As we mentioned earlier this week, Gov. Nikki Haley has several solid proposals in her package to streamline state government. The S. C. Supreme Court has ruled that she doesn't have the authority -- it was hardly a clear-cut decision, coming in at 3-2 -- to call the Senate back into session, as she attempted to do, and it now appears that South Carolinians might be in for four more years of contention between the governor and the legislature.
For years, elected officials and residents have wished for an alternative to Rhame Arena, which has become a shell of what it once was. For years, we have envisioned an active, vibrant recreation center that can become a haven for our youth, an asset for our elderly and a shining light for our city. For years, we have heard much talk but seen little action.
The fun will heat up with the Rec Department's summer playground programs offered June 13-30 and July 11-28. Camps will not meet July 4-8.
Meredith Toole, April Barrett, and Ashleigh Hough have been awarded the 2011 Laurie Slade Funderburk Leadership Scholarship. For a fourth year, the South Carolina General Assembly Women's Caucus has given scholarships in honor of each of the sixteen women legislators currently serving in the South Carolina General Assembly. Representative Funderburk is currently serving as the Chair of the Women's Caucus.
The Kershaw County School District will close its Parent Portal for system maintenance on Friday, June 10. The portal will reopen at the beginning of the 2011-12 school year.
Middle school-aged students are the focus of a new summer safety program being launched by the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO). STARS Summer Camp will provide students with an affordable week-long camp focusing on age-appropriate public and personal safety topics.
Graduates of the Applied Technology Education Campus practical nursing program were honored at a morning reception May 26 under the portico of the KershawHealth Karesh Center entrance.
Baby Miss Chicken Strut
An Australian demographer has found a malady that makes some middle-aged men think they are more attractive to women than they actually are.
Here is a listing of sports camps, sponsored by the Kershaw County Recreation Department, for next week:
Andrew Taylor of Lugoff-Elgin High School was awarded the Irene Gettys Scholarship from the Lugoff Optimist Club. The scholarship is worth $1,000. Taylor plans to attend the University of South Carolina and major in computer science. Standing with Taylor (from left) are his mother, Julie Taylor of Lugoff, scholarship chairman Charles Baxley and Lugoff Optimist Club President Henry Powers.
Food for the Soul, a Camden-based ministry that provides meals to the hungry and homeless in Kershaw County, will kick off its Pass the Plate! fundraising campaign on Sunday, when several area churches will collect special offerings to support the charitable organization. The campaign, which will conclude Sunday, August 14, will focus on "passing the plate" in local civic groups, community organizations, businesses and churches around the county.
U.S. Army National Guard Pvt. James T. Buff and U.SA. Army Pvt. Elizabeth A. McKenzie have graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson.
Mrs. Mary Ethel Melton Truesdell, of Bethune, died June 3, 2011, at Mountain View Community Living Center in Clayton, GA. A daughter of the late Ervin Toland and Ethel Thomas Melton, Mrs. Truesdell was born April 22, 1914, in Wagram, NC. She was predeceased by her husband Ernest Zachary Truesdell, Jr., and her brother, Ervin Toland Melton, Jr.
Gil Johnston's Awesome Pearl, overlooked at 35-to-1 in the betting, surged through Saratoga Race Course's stretch and won a down-to-the-wire battle with Kingdom in last Thursday's $75,000 Jonathan Kiser Novice Stakes.
Mr. and Mrs. William O. Ward, Jr. of Camden announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Kaleigh Ward of Camden, SC to Mr. Grant Cox of Irmo, SC. Miss Ward is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. William O. Ward, Sr. of Camden, SC and the late Mr. and Mrs. Victor Rabon of Lugoff, SC. Miss Ward earned her Bachelor of Arts at Furman University and is the Area Director at N2 Publishing in Memphis, TN.
Their histories, accurate and complete, are lost to time and buried with them and those who knew them. I wish I knew more for their stories would read like a page-turning novel.
Central Carolina Technical College's CRJ 202 Criminalistics (Forensics) course is taking their final exam Tuesday July 29 at 5:30 p.m. on location at a fabricated crime scene. NCIS agent Tony Horton is the instructor. He has partnered with the Sumter Sheriff's Department and set up an area in the back of Patriot Park off of Hwy. 441 in Sumter for this exam to take place. It will be in a wooded area where students will actually use what they have learned in the classroom to process a crime scene.
The South Carolina Senior State American Legion Tournament continues today through Wednesday at Riley Park in Sumter.
• Friday's report that Amtrak is going to spend the next several months refurbishing Camden's passenger rail station off West DeKalb Street is welcome news. Built in 1937, it has shown its age for decades and never more so than now with holes in the platform's canopy, rotting timbers and other problems that make it a less than desirable place to stop. Amtrak says their No. 1 priority is making the facility Americans with Disabilities Act compliant -- and that's a very good thing -- from the parking lot to the station and onto the platform and train. But ...
In the quest to answer the many questions I receive about trees, see below for part three in the continuing series.
After decades of requests from residents and years of negotiation with city officials, Amtrak is announcing that it will renovate its station in Camden and the surrounding property. Work will begin Aug. 4, and -- according JarVor Williams, an Amtrak construction engineer overseeing the project -- make the facility compliant with the U.S. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
A memorial service celebrating the life of Patricia Gail Alger-Benson, 68, of Lugoff, SC will be held on Saturday July 26, 2014 at 2:00 PM. at Blaney Baptist Church. Rev. Philip Blankenship will officiate. The family will receive friends on Friday, July25, from 6:00-7:30 PM at Kornegay Funeral Home Lugoff-Elgin Chapel. Memorials may be made in her memory to Blaney Baptist Church, 1400 Blaney Road, Elgin, SC 29045.
Funeral services for Sammie F. Thomas Jr. will be held on Saturday July 26, 2014 at 2 p.m. in the Divine Mortuary Chapel, 5620 Hillandale Dr. Lithonia, Georgia 30058.
Funeral services for Betty Jo Crump Mays, R.N., 76, will be held Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at New Life Christian Outreach, Lugoff, with burial to follow in Scotch Cemetery, Bethune. The Rev. Richard Cameron will officiate. The family will receive friends Friday, July 25, 2014, from 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home.
The Hospital Auxiliary of KershawHealth's twenty fifth annual golf tournament will be held on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at the Camden Country Club.