Reflection of a summer internship with The Times Examiner

Writing has always been a passion of mine. It is the effect that reading has on the brain that has built my interest with it. While someone is reading, for that brief period of time, they are thinking the writer’s thoughts. As an educated man I value my discernment and value my search for truth. In the beginning writing was a hobby and was used to express my imagination, but now it has become more than that.

As an aspiring fiction writer I felt that furthering my education in writing would be the best way to gain credibility when it was time to acquire a publisher. Attention to my writing while gaining my business degree led me to enroll in the Print Media program at North Greenville University when I moved back to South Carolina. My Grandfather was a student and my step-sister was also enrolled at the time. I like to think that the Lord opened the path for me to continue my education at the university.

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River-Falls-Fire---Child-wearing-fire-gearOn Saturday, August 11, the Roof Raiser Volunteers for the River Falls Fire Department sponsored a Bluegrass Band Benefit at Lakemont Colony, in Cleveland, South Carolina, benefiting the River Falls Fire Department. Rain came slowly then poured down, but that did not stop over 250 people from enjoying this charitable event.

Two Bluegrass Bands came and performed Mountain Creek Bluegrass featuring Mike Elrod and Josh Johnson’s group. “Both groups provided wonderful music for free for us to listen to. I went up and thanked them for their time and contribution,” says Pat McCain, Wellness Specialist, and Nurse from the area. It was calming and relaxing listening to the beautiful sounds of banjos and guitars with the local community, smiling and talking with each other… coming  together to support each other to raise money for this important cause.

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On Wednesday, FRC was the target of what the FBI is calling an act of domestic terrorism. A gunman, identified as Floyd Corkins, invaded our headquarters in Washington, D.C. armed with a 9mm pistol, approximately 50 rounds of ammunition, and 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches. The gunman was confronted by an unarmed member of the FRC staff, Leo Johnson. When the gunman pulled the gun from his backpack and aimed the weapon at Leo, Leo moved toward the gunman to disarm him. Despite being shot in the process, Leo was able to subdue the shooter and call for others on the staff, who helped admirably. One of the investigators, based on their preliminary findings, told me Leo's actions saved a lot of lives.

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The United States Congress passed a resolution in 2010, stating that the second Sunday in August would be a celebration of national unity and our appreciation for the men and women who were in the military during World War II. World War II officially ended in August 1945. The war in Europe ended May 8, 1945, but the Japanese did not officially surrender until September 2, 1945.

Sunday, August 12th, being the second Sunday in August, the Travelers Rest community celebrated the annual “Spirit ‘45" at the Reedy River Baptist Church. More than 300 guests attended the celebration program, which included 24 WWII veterans.

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River Falls Firefighters are losing their fire station…two months ago the roof of their station dropped dramatically and the ceiling bowed in the middle of the bay area where their shiny red fire trucks sit, ready to rescue an injured person in the Marietta area. Walls have shifted, windows cracked, and trusses dropped a foot…1st one loose and then came the domino effect…boom, boom, boom…. “Contractors have said this building is dangerous and it is going to fall in,” affirms David Embry, River Falls Fire Chief. Now the firehouse is unsafe for these heroes to serve this area.

These firefighters, both men and women ages 13 to 70, volunteer their time to serve this area of 4,000 plus residents every second of the day.

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Ruby Lucille “Lucy” Beacham Howard, 94, formerly of 1254 Camp Creek Road, died July 28, 2012, at The Cottages at Brushy Creek in the loving care of her family and the staff in Lilac Cottage where she was a resident. She celebrated her 94th birthday on July 1 with a birthday party given in her honor and in the presence of many family members and friends.

A native of Greenville County, she was the widow of Melvin Gurley Howard, whom she married late in her life. She was the daughter of Rev. Hartwell and Lou Della Burgess Beacham and the last surviving member of her family She was a graduate of Mountain View High School and a former employee of Homelite. Mrs. Howard was a charter member of Praise Cathedral Church of God and was an active member up until recently when she was no longer able to attend. She loved her church and the many friends whom she cherished. She was a 40-year member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Hampton-Lee Chapter #1281 serving as president for twelve years.

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Hank Chardos, Founder of “Home Works of America,” based in Columbia, SC, came back to Greenville, Sunday, July 15th, to organize various groups of adults along with middle and high school student volunteers to perform minor repairs to homes owned by senior citizens on a fixed income. All the homes are in Greenville County.

The fifty students, ages 12 - 18, came from Florence, Myrtle Beach, Columbia, Aiken and Greenville. The adults were from the Greenville area.

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