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J. Hoke Murphree and FFA influences

With the creation of five new rural high schools in Kershaw County in 1923 came new learning experiences for these new high school students. Antioch, Blaney, Charlotte Thompson, Midway, and Mt. Pisgah not only offered the basic courses of English, Math, Science and Social Studies but soon offered such vocational subjects as Agriculture and Home Economics.

April 25, 2011 | Kershaw County Historical Society -- Harvey S. Teal C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Robert Ariail -- April 25, 2011

April 25, 2011 | | Viewpoint


Noted and passed -- April 25, 2011

• Southwest Airlines has been flying out of Greenville-Spartanburg and Charleston airports for several weeks now, with good apparent results. Travelers are booking trips for the unique airline's lower fares and lack of add-on fees. It's too bad that Columbia's airport can't attract a quality nationwide low-cost carrier, for as airline prices continue to soar, Kershaw County travelers will be joining others across the country in seeking the lowest fares.

April 25, 2011 | | Editorials


Green-minded

April 25, 2011 | | Education


Broad Street two-lane plan needs additional review

I have just returned from the downtown post office. I spent all of three minutes going from the Tickle Hill and Black River roads intersection to Fair Street downtown. The next 15 minutes were spent from Rutledge Street to the post office parking lot. This was at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday afternoon. The point of this letter is not to complain about the time spent, but if I were a downtown merchant as I was until 2008, I would never want Broad Street changed to a two-lane street. The backed-up traffic will be horrible, and unless you meet ...

April 25, 2011 | Dave Baker, former owner of Image Printing Camden | Letters


Bulldog netters wrap up region crown

In most matches, it is the top of the order for the Camden tennis team which wraps up their respective matches and is left to cheer on their teammates.

April 25, 2011 | | Camden High/Middle


Kirkland tapped for Phi Kappa Phi

Matthew Tyler Kirkland, of Lugoff, was recently initiated into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi at Francis Marion University, where he is studying computer science.

April 25, 2011 | | Education


McLester scholarship deadline May 5

Applications will be accepted through May 5 for the 2011 Thomas E. McLester Scholarship Award, given by Camden First United Methodist Church.

April 25, 2011 | | Education


Community Medical Clinic hosts annual horse ride fundraiser

The second annual horse ride to benefit the Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County will be held on Saturday, May 7 (rain date, Sunday, May 8). The ride is sponsored by Horsepower of the Midlands (a counseling center for people that offers both traditional and equine assisted counseling).

April 25, 2011 | | Localife


Pets of the week -- April 22, 2011

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are a 10-week-old springer spaniel mix puppy and an 8-week-old domestic medium-haired kitten. 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 e-mail wcas@camden.net. The shelter ...

April 22, 2011 | | Pets


Rose gets first win as Dogs improve to 13-0

In a two-week span in which his team has played up and down in matches, Camden High tennis coach Roger Smoak was happy that his squad had one of the former performances in a 6-0 shutout over visiting Wilson on Tuesday.

April 22, 2011 | | Camden High/Middle


School menu -- April 25-29

The following are menus for Kershaw County schools for the week of April 25-29:

April 22, 2011 | | Education


Camden students to attend Coker

Carrie Stokes and Christina Stokes, both seniors from Camden, have been accepted to attend Coker College in the fall of 2012.

April 22, 2011 | | Education


Camden's Tucker named SWAC player of the week

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Former Camden High School and Kershaw County Post 17 American Legion baseball standout Sanchez Tucker, a junior at Alabama A&M University in Huntsville, was named as the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Player of the Week for games played between April 5 –11.

April 22, 2011 | | Camden High/Middle


Dean Rabon

Funeral service for James Dean Rabon, 54, of Camden, will be held Friday at 4:00 p.m. at Wateree Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The Rev. Bobby James, Jr. will officiate. The family will receive friends Friday 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. prior to the service at the church.

April 22, 2011 | | Obituaries


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Ariail for September 1, 2014

September 01, 2014 | | Ariail


Noted and passed - Sept. 1, 2014

• We are comforted when justice is served, and we believe that happened Thursday afternoon when a jury found 33-year-old Willie Thomas Starnes, of Bethune, guilty of armed robbery and murder. The jury found Starnes guilty of deliberately using his vehicle a year ago to knock Alan Thomas Robinson, 67, also of Bethune, off his moped, stealing and loading that moped onto his vehicle and then turning around and running Robinson over. Robinson died the next day. Starnes is then accused of selling the moped for money he used to buy drugs. In fact, Starnes was under the influence of drugs ...

September 01, 2014 | | Editorials


Listening to Dale’s advice

A while back, a messy problem loomed ahead. I don't like confrontation. If that makes me less than a person then consider me to be itty bitty. Life, I figure, is too short for squabbling. My motto is "whenever possible, step out of the way."

September 01, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Photographer Edward T. Start

Recently an inquiry came to the South Caroliniana Library from the Adirondack Museum in Saranac Lake, N. Y., concerning an Edward T. Start (1867-1952) photograph in their collection. Along with the inquiry came a copy of the photograph and Start's obituary from the February 5, 1952, Adirondack Daily.

September 01, 2014 | By Harvey S. Teal Provided by the Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


Feature photo: And they’ll be off

Runners sprint off the start line at the 2013 Race to Read event. It's almost time for this year's KershawHealth 10th Annual Race to Read, which raises money for early literacy efforts in Kershaw County. The race will be held Saturday, September 27 at 8 a.m. at Doby's Mill Elementary School in Lugoff. There is a 5 mile road race, that features a beautiful course, utilizing a mixture of surfaces. There is also a 1 mile fun run on the school's freshly paved fitness trail. Focusing on the importance of hydration, 5 mile participants will ...

September 01, 2014 | | Education


Lake Wateree stakeholder meeting Wednesday

Kershaw County will kick off a Lake Wateree Flood Study with a stakeholder meeting on Wednesday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Kershaw County Government Center, 515 Walnut St.

September 01, 2014 | | Kershaw County


Nancy F. Hudson

Funeral service for Nancy F. Hudson, 74, was held Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home with burial to follow in Greenhaven Memorial Gardens, Elgin. The family received friends Saturday 5-7 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witness Elgon Congregation, 1106 Wildwood Lane, Elgin, S.C. 29045.

September 01, 2014 | | Obituaries


Virginia W. McCaa

A graveside service to celebrate the life of Virginia Ward McCaa, of Lugoff will be held today at 11:00 AM in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Rev. Phil McCoy will officiate. The family will speak to friends following the service. Memorials may be made in Mrs. McCaa's memory to Rowan Presbyterian Church 818 Ridgeway Road, Lugoff, SC 29078 or The Alzheimer's Disease & Related Disorders Association-Mid State SC, 3223 Sunset Blvd. Suite 100, Columbia, SC 29169.

September 01, 2014 | | Obituaries


Janet B. Rogers

A memorial service for Janet B. Rogers, 67, will be held on Tuesday at 12:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter, 460 Fair Street, Camden, S.C. 29020.

September 01, 2014 | | Obituaries


Remembering the good old school days

While the Kershaw County School District employees were meeting at Lugoff-Elgin High School on Aug. 12, some of the retired faculty and staff members from Pine Tree Hill Elementary School (formerly on Lakeshore Drive) socialized at Hall's Restaurant in Lugoff.

September 01, 2014 | | Localife


Blaney Principal Ed Yount dresses up as promised

Blaney Elementary's Principal, Mr. Ed Yount, is a man of his word. He challenged Blaney's teachers and students to raise $1500 for the United Way during the first week of school, and if the challenge was met, he would come to school dressed as a woman. As of Friday, August 22, $1530 was raised and Mr. Yount kept his promise by arriving on August 29th in costume.

September 01, 2014 | | Localife


Camden native accomplishes college dream at 73

Camden native, Frances Newman recently completed her college degree from Emmanuel College in Franklin, Ga., at the age of 73 with a 3.4 GPA. She was also awarded the president's award for Certification of Accommodation.

September 01, 2014 | | Localife


FAC introduces adult dance class

The Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County is now offering an adult dance class.

September 01, 2014 | | Arts


Brilliant Match gives Sheppard second Spa chase win in 2 days

Owner-trainer Jonathan Sheppard's Brilliant Match turned back a determined challenge by Cat Feathers to win Saratoga Race Course's $75,000 Mrs. Walter M. Jeffords Stakes by 1 3/4 lengths last Thursday afternoon.

September 01, 2014 | | Equine


This week in Kershaw County sports

Tuesday: Lugoff-Elgin at Spring Valley (G – 4:30 p.m.); Camden, Camden Military Academy at Great Falls (XC – 5:30 p.m.); North Central at Buford (VB – 6:30 p.m.)

September 01, 2014 | | Sports


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