Frances Robinson, front right, 91, welcomes her great-great-grandson, Brayden Robert Johnson into her family. Brayden is the great-grandson of Gloria Johnson, front left; the great-grandson of Dean Johnson, back left; and the son of Dylan Johnson, back right. The entire family lives in Kershaw County.
Three parades held in two days drew thousands to line Kershaw County's streets. Saturday saw the Kershaw County Christmas Parade, while Sunday brought both the Boykin Christmas Parade and -- due to a 24-hour rain delay -- the Lights of Lugoff Parade.
A few months ago, I was talking with a mother of a private school student, and I asked her if she minded telling me why she chose a private school for her child. I've asked this question to numerous private school parents over the years, and I always learn something. But the answer I got in this case was one that I hadn't heard before. This mother said, "I don't want my child to be a test score." She went on to tell me that in her opinion, standardized testing in public schools had become more important ...
December 16, 2013|
By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan
C-I contributing columnist
Kershaw County Magistrate Judge Eugene "Gene" Hartis (center) celebrates his retirement Thursday with his family at the Kershaw County Courthouse. Hartis retired Thursday after working at the courthouse for 30 years, 28 as a magistrate judge. Original from North Carolina, Hartis attended Bethune area schools. He said the past 30 years have gone by quickly, and recognized his family, employees and his friend, the late Sen. Donald Holland. Hartis said he remembered when the magistrate's office only collected $189,000 in fines. Last year, the office collected more than $1 million, he said, acknowledging the county's growth in ...
• The Chronicle-Independent offers a tip of its hat to Rigdon Boykin, Ann Bass and everyone at Kimbrell's Furniture on completing renovations to its Camden store. The $350,000 spent on the project isn't just an investment in the store, but an investment in downtown Camden. Camden Mayor Tony Scully called it a "transformational vision, showing us what's possible." We agree, hoping not only that other property owners will upgrade their buildings, but that Kimbrell's lead will entice new businesses and developers to invest in Camden as well.
A funeral service for Navis "Bobbie" Bedenbaugh Cannon, 88, of Lugoff, will be held at 3 o'clock, Sunday, December 15, 2013, at the Lutheran Church of the Ascension with The Rev. Jackie Utley officiating. Interment will follow at Elmwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends prior to the service beginning at 2 o'clock in the church fellowship hall. Memorials may be made to the Lutheran Church of the Ascension, 827 Wildwood Ave., Columbia, SC 29203.