Keeping true to a promise he made to a group of fifth-graders at Bethune Elementary School in 2005, Clifton Harryton Anderson (far right), a retired mental health professional, volunteer mentor and the recipient of the Order of Silver Crescent, the state's highest honor for volunteer and community service, has made unannounced regular visits with the students each year since 2005.
Ms. Rosa Henry McQuillar has already celebrated the milestone birthday of 100 years. While her next birthday isn't until July, her family and friends held a celebration in her honor on Mother's Day, May 8.
Dear Readers: Today is Memorial Day. We know for many, this is simply part of a long weekend. But we hope you will keep in mind the reason behind the holiday -- a day to remember those servicemen and women who have died serving their country. Please honor our fallen heroes by visiting cemeteries and placing flags or flowers on the graves of veterans. It is also customary to fly the flag at half-staff until noon.
The KershawHealth Board of Trustees unanimously passed a motion last week authorizing the organization's CEO to enter into a non-exclusive letter of intent to explore collaboration opportunities with Palmetto Health in Columbia.
• We welcome newly hired Kershaw County Administrator Victor Carpenter, who comes to this area from Abbeville County; we hope Carpenter can lend some stability to a position that's had too much turnover in recent years. And while we're at it, let us offer a tip of the hat to Frank Broom, former Camden city manager, who served as interim county administrator and was able to "straight shoot" with council members, partly because he didn't have to worry about their becoming angry and siding against him, a concern that "regular" administrators naturally must harbor.
It's hard to say which is more remarkable about Kayla Heard, that she is graduating this spring from Washington State University at age 16 or that she earned her degree without ever entering a classroom.
Funeral services to celebrate the life of Lorena Grace Mahaffey Brockman, 94, of Camden, will be held Monday, May 30, 2011 at 11:00 AM at Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church with burial to follow in Quaker Cemetery. Rev. Sheila Rogers and Rev. Frank Griffith will officiate. The family received friends Sunday, May 29, 2011 from 6:00-7:00 PM at Kornegay Funeral Home Camden Chapel. Memorials may be made to Lyttleton St. United Methodist Church, 1206 Lyttleton St., Camden, SC 29020.
A memorial service celebrating the life of Maudine Corley Jackson will be held on Thursday, June 2nd at the Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church at 10:00 am.
A celebration of life service for James Edward "Ed" McKenzie, of Camden, will be Monday, May 30th at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Camden. Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. in the church fellowship center.
Funeral services to honor the life of Rollin George Reynolds, Jr., 79, of Rembert will be held Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 10:00 AM at Beulah United Methodist Church with burial to follow in Quaker Cemetery. Rev. Vince Halter will officiate. The family received friends, Sunday, May 29, 2011 from 1:00-3:00 PM at the home. Memorials may be made in Mr. Reynold's memory to Beulah United Methodist Church, 820 Beulah Church Road, Camden, SC 29020.
Joseph Lee Robinson, 56, of North 5th Street, Newark, N.J., formerly of Cassatt, died Monday, May 23, 2011.
Funeral service for Daisy Bell Tucker, 95, of Lugoff, will be held Monday at 11:00 a.m. at St. Matthews Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Rev. Charles Davis will officiate. The family received friends Sunday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home.
An 87-year-old Cassatt woman with dementia who went missing Friday was found dehydrated and suffering from hundreds of fire ant bites Sunday morning.
Well, we made it back.
Ann Dillon Barns, 86, wife of Tom Barnes, formerly of Camden died July 26, 2014. Visitation 6-8pm August 1 and 10-11am Saturday followed by service at 11am all at Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home Bradley Creek Chapel, Wilmington NC. www.quinnmcgowen.com
Funeral services for Curtis Leon Drakeford, 77, will be held Friday, August 1, 2014 at 10:00 am at Door of Hope Ministries, 984 Wateree Blvd, Camden SC. Burial to follow at Ft Jackson National Cemetery in Columbia. Pastors Gerald Brown and Lomarie Caldwell will officiate. Viewing will be held on Thursday morning at 11:00 am at Brown's Funeral Home in Camden. Curtis Drakeford was born on May 10, 1937, and passed award on Monday, July 28, 2014. He was head deacon at Door of Hope Ministries, directed the men's fellowship, and ministered at Manning Correctional Prison ...
A memorial service to celebrate the life of Robert "Bobby" William Grimm, 45, of Camden will be held at 2:00 PM Thursday, July 31, 2014 at First Baptist Church of Camden. Rev. Bruce Hancock will officiate. The family will receive friends Wednesday, July 30 from 6:00-7:30 PM at Kornegay Funeral Home Camden Chapel. Memorials may be made in Bobby's memory to Kershaw County Special Olympics, P. O. Box 310, Camden, SC 29021.
Mrs. Myrel Hermina Gripper, 87, of 302 Smyrna Road, Elgin, South Carolina, passed on Thursday, July 24, 2014. Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 1 p.m. at Fort Clark Baptist Church in Elgin, SC. Burial will follow at the Fort Clark Baptist Church Cemetery in Elgin, SC. Haile's Funeral Home is in serving the family.
Mr. Nanley Holmes, 86, of 146 Battleship Road, Camden died Monday. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Brown's Funeral Home, Camden, who is serving the Holmes Family.
Funeral service for Cathy Anne Tidwell, 65, will be held on Thursday at 3:00 p.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation.
Hey, y'all! I am Jim McGowan. I am the most recent addition to the award-winning staff of the Chronicle-Independent. I can only hope to live up to their high standards. It will not be easy. I will be the Localife editor and cover the education beat.
A federal nutrition program that places new restrictions on snacks and beverages sold in schools also provides an opportunity for some fresh thinking about school fundraisers.
Having spent many hours working to get the historic Seaboard Railroad station preserved, I was extremely pleased to see that Amtrak was at the city council work session June 22 to present its plan for improvements to the station.
During the last Camden City Council work session, and as reported in the July 28 Chronicle-Independent, the concept of "adaptive reuse" of Rhame Arena was discussed. It was during this discussion that it was noted that the concept and sketch under discussion was developed by the daughter of Marti Wallace and Mike Jones (Elizabeth Ancrum Jones). Miss Jones developed her proposal several years ago. After a discussion of the property during a prior council meeting, her work was provided to city staff for their consideration.
It is always exciting to read positive press in the Chronicle-Independent concerning businesses in our area. Sam Kendall's 2014 Certificate of Excellence Award was wonderfully covered by the C-I for its hard-earned recognition. Each year, TripAdvisor assesses local businesses worldwide and awards certificates to those with very high ratings. For 2014, they awarded three Certificates of Excellence in Camden to Sam Kendall's, Salud! Mexican Kitchen, and Bloomsbury Inn. In addition, their highest recognition, Traveler's Choice Awards, honors like businesses nationwide. As the C-I well-covered earlier in the year, Bloomsbury was a Traveler's Choice Award winner for ...
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The annual Fall Coin Show of the Camden Coin Club will be held on Saturday, Sept. 27 at the Camden Recreation Department, 1042 West DeKalb St., Camden.