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GOP must change

Nobody here in Kershaw County or anywhere else in the country would rationally assert that President Obama's victory last month transformed the United States into a one-party country. After all, Obama won by a skinny percentage (though by a wider margin in the antiquated Electoral College), and the U.S. House of Representatives is still controlled by the GOP, as are a majority of governorships. However, the protocols of presidential politics are creating a more difficult path for Republicans to win the White House unless the party steps back and takes a fresh look at itself.

December 07, 2012 | | Editorials


Command presence matters

A Nov. 16, 2012, op-ed by Lucian Truscott IV published in The New York Times declares that our post-World War II military leadership has traded true fighting spirit for "talk shows and photo spreads" and "military-spec business suits" and, therefore, has failed to succeed in battle since "the stalemated Korean War." Truscott's linkage between alleged military failures and a general officer population of "strutting military peacocks" is readily contradicted by the two men he invokes, George Patton and Lucian Truscott Jr., his own grandfather.

December 07, 2012 | By John S. Rainey C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Enter Prince Charming

Good things come to those who wait. And in this story, the good things are truly wonderful and have emerged as being undeniably worth the wait. At times, this "wait" was home to several Mr. Wrongs and one or two Prince Charming wannabees. But over the years, the reservoir of patience reached a high and its depth paid off in an unexpected way. You see, my sister, two years my junior, is getting married this weekend. Her patience is the victor here, and life, the joy decided to happen, as she was busy making other plans.

December 07, 2012 | By Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Camden ART fall show opens at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County

Camden ART (formerly Camden Art Association) will open its fall show in the Bassett Gallery at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) today with a reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. just prior to the Edward Arron & Friends Chamber Music concert. Light hors d'ouevres and a cash bar will be available. The opening reception is sponsored by First Community Bank. The Camden ART exhibit will be on display in the Bassett Gallery until Jan. 18, 2013.

December 07, 2012 | | People & Places


American Legion Post No. 195 dedication

December 07, 2012 | | Military


Walkway to be dedicated to retiring trustees

The Kershaw County School District will dedicate a walkway near Jackson School and honor two retiring school board members Tuesday.

December 07, 2012 | | Education


Carmon to head up youth baseball camp

Camden High School and the Kershaw County Recreation Department are presenting the Stephen Carmon Baseball Camp to be held on Sunday, Dec. 16 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at American Legion Park in Camden.

December 07, 2012 | | Sports


Quick kicks his way to more post-season honors

For the second year in a row, Pikeville University specialist and former Lugoff-Elgin High School standout Grayson Quick has been named both first-team and honorable mention All-Mid-South Conference East Division.

December 07, 2012 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Rizers split pair; improve to 3-2 on season

The Palmetto State Rizers of the American Basketball Association split a pair of games over the weekend as the Camden-based team hiked their record to 3-2 after the first quarter of their inaugural campaign

December 05, 2012 | | Seasonal Sports


Six L-EMS wrestlers win at Midlands Invitational

Six Lugoff-Elgin Middle School wrestlers kicked off the 2012-13 season by winning championships at Saturday's Midlands Invitational, held at Dutch Fork Middle School.

December 05, 2012 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Demons take 10th in Southern Slam

Jarelle Hannah's fourth-place finish in the 182-pound division helped the Lugoff-Elgin wrestling team to a 10th place finish in last weekend's Steadman Hawkins Southern Slam tournament hosted by Eastside High School.

December 05, 2012 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Liberty Hill fundraiser a success

The officers and members of the Liberty Hill Civic and Improvement Association (LHCIA) are delighted to report that the fundraising event held on October 27 was a complete success. The event coincided with the Community Center building's 75th anniversary. The building, located just off highway 97 in Liberty Hill, was built under the Works Progress Administration in 1937 with help from the Citizens of Liberty Hill Committee: Chairman John G. Richards (former governor of South Carolina), C.D. Cunningham, L.P. Thompson, H.L. Higgins, E.L. Jones and W.L. Cunningham -- all prominent citizens of the community at ...

December 05, 2012 | Bob Cook, LHCIA President Liberty Hill | Letters


The fly sees all

WASHINGTON -- Much speculation has followed the private luncheon between President Obama and Mitt Romney, about which little is known.

December 05, 2012 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Moving forward

At the beginning of my mayoral race, we conducted a survey to identify the concerns of Camden voters. Given our apparent community division about recreation, we found to our surprise that voters were mainly concerned about jobs. Recreation was fifth on the list.

December 05, 2012 | By Mayor Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Lights of Lugoff parade Saturday

The fifth annual "Lights of Lugoff" Christmas parade will begin Saturday at 6:30 p.m. on U.S. 1 in Lugoff. The 2012 parade is sponsored by the Lugoff Optimist Club and local businesses. The parade route will begin at the BP Station in Lugoff, travel down U.S. 1 South, and then turn right on to S.C. 34 (Ridgeway Road). All spectators are asked to remain around U.S. 1 for the parade.

December 05, 2012 | | Lugoff-Elgin


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Clarence Branham

Funeral service for Clarence Branham, 88, will be held on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Pine Grove Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The Rev. Eric Boone and the Rev. Doug Whitfield will officiate. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 1:00-2:30 p.m. prior to the service at the church. Memorials may be made to Pine Grove Baptist Church Building Fund, 836 Pine Grove Road, Lugoff, SC 29078.

April 24, 2015 | | Obituaries


Betty Lou Griffith Blackwell

Betty Lou Griffith Blackwell of Kershaw, South Carolina, 80, the beloved wife of Dr. Danny Reese Blackwell, was the only child born to Ella Elizabeth Griffith (Nell) and Robert Earl Griffith on October 26, 1934, in Pageland, South Carolina. She was an alumna of Columbia College and College of Charleston.

April 24, 2015 | | Obituaries


Melvin Bellamy

Mr. Melvin Bellamy, 88, of 1607 Jefferson Davis Highway, Camden, South Carolina, passed on Saturday, April 18, 2015. Funeral services will be conducted at 12 Noon Saturday, April 25, 2015 inHyco Baptist Church, Cassatt, with burial in the church Cemetery.

April 24, 2015 | | Obituaries


Ariail for April 22, 2015

April 22, 2015 | | Ariail


Editorial: GOP needs to broaden appeal

The Republican presidential field is already getting crowded, and the South Carolina GOP primary is often viewed as a bellwether for White House hopefuls. Because this is a conservative state, candidates in past years have often moved to the right while campaigning here. But a new poll shows Republican voters in South Carolina might be moving away from some of the hard-line social issues they have embraced in the past. As a side note, many political observers believe the party "had better get out of people's bedrooms if it wants to broaden its appeal."

April 22, 2015 | | Editorials


Parker: 2016 -- The woman trap

WASHINGTON -- Here we go. If you're a woman who might prefer someone other than Hillary Clinton as the next president of the United States, you're a self-loathing, anti-woman traitor.

April 22, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Jenkins: Nature is all you need

Much has been made in the last few years about the disconnect between children and nature. Richard Louv popularized the issue in his best-selling book, Last Child in the Woods. While the trend isn't necessarily intentional, it cannot be ignored either. The awareness we are attached to something more is a key component to our continued existence upon Earth. Fortunately, I think the roots of this respect are already planted in the passions of the most perfect people, our children.

April 22, 2015 | By Austin Jenkins C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Mr. Hot Stuff snaps Decoy Daddy's run in Temple Gwathmey

Gil Johnston's Mr. Hot Stuff and jockey Paddy Young returned to the races in the Middleburg (Va.) Spring's $50,000 Temple Gwathmey (Gr. 3) on Saturday, and together they denied Irv Naylor's Decoy Daddy a third straight victory by a neck. All Together finished third, and Staying On claimed fourth money.

April 22, 2015 | | Equine


EMSA Regatta returning to Lake Wateree this weekend

Lake Wateree will be awash with the sight of sails billowing in the breeze as the Wateree Sailing Club (WSC) will host its second annual Spring Midlands Multihull Regatta on Saturday and Sunday, April 25 and 26.

April 22, 2015 | | Sports


Race to the Press Box 5k slated for May 2 at Lugoff-Elgin High

The ABLE Club of SC will host the Run to the Press Box 5K run/walk on Saturday, May 2 at Lugoff-Elgin High School.

April 22, 2015 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Rain postpones CHS, NC games

After having been rained out last Thursday night, Camden and North Central's baseball and softball teams' re-scheduled games had to be "re-re-scheduled" due to unplayable conditions and inclement weather on Monday night.

April 22, 2015 | | Camden High/Middle


Karate kids strike it rich after a strong showing in Raleigh

Kershaw County-based Carolina Family Karate took part in last month's AAU North Carolina State Karate Championship and returned home with 27 medals. The competition team is coached by Matthew Smith and competed in the disciplines of Kata, Kumite and Kobudo.

April 22, 2015 | | Seasonal Sports


CHS student-athletes' physicals set for Sunday

Camden High School is offering free physicals for all prospective student-athletes who plan on participating on any of the school's athletic teams throughout the 2015-16 school year.

April 22, 2015 | | Camden High/Middle


Antley heads quartet headed into NRM Hall of Fame

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Jockey Chris Antley, trainer King Leatherbury and the racehorses Lava Man and Xtra Heat have been elected to the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame in the contemporary category.

April 22, 2015 | | Equine


Sidewalk Survey - April 22, 2015

April 22, 2015 | | Sidewalk Survey


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