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(Columnist Kathleen Parker is in vacation, In her absence, Ruth Marcus, a columnist with the Washington Post Writers Group, is featured today.)

January 04, 2012 | Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


A new day at McDonald’s

Camden children had something to celebrate Dec. 16 as they were released from school for winter break. The McDonald's at 215 DeKalb St. treated youngsters to a brand-new Play Place, face-painting, a ceiling of balloons and Santa hats for every attendee to spread Christmas cheer. Joining to help celebrate was Ronald McDonald, 97.5 WCOS and the Camden Fire and Police departments. All guests at the event were entered in a raffle. Three lucky winners went home with iPods, and an unsuspecting customer won a brand new 32-inch flat screen television. The store was filled with families from 2 ...

January 04, 2012 | | Business


Sidewalk Survey -- Jan. 4, 2012

January 04, 2012 | Julie J. Prickett C-I | Sidewalk Survey


Yesteryear -- Jan. 4, 2012

Photo cutline -- Brady Williams – pries screening off Alexander Bracey's front door. He was one of 52 volunteers with Lyttleton United Methodist Church Youth Fellowship who spent their Christmas holidays restoring and repairing local homes for neighbors in need.

January 04, 2012 | | Yesteryear


Betty Hancock Nichols

Funeral services for Betty Hancock Nichols, 81, of Columbia, will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at Virginia Wingard Memorial United Methodist Church with interment at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in Forest Lawn Cemetery at 1659 Kershaw Hwy., Camden, SC. The family received friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Irmo/St. Andrews Chapel. Memorials may be made to Virginia Wingard Memorial United Methodist Church, 1500 Broad River Road, Columbia, SC 29210 or to the charity of ones choice.

January 04, 2012 | | Obituaries


J. Lee Frost

A celebration of life service for J. Lee Frost, 55, of Camden, will be held Wednesday, January 4, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Hermitage Baptist Church with burial to follow at Malvern Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.Rev. Mark Hopkins will officiate. The family received friends Tuesday January 3, 2012 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. Memorials may be made in Mr. Frost's memory to the Arise and Build Fund, c/o Hermitage Baptist Church, 814 Jefferson Davis Highway, Camden, SC 29020.

January 04, 2012 | | Obituaries


Florence M. Newman

Funeral service for Florence M. Newman, 99, of Cassatt, was held Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. The burial followed in Scotch Cemetery, Bethune. The Rev. Raymond Sellers officiated. The family received friends one hour prior to the service at Powers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Midlands Center, 8301 Farrow Road, Columbia, S.C.

January 04, 2012 | | Obituaries


David Price

A memorial service honoring the life of Edward David Price, 87, of Camden, will be held at a later date.

January 04, 2012 | | Obituaries


Pearl Tiller

Funeral services for Pearl Godwin Tiller, 93, of McBee, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at Union United Methodist Church. The Rev. Dr. Steven Todd, Rev. Charlie Short, Rev. Barbee Parsons will officiate with burial in the church cemetery directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home. The family received friends Tuesday, January 3, 2012 from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Union United Methodist Church, 4379 Union Church Road, McBee, SC 29101.

January 04, 2012 | | Obituaries


NCHS JROTC teams move up in competitions

The North Central JROTC teams competed in the U.S Army JROTC Academic Leadership Bowl against all high school JROTC teams in the nation by way of the Internet. Team members were selected based on leadership, academic standin, and online testing. Cadets could only participate on one team -- leadership or academic -- with no crossover.

January 04, 2012 | | Education


Lewis Shrober Truslow

A memorial service honoring the life of Lewis Shober Truslow, 95, of Camden, will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made in Mr. Truslow's memory to Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church, 1206 Lyttleton Street, Camden, SC 29020.

January 04, 2012 | | Obituaries


USC victory

There certainly are University of South Carolina football fans here in Kershaw County who probably thought the so-called "chicken curse" would never die. There were decades of gridiron mediocrity, a 21-game losing streak back in 1998 and 1999, and even many moments of doubt after USC hired Steve Spurrier, one of the great college coaches of all time. But the curse was laid to rest Monday when the Gamecocks won a resounding victory over Nebraska in the Capitol One Bowl.

January 04, 2012 | | Editorials


Little hands, big hearts

Students at Lugoff Elementary School collected more than 1,000 non-perishables for the Fishes and Loaves Food Ministry of Concord Baptist Church. This was for their annual Clemson-Carolina Food Drive. The children in this picture are second-graders in Jewel Hopkins' class. Fishes and Loaves Food Ministry, with a congregation of about 70, feeds around 250 people two Wednesday's a month.

January 04, 2012 | | Education


2012 Miss Camden, Miss Camden Teen to be crowned Saturday

Miss Camden 2011 Sallie Pierce (front, left) and Miss Camden Teen 2011 Blythe Neal (front, right) stand with the 2012 Miss Camden and Miss Camden Teen Contestants. The girls include are (second row, from left) teen contestants Hanna Bowers, Emily Wilson, Morgan Schoolfield and (back row, from left) miss contestants Carley Powers, Charleston Thompson, Lauren Jeffcoat and Bethany Johnson. Absent from the photo are teen contestants Kayla Crim and Brianna Goodson. The 2012 Miss Camden and Miss Camden Teen pageant will be held Saturday at 6 p.m. at Camden High School. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased from ...

January 04, 2012 | | Localife


Rembert student signs record deal with gospel group

Prayer and time management are generally considered to be universal concepts. But for Claflin University senior Justin Rufus, a combination of the two are essential.

January 04, 2012 | | Localife


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Calling all dogs, hounds, mutts and puppies

Grace Episcopal Church in Camden has set the date for the 78th annual Spring Dog Show. The show will take place in Rectory Square on May 17 with May 24 reserved for the rain date. There are 16 show classes including costume, pure breeds, children's handling, puppies, mixed breeds and shelter dogs, so all types of dogs, handlers and spectators are encouraged to attend! Hotdogs, chips, sweets and drinks will be on sale throughout the event.

April 25, 2014 | | Localife


Griffins rally past Knights to take second place in 3-AA

In a game in which second place in Region 3-AA was hanging in the balance, Fairfield Central answered Tyler Bowers' two-run blast in the top of the sixth by pushing across the tying and winning runs in the home portion of the inning to take a 3-2 win over visiting North Central.

April 25, 2014 | | North Central High/Middle


505th Parachute Infantry Regimental jump

Several local veterans groups recently attended a commemoration ceremony at the flagpole and marker in front of Invista in Lugoff. The event marked the 71st anniversary of a significant event in the history of both our county and our nation. The following two paragraphs from A History of Kershaw County South Carolina (2011) by Joan A. and L. Glen Inabinet condenses and describes the event:

April 25, 2014 | | Localife


Kiwanis Club of Camden welcome new members

The Kiwanis Club of Camden inducted five new members at its April 1 meeting. From left, Brandon Oliver, Safe Federal Credit Union; Deb Gibart, retired; Marcella Towers, TD Bank; Debbie Massalon, Mental Health America; and Harriet Reid, New Day on Mill.

April 25, 2014 | | Localife


Cleora Estridge Jones

Funeral services for Cleora Estridge Jones, 97 of Bethune, SC will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 26, 2014, in the sanctuary of Timrod Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The Revs. Jim Wallace and Todd Montgomery will officiate.

April 25, 2014 | | Obituaries


Roger Allen Dubois

Roger Allen Dubois, 73 of Bethune, SC died Monday, April 21, 2014, at McLeod Hospice House, Florence. Born in Luton, Iowa, he was the son of the late Glenn and Elaine Stokes Dubois. Mr. Dubois was the owner/operator of poultry farms and served in the Army National Guard. He was also a graduate of Wayne State Teachers College.

April 25, 2014 | | Obituaries


Ariail for April 25, 2014

April 25, 2014 | | Ariail


Bobby Harrell

Allegations that Rep. Bobby Harrell, speaker of the S.C. House of Representatives, illegally funneled campaign contributions to his own use should be examined in the brightest possible light, and that means letting a grand jury decide what happened rather than turning the matter over to the House Ethics Committee, which isn't experienced in such investigations and doesn't have the power to take effective action.

April 25, 2014 | | Editorials


Grandmother Hillary

WASHINGTON -- The word is out that Chelsea Clinton is with child, making the favorite Democratic presidential nominee a soon-to-be grandmother.

April 25, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Terry Dean Noll, Sr.

Funeral Services for Terry Dean Noll, Sr., 64, will be private. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Make-A-Wish Foundation.

April 25, 2014 | | Obituaries


Marcia Anne Smith Punko

A celebration of life service for Marcia Anne Smith Punko, 38, will be held Saturday at 4:00 p.m. at St. John's United Methodist Church. The Rev. Michael Leonhardt and the Rev. Barbee Parsons will officiate. The family will receive friends Friday from 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John's United Methodist Church MYF Fund at P.O. Box 218, Lugoff, S.C. 29078.

April 25, 2014 | | Obituaries


Nollie Twitty Shirley

A funeral service to celebrate the life of Nollie Twitty Shirley, 87, of Camden, SC, will be at 2:00 PM, Thursday, April 24, 2014 in Quaker Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:00-1:30, prior to the service, at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. Rev. Mark Hopkins will officiate. Memorials may be made in Nollie's memory to Hermitage Baptist Church, 814 Jefferson Davis Highway, Camden, SC 29020 or Agape Hospice of Camden, 700 W. DeKalb Street, Camden, SC 29020.

April 25, 2014 | | Obituaries


Blazers kick past Demons, 2-0

Visiting Ridge View broke a scoreless tie with a pair of second half goals to take home a 2-0 victory over Lugoff-Elgin in a Region 4-A boys' soccer match played on Tuesday at Lugoff-Elgin Stadium.

April 25, 2014 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Bulldog netters look for a strong finish to season

Before last week's spring break, Camden High tennis coach Roger Smoak had one goal for his team. When the Bulldogs returned from having had 12 days off, Smoak wanted to finish the season by winning their last five matches.

April 25, 2014 | | Camden High/Middle


Polly Davis Dinkins

Mrs. Polly Davis Dinkins, 92, of Camden, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, April 20, 2014. Born in Boykin, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Lizzie Levan Davis and the wife of the late James Dinkins. A Celebration of Life and Homegoing service will be held Friday, April 25, 2014 at 1 p.m., at Saint Stephen Missionary Baptist Church, Rembert, with burial in Cedars Cemetery, Camden. Mrs. Dinkins will be placed in the church at 12 p.m. for viewing. Brown's Funeral Home, Camden is serving the Dinkins family.

April 25, 2014 | | Obituaries


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