The late comedian George Carlin made people laugh for decades, oftentimes with his own brand of off-color humor. You wouldn't ordinarily think of him writing a piece that would be appropriate for Christmas reflection, but I ran across this recently. Written shortly after his wife died, it's worth sharing:
I am writing in regard to the wonderful letter by Mr. Ashby Rhame – "Help our veterans, help our VA Service Office." I could not agree more as a member of American Legion Post 17 here in Camden. I can speak firsthand of the help I have received from my local Post No. 17 and the local VA office with VA Officer Mr. Billy Bell and Mr. Bell's assistant, Barbara Ray. They have been most helpful to veterans in this county.
Grace Episcopal Church has selected Barbara Taylor to serve as its new organist.
Having served Grace Episcopal Church for four months as a supply priest, Father Michael Bullock has accepted the appointment as priest in charge at the Camden church.
Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are a 1-year-old male Dachshund-mix puppy and an adult female tabby 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 ...
The deadline is Sept. 23 to register for the 12th annual Kershaw County Senior Golf Tournament, to be held Sept. 30 at White Pines Golf Club in Camden.
COPD, which stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is now the third leading cause of death in the U.S., having recently passed stroke. COPD is a lung disease usually caused by years of cigarette smoking, often 10 years or more. The latest information on tobacco use in S.C. shows that about 720,000 adults are smokers and each year more than 6,000 persons die from smoking. Almost 50 percent of S.C. adults are current or ex-smokers, thus are at risk for COPD. The good news is that smoking rates are much lower than in the 1960s ...
Junior Leadership Kershaw County kicked off its 24th year Aug. 26-27 with a two-day retreat for the 2011-12 class that included conquering a high ropes course.
The following are excerpts of letters from Camden High School students Mayor Jeffrey Graham read into the record during Tuesday's Camden City Council meeting. Per a request from the Kershaw County School District, the students are only being identified by their first and last initials.
A new traveling exhibit on loan from the South Carolina State Museum is ready for public viewing in the Whiteley Room at the Camden Archives and Museum, 1314 Broad St., Camden. The 28 exhibit panels provide a comprehensive overview of the pre-Revolutionary period in South Carolina.
Mr. James Richard Holmes, 88, of 1657 Cassatt Road, Cassatt, SC, passed on Tuesday, September 13, 2011.
Funeral services for Janet Joann Grimes Shull, 68, of Elgin will be held on Friday, September 16, 2011, at 1:00 PM at Kornegay Funeral Home Lugoff Elgin Chapel, with burial to follow in Sandhill Heights Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev. Lanny Brisendine will officiate. The family will receive friends in the church fellowship hall following the graveside service. Memorials may be made in her memory to Hospice of Kershaw County, 2001 W. DeKalb St. Camden, SC 29020.
Mrs. Vera DuBose Walker, 73, of 4416 Bonnie Forest Blvd., Columbia, SC, formerly of Cassatt, SC, passed on Friday, September 9, 2011.
The following are menus for Kershaw County schools for the week of Sept. 19-23:
Funeral service for Andrew Lemuel Carraway, I, 72, of Cassatt, will be held Friday at 3:00 p.m. at Emmanuel Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The Rev. Jimmy Atkerson and the Rev. Homer Hinson will officiate. The family will receive friends Thursday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff.
It was another black eye for South Carolina last week when Rep. Bobby Harrell, speaker of the House of Representatives, was indicted by a Richland County grand jury on nine counts, including illegally using campaign money for personal expenses, filing false campaign disclosures and misconduct in office. Harrell suspended himself -- how's that for an oddity? -- and will now face his government accusers. South Carolina certainly doesn't have a monopoly on political malfeasance but the Palmetto State has had more than its share of governmental scandal. We say that fully recognizing that Harrell is innocent until proven guilty.
Citizens groups want lower utility rates
On Sunday afternoon (Sept. 7), my friend was driving south of Jefferson Davis Highway. It was raining, with lots of thunder and lightning. When she got past the BP station, a transformer must have exploded. Her car hit the pole. She suffered some bad injuries.
On Aug. 24, 2013, my brother, Alan Robinson, was cruelly and brutally murdered. The week of Aug. 24, 2014, his killer was tried, found guilty and sentenced to life in prison without parole for his crime.
Though the calendar has now been flipped to the month of September and autumn is right around the corner, here in South Carolina it is still very much summer according to the thermometer. Days are getting shorter, but lower temperatures don't usually make it to South Carolina to signal the end of summer until well into October. Birds have begun their annual migrations south, but the heat and humidity that still lingers continues to keep snakes very active. Being exothermic, or cold-blooded as I was taught in elementary school, snakes take environmental warmth and warm themselves to activate processes ...
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WASHINGTON -- As a South Carolinian, it befalls me to examine the peculiarities afflicting our former governor and now-congressman Mark Sanford, who, contrary to decorum and taste, continues to demand attention.
Racers, start your engines! The 24 Hours of LeMons race returns to the Carolina Motorsports Park this weekend, giving less-than-professional drivers in less-than-$500 contraptions the chance to show what they're made of.
With the rain --- which caused a one-hour delay --- followed by the heat and humidity, Saturday was hardly the optimal conditions for a cross country race.
The Cassatt Fire Department will host a high school rodeo on Oct. 10 and 11 on the grounds of the Mid-Carolina Field Trial Club. The club is located at 925 Field Trial Rd. in Camden.
In just their second year of existence, the Camden High girls' golf team can sympathize with the growing pains which their cross-river neighbors are experiencing.
That steamroller which is the North Central High volleyball team showed no signs of slowing down in a 3-1 win over Indian Land in a match played last Thursday in Lancaster.
The latest season of the police procedural "Blue Bloods," about a family of law enforcers, the "Avengers" TV spinoff "Marvel's Agents of "S.H.I.E.L.D." and the latest incarnation of "Doctor Who" lead new television shows on DVD this week.
ORANGE, Calif. -- A bride who knew her father had only weeks to live surprised him by canceling her dream wedding and brought the ceremony to his hospital room so he could give her away and dance with her.