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2009 AUDUBON SOUTH CAROINA NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY WINNERS have been announced. Scott McWatty of Lexington took best in show (for the second consecutive year) with his "Owlful Stare"; he also won first place in the plant/landscape category for "Swamp Moss Cypress." Ron Wright of Cayce won first place winner in the wildlife category with his "Prothonotary Warbler on Cypress Knee." Winning entries can be seen at www.sc.audubon.org.

TOWN OF LEXINGON HISTORIC PRESERVATION REVIEW BOARD held its first annual awards ceremony Oct. 29. The program was created to recognize citizens and business owners for their efforts in enhancement and economic growth in the town through preservation of historic buildings. Criteria for consideration: building must be listed on the town's historic inventory; the building must be adaptively used if it is a former residence turned commercial; and if the building is commercial, it must be restored to period and in keeping with its original integrity. Recipients are Billy Walker and Kirk Morgan, Walker & Morgan LLC (old Harmon Drug Store), 135 E. Main St.; Randy and Cathy Lanier, Magnolia House, 220 W. Main St.; and Ryan Condon, Old Mill, 711 E. Main St.

YOUTH

JESSICA AULL, a student at Dutch Fork High School, was named 2009 RCPL Teen Idol on Oct. 22 at the downtown Richland County Public Library. Aull was one of 19 finalists selected after three rounds of auditions to compete for a variety of prizes including recording time at Strawberry Skys studio and the chance to sing at a variety of community events. First runner-up was Valerie Isaac, a student at W.J. Keenan High School, and second runner-up was Demetria Bannister, a student at A.C. Flora High School. Other finalists include: Mariel Cuddihee, J.L. Mann High School, Greenville; Danica Daniels, Hammond School; Will Daniels, Midlands Technical College; Felicia Denny, Eau Claire High School; April Epting, Chapin Middle School; Jessie Di-Clay Fulwood, W.J. Keenan High School; English Grant, A.C. Flora High School; Arielle Martin, Kelly Mill Middle School; Ayana Martin, Ridge View High School; Courtney Munroe, Blythewood High School ; Skye Roberts, Dent Middle School; Zoe Santiago, the online Connections Academy; Erica Scriven, Southeast Middle School; Rachael Spilka, Dutch Fork High School; Shilah Thompson, White Knoll High School; and DeSean Wright, Dutch Fork High School .

MILITARY

CHARLES A. ATCHISON has completed the Army ROTC Leader's Training Course at Fort Knox, Ky. College students who complete the four-week course are eligible to receive two-year scholarship offers and attend the Advanced ROTC course at their school. The son of Flora Atchison of Columbia, the cadet attends the University of Oklahoma, Norman.

RESERVE AIRMAN 1st CLASS EBONY T. BROWN has completed basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The daughter of Venita Tyler of Columbia, Brown is a 2002 graduate of Eau Claire High School and earned a bachelor's degree in 2007 from Coastal Carolina University.

ARMY NATIONAL GUARD PVT. THOMAS L. HAND II has completed basic combat training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. He is the son of Yonghee Hand of Irmo.

ARMY PVT. CORY 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.

AIRMAN 1st CLASS ASHLEY M HUSKEY has completed basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The daughter of Christine Huskey of Columbia and Eddie Huskey of Irmo, she is a 2006 graduate of Dutch Fork High School.

DOMINIC MITCHELL 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 cadet is the son of James L. and Victoria E. Mitchell of Elgin.

AIRMAN 1st CLASS CASSANDRA M. NESBITT has completed basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The daughter of Legrantt Nesbitt of Columbia, she is a 2009 graduate of Spring Valley High School.

AIRMAN 1st CLASS ANTOINETTE A. PATTERSON has completed basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The daughter of Tomica Williams of Columbia, is a 2009 graduate of Spring Valley High School.

AIRMAN DAVID B. SHINN has completed basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The son of David Shinn of Elgin, he is a 2006 graduate of Ridge View High School.

ADAM W. HENDERSON 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 son of Wayne E. Henderson of Columbia, the cadet attends Georgia Institute of Technology.

AIRMAN JAMES L. ANDERSON has completed basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The son of Carolyn Anderson and James Anderson, both of Columbia, he is a 2008 graduate of A.C. Flora High School.

AIR NATIONAL GUARD AIRMAN 1st CLASS DEREK J. FISH has completed basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Terry and Karen Fish of Columbia.

ARMY PVT. LeMARIO K. GILLIE has completed basic combat training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. The son of Thomas Gillie and Juanita Gillie, both of Columbia, he is a 2009 graduate of Eau Claire High School.

DANIEL T. NOVAK 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 son of Thomas L. and Dawn E. Novak of Eastover, the cadet is a 2002 graduate of Lower Richland High School.

ARMY SPEC. DANIEL A. SANSBURY has completed basic combat training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. He is a 2005 graduate of the University of South Carolina.

TRAVIS J. SHAW 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 son of Carl S. and Georgia R. Shaw of Columbia, he is a 2004 graduate of Eau Claire High School. The cadet earned a bachelor's degree from North Greenville University in 2008 and attends Furman University.

AIRMAN SHANIKA N. STEWART has completed basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The daughter of Sylvia Jones of Columbia, Stewart is a 2004 graduate of Richland Northeast High School.

ARMY SPEC. DALE K. WILLIAMS has returned from a deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. A 1998 graduate of Eau Claire High School, Williams is a food service specialist with six years of military service, normally assigned to the 98th Maintenance Company, Fort Richardson, Anchorage, Alaska.

ARMY NATIONAL GUARD PFC. PRESTON G. CHANEY has completed basic military training at Fort Knox, Ky. He is the son of Hilda M. Chaney and Freddie L. Chaney, both of West Columbia.

CHRISTOPHER E. COCKRELL 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. He is the son of Johnny D. Cockrell of Leesville and Doris A. Hite of Batesburg.

ARMY PFC. BRIAN M. DAYTON has completed basic combat training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. The son of Michael Dayton of Lexington, he is a 2009 graduate of Gilbert High School.

JESSICA L. GLATZ has completed the Army ROTC Leader's Training Course at Fort Knox, Ky. College students who complete the four-week course are eligible to receive two-year scholarship offers and attend the Advanced ROTC course at their school. The daughter of James D. and Donnelle J. Glatz of Lexington, the cadet is a 2008 graduate of Lexington High School and attends Clemson University.

BIRTHS

PALMETTO HEALTH RICHLAND

BORN OCT. 18 , 2009

A girl to Ketra Smith-Jacobs and

Roshard Jacobs

A girl to Tammy Posey

BORN OCT. 19, 2009

A boy to Lugenia Ashford

A boy to DeAnna Morgan and

Shelton Jeter

BORN OCT. 20, 2009

A girl to Fatina and Mark Clark

A boy to Dierra Fisher

A girl to Rebekah and Shuang Huang

A boy to Tiffany and Brandon Kennedy

A girl to Manike and Jon Pipkin

A girl to Navetta Sims and

Desmond Lewis

A girl to Charlene and Casey Smith

A girl to Mattie Warren and

Christopher Gordon

BORN OCT. 21, 2009

A girl to Andreak Foster

A boy to Jessica and Allen Hegler Jr.

A boy to Leianna Jones and

Jason Paschal

A boy to Casie and Clint Miller

A girl to Amanda Rabon and

Alexis Zuniga

BORN OCT. 22, 2009

A girl to Michelle and Andrew Todd

BORN OCT. 23, 2009

A girl to Ciera Bell and Daryl Williams

A girl to Sarah "Rhett" and

Brooks Brewer

A boy to Ashley Mathews

A boy to Vivian and Justin Morris

A girl to Jade Nalls and Terenzo Belton

A girl to Tameka Robinson and

Tannell Page Jr.

A girl to Danielle Rudder

A girl to Tanieka Ward-Akabane and

Takahiro "Austin" Akabane

BORN OCT. 24, 2009

A boy to Daisy "Nacole" and

Jason Branham

A boy to Bridgette Greene-O'Berry

BORN OCT. 25, 2009

A boy to Wendy and Toby Potts

BORN OCT. 26, 2009

A boy to Stacey and Hunter Robinson

COMMUNITY NEEDS

GETTING HELP

THE SALVATION ARMY will accept applications for Christmas assistance 10 a.m.-7 p.m. today and 9 a.m.-noon Friday in the Ruff Building at the State Fairgrounds, 1200 Rosewood Drive. Applicants must bring the following items: picture ID and Social Security cards for everyone residing in the home; Household Summary from DSS; proof of all income in the home for the past 30 days (pay stubs, unemployment statement, SSI disability, Social Security statement, verification of VA or other pensions); and proof of all household expenses paid in the past 30 days. If you have a zero income, anyone age 18 and older must bring a Zero Wage Statement from the unemployment office. (803) 765-0260

VOLUNTEERS

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY is seeking volunteers for a harvest at 513 Bookman Mill Road, Irmo (off Kennerly Road). A harvest consists of removing light fixtures, hardwood flooring, doors, sinks, cabinets, etc., from houses or buildings scheduled for demolition or renovation. The items are then taken to the ReStore and sold to the public. The event will be 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. today and Friday. Wear old clothing and enclosed shoes and bring your own lunch. Bottled water will be provided. (803) 252-3570, ext. 101

TOWN OF IRMO is looking for individuals, school and church groups and homeowners associations to participate in a litter pickup day, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Nov. 14. Meet behind Irmo Town Hall (Woodrow Street and Columbia Avenue). All trash collection supplies will be furnished. (803) 781-7050

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

SAMARITAN'S PURSE is looking for volunteers to prepare, pack and process shoe box gifts for Operation Christmas Child. National Collection Week is Nov. 16-23, but the project is a year-round effort to help underprivileged children on six continents. Information at www.samaritanspurse.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. 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 www.centralscredcross.org.

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 jennifer.lee@scmuseum.org

KEEP THE MIDLANDS BEAUTIFUL needs 15-20 volunteers for its Tailgate Recycling program at the State Fairgrounds parking lot preceding the USC-Clemson football game Saturday, 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 jkrmhc@bellsouth.net

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 rollingreaders@sc.rr.com

DONATIONS

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

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

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