Do not turn your eyes from the horror of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Conn. Twenty children, their teachers and aides, their school principal shot repeatedly, in some cases beyond recognition, by a 20-year-old wielding a semiautomatic assault weapon.
Most of us here in Kershaw County are caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season -- shopping, family gatherings, baking and all the other traditions of Christmas. And there's nothing wrong with that. But as we observe a holy day of Christendom, let us pause to recall the true meaning of the season, as related in the second chapter of Luke, from the King James Version of the New Testament.
When one explores the hall of memories, some moments cannot be forgotten or dimmed by the passage of time.
(The following is the second portion of Camden Archives and Museum Director Katherine Richardson's keynote speech at the Baruch Society Annual Meeting, Nov. 15, 2012. Further portions of the speech will be printed in later editions of this column.)
I would like to write a letter expressing my gratitude and thanks for Powers Funeral Home and family for the memorial service they provided to the community on Sunday, December 2, 2012. It was so amazing, filled with precious memories and love. It was a service given to those people who have lost loved ones throughout the year of 2012. It was very meaningful and so full of God's presence and love.
Nicholas Daniel Frank Stimpson, 18, of Mount Pleasant, SC passed away Thursday, December 13, 2012. The relatives and friends of Nicholas Stimpson are invited to attend a celebration of Nick's life at J. Henry Stuhr Mount Pleasant Chapel, Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 6 pm. To anyone who has been touched by Nick's life, you are welcome to join us at Stuhr's Mt. Pleasant Chapel from 4 pm until the celebration begins where viewing will be available.
A Kershaw County sports holiday tradition has been pushed back a week and the move seems to agree with visiting teams.
North Central rebounded from a one-point loss to Buford on Tuesday night with a 71-46 win over visiting Camden Military Academy on Friday night.
Dre Scott hit the 20-point plateau for the second straight game as Lugoff-Elgin held off visiting Central, 75-67, in a Monday night basketball game played inside the Demons Den.
The third time is a charm as much as the first and second ones. After being the first school in the state to be named a recipient of the national "School to Watch" award in 2007, Lugoff-Elgin Middle School (L-EMS) has been recertified for the honor a second time.
Playing the role of the Grinch, the Lugoff-Elgin Middle School wrestling team won their own Leopard Duals on Saturday by holding off an improved Camden Middle School team in the finals, 56-24.
Last summer, 13 dancers from Palmetto Dance Center in Elgin were selected to be a part of the half-time show for the 2013 Outback Bowl in Tampa, Fla. Little did they know they would be performing in front of a home crowd of Gamecock fans! The dancers were the only ones selected from South Carolina to perform and will be joining 300 other dancers from across the U.S. to perform both in the pre-game and half-time show. All dancers begin rehearsals Dec. 28 and will practice up until the game on New Year's Day.
Pierre Brevard, of Camden, has been named to the Dean's List at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) for the fall quarter 2012. Full-time undergraduate students who earn a grade point average of 3.5 or above for the quarter receive recognition on the Dean's List.
Charles William Farmer, 69, husband of LaReda Davis Farmer, died Thursday, December 13, 2012 at his home.
Camden High School is offering free physicals for all prospective student-athletes who plan on participating on any of the school's athletic teams throughout the 2015-16 school year.
Due to last Thursday's inclement weather, both Camden and North Central's games at Dreher and Indian Land, respectively, were postponed to tonight. North Central will travel to Indian Land for a pair of 6 p.m. contests on the baseball and softball diamonds. The Camden High baseball game is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
Win and you're in.
Mr. Melvin Bellamy, 88, of 1607 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Camden, South Carolina, passed on Saturday, April 18, 2015. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Nelson-Haile Funeral Home.
Funeral services for Samuel "Sammy" M. Dawkins Jr., 59, of Lugoff, SC will be held at 3:00 PM, Monday, April 20, 2015 at Kornegay Funeral Home, Lugoff- Elgin Chapel, with burial to be held at Union Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev. Jacob Helsley and Rev. Phillip Blankenship will officiate. The family will receive friends at 2:00 PM prior to the service at the funeral home.
The eighth annual Clinic Classic 5K walk/run will take to the streets of Camden on Saturday, April 18.
With Augusta being only a couple hours away from Kershaw County, the Masters golf tournament holds a great deal of allure for this area. The azaleas at Augusta National are famous for their popping colors and their beauty, but they're no prettier than those which are currently at their peak in Camden, we might add. But there's something magical about the Masters, which is ranked by many players as the one tournament they'd like to win more than any other.
It used to be that a baseball game with Lower Richland meant the reserves would see as much, if not more, action on the field than would the starters.
How good a night was it for the Camden High boys' soccer team?
It has been a productive start to the off-season for West Wateree junior wrestlers who have returned home from state meets with plenty of medals and championship titles.
Lugoff-Elgin High School will host the third annual Mid Carolina Credit Union Junior Varsity Softball Tournament Saturday, April 18 at Larry Doby Complex in Camden.
Please permit me to share my thoughts with your readers about Johnny "Mr. Camden" Deal. He was a most deserving recipient of the Jake Watson Award. That award holds a special meaning to me. Jake Watson's grandmother and my paternal great-grandfather were siblings from Greenwood. Jake was a true Camden icon, as is Johnny. Equal only to my own is Johnny's love for our community. Never is he seen without that big, friendly grin. We need more people like him. Johnny is the "Real Deal."
Now that they are back at full strength, the Lugoff-Elgin tennis team is eyeing another trip to the 4A state playoffs.
WASHINGTON -- Americans, perhaps more than anyone, worship the future and resent the past.