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Parents deal with racism from family

Dear Annie: My husband and I adopted our daughter at birth. When my mother-in-law found out that "Amanda" is biracial, she informed my husband that we were no longer welcome in her home. Initially, she admitted it was simple racism, but now she says it's because she can never accept a child "not of my own blood." When our daughter was 3, Mom visited and told Amanda that she was a "friend," not a relative.

December 12, 2011 | | Dear Annie


Looks worse than it is...

No one was hurt in this two-car traffic accident that occurred around 3:30 p.m. Thursday on South Broad Street (U.S. 521) near Historic Camden. Lt. Mike Stone of the Camden Police Department said the accident occurred after one driver attempted to make a left turn onto Ehrenclou Drive and struck another vehicle. The car was traveling north on Highway 521 and made the turn in front of oncoming traffic heading south. "Basically a car turned left in front of the other and they couldn't avoid each other and collided," Stone said. He said no one was ...

December 12, 2011 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Government center decorates for Santa

The Kershaw County Government Center has looked a little more like Santa's workshop lately as county offices have been decked out with candy canes, garland, and all kinds of other holiday decorations.

December 12, 2011 | | Kershaw County


Ferdinand Vincent "Cort" Marzullo, IV

A memorial service for Ferdinand Vincent "Cort" Marzullo, IV, 40, of Camden will be held at Grace Episcopal Church Friday, December 16, 2011 at 2:00 pm. The family will receive friends following the service. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in Mr. Marzullo's memory to the Marzullo Educational Trust, C/O TD Bank, 315 East DeKalb Camden, SC 29020.

December 12, 2011 | | Obituaries


Debates as un-reality TV

Karl Rove, a star political strategist, is outraged that Donald Trump, a star real-estate mogul and reality show host, is staging a reality show with real Republican presidential candidates and calling it a debate. Yet, with all due respect, Trump is only exploiting a process that political strategists like Rove already hijacked.

December 12, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Let them clean toilets

WASHINGTON -- It is a rare day when Al Sharpton emerges as the voice of sagacity, but when Newt Gingrich has the microphone, all things are possible.

December 12, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Blazing TRAILS

Lugoff-Elgin Middle School (L-EMS) is hosting Jennifer Lanier (standing), a graduate student in the Library and Information Science School at the University of South Carolina. Lanier is completing an internship this fall at L-EMS with Mrs. Anne C. Lemieux. Here, Lanier works with Julie Stockman's 8th grade ELA classes on the steps of the "Research Process." This is the first of several lessons Lanier will be completing with this group. Lanier is utilizing TRAILS (Tool for Real-Time Assessment of Information Literacy Skills) to identify strengths and weaknesses in the information-seeking skills of the students. A pre- and post-assessment is ...

December 12, 2011 | | Education


The sounds of SMS

Leslie M. Stover Middle School students participated in the 2011 SC All State Chorus. These students auditioned and were accepted in the Spring of 2011 as a part of the Stover Middle Chorus. In the fall, some Stover and Lugoff-Elgin High School students had to learn a new repertoire of music for the ACDA All State Chorus Festival at Converse College in Spartanburg, SC. Members include Haylee Pagan, Moriah Payne, Ty Morgan, Kayce Robinson, Kendra Mills, Gabriel Medina, Montanna Marsh, Emily Murphy, and Kaitlyn Fuller. Stover Middle is very proud.

December 12, 2011 | | Education


Rally for reading!

December 12, 2011 | | Education


Tax tips for Dec. 12, 2011

If you earned income in the last few years but you didn't file a tax return because your wages were below the filing requirement, the Internal Revenue Service may have some money for you. The IRS also has millions of dollars in checks that are returned each year as undeliverable.

December 12, 2011 | | Miscellaneous


Military briefs for Dec. 12, 2011

Air Force Airman Kenneth A. Brandon graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

December 12, 2011 | | Military


Leon Robinson

Leon Robinson, of Camden, husband of Sally Robinson, died December 10, 2011. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, David Robinson and his wife, Paula Belmar; daughters, Rebecca Robinson and Katherine Furgason; grandchildren, India, Robbie, and Mia Robinson, and Sophie Cooper; a brother, Eli Robinson and his wife Lila, of Long Island, NY.

December 12, 2011 | | Obituaries


Betty Altman

A memorial service for Betty Jean Roberts Altman, 83, of Camden formerly of Atlanta, GA will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in Mrs. Altman's memory to the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter, 460 S. Fair Street, Camden, SC 29020.

December 09, 2011 | | Obituaries


Happy 60th Anniversary!

Bill and Luna Clark were married December 10, 1951 and are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. They live on Bayview Drive in Lugoff and have two children, Barry Dean Clark and Norma Lee Wilson. They have four grandchildren Michelle Clark, Justin Lee Wilson, Morgan Lee Wilson and Zackary Lee Wilson.

December 09, 2011 | | Localife


School menus -- Dec. 9, 2011

The following are menus for Kershaw County schools for the week of Dec. 12-16:

December 09, 2011 | | Education


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Ms. Hills and Mr. Stegner wed

Jennifer Darrow Hills of Myrtle Beach and Craig Matthew Stegner of Camden were married Saturday, Sept. 6. The wedding took place at the First Presbyterian Church in Myrtle Beach with Rev. Dr. John Brearley as officiator.

October 01, 2014 | | Localife


Camden Lions Club inducts new member

October 01, 2014 | | Localife


CCTC named a 2015 Military Friendly School

Central Carolina Technical College has been designated a 2015 Military Friendly School for the third consecutive year. The Military Friendly Schools designation is awarded to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students and to dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation.

October 01, 2014 | | Localife


Hobkirk Hill DAR chapter names Pat Watts community service award winner

The Hobkirk Hill Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) awarded Patricia Plyler Watts with the Community Service Award on Monday, Sept. 15. The award recognizes individuals for voluntary achievements in cultural, educational, humanitarian, civic or benevolent endeavors outside of the DAR. Watts is a member of the DAR; however, due to her outstanding volunteer work the organization thought it fit to recognize her for her contribution to the Camden Community.

October 01, 2014 | | Localife


Ariail for Oct. 1, 2014

October 01, 2014 | | Ariail


Rhame Arena

The feeling of excitement at last week's Camden City Council meeting was palpable when architectural and engineering firms revealed their sketches for the renovation of Rhame Arena in the south end of town. The drawings were indeed startling -- perhaps because the aging structure has been deteriorating and decaying for decades now, and there has been doubt among some that a rehabilitation of the crumbling building was even possible. But possible it is, and not just to produce a humdrum building, but one that is attractive and will be a beckoning welcome to visitors driving into town from I-20 and ...

October 01, 2014 | | Editorials


Yesteryear for Oct. 1, 2014

Educating children, parents about dangers of drugs, booze

October 01, 2014 | | Yesteryear


The bad rep of for-profit colleges

For-profit colleges can't get no respect, at least not from employers. Which suggests that maybe they should be getting less generous taxpayer subsidies, too.

October 01, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


S.C. won’t be the next Ferguson

It is front page news all across the state and indeed nationwide -- a white policeman shot an unarmed black man in an incident at a filling station in Columbia. A dashboard camera in the police car captured much of what happen.

October 01, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Reader: we can’t afford ‘us vs. versus them’

Most folks running for political office claim their previous political "experience" is just the thing that proves they deserve your vote this November. Sometimes that is absolutely true. Sometimes, however, as in the current city council race, that previous experience is the very thing that voters should remember as creating one of the most contentious, unpleasant four years in Camden's recent memory.

October 01, 2014 | J. Allen Miller Camden | Letters


Reader delighted by Rhame Arena concept

It was a delight to see the conceptual drawing for the refurbishment of Rhame Arena. What a classic design and what a great design for a "gateway to the city."

October 01, 2014 | Kay Polk Camden | Letters


Reader supports Williams for city council

On Nov. 4th, we will fill two seats on Camden City Council. We have an outstanding candidate in Bob Williams. He is dedicated to helping Camden grow and move forward in a positive way. Bob was born and raised in Camden, and attended and graduated from our public schools. He owns and operates a local business and understands the needs of the small business and property owners. He would never exploit the office for personal gain.

October 01, 2014 | Jill Davis Camden | Letters


Ready to Lift

Cassidy Borowski, a senior at Lugoff-Elgin High School, gets ready to perform a deadlift during the Southern Powerlifting Federation competition in North Myrtle Beach on Sept. 27 as her coach, Ron Blackmon prepares to spot her. Borowski set state records in the 132-pound, 17-year-old division during the meet. Her lifts included a 105-pound bench press, 205-pound squat and 215-pound deadlift. Cassidy trains with Blackmon at Carolina Fitness in Dusty Bend.

October 01, 2014 | | Lugoff-Elgin


Lady Knights chop down 4A, 3A foes to stay perfect

Having picked on and beaten schools their own size, the North Central volleyball team stepped up in class on Monday. The results, however, were the same as they have been throughout this season.

October 01, 2014 | | North Central High/Middle


Graham running for city council

Former Camden Mayor Jeffrey Graham is seeking election as a Camden City Council member in November 2014.

October 01, 2014 | | Politics


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