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Blues Festival returns Oct. 4-6

This October marks the 22nd year for the award-winning Carolina Downhome Blues Festival in Camden. Produced and presented by the Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County, this year's event is scheduled for October 4 through 6 and will feature more than 23 artists in 13 venues over three days. Venues include the FAC's Bassett Gallery, Shull Pavilion, Douglas-Reed House and Performing Arts Wing; The Venue on Broad; Gadgets of Camden; Steeplechase Sports Bar and Grill; Books on Broad; Davis & Sons Guitar Shop; Sam Kendall's; ¡Salud! Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Lounge; La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant; the Kershaw County ...

September 21, 2018 | | Arts


High School Column: Life changes

For some people, change isn't easy. It is something that doesn't resonate well with them. Maybe it makes them a little anxious. Perhaps they know the outcome could be phenomenal, but they're terrified to step out of their comfort zone and welcome such differences with open arms. Maybe change doesn't bother them, though. It could thrill them, spinning their lives around in the best way possible. It could be viewed as an adventure or an opportunity, a way to branch out and become someone new.

September 21, 2018 | By Kaleigh Mullis, Senior Lugoff-Elgin High School | High School Columns


Ariail - Sept. 21, 2018

September 21, 2018 | | Ariail


Editorial: Retirement haven

Readers may recall our editorial of May 25, in which we suggested that more effort should be put into marketing Camden and Kershaw County as a premiere retirement destination. Our reasoning was -- and continues to be -- that we already have most, if not all, of the important elements in place for making our community a desirable place for retirees seeking a place to spend their golden years. Our simple, relaxed, small Southern town charm combined with a flourishing cultural scene, wide variety of outdoor amenities, quality shopping and restaurants, close proximity to larger urban areas, and generally pleasant climate in ...

September 21, 2018 | | Editorials


Column: Campbell Street Corridor to be showcased

The African American Cultural Center of Camden opened its doors to the public on Feb 24. Located at 517 York St., the center is an annex of the Camden Archives and Museum and each year displays two changing exhibits featuring Camden's African American history. The center is open on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons from 1 until 4:30 and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. (closed on holidays). During our first six months we have had 512 visitors come to explore our opening exhibit -- the history of Camden's own Baseball Hall of Famer ...

September 21, 2018 | By Katherine Richardson, Camden Archives and Museum C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Change is good; you go first

As I craft my first article as the new Superintendent of the Kershaw County School District (KCSD), replacing someone who dedicated 11 years to our schools, I could think of no better way to begin than by starting with the subject of change. When you think about it, no one really enjoys change, but in the world of education, change is inevitable and fast moving. In many of our school districts across the country, the use of technology is one example of this paradigm shift in the classroom. The decreased time for feedback, increased collaboration and increased student engagement are ...

September 21, 2018 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Shane Robbins C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: Is there a Kavanaugh doppelganger?

WASHINGTON -- In one of Brett Kavanaugh's responses to allegations that he sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl when he was in high school, a charge he has denied "categorically and unequivocally," he suggested that, perhaps, this was a case of mistaken identity.

September 21, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Letter: Where is responsible, dynamic leadership?

With Hurricane Florence causing havoc in North Carolina and South Carolina for the past few days, it's made me wonder if it has to be. I know that atmospheric science is a highly complex subject and that global warming is a complicating factor. But, one never hears anymore, like in years past, about the thought of trying to do something about it. Thus the subject of responsible and intelligent, dynamic leadership.

September 21, 2018 | Larry B. Kincaid Elgin | Letters


Letter: Thanks to all who kept us safe

I'm sure Mayor Drakeford and city council would agree with me that once again, we are indebted to City Manager Mel Pearson and his indefatigable staff, as well as to Tom Couch and public works, for their long range planning and expertise in making the city remarkably safe and secure over the last weekend.

September 21, 2018 | Tony Scully Camden | Letters


Births - Sept. 20, 2018

BAXLEY -- Kenneth Russell Baxley and Jenna Rachel Harris, both of Camden, announce the birth of a son, Kenneth Bryce Baxley. He was born Aug. 1, 2018, at KershawHealth, weighing 7 pounds, 15 ounces. Maternal grandparents are the late Mark Harris, and Danny and Carla Estridge of Kershaw. Maternal great-grandmother is Clara Ford, of Lugoff. Paternal grandparents are Kenneth O. Baxley, of Camden, and Jennifer Lewis Baxley, of Camden.

September 21, 2018 | | Births


LEONA MAE WATKINS CALCUTT

Leona Mae Watkins Calcutt, 83, passed away on Monday, September 17 in Columbia, South Carolina after an extended illness. She was happily surrounded by her family. Born in Cassatt, South Carolina, on December 11, 1934, she was the daughter of Bessie Ann Young Watkins and Jake Robert Watkins. She graduated from Midway High School in 1952 and completed her nursing degree in 1955 from the Columbia Hospital School of Nursing. Her nursing career spanned over 5 decades, and she will be remembered for her endless desire to serve others by providing nursing care and sharing medical knowledge. She worked as ...

September 21, 2018 | | Obituaries


FRANCES REVETTA CLARK

A memorial service for Frances R. Clark, 71, will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Powers Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the Lugoff American Legion following the service.

September 21, 2018 | | Obituaries


SANDRA A. HALL

Funeral service for Sandra Avonne Hall, 63, were held on Thursday at Beaverdam Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. The family received friends Wednesday at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. Memorials may be made to Beaverdam Baptist Church Nursery Fund.

September 21, 2018 | | Obituaries


ELIZA WILLIAMS

Funeral service for Eliza Sutton Williams, 69, will be held today at 1 p.m. at Camden First United Methodist Church with burial to follow in Cedar Cemetery. The Rev. Keith Hunter will officiate. Memorials may be made to the American Kidney Foundation.

September 21, 2018 | | Obituaries


Weekend events to affect parking, traffic

In an effort to prevent confusion and alleviate concerns regarding the use of free public parking on downtown streets and around Town Green, the city of Camden would like to alert residents regarding the events that will affect traffic and parking throughout Camden this Saturday.

September 21, 2018 | | Camden


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Column: Nikki Haley’s comet has a long tale

WASHINGTON -- Seated next to President Trump in the Oval Office Tuesday, Nikki Haley did not look like a woman who had tortured herself over whether ...

October 12, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Column: Cheerful giving

Arriving with autumn are falling leaves, playful spirits and a sense of cheerful giving. Each brings familiar feelings that surface each year during this beautiful ...

October 12, 2018 | By Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Column: CMA’s international presence

How do students from China and Russia find out about Camden Military Academy? Why do they choose a small boarding school in South Carolina? These ...

October 12, 2018 | By Casey Robinson, CMA admissions director C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Letter: Midlands Women's Center changes name, direction

Since 1984, the Midlands Women's Center has been serving the needs of families in Kershaw County, most recently from a small office on Walnut ...

October 12, 2018 | Todd Warnock, director of operations Wateree Pregnancy Network | Letters


CHARLES THOMAS HORTON

Charles Thomas "Chuck" Horton, 44, of Florence, passed away on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, from a battle with brain cancer.

October 12, 2018 | | Obituaries


RAYMOND LESLIE JORDAN

Funeral services for Raymond Leslie Jordan, 80, will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Powers Funeral Home with burial to follow in Ebenezer ...

October 12, 2018 | | Obituaries


JUANITA MITCHELL

Ms. Juanita Maxwell Mitchell, 31, of 40 Boulware Road, Bridle Ridge Apartments, Apt. 306, Lugoff, entered into eternal rest on Monday, October 8, 2018. A ...

October 12, 2018 | | Obituaries


REGINALD THOMAS

Funeral service for Reginald Keels Thomas, 74, was held on Wednesday at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. Memorials may be made to Kershaw County Recreation Department.

October 12, 2018 | | Obituaries


Historic Camden hosts all of Kershaw County’s 3rd Graders

Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site welcomed more than 700 3rd Graders from all over Kershaw County as part of its annual History Days program, Oct ...

October 12, 2018 | | People & Places


S.C. Governor’s School now accepting applications

The South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, a public, residential high school for artistically-talented students, is now accepting applications for the ...

October 09, 2018 | | Education


CMA’s CAP activated for flood relief efforts

Camden Military Academy's Civil Air Patrol (CAP) squadron was recently activated for the first time in the squadron's history. Several CMA cadets used ...

October 09, 2018 | | Military


Ribbon cutting

The Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting for one of its newest mebers, Carolina Stone Craftsman, which offers a wide variety ...

October 09, 2018 | | Business


JOHN STEPHEN SMITH JR.

Mr. John Stephen "Smitty" Smith Jr., son of the late John S. Smith Sr. and Dorothy Smith, was born Jan. 20, 1943, in Camden, S ...

October 09, 2018 | | Obituaries


KATIE SUE LANGLEY

Funeral services for Katie Sue Langley, 83, will be held Saturday at 4 p.m. at Beaverdam Baptist Church with burial to follow in the ...

October 09, 2018 | | Obituaries


MINNIE REYNOLDS HAWKINS

Minnie Hawkins, previously of Camden, passed away in Raleigh, N.C., on September 12, 2018, after long illness.

October 09, 2018 | | Obituaries


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