The Elgin Police Department (EPD) delivered a load of fun at its first Elgin Podunk International Challenge (EPIC) May 14 to raise money for the EPD's annual Toy Round Up and Caring Hands charity, which provides food and toys to families during the holiday season. The EPD also provides regular check-ups on the elderly in the Elgin community to ensure their safety and well-being. The festival kicked off with a welcome from Mayor Brad Hanley and the Pledge of Allegiance. Games, food and entertainment were offered for all ages. Highlights of the event included Otis Singleton and Heidi Thorton ...
The late James and Nell Smith, former co-owners of Camden Food Shop, created a scholarship for students attending local Baptist churches with high academic achievement.
The May meeting of the King Haiglar Garden Club was held May 9 at Proctor Hall. Officers for the 2011-12 garden club year were installed and awards for the 2010-11 garden club year were presented. Nancy Carlson was named King Haiglar Garden Club Member of the Year. New members inducted were Sandra G. Lease and Ellen Vaughan. Officers for the 2012-11 year are Judy Smith, corresponding secretary; Jane Hannon, first vice-president; Cheryl Black, recording secretary; Carolyn Brown, president; Bettysue Webber, third vice president; Nancy Wylie, second vice president; Linda Shaylor, first vice president; and Marguerite Glasgow. Also installed, but not ...
Keeping true to a promise he made to a group of fifth-graders at Bethune Elementary School in 2005, Clifton Harryton Anderson (far 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 the students each year since 2005.
Ms. Rosa Henry McQuillar has already celebrated the milestone birthday of 100 years. While her next birthday isn't until July, her family and friends held a celebration in her honor on Mother's Day, May 8.
The Wateree Animal Hospital in Elgin held a fundraiser, Bow Wow Backyard Sale, to raise money for the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter. The Wateree Animal Hospital was able to make a $1,600 donation after the sale. The Bow Wow Backyard sale was made possible by donations from community members. The event also featured a k9 exhibition. Organizers plan to have a second sale in the fall.
Women from the House of Representatives came together on May 11 to form the first-ever South Carolina Honorary Girl Scout Troop. Given the troop number 1912, in recognition of the year Girl Scouts was founded, the membership is made up of all 16 women in the House of Representatives. The two Girl Scout councils in the state, Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina and Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands, hosted the late afternoon tea across the street from the State Capitol at the Capital City Club.
During a Sunday afternoon reception, the newly formed Miss Lugoff-Elgin Scholarship Pageant committee appointed 16-year-old Lugoff resident Julianna Cobb as the first Miss Lugoff-Elgin Teen to compete for the state title this July in Columbia. As a committee-appointed queen, Cobb will be an "at large" contestant in the state competition where she will compete in interview, fitness wear, talent, evening gown and on-stage personality. In addition to her title, Cobb, a junior at Lugoff-Elgin High School, will also be the recipient of a $250 scholarship.
Lugoff Elgin High School and the ABLE Club of S.C. made history by crowning a 2011 Junior Miss L-E, Mary Katherine Rogers, in the afternoon pageant and 2011 Miss L-E, Chelsea Gantt, in the evening pageant. All 65 contestants danced their way in through the opening number of "Dynamite." The competition then continued in casual wear, evening wear and on stage questions. Both queens will have the opportunity to complete in LMSC pageant on June 18. Junior Miss L-E pageant winners include (above from left) Junior Miss L-E First Runner-Up and Most Photogenic, Ryan McRoy; Miss Freshman, Hannah Bowers ...
Karl Allen with Black River Rescue and his assistant Ann Marie Holland made presentations about bloodhounds at both the Camden and Elgin branches of the Kershaw County Library. The pair taught both children and adults how to respond if they find themselves lost in the woods, as well as clarified many misconceptions about the breed. Allen, a former deputy with the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office, specializes in training and handling bloodhounds for search and rescue. During one demonstration, children had the opportunity to hide in the woods behind the library only to be found by the bloodhound. Black River ...
Put on your dancing shoes! Camden favorite Reflections is back to perform at the May installment of the popular outdoor concert series Finally Friday at the Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County on Friday. The concert will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and will take place behind the Wood Auditorium. With all of the band members having roots in Camden, it is sure to be a big crowd.
After knowing each other for approximately two weeks, Bill and Belinda Ward of Camden married on June 2, 1961. They will be celebrating with their children, grandchildren and friends at Emmanuel Baptist Church on May 28, 2011 from 2 to 4.
Bre'Anna T. Hayes was selected to represent South Carolina as the 2011 Miss Heart of America. She will compete for Nationals in Orlando, Fla., Nov. 19, 2011. The Queens of Miss Heart of America represent poise, personality, beauty and involvement in community service; therefore, Bre'Anna will be volunteering and making various appearances in the community service. Bre'Anna is a rising sophomore at Lander University where she is majoring in biology. Her parents are Christopher Myers, Derrick Dixon, and Teresia Hayes. Her maternal grandparents are the late John Lewis Seward and Patricia Hayes; her paternal grandparents are Mr ...
A Boater's Education Class is being offered in conjunction with SC Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) and the Kershaw Conservation District.
Wateree District Scouts (Kershaw and Fairfield Counties) will be holding its annual Cub Scout Day Camp for all Cub Scouts June 13 – 16 at Harvest Baptist Church. Day camp gives Cub Scouts a chance to have a great time, meet new friends, experience new things and pass advancement requirements, all while having the time of his life.
The annual Fall Coin Show of the Camden Coin Club will be held on Saturday, Sept. 27 at the Camden Recreation Department, 1042 West DeKalb St., Camden.
A Camden equestrian, writing under the pen name Vanessa Friedrich, is featured in the latest book in the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" series.
Camden Walmart customers know that it's back to school time again when they see the school bus out in front of the store promoting the partnership between the store and the Kershaw County School District to help local needy students receive school supplies. Walmart's annual "Pack A Bus" campaign kicks off Friday and runs for two weeks.
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