One hundred and seventy three Harvest Moons ago the Cherokee Nation, including many from the Carolinas, made ready to join the other Southeastern tribes who had been forced by the Federal Government to relinquish their lands and relocate to Oklahoma. Some 4,000 of the 20,000 Cherokee died that bitter cold winter of 1838 while making the grueling 1,000-mile journey that became known as the "Trail of Tears."
The third annual Attic Sale to benefit the Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County will be held Sept. 15-17 in the former Gifts on Broad, located at 1041 Broad St., next to Sam Kendall's in downtown Camden. Regular sale hours are Friday, noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. To prepare for the upcoming sale, Norm and Deb McAbee buff up some cane chairs.
There are few places you can run into a Lutheran pastor, a Baptist minister and a Roman Catholic priest all at the same time unless of course, it's the beginning of a bad joke.
Karissa Tolliver, a junior at Lugoff-Elgin High School, earned a third place award for her graphic design in the Graphic Arts Education Reseach Foundation (GAERF) 2011 Student Design Competition. Karissa is a student at the Applied Technology Education Campus (ATEC) in Camden.
Sha'nyla Annette Danzy, daughter of Ebony Danzy of Bethune, has been selected as a finalist in the Pre-Teen South Carolina Scholarship and Recognition Program to be held Sept. 3 through 5, at the Hyatt Regency in Greenville.
The Camden Community Concert Band will kick off their 2011-12 concert season with its first practice on Monday, Sept. 12. The CCCB, directed by Pat Wylie and assisted by Robert Wertz, is open to anyone who plays or has played a musical instrument in the past. The band needs to add players in ALL sections of the band, but especially percussion. No auditions are required and the rehearsal atmosphere is informal.
Once again the Kershaw County Master Gardner's Association is holding a Fall Plant Sale on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 8 a.m. until noon at the Homemakers Building at Dekalb and Church Streets in center city Camden.
Once a week, Kevin Rhodes gives an hour of his time to a fifth grade student at Jackson Elementary. It's a small commitment, he said, but it makes a big impact in the life of the child.
Miss Clara Amanda Bodie of Camden won Teen Miss Cayce 2012 on Aug. 20. Bodie is the 17-year-old daughter of Keith and Michelle Bodie and is a senior at Mt. Olivet Christian School. The pageant took place at Lexington Middle School. She also won LMSC Cayce Sweetheart 2012, Prettiest Smile, and Most Photogenic in color and snapshot divisions. The Little Miss SC Pageant is in June 2012 in Hartsville where she will compete as Teen Miss Cayce.
The Lugoff Fire Department will host a 9/11 Memorial event Sept. 10 at 9 a.m. at the Lugoff-Elgin High School Staduim. Firefighters from across South Carolina as well as family members and citizens are invited to attend. The event will begin with a media press conference at 9 a.m. Around 9:30 a.m., firefighters and attendees will be allowed to climb the stadium steps to remember the 343 firefighters who gave their lives in the World Trade Center attack 10 years ago this year. Each firefighter will ring a bell before walking the stairs and firefighters ...
As gas prices settle at over $3 per gallon, many people are looking for alternative forms of transportation. One such option is riding a bicycle. To support those that choose to cycle in Camden, Eat Smart Move More Kershaw County has worked with the city of Camden and Kershaw County government to install bike racks at various locations throughout the city.
Why would more than a dozen teen and college students spend a portion of their summer vacation volunteering at KershawHealth medical center? For some -- especially younger students -- it's a chance to gain valuable work experience. Others are looking for opportunities that can help give life to a medical school applicant's personal statement, or add valuable "points" to school or scholarship applications to give them a competitive edge. For most, though, it's the opportunity to learn more about healthcare and to get that all-important insider's view of the industry.
I have a confession to make. When it comes to my own hard-earned dollars, I'm a bit stingy. Now, I believe giving to charity is a great thing. And if someone I know needs a volunteer, I'm one of the first to step to the plate and give my time. However, when it comes time for me to ante up cash, I can come up with a million reasons why I can't afford it.
The Camden Rotary Club vocational award winners, announced in July, were past club President Donny Supplee; Business recipient George Sensor; Community Service recipient Heather Matthews; Professional recipient Dr. Paul Joseph Sr.; and Awards Chairman Thoyd Warren. On right, Supplee passes the gravel to President Bruce Little.
Have you ever wanted to be a part of the Fine Arts Follies? Always wondered what really happens "behind the scenes" or "on stage," but were afraid to ask? Well now is your chance! In September the Fine Arts Follies returns to the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) where an all male revue featuring Kershaw County businessmen will strut their stuff on stage! All interested, curious, or otherwise tempted men are encouraged to attend the first meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. in the Wood Auditorium at the FAC.
The Iota Omega Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and the Vonnie Holliday Foundation invite all students ages 11 to 18 to the second annual Camden Community Youth Summit on Saturday, Oct. 4.
The Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County and the ALPHA Center invite the public to the third annual "Un Día de Campo entre Amigos" -- A Celebration of the Hispanic Culture. The event will be held Sept. 28 from 2 to 5 p.m. on the FAC grounds. The festival is free of charge and will include a celebration of culture with fun, great food, and the showing of the feature presentation "Huapango," a view of the Hispanic culture.
The 18th Annual Carolina Downhome Blues Festival, presented by the Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County is just around the corner.
The Kershaw County Woodworkers Club started collecting school supplies back in June for their annual school supplies drive.
Clemson University's 4H program recently named Lugoff-Elgin High School senior Sidney Goff as one of 10 state winners at its 4H Congress Awards Banquet. Sidney's award includes a college scholarship and trip to the National 4H Congress in Atlanta.
Quilters from around South Carolina, including the Quilters of Kershaw County, will attend a fundraiser for the S.C. Quilts of Valor (QOV) Foundation on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the S.C. National Guard Armory in Columbia.
Morris College opened two new residence halls this year, and is naming one of them one in honor of two deceased Kershaw County natives: Dr. Daisy B. Alexander and Audree Adamson Clark. The new structures were made possible by a 10 million dollar gift given by Dr. Solomon Jackson Jr.
North Central Middle School students read a script accounting the 9/11 events minute by minute. They read the exact time when the first plane crashed into the Twin Towers, the exact time when President George W. Bush was notified, the exact time that the second plane crashed into the towers, the exact time that the Pentagon was struck and more events that occured on that day. Pine Tree Hill students observed 9/11 by wearing red, white and blue, and they had special lessons about the importance of that day.
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