With schools closed and Christmas Day coming this weekend, it is a slow week for high school sporting contests in Kershaw County.
With less than 15 seconds left in the game, North Central looked as if it had run out of chances in trailing rival Andrew Jackson, 52-48.
Last year at this time, my column was about my own favorite school Christmas memories. Apparently, folks actually read it, because a number of people I encountered during the holidays last year shared their own with me. So this year, I asked staff and community members to share a favorite Christmas memory in the Kershaw County schools with me. Following are ones I received that I especially enjoyed:
A few weeks ago, I read a letter in the Chronicle-Independent that presented a good point. Many of us have strong feelings about the proposed sports complex but we are too busy to take time to express them. The writer specifically mentioned young people with children. We are all bound together as a community and our lives are affected by decisions relating to things within the community; therefore, we all should participate in those decisions.
I have memorized Lindsey Graham's response to me. He says, "My job as your United States Senator is to represent your interests. While I cannot guarantee we will see eye-to-eye on every issue, I can guarantee you I will give your thoughts and opinions the consideration they deserve." I want to feel encouraged by that promise and to believe that we are still a nation that can entertain different perspectives and debate without rancor or preconceived notions. Since, however, Graham has not responded to my concerns with convincing or in fact any concrete details, most recently about the wetlands ...
• We observed last week that Republican candidates for president had no reason to subject themselves to a debate moderated by Donald Trump, who has continually threatened to run for the White House himself. They all apparently decided the same thing, and the debate has now been cancelled. Trump, meanwhile, says he's keeping his options open to mount a third-party presidential bid. If he does, we predict it will be met with the same lack of enthusiasm as his proposed debate.
Smoldering wires inside a panel box at a West Wateree school and spilled fuel at a convenience store kept the Lugoff Fire Department (LFD) on the go last week.
Ashley Ryan Outlaw, 30, of Bethune, husband of Britta Angela Young, died Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at his home.
Memorial services to celebrate the life of Everett "Ebby" Evans Leviner, 75, of Camden will be held Monday, December 19, 2011 at Wateree Baptist Church. Rev. Bobby James and Rev. Everett Recconu will officiate. Memorials may be made in Mr. Leviner's memory to Wateree Baptist Church, 2024 Haile Street, Camden, SC 29020.
Funeral services celebrating the life of Marilyn Frost Ford, 56, of Camden, will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel with burial to follow in Mount Olivet Baptist Church Cemetery. Dr. Gene Rollins will officiate. The family will receive friends from 6:00 - 7:30 PM Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. Memorials may be made in Mrs. Ford's memory to American Cancer Society, c/o Gail Kirkland, 647 Lachicotte Rd., Lugoff, SC 29078.
Graveside service for Jewell V. McCaskill Cribb, 82, will be held Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. in Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery in Hemingway, S.C. The family will receive friends Monday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation.
Service for Victor Robert Bowdler, 80, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, December 20, 2011, in the Chapel of Celestial Memorial Gardens, officiating will be Rev. Gene Brown. Interment will follow at Celestial Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Monday evening, December 19, 2011, at Thompson Funeral Home of West Columbia. Memorials may be made to Wildewood Worship Center, 534 Wildewood Lane, Lugoff, SC 29078.
A funeral service for Marie Alice Gay Williams, 95 of Kershaw, will be held at 3:00 p.m., Monday, December 19, in Baker Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Keith Coates will officiate. Burial will follow in the Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery, Westville.
Candy canes are very popular holiday treats and are often used to decorate Christmas trees. That hooked shape certainly makes them whimsical and able to hang on tree boughs. But candy canes weren't always the curved and colorful treats they are today. In the 1700s, candy canes were nothing more than straight white sticks of sugar candy used to decorate Christmas trees. A choirmaster at Cologne Cathedral decided that having the ends bent to depict a shepherd's crook and passing them out during church services would help keep children quiet. It was not until roughly the 20th century ...
Previous year's box seat and reserved parking space holders have until Friday, Feb. 13, to secure their spaces for the 2015 Carolina Cup Steeplechase Races in Camden.
The Kershaw County Parks and Recreation Department will hold a pair of umpire certification clinics for those individuals seeking to work Dixie Youth and/or Dixie Boys and Dixie Majors baseball games this spring and summer.
Even though the calendar just turned to January and cold weather is on the way, it is not too early to be thinking about the warmer days of spring.