The Kershaw County-based SC Ballers and T Ballers AAU youth basketball teams would like to congratulate the winners of their gas card raffle: Shawn Phipps won the $100 certificate, sold by Josh Byrd, and Rhonda Phipps the $50 gift card, sold by Brady Brown.
North Central's hopes for a first round class A state baseball playoff game all but went by the boards following Friday's 8-6 loss at Lewisville.
Playing their two best games of the season in consecutive contests, the North Central softball team improved their post-season stock by splitting a pair of Region 3-A contests with Great Falls and Lewisville.
After three nights of auditions where preliminary judges saw 59 total contestants and 20 finalists performed in the live finale, a winner has been announced. Julianna Cobb of Lugoff was declared the winner of the second annual Kershaw County's Got Talent produced by the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) on March 24. The event was emceed by KOOL 102.7/STARTIME1590's Patty Rose and Tyler Cupp.
First Grade Cardinal Achievers
A few weeks back, I was honored to be present to see the Baron DeKalb Elementary School Improvement Council receive the Dick and Tunky Riley School Improvement Council Award. What made it a particular privilege was the fact that former South Carolina Governor and U.S. Secretary of Education Dick Riley was there to present the award. The opportunity to meet him was truly memorable for me.
Student honor rolls for the third nine-week period at North Central High School have been reported.
Mitt Romney's trying to talk his way out of his gender gap, but, take it from me, women like guys who listen. My wife told me that.
We've come a long way from President Theodore Roosevelt's famous saying "Speak softly and carry a big stick." President Barack Obama's policy apparently is to whisper slyly and compromise our security.
Caroline Marie Parks of Camden, S.C., and Jon Nicholas Watts of Lugoff, S.C., were united in marriage on Saturday, April 14, 2012, at six o'clock in the evening at Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church in Camden, S.C. The Reverend Steve Patterson and Reverend Frank Griffith officiated the marriage ceremony. A reception immediately followed at Springdale Hall in Camden, S.C.
• We're glad to read that analysts say the surge in gasoline prices is nearing its end and that prices might actually subside a bit as we head toward summer. Here in the United States, fuel prices have never been a classic supply-and-demand item, and there are few who truly understand the system. But one thing is indeed clear: if prices are going down, we're all going to have more money in our pockets to spend on other things and to help stimulate the recovery, and that's indeed a good thing.
The Baron DeKalb Elementary School Improvement Council (SIC) was recently presented the 2012 Dick and Tunky Riley Award for SIC Excellence. Accepting the award from Dick Riley (fourth from left), former S.C. governor and U.S. Secretary of Education, are (from left) Frederica Brown, teacher and SIC member; Darlene Platte, teacher; Principal Betty Turner; Candy Anderson, parent and SIC Chairperson; Patricia Leigh, teacher/PTO; community member Steve Leigh; Marcia Rogers, parent and SIC member; Kershaw County School District Superintendent (KCSD) Dr. Frank Morgan; and Timothy Hopkins, KCSD's executive director of elementary education.
After reading this year's Kershaw County Board of School Trustees candidate election announcements, Doug Berry of Camden said he realized that most of the candidates want the same thing: to use taxpayer money as efficiently as possible; to supply teachers with the equipment they need to do their job proficiently; a school system that prepares children to become professionals, have a positive impact on society and become the leaders for tomorrow, among other things.
The Knights of North Central got back to their winning ways with a sweep over four visiting opponents in a five-school track meet in Boonetown last Thursday.
According to health and safety experts, sleep is serious business -- footie pajamas and fuzzy slippers aside.
This is the time of year we reflect on our lives. We think about all we've accomplished in one year. We think about the things we should have done -- but didn't.
"THE COPERNICUS LEGACY, Book 1: The Forbidden Stone," and "THE COPERNICUS LEGACY, Book 2: The Serpent's Curse," by Tony Abbott, Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins, $16.99, 410 pages and 481 pages (ages 9-12) (f)
A loud thud comes from my son's room. I fling open the door. His head is cradled in his arms. "I'm done. I can't do this anymore," he exclaims through tears of frustration.
Labor groups and observers are wondering how employers will implement a recent Supreme Court ruling that found Amazon does not have to pay workers for time spent going through mandatory anti-theft security checks.
Baron DeKalb, North Central JROTC recognized in national publication
Brandi Patterson of Elgin has been named a Barker Scholar at Clemson University.
During nine weeks of training, Army Pvt. Devin W. Bracey studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values and physical fitness. He also received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.
I'm sure everyone is abreast of all the hullaballoo over interrogation techniques used by the CIA to get information from the Guantanamo detainees to assist in avoiding another World Trade Center disaster. Dianne Feinstein, along with Obama and most of the congressional Democrats, insisted on "confessing," as they put it, despite the secretary of state urging against it, terming it detrimental to our interests and safety abroad. So, immediately, China and Korea termed us "bad boys," and why not -- didn't the current administration essentially say that?
What's your favorite Christmas movie?
Recently, I had lunch with three old friends. All of us are proud South Carolina natives, amateur history buffs and great fans of barbecue (BBQ). We decided to meet at a new BBQ joint that we were all anxious to try.
With police behavior having been in the news recently because of incidents in which white officers killed unarmed black citizens, there has been much discussion -- rightfully so -- about whether some officers are acting recklessly. Racial profiling, of course, has been a part of this discussion, as it should be. It's interesting, then, that the U.S. Supreme Court handed down an opinion earlier this week giving some leeway to police who make "reasonable mistakes" in enforcing the law. Of course, reasonable mistakes don't include the right by officers to act without provocation or to use undue force. And ...
The Camden High School boys' basketball program and the Kershaw County Parks and Recreation Department are hosting a two-day, pre-Christmas camp at the school on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 22 and 23.
Lugoff native, 2nd Lt. Adam Truesdale was honored as a newly commissioned officer in the U.S. Army during a ceremony on Dec. 12 as part of Francis Marion University's Army ROTC program.