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Welcome to Beta

A number of students were recently inducted into the new Beta Club at Camden Middle School. Inductees included (first row) Connor Newman, Delaney McLaughlin, Abigail McLaughlin, Madaline Johnson, Kaitlynn Stephens, Modyes Sutton, (second row) Alexis McLeod, Laken Bradley, Rebekah Wallace, Margaret Lackey, Orlandria McCray, Sloane Neal, Natalie Horton, Shan Woody, Katelyn Beckwith, Abigail Baytes, Leah Ray, Lindsay Pierce, Blake Brown, Molly Creel, Grace Smith, Larkin Kelly, Elizabeth Brown, Amanda Lane, Kennedi Stokes, (third row) Grace Piccione, Sydney Conto, Alejandra Vergara, Jayda Chisolm, Mya Izzard, Courtney Elliott, Mac Lindsay, Nicholas Butler, Audrey Buchanan, Hunter Sanders, Will Conder, Thomas Marshall, Todd Kahler ...

November 16, 2011 | | Education


In honor of veterans

November 16, 2011 | | Education


Padgett enlists in U.S. Navy

Civilian Ryan J. Padgett, son of Karen L. Padgett of Lugoff and Jimmy E. Padgett of Gray Court, recently enlisted in the U.S. Navy under the Delayed Entry Program at Navy Recruiting District, Raleigh, N. C.

November 16, 2011 | | Military


Edward Barnes

Edward Barnes, 69, of Lorick Horton Road in Camden, died Monday, November 14, 2011. Friends may visit at 1711 Kennedy Drive in Camden.

November 16, 2011 | | Obituaries


Larry Kenneth Clark

Larry Kenneth Clark, 58, of Old Stagecoach Road, Camden, died Saturday, November 12, 2011.

November 16, 2011 | | Obituaries


Louvenia Greene

Louvenia Greene, 58, of Old Stagecoach Road, Camden, died Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011.

November 16, 2011 | | Obituaries


Nancy McDuffie Stone

Nancy McDuffie Stone, 47, of Wateree Boulevard, Camden, died Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011.

November 16, 2011 | | Obituaries


Food for the Soul opens shelter

Food for the Soul, the Camden-based ministry to the county's hungry and homeless, announced that Jimmy B. Farmer has been named Shelter Manager. Farmer will manage the overnight winter shelter program, which opened for the first time last week.

November 16, 2011 | | Localife


A book a day

As part of Doby's Mill Elementary School's Farm to School grant, which encourages students to eat locally grown fruits and vegetables, the library was able to purchase dozens of books on gardening and healthy cooking and eating. On a recent visit to the library, students Keymoni Hill, Mitchell Loudermilk, Ashton Horton, and Kayden Melvin hungrily perused some of the new selections.

November 16, 2011 | | Education


Sidewalk Survey -- Nov. 16, 2011

November 16, 2011 | Julie J. Prickett C-I | Sidewalk Survey


In tough times, remember those in need

Even in the best of times, it's important for those of us having enough to meet our own needs to share our material blessings with those who don't.

November 16, 2011 | Richard Eckstrom S.C. comptroller | Columns


Supreme Court and health care

As much as we would all like to believe that judges are not influenced in any way by politics, the real world just doesn't work that way. Those who sit on the bench can't help but be influenced by the philosophies they have developed over their entire lives. So with the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to hear arguments about the fate of President Obama's health care plan, we can all brace ourselves for a firestorm of rhetoric from pundits, commentators and strategists, many of whom will see a sinister plot in the entire episode. Compounding ...

November 16, 2011 | | Editorials


Sports complex: opposition or debate?

Thank you for your even-handed coverage of the debate over a proposed city-built sports complex that would be operated by the Columbia YMCA. The headline in Friday's Chronicle-Independent might tend to make someone think I am an opponent of a new sports complex for our city/county. I am not. However, I have worked to secure signatures that call for a referendum on the issue. A binding referendum would settle the dispute and determine the will of the citizens of Camden.

November 16, 2011 | Jim Parrish Camden | Letters


Hot dog cart not an intrusion downtown

Ward Ratz is the owner of The Dog House, a hot dog cart on Broad Street. This is a great addition to the Camden restaurant scene. Ward has great products and has in a few short months gained a good following of satisfied customers who look forward to his food.

November 16, 2011 | Carole Jellenik Camden | Letters


DMES honors veterans with love, respect

On Veterans Day, 11-11-11, Doby's Mill Elementary School second-graders put on a tribute show for the veterans. It was one of the most meaningful, well-done, beautifully executed shows I have ever seen and almost unbelievable to have been done by such young children. There had to be many, many people doing the work to put this together, practice the children and see that all went according to plan, and they are to be greatly thanked for their hard work and dedication and love.

November 16, 2011 | Ruth Meshach Lugoff | Letters


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Noted and passed - Oct. 20, 2014

• Thanks to I-20, two U.S. highways and several state highways, we have a lot of commercial vehicles passing through Kershaw County on a daily basis. While most of those vehicles are likely carrying goods for sale here and elsewhere across the country, there's also a good chance hazardous materials are being trucked through as well. So, it's a good thing Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) and the Kershaw County Fire Service have joined forces to create a Special Operations Team (SOT) to deal with any "HazMat" accidents that may occur. According to LF-R Battalion Chief Chris Spitzer, the team ...

October 20, 2014 | | Editorials


The love or hate of air conditioning

It's a funny thing. That's what Mama used to say when something baffled her. Like Mama, I prefer that things make common sense. Otherwise, I'll ponder, figure, study, and try to decipher that funny thing until it's somewhat sensible.

October 20, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Soft skills

In early September, I attended a meeting of superintendents in Greenville. A major area of discussion was the development of a workforce that would attract sustainable industry to South Carolina and how K-12 education fits into this puzzle. To underscore this discussion, the meeting included a tour of the BMW plant in Spartanburg. Wow! This facility absolutely reflects what a 21st century workplace looks like and what many of our students will need to be prepared to enter. I talk a lot about preparing students for their future and not our past. The BMW tour reminded me why this is ...

October 20, 2014 | KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Op-Ed: The penny sales tax

On Nov. 4, Kershaw County citizens will have the opportunity to vote on the Kershaw County School District facilities referendum. Because of legislation passed by the South Carolina General Assembly in 2014, voters will be able to decide whether or not a penny sales tax that would be collected for 15 years could be imposed in the county and used by the school district to fund the projects in the referendum.

October 20, 2014 | Donnie Wilson CFO, Kershaw County School District | Columns


Camden residents support Graham for city council

I want to voice my support for Jeffrey Graham in his pursuit of a seat upon Camden City Council. I think Jeffrey is a unique candidate with a perspective we need. He is a family man with young children, and because of this I think he can represent the needs of many other young families in the Camden area. While all of the current council members have important and impressive qualities, the direct representation of our younger generations is imperative, and with Walter Long leaving, we do not have such a voice on the council if not for Jeffrey Graham.

October 20, 2014 | | Letters


Reader supports Reuwer

I am supporting David Reuwer for probate judge in the coming election. In any election, voters must ask a couple of things: does the candidate know what he or she is doing, and does the candidate possess the proper attitude to best serve the people of Kershaw County. Well, Mr. Reuwer is a practicing lawyer and Elgin municipal judge experienced in probate matters including the new, revised probate code. Mr. Reuwer is a hardworking man dedicated to the protection, conservation, and celebration of the historical legacy of Kershaw County. He has a strong need to help others; it seems to ...

October 20, 2014 | Thomas Bettendorf Camden | Letters


Reader: ‘vote no twice’

I see signs appearing throughout the county imploring you to "Vote Yes Twice" regarding the school referenda. If you favor tearing down perfectly good schools and Camden High's football stadium, construction new ones to replace them, to the tune of $130 million plus interest; and if you want to pay higher taxes on everything you buy, then by all means vote yes.

October 20, 2014 | Charlie Humphries Camden | Letters


This week in KC sports

Tuesday: Camden in Region 4-AAA cross country championships at Chapin (5 p.m.); Region 3-AA fourth-place finisher at North Central in first round of AA state volleyball tournament (6 p.m.)

October 20, 2014 | | Seasonal Sports


Doris Jeane Grady Seabolt

Graveside funeral services to celebrate the life of Doris Jeane Grady Seabolt, 82, of Elgin, SC will be held at 2:00 PM, Monday, October 20, 2014 in Greenhaven Memorial Gardens, Elgin, SC. Rev. Daniel Griffin will officiate. Memorials may be made in Mrs. Seabolt's memory to SC Oncology SCOA foundation, P.O. Box 2046 West Columbia, SC 29171.

October 20, 2014 | | Obituaries


Teresa McCray

Ms. Teresa McCray, 49, of 1027 Pine Tree Drive, Cassatt, South Carolina, passed away on Saturday, October 18, 2014. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Nelson-Haile Funeral Home.

October 20, 2014 | | Obituaries


What people are saying about the right to die

Brittany Maynard, 29, was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor earlier this year. She was told she'd have six months to live. This coming Nov. 1, Maynard will end her life through assisted suicide, according to Deseret News National.

October 17, 2014 | | National


Five ways grandparents can help with kids

You can't walk around a craft store without seeing one of those plaques, framed pictures or cross-stitched designs -- those sayings that sit on mantles, hang above fireplaces and are stuck to car bumpers:

October 17, 2014 | Heather Merrill FamilyShare | National


Violence on film rises with access to the real thing

In the opening of "Fury," the story of an American tank crew in the final days of World War II, Brad Pitt's character stabs a German soldier in the head before casually wiping his blade clean on his enemy's uniform.

October 17, 2014 | Chandra Johnson Deseret News | National


Bound together: marriage rates and the American dream

The American "retreat from marriage" may portend harm for the American Dream, says National Marriage Project director W. Bradford Wilcox, who outlines policies that hamper rather than help children's future stability in a commentary for the Heritage Foundation.

October 17, 2014 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News | National


Ten things nobody told you about being married

You've heard that marriage isn't easy, that there are going to be trials, surprises and changes of plans along the way. People also tell you it's a blast and the best decision they've ever made. But did anyone tell you being married is also awkward? And sweaty? Being married is a lot of things, some of which no one tells you about ahead of time. Here's a head's up of a few things you probably haven't heard before.

October 17, 2014 | Katie Nielsen FamilyShare | National


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