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Why class reunions matter so much

Facing a class reunion can be daunting enough to make a teetotaler crave a bracing cocktail. But fear not. It's worth the effort. For at least one sweet, nostalgic night you can revisit the best parts of high school without worrying about the silly stuff.

September 05, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Robert Ariail -- Sept. 5, 2011

September 05, 2011 | | Ariail


William Drakeford

Prophet William Drakeford, 79, of 1546 Kershaw Hwy., Camden, died Saturday, September 3, 2011.

September 05, 2011 | | Obituaries


Lula B. Lane

Ms. Lula B. Lane, 66, of 855 Watts Hill Road, Lugoff, SC, passed on Sunday, September 4, 2011.

September 05, 2011 | | Obituaries


Sara Mayer

A memorial service for Sara Rhodus Mayer, 80, of Camden, will be held Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. at Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church. The Rev. Frank Griffith and the Rev. Steve Patterson will officiate. The family will receive friends following the service in the family life center. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Camden/Kershaw County Rescue Squad.

September 05, 2011 | | Obituaries


Irene B. Stockman

Funeral service for Irene B. Stockman, 91, will be held Monday at 2:00 p.m. at Harmony Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The Rev. Dr. Dan Griffin and the Rev. Chris Smith will officiate. The family will receive friends Sunday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. Memorials may be made to Harmony Baptist Church, 998 Tookie Doo Lane, Elgin, S.C. 29045.

September 05, 2011 | | Obituaries


County trio help TSA girls to tennis win

The Thomas Sumter Academy Lady Generals varsity girls' tennis team trounced Laurence Manning Academy, 9-0,Wednesday at the Palmetto Tennis Center in Sumter.

September 02, 2011 | | Tennis


Lady Demons give Mullins her first win as head coach

The Lugoff-Elgin volleyball team made first-year head coach Jessica Mullins' debut a winning one as the Lady Demons opened the 2011 season with a 4-1 win over visiting White Knoll on Tuesday night inside the Demons Den.

September 02, 2011 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Camden duo plays key role in TSA JV tennis victory

Helped by a pair of Camden residents, the Thomas Sumter Academy junior varsity girls' tennis team opened its 2011 season with an 8-1 win over Robert E. Lee Academy in a Tuesday afternoon match.

September 02, 2011 | | Tennis


Lady Knights cruise past Buford, Lancaster

If a season goes along the same lines as a first match, then this could be a special volleyball season at North Central.

September 02, 2011 | | North Central High/Middle


Help our veterans, help our VA Service Office

In 2005 I was asked to write the history book for my American Legion Post 17 located in Camden. Among the many bits of facts I discovered and wrote into the document was the huge amount of compensation benefits our VA Service Officer and his assistant brought into my home county. At that time the annual amount was a mere $18,375,000 that year. Those benefits are tax exempt. That means every penny/dollar is turned around by the veteran who benefited from the award so they can spend the entire amount back into our local economy for goods ...

September 02, 2011 | Ashby Rhame Rembert | Letters


Barbara Peebles: a 'special angel'

On June 15, God called one of his "special angels" home. Barbara was a special needs person. To me she was just a special person. When Barbara was born, she wasn't given much chance to live, but because of God's grace, her parents' and family's love and the care of her doctors, she lived a good and long life.

September 02, 2011 | Roger Smoak Camden | Letters


Senior adults invited to school events for free

Kershaw County citizens age 65 years or older can receive lifetime Golden Circle passes that allow them to attend school-sponsored activities or athletic events free of charge. The passes are good from year to year. Admission to athletic playoffs is not included.

September 02, 2011 | | Education


Pets of the week -- Sept. 2, 2011

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Sally, a 3-month-old male orange domestic short-haired kitten, and Ginger, a female Dachshund mix puppy. 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 ...

September 02, 2011 | | Pets


Robert Ariail -- Sept. 2, 2011

September 02, 2011 | | Ariail


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Medical marijuana

Both Democrats and Republicans in South Carolina will have advisory questions on their June primary ballots -- votes that will not be binding but are intended simply to provide some feeling for what Palmetto State residents are thinking about particular issues. As you would guess, such questions often revolve around issues particularly important to one party or another, and they're sometimes done to help provide leverage for the parties to push certain projects.

April 11, 2014 | | Editorials


American Legion accepting Palmetto Boys State applications

James Leroy Belk American Legion Post No. 17 is seeking applications for Palmetto Boys State to be held June 8-14 at Anderson University. Applicants should be motivated students interested in learning about citzenship and government, rising seniors of good character and in the top 25 percent of their class. Applications are available from guidance counselors at high schools or may be obtained from Richard Lackey at 432-9527. Above, Palmetto Boys State chairman Lackey dines and chats with Girls State delegate Margeaux Laschanzky and Boys State delegate Riley Kohn when the two youths visited Post 17 to share their experiences from ...

April 11, 2014 | | Localife


Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Hopkins celebrate 50th anniversary

Alvin and Joanne Hopkins recently celebrated 50 years of marriage. The couple was married on March 21, 1964, at the home of the Rev. Joe Hood. They have two children, Wesley (BK) Hopkins and Lynn (Jackie) Hopkins; two grandchildren, William Hopkins and Justin Hopkins, two step-grandchildren, Lauren Langford and Josh Napper; and one step-greatgrandchild, Vance Langford.

April 11, 2014 | | Localife


David Lawerence Kelly Jr

A Funeral Mass for David Lawerence Kelly Jr., 43, will be celebrated on Monday at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Camden, S.C. The Rev. Father Paul Brenninkmeijer will officiate. Final Commendation and Farewell Prayers will be in Quaker Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter, 460 Fair Street, Camden, SC 29020.

April 11, 2014 | | Obituaries


Demons give Cavaliers the boot

Now this is how you end a drought.

April 11, 2014 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Demons netters rip RNE twice

With their head coach missing the match due to a knee injury, the Lugoff-Elgin tennis team tried to help in Edward Rickwood's recovery by dousing visiting Richland Northeast, 7-0, in a Region 4-4A match played on Tuesday.

April 11, 2014 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Sandy Heyward Boykin, Sr.

A celebration of life service for Sandy Heyward Boykin, Sr., 55, will be held Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at Powers funeral home. The Rev. Reece Byrd and the Rev. Ann Byrd will officiate.

April 11, 2014 | | Obituaries


Gators take a bite out of Dogs

First-year schools and their athletic teams are not supposed to be this good.

April 11, 2014 | | Camden High/Middle


Lady Demons sweep RNE

Lugoff-Elgin tuned up for its Thursday night battle with conference-leading Blythewood by handing visiting Richland Northeast a pair of losses in a Tuesday night Region 4-4A doubleheader.

April 11, 2014 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Thanks from Historic Camden

The governing board of Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site would like to express its sincerest appreciation to Mayor Tony Scully and the members of Camden City Council for approving recommended changes to a much needed sewer project that crosses portions of our historic site. City Manager Mel Pearson, Public Works Director Tom Couch and Deputy Director Sam Davis are to be commended for working tirelessly with numerous individuals to find a solution to installing the sewer lines in a timely manner while protecting parts of the archaeologically rare and nationally significant colonial site of early Camden.

April 11, 2014 | Historic Camden Foundation Board of Trustees | Letters


Gullible and guilty

Those of us who jump for joy when we hear that Governor Haley is deeply concerned about education and is planning to dedicate $160 million in new spending for education might consider, as we bow heads in hope and tenuous gratitude, that such concern on her part is coming awfully late but just in time for her possible re-election. Better late than never? Perhaps! But better earlier, for sure. The S.C. education budget has been reduced for the last three years by more than the proposed budget raises -- $110 million in her first year and $140 million stimulus money ...

April 11, 2014 | Nancy Larsen Lugoff | Letters


Ariail for April 11, 2014

April 11, 2014 | | Ariail


Southern charm

WASHINGTON -- After writing close to 3,000 columns, I've learned that people sometimes read what they're looking for, often as a result of a headline, rather than what I wrote.

April 11, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Among the state's elite

April 04, 2014 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Elliott feature speaker at KC Gamecock Club celebration

The Kershaw County Gamecock Club will hold its annual "Great to be a Gamecock Gathering" on Tuesday, April 29 at the Old South Restaurant in Camden at 6:30 p.m.

April 02, 2014 | | Sports


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