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There’s a new sheriff’s office in town

Tuesday night I attended the Kershaw County Sheriff Office's community update in the West Wateree area. I want to echo what one of your readers expressed some time ago. We are indeed blessed to have Sheriff Matthews and his committed deputies protecting us. I have lived in Elgin for 13 years. Several of my neighbors and I have been victims of home invasions or car break-ins. Over the years, I have watched little, peaceful Elgin begin an evolution into the Wild, Wild West, but there is truly a new sheriff in town!

February 27, 2012 | Ericka Burroughs Elgin | Letters


Rec facility referendum ordinance set for vote

Camden City Council will take the next step at its meeting Tuesday toward putting the question of construction of a proposed recreation facility to voters.

February 27, 2012 | | Camden


Robert Ariail -- Feb. 27, 2012

February 27, 2012 | | Ariail


Elsie Hilton Small

Graveside funeral services for Elsie Hilton Small, 89, of Camden will be held Monday, February 27, 2012 at 2:00 PM in Kershaw City Cemetery. Rev. Keith Coates will officiate. Memorials may be made in Mrs. Small's memory to KershawHealth Hospice, 1315 Roberts Street, Camden, SC 29020.

February 27, 2012 | | Obituaries


Dolly Rackley Eakes

Funeral services for Dolly Rackley Eakes, 97, of Goldsboro, NC/Camden, SC, was held Sunday, February 26 at 2:00 pm at Seymour Funeral Home, followed with an interment at Fairview Cemetery, LaGrange, NC. The family received friends Saturday, February 25 from 7:00-8:30 pm at Seymour Funeral Home.

February 27, 2012 | | Obituaries


Noted and passed -- Feb. 27, 2012

• A recent news story indicated that this year's mild winter had confused plants and animals alike. Flowering shrubs and trees seem to think that it's already spring, and humans are sniffling with allergies which don't normally show up until late March or April. But we'd wager that nearly everyone in Kershaw County has taken great pleasure in the lack of cold weather and the unseasonably warm days which have allowed people to be outdoors and enjoying themselves. By this time in February, we're usually weary of scraping frost off windshields and wearing heavy coats, but ...

February 27, 2012 | | Editorials


House busy with budget, bills

This past week the House of Representatives returned to Columbia following a week of furlough. Each week the House takes on furlough saves the state $50,000. The House will take two more weeks of furlough in April. The House has repeatedly passed bills to shorten the legislative session only for them to die in the Senate. The House has taken upon itself to effectively shorten its session through furloughs because House members believe that we can accomplish our objectives in fewer weeks and save taxpayer money.

February 27, 2012 | S.C. Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Mary Frances Coker

A celebration of life for Mary Frances "Goonie" Coker, 85, of Elgin, will be held on Monday at 2:00 p.m. at Trinity Baptist Church, 1062 Ridgeway Road, Lugoff, S.C., with the Rev. Dr. Charles Everett and the Rev. Dr. Mark Bredholt officiating. Interment will follow in Greenhaven Memorials Gardens, Hwy 1 in Elgin. The family will receive friends Sunday 4-6 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff.

February 27, 2012 | | Obituaries


Larry Darnell Cooke

Mr. Larry Darnell Cooke entered into eternal rest Tuesday, February 21 at Richland Memorial Hospital, Columbia, SC.

February 27, 2012 | | Obituaries


Ida Hudson Geddings

Ida Hudson Geddings, 95, of Camden died Sunday, February 26, 2012. The family will receive friends from 5-8 PM Monday at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Kornegay funeral Home, Camden Chapel.

February 27, 2012 | | Obituaries


Vivian Davis Hinson

Vivian Davis Hinson, 77, wife of Shirley A. Hinson of 1917 Hilton Street, Camden, S.C., went to be with her dearest friend Jesus Saturday, February 25, 2012 from KershawHealth.

February 27, 2012 | | Obituaries


Jessie Mae Cleveland Landreth

Funeral services celebrating the life of Jessie Mae Cleveland Landreth, 90, of Camden, widow of George Ebert Landreth, will be held at 11:00 AM Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. The burial will follow on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 2:00 PM at Jamestown Cemetery in Fremont, Indiana. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, February 28, at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. Memorials may be made in Mrs. Landreth's memory c/o Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church, 1206 Lyttleton Street, Camden, SC 29020 for Salkehatchie or Give Kids the ...

February 27, 2012 | | Obituaries


BDK SIC named finalist for state Riley Award

Baron DeKalb Elementary School's School Improvement Council (SIC) is in the top five finalists for the Dick and Tunky Riley Award for School Improvement Council Excellence which recognizes accomplishments in parent and civic engagement.

February 27, 2012 | | Education


Ms. Bloom, SFC Dunlap engaged

Nancy Diaz Bloom currently of Apex NC and SFC Jean McCready Dunlap Jr of Camden SC announce their engagement. Nancy is the daughter of Mrs. Vicenta Diaz currently of Apex NC and the late Mr. Silvio Diaz. Her children are Johanna Dora Bloom of NC, Sarah Frances Bloom of NY.

February 27, 2012 | | Weddings & Engagements


A way with words

The Camden Poets Society (CPS), an affiliate of the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC), celebrated its 20th anniversary at the Douglas-Reed House on the campus of the FAC Feb. 7. Anyone who had ever participated in the Camden Poets Society was invited to attend. Notebooks covering the 20 years were on display along with published books of poetry. There was also a special display honoring members who have passed away along with samples of their work.

February 27, 2012 | | Localife


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Editorial: State of the Union

Kershaw County residents who watched the State of the Union address Tuesday night might agree with us that perhaps it's time to call a halt to the entire production. That's not a slam at President Obama, for he did nothing more overtly political than his predecessors from both parties have been doing for years. It's just that the term "state of the union" bears little resemblance to what actually occurs at the annual event; it's become little more than a political circus.

January 23, 2015 | | Editorials


Rampell: Dangerously in denial on climate change

Last year, government scientists tell us, was the hottest year on record.

January 23, 2015 | | Columns


Food for the Soul gains new volunteers

The Kershaw County Board of Realtors will volunteer the second Friday of each month to help prepare and serve lunch at Food for the Soul. "Our volunteer service at Food for the Soul promotes a Realtor goal of improving our neighborhoods through company programs and consumer outreach,"

January 23, 2015 | | Localife


Gilland: ‘Dung on a twig?’

How would you like to be called dung-on-a-twig? There certainly are worse things in life, but certainly much better things as well. Dung-on-a-twig is one of the root meanings for mistletoe, which grows on trees. This common name comes from two parts of Anglo-Saxon speech. "Mistel" a common word for dung, and "tang" the word for twig, combine to form the word mistletoe or "dung on a twig." This name became prevalent as it was noticed that mistletoe would appear where many birds had landed on branches and deposited their excrement, nice. This puts a whole new context on the ...

January 23, 2015 | By Liz Gilland, Camden Urban Forester C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Wilson’s pin leads Demons past Dogs

Stepping onto the mat for the final pairing of the evening, Lugoff-Elgin freshman 106-pounder Devin Wilson knew he needed to win by his match by, at least, a four-point major decision to give his team a win over host Camden on Tuesday night.

January 23, 2015 | | Sports


Tips for prospective horse owners

Whether raising a horse for pleasure or profession, it is important to know that caring for horses can be labor-intensive. The reward for properly taking care of a horse is a healthy and well-trained animal. But horse ownership is a significant and expensive responsibility, so it is important that prospective owners understand what they are getting into before they make any final decisions.

January 23, 2015 | | Localife


Technical Soccer Camp open for registration

Registration is open for the Technical Soccer Camp. Come receive Academy level training and learn how to play soccer the right way! The Technical Soccer methods and techniques will create a fun yet challenging environment that will give you the foundations to play at the next level.

January 23, 2015 | | Kershaw County


Find a furry friend

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Calypso, a 6-month-old female lab mix and Angelica is a 3-month-old female domestic shorthaired kitten. She is very loving and likes to be held and petted. 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. For information on the shelter or ...

January 23, 2015 | | Pets


Lamberth ready to take next step in karting career

One championship was nice. Two, however, is better for go-kart racer Joseph Lamberth.

January 23, 2015 | | Auto racing


Louise Nichols Bell

Louise Nichols Bell, age 80, passed away Tuesday, January 20, 2015. A visitation will be held at Camden Southern Methodist Church Saturday, January 24, from 2-4 p.m.

January 23, 2015 | | Obituaries


Harvey Branham, Jr.

A private graveside service for Harvey Branham, Jr. 72 of Camden will be held at Wateree Baptist Church Cemetery. Dr. Rev. Gene Rollins will officiate. The family will receive friends Saturday, January 24, 2015 from 1:00 PM -3:00 PM at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Harvey's memory to Parkinson's Disease, National Parkinson's Foundation, 1501 NW 9th Avenue, Bob Hope Road, Miami, FL 33136.

January 23, 2015 | | Obituaries


Elizabeth Thompson Brevard

Elizabeth Thompson Brevard, 86, passed away on Friday, January 16, 2015 in new Haven Connecticut. A celebration of her life will take place on Friday, January 23, 2015 at Christian Tabernacle Baptist Church at 11:00 a.m. Visitation will be held from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

January 23, 2015 | | Obituaries


Magnolia Belton Jones

Mrs. Magnolia Belton Jones, 91, of Camden, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, January 17, 2015. Born in Camden, she was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Martha Portee Parks. A Celebration of Life and Homegoing Services will be held Saturday, January 24, 2015 at One p.m. at Camden First United Methodist Church, with burial in Belton Family Cemetery, Camden. Mrs. Jones will be placed in the church at Twelve p.m. for viewing. Public viewing will be today 1 p.m. - 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Brown's Funeral Home, Camden is serving the Jones ...

January 23, 2015 | | Obituaries


WES reports honor rolls for second nine weeks

Wateree Elementary School has announced its honor roll for the second nine week period of the school year. They include:

January 23, 2015 | | Education


Broad Street railroad crossing closing for repairs Monday

CSX Railroad will close the Broad Street railroad crossing in Dusty Bend for two weeks starting Monday in order to conduct repairs.

January 23, 2015 | | Camden


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