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Citizen Rainey

John Rainey is wearing a coat and tie as he strides slowly across the grass of his 17-acre estate -- called Fox Watch Farm -- which is just outside the small town of Camden. It's after midday, and the sun is turning the nearby dogwood trees gold.

February 15, 2012 | (This story was originally published in the weekly newspaper Free Times of Columbia.) By COREY HUTCHINS | Politics


Stubborn and stupid

Many people believe what is necessary to gain a Ph.D. is superior intelligence. Such a belief is certainly a fallacy. What a person requires is two items: obstinacy and stupidity. As a person who has washed a rather large wooden house with a rag, water, and scouring powder; cut front and back yards, when yards really were yards, with a pair of scissors; and dressed a half a hog, chitterlings and all -- I know. These examples occurred in my youth, and, seemingly, I gathered only worn and blistered hands as my lessons. I did learn from an admonition from ...

February 15, 2012 | Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Mildred Edith McCaskill

Funeral services for Mildred Edith McCaskill, 83, of Bethune, who passed away February 11, was held Tuesday at 3:00 at the Bethune Baptist Church. Rev. Jeff Cockrell, Rev. Paul Stephens and Dr. James Jordan officiated. Burial was held in the Bethune Baptist Church Cemetery directed by Norton Funeral Home, Hartsville. Visitation was held Monday 6-8 pm at the Bethune Baptist Church. Mildred was born in Bethune a daughter of the late James Talley & Lizzie Jane Ratcliff McCaskill. She was retired from International Paper, a member of the Bethune Baptist Church and the Ruth Sunday School Class. Surviving are her ...

February 15, 2012 | | Obituaries


Whitaker Seafood

Whitaker Fresh Seafood Market is now open at 2406-B Broad St. in Camden's Dusty Bend area. "Our goal is to provide a large variety of fresh seafood that everyone will enjoy," said owner Randall W. Whitaker. "Each week we have a variety of fresh fish filets and bone-in dressed fish which are USA-wild caught sustainable products. We also have fresh salmon from the Arctic Circle, which is rich in OMEGA-3." Whitaker Fresh Seafood Market also offers shrimp, oysters, crab legs, scallops, fresh Maine lobster and more. Venia Whitaker is assistant manager of Whitaker Fresh Seafood Market, which is open ...

February 15, 2012 | | Business


Birth control redux

WASHINGTON -- Most Americans can hardly believe we're having a national debate about birth control in the 21st century -- more than 50 years after The Pill became available and decades after condoms became as commonplace as, well, balloons.

February 15, 2012 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


For the Record -- Feb. 15, 2012

Real Estate Transactions

February 15, 2012 | | For the Record


Let’s build on assets already in place

I like the idea of bike paths throughout downtown Camden. I like the idea of a carriage tour of historic residences. I like the idea of renovating the train depot and reactivating a track to and from Camden to Columbia. I like the idea of upgrading the Woodward Air Field to make Camden a true commuter-friendly town for folks who want to work in the city and yet be surrounded by the equestrian world and country living.

February 15, 2012 | Keith C. Richardson Camden | Letters


Yesteryear -- Feb. 15, 2012

Photo cutline -- Rehearing for Musical -- Mavis Gabriel and Doug Gardner are pictured rehearing for their first Camden Community Theater production, "The Fantasticks." The musical opens Wednesday, Feb. 17 at Richardson Hall at Grace-Episcopal Church.

February 15, 2012 | | Yesteryear


Focus on tourism

We're glad to see Kershaw County and the City of Camden partnering to promote tourism by creating a new position whose sole focus will be promoting tourism and bringing more people to this area. In the past, the Chamber of Commerce has had to shoulder that load as well as its more traditional mission of working with small businesses and helping to attract new ventures to the county. Those roles -- business support and tourism -- have grown more and more specialized over the years, and it makes perfect sense to have someone whose only job will be to promote the ...

February 15, 2012 | | Editorials


Saturday's Camden Baseball Jamboree ushers in the new season

Kershaw County high school baseball fans can get a sneak peek of their favorite team(s) on Saturday at the Camden High School Baseball Jamboree.

February 13, 2012 | | Sports


Honor roll students named at L-EMS

Lugoff-Elgin Middle School has announced its honor rolls for the second nine-week period.

February 13, 2012 | | Education


New two-tiered KCSD volunteer system in place

Volunteers in the Kershaw County School District must now undergo a revised application process that divides them into two levels depending upon possible unsupervised interaction with students. The new process took effect Feb. 1.

February 13, 2012 | | Education


Betty Muller Sheorn

Elizabeth "Betty" Muller Sheorn, 85, of Camden, died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel.

February 13, 2012 | | Obituaries


Noted and passed -- Feb. 13, 2012

• We've commented on prior occasions about the recent bankruptcy filing of Kodak, once one of the most powerful brands in the world. The Rochester, N.Y.-based company filed late last year to reorganize; now comes news that Kodak will no longer make cameras, along with other products such as digital frames, choosing to concentrate instead on commercial printing technology and other products. It's a sad thing, undoubtedly, for the millions of Americans who grew up using the company's cameras and film, and it illustrates yet again that companies must constantly adapt in order to stay in ...

February 13, 2012 | | Editorials


Is America coming apart?

This may sound a little odd, but I believe that I need to pay more attention to white people.

February 13, 2012 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


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September 01, 2014 | | Ariail


Noted and passed - Sept. 1, 2014

• We are comforted when justice is served, and we believe that happened Thursday afternoon when a jury found 33-year-old Willie Thomas Starnes, of Bethune, guilty of armed robbery and murder. The jury found Starnes guilty of deliberately using his vehicle a year ago to knock Alan Thomas Robinson, 67, also of Bethune, off his moped, stealing and loading that moped onto his vehicle and then turning around and running Robinson over. Robinson died the next day. Starnes is then accused of selling the moped for money he used to buy drugs. In fact, Starnes was under the influence of drugs ...

September 01, 2014 | | Editorials


Listening to Dale’s advice

A while back, a messy problem loomed ahead. I don't like confrontation. If that makes me less than a person then consider me to be itty bitty. Life, I figure, is too short for squabbling. My motto is "whenever possible, step out of the way."

September 01, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Photographer Edward T. Start

Recently an inquiry came to the South Caroliniana Library from the Adirondack Museum in Saranac Lake, N. Y., concerning an Edward T. Start (1867-1952) photograph in their collection. Along with the inquiry came a copy of the photograph and Start's obituary from the February 5, 1952, Adirondack Daily.

September 01, 2014 | By Harvey S. Teal Provided by the Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


Feature photo: And they’ll be off

Runners sprint off the start line at the 2013 Race to Read event. It's almost time for this year's KershawHealth 10th Annual Race to Read, which raises money for early literacy efforts in Kershaw County. The race will be held Saturday, September 27 at 8 a.m. at Doby's Mill Elementary School in Lugoff. There is a 5 mile road race, that features a beautiful course, utilizing a mixture of surfaces. There is also a 1 mile fun run on the school's freshly paved fitness trail. Focusing on the importance of hydration, 5 mile participants will ...

September 01, 2014 | | Education


Lake Wateree stakeholder meeting Wednesday

Kershaw County will kick off a Lake Wateree Flood Study with a stakeholder meeting on Wednesday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Kershaw County Government Center, 515 Walnut St.

September 01, 2014 | | Kershaw County


Nancy F. Hudson

Funeral service for Nancy F. Hudson, 74, was held Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home with burial to follow in Greenhaven Memorial Gardens, Elgin. The family received friends Saturday 5-7 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witness Elgon Congregation, 1106 Wildwood Lane, Elgin, S.C. 29045.

September 01, 2014 | | Obituaries


Virginia W. McCaa

A graveside service to celebrate the life of Virginia Ward McCaa, of Lugoff will be held today at 11:00 AM in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Rev. Phil McCoy will officiate. The family will speak to friends following the service. Memorials may be made in Mrs. McCaa's memory to Rowan Presbyterian Church 818 Ridgeway Road, Lugoff, SC 29078 or The Alzheimer's Disease & Related Disorders Association-Mid State SC, 3223 Sunset Blvd. Suite 100, Columbia, SC 29169.

September 01, 2014 | | Obituaries


Janet B. Rogers

A memorial service for Janet B. Rogers, 67, will be held on Tuesday at 12:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter, 460 Fair Street, Camden, S.C. 29020.

September 01, 2014 | | Obituaries


Remembering the good old school days

While the Kershaw County School District employees were meeting at Lugoff-Elgin High School on Aug. 12, some of the retired faculty and staff members from Pine Tree Hill Elementary School (formerly on Lakeshore Drive) socialized at Hall's Restaurant in Lugoff.

September 01, 2014 | | Localife


Blaney Principal Ed Yount dresses up as promised

Blaney Elementary's Principal, Mr. Ed Yount, is a man of his word. He challenged Blaney's teachers and students to raise $1500 for the United Way during the first week of school, and if the challenge was met, he would come to school dressed as a woman. As of Friday, August 22, $1530 was raised and Mr. Yount kept his promise by arriving on August 29th in costume.

September 01, 2014 | | Localife


Camden native accomplishes college dream at 73

Camden native, Frances Newman recently completed her college degree from Emmanuel College in Franklin, Ga., at the age of 73 with a 3.4 GPA. She was also awarded the president's award for Certification of Accommodation.

September 01, 2014 | | Localife


FAC introduces adult dance class

The Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County is now offering an adult dance class.

September 01, 2014 | | Arts


Brilliant Match gives Sheppard second Spa chase win in 2 days

Owner-trainer Jonathan Sheppard's Brilliant Match turned back a determined challenge by Cat Feathers to win Saratoga Race Course's $75,000 Mrs. Walter M. Jeffords Stakes by 1 3/4 lengths last Thursday afternoon.

September 01, 2014 | | Equine


This week in Kershaw County sports

Tuesday: Lugoff-Elgin at Spring Valley (G – 4:30 p.m.); Camden, Camden Military Academy at Great Falls (XC – 5:30 p.m.); North Central at Buford (VB – 6:30 p.m.)

September 01, 2014 | | Sports


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