Oscar Kemp received the Omega Man of the Year Award, Dr. Charles J. Smith Sr. was named Citizen of the Year and Bernard Dawson received the Superior Service Award.
Years of service awards were given to the following brothers: Willie Adams, Bruce Bates, Ricardo Daggett, Jimmie Stevens and Eugene White (15 years); John Gilchrist, Olin Jackson, Kevin Mack Sr. and Quentin Motley (40 years); Dr. Otis Smith, William C. Price and Dr. Samuel Sullivan (50 years); and William Bryant, Oscar Kemp and Richard Mason (60 years).
Alexis Serena Whitfield graduated from Wingate University in Wingate, N.C., with a Master of Science degree in physician assistant studies on Dec. 16. She has been recruited to be a partner in an outpatient medical practice in Charlotte, N.C., and will specialize in psychiatry and treating addictions. Whitfield is a 2001 honor graduate of Glenn Hills High School; a 2005 summa cum laude graduate of South Carolina State University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in biological science; and she received her first master’s degree, in applied health science with a concentration in public health and human development and family studies, in 2006 from Indiana University. She is a licensed clinical addiction specialist in North Carolina. Whitfield is the daughter of Roosevelt and Novella Royal Whitfield, of Augusta.
Three Augusta-area ombudsmen were recognized during the 2011 Fall Statewide Long-Term Ombudsman Training Conference, held Nov. 8-10 in Macon, Ga.
Jennifer Peede received a certificate for satisfactorily completing all requirements for certification as a long-term care ombudsman in the state of Georgia. Eugenia Wren received a certificate of appreciation for five years of service. Phyllis Sadler, the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program coordinator, received a plaque for 10 years of service.
The program seeks to improve the quality of life for residents in nursing homes and personal care homes. Ombudsmen investigate and work to solve problems affecting residents, including complaints regarding residents’ rights, quality of care and discharges from facilities. Ombudsmen visit residents regularly and provide residents and their families with information regarding long-term care.
• Ineisha A. Herrington, a 2011 graduate of the Academy of Richmond County and the daughter of Katina M. Burke, of Hephzibah, completed Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill.
• Ja Ron T. Verdree, the son of Emma M. Garnett, of Augusta, and Jamie E. Verdree, of Hephzibah, completed Marine Corps basic training at Recruit Depot in Parris Island, S.C.
• Ronald D. Stover, the son of Anastacia A. Stover, of Hephzibah, completed Marine Corps basic training at Recruit Depot in Parris Island, S.C.
• Albert R. Davenport, a 2002 graduate of A.R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet School and a 2007 graduate of Albany State University, completed Army basic combat training at Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla. He is the son of Rebecca Davenport-Scott, of Augusta.
• JaQuan T. Dixon, the son of Janice V. Dixon, of Hephzibah, completed Marine Corps basic training at Recruit Depot in Parris Island, S.C.
• Gerald M. Ballard, a 2011 graduate of Curtis Baptist School and the son of Patricia Krepps Conoly, of North Augusta, and Gerald Ballard, of Augusta, completed Army basic combat training at Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla.
• Darryl S. Richey, a 2008 graduate of the Academy of Richmond County and the son of Tondelayo Richey, of Augusta, completed Army basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia.
• Diamond J. Bush, a 2010 graduate of Academy of Richmond County and the daughter of Berta Hudson, completed Army basic combat training at Fort Jackson.