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Rainwater Harvesting

Save the Date — Rainwater Harvesting Workshop The recent rains have been welcome, and the drought is officially over for all South Carolina counties according to the S.C. Drought Response Committee. But, South Carolina has experienced drought conditions during eight of the last ten years. Oftentimes, a month’s rainfall can happen in one summer storm. In these scenarios, and in times of encouraged water restrictions, having a rainwater harvesting system has many benefits – environmental, […] 


So you can mark your calendars, here is our upcoming schedule: October 13, 2013 November 10. 2013 January 19, 2014 February 16, 2014 March 23, 2014 We have a wonderful lineup of fabulously talented musicians, vocalists, choral groups, bands and ensembles to entertain you with a wide variety of genres. As always, Sundays at 4 is at the Lutheran Church by the Lake, yes, at 4:00. Ask about our Season Subscriber Special. Lots more details […] 


 2013 McCormick Garden Club Garden of the Month 304 Heather Point in the Magnolia area of Savannah Lakes Village is the address of an absolutely beautiful well-manicured and tastefully designed yard created by Mike and Toni Chandler.  The Chandlers moved to their home in 2003 and developed a landscape plan that works well for the terrain and animal invasions so prevalent in the community.  Included in their design are many pallets of North Carolina rock […] 

Underground Railroad and Quilts!

Underground Railroad and Quilts! On Friday, April 19th. at our own Cotton Gin there will be a presentation on the topic, an opportunity to pre-view the Garden Club’s juried flower show and dine under a canopy of historic quilts. This is a collaboration by the McCormick County’s Historic Commission, Garden Club and Visitors Council to continue putting McCormick on the map to draw tourists, pay back to the community and in this case raise funds […] 

Endangered swallow-tailed kite

Public asked to report sightings of state-endangered swallow-tailed kite The public is being asked to report sightings of the swallow-tailed kite, an endangered-species in South Carolina and considered a species of highest conservation concern throughout its breeding range in North America. Help The Avian Conservation Center and The Center for Birds of Prey to monitor swallow-tailed kite distribution, identify important nesting and foraging areas and promote conservation of this important species and their habitats by […] 

Re-Opening of Savannah Lakes Resort Lodge

Savannah Lakes Resort opens Lodge rooms and Conference Center A re-energized Austin Trupp announced the recent re-opening of the Savannah Lakes Resort on Lake Thurmond on Hwy 378 West.  “We know how important the Resort is to this county and to the area.  We are pleased to be able bring it back online.   “We’re booking a ton of folks,” Trupp said.  “”We’re very happy with the property.  There’s a lot of pent-up demand out there, […] 

Local Bear response

Local Bear response from Stu Whipple (former National Park Ranger)   Don, what a great sighting! Two cubs as well. You did the right thing by getting out of there especially with the cubs around and you with your dog. Good thing you had him leashed. Here are some things you can add to your “best practice actions”   Do: * Face the bear when walking away * Talk or shout in a loud voice […] 

February Fishing Trends

February Fishing Trends Lake Hartwell: Striped and Hybrid Bass: Slow. The striper bite has really slowed down. Although some fish can still be caught, particularly big fish, it’s also possible to fish all day without hooking up. It’s better to fish points and pockets adjacent to deeper water. Catfish: Fair. Catch small blue catfish up to about 10 pounds on cut bait in 25-40 feet of water. Black Bass: Fair. Fish are in water ranging […] 

AC4me Week 6

Week 6 Getting and Staying Active                 Okay, you have made the decision to become more active and develop a healthier lifestyle, but, do you know the reasons why you should stick with the program?  We will spend the next couple of weeks going over some of the reasons why you should develop a life-long love for exercise and healthy eating.  Let’s get started.  Are you ready?                 Before you increase your activity, take a […] 

Thank You From Afghanistan

Dear Ms. Hogg, Ms. Houin, and OPERATION: QUITE COMFORT, I am writing to thank you for your kindness and generosity. We have received the packages in Afghanistan that you sent from South Carolina and Indiana. You will be happy to know that all of the “goodies” are being put to good use. I have attached a picture of our platoon, so you can see all the people that your efforts have directly assisted. We are […] 

August Fishing Report

Lake Thurmond is down to 318.5. Striped and Hybrid Bass: Good to very good. Captain William Sasser (864-333-2000) reports that most of the bigger fish in the lake are grouped within 6 miles of the dam up both the Georgia Little River and the Savannah. Fish are generally found 70-80 feet deep over 90-100 feet of water, and fishing live herring on down lines has been the predominant technique. A surprising number of fish have […] 

Mack Calander

Art in the Blueway: A series of active living events to showcase McCormick County’s quality of life: Outdoor Recreation, Healthy Living and the Arts.  *********************** PaddleMACK – Paddle for programs   *********************** WHEN : Labor Day, Sept. 3rd / 8:30am registration / 9:30 Events begin  WHERE: Baker’s Creek State Park  WHY:  To highlight our community’s best resources: the arts center, our outdoor recreational facilities and state parks.  To raise necessary funds to support our local […] 


THE THURMOND LAKE SAIL & POWER SQUADRON WILL BE TEACHING THE “BEGINNERS BOATING COURSE” – STARTING July 24! The “beginners boating class” known as America’s Boating Course (ABC) will give you the knowledge you need to make you a competent and safe skipper! America’s Boating Course covers all aspects of boating: boat handling, docking, right of way, anchoring, aids to navigation, required equipment, state laws, boating emergencies and more. This four day course is taught […] 

Thunder Over Thurmond Recap

Thunder Over Thurmond’s week full of events spotlights McCormick County By Bob Stockton  McCormick’s week-long Thunder Over Thurmond celebration kicked off with the Mims Foundation Reunion Parade Saturday, June 30. State senate candidate Jennings McAbee walked the route, and McCormick Car Club (MCC) owners drove their hot rods, Chevy Corvettes and Ford Thunderbirds.   Beauty queens rode on convertibles and pickup trucks. Anne Barron and Ann Stiles waved to the crowd from the Chamber of […] 

June 28th Fishing Report

Freshwater Fishing Trends – June 28 Fishing Information Mountains Area Piedmont Area Midlands Area Santee Cooper System SC Freshwater Fishing Regulations (Adobe PDF) Purchase a fishing license Boat Ramp Locations State Fish Consumption Advisories Fishing trends courtesy Check the site for recent updates and detailed reports. Mountains Area Lake Jocassee: (unchanged from June 21) Trout: Good. Fish at the intakes early in the morning and pulling spoons for the first few hours of daylight. […]