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YMCA would attract families, spark growth

Two and a half years ago my husband and I decided that it was time to plant roots closer to family. I grew up in a military family bouncing from place to place about every four years so picking the right time to move with minimal emotional repercussions for our daughter was important to us. Growing up, I tried to understand that my parents were making major sacrifices for our country and respected that. With that said, as a kid it always came down to the fact that it took a lot of effort to pick up and make new ...

January 23, 2012 | Jessica Kemp Camden | Letters


‘Speed booking’

Sixth-grade students at Lugoff-Elgin Middle School -- including Tyesha Jett, Katelyn Vandevander, Brandon Phillips, Justin Dorton,Otensia Anderson, Turner Stockman, Camille Sullivan, Autum Walker-Cornell, Zac Branham, Elizabeth Talbert, Jay Lynch, Caitlyn Simon, Caden Britton and Greta Tautkus -- participated in "speed booking" during their lunch period. The event was coordinated by Jennifer Lanier, a University of South Carolina intern under the supervision of Anne Lemieux. Students were given 30 seconds to "sell" their book to the student across from them and then they rotated. This experience gave the students the opportunity to discover new books they might be interested in reading and ...

January 23, 2012 | | Education


Legislature questions dredging permit

The port issue heated up this week at the State House. Both the House and Senate have resolutions pending that would suspend the authority of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) for all decisions it has made since 2007 regarding the navigability, depth, dredging, wastewater and sludge disposal concerning the South Carolina portion of the Savannah River. The legislature argues it gave this authority to the Savannah River Maritime Authority by statute in 2007.

January 23, 2012 | S.C. Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Recognitions lead off city agenda

Miss Camden and Miss Camden Teen will be joined by city employees Robbie Truesdale and Mark Proctor in special recognitions at Camden City Council's Tuesday morning meeting.

January 23, 2012 | | Camden


Tickets now on sale for Feb. 25 DU banquet

The annual Wateree Chapter Ducks Unlimited Banquet will be held on Saturday, Feb. 25 at TenEleven Galleria located on Broad Street downtown Camden.

January 23, 2012 | | Sports


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


Food for the Soul receives donation

January 20, 2012 | | Localife


3-D solo exhibit on display at FAC

The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) welcomes 3-D artist Jen Pepper whose work will be showcased at the FAC beginning with an opening reception today at 6 p.m. in the Bassett Gallery. Join us for the opening reception prior to the production of the "Chicago -- The Musical" which starts at 8 p.m. The reception is sponsored by First Community Bank and includes light hors d'ouevres and a cash bar.

January 20, 2012 | | Localife


Kershaw County families now warmer

Sixteen families in Kershaw County have a warmer home this winter after local volunteers completed a mission project in December. The WARM (Weatherization and Repairs Ministry) project was held Dec. 30 and 31 with more than 100 volunteers from 17 churches. All work was done free of charge and included repairing floors, replacing siding, building ramps, fixing leaking plumbing, shingling roofs, repairing windows, and insulating homes. To apply for repairs, contact the Housing Coordinator at the United Way at 432-0951.

January 20, 2012 | | Localife


Farnum is recipient of Perkin Scholarship

Byron Farnum, a Ph.D. candidate at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md., has been awarded the 2011 Perkin Scholarship.

January 20, 2012 | | Education


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Ralph Gregory Mackey

Memorial service to celebrate the life of Ralph Gregory Mackey, 64, of Camden will be held at 3:00 PM Friday, April 11, 2014 at Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends following the service in the Family Life Center. Rev. David Weaver will officiate. Memorials may be made in Mr. Mackey's memory to Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church , 1206 Lyttleton Street, Camden, SC 29020 or Epworth Children's Home, 2900 Millwood Avenue, Columbia, SC 29205.

April 09, 2014 | | Obituaries


For the Record - April 9, 2014

Real estate transactions

April 09, 2014 | | For the Record


ATEC summer camp for middle schoolers

Middle school students looking for something fun to do this summer will have an opportunity June 9 and 10 as the Applied Technology Education Campus (ATEC) hosts its annual summer camp.

April 09, 2014 | | Education


Lily Talbert Rowan

A funeral service to celebrate the life of Lily Talbert Rowan, 87, of Camden, SC, will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel.

April 09, 2014 | | Obituaries


White, Bulldogs whitewash CF

Camden rebounded from Thursdays' 10-0 conference loss to A.C. Flora by shutting out Carolina Forest, 2-0, in Friday's opening round of the Airport Select Invitational boys' soccer tournament.

April 09, 2014 | | Camden High/Middle


Ariail for April 9, 2014

April 09, 2014 | | Ariail


Yesteryear for April 9, 2014

Habitat to pick family for first housing project

April 09, 2014 | | Yesteryear


Hippity Hop

Wateree Elementary School students Teagan Rabon, Emmy Sarabia, Cassidy Mosley and Noah Bounsavath learn about bunnies.

April 09, 2014 | | Education


Easter plans

Do you have plans for Easter?

April 09, 2014 | | Sidewalk Survey


Let’s talk about sex in S.C.

Now that I have your attention, let's narrow the focus a bit and talk about sex education in South Carolina. It may not be as titillating, but it's still really important.

April 09, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Elgin to participate in DEA prescription drug safe disposal

The Elgin Police Department (EPD) is participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) safe disposal of unused or out of date prescription drugs.

April 09, 2014 | | Lugoff-Elgin


ATEC summer camp for middle school students

Middle school students looking for something fun to do this summer will have an opportunity June 9 and 10 as the Applied Technology Education Campus (ATEC) hosts its summer camp.

April 09, 2014 | | Education


Demonizing the Kochs

WASHINGTON -- Rush Limbaugh can relax. The popular "demon of the right" has been replaced at least through the midterms by the Koch brothers, Charles and David.

April 09, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Among the state's elite

April 04, 2014 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Elliott feature speaker at KC Gamecock Club celebration

The Kershaw County Gamecock Club will hold its annual "Great to be a Gamecock Gathering" on Tuesday, April 29 at the Old South Restaurant in Camden at 6:30 p.m.

April 02, 2014 | | Sports


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