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The diesel option

We have noted before with a degree of perplexity that diesel automobiles that get great fuel mileage and are wildly popular in Europe have never been promoted here in the United States by automakers. Finally, we're glad to see that is changing, and the public is responding in a big way. Volkswagen is now aggressively pushing its Passat TDI diesel model, which can deliver up to 50 miles per gallon in highway driving. Auto industry analysts have said for more than three decades that Americans wouldn't latch onto diesels, partly because of the disastrous results back in the ...

May 16, 2012 | | Editorials


FAC hosted ‘Poets in the Schools’ project

The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County continued its celebration of Youth Arts Month with a student poet poetry reading March 15 in the Wood Auditorium.

May 16, 2012 | | People & Places


Helen Tindal Jenkins

Helen Tindal Jenkins passed away Sunday, May 13, 2012 in Columbia. She was born April 11, 1918 in Columbia and grew up in Camden. Her parents were Marie Madden Tindal Nicholson and Hughey Tindal, Sr. Her stepfather was Dr. George W. Nicholson.

May 16, 2012 | | Obituaries


Goodwin tapped as superintendent in Chesterfield County

Dr. Harrison Goodwin was named this month as the new superintendent of Chesterfield County School District.

May 16, 2012 | | Business


INVISTA to host blood drive

Summer is coming and so is the INVISTA blood drive. June 5 is the day when the American Red Cross bloodmobile will be in the parking lot waiting for your gift of life. Did you know 1 pint of blood can save three lives? Increased warm weather activities lead to increased accidents and the need for a robust blood supply. The strange fact is blood can't be manufactured by any means other than the human body. The blood supply relies on your generous donations.

May 16, 2012 | | Business


Local Lander University students earn academic honors

Lander University recently announced its President's List, Dean's List and Freshman Honors for fall semester 2011. Undergraduates who have earned a grade point average (GPA) of 4.0 out of a possible 4.0 are on the President's List. Those with a GPA of 3.5 to 3.9 are on the Dean's List, while freshmen with a GPA between 3.0 and 3.49 earn Freshman Honors.

May 16, 2012 | | Education


CHS, L-E and NC slate spring football games

All three Kershaw County high school football teams will close out their two weeks of practice with their annual spring games this week.

May 14, 2012 | | Sports


Noted and passed - May 14, 2012

• With the Major League Baseball season in its infancy, we're struck by one fact about the New York Yankees: the team must have the biggest -- we're talking in terms of physical size here -- pitching staff in the history of the league. Excluding Hiroki Kuroda, at 6-1 and 190 pounds the dwarf of the group, New York's starting rotation averages nearly 6-6 in height and 257 pounds. Hurler C. C. Sabathia is the biggest of the group at 6-7, 290. We don't know how well they'll pitch this year, but we doubt you'll see many ...

May 14, 2012 | | Editorials


'Giving Your Boxwood a $100 Haircut'

Twenty-five years ago, near Barboursville, Va., stood the ruins of an octagonal house near the edge of a vineyard.

May 14, 2012 | | Miscellaneous


Creepy nation

Actor George Clooney is handsome and personable in the style of Hollywood male stars of the 1930s/1950s, which is a relief. But what a nation of creeps we have become. He is giving a supper at his home for the benefit of President Barack Obama's re-election, which, it is estimated, will reap $15 million from people anxious to say that they have shared a salad with the actor and gazed at the president. This spectacle is shameful to contemplate and it makes one wonder what kind of a country we have become when empty-headed vainglorious non-entities pay good ...

May 14, 2012 | Reid Buckley Camden | Letters


Can Historic Camden expect $400,000?

On behalf of the Board and Staff of Historic Camden, we are thrilled -- no giddy -- to read in the mayor's candidacy article last Wednesday of the "recent funding of over $400,000.00 in infrastructure improvements supporting Historic Camden as a huge step forward in the dream of achieving National Park Status."

May 14, 2012 | M. Tray Dunaway, MD, FACS, CSP Chairman, Historic Camden Foundation | Letters


Leaders Today, Leaders Tomorrow

The 2011-12 Junior Leadership Kershaw County program honored 29 juniors and seniors during its recent annual graduation dinner at the Robert Mills Courthouse in Camden. The celebration concluded the program's 24th year.

May 14, 2012 | | Education


Cleveland School fire memorial service Thursday

A memorial service will be held Thursday for a long-ago tragedy seared into Kershaw County history.

May 14, 2012 | | Miscellaneous


‘Voices of Camden: A Quarrel With Oneself’ returns to FAC with a Titanic twist

The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) invites you to a very special evening, Monday as "The Voices of the Titanic" join "The Voices of Camden: The Quarrel With Oneself" at 7 p.m. in the Wood Auditorium. Tickets are $5 at the door. The popular Tony Scully monologue class hits the stage for the annual spring presentation.

May 14, 2012 | | People & Places


Teen Miss L-EHS collects donations for local charities

Katie Johnson, a senior at Lugoff-Elgin High School, plans to compete in the Teen Miss South Carolina Pageant in June as Teen Miss Lugoff-Elgin High School in Hartsville. Since winning her school's pageant in January, she has been busy collecting donations for several charities around the midlands. She has collected donations for Palmetto Health Children's Hospital (the official charity of the Little Miss and Teen Miss South Carolina Pageant Inc. system) in Columbia, Oliver Gospel Mission in Columbia, Camden Habitat for Humanity Store and the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter in Camden.

May 14, 2012 | | People & Places


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Youth sports camp on deck throughout county

Here is the schedule of upcoming youth sports camps in Kershaw County:

July 06, 2015 | | Seasonal Sports


Hill piles up golf honors

Over the past few years, the Lugoff-Elgin High School golf program has done about all a young program could.

July 06, 2015 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


KC East Ozone All-Stars

July 06, 2015 | | Seasonal Sports


Ariail for July 6, 2015

July 06, 2015 | | Ariail


Editorial: Sibby’s legacy

We offer our condolences to the family, friends and all of us who benefited from Sylvia Upton "Sibby" Wood's life. Wood, also known as "Sib," supported or was otherwise involved in so many things here in Kershaw County, they are almost too numerous to count. But count them we shall try as we mourn her death last week in Michigan at the age of 81.

July 06, 2015 | | Editorials


Rich: The legacy of light

Many people have crossed the path of my life, but only one crossed it from three different directions. Don Light, one of Nashville's most admired powerbrokers and star makers, was meant to be part of my life. I say this repeatedly because I encountered him through friends in country music, Southern gospel and NASCAR racing.

July 06, 2015 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Reader: leaders must catch up with 21st century

Recently, the United States Supreme Court saved the Affordable Care Act for generations to come. Many conservatives and the GOP seemed woefully ignorant of our healthcare system.

July 06, 2015 | Edward R. Allen Camden | Letters


Reader appreciates Max Ford letter

A big thank you to Max Ford's letter dated July 1. It was a great history lesson for me.

July 06, 2015 | Carolyn Johnson Camden | Letters


Teal: ‘Muscle’ memories

When we examine our experiences over time, our recollections of some of them stand out like posts supporting our "fence of life." These are memories we will never forget. Some refer to them as "muscle" memories, very strong ones.

July 06, 2015 | By Harvey S. Teal Provided by the Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


LF-R publishes results of wildfire protection survey

Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) recently teamed up with the S.C. Forestry Commission (SCFC) on a 10-month district-wide survey of the wildfire potential among homes, businesses and industries protected by the department. Lugoff Fire Marshal Will Catoe escorted SCFC assessors to collect data for the complete assessment, which included photos and threat areas.

July 06, 2015 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Lugoff Fire-Rescue responds to apartment fire

Lugoff Fire-Rescue crews responded to the Sherwood Apartments in Lugoff on the evening of June 30 around 10:30 p.m. for a fire reported inside an unoccupied apartment by other people living at the complex. According to a LF-R statement released Thursday, Lugoff Ladder 10 and Rescue Engine 10 arrived to find smoke coming from a second floor apartment. Firefighters forced open the door and found a fire from food left unattended on the stove. Crews quickly extinguished the fire, limiting damage to the stove area. According to the LF-R, the occupants had left the apartment and were not ...

July 06, 2015 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Historic Camden’s Did you Know?

While Ben Franklin was key to the crafting of the Declaration of Independence, the other Founding Fathers did not want him to be the main author - as they felt they couldn't trust him not to put a joke in it!

The great, big and wonderful approval of going independent actually occurred on July 2 -- a day which John Adams thought would forever after be celebrated by the newly formed nation. "The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha in the History of America." He was right about the way we honor it though: "It ought ...

July 03, 2015 | | People & Places


Sesquicentennial State Park trip

Students from Wateree Elementary School in Krissi Butler's first grade class enjoyed a field study at the end of the school year to Sesquicentennial State Park to study plants.

July 03, 2015 | | People & Places


Ariail for July 3, 2015

July 03, 2015 | | Ariail


Editorial: Fourth of July

Tomorrow is Independence Day, the Fourth of July, when this country celebrates its birthday. This year, July 4 marks the 239th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence -- the document which signaled to the world the original 13 British colonies were breaking away from Mother England.

July 03, 2015 | | Editorials


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