Last month's column focused on South Carolina's abysmal, fourth-highest in the nation unemployment rate. I have come across some information in the last couple of weeks that has given me a lot to think about as I look for ways the state can encourage job creation in South Carolina.
Suddenly, Campaign 2012 is looking like deja vu all over again. Remember how President Barack Obama's fast rise to the White House was boosted here and there by remarkably unlucky opponents? The Republican challengers to his reelection seem almost determined to help him to get lucky one more time.
• We've commented all along that a pending bill to require South Carolina voters to present a photo ID at the polls was no big deal, though some opponents claimed it would be unfair because some people don't have ready access to such identification cards. The state has offered the estimated 178,000 Palmetto State residents without a card free transportation to a DMV center to have one made at no cost. Only 600 people have taken the state up on the offer, indicating to us that the rest don't have much interest in voting, anyway.
The Kershaw County Clemson Club will host a viewing party of Saturday's football game between the Tigers and Virginia Tech in Blackburg, Va.
Last season, the only pimple on North Central's unbeaten run through Region 3-A volleyball play came when Chesterfield took one game from the Lady Knights, which went 23-1 in games played in eight conference matches.
Under a blanket of glittering night sky, the Harvest Moon Concert made its debut Saturday at Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site. In an intimate setting in the garden of the Kershaw-Cornwallis House, homegrown talents Kelly and Patrick Morris of The Mobros entertained the audience with original and cover songs, followed by Tennessee musician Michael Jacobs. A Native American of the Cherokee Nation, Jacobs played flute and guitar and sang original tunes.
Ida Bell Patterson, 72, of Elkwood Lane, Camden, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, September 25, 2011. She was the daughter of the late Sam and Hester Mae Clark Patterson.
Joe Louis Scott, 69, of Fairfax Drive, Camden, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, September 27, 2011. He was the son of the late David, Sr. and Mamie Boulware Scott and husband of Madeline Carrington Scott.
This year is the 80th anniversary of the social sorority Beta Sigma Phi. There has been a chapter of this organization in Kershaw County for more than 50 years. The current members of Beta Siigma Phi will host a Sunday Tea Oct. 16 around 2 p.m. to celebrate this occasion. The tea will be held at Julie Trott's home on Sarsfield Road, Camden. If you are a former member and would like to attend, call Barbara James at 432-4968 and leave a message that includes your name, address, phone number and email address; or email her at Jamesbf ...
John Drakeford, 102, of Lancaster, died Tuesday, September 27, 2011. Funeral Service will be held Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 1:00 P.M., Parker Baptist Church, Camden, SC, Rev.Walter Allen will officiate. Burial in the church cemetery. Viewing will be Friday, September 30, 2011 from 1:00 PM until 7:00 PM Crawford Funeral Home Lancaster, SC
"I am innocent," Troy Davis declared moments before he was to be executed for the killing of a security officer in Savannah, Ga., in 1991. How many times have we heard these words? Most of the inmates in jails and prisons across America would confess their innocence of a crime. And some may actually be. But what makes Troy Davis' claim different? Is it because his case has drawn national and international attention? Is it because his cause has the support of Pope Benedict XVI, former president of the United States Jimmy Carter, the president of the NAACP, Benjamin Jealous ...
Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are a 1-year-old gray, domestic short-haired cat and a 2-month-old male boxer mix puppy. The adoption donation includes spaying or neutering. The shelter, located at the south end of Fair Street and managed by the Kershaw County Humane Society, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The shelter is closed Sunday and Monday. For information on the shelter or to check for a missing pet, call 425-6016 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The ...
Gymnastics classes are offered by the Kershaw County Recreation Department and Wateree Gymnastics of Camden.
• We are comforted when justice is served, and we believe that happened Thursday afternoon when a jury found 33-year-old Willie Thomas Starnes, of Bethune, guilty of armed robbery and murder. The jury found Starnes guilty of deliberately using his vehicle a year ago to knock Alan Thomas Robinson, 67, also of Bethune, off his moped, stealing and loading that moped onto his vehicle and then turning around and running Robinson over. Robinson died the next day. Starnes is then accused of selling the moped for money he used to buy drugs. In fact, Starnes was under the influence of drugs ...
A while back, a messy problem loomed ahead. I don't like confrontation. If that makes me less than a person then consider me to be itty bitty. Life, I figure, is too short for squabbling. My motto is "whenever possible, step out of the way."
Recently an inquiry came to the South Caroliniana Library from the Adirondack Museum in Saranac Lake, N. Y., concerning an Edward T. Start (1867-1952) photograph in their collection. Along with the inquiry came a copy of the photograph and Start's obituary from the February 5, 1952, Adirondack Daily.
Runners sprint off the start line at the 2013 Race to Read event. It's almost time for this year's KershawHealth 10th Annual Race to Read, which raises money for early literacy efforts in Kershaw County. The race will be held Saturday, September 27 at 8 a.m. at Doby's Mill Elementary School in Lugoff. There is a 5 mile road race, that features a beautiful course, utilizing a mixture of surfaces. There is also a 1 mile fun run on the school's freshly paved fitness trail. Focusing on the importance of hydration, 5 mile participants will ...
Kershaw County will kick off a Lake Wateree Flood Study with a stakeholder meeting on Wednesday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Kershaw County Government Center, 515 Walnut St.
Funeral service for Nancy F. Hudson, 74, was held Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home with burial to follow in Greenhaven Memorial Gardens, Elgin. The family received friends Saturday 5-7 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witness Elgon Congregation, 1106 Wildwood Lane, Elgin, S.C. 29045.
A graveside service to celebrate the life of Virginia Ward McCaa, of Lugoff will be held today at 11:00 AM in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Rev. Phil McCoy will officiate. The family will speak to friends following the service. Memorials may be made in Mrs. McCaa's memory to Rowan Presbyterian Church 818 Ridgeway Road, Lugoff, SC 29078 or The Alzheimer's Disease & Related Disorders Association-Mid State SC, 3223 Sunset Blvd. Suite 100, Columbia, SC 29169.
A memorial service for Janet B. Rogers, 67, will be held on Tuesday at 12:00 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 Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter, 460 Fair Street, Camden, S.C. 29020.
While the Kershaw County School District employees were meeting at Lugoff-Elgin High School on Aug. 12, some of the retired faculty and staff members from Pine Tree Hill Elementary School (formerly on Lakeshore Drive) socialized at Hall's Restaurant in Lugoff.
Blaney Elementary's Principal, Mr. Ed Yount, is a man of his word. He challenged Blaney's teachers and students to raise $1500 for the United Way during the first week of school, and if the challenge was met, he would come to school dressed as a woman. As of Friday, August 22, $1530 was raised and Mr. Yount kept his promise by arriving on August 29th in costume.
Camden native, Frances Newman recently completed her college degree from Emmanuel College in Franklin, Ga., at the age of 73 with a 3.4 GPA. She was also awarded the president's award for Certification of Accommodation.
The Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County is now offering an adult dance class.
Owner-trainer Jonathan Sheppard's Brilliant Match turned back a determined challenge by Cat Feathers to win Saratoga Race Course's $75,000 Mrs. Walter M. Jeffords Stakes by 1 3/4 lengths last Thursday afternoon.
Tuesday: Lugoff-Elgin at Spring Valley (G – 4:30 p.m.); Camden, Camden Military Academy at Great Falls (XC – 5:30 p.m.); North Central at Buford (VB – 6:30 p.m.)