Bill KirbyOnline news editor for The Augusta Chronicle.

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South Carolina not only wants you to vacation in the Palmetto State but it also wants to see what you saw.

Its state parks service has launched a “Making Memories” project, a yearlong photo contest inviting anyone to capture and share their experiences in South Carolina’s state parks.

The contest runs through May and asks visitors to take pictures of wildlife, landscapes and people during the different seasons. Winners get prizes. For more information, you may visit South Carolina State Parks’ Facebook page or visit

OUR CONTEST: We’re moving right along at trying to get a postcard from all 50 states this summer. We’re up to 18 states so far, including these reports:

Gene Burkey was in Denver celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Association of Surgical Technologists. “Having a blast!” Gene says.

The Parkers and the Swierskis were vacationing in Kentucky with the grandchildren (Rowen and Erica) They “enjoyed visiting the Creation Museum and the Louisville Slugger Museum ... of course, we had to buy a bat.”

Nita and Travis Doss (and Sandy and Ralph) had a great week in San Antonio. Allen and Glenda Hardin, of Thomson, sent a card from North Carolina’s Outer Banks. They write: “We climbed to the top of this Currituck Lighthouse and plan to visit the Wright Brothers Museum ... Weather hot so far.”

Leonard and Marilyn Syphrit, of Augusta, sent cards from three states during their travels. “This is the year you get a card from North Dakota early on,” they write. “Looks like most of the eastern part of the state is getting ready to plant crops.”

They also sent a card from Wisconsin showing a dairy cow and a Minnesota card that depicts one of the state’s 10,000 lakes.

Frequent Augusta traveler Dick McCoppin sent cards from both Alabama and Mississippi on his way to Houston to visit his sister and brother-in-law.

GOING SOMEPLACE? Be sure to send us a card. We’re still looking for New Jersey, New Hampshire and Iowa. Here’s the address: 725 Broad St., Augusta, GA 30901.

TODAY’S JOKE: Here’s one from Everett Fernandez:

A woman and her 5-year-old son were headed to McDonald’s one day and passed a car accident. The mom, sensing a teaching moment, said to her child, “Usually when we see something terrible like that, we should say a prayer for those who might be hurt,” she told him.

And from the back seat she heard his earnest young voice say, “Please, God, don’t let those cars block the entrance to McDonald’s.”

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