I attended a funeral this week and after the coffin was closed for the last time and the family was preparing to enter, the funeral director had to announce to those in attendance to be careful to obey all traffic laws because there would be no police escort as there had been in the past.
Camden Mayor Jeffrey Graham, City Manager Kevin Bronson, City Economic Development Director Wade Luther and Sheriff Jim Matthews have all agreed to be "celebrity" dunking booth "victims" for the second annual City Slickers Car Show & Fund Raiser for Relay for Life Saturday.
The following are menus for Kershaw County schools for the week of March 28-April 1:
The Boykin Spring Fling Untimed Trail Ride will return May 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Red Bank Farm in the Boykin community.
The Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County offers out patient care to Kershaw County residents who have no health insurance and can not pay for health care or medications. The clinic is recruiting volunteers to staff the front desk, to screen new patients for eligibility, to fill medication orders and to serve on special event and fundraising committees. There is also a special need for health professionals such as RN's, CNA's, or medical assistants to take vital signs and blood sugar levels.
Above The Rim X III Part 2, a double elimination for age groups 11U and 17U, will be held at Rhame City Arena, 517 Bull St., Camden April 8 - 10. Registration fees are $100 if paid on or prior to March 27 deadline and $150 after deadline but before April 2. Maximum of 15 players and four coaches per team. Rosters must be submitted by deadline. Proceeds will benefit the Women on the Move Inc. Scholarship Fund. For information, contact Regina Warren-Crim at (803) 549-2454 or Lodith Missouri Dean at (803) 427-0119
North Central High School (NCHS) was the recipient of a $5,000 gift from the International Paper Foundation. The money is being used to purchase reading materials for classrooms and the NCHC Media Center in order to enhance literacy across the curriculum initiative. Principal Worth Thomasson (right) said the International Paper Foundation made it possible for the school to benefit its students by encouraging them to read on a daily basis. Thomasson accepted the check on behalf of the school from International Paper representative Tim Boone (left).
D-Block completed a 12-0 season to win the Kershaw County Recreation Department men's open league basketball championship. The team has now won 24 straight games in the open league over the course of the past season season. The two youngsters pictured on the front row are Jamarion Hopkin and his sister, Zion Hopkin. Pictured on the front row, from left, are Martrell Addison, Darnelle Hayes, Artrell Addison, coach Chico Hopkin, Marvin Johnson and Earl Richardson. The back row is made up of Corey Myers, Kion Bennett and Chris Green.
Proud fathers and excited daughters were dressed to impress when Midway Elementary School's cafeteria was transformed into a ballroom for the school's recent Father/Daughter Dance. The event was sponsored by the Student Council and the Relay for Life Committee. Here, Katelyn Anderson dances with her father, Mike Anderson.
The Camden High girls soccer team celebrated having broken in the AAA state rankings while taking the lead in Region 6-AAA competition with a 3-0 conference mark to sit alone atop the conference standings.
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.