Attorney General Eric Holder's recent statement that race plays a part in some Americans' opposition to President Obama's policies has stirred strong reaction from both liberals and conservatives, and reaction has highlighted the fact -- no surprise here -- that blacks and whites often look at issues of race differently. We suspect that Kershaw County would mirror the national opinions of a recent Gallup poll in which people were asked whether this country's criminal justice system is biased against blacks. More than two-thirds of whites said no, while about the same percentage of blacks said yes.
School district to use Lexington County plan for teacher evaluations
The Dabney family which, historically, has a wide connection in the Camden and Kershaw areas, held its annual reunion on June 28 at the Lancaster Golf Club's Fairway Room in Lancaster. More than 225 family members from as far away as California, New Jersey, Missouri and Virginia gathered to meet their relatives from five branches of the Dabney family.
Orthopaedic surgeon T. Chris Tran, MD, has joined doctors Andrew Piasecki and James Nichols at Camden Bone & Joint. He will perform inpatient and outpatient surgeries at KershawHealth, and his practice will focus on general orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine. Dr. Tran is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons.
There have been recent media reports about hospitals in South Carolina facing cuts in Medicare payments due to rising rates of hospital-acquired infections and hospital readmissions. These reimbursement reductions come as part of a drive by the healthcare community, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), to increase patient safety and quality of care. There's nothing wrong with that -- we all should be held accountable. Hospitals across the country are working hard to attack the complex issues involved in care and to institute best practices to improve outcomes.
As the result of a change in state law, South Carolina students -- including those from Kershaw County -- in the class of 2015 will no longer have to pass the state's exit exam as a requirement for graduation from high school. Starting this month, the deletion of the exit exam requirement also applies to any student in the graduating class of 1990 and later.
Melissa Justice Lilly, of Camden, formerly of Logan, West Virginia, wife of Richard Dean Lilly, Sr. passed away after a sudden illness on July 8, 2014, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Born on October 26, 1970, in Holden, West Viriginia, she was the daughter of Terry and Ruby Estep Robinson.
Funeral service for Mrs. Virginia Smith Norwood, 65, of Camden will be held Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 1:00 P.M. at Rock Spring United Methodist Church, Kirkland Cemetery Road in Camden with burial in St. Peter United Methodist Church cemetery, Flint Hill Road in Camden. Friends may visit at 1605 Fairfax Drive in Camden. She died Thursday, July 10, 2014. Collins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Funeral services celebrating the life of Barbara Ann Steen Price, 69, of Bishopville, will be held at 3:00 PM Monday, July 14, 2014 at Antioch Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Rev. Dave Robinson and Rev. Alvin Rogers will officiate. The family will receive friends beginning at 2:00 PM prior to the service in the church fellowship hall. Memorials may be made in Barbara Ann's memory to the American Cancer Society, c/o Gail Kirkland, 647 Lachicotte Rd., Lugoff, SC 29078.
• For years, the public and the media have made fun of celebrities for mangling The Star-Spangled Banner at sporting and other major events. While we didn't hear of any particular instances this Independence Day, we did hear of one local "star" who did their hometown proud: 12-year-old Louisa DeLoach. As we related on our front page Wednesday, Louisa is a rising seventh-grader at Camden Middle School. She played percussion in the sixth grade band and also plays guitar. She also sings our national anthem. The first time most people heard her do so was at this year's Carolina ...
The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees on Tuesday selected former Kershaw County School District (KCSD) principal Theodore Jackson to serve as interim principal for Bethune Elementary School and Mt. Pisgah Elementary School. Jackson is following Davy Branham who moved to North Central High School as principal.
It was an early summer morning, an enchanting time when flowers are blooming, blackberries are spurting to full growth and the birds are happy to have sunny warmth. I had taken myself out to the back porch where I often settle down to write after I have finished a gentle run.
LUGOFF – A service to celebrate the life of Tommy Neal Lester, 72, will be held on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Kershaw County Council on Aging.
Gil Johnston's Awesome Pearl, overlooked at 35-to-1 in the betting, surged through Saratoga Race Course's stretch and won a down-to-the-wire battle with Kingdom in last Thursday's $75,000 Jonathan Kiser Novice Stakes.
Mr. and Mrs. William O. Ward, Jr. of Camden announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Kaleigh Ward of Camden, SC to Mr. Grant Cox of Irmo, SC. Miss Ward is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. William O. Ward, Sr. of Camden, SC and the late Mr. and Mrs. Victor Rabon of Lugoff, SC. Miss Ward earned her Bachelor of Arts at Furman University and is the Area Director at N2 Publishing in Memphis, TN.
Their histories, accurate and complete, are lost to time and buried with them and those who knew them. I wish I knew more for their stories would read like a page-turning novel.
Central Carolina Technical College's CRJ 202 Criminalistics (Forensics) course is taking their final exam Tuesday July 29 at 5:30 p.m. on location at a fabricated crime scene. NCIS agent Tony Horton is the instructor. He has partnered with the Sumter Sheriff's Department and set up an area in the back of Patriot Park off of Hwy. 441 in Sumter for this exam to take place. It will be in a wooded area where students will actually use what they have learned in the classroom to process a crime scene.
The South Carolina Senior State American Legion Tournament continues today through Wednesday at Riley Park in Sumter.
• Friday's report that Amtrak is going to spend the next several months refurbishing Camden's passenger rail station off West DeKalb Street is welcome news. Built in 1937, it has shown its age for decades and never more so than now with holes in the platform's canopy, rotting timbers and other problems that make it a less than desirable place to stop. Amtrak says their No. 1 priority is making the facility Americans with Disabilities Act compliant -- and that's a very good thing -- from the parking lot to the station and onto the platform and train. But ...
In the quest to answer the many questions I receive about trees, see below for part three in the continuing series.
After decades of requests from residents and years of negotiation with city officials, Amtrak is announcing that it will renovate its station in Camden and the surrounding property. Work will begin Aug. 4, and -- according JarVor Williams, an Amtrak construction engineer overseeing the project -- make the facility compliant with the U.S. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
A memorial service celebrating the life of Patricia Gail Alger-Benson, 68, of Lugoff, SC will be held on Saturday July 26, 2014 at 2:00 PM. at Blaney Baptist Church. Rev. Philip Blankenship will officiate. The family will receive friends on Friday, July25, from 6:00-7:30 PM at Kornegay Funeral Home Lugoff-Elgin Chapel. Memorials may be made in her memory to Blaney Baptist Church, 1400 Blaney Road, Elgin, SC 29045.
Funeral services for Sammie F. Thomas Jr. will be held on Saturday July 26, 2014 at 2 p.m. in the Divine Mortuary Chapel, 5620 Hillandale Dr. Lithonia, Georgia 30058.
Funeral services for Betty Jo Crump Mays, R.N., 76, will be held Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at New Life Christian Outreach, Lugoff, with burial to follow in Scotch Cemetery, Bethune. The Rev. Richard Cameron will officiate. The family will receive friends Friday, July 25, 2014, from 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home.
The Hospital Auxiliary of KershawHealth's twenty fifth annual golf tournament will be held on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at the Camden Country Club.