Charles Dymock

Wings & History: Historical island is home to natural phenomenon

By Charles Dymock

Charles bird photoIf you’re looking up toward the sky at Lake Murray this summer, there may be a chance you can catch one of South Carolina’s most incredible natural phenomena. Every Summer, upward of 500,000 Purple Martins use one little speck of land in the lake to rest their wings after a long migration. During the winter, these birds travel as far as 5,000 miles to the Amazon basin in search of food and nesting. When the colony makes its way back to Lake Murray for breeding, the flock’s population is so vast, it can even show up on weather radar systems. Purple Martins swarming above Bomb Island at Lake...

Latta | Our Town

By Charles Dymock

Latta Our TownEstablished in 1888, the town of Latta emerged from a need to connect train tracks across the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad. Robert J. Latta, a surveyor from York County, orchestrated the construction of the railroad as well as created blueprints for the town itself. Thus, the town was named after him. Settlers were drawn to the area after the completion of the railroad because farmers and merchants could easily transport their goods across the southeast. Decades later, Latta became another hotspot for traffic after the completion of Highways 501 and 301. LaFon LeGette, Jr., a longtime...

Soda City Market expresses encouragement and creativity during pandemic

By Charles Dymock

Soda City Market Soda City Market has been a staple of local business in the Midlands since 2005. The Main Street market, normally lined with vendors and street performers every Saturday morning, is now desolate due to the COVID-19 pandemic. CEO of Soda City Market, Emile DeFelice, has had to make some difficult decisions in response to the coronavirus. “We are now a skeleton staff, I laid myself off first and I have one remaining staff member,” stated DeFelice. This sacrifice comes with words of encouragement for his patrons and vendors. “We will all get back to normal at some point—we can’t wait to be...

SC Air National Guard Thanks Healthcare Workers

By Charles Dymock

SC Air National Guard Thanks Healthcare WorkersOn April 27, 2020 the 169th Fighter Wing South Carolina Air National Guard performed flyovers across the Palmetto State in an effort to thank South Carolina’s front-line healthcare professionals. This was a part of the U.S. Air Force's Operation American Resolve aimed at giving tribute to first responders and healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Swamp Fox pilots flew out of McEntire Joint National Guard Base in F-16 Fighting Falcon Jets to perform 66 hospital flyovers in the Midlands, Pee Dee, Grand Strand, and Upstate areas. ⁦ @theSCANG ⁩ F-16 taxis for takeoff this morning...

Cheraw | Our Town

By Charles Dymock

OUR TOWN | CherawCheraw is a quaint town that lies on the banks of the Great Pee Dee River. It’s a town known for its history and hospitality, that’s home to generations of local “Cheravians.” Victoria Lowery, a resident of Cheraw, recalls her childhood saying, “When I think about growing up here, I think of family and close-knit friends.” Victoria talks about how close the community was, growing up, and how they’ve stayed in touch over the years - “the friends that I had in primary school were my same friends in high school and we’re still friends to this day.” Victoria’s husband, Victor “Magik” Lowery, says...

Remote-control car racing skids into Soda City

By Charles Dymock

Remote-Control car racing skids into Soda CitySoda City RC is a nonprofit remote-control racing facility in the heart of Columbia, South Carolina that gives the sport of RC racing a place to call home. These remote-control cars may look like a child’s toy at first glance, but in actuality, these highly customizable cars pack a serious punch on the race track. The only thing that could be more serious than the horsepower is the racers themselves as president Jimbo Massalou admits, “the competition is tough.” Although these racers are highly competitive with each other, that doesn’t affect their camaraderie. RC racer Ryan Evans says, “Soda...

The Hauntings of Oakwood Cemetery

By Charles Dymock

Haunted GraveyardWhat’s the most haunted place in South Carolina ? Charleston is what usually comes to mind, but there may be a place overlooked by most located in the upstate. Spartanburg, South Carolina happens to be home to a graveyard with a reputation for its paranormal phenomenon. There have been reports ranging from people hearing the faint sound of children's laughter to seeing glowing orbs that float amidst the old tombstones. Not to mention, there's the famous legend of the "Woman in White" who haunts the cemetery enshrouded in pale mist. Siblings Anna Riley and Steven McBee, who are a part of a...

LGBTQ+ Center making progress in the Palmetto State

By Charles Dymock

Pride ParadeThe Harriet Hancock Center is the only LGBTQ+ facility in South Carolina. Providing a myriad of resources, programs, and events for the community, the center wants those who struggle with their sexual orientation and their families to have a safe place to call home in the palmetto state. Jessica Jarman, a program administrator at the Harriet Hancock Center, says, “Having the center and having these programs is really helpful because as a layperson it can be very difficult to try and find these very limited resources”. The Vice President and Founder, Harriet Hancock, built the center’s...

Edgefield | Our Town

By Charles Dymock

Our Town Edgefield“We’re a little small in numbers, but have the largest welcome mat,” says Edgefield’s Town Clerk and Treasurer Charlotte Cheatham. Edgefield can easily be seen as one of South Carolina’s most unique and historic towns. From its rich political history of being home to ten South Carolina governors, to its mom-and-pop specialty shops in town square, Edgefield has a unique story to tell. Edgefield was settled in the 1750s by settlers coming up from the Lowcountry and northern colonists coming down the “Great Wagon Road.” The vast number of diverse settlers in Edgefield caused some friction in the...

Lake City | Our Town

By Charles Dymock

Downtown Lake City“I think what makes Lake City so unique is when you come to Lake City, what you expect is not what you get - you get more,” says Lake City Artfields Consultant, Carla Angus. Over recent years, this once-desolate town has transformed itself into a thriving economic and cultural scene. Located just twenty-four miles south of Florence, this remote town is home to some of the most special events in South Carolina, earning it 2018’s ‘Best Small-Town Cultural Scene’ by USA Today . Local business owner of Mosaic Clothing, Leah Norwood,says, “I would describe it [Lake City] as a place that has a lot...

Pages