Last month's column focused on South Carolina's abysmal, fourth-highest in the nation unemployment rate. I have come across some information in the last couple of weeks that has given me a lot to think about as I look for ways the state can encourage job creation in South Carolina.
Suddenly, Campaign 2012 is looking like deja vu all over again. Remember how President Barack Obama's fast rise to the White House was boosted here and there by remarkably unlucky opponents? The Republican challengers to his reelection seem almost determined to help him to get lucky one more time.
• We've commented all along that a pending bill to require South Carolina voters to present a photo ID at the polls was no big deal, though some opponents claimed it would be unfair because some people don't have ready access to such identification cards. The state has offered the estimated 178,000 Palmetto State residents without a card free transportation to a DMV center to have one made at no cost. Only 600 people have taken the state up on the offer, indicating to us that the rest don't have much interest in voting, anyway.
Two nights after suffering their first conference loss in more than two years, the North Central volleyball team released their frustration on McBee to the tune of a 3-0 shutout win at The Castle on Thurday.
The Kershaw County Clemson Club will host a viewing party of Saturday's football game between the Tigers and Virginia Tech in Blackburg, Va.
During the 1730s, when the Township Plan was devised to entice interior settlement via offers of free land (Fredericksburg, later Camden, being one), a group of Welsh Baptists from New Jersey were granted land to settle either side of the Pee Dee River. The settlement became known as the Welsh Tract. Johannes Kolb, a German farmer who had emigrated to New Jersey in 1704, was among those who acquired land in the tract in the late 1730s.
The Camden High School Cass of 1986 will hold a class reunion at Camden Country Club, located at 111 Knights Hill Road, Nov. 5. The cost is $40 per person or $80 per couple. Send check or money orders to Hank Green at 1204 Broad St., Camden, SC 29020. Tickets must be purchased by Oct. 14. For more information, email CamdenHighSchool86@gmail.com.
Last season, the only pimple on North Central's unbeaten run through Region 3-A volleyball play came when Chesterfield took one game from the Lady Knights, which went 23-1 in games played in eight conference matches.
Under a blanket of glittering night sky, the Harvest Moon Concert made its debut Saturday at Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site. In an intimate setting in the garden of the Kershaw-Cornwallis House, homegrown talents Kelly and Patrick Morris of The Mobros entertained the audience with original and cover songs, followed by Tennessee musician Michael Jacobs. A Native American of the Cherokee Nation, Jacobs played flute and guitar and sang original tunes.
Ida Bell Patterson, 72, of Elkwood Lane, Camden, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, September 25, 2011. She was the daughter of the late Sam and Hester Mae Clark Patterson.
Joe Louis Scott, 69, of Fairfax Drive, Camden, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, September 27, 2011. He was the son of the late David, Sr. and Mamie Boulware Scott and husband of Madeline Carrington Scott.
This year is the 80th anniversary of the social sorority Beta Sigma Phi. There has been a chapter of this organization in Kershaw County for more than 50 years. The current members of Beta Siigma Phi will host a Sunday Tea Oct. 16 around 2 p.m. to celebrate this occasion. The tea will be held at Julie Trott's home on Sarsfield Road, Camden. If you are a former member and would like to attend, call Barbara James at 432-4968 and leave a message that includes your name, address, phone number and email address; or email her at Jamesbf ...
John Drakeford, 102, of Lancaster, died Tuesday, September 27, 2011. Funeral Service will be held Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 1:00 P.M., Parker Baptist Church, Camden, SC, Rev.Walter Allen will officiate. Burial in the church cemetery. Viewing will be Friday, September 30, 2011 from 1:00 PM until 7:00 PM Crawford Funeral Home Lancaster, SC
The Lugoff-Elgin High School boys' soccer will host its annual alumni soccer game on Saturday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. at Lugoff-Elgin Stadium.
Even though the calendar just turned to January and cold weather is on the way, it is not too early to be thinking about the warmer days of spring.
Dec.: 5 – at Governor's School (6 p.m.); 10 – at Heathwood Hall (6 p.m.); 11 –Australian traveling team (6 p.m.); 15 – at Gray Collegiate (6:30 p.m.); 16 – Great Falls (6:30 p.m.)