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Wrestling his way to a college scholarship

After having won the 4A state championship at 171 pounds to cap off a more-than-memorable high school wrestling career, 2011 Lugoff-Elgin graduate Will Connell (center) was named as the recipient of the John L. Thompson Sr. Memorial Wrestling Scholarship.

August 03, 2011 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Remember when... -- Aug. 3, 2011

"Remember when..." is a weekly historical feature showcasing life in Kershaw County, taken from the archives of the Chronicle-Independent. Kitty and Carlyle Baxley and their family were selected Region VI Family of the Year in 1987. State Sen. Donald Holland (left) presented a gift and plaque to Kitty and Carlyle, who were joined by family including their grandson, Richard Potter, a cousin, William Capers; their daughter-in-law, Judy Duncan Baxley; their daughter, Lynn Baxley Doster; their son, Charles Baxley; and Kitty's mother, Annie Wise.

August 03, 2011 | | Remember when...


Matthew Perry

It is difficult for children in Kershaw County today to even imagine the Jim Crow era, when African-Americans had to use separate bathrooms, couldn't eat in most restaurants, endured poor facilities and often had a difficult time even voting. That was just a bit more than a generation ago, and one of the towering figures who fought such injustices was Matthew Perry, who died earlier this week at age 89.

August 03, 2011 | | Editorials


The Tea Fragger Party

Fragging: "To intentionally kill or wound (one's superior officer, etc.), esp. with a hand grenade."

August 03, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


YMCA not county's concern

I have taken no position regarding the YMCA controversy because I don't live in the city limits. I do pay taxes to the city by virtue of shopping and frequenting restaurants in the city, and while I believe purchasing property and constructing a YMCA facility is a far cry from the highest and best use of the citizens' dollars and is as unwise as the Town Green, still I felt objection should come from residents of the city.

August 01, 2011 | Charles W. Humphries Camden | Letters


Mary James Horner

A memorial service for Mary James Horner, 54, of Camden, will be held Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. The Rev. Bruce Marthers will officiate. The family will receive friends following the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Sisters of Charity, 2749 Laurel Street, Columbia, SC 29204.

August 01, 2011 | | Obituaries


Albert F. Lindenstruth

Albert F. Lindenstruth, PhD., age 90, of Hockessin, Delaware, was born in Guttenberg, New Jersey on March 4, 1921, raised in Red Bank, New Jersey and died on July 20, 2011 at Cokesbury Village.

August 01, 2011 | | Obituaries


Leslie Wood

Mr. Leslie Wood, 88, of 16 Amhurst Lane, Lugoff, died Sunday, July 31, 2011. Family and friends may call at the residence.

August 01, 2011 | | Obituaries


Ronald Joseph Bell

Funeral service for Ronald Joseph "Ronnie" Bell, 54, of Camden, will be Monday at 4:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home with burial to follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The Rev. William Allen will officiate. The family received friends Sunday 7-9 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home.

August 01, 2011 | | Obituaries


Sally Bright

Graveside funeral services to celebrate the life of Sally Usher Bright, 78, of Camden will be held Monday, August 1, 2011 at 11:00 AM in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Rev. Bruce Hancock will officiate. The family received friends Sunday, July 31, 2011 from 3:00 – 4:30 PM at Kornegay Funeral Home Camden Chapel. Memorials may be sent in Mrs. Bright's memory to First Baptist Church, 1201 Broad Street, Camden, SC 29020 or Kershaw County Home Health and Hospice, 2001 W. DeKalb Street, Camden, SC 29020.

August 01, 2011 | | Obituaries


Master Gardeners to be honored

The Master Gardeners of Kershaw County will dedicate a tree they have donated on the grounds of the Camden Archives and Museum today in memory of local Master Gardeners who have faithfully served as volunteers.

August 01, 2011 | | Miscellaneous


Sweet ride

Randy McCoy, with Randy's Tire and Lube in Lugoff, is the new owner of a 1972 Chevelle SS 454. Famed NASCAR driver Mark Martin surprised McCoy with the car during a July 20 celebration at CarQuest Auto Parts in Lugoff. McCoy said he entered CarQuest's "Restore Your Ride Sweepstakes" national competition several months ago, but was shocked to find out during the celebration that he was actually the winner. "I'm going to keep it put up, that's for sure. The value on it is worth more than anything I've got in my garage," he said ...

August 01, 2011 | | Miscellaneous


Inez Gibson

Funeral service for Vivian Inez Bradshaw Gibson, 78, of Camden, was held Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Camden Ward with burial to follow in Lugoff First Baptist Church Cemetery. The family received friends Saturday 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. prior to the service at the church.

August 01, 2011 | | Obituaries


Robert Ariail -- Aug. 1, 2011

August 01, 2011 | | Ariail


Walter "Gene" Gatlin

Funeral service for Walter "Gene" Gatlin, 60, of Camden, will be held Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. The family will receive friends Thursday 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

August 01, 2011 | | Obituaries


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Find a Furry Friend!

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter is Brownie, a 4-year-old female Beagle/Corgi mix. She is very sweet and laid back. Another animal for adoption is Benny, a 6-month-old male domestic short-haired 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 4 p.m. on Saturdays. The shelter is closed Sunday and Monday. For information on the shelter or ...

October 24, 2014 | | Pets


Craig Clyburn Team

Mr. Craig Clyburn Team, 69, of Lugoff, SC, died Wednesday, October 22, 2014.

October 24, 2014 | | Obituaries


Ariail for Oct. 24, 2014

October 24, 2014 | | Ariail


Bears and wolves find a voice in the wilderness

WASHINGTON -- If politicians preying upon your attentions this season fail to inspire, you might seek common cause with the beasts -- the four-legged variety rather than those running for office.

October 24, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


L-EHS student concerned about animal shelter

I am writing this letter about the concerns of the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter. Our animal shelter has its pros and cons. The benefits of an animal shelter is it provides protection for those individuals that cannot afford the proper care for their animal. Think about it: what would our city look like if we did not have an animal shelter? There would be dogs and cats running around freely. Every day I ride down Hwy. 1, I see a helpless dog on the side of the rode with its ribs sticking out from lack of nutrients.

October 24, 2014 | Brittany McManus Lugoff | Letters


Power, divided

We've always believed the United States government works best when power is divided -- that is, with a president from one party and a Congress controlled by the opposite party. As of now, of course, we have a Democratic president and a split Congress, with the House of Representatives controlled by Republicans and the Senate dominated by Democrats. There are multiple forecasting models out there for the upcoming election, with most of them giving the GOP a better-than-even chance of gaining a majority in the Senate while retaining control of the House.

October 24, 2014 | | Editorials


Aging leaves and Autumn color

Trees are fascinating biological wonders. From ancient bristle cone pines and towering redwoods out west to our widely diverse Southern forests, the life cycle of a tree provides us with year-round interest. One of the most intriguing and beautiful results of a tree's life cycle is autumn color.

October 24, 2014 | By Liz Gilland, Camden Urban Forester C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Trick or Treat Trail offers family fun on October 31

The Kershaw County Recreation Department along with SAFE Federal Credit Union and Kimbrell's Furniture will host Trick or Treat Trail, a "Boostastic time for the whole family" Friday, October 31 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Rhame City Arena located on 517 Broad Street. There will be family activities, candy and more. Contact the Kershaw County Parks and Recreation office at 425-6009

October 24, 2014 | | Kershaw County


Stover Middle School students paint mural for school

Stover Middle School teachers Cassandra Mickle and Jane Gari wrote a grant offered through the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) called Strategic Planning/Special Project Grant. The purpose of the grant was to invite "Artists at Stover." Mickle established the "Creating a Learning Environment for Me" initiative to encourage student involvement in creating permanent works of art that would appeal to the all students at Stover.

October 24, 2014 | | Education


Mamie Blakely

Mrs. Mamie Blakely, 86, of Newark, NJ, formerly of Camden, SC entered into rest on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 in Newark.

October 24, 2014 | | Obituaries


Teresa Cooke McCray

Ms. Teresa Cooke McCray, 49, of 1027 Pine Tree Drive, Cassatt, South Carolina passed on Saturday, October 18, 2014. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Broom Hill Baptist Church in Camden, SC. Burial will be at Broom Hill Baptist Church Cemetery in Camden, SC. Nelson-Haile is serving the family.

October 24, 2014 | | Obituaries


Joseph Jackie “Joe” Wallace

A funeral service celebrating the life of Joseph Jackie "Joe" Wallace, 53, of Lugoff, SC, will be held on Monday, October 27, 2014 at 11:00 AM at St. Timothy's Lutheran Church, in Camden, SC. Rev. Angela Jennings will officiate. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Columbia, SC. The family will receive friends on Sunday, October 26, from 5:00-7:00 PM at Kornegay Funeral Home, Lugoff-Elgin Chapel. Memorials may be made in Mr. Wallace's memory to St. Timothy's Lutheran Church, 1301 Mill St., Camden, SC 29020.

October 24, 2014 | | Obituaries


Frank L. Clayton Sr.

Funeral service for Frank L. Clayton Sr., 85 will be held on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at El-Bethel Faith Community Church with burial to follow in Hardshell Cemetery. The Rev. Joe Stines and the Rev. Jeff Grubbs will officiate. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials may be made to El-Bethel Faith Community Church 905 Longtown Road, Lugoff, S.C. 29078 or Agape Hospice, 700 W Dekalb St, Camden, SC 29020.

October 24, 2014 | | Obituaries


CHS institutes new post-game policy

In the aftermath of last Friday's post-game fight with Dreher, while the two teams lined up to shake hands following Camden's 39-30 win over the visiting Blue Devils, Camden High School principal Dan Matthews announced a new post-game policy for players and fans beginning with tonight's home game with Richland Northeast.

October 24, 2014 | | Camden High/Middle


Expert advice on no-spank discipline that really works

Two kids are wrestling over the toy clown their aunt made, voices rising as each demands the right to sleep with it.

October 23, 2014 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News | National


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