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Robert Ariail -- March 7, 2012

March 07, 2012 | | Ariail


'Purity pledge'

There are Republicans in South Carolina -- and across the nation, for that matter -- who are amazingly adept at finding new ways to shoot themselves in the foot. But GOP officials in Laurens County went to a new level of innovation when they passed a "purity pledge" requiring those who plan to run in this year's primary to adhere to a set of rules governing their social behavior and mores. Specifically, the pledge demands that candidates must, among other things, not have had premarital sex and not watch porn. The state GOP quickly dismissed the idea, noting that it is ...

March 07, 2012 | | Editorials


Our political structure isn’t working

Regarding the City of Camden possibly suing the Farbers for lost revenue in relation to their lawsuit stopping the YMCA, regarding the anger of city officials toward the citizen referendum about the Y, one has to ask, what is the city's objective: to create community or to win at all costs?

March 07, 2012 | Tony Scully Camden | Letters


American Red Cross Month

Board members of the local American Red Cross join Camden Mayor Jeffrey Graham (first row, third from right) and Camden City Council members (second row, from left) Willard Polk, Walter Long, Pat Partin and Alfred Mae Drakeford as they issue a proclamation recognizing the month of March as American Red Cross month in the city of Camden. Since July 1, 2011, the local Red Cross has provided emergency support to 28 families who were fire victims, trained 327 children in disaster preparedness, and collected 866 pints of blood. Joining Graham and city council are board members (from left) Laura Battiata ...

March 07, 2012 | | Camden


Let court resolve hospitality tax issue

It seems that the City of Camden wants to have a "Y" or a sports complex that is against the will of a good many voters. Not only does the City Council want to disregard the petition of these voters after all criteria was met and the proper fashion of following the request of the council, these petitioners are being ignored as if there was never a mention for scrapping it by anyone having a disagreement. And now there's the enlistment of the County Council to join with the City Council and build such an endeavor and ignore all ...

March 07, 2012 | W.J. Haynes Lugoff | Letters


Walker to compete for S.C. Teacher of the Year

Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Teacher of the Year Helen Walker is one of five teachers named as finalists in the South Carolina Teacher of the Year program.

March 07, 2012 | | Education


Deacon Clarence James

Deacon Clarence James, Sr., 74, of 35 Will Lane, Camden, SC, passed on Friday, March 2, 2012. Funeral Services and burial will be conducted on Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 1 p.m. at Gaines Baptist Church, Camden.

March 07, 2012 | | Obituaries


Williams flies in an ace at White Pines

Like a shot in basketball which never touches the rim before dropping through the net, Camden's Ronnie Williams' first hole in one never touched down on the grass of the green.

March 07, 2012 | | Golf


Carolina Cup parking spaces selling quickly

With less than three weeks left before the Carolina Cup Races, reserved parking spaces are, once again, moving at a brisk pace.

March 07, 2012 | | Equine


Strong pitching helps Dogs to 2-1 showing in Pee Dee tourney

Camden used back-to-back wins over Hartsville and McBee to finish 2-1 finish in pool play in the Pee Dee Invitational pre-season baseball tournament.

March 05, 2012 | | Seasonal Sports


Robert Ariail -- March 5, 2012

March 05, 2012 | | Ariail


Shovels and showers

The city of Camden broke ground on its new wastewater treatment plant on a rainy morning Feb. 27. The plant will cost an estimated $34 million to build and is being constructed over the city's existing lagoon-style plant. Handling golden shovels are (from left) Camden City Manager Kevin Bronson, Assistant City Manager Mel Pearson, URS Project Engineer Keith Cannon, Camden City Councilman Walter Long, City Councilwoman Alfred Mae Drakeford, Camden Mayor Jeffrey Graham, S.C. State House Representative Laurie Slade Funderburk, URS Vice President Tom Haselden, Director of Public Works Tom Couch, Assistant Director of Public Works Sam Davis ...

March 05, 2012 | | Camden


Sprinklers halt spread of apartment fire

Sprinklers that extinguished a stove fire at a Lugoff apartment Wednesday night prevented possible disaster if the blaze had spread to other units.

March 05, 2012 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Ethel Bostick

Mrs. Ethel "Lee" Jenkins Bostick, 63, of 5505 Pisgah Road, Rembert, died Saturday, March 3, 2012. Friends may call at the residence. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Brown's Funeral Home, Camden, who is serving the Bostick family.

March 05, 2012 | | Obituaries


Frances Mann

Funeral service for Frances Elizabeth Godwin Mann, 86, will be held Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home with burial to follow in Cedar Creek Baptist Church, Bishopville. The Rev. Greg Sweet will officiate. The family will receive friends Monday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Lugoff First Baptist Church or Cedar Creek Baptist Church Cemetery Fund.

March 05, 2012 | | Obituaries


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Feature Photo: 'The Three Mayors'

July 25, 2014 | | Miscellaneous


‘What is that?’

In the quest to answer the many questions I receive about trees, see below for part three in the continuing series.

July 25, 2014 | By Liz Gilland, Camden Urban Forester C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Amtrak to renovate Camden train station, grounds

After decades of requests from residents and years of negotiation with city officials, Amtrak is announcing that it will renovate its station in Camden and the surrounding property. Work will begin Aug. 4, and -- according JarVor Williams, an Amtrak construction engineer overseeing the project -- make the facility compliant with the U.S. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

July 25, 2014 | | Camden


Patricia Gail Alger-Benson

A memorial service celebrating the life of Patricia Gail Alger-Benson, 68, of Lugoff, SC will be held on Saturday July 26, 2014 at 2:00 PM. at Blaney Baptist Church. Rev. Philip Blankenship will officiate. The family will receive friends on Friday, July25, from 6:00-7:30 PM at Kornegay Funeral Home Lugoff-Elgin Chapel. Memorials may be made in her memory to Blaney Baptist Church, 1400 Blaney Road, Elgin, SC 29045.

July 25, 2014 | | Obituaries


Sammie F. Thomas Jr.

Funeral services for Sammie F. Thomas Jr. will be held on Saturday July 26, 2014 at 2 p.m. in the Divine Mortuary Chapel, 5620 Hillandale Dr. Lithonia, Georgia 30058.

July 25, 2014 | | Obituaries


Betty Jo Crump Mays, R.N.

Funeral services for Betty Jo Crump Mays, R.N., 76, will be held Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at New Life Christian Outreach, Lugoff, with burial to follow in Scotch Cemetery, Bethune. The Rev. Richard Cameron will officiate. The family will receive friends Friday, July 25, 2014, from 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home.

July 25, 2014 | | Obituaries


Hospital Auxiliary of KershawHealth Golf Tournament

The Hospital Auxiliary of KershawHealth's twenty fifth annual golf tournament will be held on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at the Camden Country Club.

July 25, 2014 | | Kershaw County


Ariail for July 25, 2014

July 25, 2014 | | Ariail


Rhame Arena

We're glad to see that the city of Camden is exploring alternatives for aging Rhame Arena. The building is becoming more dilapidated with each passing year, and something needs to be done, whether it's razing it or restoring it. Of course, money is a factor, just as it is in all government decisions these days. We will say that city officials have overworked the bureaucratic jargon in their appraisal of the situation, saying an "adaptive reuse" could be a possible alternative. We are assuming "adaptive reuse" means repairing the building and making it feasible for some type of ...

July 25, 2014 | | Editorials


Reader thanks Camden Public Works crew

If you live in Camden and do not realize how special a town it is, just wait until something goes wrong.

July 25, 2014 | Jill Davis Camden | Letters


Limousine liberalism’s good works

Is it hypocritical for a really, really rich person to object to rising inequality?

July 25, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Fall Sports registration begins on Monday

Swim Lessons

July 25, 2014 | | Kershaw County


Find a new Furry Friend!

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Wally, an adorable 6-week-year-old male kitten and Paige, a 4-year-old female Pointer mix. She is very friendly with other dogs. 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 4 p.m. on Saturdays. The shelter is closed Sunday and Monday. The shelter is closed Sunday and Monday. For information on the shelter ...

July 25, 2014 | | Pets


Carolina Downhome Blues Festival Set for 18th Year

Mark your calendars for the 18th Annual Carolina Downhome Blues Festival scheduled for October 2-4 in historic downtown Camden. This year's event will feature multiple performances at various sites, including The Venue on Broad, Old Town Tavern and a new site for the festival -- 833 South Broad Street. The Carolina Downhome Blues Festival is an award-winning event recognized for featuring legendary blues artists from around the globe.

July 25, 2014 | | Arts


State American Legion Tournament schedule of games

The South Carolina Senior State American Legion Tournament begins Saturday at Riley Park in Sumter. Here is all the information you will need as to the event:

July 25, 2014 | | Sports


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