My name is Kershaw County. I am located in the state of South Carolina and I possess approximately 740 square miles, and I claim to have approximately 60,000 citizens that live in me. I have a lot to boast about, so much that I cannot begin to tell of them. I am proud of my citizens and I depend on them to make me what I am. I am only as good as my people. That I know!
I tore down the old swing set last weekend, demolished it actually. I unscrewed as many nuts and bolts as I could and then took the saw to it, leaving only the pile of sand which had broken the fall of many a crying or giggling toddler at the base of the sliding board. It was time. The old structure had become a little "shop of horrors," so to speak. There were several rungs missing from the ladder, there were damaged boards everywhere, the swings had become rusty and unreliable. She was tired.
Last year's reserved space holders have until Friday, Oct. 12, in order to secure their same space(s) for this year's Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup Steeplechase Races.
The machine just keeps on rolling along with a hiccup.
Camden's Henry Stradford missed two games to win last week's Chronicle-Independent weekly football contest.
Nancy Whitney Gerry, 95, of Boca Grande, Florida, and Fishers Island, New York, died peacefully September 26th in Englewood, Florida. Born March 26th, 1917, she attended the Brearley School in New York City, and the Foxcroft School in Middleburg, Virginia. Henry Averell Gerry, her husband of 60 years, preceded her in death in 2000. They lost their son, Averell, in 1960.
Funeral services celebrating the life of H. Frank Meadows, 92, of Camden, was held at 2:00PM, Sunday, October 7, 2012 at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. Rev. Bruce Hancock officiated. Burial followed in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Family received friends in the Camden Chapel at 1:00PM, 1 hour prior to the service. Memorials may be made in Mr. Meadows' memory to A. Sam Karesh Longterm Care, 1315 Roberts Street, Camden, SC 29020.
Funeral services celebrating the life of Suzanne Miller McKenzie, 80, of Camden, will be held at 11:00 AM , Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at Bethel Worship Center, in Camden. Pastor Raymond Sellers will officiate. Burial will follow in Quaker Cemetery. Family will receive friends at 6:00-7:30 PM, Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. Memorials may be made in Suzanne's memory to Shriner's Hospital for Crippled Children, 950 W. Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605-4277.
Funeral service for Brent Ashley Nichols, 37, of Cassatt, will be held Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The Rev. Todd Warnock will officiate. The family will receive friends Tuesday 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made by check to Brent's Children Memorial Fund c/o First Palmetto 407 DeKalb Street, Camden, S.C. 29020.
Funeral service for Patricia Ann Spielman, 57, will be held Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at Timrod Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The Rev. Joe Stines and the Rev. Jim Wallace will officiate. The family will receive friends Tuesday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff.
Services for Louis Vaida Jr., 77, will be private. Memorials may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure Attn: Donor Services PO Box 650309 Dallas, TX 75265-0309 or PALS with Kershaw County Recreation Department, 1042 West DeKalb Street, Camden, SC 29020.
Mr. Thomas N. Burns, 51, of 714 George Wright Street, Camden, SC
Robert Duke Brown of Camden, a longtime Coastal Carolina University (CCU) trustee, was recently honored with the naming of the "Robert Duke Brown Hall of Champions" in the University's Adkins Field House. The hallway, which connects the George F. "Buddy" Sasser Hall of Fame to the building's Football Suite, was named for Brown to recognize his staunch advocacy and support of CCU's football program.
It's a fun time to be a college football fan in Kershaw County. While the high school teams in this area are going through a rough patch, the state's two flagship football programs -- South Carolina and Clemson -- are having banner seasons that could lead to the ultimate rivalry game Nov. 24 when the two teams will meet.
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PAL Baseball is a non-competitive baseball league for youth and adults with disabilities and special needs, and typically-able youth with assistance from "Pals" available on the team. PAL Baseball is for individuals who do not want to play competitively. Children with special needs as well as children who do not like the physical competition of other leagues can enjoy the fun of PAL Baseball.
Baron DeKalb Elementary School has announced its honor rolls for the second nine-weeks period of the school year.
Army Pvt. Neono B. Thompson has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who's never been accused of being circumspect, went over the top last week when he accused President Obama of not loving his country. Giuliani has refused to back down from his comments, and some in the GOP have defended him while others have said they wouldn't have made the same statement. Politics, of course, is involved, as both Democrats and Republicans are already jockeying for position for 2016.
Republicans seem ceaselessly enamored of litmus tests, but the newest one -- Do you believe President Obama loves America? -- makes birthers seem witty.
On Feb. 5, around 1:15 p.m., students at the University of South Carolina (USC) received a text message warning "SHOTS FIRED" -- two words which would send chills and panic through the large campus that is home to nearly 32,000 students.
I wish to complement your columnist, Josh Arrants, for the wonderful articles he has written for the Chronicle. I have read only three of his articles, but I have truly enjoyed each one. In the last one, he said he was leaving Kershaw County and I could only think of the loss to your paper.
Wunderkind: Charleston mayor to address chamber next week
Six middle school and a pair of elementary school students from West Wateree schools took home top four finishes from the Skyway Youth Wrestling Tournament held at Berkeley High School on Saturday, Feb. 14.
Due to the threat of inclement weather on Thursday, the Camden Bulldog Club has moved its winter and spring sports "Meet the Bulldogs" to Monday, March 2 at 6:30 p.m.
Regardless of what the weatherman says, Kershaw County's four high school baseball teams will open their seasons with a trio of pre-season tournaments starting Saturday and continuing throughout next week.
Camden Elementary School has announced its honor-rolls for the second nine weeks period