An unexpected visitor recently took up residence in Cassatt. A female Selasphorus rufus or Rufous Hummingbird showed up at naturalist Josh Arrants and his wife, Aimee's, home.
Whether it be the back nine or the back 40, you know you're getting closer to the end of some stories as you reach them. That's the case with this last third of our review of the year that was: 2013. Some stories are "good;" some less so.
And so we come to the middle of the year gone by -- the months of May, June, July and August 2013. What was the big news? Flooding, the transformation of a former school, Bethune's police department, KershawHealth's financial struggles and the saddest, but not entirely unpredicted end to a story of a missing teenager from Columbia.
Gary Phillips is the latest addition to the Chronicle-Independent newsroom. Phillips began working Monday as the C-I's county reporter. In that role, he will cover Kershaw County Council meetings, economic development issues and the town of Bethune. Phillips is also acting as the C-I's crime reporter, crafting the paper's weekly crime report, reporting on major crimes and law enforcement activities and covering significant court proceedings. That part of his duties will also have Phillips covering activities of the city of Camden and various county fire departments. He will also report on the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce ...
Whether it was Bethune, Camden, Elgin or Kershaw County, councils of the city, town and county variety grabbed headlines throughout 2013, including during the early months of the year.
Three parades held in two days drew thousands to line Kershaw County's streets. Saturday saw the Kershaw County Christmas Parade, while Sunday brought both the Boykin Christmas Parade and -- due to a 24-hour rain delay -- the Lights of Lugoff Parade.
Caitlin Corbett, assistant to the city manager of Camden, and Lauren Branham-Reeder, marketing and administrative assistant for Kershaw County's economic development office, were among more than 50 local leaders and development professionals from across South Carolina who recently completed the 2013 S.C. Economic Development Institute. Institute graduates received certificates of completion during the final day of the institute's program held at Rock Hill City Hall.
The IRS warns consumers not to fall for bogus charity scams. They often occur in the wake of major disasters like the recent tornadoes in the Midwest or the typhoon in the Philippines. Thieves play on the goodwill of people who want to help disaster victims. They pose as a real charity in order to steal money or get private information to commit identity theft.
Singer/songwriter and Nashville resident Duane Cliatt will perform in a free concert back in his hometown of Camden at the Palmetto Tea and Coffee Shop on Broad Street at 7 p.m. Friday.
For Dr. Larry Parrott of Camden, this year's Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup not only marked the 44th anniversary of the steeplechase event, but his 40th year of attendance. This year, he and his wife, Joy, along with their granddaughters, Bethany and Mabry Parrott, came out to tailgate, visit with friends and enjoy the races.
Pinedale Residential Center resident Isaac "Uncle Bert" Rush hasn't let living in a residential home slow him down or stop his mission.
For the third year in a row, two of Santa's helpers are gearing up to drop off some Christmas cheer to Food for the Soul (FFTS).
Kershaw County residents who regularly drive to Columbia on I-20 in northeast Richland County need to be aware that the S.C. Department of Transportation's (SCDOT) ongoing project to widen the interstate will shift to the westbound lanes beginning Saturday.
Since 2011, First Baptist Church (FBC) of Camden has sent 56 Kershaw County residents on 19 mission teams to Machachi, Ecuador. Some of them have been to the South American city multiple times. Those participating in FBC's missions there say the trips are having a lasting impact, not only in Machachi -- located some 25 miles south of Ecuador's capital, Quito -- but back in Camden as well.