Since the end of August, I have been the pain in my own neck. I suffered whiplash at that time, aggravating a pair of already bulging discs that had bothered me the year before. I've been in pain ever since.
South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice statistics show that most crime involving youth and teen sex resulting in pregnancy take place between 6 and 9 p.m., according to Brain Mayes, newly hired director of the Jackson Teen Center. To keep both boys and girls between the ages of 10 and 16 off the streets and out of trouble, Mayes has teamed up with the ALPHA Center, city of Camden and Kershaw County Recreation Department to create a new summer nighttime flag football league.
The Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County wants the city to become lead sponsor of the Carolina Downhome Blues Festival, to the tune of $50,000 in hospitality tax (HTAX) funds. FAC Executive Director Kristen Cobb made the proposal to Camden City Council during its work session Tuesday afternoon. The Blues Festival is held each year during the first weekend in October.
When I first moved into Kershaw County in 1999, I lived just inside the Cassatt zip code, close to Camden's. The following year, I began working for this newspaper as a staff reporter. My beats comprised covering the city of Camden, including crime; healthcare, especially as related to KershawHealth; and the town of Bethune.
Camden City Council will hold both a work session and regular meeting Tuesday. The work session will include a request for the city to once again sponsor the Carolina Downhome Blues Festival in conjunction with the Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County. FAC Executive Director Kristen Cobb will make the presentation, a draft of which mentions that the city is "at the brink" of a new emphasis on tourism to stimulate the local economy.
There's a good chance that at least one, if not most, of about 20 teenage boys from Camden experienced their first real taste of nature recently. The group of at-risk youth, accompanied by Family Outreach Ministries' Brian Mayes and ALPHA Center Director Paul Napper traveled to Camp Woodie in Pinewood the weekend of April 26. At the camp, which serves as headquarters for the S.C. Waterfowl Association (SCWA), the boys canoed, shot at clay targets, learned about plants and animals on nature hikes and did a bit of stargazing. The boys went to the camp for free, thanks ...
Back at the end of January in this space, I mentioned my use of Spotify to discover new music to listen to in addition to managing an extensive collection of music dating back ... well, let's just say a long time.
A Camden High School (CHS) senior will head to the Air Force Academy in Colorado after graduation, thanks to a congressional appointment. Zack Watson received a letter from U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney in early February that the congressman was submitting his name to the prestigious academy in early February. In late March, Zack, the son of Beth Watson and grandson of Max and Judy Ford, received a second letter confirming his appointment.
State Sen. Thomas McElveen wants graduates of this year's Junior Leadership Kershaw County program not to forget to "look around" in the midst of their busy lives for chances to contribute to the world around them.
KershawHealth hopes to at least mitigate a potential $32 million loss by 2018 through a strategic plan unanimously adopted by the KershawHealth Board of Trustees during its meeting Monday night. The plan focuses on strengthening existing healthcare services, adding new facilities adjacent to the Elgin Outpatient/Urgent Care Center and transforming Burndale Plaza.