Aug. 1 Names & Notes

  • Friday, August 2, 2013

Submitted Photo Kevin W. Toole has recently joined the North Augusta Office of Southern Bank & Trust as vice president and business development officer.

Kevin W. Toole has recently joined the North Augusta Office of Southern Bank & Trust as vice president and business development officer. A native to the area, Toole received his B.A. in political science from USC Aiken. He also is a board member for the North Augusta Chamber of Commerce and Leadership North Augusta. Toole has joined SB&T to serve the financial needs of the businesses in this community. His 16 years of banking experience will prove valuable in his new role. Toole resides in the area with his wife, Meredith, and his children.


Rodriguez completed Navy basic training

Navy Seaman Nancy E. Rodriguez, daughter of Estanislada Santana of Beech Island and Pablo Romano of Beech Island, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.


During the eight-week program, Rodriguez completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.


The capstone event of boot camp is “Battle Stations.” This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. “Battle Stations” is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of honor, courage and commitment. Its distinctly “Navy’’ flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a sailor.


Rodriguez is a 2013 graduate of Midland Valley High School of Graniteville.


Thirkell named to college dean’s list

Alexander Thirkell of North Augusta made the dean’s list for spring semester at the Georgia Institute of Technology. This designation is awarded to undergraduate students who have a 3.0 or higher academic average for the semester.


Whatley awarded Faculty Honors

Macie Whatley of North Augusta earned the distinction of Faculty Honors for Spring 2013 at the Georgia Institute of Technology. This designation is awarded to undergraduate students who have a 4.0 academic average for the semester.


Gooch-Jackson wins Chaflin scholarship

Rodricka L. Gooch-Jackson received one of two Claflin University CSRA alumni scholarships. Gooch-Jackson was chosen based on academic merit and her campus and community involvement.


She is on the dean’s list and was Ms. Pre-Alumni of Claflin University as well as Ms. Sophomore. She is also a cheerleader and volunteer tutor. She is a 2012 graduate of North Augusta High School.


She is the daughter of Tera M. Jackson of North Augusta, the granddaughter of the Rev. Herman and Patricia Jackson of North Augusta and the great-granddaughter of Dea. Robert and Martha Walton of Beech Island.


Sgts. Kuhns, Polochko awarded scholarships

The 2013 recipients of the Aiken-Augusta Penn State Club’s annual scholarship are Sgt. Chase Kuhns of Ft. Gordon and Emery Polochko of Aiken. Sgt. Kuhns, who is beginning his freshman year as a business major at the university’s Harrisburg campus, has been awarded a $1,000 freshman scholarship. Polochko, a business major at Penn State’s main campus at University Park, has been awarded a $4,476 continuing student scholarship. The Aiken-Augusta Penn State Club established the scholarship several years ago and has built it into the third-largest scholarship endowed by a Penn State club in the country.



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