SARAH NICOLE ELLIS, a fifth-grader at Pleasant Hill Elementary School, recently was crowned National Cover Princess at the 2009-10 American Royalty National Beauty Pageant. She was named National Brilliant Belle for her academic achievements and community service and also won the 9-11 age group titles of National Beauty, Most Beautiful, Best Overall Portfolio, Best Overall Composite, Best Overall Snapshot, Best Royalty Wear and Best Costume. She is the daughter of Jackson and Nichole Ellis of Lexington.
JULIE-ANNE HALL and MAGGIE O'HARA, students at Sunburst Gymnastics Academy in Lexington, have qualified for the USA Gymnastics National TOPs Testing set for Sept. 25-27 in Houston Texas. TOPs is a Talent Opportunity Program for female gymnasts ages 7-11 and their coaches. Three hundred athletes will participate in the Houston event and 60 will be chosen for the TOPs National Team. Maggie, 11, is a fifth-grader at New Providence Elementary School. Julie-anne, is a 10-year-old home-schooled student. Their coach is Cassandra Krotchko.
ARMY RESERVE PFC. TAYLOR E. JACKSON has completed basic combat training at Fort Jackson. The daughter of Calvin and Michelle Walker of Columbia, she is a 2008 graduate of Columbia High School.
ARMY RESERVE PVT. CORY R. CURETON has completed basic combat training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. The son of Carolyn Cureton of Columbia, he is a 2008 graduate of Columbia High School.
ARMY NATIONAL GUARD PFC. MICHAEL J. McCARTHY has completed basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. The son of Nancy McCarthy of West Columbia, he is a 2006 graduate of A.C. Flora High School.
ARMY PVT. AUGUST M. POLSTER has completed basic combat training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. He is a 2009 graduate of the Army Preparatory School, Fort Jackson.
ARMY NATIONAL GUARD PFC. BENJAMIN B. SANDERS has completed basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. The son of Imogene Sanders of Columbia, he is a 2006 graduate of A.C. Flora High School.
AIRMAN GRAYSON S. BOLIN has completed the Aerospace Propulsion Apprentice (turboprop/shaft) course at Sheppard Air Force Base, Wichita Falls, Texas. He has been assigned to the 317th Maintenance Squadron at Dyess Air Force Base, Abilene, Texas. The son of Quinton S. Bolin of Lexington and Karen C. Jones of Leesville, Bolin is a 2008 graduate of Gilbert High School.
ARMY SPEC. DANNY K. MEAS has completed basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. The son of Ad Meas of Cayce, he is a 2004 graduate of Brookland-Cayce High School and a 2008 graduate of ITT Technical Institute.
MARINE CORPS PVT. JOSEPH A. RUPLE has completed basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island. He is the son of Lucille Strom Ruple and Robert E. Ruple Sr., both of West Columbia.
PALMETTO HEALTH RICHLAND
BORN AUG. 30, 2009
Triplet boys to Lakechia Sigler and
Johnnie L. Roman Jr.
BORN SEPT. 1, 2009
A boy to Ashley Witherspoon and
A boy to Belinda M. Green and
A girl to Shawnee Keon Middleton and
Bobby Ray Small
A girl to Ebony Arnold
BORN SEPT. 2, 2009
A girl to Lamieka and Leer Milledge
A boy to Veronica Williams and
BORN SEPT. 3, 2009
A boy to Holly Strickland and
A girl to Rachel Nicole and
Robert Henry Sanders Jr.
BORN SEPT. 4, 2009
A girl to Alexandria and Shawn Roberts
A girl to Sophia Durant
A boy to Tiffany Shawn Hill and
Nathaniel Johnson Jr.
BORN SEPT. 5, 2009
A girl to Kristin Renee and
Jonathan Andrew Virkler
A boy to Victoria Wilson and
BORN SEPT. 6, 2009
A girl to Sharon M. Stratford and
Cleveland J. Joyner III
A boy to Natalie M. and
Robert W. Gunter
A girl to Meredith and Robert Trobaugh
A girl to Karin G. and Michael C. Cathey
LEXINGTON INTERFAITH COMMUNITY SERVICES is looking for some strong backs and volunteers with trucks to help move the thrift store and food pantry to the new site at 216 Harmon St. Volunteers will be needed today through Saturday. Call (803) 957-6656, ext. 225
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 www.relianthospice.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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. For more information, call (803) 540-1200 or go to www.centralscredcross.org.
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 www.lexington.scgal.org 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 email@example.com
BIRTHRIGHT OF COLUMBIA, a pro-life emergency pregnancy service, is seeking individuals who are willing to provide one-on-one assistance to girls and women who are faced with an unplanned or problem pregnancy. Training sessions will be 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Oct. 13 at 1405 Gregg St. (803) 781-7457
COTTON BRANCH FARM ANIMAL SANCTUARY is accepting donations for a garage sale scheduled for 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 3 and 10, at Parkland Plaza, Cayce. Donations will be accepted 4-7 p.m. Friday through Sept. 25 and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sept. 26 at the sale site (near Bi-Lo). The organization was founded in 2004 to provide refuge for abused and neglected farm animals. (803) 736-2176; www.cottonbranch.org
SALVATION ARMY FAMILY THRIFT STORE at 1312 N. Millwood Ave. needs clothing donations to restock its shelves and racks. Call (803) 748-9964 for pickup. www.doingthemostgood.org
CAROLINA CHILDREN'S HOME is seeking donations to its 2009 Back to School Fund. The fund is used to purchase school supplies, clothing and shoes and helps with school activity fees and extracurricular activities for the home's more than 50 residents. Donations of school supplies are also welcome. (803) 787-2306 or go to www.carolinachildrenshome.org.
GOODWILL is accepting donations at the site of the Goodwill retail store under construction at 118 Knoll Station Road, Lexington (across from Wal-Mart). Donations will be used to stock and support the store that is scheduled to open in October. www.goodwillsc.org