I can't believe what happened in Kershaw County this past week.
The first round of pre-season scrimmages for the three Kershaw County public high school football teams is on tap for Friday night with two of those being played in Kershaw County.
After having won the 4A state championship at 171 pounds to cap off a more-than-memorable high school wrestling career, 2011 Lugoff-Elgin graduate Will Connell (center) was named as the recipient of the John L. Thompson Sr. Memorial Wrestling Scholarship.
"Remember when..." is a weekly historical feature showcasing life in Kershaw County, taken from the archives of the Chronicle-Independent. Kitty and Carlyle Baxley and their family were selected Region VI Family of the Year in 1987. State Sen. Donald Holland (left) presented a gift and plaque to Kitty and Carlyle, who were joined by family including their grandson, Richard Potter, a cousin, William Capers; their daughter-in-law, Judy Duncan Baxley; their daughter, Lynn Baxley Doster; their son, Charles Baxley; and Kitty's mother, Annie Wise.
It is difficult for children in Kershaw County today to even imagine the Jim Crow era, when African-Americans had to use separate bathrooms, couldn't eat in most restaurants, endured poor facilities and often had a difficult time even voting. That was just a bit more than a generation ago, and one of the towering figures who fought such injustices was Matthew Perry, who died earlier this week at age 89.
Fragging: "To intentionally kill or wound (one's superior officer, etc.), esp. with a hand grenade."
I have taken no position regarding the YMCA controversy because I don't live in the city limits. I do pay taxes to the city by virtue of shopping and frequenting restaurants in the city, and while I believe purchasing property and constructing a YMCA facility is a far cry from the highest and best use of the citizens' dollars and is as unwise as the Town Green, still I felt objection should come from residents of the city.
A memorial service for Mary James Horner, 54, of Camden, will be held Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. The Rev. Bruce Marthers will officiate. The family will receive friends following the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Sisters of Charity, 2749 Laurel Street, Columbia, SC 29204.
Albert F. Lindenstruth, PhD., age 90, of Hockessin, Delaware, was born in Guttenberg, New Jersey on March 4, 1921, raised in Red Bank, New Jersey and died on July 20, 2011 at Cokesbury Village.
Mr. Leslie Wood, 88, of 16 Amhurst Lane, Lugoff, died Sunday, July 31, 2011. Family and friends may call at the residence.
Funeral service for Ronald Joseph "Ronnie" Bell, 54, of Camden, will be Monday at 4:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home with burial to follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The Rev. William Allen will officiate. The family received friends Sunday 7-9 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home.
Graveside funeral services to celebrate the life of Sally Usher Bright, 78, of Camden will be held Monday, August 1, 2011 at 11:00 AM in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Rev. Bruce Hancock will officiate. The family received friends Sunday, July 31, 2011 from 3:00 – 4:30 PM at Kornegay Funeral Home Camden Chapel. Memorials may be sent in Mrs. Bright's memory to First Baptist Church, 1201 Broad Street, Camden, SC 29020 or Kershaw County Home Health and Hospice, 2001 W. DeKalb Street, Camden, SC 29020.
The Master Gardeners of Kershaw County will dedicate a tree they have donated on the grounds of the Camden Archives and Museum today in memory of local Master Gardeners who have faithfully served as volunteers.
Randy McCoy, with Randy's Tire and Lube in Lugoff, is the new owner of a 1972 Chevelle SS 454. Famed NASCAR driver Mark Martin surprised McCoy with the car during a July 20 celebration at CarQuest Auto Parts in Lugoff. McCoy said he entered CarQuest's "Restore Your Ride Sweepstakes" national competition several months ago, but was shocked to find out during the celebration that he was actually the winner. "I'm going to keep it put up, that's for sure. The value on it is worth more than anything I've got in my garage," he said ...
Funeral service for Vivian Inez Bradshaw Gibson, 78, of Camden, was held Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Camden Ward with burial to follow in Lugoff First Baptist Church Cemetery. The family received friends Saturday 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. prior to the service at the church.
The Kershaw County School District (KCSD) is the only South Carolina school district to receive not just one, but two 21st Century Community Learning Centers grants for 2015. Partnering with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands, Jackson School and Pine Tree Hill Elementary School will house afterschool academic assistance programs.
Ina Star Atkinson, 57 passed away on December 15, 2014. She was a loving, caring, and a good hearted person. She was the daughter of Betty Cunningham and Gilbert Parker (deceased). She had one brother Herman and two sisters Carolyn and Terry. She was a mother of two, Megan and Misha. She also was a grandmother of 7: Autumn, Destiny, Jaheem, Jaquwan, Kaliegh, Ernest and Brogan
Funeral services for William Gerald Reese, 79 of Kershaw, SC will be held at 3:00 p.m., Friday, December 19, 2014, in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Kershaw City Cemetery. Rev. Bryant D. Fersner will officiate.
Funeral service for Annie Ruth Young, 73, will be held on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The Rev. Keith Coates will officiate. The family will receive friends Friday 5-7 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. Memorials may be made to DeKalb Baptist Church, 2034 DeKalb School Road, Camden, SC 29020.
Mrs. Belle Brooks Williams, 94, of 110 Railroad Avenue, died Thursday, December 18, 2014. Friends may visit at 1840 Lovett Road in Camden. Plans will be announced by Collins Funeral Home.
A funeral service honoring the life of Murdic Branham, husband of Louise Jordan Branham, of Lugoff, SC, will be held on Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 2:00 PM at Springvale Baptist Church. Rev. Todd Horton will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at 1:00 PM in the church sanctuary. Memorials may be made in Mr. Branham's memory to Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders, 3223 Sunset Blvd. West Columbia, SC 29169 or Springvale Baptist Church, PO Box 880, Lugoff, SC 29078.
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.)
The ABLE Club of S.C., the official athletic booster club of Lugoff-Elgin High School, is kicking off its membership campaign for the 2014-15 athletic seasons at the school.