29 YEARS AGO -- April 5-8, 1982
Get a real taste of spring at the season opening of the Kershaw County Farmers Market Saturday.
The 21st annual KershawHealth Foundation Vern Ketchem Golf Tournament will be held Monday at the Camden Country Club.
George Keys, 73, died Thursday. He was the son of the late Rev. Summers and Sallie Keys.
Funeral services to celebrate the life of Phyllis McLain Mathis, 79, of Camden, were held Sunday, April 3, 2011 at 2 p.m. at Kornegay Funeral Home Camden Chapel. Burial followed in Quaker Cemetery with Rev. Bruce Hancock officiating. The family received friends Saturday, April 2, 2011 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Kornegay Funeral Home Camden Chapel. Memorials may be made in Mrs. Mathis's memory to a charity of one's choice.
Ellen McGee, 75, of 1463 Dixon Road, Elgin, S.C. passed on Thursday, March 31, 2011. Funeral services will be conducted on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 2 p.m. at Greater Faith and Joy Tabernacle Church in Lugoff.
Mr. Lee McKenzie, 49, of 546 South Main Street, Bishopville, S.C. passed on Friday, April 1, 2011.
Funeral services to celebrate the life of George A. Wilson, 92, of Lugoff, were held Sunday, April 3, 2011 at 3:00 PM at St. John's United Methodist Church with burial following in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Rev. John Mims officiated. The family received friends Saturday, April 2, 2011 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at Kornegay Funeral Home Lugoff-Elgin Chapel. Memorials may be made in Mr. Wilson's memory to St. John's United Methodist Church, 45 Roseborough Road, Lugoff, SC 29078.
Funeral service plans for Herbert E. Gaskins, Sr., 88, will be announced by Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff.
The Camden and Lugoff-Elgin baseball teams will participate in this week's Forest Acres Classic, to be held at A.C. Flora High School's Falcon Field, beginning Tuesday and continuing through Friday.
Mattie Mae Couthen, 77, of 8270 St. John Rd., Rembert S.C., passed on Thursday, March 31, 2011.
Captain Harold Woellner Hough, 97, passed away peacefully on April 2, 2011 at home in Lugoff.
On Feb. 27, John Burns received the Saint George Award for his outstanding work with the Boy Scouts of America and Grace Episcopal Church.
Dear Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,
Students vie for county crown in district spelling bee tonight
WASHINGTON -- When the going gets tough, well, why not just make the going easier?
SAFE Federal Credit Union recently recognized Dee Dee Cannon, of the credit union's Rutledge Street branch in Camden, as its Teller of the Year. SAFE honored Cannon during its annual Staff Training and Recognition Day in February. During the ceremony, the credit union recognizes "the best of the best" in different job categories, along with awards for sales, volunteerism, service, and leadership.
Abundant Life Fellowship Church is hosting the Building People Conference, Thursday through Saturday at the church on the 800 block of Laurens Street in Camden.
Chronicle-Independent (C-I) staff reporter Gary Phillips recently received a 2013-2014 community service award from Central High School in Pageland. Phillips received the award for supporting Central Eagles athletics while serving as editor of The (Pageland) Progressive Journal. Although Phillips did not attend the event, Central officials announced the award during its Fall Athletic Awards night at the school Feb. 18.
Funeral service for Vernell Douglas Cain, 80, will be held Thursday at 3:00 p.m. at First Assembly Church of God with burial to follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The Rev. Bruce Marthers will officiate. The family will receive friends Wednesday 5-7 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff.
Harold Joseph McNinch, Jr. of Simpsonville, SC passed away on March 7, 2014. He was born in Camden, SC on March 18, 1947. He was the son of Elizabeth W. McNinch and the late Harold J. McNinch.
Mr. James Spain, Jr., 66, of 7825 Edward Street, Rembert died Sunday. Family and Friends may call at 7835 Edward Street, Rembert. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Brown's Funeral Home, Camden, who is serving the Spain Family.
(This story originally appeared in the Summerville Journal Scene on March 5, 2014, and is reprinted here by permission. Melinda Johnson, a Camden native, is the daughter of Wayne and Alice Williams of Camden.)
Real estate transactions
As I noted in my column last month, the ultimate objective for KershawHealth is providing quality care for all the people in this community, and one of the biggest factors affecting our success in that endeavor is local support for this hospital. Do people in the community trust and value what KershawHealth offers enough to make it their first choice for care?
The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees voted recently to hire Camden native Steve Abbott as the district's new professional development director. Abbott replaces John Gardner, who recently retired.
Camden Rotary President Alfred Mae Drakeford, left, presents Kathy Hall with a check for $2,000 which represents a Rotary Grant and contributions made by Camden Rotary Club during the "Rotary Has Heart" campaign. Funds will go to the Sacks of Love program. Also pictured is Camden Rotary Club project chair Jeffrey Graham.
Due to the recent snow and ice storm, the Lee County Historical Society cancelled its Feb. 11 meeting. The guest speaker for that meeting, Mr. Isaac Joe, has been rescheduled for the March meeting on Tuesday.
Bethesda Presbyterian Church will offer a five-week workshop, Dementia Dialogues, designed to educate and inform persons who care for those who exhibit signs and symptoms associated with Alzheimer's disease or related dementias.