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Eddie Ricks

Mr. Eddie James "Tut" Ricks, Sr., 80, of 1925 Longtown Road, Ridgeway, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011. He was the son of the late Robert Pearl White Ricks and husband of Willie Bell Hunter Ricks. Funeral service will be held Tuesday, October 12, 2011 at 11 a.m. at Mount Joshua United Methodist Church, Ridgeway, with internment to follow in church, with military honors. Mr. Ricks will be placed in the church at 10 a.m. for viewing. The family will receive family and friends Tuesday, 6 to 7 p.m. at the Chapel of Rememberance ...

October 17, 2011 | | Obituaries


Arthur James Simpson

Mr. Arthur James Simpson, Jr., 64, of 6626 Rockwell Boulevard, Charlotte N.C., died Friday, Oct. 14. Family and friends may call at the residence of his daughter and son-in-law Dianne and John Pollard, 2206 Carlos 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 Simpson family.

October 17, 2011 | | Obituaries


Clarice Steele

Funeral service for Clarice Myrtle Caldwell Steele, 95, will be held Monday at 1:00 p.m. at Hermitage Baptist Church, Camden with burial to follow in Southland Memorial Gardens, West Columbia. The Rev. Dr. Donald West and The Rev. Mark Hopkins will officiate. The family received friends Sunday 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff.

October 17, 2011 | | Obituaries


Greg Williams

Funeral service for James Gregory "Scruggs" Williams, 51, will be held Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff, with burial to follow in Oakridge Baptist Church Cemetery. The Rev. Keith Coates will officiate. The family will receive friends Monday 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to KershawHealth Foundation.

October 17, 2011 | | Obituaries


Herbert Lee Wilson

Mr. Herbert Lee "HW" Wilson, 54, of 5260 Timbersand Road, Rembert, SC, passed on Wednesday, October 5, 2011.

October 17, 2011 | | Obituaries


Teacher earns science award

Camden Middle School teacher Valerie Willis thought it was a big honor to be nominated for the 2011 Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Award and was thrilled to earn the top award for South Carolina. So when she learned that she also received the honor for the whole Southeast region, she was even more flattered.

October 17, 2011 | | Education


Ariail for Oct. 17, 2011

October 17, 2011 | | Ariail


AnnMarie (Ree) Andrews

AnnMarie (Ree) Andrews, 39, born Dec. 5, 1971, passed October 5. She is the daughter of Janice Spence Robertson and the late William John Illingworth, Sr. Surviving is daughter Savanah Rayne Illingworth, daughter Ryane Hayes Andrews, uncle Joseph David Spence II, and uncle Gary E. Spence.

October 17, 2011 | | Obituaries


Jesse “Buddy” Grant

Jesse Ronald "Buddy" Grant, Sr., 65, was called to eternal rest on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at Kershaw Memorial Hospital, Camden. Born in Kershaw County on September 10, 1946, he was the oldest son of the late Wallie Roosevelt Grant and Bertha Peay Grant, and the oldest grandchild of the late Will and Mattie Peay.

October 17, 2011 | | Obituaries


KC Master Gardner encourages others to join the fun

The following is a reprint of an article by Margot Rochester which appeared in the August 20, 2008, Chronicle-Independent. After reading this article, I took the Master Gardner class and it has changed my life in many ways.

October 17, 2011 | Maryann Bowen Kershaw County Master Gardener Association | Localife


Solyndra case underscores flaws in 'stimulus act'

If anyone needs more proof that the White House sold us a bill of goods when it pressured Congress to pass the "stimulus" act of 2009, just look at what has happened with Solyndra Inc.

October 17, 2011 | Richard Eckstrom C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Mom won’t let grandma put pictures of children on Facebook

Dear Annie: Yesterday, our daughter-in-law announced that she did not want pictures of her children posted on Facebook. My wife is beside herself, saying that "Mary" has no right to do this.

October 17, 2011 | | Dear Annie


Miss Horton, Mr. Stephens set date

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Y. Horton of Camden are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Sarah Helen Horton to Robert Eugene Stephens, son of Mr. Robert Stephens, Jr. of Indian Trail, N.C. and Mrs. Lynn Stephens of Blowing Rock, N.C.

October 17, 2011 | | Weddings & Engagements


Miss Brunson, Mr. Clyburn engaged

Mr. and Mrs. Dwight and Janice McPherson of Heath Springs announce the engagement of their daughter Miss Casey Brunson of Lexington to Mr. James M. Clyburn, also of Lexington. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James L. and Linda Clyburn of Camden.

October 17, 2011 | | Weddings & Engagements


Two leaders lost, big lessons gained

What makes a great leader? While President Barack Obama and his Republican challengers grapple mightily with that question, the deaths of Steve Jobs and the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, two leaders who shunned political office, tell us the answer.

October 17, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | 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


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


CHS hosts girls' golf meeting

All girls interested in learning more about and playing for the Camden High School girls' golf team is asked to attend an organizational meeting on Monday, Aug. 4 at 9 a.m. at the Camden Country Club on Knights Hill Rd. in Camden.

July 23, 2014 | | Camden High/Middle


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