Each year fire claims the lives of 3,500 Americans, injures 18,300, and causes billions of dollars' worth of damage. People living in rural areas are more than twice as likely to die in a fire as those living in mid-sized cities or suburban areas. The misuse of wood stoves, portable space heaters and kerosene heaters are especially common risks in rural areas. Here are some general fire prevention tips to keep our homes safe from fire:
S.C. Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell will hold a forum Tuesday at the Historic Robert Mills Courthouse in Camden. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and is open to the public. Informative handouts will be available, and those in attendance will be able to voice concerns, if they so desire. The forum is a major component of the lieutenant governor's "Face of Aging" tour of the state.
Funeral service for Donna Anne "Ms. Red" Grigsby, 52, will be held Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff, with burial to follow in Union Baptist Church Cemetery. The Rev. Jerry Lewis will officiate. The family will receive friends Monday 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
• Former Camdenite and equine enthusiast Sally Brown is now living in Hilton Head with her husband, Austin, but her many friends here are happy that she has had a race horse named after her, just as Austin did a couple years ago. Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard and his wife Cathy named a filly for her earlier this year, and that horse is now in training. We don't know of any other "couples horses" which have been named for people, and it's a fitting tribute to both of the Browns.
Funeral services to celebrate the life of John William "Billy" Napper, age 65, of Camden will be held at 2:00 PM, Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel, with burial to follow with military rites in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, conducted by Rev. Freddie Wilson. The Napper family will receive friends Monday, November 12, 2012 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. The Napper family suggests memorials be made in Billy's memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4200 Morganton Road, Suite 300, Fayetteville, NC 28312.
The 42nd annual Revolutionary War Field Days took place, Nov. 3-4, at the Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site. Cannons announced each day's 1:30 p.m. "battle." Guests were treated to various activities including Colonial women demonstrating 18th century skills and blacksmiths working the forge. Scheduled events included a period fashion show, fife & drum concerts, artillery demonstrations and a discussion on cavalry during the Revolution.
Gabriel Briers O'Hara was born into the arms of Jesus on November 1, 2012. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 2:00 pm at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 1709 Lyttleton Street, Camden, SC.
Funeral service for Annie Blanche Salmond, 95, of 1791 Flint Hill Road in Camden will be held Saturday, November 10, 2012, 2:00 P.M. at Macedonia Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. Collins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
An error on the state level delayed Kershaw County election returns until early Wednesday morning.
Experience the thrill of the greatest timber race in the world as the National Steeplechase Museum presents a photo exhibition of the past twenty winners of the Maryland Hunt Cup.
A first time candidate for political office, Tony Scully can be sworn in as Camden's new mayor as early as Dec. 1 after beating incumbent Jeffrey Graham in the general election.
Many Kershaw County residents will remember Dr. Ralph Cain as a fair, honest and effective education leader who stabilized the school district through strategic planning and helped introduce technological literacy as a new basic skill for students.
It's hard to believe Thanksgiving is upon us once again and I'll be the first to admit I'm elated. The fourth Thursday in November has always been my holiday of choice. Waiting to see if Santa has pleased all the good boys and girls under our roof weighs heavier on the stress-o-meter than does the debate on how dry my turkey is. Make no mistake, as the meaning of Christmas is at the absolute top. Thanksgiving tends to be, for me, a bit more calming in a loud, laughter-induced kind of way. Its focus is somewhat more ...
The best thing about Election Day is that all the drivel spooned out by the pundits and analysts and strategists and partisans goes right out the window. The electorate finally gets to have its say. And on Tuesday, the nation's voters said they'd rather have another term of the Obama administration than put Mitt Romney in the White House. Strangely enough, Americans say they're tired of bickering among the two parties and they want compromise, but they re-elected both the president and the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, the two parties which haven't been able to agree ...
The Finally Friday Free Concert Series returns to the grounds of the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) on May 29 with a Midlands favorite, Under the Sun. The concert will take place from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. on the Joe and Sandy Shull Pavilion behind the Wood Auditorium. Rain location will be on the stage of the Wood Auditorium.
The Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands recently recognized Camden City Councilwoman Laurie Parks at the Girl Scouts' annual Women of Distinction Awards Dinner. Parks was one of six area women to be so honored. The award pays tribute to women who exemplify excellence in service, leadership, community visibility, and professionalism. Parks has served on Camden City Council since 2012, serving as Mayor Pro Tem in 2014. In addition, she currently serves on the S.C. Governor's Office Children's Foster Care Review Board for Kershaw and Richland Counties(Vice-Chair, Past Chair), Junior Leadership Kershaw County(Chair ...
Sandra Elizabeth Wickham age 54, died Monday, May 18, 2015 at her residence.
Mr. Bruce Singleton, 59, of Woodchase Lane, Elgin, South Carolina, passed on Sunday, May 17, 2015. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Nelson-Haile Funeral Home.
Funeral service for Michael Anthony Lynch, 64, will be held today at 11:00 a.m. at Union Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The Rev. Jerry Lewis will officiate. The family received friends Thursday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Union Baptist Church Gym Fund, PO Box 116, Elgin, S.C. 29045.
The Honorable J. Ernest Kinard, Jr., 75, of Camden, died Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at home after a courageous battle with cancer.
Mr. Willie "Billy Boy" Hart, Jr., 77, of 130 Reddick Road, Bishopville, passed on Monday, May 18, 2015. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Bishopville, with burial in the church cemetery.
A funeral service for Lucy Barfield Elmore, 88, will be held Saturday at 11:00 am at First Baptist Church, Camden, with burial to follow in Quaker Cemetery. The Rev. Bruce Hancock will officiate. The family will receive friends today from 5-7 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Camden or a charity of one's choice.
A memorial service to celebrate the life of Carroll Lee Collins, 71, of Camden was held Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 1:00 PM at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. Lee Collins, Jr. officiated. Memorials may be made in Carroll's memory to the American Heart Association, 190 Knox Abbott Drive, Cayce, SC 29032.
Ernest Kinard, who died earlier this week, was made for the law. Possessed of a keen intellect and a probing curiosity, Kinard practiced law for 24 years in Camden before being elected a circuit court judge in 1988. He remained on the bench until his retirement in 2010, and in a "keep working" program for retired judges, he continued until recently. In all his years as a judge, he never missed a day of holding court, establishing a remarkable record of consistency and longevity. Kinard mentored a number of young attorneys who practiced with him or clerked for him over ...
Camden, Kershaw County and South Carolina lost one of its greats this week. Judge Ernest Kinard was one of a kind who loved his family, his community and his work.
Trigger warning: This column will include discussion of ideas which may conflict with your own.
Nothing instills fear in the heart and soul of humans as does a snake. Since the beginning of recorded history, snakes have been a symbol of evil, treachery, poison, etc., and because of this perception, misinformation and folklore, most people hate snakes. Personally I have no problem with snakes; roaches and tarantulas are a different story, but a snake? No worries.
I attended the (Camden) Planning (Commission) meeting regarding the Beechwood Plantation development, and left with more questions to be asked than questions answered. For those of you who don't know what is proposed, the developers are talking of 254 residences, rentals and condos; a 24-7 assisted living facility; and more. We have had two patio homes built in Kirkover Hills during the last couple of years; these two did not sell, they are rentals, with four cars parked in the front yard. I don't believe there is a need for this large scale development.