The Miss Camden Pageant was held Saturday at Camden High School. The winners were (from left) Blythe Neal, Miss Camden Teen 2011; Sallie Pierce, Miss Camden 2011; and Carley Powers, first runner-up to Miss Camden. Neal is an 8th-grader at Camden Middle School. Pierce is a sophomore at the University of South Carolina. Both young ladies will be competing in the Miss South Carolina Pageant in Columbia June 28 through July 2.
The Bassett Gallery at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) is now accepting artist materials for consideration as part of a group exhibition or possible solo show in the Bassett Gallery to be scheduled from September 2011 through May 2012.
Family Life Outreach presents its annual Spring Step Show featuring the Lil Diamonds and Rho Chi Kobras of Camden, Sigma Beta, Hartsville High, Lancaster High, St. Andrews, E.L. Wright and also a praise dance competition. This will be the final curtain call for the Rho Chi Kobras' Shakeem and Shynell in Camden.
The late Mr. Moses Williams and his wife, Mrs. Lottie Williams, were a trailblazer family for ending segregation in Camden and Kershaw County restaurants. I am going to give an overview picture of significant and historic events of a family making a difference from the Knights Hill Community on three different important cases.
For 11 of the 18 years between 1952 and 1970, the first- or second-ranked students at Jackson High School came from the Knights Hill Community, and this is not counting other students ranked among the top five in the class. This is unique and historic, having this many top-ranked students from one community. Two additional years have now been added, 1958 and 1970. Those recognized are as follows:
Students at the S.C. School for the Deaf and Blind (SCSDB) hit the stage earlier this week for a swingin' good time! SCSDB students' production of "SWING" was held Thurday. The musical whisked audience members back in time to the Swing Era of the 1930s and '40s in Harlem, NY.
On Feb 5, Camden High School held the Miss Gold and Black pageant. The 34 contestants competed in four categories: application, interview, casual wear, and formal wear. The Cruisin' on the Seas themed pageant was emceed and choreographed by Camden High graduates Christa Campbell Boss and Britton Elliott of Palmetto Dance Center in Elgin. The reigning Miss Gold and Black, Mary Calk, assisted with the crowning of the following winners (pictured from left) Miss Freshman, Haley Maree; Miss Senior, Ashleigh Hough; Miss Gold and Black 2011, Charleston Thompson; Miss Junior, Akelia Thomas; Miss Sophomore, Brooke Maxwell.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack W. Jones Sr. (Shelby Jean) will celebrate their 50th anniversary Feb. 26. The couple was married on Feb. 26, 1961 at his parents house in Liberty Hill. They have been blessed with four children, Jack Jones Jr. (Angie) of Elgin, Regina Arrington (Chip) of Asheville, N.C., Kim Ray (Tim) of Lugoff and the late Tommy Jones of Lugoff. They are the proud grandparents of seven grandchildren. The couple will celebrate this weekend with a renewal of vows and reception at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Camden.
These are the details from my interview with Mrs. Lottie Williams about the Kershaw County School District before integration in her words.
Started by stay-at-home moms, Mommy-Wise is now a business benefiting parents in a struggling economy.
The Camden High School Class of 1981 will host its 30th Reunion on Saturday, June 18 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Health Resource Center.
The City Slickers Car Show and Fundraiser for Relay For Life of Kershaw County will be held Saturday, March 26 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Tractor Supply Co. in Camden. The event will include a dunking booth with local celebrities, and people's choice awards for classics, "oldies but goodies," trucks, cycles and pro-mods. Registration will be from 8 to 10:30 a.m. For more information, call Mary at 432-2421. The rain date is Sunday, March 27 at 1:30 p.m.
It's a little bit Alice and a little bit Through the Looking Glass! Join us at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) as they welcome the Midlands' only professional theater for families and young audiences -- Columbia Children's Theatre (CCT) -- for their production of "Alice in Wonderland." The show is set for Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Wood Auditorium. Tickets are $7 per person. This performance is sponsored by Modern Turf.
The Miss Camden Pageant will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday at Camden High School. There will be two winners, Miss Camden and Miss Camden Teen. The girls competing are (first row) Ashley Bowers, Blythe Neal, Julianna Cobb, Virginia Baker, Amanda Bodie, (second row) Meagan Kirkley, Carley Powers, Sallie Pierce, Lauren Jeffcoat, Rebecca Cobb, Erica Catoe and Maggie Jones. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Alpine Agency or from any contestant. Tickets can also be purchased by e-mailing MissCamdenScholarshipPageant@gmail.com. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.
(The following story as told by Mrs. Lottie Williams.)
More than 100 local fiends joined the family of Margaret H. ("Peggy") Lloyd to celebrate her life at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County earlier this month.
A large group of friends and family gathered April 2 with Evelyn Johnson to help her celebrate her 100th birthday with a party at Pinedale Residential Care. Many attendees traveled from out of state to join the celebration of this impressive milestone.
The Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County will present an original Earth Day celebration, Seasons of the South, at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Wood Auditorium.
The Kershaw County Special Olympics (KCSO) was held Friday at Camden Military Academy (CMA).
The Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County will present its 10th annual Jazz at the Center Music Festival, April 25-27, in historic downtown Camden. The featured concert this year takes place at 8 p.m. Saturday in Wood Auditorium, following a cocktail reception from 7 to 8 p.m. in the lobby. Maddy Winer and Vince Lewis and the Jazz All-Stars will provide entertainment from the Great American Songbook and modern jazz standards that are sure to please jazz lovers of all tastes. Their new CD "Crossroads" was hailed by Just Jazz Magazine as "first rate" and "…the musicianship ...
The Boy Scouts of Wateree District recently held their annual Awards Banquets, hosted by Lyttletton St. UMC. The district awards went to:
Last Sunday was Palm Sunday, the beginning of the Christian Holy Week, leading up to the celebration of Easter. Jesus entered Jerusalem riding a donkey to celebrate Passover the week that he died. Kevin Shaw (portraying Jesus in photo) leads members of area churches down Mill St. in Camden.
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