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Quality education has cost

A community member asked me recently why I place so much emphasis on the budget. The exact words were, "I think that's all you ever talk about." I guess I have to plead guilty to keeping the budget as a front burner issue. When I think about the discussions I have about our schools with parents, staff, students and community members, most of these discussions revolve around smaller class sizes, additional academic and extracurricular programs, competitive compensation, materials and supplies, technology and additional staff in areas such as nursing, maintenance, classroom assistants and clerical. All of these are areas ...

February 20, 2012 | Kershaw County School District Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


America in ‘decline’ denial

Is America in decline? No way, says President Obama, proudly speaking of our standing overseas. But some grim new reports on our educational gaps remind us that decline is like charity -- it begins at home.

February 20, 2012 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Robert Ariail -- Feb. 20, 2012

February 20, 2012 | | Ariail


Teen killed in single-car crash

A Camden High School student died in a single-car accident on Haile Street just outside Camden early Sunday morning.

February 20, 2012 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Grace Holiday Wilson

Mrs. Grace Holiday Wilson, 88, of 175 Lewis Circle, Rembert, died Wednesday, February 15, 2012. Friends may call at the residence. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at later date by Brown's Funeral Home, Camden who is serving the Wilson Family.

February 20, 2012 | | Obituaries


Maxie Webster

Services for Maxie Evon "Bud" Webster, 74, were held on Sunday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to NTAF, in honor of Andy Crowson, 150 N. Radnor Chester Road, Suite F-120, Radnor, PA 19087.

February 20, 2012 | | Obituaries


Miss Branham, Mr. Bock set date

Mr. and Mrs. Kenny Branham are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Brittany Renee Branham of Camden to Mr. Ryan Keith Bock of Camden, son of Mr. and Mrs. Randy Bock Sr., Camden.

February 20, 2012 | | Localife


Miss Godbold, SSG Johnson plan spring wedding

Mr. and Mrs. Douglas F. Pitts would like to announce the engagement of their daughter, Amanda Nicole Godbold, formerly of Camden, SC now of Ft. Benning, Ga., to SSG Jonathan Ryan Johnson of Little Rock, Arkansas.

February 20, 2012 | | Localife


Jannie Young Grant`

Mrs. Jannie Young Grant, 65, of 7825 Edward St., Rembert, died Friday, February 17, 2012. Friends may call at 7835 Edward St., Rembert. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announed at a later date by Brown's Funeral Home, Camden, who is serving the Grant Family.

February 20, 2012 | | Obituaries


Annie Eva Boone Branham

A graveside service to celebrate the life of Annie Eva Boone Branham, 82, of DeKalb Community will be held at 2:00 PM Monday, February 20, 2012 at DeKalb Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev. Tim Broughton will officiate. The family will receive friends from 5:00-6:30 PM, Sunday, February 19, 2012 at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel.

February 20, 2012 | | Obituaries


More to investigate

Regarding the story on John Rainey, I found it interesting from all of his time in government he has only found one person he has deemed corrupt enough to investigate on his own (our current governor). He states that it is "his civic duty to call out people who I don't believe represent South Carolina in a manner in which we want to be known and remembered."

February 20, 2012 | Robert Horton Camden | Letters


Carolyn Hancock

Memorial services to celebrate the life of Carolyn Lucas Hancock, 66, of Ridgeway will be held Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 6:00 PM at Kornegay Funeral Home, Lugoff-Elgin Chapel. Pastor Sonny Sellers will officiate. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Gail Kirkland, 647 Lachicotte Road, Lugoff, SC 29078 or Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter, 460 S. Fair Street, Camden, SC 29020.

February 20, 2012 | | Obituaries


Timothy Odom

Funeral service for Timothy Wayne Odom, 48, of Camden, was held Sunday at 3:30 p.m. in Hardshell Cemetery. The Rev. Bruce Watford officiated. The family received friends prior to the service from 2 – 3 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. Memorials may be made to S.C. Oncology.

February 20, 2012 | | Obituaries


Noted and passed

• Kudos to Camden native Ford Graham, who's been chosen to lead the S.C. Department of Commerce's European office. In that role, Graham will head the state's international industrial recruitment efforts in Europe. He's been involved with business development in the state for several years and has a solid track record, and we look forward to following his successes on the continent.

February 20, 2012 | | Editorials


Ryan Wyatt Simpson

Funeral service for Ryan Wyatt Simpson, 17, will be held Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff, with burial to follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The Rev. Russ Galloway will officiate. The family will receive friends Tuesday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home.

February 20, 2012 | | Obituaries


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Crazy and proud of it

My grandmother -- Daddy's mother -- was sometimes called "crazy" by others who didn't quite understand her eccentric ways. Of course, in the South, we are proud of such a label for it means that we are interesting and worthy of being the center of coffee and cake conversation.

July 21, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Leonard M. Davis

Funeral services to celebrate the life of Leonard M. Davis, Jr. 69, of Camden, SC, will be held at 2:00 PM, Monday, July 21, 2014 at Hermitage Baptist Church in Camden. The Rev. Jason Fletcher will officiate. Burial with Masonic rites will follow in Wateree Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at 1:00 PM, 1 hour prior to the service in the church Fellowship Hall. Memorials may be made in Leonard's memory to Hermitage Baptist Church, Arise & Build Fund, 814 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Camden, SC 29020 or the American Heart Association of SC, Memorials & Tributes ...

July 21, 2014 | | Obituaries


Devon Davis Graham

Funeral services to celebrate the life of Devon Davis Graham, 72, of Elgin, SC, will be held at 3:00 PM, Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at Trinity Baptist Church in Lugoff, SC. Rev. Dr. Chuck Everett and Rev. Dean Reynolds will officiate. The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 PM, Monday, July 21, 2014 at Kornegay Funeral Home, Lugoff-Elgin Chapel. Memorials may be made in Devon's memory to the Shriner's Hospital for Crippled Children, 950 W. Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605-4277 or St. Jude's Children's Hospital, P O Box 810, Memphis, TN 38101.

July 21, 2014 | | Obituaries


Noted and passed - July 21, 2014

• It looks like it's full steam ahead for KershawHealth and its strategic plan. In recent weeks, we have reported on the creation -- after several years of hard work -- of a general surgery division; the recruitment of a new orthopedic surgeon; the signing of an agreement with Orthopedic Advantage to create a top-level orthopedic center in Kershaw County; and an already established agreement with Team Health to transform KershawHealth's emergency department in order to fast-track non-emergent patients allowing staff to focus on those in true emergency situations. Dr. T. Chris Tran, the new orthopedic surgeon, joined Camden Bone & Joint ...

July 21, 2014 | | Editorials


Auditions set for Kelley’s Fine Arts Camden Crew Junior and Camden Crew Senior Dance teams

Summer dance students will have the opportunity to audition for the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) and Kelley's Fine Arts (KFA) Junior and Senior Camden Crew Dance Teams, Friday, July 25 in the FAC Dance Studio. Times are set by dance styles and are as follows:

July 21, 2014 | | Localife


KCC holding public hearing on joint industrial park

Kershaw County Council will hold a public hearing on and consider third and final reading of an ordinance approving the development of a joint county industrial park with Chesterfield County. The public hearing and consideration of the ordinance are scheduled for council's meeting Tuesday evening.

July 21, 2014 | | Kershaw County


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July 21, 2014 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Three nights later, 17ers finally get a game two win

Loading up the team bus for a trip to Georgetown for the third time in as many days for one game, the Kershaw County American Legion baseball team took another step closer to earning a state tournament berth on Thursday.

July 21, 2014 | | Sports


Impeaching the president

WASHINGTON -- Sarah Palin is right about impeaching President Obama.

July 18, 2014 | By Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Nelson Rudolph Barnhill, Jr.

Funeral services for Nelson Rudolph Barnhill, Jr., 65, will be held Friday at 11:00 a.m. at Bethel Worship Center, with burial to follow in Fort Jackson National Cemetery. The Rev. Rudolph Barnhill will officiate. The family will receive friends Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Heart Association.

July 18, 2014 | | Obituaries


Kathryn Howard Wallace

Kathryn (Kathi) Howard Wallace went to be with her Heavenly Father Saturday July 12, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents Wilma (Armstrong) and Eugene Howard. Kathi was born on October 06, 1953 in Patterson, NJ. She worked for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement for most of her career. She enjoyed reading, cooking, shopping and spending time with her family and moved to South Carolina in 2009. Kathi was a long time member of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign wars of the U.S. She served as President of the ...

July 18, 2014 | | Obituaries


Camden Bulldog Club kicking off its 2014-15 membership drive

The Camden High School Bulldog Club membership drive is in full swing for the 2014-2015 school year. The organization, founded in 1952, provides financial assistance to all athletic programs at the school through the membership drive and various fundraising activities.

July 18, 2014 | | Camden High/Middle


‘Not Just Guns:’ The Ross E. Beard Collection

On Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at 11 a.m., the Ross E. Beard Collection became the property of the city of Camden, as Mr. Beard signed the paperwork at the Camden Archives and Museum. City officials, long-time friends of Mr. Beard and representatives from the Friends of the Archives and Museum looked on as City Attorney Lawrence Flynn, Mr. Beard, Ed Royall (his attorney) and Austin Sheheen (his accountant) processed the paperwork.

July 18, 2014 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Man allegedly shoots at, breaks into ex-girlfriend’s home

Responding to a frantic 911 call for help and a follow up investigation, Kershaw County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested Harley Joe Moore, 33, of Camden, and charged him with first degree burglary, discharging a firearm into a dwelling, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and unlawfully carrying a weapon.

July 18, 2014 | | Crime-Police-Fire


These animals need good homes

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Charlie, a male 1-year-old Great Dane (Charlie loves children) and Tiger, a 5-year-old neutered male black and gray 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 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 18, 2014 | | Pets


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