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Volunteer concerned services are being abused

Dear Annie: Four months ago, I joined a nonprofit that provides free tutoring and homework help to elementary-school kids. When I started, the kids coming into our center were from low-income minority and immigrant families. These were kids who would be home alone all afternoon if they didn't come to us.

January 16, 2012 | | Dear Annie


Robert Ariail -- Jan. 16, 2012

January 16, 2012 | | Ariail


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January 16, 2012 | | Business


Douglas Duskin

Douglas J. Duskin passed away suddenly on January 9, 2012 in Camden, SC. Born in Newark, NJ on November 5, 1941 and raised in Washingtonville, NY, he was the son of Diana S. Duskin and the late Stephen J. Duskin. He held a B.Sc. in Geology from Duke University and a M.Sc. in Mineral Deposits from Cornell University.

January 16, 2012 | | Obituaries


YMCA important step for city

Our children began swimming competitively at a young age. We lived in Columbia at the time and were members of a community swim club in our subdivision. When we moved to Camden in 1979, the YMCA pool provided them with the opportunity to continue this important social and physical activity. Our son and his wife live in Greenville and utilize their "Y" for work-outs several times a week. He is still a swimmer. Our daughter's family participates in the "Y" in Sumter; both grandchildren play basketball there. Our grand-daughter's school holds their swim team practices and meets at ...

January 16, 2012 | Pat and Nancy Wylie Camden | Letters


Help comes from many corners

We volunteer in the Christian Community Ministries food pantry. In these hard economic times, the need for food for those in need is greater than ever. We have more and more families who need food. Yet, the people of Kershaw County have been unbelievably generous in donating food and money to our pantry.

January 16, 2012 | Patty and Allen Roberts Camden | Letters


Miss Mojzik, Mr. Moody plan February wedding

Mr. and Mrs. Max R. Kipfer of Zebulon, N.C. are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Adrienne Justine Mojzik to Mr. John Milton Moody. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Carlson of Camden, S.C.

January 16, 2012 | | Weddings & Engagements


Kershaw County Library earns $10,000 grant

Kershaw County Library was recently awarded a $10,000 grant from Central Carolina Community Foundation for website redevelopment and branding.

January 16, 2012 | | Localife


Miss Camden, Miss Camden Teen named during recent pageant

Miss Camden and Miss Camden Teen 2012 were crowned Jan. 7 during the pageant held at Camden High School. Morgan Schoolfield (left) was named Miss Camden Teen 2012.

January 16, 2012 | | Localife


Garden like a Master will present a program on roses

The Master Gardeners of Kershaw County will present a program on "Everything you Need to Know about Growing Roses in South Carolina." The program is sponsored by the South Carolina Midlands Master Gardner Association "Garden Like A Master" (GLAM) series and contains useful information for the home gardener. This presentation will be the first of a series of monthly programs on various gardening topics that will be presented by Kershaw County Master Gardeners in various locations in Kershaw County.

January 16, 2012 | | Localife


Where’s the truth?

Over the Christmas break, I spent a couple hours cleaning up my office and sorting through all the stuff I've accumulated since the summer. One of the folders I found contained a report from an organization called the South Carolinians for Responsible Government (SCRG). This group is headquartered in Columbia and is reportedly funded in large part by out-of-state money. The SCRG is best known for its advocacy for school choice/tax credit legislation. These folks have a wealth of resources. At a hearing I attended during last year's General Assembly, the SCRG had three staff members, an ...

January 16, 2012 | Kershaw County School District Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Drakeford named to NLC steering committee

Camden City Council member Alfred Mae Drakeford has been appointed to the National League of Cities' (NLC) 2012 Human Development Steering Committee. The Human Development committee is responsible for developing policy positions on issues involving social services, children and learning, poverty and income support, employment and workforce development, equal opportunity, Social Security and seniors, individuals with disabilities, public health care, mental health parity and immigration reform.

January 16, 2012 | | Camden


Noted and passed

• Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich vowed that he would conduct a positive campaign for the presidency, and he did just that -- until his numbers started dropping. Gingrich, who polled well both in Iowa and New Hampshire at one time, unleashed a series of vitriolic ads against Mitt Romney as Gingrich's star began to fade. Other GOP candidates on the right have done the same as Romney has gained strength. These days, a positive message seems to last only as long as a candidate is doing well.

January 16, 2012 | | Editorials


Why Obama’s ‘recess’ battle matters

It's easy to ignore President Barack Obama's dispute with Senate Republicans over his recess appointments if you don't care what the government is doing with your money.

January 16, 2012 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Happy Golden Anniversary!!!

On Dec. 18, 2011, Blondell Jeffers and Dr. E. Raybon (Ray) Rodgers invited family to an intimate dinner to celebrate their Golden Anniversary. The gathering took place where the couple first met, the former site of the Blaney School, which has since been transformed into the Old South Restaurant, Elgin.

January 16, 2012 | | Localife


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Alaska politics

One of the things that keeps many people interested in politics is the fact that big decisions can turn on little details. Such is the case with control of the United States Senate in the upcoming election; Republicans want to gain six seats so they'll have a majority in both the Senate and House, while Democrats, even though they understand they probably will lose some seats, want desperately to prevent a GOP majority. The entire deal -- which party, in effect, controls the government in Washington -- could come down to Alaska, the least densely populated state in the nation. With ...

August 22, 2014 | | Editorials


Scandals hiding in plain sight

The laboratories of democracy are blowing up.

August 22, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Today’s workforce and God

Labor Day … is a special time of year for this senior citizen. In my working years, the corporations of America let their faces shine on the working class. In that era, I was blessed to be taught to see not only utility in labor, but beauty and dignity.

August 22, 2014 | Edward R. Allen Camden | Letters


How to grow grass under a tree

I have many colleagues who are of the turf persuasion and we have come to an understanding to agree to disagree. I think grass is a weed, they think a tree is a weed -- in nature the two aren't meant to meet. This is why only grass grows on the Great Plains and only trees grow in the forest. But since we aren't on the Plains or in the forest, we try and get plants to co-exist in arranged landscape designs we like to see.

August 22, 2014 | By Liz Gilland, Camden Urban Forester C-I contributing columnist | Columns


The art of the hot dog

The Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County is hosting its 2014 Arts Open House and Hot Dog Lunch on Saturday, Sept. 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the FAC grounds.

August 22, 2014 | | Arts


Strike up the band!

The Camden Community Concert Band (CCCB) will kick off their 2014-2015 concert season with its first practice on Monday, Sept. 8. The CCCB, starting its 35th season under new conductor William J. "B.J." Brazier Jr. and assisted by Robert Wertz, is open to anyone who plays or has played a musical instrument in the past. The band needs to add players in all sections of the band, but especially percussion. No auditions are required and the rehearsal atmosphere is informal.

August 22, 2014 | | Arts


Gary signs pro contract to play in Luxembourg

When he left Camden High School following his graduation in 2009 to continue his academic and basketball pursuits, Evrik Gary needed only to hop on I-20 East and head for Florence and Francis Marion University. Among the reasons he chose to attend FMU was the school's proximity to his home and family in Camden.

August 20, 2014 | | Sports


L-E girls golf to tee it up for first time

For the first time in school history, Lugoff-Elgin High School will field a girls' golf team for the 2014 fall season.

August 11, 2014 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


ABLE Club offers sponsorship options for 2014-15

The ABLE Club of S.C., the official athletic booster club of Lugoff-Elgin High School, is kicking off its membership campaign for the 2014-15 athletic seasons at the school.

August 08, 2014 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Bulldog Club membership drive kicks into high gear

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.

August 08, 2014 | | Camden High/Middle


L-E fielding girls' golf team in '14

For the first time in school history, Lugoff-Elgin High School will field a girls' golf team for the 2014 fall season.

August 06, 2014 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


ABLE Club honors Evans in membership drive

The ABLE Club of S.C., the official athletic booster club of Lugoff-Elgin High School, is kicking off its membership campaign for the 2014-15 athletic seasons at the school.

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


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