The word "transparency" has become a popular one for politicians to use. After all, how many citizens are there here in Kershaw County -- or across South Carolina and the United States, for that matter -- who aren't in favor of a more open government? Not many. Indeed, transparency was one of the key platforms of Gov. Nikki Haley's campaign, and the issue no doubt contributed to her victory. A little squabble is now kicking up between her and State Treasurer Curtis Loftis over which is more committed to transparency and openness. Along with being amusing, it's also interesting.
"Remember when..." is a weekly historical feature showcasing life in Kershaw County, taken from the archives of the Chronicle-Independent. The Camden Midget basketball team won the state championship in the state tournament played at Myrtle Beach in March 1954. Celebrating the win are (first row, from left) Harold Robinson, Jimmie Roller, Jimmie Haynes, Charles Davenport, (second row) coach Clyde Jahnke, Lindsay Pierce, Bobby Johnson, Larry Foster, Lee McCaskill, Bobby Robinson, coach Giles Huggins and city recreation director Bob Allen. Not pictured is Marion Sheheen. In the championship game, Camden defeated Myrtle Beach 25 to 21.
46 YEARS AGO -- March 29-31, 1965
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When you are suffering through a three-game slide, any win is appreciated, right?
When I read the headline in last Wednesday's paper, "Local skepticism, opposition greet gambling bill" I eagerly read Trevor Baratko's article to find out what the greater community was thinking.
The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) announces the auditions for Kershaw County's Got Talent. Beginning on April 25 the FAC will hold three nights of auditions for the first-ever Kershaw County's Got Talent -- a talent competition for Kershaw County residents. If you sing, dance, juggle or just have an amazing talent, then this competition is for you! See if you can move forward to the final competition scheduled for April 28 at the FAC. Kershaw County's Got Talent is sponsored by WPUB KOOL 102.7 FM and Startime 1590 AM.
Wake up, citizens of Camden! Do you have any clue what Mayor Jeffrey Graham and city council are doing? Probably not, we would all be at the council meetings protesting.
On Feb. 13, Cub Pack and Boy Scout Troop 303 from Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church (UMC) participated in the Sunday morning services.
Funeral service for Curtis Leon Drakeford, 66, of 2002 DeKalb School Road in Camden, will be held Thursday, March 31, 2011, 2:00 P.M. at Bingham Chapel AME Zion Church with burial in Dry Branch Cemetery in Westville, SC. Friends may visit at the home of his niece and nephew-in-law, Rev. David and Annette Stratford, 1945 DeKalb School Road in Camden. Masonic rites will be conducted between 7:00 P.M. and 8:30 P.M. at the funeral home on Wednesday. Collins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
On Friday, Feb. 25, under the direction of Rebecca Greenway and Jodie Kahler, North Central Middle School held its annual Miss Patriot Pageant. This year's theme was Under the Sea. Each contestant was judged and scored in three areas:
Funeral service for Daisy Lee Lovett Haynes, 75, of Elgin, will be held Wednesday 11:00 a.m. at Powers Funeral Home with burial to follow in Hardshell Cemetery. Rev. Trent McLaughlin will officiate. The family received friends Tuesday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff.
Funeral services with full military honors for MSGT. US Air Force (Ret.) Robert Lee "Bob" Jones, Jr., 86, of Camden will be held Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 2:00 PM at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel with burial to follow in Quaker Cemetery. Rev. Mark Bredholt will officiate. The family will receive friends Wednesday, March 20, 2011 from 6:00 -8:00 PM at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. Memorials may be made in Mr. Jones's memory to the American Cancer Society, c/o Gail Kirkland, 647 Lachicotte Road, Lugoff, SC 29078.
The United Methodist Women of Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church will hold it's annual Day Before the Cup Bake Sale on Friday, April 1. Homemade cakes, pies, breads, cookies and cupcakes of all kinds will be some of the delicious items for sale from 8 a.m. until noon. The sale will take place at the Family Life Center behind the main building at 1206 Lyttleton St. These ladies above are showing off some of the goodies available at the 2010 sale. Pictured from left are Shirley Knickel, Rev. Sheila Rogers, Doris Holden, Phyllis Defani, Willie Beckham, Sharon Albritton ...
• We are comforted when justice is served, and we believe that happened Thursday afternoon when a jury found 33-year-old Willie Thomas Starnes, of Bethune, guilty of armed robbery and murder. The jury found Starnes guilty of deliberately using his vehicle a year ago to knock Alan Thomas Robinson, 67, also of Bethune, off his moped, stealing and loading that moped onto his vehicle and then turning around and running Robinson over. Robinson died the next day. Starnes is then accused of selling the moped for money he used to buy drugs. In fact, Starnes was under the influence of drugs ...
A while back, a messy problem loomed ahead. I don't like confrontation. If that makes me less than a person then consider me to be itty bitty. Life, I figure, is too short for squabbling. My motto is "whenever possible, step out of the way."
Recently an inquiry came to the South Caroliniana Library from the Adirondack Museum in Saranac Lake, N. Y., concerning an Edward T. Start (1867-1952) photograph in their collection. Along with the inquiry came a copy of the photograph and Start's obituary from the February 5, 1952, Adirondack Daily.
Runners sprint off the start line at the 2013 Race to Read event. It's almost time for this year's KershawHealth 10th Annual Race to Read, which raises money for early literacy efforts in Kershaw County. The race will be held Saturday, September 27 at 8 a.m. at Doby's Mill Elementary School in Lugoff. There is a 5 mile road race, that features a beautiful course, utilizing a mixture of surfaces. There is also a 1 mile fun run on the school's freshly paved fitness trail. Focusing on the importance of hydration, 5 mile participants will ...
Kershaw County will kick off a Lake Wateree Flood Study with a stakeholder meeting on Wednesday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Kershaw County Government Center, 515 Walnut St.
Funeral service for Nancy F. Hudson, 74, was held Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home with burial to follow in Greenhaven Memorial Gardens, Elgin. The family received friends Saturday 5-7 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witness Elgon Congregation, 1106 Wildwood Lane, Elgin, S.C. 29045.
A graveside service to celebrate the life of Virginia Ward McCaa, of Lugoff will be held today at 11:00 AM in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Rev. Phil McCoy will officiate. The family will speak to friends following the service. Memorials may be made in Mrs. McCaa's memory to Rowan Presbyterian Church 818 Ridgeway Road, Lugoff, SC 29078 or The Alzheimer's Disease & Related Disorders Association-Mid State SC, 3223 Sunset Blvd. Suite 100, Columbia, SC 29169.
A memorial service for Janet B. Rogers, 67, will be held on Tuesday at 12:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter, 460 Fair Street, Camden, S.C. 29020.
While the Kershaw County School District employees were meeting at Lugoff-Elgin High School on Aug. 12, some of the retired faculty and staff members from Pine Tree Hill Elementary School (formerly on Lakeshore Drive) socialized at Hall's Restaurant in Lugoff.
Blaney Elementary's Principal, Mr. Ed Yount, is a man of his word. He challenged Blaney's teachers and students to raise $1500 for the United Way during the first week of school, and if the challenge was met, he would come to school dressed as a woman. As of Friday, August 22, $1530 was raised and Mr. Yount kept his promise by arriving on August 29th in costume.
Camden native, Frances Newman recently completed her college degree from Emmanuel College in Franklin, Ga., at the age of 73 with a 3.4 GPA. She was also awarded the president's award for Certification of Accommodation.
The Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County is now offering an adult dance class.
Owner-trainer Jonathan Sheppard's Brilliant Match turned back a determined challenge by Cat Feathers to win Saratoga Race Course's $75,000 Mrs. Walter M. Jeffords Stakes by 1 3/4 lengths last Thursday afternoon.
Tuesday: Lugoff-Elgin at Spring Valley (G – 4:30 p.m.); Camden, Camden Military Academy at Great Falls (XC – 5:30 p.m.); North Central at Buford (VB – 6:30 p.m.)