Just as it sometimes takes a scandal to engage Americans in a national conversation about sex, race or some other touchy topic, it sadly has taken a deranged gunman to launch us into a national argument about civility.
The beginning of a new year brings the start of many activities, including the opening of the 2011 session of the South Carolina General Assembly. Obviously, our legislators face more than even the usual level of challenges because of the $1 billion budget shortfall and the redrawing of legislative districts that will be done as a result of the 2010 census. As part of their deliberations, legislators will tackle a variety of issues related to K-12 education. I had an interesting time over the holidays reading the bills that were prefiled in December. Following are some proposed laws impacting K-12 ...
Dear Annie: I've been married to "Nate" for 16 years. He is wonderful, but blind to the way his family behaves. These people have never been particularly warm toward me or my children from my first marriage. Nate and I have a child together, and they treat her with the same indifference. They give the other grandchildren expensive toys for Christmas, and ours get junk. The favoritism now extends to the great-grandchildren. I've tried to be nice about their treatment, but a person can only take so much. I told Nate I've had it with his family ...
Marion and Frankie Morgan of Camden celebrated their wedding anniversary on January 12th. They have three children, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The couple celebrated the milestone with family and friends at the Family Life Center, Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church.
Tryouts were held in August and October to choose the players for the Team South Carolina baseball team (9U). The team played two tournaments in November and December (taking first place in the Winterfest NIT tournament in Lexington) before traveling to Orlando, Fla. to play in the Global Winter World Series Championship (Dec. 27-30). Team South Carolina played eight games and finished as runner-ups in the World Series and were awarded the Runner-up plaque and each player received a World Series Runner-up medal. Grant McElveen is the son of Ray and Aimee McElveen of Camden and grandson of Michael and ...
Mr. Larry Donnell "Squirt" Stuckey, 60, of 6209 Southland Forest Drive, Stone Mountain, GA, passed on Saturday, January 8, 2011. The family will be receiving friends at the home of his sister, Evangelist Mary Stuckey Pope, 391 Wildwood Lane, Lugoff, SC. Funeral services will be conducted today, January 17, 2011, at 11:00 AM, Springhill United Methodist Church, Rembert, SC, with burial in Springhill United Methodist Church Cemetery, Rembert, SC.
Janie Bracey, 82, of 2063 Flat Rock Road in Camden, died Saturday, January 15, 2011. Plans will be announced by Collins Funeral Home.
Funeral service for Mattie Mae Adams, 65, of Hubb Kelly Road, Lucknow, will be held today, January 17, 2011, 11 a.m. at Mount Joy Missionary Baptist Church, Browntown Community, Lee County, with burial in the church cemetery. Mrs. Adams will be placed in the church at 10 a.m. for viewing. Brown's Funeral Home is assisting the family of Mrs. Mattie Mae Adams with arrangements.
John R. Speaks, 70, of Camden, died Sunday, January 16, 2011. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel.
Funeral services with full military rites to celebrate the life of CW4 Robert John Rea, US Army, Retd, 77 of Lugoff will be held Monday, January 17, 2011 at 11:00 AM in Beaufort National Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday, January 16, 2011 from 4:00 til 6:00 PM at Kornegay Funeral Home Lugoff-Elgin Chapel. Memorials may be made in Mr. Rea's memory to Hidden Wounds, 4840 Forest Drive, Ste 6B, #317, Columbia, SC 29206.
Mr. Richard Allen Pannell Jr., 78, of Thomson, GA, died January 14, 2011, after a brief illness.
Services for Bonnie Trimnal Messer, 73, will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to KershawHealth Hospice.
Memorial service to celebrate the life of Carl Edward Huggins, 86, of Cassatt will be held at 2:00 PM Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at Hermitage Baptist Church. Rev. Dr. Condy Richardson will officiate. The burial will be held at 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at Ft. Jackson National Cemetery with military rites. The family will receive friends from 1PM – 2 PM prior to the service in the fellowship hall of the church. Memorials may be made in Mr. Huggins's memory to Hermitage Baptist Church, 814 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Camden, SC 29020.
Thelma Louise Brannon Harris, age 89, of Fayetteville, Ga., passed away Sunday afternoon, January 9, 2011. She is survived by her beloved husband of over 69 years, Raymond C. Harris and her son, Wayne G. Harris (Marilyn), both of Fayetteville, GA. She is also survived by her sister, Oralie Brown of Camden, SC and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Mrs. Joanie Mae Green Wesley, 98, of 1311 Collins Circle, Camden, SC, passed on Tuesday, January 11, 2011. Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, January 18, 2011, at 2:00 P.M. at Life in the Word Outreach Ministries, Camden, SC, with burial in St. James Deliverance Pentecostal Assembly Church Cemetery, Camden, SC.
The Cat In the Hat visited Mt. Pisgah Elementary School to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday and Read Across America. Here, he is shaking hands with kindergartener Emily Denton.
The West Wateree Rotary announces the first inaugural Wild Game Dinner and Silent Auction the evening of April 5 at Old McCaskill Farm in Rembert to raise money for graduating Lugoff-Elgin High School (L-EHS) seniors. Club President Amy Schofield describes the event as "down-home and delicious," with wide support from the community. "I'm particularly excited by how we will be showcasing local talent. Hunters in our club provided the game, local musicians will provide the blue grass, and a wonderful local farm will be providing a great setting and a great cook."
The Camden Junior Welfare League (CJWL) is now accepting applications for grant money to be awarded to 501 (c) (3) organizations specifically dealing with children in the Kershaw County area. Grants range from $250.00 to $2,500.00.
Applied Technology Education Campus (ATEC) agricultural education students attended the state Future Farmers of America (FFA)-sponsored Legislators Appreciation Day in Columbia on Feb.19.
COL Hudson Rupert Hurst, USA, (ret), passed away peacefully in Camden, South Carolina on February 1, 2014. He was 95 years of age.
Randolph Withers Kirkland, Jr. of Camden, SC, died March 7, 2014. He was born in Camden, SC, September 1, 1920, son of Randolph Withers Kirkland and Louise Richardson Kirkland. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Walker Kirkland; daughters, Mary Richardson Kirkland of Seattle, WA, Lucinda Walker Kirkland of Camden, SC and Fredericka Kirkland Arthur of San Diego, CA. He was predeceased by a son, Randolph Withers Kirkland III; brothers, Joseph Lane Kirkland and Thomas Jefferson Kirkland; and sisters, Mary Kirkland Reynolds and Katherine Kirkland Crockett.
Elizabeth Elkins Pitman, 98, died March 7, 2014 at The Cottages at Brushy Creek in Greenville, South Carolina. Born September 6, 1915 in Waycross, Georgia, she was the daughter of the late James Samuel Elkins and Mary Bartlett DeFord Elkins.
Funeral service for Lucille Jones Trivett, 80, will be held Monday at 12:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff with burial to follow in Fort Jackson National Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sundat 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home.
Hannah Barrett Albenesius passed away unexpectedly on March 4, 2014. She was born on June 11, 1991 in Wilmington, DE. During her brief, earthly sojourn, she also lived in Seaford, DE and Camden, Spartanburg (High School) and Charleston, SC. Hannah was a recent graduate of the College of Charleston with dual Bachelor's degrees in Psychology (B.S.) and English (B.A.) with a minor in Russian Studies. She had a remarkably robust, fully-engaged academic experience at CoC. She was very passionate about substance abuse research and was a candidate for a Fulbright Scholarship, hoping to further her studies in ...
• As the C-I continues to report on the Briana Rabon murder, there is a lot of speculation about how she and her accused killer, Stephen Ross Kelly, knew each other. Officials have, so far, only said that they both attended Lugoff-Elgin High School and were acquaintances, but not involved in a romantic relationship. Rumors abound, however, which we always check out but rarely get confirmation for publication. That's fine. Frankly, it's best that rumors stay out of the newspaper as we let the investigative and judicial processes take whatever time is needed to bring justice for Briana and ...
Funeral Services for Henry Cunningham "Hank" Cannon, Jr., 60, will be held Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1-2 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to your local no-kill animal shelter, or the ASPCA.
The Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County is proud to announce that it will be the location for the meeting of the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Arts Alliance (SCAA) beginning today. The meeting will be held in the historic Douglas Reed House. The FAC welcomes the SCAA, along with members of the Wateree Outdoor Life Festival (WOLF) of Camden. WOLF will be holding their first annual festival on the FAC campus this weekend.
Mrs. Sarah Presley Drakeford, 88, of Camden, entered into eternal rest on Monday, March 3, 2014. Born in Lafayette, Alabama, she was the daughter of the late Eugene P. and Alverta Willis Presley and the wife of the late Anderson Drakeford. A celebration of Life and Homegoing Services were held Sunday, March 3, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Sander Creek Baptist Church, Camden, with burial in Fort Jackson National Cemetery, Columbia. Mrs. Drakeford was placed in the church at 1 p.m. for viewing. Brown's Funeral Home, Camden is serving the Drakeford Family.
A graveside service for Jeanette Peach Gardner, 79 of Kershaw will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, March 7, 2014, in Lancaster Memorial Park, Lancaster.