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Derrick Lamont Johnson Sr.

Mr. Derrick Lamont Johnson, Sr. known to many as "Pickle Boy" and to others as "DJ" was born in Kershaw County, on January 8, 1968. He is the son of Pearl J. Dawson of Rembert, SC. Being the true military veteran that he was and having fought such a great battle God saw fit to call him home on Veteran's Day, Monday, November 11, 2013.

November 18, 2013 | | Obituaries


Jimmie Lee Murphy

Deacon Jimmie Lee Murphy, 76, of Camden entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, November 12, 2013. Born in Lugoff, South Carolina, he was the son of the late Fred and Sallie Reed Murphy and the husband of Catherine Barnes Murphy. A Celebration of Life and Homegoing Services will be held Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at One p.m., at Saint Matthew Baptist Church, Lugoff, with interment in the church cemetery with military honors. Deacon Murphy will be placed in the church at twelve p.m. for viewing. Flowers are optional, and those who desire may make memorial to Saint Matthew ...

November 18, 2013 | | Obituaries


Eva Mae Shannon

Mrs. Eva Mae Shannon, 89, of 3040 Stephens Road, Bethune, SC, passed on Saturday, November 16, 2013. Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date by Haile's Funeral Home.

November 18, 2013 | | Obituaries


Mr. William “Bill” Stradford

Mr. William "Bill" Stradford, Sr., 80 of 944 Saint Paul Lane, Camden died Saturday. Family and friends may call at the residence. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Brown's Funeral Home, Camden, who is serving the Stradford family.

November 18, 2013 | | Obituaries


Andrew W. Vogel

A celebration of life Andrew William Vogel, 44, formerly of Lexington, will be held Monday from 5-7 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. Memorials may be made to the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter, 460 Fair Street, Camden, S.C. 29020.

November 18, 2013 | | Obituaries


Jerome Arthur Williams

Mr. Jerome Arthur Williams, 51, of Camden entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, November 13, 2013. Born in Boykin, South Carolina, he was the son of Annie Brown Williams and the late James Williams. A Celebration of Life and Homegoing Services will be held Monday, November 18,2013 at one p.m., at Unity United Methodist Church, Lugoff, with interment in the church cemetery. Mr. Williams will be placed in the church at twelve p.m. for viewing. Brown's Funeral Home, Camden is serving the Williams family.

November 18, 2013 | | Obituaries


Jeffrey L. Blyther

Mr. Jeffrey L. Blyther, 38, of 1802 Branham Ave., Camden, SC, passed on Wednesday, November 13, 2013. Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date by Haile's Funeral Home.

November 18, 2013 | | Obituaries


Hewey L. Dixon

Graveside service for Hewey Legrand Dixon, 62, will be held Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The Rev. Richard Cameron will officiate. The family will receive friends at the home of Gerald and Brenda Watts, 154 Precipice Rd, Camden, S.C. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to March of Dimes or a charity of one's choice.

November 18, 2013 | | Obituaries


Margie Reese Jackson

Funeral services for Margie Reese Jackson, 75 of Camden will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 19, 2013, in the chapel of Baker Funeral Home, Kershaw. Burial will follow in the Kershaw City Cemetery. Rev. Bruce Hancock will officiate.

November 18, 2013 | | Obituaries


Noted and passed - Nov. 18, 2013

• One of the great talents of the modern musical world was Roy Orbison, who died in 1987 at age 52. Orbison's sons plan to soon release a host of previously unknown music which the multi-talented singer recorded in the years preceding his death. The sons vow these are not outtakes or junk songs, but tunes which will enhance the singer's stature rather than reduce it. Orbison, of "Oh, Pretty Woman" fame, left the earth too soon, and his fans will no doubt relish these new releases.

November 18, 2013 | | Editorials


The writer in you

Over lunch the other day with friends -- all in the newspaper business -- I mentioned that I occasionally speak at writers' conferences.

November 18, 2013 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


‘Flexibility,’ or throwing the baby out with the bath water?

I've been doing this work for a long time, almost 39 years. I've seen probably every educational fad, movement, silver bullet, innovation, reform, program and change you can think of, and then some. The flavor of the month in South Carolina is elimination of minimum standards and quality control in the name of "flexibility." This "reform" comes up every so often as the grand solution to solve all of our problems. On the surface, it's not a bad concept. But because it's rarely done with some level of measure or common sense, it usually falls on ...

November 18, 2013 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Payments deferred

Many of the most important occupations receive the smallest salaries. For example, policemen are notoriously underpaid, as are firefighters. Teachers, entrusted with children, the most valuable items for both the parents and the world, receive the least for the most. I remember my first salary to be $2,785 a year! In spite of the fact that I was certainly better looking, more energetic, idealistic and gullible enough to think all students wanted an education and bringing an "A" diploma and teaching certification, the payment was small in terms of money. However, little did I expect or anticipate that the ...

November 18, 2013 | By Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Barn Fire

The Lugoff Fire Department (LFD) battles a barn fire Nov. 12 on Guion Drive off Lachicotte Road in Lugoff. A cold front entering the area brought wind gusts of more than 30 mph to the area, threatening to drive the flames against a nearby residence. LFD Battalion 1, Rescue 10 and Engine 10 arrived on the scene to find the large barn heavily involved in fire. The fire also spread to the yard and woods surrounding the home and threatened a neighbor's detached car garage. LFD crews immediately protected the exposed structures with three attack lines while other crews ...

November 18, 2013 | | Crime-Police-Fire


CHS baseball camp features Kohn, Carmon and Williams

The Camden High School baseball program, in conjunction with the Kershaw County Recreation Department, will host a one-day baseball camp on Saturday, Dec. 7 from noon until 3 p.m. at American Legion Park in Camden.

November 18, 2013 | | Sports


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Ariail for June 14, 2016

June 14, 2016 | | Ariail


Editorial: Public safety

Friday, we published a guest column from Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews detailing several recent, violent incidents to which deputies responded. Matthews said deputies respond ...

June 14, 2016 | | Editorials


Parker: Freedom to kill, permission to die

WASHINGTON -- It was inevitable we would one day seek ways to kill ourselves with society's blessing.

June 14, 2016 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Rich: Stabler and the Righteous Renegades

When I was a young sports writer, just beginning an education on the world of sports and the men who made the majors great, I ...

June 14, 2016 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


My Brain on NASCAR - June 14, 2016

This week I'd like to say a few words about a guy no one has ever referred to -- in my presence, anyway -- as their ...

June 14, 2016 | | Columns


Yesteryear - June 14, 2016

Three Kershaw County residents are among 350 students selected by the S.C. Governor's School for the Arts to participate in programs this summer.

June 14, 2016 | | Yesteryear


Goat Daddy’s Farm featured on KC Ag + Art Tour

Goat Daddy's Farm at 144 Tomahawk Trail in Elgin is the fifth of six farms featured during the huge farm tour event taking place ...

June 14, 2016 | | People & Places


Waldo returning to Camden in July

Where's Waldo? In Camden, South Carolina, of course! The famous children's book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting twenty-five ...

June 10, 2016 | | People & Places


Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program starts June 18

The Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program is coming to Kershaw County. The goals of the program are to supplement the diets of low-income seniors with ...

June 07, 2016 | | People & Places


CHS’ Abbott takes the triple crown

Will Abbott's senior year at Camden High School started with his signing a National Baseball Letter of Intent with The Citadel in November.

May 31, 2016 | | Camden High/Middle


Kershaw County Library Summer events

Camden Branch

May 27, 2016 | | People & Places


Full slate of youth sports camps on tap for this summer

With the school season rapidly coming to a close that means it is time for summer youth sports camps throughout Kershaw County.

May 24, 2016 | | Seasonal Sports


P-17ers in hurry-up mode as season opener beckons

After two nights of tryouts held earlier this week, first-year head coach Tyler Pike and assistant coaches Stephen Carmon and Jack LaFrage were paring down ...

May 20, 2016 | | Sports


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