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Citizen Rainey

John Rainey is wearing a coat and tie as he strides slowly across the grass of his 17-acre estate -- called Fox Watch Farm -- which is just outside the small town of Camden. It's after midday, and the sun is turning the nearby dogwood trees gold.

February 15, 2012 | (This story was originally published in the weekly newspaper Free Times of Columbia.) By COREY HUTCHINS | Politics


Stubborn and stupid

Many people believe what is necessary to gain a Ph.D. is superior intelligence. Such a belief is certainly a fallacy. What a person requires is two items: obstinacy and stupidity. As a person who has washed a rather large wooden house with a rag, water, and scouring powder; cut front and back yards, when yards really were yards, with a pair of scissors; and dressed a half a hog, chitterlings and all -- I know. These examples occurred in my youth, and, seemingly, I gathered only worn and blistered hands as my lessons. I did learn from an admonition from ...

February 15, 2012 | Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Mildred Edith McCaskill

Funeral services for Mildred Edith McCaskill, 83, of Bethune, who passed away February 11, was held Tuesday at 3:00 at the Bethune Baptist Church. Rev. Jeff Cockrell, Rev. Paul Stephens and Dr. James Jordan officiated. Burial was held in the Bethune Baptist Church Cemetery directed by Norton Funeral Home, Hartsville. Visitation was held Monday 6-8 pm at the Bethune Baptist Church. Mildred was born in Bethune a daughter of the late James Talley & Lizzie Jane Ratcliff McCaskill. She was retired from International Paper, a member of the Bethune Baptist Church and the Ruth Sunday School Class. Surviving are her ...

February 15, 2012 | | Obituaries


Whitaker Seafood

Whitaker Fresh Seafood Market is now open at 2406-B Broad St. in Camden's Dusty Bend area. "Our goal is to provide a large variety of fresh seafood that everyone will enjoy," said owner Randall W. Whitaker. "Each week we have a variety of fresh fish filets and bone-in dressed fish which are USA-wild caught sustainable products. We also have fresh salmon from the Arctic Circle, which is rich in OMEGA-3." Whitaker Fresh Seafood Market also offers shrimp, oysters, crab legs, scallops, fresh Maine lobster and more. Venia Whitaker is assistant manager of Whitaker Fresh Seafood Market, which is open ...

February 15, 2012 | | Business


Birth control redux

WASHINGTON -- Most Americans can hardly believe we're having a national debate about birth control in the 21st century -- more than 50 years after The Pill became available and decades after condoms became as commonplace as, well, balloons.

February 15, 2012 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


For the Record -- Feb. 15, 2012

Real Estate Transactions

February 15, 2012 | | For the Record


Let’s build on assets already in place

I like the idea of bike paths throughout downtown Camden. I like the idea of a carriage tour of historic residences. I like the idea of renovating the train depot and reactivating a track to and from Camden to Columbia. I like the idea of upgrading the Woodward Air Field to make Camden a true commuter-friendly town for folks who want to work in the city and yet be surrounded by the equestrian world and country living.

February 15, 2012 | Keith C. Richardson Camden | Letters


Yesteryear -- Feb. 15, 2012

Photo cutline -- Rehearing for Musical -- Mavis Gabriel and Doug Gardner are pictured rehearing for their first Camden Community Theater production, "The Fantasticks." The musical opens Wednesday, Feb. 17 at Richardson Hall at Grace-Episcopal Church.

February 15, 2012 | | Yesteryear


Focus on tourism

We're glad to see Kershaw County and the City of Camden partnering to promote tourism by creating a new position whose sole focus will be promoting tourism and bringing more people to this area. In the past, the Chamber of Commerce has had to shoulder that load as well as its more traditional mission of working with small businesses and helping to attract new ventures to the county. Those roles -- business support and tourism -- have grown more and more specialized over the years, and it makes perfect sense to have someone whose only job will be to promote the ...

February 15, 2012 | | Editorials


Meet the Bulldogs on tap for Thursday

The Camden Bulldog Club will sponsor Meet the Bulldogs on Thursday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. in the Commons area of the gym.

February 15, 2012 | | Camden High/Middle


Saturday's Camden Baseball Jamboree ushers in the new season

Kershaw County high school baseball fans can get a sneak peek of their favorite team(s) on Saturday at the Camden High School Baseball Jamboree.

February 13, 2012 | | Sports


New two-tiered KCSD volunteer system in place

Volunteers in the Kershaw County School District must now undergo a revised application process that divides them into two levels depending upon possible unsupervised interaction with students. The new process took effect Feb. 1.

February 13, 2012 | | Education


Betty Muller Sheorn

Elizabeth "Betty" Muller Sheorn, 85, of Camden, died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel.

February 13, 2012 | | Obituaries


Noted and passed -- Feb. 13, 2012

• We've commented on prior occasions about the recent bankruptcy filing of Kodak, once one of the most powerful brands in the world. The Rochester, N.Y.-based company filed late last year to reorganize; now comes news that Kodak will no longer make cameras, along with other products such as digital frames, choosing to concentrate instead on commercial printing technology and other products. It's a sad thing, undoubtedly, for the millions of Americans who grew up using the company's cameras and film, and it illustrates yet again that companies must constantly adapt in order to stay in ...

February 13, 2012 | | Editorials


Is America coming apart?

This may sound a little odd, but I believe that I need to pay more attention to white people.

February 13, 2012 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


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Joann Stockman Peake

Joann Stockman Peake, 69, passed to her heavenly home on November 19th, 2014 after a valiant battle with a long illness. Her devotion to her family and her firm belief in God supported her in her struggle and ultimately gave her peace to be with the Lord.

November 21, 2014 | | Obituaries


John H. Salmond

Mr. John H. Salmond, 64, of 2526 Salmond Street, Camden, South Carolina passed on Wednesday, November 19, 2014. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Nelson-Haile Funeral Home.

November 21, 2014 | | Obituaries


Obama’s ‘dart’ at GOP

Lawyers of every political persuasion are lining up in Washington to have their say on the legality or illegality of the plan President Obama intends to implement regarding amnesty for illegal aliens who are in the United States without proper authorization, with one major network saying the president's plan to take the immigration system into his own hands "is a daring test of the limits of presidential power."

November 21, 2014 | | Editorials


Pope calls for family resurrection

WASHINGTON -- News that Pope Francis will visit the U.S. next year for the triennial World Meeting of Families brings elation to Catholics, excitement to pope watchers -- and perhaps a little chagrin to some who too soon interpreted Francis' broad compassion as a precursor to doctrinal changes related to marriage.

November 21, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Ariail for Nov. 21, 2014

November 21, 2014 | | Ariail


Camden’s African-American corridor

In 2008, a group of graduate students from the University of South Carolina's Public History Program produced a study entitled, "The Camden African-American Heritage Project." It was the product of a student group assignment conducted in 2005-06. The students were assisted by many Camden residents in their search for the history of African-Americans in Camden from the Colonial period through the era of civil rights. Though able to spend only one semester researching and writing, the students pulled together an admirable overview of the lives of African-Americans here. In their final recommendations they suggested, among other things, that an ...

November 21, 2014 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Letter: ‘If it ain’t broke…’

On Monday, the Chronicle-Independent reported the Kershaw County School District earned an "Excellent" rating on our state report card issued by the S.C. Department of Education. Our KCSD superintendent, Dr. Frank Morgan said, "Our schools are producing outstanding results and I am extremely grateful for the hard work of our students, families, teachers and administrators." I would include Dr. Morgan and the school board and say how proud I am of their accomplishments. Kudos to all of them.

November 21, 2014 | Charlie Humphries Camden | Letters


One-day baseball camp features Rays' pitcher Kohn

Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher and former Camden High School standout Michael Kohn will return home as the lead instructor for a one-day baseball camp on Sunday, Dec. 14 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at American Legion Park in Camden.

November 19, 2014 | | Sports


Canine Classic to benefit Fine Arts Center

The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) will hold a new and exciting fundraiser, the Canine Classic for the Arts, to be held Saturday, Dec. 6 at the Meeting Place in Cassatt, located at 1166 State Road S-28-354.

November 19, 2014 | | Seasonal Sports


NSA honors its 2014 champions

Jacqueline Ohrstrom's Demonstrative, winner of three Grade 1 races in 2014, was crowned Saturday as the National Steeplechase Association's Lonesome Glory Champions Award winner as the year's leading earner.

November 19, 2014 | | Equine


ABLE Club offers sponsorship options for 2014-15

The ABLE Club of S.C., the official athletic booster club of Lugoff-Elgin High School, is kicking off its membership campaign for the 2014-15 athletic seasons at the school.

August 08, 2014 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


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