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Let people have a voice

Concerning the choice to possibly build a new YMCA in Camden, would it not be a wise decision for the Camden Mayor and City Council members to allow a referendum/special election concerning the use of what would likely be several million dollars of public funds to build a city owned facility which would be managed by a "for profit" YMCA. Those of us who do not reside in the city but are dependent on Camden for water and/or power would like to have a voice in this matter.

July 11, 2011 | John Jaynes Camden | Letters


Noted and passed

• President Obama has started tweeting, and he might regret it. The president is now using the social-media Twitter to send out messages, but Republicans aren't letting him get off unscathed, sending in questions about the economy's performance during his administration. The city of Camden has recently undergone its own social media upheaval with its (former) Facebook account, and folks there might advise the president that tweeting might not end up all that it's cracked up to be.

July 11, 2011 | | Editorials


Veto session reveals differences

At the Governor's budget veto briefing, her Deputy Chief of Staff was tasked with explaining to the members of the legislature why the Governor vetoed roughly $105 million from the $5.8 billion General Fund budget and the entire $107 million Capital Reserve Appropriations bill.

July 11, 2011 | S.C. Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Family ties

I am sorry I omitted the fact that Councilman Willard Polk has been my brother-in-law for over 45 years. I appreciated your adding that footnote. However, I do not think that fact has any bearing on my comments. He still deserves the respect and applause of the silent majority for his representation of his fellow citizens on city council.

July 11, 2011 | Jane Clarke Mountain Rest | Letters


A response -- Author Chris Crutcher

I've been informed that my book, "Angry Management," has been removed from your summer reading list because a concerned parent, Douglas Berry, brought the "number of expletives" in the text to the attention of your district's Director of Communications.

July 11, 2011 | | Columns


Some scandals won't sit still

It's hard for a social commentator to keep up with all of the legal, moral and political lessons offered up by the still-unfolding Dominique Strauss-Kahn sex mess. But the most important is this: Don't rush to judgment.

July 11, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Bulldog Club kicks off membership drive

The Camden High School Bulldog Club Membership Drive is in full swing for the 2011-2012 school year. The organization, founded in 1952, provides financial assistance to all athletic programs at the school through the membership drive and various fundraising activities.

July 11, 2011 | | Camden High/Middle


Celebrating Independence Day

Students in the Camden First Baptist Kindergarten and Child Care walked in the church's annual Fourth of July Parade in honor of Independence Day on June 30. In total, 80 children, 19 teachers and two parents participated. The group started at the church on Walnut Street, turned rights on Broad Street, turned right on DeKalb Street and doubled back to Walnut Street to complete the parade. Luanne Stallings directed the event.

July 08, 2011 | | Localife


American Legion Auxiliary Post 17 installs new officers, helps provide scholarship money for student

The American Legion Auxiliary Post 17 participated in selecting and sponsoring five delegates from Kershaw County to attend Palmetto Girls State June 12-18. The tuition of each student was shared by the unit and American Legion Post 17 members.

July 08, 2011 | | Localife


KCSD registration scheduled July 26-28

All Kershaw County School District students and parents -- both new and returning -- should plan to attend school registration later this month.

July 08, 2011 | | Education


CLASS Shag Blast 2011

The 2011 CLASS Shag Blast was held June 11 at the Camden Shrine Club. It is the Camden Lugoff Area Shag Society's annual major fund raising event. This year the CLASS Shag Blast benefited the Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County and Food for the Soul of Kershaw County. Thanks to sponsors and the work of club members, $3,600 was donated to the organizations. This is the most the club has been able to donate in the last seven years.

July 08, 2011 | | Localife


Get your jam on

Rock your universe at the 16th annual Jammin' in July music festival Saturday at Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site. Fourteen bands and solo acts will be featured, including The Turn Signals, David Mitchell, Arcfurus, Josh McCaa and Andy Luadzers, Michael Jacobs, Fayssoux McLean & Brandon Turner, Without a Paddle, Bakers Moon, The Mobros, Rusty Davis and Paul Russo, Mike Frost Jazz, Joal Rush, John Wesley Satterfield and Zen Violin, surprise finale featuring assorted performers from the show. Gates open at 3:30 p.m., with music beginning at 4 p.m. Admission is $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and military ...

July 08, 2011 | | Miscellaneous


Pets of the week -- July 8, 2011

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Jonser, a 4-month-old male Catahoula hound mix puppy, and Oliver, a 4-month-old male orange and white tabby kitten. 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 1 p.m. Saturday. The shelter is closed Sunday and Monday. For information on the shelter or to check for a missing pet, call 425-6016 or ...

July 08, 2011 | | Pets


Improving infrastructure demands strategic planning

One of the most important things we do as a council is set aside money in the budget each year for infrastructure improvements.

July 08, 2011 | Camden Mayor Jeffrey Graham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Rec Notes for July 8, 2011

The H2O Fun Camp is offered for youngsters ages 6 to 12 who already have basic swimming skills. They must be able to swim 25 yards on their own to participate.

July 08, 2011 | | Miscellaneous


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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


Summer youth sports camps coming to a close in county

There are still a few youth summer sports camps left in Kershaw County.

July 25, 2014 | | Seasonal 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


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