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Marie Kelly Branham

Marie Kelly Branham, 90, of Elgin, SC, died Friday, May 25, 2012. Born in Tookiedoo, SC on September 4, 1921, she was a daughter of the late John Mannes Kelly and Gazell Abbott Kelly. Marie was a beloved fixture in the Elgin community, owning and operating Branham's Grocery for 31 years, working alongside her husband on the family cotton and corn farm, and serving as nurse for anyone in need in the area. She was a member of Smyrna United Methodist Church, where memorials may be made in Marie's memory at PO Box 66, Elgin, SC 29045.

May 30, 2012 | | Obituaries


Getting ripped

Seated in front of his locker at Atlas Gym, Staff Sgt. Cedric McMillan dried beads of sweat from his face after a grueling workout regimen. And, the weightlifting part of his day had not even started.

May 30, 2012 | | Sports


Strutting their stuff

The winners of the 2012 Bethune Chicken Strut Pageant were recently announced. The results are as follows.

May 30, 2012 | | Localife


Sidewalk Survey -- May 30, 2012

May 30, 2012 | Julie J. Prickett C-I | Sidewalk Survey


Local resident chosen as Youth Dance Ambassador 2012

Erin Hayes has been selected as the Youth Dance Ambassador for 2012. Through her participation in the recent Dance Troupe Inc. competition, Erin was chosen as the Youth Dance Ambassador and will participate in the Grand National Finals to be held in Savannah, Ga. in July. Erin will have the opportunity to study with top dance choreographers, be a featured performer in the Night of Stars Showcase, and will receive the Youth Dance Ambassador Medal for 2012.

May 28, 2012 | | Localife


Youth sports camps ready for summer runs

With the school year coming to a close, it is time for summer sports camps in Kershaw County.

May 28, 2012 | | Sports


John Twitty

Funeral service for John Clayton Twitty, 85, will be held Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home with burial to follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The Rev. Richard Cameron will officiate.

May 28, 2012 | | Obituaries


Head-on collision results in death on U.S. 521

A 61-year-old Sumter man was killed in a head-on car crash Friday morning on Highway 521 near the Kershaw County/Sumter County line.

May 28, 2012 | | Crime-Police-Fire


End of session sprint

Today, Memorial Day, one of the most important days on the American calendar, we reflect upon all that we owe the brave men and women who have been willing to risk everything in military service to this country. A vibrant legacy of courage, dedication, and sacrifice is what allows us to choose our own leaders, write our own laws, and enjoy all our other freedoms.

May 28, 2012 | By State Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk C-I contributing columnist | Columns


America's uneasy 'browning'

White babies are no longer a majority of new births, according to the Census Bureau. America is quietly "browning," it is said, like dinner rolls in a warm oven. Yet, such change does not come without resistance from those who prefer to remain unbaked.

May 28, 2012 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Miss Colvin, Mr. Eubanks engaged

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Colvin of Camden announce the engagement of their daughter, Crystal Renee Colvin of Camden, to Travis James Eubanks of Camden. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Eubanks of Camden, and Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Kelly of Bishopville.

May 28, 2012 | | Weddings & Engagements


Local student chosen as finalist in the National American Miss South Carolina Pageant

Hannah McCray Earls, age 13, has been chosen as a state finalist in the National American Miss South Carolina Pageant to be held July 12-14 at the Marriott in downtown Columbia. The pageant is held for girls ages 10 through 13.

May 28, 2012 | | Localife


Head-on collision results in death on Highway 521

A 61-year-old Sumter man was killed in a head-on car crash Friday morning on Highway 521 near the Kershaw County/Sumter County line.

May 28, 2012 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Noted and passed - May 28, 2012

• We congratulate Kershaw County's 2012 graduates – both those who have already stepped across the stage and those who will receive their diplomas Saturday. As indicated in today's Chronicle-Independent graduation section, we have many young people with bright futures ahead of them. We wish them the very best on their journey.

May 28, 2012 | | Editorials


Combs earns USC President's List recognition

Elizabeth Combs of Camden has completed her freshman year at the University of South Carolina with a 4.0 grade point average and was named to the President's List.

May 28, 2012 | | Education


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God’s Helpers will hold annual Thanksgiving gathering

God's Helpers will have their 22nd annual Thanksgiving program at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8. Rev. Quentin Chavis will serve as guest speaker.

October 29, 2014 | | Localife


Kershaw County Bar Association and local law firm will hold 'Wills for Heroes'

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP and the Kershaw County Bar Association will provide free estate planning and wills to Kershaw County first responders from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, October 30 at the Chamber of Commerce (Historic Robert Mills Courthouse), 607 Broad Street, Camden.

October 29, 2014 | | Localife


The search for Miss Camden and Miss Camden Teen is on

Miss Camden and Miss Camden Teen are seeking contestants for the 2015 pageant taking place Jan. 3, 2015 at Camden High School.

October 29, 2014 | | Localife




American Legion Post 17 will hold annual Thanksgiving dinner

American Legion James Leroy Belk Post 17 in Camden will hold its annual Thanksgiving dinner at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3.

October 29, 2014 | | Localife


Doby’s Mill kicks off ‘Real Men Read’ Week

Each year, Doby's Mill Elementary School hosts 'Real Men Read," a week-long reading extravaganza that brings scores of local men into the school, sending the message to the students that reading is important and enjoyable for everyone.

October 29, 2014 | | Localife


Ruth Neely “Memaw” Rabon

Funeral services for Ruth Neely "Memaw" Rabon, 90, will be held Thursday at 3:00 p.m. at Pine Grove Baptist Church, with burial to follow in Lugoff First Baptist Church Cemetery. The Rev. Eric Boone and the Rev. Doug Whitfield will officiate. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Pine Grove Baptist Church Building Fund, or the American Diabetes Foundation.

October 29, 2014 | | Obituaries


Anthony Hall

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Anthony Hall, 40, of Camden, SC, will be held at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. The family will speak to friends following the service. Memorials may be made in Anthony's memory to the American Cancer Society, c/o Gail Kirkland, 647 Lachicotte Road, Lugoff, SC, 29078 or Kershaw County Mental Health Association, PO Box 586, Camden, SC 29020.

October 29, 2014 | | Obituaries


Ariail for Oct. 29, 2014

October 29, 2014 | | Ariail


Yesteryear for Oct. 29, 2014

Bertha Davis honored for service to church auxiliary

October 29, 2014 | | Yesteryear


Lessons from Patient Zero

WASHINGTON -- Monica Lewinsky is trying to make lemonade out of 16-year-old lemons. Good for her, and good, ultimately, for us.

October 29, 2014 | By Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Reader: SCHSL decision sends wrong message

Regarding the S.C. High School League decision concerning the so called "brawl" after the Camden-Dreher football game, the league has the legal authority to assess such penalties since the schools are, by their own action, voluntary members. And I understand the league's objective of trying to emphasize that such conduct is not acceptable and should be dealt with appropriately.

October 29, 2014 | Charlie Humphries Camden | Letters


Express Care

One of the problems with the expense of health care is the fact that many people tend to use a hospital's emergency room as their primary care facility, going there with normal ailments such as flu and severe colds. Emergency room care is expensive -- too costly to be used in that way. KershawHealth is no different than other hospitals in that regard, and the decision to "split" the emergency department there is a sound one.

October 29, 2014 | | Editorials


Deadline to purchase discount Colonial Cup tickets is Nov. 1

The deadline to purchase $20 discount general admission tickets for the 45th annual Marion duPont Scott International Colonial Cup Steeplechase Races is Saturday, Nov. 1.

October 29, 2014 | | Equine


CHS baseball golf tournament set for Nov. 13

The Camden High School baseball program will host a fundraising golf tournament at the Camden Country Club on Thursday, Nov. 13.

October 29, 2014 | | Sports


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