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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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Legislative delegation seeks input on new precinct name

The Kershaw County Delegation is seeking input from voters in the Camden 3 and Camden 4 precincts on ideas of a name for a new combined precinct that will vote at Camden Elementary School.

February 15, 2012 | | Politics

Letitia Sikes

Graveside inurnment services for Letitia Sandlin Sikes, 79, of Camden will be held Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 11:00 AM in Bostic Sandlin Cemetery, Corn Mill Road, Beulaville, NC. The family will receive friends Thursday, February 16, 2012 from 7:00 -8:00 PM with a prayer service beginning at 7:15 PM at St. Timothy's Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 1301 Mill Street Camden, SC Memorials may be made in Mrs. Sikes's memory to Kershaw County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs, 1619 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Camden, SC 29020.

February 15, 2012 | | Obituaries

Fred Shipton

A celebration of life service for Fred Shipton, 82, of Lugoff, will be held Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. The Rev. Joe Stines, the Rev. Kirk Baker, and the Rev. Greg Sweet will officiate. The family will receive friends following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, and the American Lung Association.

February 15, 2012 | | Obituaries

Linda J. Horton

Funeral service for Linda Joyce Horton, 64, of Camden, will be held Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at Refuge Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The Rev. Tim Broughton will officiate. The family will receive friends Wednesday at 5-7 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

February 15, 2012 | | Obituaries

Louise Ella Lee

Mrs. Louise Ella Lee, of Camden, died Tuesday, February 13, 2012. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Brown's Funeral Home, Camden who is serving the Lee family.

February 15, 2012 | | Obituaries

James Reddick

Funeral service for James Reddick, 64, of Lugoff, will be held Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Unity United Methodist Church with burial to follow in Unity United Methodist Church Family Center Cemetery. The Rev. Dr. Augustus Rodgers will officiate.

February 15, 2012 | | Obituaries

Tucker owes state ethics commission

Kershaw County Councilman Sammie Tucker Jr. is in violation of a S.C. Ethics Commission (SCEC) decision ordering him to pay $21,000 in fines and late-filing fees. The Chronicle-Independent discovered the order as part of a check on SCEC filings by Kershaw County elected officials and candidates as the 2012 election season gets underway. The order is listed in the SCEC's Complaints Resolved Index.

February 15, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Politics

Annual Gospel Fest, Heritage Tea planned at FAC

The Multi-Cultural Committee of the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County is pleased to announce two annual events celebrating Black History Month. The seventh annual Gospel Fest takes place Feb. 18, followed by the Heritage Tea Celebration on Feb. 19. This dedicated committee has put together these special programs celebrating the spirit of community with a special emphasis on Black History at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC.) The special sponsorship of this weekend's celebration is provided by the Piggly Wiggly of Camden.

February 15, 2012 | | Localife

Leroy Goodwin

Mr. Leroy Goodwin, 63, of 1054-C Gray Fox Road, Lugoff, died Saturday, February 11, 2012. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Brown's Funeral Home, Camden who is serving the Goodwin Family.

February 15, 2012 | | Obituaries

Price House to host annual Black History Month exhibit

Camden's historic Price House at the corner of Broad and York Streets will host The annual Black History exhibit will be held at Camden's historic Price House at the corner of Broad and York Streets Feb. 22 to 25, from noon to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, Feb. 26 from 1 to 4 p.m. At 5 p.m., Sunday, February 26, Camden Second Presbyterian, located at 816 Market Street, will host the annual Sunday evening Black History Month program. Both events are free and open to the public.

February 15, 2012 | | Localife

Law Enforcement Report - Feb. 15, 2012

Someone spray painted the word "KILLS" on the left side window of Cashman Pawn and Discount Tobacco on Lyttleton Street Sunday. That someone turned out to be a self-professed former nurse practitioner trying to send a warning about the deadly effects of tobacco products, said Camden Police Department (CPD) Chief Joe Floyd.

February 15, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire

New radio show will boost former presidential candidate’s presence

Talk radio's No. 1 blowhard Rush Limbaugh will soon have competition in his afternoon timeslot with former White House contender Mike Huckabee set to begin a new program over the air waves in April.

February 15, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Columns

Robert Ariail -- Feb. 15, 2012

February 15, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Ariail

Camden man arrested in counterfeiting scam

A 40-year-old Camden man was arrested Sunday after he allegedly used counterfeit money to buy a McDonald's Happy Meal.

February 15, 2012 | | Crime-Police-Fire

Griffin to be guest speaker for Joseph B. Kershaw Camp

Chuck Horton, Commander of the Joseph B. Kershaw Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans, in Camden, announced that their guest speaker for the Feb. 16 meeting, Thursday, Feb. 16, 6:30 p.m., at the Camden Seafood Hut, will be Civil War Historian Dr. John Griffin, who has spoken to their Camp on several previous occasions.

February 15, 2012 | | Localife

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