Do not turn your eyes from the horror of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Conn. Twenty children, their teachers and aides, their school principal shot repeatedly, in some cases beyond recognition, by a 20-year-old wielding a semiautomatic assault weapon.
Most of us here in Kershaw County are caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season -- shopping, family gatherings, baking and all the other traditions of Christmas. And there's nothing wrong with that. But as we observe a holy day of Christendom, let us pause to recall the true meaning of the season, as related in the second chapter of Luke, from the King James Version of the New Testament.
When one explores the hall of memories, some moments cannot be forgotten or dimmed by the passage of time.
(The following is the second portion of Camden Archives and Museum Director Katherine Richardson's keynote speech at the Baruch Society Annual Meeting, Nov. 15, 2012. Further portions of the speech will be printed in later editions of this column.)
I would like to write a letter expressing my gratitude and thanks for Powers Funeral Home and family for the memorial service they provided to the community on Sunday, December 2, 2012. It was so amazing, filled with precious memories and love. It was a service given to those people who have lost loved ones throughout the year of 2012. It was very meaningful and so full of God's presence and love.
Nicholas Daniel Frank Stimpson, 18, of Mount Pleasant, SC passed away Thursday, December 13, 2012. The relatives and friends of Nicholas Stimpson are invited to attend a celebration of Nick's life at J. Henry Stuhr Mount Pleasant Chapel, Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 6 pm. To anyone who has been touched by Nick's life, you are welcome to join us at Stuhr's Mt. Pleasant Chapel from 4 pm until the celebration begins where viewing will be available.
A Kershaw County sports holiday tradition has been pushed back a week and the move seems to agree with visiting teams.
North Central rebounded from a one-point loss to Buford on Tuesday night with a 71-46 win over visiting Camden Military Academy on Friday night.
Dre Scott hit the 20-point plateau for the second straight game as Lugoff-Elgin held off visiting Central, 75-67, in a Monday night basketball game played inside the Demons Den.
The third time is a charm as much as the first and second ones. After being the first school in the state to be named a recipient of the national "School to Watch" award in 2007, Lugoff-Elgin Middle School (L-EMS) has been recertified for the honor a second time.
Playing the role of the Grinch, the Lugoff-Elgin Middle School wrestling team won their own Leopard Duals on Saturday by holding off an improved Camden Middle School team in the finals, 56-24.
Last summer, 13 dancers from Palmetto Dance Center in Elgin were selected to be a part of the half-time show for the 2013 Outback Bowl in Tampa, Fla. Little did they know they would be performing in front of a home crowd of Gamecock fans! The dancers were the only ones selected from South Carolina to perform and will be joining 300 other dancers from across the U.S. to perform both in the pre-game and half-time show. All dancers begin rehearsals Dec. 28 and will practice up until the game on New Year's Day.
Pierre Brevard, of Camden, has been named to the Dean's List at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) for the fall quarter 2012. Full-time undergraduate students who earn a grade point average of 3.5 or above for the quarter receive recognition on the Dean's List.
Charles William Farmer, 69, husband of LaReda Davis Farmer, died Thursday, December 13, 2012 at his home.
After having been rained out last Thursday night, Camden and North Central's baseball and softball teams' re-scheduled games had to be "re-re-scheduled" due to unplayable conditions and inclement weather on Monday night.
Kershaw County-based Carolina Family Karate took part in last month's AAU North Carolina State Karate Championship and returned home with 27 medals. The competition team is coached by Matthew Smith and competed in the disciplines of Kata, Kumite and Kobudo.
Camden High School is offering free physicals for all prospective student-athletes who plan on participating on any of the school's athletic teams throughout the 2015-16 school year.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Jockey Chris Antley, trainer King Leatherbury and the racehorses Lava Man and Xtra Heat have been elected to the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame in the contemporary category.
Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church's annual Springfest and Tag Sale will be held this Saturday, April 25 at Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church, 1206 Lyttleton Street, Camden.
Miss Camden Teen Olivia Loynes and Palmetto Princess Alyson Goodwin hosted three Learning and Exploring the Arts through Dance Mini Camps during spring break. These camps were held at the Kirkwood Community Center, Trinity Apartments and Bethune Community Center. Girls ages 5-12 participated in the camp. Donations from the camp were given to the Children's Miracle Network.
The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO), along with the S.C. Highway Patrol (SCHP) seized 2.5 kilos, or 5 and one-half pounds of methamphetamine Friday.
TruVista, which provides cable television, internet and telephone services, experienced an outage for much of Tuesday.
Mrs. Andrema Truesdale Hayward, 71, of 892 Mount Zion Road, Camden, died Tuesday, April 21, 2015. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Brown's Funeral Home.
Funeral service for Braley Richard Branham, Sr., 68, will be held today, April 22 at 2:00 p.m. at Malvern Hill Baptist Church with burial to follow in Horeb Baptist Church Cemetery, Dalzell. The family received friends Tuesday at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. Memorials may be made to Malvern Hill Baptist Church, Building Fund, 1514 Malvern Hill Drive, Camden, S.C. 29020.
• Last week's seizure by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of Old Armory Steak & Seafood on Rutledge Street marks at least the temporary loss of one of Camden and Kershaw County's premier restaurants. It is an unfortunate blow to the downtown Camden economy. Each business provides potential traffic to another and the loss of any one diminishes such beneficial ripple effects. Locals cheered the Old Armory's opening in 2006 so soon after the closing of the previous tenant, The Paddock. Many people and businesses have celebrated the holidays, proms, anniversaries, engagements, weddings, birthdays and more at the Old ...
To be honest, I was more than a mite worried. I was plenty worried. My husband, raised not in the South or in the country, wanted a chainsaw. The one farm accessory which has brought down many a man. From an early age, I was taught respect for that chewing, sawing, respect-for-no-man power tool.
I was extremely pleased earlier this year to be invited with school board Chairman Ron Blackmon to participate in the Kershaw County Council planning retreat. It was a very informative experience for both of us. At the retreat, I was asked to outline what I see as the school district's most critical challenges. I've since been asked by several other groups to do the same presentation, so I thought what I had to say might be of interest.