Lawmakers recognize Blassingame for service



State Reps. Ivory Thigpen, D-Richland; Mandy Powers-Norrell, D-Lancaster; David Weeks, D-Sumter; and James Smith, D-Richland, present a House Resolution recognizing and honoring the Rev. James Blassingame for his years of service to the Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention of South Carolina and to express appreciation for his service as the convention's president for the last five years. Weeks also presented a Senate Resolution on behalf of state Sens. Thomas McElveen, D-Sumter, and Kevin Johnson, D-Clarendon. The resolutions were presented during the convention's 141st-annual session at Morris College on May 10.