the dates for the Party In The Pines Festival, June 12-14. Nightly festival has been around for over 25 years, it includes carnival rides for kids, live music for mom and dad, arts/craft vendors, and a variety of food vendors. Anyone or any businesses interested in renting a space on Main Street, please contact the Whitmire Jaycees at whitmirejaycees@yahoo.com or visit their facebook page.

Well, allrighty readers, in closing this week’s edition, I hope you all enjoyed the long awaited spring rain last week. Whew, I wasn’t ready for summer in the South just yet. Lets hope the low 80s temps will stay with us for a while. Feel free to send your newsbits to me at: news2cassie@yahoo.com