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Why libraries are still important

When discussing whether libraries will weather shifts in technology, librarians who have been on the scene longer (OK, only slightly longer) than I have like to mention how everyone was predicting our demise when the Internet came along in the '90s Instead, libraries added free access to the Internet to their missions, and in the process have helped millions bridge the digital divide. Anyone who's been in a library recently will likely attest that they are busy, vital places. Nonetheless, whether libraries are obsolete is a question that is perennially raised. I think the necessity of public libraries will ...

June 03, 2011 | Amy Schofield Kershaw County Library Director | Columns


Camden High School class of ’81 plans reunion June 18

The Camden High School Class of 1981 is planning a 30th reunion June 18, at 7 p.m. at the KershawHealth Resource Center, located at 124 Battleship Road, Camden.

June 03, 2011 | | Localife


Military briefs for June 3, 2011

U.S. Navy Seaman Ricco A. Garcia, son of Paula R. and Thomas A. Garcia of Elgin, recently completed Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

June 03, 2011 | | Miscellaneous


Mary Boone Childers

Funeral service for Mary Virginia Boone Childers, 60, of Camden, will be held Friday at 2:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff, with burial to follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. J.R. Rosado will be officiating. The family will receive friends Thursday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home.

June 03, 2011 | | Obituaries


R. Stanley Cobb

Funeral service for Ralph Stanley Cobb, 54, of Camden, will be held Saturday at 4:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff, with burial to follow in Mizpah Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev. Richard Cameron and Rev. Will Cline will officiate. The family will receive friends Friday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County, 110-C East DeKalb Street, Camden, S.C. 29020.

June 03, 2011 | | Obituaries


Bringing back the lash

When Peter Moskos' new book landed on my desk, I wasn't sure if it was going to be a treatise on crime and punishment or some sort of kinky sex manual.

June 03, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Candidate residency

Rep. Dennis Kucinich, the ultra-left Ohio Congressman who has a penchant for running for president and not getting anywhere, is in danger of losing his congressional seat, which is based in the Cleveland area but might disappear when redistricting takes place later this year. So Kucinich is exploring the idea of running for Congress from Washington state, where his political views would align with many in that west-coast bastion of liberalism. Kucinich certainly wouldn't be the first person to go seeking a place from which to run and serve. Bobby Kennedy did it way back in the 1960s, running ...

June 03, 2011 | | Editorials


KershawHealth decisions impact employees, patients

As a volunteer at KershawHealth, I agree with Bob Dornblaser. We do take jobs away from employees. However, if we all resigned, the hospital leadership would not rehire those employees. The patients would suffer. The employees who depend on our help would suffer. Amy Kinard, the new volunteer director who had nothing to do with this mess, would suffer.

June 03, 2011 | Lucille McLaughlin Camden | Letters


Robert Ariail -- June 1, 2011

June 01, 2011 | | Viewpoint


Mary Wescott

Funeral Service for Mary Catherine Myers Wescott, 75, of Camden, will be held Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff with burial to follow in Mizpah Baptist Church Cemetery, Camden. The Rev. Ernest Rabon will officiate.The family will receive friends Wednesday 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Kidney Foundation.

June 01, 2011 | | Obituaries


Mary Anne Watson

A memorial service for Mary Anne Oden Watson, 87, of Elgin, will be held Saturday June 4th at 2:00 P.M. at Lakeview Baptist Church. Rev. Hugh McKinney will officiate. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at Lakeview Baptist Church. Memorials may be made in Mrs. Watson's memory to Lake View Baptist Church, 1520 Mill Street, Camden, SC 29020.

June 01, 2011 | | Obituaries


Hattie Taylor

Funeral services to celebrate the life of Hattie Branham Taylor, 88, of Lugoff will be held Thursday, June 2, 2011 at 11:00 AM at Wateree Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Rev. Bobby James, Jr., Dr. Ron Taylor and Rev. Drew Taylor will officiate. The family will receive friends Wednesday. June 1, 2011 from 5:00-7:00 PM at Kornegay Funeral Home, Lugoff-Elgin Chapel. Memorials may be made in Mrs. Taylor's memory to Wateree Baptist Church, 2024 Haile Street, Camden, SC 29020.

June 01, 2011 | | Obituaries


Janice Brightwell

Janice Smith Brightwell, 96, of Rembert, died Monday, May 30, 2011.

June 01, 2011 | | Obituaries


Aaron Barnhardt

Funeral service for Aaron Eugene Barnhardt, 55, of Lugoff, will be held Friday at 11:00 a.m. at Powers Funeral Home. The Rev. Dr. Marc Bredholt will officiate. The family will receive friends Friday 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Tri-County.

June 01, 2011 | | Obituaries


Scrapbook -- June 1, 2011

The graduate

June 01, 2011 | | Miscellaneous


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July 25, 2014 | | Ariail


Rhame Arena

We're glad to see that the city of Camden is exploring alternatives for aging Rhame Arena. The building is becoming more dilapidated with each passing year, and something needs to be done, whether it's razing it or restoring it. Of course, money is a factor, just as it is in all government decisions these days. We will say that city officials have overworked the bureaucratic jargon in their appraisal of the situation, saying an "adaptive reuse" could be a possible alternative. We are assuming "adaptive reuse" means repairing the building and making it feasible for some type of ...

July 25, 2014 | | Editorials


Reader thanks Camden Public Works crew

If you live in Camden and do not realize how special a town it is, just wait until something goes wrong.

July 25, 2014 | Jill Davis Camden | Letters


Limousine liberalism’s good works

Is it hypocritical for a really, really rich person to object to rising inequality?

July 25, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Fall Sports registration begins on Monday

Swim Lessons

July 25, 2014 | | Kershaw County


Find a new Furry Friend!

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Wally, an adorable 6-week-year-old male kitten and Paige, a 4-year-old female Pointer mix. She is very friendly with other dogs. 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 4 p.m. on Saturdays. The shelter is closed Sunday and Monday. The shelter is closed Sunday and Monday. For information on the shelter ...

July 25, 2014 | | Pets


Carolina Downhome Blues Festival Set for 18th Year

Mark your calendars for the 18th Annual Carolina Downhome Blues Festival scheduled for October 2-4 in historic downtown Camden. This year's event will feature multiple performances at various sites, including The Venue on Broad, Old Town Tavern and a new site for the festival -- 833 South Broad Street. The Carolina Downhome Blues Festival is an award-winning event recognized for featuring legendary blues artists from around the globe.

July 25, 2014 | | Arts


William Gamewell (Bill) Major, Jr.

William Gamewell (Bill) Major, Jr., 92, of Camden, SC, passed away on Sunday, July 20, 2014. He was the son of the late William Gamewell Major, Sr. and Alma (Baby) Muldrow-Major of Camden. Born in Florence, S.C. Mr. Major moved to Camden as a youth in 1935. He was the 1st Boy Scout in Kershaw County to be awarded the rank of Eagle Scout. Salutatorian of his class at Camden High School in 1940, Mr. Major was the 1st Sports Reporter for the "Bulldog", later renamed the Palmetto Leaf. With his classmate, the late Jak Smyrl, they were the ...

July 23, 2014 | | Obituaries


CHS hosts girls' golf meeting

All girls interested in learning more about and playing for the Camden High School girls' golf team is asked to attend an organizational meeting on Monday, Aug. 4 at 9 a.m. at the Camden Country Club on Knights Hill Rd. in Camden.

July 23, 2014 | | Camden High/Middle


Camden Royals holding charity hoops tourney

The Camden Royals AAU basketball organization is sponsoring a basketball tournament open to all youth organization teams which will benefit Relay for Life.

July 23, 2014 | | Seasonal Sports


Chance to drive exotic sports cars awaits at CMP

Xtreme Xperience, the country's premier supercar driving experience, is heading full-throttle for Carolina Motorsports Park in Westville, with event dates set for Friday, Aug. 1, through Sunday, Aug. 3.

July 23, 2014 | | Auto racing


KC East All-Stars makes a good first impression

July 23, 2014 | | Seasonal Sports


Camden Bulldog Club kicking off its 2014-15 membership drive

The Camden High School Bulldog Club membership drive is in full swing for the 2014-2015 school year. The organization, founded in 1952, provides financial assistance to all athletic programs at the school through the membership drive and various fundraising activities.

July 18, 2014 | | Camden High/Middle


Thomas, Marlow earn interim titles at L-E

The leadership of the Lugoff-Elgin High School football and athletic departments stayed within the Demon family for the 2014-15 school year as Dave Thomas was named the school's interim head football coach and Craig Marlow as interim activities director Monday.

July 16, 2014 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


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