The Memorial Day weekend is approaching and drivers should expect more traffic on the road. Memorial Day is the start of the "100 deadly days of summer." Our fatalities tend to rise during this time because of more vehicles traveling across our state. This year alone in Troop 1 which covers Richland, Lexington, Kershaw, Lee, Sumter and Clarendon counties, our communities have experienced 63 traffic fatalities. These fatalities are the result of speed, alcohol, and occupants not wearing seatbelts, pedestrians and motorcyclists. Memorial Day weekend of 2011 there was one fatality in Troop 1.
I'll say this for the Supreme Court's decision to open the floodgates to big money by independent groups in political campaigns. It will be illuminating and, I am certain, often entertaining to watch the big money trip over itself.
Memorial services for Pastor Vincent Francis Halter, Jr. (Ret. Col. USAF), 80, of Lake Wateree, will be held Friday, May 25, 2012 at 4:00 PM at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Sumter. Rev. Michael Henderson and Rev. Larry Brown will officiate. The family will receive friends Thursday, May 24, 2012 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Kornegay Funeral Home,Camden Chapel. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in Pastor Halter's memory to Kairos Prison Ministry of South Carolina, P.O. Box 6211, Columbia, SC 29260, or the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter, 460 S. Fair ...
David A. Partin of Camden has been selected as the 2012 Direct Service Volunteer award winner by the S.C. Association for Volunteer Administration (SCAVA).
Mrs. Elease Lanier of Camden passed away May 23, 2012 at age 83. Arrangements are incomplete. Services entrusted to Cooke Funeral Home.
There are countless reasons that our system of government in Washington is broken so badly, but there's one concept -- it's in effect in many states, already – that would effect immediate change and would help solve our crisis in government: term limits. Of course it's not a new concept, but limiting people to a particular number of terms, whether in the House of Representatives or the Senate -- would help free many elected officials to make decisions based on what's best for the country rather than on getting re-elected.
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An anonymous donor recently left an antique dollhouse as a gift to the Kershaw County Habitat for Humanity Store. The staff (pictured) at Habitat auctioned the dollhouse to the highest bidder earlier in May.
I, along with most other Kershaw County residents, was surprised and stunned by Kershaw County Council's recent idea to shift control of the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office from the voters to themselves. I thought the idea alone was ridiculous. Then some councilmen raised the bar from ridiculous to ludicrous with explanations that their intent was to "…take the politics out of county law enforcement…" What?! Take the politics out of county law enforcement by having county politicians run it? And make no mistake, whatever is said now about control of the proposed county police department, it would be ...
We're glad to see that automakers in the United States are getting serious about producing vehicles that run on compressed natural gas (CNG), a fuel that is readily available in this country and much cheaper than gasoline. It's estimated that the U.S. has more than a 100-year supply of natural gas presently on hand, and prices have been falling, as opposed to the costs of gasoline. And, of course, running vehicles with a native fuel lessens dependence on the Middle East and its volatile politics. As we pointed out recently, we're enthusiastic about the fuel-efficient diesel-powered ...
Historians will view this 2012 president's race as a watershed moment in the history of the Latino political community.
American Legion National Commander Fang A. Wong (center) paid a visit to the American Legion Department of S.C. on his annual visit. While in the Columbia area, American Legion Post 195 of Lugoff was the host post, taking the commander on a tour of the FN gun factory in Columbia. The group – which included (from left) Post 195 adjutant Bill Heil, Department of S.C. adjutant Jim Hawk, Bill Collins with Post 195 and Post 195 vice commander Jerry Schuler -- also toured the Fort Jackson National Cemetery, and the commander visited Dorn VA Hospital. Wong, who addressed the S ...
Camden High School has reported its honor roll students for the third quarter.
WASHINGTON -- A presidential race recently focused on high school has come to resemble a popularity contest of the same vintage.
The Kershaw County Darlings 8-and-under softball team completed a perfect five-game run in the District 2 tournament in Chesterfield County by beating Pageland, 16-8, on Wednesday night.
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.
(Kathleen Parker wrote this column in advance of President Barack Obama's appearance in Charleston for State Sen. Clementa Pinckney's funeral.)
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.
Studying plants is serious business as Wateree Elementary students Colden Baker and Austin Warwick learn about the different parts of a plant.
Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) crews quickly stopped a mobile home fire on the 400 block of Oakview Drive off Wildwood Lane in Lugoff the evening of June 22.
Four Kershaw County Coach Pitch All-Star (7-8-year-olds) teams will be in Camden for the Dixie Youth AA Coach Pitch District 5 All-Star Tournament which begins Friday at Woodward Park with tourney action continuing into next week in the double-elimination event.
In preparing for this coming fall season, the Camden High School girls' golf team is seeking players who would like to join the team.