From Liz Gilland, city of Camden Urban Forester:
You think you're on top of your game. Then out of the blue comes that stray freight train, that looming bomb, that guided missile that annihilates all those illusions.
Mother used to tell this story.
• "Spin" has become an inexorable part of the political process, and if you hear President Obama tell it, his bus tour through Iowa isn't a campaign trip, saying instead that it's a way to take the pulse of the country. But it has all the trappings of a political hoorah, and of course that's what it is. We're not blaming the president for that, only noticing that when it comes to spin, the White House is as accomplished at it as any politician at any level.
Kershaw County Sheriff's investigators have arrested Russell Wayne Redick, 53, of Cassatt, on multiple charges after it was determined that he repeatedly molested two young girls under the age of 11. Redick is charged with two counts each of lewd act on a minor, criminal sexual conduct with a minor under 11 years old and sexual exploitation of a minor (third degree).
Mary Fuller Everhart (third from left) with the Children's Law Center at the University of South Carolina was the guest speaker at a Lunch & Learn Aug. 11 sponsored by the Kershaw County Volunteer Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Program. Everhart spoke about guardians ad litem as mandated reporters. While S.C. law encourages all people to report suspected cases of child abuse or neglect, the law requires that certain professionals report it. In June 2010, Section 63-7-310 was amended to include school truancy/attendance officers, GALs, foster parents and juvenile justice officers. Everhart is travelling throughout the state training volunteer ...
A celebration of Life service for Carol Sue Bennett, 72, will be held on Monday at 5:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. The Rev. Joe Stines and the Rev. Richard Cameron will officiate. The family will receive friends Sunday 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to El-Bethel Faith Community Church Building Fund.
Wannetta Faye, Simpkins Perry Mansfield, 58, of Camden, died Sunday, August 14, 2011, in her sleep at home.
Recently I have been receiving many calls wishing to sell me something or begging for contributions. For example, a state university has called me and my husband to ask to be included in wills and have a donation given. A salesman, ostensibly from a local cemetery, has called to have me buy a plot and/or have his group put flowers on my mother-in-law's grave. Is such a behavior not illegal if certainly reprehensible?
The Camden Rotary Club vocational award winners, announced in July, were past club President Donny Supplee; Business recipient George Sensor; Community Service recipient Heather Matthews; Professional recipient Dr. Paul Joseph Sr.; and Awards Chairman Thoyd Warren. On right, Supplee passes the gravel to President Bruce Little.
Have you ever wanted to be a part of the Fine Arts Follies? Always wondered what really happens "behind the scenes" or "on stage," but were afraid to ask? Well now is your chance! In September the Fine Arts Follies returns to the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) where an all male revue featuring Kershaw County businessmen will strut their stuff on stage! All interested, curious, or otherwise tempted men are encouraged to attend the first meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. in the Wood Auditorium at the FAC.
The Hospital Auxiliary of Kershaw County will host its 22nd annual golf tournament on Friday, September 16 at White Pines Golf Course in Camden. Entry fee for the captain's choice tournament is $50 per person or $200 for a four-person team. Fees include cart, greens fee, mulligan and souvenir.
Rosters are still being accepted for teams that wish to enter the 2011 Fall Adult Softball League.
I was in my hometown -- the fair city of Camden -- June 30-July 12. It is always nice to be home, where I spent the first 18 years of my life. I attended and graduated from Jackson Elementary, Jackson Junior High and Jackson High schools.
• A tip of the C-I hat to Kershaw County Deputy Fred Tiah, a school resource officer at Stover Middle School in Elgin. Tiah, as we reported Friday, is from Liberia, one of the hardest-hit countries in this year's Ebola crisis. Recognizing he has been welcomed to and is finding success in America, Tiah says he wants to help children in his native country who have been orphaned by the deadly disease. He's put his idea into action, raising money to help pay for the children's education and medical supplies. Tiah also wants to be a role model ...
There are few who cannot say truthfully that they miss their parents after death has laid claim to those loved ones. The parents who taught us, scolded us and, at times, annoyed us are never forgotten, never put away on a shelf to be remembered no more.
You may have read about the letter of intent to be agreed upon between KershawHealth and MUSC Health/Capella Healthcare. This agreement is about more than simply the leasing of real estate and ownership of property. Ultimately, it is about an investment of organizational and financial resources in this community and its healthcare needs. MUSC Health/Capella Healthcare will invest heavily in programs, facilities, and services at KershawHealth that will increase our patient volume and, in turn, increase revenue. From an organizational standpoint, it will provide access to best practices and strategies to improve the quality of care provided, enhance ...
I applaud the Chronicle-Independent for front page coverage of the dropping of charges against Mr. Sammie Tucker. All too often, especially in larger media markets, good news is relegated to the back pages, while sensational news makes the front page. I believe our community newspaper makes a concerted effort to report the news as it happens and, more importantly, reports good news.
On December 5, students at Doby's Mill Elementary school participated in Kershaw County's Soil and Water Conservation District's celebration of Arbor Day. Donna Douglas explained when Arbor Day is recognized. "Arbor Day is the first Friday in December, that is when we celebrate it in South Carolina because that is the best time to plant. It's celebrated at different times in different states," Douglas explained. Students participated in an assembly honoring Arbor Day and performed skits and songs in honor of Arbor Day. "Every year the conservation district chooses a school to participate in Arbor Day ...
According to Kershaw County School District Director of Communications Mary Anne Byrd, the district received an update last week from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) saying it is seeing an early and large rise in seasonal flu cases. Byrd said the district is currently experiencing the same situation in many of the schools.
The Kershaw County School District will have a half day for students on Dec. 19, the last day of student attendance before the holiday break. Staff will work a regular schedule. Students in 3-and 4-year-old developmentally delayed and 4-year-old kindergarten classes will not attend.
Monday: Gray Collegiate at Camden Military Academy (BB – 6:30 p.m.)
Dec.: 5 – at Governor's School (6 p.m.); 10 – at Heathwood Hall (6 p.m.); 11 –Australian traveling team (6 p.m.); 15 – at Gray Collegiate (6:30 p.m.); 16 – Great Falls (6:30 p.m.)
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.