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CAMDEN – The recent launch of the Kershaw County Housing Authority will focus greater attention on the county's housing needs, according to leaders of a local alliance that has coordinated housing activities since 1989. The Kershaw County Housing Partnership, a joint effort between the charitable, social services, and governmental sectors, has identified and studied a variety of housing challenges and organized a range of community wide responses related to affordability, livability, and homelessness. According to Housing Partnership Coordinator Marie Sheheen, "The formation of our own housing authority is the beginning of what we hope will prove to be an increase ...

June 08, 2012 | | Localife


Bowers releases book of essays

Jayne Bowers of Camden recently published a new book "Eve's Sisters." The book is a compilation of essays written by Bowers.

June 08, 2012 | | Localife


Parents’ silence not golden

Dear Annie: I am an 18-year-old guy, and my parents are splitting up. I don't know the full story, but things are getting somewhat awkward around the house. We try to live normally, but the silence hurts. I'm trying to deal with it and put up a good front until graduation, but it's hard.

June 08, 2012 | | Dear Annie


Rich Diddy isn't the problem -- inequality is

Seldom has anybody's scholarship kicked up so much controversy.

June 08, 2012 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


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 | | Localife


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 wcas@camden.net ...

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


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How to overcome your fitness insecurities

A former star athlete sits parked outside the local fitness center, afraid to walk in and find he can no longer bench press what he used to.

October 23, 2014 | Arianne Brown Deseret News | National


How to use humor to avoid an argument

According to the dictionary, humor is defined as a "condition of the mind, mental state, disposition, temperament or feeling." In other words, humor can be good or bad; however, there is no doubt that an attitude of seeing life with good humor helps us in our everyday routines. Good humor helps family life, love life and professional life.

October 23, 2014 | Chris Ayres FamilyShare | National


Pumpkin Spice Granola is a healthy fall treat

It seems as soon as the fall season comes around, the pumpkin recipes are everywhere. While I love the pumpkin cakes and cookies as much or more as the next person, sometimes I want to have my pumpkin and feel good about eating it, too.

October 23, 2014 | Tara Creel Deseret News | National


'How to Hug a Hedgehog' empowers parents to help teens

"HOW TO HUG A HEDGEHOG," by Brad Wilcox and Jerrick Robbins, Familius, $14.95, 144 pages (nf)

October 23, 2014 | Wendy Jessen Deseret News | National


Siblings help boys learn sympathy, study finds

Boys benefit just as much as girls from the sibling relationship, which can help them develop sympathy and prosocial behaviors in ways other relationships can't, a new study found.

October 23, 2014 | Celeste Tholen Rosenlof KSL | National


Lower gas prices could mean economic impact down the road

Prices at the pump have dropped to four-year lows, saving consumers cash but making economists uneasy.

October 23, 2014 | Deborah Sutton Deseret News | National


'Still Life' ends Books of Elsewhere series with rapid-fire adventures

"STILL LIFE: The Books of Elsewhere, Vol. 5," by Jacqueline West, illustrated by Poly Bernatene, Dial Books for Young Readers, $16.99, 330 pages (f) (ages 10 and up)

October 23, 2014 | Marilou Sorensen Deseret News | National


Three family friendly frightening films

With Halloween just around the corner, here are three films that will give viewers a fright without gratuitous violence.

October 23, 2014 | | National


Bionic eye lets blind see light

DURHAM, N.C. -- A video of a man seeing light for the first time in 30 years is bringing tears to the eyes of many.

October 23, 2014 | Natalie Crofts KSL | National


Charlotte Prosser Looney

A memorial service for Charlotte Prosser Looney, 86, of Camden, SC, will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church in Camden, SC. Rev. Frank Griffith will officiate. The family will receive friends following the service in the Music Room. Memorials may be made in Mrs. Looney's memory to Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church, 1206 Lyttleton Street, Camden, SC 29020.

October 22, 2014 | | Obituaries


Kershaw Co. Sheriff’s Foundation announces 2015 board openings

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Foundation (KCSF) Board of Directors will have open seats in 2015 and the public is invited to apply if interested in serving on the KCSF board.

October 22, 2014 | | Kershaw County


Colonial Cup 10k race, 5k walk on tap for Saturday

The 20th annual Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup 10K road race and the Vonnie Holliday Foundation 5K run/walk will take to the streets of Camden on Saturday, Oct. 25.

October 22, 2014 | | Sports


Golf tourney benefits Camden High baseball program

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

October 22, 2014 | | Sports


L-E wrestlers tune up for season

With the start of practice for the upcoming season only a few weeks away, members of the Lugoff-Elgin Middle School wrestling team are getting in some pre-season work by competing in pre-season tournaments.

October 22, 2014 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Camden area residents attends American Legion Auxiliary’s 94th National Convention

Teresia Hayes of Camden, Sanders Stoney Unit 203, was one of nearly 2,000 delegates, alternates and distinguished guests from across the country who attended the 94th American Legion Auxiliary National Convention August 22-28 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

October 22, 2014 | | Camden


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