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.
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.
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.
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.