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S.C. ranks near bottom again

South Carolinians shouldn't be surprised to see the state rank poorly in yet another survey. It seems the Palmetto State is forever being relegated to the bottom tier in all kinds of indicators. Some of them, of course, don't have much validity. But the latest one, in which only five states are ranked lower than South Carolina in susceptibility to political corruption, is particularly unnerving because it's one that could be avoided with a modicum of care from legislators.

March 21, 2012 | | Editorials


Coldwell Banker goes Platinum

Coldwell Banker United, Realtors has been named a Platinum level firm by the Cartus Broker Network in four of its Carolinas' markets, including the Midlands, Charleston and Sumter markets in South Carolina and the Charlotte market in North Carolina. Platinum is the highest of the Excellence Award recognition levels presented to qualifying principal brokers. Only 17 percent of the network's principal brokers received Excellence Award recognition for 2012.

March 21, 2012 | | Business


Richard Paul "Ricky" Taylor

A memorial service for Richard Paul "Ricky" Taylor, 23, Lugoff, will be held Tuesday at El-Bethel Faith Community Church. The Rev. Joe Stines will officiate. The family will receive friends Tuesday 2:30-4:00 p.m. prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ronald McDonald House.

March 21, 2012 | | Obituaries


NCHS names honor students

North Central High School has announced its honor rolls for the second nine-week period.

March 21, 2012 | | Education


C-I in step with mainstream media

As with much of the mainstream media, your edition March 9 is a poster child for what is wrong with the mainstream media and possibly a plausible explanation as to why printed media has fallen onto hard times. A previous editorial by Martin Cahn wherein he rather pompously pronounced that his opinion -- he is a journalist whatever that is -- is vastly superior to the great unwashed's opinion. A fair presumption would be those that are not "journalists."

March 21, 2012 | David Dean Lugoff | Letters


A century of cherry blossoms

Into every life, they say, a little rain must fall. And a little snow as well. In fact, here in Washington, some are rooting for snow before spring arrives.

March 21, 2012 | Ed Feulner The Heritage Foundation | Columns


Yesteryear -- March 21, 2012

Photo cutline – The guest bedroom at Aberdeen features magnificent old furniture and a beautiful antique quilt. Lovely width its pink color scheme, it has welcomed several Miss South Carolinas and two Miss Americas. This 1810 vintage home will be on the JKA Spring Tour of Homes and Gardens April 11.

March 21, 2012 | | Yesteryear


Honor unveiled

South Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean H. Toal (left) stands with retiring 5th Circuit Court Judge J. Ernest Kinard Jr. following the unveiling of a commemorative portrait at the Kershaw County Courthouse Thursday afternoon. Kinard has served on the bench for 24 years. Toal said Kinard is the "gold standard" of circuit court judges and her "go-to judge" for tough cases. "He's one of the brightest minds to serve in South Carolina," Toal said. "He can hear complex cases, absorb and understand all the details and then make a decision."

March 21, 2012 | | Miscellaneous


AgSouth reports earnings of $33.3 million

AgSouth Farm Credit CEO Bill Spigener recently announced that the customer-owned cooperative had net earnings of $33.3 million during 2011.

March 21, 2012 | | Business


Come out for the ’Cue

The 'Cue, as Charlotte Thompson locals call it, has been an annual community event since 1958.

March 21, 2012 | | People & Places


Lady Knights break into win column by upending Great Falls, 19-11

After struggling through a rough early start to the season, the North Central High softball team took out their frustrations on the Great Falls Red Devils in a Friday night softball game played at Great Falls.

March 21, 2012 | | North Central High/Middle


Irick seeks return to school board

Matt Irick has announced his plans to seek re-election to Seat 7 on the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees. He is a certified public accountant and a partner with the accounting firm of Sheheen, Hancock, & Godwin LLP in Camden.

March 21, 2012 | | Politics


Lancaster sweeps 3-team track meet at NC

Lancaster ran off with both ends of last Thursday's three-team track and field meet at North Central High School in an event which also included Great Falls.

March 21, 2012 | | North Central High/Middle


CHS, L-E and NC all get Friday wins

With Friday having been a day off for students in Kershaw County, several members of the Camden High baseball team used part of their day to head over to American Legion Park to get in some additional batting practice for that evening's home game with Lakewood.

March 19, 2012 | | Sports


This week in Kershaw County sports

Monday: Crestwood at Camden Military Academy (BSOC – 5 p.m.); Camden Military Academy at Swansea (BB – 6 p.m.); Ridge View at Lugoff-Elgin (BB – 6:30 p.m.); Andrew Jackson at North Central (SB – 6:30 p.m.); Lugoff-Elgin at Ridge View (SB – 7 p.m.); Lancaster at Lugoff-Elgin (GSOC – 7 p.m.); Camden, Lugoff-Elgin in Magnolia Invitational at Sumter (G – TBA)

March 19, 2012 | | Sports


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Rembert’s Hank Kerfoot, sod business featured in international publication

Hank Kerfoot, founder and president of Modern Turf-U.S.A., based in Rembert, is featured in the May/June issue of Turf News. The magazine is a publication of Turfgrass Producers International (TPI) reaching those involved with sod production in more than 40 countries worldwide.

May 20, 2015 | | Business


CMS Student Council raises money for Lugoff playground

CMS Student Council members, along with their lead teacher Mrs. Alison Lopez, worked hard this year to raise money for the school and community, including the proposed Kershaw County West Playground Project.

May 20, 2015 | | Education


Morris is new ATEC director

The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees recently voted to approve Gordon Morris as the Applied Technology Education Campus' (ATEC) new director. Morris will begin serving as ATEC's director with the 2015-16 school year. He is a former ATEC assistant director.

May 20, 2015 | | Education


How to protect your pets from extreme heat

Extreme heat can be unpleasant for anyone, and pets are no exception. While it's easy for men and women to detect if their bodies are responding negatively to heat, those warning signs may not be so prevalent in pets, who may suffer in silence as the mercury continues to rise.

May 20, 2015 | | People & Places


WES student achievement

Wateree Elementary School teacher Carolyn Clippard's 5th grade class completed more than 100,000 problems in IXL, an online math program.

May 20, 2015 | | People & Places


Noted and passed - May 18, 2015

• Depending on one's point of view, it may feel like years or just yesterday since the name "Beechwood" was part of a headline in this newspaper. Nine years ago, an entire movement formed to block the 65-acre Knights Hill Road property's annexation into the city limits of Camden. Later, the same group, Preserve Camden for Responsible Growth, fought against some aspects of the plans to subdivide and develop Beechwood. In 2009, Camden Community Properties (CCP) purchased the property, promising to, eventually, create a retirement village at Beechwood under Planned Development District (PDD) zoning. After six years, it appears ...

May 18, 2015 | | Editorials


Rich: When time melts away

It was over Sunday dinner when my sister told me what I did not know. A childhood friend, the red-headed, freckle-faced girl with laughing eyes and the brightest sense of humor possible, was sitting vigil with her husband as death crept close.

May 18, 2015 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Morgan: Favorite teachers and memories

One of the groups I meet with on a regular basis is Student Cabinet, which is made up of students from each of our three high schools. It's always interesting and informative for me to hear the insights, opinions and perspectives from this very formidable group of young people. They don't hold back on what they think, which is a good thing.

May 18, 2015 | By Frank Morgan, KCSD Superintendent C-I contributing columnist | Columns


My Brain on NASCAR - May 18, 2015

It is a rare occurrence, but occasionally in the world of professional sports an individual comes along who becomes the standard bearer for his particular field of competition.

May 18, 2015 | By Cathy Elliott C-I contributing columnist | Columns


KershawHealth celebrates National Nurses Week

KershawHealth kicked off National Nurses Week on May 6 with a reception and announcement of its latest DAISY Award winner. While many of the hospital's nursing staff attended the celebration, KershawHealth Chief Nursing Officer Stacy Collier noted some irony in the joy.

May 18, 2015 | | Healthcare


Ashley Eddings

A funeral service to celebrate the life of Ashley Michelle Tidwell Eddings, 25, of Camden, SC, will be held at 3:00 PM, Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. Rev. Trent McLaughlin will officiate. Burial will follow in Beaverdam Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00-7:30 PM, Monday, May 18, 2015 at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel.

May 18, 2015 | | Obituaries


Mildred Ellenburg

Funeral service for Mildred Eloise Easler Ellenburg, 83, will be held Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints - Camden Ward. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials may be made to Palmetto Health Hospice.

May 18, 2015 | | Obituaries


John T. “Shag” Hinson

Funeral service for Shag Hinson, 80, will be held on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at El-Bethel Faith Community Church with burial to follow in Hardshell Cemetery. The Rev. Joe Stines and the Rev. Billy Hughes will officiate. The family will receive friends Saturday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to El-Bethel Faith Community Church, 905 Longtown Road, Lugoff, S.C. 29078.

May 18, 2015 | | Obituaries


Frances Lucas

A funeral service for M. Frances Boykin Beasley Lucas, 86, will be held Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. at Community Bible Church, with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The Rev. Jerry Peacock will officiate. The family will receive friends Monday from 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Community Bible Church.

May 18, 2015 | | Obituaries


Doris Truesdale Morris

A funeral service to celebrate the life of Doris Truesdale Morris, 85, of Camden, SC, will be held at 1:00 PM, Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at First Baptist Church in Camden. Rev. Bruce Hancock will officiate. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 PM, Monday, May 18, 2015 at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. Memorials may be made in Mrs. Morris' memory to First Baptist Church, Music or Flower Ministry, 1201 Broad Street, Camden, SC 29020.

May 18, 2015 | | Obituaries


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