Even the most casual sports fan in Kershaw County can get caught up in the hoopla of March Madness, the NCAA basketball tournament that is arguably the best sporting event in the country. It's difficult to understand how college sports officials can continue to resist a football play-off system when you consider the interest drawn by the hoops tourney each year. And in this year's games, there have been lots of down-to-the-wire contests, generating more excitement than ever before.
22 YEARS AGO -- March 20-26, 1989
Citizens are invited to share their opinions with the S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT) on the proposed Broad Street "road diet" project for downtown Camden.
With the warmer weather comes Finally Friday at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC). Local band KT & Friends will take the stage at the first Finally Friday concert of the spring on March 25 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. This will be the fifth year for this popular series.
SAG HARBOR, N.Y. -- Everybody wants to save the children. It's the cliche that tipped the point that jumped the shark in a perfect storm.
"Remember when..." is a weekly historical feature showcasing life in Kershaw County, taken from the archives of the Chronicle-Independent. The Camden Business and Professional Women's Club held its annual "Guest Night" at Elizabeth Thomas' Restaurant in March 1971, and one of the highlights was an original skit, "From the Cradle to the ?", written and narrated by Virginia Humphries, club president. Taking part in the skit were Mamie Team, Pearl Hunt, Carolyn Murray, Laura Lee, Kay Johnson, Ethelyn Christmas, Edith Horton, Mary Mayer, Marsha Taylor and Virginia Humphries.
After a slow start, the North Central softball team roared back, beginning with a five-run third inning, to upend visiting Great Fall, 13-3, last Tuesday night in Boonetown.
All season long, Lugoff-Elgin baseball coach Randy Stokes has talked about how his young club needed to get on a roll and having something positive happen to right things after a 2-4 start.
After a slow start, the North Central softball team roared back, beginning with a five-run bottom of the third inning, to upend visiting Great Falls, 13-3, last Tuesday night in Boonetown.
Monday: Camden Military Academy at Heathwood Hall (TEN – 4 p.m.); Lee Central at Camden Military Academy (G – 4 p.m.); Lugoff-Elgin at West Florence (TEN – 5 p.m.); Westminster-Catawba at Camden Military Academy (BSOC – 5:30 p.m.); Lugoff-Elgin at Ridge View (BB – 6:30 p.m.); Ridge View at Lugoff-Elgin (SB – 7 p.m.); Camden, Lugoff-Elgin in Magnolia Classic at Beech Creek (G – TBA)
• Kershaw County residents have a special reason to pull for Wofford's basketball team, as the Terriers are coached by Mike Young, who's married to the former Margaret Green, daughter of Davis and Gege Green of Camden. Young led Wofford to their second consecutive NCAA tournament appearance this year after winning the Southern Conference championship, with the Terriers making the "Big Dance" field despite being one of the smallest schools in the country to play Division I basketball. In the first round, Wofford played BYU valiantly before falling; nevertheless, it was another great season for Wofford and we offer ...
Lindsey Jordan Spires and Charles Richard Griffin II, both of Columbia, were married Saturday, March 19, 2011, at Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Columbia. The six o'clock ceremony was performed by the Reverend Doctor Bradley D. Smith. A reception followed at The Hall at Senate and Canal.
Mr. and Mrs. Tim Comer of Jonesville, SC, announce the engagement of their daughter Kasey Marie Comer to Michael Philip Martin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Martin of Lugoff, SC.
North Central Class Reunion for those graduating between 1990 and 2000 are invited to TenEleven Galleria in downtown Camden May 21 at 6 p.m. The cost for this event will be $25 per couple and $20 for single. Submit payment by April 1 to the following: 2822 Lockhart Rd, Kershaw SC 29067 or you can drop it off at Camden Fire Extinguisher, 1210 Wylie St., Camden, SC 29020 between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For questions, call Cory or Colette Hearon at 427-2904 or 427-4297.
By Austin Jenkins
• It was good, if still mixed, news from KershawHealth a week ago that January's financials looked a bit better than they have recently. The healthcare organization still posted a loss for the month -- as it has every month for some time now -- but only of $84,000. Compare that to $902,000 in losses for October 2013 alone and that is very good news. KershawHealth has a long way to go to combat a projected $32 million in operational losses by Fiscal Year 2018, less than five years away. However, last week's meeting also revealed that the KershawHealth ...
Mama had great stories. My favorite was the only one I asked often for her to repeat. It has become something of an anthem in my life.
Funeral service for Reverend Joseph Drakeford, Jr., 73, of 64 Payne Pond Road in Westville will be held Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 11:00 A.M. at St. Paul United Methodist Church with burial in the church cemetery. Friends may visit at 750 Boyd Road in Camden. He died Friday, February 28, 2014. Collins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Billy J. Ellis, 75, of 1320 Jones Road, Kershaw died Wednesday. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Brown's Funeral Home, Camden, who is serving the Ellis Family.
Funeral services for Grace Eubanks Gainey, 72, of Bethune will be held at 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 4, 2014, in Timrod Baptist Church, Bethune. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The Revs. Jim Wallace and Jackie Knight will officiate.
Even though the Carolina Cup is more than a month away, reserved parking spaces are selling at a brisk pace.
The Kershaw County Parks & Recreation Department is sponsoring a pair of umpire clinics in anticipation of the 2014 spring Dixie Youth and Dixie Boys baseball seasons.
The Royals AAU youth basketball teams will host tryouts in both Camden and Bishopville for its boys and girls' teams.
Invitations for the Carolina Cup steeplechase races were sent out to those on the organization's mailing list last Friday. And tickets and parking spaces for the event are now on sale.