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U.S. in decline, if we allow it

Is the United States in decline? With protesters in the streets, Washington in gridlock and our economy on life support, it's easy to understand why the question is being asked a lot these days. But, as an old saying goes, where you stand depends on where you sit.

November 11, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Londees Davis Jr.

Londees "Lonnie" Davis, Jr., 64, of Huntersville, died November 7, 2011 at Presbyterian Hospital. He was born on July 5, 1947 in Camden, SC to Betty Baskins Davis and the late Londees Davis, Sr. Lonnie graduated from Camden High School Class of '65 and Midlands Tech.He served in the US Air Force 49th TAC Fighter Group/8th TAC Fighter squadron, The Black Sheep. He served in England, Germany, Africa and ended his duty in New Mexico. He was a member of the Cornelius/Lake Norman Lions Club. Lonnie worked for Duke Power (McGuire Nuclear Station) in the engineering department ...

November 11, 2011 | | Obituaries


Herman Cain’s woman problem

WASHINGTON -- If you were Herman Cain, what would you do?

November 11, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Take the voter test

It's a simple-yet-intriguing idea: a web site that allows presidential candidates from across the country -- and politicians vying for a host of other races, too -- to simply and unequivocally state their positions on important issues so that voters can know exactly where they stand.

November 11, 2011 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


No clear leader

South Carolina voters have gained a reputation over the past few years of being able to accurately pick the Republican presidential candidate who will end up with the party's nomination. Candidates have recognized that, crisscrossing the Palmetto State in an effort to woo voters here. But with only a couple of months left before the state's first-in-the-South primary, voters in South Carolina haven't locked in on a particular candidate, which probably is a powerful statement about how ambivalent people are about the GOP field.

November 11, 2011 | | Editorials


School menus -- Nov. 11, 2011

The following are menus for Kershaw County schools for the week of Nov. 14-18:

November 11, 2011 | | Education


Chili champions

The United Way of Kershaw County held its first Chili Cook-off on the Town Green in downtown Camden Saturday. The day was filled with children playing ball, face painting, a wide variety of folks dancing to the music of Second Nature and, of course, lots of chili. There were 17 competing chili teams. SAFE Federal Credit Union sponsored the afternoon event. The chili prepared by The Old Armory won first place in the judges' selection. Standing with the winning team (from left) Lynn Wright with SAFE; Kirk Mays, event chairman; Alex Singleton and Demetrious Voulgarelis with The Old Armory; and ...

November 11, 2011 | | Localife


Cole chosen to perform at Walt Disney World Thanksgiving Day Parade

Brittany Cole, daughter of Todd Cole of Bishopville and Loretta and Fred Wrigley of Chapin, has been chosen to join a select group of elementary, junior high, and high school cheerleaders and dancers from across the U.S. that will perform in the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) and Universal Dance Association (UDA) Thanksgiving Tour Parade at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla.

November 11, 2011 | | Localife


A poem by Robinson in tribute to Veterans Day

Dear Readers: Today is Veterans Day. In honor of our veterans, here is a piece written by John Alton Robinson of West Monroe, La.

November 11, 2011 | | Dear Annie


Medicare must be reformed

Medicare beneficiaries sometime tell me they are entitled to Medicare benefits because they earned them by contributing to the system for their careers.

November 11, 2011 | Edward R. Allen Camden | Letters


Mamie L. Pierce

Funeral service for Mamie Lou Taylor Pierce, 91, of Elgin, will be held Friday at 2:00 p.m. at Blaney Baptist Church with burial to follow in Sandhill Heights Baptist Church Cemetery. The Rev. Philip Blankenship, the Rev. Doyle Roberts, and the Rev. Evan Smith will officiate. The family receives friends Thursday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. Memorials may be made to St. Jude's Children Hospital.

November 11, 2011 | | Obituaries


Reginald E. Stone

Reginald E. Stone, 44, of Sawmill Road in Ridgeway, died Wednesday, November 9, 2011.

November 11, 2011 | | Obituaries


National broadcast journalist will honor father at Cup's military salute

Emmy award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author Rita Cosby will be a special guest at this year's 42nd annual Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup steeplechase race in Camden. As part of the Nov. 19 event -- billed as "military appreciation day" -- Cosby will be presented the first-ever Major General Baron de Kalb Award which she will accept for -- and on behalf of -- her father, Richard Cosby, 85.

November 11, 2011 | By W. THOMAS SMITH JR. Special to the C-I | Military


Remember Veterans Day

Today, Nov. 11, 2011, marks 93 years since the Armistice was signed that ended the hostilities of World War I, "the war to end all wars." Hostilities were ceased on the 11th hour of the 11th month 93 years ago. To commemorate the Armistice and the return to peace, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11, 1919, as Armistice Day.

November 11, 2011 | Willard Polk Camden | Letters


Rec notes -- Nov. 11, 2011

Registration for the youth basketball program is underway.

November 10, 2011 | | Miscellaneous


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Star-studded cast headed to Saturday's Camden Mania II

Five-time World Championship Wrestling Tag Team champion Buff Bagwell will headline a star-studded Saturday evening's (April 26) card at Camden Mania II, an SWA Wrestling extravaganza that supports community programs, at Camden's E. Clarkson Rhame City Arena.

April 23, 2014 | | Sports


Lady Knights fall to FC; finish second in 3-AA

Fairfield Central spoiled North Central's chance of playing for the Region 3-AA softball title as the host Griffins handed the Lady Knights a 7-6 loss in Monday's conference finale.

April 23, 2014 | | North Central High/Middle


Bennie James Clinton

Bennie James Clinton was born September 11th, 1942 to the loving late parents John Clinton Jr. and Maybell Clark Clinton. His religious upbringing was at Red Hill Baptist Church in Cassatt South Carolina under the leadership of his grandfather the late Rev. J.C. Clinton. He married Clara Arlene Barksdale on April 19th, 1965 and from this union one daughter Sherri Alisa Clinton was born.

April 23, 2014 | | Obituaries


Polly Davis Dinkins

Mrs. Polly Davis Dinkins, 92, of 714 George Wright Street, Camden died Sunday. Family and Friends may call at 307 Doby Street, Kirkwood Community, Camden. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Brown's Funeral Home, Camden, who is serving the Dinkins Family.

April 23, 2014 | | Obituaries


Addie Mae Wood Jones

Mrs. Addie Mae Wood Jones, 93, of Camden, entered into eternal rest on Friday, April 11, 2014. Born in Blaney, S.C. on March 28, 1921, to the late Dixon, Sr. and Carrie Martin Wood. Grave Side Services were held Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Ten a.m., at Cedars Cemetery, Camden. Mrs. Jones is survived by her sons, Von and John Henry Jones; two sisters, Alberta W. Addison of Elgin, S.C. and Eloise W. Jones of New York City, N.Y., Brown's Funeral Home, Camden, served the Jones family.

April 23, 2014 | | Obituaries


Arthur Herbert Stewart, Jr.

Funeral service for Mr. Arthur Herbert Stewart, Jr., 66, of 1802 Kennedy Drive in Camden will be held Saturday, April 26, 2014, 12:00 P.M. at Edwards Chapel AME Zion Church with burial Monday, 2:00 P.M. in the Ft. Jackson National cemetery. Collins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

April 23, 2014 | | Obituaries


Alan Underwood

A memorial service to celebrate the life of James Alan Underwood, 87, of Camden, SC, will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel, 1112 Fair Street in Camden. Burial will be in Moultrie, GA. Memorials may be made in Alan's memory to Trinity Baptist Church, 201 12th Avenue SE, Moultrie, GA 31768.

April 23, 2014 | | Obituaries


Playground upgrade

The city of Camden recently installed this new playground equipment at City Arena Park at the corner of Bull and Market streets across from Zemp Stadium. A $23,526 S.C. Parks and Recreation Department grant, along with $5,881 in matching city funds, paid not only for the play structure but a new swing set, timber borders and fall-zone mulch. "We are excited to provide all these needed improvements for the neighborhood children and are thankful to our local legislators for supporting our grant applications for this project," Camden Mayor Tony Scully said. Improvements to Edgewood Park at Elmore ...

April 23, 2014 | | Camden


Giving Back

Recently, I was listening to a talk radio host railing about how public schools "no longer teach values." This issue seems to be a mantra of sorts for some folks in the media, many of whom I suspect haven't been anywhere near a public school in years. As someone who is in public schools every day, I can't for the life of me figure out what this view is based on. I know it's not based on reality.

April 21, 2014 | | Columns


Easter Memories and Hope

It is each of the many Easters of my life that I remember more clearly than any other holiday. Christmases blur together with only a few standing out in my memory such as the one when it snowed all day, the year I lost my voice completely, and the two times that I wasn't home – one working in Washington, D.C. and another in London.

April 21, 2014 | Rhonda Rich | Columns


This week in Kershaw County sports

Monday: Lugoff-Elgin in Anderson Brothers Bank Tournament at Florence (G- 1 p.m.); Camden Military Academy at North Central (TEN – 5 p.m.); Camden Military Academy at Trinity-Byrnes (BSOC - 6 p.m.); North Central at Fairfield Central (BB – 6 p.m.); Camden Military Academy at North Central (BB – 6 p.m.)

April 21, 2014 | | Sports


Noted and passed - April 21, 2014

** Thomas Ravenel, the former state treasurer who served prison time for cocaine distribution, now stars in a reality television show called "Southern Charm." Ravenel stumbles through the show in a haze of alcohol and bad judgment. He and his girlfriend, who's 30 years his junior, recently had a baby in Florida. Ravenel says he intends to revive his political career by running for the U. S. Senate from the Palmetto State. The guys in Vegas would probably lay some long odds on his chances for success.

April 21, 2014 | | Columns


Celebration of life held for Camden philanthropist, Margaret Hebard Lloyd

More than 100 local fiends joined the family of Margaret H. ("Peggy") Lloyd to celebrate her life at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County earlier this month.

April 21, 2014 | | Localife


Evelyn Johnson celebrates 100th birthday

A large group of friends and family gathered April 2 with Evelyn Johnson to help her celebrate her 100th birthday with a party at Pinedale Residential Care. Many attendees traveled from out of state to join the celebration of this impressive milestone.

April 21, 2014 | | Localife


Rec. Notes: KC swim team registration

The Kershaw County Swim team will have registration April 21 through May 9.

April 18, 2014 | | Kershaw County


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