Thank you for the opportunity to tell the citizens of Camden of the petition drive that is calling for a referendum on the use of hospitality taxes. I have no question that our elected officials are good people with good intentions. However, many citizens have been outraged at the city council and city administration's process in making a decision on a sports complex. During the last few weeks many citizens have written letters to the editor in opposition to the city's handling of the controversial decision. Others have spoken at the public forums before each city council meeting ...
The following real estate transfers were recently recorded in the Kershaw County Assessor's office:
Photo cutline -- Mary Jones, principal of Lugoff Elementary School, and Mrs. Richard Riley, the First Lady of South Carolina, talk with children at the school during Mrs. Riley's visit to Kershaw County Tuesday. She was here only a few hours before returning to Columbia.
National Assisted Living Week began on Grandparents' Day, Sept. 11 and continued until Sept. 17. Many assisted living residents are the people who made significant contributions to the community. They have been the teachers, business people, civic leaders, public officials, parents, and now grandparents, who have contributed so much to the Kershaw County community. This week gives locals a chance to honor these citizens' contributions along with staff, families, friends, and volunteers of the community.
The Miss Camden Scholarship Program and Miss Camden Teen Program are seeking contestants for their 2012 pageant to be held Jan.7, 2012 at Camden High School. Miss Camden and Miss Camden Teen are official preliminaries to Miss South Carolina/Miss South Carolina Teen and Miss America/Miss America's Outstanding Teen.
The "girls" are hitting the beach in tonight and tomorrow's production of the popular Fine Arts Follies! Through the miracles of make-up, some fine tuning in the wardrobe department and some "shifting of shape," local business and professional men from across Kershaw County are "transformed" as they showcase their, er, talents, as the Camden Community Theatre (CCT) and the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) present the return of the riotous Fine Arts Follies tonight and tomorrow evenings at 8 p.m.
The 16th annual Fire Fest 2011 will take place Saturday at Rhame City Arena in Camden. The event will kick off with a parade at 9 a.m. through downtown Camden. This family event will also include skydivers, vendors, kids' games, food, exhibitors and firefighter competition. The sky divers will enter around 9:45 a.m. and the opening ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Activities for children will include bounce-arounds, pony rides and games.
The Lugoff-Elgin High School journalism department will host a pancake breakfast at the FATZ in Camden, located at 212 Wall Street on Sept. 24. From 7:30 to 10 a.m. FATZ will open its doors to members of the community and transform into a hotspot for hotcakes to raise money to support the L-EHS journalism department. Proceeds from the breakfast will be used to help the students of the yearbook team pay to attend local and regional scholastic journalism conferences where they can receive in-depth instruction from professionals and nationally recognized journalism teachers.
St. John's United Methodist Church is accepting vendor applications for the annual Bazaar to be held Nov. 19. Applications can be picked up at the church office, located at 45 Roseborough Road, Lugoff or one can be mailed to you be calling 438-6349.
The 8th annual Habitat Golf Tournament will be held Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. at the Camden Country Club. To register, call 432-4222. The cost is $260 for a foursome, $65 individual.
The Young Leadership Committee of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is organizing a poker run to raise money for type 1 diabetes. The poker run, "Hawg-Wild for the Cure," will be held on Oct. 15.
Monday: Camden at Blythewood (GTEN – 5:30 p.m.)
Everyone loves good food, and our 18th century counterparts were no less interested in it than folks today. They just cooked in a different time and place.
Haile's Funeral Home announces the death of Mr. James Richard Holmes, 88 of 1657 Cassatt Road. He passed on Tuesday, Sept. 13. Services will be conducted Monday, Sept. 19 at 11:30 a.m. at Haile's Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Cedar Cemetery.
Quite a few people were shocked to hear the audience burst into applause at Rick Perry's first Republican presidential debate after they heard that the Texas governor leads the nation in executions. That's why we have debates. They teach you things, not only about the candidates but also about their voters.
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The Auxiliary of KershawHealth began its annual "Lights of Love" fundraising project Nov. 15 and it will run through Jan. 1, 2015.
Fred J. Florian and Pearl Polinski Florian of Camden Celebrated 60 years of marriage Nov. 20. The couple married in 1954 at St. Hilary's Catholic Church in Washington, Pa. They have five sons: Fred. M, Tony, Robert, Bill and Chris. The couple has four grandchildren: Derick, Thomas, Kayla and Rachel.
Howard and Cornelia (Keys) Joy celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Nov. 25. The couple was married in Camden and together they have five children: Audrey Joy of Allentown, Pa., Howard Joy Jr. (Nancy) of Dover, N.J., Karen Joy-Wilson (Isaac) of Piscataway, N.J., Michael Joy of Kanas City, Mo. and Gregory Joy (Dana) of Bonaire, Ga. They have six grandchildren and one great-grandchild: James, Sheena, Joy, Jazmin, Asha, Kier and Izaiah. The couple plans to celebrate the special occasion with their children and grandchildren at a later date.
On Sept. 28, 1789, according to a government website, the First Federal Congress passed a resolution asking President George Washington recommend to the nation a day of thanksgiving. The site goes on to describe what happened: a few days later, Washington issued a proclamation naming Thursday, Nov. 26, 1789, as a "day of public thanksgiving" -- the first time the holiday was celebrated by our fledgling country.
Only three minor fires during holiday weekend
It has been said practically every major issue that passes through our GOP-elected officials' state house -- from education to healthcare to the selection of judges -- has racial undertones. And our GOP-elected officials may have passed the crossroad beyond which to get these evil spirits that loom over our state house in order.
Gov. Haley recently took an 11-day trip to India. There are some who are grumbling, calling her trip just another post-election junket by a politician.
Real estate transactions
WASHINGTON -- By now, most Americans probably have formed an opinion about what comedian Bill Cosby did or didn't do sexually to or with at least 16 women beginning in the 1960s.
MaryEllen J. Ellis, formerly of Cassatt, S.C., passed away Nov. 20, 2014. She is survived by her son, Walter Davis of Cassatt, South Carolina; daughters, Denise Thomas of Liberty, Missouri, and Jean Garrison of Cassatt, South Carolina; 9 Grandchildren, 22 Great Grandchildren, and 4 Great-Great Grandchildren. MaryEllen was preceded in death by her Father, Walter Vernon Jones, Sr. in 1983; her mother, Ethel Juanita Hammonds Jones in 1989; brother, Walter Vernon Jones, Jr. in 2009; and a son, Paul Jackson Davis in 2007. MaryEllen had done many things in life, but enjoyed being a Farmer and around horses on ...
Funeral service for Elton Newman, 81, will be held on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. at Timrod Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday 3:00-4:00 p.m. prior to the service at the church. Memorials may be made to Timrod Baptist Church, 4227 Timrod Road, Bethune, S.C. 29009 or to KershawHealth Hospice.