After three nights of auditions where preliminary judges saw 59 total contestants and 20 finalists performed in the live finale, a winner has been announced. Julianna Cobb of Lugoff was declared the winner of the second annual Kershaw County's Got Talent produced by the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) on March 24. The event was emceed by KOOL 102.7/STARTIME1590's Patty Rose and Tyler Cupp.
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A few weeks back, I was honored to be present to see the Baron DeKalb Elementary School Improvement Council receive the Dick and Tunky Riley School Improvement Council Award. What made it a particular privilege was the fact that former South Carolina Governor and U.S. Secretary of Education Dick Riley was there to present the award. The opportunity to meet him was truly memorable for me.
Student honor rolls for the third nine-week period at North Central High School have been reported.
Mitt Romney's trying to talk his way out of his gender gap, but, take it from me, women like guys who listen. My wife told me that.
We've come a long way from President Theodore Roosevelt's famous saying "Speak softly and carry a big stick." President Barack Obama's policy apparently is to whisper slyly and compromise our security.
Caroline Marie Parks of Camden, S.C., and Jon Nicholas Watts of Lugoff, S.C., were united in marriage on Saturday, April 14, 2012, at six o'clock in the evening at Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church in Camden, S.C. The Reverend Steve Patterson and Reverend Frank Griffith officiated the marriage ceremony. A reception immediately followed at Springdale Hall in Camden, S.C.
• We're glad to read that analysts say the surge in gasoline prices is nearing its end and that prices might actually subside a bit as we head toward summer. Here in the United States, fuel prices have never been a classic supply-and-demand item, and there are few who truly understand the system. But one thing is indeed clear: if prices are going down, we're all going to have more money in our pockets to spend on other things and to help stimulate the recovery, and that's indeed a good thing.
The Baron DeKalb Elementary School Improvement Council (SIC) was recently presented the 2012 Dick and Tunky Riley Award for SIC Excellence. Accepting the award from Dick Riley (fourth from left), former S.C. governor and U.S. Secretary of Education, are (from left) Frederica Brown, teacher and SIC member; Darlene Platte, teacher; Principal Betty Turner; Candy Anderson, parent and SIC Chairperson; Patricia Leigh, teacher/PTO; community member Steve Leigh; Marcia Rogers, parent and SIC member; Kershaw County School District Superintendent (KCSD) Dr. Frank Morgan; and Timothy Hopkins, KCSD's executive director of elementary education.
After reading this year's Kershaw County Board of School Trustees candidate election announcements, Doug Berry of Camden said he realized that most of the candidates want the same thing: to use taxpayer money as efficiently as possible; to supply teachers with the equipment they need to do their job proficiently; a school system that prepares children to become professionals, have a positive impact on society and become the leaders for tomorrow, among other things.
The Knights of North Central got back to their winning ways with a sweep over four visiting opponents in a five-school track meet in Boonetown last Thursday.
To promote school spirit and help build a sense of community, the Lugoff-Elgin High School marketing class will host a spring cookout in the school stadium April 28.
Everyone agrees that entrepreneurship is a good thing. But what exactly is entrepreneurship?
William Thomas Hopkins, 41, of Bishopville, died Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at his home.
Patricia Haynes Cassady, 79, of Charlotte, NC, born in Camden, SC, died Friday, August 15, 2014. Plans are incomplete and will be announced by Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel.
Ms. Pearline Dunham, 75, of 434 Baxley Circle, Bethune, South Carolina passed on Thursday, August 14, 2014. Services were conducted on Sunday, August 17, 2014, at 1:30 PM at St. Matthew Baptist Church, Bethune, SC, with burial in St. Matthew Baptist Church Cemetery, Bethune, SC. Haile's Funeral Home was in charge.
Ms. Beulah Mae Kibler, 89, of 1268 James West Road, Cassatt, South Carolina, passed on Wednesday, August 13, 2014. Services will be conducted will be conducted today at 2:00 PM at Mt. Joshua Baptist Church, Camden, SC, with burial in Mt. Joshua Baptist Church Cemetery, Camden, SC. Haile's Funeral Home is in charge.
Lugoff – Funeral service for Verlie Marie Stepp McAvoy, 75, will be held on Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. at Trinity Baptist Church with burial to follow in Lugoff First Baptist Church Cemetery. The Rev. Dr. Charles Everett and the Rev. David Robinson will officiate. The family will receive friends today 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children – Greenville, 950 W. Faris Road, Greenville, S.C. 29605.
Mrs. Cora Niland, 87, of 304 Doby Street, Camden, South Carolina passed on Thursday, August 14, 2014. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Haile's Funeral Home.
A funeral service to celebrate the life of William Hydrick Sanders, Major US Air Force (Ret.) 85, of Hartsville, SC, was held at 3:00 PM, Sunday, August 17, 2014 at Kelleytown Baptist Church in Hartsville, SC. Rev. Rod Elliott and Rev. Lin Kirkman officiated. Burial will followed in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Camden, with military rites. The family received friends from 2:00-4:00 PM, Saturday, August 16, 2014 at Brown Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home in Hartsville.
Funeral service for Mrs. Teresa Ann Torruella, 65, of 1283 Drakeford Road in Cassatt will be held Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 11:00 A.M. at Sweet Home Baptist Church with burial in Hyco Baptist Church cemetery. She died Thursday, August 14, 2014. Collins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
For the past couple of years, our district has designated one book for summer reading for secondary students. I've really liked this approach. It has generated a lot of enthusiasm and gotten entire families involved. This year's book, This I Believe II, is a collection of personal essays by a very diverse group of people, ranging from legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma to author Studs Terkel. The book got me to thinking; if I was to write an essay about what I believe about education, what would I say?
Let me begin with full disclosure: I was born in Greenville and even though my family moved away when I was 5 years old, I still consider Greenville my hometown. And, as with a first love, one's hometown will always be something special. So it is with me and Greenville.
Some missing something or the other required me to prowl through closets at Mama's house. That's when I found it. I pulled it out and smiled broadly, warmed by the memories it evoked.
• Here in Kershaw County, we don't think about bridges much, unless it's the spans crossing the Lynches and Wateree rivers on U.S. 1, I-20 and other roads. Many bridges in our county are small, made of wood or pipes used as culverts. They cross streams and branches of creeks and -- according to our recent two-part story -- not in the greatest shape. Some state-owned bridges are in the process of being repaired or replaced with state and/or federal funds. But many others are owned by the county. All but two currently open bridges that cross bodies of ...
The Chronicle-Independent is looking for the oldest person in Kershaw County. We'd love to interview them for a possible story about their memories of Kershaw County and about their lives.
The city of Camden will present "Citizens Planning College" a program that will teach the "ins and outs" of city planning in Camden.
Stacy Collier, MSN, RN, has been selected to serve as KershawHealth's Chief Nursing Officer. The graduate of Lugoff-Elgin High School received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and her Master of Science Degree in Nursing Administration from the University of South Carolina.