Tuesday, January 7, 2014
A.A. Meetings - If you drink, that’s your business. If you want to be sober, that’s our business. A.A. (843) 697-3321. Traffic Safety Checkpoints - The Lane, Greeleyville, and Kingstree Police Departments will be conducting traffic safety checkpoints during the month of August. Traffic Safety Checkpoints - The Williamsburg County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting traffic safety checkpoints during the month of August. Support - If you are a parent or guardian with a child or children with special needs and may be interested in becoming a part of a parent-to-parent support group, please contact Tommy and Michelle Russell at (843) 373-0912 or (843) 356-5714 or email them at pillaroutreach@ yahoo.com. Seniors Patrol - The Kingstree Police Department is offering a seniors patrol wellness check. Any elderly, ill or bedridden residents of the Town of Kingstree who would like for the police department to contact them on a regular basis should call Chief Eric Williams or Police Chaplain the Rev. Harold Jackson. Chief Williams or Rev. Jackson can be reached at 355-5435 or come by the police department and leave your name, phone number, and address. TOPS - Taking Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) Weight Program will meet on Thursdays at 9:15 a.m. at Ina Miles Store. For more information contact Lillie Jean at (843) 355-3002 or Ann at (843) 382-9696. Senior Bingo - The senior citizens of Lane invite any senior citizen to join them every first and third Tuesday at Lane Recreation Center on Broomstraw Rd. for “Senior Bingo.” Weight Watchers- Weight Watchers 2013 meetings will be held at the First Baptist Church of Kingstree. Classes are on Thursdays at 5 p.m. Child Screenings - Williamsburg County School District Office of Special Ser-vices, located at 500 North Academy Street, Kingstree, (843) 355-5533, will hold child find screenings each month. Housing Authority - The Housing Authority of Kingstree will meet every third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at 1022 Lexington Ave., Kingstree. Banquet - The Tomlinson Alumni Committee, Inc. will sponsor a banquet honoring outstanding student who attended the school prior to 1955. This will be the first class of “Hall of Fame Honorees.” This event is scheduled for Saturday, March 22, 2014, 5 p.m. at the Williamsburg County Recreation Complex Gym, Thurgood Marshall Highway, Kingstree. Funds will benefit the building project, The Tomlinson Resource and Fine Arts Center. Tickets may be purchased from members of the committee. For additional information, please call (843) 356-6298, (843) 382-3564 or (843) 382-5755. Class - There will be a Concealed Weapon Permit class on Saturday, January 18, at 8 a.m. at the Kingstree Town Hall. For more information please contact Lt. Whitfield at (843) 355-8169. Expo - The annual South Carolina AgriBiz and Farm Expo will be held at the Florence Civic Center in Florence, January 16-17. There is a general admission per person but some seminars require advanced purchase of tickets and pre-registration. Events include a seminar for New Farmers conducted by the Small Farm and Food Entrepreneurs Organization, ‘A Taste of South Carolina’ sponsored by AgSouth Farm Credit and breakfast with Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers. Visit the Expo web site at www.scagribizexpo.com for more information. Volunteer - Become a volunteer in the VITA Program and Hispanic volunteers also needed. Did you know you can help people in your community who need assistance with their tax returns? You’ll get free training and the satisfaction that comes from using your knowledge to help other people. There is nothing more satisfying or rewarding than volunteering your time to help others. So, come volunteer and help individuals and families claim all the tax benefits they have earned, including the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Millions of dollars in EITC refunds go unclaimed. You can help put this money back in the pockets of the workers of Williamsburg County. The training will be held at Williamsburg County Library, 215 N. Jackson Street Kingstree, on January 11, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call Mrs. Lillie McGill at (843) 372-1599 Nominations - South Carolina African American Heritage Commission (SCAAHC) will present the Preserving Our Places In History awards on March 28, 2014, at the South Carolina Archives & History Center of Columbia. The mission of the SCAAHC is to identify and promote the preservation of historic sites, structures, buildings, and culture of the African American experience in South Carolina and to assist and enhance the efforts of the South Carolina Department of Archives & History. The award categories are individual award, group or organization award, project award, and lifetime achievement award. The deadline for nominations will be January 31, 2014. All nominees will be notified by March 14, 2014. Meeting - The Georgetown Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. will be hosting its annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Banquet on Saturday, January 18, at 7:06 p.m. at the Glisson Center, Bethel AME Church of Georgetown. Featured speaker for the banquet will be Marlon E. Kimpson, Senator, SC District 42. Entertainment will be provided by Terry Cox & Floyd Ruffin. Tickets can be obtained from the Law Office of Morant and Morant, LLC of Georgetown or any member of the Georgetown Chapter of Alphal Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Dinner will be provided. Meeting - The Georgetown Area Daylily Club will be learning more about what daylily garden judges look for, maybe even spark your own interest in becoming a daylily garden judge? At this meeting, they will review the many awards presented by AHS for daylilies. They’ll review garden judging and how judges learn to look at the “whole plant” in evaluating what makes a great garden plant. They’ll review how foliage, plant vigor, scape height, bud placement, overall beauty and distinction of the bloom and plant, resistance to disease, form, and bloom substance affect scoring. This overview will enable you to recognize outstanding plant performance. The meeting will be held Sunday, January 12, at 2:30 p.m. at the Dick N. Johnson Civic Center at 829 N. Pine Dr. in Surfside Beach. Refresh-ments will be served. Open to the public! For more information contact Heidi Douglas at (843) 240-2532. Meeting - Vital Aging of Williamsburg County, Inc. will hold its monthly board of directors meeting on Wednesday, January 15, at 3:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Kingstree Wellness Center at 912 4th Avenue, Kingstree. Please call (843) 354-5496 if you have any questions. Parade - Williamsburg County NAACP’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade, featuring Octavia Mitchell, TV Channel 2 News Anchor Person, as grand marshall, will take place Saturday, January 18, at 10 a.m. in Kingstree. The theme for this year’s parade is “Let Us Not Forget.” For more information or to participate, call Arleathia Beavers at (843) 426-4468 or Rudell Gamble at (843) 426-4144. Open House - They are excited and look forward to starting it out on a very, positive note with an OPEN HOUSE for the SOUL program that is being offered by SOS Healthcare, with the support of the Bunnelle Foundation, this Thursday! Please plan to join their from 6-8 p.m. at North Hampton Baptist Church, 7458 Highmarket Street, Georgetown, for an informational meeting about the program that will be run on Thursdays. For more information check out their website: www.sos-healthcare.com Meeting - The Williamsburg Section of The National Council of Negro Women, Inc. (NCNW) will meet on Friday, January 10, at 5:30 p.m. at the Williamsburg County Recreation Center on Thurgood Marshall Blvd. Meeting - The South Carolina Highway Patrol employment/recruitment unit will hold a recruitment meeting at Williamsburg Technical College in Kingstree on Tuesday, January 7, and Monday, February 3, from 6:30-8 p.m. each evening in the college’s auditorium. According to Sergeant Stephen R. Gardner of Highway Patrol Troop 5, Post C in Georgetown, the trooper recruiting team is using a different approach by going out into the communities to seek applicants. Recruitment unit statistics show starting salary for SC state troopers at $31,154. Successful trooper candidates can earn 15 days of annual leave and 15 days of sick leave as well as 12 paid holidays per year and will have the opportunity to participate in the SC Police Officer’s Retirement program. State health and dental insurance is available and all necessary uniforms and accessories are provided. Anyone interested in a career as a SC state trooper may attend the meeting. Job applicants, however, must: be 21 years of age by start of training; have earned a high school diploma or GED; be a US citizen and a SC resident; possess SC driver’s license for one year; have 20/20 vision or no more than 20/100 corrected to 20/20; have no criminal record; have a driving record clear of any suspension for the last five years as a result of alcoholic beverage or dangerous drug violation or leaving the scene of a collision; and be able to perform all of the essential and marginal job functions of a SCDPS Enforcement Officer. Persons interested in the recruitment meeting may contact Corporal Michael J. Zang at (803) 206-2001 or MichaelZang@scdps.gov. Persons interested in entering the criminal justice certificate program at WTC which can further prepare persons for a career in law enforcement may contact Dr. Gladys Loney at email@example.com. Services - Free income tax filing services and FAFSA applications will be provided in two locations. Lee County Adult Education, 123 E. College St., Bishopville, (803) 482-4040 on Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Goodwill Job-Link Center, 1028 Broad St., Sumter, (803) 774-5006 on Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, appointments only. For more information and/or appointments, please call Ms. Samuels at (803) 240-8355. Yoga Classes - Regular yoga classes for beginners and Chair yoga classes are offered at the St. Alban’s Episcopal Church Parrish Hall at 305 Hampton Ave., Kingstree. Please use the door at the hall that does not face Hampton Ave. on the left side. The classes are open to a diverse population and require no experience with yoga. More challenging postures and sequences are occasionally offered. For more information call Evelyn Cloy at (843) 870-5876 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.