One hundred and seventy three Harvest Moons ago the Cherokee Nation, including many from the Carolinas, made ready to join the other Southeastern tribes who had been forced by the Federal Government to relinquish their lands and relocate to Oklahoma. Some 4,000 of the 20,000 Cherokee died that bitter cold winter of 1838 while making the grueling 1,000-mile journey that became known as the "Trail of Tears."
The most recent unemployment rate for Kershaw County indicates that we have experienced three straight years of double-digit unemployment: 10.5 percent in July 2011, 10.6 percent in July 2010, and 10.8 percent in July 2009. This is in sharp contrast to unemployment rates for July 2008 (7.2 percent) and July 2007 (5.7 percent).
Blaney Elementary School third-graders – including Hunter Fogarty, Mason Woodberry, Preston Estep, Emily Gutierrez, Merah Hughes, Emily Vinson, Joseph Romero and Ethan Meeker, students in Jessica Frye's class -- were happy to share their first day's school lunch with their new resource officer, Officer Tony Wages (right) with the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office. Wages will be at each West Wateree elementary schools, teaching the "Too Good for Drugs and Too Good for Violence" curricula as well as getting to know his students informally. Three school resource officers are available to students through the Safe Schools/Healthy Students grant.
The Lugoff Fire Department has promoted three firefighters -- Michael "Bud" Talley, Michael "Mhikey" Stanfield and Jody Morrow -- to the rank of lieutenant.
In the wake of Hurricane Irene, thousands of people have turned to the American Red Cross for help. Many communities from North Carolina to New England are suffering from significant flooding, wind damage and widespread power outages.
Facing a class reunion can be daunting enough to make a teetotaler crave a bracing cocktail. But fear not. It's worth the effort. For at least one sweet, nostalgic night you can revisit the best parts of high school without worrying about the silly stuff.
Prophet William Drakeford, 79, of 1546 Kershaw Hwy., Camden, died Saturday, September 3, 2011.
Ms. Lula B. Lane, 66, of 855 Watts Hill Road, Lugoff, SC, passed on Sunday, September 4, 2011.
A memorial service for Sara Rhodus Mayer, 80, of Camden, will be held Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. at Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church. The Rev. Frank Griffith and the Rev. Steve Patterson will officiate. The family will receive friends following the service in the family life center. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Camden/Kershaw County Rescue Squad.
Funeral service for Irene B. Stockman, 91, will be held Monday at 2:00 p.m. at Harmony Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The Rev. Dr. Dan Griffin and the Rev. Chris Smith will officiate. The family will receive friends Sunday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. Memorials may be made to Harmony Baptist Church, 998 Tookie Doo Lane, Elgin, S.C. 29045.
If a season goes along the same lines as a first match, then this could be a special volleyball season at North Central.
In 2005 I was asked to write the history book for my American Legion Post 17 located in Camden. Among the many bits of facts I discovered and wrote into the document was the huge amount of compensation benefits our VA Service Officer and his assistant brought into my home county. At that time the annual amount was a mere $18,375,000 that year. Those benefits are tax exempt. That means every penny/dollar is turned around by the veteran who benefited from the award so they can spend the entire amount back into our local economy for goods ...
On June 15, God called one of his "special angels" home. Barbara was a special needs person. To me she was just a special person. When Barbara was born, she wasn't given much chance to live, but because of God's grace, her parents' and family's love and the care of her doctors, she lived a good and long life.
Kershaw County citizens age 65 years or older can receive lifetime Golden Circle passes that allow them to attend school-sponsored activities or athletic events free of charge. The passes are good from year to year. Admission to athletic playoffs is not included.
According to the dictionary, humor is defined as a "condition of the mind, mental state, disposition, temperament or feeling." In other words, humor can be good or bad; however, there is no doubt that an attitude of seeing life with good humor helps us in our everyday routines. Good humor helps family life, love life and professional life.
It seems as soon as the fall season comes around, the pumpkin recipes are everywhere. While I love the pumpkin cakes and cookies as much or more as the next person, sometimes I want to have my pumpkin and feel good about eating it, too.
"HOW TO HUG A HEDGEHOG," by Brad Wilcox and Jerrick Robbins, Familius, $14.95, 144 pages (nf)
Boys benefit just as much as girls from the sibling relationship, which can help them develop sympathy and prosocial behaviors in ways other relationships can't, a new study found.
Prices at the pump have dropped to four-year lows, saving consumers cash but making economists uneasy.
With Halloween just around the corner, here are three films that will give viewers a fright without gratuitous violence.
DURHAM, N.C. -- A video of a man seeing light for the first time in 30 years is bringing tears to the eyes of many.
A memorial service for Charlotte Prosser Looney, 86, of Camden, SC, will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church in Camden, SC. Rev. Frank Griffith will officiate. The family will receive friends following the service in the Music Room. Memorials may be made in Mrs. Looney's memory to Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church, 1206 Lyttleton Street, Camden, SC 29020.
The Kershaw County Sheriff's Foundation (KCSF) Board of Directors will have open seats in 2015 and the public is invited to apply if interested in serving on the KCSF board.
The 20th annual Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup 10K road race and the Vonnie Holliday Foundation 5K run/walk will take to the streets of Camden on Saturday, Oct. 25.
The Camden High School baseball program will host a fundraising golf tournament at the Camden Country Club on Thursday, Nov. 13.
With the start of practice for the upcoming season only a few weeks away, members of the Lugoff-Elgin Middle School wrestling team are getting in some pre-season work by competing in pre-season tournaments.
Teresia Hayes of Camden, Sanders Stoney Unit 203, was one of nearly 2,000 delegates, alternates and distinguished guests from across the country who attended the 94th American Legion Auxiliary National Convention August 22-28 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.
All three Kershaw County volleyball teams will be in post-season action over the next two nights.