In 2005 when their city drowned, the staff of the New Orleans Times-Picayune stayed in it longer than common sense and simple prudence would dictate. People who had lost homes, loved ones, and their city itself concentrated on gathering the news and putting it out. They finally left huddled in newspaper delivery trucks, water up to the headlights, decamping to Baton Rouge, 75 miles away, where they went right back to reporting the news.
Often as summer officially begins, the General Assembly is wrapping up its business for the year. However, when legislators returned to Columbia on June 19 there were several important issues left to be addressed. During the week, progress was made on one major issue, another major issue died, and one still remains to be resolved.
Members of the Lugoff Fire Department (LFD) made a startling discovery while checking possible damage from an apartment fire June 18: a young American alligator. According to LFD Chief Dennis Ray, firefighters weren't even in the damaged unit at Lugoff's Lynwood apartment complex off Frenwood Lane when they found the alligator.
• Cycling legend Lance Armstrong has again been accused of cheating by using illegal performance-enhancing drugs, with accusations made by the U.S. Anti-Doping Association. Armstrong has been accused of the same offense multiple times in the past though nobody has ever offered concrete evidence that's been proven. If Armstrong is guilty, then he should be punished, but any new charges should be quickly proven or given up.
A graveside military service honoring the life of John Almon Way, Sr., 85 of Lugoff, will be held at Fort Jackson National Cemetery at 2 p.m., Wednesday, June 27, 2012. Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at Kornegay Funeral Home, Lugoff-Elgin Chapel. Memorials may be made in Mr. Way's honor to the Kershaw County Recreation Department, 1042 West DeKalb Street, Camden, S.C. 29020.
Dr. and Mrs. Joel Jay Bromley of Cincinnati, Ohio are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Sarah Elizabeth Bromley of Cincinnati, Ohio, to Kemper Marion Brand, II of Lugoff. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Kemper Marion Brand of Lugoff.
Mr. and Mrs. Randy Wilson announce the engagement of their daughter, Melissa Wilson to Greg Arrants, both of Bishopville.
A Kershaw County woman accused of looking the other way as her husband sexually abused their two daughters for more than six years posted bond Wednesday. A magistrate set a cash surety bond at $30,000 for Kelly Browning, charged earlier this week by the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office with two counts of unlawful neglect upon a child.
Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are gray and white male cat and a Lokey, 5-year-old neutered male Jack Russell mix. 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 1 p.m. Saturday. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org ...
When I retired, one of my friends asked me what I was going to do with my time. I told her I was already volunteering and working out. She looked incredulous and remarked, "Well, I don't know what I will do, but certainly will not do those two." She had no idea how entertaining, healthful, and fulfilling these activities are. I have also met many charming, amazing, and different people there. I had the same choice that most have -- vegetate or activate. I chose to activate when family matters allowed. My life is much fuller because of my involvement.
Mr. Hilbert Tucker, 68, of 2203 Ridgeview Rd., Elgin, SC, passed on Monday, June 18, 2012. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, June 23, 2012 at 11:00 AM Greenhill Baptist Church, Lugoff, SC, with burial to follow in the church cemetery.
President Obama and Mitt Romney are criss-crossing the country on their campaigns, making all sorts of claims about what they've done and will do. What they're doing is playing fast and loose with the truth, which isn't unusual for politicians. In trying to enhance their records and cast doubt on each other, they're quoting statistics out of context, making misleading statements about their respective records and generally acting like people who aren't exactly under the influence of truth serum.
Sandhills Heights Baptist Church youth is reaching out to the public in a unique way.
Join Patty and Larry Blackmon and Barbara Wilkes at their weekly "night at the beach" and learn the special dance of shag. It's easy to learn for all ages and participants will have fun putting those dance steps into play. All levels of instruction are offered; handouts are available upon request for practice between classes or refreshers rejoining the class.
Mrs. Betty Jean Catoe, 73, of Bethune died Monday, March 23, 2015.
Monday: Camden at Irmo (G – 4 p.m.); Camden Military Academy at Lugoff-Elgin (G – 4 p.m.); Lugoff-Elgin at North Central (TEN – 5 p.m.); Hartsville at Camden (BB – 6:30 p.m.); West Florence at Lugoff-Elgin (GSOC – 7 p.m.); Camden Military Academy at Ben Lippen (BB – 7 p.m.)
• Friday, we reported a grand jury finally indicted 22-year-old Stephen Ross Kelly for his alleged kidnapping, sexual assault and murder of Briana Rabon. We say "finally indicted" because Briana was killed more than a year ago. While we cannot be certain -- grand jury proceedings are secret, and for good reason -- we suspect the indictments were handed down now because the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) only recently completed its forensic examination of evidence it and the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office collected. Briana, by all accounts, was a bright young lady who, at 18, had her entire life ...
You may be surprised to learn people sometimes disagree with me. You may be equally surprised I sometimes see their point in the disagreement. Sometimes I agree with the disagreement.
Eighth grade students at Lugoff-Elgin Middle School participated in Pi Day festivities by designing their own t-shirts. Students had to research and record onto t-shirts four interesting facts about Pi. Because of the nature of this year's Pi Day, the first ten digits of Pi had to be listed on the shirt along with the symbol for Pi.
The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) kicks off its 2015 Finally Friday Free Concert Series with a special edition on Friday on the Town Green with local band KT & Friends. The concert will be held from 6 – 8:30 p.m. This special Pre-Carolina Cup Kick Off is made possible by the City of Camden, along with sponsors NBSC, Powers Funeral Home, Alpine Agency, Warrior Fitness Camden, Graham Realty, City Laundry and Cleaners and TruVista. The Town Green is located at 1015 Market Street behind the Old Armory in downtown Camden.
Kim Blackmon (front, second from left) presents a check $4,605 to Billy Newman, head of this year's Special Olympics, in front of the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) offices on DeKalb Street in Camden. She is the daughter of Vickie and Ron Blackmon, chairman of the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees. The money was raised during the Battle of Camden Power Meet at Carolina Fitness, owned by the Blackmons. Joining in on the presentation before the school board's March 17 meeting, were (front row) Ron Blackmon, Cletus Ray with Special Olympics, (second row) Vickie Blackmon, Trustee ...
Having come close to a no-hitter, Camden's Kennedi Stokes was forced to settle for the pitching victory as the Camden softball team stayed unbeaten through three games with an 8-1 win over visiting Dreher on Friday night.
Thomas Douglas Ancrum, 86, of Camden, SC, died Friday, March 20 2015, at Kershaw Health Hospital in Camden.
A memorial service for Roy Phillips, 78, will be held Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Powers Funeral Home. The Rev. Joe Stines and Billy Hughes will officiate. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Kershaw County, 647 Lachicotte Road, Lugoff, SC 29078 or Agape Hospice House 141 Stoneridge Drive, Columbia, S.C. 29210 or Agape Hospice of Camden, 700 West DeKalb Street, Camden, S.C. 29020.
Funeral services for Mr. Leroy Mack, 84, of 1081 Rogers Rd. in Cassatt, will be held Monday, March 23, 2015, 4:00 PM at Collins Funeral Home. He died Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Viewing will be held Sunday, March 22, 2015 from 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM and Monday, March 23, 2015 from 12:00 PM - 3:55 PM at Collins Funeral Home of Camden. Collins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
The Kershaw County Library Elgin branch is providing classes on money topics with the help of Mid Carolina Credit Union.
Thanks to a second-place finish behind unbeaten Dortmund in Saturday's $400,000 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita, Prospect Park will next try for the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 4.