Emma Jane Gaulke was recently crowned Thomas Sumter Academy's 2012 Junior Miss General at TSA's annual pageant held May 5, 2012.
Every year in May, a community member named Bob Watkins invites me to speak to the Golden Club, a really fun group of local retirees that meets for breakfast once a week. Generally, I use this opportunity to talk about the accomplishments of school year. I thought I'd share some of the same highlights in this month's column. It's been another great year! Our students and our staff continue to achieve at an impressive level. Following are just a few examples:
It's 5:30 p.m. and you just got home from work when there is a knock at the door. It is a police officer explaining that you have 15 minutes to evacuate your family and pets from your home as a train carrying toxic chemicals derailed close to your property. What could you grab in your house in 15 minutes that is necessary for your family and pet's livelihood?
In his own words, Camden Police Department (CPD) Detective James Heming describes his recent win in the Open Class Revolver Championship at the South Carolina Police Combat League's Palmetto State Classic Pistol Competition as, "Truly a highlight in my career -- with years of shooting competition under my belt it is amazing to me that I was able to come out on top of 68 other competitors in the main event revolver match, and then to be able to win first place in the Two-Man Team competition with teammate Earl Berry was more than exciting, to say the least."
• Federal officials made the right call last week in choosing not to attempt to re-prosecute former Sen. John Edwards, whose recent trail for campaign finance fraud ended with a hung jury on most counts. The case was terribly complicated, and many legal experts predicted from the outset that a conviction would be difficult. The decision not to re-try Edwards doesn't mean he's innocent; it just means Uncle Sam recognizes he probably couldn't be convicted.
Youth olleyball and golf camps are on scheduled for next week in Kershaw County.
Gene Weymouth's homebred Wild for Gold battled through Parx Racing's stretch and got up in the final strides to win a $30,000 optional allowance hurdle by a head on Tuesday for Hall of Fame trainer and part-time Camdenite Janet Elliot.
Humorist Will Rogers once said he didn't belong to an organized political party; he was a Democrat. That appears particularly true now that the S. C. Democratic Party's primary for the new seventh Congressional District seat is mired in controversy over whether or not the votes for a candidate who had withdrawn should be counted. Complicating the situation is that the fate of the favored son of the party's hierarchy hangs in the balance as officials – and, later, probably lawyers – try to unravel the mess.
Anyone who boasts of the slightest degree of compassion must pray for the president of these United States, whose plight is beyond description.
Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Penny, a 9-month-old female retriever mix puppy, and a female calico cat. 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 email@example.com. The shelter ...
S.C. Senate -- Republican primary (District 35 -- Lee, Kershaw, Richland, and Sumter Counties)
Financially, the city of Camden is in great shape. Stockpiling citizen tax revenue is neither good for the citizen paying the tax or for the city not investing accordingly. Financial stability is not about how much the city collects, but about how well the monies are used. Without increasing your property taxes, the city has made significant progress by assessing requirements and strategically planning without taxing and spending.
Having faced each team in League IV play, at least, once, Kershaw County American Legion head coach Craig Smith figures it is time to release the puppies from their pen and let them fend for themselves.
A funeral service for Frances Louise Summer Bowen, 84, of Elgin will be held at 1:00 pm, Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at Dunbar Funeral Home, Northeast Chapel with burial to follow in Ft. Jackson National Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11:30-12:30 pm prior to the service at the funeral home.
Wateree Elementary School (WES) faculty and staff members volunteered to enter WES' Relay for Life Kryptonite War. The event and others like it, organized by Chairperson Kathy Cassady, helped WES raise over $7,500 for Relay for Life. The person with most money placed in his or her jug won the contest. The fearful five finalists (pictured left to right) -- 5th grade teacher Traci Simmons, 4th grade teacher Libby Davis, 1st grade teacher Krissi Butler, Principal Gail Stehle, and Jennifer English -- patiently waited for the winner to be announced while former queens/kings Bob Snell, Melissa Smith, Christie Turbyfill, Franco ...
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Joan Collins, 77, of 1801 Lovett Rd in Camden, died Monday, April 27, 2015. Plans are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Collins Funeral Home. Collins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Funeral service for Mr. Tracy E. Bennett Jr., 29, of 1188 Shady Lane in Camden, will be held Thursday, April 30, 2015, 3:00 P.M. at Good Hope AME Zion Church, 967 Gaines Church Rd., Camden with burial in the church cemetery. Mr. Bennett died Thursday, April 23, 2015. Collins Funeral Home of Camden is in charge of the arrangements.
The Baron DeKalb Elementary School Chorus (first photo) and artwork by Lugoff Elementary School 4th grader Charli Morris (second photo) and Camden High School 10th grader Hannah Hough (third photo) will be part of a showcase of Kershaw County student visual and performing art at "Celebrating the Arts of Kershaw County Schools" on Thursday at Lugoff-Elgin High School (L-EHS). Student art displays will be available for viewing from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the L-EHS gymnasium, and the performing arts program starts at 6:45 p.m. in the school's auditorium. The program features choral and ...
Rosalyn Moses, executive director of the Family Resource Center (FRC), addresses a crowd in front of the Kershaw County Courthouse on April 18 following a march to end sexual violence and child abuse. The march began at The Price House and ended at the courthouse where awards were presented to recipients who help in the fight against these issues. Recipients included Mornique Dozier from Stover Middle School, Dena Horton from the Camden Police Department, Diane Mikel of the Bishopville Police Dept and Melvin Moore, senior president of 100 Men Strong, which co-sponsored the march with the FRC. Sheriff Daniel Simon ...
In the most recent installment of our "Is Kershaw County being left behind?" series of articles on economic development, we looked at some non-industrial pieces of the puzzle. One highly visible sign of economic health in a community -- successful or poor -- is the number of active storefronts, whether individual buildings or as part of shopping centers.
We stood in the charred remains of a life that once was -- my sister and I -- and said not a word. What was there to say? Finally, I spoke.
Tracy E. Bennett, Jr., 29, of 1188 Shady Lane in Camden, died Thursday, April 23, 2015. Plans are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Collins Funeral Home. Collins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements..
Funeral service for Garland Dexter "Tootsie" Collins, 87, will be held on Wednesday at 12:00 p.m. at El-Bethel Faith Community Church with burial to follow in Fort Jackson National Cemetery. The Rev. Joe Stines will officiate. The family will receive friends Tuesday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Dentsville Masonic Lodge, El-Bethel Faith Community Church or a charity of one's choice.
The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County's (FAC) Multi-Cultural committee is currently planning its 2015-2016 season. The committee would like to invite other cultural representatives of the community to join the committee and share their thoughts and ideas about the possibility of a holiday event to showcase different cultures. The committee is requesting that any interested persons please send their contact information to executive director Kristin Cobb at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(7 p.m.); 13 – at Buford; 16 – at Chesterfield; 18 – Andrew Jackson; 20 – Indian Land (7 p.m.); 24 – Cheraw; 27 – at Central