A. Jean Kramer, of Lugoff, passed from this life on Friday, May 4, 2012.
• There's a controversy over federal subsidies granted to college students, and that's a valid subject for debate, but lost in the shuffle is the fact that college costs are out of control. The expense charged to students from colleges and universities has skyrocketed in the two decades at a rate far exceeding the increase in the cost of living. Colleges need to get a handle on that before criticizing the government for not allowing large subsidies.
On Sunday, April 29, the Camden Community Concert Band was joined by the 282nd Army Band in a performance held in Rectory Square Park in Camden. Also joining the band was Fuli Wang, a cadet trumpeter from Camden Military Academy. At the show, the band premiered Full Blown March, a newly discovered musical composition by Clayton Earle Bullis Robinson.
Republicans are delighted to hear they scored better than Democrats and independents in a new survey of political knowledge. Fine. I'm sure Democrats would be just as boastful if their side scored better. Everybody in politics wants to believe that their side is brilliant and the others are a bunch of nitwits.
Mr. James "Elmo" Davis, Sr. was born in Kershaw County on September 7, 1938, to the late Willie and Dorothy Davis. God called him home from labor to reward on Wednesday, May 2, 2012.
The South Carolina High School League state soccer playoffs begin this week with three Kershaw County teams included in their respective fields.
Who says that it is hard to beat the same opponent three times in the same season.
Mr. Therodow Brown, 52, of 5895 Halley Road, Rembert, SC, passed on Saturday, April 28, 2012. Funeral services will be conducted on Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 1:00 PM at Mt. Joshua Baptist Church, Camden, SC; with burial to follow at Mt. Joshua Baptist Church Cemetery, Camden, SC.
Mr. James "Elmo" Davis, Sr., 73, of 535 Community Center Road, Camden, SC passed on Tuesday, May 1, 2012.
Mrs. Rosa Lee Caldwell, 88, of 1103 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Camden, SC, passed on Wednesday, April 25, 2012. Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 2:00 PM at Life In The Word Ministries, Camden, SC. Burial will follow at Broom Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, Camden, SC.
Funeral services for James "Jack" Tolliver, 75, of 2707 Stewart St. in Camden will be held Monday, May 7, 2012, 2 p.m. at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church. Collins Funeral home is in charge of the arrangements.
It appears that claims of $5-a-gallon gasoline in South Carolina that were made a few months ago were nothing more than speculation, as the price of fuel is now coming down and is actually lower than it was a year ago. That's good news, of course, and experts say one reason is that people are driving less, using more fuel-efficient cars, making fewer trips and carpooling. There's another option we'd like to suggest, one that can save money while at the same time improving health. It's walking. What could be simpler than that?
Girl Scout Troop No. 968 recently gave back to their community. The girl scouts of the U.S.A. celebrated its 100th birthday on March 12. Girl Scout Troop No. 968 decided for their birthday celebration to give gifts to the community as a way of thanking everyone for the support given to the troop.
• We're seeing some good business and other news here in Kershaw County, showing signs that, perhaps, the community is beginning to climb out of the economic doldrums that have plagued us for too long now. The highlight of the week, of course, was word that Hengst is going through its third expansion, announcing it will invest $8 million into the Steeplechase Spec Building and bring 20 new jobs during the next three years. In the meantime, we've seen new small businesses spring up, or new life bloom in older ones, across the county. There are also still rumors ...
When Miss Ondia Mae died at 75, those of us who knew her marveled that she had managed to make it to the end of her life without winding up in the poorhouse.
KershawHealth's Strategic Plan, approved by the board of trustees earlier this year, makes it clear that various alliances are essential to the organization's future success in caring for our community. We must recognize that there are 13 not-for-profit and investor-owned hospitals within a 50-mile radius of Kershaw County and that, more specifically, KershawHealth competes with large healthcare systems in the Columbia metropolitan area. An openness to new ideas and new ways of partnering in a rapidly-evolving healthcare environment is the only strategy for success.
Camden City Council has canceled both its work session and meeting for Tuesday. No explanation was provided by deadline Friday.
Westbound I-20 traffic was stop and go for several hours Friday after a one-car crash near mile marker 96 took the life of Lisa Marie Munn, 25, of Camden. The S.C. Highway Patrol reported Munn drove a 2007 Honda Acura onto the median between the westbound and eastbound lanes and struck a "low boy" trailer the patrol said was legally parked. The patrol reported Munn was trapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated and was dead at the scene.
The 20th annual Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup 10K road race and the Vonnie Holliday Foundation 5K run/walk will take to the streets of Camden on Saturday, Oct. 25.
With the 45th annual Marion duPont Scott International Colonial Cup Steeplechase Races a little more than a month away, patrons who had reserved parking spaces for last year's Camden fall classic have until Friday, Oct. 10 to assure they retain those spaces. All unsold spaces will be placed for sale to the general public.
A sure sign that fall and cooler weather is around the corner occurred last Friday with the mailing out of invitations to those on the mailing list for the 45th annual Marion duPont Scott International Colonial Cup Steeplechase Races.
The ABLE Club of S.C., the official athletic booster club of Lugoff-Elgin High School, is kicking off its membership campaign for the 2014-15 athletic seasons at the school.