All Kershaw County residents and parents should be very proud of their schools. For two weeks in February, I was a member of a team who administered an assessment called the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) or the Nation's Report Card, to 4th and 8th graders at four Kershaw County schools. The students were cooperative and polite and stayed on task the entire assessment period. They asked questions about the test and appeared committed to doing their best.
There are no words to express our feelings of sorrow in the loss of our family member, Jerry Geiger. We find comfort in knowing that so many of you were there for us when we needed you.
33 YEARS AGO -- Feb. 27-March 3, 1978
WASHINGTON -- Mike Huckabee made a great argument for gay marriage.
It did not take Randy Stokes long to find out the difference between last year's Lugoff-Elgin AAA state championship baseball team and this year's squad, which is making its class 4A debut.
This past weekend, the Lugoff-Elgin boys soccer program participated in a pair of pre-season tournaments. The varsity Demons competed in the Sandhills Classic tournament at Ridge View High School, while the junior varsity squad traveled to play in the Irmo Pre-Season tournament.
Will Connell brought home his second state individual medal --- and the seventh for his family --- when the Lugoff-Elgin senior 171-pounder won the 4A state championship on Saturday at the Anderson Civic Center.
The United Way Income Care Council integrated a program this week throughout the entire third grade in the Kershaw County to help children learn to manage money wisely.
Opening night for the annual Friends of the Kershaw County Library (FOKCL) book sale is March 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. for members only of Friends of the Kershaw County Library. For those who are not yet members for 2011, membership may be obtained at the door. The site is the old Piggly Wiggly building on U.S. 1 North, across from the new Piggly Wiggly store in Camden.
Lugoff-Elgin High School football players (from left) Josh Ruiz, Stephan Burnham and Ladricus Turner pose with some of the items available at the second annual ABLE Club Auction, "Surfs Up at Demon Bay." More than $36,000 in products and services have been donated for the event to be held in the L-EHS gym Friday. A limited number of tickets are on sale in the school's Wellness Center; tickets are $25 each and include catering by Outback Steakhouse.
The Camden Community Concert Band will present its Winter Concert Sunday at the Performing Arts Center at Camden High School. Start time is 3 p.m. Admission is free. Featured soloist Mike Clyburn will play the Jackie Napper Flugelhorn to "Let It Be Me." On left, Flutists Helen Walker, Barbara Rearden and Jane LaRoche practice for the performance.
The Miss Camden Pageant was held Saturday at Camden High School. The winners were (from left) Blythe Neal, Miss Camden Teen 2011; Sallie Pierce, Miss Camden 2011; and Carley Powers, first runner-up to Miss Camden. Neal is an 8th-grader at Camden Middle School. Pierce is a sophomore at the University of South Carolina. Both young ladies will be competing in the Miss South Carolina Pageant in Columbia June 28 through July 2.
The Bassett Gallery at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) is now accepting artist materials for consideration as part of a group exhibition or possible solo show in the Bassett Gallery to be scheduled from September 2011 through May 2012.
Family Life Outreach presents its annual Spring Step Show featuring the Lil Diamonds and Rho Chi Kobras of Camden, Sigma Beta, Hartsville High, Lancaster High, St. Andrews, E.L. Wright and also a praise dance competition. This will be the final curtain call for the Rho Chi Kobras' Shakeem and Shynell in Camden.
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Alvin and Joanne Hopkins recently celebrated 50 years of marriage. The couple was married on March 21, 1964, at the home of the Rev. Joe Hood. They have two children, Wesley (BK) Hopkins and Lynn (Jackie) Hopkins; two grandchildren, William Hopkins and Justin Hopkins, two step-grandchildren, Lauren Langford and Josh Napper; and one step-greatgrandchild, Vance Langford.
A Funeral Mass for David Lawerence Kelly Jr., 43, will be celebrated on Monday at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Camden, S.C. The Rev. Father Paul Brenninkmeijer will officiate. Final Commendation and Farewell Prayers will be in Quaker Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter, 460 Fair Street, Camden, SC 29020.
A celebration of life service for Sandy Heyward Boykin, Sr., 55, will be held Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at Powers funeral home. The Rev. Reece Byrd and the Rev. Ann Byrd will officiate.
The governing board of Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site would like to express its sincerest appreciation to Mayor Tony Scully and the members of Camden City Council for approving recommended changes to a much needed sewer project that crosses portions of our historic site. City Manager Mel Pearson, Public Works Director Tom Couch and Deputy Director Sam Davis are to be commended for working tirelessly with numerous individuals to find a solution to installing the sewer lines in a timely manner while protecting parts of the archaeologically rare and nationally significant colonial site of early Camden.
Those of us who jump for joy when we hear that Governor Haley is deeply concerned about education and is planning to dedicate $160 million in new spending for education might consider, as we bow heads in hope and tenuous gratitude, that such concern on her part is coming awfully late but just in time for her possible re-election. Better late than never? Perhaps! But better earlier, for sure. The S.C. education budget has been reduced for the last three years by more than the proposed budget raises -- $110 million in her first year and $140 million stimulus money ...
WASHINGTON -- After writing close to 3,000 columns, I've learned that people sometimes read what they're looking for, often as a result of a headline, rather than what I wrote.
The Kershaw County Gamecock Club will hold its annual "Great to be a Gamecock Gathering" on Tuesday, April 29 at the Old South Restaurant in Camden at 6:30 p.m.