People here in Kershaw County and South Carolina take their football seriously. Though the Carolina Panthers are based in nearby Charlotte, the college game still reigns supreme here, but Sunday afternoons still attract plenty of fans who like to watch the National Football League games. Some of those contests have been thrown into disarray by substitute officials who have taken the place of the league's regular officials, who were locked out by team owners in a labor dispute.
Funeral services for Herbert Ronnie Jackson, 62, of Detroit, Michigan, formerly of Ridgeway, South Carolina will be held Saturday, September 29, 2012. 1:00 p.m. at Shiloh United Methodist Church with burial in the church cemetery. He died Monday, September 24. Collins Funeal Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Mrs. McGarry, 89, died Monday, September 24, 2012, at her Carmel Place home in Charlotte, NC. She was born September 9, 1923, in the Shopton community of western Mecklenburg County to the late Floyd Leon and Ida Rayfield Thomas. After graduation from Berryhill High School, Ruth was employed as a teleprinter operator for Western Union in uptown Charlotte. During World War II, Ruth worked in both the Los Angeles and Oakland, California bureaus. While living in California, she met a young Marine named Gale Richard McGarry, whom she married, and in 1996, the couple celebrated their Golden Anniversary.
Dr. Michael "Mike" Stanley Watford, Sr., age 61, went to be with his Lord Monday, September 24, 2012, at his home following an illness. Born September 16, 1951 in Camden, SC, he was the son of Rev. Lonnie Ernest Watford, Jr. and Mrs. Colleen M. Watford.
With the official start of autumn last week and the holidays soon upon us, my thoughts turn to a truly unique American holiday. No, not Thanksgiving but Arbor Day. Perhaps you may recall celebrating Arbor Day in elementary school, perhaps you remember hearing John Denver singing "Trees for Your Tomorrow" on television or radio on behalf of the National Arbor Day Foundation or perhaps you've seen an article about it in The Chronicle Independent with a photo of people standing around a newly planted tree.
September 28, 2012|
By Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland
C-I contributing columnist