Funeral service for Gail Louise Ruffing, 71, will be held Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. at Rowan Presbyterian Church. Rev. Phillip McCoy will officiate. The family will receive friends Monday 5-7 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Rowan Presbyterian Church, 818 Ridgeway Road, Lugoff, S.C. 29078.
WASHINGTON -- Jerry Brown for president?
Ask anyone who works with children what the greatest factor is for success in a young person's life, and you will hear the same answer over and over -- the presence and involvement of a caring adult.
• We're glad to see that the Camden Police Department and Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk are both taking part in trying to get alcohol energy drinks outlawed in South Carolina. The beverages, which come in large cans, have high alcohol content along with a significant amount of caffeine, which can be a deadly combination, especially for young drinkers who have had little experience with alcohol. The dangers of these drinks are widely known, and Funderburk is one of several legislators who introduced a bill in the General Assembly. It is now wending its way through the legislative process.
Residents are proud of their Pine Creek neighborhood in Camden, which was recognized by Firewise Communities/USA, part of the National Firewise Communities program, for its fire hazard awareness. Pine Creek met several standards to receive the honor, including enlisting an urban interface specialist with the S.C. Forestry Commission to complete a community assessment; sponsoring a local Firewise Task Force Committee; and submitting an annual report to Firewise Communities that documents continuing compliance with the program. Pine Creek is just the ninth community in the state to be recognized. "It is not a quick or easy process," said Michael ...
Mrs. Alada Carlos celebrated her 100th birthday Jan. 22. She sits (top photo) with her grandson Freddie Carlos, III and son Freddie Carlos, Jr. Above, Mrs. Carlos enjoys the company of Ida Christian, her cousin, and Bettye Davis, a friend. Ida and her husband John sponsored the special celebration at their home. Friends and family were invited to come celebrate the occasion with special cake, ice cream, punch and coffee. Born 1911, Mrs. Carlos said she knew she had seen a lot of birthdays but she didn't know she would see 100 and she is thankful to God for ...
John David Black (left), a Richland Northeast School 11th-grader, is the second-place recipient of the 2011 Dream Keeper High School Scholarship. His brother, Richard Black, a Dent Middle School eighth-grader, is the middle school winner. Both boys are the grandchildren of the late David and Estelle Jones of Camden. The Dream Keeper Scholarship was founded by former City of Colombia Councilman E.W. Cromartie II. The award recognizes exemplary displays of committed service to the tenets of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The ideals of social responsibility, political empowerment, diversity, racial harmony, nonviolence, and unselfish service must be demonstrated voluntarily ...
Mr. and Mrs. David Hunter of Elgin announce the engagement of their daughter, Lindsay Rebecca Hunter of Elgin, to Ira Wade Peavy of Sumter. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gene Peavy of Sumter.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Randall Watts of Lugoff announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Jenny Marie Watts, to Mr. William Haynie Gourley III of Annapolis, Maryland. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Casey of Palm Coast, Florida and Mr. and Mrs. William Haynie Gourley, Jr. of Nashville, Tennessee.
President Ronald Reagan didn't care much about his legacy, he used to joke, since he wouldn't be around to read it. If he were, he'd have lot to read -- and chuckle about.
I hope this never happens to you.
My husband and I, along with several Camden friends, recently attempted to throw a send-off party for another close friend also from Camden. In fact, we are all the best of friends, embracing spouse and children as well. As we discussed our options, I was compelled to do a little research as to the appropriate manner in which to carry out such a task; the arduous charge of how to recognize a friend leaving for war. Do we call it a party; do we send an invitation; if so, what should the invitation say; do we make toasts or save ...
(Note: The following is a message from the Habitat for Humanity staff and volunteers)
A diaper drive is being held at local businesses in the Camden area to benefit Sistercare, a partner agency with United Way that provides services for battered women and children. Boxes are set up at Newman's Furniture, Atlas Gym, Carolina Cafe and the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce. The drive will end at the close of business on Feb. 12. Diapers and pull-ups of all sizes will be accepted. Diapers that are not secured in a package (for instance, left over diapers that may not fit your child anymore) should be placed in zip lock bags. No cash donations ...
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.)
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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.