The dog days of summer are now a distant memory as we zoom through autumn and brace for winter temperatures. Even though many folks do not like cooler weather, it is easy enough for us to stay warm by adding layers of clothing and getting the wool sweaters out of mothball storage.
The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County's (FAC) annual Holiday Sales Show, set in the Center's historic Douglas-Reed House (ca. 1812), will feature a selection of fine, handcrafted works of art in clay, glass, fiber, wood, and more, by more than 40 local and regional artists. In addition, locally-produced goodies such as jams, jellies, honey, and candies will be available. The Holiday Sales Show is sponsored by First Community Bank.
Camden native W. Ford Graham was recently named senior project manager in the South Carolina Department of Commerce's Global Business Development Division. The division works with county and regional economic development officials to recruit new companies to the state and encourage existing industries to expand their local presence.
Backers of a Kershaw County local-option sales tax which was rejected by voters earlier this month say they aren't giving up and that they will again pursue efforts to get the penny tax passed, perhaps in a scaled-down version. Voters turned the proposal down by a significant margin during the general election, sending officials a message that this isn't the right time to be raising taxes.
31 YEARS AGO -- Nov. 28, 1979
In 2005 our dear friends, Tom and Cindy Fussell, owners of the Smokin' and Grillin' Restaurant in Camden, invited our family to take part in a small ministry they started feeding the hungry and homeless. That Thanksgiving Day, along with a small group of "restaurant regulars," we fed around 100 people a traditional Thanksgiving meal.
NEW YORK -- In a political culture where moderation is the new heresy, centrism is fast becoming the new black.
Grace Episcopal Church Women have produced a Camden Calendar since 1980. All of the drawings are donated by local artists. The ECW plan to continue donating the profits to assist county residents in need. A calendar for the year 2011 can be purchased for $8 at the Grace Church office, located at 1315 Lyttleton St., Camden or any of the other following locations, Historic Camden, KershawHealth Gift Shop, Hawthorne Pharmacy and other local businesses. For more information, call the church at 432-7621.
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The Lugoff-Elgin wrestling team will host Rock Hill and York in Wednesday night's season-opening matches. The match was incorrectly printed as a Tuesday night contest in the Chronicle-Independent.
All the footballs and volleyballs have been packed away as Kershaw County high school athletic teams head to the great indoors for the 2010-11 basketball and wrestling seasons.
At the request of Kershaw County's IT coordinator, the county recently installed a new phone system that required new direct dial numbers for each county department. The new numbers went into effect last week, and can be found at the county's website, www.kershaw.sc.gov.
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.
We're glad to see that the city of Camden is exploring alternatives for aging Rhame Arena. The building is becoming more dilapidated with each passing year, and something needs to be done, whether it's razing it or restoring it. Of course, money is a factor, just as it is in all government decisions these days. We will say that city officials have overworked the bureaucratic jargon in their appraisal of the situation, saying an "adaptive reuse" could be a possible alternative. We are assuming "adaptive reuse" means repairing the building and making it feasible for some type of ...
If you live in Camden and do not realize how special a town it is, just wait until something goes wrong.
Is it hypocritical for a really, really rich person to object to rising inequality?
Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Wally, an adorable 6-week-year-old male kitten and Paige, a 4-year-old female Pointer mix. She is very friendly with other dogs. The adoption donation includes spaying or neutering. The shelter, located at the south end of Fair Street and managed by the Kershaw County Humane Society, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. The shelter is closed Sunday and Monday. The shelter is closed Sunday and Monday. For information on the shelter ...
Mark your calendars for the 18th Annual Carolina Downhome Blues Festival scheduled for October 2-4 in historic downtown Camden. This year's event will feature multiple performances at various sites, including The Venue on Broad, Old Town Tavern and a new site for the festival -- 833 South Broad Street. The Carolina Downhome Blues Festival is an award-winning event recognized for featuring legendary blues artists from around the globe.
The South Carolina Senior State American Legion Tournament begins Saturday at Riley Park in Sumter. Here is all the information you will need as to the event: