Pat Conroy has placed Ron Rash in "the front ranks of the best American novelist," the New Yorker has compared his work to both John Steinback and Cormac McCarthy, and Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize-winning author says that "Ron Rash is a writer of both the darkly beautiful and the sadly true."
Kershaw County Library was recently awarded a $10,000 grant from Central Carolina Community Foundation for website redevelopment and branding.
Miss Camden and Miss Camden Teen 2012 were crowned Jan. 7 during the pageant held at Camden High School. Morgan Schoolfield (left) was named Miss Camden Teen 2012.
The Master Gardeners of Kershaw County will present a program on "Everything you Need to Know about Growing Roses in South Carolina." The program is sponsored by the South Carolina Midlands Master Gardner Association "Garden Like A Master" (GLAM) series and contains useful information for the home gardener. This presentation will be the first of a series of monthly programs on various gardening topics that will be presented by Kershaw County Master Gardeners in various locations in Kershaw County.
On Dec. 18, 2011, Blondell Jeffers and Dr. E. Raybon (Ray) Rodgers invited family to an intimate dinner to celebrate their Golden Anniversary. The gathering took place where the couple first met, the former site of the Blaney School, which has since been transformed into the Old South Restaurant, Elgin.
Mental Health America of Kershaw County (MHAKC) held its 49th annual membership dinner meeting Nov. 10 in the fellowship center at First Baptist Church in Camden. Joy Jay, executive director of Mental Health America of South Carolina, introduced the guest speaker, Alyce Kemp DeWitt.
By the time Kami Kinard learned how to read she knew that she wanted to be a writer.
Clennie and Evelyn McCaskill will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Jan. 13, 2012. The couple was married on Jan. 13, 1962 in Camden, S.C. at the home of Pastor Wallace Gallaway.
A ceremony commemorating the heroic deed of the young confederate soldier Richard Kirkland was held Dec. 11, sponsored by the John D. Kennedy Chapter No. 308 United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Joseph B. Kershaw Camp No. 82 Sons of the Confederate Veterans.
Women On The Move Inc. awarded its annual scholarship in June 2011 to Shalace Rose. Shalace is a freshman at Winthrop University in Rock Hill and graduated from Camden High School in 2011. Regina Warren-Crim (left), president, presents Shalace with the scholarship while her parents, Charlene Franklin and Isom Rose, look on.
Auditions for Columbia City Ballet's Production of "Sleeping Beauty" will be held in the dance studio on the campus of the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County on Sunday, Jan. 15 from 2 to 5 p.m. Performance will be Feb. 28 and March 1.
The Lugoff-Elgin High School Homecoming Court included (from left) Victoria McElveen, Miss Princess winner; Courtney Johnson, first runner- up to Homecoming Queen; Aneka Dixon, Miss Princess winner; Katie Johnson, Homecoming Queen; Beneathea Murphy, Spirit Queen; Diondra Murphy, Grand Miss Princess winner and second runner-up to Homecoming Queen.
The winners in Lugoff-Elgin High School's Mr. L-E competition were (from left) Junior Mr. LE, Austin Veverica; second runner-up, Joshua Ruiz; Mr. LE 2012, Devin Walker; first runner-up, Corbin Hopkins; and Mr. Congeniality, Austin Branham.
Kershaw County has been chosen to receive $9,703 for 2011-12 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. Federal funding challenges have hit the most needy of the community at a time when it is needed most.
United Way of Kershaw County was awarded a $7,000 donation from Dr. Energy Saver Columbia after it won an Internet voting contest in December. Dr. Energy Saver Columbia, owned by William Cantey, is part of the home improvement industry.
Members of American Legion Post 195, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 8346 and AMVETS Post 33 recently joined together for an annual tradition: the disposal -- through burning -- of unserviceable American flags. The ceremony took place at VFW Post 8346's headquarters in Ridgeway, with all three posts participating in different parts of the ceremony.
The Kershaw County Clemson Extension Service is assisting with a tomato contest coming up Saturday, and is sponsoring a pesticide calibration and safety workshop on August 15.
Local Boy Scouts of America spent the last week of June volunteering at a Cub Scout Day Camp.
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