After three nights of auditions where preliminary judges saw 59 total contestants and 20 finalists performed in the live finale, a winner has been announced. Julianna Cobb of Lugoff was declared the winner of the second annual Kershaw County's Got Talent produced by the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) on March 24. The event was emceed by KOOL 102.7/STARTIME1590's Patty Rose and Tyler Cupp.
First Grade Cardinal Achievers
A few weeks back, I was honored to be present to see the Baron DeKalb Elementary School Improvement Council receive the Dick and Tunky Riley School Improvement Council Award. What made it a particular privilege was the fact that former South Carolina Governor and U.S. Secretary of Education Dick Riley was there to present the award. The opportunity to meet him was truly memorable for me.
Student honor rolls for the third nine-week period at North Central High School have been reported.
Mitt Romney's trying to talk his way out of his gender gap, but, take it from me, women like guys who listen. My wife told me that.
We've come a long way from President Theodore Roosevelt's famous saying "Speak softly and carry a big stick." President Barack Obama's policy apparently is to whisper slyly and compromise our security.
Caroline Marie Parks of Camden, S.C., and Jon Nicholas Watts of Lugoff, S.C., were united in marriage on Saturday, April 14, 2012, at six o'clock in the evening at Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church in Camden, S.C. The Reverend Steve Patterson and Reverend Frank Griffith officiated the marriage ceremony. A reception immediately followed at Springdale Hall in Camden, S.C.
• We're glad to read that analysts say the surge in gasoline prices is nearing its end and that prices might actually subside a bit as we head toward summer. Here in the United States, fuel prices have never been a classic supply-and-demand item, and there are few who truly understand the system. But one thing is indeed clear: if prices are going down, we're all going to have more money in our pockets to spend on other things and to help stimulate the recovery, and that's indeed a good thing.
The Baron DeKalb Elementary School Improvement Council (SIC) was recently presented the 2012 Dick and Tunky Riley Award for SIC Excellence. Accepting the award from Dick Riley (fourth from left), former S.C. governor and U.S. Secretary of Education, are (from left) Frederica Brown, teacher and SIC member; Darlene Platte, teacher; Principal Betty Turner; Candy Anderson, parent and SIC Chairperson; Patricia Leigh, teacher/PTO; community member Steve Leigh; Marcia Rogers, parent and SIC member; Kershaw County School District Superintendent (KCSD) Dr. Frank Morgan; and Timothy Hopkins, KCSD's executive director of elementary education.
After reading this year's Kershaw County Board of School Trustees candidate election announcements, Doug Berry of Camden said he realized that most of the candidates want the same thing: to use taxpayer money as efficiently as possible; to supply teachers with the equipment they need to do their job proficiently; a school system that prepares children to become professionals, have a positive impact on society and become the leaders for tomorrow, among other things.
The Knights of North Central got back to their winning ways with a sweep over four visiting opponents in a five-school track meet in Boonetown last Thursday.
Monday: Sumter at Camden (G – 4 p.m.); Lugoff-Elgin at Richland Northeast (G – 4 p.m.); Camden Military Academy at Cheraw (BB – 6 p.m.); Cheraw at Camden Military Academy (BSOC – 6 p.m.); Camden at A.C. Flora (SB – 7:30 p.m.)
Casey Brunson and James Matthew Clyburn, both of Lexington, S.C., were married April 14, 2012, at Lexington Baptist Church. The 6 p.m. ceremony was performed by Reverend Bruce Hancock. A reception immediately followed at Senate's End.
To promote school spirit and help build a sense of community, the Lugoff-Elgin High School marketing class will host a spring cookout in the school stadium April 28.
"Someone needs to go to jail."
JKA celebrates homecoming
Real estate transactions
Camden Media Co. is proud to announce the return of Jim Tatum to the staff of the Chronicle-Independent. Tatum, who most recently worked for the Summerville Journal Scene, begins working as the C-I's senior staff writer Monday. In addition, Tenell Felder is being promoted to design editor, a reflection of her excellent design work for several Camden Media Co. publications.
Kershaw County is asking KershawHealth for $3 million to assume operating emergency medical services (EMS) for the first 21 months following the anticipated March 31 takeover of the hospital by Capella Healthcare of Franklin, Tenn. The county is asking KershawHealth to make the payment out of the money Capella will pay to lease KershawHealth's real estate and purchase its furniture, fixtures and equipment.
A funeral service for Betty Hinson Bell, 82, of Kershaw, SC, was held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, January 25, 2015, in the sanctuary of Kershaw Second Baptist Church. Burial followed in the Kershaw City Cemetery. Rev. Tony Pope officiated.
Paul Wayne Reece, 67, of Cassatt, SC, died Tuesday, January 20, 2015. A memorial service will be private. Memorials may be made in Paul's memory to the Disabled American Veterans of SC, Inc. PO Box 5317, West Columbia, SC 29171
Funeral service for Charlie Haynesworth Holloman III, 79, will be held on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at St. Andrew Church of God with burial to follow in the St. John United Methodist Church Cemetery, Spring Hill. The family will receive friends today 6-7:30 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. Memorials may be made to St. Andrew Church of God, 4238 Red hill Road, Camden, S.C. 29020.
• We hope you had as much fun reading our recent front page story on the 2015 Junior Leadership Kershaw County's etiquette class as we did putting it together. The entire Junior Leadership program -- taking some of Kershaw County's brightest and most promising students and giving them the opportunity to interact with a variety of leaders from across the county -- is one we're lucky to have in our community. The etiquette class, held at Boykin's Mill Pond Steakhouse, taught these already well-mannered teens the finer points of moving through society, especially at a fancy restaurant. Parents often ...
It happened the other day. It's funny how things so simple can remind us of things so meaningful, of those sweets that are tucked inside our hearts and unknowingly treasured.
While I was taking a finance class as part of my doctoral program in Virginia in the early 1990s, one of the topics we discussed was a lawsuit that had been filed in South Carolina, now called the Abbeville case, which challenged South Carolina's structure for funding public education. Life takes funny turns. Here I am 21 years later in South Carolina when the case is finally settled.
DOVER, Del. -- Camden native and former Camden High School football standout Kenny Carter was named as the head football coach at Delaware State University last Wednesday.
Monday: Lewisville, Darlington at Camden Military Academy (WR – 5 p.m.); Camden Military Academy at Fairfield Central (BB – 6 p.m.)
Rickey E. Macklin, a Camden native, will sign copies of his books at the Kirkwood Community Center, 2402 Carlos St. in Camden, from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5.