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Charles "Bo" Branham

Funeral service for Charles Von "Bo" Branham, 63, of Elgin, will be held Thursday at 12:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home with burial to follow in Union Baptist Church Cemetery. The Rev. Ken Jackson and the Rev. Tom Schoonmaker will officiate. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

February 22, 2012 | | Obituaries


Junior, Miss Gold and Black pageant winners announced

Camden High School recently held the Junior Miss Gold and Black and the Miss Gold and Black pageants in the Camden High Performing Arts Auditorium. The Camden Bulldog Club sponsored the pageants this year as a fundraiser to support the athletic program at Camden High. The pageant theme was "Then A Hero Came Along." During the finale of both pageants, representatives from the military, law enforcement, education, medical services, emergency services, and community volunteer services joined the contestants on stage and were recognized as "heroes" in their respective professions.

February 22, 2012 | | Localife


FAC brings ‘Pinkalicious The Musical’ to Camden

The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) is rolling out the pink carpet for Columbia Children's Theatre's (CCT) delightful children's production of "Pinkalicious The Musical." The performance begins at 2 p.m. Feb. 25 on the Wood Auditorium stage. Tickets are $8. "Pinkalicious The Musical" is sponsored by Modern Turf. A huge hit in Columbia, the FAC is delighted to have the opportunity to bring this production to the community.

February 22, 2012 | | Localife


Hattie Mae Howard Boykin

Mrs. Hattie Mae Howard Boykin, 87, of 768 Calvary Church Road, Bishopville, SC, passed on Saturday, February 18, 2012. Funeral Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Haile's Funeral Home.

February 22, 2012 | | Obituaries


For the Record -- Feb. 22, 2012

Real estate transactions

February 22, 2012 | | For the Record


All aspects of Y sports project are wrong

I am writing this letter as a concerned resident, taxpayer and homeowner of the City of Camden. This letter in no way reflects the interests of any group(s), and is purely informational.

February 22, 2012 | Stephen Sarafin Jr. Camden | Letters


Robert Ariail -- Feb. 22, 2012

February 22, 2012 | | Ariail


County fortunate to have Matthews

I recently watched the YouTube video rant by a member of Elgin Town Council and a friend of his who criticized Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews and his department for "doing their job." To compare modern law enforcement to Nazis during World War II is an affront to the men and women who put their lives on the line for Kershaw County citizens.

February 22, 2012 | Steve Smith Columbia | Letters


Yesteryear -- Feb. 22, 2012

Photo cutline -- DEA Agent James McGivney presented awards in Columbia Friday to Kershaw County law enforcement personnel who were involved in several successful drug busts. Receiving awards were Bethune Police Chief Richard De Vors, Cpt. Jack Cobb of the Camden Police Department and Tom Leach with the Fifth Judicial Circuit Solicitor's Office. Seated is Officer Selina Hansen of the Camden Police Department.

February 22, 2012 | | Yesteryear


Pre-season tourneys open spring campaign

While the start of the regular season for Kershaw County high school spring sports teams does not begin until the first week of March, that will not stop at least four programs from getting a head start to their respective campaigns by playing in pre-season tournaments.

February 20, 2012 | | Sports


Palmetto Dance Center qualifies for national dance championships

During the weekend of Feb. 10-12, dancers from Palmetto Dance Center competed at Encore Dance Competition for the Stars and qualified all 34 of their routines for the National Dance Championships to be held this July in Savannah, Ga. The solos, duos, and teams brought home twenty-three first place trophies, seven second place trophies, three third place trophies, and one fourth place trophy. In addition to these age division winnings, the group brought home additional trophies for 10 First Place Overall winnings, two Second Place Overall Winnings, and one third Place Overall Trophies. The awards didn't stop there because ...

February 20, 2012 | | Localife


Miss Smith, Mr. Hudson engaged

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Clyburn Smith, Jr of Camden, S.C. are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Stephanie Marie Smith to Phillip Edward Hudson, Jr. of Camden, S.C. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Edward Hudson, Sr of Camden, S.C.

February 20, 2012 | | Localife


Herndon to seek State House seat

Saying he wants to help reform state government, Kershaw County businessman David Herndon has announced his candidacy for State House District 52.

February 20, 2012 | | Politics


Weeks elected to state hospital association board

KershawHealth President and CEO Donnie J. Weeks was elected to the South Carolina Hospital Association Board of Trustees (SCHA) at the association's annual meeting Jan. 30. Weeks previously served on the SCHA board and was chairman in 1994.

February 20, 2012 | | Healthcare


Grants and savings equal city improvements

Just recently, I was talking with a group of local citizens when someone mentioned the new street lights. In the past three years, the City of Camden has received and utilized grants in excess of $3 million for several improvements. A combination of grant funds and some tax dollars has been spent to move many electrical lines underground:

February 20, 2012 | Camden Mayor Jeffrey Graham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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Defense of Mideast Christians conference collapses over anti-Israel catcalls

A Washington conference aimed at spotlighting persecution of Christians in the Middle East collapsed Wednesday evening when Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was booed off the stage for his support of Israel, whose Jewish citizens he said were equal victims of Islamic extremist persecution.

September 12, 2014 | Mark A. Kellner Deseret News | National


How to survive as a widow

There has been much written about single parents in recent weeks. But what does it take to survive as a widow, who is not a single parent by choice but by the cruel hands of fate?

September 12, 2014 | Herb Scribner Deseret News | National


De-stress your life by following these 5 simple principles

Too often my life feels out of control. My 4 children are involved in several activities, and we are on the move a lot of the time. When I feel stress, I am frazzled and impatient with people around me. Stress makes life feel overwhelming. Since my life isn't going to slow down for at least the next decade, I have to learn how to reduce stress and remove stressors from my life. I'm trying to adhere to these 5 simple stress-reducing principles.

September 12, 2014 | Amy Peterson FamilyShare | National


FAC brings Dancing with the Stars back to Camden for second year

The Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County invites the public to an evening of dance and entertainment at its second annual presentation of "Dancing with the Stars," Saturday, Sept. 20. The evening will begin with a cocktail hour with appetizers catered by Carolina Café at 7 p.m. and the performances will start at 8 p.m.

September 12, 2014 | | Localife


Demons run to second while Lady Dogs take fourth in meet

Lugoff-Elgin finished second with Camden High a spot behind in third place in an 11-team boys' cross-country meet hosted by CHS on Wednesday at Historic Camden.

September 12, 2014 | | Sports


George Booth

George Booth passed away on September 8, 2014 in Denver Colorado. He was formerly from Camden SC and had many friends from Camden, Lamar, Florence and Sumter SC. Burial was held in Denver by his son, Rabbi Stephen Booth.

September 12, 2014 | | Obituaries


Ruby Jackson Davis

Funeral service for Mrs. Ruby Jackson Davis, 79, of 3117 Youngs Bridge Road in Bethune, will be held Monday, September 15, 2014, 11:00 A.M. at Sandy Level Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. She died Tuesday, September 9, 2014. Collins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

September 12, 2014 | | Obituaries


Annie Mae Peebles Lee

Funeral service for Mrs. Annie Mae Peebles Lee, 88, of 127 Pine Drive in Bethune, will be held Saturday, September 13, 2104, 1:00 P.M. at Catoe's Chapel Church of God in Christ, 2297 Bethune Road in Bethune with burial in the church cemetery. She died Tuesday, September 9, 2014. Collins Funeral Home of Camden is in charge of the arrangements.

September 12, 2014 | | Obituaries


Cory Marshall Sullivan

Funeral service for Mr. Cory Marshall Sullivan, 37, of 1324 Old River Road in Camden will be held Monday, September 15, 2014, 4:00 P.M. at Bingham Chapel AME Zion Church, 3116 Kershaw Highway, Westville. Public viewing will be held at the funeral home Sunday from 12:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. He died Sunday, September 7, 2014. Collins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

September 12, 2014 | | Obituaries


Annie Lee Sumpter

Mrs. Annie Lee Sumpter, 89, of West Columbia, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, September 7, 2014. Born in Camden, she was the wife of the late Aaron Sumpter. A Celebration of Life and Memorial Service will be held Friday, September 12, 2014 ar 6 p.m. at Brown's Funeral Home, Chapel of Rememberance. Brown's Funeral Home, Camden is serving the Sumpter family.

September 12, 2014 | | Obituaries


Donald “Don” Dean Wink

A Going Home service for Donald "Don" Dean Wink will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Lugoff First Baptist Church.

September 12, 2014 | | Obituaries


David Eugene Wooten

Funeral services for David Eugene Wooten, 68, will be held Friday at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Lugoff, with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The Rev. Doug Huntsinger and the Rev. Greg Sweet will officiate. The family will receive friends Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home.

September 12, 2014 | | Obituaries


Unusual talent or ability? Don't go to school in D.C.

A Washington Post writer has stirred up a hornet's nest, reporting Monday that a 13-year-old Washington, D.C., piano prodigy was flushed out of the public school system and into homeschooling because the district was bureaucratically unable or unwilling to accommodate her unconventional training and performance schedule.

September 11, 2014 | | National


'Offender-funded' programs in cities like Ferguson squeeze the poor

Some St. Louis County towns have found a way to boost local revenue -- penalizing residents for petty offenses, especially ones that impact the poor, and raking in millions in revenue for local government.

September 11, 2014 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | National


Weeping wallets: Economic recovery has skipped most income groups

Upper-income folks have experienced rich economic recovery, while low- and mid-income families continue to lag, and consumer confidence is weak, according to recent reports that highlight a post-recession widening gap in the way differently situated households have fared.

September 11, 2014 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News | National


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