I can't believe what happened in Kershaw County this past week.
The first round of pre-season scrimmages for the three Kershaw County public high school football teams is on tap for Friday night with two of those being played in Kershaw County.
After having won the 4A state championship at 171 pounds to cap off a more-than-memorable high school wrestling career, 2011 Lugoff-Elgin graduate Will Connell (center) was named as the recipient of the John L. Thompson Sr. Memorial Wrestling Scholarship.
"Remember when..." is a weekly historical feature showcasing life in Kershaw County, taken from the archives of the Chronicle-Independent. Kitty and Carlyle Baxley and their family were selected Region VI Family of the Year in 1987. State Sen. Donald Holland (left) presented a gift and plaque to Kitty and Carlyle, who were joined by family including their grandson, Richard Potter, a cousin, William Capers; their daughter-in-law, Judy Duncan Baxley; their daughter, Lynn Baxley Doster; their son, Charles Baxley; and Kitty's mother, Annie Wise.
It is difficult for children in Kershaw County today to even imagine the Jim Crow era, when African-Americans had to use separate bathrooms, couldn't eat in most restaurants, endured poor facilities and often had a difficult time even voting. That was just a bit more than a generation ago, and one of the towering figures who fought such injustices was Matthew Perry, who died earlier this week at age 89.
Fragging: "To intentionally kill or wound (one's superior officer, etc.), esp. with a hand grenade."
I have taken no position regarding the YMCA controversy because I don't live in the city limits. I do pay taxes to the city by virtue of shopping and frequenting restaurants in the city, and while I believe purchasing property and constructing a YMCA facility is a far cry from the highest and best use of the citizens' dollars and is as unwise as the Town Green, still I felt objection should come from residents of the city.
A memorial service for Mary James Horner, 54, of Camden, will be held Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. The Rev. Bruce Marthers will officiate. The family will receive friends following the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Sisters of Charity, 2749 Laurel Street, Columbia, SC 29204.
Albert F. Lindenstruth, PhD., age 90, of Hockessin, Delaware, was born in Guttenberg, New Jersey on March 4, 1921, raised in Red Bank, New Jersey and died on July 20, 2011 at Cokesbury Village.
Mr. Leslie Wood, 88, of 16 Amhurst Lane, Lugoff, died Sunday, July 31, 2011. Family and friends may call at the residence.
Funeral service for Ronald Joseph "Ronnie" Bell, 54, of Camden, will be Monday at 4:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home with burial to follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The Rev. William Allen will officiate. The family received friends Sunday 7-9 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home.
Graveside funeral services to celebrate the life of Sally Usher Bright, 78, of Camden will be held Monday, August 1, 2011 at 11:00 AM in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Rev. Bruce Hancock will officiate. The family received friends Sunday, July 31, 2011 from 3:00 – 4:30 PM at Kornegay Funeral Home Camden Chapel. Memorials may be sent in Mrs. Bright's memory to First Baptist Church, 1201 Broad Street, Camden, SC 29020 or Kershaw County Home Health and Hospice, 2001 W. DeKalb Street, Camden, SC 29020.
The Master Gardeners of Kershaw County will dedicate a tree they have donated on the grounds of the Camden Archives and Museum today in memory of local Master Gardeners who have faithfully served as volunteers.
Randy McCoy, with Randy's Tire and Lube in Lugoff, is the new owner of a 1972 Chevelle SS 454. Famed NASCAR driver Mark Martin surprised McCoy with the car during a July 20 celebration at CarQuest Auto Parts in Lugoff. McCoy said he entered CarQuest's "Restore Your Ride Sweepstakes" national competition several months ago, but was shocked to find out during the celebration that he was actually the winner. "I'm going to keep it put up, that's for sure. The value on it is worth more than anything I've got in my garage," he said ...
Funeral service for Vivian Inez Bradshaw Gibson, 78, of Camden, was held Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Camden Ward with burial to follow in Lugoff First Baptist Church Cemetery. The family received friends Saturday 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. prior to the service at the church.
As I noted in my column last month, the ultimate objective for KershawHealth is providing quality care for all the people in this community, and one of the biggest factors affecting our success in that endeavor is local support for this hospital. Do people in the community trust and value what KershawHealth offers enough to make it their first choice for care?
The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees voted recently to hire Camden native Steve Abbott as the district's new professional development director. Abbott replaces John Gardner, who recently retired.
Camden Rotary President Alfred Mae Drakeford, left, presents Kathy Hall with a check for $2,000 which represents a Rotary Grant and contributions made by Camden Rotary Club during the "Rotary Has Heart" campaign. Funds will go to the Sacks of Love program. Also pictured is Camden Rotary Club project chair Jeffrey Graham.
Due to the recent snow and ice storm, the Lee County Historical Society cancelled its Feb. 11 meeting. The guest speaker for that meeting, Mr. Isaac Joe, has been rescheduled for the March meeting on Tuesday.
Bethesda Presbyterian Church will offer a five-week workshop, Dementia Dialogues, designed to educate and inform persons who care for those who exhibit signs and symptoms associated with Alzheimer's disease or related dementias.
The Cat In the Hat visited Mt. Pisgah Elementary School to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday and Read Across America. Here, he is shaking hands with kindergartener Emily Denton.
The West Wateree Rotary announces the first inaugural Wild Game Dinner and Silent Auction the evening of April 5 at Old McCaskill Farm in Rembert to raise money for graduating Lugoff-Elgin High School (L-EHS) seniors. Club President Amy Schofield describes the event as "down-home and delicious," with wide support from the community. "I'm particularly excited by how we will be showcasing local talent. Hunters in our club provided the game, local musicians will provide the blue grass, and a wonderful local farm will be providing a great setting and a great cook."
The Camden Junior Welfare League (CJWL) is now accepting applications for grant money to be awarded to 501 (c) (3) organizations specifically dealing with children in the Kershaw County area. Grants range from $250.00 to $2,500.00.
Applied Technology Education Campus (ATEC) agricultural education students attended the state Future Farmers of America (FFA)-sponsored Legislators Appreciation Day in Columbia on Feb.19.
COL Hudson Rupert Hurst, USA, (ret), passed away peacefully in Camden, South Carolina on February 1, 2014. He was 95 years of age.
Randolph Withers Kirkland, Jr. of Camden, SC, died March 7, 2014. He was born in Camden, SC, September 1, 1920, son of Randolph Withers Kirkland and Louise Richardson Kirkland. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Walker Kirkland; daughters, Mary Richardson Kirkland of Seattle, WA, Lucinda Walker Kirkland of Camden, SC and Fredericka Kirkland Arthur of San Diego, CA. He was predeceased by a son, Randolph Withers Kirkland III; brothers, Joseph Lane Kirkland and Thomas Jefferson Kirkland; and sisters, Mary Kirkland Reynolds and Katherine Kirkland Crockett.
Elizabeth Elkins Pitman, 98, died March 7, 2014 at The Cottages at Brushy Creek in Greenville, South Carolina. Born September 6, 1915 in Waycross, Georgia, she was the daughter of the late James Samuel Elkins and Mary Bartlett DeFord Elkins.
Funeral service for Lucille Jones Trivett, 80, will be held Monday at 12:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff with burial to follow in Fort Jackson National Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sundat 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home.
Hannah Barrett Albenesius passed away unexpectedly on March 4, 2014. She was born on June 11, 1991 in Wilmington, DE. During her brief, earthly sojourn, she also lived in Seaford, DE and Camden, Spartanburg (High School) and Charleston, SC. Hannah was a recent graduate of the College of Charleston with dual Bachelor's degrees in Psychology (B.S.) and English (B.A.) with a minor in Russian Studies. She had a remarkably robust, fully-engaged academic experience at CoC. She was very passionate about substance abuse research and was a candidate for a Fulbright Scholarship, hoping to further her studies in ...