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16 50 Dad recently had surgery to remove some cancer. I decided to head to Dallas to keep him company for a few days. During my stay with Dad, I was made aware that it had been six years since I visited him in Texas. Six years is a long time. I spent a considerable amount of time justifying and even rationalizing why it had taken me six years and a cancer diagnosis to visit him. After all, it wasn’t like I hadn’t seen him during that timeframe. Then I put the shoe on the other foot, and imagined how I would feel under the same circumstances. Ouch! I prayed and asked God for guidance. The next day, I did something I haven’t done in a long time. I apologized to my father. I told him that I loved him, and that there was no excuse or valid reason why I hadn’t made time to visit him at his home in Dallas. I told him I was sorry, and asked for his forgiveness. As we prepare to celebrate Valentine’s Day, I am reminded that family is love,


16 Everyone Called Him Griff 21 The Nature of Your Heart 26 All In! 31 POTUS, FLOTUS, and SC 39 New Year, New Coaches 43 Sleepless? 44 Lexington Sweets for Your Sweet 50 Is it a Cold or the Flu?

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44 and love is family. When we take the world God placed us in and simplify to its common denominator, life’s priorities become incredibly simple: God and family. Now that’s what I’d call a prime number. Happy Valentine’s Day to my family and to you—my Lexington Life family. Thanks for reading. Todd Shevchik

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Saturday, February 4 Pruning Roses Wingard’s Market, 1403 N. Lake Dr., Lexington, 2 p.m. Watch demonstrations on how to prune knockouts, climbers, and hybrid tea roses. FYI: Roses should be pruned by Valentine’s Day. Workshop/$10; receive a $10 coupon to spend at Wingard’s. Register online at Friday, February 10 Tim Tebow Foundation’s Night to Shine Harvest Church, 4865 Sunset Blvd., Lexington An unforgettable prom experience for people with special needs. Every guest will be given the true VIP treatment, including a red carpet entrance with paparazzi and a limo ride. At the end of the night, ALL guests will be named Kings and Queens of the prom. Space is limited, register today. Volunteers and donations are needed. or 803.808.6373 for more information. Friday, February 17 – Sunday, February 19 PetSmart National Adoption Weekend (NAW) PetSmart, 5135-U Sunset Blvd. Lexington, Various Times Attend NAW to give a homeless cat, kitten, dog, or puppy its forever home and get in-

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My wife and I were driving to Greenville the other day. She was on the phone confirming our meeting place with friends, and I was minding my own business, sort of. Well, actually, I was eavesdropping a bit, and, as she hung up the phone, I added my advice to the conversation. After a brief explanation from the one having the conversation, I quickly realized the partial information I overheard was just that – partial. I promptly withdrew my comment. ☺ I’m sure we have all been in that situation before, where we offer advice or an opinion without all the information. Many times, the real problem is that we weren’t really listening in the first place. Or we did not take time to really hear the full story. Nonetheless, my lesson and takeaway from that moment was to be a better listener. Or, better yet, become one who listens for understanding. Listening is the key to communication and good relationships, whether talking about our marriage, our relationship with our kids and parents, or solving issues with co-workers. We all could listen better, I’m sure. Listen for understanding and listen with the heart. Let me throw this in because we are in February and Valentine’s Day is near. Love listens! Truly listening conveys that I honestly care about you and what you are saying. It sends the message – You Matter! Listening to one another is the key to becoming one, living and working together in sync and for success. We also should realize that since God really loves US, He really listens when we pray. It is so good to know that when I pray “in Jesus’ name,” God hears me because He really loves me. And God loves you, too! He really does. So when it seems no one is listening, we can pray and know that He is listening and He will answer. That has brought much comfort to my life over the years. And it will for yours as well. Now, what were you saying? n

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Smokey Davis You’ll find Smokey Davis’ handprints everywhere in our business community. While the town of Lexington and Lexington county as a whole has been expanding rapidly the last couple of decades, this Alabama native has been putting his business expertise to work helping to bring new industry into this community. He loves every minute of it, he says. “I grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, and graduated from Auburn University with a business degree,” he says. “That’s what has always interested me, and in South Carolina I have found plenty of opportunity. It’s a wonderful place to live.” On legal documents, he has to be George Davis, but Smokey says if a phone call asks for George, he knows it’s a stranger, and he hangs up. “My parents gave me that nickname at birth, and I was never able to lose it,” he says. “They kept hoping for a child, and when my mother decided to give up smoking cigarettes, I was the result. It’s kinda my birthright.” Smokey’s career in the greater Lexington area has progressed through leadership with Junior Achievement, a program to encourage youngsters to embark on careers in business, and then into banking with the old C and S Bank. He was a stockbroker with Dean Witter Reynolds brokerage, and then moved into industrial development for Lexington County. His present title is: President of the Lexington County Development Corporation, which provides guidance and assistance for local efforts at bringing new business into the area. “We are under the radar,” is how he describes their work. “We assist anyone who is working for industrial development, with advice, maps, technical information, and in an important way, coordination with other such agencies in other cities and counties. Attracting new industry is a competitive environment, and we need to make good use of every advantage any team can provide.” This agency utilizes its low profile in such endeavors as buying real estate for a future prospect and holding it until the news is made public. It’s the kind of high-quality leadership that has helped Lexington County attain some spectacular success in attracting industry. Smokey Davis’s first wife Alecia died of breast cancer; they had two daughters, Carrie and Diane. He is now married to Donna (they met at a shag dancing class), who is on the staff at Lexington Medical Center. Smokey’s honors and awards sum up his story: secretary, School District One Board of Trustees; president, Lexington Rotary Club; chairman, Midlands Technical College Commission; chairman, Central Midlands Council of Government; member, Lexington Mental Health Board; member, Lexington County Health Services District Inc. Board; member, Midlands Workforce Development Board. n

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The kids in Palmetto Athletic Center’s after-school program had no problem speaking their minds on some of today’s hot-topics, including the President, love, and of course...invisibility! What makes you happy? Lillie: Ice-cream. Bryce: My sister. Ansley: My sister makes me really, really happy cause she’s always nice to me because she loves me and I love her too. Dash: Christmas. Connor: Staying home. Where is the most wonderful place you have ever been? Lillie: Disney World. Bryce: The mountains and I found like 58 golf balls there. Ansley: The beach where I found a horseshoe crab – a dead one. Dash: Maggie Valley. Connor: The fair. If you were invisible for a day, what would you do? Lillie: Sneak into my sister’s room and steal one of her things. Bryce: I would go into my mom and dad’s bathroom and get some of my mom’s makeup and stuff that I’m not allowed to use.

Ansley: I’m going to sneak into my mom’s room and my sister’s room and take my mom’s clothes – all of them – and I’m going to hide it in my closet and I’m going to take all my sister’s and then I’m going to have lots of shoes just for me. Dash: If I was grounded, I’d sneak into my room and play video games. What is a friend? Lillie: My friend is very nice to you. Bryce: Special. Ansley: Nice. Dash: Playful. Connor: Someone to have fun at the fair with. If you could be president for the day, what would you do? Lillie: I would tell everybody to give all their money to me. Bryce: Same thing as Lillie. Ansley: I am going to get everybody to get all the presents they got for Christmas and give them all to me. Dash: I would log into different accounts like SnapChat. Connor: Stay home all day.

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Few knew him by his given name, George Thomas Griffith. They called him Griff, and he passed away November 17, 2016, at the age of 74, leaving friends and fans deeply saddened. A gifted artist and musician, Griff left behind a generous supply of memories. Those who knew Griff remember him as an engaging, kind-hearted friend. Modest about his talent, Griff was more than a next-door neighbor to his Lexington friends, Jack and Becky Dinkins. He was a warm, open family member and a die-hard Carolina fan. “Griff was just the kind of friend you’d want. People gravitated towards him. He didn’t need to search them out,” says Becky Dinkins. Their families often met on the shore of their Lake Murray homes in the afternoons to talk and swim. Griff was the ultimate dog lover, being especially fond of Labrador retrievers. Two of 16 | LEXINGTON LIFE | February 2017

them, Miller and Beam, were among his favorites. “Beam taught our dogs how to climb a ladder!” Becky says with a warm-hearted laugh. It is not much of a stretch to speculate the source of the dog’s names. Griff’s dogs served as models for some of his artwork, like “Six Pack” and “Family Tradition.” His sister-in-law, Karen Helms, says, “Griff never met a stranger. He was a talented artist and musician who could light up a room. He also happened have a special place in his heart for peanut butter sandwiches.”

Renaissance Man George Thomas Griffith was born in Lancaster, South Carolina, on January 29, 1942. Not content to spend his life working at the Lancaster Mill, young Griff dreamed of becoming an artist. Providence intervened when an art teacher recognized his

siderable talent and provided free lessons. It emboldened him to pursue his passion for painting, which he spent years perfecting. Griff would become known for his South Carolina paintings; they depicted his love for nature. He favored landscape, portrait art, and floral water scenes, especially from Lake Murray and his beloved Charleston. A Renaissance man? Griff would dismiss the title with a hearty laugh. But it fit. He painted, wrote, sang, and produced award-winning songs. He played a mean keyboard and became an accomplished golfer. Griff was recognized as one of only three officially PGA-approved artists, sanctioned to paint at tournaments. An unexpected bonus: Griff was often invited to play with the pros. He was a shrewd businessman who sold his artwork at tournaments. And when vendors held their conventions during a tournament, Griff and his band, the Shatelles, were invited to perform. The trips became somewhat of a traveling arts show.

Griff (far left) and his first band, The Noma ds.

Griff also served in the military, worked as a welder and in real estate, and, in the early 1970s, he earned his bachelor’s degree in studio art. Griff’s first band was The Nomads. Formed in the early 1960s, the band was well-known in the southeast for Griff and hi its beach, boogie, and s wife, Don na blues format. In the 1980s, Griff rented a room for an art studio beside Mack’s Cash & Carry grocery store on West Main Street. In time, he procured the adjoining space for a recording studio. Griff recorded his 1998 hit, “Savannah in the Rain” in what is now the “Handyman Services” building. The present day M Gallery Interiors shop was Griff’s art gallery studio and frame shop. As a musician, Griff’s achievements were legendary. He won “The Best Blues Song Award” at the 1999 Cammy Awards for the song, “Bang All Night.” In November 2001, he won “The Best Album Award” for “Painted Blue 2” and was inducted into the R & B Hall of Fame. Known as a talented beach musician, Griff favored soulful blues music. His raspy voice and laidback personality were well-suited for singing the blues. “‘Savannah in the Rain,’ his signature song, was more than a beach song. It was a troubadour story, and people loved it,” says his good friend and bandmate, Richard Peterson.

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general manager of the Breeze Beach Boogie and Blues Radio Network affiliate WLXC 98.5. By then Griff had formed a new band, The Shatelles. The son of an artist, Richard admired Griff’s artistic talent. And Griff knew all about Richard’s uncle, an ace in World War II. The two musicians became immediate friends, and Richard was soon playing drums with The Shatelles. During gigs, they travelled on backroads through small towns, stopping at general stores where the locals gathered. Griff captured it all on camera to use for his artwork. Richard described it as a lesson in “visual literacy.” “Savannah in the Rain made its debut in 1998. It stayed on the Top of the Beach charts, running number one for six months. The song was even considered for the popular movie, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Richard is planning A famous line from the lyrics bea memorial came a catch phrase with beach music “Wake Jam Concert” fans. When someone asked, “Where are you?” the reply was immediate, to honor Griff’s art “I’m at the corner of walk and don’t and music this spring. walk.” Listen to the song, and you will Griff’s artwork will be understand why: it is lyrical magic. Richard was there for his friend as on display, and friends Griff’ s health declined and when he and musicians will passed in November. It is a deep loss. perform his music. But art and music have the power to heal, and Griff left plenty of both for his friend and his many fans. One of those fans left a heartfelt message in an obituary notice. “The world lost a true artist in every sense of the word. Griff will be warming up the band in heaven.” n

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e r u t a N e Th r eart u H o of Y S A Local Love Story

by Mary Ann Hutcheson

Jacob Frederick Wingard, eldest child of John and Sarah Wingard.

“My dear you have my whole heart laid down in this letter and what I want now is for you to state the nature of your heart toward me.”

aturday, February 22, 1845 dawned cool and grey. Thirty-four-year-old Sarah Moore Wingard rose early to begin preparations for the difficult day ahead. Her five children, from the eldest, 13-year-old Jacob Frederick, to the youngest, 2-yearold John Peter, slept soundly in their warm beds. The previous day had been a long, emotionally demanding one for the family. For weeks, Sarah’s husband John had drifted in and out of fitful sleeps. A burning fever, intent on consuming him, had created irreparable strain on his heart. Sarah spent hours at his side, mopping his brow and clasping his strong hands close to her heart. She read aloud from his favorite Book of Psalms and rested her head, soft as a feather, upon his chest, hoping to find solace in his beating heart. In the early dawn of the previous day, John whispered final words of affection to his darling wife. “Sarah, my whole love is centered on you,” he started. Sarah completed his words, “I remain your true love.” It was their customary and loving declaration throughout a 20-year marriage. And then, silent and still, Sarah’s dearest John slipped away. In mournful silence, Sarah’s son held fast the clock’s pendulum that would stop time and mark the moment of his father’s death. It was Jacob’s job to set the clock in motion again after his father’s funeral. The finality of the act was difficult for Sarah to watch. In shock, and dazed by her loss, Sarah approached the remaining rites of loss with a reserve of strength that surprised her. The women from her church family arrived to help Sarah’s mother Catherine prepare John’s body for burial. Sarah’s mother tacked black crepe on the front door and closed the window curtains and shades to alert the neighbors of John’s passing. The house was in repose, Sarah’s beloved husband ready for viewing in the family parlor. By nightfall Friday, the town carpenter had prepared the wooden coffin and grave for burial. Sarah and the children could say their final goodbyes to their husband and father at Saturday afternoon’s committal graveside service. Sarah stepped into the parlor. Her small gas lamp cast a shimmering glow in the somber room. She sensed her husband’s spirit and a peaceful solitude. Tucked against a far corner was a small walnut secretary desk. Sarah opened its bottom drawer, pushed aside stationery, ink, and a slender-nibbed pen until she felt the folded and fine-grained sheet of paper, translucent as onionskin. To “Ms. Sarah M. Effler.” Replacing the other contents, Sarah moved a chair close to where her John rested in repose and sat quietly before him. Nimble hands unfolded the love letter, and she began to read aloud:

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March the 22, 1824 It is with great pleasure that I take the opportunity to write to you again and to inform you that I have a greater respect for you at this time than I ever had before and hope it will continue greater to you than to any other. I have wished to talk with you a great while already, but it seems we can’t get the opportunity. My dearest love, I am sorry to inform you that very near all the family are against my visiting you and I know there are some in the family that you live in, are against it too. But don’t mind that, for they cannot keep me from you. Miss, since I made that promise with you that I would not walk with any other girl but yourself, I have had many chances to walk and ride with others, but I decline them all and it will be a great satisfaction to me if you can say the same. Miss, I assure you my whole love is centered on you, and I think you are the only female that can ever make me happy in this life. My dear you have my whole heart laid down in this letter and what I want now is for you to state the nature of your heart toward me. If it is your notion to have other sweethearts beside me, I will thank you to tell me, and if not tell me also. Dear Miss, if you please, state to me the secret of your heart which you have formed. This leaves me well and I hope it finds you well also. My Dear, I shall have very little pleasure till you answer me my request. I remain your true love, etc. John Wingard Above, actual letter, at Lexington Co. Museum.

Young Sarah had drawn an emphatic line beneath John’s name and then penciled a line of curled loops across the line. “Ms. Sarah M. Effler,” etched in John’s romantic script, was surrounded by a circle of large, whirled loops, decorated with multiple pairs of quotation marks. Sarah smiled at the sweet memory of their courtship. Divisions around the country when her John penned his love letter were already forming, especially between the North and South. Sarah was born and raised in Ohio. Her parents were adamantly opposed to their 14-yearold daughter taking up with the brash young 19-year-old from a small, distant Southern town. John Wingard’s parents, Samuel and Elizabeth, were none too happy themselves. There were so many nice young girls right there in the small village of Lexington that would love to marry the handsome John. But passionate, young love is rarely deterred by parental concerns. On February 24, 1825, one year after Sarah read her young suitor’s passionate words, the

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couple wed. During their 20-year marriage, they had nurtured a close, loving family of nine children. With tender hands, Sarah refolded the love note and returned it to its proper desk drawer, confident she would revisit John’s loving declarations repeatedly in the years to come. She turned to leave, her husband’s words suffusing her with strength: “I remain your true love.” The sound of her children’s footsteps on the stairs reminded Sarah. There was much yet to do on this cool, grey Saturday. n

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n Visit Lexington Museum to view the actual 1824 love letter from John to Sarah. n St. Stephen’s Cemetery in Lexington is home to Sarah’s gravesite. (Remarried some years later, her headstone reads, “Sarah Ruff.”) John Wingard’s parents (Samuel Wingard and Elizabeth Corely Wingard) also are buried at St. Stephens. n Letter writing was the given means of communication in the nineteenth century. Letters took weeks to arrive, a special hardship for the ardent young couple. n Envelopes were not used in the United States until the time of the Civil War. John’s letter was most likely written on folio paper, then folded in the customary three-fold form to accommodate both the recipient’s and the sender’s addresses on the front, like an envelope.

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First the test, then the information. This isn’t school; it’s a look at history. Test your memory on these questions; then read on for the answers. What “Carolina” president is claimed by both North and South Carolina? a. Andrew Jackson b. Andrew Johnson c. James K. Polk Who is the only South Carolinian to have served as vice president of the United States? a. John Nance Garner b. Woodrow Wilson c. John C. Calhoun Which first lady attended Ashley Hall School in Charleston, SC? a. Nancy Reagan b. Barbara Bush c. Rosalynn Carter Which president spent a year in Laurens, SC, as a tailor’s apprentice? a. Lyndon Johnson b. Millard Fillmore c. Andrew Johnson Which South Carolina woman served as official hostess for her father-in-law after the death of his wife? a. Ann Pamela Cunningham

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&South Carolina South Carolina’s Presidential Connections by Jackie Perrone

The Presidents: Many U.S. presidents came from Ohio and Virginia. Many vice-presidents came from Texas and Kentucky and New York. How many South Carolinians earned a place in history at the White House? It’s a short list. Barack Obama wasn’t the first White House resident with a “birther” issue. Where was President Andrew Jackson born? Both Carolinas have claimed him. It’s well established where he was born – just up in the air is how that acre of geography fits onto the map. Jackson’s birthplace is identified in an area near Lancaster, SC; but where the boundary line between these two states exists was in question at the time (1767). A visit to Andrew Jackson State Park, SC, will allow you to explore the question, but arguments still rage over the answer: Was he was a native of North or South Carolina? Let’s take the word of the person himself: Jackson stated he was born in South Carolina. President Woodrow Wilson was born in Staunton, VA, in 1856 but spent about four youthful years in Columbia, SC, while his father was teaching at Columbia Presbyterian Seminary. Woodrow may be described as a precocious dyslexic; his sisters tutored him in the reading and writing process, unknowingly coaching a future scholar, president of Princeton University, and the twenty-eighth president of the United States. The Hampton Street home where he lived during the early 1870s has been lovingly preserved and restored by Historic Columbia; it is the only residence of a national president open to the public in our state. Visit to plan your visit there. Another U.S. president who might be said to claim a tenuous connection to South Carolina was Andrew Johnson, who was born in North Carolina, spent one year in the town of Laurens, South Carolina, plying his trade as a tailor, and later moved to Tennessee where his political career began. Johnson had been a tailor’s apprentice in Raleigh, North Carolina, but apparently fled some disturbance there to relocate in Laurens, South Carolina,

until things quieted down back home. He was vice president beside President Abraham Lincoln, ascending to the presidency upon Lincoln’s assassination in 1865. The Wannabees: It’s not for lack of trying. The Palmetto State has never lacked for politicos, often consumed with national ambitions – even recently, as might be observed. Our current Senator Lindsey Graham, from Pickens, SC, entered the nomination competition to become the Republican candidate for the presidency less than two years ago, only to be eliminated by the Trump sweep. Another more-or-less recent candidate who stepped up to the plate but did not make it to second base: then-Senator Ernest F. “Fritz” Hollings in 1983. And then there was the indefatigable Strom Thurmond, who entered the presidential melee by heading up a third party, the Dixiecrats, and running as their nominee in 1948. His party carried only four states, all in the south. The Vice Presidents: The United States has not (yet) designated a Vice-Presidents Day, but if that time should arrive, where does South Carolina stand? Well, there again, there’s only one, and this time his birthplace is not in question. John C. Calhoun was born in “the Abbeville District” in 1782 and, by the time of his death in 1850, had forged what has been described as “a long, distinguished, and controversial career in national politics,” (from The South Carolina Encyclopedia, Walter Edgar, ed.), including two terms as vice president alongside two different presidents. His story bears some familiar overtones: in 1824 Calhoun entered the field as a candidate for the presidency but was swept aside by the populist surge for Andrew Jackson. Then Calhoun entered the race for vice president and won handily, serving beside John Quincy Adams, who had won the presidency via the electoral college, although his opponent Jackson won the popular vote. Four years later, the new team of Andrew Jackson as president and John C. Calhoun as vice president took office in 1828. February 2017 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 33

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tttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt Calhoun’s plantation home, Fort Hill at Clemson, SC, is our state’s only vice- presidential home open to the public. South Carolinian James F. Byrnes might be classified as a near miss. President Franklin D. Roosevelt uniquely was elected to four terms as president; when he was choosing his preferred candidate for vice president during the fourth campaign, Byrnes was widely expected to join the ticket, but political clout came into play. FDR was quoted as saying, “Clear everything with Sidney,” referring to Sidney Hillman, head of the powerful CIO labor union. Byrnes did not pass muster there, and Harry Truman was named instead; a few short months later he assumed the presidency upon the death of FDR. By such margins are careers made and denied. Byrnes’ stellar résumé includes U.S. senator, secretary of state, Supreme Court justice, and South Carolina governor – but never president or vice president. Let’s dub another group The Sidekicks. Besides their cabinet designees, presidents depend on advisers in the civilian world who may or may not hold an official position but exert strong influence on presidential decisions. (Think “Kitchen Cabinet,” as it was dubbed by John F. Kennedy.) Bernard Baruch was a native of Camden, SC, who rose to prominence in the business world and advised presidents Wilson and Franklin Roosevelt on fiscal and monetary policy. (He earned the sobriquet “The Park Bench Philosopher” through his habit of consulting with clients while sitting on a bench in a public park.) Ben Bernanke, a native of Dillon, SC, was appointed by President George W. Bush to be chairman of the Federal Reserve, our country’s most influential

policymaker on financial matters. Fred Buzhardt of Greenwood was special counsel to President Richard Nixon during the Watergate investigation. Harry Dent of Columbia held the post of special counsel and political strategist to Richard Nixon; his fellow South Carolinian Lee Atwater was political adviser to Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush. And then there are the… First Ladies: Our country has yet to elect its first female president, but a glance through the roster of first ladies in the White House yields a few South Carolina connections. Michelle Obama’s great-grandfather, Jim Robinson, was a slave at Friendfield Plantation in Georgetown County in the early 1800s. Angelica Singleton Van Buren of Georgetown served as hostess for her father-in-law President Martin Van Buren after the death of his wife. Barbara Bush attended school at Ashley Hall in Charleston, SC. Theodosia Burr Alston, daughter of Vice President Aaron Burr, filled the role of South Carolina’s first lady for less than one month: her husband Joseph Alston was sworn in as governor on December 10, 1812; on December 31, she sailed on the schooner Patriot from Georgetown bound for New York. The ship and its passengers were never seen or heard from again, presumed lost at sea. So what did we miss? You history buffs out there, let us know who else belongs on this – exalted? – list at jacper342@gmail. com. And look around at your neighbors. The U.S. president of 2050 may be that kindergarten student next door. Happy Presidents Day to us all! n





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For Chuck Byrd, Monday morning starts out like it does for most Americans, sitting around a conference table for a start-of-the-week meeting. These meetings, though, are not like most. First of all, they discuss which of their clients has died over the weekend. Secondly, this meeting ends with prayer. For the last seven years Chuck Byrd has been a Hospice Chaplain. All of the patients under his care have received a terminal diagnosis. This means that if the disease process plays out the way doctors expect it to, the patient will die in six months or less. It is a ministry unlike any other, even within healthcare ministries. A lot of people would feel ill at ease with such a calling. For Chuck, though, currently employed with Amedisys Hospice, this is exactly where he wants to be. Visiting people in their homes, offering prayers, words of comfort, sometimes even just a compassionate presence, this is how he has felt God call him to ministry. “I’ve always been drawn to pastoral care,” he says. “I just enjoy taking care of God’s people.” Not to say that the job doesn’t come without challenges. Hospice work can put a person into a variety of situations, dealing with all sorts of faiths and walks of life. The homes that Chuck visits can range from the mini-palaces of Lake Murray to cramped single-wides in the far reaches outside Pelion. You can go into a house so orderly and pristine you’re afraid you might break something, then the next visit you’re walking between nicotine-stained walls over floors so old and rickety you’re afraid you might fall through. The religious diversity may be more

striking than the economic. “Hospice really forces you to stretch your own faith,” Chuck notes. One day you might visit a Baptist, then a Mormon, then a Catholic, before finishing your day with a Jehovah’s Witness. But one of the biggest challenges is the emotional one. “There’s a fine line you have to tread. You have to be emotionally available to your patients without crossing that line where their grief becomes your grief.” For Chuck, the advantages always outweigh the challenges. Especially when it comes to how hospice ministry differs from church ministry. The politics that plague many churches is absent in hospice care. The focus, too, varies as well. Faith becomes boiled down to its essential elements, and what really matters rises to the surface. “People are more receptive to spiritual care in hospice,” Chuck points out. “People don’t play around with God in hospice. You get more honesty and sincerity when people are in that stage of life.” That’s probably why most people who work in hospice, not just the chaplains, consider it a calling, not a job. A different tone takes over a business when death is such a present and forceful reality. Or rather, when death is your business. The spiritual invades every corner of your life. It’s at every meeting, whether you pray or not. “God is bigger than all of us,” Chuck reminds us, and himself. Relying on that vastness is what allows him, and those he works with, to continue in such a demanding ministry, knowing that God is bigger than life, but also bigger than death. n February 2017 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 37

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to s e g n a h C g in h Coac s g in r B r a e Y w Ne ams r g o r P ll a b t o o F n xingto River Bluff, Le The one constant of football at any level seems to be changes in coaching staffs between seasons, and this offseason that situation has come to the River Bluff and Lexington high schools’ programs. River Bluff recently named C. Blair Hardin as its new head coach, replacing David Bennett who, it had previously been announced, is stepping into a new role with Lexington District One as district director of athletics. Lexington’s head coach and Athletic Director Josh Stepp resigned in December to join the coaching staff at Georgia State University; the search for his replacement is currently underway. Hardin becomes the second athletic director and head football coach for River Bluff, which opened in 2013. He comes from North Myrtle Beach High School in Horry County, where his team won its conference championship and finished its last season with an 11–2 record. The 34-year-old Hardin has 12 years of teaching and coaching experience, including nine years as a head football coach, and an 82–34 record overall, six conference titles, and two state championship appearances. He took the Porter Ridge High School team in Charlotte to back-to-back state title games in 2011 and 2012. Hardin’s honors include becoming the youngest coach ever to coach a Shrine Bowl team; Greater Hickory Area Coach of the Year in 2013; Union County Football Coach of the Year in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012; Southern Carolina Conference Football Coach of the Year in 2009 and 2011; and South Charlotte Sports Report Coach of the Year in 2011. A member of the American Football Coaches Association, the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association, Hardin holds a bachelor of science in sports management and administration from The Citadel, where he played on the football team for four years. He is certified to teach physical education in grades 6–12. “We are thrilled to have Coach Hardin bring his energy, passion and knowledge of athletics and football to River Bluff,” says Dr. Luke Clamp, RBHS principal. Lexington Life had a chance to speak with Coach Hardin during a recent visit to the campus to meet with the team for the first time, and he seemed ready to take on the challenge and responsibility, with definite goals and plans in mind. “First I want to develop a relationship with the kids, and I want them to get to know my personality as a coach and see how I coach,” Hardin says. “I want our program to be known for doing things the right way, taking pride in the little things.”

Hardin acknowledges that coaching is a balance between getting things done and enjoying one’s accomplishments, however. “I’m very demanding as a coach, but I’m young, and I have a lot of energy,” Hardin says. “I want New RB our guys to have fun. I HS hea d coach want to create a great , C. Blair Hardin culture with our kids and coaches.” Expectations for a new coach are always high, but Hardin notes that so are his own. “I’m going to have high expectations for our team,” he says. “We want to do things right, and I want us to be competitive—I have a plan, and I’m ready to get to work.” Football runs in the family for Hardin, as his father was a longtime athletic director and head football coach in North Carolina, and his brother Justin Hardin is currently an assistant coach at Charlotte Latin High School. He has also recently expanded his own family. “The school board approved me for the River Bluff position the same day our new baby was born,” Hardin says. “It’s an incredible feeling; I love being a dad.” Hardin is now part of the even bigger family of River Bluff High, and the overall Lexington sports community, joining his future rivals around the county in continuing the tradition of great high school football. One of those rivals will also have a new coach next season, but we do not know yet who that will be. Lexington High School’s head coach Josh Stepp left during the Christmas break recently to take a position on former USC assistant Shawn Elliott’s staff at Georgia State University as a running back coach. Coach Stepp had a huge impact on the Lexington Wildcats’ football program, both in success on the field and respect and admiration off of it. Inheriting a 3–8 program from 2012, Stepp posted a 36–17 record over the next four years and reached at least the second round of the playoffs each of those four seasons. Coach Stepp is a Lexington native, having played multiple sports at Pelion High School, and his attention to the facilities upgrades during his time at LHS, plus his dedication to the student athletes, their families, and the community are much appreciated and will be missed throughout Lexington. He may be headed to bigger things in Georgia, but he will always be considered one of our own. n

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Tried and Tested Tips to Help You Nod Off by Kristen Carter There’s no joy to be had from lying in bed feeling tired and worried when you know you should be sleeping. Sleepless nights result in daytime fatigue and apathy; you just want to get through tasks and go back to bed. However, if once you reach your destination you still can’t nod off, the whole cycle starts again. On these occasions, you need tried and tested tips to aid sweet slumber. Wind Down You might be tired due to lack of rest when the evening arrives, but don’t head for your bed. Stay up a little longer and gently wind down. If you go to bed early, your body clock might get muddled, and this won’t help you gain shut-eye. As the light falls outside, dim the lights of your abode. You are designed to feel sleepy as night-time approaches and the daylight fades. Artificial light can make you too alert to snooze. At the same time, adopt soothing activities to help you relax. Take a warming bath with a few drops of calming lavender oil and listen to gentle music. Set your worries

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Valentine’s Day is upon us and all of us who are coupled up are scratching our heads as to what we should get our significant others this year. While there’s certainly nothing wrong with a trusty box of chocolates, why not try a new way to satisfy your loves’ sweet tooth? Check out a few of our locally owned and operated businesses who are serving up yummy alternatives to standard Valentine’s Day fare.

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Chocolate Wonderland is one of Lexington’s hidden gems. Located next to Wings and Ale near K-Mart, this non-descript store front hosts a sweeping shop stocked full of baking supplies (think cake pans and molds of all shapes and sizes, decorations, etc.), wedding cakes and supplies, and customized chocolates. But be warned, these are not your average chocolates! Does your Valentine like to fish or hunt? Then surprise them with a chocolate hunting rifle or a chocolate bass! Or place your custom order – Chocolate Wonderland can make just about anything out of chocolate. Want to go a more traditional route? Treat your love to a dozen chocolate flowers. Owners Helen and Rick Kunta have been in business for over thirty years and attribute their success to a loyal customer base of Lexingtonians. 44 | LEXINGTON LIFE | February 2017

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Lexington Sweets for Your Sweet Menchie’s Kitty’s Korner Address: 5580 Sunset Blvd. Suite B, Lexington Hours: Monday – Thursday & Sunday: 12 p.m. – 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday: 12 p.m. – 10 p.m. Phone: 803-356-0643 Website: Email: Owners: Jorge and Megan Gonzales We saw “Fro-yo” surge in popularity a few years back and if Menchie’s Kitty’s Korner owners, Jorge and Megan Gonzales have anything to do with it, Fro-yo is a trend that is here to stay! They serve up sixteen flavors daily and over forty toppings guests can mix anyway they like. If you want to surprise your Valentine with something a little unexpected this year, check out one of their beautiful and delicious Fro-yo cakes (like an ice-cream cake, but with Fro-yo) or bring home your sweetie’s favorite flavor to-go! Lexington has shown Menchie’s a lot of love and Jorge and Megan make sure to give it back by staying super involved in the community. They frequently partner with the Lexington PD in fund raising efforts and have donated thousands of dollars to local charities including LICS and Toys-For-Tots. n

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Is It a

Cold or the Flu?

How To Tell the Difference by Carlton Ryan The common cold and the flu can have similar symptoms and appear. Most people with colds will get sore throats, while flu patients are both quite common during the winter months. These factors will only sometimes have this symptom. The sore throat of a person make differentiating between the two difficult. Each year, millions with a cold should usually disappear after a few days. 5. Coughing, chest congestion, and chest pain. of people who get sick with an upper respiratory These symptoms can affect both cold and flu sufferers condition are not sure if they have just a cold – or “Despite the because both affect the respiratory system. However, a more serious illness such as the flu. Fortunately, there are some ways to tell the two apart, simply by similar symptoms, symptoms for flu patients are more likely to be serious. A severe, hacking cough or major chest congestion is differentiating the symptoms. the flu virus and thus a strong indicator of the flu. 1. Fatigue and lethargy. Severe exhaustion – think 6. Fever. Anything more than a slight fever is barely being able to get out of bed – is a classic sign of the common cold the flu. Colds may cause weakness and mild malaise, are quite different. unusual during a cold. With the flu virus, however, high fever (above 100°) that lasts for three or four but the symptoms will rarely be severe. Cold victims The flu is a much adays is common. There is an exception to this rule will usually be able to stay on their feet and continue more serious when it comes to children, who frequently get high their normal routine while they are sick. For flu despite being sick with just a cold. But for sufferers, fatigue and lethargy are usually the longestillness — which is fevers adults, checking for a fever is one of the most reliable lasting symptoms, sometimes dragging on for two or one of the reasons ways to differentiate between a cold and the flu. more weeks. 7. Duration. Colds don’t usually last more than a 2. Aches and generalized pain. Alongside severe that distinguishing few days or, at most, a single week. In contrast, the flu fatigue, the flu is best identified by symptoms of pain and soreness throughout the body. These muscular between the two is can drag on for weeks on end (though in other cases it may resolve much quicker). This means that, if the aches contribute to the feeling of exhaustion important.” symptoms of a respiratory illness show no signs of associated with the flu. Headaches also are common, though this particular symptom is also likely with a cold. While some improving after a week or so, it’s most likely the flu. Despite the similar symptoms, the flu virus and the common cold bodily pain also can occur with a cold, it will usually be relatively mild. 3. Nasal congestion and sneezing. An irritated, stuffed-up, or are quite different. The flu is a much more serious illness – which is runny nose is much more common during a cold, though it can one of the reasons that distinguishing between the two is important. affect flu sufferers as well. Typically, nasal secretions will be watery While a cold will almost never turn into something more dangerous, for the first few days of a cold, before gradually becoming more solid. the flu can develop into bronchitis and/or pneumonia. Both bronchitis Sneezing also is typical during a cold but rarer among people with and pneumonia can require hospitalization and may even be deadly the flu. Nasal congestion itself can develop into infections in the in worst-case scenarios. This risk is why older folks, people with sinuses and/or the ears, which means that ear and sinus infections compromised immune systems, or those with lungs problems should remain wary of the flu. Everyone, however, could benefit from learning can be, indirectly, signs of a cold. 4. Sore throat. A sore throat is often the first symptom of a cold to to tell the difference between a cold and the more dangerous flu. n

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What Holds the Whole World Together?


asked Daddy why pecan trees died in winter. “They don’t die, son. Their roots are growing so the tree can grow taller next spring.” “How far down do roots go, Daddy?” “A long ways, son.” We found a newly fallen tree. I poked at the squiggly roots holding sticky red dirt. “How come it fell, Daddy?” “Because the roots weren’t deep enough, son.” One day I kicked the trunk of the shallow-rooted tree. I reached into where my foot had gone in. The rotten wood crumbled in my hand. “It looks like dirt, don’t it, Daddy?” In those days, Daddy was approaching 50 years old. I’ve never been 50 before, but I’ve noticed there’s something about living a whole half-century that makes some folks get jumpy about the end of living. I don’t know how Daddy felt back then about dying. Maybe my innocent questions helped him think it through. “Everything goes back to the dirt, son.” “Even me and you, Dad?” “Even me and you, son.” “Even the big pecan trees?” “The big pecans put down deeper roots.” “So if a tree’s roots go deep then it lives a long time?” “That’s right, son. But sooner or later we all go back to the dirt.” “How do roots grow, Daddy?” “The Good Lord makes them grow, son. That’s what winter is for.” I already knew about the North Star. I knew if a person faced north and walked to the right, he would end up in Savannah. If he walked left instead of right, he’d still find an ocean. Since all oceans joined together, he could swim around to Savannah after all – it would just take a little longer. I knew the world was round. I knew a person could reach China if he journeyed far enough – China was on the way to Savannah. The main thing was finding something one could be sure of. A lost person just had to wait until it got good and dark to find his way. That’s why north was important, because that old North Star never moved. So I had already thought about walking around the whole wide world. I knew when I did I would see China. But tree roots knew something I hadn’t thought about. “How far down do roots go, Daddy?” “I reckon if a tree lives long enough, the roots go clear through to China.” I started digging that afternoon. I thought about old Chinese tree roots meeting up with our old Georgia pecan tree roots. I remembered the fallen tree’s tangled roots holding the dirt. Right then I knew it was roots that held the whole wide world together. Roots grow deep while the winds blow cold, growing through their parents, and deep into where their parent’s roots had grown. I wondered how the Lord made tree roots grow. I wondered why the old North Star never David Clark writes and works moved. And I wondered how long before I’d in Cochran, GA. make it to China using Mama’s favorite tea-stirConnect with him at ring spoon. n

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Cupid Cuisine of the steak is rolled up. Heat a pan with olive oil and place steak in the pan cooking for approximately 1–2 minutes per side. Let steak rest for 5 minutes then serve.

Balsamic Steak Roll Ups (Serves 4) 1½ lbs. flank steak or sirloin steak ½ c aged balsamic vinegar 1 lb asparagus 2–3 carrots Olive oil Salt Pepper Cut steak into 3-inch wide strips. Place each piece between two pieces of plastic wrap, and use a mallet to pound the meat into ¼-inch thick slices. Place steak into a re-sealable container with the aged balsamic vinegar and let sit for 1–2 hours. Remove steak from container and salt and pepper each piece. Trim the asparagus and wrap the whole bunch in a damp paper towel and then microwave for 2 minutes to partially cook it. Cut the carrots into matchstick pieces. Lay the vegetables on a slice of steak and roll it up around them. Use a toothpick to secure the steak. Repeat until all

Melting Potatoes (Serves 4) 1½ pounds yellow potatoes, peeled and sliced 1-inch thick 4 tbs. butter, melted 1 tsp. thyme, chopped Salt and pepper 1 cup chicken broth or vegetable broth 1 tbs. lemon juice 2 garlic cloves, lightly crushed and peeled

Using a stand mixer combine the red velvet cake mix, oil, water, and egg until no dry lumps appear. Pour the red sugar crystals into a bowl. Scoop 1½ to 2 tbsp.-sized cookie balls. Roll cookie dough balls individually in the red sugar crystals and place them a few inches apart on a prepared baking sheet with parchment paper. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 8 to 10 minutes. Immediately press a chocolate kiss in the center of each warm cookie gently.

Toss the potatoes in the mixture of the butter, thyme, salt and pepper, arrange in a single layer in a baking pan and bake in a preheated 500F over on the top-middle rack until golden brown, about 10–15 minutes, per side. Flip the potatoes again, add the broth, lemon juice and garlic, and roast for another 10 minutes. Red Velvet Blossom Cookies (makes 2 dozen cookies) 1 box red velvet cake mix (16.5 oz) ¼ cup water ¼ cup oil 1 large egg 1 jar red sugar crystals (2.25 oz) Hershey Kisses (approximately 24)

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