Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C., and Nancy Moore are shown in this 1966 file photo taken at a GOP fund raiser while she was Miss South Carolina. Associated Press/The State
Miss South Carolina 1965 and a semifinalist in the 1966 Miss America contest.
Miss Lower State Carolina Kathryn Lynn Stoudenmire is crowned Miss Teen South Carolina, Saturday night, July 7, 2001, in Spartanburg, S.C., by Miss South Carolina 2000 Heather Hudson, who places the crown on her head. (AP Photo/Spartanburg Herald-Journal, John Byrum)
Miss South Carolina 2001 Jeanna Raney, background, crowns new Miss South Carolina Kelly McCorkle on Saturday, July 13, 2002, at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium in Spartanburg, S.C. (AP Photo/Herald-Journal, Sallie Turner)
Photo by Kendrick Brinson. 10.07.06. Maggie Hill, the reigning Miss South Carolina Teen, sings the National Anthem before the First Ladies' Walk for Life at Finlay Park Saturday morning. Hill chose breast cancer awareness as an issue for her platform because her mother, aunt and grandmother each had breast cancer. Thousands of walkers participated in the annual 3-mile walk.
(07/07/05)--- Spartanburg, SC --Gerry Melendez/The State --Linh Le, a Miss South Carolina contestant representing Lancaster, goes through a practice run of the talent competition inside the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium Thursday, July 7, 2005. Le will sing and play blue grass guitar during the event.
Miss Charleston, Crystal Alicia Garrett, wins the talent preliminary competition during the 2007 Miss South Carolina Pageant, held at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium in Spartanburg, S.C., on Wednesday July 4, 2007.
Miss Charleston, Crystal Alicia Garrett, wins the 2007 Miss South Carolina Pageant, held at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium in Spartanburg, S.C., on Saturday July 7, 2007.
Miss South Carolina, Crystal Alicia Garrett is shown Sunday, July 8, 2007, Spartanburg, S.C., on her first day after winning the Miss South Carolina Pageant on Saturday. (AP Photo/Spartanburg Herald-Journal, John Byrum)
Miss Charleston, Ann Ashley Wood, waves to the crowd as she takes her walk after being crowned Miss South Carolina 2004 at Spartanburg, S.C on Saturday July 10, 2004. (John Byrum photo Spartanburg Herald-Journal)
Danielle Davis falls to the floor after being named the Miss South Carolina 1999 in Spartanburg, SC. on Saturday (7/10/99). Helping support her is Miss Golden Corner Lindsey Dee Martin, left) and Miss SC 1998 Wendy Willis. (Erik Campos/The State)
Miss Greenville Teen, Lauren Elizabeth Lytle, is crowned the new 2007 Miss South Carolina Teen on Saturday, July 7, 2007, at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium in Spartanburg, S.C. (AP Photo/Spartanburg Herald Journal, Alex C. Hicks Jr.)
Miss South Carolina, Danielle Davis, stands with her proud parents, George and Donna after the press conference Sunday morning.
Miss South Carolina Jeanna Raney walks in a field of flowers along Interstate 26 during the filming of a segment for the Miss America pageant on Monday, July 30, 2001, in Inman, S.C. A camera crew from the pageant spent the day following Raney around her hometown of Inman for a segment hat will run during the pageant. (AP Photo/Herald Journal, Sallie Turner)
The newly-crowned Miss South Carolina 2001 Jeanna Raney gets a hug from Lauren Cabaniss, left, 10, of Spartanburg, following a press conference in Spartanburg, S.C., Sunday morning, July 15, 2001. Raney, 20, of Inman, was competing as Miss Greater Greer in the Miss South Carolina pageant which was held Saturday night at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium. (AP Photo/Spartanburg Herald-Journal/Tim Kimzey)
Miss Greater Greer, Jeanna Raney, is crowned the new Miss South Carolina by the outgoing queen Heather Hudson at the Miss South Carolina Pageant in Spartanburg, S.C., Saturday, July 14, 2001. (AP Photo/Herald Journal, Mike Bonner)
Fri Jun 29, 2007-Spartanburg, SC-Maggie Hill of Gilbert, has spent the last year as Miss South Carolina Teen. Along with the title, she won a savings bond she will use for college at Belmont University in Nashville where she will pursue her passion to become a country and western singer. Hill's last duty as Miss South Carolina Teen was to perform in the Miss South Carolina Pageant and to crown her successor.
July 3, 2003 - Cortni Bracken of Easley will compete in her sixth and final Miss South Carolina pageant that will be televised July 12th. She was the first runner-up in 2001 and finished in the top 10 last year. For 4 out of 5 years competed, she has won the Miss America Community Service Scholarship for her work with the prevention of child abuse. She estimates she has won $27,000 in scholarship money through the various pageants leading up to Miss South Carolina. She currently holds the title of Miss Golden Corner for the Oconee County area. She's shown holding her past six crowns.
Miss South Carolina 2003, Jessica Eddins, places the crown on Miss Charleston, Ann Ashley Wood, after she won the Miss South Carolina 2004 competition in Spartanburg, S.C. on Saturday July 10, 2004. (John Byrum photo Spartanburg Herald-Journal)
Kelly McCorkle shares her story of overcoming disabilities and difficulties in her life with members of the 182nd Annual South Carolina Baptist convention held at First Baptist Church in Columbia. McCorkle opened the convention with her personal testimony her faith in God.
Kim Kim Foster-Tobin, The State
Miss Charleston, Angela Michele Walker, sings during the preliminary talent competition at the Miss South Carolina pageant in Spartanburg, S.C., Thursday, July 6, 2006. Walker won the preliminary talent competition. (AP Photo/Spartanburg Herald Journal, Alex C. Hicks Jr.)
Miss Greenville County Laura Katherine Stamm performs during the talent competition at the Miss South Carolina pageant at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium in Spartanburg, S.C., Wednesday, July 5, 2006. Her performance of "Czardas," won her the preliminary event.
Spartanburg Herald Journal, Alex C. Hicks Jr.
Holly Hutchins is Miss Teen Lexington and Lauren Vick is Miss Lexington.
Miss South Carolina Bree Boyce talks about her weight loss. Boyce and Patton answered reporters' questions and received gifts at a press conference held at the Embassy Suites Columbia-Greystone hotel on July 3. ALEX C. HICKS JR/alex.hicks@shj.
Miss South Carolina Bree Boyce is crowd by Deseree Puglia during the p ageant Saturday , July 2, 2011, at The Township in Columbia, S.C. (Photo By Mary Ann Chastain/Special To The State) The State Newspaper