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KCSO arrests three in drive-by shooting case

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested three people between Tuesday and Friday in connection with a drive-by shooting that took place Tuesday. Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said deputies arrested one of the suspects Friday and the other two earlier in the week.

July 02, 2012 | | Crime-Police-Fire


LWA seeks funds for annual fireworks show

The Lake Wateree Association's (LWA) Fourth of July fireworks show brings thousands of people to the lake each year. In order to continue this annual tradition, the organization is seeking donations from members of the community.

July 02, 2012 | | Miscellaneous


John Sanders Jr.

A memorial service celebrating the life of John Rufus Sanders, Jr., 62, of Camden, will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made in Mr. Sanders' memory to the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter, 460 S. Fair Street, Camden, SC 29020 or Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church, 1206 Lyttleton Street, Camden, SC 29020.

July 02, 2012 | | Obituaries


Ted Allen Wood

Ted Allen Wood, 55, of 73 Trinity School Road in Lugoff, died Saturday, June 30, 2012. Plans will be announced by Collins Funeral Home.

July 02, 2012 | | Obituaries


Local tokens

Tokens were small cardboard, brass, copper or aluminum items, usually in the shape of coins, which were issued by private enterprise ventures such as textile mills, merchants, etc. These items took the place of coins and were redeemable at the issuing entity. A study of these items reveals much about the history of S.C. and its counties.

July 02, 2012 | By Harvey S. Teal Provided by the Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


Noted and passed - July 2, 2012

• With partisan bickering in Washington at an all-time high, we were glad to see Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah turn back a Republican Party primary challenge last week. Hatch is one of the few senators left in the capital who attempts to compromise and reach across party aisles to get things done. We're glad the voters of Utah put him over the top, for in that state, winning the GOP primary is usually tantamount to being elected.

July 02, 2012 | | Editorials


Ariail for July 2, 2012

July 02, 2012 | | Ariail


Vindetta B. Catoe

A celebration of the life of Vindetta Catoe will be held at 3:00 PM Monday, July 2, 2012 at Faith Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Marshall Methodist Church Cemetery. Pastor Jerry Gardner will officiate. The family will receive friends from 6-8 PM Sunday, July 1, 2012 at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. Memorials may be made in Mrs. Catoe's memory to the American Diabetes Association of SC, 2711 Middleburg Drive, Ste. 205, Columbia, SC 29204 or Faith Baptist Church Youth, 35 Phillips Church Road, Bishopville, SC 29010.

July 02, 2012 | | Obituaries


Arthur Lee Johnson

Arthur Lee Johnson, 87, of Lugoff, South Carolina passed away quietly at home on June 30, 2012. Mr. Johnson was the son of Arthur Whitfield Johnson and Julia Pankey Seymour.

July 02, 2012 | | Obituaries


On facts, lies and Sarah Palin

"The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama's 'death panel' so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their 'level of productivity in society,' whether they are worthy of health care." --Sarah Palin, Aug. 7, 2009

July 02, 2012 | By Leonard Pitts Miami Herald | Columns


Stabbing suspect in custody

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested Paul Franklin Washington (18) of Camden after he stabbed Peyton Darvis Johnson in the chest following a verbal altercation.

July 02, 2012 | | Crime-Police-Fire


KC Northern in the catbird's seat

Using a five-run top of the sixth, Kershaw County Northern rallied from a 3-2 deficit and pulled out a 7-4 win over Lamar in Wednesday night's winners' bracket game in the Sub-District A Dixie Youth baseball tournament at Camden's Woodward Park.

June 29, 2012 | | Seasonal Sports


Rec notes - June 29, 29012

The Kershaw County Recreation Department (KCRD) basketball camps are back, offered for boys and girls ages 5-14. The camps will concentrate on teaching young players the fundamentals of basketball and working on skills and team play. There will also be five-on-five and three-on-three games and awards for free throw, league champ, sportsmanship and more. There will be 8-foot goals for younger players.

June 29, 2012 | | Miscellaneous


Peggy Jo McDonald

Peggy Jo McDonald, 81, formerly of Camden, SC, passed away June 24, 2012. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, J. A. "Mac" McDonald. She is survived by a son, Joey McDonald and his wife, Carol McDonald; a daughter, Amy Rose McDonald; two grandsons, Joseph McDonald III and Hunter McDonald; a sister, Patsy Watts Clare; and two aunts, Marilyn Gerrald Steele and Reginald Gerrald Galardi. A church service for Peggy will be held Friday (today) at 11 a.m. at Hermitage Baptist Church, 814 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Camden. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bon ...

June 29, 2012 | | Obituaries


Don't buy into unionization

(Mr. Humphries' letter has been updated to include the word "not" in the first sentence of the seond paragraph in relation to Mr. Allen's original letter.)

June 29, 2012 | Charles Humphries Camden | Letters


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Legion honors firefighters and police officers

Camden's James Leroy Belk American Legion Post 17 recently honored law enforcement officers and firefighters selected by the heads of their respective departments. This year's honorees include S.C. Highway Patrol (SCHP) Patrolman of Year Thomas R. Chrisofario, Kershaw County Sheriff's Office Deputy of the Year Derek B. Robinson, Camden Police Department (CPD) Policeman of the Year Sylvesta Robinson, Camden Fire Department Fireman of the Year Chris Tidwell and Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) Firefighter of the Year Michael Stanfield. Behind them are their supervisors, SCHP Sgt. Dan Black, Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews, CPD Sgt. Tyrell Coleman, Camden ...

March 30, 2015 | | Crime-Police-Fire


A check and a pie

The Community Playground Project continues to close in on the fundraising goal of $300,000 to build a new playground at the West Wateree Recreation Complex on U.S. 1 between Lugoff and Elgin. The Lugoff Optimist Club presented a $1,000 check to the project Thursday, March 19. Playground Committee Chairperson Laurey Carpenter accepted the check from Henry Powers. The project also raised several thousand dollars Friday, March 20 with a gala and auction, including a "Pie in the Face" contest in which votes were cast by monetary donation.

March 30, 2015 | | Kershaw County


Bob Sheheen retires from race association

Bob Sheheen recently retired from the Carolina Cup Racing Association.

March 30, 2015 | | News


Miss Emily Peake and Mr. Joshua Caughman wed

Miss Emily Shirll Peake of Elgin and Mr. Joshua David Caughman of Columbia were joined in marriage on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 3 o'clock in the afternoon at Rock Bottom Pond in Ridgeway, South Carolina. Debbie Miles officiated the double-ring ceremony.

March 30, 2015 | | Weddings & Engagements


Brevard scholarship winners announced

he Camden Music Association (CMA) and the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) announce the winners of the 2015 Brevard Music Competition. This year's competition was held at Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church where 13 students competed for scholarships to further their musical endeavors. The competition and recital is sponsored by Sibby Wood in honor of her mother, Margaret Beckley Upton.

March 30, 2015 | | People & Places


CHS, L-E baseball teams to step back in time

For the third straight year, the ping will be replaced by the sounds of the crack of the bat as the Kershaw-Richland Classic Spring Break Baseball Tournament returns to Camden's American Legion Park for a three-day run beginning on Monday. Thursday's final day of the tournament will be held at Richland Northeast High School, site of the other half of the bracket.

March 30, 2015 | | Sports


Making the rounds

A few hundred yards away, trucks carrying workers zig-zagged their way in and around the Springdale Race Course in final preparation for Saturday's 83rd running of the Carolina Cup. Tucked away in a barn located behind the National Steeplechase Museum, Brian Murphy stands atop the straw in a stall as he brushes down one of his horses with the only sound here being that of a few chirping birds on a relaxed Monday morning.

March 27, 2015 | | Equine


NC rallies from 9-run hole to take down Cheraw in 10

Small ball led to an overthrown ball, leading to a wild pitch which was all it took for North Central to come away with a 10-9, 10-inning win over visiting Cheraw in a Tuesday night game in which the hosts overcame a 9-0 deficit after three and a half innings of play.

March 27, 2015 | | North Central High/Middle


Demons cruise past Redhawks, 11-1

Knowing that Westwood has had troubles both scoring and preventing runs, Lugoff-Elgin baseball coach Randy Stokes had one simple plan of attack heading into Tuesday's Region 4-4A game with the visiting Redhawks.

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


Historic Camden's Armies Through Time

Hundreds of people visited Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site last Saturday to learn about warfare through the ages. Guests got to interact with warriors from Ancient Greek wars, Medieval wars, 19th Century wars, World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War. Different stations were set up that featured artifacts, costumes and camps from different wars.

March 27, 2015 | | People & Places


Ruben H. Jay Jr.

A celebration of life service for Ruben Harlan Jay, Jr, 67, will be held Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Foundation.

March 27, 2015 | | Obituaries


Mary Ruth Watts

Funeral service for Mary Ruth Hornsby Watts, 81, will be held on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at Springvale Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Palmetto Health Hospice, 1400 Pickens St #100, Columbia, SC 29201 or Springvale Baptist Church Building Fund, PO Box 880, Lugoff, S.C. 29078.

March 27, 2015 | | Obituaries


Amanda Porter

Amanda Doby Porter, wife of the late James Porter formally of Palmer Place in Camden passed away on March 14th in Baltimore, Md. Funeral services are scheduled for March 27th in Baltimore.

March 27, 2015 | | Obituaries


James W. ‘Pete’ Nelson

Funeral service for James William "Pete" Nelson, 74, will be held on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Baptist Church, Elgin with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The Rev. Ken Jackson will officiate. The family will receive friends Saturday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Hillcrest Baptist Church, 2666 Highway 1 South, Elgin, S.C. 29045.

March 27, 2015 | | Obituaries


Arrants speaks to CCTC students

Josh Arrants, naturalist and C-I columnist, speaks to students in Central Carolina Technical College (CCTC) Natural Resources Management program Feb. 26 about the Red-cockaded Woodpecker Restoration Project at Fort Jackson. Arrants, a 2002 CCTC graduate, is a member of the S.C. Wildlife Federal Board, a Fort Jackson Wildlife Technician and former Camden resident who recently moved to Austin, Texas. He is returning frequently to work on the Fort Jackson project and continues to write his column. The students listening to Arrants' lecture are in NRM Department Chair Joshua Castleberry's class.

March 27, 2015 | | Education


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