If people are going to criticize the school board and school district superintendent for how money is spent, researching first is in order. In South Carolina, facilities and personnel are separate "pots" of money and cannot be mixed. Spending money to build does not affect money for teachers.
NEW YORK -- It befalls the columnist this time of year to look back and recap; to assign blame and shame, while offering the obligatory mea culpa; and, of course, to resolve.
35 YEARS AGO -- Jan. 2-7, 1976
Tuesday: Lugoff-Elgin at Dutch Fork (BB – 6 p.m.); Camden at North Central (WR – 6 p.m.); Andrew Jackson at North Central (BB – 6 p.m.); Great Falls at Camden Military Academy (BB – 7 p.m.)
Pauline Futrell Drakeford, 68, of Gordon Street, Camden, died Friday, Dec. 31, 2010.
Funeral services celebrating the life of Janie Blackwell Hancock, 68, of Camden, will be held at 11:30 AM Tuesday, January 4, 2011, at Bethesda Presbyterian Church. Reverend Dr. William F. Summers will officiate. The family will receive friends following the service at John Knox Hall. The family suggests that memorials may be made in Mrs. Hancock's memory to Bethesda Presbyterian Church, 502 DeKalb Street, Camden, SC, 29020 or the Hospital Foundation to Advanced Health Care in Kershaw County, PO Box 7003, Camden, SC, 29020.
Funeral services for Robert Lee Langley, 90, of Kershaw, were held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, January 2, 2011, in Bethany Baptist Church, Westville. Rev. Craigan Blankenship officiated. Burial with Masonic Rites followed in the Kershaw City Cemetery.
Funeral service for Phyllis Honeycutt Medlin, 52, of Lugoff, will be held Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Camden Ward. Interment will be held on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. in Elliott Cemetery, Polkville, N.C. The family will receive friends Tuesday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, PO Box 650309, Dallas, Texas 75265.
David Robinson, 88, of Camden, died Friday, Dec. 31, 2010.
Third- and fourth-grade students at Lugoff Elementary School recently had the opportunity to take part in Poetry Alive. Ken and Nadine Delano demonstrated how to take a simple poem and make it come alive. The fourth- grade students in Tonya Seay's class enjoyed getting to act out a poem in front of their peers. Poetry Alive was brought to Lugoff Elementary School through the Artist in Residency program of Kershaw County.
In his first major action since completing his recent campaign for governor, S.C. Sen. Vincent Sheheen has released a list of bills he has pre-filed for the 2011 legislative session.
Kids across America are growing (and some are earning) a lot of "green" participating in the National Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program.
Ms. Erin Elizabeth Brandt of Burlington, N.C. and Mr. Dusty Mayne Summers of Gibsonville, N.C. were united in marriage December 18, 2010 at Friedens Evangelical Lutheran Church in Gibsonville, N.C. Rev. William Zima officiated the 2 p.m. double-ring ceremony. A reception was held at Friedens Evangelical Lutheran Church fellowship hall following the wedding ceremony.
• Country music fans in Kershaw County and across the country might get a special treat in the coming year. Superstar Merle Haggard, who's one of the only country stars who really did serve time in prison, was recently honored at Washington's Kennedy Center with a lifetime achievement award for his work. While there he got together with old buddies Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson and the three are contemplating getting together as a new singing group. There aren't many better than those three, and any work coming out of their collaboration will be a treat.
Funeral service for Cathy Anne Tidwell, 65, will be held on Thursday at 3:00 p.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation.
Hey, y'all! I am Jim McGowan. I am the most recent addition to the award-winning staff of the Chronicle-Independent. I can only hope to live up to their high standards. It will not be easy. I will be the Localife editor and cover the education beat.
A federal nutrition program that places new restrictions on snacks and beverages sold in schools also provides an opportunity for some fresh thinking about school fundraisers.
Having spent many hours working to get the historic Seaboard Railroad station preserved, I was extremely pleased to see that Amtrak was at the city council work session June 22 to present its plan for improvements to the station.
During the last Camden City Council work session, and as reported in the July 28 Chronicle-Independent, the concept of "adaptive reuse" of Rhame Arena was discussed. It was during this discussion that it was noted that the concept and sketch under discussion was developed by the daughter of Marti Wallace and Mike Jones (Elizabeth Ancrum Jones). Miss Jones developed her proposal several years ago. After a discussion of the property during a prior council meeting, her work was provided to city staff for their consideration.
It is always exciting to read positive press in the Chronicle-Independent concerning businesses in our area. Sam Kendall's 2014 Certificate of Excellence Award was wonderfully covered by the C-I for its hard-earned recognition. Each year, TripAdvisor assesses local businesses worldwide and awards certificates to those with very high ratings. For 2014, they awarded three Certificates of Excellence in Camden to Sam Kendall's, Salud! Mexican Kitchen, and Bloomsbury Inn. In addition, their highest recognition, Traveler's Choice Awards, honors like businesses nationwide. As the C-I well-covered earlier in the year, Bloomsbury was a Traveler's Choice Award winner for ...
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The annual Fall Coin Show of the Camden Coin Club will be held on Saturday, Sept. 27 at the Camden Recreation Department, 1042 West DeKalb St., Camden.
Palmetto Hearing recently moved to 1001-B Fairlawn Drive, Camden. It will be open Tuesdays by appointment and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The business offers hearing aid fittings and follow up care. It also provides hearing evaluations, swim plugs, assistive listening products, custom ear molds and hearing aid service and repair. "We have been providing hearing health care for 25 years and are proud to be locally owned and operated to assist the residents of Kershaw County and it's surrounding areas." The owner is Cyndi Henderson and the manager is Amanda Henderson. The telephone number ...
The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States announced that Ralph Best has achieved All American status as a district commander. Best, commander of District 5, covering Kershaw County as well as York, Lancaster and Chester counties, in the Department of South Carolina, is one of only 29 VFW District Commanders selected worldwide for All-American Commander.
The River Management Society (RMS) recently awarded its 2014 River Manger of the Year award to Mary Crockett, land protection director for the Congaree Land Trust. Crockett received the award during a RMS' workshop in Denver, Colo., earlier this year.
I remember once I was giving a presentation about important conservation properties in the Piedmont. I showed photos of the incredible rock formations on a particular property and happened to mention their age in an effort to describe their grandeur. Afterwards, I was confronted by an indignant man who told me that the age of rocks cannot be known. He accused me of making those figures up out of thin air. Surprised by his vociferous tone, I told him I was sorry to have upset him. While not a confrontational person, I am a teacher, and I began to politely ...