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23 31 16 “I’d rather watch the grass grow.” This was my dad’s familiar refrain I heard growing up. He used it frequently when my brother and I watched the Dukes of Hazzard TV show or the Steelers or Pirates were losing their respective games. He would say it with distain in his voice, sometimes in an exaggerated joking kind of way and sometimes with sincere anguish. Recently, I planted grass seed in our front yard to fill in a few of the larger bare spots. So, for the past three weeks, I have literally watched the grass grow. Watering the grass twice per day, it took about a week and the seedlings started sprouting through the dirt. I was so excited! I haven’t yet told dad about my grass watching experiences but it hasn’t been as boring as he made it sound. I spent time watering the grass and wondering what my kids are going to be saying about me, twenty years from now. Hmmm. Happy Father’s Day to all the dad’s out there who make a difference in their kids’ lives. Keep up the good work! I’d like to thank Pastor Ken Jumper


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of the Harvest for writing close to 10 years of Faith Matters columns in Lexington Life. He will continue to pen an occasional column and we have expanded the column to include other local pastors from the Lexington community. We welcome Pastor Rocky Purvis from Northside Baptist Church to Faith Matters this month. Enjoy your summer and thanks for reading and supporting Lexington Life Magazine. Thanks for reading, Todd Shevchik

Columns 8 Faith Matters

Departments 5 From the Publisher 7 Events 11 Lexington Leaders 45 David Clark 47 Spice of Life

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Friday, June 23 – Saturday, June 24 2017 Children’s Chance Lake Murray Poker Run Rusty Anchor / Catfish Johnny’s, 1925 Johnson Marina Rd., Chapin, times vary The 2017 Children’s Chance Lake Murray Poker Run will begin on Friday, June 23, with a pre-run raft up. After the raft up, head to Rusty Anchor/Catfish Johnny’s for registration at 5 p.m. The Run will start on Saturday, June 24, at 10 a.m. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Final check in for the poker run will be from 5:30 – 7 p.m., followed by dinner. Visit childrenschancesc. org/lake-murray-poker-run for more information. Saturday, June 24 Lexington County Museum’s Fourth Annual Family Day Lex. Co. Museum Complex, 231 Fox St., Lexington, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Children will learn about the history of Lexington County and farming through hands on educational programs, toys, and displays. Make sure to grab a free hotdog! Free admission. 803.359.8369 for more information. Monday, June 26 – Thursday, June 29 Vacation Bible School: Galactic Starveyors Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church, 5503 Sunset Blvd., Lexington, times vary Boys and girls, rising three years old to rising sixth graders are all welcome! SGPC Vacation Bible School is an exciting time for children to learn about God’s word through music, hands-on activities, multi-sensory experiences, and more! This year’s theme: Galactic Surveyors. Admission is free. 803.359.7770 for more information. Saturday, July 1 Lake Murray’s 4th of July Celebration Times and locations vary. Lake Murray’s 4th of July Celebration will begin with the annual boat parade at noon and will end with a spectacular fireworks show at dark. Fireworks will launch from two lake locations: Dreher Island and Spence Island. This year’s theme: A Star Spangled Celebration. Visit for more information.

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Memorial Day weekend was an exciting and emotional time for my family. My youngest son got married and I performed the ceremony. I’ve got to confess that weddings are always emotional for me. It is not only a very happy time—it is a holy time. God is the one who came up with marriage and it has been part of His plan for man and woman from the very beginning. In Genesis 1 and 2 we are told how God made man in His own image and placed him in the beauty of the Garden of Eden. But even in the midst of this paradise something was missing. Man was alone and lonely. So God caused man to fall into a deep sleep and with His loving care, God removed a bone from Adam’s side and fashioned Eve. She was a “helper just right for him.” When Adam saw Eve for the very first time he said, “This is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh.” In other words, “She is just what I need.” God was the officiating minister in that first wedding and when it was complete, He gave them and all their offspring some very clear instructions on how to have a great marriage. He said, “Therefore a man will leave his father and mother, be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” Do you want a great marriage? Make your spouse the priority in your life. Commit to stick together for a lifetime. And work at becoming one. But understand, becoming one is more than just sharing the same residence, the same children, and the same bed. It is two people giving themselves to one another until their lives are woven together into one. When you marry, you are no longer two independent people but rather two interdependent people, knitted together into one. It is the blending of two lives together in the deepest possible way. That’s my prayer for my children, myself, and for you! This month celebrate God’s gift of marriage. n Northside Baptist 4347 Sunset Blvd., Lexington, SC, 29072 803-520-5660 • Sundays: Lexington campus 9:15 & 10:45 West Columbia campus 11 a.m.

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Dr. Gregory Little Dr. Gregory Little has been on board as superintendent of the Lexington School District One for less than a year, but “settling in” was never a problem. “I feel that everything I have done in my professional life has led me to this,” he says. “My family and I love this area and want to make the most of every opportunity. It’s just about the perfect assignment for us.” The “everything” he refers to is a background of school administration, which encompasses a wide variety of experiences. He feels that each one contributed to his abilities and understanding of schools and their people—a very wide comfort zone, so to speak. Both his parents were educators; this Wilkesboro, North Carolina, native never wanted to be anything else. He earned his BA at UNC-Wilmington, and his MA and EdD., both in curriculum and instruction, at UNC-Chapel Hill. He began as a teacher, of language arts in Durham NC School of the Arts, and leading that high school volley ball team to the state semifinals. “Teaching was very satisfying, but when I was asked to take a position in school administration, I realized it provided a wider

platform for carrying out ideas and changes.” That platform was the public school system in Raleigh, NC, where he designed workshops, developed curriculum resources, and coordinated a battle of the books competition for 26 middle schools. From these high-achieving school systems, the Little family moved to Roanoke Rapids, NC, an entirely different environment of low-income underachievers, with challenges he had not previously met. “That is an area time has forgotten,” he says. “I was assistant superintendent there for five years. We were able to accomplish some amazing things with the administrative team, focusing on student learning and measurable objectives.” Dr. Little’s next move took him to the original “Mayberry” of Andy Griffith fame: Mt. Airy, NC. While different from the Roanoke Rapids’ agricultural and remote culture, it too was a small town with limited resources. As superintendent there, he was able to implement some of the improvements and ideas he had developed along the way. He crafted a STEAM framework (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics), including second-language emphasis, and was awarded the inaugural 2014 District of Distinction from the district administration. Now, Dr. Little, his wife Julie, and their two daughters Kaylee and Naomi are basking in the thriving environment of fast-growing Lexington while he takes the helm at a district that sees growth of about 500 additional students every year. The challenges of growth and opportunity provide a platform for his fountain of ideas: “It’s a great problem to have,” he says. “We can’t really build a new school every year, but we certainly can’t sit back and watch it get out of hand. We have a five-year plan, which deals with re-zoning and bond issues for us to maintain the quality we have. Sometimes a new superintendent inherits a mess to be cleaned up or a community tuned out to the needs of the schools. The previous administration had everything running smoothly, and everyone here has been incredibly supportive. It’s an exciting time for us all.” n June 2017 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 11

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Happy Father’s Day Thoughts on Our Fathers

Todd Shevchik, Publisher When I am at a low point, I usually reach out to my Dad. He paints a picture that helps me to see things in a different light. We don’t have these conversations often, but I know that, when I need him, he will be there for me. Ultimately, I think that is the role of a father, to provide and be there for his children. After all, we are his legacy. I love my Dad and am thankful for all he has done for me throughout my life. We always had the best road trips together. My brother and me drinking Cokes and eating pretzels in the car. Food and drink in the car was always a “no-no,” so we enjoyed the privilege when Dad bestowed it upon us. Trips to Cooperstown, NY, and Disney World immediately pop in my mind. Thanks Dad! Happy Father’s Day.

Donna Shevchik, Sales Director My Dad owned a motel in Myrtle Beach and named it “Donna Fran Motel” after me and my sister. We lived in an efficiency apartment at the motel on the beach until I was eleven. It was close living quarters. Dad shut the motel down in the winter and was very active in all of my school activities. I get my talkativeness and bluntness from him. His name is Don and he named me Donna, after him. I remember Dad buying a tractor just so he could ride the kids around on his lap and entertain them on our beach trips. It became routine to hear the kids say, “I want to go to Papa’s house to ride the lawnmower and go to the NASCAR Café.” I hope when I’m a grandparent that I can always be there for my grandchildren the way dad has been there for my kids.

Tracy Tuten, Sales Executive My Daddy, Bob Ivey, is one of the most genuine men I have ever known. He is always there for us, and we’ve always known we were loved. As an example of his love, devotion, and loyalty – he and my Mama, Cheryl, are boasting 47 years of marriage. Daddy has the most contagious laugh; you can’t help but to laugh along with him. He taught me what I should expect from men and approved of my mom teaching me to be independent. Before I was married, I told a friend that I hoped to find a husband who was half the man that Daddy is. I thank God that I have been blessed to have such a wonderful daddy and wonderful papa to my children and then another as a husband and a daddy to our own children, Brian. Happy Father’s Day to my main men! I love you!

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Thoughts on Our Fathers Elinor Fatato, Sales Executive My father was a rich man – rich in love and the values that he taught me and defined his character. He knew the meaning of sacrifice, loyalty, and a sense of duty. Those who knew him would agree. His admirable traits are typical of the “Greatest Generation,” as he served in WWII 82nd Airborne Division, graduated from Notre Dame, and later taught and coached high school football and wrestling in NY state. What I loved most about my father was his “manliness.” He was dependable, a man of his word, and a true gentleman. His love toward my Mother and dedication to our family created the strong bonds we share today. His caring ways made me feel safe and protected. I miss all the memories we shared. His legacy is also dearly remembered by his eight grandchildren and great grandchildren as the best “Nonnu” ever! I love you Daddy!

Kim Curlee, Graphic Designer My dad has always been so supportive in every way. Any activity I was involved in – you could always find him in the stands cheering me on. If I am ever sick or hurting, he is always there to hold my hand, and he’s always been the person I could count on to give me his honest opinion, even if it’s not what I want to hear. He and my Mom worked so hard over the years to make sure my sister and I had every opportunity. His faith and love mean so much to me, and I hope he knows how much I love him and thank God for him every day.

Katie Gantt, Editor No matter what has transpired in my life, Daddy is the one person I’ve always been able to fall back on. The time we spent together in my childhood was always quality time, and I could always sense how much he enjoyed it. That contributed greatly to my sense of self-worth. As an adult, I can turn to him for advice on a variety of subjects and still enjoy his company. We have similar temperaments and can often be found reading and not even talking to each other when we are spending time together – but it works for us. I have learned through watching him grow that it’s never too late to reinvent yourself and that joy can be found in the simplest of activities. Thanks for being a great father, D-Rock, and a great P-Paw to Jude. We love you!

Elizabeth Johnson, Office Assistant My Dad means everything to me. He’s always been there for me no matter what. We’ve traveled all over playing music; we’ve shared a few Disney trips and opened a family business together as our latest adventure. Through all the ups and downs, he’s shown me how to make the best of things. I am a better person because of the example he is, and I am forever thankful for his selflessness when it comes to his family. Here’s to you Dad! I am so happy you’re mine. Happy Father’s Day!

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Art of Healing Nine Lexington County high school students have received prizes and awards in the eighth annual Art of Healing, a juried art competition for Lexington County high school students sponsored by Lexington Medical Center in partnership with the Columbia Museum of Art. The students created drawings, paintings, photographs, and sculptures that depict their interpretation of healing. “Lexington Medical Center is proud to partner with the Columbia Museum of Art to give students the opportunity to express their interpretation of healing through art,” said Barbara Willm, vice president of development and community relations. “The creativity and thought put into each entry and their interpretations of the art of healing truly inspire us. Displaying their work at the Columbia Museum of Art is a wonderful way for our community to see how these students look at the world.” Art teachers from Lexington County high schools each chose one student’s artwork to enter in the competition. All artwork had to incorporate a theme of healing or health. Many of the students’ entries shared inspirational personal stories of family members’ health challenges and recovery. Award-winning, fine artist Michael Story judged the entries and selected the winners. n

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Lexington County’s Emergency Management Division (EMD) was created to plan for and protect the community against potentially threatening events. The personnel of this behind-the-scenes operation must be aware of and prepared for every possible contingency at all times. Bo Davenport, the emergency manager of this division, explained, “Emergency management protects the county by coordinating and integrating all activities necessary to build, sustain, and improve the capability to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from threatened or actual natural disasters, acts of terrorism, or other man-made disasters.” Specific examples of events that might require the oversight of the EMD include severe weather, a train derailment, a large fire, a nuclear catastrophe, an earthquake, or even an ordinary activity that might draw large crowds into the local area. The division’s stages of readiness are officially described as Operating Condition (OPCON) Levels, beginning with OPCON 5 when no crises are anticipated. The EMD personnel work 12-hour shift rotations, and pre-disaster preparedness is their main focus at this level, since they do not have everyday operational responsibilities such as emergency workers in other divisions of Lexington County’s Public Safety Department. This task usually involves completing exercises and training that will help them to address possible future contingencies. At OPCON 4, the potential for a widespread emergency has begun to develop. Thus, the EMD will begin to monitor the situation and gather information from 18 | LEXINGTON LIFE | June 2017

various federal, state, and local sources. After members of this division assess the potential risk of an impending situation, they will brief the director of the Public Safety Department, the county administration, or both. If a threat is imminent, the OPCON Level may be elevated to 3, and the leadership may choose to partially activate the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), a state-of-the-art facility that becomes a “hub for information and decision making,” said Wendy Jeffcoat, the deputy emergency manager of this division. After collecting the facts, Davenport explained, “We refine that information here through a plethora of electronic and visual aids to basically paint a common operational picture for the county leadership to better make decisions.” If necessary, they may then begin “assembling other assets that may be above and beyond what the county has,” said Davenport, a retired army officer. “It’s kind of a military concept of fixing forward. You want to get the assets, make sure you have the right thing you are supposed to have, and then get it to people who need it.”

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The OPCON Levels are raised to 2 and then 1 when an imminent event is unfolding; in response, the EMD becomes completely activated. Along with this division, representatives from law enforcement, fire services, emergency medical services, public works, school districts, the Department of Social Services, Fort Jackson, the State Law Enforcement Division, the National Guard, etc., may gather in the EOC. The type of event determines which entities will become involved. Additionally, relevant facts are shared with Harrison Cahill, Lexington’s Public Information Officer, who, in turn, disseminates these details through various media outlets to notify the community. The EMD also cultivates partnerships with charities and faith-based organi-

zations, such as the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, Sistercare, churches, etc., because they often help to provide relief when calamities occur. “Fortunately,” said Jeffcoat, “I think we’re in a society where as bad as it looks sometimes, when things happen, a lot of good shows up, so we have a lot of folks calling in wanting to help.” The EMD promotes another local program called the Civilian Emergency Response Team (CERT) that enlists and trains volunteers in basic emergency aid and organizational skills, so they can be recruited when an event occurs within their own community. “CERT training promotes a partnering effort between emergency services and the people they serve,” said Jeffcoat.

An online application for this opportunity can be found on the EMD webpage at Its website also offers valuable instructions for family preparedness, so people can know how to better help themselves during emergencies, and contains a link that allows county residents to register to receive notifications by phone or email when an event does occur. “It’s amazing,” said Cahill, “because to be in emergency management you have to have a sound mind (and be) calm and reactive, and you have to be a leader, and (Deputy Jeffcoat and Manager Davenport) are exemplary in those cases … and they’re flawless at it, to put it simply. It’s very extraordinary to watch them do what they do.” n



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Do you remember the last time you planned your travel vacation? Surely there were many weeks or days that went into the details of planning, changing plans, and not to mention the costliness of renting a vacation home or splurging because, hey, you’re on vacation. Let’s not forget about returning home and thinking, “I need a vacation from my vacation.” This year, how about trying a staycation? Staycations are defined by Wikipedia as, “…a period in which an individual or family stays home and participates in activities within driving distance, sleeping in their own beds at night.” Perhaps you’ve heard of people taking a staycation or maybe you think it’s a lazy excuse for getting out of a vacation. Not anymore! It is a perfect way to take a vacation while saving money and not feeling drained after hours of traveling. It’s also a wonderful way to explore your city in a new and unexpected way. One tip of advice is not to tell your manager you’re staying close to home. You don’t want to risk the boss thinking you’re available just in case. Take the vacation and stay far away from the office—and that means staying unplugged from your email, too. Check out these tips and ideas for taking a stay-cation in and around the Lexington and Columbia areas. You’ll discover that your city is filled with innovation and tons of things to do. Open your eyes and mind and get into a vacation state of mind. Family-Friendly Outings Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens is a celebrated tourist destination for locals and outof-town visitors. The Columbia zoo has more than 2,000 animals including a sea lion exhibit, 170 acres, and more than 4,300 species of plants, according to Susan O’Cain, Riverbanks Zoo’s public relations manager. After undergoing a historical expansion beginning in 2014, the zoo is physically bigger with even more fun.

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Zip the Zoo and Head on a Safari Zip the Zoo is a relatively new feature and another way to overlook the zoo and the Saluda River. There are two zip-lining expeditions with one tour for the novice and one for the more adventurous. What’s the difference? O’Cain says there is the zoo side and there’s the river course, which includes the zip line over the Saluda River. “If you decide to do the entire course, it takes three hours or about an hour for each course (done separately),” explains O’Cain. The smaller course is great for beginners, allowing you to get a glimpse into what it’s like. If you opt for the river zip, you’ll first soar through the trees and then eventually go over the Saluda River encompassing 1,000 feet of zip lining. There’s also an Indiana Jones-style bridge and cargo nets. Zip-lining groups include eight people plus the tour guides who successfully complete three weeks of training. Safety is top priority, as you’ll be equipped in hard hats and remain safely secured at all times. In addition to zipping the zoo, there’s also a Skyhigh Safari four stories tall, a ropes course open seven days a week, and Waterfall Junction with a splash pad for children, O’Cain explains. Columbia’s own zoo has a variety of activities—plus there’s the animals. The sea lion exhibit, which opened last year, has been the biggest attraction by far, according to O’Cain. Staff present training techniques and how they care for the sea lions a couple times a day. For more information about booking a tour or tickets, head to Have Fun Learning The Midlands knows how to make learning fun for children and adults. Visit these places: SC State Museum, Edventure Children’s Museum, Columbia Museum of Art, USC’s McKissick Museum, SC Military Museum, Lexington County Museum and Historic Columbia historic homes. Columbia and Lexington are filled with fun facts. Columbia was the first planned city in the country and the second capital of South Carolina, according to Historic Columbia. You can discover more interesting information by visiting and booking a tour. The State Museum is filled with an array of exhibits including a planetarium and observatory deck, and it is hosting the pre-eclipse weekend for the solar eclipse on August 18–21. On certain Sundays, it also has $1 days so you can have fun without breaking the bank. The Lexington County Museum is a tucked-away gem in Lexington. There are eight buildings on seven acres in the heart of Lexington on Fox Street with pre-Civil War history. Tours are available Tuesday through Sunday. Book a tour and learn more about the history of Lexington by calling 359-8369.

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Chiropractic medicine is a natural approach to healing that merges history, science, philosophy, and compassion. The journey leading to its mainstream acceptance and success was littered with hurdles, but its champions have persisted by perfecting their craft and presenting a service that is undeniably effective, sensible, and beneficial. Since ancient times, some healing practices have included the manipulation of the skeletal system to enhance a patient’s health and range of motion. The modern American practice of chiropractic treatment, however, is usually attributed to the ingenuity of Daniel David (D. D.) Palmer, a Canadian who immigrated to the United States in 1865. According to the University of Iowa Press, D. D. Palmer became trained in magnetic healing, an alternative therapy that was popular during that era, and opened a clinic in Iowa in 1887. Research shows that D. D. Palmer also had some knowledge of the practice of bone setting, a tradition that involved relieving conditions relating to broken or dislocated bones.

The turning point in his career is often traced to a particular incident in which he adjusted the spine of Harvey Lillard, a hearing-impaired janitor, and thereby released him from 17 years of silence. A year later, Palmer coined the term “chiropractic” from the Greek words “chero” (hand) and “praktik” (done). Shortly thereafter, he opened the first chiropractic school in America, and his son, Bartlett Joshua (B. J.) Palmer, enrolled as a student. D. D. Palmer later traveled and founded several other chiropractic schools throughout the United States, while his son continued to operate the original. B. J. Palmer endeavored to expand upon the chiropractic techniques his father invented and to explore the application of more modern technology (e.g., x-rays) in his approach. He was considered to be an expert in the field and traveled widely to educate others. He also founded several organizations that helped to legalize and legitimize chiropractic medicine in this country. Because of his influence, chiropractic schools established advanced training requirements, and states began to

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offer licensing to chiropractic doctors. Students of those early pioneers encountered serious opposition as they grew this field of study, but its proponents persisted, and by 1970, all 50 states were offering a chiropractic licensing program. Eventually, the Council of Chiropractic Education was established as the official accrediting agency of chiropractic colleges throughout the nation. One of the greatest opponents of chiropractic medicine was the mainstream medical community, but the debate between them was eventually resolved after five chiropractors brought a legal suit against the American Medical Association in 1976. The case was settled by a federal court in 1987, and that ruling was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1990. The outcome of the suit required medical doctors to associate professionally with chiropractors and refer patients to their services when appropriate. Today, Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) earn their right to practice by fulfilling several rigorous requirements. They begin their careers by completing at least two

years of prescribed scientific undergraduate work from an accredited college. This is followed by graduation from a four- or five-year accredited chiropractic school where they complete approximately 4,200 hours in classes, laboratories, and clinical experience. Finally, they must pass a series of four national board exams and then be state licensed. In 2016, the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards reported that more than 93,000 chiropractors were licensed in the United States, and about 1,500 practice within South Carolina. Estimates approximate that DCs treat more than 27 million Americans each year, and chiropractic has been ranked as the nation’s third largest primary health-care profession, surpassed only by medical and dentistry providers. Chiropractic treatment has become a popular choice in health care because it has been proven to be safe, successful, natural, less invasive, cost effective, and drug free. Lexington’s Dr. Shane Connor, owner of Collaborative Healthcare, has been in practice for fifteen years. “I have seen a great

improvement in MD/DC relationships in the last fifteen years. Chiropractic care is a viable scientific option for the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and is a front runner in health and wellness care. Today’s patients are very educated about chiropractic and understand the importance of its treatment before opting for shots, opioids, and surgery,” he says. This patient-centered approach focuses primarily on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on the nervous system and the patient’s general well-being. Many times, people initially visit a DC because of lower back pain, a leading cause of disability, but they also may be seeking relief for headaches as well as other discomforts in the neck or joints of the arms or legs. During a typical visit, a DC will listen to the patient’s concerns, perform an examination, and manually manipulate or adjust vertebrae or other joints to improve the person’s physical health. Additionally, the DC may encourage their patients to promote their own wellness by exercising, eating well, managing stress, having correct posture, resting properly, and avoiding unsafe lifestyle choices. Lexington’s Bigbie Chiropractic maintains that their goal has always been to improve the quality of their patients’ lives. “We know that there is so much more to health than just the absence of pain. We strive to help our patients reach their fullest potential,” says Marybeth Bigbie. Patient satisfaction with chiropractic care remains high, but DCs are not just popular with the general public. Both Olympic and professional sports programs, including all 32 national football teams, recognize the effectiveness of chiropractic treatment and use these services to address injury issues and optimize athletic competitiveness. Also, more than 60 military bases and some veteran’s clinics provide chiropractic care. Furthermore, most medical and workman’s compensation plans cover chiropractic services. Now widely accepted, the efficacy of chiropractic services is fortified by more than a hundred years of scientific study and refined practices that are substantiated by the countless testimonials of healthy and thriving patients—with both professional and personal needs—who have successfully utilized this approach to improve and enhance their own well-being. n June 2017 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 33

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Willie Crew founded the World Mission Center in 1989 with the purpose of awakening a deeper understanding of world evangelization and to mobilize Christians at a local church level. “At WMC, we believe the local church is the key to the realization and revival of worldwide evangelism. We believe missions should not simply be a program but the DNA and very life of the local church,” says Crew. In 2000, Crew and WMC started a nine-month training program in which 51 students were trained by international pastors, businessmen, and professors in theology, evangelism, character development, and church planting. The training was so effective that WMC decided to edit and codify the video lectures and place them on a portable format, which is now known as Live School. Live School The Live School curriculum now acts as a portable seminary, bringing mission training to believers around the world. The curriculum is easy to use and outcome-based, teaching character and spiritual

ment, foundational theology, foundational The intention of the media training is to missiology, principles of research, ministry equip students to be able to tell a compelskills, acts of kindness, and cross-cultural ling story that inspires action. These stories will be focused on what God ministry. The curriculum is Worldmission is doing within the countries comprised of 26 video courses of the world. The other major with 242 hours of teaching held ambassador component of the training is on the portable Live School missionschool outreach. Students will go on unit, which can be connected • two international outreaches to any television. The courses of several weeks each during are available in nine languag• the 10 months. During these es: English, Russian, Arabic, 803.781.5490 • outreaches, students will work Swahili, Korean, Turkish, Farsi, 229 Bookman with local churches to do evanFrench, and Spanish. Mill Rd. gelism, prayer ministry, and Irmo, SC 29063 discipleships. While there, they Ambassador School also will put their media skills The Ambassador School, a project of WMC, is a 10-month, full-time, to work and document stories of the believresidential school where students live in a ers there through photos, film, and writing. home together and are expected to share the responsibilities of cooking and cleaning, Apply Today If you or someone you know is interall while learning to build healthy relationships with fellow believers. Curriculum at ested in attending Ambassador Mission the Ambassador School is tri-fold: Students School, don’t hesitate. Spots are limited. will go through the Live School training Crew and his team invite you to give a program and receive training in the media year of your life to fully devote yourself to disciplines of photography, videography, understanding and experiencing God and editing, journalism, and creative writing. his Kingdom. n June 2017 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 35

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SKYSCRAPERS by Joe Zentner ow would you go about describing a giraffe to an alien being that had just been dropped onto Planet Earth (assuming the two of you could communicate)? To a ninth-century Arabic scholar, the giraffe seemed to be a cross between a leopard and a camel; a twelfth-century Chinese writer suggested a camel-ox-leopard mix. More recently, late actress Katherine Hepburn characterized the giraffe as a “creature straight out of Fantasy Land, a kind of land-based sea monster, a camel on stilts, an animal wickedly distorted in a Hall of Mirrors.” Some animals, such as an albatross, are distinguishable by a specific body part—in this case, incredibly long wings. What stands out more than anything about a giraffe (scientific name Giraffa camelopardalis) is a certain distinctive quality, more than any particular part. Everything about the animal is long. Its great length determines most everything about a giraffe’s life. When people contemplate giraffes, they typically think about the animal’s long, speckled necks. (Giraffes have the same number of vertebrae in their necks—seven—as people do, only longer.) The neck and legs make the giraffe the tallest creature on earth. It is striking, then, that Arabs chose to name the giraffe not for its neck, but for its speed; “giraffe” comes from an Arab word, “zirafah,” which can be translated to “one who walks very fast.” Remains of early ancestors of the giraffe have been found in Greece, Hungary, Spain, China, Japan, and India as well as Africa. Early written records describe the giraffe as “Magnificent in appearance, bizarre in form, unique in gait, colossal in height and inoffensive in character.” There are nine recognized subspecies of giraffe: Nigerian, Korofan, Nubian, Reticulated, Rothschild, Masai, Thornicroft, Angolan, and South African. Sizable giraffe populations are found today in Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, and Namibia. Males weigh between 2,400 and 4,000 pounds and stand up to 18 feet tall. Female giraffes weigh between 1,600 and 2,000 pounds and grow to be about 16 feet tall. Giraffes use their unique coloring to blend in with trees and dappled patches of light. Look carefully at the pattern of reddish-brown patches on the giraffes that live at Columbia’s Riverbanks Zoo. See how even the patches are? It looks like someone stretched a big net over the giraffe’s skin. This kind of giraffe is called a “reticulated” giraffe. The word “reticulated” means “like a net.”


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Giraffe Facts Giraffes’ long legs mean they take really big steps when galloping. A single stride covers about 15 feet of ground; when galloping the animal can reach speeds of 35 miles per hour. It is striking to watch something so big move so quickly. Giraffes move differently from other four-legged animals. They move the two legs on one side of the body forward, then the two legs on the other side. This keeps them from tripping over themselves. The giraffe’s high shoulders and sloping back give the impression that its front legs are much longer than the hind legs, but they are in fact only slightly longer. Because of their long necks, giraffes have big hearts with which to pump blood all the way to the brain. There are special valves in the neck arteries so that when a giraffe bends its neck down, the blood doesn’t rush suddenly to the head. When the head is raised again, blood doesn’t rush back down to the heart. Such rapid changes in blood pressure would cause a giraffe to faint. Giraffes are leaf-eaters. Their long necks facilitate reaching high into trees to grasp leaves. The stomach is similar to a cow’s, having four chambers that require the animal to chew its cud, which consists of fist-sized balls of food that are eventually regurgitated. Giraffes seldom sleep. In fact, they go into a deep sleep for only about 20 minutes every 24 hours, resting their head on their hindquarters. People think giraffes don’t make sounds, but they in fact can. It’s just that they do not often do so. The animals’ can moo, bleat, and

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Letter to a Young Man Dear Billy, You’re a young creative man. You say you feel lost. You can’t find meaningful work. You’re thinking about getting a degree in social media and working at a university. You want my advice. You’re looking for life’s fire. Go take a welding course. You’ll learn something meaningful, which is crucial for a creative person. Don’t expect your friends to understand. Creative people walk a solitary path whether they like it or not. Nothing creates one’s own internal sense of meaning like working with one’s hands. Maybe you haven’t thought of being a welder, but you’ll find good work in the trades. You’ll cultivate skills you can actually use to sustain your life no matter what. Few your age know anything of real value, and the time is drawing nigh where real value will be the only value worth having. Social media is currently a big thing, but it’s like a fart in church. Everybody notices but nobody believes it’s meaningful. Social media appears huge because it resides in the shallow end of the pool. Spend 72 hours in deep conversation with people who fix stuff that makes the world operate and you’ll discover social media contributes zero to the actual functioning of the world outside the circular circus keeping crowds circularly occupied. If you’re looking for meaningful work, social media ain’t it. The key is course-correction. Life is a river-journey, not a destination. I don’t know if you’ve ever handled a boat before, but straight lines don’t last long on a river. Life is a river if there ever was one.

Listen to your intuition and hold to the places you’re satisfied. Listen close to where you you feel like you’re dying inside and correct your course — these are stumps in the river to avoid. Your DNA contains the memory going back 20,000 years ago where a man had to venture out to find fire and gather food for his tribe. This was meaningful work. This ancient drive is often in direct conflict with “getting a good job,” which often means staying clean in a neat cubicle. Clean work in a neat cubicle is often a slow death in a cage at the zoo. The world as a living organism needs your activity. You are just one man, but the world is much smaller than you realize. Doing something that makes you grow is important to the world. Stepping out on faith that you’ll find the path is where the power lives. I know it’s frightening. Most people are scared of being scared. Venturing into the unknown is the only sure way to find your way. The worst thing that can happen if you take welding classes is that you learn how to weld. There are many best things that will happen, among those being you will create something inside that is much bigger than welding. David Clark writes and works If you are not finding new ground in Cochran, GA. inside, then you are dying. Dig deep. Connect with him at You will find the fire. n

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Dishes for Dad Banh Mi Hot Dogs 2 tbsp white vinegar 1 tsp sugar 2 carrots, shredded ½ tsp coarse salt 4 cooked hot dogs 4 buns mayonnaise cucumber, thinly sliced jalapeno, sliced cilantro leaves In a bowl, stir together vinegar and sugar until sugar is dissolved. Stir in carrots and salt; let sit 10 minutes. Place hot dogs in buns and top with mayonnaise, cucumber, carrot mix, jalapeno, and cilantro.

In a large bowl, combine orange Jell-O and boiling water. Whisk until Jell-O is dissolved. Add cold water and allow to chill for 15 minutes in refrigerator. Slowly whisk in vanilla pudding mix until smooth and chill for another 15–20 minutes or until it becomes slightly thickened. Fold in Cool Whip, mandarin oranges, and marshmallows. Chill for at least 1 hour.

Loaded Tater Tot Skewers bag of tater tots 8 slices of cooked bacon, chopped 1 cup of cheese, grated 1 tbsp ranch seasoning skewers Cook tater tots according to directions until golden brown in color. Once you pull them out of the oven, let cool for approximately 2–5 minutes until you can place them onto the skewers. Once on the skewers and on the pan, sprinkle ranch seasoning over each of the tater tots. Then sprinkle the bacon and then the cheese. Place into the oven for an additional 10 minutes until the cheese is fully melted and golden in color. Remove from oven and serve. Creamsicle Fluff 1 box orange Jell-O 1 box instant vanilla pudding 1 cup boiling water 1/2 cup cold water 1 8 oz. Cool Whip 1 can mandarin oranges 14 oz., drained 1 cup mini marshmallows

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