Tri-County News - October, 1996

Telemarketing Fraud By: State Treasurer Richard Eckstrom


Pelion, SC -
Pelion Nightingale Women's Club is proud to announce the success of their 2nd Annual School Supply Drive. To raise the money for the school supplies, the club members placed money jars in local businesses, received personal donations, and held fundraiser projects. Children from low income families at Pelion Elementary School will be beneficiaries of this project and the supplies will be distributed to students when the teachers see a need throughout the year. The success of the drive is the result of the strong partnership between Pelion Elementary , the Nightingales, and the Target store on Bush River Road in Columbia. With the heflp of Target's Cynthia Keller, and Kevin Hoffman, Target was able to help by donating 185 noteboks and reducing the total cost of the other supplies. The estimated value of the donation to Pelion Elementary by the Nightingales is $800.

Pelion Nightingale Women's Club would like to extend a heartfelt "Thank You" to the community, Target and Pelion Elementary for their involvement in the project. Article reported by Yvonne Chick of Pelion.


The ladies of First Baptist Church, Springfield, will hold a fall prayer retreat on Sat. Oct. 12, 1996, 9am-3pm.

Yvonne Howard Chapman will be the guest soloist and speaker.

Ladies must register by contacting First Baptist Springfield, 258-3285 or Julia Furtick, 258-3597. Come for a blessing! Yvonne Howard Chapman A Product of Answered Prayer

"We don't know if she'll make it." That's what the doctor told Yvonne's husband that day in 1989. . . the day the car they were travelling in was hit head-on by a truck. Yvonne suffered a head injury that left her in a coma with the doctors wondering if she would survive.

"Shocked" was the best word to describe how family and friends felt. "How could this happen to someone who had so much going for her?" so many people asked. Yet it had happened. Before the accident, Yvonne truly had everything going for her. She was an accomplished singer, once described as a "phenomenal talent" who travelled extensively and had recorded two albums of Christian music. She even had the privilege of singing with Grammy and Dove award winner Larnelle Harris in 1987. That same year, she married Jerry and they began ministering together. But this accident was not part of her plan for the "perfect life." Now she would have to rely on everything she had sung about for so many years to get through the days ahead. For this self-described "over-confident" person, Yvonne would have to fight to do the things that before had come so easily. Her memory was gone. Her body was weak. Her confidence had disappeared. Even so, she fought back. Today she's completely healed.

Years later, it is amazing that this "phenomenal talent" ever walked so close to death. Today, her singing and testimony come from the heart of a woman who survived against all the odds. In fact, to Yvonne, singing is a lot more than just knowing the words to the songs. It's about living as if each song was written for your life. It's about being the product of answered prayer.

"A window -- that's what Yvonne is. When she sings, she allows you to see clear through to her heart. Not only am I encouraged by her music, but her transparent character is a tremendous blessing." - Babbie Mason

Yvonne is available to share her testimony as a keynote speaker for conferences, conventions, and retreats, combining words of inspiration with music. Her husband Jerry travels with her for most events.

Telemarketing Fraud By: State Treasurer Richard Eckstrom

How many Times have you answered your telephone and gotten a sales pitch "too good to be true?" While most telephone sales offers are made by ligitmate organizations, there are unfortunately some which are pure scams. Nationwide, consumers lose more than an estimated $40 billion a year to telemarketing fraud. Scam artist often target the elderly.

There are federal and state laws to help protect consumers from telemarketing fraud. But laws alone won't protect must also try to do all you can to protect yourself.

The Following information should be rreviewed with family members and kept near the telephone. Being aware of this information, obtained from the national Bureau of Consumer Protection, may protect you and your family from becoming victimized:

1. Telemarketers may solicit only between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.

2. Telemarketers must tell you that they are selling something, and who they are representing....before they make their sales Telemarketers must tell you the total cost of the products or services offered, any restriction on getting or using them, or that a sale is final or non-refundable...before you pay.

3. Telemarketers should never insist on immediate payment. Be suspicious if you are asked to send cash, check, or money order by courier, overnight delivery, or wire.

4. Telemarketers should not ask you about your bank accounts or credit cards. Guard this information.

5. If telemarketers offer you a prize promotion, they must tell you the odds of winning, that no purchase or payment is necessary to enter or win, and any restriction or conditions of receiving the prize. If you are asked to pay for a prize, hang up! Never send any money to anyone in order to claim a prize. Remember, legitimate businesses should respect your statement that you have no interest in their call and should refrain from high pressurre sales techniques. If you have any doubt about a telephone offer, ask for written information and check it out. Before you pay for an item or a servfice you buy from a telemarketer, check out the company and the telemarkdter with your state or locat consumer protection office if you're not familiar with them.

Finally, you can stom unwanted calls from telemarketers by telling them not to call back. If they call back, thefy are breaking the law and you should report them to our State Attorney General.

Protect yourself from telemarketing fraud, and report any problems to the National Fraud Information Center at 1-800-876-7060. You work too hard for your money to lose it through telemarketing fraud. As you make the most of your money, Please be careful of telephone scam artists.


On August 24th the Lexington Camp of the 15th Regiment of the South Carolina Volunteers of the Sons of Confederate Veterans honored two of Wagener's former citizens by placing commemorative stones at the gravesites near Wagener. Those honored were Pvt. James Carson Garvin and Pvt. Jacob Aron Garvin, uncle and father of Jacob Perron Garvin, compatriot and member of the Bernard E. Bee Camp of Aiken.

A brief account of the military history of the pair was given. James enlisted on November 27, 1861and served in and around the Charleston area. Jacob later enlisted on April 15, 1864, traveling all the way to Monks Corner so that he could join his brothers unit. They were with Co. I, 20th S.C. Infantry and served on Morris Isalnd and in Charleston before moving late in the war to Virginia. They saw battle in Cold Harbour and later in the Shenandoah Valley. Their last battle was in Bentonton, Virginia before surrendering on April 26, 1865 with the Army of Tennessee.

Given an opportunity to speak, Mr. Perron Garvin remembered his father as being a "pal" to him, teaching him to fish and such. He had almost 20 years with his father who was 67 years old when he was born. Expressing regret that as a young man he had not asked questions about the war, Mr. Garvin stated that his father had said the war was terrible. Remembering one thing, his father said, "Son, we didn't have much to eat. Don't waste."

The memorial service was also a time for honoring three men for their loyalty in maintaining and giving proper care to the graves of Confederate Soldiers. Those honored were Compatriot Garvin, Compatriot John T. Smith, and Compatriot Charles A. Studemyer. Chris Sullivan, Commander of the S.C. Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, presented certificates and pins to the honorees on behalf of the Guardian Review Committee. Special recognition and a medal was given to Compatriot Garvin as a "real son". There remain only fourteen "real sons" in South Carolina and approximately two hundred nationally.

The confederate soldier re-enactors presented a gun salute of three shots and Mr. Garvin fired an additional one shot salute to honor the memory of his father and his uncle. The re-enactors spend about 23 weekends a year traveling throughout the southeast to promote the history and heritage of the south and sacrifices made by men like those honored on this occasion.

Memorial stones are also placed honoring soldiers who fought proudly in all of our nation's wars.

Article submitted by: Linda Garvin Sharpe, Grandaughter of Jacob Aron


There's "gonna be a hot time in the old town" on Saturday, November 30th when the 31st Annual Chitlin Strut gets underway. Plans are well underway and the cooking building is all shiney and spick and span. Ready to start frying those mouth-watering chitlin's! Folks in Salley are sprucing up the town for the Thousands of people who converge on our town each year to be a part of our festival.

The folks in Salley lovingly refer to the town as "Heaven's Doorstep:, as was so aptly named many years ago by Mrs. Ruth Jones, and they really feel that way about it. A few campers usually arrive early in the week and just enjoy walking in our small town where we don't have to worry about out safety every minute.

Lots of entertainment has been planned. Pre-strut activities include a beauty pageant and talent show. Saturday activities include a parade, arts and crafts, carnival, live music, cloggers, food concessions, Hog calling contest, "Strut" dance contest, and topped off by a Country Dance on Saturday night.

Come to Salley for a "fun day"! (Written by Mrs. Betty Salley, Chitlin Strut Publicity Chairman)

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