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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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Youth sports camp on deck throughout county

Here is the schedule of upcoming youth sports camps in Kershaw County:

July 06, 2015 | | Seasonal Sports


Hill piles up golf honors

Over the past few years, the Lugoff-Elgin High School golf program has done about all a young program could.

July 06, 2015 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


KC East Ozone All-Stars

July 06, 2015 | | Seasonal Sports


Ariail for July 6, 2015

July 06, 2015 | | Ariail


Editorial: Sibby’s legacy

We offer our condolences to the family, friends and all of us who benefited from Sylvia Upton "Sibby" Wood's life. Wood, also known as "Sib," supported or was otherwise involved in so many things here in Kershaw County, they are almost too numerous to count. But count them we shall try as we mourn her death last week in Michigan at the age of 81.

July 06, 2015 | | Editorials


Rich: The legacy of light

Many people have crossed the path of my life, but only one crossed it from three different directions. Don Light, one of Nashville's most admired powerbrokers and star makers, was meant to be part of my life. I say this repeatedly because I encountered him through friends in country music, Southern gospel and NASCAR racing.

July 06, 2015 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Reader: leaders must catch up with 21st century

Recently, the United States Supreme Court saved the Affordable Care Act for generations to come. Many conservatives and the GOP seemed woefully ignorant of our healthcare system.

July 06, 2015 | Edward R. Allen Camden | Letters


Reader appreciates Max Ford letter

A big thank you to Max Ford's letter dated July 1. It was a great history lesson for me.

July 06, 2015 | Carolyn Johnson Camden | Letters


Teal: ‘Muscle’ memories

When we examine our experiences over time, our recollections of some of them stand out like posts supporting our "fence of life." These are memories we will never forget. Some refer to them as "muscle" memories, very strong ones.

July 06, 2015 | By Harvey S. Teal Provided by the Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


LF-R publishes results of wildfire protection survey

Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) recently teamed up with the S.C. Forestry Commission (SCFC) on a 10-month district-wide survey of the wildfire potential among homes, businesses and industries protected by the department. Lugoff Fire Marshal Will Catoe escorted SCFC assessors to collect data for the complete assessment, which included photos and threat areas.

July 06, 2015 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Lugoff Fire-Rescue responds to apartment fire

Lugoff Fire-Rescue crews responded to the Sherwood Apartments in Lugoff on the evening of June 30 around 10:30 p.m. for a fire reported inside an unoccupied apartment by other people living at the complex. According to a LF-R statement released Thursday, Lugoff Ladder 10 and Rescue Engine 10 arrived to find smoke coming from a second floor apartment. Firefighters forced open the door and found a fire from food left unattended on the stove. Crews quickly extinguished the fire, limiting damage to the stove area. According to the LF-R, the occupants had left the apartment and were not ...

July 06, 2015 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Historic Camden’s Did you Know?

While Ben Franklin was key to the crafting of the Declaration of Independence, the other Founding Fathers did not want him to be the main author - as they felt they couldn't trust him not to put a joke in it!

The great, big and wonderful approval of going independent actually occurred on July 2 -- a day which John Adams thought would forever after be celebrated by the newly formed nation. "The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha in the History of America." He was right about the way we honor it though: "It ought ...

July 03, 2015 | | People & Places


Sesquicentennial State Park trip

Students from Wateree Elementary School in Krissi Butler's first grade class enjoyed a field study at the end of the school year to Sesquicentennial State Park to study plants.

July 03, 2015 | | People & Places


Ariail for July 3, 2015

July 03, 2015 | | Ariail


Editorial: Fourth of July

Tomorrow is Independence Day, the Fourth of July, when this country celebrates its birthday. This year, July 4 marks the 239th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence -- the document which signaled to the world the original 13 British colonies were breaking away from Mother England.

July 03, 2015 | | Editorials


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