Aiken Standard, January 2, 2011

Aiken Standard

January 02, 2011

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 2, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina Siniday January 2,2011 Vol. 145, No. 2 IbdayisWisalliir Full forecast I <B er Local residents give to others Your Local Source Since 1867 S5SSS5S sssssssi $1.00 By AMY BANTON Staff writer As many make New Year's Resolutions to lose weight or quit smoking, some may resolve to give back to their community. The Aiken Standard spoke with 20 individuals who give their time to a variety of Aiken County organizations that help improve the livelihood of others. Yvonne Simpkins ■ Volunteer with Area Churches Together Sen/ing • Simpkins has been with ACTS for about 10 years. She is a coordinator of the clothing area of the ACTS Resale Store, sorting and washing clothes along with assisting clients with picking out the hem^ they need. Why does she volunteer? • "Because I want to give something back to the community because God's been good to me. It's a need to go out into the community and help others."Kimberly WilliamsVolunteer with Mental Health America • Williams has been with Mental Health America for three years. She vyorics mostly with the Welcome Baby program by visiting new mothers in the hospital. She shares infomiation with them that includes what to expect when bringing a baby home and introduces them to a variety of organizations that offer support to new mothers. V\Aiy does she vohinteei? ^' ••''God has-just'put tHatii^-' Sion in my heart. I love people; I l0vi?Mpihg people.^-AlanPeaiceVolunteer with Guardian Ad Litem •Pearce has been with Guardian Ad Litem for a year. He writes a monitor report pach month for children who are in foster care or in the tourt system and keeps track of them.Why does he volunteer? • "It became a sense of personal satisfaction. I'ni now pursuing family law as a career."Wendy SampsonVolunteer with Boy Scouts of America • Sampson has volunteered with the Boy Scouts of Amer-fki for about 14 years. She 'has been a cub master for the Mast seven years and recruits t children from schools, helps with the summer day camp and assures that they are running a quality pack.Why does she volunteer? • "I think it makes for a better worid to volunteer. Our children are our future leaders, and they need a strong ^miMf aartnct HmIcett Aiken fi^ylt Raiiioiici Dimkmv i^iken Carolyii Herrón, Aiken Flora W-RkKt Aiken Deaths and funerals 16A foundation to help improve the worid." iiïHft^ Calendar 3C Calendar 3C Classifieds 10 Crossword 2C Comics INSIDE PearAbby 4C Horoscopes 4C Movie Listings 3C Opinions 10-1 TA Sports 1» TVUstln^s IMS1DE County's first baby of 2011 born at ARMCBruce EberhardVolunteer with Honduras AGAPE • Eberhard has volunteered with Honduras AGAPE for about five years and Habitat for Humanity since 1988; He has done missionary woric, along with carpentry and repairs to homes that have suffered damage.V^y does he volunteer? • "I frankly felt like life has been good to me and my family. It's a good opportunity to do something for someone ¿se."Athena BentonVolunteer with Cumbee Center • Benton has been with the Cumbee Center since Septem* bfl^2009;Sh61insWi^^trfte^ hours calls and offers support to anyone who is a victim of domestic violence.Why does she volunteer? • "Everybody needs sonie-one; I want them to know they are not alone. Awareness is key."Charlie BrownVolunteer with SeniorNet • Brown has been with SenioriSlet for about four years. He developed a web design class, is an instructor and coach and updates software for the program;Why does he volunteer? • "SeniorNet is a way to use my life $kiils, and 1 can I think sharing is important." Lofquist Volunteer with Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and the Aiken County Historical Museum • Lofquist has volunteered with the Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and the Aiken County Historical Museum for the last 19 years. She opens the museum and tells visitors about the exhibits. Why dots the volunteer? • "Because, at this time of my life, I do have the time. I'm interested in helping the Oity of Aiken with things like th« museums. This is my way of saying thank you to the City." jfs-m JBT .áT'^ By ROB NOVIT ' Senior writer Aiken County's first baby of the year is Lyracist Semaj Justice, who arrived at Aiken Regional Medical Centers on New Year's Day at 4:27 a.m. She's the daughter of Kameko Hamilton and James Justice of Aiken, and weighed in at an impressive 7-pounds, 9-ounces. "I wouldn't have imagined that," Hamilton said. "She wasn't due until Jan. 16." The baby didn't take long to make an appearance, either; Hamilton reached the hospital about 1:30 a.m. Lyracist has four older siblings - two brothers and two sisters ranging in ages fi-om 3 to 10. "The kids really want to see their younger sister," Hamilton said. Joining her and Justice in her hospital room Saturday morning were Hamilton's aunt, Wylie Ann Raiford. She raised her niece after Hamilton's mother died when Hamilton was 13. Please see BABY, page 12A staff photo by Rob Novit Lyracist Semaj Justice is Aiken County's first baby of Ihe year, arriving at Ailcen Regional Medical Centers Saturday at 4:27 a.m. She's the daughter of Kameko Hamilton and James Justice ofAiken. Top baby names of 2010 Staff photo by Ashleey Williamson Dave and Adina Premo sit with their 10-month-old daughter Sophia. Sophia is ranked the most popular girl's name for 2010 by the website Aiden, Sophia top baby names for 2010 By ASHLEEY WIUIAM80N Staff writer When Adina Premo got pregnant in 2009, she and husband Dave immediately began discussing both boy and girl names. "If it was a boy, it was going to be Dave, because I'm the fifth David Premo," explained Dave. "But if it was a girl, there was Sophia, Marie, Nicole ... other names, but the one that stuck with us the most was Sophia," he said. On Feb. 2, the Premos welcomed Sophia Nicole Premo into this world. The toddler is now 10 months old, and it turns out is joining a pretty big club. has announced its most popular boys' and girls' names of 2010, and Aiden and Sophia have taken the cake. The website, which says it offers expert advice and articles on infants and toddlers, compiled about 350,000 baby names and combined those that sound the same but have different spellings to create a true measure of popularity. As Sophia ages, she should grow to be quite intelligent. Please tee NAMES, page 12A lÄ VU' ^ ^ i \ 2ist 22"^ 8pm ;