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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


Demonstrative jumps up to win Kiser Stakes at Saratoga

Patiently biding his time near the back of 10-horse field in Thursday's $75,000 Jonathan Kiser Memorial Novice Stakes, Robbie Walsh pulled the trigger at the right time as Demonstrative carried him to victory in the first steeplechase of the 2012 Saratoga meet.

July 27, 2012 | | Equine


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Rec Notes - May 1, 2015

Registration for swim lessons continues at the Kershaw County Recreation Department. Registration for all lessons continues until the Thursday before the Monday lessons start. The first session runs June 1-4 and June 8-11.

May 01, 2015 | | Miscellaneous


Oliver, Webb promoted at SAFE

SAFE Federal Credit Union recently promoted to employees with Camden connections to regional branch manager positions. Brandon Oliver and Jenny Webb are now, respectively, the Region Three and Region Four branch directors, according to a press release.

May 01, 2015 | | Business


Elease Williams Harris Smith

Mrs. Elease Williams Harris Smith, 85, of Washington, DC, formally of Camden, SC, passed on Monday, April 20, 2015. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 2, 2015 in Rafting Creek Baptist Church, Rembert, with burial in the church cemetery.

May 01, 2015 | | Obituaries


Dennis Wayne Robinson Sr.

A service to celebrate the life of Dennis Wayne Robinson, Sr., 62, will be held on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at Smyrna United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends following the service in the church fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter, 460 Fair Street, Camden, S.C. 29020.

May 01, 2015 | | Obituaries


Helen Charlene Dixon "Cha Cha" Mathis

Funeral services for Helen Charlene (Dixon) "Cha Cha" Mathis, 43, will be held on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at Malvern Hill Baptist Church, Camden, SC. The burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Saturday from 5-7 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff and other times at the home.

May 01, 2015 | | Obituaries


Eunice Elizabeth Gainey

Funeral service for Eunice Elizabeth Gainey, 87, will be held today, May 1, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home with burial to follow in Mt. Olivet Baptist Church Cemetery in Cross, S.C. The family will receive friends on Thursday 4-9 p.m. at the home and one our prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

May 01, 2015 | | Obituaries


Joan E. Collins

Funeral service for Mrs. Joan E. Collins, 76, of 1801 Lovett Road, Camden, will be held Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 1:00 P.M. at Sweet Home Baptist Church with burial in the Cedars Cemetery. She died Monday, April 27, 2015. Collins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

May 01, 2015 | | Obituaries


Coldwell Banker’s Camden office part of NRT purchase

NRT LLC, a subsidiary of Realogy Holdings Corp., recently purchased Coldwell Banker United Realtors, including its office in Camden. According to Elise Ramer, NRT's senior public relations specialist for the Southeast, more than 400 Coldwell Banker agents are affected by the purchase. Other Midlands offices include Blythewood, Chapin, Irmo, Lake Murray, Lake Wateree, Lexington and Sumter/Shaw, Ramer said.

May 01, 2015 | | Business


CCTC aims to go tobacco free in 2016 with grant

Central Carolina Technical College (CCTC) plans to make its campuses 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free by Fall 2016, thanks to a $5,000 grant from Legacy. Legacy is the organization responsible for the national "truth" smoking prevention campaign. Through the grant, CCTC plans to encourage students, faculty and administrators to adopt the 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free policy, according to a press release from the college.

May 01, 2015 | | Education


First Palmetto acquires South State Bank branches

First Palmetto Bank, headquartered in Camden, announced Wednesday it has entered into an agreement to purchase two South Carolina branch locations from South State Bank. According to a press release, the new branches are in Loris and Little River, and expands First Palmetto's presence in Horry County.

May 01, 2015 | | Business


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