Joe and Judi Parsons of Camden recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with friends and family. They were married on December 22, 1962. They have two sons, Scot Parsons (Columbia) and Brad Parsons (Lugoff) and five grandchildren, Connor, Joey, Will, Kallie and Gracie.
Game day at your library:
(The following information was provided by the Montessori School of Camden.)
A memorial service celebrating the life of Elizabeth "Betty" Chmell Carlton, of Camden, will be held at 11:00 AM, January 5, 2013 at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. Rev. Steve Patterson will offciate. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to a charity of one's choice.
• As you settle back to enjoy holiday football, we have a startling statistic for you regarding the size of college football players. A recent survey which focused on linemen over seven decades revealed the average lineman today weighs more than half again as much as his 1950 counterpart. Over that time, according to a recent news report, the average offensive and defensive lineman grew to just over 290 pounds from just above 190. We can't even predict how big they'll be in another 50 years.
Childhood is a wonderful time! A small child really believes he or she could "catch a falling start and put it … in a pocket." Nothing is impossible. Also, the warmth of love and acceptance comes from family and friends. Nowhere are the problems of finance or payment. Some children even tell their parents, when told they are big boys or girls, "I don't want to grow up." Even the story Peter Pan concerns a group of children who fly off with Peter, who has never had to grow up.
Words have power. If anyone wonders whether conservatives have taken the lead in effective political catch phrases, the term "right to work" should remove all doubt.
Funeral services honoring the life of Marvin Wayne "George" Gardner, 62, of Bethune, will be held Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:00 PM, at Harmony Baptist Church in Bethune. The Rev. Tracy Hinson will officiate. Burial will follow in Bethel United Methodist Cemetery, in Bethune. Family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 PM, Sunday, December 23, 2012 at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. Memorials may be made in Mr. Gardner's memory to the American Heart Association, Memorials & Tributes, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058.
The Lugoff Fire Department (LFD) responded to a residential fire in the area of Longtown Road at 25 Mile Creek around 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
WASHINGTON -- It is a conundrum of wordsmiths that sometimes events are so horrible that words escape us. Bereft of the tools of our trade, we are left with what is perhaps the only appropriate response to something as heart-stopping as the massacre of children: silence.
Jessie Watkins of Camden entered into rest on Friday, December 21, 2012 at KershawHealth. Arrangements will be announced later. The online guestbook can be viewed/signed at www.cookefuneralhomeofcamden.com.
Funeral service for Gladys Goff Potter, 85, was held Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Baptist Church with burial following in the church cemetery. The family received friends Saturday 5-7 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home.
The Kershaw County Darlings 8-and-under softball team completed a perfect five-game run in the District 2 tournament in Chesterfield County by beating Pageland, 16-8, on Wednesday night.
Kudos to our various law enforcement agencies for working together to get some folks off our streets who needed to be stopped. At the top of our list are Bethune Police Chief Joey Cobb, Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) and U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for arresting two people (and there may be more to come) for the June 23 armed robbery of Sandhills Bank in Bethune.
(Kathleen Parker wrote this column in advance of President Barack Obama's appearance in Charleston for State Sen. Clementa Pinckney's funeral.)
Reverend Larry D. McCutcheon has been appointed as minister to Camden First United Methodist Church. Rev McCutcheon comes from Trinity United Methodist Church in Orangeburg where he served for 11 years. A spiritual and civic leader, he preaches the gospel and walks the talk throughout various sectors of the community in an extraordinary way, touching the lives of so many with his unique ability to reach all people from all walks of life.
Mr. Allen Hobson "Chip" Patterson, Jr., and Ms. Denise Beauchamp Patterson of Winston-Salem, N.C., announce the engagement of their daughter, Ms. Emily Catherine Patterson, to Mr. Philip Harden English, both of Durham, N.C. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Bennett English, Jr., of Camden, S.C.
As part of the Kershaw County Library's Summer Reading Program "Every Hero Has a Story," storyteller Sharon Clarke presented a program at both the Camden and Elgin libraries. Clarke, who lives in North Carolina, entertained the audience with both story and music. Her interactive program was enjoyed by the audience, young and old. Clarke involved the audience as she told an old Chinese folk tale, The Magic Wings. Shown from left are Addy Gwynn as the Queen, Clarke, Elizabeth Mensching as the Princess, Lucy Moore as the Grocer's Daughter, and Liberty Mensching as the Goose Girl.
Studying plants is serious business as Wateree Elementary students Colden Baker and Austin Warwick learn about the different parts of a plant.
Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) crews quickly stopped a mobile home fire on the 400 block of Oakview Drive off Wildwood Lane in Lugoff the evening of June 22.
Different night. New surroundings. Same result.
Four Kershaw County Coach Pitch All-Star (7-8-year-olds) teams will be in Camden for the Dixie Youth AA Coach Pitch District 5 All-Star Tournament which begins Friday at Woodward Park with tourney action continuing into next week in the double-elimination event.
Well, the S.C. General Assembly certainly took its time. Finally, a state budget's been hammered out and sent on to Gov. Nikki Haley for her signature.
Words fail me to express just how proud I am of the people in Charleston for the class they have exhibited in handling a senseless, tragic act of violence committed by a psychologically impaired individual. In this day and time, when our society seems to be seeking lower and lower morals and displaying less belief in God, it is the first and most encouraging sign of hope for salvation of our society I have seen in a number of years.
It happens all the time. Tink will meet someone new around where we live and, invariably, that person will mention my daddy.
(In last month's column, Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland started a story about a snake in a tree in a city right of way. When she left off, Gilland had called a wildlife trapping company -- which didn't handle snakes -- and naturalist Austin Jenkins, who suggested it was best to leave the snake alone.)