When you think of something competitive, what do you think about? Most people relate it to a sport, such as football or basketball. When I think of something competitive, I think about marching band. Every year, thousands of high school students across the state work from mid-July through October to prepare for marching band competitions. This is no different in our county. This year, all three high schools: Lugoff-Elgin, Camden, and North Central bands all participated in competitions this season.
The 2010 Lights of Lugoff Parade will be held Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. As in the past, the parade will travel down U.S. 1 from the BP Station to S.C. 34, or the McDonald's. The Lights of Lugoff Parade is one of the few night time parades in the state. The annual parade sponsor is the Lugoff Optimist Club along with local businesses. Parade entry forms can be obtained at the First Palmetto Bank in Lugoff or by visiting www.lightsoflugoff.com. For questions, contact parade chairperson Sherri Bar at 420-0146.
Polly Todd of Camden celebrated her 90th birthday on Nov. 6. She is the widow of the late Archie "Bubber" Todd Jr. She was born Nov. 6, 1920 in Anderson and moved to Camden in 1970 with her family. She retired from teaching math at Camden High School in 1982. Mrs. Todd celebrated her birthday last Saturday with family and friends at Pinedale Residential Center in Camden.
Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is being observed across the country the week before Thanksgiving. The Kershaw County Housing Partnership is sponsoring the following local events with the hope that all citizens will participate in at least one event.
The Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County offers out patient care to Kershaw County residents who have no health insurance and can not pay for health care or medications. The clinic is recruiting volunteers to staff the front desk, to screen new patients for eligibility, to fill medication orders and to serve on special event and fundraising committees. There is also a special need for health professionals such as RN's, CNA's, or Medical Assistants to take vital signs and blood sugar levels.
Christian Community Ministries is in need of these items for the food pantry:
Do you handle the publicity for a local community organization, non-profit group, civic club, charitable organization, church, garden club, school group, reunion committee or other group? Camden Media Co., publisher of the Chronicle-Independent and West Wateree Chronicle, invites you to a one-hour seminar on the best way to get your information published in our newspapers.
More than 700 students participated in the Scarecrow Project at Camden High School (CHS) as part of Team Read Week. The 33 classes that participated created almost 40 scarecrows that are now on display in the Camden High School Library. Each scarecrow had to be designed by using certain elements that students learned in particular classes. Meredith Kirkland's integrated business application class posed with their robot scarecrow, "Ram." The scarecrows will be on display until Thanksgiving.
The King Haiglar Garden Club will gather at the home of Nancy Wylie, 414 Laurens St. Camden for a field trip. All attending should be at Nancy's by 11:20 a.m. on Monday for departure.
The Camden Fire Department (CFD) has placed into two sets of oxygen mask for household pets into service. The department has received two sets of these oxygen mask for pets along with training videos on their use from a Charleston group, Oxygen Masks For Pets, headed up by Janet Fincannon. Each set contains three masks that will fit small, medium and large pets. These masks have features that will allow them to be used on conscious and unconscious animals. The donation of these specially designed (and potentially lifesaving) pet oxygen mask sets will enable the CFD to efficiently administer oxygen ...
Last month, the Camden Garden Club had a fabulous meeting. It was a perfect day in a perfect setting. The home had large picture windows from every room creating an open airy feeling as you looked out over Colonial Lake.
Sarah Hammond, Camden Junior Welfare League president, presented Camden Police Chief Joe Floyd with the community service award at the fall dinner meeting on Oct. 4 at the Mill Pond Steakhouse in Boykin.
Camden High School celebrated Homecoming on Oct. 15. Above is the Homecoming Court and Escorts, (From left) first runner-up Tyler Smith escorted by Will Hough, represented senior player Alvonta Jenkins; Homecoming Queen Kenya Wilson escorted by Bryan Williams, representing senior player Jerrod Beaufort; second runner-up Shaniqua Gray escorted by Mitchell Forrest, representing senior player Jeffery Belton.
Lugoff-Elgin High School celebrated Homecoming in October. The Homecoming Court included (from left) Caressa Samuel, first runner-up; Kayla Portee, Homecoming Queen; Rachel Gogan, second runner-up; Spirit Princess, Jana Morse and Hannah Spears, Spirit Queen. Not pictured are Darius Custard, Homecoming King; Justin Tucker, first runner-up; and Tripp O'Cain, second runner-up.
The Hospital Auxiliary of Kershaw County begins its annual Lights of Love fund-raising project on Nov. 15. The program will continue through Jan. 1, 2011.
Members of American Legion Post 195, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 8346 and AMVETS Post 33 recently joined together for an annual tradition: the disposal -- through burning -- of unserviceable American flags. The ceremony took place at VFW Post 8346's headquarters in Ridgeway, with all three posts participating in different parts of the ceremony.
The Kershaw County Clemson Extension Service is assisting with a tomato contest coming up Saturday, and is sponsoring a pesticide calibration and safety workshop on August 15.
Local Boy Scouts of America spent the last week of June volunteering at a Cub Scout Day Camp.
Summer dance students will have the opportunity to audition for the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) and Kelley's Fine Arts (KFA) Junior and Senior Camden Crew Dance Teams, Friday, July 25 in the FAC Dance Studio. Times are set by dance styles and are as follows:
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