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Absentee father

I never knew my father; he died when I was five months old, leaving my mother with me and my 3-year-old brother. We were not his first family. He had nine children by his first wife, eight girls and one boy -- five little graves attested to the mortality rate in earlier times. Many first wives died before their husbands, not surprising since childbirth was so dangerous and the mortality rate so high. I cannot imagine having more children -- especially since my father was 63 when I was born and my mother was 40. Back then, people just had the number ...

June 08, 2012 | By Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Rec Notes

A group exercise class for ages 55 and older provides a fun variety of exercises to improve strength, flexibility, posture and balance, using a chair and a floor mat (optional).

June 08, 2012 | | Miscellaneous


Haley not as 'hard-nosed' as Knotts

Mr. Ulmer, I take you to be an intelligent man, otherwise the Camden Independent would not employ you as a staff reporter. Having said that, I compliment you on a well-expressed article in the May 30th issues. But while I think it well expressed, I wish to comment on some of your conclusions.

June 08, 2012 | Charles Humphries Camden | Letters


Happy 53rd Anniversary

Abraham and Rosa Mae McQuillar celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary with family and friends, grands and great grands.

June 08, 2012 | | People & Places


Pets of the Week

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Vera, a 3-month old Jack Russell Terrier mix and a female orange 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 ...

June 08, 2012 | Julie J. Prickett C-I | Pets


Midway Elementary School reports honor rolls

Midway Elementary School has announced its honor rolls for the fourth nine-weeks period.

June 08, 2012 | | Education


Spotting Venus

Venus appears as a black dot transiting the Sun in this photograph taken Tuesday by Ed Roberts of Dalzell. Roberts -- who plays tuba with the Camden Community Concert Band -- took the photo through welder's glass using a Kodak Easyshare camera with a 21x wide-angle lens. In most pictures published around the globe, Venus appears at the "bottom" of the Sun. Roberts said that is because those pictures were taken through telescopes which flip the photograph. Since Roberts took the picture with a regular camera, Venus is seen traveling across the "top" of the Sun, what someone would see with ...

June 08, 2012 | | Miscellaneous


Zacour seeking Seat 1 on school board

Eric Zacour -- a candidate for the Kershaw County Board of Trustees Seat No. 1 -- has been an Elgin resident since the spring of 1985. He started his family business in 1986 and has worked hard to help his business to grow.

June 08, 2012 | | Politics


Pet Talk

As we welcome the joys of summer such as swimming, barbequing, and baseball, we have to greet the heat. As temperatures are increasing, it is vital to take the necessary precautions to protect pets from heat exhaustion.

June 08, 2012 | | Miscellaneous


Elk Lodge Scholarship awarded

Antuan Augustus (second from left) and Kirsten Baker (second from right), both seniors at Lugoff-Elgin High School, were the winners of the Camden Lugoff Elks 2012 Mary Ellen Ahner Scholarship. Rich Wagner (right) and Vickie Schermbeck (left) from the local Elks Lodge presented the cash awards to the winners on May 17th at the school during a Senior Awards Day Ceremony. The Mary Ellen Ahner Scholarship is awarded each year to students who plan to enter the field of education. The Mary Ellen Ahner Scholarship was established by Jim Ahner in remembrance of his wife Mary Ellen Ahner. Mary Ellen ...

June 08, 2012 | | Education


L-EMS celebrates Decades Day

Mrs. Brazell's ELA classes at Lugoff-Elgin Middle School celebrated Decades Day . Students -- such as (from left) Camille Sullivan, Sarah Hardin, Molli Smith, Tyjah Steele, Kara Hayes, Madison Guthrie and Katelyn Vandevander -- researched different aspects of the 1960s, 70s, 80s, and 90s and created Glogsters to present their research. Students dressed in fashion from their decade or as a famous person from their decade. They created a timeline in the hallway and plotted different events, and created a time capsule to represent items from 2000-2011. In class, students presented their decades' research. It was exciting day for all!

June 08, 2012 | | Education


Spitzer recognized achieving the distinction of Eagle Scout

Lugoff-Elgin High School senior Matthew Spitzer achieved the distinction of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor May 20. Matthew's required service project included preparing a detailed map of the historic cemetery of Smyrna United Methodist Church in Elgin. Matthew also built a prayer garden and seating for visitors. Matthew is pictured here presenting the details of his project work to Joe McConnaughay from the church's Cemetery Committee. Matthew is a member of Boy Scout Troop 316, sponsored by St. John's United Methodist Church in Lugoff.

June 08, 2012 | | Education


Camden Royals hosting AAU hoops tourney

The Camden Royals boys' AAU basketball team will host a tournament on Friday, June 8 through Sunday, June 10 at the old Bishopville High school gym.

June 06, 2012 | | Seasonal Sports


Koumas looks to take Seat 1 on school board

Jenny Koumas has announced her plans to seek election to Seat 1 on the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees.

June 06, 2012 | | Politics


Thompson seeks school board Seat 5

Phillip Thompson has announced his plans to seek election to Seat 5 on the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees.

June 06, 2012 | | Politics


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A night and a tournament to remember

The Kershaw County Darlings 8-and-under softball team completed a perfect five-game run in the District 2 tournament in Chesterfield County by beating Pageland, 16-8, on Wednesday night.

June 29, 2015 | | Seasonal Sports


Editorial: Working together

Kudos to our various law enforcement agencies for working together to get some folks off our streets who needed to be stopped. At the top of our list are Bethune Police Chief Joey Cobb, Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) and U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for arresting two people (and there may be more to come) for the June 23 armed robbery of Sandhills Bank in Bethune.

June 29, 2015 | | Editorials


Parker: Waiting for Obama

(Kathleen Parker wrote this column in advance of President Barack Obama's appearance in Charleston for State Sen. Clementa Pinckney's funeral.)

June 29, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Ariail for June 29, 2015

June 29, 2015 | | Ariail


Camden First welcomes new pastor, Rev. McCutcheon

Reverend Larry D. McCutcheon has been appointed as minister to Camden First United Methodist Church. Rev McCutcheon comes from Trinity United Methodist Church in Orangeburg where he served for 11 years. A spiritual and civic leader, he preaches the gospel and walks the talk throughout various sectors of the community in an extraordinary way, touching the lives of so many with his unique ability to reach all people from all walks of life.

June 29, 2015 | | People & Places


Patterson and English to wed in November

Mr. Allen Hobson "Chip" Patterson, Jr., and Ms. Denise Beauchamp Patterson of Winston-Salem, N.C., announce the engagement of their daughter, Ms. Emily Catherine Patterson, to Mr. Philip Harden English, both of Durham, N.C. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Bennett English, Jr., of Camden, S.C.

June 29, 2015 | | Weddings & Engagements


KC Library Summer Reading

As part of the Kershaw County Library's Summer Reading Program "Every Hero Has a Story," storyteller Sharon Clarke presented a program at both the Camden and Elgin libraries. Clarke, who lives in North Carolina, entertained the audience with both story and music. Her interactive program was enjoyed by the audience, young and old. Clarke involved the audience as she told an old Chinese folk tale, The Magic Wings. Shown from left are Addy Gwynn as the Queen, Clarke, Elizabeth Mensching as the Princess, Lucy Moore as the Grocer's Daughter, and Liberty Mensching as the Goose Girl.

June 29, 2015 | | People & Places


Plant fun

Studying plants is serious business as Wateree Elementary students Colden Baker and Austin Warwick learn about the different parts of a plant.

June 29, 2015 | | People & Places


LF-R quickly stops June 22 Lugoff mobile home fire

Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) crews quickly stopped a mobile home fire on the 400 block of Oakview Drive off Wildwood Lane in Lugoff the evening of June 22.

June 29, 2015 | | Crime-Police-Fire


CHS seeking players for girls' golf team

In preparing for this coming fall season, the Camden High School girls' golf team is seeking players who would like to join the team.

June 24, 2015 | | Camden High/Middle


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