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Monster catfish caught in Lake Moultrie


April 12, 2017   By Willard Strong in

At Hill’s Landing on the Diversion Canal in Cross, Paula Haney of Anderson shows her record 113 pound, 8 ounce Arkansas blue catfish caught in Lake Moultrie on April 1, 2017.

It’s spring in Santee Cooper Country, the five counties that touch the shores of lakes Marion and Moultrie.

If not already boats and motors and personal watercraft are being cleaned up and tuned up for the boating season that for many, extends now through October.

Fishing is in full swing, with bream, crappie, largemouth bass, striped bass and the Arkansas blue catfish now being ardently pursued by anglers far and wide. Speaking of the “big blues” found in the lakes, another monster fish was caught this month.

On April 1, Paula Haney of Anderson and her husband, Steve, were fishing in Lake Moultrie. She caught a 113 pound, 8 ounce Arkansas blue that has been certified as a new state record by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources. It bested the 109 pound, 4 ounce cat caught in 1991 on the Tailrace Canal below Santee Cooper’s Jefferies Hydroelectric Station.

It’s no secret that catfish angling... Continue Reading >>

How's the health of your home's electrical system?


February 08, 2017   By Willard Strong in Safety

Upgrading the breaker box could avoid a costly fire in your home.

There’s a nonprofit organization, the U.S. Fire Administration (USFI) that keeps statistics on home electrical fires. Who knew, right?

USFI estimates that there are about 51,000 home electrical fires every year, resulting in approximately 500 deaths, 1,400 injuries and $1.1 billion in property damage. That’s pretty sobering.

Sure, something such as a lightning strike can cause a fire but so many of these tragic losses are preventable, if homeowners would only do a few things to make their homes safer.

For example, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that electrical receptacles are a factor in 5,300 fires annually. Problems with 110-115 volt “outlets” as we commonly call them, are likely less of a factor if you own a newer home. More on that later.

If you have an older home, you’re probably more at risk for having an outdated electrical system overall with insufficient amperage,... Continue Reading >>

Had “sticker shock” on your latest power bill?


January 18, 2017   By Willard Strong in Energy Matters
If you haven’t already, you’re probably going to have a little “sticker shock” when you get your electric bill.

Last Monday morning, Jan. 9, the outside thermometer at my house read 19 degrees F. For us warm-blooded Southerners, that’s really chilly by our “norms.” Later in the week and by last weekend, we set highs in the upper 70s, so thankfully the cold snap didn’t last very long. This will likely help on your bill’s bottom line, as the warmup continued this week.

Still, with holiday bills rolling in, more money for electricity was not likely part of your New Year’s expectation. I’ve said it for many years: People are used to paying a certain amount within a certain range for power, and if it deviates from that, all of us, even those of who work in the industry, feel a little righteous indignation from that norm.

It’s a pretty natural human reaction to feel that... Continue Reading >>

On the hunt for holiday LEDs on the cheap


December 21, 2016   By Willard Strong in Reduce The Use

Strings of holiday LEDs are at bargain prices after Christmas, and LEDs can save up to 80 percent in energy costs.

I’m a bargain hunter. Why pay retail this time of year when you can do some bargain hunting and save money, sometimes 50 percent or more?

Although Black Friday, Cyber Monday and pre-holiday sales have come and gone for another year, there are some real deals beginning the day after Christmas when it comes to holiday lighting in general – and energy efficient LEDs in particular.

In my hunting expeditions, I’ve found the LED “happy hunting ground” happens to be two of the big-name pharmacy chains. These stores mark down the multicolored and white strings of 50 to 100 lights (or more) that didn’t make it to consumers’ hearths, wreaths and trees this year. It’s like an Island of Misfit Lights, instead of an Island of Misfit Toys. And when you use them for the first time, you’ll feel like these lights are shining all the brighter because they cost you less.

Although your neighbors, and... Continue Reading >>

Be electrically safe and sound this holiday season


November 22, 2016   By Willard Strong in Safety
This is the week many of us put up our holiday lights and decorate the tree. Of course, some traditionalists will wait until the calendar turns to Dec.1 to begin decking the halls and such.

The holidays are supposed to be joyous time for family and friends, but bad things can of course happen any time of year. There are simple and easy things you can do to make the Thanksgiving and yuletide season safer for you and your loved ones---and give you peace of mind.

For example:

Prior to putting up or stringing lights on the tree, make sure you examine each set for loose connections, damaged sockets, or bare or frayed wires. Now, some lights may hold some sentimental value to you, but there’s nothing sentimental about have to dial 911 for the fire department if a dangerous lighting set goes terribly wrong. This could be an ideal time to replace older lighting sets with LEDs that are super energy efficient, essentially... Continue Reading >>