Memo to Mia Butler Derrick or anyone else who thinks robo-greetings are a good idea: NOT!
Photo cutline -- West cited by West Germany -- Knight Commander of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany was conferred upon former Governor John C. West last night by Consul General Dr. Ernst Ingendaay of West Germany. The award was presented "in recognition of your valuable contribution to the strengthening of friendly relations between the Federal Republic of Germany and the U.S.A." Dr. Ingendaay declared that, during the West administration, South Carolina "was opened for our country as a preferred investment ground."
The Kirkwood Park Committee recently hosted a Christmas tree lighting ceremony as a gift to the community and to showcase the beauty of trees planted in the park by the city of Camden in the past year. City officials and elected leaders on hand praised the committee, which includes Mary Sue Truesdale, Bettye Lewis, Ola Beamon, Edna Smith, Etta Williams, Reginald Truesdale and Darrell Drakeford.
The Lugoff Fire Department escorted Santa Claus for evening visits through Lugoff neighborhoods earlier this month. The department also sponsored the opportunity for youngsters to have their photos taken with Santa Claus at the fire station.
Bulldog Bands, the new wrist fashion, are all the rage. Specially designed for Camden High School fans and alumni is a trendy, wearable statement of school spirit. Emblazoned with four powerful words, "Welcome to the Pound," the bands symbolize the strength of our Bulldog family, spreading Camden High pride.
Trailing former Region 3-AAA foe Chester heading into the finals of last weekend's 19th annual May Plant Credit Union Holiday Classic wrestling tournament, host Lugoff-Elgin used five winning performances (from as many wrestlers) in the championship finals to edge the Cyclones, 228-216, to capture its own event.
Farmers Home Furniture has opened its doors in Springdale Plaza, offering a selection of furniture, appliances, electronics, bedding and outdoor equipment. Manager of the new retail business is Steve Waltz; credit manager is Deron Croft. Established in 1949, Farmers Home Furniture is headquartered in Dublin, Ga., and has 167 locations in South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Florida and Georgia. The new Kershaw County store, located at 1670 Springdale Drive, Suite 13B, is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The phone number 425-1100. "Farmers Home Furniture ...
Francis Marion University awarded 303 degrees during commencement exercises Dec. 18.
Local government offices will observe individual schedules for the Christmas holiday.
NEW YORK -- Words matter.
When President Barack Obama turned over his news conference to President Clinton like a tag-team wrestler and left the room to attend a Christmas party -- leaving Clinton to take questions from reporters about Obama's tax-cut deal -- he gave the astonished chattering classes plenty to chatter about:
Katherine Rose LaRoche of Camden, and Jesse Darrell (Justin) Ross II, of Lugoff, were united in marriage on October 16, 2010, at Grace Episcopal Church in Camden, S.C. The Reverend Charles E. Seastrunk, Jr., Chaplain of the South Carolina House of Representatives, performed the five o'clock p.m. ceremony. Music was provided by Mrs. Kitty DeLoach. A reception immediately followed at Louise C. Proctor Hall in Camden.
• It's been much colder than normal here in Kershaw County and many people are ready for an easing of the temperatures. But one friend suggested recently we should be thankful; he had checked weather information on-line, and for a recent week in Fairbanks, Alaska, the high temperature -- the high -- was negative 28 degrees. The low was negative 51. Those readings make our recent nights in the teens seem absolutely balmy.
When he left Camden High School following his graduation in 2009 to continue his academic and basketball pursuits, Evrik Gary needed only to hop on I-20 East and head for Florence and Francis Marion University. Among the reasons he chose to attend FMU was the school's proximity to his home and family in Camden.
Taylor Blake Mooneyham, 16, of 3183 Youngs Bridge Road, passed away Sunday, August 17, 2014, at his home.
Funeral service for Charles Dabney, 79, will be held on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at DeKalb Baptist Church with burial to follow in Fort Jackson National Cemetery. The Rev. Keith Coates will officiate. The family will receive friends Tuesday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. Memorials may be made to DeKalb Baptist Church, 2034 DeKalb School Road, Camden, S.C. 29020.
The Camden Bulldog Club will sponsor Meet the Bulldogs on Monday, Aug. 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Commons area of the gym.
Betty Jean Alexander Asti of Newark, DE, passed from this life to glory with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on August 14, 2014 at the age of 86. She was born to the late Haven and Anna Alexander on June 12, 1928 in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania.
Patricia Haynes Cassady, 79, of Charlotte, NC, born in Camden, SC, died Friday, August 15, 2014. Plans are incomplete and will be announced by Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel.
Ms. Pearline Dunham, 75, of 434 Baxley Circle, Bethune, South Carolina passed on Thursday, August 14, 2014. Services were conducted on Sunday, August 17, 2014, at 1:30 PM at St. Matthew Baptist Church, Bethune, SC, with burial in St. Matthew Baptist Church Cemetery, Bethune, SC. Haile's Funeral Home was in charge.
Ms. Beulah Mae Kibler, 89, of 1268 James West Road, Cassatt, South Carolina, passed on Wednesday, August 13, 2014. Services will be conducted will be conducted today at 2:00 PM at Mt. Joshua Baptist Church, Camden, SC, with burial in Mt. Joshua Baptist Church Cemetery, Camden, SC. Haile's Funeral Home is in charge.
Lugoff – Funeral service for Verlie Marie Stepp McAvoy, 75, will be held on Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. at Trinity Baptist Church with burial to follow in Lugoff First Baptist Church Cemetery. The Rev. Dr. Charles Everett and the Rev. David Robinson will officiate. The family will receive friends today 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children – Greenville, 950 W. Faris Road, Greenville, S.C. 29605.
Mrs. Cora Niland, 87, of 304 Doby Street, Camden, South Carolina passed on Thursday, August 14, 2014. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Haile's Funeral Home.
A funeral service to celebrate the life of William Hydrick Sanders, Major US Air Force (Ret.) 85, of Hartsville, SC, was held at 3:00 PM, Sunday, August 17, 2014 at Kelleytown Baptist Church in Hartsville, SC. Rev. Rod Elliott and Rev. Lin Kirkman officiated. Burial will followed in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Camden, with military rites. The family received friends from 2:00-4:00 PM, Saturday, August 16, 2014 at Brown Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home in Hartsville.
Funeral service for Mrs. Teresa Ann Torruella, 65, of 1283 Drakeford Road in Cassatt will be held Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 11:00 A.M. at Sweet Home Baptist Church with burial in Hyco Baptist Church cemetery. She died Thursday, August 14, 2014. Collins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
For the past couple of years, our district has designated one book for summer reading for secondary students. I've really liked this approach. It has generated a lot of enthusiasm and gotten entire families involved. This year's book, This I Believe II, is a collection of personal essays by a very diverse group of people, ranging from legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma to author Studs Terkel. The book got me to thinking; if I was to write an essay about what I believe about education, what would I say?
Let me begin with full disclosure: I was born in Greenville and even though my family moved away when I was 5 years old, I still consider Greenville my hometown. And, as with a first love, one's hometown will always be something special. So it is with me and Greenville.