Last month's column focused on South Carolina's abysmal, fourth-highest in the nation unemployment rate. I have come across some information in the last couple of weeks that has given me a lot to think about as I look for ways the state can encourage job creation in South Carolina.
Suddenly, Campaign 2012 is looking like deja vu all over again. Remember how President Barack Obama's fast rise to the White House was boosted here and there by remarkably unlucky opponents? The Republican challengers to his reelection seem almost determined to help him to get lucky one more time.
• We've commented all along that a pending bill to require South Carolina voters to present a photo ID at the polls was no big deal, though some opponents claimed it would be unfair because some people don't have ready access to such identification cards. The state has offered the estimated 178,000 Palmetto State residents without a card free transportation to a DMV center to have one made at no cost. Only 600 people have taken the state up on the offer, indicating to us that the rest don't have much interest in voting, anyway.
Two nights after suffering their first conference loss in more than two years, the North Central volleyball team released their frustration on McBee to the tune of a 3-0 shutout win at The Castle on Thurday.
The Kershaw County Clemson Club will host a viewing party of Saturday's football game between the Tigers and Virginia Tech in Blackburg, Va.
During the 1730s, when the Township Plan was devised to entice interior settlement via offers of free land (Fredericksburg, later Camden, being one), a group of Welsh Baptists from New Jersey were granted land to settle either side of the Pee Dee River. The settlement became known as the Welsh Tract. Johannes Kolb, a German farmer who had emigrated to New Jersey in 1704, was among those who acquired land in the tract in the late 1730s.
The Camden High School Cass of 1986 will hold a class reunion at Camden Country Club, located at 111 Knights Hill Road, Nov. 5. The cost is $40 per person or $80 per couple. Send check or money orders to Hank Green at 1204 Broad St., Camden, SC 29020. Tickets must be purchased by Oct. 14. For more information, email CamdenHighSchool86@gmail.com.
Last season, the only pimple on North Central's unbeaten run through Region 3-A volleyball play came when Chesterfield took one game from the Lady Knights, which went 23-1 in games played in eight conference matches.
Under a blanket of glittering night sky, the Harvest Moon Concert made its debut Saturday at Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site. In an intimate setting in the garden of the Kershaw-Cornwallis House, homegrown talents Kelly and Patrick Morris of The Mobros entertained the audience with original and cover songs, followed by Tennessee musician Michael Jacobs. A Native American of the Cherokee Nation, Jacobs played flute and guitar and sang original tunes.
Ida Bell Patterson, 72, of Elkwood Lane, Camden, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, September 25, 2011. She was the daughter of the late Sam and Hester Mae Clark Patterson.
Joe Louis Scott, 69, of Fairfax Drive, Camden, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, September 27, 2011. He was the son of the late David, Sr. and Mamie Boulware Scott and husband of Madeline Carrington Scott.
This year is the 80th anniversary of the social sorority Beta Sigma Phi. There has been a chapter of this organization in Kershaw County for more than 50 years. The current members of Beta Siigma Phi will host a Sunday Tea Oct. 16 around 2 p.m. to celebrate this occasion. The tea will be held at Julie Trott's home on Sarsfield Road, Camden. If you are a former member and would like to attend, call Barbara James at 432-4968 and leave a message that includes your name, address, phone number and email address; or email her at Jamesbf ...
John Drakeford, 102, of Lancaster, died Tuesday, September 27, 2011. Funeral Service will be held Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 1:00 P.M., Parker Baptist Church, Camden, SC, Rev.Walter Allen will officiate. Burial in the church cemetery. Viewing will be Friday, September 30, 2011 from 1:00 PM until 7:00 PM Crawford Funeral Home Lancaster, SC
Host McBee sent the North Central boys' basketball team to its sixth loss in as many starts as the host Panthers overcame a sluggish start to post a 63-47 win.
After scoring 88 points in last Friday's win over Camden, the Lugoff-Elgin boys' basketball team came out on the short end of a 73-51 decision against host Brookland-Cayce in a Wednesday night non-region contest played in Cayce.
The back end of the Wateree River Rivalry between Lugoff-Elgin and Camden will take place tonight when L-E hosts the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs in a 6 p.m. start inside the Demons Den.
WASHINGTON -- Get ready for your tax rates to go up.
Anytime we, as a county, can truly honor something or someone, a warm feeling can overcome you. This is good. This experience happened Dec. 9, the final (regular) Kershaw County Council meeting of 2014. One had to be there to witness this "proud of you" feeling obviously everyone certainly felt.
One hundred years ago, in 1915, 1314 Broad St. was a construction site. Excavators and bricklayers, carpenters and heating contractors were busy at their task of building Camden's first city library. It had been an arduous journey getting to that point. That journey began in 1914, as best we can reckon, at a lecture to the Kershaw County Teachers Institute. In all of the factors leading up to the acquisition and completion of the Camden Public Library there is one constant: Sarah "Sadie" Kennedy Von Tresckow.
The Kershaw County Parks and Recreation Department will host an instructional volleyball league. The league is for beginners and is open for girls ages 8 and up. Registration dates are until December 23. The registration fee is $40 and includes a shirt. The first practice will be January 7, 3:45 p.m. at the City Arena. For more information contact the recreation department at 425-6009
Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Jag, a 2-year-old male coonhound mix and Prudence, a 1-year-old female domestic shorthair 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 4 p.m. on Saturdays. 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 wcas@camden ...
The Kershaw County School District (KCSD) is the only South Carolina school district to receive not just one, but two 21st Century Community Learning Centers grants for 2015. Partnering with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands, Jackson School and Pine Tree Hill Elementary School will house afterschool academic assistance programs.
Ina Star Atkinson, 57 passed away on December 15, 2014. She was a loving, caring, and a good hearted person. She was the daughter of Betty Cunningham and Gilbert Parker (deceased). She had one brother Herman and two sisters Carolyn and Terry. She was a mother of two, Megan and Misha. She also was a grandmother of 7: Autumn, Destiny, Jaheem, Jaquwan, Kaliegh, Ernest and Brogan
Funeral services for William Gerald Reese, 79 of Kershaw, SC will be held at 3:00 p.m., Friday, December 19, 2014, in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Kershaw City Cemetery. Rev. Bryant D. Fersner will officiate.
Funeral service for Annie Ruth Young, 73, will be held on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The Rev. Keith Coates will officiate. The family will receive friends Friday 5-7 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. Memorials may be made to DeKalb Baptist Church, 2034 DeKalb School Road, Camden, SC 29020.
Mrs. Belle Brooks Williams, 94, of 110 Railroad Avenue, died Thursday, December 18, 2014. Friends may visit at 1840 Lovett Road in Camden. Plans will be announced by Collins Funeral Home.
A funeral service honoring the life of Murdic Branham, husband of Louise Jordan Branham, of Lugoff, SC, will be held on Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 2:00 PM at Springvale Baptist Church. Rev. Todd Horton will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at 1:00 PM in the church sanctuary. Memorials may be made in Mr. Branham's memory to Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders, 3223 Sunset Blvd. West Columbia, SC 29169 or Springvale Baptist Church, PO Box 880, Lugoff, SC 29078.
There are certain phases of childhood that each parent goes through with their children, but when you are a parent of twins, the normal is different. There are some things that only parents of twins will understand.