• Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Berkeley Training Class of '64 awards $1,800 in scholarships
The Berkeley Training High School Class of 1964 awarded $1,800 in scholarships to nine high school graduates from across Berkeley County and nationally, based on academic performance and other worthy qualifiers.
The following students were benefactors for the 2013 award term: Shaheem Ceruti, a 2013 graduate of Bronx Haven High School, Bronx, NY; Samuel Gadgegbeku, a 2013 graduate of Berkeley High School who plans to attend Greenville Technical College; Diante Gibbs, a 2013 graduate of Stratford High School who plans to attend Winthrop University and major in Secondary Education; Niasia Hazelton, a 2013 graduate of Berkeley High School who plans to attend the University of South Carolina at Beaufort and major in Biology; Roneshia Reid, a 2013 graduate of Berkeley High School who plans to attend USC-Sumter and major in Nursing; Donni Robinson, a 2013 graduate of BHS who plans to attend USC and major in Broadcast Journalism and  Communications; Michael Sega, a 2013 graduate of Timberland High School who plans to attend Morris College and major in Business Management; Leonna Spells, a 2013 graduate BHS who plans to attend USC-Beaufort and major in Nursing; and Darche' Witherspoon, a 2013 graduate of BHS who plans to attend Johnson C.  Smith University and major in Criminal Justice.
The Class of '64 also elected the following alumni as class officers for the 2014 year: President Charles A. Scott, Vice President Frank Coaxum, Secretary Idora Pressley, Treasurer Eleanor Ruth Scott and Chaplin Rose Smith.
America's Birthday
Here's hoping you had a most enjoyable Fourth of July, in spite of the weather.
It rained a great deal along coastal and inland areas, which kept many barbecues inside rather than outside as is often done as family and friends gather to celebrate this special day.  It's always a pleasure to prepare the menu for the day (it's a little like Thanksgiving), and end it with lots of fireworks watching, or actually lighting them.
We did a little of both this year, and as we prepared for the delicious meal and camaraderie, we also took the time to speak with our grandchildren about the true meaning of the day.
America is truly a special place, and it is what it is because of the sacrifices made by its people. This country represents the world in terms of its makeup and opportunities. In spite of what any of us may have been told, this is still the best country in the world.
Our freedoms are tremendous and Americans have been significantly blessed. I pray we never forget this country's preeminent motto. The motto is embraced by all who put their lives on the line every day.  It reads - “For God and Country.”
It is why the men and women of the United States of America go to war, and it is what sustains them as they leave, and us, as we wait for their return. It is my fervent prayer that God will always Bless America, and that America will always Bless God.
Keeping in Prayer
Viola Middleton, Ruth Williams, Emily Jones, Vanilla Thompson, Lucille Edwards, Ernestine G. Williams, Ernestine M. Williams, Gracie Williams, Annie Wiggins, Lamont Halback, Louise King, Loretta White, Annie Graves, Deloris Montgomery, Dr. Hattie Martin, Noel Smalls,  Margie Prioleau, Dorothy Williams, Rufus Smalls,  Cousin Alice, Julia Jenkins, Victoria Middleton, Naomi Fashion, Monica Booker, Betty Ravenell, Barbara Manigault,  Hazel Crawford, Rufus Smalls, Elder Jeremiah Washington,  and all others that are under the weather, shut-in, hospitalized or in need of care and attention.
Items of Interest
Send items of interest to Yvonne J. Barnes, 1458 Colonel Maham Dr., Pineville, SC 29468. Call (843) 567-4182 or email ybarnes@homesc.com.

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