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Put hospitality tax toward arena renovation

Not so fast, Mayor Graham and city council. Let's talk tourism. The National Steeplechase Museum is sponsoring a new antiques fair at Rhame Arena in October. The arena is downtown with lots of parking and extremely convenient to the interstate. Think about it -- if council had its way, the arena would have been torn down by now and taxpayers would be spending $6 to $8 million on a new YMCA on the Mather Academy property. Can we house an antiques fair at the YMCA? Can we hold the annual Firefest event at the YMCA?

August 19, 2011 | Mary Beth Schultz Camden | Letters


Triking it

If you've recently traveled to a vacation area that's popular with motorcyclists -- Myrtle Beach or the Blue Ridge Parkway come to mind -- you might have noticed the latest trend in the biker world, a development that only a decade ago would have been considered unfathomable:

August 19, 2011 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


Feature photo: Let the fun begin

August 19, 2011 | | Education


Carol Sue Bennett

A celebration of Life service for Carol Sue Bennett, 72, will be held on Monday at 5:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. The Rev. Joe Stines and the Rev. Richard Cameron will officiate. The family will receive friends Sunday 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to El-Bethel Faith Community Church Building Fund.

August 19, 2011 | | Obituaries


Wannetta Faye Simpkins Perry Mansfield

Wannetta Faye, Simpkins Perry Mansfield, 58, of Camden, died Sunday, August 14, 2011, in her sleep at home.

August 19, 2011 | | Obituaries


MPCU Kickoff Classic provides teams with final dress rehearsal

Lugoff-Elgin will host the sixth annual May Plant Credit Union Kickoff Classic at Lugoff-Elgin Stadium on Friday night in the final pre-season action before the first week of the 2011 football season begins next Friday.

August 17, 2011 | | Sports


Opera Heroine hits high note in winning Mrs. Phipps Stakes

rcadia Stables' Opera Heroine, on key throughout Saratoga Race Course's $74,000 Mrs. Ogden Phipps, jumped to the lead at the seventh of nine fences and repelled late challenges by Magalen O. Bryant's Well Fashioned and Irvin S. Naylor's Lonesome Nun to win by three lengths last Thursday.

August 17, 2011 | | Equine


Godbold-Nash Memorial Ride Saturday

The annual Godbold-Nash Memorial Ride will kick off Saturday at Camden Middle School (CMS). The ride honors S.C. Highway Patrol troopers H.M. Godbold and Jonathan Nash. Godbold died 19 years ago on U.S. 1 in Lugoff after his patrol car was struck by a drunk driver while responding to a call. Nash died in 2009 after his motorcycle was struck by a car on U.S. 1 near CMS while leading the ride that year.

August 17, 2011 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Citizen officer

Camden native Gertrude Stoney (left) has graduated from the Richland County Sheriff Department's Citizens Academy. The Citizens Academy, led by Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott (right), is designed to educate and keep communities informed. The Citizens Academy provides a forum for police and community interactions. Stoney was also initiated into the Phi Alpha Honor Society at the University of South Carolina, where she completed the Advanced Master of Social Work Program. The Phi Alpha Honor Society provides academic recognition to top-performing college and university students. Members must be enrolled as a full-time social work major. The Phi Alpha Honor ...

August 17, 2011 | | Crime-Police-Fire


It's all a matter of perspective...

We love Camden. After moving here in 1978, Camden has become "our hometown." When traveling here or abroad and asked where we are from, with a note of pride, Camden, South Carolina, is our answer. My office is in the city. Our home is in the county. Having said that, when we read about the antics of the mayor and his city manager sidekick each week in the paper, we breathe a deep sigh. From one perspective, we're not concerned. It's not our tax money they are wasting -- we live in the county. And, when we drive by ...

August 17, 2011 | Frank and Pat Lee Lugoff | Letters


Cheer-rific time

Cheerleaders-in-the-making are invited to the annual Lil' Demon Cheer Clinic from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Lugoff-Elgin High School (L-EHS). In addition to being the L-EHS cheerleaders' largest fundraiser of the year, the clinic is also an opportunity for the cheerleaders to mentor and serve as role models for younger girls in the West Wateree Community. Both the Varsity and JV cheerleading squads participate, and youngsters from ages 3 thru 12 are invited to attend. The cost of the clinic is $30 and includes snacks and drinks, a T-shirt and the opportunity to cheer during the first quarter ...

August 17, 2011 | | Education


For the record -- Aug. 17, 2011

The following real estate transfers were recently recorded in the Kershaw County Assessor's office:

August 17, 2011 | | For the Record


Scrapbook -- Aug. 17, 2011

Today is the first day of school in our county. I don't remember my first day of school. But I do remember that school and my teacher.

August 17, 2011 | | Miscellaneous


Ten tips for taxpayers who owe IRS

While the majority of Americans get a tax refund from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) each year, there are many taxpayers who owe and some who can't pay the tax all at once. The IRS has a number of ways for people to pay their tax bill.

August 17, 2011 | | Miscellaneous


A business like no other

While our mission is to provide excellent health care, ultimately, hospitals like KershawHealth are a business. They generate income, pay salaries, make investments in facilities and equipment, and face expenses related to providing care. As we all know, it is impossible to operate indefinitely when expenses outpace income. That is why KershawHealth has been working diligently to improve efficiency and contain costs. But hospitals are, in some very significant aspects, a business unlike any other.

August 17, 2011 | KershawHealth President and CEO Donnie Weeks C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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Hospital Auxiliary of KershawHealth Golf Tournament

The Hospital Auxiliary of KershawHealth's twenty fifth annual golf tournament will be held on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at the Camden Country Club.

July 25, 2014 | | Kershaw County


CHS hosts girls' golf meeting

All girls interested in learning more about and playing for the Camden High School girls' golf team is asked to attend an organizational meeting on Monday, Aug. 4 at 9 a.m. at the Camden Country Club on Knights Hill Rd. in Camden.

July 23, 2014 | | Camden High/Middle


Camden Royals holding charity hoops tourney

The Camden Royals AAU basketball organization is sponsoring a basketball tournament open to all youth organization teams which will benefit Relay for Life.

July 23, 2014 | | Seasonal Sports


Chance to drive exotic sports cars awaits at CMP

Xtreme Xperience, the country's premier supercar driving experience, is heading full-throttle for Carolina Motorsports Park in Westville, with event dates set for Friday, Aug. 1, through Sunday, Aug. 3.

July 23, 2014 | | Auto racing


KC East All-Stars makes a good first impression

July 23, 2014 | | Seasonal Sports


Camden Bulldog Club kicking off its 2014-15 membership drive

The Camden High School Bulldog Club membership drive is in full swing for the 2014-2015 school year. The organization, founded in 1952, provides financial assistance to all athletic programs at the school through the membership drive and various fundraising activities.

July 18, 2014 | | Camden High/Middle


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


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