One hundred and seventy three Harvest Moons ago the Cherokee Nation, including many from the Carolinas, made ready to join the other Southeastern tribes who had been forced by the Federal Government to relinquish their lands and relocate to Oklahoma. Some 4,000 of the 20,000 Cherokee died that bitter cold winter of 1838 while making the grueling 1,000-mile journey that became known as the "Trail of Tears."
The most recent unemployment rate for Kershaw County indicates that we have experienced three straight years of double-digit unemployment: 10.5 percent in July 2011, 10.6 percent in July 2010, and 10.8 percent in July 2009. This is in sharp contrast to unemployment rates for July 2008 (7.2 percent) and July 2007 (5.7 percent).
Blaney Elementary School third-graders – including Hunter Fogarty, Mason Woodberry, Preston Estep, Emily Gutierrez, Merah Hughes, Emily Vinson, Joseph Romero and Ethan Meeker, students in Jessica Frye's class -- were happy to share their first day's school lunch with their new resource officer, Officer Tony Wages (right) with the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office. Wages will be at each West Wateree elementary schools, teaching the "Too Good for Drugs and Too Good for Violence" curricula as well as getting to know his students informally. Three school resource officers are available to students through the Safe Schools/Healthy Students grant.
The Lugoff Fire Department has promoted three firefighters -- Michael "Bud" Talley, Michael "Mhikey" Stanfield and Jody Morrow -- to the rank of lieutenant.
In the wake of Hurricane Irene, thousands of people have turned to the American Red Cross for help. Many communities from North Carolina to New England are suffering from significant flooding, wind damage and widespread power outages.
Facing a class reunion can be daunting enough to make a teetotaler crave a bracing cocktail. But fear not. It's worth the effort. For at least one sweet, nostalgic night you can revisit the best parts of high school without worrying about the silly stuff.
Prophet William Drakeford, 79, of 1546 Kershaw Hwy., Camden, died Saturday, September 3, 2011.
Ms. Lula B. Lane, 66, of 855 Watts Hill Road, Lugoff, SC, passed on Sunday, September 4, 2011.
A memorial service for Sara Rhodus Mayer, 80, of Camden, will be held Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. at Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church. The Rev. Frank Griffith and the Rev. Steve Patterson will officiate. The family will receive friends following the service in the family life center. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Camden/Kershaw County Rescue Squad.
Funeral service for Irene B. Stockman, 91, will be held Monday at 2:00 p.m. at Harmony Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The Rev. Dr. Dan Griffin and the Rev. Chris Smith will officiate. The family will receive friends Sunday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. Memorials may be made to Harmony Baptist Church, 998 Tookie Doo Lane, Elgin, S.C. 29045.
The Thomas Sumter Academy Lady Generals varsity girls' tennis team trounced Laurence Manning Academy, 9-0,Wednesday at the Palmetto Tennis Center in Sumter.
The Lugoff-Elgin volleyball team made first-year head coach Jessica Mullins' debut a winning one as the Lady Demons opened the 2011 season with a 4-1 win over visiting White Knoll on Tuesday night inside the Demons Den.
Helped by a pair of Camden residents, the Thomas Sumter Academy junior varsity girls' tennis team opened its 2011 season with an 8-1 win over Robert E. Lee Academy in a Tuesday afternoon match.
If a season goes along the same lines as a first match, then this could be a special volleyball season at North Central.
Local Boy Scouts of America spent the last week of June volunteering at a Cub Scout Day Camp.
My grandmother -- Daddy's mother -- was sometimes called "crazy" by others who didn't quite understand her eccentric ways. Of course, in the South, we are proud of such a label for it means that we are interesting and worthy of being the center of coffee and cake conversation.
Funeral services to celebrate the life of Leonard M. Davis, Jr. 69, of Camden, SC, will be held at 2:00 PM, Monday, July 21, 2014 at Hermitage Baptist Church in Camden. The Rev. Jason Fletcher will officiate. Burial with Masonic rites will follow in Wateree Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at 1:00 PM, 1 hour prior to the service in the church Fellowship Hall. Memorials may be made in Leonard's memory to Hermitage Baptist Church, Arise & Build Fund, 814 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Camden, SC 29020 or the American Heart Association of SC, Memorials & Tributes ...
Funeral services to celebrate the life of Devon Davis Graham, 72, of Elgin, SC, will be held at 3:00 PM, Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at Trinity Baptist Church in Lugoff, SC. Rev. Dr. Chuck Everett and Rev. Dean Reynolds will officiate. The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 PM, Monday, July 21, 2014 at Kornegay Funeral Home, Lugoff-Elgin Chapel. Memorials may be made in Devon's memory to the Shriner's Hospital for Crippled Children, 950 W. Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605-4277 or St. Jude's Children's Hospital, P O Box 810, Memphis, TN 38101.
• It looks like it's full steam ahead for KershawHealth and its strategic plan. In recent weeks, we have reported on the creation -- after several years of hard work -- of a general surgery division; the recruitment of a new orthopedic surgeon; the signing of an agreement with Orthopedic Advantage to create a top-level orthopedic center in Kershaw County; and an already established agreement with Team Health to transform KershawHealth's emergency department in order to fast-track non-emergent patients allowing staff to focus on those in true emergency situations. Dr. T. Chris Tran, the new orthopedic surgeon, joined Camden Bone & Joint ...
Summer dance students will have the opportunity to audition for the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) and Kelley's Fine Arts (KFA) Junior and Senior Camden Crew Dance Teams, Friday, July 25 in the FAC Dance Studio. Times are set by dance styles and are as follows:
Kershaw County Council will hold a public hearing on and consider third and final reading of an ordinance approving the development of a joint county industrial park with Chesterfield County. The public hearing and consideration of the ordinance are scheduled for council's meeting Tuesday evening.
The Camden High School Bulldog Club membership drive is in full swing for the 2014-2015 school year. The organization, founded in 1952, provides financial assistance to all athletic programs at the school through the membership drive and various fundraising activities.
The third and fourth installments of the Lugoff-Elgin wrestling camp are scheduled over the next two weeks.
The leadership of the Lugoff-Elgin High School football and athletic departments stayed within the Demon family for the 2014-15 school year as Dave Thomas was named the school's interim head football coach and Craig Marlow as interim activities director Monday.
With the school year coming to a close, it is time for summer sports camps in Kershaw County.