It's all the buzz these days. You must not call your dog or cat or canary "a pet." There are lots of words that nice people don't say anymore. Usually they are put-downs against certain people. Who gets hurt when a dog is called a pet? Is it hurtful to call a dog a dog? A cat a cat? If so, who does it hurt -- the dog or his owner, person or friend?
In the last few years, the public has come to better appreciate the efforts and sacrifices made by law enforcement officers -- those who serve in small towns, large cities and rural areas across the country. That makes it difficult for everyone when an officer steps outside the bounds of acceptable conduct, as former Kershaw County Deputy Oddie Tribble did in beating a handcuffed prisoner in August of 2010. Tribble was sentenced earlier this week to serve more than five years in prison for the incident.
Cadet Derek Hunt Stanley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Derek Stanley of Camden, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy – West Point May 21.
Jarrod Hughes, a senior from Camden, has been accepted to attend Coker College in the fall of 2012.
Funeral Services for Mr. Thomas O. "T. O." Boykin, 84, of Gregory Lake Road, North Augusta, SC, who entered into rest May 15, 2011 will be conducted Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the Fairview Presbyterian Church. Dr. G. Daniel McCall officiating. Interment in Pineview Memorial Park with Veterans Honors and Masonic Rites.
Tryouts for the Kershaw County Club Soccer will be held Tuesday and Wednesday at Larry Doby Recreation Complex in Camden from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. both nights.
Meredith Royall Myers and Parkes Browning Coggins, both of Richmond, Virginia were united in marriage on Saturday, May 14, 2011 at Wachesaw Plantation in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. The six-thirty ceremony was officiated by Reverend Ernest Worman, campus chaplain of Newberry College in Newberry, South Carolina. Ms. Sandra McLeod and Ms. Jennifer Schmale, violinists, provided the music for the ceremony; Mrs. Michelle Williams was the soloist. A reception immediately followed at Wachesaw Plantation.
Three Kershaw County schools will have new principals at the helm for the 2011-12 school year.
Lugoff Elementary School has reported its honor rolls for the third nine-week period.
Eloise Rabon, of Lugoff, will celebrate her 90th birthday May 16 with friends and family at Springdale Health Care. Ms. Rabon is the proud mother of six children, ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Boykin artist Denise L. Greer took numerous awards at the North Charleston Art Fest earlier this month. All three of Greer's entries won an award. Greer's entries were Best in Show with a mixed media titled "Hung Out To Dry", first place watercolors titled "Talk To Me," and first place mixed media titled "Play Ground." The exhibit began April 29 and ran through May 7 at the North Charleston Convention Center.
The S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT) named the Camden Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. as the 2010 Adopt-A-Highway (AAH) Group of the Year for Kershaw County. The SCDOT presented the award to the group at the AAH awards ceremony April 7 in Columbia. The annual event is hosted by the SCDOT to recognize the volunteer-citizen groups, coordinators and SCDOT employees for their participation in the AAH program. Clem Watson (left), SCDOT chief engineer of operations, presented the 2010 AAH Outstanding Kershaw County Group Award to chapter members (from second left) Dyron Anderson, Perry Mills Sr., Thomas ...
Usually around the end of May the House and the Senate prepare for the end of session. Before the General Assembly can leave for the year, a budget must be passed. The State Fiscal Year ends on June 30. The Senate is currently working on its version of the budget. The House and Senate versions will be worked out in conference committee and brought before both chambers for a vote. The budget will then go to the Governor. The General Assembly makes arrangements to be in session in order to receive and act on any gubernatorial vetoes. In addition to ...
• Kudos to the Kershaw County Library for joining a network that allows patrons to download audio books and e-books onto their computers and other electronic devices. As trends shift away from the printed page, the library isn't being left behind and is making changes necessary to continue as a relevant entity in a changing world. The local library has always been outstanding, and this is just one more development in a proud history.
Kershaw County residents are getting ready to face what other voters across the country are going to see in the next few months: an onslaught of political ads, many of them nasty in character, and a high percentage of them paid for not by candidates but by special interest groups which have amassed millions upon millions of dollars to spread their messages. And, of course, the bulk of those messages will be negative. These groups are both Democratic and Republican, conservative and liberal. Altogether, according to news reports, such factions are going to buy $2 billion worth of ad time ...
Gil Johnston's Awesome Pearl, overlooked at 35-to-1 in the betting, surged through Saratoga Race Course's stretch and won a down-to-the-wire battle with Kingdom in last Thursday's $75,000 Jonathan Kiser Novice Stakes.
Mr. and Mrs. William O. Ward, Jr. of Camden announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Kaleigh Ward of Camden, SC to Mr. Grant Cox of Irmo, SC. Miss Ward is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. William O. Ward, Sr. of Camden, SC and the late Mr. and Mrs. Victor Rabon of Lugoff, SC. Miss Ward earned her Bachelor of Arts at Furman University and is the Area Director at N2 Publishing in Memphis, TN.
Their histories, accurate and complete, are lost to time and buried with them and those who knew them. I wish I knew more for their stories would read like a page-turning novel.
Central Carolina Technical College's CRJ 202 Criminalistics (Forensics) course is taking their final exam Tuesday July 29 at 5:30 p.m. on location at a fabricated crime scene. NCIS agent Tony Horton is the instructor. He has partnered with the Sumter Sheriff's Department and set up an area in the back of Patriot Park off of Hwy. 441 in Sumter for this exam to take place. It will be in a wooded area where students will actually use what they have learned in the classroom to process a crime scene.
The South Carolina Senior State American Legion Tournament continues today through Wednesday at Riley Park in Sumter.
• Friday's report that Amtrak is going to spend the next several months refurbishing Camden's passenger rail station off West DeKalb Street is welcome news. Built in 1937, it has shown its age for decades and never more so than now with holes in the platform's canopy, rotting timbers and other problems that make it a less than desirable place to stop. Amtrak says their No. 1 priority is making the facility Americans with Disabilities Act compliant -- and that's a very good thing -- from the parking lot to the station and onto the platform and train. But ...
In the quest to answer the many questions I receive about trees, see below for part three in the continuing series.
After decades of requests from residents and years of negotiation with city officials, Amtrak is announcing that it will renovate its station in Camden and the surrounding property. Work will begin Aug. 4, and -- according JarVor Williams, an Amtrak construction engineer overseeing the project -- make the facility compliant with the U.S. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
A memorial service celebrating the life of Patricia Gail Alger-Benson, 68, of Lugoff, SC will be held on Saturday July 26, 2014 at 2:00 PM. at Blaney Baptist Church. Rev. Philip Blankenship will officiate. The family will receive friends on Friday, July25, from 6:00-7:30 PM at Kornegay Funeral Home Lugoff-Elgin Chapel. Memorials may be made in her memory to Blaney Baptist Church, 1400 Blaney Road, Elgin, SC 29045.
Funeral services for Sammie F. Thomas Jr. will be held on Saturday July 26, 2014 at 2 p.m. in the Divine Mortuary Chapel, 5620 Hillandale Dr. Lithonia, Georgia 30058.
Funeral services for Betty Jo Crump Mays, R.N., 76, will be held Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at New Life Christian Outreach, Lugoff, with burial to follow in Scotch Cemetery, Bethune. The Rev. Richard Cameron will officiate. The family will receive friends Friday, July 25, 2014, from 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home.
The Hospital Auxiliary of KershawHealth's twenty fifth annual golf tournament will be held on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at the Camden Country Club.