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CAMDEN – The recent launch of the Kershaw County Housing Authority will focus greater attention on the county's housing needs, according to leaders of a local alliance that has coordinated housing activities since 1989. The Kershaw County Housing Partnership, a joint effort between the charitable, social services, and governmental sectors, has identified and studied a variety of housing challenges and organized a range of community wide responses related to affordability, livability, and homelessness. According to Housing Partnership Coordinator Marie Sheheen, "The formation of our own housing authority is the beginning of what we hope will prove to be an increase ...

June 08, 2012 | | Localife


Bowers releases book of essays

Jayne Bowers of Camden recently published a new book "Eve's Sisters." The book is a compilation of essays written by Bowers.

June 08, 2012 | | Localife


Parents’ silence not golden

Dear Annie: I am an 18-year-old guy, and my parents are splitting up. I don't know the full story, but things are getting somewhat awkward around the house. We try to live normally, but the silence hurts. I'm trying to deal with it and put up a good front until graduation, but it's hard.

June 08, 2012 | | Dear Annie


Rich Diddy isn't the problem -- inequality is

Seldom has anybody's scholarship kicked up so much controversy.

June 08, 2012 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Absentee father

I never knew my father; he died when I was five months old, leaving my mother with me and my 3-year-old brother. We were not his first family. He had nine children by his first wife, eight girls and one boy -- five little graves attested to the mortality rate in earlier times. Many first wives died before their husbands, not surprising since childbirth was so dangerous and the mortality rate so high. I cannot imagine having more children -- especially since my father was 63 when I was born and my mother was 40. Back then, people just had the number ...

June 08, 2012 | By Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Rec Notes

A group exercise class for ages 55 and older provides a fun variety of exercises to improve strength, flexibility, posture and balance, using a chair and a floor mat (optional).

June 08, 2012 | | Miscellaneous


Haley not as 'hard-nosed' as Knotts

Mr. Ulmer, I take you to be an intelligent man, otherwise the Camden Independent would not employ you as a staff reporter. Having said that, I compliment you on a well-expressed article in the May 30th issues. But while I think it well expressed, I wish to comment on some of your conclusions.

June 08, 2012 | Charles Humphries Camden | Letters


Happy 53rd Anniversary

Abraham and Rosa Mae McQuillar celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary with family and friends, grands and great grands.

June 08, 2012 | | Localife


Pets of the Week

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Vera, a 3-month old Jack Russell Terrier mix and a female orange 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 or e-mail wcas@camden.net ...

June 08, 2012 | Julie J. Prickett C-I | Pets


Midway Elementary School reports honor rolls

Midway Elementary School has announced its honor rolls for the fourth nine-weeks period.

June 08, 2012 | | Education


Spotting Venus

Venus appears as a black dot transiting the Sun in this photograph taken Tuesday by Ed Roberts of Dalzell. Roberts -- who plays tuba with the Camden Community Concert Band -- took the photo through welder's glass using a Kodak Easyshare camera with a 21x wide-angle lens. In most pictures published around the globe, Venus appears at the "bottom" of the Sun. Roberts said that is because those pictures were taken through telescopes which flip the photograph. Since Roberts took the picture with a regular camera, Venus is seen traveling across the "top" of the Sun, what someone would see with ...

June 08, 2012 | | Miscellaneous


Zacour seeking Seat 1 on school board

Eric Zacour -- a candidate for the Kershaw County Board of Trustees Seat No. 1 -- has been an Elgin resident since the spring of 1985. He started his family business in 1986 and has worked hard to help his business to grow.

June 08, 2012 | | Politics


Pet Talk

As we welcome the joys of summer such as swimming, barbequing, and baseball, we have to greet the heat. As temperatures are increasing, it is vital to take the necessary precautions to protect pets from heat exhaustion.

June 08, 2012 | | Miscellaneous


Elk Lodge Scholarship awarded

Antuan Augustus (second from left) and Kirsten Baker (second from right), both seniors at Lugoff-Elgin High School, were the winners of the Camden Lugoff Elks 2012 Mary Ellen Ahner Scholarship. Rich Wagner (right) and Vickie Schermbeck (left) from the local Elks Lodge presented the cash awards to the winners on May 17th at the school during a Senior Awards Day Ceremony. The Mary Ellen Ahner Scholarship is awarded each year to students who plan to enter the field of education. The Mary Ellen Ahner Scholarship was established by Jim Ahner in remembrance of his wife Mary Ellen Ahner. Mary Ellen ...

June 08, 2012 | | Education


L-EMS celebrates Decades Day

Mrs. Brazell's ELA classes at Lugoff-Elgin Middle School celebrated Decades Day . Students -- such as (from left) Camille Sullivan, Sarah Hardin, Molli Smith, Tyjah Steele, Kara Hayes, Madison Guthrie and Katelyn Vandevander -- researched different aspects of the 1960s, 70s, 80s, and 90s and created Glogsters to present their research. Students dressed in fashion from their decade or as a famous person from their decade. They created a timeline in the hallway and plotted different events, and created a time capsule to represent items from 2000-2011. In class, students presented their decades' research. It was exciting day for all!

June 08, 2012 | | Education


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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


Lindsey Stirling visits the Old West in latest video

Lindsey Stirling's latest YouTube video has garnered nearly 1 million views in a single day. The video features Stirling facing off in a Wild West shootout in which she doesn't use a gun but rather her most powerful weapon: her violin.

October 23, 2014 | | National


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