Funeral services to celebrate the life of Annie Ruth "Rudy" Owens, 95, of Camden will be held Thursday September 15, 2011 at 4:00 PM at DeKalb Baptist Church,a family viewing will begin at 3:00 PM, with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Rev. Keith Coates will officiate. Memorials may be made in Ms. Owens's memory to DeKalb Baptist Church, P. O. Box 2122, Camden SC 29020.
More than 250 runners and walkers laced up their shoes for the third annual KershawHealth Springdale 5K at Sunset Aug. 20 at Springdale Race Course.
Auditions for a teen production at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) are fast approaching! "Zombie Prom," a collaboration with the FAC and Columbia Children's Theatre will be held Thursday and Sunday in the Douglas-Reed House at the FAC starting at 6:30 p.m. Zombie Prom will be directed by Jerry Stevenson, artistic director of the Columbia Children's Theatre (CCT.) Children ages 10 and up are encouraged to come and participate. There is no audition fee.
Led by top six finishes from Davis Goodrich and Clark Joseph, the Camden High boys' cross country team finished second in a six-team meet which was contested at Historic Camden last Thursday afternoon.
A celebration of life service for Mary Louise FitzGerald, 81, will be held Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. The Rev. David Stratford will officiate. The family will receive friends following the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation.
Mr. Elmer John Lapsley died Friday, September 9, 2011 at Agape' at Kathwood in Columbia, SC. He was born on March 25, 1915 in Glassport, PA, the son of Thomas Lapsley and Mildred Yohe Lapsley. He is survived by a daughter, Anne Jones and her husband, Steve, of Camden; grandchildren, Anne Porter Southworth and her husband, Jack, of Richmond VA, Spencer Jones and his wife, Julia, of Reston, VA; great-granddaughter, Anne Conway Southworth; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lorraine, in 2005 and a brother, Roy V. Lapsley.
Mrs. Vera Dubose Walker, 73, of 4416 Bonnie Forrest Blvd., Columbia, SC, passed on Friday, Sept. 9, 2011. The family will be receiving friendsx at 4206 Leeds Road, Columbia, the home of her daughter, Mrs. Karen Walker.
Tuesday: West Florence at Camden (GTEN – 4:30 p.m.); Lugoff-Elgin at Spring Valley (GTEN – 5 p.m.); Camden Military Academy at Cheraw (XC – 5 p.m.); Lakewood at Camden (VB – 5:30 p.m.); Spring Valley at Lugoff-Elgin (VB – 7 p.m.)
The North Central boys cross country team opened their season by finishing fourth in a five-team in Cheraw on Wednesday.
After having opened the 2011 volleyball with back-to-back wins, Lugoff-Elgin suffered its first loss of the season, only to come back with an emotional win in a pair of non-region matches played Thursday night inside the Demons Den.
At their meeting on Nov. 5, the Midway School Reunion's theme will be "World War II Remembrances and Remembrances of Our Principal, J. Hoke Murphree." We invited his two surviving children to attend but they have declined due to poor health and the long distance they would have to travel. However, Alice Murphree Kelsey did send us a couple of her remembrances while at Midway from January 1942 to January 1946.
I sometimes wonder whether politicians actually write the books they release. In the case of Texas Gov. Rick Perry's book, I sometimes wonder whether he bothered to read it, either.
• This month's award for poor taste goes to the Pima County (Arizona) Republican Party, which is planning to raffle off a gun like the one used to shoot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Our dim view of this has nothing to do with second amendment rights, but rather spotlights an exercise in poor judgment, given the tragedy that occurred in Rep. Giffords' district in January, in which a gunman killed six people and wounded 13 others.
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.