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CMA lawsuit

There are many people in Kershaw County who are no doubt shocked by the recent lawsuit filed against Camden Military Academy, in which the parents of a former cadet say he was not only hazed and beaten but sodomized and raped. Those allegations are yet to play out in a courtroom, but we would caution against a rush to judgment in this case. CMA has not been proven guilty of anything, and in the American system of jurisprudence, lawsuits can be filed in a fast and furious manner, usually with no penalty -- monetary or otherwise -- against the plaintiffs who file ...

April 04, 2012 | | Editorials


Alice O. Parker

Alice Osborne Parker, 86, of 8005 Osborne Road, in Rembert, died Tuesday, April 3, 2012. Friends may visit at the home of John Parker, 8005 osborne Road. Plans will be announced by Collisn Funeral Home.

April 04, 2012 | | Obituaries


Williams shatters record in NC track victory

Scoring a season-high 122 points, the North Central boys' track team improved to 16-2 on the season by sweeping a five-team meet held in Boonetown last Thursday.

April 04, 2012 | | North Central High/Middle


Dogs, Demons and Knights stay home for tournament

After three years of heading to sites in and around Columbia to play in spring break tournaments, all three Kershaw County high school teams will stay at home this week for the Telasco Alarm Service Spring Break Baseball Tournament.

April 02, 2012 | | Sports


Why race matters in Florida murder

It is customary in the wake of a major racial eruption to say that we Americans need to have a national conversation on race. Yet the fury surrounding the death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin shows why it is so hard for us to hold that conversation.

April 02, 2012 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


The Man over the Mantel

In 1957, Elisabeth Doby English wrote: "Over the mantel in a certain Nashville, Tennessee, home hangs the portrait of a handsome Confederate officer in his uniform that the small boys of the household call 'The Man over the Mantel.'" That portrait of Captain Alfred English Doby was painted by William H. Scarborough in 1865 from a Civil War photograph.

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


Being the Belle of the Ball

The Camden Junior Welfare League Provisional Class held its annual Belle of the Ball March 17. With the support of the residents of Kershaw County, the Junior League was able to give 40 young high school ladies the chance to wear a beautiful gown to prom. Belle of the Ball began in 2005 and has become a Junior League tradition. Each year before prom time, the Junior League gathers and sorts donated formal gowns and then offers them for free to underprivileged teens referred by area high schools.

April 02, 2012 | | People & Places


Robert Ariail -- April 2, 2012

April 02, 2012 | | Ariail


Miss Jordan, Mr. Setzer plan spring wedding

Mr. and Mrs. William C. Jordan of Camden announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Rachel Victoria Jordan of Sumter, to Mr. Andrew Neil Setzer of Sumter. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Earl Setzer of Sumter.

April 02, 2012 | | Weddings & Engagements


‘Honky Tonk Angels’ to appear on Wood Auditorium stage

The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) is excited to bring this country musical to the Wood Auditorium for one evening only. Scheduled for Thursday at 8 p.m. the professional company from Springer Theatricals ("A Closer Walk" with Patsy Cline and Route 66) will bring this wonderful musical to the FAC stage. "Honky Tonk Angels" by Ted Swindley is a funny, tender tribute to the women who leave their ordinary, every day life in search of fame and fortune in the country music industry. Tickets for the production are $20 for adults and $18 for students, seniors and ...

April 02, 2012 | | People & Places


Noted and passed -- April 2, 2012

• Camden and Kershaw County and, indeed, the state are fortunate to count Sibby Wood among their citizens. Raised in a family which fostered the arts, Wood has pursued a mission to provide access to the arts to all, with a particular focus on integrating arts into education. In May, the S.C. Governor's School of the Arts and Humanities will recognize Wood, who was instrumental in plans for the Greenville-based state residential school, with the presentation of the J. Verne Smith Leadership Award. Wood's support of the arts is well-known in the Camden community; this well-deserved honor embraces ...

April 02, 2012 | | Editorials


Larry Darnell Murphy

Funeral service for Larry Darnell Murphy, 55, of Watts Hill Road in Elgin, will be held Monday, April 2, 2012, 1:00 P.M. at St. Matthew Baptist Church, with burial in the church cemetery.

April 02, 2012 | | Obituaries


Christopher Huckleberry

Funeral service for Christopher Scott "Huck" Huckleberry, 49, of Lugoff, will be held Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. The Rev. Joe Stines will officiate. The family will receive friends Wednesday 4-6 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Ladies' Ministry of El-Bethel Faith Community Church.

April 02, 2012 | | Obituaries


Everette Coates

A memorial service for Everette Coates, of Lancaster, who died March 10, 2012, will be held at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, 2012, at First Baptist Church, 210 N. Matson Street, Kershaw, S.C. 29067. A complete obituary was published in the Camden Chronicle on March 14, 2012.

April 02, 2012 | | Obituaries


Harold Allen Garrett

A lakeside memorial service to celebrate the life of Harold Allen Garrett, 51, of Liberty Hill was held Friday, March 30, 2012 at the Flamingo in Liberty Hill. Dr. Gene Rollins officiated.

April 02, 2012 | | Obituaries


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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


Honoring their own

The Kershaw County Democratic Women's Organization recently made a donation to the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County to honor the contributions of several of their former members. Tributes were read and a check presented in their honor for Virginia Furman, Louisa Watkins and Pat Watts. FAC executive director Kristin Cobb accepted the donation at the meeting. "All of these women were very special to this community and certainly the Fine Arts Center. I am honored to accept this donation in their memory," Cobb said. Pictured from left are Mollye Robinson, member; Kristin Cobb, executive director, Fine Arts Center ...

March 27, 2015 | | Miscellaneous


Bethune High grad is ZEL Engineers president

Stacey Gordon, a Bethune High School graduate, recently received a promotion to president of ZEL Engineers Inc., based in Augusta, Ga. Gordon is the son of Doby and Suzanne W. Gordon of Cassatt.

March 27, 2015 | | Business


BES announces 2nd quarter honor rolls

Bethune Elementary School has announced its school-wide A an A/B honor rolls for the second nine weeks of the school year.

March 27, 2015 | | Education


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