Thank you for a successful parade

By: By Connie Porter - Contributing Columnist

I want to thank everyone that participated in the Lockhart Christmas Parade. Everyone I ran into said it was the best parade we have had, and they really enjoyed it. It would not have been this great without all of you that was in it. Now we have a few bugs to go over so we don’t make the same mistakes we had this year, and hopefully you didn’t notice them.

All of you that made floats or decorated your trucks really did a great job, and I hope to see you next year. Judging will be at 2:15, just in case I forget to mention it next year. That gives the judges time to look over your float.

Float Winners

The float winners were Today’s Hair, out of Spartanburg, for Most Attractive;, The Church of God won Most Original; and The Lockhart Fire Dept won for Best Theme.

Parade Marshalls

Our Parade Marshalls were adorable, they were the Lockhart Girls Volleyball Team, who went undefeated all season.

Riding In The Parade

I want to thank Tammy Childers for riding shotgun with me in the parade, so the candy could be thrown out on both sides of the road. I am so sorry that the council doesn’t like to ride in the parade. Of course Barry can’t because he has to be everywhere to keep all of the parade running smoothly. This gives all of us a good chance to see all of our friends, that we only see once in awhile.

Festival Of Lights Program

If you did not get a program for the Festival of Lights, and want one to read about the girls volleyball team, go to the Town Hall and ask Ailene for one.

Tammy and I toured the parking lots of Union today, which is Wednesday. We got in the car at Walmart and pulled out our phones, I had to call Jennie Crocker and Tammy likes to check on her husband Toby.

Phone Issues

We couldn’t make contact, so we got out of the car and heard hellos and was cut off. So we went to the Dollar General parking lot, still no luck. Off to the BiLo parking lot, then we thought we’d have better luck at the other end of town, so we drove all the way down to the old Family Dollar, still nothing.

I decided to see if I could borrow Robbie Smith’s phone, at Blackwood’s. He then told us that Verizon was updating their towers and nobody had service. Thankfully they did have a landline and I did make contact with Jennie.

All the businesses were without service also. They didn’t give any one notice, and you think you’re crazy when you can’t use that phone. Well maybe Tammy but not me, cause I really don’t use my phone. I tell everyone it’s just used for emergencies.

Gifts Delivered

Tammy and I delivered the beauty shop gifts to Medihome today, so they would have gifts for their assistant living Christmas Party at 3 p.m. today at Heartland Nursing Home. This couldn’t have happened without my great friends, thank you all. If you have anything else you want to contribute, they will be picking it up at my shop next Tuesday, for their next party to make our seniors know they are loved and not forgotten.

More Gifts

Speaking of being loved, I received 26 beautiful throws and afghans and everyone who brought one in told me it was in honor of their dear friend, Regina Denton, whom they all loved and admired. Thank you Regina for being such a good friend to all of us. I want you all to know my trunk and back seat was full today, and hopefully we made a lot of people a Merry Christmas. After Tuesday, we will start on next year.

Making Movies

Monday night we were invited to watch the movie being made in our parking lot; Ailene made this possible. Tyler, the Key Location Manager, took us around the lot and explained how certain things we see in the movies are made. We stood behind the cameras and watched the making of the scenes, and how many takes of the same thing but in different angles.

Then Tyler took Gina, my daughter, and Ailene to have dinner with the cast and crew. Gina said they had lobster, filet mignon, beef wellington, huge shrimp, tuna sushi, different kinds of cheeses, desserts and many other things.

This is called Outcast and it’s based on a comic book series, made by the creator of the Walking Dead. It should be on Cinemax in February or March.


My sympathy goes to the family of Lynn Shugart Parkins, her graveside service was Saturday.

Remember In Prayer

Please pray for Jeff Parkins, who is now under Hospice and staying at his daughter’s in York.

Back Home

Laura, Olin, Sherri, and Tim went to Ohio for Thanksgiving and got back last week. They went up to see Ethan and Victoria and the two grandsons.

I heard Wesley Chapel group had a great time at Mrytle Beach last week.

Improvised Solution

I wrapped my Christmas presents early this year, but I used the wrong paper. See, the paper I used said “Happy Birthday” on it. I didn’t want to waste it so I just wrote Jesus on it.

Marriage Advice

Marry an orphan: You’ll never have to spend boring holidays with the in-laws. And Christmas is the season when people run out of money before they run out of friends.

Interesting Observation

Kelsey, my seven year old niece, surprised me when she said she couldn’t wait for her first confession so she could wipe her soul clean. Then, she added there’s no way I can be on Santa’s naughty list!

Well Gina needs the computer, so I must say good night, and call me at 864-545-6652.

News Around Lockhart

By Connie Porter

Contributing Columnist