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Rich: The world’s view of ‘being cool’

My parents, according to the world's definition of "cool," were not. Neither drank nor did either ever possess a credit card. Groceries and clothing were paid for in cash, utilities paid by check, and the only monthly payments they ever allowed themselves were a mortgage for a house, a short-term loan for another farm, and a couple of cars bought, over time, and paid for quickly.

January 19, 2015 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Letter: Reader still seeking MLK’s dream

Each third Monday in January, America celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. His earthly journey was an era when federal and state law was devastating to the lives of African-Americans.

January 19, 2015 | Edward R. Allen Camden | Letters


Dreher takes down Camden, twice

Led by a game-best 25 points from VCU signee Tevin Mack, visiting Dreher send the Camden boys basketball team to their fourth straight loss as the Blue Devils eased past the Bulldogs, 73-46.

January 16, 2015 | | Seasonal Sports


Ariail for Jan. 16, 2015

January 16, 2015 | | Ariail


Editorial: Equine park arena

The horse industry in Kershaw County took another sizeable leap forward this week thanks to the awarding of a $250,000 grant to fund a second covered show ring at the South Carolina Equine Park (SCEP) in the Charlotte Thompson community. This is a welcome addition to an already thriving facility and should help funnel more tourism and visitor dollars into Camden's and Kershaw County's business community.

January 16, 2015 | | Editorials


Rampell: Greece’s long-term debt crisis

WASHINGTON -- Greece looks poised to demand more debt relief, and Germany has already begun dismissing these demands. But if history is any guide, more rounds of restructuring are likely in store, and Greece's creditors should probably brace themselves for more, and bigger, haircuts.

January 16, 2015 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Letter: KCC's Jones supports Hanley for Elgin council

As the councilman representing District 4 for Kershaw County Council, I emphatically support Brad Hanley for Elgin Town Council.

January 16, 2015 | | Letters


Richardson: Carnegie’s role in establishing America’s public libraries

"The man who dies … rich dies disgraced."

January 16, 2015 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Janis Larue Feazelle

Funeral services for Janis Larue Feazelle, 59, will be held Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at Harvest Baptist Church, burial will be private. The Rev. Bill Dulaney will officiate. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1-3 p.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Harvest Baptist Church, Children Ministries, at 281 Wildwood Lane, Lugoff, S.C. 29078.

January 16, 2015 | | Obituaries


Patricia Plyler Watts

A funeral service to celebrate the life of Patricia Plyler Watts, 79, of Camden, SC, will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, January 17, 2015 at First Baptist Church in Camden with a reception immediately following in the church Fellowship Hall. Rev. Bruce Hancock will officiate. Burial will be private. The family will receive friends from 5:00-8:00 PM, Friday, January 16, 2015 at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel.

January 16, 2015 | | Obituaries


Barbara Ann Cranford

A funeral service for Barbara Ann Tidwell Cranford, 74, will be held Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at Powers Funeral Home. The Rev. Dr. Mark Bredholt will officiate. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 10-11 a.m. at the funeral home.

January 16, 2015 | | Obituaries


William Baker Burns

A memorial service to honor the life of William Baker Burns, 87, of Camden, SC will be held at

January 16, 2015 | | Obituaries


Spring baseball and fast pitch registration will begin Jan. 26

Spring Baseball and Fast Pitch registration will be January 26 through February 13 for boys ages 4 - 19 and girls ages 4 - 18 (age by May 1, 2015). Registration fee is $40 per participant. Register can be done online at www.kershawrec.com or at the recreation office during regular office hours.

January 16, 2015 | | Kershaw County


SAFE Federal Credit Union Celebrates 60 Years

Shaw Air Force Employees (SAFE) celebrated the 60th anniversary of its federal charter signing on January 14 with celebrations in all branches.

January 16, 2015 | | Business


Devin W. Bracey graduates from basic combat training

During nine weeks of training, Army Pvt. Devin W. Bracey studied the army mission, history, tradition and core values. He also studied physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat. He also studied map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises during training.

January 16, 2015 | | Military


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Gerald W. Stover, Sr.

A service to celebrate the life of Gerald Wayne Stover, Sr., 74, will be held on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at Grace United Methodist Church. The Rev. Walter Ballenger will officiate. The family will receive friends following the service in the church fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital.

January 30, 2015 | | Obituaries


Linda Joy Taylor

Funeral service for Linda Joy Taylor, 62, will be held on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at Wateree Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The Rev. Dr. Ron Taylor and the Rev. Taylor Wells will officiate. The family will receive friends Friday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the South Carolina Oncology Foundation.

January 30, 2015 | | Obituaries


CMS’ Salmond, L-EMS’ Lankford win Carolina Invitational crowns

Camden Middle School's Javonte Salmond and Lugoff-Elgin Middle School's Brandon Lankford returned home from Saturday's Carolina Invitational wrestling tournament with championships medals in the 131- and 285-pound weight divisions, respectively.

January 30, 2015 | | Sports


Civil War presentation at the Kershaw County Library on Feb. 10

As part of his campaign through Georgia and the Carolinas, Gen. William T. Sherman created a psychological war on civilians that is the focus of a presentation at 6:30 p.m. at the Kershaw County Library, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10 at the Kershaw County Library, 1304 Broad St., Camden.

January 30, 2015 | | Localife


Kershaw Conservation District Poster contest winners

The Kershaw Conservation District sponsored the "Dig Deeper- Mysteries in the Soil" poster contest last Spring. 138 posters were entered in the contest, and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards were given, along with Honorable Mentions. The contest was open to students in grades K through 12, in public, private, and homeschool settings. First place winners, in each category, went to the state competition, and were judged by the SC Association of Conservation Districts. The two state winners were Lugoff-Elgin High School student Kristen Nygaard and Camden Middle School student Mary Dawson Lindsay. Their entries are now being judged on ...

January 30, 2015 | | Kershaw County


Must-haves for any Super Bowl party

The Super Bowl, the annual championship game of the National Football League, has become a global event.

January 30, 2015 | | Localife


Pets of the Week - Jan. 30, 2015

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Sandy, a 5-month-old female red tick hound mix dog, and Michael, a 2-year-old nuetered male domestic short-haired tabby cat. The adoption donation includes spaying or neutering. The shelter, located at the south end of Fair Street and managed by the Kershaw County Humane Society, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The shelter is closed Sunday and Monday. For information on the shelter or to check for a missing pet, call 425-6016 ...

January 30, 2015 | | Pets


Sam Wells Sr.

Mr. Sam Doc "Nick" Wells Sr., 87, of Camden, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, January 24, 2015. Born in Camden. he was the son of the late Ezekiel, Sr. and Leila Jones Wells. A Celebration of Life and Homegoing Services will be held Friday, January 30, 2015 at One p.m., at Union Baptist Church, with burial in the church cemetery, Rembert. Mr. Wells will be placed in the church at Twelve p.m. for viewing. Brown's Funeral Home, Camden is serving the Wells family.

January 30, 2015 | | Obituaries


School News - Jan. 30, 2015

Clemson University awarded degrees to 1,300 students Dec. 18, 2014, in graduation ceremonies in Littlejohn Coliseum.

January 30, 2015 | | Education


Rec Notes - Jan. 30, 2015

Registration is open for the Kershaw County Recreation Department's Technical Soccer Camp. Participants will receive academy-level training and learn how to play soccer the "right way." The technical soccer methods and techniques will create a fun, yet challenging environment providing the foundations to play at the next level.

January 30, 2015 | | Miscellaneous


Ariail for Jan. 30, 2015

January 30, 2015 | | Ariail


Editorial: Hill's survey

This country has, in many instances, gone overboard in enforcing the first amendment: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." The founding fathers never intended to remove all semblances of religion from public life, yet we have moved in that direction. But a recent attempt by one South Carolina lawmaker to question potential judges about religious matters went far beyond reason and was properly squelched by state agency staffers.

January 30, 2015 | | Editorials


Rampell: The dark side of ‘sharing-economy’ jobs

WASHINGTON -- Flexible hours. Being your own boss. The glories and self-bootstrapping pride of entrepreneurship.

January 30, 2015 | By Catherine Rampbell Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


KCSO to present Evans’ framed uniform Saturday to L-EMS

Saturday, the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) will present Lugoff-Elgin Middle School (L-EMS) officials with a framed uniform shirt from Deputy Rob Evans who died unexpectedly in Nov. 2013 while directing school traffic. Evans served as the school resource officer at L-EMS for seven years and was a 14-year KCSO veteran.

January 30, 2015 | | Education


L-EHS hosts archery tournament Saturday

For many years, Kershaw County School District (KCSD) schools have done well in state and national archery tournaments. This year, they will be hosting a regional tournament where more than 350 archers and 15 schools are scheduled to compete.

January 30, 2015 | | Education


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