• We see through news reports that a sizeable percentage of newly elected U.S. Congressmen have decided to sleep in their offices, partly due to the high cost of real estate in the Washington area. That brings back memories. Rep. Ken Holland, formerly of Camden, was one of the first to become an "office snoozer" when he was elected to Congress from the Fifth Congressional District in 1974. Holland, a lawyer by profession, served eight years before leaving Washington -- one of the few who didn't become intoxicated with the power of Washington -- and now lives in Gaffney
I've been doing this work for almost 36 years. Having been around public education for that long, I've seen just about every solution to increasing student academic performance that has ever been thought up, usually more than once. In the case of merit pay, this is about the third time around for me. Déjà vu all over again, as Yogi Berra once said. Legislation pending in the South Carolina General Assembly would freeze teacher salaries at current levels and require State Superintendent of Education Dr. Mick Zais to have a merit pay plan ready to present to ...
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will hold a safe boating class on May 7 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The boating class will be held at the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office training room in Lugoff. The address is 821 Ridgeway Road, Lugoff.
Mr. Andrew Jeffers of Cassatt and Ms. Denise Jeffers of Camden announce the engagement of their daughter, Ms. Jessica Marie Jeffers of Camden, to Thomas Michael Bell of Camden. He is the son of Mr. Ronald Bell of Camden and Ms. Nancy Shuler of Garden City.
Mr. and Mrs. Danny B. Allen, Jr. of Lugoff announce the engagement of their daughter, Kelli Elizabeth Allen to Nathan Andrew Sweet of Lugoff. He is the son of Rev. and Mrs. Gregory Sweet, Sr. of Lugoff.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred H. Ross, Jr. of Camden, and Mr. and Mrs. Ward O. Bowers, Jr. of Camden, announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Jennifer Sheheen Bowers, to Mr. Kacey Hugh Osborne Carbery of Camden. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Revelle Stackhouse of Columbia, S. C. and Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Hugh Carbery of Victoria, B.C. Canada.
Fred and Gloria Clements were married 60 years ago today on March 14, 1951. Fred is originally from Vesuvius, Va., and Gloria was born in Fort Lawn, S.C. They have lived in Camden their entire 60 years and their children are Diane (Danny) Robinson of Camden, Andy (Dian) Clements of Huntsville, Ala., Phyllis Clements of Columbia, and the late Bobby Clements. They have 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren and a cherished and sweet dog named Christie, who protects them and their home and gives them daily love and comfort. Their family and friends wish them congratulations and best wishes ...
Gymnastics classes are offered by the Kershaw County Recreation Department and Wateree Gymnastics of Camden.
Following a long list of Thursday night contests, it will be a relatively mild weekend for Kershaw County athletic teams.
Camden limited host Brookland-Cayce, the 12th ranked AAA team in the state's pre-season rankings, to just two goals, but that was more than enough as the Bearcats downed CHS, 2-0, in Tuesday's regular season opener.
So, what's the big deal about moving from the AAA ranks to the 4A level?
Six gambling machines – illegal under state law -- were seized from three locations Wednesday in a sweep by the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office and S.C. Law Enforcement Division.
The following are menus for Kershaw County schools for the week of March 14-18:
The Camden-based S.C. Ballers, an 11-and-under AAU basketball team, is preparing to kick off its season with tournament contests set beginning this month. Pictured here, on the front row from left, are Markel Portee, Ronil Patel, Devin Martin and Jalyn DuBose. The second row includes Donovan Belton, Brandon Stevenson, Malik Green, Marquis Wood and Brice Jeffcoat. The third row has coach Willie DuBose and coach Cliff Stevenson. Missing from the photo are Kayjon Robertson and coach Al Robertson.
Last month, Kenny Davis (left) made his mother, teammates and community proud. Davis, a defensive tackle for the USC Gamecocks, is a former student of North Central High School and a graduate of Newberry High School. He is the son of Thomasenia Robinson of Camden, a property manager of Palmer Place Apartments. He is the grandson of Louella Outten of Camden and Audree A. Clark of Cassatt. Davis, along with his roommate, running back Kenny Miles (right), paid a visit to Thomas Counts (middle) in February. Counts is a diehard Gamecock fan from Prosperity, and has battled cancer for two ...
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.