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Elijah Johnson

Elijah "Hot Sauce" Johnson, of Camden, died Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011. He was the son of late Feldon Johnson and Sarah Shield Johnson Samuel.

December 23, 2011 | | Obituaries


Late veteran honored for service

During a recent flag ceremony on the Town Green in Camden, the Kershaw County Leathernecks honored the life of Given Webster with a tribute to his service to the community. Webster died unexpectedly Nov. 1 and was the acting commander of James Leroy Belk American Legion Post 17. Standing together during the ceremony (from left) are Webster's wife, Jane Webster; Cadet Zachary Shaffer from Camden Military Academy; Bill Garcher, judge advocate, Kershaw County Leathernecks; Ron Stroud, Kershaw County Leaternecks; and Sgt Maj. Willam Greene with Camden Military Academy.

December 23, 2011 | | People & Places


Local Girl Scouts collect gifts for Toys for Tots

Three local Girl Scout troops opted to bring gifts to donate to Toys for Tots instead of exchanging gifts with each other during their annual Christmas party. The troops included Daisy Troop 3415, led by Lindsey Cox and April Trapp; Brownie Troop 3444 led by Frances Griggs and Lori Lance; and Junior Troop 937 led by Kim Taylor and Vickie Thomas. The troops recently gathered at St. Timothy's Lutheran Church in Camden to donate the gifts to Toys for Tots.

December 23, 2011 | | People & Places


Remember the true meaning of Christmas

"Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas." –Calvin Coolidge

December 23, 2011 | By Rebecca Rowell C-I high school columnist | High School Columns


Barrett-Coleman earns MA degree

Brenda Barrett-Coleman received a Master of Arts degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix Dec. 11.

December 23, 2011 | | Education


For a good laugh

Thank you City of Camden for putting up a Christmas tree in front of the city hall, and I encourage everyone to go by and look at it. It's a one of a kind tree and it has to be the ugliest Christmas tree in South Carolina. No, I take that back. How about the ugliest Christmas tree in the good, old USA, or maybe in the world, for that matter. It doesn't matter if you see it in the daylight or at night when the lights are burning. It's the ugliest tree both ways. So if ...

December 23, 2011 | T. Cameron Camden | Letters


A wish for peace

As we celebrate Christendom's holiest day on Sunday, let us pause to wish a peaceful season to all in Kershaw County -- those who share Christianity, those who subscribe to other faiths and those who have no faith at all. And to the family of believers, we print once again the words from the second chapter of Luke that have come to be the basis of faith for so many millions of people across the United States and the world:

December 23, 2011 | | Editorials


‘All-American’ Muslim bashers

A conservative Christian group has launched a boycott against "All-American Muslim." The TLC reality TV show about Muslim families in America fails to live down to the group's narrow-minded stereotypes. Their gripe, in my view, makes about as much sense as boycotting "The Cosby Show" because it doesn't mention black street gangs.

December 23, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Pets of the week -- Dec. 23, 2011

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Horace, a 2- to 3-year-old male hound mix dog, and two white and gray kittens. The adoption donation includes spaying or neutering. The shelter, located at the south end of Fair Street and managed by the Kershaw County Humane Society, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The shelter is closed Sunday and Monday. For information on the shelter or to check for a missing pet, call 425-6016 or e-mail wcas@camden ...

December 23, 2011 | | Pets


To give or not to give

During the holiday season, especially through these tough economic times, people who are a little or a lot more fortunate than others struggle with the dilemma of whether to give or not to give to those in need of help. We have the guy outside your friendly neighborhood Wal-Mart, ringing a handbell, with a basket so far from it, urging you to give to the needy. Then there's Families Helping Families, a very admirable charity that's got the phone lines and the newscast promoting their organization, and let us not forget the Toys for Tots program. What able-bodied ...

December 23, 2011 | Terrance Hines Camden | Letters


A last-minute letter to Santa

Dear Santa:

December 23, 2011 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


Robert Ariail -- Dec. 23, 2011

December 23, 2011 | | Ariail


The temptation of Callista Gingrich

WASHINGTON -- Callista Gingrich has done something she might come to regret -- succumbed to the Twitter fairy and opened the door to unwelcome scrutiny.

December 23, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Lady Demons fall in semifinals of Rock Hill tournament

After having opened the Y.C. Winborn Classic Basketball Tournament in Rock Hill with a victory in last Saturday's opening game, the Lugoff-Elgin girls' basketball team fell to Northwestern, 59-37, in Monday night's semifinal contest.

December 21, 2011 | | Seasonal Sports


Camden Media Co. a longtime promoter of equine industry

Having been involved in the equine activities of Camden since 1952, I write this letter to express my gratitude and thanks to the Camden Chronicle-Independent for its outstanding coverage and support of these activities. From the Camden Hunt to the horse shows, to polo, to the hunter trials, to flat racing, to National Steeplechasing and to the Colonial and Carolina Cups, the Chronicle-Independent has always been there to lend its support and coverage. How fortunate we are to have Tom Didato, a talented and knowledgeable writer covering the equine events.

December 21, 2011 | Austin Brown Hilton Head Island | Letters


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Noted and passed - Feb. 23, 2015

• We're sad to learn of Joseph Bruce's pending retirement from KershawHealth and the KershawHealth Foundation (see our front page), but happy for him as he reaches that point in life where he can choose do what he appears to enjoy: namely traveling to the United Kingdom and other points abroad. Bruce had the difficult job of following foundation founder Vern Ketchem, who died just months before Bruce joined KershawHealth in late 2007. When we consider all the foundation has done since then, we believe Ketchem would be proud of Bruce's work. He and the foundation board launched ...

February 23, 2015 | | Editorials


Rich: Out of control

One of my friends called the other. One of my best friends. There was both urgency and distress in her voice.

February 23, 2015 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Ms. Brittany Truesdell and Mr. Steven Bailey to wed in May

Ms. Crystal Truesdell of Westville, SC is pleased to announce the engagement of her daughter Brittany Leigh Truesdell of Columbia, SC, also the daughter of the late Gerald "Jerry" Truesdell, Jr., to Steven Joseph Bailey of Columbia, SC. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Randy Bailey of Rock Hill, SC.

February 23, 2015 | | Weddings & Engagements


Bruce retiring as KHF executive director, hospital marketing VP

Joseph Bruce, executive director of the KershawHealth Foundation and KershawHealth's vice president of marketing and community development, will retire from both positions March 13. Bruce, a South Carolina native, returned to his home state in 2007 to join KershawHealth and the foundation after a career with major New York City and Washington, D.C., advertising and public relations agencies.

February 23, 2015 | | Healthcare


James Brantley King

Funeral services for James Brantley King, Sr. 88, were held Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. at Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church, with burial in Quaker Cemetery. The Rev. Steve Patterson officiated, and the Rev. David Weaver and the Rev. Everett Recconu assisted. The family received friends prior to the service from 3-4 p.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Agape Hospice House, 141 Stoneridge Drive, Columbia, SC 29210.

February 23, 2015 | | Obituaries


Ronger Lester Truesdale

God gave me the gift of life through my parents, Lawton M. Truesdale (deceased) and Virginia S. Truesdale on November 20, 1948. I have been a fortunate man who led a successful and full life in Camden, SC. For 30 years I worked at the City of Camden in the electrical and administration department. I retired in 1996.

February 23, 2015 | | Obituaries


Samuel Thomas Majors, Sr.

Funeral service for Samuel Thomas Majors, Sr., 51, will be held on Monday at 3:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, with burial to follow in Greenhaven Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Monday 1:30-3:00 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Cornerstone Baptist Church, 600 Boykin Road, Camden, S.C. 29020.

February 23, 2015 | | Obituaries


Sgt. 1st Class Grady Williams

A funeral service for retired U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Grady Williams, 79, of Lugoff, SC, was held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, February 22, 2015, in the chapel of Baker Funeral Home. Burial followed in Kershaw City Cemetery with military honors. Mr. Ronnie Stroud officiated.

February 23, 2015 | | Obituaries


William Harmon “Billy” Hall

A service to celebrate the life of William Harmon "Billy" Hall, 68, will be held on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at Powers Funeral Home. The Rev. Joe Stines will officiate. The family will receive friends Tuesday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter, 460 Fair Street, Camden, SC 29020.

February 23, 2015 | | Obituaries


KCPRD offering youth baseball umpiring clinics

The Kershaw County Parks and Recreation Department will hold a pair of umpire certification clinics for those seeking to work Dixie Youth and/or Dixie Boys baseball games this spring and summer.

February 18, 2015 | | Seasonal Sports


Clinic Classic 5k hits the streets on April 18

The eighth annual Clinic Classic 5K walk/run, presented by McDonald's of Camden, and the Camden Family Care one-mile run/walk will take to the streets of Camden on Saturday, April 18.

February 18, 2015 | | Sports


Deadline nears to secure Cup reserved parking spaces

Previous year's box seat and reserved parking space holders have until Friday, Feb. 13, to secure their spaces for the 2015 Carolina Cup Steeplechase Races in Camden.

February 11, 2015 | | Equine


KCPRD offers youth baseball umpires' certification clinics

The Kershaw County Parks and Recreation Department will hold a pair of umpire certification clinics for those individuals seeking to work Dixie Youth and/or Dixie Boys and Dixie Majors baseball games this spring and summer.

February 11, 2015 | | Seasonal Sports


Ariail for Feb. 9, 2015

February 09, 2015 | | Ariail


Time to start thinking about the Cup

Even though the calendar just turned to January and cold weather is on the way, it is not too early to be thinking about the warmer days of spring.

January 07, 2015 | | Equine


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