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Yesteryear -- Dec. 14, 2011

Photo cutline -- A tree for the future -- Charles Ramsey with the S.C. Forestry Commission and Lugoff-Elgin Middle School Principal Larry Patrick plant a tree in front of the school in celebration of the recent Arbor Day program, organized by teacher Clarence Taylor. The band performed songs for the holiday season, and teachers and students were recognized for their outstanding bulletin boards, poems and tree drawings.

December 14, 2011 | | Yesteryear


For the Record -- Dec. 14, 2011

For the record

December 14, 2011 | | For the Record


Camden First UMC plans 100th birthday celebration for ‘Daddy Mac’

Camden First United Methodist Church will celebrate a very special birthday of a very special church member during its Sunday morning worship and a reception to follow.

December 14, 2011 | | Miscellaneous


Friday to be half day for KCSD students

The Kershaw County School District will have a half day for students Friday, the last day of student attendance before the holiday break. Staff will work a regular schedule. Students in 3-and 4-year-old developmentally delayed and 4-year-old kindergarten classes will not attend.

December 14, 2011 | | Education


Pine Tree Hill School reports honor rolls

Pine Tree Hill Elementary School has announced its honor rolls for the first nine-week period.

December 14, 2011 | | Education


Sidewalk Survey -- Dec. 14, 2011

December 14, 2011 | Julie J. Prickett C-I | Sidewalk Survey


Mr. and Mrs. Dean Swofford celebrate 50 years together

Mr. and Mrs. Dean Swafford of Camden celebrated their 50th anniversary this year. The couple was married Aug. 5 1961. Joyce Robinson retired from DuPont. Dean is a retired school teacher.

December 14, 2011 | | Localife


10 steps to avoid holiday weight gain

Most of us have heard that you typically gain a few pounds during the winter holiday season, but did you know that this extra weight accumulates through the years and may be a major contributor to obesity and the diseases associated with it later in life? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than half of all adult Americans are overweight, as defined by body mass index. Body mass index is a mathematical formula used to correct body weight to account for a person's height. The latest survey from South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental ...

December 14, 2011 | | Localife


Santa to ride through Lugoff

The Lugoff Fire Department will have the honor of escorting Santa Claus through the neighborhoods in Lugoff this year. Santa will be escorted through different areas of the Lugoff community each night this week. Several residents of Lugoff have requested this event return to the community so children can have the opportunity to see the "Jolly One" before he comes on Christmas Night, LFD Chief Dennis Ray said.

December 14, 2011 | | Localife


King Haiglar Garden Club celebrates holiday season with Christmas tea, ornament exchange

The King Haiglar Garden Club celebrated its Christmas Tea and Ornament Exchange on Monday, Dec. 12. Judy Smith hosted the tea at 1819 Hobkirk Court in Camden. Linda Shaylor, Sandra Lease, and Mary Nelle Gore co-hosted the gathering. Members were reminded to bring a gift-wrapped ornament to exchange. There was no horticulture or arrangements. Garden maintenance for December is to be done by Cathy Moss and Mary Acken. Those attending enjoyed this festive time with other members and guests!

December 14, 2011 | | Localife


Robert Black

Robert "Bobby" Black, 72, of Shearwater Road, Elgin, died Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011.

December 14, 2011 | | Obituaries


Hattie Clark Caldwell

Hattie Clark Caldwell, 61, of Pine Drive, Bethune, died Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011.

December 14, 2011 | | Obituaries


Barbara Montgomery

A celebration of life service for Barbara Ann Watt Montgomery, 68, of Lugoff, will be held Friday at 12:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home with burial to follow in Fort Jackson National Cemetery. The Rev. Dr. Mark Bredholt will officiate. Memorials may be made to the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.

December 14, 2011 | | Obituaries


CES named a 2011 National Blue Ribbon Lighthouse School

Camden Elementary School (CES) got an early Christmas present with the news that it has been named a 2011 Blue Ribbon Lighthouse School for outstanding achievement in comprehensive educational excellence for students.

December 14, 2011 | | Education


Betty Lane Swann

Funeral services for Betty Lane Swann, 79, of Camden, will be held Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at Wateree Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The Rev's Everett Reconnu and Bobby J. James Jr. will officiate. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6–8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. Memorials may be made to Wateree Baptist Church Parsonage Fund.

December 14, 2011 | | Obituaries


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Obama’s ‘dart’ at GOP

Lawyers of every political persuasion are lining up in Washington to have their say on the legality or illegality of the plan President Obama intends to implement regarding amnesty for illegal aliens who are in the United States without proper authorization, with one major network saying the president's plan to take the immigration system into his own hands "is a daring test of the limits of presidential power."

November 21, 2014 | | Editorials


Pope calls for family resurrection

WASHINGTON -- News that Pope Francis will visit the U.S. next year for the triennial World Meeting of Families brings elation to Catholics, excitement to pope watchers -- and perhaps a little chagrin to some who too soon interpreted Francis' broad compassion as a precursor to doctrinal changes related to marriage.

November 21, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Ariail for Nov. 21, 2014

November 21, 2014 | | Ariail


Camden’s African-American corridor

In 2008, a group of graduate students from the University of South Carolina's Public History Program produced a study entitled, "The Camden African-American Heritage Project." It was the product of a student group assignment conducted in 2005-06. The students were assisted by many Camden residents in their search for the history of African-Americans in Camden from the Colonial period through the era of civil rights. Though able to spend only one semester researching and writing, the students pulled together an admirable overview of the lives of African-Americans here. In their final recommendations they suggested, among other things, that an ...

November 21, 2014 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Letter: ‘If it ain’t broke…’

On Monday, the Chronicle-Independent reported the Kershaw County School District earned an "Excellent" rating on our state report card issued by the S.C. Department of Education. Our KCSD superintendent, Dr. Frank Morgan said, "Our schools are producing outstanding results and I am extremely grateful for the hard work of our students, families, teachers and administrators." I would include Dr. Morgan and the school board and say how proud I am of their accomplishments. Kudos to all of them.

November 21, 2014 | Charlie Humphries Camden | Letters


Candlelight Tour of Homes

The Camden Junior Welfare League presents the 38th annual Candlelight Tour of Homes from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. The tour will begin at the Camden Archives and Museum.

November 19, 2014 | | Localife


Price House annual pecan benefit

According to Price House Commision Chair Polly Lampshire, the Price House annual benefit pecan sale begins Nov. 20.

November 19, 2014 | | Localife


Sheheen: ‘It is the journey that matters most’

I try to live life as a journey full of unknown destinations. And I do believe it is the journey that matters most. During the last year, I was blessed enough to experience a journey throughout our wonderful state of South Carolina. A campaign for governor is a journey through the hearts and souls of many people and places. A statewide campaign is sometimes brutal and sometimes joyful, but never dull. I treasure that journey and thank my friends in Camden and Kershaw County for letting me experience it.

November 19, 2014 | State Sen. Vincent Sheen Guest Op-Ed | Columns


Millennial spendthrifts? Not so

WASHINGTON -- Millennials are foolhardy spendthrifts. But young people basically always are, and that's probably OK.

November 19, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Crime Report for Nov. 19, 2014

During undercover operations Monday, the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) cited four businesses for selling tobacco or alcohol to underage buyers. According to a KCSO press release, underage participants under KCSO supervision attempted to make illegal purchases at 23 businesses where tobacco and alcohol are legally sold.

November 19, 2014 | By Gary Phillips and Tenell Felder C-I editorial staff | Crime-Police-Fire


For the Record - Nov. 19, 2014

Real estate transactions

November 19, 2014 | | For the Record


Yesteryear for Nov. 19, 2014

Youth show an interest in and knowledge of history

November 19, 2014 | | Yesteryear


One-day baseball camp features Rays' pitcher Kohn

Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher and former Camden High School standout Michael Kohn will return home as the lead instructor for a one-day baseball camp on Sunday, Dec. 14 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at American Legion Park in Camden.

November 19, 2014 | | Sports


JoAnn King

Celebration of Life Service for JoAnn King, 75, will be held Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. at Faith Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The Rev. Jerry Gardner will officiate. The family will receive friends Wednesday 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. prior to the service at the church.

November 19, 2014 | | Obituaries


Wateree Elementary School reports honor rolls

First Grade

November 19, 2014 | | Education


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