American Legion Sanders Stoney Post No. 203 celebrated its 62nd Anniversary with Dr. Lonnie Randolph, president of the South Carolina NAACP as guest speaker. Joining Dr. Randolph on the program were Commander Evans Bush Jr., Post 203; Ms. Teresia Hayes, Department of South Carolina Junior Vice President and Unit 203 President; and the Rev. William Gaither, president of the Kershaw County NAACP.
With the beginning of a new school year, I often get asked how parents can help students to be successful in school. Over the years, my thoughts on this topic have evolved quite a bit. As a result, I have come to be a big proponent of what I call "invisible involvement."
Memorial service to celebrate the life of Percy William Bronson, 71, of Lugoff will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at First Baptist Church, Camden, SC. Rev. Bruce Hancock and Rev. Joe Stines will officiate. The family will receive friends Monday, September 16, 2013 from 6-7:30 p.m. in Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. Memorials may be made in Mr. Bronson's memory to First Baptist Church Building Fund, 1201 Broad Street, Camden, SC 29020.
Funeral service for Thelma Lawson, 61, of 276 Watts Hill Road in Elgin will be held Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 2:30 P.M. at Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. Friends may visit at 1687 Fort Jackson Road in Lugoff. Collins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Stephen Smoak and Pam Alderman and other associates of Savage, Royall and Sheheen L.L.P. volunteered to serve lunch to the community at Food for the Soul on Wednesday as part of the United Way of Kershaw County's Day of Caring. Many individuals and agencies throughout the county lended their support, as well. See page 10 of today's C-I for full coverage of the event.
Funeral services for William L. Parker, 72, will be held Monday at 4 p.m. at Bethel United Methodist Church, will burial to follow in the church cemetery. The Rev. Barbara Segars will officiate. The family will receive friends Sunday from 3-5 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery at P.O. Box 275 Bethune, S.C. 29009.
The issue of second amendment gun rights will be a major talking point in next year's national elections, following the recall in Colorado of two state legislators who had played a prominent role in passing gun restrictions in that state. Two senators, both Democrats, lost their seats when Republicans rose up against the new laws. And the results have prompted Democrats in Colorado to step back and assess their policies for the future.
In a previous letter, I recommended that the Board of Trustees consider partnering with a proven health care system to fix the problems at KershawHealth. What they have decided to do is to go through a time consuming process to sift out a new CEO from among a large number of candidates. Once chosen, that person would then have to take some time to select a team of administrative professionals to implement change. Then they would have to come up with a plan, which would then have to be discussed/debated with the Board of Trustees.
At a time when some rival high schools steal each other's mascot or paint graffiti on the other team's football field, students from Lugoff-Elgin High (LEHS) and Camden High (CHS) use the time to give back to the community through the United Way of Kershaw County.
In keeping with the projected schedule of demolition for the Maxway building, the above photo shows that demolition is well underway. The Maxway building closed for business in Camden about a dozen years ago and will be cleared by the end of September or early October.