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There’s a new sheriff’s office in town

Tuesday night I attended the Kershaw County Sheriff Office's community update in the West Wateree area. I want to echo what one of your readers expressed some time ago. We are indeed blessed to have Sheriff Matthews and his committed deputies protecting us. I have lived in Elgin for 13 years. Several of my neighbors and I have been victims of home invasions or car break-ins. Over the years, I have watched little, peaceful Elgin begin an evolution into the Wild, Wild West, but there is truly a new sheriff in town!

February 27, 2012 | Ericka Burroughs Elgin | Letters


Rec facility referendum ordinance set for vote

Camden City Council will take the next step at its meeting Tuesday toward putting the question of construction of a proposed recreation facility to voters.

February 27, 2012 | | Camden


Robert Ariail -- Feb. 27, 2012

February 27, 2012 | | Ariail


Elsie Hilton Small

Graveside funeral services for Elsie Hilton Small, 89, of Camden will be held Monday, February 27, 2012 at 2:00 PM in Kershaw City Cemetery. Rev. Keith Coates will officiate. Memorials may be made in Mrs. Small's memory to KershawHealth Hospice, 1315 Roberts Street, Camden, SC 29020.

February 27, 2012 | | Obituaries


Dolly Rackley Eakes

Funeral services for Dolly Rackley Eakes, 97, of Goldsboro, NC/Camden, SC, was held Sunday, February 26 at 2:00 pm at Seymour Funeral Home, followed with an interment at Fairview Cemetery, LaGrange, NC. The family received friends Saturday, February 25 from 7:00-8:30 pm at Seymour Funeral Home.

February 27, 2012 | | Obituaries


Noted and passed -- Feb. 27, 2012

• A recent news story indicated that this year's mild winter had confused plants and animals alike. Flowering shrubs and trees seem to think that it's already spring, and humans are sniffling with allergies which don't normally show up until late March or April. But we'd wager that nearly everyone in Kershaw County has taken great pleasure in the lack of cold weather and the unseasonably warm days which have allowed people to be outdoors and enjoying themselves. By this time in February, we're usually weary of scraping frost off windshields and wearing heavy coats, but ...

February 27, 2012 | | Editorials


House busy with budget, bills

This past week the House of Representatives returned to Columbia following a week of furlough. Each week the House takes on furlough saves the state $50,000. The House will take two more weeks of furlough in April. The House has repeatedly passed bills to shorten the legislative session only for them to die in the Senate. The House has taken upon itself to effectively shorten its session through furloughs because House members believe that we can accomplish our objectives in fewer weeks and save taxpayer money.

February 27, 2012 | S.C. Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Mary Frances Coker

A celebration of life for Mary Frances "Goonie" Coker, 85, of Elgin, will be held on Monday at 2:00 p.m. at Trinity Baptist Church, 1062 Ridgeway Road, Lugoff, S.C., with the Rev. Dr. Charles Everett and the Rev. Dr. Mark Bredholt officiating. Interment will follow in Greenhaven Memorials Gardens, Hwy 1 in Elgin. The family will receive friends Sunday 4-6 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff.

February 27, 2012 | | Obituaries


Larry Darnell Cooke

Mr. Larry Darnell Cooke entered into eternal rest Tuesday, February 21 at Richland Memorial Hospital, Columbia, SC.

February 27, 2012 | | Obituaries


Ida Hudson Geddings

Ida Hudson Geddings, 95, of Camden died Sunday, February 26, 2012. The family will receive friends from 5-8 PM Monday at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Kornegay funeral Home, Camden Chapel.

February 27, 2012 | | Obituaries


Vivian Davis Hinson

Vivian Davis Hinson, 77, wife of Shirley A. Hinson of 1917 Hilton Street, Camden, S.C., went to be with her dearest friend Jesus Saturday, February 25, 2012 from KershawHealth.

February 27, 2012 | | Obituaries


Jessie Mae Cleveland Landreth

Funeral services celebrating the life of Jessie Mae Cleveland Landreth, 90, of Camden, widow of George Ebert Landreth, will be held at 11:00 AM Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. The burial will follow on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 2:00 PM at Jamestown Cemetery in Fremont, Indiana. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, February 28, at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. Memorials may be made in Mrs. Landreth's memory c/o Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church, 1206 Lyttleton Street, Camden, SC 29020 for Salkehatchie or Give Kids the ...

February 27, 2012 | | Obituaries


BDK SIC named finalist for state Riley Award

Baron DeKalb Elementary School's School Improvement Council (SIC) is in the top five finalists for the Dick and Tunky Riley Award for School Improvement Council Excellence which recognizes accomplishments in parent and civic engagement.

February 27, 2012 | | Education


Ms. Bloom, SFC Dunlap engaged

Nancy Diaz Bloom currently of Apex NC and SFC Jean McCready Dunlap Jr of Camden SC announce their engagement. Nancy is the daughter of Mrs. Vicenta Diaz currently of Apex NC and the late Mr. Silvio Diaz. Her children are Johanna Dora Bloom of NC, Sarah Frances Bloom of NY.

February 27, 2012 | | Weddings & Engagements


A way with words

The Camden Poets Society (CPS), an affiliate of the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC), celebrated its 20th anniversary at the Douglas-Reed House on the campus of the FAC Feb. 7. Anyone who had ever participated in the Camden Poets Society was invited to attend. Notebooks covering the 20 years were on display along with published books of poetry. There was also a special display honoring members who have passed away along with samples of their work.

February 27, 2012 | | People & Places


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Ariail for April 27, 2015

April 27, 2015 | | Ariail


Editorial: An eyesore

In the most recent installment of our "Is Kershaw County being left behind?" series of articles on economic development, we looked at some non-industrial pieces of the puzzle. One highly visible sign of economic health in a community -- successful or poor -- is the number of active storefronts, whether individual buildings or as part of shopping centers.

April 27, 2015 | | Editorials


Rich: The fire

We stood in the charred remains of a life that once was -- my sister and I -- and said not a word. What was there to say? Finally, I spoke.

April 27, 2015 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Central downs Knights to take fourth in Region 4-AA

Central broke open a close game by scoring a combined 10 runs in the fourth and fifth frames to lock up the fourth and final playoff slot in Region 4-AA baseball with a 14-3 win over host North Central last Friday night.

April 27, 2015 | | North Central High/Middle


Dutch Fork trips up Demons

Dutch Fork wrapped up the Region 4-4A baseball title with a 3-1 win over Lugoff-Elgin on Friday night at Optimist Field.

April 27, 2015 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Tracy E. Bennett Jr.

Tracy E. Bennett, Jr., 29, of 1188 Shady Lane in Camden, died Thursday, April 23, 2015. Plans are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Collins Funeral Home. Collins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements..

April 27, 2015 | | Obituaries


Garland D. Collins

Funeral service for Garland Dexter "Tootsie" Collins, 87, will be held on Wednesday at 12:00 p.m. at El-Bethel Faith Community Church with burial to follow in Fort Jackson National Cemetery. The Rev. Joe Stines will officiate. The family will receive friends Tuesday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Dentsville Masonic Lodge, El-Bethel Faith Community Church or a charity of one's choice.

April 27, 2015 | | Obituaries


FAC Multi-Cultural Committee seeks input

The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County's (FAC) Multi-Cultural committee is currently planning its 2015-2016 season. The committee would like to invite other cultural representatives of the community to join the committee and share their thoughts and ideas about the possibility of a holiday event to showcase different cultures. The committee is requesting that any interested persons please send their contact information to executive director Kristin Cobb at kcobb@fineartscenter.org.

April 27, 2015 | | Arts


Dogs drub Dreher, 10-0

With a post-season berth already in hand, Camden began its climb up the Region 4-AAA baseball ladder on Thursday with a 10-0 win over Dreher in Columbia.

April 27, 2015 | | Camden High/Middle


This week in Kershaw County Sports

Monday: Irmo at Camden (G – 4 p.m.); Andrew Jackson at North Central (G – 4 p.m.); Hartsville at Lugoff-Elgin (G – 4:30 p.m.); Central at Camden Military Academy (BB – 4:30 p.m.); Wilson at Camden (TEN – 5 p.m.); North Central at Columbia (GSOC – 6:30 p.m.); Lugoff-Elgin at Camden Military Academy (BSOC – 6 p.m.); Lugoff-Elgin at Lexington (GSOC – 6 p.m.); Lugoff-Elgin at River Bluff (TEN – 6 p.m.); Lugoff-Elgin at Chapin (BB – 6:30 p.m.)

April 27, 2015 | | Sports


Ariail for April 24, 2015

April 24, 2015 | | Ariail


Editorial: Social Security

Lawmakers in Washington have long ignored the fact that the Social Security system in this country is broken. On the brink of insolvency, Social Security needs major revamping, whether it comes in the form of benefit reductions, tax increases or both. Congress has refused to consider benefit cuts decades out in the future, even for young adults who are just now starting to pay into the system. They are turning their backs on such simple fixes as delaying the age by a year or two at which people can start receiving their monthly allotments. Bear in mind, we aren't ...

April 24, 2015 | | Editorials


Parker: Mr. Hughes goes to Washington

WASHINGTON -- When postal worker Doug Hughes -- otherwise known as the gyrocopter dude -- landed his gizmo on the West Lawn of the Capitol, he wasn't worried about being shot down, he says.

April 24, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Pets of the Week - April 24, 2015

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Sadie, a 1-1/2-year-old female hound mix dog, and Taffy, a 1-1/2-year-old female domestic short-haired brown 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 ...

April 24, 2015 | | Pets


Noble: Business leaders in ‘small town’ S.C.

It is often said South Carolina is a big small town where everyone knows everyone else. And if we don't know someone personally, then it's usually "I know who they are."

April 24, 2015 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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