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Saturday, December 7, 2019

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from COTU

Merry Christmas and the  
Happiest of New Year to all of you! 

We will not meet in December so you can enjoy this Holy time with your family and friends, and will resume our meetings in January of 2020.

Our next meeting will take place 
Tuesday, January 14th at 7PM.

We will be meeting in the backroom of Pizza Inn in Pickens located at 502 Ann Street in the Ingles shopping center. They have a delicious all you can eat salad and pizza bar! 

We will not have a speaker at this January meeting so we will have plenty of time to discuss and decide on our upcoming agenda and action items for the upcoming New Year. So come prepared to brainstorm on how we can be effective in keeping Pickens County the most conservative county in SC. 

PLEASE bring a friend!

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving From COTU ...

We are thankful to everyone that champions morals, values, and conservatism ...

George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation: What a Different Era

By the President of the United States of America. a Proclamation.

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor—and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of ..

Read in full here:

George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation: What a Different Era

Saturday, November 2, 2019

November 2019 COTU Meeting

Our next meeting will be held Tuesday, November 19th at 7PM at the Silver Bay Seafood Restaurant in Easley located on Hwy 123. 

Our featured speaker will be Keith Brockington from the GPATS staff.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Pickens County Council Refuses To Be Proactive Regarding Aggressive Transgender Agenda Group Targeting Children

I spoke to Pickens County Council about being pro active in nipping this in the bud BEFORE. DQSH happens in our county when the one happened in Simpsonville... they finally answered me today in their newsletter about what they have (not) done. 

As you can see they think there’s nothing wrong with it... and we shouldn’t worry ... 

JoAnn will you please post this response on my group page CVPCWT.

And when these deviant lifestyles sign up to have one in Easley or Clemson... just remember COTU tried our best to get them to have a policy in place to prevent it... but it fell on deaf ears. 

I personally will be holding them directly responsible for poor planning to prevent Un Godly activity indoctrinating underage children in our tax supported library. 


Friday, September 27, 2019

October 2019 COTU Meeting

Our next meeting will be held ...

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 @ 7pm.  
Coyote Coffee in Easley SC 
1035 South Pendleton St. 

You can call ahead if you want to call an order in early to be ready when you arrive. They have delicious beverages and food. Come a little early before meeting starts at 7pm. We try really hard to keep the meeting to an hour. Purchasing a beverage or meal keeps Coyote Coffee happy and we need to show our appreciation for them allowing us to meet there. We will have a microphone this time so all can hear our speakers better.

Don't forget that October 3rd is Bring Your Bible to School Day! I hope your child(ren) will participate and help bring more SALT AND LIGHT to the schools.

Our guest speaker will be Dr. David Jones who is running for the Commissioner of Easley Combined Utilities in the upcoming local elections for Easley. See the info he sent us for more information on Dr. Jones.

We also are hoping to hear from Freedom Action Network's Seth Powell on action items that we need to be helping accomplish and how you can financially help them be more effective than they already are!  They do a great job keeping us informed on what the Good Ole Boys are doing down in Columbia. I personally donate to their group monthly and I know they will appreciate any support you can give them to help with their activism in stopping all the corruption taking place that they try to hide and sweep under the carpet. learn more about FAN @

One of our members, Travis Garner has presented our Pickens County Council with a resolution to protect our second amendment rights and they have so far refused to take the resolution seriously. WE NEED THEM TO TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY.  We have developed a Facebook poll to get enough YES votes to be able to present to council to show them the citizens of Pickens truly want them to step up to the plate and declare by resolution they will uphold the Constitution.
You can also vote here on this page to the right.

PLEASE share with your fellow neighbors and friends that live in Pickens: 

Here's the facebook link:

It is truly imperative that RED FLAG LAWS are not adopted in our state and our county council needs to affirm this! AND WE NEED LOTS OF YES VOTES ON THIS POLL

Monday, September 16, 2019

Are You Aware of What Your Child is Learning About Sex in SC Public Schools?

As the new 2019-2020 school year swings into action, many parents are thrilled to have their children back in their seats at government operated schools. This of course frees parents up during the day to pursue their own personal interests, or in some cases, economically helps them not to have to pay for summer child care. 

However, some parents are experiencing anxiety sending their child back to the government due to legitimate concerns of political agendas and indoctrinating lesson plans being pushed in our public schools. 

The apparent early sexualization of children has been a hot topic of discussion on social media, especially in light of the fact there are many progressive legislators across the country who seek to promote LGBTQ and inclusivity into Sexual Education Standards in public schools with no option for parents to opt their child out. 

According to an article posted recently in Guttmacher Institute, whose web page states their goal is “to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights in the United States and globally through their interrelated program of high-quality research, evidence-based advocacy and strategic communications”, they state, 

Within the first five months of 2019, 32 states and the District of Columbia introduced 79 sex education bills, the vast majority of which—thanks to the work of state advocates and policymakers—support young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights. Three trends rise to the top: sexual consent, healthy and violence-free relationships and LGBTQ-inclusive instruction.”
Guttmacher Institute article may be viewed here: 

This should be a red flag to conservative Christian parents that SC legislators as well as the SC Dept of Ed could be thinking of joining the bandwagon to push to expose children in SC to more sexualization than ever before in the name of diversity, toleration and inclusion. 
Recently Child Protective League posted on Facebook a list of the 32 LGBTQ children's books that are not only available in public libraries, but many school libraries, and possibly in individual teacher classrooms. 

Their web page can be viewed here:

Below is the list of books that CPL listed that should be of concern to many parents.
Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian
Morris Micklewhite and The Tangerine Dress By Christine Baldachinno
Uncle Bobby’s Wedding by Sarah S. Brannen
ABC A Family Alphabet Book by Bobbie Combs
A Peacock Among Pigeons by Tyler Curry
10,000 Dresses by Marcus Ewert
Molly’s Family by Nancy Garden
George by Alex Gino
Red: A Crayon’s Story by Micheal Hall
King and King by Linda de Haan
I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel
Jacob’s New Dress by Sarah Hoffman
My Princess Boy by Cheryl Kilodavis
The Purim Superhero by Elisabeth Kushner
The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy
The Family Fletcher Takes Rock Island
Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers and Marla Frazee
Donovan’s Big Day by Leslea Newman
Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
Mommy, Mama, and Me by Leslea Newman
A Tale of Two Daddies by Vanita Oelschlager
A Tale of Two Mommies by Vanita Oelschlager
The Family Book by Todd Parr
This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman
In Our Mothers’ House by Patricia Polacco
And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson
Two Dads by Carolyn Robertson
Stella Brings The Family by Miriam B. Schiffer
Zak’s Safari by Christy Tyner
Introducing Teddy by Jessica Walton
Daddy’s Roommate by Micheal Willhoite
Home At Last by Vera B. Williams and Chris Raschka**

As a concerned taxpayer and grandparent, I asked my own school district if any of these books were available in my school district libraries or teacher classrooms. 
John Eby, the “Public Information Specialist” of the School District of Pickens County stated, “If you are concerned about the availability in our media centers of the titles you listed-- or any other titles in our library system—you can search all of the books in our media centers.” He went further and explained that LGBTQ issues are not part of our k-5 curriculum. Furthermore; he stated, “ We don't make a practice of asking all of our teachers if they are in compliance with book ban lists of any sort submitted by citizens or by political advocacy groups. If you or a parent are aware of an objectionable book being used by a teacher, please see our policy regarding Instructional Resources and Materials and the form for requesting reconsideration of materials.”

Well, I don't know about most parents, but I do know there is not enough time in my day to do that research and I am sure to FOIA request that information would cost the average parent quite a bit for someone on the school district staff to investigate and get that information for you because they charge by the hour for that research. 

My concern is that parents usually don't find out about these objectionable books being read aloud to their child or made available to their child till AFTER the fact...and by then it's too late...once a child has been exposed to this information they cannot unsee or unhear it. I suppose you could go ahead and fill a form on all those books listed above and give them to your child's teacher. But I would think it would be more efficient to just hand that list along with a note to your child's teacher that you specifically do not want your young child exposed to any book or lesson plans that speak to the LGBTQ sexual subject matters. 

PARENTS, you really need to spearhead this issue of being pro-active in contacting your child's teacher and making it clear to your child's teacher that you do not want your child being exposed to this type of indoctrination if your religion and values and beliefs are in conflict. Otherwise, it may happen unbeknownst to you and you will have to deal with the after effects of your child being exposed to issues they are not socially, emotionally ready for.
I researched the SC Laws concerning Sex Education and found that Within the SC Code of Laws, Title 59 Chapter 32 Comprehensive Health Education Programs it clearly states:
SECTION 59-32-50. Notice to parents; right to have child exempted from comprehensive health education program classes.

Pursuant to policies and guidelines adopted by the local school board, public school principals shall develop a method of notifying parents of students in the relevant grades of the content of the instructional materials concerning reproductive health, family life, pregnancy prevention, and of their option to exempt their child from this instruction, and sexually transmitted diseases if instruction in the diseases is presented as a separate component. Notice must be provided sufficiently in advance of a student's enrollment in courses using these instructional materials to allow parents and legal guardians the opportunity to preview the materials and exempt their children.

A public school principal, upon receipt of a statement signed by a student's parent or legal guardian stating that participation by the student in the health education program conflicts with the family's beliefs, shall exempt that student from any portion or all of the units on reproductive health, family life, and pregnancy prevention where any conflicts occur. No student must be penalized as a result of an exemption. School districts shall use procedures to ensure that students exempted from the program by their parents or guardians are not embarrassed by the exemption.
SECTION 59-32-80. Penalty for teacher's violation of or refusal to comply with chapter.

Any teacher violating the provisions of this chapter or who refuses to comply with the curriculum prescribed by the school board as provided by this chapter is subject to dismissal.
That law may be viewed here: 

Also during my research, I found the following to be information parents need to take note of especially:
SECTION 59-32-30. Local school boards to implement comprehensive health education program; guidelines and restrictions.
(A) Pursuant to guidelines developed by the board, each local school board shall implement the following program of instruction:
(1) Beginning with the 1988-89 school year, for grades kindergarten through five, instruction in comprehensive health education must include the following subjects: community health, consumer health, environmental health, growth and development, nutritional health, personal health, prevention and control of diseases and disorders, safety and accident prevention, substance use and abuse, dental health, and mental and emotional health. Sexually transmitted diseases as defined in the annual Department of Health and Environmental Control List of Reportable Diseases are to be excluded from instruction on the prevention and control of diseases and disorders. At the discretion of the local board, age-appropriate instruction in reproductive health may be included.
(4) The South Carolina Educational Television Commission shall work with the department in developing instructional programs and materials that may be available to the school districts. Films and other materials may be designed for the purpose of explaining bodily functions or the human reproductive process. These materials may not contain actual or simulated portrayals of sexual activities or sexual intercourse.
(5) The program of instruction provided for in this section may not include a discussion of alternate sexual lifestyles from heterosexual relationships including, but not limited to, homosexual relationships except in the context of instruction concerning sexually transmitted diseases.
(B) Local school boards may use the instructional unit made available by the board pursuant to Section 59-32-20, or local boards may develop or select their own instructional materials addressing the subjects of reproductive health education, family life education, and pregnancy prevention education. To assist in the selection of components and curriculum materials, each local school board shall appoint a thirteen-member local advisory committee consisting of two parents, three clergy, two health professionals, two teachers, two students, one being the president of the student body of a high school, and two other persons not employed by the local school district.
(C) The time required for health instruction for students in kindergarten through eighth grade must not be reduced below the level required during the 1986-87 school year. Health instruction for students in grades nine through twelve may be given either as part of an existing course or as a special course.
(D) No contraceptive device or contraceptive medication may be distributed in or on the school grounds of any public elementary or secondary school. No school district may contract with any contraceptive provider for their distribution in or on the school grounds. Except as to that instruction provided by this chapter relating to complications which may develop from all types of abortions, school districts may not offer programs, instruction, or activities including abortion counseling, information about abortion services, or assist in obtaining abortion, and materials containing this information must not be distributed in schools. Nothing in this section prevents school authorities from referring students to a physician for medical reasons after making reasonable efforts to notify the student's parents or legal guardians or the appropriate court, if applicable.
(E) Any course or instruction in sexually transmitted diseases must be taught within the reproductive health, family life, or pregnancy prevention education components, or it must be presented as a separate component.
(F) Instruction in pregnancy prevention education must be presented separately to male and female students.
(G) Beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, districts annually shall provide age-appropriate instruction in sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention to all students in four-year-old kindergarten, where offered, through twelfth grade. This instruction must be based on the units developed by the board, through the department, pursuant to Section 59-32-20(B).
♦ Reproductive health instruction is permitted before grade six at the option of local school boards (§59-32-30(A)(1)). 

Students in grades kindergarten through six should receive 75 minutes per week of health instruction for 36 weeks or the equivalent, which must equal 45 hours per year.”

When I went to the SC Dept of Ed 's web site and typed in “sex education” in the search bar...nothing came up. This puzzled me. Most parents who wish to know what is going on in sex education in SC would most likely type those two words in the search bar; however, through trial and error I found that if I typed Health Standards and searched through those I found the sex education standards embedded within those. 

ALL PARENTS should read the Health/Safety Standards being taught to your child...these standards can be found here: 

Parents, please pay close attention at the end of those standards to the glossary terms...
here are just a few of the glossary terms at the end of the Health/Safety standards:

Glossary of terms:

consent ...Voluntary, positive agreement between the participants to engage in specific sexual activity. Verbal communication prior to engaging in sex helps to clarify consent (Northwestern-Student Affairs, n.d.). 

rape... The penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim (Federal Bureau of Investigation [FBI], n.d.). 

risk(y) behaviors... Risk(y) behaviors contribute to unintentional injuries and violence; sexual behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection; alcohol, tobacco and other drug use; unhealthy dietary behaviors; and inadequate physical activity (CDC, 2016). 

sexting... The sending of sexually explicit photos, images, text messages, or e-mails by using a cell phone or other mobile device (, n.d.c). 

Below I have listed some of the Kindergarten standards I found that may leave an opportunity for your child's kindergarten teacher who may be liberal and progressive to teach something you think would be better left for you to teach at home when you think your child is ready. 

Kindergarten Health Standards:

G-K.1.3 Name ways children grow and change, mentally, emotionally, socially, and physically. 
( example... what if a child brings up in class that Johnny thinks he's really a girl...what will your child's teacher say?) 

G-K.1.4 Explain how families are alike and different
(example... what if a child brings up that her friend Susie doesn't have a daddy, she says she has two mommies...what will your child's teacher say) 

Grade 1 : I-1.1.1 Describe the difference between safe and unsafe contact that may occur between a child and an adult or a peer. 
(example... what if a child brings up that her uncle likes to play the tickle game...what will your child's teacher say?)

As a former first grade teacher, I found it best practices that when any questions came to me from my young 6 an 7 year olds about sex...I always replied, “You will have to talk to your mommy or daddy about that...I'm here to teach you about academic subjects.” 

But here's the question parents... will today's liberal progressive teachers take it upon themselves to answer your child with their own personal religious, values and beliefs? Will they say, that's fine if Johnny thinks he's a girl you should be proud of him...will they say, that's fine that Susie's mother is married to another woman, there's nothing wrong with that.

Sex education in our tax supported public schools is heading toward a very slippery slope and parents better be paying attention to what their child's teacher is planning on teaching their young child during Health instructional time and what books they are choosing to read aloud or have your child read. 

Written by Johnnelle Raines
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Monday, September 2, 2019

Is Al Jazeera a news source being used in Pickens County Schools?

Last week a concerned parent private messaged our Facebook group named South Carolina Parents Involved In Education:  

We are a chapter group under the wing of United States Parents Involved In Education which can be viewed here:

The parent who wishes to remain anonymous was concerned about a lesson her 9th grader was exposed to at River Bluff High in Lexington County District 1. The lesson Involved “Newsela,” According to PJ Media article by Ashley Thorne, “ Many public schools are now assigning their students children’s versions of newspaper articles through a new company called Newsela. Newsela takes articles from outlets such as Washington Post and Associated Press, rewrites each one to fit five reading levels, and publishes them online.” See more about Newsela here:

This particular lesson her child was given was from the news source Al Jazeera.

The parent wrote to us saying,

Here are the photos of the lesson her son’s English teacher used.

After doing some research of my own, it seems that the founder and CEO of Newsela is Matthew Gross. His company now serves 20 million users and almost all public schools are engaged. Please see their latest update here:

When I researched further, there was controversy over this company and many who think Newsela are using too many left leaning news sources with no apparent balancing of right leaning news sources. See this blog for enlightening users' comments:

One of my good friends from New York told me that CEO Matthew Gross was Executive Director of the Regents Research Fund, a privately funded affiliate of the New York State Board of Regents and Education Department that helped lead the implementation of Race to the Top–driven education reforms. He reported to Education Commissioner John King, Jr. Matthew oversaw the organization’s growth strategy, public–private partnerships, talent acquisition, and day-to-day operations. While at the Regents Research Fund, Matthew led the development of, a web application providing teachers and administrators with resources for implementation of Common Core state standards and teacher and principal evaluations. Since its August 2011 launch, the site has been viewed over fourteen million times by educators in all fifty states.

Newsela's CEO being a pusher of Common Core Standards doesn’t boost my confidence level in his company or give me a warm. fuzzy feeling about it being fair and balanced news. 

A huge concern for parents should be exactly what is the true goal of this type of “news” information being used in our public schools? Are teacher’s being used as tools to indoctrinate students with only hearing left leaning news reports? Is this Newsela Company phishing for student data? After you you think this is biased news or as President Donald Trump would say, "fake news."

I found a conversation about Newsela from another concerned mom who wrote:

“I talked to our 6th grade teachers (Catholic school) in depth about Newsela at the beginning of the school year. I an not a fan. You can get on and just look at the story (news 😂) titles. When I did that, there was a story about a transgender child (who was still physically the birth gender but identified the other) who had started hormones and was going to prom never having told his/her parents. Concerning on so many levels. Advocating "do what feels good", "ok to disrespect parents by going behind their backs", not to mention if families feel that content is appropriate for their child to read.”

So it looks like even private schools are using Newsela.

Is your child’s school using Newsela? You should ask if you have concerns.

Here is Newsela's web page. Maybe you should check it out and see what your child is reading unbeknownst to you when they go online and don’t bring home the lesson.

If you find you are concerned like this parent was. You should contact your local school district board members with your concerns as well as contacting Superintendent Molly Spearman.

And as an added bonus... try contacting your STATE school board member here:

Or maybe the Education Oversight Committee here:

Don't remain silent...speak up.

written by Johnnelle Raines

Reporter for The Standard and

USPIE Board Member


* verified that Newsela is being used in Pickens County and Greenville County schools.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Decreased Social Studies & Science In Pickens County Schools?

Did you know that instructional time in Social Studies and Science has been DECREASED at Getty’s Middle School in the School District of Pickens County?

A concerned parent who wishes to remain anonymous contacted me and shared :

“Hi Johnnelle,
I am very concerned on the class size increase and reduction of instructional time at Getty’s Middle School. Gettys has Science classes with as many as 34 students in them. Another concern is that enough time is not being held for Science and Social Studies classes. Students are on an A day and B day schedule and meet for 88 minutes every other day. In the 88 minute classes there is a required 10 minute break for bathroom in each class thus meaning they are only getting 78 minutes of instruction during Science and Social Studies.  

The explanation on the scheduling was given that it was since Math and English are state mandated tests and Social Studies and Science are no longer tested they need to raise Math and English scores. Last year Science and social Studies classes were every day for 70 minutes. Students see Math and English teachers EVERY day and there is a much smaller class size. They have doubled the amount of English and Math teachers this year at GMS for 8th grade alone and reduced the Social Studies and Science for 8th grade by 2 positions each.”
So I emailed John Eby the Communication Coordinator for Pickens County’s School District to verify this information. 

His reply was:
Some of the information in your email is accurate, some is not, and all of it requires context.

With regard to the question you typed in all caps: our middle and high school class schedules are set by the principals and not dictated by the district office, so some are similar to GMS and some are not.

With regard to the size of classes: the state limit for middle school class size is 35. For many years, GMS has created classes of honors-level or higher-performing students, who tend to be more engaged and less disruptive, with more than 30 students in order to lower class sizes for lower-performing or at-risk students who need more individualized attention. This has been the practice across all subjects, not just science and social studies.

With regard to the time allotment for science and social studies vs. math and English: The change in class times you described was put in place this year for 8th grade, and was already in place for this cohort of students last year in 7th grade.

With regard to staffing: the staffing allotments for those subjects was reduced from 4 to 2.5 (reduction of 1.5, not 2).

Context: the reduction in time is only for the required basic science and social studies courses, and does not take into account the aggressive expansion of science-related elective courses, such as the Project Lead the Way STEM program, in which a full 50 percent of GMS’ student body is enrolled, which is led by Dr. Nicole Yemothy, SDPC’s new Teacher of the Year, and which has earned the school the recognition of being a Project Lead the Way School of Distinction.
John Eby
School District of Pickens County
Coordinator of Communication

I then emailed Eby back and asked:
“So what about the other 50% who are not enrolled in Project Lead The Way? Is there a SC mandated minimum instructional time in Science and Social Studies for middle grade students? “
Eby replied,

“GMS meets the SC minimum for instructional time in those subjects.” ( please note, Eby did not tell me what that minimum time required actually is.) 

So then I emailed Ryan Brown, Chief Communications Officer at the S.C. Dept of Education and asked about mandated minimum instructional time in Science and So iCal Studies for middle grade students.

Brown replied,
“Ms. Raines,
The State Board of Education nor the State Superintendent of Education regulate the number of minutes required for each subject area. This decision can be a district wide policy for every school or it may be different for individual schools within the district. The block vs. traditional schedule plays a role in this as well.
We have not seen or been alerted to any cuts in time allocated for Science, Social Studies, Music, Arts, and other subjects that do not have a state mandated test associated with them.
State Board of Education Regulation 43-232 sets the minimum hours of instruction for various subject areas.

Please find the regulation here - ( it states a minimum of 1800 minutes total or 30hours per week for the school year and includes the subjects English, Math, Science, Social Studies, Health/PE... etc.)

Therefore it seems as if it is entirely up to the School District how much time is spent on any individual subject as long as the total when added up equals 1800 minutes or 30 hours per week with SCDE approval. 

But... here’s the point... SDPC has NOT “alerted” SCDE about their cut in instructional time.
As a parent are you concerned that GMS has increased class load in Social Studies and Science as well as decreasing instructional time in those subjects?

Are Social Studies and Science being considered less important ? 
I did a little research and it seems there is a trend in reducing instructional time in those subjects in order to score better on mandated English and Math tests. As well as a trend in not following mandated instructional minimum times...See here:

Is this happening in your child’s middle school? Are parents even told there has been a decrease in instructional time in other subjects in order to focus on scoring better on English and Math mandated test results? 

Isn’t the focus of quality education supposed to be on a well rounded education of being College/Career Ready? Do students not need to be proficient at anything except English and Math? Is the focus of a quality education solely on scoring well on standardized tests?

If you are a concerned parent at GMS about this issue please contact: 
John Eby 
School District of Pickens County
Coordinator of Communication
(864) 397-1045, Office
(864) 380-3900, Cell
Principal Mike Cory 
Getty’s Middle School
(864) 397-3900

If you think this may be happening at your S.C. child’s school contact your own child’s Principal or School District and ask. 
Johnnelle Raines
United States Parents Involved In Education Board Member

September 2019 COTU Meeting

Conservatives of the Upstate will hold their September meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019 from 7-8pm at Coyote Coffee in Easley located at 1035 South Pendleton Street, Easley, SC 29642. For more information go to

The public is invited. Please consider purchasing a beverage or ordering off their delicious menu to support their allowing us to use their venue for our meeting. Our guest speaker will be David Weikle who has announced his candidacy to run against present Sen. Lindsey Graham in the Republican Primary. The public will be allowed to ask questions. 

For more info on his candidacy: