A number of students were recently inducted into the new Beta Club at Camden Middle School. Inductees included (first row) Connor Newman, Delaney McLaughlin, Abigail McLaughlin, Madaline Johnson, Kaitlynn Stephens, Modyes Sutton, (second row) Alexis McLeod, Laken Bradley, Rebekah Wallace, Margaret Lackey, Orlandria McCray, Sloane Neal, Natalie Horton, Shan Woody, Katelyn Beckwith, Abigail Baytes, Leah Ray, Lindsay Pierce, Blake Brown, Molly Creel, Grace Smith, Larkin Kelly, Elizabeth Brown, Amanda Lane, Kennedi Stokes, (third row) Grace Piccione, Sydney Conto, Alejandra Vergara, Jayda Chisolm, Mya Izzard, Courtney Elliott, Mac Lindsay, Nicholas Butler, Audrey Buchanan, Hunter Sanders, Will Conder, Thomas Marshall, Todd Kahler ...
Civilian Ryan J. Padgett, son of Karen L. Padgett of Lugoff and Jimmy E. Padgett of Gray Court, recently enlisted in the U.S. Navy under the Delayed Entry Program at Navy Recruiting District, Raleigh, N. C.
Edward Barnes, 69, of Lorick Horton Road in Camden, died Monday, November 14, 2011. Friends may visit at 1711 Kennedy Drive in Camden.
Larry Kenneth Clark, 58, of Old Stagecoach Road, Camden, died Saturday, November 12, 2011.
Louvenia Greene, 58, of Old Stagecoach Road, Camden, died Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011.
Nancy McDuffie Stone, 47, of Wateree Boulevard, Camden, died Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011.
Food for the Soul, the Camden-based ministry to the county's hungry and homeless, announced that Jimmy B. Farmer has been named Shelter Manager. Farmer will manage the overnight winter shelter program, which opened for the first time last week.
As part of Doby's Mill Elementary School's Farm to School grant, which encourages students to eat locally grown fruits and vegetables, the library was able to purchase dozens of books on gardening and healthy cooking and eating. On a recent visit to the library, students Keymoni Hill, Mitchell Loudermilk, Ashton Horton, and Kayden Melvin hungrily perused some of the new selections.
Even in the best of times, it's important for those of us having enough to meet our own needs to share our material blessings with those who don't.
As much as we would all like to believe that judges are not influenced in any way by politics, the real world just doesn't work that way. Those who sit on the bench can't help but be influenced by the philosophies they have developed over their entire lives. So with the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to hear arguments about the fate of President Obama's health care plan, we can all brace ourselves for a firestorm of rhetoric from pundits, commentators and strategists, many of whom will see a sinister plot in the entire episode. Compounding ...
Thank you for your even-handed coverage of the debate over a proposed city-built sports complex that would be operated by the Columbia YMCA. The headline in Friday's Chronicle-Independent might tend to make someone think I am an opponent of a new sports complex for our city/county. I am not. However, I have worked to secure signatures that call for a referendum on the issue. A binding referendum would settle the dispute and determine the will of the citizens of Camden.
Ward Ratz is the owner of The Dog House, a hot dog cart on Broad Street. This is a great addition to the Camden restaurant scene. Ward has great products and has in a few short months gained a good following of satisfied customers who look forward to his food.
On Veterans Day, 11-11-11, Doby's Mill Elementary School second-graders put on a tribute show for the veterans. It was one of the most meaningful, well-done, beautifully executed shows I have ever seen and almost unbelievable to have been done by such young children. There had to be many, many people doing the work to put this together, practice the children and see that all went according to plan, and they are to be greatly thanked for their hard work and dedication and love.
On Tuesday, Nov. 4, residents of Kershaw County will have the chance to cast their vote for chairman of Kershaw County Council. I am honored to announce that I am endorsing Julian Burns for this position. I have had the pleasure of getting to know Mr. Burns over the past few months, and one thing that I have come to admire about him is his desire to serve his community.
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A Camden accountant will spend more than four years in prison after being convicted in a June trial on four counts of interstate transportation of stolen money.
Robert M. "Bob" Williams recently announced he is running for one of two open seats on Camden City Council in the upcoming election Nov. 4.
Funeral service for Mae Estelle Anderson, 73, will be held Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff, with burial to follow in Beaverdam Baptist Church Cemetery. The Rev. Steve Leigh will officiate. The family will receive friends Tuesday 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Providence Hospital Foundation.
Funeral services for Jimmie McRay Cherry, 85, will be held Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at Bethel Worship Center, with burial to follow in Fort Jackson National Cemetery. The family will receive friends Monday from 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project.
The Blaney-Elgin Museum & Historical Society are selling Christmas wreaths through Wreaths Across America for the Fort Jackson National Cemetery. The placing of wreaths on veteran's graves are a great tribute to the men and women who have given so much for the freedom enjoyed each day. This year, the Fort Jackson Cemetery needs 3,500 wreaths to cover each veteran's graves. The Wreath Laying Cemetery will be held at the cemetery on December 13, 2014, at 12 Noon.
The 20th annual Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup 10K road race and the Vonnie Holliday Foundation 5K run/walk will take to the streets of Camden on Saturday, Oct. 25.
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.
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.
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.