Every year in May, a community member named Bob Watkins invites me to speak to the Golden Club, a really fun group of local retirees that meets for breakfast once a week. Generally, I use this opportunity to talk about the accomplishments of school year. I thought I'd share some of the same highlights in this month's column. It's been another great year! Our students and our staff continue to achieve at an impressive level. Following are just a few examples:
It's 5:30 p.m. and you just got home from work when there is a knock at the door. It is a police officer explaining that you have 15 minutes to evacuate your family and pets from your home as a train carrying toxic chemicals derailed close to your property. What could you grab in your house in 15 minutes that is necessary for your family and pet's livelihood?
In his own words, Camden Police Department (CPD) Detective James Heming describes his recent win in the Open Class Revolver Championship at the South Carolina Police Combat League's Palmetto State Classic Pistol Competition as, "Truly a highlight in my career -- with years of shooting competition under my belt it is amazing to me that I was able to come out on top of 68 other competitors in the main event revolver match, and then to be able to win first place in the Two-Man Team competition with teammate Earl Berry was more than exciting, to say the least."
• Federal officials made the right call last week in choosing not to attempt to re-prosecute former Sen. John Edwards, whose recent trail for campaign finance fraud ended with a hung jury on most counts. The case was terribly complicated, and many legal experts predicted from the outset that a conviction would be difficult. The decision not to re-try Edwards doesn't mean he's innocent; it just means Uncle Sam recognizes he probably couldn't be convicted.
Youth olleyball and golf camps are on scheduled for next week in Kershaw County.
Gene Weymouth's homebred Wild for Gold battled through Parx Racing's stretch and got up in the final strides to win a $30,000 optional allowance hurdle by a head on Tuesday for Hall of Fame trainer and part-time Camdenite Janet Elliot.
Humorist Will Rogers once said he didn't belong to an organized political party; he was a Democrat. That appears particularly true now that the S. C. Democratic Party's primary for the new seventh Congressional District seat is mired in controversy over whether or not the votes for a candidate who had withdrawn should be counted. Complicating the situation is that the fate of the favored son of the party's hierarchy hangs in the balance as officials – and, later, probably lawyers – try to unravel the mess.
Anyone who boasts of the slightest degree of compassion must pray for the president of these United States, whose plight is beyond description.
Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Penny, a 9-month-old female retriever mix puppy, and a female calico cat. The adoption donation includes spaying or neutering. The shelter, located at the south end of Fair Street and managed by the Kershaw County Humane Society, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The shelter is closed Sunday and Monday. For information on the shelter or to check for a missing pet, call 425-6016 or e-mail email@example.com. The shelter ...
S.C. Senate -- Republican primary (District 35 -- Lee, Kershaw, Richland, and Sumter Counties)
Financially, the city of Camden is in great shape. Stockpiling citizen tax revenue is neither good for the citizen paying the tax or for the city not investing accordingly. Financial stability is not about how much the city collects, but about how well the monies are used. Without increasing your property taxes, the city has made significant progress by assessing requirements and strategically planning without taxing and spending.
Having faced each team in League IV play, at least, once, Kershaw County American Legion head coach Craig Smith figures it is time to release the puppies from their pen and let them fend for themselves.
A funeral service for Frances Louise Summer Bowen, 84, of Elgin will be held at 1:00 pm, Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at Dunbar Funeral Home, Northeast Chapel with burial to follow in Ft. Jackson National Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11:30-12:30 pm prior to the service at the funeral home.
Mr. Willie James Harris, 69, of 3815 Webb Court, Columbia, died Wednesday, June 13, 2012. Family and friends may call at the residence. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announce at a later day by Brown's Funeral Home, Camden who is serving the Harris Family.
Host McBee sent the North Central boys' basketball team to its sixth loss in as many starts as the host Panthers overcame a sluggish start to post a 63-47 win.
After scoring 88 points in last Friday's win over Camden, the Lugoff-Elgin boys' basketball team came out on the short end of a 73-51 decision against host Brookland-Cayce in a Wednesday night non-region contest played in Cayce.
The back end of the Wateree River Rivalry between Lugoff-Elgin and Camden will take place tonight when L-E hosts the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs in a 6 p.m. start inside the Demons Den.
WASHINGTON -- Get ready for your tax rates to go up.
Anytime we, as a county, can truly honor something or someone, a warm feeling can overcome you. This is good. This experience happened Dec. 9, the final (regular) Kershaw County Council meeting of 2014. One had to be there to witness this "proud of you" feeling obviously everyone certainly felt.
One hundred years ago, in 1915, 1314 Broad St. was a construction site. Excavators and bricklayers, carpenters and heating contractors were busy at their task of building Camden's first city library. It had been an arduous journey getting to that point. That journey began in 1914, as best we can reckon, at a lecture to the Kershaw County Teachers Institute. In all of the factors leading up to the acquisition and completion of the Camden Public Library there is one constant: Sarah "Sadie" Kennedy Von Tresckow.
The Kershaw County Parks and Recreation Department will host an instructional volleyball league. The league is for beginners and is open for girls ages 8 and up. Registration dates are until December 23. The registration fee is $40 and includes a shirt. The first practice will be January 7, 3:45 p.m. at the City Arena. For more information contact the recreation department at 425-6009
Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Jag, a 2-year-old male coonhound mix and Prudence, a 1-year-old female domestic shorthair cat, The adoption donation includes spaying or neutering. The shelter, located at the south end of Fair Street and managed by the Kershaw County Humane Society, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. The shelter is closed Sunday and Monday. For information on the shelter or to check for a missing pet, call 425-6016 or e-mail wcas@camden ...
The Kershaw County School District (KCSD) is the only South Carolina school district to receive not just one, but two 21st Century Community Learning Centers grants for 2015. Partnering with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands, Jackson School and Pine Tree Hill Elementary School will house afterschool academic assistance programs.
Ina Star Atkinson, 57 passed away on December 15, 2014. She was a loving, caring, and a good hearted person. She was the daughter of Betty Cunningham and Gilbert Parker (deceased). She had one brother Herman and two sisters Carolyn and Terry. She was a mother of two, Megan and Misha. She also was a grandmother of 7: Autumn, Destiny, Jaheem, Jaquwan, Kaliegh, Ernest and Brogan
Funeral services for William Gerald Reese, 79 of Kershaw, SC will be held at 3:00 p.m., Friday, December 19, 2014, in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Kershaw City Cemetery. Rev. Bryant D. Fersner will officiate.
Funeral service for Annie Ruth Young, 73, will be held on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The Rev. Keith Coates will officiate. The family will receive friends Friday 5-7 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. Memorials may be made to DeKalb Baptist Church, 2034 DeKalb School Road, Camden, SC 29020.
Mrs. Belle Brooks Williams, 94, of 110 Railroad Avenue, died Thursday, December 18, 2014. Friends may visit at 1840 Lovett Road in Camden. Plans will be announced by Collins Funeral Home.
A funeral service honoring the life of Murdic Branham, husband of Louise Jordan Branham, of Lugoff, SC, will be held on Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 2:00 PM at Springvale Baptist Church. Rev. Todd Horton will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at 1:00 PM in the church sanctuary. Memorials may be made in Mr. Branham's memory to Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders, 3223 Sunset Blvd. West Columbia, SC 29169 or Springvale Baptist Church, PO Box 880, Lugoff, SC 29078.
There are certain phases of childhood that each parent goes through with their children, but when you are a parent of twins, the normal is different. There are some things that only parents of twins will understand.