Hats off to Camden Garden Club member Barbara Beard. She has, over the last couple of years, put together a fabulous tour of gardens. These gardens though, are not just in Camden. She has coordinated with other garden clubs from around the state and they alternate where the tours will be.
With the creation of five new rural high schools in Kershaw County in 1923 came new learning experiences for these new high school students. Antioch, Blaney, Charlotte Thompson, Midway, and Mt. Pisgah not only offered the basic courses of English, Math, Science and Social Studies but soon offered such vocational subjects as Agriculture and Home Economics.
• Southwest Airlines has been flying out of Greenville-Spartanburg and Charleston airports for several weeks now, with good apparent results. Travelers are booking trips for the unique airline's lower fares and lack of add-on fees. It's too bad that Columbia's airport can't attract a quality nationwide low-cost carrier, for as airline prices continue to soar, Kershaw County travelers will be joining others across the country in seeking the lowest fares.
I have just returned from the downtown post office. I spent all of three minutes going from the Tickle Hill and Black River roads intersection to Fair Street downtown. The next 15 minutes were spent from Rutledge Street to the post office parking lot. This was at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday afternoon. The point of this letter is not to complain about the time spent, but if I were a downtown merchant as I was until 2008, I would never want Broad Street changed to a two-lane street. The backed-up traffic will be horrible, and unless you meet ...
In most matches, it is the top of the order for the Camden tennis team which wraps up their respective matches and is left to cheer on their teammates.
Matthew Tyler Kirkland, of Lugoff, was recently initiated into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi at Francis Marion University, where he is studying computer science.
Applications will be accepted through May 5 for the 2011 Thomas E. McLester Scholarship Award, given by Camden First United Methodist Church.
The second annual horse ride to benefit the Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County will be held on Saturday, May 7 (rain date, Sunday, May 8). The ride is sponsored by Horsepower of the Midlands (a counseling center for people that offers both traditional and equine assisted counseling).
The Leroy Belk American Legion Post 17 is seeking applications for Palmetto Boys State, to be held June 12-18 at Anderson University. Applicants should be motivated students interested in learning about citizenship and government, rising seniors of good character and in the top 25 percent of their class.
In Monday's story "Chamber learns about JEEP" and the March 14 story "Chamber dues down $7,000," the $45,000 accommodations tax grant that the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce received was incorrectly listed as being from the city of Camden. The $45,000 accommodations tax grant was from a Kershaw County local accommodations fund. The C-I regrets the error.
Bolstered by a pair of wins in their final two regular season games, the North Central baseball team will enter next week's class A state tournament with a full head of steam.
There will be a pair of fundraisers to help support the Lugoff-Elgin Middle School athletic program on Saturday, April 30 at the school.
The United Way Be A Bunny program enlists people from the community to fill Easter baskets for individuals representing three United Way agencies, the Council on Aging, Family Resource Center and the Board of Disabilities and Special Needs, and 132 children from the Kershaw County School District. An unbelievable amount of thought and care goes into putting together more than 200 Easter baskets.
Ashley and Nick Nabors are a family of two. But in a matter of time, they'll be a family of four.
I've highlighted some unusual corporate and customer service experiences since launching this weekly column in 2010.
Facebook recently launched "Say Thanks," a quick yet customized way to send thanks in the form of a video card.
A wooden toy, a photograph and a framed doctoral degree reveal the motives of an anonymous donor who has helped fund research into mental illness and Christian faith.
It's a funny dichotomy.
Ninety-year-old chef Arnold Abbot prepares hundreds of meals each week for homeless people in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in the kitchen of the sanctuary church, and he's been feeding the homeless for 20 years.
Funeral service for Lawton Melvin Truesdale, 92, will be held at noon today, Monday, Nov. 17, 2014 at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. The Rev. Joe Stines will officiate. The family will receive friends today 10:30 a.m. until noon prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
CAMDEN – Funeral services for Eva Lois Tyson Napper, 81, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 at Powers Funeral Home, with burial to follow in Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery. The Rev. Richard Cameron and the Rev. Joe Stines will officiate. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Powers Funeral Home.
A funeral service to celebrate the life of Mattie Reynolds Stokes, 87, of Camden, S.C. will be held at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Camden War. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Stake President Carl Reynolds, Jr., Bishop Derick Swails, Wayne Thompso, and Hazel Reynolds will officiate. Burial will follow in Branham Cemetery at Smryna. Memorials may be made in Mrs. Stokes memory to Kershaw Health & Hospice, 124 Battleship Road, Camden, SC 29020.
LUGOFF – Myrtle "Mert" Faye McLain Lemire passed away peacefully Nov. 15, 2014. Per her wishes, a private memorial service was held for family members at Powers Funeral Home, which was built on the Lemire family land. Born in Camden, S.C., Mert was a daughter of the late John Jay McLain and Lena Smith McLain.
A Veterans Day observance was held Wednesday, Nov. 12 at Cedars Cemetery in Camden. It was held the day after the actual Veterans Day to avoid schedule conflicts with other events Tuesday.
Rev. Mamie L. Adamson graduated from Morris College in Sumter May 3, 2014 with a bachelor's in pastoral ministry. She graduated cum laude.
• Once again, we mention the good work of Brian Mayes in this space. Seven years ago -- in response to the death of Camden High School student Michael Smith in Kershaw County's only gang-related shooting -- Mayes said the community had to become "a better gang than the gangs." What he meant is Camden and Kershaw County had to offer young people alternatives to gang life and choices which could land them in jail, or worse. Two events this month prove Mayes has planted good seeds we hope will bear fruit for generations to come. First, the official ribbon cutting ceremony ...
That apple tree. Oh my goodness. Something told me it wouldn't turn out well.