Voters here in Kershaw County and across South Carolina were subjected to an endless diatribe of political poison in the days and weeks leading up to Saturday's Republican presidential primary. This endless vitriol is nothing new, of course, as the entire process seems to have degenerated into an endless bout of mud wrestling. If you need evidence that not many people in Washington are concerned about the direction of politics and civility, we'll pass along an item that we discovered not long ago.
Millie Branham, of Lugoff, will turn 83 on Thursday, January 26. She has five children, nine grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. She celebrated her birthday at her home with family and friends on Sunday, Jan. 22.
The following information includes the 2012 Relay For Life of Kershaw County meetings and deadlines:
A memorial service to celebrate the life of William Sumter Reasonover, 84, of Camden will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, January 28, 2012 at Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends immediately following the Service in the Family Life Center. Rev. David Weaver will officiate. Memorials may be made in Mr. Reasonover's memory to Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church, 1206 Lyttleton Street, Camden SC 29020.
Recently I was blessed to visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the beautiful ground of our National Mall. McKissack and McKissack's Lisa Anders, the senior project manager for the Memorial construction, gave a background on elements of the memorial. Ms. Anders had overall responsibility for management of the contraction. She said the $121 million memorial used varied treatment and textures of water and stone in creating a sense of the diversity of the civil rights movements. It was a singular distinction for an African-American woman.
Change comes very slowly in South Carolina. But this year we have an exciting chance to make a difference for the future. After more than six years of effort, the South Carolina Legislature is on the brink of true reform in the way our government operates. We can change the structure of our state government and move it away from the unaccountable, auto-pilot it operates in currently to a more responsible and efficient model.
Tuesday: Camden at Crestwood (BB – 6 p.m.); Richland Northeast at Lugoff-Elgin (BB – 6 p.m.); SECA at Camden Military Academy (BB – 6 p.m.); Great Falls at North Central (BB – 6:30 p.m.)
Marlboro County used a pair of London Johnson free throws in the final 16 seconds of play to give itself a three-point cushion and would then tack on two more insurance points to hold out visiting Camden, 38-33, in a Region 6-AAA boys' basketball game played on Friday night in Bennettsville.
Francis Marion University sophomore guard and former Camden High School standout Evrik Gary was been named the Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 9-15.
A memorial service for Dianne Wyman Artlip, 78, of Elgin will be held Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. Pastor Todd Carnes will officiate. Memorials may be made to American Lung Association.
Funeral service for Bonnie L. Wilson, 78, of Camden, will be held Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at Lakeshore Church of God with burial to follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The Rev. Jeffrey Grubbs and the Rev. Toby Jones will officiate. The family will receive friends Monday 5-7 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. Memorials may be made to the Arthritis Foundation.
A 32-year-old Camden man was arrested Friday for sexually assaulting two children, ages 3 and 4.
A couple wanted in conjunction with a methamphetamine lab discovered at a Lugoff motel Jan. 13 was arrested Friday by the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO).
Ashley and Nick Nabors are a family of two. But in a matter of time, they'll be a family of four.
I've highlighted some unusual corporate and customer service experiences since launching this weekly column in 2010.
Facebook recently launched "Say Thanks," a quick yet customized way to send thanks in the form of a video card.
A wooden toy, a photograph and a framed doctoral degree reveal the motives of an anonymous donor who has helped fund research into mental illness and Christian faith.
It's a funny dichotomy.
Ninety-year-old chef Arnold Abbot prepares hundreds of meals each week for homeless people in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in the kitchen of the sanctuary church, and he's been feeding the homeless for 20 years.
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.