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Illlll[IMl_Ulu _W!J _BIllll llillllllJ[illlllll |llM Jalmm= I The Columbia Star * SC News SEPTEMBER 25. 2009 * 3 Decorated patriot tides as grand marshal for Laurens County ,Patriots' Pride Parade Photo by Laurens County Sheriff Ricky Chastain John Temple Ligon, grand marshal By Mimi M. Maddock as the parade's grand mar- shal. Ligon was discovered by Amanda Capps, a Lau- rens native nmning her pub- lic relations firm in Greenlle. But for the Lau- rens County function, her time and efforts were purely pro bono. Also in the parade were armored tracks, such as a tank and a self-propelled howitzer, and other military vehicles besides marching troops and riding digni- taries. At the induction cere- mony, Ligon gave the keynote address. He was introduced by S. C. Repre- sentative Mike Pitts (R-Hick- ory Tavern). Ligon began his speech by citing from mem- ory the John Donne poem which ends, 'Tknd therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee." Ligon reminded the audience the poem is found before the title page in Hem- ingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls, President Barack Obama's favorite book and the same for his recent com- petitor, Sen. John McCain. Then Ligon recalled two colorful war stories, each connected with a named enlisted assistant whom Ligon declared his honest intent to track down and thank for the second time after 40 years since the first. Ligon concluded his short address with a quota- tion from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once. Of all the wonders that I yet have heard,(35) It seems to me most strange that men should fear Seeing that death, a neces- sary end, rfll come when it will come. The next morning Ligon's radio show was broadcast from the Presbyte- rian Home in Clinton where he interviewed World War II veterans. Editor's note: Former 1LT Ligon, Airborne Ranger, For the fifth time, the Office of Veterans Affairs in Laurens County sponsored the annual Patriots' Pride Parade held at noon. Satur- day, Sept. 19. Following the parade through downtown Laurens, there was a lunch- eon sponsored by the City of Laurens and Mayor Sharon Brownlee. That night, begin- ning at 6, the VA put on the 2009 Hall of Heroes Induc- tion Ceremony at the Lau- rens County Fairgrounds. John Temple Ligon, Cohunbia Star business edi- tor, rode atop the back seat of a red Mustang convertible Krissy from Page One served in the U. S. Army for two combat tours in South Vietnam, including Cambo- dia. He is decorated with five Bronze Stars, the Viemamese Cross of Gallantry w/Bronze Star, and the Combat Infantryman's Badge, which was awarded to Ligon, an artillery forward observer, because he was chosen as the replaonnent infantry compa- ny commander on a few occasions over the company's infantry lieutenants. First-time mom. Krissy, did not take to mothering her newborn. As a result, the keepers at Riverbanks stepped in to play mom, caring for and feeding the giraffe calf. Currently, she is fed every four h0ufs frd 6 am until 10 pin, receives 8.5 lit6s' of milk each day, and also has access to hay and browse. In addition, she has been introduced to small amounts of produce such as apple pieces and carrots along with some grain. "The keepers have done an excellent job in hand-rearing the young giraffe," said John Davis, curator of mammals at Riverbanks Zoo and Gar- den. "It is because of their commitment to her suc- cess that she is thriving today." While the baby is the first offspring for Krissy, she marks number two for dad. Charlie. Lewis, the male calf born at River- banks in February 2009, was his first. At 7 months, Lewis now towers" over'his keepers he is 8 fe'et 7 inches tall and weighs in at a sturdy 595 pounds. Currently, the baby gift is without a name. The naming rights for River- banks' newest giraffe will be auctioned off at River- banks ZOOfari - the Zoo's premier fundraiser - scheduled for October 3. Visitors to River- banks can see the calf on exhibit from 9:30 am to about 1:30 pm. Later in the afternoon she retires to the barn for an afternoon nap. Riverbanks partici- pates in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' (AZA) Population Manage- ment Plan (PMP) for retic- ulated giraffe. A PMP is a cooperative population management and conser- vation program for select- ed species in North 'Ameri- can zoos and aquariums that are accredited bythe AZA. Each PMP manages the breeding of a species in order to maintain a healthy and self-sustaining population that is both genetically diverse and demographically stable. The giraffe calf will remain at Riverbanks for two to three years before being placed at another zoo based on recommen- dations from the PME West Nile from Page One So far, the majority of the tests have come back negative, but several results are still pending, Evans said. In,2009, three other cases, two humans and one bird, have been diag- nosed in the North Charleston area. according to Evans and the DHEC website (]. In South Carolina:in 2008, nine mosquito pools were confirmed as con- taining the virus, with three birds and one human diagnosed with  The areas where cases were confirmed included Aiken, Berkeley, Dorchester, York, and Spartanburg. None of the reported cases last year occurred in Columbia according to the website. Most people infected with the dis- ease never get sick, Evans said. Others may suffer flu-like symptoms for several weeks. "With fever, headache, nausea. sometimes a rash on the back or chest, some people describe it as the worst flu they've ever had," he said. "The serious cases occur when it becomes neuro-inva- sive, which means it attacks the nervous system." Those with this strain of WNV could contract encephalitis, meningitis, or other serious respiratory diseases, he said. According to the DHEC website, those with extreme cases could experience symptoms like "high fever, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, and paral- ysis. Symptoms of severe disease may last several weeks, although effects on the nervous systbm might be permanent." Experts say that an estimated one in 150 people infected with WNV will develop a more severe form of the disease. Evans said those who want to mini- mize their exposure to potentially infected mosquitoes should start in their own back yards. "Survey your property and look for any kind of standing water," he said. "That would include bird baths, saucers located under potted plants, gutters, tree cavities, and children's toys like dump trucks." Eliminating these potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes and wearing snug, protective clothing during dawn and dusk hours when mosquitoes are the most active will help minimize exposure. The city of Columbia, according to a press release issued in late August, is also stepping up the fight against WNV through wide-spread spraying. "City forces have sprayed various large areas and will continue to spray as recommended by DHEC or Richland County Vector Control," the release said. A cooling trend will also diminish the threat of WNV-carrying mosquitoes, according to Tammy Brewer, who is with Richand County's Mosquito Control Department. "When the weather gets warm in March. or sometimes even earlier, you start to get mosquitoes," she said. "It will taper off in October, but honestly, with a warm day or two, even in winter, you could see a mosquito in Columbia." The public can help DHEC detect any potential new cases by reporting dead birds in the area. "The highest mortality rate for WNV occurs in blue jays and crows, so we are asking residents to keep a particular eye out for any dead birds in the area and report them to your county agency," Evans said. In Richland Count, that number is 803-576-2910. In addition, DHEC has a bird reporting form with instructions on its website ( [] I Given up on politicians meaningless promises? [] [I I ll. IT'S TIME FOR THE LIBERTARIAN PARTY il [] 4--j- Tired of Big Government big spending? 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