First Lady Michelle Obama was in Columbia last week to highlight the problem of childhood obesity and the effect of decreased physical activity on military recruitment; the lack of physical fitness is making it more difficult for the Army and other service branches to fill their ranks at a time when the country needs good soldiers. Her visit was coincidental with a conversation this newspaper's primary editorial writer had with an Army veteran who recently received word that he'll soon be promoted to E-9, the highest enlisted rank in the service, only 18 years after joining.
In a recent op-ed, the writer stated that Sara Palin was getting tiresome with her remarks about the Tucson shootings. Yes, it is true that she is a politician and may be a presidential candidate, but she has the right to give her opinion just like all the people on the left who jumped on the "anti-right, they-are-to-blame-for-all-ills-in-the-world" bandwagon. She is entitled to defend herself when attacked, even verbally attacked by the left. The wording of the op-ed seems to me as if you have no problem by anyone on the left attacking the right. If you pay attention to ...
I would like to applaud Sheriff Matthews for the honor and courage he brings to Kershaw County and surrounding communities. His qualifications and experience far exceed our comprehension as law-abiding citizens.
This is a new year. A new beginning. A time to think about family, friends and acquaintances. A time to think about how much they mean to you.
20 YEARS AGO -- Jan. 30--Feb. 4, 1991
Funeral service for Willie B. McClinton, 82, of John G. Richards Road in Camden, will be held Saturday, February 5, 2011, at 1 p.m. at Good Hope AME Zion church with burial in the church cemetery.
Bessie Campbell Parker, returned to be with her creator on Monday, January 31, 2011. A graveside service to celebrate the life of Mrs. Parker, 91, of Elgin will be held Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at 2:00 PM in Blaney Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev. Philip Blankenship will officiate. Memorials may be made in Mrs. Parker's memory to Blaney Baptist Church, 1400 Blaney Road, Elgin, SC 29045.
A service to celebrate the life of Joan Sowell Vincent, 79, of Kershaw, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, February 3, 2011, in First Baptist Church where she was a member .
Funeral service for Ellen R. Jackson, 72, of Gary Street in Camden, will be held Friday, February 4, 2011, at 2 p.m. at St. Paul United Methodist Church with burial in the church cemetery.
Funeral service for Leroy Jackson, 68, of Ebenezer Church Road in Camden, will be held Thursday, February 3, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Ebenezer AME Zion Church with burial in the church cemetery.
Clayton Lamar "Skip" Carmean, 61, of Camden, died Sunday, January 30, 2011. Born in Hudson, Michigan, he was the son of Melvin and Betty Carmean.
Funeral services to celebrate the life of Viola Bowers Anderson, 82, of Camden will be held at 2:00 PM Wednesday, February 2, 2011 in Beaverdam Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Rev. Louie Anderson and Rev. Gene Stokes will officiate. The family received friends from 6:00 – 8:00 PM Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. Memorials may be made in Mrs. Anderson's memory to a charity of one's choice.
The Camden Junior Welfare League is now accepting applications for grant money to be awarded to 501 (C)(3) organizations specifically dealing with children in the Kershaw County area. Grants range from $250 to $2,500. The application is available for download at www.camdenleague.com and completed proposals should be mailed to CJWL, P.O. Box 578, Camden, SC, 29021. Proposals must be received by April 1, 2011. If you have any questions, you may contact Nikki Ingram at (803) 261-5968 or at CJWLGrants@hotmail.com. The League office is not staffed; therefore, proposals are only accepted via mail.
Eight Kershaw County elementary and middle schools -- up from only two local K-8 schools last year -- were among more than 430 schools statewide recognized Monday by the S.C. Department of Education for academic achievement and closing achievement gaps in 2010.
By Austin Jenkins
Even though the Carolina Cup is more than a month away, reserved parking spaces are selling at a brisk pace.
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.