Republican leaders from Mitt Romney on down are urging Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri to withdraw from his U. S. Senate race against Claire McCaskill; it's a seat the GOP hopes to win in its effort to control the Senate. Akin, of course, is the one who made ridiculous statements about rape during a campaign appearance. He's being urged by nearly every Republican bigwig from Romney to Karl Rove to Sen. John Cornyn, chairman of the Senate Campaign Committee, to step down.
The top five finishers from a spirited edition of the $100,000 A. P. Smithwick Memorial (Gr. 1) return at a new distance on Thursday, Aug. 23, in the $150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup Handicap (Gr. 1), the richest steeplechase race on Saratoga Race Course's 2012 schedule.
Funeral service to celebrate the life of Carson Anderson Douglas, 85, of Camden, will be held Friday, August 24, 2012 at 11:00 AM at Faith Baptist Church, Camden Hwy., Bishopville with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Rev. Jerry Gardner and Rev. Brett DeYoung will officiate. The family will receive friends Thursday, August 23, 2012 from 6:00 -8:00 PM at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. Memorials may be sent in Mr. Douglas memory to the American Heart Association of SC Memorials & Tributes, P.O. Box 4216, Glen Allen, VA 23058.
I've been doing this work for a pretty long time. The coming school year will be my 38th, which probably qualifies me for "dinosaur status." A lot has changed in education since I walked into my first classroom in 1975. One of the most significant areas of change has been the way in which schools and school districts interact and communicate with families and the general public.
Bert Goolsby and his most recent titles, "The Trials of Lawyer Pratt" and "Familiar Shadows," will be featured Thursday, Aug. 23 at the newly-opened Books on Broad. The writer will discuss his experiences and sign his books from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Bert Goolsby, a Citadel graduate with a law degree from the University of South Carolina and an advanced law degree from the University of Virginia, is a former chief deputy attorney general of South Carolina. He recently retired as a judge of the South Carolina Court of Appeals.
Dear Annie: I am a single mother of six children, the youngest of whom is 12. I divorced their father 10 years ago. I am the custodial parent and receive child support. I don't have any issues with my ex's financial responsibilities. It is visitation that is the problem.
Mr. and Mrs. George "Stick" Elmore of Bethune celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Aug. 11th. They have lived in Bethune almost all of their married life. Mr. Elmore retired from DuPont in Lugoff. Mrs. Elmore is a homemaker. They have two daughters. Jean (Bobby) Helms lives in McBee and Kathy (Jeff) Prescott lives in Nashville, Tenn. They have two granddaughters, Lisa (Rocky) Sellers of McBee and Candy (Craig) Wyrick of Hartsville, four great-grandchildren, Robbie and Grant Sellers and Katie and Maddie Wyrick.
Join the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) along with neighbors and friends at the 2012 Arts Open House & Hot Dog Lunch on Saturday, Aug. 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the FAC grounds, located at 810 Lyttleton St., Camden.
Do you know what Maryland gives its welfare recipients so they can access cash and food benefits? An "Independence Card."
• The Kershaw County School District has made a good move in establishing a dress code for teachers; that's a subject that has been on the minds of school officials across the country. Teachers must be presentable, and in an age of increasing informality, it's important that students be able to look up to the person running the classroom. Inappropriate appearance detracts from the effectiveness of teachers.
An Elgin man ended up in the hospital after being shot the morning of Aug. 14 by S.C. Highway Patrol (SCHP) troopers in Columbia following a chase on I-20 that ended in Columbia's Five Points district.
Personally I don't like lying! I made remarks to my brother (now deceased) about Obama lying during the last presidential campaign! His answer was politicians have been lying since the very beginning of politics! This may be true! My mom told me many years ago, (be sure your sins will find you out). I don't like lies or lying and would not vote for a Democrat often as I know now!
Among other "awesome news" about Paul Ryan, as my son would call it, we have learned that Mitt Romney's running mate was voted prom king and "biggest brown noser" by his high school classmates. Obviously, he was destined for success in politics.
Jim Aldrich stands at his booth at the Kershaw County Farmers Market. Mr. Aldrich is the owner of J.J. Shop - Antiques Etc. located in East Camden. Aldrich -- one of many vendors who set up shop at the Farmers Market each Saturday in Camden -- sells different kinds of canes and plants. This coming Saturday, the Farmers Market will feature a healthy cooking demonstration with Chef Scott Freiberg and Buddy Rushing.
The Kershaw County Darlings 8-and-under softball team completed a perfect five-game run in the District 2 tournament in Chesterfield County by beating Pageland, 16-8, on Wednesday night.
Kudos to our various law enforcement agencies for working together to get some folks off our streets who needed to be stopped. At the top of our list are Bethune Police Chief Joey Cobb, Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) and U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for arresting two people (and there may be more to come) for the June 23 armed robbery of Sandhills Bank in Bethune.
(Kathleen Parker wrote this column in advance of President Barack Obama's appearance in Charleston for State Sen. Clementa Pinckney's funeral.)
Reverend Larry D. McCutcheon has been appointed as minister to Camden First United Methodist Church. Rev McCutcheon comes from Trinity United Methodist Church in Orangeburg where he served for 11 years. A spiritual and civic leader, he preaches the gospel and walks the talk throughout various sectors of the community in an extraordinary way, touching the lives of so many with his unique ability to reach all people from all walks of life.
Mr. Allen Hobson "Chip" Patterson, Jr., and Ms. Denise Beauchamp Patterson of Winston-Salem, N.C., announce the engagement of their daughter, Ms. Emily Catherine Patterson, to Mr. Philip Harden English, both of Durham, N.C. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Bennett English, Jr., of Camden, S.C.
As part of the Kershaw County Library's Summer Reading Program "Every Hero Has a Story," storyteller Sharon Clarke presented a program at both the Camden and Elgin libraries. Clarke, who lives in North Carolina, entertained the audience with both story and music. Her interactive program was enjoyed by the audience, young and old. Clarke involved the audience as she told an old Chinese folk tale, The Magic Wings. Shown from left are Addy Gwynn as the Queen, Clarke, Elizabeth Mensching as the Princess, Lucy Moore as the Grocer's Daughter, and Liberty Mensching as the Goose Girl.
Studying plants is serious business as Wateree Elementary students Colden Baker and Austin Warwick learn about the different parts of a plant.
Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) crews quickly stopped a mobile home fire on the 400 block of Oakview Drive off Wildwood Lane in Lugoff the evening of June 22.
In preparing for this coming fall season, the Camden High School girls' golf team is seeking players who would like to join the team.