Dear Readers: Today is Veterans Day. In honor of our veterans, here is a piece written by John Alton Robinson of West Monroe, La.
Medicare beneficiaries sometime tell me they are entitled to Medicare benefits because they earned them by contributing to the system for their careers.
Funeral service for Mamie Lou Taylor Pierce, 91, of Elgin, will be held Friday at 2:00 p.m. at Blaney Baptist Church with burial to follow in Sandhill Heights Baptist Church Cemetery. The Rev. Philip Blankenship, the Rev. Doyle Roberts, and the Rev. Evan Smith will officiate. The family receives friends Thursday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. Memorials may be made to St. Jude's Children Hospital.
Reginald E. Stone, 44, of Sawmill Road in Ridgeway, died Wednesday, November 9, 2011.
Emmy award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author Rita Cosby will be a special guest at this year's 42nd annual Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup steeplechase race in Camden. As part of the Nov. 19 event -- billed as "military appreciation day" -- Cosby will be presented the first-ever Major General Baron de Kalb Award which she will accept for -- and on behalf of -- her father, Richard Cosby, 85.
Today, Nov. 11, 2011, marks 93 years since the Armistice was signed that ended the hostilities of World War I, "the war to end all wars." Hostilities were ceased on the 11th hour of the 11th month 93 years ago. To commemorate the Armistice and the return to peace, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11, 1919, as Armistice Day.
Registration for the youth basketball program is underway.
A new check-cashing scam that relies on using big-name businesses is one of the best frauds that Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews says he's seen.
U.S. Army Col. William "Mark" Kehrer will be the keynote speaker for the Veterans Day program Friday at the American Legion James Leroy Belk Post 17 home in Camden.
Mrs. Daisy Bell (Dootsie) Blanding, of Elgin, mother and grandmother, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 6 2011 at KershawHealth in Camden, S.C. Born on Nov. 15 1934, she was the daughter of the late Elizabeth Lawson of Elgin, SC.
Janie Louise "Peaches" Blyther, 46, of Salem Church Road, Camden, SC, died Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011.
Funeral service with military honors for Daniel Lee Collier, 68, of Elgin, will be held Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at Blaney Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The Rev. Philip Blankenship will officiate. The family will receive friends Wednesday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. Memorials may be made to Blaney Baptist Church, 1400 Blaney Road, Elgin, S.C. 29045.
Graveside service for Brenda Sue Owens, 67, of Camden, will be held Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The Rev. Hugh McKinney, Rev. Todd Horton and Rev. Wayne Flowers will officiate. The family received friends Tuesday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. Memorials may be made to Lakeview Baptist Church.
The marketing class at Lugoff-Elgin High School is selling hoodies to show off school spirit and to put the skills acquired in the class to a practical use.
The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) and the Columbia Children's Theatre will present Zombie Prom, a Youth Theatre Production, November 10-13 in the Wood Auditorium. Evening shows start at 7 p.m., with the Sunday matinee starting at 3 p.m.. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students, seniors and military. Zombie Prom is sponsored by Modern Turf.
Alvin and Joanne Hopkins recently celebrated 50 years of marriage. The couple was married on March 21, 1964, at the home of the Rev. Joe Hood. They have two children, Wesley (BK) Hopkins and Lynn (Jackie) Hopkins; two grandchildren, William Hopkins and Justin Hopkins, two step-grandchildren, Lauren Langford and Josh Napper; and one step-greatgrandchild, Vance Langford.
A Funeral Mass for David Lawerence Kelly Jr., 43, will be celebrated on Monday at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Camden, S.C. The Rev. Father Paul Brenninkmeijer will officiate. Final Commendation and Farewell Prayers will be in Quaker Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter, 460 Fair Street, Camden, SC 29020.
A celebration of life service for Sandy Heyward Boykin, Sr., 55, will be held Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at Powers funeral home. The Rev. Reece Byrd and the Rev. Ann Byrd will officiate.
The governing board of Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site would like to express its sincerest appreciation to Mayor Tony Scully and the members of Camden City Council for approving recommended changes to a much needed sewer project that crosses portions of our historic site. City Manager Mel Pearson, Public Works Director Tom Couch and Deputy Director Sam Davis are to be commended for working tirelessly with numerous individuals to find a solution to installing the sewer lines in a timely manner while protecting parts of the archaeologically rare and nationally significant colonial site of early Camden.
Those of us who jump for joy when we hear that Governor Haley is deeply concerned about education and is planning to dedicate $160 million in new spending for education might consider, as we bow heads in hope and tenuous gratitude, that such concern on her part is coming awfully late but just in time for her possible re-election. Better late than never? Perhaps! But better earlier, for sure. The S.C. education budget has been reduced for the last three years by more than the proposed budget raises -- $110 million in her first year and $140 million stimulus money ...
WASHINGTON -- After writing close to 3,000 columns, I've learned that people sometimes read what they're looking for, often as a result of a headline, rather than what I wrote.
The Kershaw County Gamecock Club will hold its annual "Great to be a Gamecock Gathering" on Tuesday, April 29 at the Old South Restaurant in Camden at 6:30 p.m.