THE S.C. CRIMINAL JUSTICE ACADEMY held graduation ceremonies Sept. 25 for 48 law enforcement detention officers in the basic jail class. Local graduates included Marquita Garvin, Robert Horvath, Rita Jones, Scoti Washington, all of the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center; Tony Ward and Tina Williams of the Lexington County Detention Center.
LINDA SALANE, executive director of The Leadership Institute at Columbia College, has been presented the Grand D.I.V.A. award for outstanding community service impacting the lives of girls and women. Salane was recognized at an awards gala sponsored by DIVA International (Dedicated Individually to Valiantly Assist).
MUNGO HOMES has committed matching funds up to $100,000 for Harvest Hope Food Bank. The company will match every dollar raised during the month of October. Donations may be made online at www.harvesthope.org or mailed to Harvest Hope Food Bank, P.O. Box 451, Columbia, SC 29202.
ASHLEY CODY, a senior at Irmo High School, will appear on two episodes of TLC's "King of the Crown," a reality show featuring beauty pageant expert Cyrus Frakes. As an example of life following art, Cody will compete in the Miss S.C. Teen USA Pageant Nov. 20-21 in Charleston.
JASON R. MUISE has completed the Army ROTC Leader Development and Assessment Course at Fort Lewis, Tacoma, Wash. Upon completion of the course and graduation from college, cadets will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the Army, National Guard or Reserve. The son of Scott A. and Kristin R. Muise of Columbia, he is a 2007 graduate of Dutch Fork High School and a student at Clemson University.
ARMY RESERVE PFC. HEATHER L. LYDAY has completed basic combat training at Fort Jackson. The daughter of Vickie Bell of Elgin, Lyday is a 2006 graduate of Lugoff-Elgin High School.
ARMY RESERVE PVT. RONALD K. LYDAY has completed basic combat training at Fort Jackson. He is the son of Ron Lyday of Elgin.
JESHURUN J. PLUMB has completed the Army ROTC Leader Development and Assessment Course at Fort Lewis, Tacoma, Wash. Upon completion of the course and graduation from college, cadets will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the Army, National Guard or Reserve. The son of Mason and Leanna Plumb of Columbia, he is a 2006 graduate of A.C. Flora High School and a student at USC.
ARMY RESERVE PVT. JEFFREY K. CANNON JR. has completed basic combat training at Fort Knox, Ky. He is the son of Lessie M. Cannon of Batesburg-Leesville.
ROBERT A. FOUNTAIN V has completed the Army ROTC Leader Development and Assessment Course at Fort Lewis, Tacoma, Wash. Upon completion of the course and graduation from college, cadets will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the Army, National Guard or Reserve. The son of Sylvia C. and stepson of Drayton I. Shealy of Batesburg-Leesville, Fountain is a 2002 graduate of Batesburg-Leesville High School, received a bachelor's degree from USC in 2006 and attends Loyola University.
ARMY NATIONAL GUARD PVT. ALLEN C. HURSEY has completed basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. The son of Butch Hursey and Mary Cooper of Gaston, he is a 2004 graduate of Airport High School.
COAST GUARD SEAMAN THOMAS E. McLENDON III has completed training at Coast Guard Recruit Training Center, Cape May, N.J. He is the son of Cecilia S. and Thomas E. McLendon of West Columbia.
AIR FORCE STAFF SGT. BRANDON P. PADGETT has been deployed to a forward operating base in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. An aerospace maintenance journeyman with four years of military service, Padgett is normally assigned to the 437th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Charleston Air Force Base. The son of Joyce Padgett of Batesburg-Leesville, he is a 2000 graduate of Pelion High School.
COAST GUARD SEAMAN AMY N. SHELBY has completed training at Coast Guard Recruit Training Center, Cape May, N.J. Shelby is the daughter of Frankie G. Cowsert of Lexington.
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A girl to Erica Gryder and Aorenzo Griffin
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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 email@example.com
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 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 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
THE ALLSTATE FOUNDATION is observing National Domestic Violence Month with a women's suit drive through Friday. Clean, nearly new suits and professional attire will be donated to Sistercare to help outfit domestic violence survivors with confidence as they enter or re-enter 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. www.doingthemostgood.org
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; www.humanesc.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 this month. www.goodwillsc.org