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South Carolina Republican officials don't like a ruling made by U.S. District Judge Michelle Childs allowing open voting in primaries, the system that's used in the state now and has been for decades. Under that plan, voters can choose which party's primary they want to participate in from year to year. But lawyers for the GOP are asking Childs to examine whether that might be unconstitutional. Childs, in her earlier ruling, had said that if Republicans want to exclude people from their process, they could choose a new method such as conventions or petitions.

June 01, 2011 | | Editorials


What is your best childhood memory?

June 01, 2011 | | Sidewalk Survey


The James Collection

Longtime educator and community leader M. Andrew James (second from right) unveils the M. Andrew James Collection in the Jackson School Media Center. During an appreciation dinner in March that honored James, Camden Second Presbyterian Church presented him with a series of books to be placed in the school's library in his honor. James was joined at the unveiling by (from left) Jackson School Media Specialist Paulette Williams, incoming Jackson School Principal Matia Goodwin and his wife, Daisy James.

June 01, 2011 | | Education


On Duty Again

Continuing an honored tradition, members of James Leroy Belk Post 17, American Legion, posted flags on the graves of veterans at various cemeteries throughout Kershaw County Saturday as Memorial Day approached.

June 01, 2011 | | Miscellaneous


Flushing New York

NEW YORK -- In a slender essay titled "Here Is New York," E.B. White wrote about the implausibility of the great city, mentioning among other things the millions of gallons of water needed each day just so people could brush their teeth.

June 01, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Camden First UMC to mark pastor's anniversary

Camden First United Methodist Church will celebrate the third anniversary of its pastor, Rev. Ellis White Jr., Sunday at the church.

June 01, 2011 | | Miscellaneous


State residents urged to fish for free June 4-12

As schools break for summer vacation and the warm weather sets in, the time to get out on the water and go fishing and boating is here. Free fishing days, June 11-12, allows South Carolina residents who would like to try the sport of fishing to go without having to purchase a license.You can take advantage of the state's 28 tackle loaner sites housed in state and county parks all over South Carolina. These sites allow you to rent, free of charge, everything you need for a day of fishing, except for the bait.

May 30, 2011 | | Sports


This week in League III

Monday: Dalzell-Shaw at Post 17 (7 p.m.); Cheraw at Hartsville (7 p.m.); Manning-Santee at Sumter (7:30 p.m.)

May 30, 2011 | | Sports


Smith Scholarship awarded to six local students

The late James and Nell Smith, former co-owners of Camden Food Shop, created a scholarship for students attending local Baptist churches with high academic achievement.

May 30, 2011 | | People & Places


King Haiglar Garden Club announces 2011-12 officers

The May meeting of the King Haiglar Garden Club was held May 9 at Proctor Hall. Officers for the 2011-12 garden club year were installed and awards for the 2010-11 garden club year were presented. Nancy Carlson was named King Haiglar Garden Club Member of the Year. New members inducted were Sandra G. Lease and Ellen Vaughan. Officers for the 2012-11 year are Judy Smith, corresponding secretary; Jane Hannon, first vice-president; Cheryl Black, recording secretary; Carolyn Brown, president; Bettysue Webber, third vice president; Nancy Wylie, second vice president; Linda Shaylor, first vice president; and Marguerite Glasgow. Also installed, but not ...

May 30, 2011 | | People & Places


True to his promise

Keeping true to a promise he made to a group of fifth-graders at Bethune Elementary School in 2005, Clifton Harryton Anderson (far right), a retired mental health professional, volunteer mentor and the recipient of the Order of Silver Crescent, the state's highest honor for volunteer and community service, has made unannounced regular visits with the students each year since 2005.

May 30, 2011 | | People & Places


Happy Birthday!

Ms. Rosa Henry McQuillar has already celebrated the milestone birthday of 100 years. While her next birthday isn't until July, her family and friends held a celebration in her honor on Mother's Day, May 8.

May 30, 2011 | | People & Places


Don’t forget the reason behind Memorial Day weekend

Dear Readers: Today is Memorial Day. We know for many, this is simply part of a long weekend. But we hope you will keep in mind the reason behind the holiday -- a day to remember those servicemen and women who have died serving their country. Please honor our fallen heroes by visiting cemeteries and placing flags or flowers on the graves of veterans. It is also customary to fly the flag at half-staff until noon.

May 30, 2011 | | Dear Annie


KershawHealth to explore Palmetto Health collaboration

The KershawHealth Board of Trustees unanimously passed a motion last week authorizing the organization's CEO to enter into a non-exclusive letter of intent to explore collaboration opportunities with Palmetto Health in Columbia.

May 30, 2011 | | Healthcare


Noted and passed

• We welcome newly hired Kershaw County Administrator Victor Carpenter, who comes to this area from Abbeville County; we hope Carpenter can lend some stability to a position that's had too much turnover in recent years. And while we're at it, let us offer a tip of the hat to Frank Broom, former Camden city manager, who served as interim county administrator and was able to "straight shoot" with council members, partly because he didn't have to worry about their becoming angry and siding against him, a concern that "regular" administrators naturally must harbor.

May 30, 2011 | | Editorials


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Ariail for April 27, 2015

April 27, 2015 | | Ariail


Editorial: An eyesore

In the most recent installment of our "Is Kershaw County being left behind?" series of articles on economic development, we looked at some non-industrial pieces of the puzzle. One highly visible sign of economic health in a community -- successful or poor -- is the number of active storefronts, whether individual buildings or as part of shopping centers.

April 27, 2015 | | Editorials


Rich: The fire

We stood in the charred remains of a life that once was -- my sister and I -- and said not a word. What was there to say? Finally, I spoke.

April 27, 2015 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Central downs Knights to take fourth in Region 4-AA

Central broke open a close game by scoring a combined 10 runs in the fourth and fifth frames to lock up the fourth and final playoff slot in Region 4-AA baseball with a 14-3 win over host North Central last Friday night.

April 27, 2015 | | North Central High/Middle


Dutch Fork trips up Demons

Dutch Fork wrapped up the Region 4-4A baseball title with a 3-1 win over Lugoff-Elgin on Friday night at Optimist Field.

April 27, 2015 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Tracy E. Bennett Jr.

Tracy E. Bennett, Jr., 29, of 1188 Shady Lane in Camden, died Thursday, April 23, 2015. Plans are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Collins Funeral Home. Collins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements..

April 27, 2015 | | Obituaries


Garland D. Collins

Funeral service for Garland Dexter "Tootsie" Collins, 87, will be held on Wednesday at 12:00 p.m. at El-Bethel Faith Community Church with burial to follow in Fort Jackson National Cemetery. The Rev. Joe Stines will officiate. The family will receive friends Tuesday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Dentsville Masonic Lodge, El-Bethel Faith Community Church or a charity of one's choice.

April 27, 2015 | | Obituaries


FAC Multi-Cultural Committee seeks input

The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County's (FAC) Multi-Cultural committee is currently planning its 2015-2016 season. The committee would like to invite other cultural representatives of the community to join the committee and share their thoughts and ideas about the possibility of a holiday event to showcase different cultures. The committee is requesting that any interested persons please send their contact information to executive director Kristin Cobb at kcobb@fineartscenter.org.

April 27, 2015 | | Arts


Dogs drub Dreher, 10-0

With a post-season berth already in hand, Camden began its climb up the Region 4-AAA baseball ladder on Thursday with a 10-0 win over Dreher in Columbia.

April 27, 2015 | | Camden High/Middle


This week in Kershaw County Sports

Monday: Irmo at Camden (G – 4 p.m.); Andrew Jackson at North Central (G – 4 p.m.); Hartsville at Lugoff-Elgin (G – 4:30 p.m.); Central at Camden Military Academy (BB – 4:30 p.m.); Wilson at Camden (TEN – 5 p.m.); North Central at Columbia (GSOC – 6:30 p.m.); Lugoff-Elgin at Camden Military Academy (BSOC – 6 p.m.); Lugoff-Elgin at Lexington (GSOC – 6 p.m.); Lugoff-Elgin at River Bluff (TEN – 6 p.m.); Lugoff-Elgin at Chapin (BB – 6:30 p.m.)

April 27, 2015 | | Sports


Ariail for April 24, 2015

April 24, 2015 | | Ariail


Editorial: Social Security

Lawmakers in Washington have long ignored the fact that the Social Security system in this country is broken. On the brink of insolvency, Social Security needs major revamping, whether it comes in the form of benefit reductions, tax increases or both. Congress has refused to consider benefit cuts decades out in the future, even for young adults who are just now starting to pay into the system. They are turning their backs on such simple fixes as delaying the age by a year or two at which people can start receiving their monthly allotments. Bear in mind, we aren't ...

April 24, 2015 | | Editorials


Parker: Mr. Hughes goes to Washington

WASHINGTON -- When postal worker Doug Hughes -- otherwise known as the gyrocopter dude -- landed his gizmo on the West Lawn of the Capitol, he wasn't worried about being shot down, he says.

April 24, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Pets of the Week - April 24, 2015

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Sadie, a 1-1/2-year-old female hound mix dog, and Taffy, a 1-1/2-year-old female domestic short-haired brown tabby 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 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 ...

April 24, 2015 | | Pets


Noble: Business leaders in ‘small town’ S.C.

It is often said South Carolina is a big small town where everyone knows everyone else. And if we don't know someone personally, then it's usually "I know who they are."

April 24, 2015 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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