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New petition misleading

We were under the impression that the new petition being circulated regarding the Camden Sports Complex was a petition for a referendum. After all, the motto of the petition effort is "Let the People Decide." An analysis of the petition website frames it in a similar way. Indeed, the name chosen for the petition group is the "Camden Recreation Referendum Coalition," and the reason given for creating the organization is to present Camden's City Council with a petition requesting a binding referendum to allow the registered voters of Camden to choose between supporting this project or not supporting it.

January 20, 2012 | Austin Jenkins and Karin Jenkins, MD Camden for the Y | Letters


Camden strategic planning

Since my election in 2008, I have led our Council in designing an annual strategic plan. A strategic plan is a strong management tool which helps both the Council and the City staff to focus energy toward the same goals. It is a disciplined planning process to develop an annual vision. Before we begin the multi-step process covering vision, mission, objectives, values, strategies, goals and programs, we must review our current status. This planning also provides us with benchmarks for historic reviews. This plan becomes our focus for the future.

January 20, 2012 | Camden Mayor Jeffrey Graham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


‘...leave us to our old tried and true ways’

I am writing in response to a letter in the Chronicle-Independent dated January 11th from Andrew Pope. Surely he checked Camden and its facilities very carefully before making his move. If the Y was so important to him, he must have discovered that Camden has no Y, but has many exercise spots indoors and outdoors. This has been the Camden way of life for a long time … a way that many of us truly enjoy. There is so much in Camden to be proud of -- do not try to change it. If Camden does not have what you want for ...

January 20, 2012 | Henrietta McWillie Camden | Letters


Deer slayer (a misnomer)

To characterize me as a deer slayer, a hunter, or an outdoorswoman would be incongruous, to say the least. I do know how to handle a gun, having had a brother who assumed I might be of interest as a playmate if I knew how to shoot. Therefore, he dared me to shoot a double barrel shotgun and blow out the pantry window. Naturally, a challenge such as this required action. I shot out the window, was kicked a summersault, and expected the deserved whipping. (No one called or thought of DSS back then.) Mother, a widow, was too thankful ...

January 20, 2012 | Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Food for the Soul receives donation

January 20, 2012 | | Localife


3-D solo exhibit on display at FAC

The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) welcomes 3-D artist Jen Pepper whose work will be showcased at the FAC beginning with an opening reception today at 6 p.m. in the Bassett Gallery. Join us for the opening reception prior to the production of the "Chicago -- The Musical" which starts at 8 p.m. The reception is sponsored by First Community Bank and includes light hors d'ouevres and a cash bar.

January 20, 2012 | | Localife


Wygenia M. Washington

Wygenia M. Washington

January 18, 2012 | | Obituaries


Mary C. Stuckey

Mary C. Stuckey

January 18, 2012 | | Obituaries


Barbara Lee

Barbara Lee

January 18, 2012 | | Obituaries


Miriam Anderson

Miriam Anderson

January 18, 2012 | | Obituaries


All charged up

January 18, 2012 | | Seasonal Sports


Two dozen KC wrestlers earn spots in Carolina Invitational

Led by a combined 16 qualifiers from Lugoff-Elgin High School and Lugoff-Elgin Middle School, there will be 24 Kershaw County junior varsity and middle school wrestlers who will be taking part in Saturday's Carolina Invitational wrestling tournament.

January 18, 2012 | | Seasonal Sports


Sidewalk Survey -- Jan. 18, 2012

January 18, 2012 | Julie J. Prickett C-I | Sidewalk Survey


A heritage of public facilities

The exotic snakes were released where Historic Camden now sits. The traveling carnival had gone broke and the owner of the snakes could no longer afford to feed them. so several large and non-native snakes were set free to fend for themselves in Pine Tree Creek. Jim Thornton said this incident happened during the Great Depression.

January 18, 2012 | Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


YMCA/sports complex will benefit all

For several months I watched the pro and con actions concerning the Camden Sports Complex. As the information seemed to be so different, I decided to research the topic myself. As I researched the argument against the Camden Sports Complex, it evolved from one reason to another and then another. First, it would compete with local business, then it was too large an expenditure. I've witnessed multiple petitions, speaking at public forums in city council, and public displays of booing and heckling at the speakers for the Sports Complex. I stood, listened and watched as some have falsely claimed ...

January 18, 2012 | Bruce A. Brown, Ph.D. Camden | Letters


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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


KC volleyball teams at home for playoff openers

All three Kershaw County volleyball teams will be in post-season action over the next two nights.

October 22, 2014 | | Seasonal Sports


Demonstratives continues to dominate

Jacqueline Ohrstrom's Demonstrative clinched the Lonesome Glory Champions Award as 2014′s leading earner on Saturday when he drew away powerfully to a 3 3/4-length victory in the $250,000 Grand National at the Far Hills Races.

October 22, 2014 | | Equine


Ariail for Oct. 22, 2014

October 22, 2014 | | Ariail


Football brawl

What should have been a celebration of a sturdy football win by Camden High School (CHS) turned into an ugly incident Friday night at Zemp Stadium when a brawl occurred as players went through the handshake line following the game. The incident led to a significant amount of publicity across the state, causing a black eye to CHS and the city itself. While various investigations of the fight continue, including scrutiny by the Camden Police Department for possible criminal conduct, it appears the brawl was triggered by Dreher players.

October 22, 2014 | | Editorials


Yesteryear for Oct. 22, 2014

Love a fair

October 22, 2014 | | Yesteryear


The question unanswered

WASHINGTON -- So unpopular is President Obama these days that the (D) following Democratic candidates' names might stand for Denial.

October 22, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Lugoff residents invoke Roosevelt on immigration

Theodore Roosevelt's ideas on immigrants and being an American in 1907:

October 22, 2014 | Bill and Nancy Heil Lugoff | Letters


KershawHealth implements Ebola preparedness plan

The current focus on the death of a patient with Ebola in Dallas and the subsequent infection of two nurses at the same hospital, as well as the global nature of travel today, has led some to wonder how community hospitals might deal with possible Ebola patients.

October 22, 2014 | | Healthcare


KCSD in top 20 on federal report cards

The Kershaw County School District (KCSD) exceeded state expectations according to data released by the S.C. State Department of Education.

October 22, 2014 | | Education


Book signing

Lee Ann Parker (right) speaks with family friends (from left) Pastor Gene Rollins and, his wife, Linda, as Parker's husband, Sampson, signs a copy of "Unthinkable Choice" at Books on Broad on Oct. 18. The Parkers, who live Harrisburg, N.C., co-wrote the book with Thomas Smith about Sampson's decision to cut off his own arm after getting it caught in a corn picker on his "hobby farm" in Kershaw County on Sept. 11, 2007. The book also chronicles their lives afterward as Sampson recovered from his ordeal.

October 22, 2014 | | Business


Driver injured when turkey truck overturns

A truck driver suffered injuries after his tractor-trailer overturned on S.C. 34 in Lugoff just west of Richardson Boulevard around 4 a.m. Tuesday.

October 22, 2014 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Do we joke about Ebola because we’re afraid of it?

For some, Halloween means dressing up as a witch, zombie or vampire. For others, especially this year, Halloween means dressing up to contain Ebola.

October 21, 2014 | Herb Scribner Deseret News | National


It's 2014: Are all our schools proficient yet?

It's been 12 years since President George W. Bush signed No Child Left Behind with a beaming Ted Kennedy by his side. According to the terms of the law itself, every public school was now supposed to be adequate.

October 21, 2014 | Eric Schulzke Deseret News | National


Closure of children's center is a huge loss for everyone

The little girl and three of her siblings had been sexually abused by a relative. Her parents agreed to let me talk to the girl, 10, and two of the older siblings, as long as I did not identify them in any way.

October 21, 2014 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News | National


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