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July 25, 2014 | | Miscellaneous

Not lost, just seeing the sights

In 1964, the World's Fair was in New York City. I was 6 years old and went with my parents and older sister to the fair. New York City seemed like a different world to a little boy from Dexter, Mo., but it was all good. We rode on subway trains, we had cheeseburgers in a diner where the staff had funny accents and rode the Staten Island Ferry and saw the Statue of Liberty. I saw a billboard that had the Marlboro man blowing smoke out of his mouth. We were living it up.

July 25, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns

‘What is that?’

In the quest to answer the many questions I receive about trees, see below for part three in the continuing series.

July 25, 2014 | By Liz Gilland, Camden Urban Forester C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Prestage Farms owner arrested in Washington, D.C.

Ron Prestage, president of Prestage Farms and a Kershaw County resident, spent most of Wednesday and part of Thursday in a Washington, D.C., jail cell. According to U.S. Capitol Police (USCP), Prestage, 59, was arrested around 9:20 a.m. Wednesday after officers discovered he was carrying a loaded handgun and a magazine with ammunition in a briefcase while trying to enter the Cannon House Office Building.

July 25, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire

‘Like ducks to water’

A group of Kershaw County children have learned to swim this week, thanks to a partnership between the Kershaw County Parks and Recreation Department (KCPRD) and First Baptist Church (FBC) of Camden. Patty Rose is the director of urban missions for FBC and said she became aware of the need for the swim lessons when kids in her program attended a pool party.

July 25, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County

Amtrak to renovate Camden train station, grounds

After decades of requests from residents and years of negotiation with city officials, Amtrak is announcing that it will renovate its station in Camden and the surrounding property. Work will begin Aug. 4, and -- according JarVor Williams, an Amtrak construction engineer overseeing the project -- make the facility compliant with the U.S. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

July 25, 2014 | | Camden

Patricia Gail Alger-Benson

A memorial service celebrating the life of Patricia Gail Alger-Benson, 68, of Lugoff, SC will be held on Saturday July 26, 2014 at 2:00 PM. at Blaney Baptist Church. Rev. Philip Blankenship will officiate. The family will receive friends on Friday, July25, from 6:00-7:30 PM at Kornegay Funeral Home Lugoff-Elgin Chapel. Memorials may be made in her memory to Blaney Baptist Church, 1400 Blaney Road, Elgin, SC 29045.

July 25, 2014 | | Obituaries

Sammie F. Thomas Jr.

Funeral services for Sammie F. Thomas Jr. will be held on Saturday July 26, 2014 at 2 p.m. in the Divine Mortuary Chapel, 5620 Hillandale Dr. Lithonia, Georgia 30058.

July 25, 2014 | | Obituaries

County council revising procurement code

Kershaw County Council unanimously passed second reading Tuesday of an ordinance that would modify the county's procurement code that regulates purchases. Before the vote, County Attorney Ken DuBose explained a proposed amendment to the ordinance.

July 25, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County

Three seeking two seats on Camden City Council

Jeffrey R. Graham, Deborah H. Davis and Bob Williams are the three names city of Camden voters will see on November ballots as they try to fill two open seats on Camden City Council.

July 25, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Politics

Betty Jo Crump Mays, R.N.

Funeral services for Betty Jo Crump Mays, R.N., 76, will be held Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at New Life Christian Outreach, Lugoff, with burial to follow in Scotch Cemetery, Bethune. The Rev. Richard Cameron will officiate. The family will receive friends Friday, July 25, 2014, from 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home.

July 25, 2014 | | Obituaries

Hospital Auxiliary of KershawHealth Golf Tournament

The Hospital Auxiliary of KershawHealth's twenty fifth annual golf tournament will be held on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at the Camden Country Club.

July 25, 2014 | | Kershaw County

Ariail for July 25, 2014

July 25, 2014 | | Ariail

P-17ers in it to win it

As he was heading home in the wee hours of Friday morning from Thursday's evening's baseball game at Georgetown, Kershaw County American Legion baseball team pitching coach Will Dorton stopped by a gas station to fill his car's tank. While there, Dorton, who still had his Post 17 uniform on, had a local police officer come up to him asking how the team did and who was pitching in that night's third game.

July 25, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports

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

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School board approves penny sales tax

On a 6-1 vote with two members absent, the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees approved a resolution Tuesday amending a proposed bond referendum that would ultimately ask voters to support a penny sales tax in order to pay for new school construction and improvements. The board also voted, 6-1, to approve the language of a second referendum listing out those projects. Trustee Kim Durant voted against both measures; trustees Don Copley and Derrick Proctor were absent.

July 11, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Education

Kershaw County voter registration director retires

After nearly nine years as a Kershaw County employee, Rosalind Watson, Kershaw County's director of voter registration is retiring today. Born in New York City, Watson said her parents were originally from Camden. She grew up in Buffalo, N.Y., and attended Buffalo State Teachers College. After deciding teaching was not her true calling, she went to work for IBM as a systems engineer, trainer, engineering manager and software manager. In addition to working in Buffalo, her 25-year career with IBM took her to Philadelphia; Reading, Penn., Dallas; and Maryland.

July 11, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County

Ariail for July 11, 2014

July 11, 2014 | | Ariail

Hillary Clinton’s lawyerly past

WASHINGTON -- It should not be necessary to write this column.

July 11, 2014 | By Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group | Columns

The wheels of justice

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to sit in a Kershaw County courtroom and see our justice system at work. As a news reporter, I have covered many trials and other court hearings through the years. Some have been quite fascinating, some have been quite boring and most have been a combination of the two.

July 11, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns

L-EHS football coach/AD retires, heads to Ben Lippen

Scott Jones, the winningest coach in the 42-year history of the Lugoff-Elgin High School (L-EHS) football program, retired as both the school's head football coach and athletic director Wednesday morning to take an assistant coaching, teaching and administrative position at Ben Lippen Christian School in Columbia.

July 11, 2014 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin

Local dentist receives AGD Mastership Award

Harry J. Koutroulakis, DMD, MAGD, of Lugoff, recently received the Academy of General Dentistry's (AGD) Mastership Award. He received the award during the AGD's annual meeting June 26-29 in Detroit, Mich.

July 11, 2014 | | Business

With a little help from his friends

By TOM DIDATO

July 11, 2014 | Tom Didato | Localife

17ers break out the brooms; sweep Horry County in 3

When it is the second week of July and you are still playing American Legion baseball, you get into "who's next" territory as to who will be your next opponent.

July 11, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports

Elgin man arrested for attacking wife

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested Joey Matthew Tyner, 38, of Rocky Branch Lane, Elgin, on Wednesday after he allegedly cut, stabbed and beat his wife "viciously," according to a KCSO press release.

July 11, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire

Baseball bat attacker pleads guilty, receives 11 years

A 21-year-old Lugoff man who admits he attacked a Camden man with a baseball bat last July will spend 11 years behind bars after pleading guilty to a charge of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature. Ryan Freeland Trojan was originally charged with attempted murder in the attack, but accepted a deal to plead guilty to the lesser charge.

July 11, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire

Harrell ruling

We were glad to see the S.C. Supreme Court rule that Alan Wilson, the state's attorney general, can continue his probe into possible improprieties by Bobby Harrell, speaker of the House of Representatives. Lawyers for Harrell had attempted to have Wilson removed from the case. Wilson had originally asked a state grand jury to investigate whether Harrell had broken ethics laws in several different instances.

July 11, 2014 | | Editorials

It’s never too late in life to learn

Sometimes you run across a program so impressive that it just leaves you shaking your head in admiration. So it is with Road Scholar.

July 11, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns

KCSD scholarships at an all-time record high

Kershaw County School District (KCSD) seniors in the graduating class of 2014 earned an all-time record high amount of college scholarship money with over $11.6 million awarded.

July 09, 2014 | | Education

League III goes 3-for-4 in series openers

League III batted .800 in the first night of the first round of the best-of-five South Carolina American Legion baseball Lower State playoff series.

July 09, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports

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