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The buzz on bees
Local group turning honey into hobby
Members of the Wateree Beekeepers Association scrape and examine beehives hoping to find honey and learn more about the insect. The local group meets once a month and will hold classes on a variety of beekeeping topics beginning Jan. 12.
A group of bee enthusiasts known as the Wateree Beekeepers Association is creating quite a buzz locally as interest in its favorite backyard hobby continues to grow around the Palmetto State. According to Association President Mike Radcliffe, the group was created about four years ago as local curiosity toward beekeeping started to increase. “The closest association before was in Lexington with the Mid-State Beekeepers, but we have people living in Bethune and Hartsville and it was really too hard for them to drive all the way to Lexington once a month for a meeting,” Radcliffe said.