We at Let Freedom Ring do want to publicly state what happened to Congresswoman Giffords and everyone in attendance at the "Meet the Congresswoman" event at a Safeway Grocery store in Tucson on Jan. 8 was a tragedy and we pray for the full recovery of all who were wounded and pray for the families of those who were slain. I ask the local Tea Party to also make similar public sentiments.
Alice Jensen of Elgin was named to the Dean's List for the fall semester at Lycoming College.
The Kershaw County Board of Realtors recently installed its new board of directors. The 2011 board members and outgoing members include (from left) Cathe Epps with Campas Realty, president; Barbara Jordan with Palmetto Homes & Land Realty, past president; Novella Taylor with Coldwell Banker United Realtors, member at large; Diane Martin with Keller Williams Columbia, member at large; Michael Thomas with Palmetto Homes & Land Realty, president-elect; Tiffany Appleton with Coldwell Banker United Realtors, secretary/treasurer; Beth Warnock with Compas Realty, member at large; and Brett McLeod with McLeod & Associates, vice president.
A number of local students were named to the Dean's List for the fall 2010 semester at Coastal Carolina University.
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Kevin J. Watson graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
First Palmetto Financial Corporation, the holding company for First Palmetto Savings Bank, F.S.B., will hold its 2011 annual meeting of stockholders at 10 a.m. March 21.
Central Carolina Technical College President Dr. Tim Hardee announced the fall 2010 student honors lists. More than 600 students were honored, including 112 Kershaw County residents.
It is time for all commercial businesses, public institutions, organizations, public buildings and grounds, churches and schools within the City limits of Camden, to start sprucing up the for the third annual Margot Rochester Landscaping Award, presented by City of Camden Parks and Streets Commission.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Anne C. Strayhorn, 84, of Winyah Drive, North Augusta, SC, who entered into rest January 22, 2011, will be conducted Wednesday at 12 Noon from the Posey Funeral Chapel. Dr. John M. Newell, III, The Reverend Douglas L. Holmes and Rev. Jule Young Officiating.Interment will follow in the Quaker Cemetery, Camden, SC at 3:30PM.
United Way is organizing the official HUD count taking place Thursday in Kershaw County. This information is critical to bringing money for homeless housing and services to communities like Camden, Elgin, Bethune, Westville, Cassatt, and Lugoff.
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Sallie Wright Martin, 92, of Lucknow Road, Bethune, SC, died Monday, January 24, 2011.
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Taylor Reedy Jr., of Lugoff, died Monday.
WASHINGTON -- I come from a family where the "joke," if you came home with a 97 on a math test, was to ask what happened to the other three points. The punch line, if you scored 100, was to ask whether there was any extra credit.
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.