National Guard Helicopters to Train with Sling Load of 25,000 Pounds Concrete

EdPaxton_Page-03A South Carolina National Guard helicopter unit has moved to a facility at the former Donaldson Air Force Base. A spokesman for the military unit has informed Greenville County Council that the facility originally thought to be for helicopter maintenance, will also be involved in training crews to lift and transport heavy sling loads.

It is estimated that 40 or more takeoffs per week are planned. Some of the takeoffs will involve lifting 25,000 pounds of concrete by sling and transporting the loads to several airports, including Anderson, Greenwood, Oconee and Pickens.

The South Carolina National Guard also plans to fly low-level helicopter training exercises at altitudes of less than 500 feet. These exercises will reportedly be flown over the Sumter National Forest in Newberry, Union and Laurens Counties and the DuPont State Forest near Hendersonville, North Carolina.

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Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] celebrates 30 years of operation in Greenville, S.C., this week as an aircraft modification, maintenance, repair and overhaul (MMRO) facility. The company signed a lease with the Donaldson Development Commission on August 27, 1984, to begin operations as the Lockheed Aeromod Center, Inc.

The original footprint of the two hangars and one office building, located at the former U.S. Army Air Force base, quickly expanded to accommodate the influx of military and commercial aircraft. The inaugural team of 12 employees welcomed a P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft to the facility as the first aircraft in work.

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Students from fourteen nations participating in the Lions Club International Youth Exchange assisted the Taylors Lions Club with their project “Angel Flower” recently. Taylors Lions under the leadership of President Donna Henson, assisted by the International Youth members arranged and delivered flowers to nursing homes in the Upstate.

The South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind in Spartanburg provided housing facilities for the students while in the Upstate.

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Annemarie Verdin of Laurens and Sean Douglas Neal of Heath Springs were united in marriage Aug. 9, 2014, in Laurens.

The Rev. Barry Owens of Charleston officiated at the 6 p.m. ceremony.

Wedding music was provided by organist Dr. Leigh Fleury of Clinton and vocalists Dr. Andrew Verdin of Laurens and Mrs. Kate Spigener of Clinton.

Following the ceremony, a reception was held at the home of the bride’s grandparents in Laurens.

The bride is the daughter of The Honorable and Mrs. Daniel B. Verdin III of Laurens.

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The Slater-Marietta Lions Club was joined by more than a hundred leading citizens at Marietta First Baptist Church, Saturday afternoon, to honor a true gentleman and a living example of honesty, integrity. charity, modesty and unconditional love as described by his pastor, his barber, his friends and neighbors, his   children and  grandchildren.

Brock Adams will celebrate his 99th birthday this month. A farmer and textile worker for most of his life, Adams has arguably had a positive impact on more lives than any living resident of the Slater-Marietta community.

His County Council member, state Representative and Senator read proclamations enumerating his many accomplishments and contributions to his community, proclaiming a day in his honor.

His current pastor commended him for not being a “church hopper” and moving from church to church because of disagreements. Being disagreeable is not a  part of Brock Adams. He has been a member of the same church most of his life and at age 99 continues to serve as a deacon.

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Compatriots, your efforts (Teddy Bears for Deputies) have helped show the Sons of Confederate Veterans, especially Camp 36, in a positive manner. Master Deputy Natalie Hill of the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office picked up the plush animals from the Museum and Library of Confederate History on Thursday, July 31, 2014.

Commander Doug Langley and Lieutenant Commander Rollis Smith made the donation on behalf of the Camp with Museum Director Michael Couch taking photographs of the occasion held in the Annex Building. Master Deputy Hill was very excited to see the numbers we collected, and hopes we will do this again in the future.

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Lisa Benson, Talk Show Host Issues “Call to Action”


Lisa Benson, host of the Lisa Benson Radio Show for National Security, was guest speaker at the July Luncheon of the Greenville County Republican Women’s Club. Her topic was The Bible belt Under Shariah Assault: A Call to Action.

Lisa Benson described herself as a “conservative Jewish woman” acknowledging that most Jews in America are socialist Democrats.

She quoted Franklin Graham saying that a majority of Christians did not vote in the last presidential election. That contributed to the election of Barack Obama to a second term and contributed to the problems we face today.

She reminded her audience that radical Muslims are slaughtering Christians throughout the world and six are serving in the Obama White House.

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