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.
John Carl "Jack" West Jr. remembered his mother, Lois, as being strict while he was a child.
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.
Recently, I took my sons on what we called the Cahn All-Boys 2014 Spring Break to see my father in Upper Marlboro, Md., about 30 minutes from downtown Washington, D.C.
Camden City Councilman X. Willard Polk will not run for reelection this November. Polk made the announcement at the end of Tuesday's Camden City Council work session.
Dr. Tim Hardee, president of Central Carolina Technical College (CCTC) and Kershaw County Administrator Vic Carpenter want the city of Camden to become a partner in CCTC's proposed expansion of its campus at I-20 Exit 98. Hardee and Carpenter spoke before council during its work session Tuesday afternoon; there was no evening meeting.
An annual report from the Camden Historic Landmarks Commission (CHLC) on its activities led to a spirited debate between two members of Camden City Council during its work session Tuesday afternoon.
Americans love their sports. We especially love baseball, basketball, football and hockey. We love the Super Bowl, March Madness, the Stanley Cup and World Series.
The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) is part of Capella Healthcare's recently proposed strategic partnership with KershawHealth. Capella Healthcare, based in Franklin, Tenn., near Nashville, is one of two for-profit healthcare companies which recently presented strategic partnership proposals to the KershawHealth Board of Trustees in separate executive sessions.
Camden City Council will recognize outgoing councilmen Walter Long and Willard Polk as they attend their last meeting Tuesday night. Long and Polk chose not to run for reelection. Voters elected former mayor Jeffrey Graham and Deborah Davis as Long and Polk's replacements. They are tentatively scheduled to be sworn in at 5 p.m. Dec. 1, and will take their seats on council at its Dec. 9 meeting.
The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will meet tonight at 6 p.m. at the Health Resource Center on Battleship Road in Camden.
A long, long time ago... oh, wait, that's another pop culture reference.
About 50 people spent some time Nov. 13 to help the city of Camden celebrate the official grand opening of its new wastewater treatment plant. The plant, which cost around $35 million to build, actually began operating in late-February. The city chose to wait until late in the year to have a ribbon cutting ceremony and offer tours of the plant while it worked to drain the old plant's remaining lagoon. The new plant replaces one built in 1979.
As 2015 approaches, Kershaw County's oldest continually operating business is celebrating its 150th anniversary by doing what it's always done: offering a wide variety of insurance products with competitive pricing and hometown service.
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