Maude the mule and young John Carl West were struggling to plow through the tough wire grass in a field in front of his family's "four-horse" farm one hot afternoon, when the future governor of South Carolina had one of his "defining moments."
NOTE: National media has been covering the story about a new Girl Scout cookie called Savannah Smiles. That is NOT being offered by either council in South Carolina. There are two licensed Girl Scout cookie bakeries in the United States and South Carolina councils both use ABC Bakers -- not the one that introduced the new cookie. As included in the news release, our new cookie will be released next year.
The Jackson High School Class of 1954 reunion will meet Saturday, Jan. 28 at the home of Gladys and Charles Wood, 713 Pine Street at 1 p.m. For more information, call 432-7788 or 432-3621.
The Jackson school class of 1970 will host a Valentine's Day gala at 8 p.m. at the Quality Inn Banquet Room Feb. 10. Tickets are $15 and the proceeds go toward a scholarship fund. Buy tickets before Feb. 10 to be eligible for a door prize and other prizes. Classmates, teachers, administrators and other staff members of the JHSC 1970 and public are welcome. For more information, contact Jackie Greene Stuckey at 432-4101.
Sixteen families in Kershaw County have a warmer home this winter after local volunteers completed a mission project in December. The WARM (Weatherization and Repairs Ministry) project was held Dec. 30 and 31 with more than 100 volunteers from 17 churches. All work was done free of charge and included repairing floors, replacing siding, building ramps, fixing leaking plumbing, shingling roofs, repairing windows, and insulating homes. To apply for repairs, contact the Housing Coordinator at the United Way at 432-0951.
The Family Resource Center needs caring and committed volunteers to assist in victim services. A volunteer training is scheduled for March 5-9 and March 12.
"Kindie rock" may not be the most commonly known type of music, but that might be changing. Defined by its use of themes for children younger than 10, but in a style that can be enjoyed by parents as well people of all ages, "kindie rock" is one of the fastest growing segments of the music industry. Kershaw County residents will get a chance to explore this new genre of music themselves, for free, when the nationally recognized group Gustafer Yellowgold performs at the Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County Monday, Jan. 23 at 6:30 p.m.
The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) welcomes 3-D artist Jen Pepper whose work will be showcased at the FAC beginning with an opening reception today at 6 p.m. in the Bassett Gallery. Join us for the opening reception prior to the production of the "Chicago -- The Musical" which starts at 8 p.m. The reception is sponsored by First Community Bank and includes light hors d'ouevres and a cash bar.
For more than 13 years, Chicago --The Musical has been seen on Broadway, making it the sixth longest-running production in Broadway history. Now, Camden Community Theatre is bringing this popular show to the Wood Auditorium at the Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County. Chicago runs January 20-22 and 27-29 with evening performances at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and are $15 for adults and $12 for students, seniors and military. Please be aware that this production may not be appropriate for children and that it contains adult content. Chicago ...
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.
Reverend Larry D. McCutcheon has been appointed as minister to Camden First United Methodist Church. Rev McCutcheon comes from Trinity United Methodist Church in Orangeburg where he served for 11 years. A spiritual and civic leader, he preaches the gospel and walks the talk throughout various sectors of the community in an extraordinary way, touching the lives of so many with his unique ability to reach all people from all walks of life.
As part of the Kershaw County Library's Summer Reading Program "Every Hero Has a Story," storyteller Sharon Clarke presented a program at both the Camden and Elgin libraries. Clarke, who lives in North Carolina, entertained the audience with both story and music. Her interactive program was enjoyed by the audience, young and old. Clarke involved the audience as she told an old Chinese folk tale, The Magic Wings. Shown from left are Addy Gwynn as the Queen, Clarke, Elizabeth Mensching as the Princess, Lucy Moore as the Grocer's Daughter, and Liberty Mensching as the Goose Girl.
Studying plants is serious business as Wateree Elementary students Colden Baker and Austin Warwick learn about the different parts of a plant.
Karl and Kay Allen of Black River Rescue, and Lucy, part of their four-legged family and co-workers, present a special children's program at the Kershaw County Library. The program included information on their dogs' special talents and what the Allens and their dogs do. The Allens taught the children to "hug a tree" if they ever happen to become lost in the woods because body scents populate and remain trapped under limbs and branches, which can help bloodhounds find and rescue them. Bloodhounds not only have super-sensitive noses -- more than 4 million scent cells -- they also have floppy ears ...
Pine Tree Hill Elementary School (PTHS) student Paisley Beam walks in the Belk's KidFest fashion show in late March. Paisley was one of several PTHS Bullpups featured in the fashion show. During the show, Belk Stores presented PTHS with a $4,154 donation. The store offered customers an opportunity to support local Title I elementary schools during Angel Days, a holiday fundraiser, and 100 percent of the proceeds were given to the school. Belk chose PTHS from among Title I schools in Richland and Kershaw County school districts. A portion of the proceeds will go toward a 21st Century ...
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