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Citizens paying for services they don’t receive

I have lived in Kershaw County all of my life. I pay taxes just like all the citizens in this county. Taxes are necessary in order to meet the county's obligations, like school bonds and other things that the county is responsible for. The problem I have is with the things we pay for that are not our responsibility.

January 20, 2012 | Floyd Hinson Lugoff | Letters


The Family Resource Center needs volunteers

The Family Resource Center needs caring and committed volunteers to assist in victim services. A volunteer training is scheduled for March 5-9 and March 12.

January 20, 2012 | | People & Places


William C. Hasty

A private service for William C. Hasty, 93,of Camden, will be held in Fort Jackson National Cemetery, Columbia. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Glenforest School, 1041 Harbor Drive, West Columbia, S.C. 29169.

January 20, 2012 | | Obituaries


Helen Frances Bethea

Mrs. Helen Frances Bethea, age 90, of Chatsworth, Ga., departed this life Friday evening, January 13, 2012 at the Murray Medical Center.

January 20, 2012 | | Obituaries


Boykin Park goes green with Camden Lions tree project

Members of the Camden Lions Club, in keeping with the international club president's commitment to plant 1 million trees worldwide, did their part in December, planting several trees in Boykin Park.

January 20, 2012 | | Camden


KC Library to host ‘Kindie Rock’ Monday at the FAC

"Kindie rock" may not be the most commonly known type of music, but that might be changing. Defined by its use of themes for children younger than 10, but in a style that can be enjoyed by parents as well people of all ages, "kindie rock" is one of the fastest growing segments of the music industry. Kershaw County residents will get a chance to explore this new genre of music themselves, for free, when the nationally recognized group Gustafer Yellowgold performs at the Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County Monday, Jan. 23 at 6:30 p.m.

January 20, 2012 | | People & Places


Middle schools to join in job shadowing

Kershaw County middle schools will join the nation next month by recognizing Groundhog Shadowing Day Feb. 2. Seventh- and eighth-grade students will be allowed to go to work with a parent, relative or neighbor to learn more about the workplace and potential careers.

January 20, 2012 | | Education


Rec notes -- Jan. 20, 2012

The chance to learn the Electric Slide and other popular steps is here.

January 20, 2012 | | Miscellaneous


Truck route

We're glad to see that another hurdle has been cleared in the city of Camden's efforts to get a truck bypass of the downtown area established. The Santee-Lynches Council of Governments recently voted unanimously to approve all three segments of the proposed truck route, and the vote also means about $17 million worth of state and federal funding will be released for the project. Obviously, that's a big step forward and puts the project into "when is this going to happen" status rather than "is this ever going to happen?" condition.

January 20, 2012 | | Editorials


Petra D. Boykin

A graveside service for Petra Denise Boykin, 29, of Elgin, will be held Sunday at 3:00 p.m. in Zion Episcopal Church Cemetery. The Rev. Susan Wight will officiate. The family will receive friends Friday 7-9 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. Memorials may be made to a Hospice of one's choice.

January 20, 2012 | | Obituaries


I call him Merle…

Not so long ago I was reading an interview with a classical musician in which the reporter who was questioning the artist asked, "Who is your favorite composer?"

January 20, 2012 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


New petition misleading

We were under the impression that the new petition being circulated regarding the Camden Sports Complex was a petition for a referendum. After all, the motto of the petition effort is "Let the People Decide." An analysis of the petition website frames it in a similar way. Indeed, the name chosen for the petition group is the "Camden Recreation Referendum Coalition," and the reason given for creating the organization is to present Camden's City Council with a petition requesting a binding referendum to allow the registered voters of Camden to choose between supporting this project or not supporting it.

January 20, 2012 | Austin Jenkins and Karin Jenkins, MD Camden for the Y | Letters


Camden strategic planning

Since my election in 2008, I have led our Council in designing an annual strategic plan. A strategic plan is a strong management tool which helps both the Council and the City staff to focus energy toward the same goals. It is a disciplined planning process to develop an annual vision. Before we begin the multi-step process covering vision, mission, objectives, values, strategies, goals and programs, we must review our current status. This planning also provides us with benchmarks for historic reviews. This plan becomes our focus for the future.

January 20, 2012 | Camden Mayor Jeffrey Graham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


‘...leave us to our old tried and true ways’

I am writing in response to a letter in the Chronicle-Independent dated January 11th from Andrew Pope. Surely he checked Camden and its facilities very carefully before making his move. If the Y was so important to him, he must have discovered that Camden has no Y, but has many exercise spots indoors and outdoors. This has been the Camden way of life for a long time … a way that many of us truly enjoy. There is so much in Camden to be proud of -- do not try to change it. If Camden does not have what you want for ...

January 20, 2012 | Henrietta McWillie Camden | Letters


Deer slayer (a misnomer)

To characterize me as a deer slayer, a hunter, or an outdoorswoman would be incongruous, to say the least. I do know how to handle a gun, having had a brother who assumed I might be of interest as a playmate if I knew how to shoot. Therefore, he dared me to shoot a double barrel shotgun and blow out the pantry window. Naturally, a challenge such as this required action. I shot out the window, was kicked a summersault, and expected the deserved whipping. (No one called or thought of DSS back then.) Mother, a widow, was too thankful ...

January 20, 2012 | Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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Betty Jean Catoe

Mrs. Betty Jean Catoe, 73, of Bethune died Monday, March 23, 2015.

March 25, 2015 | | Obituaries


This week in KC sports

Monday: Camden at Irmo (G – 4 p.m.); Camden Military Academy at Lugoff-Elgin (G – 4 p.m.); Lugoff-Elgin at North Central (TEN – 5 p.m.); Hartsville at Camden (BB – 6:30 p.m.); West Florence at Lugoff-Elgin (GSOC – 7 p.m.); Camden Military Academy at Ben Lippen (BB – 7 p.m.)

March 23, 2015 | | Seasonal Sports


Ariail for March 23, 2015

March 23, 2015 | | Ariail


Noted and passed - March 23, 2015

• Friday, we reported a grand jury finally indicted 22-year-old Stephen Ross Kelly for his alleged kidnapping, sexual assault and murder of Briana Rabon. We say "finally indicted" because Briana was killed more than a year ago. While we cannot be certain -- grand jury proceedings are secret, and for good reason -- we suspect the indictments were handed down now because the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) only recently completed its forensic examination of evidence it and the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office collected. Briana, by all accounts, was a bright young lady who, at 18, had her entire life ...

March 23, 2015 | | Editorials


Rich: The American Dream thrives

You may be surprised to learn people sometimes disagree with me. You may be equally surprised I sometimes see their point in the disagreement. Sometimes I agree with the disagreement.

March 23, 2015 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Lugoff-Elgin Middle School celebrates Pi Day

Eighth grade students at Lugoff-Elgin Middle School participated in Pi Day festivities by designing their own t-shirts. Students had to research and record onto t-shirts four interesting facts about Pi. Because of the nature of this year's Pi Day, the first ten digits of Pi had to be listed on the shirt along with the symbol for Pi.

March 23, 2015 | | People & Places


Finally Friday kicks off Cup Weekend at Town Green

The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) kicks off its 2015 Finally Friday Free Concert Series with a special edition on Friday on the Town Green with local band KT & Friends. The concert will be held from 6 – 8:30 p.m. This special Pre-Carolina Cup Kick Off is made possible by the City of Camden, along with sponsors NBSC, Powers Funeral Home, Alpine Agency, Warrior Fitness Camden, Graham Realty, City Laundry and Cleaners and TruVista. The Town Green is located at 1015 Market Street behind the Old Armory in downtown Camden.

March 23, 2015 | | Arts


Feature photo: A ‘Special’ check

Kim Blackmon (front, second from left) presents a check $4,605 to Billy Newman, head of this year's Special Olympics, in front of the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) offices on DeKalb Street in Camden. She is the daughter of Vickie and Ron Blackmon, chairman of the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees. The money was raised during the Battle of Camden Power Meet at Carolina Fitness, owned by the Blackmons. Joining in on the presentation before the school board's March 17 meeting, were (front row) Ron Blackmon, Cletus Ray with Special Olympics, (second row) Vickie Blackmon, Trustee ...

March 23, 2015 | | Education


Ellis boots home game winner for CHS girls

Welcome home.

March 23, 2015 | | Camden High/Middle


Lady Dogs stay perfect after drilling Devils

Having come close to a no-hitter, Camden's Kennedi Stokes was forced to settle for the pitching victory as the Camden softball team stayed unbeaten through three games with an 8-1 win over visiting Dreher on Friday night.

March 23, 2015 | | Camden High/Middle


Thomas D. Ancrum

Thomas Douglas Ancrum, 86, of Camden, SC, died Friday, March 20 2015, at Kershaw Health Hospital in Camden.

March 23, 2015 | | Obituaries


Roy Phillips

A memorial service for Roy Phillips, 78, will be held Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Powers Funeral Home. The Rev. Joe Stines and Billy Hughes will officiate. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Kershaw County, 647 Lachicotte Road, Lugoff, SC 29078 or Agape Hospice House 141 Stoneridge Drive, Columbia, S.C. 29210 or Agape Hospice of Camden, 700 West DeKalb Street, Camden, S.C. 29020.

March 23, 2015 | | Obituaries


Leroy Mack

Funeral services for Mr. Leroy Mack, 84, of 1081 Rogers Rd. in Cassatt, will be held Monday, March 23, 2015, 4:00 PM at Collins Funeral Home. He died Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Viewing will be held Sunday, March 22, 2015 from 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM and Monday, March 23, 2015 from 12:00 PM - 3:55 PM at Collins Funeral Home of Camden. Collins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

March 23, 2015 | | Obituaries


Happenings at Kershaw County Libraries

The Kershaw County Library Elgin branch is providing classes on money topics with the help of Mid Carolina Credit Union.

March 20, 2015 | | People & Places


Upstart, Prospect Park eye final Derby prep races

Thanks to a second-place finish behind unbeaten Dortmund in Saturday's $400,000 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita, Prospect Park will next try for the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 4.

March 13, 2015 | | Equine


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