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USC victory

There certainly are University of South Carolina football fans here in Kershaw County who probably thought the so-called "chicken curse" would never die. There were decades of gridiron mediocrity, a 21-game losing streak back in 1998 and 1999, and even many moments of doubt after USC hired Steve Spurrier, one of the great college coaches of all time. But the curse was laid to rest Monday when the Gamecocks won a resounding victory over Nebraska in the Capitol One Bowl.

January 04, 2012 | | Editorials


Little hands, big hearts

Students at Lugoff Elementary School collected more than 1,000 non-perishables for the Fishes and Loaves Food Ministry of Concord Baptist Church. This was for their annual Clemson-Carolina Food Drive. The children in this picture are second-graders in Jewel Hopkins' class. Fishes and Loaves Food Ministry, with a congregation of about 70, feeds around 250 people two Wednesday's a month.

January 04, 2012 | | Education


2012 Miss Camden, Miss Camden Teen to be crowned Saturday

Miss Camden 2011 Sallie Pierce (front, left) and Miss Camden Teen 2011 Blythe Neal (front, right) stand with the 2012 Miss Camden and Miss Camden Teen Contestants. The girls include are (second row, from left) teen contestants Hanna Bowers, Emily Wilson, Morgan Schoolfield and (back row, from left) miss contestants Carley Powers, Charleston Thompson, Lauren Jeffcoat and Bethany Johnson. Absent from the photo are teen contestants Kayla Crim and Brianna Goodson. The 2012 Miss Camden and Miss Camden Teen pageant will be held Saturday at 6 p.m. at Camden High School. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased from ...

January 04, 2012 | | Localife


Rembert student signs record deal with gospel group

Prayer and time management are generally considered to be universal concepts. But for Claflin University senior Justin Rufus, a combination of the two are essential.

January 04, 2012 | | Localife


Washington’s anti-S.C. disposition

If you pay attention to the news -- and if you're reading this community newspaper it's likely that you do -- you're probably aware that the federal government just rejected South Carolina's recently-passed "Voter ID" law, which would require voters to present photo identification before casting a ballot in an election.

January 04, 2012 | Richard Eckstrom S.C. comptroller | Columns


S.C. TOBA snags Day as dinner speaker

National Racing Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day will be the guest speaker at the South Carolina Thoroughbred Owners' and Breeders' Association awards banquet.

January 04, 2012 | | Equine


Knights upend Cheraw to win their own tourney title

It appeared to be the tenth time was the charm for the North Central boys' basketball team.

January 02, 2012 | | Sports


This week's games

Monday: Camden at Newberry (BB – 6 p.m.)

January 02, 2012 | | Sports


Carolina Performing Arts Lights of Lugoff float earns award

The ladies particiating in the Carolina Performing Arts Float during the Lights of Lugoff Christmas Parade took home the Best Overall Non-Professional float award.

January 02, 2012 | | Localife


Noted and passed -- Jan. 2, 2012

• News reports of the funeral of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il -- filmed by that country's government-controlled media, of course -- featured common citizens wailing in grief over the death of their beloved leader. Problem is, there didn't seem to be any genuine tears, just lots of contorted facial expressions. Think there's any chance that was all staged?

January 02, 2012 | | Editorials


Military minutes -- Jan. 2, 2012

U.S. Navy Seaman Travis P. Micheletti, a 2008 graduate of Camden Military Academy, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

January 02, 2012 | | Military


Local WWII veteran operated railroads in Germany, Austria

In response to a November 2011 column in which railroad artifacts were discussed and pictured, Eugene Carl Griggs of Lugoff called to say he enjoyed it very much. Gene is a retired former employee of the Seaboard Railway. Little did this columnist know our conversation would lead into some very interesting and little known areas of World War II history.

January 02, 2012 | Historian Harvey S. Teal Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


How others live

Fourth-grade students at Baron DeKalb Elementary School (BDK) know what it is to "walk a mile in someone's shoes."

January 02, 2012 | | Education


Perseverance Prevails

BUTLERVILLE, Ind. -- Pvt. Jennifer H. Roberts now knows that the direction of her life was diverted from disaster, and is grateful to the South Carolina Army National Guard (SCARNG) for giving her a second and even a third chance.

January 02, 2012 | Capt. Kyle Key Special to the C-I | Military


H.S. Glover

Funeral services celebrating the life of Henry Stewart (H.S.) Glover, 86, of Camden, were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, January, 1, 2012 at Rowan Presbyterian Church. Burial followed in Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev. Phillip McCoy officiated. The family received friends at Rowan Presbyterian Church at 2:00 PM prior to the service. Memorials may be made in Mr. Glover's memory to Rowan Presbyterian Church, 818 Ridgeway Rd., Lugoff, S.C. 29078.

January 02, 2012 | | Obituaries


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Ann Dillon Barns

Ann Dillon Barns, 86, wife of Tom Barnes, formerly of Camden died July 26, 2014. Visitation 6-8pm August 1 and 10-11am Saturday followed by service at 11am all at Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home Bradley Creek Chapel, Wilmington NC. www.quinnmcgowen.com

July 30, 2014 | | Obituaries


Curtis Leon Drakeford

Funeral services for Curtis Leon Drakeford, 77, will be held Friday, August 1, 2014 at 10:00 am at Door of Hope Ministries, 984 Wateree Blvd, Camden SC. Burial to follow at Ft Jackson National Cemetery in Columbia. Pastors Gerald Brown and Lomarie Caldwell will officiate. Viewing will be held on Thursday morning at 11:00 am at Brown's Funeral Home in Camden. Curtis Drakeford was born on May 10, 1937, and passed award on Monday, July 28, 2014. He was head deacon at Door of Hope Ministries, directed the men's fellowship, and ministered at Manning Correctional Prison ...

July 30, 2014 | | Obituaries


Robert “Bobby” William Grimm

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Robert "Bobby" William Grimm, 45, of Camden will be held at 2:00 PM Thursday, July 31, 2014 at First Baptist Church of Camden. Rev. Bruce Hancock will officiate. The family will receive friends Wednesday, July 30 from 6:00-7:30 PM at Kornegay Funeral Home Camden Chapel. Memorials may be made in Bobby's memory to Kershaw County Special Olympics, P. O. Box 310, Camden, SC 29021.

July 30, 2014 | | Obituaries


Myrel Hermina Gripper

Mrs. Myrel Hermina Gripper, 87, of 302 Smyrna Road, Elgin, South Carolina, passed on Thursday, July 24, 2014. Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 1 p.m. at Fort Clark Baptist Church in Elgin, SC. Burial will follow at the Fort Clark Baptist Church Cemetery in Elgin, SC. Haile's Funeral Home is in serving the family.

July 30, 2014 | | Obituaries


Nanley Holmes

Mr. Nanley Holmes, 86, of 146 Battleship Road, Camden died Monday. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Brown's Funeral Home, Camden, who is serving the Holmes Family.

July 30, 2014 | | Obituaries


Cathy Anne Tidwell

Funeral service for Cathy Anne Tidwell, 65, will be held on Thursday at 3:00 p.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation.

July 30, 2014 | | Obituaries


New kid on the block

Hey, y'all! I am Jim McGowan. I am the most recent addition to the award-winning staff of the Chronicle-Independent. I can only hope to live up to their high standards. It will not be easy. I will be the Localife editor and cover the education beat.

July 30, 2014 | By Jim McGowan Localife editor | Columns


Op-Ed: Let parents give directly to public schools

A federal nutrition program that places new restrictions on snacks and beverages sold in schools also provides an opportunity for some fresh thinking about school fundraisers.

July 30, 2014 | Trip DuBard, executive director SC Future Minds | Columns


Reader ‘pleased’ with Amtrak plan

Having spent many hours working to get the historic Seaboard Railroad station preserved, I was extremely pleased to see that Amtrak was at the city council work session June 22 to present its plan for improvements to the station.

July 30, 2014 | Kay Polk Camden | Letters


Rhame Arena concept

During the last Camden City Council work session, and as reported in the July 28 Chronicle-Independent, the concept of "adaptive reuse" of Rhame Arena was discussed. It was during this discussion that it was noted that the concept and sketch under discussion was developed by the daughter of Marti Wallace and Mike Jones (Elizabeth Ancrum Jones). Miss Jones developed her proposal several years ago. After a discussion of the property during a prior council meeting, her work was provided to city staff for their consideration.

July 30, 2014 | X. Willard Polk Camden | Letters


2014 TripAdvisor awards

It is always exciting to read positive press in the Chronicle-Independent concerning businesses in our area. Sam Kendall's 2014 Certificate of Excellence Award was wonderfully covered by the C-I for its hard-earned recognition. Each year, TripAdvisor assesses local businesses worldwide and awards certificates to those with very high ratings. For 2014, they awarded three Certificates of Excellence in Camden to Sam Kendall's, Salud! Mexican Kitchen, and Bloomsbury Inn. In addition, their highest recognition, Traveler's Choice Awards, honors like businesses nationwide. As the C-I well-covered earlier in the year, Bloomsbury was a Traveler's Choice Award winner for ...

July 30, 2014 | Katherin L. Brown Camden | Letters


For the Record - July 30, 2014

Real estate transactions

July 30, 2014 | | For the Record


Dr. Suess, library have new fan

July 30, 2014 | | Localife


Coin Club announces annual Fall Show

The annual Fall Coin Show of the Camden Coin Club will be held on Saturday, Sept. 27 at the Camden Recreation Department, 1042 West DeKalb St., Camden.

July 30, 2014 | | Localife


Lady D’s Hair Extraordinaire opens

July 30, 2014 | | Business


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