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Why a Y now?

I, like many others, have listened, watched and read about this YMCA/sports complex. It all started with a real estate listing on 1/7/2011, a contract on 2/7/2011 and a closing date later in March. Wow! That was a fast real estate transaction. Discontent and suspicions started then and have continued. Shortly after the closing, there was talk of a possible YMCA partnering with Columbia. Now I am not here to oppose a Y. My children learned to swim at the Y, my husband was president of the board and was even instrumental in obtaining the ...

September 30, 2011 | Virginia Isler Camden | Letters


Historic Camden to host 7th annual Tour de Camden

Time to stretch your legs and get on your bike! Are you an avid cyclist or are you more likely to go on a leisurely weekend ride with the kids? Whatever your preference, you may want to consider signing up for the 7th annual Tour de Camden bicycle ride.

September 30, 2011 | | Localife


CHS Homecoming

Camden High School held its Homecoming Ceremony Sept. 23. The Homecoming Court included (from left) Mary Kohn, first runner-up escorted by Kevin Collins; Tyler Smith, Homecoming Queen escorted by Javaris Crim; Richanda Heriot, second runner-up escorted by Jalen Loney.

September 30, 2011 | | Localife


Businesses, jobs should come first

In the past year, my wife and I visited, toured and stayed in the towns of Aiken, Mount Pleasant and Greenville in South Carolina and Asheville, Blowing Rock and Highlands in North Carolina.

September 30, 2011 | Bob Clithero Camden | Letters


Braves out

The many thousands of Atlanta Braves fans here in Kershaw County are no doubt hanging their heads in despair after the team blew a 10-and-a-half game wild-card lead in little more than a month to end up missing the National League playoffs. Ironically, the Boston Red Sox had a similar run of futility, failing to hang on to a nine-game wild-card lead they held Sept. 4. The Braves and the Red Sox share one common thread: they're both regional franchises, with Atlanta commanding huge hoards of fans in the South and the Red Sox the favorite of nearly every ...

September 30, 2011 | | Editorials


Lady Knights thump AAA Hartsville, 3-0

ay's home match against North Central was two more letters.

September 28, 2011 | | North Central High/Middle


Camden’s got the Blues

Get ready for one of South Carolina's favorite festivals -- the 15th Annual Carolina Downhome Blues Festival. With 44 performances, featuring 21 performers in 15 different venues, music lovers will enjoy this annual festival. Scheduled for Oct. 6-8, the Carolina Downhome Blues Festival is an award-winning event recognized for featuring legendary blues artists from around the globe.

September 28, 2011 | | Localife


Mother/Daughter banquet to be held Saturday

God's Helpers will celebrate its 10th annual Mother/Daughter Banquet, Saturday, at 5 p.m. at the Kershaw County Recreation Department. A love donation of $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12 years of age is requested. The guest speaker will be Rev. Tiffany Knowlin (left) of College Place United Methodist Church, Columbia. For tickets or additional information, contact Mary E. Smith at 425-7883 or Viola Engram at 713-0928.

September 28, 2011 | | Localife


Local literacy benefits from CreateAthon services

The Kershaw County Literacy Association was one of 10 South Carolina non-profit organizations recently chosen as the beneficiary of free marketing and creative services. The services were provided by Riggs Partners of Columbia, during its 14th annual CreateAthon event.

September 28, 2011 | | Localife


Shotgun wedding notice for the Boykin Christmas Parade

The most unforgettable wedding of the year will take place at the 18th annual Boykin Christmas Parade! Get married in the largest country Christmas parade in the South!

September 28, 2011 | | Localife


Alada Geretta Carlos

Mass service for Alada Geretta Carlos, 102 years old, of Knights Hill Road, Camden, will be held Saturday at noon at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Camden, with burial at a later date in Flushing Cemetery, Flushing, New York.

September 28, 2011 | | Obituaries


Mary Eva Gilchrist

Mary Eva Johnson Gilchrist, 95, widow of Wilson Chandler Gilchrist, of Sumter, died Monday, September 26, 2011 at a local nursing home.

September 28, 2011 | | Obituaries


Norma De Howitt

A memorial Mass for Norma De Howitt, of Camden, will be held Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 11:00 AM at St. John Neumann Catholic Church on Polo Rd. in Columbia. Father Sandy McDonald will officiate. The family will receive friends following the service at St. John Neumann Social Hall. Mrs. De Howitt died Friday, September 23rd. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Disease & Related Disorders Association – Mid State – SC, 3223 Sunset Blvd., Ste. 100, W. Columbia, SC 29169.

September 28, 2011 | | Obituaries


Ida Bell Patterson

Ida Bell Patterson, 72, of Elkwood Lane, Camden, died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011. Family and friends may call at the residence.

September 28, 2011 | | Obituaries


Myesha Jasmine Richardson

Myesha Jasmine Richardson, 20, of Vineyard Drive, Camden, died Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011.

September 28, 2011 | | Obituaries


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Lessons from Patient Zero

WASHINGTON -- Monica Lewinsky is trying to make lemonade out of 16-year-old lemons. Good for her, and good, ultimately, for us.

October 29, 2014 | By Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Reader: SCHSL decision sends wrong message

Regarding the S.C. High School League decision concerning the so called "brawl" after the Camden-Dreher football game, the league has the legal authority to assess such penalties since the schools are, by their own action, voluntary members. And I understand the league's objective of trying to emphasize that such conduct is not acceptable and should be dealt with appropriately.

October 29, 2014 | Charlie Humphries Camden | Letters


Express Care

One of the problems with the expense of health care is the fact that many people tend to use a hospital's emergency room as their primary care facility, going there with normal ailments such as flu and severe colds. Emergency room care is expensive -- too costly to be used in that way. KershawHealth is no different than other hospitals in that regard, and the decision to "split" the emergency department there is a sound one.

October 29, 2014 | | Editorials


Deadline to purchase discount Colonial Cup tickets is Nov. 1

The deadline to purchase $20 discount general admission tickets for the 45th annual Marion duPont Scott International Colonial Cup Steeplechase Races is Saturday, Nov. 1.

October 29, 2014 | | Equine


CHS baseball golf tournament set for Nov. 13

The Camden High School baseball program will host a fundraising golf tournament at the Camden Country Club on Thursday, Nov. 13.

October 29, 2014 | | Sports


KCSO supports cancer research, constable

In May 2008, Nancy Watts, a constable who works for the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO), learned she had breast cancer. For many people, a cancer diagnosis is devastating news. It certainly came as a shock to Watts, who is one of the individuals who is tasked with serving civil papers for the KCSO's civil division. Watts' doctor recommended she undergo a mastectomy. Normally, a mastectomy requires the patient be out of work for eight weeks. In Watts' case, she came back after four weeks.

October 29, 2014 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Kindness makes you more attractive, study shows

A study from China shows that people are rated as being much more attractive if they do one thing -- and it's something that parents can teach their children to help secure their personal happiness and future success.

October 27, 2014 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News | National


Why millennial men save more than women

A number of Stephanie Cooper's friends think she's crazy -- simply because the 25-year-old already has begun squirreling away money for retirement.

October 27, 2014 | Chuck Green Deseret News | National


The worst colleges in America

For years, the buzz in higher education has centered on the U.S. News ranking of the best colleges and universities. Ben Miller at the New America Foundation has looked at the best and the worst, ranking the institutions most likely to blow it.

October 27, 2014 | Eric Schulzke Deseret News | National


A broader definition of entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs are somewhat of a mascot for the U.S. economy -- nothing embodies the American dream more than an entrepreneur. Consequently, we've been trained to think there's a positive correlation between the number of start-ups and the health of the economy. But Daniel Isenberg, professor of entrepreneurship, and Fernando Fabre, president of Endeavor Global, argue otherwise. Real, high impact entrepreneurship comes from "scale-ups" instead. Scale-ups are growing businesses that promote a "long-term entrepreneurship," eventually leading to more innovation and increased economic health. The continued growth of established businesses does more for the economy than a high number of ...

October 27, 2014 | | National


Smartphone data encryption causing headaches for law enforcement

Solving crimes with evidence extracted from smartphones is common.

October 27, 2014 | Joseph Peacock Deseret News | National


Stress, substance abuse rise more for women who divorce or separate

Women suffer a greater jump in stress when marriage ends, compared to men. And separated and divorced people -- especially women -- are also more likely to report they use drugs and alcohol to relax, according to the recently released Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.

October 27, 2014 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News | National


Record 'dark money' spending in 2014 midterm elections

This year's midterm election will be the most expensive in history, ringing up a $4 billion tab, according to the Center for Responsive Politics' research site opensecrets.org.

October 27, 2014 | Deborah Sutton Deseret News | National


Over-testing pushback gets attention of White House

As Common Core curriculum and testing has settled in across participating states, resistance to the high-stakes tests pressuring teachers, administrators and students has intensified. Last week, the Council of Chief State School Officers announced a series of guidelines that it hoped would help ensure that testing was limited and purposeful.

October 27, 2014 | Eric Schulzke Deseret News | National


KCSD, CHS to appeal SCHSL ‘brawl’ ruling

The Kershaw County School District (KCSD) and Camden High School will appeal the S.C. High School League's (SCHSL) decision concerning the incident that followed the Camden High-Dreher High football game on Oct. 17.

October 27, 2014 | | Camden


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