Pat Conroy has placed Ron Rash in "the front ranks of the best American novelist," the New Yorker has compared his work to both John Steinback and Cormac McCarthy, and Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize-winning author says that "Ron Rash is a writer of both the darkly beautiful and the sadly true."
With the Republican primary on the near horizon here in Kershaw County and across South Carolina, there is a stereotype that still exists nowadays -- fueled in part by the national media, no doubt -- that the GOP is the organization of the wealthy and the Democratic Party is made up of the working class. But an analysis of voting trends in the recent New Hampshire primary and in the rest of the country, enumerated by a column in The Wall Street Journal, has helped shatter that image.
Absentee voting is underway throughout South Carolina, and the S.C. Election Commission wants to inform voters about associated procedures and deadlines. Voters who meet one of the qualifying reasons may cast an absentee ballot either in person or by mail.
Franklin Ham, 76, will be held Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. at Lugoff Church of God with burial to follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The Rev. Tony Barns will officiate. The family will receive friends Monday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff.
Funeral service for Carol Sinclair Price, 72, of Lugoff, was held Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at New Life Christian Outreach Church with burial to follow in Lugoff First Baptist Church Cemetery. The Rev. Richard Cameron and the Rev. Joe Stines will officiate. The family received friends Saturday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to New Life Christian Outreach Building Fund or the American Cancer Society.
A graveside service for Harland Forbush "Smitty" Smith,of Elgin, 70, will be held Friday, January 20, 2012, at 3:00 p.m. at Fort Jackson National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shriners Children Hospital.
Dear Annie: Four months ago, I joined a nonprofit that provides free tutoring and homework help to elementary-school kids. When I started, the kids coming into our center were from low-income minority and immigrant families. These were kids who would be home alone all afternoon if they didn't come to us.
Douglas J. Duskin passed away suddenly on January 9, 2012 in Camden, SC. Born in Newark, NJ on November 5, 1941 and raised in Washingtonville, NY, he was the son of Diana S. Duskin and the late Stephen J. Duskin. He held a B.Sc. in Geology from Duke University and a M.Sc. in Mineral Deposits from Cornell University.
Kudos to our various law enforcement agencies for working together to get some folks off our streets who needed to be stopped. At the top of our list are Bethune Police Chief Joey Cobb, Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) and U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for arresting two people (and there may be more to come) for the June 23 armed robbery of Sandhills Bank in Bethune.
Reverend Larry D. McCutcheon has been appointed as minister to Camden First United Methodist Church. Rev McCutcheon comes from Trinity United Methodist Church in Orangeburg where he served for 11 years. A spiritual and civic leader, he preaches the gospel and walks the talk throughout various sectors of the community in an extraordinary way, touching the lives of so many with his unique ability to reach all people from all walks of life.
Mr. Allen Hobson "Chip" Patterson, Jr., and Ms. Denise Beauchamp Patterson of Winston-Salem, N.C., announce the engagement of their daughter, Ms. Emily Catherine Patterson, to Mr. Philip Harden English, both of Durham, N.C. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Bennett English, Jr., of Camden, S.C.
As part of the Kershaw County Library's Summer Reading Program "Every Hero Has a Story," storyteller Sharon Clarke presented a program at both the Camden and Elgin libraries. Clarke, who lives in North Carolina, entertained the audience with both story and music. Her interactive program was enjoyed by the audience, young and old. Clarke involved the audience as she told an old Chinese folk tale, The Magic Wings. Shown from left are Addy Gwynn as the Queen, Clarke, Elizabeth Mensching as the Princess, Lucy Moore as the Grocer's Daughter, and Liberty Mensching as the Goose Girl.