Mr. Larry Clark, 58 of 1943 Old Stagecoach Road, Cassatt, passed on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011.
• We note with sadness the death of South Carolina native Joe Frazier, who was the heavyweight boxing champion of the world during the 1970s and fought memorable bouts with Muhammad Ali. "Smoking Joe" beat Ali and then lost to him in Manila in one of the epic fights of all times. He struggled thereafter with being Ali's whipping post but finally assumed forgiveness for the cruel taunts that Ali rained down on him. Frazier was, by all accounts, a thoroughly decent man, and he earned a spot in boxing history.
Incumbents Joe Casey and Beverly Farmer retained their seats on Bethune Town Council. In votes cast Nov. 8 at Bethune Town Hall, Casey received 78 votes followed by Farmer with 71, according to the Kershaw County Voter Registration Office.
In a climate where academic performance targets make significant jumps every three years, 94 percent of the Absolute ratings issued today for Kershaw County schools are Excellent, Good or Average. Statewide, only 84 percent of schools had Absolute ratings of Average or above.
Mr. and Mrs. William J. Demer of Camden announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Helen Eva Demer of Camden, to Mr. Adam Vicente Romero of Camden. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lauro Romero of Mauldin and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph J. Lantz of Camden.
The Alumni of Lugoff-Elgin High School celebrated with a "Demonfest" on Oct. 21- 22. The all-class reunion was kicked off with a meet and greet party at Gadget's in Lugoff. Family Day was held at Doby's Mill Elementary School and the closing reception was held at the Shriners Club on Kershaw Highway on Saturday evening. Classmates Rebecca Nienow, Tammy King Yarbrough, and Nadine Kinard enjoyed the evening together. The reunion coordinator was Chrissy Goff.
Included in today's newspaper is the inaugural edition of The Camden Horse magazine, Camden Media Co.'s first venture into magazine publishing. In addition to being inserted into the Chronicle-Independent, The Camden Horse is also available for pickup at key locations throughout Kershaw County. Total distribution of the magazine is 8,000, providing, by far, the largest distribution of any horse publication in the area. The Camden Horse will also be available online under "Special print sections" at www.chronicle-independent.com, benefiting both readers and advertisers.
"The Voices of Camden, The Quarrel with Oneself," the popular Tony Scully workshop in writing and performing dramatic monologues, is back on the boards for the 10th time. This performance will feature some of Tony's favorite monologues from the past and is entitled "My Favorite Monologues." Soon to be a book, this is only a small portion of what will be published in the near future. The performance will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the Wood Auditorium. Tickets are $5 at the door.
Funeral services for Ms. Nancy Patricia McDuffie Stone, 47 of 914 Wateree Blvd., Camden, will be conducted Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. at St. Stephens Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Cedar Cemetery.
Funeral services with military honors to honor the life of Thomas D. "Tommy" Horton, 79, of Camden will be held Monday, November 14, 2011 at 11:00 AM at Malvern Hill Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Rev. Craig Thompson and Rev. Buster Morris will officiate. The family receive friends Sunday, November 13, 2011 from 3:00 – 4:30 PM at Kornegay Funeral Home Camden Chapel. Memorials may be made in Mr. Horton's memory to Malvern Hill Baptist Church, 1514 Malvern Hill Drive, Camden, SC 29020.
Denise L. Greer, an artist from the Boykin area, was awarded $250 for her painting "Hung Out To Dry" during the South Carolina Watermedia Society's award luncheon held Nov. 5 at the Harbor Club in Charleston. Green's work was also chosen to be part of the 2012 Museum traveling show. Each month, for a year, her painting will be exhibited in many South Carolina art museums.
The Family Resource Center is inviting Kershaw County teens in seventh through 12th grades or ages 13-19 years of age to apply for a volunteer position on the Teen Advisory Board (TAB).
When I first heard Herman Cain call his tax plan "9-9-9," it sounded like something I might have heard a fraulein tell me years ago when I was a GI in Germany: "Nein, nein, nein!"
Alvin and Joanne Hopkins recently celebrated 50 years of marriage. The couple was married on March 21, 1964, at the home of the Rev. Joe Hood. They have two children, Wesley (BK) Hopkins and Lynn (Jackie) Hopkins; two grandchildren, William Hopkins and Justin Hopkins, two step-grandchildren, Lauren Langford and Josh Napper; and one step-greatgrandchild, Vance Langford.
A Funeral Mass for David Lawerence Kelly Jr., 43, will be celebrated on Monday at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Camden, S.C. The Rev. Father Paul Brenninkmeijer will officiate. Final Commendation and Farewell Prayers will be in Quaker Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter, 460 Fair Street, Camden, SC 29020.
A celebration of life service for Sandy Heyward Boykin, Sr., 55, will be held Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at Powers funeral home. The Rev. Reece Byrd and the Rev. Ann Byrd will officiate.
The governing board of Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site would like to express its sincerest appreciation to Mayor Tony Scully and the members of Camden City Council for approving recommended changes to a much needed sewer project that crosses portions of our historic site. City Manager Mel Pearson, Public Works Director Tom Couch and Deputy Director Sam Davis are to be commended for working tirelessly with numerous individuals to find a solution to installing the sewer lines in a timely manner while protecting parts of the archaeologically rare and nationally significant colonial site of early Camden.
Those of us who jump for joy when we hear that Governor Haley is deeply concerned about education and is planning to dedicate $160 million in new spending for education might consider, as we bow heads in hope and tenuous gratitude, that such concern on her part is coming awfully late but just in time for her possible re-election. Better late than never? Perhaps! But better earlier, for sure. The S.C. education budget has been reduced for the last three years by more than the proposed budget raises -- $110 million in her first year and $140 million stimulus money ...
WASHINGTON -- After writing close to 3,000 columns, I've learned that people sometimes read what they're looking for, often as a result of a headline, rather than what I wrote.
The Kershaw County Gamecock Club will hold its annual "Great to be a Gamecock Gathering" on Tuesday, April 29 at the Old South Restaurant in Camden at 6:30 p.m.