Applications for the 2012-13 Junior Leadership Kershaw County class for rising juniors and seniors are now available at the county's high schools and the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center.
If plans proceed as anticipated, it won't be long before the former Camden Middle School at the corner of Broad and Lauren streets is torn down. That will be a positive step for everyone and will, we hope, be the final step in a saga that has dragged on for a long time, through nobody's fault. The Kershaw County School District had previously agreed on two separate occasions to sell the decrepit building, which was abandoned several years ago when a new school was built to replace it. Both groups which were interested in razing the building intended ...
The search for the long-lost photo albums of Civil War diarist and Camden resident Mary Boykin Chesnu, will be the topic of the Kershaw County Historical Society's winter program Sunday.
Jessie Mae Cleveland Landreth, 90, Camden died Friday, February 17, 2012. Plans are incomplete and will be announced by Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel.
A memorial service to celebrate the life of Richard Neal Wilhite, 80 of Camden will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made in Mr. Wilhite's memory to Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church, 1206 Lyttleton Street, Camden, SC 29020 or Asbury Hills United Methodist Camp, 150 Asbury Drive, Cleveland, SC 29635.
Funeral service for Charles Von "Bo" Branham, 63, of Elgin, will be held Thursday at 12:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home with burial to follow in Union Baptist Church Cemetery. The Rev. Ken Jackson and the Rev. Tom Schoonmaker will officiate. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
Camden High School recently held the Junior Miss Gold and Black and the Miss Gold and Black pageants in the Camden High Performing Arts Auditorium. The Camden Bulldog Club sponsored the pageants this year as a fundraiser to support the athletic program at Camden High. The pageant theme was "Then A Hero Came Along." During the finale of both pageants, representatives from the military, law enforcement, education, medical services, emergency services, and community volunteer services joined the contestants on stage and were recognized as "heroes" in their respective professions.
The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) is rolling out the pink carpet for Columbia Children's Theatre's (CCT) delightful children's production of "Pinkalicious The Musical." The performance begins at 2 p.m. Feb. 25 on the Wood Auditorium stage. Tickets are $8. "Pinkalicious The Musical" is sponsored by Modern Turf. A huge hit in Columbia, the FAC is delighted to have the opportunity to bring this production to the community.
Mrs. Hattie Mae Howard Boykin, 87, of 768 Calvary Church Road, Bishopville, SC, passed on Saturday, February 18, 2012. Funeral Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Haile's Funeral Home.
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I am writing this letter as a concerned resident, taxpayer and homeowner of the City of Camden. This letter in no way reflects the interests of any group(s), and is purely informational.
I recently watched the YouTube video rant by a member of Elgin Town Council and a friend of his who criticized Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews and his department for "doing their job." To compare modern law enforcement to Nazis during World War II is an affront to the men and women who put their lives on the line for Kershaw County citizens.
Photo cutline -- DEA Agent James McGivney presented awards in Columbia Friday to Kershaw County law enforcement personnel who were involved in several successful drug busts. Receiving awards were Bethune Police Chief Richard De Vors, Cpt. Jack Cobb of the Camden Police Department and Tom Leach with the Fifth Judicial Circuit Solicitor's Office. Seated is Officer Selina Hansen of the Camden Police Department.
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.
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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