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No clear leader

South Carolina voters have gained a reputation over the past few years of being able to accurately pick the Republican presidential candidate who will end up with the party's nomination. Candidates have recognized that, crisscrossing the Palmetto State in an effort to woo voters here. But with only a couple of months left before the state's first-in-the-South primary, voters in South Carolina haven't locked in on a particular candidate, which probably is a powerful statement about how ambivalent people are about the GOP field.

November 11, 2011 | | Editorials


School menus -- Nov. 11, 2011

The following are menus for Kershaw County schools for the week of Nov. 14-18:

November 11, 2011 | | Education


Chili champions

The United Way of Kershaw County held its first Chili Cook-off on the Town Green in downtown Camden Saturday. The day was filled with children playing ball, face painting, a wide variety of folks dancing to the music of Second Nature and, of course, lots of chili. There were 17 competing chili teams. SAFE Federal Credit Union sponsored the afternoon event. The chili prepared by The Old Armory won first place in the judges' selection. Standing with the winning team (from left) Lynn Wright with SAFE; Kirk Mays, event chairman; Alex Singleton and Demetrious Voulgarelis with The Old Armory; and ...

November 11, 2011 | | Localife


Cole chosen to perform at Walt Disney World Thanksgiving Day Parade

Brittany Cole, daughter of Todd Cole of Bishopville and Loretta and Fred Wrigley of Chapin, has been chosen to join a select group of elementary, junior high, and high school cheerleaders and dancers from across the U.S. that will perform in the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) and Universal Dance Association (UDA) Thanksgiving Tour Parade at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla.

November 11, 2011 | | Localife


A poem by Robinson in tribute to Veterans Day

Dear Readers: Today is Veterans Day. In honor of our veterans, here is a piece written by John Alton Robinson of West Monroe, La.

November 11, 2011 | | Dear Annie


Medicare must be reformed

Medicare beneficiaries sometime tell me they are entitled to Medicare benefits because they earned them by contributing to the system for their careers.

November 11, 2011 | Edward R. Allen Camden | Letters


Mamie L. Pierce

Funeral service for Mamie Lou Taylor Pierce, 91, of Elgin, will be held Friday at 2:00 p.m. at Blaney Baptist Church with burial to follow in Sandhill Heights Baptist Church Cemetery. The Rev. Philip Blankenship, the Rev. Doyle Roberts, and the Rev. Evan Smith will officiate. The family receives friends Thursday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. Memorials may be made to St. Jude's Children Hospital.

November 11, 2011 | | Obituaries


Reginald E. Stone

Reginald E. Stone, 44, of Sawmill Road in Ridgeway, died Wednesday, November 9, 2011.

November 11, 2011 | | Obituaries


National broadcast journalist will honor father at Cup's military salute

Emmy award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author Rita Cosby will be a special guest at this year's 42nd annual Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup steeplechase race in Camden. As part of the Nov. 19 event -- billed as "military appreciation day" -- Cosby will be presented the first-ever Major General Baron de Kalb Award which she will accept for -- and on behalf of -- her father, Richard Cosby, 85.

November 11, 2011 | By W. THOMAS SMITH JR. Special to the C-I | Military


Remember Veterans Day

Today, Nov. 11, 2011, marks 93 years since the Armistice was signed that ended the hostilities of World War I, "the war to end all wars." Hostilities were ceased on the 11th hour of the 11th month 93 years ago. To commemorate the Armistice and the return to peace, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11, 1919, as Armistice Day.

November 11, 2011 | Willard Polk Camden | Letters


Rec notes -- Nov. 11, 2011

Registration for the youth basketball program is underway.

November 10, 2011 | | Miscellaneous


Beware latest check scam, warns sheriff

A new check-cashing scam that relies on using big-name businesses is one of the best frauds that Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews says he's seen.

November 09, 2011 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Veterans to be honored Friday at Post 17

U.S. Army Col. William "Mark" Kehrer will be the keynote speaker for the Veterans Day program Friday at the American Legion James Leroy Belk Post 17 home in Camden.

November 09, 2011 | | Military


Daisy Blanding

Mrs. Daisy Bell (Dootsie) Blanding, of Elgin, mother and grandmother, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 6 2011 at KershawHealth in Camden, S.C. Born on Nov. 15 1934, she was the daughter of the late Elizabeth Lawson of Elgin, SC.

November 09, 2011 | | Obituaries


Janie Louise "Peaches" Blyther

Janie Louise "Peaches" Blyther, 46, of Salem Church Road, Camden, SC, died Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011.

November 09, 2011 | | Obituaries


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Rec. Notes: KC swim team registration

The Kershaw County Swim team will have registration April 21 through May 9.

April 18, 2014 | | Kershaw County


“Robert Mills: Designs for Democracy”

Robert Mills was the first American born and trained architect. He called himself "Robert Mills, Architect of Public Buildings." Indeed, Mills established a new scale and standard for public buildings in Washington, D. C. when he designed the Treasury Building, the Patent Office, and the General Post Office in the 1830s and early 1840s. In other parts of the country, Mills designed buildings that were sensitive to regional values and local architectural traditions. Always his attention was on permanency and fireproofing for his public buildings.

April 18, 2014 | Katherine Richardson | Columns


Fergus Reid Buckley

Fergus Reid Buckley passed away in Camden, South Carolina on April 14, 2014. He was the younger brother of conservative figure William F. Buckley, Jr. and of the Honorable James L. Buckley, former U.S. Senator from New York and Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

April 18, 2014 | | Obituaries


FAC presents Seasons of the South

The Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County will present an original Earth Day celebration, Seasons of the South, at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Wood Auditorium.

April 18, 2014 | | Localife


Charlie Horace Olive

Charlie Horace Olive was born December 31, 1914, in Cataula, GA and passed away peacefully on April 14, 2014, in LaGrange, GA.

April 18, 2014 | | Obituaries


Richard Lee Porter

Mr. Richard Lee Porter 47, of 937 Berry Road, Bishopville, South Carolina, passed on Friday, April 11, 2014. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, April 18, 2014 at 2:00 PM at Elizabeth Baptist Church in Bishopville, SC. Burial will be at Elizabeth Baptist Church Cemetery in Bishopville, SC. Hailes Funeral Home is serving the family.

April 18, 2014 | | Obituaries


Erasing the race card

WASHINGTON -- One approaches the race fray with trepidation, but here we go, tippy-toe.

April 18, 2014 | Kathleen Parker | Columns


Trio of Grade I winners eye Temple Gwathmey

Three Grade 1 winners, 2013 winner Decoy Daddy, and a formidable front-runner will line up on Saturday for the $50,000 Temple Gwathmey (Gr. 3), featured race of the 93rd annual Middleburg Spring Races.

April 18, 2014 | | Equine


These lovable furry friends need homes

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Boyd, a 7-month-old neutered male cat and Sophie, a 6-month-old female terrier mix. She is very energetic, playful and friendly. 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 ...

April 18, 2014 | | Pets


Clinic Classic hits the streets on April 26

The seventh annual Clinic Classic 10K run and 5K walk/run, presented by McDonald's of Camden, will take to the streets of Camden on Saturday, April 26.

April 16, 2014 | | Sports


SCSU's Pough to be guest speaker at CMS sports gala

Tickets are now on sale for Camden Middle School's inaugural Sports Gala to be held on Friday, May 23 at the school beginning at 6 p.m.

April 16, 2014 | | Sports


Elliott to talk USC football at Gamecock Club event in Camden

The Kershaw County Gamecock Club will hold its annual "Great to be a Gamecock Gathering" on Tuesday, April 29 at the Old South Restaurant in Camden at 6:30 p.m.

April 16, 2014 | | Sports


A scorned South Carolina hero

April 11, 2014 was a very important day in the history of South Carolina. Few people noticed that anything much happened – but I would argue that this was the day we as a state did two very important things.

April 16, 2014 | Phil Noble | Columns


The Colbert Report

WASHINGTON -- In selecting Stephen Colbert to replace David Letterman as host of the "Late Show," CBS has waged war on America's heartland -- or so proclaims that Palm Beach font of heartland mirth, Rush Limbaugh.

April 16, 2014 | Kathleen Parker | Columns


Thank you to the CPD and KCSD

On behalf of the Tour de Camden bicycle ride I would like to thank the Camden City Police and the Kershaw County Sheriff's Department. On Saturday April 12, 2014 we held the Tour de Camden with the ride beginning en masse from Historic Camden. We had about 150 riders of all levels of ability.

April 16, 2014 | | Letters


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