• We note with sadness the death of South Carolina native Joe Frazier, who was the heavyweight boxing champion of the world during the 1970s and fought memorable bouts with Muhammad Ali. "Smoking Joe" beat Ali and then lost to him in Manila in one of the epic fights of all times. He struggled thereafter with being Ali's whipping post but finally assumed forgiveness for the cruel taunts that Ali rained down on him. Frazier was, by all accounts, a thoroughly decent man, and he earned a spot in boxing history.
Incumbents Joe Casey and Beverly Farmer retained their seats on Bethune Town Council. In votes cast Nov. 8 at Bethune Town Hall, Casey received 78 votes followed by Farmer with 71, according to the Kershaw County Voter Registration Office.
In a climate where academic performance targets make significant jumps every three years, 94 percent of the Absolute ratings issued today for Kershaw County schools are Excellent, Good or Average. Statewide, only 84 percent of schools had Absolute ratings of Average or above.
Mr. and Mrs. William J. Demer of Camden announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Helen Eva Demer of Camden, to Mr. Adam Vicente Romero of Camden. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lauro Romero of Mauldin and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph J. Lantz of Camden.
The Alumni of Lugoff-Elgin High School celebrated with a "Demonfest" on Oct. 21- 22. The all-class reunion was kicked off with a meet and greet party at Gadget's in Lugoff. Family Day was held at Doby's Mill Elementary School and the closing reception was held at the Shriners Club on Kershaw Highway on Saturday evening. Classmates Rebecca Nienow, Tammy King Yarbrough, and Nadine Kinard enjoyed the evening together. The reunion coordinator was Chrissy Goff.
Included in today's newspaper is the inaugural edition of The Camden Horse magazine, Camden Media Co.'s first venture into magazine publishing. In addition to being inserted into the Chronicle-Independent, The Camden Horse is also available for pickup at key locations throughout Kershaw County. Total distribution of the magazine is 8,000, providing, by far, the largest distribution of any horse publication in the area. The Camden Horse will also be available online under "Special print sections" at www.chronicle-independent.com, benefiting both readers and advertisers.
"The Voices of Camden, The Quarrel with Oneself," the popular Tony Scully workshop in writing and performing dramatic monologues, is back on the boards for the 10th time. This performance will feature some of Tony's favorite monologues from the past and is entitled "My Favorite Monologues." Soon to be a book, this is only a small portion of what will be published in the near future. The performance will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the Wood Auditorium. Tickets are $5 at the door.
Funeral services for Ms. Nancy Patricia McDuffie Stone, 47 of 914 Wateree Blvd., Camden, will be conducted Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. at St. Stephens Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Cedar Cemetery.
Funeral services with military honors to honor the life of Thomas D. "Tommy" Horton, 79, of Camden will be held Monday, November 14, 2011 at 11:00 AM at Malvern Hill Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Rev. Craig Thompson and Rev. Buster Morris will officiate. The family receive friends Sunday, November 13, 2011 from 3:00 – 4:30 PM at Kornegay Funeral Home Camden Chapel. Memorials may be made in Mr. Horton's memory to Malvern Hill Baptist Church, 1514 Malvern Hill Drive, Camden, SC 29020.
Denise L. Greer, an artist from the Boykin area, was awarded $250 for her painting "Hung Out To Dry" during the South Carolina Watermedia Society's award luncheon held Nov. 5 at the Harbor Club in Charleston. Green's work was also chosen to be part of the 2012 Museum traveling show. Each month, for a year, her painting will be exhibited in many South Carolina art museums.
The Family Resource Center is inviting Kershaw County teens in seventh through 12th grades or ages 13-19 years of age to apply for a volunteer position on the Teen Advisory Board (TAB).
When I first heard Herman Cain call his tax plan "9-9-9," it sounded like something I might have heard a fraulein tell me years ago when I was a GI in Germany: "Nein, nein, nein!"
CNBC's Maria Bartiromo: "Do you think it's right that Boeing has to close down that plant in South Carolina because it's non-union?"
Taylor Blake Mooneyham, 16, of 3183 Youngs Bridge Road, passed away Sunday, August 17, 2014, at his home.
Funeral service for Charles Dabney, 79, will be held on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at DeKalb Baptist Church with burial to follow in Fort Jackson National Cemetery. The Rev. Keith Coates will officiate. The family will receive friends Tuesday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. Memorials may be made to DeKalb Baptist Church, 2034 DeKalb School Road, Camden, S.C. 29020.
The Camden Bulldog Club will sponsor Meet the Bulldogs on Monday, Aug. 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Commons area of the gym.
Betty Jean Alexander Asti of Newark, DE, passed from this life to glory with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on August 14, 2014 at the age of 86. She was born to the late Haven and Anna Alexander on June 12, 1928 in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania.
Patricia Haynes Cassady, 79, of Charlotte, NC, born in Camden, SC, died Friday, August 15, 2014. Plans are incomplete and will be announced by Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel.
Ms. Pearline Dunham, 75, of 434 Baxley Circle, Bethune, South Carolina passed on Thursday, August 14, 2014. Services were conducted on Sunday, August 17, 2014, at 1:30 PM at St. Matthew Baptist Church, Bethune, SC, with burial in St. Matthew Baptist Church Cemetery, Bethune, SC. Haile's Funeral Home was in charge.
Ms. Beulah Mae Kibler, 89, of 1268 James West Road, Cassatt, South Carolina, passed on Wednesday, August 13, 2014. Services will be conducted will be conducted today at 2:00 PM at Mt. Joshua Baptist Church, Camden, SC, with burial in Mt. Joshua Baptist Church Cemetery, Camden, SC. Haile's Funeral Home is in charge.
Lugoff – Funeral service for Verlie Marie Stepp McAvoy, 75, will be held on Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. at Trinity Baptist Church with burial to follow in Lugoff First Baptist Church Cemetery. The Rev. Dr. Charles Everett and the Rev. David Robinson will officiate. The family will receive friends today 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children – Greenville, 950 W. Faris Road, Greenville, S.C. 29605.
Mrs. Cora Niland, 87, of 304 Doby Street, Camden, South Carolina passed on Thursday, August 14, 2014. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Haile's Funeral Home.
A funeral service to celebrate the life of William Hydrick Sanders, Major US Air Force (Ret.) 85, of Hartsville, SC, was held at 3:00 PM, Sunday, August 17, 2014 at Kelleytown Baptist Church in Hartsville, SC. Rev. Rod Elliott and Rev. Lin Kirkman officiated. Burial will followed in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Camden, with military rites. The family received friends from 2:00-4:00 PM, Saturday, August 16, 2014 at Brown Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home in Hartsville.
Funeral service for Mrs. Teresa Ann Torruella, 65, of 1283 Drakeford Road in Cassatt will be held Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 11:00 A.M. at Sweet Home Baptist Church with burial in Hyco Baptist Church cemetery. She died Thursday, August 14, 2014. Collins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
For the past couple of years, our district has designated one book for summer reading for secondary students. I've really liked this approach. It has generated a lot of enthusiasm and gotten entire families involved. This year's book, This I Believe II, is a collection of personal essays by a very diverse group of people, ranging from legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma to author Studs Terkel. The book got me to thinking; if I was to write an essay about what I believe about education, what would I say?
Let me begin with full disclosure: I was born in Greenville and even though my family moved away when I was 5 years old, I still consider Greenville my hometown. And, as with a first love, one's hometown will always be something special. So it is with me and Greenville.
Some missing something or the other required me to prowl through closets at Mama's house. That's when I found it. I pulled it out and smiled broadly, warmed by the memories it evoked.