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Eleanor Hancock Barnes

Services for Eleanor Hancock Barnes will be held 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at St. John United Methodist Church, Spring Hill Road in Rembert, with burial beforehand in the church cemetery. The Rev. Marion Watkins and the Rev. Patricia Amick will officiate. The family will receive friends 4-5:30 p.m. in the St. John fellowship hall.

May 13, 2015 | | Obituaries


L-E football hosts ladies clinic

The Lugoff-Elgin football coaching staff will host the inaugural Ladies Night Football Clinic which coincides with the end of the school's spring football practice on Friday, May 22.

May 13, 2015 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Brandon Demonte Lawson

Funeral service for Brandon Demonte Lawson, 28, will be held on Friday at 11:00 a.m. at Powers Funeral Home with burial to follow in Mount Prospect United Methodist Church cemetery.

May 13, 2015 | | Obituaries


Grace Episcopal 79th Annual Spring Dog Show

The Grace Episcopal Church 79th Annual Spring Dog Show was held May 2 in Rectory Square Park. The much looked forward to event is a fundraiser for the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter.

May 11, 2015 | | People & Places


Kershaw County pastors pray for the nation

Ministers and church members from Kershaw County gathered in front of the Kershaw County Courthouse at Noon Thursday, May 7, for the National Day of Prayer. Millions of Christians around the country did the same. Here in Camden, Scripture reading and prayer were offered for the President, Congress, Supreme Court, business leaders, educational leaders, military and first responders, and the family. The event was led by the Kershaw Baptist Association and the Kershaw County Ministerial Association.

May 11, 2015 | | People & Places


CMA to hold annual Spring Meeting

The Camden Music Association of Kershaw County (CMA) will hold its annual Spring Meeting in the Douglas Reed House at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) on May 17 at 3 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Any interested in music, playing or listening is invited to attend. An important subject, to change the name of the group from the Camden Music Association to the Kershaw County Music Association, will be discussed. All attendees will be urged to express an opinion and to vote when a motion is made.

May 11, 2015 | | People & Places


Camden ART Spring Honors Show Reception, Tuesday

The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) hosts opening reception of the Camden ART Members' Spring Honors Show in the Bassett Gallery May 12. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be followed by the Chamber Choir of Kershaw County's Spring Concert at 7 p.m. in the Wood Auditorium. The reception is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

May 11, 2015 | | People & Places


Ariail for May 11, 2015

May 11, 2015 | | Ariail


Noted and passed - May 11, 2015

• We're not going to presume to know exactly what Kershaw County Council is going to do, but we will say members appeared the most receptive they have in years to increasing local funding to the Kershaw County School District (KCSD). At its May 5 budget hearing, council invited KCSD officials to discuss its budget and make a pitch to return to a no-longer state-mandated local funding formula. KCSD Chief Financial Officer Donnie Wilson made the case for a 4.5 mil tax increase to help keep the district essentially where it is today in terms of operations when taking ...

May 11, 2015 | | Editorials


Rich: Mama B -- a most memorable mother

It was at lunch after a morning revival service last summer when a few of us sat around, munching on Southern casseroles and talking about one of the most memorable mothers any of us had ever known.

May 11, 2015 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Gunn: Celebrating excellence at KershawHealth

KershawHealth is joining healthcare systems around the country to celebrate National Hospital Week -- a time to recognize the enormous skill, dedication, and compassion our employee team brings to their jobs every day.

May 11, 2015 | By Terry Gunn, KershawHealth CEO C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Letter: Former councilman supports SWRTA

In the Monday, April 20, issue of the Chronicle-Independent's article headlined "Santee Wateree RTA makes pitch for local help," it was fairly reported Lottie Jones, executive director of the Santee Wateree Regional Transportation Authority reported to Camden City Council "SWRTA will continue to provide services to Camden and Kershaw County -- but it needs help from the communities it serves." Ms. Jones appeared before council during an April 14 meeting. SWRTA serves the public throughout a seven-county area from Orangeburg County to Kershaw County.

May 11, 2015 | X. Willard Polk Camden | Letters


Stuber joins Heritage Community Bank as VP

Dennis Stuber recently joined Heritage Community Bank as a vice president and its Camden-area executive.

May 11, 2015 | | Business


AgSouth Farm Credit distributes nearly $44 million to members

Current and former members of AgSouth Farm Credit received nearly $44 million in two separate distributions this spring. Customers in Kershaw, Fairfield and Richland counties received nearly $672,000 in cash from its Camden office.

May 11, 2015 | | Business


LEWA presents 2015 scholarships to Lugoff-Elgin High School students

The Lugoff-Elgin Water Authrority (L-EWA) Board of Directors presented 11 Lugoff-Elgin High School students with $500 scholarships Thursday evening. Award recipients include (not shown in order) Sydnee Branham, Caroline E. Cummings, Josh Hinson, Daniel McAvoy, Sarah R. McClendon, Sarah Beth Messer, Tanner Odom, Brittany Richardson, Blake Serpas, Evelyn McCrae Watson and Michael Williams.

May 11, 2015 | | Education


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Under the Sun onstage for Finally Friday

The Finally Friday Free Concert Series returns to the grounds of the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) on May 29 with a Midlands favorite, Under the Sun. The concert will take place from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. on the Joe and Sandy Shull Pavilion behind the Wood Auditorium. Rain location will be on the stage of the Wood Auditorium.

May 22, 2015 | | People & Places


Camden Councilwoman Laurie Parks recognized at dinner

The Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands recently recognized Camden City Councilwoman Laurie Parks at the Girl Scouts' annual Women of Distinction Awards Dinner. Parks was one of six area women to be so honored. The award pays tribute to women who exemplify excellence in service, leadership, community visibility, and professionalism. Parks has served on Camden City Council since 2012, serving as Mayor Pro Tem in 2014. In addition, she currently serves on the S.C. Governor's Office Children's Foster Care Review Board for Kershaw and Richland Counties(Vice-Chair, Past Chair), Junior Leadership Kershaw County(Chair ...

May 22, 2015 | | People & Places


Sandra Elizabeth Wickham

Sandra Elizabeth Wickham age 54, died Monday, May 18, 2015 at her residence.

May 22, 2015 | | Obituaries


Bruce Singleton

Mr. Bruce Singleton, 59, of Woodchase Lane, Elgin, South Carolina, passed on Sunday, May 17, 2015. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Nelson-Haile Funeral Home.

May 22, 2015 | | Obituaries


Michael Anthony Lynch

Funeral service for Michael Anthony Lynch, 64, will be held today at 11:00 a.m. at Union Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The Rev. Jerry Lewis will officiate. The family received friends Thursday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Union Baptist Church Gym Fund, PO Box 116, Elgin, S.C. 29045.

May 22, 2015 | | Obituaries


J. Ernest Kinard

The Honorable J. Ernest Kinard, Jr., 75, of Camden, died Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at home after a courageous battle with cancer.

May 22, 2015 | | Obituaries


Willie Hart Jr.

Mr. Willie "Billy Boy" Hart, Jr., 77, of 130 Reddick Road, Bishopville, passed on Monday, May 18, 2015. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Bishopville, with burial in the church cemetery.

May 22, 2015 | | Obituaries


Lucy Barfield Elmore

A funeral service for Lucy Barfield Elmore, 88, will be held Saturday at 11:00 am at First Baptist Church, Camden, with burial to follow in Quaker Cemetery. The Rev. Bruce Hancock will officiate. The family will receive friends today from 5-7 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Camden or a charity of one's choice.

May 22, 2015 | | Obituaries


Carol Lee Collins

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Carroll Lee Collins, 71, of Camden was held Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 1:00 PM at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. Lee Collins, Jr. officiated. Memorials may be made in Carroll's memory to the American Heart Association, 190 Knox Abbott Drive, Cayce, SC 29032.

May 22, 2015 | | Obituaries


Ariail for May 22, 2015

May 22, 2015 | | Ariail


Editorial: Judge Kinard

Ernest Kinard, who died earlier this week, was made for the law. Possessed of a keen intellect and a probing curiosity, Kinard practiced law for 24 years in Camden before being elected a circuit court judge in 1988. He remained on the bench until his retirement in 2010, and in a "keep working" program for retired judges, he continued until recently. In all his years as a judge, he never missed a day of holding court, establishing a remarkable record of consistency and longevity. Kinard mentored a number of young attorneys who practiced with him or clerked for him over ...

May 22, 2015 | | Editorials


Sen. Sheheen remembers Judge Ernest Kinard

Camden, Kershaw County and South Carolina lost one of its greats this week. Judge Ernest Kinard was one of a kind who loved his family, his community and his work.

May 22, 2015 | State Sen. Vincent Sheheen Camden | Letters


Parker: Bab(i)es on campus

Trigger warning: This column will include discussion of ideas which may conflict with your own.

May 22, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Moment of Nature - May 22, 2015

Nothing instills fear in the heart and soul of humans as does a snake. Since the beginning of recorded history, snakes have been a symbol of evil, treachery, poison, etc., and because of this perception, misinformation and folklore, most people hate snakes. Personally I have no problem with snakes; roaches and tarantulas are a different story, but a snake? No worries.

May 22, 2015 | | Columns


‘Beechwood PDD (Planning Department Disaster)’

I attended the (Camden) Planning (Commission) meeting regarding the Beechwood Plantation development, and left with more questions to be asked than questions answered. For those of you who don't know what is proposed, the developers are talking of 254 residences, rentals and condos; a 24-7 assisted living facility; and more. We have had two patio homes built in Kirkover Hills during the last couple of years; these two did not sell, they are rentals, with four cars parked in the front yard. I don't believe there is a need for this large scale development.

May 22, 2015 | Steve Safarin Camden | Letters


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