Elease Lanier, 83, died Wednesday, May 23, 2012.
Mrs. Debra Lynn Merk Shelly, widow of William Thomas Shelly, Jr., 55, of Elgin died Sunday, May 27, 2012. Born in Washington, MO, she was the daughter of Donna Webb Merk and the late Melbourne Henry Merk. Services for Mrs. Shelly will be held privately at a later date.
Denise L. Pigott, 47, of Elgin, South Carolina, passed away May 24, 2012 at home surrounded by family and friends.
Boykin Kershaw Rose, Jr., 86, passed away on Saturday, May 26, 2012. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 31, 2012 in Greenlawn Funeral Home Chapel with Navy honors and interment to follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at Greenlawn Funeral Home. On-line condolences may be sent to www.greenlawn-columbia.com. The family has entrusted Greenlawn Funeral Home with the arrangements.
We're glad to see that Kershaw County Council has passed an ordinance making it more difficult for roadside vendors to do business here; many such "hit and run" enterprises produce no tax revenue, don't provide customer service and make life for small business in the county more difficult. Council last week approved such legislation.
Each year at the Montessori School of Camden, students celebrate the end of academics with a "Bridging Ceremony," held in the Baxley Gazebo.
Photo cutline -- Working on the show ring for the Camden Charity Horse Show at Springdale Race Club are Camden Sertoma Club members Bill Langley and Dr. Tom Anderson. The horse show, which is free and open to the public, will run Friday through Saturday.
WASHINGTON -- The past several days of Newark Mayor Cory Booker's life have been painfully amusing to watch.
Mozell Royal, 91, of 2240 Dekalb School Road, Camden S.C. passed on Monday May 28, 2012.
It was at the age of 13 that I knew I would be destined to be a pastor in the church. I was reared in the United Methodist Church, but my conversion took place in a Baptist church on Hwy. 341, Mt. Zion Baptist Church. One of my childhood friend's grandmother, Mrs. Dolly Young, invited me to Spring Revival at their church. It was on a Friday night and the revivalist was preaching from 1 Kings 18:21, where the prophet Elijah asked the children of Israel, "How long halt ye between two opinions?" It was after that most ...
The J. P. Morgan fiasco of two billion dollars plus the flagging economy and lack of jobs made me start to think of bank closings of the past. During the Depression, the poor and the elderly did not have multiple organizations to help them such as Food for the Soul, Christian Community Ministries, and the Community Medical Clinic-nor was Social Security in existence. I still fear the possibility of a return to times when no one had much of anything except each other, a chicken yard, and a garden plot. I remember my lesson in finance perhaps too well as ...
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Marie Kelly Branham, 90, of Elgin, SC, died Friday, May 25, 2012. Born in Tookiedoo, SC on September 4, 1921, she was a daughter of the late John Mannes Kelly and Gazell Abbott Kelly. Marie was a beloved fixture in the Elgin community, owning and operating Branham's Grocery for 31 years, working alongside her husband on the family cotton and corn farm, and serving as nurse for anyone in need in the area. She was a member of Smyrna United Methodist Church, where memorials may be made in Marie's memory at PO Box 66, Elgin, SC 29045.
There are certain phases of childhood that each parent goes through with their children, but when you are a parent of twins, the normal is different. There are some things that only parents of twins will understand.
According to health and safety experts, sleep is serious business -- footie pajamas and fuzzy slippers aside.
This is the time of year we reflect on our lives. We think about all we've accomplished in one year. We think about the things we should have done -- but didn't.
"THE COPERNICUS LEGACY, Book 1: The Forbidden Stone," and "THE COPERNICUS LEGACY, Book 2: The Serpent's Curse," by Tony Abbott, Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins, $16.99, 410 pages and 481 pages (ages 9-12) (f)
A loud thud comes from my son's room. I fling open the door. His head is cradled in his arms. "I'm done. I can't do this anymore," he exclaims through tears of frustration.
Labor groups and observers are wondering how employers will implement a recent Supreme Court ruling that found Amazon does not have to pay workers for time spent going through mandatory anti-theft security checks.
Baron DeKalb, North Central JROTC recognized in national publication
Brandi Patterson of Elgin has been named a Barker Scholar at Clemson University.
During nine weeks of training, Army Pvt. Devin W. Bracey studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values and physical fitness. He also received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.
I'm sure everyone is abreast of all the hullaballoo over interrogation techniques used by the CIA to get information from the Guantanamo detainees to assist in avoiding another World Trade Center disaster. Dianne Feinstein, along with Obama and most of the congressional Democrats, insisted on "confessing," as they put it, despite the secretary of state urging against it, terming it detrimental to our interests and safety abroad. So, immediately, China and Korea termed us "bad boys," and why not -- didn't the current administration essentially say that?
What's your favorite Christmas movie?
Recently, I had lunch with three old friends. All of us are proud South Carolina natives, amateur history buffs and great fans of barbecue (BBQ). We decided to meet at a new BBQ joint that we were all anxious to try.
With police behavior having been in the news recently because of incidents in which white officers killed unarmed black citizens, there has been much discussion -- rightfully so -- about whether some officers are acting recklessly. Racial profiling, of course, has been a part of this discussion, as it should be. It's interesting, then, that the U.S. Supreme Court handed down an opinion earlier this week giving some leeway to police who make "reasonable mistakes" in enforcing the law. Of course, reasonable mistakes don't include the right by officers to act without provocation or to use undue force. And ...
Cary Phillips has been the head coach of the North Central boys' basketball team for all of five games. But he already knows his team needs to get off to better starts to avoid beginning behind the 8-ball.