Bend In The Branch

The personal opinions of one among many.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Another Chapter

Updated: Suspended

United States Attorney Reginald Lloyd says a Federal Grand Jury has indicted Lake City Mayor Larue Alford on 1 count of dealing in counterfeit obligations.
You may remember... last week the Florence County Sheriff's Department arrested Alford.

Right now... Alford is out of jail on bond... from charges of obstruction of justice and misconduct in office.

Authorities say Alford willfully used fake money and helped a fugitive escape police.

The Governor's office said last week... if Alford is indicted the Governor will suspend Alford from his position as mayor.

Joel Sawyer with the Governor Sanford's Office says they are waiting on a "certified copy" of the indictment.. and that usually takes a day or two.

When that happens the Governor's legal advisors have advised Sanford to remove Alford from office.



Tuesday, April 25, 2006


neg·li·gence (ngl-jns) n.

Law. Failure to exercise the degree of care considered reasonable under the circumstances, resulting in an unintended injury to another party.

As a parent, I can not help but wonder if the parent of this 10-year-old was negligent in leaving her alone in a department store...the employee who perpetrated the crime could very well have been a customer.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Monday Mutt Shot


Friday, April 21, 2006

Stowaway Squirrel

Image Credit:The Item

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Power, Greed & Corruption

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

Mother Goose rhyme

Broached here and chronicled throughout the month of July, I have not forgotten those in the little town and tonight, I celebrate with them.

LAKE CITY – Mayor LaRue Alford has been arrested by Florence County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with misconduct in office following a 14-month investigation, WBTW News13 and the Morning News are reporting.

According to a press release issued by the sheriff's office, Alford "failed to properly and faithfully discharge the duties of his office by willfully and knowingly possessing counterfeit U.S. currency."

Alford also, according to the press release, he "also helped a suspect elude police."

He is currently in custody at the Florence County Detention Center in Effingham.

He was booked about 2 p.m.

The arrest follows a 14-month investigation into corruption in Lake City and the surrounding area by the Florence County Sheriff's Office, SLED, FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Secret Service, Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone said.

More charges may be filed in the case, Boone said.

"There is some public corruption here and we're not going to tolerate it," he said.

Monday, April 17, 2006


I do not wish to blame, condescend, or unleash my wrath upon anyone, but I gotta tell ya'...

Today I was subjected to two ranting and raving voice mails: one on my cell phone; the other on my home phone, and I was hurt by the virulent words.

'twould appear the caller attempted more than once to contact me by phone during the holiday weekend and instead of leaving a message, chose to call repeatedly, waiting until reaching the boiling point before leaving a message on each phone, accusing me of avoidance, call screening, and neglect.

For the record:

(1) I consider Caller ID and Call Return frivolous wastes of money. If I don't answer the phone, it is because I can't. Please leave a message. I will return your call.

(2) I have a life. I don't sit by the phone, waiting for it to ring, and I do not consider the phone an accessory to whatever outfit I choose to wear every single time I walk out the door. I have a cell phone for three specific reasons: (a) In case of emergency; (b) So The Kid can contact me if need be while she is away from home; and, (c) To save a little on the costs of long distance calls. If I don't answer, please leave a message. I will return your call.

(3) I understand that much of today's society expects us to be immediately available due to technology. While I'm all about keeping in touch (I do call and e-mail regularly, don't I?), I have boundaries y'all, and I will not sacrifice the limited time I have away from work, the stresses of everyday life, or common courtesy because it may be convenient for you should I do so. If I don't answer, please leave a message. I will return your call; and,

(4) If you choose not to leave a message, I will be unable to return your call. If you leave a berating, accusatory message, I will most likely choose not to return your call

Monday Mutt Shot

The Sunny Spot

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Happy Easter

Waiting for the Easter Bunny

Thursday, April 13, 2006

The Stranger in the Parking Lot

She couldn’t have been more than 25.

She looked much older, though.

The sunglasses did not hide her blackened eyes, the carefully placed Steri-Strips did not camouflage the cuts around her mouth, and the makeup failed to cover the many bruises.

I wanted, so badly, to offer any assistance I could, even if it was only a kind word, but as I approached her, she tucked her chin in shame and almost ran to a parked car with a waiting passenger.

Somehow, I knew that this was neither the time nor the place, for any attempt at kindness on my part would have reaped the retribution of her passenger.

So I said a silent prayer for the stranger in the parking lot: for her strength and well-being. I prayed that we meet again, or that another like me, willing to aid in her plight, be there for her when the time comes.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Called to Task

Price Gougers Punished

Monday, April 10, 2006

Monday Mutt Shot

Whether on the inside looking out,

or on the outside looking in,
You always want to be on the other side!

Sunday, April 09, 2006

2nd Lt. Robert Hoyle Upchurch

Home at Last

A Field of Dreams

A man

A dream

A miracle

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

To the Driver of the F150

I apologize. I know my slamming on the brakes caused you a great deal of frustration this afternoon.

I read your lips.

I also thank you for opening your window, laughing out loud, waving an understanding hand, and waiting patiently while the mama duck and her dozen ducklings waddled across the highway.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Welcome Home!

Monday Mutt Shot

Keeper of the Remote Control

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Signs of Spring

Saturday, April 01, 2006


Imagine my surprise when, some 20 years later, the epitome of the object of my affection from those long years ago; my crush, if you will, walked into a restaurant I patronized wearing, of all things

The Ricky Morton, Rock'N Roll Express Mullet

Swoon, I did.