Traffic Safety Checkpoints
The Lane, Greeleyville, and Kingstree Police Departments and the Williamsburg County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting traffic safety checkpoints during the month of April.
If you drink, that’s your business. If you want to be sober, that’s our business. A.A. (843) 697-3321.
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 Andre Williams or Police Chaplain the Rev. Harold Jackson. Williams and Jackson can be reached at (843) 355-5435. You also can come by the police department and leave your name, phone number, and address.
Special Needs 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 pillaroutreach@ yahoo.com.
Regular yoga class for beginners and chair yoga classes are held at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall. The classes require no experience with yoga, but if you have experience with yoga you’ll feel right at home. Please make your reservation for a class at least a day ahead of time by calling Evelyn Cloy at (843) 870-5876, use the phone, text. Classes are located at 305 Hampton Ave., Kingstree, please use the door at the hall that does not face Hampton Ave. find it on the left of the building.
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.”
The Town of Kingstree Parks and Recreation will have aerobics every Tuesday at 9 a.m. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information call Toma’yia Green at (843) 355-7789.
Seniors and disabled adults in your community are homebound and need your help getting to doctor appointments, grocery stores, social activities, religious services and more. Help them live with the quality of life they deserve at a time when they need it most. You can make a difference! For more information please call (843) 436-2110.
With the opiate crisis running rampant, families are looking for ways to help those they love who need treatment. Getting them into treatment becomes even harder if their loved one is not willing. This is when intervention can become key. To learn more about successful interventions, please visit, https://www.narcononnewliferetreat.org/blog/intervention-101.html.
From cruise ship show rooms to galas, electric violinist Stephen and Jeff Neil deliver a high-energy dynamic show you do not want to miss! Their unique blend of classical training and modern technology allows the duo to create cutting-edge arrangements of music from different time periods of cultures from around the world. Returning to Lake City after performing at Artsfields in 2018, they will be at Moore Farms Botanical Gardens, 100 New Zion Rd., on Thursday, May 9, at 6:30 p.m. with a dessert reception. For more information call (843) 374-8611.
Narconon can help you take steps to overcome addiction in your family. Call today for free screenings or referrals, 1-800-431-1754.
Free Tax Services
Free tax filing services and FAFSA applications will be held February 1 to April 18, on Mondays and Tuesdays at the Kingdom International Management, 640 Broad St., Sumter from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information call (803) 883-5483.
Applications are now being accepted for the title of Miss Teen South Carolina International 2019, an official preliminary to the Miss Teen International Pageant that will be held at the Clay Center in Charleston, West Virginia. The dates are July 22 to July 27, www.thedclaycenter.org. The young woman selected as Miss Teen South Carolina International 2019 will serve as an ambassador for South Carolina and receive an official crown and sash. Miss Teen International 2019 will receive prizes and college scholarship money. There is no swimsuit competition. Competitions will include private interview, 40 percent; fitness wear, 20 percent; fashion wear, 20 percent; and evening gown, 20 percent. Each state delegate will receive a four year renewable scholarship of $17,500 to Hollins University, www.hollins.edu. Young women between the ages of 13 to 18 that are interested in applying should call Mary Richardson/national director at (540) 989-5992 or email the director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free Tax Preparation
Free tax prep from certified tax preparers will be held Mondays at the Greeleyville Library from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. by appointment only; Tuesdays at the Hemingway Library from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. by appointment only; and Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays at the Kingstree Library, Mondays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., walk-ins allowed. For more information call Lillie McGill at (843) 355-9486 or email email@example.com.
Williamsburg Friends of the Library will be having book sales each month throughout 2019 at the library in the Genealogy & South Carolina section. There will be a good selection of gently used books for all ages with great prices. Ask at the library how you can join Friends of the Library to share ideas to accomplish its goals. Applications are available. Check the FB page for more information on events held at the library. Sale dates are April 13, May 18, June 22, July 20, August 17, September 21, October 19, November 16, and December 21, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Williamsburg Friends of the Library will be hosting Dr. Donna B. Huger on April 16, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the meeting room of the library. She will be presenting her book “Sagacious Doves, A Guide To Graciously Inventing And Realizing Life Sagaciously.” Books will be available for purchase and signing. Huger is one of several authors with a Williamsburg County connection that the Friends will be hosting in upcoming months. Join them in support of her literary endeavors. The public is invited. There is no cost.
Friends of the Library Meeting
Williamsburg Friends of the Library will hold their second quarterly meeting on April 23, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the meeting room of the library. All members are asked to mark their calendars and come to learn of the activities planned for 2019. Anyone that would like to join or know more about the group are welcomed to attend.
Williamsburg Friends of the Library will be hosting the second annual Poetry Readings by local poets in celebration of Poetry Appreciation Month on April 26, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the meeting room of the library. If you would like to participate please contact Ginger Mouzon at (843) 355-9486 or stop by the library and let them know at the circulation desk. You do not have to be published to share your poetry or poetry that you love. Join them for a fun session of poetry reading. The public is invited. All programs offered at Williamsburg County Library are free.
Williamsburg Friends of the Library will be hosting Lauretta E. Joyner on May 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. She will be presenting her book “Respect Me.” Joyner is one of several authors who have a Williamsburg County and South Carolina connections that the Friends are hosting in upcoming months. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Join them in support of her literary endeavors. The public is invited. There is no cost.
Williamsburg Friends of the Library will be hosting Darren Wright, formerly from Williamsburg County, on May 24, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. An article on Mr. Wright was published in the March 13, edition of The News. Wright is a graduate of Kingstree Senior High Class of 1999. He will be sharing his book “A Handbook for Parents for Children with Special Needs.” He is one of several authors who have Williamsburg County and South Carolina connections that the Friends are hosting in upcoming months. Join them in support of his literary endeavors. The public is invited. There is no cost.
Easler Family Reunion
The Easler Reunion will be held April 7, at Mt. Vernon Methodist Church in Greeleyville. Join them for church and lunch, please bring lots of relatives and extended members. There will be barbecue and lots of other foods and lots of fun. For more information call Rose G. Easler at (843) 426-2471 or Jean E. Brown at (843) 355-6083.
Rising sixth, seventh, and eighth graders interested in working in teams to program microcontrollers and robots and explore digital communications between linked hardware and the Internet of things may apply for iTeams Extreme Next Generation. The event will be held June 17 to June 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at the Kingstree Middle School, 710 3rd Ave., Kingstree. The application deadline is May 31. To learn more and apply online at www.scgssm.org/iteams.
Young Child 2019 Events
Williamsburg County First Steps in collaboration with South Carolina Early Childhood Association (SCECA), Williamsburg County School District (WCSD), Williamsburg Technical College, Williamsburg County Public Library, and Department of Social Services (DSS) will sponsor the following events for the Week of the Young Child 2019: Pass the Pan Sunday, April 7, Faith-Based donations for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. A mini-conference for childcare providers, teachers, parents, etc. will be held Saturday, April 13, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Williamsburg County School District Annex, 500 North Academy Street, Kingstree. For more information, please contact Shakira Fulton, program assistant at (843) 355-1031.
Williamsburg County GOP convention will be held on Friday, April 12, at 6:30 p.m. at Brown’s Bar-B-Que in Kingstree. Everyone is invited to attend. For more information, please contact Ida Martin at (843) 372-2425.