Distracted Driving A Part Of Public Forum @ April 2014 Liberty City Council Meeting

Philip Smith, The editor of The Liberty Monitor delivered this speech to The Mayor Of Liberty and Liberty City Council at the April 2014 Liberty City Council meeting on April 14, 2014 ...

I would like for each of you to know how difficult it is for me to admit that I've been wrong about something.

I've fought hard against the matter I'm bringing before you tonight in Clemson and Greenville.

The saying goes, "Until it affects you, you don't care"

Well, I care ... an incident that should have taken the life of a friend of mine happened a few weeks ago and really opened my eyes to the topic of electronic device distracted driving.

Mayor, while I am certain it was not a factor in Emma's accident, I am very certain that today ~ it would be.

Apple alone sold 55 million smart phones in the last QUARTER ALONE and they only have about 35% of the smartphone market.

Two seconds down the road at 60mph is a football field. For the length of a football field, sometimes two lengths or more, people are taking their eyes completely off the road.

I'm asking tonight that council and the Mayor take an active role and draft an "electronic device distracted driving ordinance". I want to see something smart. I want to see something that does not erase our constitutional rights and God granted liberties.

How does one make a law?

I would ask first and foremost, "Does it advance God's will?"

I would say that "God's will" is the 10 Commandments.

Commandment six and nine certainly apply here. Don't kill. Don't lie.

Next, does a law advance the people's will? Does it further life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?

I certainly think that an electronic device distracted driving ordinance is meant to protect life, insure the People's liberty, and give them peace of mind ~ which is the definition of happiness.

Right now, my friend and her family don't have peace of mind, they think the system isn't protecting them, and they certainly don't feel the law is there to insure their liberty.

In Leviticus 25:10 ... God says now that you have the law "go proclaim liberty throughout all the land."

I think we need a law that we can proclaim we are serious about protecting life.

We need this law to proclaim our liberty - otherwise the selfish, stupid among us are going to rape us of it!

I do worry about protecting my 4th amendment rights with search & seizure and being secure on and with my property.

The police Chief told me that he has to see something good to get behind it.

I personally think that most all the "proactive" and "reactive" ordinances being passed aren't meant to stop the problem, but merely to tax the vice.

I think it can be said that if the government truly cared about our health then instead of taxing smoking they would ban smoking altogether, and they would ban cigarettes, but the money from the taxes sure is nice!

My proposal is simple and straightforward.

The ordinance is ... "No use of cell phones by any means while your wheels are in motion."

At least if the law is on the books, it can be used as a tool. Right now, without anything - nothing can be done.

The enforcement should be honest and place the burden on the driver.

If 9 out of 10 people pay the fine without any complaint or court, then I say tack it on if visible.

I say the officer should have a tool at his disposal to ask when he pulls a driver over or is investigating an accident, "Were you texting or on social media?"

(Note: Miranda Rights issue?)

I think there would be a higher number than expected of those that would say, "Yes".

I say, "So what!" if a talented attorney can get their client out of the charges. At least our town can say that they did something to prevent one life from being taken.

I think the charge should be punitive to totally prevent somebody from texting ... $750 1st offense $1000 2nd offense // no reductions. Your paycheck and not being able to make bills will make you think twice!

This is the only way I see that instills God's will, insures the people's will, and punishes the ignorant appropriately.

Pinto Bean Supper Hosted By Liberty Masonic Lodge

Pinto Bean Supper hosted by Liberty Masonic Lodge.

Saturday April 19, 2014
6-8PM Rosewood Center

Proceeds go towards Scholarship fund for a Liberty High School Senior. 

$7.00 per plate.

Updated April 2014 Precipitation Totals

April usually averages 3.4" each year .

• Downtown Liberty received 0.96" of precipitation in the 24 hour period ending 9:00AM Tuesday April 15, 2014.

April 2014 currently has 3.35" of precipitation total.

The yearly total now stands at 13.42"


Jessie Sentell Of Liberty Passes ...

Jessie Sentell
Liberty, SC

Funeral Services to honor the life of Mrs. Sentell will be held Monday at 1:00PM in the Liberty Mortuary Chapel. Visitation will be From 3:00 until 5:00PM Sunday at Liberty Mortuary. Burial will be at Rice’s Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

Jessie Lee Swanson Sentell, 91, of 13 Willard Street, died Tuesday at Greenville Memorial Hospital. Born in Oconee County she was the widow of James Edward “Ed” Sentell, and a daughter of the late Will and Agnes Henderson Swanson. She was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith.

Surviving are a daughter, Judy Hamlin of Liberty; a son, Paul Sentell of the home; 4 sisters, Mary Hendricks of Easley, Aline Duncan of Greenwood, Reva Reeves of Easley and Norma Jean McCall of Easley; 2 brothers, Harold Swanson of Liberty and Luther Swanson of Easley; 3 grandchildren, Angie Hamlin Turner, Melissa Sargent and Donnie Westmoreland; and 2 great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents she was predeceased by a daughter, Linda Westmoreland; 2 sons, Terry Sentell and infant James Lee Sentell; a sister, Clara Kelley; and 2 brothers, Oliver and Hershal Swanson.

The family will be at their respective homes. Memorial messages may be sent to the family by visiting www.libertymortuary.com

Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.

* Information gathered from www.libertymortuary.com

Tax Filing Deadline Tuesday April 15, 2014

The deadline for filing your 2013 Tax Return, if you haven't already is Tuesday April 15, 2014.

By this date, a tax filer making more than $2500 from any taxable source (barter, service, or sales) must file by mail or electronically, or file an extension.

John Creech Jr Of Liberty Passes ...

John Creech Jr
Liberty, SC

John Creech, Jr., 63, of Liberty, SC.

Services at 2PM at Robinson Chapel UMC.

The family has selected the Luther Johnson Funeral Home, 301 E. Main St. Liberty, SC 29657.

* Information gathered from www.robinsonfuneralhomes.com

Vote Bright For Senate

Voting record matters: Lee Bright was the primary sponsor of the Constitutional Carry Act, which allows the free exercise of Second Amendment rights and personal protection (S.115) (2013).

Voting record matters: Lee Bright was the sole sponsor of legislation that protects cellular or other portable electronic communications devices from searches without a warrant (S.107) (2013).

Voting record matters: Lee Bright co-sponsored an immigration reform bill that places tougher penalties and restrictions on companies that hire illegal immigrants (S.020) (2011).


5th Annual Wings & Wheels Today @ Pickens County Airport In Liberty

Attractions will include: Airplane and Helicopter Rides- Fixed wing aircraft and helicopter will be on hand to offering event-goers a bird’s eye view of Pickens County. In addition, an open cockpit, bi-wing Steerman will be available for those seeking an aviation experience akin to early years of aviation.

Custom and Classic Car Show- Join over 150 car owners for one of the best classic and custom car shows in the Upstate. Winners will receive a trophy. “Best in Show” will be a judged event, and the “People’s Choice” award will be given to the car that receives the most cash votes.

Between admiring cars and airplane rides, spectators can enjoy: lunch or snack from Bates Masonic Lodge and Yoder’s of Meece Mill; a display of radio-controlled aircraft by the Raptors RC (radio controlled) Club; and the chance to win exciting giveaway items.

Proceeds: All proceeds from the event will benefit Pickens County Meals on Wheels (PCMOW), a 501 (c)(3), non-profit, charitable organization funded through grants, fundraising events and donations from individuals, churches, church organizations, businesses, schools, civic groups, and the United Way. The organization does not seek or receive any state or federal funding.

April 12, 2014 10AM to 3PM
Pickens County Airport
240 Airport Rd.
Liberty, SC 29657
Phone: 864-855-3770

April 2014 Liberty City Council Meeting ...

The April 2014 Liberty City Council Meeting is Monday April 14, 2014 @ 6:00PM

Downtown business will be among the topics discussed.

Doris Mauldin Of Liberty Passes ...

Doris Mauldin
Liberty, SC

Doris Reece Mauldin, 67, of Liberty, passed away on Tuesday, April 8, 2014.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Mauldin; son, Mark (Paula) Mauldin; seven grandchildren, Jason Mauldin, Tonya Mauldin, Jeffery Mauldin, Tiffany Mauldin, Isaiah Mauldin, Haley, and Destiny; twelve great-grandchildren; two sisters, Hazel E. Gillespie and Lucille Elrod; and two brothers, E. R. Reece and Earl Reece.

She is preceded in death by her son, Martin Dwayne Mauldin; her parents; six siblings, Bud Reece, Mildred Gillespie, Ruby Gillespie, Arvie Morton, Mattie Ruth Raines, and Little Riley Reece.

The family will receive friends Friday, April 11, 2014 from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm at the Liberty Church of God Prophecy, 373 Black Bottom Rd, Liberty.

A graveside service will be held in Westview Cemetery at 11:00 am Saturday, April 12, 2014.

* Information gathered from www.thepalmettomortuary.com

Weekly Jail Blotter / April 10, 2014

For more details, including access to other Pickens County Sheriff's Office Arrest profiles, see:

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A New CVS Is Being Built In Liberty, But Is Family Dollar On The Chopping Block?

According to The State  newspaper:
Family Dollar plans to cut jobs and close about 370 underperforming stores as it tries to reverse sagging sales and earnings.

Family Dollar did not provide details on how many jobs were expected to be eliminated.

Family Dollar Stores Inc. currently has more than 8,100 stores in 46 states.

The job cuts and store closings are estimated to result in an approximately $85 million to $95 million restructuring charge during fiscal 2014's second half.

The Matthews, N.C., company also said it will slow new store openings beginning in fiscal 2015 to bolster its return on investment. It now anticipates opening 350 to 400 new stores. In fiscal 2014 it had about 525 new stores.

The announcement came as Family Dollar reported its profit and revenue declined in the fiscal second quarter, which was hampered by bad winter weather.
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Family Dollar To Cut Jobs, Close Stores

Vote Michelle Wiles June 10, 2014 To Represent Liberty

Michelle Wiles of Pickens asks for your vote in the June 10, 2014 Republican Primary for SC House District 4 seat currently held by Davey Hiott.

SC District 4 comprises most of Liberty.

Wiles identifies herself as a constitutional conservative and grassroots activist who has been active in the tea party movement.

Wiles, 44, is a homeschooling mother of 6 children (2 graduated) and works in Public Relations for Panacea Biofuels. She currently serves as 2nd Vice Chair of the Pickens County GOP.

Announcing her candidacy at the Pickens County Taxpayers Association meeting.
“I've been personally involved in politics since I started voting at 18. The main factor in my decision to run for office is because of the state of our country. It is my belief that change and reform start in the local and state elections. We have strayed so far from the Constitution. The 10 year incumbent, Davey Hiott, needs to be challenged based on his voting record. He has not advanced the cause of freedom and liberty.”

Spring Break ...

Spring Break

Spring Break begins Monday, April 14, 2014 for all Liberty Area Public School Students.

Friday April 11, 2014 will be the last day for students until reporting back on Monday April 21, 2014 for a snow make-up day.

Please be aware of sports schedules and other make up times that have been scheduled during the break.

Stephen Randall Vaughn Of Liberty Passes ...

Stephen Randall Vaughn
Liberty, SC

Mr. Stephen Randall Vaughn, 45, husband of the late Genean Robitaille Vaughn, passed away Saturday, April 5, 2014 at his home.

Born in Greenville County, a son of the late Marvin James and Thelma Ann Mote Vaughn, Mr. Vaughn was employed with Upstate Trucking Inc. and a member of Carolina Community Church.

Surviving are a son, Stephen Vaughn of the home; a daughter, Dawn Ashworth of Easley, and a step-daughter, Jessica Farmer of Easley; two grandchildren, Amy Marie Jones and Alex Michael Bryson; three brothers, Timothy, Michael, and Jonathan Vaughn; and a sister, Teresa Ann Vaughn. In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. Vaughn was predeceased by a brother, Douglas Vaughn.

Funeral services will be 2:00PM Wednesday, April 9, 2014 in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown with Rev. Dr. Nick Ballew and Rev. Earl Reid officiating.

Visitation will be from noon until 1:45PM Wednesday at the funeral home, prior to the service.

Family members are at their respective homes.

Memorials may be made to Carolina Community Church, 134 W. Front Street, Liberty, SC 29657.

Condolences may be expressed online at www.robinsonfuneralhomes.com or in person at Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, which is assisting the family.

* Information gathered from www.robinsonfuneralhomes.com

Weekly Jail Blotter / April 9, 2014

For more details, including access to other Pickens County Sheriff's Office Arrest profiles, see:

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Relay For Life 5K Run In Liberty ...

Pickens County Relay For Life

Friday May 2, 2014 @ 7PM

Old Liberty High School Stadium

To find out more, visit:


Heath White Of Liberty Signs With Dordt College

Heath White, of Liberty High School, has signed to play football at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. Heath played running back and wide receiver for the Red Devils.

While at LHS, Heath has also played basketball and ran track. This winter he was a member of the State Runner-Up wrestling team. Heath is a scholar athlete at LHS and is a member of the youth group at Enon Baptist Church.

Coach Kyle Stewart said:  
“Heath has a never say die attitude. He goes hard in practice and games the entire time and never gives up. His tremendous work ethic will help him succeed on the next level.”
Pictured: Seated is Heath with his parents, Kevin and Amy White. Standing is LHS Head Football Coach Kyle Stewart.

Suspect From Police Chase Turns Himself In ...

Shaq Lay has turned himself into the Pickens County Sheriff's Office after forcing police on a chase from Liberty into Easley and then found to have abandoned his girlfriend and two infants.

Lay faces the charges seen in the arrest profile above which include: Child Endangerment, Driving Left Of Center, 2X Failure to Stop for Blue Light, Reckless Driving

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Total Lunar Eclipse, Known As "Blood Moon" To Occur On Tax Day.


North America will experience the first eclipse of the year on Tuesday April 15, 2014.

The moon will be eclipsed by the Earth's shadow.

This total lunar eclipse will be visible across the Western Hemisphere.

The total phase will last 78 minutes. It will begin at 3:06AM EST and will end at 4:24AM EST.

Even though the moon is in the Earth's shadow, it should appear a bit colorful, some shade of red or orange. That's from light around the edges of the Earth - essentially sunrises and sunsets - splashing on the lunar surface and faintly lighting up the moon.

In all, four eclipses will occur this year, two lunar and two solar.

At the time of this post, the extended forecast is calling for cloudy skies and rain on the day of which may obscure viewing from the area.

Vote Bright For Senate

Voting record matters: Lee Bright was the primary sponsor of the Constitutional Carry Act, which allows the free exercise of Second Amendment rights and personal protection (S.115) (2013).

Voting record matters: Lee Bright was the sole sponsor of legislation that protects cellular or other portable electronic communications devices from searches without a warrant (S.107) (2013).

Voting record matters: Lee Bright co-sponsored an immigration reform bill that places tougher penalties and restrictions on companies that hire illegal immigrants (S.020) (2011).


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