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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


Archaeologist to speak about Johanness Kolb site during Lyceum Series

During the 1730s, when the Township Plan was devised to entice interior settlement via offers of free land (Fredericksburg, later Camden, being one), a group of Welsh Baptists from New Jersey were granted land to settle either side of the Pee Dee River. The settlement became known as the Welsh Tract. Johannes Kolb, a German farmer who had emigrated to New Jersey in 1704, was among those who acquired land in the tract in the late 1730s.

September 30, 2011 | | Localife


CHS class of ‘89 to hold reunion

The Camden High School Cass of 1986 will hold a class reunion at Camden Country Club, located at 111 Knights Hill Road, Nov. 5. The cost is $40 per person or $80 per couple. Send check or money orders to Hank Green at 1204 Broad St., Camden, SC 29020. Tickets must be purchased by Oct. 14. For more information, email CamdenHighSchool86@gmail.com.

September 30, 2011 | | Localife


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


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These animals need good homes

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Charlie, a male 1-year-old Great Dane (Charlie loves children) and Tiger, a 5-year-old neutered male black and gray 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 4 p.m. on Saturdays. The shelter is closed Sunday and Monday. The shelter is closed Sunday and Monday. For information on the shelter ...

July 18, 2014 | | Pets


Scully elected to Association of South Carolina Mayors board

Camden Mayor Tony Scully is now a board member of the Association of South Carolina Mayors (ASCM). ASCM members elected Scully to the board during the Municipal Association of South Carolina's (MASC) 74th annual meeting.

July 18, 2014 | | Camden


Rec Notes: Soccer camp begins July 28

This Soccer Camp is open for boys and girls ages 6-14. Players will be grouped by age, size, and ability. Daily training sessions will include individual ball handling skills, partner skills, developmental games and much more! This fun-filled week is the perfect way to introduce players to the game of soccer and to challenge advanced players to improve their game. Players must wear shin guards and bring a water bottle and soccer ball. The instructor is Peter Wittig, who has 22 years experience coaching at the college, high school, and youth levels. Coach Wittig is the Varsity Boys Soccer Coach ...

July 18, 2014 | | Kershaw County


Ariail for July 18, 2014

July 18, 2014 | | Ariail


Not so transparent

President Obama, who promised the most transparent administration in history, has delivered perhaps the least transparent. Following the trend of other recent presidents, Obama has kept a tight lid on the press, rarely interacting with reporters in a spontaneous fashion and instead relying on the spin of his White House press directors. And it has gotten worse the longer Obama has been in office; one report last week indicated that the administration was denying access on a variety of subjects with increasing regularity. The Associated Press reported, "In category after category -- except for reducing numbers of old requests and a ...

July 18, 2014 | | Editorials


Op-Ed: Supreme Court autopsy ruling trumps public accountability

For the second time in a month, the S.C. Supreme Court has ruled against openness and punted important issues back to the Legislature for change.

July 18, 2014 | By Bill Rogers S.C. Press Association Executive Director | Columns


L-E wrestling camp on tap next week

The third and fourth installments of the Lugoff-Elgin wrestling camp are scheduled over the next two weeks.

July 18, 2014 | | Sports


Joey Matthew Tyner

Joey Matthew Tyner, 38, of Elgin went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, July 13, 2014.

July 18, 2014 | | Obituaries


Camden Lions Club installs new officers

The Camden Lions Club recently installed new officers and thanked the community for its support of club programs, having collected more than 1,300 pairs of used eye glasses. Boxes are located at the Food Lion shopping center in Lugoff, Rubin Eye Care Center in the K-Mart shopping center, the Walmart Vision Center, Belk and the Food Lion shopping center in Dusty Bend. The club supplied these glasses to local church groups for those in need in Honduras and Guatemela. Camden Lions have also assisted with eye operations and hearing aids for the needy. The club meets on the second ...

July 18, 2014 | | Localife


The karate kid

Lainey Williams, a rising third grader at Camden Elementary School (CES), recently competed in karate nationals in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She is the national champion for kata (forms) and won bronze in kubodo (weapons) and kumite (sparring). This qualified her for Junior Olympics. She is the superregional champion in the 8-year-old female category for kubodo and won silver in kumite, and bronze in kata. She is also the North Carolina Champion in all three events. Lainey studies karate at Carolina Family Karate under Shihan Bob and Sensei Matt. All five members of her team placed in the top four nationals ...

July 18, 2014 | | Localife


‘In the Heart of the Pines’ showcases Camden’s hotel era

The Camden Archives and Museum is hosting a new exhibit on the Hotel Era in Camden from July 2014 until January 9, 2015. Come explore Camden during the days of the Gay Nineties through the Roaring Twenties and beyond to the days before World War II. It was a magical, new social scene set in the midst of our beautiful, old Southern way of life. Camden's visitors got the best of both.

July 18, 2014 | | Camden


One-Eighty 360

Artwork created by Camden Middle School (CMS) art teacher Keith Tolen are on display at Columbia's 701 Whaley Street in its community gallery.

July 18, 2014 | | Arts


Thomas, Marlow earn interim titles at L-E

The leadership of the Lugoff-Elgin High School football and athletic departments stayed within the Demon family for the 2014-15 school year as Dave Thomas was named the school's interim head football coach and Craig Marlow as interim activities director Monday.

July 16, 2014 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Summer sports camps are plentiful in Kershaw County

With the school year coming to a close, it is time for summer sports camps in Kershaw County.

May 26, 2014 | | Sports


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