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Elgin preparing for Christmas Toy Round Up

Though Christmas is five months away, charitable organizations in Kershaw County are already working to provide toys and food to families in need this Christmas. Elgin's Toy Round Up is one of those organizations. Elgin Police Chief Harold Brown, who is director of the Elgin Toy Drive, said preparing for Christmas is a year-round effort.

July 30, 2014 | Tenell Felder | Lugoff-Elgin

Three rabies cases reported in Camden

Three Kershaw County residents are undergoing treatment for rabies after contracting the disease from the same stray cat. The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental control (DHEC) reported the cat exposed the three people during separate incidents on July 21 and 22 in Camden before being captured. Lab tests confirmed the cat as rabid on July 23.

July 30, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Healthcare

Man arrested for attacking son

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a 48-year-old Kershaw County man Saturday after he allegedly assaulted his 12-year-old son.

July 30, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire

Crime Report - July 30, 2014

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) investigated two missing persons cases recently.

July 30, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire

Up in smoke

SUMTER -- Watching as Post 17 lost its lead to Inman in Sunday's second round of the South Carolina American Legion Baseball Tournament, starting pitcher Grey Hoke smashed his plastic Gatorade bottle to the floor of the first base dugout at Riley Park.

July 30, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports

Ann Dillon Barns

Ann Dillon Barns, 86, wife of Tom Barnes, formerly of Camden died July 26, 2014. Visitation 6-8pm August 1 and 10-11am Saturday followed by service at 11am all at Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home Bradley Creek Chapel, Wilmington NC. www.quinnmcgowen.com

July 30, 2014 | | Obituaries

Curtis Leon Drakeford

Funeral services for Curtis Leon Drakeford, 77, will be held Friday, August 1, 2014 at 10:00 am at Door of Hope Ministries, 984 Wateree Blvd, Camden SC. Burial to follow at Ft Jackson National Cemetery in Columbia. Pastors Gerald Brown and Lomarie Caldwell will officiate. Viewing will be held on Thursday morning at 11:00 am at Brown's Funeral Home in Camden. Curtis Drakeford was born on May 10, 1937, and passed award on Monday, July 28, 2014. He was head deacon at Door of Hope Ministries, directed the men's fellowship, and ministered at Manning Correctional Prison ...

July 30, 2014 | | Obituaries

Robert “Bobby” William Grimm

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Robert "Bobby" William Grimm, 45, of Camden will be held at 2:00 PM Thursday, July 31, 2014 at First Baptist Church of Camden. Rev. Bruce Hancock will officiate. The family will receive friends Wednesday, July 30 from 6:00-7:30 PM at Kornegay Funeral Home Camden Chapel. Memorials may be made in Bobby's memory to Kershaw County Special Olympics, P. O. Box 310, Camden, SC 29021.

July 30, 2014 | | Obituaries

Myrel Hermina Gripper

Mrs. Myrel Hermina Gripper, 87, of 302 Smyrna Road, Elgin, South Carolina, passed on Thursday, July 24, 2014. Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 1 p.m. at Fort Clark Baptist Church in Elgin, SC. Burial will follow at the Fort Clark Baptist Church Cemetery in Elgin, SC. Haile's Funeral Home is in serving the family.

July 30, 2014 | | Obituaries

Nanley Holmes

Mr. Nanley Holmes, 86, of 146 Battleship Road, Camden died Monday. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Brown's Funeral Home, Camden, who is serving the Holmes Family.

July 30, 2014 | | Obituaries

Cathy Anne Tidwell

Funeral service for Cathy Anne Tidwell, 65, will be held on Thursday at 3:00 p.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation.

July 30, 2014 | | Obituaries

New kid on the block

Hey, y'all! I am Jim McGowan. I am the most recent addition to the award-winning staff of the Chronicle-Independent. I can only hope to live up to their high standards. It will not be easy. I will be the Localife editor and cover the education beat.

July 30, 2014 | By Jim McGowan Localife editor | Columns

Op-Ed: Let parents give directly to public schools

A federal nutrition program that places new restrictions on snacks and beverages sold in schools also provides an opportunity for some fresh thinking about school fundraisers.

July 30, 2014 | Trip DuBard, executive director SC Future Minds | Columns

Reader ‘pleased’ with Amtrak plan

Having spent many hours working to get the historic Seaboard Railroad station preserved, I was extremely pleased to see that Amtrak was at the city council work session June 22 to present its plan for improvements to the station.

July 30, 2014 | Kay Polk Camden | Letters

Rhame Arena concept

During the last Camden City Council work session, and as reported in the July 28 Chronicle-Independent, the concept of "adaptive reuse" of Rhame Arena was discussed. It was during this discussion that it was noted that the concept and sketch under discussion was developed by the daughter of Marti Wallace and Mike Jones (Elizabeth Ancrum Jones). Miss Jones developed her proposal several years ago. After a discussion of the property during a prior council meeting, her work was provided to city staff for their consideration.

July 30, 2014 | X. Willard Polk Camden | Letters

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Reader thinks firearms ordinance response to 'select few'

Kershaw County Council is making an attempt by backdoor rulings to attempt to eliminate hunting by prohibiting discharge of firearms within 300 yards of a residence, church, or school. There are very few places where you can go and not be within 300 yards of a prohibited structure. The place I have set up is within 300 yards, but I am able to shoot away from the house. If I try to move 300 yards, I may not be able to use the same target, which is located away from the structure.

July 09, 2014 | Ronald Boyce Camden | Letters

David Lucas to speak at Lynches Fork Historical Society Monday

The Lynches Fork Historical Society will meet at the Bethune Woman's Club on Monday at 7 p.m. David Lucas, local entrepreneur, author and historian, will be the guest speaker. Lucas was on the University of South Carolina 1969 ACC championship football team and lives in the Turkey Creek section of Lee County. The public is invited.

July 09, 2014 | | Localife

Camden native’s daughter’s invention on sale soon

Gabrielle Goodwin, 7, and her mother, Rozalynn, invented something that will actually be available for people to buy at a local store soon. Gabrielle, whose father, Michael, is a Camden native, and her mother invented what they consider the solution for securing the ends of girls' pigtails, braids and twists. It's called the Double-Face Double-Snap Barrette by GaBBY and, according to a press release, is considered the first of its kind.

July 09, 2014 | | Business

Marvin J. Thompson

Mr. Marvin J. Thompson entered into rest on Monday, June 30, 2014.

July 09, 2014 | | Obituaries

Anne Pendleton

Graveside services to celebrate the life of Anne Horton Pendleton, 83, of Camden, SC will be held at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, July 9, 2014 in Quaker Cemetery. Rev. Pat Amick will officiate. Memorials may be made in her memory to the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter, 460 S. Fair Street, Camden, SC 29020.

July 09, 2014 | | Obituaries

Paul Waldemar Hund Jr.

Paul Waldemar Hund, Jr. 77, of Charleston, SC, husband of Elizabeth Hund died Sunday, July 6, 2014. His Funeral Service will be held Friday, July 11, 2014 in the Bethany United Methodist Church, James Island, 1853 Maybank Hwy. at 11:00 a.m. The family will receive friends Thursday from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in J. Henry Stuhr Inc., Downtown Chapel. Arrangements by J. HENRY STUHR, INC. DOWNTOWN CHAPEL.

July 09, 2014 | | Obituaries

Van S. Davis

Mr. Van S. Davis, Sr., 40, of 40 Boulware Dr., Lugoff, South Carolina passed on Tuesday, July 8, 2014. Family will be receiving friends at 40 Boulware Dr., Lugoff, SC. Funeral arrangements incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Haile's Funeral Home.

July 09, 2014 | | Obituaries

Laura Bell

Mrs. Laura Bell, 88, of Camden entered into rest on Monday, July 7, 2014 at KershawHealth.

July 09, 2014 | | Obituaries

Maureen Francis Beaver

LUGOFF – Graveside service for Maureen Francis Beaver, 87, will be held Friday at 10:00 a.m. in Quaker Cemetery, Camden. The Rev. Brian Ogburn will officiate. In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to KershawHealth Hospice, Faith Church of the Nazerene or the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter.

July 09, 2014 | | Obituaries

Sidewalk Survey - July 9, 2014

July 09, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey

Safe Picnics

"There are always ants at a picnic." You can see ants and avoid them, but it's not possible to see, taste or smell dangerous bacteria that can cause illness if food is mishandled. Bacteria grow and multiply rapidly in the danger zone between 40 ºF and 140 ºF. Food transported without an adequate ice source or left out in the sun at a picnic won't stay safe for long. Family and friends who eat mishandled food may get the flu-like symptoms caused by foodborne illness.

July 09, 2014 | | Localife

A parade of patriotism

First Baptist Church of Camden Kindergarten and Child Care Program held its sixth annual 4th of July parade Friday. Students, parents and teachers were present for the event and to celebrate America's birthday.

July 09, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Localife

Former Camden resident publishes book on late husband

Former Camden resident Jean Phillips is publishing "Trophy of Grace," the story of her late husband, Gene, and their more than 40 years as Southern Baptist missionaries in Zimbabwe.

July 09, 2014 | | Localife

Sam Kendall’s awarded 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Sam Kendall's recently received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide, according to a press release. Establishments awarded the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website.

July 09, 2014 | | Business

First Baptist kids parade for the Fourth

July 09, 2014 | | Miscellaneous

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