Playing their two best games of the season in consecutive contests, the North Central softball team improved their post-season stock by splitting a pair of Region 3-A contests with Great Falls and Lewisville.
After three nights of auditions where preliminary judges saw 59 total contestants and 20 finalists performed in the live finale, a winner has been announced. Julianna Cobb of Lugoff was declared the winner of the second annual Kershaw County's Got Talent produced by the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) on March 24. The event was emceed by KOOL 102.7/STARTIME1590's Patty Rose and Tyler Cupp.
First Grade Cardinal Achievers
A few weeks back, I was honored to be present to see the Baron DeKalb Elementary School Improvement Council receive the Dick and Tunky Riley School Improvement Council Award. What made it a particular privilege was the fact that former South Carolina Governor and U.S. Secretary of Education Dick Riley was there to present the award. The opportunity to meet him was truly memorable for me.
Student honor rolls for the third nine-week period at North Central High School have been reported.
Mitt Romney's trying to talk his way out of his gender gap, but, take it from me, women like guys who listen. My wife told me that.
We've come a long way from President Theodore Roosevelt's famous saying "Speak softly and carry a big stick." President Barack Obama's policy apparently is to whisper slyly and compromise our security.
Caroline Marie Parks of Camden, S.C., and Jon Nicholas Watts of Lugoff, S.C., were united in marriage on Saturday, April 14, 2012, at six o'clock in the evening at Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church in Camden, S.C. The Reverend Steve Patterson and Reverend Frank Griffith officiated the marriage ceremony. A reception immediately followed at Springdale Hall in Camden, S.C.
• We're glad to read that analysts say the surge in gasoline prices is nearing its end and that prices might actually subside a bit as we head toward summer. Here in the United States, fuel prices have never been a classic supply-and-demand item, and there are few who truly understand the system. But one thing is indeed clear: if prices are going down, we're all going to have more money in our pockets to spend on other things and to help stimulate the recovery, and that's indeed a good thing.
The Baron DeKalb Elementary School Improvement Council (SIC) was recently presented the 2012 Dick and Tunky Riley Award for SIC Excellence. Accepting the award from Dick Riley (fourth from left), former S.C. governor and U.S. Secretary of Education, are (from left) Frederica Brown, teacher and SIC member; Darlene Platte, teacher; Principal Betty Turner; Candy Anderson, parent and SIC Chairperson; Patricia Leigh, teacher/PTO; community member Steve Leigh; Marcia Rogers, parent and SIC member; Kershaw County School District Superintendent (KCSD) Dr. Frank Morgan; and Timothy Hopkins, KCSD's executive director of elementary education.
After reading this year's Kershaw County Board of School Trustees candidate election announcements, Doug Berry of Camden said he realized that most of the candidates want the same thing: to use taxpayer money as efficiently as possible; to supply teachers with the equipment they need to do their job proficiently; a school system that prepares children to become professionals, have a positive impact on society and become the leaders for tomorrow, among other things.
The Knights of North Central got back to their winning ways with a sweep over four visiting opponents in a five-school track meet in Boonetown last Thursday.
Monday: Sumter at Camden (G – 4 p.m.); Lugoff-Elgin at Richland Northeast (G – 4 p.m.); Camden Military Academy at Cheraw (BB – 6 p.m.); Cheraw at Camden Military Academy (BSOC – 6 p.m.); Camden at A.C. Flora (SB – 7:30 p.m.)
Casey Brunson and James Matthew Clyburn, both of Lexington, S.C., were married April 14, 2012, at Lexington Baptist Church. The 6 p.m. ceremony was performed by Reverend Bruce Hancock. A reception immediately followed at Senate's End.
Jennifer Darrow Hills of Myrtle Beach and Craig Matthew Stegner of Camden were married Saturday, Sept. 6. The wedding took place at the First Presbyterian Church in Myrtle Beach with Rev. Dr. John Brearley as officiator.
Central Carolina Technical College has been designated a 2015 Military Friendly School for the third consecutive year. The Military Friendly Schools designation is awarded to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students and to dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation.
The Hobkirk Hill Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) awarded Patricia Plyler Watts with the Community Service Award on Monday, Sept. 15. The award recognizes individuals for voluntary achievements in cultural, educational, humanitarian, civic or benevolent endeavors outside of the DAR. Watts is a member of the DAR; however, due to her outstanding volunteer work the organization thought it fit to recognize her for her contribution to the Camden Community.
The feeling of excitement at last week's Camden City Council meeting was palpable when architectural and engineering firms revealed their sketches for the renovation of Rhame Arena in the south end of town. The drawings were indeed startling -- perhaps because the aging structure has been deteriorating and decaying for decades now, and there has been doubt among some that a rehabilitation of the crumbling building was even possible. But possible it is, and not just to produce a humdrum building, but one that is attractive and will be a beckoning welcome to visitors driving into town from I-20 and ...
Educating children, parents about dangers of drugs, booze
For-profit colleges can't get no respect, at least not from employers. Which suggests that maybe they should be getting less generous taxpayer subsidies, too.
It is front page news all across the state and indeed nationwide -- a white policeman shot an unarmed black man in an incident at a filling station in Columbia. A dashboard camera in the police car captured much of what happen.
Most folks running for political office claim their previous political "experience" is just the thing that proves they deserve your vote this November. Sometimes that is absolutely true. Sometimes, however, as in the current city council race, that previous experience is the very thing that voters should remember as creating one of the most contentious, unpleasant four years in Camden's recent memory.
It was a delight to see the conceptual drawing for the refurbishment of Rhame Arena. What a classic design and what a great design for a "gateway to the city."
On Nov. 4th, we will fill two seats on Camden City Council. We have an outstanding candidate in Bob Williams. He is dedicated to helping Camden grow and move forward in a positive way. Bob was born and raised in Camden, and attended and graduated from our public schools. He owns and operates a local business and understands the needs of the small business and property owners. He would never exploit the office for personal gain.
Cassidy Borowski, a senior at Lugoff-Elgin High School, gets ready to perform a deadlift during the Southern Powerlifting Federation competition in North Myrtle Beach on Sept. 27 as her coach, Ron Blackmon prepares to spot her. Borowski set state records in the 132-pound, 17-year-old division during the meet. Her lifts included a 105-pound bench press, 205-pound squat and 215-pound deadlift. Cassidy trains with Blackmon at Carolina Fitness in Dusty Bend.
Having picked on and beaten schools their own size, the North Central volleyball team stepped up in class on Monday. The results, however, were the same as they have been throughout this season.
Former Camden Mayor Jeffrey Graham is seeking election as a Camden City Council member in November 2014.