Monday, September 1 2014 1:31 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:31:17 GMT
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morning.Troopers say the crash occurred on Bookman Rd. about three miles west of Elgin at about 6 a.m. The motorcycleMore >>
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The instructors of a therapeutic Fort Campbell program say learning and playing an instrument presents an obstacle wounded warriors can overcome. They say it's a way they're helping soldiers heal themselves.
A live rendition of Sweet Home Alabama rang out from a room at Fort Campbell on Thursday. Eight weeks ago, most of the soldiers in the song had never played a chord, never read a note on sheet music, and had never known what it was like to be part of a band. Thursday, they were just ready to jam live and unplugged.
"It's a hopeful thing," said SFC Louis Crocker of Fort Campbell. "It gives people hope."
Active in the Army for 27 years, Crocker is one of the injured soldiers in a Fort Campbell program called SOAR, Sounds of Acoustic Recovery.
"My last deployment, we came back in July of 2010," said Crocker. "I was home three hours from Iraq and then I had a stroke, a pretty good one. It was caused from combatives. As time went on, everything started going downhill. My passions have always been my family. It was God, family, then work. I lost all of those interests. I even tried hitting myself in the head. Can I fix my head? No, it didn't happen. It just got worse.
Through the Warrior Transition Battalion, Crocker heard about SOAR, a program created by soldiers to teach wounded warriors to play instruments.
"It's been therapeutic," said Crocker. "It's getting my brain to work, getting my head working with my hands."
"Music can relieve a lot of the mental stress and mental anguish that a lot of these soldiers may have," said Sgt. Lee Lamb, one of the SOAR instructors.
"I was involved in a rollover while in Afghanistan, which caused some spinal injuries," said Sgt. Bryan Flanery. "My left hand doesn't work all that well."
"Playing guitar or piano is an opportunity to strengthen their fingers and hands," said Lamb.
Instructors for the class are with the 101st Division Band. As the band performed Thursday, the soldiers in the class listened and smiled, hoping to someday play like them.
"It gives you something to look forward to, it gives you something to strive for," said Flanery.
As for Crocker, he said his passions are returning day by day, watching others take on their obstacles around him and playing with a determined band he can call family.
"When we get in those dark holes, what pulls us out of it?" asked Crocker. "It's some kind of light. We have courses in life, adversities that we go through. Either we beat it or it beats us. It's about odds. I'm sure I'll beat it. I've beat all odds before. I'm not going to just waste away. I'm not going to give up."
If you know a soldier in the Wounded Warrior Battalion who might be interested in SOAR, they can become part of the program by asking their caseworker.
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Sunday, August 31 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-08-31 20:12:10 GMT
CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Dozens of videos are all over Twitter from parties held at Coastal Carolina University. Many of the posts lead back to a group called I'm Shmacked. It makes videos at universitiesMore >>
Dozens of videos are all over social media from parties held at Coastal Carolina University.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:21:29 GMT
An Alexander County woman is facing charges after deputies say she molested a four-year-old at a church while services were happening. According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old CarolMore >>
According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old Carol Diane Britto, of Taylorsville, was charged with one count of first degree statutory sex offense and one count of indecent liberties with a child.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:58 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:58:33 GMT
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.Prices are about $3.11 in the area on Labor Day, which, when compared toMore >>
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:32 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:32:26 GMT
With a severe thunderstorm moving its way through the Midlands, customers across Richland and Lexington counties currently find themselves without power. South Carolina Electric & Gas is reporting overMore >>
Over 4,000 outages have been reported across the Midlands according to SCE&G.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:54:12 GMT
Whitney Hempsey remembered what doctors told her before she gave birth to her second child years ago. "It's like, 'Hey, are you tired of being pregnant?" Hempsey recalled. "'We can give you this and youMore >>
Mothers come together at Improving Birth Rally in an effort to stop rushed births.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:18:34 GMT
Under a bright Carolina sun, citizens across the state enjoy going out and making a few waves on the lakes. Some like Johnathan Crossland enjoy fishing as a method of recreation and relaxation for a while.More >>
Boaters and law enforcement officials provide safety advice when making waves on the lakes.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:55:16 GMT
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing. Among those heroes are the thousands of troops who brought Hitler's EuropeMore >>
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing.More >>