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An eye for design

Two Kershaw County School District (KCSD) students -- Lugoff-Elgin High student Domminique Thomas-Hayes (third from left) and Leslie M. Stover Middle student Drew Blocker (second from right) -- were selected as the winners of the design for the 2012 Kershaw County Special Olympics T-shirt. More than 225 local athletes from 23 classes in schools across KCSD participated in the Special Olympics games April 13. Joining the students were (from left) Col. Eric Boland, Camden Military Academy headmaster; Debi Davis, KCSD director of special services; Dr. Frank Morgan, KCSD superintendent; and Chief Joe Floyd, Camden Police Department.

April 20, 2012 | | Education


Pets of the week -- April 20, 2012

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Sambo, an adult male hound mix dog, and a gray and white 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 ...

April 20, 2012 | | Pets


Hard times were really easy!

When older people talk about the Depression years -- before, during, and after -- they always talk about hard times, what they did not have. Actually, they have seemingly forgotten the positive sides. People can either remember the good times or the bad. In reality, hard times were really easy.

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


Rec notes -- April 20, 2012

Turn an eye toward summer with registration for swim lessons at the Kershaw County Aquatics Center. Sign-up will begin May 1 at the Kershaw County Recreation Department.

April 20, 2012 | | Miscellaneous


May Watson Roberts

Mrs. May Watson Roberts, 70, of 2402 W. lafayette St., Baltimore, MD, formally of Camden, SC passed on Tuesday, April 17, 2012. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date.

April 20, 2012 | | Obituaries


Franklin Roosevelt Reid

Funeral service for Franklin Roosevelt Reid, 78, of Camden, will be held Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 12 p.m.at Collins Funeral Home Chapel with burial in the St. paul United methodist Church cemetary. He died Wednesday, April 18, 2012. Collins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

April 20, 2012 | | Obituaries


Odell Wright

Mr. Odell Wright, 60, of 2181 Bishopville Highway, Camden SC, passed on Wednesday, April 18, 2012. Funeral services will be conducted on Sunday Aprill 22, 2012 at 10 a.m. at Gethsemane Deliverance Center, Camden, SC. Haile's Funeral Home is assisting the family.

April 20, 2012 | | Obituaries


Archie "Bob" Steele

Mr. Archie "Bob" Lee Steele, age 89, of 2523 Charlotte Hwy., died Sunday, April 15, 2012 at Wayne T. Patrick Hospice House in Rock Hill. He was born March 29,1923 in Union County, NC. The son of the late Roy Sinclair Steele and Nora Therrell Steele, was the husband of 59 years to the late Mary Ross Cauthen Steele. Mr. Steele retired from Masonry Contractors, Inc. and Lancaster County Recylcing Center and was a member of Taylors Grove Baptist Church. Mr. Steele served our great country in the United States Marine Corps in thePacific during World War II with ...

April 20, 2012 | | Obituaries


Dorothy (Dot) Mobley Hipp

Dorothy (Dot) Mobley Hipp, 91, of Anderson, SC died April 17, 2012, at the Rainey Hospice House surrounded by her loving family. Born in Tampa, Florida on June 14, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Francis Brummett Mobley and Mary Hall Mobley. She was predeceased by her husband; Rawson C. Hipp, her brother; Francis Brummett Mobley, Jr., and her sister, Sara Evelyn Moody.

April 20, 2012 | | Obituaries


Gilyong Maria Kim

A Mass of Christian burial for Gilyong Maria Kim, 67, Columbia, will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 20, 2012, at St John Neumann Catholic Church with burial in Fort Jackson National Cemetery.

April 20, 2012 | | Obituaries


Lady Demons storm back to down Cats

Lugoff-Elgin spotted visiting Lexington a 4-0 lead after two and a half innings before outscoring the Wildcats, 6-1, the rest of the way for a 6-5 victory.

April 20, 2012 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Bridal showcase to be hosted at Proctor Hall

Louise C. Proctor Hall, located at 2030 Lyttleton Street, Camden, will host a fashion show featuring bridal gowns and formal wear from Bella Vistas in Columbia. This event is the first of its kind for the hall. Louise C. Proctor Hall is a non-profit organization that provides a setting for any type of social event. Louise Proctor left the home to the ladies of Camden to provide them with a location for parties, weddings and meetings. Since the formation of the non-profit organization in 1957, the hall has been the setting for many weddings and local events.

April 20, 2012 | | People & Places


Hate crimes

Mr. Cahn, you stated in Monday's Chronicle-Independent that you want to hold off judgment of George Zimmerman till after a trial. It seems, in my opinion, that you have already tried him. You make comments about what was said over the phone and that you can hear Zimmerman moving and cocking his pistol. Can you to tell which way he was headed or what type of pistol was used by listening to sound over the phone? I have not heard what type of pistol was used; have you?

April 20, 2012 | Ronnie Boyce Camden | Letters


Get involved in children’s lives

As a society, we must have strong laws and appropriate punishment for the perpetrators of hate crimes against humanity. No free society can function without prison walls. How long will Americans be a land of prosperity when we cannot protect our children?

April 20, 2012 | Edward R. Allen Camden | Letters


An embarrassing council member

I am very proud to live and work in Kershaw County. Being part of the business community, my wife and I attend county council meetings from time to time. I feel this to be very important and almost necessary. We benefit by business growth. County council meetings can offer business benefits and we usually come out feeling glad that we attended. These meetings allow us to gain an appreciation of the councilmen and what they do, or may be up against.

April 20, 2012 | Howard W. Buckholz Jr. Cassatt | Letters


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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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