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Lugoff Optimist Club says thanks

It's absolutely awesome! It's incredibly unbelievable! That's what your support year after year means to the Lugoff Optimist Club. Each year we send out a letter asking for your financial help in order that elementary students can attend a play that teaches a lesson that is crucial to their school years. This year's play taught a lesson on anti-bullying.

December 17, 2012 | Larry Patrick Lugoff | Letters


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December 17, 2012 | | Education


Feature photo: Kershaw County Christmas Parade

December 17, 2012 | | Miscellaneous


Coping with grief during the holidays

Grief is a healthy, human response to situations, such as the death of a loved one; separation or divorce; injury or disability; loss of job, property or pet and even children leaving home, especially for the first time.

December 17, 2012 | Clifton H. Anderson Special to the C-I | People & Places


Colonial Cup steward, Groat, passes away

Stephen Pitcher Groat, a devoted steeplechase official and the presiding steward at last month's 43rd running of the Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup steeplechase races, died Tuesday after a long and courageous battle against cancer. He was 67.

December 14, 2012 | | Equine


Ariail for Dec. 14, 2012

December 14, 2012 | | Ariail


Yankee seasoning

Which local business man and his wife have been deck hands on the U.S.S. Constitution?

December 14, 2012 | By Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Dogs roll past Crestwood; NC drops pair

Senior guard Josh Council scored a season-best 24 points to lead Camden to a 58-44 victory over visiting Crestwood in a Tuesday night contest played between the two former conference rivals.

December 14, 2012 | | Seasonal Sports


Archives director retires; Richardson named successor

Howard Branham is retiring today as director of the Camden Archives and Museum. Branham began working at the archives in March 1998 and became its director in 2008 following the death of the previous director, Agnes Corbett.

December 14, 2012 | | Camden


Colonial Cup’s ‘Salute to the Military’

The Carolina Cup Racing Association's "Salute to the Military" at last month's 43rd running of the Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup Steeplechase proved to be a flag-waving event in more ways than one with the unveiling of a mural of "Old Glory" sponsored by McDonald's. It was sent to a South Carolina National Guard (SCNG) unit now in Afghanistan.

December 14, 2012 | | Miscellaneous


Lyttleton Street UMC presents a live Nativity scene Dec. 23

The Youth of Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church will present a live Nativity scene, Dec. 23 at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. They invite the public to join them for this special event. Afterwards, guests are invited to the Family Life Center for hot chocolate and to view the Christmas Tree Showcase. Children's and youth Sunday school classes have chosen a theme, made ornaments and decorated the trees that are featured in the showcase. Lyttleton Street UMC wishes the community a Merry Christmas.

December 14, 2012 | | People & Places


Bel Canto coming to Mt. Moriah Baptist

Bel Canto, a musical ensemble of Columbia, will present a Christmas program on Saturday, Dec. 22 at 6 p.m. at Moriah Baptist Church, located on the corner of Broad and York Streets. The program will feature carols, spirituals, modern pieces and gospel selections.

December 14, 2012 | | People & Places


Who’s afraid of the fiscal cliff?

Maybe the Tea Party folks were right about the corrupting influences of Washington. Two years after the Tea Party radicals hit their high point with a wave of mid-term House elections, Republicans are pointing fingers at one another and bickering so much that it is hard to tell them from Democrats.

December 14, 2012 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Look in the mirror

While President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner continue negotiations in an attempt to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff, Americans across the country -- including, of course, many right here in Kershaw County -- are voicing their concerns about the irresponsibility of the federal government. But surveys of voters show a curious trend, and if we Americans want to look at one cause of the huge national debt and the dysfunction of Uncle Sam, we need look no further than ourselves.

December 14, 2012 | | Editorials


More on SS/HS grant

I wish to thank the Chronicle-Independent for its recent series of articles and columns surrounding the anniversary of Michael Smith's murder and the community reaction which followed. As the Project Director of the Safe Schools / Healthy Students Initiative, I'd like to commend your excellent coverage as well as add a few items:

December 14, 2012 | Kevin Rhodes, KCSD Project Director Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative | Letters


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CHS student-athletes offered free physicals

Camden High School is offering free physicals for all prospective student-athletes who plan on participating on any of the school's athletic teams throughout the 2015-16 school year.

April 20, 2015 | | Camden High/Middle


Bulldogs, Knights rained out on Thursday

Due to last Thursday's inclement weather, both Camden and North Central's games at Dreher and Indian Land, respectively, were postponed to tonight. North Central will travel to Indian Land for a pair of 6 p.m. contests on the baseball and softball diamonds. The Camden High baseball game is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

April 20, 2015 | | Seasonal Sports


Bulldogs take on Cavs for spot in AAA state tourney

Win and you're in.

April 20, 2015 | | Camden High/Middle


Melvin Bellamy

Mr. Melvin Bellamy, 88, of 1607 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Camden, South Carolina, passed on Saturday, April 18, 2015. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Nelson-Haile Funeral Home.

April 20, 2015 | | Obituaries


“Sammy” M. Dawkins Jr.

Funeral services for Samuel "Sammy" M. Dawkins Jr., 59, of Lugoff, SC will be held at 3:00 PM, Monday, April 20, 2015 at Kornegay Funeral Home, Lugoff- Elgin Chapel, with burial to be held at Union Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev. Jacob Helsley and Rev. Phillip Blankenship will officiate. The family will receive friends at 2:00 PM prior to the service at the funeral home.

April 20, 2015 | | Obituaries


Clinic Classic set for Saturday

The eighth annual Clinic Classic 5K walk/run will take to the streets of Camden on Saturday, April 18.

April 17, 2015 | | Seasonal Sports


Ariail for April 17, 2015

April 17, 2015 | | Ariail


Editorial: Jordan Spieth

With Augusta being only a couple hours away from Kershaw County, the Masters golf tournament holds a great deal of allure for this area. The azaleas at Augusta National are famous for their popping colors and their beauty, but they're no prettier than those which are currently at their peak in Camden, we might add. But there's something magical about the Masters, which is ranked by many players as the one tournament they'd like to win more than any other.

April 17, 2015 | | Editorials


Dogs get past LR, 11-6; earn spot in AAA tourney

It used to be that a baseball game with Lower Richland meant the reserves would see as much, if not more, action on the field than would the starters.

April 17, 2015 | | Camden High/Middle


White takes, gives in 12-0 CHS romp

How good a night was it for the Camden High boys' soccer team?

April 17, 2015 | | Camden High/Middle


West Wateree wrestlers going strong in tourney action

It has been a productive start to the off-season for West Wateree junior wrestlers who have returned home from state meets with plenty of medals and championship titles.

April 17, 2015 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


MCCU JV softball tourney on deck for Saturday

Lugoff-Elgin High School will host the third annual Mid Carolina Credit Union Junior Varsity Softball Tournament Saturday, April 18 at Larry Doby Complex in Camden.

April 17, 2015 | | Sports


Letter: Reader says Johnny is the ‘Real Deal’

Please permit me to share my thoughts with your readers about Johnny "Mr. Camden" Deal. He was a most deserving recipient of the Jake Watson Award. That award holds a special meaning to me. Jake Watson's grandmother and my paternal great-grandfather were siblings from Greenwood. Jake was a true Camden icon, as is Johnny. Equal only to my own is Johnny's love for our community. Never is he seen without that big, friendly grin. We need more people like him. Johnny is the "Real Deal."

April 17, 2015 | | Letters


Demons bounce Hawks, close in on playoffs

Now that they are back at full strength, the Lugoff-Elgin tennis team is eyeing another trip to the 4A state playoffs.

April 17, 2015 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Parker: Ring in the olde?

WASHINGTON -- Americans, perhaps more than anyone, worship the future and resent the past.

April 17, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


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