The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) will present its sixth annual "Jazz at the Center Music Festival," April 15-16, in historic downtown Camden. This year's festival will feature the talents of artists such as Jimmy Bruno (Philadelphia) and Ben Tucker (Georgia) along with some of the finest jazz musicians from Alabama and South Carolina. With both free and ticketed performances throughout the weekend, this event is affordable for all jazz lovers.
Having breezed through their first seven contests in not allowing an opponent to win more than two matches, the Camden High tennis team found the going much tougher against visiting Blythewood on Monday.
After having been involved in the political and governmental life in South Carolina since 1963, when I accepted a position on the staff of Gov. Donald Russell, I am still constantly amazed at how long awful ideas persist in our State.
Food for the Soul, the Camden-based ministry that provides meals to the hungry and homeless in the Kershaw County area, will formally dedicate its new facility which includes a soup kitchen and emergency shelter Tuesday.
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I am writing this letter as a retired Kershaw County deputy, in reference to statements made by our new sheriff. First of all, I want to wish him the best in his new job. Sheriff Matthews has made several statements that the people in the past in Kershaw County did not do their job.
On Saturday Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church will hold its 13th annual Springfest from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church. The event will featuring a mega tag sale in the gym, bake sale including breakfast items and drinks, plant sale (honoring Bill Singleton) and youth car wash. The car wash will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Items from the mega tag, bake and plant sale can be purchased anytime during the event. For the second year in a row, Chick-fil-a will be offering $7 lunches from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m ...
On April 26 at 6 p.m. at Hall's in Lugoff, the Lugoff-Elgin High School faculty and staff will gather as they have during the past 12 years for their spring reunion. All current and former faculty members are invited. Attending from last year's reunion are (front from left) Margaret De Groat, Kay Roberson, Jean Boan, Emily Finley, Caroline Connare, (second row from left) Wendy Campbell, Agnes Slayman, Hebron Lyell, Evelyn Gibson, Sara Maltby, Ollie Thompson, Pat Soloman, Beverly-Ray Dowey, (third row from left) Darcella Pindar, Annette Wertz, Theresa Muldrow, Sandy Fitts, Becky Maples, Daphne Clonts, Liz Simon ...
The Hobkirk Hill Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will be commemorating the 230th anniversary of the Battle of Hobkirk Hill on Sunday, April 17 at 2 p.m. at Kirkwood Common. The public is invited.
Dear Annie: I'm a 47-year-old father of four kids. My oldest, "Janet," is 24 and lives on her own. I adopted Janet when she was 2. Her mother made it clear that Janet is to never know that she is not my biological child. Janet's mother and I are now divorced, and I have moved on to a happier life.
Monday: Camden at Hammond (G – 4 p.m.); North Central at Chesterfield (G – 4 p.m.); Lugoff-Elgin at North Central (TEN – 4:15 p.m.); Blythewood at Camden (TEN - 4:30 p.m.)
The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees has voted to accept the state's forgiveness of two inclement weather days. According to the updated calendar, May 26-27 will be half-days for students. May 27 will also be the last day for students.
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Cox of Lugoff announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Megan Nicole Cox of Lugoff, to Mr. Charles Matthew Warren of Columbia, son of Mrs. Konnie Jordan of Columbia and Mr. Charles Warren, Jr. of West Columbia.
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.