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Dr. Mike Watford Sr.

Dr. Michael "Mike" Stanley Watford, Sr., age 61, went to be with his Lord Monday, September 24, 2012, at his home following an illness. Born September 16, 1951 in Camden, SC, he was the son of Rev. Lonnie Ernest Watford, Jr. and Mrs. Colleen M. Watford.

September 28, 2012 | | Obituaries


Dail Dinwiddie: Once upon a disappearance

WASHINGTON -- I've written variations of this column a couple of times during the past 20 years, but certain occasions bear revisiting -- and surely the disappearance of a friend is one.

September 28, 2012 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Arbor Day: a 25-year local celebration

With the official start of autumn last week and the holidays soon upon us, my thoughts turn to a truly unique American holiday. No, not Thanksgiving but Arbor Day. Perhaps you may recall celebrating Arbor Day in elementary school, perhaps you remember hearing John Denver singing "Trees for Your Tomorrow" on television or radio on behalf of the National Arbor Day Foundation or perhaps you've seen an article about it in The Chronicle Independent with a photo of people standing around a newly planted tree.

September 28, 2012 | By Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Rec Notes - Sept. 28, 2012

Find your center and harmnonize your body, mind and spirit with gentle yoga, breath work and meditation.

September 28, 2012 | | Miscellaneous


CHS hosts Fan Appreciation Night

The Camden Bulldog Club is sponsoring Fan Appreciation Night on Friday when the Bulldogs host A.C. Flora.

September 28, 2012 | | Camden High/Middle


Lady Knights more than up to the Carolina Challenge

If you had to be confined to being inside on a sunny Saturday, you might as well make the best of it.

September 26, 2012 | | North Central High/Middle


KershawHealth announces centennial celebration plans

"For the benefit of suffering humanity by giving hospital treatment to those suffering from physical ailments or trouble which might be cured or alleviated."

September 26, 2012 | | Healthcare


City earned it’s ‘A’ rating

Recently, you received a letter which discussed the city's recent announcement of its "A" bond rating. The writer implied that the city's sound financial position had been accomplished on the back of its utility customers because there is a transfer of money from the utility account to the general account every year in the amount of $2.066 million. The writer implied that this amount came from recent increased utility rates. Yes, there have been recent increases, but that is solely caused by (the) increased cost of the purchase of electricity from Progress Energy because of their increased ...

September 26, 2012 | Councilman Pat Partin Camden | Letters


Mitt in Fantasyland

WASHINGTON -- In Mitt Romney's Fantasyland version of the American Dream, all it takes to succeed in this country is determination and hard work. Government merely needs to get out of the way, roust the Entitlement Society slackers, and let the Opportunity Society strivers go for it.

September 26, 2012 | By Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Leave signs alone

My letter is written on behalf of all the local citizens of Camden who believe in our wonderful country and the freedoms we are given for choices in our lives.

September 26, 2012 | Janis Tilford Camden | Letters


Ariail for Sept. 26, 2012

September 26, 2012 | | Ariail


Voter ID

In a day when Democrats and Republicans will argue about what color the sky is or whether the wind blows, the latest controversy comes along with South Carolina's new voter registration statutes, which have been challenged by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who says the move could disenfranchise black voters. The S.C. law would require voters to show at least one kind of proper identification, something that Palmetto voters did for years. But opponents say requiring such a measure would punish people who don't have ready access to such documents.

September 26, 2012 | | Editorials


Why the Y?

I have two sons, both participate in all recreation department sports activities and have for the past eight years; I plan to continue to support the recreation department and would love the opportunity to support a local YMCA. A community YMCA would offer my entire family a facility to be together in one location with various physical activities for each of us. A community YMCA would also offer activities year round as well as provide an arena for competition sports, which would in turn generate income for our community.

September 26, 2012 | Karen Farmer Camden | Letters


Blaze catches fire to win title

September 26, 2012 | | Seasonal Sports


Ronnie Faulk

Graveside services to celebrate the life of Ronnie Faulk will be held at 11:00AM, Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at Springvale Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev. Brian Ogburn will officiate.

September 26, 2012 | | Obituaries


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Ariail for April 27, 2015

April 27, 2015 | | Ariail


Editorial: An eyesore

In the most recent installment of our "Is Kershaw County being left behind?" series of articles on economic development, we looked at some non-industrial pieces of the puzzle. One highly visible sign of economic health in a community -- successful or poor -- is the number of active storefronts, whether individual buildings or as part of shopping centers.

April 27, 2015 | | Editorials


Rich: The fire

We stood in the charred remains of a life that once was -- my sister and I -- and said not a word. What was there to say? Finally, I spoke.

April 27, 2015 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Central downs Knights to take fourth in Region 4-AA

Central broke open a close game by scoring a combined 10 runs in the fourth and fifth frames to lock up the fourth and final playoff slot in Region 4-AA baseball with a 14-3 win over host North Central last Friday night.

April 27, 2015 | | North Central High/Middle


Dutch Fork trips up Demons

Dutch Fork wrapped up the Region 4-4A baseball title with a 3-1 win over Lugoff-Elgin on Friday night at Optimist Field.

April 27, 2015 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Tracy E. Bennett Jr.

Tracy E. Bennett, Jr., 29, of 1188 Shady Lane in Camden, died Thursday, April 23, 2015. Plans are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Collins Funeral Home. Collins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements..

April 27, 2015 | | Obituaries


Garland D. Collins

Funeral service for Garland Dexter "Tootsie" Collins, 87, will be held on Wednesday at 12:00 p.m. at El-Bethel Faith Community Church with burial to follow in Fort Jackson National Cemetery. The Rev. Joe Stines will officiate. The family will receive friends Tuesday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Dentsville Masonic Lodge, El-Bethel Faith Community Church or a charity of one's choice.

April 27, 2015 | | Obituaries


FAC Multi-Cultural Committee seeks input

The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County's (FAC) Multi-Cultural committee is currently planning its 2015-2016 season. The committee would like to invite other cultural representatives of the community to join the committee and share their thoughts and ideas about the possibility of a holiday event to showcase different cultures. The committee is requesting that any interested persons please send their contact information to executive director Kristin Cobb at kcobb@fineartscenter.org.

April 27, 2015 | | Arts


Dogs drub Dreher, 10-0

With a post-season berth already in hand, Camden began its climb up the Region 4-AAA baseball ladder on Thursday with a 10-0 win over Dreher in Columbia.

April 27, 2015 | | Camden High/Middle


This week in Kershaw County Sports

Monday: Irmo at Camden (G – 4 p.m.); Andrew Jackson at North Central (G – 4 p.m.); Hartsville at Lugoff-Elgin (G – 4:30 p.m.); Central at Camden Military Academy (BB – 4:30 p.m.); Wilson at Camden (TEN – 5 p.m.); North Central at Columbia (GSOC – 6:30 p.m.); Lugoff-Elgin at Camden Military Academy (BSOC – 6 p.m.); Lugoff-Elgin at Lexington (GSOC – 6 p.m.); Lugoff-Elgin at River Bluff (TEN – 6 p.m.); Lugoff-Elgin at Chapin (BB – 6:30 p.m.)

April 27, 2015 | | Sports


Ariail for April 24, 2015

April 24, 2015 | | Ariail


Editorial: Social Security

Lawmakers in Washington have long ignored the fact that the Social Security system in this country is broken. On the brink of insolvency, Social Security needs major revamping, whether it comes in the form of benefit reductions, tax increases or both. Congress has refused to consider benefit cuts decades out in the future, even for young adults who are just now starting to pay into the system. They are turning their backs on such simple fixes as delaying the age by a year or two at which people can start receiving their monthly allotments. Bear in mind, we aren't ...

April 24, 2015 | | Editorials


Parker: Mr. Hughes goes to Washington

WASHINGTON -- When postal worker Doug Hughes -- otherwise known as the gyrocopter dude -- landed his gizmo on the West Lawn of the Capitol, he wasn't worried about being shot down, he says.

April 24, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Pets of the Week - April 24, 2015

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Sadie, a 1-1/2-year-old female hound mix dog, and Taffy, a 1-1/2-year-old female domestic short-haired brown 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 1 p.m. Saturday. The shelter is closed Sunday and Monday. For information on the shelter or to check for a missing pet, call 425-6016 ...

April 24, 2015 | | Pets


Noble: Business leaders in ‘small town’ S.C.

It is often said South Carolina is a big small town where everyone knows everyone else. And if we don't know someone personally, then it's usually "I know who they are."

April 24, 2015 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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