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Fearful of being banished from my role as family historian after such a short time in the position and due to a father's acerbic request, I must accurately restate several details before continuing on with this month's column. In June, I wrote about my great-great uncle, Adjutant General John D. Frost, the first man to be accepted and mustered into service of the United States, 1st S.C. Volunteer Infantry in May of 1898. Frost served as major, and later lieutenant colonel in the 1st SC Regiment in the Spanish-American War and was a World War I veteran ...
South Carolina baseball fans have plenty to crow about with the Gamecocks having won their second consecutive national championship, a feat that has been accomplished only a few times prior to this year. In the process, the team swept through the post-season playoffs without a loss, setting a record for consecutive playoff victories. The most exciting part was that USC was not a team that just lined up and mowed down the opposition without pausing; the Gamecocks got themselves into plenty of tight spots along the way and always managed to extricate themselves without major problems occurring. All championship teams ...
Americans seem to find a lot of entertainment value in watching celebrities destroy themselves. Witness, for example, the brisk ticket sales for Charlie Sheen's recent meltdown tour.
Funeral service for Christine Harris, 81, of Powerline Road in Lugoff, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 2, 2011, at St. Matthew Baptist Church, with burial in the church cemetery.
Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Marie, a 3-year-old female gray tabby cat, and Trooper, a 7-year-old male Great Pyrenees dog. 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 ...
The Kershaw County Dixie Majors (ages 15-16) baseball team will begin post-season play on Saturday when the West Wateree-based team heads to Seven Oaks Park in Irmo for the District 6 tournament.
It was a good weekend for the Camden-based AAU SC Ballers (11 and under) and the TBallers (14 and under) basketball teams, which traveled to Dallas, Ga. for the Wolfpack Elite Summer Jam AAU Basketball Tournament. Both teams, coached by Willie Dubose, came away with their respective tournament championships.
The Hobkirk Hill Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution presented medals to JROTC students and "Good Citizens" at the Kershaw-Cornwallis House at Historic Camden Revolutionary War Park on May 12. The Daughters of the American Revolution's time honored objectives of perpetuating the memory of those who achieved American independence, promoting an enlightened public and fostering patriotic citizenship are certainly realized when we honor these exceptional young Americans.
Camden's Carley Powers, Miss River City, competed in swimsuit during Tuesday night's preliminary competition in The Miss South Carolina Pageant. A new Miss SC will be crowned Saturday night at the Township Auditorium. Miss Camden 2011, Sallie Pierce, competed in the evening gown portion in Tuesday night's preliminary competition at the Miss SC Pageant. Finals are tomorrow evening at the Township Auditorium in Columbia. This is the pageant's 75th Anniversary and the first time ever being held in Columbia.
The Camden Rotary Club made a donation of $2,500 as the first donor to the Pass the Plate FOOD FOR THE SOUL fund raiser. Food for the Soul director, Fred Ogburn (left) and board chair, Carl Robinson (center) accept the donation from Donny Supplee (right), president of Camden Rotary Club. Supplee says, "The Rotary International motto is service above self and what better organization can we give to locally that models this ideal than Food for the Soul! Our community will do well to come along side this ministry and support their Pass the Plate fund drive."
Officials at the Obama White House have been making calls to primary care doctors in this country, trying to make appointments in an effort to find out how difficult it is to do so if they're new patients. There's just one problem: those making the calls aren't identifying themselves and are basically "mystery shoppers" who are trying to ferret information from the doctors and trying to find out whether different answers are being given if they are paying privately or have public insurance such as Medicaid.
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It is all-star baseball tournament time in Kershaw County with four Dixie Youth and a pair of Dixie Boys' squads preparing to play in Sub-District and District tournament play, respectively.
Regarding your editorial in the Nov. 14 C-I regarding "Pit Bulls," I was disappointed that you chose to use the two recent incidents in Kershaw County as an opportunity to condemn a particular breed of dog, instead of focusing attention on the actual problem, which is the lack of responsible pet ownership. This would have been an appropriate time to support the passage and vigorous enforcement of laws that focus, not on breed, but on people's responsibility for their dogs' behavior. These include measures that hold owners of all dogs accountable for properly housing, supervising and controlling their dogs ...
I read Mr. Charlie Humphries' letter in Friday's Chronicle-Independent with interest. In the letter, Mr. Humphries implies that because the school district is producing strong results, and it is, making investment in the future isn't really necessary right now. As he puts it, the "If it ain't broke" philosophy.
Mrs. Connie Mae Mickle, 91, of 818 Campbell Street, Camden died Thursday. Friends may call at residence. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Brown's Funeral Home, Camden, who is serving the Mickle Family.
Ms. Ellna Marie Porter, 51, of 17 Aspen Court, Elgin, South Carolina passed on Wednesday, November 19, 2014. Funeral services were conducted on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 11:00 PM at Abundant Life Fellowship Church in Camden, SC. Burial was at the Haven of Rest Cemetery in Camden, SC.
Persons interested in employment with the Kershaw County School District are invited to participate in the district's 14th annual Teacher Career Fair Saturday, Jan. 24.
Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher and former Camden High School standout Michael Kohn will return home as the lead instructor for a one-day baseball camp on Sunday, Dec. 14 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at American Legion Park in Camden.
The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) will hold a new and exciting fundraiser, the Canine Classic for the Arts, to be held Saturday, Dec. 6 at the Meeting Place in Cassatt, located at 1166 State Road S-28-354.
The ABLE Club of S.C., the official athletic booster club of Lugoff-Elgin High School, is kicking off its membership campaign for the 2014-15 athletic seasons at the school.