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LEXINGTON COUNTY COUNCIL member Bobby Keisler was presented the Order of the Silver Crescent at the Jan. 26 council meeting.

SEVENTEEN LEXINGTON COUNTY businesses have been named Lexington County Green Business charter members. To achieve that distinction, they were required to achieve 10 green points in at least one of the areas of waste reduction/recycling, energy efficiency, water conservation and air quality. Members include J.C. Wilkie Construction, City of Cayce, Hahl Inc., American Engineering Consultants, Sun Printing, Environmental Consulting Services, TCM America, Habitat for Humanity Restore, C.R. Jackson Inc., Lexington Medical Center, Michelin North America, North Lake Automotive, Seeing Green, Chapin High School, Builders Wholesale Carpet, Roof Basket Works and the Town of Lexington. Go to for more information on the program.

VETERINARY ASSISTANT KATHY EASTER has been named Veterinary Clinic Employee of the Year by the S.C. Association of Veterinarians. An employee of Grace Animal Hospital in Lexington, Easter received her certification from the American Society of Veterinary Dental Technicians. Easter also volunteers with Carolina Waterfowl Rescue and Central Carolina Wildlife Rescue.


AIRMAN LELA F. DENSON has completed basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. A 2009 graduate of Chapin High School, she is the daughter of Gena Denson of Chapin.

ARMY NATIONAL GUARD PVT. TRISHA L. RUFF has completed basic combat training at Fort Jackson. She is the daughter of Bradford Ruff of Lexington.



BORN JAN. 26, 2010

A girl to Jogapriya Nada and

Sanjay Kumar Dash

A boy to Kevon Williams and

Tommy Archie Jr.

A boy to Cosetta Cheeseboro and

Deshaw Overton

BORN JAN. 27, 2010

A girl to Mekeysha T. Scott and

Nathaniel D. Holland

A boy to Jennifer and Douglas Adam

BORN JAN. 28, 2010

A girl to Sunshine Wells and

Chad McKenzie

A girl to Caroline and Charlie Humphries

A boy to Alison and Allen White

A boy to Tiffany and William Holman

A boy to Jessica and David Cabrera

BORN JAN. 29, 2010

A girl to Shanika Logan and

Gonzales Wardlaw

A girl to Kaleigh Dittus and

Joseph Clarkson

A girl to Brittany Alston and Jostin Lucas

A girl to Erin and Jeremiah Bagwell

A boy to Kimberly Dannner and

Jermaine Derricott



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.

TURNING PAGES (formerly the Greater Columbia Literacy Council) is seeking volunteers. 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. Daytime tutors are especially needed; but late afternoon/evening hours are available. (803) 240-2441;

REGENCY HOSPICE is looking for someone to arrange flowers for distribution to patients and families. Two to three hours per week, Tuesdays or Wednesdays. Alice, (803) 765-0099.

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 and churches. (803) 733-READ or e-mail

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. Mondays, Feb. 22-March 15, at 1405 Gregg St. (803) 781-7457


INDIAN WATERS COUNCIL, BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA is conducting a food drive through Saturday. Last week Scouts dropped off bags to Midlands homes to be filled with nonperishable food items; bags will be picked up Saturday and delivered to local food pantries. (803) 750-9868

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 donations of canned or dry food for dogs and cats for its PetMeals on Wheels program. The group is headquartered at The Black Dog Inn, 321 E. Columbia Ave., Batesburg-Leesville. Monetary donations and garage 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


INTERNATIONAL STUDENT EXCHANGE is seeking families to open their homes to a foreign student for a semester or the entire 2010-11 school year. Students ages 15-18 speak English and have their own spending money. Single parents with children may host if they meet all the requirements. (803) 271-2735

ASSE INTERNATIONAL STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAM is seeking families to open their homes to a foreign student for the 2010-11 school year. Students ages 15-18 are fully insured, speak English and have their own spending money. (800) 473-0690;