U.S. Army Chaplain Jerry Johnson (right), son of Gerald and Carolyn Johnson of Cassatt, has been awarded the Bronze Star for his work while deployed to Afghanistan for his second tour of duty. Making the presentation was Capt. Wes Cannon. Johnson, who is stationed at Fort Drum, N.Y., was also awarded the Bronze Star after his first tour. He and his wife, Carrie, have four sons, Bradley, Jeremy, Tommy and Jimmy.
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Barbara Park's irrepressible child heroine, Junie B. Jones, has made it to first grade and she'll be bringing all her brassy humor to the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Wood Auditorium. Presented by Columbia Children's Theatre (CCT), this hilarious holiday show is sure to be a huge hit with children of all ages. Tickets are $8 per person and can be purchased by calling the FAC Box Office at 425-7676 or on line at www.fineartscenter.org. The FAC Children's Series is sponsored by Modern Turf.
A community Christmas concert will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday featuring Lindsay Huggins at Camden First Church of the Nazarene, 2276 Jefferson Davis Highway. A love offering will be accepted, and a nursery will be provided. For more information, contact the Rev. David Snodgrass, pastor, at 432-3750. The community is invited to enjoy this sound of the season. Huggins has a deep-rooted passion for Southern/Country Gospel and won the 2007 National Quartet Convention's solo talent contest. This afforded her the opportunity to sing in a feature appearance on the main stage at the final concert of ...
Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) Deputy Tracey "Tick" Wilson has been named the 2011 winner of the W. Roger Latham Deputy of the Year Award.
Students at Midway Elementary School wrote letters to send to the military to wish them a happy holiday season and to thank them for their service. Representatives from the American Red Cross picked up the letters and will see that they are delivered by Christmas. Students who participated included (first row) Bailey Rabon, Laila Houser, Devon Yannayon, (second row) Erin Jackson, Luke Funderburk, Madison Hensley, Kaitlyn Thompson, Ana Lucena, Jimena Noyola, Maggie Carter, Dylan Smith, Madison Bantum, Sophia Watford, (third row) Laura Battiata, Principal Dell Brabham, Margaret Bishop and Regan Atkinson.
Funeral service for Maglee "Maggie" Crews, 67, of Camden, will be held Thursday at 1:00 p.m. at Faith Baptist Church, Bishopville, with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The Rev. Jerry Gardner will officiate. The family will receive friends Thursday 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. prior to the service at the church. Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society.
Funeral service to celebrate the life of Curtis Earl Guinn will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 34 Chestnut Ferry Road in Camden, at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 7, 2011. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family received friends from 6:00 to 7:00 p. m. Tuesday, December 6 at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel.
Dr. Martha S. Tingen, a graduate of Joseph Kershaw Academy and the daughter of Bruce and Mildred Smith of Evans, Ga., and formerly of Camden, has been named the inaugural Charles W. Linder Endowed Chair in Pediatrics at Georgia Health Sciences University (GHSU) in Augusta, Ga.
Lugoff-Elgin Middle School has reported its honor rolls for the first quarter.
In November, 52 students at Camden Elementary School were inducted into the National Junior Beta Club. The club's mission is "To promote the ideals of academic achievement, character, service, and leadership, among elementary and secondary school students." S.C. Sen. Vincent Sheheen offered words of encouragement at the ceremony. In addition to Sheheen, joining the students were Ed Yount, principal; LaKeisha Lawrence, sponsor; and Jackie Norton, assistant principal, along with Beta Club officers and speakers. Beta Club is based on academics and PASS scores.
Decades ago, comedian/storyteller Will Rogers said of politics, "I don't belong to any organized party. I'm a Democrat." That same philosophy could be used to describe the decision of the Republican Party to let Donald Trump moderate a Dec. 27 debate among GOP White House hopefuls. Trump, who still says he's pondering a presidential run should none of the current crop of candidates exhibit the ability to defeat President Obama next November, has no business injecting himself in such a debate, but more importantly, the Republican Party has no business allowing him to do so.
While checking my county tax assessment, I noticed that I was charged for county fire service when I have been paying the city since 1985. When trying to contact someone as to why, the first time I was put on hold for 20 minutes and had to call back. Someone finally got the needed info on the second call and when I finally got a call back all they could tell me was that I was in the county. I know where I live as I have been there since 1985, but no one could or would give me an ...
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 ...