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Long applause

Doby's Mill Elementary School media specialist Betsy Long spreads the love of reading to her students every day. She received that same love back this week for her extraordinary efforts when she was named one of 10 national winners of the Carnegie Corporation of New York/The New York Times "I Love My Librarian" Award.

December 16, 2011 | | Education


Robert "Bobby" Black

Mr. Robert "Bobby" Black, 72, of 1526 Shearwater Road, Elgin, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, December 11, 2011.

December 16, 2011 | | Obituaries


Gingrich, anti-poverty warrior

'Tis the season, it appears, for Newt Gingrich to show his dual political personalities: naughty and nice.

December 16, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Public pensions

Public pensions have been much in the news since the economic downturn began, especially during the last year. The battle in Wisconsin over public employees' collective bargaining rights and pension plans has been the most publicized, but the same arguments have been occurring across the country. The South Carolina General Assembly has now taken the first step to deal with a $13-billion deficit in the state retirement pension fund, and though it involved difficult decisions on the part of a House subcommittee, it was the right thing to do. The recommendations still must go to the House Ways and Means ...

December 16, 2011 | | Editorials


Hattie Mae "Hatchet" Caldwell

Hattie Mae "Hatchet" Caldwell, 61, of Pine Drive, Bethune, died Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011.

December 16, 2011 | | Obituaries


Carrie G. Ford

Carrie G. Ford, 55, of Sherwood Court, Lugoff, died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011.

December 16, 2011 | | Obituaries


George L. Massey

George L. Massey, 66, of Church Road, Westville, died Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011.

December 16, 2011 | | Obituaries


Ralph C. "Butch" McLeod Jr.

Funeral service for Ralph C. "Butch" McLeod, Jr., 59, of Lugoff, will be held Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at Faith Church of the Nazarene with burial to follow in St. United Methodist Church Cemetery. The Rev. Scott Crandall and the Rev. Mark Hopkins will officiate. The family will receive friends Friday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral home, Lugoff. Memorials may be made to Hermitage Baptist Church Youth Department.

December 16, 2011 | | Obituaries


Wade Henry "Buck" Parker Jr.

Mr. Wade Henry "Buck" Parker, Jr., 85, of Kershaw, widower of Jessie Lee Anderson Parker, passed away Monday, December 12, 2011 at WJBD VA Medical Center in Columbia. He was born July 17, 1926 in Camden, a son of the late Wade H. Parker, Sr. and Nannie C. Watkins Parker.

December 16, 2011 | | Obituaries


Harry Van Ness

Harry Van Ness, 88, of Flat Rock Road, Camden, died Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011.

December 16, 2011 | | Obituaries


Gingrich

Of all the presidential candidates, nobody was more a "dead man walking" than Newt Gingrich, the former U.S. House Speaker whose staff deserted him early in the campaign and who was left for dead by voters and the media. But he has been revived in the turbulent Republican race for the White House nomination and polls now show him leading his rivals in Iowa and South Carolina, and even in New Hampshire, where Mitt Romney is almost a neighbor. Ironically, it is Gingrich's ability to stand up and take the heat for his past conduct that is helping ...

December 14, 2011 | | Editorials


Bobcat readers

Bobcats love to read! At least Midway Bobcats do! Thirty-eight Midway Elementary School students who met or exceeded the Accelerated Reader goals for the first nine weeks of school recently celebrated their achievement with homemade cookies and slushies. Those students included second-graders Regan McGougan, Unique Bethea, Samantha Harrelson, Brooke Stevens, Carissa Reynolds, Deanna Couick, Eden Mock and Matty Stephens; third-graders Destiny Atkiinson, Maggie Carter, Jullyan Gonzalez, Lanie Hackworth, Jonathan Hopkins, Danial Kashmiri, Barri McGougan, Isahir Vera, JaDarius Samuel, Stephanie Martinez, Jesse Wyant, Ryan Hodge, Zy-Curtis Elgin, Isis Frasier, Anna Grace Brazell; fourth-graders Kyrsten King, Levy Portee, Julio Tamayo, Taylor Thompson ...

December 14, 2011 | | Education


The GOP’s death wish

WASHINGTON -- "Anybody but Mitt" has become a familiar mantra throughout the Republican primary campaign. It is also weird and self-defeating.

December 14, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Moving forward on missile defense

With Russian President Dmitry Medvedev issuing threats about America's planned missile defense for Europe, it may be time to remind the Obama administration why we need such defenses in the first place -- in Europe and elsewhere.

December 14, 2011 | Ed Feulner The Heritage Foundation | Columns


A positive approach to crisis in Europe

This writer is not in favor of any more money of any kind going to Europe to be wasted on their "more of the same." Instead, we could help Europe and ourselves at the same time by instituting a nationwide all-American program of massive oil, gas and coal energy production.

December 14, 2011 | Bob Mays Camden | Letters


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‘What is that?’

In the quest to answer the many questions I receive about trees, see below for part three in the continuing series.

July 25, 2014 | By Liz Gilland, Camden Urban Forester C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Amtrak to renovate Camden train station, grounds

After decades of requests from residents and years of negotiation with city officials, Amtrak is announcing that it will renovate its station in Camden and the surrounding property. Work will begin Aug. 4, and -- according JarVor Williams, an Amtrak construction engineer overseeing the project -- make the facility compliant with the U.S. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

July 25, 2014 | | Camden


Patricia Gail Alger-Benson

A memorial service celebrating the life of Patricia Gail Alger-Benson, 68, of Lugoff, SC will be held on Saturday July 26, 2014 at 2:00 PM. at Blaney Baptist Church. Rev. Philip Blankenship will officiate. The family will receive friends on Friday, July25, from 6:00-7:30 PM at Kornegay Funeral Home Lugoff-Elgin Chapel. Memorials may be made in her memory to Blaney Baptist Church, 1400 Blaney Road, Elgin, SC 29045.

July 25, 2014 | | Obituaries


Sammie F. Thomas Jr.

Funeral services for Sammie F. Thomas Jr. will be held on Saturday July 26, 2014 at 2 p.m. in the Divine Mortuary Chapel, 5620 Hillandale Dr. Lithonia, Georgia 30058.

July 25, 2014 | | Obituaries


Betty Jo Crump Mays, R.N.

Funeral services for Betty Jo Crump Mays, R.N., 76, will be held Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at New Life Christian Outreach, Lugoff, with burial to follow in Scotch Cemetery, Bethune. The Rev. Richard Cameron will officiate. The family will receive friends Friday, July 25, 2014, from 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home.

July 25, 2014 | | Obituaries


Hospital Auxiliary of KershawHealth Golf Tournament

The Hospital Auxiliary of KershawHealth's twenty fifth annual golf tournament will be held on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at the Camden Country Club.

July 25, 2014 | | Kershaw County


Ariail for July 25, 2014

July 25, 2014 | | Ariail


Rhame Arena

We're glad to see that the city of Camden is exploring alternatives for aging Rhame Arena. The building is becoming more dilapidated with each passing year, and something needs to be done, whether it's razing it or restoring it. Of course, money is a factor, just as it is in all government decisions these days. We will say that city officials have overworked the bureaucratic jargon in their appraisal of the situation, saying an "adaptive reuse" could be a possible alternative. We are assuming "adaptive reuse" means repairing the building and making it feasible for some type of ...

July 25, 2014 | | Editorials


Reader thanks Camden Public Works crew

If you live in Camden and do not realize how special a town it is, just wait until something goes wrong.

July 25, 2014 | Jill Davis Camden | Letters


Limousine liberalism’s good works

Is it hypocritical for a really, really rich person to object to rising inequality?

July 25, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Fall Sports registration begins on Monday

Swim Lessons

July 25, 2014 | | Kershaw County


Find a new Furry Friend!

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Wally, an adorable 6-week-year-old male kitten and Paige, a 4-year-old female Pointer mix. She is very friendly with other dogs. 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 ...

July 25, 2014 | | Pets


Carolina Downhome Blues Festival Set for 18th Year

Mark your calendars for the 18th Annual Carolina Downhome Blues Festival scheduled for October 2-4 in historic downtown Camden. This year's event will feature multiple performances at various sites, including The Venue on Broad, Old Town Tavern and a new site for the festival -- 833 South Broad Street. The Carolina Downhome Blues Festival is an award-winning event recognized for featuring legendary blues artists from around the globe.

July 25, 2014 | | Arts


State American Legion Tournament schedule of games

The South Carolina Senior State American Legion Tournament begins Saturday at Riley Park in Sumter. Here is all the information you will need as to the event:

July 25, 2014 | | Sports


Summer youth sports camps coming to a close in county

There are still a few youth summer sports camps left in Kershaw County.

July 25, 2014 | | Seasonal Sports


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