For the first time since implementation of the state report cards in 2001, 100 percent of the Absolute and Growth ratings issued Friday for Kershaw County elementary and middle schools are Excellent, Good or Average. Statewide, only 82 percent of schools achieved this level for Absolute ratings and 88 percent for Growth ratings.
The Price House's annual benefit pecan sale is underway, according to Price House Commission Chair Polly Lampshire.
"Voices of Camden: The Quarrel with Oneself," the popular Tony Scully workshop in writing and performing dramatic monologues, is back on the stage of the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) for the eighth time. The performance is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Wood Auditorium.
• Former President George Bush was refreshingly candid in last week's interviews with NBC and other media outlets; he was doing a series of drop-ins to promote his new book, "Decision Points." Even those who thought Bush didn't do a great job in the Oval Office will have to admit that he's exhibited good character by refusing to criticize his successor, Barack Obama. Unlike Jimmy Carter, who seems to make a habit of spouting his opinions and denigrating presidents, Bush has displayed an admirable restraint.
Funeral service for Christine Brinson Murff, 82, of Camden, will be held Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at Wateree Baptist Church with burial to follow in Union United Methodist Church Cemetery, McBee. Rev. Bobby J. James, Jr. will officiate. The family will receive friends Monday 5-7 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. Memorials may be made to Wateree Baptist Church or the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter.
The Little Miss/Teen Miss Camden-Kershaw County pageant was held on Oct. 23 in Camden. The winners in each category will represent Camden and Kershaw County in the Little Miss South Carolina pageant to be held in Hartsville, June 2011. The winners in the younger divisions are:
Dear Annie: I'm a public school teacher with 20 years of experience, but this one has me shaken.
"Don't blame all the things that have happened to us lately on the Republicans," humorist Will Rogers once said. "They're not smart enough to have thought 'em up." That advice still rings true, especially after our recent midterm elections. Both parties need to wise up.
Jenny Elyand of Lugoff took home a first place ribbon for her cake (pictured above) in the S.C. State Fair Home and Craft Cake Decorating contest. Elyand competed in the amateur division and won a $37 for her efforts. This is the first cake she has entered in a contest. "I've been making cakes as a hobby for a while, but I never did anything like this," she said. "It really wasn't as hard as it looks."
LONDON -- Irish jump jockey James O'Farrell has crossed the Atlantic this week in the hope of achieving an amazing American double to cap an astonishing year of recovery.
Tickets and parking spaces of all varieties remain on sale for Saturday's Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup Steeplechase Races, to be run over the Springdale Race Course.
The final week of registration for the Rec Department's youth basketball program is approaching.
When Republicans handed Bill Clinton's hat to him in the 1994 election, gaining control of Congress in a GOP landslide, the former Arkansas governor moved deftly to the middle of the political spectrum. It was a spectacular turnaround following his and his wife's failed health care initiatives, and it not only saved his presidency, it made him a model for other elected officials who learned to listen to what voters said and adapt their own policies to the mood of the country.
If you're like me, you're often befuddled by the Hollywood lifestyle and the sometimes bizarre behavior of movie stars and rock musicians.
Running for Governor of South Carolina was an honor and a privilege, and I learned many things during my more than one year journey. Perhaps most importantly, I learned how much I have to give thanks for. And so I want to pause and say a big thank you to the people of Kershaw County. Thank you for the tremendous support you gave in this endeavor. The outpouring of help from our small community was unbelievable. You were so willing to lend your financial support, political support, votes, and incredible encouragement. We had the highest voter percentage turnout of any ...
Whenever the subject of guns is brought up, it engenders strong opinion on both sides -- from those who believe in absolute Second Amendment rights, and from those who believe that nobody should be allowed to own a gun in any circumstances. Like most people, we fall somewhere in the middle, solidly on the side of Americans to own firearms but a bit dubious about why it makes sense for people to own Uzis and other automatic weapons that are made with the express purpose of killing people.
One of my favorite movies is the 1969 classic Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid; since it came out I've watched it probably 20 times.
Camden Media Co. announces today that Chronicle-Independent (C-I) staff reporter Gary Phillips is now the newspaper's assistant editor. The C-I also has a new Localife editor with the hiring of Simone T. Owens.
As summertime draws to an end, with kids back at school and football season about to take off, please take the opportunity to sign up for the blood donation drive at the INVISTA Camden plant. The blood drive will be held on September 9 from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. in the TC-1 building, where there's plenty of room and the service is fast and friendly. Donations are being completed within 30-40 minutes of arrival.
If this is how North Central plays when it is jittery, just think of what the Lady Knight volleyball team will do once it settles down.
Tech companies are finally spilling some of their most sought-after secrets.
Always in contention, Rodman W. Moorhead III's All the Way Jose glided to the lead on the final run down Saratoga Race Course's homestretch, rocketed over the last fence, and drew away powerfully to a 14 1/4-length victory in Wednesday's $65,000 allowance hurdle.
While the rest of you slackers are busy preparing for your Labor Day weekend and trips to the lake, the beach or backyard barbecues, remember those of us here at the Fearless Forecast who do not have the luxury of a long weekend.
David R. Braught, 58, of Columbia entered into rest on Thursday, August 28, 2014 at PalmettoHealth Parkridge.
Mr. Raymond William "Bo" Peake, Jr., 60, of Elgin, died Wednesday, August 27, 20144. Born in Camp Lejeune, NC on May 9, 1954, he was the son of Barbara Shelley Peake and the late Raymond William Peake, Sr. A master automotive technician, he was co-owner of Peake Motors with his late father. Bo also worked with Clark Industrial and Southeast Industrial for many years as a shop foreman and forklift technician.
A funeral service celebrating the life of Betty Davis Ray, 84, of Lugoff, SC, will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at Pine Grove Baptist Church, with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Rev. Eric Boone and Rev. Doug Whitfield will officiate. The family will receive friends on Friday, August 29, 2014 from 5:00-7:00 PM at Kornegay Funeral Home, Lugoff Elgin Chapel. Memorials may be made in Mrs. Ray's memory to Pine Grove Baptist Church.
Michael William Scronce, age 63, passed on Tuesday, August 26, 2014. Visitation for friends and family will be held at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel, from 5:00-7:00 PM, Saturday, August 30, 2014. Memorials may be made in Michael's memory to United Way of Kershaw County, P O Box 737, Camden, SC 29020 or American Red Cross, P O Box 641, 632 DeKalb Street, Camden, SC 29020.
Ms. Mae Bell Thomas, 93, of 113-A Canterbury Lane in Camden died Thursday, August 28, 2014. Plans will be announced by Collins Funeral Home.