The apple never falls far from the tree, especially for father and son Scott and Hunter Rankin. By a case of happenstance, both ended up as cheerleaders during their college careers. Scott Rankin attended the University of North Carolina and said he decided to get involved in cheerleading during his sophomore year because of a friend's suggestion.
Members of the Kershaw County 4-H Rabbit Club recently won several awards at the Southern Pride Rabbit and Cavy show. In the morning youth show, Ishiyo Dorrill's Holland Lop buck won second place (first photo), and Omari Dorrill's blue Mini-Rex doe and male junior chocolate Mini-Rex (second photo) were both judged Best of Variety. The Dorrill sisters also won second and fourth place respectively for rabbit showmanship in their age class.
Since the mid-1940s, the Camden Jaycess has helped thousands of Kershaw County residents with its annual Stocking Fund. Every year, the Jaycess host multiple fundraisers to support its efforts every Christmas season, and this year was no different. The Jaycees' work at the Carolina and Colonial cups, its annual golf tournament and a pulled pork fundraiser allowed the organization to serve 250 families throughout the county.
Bud Ferillo, producer and director of the award-winning 2005 "Corridor of Shame" documentary about South Carolina's poorest schools, will be the guest speaker for the Camden-Kershaw County Branch of the NAACP's annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration at 5:30 p.m. Jan 18 in the Camden High School Auditorium, 1022 Ehrenclou Drive, Camden.
Agriculture provides everything we eat, use, and wear on a daily basis. But too few children truly understand this great contribution. This is particularly true in the schools, where students are exposed to agriculture on a limited basis. With a small number of children living on farms, many do not understand how their food gets from the farm to their plates. Additionally, they are not aware that many common household items are produced from various agricultural crops. It is important for youth to learn about agriculture and nutrition and how it relates to their food supply.
Ed Stone of Elgin in Kershaw County was recently recognized by Cabot Creamery Cooperative, a New England and upstate New York farm-family owned dairy cooperative, for his selfless volunteerism in his community.
The Kershaw County Amateur Radio Cub (KCARC) will celebrate a year of renewed growth and accomplishments at its annual Christmas Party, Dec. 10th in the club's facility, 1020 York St. in Camden. During the past year, the club has continued to demonstrate its commitment to Kershaw County and the surrounding communities. The party will be a pot luck and will recognize members who aided in the success of the club during the past year.
Joseph Sawyer Styron achieved the rank of Eagle Scout during a Court of Honor ceremony in September. Sawyer's required service project included landscaping improvements and repairs to the outdoor signage of the historic grounds and graveyard at Smyrna United Methodist Church in Elgin. The son of Jody Styron of Elgin and Sheila Stegall of Columbia, Sawyer is currently a Senior at Lugoff-Elgin High School. Sawyer is a member of Boy Scout Troop 316 sponsored by St. John's United Methodist Church in Lugoff.