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A clean landscape for old CMS

If plans proceed as anticipated, it won't be long before the former Camden Middle School at the corner of Broad and Lauren streets is torn down. That will be a positive step for everyone and will, we hope, be the final step in a saga that has dragged on for a long time, through nobody's fault. The Kershaw County School District had previously agreed on two separate occasions to sell the decrepit building, which was abandoned several years ago when a new school was built to replace it. Both groups which were interested in razing the building intended ...

February 22, 2012 | | Editorials


Multi-cultural studies

February 22, 2012 | | Education


Historical Society winter program:

The search for the long-lost photo albums of Civil War diarist and Camden resident Mary Boykin Chesnu, will be the topic of the Kershaw County Historical Society's winter program Sunday.

February 22, 2012 | | Miscellaneous


Jessie Landreth

Jessie Mae Cleveland Landreth, 90, Camden died Friday, February 17, 2012. Plans are incomplete and will be announced by Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel.

February 22, 2012 | | Obituaries


Richard Wilhite

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Richard Neal Wilhite, 80 of Camden will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made in Mr. Wilhite's memory to Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church, 1206 Lyttleton Street, Camden, SC 29020 or Asbury Hills United Methodist Camp, 150 Asbury Drive, Cleveland, SC 29635.

February 22, 2012 | | Obituaries


Charles "Bo" Branham

Funeral service for Charles Von "Bo" Branham, 63, of Elgin, will be held Thursday at 12:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home with burial to follow in Union Baptist Church Cemetery. The Rev. Ken Jackson and the Rev. Tom Schoonmaker will officiate. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

February 22, 2012 | | Obituaries


Junior, Miss Gold and Black pageant winners announced

Camden High School recently held the Junior Miss Gold and Black and the Miss Gold and Black pageants in the Camden High Performing Arts Auditorium. The Camden Bulldog Club sponsored the pageants this year as a fundraiser to support the athletic program at Camden High. The pageant theme was "Then A Hero Came Along." During the finale of both pageants, representatives from the military, law enforcement, education, medical services, emergency services, and community volunteer services joined the contestants on stage and were recognized as "heroes" in their respective professions.

February 22, 2012 | | People & Places


FAC brings ‘Pinkalicious The Musical’ to Camden

The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) is rolling out the pink carpet for Columbia Children's Theatre's (CCT) delightful children's production of "Pinkalicious The Musical." The performance begins at 2 p.m. Feb. 25 on the Wood Auditorium stage. Tickets are $8. "Pinkalicious The Musical" is sponsored by Modern Turf. A huge hit in Columbia, the FAC is delighted to have the opportunity to bring this production to the community.

February 22, 2012 | | People & Places


Hattie Mae Howard Boykin

Mrs. Hattie Mae Howard Boykin, 87, of 768 Calvary Church Road, Bishopville, SC, passed on Saturday, February 18, 2012. Funeral Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Haile's Funeral Home.

February 22, 2012 | | Obituaries


For the Record -- Feb. 22, 2012

Real estate transactions

February 22, 2012 | | For the Record


All aspects of Y sports project are wrong

I am writing this letter as a concerned resident, taxpayer and homeowner of the City of Camden. This letter in no way reflects the interests of any group(s), and is purely informational.

February 22, 2012 | Stephen Sarafin Jr. Camden | Letters


Robert Ariail -- Feb. 22, 2012

February 22, 2012 | | Ariail


County fortunate to have Matthews

I recently watched the YouTube video rant by a member of Elgin Town Council and a friend of his who criticized Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews and his department for "doing their job." To compare modern law enforcement to Nazis during World War II is an affront to the men and women who put their lives on the line for Kershaw County citizens.

February 22, 2012 | Steve Smith Columbia | Letters


Yesteryear -- Feb. 22, 2012

Photo cutline -- DEA Agent James McGivney presented awards in Columbia Friday to Kershaw County law enforcement personnel who were involved in several successful drug busts. Receiving awards were Bethune Police Chief Richard De Vors, Cpt. Jack Cobb of the Camden Police Department and Tom Leach with the Fifth Judicial Circuit Solicitor's Office. Seated is Officer Selina Hansen of the Camden Police Department.

February 22, 2012 | | Yesteryear


Pre-season tourneys open spring campaign

While the start of the regular season for Kershaw County high school spring sports teams does not begin until the first week of March, that will not stop at least four programs from getting a head start to their respective campaigns by playing in pre-season tournaments.

February 20, 2012 | | Sports


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Under the Sun onstage for Finally Friday

The Finally Friday Free Concert Series returns to the grounds of the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) on May 29 with a Midlands favorite, Under the Sun. The concert will take place from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. on the Joe and Sandy Shull Pavilion behind the Wood Auditorium. Rain location will be on the stage of the Wood Auditorium.

May 22, 2015 | | People & Places


Camden Councilwoman Laurie Parks recognized at dinner

The Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands recently recognized Camden City Councilwoman Laurie Parks at the Girl Scouts' annual Women of Distinction Awards Dinner. Parks was one of six area women to be so honored. The award pays tribute to women who exemplify excellence in service, leadership, community visibility, and professionalism. Parks has served on Camden City Council since 2012, serving as Mayor Pro Tem in 2014. In addition, she currently serves on the S.C. Governor's Office Children's Foster Care Review Board for Kershaw and Richland Counties(Vice-Chair, Past Chair), Junior Leadership Kershaw County(Chair ...

May 22, 2015 | | People & Places


Sandra Elizabeth Wickham

Sandra Elizabeth Wickham age 54, died Monday, May 18, 2015 at her residence.

May 22, 2015 | | Obituaries


Bruce Singleton

Mr. Bruce Singleton, 59, of Woodchase Lane, Elgin, South Carolina, passed on Sunday, May 17, 2015. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Nelson-Haile Funeral Home.

May 22, 2015 | | Obituaries


Michael Anthony Lynch

Funeral service for Michael Anthony Lynch, 64, will be held today at 11:00 a.m. at Union Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The Rev. Jerry Lewis will officiate. The family received friends Thursday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Union Baptist Church Gym Fund, PO Box 116, Elgin, S.C. 29045.

May 22, 2015 | | Obituaries


J. Ernest Kinard

The Honorable J. Ernest Kinard, Jr., 75, of Camden, died Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at home after a courageous battle with cancer.

May 22, 2015 | | Obituaries


Willie Hart Jr.

Mr. Willie "Billy Boy" Hart, Jr., 77, of 130 Reddick Road, Bishopville, passed on Monday, May 18, 2015. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Bishopville, with burial in the church cemetery.

May 22, 2015 | | Obituaries


Lucy Barfield Elmore

A funeral service for Lucy Barfield Elmore, 88, will be held Saturday at 11:00 am at First Baptist Church, Camden, with burial to follow in Quaker Cemetery. The Rev. Bruce Hancock will officiate. The family will receive friends today from 5-7 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Camden or a charity of one's choice.

May 22, 2015 | | Obituaries


Carol Lee Collins

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Carroll Lee Collins, 71, of Camden was held Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 1:00 PM at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. Lee Collins, Jr. officiated. Memorials may be made in Carroll's memory to the American Heart Association, 190 Knox Abbott Drive, Cayce, SC 29032.

May 22, 2015 | | Obituaries


Ariail for May 22, 2015

May 22, 2015 | | Ariail


Editorial: Judge Kinard

Ernest Kinard, who died earlier this week, was made for the law. Possessed of a keen intellect and a probing curiosity, Kinard practiced law for 24 years in Camden before being elected a circuit court judge in 1988. He remained on the bench until his retirement in 2010, and in a "keep working" program for retired judges, he continued until recently. In all his years as a judge, he never missed a day of holding court, establishing a remarkable record of consistency and longevity. Kinard mentored a number of young attorneys who practiced with him or clerked for him over ...

May 22, 2015 | | Editorials


Sen. Sheheen remembers Judge Ernest Kinard

Camden, Kershaw County and South Carolina lost one of its greats this week. Judge Ernest Kinard was one of a kind who loved his family, his community and his work.

May 22, 2015 | State Sen. Vincent Sheheen Camden | Letters


Parker: Bab(i)es on campus

Trigger warning: This column will include discussion of ideas which may conflict with your own.

May 22, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Moment of Nature - May 22, 2015

Nothing instills fear in the heart and soul of humans as does a snake. Since the beginning of recorded history, snakes have been a symbol of evil, treachery, poison, etc., and because of this perception, misinformation and folklore, most people hate snakes. Personally I have no problem with snakes; roaches and tarantulas are a different story, but a snake? No worries.

May 22, 2015 | | Columns


‘Beechwood PDD (Planning Department Disaster)’

I attended the (Camden) Planning (Commission) meeting regarding the Beechwood Plantation development, and left with more questions to be asked than questions answered. For those of you who don't know what is proposed, the developers are talking of 254 residences, rentals and condos; a 24-7 assisted living facility; and more. We have had two patio homes built in Kirkover Hills during the last couple of years; these two did not sell, they are rentals, with four cars parked in the front yard. I don't believe there is a need for this large scale development.

May 22, 2015 | Steve Safarin Camden | Letters


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