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'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


Jerome Thompson

Funeral services for Mr. Jerome Thompson will be held Monday, March 5 at 1 p.m. at Life in the Word Ministry. Burial will take place in Broom Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.

March 05, 2012 | | Obituaries


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Have a successful school year

A year ago, a colorful banner saying "Have a successful school year!" appeared at Boykin Park, donated by the Boykin Park Neighborhood Group (BPNG) in August 2013. At that time, the BPNG had planned a special back-to-school program for children in the neighborhood, but weather conditions forced the group to cancel the program.

August 22, 2014 | | Education


Elgin resident doesn’t like L-EHS ‘Demon’ nickname

An Elgin resident expressed displeasure with Lugoff-Elgin High School's "Demon" nickname and the appearance of the school's cheerleaders and basketball players during Tuesday night's Kershaw County Board of School Trustees' meeting. In return, trustees later expressed displeasure with the words the woman used during the meeting's public comment time.

August 22, 2014 | By Jim McGowan and Martin L. Cahn C-I news staff | Education


Strike up the band!

The Camden Community Concert Band (CCCB) will kick off their 2014-2015 concert season with its first practice on Monday, Sept. 8. The CCCB, starting its 35th season under new conductor William J. "B.J." Brazier Jr. and assisted by Robert Wertz, is open to anyone who plays or has played a musical instrument in the past. The band needs to add players in all sections of the band, but especially percussion. No auditions are required and the rehearsal atmosphere is informal.

August 22, 2014 | | Arts


Lions win award for second time

The Camden Lions Club won an award from the South Carolina Adopt A Highway program. The program recognized the club as the best of all in Kershaw County for maintain its section of roadway. This is the second time the Camden Lions Club has won this prestigious award. From left: Lions members Jim Varn, Phil McGee, Ed Stokes, Davie Beard, Pete Demeter, and Dan Lovatt.

August 22, 2014 | | Localife


Local USC honors student studies oversees in Italy

A University of South Carolina Honors College student from Kershaw County recently returned from a four-week Study Abroad in Italy (SAI) program.

August 22, 2014 | | Localife


Local actress plays Revolutionary War heroine

Often called "Daring Dicey," 14-year-old South Carolinian, Laodicea "Dicey" Langston, leaves her mark in history.

August 22, 2014 | | Localife


James Rudolf Melton

A funeral service to celebrate the life of James Rudolf Melton, 86, of Cassatt, SC, will be held at 2:00 PM, Sunday, August 24, 2014 at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. Pastor Jeff Grubbs and Rev. John Hallman will officiate. Burial will follow in Quaker Cemetery. The family will receive friends at 1:00 PM, 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made in Mr. Melton's memory to Alzheimer's Disease & Related Disorders Association-Mid State-SC, 3223 Sunset Blvd. Suite 100, W. Columbia, SC 29169 or Agape Hospice, 141 Stoneridge Drive, Columbia, SC ...

August 22, 2014 | | Obituaries


Eduardo Renardo Carlos

Funeral service for Mr. Eduardo Renardo Carlos, 27, of Marietta, Georgia, will be held Sunday, August 24, 2014 at Collins Funeral Home Chapel. Mr. Carlos died Monday, August 18, 2014. Collins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

August 22, 2014 | | Obituaries


Cora Williams Niland

Mrs. Cora Williams Niland, 87, of 304 Doby Street, Camden, SC, passed on Thursday, August 14, 2014, at Springdale Healthcare Center, in Camden, SC.

August 22, 2014 | | Obituaries


Teresa “Terri” Rodgers

Funeral services for Teresa Gail "Terri" Rodgers, 56, will be held Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff, S.C. The Rev. Marvin Jones will officiate. The family will receive friends Friday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

August 22, 2014 | | Obituaries


Shirley Garrison Woodyard

A Celebration of Life for Shirley Garrison Woodyard will be held Friday August 29th at 11:00 a.m. at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Camden. Ms. Woodyard, 77, passed away on May 3, 2014 at Myrtle Beach Estates. Born July 23, 1936, in Portland, TN, she was a daughter of the late Stephen E. Garrison and the late Drucilla Douglas Garrison. Ms. Woodyard was a long time member of First Baptist Church, Camden where she sang with The Silvertones Choir and was part of the Faith Sunday School Class 4. She was a graduate of Camden High School, and a retiree ...

August 22, 2014 | | Obituaries


We need a fur-ever home!

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Moses, a 2-year-old male Terrier mix and Carol, a 4-month-old 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. For information on the shelter or to check for a missing pet, call 425-6016 or e-mail wcas@camden.net. The ...

August 22, 2014 | | Pets


Rec Notes - Aug. 22, 2014

Zumba is not difficult and anyone can, and should, experience it. It's a Latin-inspired cardio dance fitness class that incorporates many different dance styles and international music rhythms to provide one amazing high calorie burn workout. No dance skills are required to participate in the class. Our classes are created to apply for all fitness levels, whether you are just starting out in finding a healthier life-style or you are already extremely active.

August 22, 2014 | | Miscellaneous


Ariail for Aug. 22, 2014

August 22, 2014 | | Ariail


Alaska politics

One of the things that keeps many people interested in politics is the fact that big decisions can turn on little details. Such is the case with control of the United States Senate in the upcoming election; Republicans want to gain six seats so they'll have a majority in both the Senate and House, while Democrats, even though they understand they probably will lose some seats, want desperately to prevent a GOP majority. The entire deal -- which party, in effect, controls the government in Washington -- could come down to Alaska, the least densely populated state in the nation. With ...

August 22, 2014 | | Editorials


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