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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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Lugoff Toyota to build new dealership

Construction will begin this spring on a new home for Lugoff Toyota, to be built on the dealership's existing site at 878 U.S. 1 South in Lugoff.

March 12, 2012 | | Business

Public land

They put the war dead in the library. The Yankees took all of the livestock, food, and feed. The hungry rats quickly became a problem.

March 12, 2012 | Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Noted and passed - March 12, 2012

• In the wake of revelations that some NFL teams paid bonuses to defensive players for delivering such hard hits that offensive players were knocked out of games, it would be naïve for anyone to believe this is a new wrinkle. But league commissioner Roger Goodell needs to deal with this and put an end to it, especially in light of all the recent revelations about brain damage caused by repeated blows to the head.

March 12, 2012 | | Editorials

Brash Limbaugh

Americans praise civility, but we constantly reward rudeness. That annoying fact of life helps to explain why the blessings that Rush Limbaugh brought to the Republican base recently turned into a curse.

March 12, 2012 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns

Rabid raccoon reported in lake area

A raccoon from the Lake Wateree area of Kershaw County tested positive for rabies, prompting the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) to advise individuals to be especially cautious and avoid wild animals.

March 12, 2012 | | Miscellaneous

Miss Watson, Mr. Thompson engaged

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Mitchell Watson of Columbia are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Mary Katherine Watson to Mr. John Anderson Thompson, III of Camden, S.C. He is the son of Mr. John Anderson Thompson, Jr. and Ms. Virginia Vanmetre Kornegay of Camden, S.C.

March 12, 2012 | | Weddings & Engagements

Heading for ‘Sunshine’ at the beach

This coming Saturday, publisher Mike Mischner, Localife/West Wateree Chronicle Editor Keri Todd Boyce and I (and our families) will attend the S.C. Press Association's (SCPA) winter meeting. If we're very lucky, we might pick up a few awards. At the very least, we'll enjoy a lovely meal, a very nice hotel and one of the better beaches on South Carolina's coast.

March 12, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns

Chapin snaps Demons' win streak at four

Playing for the third time in as many nights and 24 hours after an emotional win over rival Camden may have caught up with the Lugoff-Elgin baseball team.

March 12, 2012 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle

Lee Cracraft Williams

Mrs. Lee Cracraft Williams of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, formerly of Camden, South Carolina, died peacefully on March 6, 2012. She was eighty-one years old.

March 12, 2012 | | Obituaries

Historic Camden to host Family Fun hour Saturday

Historic Camden will hold a Family Fun Hour from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday. Children ages 6 to 12, parents and grandparents are encouraged to attend. The fun begins in the Film Room at Historic Camden at 2 p.m.

March 09, 2012 | | Localife

‘Let’s go to the races’ theme for King Haiglar Garden Club meeting

The King Haiglar Garden Club will meet on Monday, at 3:30 pm. Margie Lane will host members and guests at 2301 Moultrie Road, Camden. Carol Meckstroth and Sandra Lease will provide delicious refreshments along with Margie.

March 09, 2012 | | Localife

William "Bill" Holcomb

A graveside service for William Sanford "Bill" Holcomb, 84, will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 9, in Oak Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery. Mr. Holocomb died Wednesday, march 7. Born in Ripley, TN. He was the son of the late John Furman and Susie McKee Holcomb. He retired as a car salesman and attended Oak Ridge Baptist Church. Mr. Holcomb enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. He also served his county in the United States Army.

March 09, 2012 | | Obituaries

Change batteries in smoke, CO alarms this weekend

Lugoff Fire Department officials urge citizens to replace the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms this weekend as part of their transition to daylight-saving time.

March 09, 2012 | | Miscellaneous

Rec notes - March 9, 2012

Tai Chi is a physical exercise and martial art that has been practiced in China for thousands of years.

March 09, 2012 | | Miscellaneous

A sad state of affairs

Some might call Rush Limbaugh the "slut" after his mediocre apology to keep advertisers in bed with him after the Sandra Fluke debacle. Eight of his sponsors have walked out the door unsatisfied with the conservative talk show host's remarks.

March 09, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Columns

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