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10 Midsummer Festival 14 The Musical Ladder System® 16 Best of Lexington Life 2017 Nominees 28 2016 High School Football Preview 42 Vaping A Hot Topic 48 Serving Lexington

Columns 8 Faith Matters 61 David Clark


14 Three years ago when I heard that River Bluff High School had hired head football coach David Bennett from Coastal Carolina University, I couldn’t figure out why he’d want to take the job. After all, he helped launch a successful Division 1-AA football program at Coastal. Why would he come to Lexington to coach high school football? Turns out I had it all wrong. David Bennett did not come here to coach football. He came here to help raise quality young people in our community. Lewis Simpkins was one of these young men. Much has been made of his football prowess, but that was the least of big Lewis’s attributes. Dig a little deeper and listen to those who knew him best—his friends, coaches, teachers, and family members. Lewis was a positive person, enjoyable to be around. Nothing showcases that better than the picture of Lewis with his friends and coaches on page 32 of the magazine. I’ve spent a lot of time looking at that photo, and each time I see something different. Once again, we express our sympathy to the Simpkins family. The River Bluff and larger Midlands community are still in shock about Lewis. Many of the kids had never experienced the death of someone they knew, much less one of their fellow classmates. As the saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child. I am so thankful that David

Bennett, Chris Wooten, Luke Clamp, and the River Bluff coaching staff live in our little village of Lexington. Several members of the football team gathered at the Topspin pool on the Saturday before Lewis’s funeral. An impromptu baptism occurred, and 10 players were baptized. My son Joey was one of those ten young men. Afterwards I asked why he decided to get baptized again. He looked me straight in the eye and said, “I just wanted to be sure, Dad.” Somewhere in the heavens, Lewis smiled.

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Departments 5 From the Publisher 7 Events 12 Lexington Leader 57 Faith in Action 63 Spice of Life

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RETRACTION In the May 2016 issue of Lexington Life we published “Fountain of Youth,” an article on the regenerative stem cell therapy now being offered at Collaborative Healthcare. In the article we stated that stem cell therapy is “FDA-approved”, when the proper terminology is actually “FDA-regulated.”

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Saturday, September 10th LICS Farm to Table Dinner Dinner seatings at 6 p.m. & 8 p.m., 382 Olde Farm Road, Lexington Enjoy an exclusive, intimate setting at the Clinton Sease Farm and locally-sourced courses prepared by The Farmer’s Shed. Entertainment by The Reggie Sullivan Band and beverages provided by Krafty Draft. Event sponsored by Kent Collins Law Firm. Tickets are $85 each at All proceeds benefit LICS. Saturday, September 10th 2016 Midlands Walk to Defeat ALS 9 a.m., Canal & Riverfront Park, 312 Laurel Street, Columbia MCEC is a corporate sponsor for the 2016 Midlands Walk to Defeat ALS, and your participation is imperative to its success! 1 and 3 mile options. Check in at 9 a.m.; walk starts at 10 a.m. To register, visit

advance, $30 at the door. Last call for food at 4 p.m. Register at Saturday & Sunday, October 1st & 2nd Skirmishes For Lexington 10 a.m. - 6 p.m, Clinton Sease Farm, 404 Olde Farm Road, Lexington Experience an American Civil War living history and reenactment. See representations of the Skirmishes of Red Bank Creek & the Two League Crossroads Battle. Enjoy a hayride, displays of uniforms and weapons, a history of the Carolina’s Campaign, and drill demonstrations throughout the day. Contact the Clinton Sease Farm at 803-730-2863 or Captain Keith Robison at johnnyreb6@ or 803-394-9487 for more information.

Thursday, September 22nd Girls’ Night Out at Wingard’s 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Wingard’s Market, 1403 N. Lake Drive, Lexington Ladies, head to Wingard’s Girls’ Night Out to relax, enjoy the flowers, sip some wine and nibble on hors d’oeuvres. There will be a craft for you to make and take home, as well as a guest speaker explaining how food choices can contribute to relieving stress levels. Gather a group of friends, or go by yourself and meet new ones. Register at Saturday, September 24th 1st Annual Oyster Roast 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Harley-Haven, 941 Western Ln., Irmo SC Autism Society is hosting their first annual Oyster Roast. Proceeds for this event go toward summer camp for individuals with autism. This event will feature live music by Full Throttle Band and outstanding door prizes including a brand new PS4. Guests are automatically entered to win door prizes with purchase of food. Hamburgers and hot dogs will also be available. $25 in Submit your event info five weeks in advance to Events will be included as space permits.


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The other morning, on my day off, I was up early and washing our cars before the heat became prohibitive. My goal was to try out some new tire wash I had recently purchased. So I read the directions and tackled the first car. I wet the tires, applied the spray, rinsed it off, and … super! Good job! Now, on to the second car. After a couple of tires, I noticed things were different. The spray just wasn’t working as well. As I approached the third tire, I realized what was wrong. I had forgotten to wet the tire first! Oh no! So, after trying again, guess what? Yep, that was the problem. I had skipped a step in the process. That is when I learned my lesson for the day. When it comes to relationships and having success in communication, we often skip one of the key first steps. We often try to repair and reconcile relationships with words like “I love you,” “I care about you,” and “I’m sorry I hurt you” before we apply forgiveness and remove anger and bitterness from our hearts. You see, when we hold resentments toward others, we stifle the flow of genuine love and concern. At The Harvest, where I pastor, I often say: “You cannot redeem what you hate.” When we hate or have strong dislike and ill feelings toward someone, it is impossible to fully redeem the friendship. Why? Because our hate and hurt stand in the way of reconciliation. So let’s not forget the first step in showing genuine love and concern, which is to remove the hurt and anger of past situations and conversations. Of course, we often can’t do this on our own because the pain is too deep. But Jesus can heal our hearts and help us find the grace and power to forgive! Once we have forgiven and let go of our desire to get pay back and revenge, our approach is with an open heart and not a clinched fist. Amen? Now, where’s that water hose? I have another tire to wash! n

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2016 Midsummer Festival Lexington’s second annual Midsummer Festival, hosted by Lexington Presbyterian Church featured music by roots and bluegrass star, Sierra Hull (with Justin Moses and Ethan Jodziewicz), 14-time GRAMMY® winner Ron Block of Alison Krauss and Union Station, two-time GRAMMY® nominee Cindy Morgan, and Americana trio My Soul Among Lions. All the best local food trucks lined up around the front yard of Lexington Presbyterian: The Belgian Waffle Truck, Lowcountry Lobster, The Wurst Wagen, Pawleys Front Porch, The Wolf Pizza Co and Kona Ice Columbia SC. People came out in droves to hear amazing, wholesome music, eat great food, and enjoy friendship and fellowship. Events like these add unique texture to Lexington and help make Lexington great.


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Debee Early As she steps down from her role with LRADAC, Debee Early wants to leave one special impression behind: “Take care of our children and teens.” This Lexington community leader has spent her career coordinating with children, parents, law enforcement, community organizations, and medical personnel to combat the scourge of drug and alcohol addiction she has seen ruin so many lives. “If we can prevent the youth from getting involved with drugs and alcohol, then chances are better that not as many adults over 21 will start down that road,” she says. “Everyone who has influence over children can help with the fight.” Early retired in August from her position as vice president of community services at Lexington Rehabilitation Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council (LRADAC). She has worked as a counsellor and administrator in this field ever since graduating from Columbia College and knows how crucial it is for the entire community to take an active role in prevention and in directing our youth onto constructive paths. “Everyone has a part to play,” she says. LRADAC focuses on more than the prevention of addiction. It offers resources for counselling, treatment, and information to anyone struggling with addiction as well as community efforts including speakers and organizers. “The schools are crucial,” Early says. Churches and other community groups help as well. Early’s contributions to a better community have not gone unnoticed. She received the N. Peter Johnson Prevention Professional of the Year Award and has been recognized by the Richland One Community Coalition, the Project CARE Coalition, and the Law Enforcement Advisory Council. She served twice as president of the South Carolina Association of Prevention Professionals and Advocates and once of the U.S. Naval Academy Parents Club; she was also chair of the Certification Commission at LRADAC. Like so many others in our diverse community, Early was an “Army brat,” living in a variety of places in the U.S. and overseas. She was 18 when her father left the military and took a position as city manager in Winnsboro, South Carolina. “I moved from San Francisco to Winnsboro,” she laughs. “Culture shock.” She’s been in the Midlands ever since. With her husband Walter, a retired insurance agent, she is looking forward to some leisure time in retirement. “I’m already into quilting and knitting,” she says. “And we like to travel.” Their son Sanders lives in Columbia with his wife and three sons, and their daughter Sarah, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, lives in Washington state. n 12 | LEXINGTON LIFE | September 2016

Musical Ladder® System M Goes from the Lexington School of Music

on Barr Road to worldwide use!

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arty Fort has been a major force in the local music education scene for over a decade as owner and Director of Lexington School of Music and Columbia Arts Academy. Ever the entrepreneur, he is now taking his passion for teaching music worldwide with his invention of the patent pending “Musical Ladder System®.” It’s a student achievement system that rewards students with really cool colored wristbands when they past a test in their lessons and subsequently get promoted to the next level of the system. With each passing lesson they also get a certificate and at some levels they receive trophies. The system is being used by music schools all over the world and students are responding beautifully! Fort was inspired to create the system to reward and motivate students at his own schools, but received encouragement to market the Musical Ladder System® to the masses by a big name in

neurship. Fort was at the Inc. Magazine, GroCo conference in Nashville when he ran into Mark Cuban. Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks and a celebrity judge on ABC’s Shark Tank, had just given a speech at the conference. Fort recalls: “I’ve always been a huge Shark Tank and Mark Cuban fan. He’s very direct and to the point and has his hands in numerous businesses including music and cable TV. I was nervous to approach Cuban but I knew this was my one shot. He was taking photos with conference attendees in the lobby; I went up to him and at first he was understandably stand offish. But once I mentioned that I watch his cable channel AXS TV often and his show, “The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands,” he really warmed up. We talked about the show and Gene Simmons, but knowing my time was limited, I showed him a screenshot of the Musical Ladder System®. When Cuban saw it, his eyes lit up and he seemed to be really

excited about saying he thought it was a great idea. Then he gave me a Shark Tank moment of my own. He told me that I needed to patent the system and license it to others. I had only designed the system for my own schools use, but that lightbulb came on when he was able to take my concept to a bigger picture idea.” Since that fateful encounter,

Fort took Cuban’s advice and ran with it. He has received a federal trademark for the system as well as a patent pending status in the US and Canada. In just six months, the program has officially been licensed to seventy three music schools in the US, Canada, and Australia. He has gotten tons of great success stories and testimonials about music students practicing more and breaking through challenges, about proud parents, and about very happy music school licensees who are improving their business sales and operations. The system has grown so much in a short amount of time that Fort has had to hire three full time employees at his newly opened Irmo office to facilitate customer service orders and has “basically become a full blown trophy manufacturing company in order to service our licensees with a full line of engraving and trophy equipment” he says. Fort’s vision continues to expand as he has recently hired a consulting firm in Denver to create a Musical Ladder System® Parent Portal. Through the Parent Portal, parents and students would be able to log in and see what their upcoming tests are, what level they’re currently at, access lesson notes, and more. He is also hosting a national Musical Ladder System® contest where students will submit videos explaining what the system means to them. The winning student will win $1,000 and their music school will win $5,000 for business improvements. It’s hard to keep up with all of the new developments in Fort’s corner of the world, but we are so happy to have him and his vision for music education right here in Lexington. We look forward to staying tuned because who knows what could be next! n

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about the Lexington School of Music and the Musical Ladder System® visit or call the school directly at 803-996-0623. You can also stop by in person for a tour 7 days a week as they’d love to see you: 226 Barr Road, Lexington, SC 29072 September 2016 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 15

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“It’s one of the toughest regions in the state, week in and week out.” The most successful local program last season was the Lexington Wildcats, who bounced back from the split that formed River Bluff High School two years ago to have a banner year—13 consecutive wins (a new school record), two losses, Region 5-AAAA championship, and Division II runner-up made it a special year for the Wildcats. This year, Coach Josh Stepp has a great crew of returning starters. On offense, watch for wide receivers Oscar Ferguson, Dai’Quan Wells, and Jackson Ward; on the line will be center Jackson Ward, right guard Hunter Blackmon, right tackle Cameron Williams, and left guard Andrew Storey. On defense, the Wildcats will look to linebacker Jake Samples, free safety Eric Ricker, Dai’Quan Wells doing double duty as a defensive back, and Matthew Boring and Jaylen McCoy on the defensive line. “Offensively we will do what we always do: a spread, no huddle, fast-paced offense,” Coach Stepp says. “Defense will be a little different look for us, though.” Coach Stepp admits that the new region realignments will make it difficult to repeat their 2015 performance. “Every game in our region will be tough,” he says. “It’s one of the toughest regions in the state, week in and week out.”

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The Lexington community lost one of its own when 14-year-old Lewis Simpkins collapsed and passed away at his River Bluff football practice on August 10. Coaches, athletic trainers and EMS personnel were unable to revive Lewis. The Lexington community has rallied around the Simpkins family. River Bluff Coach Chris Wooten has set up a fund through his Cross Training Ministries 501c3 nonprofit where 100% of donations made will go directly to the Simpkins family. Visit for the link to help the Simpkins family. River Bluff Coach David Bennett has guided his team through the sadness and grieving process. He spoke about how Lewis always brought the best out in his friends and teammates. The Sunday following Lewis’ death, 10 football players were baptized in the name of the Lord. As the Gators enter the season they have already faced their biggest test and have emerged as brothers, stronger together as one. Just as Lewis would have wanted it. US WE 90. The River Bluff Gators are settling in as a local force on the football field, completing just their second year of varsity football last season with a 7-4 win/loss record. On offense, watch for Stephen Kight as both a wide receiver and a quarterback, rotating with regular quarterback Noah Freshley. On the offensive line, Fabian Leon, Chancellor Cotten, and James Boazman are returning starters. On defense, the Gators will look to returning cornerbacks Josh Senter and DJ Ledell for their pass defense needs, as well as rising sophomore Noah Johnson. Punter Dawson Henis will be a senior this year, as will McLean Robertson. “We’re going to take this season one game at a time,” Coach Bennett says of his goals for the year. “We’ll run multiple offense and defensive schemes to keep things interesting and find out what works.”

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“We are going to stick to who we are— a team able to run the ball and stop the run.” The White Knoll Timberwolves are coming off an average season that saw them notch a 7-4 record, falling to Sumter in the first round of the playoffs. Coach Dean Howell isn’t one to make predictions or specific goals as far as wins and losses, but he does have a few team goals in mind for this season. “My philosophy isn’t built around goals, other than improving as a team and being the best we can be,” Coach Howell says. “That includes practice, the weight room, and the classroom as well as at game time.” The Timberwolves are bringing a big group of seniors to the table this year, with six returning starters on offense and seven on defense. Watch for Jacob Jeffcoat, Nigel Harris, Braydon Clariday, Toby Isaac, Jaylen Crosby, Maurice Jones, Chris Sox, and Sam Hayes on offense, with Andrew Jeffers, Andrew Snelgrove, Chandler Brown, and Daniel Quigley anchoring the offensive line. On defense, the Timberwolves’ seniors include Corey Meggett, Joe Beckett, Justin Riley, Michael Johnson, DeAngelo Jacobs, Dalton Deans, Jacob Chavis, Brandon Serio, Dylan Schermbeck, Treyvon Sumpter, Richard Broxton, Shaheem Haltiwanger, and Cleveland Wells. For Coach Howell, the game of football is about the basics, and he’ll go back to those again this year. “We are going to stick to who we are—a team able to run the ball and stop the run,” he says. “Last year when we were able to do that, we were successful.” This is Coach Howell’s fourth year at White Knoll, so last year marked his first full class of student-athletes graduating under his tutelage. “It’s rewarding,” he says about the process of teaching football at the high school level. “They are with you for four years, and you get to see them grow not just physically through the ranks football-wise, but mature emotionally and go from boys to being young men able to function in society and be mature adults.” 34 | LEXINGTON LIFE | September 2016

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“This year is going to be Football 101 and we’ll be starting with the basics.” The 2016 football season will mark the very first year that Northside Christian Academy has had a high school football team. Coached by Jerry Brown, the Crusaders will be competing against fellow private schools and will kick off the season with a home opener against the Greenwood Sabercats. Brown has thirty years of coaching under his belt and has experienced a lot of success in that time. Perhaps most notably, he is undefeated in state championship games and has won five as a head coach and three as an assistant coach. He spent eighteen years coaching at Berkeley High School and also did stints at Batesburg-Leesville, Fairfield Central, and Spring Valley – among other schools. He is in a unique situation this year with it being the NCA football program’s inaugural year, but he is looking forward to the challenge and seeing what his guys will bring to the game. “Being that it’s our first year, we have no returning starters. I’ve got juniors and seniors with size and strength who haven’t played in a while and then I’ve got some ninth graders who played middle school ball least year with more experience but less size and strength. This year is going to be Football 101 and we’ll be starting with the basics” he says. The Crusaders home games will be played at Seven Oaks Park in Irmo this year while their stadium is being built. The stadium will be ready for the 2017 football season. All games kick-off at 7:30 p.m. 36 | LEXINGTON LIFE | September 2016

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“The most important aspect of coaching for me is helping teach young men life skills and values, such as teamwork, toughness, and having a positive attitude that they can take beyond the field.” The Pelion Panthers had a difficult 2015, but the coaching staff is ready to take the positives from last season and develop them further this year, says Assistant Coach Carl Flowers. “Last season we focused on trying to change the culture and attitude of our kids more than on our wins and losses,” he says. “As the year progressed, we began to play much better football because the kids began to buy in to what we were trying to teach them. This year we will continue to focus on those same ideas while trying to win more games.” The Panthers will have nine starters returning on offense to help with that goal. Dayrun Kieth at wide receiver and Richard Kollie at tailback will be the key skill players, and Coach Flowers points to the experience of the offensive line as a key to protecting sophomore quarterback George Storm. On defense they’ll have returning linebackers Alex Connor and senior Jarrett Hill, with Marcus Dwyer and Dayrun Kieth in the defensive back roles; the defensive front is young, but with good potential in the mix of players. Coach Flowers points to a few changes on offense tailored to the current team. “We’ll play a spread option and use more of a run game to play to our athletes’ strengths on offense, and our new defensive coordinator, David Smith, will be running a 3-5 defense.” Coach Flowers echoes his fellow area coaches when asked about the value of coaching high school athletes. “The most important aspect of coaching for me is helping teach young men life skills and values, such as teamwork, toughness, and having a positive attitude that they can take beyond the field.” 38 | LEXINGTON LIFE | September 2016



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“We hope to achieve big things at Gilbert.”

The Gilbert Indians have a new athletic director (AD) and head football coach this season after the retirement of longtime coach Barry Harley last spring, but it’s a familiar face to Midlands football fans. The new coach and AD, Chad Leaphart, comes from Swansea, where he served as head coach from 2010 to 2015, after being at Strom Thurmond and Pelion. His record with Swansea was 41-27 over six seasons, with two region championships, including the school’s first in the 3-AAA region. “We hope to achieve big things at Gilbert,” Coach Leaphart says. “We want to compete with everybody we play, make the playoffs, win a region championship, play into the cold days of November and, ultimately compete for a state title.” This year’s team offers a number of playmakers to help the Indians reach those goals, Leaphart says. Watch for Catriez Cook as both running back and free safety, Tyler Thomas returning as starting quarterback to give the Indians some experience in that leadership role, and Dylan McNatt as a three-year start40 | LEXINGTON LIFE | September 2016

er at strong safety along with Josh Smith and Tristan Brown on offensive line. “Offensively we’ll run a spread offense that will use multiple formations, including tight ends and fullbacks,” Coach Leaphart says. “It can be shaped to fit our personnel, and it’s the same offense I coached at my last two schools.” “Defensively, we’ll have a new defensive coordinator, Mark Cagle, who comes to us from AC Flora in Columbia,” Coach Leaphart says. “He’s installing a 4-3-4 with the capability to be multiple in the fronts and coverages.” Gilbert football will be in good hands with Coach Leaphart, who agrees that the game is about much more than what happens on the field. “Football is a game that teaches many life lessons, and that’s something we stress with the young men on our team,” he says. “We want our student-athletes to be school leaders that excel in their academic work and show great character, taking pride in everything that they do.”

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For decades now, medical experts have researched, recognized, and publicized the harmful effects of using tobacco products, and the daunting facts are irrefutable. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), “tobacco use is a significant public health threat… and smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States and responsible for 480,000 deaths per year.” As an alternative to smoking, some have adopted the habit of “vaping” electronic cigarettes, but because this activity is so new to the social scene, it is surrounded by a haze of controversy and uncertainty. 42 | LEXINGTON LIFE | September 2016

Electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes are manufactured in a variety of shapes and sizes, but all function in a similar way: Within the housing of the handheld e-cigarette, a battery heats a metal coil that turns stored liquid, which is often flavored, into a mist that can then be inhaled by the user through a mouthpiece. Unlike

cigarettes, these devices do not burn or generate harmful byproducts like carbon monoxide or tar. The first prototype of an e-cigarette was invented in the 1960s, but the popular device used today was developed by Hon Lik, a Chinese pharmacist, in 2003. After losing his father to lung cancer, and

being a heavy smoker himself, he was inspired to create an alternative to smoking tobacco. His invention originally debuted in China, but then spread to Europe and was eventually introduced in the United States by 2007. Since then, vaping has grown into a multi-billion-dollar global industry that sells more than 466 brands of electronic vaping devices and 7,764 flavors of vaping juices, as estimated in a 2014 study by the University of California. These numbers continue to rise. A locally owned e-cigarette store, Carolina Vaping of Lexington, opened in November 2015. This retailer stocks all forms of vaping hardware, including starter kits, upgrades, advanced products, and an assortment of accessories. Terry Kamerer, a partner in the business, became interested in the e-cigarette market when he and his partner saw “firsthand (overseas and in the states) how many people were quitting cigarettes and taking up vaping.” Their customer base includes people from all walks of life, but they “do not sell any product (hardware, juice, nicotine) to anyone under the age of 18,” says Kamerer. The fruity flavors they stock are favored, but the store offers 64 different concentrates of vaping juices that can be customized to create hundreds of combinations. According to Kamerer, the three main ingredients of the liquid are “vegetable glycerin and propylene glycol (both kosher USP grade) and water-based propylene glycol flavoring. The fourth, but optional, ingredient is nicotine.” Matthew J. Carpenter, Ph.D., a researcher, professor, and clinical psychologist of the Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston, describes this phenomenon as “disruptive technology,” because these new products have inundated the existing landscape of the tobacco product market. In fact, this activity has become so trendy, the word “vape” (a noun or verb that describes the action involved to inhale the emissions of these devices) was selected by Oxford Dictionaries as their International Word of the Year for 2014. Because it is so new, the long-term effects of vaping and breathing secondhand emissions have yet to be established. With so many flavors and different

vices available, detailed research on all of them is virtually impossible to do. “We don’t have 50 to 60 years of e-cigarette research, so the long-term effects have not been studied,” says Dr. Carpenter. “Are those levels sufficient to translate into health problems?” Dr. Carpenter questions. “No one knows.” In the United States, these mechanisms and their components are loosely controlled, but the FDA is working to develop appropriate regulations as it seeks to “improve public health and protect future generations from the risks of tobacco use.” Recently, the organization classified these “electronic nicotine delivery systems” as “tobacco products,” as many of the vape juices contain nicotine derived from the plant. Jennifer Dowden, the events and media coordinator for the town of Lexington, explains that local ordinances only prohibit tobacco use in public places, but this does not include vaping. However, the state of South Carolina has enacted laws that prohibit the sale of e-cigarette products that contain nicotine to minors under the age of 18. Just like cigarettes, nicotine is often present in vaping juices, but the FDA has found that the actual content may not be accurately depicted on the product label, and some juices that claim to be nicotine-free still contain trace amounts. Studies referenced by the National Institute on Drug Abuse suggest that exposure to nicotine may increase the probability of other drug use and addiction in the future. Although typically lower than the

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levels found in cigarette smoke, scientific research has detected the presence of toxins and carcinogens in the vaping juices and the mist emitted from some brands of e-cigarettes. These compounds include formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, and acrolein; heavy metals like cadmium, nickel, lead, and copper are also sometimes present. These levels vary depending upon the type and brand of the device and juices used and the degree of heat that is applied. In a study released earlier this year, trace amounts of another chemical, diacetyl, were discovered by Harvard researchers in some treat-flavored vaping juices. Diacetyl is associated with a serious pulmonary disease commonly known as “popcorn lung.” This name is derived from the circumstances in which it was first identified in the early 2000s when employees in microwave September 2016 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 43

popcorn processing plants were exposed to heated diacetyl and other chemicals added to butter flavoring, adversely affecting the functioning of their lungs. Although diacetyl is deemed safe to consume, no one knows if the levels of this chemical in e-cigarettes will prove to be harmful to those who inhale it through vaping. Other unconventional negative effects relating to the use of e-cigarettes have also been made public. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has stated that “the number of calls to poison centers involving e-cigarette liquids containing nicotine rose from one per month in September 2010 to 215 per month in February 2014.” In addition, a news report by CNN stated that certain illegal substances can be discreetly used in the vape pens by drug users. Unfortunately, law enforcement officials are unable to immediately detect the contents of vaping devices and must send them to a forensic laboratory for analysis. According to an NBC news program, failures of vaping device batteries have also been linked to injuries such as “burns

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on the hands and face, fractured bones and loss of eyesight.” However, Kamerer of Carolina Vaping offers advice to prevent battery-related accidents. He explains that batteries should be installed correctly and used within their proper range. A free online or downloadable application known as the Ohms Law Calculator should be consulted to ensure vape safety. Despite the controversy, supporters of the e-cigarette industry claim that they are a safer alternative to smoking tobacco, and some experts agree. In April, the Royal College of Physicians (a British professional organization for doctors) officially stated that “in the interests of public health it is important to promote the use of e-cigarettes… as a substitute for smoking in the UK” and proposed that long-term use is much less risky than smoking tobacco. In addition, the results of clinical trials performed in New Zealand and Italy have also been very supportive of e-cigarettes. Kamerer of Carolina Vaping personally describes the experience of former smokers who vape as “a complete trans-

formation.” He says, “They could breathe easier, (are) able to work or play for longer without taking a break and/or simply feel so much better.” He credits these accounts as the motivation for encouraging him to research the industry and open a store, so he can “continue hearing all the beautiful stories about how vaping has not only changed, but saved so many people’s lives.” Vaping can also be more cost-effective than smoking. “You could save about $100 per month,” says Kamerer, “based on the assumption that you smoked one pack of cigarettes per day (estimated at $6 per pack) for one year and changed to vaping for one year.” Yet according to the CDC, “If you only cut down the number of cigarettes you smoke by adding another tobacco product, like e-cigarettes, you still face serious health risks. Smokers must quit smoking completely to fully protect their health— even a few cigarettes a day are dangerous.” Dr. Carpenter of MUSC has researched tobacco addiction and other related issues for nearly 20 years, and he hesitates to

categorize e-cigarettes as a smoking-cessation alternative. “These products are safer than cigarettes, but that doesn’t mean they are safe,” he cautions. “That’s an important distinction.” Instead, he advocates for the use of “evidence-based treatments approved by the FDA” as better methods for kicking the habit. A 2015 recipient of the South Carolina Governor’s Young Scientist Award for Excellence in Scientific Research, Dr. Carpenter has also published in numerous academic journals and currently oversees several studies relating to tobacco addiction and e-cigarette usage. “What could be beneficial to the individual may not be beneficial to the population,” Dr. Carpenter explains. “Many smokers might use them instead of quitting, or we could get a new generation of users addicted to nicotine.” One of his primary concerns is that e-cigarettes could potentially become a “profound risk as an adolescent gateway” that “might lead someone into nicotine addiction, and then cigarettes, which is much more harmful.”

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E-cigarettes are glamorized in ways that conventional cigarettes are the media,” and youth are particularly “impressionable and vulnerable” to this type of marketing. He also warns that “e-cigarettes are glamorized in ways that conventional cigarettes are not… by the media,” and youth are particularly “impressionable and vulnerable” to this type of marketing. “A lot of these manufacturers are targeting young adults ages 18 to 25, and possibly younger ages, because these are the folks who are most likely to pick up a

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novel product like an e-cigarette.” Current research supports Dr. Carpenter’s findings. An article published in the academic journal Pediatrics analyzed 2014 data and correlated exposure to e-cigarette commercials with current usage among youth. According to an FDA survey, 81.5 percent of current youth who are vaping said they used e-cigarettes “be-

cause they come in flavors I like.” Although adolescents cannot legally buy vaping paraphernalia, the Internet makes purchasing it easier, and Dr. Carpenter suggests they may also obtain these devices from the same sources that could provide them with cigarettes: their peers and parents. Recent data released by the CDC and FDA show middle and high school students’ e-cigarette use tripled between 2013 and 2014, while cigarette smoking has declined among youth. Half of high schoolers admitted to trying it in 2015, while 16 percent of high schoolers and 5.3 percent of middle schoolers claim to be regular users. In South Carolina, the figure for high schoolers who vape is even higher than national averages and has been estimated at 19.7 percent, according to The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids in June 2016. Both sides of this issue present compelling arguments about the advisability of using these novel devices, but realistically, only time will tell if this practice can best be described as safe, safer, or unsafe. n

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There’s no place like home and, for three community residents, Lexington is where they chose to plant their feet. Ed Gould, Chris Jackson, and James Thompson are completely different guys, but they all agree Lexington is their homegrown choice of living. Gould, Jackson, and Thompson contribute their talents to the Lexington area. Here they explain what keeps their hearts firmly planted in Lexington soil.

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Chris Jackson: Two Trades, One Purpose After Jackson completes his shift from Lexington County Fire Station 9, he plugs away and continues to keep the Midlands area aware of all things weather related. Meteorology is an all-consuming passion for Jackson, an engineer with Lexington County’s fire department and aspiring meteorologist. Jackson self-taught himself all the ins and outs of the weather system. He launched his weather blog, South Carolina Weather, via Facebook several years ago, and it continues to attract people with over 19,000 followers. 48 | LEXINGTON LIFE | September 2016

In fact, Jackson is so faithful to keeping people informed that, after the tragic flood last October, he received accolades from the Lexington County Public Safety at their annual awards ceremony.

flooding happened. A friend of Jackson said she was prepared and didn’t have to worry about running out of water and other necessary supplies because of Jackson’s

“There is no greater joy than seeing satisfaction and a smile on someone’s face. It’s very rewarding.” “I just said 24 inches of rain were coming within a 48-hour period and explained what was happening,” said Jackson, who blogged about the event 10 days before the

knowledge. “When the flood happened, his (Facebook) posts consistently said there are things to watch out for,” said Taylor Wilson. “Because of his

weather page, I was prepared.” Wilson added that she lives in the Forest Acres area, which was where a lot of damage occurred. “It’s important to acknowledge that, outside of being a firefighter, he’s still a public servant,” said Wilson, indicating his meteorology blog. While Jackson is extremely devoted to his career as a firefighter, his goal after retirement from the fire department is to begin his second career as a meteorologist and continue serving the community. “That is my ultimate goal,” said Jackson. “There is no greater joy than seeing satisfaction and a smile on someone’s face. It’s very rewarding,” said Jackson regarding his service for the community. As an engineer, he is the second in command. When his captain is out, he fills the role. His duties include being responsible for the truck, responding to emergency scenes, and teaching classes, mainly in the spring. “I teach swift water rescue classes in Lower Saluda River,” said Jackson, who mentioned there are varying types of water, from calm to rapid, to help make the situation more real. “Being a part of the team and helping the community be a safer place” is what Jackson finds to be the most enjoyable aspects of his job. “I encourage anyone (interested in being a firefighter) to go be a part of a team to go into this field. You can make the community a safer place,” said Jackson, who offers this advice for staying calm in the midst of a rescue: “Remain level headed and make sound decisions. Rely on teammates you trust to help you see everything.” Referring to his own teammates, Jackson said, “Together as a team, we’re a good group of guys.” He is also thankful for the great community he lives in. He grew up in Pelion and then made his way to the town of Lexington. He describes Lexington overall as “a growing and diverse group of people where everyone is friendly. People are always willing to do everything they can to help out.

across America. While he enjoys getting out and being active, he is most comfortable at his home by Lake Murray. “Lexington people are really easygoing,” said Gould. “I would know, because I’ve lived in nine states and I’ve hitchhiked across the country.” He’s traveled from New York to San Francisco, making his way to Denver, Texas, Atlanta, and back to New York. Returning to Lexington, Gould said, “The people in Lexington are sincere and honest. They are really good people to do business with.” It’s been 35 years since Gould began his locksmith business, and he sees no signs of it slowing down. Gould is his only employ-

years, and they serve me well. I just like to stay in the area,” said Gould, talking about Lexington overall. Gould is one to always stay occupied with maintenance and management jobs on the side. Then there’s his nine-year-old daughter, who keeps him running around and staying young. In fact, he says that his customers often ask about her and have seen her grow up. “I’ve had a lot of really good customers over the years. A lot of customers call me back and ask how my daughter’s been. They catch up on life (while doing business). They enjoy seeing her grow up,” said Gould, who is extreme-

“I try to manage the business, but I don’t let it manage me. You can work yourself into the grave or go along and enjoy what you do.” ee, but his son helps out when he needs a hand. “When I need someone to help out, he helps out,” said Gould, adding, “At times we get a call at 11 or midnight and my son will help out then.” Gould just services the Lexington area, explaining that he doesn’t intend to take away business from people in Columbia or Irmo. Sometimes a business in Columbia will be able to respond quicker than he can. “I just help out the Lexington County area, including (the towns of) Lexington, Gilbert, Batesburg-Leesville, Swansea, etc.,” said Gould. “I’ve had a lot of customers over the

ly proud of his family. He’s thankful for this job because it allows him the flexibility to spend time with them. He’s an avid windsurfer and traveler. “The thing I like about (this job) is I can take time to be with my nine-year-old daughter. I’m in my 60s, and I also have (other jobs),” said Gould. In fact, he actually started S.W.A.T. Lock while he had another full-time job at Safety-Kleen. He was looking for something that wasn’t physically inducing. Eventually, he made his locksmith business his main job. “I worked full time for Safety-Kleen.

Ed Gould: A Houdini Locksmith Gould hitchhiked his way into the center of Lexington, helping people stranded by the roadside or simply in need of another set of keys, with his business S.W.A.T. Lock. Hitchhiking is not a loose term to throw around as he actually has hitchhiked

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When (the Lexington center) opened up… we thought about it and decided to move to South Carolina,” said Gould. “I worked four until midnight, and during the day I wanted something to do for a few hours. I didn’t want a hard labor job. I looked into different things, including security systems. Locksmith was kind of the same area. I had a friend who was a locksmith, and I spoke with them and that’s how I got started.” “South Carolina is a really good area. (Living in Lexington), we are an hour and a half to the mountains or the beach. It’s the best of both worlds,” said Gould. He has learned not to let his business take over his life. He was a top salesman for Safety-Kleen and recalls the importance of enjoying life without letting work control him. “I try to manage the business, but I don’t let it manage me. You can work yourself into the grave or go along and enjoy what you do.”

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am presently stationed on what I will call the second of two hills. I recognize there may be many more hills, but for now these two are sufficient. Some of you will understand these hills. Some of you will think I’m a nut. And some of you will lay awake tonight, in wonder and perhaps fear of my report. If you’re bothered by turning gray and having wrinkles, this first hill will get your attention in a big way. I didn’t worry too much about it, because everyone I’ve looked up to in my life had wrinkles and what hair they had was almost always gray. When I look back from this second hill, I mainly see a deep hole with shear faces between the first and second hill. Believe me when I tell you that wrinkles and gray got nothing on those shear faces. I now see a nice series of gently rolling curves with a couple of severe drop-offs where Mama forgot my name, and another where Daddy laid down and died. Numerous other places I thought were canyons and chasms and catastrophes I now see as

little blips and dips on a pretty easy route leading to here. From this vantage point the terrain wasn’t nearly as rocky and steep as I often believed. I had no knowledge of the second hill as I climbed the first. I knew nothing of the shear faces until I tumbled down the first one. I always wondered what was bugging King Solomon when he wrote The Book of Ecclesiastes. Now I know. I saw that second hill all along, but the difference between the first and second was like a wrinkle in a map causing a territory to shrink by half. And all along, I knew there was a door up ahead. But I never knew when I would see it. I only knew days passed like hours and weeks passed like afternoons and months passed like days and years began passing like long moments. And so, now, here I am. I see it. I see the long, gentle slope up the first hill. I see the tumbling drop into the deep hole and the shear scratching face out of it. But I see the

important thing: I see the door. I cannot tell the distance or the path leading to the portal to people I long to visit. Seeing it has changed how I view the dips and blips and curvy false-canyons. I am grateful for the deep hole and the shear faces, because these three have taught me the power of the time to every purpose under heaven. Each morning I move closer, thanking God for the chance to be of value. I ignore things that used to bother me, and I notice things I used to miss. I will explore this twinkling of an eye for all I am worth until I use up every sparkle. Then, I will enter. n

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Garlic Rubbed Roasted Cabbage Steaks 1 head of green cabbage (approx. 2 lbs.), cut into 1-inch-thick slices 1½ tablespoons olive oil 2 or 3 large garlic cloves, smashed Kosher salt Freshly cracked black pepper Non-stick cooking spray Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Cut cabbage into 1-inch-thick slices. Rub both sides of cabbage with smashed garlic. Evenly spread the olive oil over both sides of the cabbage slices. Sprinkle each side with a bit of kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Roast on the middle rack for 30 minutes. Carefully flip the cabbage steaks and roast for an additional 30 minutes, until edges are brown and crispy.

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No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter M&M Balls 1/2 cup melted butter 1½ cups peanut butter 2½ cups powdered sugar Some chocolate chips Some M&Ms

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