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William Lewis Blackmon

Funeral services to celebrate the life of William Lewis Blackmon, 76, will be held Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home with burial to follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The Rev. Phillip Gerrald will officiate. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 2-3 p.m. at the funeral home.

June 12, 2015 | | Obituaries


Bessie DuBose Brown

Mrs. Bessie DuBose Broom, 73, of Camden, entered into eternal rest on Friday, June 5, 2015. Born in Camden, she was the daughter of the late Leroy and Emma Stokes DuBose and the sister of Lillie Mae DuBose Lane. A graveside funeral service will be held Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. in Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church Cemetery, Cassatt. Viewing will be Friday 1-7 p.m. at the funeral home.

June 12, 2015 | | Obituaries


Gracie Lee Cook

Mrs. Gracie Lee Cook, 79, of 5216 Pisgah Mail Road, Rembert, passed on Monday, June 8, 2015. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Monday, June 15, 2015, in Union Baptist Church, Rembert, with burial in SandHill Cemetery, Rembert.

June 12, 2015 | | Obituaries


Jess Michael Cruz

Jess Michael Cruz, 64, of Lugoff, SC, died Tuesday, June 9, 2015. He was born in Oakland, CA, the son of Angelina Torres Cruz and the late Jesse Peter Cruz. Memorials may be made in Jess's memory to the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life of Kershaw County, c/o Gail Kirkland, 647 Lachicotte Road, Lugoff, SC 29078.

June 12, 2015 | | Obituaries


John Lawrence Haynes Jr.

Graveside service to celebrate the life of John Lawrence Haynes, Jr., 97, of Camden was held at 3 p.m. Thursday, June 11, 2015 in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Rev. John Hallman, III officiated. Memorials may be made in Mr. Haynes' memory to Carolina Jazz Society, P. O. Box 50806, Columbia, SC 29250.

June 12, 2015 | | Obituaries


Annie Grace Lee

Annie Grace Lee, 93, of 509 Lyttleton St, Camden entered into rest on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at her residence.

June 12, 2015 | | Obituaries


David Fitzgerald Moore

Mr. David Fitzgerald Moore, 47, of Camden, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, June 7, 2015. Born in Camden, he was the son of the Rev. Frank and the late Jessie White moore and the husband of Sonja Michelle Stuckey Moore.

June 12, 2015 | | Obituaries


Mamie Rufus Stuckey

Mrs. Mamie Rufus Stuckey, 80, of 252 Shiver Pond Road, Rembert, passed on Monday, June 8, 2015. Funeral services will be conducted at noon today, June 12, 2015 in Springhill United Methodist Church, Rembert, with burial in the church cemetery.

June 12, 2015 | | Obituaries


Editorial: Triple Crown connection

Equestrian fans thrilled to watch the triumph nearly a week ago of the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years: American Pharoah. His name is now among only 12 horses to ever win the Belmont Stakes, Preakness and Kentucky Derby in one season, the first since Affirmed in 1978.

June 12, 2015 | | Editorials


Beatrice Nelson Blanding

Mrs. Beatrice Nelson Blanding, 62, of 292A Shivers Green Road, Ridgeway died Wednesday, June 10, 2015. Plans will be announced by Collins Funeral Home.

June 12, 2015 | | Obituaries


Lugoff First Baptist CMC 4K class donates to Food for the Soul

Lugoff First Baptist's Children's Ministry Center 4K class, led by April McCaa and Dorothy Kessler, raised $708 for Food for the Soul by bringing in change and having a bake sale. They were so excited to share with others and show God's love. The class told the workers at Food for the Soul that "Jesus helped us raise the money!"

June 10, 2015 | | People & Places


Editorial: Slager indictment

During the last year or so, we have seen a series of officer-involved shootings, some deadly, and other incidents with race playing a factor. And we've seen a variety of reactions depending on where these tragic events took place, including riots in Baltimore, Md., and Ferguson, Mo.

June 10, 2015 | | Editorials


Letter: Camden needs to grow, but more answers needed

As a property owner of land contiguous to Beechwood and also as a citizen interested in seeing Camden move forward, I appreciate the opportunity to express my views via our local newspaper. I am not opposed to an upscale retirement community being developed on the Beechwood property. I think it could add value to our city, if properly executed, and be a good business proposition for the developers and future residents.

June 10, 2015 | Bill Ferguson Camden | Letters


Phillips: What now?

Every year around this same time, early June, a certain thought occurs to me. The timing is simply because this is graduation time at high schools, colleges and universities all through our area and the entire United States.

June 10, 2015 | | Columns


Parker: Caitlyn Jenner’s politics

WASHINGTON -- Barring a terror strike or an Ebola outbreak to distract us, the 2016 presidential election seems headed for a gender identity showdown.

June 10, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


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Ariail for June 29, 2015

June 29, 2015 | | Ariail


Camden First welcomes new pastor, Rev. McCutcheon

Reverend Larry D. McCutcheon has been appointed as minister to Camden First United Methodist Church. Rev McCutcheon comes from Trinity United Methodist Church in Orangeburg where he served for 11 years. A spiritual and civic leader, he preaches the gospel and walks the talk throughout various sectors of the community in an extraordinary way, touching the lives of so many with his unique ability to reach all people from all walks of life.

June 29, 2015 | | People & Places


Patterson and English to wed in November

Mr. Allen Hobson "Chip" Patterson, Jr., and Ms. Denise Beauchamp Patterson of Winston-Salem, N.C., announce the engagement of their daughter, Ms. Emily Catherine Patterson, to Mr. Philip Harden English, both of Durham, N.C. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Bennett English, Jr., of Camden, S.C.

June 29, 2015 | | Weddings & Engagements


KC Library Summer Reading

As part of the Kershaw County Library's Summer Reading Program "Every Hero Has a Story," storyteller Sharon Clarke presented a program at both the Camden and Elgin libraries. Clarke, who lives in North Carolina, entertained the audience with both story and music. Her interactive program was enjoyed by the audience, young and old. Clarke involved the audience as she told an old Chinese folk tale, The Magic Wings. Shown from left are Addy Gwynn as the Queen, Clarke, Elizabeth Mensching as the Princess, Lucy Moore as the Grocer's Daughter, and Liberty Mensching as the Goose Girl.

June 29, 2015 | | People & Places


Plant fun

Studying plants is serious business as Wateree Elementary students Colden Baker and Austin Warwick learn about the different parts of a plant.

June 29, 2015 | | People & Places


LF-R quickly stops June 22 Lugoff mobile home fire

Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) crews quickly stopped a mobile home fire on the 400 block of Oakview Drive off Wildwood Lane in Lugoff the evening of June 22.

June 29, 2015 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Coach Pitch All-Star tourney opens in Camden

Four Kershaw County Coach Pitch All-Star (7-8-year-olds) teams will be in Camden for the Dixie Youth AA Coach Pitch District 5 All-Star Tournament which begins Friday at Woodward Park with tourney action continuing into next week in the double-elimination event.

June 26, 2015 | | Seasonal Sports


Editorial: Finally, a budget

Well, the S.C. General Assembly certainly took its time. Finally, a state budget's been hammered out and sent on to Gov. Nikki Haley for her signature.

June 26, 2015 | | Editorials


Letter: Reader’s proud of people in Charleston

Words fail me to express just how proud I am of the people in Charleston for the class they have exhibited in handling a senseless, tragic act of violence committed by a psychologically impaired individual. In this day and time, when our society seems to be seeking lower and lower morals and displaying less belief in God, it is the first and most encouraging sign of hope for salvation of our society I have seen in a number of years.

June 26, 2015 | Charlie Humphries Camden | Letters


Rich: A father to remember

It happens all the time. Tink will meet someone new around where we live and, invariably, that person will mention my daddy.

June 26, 2015 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Gilland: The Snake Tree (Part 2)

(In last month's column, Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland started a story about a snake in a tree in a city right of way. When she left off, Gilland had called a wildlife trapping company -- which didn't handle snakes -- and naturalist Austin Jenkins, who suggested it was best to leave the snake alone.)

June 26, 2015 | By Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Ariail for June 26, 2015

June 26, 2015 | | Ariail


Big noses, big hearts

Karl and Kay Allen of Black River Rescue, and Lucy, part of their four-legged family and co-workers, present a special children's program at the Kershaw County Library. The program included information on their dogs' special talents and what the Allens and their dogs do. The Allens taught the children to "hug a tree" if they ever happen to become lost in the woods because body scents populate and remain trapped under limbs and branches, which can help bloodhounds find and rescue them. Bloodhounds not only have super-sensitive noses -- more than 4 million scent cells -- they also have floppy ears ...

June 26, 2015 | | People & Places


PTHS kids in KidFest

Pine Tree Hill Elementary School (PTHS) student Paisley Beam walks in the Belk's KidFest fashion show in late March. Paisley was one of several PTHS Bullpups featured in the fashion show. During the show, Belk Stores presented PTHS with a $4,154 donation. The store offered customers an opportunity to support local Title I elementary schools during Angel Days, a holiday fundraiser, and 100 percent of the proceeds were given to the school. Belk chose PTHS from among Title I schools in Richland and Kershaw County school districts. A portion of the proceeds will go toward a 21st Century ...

June 26, 2015 | | People & Places


BES reports fourth nine-weeks honor roll

Bethune Elementary School recently announced its honor roll for the fourth and final nine weeks of the school year.

June 26, 2015 | | Education


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