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Bright lights in the city

Brian Mayes arrived in Camden 16 years ago as a rising gospel singer ill from on-the-road food poisoning. In his recuperation he understood, almost as a calling, that he was brought here, he says, "to help the children." With that, he abandoned his career, and for years developed youth programs, with or without funding. He famously manages the fall Step Show, typically packed to the rafters in the Camden High School gym. Now, after his years of improvisational outreach he's the director of the new Boys & Girls Teen Club in the old Jackson High School across from Camden High ...

June 06, 2014 | By Camden Mayor Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Pearl Kemp Blair

Mrs. Pearl Kemp Blair, 85, of 1801 Red Hill Church Road, Cassatt, SC, passed on Saturday, March 22, 2014.

March 26, 2014 | Michael Ulmer | Obituaries


Roy Kelley, Jr.

Funeral services for Roy "Bigdaddy" Kelley, Jr., 79, will be held Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Bethel Worship Center with burial to follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The Rev. Donald Goude, The Rev. Casey Mills, and The Rev. Randy James will officiate. The family will receive friends Friday from 4-7 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The American Heart Association, The American Cancer Society, or the Ronald McDonald House.

November 29, 2013 | Michael Ulmer | Obituaries


The high cost of low tech

The news stories coming out of Washington these days are pretty much all bad -- government shutdowns, partisan bickering, and both parties' leaders acting more like children in a sandbox than statesmen in their august Capitol chambers.

October 11, 2013 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Noted and passed - April 15, 2013

• Hailed only a quarter-century ago as one of the most amazing technological breakthroughs of all time, the personal computer has fallen on hard times, indicating just how rapidly things change in this world. Though PCs aren't extinct by any means, sales fell 14 percent during the first quarter as compared to a year ago, and that continued a trend of several quarters, as mobile devices of all kinds replace desktop and laptop computers. And Microsoft, which made Bill Gates and Paul Allen among the richest people in the world, has bombed with its new Windows 8 operating system. Indeed ...

April 15, 2013 | Michael Ulmer | Editorials


Bullying top concern for safety commission

After analyzing a variety of student survey responses related to community safety, the Kershaw County Safe Communities Commission concluded Thursday that bullying will be one of the group's first areas of concentration. Commission Chairman Kevin Rhodes indicated the group's efforts are moving in a positive direction after reviewing student feedback generated from the county's Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS) grant.

March 04, 2013 | Michael Ulmer | Kershaw County


KCC looks to clarify gun discharge laws

Kershaw County Council explored the possibility of implementing a gun discharge ordinance Tuesday after hearing complaints from local residents and law enforcement officials. But before council even began discussing the possible change, Councilman Stephen Smoak asked county staff why the item was actually placed on Tuesday's agenda.

March 01, 2013 | Michael Ulmer | Kershaw County


County seeking new assessor after Roberts’ exit

February 27, 2013 | Michael Ulmer | Kershaw County


A fond farewell

One of my first tastes of a slice of life in Camden came nearly two years ago after cruising down the Wateree River with a couple of pirates.

February 27, 2013 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


KCC to discuss tourism committee appointments

Kershaw County Council will consider making appointments Tuesday to the county's tourism committee, a group tasked with advising council and Kershaw County Tourism Director Darron Kirkley with matters pertaining to local tourism efforts.

February 25, 2013 | Michael Ulmer | Kershaw County


Historic Camden presses for larger tourism role

Representatives from Historic Camden Revolutionary War Park are seeking feedback from Kershaw County and city of Camden officials in pursuit of a plan to have greater involvement in local tourism. As part of its push, Historic Camden has proposed transitioning towards more of an official tourism role by having a hand in the operation of the county's visitor center.

February 22, 2013 | Michael Ulmer | Kershaw County


Newcomers have most to prove at Daytona

Although Danica Patrick's pole position will give her the brightest spotlight at next week's Daytona 500, other up-and-coming drivers will have the most to prove as the green flag drops on NASCAR's season.

February 20, 2013 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


Camden native, wife return home after Carnival Cruise ship mishap

After contending with rather unsavory conditions aboard an adrift Carnival Cruise ship for nearly a week, Camden native Trey Love and his wife, Kendall, are relieved to finally be back home.

February 18, 2013 | Michael Ulmer | Camden


Jones targets KershawHealth at Tuesday KCC meeting

A proposal to purchase two ambulances for KershawHealth escalated into a strong rebuke of the healthcare organization by Kershaw County Councilman Jimmy Jones during a council meeting Tuesday despite joining a unanimous vote to approve the measure.

February 15, 2013 | Michael Ulmer | Kershaw County


Nancy Lorain Felder

A funeral service celebrating the life of Nancy Lorain "Lori" Jones Felder, 54, of Camden, will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday, February 15, 2013 at Bethesda Presbyterian Church. Rev. John Halman and Rev. Hugh McKinney will officiate. Burial will follow in Pisgah Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 PM, Thursday, February 14, 2013 at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. Memorials may be made in Ms. Felder's memory to Bethesda Presbyterian Church, 502 DeKalb St., Camden, SC 29020.

February 15, 2013 | Michael Ulmer | Obituaries


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Demons sweep Chester, N'wstern

After having finished third in their own Mid-Carolina Credit Union Holiday Classic last weekend, the Lugoff-Elgin wrestling team returned to dual match action and posted a pair of victories over Chester and Northwestern in a Tuesday night tri-match in Chester.

December 19, 2014 | Michael Ulmer | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


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