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In the midst of campaign season, Donna and I snuck out of town for a birthday-anniversary weekend. A day later we received a call from Miss Gail, who was watching Noah at the house. Our dog Biff couldn’t move his back legs and was in extreme pain. To make a long story short, Biff has had multiple surgeries and still cannot walk. We brought him home from the pet hospital for a few days of rest and rehab before he was due for another surgery. Donna and I were like first-time parents bringing Biff home, setting up his crib and living area downstairs. Watching my paralyzed dog drag himself around our family room with a gigantic smile on his face was difficult for me to process emotionally. Biff was glad to be home, and we were glad to have him home. Donna set up on the sofa and slept next to his crate, and I handled the physical therapy and diaper changing. We were a team, doing all we could to help Biff regain his health and hopefully regain feeling in his hind legs. Throughout this ordeal, both Donna and I were forced to slow down to make time to care for Biff. I started looking forward to my evening therapy sessions with Biff and Donna. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed those 45 minutes hanging out with my wife and our dog. We just chilled out and spent time together. It’s amazing how God provides unique opportunities for us to realize what’s important in life. Enjoy your Thanksgiving season, and spend quality time with those that matter most. Thanks for reading Lexington Life.

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Friday, November 2 – Saturday, November 3 Pelion Peanut Party 941 Pine St., Pelion, times vary Celebrate and enjoy the Princess Pageant, a craft show, parade, car show, military exhibits, peanut butter and jelly eating contest, festival foods, rides, and more! Free admission. Friday, 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Tuesday, November 27 Native American History Presentation Lexington Co. Main Library, 5440 Augusta Rd., Lexington, 6:30 p.m. Lexington County Museum Director, J.R. Fennell will discuss the history of Native Americans in Lexington County in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Thursday, November 8 – Sunday, November 11 Lexington’s Holiday Open House Tour Participating businesses, times vary Mark your calendars for the 6th annual Lexington Holiday Open House Tour. Start your holiday shopping with the 18 participating businesses. Visit for more info.

Wednesday, November 28 - Sunday, December 2 Junior League Holiday Market SC State Fairgrounds, 1200 Rosewood Dr., Columbia, times vary Holiday Market is the largest fundraiser for the Junior League of Columbia. Approximately 150 merchants from across the country sell merchandise during a themed shopping extravaganza, which includes a preview party, ladies only shopping event, and a children’s event with the season’s biggest celebrity, Santa! Purchase tickets at

Friday, November 9 – Sunday, November 18 M*A*S*H Village Square Theatre, 105 Caughman Rd., Lexington, times vary Village Square Theatre proudly presents M*A*S*H directed by Debra Leopard. Show times are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $18/adults, $16/students/seniors/military, and $14/children. Purchase tickets online at or call the box office at 803.359.1436. Saturday, November 10 2018 Christmas Craft Show and Holiday Bazaar Lexington Middle School cafeteria, 702 North Lake Dr., Lexington, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Shop over 100 crafters and vendors at the 9th annual craft show and bazaar with a silent auction to benefit Harvest Hope Food Bank. Free admission and parking. Wednesday, November 21 Thrivent Financial Blood Drive Thrivent Financial, 1909-C Augusta Hwy., Lexington, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. In the spirit of giving thanks, Thrivent Financial partnered up with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive and canned food collection for families in need. Hors d’oeuvres and beverage will be served. If you want to participate, email

Friday, November 30 – Saturday, December 1 Celebrate Christmas – Lexington Choral Society Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church, 5503 Sunset Blvd., Lexington, 7:30 p.m. Enjoy performances from the Lexington Choral Society in their 23rd consecutive season. Tickets available one hour prior to event at venue or in advance at Scott’s Furniture, Unisex Styles of Lexington, or online at Friday, November 30 – Sunday, December 2 Town of Lexington Snowball Festival Locations and Times Vary Catch Friday night’s Concert and Carnival in the Square and the tree lighting at Lexington Square Park; Saturday’s Movies in the Park at the Icehouse Amphitheater; and Sunday’s Christmas Parade on Main St. Free admission to all events. for more information.

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The Bible talks much about life, love, and the last days. As I ponder the ongoing turmoil in our world and nation, I feel the ominous pull of our culture into a darker place than any from my generation has experienced. Perhaps you feel it as well. Perhaps we are closer than we would all like to believe to those last days. It seems inevitable, yet many seem to ignore or be oblivious to the dark clouds rising. I remember a few weeks ago when we were told of Hurricane Florence’s probable arrival; it was a bright sunny Thursday, but everyone went out to buy gas and groceries. We acted upon a warning. We believed and prepared. During these difficult times, how do we stay positive and prepare for the future? I’ve had a sense of urgency lately and have been asking that question around The Harvest. And I believe I’ve discovered a helpful solution: To “have an ever-increasing faith in Jesus Christ, God’s Son, our Savior.” We find the confidence to face an uncertain future through strong faith in God. When our ship is in trouble on the high seas of life, we cast an anchor. Our anchor is an anchor of hope. A hope placed in God gives us the strength and confidence we need to face tomorrow. So, let’s do like Noah, the world’s first ship builder, and build a boat – a place of safety for our family. Not a literal boat but a life and home of strong faith where we can navigate and negotiate the challenges of life. How do we build that boat? I firmly believe it is time to return to faith in God, to re-engage my Bible, and to reconnect with the Christian community through a local church. It’s time. Maybe it’s your time? I’m going to get up off this couch, find my hammer and nails, make some plans, and build a boat. How about you? Follow Pastor Ken on Twitter at or @pkharvest

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As dawn breaks on the third Tuesday of the month, a group of volunteers gather at Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church on the outskirts of Lexington. Although their mission is sacred, it is simply executed. Together, they endeavor to reach the people of Lexington with spiritual sustenance by offering Drive-Thru Prayer to those who pass by. Loretta Gobbel, a church deacon and Missions and Outreach Ministry member, introduced the concept to the church after learning about it from a relative during a casual conversation. Researching the idea led her to a church in Tennessee that provided her with a how-to manual. “It seemed as if it had fallen into our hands,” says Ms. Gobbel, “but of course, we know it just didn’t fall into our hands... God was telling us that he needed us to do this.” When Leah Hall, another volunteer, heard about the new service opportunity in church, “I just thought…what better thing than a ‘spiritual food’ drive-thru!” Lou Hitz also volunteers; he explains, “It just clicked with me that it would be something that I can do, and I have always believed that anything like this has eternal significance.” Since April of 2018, a group of these missions-minded volunteers has congregated shortly before 7 a.m. on the third Tuesday to discuss their assignments and pray for those who are traveling on that day. They then take their stations: Some

are positioned along Sunset Boulevard holding signs, while others wait inside the parking lot for incoming motorists. At the head of the line is Pete Eckert, a church elder and member of the Missions and Outreach Ministry. Because of his above-average height, he can hold his sign high so that interested motorists have adequate time to change lanes and turn into the church’s parking area. Once someone enters the lot, the process only lasts about five minutes, so the visitor can soon be on their way. After being welcomed and assured that their requests will remain confidential, “We listen and then we pray,” says Ms. Gobbel. “Then, hopefully, you drive off feeling just a little better and stronger to meet whatever is ahead of you that day.” “We don’t get through this life without meeting hardship and difficulties,” explains Ms. Gobbel. “This is our moment to ask, ‘Hey, can we pray with you for a moment? God wants you to know that he is right here with you today,’ and he is using us as vessels to send that message.” “If you can’t stop, wave and honk,” adds Mr. Eckert. “It keeps us inspired and motivated.” The next Drive-Thru Prayer event will be held on November 20, 2018, from 7 to 8 a.m. Additional information can be found online at “If you have a church that would like to start a Drive-Thru Prayer program, we will be happy to share our manual and help you get started!” says Ms. Gobbel. “You can’t have too many churches doing this.” n

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Our hospitality coordinator Catharine Clark took advantage of an early fall afternoon and took a post at the Lake Murray Dam to chat with a few of our neighbors. Read on to see what was on everyone's mind.

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Wendy Question: How long have you lived in the Lexington area? Answer: I’ve been here for over 28 years now. I live just around the corner from the dam. Q: What are you most looking forward to this Thanksgiving holiday? A: I’m most looking forward to seeing all of my family and friends, hopefully being off work that day. Q: What’s your favorite Thanksgiving dish? A: I love the turkey. It’s always my favorite every year. Q: What is the one thing that you hope your friends and family don’t bring to the gathering? A: I’m not picky. I like anything…bring on the food! Pete Oswald Q: What are you most looking forward to this holiday season? A: Peace and tranquility Q: Who will you be rooting for this fall: USC or Clemson? A: Despite its previous losses to Clemson, I still gotta stay faithful: USC!

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Andrew Resendez Q: How long have you been living in the Lexington area? A: Since I was 11. I’m 20 now, so for about nine years. Q: What’s your favorite thing to do in Lexington? A: I’m kind of simple: I like to go to the movies, the parks, workout at gyms, run the dam…pretty much simple stuff. Q: What is your favorite activity to do in October? A: I like taking my siblings trick or treating; they always have fun doing that. Q: Will you be participating in trick or treating as well? A: Uh, I will not, actually. Asha Choudary Q: How long have you lived here? A: I actually go to school at USC. Q: What major are you? A: I’m a senior psychology student. Q: What are your plans for after graduation? A: I’ll move right on to graduate school…no break for me! Q: So where are you from originally? A: Greenville, South Carolina. I miss being there so much. Ellery Spalding Q: How long have you been living in the Lexington area? A: I actually don’t live in Lexington; I live in Aiken. Q: So what brings you over to this side of town? A: I just really like to walk the dam sometimes. My mom used to live out here, so I love the area. Q: What is your favorite thing about this time of year? A: I just really love fall. Pumpkin everything! Q: Would you consider yourself one of those “Pumpkin spice girls?” A: YASS! Pumpkin everything girl…pumpkin spice lattes, candles, food. I need to go have everything pumpkin! Q: Who will you be pulling for: Clemson or USC? A: Clemson all the way. My mom lives next to Dabo Swinney. GO TIGERS! n

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Behind the Cameras of the Morning News by Tyler Ryan

When you work in morning news, “You are kidding me!” is the standard response to the first question that is usually asked by a guest or someone you meet at an event or the grocery store: “So what time do you get up?” The second question is “When do you sleep?” An air of mystique has always surrounded news personalities, not so much in the actual presentation of the news but in what goes into it behind the scenes. For every morning news anchor, there are different responsibilities, routines, and even rituals. WACH-Fox’s “Good Day Columbia” traffic anchor and lifestyle reporter Natalie Parsons starts her day with an alarm pulling her out of sleep at 1:45 a.m. “I hit snooze as many times as I can,” Parsons says. After a few snooze rounds, she feeds her dog Precious breakfast and heads to the station. Her first duty is to join the rest of the cast, producers, and crew of the show for a 4:40 a.m. pre-show meeting, where they go over the November 2018 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 21

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show, talking about guests and stories of the day. After the news meeting, it is off to the traffic center, which also serves as the weather center, joining morning meteorologist Marina Neuman in prepping traffic reports and other content. Parsons utilizes traffic apps, the Internet, phone calls, and social media to gather information that will have an impact on commuters. As a traffic anchor, reporting on ever-evolving information, Parsons also writes her content and begins her reports, in real time, to viewers of the show starting at about 5:45 a.m. Between traffic cameras, calls to dispatch, and other information gathering for traffic, Parsons also produces entertainment segments that air in the final two hours of the WACH-Fox four-hour morning show. As with traffic, she also is responsible for booking guests and writing her segments. At 9 a.m., the studio lights go out, but Parsons still has several hours on the job to book guests, go into the field to shoot segments, and stay involved with social media before calling it a day in the early afternoon. Across town, New 19’s “This Morning” anchor Andrea Mock, a WLTX staple for over 11 years, has a different routine. Her alarm jumps off the nightstand at 3:15 a.m., and it isn’t long before she’s out the door with water and a K-cup. Mock explains that she and meteorologist Effren Afante don’t care for the “weak stuff” that others drink, so they bring their own or elect a large pot with a note warning of the stout joe. Mock then heads to her desk, where she reads the news scripts that have been written by one of the four producers, while putting on makeup. After going over the news of the day and putting her face on, at 4:50 a.m., she heads to the set, speaking to her co-anchor Brandon Taylor for the first time of the day. Mock explains that the time spent reading and applying makeup is necessary to “wake up.” Mock’s day is different, in that she

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Tyler Ryan behind the scenes the station and another round of reading scripts and putting on makeup for the afternoon show. Mock says that, although working two shows can be exhausting, “It is worth it.” As for your writer, my day is a hybrid of the other two. My alarm goes off at 2:02 a.m., and, although in theory, I like the idea of a snooze, knowing that I still have to get up means that, before the first snooze can go off, I am already up and in the shower, and within about 20 minutes, I am suited up and out the door. The best thing – or at least good thing – about driving to work at the early hour of 3 a.m. or so, there is very little malfunction in the junction, so often the commute is much less frustrating than the 8 a.m. ride in. As soon as I walk into the ABC Columbia studio, it is straight to the coffee machine for the first and sometimes second of about nine I will drink before 7 a.m. Because of the setup of the studio, I do get to greet my “Good Morning Columbia” co-hosts Claire Richardson and Curtis Wilson on their way up to the newsroom to also prepare. My morning routine is just that: As a weather anchor and co-host, I gather data and begin to create my story, which, depending on Mother Nature, can take up a good chunk of time. I also prepare for and produce the segments and interviews that I host each morning. At about 4:15 a.m., I record the iHeart Radio weather reports that airs across market stations and the iHeart app. Also at around 4:15, I tuck my shirt, tie my tie, and put on makeup and tape the Web weather segment that appears on the app and Website. At 5 a.m., the studio lights are on, and it’s time for two hours of television. After the regular morning show, it’s time for local weather

segments that appear in “Good Morning America” and a post-show meeting, where the cast and crew discuss the show and prep for the following day. For the next several hours, it’s a mix of meetings, speaking with community groups and schools, and preparing for the weather at our Myrtle Beach station, which travels from ABC Columbia to our station in Charlotte to WFXB. The final task in my daily routine is the newscast at noon, and at 12:31 p.m., my tail lights are heading down Main Street. Regardless of the station or role, the life of AM Newsers isn’t a 9 to 5, but, as much as they are different, they are alike and have a passion for storytelling, helping the community, and a solid love of good coffee. n

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Call 803.779.3070 to schedule an appointment. Downtown Columbia • 1920 Pickens at Calhoun Northeast Columbia • 100 Summit Centre Drive Lexington • 100 Palmetto Park Boulevard

California Style Mexican Restaurant by Katie Gantt If you’ve noticed Brothers and Beer, located in the Rush’s shopping center on Columbia Avenue, maybe it was the unique business name that caught your attention. Or was it the fact that they advertise their Mexican food as “California Style?” Open for almost two years now, Brothers and Beer is experiencing success and a clientele of regular customers who always enjoy a delicious, fresh meal, a selection of Mexican beers, and smiling service. Brothers and Beer is owned and operated by a duo of brothers – hence the name. The before mentioned selection of Mexican beers explains the latter half of the restaurant’s moniker. Brothers Genaro and Juan Jeronimo previously owned another restaurant in a small, Alabama town of around 2,000 people, but made the decision to

move to a larger, growing town. They decided on Lexington and are thoroughly happy with their move. “We have great customers. Everyone here is so nice; we talk to everyone and have a lot of regulars that come in two or three times a week,” says Juan. The Jeronimos believe their success is simply coming from the quality of their food and service. “We say we are ‘California Style Mexican Food’ because everything here is cooked and prepared fresh. This isn’t TexMex with canned beans and pre-made guacamole,” says Genaro. Instead, their veggies are cut fresh, their guacamole is made fresh to order in front of the customer, and that makes all the difference. If you haven’t dined at Brothers and Beer yet, the owners recommend trying some of the more popular dishes which include: Brother Fajitas,

Burrito California, Fajita Burrito Combo, Sizzling Enchiladas, and Camarones Flores. If you’d like to try one of their Mexican beers or a house made margarita, go by one happy hour from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. where you can purchase a $2.50 margarita or a $2 draft or bottled beer. Who knows, you may get lucky and catch the live Mariachi band that is occasionally at the restaurant singing to tables. Juan sums it up when he says, “We are the best, freshest Mexican food in town.” That’s why people keep coming back, coupled with the friendly faces of the Jeronimo brothers who always send their clients off with the salutation: “Have a good day! See you tomorrow!” “People love it and it makes them smile. So it makes us smile,” says Genaro.


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Lexington Brain and Spine Institute Proudly Welcomes

Johnathan A. Engh, MD Dr. Engh specializes in diseases of the brain, cranial nerves and nervous system, including brain tumors, gliomas, metastases, colloid cysts, intraventricular tumors and spinal tumors. Board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery, he joins Lexington Brain and Spine Institute to provide comprehensive care in the treatment of disorders affecting the brain, spine and peripheral nerves, including surgery for degenerative conditions, trauma and cancer.


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Keep Smiling all through the Holidays! Happy Thanksgiving!

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to all of the following nominees for Best of Lexington Life... Vote for your favorites today!

Deadline to submit votes is Friday, November 16. Winners will be announced in our January 2019 issue. Aesthetic Physician: Dr. Dee Carter–Living Well Family Medicine • Dr. Todd Lefkowitz–Lexington Plastic Surgery • Dr. Oliver Simmons–Simmons Plastic Surgery Aesthetic Practice: Columbia Dermatologist • Cosmetic Laser Studio • Lake Murray Contour Light Afterschool Program: Big Blue Marble Academy • Harvest Daycare & Afterschool • Palmetto Athletic Center Allergist: Allergy Partners of the Midlands • Carolina Allergy and Asthma Consultants • CENTA Medical Group Alterations: Jackie Lynn Tailoring – Alterations • Kimmy’s Alteration Shop • Zebra Cleaners Ambulance Service: Crystal Rivers Medical Transportation • First Priority Medical Transport • For Life Medical Transport Apartment Complex: Abberly Village • Lullwater at Saluda Pointe • Thornhill Apartments Asian Restaurant: Antai Asian Dining • Bodhi Thai Dining • Red Bowl Assisted Living Facility: Morningside of Lexington • Oakleaf Village of Lexington • The Village at Southlake Attorney–Criminal Defense: Burn Law Firm • Law Offices of Marion M. Moses • Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr. Attorney–Family Law: Cofield Law • Jewitte Dooley Law • Kinard & Jones Attorney–Litigation: Burr & Associates • Kirk Morgan – Walker Morgan • Michael Jeffcoat – The Jeffcoat Firm

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Attorney–Real Estate: Burr & Associates • Grier, Cranshaw & Cox • Harvey & Vallini Audiologist: CENTA Medical Group • Lake Murray Hearing Associates • Lexington ENT & Allergy Auto-Audio Installation: Best Buy • Ultimate Audio • Xtreme Customs Auto Body Shop: Baker Collision Express • Carolina Paint and Body • Gilbert Paint and Body Auto Performance Shop: Docs Garage • Kestner Automotive • The Muffler Shop of Columbia Auto Repair Shop (Domestic): Lexington 1 Stop Auto Shop • North Lake Auto • White Knoll Automotive Auto Repair Shop (Foreign): B & T Automotive • Das Autohaus • Eurowerkz Auto Service Dept (Dealership): Fred Anderson Toyota • Herndon Chevrolet • Jim Hudson Ford Bank: First Citizens Bank • First Reliance Bank • Security Federal Bank Barber Shop: Gilt Edge Barber • Lexington Barber Shop • Terry’s Barber Shop BBQ Restaurant: Hudson’s Smokehouse BBQ • Maurice’s Piggie Park • Shealy’s Bar-B-Que Breakfast: Café Strudel • Creekside Restaurant • Eggs Up Grill Bridal Store: Bridalhaven • Jo-Lin’s Bridal & Formal Wear • New York Bride & Groom Buffet: Eastern Buffet • Hudson’s Smokehouse BBQ • Shealy’s Bar-B-Que Burger: Kingsmen Que & Brew • Old Mill Brewpub • The Root Cellar Cardiologist: Dr. Amy Epps–Lexington Cardiology • Dr. Garrison Morgan–Providence Health • Dr. Myron Bell – Palmetto Heart Carpet Store: Door to Door Floors • Floor Boys • The Flooring Department Carwash: Frank’s Car Wash • Mr. Nick’s Car Wash • Sunset Car Wash & Detail Shop Catering Co.: Belly’s Southern Pride • Firehouse Subs • Hudson’s Classic Catering

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Cell Phone/Tablet Repair: CPR Cell Phone Repair • Grand Computers • PC Medic Chiropractor: Bigbie Chiropractic • Collaborative Healthcare • Old Mill Chiropractic & Family Wellness Coin & Collectible Dealer: Eclectic Collectibles • Gilbert Coin and Collectible Exchange • Golden Eagle Precious Metal Exchange College for Working Adults: Columbia College • Midlands Technical College • Trident Technical College Commercial Real Estate Agency: Exit Real Estate Consultants • RE/MAX Purpose Driven • Southern Visions Real Estate Cosmetic Dentist: Aesthetic Smile Studio • Art of Dentistry • Southern Shores Dental Cosmetology School: Kenneth Shuler • Lexington Technology Center • Paul Mitchell The School Columbia CPA: Dooley & Company • Rish & Enzastiga, CPA’s • Wayne D Corley CPA Credit Union: Palmetto Citizens FCU • SAFE FCU • State Credit Union Custom Home Builder: Epic Homes • Magnolia Custom Homes • Vesta Builders Damage Restoration Services: All Clear Restoration • Paul Davis Restoration • Servpro Dance Company: Columbia City Jazz Conservatory • Goins Dancing • South Carolina Dance Company Day Spa: Bella Riley’s Salon & Spa • Bliss Salon & Spa • Glow Salon and Spa Daycare: Big Blue Marble Academy • Learn 2 Grow • Windsor Academy Deli: Cribb’s Sandwich & Sweet Shop • Groucho’s Deli • The Deli Dentist (Adults): Dr. James Denny • Southern Shores Dental • Palmetto Smiles Dentist (Kids): Palmetto Smiles • Midlands Pediatric Dentistry • Sunset Children’s Dental

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Thank your for nominating me Best Home Owners Insurance! LARRY HUTTO, AGENT 5219 Augusta Rd, Lexington, SC 29072 • Phone: 803-957-0707 •  

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Come experience luxury living with Lullwater at Saluda Pointe!

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Thank you for nominating locally owned Midland Mortgage for best Mortgage Bank!

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Place to Buy Hardwood Floors: E.D.’s Interiors • Floor Boys • The Flooring Department Place to Buy a Motorcycle: Capital City Cycles • Jack’s Motorsports • Harley Haven Place to Buy Organic Products: 14 Carrot Whole Foods • Aldi • Lowe’s Foods Place to Buy Outdoor Furniture: Carolina Pottery • Lowe’s Home Improvement • Tropic Aire Patio Gallery Place to Buy Pageant Apparel: Catz Formals • Crown Jewell • Dazzles Place to Buy Paint: E.D.’s Interiors • Home Depot • Sherwin-Williams Place to Buy a Pool: Fasnacht Pools • Griffin Pools & Spa • S&S Pools Place to Buy a Prom Dress: Crown Jewel • Dazzles • Jo Lin’s Bridal Place to Buy an RV: Camping World of Columbia • John’s RV Place to Buy Tires: County Tire of Lexington • Discount Tire • Pope-Davis Tire & Automotive Place to Buy Tools: JP Shoparound • Mann Tool and Supply • Northern Tool Place to Buy Windows: Century Glass • Taylor’s Window & Screen • Window World of Columbia Place to Buy Window Treatments/Coverings: Bella Eleganza Window Fashions • Magruder Window Coverings • Sun Shades & Graphics Place to Sell Gold: Chapman Jewelers • Gilbert Coin and Collectible Exchange • Golden Eagle Precious Metals Exchange Plumber: Brasington Plumbing Heating and AC • Kay Plumbing • Cottrell & Co. Pressure Washing Co.: Blue Line Pressure Washing • Trey Mathias Pressure Washing • Palmetto Commercial Services Private School: Ben Lippen School • Heritage Christian Academy • Northside Christian Academy

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Thank you for nominating us Best Property Management! Est. 1990 ~ Real Estate Broker and Agent 430 South Lake Dr., Lexington ~ (803) 359-0793


Scott Properties of the Midlands The Property Management & Home Rental Experts

Over 500 upper to middle class residential homes to chose from Serving Richland, Lexington and Kershaw counties Scott W. Wallace, Business Owner (803) 951-0702 •

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Thanks for Voting me best financial advisor for 2018 Guiding You Through Life’s Transitions

• Investment Planning• Retirement Planning • Estate Planning • Insurance – Life and Long Term Care • Tax Strategies • Gifting Strategies• Risk Management Gary L Deese, CLTC, President Financial Consultant

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Grady’s Billiards, tucked back off Hwy 6 in Lexington, is a familiar sight on the daily commute for many Lexingtonians. But unless you yourself have a little hustler in you, you may have never crossed its threshold. Dark in the middle of the day, Las Vegas style, Grady’s is something of a rare find these days and in this part of the United States. It is an old -school billiards hall where you can go to find some “action” or “hustle some pool” – your choice of slang, both meaning the same thing.

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Crystal Lloyd, owner of Grady's Billiards a recent Lexington High School graduate of just seventeen years old. She learned a lot under Grady’s tutelage and became a reliable and dedicated employee and as time went on he also became a grandfather figure of sorts to Crystal. When Grady passed away and Crystal learned she would become owner of Grady’s Billiards she was only 21 years old. “I was shocked but grateful. I had a lot to learn about running a pool hall. Honestly, I wasn’t ready to lose him or own a business. It took me a few years, emotionally, to be able to go through his office and get things in order.” Now 28, Crystal has learned the ropes and Grady’s Billiards continues to thrive under her leadership hosting tournaments, clubs, and the casual hustler too. Regulars enjoy food, drinks, and community while The Professor himself can be found photographed and framed all around the hall, overseeing the “action.” n November 2018 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 47

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orky and Lewis Dyer felt God’s calling to be involved and help with the special needs community after having a son with autism, Lou. Jennifer Stoudemire, Corky and Lewis’s daughter, also felt God’s nudge to share her love for equestrian riding after her years of training and experience in horse shows. “My brother, Lou, is the reason we do this,” Jennifer smiles. “I would have gone back to showing horses professionally, but I know that this is what the Lord has put my family and me on this Earth for. God has blessed us with the understanding of horses and riding, and it is not beneficial for us to just keep it for our own gain.” Being faithful to the vision that the Lord laid in the family’s heart, Dream Riders was started in October 1998 at the beautiful Sunshine Farms in Gilbert, South Carolina.

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LOONEYS and INGRAMS from LEXINGTON spell “Li’l Entertainment.” You haven’t lived here very long if you don’t recognize those names; the rest of us know Sylvia Looney and Jim Ingram as pillars of the music community who have been treating us to beautiful music for their entire lifetimes. Now, the two have teamed up to form a piano duo focused on melody and toe-tapping rhythm and are enjoying just the kind of “retirement” they like best: performing for their neighbors with music everyone can love.

“We have known each other since we were students at Newberry College, many years ago,” says Jim Ingram. “That music education got us started on a road to careers right here in Lexington. Church music is a cornerstone, but we both enjoy other kinds of music and have been involved in it all our lives.” Sylvia chimes in, “Old-timers around Lexington still remember my mother Sal Elkins, who was co-owner of Lexington School of Dance for many years. I can’t remember a time when I was not doing music.” From picking out tunes on the piano at the age of three, Sylvia progressed through music training up through a scholarship at Newberry College. She was accepted at the prestigious Juilliard School in Manhattan, New York, but turned in a different direction and married Bob Looney instead. “Unquestionably the right decision,” she says. They are now celebrating their fifty-sixth year of married life. “And he has supported my music events whole-heartedly all these years,” she adds. For those who look to music for a form of therapy, Sylvia points out that, less than three years ago, she was diagnosed with kidney cancer. Her music got her through the grueling treatments, and she is cancer-free today. Sylvia’s résumé includes 21 years of teaching private piano lessons, organist at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church for 45 years, accompanist for the Lexington County Choral Society for its first six years, and many years as musical director of the Lexington Arts Association. Countless dance recitals, opera performances, and theater shows have relied on her talent and expertise. Weddings and funerals? Probably in the hundreds. Ingram also had legendary parents: his father who coached championship football teams and his mother who taught piano. Together they influenced countless November 2018 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 55


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young Lexington lives. Jim majored in piano and organ and built a successful multistate career selling and servicing pipe organs. After years of experience as a consultant, designer, and installer, he became founding president and CEO of Allen Organ Studios, Inc. It expanded to Atlanta and Augusta in Georgia and to Chattanooga, Tennessee; Jim closed it down in December 2014. His expertise includes not only pipe organs but digital keyboards, and he continues to work on a contract basis in the field of pipe/digital combination organs. Then there’s Jim’s wife Sarah, whose career was built teaching music in the public schools, along with joining her husband in recitals. Upstaging these folks might seem an impossibility, but the Ingrams’ spectacular house on Corley Mill Road commands attention. It’s been called their “pipe dream,” where Jim’s design talents went to work designing a performance space for their pipe organ. The church musicians realized early on that they really, really had to have their own pipe organ at home, and, when they acquired the

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number, but mostly it’s Sylvia Looney and Jim in the spotlight. If anyone doubts that musical talent runs in families, check this out: Sylvia’s son Robert is an acclaimed percussionist, as is the Ingram son Jaye, whose wife Lisa Ann teaches music at River Springs Elementary School in Columbia. Meanwhile, other son Blake Ingram holds a master’s degree in guitar and jazz theory from Winthrop University. Wanna bet what direction Sylvia’s two grands and the Ingrams’ four grands will go? For now, Li’l Entertainment occupies their energies. Jim and Sylvia offer programs featuring Broadway and Hollywood tunes, big band melodies, and some gospel and adaptations of the classical music that has endured through generations. Listen closely; you just may hear a two-piano version of a Brandenburg Concerto. They can evoke

"Church music is a cornerstone, but we both enjoy other kinds of music and have been involved in it all our lives.” the silent movies with a Hungarian dance theme; a medley of Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, and Fats Waller is a triple favorite at their programs. They like to appear at special events such as wedding receptions and company parties. Christmas and Valentine’s Day are holidays made for their gifts. Rice Music House, Richland Two Library, churches, and public venues all provide the right setting. Sylvia Looney sums it up cleverly: “I hope my tombstone will say that there is not a drop of talent left in me. That would mean I used it all up in my lifetime. I can’t think of a better way to spend my life.” Neither can we. n

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or the whisk. Putting your kids on kitchen utensil duties will keep the little ones out from underfoot while making your own cooking more efficient. You may need to provide a few pointers on the names of the various kitchen implements, but that is a valuable learning opportunity. The kids will learn some new words, and you will get the help you need in the kitchen. The kids can even show off their newfound vocabulary skills when the guests arrive. Table Setter Setting the table is a very important job on Thanksgiving Day, and one the kids can help with. The older kids can set the entire table, from your top-shelf China to your silver gravy boat while their younger siblings are busy laying out the silverware and rolling the cloth napkins. Place Card Maker The kids will need to know where to put all that silverware, and your guests will need to know where to take their seats. That all starts with the place cards, and the creation of those seating designations is a great art project for the kids. Just dig into your existing collection of arts and crafts supplies and let the kids go wild. If you need to restock, you can always stop by the craft store after you pick up the turkey. From the youngest kids to the oldest, there are plenty of

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was raised in the country by Joe and Pearl. They worked, were active in church, and came to ball games. They supported me every step of the way, which meant keeping an eye on me. Other parents did the same thing. These loving eyes created a tightly woven fabric, which is a fancy way of saying we couldn’t get away with anything. I was the youngest of four. Every teacher I had taught my brilliant older sisters, and the teachers had simple expectations: Score perfect on every test. “That’s what your sis-

ters did.” Today’s world tells us those expectations are too high. I was pushed to go for it and to use my brain. There were no excuses. I was punished for asking too many questions in the fourth grade. My teacher assigned me extra work, making me write reports and deliver them in front of the class. Luckily a friend of Mom’s gave us an old set of World Book Encyclopedia, which I learned to love. This extra work taught many things as I perused the heavy old blue books, and in reality only caused me to ask more questions. But it also taught me how

to write and to speak in public. I got sick as a dog the first time I drank beer. I can distinctly remember thinking while on all fours in the bushes outside: “This ain’t any fun at all. Actually, this is really stupid.” I had the same experience the first time I drank whiskey, except the lesson was twofold. I’d repeated the first stupid mistake with a stronger substance, and the fun was even less. This was a great lesson. I have tried many adventures, ranging from exploring the woods to starting businesses that crashed and burned, to touring the country playing guitar and telling stories. Some of my efforts were successful, but most could be called dismal failures from the typical point of view. In hindsight, the failures were the most important long-term successes I could have had. The boring world I grew up in insisted on using good manners, living a truthful life with honor while standing by one’s friends and beliefs, and doing the right thing when nobody was looking. We learned “His eye is on the sparrow,” which let us know that not only did God watch over us, but that one day we would have to give an accounting. The concern was to “fly right” by the old rules, and that to follow the new rules where “anything goes” was something only a fool would do. Nobody was unclear on whether they were male or female, and nobody discussed sex or anything close to it. By today’s standards, I had a horrible, strict, oppressive childhood with unrealistic expectations. But today I stand in humble gratitude and amazement at all the “bad and unfair things” I experienced. I have been blessed beyond measure, oftentimes through pain. I praise God for all the twists and turns. Happy Thanksgiving.

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Simple Thanksgiving Turkey Ingredients: 1 whole turkey Salt and freshly ground pepper Your choice of aromatics Butter Directions: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Pull the neck and giblets out of the cavity; ditch the liver and save the rest of the giblets for gravy. Dry the turkey with paper towels, then season inside and out with salt and pepper. Fill the turkey with aromatics like chopped onions, carrots, apples and herbs, then place breast-side up in a roasting pan and brush with melted butter. Tent with foil and roast for 2 hours (for a 10- to 12-pound turkey; add an extra 15 minutes per pound for larger birds). Remove the foil, baste with more melted butter and crank the oven to 425 degrees F. Roast for another hour or until the meat at the thigh registers 165 degrees F. Let rest while you make the gravy. Sausage and Herb Stuffing Ingredients: 16 cups 1-inch bread cubes, white or sourdough (1 1/2 pound loaf) 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter 2 cups medium-diced yellow onion (2 onions) 1 cup medium-diced celery (2 stalks) 2 Granny Smith apples, unpeeled, cored and large-diced 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley 1 tablespoon kosher salt 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 3/4 pound sweet or spicy Italian sausage, casings removed 1 cup chicken stock

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1 cup dried cranberries Directions: Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Place the bread cubes in a single layer on a sheet pan and bake for 7 minutes. Raise the oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Remove the bread cubes to a very large bowl. Meanwhile, in a large saute pan, melt the butter and add the onions, celery, apples, parsley, salt and pepper. Saute over medium heat for 10 minutes, until the vegetables are softened. Add to the bread cubes. In the same saute pan, cook the sausage over medium heat for about 10 minutes, until browned and cooked through, breaking up the sausage with a fork while cooking. Add to the bread cubes and vegetables. Add the chicken stock and cranberries to the mixture, mix well, and pour into a 9 by 12-inch baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes, until browned on top and hot in the middle. Serve warm. Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Honey and Cinnamon Ingredients: 4 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling potatoes after cooked 1/4 cup honey 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon Salt and freshly ground black pepper Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lay the sweet potatoes out in a single layer on a roasting tray. Drizzle the oil, honey, cinnamon, salt and pepper over the potatoes. Roast for 25 to 30 minutes in oven or until tender. Take sweet potatoes out of the oven and transfer them to a serving platter. Drizzle with more extra-virgin olive oil. n

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