• Every year seems to find a new "over-used" expression -- something that is uttered by one person and then is heard everywhere you turn. For this year's we've-heard-it-too-much saying, we're nominating "kicking the can down the road," which Washington politicians are using to describe a quick fix to the nation's deficit problems rather than a solid, long-term solution. We hope that in the future they resort less to catchy phrases and more to solving our problems.
There's a bumper sticker that I've seen a number of times and saw again just recently. It says, "If you can read this, thank a teacher." That's well said and actually, it's not said enough for many reasons beyond reading. As I thought about what to write for the month of November, a time for giving thanks, I thought it would be appropriate to ask our teachers and other staff to talk about a teacher whom they would want to thank. I sent out an email to this effect and got more responses than I could ...
In my first installment I discussed that I was assigned to the 304th Military Police Battalion in Nashville, Tenn. So why am I writing an article for the Camden Chronicle? I am a Kershaw County resident and have lived in Kershaw county on and off since 1972 when my dad, John Baird Sr., retired from the Army here. When someone writes a résumé in the Army, we call it an autobiography. I will give you a short synopsis of my military and civilian career and how I ended up in Nashville as an Army Reservist. I graduated from Lugoff-Elgin ...
NEW ORLEANS -- It is tempting, oh so tempting, to unleash the snark as the script unfolds: Real Housewives of Tampa. Or is it Real Generals of Kabul?
Saturday's 43rd running of the Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup is more than just about the racing on the Springdale Race Course.
The KC recreation Instructional Volleyball League is for beginners and is open for girls ages 8 and up. Learn basic volleyball skills and be introduced to rules and game play scenarios. Registration dates are Nov. 13th through Dec. 5th at the KC Recreation Department. There is a $32 registration fee. The first practice will be December 5, 3:45 pm at the City Arena. For more information, contact the Recreation Department at 425-6009
On November 9, I had the privilege of speaking to a wonderful group of people in the gym of Belin United Methodist Church in Murrells Inlet. I am not often called on to speak in public and although I am not the most gifted orator, I was honored and even excited to be there. This particular event was the Veterans Day Program held by the church in honor of veterans of the congregation and of this wonderful community. I was invited to speak by Charlie Nash who also planned and hosted the event. If you know anything about Charlie, I ...
Ninety-five percent of the ratings issued this week on the South Carolina's Annual School District Report Card for schools within the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) are "excellent," "good" or "average."
The Thanksgiving holidays are near. Many are preparing for family gatherings, celebrations and other traditional ways to give thanks. Some will prepare a meal with turkey and other delicious fixings. The key to a great holiday meal will be the preparation of the food, especially the turkey.
Every October, the HIV/STD Division of the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) conducts its annual HIV/AIDS conference in Columbia.
The South Carolina Committee of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (SCTRF) is hosting its first open house at the SCTRF barn at Wateree Correctional Institute on Tuesday, November 20 from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm. The open house will showcase more than a dozen retired thoroughbred race horses which are currently available for adoption. The public is invited to attend the open house to meet the horses and learn more about the unique Second Chances groom training program housed there.
Dear Annie: My cousin "Tyler," who had a host of problems as a teenager, became a policeman at age 23. He was a jerk before he joined up, but now he's become a bigger jerk.
Every once in awhile we take to jousting at windmills, posing situations that we know will never become reality but advocating for them, nevertheless. This year's elections, and the massive amount of money spent on them, spur us to do a bit of windmill tilting today. We all know, of course, that President Obama and Mitt Romney spent billions of dollars during their presidential campaign, but over the years, other races have gotten more and more expensive. Those filter all the way down to the local level.
Volumes of political spin bump up against hard facts on Election Night.
Hank Kerfoot, founder and president of Modern Turf-U.S.A., based in Rembert, is featured in the May/June issue of Turf News. The magazine is a publication of Turfgrass Producers International (TPI) reaching those involved with sod production in more than 40 countries worldwide.
CMS Student Council members, along with their lead teacher Mrs. Alison Lopez, worked hard this year to raise money for the school and community, including the proposed Kershaw County West Playground Project.
The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees recently voted to approve Gordon Morris as the Applied Technology Education Campus' (ATEC) new director. Morris will begin serving as ATEC's director with the 2015-16 school year. He is a former ATEC assistant director.
Extreme heat can be unpleasant for anyone, and pets are no exception. While it's easy for men and women to detect if their bodies are responding negatively to heat, those warning signs may not be so prevalent in pets, who may suffer in silence as the mercury continues to rise.
Wateree Elementary School teacher Carolyn Clippard's 5th grade class completed more than 100,000 problems in IXL, an online math program.
• Depending on one's point of view, it may feel like years or just yesterday since the name "Beechwood" was part of a headline in this newspaper. Nine years ago, an entire movement formed to block the 65-acre Knights Hill Road property's annexation into the city limits of Camden. Later, the same group, Preserve Camden for Responsible Growth, fought against some aspects of the plans to subdivide and develop Beechwood. In 2009, Camden Community Properties (CCP) purchased the property, promising to, eventually, create a retirement village at Beechwood under Planned Development District (PDD) zoning. After six years, it appears ...
It was over Sunday dinner when my sister told me what I did not know. A childhood friend, the red-headed, freckle-faced girl with laughing eyes and the brightest sense of humor possible, was sitting vigil with her husband as death crept close.
One of the groups I meet with on a regular basis is Student Cabinet, which is made up of students from each of our three high schools. It's always interesting and informative for me to hear the insights, opinions and perspectives from this very formidable group of young people. They don't hold back on what they think, which is a good thing.
It is a rare occurrence, but occasionally in the world of professional sports an individual comes along who becomes the standard bearer for his particular field of competition.
KershawHealth kicked off National Nurses Week on May 6 with a reception and announcement of its latest DAISY Award winner. While many of the hospital's nursing staff attended the celebration, KershawHealth Chief Nursing Officer Stacy Collier noted some irony in the joy.
A funeral service to celebrate the life of Ashley Michelle Tidwell Eddings, 25, of Camden, SC, will be held at 3:00 PM, Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. Rev. Trent McLaughlin will officiate. Burial will follow in Beaverdam Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00-7:30 PM, Monday, May 18, 2015 at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel.
Funeral service for Mildred Eloise Easler Ellenburg, 83, will be held Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints - Camden Ward. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials may be made to Palmetto Health Hospice.
Funeral service for Shag Hinson, 80, will be held on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at El-Bethel Faith Community Church with burial to follow in Hardshell Cemetery. The Rev. Joe Stines and the Rev. Billy Hughes will officiate. The family will receive friends Saturday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to El-Bethel Faith Community Church, 905 Longtown Road, Lugoff, S.C. 29078.
A funeral service for M. Frances Boykin Beasley Lucas, 86, will be held Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. at Community Bible Church, with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The Rev. Jerry Peacock will officiate. The family will receive friends Monday from 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Community Bible Church.
A funeral service to celebrate the life of Doris Truesdale Morris, 85, of Camden, SC, will be held at 1:00 PM, Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at First Baptist Church in Camden. Rev. Bruce Hancock will officiate. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 PM, Monday, May 18, 2015 at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. Memorials may be made in Mrs. Morris' memory to First Baptist Church, Music or Flower Ministry, 1201 Broad Street, Camden, SC 29020.