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SUMMERTON - It was a double-header for bass anglers this past weekend in Summerton with the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on Lake Santee Cooper events. FLW, the world's largest tournament-fishing organization, rescheduled the events after the coronavirus pandemic forced the organization to pause competition in mid-March.Boater Chris Brunson of Mayesville brought a three-bass limit to the scale totaling 17 pounds, 7 ounces to win Saturday's event and $3,592, while Cecil Wolfe of Summerton brought in a three-bass l...
SUMMERTON - It was a double-header for bass anglers this past weekend in Summerton with the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on Lake Santee Cooper events. FLW, the world's largest tournament-fishing organization, rescheduled the events after the coronavirus pandemic forced the organization to pause competition in mid-March.
Boater Chris Brunson of Mayesville brought a three-bass limit to the scale totaling 17 pounds, 7 ounces to win Saturday's event and $3,592, while Cecil Wolfe of Summerton brought in a three-bass limit weighing 16 pounds, 1 ounce on Sunday to earn the win and $3,164.
Brunson won Saturday's event fishing in Lake Marion, above the Interstate 95 Bridge near Jack's Creek.
"I caught my fish in grass, with a Spro Poppin' Frog and a Texas-rigged worm," Brunson said. "The key was keeping an open mind and changing things up, because the fish were not where they were at last week."
The top five boaters on Saturday were:
First: Chris Brunson of Mayesville, three bass, 17-7, $3,592;
Second: Chad Cook of Cross, three bass, 14-14, $1,796;
Tied at third: Tim Kelley of Irmo, three bass, 14-9, $1,019, and Bo Chappell of Lake City, three bass, 14-9, $1,019; and
Fifth: John Haas of Mount Pleasant, three bass, 14-5, $1,178.
Haas brought an 8-pound, 15-ounce bass to the scale to earn Saturday's Boater Big Bass award of $460.
Jason Miles of Summerville was the highest-finishing FLW PHOENIX BONUS member and took home an extra $500 Saturday. Boaters are eligible to win up to an extra $7,000 per event in each Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine tournament if all requirements are met. More information on the FLW PHOENIX BONUS contingency program can be found at PhoenixBassBoats.com.
Gage Spagnola of Columbia won the Co-angler Division and $1,796 Saturday after catching three bass weighing 11 pounds, 14 ounces.
The top five co-anglers Saturday finished as follows:
First: Gage Spagnola of Columbia, three bass, 11-14, $1,796;
Second: Bill Hawkins of Piedmont, three bass, 10-6, $898;
Third: Jeff Rikard of Leesville, three bass, 9-6, $598;
Fourth: Blake Winans of Sumter, three bass, 9-0, $419; and
Fifth: Dylan Thompson of Myrtle Beach, two bass, 8-15, $359
On Sunday, local Summerton angler Wolfe won the event fishing in Lake Moultrie.
"I was finesse fishing, mainly with a drop-shot rig," said Wolfe. "I was targeting stumps and brush piles using a Zoom Finesse Worm, both green-pumpkin and watermelon-red colors.
"The key was slowing down - fishing slow and real methodical. You had to pretty much make them bite. It was really tough."
The top five boaters on Sunday were:
First: Cecil Wolfe of Summerton, three bass, 16-1, $3,164;
Second: Ronnie McCoy of Lamar, three bass, 15-0, $1,582;
Third: Kyle Austin of Ridgeville, three bass, 14-10, $1,054;
Fourth: Lex Costas of Daniel Island, three bass, 14-8, $738; and
Fifth: Freddie Gamble Jr. of Manning, three bass, 13-12, $633.
Complete results for Saturday and Sunday's event on Santee Cooper can be found at FLWFishing.com.
Danny Shanz of Summerton brought a 7-pound, 2-ounce bass to the scale to win Sunday's Boater Big Bass award of $380.
Roger Medlock of Mount Pleasant was Sunday's highest-finishing FLW PHOENIX BONUS member and took home an extra $500.
Taylor Barnette of Landrum won the Co-angler Division and $1,582 Sunday after catching a three-bass limit weighing 12 pounds, 13 ounces.
The top five co-anglers Sunday finished as follows:
First: Taylor Barnette of Landrum, three bass, 12-13, $1,582;
Second: Terry Jarvis of Inman, three bass, 12-10, $981;
Third: Thomas Robbins of Jackson, three bass, 10-4, $526;
Fourth: Brandon Jeffcoat of Columbia, three bass, 9-8, $369; and
Fifth: Brian Bultman of Aiken, three bass, 8-14, $316.
Jarvis caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, weighing in at 6 pounds, 10 ounces. The catch earned the day's Co-angler Big Bass award of $190.
The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Double-Header on Lake Santee Cooper was the third and fourth of five qualifying events in the South Carolina Division.
The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the South Carolina Division based on point standings, along with the five winners of each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 16-18 Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on Lake Cherokee in Jefferson City, Tennessee, hosted by the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce. Boaters will compete for a $60,000 prize package, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new 18-foot Phoenix bass boat with a 200-horsepower outboard.
The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six regional tournaments where they are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing - the Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American.
The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American will be held Nov. 11-13 at Lake Hartwell in Anderson and is hosted by Visit Anderson. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers plus tournament winners from each Phoenix Bass Fishing League division earn priority entry into the FLW Series, the pathway to the FLW Pro Circuit and ultimately the MLF Bass Pro Tour, where top pros compete with no entry fees.
For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on FLW's social media outlets at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
The most recent installment in The Post and Courier’s “Boom and Balance” series, on Bluffton’s discolored tap water, underscores two important points: It’s vital for local governments, including utilities, to make the necessary infrastructure investments to stay ahead of their population growth and ensure that existing residents don’t see their quality of life erode when new ones move in. And running water systems is a hard job.As reporter Michael Cuglietta makes clear, ...
The most recent installment in The Post and Courier’s “Boom and Balance” series, on Bluffton’s discolored tap water, underscores two important points: It’s vital for local governments, including utilities, to make the necessary infrastructure investments to stay ahead of their population growth and ensure that existing residents don’t see their quality of life erode when new ones move in. And running water systems is a hard job.
As reporter Michael Cuglietta makes clear, the Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority is struggling with providing clear, appealing drinking water to the rapidly growing number of customers in its service area. Too often, full bathtubs look like muddy rivers, and glasses of tap water resemble whiskey. And while utility officials assure customers this yellow or yellow-brown water is safe to drink, people are understandably not happy about it. Even pricey water filters don’t help for very long. As one woman told Mr. Cuglietta: “Honestly, I wish we could move.”
The utility has 65,000 connections and an annual growth rate of about 5%, and its chief of plant operations admitted it has failed to stay ahead of the water demand. And while it has identified $52 million to double the treatment capacity of its Purrysburg Water Treatment Plant from 15 million to 30 million gallons per day, that project is still at least two years from completion. And even when completed, the authority’s total treatment capacity still will be 1 million gallons a day less than its peak demand day last year — an indication that it already should be working on plans for additional capacity.
It’s the oscillating demand that can cause the problem. During winter months, the utility needs only about 20 million gallons per day to meet demand, but that can rise to almost 35 million in the summer. Further spikes in demand during a day add to the challenge. A recent wave of discolored water apparently stemmed from fire hydrant testing, which released manganese and iron that had accumulated in the pipes. While the water pressure hasn’t dropped enough to demand boil-water advisories, that more hazardous scenario could occur if the utility doesn’t do more to plan for growth.
It should be noted that the Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority is a relatively big player among South Carolina’s water providers, and therefore should have the financial means and experienced personnel to handle these challenges. Many other communities are served by smaller, less capable systems. The newspaper’s Uncovered series highlighted particular problems in the Clarendon County town of Summerton, where pumps broke down, safety equipment was removed, water tanks had sludge accumulate inside and weed killer and ant poison were scattered near wells — all potentially more concerning that the aesthetic issues Bluffton residents face when they turn on their taps.
About 1 of every 6 homes in the state relies on these smaller systems, which are far more likely to violate state or federal regulations designed to ensure safe drinking water. The Department of Health and Environmental Control has recommended consolidating these smaller water systems or folding them into nearby, regional systems, and we urge state and local officials to do what they can to make that happen. While South Carolina recently received both COVID relief and infrastructure funds to improve water service, the state should not invest in propping up tiny systems that are more likely to experience problems again once the benefit of any recent upgrade fades. State lawmakers should see to it that DHEC has all the carrots and sticks it needs to require consolidations of small systems.
As we’ve noted, contaminated water ultimately impacts even those who don’t drink it, through others’ health problems, higher taxes for Medicare, Medicaid and health insurance for state and local government employees and lost economic opportunity. Running a water system — like running an electrical utility — is hard work, requiring constant vigilance to meet evolving regulations, address fluctuating demand and ensure the safety and satisfaction of every customer. Our state’s regulatory approach should evolve to recognize those high stakes.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - The Summerton Community Action Group unveiled three historical markers in the town related to the Briggs v. Elliott case that was the first of five cases moved forward to the Supreme Court as Brown v. the Board of Education.“If that group of petitioners didn’t stay united, we wouldn’t be standing here today celebrating,” said State Senator Kevin Johnson of District 36.The first sign marks St. Mark AME Church in Summerton where the NAACP held fundraisers, rallies, and public meeting...
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - The Summerton Community Action Group unveiled three historical markers in the town related to the Briggs v. Elliott case that was the first of five cases moved forward to the Supreme Court as Brown v. the Board of Education.
“If that group of petitioners didn’t stay united, we wouldn’t be standing here today celebrating,” said State Senator Kevin Johnson of District 36.
The first sign marks St. Mark AME Church in Summerton where the NAACP held fundraisers, rallies, and public meetings to band parents together in demanding equal transportation in schools for black students. At the time, only white students had school buses which forced black students to walk many miles to and from school each day.
“If we all do our jobs to the best of our abilities, we can get done what needs to be done,” said Congressman Jim Clyburn.
The second sign marks the Briggs family home where Harry Briggs, Sr. signed a petition against Clarendon County School Board President R. W. Elliott who refused to supply black schools with buses.
Both Briggs’s parents lost their jobs after signing the petition for equal transportation in schools, and many other Clarendon parents joined the fight knowing they could lose their jobs, their land, or their lives.
“The courage that it took in 1947 to sign a lawsuit so that a bus could be provided for the children. Every time you see a school bus, every time you see that yellow bus, you need to think of the Pearson family,” said Julia Nelson, Mayor of Manning, SC.
The final sign stands in front of the Pearson family home where Rev. J. A. De Laine asked Levi Pearson to file an NAACP-backed lawsuit for equal transportation in schools. Thurgood Marshall and other NAACP Legal Defense Fund lawyers represented Harry and Eliza Briggs, along with 19 other brave parents.
“We owe it to them to say ‘thank you’ for blazing the trail, for paving the way, for creating opportunity to each and every one of us,” said Representative Marvin Pendarvis of SC House District 133.
Lawmakers say there’s still much work to be done to make sure schools are truly equal in funding, but it’s a huge step to recognize the work done by the courageous Clarendon County parents many decades ago.
“It’s so amazing and overwhelming just to know that Papa’s historical marker is here on the homesite where it all started,” said Sandra Williams, granddaughter of Levi Pearson.
The Summerton Community Action Group hopes the historical markers will teach others about the history of Summerton while inspiring them to keep pressing forward toward equality and helping the next generation of students.
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Chaplain Elaine Barnett and the community of Goose Creek recently celebrated Mother Carrie Mae Miller Johnson’s 100th birthday on Sept. 3. The birthday girl was born September 7, 1922 in Summerton, South Carolina, and was one of nine children, two boys and seven girls.Carrie Mae went to school in Summerton during the segregation era. Her schooling took place in one large room in a building. She attended school until the 9th grade.Carrie Mae met her husband, the Late Elder Moses Johnson, in her hometown and they were marri...
Chaplain Elaine Barnett and the community of Goose Creek recently celebrated Mother Carrie Mae Miller Johnson’s 100th birthday on Sept. 3. The birthday girl was born September 7, 1922 in Summerton, South Carolina, and was one of nine children, two boys and seven girls.
Carrie Mae went to school in Summerton during the segregation era. Her schooling took place in one large room in a building. She attended school until the 9th grade.
Carrie Mae met her husband, the Late Elder Moses Johnson, in her hometown and they were married for 58 years. After this union, they moved to Goose Creek. They both parented 10 children through their union,
Mother Carrie Mae has 30 grandchildren and a host of great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.
Mother Carrie Mae Johnson was raised in the church as a young child. As a prayer warrior she has reached out to lost souls through the works of witnessing and praying by any means necessary. She continues to serve faithfully in the church working for the Lord in any area needed.
As a faithful woman of God, Mother Johnson has prayed for many. She has seen many miracles take place in her life and in the lives of others. God has used her to bless many through her life’s example of a Godly woman.
She has lived a blessed life, full of love from her family and from those that her life has touched. She thanks the Lord daily for keeping her in her right mind. She loves people and is know for constantly sharing Godly wisdoms when speaking with others. She attributes her long life to living a holy life, and having her children, grandchildren and family & friends surrounding her every day.
Goose Creek City Code Enforcement Officers have kicked off their Yard of the Month program in grand fashion by recognizing community member Fred Evans for his outstanding yardwork over the years at his current residence. The 30-plus year Goose Creek resident received a $50 Lowe’s gift card, certificate and sign to display for the duration of February. Stay tuned for the Yard of the Month winner in March.
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Father Denman Isgett is the newest rector at St. Matthias Church in Summerton. However, being an Anglican pastor is his second career.Isgett was born in Columbia and was raised in Fort Motte. Born into a fundamental Episcopal church, he developed a respect and love for God and for the vestments of the church.After graduating from high school, Isgett went to college at Clemson, where he earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in agronomy. He then worked in management and with agronomic aspects of commercial ve...
Father Denman Isgett is the newest rector at St. Matthias Church in Summerton. However, being an Anglican pastor is his second career.
Isgett was born in Columbia and was raised in Fort Motte. Born into a fundamental Episcopal church, he developed a respect and love for God and for the vestments of the church.
After graduating from high school, Isgett went to college at Clemson, where he earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in agronomy. He then worked in management and with agronomic aspects of commercial vegetable production in the Southeast.
Isgett worked in Georgia for six months before moving to Allendale. While in Allendale, he married, and the couple moved to Florence to take new jobs. The Isgetts stayed in Florence for 17 years, and during the last three, Isgett accepted the Lord’s call into the ministry.
As he began the process of transition from his former career to the ministry, Isgett served at St. John’s Church in Florence. He attended seminary at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina. He earned a master’s degree in Christian thought in May 2017.
Toward the end of Isgett’s degree program, the previous rector for St. Matthias Church in Summerton was called to another church. As Isgett had grown up in a small community, St. Matthias was a perfect fit. He began his ministry there in July 2017.
“It was a good fit. I feel I was shaped and molded to be here. It’s the Lord’s providence,” said Isgett. St. Matthias Church, a member of the Anglican Church of North America in the Diocese of South Carolina, is a traditional Anglican church with traditional liturgy. The church is fundamental with Bible-driven teachings.
“We’re catholic but not Roman, and we’re protestant but not reformed,” said Isgett. Anglican ministers function as priests on behalf of the bishop. Although ministers do move to new churches on occasion, answering another call, it’s not unusual for a minister to stay with the same church throughout his lifetime of service.
“While people do move around, it’s typical the call means the person is the right fit for the parish, which is almost like a marriage,” said Isgett.
The building was begun in 1898 and completed in February 1899. The original structure was a much simpler wooden structure. While the original structure still stands, it was later covered in stone, and the build has expanded and now includes many more ornate features than were originally included.
St. Matthias was the 13th apostle, chosen to replace Judas after his betrayal and death. St. Matthias is unique in that he was not personally chosen by Jesus, becoming an apostle after Jesus’ death but prior to the descending of the Holy Spirit. He is the patron saint of alcoholics, carpenters, smallpox, tailors, hope and perseverance.
“We’re really a community-driven church,” said Isgett. The church has roughly 150 members, with around 65 actively attending each Sunday.
The main ministry of St. Matthias is the Montessori preschool attached to the church. Children ages three to six attend the integrated three-year K3-Kindergarden program. An average of 15-20 students attend each year.
Many of the members assist St. Mary Catholic Church with their food bank. In return, several of St. Mary’s women participate in the St. Matthias women’s Bible study group, which ministers to women from multiple traditions around the community and from outside the community.
St. Matthias also hosts fundraisers to support the Montessori school. Each year they host an oyster roast, which Isgett believes is one of the largest oyster roasts in the area, if not the state. The church also hosts a golf tournament each year, with the 2018 event hosted on Mother’s Day weekend.
St. Matthias is also associated with a deacon in the diocese who is a missionary in Aguascalientes, Mexico. The missionary is facilitating seminary education through Moore College in Australia, a historic Anglican seminary. They are holding classes and are working to raise up leaders in the Anglican world.
“We have an association there. I hope this will become more of a major ministry in time,” said Isgett.
St. Matthias also held Vacation Bible School June 3-7, with 14 children this year, three of whom were from migrant working families.
On Palm Sunday, St. Matthias coordinated with St. Mary Catholic Church, Summerton Presbyterian Church, Summerton Methodist Church and St. Mark AME Church to hold a Stations of the Cross event across Summerton. The walk began at Summerton Presbyterian and ended at St. Matthias, stopping at various points through town.
“It was a lot of fun. We got a lot of really cool looks from a lot of people,” said Isgett. “It was a good unifying event in the community.” Around 135 people joined the ministers on the walk. This was the first year Summerton has held a Stations of the Cross event, and Isgett states it won’t be the last. The hope is to include more churches and repeat the walk every year.
St. Matthias holds services at 10:30 each Sunday morning. During the school year, Sunday School classes for adults and children are held at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday.
Isgett loves his congregation. With a unique mix of northern retirees and long-standing southern families, a warm and inviting body has been created.
“When Paul speaks to the church being made up of different members all functioning together, that’s clearly visible here—that you have so many different talents and gifts within the different parts and pieces, and how unified and how welcoming that functions. It really is a body of Christian love. You see it expressed in the lives of the individuals,” said Isgett. “It’s really cool to minister to that.”
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