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Knights aim to start off on the right foot

How long has it been since North Central opened the football season with a victory? Well, the last school which the Knights beat to kick off a campaign is no longer in existence.

August 22, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports

Mother, children nearly walk in on burglar

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a county man Monday on a charge of second-degree burglary after he allegedly made his way inside a Kershaw area home and hid when a woman and her two children arrived after school.

August 22, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire

Murder trial starts Monday

Almost exactly a year after a Bethune senior citizen lost his life over his moped, his accused killer is set to go to trial. Willie Thomas Starnes, 33, of Magnum Road Bethune, is charged with the Aug. 24, 2013, death of Alan Thomas Robinson, 67, also of Bethune. The trial is scheduled to begin Monday at the Kershaw County Courthouse.

August 22, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire

Have a successful school year

A year ago, a colorful banner saying "Have a successful school year!" appeared at Boykin Park, donated by the Boykin Park Neighborhood Group (BPNG) in August 2013. At that time, the BPNG had planned a special back-to-school program for children in the neighborhood, but weather conditions forced the group to cancel the program.

August 22, 2014 | | Education

JTC closes summer with flag football all-star game

The American League defeated the National League during Saturday evening's all-star game, 32 to 28, at Camden's Zemp Stadium, capping the first-ever flag football season sponsored by the Jackson Teen Center (JTC), ALPHA Center and local businesses.

August 22, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden

Elgin resident doesn’t like L-EHS ‘Demon’ nickname

An Elgin resident expressed displeasure with Lugoff-Elgin High School's "Demon" nickname and the appearance of the school's cheerleaders and basketball players during Tuesday night's Kershaw County Board of School Trustees' meeting. In return, trustees later expressed displeasure with the words the woman used during the meeting's public comment time.

August 22, 2014 | By Jim McGowan and Martin L. Cahn C-I news staff | Education

Strike up the band!

The Camden Community Concert Band (CCCB) will kick off their 2014-2015 concert season with its first practice on Monday, Sept. 8. The CCCB, starting its 35th season under new conductor William J. "B.J." Brazier Jr. and assisted by Robert Wertz, is open to anyone who plays or has played a musical instrument in the past. The band needs to add players in all sections of the band, but especially percussion. No auditions are required and the rehearsal atmosphere is informal.

August 22, 2014 | | Arts

Lions win award for second time

The Camden Lions Club won an award from the South Carolina Adopt A Highway program. The program recognized the club as the best of all in Kershaw County for maintain its section of roadway. This is the second time the Camden Lions Club has won this prestigious award. From left: Lions members Jim Varn, Phil McGee, Ed Stokes, Davie Beard, Pete Demeter, and Dan Lovatt.

August 22, 2014 | | Localife

Local USC honors student studies oversees in Italy

A University of South Carolina Honors College student from Kershaw County recently returned from a four-week Study Abroad in Italy (SAI) program.

August 22, 2014 | | Localife

Local actress plays Revolutionary War heroine

Often called "Daring Dicey," 14-year-old South Carolinian, Laodicea "Dicey" Langston, leaves her mark in history.

August 22, 2014 | | Localife

James Rudolf Melton

A funeral service to celebrate the life of James Rudolf Melton, 86, of Cassatt, SC, will be held at 2:00 PM, Sunday, August 24, 2014 at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. Pastor Jeff Grubbs and Rev. John Hallman will officiate. Burial will follow in Quaker Cemetery. The family will receive friends at 1:00 PM, 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made in Mr. Melton's memory to Alzheimer's Disease & Related Disorders Association-Mid State-SC, 3223 Sunset Blvd. Suite 100, W. Columbia, SC 29169 or Agape Hospice, 141 Stoneridge Drive, Columbia, SC ...

August 22, 2014 | | Obituaries

Eduardo Renardo Carlos

Funeral service for Mr. Eduardo Renardo Carlos, 27, of Marietta, Georgia, will be held Sunday, August 24, 2014 at Collins Funeral Home Chapel. Mr. Carlos died Monday, August 18, 2014. Collins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

August 22, 2014 | | Obituaries

Cora Williams Niland

Mrs. Cora Williams Niland, 87, of 304 Doby Street, Camden, SC, passed on Thursday, August 14, 2014, at Springdale Healthcare Center, in Camden, SC.

August 22, 2014 | | Obituaries

Teresa “Terri” Rodgers

Funeral services for Teresa Gail "Terri" Rodgers, 56, will be held Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff, S.C. The Rev. Marvin Jones will officiate. The family will receive friends Friday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

August 22, 2014 | | Obituaries

Shirley Garrison Woodyard

A Celebration of Life for Shirley Garrison Woodyard will be held Friday August 29th at 11:00 a.m. at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Camden. Ms. Woodyard, 77, passed away on May 3, 2014 at Myrtle Beach Estates. Born July 23, 1936, in Portland, TN, she was a daughter of the late Stephen E. Garrison and the late Drucilla Douglas Garrison. Ms. Woodyard was a long time member of First Baptist Church, Camden where she sang with The Silvertones Choir and was part of the Faith Sunday School Class 4. She was a graduate of Camden High School, and a retiree ...

August 22, 2014 | | Obituaries

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New petition misleading

We were under the impression that the new petition being circulated regarding the Camden Sports Complex was a petition for a referendum. After all, the motto of the petition effort is "Let the People Decide." An analysis of the petition website frames it in a similar way. Indeed, the name chosen for the petition group is the "Camden Recreation Referendum Coalition," and the reason given for creating the organization is to present Camden's City Council with a petition requesting a binding referendum to allow the registered voters of Camden to choose between supporting this project or not supporting it.

January 20, 2012 | Austin Jenkins and Karin Jenkins, MD Camden for the Y | Letters

Camden strategic planning

Since my election in 2008, I have led our Council in designing an annual strategic plan. A strategic plan is a strong management tool which helps both the Council and the City staff to focus energy toward the same goals. It is a disciplined planning process to develop an annual vision. Before we begin the multi-step process covering vision, mission, objectives, values, strategies, goals and programs, we must review our current status. This planning also provides us with benchmarks for historic reviews. This plan becomes our focus for the future.

January 20, 2012 | Camden Mayor Jeffrey Graham C-I contributing columnist | Columns

The layers of MLK legacy

Camden Military Academy's (CMA) Martin Luther King Jr. Day program on Monday was short, sweet and definitely worthwhile. CMA's website says, "Education is a process of growth that develops the whole man -- mentally, physically, and morally. It is more than learning and retaining a mass of facts and figures." The goal is to take boys and create well-rounded and respectable men who are responsible for themselves, their families, and their community through skills learned at the academy. The idea of developing the whole self is a conversation that people don't have enough. Teachers and administrators do a ...

January 20, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Columns

‘...leave us to our old tried and true ways’

I am writing in response to a letter in the Chronicle-Independent dated January 11th from Andrew Pope. Surely he checked Camden and its facilities very carefully before making his move. If the Y was so important to him, he must have discovered that Camden has no Y, but has many exercise spots indoors and outdoors. This has been the Camden way of life for a long time … a way that many of us truly enjoy. There is so much in Camden to be proud of -- do not try to change it. If Camden does not have what you want for ...

January 20, 2012 | Henrietta McWillie Camden | Letters

Deer slayer (a misnomer)

To characterize me as a deer slayer, a hunter, or an outdoorswoman would be incongruous, to say the least. I do know how to handle a gun, having had a brother who assumed I might be of interest as a playmate if I knew how to shoot. Therefore, he dared me to shoot a double barrel shotgun and blow out the pantry window. Naturally, a challenge such as this required action. I shot out the window, was kicked a summersault, and expected the deserved whipping. (No one called or thought of DSS back then.) Mother, a widow, was too thankful ...

January 20, 2012 | Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Food for the Soul receives donation

January 20, 2012 | | Localife

3-D solo exhibit on display at FAC

The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) welcomes 3-D artist Jen Pepper whose work will be showcased at the FAC beginning with an opening reception today at 6 p.m. in the Bassett Gallery. Join us for the opening reception prior to the production of the "Chicago -- The Musical" which starts at 8 p.m. The reception is sponsored by First Community Bank and includes light hors d'ouevres and a cash bar.

January 20, 2012 | | Localife

Kershaw County families now warmer

Sixteen families in Kershaw County have a warmer home this winter after local volunteers completed a mission project in December. The WARM (Weatherization and Repairs Ministry) project was held Dec. 30 and 31 with more than 100 volunteers from 17 churches. All work was done free of charge and included repairing floors, replacing siding, building ramps, fixing leaking plumbing, shingling roofs, repairing windows, and insulating homes. To apply for repairs, contact the Housing Coordinator at the United Way at 432-0951.

January 20, 2012 | | Localife

Farnum is recipient of Perkin Scholarship

Byron Farnum, a Ph.D. candidate at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md., has been awarded the 2011 Perkin Scholarship.

January 20, 2012 | | Education

L-E, NC both get swept away

Visiting Spring Valley kept the Lugoff-Elgin boys' basketball team still searching for their first Region 4-4A win of the season as the Vikings handed the Demons a 77-42 loss in a game played at the Demons Den on Tuesday night.

January 20, 2012 | | Seasonal Sports

Referendum remains focus

Thank you for the opportunity to clarify the issue of the wording of the current petition on the proposed Camden Sports Complex. It has been suggested that the language seems to be in conflict with the cause of the Camden Recreation Referendum Coalition (CRRC) to let the voice of the people be heard. The driving force behind the CRRC was, is, and always will be the referendum, and the right for citizens to participate in government. However, in order to get to the point of a referendum, the State Code (and City Council) mandates that the format of the petition ...

January 20, 2012 | Paddy Bell Camden Recreation Referendum Coalition | Letters

School menus -- Jan. 20, 2012

The following are menus for Kershaw County schools for the week of Jan. 23-27:

January 20, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Education

Would today’s GOP elect Reagan?

Jon Huntsman has suspended his presidential campaign. No one is surprised. He stood out from the rest of the Republican presidential pack as an intelligent voice of reason, diplomacy and international expertise. In other words, he might have been the right man, but these are the wrong times.

January 20, 2012 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns

Pets of the week -- Jan. 20, 2012

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Gump, a male mini-bull terrier mix puppy, and a 3-month-old gray and white kitten. The adoption donation includes spaying or neutering. The shelter, located at the south end of Fair Street and managed by the Kershaw County Humane Society, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The shelter is closed Sunday and Monday. For information on the shelter or to check for a missing pet, call 425-6016 or e-mail wcas@camden.net ...

January 20, 2012 | | Pets

Demons dump DF to take region lead

It was almost as if Lugoff-Elgin wrestling coach Evan Moxie was waiting for the winds of change to shift in his direction. And, he knew that when they came, they would not be in the form of a gust, but rather a full-blown gale.

January 20, 2012 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle

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