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Marie Kelly Branham

Marie Kelly Branham, 90, of Elgin, SC, died Friday, May 25, 2012. Born in Tookiedoo, SC on September 4, 1921, she was a daughter of the late John Mannes Kelly and Gazell Abbott Kelly. Marie was a beloved fixture in the Elgin community, owning and operating Branham's Grocery for 31 years, working alongside her husband on the family cotton and corn farm, and serving as nurse for anyone in need in the area. She was a member of Smyrna United Methodist Church, where memorials may be made in Marie's memory at PO Box 66, Elgin, SC 29045.

May 30, 2012 | | Obituaries


Getting ripped

Seated in front of his locker at Atlas Gym, Staff Sgt. Cedric McMillan dried beads of sweat from his face after a grueling workout regimen. And, the weightlifting part of his day had not even started.

May 30, 2012 | | Sports


Strutting their stuff

The winners of the 2012 Bethune Chicken Strut Pageant were recently announced. The results are as follows.

May 30, 2012 | | People & Places


Sidewalk Survey -- May 30, 2012

May 30, 2012 | Julie J. Prickett C-I | Sidewalk Survey


Local resident chosen as Youth Dance Ambassador 2012

Erin Hayes has been selected as the Youth Dance Ambassador for 2012. Through her participation in the recent Dance Troupe Inc. competition, Erin was chosen as the Youth Dance Ambassador and will participate in the Grand National Finals to be held in Savannah, Ga. in July. Erin will have the opportunity to study with top dance choreographers, be a featured performer in the Night of Stars Showcase, and will receive the Youth Dance Ambassador Medal for 2012.

May 28, 2012 | | People & Places


Youth sports camps ready for summer runs

With the school year coming to a close, it is time for summer sports camps in Kershaw County.

May 28, 2012 | | Sports


John Twitty

Funeral service for John Clayton Twitty, 85, will be held Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home with burial to follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The Rev. Richard Cameron will officiate.

May 28, 2012 | | Obituaries


Head-on collision results in death on U.S. 521

A 61-year-old Sumter man was killed in a head-on car crash Friday morning on Highway 521 near the Kershaw County/Sumter County line.

May 28, 2012 | | Crime-Police-Fire


End of session sprint

Today, Memorial Day, one of the most important days on the American calendar, we reflect upon all that we owe the brave men and women who have been willing to risk everything in military service to this country. A vibrant legacy of courage, dedication, and sacrifice is what allows us to choose our own leaders, write our own laws, and enjoy all our other freedoms.

May 28, 2012 | By State Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk C-I contributing columnist | Columns


America's uneasy 'browning'

White babies are no longer a majority of new births, according to the Census Bureau. America is quietly "browning," it is said, like dinner rolls in a warm oven. Yet, such change does not come without resistance from those who prefer to remain unbaked.

May 28, 2012 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Miss Colvin, Mr. Eubanks engaged

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Colvin of Camden announce the engagement of their daughter, Crystal Renee Colvin of Camden, to Travis James Eubanks of Camden. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Eubanks of Camden, and Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Kelly of Bishopville.

May 28, 2012 | | Weddings & Engagements


Local student chosen as finalist in the National American Miss South Carolina Pageant

Hannah McCray Earls, age 13, has been chosen as a state finalist in the National American Miss South Carolina Pageant to be held July 12-14 at the Marriott in downtown Columbia. The pageant is held for girls ages 10 through 13.

May 28, 2012 | | People & Places


Head-on collision results in death on Highway 521

A 61-year-old Sumter man was killed in a head-on car crash Friday morning on Highway 521 near the Kershaw County/Sumter County line.

May 28, 2012 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Noted and passed - May 28, 2012

• We congratulate Kershaw County's 2012 graduates – both those who have already stepped across the stage and those who will receive their diplomas Saturday. As indicated in today's Chronicle-Independent graduation section, we have many young people with bright futures ahead of them. We wish them the very best on their journey.

May 28, 2012 | | Editorials


Combs earns USC President's List recognition

Elizabeth Combs of Camden has completed her freshman year at the University of South Carolina with a 4.0 grade point average and was named to the President's List.

May 28, 2012 | | Education


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Parker: Michelle Obama’s evolution

WASHINGTON -- First-term first ladies are often shadows to their more-important husbands, dabbling in lite fare to avoid criticism and picking safe projects to shield them and their families from the inevitable slings and arrows.

July 03, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Scully: Vision and process

Many extraordinary people offer visionary ideas, especially here. "Wouldn't it be great if we had a river rafting business on the Wateree?" "Wouldn't it be great if we had a downtown boutique hotel?" "Wouldn't it be great if we had a Bluegrass Festival the week of the Colonial Cup?" "Wouldn't it be great if we had a cottage development, or better yet, a new Kershaw County library on the former Mather property?" "And another restaurant or two!" The answer is predictably, "Yes, of course yes! Thank you for your great ideas," followed by necessary questions: "Where ...

July 03, 2015 | By Camden Mayor Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Reader wants ‘fair and balanced reporting’

During the open meetings of all of our public bodies, there is provided a period for public comments. This period is part of the meeting agenda and is, presumably, included in the meeting's minutes. Therefore, these comments become part of the public record. This period is set aside for anyone wanting to speak about matters of concern, as long as the comments are about public issues (not to include the promotion of a private business and not about personal issues). Although the public comment period is not a period of debate, it provides private citizens an opportunity to let ...

July 03, 2015 | X. Willard Polk Camden | Letters


Sidewalk Survey - July 3, 2015

July 03, 2015 | | Sidewalk Survey


Sylvia Upton Wood

Sylvia Upton Wood passed away peacefully on July 1, 2015 at Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph at the age of 81, surrounded by her family. Born on March 1, 1934 in Benton Harbor, she was the daughter of Frederick and Margaret Upton, also of St. Joseph. Her father was a founder of what is now the Whirlpool Corporation.

July 03, 2015 | | Obituaries


Leroy Burgess Marsh

A graveside service for Leroy Burgess Marsh, 96, will be held today, July 3 at 2 p.m. in High Hill True Light Church Cemetery. The family received friends Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the national Multiple Sclerosis Society or the American Diabetes Association.

July 03, 2015 | | Obituaries


William E. Long

A memorial service for William E. "Gene" Long, Sr., of Columbia, was held Wednesday July 1, 2015 at Wildewood Downs, 731 Polo Rd, Columbia, SC, 29223 with Dr. George Crow officiating. Burial will be held at a later date in Forsyth Memorial Park, Winston-Salem, NC.

July 03, 2015 | | Obituaries


Eunice O. Kirby

Eunice O. "Libby" Kirby, 81, widow of Marion H. Kirby, died Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Summerville, SC. Plans will be announced by Hancock-Elmore-Hill Funeral Home of Bishopville.

July 03, 2015 | | Obituaries


Doris Jean Kelow

Mrs. Doris Jean Kelow, 63, of 503 Lyttelton Street, Camden, passed on Saturday, June 27, 2015. Plans will be announced by Nelson-Haile Funeral Home.

July 03, 2015 | | Obituaries


Charles Greene

Mr. Charles "Tookie Baby" Greene, 58, of 917 Mitchell Drive, Camden, died Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Friends may call at 2010 Concord Drive, Valley Park, Camden. Plans will be announced by Brown's Funeral Home, Camden.

July 03, 2015 | | Obituaries


James Cook

Mr. James Cook, 82, of 512 Market Street, Camden, passed on Thursday, July 2, 2015. Plans will be announced by Nelson-Haile Funeral Home.

July 03, 2015 | | Obituaries


Hurbert Lee Brannum

Mr. Hurbert Lee Brannum, 98, of 2800 McCartha Street, Camden, passed on Sunday, June 28, 2015. Plans will be announced by Nelson-Haile Funeral Home.

July 03, 2015 | | Obituaries


Leroy Adamson

Mr. Leroy Adamson, 62, of 1871 Summit Ridge Drive, Camden, passed on Sunday, June 28, 2015. Family will receive friends at 1957 Lovett Road, Camden. Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 7 at Sweet Home Baptist Church, Camden, with burial in the church cemetery.

July 03, 2015 | | Obituaries


Ariail for July 1, 2015

July 01, 2015 | | Ariail


Editorial: KershawHealth

During the last week, we have published two reports on KershawHealth. The first, growing out of the hospital's most recent board of trustees meeting, focused on its market share. It is relatively healthy, thanks to KershawHealth's being the only hospital in all of Kershaw County. More people living in the county turn to KershawHealth for emergency care than anywhere else. However, the report -- broadly speaking -- noted a decrease in market share in outpatient services and only slight increases for inpatient services.

July 01, 2015 | | Editorials


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