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Citizens paying for services they don’t receive

I have lived in Kershaw County all of my life. I pay taxes just like all the citizens in this county. Taxes are necessary in order to meet the county's obligations, like school bonds and other things that the county is responsible for. The problem I have is with the things we pay for that are not our responsibility.

January 20, 2012 | Floyd Hinson Lugoff | Letters


The Family Resource Center needs volunteers

The Family Resource Center needs caring and committed volunteers to assist in victim services. A volunteer training is scheduled for March 5-9 and March 12.

January 20, 2012 | | People & Places


William C. Hasty

A private service for William C. Hasty, 93,of Camden, will be held in Fort Jackson National Cemetery, Columbia. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Glenforest School, 1041 Harbor Drive, West Columbia, S.C. 29169.

January 20, 2012 | | Obituaries


Helen Frances Bethea

Mrs. Helen Frances Bethea, age 90, of Chatsworth, Ga., departed this life Friday evening, January 13, 2012 at the Murray Medical Center.

January 20, 2012 | | Obituaries


Boykin Park goes green with Camden Lions tree project

Members of the Camden Lions Club, in keeping with the international club president's commitment to plant 1 million trees worldwide, did their part in December, planting several trees in Boykin Park.

January 20, 2012 | | Camden


KC Library to host ‘Kindie Rock’ Monday at the FAC

"Kindie rock" may not be the most commonly known type of music, but that might be changing. Defined by its use of themes for children younger than 10, but in a style that can be enjoyed by parents as well people of all ages, "kindie rock" is one of the fastest growing segments of the music industry. Kershaw County residents will get a chance to explore this new genre of music themselves, for free, when the nationally recognized group Gustafer Yellowgold performs at the Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County Monday, Jan. 23 at 6:30 p.m.

January 20, 2012 | | People & Places


Middle schools to join in job shadowing

Kershaw County middle schools will join the nation next month by recognizing Groundhog Shadowing Day Feb. 2. Seventh- and eighth-grade students will be allowed to go to work with a parent, relative or neighbor to learn more about the workplace and potential careers.

January 20, 2012 | | Education


Rec notes -- Jan. 20, 2012

The chance to learn the Electric Slide and other popular steps is here.

January 20, 2012 | | Miscellaneous


Truck route

We're glad to see that another hurdle has been cleared in the city of Camden's efforts to get a truck bypass of the downtown area established. The Santee-Lynches Council of Governments recently voted unanimously to approve all three segments of the proposed truck route, and the vote also means about $17 million worth of state and federal funding will be released for the project. Obviously, that's a big step forward and puts the project into "when is this going to happen" status rather than "is this ever going to happen?" condition.

January 20, 2012 | | Editorials


Petra D. Boykin

A graveside service for Petra Denise Boykin, 29, of Elgin, will be held Sunday at 3:00 p.m. in Zion Episcopal Church Cemetery. The Rev. Susan Wight will officiate. The family will receive friends Friday 7-9 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. Memorials may be made to a Hospice of one's choice.

January 20, 2012 | | Obituaries


I call him Merle…

Not so long ago I was reading an interview with a classical musician in which the reporter who was questioning the artist asked, "Who is your favorite composer?"

January 20, 2012 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


New petition misleading

We were under the impression that the new petition being circulated regarding the Camden Sports Complex was a petition for a referendum. After all, the motto of the petition effort is "Let the People Decide." An analysis of the petition website frames it in a similar way. Indeed, the name chosen for the petition group is the "Camden Recreation Referendum Coalition," and the reason given for creating the organization is to present Camden's City Council with a petition requesting a binding referendum to allow the registered voters of Camden to choose between supporting this project or not supporting it.

January 20, 2012 | Austin Jenkins and Karin Jenkins, MD Camden for the Y | Letters


Camden strategic planning

Since my election in 2008, I have led our Council in designing an annual strategic plan. A strategic plan is a strong management tool which helps both the Council and the City staff to focus energy toward the same goals. It is a disciplined planning process to develop an annual vision. Before we begin the multi-step process covering vision, mission, objectives, values, strategies, goals and programs, we must review our current status. This planning also provides us with benchmarks for historic reviews. This plan becomes our focus for the future.

January 20, 2012 | Camden Mayor Jeffrey Graham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


‘...leave us to our old tried and true ways’

I am writing in response to a letter in the Chronicle-Independent dated January 11th from Andrew Pope. Surely he checked Camden and its facilities very carefully before making his move. If the Y was so important to him, he must have discovered that Camden has no Y, but has many exercise spots indoors and outdoors. This has been the Camden way of life for a long time … a way that many of us truly enjoy. There is so much in Camden to be proud of -- do not try to change it. If Camden does not have what you want for ...

January 20, 2012 | Henrietta McWillie Camden | Letters


Deer slayer (a misnomer)

To characterize me as a deer slayer, a hunter, or an outdoorswoman would be incongruous, to say the least. I do know how to handle a gun, having had a brother who assumed I might be of interest as a playmate if I knew how to shoot. Therefore, he dared me to shoot a double barrel shotgun and blow out the pantry window. Naturally, a challenge such as this required action. I shot out the window, was kicked a summersault, and expected the deserved whipping. (No one called or thought of DSS back then.) Mother, a widow, was too thankful ...

January 20, 2012 | Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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Fourth of July BBQ essentials

The Fourth of July is tomorrow and revelers across the nation are preparing to toast their independence with family and friends. For many Americans, backyard barbecues are synonymous with the Fourth of July, a day that, in the United States of America, commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776.

July 03, 2015 | | People & Places


Historic Camden’s Did you Know?

While Ben Franklin was key to the crafting of the Declaration of Independence, the other Founding Fathers did not want him to be the main author - as they felt they couldn't trust him not to put a joke in it!

The great, big and wonderful approval of going independent actually occurred on July 2 -- a day which John Adams thought would forever after be celebrated by the newly formed nation. "The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha in the History of America." He was right about the way we honor it though: "It ought ...

July 03, 2015 | | People & Places


Sesquicentennial State Park trip

Students from Wateree Elementary School in Krissi Butler's first grade class enjoyed a field study at the end of the school year to Sesquicentennial State Park to study plants.

July 03, 2015 | | People & Places


Ariail for July 3, 2015

July 03, 2015 | | Ariail


Editorial: Fourth of July

Tomorrow is Independence Day, the Fourth of July, when this country celebrates its birthday. This year, July 4 marks the 239th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence -- the document which signaled to the world the original 13 British colonies were breaking away from Mother England.

July 03, 2015 | | Editorials


Parker: Michelle Obama’s evolution

WASHINGTON -- First-term first ladies are often shadows to their more-important husbands, dabbling in lite fare to avoid criticism and picking safe projects to shield them and their families from the inevitable slings and arrows.

July 03, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Scully: Vision and process

Many extraordinary people offer visionary ideas, especially here. "Wouldn't it be great if we had a river rafting business on the Wateree?" "Wouldn't it be great if we had a downtown boutique hotel?" "Wouldn't it be great if we had a Bluegrass Festival the week of the Colonial Cup?" "Wouldn't it be great if we had a cottage development, or better yet, a new Kershaw County library on the former Mather property?" "And another restaurant or two!" The answer is predictably, "Yes, of course yes! Thank you for your great ideas," followed by necessary questions: "Where ...

July 03, 2015 | By Camden Mayor Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Reader wants ‘fair and balanced reporting’

During the open meetings of all of our public bodies, there is provided a period for public comments. This period is part of the meeting agenda and is, presumably, included in the meeting's minutes. Therefore, these comments become part of the public record. This period is set aside for anyone wanting to speak about matters of concern, as long as the comments are about public issues (not to include the promotion of a private business and not about personal issues). Although the public comment period is not a period of debate, it provides private citizens an opportunity to let ...

July 03, 2015 | X. Willard Polk Camden | Letters


Sidewalk Survey - July 3, 2015

July 03, 2015 | | Sidewalk Survey


Sylvia Upton Wood

Sylvia Upton Wood passed away peacefully on July 1, 2015 at Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph at the age of 81, surrounded by her family. Born on March 1, 1934 in Benton Harbor, she was the daughter of Frederick and Margaret Upton, also of St. Joseph. Her father was a founder of what is now the Whirlpool Corporation.

July 03, 2015 | | Obituaries


Leroy Burgess Marsh

A graveside service for Leroy Burgess Marsh, 96, will be held today, July 3 at 2 p.m. in High Hill True Light Church Cemetery. The family received friends Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the national Multiple Sclerosis Society or the American Diabetes Association.

July 03, 2015 | | Obituaries


William E. Long

A memorial service for William E. "Gene" Long, Sr., of Columbia, was held Wednesday July 1, 2015 at Wildewood Downs, 731 Polo Rd, Columbia, SC, 29223 with Dr. George Crow officiating. Burial will be held at a later date in Forsyth Memorial Park, Winston-Salem, NC.

July 03, 2015 | | Obituaries


Eunice O. Kirby

Eunice O. "Libby" Kirby, 81, widow of Marion H. Kirby, died Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Summerville, SC. Plans will be announced by Hancock-Elmore-Hill Funeral Home of Bishopville.

July 03, 2015 | | Obituaries


Doris Jean Kelow

Mrs. Doris Jean Kelow, 63, of 503 Lyttelton Street, Camden, passed on Saturday, June 27, 2015. Plans will be announced by Nelson-Haile Funeral Home.

July 03, 2015 | | Obituaries


Charles Greene

Mr. Charles "Tookie Baby" Greene, 58, of 917 Mitchell Drive, Camden, died Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Friends may call at 2010 Concord Drive, Valley Park, Camden. Plans will be announced by Brown's Funeral Home, Camden.

July 03, 2015 | | Obituaries


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