Emma Jane Gaulke was recently crowned Thomas Sumter Academy's 2012 Junior Miss General at TSA's annual pageant held May 5, 2012.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The shelter ...
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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.
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- By all appearances Friday morning, as thousands lined the street waiting (and wilting) for hours in 90-degree heat to enter the funeral arena where President Obama was to deliver a eulogy for state Sen. Clementa Pinckney, racial unity seemed a comfortable fact of life.
Several years ago, my wife and I, along with our youngest son, his wife and their children, attended a Fourth of July celebration in Bath, Maine. Bath is a picturesque little city which only Maine seems capable of providing. It is also a seafaring town, home to the Bath Iron Works, where ships have slid down the ways for close to 200 years.
I was browsing the internet looking at different sites listing historical events of the past 100 years and was surprised to see how much of history had been left off. So many events which have taken place during the past century which have been instrumental in the growth of this country have been left out of our history books and articles of today.
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Ms. Bessie Mae Williams, 60, of Sumter, died Saturday, June 27, 2015. Friends may visit at 806 Hazelhurst Street in Camden. Plans will be announced by Collins Funeral Home.
A funeral service to celebrate the life of Lois Catoe Roberts, 87, of Camden, SC, will be held at 11 a.m., today, July 1, 2015 at Pine Grove Baptist Church. Rev. Eric Boone and Rev. Doug Whitfield will officiate. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family received friends from 6-7:30 PM, Tuesday, June 30, 3015 at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. Memorials may be made in Mrs. Robert's memory to Alzheimer's Disease & Related Disorders Association-Mid State-SC, 140 Stonebridge Drive, Suite 210, Columbia, SC 29210.
Funeral services to celebrate the life of Harold Denver Moak, 83, will be held today, July 1 at 4 p.m. at Highway Pentecostal Holiness Church, with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The Rev. Paul Miles and the Rev. George Cashwell will officiate. The Rev. Joe Stines will officiate a graveside service. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Highway Pentecostal Holiness Church Men's Fellowship at 2290 Heath Pond Rd, Elgin, SC 29045.
Mary Ellen Crow Kahler, 97 of Camden, SC died Saturday, June 27, 2015, at her home. Born in Kershaw, SC, on December 11, 1917. She was a daughter of the late Guy and Eva Moultrie Crow. Mrs. Kahler was a homemaker and was devoted to her family. She also was a member of Shiloh United Methodist Church.
A funeral service to celebrate the life of Jack "Jackie" Laverne Brown, Jr., 50, of Camden will be held at 11 a.m. today, July 1, 2015 at Antioch Baptist Church. Rev. Danny Hedgepath and Rev. Brian Cobb will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Viewing will be held at 10 a.m. in the church, one hour prior to the service. The family will receive friends following the service in the church Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Jackie's memory to the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter, 460 S. Fair Street ...
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.
In preparing for this coming fall season, the Camden High School girls' golf team is seeking players who would like to join the team.