I was in my hometown -- the fair city of Camden -- June 30-July 12. It is always nice to be home, where I spent the first 18 years of my life. I attended and graduated from Jackson Elementary, Jackson Junior High and Jackson High schools.
The following are menus for Kershaw County schools for the week of Aug. 22-26:
Most of the people who lived there and felt an allegiance to the crown left the area around 230 years ago. Many of the loyalists or Tories voluntarily left before the American Revolution, but those who sided and fought with the British eventually lost their homes and fled.
Cheer up. Not everything went down over the last two weeks.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry quickly discovered that national politics is a whole different game than statewide politics -- even in as huge a place as the Lone Star State -- shortly after he formally announced his presidential candidacy in South Carolina. Perry said Ben Bernanke, chairman of the Federal Reserve, was acting in a "treasonous" way with national monetary policy. He also said that were Bernanke down in Texas, he'd be treated "pretty ugly" because of his job performance.
For a week, in temperatures exceeding 100 degrees, a team from the Salkehatchie Summer Service worked to physically improve the homes of needy families in Clarendon County. With hammers and saws a group of 75 high school and college youth volunteers worked to improve the living conditions of 10 homes. Leading a team was Mayor Jeffrey Graham of Camden. Salkehatchie Summer Service is a program of the South Carolina Conference Board of Global Ministries and consists of a number of work camps for United Methodist Youth in South Carolina. Over 50 camps were established this year from May to August ...
Not so fast, Mayor Graham and city council. Let's talk tourism. The National Steeplechase Museum is sponsoring a new antiques fair at Rhame Arena in October. The arena is downtown with lots of parking and extremely convenient to the interstate. Think about it -- if council had its way, the arena would have been torn down by now and taxpayers would be spending $6 to $8 million on a new YMCA on the Mather Academy property. Can we house an antiques fair at the YMCA? Can we hold the annual Firefest event at the YMCA?
If you've recently traveled to a vacation area that's popular with motorcyclists -- Myrtle Beach or the Blue Ridge Parkway come to mind -- you might have noticed the latest trend in the biker world, a development that only a decade ago would have been considered unfathomable:
The Camden Bulldog Club will sponsor its annual "Meet the Bulldogs" on Tuesday, Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. inside the Commons area of the school's gymnasium.
Lugoff-Elgin will host the sixth annual May Plant Credit Union Kickoff Classic at Lugoff-Elgin Stadium on Friday night in the final pre-season action before the first week of the 2011 football season begins next Friday.
rcadia Stables' Opera Heroine, on key throughout Saratoga Race Course's $74,000 Mrs. Ogden Phipps, jumped to the lead at the seventh of nine fences and repelled late challenges by Magalen O. Bryant's Well Fashioned and Irvin S. Naylor's Lonesome Nun to win by three lengths last Thursday.
The annual Godbold-Nash Memorial Ride will kick off Saturday at Camden Middle School (CMS). The ride honors S.C. Highway Patrol troopers H.M. Godbold and Jonathan Nash. Godbold died 19 years ago on U.S. 1 in Lugoff after his patrol car was struck by a drunk driver while responding to a call. Nash died in 2009 after his motorcycle was struck by a car on U.S. 1 near CMS while leading the ride that year.
Camden native Gertrude Stoney (left) has graduated from the Richland County Sheriff Department's Citizens Academy. The Citizens Academy, led by Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott (right), is designed to educate and keep communities informed. The Citizens Academy provides a forum for police and community interactions. Stoney was also initiated into the Phi Alpha Honor Society at the University of South Carolina, where she completed the Advanced Master of Social Work Program. The Phi Alpha Honor Society provides academic recognition to top-performing college and university students. Members must be enrolled as a full-time social work major. The Phi Alpha Honor ...
Previous year's box seat and reserved parking space holders have until Friday, Feb. 13, to secure their spaces for the 2015 Carolina Cup Steeplechase Races in Camden.
The Kershaw County Parks and Recreation Department will hold a pair of umpire certification clinics for those individuals seeking to work Dixie Youth and/or Dixie Boys and Dixie Majors baseball games this spring and summer.
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.