Nazarene Church Catches Fire On Christmas Day


Congregation members are still in shock after hearing their church caught fire on Christmas Day.

“It couldn’t have been our church,” thought Johanna Voigt, a member of The Church of the Nazarene in New Ellenton. “It has to be somewhere else, and [my friend] said ‘no’ it happened in our church. I was just speechless. I couldn’t talk.”

When Voigt found out the church she has been going to for more than 20 years was on fire she came right away.

According to firefighters the fire started in a furnace in the attic. It then spread through the ductwork.

The fire fighters were able to extinguish the blaze in about 15 minutes. They say they got there just in time.

“We did a good job as far as looking at it from the outside,” said New Ellenton Fire Chief Robby Foster. “The church doesn’t look like it sustained any damage. It has a lot of internal damage from the smoke. Like I said, another five minutes and you would have seen fire from four blocks away.

The five volunteer fire units on the scene had to force their way into the roof to check for hot spots.

It took about three hours before they secured the entire building.

After everything was all clear congregation members walked through the church to survey the damage.

“My family goes here and worships here, and we all feel just terrible,” said Voigt. “We hope and pray that it can be some how fixed again.”

The Book of Daniel: Controversial Show Premieres

The Book of Daniel

A provocative, edgy and compelling new drama, “The Book of Daniel” stars Emmy nominee Aidan Quinn (“An Early Frost,” “Plainsong,” “Legends of the Fall”) as Reverend Daniel Webster, an unconventional Episcopalian minister who not only believes in Jesus – he actually sees him and discusses life with him.

The limited series premieres on Friday, Jan. 6 at 9-11 p.m. with two back-two-back episodes; returning the following week (Jan. 16) at its regularly scheduled time, Fridays at 10-11 p.m. on NBC 26.

Webster is challenged on many levels as he struggles to be a good husband, father and minister, while navigating an often rocky relationship with the church hierarchy, led by Bishop Beatrice Congreve (Oscar winner Ellen Burstyn, “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore,” “Requiem of a Dream”) and Roger Paxton, a senior warden of the parish and stalwart churchgoer (Dylan Baker, “Kinsey,” “Happiness”).

The Reverend also has loving, but challenging relationships with his three children: Peter (Christian Campbell, “Trick”), his 23-year-old gay son, struggling with the loss of his twin brother; his 16-year-old daughter Grace (Alison Pill, “Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen”), a talented Manga artist dealing with typical teenage angst; and Adam (Ivan Shaw, “All My Children”), his 16-year-old adopted Chinese son, a handsome and cocky high school jock with a wicked sense of humor.

Keeping Webster grounded is his strong, loving wife Judith (Susanna Thompson, “Once and Again”) – who is also coming to terms with the loss of her son and her own future and ambitions now that her children are nearly grown – and Jesus (Garret Dillahunt, “Deadwood”), his best friend and confidante who serves as a sounding board and encourages Webster to find the answers to his questions within himself.

Creator Jack Kenny (“Titus”), Flody Suarez (“8 Simple Rules for Dating My Daughter,” “The Tick”) and John Tinker (“The Practice,” “Chicago Hope”) are the executive producers of this production from NBC Universal Television Studio and Sony Pictures Television.

Augusta Golfers Receive Masters Invitations

Augusta Golfers Receive Masters Invitations

It’s a holiday tradition like no other: Masters invitations are in the mail.

The majority of the field for the 70th Masters was set Monday when the final world golf ranking of the year was published. Invitations were extended to 99 players, although eight are former Masters champions who are not planning to compete, including Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer.

Fourteen players will be making their Masters debut, including Sean O’Hair, Tour Championship winner Bart Bryant and Augusta resident Vaughn Taylor. They should be careful opening the mail this week, because the invitations are not trimmed in gold, much less green. Augusta Native Charles Howell will be making his 5th Masters appearance.

The final field will be determined March 27th, the Monday after The Players Championship. Players can still get in if they are in the top 50 in the world, or the top 10 on the current PGA Tour money list.

The Masters revamped its criteria in 2000 to no longer give PGA Tour winners an automatic invitation, instead rewarding consistent play through the world ranking the PGA Tour money list.