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Sheriff: traffic fatalities down

Traffic fatalities in Kershaw County are down 63 percent, according to Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews.

August 26, 2011 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Senior adults may attend school events for free

Kershaw County citizens age 65 years or older can receive lifetime Golden Circle passes that allow them to attend school-sponsored activities or athletic events free of charge. The passes are good from year to year. Admission to athletic playoffs is not included.

August 26, 2011 | | Education


Too much Harpootlian

Dick Harpootlian, chairman of the S.C. Democratic Party, used to be an engaging figure, what we in the newspaper business called "good copy." Now Harpootlian's more of a loud bore. His latest rant involves his excoriation of Gov. Nikki Haley for hiring campaign staffers for high-paying government jobs, which is exactly what Democratic governors have also done. Harpootlian basically says it was all right for Dems to do that, but it's not OK for Haley because she said she was going to be a different kind of governor.

August 26, 2011 | | Editorials


Silence really is golden

It's 4:30 in the morning, and my world is wrapped in silence.

August 26, 2011 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


Football season energizes community

Football is coming back to Camden tonight

August 26, 2011 | Camden Mayor Jeffrey Graham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Pets of the week -- Aug. 26, 2011

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Jinx, a 2-month-old male orange tabby kitten, and Winny, a 3-month-old male Golden Retriever mix puppy. 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 ...

August 26, 2011 | | Pets


Eat Smart Move More Kershaw County has bike racks installed to encourage healthy living

As gas prices settle at over $3 per gallon, many people are looking for alternative forms of transportation. One such option is riding a bicycle. To support those that choose to cycle in Camden, Eat Smart Move More Kershaw County has worked with the city of Camden and Kershaw County government to install bike racks at various locations throughout the city.

August 26, 2011 | | People & Places


Camden man sentenced in USC fraud case

A Camden man pleaded guilty Wednesday to breach of trust and forgery, which stemmed from his embezzlement while employed at the University of South Carolina (USC) in the Carolina Card Office.

August 26, 2011 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Eye on the storm

Gene Faulkenberry, director of emergency management for Kershaw County, monitors the movements of Hurricane Irene on his department's maps and instruments at the Kershaw County Government Center. The equipment Faulkenberry uses can designate specific roads in the county where storms might be located. "If the fire department is out moving trees or is trying to assist people and I can see more storms coming, I can get on the radios here and tell them what I'm seeing," Faulkenberry said. "Every time I get an update, I can send alerts out to places like hospitals and schools so they ...

August 26, 2011 | | Miscellaneous


Roy "June Bug" Bush Jr.

Roy "June Bug" Bush, Jr., 79, of Old Wind Mill Road, Ridgeway, died Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011. He was the son of the late Olive Daniels and Roy Bush, Sr.

August 26, 2011 | | Obituaries


Rebecca Jefferson

Mrs. Rebecca Whitaker Jacobs Jefferson, a daughter of the late Leroy and Carrie Belton Whitaker and wife of the late Peter Jefferson, was born on June 4, 1923, in Camden, South Carolina. She departed this earthly life on August 18, 2011, at Washington Hospital Center, in Washington, DC.

August 26, 2011 | | Obituaries


Wilburn Smith

Funeral services to celebrate the life of Joseph Wilbur Smith, 81, of Camden, will be held Friday, August 26, 2011 at 2:00 PM at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel with burial to follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Rev. Bruce Hancock will officiate. The family will receive friends Friday, August 26, 2011 one hour prior to the service beginning at 1:00 PM at the funeral home. Memorials may be made in Mr. Smith's memory to the Babcock Center, 975 Wateree Blvd. Camden, SC 29020 or First Baptist Church, 1201 Broad Street, Camden, SC 29020.

August 26, 2011 | | Obituaries


Robert Ariail -- Aug. 24, 2011

August 24, 2011 | | Ariail


County named natural disaster area due to heat, drought

Kershaw County is one of 37 counties in South Carolina designated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as primary natural disaster areas due to damage and losses caused by drought and excessive heat that began April 1 and continue.

August 24, 2011 | | Miscellaneous


President Rick W. Perry

NEW YORK -- Texas Gov. and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry can resist the comparison all he wants, but he's more like George W. Bush than George W. Bush.

August 24, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


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Editorial: Crape scolding

One thing which makes Camden so appealing is its attention to and love for trees. The city is graced with thousands of them, and they add immeasurably to the atmosphere of our municipality. The Camden Tree Foundation and its many volunteers work tirelessly to plant new trees and keep existing ones healthy, and the city of Camden has had the foresight to hire a professional to oversee the arboreal health of the area. But a recent newspaper column by the town's urban forester, Liz Gilland, was a bit troubling in its tone.

March 04, 2015 | | Editorials


Letter: Brown lauds Sheheen for CCRA service

Recently, a rather important occasion went unnoticed in Camden. Bob Sheheen retired after 38 years on the board of the Carolina Cup Racing Association. In many of these years, he served as vice chairman.

March 04, 2015 | Austin Brown Hilton Head | Letters


Letter: Real estate broker wants to ‘educate’ school board

I am writing to "educate" some folks with the Kershaw County school board regarding the article that came out in the Chronicle-Independent newspaper on Feb. 20, 2015.

March 04, 2015 | Suzanne W. Gordon, Gordon Realty Cassatt | Letters


Letter: Reader says KCSD referenda not chamber issue

Last November, we voted down the referendum that would empower the KCSD to tear down usable and functioning schools and construct replacement along with a new or rehabilitated Camden High football stadium. All it was going to cost was $130 million plus interest. But, fear not, they also asked us to approve a "penny" sales tax to pay for it.

March 04, 2015 | Charlie Humphries Camden | Letters


Yesteryear - March 4, 2015

19 YEARS AGO - March 6, 1996

March 04, 2015 | | Yesteryear


Free tax service eases filing headaches for elderly

Age can have its advantages when it comes to paying federal income taxes.

March 04, 2015 | | Business


For the Record - March 4, 2015

Real estate transactions

March 04, 2015 | | For the Record


Sidewalk Survey - March 4, 2015

March 04, 2015 | | Sidewalk Survey


Umpiring clinic on tap

The Kershaw County Parks and Recreation Department will hold an umpire certification clinic for those persons interested in working Dixie Boys baseball games.

March 04, 2015 | | Seasonal Sports


Lady Demons keep Kickoff Classic trophy at home

Nobody likes a rude hostess, unless, of course, everything all falls into place at the end of the end of the event.

March 04, 2015 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Dogs drop two in Pee Dee event

After dropping their first two games of the Pee Dee Invitational Pre-season Tournament being played in West Florence, Camden High head baseball coach Denny Beckley said it is time for his team to stop reading and believing what people are saying about them.

March 04, 2015 | | Camden High/Middle


Serpas' double lifts L-E past Aiken

Blake Serpas smacked a two-run, sixth inning double to the gap in right center to snap a 5-5 tie and help give Lugoff-Elgin an 8-5 win over Aiken in Saturday's first round of the Carolina Ale House Classic.

March 04, 2015 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Bowers and Knights blank CMA

Tyler Bowers struck out six batters in a three-inning stint as host North Central shut out Camden Military Academy, 12-0, in Saturday's opening day of the Mid-Carolina Credit Union Baseball Bash being played in Boonetown.

March 04, 2015 | | Sports


March is Youth Arts Month

March is Youth Arts Month and the Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County is gearing up for a great month of celebrating youth arts. The month's events begin with the opening of the Youth Arts Month exhibition in the Bassett Gallery from 5:30-7 p.m. on Thursday, March 12. Some of the best student artwork will be on display through April 9. Art teachers from grades K-12 have chosen the top of their students' work to be on exhibition. This work will be judged again at the Center and the best of each grade level will go ...

March 04, 2015 | | Arts


The aviator's helmet

Bob Clithero displays a vintage leather pilot's helmet of a type that would have been used by aviators in the early 20th century. Clithero spoke about Winston Groom's book, "The Aviators," during a recent meeting of the Golden K Club. The book is about three giants of aviation -- Jimmy Doolittle, Charles Lindbergh, and Eddie Rickenbacker -- and their enormous influence and contribution to aviation and to the world. All three, Clithero said, were raised in relative poverty and estranged from their fathers, but had strong relationships with their mothers. All three were innovators and mechanical geniuses. All three survived ...

March 04, 2015 | | Camden


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