Hello everyone, hope you all had a Happy Halloween. Local news coming up, first The Birthday Wishes from Gottrocks The Birthday Fairy.
I want to say thank you to all of the Facebook birthday wishes. Wow! Still going through mails and replying. Makes Scorpio Sista like me feel good.
Happy Birthday to other fellow and sister Scorpios Rhonda G. Puckett, Linda Hair, Will Conner, Billy Gresham, Doug Wessinger, Beth Poston, Kimberely Gault, Mickey Yarbrough, Georgia Felker, Ashley Arrowood, “Joanie Pie,” also known as “Sport” Stevens, Blake Chick, Felicia K. Keisler, and Robin G. Senn.
Note to Whitmirians: When we go to former resident Robin Senn’s Facebook page to send wishes to her page ask her how to drive a small car in reverse without a GPS system.
In local news and on a very sad note, Whitmire lost one of its favorite sons and an unforgettable pillar of our community. Retired WHS Teacher and Coach Irby Lee Raines Jr. passed away, Oct. 29.
Irby, a native Whitmirian was the son of Pauline and Irby Raines Sr. Irby was born into a sports loving family. His father, Irby Sr., was a baseball player during the textile league era, and Irby Jr. and his brothers June and Eddie excelled in athletics at Whitmire High School. Naturally their family sports dynasty led all three brothers to the career field of education and sports.
Irby, a Newberry College graduate, received his masters degree from Winthrop University. He was one of the most popular, loved and respected teacher /coach during his 36-year career with Whitmire Schools. Irby was known for his easygoing, casual, approachable demeanor. His loyalty and thoughtfulness to his friends with visits and phone calls. Irby was a member of the Family of Golfers at The Whitmire Golf Course. He kept a running list of “The Foursome Members of The Golfers In Heaven.”
Irby loved and was dedicated to his family, his pets through the years, especially his dog “ Lady,” his church, his love for the Town Of Whitmire itself.
Irby is survived by his wife Phyliss, daughter Abby, son Mark, four grandchildren, his younger brothers June and Eddie, nieces, nephews, and many friends.
We send our best wishes prayers and thoughts to Irby’s family members.
The Jaycees Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held Nov. 30 at 6:30 on the west end of Main Street, the Railroad Avenue parking lot. The parade will be Dec. 8 at noon. No entry fee, but float rentals need to be called in asap. Contact Amy Silvers at 803-944-1959 or Sue Hollingsworth at 803-694-3739. E-mail at: email@example.com
The members of First Baptist Church have a their “Young At Heart Meeting” planned for Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 10:30 a.m. The guest speaker is Chrystal Harsha.
The Veterans Day Program at the Whitmire Community School is Monday, Nov. 12 at 10:30 a.m. The program is cordinated with the VFW Post #70. The guest speaker will be Ret. Col. Scott Cain. The WCS Concert band will perform special military selections.
Now lets talk about the recent successful Halloween Carnival and Trunk Or Treat, which was held at the City Gym and Main Street. The Whitmire Jaycees had an orange car with glowing orange lights around the trunk, as the kids and their parents after filling their pumpkins with goodies made their way over to the City Gym.
The Athletic Booster Club members deserve another round of applause for all of their hard work and efforts in the decorations, setting up the games and events. Volunteers also included WCS students and teachers. Betty Thompson and Lana Wagner handled the door duties, while Nina Wagegner and Gwen Clark sold memberships and took donations. WCS Assistant Principal Martha Suber handled the emcee duties for the costume contest, cake walk and raffle drawing. Martha had the gouls and goblins dancing to the latest “Pop It, Lock, & Drop It” hit songs. Coach Jarrod King seemed to have spent the longest time in the dunking pool, as the lines remained steady over several hours.
The winners of the costume contest were:
Adult winner — Logan Hensley as The Mad Hatter
The 14-17 year olds — Amanda Crisp and Joseph McClanahan as The Vampire Couple
The 10-14 year old winner — Price Alexander
The 4-9 winner — Baxley Alexander
The 1-3 year winner — Brooklynn Babb.
Booster Club Carnival Coordinator Nina Wagner adds, “We want to give a BIG thank You to our local sponsors and business who made donations for prizes : Roches’ Pharmacy, China #1, Thomas Grill & Grocery, Pearl’s Café, Whitmire food Mart, Rebecca’s Salon, Krystal Kleen Car Wash, Piggly Wiggly, and Riverside Tires, all of Whitmire.”
The next big Whitmire event is the upcoming Christmas Parade. More details in upcoming editions. We depend on you for news: send me your news, photos and group events to : firstname.lastname@example.org