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Michael Collins

Michael Collins, 54, of Lugoff, SC, passed away on Sunday, May 3, 2015 after suffering from a stroke. He was born November 18, 1960 in Elyria, OH where he resided until the age of 23. Mike graduated from Elyria High School in 1979 and then from the Virginia Beach Police Academy in 1986. He served 12 years as a Police Officer in Virginia Beach before retiring in 1998. Mike loved all sports. In high school he lettered in baseball (pitcher), basketball and football (quarterback). His favorite was baseball, beginning with t-ball and playing through his years with the Virginia Beach ...

May 06, 2015 | | Obituaries


Christine B. Mitchell

Mrs. Christine Benjamin Mitchell, 93, of 1806 Carter Street, Camden, died Sunday, May 3, 2015. Family and friends may call at 328 Perkins Lane, Camden. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Brown's Funeral Home, who is serving the Mitchell Family.

May 06, 2015 | | Obituaries


Henry Robinson

Graveside service for Mr. Henry Robinson, Jr., 66, of 857 St. Paul Road in Camden will be held Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 2:00 P.M. at St. Paul United Methodist Church cemetery, St. Paul Road in Camden (Knights Hill community). Friends may visit at 20 Lee Road in Camden. Collins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

May 06, 2015 | | Obituaries


Janie Hough Thomas

Mrs. Janie Hough Thomas, 84, of 2780 Best Road, Bethune, passed on Thursday, April 30, 2015. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 12 p.m. in New Hope Baptist Church, Bishopville, with burial in the church Cemetery.

May 06, 2015 | | Obituaries


Randall Boyd Watkins

After a long battle with cancer, Randall "Randy" Boyd Watkins went to his eternal home with Jesus on Monday, May 04, 2015. He was born at Byerly Hospital in Hartsville on June 29, 1954. Randy was the son of the late James Boyd Watkins and the late Sara Frances Phillips Watkins of Camden.

May 06, 2015 | | Obituaries


DAISY Award winner

Lorene Jeffcoat (right), of KershawHealth Hospice, recently received the hospital's second quarterly DAISY Award from Chief Nursing Officer Stacy Collier. The family of Inez Russell, an inpatient Hospice patient, nominated Jeffcoat saying. "We can't express in words the difference she made," Russell's daughter-in-law said. "My husband was having a really hard time with the situation and she was so good with him, it was like she was sent for just him. This was one of the hardest things I have ever had to go through and she was a blessing with it all." Jeffcoat originally wanted to ...

May 06, 2015 | | Healthcare


Demons turn back Raiders, 4-2

Having seen some of the upsets in 4A first round baseball play in which fourth seeds defeated number-one seeds, Lugoff-Elgin head coach Randy Stokes was feeling pretty good about his team's 4-2 win over Laurens in the District IV opener.

May 04, 2015 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Playoff hunt begins for Dogs, Lady Demons

While baseball and softball are already in their second or, in some instances, third round of the post season, the other spring sports begin state tournament play this week.

May 04, 2015 | | Sports


County squads try to stave off elimination

Three Kershaw County teams will try and keep their 2015 seasons intact when they all play tournament elimination games tonight.

May 04, 2015 | | Sports


Walt Inabinet - May 4, 2015

May 04, 2015 | | Inabinet


Noted and passed - May 4, 2015

• We stand with Kershaw County Council in recognizing Bobby Jones on his long years of service not just to his hometown of Bethune, but the entire county. From his many years as a teacher, coach and principal to his time on and chairing the S.C. Department of Transportation Commission to serving as a counselor at The ALPHA Center, Jones epitomizes public service in Kershaw County. He is also a very nice man, giving hugs to men and women alike, and surprising folks with pound cakes, mostly of the lemon variety. But it is his contributions, large and small, to ...

May 04, 2015 | | Editorials


Historical Society Column - May 4, 2015

When the 15th and 17th Corps of Sherman's Army entered Kershaw District on February 23, 1865, at Peay's Ferry on the Wateree River west of Liberty Hill, then crossed the district in three days, and were poised to exit it on Lynches River at Young's Bridge, Tillers Ferry and Kelly's Bridge, locally the war was all but over.

May 04, 2015 | | Columns


A message from ‘Mr. BB’

As we celebrate our first anniversary of the Jackson Teen Center, I want to share some great things that are happening.

May 04, 2015 | Bryan Mayes, director, Jackson Teen Center Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands | Letters


Rich: Tink and the chainsaw

My husband is like a relentless teenager. When he wants something, he persists until it's easier for me to say "yes" just to get him out of my hair.

May 04, 2015 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Military Briefs - May 4, 2015

Michael (Mike) Jones of Camden, commander of Bravo Company Recruiting and Retention Battalion for the S.C. Army National Guard, in Camden, was promoted in December to the rank of major by Lt. Col. Matthew Fryman, Battalion Commander.

May 04, 2015 | | Military


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Under the Sun onstage for Finally Friday

The Finally Friday Free Concert Series returns to the grounds of the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) on May 29 with a Midlands favorite, Under the Sun. The concert will take place from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. on the Joe and Sandy Shull Pavilion behind the Wood Auditorium. Rain location will be on the stage of the Wood Auditorium.

May 22, 2015 | | People & Places


Camden Councilwoman Laurie Parks recognized at dinner

The Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands recently recognized Camden City Councilwoman Laurie Parks at the Girl Scouts' annual Women of Distinction Awards Dinner. Parks was one of six area women to be so honored. The award pays tribute to women who exemplify excellence in service, leadership, community visibility, and professionalism. Parks has served on Camden City Council since 2012, serving as Mayor Pro Tem in 2014. In addition, she currently serves on the S.C. Governor's Office Children's Foster Care Review Board for Kershaw and Richland Counties(Vice-Chair, Past Chair), Junior Leadership Kershaw County(Chair ...

May 22, 2015 | | People & Places


Sandra Elizabeth Wickham

Sandra Elizabeth Wickham age 54, died Monday, May 18, 2015 at her residence.

May 22, 2015 | | Obituaries


Bruce Singleton

Mr. Bruce Singleton, 59, of Woodchase Lane, Elgin, South Carolina, passed on Sunday, May 17, 2015. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Nelson-Haile Funeral Home.

May 22, 2015 | | Obituaries


Michael Anthony Lynch

Funeral service for Michael Anthony Lynch, 64, will be held today at 11:00 a.m. at Union Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The Rev. Jerry Lewis will officiate. The family received friends Thursday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Union Baptist Church Gym Fund, PO Box 116, Elgin, S.C. 29045.

May 22, 2015 | | Obituaries


J. Ernest Kinard

The Honorable J. Ernest Kinard, Jr., 75, of Camden, died Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at home after a courageous battle with cancer.

May 22, 2015 | | Obituaries


Willie Hart Jr.

Mr. Willie "Billy Boy" Hart, Jr., 77, of 130 Reddick Road, Bishopville, passed on Monday, May 18, 2015. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Bishopville, with burial in the church cemetery.

May 22, 2015 | | Obituaries


Lucy Barfield Elmore

A funeral service for Lucy Barfield Elmore, 88, will be held Saturday at 11:00 am at First Baptist Church, Camden, with burial to follow in Quaker Cemetery. The Rev. Bruce Hancock will officiate. The family will receive friends today from 5-7 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Camden or a charity of one's choice.

May 22, 2015 | | Obituaries


Carol Lee Collins

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Carroll Lee Collins, 71, of Camden was held Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 1:00 PM at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. Lee Collins, Jr. officiated. Memorials may be made in Carroll's memory to the American Heart Association, 190 Knox Abbott Drive, Cayce, SC 29032.

May 22, 2015 | | Obituaries


Ariail for May 22, 2015

May 22, 2015 | | Ariail


Editorial: Judge Kinard

Ernest Kinard, who died earlier this week, was made for the law. Possessed of a keen intellect and a probing curiosity, Kinard practiced law for 24 years in Camden before being elected a circuit court judge in 1988. He remained on the bench until his retirement in 2010, and in a "keep working" program for retired judges, he continued until recently. In all his years as a judge, he never missed a day of holding court, establishing a remarkable record of consistency and longevity. Kinard mentored a number of young attorneys who practiced with him or clerked for him over ...

May 22, 2015 | | Editorials


Sen. Sheheen remembers Judge Ernest Kinard

Camden, Kershaw County and South Carolina lost one of its greats this week. Judge Ernest Kinard was one of a kind who loved his family, his community and his work.

May 22, 2015 | State Sen. Vincent Sheheen Camden | Letters


Parker: Bab(i)es on campus

Trigger warning: This column will include discussion of ideas which may conflict with your own.

May 22, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Moment of Nature - May 22, 2015

Nothing instills fear in the heart and soul of humans as does a snake. Since the beginning of recorded history, snakes have been a symbol of evil, treachery, poison, etc., and because of this perception, misinformation and folklore, most people hate snakes. Personally I have no problem with snakes; roaches and tarantulas are a different story, but a snake? No worries.

May 22, 2015 | | Columns


‘Beechwood PDD (Planning Department Disaster)’

I attended the (Camden) Planning (Commission) meeting regarding the Beechwood Plantation development, and left with more questions to be asked than questions answered. For those of you who don't know what is proposed, the developers are talking of 254 residences, rentals and condos; a 24-7 assisted living facility; and more. We have had two patio homes built in Kirkover Hills during the last couple of years; these two did not sell, they are rentals, with four cars parked in the front yard. I don't believe there is a need for this large scale development.

May 22, 2015 | Steve Safarin Camden | Letters


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