Marie Kelly Branham, 90, of Elgin, SC, died Friday, May 25, 2012. Born in Tookiedoo, SC on September 4, 1921, she was a daughter of the late John Mannes Kelly and Gazell Abbott Kelly. Marie was a beloved fixture in the Elgin community, owning and operating Branham's Grocery for 31 years, working alongside her husband on the family cotton and corn farm, and serving as nurse for anyone in need in the area. She was a member of Smyrna United Methodist Church, where memorials may be made in Marie's memory at PO Box 66, Elgin, SC 29045.
Erin Hayes has been selected as the Youth Dance Ambassador for 2012. Through her participation in the recent Dance Troupe Inc. competition, Erin was chosen as the Youth Dance Ambassador and will participate in the Grand National Finals to be held in Savannah, Ga. in July. Erin will have the opportunity to study with top dance choreographers, be a featured performer in the Night of Stars Showcase, and will receive the Youth Dance Ambassador Medal for 2012.
Today, Memorial Day, one of the most important days on the American calendar, we reflect upon all that we owe the brave men and women who have been willing to risk everything in military service to this country. A vibrant legacy of courage, dedication, and sacrifice is what allows us to choose our own leaders, write our own laws, and enjoy all our other freedoms.
May 28, 2012|
By State Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk
C-I contributing columnist
White babies are no longer a majority of new births, according to the Census Bureau. America is quietly "browning," it is said, like dinner rolls in a warm oven. Yet, such change does not come without resistance from those who prefer to remain unbaked.
May 28, 2012|
By Clarence Page
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Colvin of Camden announce the engagement of their daughter, Crystal Renee Colvin of Camden, to Travis James Eubanks of Camden. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Eubanks of Camden, and Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Kelly of Bishopville.
Hannah McCray Earls, age 13, has been chosen as a state finalist in the National American Miss South Carolina Pageant to be held July 12-14 at the Marriott in downtown Columbia. The pageant is held for girls ages 10 through 13.
• We congratulate Kershaw County's 2012 graduates – both those who have already stepped across the stage and those who will receive their diplomas Saturday. As indicated in today's Chronicle-Independent graduation section, we have many young people with bright futures ahead of them. We wish them the very best on their journey.