Voters here in Kershaw County and across South Carolina were subjected to an endless diatribe of political poison in the days and weeks leading up to Saturday's Republican presidential primary. This endless vitriol is nothing new, of course, as the entire process seems to have degenerated into an endless bout of mud wrestling. If you need evidence that not many people in Washington are concerned about the direction of politics and civility, we'll pass along an item that we discovered not long ago.
Millie Branham, of Lugoff, will turn 83 on Thursday, January 26. She has five children, nine grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. She celebrated her birthday at her home with family and friends on Sunday, Jan. 22.
The following information includes the 2012 Relay For Life of Kershaw County meetings and deadlines:
A memorial service to celebrate the life of William Sumter Reasonover, 84, of Camden will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, January 28, 2012 at Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends immediately following the Service in the Family Life Center. Rev. David Weaver will officiate. Memorials may be made in Mr. Reasonover's memory to Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church, 1206 Lyttleton Street, Camden SC 29020.
Recently I was blessed to visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the beautiful ground of our National Mall. McKissack and McKissack's Lisa Anders, the senior project manager for the Memorial construction, gave a background on elements of the memorial. Ms. Anders had overall responsibility for management of the contraction. She said the $121 million memorial used varied treatment and textures of water and stone in creating a sense of the diversity of the civil rights movements. It was a singular distinction for an African-American woman.
Change comes very slowly in South Carolina. But this year we have an exciting chance to make a difference for the future. After more than six years of effort, the South Carolina Legislature is on the brink of true reform in the way our government operates. We can change the structure of our state government and move it away from the unaccountable, auto-pilot it operates in currently to a more responsible and efficient model.
Tuesday: Camden at Crestwood (BB – 6 p.m.); Richland Northeast at Lugoff-Elgin (BB – 6 p.m.); SECA at Camden Military Academy (BB – 6 p.m.); Great Falls at North Central (BB – 6:30 p.m.)
Marlboro County used a pair of London Johnson free throws in the final 16 seconds of play to give itself a three-point cushion and would then tack on two more insurance points to hold out visiting Camden, 38-33, in a Region 6-AAA boys' basketball game played on Friday night in Bennettsville.
Francis Marion University sophomore guard and former Camden High School standout Evrik Gary was been named the Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 9-15.
A memorial service for Dianne Wyman Artlip, 78, of Elgin will be held Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. Pastor Todd Carnes will officiate. Memorials may be made to American Lung Association.
Funeral service for Bonnie L. Wilson, 78, of Camden, will be held Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at Lakeshore Church of God with burial to follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The Rev. Jeffrey Grubbs and the Rev. Toby Jones will officiate. The family will receive friends Monday 5-7 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. Memorials may be made to the Arthritis Foundation.
A 32-year-old Camden man was arrested Friday for sexually assaulting two children, ages 3 and 4.
Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Legolas, a 4-month-old male American Staffordshire Terrier mix, and Tulip, a 1-year-old female domestic short-haired 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 ...
The ever-present cable news shows are already fixated on the 2016 presidential campaign, with the Republican race a wide-open affair and the Democratic nomination said to be Hillary Clinton's for the asking. Of course, we'll point out Clinton was also the overwhelming favorite in 2008 until Barack Obama came along and stole her candy. But one thing's for sure, no matter whom the parties nominate: massive amounts of money will be spent.
In his articulate letter on diversification not being needed at Clemson University (Jan. 21, 2015), Charlie Humphries indicated he is the type of gentleman who would concede to my will to respectfully disagree with him.
WASHINGTON -- Denizens of social media were rankled during Sunday night's Academy Awards telecast when actor Sean Penn made a crack about Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and green cards.
Murder is a strong word and truth be known it's not really what happens (unfortunately) when a crape myrtle, a Southern signature tree is topped, but it has become a familiar vernacular amongst plant people. If crape myrtles did in fact die when they were butchered, then the practice would stop.
Cinderella dances her way into Camden Thursday.
When snow fell on Kershaw County on Tuesday, local shutterbugs took out their cameras (or smartphones) and took some pictures. In the first photo is Reid Graham and his snowman in a picture posted to the C-I's Facebook page by his grandmother, Linda Fender Graham. The second picture is a photo of some daffodils in the snow taken by former C-I editor Martha Bruce near the corner of Mill and Haile streets. It's "kind of a 'mixed message' of winter and spring," she said.
PAL Baseball is a non-competitive baseball league for youth and adults with disabilities and special needs, and typically-able youth with assistance from "Pals" available on the team. PAL Baseball is for individuals who do not want to play competitively. Children with special needs as well as children who do not like the physical competition of other leagues can enjoy the fun of PAL Baseball.
Baron DeKalb Elementary School has announced its honor rolls for the second nine-weeks period of the school year.
Army Pvt. Neono B. Thompson has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
Due to the threat of inclement weather on Thursday, the Camden Bulldog Club has moved its winter and spring sports "Meet the Bulldogs" to Monday, March 2 at 6:30 p.m.
Regardless of what the weatherman says, Kershaw County's four high school baseball teams will open their seasons with a trio of pre-season tournaments starting Saturday and continuing throughout next week.
The Kershaw County Parks and Recreation Department will hold a pair of umpire certification clinics for those seeking to work Dixie Youth and/or Dixie Boys baseball games this spring and summer.
The eighth annual Clinic Classic 5K walk/run, presented by McDonald's of Camden, and the Camden Family Care one-mile run/walk will take to the streets of Camden on Saturday, April 18.