South Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean H. Toal (left) stands with retiring 5th Circuit Court Judge J. Ernest Kinard Jr. following the unveiling of a commemorative portrait at the Kershaw County Courthouse Thursday afternoon. Kinard has served on the bench for 24 years. Toal said Kinard is the "gold standard" of circuit court judges and her "go-to judge" for tough cases. "He's one of the brightest minds to serve in South Carolina," Toal said. "He can hear complex cases, absorb and understand all the details and then make a decision."
AgSouth Farm Credit CEO Bill Spigener recently announced that the customer-owned cooperative had net earnings of $33.3 million during 2011.
The 'Cue, as Charlotte Thompson locals call it, has been an annual community event since 1958.
After struggling through a rough early start to the season, the North Central High softball team took out their frustrations on the Great Falls Red Devils in a Friday night softball game played at Great Falls.
Matt Irick has announced his plans to seek re-election to Seat 7 on the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees. He is a certified public accountant and a partner with the accounting firm of Sheheen, Hancock, & Godwin LLP in Camden.
Lancaster ran off with both ends of last Thursday's three-team track and field meet at North Central High School in an event which also included Great Falls.
The Columbia Blowfish Baseball Team is trying to help Kershaw County elementary schools make a home run.
Anyone interested in becoming a vendor in the Kershaw County Farmers' Market (KCFM) is invited to attend an open house at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday at 634 W. Dekalb St. in Camden in the Homemakers Building, adjacent to the Camden Clemson Extension office.
With Friday having been a day off for students in Kershaw County, several members of the Camden High baseball team used part of their day to head over to American Legion Park to get in some additional batting practice for that evening's home game with Lakewood.
Monday: Crestwood at Camden Military Academy (BSOC – 5 p.m.); Camden Military Academy at Swansea (BB – 6 p.m.); Ridge View at Lugoff-Elgin (BB – 6:30 p.m.); Andrew Jackson at North Central (SB – 6:30 p.m.); Lugoff-Elgin at Ridge View (SB – 7 p.m.); Lancaster at Lugoff-Elgin (GSOC – 7 p.m.); Camden, Lugoff-Elgin in Magnolia Invitational at Sumter (G – TBA)
You would think that things will now start to get a bit easier for the Camden High tennis team.
A funeral service to celebrate the life of Leila Christmas West, 95, of Camden, will be held at 2:00 PM Monday, March 19, 2012 at First Baptist Church in Camden with burial to follow in Beaverdam Baptist Church Cemetery. The West family received friends Sunday, March 18, 2012, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. The family suggests memorials be made to the A. Sam Karesh Wing, 1315 Roberts St., Camden, SC 29020.
Graveside service for George L. Woods, 77, of Elgin, will be held be held at a later date in Fort Jackson National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the DAV.
The National Society Daughters of the American Colonists goals are to be patriotic, historical and educational in honoring our heritage. The national goals are accepting our heritage to guide and strengthen the present and accepting our heritage by preparing for the unseen future. These goals are reflected by the State Society by giving scholarships to nursing students.
For her work promoting literacy, Pine Tree Hill Elementary School Principal Lisa Shannon has been named the South Carolina International Reading Council's (SCIRA) Administrator of the Year.
Funeral service for Cathy Anne Tidwell, 65, will be held on Thursday at 3:00 p.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation.
Hey, y'all! I am Jim McGowan. I am the most recent addition to the award-winning staff of the Chronicle-Independent. I can only hope to live up to their high standards. It will not be easy. I will be the Localife editor and cover the education beat.
A federal nutrition program that places new restrictions on snacks and beverages sold in schools also provides an opportunity for some fresh thinking about school fundraisers.
Having spent many hours working to get the historic Seaboard Railroad station preserved, I was extremely pleased to see that Amtrak was at the city council work session June 22 to present its plan for improvements to the station.
During the last Camden City Council work session, and as reported in the July 28 Chronicle-Independent, the concept of "adaptive reuse" of Rhame Arena was discussed. It was during this discussion that it was noted that the concept and sketch under discussion was developed by the daughter of Marti Wallace and Mike Jones (Elizabeth Ancrum Jones). Miss Jones developed her proposal several years ago. After a discussion of the property during a prior council meeting, her work was provided to city staff for their consideration.
It is always exciting to read positive press in the Chronicle-Independent concerning businesses in our area. Sam Kendall's 2014 Certificate of Excellence Award was wonderfully covered by the C-I for its hard-earned recognition. Each year, TripAdvisor assesses local businesses worldwide and awards certificates to those with very high ratings. For 2014, they awarded three Certificates of Excellence in Camden to Sam Kendall's, Salud! Mexican Kitchen, and Bloomsbury Inn. In addition, their highest recognition, Traveler's Choice Awards, honors like businesses nationwide. As the C-I well-covered earlier in the year, Bloomsbury was a Traveler's Choice Award winner for ...
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The annual Fall Coin Show of the Camden Coin Club will be held on Saturday, Sept. 27 at the Camden Recreation Department, 1042 West DeKalb St., Camden.
Palmetto Hearing recently moved to 1001-B Fairlawn Drive, Camden. It will be open Tuesdays by appointment and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The business offers hearing aid fittings and follow up care. It also provides hearing evaluations, swim plugs, assistive listening products, custom ear molds and hearing aid service and repair. "We have been providing hearing health care for 25 years and are proud to be locally owned and operated to assist the residents of Kershaw County and it's surrounding areas." The owner is Cyndi Henderson and the manager is Amanda Henderson. The telephone number ...
The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States announced that Ralph Best has achieved All American status as a district commander. Best, commander of District 5, covering Kershaw County as well as York, Lancaster and Chester counties, in the Department of South Carolina, is one of only 29 VFW District Commanders selected worldwide for All-American Commander.
The River Management Society (RMS) recently awarded its 2014 River Manger of the Year award to Mary Crockett, land protection director for the Congaree Land Trust. Crockett received the award during a RMS' workshop in Denver, Colo., earlier this year.
I remember once I was giving a presentation about important conservation properties in the Piedmont. I showed photos of the incredible rock formations on a particular property and happened to mention their age in an effort to describe their grandeur. Afterwards, I was confronted by an indignant man who told me that the age of rocks cannot be known. He accused me of making those figures up out of thin air. Surprised by his vociferous tone, I told him I was sorry to have upset him. While not a confrontational person, I am a teacher, and I began to politely ...