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Suit up for safety

What is the well-dressed Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputy wearing these days? A new custom-measured bullet-proof vest. Four large boxes containing 38 bullet-proof vests manufactured by GH Armory Systems arrived at KCSO headquarters last week, the fulfillment of a goal set by Sheriff Jim Matthews to provide all officers with up-to-date body armor. "I looked into grants and we established a Kershaw County Sheriff's Foundation to collect tax exempt donations, specifically for body armor," said Matthews. Michael Letts with Invest, a company that provides body armor to law enforcement agencies at no cost, heard about the need ...

June 29, 2011 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Alberta Goodwin Gallant

Alberta Goodwin Gallant, 80, of Collins Circle, Camden, died Sunday.

June 29, 2011 | | Obituaries


Kyle A. Kelly

Funeral service for Kyle Adam Kelly, 11, of Lugoff, will be held Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at Friendship Baptist Church in Lugoff with burial to follow in Hardshell Cemetery. The Rev. Matt Galloway will officiate. The family received friends Tuesday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Friendship Baptist Church, the Kershaw County Recreation Department or the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter.

June 29, 2011 | | Obituaries


Stephanie Denise Robinson

Stephanie Denise Robinson, 38, of Castel Rock Drive, Clinton, Maryland, died Friday.

June 29, 2011 | | Obituaries


Janet Lee Clark

Services for Janet Lee Clark, of Camden, were held 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at Brownsville Baptist Church in Blenheim with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation was held 6-8 p.m. Monday at Cooper Funeral Home in Dillon.

June 29, 2011 | | Obituaries


Sarah J. Anthony

Sarah J. Anthony, 90, of Church Road in Westville, died Monday, June 27, 2011.

June 29, 2011 | | Obituaries


Elgin councilman arrested on DUI charge

The S.C. Highway Patrol (SCHP) arrested Elgin Town Councilman Larry Risvold in February for driving under the influence (DUI) after a trooper observed him driving on the wrong side of the road when turning right on Blaney Road from U.S. 1.

June 29, 2011 | | Politics


James F. Baker

Funeral service for James Franklin Baker, 75, of Lugoff, will be held Thursday at 3:00 p.m. at El-Bethel Faith Community Church with burial to follow in Providence Baptist Church, Cassatt. Rev. Joe Stines and Rev. Donnie Barrett will officiate. The family will receive friends Wednesday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

June 29, 2011 | | Obituaries


Bessie Mae Boykin

Bessie Mae Boykin of Camden died June 26, 2011.

June 29, 2011 | | Obituaries


SC DMV honors Brown

The S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles (SCDMV) recently recognized several employees in the Camden office. SCDMV Executive Director Kevin Shwedo visited Camden to present an award for excellence examiner Monica Brown.

June 29, 2011 | | Miscellaneous


Scrapbook for June 29, 2011

The library is one of my favorite places. The workers there are friendly and helpful. I grew up in a very small town. The library was one, small room. That room had books and a desk -- that's all. The librarian checked out books, with a rubber stamp. The library wasn't much to look at. But there I explored new worlds in books.

June 29, 2011 | | Miscellaneous


Join the team at Camp Alpha Summer

Team building with the right mix of fun and learning will be part of Camp Alpha Summer, to be held July 11-15 for youngsters ages 8 to 12.

June 29, 2011 | | Miscellaneous


Camden, Lugoff-Elgin teens compete in state pageant

Miss Lugoff-Elgin Teen Julianna Cobb and Miss Camden Teen Blythe Neal perform their talents during Tuesday morning's practice at the Township in Columbia. Finals of the Miss SC Pageant will be Saturday at 7 p.m.

June 29, 2011 | | People & Places


Donations Needed for Operation Stars and Stripes

SAFE Federal Credit Union, which operates branches in Kershaw County, has partnered with WIS, Wray Volkswagen Mazda and the Midlands chapter of Blue Star Mothers to supply care packages to troops overseas. Donations are needed for these care packages.

June 29, 2011 | | Military


Sidewalk Survey for June 29, 2011

June 29, 2011 | | Sidewalk Survey


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A night and a tournament to remember

The Kershaw County Darlings 8-and-under softball team completed a perfect five-game run in the District 2 tournament in Chesterfield County by beating Pageland, 16-8, on Wednesday night.

June 29, 2015 | | Seasonal Sports


Editorial: Working together

Kudos to our various law enforcement agencies for working together to get some folks off our streets who needed to be stopped. At the top of our list are Bethune Police Chief Joey Cobb, Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) and U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for arresting two people (and there may be more to come) for the June 23 armed robbery of Sandhills Bank in Bethune.

June 29, 2015 | | Editorials


Parker: Waiting for Obama

(Kathleen Parker wrote this column in advance of President Barack Obama's appearance in Charleston for State Sen. Clementa Pinckney's funeral.)

June 29, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Ariail for June 29, 2015

June 29, 2015 | | Ariail


Camden First welcomes new pastor, Rev. McCutcheon

Reverend Larry D. McCutcheon has been appointed as minister to Camden First United Methodist Church. Rev McCutcheon comes from Trinity United Methodist Church in Orangeburg where he served for 11 years. A spiritual and civic leader, he preaches the gospel and walks the talk throughout various sectors of the community in an extraordinary way, touching the lives of so many with his unique ability to reach all people from all walks of life.

June 29, 2015 | | People & Places


Patterson and English to wed in November

Mr. Allen Hobson "Chip" Patterson, Jr., and Ms. Denise Beauchamp Patterson of Winston-Salem, N.C., announce the engagement of their daughter, Ms. Emily Catherine Patterson, to Mr. Philip Harden English, both of Durham, N.C. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Bennett English, Jr., of Camden, S.C.

June 29, 2015 | | Weddings & Engagements


KC Library Summer Reading

As part of the Kershaw County Library's Summer Reading Program "Every Hero Has a Story," storyteller Sharon Clarke presented a program at both the Camden and Elgin libraries. Clarke, who lives in North Carolina, entertained the audience with both story and music. Her interactive program was enjoyed by the audience, young and old. Clarke involved the audience as she told an old Chinese folk tale, The Magic Wings. Shown from left are Addy Gwynn as the Queen, Clarke, Elizabeth Mensching as the Princess, Lucy Moore as the Grocer's Daughter, and Liberty Mensching as the Goose Girl.

June 29, 2015 | | People & Places


Plant fun

Studying plants is serious business as Wateree Elementary students Colden Baker and Austin Warwick learn about the different parts of a plant.

June 29, 2015 | | People & Places


LF-R quickly stops June 22 Lugoff mobile home fire

Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) crews quickly stopped a mobile home fire on the 400 block of Oakview Drive off Wildwood Lane in Lugoff the evening of June 22.

June 29, 2015 | | Crime-Police-Fire


CHS seeking players for girls' golf team

In preparing for this coming fall season, the Camden High School girls' golf team is seeking players who would like to join the team.

June 24, 2015 | | Camden High/Middle


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