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Lt. William E. Johnson Jr.

In 2010, Broadus R. Littlejohn, a Spartanburg collector, gave Wofford College a very large collection of books, pamphlets, documents and manuscripts. Among his gift were more than two dozen Civil War letters and a diary Lt. William E. Johnson Jr. of Liberty Hill kept from May 1864 until June 1865 while he was a Union prisoner-of-war.

July 30, 2012 | By Harvey S. Teal Provided by the Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


Noted and passed - July 30, 2012

• We offer a tip of the Chronicle-Independent hat to the Rev. Bruce Hancock and the members of Camden's First Baptist Church, who are celebrating Hancock's 20th anniversary as pastor. It is rare that a minister remains at one church that long, and Hancock has carved out an enviable record at the county's largest church, with a great deal of growth (and spiritual nutrition) taking place.

July 30, 2012 | | Editorials


Robert Downey

Funeral services celebrating the life of Robert Matthew "Bobby" Downey, 56, of Camden, will be held at 11:00 AM Monday, July 30, 2012 at St. Timothy's Lutheran Church. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Reverend Angela Jennings and Reverend David Weaver will officiate. The family will receive friends from 5-7PM Sunday, July 29, 2012 at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. Memorials may be made in Mr. Downey's memory to the Lung Transplant Foundation, PO Box 33126, Raleigh, NC 27636-3126.

July 30, 2012 | | Obituaries


Lorene B. Thomas

Funeral service for Lorene Bernice Branham Thomas, 90, will be held Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at Wateree Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The Rev. Bobby James, Jr. and the Rev. David Weaver will officiate. The family will receive friends Monday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. Memorials may be made to Wateree Baptist Church, 2024 Haile Street, Camden, S.C. 29020.

July 30, 2012 | | Obituaries


KC Library updates website

Earlier this month, visitors to the Kershaw County Library website saw a change. A pretty big change. The Library updated its website in an effort to improve and promote its digital side. Created by Columbia-based Cyberwoven, and funded in part through a grant from the Central Carolina Community Foundation, the new site promotes events and programs while making digital resources easier to navigate.

July 30, 2012 | | Miscellaneous


Jerry Blake Munn

A funeral service for Jerry Blake "J.B." Munn, 77, of Camden, will be held at 3:00 p.m., Friday, July 27, 2012, at Wateree Baptist Church, Camden. Rev. Bobby James will officiate. Burial will follow in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

July 27, 2012 | | Obituaries


My quest for 'commonsense' gun laws

In the wake of the Colorado catastrophe, in which a maniac shooter killed at least a dozen people in a theater showing the latest Batman movie, everyone seems to be calling for "commonsense" gun laws. Unfortunately it's hard to tell whose sense is common enough these days.

July 27, 2012 | | Columns


Haul out the rail, tar bucket and feathers

The taxpayers of Kershaw County have been given another "sewer" tax bill to pay until the end of time. A "solid waste" fee. This was a "slam dunk" proposal for the citizens of our county just like the sewer fee that is most certainly and can be called an illegal tax. This was introduced by the former council chairman. He left before the 1-cent tax was introduced. The fee for solid waste was not established before a vote was taken. This question was a foregone conclusion before a vote was taken. A question was asked some time ago to the ...

July 27, 2012 | W. J. Haynes Lugoff | Letters


Hancock celebratres 20 years at FBC of Camden

This Sunday, First Baptist Church (FBC) of Camden will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Pastor Bruce Hancock. He has been the longest serving pastor in the church's 202-year history. The Sunday service will be held to recognize his contributions to the church, congregation and community.

July 27, 2012 | By Porché Matthews C-I intern | Miscellaneous


Olympic spirit

The 2012 Olympic games begin today in London, and while there's always a touch of politics involved, the event still is inspirational as an example of international goodwill among all those who participate. The opening ceremonies have become an extravaganza over the years, but the best part is still the entrance into the stadium of the athletes from around the world, all there to compete against each other in the best tradition of sportsmanship.

July 27, 2012 | | Editorials


JRT Sidewalk Survey:

Job Readiness for Teens (JRT), formerly Juveniles Experiencing Excellence Program (JEEP), is a part of the Safe School/Healthy Students grant administered through the Kershaw County School District. JRT teaches practical job and life skills training with real world experience. JRT teaches its students résumé building, etiquette and interview tips. JRT participants spend 40 hours in the work place and are paid through the Department of Juvenile Justice. Local participants include SAFE Bank, Springdale Health Care Center, Camp Emmanuel, Camp Kirkwood, and the Kershaw County School District Office. About 30 percent of students are asked to stay at their ...

July 27, 2012 | | Education


Tax tips - July 27, 2012

If you adopted a child last year and requested an extension of time to file your 2011 taxes, you may be able to claim the expanded adoption credit on your federal tax return. The Affordable Care Act temporarily increased the amount of the credit and made it refundable, which means it can increase the amount of your refund.

July 27, 2012 | | Miscellaneous


New bridge

Nicholas Wrobel achieved the distinction of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor ceremony on July 7th. Nicholas' required service project included replacing an outdated boardwalk at Goodale State Park with an American's With Disabilities Act compliant footbridge. Nicholas is pictured here with Park Ranger Dan Thompson on the bridge he constructed along the park's nature trail. The son of Tony and Donna Wrobel of Ridgeway, Nicholas was a member of Boy Scout troops 342 and 305 of Sumter before relocating to Troop 316, sponsored by St. John's United Methodist Church, in Lugoff. Nicholas will be a ...

July 27, 2012 | | Miscellaneous


Brenda Burris

Funeral service for Brenda Mae Hudson Burris, 68, will be held Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. The Rev. Greg Sweet will officiate. The family will receive friends Friday, from 7 – 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

July 27, 2012 | | Obituaries


Evan Raper

A memorial service for Infant Evan Michael Raper, of Elgin, will be held Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. The Rev. Dr. Robert Winburn will officiate. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

July 27, 2012 | | Obituaries


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Joan Collins

Joan Collins, 77, of 1801 Lovett Rd in Camden, died Monday, April 27, 2015. Plans are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Collins Funeral Home. Collins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

April 29, 2015 | | Obituaries


Tracy E. Bennett Jr.

Funeral service for Mr. Tracy E. Bennett Jr., 29, of 1188 Shady Lane in Camden, will be held Thursday, April 30, 2015, 3:00 P.M. at Good Hope AME Zion Church, 967 Gaines Church Rd., Camden with burial in the church cemetery. Mr. Bennett died Thursday, April 23, 2015. Collins Funeral Home of Camden is in charge of the arrangements.

April 29, 2015 | | Obituaries


Kershaw County student art celebration to be held Thursday

The Baron DeKalb Elementary School Chorus (first photo) and artwork by Lugoff Elementary School 4th grader Charli Morris (second photo) and Camden High School 10th grader Hannah Hough (third photo) will be part of a showcase of Kershaw County student visual and performing art at "Celebrating the Arts of Kershaw County Schools" on Thursday at Lugoff-Elgin High School (L-EHS). Student art displays will be available for viewing from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the L-EHS gymnasium, and the performing arts program starts at 6:45 p.m. in the school's auditorium. The program features choral and ...

April 29, 2015 | | Education


March to end sexual violence and child abuse held in Camden

Rosalyn Moses, executive director of the Family Resource Center (FRC), addresses a crowd in front of the Kershaw County Courthouse on April 18 following a march to end sexual violence and child abuse. The march began at The Price House and ended at the courthouse where awards were presented to recipients who help in the fight against these issues. Recipients included Mornique Dozier from Stover Middle School, Dena Horton from the Camden Police Department, Diane Mikel of the Bishopville Police Dept and Melvin Moore, senior president of 100 Men Strong, which co-sponsored the march with the FRC. Sheriff Daniel Simon ...

April 29, 2015 | | Kershaw County


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