Photo by Bob Dill

Jack Marlar, Field Representative for SCV International, addressed the Sons of Confederate Veterans, 16th Regiment, Camp 36, during their monthly meeting Thursday, November 19th. His topic: “War Was Caused by Slavery?///No!” Using original source historical material, Marlar made a strong case for the true basis for the War Between the States that resulted in the invasion and occupation of South Carolina and other Southern states and unspeakable atrocities against the civilian population and their property.

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Scruggs-Book-CoverLessons from the Vietnam War is an accurate, interesting and comprehensive account of a tragic, painful and prolonged event in American History. Decorated Vietnam War Veteran and noted Historian Mike Scruggs skillfully sifted through the propaganda and political correctness of the 1960s and 1970s and recorded the facts of the Vietnam War from beginning to end including the views of dictators in Hanoi and decisions of politicians and bureaucrats micro-managing a war from Washington, DC. Lessons from the Vietnam War honors the service of heroic Americans in uniform who sacrificed to win the war and exposes those who undermined their efforts and ushered in a Communist victory unopposed by American Power.

Revolutionary War reenactor plays “TAPS” at patriot’s grave.
Ed Butler, president general of the National Society Sons of the American Revolution (NSSAR), dedicated the grave of his patriot ancestor Rev. William McClanahan (1732-1802) at Reedy River Baptist Church, Oct. 7.

Larry McClanahan, president general of the NSSAR in 2001-2002, and also a descendant of Rev. McClanahan, participated in the ceremony.

Reedy River Baptist Church was organized in 1789 and is celebrating its 220th anniversary this year. The church’s cemetery contains many graves of Revolutionary War veterans, soldiers who fought in the War Between the States, and slaves.

Ted AdamsThe Anderson County Constitution Meet Up Group met at Ryan’s in Anderson on September 17, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. A fantastic group of energetic, freedom-loving constitutionalists turned out for what proved to be an exciting and thought-provoking evening.

Pastor Tony Romo kicked off the evening at 7:00 p.m. with a welcome and asked each attendee to introduce themselves and briefly share their political involvement. Two of the attendees traveled to be part of the “Tea-Party” in Washington, D. C., one on a bus and the other on his motorcycle. Another individual was involved in the Ron Paul campaign. Some attendees are fairly new to the political scene while others have been freedom fighters for many years. Several of the people at the meeting are members of the Constitution Party.

Event Sponsored by Upstate Young Republicans

Derrick and Rebecca Hopper with daughters, Jillian, Julie, Laura, and Christina at the enlarged U.S. Constitution signed by attendees.
The Simpsonville Senior Center was the site for the U. S. Constitution Celebration sponsored by Upstate Young Republicans Saturday, Sept. 19th.

The UYR is a non-profit group dedicated to encouraging participation in Republican Politics by young adults aged 18-40.

The celebration included a full reading of the Constitution by elected officials, candidates for public office, students and other citizens. Volunteers made soapbox speeches titled “What the Constitution Means to me.”

NASA Astronaut Dr. Piers Sellers stands beside the NASA prototype spacesuit. ~ Photo by Gilbert Scales
Dr. Piers Sellers, born in Crowborough, Sussex, United Kingdom, graduated from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1976, and received Bachelor of Science Degree in Ecological Science, and later he received a Doctorate in Biometeorology, from Leeds University in 1981.

Dr. Sellers and his wife left the UK in 1982, moving to the U.S. He began his NASA career as a Research Meteorologist at Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. In 1984 he began to apply annually to become an astronaut. Since he was not a U.S. citizen, he was not accepted in the Astronaut Program. He became a nationalized U.S. citizen in 1991 and was selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in April 1996. He reported to the NASA Johnson Space Center in August. He completed two years of training and evaluation and was assigned technical duties in the Astronaut Office Computer Support Branch followed by training in the Astronaut Office Space Station Branch.

The front of the marker about Thaddeus Lowe's balloon landing. ~ Photo Courtesy of Holly SheenOn June 25 my husband, Ray Sheen, gave a presentation to the 16th South Carolina Volunteers, SCV Camp 36, entitled Aeronautics During the War for Southern Independence. Ray cataloged the progress of ballooning as a military technology during the war era.

One of the most famous balloonists prior to the war was Thaddeus Lowe who had done a number of experiments with balloons. Lowe had a theory that there was a strong prevailing east wind at higher altitudes above the ground-level westerly currents. He decided to try his theory out by riding his balloon from Cincinnati, Ohio, to wherever the balloon might take him. He left Cincinnati at 3:30 a.m. one morning and landed at Pea Ridge, South Carolina, only 9 hours later!