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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 2, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina Sunday January 2,2011 Full forecast 16BVol. 145, No. 2    Your    Local    Source    Since    1    SI    >7    $1.00—.....—    "    ■--   -    '------L-— Todays Weather High 64° Low 31° Full forecast 16B James Clarence Heskett, Aiken Gayle Ramond Dunker, Aiken Carolyn Herron, Aiken Flora W. Fox, Aiken MORE HEROES INSIDE! 7 A, 12A County’s first baby of 2011 born at ARMC Local residents give to others Wendy Sampson Volunteer with Boy Scouts of America 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 Serving Kimberly Williams Volunteer with Mental Health America •Sampson has volunteered with the Boy Scouts of America for about 14 years. She has been a cub master for the last seven years and recruits 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 foundation to help improve the world." 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 WILLIAMSON Staff writer When Adina Premo got pregnant in 2009, she and husband Dave immediately began discussing both boy and girl names. “lf 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 IO months old, and it turns out is joining a pretty big club. has announced its most popular boys’ and girls’ names of 20|0, and Alden 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 see NAMES, page 12A • 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 items 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." Alan Pearce Volunteer with Guardian Ad Litem • Pearce has been with Guardian Ad Litem for a year. He writes a monitor report each month for children who are in foster care or in the court system and keeps track of them. Why does he volunteer? • "It became a sense of personal satisfaction, fin now pursuing family law as a career." Top baby names of 2010 Fredrica 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 does she volunteer? • "Because, at this time of my life, I do have the time. I'm interested in helping the City of Aiken with things like the museums. This is my way of saying thank you to the City." • Williams has been with Mental Health America for three years. She works mostly with the Welcome Baby program by visiting new mothers in the hospital. She shares information with them that includes what to expect when bonging a baby home and introduces them to a variety of organizations that offer support to new mothers. Why does she volunteer? • "God has* just put that pas sion in my heart. I love people; I tow helping people Bruce Eberhard By ROB NOVIT Senior writer Aiken County’s first baby of the year is Lyracist Semaj Justice, who arrived at Aiken Regional Medical ('enters on New Year’s Day at 4:27 a.m. She’s the daughter of Kameko Hamilton and James Justice ot 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 from 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 the year, arriving at Aiken Regional Medical Centers Saturday at 4:27 a.m. She's the daughter of Kameko Hamilton and James Justice of Aiken. Charlie Brown Volunteer with SeniorNet Volunteer with Honduras AGAPE • Eberhard has volunteered with Honduras AGAPE for about five years and Habitat for Humanity since 1988. He has done missionary work, along with carpentry and repairs to homes that have suffered damage. Why 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 else." Athena Benton Volunteer with Cumbee Center • Brown has been with SeniorNet 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 skills, and I can pass my skills to other people I think shanng is important." • Benton has been with the Cumbee Center since Septum* ber 2009. She answers afterhours calls and offers support to anyone who is a victim of domestic violence. Why does she volunteer? • "Everybody needs someone; I want them to know they are not alone. Awareness is key." Deaths aid funerals 16A Mite Calendar 3C Classifieds ID Crossword 2C Comics INSIDE Dear Abby 4C Horoscopes 4C Movie Listings 3C Opinions __ 10-11A Sports IB TV Listings ~ INSIDE ;