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The late comedian George Carlin made people laugh for decades, oftentimes with his own brand of off-color humor. You wouldn't ordinarily think of him writing a piece that would be appropriate for Christmas reflection, but I ran across this recently. Written shortly after his wife died, it's worth sharing:

September 16, 2011 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


Additional support would help VA Service Office assist veterans

I am writing in regard to the wonderful letter by Mr. Ashby Rhame – "Help our veterans, help our VA Service Office." I could not agree more as a member of American Legion Post 17 here in Camden. I can speak firsthand of the help I have received from my local Post No. 17 and the local VA office with VA Officer Mr. Billy Bell and Mr. Bell's assistant, Barbara Ray. They have been most helpful to veterans in this county.

September 16, 2011 | Jacky Myers Camden | Letters


New organist at Grace Episcopal

Grace Episcopal Church has selected Barbara Taylor to serve as its new organist.

September 16, 2011 | | Miscellaneous


Grace Episcopal welcomes Bullock

Having served Grace Episcopal Church for four months as a supply priest, Father Michael Bullock has accepted the appointment as priest in charge at the Camden church.

September 16, 2011 | | Miscellaneous


Pets of the week -- Sept. 16, 2011

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are a 1-year-old male Dachshund-mix puppy and an adult female tabby cat. 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.net. The shelter's ...

September 16, 2011 | | Pets


Rec Notes for Sept. 16, 2011

The deadline is Sept. 23 to register for the 12th annual Kershaw County Senior Golf Tournament, to be held Sept. 30 at White Pines Golf Club in Camden.

September 16, 2011 | | Miscellaneous


A smoker's lung disease called COPD

COPD, which stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is now the third leading cause of death in the U.S., having recently passed stroke. COPD is a lung disease usually caused by years of cigarette smoking, often 10 years or more. The latest information on tobacco use in S.C. shows that about 720,000 adults are smokers and each year more than 6,000 persons die from smoking. Almost 50 percent of S.C. adults are current or ex-smokers, thus are at risk for COPD. The good news is that smoking rates are much lower than in the 1960s ...

September 16, 2011 | | Columns


Junior Leadership launches new year

Junior Leadership Kershaw County kicked off its 24th year Aug. 26-27 with a two-day retreat for the 2011-12 class that included conquering a high ropes course.

September 16, 2011 | | Education


CHS students support sports complex

The following are excerpts of letters from Camden High School students Mayor Jeffrey Graham read into the record during Tuesday's Camden City Council meeting. Per a request from the Kershaw County School District, the students are only being identified by their first and last initials.

September 16, 2011 | | Camden


New archives exhibit on S.C.'s colonial period

A new traveling exhibit on loan from the South Carolina State Museum is ready for public viewing in the Whiteley Room at the Camden Archives and Museum, 1314 Broad St., Camden. The 28 exhibit panels provide a comprehensive overview of the pre-Revolutionary period in South Carolina.

September 16, 2011 | | Camden


James Richard Holmes

Mr. James Richard Holmes, 88, of 1657 Cassatt Road, Cassatt, SC, passed on Tuesday, September 13, 2011.

September 16, 2011 | | Obituaries


Janet Shull

Funeral services for Janet Joann Grimes Shull, 68, of Elgin will be held on Friday, September 16, 2011, at 1:00 PM at Kornegay Funeral Home Lugoff Elgin Chapel, with burial to follow in Sandhill Heights Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev. Lanny Brisendine will officiate. The family will receive friends in the church fellowship hall following the graveside service. Memorials may be made in her memory to Hospice of Kershaw County, 2001 W. DeKalb St. Camden, SC 29020.

September 16, 2011 | | Obituaries


Vera DuBose Walker

Mrs. Vera DuBose Walker, 73, of 4416 Bonnie Forest Blvd., Columbia, SC, formerly of Cassatt, SC, passed on Friday, September 9, 2011.

September 16, 2011 | | Obituaries


School menus -- Sept. 16, 2011

The following are menus for Kershaw County schools for the week of Sept. 19-23:

September 16, 2011 | | Education


Andrew L. Carraway I

Funeral service for Andrew Lemuel Carraway, I, 72, of Cassatt, will be held Friday at 3:00 p.m. at Emmanuel Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The Rev. Jimmy Atkerson and the Rev. Homer Hinson will officiate. The family will receive friends Thursday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff.

September 16, 2011 | | Obituaries


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Medical marijuana

Both Democrats and Republicans in South Carolina will have advisory questions on their June primary ballots -- votes that will not be binding but are intended simply to provide some feeling for what Palmetto State residents are thinking about particular issues. As you would guess, such questions often revolve around issues particularly important to one party or another, and they're sometimes done to help provide leverage for the parties to push certain projects.

April 11, 2014 | | Editorials


American Legion accepting Palmetto Boys State applications

James Leroy Belk American Legion Post No. 17 is seeking applications for Palmetto Boys State to be held June 8-14 at Anderson University. Applicants should be motivated students interested in learning about citzenship and government, rising seniors of good character and in the top 25 percent of their class. Applications are available from guidance counselors at high schools or may be obtained from Richard Lackey at 432-9527. Above, Palmetto Boys State chairman Lackey dines and chats with Girls State delegate Margeaux Laschanzky and Boys State delegate Riley Kohn when the two youths visited Post 17 to share their experiences from ...

April 11, 2014 | | Localife


Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Hopkins celebrate 50th anniversary

Alvin and Joanne Hopkins recently celebrated 50 years of marriage. The couple was married on March 21, 1964, at the home of the Rev. Joe Hood. They have two children, Wesley (BK) Hopkins and Lynn (Jackie) Hopkins; two grandchildren, William Hopkins and Justin Hopkins, two step-grandchildren, Lauren Langford and Josh Napper; and one step-greatgrandchild, Vance Langford.

April 11, 2014 | | Localife


David Lawerence Kelly Jr

A Funeral Mass for David Lawerence Kelly Jr., 43, will be celebrated on Monday at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Camden, S.C. The Rev. Father Paul Brenninkmeijer will officiate. Final Commendation and Farewell Prayers will be in Quaker Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter, 460 Fair Street, Camden, SC 29020.

April 11, 2014 | | Obituaries


Sandy Heyward Boykin, Sr.

A celebration of life service for Sandy Heyward Boykin, Sr., 55, will be held Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at Powers funeral home. The Rev. Reece Byrd and the Rev. Ann Byrd will officiate.

April 11, 2014 | | Obituaries


Thanks from Historic Camden

The governing board of Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site would like to express its sincerest appreciation to Mayor Tony Scully and the members of Camden City Council for approving recommended changes to a much needed sewer project that crosses portions of our historic site. City Manager Mel Pearson, Public Works Director Tom Couch and Deputy Director Sam Davis are to be commended for working tirelessly with numerous individuals to find a solution to installing the sewer lines in a timely manner while protecting parts of the archaeologically rare and nationally significant colonial site of early Camden.

April 11, 2014 | Historic Camden Foundation Board of Trustees | Letters


Gullible and guilty

Those of us who jump for joy when we hear that Governor Haley is deeply concerned about education and is planning to dedicate $160 million in new spending for education might consider, as we bow heads in hope and tenuous gratitude, that such concern on her part is coming awfully late but just in time for her possible re-election. Better late than never? Perhaps! But better earlier, for sure. The S.C. education budget has been reduced for the last three years by more than the proposed budget raises -- $110 million in her first year and $140 million stimulus money ...

April 11, 2014 | Nancy Larsen Lugoff | Letters


Ariail for April 11, 2014

April 11, 2014 | | Ariail


Southern charm

WASHINGTON -- After writing close to 3,000 columns, I've learned that people sometimes read what they're looking for, often as a result of a headline, rather than what I wrote.

April 11, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


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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