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Police reports and FOI Act

A bill has been introduced in the S.C. House of Representatives that would, in effect, give police agencies in the state the right to withhold all incident reports, a move that would strike a serious blow to the public's right to know via the state's Freedom of Information Act. The legislation, known as H. 4740, was introduced by Rep. Chris Murphy of Summerville and co-sponsors include such powerful lawmakers as Rep. Bobby Harrell, the Speaker of the House, and Rep. James Harrison, chairman of the Judiciary Committee.

February 17, 2012 | | Editorials


County wrestlers vying for spots in state championships

Lugoff-Elgin will send one wrestler from each of the 14 weight divisions into the two-day 4A Upper State wrestling championships which open tonight at Laurens High School.

February 17, 2012 | | Seasonal Sports


Ready to get his kicks at USC-Upstate

February 17, 2012 | | Sports


Legislative delegation seeks input on new precinct name

The Kershaw County Delegation is seeking input from voters in the Camden 3 and Camden 4 precincts on ideas of a name for a new combined precinct that will vote at Camden Elementary School.

February 15, 2012 | | Politics


Letitia Sikes

Graveside inurnment services for Letitia Sandlin Sikes, 79, of Camden will be held Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 11:00 AM in Bostic Sandlin Cemetery, Corn Mill Road, Beulaville, NC. The family will receive friends Thursday, February 16, 2012 from 7:00 -8:00 PM with a prayer service beginning at 7:15 PM at St. Timothy's Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 1301 Mill Street Camden, SC Memorials may be made in Mrs. Sikes's memory to Kershaw County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs, 1619 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Camden, SC 29020.

February 15, 2012 | | Obituaries


Fred Shipton

A celebration of life service for Fred Shipton, 82, of Lugoff, will be held Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. The Rev. Joe Stines, the Rev. Kirk Baker, and the Rev. Greg Sweet will officiate. The family will receive friends following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, and the American Lung Association.

February 15, 2012 | | Obituaries


Linda J. Horton

Funeral service for Linda Joyce Horton, 64, of Camden, will be held Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at Refuge Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The Rev. Tim Broughton will officiate. The family will receive friends Wednesday at 5-7 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

February 15, 2012 | | Obituaries


Louise Ella Lee

Mrs. Louise Ella Lee, of Camden, died Tuesday, February 13, 2012. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Brown's Funeral Home, Camden who is serving the Lee family.

February 15, 2012 | | Obituaries


James Reddick

Funeral service for James Reddick, 64, of Lugoff, will be held Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Unity United Methodist Church with burial to follow in Unity United Methodist Church Family Center Cemetery. The Rev. Dr. Augustus Rodgers will officiate.

February 15, 2012 | | Obituaries


Annual Gospel Fest, Heritage Tea planned at FAC

The Multi-Cultural Committee of the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County is pleased to announce two annual events celebrating Black History Month. The seventh annual Gospel Fest takes place Feb. 18, followed by the Heritage Tea Celebration on Feb. 19. This dedicated committee has put together these special programs celebrating the spirit of community with a special emphasis on Black History at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC.) The special sponsorship of this weekend's celebration is provided by the Piggly Wiggly of Camden.

February 15, 2012 | | Localife


Leroy Goodwin

Mr. Leroy Goodwin, 63, of 1054-C Gray Fox Road, Lugoff, died Saturday, February 11, 2012. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Brown's Funeral Home, Camden who is serving the Goodwin Family.

February 15, 2012 | | Obituaries


Price House to host annual Black History Month exhibit

Camden's historic Price House at the corner of Broad and York Streets will host The annual Black History exhibit will be held at Camden's historic Price House at the corner of Broad and York Streets Feb. 22 to 25, from noon to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, Feb. 26 from 1 to 4 p.m. At 5 p.m., Sunday, February 26, Camden Second Presbyterian, located at 816 Market Street, will host the annual Sunday evening Black History Month program. Both events are free and open to the public.

February 15, 2012 | | Localife


Camden man arrested in counterfeiting scam

A 40-year-old Camden man was arrested Sunday after he allegedly used counterfeit money to buy a McDonald's Happy Meal.

February 15, 2012 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Griffin to be guest speaker for Joseph B. Kershaw Camp

Chuck Horton, Commander of the Joseph B. Kershaw Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans, in Camden, announced that their guest speaker for the Feb. 16 meeting, Thursday, Feb. 16, 6:30 p.m., at the Camden Seafood Hut, will be Civil War Historian Dr. John Griffin, who has spoken to their Camp on several previous occasions.

February 15, 2012 | | Localife


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


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What reality TV doesn’t tell you about home remodeling

Everyone knows reality TV isn't actually reality, right? We know an hour in real life is never that entertaining. There is a lot of editing, slicing and dicing behind the scenes to put those shows together.

October 20, 2014 | Annie Schwemmer and Ann Robinson Deseret News | National


3 Stooges with ‘lost’ short leads vintage DVDs

A new Three Stooges collection on DVD this week includes a short that has long been lost, and making their disc debuts are vintage titles starring George Arliss, Bette Davis and Olivia de Havilland. (Warner Archive titles are available at warnerarchive.com.)

October 20, 2014 | Chris Hicks Deseret News | National


‘Honorable Woman’ leads TV on DVD

The highly touted BBC miniseries "The Honorable Woman" makes its way to DVD this week, along with a variety of recent TV series.

October 20, 2014 | Chris Hicks Deseret News | National


Ariail for Oct. 20, 2014

October 20, 2014 | | Ariail


Noted and passed - Oct. 20, 2014

• Thanks to I-20, two U.S. highways and several state highways, we have a lot of commercial vehicles passing through Kershaw County on a daily basis. While most of those vehicles are likely carrying goods for sale here and elsewhere across the country, there's also a good chance hazardous materials are being trucked through as well. So, it's a good thing Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) and the Kershaw County Fire Service have joined forces to create a Special Operations Team (SOT) to deal with any "HazMat" accidents that may occur. According to LF-R Battalion Chief Chris Spitzer, the team ...

October 20, 2014 | | Editorials


The love or hate of air conditioning

It's a funny thing. That's what Mama used to say when something baffled her. Like Mama, I prefer that things make common sense. Otherwise, I'll ponder, figure, study, and try to decipher that funny thing until it's somewhat sensible.

October 20, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Soft skills

In early September, I attended a meeting of superintendents in Greenville. A major area of discussion was the development of a workforce that would attract sustainable industry to South Carolina and how K-12 education fits into this puzzle. To underscore this discussion, the meeting included a tour of the BMW plant in Spartanburg. Wow! This facility absolutely reflects what a 21st century workplace looks like and what many of our students will need to be prepared to enter. I talk a lot about preparing students for their future and not our past. The BMW tour reminded me why this is ...

October 20, 2014 | KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Op-Ed: The penny sales tax

On Nov. 4, Kershaw County citizens will have the opportunity to vote on the Kershaw County School District facilities referendum. Because of legislation passed by the South Carolina General Assembly in 2014, voters will be able to decide whether or not a penny sales tax that would be collected for 15 years could be imposed in the county and used by the school district to fund the projects in the referendum.

October 20, 2014 | Donnie Wilson CFO, Kershaw County School District | Columns


Camden residents support Graham for city council

I want to voice my support for Jeffrey Graham in his pursuit of a seat upon Camden City Council. I think Jeffrey is a unique candidate with a perspective we need. He is a family man with young children, and because of this I think he can represent the needs of many other young families in the Camden area. While all of the current council members have important and impressive qualities, the direct representation of our younger generations is imperative, and with Walter Long leaving, we do not have such a voice on the council if not for Jeffrey Graham.

October 20, 2014 | | Letters


Reader supports Reuwer

I am supporting David Reuwer for probate judge in the coming election. In any election, voters must ask a couple of things: does the candidate know what he or she is doing, and does the candidate possess the proper attitude to best serve the people of Kershaw County. Well, Mr. Reuwer is a practicing lawyer and Elgin municipal judge experienced in probate matters including the new, revised probate code. Mr. Reuwer is a hardworking man dedicated to the protection, conservation, and celebration of the historical legacy of Kershaw County. He has a strong need to help others; it seems to ...

October 20, 2014 | Thomas Bettendorf Camden | Letters


Reader: ‘vote no twice’

I see signs appearing throughout the county imploring you to "Vote Yes Twice" regarding the school referenda. If you favor tearing down perfectly good schools and Camden High's football stadium, construction new ones to replace them, to the tune of $130 million plus interest; and if you want to pay higher taxes on everything you buy, then by all means vote yes.

October 20, 2014 | Charlie Humphries Camden | Letters


Doris Jeane Grady Seabolt

Graveside funeral services to celebrate the life of Doris Jeane Grady Seabolt, 82, of Elgin, SC will be held at 2:00 PM, Monday, October 20, 2014 in Greenhaven Memorial Gardens, Elgin, SC. Rev. Daniel Griffin will officiate. Memorials may be made in Mrs. Seabolt's memory to SC Oncology SCOA foundation, P.O. Box 2046 West Columbia, SC 29171.

October 20, 2014 | | Obituaries


Teresa McCray

Ms. Teresa McCray, 49, of 1027 Pine Tree Drive, Cassatt, South Carolina, passed away on Saturday, October 18, 2014. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Nelson-Haile Funeral Home.

October 20, 2014 | | Obituaries


Countdown to the Colonial Cup

With the 45th annual Marion duPont Scott International Colonial Cup Steeplechase Races a little more than a month away, patrons who had reserved parking spaces for last year's Camden fall classic have until Friday, Oct. 10 to assure they retain those spaces. All unsold spaces will be placed for sale to the general public.

October 08, 2014 | | Equine


Colonial Cup set for 45th renewal on Nov. 15

A sure sign that fall and cooler weather is around the corner occurred last Friday with the mailing out of invitations to those on the mailing list for the 45th annual Marion duPont Scott International Colonial Cup Steeplechase Races.

September 10, 2014 | | Equine


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