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HEMINGWAY – The Hemingway Boys & Girls Club announced its “50 for 100 Facility Campaign” last week.The campaign runs until Dec. 31, and for every $1 given by the community, a generous, longtime club benefactor will match it with $1.George Brown, a Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area board member, announced the campaign at the club’s recent board meeting, adding that this matching gift opportunity is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ensure the Hemingway Club facility provides a safe and nurt...
HEMINGWAY – The Hemingway Boys & Girls Club announced its “50 for 100 Facility Campaign” last week.
The campaign runs until Dec. 31, and for every $1 given by the community, a generous, longtime club benefactor will match it with $1.
George Brown, a Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area board member, announced the campaign at the club’s recent board meeting, adding that this matching gift opportunity is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ensure the Hemingway Club facility provides a safe and nurturing environment for youth in Hemingway and beyond.
Mike Woods, the director of programs and evaluation, said while the recent announcement is the first public announcement, campaign planning has been underway for several months, and $26,000 has already been raised toward the match. The funds raised from this campaign will go toward several major projects that need to be completed to keep the club relevant and inviting for youth.
The goal is to refurbish and refresh the club’s appearance, add a focus on technology and replace outdated program equipment. The vision includes adding STEM and E-Sports labs, updating program equipment such as furniture and game tables and refurbishing the 23,860-square-foot roof.
The Hemingway Boys & Girls Club opened in 1998 and serves more than 350 youths ages 6 to 18 annually, offering daily after school programs and all-day summer programs. The club’s primary focus is to help youth increase their academic abilities, provide them opportunities to develop their character and leadership skills and encourage them to adopt a healthier lifestyle. While the majority of club members live in Hemingway, club membership reaches into Johnsonville, Kingstree, Andrews and surrounding communities.
When Hemingway Club Director Marcus Mitchell learned of the campaign, he shared that the last major renovation to the facility was back in 2009 and that the club is in dire need of upgrades. He said that with 89% of club members belonging to no other youth service organization, it was imperative that the club provide a first-class facility and service to the area’s youth.
The club invites people to join it by lending a helping hand to serve so many deserving youths. The club’s impact has shown:
94% of parents report club hours and services allow someone in the household to maintain a job.
Teachers said that 86% of members who needed to raise their grades did, and that 80% who needed to improve their behavior did.
57% of alumni believe that the club saved their lives.
Donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 397, Hemingway, SC 29554, or click donate at bgcpda.org and write Hemingway Match in the memo.
Three postal workers, including two sisters from South Carolina, have been charged by federal prosecutors for their alleged roles in a scam that netted as much as $8 million from the federal Paycheck Prote...
Three postal workers, including two sisters from South Carolina, have been charged by federal prosecutors for their alleged roles in a scam that netted as much as $8 million from the federal Paycheck Protection Program.
In a recently unsealed indictment, federal prosecutors in South Carolina allege that Tiffany McFadden of New York and Keisha Lewis and Cherry Lewis of South Carolina filed false applications for themselves and others. The women face six charges of wire fraud and conspiracy.
The “national scheme” netted the three defendants $1 million directly, but that number may be as high as $8 million, according to a statement released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for South Carolina.
“PPP loans were intended to help businesses survive unprecedented challenges. Every dollar stolen from this program was stolen from taxpayers and legitimate businesses in need of support,” said U.S. Attorney Adair F. Boroughs of South Carolina.
McFadden, 40, a former U.S. Postal Service employee who regularly traveled to South Carolina, is accused of being the mastermind behind the scheme. She allegedly filed fraudulent PPP loans on behalf of other individuals, using “routinely fictitious” businesses, according to the indictment. McFadden allegedly took a cut of the fraudulently obtained loans.
“Most PPP applicants were also aware that the information submitted to the SBA was false,” according to the indictment.
The indictment describes PPP loans submitted in the names of Cherry and Keisha Lewis.
On March 4, 2021, the indictment states that a bank account belonging to Keisha Lewis, 33, from Hemingway, S.C., received $20,500 from PPP lender Itria Ventures. The next day she allegedly transferred $4,000 to Tiffany McFadden’s CashApp account.
The indictment also said that a PPP loan was submitted in the name of Cherry Lewis, 43, from Johnsonville, SC. On Feb. 10, 2021 she submitted an application for a fraudulent PPP loan, according to the indictment. Cherry Lewis is accused of “overstating her income and claiming ownership of non-existent businesses.”
The indictment also accused Cherry Lewis and Keisha Lewis of requesting blank, fillable tax forms from McFadden that they then provided to other individuals “to use in assisting others to complete PPP applications.”
If convicted, the defendants face up to 20 years in prison. They may also be required to pay fines and restitution.
PPP was designed to provide relief to business owners who were unable to pay workers due to COVID-19 shutdowns. The forgivable loans were administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration and were intended to encourage business owners to keep employees.
The defendants were arrested by the U.S. Secret Service on Jan. 6, 2023, according to the statement. They were arraigned the same day before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kaymani D. West at the federal courthouse in Florence, S.C. They have been released on bond pending trial.
“Any member of the public who has information related to this scheme is encouraged to contact the U.S. Secret Service,” said Burroughs.
The case was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service, with assistance from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Small Business Administration, the Florence County Sheriff’s Office, and the Williamsburg County Sheriff’s Office, according to the statement.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Elliott B. Daniels and Winston Marosek, who also serves as the Office’s Coronavirus Fraud Coordinator, are prosecuting the case.
Defensive lineman Tonka Hemingway and offensive lineman Cason Henry likely won’t be available for spring practice due to minor surgeries, South Carolina head coach Shane Beamer told reporters on Thur...
Defensive lineman Tonka Hemingway and offensive lineman Cason Henry likely won’t be available for spring practice due to minor surgeries, South Carolina head coach Shane Beamer told reporters on Thursday.
The purpose of those procedures was to “clean up some things” from the end of the 2022 season to be fully healthy for this year.
Hemingway totaled 33 tackles and four sacks last season. He made a few highlight plays on special teams, catching a fake field goal against Vanderbilt and taking a direct snap for a two-point conversion against S.C. State.
Henry played in two games as a true freshman for South Carolina in 2022.
Jordan Strachan and Mo Kaba will be “limited” as the recover from their season-ending injuries. Both players tore an ACL in Week 2 against Arkansas last season. Beamer said their rehab has gone well so far, and they’re able to move around with the thing they’ve been allowed to do.
David Spaulding, who missed the end of last season due to a foot injury, will be “more likely” to participate in spring practice activities, according to Beamer. He hopes for him to become more involved in the second half of spring practice.
“Other than that, knock on wood, we’re in great shape from a health standpoint,” Beamer said. “Off-season’s been good, pleased with the progress we’ve made and excited to finish up everything in the weight room this week. And then, get into phase two for us, which is spring practice.”
Spring football practice begins March 14. The Gamecocks’ annual Garnet & Black Spring Football Game is 7 p.m. April 15.
All three players who were suspended last month — Monteque Rhames, Anthony Rose and Cameron Upshaw — are still not with the team and Beamer does not believe they’ll be with the team “in the near future.”
The three players were suspended Feb. 3 and later removed from the team’s official online roster.
At the time, Beamer issued a statement that said: “Our student-athletes know what is expected of them. They know that both the University and the football program will hold them accountable for their actions and decisions.”
USC didn’t provide details as to why those players were suspended, but Richland County jail records showed that Rhames had been arrested on charges of “carrying weapons on school property” and obstructing justice.
This story was originally published March 2, 2023, 11:48 AM.
Beaufort SC is one of the friendliest towns you’ll ever find. Neighbors take care of each other and our community rallies like no other; and this holds true even, or especially, at downtown’s Panini’s and at Hemingway’s Bistro at Thanksgiving every year.Gearing up for their 29th annual “Orphans and Strays Thanksgiving Dinner,” both Hemingway’s and Panini’s on the Waterfront are looking at the holidays as truly a time for giving back to folks in the Beaufort community.Starting arou...
Beaufort SC is one of the friendliest towns you’ll ever find. Neighbors take care of each other and our community rallies like no other; and this holds true even, or especially, at downtown’s Panini’s and at Hemingway’s Bistro at Thanksgiving every year.
Gearing up for their 29th annual “Orphans and Strays Thanksgiving Dinner,” both Hemingway’s and Panini’s on the Waterfront are looking at the holidays as truly a time for giving back to folks in the Beaufort community.
Starting around 2pm, the free dinner is being held at Hemingway’s all afternoon long on Thanksgiving Day.
Started way back in 1993 by the Fosters, the original owners of Hemingway’s, the event has grown quite a bit in the time that new owners Paul Thompson and Kanani Robinson, have stepped in. According to Thompson, who also owns Panini’s on the Waterfront, the free event “draws over 150 locals and visitors,” who would otherwise not have many choices of where to spend the holiday.
In fact, the sense of community is so strong, Thompson decided to close Panini’s next door for the holiday again this year, giving his employees the day off as well as passing up on the revenue generated from being one of the few local restaurants open on Thanksgiving so he could focus his efforts on preparing main courses next door at Hemingway’s for those that don’t have anywhere of their own to go.
“We greatly appreciate all of our regular patrons who have returned over the past 10 years to Panini’s to celebrate with family and enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner,” Thompson said. “This year, we have again made the decision to be closed and will be cooking several smoked turkeys and hams for the annual Hemingway’s Bistro ‘Orphans & Strays’ Thanksgiving.”
“I can’t stress enough the amazing amount of support we get from the community for this special day. This is a great tradition now in its 29th year, and we are always pleased to be part of it; we love when our locals and visitors all come together for a holiday dinner,” Thompson told us.
The annual Orphans & Strays Thanksgiving is a pot luck where the folks who have been coming regularly year after year bring a side dish, with both Panini’s and Hemingway’s donating time and money in preparing the main entrées including turkeys, hams, mac & cheese, salads, etc. While it’s not necessary to bring anything, the food is free to all and you can enjoy live entertainment and meet some new friends. While the free dinner is available to everyone starting around 2pm, the full bar will be available until 1:30am (another post-Thanksgiving dinner tradition).
In yet another selfless act by yet another local, “Campfire Tyler has graciously agreed to provide his talents for the Orphans and Strays party at Hemingway’s, away from his family. We thank him for doing this. Tyler is first and foremost a family man that is giving back his time to the community,” Thompson added.
For a lot of people, Thanksgiving has become their official binge eating day stuffing themselves with as much turkey and goodies as possible. For others, it is a day for shoes off and football. Most likely afterwards, you spend a couple of days eating leftover turkey and stuffing.
However, there are many others who focus on the true meaning of Thanksgiving which is simply to be thankful for everything you have. The purpose of Thanksgiving is to practice humility and give thanks for whatever it is we do have.
“The event has become popular and lots of folks look forward to it,” Thompson said. “So we are going to expand it and also have the same gathering this year on Christmas Day and then again next spring on Easter Sunday. Anyone and everyone is welcome.”
At Panini’s, and at Hemingway’s, humility and giving thanks are obviously things that they practice, and for that, we’re thankful that we have them.
Hemingway’s Bistro is located at 920 Bay Street (Rear) at downtown Beaufort’s Waterfront Park.
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Terrell Hemingway isn’t exactly sure why everyone calls him Tonka.“You’ve got to talk to my dad about that one,” South Carolina’s sophomore defensive lineman said.It’s not because his son played with Tonka trucks as a child, Kenneth Hemingway said. It’s because he impersonated one.“He would always fall, jump, tear up anything he had,” Kenneth said. “We bought him one of those little hot rod cycles from Walmart with the battery to it, and I...
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Terrell Hemingway isn’t exactly sure why everyone calls him Tonka.
“You’ve got to talk to my dad about that one,” South Carolina’s sophomore defensive lineman said.
It’s not because his son played with Tonka trucks as a child, Kenneth Hemingway said. It’s because he impersonated one.
“He would always fall, jump, tear up anything he had,” Kenneth said. “We bought him one of those little hot rod cycles from Walmart with the battery to it, and I had to always monitor him because he was a daredevil. We were going over to my mother’s house and my uncle had a trailer there that was pretty high off the ground, and Tonka was going so fast that he couldn’t stop that thing so he ran dead into that mobile home and the bike went under the mobile home and it knocked him back off that bike. He jumped up and got on the bike and kept going.”
The young boy fell so often and so hard that his father worried his body would break down.
“I used to give him the devil about falling on his knees,” Kenneth said. “I’d say, ‘Boy, they aren’t going to be any good to you when you get older.’”
They’re holding up fine. Tonka Hemingway is the youngest of Kenneth and Lena’s four children, a quartet that together starred in almost every sport Conway High School offered and all went on to play college sports. Oldest sister Shamae played basketball and volleyball at Coker College in Hartsville, S.C. Second-in-line Junior was a wide receiver at Michigan and then played for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2012 through 2014. Third sibling Janecia now pitches for the softball team at Francis Marion University in Florence, S.C.
The Hemingway children themselves against the next older one, which for Tonka meant constant competition with Janecia, who was born a year before him.
“They went at it 24/7,” Junior said. “Either he was going to be crying once they got done or the other way around, but they went at it. Janecia always used to get the best of him, so he’d get mad, always be in his feelings and try to get her back.”
Tonka doesn’t deny it.
“They’d have to calm me down. I’d get very mad,” he said. “There was one time we were little and she wanted to put the pads on and play football. I didn’t put any pads on, but she did and we did like Oklahoma drill and she ran me over.”
At one time, a video recording of the event existed, but much to the chagrin of everyone in the family — except Tonka — it has been lost.
“Tonka stayed on the ground,” Shamae said. “He used to work my nerves, always falling and hitting and rolling. He was a boy but times 10. The things he would do …”
The Hemingway children participated in sports throughout the school year at Conway and spent the summers doing drills with Kenneth. Tonka and Janecia ran a homemade obstacle course, then did sport-specific drills starting at 7 a.m. in the summers.
“Tonk was just so darn competitive man,” Junior Hemingway said. “Just rumbling and stumbling. He went hard. He was one of those ones who wanted to get out there and do it, but we’d be like, ‘OK if you’re going to do it, do it right,’ and then when you made him do it, he’d want to cry, but he’d do it. As he got older, he started to want to do those things. By the time he got to high school, he wanted to perfect his craft.”
Shamae said: “I think we all are competitive, but I think Tonka being younger took it to a different level. Playing horse and pig, if he got beat, he got really upset and wanted to play again until he got the upper hand on you. It kind of drove him to be the athlete he is.”
In almost everything. Tonka was a four-star defensive line prospect by the time he left Conway. He was also an all-state basketball player and a member of the baseball team. About the only thing he didn’t accomplish athletically was getting a hit off his sister throwing a softball. Would he even try? “No,” he says.
“I have tried to get him to do that, but I told him he didn’t have a chance of hitting it,” Janecia said. “He has caught me before, and he said never again.”
Tonka’s goals now are all on the football field, where he stood out during the spring for first-year defensive coordinator Clayton White.
“He’s probably the most surprising guy as far as the evaluations that were given to me,” White said. “He is definitely a trending-up type of player.”
Last season, Hemingway played in 11 games as a true freshman, starting three at defensive end and recording 16 tackles. The new defensive staff has asked Hemingway to add weight so he can play more on the interior of the defensive line. He’s now above 270 pounds on his 6-foot-3 frame.
“He’s a smart football player,” White said. “His technique is really good. I think he plays with great effort. And he’s very tough. He’s a quiet guy, and you have to watch out for those quiet guys. Those are the ones that scare you.”
Hemingway misses playing multiple sports but is starting to see the value of specialization.
“In high school, I really couldn’t keep my weight. In basketball season, I really dropped down in weight a lot, but then I’d start getting it back in baseball,” he said. “It’s good being here and focusing on football, able to lift weights year-round.”
First-year Gamecocks head coach Shane Beamer still sees the residual effects of Hemingway’s multisport background — in a good way.
“I think the more (sports) you play, the better,” Beamer said. “You see guys where their basketball skills translate to the football field and football translates to basketball. I know when we’re able to go on the road recruiting, I love to be able to watch the guys not just play football but also play basketball or baseball or run track. I’m all for it.”
Hemingway earned the Gamecocks Toughness Award during spring practice.
“I told him after practice one day, ‘Yo, I like you inside. I like what you’ve got,’” senior center Eric Douglas said. “He can give you some speed. He will make plays. He’s coming into his own form. It’s going to be exciting to see what will come in the fall.”
Senior Jabari Ellis and junior Zacch Pickens are expected to start at defensive tackle this fall, with senior J.J. Enagbare and sophomore Jordan Burch on the ends, but Hemingway figures to be a key part of the rotation up front.
“I love Tonk, man,” Ellis said. “He’s got the tools, especially to rush the passer.”
“I just love the way he carries himself,” Beamer said. “He doesn’t say a whole lot. He just comes to work every single day. You don’t notice him necessarily because he’s not saying a whole lot, but he just plays football. Really impressed with him, does everything right, handles his business on and off the field.”
Back home in Conway, expectations are certainly high for Hemingway.
“I think he can go further and do more than I did,” Junior said.
Wherever Tonka’s collision course takes him, he’ll simply be carrying out a family tradition.
“I learned growing up if you want to win, you have to fight for it,” he said. “It’s not going to be given to you easily.”
(Top photo: Jonathan Bachman / Getty Images)