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Charles "Bo" Branham

Funeral service for Charles Von "Bo" Branham, 63, of Elgin, will be held Thursday at 12:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home with burial to follow in Union Baptist Church Cemetery. The Rev. Ken Jackson and the Rev. Tom Schoonmaker will officiate. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

February 22, 2012 | | Obituaries


Junior, Miss Gold and Black pageant winners announced

Camden High School recently held the Junior Miss Gold and Black and the Miss Gold and Black pageants in the Camden High Performing Arts Auditorium. The Camden Bulldog Club sponsored the pageants this year as a fundraiser to support the athletic program at Camden High. The pageant theme was "Then A Hero Came Along." During the finale of both pageants, representatives from the military, law enforcement, education, medical services, emergency services, and community volunteer services joined the contestants on stage and were recognized as "heroes" in their respective professions.

February 22, 2012 | | Localife


FAC brings ‘Pinkalicious The Musical’ to Camden

The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) is rolling out the pink carpet for Columbia Children's Theatre's (CCT) delightful children's production of "Pinkalicious The Musical." The performance begins at 2 p.m. Feb. 25 on the Wood Auditorium stage. Tickets are $8. "Pinkalicious The Musical" is sponsored by Modern Turf. A huge hit in Columbia, the FAC is delighted to have the opportunity to bring this production to the community.

February 22, 2012 | | Localife


Hattie Mae Howard Boykin

Mrs. Hattie Mae Howard Boykin, 87, of 768 Calvary Church Road, Bishopville, SC, passed on Saturday, February 18, 2012. Funeral Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Haile's Funeral Home.

February 22, 2012 | | Obituaries


For the Record -- Feb. 22, 2012

Real estate transactions

February 22, 2012 | | For the Record


All aspects of Y sports project are wrong

I am writing this letter as a concerned resident, taxpayer and homeowner of the City of Camden. This letter in no way reflects the interests of any group(s), and is purely informational.

February 22, 2012 | Stephen Sarafin Jr. Camden | Letters


Robert Ariail -- Feb. 22, 2012

February 22, 2012 | | Ariail


County fortunate to have Matthews

I recently watched the YouTube video rant by a member of Elgin Town Council and a friend of his who criticized Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews and his department for "doing their job." To compare modern law enforcement to Nazis during World War II is an affront to the men and women who put their lives on the line for Kershaw County citizens.

February 22, 2012 | Steve Smith Columbia | Letters


Yesteryear -- Feb. 22, 2012

Photo cutline -- DEA Agent James McGivney presented awards in Columbia Friday to Kershaw County law enforcement personnel who were involved in several successful drug busts. Receiving awards were Bethune Police Chief Richard De Vors, Cpt. Jack Cobb of the Camden Police Department and Tom Leach with the Fifth Judicial Circuit Solicitor's Office. Seated is Officer Selina Hansen of the Camden Police Department.

February 22, 2012 | | Yesteryear


Palmetto Dance Center qualifies for national dance championships

During the weekend of Feb. 10-12, dancers from Palmetto Dance Center competed at Encore Dance Competition for the Stars and qualified all 34 of their routines for the National Dance Championships to be held this July in Savannah, Ga. The solos, duos, and teams brought home twenty-three first place trophies, seven second place trophies, three third place trophies, and one fourth place trophy. In addition to these age division winnings, the group brought home additional trophies for 10 First Place Overall winnings, two Second Place Overall Winnings, and one third Place Overall Trophies. The awards didn't stop there because ...

February 20, 2012 | | Localife


Miss Smith, Mr. Hudson engaged

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Clyburn Smith, Jr of Camden, S.C. are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Stephanie Marie Smith to Phillip Edward Hudson, Jr. of Camden, S.C. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Edward Hudson, Sr of Camden, S.C.

February 20, 2012 | | Localife


Herndon to seek State House seat

Saying he wants to help reform state government, Kershaw County businessman David Herndon has announced his candidacy for State House District 52.

February 20, 2012 | | Politics


Weeks elected to state hospital association board

KershawHealth President and CEO Donnie J. Weeks was elected to the South Carolina Hospital Association Board of Trustees (SCHA) at the association's annual meeting Jan. 30. Weeks previously served on the SCHA board and was chairman in 1994.

February 20, 2012 | | Healthcare


Grants and savings equal city improvements

Just recently, I was talking with a group of local citizens when someone mentioned the new street lights. In the past three years, the City of Camden has received and utilized grants in excess of $3 million for several improvements. A combination of grant funds and some tax dollars has been spent to move many electrical lines underground:

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


Quality education has cost

A community member asked me recently why I place so much emphasis on the budget. The exact words were, "I think that's all you ever talk about." I guess I have to plead guilty to keeping the budget as a front burner issue. When I think about the discussions I have about our schools with parents, staff, students and community members, most of these discussions revolve around smaller class sizes, additional academic and extracurricular programs, competitive compensation, materials and supplies, technology and additional staff in areas such as nursing, maintenance, classroom assistants and clerical. All of these are areas ...

February 20, 2012 | Kershaw County School District Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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Rhame Arena

We're glad to see that the city of Camden is exploring alternatives for aging Rhame Arena. The building is becoming more dilapidated with each passing year, and something needs to be done, whether it's razing it or restoring it. Of course, money is a factor, just as it is in all government decisions these days. We will say that city officials have overworked the bureaucratic jargon in their appraisal of the situation, saying an "adaptive reuse" could be a possible alternative. We are assuming "adaptive reuse" means repairing the building and making it feasible for some type of ...

July 25, 2014 | | Editorials


Reader thanks Camden Public Works crew

If you live in Camden and do not realize how special a town it is, just wait until something goes wrong.

July 25, 2014 | Jill Davis Camden | Letters


Limousine liberalism’s good works

Is it hypocritical for a really, really rich person to object to rising inequality?

July 25, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Fall Sports registration begins on Monday

Swim Lessons

July 25, 2014 | | Kershaw County


Find a new Furry Friend!

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Wally, an adorable 6-week-year-old male kitten and Paige, a 4-year-old female Pointer mix. She is very friendly with other dogs. 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 4 p.m. on Saturdays. The shelter is closed Sunday and Monday. The shelter is closed Sunday and Monday. For information on the shelter ...

July 25, 2014 | | Pets


Carolina Downhome Blues Festival Set for 18th Year

Mark your calendars for the 18th Annual Carolina Downhome Blues Festival scheduled for October 2-4 in historic downtown Camden. This year's event will feature multiple performances at various sites, including The Venue on Broad, Old Town Tavern and a new site for the festival -- 833 South Broad Street. The Carolina Downhome Blues Festival is an award-winning event recognized for featuring legendary blues artists from around the globe.

July 25, 2014 | | Arts


State American Legion Tournament schedule of games

The South Carolina Senior State American Legion Tournament begins Saturday at Riley Park in Sumter. Here is all the information you will need as to the event:

July 25, 2014 | | Sports


Summer youth sports camps coming to a close in county

There are still a few youth summer sports camps left in Kershaw County.

July 25, 2014 | | Seasonal Sports


The hand that rocks the ballot box

In their denouncements of the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling, Hillary Clinton and other Democrats have been accused of pandering to single women -- the so-called "Beyoncé voter" demographic, as one Fox News commentator sniggered.

July 23, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


S.C., immigration and ‘Us vs. Them’

First things first: every nation must secure and control its borders. This is not political rhetoric or an ideological judgment but a simple geo-political fact.

July 23, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Reader takes issue with sheriff’s letter

Having waded through Sheriff Jim Matthews recent letter as published regarding his endorsement of a "Proposed Firearms Ordinance," I note that the main point (as quoted) "It prohibits the discharge of a firearm within 300 yards;" that's 900 feet!

July 23, 2014 | Joe Upchurch Lugof | Letters


Letter writer: South Carolina’s African-Americans should run for office

Black Americans in the state of Mississippi understand their time is at hand for their voting solidarity and economic self-reliance. Black Americans in South Carolina should also know their time is also at hand for them to learn and run for the legacy of our Black brothers and sisters in Mississippi.

July 23, 2014 | Edward R. Allen Camden | Letters


William Gamewell (Bill) Major, Jr.

William Gamewell (Bill) Major, Jr., 92, of Camden, SC, passed away on Sunday, July 20, 2014. He was the son of the late William Gamewell Major, Sr. and Alma (Baby) Muldrow-Major of Camden. Born in Florence, S.C. Mr. Major moved to Camden as a youth in 1935. He was the 1st Boy Scout in Kershaw County to be awarded the rank of Eagle Scout. Salutatorian of his class at Camden High School in 1940, Mr. Major was the 1st Sports Reporter for the "Bulldog", later renamed the Palmetto Leaf. With his classmate, the late Jak Smyrl, they were the ...

July 23, 2014 | | Obituaries


Yesteryear for July 23, 2014

Camden native helps rescue Haitians with USCG

July 23, 2014 | | Yesteryear


Local veterans respect the flag through disposal

Members of American Legion Post 195, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 8346 and AMVETS Post 33 recently joined together for an annual tradition: the disposal -- through burning -- of unserviceable American flags. The ceremony took place at VFW Post 8346's headquarters in Ridgeway, with all three posts participating in different parts of the ceremony.

July 23, 2014 | | Localife


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