Some Americans act as if Congress and the president have a jobs-making switch somewhere they can flip to help the economy. If only. No modern economy is that simple. And the factors that affect employment can be complex.
I stopped by the Farmer's Market on Memorial Day weekend, and I ran into a neighbor who said something to me about how it must be nice in the summer when things slow down. Admittedly, summer does provide the opportunity for some rest and recharging. But in reality, our school district remains unbelievably busy over the summer. Getting ready for a new school year is a monumental and complex task.
Clemson University awarded a record 2,713 degrees at its May 13 commencement ceremonies. Local graduates included the following:
Joan Reconnu was named Kershaw County Literacy Association (KCLA) Volunteer of the Year.
The Camden High School African American Alumni Association will host a reunion weekend July 22 through 24 at the Historic Robert Mills Courthouse, located at 607 Broad St. Camden.
Food for the Soul has announced the names of regional coordinators for their Pass the Plate fundraising campaign. The campaign is underway and will conclude Aug. 14.
Amanda Rembert McMaster of Barnwell and Carl Douglas Capell, Jr. of Camden were united in marriage Saturday, May 21, 2011 at the Owen Pavilion at Clemson University's Madren Center in Clemson.
A number of Kershaw County students were named to the spring 2011 Dean's List at Coastal Carolina University.
Miss America 2008 Kristen Haglund (third from left) visited Camden Wednesday after being invited by local caterer Jack Brantley (second from left). Brantley owns and operates Aberdeen Catery in Camden and has been involved with the Miss America pageant for more than 30 years through his service with the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce and Camden Jaycees. Haglund is visiting the state as part of the 2011 Miss S.C. pageant. Brantley also invited the judges from the pageant. Standing on the steps at Aberdeen are (from left) pageant judges Teri Galver, Annabelle Laroque, Parker Dearborn and Morihiko Nalchara, Brian ...
Funeral service for Wayne Anthony Wright, 41, of Rembert, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 1, 2011, at Community Baptist Church.
Funeral service for Sarah Jones Anthony, 90, of Church Road in Westville, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 1, 2011, at Ebenezer AME Zion Church, with burial in the church cemetery.
Bessie Mae Boykin, 85 years old, of Camden, passed away on June 26, 2011. She is the wife of the late Henry Boykin Jr. and daughter of the late Handy and Dollie Mae Carter.
Funeral Services to celebrate the life of Ida Lee Smith Caskey, 89, of Camden will be held Friday, July 1, 2011 at 11:00 AM in First Baptist Church, Camden with burial to follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Rev. Bruce Hancock will officiate. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service beginning at 10:00 AM in the Fellowship Center of First Baptist Church. Memorials may be made in Mrs. Caskey's memory to First Baptist Church, 1201 Broad Street, Camden, SC 29020.
Funeral service for Alberta Goodwin Gallant, 80, of Camden, were held Thursday at Household of Faith Holiness Church Convention Center, Rembert. Burial was in Cedar Cemetery, Camden.
Walter Grant, 69, of Heir Drive, Rembert, died Wednesday. Family and friends may call at the residence.
The Finally Friday Free Concert Series returns to the grounds of the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) on May 29 with a Midlands favorite, Under the Sun. The concert will take place from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. on the Joe and Sandy Shull Pavilion behind the Wood Auditorium. Rain location will be on the stage of the Wood Auditorium.
The Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands recently recognized Camden City Councilwoman Laurie Parks at the Girl Scouts' annual Women of Distinction Awards Dinner. Parks was one of six area women to be so honored. The award pays tribute to women who exemplify excellence in service, leadership, community visibility, and professionalism. Parks has served on Camden City Council since 2012, serving as Mayor Pro Tem in 2014. In addition, she currently serves on the S.C. Governor's Office Children's Foster Care Review Board for Kershaw and Richland Counties(Vice-Chair, Past Chair), Junior Leadership Kershaw County(Chair ...
Sandra Elizabeth Wickham age 54, died Monday, May 18, 2015 at her residence.
Mr. Bruce Singleton, 59, of Woodchase Lane, Elgin, South Carolina, passed on Sunday, May 17, 2015. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Nelson-Haile Funeral Home.
Funeral service for Michael Anthony Lynch, 64, will be held today at 11:00 a.m. at Union Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The Rev. Jerry Lewis will officiate. The family received friends Thursday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Union Baptist Church Gym Fund, PO Box 116, Elgin, S.C. 29045.
The Honorable J. Ernest Kinard, Jr., 75, of Camden, died Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at home after a courageous battle with cancer.
Mr. Willie "Billy Boy" Hart, Jr., 77, of 130 Reddick Road, Bishopville, passed on Monday, May 18, 2015. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Bishopville, with burial in the church cemetery.
A funeral service for Lucy Barfield Elmore, 88, will be held Saturday at 11:00 am at First Baptist Church, Camden, with burial to follow in Quaker Cemetery. The Rev. Bruce Hancock will officiate. The family will receive friends today from 5-7 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Camden or a charity of one's choice.
A memorial service to celebrate the life of Carroll Lee Collins, 71, of Camden was held Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 1:00 PM at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. Lee Collins, Jr. officiated. Memorials may be made in Carroll's memory to the American Heart Association, 190 Knox Abbott Drive, Cayce, SC 29032.
Ernest Kinard, who died earlier this week, was made for the law. Possessed of a keen intellect and a probing curiosity, Kinard practiced law for 24 years in Camden before being elected a circuit court judge in 1988. He remained on the bench until his retirement in 2010, and in a "keep working" program for retired judges, he continued until recently. In all his years as a judge, he never missed a day of holding court, establishing a remarkable record of consistency and longevity. Kinard mentored a number of young attorneys who practiced with him or clerked for him over ...
Camden, Kershaw County and South Carolina lost one of its greats this week. Judge Ernest Kinard was one of a kind who loved his family, his community and his work.
Trigger warning: This column will include discussion of ideas which may conflict with your own.
Nothing instills fear in the heart and soul of humans as does a snake. Since the beginning of recorded history, snakes have been a symbol of evil, treachery, poison, etc., and because of this perception, misinformation and folklore, most people hate snakes. Personally I have no problem with snakes; roaches and tarantulas are a different story, but a snake? No worries.
I attended the (Camden) Planning (Commission) meeting regarding the Beechwood Plantation development, and left with more questions to be asked than questions answered. For those of you who don't know what is proposed, the developers are talking of 254 residences, rentals and condos; a 24-7 assisted living facility; and more. We have had two patio homes built in Kirkover Hills during the last couple of years; these two did not sell, they are rentals, with four cars parked in the front yard. I don't believe there is a need for this large scale development.