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October 2012

Easy Ways To Celebrate Veterans Day
Veterans Day is an annual holiday when veterans of the armed forces are honored and celebrated in the United States. Many people confuse Veterans Day with Memorial Day. While both days honor members of the armed forces, there’s a distinction between the two holidays. Memorial Day, which is celebrated in May, is a day designated for remembering servicemen and servicewomen who died while serving. Veterans Day, which is observed in November, honors all military veterans. The role of the brave men and women who serve in the military is an important one, and it’s one that warrants appreciation and celebration. The following are a few easy ways to celebrate veterans and their significant contribution to our country this Veterans Day. • Offer your thanks. Serving in the military can feel like a thankless job, as those who have not served might not be aware of the risks men and women in the military take and the sacrifices they must make to protect our country and help the less fortunate across the globe. As a result, something as simple as saying “Thank you” to a current service member or military veteran continued to page 8

Looking Back
Minnie (Murphy) Mitchell Ferguson was born in 1917 and reared in Graniteville. She lived on Hester Street behind Leavelle McCampbell School. Minnie started first grade in 1923, the year after Leavelle McCampbell opened. Since her residence was facing the back gate of the school, she obtained written permission from Professor H.M. Byrd to enter the back gate which was the boys’ side. The boys and girls were separated and not allowed to mix. After eleven years, she graduated June 4, 1934 with a senior class of twenty-one. She worked at Beaufort’s Store on Canal Street candling eggs, weighing grits, rice and a variety of goods. She also worked at the Warrenville Cloth Room. In 1940, Minnie was the first female to be employed in the newly formed Maintenance Department of Graniteville Company which included Granite, Hickman, Vaucluse and Warren of South Carolina and Sibley and Enterprise Mills of Georgia. She started as secretary to Mr. G. H. VanderVoort. After several months as secretary, she helped organize a much needed office space to serve the different mills. She designed a work order card to bill each of the mills for work done in the different departments – carding, spinning, spooling, slashing and weaving. These work orders were typed and sent to the mills every week. When she started there was only one restroom in the office which was the men’s. To use the facilities she would cross the street to the corduroy department. If there was bad weather, Mr. VanderVoort would have an employee guard the men’s door for her. A ladies restroom was added later.

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Mr. Sam Swint, Graniteville Company president, helped her secure a Notary Public commission which she holds to this day. During the 50’s, Minnie was chosen to head up the American Cancer Society for the Graniteville area. She would visit the cancer patients and deliver supplies which were stored in a vacant home provided by Graniteville Company. When Mr. G.H. VanderVoort retired in the 60’s, Jerry Johnson became Maintenance Superintendent. continued to page 5


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of Commerce has helpful information for small business owners and employees. To learn more, go to http://sccommerce. com/sc-business-network. Save for College - Future Scholar 529 College Savings Plan: South Carolina’s 529 College Savings Plan Future Scholar offers special tax benefits for South Carolina residents including: • Tax–deductible contributions from your state income tax return; • Tax-deferred growth potential year after year; • Tax-free withdrawals provided that funds are used for qualified higher education expenses. To learn more or to enroll, go to www.FutureScholar.com/ parents Aiken County School District Newsletter: The Aiken County School District has implemented an email newsletter with local school news. To sign up, go here: http:// acps.schoolfusion.us/modules/ newsletter/newsletter.phtml. Other Topics of Interest GED Classes at Christ Central: If you know of someone who needs to earn their GED, Christ Central in Aiken offers classes to earn a GED. For more information, call (803) 564-5902, ext. 0. Speaking with Groups Around the District: Several local groups have invited me to attend one of their meetings to provide a legislative update. If you have a group that would like for me to come to a meeting, please let me know. Report Waste, Fraud and Abuse in State Government: To report waste, fraud and abuse in state government, you can call: 1-855-SC-FRAUD. continued to page 5

Keeping You Informed
Since my last column last month, a lot has happened in our district. I hope that you find this update for the month of September helpful. South Carolina Final Accounting Report for 2011-2012 Fiscal Year: Last month, Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom released his final accounting for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2012. He commended the General Assembly for fully funding the General Reserve Fund two years ahead of schedule. In 2010, voters in the state amended the State Constitution to require that the General Reserve Fund be maintained at 5% rather than 3% of the prior year’s general fund revenue. Last year, in March 2011 during the budget debate in the House, Rep. Bill Taylor and I drafted a proposed budget amendment to fully fund this Fund last year from certain carry forward funds available to non-law enforcement state agencies. That amendment did not have the votes to pass. Nevertheless, the Reserve Fund is fully funded this year. To see the full report, go here: http://www.cg.sc. gov/publications/Documents/ Press/2012YearEndPressRelease. pdf. Charleston fastest-growing top 10 U.S. container port in 2012: Several times in the past

by SC Rep. Tom Young, R-District 81
two years, I have emphasized how important the Port in Charleston is to our state’s economy including many companies located in Aiken County. The Port of Charleston was the fastest-growing top 10 U.S. container port for the first six months of 2012. Charleston container volume grew 7.4 percent from January to June this calendar year, edging out other top 10 ports on both the East and West coasts. DEW Unemployment Insurance Tax Refund Update: The S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce announced in late September that S.C. businesses should receive their revised 2012 unemployment insurance tax rates during the first part of October. The rates are decreasing as a result of a state appropriation from this year’s state budget designed to help pay back outstanding federal unemployment insurance loans. The savings to impacted business will be about 12 percent for the year compared to the original 2012 rates. To learn more go here: http://dew.sc.gov/news/NR_2012 Finaltaxratenotices_92712.pdf State Ethics Act Improvements: In the past few months, a lot has been written about our state’s ethics laws and the need for improvement. The last major overhaul of the

State Ethics Act occurred in 1991 in the wake of Operation Lost Trust. This will be one of the top issues when the General Assembly returns in January. I am working with others on ways to improve our current ethics laws. South Carolina Lottery: Recently, the SC Lottery Commission posted an updated historical analysis of the appropriated lottery revenue. For fiscal year 2012, $233.8 Million went to higher education and $34.5 Million went to K-12 education. To see the full detailed list of appropriations back to 2002, go to http://www. budget.sc.gov/webfiles/OSB/ historical/Appropriation_ information_080112.pdf Planning for the 2013 Legislative Session: The 2013 legislative session begins on the second Tuesday in January. If elected to the State Senate, I appreciate input from constituents on the critical issues facing our state and area including tax reform; spending reform; K-12 education; the costs of higher education; health care; economic development; job growth; and the underfunded liabilities in our state’s health insurance program for state retirees. Your input is welcome on any issue important to you. Please email me at TomYoung@ schouse.gov or contact me by phone or in person at your convenience. Congratulations to USC Aiken!: Last week, USCA learned that it is again number one among public regional colleges in the South as ranked by US News and World Report. This is the 9th time and 5th year in a row for this accomplishment. Small Business Help – SC Dept. of Commerce: The South Carolina Department

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Midland Valley Area Chamber of Commerce will hold their monthly meeting on Wednesday, October 10th at Bobby’s Bar-B-Q. The meeting will start at Noon. The speaker will be Jeff Howell with the Public Education Partners. October 13, 2012 - 2012 Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Odell Weeks. Registration at 8:30 a.m. and the walk starts at 9:00 a.m. Aiken Standard and Prestige Appliance is having an “Inaugural Home Show” on Friday, October 12th from Noon to 7:00pm and Saturday, October 13th from 10:00am to 5:00pm. The 2 day event will be held at the USCA Convocation Center. Tickets are $5.00 and remain valid both days of the event. Children 12 and under do not need a ticket.

31st Ridge Spring Harvest Festival Oct. 25-27, 2012 Come and enjoy big festival activities at a family friendly pace. The Harvest Festival located on the Town Square will have rides, games, fresh produce, cake and pie contest, live entertainment, bingo, arts and crafts, fireworks show, car show and parade. For more information, visit www. ridgespringsc.com. The GVW Parade will be Saturday, December 1st at 3:00pm. The parade will start at Leavelle McCampbell Middle School and end at Highway 421. The Langley-BathClearwater Historical Society will meet on the first Thursday each month at 7 p.m. at the Midland Valley Lions Club (No. 1 Lions Trail, Bath).
Photo by Julie Lott The Midland Valley Public Library is located at 9 Hillside Road, Langley. Hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 1-6; Tuesday 2-6; and closed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. If you would like to reach them call 593-7379.


Celebrity Golf Tournament
The winners of the 14th Annual Midland Valley Area Chamber of Commerce Celebrity Golf Tournament were, with a score of 54 (18 under par), the team from Holley Heating and Air Conditioning. Team members consisted of Lee Boylston, Jimmy Gibson, Tony Jones, Ryan Robinson, David Jewel and celebrity Ron Long, Athletic Director of the NC/SC Shrine Bowl. Second place was awarded to the Trawick Financial team of Lee Trawick, Mark Parrish, John Atkinson, Lee Thompson, Robbie Prichard and celebrity wrestler/ broadcaster Keven Casey with a score of 55. By way of a scorecard playoff

The Rev. and Mrs. Barry T. Antley of Graniteville announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer Anne Antley of Graniteville, to Wilford Tracy Storey of Graniteville, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Forest S. Storey of Graniteville. The wedding is planned and with a score of 56, third for Oct. 13, 2012, at St. place went to Ken Plotts, James Lutheran Church in Phil Skinner, Laddie Smith, Graniteville. Ken Rouse, Steve Crook The bride-elect is a 1998 and celebrity Jeff Lane, an undrafted free agent who played graduate of Midland Valley High School. She is a graduate with the Seattle Mariners. This year’s plunger award for of Clemson University with a degree in accounting. She is the worst finish was presented employed by the Aiken County to the team of Ken Fabrizio, Assessor’s Office. Sammy Hallmark, Tony The bridegroom-elect is Davis, Scott Lowry, Ralph employed by Morgan Thermal Thomas and celebrity Ed Ceramics. Bradley of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Apparently the 1974 SuperBowl ring he was wearing BIRTHS did not provide much luck. Their score was a 66. Keith and Yvonne Rushton of The 15th Annual Midland Warrenville announce the birth Valley Area Chamber of of their son, Micah Miller Commerce Celebrity Golf Rushton, born May 9, 2012, at Tournament has been set for Trinity Hospital. Friday, September 13, 2013.

Grandparents are Kenny and Patricia Arthur of Graniteville and Clifford and Beverly Rushton of Graniteville. Micah has a brother, Isaac, 2. He weighed 8 pounds 15 ounces and was 21 inches long. Stephen and Stephanie Harrison of Warrenville announce the birth of their son, Logan Bradley Harrison, on Aug. 9, 2012, at Trinity Hospital. Grandparents are Kenny and Patricia Arthur of Graniteville, James and Ellen Wimberley and Dale Harrison, all of Dearing, Ga. Logan’s siblings are Cohen, 4, and Blake, 2. He weighed 8 pounds 15 ounces and was 21 inches long. Tabetha Kay and Ryan Michael Sullivan of Aiken announce the birth of their son, Benjamin O’Connor Sullivan, born Aug. 31, 2012, at University Hospital in Augusta, Ga. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Lewis Adamson III of Aiken, SC. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Paul Sullivan of Warrenville, SC.

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Minnie kept working in the newly formed office helping to organize and update features needed to expand Maintenance. Over the years, Maintenance grew to include the Machine (the machine shop employees were volunteer firemen), Carpenter, Paint, Roller, Metal and Electrical Shops, and the Garage (fire department). Later, Jerry was promoted to the Main Office at which time Mr. George Pardue became Superintendent. Minnie was appointed Office Manager and continued until she retired in 1982. At 95 years of age with three retired children, five grandchildren, eight great Submitted photo grandchildren and two greatLeavelle McCampbell’s graduating class of 1934. Pictured left to right (front row): Jennie Whitehead, Ernestine Medlock, great granddaughters, she enjoys Minnie Murphy, Catherine Quinby, Burnelle Randall, Laureen Rearden, Ida Faulkner, Nelle Crout, Annie Croft, Violet Sorgee recalling her working career (back row) Nellie Thomas, Lonnie Cushing, Leonard Berry, Jack Yaun, Cummins Sloan, Marshal Glover, Gradon Snelling, and days gone by. Henry Woodhead, E.C. Thomas and Margaret Dodgen.
continued from page 2 Facebook: I have a Facebook page for Representative Tom Young. Please “like” the page to receive updates during the week from me on Facebook. Tom Young’s Website: My website can be reached at www.tomyoungforsenate.com. There are links to a variety of constituent services; the status of sponsored bills; and roll call votes. Please add my web site as a bookmark on your computer. State House Tours: Tours are available for the S.C. State House by calling (803) 734-2430. Weekly Legislative Updates by Email: I am sending a weekly legislative update by email. If you would like to receive it, please send your email address to me at TomYoung@ schouse.gov. Road Issues: If you see a road problem, call the SCDOT at 641-7665 or Aiken County at 642-1532 to report the problem. If you do not get a prompt response, please let me know at TomYoung@schouse.gov or call me. Generally, most paved roads in the County are maintained by SCDOT and are identified on the road sign poles by a small black and white sign listing the road number, such as S-2-1669. Most unpaved roads in the County are maintained by the County. Please know that I can be reached by telephone (649-0000 or 215-3631); email (TomYoung@ schouse.gov); regular mail (P.O. Box 651, Aiken, SC 29802); or just pull me aside when you see me. Thank you for the privilege and the opportunity to represent you.

“The ultimate measure of a person is not where they stand in moments of comfort and convenience, but where they stand in times of challenge and controversy.”
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spoke they obeyed immediately and sent their very best without hesitation. By the time you are reading this article Cowboy Church @ The Hippodrome will have sent its brightest and best onto the mission field. Kenny and Ashley Kirkland are taking a month long mission trip right here in South Carolina – street preaching and whatever else the Lord leads them to do. Kenny plays guitar in our band and is one of our lead singers. God is growing him into becoming my right hand man. We were looking forward to Ashley joining us after taking care of her ailing father for many, many months. We need them here. They are stepping out on faith to do what The Holy Spirit is telling them to do. Cowboy Church will lay hands on them and send them out – immediately. Continue reading in Acts 13 of the amazing adventures, Paul, Barnabas, and Mark had following The Holy Spirit. Read how many people they turned to Christ. But, read also of the rejection they felt over the many that refused Him. Kenny and Ashley will need strong prayer support. If you would like to send them a letter or a card mail it to Kenny and Ashley Kirkland, Cowboy Church @ The Hippodrome, P.O. Box 5431, Aiken, SC 29804.


By Pastor Lynn Kirkland Act 13:1 In the church at Antioch there were some prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon (called the Black), Lucius (from Cyrene), Manaen (who had been brought up with Governor Herod ), and Saul. Act 13:2 While they were serving the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said to them, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul, to do the work to which I have called them.” Act 13:3 They fasted and prayed, placed their hands on them, and sent them off. What a strange way of doing things the early church had. The church at Antioch was fasting and praying to seek the will of God. The Holy Spirit spoke and they sent their very

best to be missionaries. Now we have so evolved and become so educated and sophisticated that we know that’s no way to handle God’s sacred business. We know that a search committee must be organized, but even before that a planning committee has to be developed. Once the plan is developed and voted on by the committee then it has to be presented to the church. With plans in hand the search committee begins its work. We carefully instruct them not to take any of our Sunday School teachers, children’s workers, committee workers or regular attendees/tithers. The search committee needs to look for a couple of people that are qualified but not attending to well lately. (Maybe that will make them become more involved.) I found it interesting that while the early church was ”serving and fasting” the Holy Spirit spoke to them. They were not fellowshipping and serving they were fasting and serving. And then – when the Holy Spirit

We will make sure that your word of encouragement reaches them. You may ask what is their purpose in this? Read Act 13:49 The word of the Lord spread everywhere in that region. It is our prayer that the Gospel be spread in this region! To request prayer, contact us, or to support this ministry we may be contacted at: Dr. Lynn Kirkland Evangelist/Revivalist Impact Ministries International, Inc. COWBOY CHURCH P.O. Box 5431, Aiken, SC 29804 Office Phone: 803-400-3609 http://www.ImpactMinistriesInt.org Sign up to receive our monthly “E-News”: www.tinyurl.com/4enews


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Revival at First Baptist Church of Gloverville will be October 1417. Sunday 10:30 AM and 6:30 PM and Monday through Wednesday at 7 PM nightly. Dr. Alan Stewart will be preaching and Ron Gibbs will lead the worship in song. Everyone is invited. Call the church office at 593-2452 if you need additional information. Divine Deliverance Worship Center will hold a 9th Pastoral Appreciation service for Pastor Jonas Walker at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at the center, 213 Eula Helen St., Gloverville. The Rev. Anderson Robinson of Enoree Baptist Church will speak. New Life Outreach Ministries will hold a Praising God Testimony and Healing Service at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at 616 Edgefield Road, Suite 100, Belvedere. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Linda Booker. For information call (803) 278-5043 or 645-6621. Jason Crabb will perform in concert at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at Christian Heritage Church in Graniteville. Graniteville First Baptist Church will hold its fall revival at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, with the Revs. Ken Klinger and Jim Diehl; 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15 with the Rev. William Harrell; and 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16 with the Rev. Paul Noe. Rocksville Baptist Church in Gloverville will hold its Fall Revival at 7 p.m. nightly Oct. 1618. The Rev. William H. Booker is pastor. New Life Outreach Ministries will hold a Love Night Service with Bro. Joe Johnson and True Believers at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at 616 Edgefield Road, Suite 100, Belvedere. For information call (803) 278-5043 or 645-6621. Special Reformation Sunday Service on October 28th at Saint James Lutheran Church. For more information call 663-6809. Saint James Lutheran Church offers Getting the Most out of Sunday Mornings which begins with an informal presentation and discussion of the Gospel Reading for that Sunday. This adult Sunday School class will meet in the Chapel. Our goal is to Read, Reflect and Discuss Sunday’s Gospel Reading. A great way to prepare for the Pastor’s Sermon! Join us and take Sunday mornings to the next level! The Gospel of Luke will be read each Sunday beginning the First Sunday of Advent. You are invited to attend a program on “The Gospel of Luke” on Saturday, November 3, from 9:00 -1:00 p.m. at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in Gloverville. Sr. Mary Hugh Mauldin, from Charlotte, NC, will present and provide an overview of the Gospel along with resources for study of the Gospel. No charge. All welcome. The St. John Food Bank will be open on the third and fourth Saturday of the month from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at St. John Baptist Church, 286 Huber Clay Road, Langley. For more information, call 593-4186. Young Storm Branch Baptist Church, Langley, provides a clothes closet for anyone in need. For more information, call Dorothy Young at (706) 399-8117. The Clothes Closet at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 117 Hard St., Graniteville, is open from 10 a.m. to noon every Saturday. Clothes are free. For more information, call Ann Mayer at 663-7440.

Submitted photo Walter Busbee of Gloverville stands with his 10 to 13 feet tomato plants.

MILITARY Civilian Samantha L. Neely, a 2012 graduate of Midland Valley High School in Graniteville recently enlisted in the United States Navy under the delayed entry program at Navy recruiting district, Raleigh, N.C. The program allows recruits to enter the Navy and take up to one year to complete prior commitments such as high school. Using recruiters as mentors, this program helps recruits ease into the transition from civilian to military life. Neely will report for active duty to undergo basic training at the Navy’s Recruit Training Center, Great Lakes, Ill. Civilian Kara L. Norris, daughter of Marla C. and Aaron G. Norris of North Augusta, recently enlisted in the United States Navy under the Delayed Entry Program at Navy Recruiting District, Raleigh, N.C. The program allows recruits to enter the Navy and take up to one year to complete prior commitments such as high school. Using recruiters as mentors, this program helps recruits ease into the transition from civilian to military life. Norris will report for active duty to undergo basic training at the Navy’s Recruit Training Center, Great Lakes, Ill. Norris is a 2009 graduate of Midland Valley High School of Graniteville.

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Civilian Joshua I. Holtsizer, a 2006 graduate of Midland Valley High School in Graniteville, recently enlisted in the United States Navy under the delayed entry program at Navy Recruiting District, Raleigh, N.C. The program allows recruits to enter the Navy and take up to one year to complete prior commitments such as high school. Using recruiters as mentors, this program helps recruits ease into the transition from civilian to military life. Holtsizer will report for active duty to undergo basic training at the Navy’s Recruit Training Center, Great Lakes, Ill. Air National Guard Airman Jonathan C. McGee graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. McGee is the son of Gail McGee of Center Street, Clearwater. He is a 2011 graduate of Midland Valley High School, Graniteville. continued from page 1 can go a long way. Veterans know they don’t serve in vain, but it’s still a great idea to let them know how much you appreciate their efforts and sacrifices. • Help families of active military. Many service members are currently stationed and serving overseas, and their families back home may need or just appreciate a helping hand. Invite family members of active military over for dinner, offer to do chores like cutting the grass or shoveling the driveway when it snows or help around the house if something needs fixing. Even if families of active members serving overseas appear to be getting along great, offer your friendship and let them know you’re there to help should anything arise. • Visit hospitalized veterans. Unfortunately, many veterans are hospitalized after suffering an injury during a tour of duty. These veterans sacrificed their physical well-being to protect our way of life, and many spend extended periods of time in the hospital. Visiting a hospital to get to know a veteran and spend some time with him or her, sharing a few laughs and thanking them for


their service, is a great way to celebrate the holiday and lift a veteran’s spirits at the same time. Recruit friends and family members to visit hospitalized veterans as well. • Pay for a veteran’s night out on the town. Like many people, veterans appreciate an escape from the daily grind. Men and women who want to show their appreciation to veterans can treat a veteran to a night out on the town. Have extra tickets to a ballgame or play? Donate them to a local VFW. Or if you see a veteran out on the town, offer to pay for his meal. • Thank businesses who support veterans. Many businesses show their gratitude to veterans by offering them free services on Veterans Day. When a local business shows its appreciation to veterans, patronize that business and let them know you appreciate their efforts to help.


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Video For Hope Center Recalls Train Wreck
By Teddy Kulmala You know the story. In the early morning hours of Jan. 6, 2005, two Norfolk Southern trains collided near the Avondale Mills plant in Graniteville. The collision, and the ensuing chemical spill, resulted in nine deaths, a two-weeklong evacuation and the eventual demise of the mill. Now, Christ Central Ministries is invoking the harrowing story of the train wreck, along with its plans for a building formerly occupied by the mill, in a video initiative to raise the remaining funds to complete renovations for the ministries’ Hope Center. Christ Central purchased one of the buildings of the defunct mill with a plan to revitalize it – at a cost of about $875,500, according to Judy Floyd, director of Christ Central Aiken. “We’ve gotten about 50 percent of the work done for free,” Floyd said. “Now, we’re down to just a little under $400,000 that we need to get the building back into working condition. ... We’re trying to raise funds to complete the project. All of our services are free. We do not charge.” To spread the word about the need for funds, Christ Central has produced a video about the center and is currently screening it. Floyd said that, in the video, she tells the story of the building, including how it was impacted by the train wreck and Christ Central’s plans for it. Floyd said Christ Central is scheduling appointments with businesses and city groups to screen the video. Anyone wishing to set up a screening of the video can contact Floyd at 640-1708. The video incorporates parts from a documentary made about the wreck: “Graniteville: Past, Present and Future.” The documentary includes a re-enactment of the train wreck and pictures taken at the scene. The Hope Center building, located at 3 Hickman St., was an office building for Avondale Mills. After the plant shut down, the building stood vacant for a number of years and was also vandalized. It was eventually purchased by Christ Central, which has put nearly two years of volunteer work into it to transform it into the ministries’ Hope Center. While much of the work has been completed free of charge and with the help of volunteers, Floyd said some major projects remain, including the installation of a heating and air conditioning system. Since its beginnings locally in 1998, Christ Central’s ministries have grown to include food and clothing distribution, job skills classes and GED assistance. Christ Central also provides ministries focused on women, children and families, as well as a sports ministry. Once complete, the 15,000-squarefoot Hope Center will be an education and job training site for people of all ages. It will provide job training and GED classes for adults, classrooms and a commercial kitchen to be used for the center’s culinary arts training program. The center will also have afterschool mentoring and day care for children. Floyd said the center will be open seven days a week and will be “a real hub of activity” for Graniteville.

New Employment Training Office Opening In Graniteville
By Haley Hughes The Megiddo Dream Station’s mission is to turn every person that walks through its front door into a self-sufficient individual that can contribute productively in the workforce. Megiddo, a faith-based employment training and life skills provider, began to offer services on Oct. 1. It is located at 103 Canal St., Graniteville at the corner of Gregg Highway in what was once the Graniteville Academy. Director Kay Benitez said Megiddo targets the unemployed who wish to enter or re-enter the workforce, or those who are underemployed who wish to move into a new job or field which better utilizes their skills. Clients will meet with Benitez for an interview first thing to develop a plan for success – a combination of life skills and job training classes – depending on their goals. Life skills classes include personal budgeting, cooking, and sewing, so clients can “learn ways to stretch their clothes – replace buttons and sew hems – and how to cook healthy meals from scratch,” Benitez said. With the actual job training, Benitez will help clients determine what they’re interested in and what they’re good at. That’s where the partnerships with area businesses come in. Clients will be encouraged to volunteer at partner businesses so that they get a feel for the work involved, such as an apprentice at a mechanic shop. “We’ll ask the businesses, ‘If you see they’re a good fit, will you help them with training?’” Benitez said. Donations are encouraged in lieu of fees for services. Benitez anticipates a number of clients will be former mill workers who lost their jobs when Avondale Mills closed in 2006. But, Megiddo’s doors are open to anyone in Aiken County, and not just adults. Benitez envisions working with area middle schoolers, as well, to start them thinking early about future employment. Too many times she’s heard young people in the Midland Valley area comment that not much is expected of them. She feels passionately that people should work under the belief that they can be successful, she said. The Megiddo Dream Station will operate out of the old Graniteville Academy only temporarily. In the future, a new facility will be built on 94 acres on Gregg Highway donated to the organization by developer Weldon Wyatt. For more information, call 3927044.

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Halloween Costume Contest on Thursday, October 25th, 2012
AGES: 3 & Under, 4-6 yrs. and 7-9 yrs. of age *Registration 6:00-6:30 p.m. *Contest 6:30-8:30 p.m. (inside the GYM) Trophies, goody bags, prizes and refreshments!! For More Informatlion, Please Call The Park At 663-7552

Aiken County Recreation Center • 663-6142 Harrison Caver Park • 593-4698
Youth Soccer – Games are every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:00 pm & 7:05 pm October 13 at 10 a.m. Trash or Treasure Appraisal Fair. Appraisals will be performed by Kenny Clifford with Antique Liquidators. Due to time limitations, only the first 50 RSVP’s will be guaranteed an appraisal. Please RSVP by October 11. Free Program! Family and Friends CPR Course. You will learn these lifesaving skills: Adult HandsOnly CPR, Child CPR with breaths, Adult and Child AED use, Infant CPR and, Relief of choking in an Adult, Child, or Infant. Skills are taught using the American Heart Association’s technique. $10/person (covers all 3 modules) October 15 – Adult, Child, Infant CPR 6 pm to 8 pm October 16 – Child CPR 6 pm to 6:30 pm October 18 – Infant CPR 6 pm to 6:30 pm November 9 – Tour Shaw Air Force Base. Join us as we take a rolling tour of Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, SC. We will also have lunch on base (at your own cost). $25/person. Everyone must submit to a criminal background check. You MUST register by, October 26. We will need your full name and social security number at the time of registration. Call Harrison Caver Park at 593-4698.

“Unlimited Exercise Classes” for a fee of $10/month for passholders and $15/month for non-passholders. These exercise classes include instruction in Zumba (Wed.) from 5:45-6:30 p.m., Zumba (Tues. and Thurs.) from 6-7:00 p.m., Cardio and Weight Classes (Mon. & Wed.) from 4:305:30 p.m., and Lite-Side Exercise (Mon. and Wed.) from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Line Dance Classes are held each Monday evening from 7:308:45 p.m. with Cassie Barnhill as the instructor. Classes cost $5.00

per class – you pay when you dance! The latest and the “oldies” music including songs in Rock & Roll, Country and Beach. Karate Classes each Tuesday from 6:30-8:00 p.m. with Brian Randall as the instructor. Cost of instruction is $15.00 per month. Jumpin’ Gymnastics meets on Mondays from 6:00-7:00 p.m. instructor Rhonda Whitley will teach basic gymnastic routines for ages 4 yrs. And up. The cost is $10.00 to register and $30.00 per month.

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Establishing The Pink Ribbon Symbol
The pink ribbon has been synonymous with breast cancer for years. Nowadays, people rarely think twice when they see pink ribbons, having grown accustomed to the pink ribbon and what it symbolizes. Breast Cancer Awareness Month has been celebrated each year since 1985, and many other breast cancer awareness initiatives have been devised since then. While the pink ribbon may seem like it’s been in use for just as long, it was actually established only about 20 years ago. Ribbons have long symbolized something important. For decades, yellow ribbons have been used to alert others to soldiers at war or hostages that hadn’t yet come home. People often tie yellow ribbons around trees at home until their service men and women came home safely. During the height of HIV/ AIDS activism and awareness, red ribbons were worn to symbolize support for those with the disease. Although the pink ribbon evolved because pink expresses femininity, calm, health, and youth, the first breast cancer ribbon was actually peach. Charlotte Haley is credited with devising the first breast cancer ribbon in 1992. She was a breast cancer survivor and came from a family of women who also fought the disease. She created peach-colored loops at home and then distributed the ribbons at her local grocery stores. Haley encouraged people to wear the ribbons and contact legislators to demand more funding for breast cancer research. An attached note was distributed with the ribbons stating, “The National Cancer Institute annual budget is $1.8 billion, only 5 percent goes for cancer prevention. Help us wake up our legislators and America by wearing this ribbon.” The same year Evelyn Lauder, senior corporate vice president for the Estee Lauder company, and Self magazine editor Alexandra Penney teamed up to produce a pink ribbon. It was distributed at makeup counters all across the country. The company continued to page 15

Can Breast Cancer Be Prevented?
Oftentimes, individuals diagnosed with some form of cancer ask themselves and their physicians, “Could I have done something to prevent this?” Women who are concerned about breast cancer also may wonder if they can prevent this potentially deadly disease, wondering if there is a pill, a vitamin or another method to keeping the cancer at bay. Unfortunately, there is no guaranteed way to prevent breast cancer. However, there are many different steps to take that may help reduce the risk for cancer or increase the odds that if breast cancer is present, it can be found at a more treatable stage. There is no exact cause of breast cancer, but many experts agree that certain lifestyle choices as well as genetics can increase an individual’s risk. A woman’s risk also increases as she ages. When a woman is in her 30s, her risk of developing breast cancer is roughly 4 out of 1,000. By the time she reaches her 60s, that risk has increased to 37 out of 1,000. Though women can’t reverse the aging process, they can gain a greater understanding of additional risk factors for breast cancer and follow medical guidelines concerning breast cancer screenings. • Family history: Having a sister, mother, daughter or two or more close relatives with a history of breast cancer increases a woman’s risk, particularly if these diagnoses were made when the relatives were under the age of 50. Such women should begin testing for breast cancer at an early age. • Personal history: If you’ve already experienced cancer in one breast or another part of your body, you are at an increased risk of getting cancer again. Breast cancer can turn up in the other breast or even in the same breast as before. • Inheritance of genetic mutations: Individuals with mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes are much more likely to get breast cancer, says the National Cancer Institute. The risk also increases for colon or ovarian cancer. In normal cells, BRCA1 and BRCA2 help ensure the stability of the cell’s genetic material and help prevent uncontrolled cell growth. Mutation of these genes has been linked to the development of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. A simple blood test and a genetic work-up can point out mutations in these important genes. • Race: Although Caucasian women are more likely to get breast cancer than black, Hispanic or Asian women, black women typically are more susceptible to an aggressive type of breast cancer called basal-like tumor. Limited access to healthcare can also increase the risk of cancer fatality regardless of race. • Childbearing age: Women who first gave birth after age 30 have a greater chance of developing breast cancer than women who had children before reaching 30 years of age. Women who have never had children are also at a higher risk. Women who breast feed lower their risk for breast cancer. • Hormones: Women with a longer span of “high-estrogen years” are more

at risk for breast cancer. This includes women who had their first menstrual cycle prior to age 12 and women who still were experiencing menopause after age 55. Anyone undergoing hormone-replacement therapy or participating in estrogenraising therapies also has a higher risk of developing breast cancer. While many of these factors are out of your control, there are other risk factors that you can control. • Alcohol consumption: Avoiding or limiting alcohol consumption can lower your risk for breast cancer. Drinking alcohol has been traced to higher estrogen levels in the body. • Obesity: Being overweight can also increase risk of developing breast cancer. • Inactivity: Failure to exercise can increase your risk. That’s because regular exercise and a healthy diet contribute to the body’s defense system, ensuring it is more capable of fending off disease. • Tobacco products: Use of cigarettes, cigars or chewing tobacco increases your risk for many different cancers. • Infrequent doctor visits: Routine physical check-ups by a general doctor or one who specializes in women’s health can make the difference between an early breast cancer diagnosis, for which treatment is highly successful, or late-stage diagnosis, which is not as easily treated. Those who do not go for screenings put themselves at an elevated risk. Breast cancer cannot be prevented, but there are many methods to reducing risk factors associated with the disease.

Breast Cancer Is Not Exclusive To Women
There are many people -- male and female -- who are completely unaware that men are susceptible to breast cancer. With preventative mammograms and messaging largely geared toward women, men may not even think about the breast cancer risk to themselves. Although less prevalent among men, breast cancer is not exclusive to women. The American Cancer Society estimates that about 2,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer are diagnosed in men each year, and approximately 450 men die from breast cancer annually. Male breast cancers account for approximately 1 percent of all breast cancer cases. To understand how men get breast cancer one must to know about the physical makeup of the male body. Like women, men have breast tissue. Before boys or girls enter puberty, they have similar breast structures, including breast tissue and a few ducts under the nipple and areola. During puberty, female hormones further develop the milk ducts and lobules, or milk-producing glands. For males, testosterone levels increase during puberty, stalling further growth of breast tissue. However, what was already there remains, and in that tissue, cancerous cells can grow and multiply. There also are lymph nodes in the breast region and under the arms. Cancer cells can travel through the lymph nodes to other areas of the body. Because men have considerably less breast tissue than women, diagnosis of cancer can be easier. A lump in the breast is more noticeable on a man than on a woman. The American Cancer Society also lists a few other symptoms that could be indicative of breast cancer: • lumps in the nipples or chest muscle. • nipples turning inward. • skin dimpling or puckering around the nipple. • redness or scaling of the nipple or breast skin. • discharge from the nipple. Benign growths can be mistaken for breast cancer. Also, men can have a

condition called gynecomastia, which is a noncancerous breast tissue growth that may be mistaken for cancer. If any symptoms are present, they should be brought to the attention of a doctor for further investigation. If it is breast cancer, treatment methods are largely the same among men and women. A combination of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery may be recommended depending on the stage and positioning of the cancerous tumors. Although it is rare, breast cancer does occur in men. Therefore, guys should be aware of their bodies and the breast area and be on the lookout for any changes that could lead to problems.

Breast Cancer Organizations
A number of organizations share the goal of raising money to fund cancer research and help individuals battling cancer to get the care they need. Breast cancer has captured the hearts of many across the globe, annually inspiring various companies and organizations to fund research opportunities. Every year consumers can purchase pink merchandise, and a portion of those sales is donated to breast cancer initiatives. Makeup, food and clothing manufacturers are not the only people who are raising donations; there are several different breast cancer organizations doing their part, too. • Susan G. Komen for the Cure: Susan G. Komen fought breast cancer with her heart, body and soul. Throughout her diagnosis, treatments and endless days in the hospital, she spent her time thinking of ways to make life better for other women battling breast cancer instead of worrying about her own situation. That concern for others continued even as Susan neared the end of her fight. In 1982, her sister Nancy organized a movement to further Susan’s efforts. Since its inception, the organization has invested more than $1.9 billion in breast cancer research and, in efforts to raise breast cancer awareness, has become the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world. • National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.: The National Breast Cancer Foundation’s mission is to save lives through early detection and to provide mammograms for those in need. Their mission includes increasing awareness through education, providing diagnostic breast care services for those in need and providing nurturing support services. • BreastCancer.org: Breastcancer.org is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the most reliable, complete, and up-to-date information about breast cancer. Their mission is to help women and their loved ones make sense of the complex medical and personal information about breast cancer, so they can make the best decisions for their lives.

Symptoms Of Breast Cancer
Breast cancer is a disease that claims the lives of so many people. Although many deaths cannot be prevented due to the severity and late stage of the breast cancer, early diagnosis goes a long way to improving mortality rates and sending individuals into remission faster. Knowing the symptoms of breast cancer can help women and men improve their chances of surviving the disease after diagnosis, as the earlier the disease is diagnosed, the better a person’s chance at survival. Not every person experiences symptoms of breast cancer. That’s because, in its very early stages, breast cancer may not exhibit any symptoms or, if a tumor is present, it may be too small to detect during a breast self-exam. Furthermore, there are different types of breast cancer, each of which may have its own distinct symptoms. Some of these symptoms may mimic symptoms of more benign conditions as well, making it difficult to determine if symptoms are indicative of breast cancer or another ailment. But even though the following symptoms will not necessarily lead to a breast cancer diagnosis, it’s still important to visit your doctor for further clarification if any of them appear. • swelling of all or part of the breast • skin irritation or dimpling • breast pain • nipple pain or the nipple turning inward • redness, scaliness or thickening of the nipple or breast skin • a nipple discharge other than breast milk • a lump in the underarm area • changes in the size or symmetry of breasts • presence of unusual lumps continued from page 14 collected more than 200,000 pink ribbon petitions asking the U.S. government for increased funding for breast cancer research. Although Lauder and Haley reached people on different levels, their goals were the same: To educate the public on the lack of funds allotted to breast cancer research. Pink ribbons are now seen all over and have become the uniting force for millions of women who are facing breast cancer or supporting someone with the disease. In 1996, Nancy Nick created a blue-and-pink ribbon to symbolize male breast cancer ribbons in honor of her late father. The ribbons remind others that breast cancer can affect men as well as women. Although you can see waves of pink every October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, many people don their ribbons year-round. Great strides have been made with respect to breast cancer, but with about 225,000 new cases popping up each year in the United States alone, there is still work to be done.

Q: I have a family history of breast cancer. Does that mean I’ll develop breast cancer, too? A: Just because other family members have had breast cancer doesn’t mean that their disease was inherited. In the U.S., only about 5 to 10 percent of all breast cancers occur because of inherited mutations.*
*American Cancer Society, Cancer Facts & Figures 2012

Survivor Stories

After working for the railroad for 27 years, August 1989 I left to work with my husband in his Ceramic Tile business….we were actually installers (not a store). We worked long and hard hours.. thinking all was well until October 1995 when my husband (Harry) started getting tired and lethargic. In January 1996 he was diagnosed with Lung Cancer (small cell). After going through Chemo and radiation, he was in remission. We put the business in my name and I continued to do some of the work with the help of two boys. THEN, in December 1996 I found a lump in my right breast. January 1997 it was diagnosed as BREAST CANCER. After a lumpectomy on January 20th, I received chemo and radiation treatments. I finished my chemo April 16, 1997. While I was still receiving my radiation treatments Harry started with a severe backache.. They thought it was a pinched nerve, but on May 2, 1997 a CT scan showed that the Cancer had returned in his back. They started radiation to help with the pain. In fact he was in one radiation room while I was in the next one. I told him after 39 years we didn’t have to share everything. He passed away from his CANCER on June 2, 1997. I finished my radiation June 26, 1997 and I am proud to say that all my checkups have been good and I am a FIFTEEN YEAR SURVIVOR. Everyone asked me how the chemo and radiation affected me and I actually don’t remember as I was taking care of a dying husband and I guess I didn’t pay much attention to how I felt. I am proud to participate in our local Cancer Relay every year and this year thanks to a Tupperware Fundraiser I was able to donate $255.50 as my personal donation for Breast Cancer. Joyce Johnson In April 2006, I went for my mammogram, which I had been doing for many years. Within a short period of time my doctor called to tell me my mammogram was not OK and he would make me an appointment with Dr. Randy Cooper. I went to Dr. Cooper within a few days and he did a biopsy on my left breast. Following the biopsy, he did a lumpectomy which required only radiation. The radiation was delivered directly to the tumor through a catheter. This procedure is call Mammosite and is performed twice daily for five days. I took the week off from work to do the radiation. The procedure was done at Doctors Hospital at seven in the morning and one in the afternoon. All of this went really well. As before, I continued to have my mammograms each year and in 2011 the report was negative again. This time after the biopsy, Dr. Cooper informed me that it would be necessary to do a mastectomy which would require chemotherapy and radiation. The mastectomy went well as did the weeks of chemotherapy and radiation. I have been back for a mammogram in 2012 and everything is fine. My Doctor’s reports have all been good also. We all hate to hear the word Cancer but with your trust in God, trust in your doctors and keeping a very positive attitude, you can survive and learn to take one day at a time. Bettye Hopkins

DiD you know?

Breast cancer is a disease that affects thousands of people each year. According to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 226,870 new cases of invasive breast cancer in women will be diagnosed this year (including new cases of primary breast cancer among survivors but not the recurrence of original breast cancer among survivors). There also will be 63,300 new cases of in situ breast cancer (including ductal carcinoma in situ, or DCIS, and lobular carcinoma in situ, or LCIS). It is estimated that there will be 39,510 breast cancer deaths in 2012. Although breast cancer is rare among men, there are still cases that occur each year. It is estimated that there will be 2,190 new cases of breast cancer cases in men, and there could be 410 breast cancer deaths.

How-To Conduct A Breast Self-Exam

Talking To Your Spouse Or Life Partner
If you are married or living together in a committed relationship, your spouse or partner is likely to feel the greatest impact from your diagnosis with breast cancer. It’s natural for your partner to fear for your health and well-being and feel concerned about what will happen over the long term. Since the two of you run a household together, you’ve probably grown accustomed to certain roles and responsibilities. Your partner may wonder what will happen if you cannot always handle your usual tasks, whether that means earning income, caring for children, paying bills, preparing meals, or any of the other activities of day-to-day life. Breast cancer can intensify whatever patterns of communication existed in your relationship before. If you and your partner have always been able to talk through difficult issues, that ability will probably work well for you now. If open communication has been difficult, you might need to do some extra work to talk about cancer and what it means for your relationship and your household. Although every relationship is unique, you may find it helpful to: Involve your partner in medical appointments when possible. By coming with you to doctor’s appointments, your partner will gain a firsthand understanding of your diagnosis, the treatment options, and any side effects you might experience. Your partner will be better prepared for how you’ll be feeling, and you won’t need to explain everything your doctor said after every appointment. And if your partner has a question, he or she can ask your doctor directly. Be clear about your needs. Tell your partner exactly what you need. On some days, you might want to hand off certain household tasks that you typically handle, such as cooking or supervising homework if you have children. You might ask your partner to field phone calls from concerned friends, talk through treatment options with you, or simply sit with you at the end of a long day. Try not to assume that your partner will be able to sense how you’re feeling or what you need. Ask your partner what he or she needs. As you, your family, and friends focus on your treatment and recovery, it is easy for your partner to feel lost or overburdened.

Early detection of breast cancer can improve survival rates and lessen the severity of treatment options. Routine mammograms are essential to catching signs of breast cancer early on but so can home-based breast exams. Over the years there has been some debate over the effectiveness of breast self-exams, or BSEs, is effective. Different breast cancer organizations have different views on the subject. Some studies have indicated that a BSE is not effective in reducing breast cancer mortality rates. Some argue that these exams also may put women at risk -increasing the number of potential lumps found due to uncertainty as to what is being felt in the breast. This can lead to unnecessary biopsies. Others feel that a BSE is a good practice, considering that roughly 20 percent of breast cancers are found by physical examination rather than by mammography, according to BreastCancer.org. The American Cancer Society takes the position that a BSE is an optional screening tool for breast cancer. For those who are interested in conducting selfexams, here is the proper way to do so. • Begin with a visual inspection of the breasts. Remove clothing and stand in front of a mirror. Turn and pivot so the breasts can be seen at all angles. Make a note of your breasts’ appearance. Pay special attention to any dimpling, puckering or oddness in the appearance of the skin. Check to see if there is any change in symmetry or size of the breasts. • Continue the examination with hands placed by the hips and then again with your hands elevated overhead with your palms pressed together. • Next you will move on to a physical examination. This can be done either by reclining on a bed or the floor or any flat surface. The exam also can be done in the shower. To begin examining the breasts, place the hand and arm for the breast you will be examining behind your head. Use the pads of your pointer, middle and ring fingers to push and massage at the

breast in a clockwise motion. Begin at the outer portion of the breast, slowly working inward in a circular motion until you are at the nipple. Be sure to also check the tissue under the breast and by the armpit. • Do the same process on the opposite breast. Note if there are any differences from one breast to the other. If you find any abnormalities, mark them down on an illustration that you can bring to the doctor. Or if you can get an appointment immediately, draw a ring around the area with a pen so that you will be able to show the doctor directly where you have concern. It is a good idea to conduct a BSE once a month and not when menstruating, when breasts may change due to hormone fluctuation. Frequent examinations will better acquaint you with what is normal with your breasts and better help you recognize if something feels abnormal.

Talk to your partner about what he or she needs to get away and recharge. Encourage regular exercise, outings with friends, or any other activities your partner enjoys. Schedule time alone, just the two of you. This can be especially challenging if you have children, but it’s important. Schedule regular times for you to get away from distractions so you can talk — not just about cancer, but about anything you have been thinking or feeling. Accept the fact that you may have different coping styles. Each person responds to a cancer diagnosis differently. You may want to do lots of research, while your partner may prefer to rely solely on the doctor’s guidance. One of you may be consistently upbeat and optimistic, while the other may need to ask all of the “What if?” questions. Talk about your differences and tell your partner what works best for you. Figure out what adjustments will be needed in the household, and then ask for help together. While you’re going through treatment, there are likely to be times when you cannot help with tasks such as household chores, shopping, errands, and caring for children and pets you may have. You may have to cut back on work time, which could impact household income. Your partner might need outside support to keep the household running smoothly. Work together to figure out what kinds of help you need, and then approach family members, friends, and neighbors for assistance. Get professional help if you need it. A cancer diagnosis can place a great amount of stress on even the strongest relationships. A therapist, counselor, or social worker can help guide you and your partner through difficult conversations if you are having trouble communicating. If you’re interested in finding a professional to talk to, ask your doctor for recommendations.

Stages Of Breast Cancer
Stage is usually expressed as a number on a scale of 0 through IV — with stage 0 describing non-invasive cancers that remain within their original location and stage IV describing invasive cancers that have spread outside the breast to other parts of the body. Stage 0 Stage I Stage II Stage III Stage IV TNM staging system Understanding Breast Cancer Stages Your pathology report will include information about the stage of the breast cancer — that is, whether it is limited to one area in the breast, or it has spread to healthy tissues inside the breast or to other parts of the body. Your doctor will begin to determine this during surgery to remove the cancer and look at one or more of the underarm lymph nodes, which is where breast cancer tends to travel first. He or she also may order additional blood tests or imaging tests if there is reason to believe the cancer might have spread beyond the breast. Cancer stage is based on four characteristics: • the size of the cancer • whether the cancer is invasive or noninvasive • whether cancer is in the lymph nodes • whether the cancer has spread to other parts of the body beyond the breast You also may see or hear certain words used to describe the stage of the breast cancer: • Local: The cancer is confined within the breast. • Regional: The lymph nodes, primarily those in the armpit, are involved. • Distant: The cancer is found in other parts of the body as well. Sometimes doctors use the term “locally advanced” or “regionally advanced” to refer to large tumors that involve the breast skin, underlying chest structures, changes to the breast’s shape, and lymph node enlargement that is visible or that your doctor can feel during an exam. The stage of the breast cancer can help you and your doctor understand your prognosis (the most likely outcome of the disease) and make decisions about treatment, along with all of the other results in your pathology report. Cancer stage also gives everyone a common way to describe the breast cancer, so that the results of your treatment can be compared and understood relative to that of other people. Your doctor may use another staging system known as TNM to describe the cancer. This system is based on the size of the tumor (T), lymph node involvement (N), and whether the cancer has spread, or metastasized, to other parts of the body (M). Stage 0 Stage 0 is used to describe non-invasive breast cancers, such as DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ). In stage 0, there is no evidence of cancer cells or non-cancerous abnormal cells breaking out of the part of the breast in which they started, or getting through to or invading neighboring normal tissue. Stage I Stage I describes invasive breast cancer (cancer cells are breaking through to or invading normal surrounding breast tissue) Stage I is divided into subcategories known as IA and IB. Stage IA describes invasive breast cancer in which: • the tumor measures up to 2 cm AND • the cancer has not spread outside the breast; no lymph nodes are involved Stage IB describes invasive breast cancer in which: • there is no tumor in the breast; instead, small groups of cancer cells – larger than 0.2 millimeter but not larger than 2 millimeters – are found in the lymph nodes, OR • there is a tumor in the breast that is no larger than 2 centimeters, and there are small groups of cancer cells – larger than 0.2 millimeter but not larger than 2 millimeters – in the lymph nodes. Microscopic invasion is possible in stage I breast cancer. In microscopic invasion, the cancer cells have just started to invade the tissue outside the lining of the duct or lobule, but the invading cancer cells can’t measure more than 1 mm. Stage II Stage II is divided into subcategories known as IIA and IIB. Stage IIA describes invasive breast cancer in which: • no tumor can be found in the breast, but cancer cells are found in the lymph nodes under the arm (axillary) OR • the tumor measures 2 cm or smaller and has spread to the axillary lymph nodes OR • the tumor is larger than 2 cm but not larger than 5 cm and has not spread to the axillary lymph nodes Stage IIB describes invasive breast cancer in which: • the tumor is larger than 2 cm but no larger than 5 cm and has spread to the axillary lymph nodes OR • the tumor is larger than 5 cm but has not spread to the axillary lymph nodes Stage III Stage III is divided into subcategories known as IIIA, IIIB, and IIIC. Stage IIIA describes invasive breast cancer in which either: • no tumor is found, but cancer is found in axillary lymph nodes, which are clumped together or sticking to other structures, or cancer may have spread to lymph nodes near the breastbone OR • the cancer is any size and has spread to axillary lymph nodes, which are clumped together or sticking to other structures Stage IIIB describes invasive breast cancer in which: • the cancer may be any size and has spread to the chest wall and/or skin of the breast AND • may have spread to axillary lymph nodes, which are clumped together or sticking to other structures, or cancer may have spread to lymph nodes near the breastbone Inflammatory breast cancer is considered at least stage IIIB. Typical features of inflammatory breast cancer include: • reddening of a large portion of the breast skin • the breast feels warm and may be swollen • cancer cells have spread to the lymph nodes and may be found in the skin Stage IIIC describes invasive breast cancer in which: • there may be no sign of cancer in the breast or, if there is a tumor, it may be any size and may have spread to the chest wall and/or the skin of the breast AND • the cancer has spread to lymph nodes above or below the collarbone AND • the cancer may have spread to axillary lymph nodes or to lymph nodes near the breastbone Stage IV Stage IV describes invasive breast cancer that has spread beyond the breast and nearby lymph nodes to other organs of the body, such as the lungs, distant lymph nodes, skin, bones, liver, or brain. You may hear the words “advanced” and “metastatic” used to describe stage IV breast cancer. Cancer may be stage IV at first diagnosis or it can be a recurrence of a previous breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body. TNM staging system TNM (Tumor, Node, Metastasis) is another staging system researchers use to provide more details about how the cancer looks and behaves. Your doctor might mention the TNM classification for your case, but he or she is much more likely to use the numerical staging system. Sometimes clinical trials require TNM information from participants, so talk to your doctor if you are considering participation in a clinical trial. The TNM system is based on three characteristics: • size (T stands for tumor) • lymph node involvement (N stands for node) • whether the cancer has metastasized (M stands for metastasis), or moved beyond the breast to other parts of the body. The T (size) category describes the original (primary) tumor: • TX means the tumor can’t be measured or found. • T0 means there isn’t any evidence of the primary tumor. • Tis means the cancer is “in situ” (the tumor has not started growing into healthy breast tissue). • T1, T2, T3, T4: These numbers are based on the size of the tumor and the extent to which it has grown into neighboring breast tissue. The higher the T number, the larger the tumor and/or the more it may have grown into the breast tissue. The N (lymph node involvement) category describes whether or not the cancer has reached nearby lymph nodes: • NX means the nearby lymph nodes can’t be measured or found. • N0 means nearby lymph nodes do not contain cancer. • N1, N2, N3: These numbers are based on the number of lymph nodes involved and how much cancer is found in them. The higher the N number, the greater the extent of the lymph node involvement. The M (metastasis) category tells whether or not there is evidence that the cancer has traveled to other parts of the body: • MX means metastasis can’t be measured or found. • M0 means there is no distant metastasis. • M1 means that distant metastasis is present. Once the pathologist knows your T, N, and M characteristics, he or she can use them to assign a stage to the cancer. For example, a T1 N0 M0 breast cancer would mean that the primary breast tumor is less than 2 centimeters across (T1), has not involved the lymph nodes (N0), and has not spread to distant parts of the body (M0). This cancer would be grouped as stage I.

What To Expect After A Mastectomy
A person’s life changes when he or she receives a breast cancer diagnosis. There are many questions that need to be answered, and one of them is usually, “What are my options?” One of the treatment options in the fight against breast cancer is a mastectomy. Though the number of mastectomies performed each year was in decline a mere decade ago, more and more are now being performed thanks in large part to less invasive treatments. A study of more than 5,000 Mayo Clinic cancer patients revealed a 13 percent increase in the number of mastectomies performed between 2003 and 2006. A small but growing number of women are also electing to have “preventative” mastectomies, which could involve removing one or both of the breasts if there is a high genetic disposition to getting breast cancer in the family or if cancerous cells were detected in one breast. In 2006, the last year for which national data is available, more than 15 percent of breast cancer patients ages 18 to 39 had a healthy breast removed, says the University of Minnesota’s Elizabeth Habermann, co-author of a 2010 study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. A mastectomy is an umbrella term used to describe the removal of the entire breast, portions of the breast, or just the lymph nodes under the armpits. The main types of a mastectomy include: • Modified radical mastectomy: This involves removal of the entire breast, including the breast tissue, skin, areola, and nipple. In some cases, the lining over the chest muscles, as well as most of the underarm lymph nodes, is also removed. • Simple total mastectomy: This surgery involves removal of the entire breast, tissue, skin, areola and nipple. • Skin-sparing mastectomy: The breast tissue, nipple and areola are removed, but the skin is spared. Breast reconstruction surgery is typically performed immediately after. • Nipple-sparing mastectomy: Only the breast tissue is removed, leaving the skin, nipple, areola and chest wall muscles. Again, reconstruction of the breast is typically performed immediately afterward. After Surgery Expect to stay one to two days in the hospital after surgery. The nursing staff will have a dressing over the surgical site, so you likely will not be able to see the results until a follow-up visit a week or more after the surgery. The doctor will advise proper home care to keep the area clean, and you should be aware of signs for infection. You may have surgical drains in place that will need to be watched and emptied. Some pain is common post-surgery, and pain medications may be prescribed. Adequate rest is urged for proper healing and to prevent opening the wound site. Dissolvable stitches are often used to close the wound, but some doctors prefer staples, which will be removed at a follow-up visit. Bruising and soreness are to be expected. A fever could be indicative of an infection. Recovering from surgery Depending on the type of mastectomy performed, you may be left with anything from small scarring to a sunken, asymmetrical chest. You may want to avoid wearing or getting fitted for a new bra until the wound is completely healed and swelling has declined, which can take six weeks. Although strenuous exercise should be avoided, many patients will be given exercises to perform so they can regain movement and flexibility. Walking is an exercise that can be done immediately, but a doctor will be able to tell you when more exercises can be done. You may resume driving when pain medication is no longer needed. Practicing driving in a parking lot can help you figure out if there is any pain associated with turning the wheel or pressing down on the accelerator or brake. Body image If reconstructive surgery is not an option, breast prosthetics can restore balance to the breast area and help with post-mastectomy body image. Professional fitters can help size and fit a prosthetic to your body. Some cancer organizations offer free prostheses if insurance doesn’t cover them. Mastectomy bras are another option. They generally have pockets in the cups that can hold breast forms. Some women choose to wear regular bras and simply slip forms inside. In cases where underarm lymph nodes had to be removed, there may be extensive scarring under the arms. Therefore. when trying on blouses and other shirts, take a close look at the armholes. Anything too loose may make you feel uncomfortable if it exposes scarring. Depending on how much tissue and breast wall has been removed, the chest may actually be concave. Wearing patterned shirts can help disguise this area and draw attention away. Fashion has come a long way, and there are now many different options in post-mastectomy clothing. Having a mastectomy is seldom easy, but knowing what to expect afterward can chase away some of the anxiety.

Coping With Breast Cancer
A breast cancer diagnsosis can cause a wide range of emotions, from denial to guilt, helplessness, anxiety and fear. It is a stressful time. That is why it helps to build a strong support network of family and friends and to make time to share your feelings with others. Co-survivors are family, friends, health care providers or colleagues who are there to lend support from diagnosis through treatment and beyond. Support from your co-survivors can help you through this difficult time. Make time to share your feelings with others. They can be there to listen to your concerns, share their experiences and help you make decisions regarding your treatment. They can also help you gather information about breast cancer and even share some of your day-to-day tasks. Many people also find strength in their spirituality and faith. A social worker or counselor can also help. They can teach you ways to manage your issues with breast cancer and how to cope with your feelings. Finally, talking to your doctor is one of the most important things you can do. Taking time to talk honestly with your doctor will help you gain trust and confidence. It will also help you work together as a team to make important treatment decisions.


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Midland Valley Chorus Invited To Play In D.C.
By Rob Novit When Midland Valley High chorus director Vanessa Cox attended Sumter High School, she and other choral members traveled to Washington, D.C. – the highlight was a chance to perform at the National Cathedral. “The sun gleamed through the stained glass windows,” Cox said. “It was an awe-inspiring opportunity to be there. Now our students will have the same type of experience at the Kennedy Center.” She and her students have been invited to participate in a National Memorial Day Choral Festival in Washington, D.C., in May 2013. They will represent South Carolina. The group will leave May 24. “We also have the chance to visit the memorials and the Smithsonian,” Cox said. “There will be a performance only for us at the Jefferson Memorial, and our choir will perform at one or two veterans retirement facilities.” The students will visit the Arlington National Cemetery and participate in a special U.S.

Byrd Elementary’s Bucket Fillers and Good Citizens for September
Willing and Franklin Smith. Good Citizens include Kyler Drayton, Emily Sausaman, Dawson Woodhams, Sara Hatcher, Andon Hawkins, Edith Olascoaga, Symia Wheeler, Ally Gordon, Hunter Bell, Kaleb Herring, Daniel Guzman, Miracle Walker, Bradley Moyer, Reese Wilson, Audrey Bennett, Kaley Randall, Clare Balsam, Jesse Duffie, Ana Lewis, Lauren Friday, Samaiya Bush, Desiree Brown, Juan Garcia, Christopher Wren, Trace Seigler, Tessa Barwick, Teryn Harris, Nick Lintner, Shelby Dyer, Laniya Carmichael, Jazmine Craig, Kacy Swearingen and Miles Roane.

Byrd Elementary School has chosen its Bucket Fillers of the Military wreath-laying ceremony Month and its Good Citizens for at the Tomb of the Unknown September. Soldier. Bucket Fillers include Fredy The choral program is planning Garcia, Audyn Randall, some fundraisers to supplement Madison Rutherford, Alexis personal fundraising efforts. Rosier, Elizabeth Lopez, However, the cost per student is Kym Simpkins, Taylor $886, and Cox hopes that corporate, Tolen, Kaylee Sharpe, Judy private and individual sponsors Osorio, James Rushton, will support the trip. Jordyn Haaf, Gracie Prine, Those who would like to Trevor Youngblood, Rachel contribute to the trip can contact Cisneros, Eddie Wilson, Lily Carla Aldrete, the Midland Valley Boswell, Terrell Nelson, bookkeeper, at 593-7100, ext. 37. Arianna Douglas, Quincy In just her third year with the Wells, Gibson Willin, Natalie choral classes, Cox now has 95 Rushton, Desiree Brown, students enrolled. She also offers Ty’re Green, Macarro a show choir with 18 members this Newsome, Blake Price, Tessa year. Barwick, Candy Cano, Jay The Memorial Day festival at the Hays, Shelby Salter, T.J. Kennedy Center will be directed McLester, Carson Lee, Duffy
by Craig Jessop, dean of Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University. The selections will include “God of Our Fathers, Whose Almighty Hand,” “Deep River,” “Hymn to the Fallen” from the film “Saving Private Ryan,” “The Last Full Measure of Devotion” and “Who are the Brave.”

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Jefferson Elementary’s Bucket Fillers for September
The following students at Jefferson Elementary were named bucket-fillers for the month of September: Brooke Hicks, Addison Brockington, Nate Walker, Ny’Asia Gilliam, Ines Martinez Benitez, Summer Tucker, Dakota Jones, Seth Cameron, Holly Chalker, Gabrielle Bigenho, Lisbeth Maldonado, Reese Thompkins, Johnny Burke, Emma Wall, Logan Busbee, Kaylie Batchelor, Ryleigh Durden, NyQuiera Collins, McKenna Palmer, Haley Drake, Stephanie Zaragoza, Abby Khakee, Tiana Holley, Brayan Cabrera, Colby Tinsley, Abel Rocha and Amanda Khakee.

Can you find the horseshoe?
Hidden in the pages of this edition is a horseshoe.


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Midland Valley High School Sports Medicine Learning Experience
By Seniors Holly Rittenberry, Stephanie Flores and Brooke Regan On September 18, Sports Medicine classes from Midland Valley High School traveled to Columbia to tour the athletic training facilities at the University of South Carolina with their teacher Miss Cooper. Students were exposed to several different athletic training environments including football, baseball, softball, track and volleyball. They were able to talk one on one with certified athletic trainers currently employed at the university. Midland Valley students observed volleyball practice in the Carolina Coliseum and were also given the opportunity to walk through the baseball locker room, baseball weight room, and baseball stadium. Overall, the trip was a wonderful learning experience for the Sports Medicine classes.

Backpack Campaign At Byrd Elementary School
Byrd Elementary´s 2012-13 Backpack Campaign got under way on September 19, 2012. Volunteers Sara and Maxie Rutland, left, brought a pallet of food from the Aiken Golden Harvest Food Bank warehouse to the school in Graniteville. From there, they were joined by Byrd staffers Kate Mitchum, Rebecca Johnson, Tory Thalley, George Hightower, Tamieka Green and Dr. Samantha Nobles. The program gives children in need packs of food every Friday, ensuring they have food over the weekend.


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semifinalists in the 2013 national Achievement scholarship Program
About the 2013 Competition More than 160,000 high school juniors from all parts of the United States requested consideration in the 2013 National Achievement Scholarship Program when they took the 2011 Preliminary SAT/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/ NMSQT®). Semifinalists are designated within geographic regions and are the highestscoring program entrants in the states that make up each region. To advance to the Finalist level in the competition, the Semifinalist and their high school must submit a detailed scholarship application in which they provide information about the student’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, and educational goals. Semifinalists must present a record of high academic performance throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAI scores that confirm their PSAT/NMSQT performance. From the approximately 1,600 Semifinalists, about 1,300 are expected to advance to the Finalist level and in January they will be notified of this designation. All Achievement Scholar® awardees will be selected from the Finalist group on the basis of their abilities, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. National Achievement Scholarships National Achievement Scholarships provided in 2013 will be supported by corporations, professional organizations, foundations, and by NMSC’s own funds. Two types of scholarships will be offered. Every Finalist will compete for one of the 700 onetime National Achievement $2500 Scholarships, which will be awarded on a regional representation basis. In addition, corporate and business sponsors will underwrite about 100 Achievement Scholarship awards for Finalists who meet criteria set by the grantor. Although some corporatesponsored awards provide a single payment, most are renewable for up to four years of undergraduate study. NMSC will release the names of scholarship winners to news media in early April.

Submitted photo Kick-off BBQ for Byrd Elementary Back Pack Program was a success! St. James Lutheran Church in Graniteville on Friday raised $6440 to support the Golden Harvest Food Bank’s Back Pack Program at Byrd Elementary beginning in the fall of 2012. Many thanks to all who participated and contributed to make this happen. Pictured, from left, are Ruth Vance, Wayne Fulmer, Mike Cutshall and Bob Petrulovich.

Answers to Kids PAge
1. Flower is removed from clown’s hat 2. Tail is missing from the cat’s costume 3. H is missing from Halloween banner 4. Crown is missing from the princess 5. Key hole is missing from the door knob spooky orange costumes skeleton ghosts candy scarecrow 6. Star is missing 7. Clown’s hat changed to green 8. Cat’s ears changed to purple 9. Frankenstein’s shoes changed to green

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