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Obama and race

Attorney General Eric Holder's recent statement that race plays a part in some Americans' opposition to President Obama's policies has stirred strong reaction from both liberals and conservatives, and reaction has highlighted the fact -- no surprise here -- that blacks and whites often look at issues of race differently. We suspect that Kershaw County would mirror the national opinions of a recent Gallup poll in which people were asked whether this country's criminal justice system is biased against blacks. More than two-thirds of whites said no, while about the same percentage of blacks said yes.

July 16, 2014 | | Editorials

Yesteryear for July 16, 2014

School district to use Lexington County plan for teacher evaluations

July 16, 2014 | | Yesteryear

P-17 Jrs. fall to Florence Blue, 5-2

South Florence Blue scored four runs in the first inning and held on for a 5-2 victory over Kershaw County Post 17 in the opening game of the second round state American Legion playoff series between the two teams on Monday night in Florence.

July 16, 2014 | | Sports

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

Release of new book coincides with Dabney family reunion

The Dabney family which, historically, has a wide connection in the Camden and Kershaw areas, held its annual reunion on June 28 at the Lancaster Golf Club's Fairway Room in Lancaster. More than 225 family members from as far away as California, New Jersey, Missouri and Virginia gathered to meet their relatives from five branches of the Dabney family.

July 14, 2014 | | Miscellaneous

New orthopedic surgeon joins Camden Bone & Joint

Orthopaedic surgeon T. Chris Tran, MD, has joined doctors Andrew Piasecki and James Nichols at Camden Bone & Joint. He will perform inpatient and outpatient surgeries at KershawHealth, and his practice will focus on general orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine. Dr. Tran is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons.

July 14, 2014 | | Healthcare

KershawHealth’s core commitment to patient care

There have been recent media reports about hospitals in South Carolina facing cuts in Medicare payments due to rising rates of hospital-acquired infections and hospital readmissions. These reimbursement reductions come as part of a drive by the healthcare community, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), to increase patient safety and quality of care. There's nothing wrong with that -- we all should be held accountable. Hospitals across the country are working hard to attack the complex issues involved in care and to institute best practices to improve outcomes.

July 14, 2014 | By Terry Gunn, interim KershawHealth CEO C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Exit exams no longer required for diplomas

As the result of a change in state law, South Carolina students -- including those from Kershaw County -- in the class of 2015 will no longer have to pass the state's exit exam as a requirement for graduation from high school. Starting this month, the deletion of the exit exam requirement also applies to any student in the graduating class of 1990 and later.

July 14, 2014 | | Education

Melissa Justice Lilly

Melissa Justice Lilly, of Camden, formerly of Logan, West Virginia, wife of Richard Dean Lilly, Sr. passed away after a sudden illness on July 8, 2014, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Born on October 26, 1970, in Holden, West Viriginia, she was the daughter of Terry and Ruby Estep Robinson.

July 14, 2014 | | Obituaries

Virginia Smith Norwood

Funeral service for Mrs. Virginia Smith Norwood, 65, of Camden will be held Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 1:00 P.M. at Rock Spring United Methodist Church, Kirkland Cemetery Road in Camden with burial in St. Peter United Methodist Church cemetery, Flint Hill Road in Camden. Friends may visit at 1605 Fairfax Drive in Camden. She died Thursday, July 10, 2014. Collins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

July 14, 2014 | | Obituaries

Barbara Ann Steen Price

Funeral services celebrating the life of Barbara Ann Steen Price, 69, of Bishopville, will be held at 3:00 PM Monday, July 14, 2014 at Antioch Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Rev. Dave Robinson and Rev. Alvin Rogers will officiate. The family will receive friends beginning at 2:00 PM prior to the service in the church fellowship hall. Memorials may be made in Barbara Ann's memory to the American Cancer Society, c/o Gail Kirkland, 647 Lachicotte Rd., Lugoff, SC 29078.

July 14, 2014 | | Obituaries

Ariail for July 14, 2014

July 14, 2014 | | Ariail

Noted and passed - July 14, 2014

• For years, the public and the media have made fun of celebrities for mangling The Star-Spangled Banner at sporting and other major events. While we didn't hear of any particular instances this Independence Day, we did hear of one local "star" who did their hometown proud: 12-year-old Louisa DeLoach. As we related on our front page Wednesday, Louisa is a rising seventh-grader at Camden Middle School. She played percussion in the sixth grade band and also plays guitar. She also sings our national anthem. The first time most people heard her do so was at this year's Carolina ...

July 14, 2014 | | Editorials

Jackson returning to BES, MPES

The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees on Tuesday selected former Kershaw County School District (KCSD) principal Theodore Jackson to serve as interim principal for Bethune Elementary School and Mt. Pisgah Elementary School. Jackson is following Davy Branham who moved to North Central High School as principal.

July 14, 2014 | | Education

The power of hard labor

It was an early summer morning, an enchanting time when flowers are blooming, blackberries are spurting to full growth and the birds are happy to have sunny warmth. I had taken myself out to the back porch where I often settle down to write after I have finished a gentle run.

July 14, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Columns

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Column: Flowers and your bucket list

This story is one of "small-towner" visits the "big city."

March 13, 2018 | By Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Mrs. Gearldean Hamilton Cooke, 65, of 934 Mitchell Drive, Camden, entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. A Celebration of Life and Homegoing ...

March 13, 2018 | | Obituaries

Camden squads have little problem with FC

Playing some 40 miles away from each other, the Camden boys' and girls' soccer teams both posted shutouts over Fairfield Central as the two CHS ...

March 13, 2018 | | Camden High/Middle

Brown gets first win as Knights’ tennis coach

North Central gave first-year boys' tennis coach Miranda Brown her first win as a high school head coach as the Knights tripped up Eau Claire ...

March 13, 2018 | | North Central High/Middle

Dogs close rugged opening week

Camden closed a brutal first week of the baseball regular season with a 2-1 record after downing Fairfield Central, 8-2, in Friday night's Region ...

March 13, 2018 | | Camden High/Middle

Demons throttle Mustangs, 18-3

You knew somebody was going to pay the price after Lugoff-Elgin dropped a 5-4 heartbreaker to rival Camden in last Wednesday night's home opener ...

March 13, 2018 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle

L-E netters thump Monarchs, 6-0

One night after a tough season-opening, 4-2, loss to Spring Valley and still riding high after such a great match against the Vikings, the Lugoff-Elgin ...

March 13, 2018 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


A funeral service to celebrate the life of Susan Clyburn Green, 66, of Bishopville will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at ...

March 13, 2018 | | Obituaries


Funeral service for Ms. Bertha Mae Martin, 80, of 312 Railroad Avenue in Camden, will be held Saturday, March 17, 1 p..m. at Mt ...

March 13, 2018 | | Obituaries

L-E Pageant

March 13, 2018 | | People & Places

Joal Rush takes FAC stage March 16

Nashville recording artist Joal Rush will appear Friday, March 16 at the Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County. This return to the FAC stage ...

March 13, 2018 | | People & Places

The light at the end of the tunnel

It is hard to believe that I have fewer than 100 days left in my senior year. The excitement is getting very real as I ...

March 13, 2018 | By Hanna Griggs, L-EHS C-I high school columnist | High School Columns

Easter at Aberdeen

Larry Graham, chair of Mental Health America of Kershaw County, recently announced they would be hosting their fifth annual Easter Family Tour at Aberdeen, home ...

March 13, 2018 | | People & Places

Camden: Classically Carolina returning this spring

In a joint statement today, the city of Camden and Camden Media Company announced plans to again publish Camden: Classically Carolina, Camden's official city ...

March 13, 2018 | | Business

AL Post 17 names Kershaw County Deputy of the Year

Members of American Legion Post No. 17 and their guests packed the post Monday night as Legionnaires presented awards to public servants from several different ...

March 13, 2018 | | Crime-Police-Fire

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