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Letter to Mitt

WASHINGTON -- Dear Mitt: Consider me a neighbor leaning over the picket fence. You have a picket fence, don't you? An ivy-covered wall? Fine, I'll get a ladder.

March 09, 2012 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


'Heartbeat' of journalism

Localism is trending today in the realms of food and finance. The institution of the local community newspaper is also popular, but it wasn't blogged into being - it was born long before videos started going viral. Major-metropolitan newspapers may be a slowly dying breed, but community newspapers prove that American journalism is alive, well and living in the rural areas, small towns and suburbs of our land.

March 09, 2012 | Bradley J. Furnish Access Advertising LLC | Columns


The Camden Garden Club to host March meeting

The Camden Garden Club will hold its next meeting on Monday at the home of Peggy Mays. There will be no program this month because of an election of new officers for the next term.

March 09, 2012 | | People & Places


CHS open with consecutive losses

So much for opening your season with cupcake opponents.

March 09, 2012 | | Camden High/Middle


Crappie USA to make tournament stop at Lake Wateree Saturday, March 17

Crappie USA will host a fishing tournament on Lake Wateree out of Clearwater Cove Marina on Saturday, March 17.

March 09, 2012 | | Seasonal Sports


Historic Camden to host Family Fun hour Saturday

Historic Camden will hold a Family Fun Hour from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday. Children ages 6 to 12, parents and grandparents are encouraged to attend. The fun begins in the Film Room at Historic Camden at 2 p.m.

March 09, 2012 | | People & Places


Correction/clarification

In the March 2 edition of the Chronicle-Independent, Harold V. Pickrel III was identified as the developer of Bridlewood Farms on Springdale Drive. It should be clarified that Pickrel is the managing partner of BWF LLC, which is developing the property. It should further be clarified that a figure of "$1 million each" for the original number of 16 lots was based on 2008 information where the lots would sell for between $200,000 to $300,000 and the end value of each property, including homes, could come to $1 million.

March 07, 2012 | | Camden


Ready readers

Sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders at North Central Middle School who love to read share their interest through reading clubs. The boys club is sponsored by library media specialist Cindy Sparks and Ryan Anderson, school resource officer and a Kershaw County Sheriff's Office deputy. The boys club includes (from left, seated) Dennis Shumate, Calvin Dash, Isaiah Fowler, Robert Hilton, Bryce Bell, (standing) Chance Mangum, adviser Anderson, Christian Gooding and adviser Sparks. The boys read "Storm Runners" by Roland Smith during the first semester. Sparks, sixth-grade English teacher Terri Bowers and assistant librarian Jennifer Gibson are advisers for the girls club ...

March 07, 2012 | | Education


Sellers finishes Navy basic training

U.S. Navy Seaman Recruit Darius O. Sellers, son of Joy L. and Willie R. Oliver of Cassatt, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

March 07, 2012 | | Military


Carolina Cup parking spaces selling quickly

With less than three weeks left before the Carolina Cup Races, reserved parking spaces are, once again, moving at a brisk pace.

March 07, 2012 | | Equine


Race not a factor in sports facility debate

I have been neutral in the YMCA debate and I'm trying to stay that way. There are merits on both sides (we think), but when a member of Camden City Council pulls the race card, I will not be quiet. This planned or unplanned sports complex has nothing to do with race. It is insulting that a member of city council could even bring race into the debate.

March 07, 2012 | Dave Baker Camden | Letters


Irene Furman

Mrs. Irene Furman, 74, of Indian Trail, NC, formally of Cassatt, SC, passed on Thursday, March 1, 2012. Funeral Services will be conducted on Friday, March, 9, 2012 at 2 p.m. at Nazareth Baptist Church, Cassat.

March 07, 2012 | | Obituaries


Willie "Bill" Davis

Mr. Willie "Bill" Davis, 65, Camden, of 1120 Chestnut Ferry Road, M & B Trailer Park, Lot 16, died Monday, March 5, 2012. Friends may call at 1297 Collins Circle, Camden. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be annoced at a later date by Brown's Funeral Home, Camden, who is serving the Davis Family.

March 07, 2012 | | Obituaries


Pete Ray

Funeral services for Pete Ray, 77, Lugoff, will be held Thursday at 3:00 p.m. at El-Bethel Faith Community Church, with burial to follow in Pine Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. The Rev. Joe Stines and Rev. Todd Horton will officiate. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home.

March 07, 2012 | | Obituaries


Camden Coin Club to host spring show March 17

The Camden Coin Club's annual spring coin show is slated for March 17 at the Kershaw County Recreation Department, 1042 W. DeKalb St., Camden.

March 07, 2012 | | Miscellaneous


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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


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


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