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September 02, 2014

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VOL. 96, NO. 97 2 SECTIONS, 16 PAGES TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2014 DAILY 75¢, SUNDAY $1.50 TODAY: Hot and humid with a mix of sun and clouds. FORECAST, 8A Index-Journal is published with pride for the people of the Lake- lands. You are important to us. If you miss your paper, please call 223-1413 (before noon on weekends). Inside today's edition n ABBY 5A n BUSINESS 8A n CALENDAR 2A n CLASSIFIEDS 6B-8B n COMICS 5B n EDITORIALS 6A n ENTERTAINMENT 5A n LOTTERY 5A n OBITUARIES 4A n PAM STONE 2A n SPORTS 1B-4B Index-Journal is committed to editorial excellence. To report an error, contact Executive Editor Richard Whiting at 943-2522 or QB's successful transition helps him win weekly honor, 1B As she approaches her five- year mark with the City of Greenwood, Julie Wilkie has plenty of projects and accom- plishments under her belt. "For me, what I've really enjoyed the most is working on all of the city center proj- ects, like the streetscapes that (Green- w o o d C i t y M a n a g e r ) Charlie (Bar- rineau) real- ly entrusted t o m e , " Wilkie said. " I ' v e s e e n them come up from start to finish." Those accomplishments led to Barrineau promoting Wilk- ie on Aug. 16 to assistant city manager. What lets a hometown girl from Ninety Six oversee the depth and breadth of complex uptown projects? For Wilkie, it's her unbridled enthusiasm. "She's got a love for Green- wood that you'd be hard- pressed to find an equal to," Barrineau said. "She's a great project leader and I particu- larly rely on her for project management." Wilkie's infectious enthusi- asm for Greenwood is born from her youth, growing up in Greenwood C ounty. A 1999 graduate of Ninety Six High School, Wilkie attended Lander University, receiving her degree in political science in 2003. A diehard Clemson fan, Wilkie went into enemy territory to receive her mas- ter's degree in public adminis- tration from the University of South Carolina in 2005. "I'm still a Clemson fan, so that makes our house divided. I actually like Carolina, I'm one of those weird people," Wilkie said with a laugh. Wilkie joined the City of Greenwood on Nov. 11, 2009, as assistant to the city manag- er. Tasked with taking the role Barrineau vacated upon his promotion to city manager, Wilkie slid into the post easily. "Obviously, Charlie's a great teacher," Wilkie said. "He's very patient and knows a lot of the community members and he's always well prepared." Wi t h h e r p r o m o t i o n , Wilkie's expertise in project management won't change. But she will undertake new responsibilities as new proj- ects are completd and need to By FRANK BUMB Moving on up Wilkie promoted to assistant city manager n GREENWOOD The Wilkie file n Name: Julie Wilkie n Age: 33 n Position: Greenwood Assistant City Manager n Family: Married, with two daughters n Education: Lander University and University of South Carolina n Favorite Activities: Watersports, college football n Favorite Movie: Jaws n Favorite TV Channel: Food Network n Favorite Food: Pasta n Favorite Band: Three Doors Down Democratic US Senate candidates running to win AIKEN — This year's elections give Democrats in South Carolina a rare opportunity to flip the state's leadership away from the Republican party. But they will have to overcome decades of Republicans gath- ering power to do it. Because of the resignation of U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint in 2012, South Carolina voters are choosing both their U.S. senators as well as the governor. And unlike recent elections, Democrats have respectable, party-backed candidates running in the races. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham is challenged by state Sen. Brad Hutto as he seeks a third term, while GOP Sen. Tim Scott faces Richland County Coun- cilwoman Joyce Dickerson in the race to fill out the final two years of DeMint's term. History tends to favor Republicans. A Democrat hasn't beaten a GOP incumbent in South Carolina since 1998, and a sitting U.S. senator hasn't lost a race in the state in nearly 50 years. But both Hutto and Dickerson say special circumstances around this year's elections give them a chance. In Hutto's case, his campaign is reminding people that 1998 is the year Democrat Jim Hodges beat incumbent Republican Gov. David Beasley, who wasn't the most popular officeholder in his own party. Also, the 2014 ballot is crowded, including two challengers running to the right of Graham — By JEFFREY COLLINS Associated Press A daunting task ASSOCIATED PRESS State Sen. Brad Hutto talks to voters Aug. 21 at a Democratic Party rally in Aiken. See DAUNTING, page 4A JULIE WILKIE P eople are always looking for a bargain. It's sensible. It's economical. It's human nature. Value lies in nearly every facet of our lives. From how we prioritize daily tasks, to which bill to pay first, or what household item needs upgrading the most. A number of resale options are becoming increas- ingly popular throughout the Lakelands and Upstate. From pawn shops to local yard sales, alternatives to department store sales offer a variety of ways to save an extra buck. Pawn shops are becoming notorious for resale By COLIN RIDDLE PHOTOS BY MADDY JONES | INDEX-JOURNAL Greenwood Flea Market seller Dan Bullock stands behind his items he hopes to sell, including guns, books, pots and other trinkets. QUESTION OF VALUE Residents find more than bargain shopping at local flea market Endless amounts of shoes for sale line one of the many tables at the Greenwood Flea Market. See MOVING, page 4A See VALUE, page 4A

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