When his family would take trips in their station wagon, a young Bobby Joseph would kill time by using the panels of the car to bang out a tune which he would play in his head. The same scenario unfolded when he was in school, only this time the top of the desk served as his drum which would lead to his getting into trouble from teachers who scolded him for disturbing the rest of the class.
Marjorie Huntington always wanted to travel. So, this creative thinker found a practical way to do it. And it would not be just a short-lived European jaunt. By 1996, she had worked in the Kershaw County School District for nine years, teaching North Central middle and high school students. Her own children were grown and gone. So, it seemed like a good time to flee the empty nest and follow the lure of faraway places.
As June ended, Salkehatchie Summer Service was underway in Kershaw County. "Salkehatchie" is a pioneering servant ministry created by John Culp that has taken place at selected sites in South Carolina since 1978. The camp is designed for high school and college age youth drawn primarily from the S.C. United Methodist Conference.
This July, the S.C. Genealogical Society (SCGS) will host a workshop featuring speakers from Kershaw County. The workshop will be held at the S.C. Department of Archives and History on July 11 and 12. Workshop attendees will learn how to effectively research their family history and genealogy.
The Kershaw County Swim team registration ends today
Former U.S. Senator Jim DeMint addresses an audience from across South Carolina at the Robert Mills Courthouse during The Buckley School of Public Speaking's recent biannual Disciplined Thinking Seminar. DeMint's topic concerned the centralization of big government. Fourteen graduates of the Buckley School participated in a debate following DeMint's presentation, with the three-day seminar functioning as a question and answer session followed by debate, further talks and a roundtable discussion. The school's founder, the late Reid Buckley, would select an issue interesting to politically-involved persons and then select a relevant speaker.
Owners and fans of the Boykin spaniel gathered in the South Carolina midlands last week for the 2014 National Field Trial. The event was a "homecoming" of sorts for the Boykin spaniel breed that originated in the early 1900s in Boykin. The Boykin spaniel became the official state dog of South Carolina in 1985.
Longtime Camden resident Reid Buckley died Monday night in a Columbia hospital, only days after being diagnosed with metastatic cancer.
Kershaw County Special Olympics, as chairman Billy Newman explained, is a chance for athletes to have fun and for the community to come closer together. Newman and co-chair Cleatus Ray have led the organization of this annual event for the past three years. This year, it will be held April 11 at Camden Military Academy (CMA) beginning at 9 a.m.
Two blind soprano singers will perform in a special concert at the Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County to benefit the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina (NFBSC). The Blind in the Musical Arts will take place April 12 at 7 p.m. and will feature blind recitalists Sarah Massengale and Jessica Ewell.
For the first time in its history, the Chronicle-Independent won the S.C. Press Association's (SCPA) Reid H. Montgomery Freedom of Information Award. The SCPA presented the award -- one of its most prestigious -- to C-I Editor Martin L. Cahn and Localife Editor Haley Atkinson during the association's annual meeting Saturday in Columbia.
The state's deer population is declining, according to findings provided by both the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) and a local naturalist. That may come as something of a surprise to some Kershaw County residents who say deer have been spotted more and more frequently in residential areas.
"Brace for impact" -- three terrifying words one hopes never to have to hear.
Chronicle-Independent (C-I) staff reporter Gary Phillips recently received a 2013-2014 community service award from Central High School in Pageland. Phillips received the award for supporting Central Eagles athletics while serving as editor of The (Pageland) Progressive Journal. Although Phillips did not attend the event, Central officials announced the award during its Fall Athletic Awards night at the school Feb. 18.
PAL Baseball is a non-competitive baseball league for youth and adults with disabilities and special needs, and typically-able youth with assistance from "Pals" available on the team. PAL Baseball is for individuals who do not want to play competitively. Children with special needs as well as children who do not like the physical competition of other leagues can enjoy the fun of PAL Baseball.
Golfers can greet the long-awaited spring weather on the fairways and putting greens in early April, while they help feed the hungry and shelter the homeless of Kershaw County. Food for the Soul will host its annual golf tournament April 2 at the Camden Country Club. The tournament, which begins at 1 p.m. with a shotgun start, will raise funds to support Food for the Soul's soup kitchen and sheltering programs.
PRESTON RAY ANDERSON
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