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U.S. MARSHAL JOHNNY MACK BROWN has received the Sheriff's Award from Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts. Brown was recognized for his efforts to utilize a U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force to help the department find criminals with arrest warrants on serious charges. Two Lexington County investigators have been assigned to work full-time on the task force.

SGT. GEORGE DRAFTS has been named 2009 MDT Participant of the Year by the Richland County Child Abuse Investigation Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT). Drafts is a member of the Columbia Police Department's Special Victims Unit. Richland County MDT members consist of the Assessment and Resource Center, the police departments of Columbia, Irmo and Forest Acres, the Fifth Circuit Solicitor's Office, Richland County Sheriff's Department and Richland County Department of Social Services.

THE S.C. CRIMINAL JUSTICE ACADEMY held graduations ceremonies for Basic Law Enforcement and Basic Jail classes Dec. 18. BLE graduate Shaun Gause, of the Lexington County Sheriff's Department, received the Clifford A. Moyer Marksmanship Award. Local graduates include:


Anthony Creech and Shaun Gause, Lexington County Sheriff's Department; Hayli Livingston, Irmo Police Department; Ryan Medlock, Justin Poage, Lance Samuel, Thomas Vargas and Jorge Vasquez, Columbia Police Department; George Velazquez, Benedict College Police Department


Crystal Bolton, Felicia Felder and Donald Wilson Jr., Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center; William Stevens, Lexington County Detention Center

THE COLUMBIA COLLEGE POLICE DEPARTMENT has received a $2,365 grant from PalmettoPride that will be used to purchase cameras and other equipment to assist in illegal dumping and litter investigations.

RICHARD THOMPSON of Lexington has been awarded the Service to Mankind Award from the Lexington Sertoma Club. Thompson has served on Lexington Town Council since 1997.

THE CITY OF CAYCE BEAUTIFCATION BOARD has announced the winners of the holiday Decorate Cayce contest.


LIGHTS: Alice Creech, 104 Pine Lane, first place; Kevin Poole, 1220 H Ave., second place

CREATIVITY: John Hiatt, 220 Tamwood Circle, first place; Robert Varn, 509 Moss Creek Drive, second place

THEME: Becky Baxley, 1708 12th St., first place; Charles Gantt, 1417 Hazel St., second place


FIRST PLACE: Twilight Manor, 2306 Forrest Road

SECOND PLACE: State Farm, 1101 Knox Abbott Drive


MASHBURN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY donated food intended for its employee Christmas party to Harvest Hope Food Bank. The donation, enough to feed 200 people, was made when the company canceled the Dec. 18 gathering due to bad weather. The hamburger meat, hot dogs, buns and side items were distributed to needy families the same day.

FOOD LION presented a $500 check to Harvest Hope Food Bank during the grand opening of the company's first "green" grocery store in the Midlands, at 4730 Hard Scrabble Road.


ARMY SPEC. JANET N. TAYLOR has re-enlisted in the U.S. Army after six years of military service. She is an automated logistical specialist assigned to the 434th Field Artillery, Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. A 2003 graduate of Columbia High School, Taylor is the daughter of Bessie James of Columbia.

ARMY PFC. TABETHA L. THAMES has completed basic combat training at Fort Jackson. A 2009 graduate of Lugoff-Elgin High School, Thames is the daughter of Sharon Campbell of Elgin.

ARMY PFC. EIRIONNA S. COHEN has completed basic combat training at Fort Jackson. She is the daughter of Terry Livings of Swansea and Joseph Cohen of Columbia.



BORN DEC. 6, 2009

A girl to Ashley D. Smart and

Tavius Tucker

BORN DEC. 7, 2009

A boy to Amanda Pitts and

James Davidson

Twin girls to Karma S. Hernandez-

Henley and Michale D. Henley

BORN DEC. 8, 2009

A boy to Brenda and Steve Shultz

BORN DEC. 9, 2009

A boy to Shanika Pinkney and

Bruce Gibbs

A boy to Amber Cox and Jesse Preast

A boy to Tiffany Sumpter

BORN DEC. 10, 2009

A boy to Tracy and Matthew Shores

A girl to Rachel Kelley and

Kevin Haltiwanger

A girl to Veronica Marleny Orellana and

Victor N. Morales

A girl to April Morris and Mario Wright

BORN DEC. 11, 2009

A boy to Arleen Mayers and

Bryan Stewart

A boy to Tricia and Emmanuel Whitlock

BORN DEC. 12, 2009

A girl to Latesha Smith

A boy to Chastey R. and Anthony Gibson

Twins, a boy and a girl, to Courtney

Williams and Jerod Reed

BORN DEC. 14, 2009

A girl to Nakelia Donaldson and

Lee Brown

A boy to Chantico and Isaac Austin

BORN DEC. 15, 2009

A boy to Heather and Jeremy Price

A girl to Elaina Perez

A girl to Maggie G. and Cordell Harris

A girl to Tiffany Marie Price and

Melvin Lee Givins

A boy to Carmit Cohen and Sahar Zigdon

A girl to Bonnie S. and Wesley J. Owens

BORN DEC. 16, 2009

A girl to Leah Maratea and Ted Payne

A boy to Chaquinta Yarborough and

James Woodard Jr.

BORN DEC. 17, 2009

A boy to Kristin A. and Robert M. Jensen

A boy to Crystal and Jesse Pinckney

A girl to Stacy and Paul Edwards

BORN DEC. 18, 2009

A boy to Melissa and Raymond Koerner

A boy to Stacie and Christopher Ervin

A girl to Alicia and Curtis Brown

A boy to Kelly and Brandon Hamm

A girl to Raven E. and Adam B. Crewell

A girl to Sharelle Denise Campbell

BORN DEC. 19, 2009

A girl to Alexis Bullard and Malachi Scott

A boy to Felicia Belton

A boy to Charlean D. and Charles T. Riley

BORN DEC. 20, 2009

A girl to Ivania Peoples and

Kenyatta Ashley

A boy to Elizabeth A. Catanese and

Christopher T. Broadbent

BORN DEC. 22, 2009

A girl to Jestine Gilley and Ronnie Smith



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

TURNING PAGES (formerly the Greater Columbia Literacy Council) is seeking volunteers and financial contributions. Turning Pages provides educational services to adults who want to improve their reading, math and computer skills. Volunteer reading tutors will be trained and matched with adult learners. All financial contributions will be used to purchase computers/software, readers, workbooks and math books. (803) 240-2441;

THE SALVATION ARMY FAMILY THRIFT STORE needs donations of gently used clothes, furniture, electronics and household items. Donations can be brought to the store at 1312 N. Millwood Ave. (803) 667-4943

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 ANIMALS is seeking monthly donations of dry dog and cat food, pet treats, deer corn and grain for its PetMeals on Wheels program. The group is headquartered at The Black Dog Inn, 321 E. Columbia Ave., Leesville. Monetary donations and rummage sale items (no clothing, please) are also being accepted. For more information, call (803) 604-1303 or e-mail

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


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. Stop by the Krispy Kreme at 5594-A Sunset Blvd., Lexington 10-11 a.m. Monday for free coffee, doughnuts and information on the program. GAL volunteers work with all agencies involved with the child, including the Department of Social Services, the Family Court, school and counselors. (803) 957-6484

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

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