Six Kershaw County Master Gardeners recently graduated by completing the required 40 hours of volunteer time, and receiving their certificate from Vickie Bertagnolli-Heller, local Master Gardener coordinator. The group also welcomed Joe Dorton and Albert Reed who finished the classroom instruction given by Clemson University agents and qualified as Master Gardeners in May. These gentlemen now have to volunteer 40 hours before they become certified Master Gardeners.
Dancers from Palmetto Dance Center (PDC) in Elgin took the stage in King, N.C. on June 18 with hopes of maintaining their rank as National Dance Champions -- and they did.
Dear Friends, We believe that when a community rallies together, we can make a huge difference. We're asking that you help us to make such a difference in the life of Chelsea Renee Anderson, a recent graduate of Camden High School. Last year, Chelsea was diagnosed with a brain tumor and a rare medical condition. As you can imagine, this presented her with a major challenge during her entire senior year. However, in spite of ...
The Camden Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated held its Second Annual Debutante Cotillion: Belles of the Crimson Radiance in May at the Shrine Club in Camden. The Cotillion Ball is a rite of passage provided to exemplary young ladies in the Camden and surrounding areas.
Jane Brady will celebrate her 90th birthday Saturday, July 16. She was raised in Birmingham, Ala. She is the widow of the late E.P. Brady Jr.
Running out of ideas of what to do with your child during the summer months? Church leaders at Emmanuel United Methodist Church offered a "Family Fun Night" through Camp Emmanuel recently that focused on giving parents the resources to create fun -- but simple -- activities with their children. The camp was geared towards getting parents involved in their children's lives and teaching them that something as simple as making homemade ice cream can be ...
In June the S. C. Division Children of the Confederacy (C of C) along with John D. Kennedy Chapter No. 308 United Daughters of the Confederacy and Joseph B. Kershaw Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp No. 81 rededicated three of Camden's Confederate Monuments which were erected in 1911: The Pantheon in Rectory Square, The Richard Kirkland Memorial Fountain in Hampton Park, and Richard Kirkland's Grave in Quaker Cemetery.
The Kershaw County Back to School Bash Committee utilizes community resources to provide free school supplies to area youth and help families access information and services within the community. The committee is celebrating its 15th year of service to the community and anticipates assisting approximately 1,500 elementary, middle, high and college students from Kershaw County and surrounding areas.
Students in the Camden First Baptist Kindergarten and Child Care walked in the church's annual Fourth of July Parade in honor of Independence Day on June 30. In total, 80 children, 19 teachers and two parents participated. The group started at the church on Walnut Street, turned rights on Broad Street, turned right on DeKalb Street and doubled back to Walnut Street to complete the parade. Luanne Stallings directed the event.
The American Legion Auxiliary Post 17 participated in selecting and sponsoring five delegates from Kershaw County to attend Palmetto Girls State June 12-18. The tuition of each student was shared by the unit and American Legion Post 17 members.
The 2011 CLASS Shag Blast was held June 11 at the Camden Shrine Club. It is the Camden Lugoff Area Shag Society's annual major fund raising event. This year the CLASS Shag Blast benefited the Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County and Food for the Soul of Kershaw County. Thanks to sponsors and the work of club members, $3,600 was donated to the organizations. This is the most the club has been able to donate in the last seven years.
One Elgin home received a makeover from Blaney Baptist youth and adults during the Elgin Construction Blitz last week.
Joan Reconnu was named Kershaw County Literacy Association (KCLA) Volunteer of the Year. Reconnu has been active with KCLA in many ways. Currently, she is an enthusiastic member of the "Read Aloud, Kershaw County" team. The team plans weekly visits to the after school program at Trinity apartments. There are six others who will participate. Reconnu has a long-time interest in teaching English as a second language (ESL). Under her leadership many people, mostly Hispanic, ...
The Camden High School African American Alumni Association will host a reunion weekend July 22 through 24 at the Historic Robert Mills Courthouse, located at 607 Broad St. Camden.
Food for the Soul has announced the names of regional coordinators for their Pass the Plate fundraising campaign. The campaign is underway and will conclude Aug. 14.
"The Community Medical Clinic (CMC) held a festive 15-year anniversary party on November 14 at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County. Four hundred community supporters were invited to a red carpet awards show. Their collective efforts represent a community resolve that has provided health care to more than 5,000 Kershaw County patients from 1998 to 2013. This event was a thank you to clinic volunteers who have unselfishly given their time and financial assistance.
Camden ART's annual fall show will be on exhibit at the Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County beginning Friday and lasting until Jan. 16. A reception will be held Sunday from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Bassett Gallery coinciding with the annual performance of The Nutcracker. (The FAC is closed for Christmas break from Dec. 23 until Jan.) A special viewing of the show during this time can be arranged by calling the FAC at 425-7676.
The Camden Community Concert Band (CCCB) will present its annual Christmas concert on Sunday at the Performing Arts Center at Camden High School. The show begins at 3 p.m. and admission is free.
The Camden Junior Welfare League presents the 37th annual Candlelight Tour of Homes on Saturday from 3 to 8 p.m. The tour will begin at the Camden Archives and Museum, where tour programs will be available and tickets may be purchased. Tour programs include home and site descriptions, maps, merchant information, sponsors, and general League information.
The Bethune Lions Club recently held its "Peace Poster" contest. Pictured above are this year's winners, front row from left: Breanna Bowen (first place); Rashade McCollum (second place); and Ashley Morgan Hall (third place). Also pictured are, back row from left: Don Witham, Bethune Lions Club program coordinator; and Leslie Pate, art instructor at North Central Middle School. The theme for this year's contest was "Our world, our peace." The Bethune Lions extend thanks ...
By CLIFTON H. ANDERSON
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