Former mayor running again

Former mayor running again

There are 5 comments on the The Union Daily Times story from Sep 5, 2008, titled Former mayor running again. In it, The Union Daily Times reports that:

Staff Writer WHITMIRE - Cody Owens served the Town of Whitmire for 20 years as mayor and council member and now he wants to see if he can help out again.

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Tryon, NC

#1 Sep 13, 2008
He was a tryant 20 years ago and he thought he could bully anyone into what ever he wanted. He chased every skirt that would let him and I think he needs to be put down.
FormerWhitmireRe sident

Columbia, SC

#2 Sep 19, 2008
Amen Agnes ! Good to see a former resident speak out ! The man was a bully, a tyrant, vindictive, a cheater and beater back then and still is at age 91.
According to my Aunt, who spoke with law enforcement officials, the owner of Pearl's Cafe,and diner witnesses - He is currently being investigated by SLED, because he tore down the Current Mayor Tim Carroll's campaign sign. After he walked into the diner and cut down the sign, he verbally threatened Pearl. She took out a Restraining Order and a Trepassing Order against him. According to law enforcements, he has retained an attorney, so MANY witnesses testified against him.
SLED is also doing another investigation with Owens. The audacious man has went around town threatening to fire City employees, business owners if he is elected. He has promised people jobs if they help him win.
You may get your WISH - SLED and other officials just may put him down and out of the election, maybe time served .
At least the citizens of Whitmire voted for a "Weak Mayor / Strong Council after he left office.
The town was literally broke.
Where did the money go?
Do you remember when he slapped Dr. Johnny Roche SR. with a clipboard in a heated discussion at Town Hall? I lived here then, I was young then but I am stilled apalled at the sheer violence of the act.
WHY was this violent man impeached ?
Owens stayed in office for so long, because he verbally threatened citizens. He owned a furniture store when I lived there and he used to tell customers that he knew how they voted (paper Ballot with numbers ) and if they didnot vote for him, he would reposess their furniture. He also threatened to turn off their water.
He threatened MYfamily members, not to support his opponent, this was back in the seventies.
Anyone who dared to run against this evil man would receive threats.
He went as far to threaten to "burn down an opposing candidates house" . The candidate happened to be an African American. He treated women like they were his property with crude sexual remarks and gestures.
My Aunt who still resides in Whitmire, sent me a recent copy of The Whitmire News, where he took out a large ad, with 98% untrue facts.
He is computer illiterate, If he is elected - How could he apply for grants or contact corporations ?
He plays on the fact he was a LT. Colonel in the military in WWII.
He is a sixth grade dropout, who in wartime had someone from the town to send a document to the military stating he had graduated high school, so he could be accepted in Officers Candidate School. He always bragged on that fact.
He loves to play on the fact he is a pilot. Probably his ONLY acheivement, and he lied to earn that.!
According to my family and high school friends that live there, he recently had a car accident in Union.
He has been banned from a couple of eateries in town, and has to drive out of town to eat. He is a widower, and apprently doesn't know how to cook.
He is frail looking and his mental capacity is like that of someone with dementia. He recently dressed up ina suit on Saturday, thinking it was Sunday, walked into the local diner and the folks including my aunt had a good laugh at his mental dilemma.
But seriously, he is too old, too mean and if he has a declining mental capacity, this is not good .
Child Of The Mire

Columbia, SC

#3 Sep 20, 2008
AMEN to both of you former residents for speaking out about the former Mayor.What a sigh of relief when he left office. I don't think he could possibly win again, but it is a scary thought that he would have the cojones to even think about running and say in an news article "That the people of Whitmire have always supported him"
Not true - Folks, especially textile workers and blacks, and women lived in fear of this man, thats not respect.
We have another questionable, under educated man running for County Council - Ellic Prince, 71 years old, believed to be a high school drop out, can't find him in the old yearbooks.
He has NO Experience in politics or government offices. He is a heavy equipment operator and small time money lender.
He is a former boxer, and he still has the volatile temperment, he and Owens have gottten into recdent verbal altercations in diners here in town.
Ellic is hot headed too, and will settle an issue with his fist, when he is not chasing skirts. and has made a fool out of himself at Newberry County Council meetings, and the most recent meeting at the Opera House.
Read the posted article. Can you believe he would have the guts to run against a well known and respected man like Edgar Baker? Baker has served the town well as a member of County Council, not to mention his familys good deeds for the community. He is college educated, poised and articulate - so unlike Prince, known as "The Redneck Romeo"
This is probably the most contraversial election in years, I pray that my towns people will vote for the folks already in office.
Electing Either one of these men in office could be devastating to the town and Newberry County. Imagine the lawsuits .
Vera WhitmireSC

Columbia, SC

#4 Oct 7, 2008
Has anybody heard ? I am waiting on the results of the investigation concerning former Mayor Cody Owens. In the last 6-8 weeks he, along with witnesses to his actions have been questioned by SLED. He was served a Restraing Order, he can no longer enter or dine at Pearl's Cafe, due to his behavior and destruction of a polictical sign .
He also went around town threatenig citizens and promising people jobs if they help him get elected.
The man hasn't changed a bit has he ? At age 91 , he ought to be worried about repenting and getting thru the Pearly Gates - Don't you think? I know he has retained an attorney, according to a friend in local law enforcement.
PLEASE post if anyone hears anything.
I want to see this man finally get his punishment dues,and press TV coverage after all the wrongs he did in office years ago.

Annnie B Whitmire

Columbia, SC

#5 Nov 8, 2008
There is a god!! Former mayor Cody Owens WAS NOT elected to office, nor was Ellic Macho Prince elected to Newberry County Council. The election of these two quick tempered and under-educated individuals would have been a devastating travesty to the Town Of Whitmire and to Newberry County.
Not to mention Owens is over 90 years of age, with a horrible track record of his mayoral experience.
Computer skills are a must in today's world. So is being literate IE: Basic Reading and Writing Skills.... Prince has NO experience !
Congratulations to Mayor Carroll , Edgar Baker and the Whitmire & Newberry Council members. We look forward to the completion of the current revitalization projects.

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