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CES named a 2011 National Blue Ribbon Lighthouse School

Camden Elementary School (CES) got an early Christmas present with the news that it has been named a 2011 Blue Ribbon Lighthouse School for outstanding achievement in comprehensive educational excellence for students.

December 14, 2011 | | Education


Betty Lane Swann

Funeral services for Betty Lane Swann, 79, of Camden, will be held Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at Wateree Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The Rev's Everett Reconnu and Bobby J. James Jr. will officiate. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6–8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. Memorials may be made to Wateree Baptist Church Parsonage Fund.

December 14, 2011 | | Obituaries


Harry Veness

Harry Veness, 88, of Flat Rock Road, Camden, died Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011.

December 14, 2011 | | Obituaries


Feature photo: Choo-choo Christmas

December 14, 2011 | | Miscellaneous


This week in Kershaw County sports

Monday: North Central, Eau Claire at Lower Richland (WR – 6 p.m.)

December 12, 2011 | | Sports


Miss Jowers, Mr. Stevenson set date

Mr. and Mrs. James R. Jowers, Sr. of Camden announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Caroline Olivia Jowers of Camden, to Clinton Joseph Stevenson of Camden. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Larry J. Stevenson of Camden.

December 12, 2011 | | Weddings & Engagements


Parents deal with racism from family

Dear Annie: My husband and I adopted our daughter at birth. When my mother-in-law found out that "Amanda" is biracial, she informed my husband that we were no longer welcome in her home. Initially, she admitted it was simple racism, but now she says it's because she can never accept a child "not of my own blood." When our daughter was 3, Mom visited and told Amanda that she was a "friend," not a relative.

December 12, 2011 | | Dear Annie


Looks worse than it is...

No one was hurt in this two-car traffic accident that occurred around 3:30 p.m. Thursday on South Broad Street (U.S. 521) near Historic Camden. Lt. Mike Stone of the Camden Police Department said the accident occurred after one driver attempted to make a left turn onto Ehrenclou Drive and struck another vehicle. The car was traveling north on Highway 521 and made the turn in front of oncoming traffic heading south. "Basically a car turned left in front of the other and they couldn't avoid each other and collided," Stone said. He said no one was ...

December 12, 2011 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Government center decorates for Santa

The Kershaw County Government Center has looked a little more like Santa's workshop lately as county offices have been decked out with candy canes, garland, and all kinds of other holiday decorations.

December 12, 2011 | | Kershaw County


Ferdinand Vincent "Cort" Marzullo, IV

A memorial service for Ferdinand Vincent "Cort" Marzullo, IV, 40, of Camden will be held at Grace Episcopal Church Friday, December 16, 2011 at 2:00 pm. The family will receive friends following the service. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in Mr. Marzullo's memory to the Marzullo Educational Trust, C/O TD Bank, 315 East DeKalb Camden, SC 29020.

December 12, 2011 | | Obituaries


Debates as un-reality TV

Karl Rove, a star political strategist, is outraged that Donald Trump, a star real-estate mogul and reality show host, is staging a reality show with real Republican presidential candidates and calling it a debate. Yet, with all due respect, Trump is only exploiting a process that political strategists like Rove already hijacked.

December 12, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Let them clean toilets

WASHINGTON -- It is a rare day when Al Sharpton emerges as the voice of sagacity, but when Newt Gingrich has the microphone, all things are possible.

December 12, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Blazing TRAILS

Lugoff-Elgin Middle School (L-EMS) is hosting Jennifer Lanier (standing), a graduate student in the Library and Information Science School at the University of South Carolina. Lanier is completing an internship this fall at L-EMS with Mrs. Anne C. Lemieux. Here, Lanier works with Julie Stockman's 8th grade ELA classes on the steps of the "Research Process." This is the first of several lessons Lanier will be completing with this group. Lanier is utilizing TRAILS (Tool for Real-Time Assessment of Information Literacy Skills) to identify strengths and weaknesses in the information-seeking skills of the students. A pre- and post-assessment is ...

December 12, 2011 | | Education


The sounds of SMS

Leslie M. Stover Middle School students participated in the 2011 SC All State Chorus. These students auditioned and were accepted in the Spring of 2011 as a part of the Stover Middle Chorus. In the fall, some Stover and Lugoff-Elgin High School students had to learn a new repertoire of music for the ACDA All State Chorus Festival at Converse College in Spartanburg, SC. Members include Haylee Pagan, Moriah Payne, Ty Morgan, Kayce Robinson, Kendra Mills, Gabriel Medina, Montanna Marsh, Emily Murphy, and Kaitlyn Fuller. Stover Middle is very proud.

December 12, 2011 | | Education


Rally for reading!

December 12, 2011 | | Education


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NC's Gomez takes second in state

After finishing third in his first appearance in the South Carolina High School League state individual wrestling championship last year, North Central Mason Gomez moved up one spot in last weekend's event held in Anderson.

March 06, 2015 | | Seasonal Sports


AJ downs Bulldog boters, 1-0, in opener

In what has been an unpredictable winter, what else could you expect other than a strange goal to kick off the soccer season.

March 06, 2015 | | Camden High/Middle


Cup spaces selling at a brisk pace

With three weeks and a day to go before the 2015 Carolina Cup Steeplechase Races in Camden, reserved parking spaces are starting to fill up.

March 06, 2015 | | Equine


Ariail for March 6, 2015

March 06, 2015 | | Ariail


Editorial: Gerrymandering

Here in South Carolina, as in so many other states, gerrymandering -- in which political parties redraw the lines of voting districts to suit their own purposes -- is a fact of life. It was done when Democrats controlled the state, and now it's done by Republicans. One of the nationwide side effects of gerrymandering is creating more partisan divide. Because districts are set up to be safe for one party, there's not much interest in candidates having to appeal to independent voters or those who aren't hard-line adherents of either party. And, by the way, the word gerrymander ...

March 06, 2015 | | Editorials


Letter: Reader takes it upon self to look into crape myrtle mystery

Throughout my lifetime, I have been interested in all decorative plants, although my specialty is the Camellia. I was shocked while reading the editorial by one of my favorite editors lambasting one of my favorite columnists about wording in a column on crape myrtles. For some unknown reason (probably some health problem), I had failed to read the column in question. My wife left me in this world to fend for myself while she enjoys heaven and this gives me the luxury of being able to pile newspapers by my chair in sort of a too high, messy pile to ...

March 06, 2015 | Richard Mims Lugoff | Letters


Letter: Camden resident upset about The State’s ‘garbage’

Surely something can be done about The State paper throwing its "Extra" on the ground and roads. Several of us on Fire Tower Road have called and E-mailed its office and received no reply, just more trash. We've called the City of Camden, the County and Sheriff's offices to no avail.

March 06, 2015 | Sheila Maloney Camden | Letters


Scully: The clinic

If the soul of Camden resides in its communities of faith, surely its heart sits at 110 C East DeKalb St., the home of the Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County, known far and wide as "The Free Clinic." The outpouring of love at the Clinic has proven to be a transformative force, continuously healing wounds of body, mind, and spirit.

March 06, 2015 | By Camden Mayor Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Jenkins: A story in the scat

Two weeks ago, during our weekly field trip, I was walking with my students along a dirt road in Manchester State Forest. There upon the dirt was a hairy strand of something, about the size of a cheap cigar and tapered at both ends. Earlier that day, we examined paw prints in the sand on the same dirt road. The students drew good connections from those tracks to this new observation, correctly calling it coyote scat. Coyotes are funny this way, dropping their scat in obvious places. In addition to waste excretion, they use feces to communicate their presence to ...

March 06, 2015 | By Austin Jenkins C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Parker: ‘Just look at him’

WASHINGTON -- "At least nobody died," we often hear in politics to explain away some regrettable act. As in:

March 06, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Rec Notes - March 6, 2015

PAL Baseball is a non-competitive baseball league for youth and adults with disabilities and special needs, and typically-able youth with assistance from "Pals" available on the team. PAL Baseball is for individuals who do not want to play competitively. Children with special needs as well as children who do not like the physical competition of other leagues can enjoy the fun of PAL Baseball.

March 06, 2015 | | Miscellaneous


Food for the Soul golf tournament April 2

Golfers can greet the long-awaited spring weather on the fairways and putting greens in early April, while they help feed the hungry and shelter the homeless of Kershaw County. Food for the Soul will host its annual golf tournament April 2 at the Camden Country Club. The tournament, which begins at 1 p.m. with a shotgun start, will raise funds to support Food for the Soul's soup kitchen and sheltering programs.

March 06, 2015 | | Miscellaneous


Emma Adair Toms

A funeral service to celebrate the life of Emma Adair Toms, 84, of Camden, SC, will be held at 3:00 PM, Sunday, March 8, 2015 at First Baptist Church in Camden. Rev. Bruce Hancock will officiate. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at 2:00 PM, 1 hour prior to the service, in the Fellowship Center at the church. Memorials may be made in Emma's memory to First Baptist Church, 1201 Broad Street, Camden, SC 29020.

March 06, 2015 | | Obituaries


Kennedy M. Hagins

Mr. Kennedy M. "Bossy" Hagins, 58, of 1801 Hasty Road, Apartment 8-A, died Wednesday, March 4, 2015.

March 06, 2015 | | Obituaries


Pets of the Week - March 6, 2015

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Prima, a 1-1/2-year-old female Heeler mix dog, and Priscilla, a 1-year-old female domestic short-haired gray 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 or ...

March 06, 2015 | | Pets


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