Curtis Speights, 53, of 1st Street, Charlotte, N.C., and formerly of Camden, died Thursday.
• Congratulations to the high school seniors recently recognized as members of the All-County Academic Team. For 16 years Upchurch & Jowers Insurance Agency Inc. has honored a select group of students for their academic achievements. This year, 31 youth from Camden, North Central and Lugoff-Elgin high schools joined this team for excellence. Well done, students!
A few weeks back, I heard two high school students talking about the upcoming prom and other end-of-the-year activities. It doesn't seem possible, but the year has flown by. In spite of all the challenges our community, state, and nation continue to face because of the economy, it's been a very good year in the Kershaw County School District! I thought I'd spend a little time this month touching on a few of the countless highlights of this year.
Prior to interviews Thursday evening with three finalists for the county administrator's post, Kershaw County Council (KCC) added two more candidates to the pool.
Lifeguards are diving into training for the 2011 swim season at the Kershaw County Aquatic Center. The pool will open on schedule May 21. Registration for aquatic programs including swim team and swim lessons is underway, along with the sale of season passes. Contact the Kershaw County Recreation Department at 425-6009 or 425-6010 for more information or visit the office at 1042 W. DeKalb St. in Camden. Gearing up for the season are (from left) Gage Koumas, Jonathan Murphy, Case Horton, Tripp Cassady, aquatic center director and lifeguard training instructor Jessica Mullins, assistant Sharon Connell, Blake Johnson, Rachel Castell, Lauren ...
Have you ever wanted to spend an evening with George and Martha Washington? Do you know why our first First Lady burned all but three of her letters? Are you curious about how we won our Revolution despite large numbers of colonists who considered themselves English and wished to remain so?
Toast your pets and the joy they bring you at the annual Yappy Hour fundraiser for the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter Thursday.
A Celebration of Life Service for James Auther Boulware, 71, will be held Sunday, May 8, 2011, at 4:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. Rev. Douglas Whitfield will officiate. The family will receive friends Sunday 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 647 Lachicotte Road, Lugoff, S.C. 29078.
L. Glen and Joan A. Inabinet of Camden, co-authors of "A History of Kershaw County, South Carolina," will be featured at the 15th annual S.C. Book Festival to be held at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center Friday through Sunday.
Lugoff-Elgin High School has announced its honor rolls for the third nine-week period.
For many a year, Lib and Tommy Phillips were fixtures on Lake Wateree, working their family-owned Clearwater Cove Marina and playing host to a wide variety of fishermen and fishing tournaments.
U.S. Air Force Airman Shane A. Boling has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
Eva Cook of Camden was among volunteers honored by LifeCare Hospice of S.C. in recognition of National Volunteer Week.
Women save a larger percentage of their incomes for retirement than men, but men end up saving more, says a new study by Vanguard. But no matter the gender, Interest.com found that only Nevada retirees are collectively prepared for retirement.
New York City's small high schools apparently boost graduation rates and college admission rates, and do so at a lower per pupil cost than traditional high schools, according to a study just released by MDRC, a major nonprofit education policy research firm.
Ah, mornings. Sometimes they go smoothly and my day is lovely. Other times, I feel like I'm behind before I've even begun. If your house feels like a staging zone for a major event as you try to get everyone ready and out the door each day, these ideas for changing your family's routine will leave you smiling.
When the Pakistani Taliban survivor Malala Yousafzai won the Nobel Peace Prize this month, it was widely noted that she was an education advocate and that her father was a "headmaster." But the Western media ignored an intriguing angle on this story, argues James Tooley, a professor at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom.
Ebola has been in the news. But much of the news has not offered background information about the disease.
Everyone knows reality TV isn't actually reality, right? We know an hour in real life is never that entertaining. There is a lot of editing, slicing and dicing behind the scenes to put those shows together.
A new Three Stooges collection on DVD this week includes a short that has long been lost, and making their disc debuts are vintage titles starring George Arliss, Bette Davis and Olivia de Havilland. (Warner Archive titles are available at warnerarchive.com.)
The highly touted BBC miniseries "The Honorable Woman" makes its way to DVD this week, along with a variety of recent TV series.
• Thanks to I-20, two U.S. highways and several state highways, we have a lot of commercial vehicles passing through Kershaw County on a daily basis. While most of those vehicles are likely carrying goods for sale here and elsewhere across the country, there's also a good chance hazardous materials are being trucked through as well. So, it's a good thing Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) and the Kershaw County Fire Service have joined forces to create a Special Operations Team (SOT) to deal with any "HazMat" accidents that may occur. According to LF-R Battalion Chief Chris Spitzer, the team ...
It's a funny thing. That's what Mama used to say when something baffled her. Like Mama, I prefer that things make common sense. Otherwise, I'll ponder, figure, study, and try to decipher that funny thing until it's somewhat sensible.
In early September, I attended a meeting of superintendents in Greenville. A major area of discussion was the development of a workforce that would attract sustainable industry to South Carolina and how K-12 education fits into this puzzle. To underscore this discussion, the meeting included a tour of the BMW plant in Spartanburg. Wow! This facility absolutely reflects what a 21st century workplace looks like and what many of our students will need to be prepared to enter. I talk a lot about preparing students for their future and not our past. The BMW tour reminded me why this is ...
On Nov. 4, Kershaw County citizens will have the opportunity to vote on the Kershaw County School District facilities referendum. Because of legislation passed by the South Carolina General Assembly in 2014, voters will be able to decide whether or not a penny sales tax that would be collected for 15 years could be imposed in the county and used by the school district to fund the projects in the referendum.
I want to voice my support for Jeffrey Graham in his pursuit of a seat upon Camden City Council. I think Jeffrey is a unique candidate with a perspective we need. He is a family man with young children, and because of this I think he can represent the needs of many other young families in the Camden area. While all of the current council members have important and impressive qualities, the direct representation of our younger generations is imperative, and with Walter Long leaving, we do not have such a voice on the council if not for Jeffrey Graham.
I am supporting David Reuwer for probate judge in the coming election. In any election, voters must ask a couple of things: does the candidate know what he or she is doing, and does the candidate possess the proper attitude to best serve the people of Kershaw County. Well, Mr. Reuwer is a practicing lawyer and Elgin municipal judge experienced in probate matters including the new, revised probate code. Mr. Reuwer is a hardworking man dedicated to the protection, conservation, and celebration of the historical legacy of Kershaw County. He has a strong need to help others; it seems to ...