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Can you spell better than a fifth grader?

The Kershaw County Literacy Association will hold its third annual 'Can You Spell Better Than A Fifth Grader? Spelling Bee' on Thursday, Oct. 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church Family Life Center in Camden. Fifth graders from Kershaw County schools will compete against local community and business leaders for prizes and bragging rights. Last year's winner, Corey Sweetenburg of Midway Elementary School, is shown with Mz. Buzzbee (a.k.a Hope Robertson, KCLA Executive Director). Corey topped 31 other fifth graders and community and business leaders; Robert Arial, nationally syndicated editorial ...

October 14, 2011 | | People & Places


JDFR goes “Hawg Wild” for a cure Saturday

Type 1 diabetes affects approximately 3 million Americans, and that number is growing rapidly. Every year, 15,000 children are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. That's more than 40 children a day with this permanent non-reversible disease that prevents the body from being able to produce insulin. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation has a sole purpose of helping find a cure for type 1 diabetes and is the largest funder of type 1 diabetes research. JDRF has annual fundraisers such as the "JDFR Walk to Cure Diabetes," the "JDRF Gala" and the "JDRF Golf Tournament." These events are organized ...

October 14, 2011 | | People & Places


Master Gardener orientation to be held Oct. 20

Are you interested in learning more about gardening and the Master Gardener program? The Master Gardeners are hosting an orientation session for Kershaw County applicants Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. at the Extension Homemakers Building on the corner of Church and DeKalb Streets in Camden. Amanda McNulty from "Making it Grow" will be the guest speaker.

October 14, 2011 | | People & Places


Camden Antique Fair kicks off Oct. 20

Organizers for the inaugural Camden Antiques Fair announce that 33 antique dealers are booked for the event and many hail from out of state. They will bring items new to the South Carolina market and shoppers will find an array of offerings which feature furniture, toys, ceramics, sporting artifacts, rugs, silver, crystal, jewelry, books, maps, rustic furnishings and pottery. A list of dealers and ticket information can be found on line at www.steeplechasemuseum.org.

October 12, 2011 | | People & Places


Happy Birthday!

Ms. Miriam Denton Anderson will celebrate her 98th birthday Thursday. She was born Oct. 13, 1913. She plans to mark the milestone with friends and family. Ms. Anderson is the mother of three sons, five grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

October 12, 2011 | | People & Places


Neal Clark and friends to perform at FAC

Local resident Neal Clark joins forces with fellow musicians and vocalists for a night of Broadway and classic songs to benefit the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC.) "A Gala Evening of Song" will take place Saturday at 8 p.m. in the Wood Auditorium. There will be a reception catered by Carolina Café, with a cash bar prior to the performance starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students, seniors and military. The evening is sponsored by Miller Lumber, Sentinel Health Partners Carolina Cafe' and Colony Inn.

October 12, 2011 | | People & Places


Strike up the band!

Alto saxophone players Ike Nooe, Judie Shiver, Mike Sox and Bob Loryea practice with the Camden Community Concert Band (CCCB) in preparation for its first concert of the season. The CCCB begins its 33rd season this Sunday with a concert in Rectory Square Park. The concert begins at 3 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

October 12, 2011 | | People & Places


Camden Music Association holds fall general meeting

The Camden Music Association will host its fall general meeting at 4 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Douglas Reed House, on the grounds of the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County. The objective of the Camden Music Association is to give the young musicians of the whole county a venue to showcase their talents and provide scholarships to help in their music study.

October 12, 2011 | | People & Places


Sunsets on the Green

SAFE Federal Credit Union and the City of Camden present "Sunsets on the Green," kicking off tomorrow from 5 to 9 p.m. "Sunsets on the Green" is a free Fall Concert series and will be held at the Camden Town Green on Thursday evenings. The artist lineup is as follows: Thursday, Sun-Dried Vibes formerly Zac Fowler and the Essentials (above); Oct. 20, Joal Rush; and Oct. 27, Josh McCaa.

October 12, 2011 | | People & Places


Fall Food drive Oct. 22

Exterior Dreams and Seamless Gutters, located at 1315 Gordon St., Camden, will host a fall food drive Oct. 22 in the Kmart parking lot at Riverview Crossing.

October 12, 2011 | | People & Places


Grace Episcopal Church ‘memorial and monument’ calendar on sale

Since 1980, members of Grace Episcopal Church Women have produced an annual calendar with drawings of residences and other significant structures in Camden. Local artists have generously donated their time and talent to produce the pen and ink representation in the calendar. This year, the theme is "memorials and monuments." Tootie Mackey (left) and Eve Montgomery stand in front of the Dinkinson Monument in Monument Square, which is featured on the cover of this year's calendar. Calendars can be purchased for $8 at the church office, Historic Camden and other local businesses. All proceeds from the calendars are donated ...

October 10, 2011 | | People & Places


KC library promotes early literacy through federal grant

Over the past few months, two dedicated reading enthusiasts bring reading to children, early and often, provides the key to lifelong success. Through a federal grant provided by the Institute for Museum and Library Studies, Cindy Bolin and Stephanie Hamrick, have visited numerous churches, mobile home parks and apartment complexes to reach out to parents who may be unfamiliar with the library, unable to get there, or unable to attend during scheduled summer children's programming.

October 10, 2011 | | People & Places


Dig pink for breast cancer awareness

The Lugoff Elgin Varsity Volleyball team is hosting its annual Dig Pink JV Jam Tournament on Oct. 15 at Lugoff Elgin High School (L-EHS). The team chose to use the tournament as a fundraiser for breast cancer awareness and have already raised more than $1,000 for the cause.

October 07, 2011 | | People & Places


Keeping a promise since 2005

Keeping true to a promise he made to a group of fifth-graders at Bethune Elementary School in 2005, Clifton Harryton Anderson (first row, second from right), a retired mental health professional, volunteer mentor and the recipient of the Order of Silver Crescent, the state's highest honor for volunteer and community service, has made unannounced regular visits with students each year since 2005.

October 07, 2011 | | People & Places


Camden native named Miss South Carolina Heart of America

Bre'Anna T. Hayes of Camden has been awarded the title of 2011 Miss South Carolina Heart of America, for Miss Heart of America, LLC, producers of the nationally recognized Miss Heart of America Pageant Program. She will be representing her state at the 2011 Miss Heart of America Nationals on Saturday, Nov. 19 in Orlando, Fla. where she will be competing for a $5,000 scholarship along with other titles and prizes.

October 07, 2011 | | People & Places


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Public invited to celebrate the fourth at Lake, Historic Camden

July 03, 2015 | Jim Tatum | People & Places


Fourth of July BBQ essentials

The Fourth of July is tomorrow and revelers across the nation are preparing to toast their independence with family and friends. For many Americans, backyard barbecues are synonymous with the Fourth of July, a day that, in the United States of America, commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776.

July 03, 2015 | | People & Places


Historic Camden’s Did you Know?

While Ben Franklin was key to the crafting of the Declaration of Independence, the other Founding Fathers did not want him to be the main author - as they felt they couldn't trust him not to put a joke in it!

The great, big and wonderful approval of going independent actually occurred on July 2 -- a day which John Adams thought would forever after be celebrated by the newly formed nation. "The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha in the History of America." He was right about the way we honor it though: "It ought ...

July 03, 2015 | | People & Places


Sesquicentennial State Park trip

Students from Wateree Elementary School in Krissi Butler's first grade class enjoyed a field study at the end of the school year to Sesquicentennial State Park to study plants.

July 03, 2015 | | People & Places


Camden First welcomes new pastor, Rev. McCutcheon

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.

June 29, 2015 | | People & Places


KC Library Summer Reading

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.

June 29, 2015 | | People & Places


Plant fun

Studying plants is serious business as Wateree Elementary students Colden Baker and Austin Warwick learn about the different parts of a plant.

June 29, 2015 | | People & Places


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