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Dogs, Demons and Knights stay home for tournament

After three years of heading to sites in and around Columbia to play in spring break tournaments, all three Kershaw County high school teams will stay at home this week for the Telasco Alarm Service Spring Break Baseball Tournament.

April 02, 2012 | | Sports


Why race matters in Florida murder

It is customary in the wake of a major racial eruption to say that we Americans need to have a national conversation on race. Yet the fury surrounding the death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin shows why it is so hard for us to hold that conversation.

April 02, 2012 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


The Man over the Mantel

In 1957, Elisabeth Doby English wrote: "Over the mantel in a certain Nashville, Tennessee, home hangs the portrait of a handsome Confederate officer in his uniform that the small boys of the household call 'The Man over the Mantel.'" That portrait of Captain Alfred English Doby was painted by William H. Scarborough in 1865 from a Civil War photograph.

April 02, 2012 | Kershaw County Historical Society Historian Harvey S. Teal | Columns


Being the Belle of the Ball

The Camden Junior Welfare League Provisional Class held its annual Belle of the Ball March 17. With the support of the residents of Kershaw County, the Junior League was able to give 40 young high school ladies the chance to wear a beautiful gown to prom. Belle of the Ball began in 2005 and has become a Junior League tradition. Each year before prom time, the Junior League gathers and sorts donated formal gowns and then offers them for free to underprivileged teens referred by area high schools.

April 02, 2012 | | Localife


Robert Ariail -- April 2, 2012

April 02, 2012 | | Ariail


Miss Jordan, Mr. Setzer plan spring wedding

Mr. and Mrs. William C. Jordan of Camden announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Rachel Victoria Jordan of Sumter, to Mr. Andrew Neil Setzer of Sumter. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Earl Setzer of Sumter.

April 02, 2012 | | Weddings & Engagements


‘Honky Tonk Angels’ to appear on Wood Auditorium stage

The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) is excited to bring this country musical to the Wood Auditorium for one evening only. Scheduled for Thursday at 8 p.m. the professional company from Springer Theatricals ("A Closer Walk" with Patsy Cline and Route 66) will bring this wonderful musical to the FAC stage. "Honky Tonk Angels" by Ted Swindley is a funny, tender tribute to the women who leave their ordinary, every day life in search of fame and fortune in the country music industry. Tickets for the production are $20 for adults and $18 for students, seniors and ...

April 02, 2012 | | Localife


Noted and passed -- April 2, 2012

• Camden and Kershaw County and, indeed, the state are fortunate to count Sibby Wood among their citizens. Raised in a family which fostered the arts, Wood has pursued a mission to provide access to the arts to all, with a particular focus on integrating arts into education. In May, the S.C. Governor's School of the Arts and Humanities will recognize Wood, who was instrumental in plans for the Greenville-based state residential school, with the presentation of the J. Verne Smith Leadership Award. Wood's support of the arts is well-known in the Camden community; this well-deserved honor embraces ...

April 02, 2012 | | Editorials


Larry Darnell Murphy

Funeral service for Larry Darnell Murphy, 55, of Watts Hill Road in Elgin, will be held Monday, April 2, 2012, 1:00 P.M. at St. Matthew Baptist Church, with burial in the church cemetery.

April 02, 2012 | | Obituaries


Christopher Huckleberry

Funeral service for Christopher Scott "Huck" Huckleberry, 49, of Lugoff, will be held Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. The Rev. Joe Stines will officiate. The family will receive friends Wednesday 4-6 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Ladies' Ministry of El-Bethel Faith Community Church.

April 02, 2012 | | Obituaries


Everette Coates

A memorial service for Everette Coates, of Lancaster, who died March 10, 2012, will be held at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, 2012, at First Baptist Church, 210 N. Matson Street, Kershaw, S.C. 29067. A complete obituary was published in the Camden Chronicle on March 14, 2012.

April 02, 2012 | | Obituaries


Harold Allen Garrett

A lakeside memorial service to celebrate the life of Harold Allen Garrett, 51, of Liberty Hill was held Friday, March 30, 2012 at the Flamingo in Liberty Hill. Dr. Gene Rollins officiated.

April 02, 2012 | | Obituaries


Hazel Horton

Hazel Horton, 93, of Bethune, S.C., passed away at home Thursday, March 29th, 2012. Born in Chesterfield county, he was the second son of eleven children of the late Robert and Ella McPherson Horton.

April 02, 2012 | | Obituaries


KCSD offices, school close for spring break

All schools and offices in the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) will be closed for spring break Monday through April 6.

March 30, 2012 | | Education


Iva J. Lawson

A celebration of life service for Iva J. Lawson, of Camden will be held at 2 :00 PM on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at Gaines Baptist Church of Camden with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service beginning at 1 :00 PM.

March 30, 2012 | | Obituaries


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Ariail for September 17, 2014

September 17, 2014 | | Ariail


The Harrell case

It was another black eye for South Carolina last week when Rep. Bobby Harrell, speaker of the House of Representatives, was indicted by a Richland County grand jury on nine counts, including illegally using campaign money for personal expenses, filing false campaign disclosures and misconduct in office. Harrell suspended himself -- how's that for an oddity? -- and will now face his government accusers. South Carolina certainly doesn't have a monopoly on political malfeasance but the Palmetto State has had more than its share of governmental scandal. We say that fully recognizing that Harrell is innocent until proven guilty.

September 17, 2014 | | Editorials


Yesteryear for Sept. 17, 2014

Citizens groups want lower utility rates

September 17, 2014 | | Yesteryear


Looking for an ‘angel’

On Sunday afternoon (Sept. 7), my friend was driving south of Jefferson Davis Highway. It was raining, with lots of thunder and lightning. When she got past the BP station, a transformer must have exploded. Her car hit the pole. She suffered some bad injuries.

September 17, 2014 | Anise R. Smith Camden | Letters


Murder victim’s sister sends thanks to Camden

On Aug. 24, 2013, my brother, Alan Robinson, was cruelly and brutally murdered. The week of Aug. 24, 2014, his killer was tried, found guilty and sentenced to life in prison without parole for his crime.

September 17, 2014 | Frances Pate Seneca | Letters


More on S.C. snakes

Though the calendar has now been flipped to the month of September and autumn is right around the corner, here in South Carolina it is still very much summer according to the thermometer. Days are getting shorter, but lower temperatures don't usually make it to South Carolina to signal the end of summer until well into October. Birds have begun their annual migrations south, but the heat and humidity that still lingers continues to keep snakes very active. Being exothermic, or cold-blooded as I was taught in elementary school, snakes take environmental warmth and warm themselves to activate processes ...

September 17, 2014 | Josh Arrants C-I contributing columnist | Columns


For the Record - Sept. 17, 2014

Real estate transactions

September 17, 2014 | | For the Record


Mark Sanford’s ongoing saga with himself

WASHINGTON -- As a South Carolinian, it befalls me to examine the peculiarities afflicting our former governor and now-congressman Mark Sanford, who, contrary to decorum and taste, continues to demand attention.

September 17, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


LeMons parade, block Party return to Camden

Racers, start your engines! The 24 Hours of LeMons race returns to the Carolina Motorsports Park this weekend, giving less-than-professional drivers in less-than-$500 contraptions the chance to show what they're made of.

September 17, 2014 | | Camden


CHS harriers battle tough conditions in Coaches Classic

With the rain --- which caused a one-hour delay --- followed by the heat and humidity, Saturday was hardly the optimal conditions for a cross country race.

September 17, 2014 | | Camden High/Middle


High school rodeo ready for Oct. 10-11 run

The Cassatt Fire Department will host a high school rodeo on Oct. 10 and 11 on the grounds of the Mid-Carolina Field Trial Club. The club is located at 925 Field Trial Rd. in Camden.

September 17, 2014 | | Equine


Lady Bulldogs top L-E to improve to 5-3

In just their second year of existence, the Camden High girls' golf team can sympathize with the growing pains which their cross-river neighbors are experiencing.

September 17, 2014 | | Sports


Lady Knights flatten Indian Land

That steamroller which is the North Central High volleyball team showed no signs of slowing down in a 3-1 win over Indian Land in a match played last Thursday in Lancaster.

September 17, 2014 | | North Central High/Middle


‘Blue Bloods,’ ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ ‘Who’ on DVD

The latest season of the police procedural "Blue Bloods," about a family of law enforcers, the "Avengers" TV spinoff "Marvel's Agents of "S.H.I.E.L.D." and the latest incarnation of "Doctor Who" lead new television shows on DVD this week.

September 16, 2014 | Chris Hicks Deseret News | National


Bride surprises dying dad with wedding in hospital room

ORANGE, Calif. -- A bride who knew her father had only weeks to live surprised him by canceling her dream wedding and brought the ceremony to his hospital room so he could give her away and dance with her.

September 16, 2014 | Tracie Knabe Snowder KSL | National


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