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Absentee father

I never knew my father; he died when I was five months old, leaving my mother with me and my 3-year-old brother. We were not his first family. He had nine children by his first wife, eight girls and one boy -- five little graves attested to the mortality rate in earlier times. Many first wives died before their husbands, not surprising since childbirth was so dangerous and the mortality rate so high. I cannot imagine having more children -- especially since my father was 63 when I was born and my mother was 40. Back then, people just had the number ...

June 08, 2012 | By Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Rec Notes

A group exercise class for ages 55 and older provides a fun variety of exercises to improve strength, flexibility, posture and balance, using a chair and a floor mat (optional).

June 08, 2012 | | Miscellaneous

Haley not as 'hard-nosed' as Knotts

Mr. Ulmer, I take you to be an intelligent man, otherwise the Camden Independent would not employ you as a staff reporter. Having said that, I compliment you on a well-expressed article in the May 30th issues. But while I think it well expressed, I wish to comment on some of your conclusions.

June 08, 2012 | Charles Humphries Camden | Letters

Happy 53rd Anniversary

Abraham and Rosa Mae McQuillar celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary with family and friends, grands and great grands.

June 08, 2012 | | People & Places

Pets of the Week

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Vera, a 3-month old Jack Russell Terrier mix and a female orange tabby cat.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 e-mail ...

June 08, 2012 | Julie J. Prickett C-I | Pets

Midway Elementary School reports honor rolls

Midway Elementary School has announced its honor rolls for the fourth nine-weeks period.

June 08, 2012 | | Education

Spotting Venus

Venus appears as a black dot transiting the Sun in this photograph taken Tuesday by Ed Roberts of Dalzell. Roberts -- who plays tuba with the Camden Community Concert Band -- took the photo through welder's glass using a Kodak Easyshare camera with a 21x wide-angle lens. In most pictures published around the globe, Venus appears at the "bottom" of the Sun. Roberts said that is because those pictures were taken through telescopes which flip the photograph. Since Roberts took the picture with a regular camera, Venus is seen traveling across the "top" of the Sun, what someone would see with ...

June 08, 2012 | | Miscellaneous

Zacour seeking Seat 1 on school board

Eric Zacour -- a candidate for the Kershaw County Board of Trustees Seat No. 1 -- has been an Elgin resident since the spring of 1985. He started his family business in 1986 and has worked hard to help his business to grow.

June 08, 2012 | | Politics

Pet Talk

As we welcome the joys of summer such as swimming, barbequing, and baseball, we have to greet the heat. As temperatures are increasing, it is vital to take the necessary precautions to protect pets from heat exhaustion.

June 08, 2012 | | Miscellaneous

Elk Lodge Scholarship awarded

Antuan Augustus (second from left) and Kirsten Baker (second from right), both seniors at Lugoff-Elgin High School, were the winners of the Camden Lugoff Elks 2012 Mary Ellen Ahner Scholarship. Rich Wagner (right) and Vickie Schermbeck (left) from the local Elks Lodge presented the cash awards to the winners on May 17th at the school during a Senior Awards Day Ceremony. The Mary Ellen Ahner Scholarship is awarded each year to students who plan to enter the field of education. The Mary Ellen Ahner Scholarship was established by Jim Ahner in remembrance of his wife Mary Ellen Ahner. Mary Ellen ...

June 08, 2012 | | Education

L-EMS celebrates Decades Day

Mrs. Brazell's ELA classes at Lugoff-Elgin Middle School celebrated Decades Day . Students -- such as (from left) Camille Sullivan, Sarah Hardin, Molli Smith, Tyjah Steele, Kara Hayes, Madison Guthrie and Katelyn Vandevander -- researched different aspects of the 1960s, 70s, 80s, and 90s and created Glogsters to present their research. Students dressed in fashion from their decade or as a famous person from their decade. They created a timeline in the hallway and plotted different events, and created a time capsule to represent items from 2000-2011. In class, students presented their decades' research. It was exciting day for all!

June 08, 2012 | | Education

Spitzer recognized achieving the distinction of Eagle Scout

Lugoff-Elgin High School senior Matthew Spitzer achieved the distinction of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor May 20. Matthew's required service project included preparing a detailed map of the historic cemetery of Smyrna United Methodist Church in Elgin. Matthew also built a prayer garden and seating for visitors. Matthew is pictured here presenting the details of his project work to Joe McConnaughay from the church's Cemetery Committee. Matthew is a member of Boy Scout Troop 316, sponsored by St. John's United Methodist Church in Lugoff.

June 08, 2012 | | Education

Camden Royals hosting AAU hoops tourney

The Camden Royals boys' AAU basketball team will host a tournament on Friday, June 8 through Sunday, June 10 at the old Bishopville High school gym.

June 06, 2012 | | Seasonal Sports

Koumas looks to take Seat 1 on school board

Jenny Koumas has announced her plans to seek election to Seat 1 on the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees.

June 06, 2012 | | Politics

Thompson seeks school board Seat 5

Phillip Thompson has announced his plans to seek election to Seat 5 on the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees.

June 06, 2012 | | Politics

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This week in Kershaw County sports

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The Camden High School volleyball program will host its annual "Dig Pink" Breast Cancer Fundraiser and Awareness Campaign on Wednesday Oct. 7 when Cardinal Newman ...

October 02, 2015 | | Camden High/Middle

Fly with Guardian Ad Litem

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October 02, 2015 | | People & Places

Ariail for Oct. 2, 2015

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Editorial: Kelly sentence

We agree with Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews: if anyone was a candidate for a life sentence without the possibility of parole, it was Stephen ...

October 02, 2015 | | Editorials

Guest Column: Why community newspapers matter

"I got credit down at the grocery store and my barber tells me jokes…" -Roger Miller

October 02, 2015 | By Ray Mosby, editor and publisher The Deer Creek Pilot, Rolling Fork, Miss. | Columns

Scully: ‘Dear Friend’

In September, a merchant and friend emailed me about our downtown. I decided our communication was worth considering for this column.

October 02, 2015 | By Camden Mayor Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Noble: Molly Spearman and the state of S.C. schools

Recently at the College of Charleston, State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman delivered what was billed as The State of the Schools Speech.

October 02, 2015 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Parker: The GOP brat pack

WASHINGTON -- The Republican Party's "Freedom Caucus," which has several less-charitable nicknames on Capitol Hill, is the dog that caught the car.

October 02, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns

Letter: The price of a life

What is a person's life worth? Not so much in monetary value, but in years on this earth?

October 02, 2015 | Darlene Hudson, Lugoff Sister of drunk driving victim DeWitt Peake | Letters

Knights of Columbus holding annual Tootsie Roll Drive

October 02, 2015 | | Miscellaneous

Roy Hood Sill

Funeral services for Roy Hood Sill, 88, will be held Monday, Oct. 5, 2015 at 1 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff, with burial ...

October 02, 2015 | | Obituaries

Dunah G. Gandy

Dunah Gregory Gandy, daughter of Ben and Dessie Montgomery Gregory, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. She is survived by her ...

October 02, 2015 | | Obituaries

Patricia K. Castleberry

Mrs. Patricia Ann "Betty" Kirkland Castleberry, 66, of Ridgeway, entered into eternal rest on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. Born in Ridgeway, she was the daughter ...

October 02, 2015 | | Obituaries

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