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When our community chooses to come together

I had been in Kershaw County just a few months when I got one of the worst phone calls of my professional career. At about 8 a.m. on a gray Saturday morning in early December of 2007, I was coming inside from a morning run, and the phone was ringing. I vividly remember a momentary pit in my stomach; a phone call early on Saturday morning is rarely good news. I had no idea; however, how tragic the news would be. A young man in our community had been shot and killed the night before in a gang-related incident ...

December 17, 2012 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Glad DeMint is gone

Thank you, thank you! About time it was said. You always have the courage to do that. Arial added just the right touch to your piece. So glad DeMint is gone. Haley says we won't find another.... How great is that? But she will try hard. Thank you again!

December 17, 2012 | Louann R. Nunnery Camden | Letters


Camden’s Elliott named to new CCTC alumni council

Central Carolina Technical College (CCTC) faculty and staff recently named Kris Elliott of Camden, to CCTC's new alumni council. Elliott, who works for Accuride Corp., joins 10 others on the council, appointed to provide direction and leadership for the new CCTC Alumni Partnership program.

December 17, 2012 | | Education


Horsin’ around the High Country

A very wise man who happens to own one of my favorite hideaways in the North Carolina High Country once told me, "You need a horse in the mountains the same way you need a boat in the Lowcountry."

December 17, 2012 | By Jim Tatum C-I contributing columnist | Columns


America’s reluctant First Father

WASHINGTON -- One of my great hopes for a Barack Obama administration -- and thus one of my personal disappointments -- was that he would use his bully pulpit to emphasize the importance of a two-parent family, and especially of fathers, to children's well-being.

December 17, 2012 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Lugoff Optimist Club says thanks

It's absolutely awesome! It's incredibly unbelievable! That's what your support year after year means to the Lugoff Optimist Club. Each year we send out a letter asking for your financial help in order that elementary students can attend a play that teaches a lesson that is crucial to their school years. This year's play taught a lesson on anti-bullying.

December 17, 2012 | Larry Patrick Lugoff | Letters


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December 17, 2012 | | Education


Feature photo: Kershaw County Christmas Parade

December 17, 2012 | | Miscellaneous


Coping with grief during the holidays

Grief is a healthy, human response to situations, such as the death of a loved one; separation or divorce; injury or disability; loss of job, property or pet and even children leaving home, especially for the first time.

December 17, 2012 | Clifton H. Anderson Special to the C-I | People & Places


Colonial Cup steward, Groat, passes away

Stephen Pitcher Groat, a devoted steeplechase official and the presiding steward at last month's 43rd running of the Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup steeplechase races, died Tuesday after a long and courageous battle against cancer. He was 67.

December 14, 2012 | | Equine


Ariail for Dec. 14, 2012

December 14, 2012 | | Ariail


Yankee seasoning

Which local business man and his wife have been deck hands on the U.S.S. Constitution?

December 14, 2012 | By Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Dogs roll past Crestwood; NC drops pair

Senior guard Josh Council scored a season-best 24 points to lead Camden to a 58-44 victory over visiting Crestwood in a Tuesday night contest played between the two former conference rivals.

December 14, 2012 | | Seasonal Sports


Archives director retires; Richardson named successor

Howard Branham is retiring today as director of the Camden Archives and Museum. Branham began working at the archives in March 1998 and became its director in 2008 following the death of the previous director, Agnes Corbett.

December 14, 2012 | | Camden


Colonial Cup’s ‘Salute to the Military’

The Carolina Cup Racing Association's "Salute to the Military" at last month's 43rd running of the Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup Steeplechase proved to be a flag-waving event in more ways than one with the unveiling of a mural of "Old Glory" sponsored by McDonald's. It was sent to a South Carolina National Guard (SCNG) unit now in Afghanistan.

December 14, 2012 | | Miscellaneous


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Jeri Lynette and Danny Goff wed

Jeri Lynette and Danny Talmage Goff of Elgin, SC were united in holy matrimony on April 18, at five o'clock in the evening at Wateree Baptist Church in Camden, SC. Rev. James Crooks and Rev. James Hanf performed the ceremony. The bride, who was escorted by her father, is the daughter of Marion and Jackie Brown of Florence, SC.

May 01, 2015 | | Weddings & Engagements


Foxes take Dogs best shots in seventh to rally for 6-5 win

Hartsville scored twice in the bottom of the seventh, needing just one hit, to rally from a 5-4 deficit to take a 6-5 victory over visiting Camden in a Tuesday night contest played at Jimmy White Field in Kellytown.

May 01, 2015 | | Camden High/Middle


Walt Inabinet - May 1, 2015

May 01, 2015 | | Inabinet


Liverpool FC America hosts youth soccer tryouts

Liverpool FC America will hold soccer tryouts for boys and girls ages 8-18 on May 11 and 12 from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the Kershaw County Parks and Recreation Department soccer fields located along Highway 1 in Lugoff.

May 01, 2015 | | Sports


Editorial: Boston bomber

Lawyers, court officials and others who end up spending time in criminal courtrooms in Kershaw County and elsewhere have no doubt heard many defendants' attorneys try to burnish their image after they've been convicted of crimes. The purpose, of course, is to try to grab a bit of leniency from the judge or jury which is going to hand down a sentence. "He's a good boy" is one of the favorites, often portraying the convicted person as a high knight of society who just happened to make a mistake, perhaps murder or armed robbery. "I just snapped" is ...

May 01, 2015 | | Editorials


Take A Child Fishing tourney on tap May 16

The 32nd annual Take a Child Fishing Bass Tournament will be held on Saturday, May 16 at Clearwater Cove Marina on Lake Wateree.

May 01, 2015 | | Sports


Letter: ‘Celebrate your mother’

A very special day is fast approaching, a day we should put on the top of our list and certainly always remember. We should celebrate it to no end. This day is not a holiday, but it should be. This day is indeed only one day long, only 24 hours short, but this day should and can last forever. We can make this day last forever in our hearts, for this is where it belongs. This day is the best day. It will not end, so live it forever.

May 01, 2015 | Howard Buckholz Cassatt | Letters


Parker: Fear of free speech

WASHINGTON -- True words are often said in jest, it has long been said. But a harsher idiom has been taking shape in recent years: Jest is becoming the only way to express truth.

May 01, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Community Concert Band Concert Sunday

The Camden Community Concert Band will present its Spring Concert at 3 p.m. May 3 in Rectory Square Park at the corner of Lyttleton and Chesnut Streets in Camden. The concert is free and open to the public. The CCCB will be accompanied by members of the 282nd Army Band.

May 01, 2015 | | People & Places


Knight’s Hill Mayfest celebration is May 9

The Knight's Hill community will ring in the spring with the annual Mayfest celebration, scheduled for Saturday, May 9.

May 01, 2015 | | People & Places


Scully: In the community

I wanted to share with you selections from recent speeches I delivered in and around Camden, two on April 11 and one on April 18.

May 01, 2015 | By Camden Mayor Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Rec Notes - May 1, 2015

Registration for swim lessons continues at the Kershaw County Recreation Department. Registration for all lessons continues until the Thursday before the Monday lessons start. The first session runs June 1-4 and June 8-11.

May 01, 2015 | | Miscellaneous


Oliver, Webb promoted at SAFE

SAFE Federal Credit Union recently promoted to employees with Camden connections to regional branch manager positions. Brandon Oliver and Jenny Webb are now, respectively, the Region Three and Region Four branch directors, according to a press release.

May 01, 2015 | | Business


Elease Williams Harris Smith

Mrs. Elease Williams Harris Smith, 85, of Washington, DC, formally of Camden, SC, passed on Monday, April 20, 2015. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 2, 2015 in Rafting Creek Baptist Church, Rembert, with burial in the church cemetery.

May 01, 2015 | | Obituaries


Dennis Wayne Robinson Sr.

A service to celebrate the life of Dennis Wayne Robinson, Sr., 62, will be held on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at Smyrna United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends following the service in the church fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter, 460 Fair Street, Camden, S.C. 29020.

May 01, 2015 | | Obituaries


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