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Fill a Truck Campaign benefits more than 80 KCSD students

Kershaw County School District (KCSD) partnered with the Camden Walmart and the United Way of Kershaw County to collect toys and coats for needy children through Walmart's Fill a Truck campaign. Volunteers from all three organizations manned the cardboard trucks in the store over three weekends in December to encourage Walmart shoppers to participate. The results were outstanding with enough items donated to benefit over 80 KCSD students as well as others who were being served through the Toys for Tots programs. Walmart employees themselves purchased three shopping carts worth of items.

December 27, 2013 | | Education


A Kershaw County connection

(This story appeared in the Fayetteville Observer on Dec. 12, 2013, and is used with permission of the publisher.)

December 27, 2013 | By Drew Brooks Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer staff writer | Crime-Police-Fire


Kershaw County cares

Many, many years ago, Tom and Cyndi Fussell started a tradition of serving the hungry and homeless on Thanksgiving Day out of their restaurant in Camden. Kelly and I were fortunate to join them some years later, and -- several years ago -- formed a group called Kershaw County Cares to continue the tradition started by Tom and Cyndi. This year, more than 100 volunteers gave up part of their Thanksgiving and Christmas days to come and prepare, serve and deliver more than 1,450 meals to Kershaw County's less fortunate!

December 27, 2013 | Todd and Kelly Warnock Kershaw County Cares | Letters


The night before Christmas

Midway Elementary School second grade students recently performed The Night Before Christmas.

December 27, 2013 | | Education


Carolina vs. Clemson canned food drive

Baron DeKalb Elementary School (BDK) Student Council recently hosted a Carolina vs. Clemson canned food drive challenge. The BDK Student Council hosted the Carolina vs. Clemson Food Drive to promote teamwork, show community spirit, and to address local hunger issues. Donations were delivered to the Food for the Soul Soup Kitchen and to other families in need. "The Carolina vs. Clemson Challenge was a fun way to show people in our community that we care," Student Council member Joshua Vasquez said.

December 24, 2013 | | Education


Ariail for Dec. 25, 2013

December 24, 2013 | | Ariail


Yesteryear - Dec. 25, 2013

Service Station Santa

December 24, 2013 | | Yesteryear


Mother and son at odds over religious tradition

Dear Annie: I am 14 years old and facing a dilemma. My father isn't particularly religious, but my mother is a strict Catholic, and my older sister and brother have been confirmed. I have another six months before I am expected to go through the process of confirmation. I do not want to do this. But as the time approaches, my mother has become increasingly forceful on the subject.

December 24, 2013 | | Dear Annie


Champe, Ray, Brazell are LFD Firefighters of the Year

During its annual Christmas Party on Dec. 7, the Lugoff Fire Department (LFD) named its "Firefighters of the Year" for 2013. This year's recipients are Engineer Eric Champe, Career Firefighter of the Year; Thomas Ray, Volunteer Firefighter of the Year; and Hunter Brazell, Explorer Firefighter of the Year.

December 24, 2013 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Morgan gets 4 percent raise

Dr. Frank Morgan, Kershaw County School District (KCSD) superintendent, recently received a 4 percent salary raise for this "dedication" to making the district a "high quality learning environment."

December 24, 2013 | | Education


A bum year in Washington

WASHINGTON -- What a massively disappointing year, and how slim the hopes for a more productive 2014.

December 24, 2013 | By Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Mystery cup

Help the Chronicle-Independent solve a mystery! Can you identify this mystery tennis trophy cup, or explain how it ended up more than 2,700 miles away in Yakima, Wash.?

December 24, 2013 | | Viewpoint


Timeless classic

We offer this timeless piece which was first published in The New York Sun in 1897, when editor Francis Church was faced with the following letter from a little girl named Virginia O'Hanlon:

December 24, 2013 | | Editorials


Cub Scouts receive ‘Arrow of Light’ award

Cub Scout Pack 303 held their holiday banquet, sponsored by Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church. The program started with Bill Beale leading the Scouts in Christmas carols. Pastor Steve Patterson had the benediction, Cub Master Norman Gullard had the opening ceremony and Jim Bradshaw welcomed guest and leaders. The Scouts had a surprise guest -- Mrs. Santa Claus! She gave each Scout a gift. The Scouts then held an impressive candle lighting ceremony to open the awards ceremony. The following Scouts received awards:

December 24, 2013 | | People & Places


Marine Corps, KershawHealth’s Toys for Tots campaign a success

Christmas morning will be happier for hundreds of children in Kershaw County thanks to the efforts of the Marine Corps Reserves' "Toys for Tots" campaign, KershawHealth employees and a host of local partners. More than 900 toys destined for local children were collected during the "Stuff an Ambulance" drive on December 7. The toys will be distributed by volunteers from the Marine Corps Reserves. The goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate children that will help them become responsible, productive andpatriotic citizens.

December 24, 2013 | | People & Places


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The FAC celebrates Black History Month

The Multi-Cultural Committee of the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) announces plans for the Gospel Fest and Heritage Tea -- annual events celebrating Black ...

February 24, 2017 | | People & Places


Kershaw County Library events -- March

Camden Branch

February 24, 2017 | | People & Places


First-grader submits winning KCSO K9 name

Madison Cook, 7 (center), holds up a certificate she received Thursday morning from Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews (back, far left) for being the winner ...

February 24, 2017 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Ariail - Feb. 21, 2017

February 21, 2017 | | Ariail


Gang activity

Does Kershaw County have a gang problem?

February 21, 2017 | | Editorials


A failure to communicate

WASHINGTON -- To sum up President Trump's first month in office, he has exceeded everyone's expectations.

February 21, 2017 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


We need to tone down the hysteria

Is anyone else hearing Michael Stipe from REM singing, "It's the end of the world as we know it?" The reaction to President Trump ...

February 21, 2017 | By Dennis Turner C-I guest columnist | Columns


Chamber plan identifies goals

"A goal without a plan is just a wish." – Antoine De Saint Exupery

February 21, 2017 | By Amy Kinard C-I contributing columnist | Columns


What happens in Columbia matterse

I feel like a broken record (there's an archaic cultural reference for you) every year when I say this, but what happens in the ...

February 21, 2017 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Yesteryear for Feb. 21, 2017

U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond was on hand Monday to present Cogsdill Tool with the Presidential "E" Award for excellence in exporting.

February 21, 2017 | | Yesteryear


Southside ends Dogs' season

Facing long odds to begin with, the Camden High boys' basketball team had their season come to an end in a 65-52 loss to Southside ...

February 21, 2017 | | Camden High/Middle


More Than Conquerors baseball clinic on deck

The "More Than Conquerors" baseball clinic will be held on Saturday, March 4 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Wildwood Youth ...

February 21, 2017 | | Seasonal Sports


Preseason tourneys kick off spring sports slate

Baseball seasion, in pre-season tournament form, begins this week for Camden, Lugoff-Elgin and North Central high schools as well as the Camden Military Academy.

February 21, 2017 | | Sports


Ducks Unlimited Banquet tickets on sale

After several years of having to turn those wanting to buy tickets away due to lack of space, the Wateree Chapter Ducks Unlimited Banquet is ...

February 21, 2017 | | Sports


Swearing in

February 21, 2017 | | Politics


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