The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is scheduled to roll into South Carolina at the end of March, but several local children got to see a small preview of the fun Wednesday at the Kershaw County Library. "Gigi" the clown appeared at the library and read the children a book about the circus, showed them how to juggle and spin a plate on a stick, and performed a magic trick.
Earl Suttle, an author and motivational speaker with Leadership Success International, shared various ways leaders can improve the overall atmosphere in their workplace during a mentoring training/workshop hosted by the United Way of Kershaw County (UWKC) on Monday. Suttle's topic, "Enjoying Excellence: Becoming the greatest you can be," focused on creating "happiness in the workplace." He explained that a happier atmosphere provides employees with more energy and focus to complete their jobs. The training/workshop took place at the historic Robert Mills Courthouse.
The United Way of Kershaw County (UWKC) held a luncheon recently to thank volunteers and donors who contributed to its 2014 campaign at the Robert Mills Courthouse in downtown Camden. The luncheon recognized various individuals and organizations throughout the county who gave of their time, efforts and funds to the UWKC.
The New York-based chamber music ensemble Decoda ended its week-long Camden and Kershaw County residency with a visit to Lee Correctional Institution (LCI) in neighboring Lee County. Claire Bryant, originally of Camden and cellist for Decoda, said she knew she wanted to perform within the prison because "Decoda has done work with a correctional facility in New York and our thought was to do that same thing here in South Carolina, in this community," she said.
Staff at the Chronicle-Independent and Camden Media Co. have stopped using a set of old email addresses. Since at least 1999, many staff members have used email addresses ending in "@ci-camden.com." Those addresses were discontinued earlier this month.
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.
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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