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Where’s the truth?

Over the Christmas break, I spent a couple hours cleaning up my office and sorting through all the stuff I've accumulated since the summer. One of the folders I found contained a report from an organization called the South Carolinians for Responsible Government (SCRG). This group is headquartered in Columbia and is reportedly funded in large part by out-of-state money. The SCRG is best known for its advocacy for school choice/tax credit legislation. These folks have a wealth of resources. At a hearing I attended during last year's General Assembly, the SCRG had three staff members, an ...

January 16, 2012 | Kershaw County School District Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Drakeford named to NLC steering committee

Camden City Council member Alfred Mae Drakeford has been appointed to the National League of Cities' (NLC) 2012 Human Development Steering Committee. The Human Development committee is responsible for developing policy positions on issues involving social services, children and learning, poverty and income support, employment and workforce development, equal opportunity, Social Security and seniors, individuals with disabilities, public health care, mental health parity and immigration reform.

January 16, 2012 | | Camden


Noted and passed

• Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich vowed that he would conduct a positive campaign for the presidency, and he did just that -- until his numbers started dropping. Gingrich, who polled well both in Iowa and New Hampshire at one time, unleashed a series of vitriolic ads against Mitt Romney as Gingrich's star began to fade. Other GOP candidates on the right have done the same as Romney has gained strength. These days, a positive message seems to last only as long as a candidate is doing well.

January 16, 2012 | | Editorials


Why Obama’s ‘recess’ battle matters

It's easy to ignore President Barack Obama's dispute with Senate Republicans over his recess appointments if you don't care what the government is doing with your money.

January 16, 2012 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Happy Golden Anniversary!!!

On Dec. 18, 2011, Blondell Jeffers and Dr. E. Raybon (Ray) Rodgers invited family to an intimate dinner to celebrate their Golden Anniversary. The gathering took place where the couple first met, the former site of the Blaney School, which has since been transformed into the Old South Restaurant, Elgin.

January 16, 2012 | | Localife


Countdown to the Cup

It is not too early to begin making plans for the 2012 Carolina Cup Steeplechase Races at the Springdale Race Course.

January 13, 2012 | | Equine


Demon wrestlers upend Sumter

Lugoff-Elgin had little trouble with host Sumter in winning Tuesday night's non-region wrestling match between the two 4A programs, 65-12.

January 13, 2012 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Mental Health Kershaw County presents awards at annual membership meeting

Mental Health America of Kershaw County (MHAKC) held its 49th annual membership dinner meeting Nov. 10 in the fellowship center at First Baptist Church in Camden. Joy Jay, executive director of Mental Health America of South Carolina, introduced the guest speaker, Alyce Kemp DeWitt.

January 13, 2012 | | Localife


Diane Peacock Collins

Mrs. Diane Peacock Collins, 45, of Barnwell, passed away Saturday, January 7, 2012 at Providence Hospital in Columbia.

January 13, 2012 | | Obituaries


James Leroy Jones

Funeral service for James Leroy Jones, 77, of 2232 Baron Dekalb Road in Camden will be held Monday, January 16, 2012, 1:00 P.M. at White Oak Baptist Church Hwy 97 with burial in the church cemetery. Collins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

January 13, 2012 | | Obituaries


Channing James Rollins

Channing James Rollins, 41, of Camden, passed away, Sunday, January, 08, 2012, after a long battle with colon cancer.

January 13, 2012 | | Obituaries


Elizabeth Mayrant Dickson Trice

Elizabeth Mayrant Dickson Trice, 94, of Broad Street, Jacksonville, Florida and formerly of Rembert, entered into eternal rest on Friday, January 6, 2012.

January 13, 2012 | | Obituaries


Carolyn Walters

Funeral services to celebrate the life of Carolyn Othenia Hoffman Walters, 81, of Camden will be held Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 11:00 AM at Kornegay Funeral Home Camden Chapel with burial to follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Rev. Brent Kendall will officiate. The family will receive friends Friday, January 13, 2012 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. Memorials may be made in Mrs. Walter's memory to a charity of one's choice.Mrs. Walters, widow of Charles Ingram Walters died Tuesday, January 10, 2012. Born in Hartsville, she was the ...

January 13, 2012 | | Obituaries


Robert Ariail -- Jan. 13, 2012

January 13, 2012 | | Ariail


Washington’s anti-S.C. disposition

If you pay attention to the news -- and if you're reading this community newspaper it's likely that you do -- you're probably aware that the federal government just rejected South Carolina's recently-passed "Voter ID" law, which would require voters to present photo identification before casting a ballot in an election.

January 13, 2012 | Richard Sckstrom S.C. comptroller | Columns


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Gerald W. Stover, Sr.

A service to celebrate the life of Gerald Wayne Stover, Sr., 74, will be held on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at Grace United Methodist Church. The Rev. Walter Ballenger will officiate. The family will receive friends following the service in the church fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital.

January 30, 2015 | | Obituaries


Linda Joy Taylor

Funeral service for Linda Joy Taylor, 62, will be held on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at Wateree Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The Rev. Dr. Ron Taylor and the Rev. Taylor Wells will officiate. The family will receive friends Friday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the South Carolina Oncology Foundation.

January 30, 2015 | | Obituaries


CMS’ Salmond, L-EMS’ Lankford win Carolina Invitational crowns

Camden Middle School's Javonte Salmond and Lugoff-Elgin Middle School's Brandon Lankford returned home from Saturday's Carolina Invitational wrestling tournament with championships medals in the 131- and 285-pound weight divisions, respectively.

January 30, 2015 | | Sports


Civil War presentation at the Kershaw County Library on Feb. 10

As part of his campaign through Georgia and the Carolinas, Gen. William T. Sherman created a psychological war on civilians that is the focus of a presentation at 6:30 p.m. at the Kershaw County Library, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10 at the Kershaw County Library, 1304 Broad St., Camden.

January 30, 2015 | | Localife


Kershaw Conservation District Poster contest winners

The Kershaw Conservation District sponsored the "Dig Deeper- Mysteries in the Soil" poster contest last Spring. 138 posters were entered in the contest, and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards were given, along with Honorable Mentions. The contest was open to students in grades K through 12, in public, private, and homeschool settings. First place winners, in each category, went to the state competition, and were judged by the SC Association of Conservation Districts. The two state winners were Lugoff-Elgin High School student Kristen Nygaard and Camden Middle School student Mary Dawson Lindsay. Their entries are now being judged on ...

January 30, 2015 | | Kershaw County


Must-haves for any Super Bowl party

The Super Bowl, the annual championship game of the National Football League, has become a global event.

January 30, 2015 | | Localife


Pets of the Week - Jan. 30, 2015

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Sandy, a 5-month-old female red tick hound mix dog, and Michael, a 2-year-old nuetered male domestic short-haired tabby cat. The adoption donation includes spaying or neutering. The shelter, located at the south end of Fair Street and managed by the Kershaw County Humane Society, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The shelter is closed Sunday and Monday. For information on the shelter or to check for a missing pet, call 425-6016 ...

January 30, 2015 | | Pets


Sam Wells Sr.

Mr. Sam Doc "Nick" Wells Sr., 87, of Camden, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, January 24, 2015. Born in Camden. he was the son of the late Ezekiel, Sr. and Leila Jones Wells. A Celebration of Life and Homegoing Services will be held Friday, January 30, 2015 at One p.m., at Union Baptist Church, with burial in the church cemetery, Rembert. Mr. Wells will be placed in the church at Twelve p.m. for viewing. Brown's Funeral Home, Camden is serving the Wells family.

January 30, 2015 | | Obituaries


School News - Jan. 30, 2015

Clemson University awarded degrees to 1,300 students Dec. 18, 2014, in graduation ceremonies in Littlejohn Coliseum.

January 30, 2015 | | Education


Rec Notes - Jan. 30, 2015

Registration is open for the Kershaw County Recreation Department's Technical Soccer Camp. Participants will receive academy-level training and learn how to play soccer the "right way." The technical soccer methods and techniques will create a fun, yet challenging environment providing the foundations to play at the next level.

January 30, 2015 | | Miscellaneous


Ariail for Jan. 30, 2015

January 30, 2015 | | Ariail


Editorial: Hill's survey

This country has, in many instances, gone overboard in enforcing the first amendment: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." The founding fathers never intended to remove all semblances of religion from public life, yet we have moved in that direction. But a recent attempt by one South Carolina lawmaker to question potential judges about religious matters went far beyond reason and was properly squelched by state agency staffers.

January 30, 2015 | | Editorials


Rampell: The dark side of ‘sharing-economy’ jobs

WASHINGTON -- Flexible hours. Being your own boss. The glories and self-bootstrapping pride of entrepreneurship.

January 30, 2015 | By Catherine Rampbell Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


KCSO to present Evans’ framed uniform Saturday to L-EMS

Saturday, the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) will present Lugoff-Elgin Middle School (L-EMS) officials with a framed uniform shirt from Deputy Rob Evans who died unexpectedly in Nov. 2013 while directing school traffic. Evans served as the school resource officer at L-EMS for seven years and was a 14-year KCSO veteran.

January 30, 2015 | | Education


L-EHS hosts archery tournament Saturday

For many years, Kershaw County School District (KCSD) schools have done well in state and national archery tournaments. This year, they will be hosting a regional tournament where more than 350 archers and 15 schools are scheduled to compete.

January 30, 2015 | | Education


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