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The Columbia Blowfish Baseball Team is trying to help Kershaw County elementary schools make a home run.
On Tuesdays at Midway Elementary School, second-grade classes are often found being led by a special instructor. Kershaw County Deputy Mechelle Cobb enriches the students' usual social studies lessons with instruction on the importance of law enforcement in the community and strategies for dealing with conflict and bullying. Cobb also serves as a mentor for students. She works with students YaKeem Knox, MaKhi Holmes, Summer Martin and Matty Stephens. Cobb and students Summer Martin, Yakeem Knox and Chris Crane visit with K-9 deputy Hailey and Lt. Ty Cobb.
James Leroy Belk American Legion Post 17 recognized several public safety officers during a ceremony March 5. In appreciation for their service to the community, Post 17 presented each of the officers with a custom-made plaque crafted by Legionnaire Butch Lilly.
South Carolinians shouldn't be surprised to see the state rank poorly in yet another survey. It seems the Palmetto State is forever being relegated to the bottom tier in all kinds of indicators. Some of them, of course, don't have much validity. But the latest one, in which only five states are ranked lower than South Carolina in susceptibility to political corruption, is particularly unnerving because it's one that could be avoided with a modicum of care from legislators.
Coldwell Banker United, Realtors has been named a Platinum level firm by the Cartus Broker Network in four of its Carolinas' markets, including the Midlands, Charleston and Sumter markets in South Carolina and the Charlotte market in North Carolina. Platinum is the highest of the Excellence Award recognition levels presented to qualifying principal brokers. Only 17 percent of the network's principal brokers received Excellence Award recognition for 2012.
A memorial service for Richard Paul "Ricky" Taylor, 23, Lugoff, will be held Tuesday at El-Bethel Faith Community Church. The Rev. Joe Stines will officiate. The family will receive friends Tuesday 2:30-4:00 p.m. prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ronald McDonald House.
North Central High School has announced its honor rolls for the second nine-week period.
As with much of the mainstream media, your edition March 9 is a poster child for what is wrong with the mainstream media and possibly a plausible explanation as to why printed media has fallen onto hard times. A previous editorial by Martin Cahn wherein he rather pompously pronounced that his opinion -- he is a journalist whatever that is -- is vastly superior to the great unwashed's opinion. A fair presumption would be those that are not "journalists."
Into every life, they say, a little rain must fall. And a little snow as well. In fact, here in Washington, some are rooting for snow before spring arrives.
Photo cutline – The guest bedroom at Aberdeen features magnificent old furniture and a beautiful antique quilt. Lovely width its pink color scheme, it has welcomed several Miss South Carolinas and two Miss Americas. This 1810 vintage home will be on the JKA Spring Tour of Homes and Gardens April 11.
South Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean H. Toal (left) stands with retiring 5th Circuit Court Judge J. Ernest Kinard Jr. following the unveiling of a commemorative portrait at the Kershaw County Courthouse Thursday afternoon. Kinard has served on the bench for 24 years. Toal said Kinard is the "gold standard" of circuit court judges and her "go-to judge" for tough cases. "He's one of the brightest minds to serve in South Carolina," Toal said. "He can hear complex cases, absorb and understand all the details and then make a decision."
AgSouth Farm Credit CEO Bill Spigener recently announced that the customer-owned cooperative had net earnings of $33.3 million during 2011.
Every day, in every area of our state, hardworking South Carolina taxpayers are being robbed. They are not held up at gunpoint and their homes are not burglarized. But, they are the victims of theft just the same. Criminals are stealing federal funds and using that money for their personal benefit. They are committing fraud against the food stamp program. In fact, they pocket more than $2 million of your tax dollars every year in South Carolina alone.
An historic Kershaw County event will be remembered with a special remembrance at 2 p.m. Sunday.
The Dessausure Law Firm has opened at 2043 West DeKalb St., Suite 3, in Camden. Attorney Tony Dessausure leads what he says is an experienced, knowledgeable, client-centered team including Associate Attorney Ashley Green and Office Manager Christy Simmons. The firm is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. To find out how the Dessausure Law Firm can assist with various legal services, check out its website, www.DessausureLaw.com or call (803) 425-7299.
The following real estate transfers were recently recorded at the Kershaw County Government Center. Transfers are listed in the following manner: seller; buyer; price paid or terms of transaction; number of acres or lots; whether there are any residential, commercial or other improvements; and street name. Residential improvements may include a home, mobile home or outbuilding. Entries are made based on information available online from the Registrar of Deeds and Assessor's offices and may not include the full listing of the parties involved.
North Central High School recently released its honor rolls for the second quarter of the school year.
Leslie M. Stover Middle School has announced its honor rolls for the second nine-weeks period.
Funeral service for Dorothy Mae Robinson West, 86, will be held on Thursday at Hermitage Baptist Church with burial to follow in Fort Jackson National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hermitage Baptist Church Kitchen Fund, 814 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Camden, S.C. 29020.
Funeral Services for Wylie Lee Vaughan, 81, will be held Thursday at 3:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home with burial to follow in Sandy Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends today 6-8 p.m. at Powers funeral home.
Dorothy Marie Nussbaum Hayes Mion, 81, of Camden, died Monday, March 23, in Columbia at PalmettoHealth Heart Hospital. She was born in Washington, DC, and lived for most of her life in Glen Echo, MD. She spent many years managing the business side of the studio at their Glen Echo home of her former husband, artist Pierre Mion, and then became secretary of Kenwood Country Club, in Bethesda, MD, after a brief period at US News & World Report.
Ms. Janita Josey, 70, of Brooklyn, NY, formerly of Camden, South Carolina, passed on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Nelson-Haile Funeral Home.
Ms. Thomasina Nancy Edwards, 61, formerly of of 422 Dove Road, Camden, passed on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 2:00 PM at Good Hope-Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, Camden, SC, with burial in Good Hope-Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery, Camden, SC.
Mrs. Betty Jean Catoe, 73, of Bethune died Monday, March 23, 2015.
• Friday, we reported a grand jury finally indicted 22-year-old Stephen Ross Kelly for his alleged kidnapping, sexual assault and murder of Briana Rabon. We say "finally indicted" because Briana was killed more than a year ago. While we cannot be certain -- grand jury proceedings are secret, and for good reason -- we suspect the indictments were handed down now because the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) only recently completed its forensic examination of evidence it and the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office collected. Briana, by all accounts, was a bright young lady who, at 18, had her entire life ...