12/03/2009 12:00 AM

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THE S.C. RECREATION AND PARKS ASSOCIATION recognized citizens and organizations for service at its annual conference. Honorees included: Byron Roberts, Citizen/Volunteer of the Year (nominated by the Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission). The Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission, directed by Elizabeth Taylor was named Agency of the Year for Class III (serving a population of 25,000-50,000). Awards presented by Association branches included Innovative Programs of the Year, ICRC's "Extreme Teen" (Class III); and the Class III Arts and Humanities Award went to the Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission's "Banner Project."

THE S.C. CRIMINAL JUSTICE ACADEMY held two graduation ceremonies Nov. 20. Graduates of the Basic Law Enforcement class included Timothy D. Brown, Nicholas E. Burt, Vikke D. Graham, Michael J. Harlan, William S. Mayes, Rickey T. Schleis-Hooyman, Gregory S. Shropshire and Christian L. Thomasson, all of the Columbia Police Department; Matthew C. Lambries, Shawn M. Ludwig, Arthur L. Seboe and Thomas B. Todd, all of the West Columbia Police Department; and Claud H. Murphy Jr., of the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office. Michael Harlan received the J.P. Strom Award for the highest cumulative point total for all written tests during the nine-week training. Nicholas Burt was presented the Director's Physical Fitness Award. The Clifford A. Moyer Marksmanship Award went to Shawn Ludwig. Officers completing the Basic Jail Class included Nichelle L. Akers, LeVar T. Deloach Sr., and Hubert E. Pearson, Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center; and Mary G. Bain of the Lexington County Detention Center.

GIRL SCOUTS OF SOUTH CAROLINA-MOUNTAINS TO MIDLANDS has announced new members to its board of directors. They include Miriam Atria, Irmo, president/CEO of Capital City/Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Board; Cynthia Pryor Hardy, Columbia, communications executive ("OnPoint! with Cynthia"); Gina McCuen, Lexington, owner and recruiter of Snelling Personnel Services and Victoria Square Office Park; Mary Mazzola Spivey, Columbia, president of Blue Choice Health Plan, BlueCross BlueShield of S.C.; Mary Winter Teaster, Columbia, managing director-BIC for CB Richard Ellis; and Bett Williams, Columbia, classified advertising manager for The State Media Company.

VIRGIL MANLEY, former chief of the Columbia Housing Authority, was honored at a Nov. 15 luncheon. Manley was recognized for more than 10 years of service to the Richland County Sheriff's Department Project H.O.P.E. (Helping Our Precious Elderly).

MIKELLA ALLEN of Columbia has committed 10 months to national and community service by joining AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps. Allen is serving in the Pacific Region, based in Sacramento, Calif. AmeriCorps NCCC projects are directed in five focus categories: Natural & Other Disasters; Infrastructure Improvement; Environmental Stewardship & Conservation; Energy Conservation; and Urban & Rural Development. Open to ages 18-24, AmeriCorps members receive room and board, a modest living allowance and upon completion of the program, a $5,350 education award.


MICHAEL MANN of Nexsen Pruet LLC, has been named the S.C. Art Education Association's Outstanding Business Supporter of the Year. For more than 15 years, Mann has provided financial support to Richland District 1's Visual Literacy Festival.


AIR NATIONAL GUARD AIRMAN GENE H. KIZER III has completed basic military training with honors at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The son of Richard Hayden and Donna Jordan of Irmo, Kizer is a graduate of Dutch Fork High School and Midlands Technical College.

ARMY 2nd LT. HERBERT W. NORTON III has graduated from Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. A field artillery officer, he is the son of Herbert W. and Debby C. Norton of Columbia.

ARMY RESERVE PFC. KYLE L. GREEN has completed basic combat training at Fort Jackson. The son of Mary Winstead of Columbia, Green is a 2006 graduate of Richland Northeast High School.

AIRMAN ERIC A. JEFFCOAT has completed basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The son of Sylvia Jeffcoat of Columbia, he is a 2009 graduate of C.A. Johnson High School.

AIRMAN DONALD E. JOHNSON has completed basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The son of Robert and Terea Johnson of Columbia, he is a graduate of Lower Richland High School and the University of Phoenix.

REGINA N. MOECKEL has completed the Army ROTC Leader Development and Assessment Course at Fort Lewis, Tacoma, Wash. Upon completion of the course, the ROTC program and graduation from college, cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army, National Guard or Reserve. The daughter of Phyllis J. Tate of Columbia, Moeckel is a 2009 graduate of Park University.

AIRMAN CHRISTOPHER M. DAWKINS has completed basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The son of Stephen and Christina Dawkins of Gaston, he is a 2009 graduate of Swansea High School.

ARMY PFC. KAYNE M. SEGURA has completed basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. The son of Fred and stepson of Buffy Segura of Pelion, he is a 2009 graduate of Pelion High School.

ARMY PVT. HASSAN H. WILLIAMS has completed basic combat training at Fort Jackson. The son of Aida Pugh of West Columbia, Williams is a 2009 graduate of Brookland-Cayce High School.



BORN NOV. 16, 2009

A girl to Patrice and Brian Helmut

BORN NOV. 17, 2009

A girl to Lisa R. and William B. Kelly

A girl to Beth and Robert Bailey

A girl to Rasheda Chante Boykin and

Roydarous Wilson

A girl to Stacia M. and David W. Pegram

BORN NOV. 18, 2009

Twin girls to Anastasia M. Powell and

Jason T. Lee

A boy to Ashley Graham and

Rodney Turner

A boy to Linda and Timothy Kemp

A boy to Katherine Thomas

BORN NOV. 19, 2009

A girl to Kiearra Hopkins and

Brandon Grovens

A girl to Cierra S. Irons

A boy to Suzy and Robert Smith

BORN NOV. 20, 2009

A boy to Tisha Abrams and Tyrone Wise

A girl to Nikki and Curtis Gilmore

A boy to Sabrina M. Floyd

BORN NOV. 21, 2009

A boy to Shannon M. and

Darrell J. Branham

A girl to Louise J. and Adam J. Rex

A boy to Koya and Jamar Johnson



LOCAL BURLINGTON COAT FACTORY STORES are participating in the Warm Coat & Warm Hearts Drive running through Jan. 15. Gently used outerwear may be dropped off at 302 Bush River Road or 7201/a1-100 Two Notch Road. Donations will be distributed to the needy by Christ Central.

MARTIN LUTHER KING MEMORIAL PLANNING COMMITTEE AND RICHLAND 1 SCHOOLS are teaming up for the Honor the Dream food drive. Nonperishable food items will be accepted at Columbia city parks and district schools through Friday, Dec. 11. All donations will benefit Harvest Hope Food Bank.

SENIOR RESOURCES and Banfield Pet Hospitals are conducting a pet food drive for Meals on Wheels clients. Through December, small unopened cans or bags of dog or cat food may be dropped off at either Banfield location, 246 Harbison Blvd. or 10136 Two Notch Road; or 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays at Senor Resources, 2817 Millwood Ave. Fin ancial donations may be made online at Another component of the Season of Suppers partnership is the Pet Pals initiative. With a $20 contribution each month, a donor can provide care for a homebound senior's pet. In addition to pet food, the pet will receive yearly health care. (803) 252-7734, ext. 231.

TRIPP'S COATS FOR KIDS is running through Wednesday, Dec. 16. Gently used coats will be accepted at any Tripp's Fine Cleaners, Hampton Hill Athletic Club, KICKS Exceptional Shoes, Stiver Lincoln-Mercury and Strobler Home Furnishings. The coats will be cleaned and distributed to children in need in the community.

BEACON OF LIGHT THRIFT CENTER is accepting donations of food, toiletries, clothing, books, electronics and furniture 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays at 301 Sunset Drive (Spirit of Truth Christian Church). Store hours are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays. (803) 771-8933

FRIENDS OF THE LEXINGTON MAIN LIBRARY accepts donations of gently used books, magazines, movies and music for its ongoing book sale. Items may be dropped off at 5440 Augusta Road, Lexington. Tax donation forms available; proceeds help support children's reading programs at the library. Marlena White, (803) 261-8697


AARP is seeking volunteers to fill positions of coordinator, instructor and marketer for its Driver Safety Program. (803) 781-4726; e-mail

THE AMERICAN RED CROSS OF CENTRAL SOUTH CAROLINA is seeking volunteers in the following areas: administrative, disaster, grants, heroes, philanthropy, public affairs and special events. Volunteer activities include responding to local disasters, writing Red Cross stories, raising money, conducting grant research and placing thank-you calls to monetary donors. Disaster Services Orientation sessions are held 6-9 p.m. the first Monday monthly at 2751 Bull St. For more information, call (803) 540-1217 or go to

THE STATE MUSEUM needs volunteer docents to give tours, teach lessons and help in other ways at the museum, 301 Gervais St. Benefits include a discount at the museum store and opportunities to learn about South Carolina's art, natural history, culture, science and technology. (803) 898-4912 or e-mail

ROAD TO RECOVERY is a program that provides cancer patients with transportation to and from treatments. Training is weekly at the American Cancer Society office, 128 Stonemark Lane. Volunteers must have a driver's license, good driving record and a reliable vehicle. Lang Hunt, (803) 750-1693

RELIANT HOSPICE is seeking volunteers to assist its network of caregivers. Volunteers do not need medical experience. Opportunities range from patient companionship and assisting with home improvement projects to running errands and providing patient transportation to doctor visits. Health screening and SLED background check required. Call (803) 798-1102 or go to for training information.

RONALD McDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES OF COLUMBIA is looking for volunteers for the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Palmetto Health Richland Children's Hospital, the Ronald McDonald House and McMeals. (803) 254-0118, ext. 11 or e-mail

LEXINGTON COUNTY VOLUNTEER GUARDIAN AD LITEM PROGRAM is seeking people to serve as advocates for children who come into foster care because of abuse or neglect. GAL volunteers work with all agencies involved with the child, including the Department of Social Services, the Family Court, school and counselors. Volunteers must be at least 21, have the desire to work with children, the ability to pass background checks and complete the 30-hour training program. Call (803) 957-6484 or go to for an application.

ROLLING READERS, a nonprofit children's literacy program, is seeking volunteers to read aloud or tutor children in reading. Sessions are held at local schools, after-school programs, child development centers, shelters, children's homes and churches. (803) 733-READ or e-mail

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