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Fitting honors

Posted: May 1, 2014 8:26 a.m.
Updated: May 2, 2014 5:00 a.m.


One of the good things about living in a small town like Camden is the fact that those who do good deeds often get recognized. People in communities such as ours appreciate those who help, and they enjoy showing that gratitude. There were two recognitions in the last week that are particularly notable.

The first was the naming of the Camden High School (CHS) tennis courts for Roger Smoak, the longtime coach who’s won more tennis matches than any other coach in Palmetto State history -- 593, and climbing steadily. But more important than his victory tally is the fact that he’s always done things the right way, teaching his players to respect their own teammates and also their opponents. Good conduct has always been a hallmark of the CHS teams under Smoak. He demands that of his players, and if they can’t comply, they’re free to hit the road. For decades, he’s truly been a mentor to the hundreds of young men who have played for him, and we’re glad to see that Camden High and the Kershaw County School District have honored him in such a fitting and significant way.

Jack Brantley, Camden caterer extraordinaire, was honored by the S.C. Department of Commerce for his efforts at furthering economic development not only in Kershaw County but across the state. Brantley’s food and hospitality help convince industries that this is indeed a special place, and he has worked tirelessly to promote this area and to help convince industry leaders to take a hard look here. Brantley’s been involved over the years in numerous civic activities, and he is an asset to Kershaw County.

Both men have contributed to the quality of life here, and these honors are fitting.


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