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Citizen Rainey

John Rainey is wearing a coat and tie as he strides slowly across the grass of his 17-acre estate -- called Fox Watch Farm -- which is just outside the small town of Camden. It's after midday, and the sun is turning the nearby dogwood trees gold.

February 15, 2012 | (This story was originally published in the weekly newspaper Free Times of Columbia.) By COREY HUTCHINS | Politics


Stubborn and stupid

Many people believe what is necessary to gain a Ph.D. is superior intelligence. Such a belief is certainly a fallacy. What a person requires is two items: obstinacy and stupidity. As a person who has washed a rather large wooden house with a rag, water, and scouring powder; cut front and back yards, when yards really were yards, with a pair of scissors; and dressed a half a hog, chitterlings and all -- I know. These examples occurred in my youth, and, seemingly, I gathered only worn and blistered hands as my lessons. I did learn from an admonition from ...

February 15, 2012 | Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Mildred Edith McCaskill

Funeral services for Mildred Edith McCaskill, 83, of Bethune, who passed away February 11, was held Tuesday at 3:00 at the Bethune Baptist Church. Rev. Jeff Cockrell, Rev. Paul Stephens and Dr. James Jordan officiated. Burial was held in the Bethune Baptist Church Cemetery directed by Norton Funeral Home, Hartsville. Visitation was held Monday 6-8 pm at the Bethune Baptist Church. Mildred was born in Bethune a daughter of the late James Talley & Lizzie Jane Ratcliff McCaskill. She was retired from International Paper, a member of the Bethune Baptist Church and the Ruth Sunday School Class. Surviving are her ...

February 15, 2012 | | Obituaries


Whitaker Seafood

Whitaker Fresh Seafood Market is now open at 2406-B Broad St. in Camden's Dusty Bend area. "Our goal is to provide a large variety of fresh seafood that everyone will enjoy," said owner Randall W. Whitaker. "Each week we have a variety of fresh fish filets and bone-in dressed fish which are USA-wild caught sustainable products. We also have fresh salmon from the Arctic Circle, which is rich in OMEGA-3." Whitaker Fresh Seafood Market also offers shrimp, oysters, crab legs, scallops, fresh Maine lobster and more. Venia Whitaker is assistant manager of Whitaker Fresh Seafood Market, which is open ...

February 15, 2012 | | Business


Birth control redux

WASHINGTON -- Most Americans can hardly believe we're having a national debate about birth control in the 21st century -- more than 50 years after The Pill became available and decades after condoms became as commonplace as, well, balloons.

February 15, 2012 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


For the Record -- Feb. 15, 2012

Real Estate Transactions

February 15, 2012 | | For the Record


Let’s build on assets already in place

I like the idea of bike paths throughout downtown Camden. I like the idea of a carriage tour of historic residences. I like the idea of renovating the train depot and reactivating a track to and from Camden to Columbia. I like the idea of upgrading the Woodward Air Field to make Camden a true commuter-friendly town for folks who want to work in the city and yet be surrounded by the equestrian world and country living.

February 15, 2012 | Keith C. Richardson Camden | Letters


Yesteryear -- Feb. 15, 2012

Photo cutline -- Rehearing for Musical -- Mavis Gabriel and Doug Gardner are pictured rehearing for their first Camden Community Theater production, "The Fantasticks." The musical opens Wednesday, Feb. 17 at Richardson Hall at Grace-Episcopal Church.

February 15, 2012 | | Yesteryear


Focus on tourism

We're glad to see Kershaw County and the City of Camden partnering to promote tourism by creating a new position whose sole focus will be promoting tourism and bringing more people to this area. In the past, the Chamber of Commerce has had to shoulder that load as well as its more traditional mission of working with small businesses and helping to attract new ventures to the county. Those roles -- business support and tourism -- have grown more and more specialized over the years, and it makes perfect sense to have someone whose only job will be to promote the ...

February 15, 2012 | | Editorials


Meet the Bulldogs on tap for Thursday

The Camden Bulldog Club will sponsor Meet the Bulldogs on Thursday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. in the Commons area of the gym.

February 15, 2012 | | Camden High/Middle


Saturday's Camden Baseball Jamboree ushers in the new season

Kershaw County high school baseball fans can get a sneak peek of their favorite team(s) on Saturday at the Camden High School Baseball Jamboree.

February 13, 2012 | | Sports


New two-tiered KCSD volunteer system in place

Volunteers in the Kershaw County School District must now undergo a revised application process that divides them into two levels depending upon possible unsupervised interaction with students. The new process took effect Feb. 1.

February 13, 2012 | | Education


Betty Muller Sheorn

Elizabeth "Betty" Muller Sheorn, 85, of Camden, died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel.

February 13, 2012 | | Obituaries


Noted and passed -- Feb. 13, 2012

• We've commented on prior occasions about the recent bankruptcy filing of Kodak, once one of the most powerful brands in the world. The Rochester, N.Y.-based company filed late last year to reorganize; now comes news that Kodak will no longer make cameras, along with other products such as digital frames, choosing to concentrate instead on commercial printing technology and other products. It's a sad thing, undoubtedly, for the millions of Americans who grew up using the company's cameras and film, and it illustrates yet again that companies must constantly adapt in order to stay in ...

February 13, 2012 | | Editorials


Is America coming apart?

This may sound a little odd, but I believe that I need to pay more attention to white people.

February 13, 2012 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


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Holiday hoops camp on tap at Camden High

The Camden High School boys' basketball program and the Kershaw County Parks and Recreation Department are hosting a two-day, pre-Christmas camp at the school on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 22 and 23.

December 17, 2014 | | Sports


Leopards get the belt and revenge in winning tourney title

Heading into Saturday's inaugural Battle for the Belt wrestling tournament, Lugoff-Elgin Middle School head coach Ted Monroe's mission for his team was two-fold. First, they wanted to win the 16-team event and the other objective was to avenge a loss to Sullivan Middle School, which snapped the Leopards' 60-match win streak two weeks earlier.

December 17, 2014 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Dogs take second in MCCU Holiday Classic

With two of its wrestlers winning titles and six others placing in the top four, South Pointe High School captured this past weekend's 23rd annual Mid-Carolina Credit Union Holiday Classic Wrestling Tournament hosted by Lugoff-Elgin.

December 17, 2014 | | Sports


FMU Army ROTC cadet commissioned

Lugoff native, 2nd Lt. Adam Truesdale was honored as a newly commissioned officer in the U.S. Army during a ceremony on Dec. 12 as part of Francis Marion University's Army ROTC program.

December 17, 2014 | | Military


William G. Blake

William G. Blake, 91, of Camden, SC, died Monday, December 15, 2014. Plans are incomplete and will be announced by Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel.

December 17, 2014 | | Obituaries


Parker: Talk about a wildfire

WASHINGTON -- First there's the spark, then the conflagration, followed by the litigation and then, surely, the movie.

December 17, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Local businessman donates to buy bulletproof vests

Kershaw County businessman Frank Lee kicked off an effort to purchase replacement bulletproof vests for Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies. Lee donated funds to do so through the Kershaw County Sheriff's Foundation (KCSF).

December 17, 2014 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Party with a purpose

Foster Care Review Board 5E members (from left) Mary Long, Sandra Inabinet and Chair Laurie Parks helped host 50 Camden women on Dec. 10 for what it is calling the First Annual Girls' Night Out Christmas Party." The "party with a purpose" collected donations for 13 Kershaw County foster children ages 2 to 18 years old. The ladies collected more than $2,300 in toys, cash and gift cards, which were used to purchase clothing and other specific items on the children's wish list. In 2012, Board 5E became the S.C. Governor's Office Children's Foster Care ...

December 17, 2014 | | Miscellaneous


Making history

Each Nov. 11, a ceremony is held at the gravesite of U.S. Gen. John Joseph "Black Jack" Pershing, commander of the Allied Forces in Europe during World War I. For the first time in Arlington National Cemetery's history, officials chose a Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) unit to lay a wreath at Pershing's gravesite.

December 17, 2014 | | Military


Crime Report - Dec. 17, 2014

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested and charged a Lancaster man with grand larceny, DUI, driving under suspension and failure to stop for blue lights Sunday after he fled in a stolen truck from a KCSO deputy.

December 17, 2014 | By Gary Phillips and Tenell Felder C-I editorial staff | Crime-Police-Fire


For the Record - Dec. 17, 2014

Real estate transactions

December 17, 2014 | | For the Record


Avoid the red this Christmas

A recent survey by SunTrust Banks found nearly 40 percent of consumers feel pressured to spend more than they can afford this holiday season.

December 15, 2014 | Deborah Sutton Deseret News | National


This is your brain on Christmas

Anton Armstrong looks forward to the holiday season all year long. It's not the passive sort of anticipation common among young children or "It's a Wonderful Life" fans; it's the active kind. He looks forward to December like his job depends on it. Because it does.

December 15, 2014 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | National


Does Mexican Virgin Mary holiday matter to Americans?

On December 12, many Mexicans paid tribute to the Virgin Mary with the holiday Our Lady of Guadalupe, a day when Mexico unites to honor the woman who is often recognized as a symbol of the country, according to Fox News.

December 15, 2014 | Herb Scribner Deseret News | National


What to consider for master suite additions

There is no problem with simply sprucing up a master suite by upgrading the furniture, bedding and paint if the space is working well for you. However, we do not feel it is a good investment to put "lipstick on the pig" if you are lacking the space or layout required to actually qualify for a master suite.

December 15, 2014 | Annie Schwemmer and Ann Robinson Deseret News | National


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