Dean Cook first realized his passion for music in 1965 after watching The Beatles perform in Houston, Texas, his hometown.
On Nov. 7, the Camden Music Association (CMA) will present a choral showcase at the Lugoff-Elgin High School auditorium at 7 p.m. Schools and organizations participating are Doby's Mill Choraliers, directed by Helen Walker; LE Elementary Singers directed by Robin Courson; Camden Elementary School Chorus, directed by Regina McDonald; The Kershaw County Show Chior directed by Sandy Pace; Stover Midde School Chorus directed by Brian Heyward; Pine Tree Hill Chorus directed by Angie Lawson; Camden Middle School directed by Sandy Pace; and Chamber Choir of Kershaw County directed by Susan Wyatt.
On Oct. 1, for the first time in more than 20 years, the Truesdale/dell/del families met at Bethany Baptist Church for a reunion. They came, arms full of food, photographs, computers, and memories to share with each other. They began arriving before noon, eager to meet relatives that they had heard of but never met except via e-mail and phone calls. Many had never known they had living relatives other than their immediate kin.
Christian Community Ministries of Kershaw County needs the following items for the food pantry: rice, cereal and macaroni and cheese.
Two fourth-graders from Malvern Hill Baptist Church and Camden Elementary School had a goal: revamp the visitation room at the Department of Social Services (DSS) to make it more child-friendly for foster children who come through. McKenzie Taylor and Madison Williams ran two lemonade stands to raise the money. They also received two gift cards donated by Wal-Mart totaling $125, a can of paint donated by Lowe's and the hard work from the Malvern Hill Baptist Church youth group to complete the project. The group, including the two girls, sanded, painted walls and bookshelves, cleaned, steam cleaned the furniture ...
It's the time of year when Outreach Bicycles for Needy Children continues to advance the cause of donating bicycles to a needy child. This year, Alesha Hudson's (right) goal is to donate 100 bicycles. She did not reach her goal last year of 100, but was able to collect a total of 85 bikes and see 85 smiling faces.
On Aug. 2, Jillian Leigh Odom and Charles "Charlie" Allen Furniss announced the birth of a baby boy, Mason Allen Furniss. Mason then became the fifth living generation in the family. Great-great-grandmother Sara Douglas Morris, great-grandmother Alice Morris Furness, grandfather Charlie "Allen" Furniss, father Charles "Charlie" Allen Furniss, and son Mason Allen Furniss are featured in the photo.
The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) is planning two family-oriented events this month. A Drive-In Movie Night is scheduled for Saturday beginning at 7:30 p.m. featuring Stephen Spielberg's popular movie, "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial." The following weekend marks the return of the popular outdoor music series, Finally Friday, with its Halloween edition from 6 until 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28. Admission to both events is free and the public is encouraged to attend.
The Camden Music Association will host its fall general meeting at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Douglas Reed House, on the grounds of the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County. The objective of the Camden Music Association is to give young musicians of the whole county a venue to showcase their talents and provide scholarships to help in their music study.
Old McCaskill's Farm is opening its doors to the public Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. The event will include quilters, a spinner and a working saw mill. Kids activites will include a cake walk, face painting, pumpkin painting, apple bobbing, making apple cider and more. Admission for adults is $2, for children $3 and covers all activites on the farm. A new attraction will be a combine simulator, designed to give the feeling of driving a combine through a field. Music will be provided by Jeff Clark and Paul Hayes. Lunch will also be available for purchase ...
As an ongoing community service project, the Quilters of Kershaw County have donated their hard work to local children in the foster care system.
The Kershaw County chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa Alpha Psi will celebrate its 25th anniversary Monday at Carolina Café at 6 p.m. The silver anniversary dinner will honor past and present sorority members for their service in education to the community.
The local cast of "Park Lights" was invited to perform at Claflin University in Orangeburg.
The following is a reprint of an article by Margot Rochester which appeared in the August 20, 2008, Chronicle-Independent. After reading this article, I took the Master Gardner class and it has changed my life in many ways.
One hallway at Bethune Elementary School was transformed into a South Carolina history lesson recently. Art teacher Renee Robinson and muralist Russ Petty collaborated to help students paint a variey of murals down the hallway of their school. Murals included images of various regions and landforms found in the Palmetto state as well as other state emblems, like the Yellow Jasmine and the Palmetto tree. Carrie Eubanks (left) and Khole King, both third graders, work on painting the Yellow Jamines with Petty's direction. Visiting artists in the schools are sponsored by the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County's ...
The Fourth of July is tomorrow and revelers across the nation are preparing to toast their independence with family and friends. For many Americans, backyard barbecues are synonymous with the Fourth of July, a day that, in the United States of America, commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776.
While Ben Franklin was key to the crafting of the Declaration of Independence, the other Founding Fathers did not want him to be the main author - as they felt they couldn't trust him not to put a joke in it!
The great, big and wonderful approval of going independent actually occurred on July 2 -- a day which John Adams thought would forever after be celebrated by the newly formed nation. "The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha in the History of America." He was right about the way we honor it though: "It ought ...
Students from Wateree Elementary School in Krissi Butler's first grade class enjoyed a field study at the end of the school year to Sesquicentennial State Park to study plants.
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.
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