State Representative Nathan Ballentine, from House District 71, spoke to St. Andrews Optimists on June 9. Ballentine gave an overview of current issues and fielded questions from the club members.Continue Reading

The Dutch Fork Brotherhood Club of Irmo helped to refurbish the St. Paul historical marker. St. Paul is one of the first black churches in the Irmo area.Continue Reading

The 9th Annual Pinot & Pearls event hosted by the Lake Murray-Irmo Woman’s Club raised more than $12,000 for the community. Wright Properties, Ltd., was the presenting sponsor, with an additional twelve event sponsors and more than 140 silent auction donors. The event was held at the Saluda Shoals RiverContinue Reading

St. Andrews Optimists received a presentation by Gabrielle Johansson on May 5. Johansson, a recent graduate of USC, is an Education Specialist at the Anne Frank Center, located on the USC campus. It is the only such center in the United States that partners with the Anne Frank Center headquartersContinue Reading

On May 19, St. Andrews Optimists received an update on the work of Palmetto Place with a presentation from Laird Weaver, recently appointed Development Manager. Weaver, who has become fluent in the operation of Palmetto Place in a very short time, addressed the mission and volunteer opportunities there. Palmetto PlaceContinue Reading

May 23 proclaimed Dr. Tom Mullikin Day in historic Kershaw County, S.C.   By Alex Junes-Ward Dr. Thomas Stowe “Tom” Mullikin received a somewhat unique – most assuredly rare – honor from Kershaw County (S.C.) Council, Tuesday evening, May 23, when the Camden-based attorney, retired military officer, and global expeditionContinue Reading

St. Andrews Optimists recently enjoyed a presentation from Jason Fulmer, District Construction Engineer for South Carolina Department of Transportation. Fulmer’s geographical area of responsibility consists of Richland, Lexington, Kershaw, Lee, and Sumter Counties. He described the contracting and implementation methods in play, focusing mainly on those projects that involve interstates.Continue Reading

Lake Murray Irmo Rotary Club’s May Student of the Month was Harbison West Elementary School student Ma’Kayla Davis. Principal Randy Norman said of Davis, “Ma’Kayla is a well rounded student both in the classroom and outside of school. She is part of the HWES cheer team, the morning news showContinue Reading

Members of the St. Andrew’s Woman’s Club met recently at Leeza’s Care Connection to clean out the flower bed under their sign and plant fresh flowers. The eight flats of vinca were donated by Seven Oaks Plant Shop. The members participating were Mary North, Ann Martin, Barbara Williams, Susan Smith,Continue Reading

FBI director’s award recognizes “outstanding contributions to our nation’s communities” By W. Thomas Smith Jr.   BUILDING BETTER COMMUNTIES (BBC), a Columbia-based nonprofit which helps support marginalized and struggling communities across the Midlands, received the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award during ceremonies at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., Friday, MayContinue Reading

The Optimist Club of St. Andrews-Irmo held their 37th annual golf tournament at Golden Hills Country Club in Lexington on Monday, May 1. The 9:30am shotgun captain’s choice tournament saw nearly 80 golfers tee-off in this fundraiser to support youth in the community. The platinum sponsor for the event wasContinue Reading