WASHINGTON -- H.L. Mencken gets a workout in election years when voters are reminded by pundits of the curmudgeon's observation that no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.
Earlier in the week, we had an opportunity on this page to celebrate one of Kershaw County's premier attractions, the Carolina Cup. And so now, we turn away again from the travails of an often somber world to note another local phenomenon -- the Boykin Spaniel, that hardy but lovable little dog that had its origins right here in Kershaw County.
A celebration of life of Dr. Peter Brice McKoy will be held at 3:00 PM, Saturday, April 5, 2014 at First Baptist Church in Camden. Rev. Bruce Hancock will officiate. The family will receive friends in the church Fellowship Hall following the service. Interment will be held at a later date at Oakdale Cemetery in Wilmington, NC.
A memorial service to celebrate the life of William Howard "Bill" Bradshaw, 82, will be held Saturday at 4:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. The Rev. Richard Cameron will officiate. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 3-4 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Living Waters at 7935 Parkway Road, Balsom Grove, NC 28708.
Mrs. Birdie Mae "Johnnie" Fletcher, 89, of Camden, entered into eternal rest on Monday, March 31, 2014. Born in Camden, she was the daughter of the late Lewis and Katie Portee Pate and the wife of the late Deacon Tee Fletcher. A Celebration of Life and Homegoing Services will be Held Friday, April 4, 2014 at Four p.m., at Mount Zion Baptist Church, Camden, with burial in the Church cemetery. Mrs. Flecther will be placed in teh church at Three p.m. for viewing. In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mount Zion Baptist Church Building Fund ...
Mr. Jessie Getter, 96, of Camden entered into rest on Sunday, March 23, 2014 at McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence. Funeral Services were held on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at Canty Hill Baptist Church.
Mrs. Marie Woods Gilliam, 93, of 2924 Timrod Road, Bethune, South Carolina, passed on Sunday, March 27, 2014. Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday, April 3, 2014, 2:00 PM at Bethel Hill Baptist Church in Bethune, SC. Burial will be held at the Bethel Hill Baptist Church Cemetery in Bethune, SC.
On the heels of Camden's grandest event, last Saturday's Carolina Cup, the eyes of the county's equine set will be cast a few miles east to the South Carolina Equine Park (SCEP) for a more cent, but another annual rite of spring, the Camden Spring Classic Horse Show.
Using its depth and several strong individual performances, the Lugoff-Elgin boys' track team pinned a 136-97 defeat on rival Camden in a meet hosted by Camden High School recently which also included Great Falls and McBee.
Playing out close to how he thought it would, Camden High tennis coach Roger Smoak was glad to be on the long end of a 4-2 decision over visiting rival Lugoff-Elgin on Monday.
Weather forecasters -- a notoriously inaccurate lot -- did everything they could to dump a bucket of cold water on last Saturday's Carolina Cup, but despite their dire predictions, thousands of people turned out to the Springdale Race Course and enjoyed a terrific afternoon of horse racing and socializing, all topped off by a local horse winning the featured Carolina Cup race. We were reminded once again of all that the event means to this area and how much it burnishes the reputation of Camden.
(The Camden News)
The circus came to town for Baron DeKalb Elementary School students. Ms. Farnum's first grade class completed a unit of study about the circus and researched and wrote about circus acts and animals. Students rehearsed circus acts and performed in front of the 4 and 5-year-old kindergarten students, first and second grade students and 43 friends and family members. The acts included clowns, dancing bears, lions, elephants, acrobats and a strongman.
Beulah Marsh Branham, 92, widow of William D. Branham, died Monday, April 14, 2014 at McCoy Nursing Home.
The Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County will present its 10th annual Jazz at the Center Music Festival, April 25-27, in historic downtown Camden. The featured concert this year takes place at 8 p.m. Saturday in Wood Auditorium, following a cocktail reception from 7 to 8 p.m. in the lobby. Maddy Winer and Vince Lewis and the Jazz All-Stars will provide entertainment from the Great American Songbook and modern jazz standards that are sure to please jazz lovers of all tastes. Their new CD "Crossroads" was hailed by Just Jazz Magazine as "first rate" and "…the musicianship ...
The Boy Scouts of Wateree District recently held their annual Awards Banquets, hosted by Lyttletton St. UMC. The district awards went to:
Last Sunday was Palm Sunday, the beginning of the Christian Holy Week, leading up to the celebration of Easter. Jesus entered Jerusalem riding a donkey to celebrate Passover the week that he died. Kevin Shaw (portraying Jesus in photo) leads members of area churches down Mill St. in Camden.
Longtime Camden resident Reid Buckley died Monday night in a Columbia hospital, only days after being diagnosed with metastatic cancer.
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Ten Kershaw County schools were among 592 schools statewide recognized by the State Department of Education for academic achievement and closing achievement gaps in 2013.
• The news that the city of Camden plans to install an elevator at Camden City Hall is quite welcome. It is especially so to the city's disabled citizens who have found it difficult to come to court or attend Camden City Council meetings, both of which take place on the second floor. Many years ago, the city installed a chair-lift system attached to a railing of the building's main stairwell. It hasn't always worked and some people find its appearance a bit daunting. Installing the elevator -- which will also allow employees and visitors to reach offices and ...
Recently, I attended the Congress on Healthcare Leadership presented by the American College of Healthcare Executives, and I was most impressed by one presentation: Building the New Healthcare Delivery System. In particular, I was struck by the fact that healthcare executives from across the country were focused almost exclusively on this new world of healthcare and its impact on how the organizations they lead are designed.
She was not a pretty woman in the days of her youth. Her lips were too thin, her forehead too high and her eyes so round that they seemed to bulge into the lens of the glasses she wore.
The road diet -- what a mistake. Even the mayor admits it could be a mistake. When the mayor was running for office he led me to believe that he was against the Broad Street diet. Two years later, he has flipped his opinion about the diet project. The mayor's vote, along with two of the previous council members, is what placed this mistake in motion. The urgency for the vote was to apply for a grant. A grant is federal tax dollars and not free money as some believe. This type of attitude is one of the reasons our ...
The Kershaw County Gamecock Club will hold its annual "Great to be a Gamecock Gathering" on Tuesday, April 29 at the Old South Restaurant in Camden at 6:30 p.m.