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THE S.C. CRIMINAL JUSTICE ACADEMY held graduation ceremonies Sept. 18 for its basic law enforcement class. Forty-four students graduated, including Richland County Sheriff's Deputy Jeffrey Beaman, who was presented the J.P. Strom Award for the highest cumulative point total on all written tests during the nine-week training; Andrew Morell of the Lexington County Sheriff's Department earned the Clifford A. Moyer Marksmanship Award. Other local graduates were Scott Desrochers Jr., Columbia Police Department; Marcus Kim and James Smith, both of the Richland County Sheriff's Department.

THE COLUMBIA COLLEGE POLICE DEPARTMENT has been presented the S.C. Law Enforcement Officers Association Crime Prevention Award for 2009. The award is sponsored by SCANA Corp.

FRANKIE ELLIS NEWMAN of Caycehas been presented the Order of the Palmetto by the governor's office and a Certificate of Congressional Recognition from U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson. Newman, a retired assistant superintendent at Brookland-Cayce High School is still substituting at the school.


VICTORIA LINDEMANN of Blythewood has been named a finalist in the Pre-Teen South Carolina Scholarship and Recognition Program. Pre-Teen America is a nationally recognized program for girls ages 7-12. Criteria for judging is based on academic records, school honors and activities, volunteer service to the communty, personal skills, general knowledge and communicative ability. Victoria also received the Most Outstanding 12-Year-Old Award.

NATHAN HART will attend the Junior National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C., Saturday through Thursday, Oct. 8. More than 250 middle school students will take part in educational activities and presentations and visit historic sites, monuments and memorials in and around the nation's capital. The son of Kevin and Emma Hart of Hopkins, he is a seventh-grader at Hopkins Middle School.


ARMY NATIONAL GUARD PVT. CHRISTOPHER A. BRUNSON has completed basic combat training at Fort Jackson. He is the son of Suzette and Ritchie Brunson of Irmo.

SEAMAN RECRUIT RHONDA M. BROWN has completed basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Brown is a 2002 graduate of Richland Northeast High School.

ARMY NATIONAL GUARD PFC. ADENIKE ADELERE has completed basic combat training at Fort Jackson. The daughter of Emmanel Adelere of Columbia, she is a 2003 graduate of A.C. Flora High School.

MICHAEL L. GLENN II has enlisted in the U.S. Navy under the Delayed Entry Program with Marine Corps Recruiting Station in Columbia. The program allows recruits to take up to one year to complete prior commitments such as high school. The son of Michael L. Glenn of Columbia, he will report for active duty and basic training at Recruit Training Center, Great Lakes, Ill.

AIRMAN 1st CLASS BRANDON PALMORE has completed basic military training with honors at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The grandson of Raymond Carolina of Columbia, he is a 2003 graduate of Spring Valley High School and 2007 graduate of Claflin University.

ARMY PVT. LATUANYA K. SHIVER has completed basic combat training at Fort Jackson. Shiver is the daughter of Bridgette El of Columbia.

ARMY NATIONAL GUARD SPEC. EBURRELL J. SIMS has completed basic combat training at Fort Jackson. A 2002 graduate of Spring Valley High School, Sims earned a bachelor's degree from USC in 2007.

SEAMAN CARLOS TERRY has completed basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. The son of Janet E. Terry of Columbia, he is a 2009 graduate of Richland Northeast High School.

AIR NATIONAL GUARD AIRMAN MICHELLE A. DICKENS has completed basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The daughter of Tammy Dickens of Gaston, she is a 2007 graduate of Blythewood High School.

AIRMAN SCOTT P. COLE has completed basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The son of Regina Schmidt of Hopkins, Cole is a 2007 graduate of Lower Richland High School.

SEAMAN RECRUIT KEONA D. BENNETT has completed basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. The daughter of Chartia L. Davis and Danny H. Bennett, both of Gaston, she is a 2009 graduate of Eau Claire High School.

ARMY PVT. DOMINQUE N. HARRIS has completed basic combat training at Fort Jackson. The daughter of Kerry Funk of Columbia and Fred Harris of Hopkins, she is a 2005 graduate of Christian Kingdom Academy, Gaston.

ARMY PFC. JAMES A. ATKINS has completed basic combat training at Fort Jackson. The son of Pearce and Debbie Atkins of Gilbert, he is a 2007 graduate of Gilbert High School.

AIRMAN BOBBY M. CASH has completed basic military training with honors at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The son of Donald and Joan Cash of North, he is a 2009 graduate of Swansea High School.

SEAMAN RECRUIT BRITTANY M. GOHANNA has completed basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. The daughter of Martha A. Gohanna of West Columbia, she is a 2009 graduate of White Knoll High School.

NAVY FIREMAN GERRY D. ROSSON has completed basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. He is the son of Leslie A. and stepson of Larry R. Long of Batesburg-Leesville.



BORN SEPT. 9, 2009

A girl to Rebecca Martin

BORN SEPT. 11, 2009

A girl to Kelli and Lee Blythe

A boy to Frances Brown and Larry Lyles

BORN SEPT. 15, 2009

A girl to Monsanta Ferguson

A girl to Michelle and Harold McLeod

BORN SEPT. 16, 2009

A girl to Whitnay Jennifer Evans

A girl to Tammy Watley

A boy to LaCarol Boulware and

Wayne Johnson

A boy to Samantha Matheson and

David Flemister

BORN SEPT. 17, 2009

A boy to Tierra Hawkins and

Christopher Cunningham

A girl to Stephanie and Christopher Knight

BORN SEPT. 18, 2009

A boy to Kindril and Travis Robinson

BORN SEPT. 19, 2009

A boy to Shermyre Kennedy and

Russell Sutton

A boy to Lakesha Wright

A boy to Teresa and Ron Van Vlake



THE HUMANE SOCIETY needs volunteers for its Pet Soup project, distributing nearly 20,000 pounds of free pet food 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Fridays at Harvest Hope Food Bank, 2220 Shop Road. Help is needed in the voucher application area (first contact with pet owners) and in distribution (volunteers must be able to stand for long periods of time, work in outdoor conditions and lift a minimum of 60 pounds). Kelly Graham, (803) 783-1267 or e-mail

HOME WORKS OF AMERICA is sponsoring a one-day home repair blitz on Saturday, Oct. 24. Planning meetings for volunteers will be 6:30 tonight and Thursday, Oct. 8, at Benedict-Allen Community Development Center, 2001 Two Notch Road. Pizza and soft drinks will be served. (803) 781-4536

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

WEST METRO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE is looking for volunteers for the Reid's Rockin' at the Raceway Concert Series, 5-10 p.m. Fridays through October 30, at the Historic Columbia Speedway, 2001 Charleston Highway, Cayce. Call (803) 794-6504 or e-mail

KEEP THE MIDLANDS BEAUTIFUL needs 15-20 volunteers for its Tailgate Recycling program at the State Fairgrounds parking lot preceding USC home football games. Volunteers are needed for Saturday, Oct. 10 and Nov. 28; T-shirts identifying them as part of the recycling team will be provided, and volunteers will be finished before kickoff. Heidi Johnson, (803) 733-2526

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

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

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


WINTER COAT DRIVE, sponsored by High Noon, 1300 Dutch Fork Road, Ballentine (S.C. 6 and U.S. 76), 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Accepting new or gently used men's, women's and children's coats and jackets to be donated to Carolina Children's Home, Palmetto Place Children's Shelter, Salvation Army and other local charities. (803) 781-7444

THE ALLSTATE FOUNDATION is observing National Domestic Violence Month with a women's suit drive through Friday, Oct. 9. Clean, nearly new suits and professional attire will be donated to Sistercare to help outfit domestic violence survivors with confidence as they enter or reenter the workforce. Donations are being accepted at the Eva Turner Allstate Agency, 100 Pontiac Business Center Drive, Suite D, Elgin. (803) 865-6601

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

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.

THE PET SOUP PROJECT of the Humane Society distributes pet food to needy pet owners. Donations may be dropped off at 121 Humane Lane (off Shop Road). Items needed include a pull-along trailer, one-gallon ziplock freezer bags, large garbage bags, plastic grocery bags, pet food scoops, pens, markers, copy paper, paper towels, bottled water, battery-powered hand vacuum, canopy tents, gas cards and monetary donations. (803) 783-1267;

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

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 this month.