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Kohn signs contract with Tampa Bay Rays

Camden native and former Camden High School baseball standout Michael Kohn has signed a one-year Major League contract with the Tampa Bay Rays.

October 20, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports

Ariail for Oct. 20, 2014

October 20, 2014 | | Ariail

Noted and passed - Oct. 20, 2014

• Thanks to I-20, two U.S. highways and several state highways, we have a lot of commercial vehicles passing through Kershaw County on a daily basis. While most of those vehicles are likely carrying goods for sale here and elsewhere across the country, there's also a good chance hazardous materials are being trucked through as well. So, it's a good thing Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) and the Kershaw County Fire Service have joined forces to create a Special Operations Team (SOT) to deal with any "HazMat" accidents that may occur. According to LF-R Battalion Chief Chris Spitzer, the team ...

October 20, 2014 | | Editorials

Prince returns to his classic funky ways

Ah, Prince, how we've missed you. Prince Rogers Nelson has finally "Kiss"-ed and made up with Warner Bros. Records, regaining control of his original catalog of music and put out not one, but two albums worth of new music on the same day.

October 20, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns

The love or hate of air conditioning

It's a funny thing. That's what Mama used to say when something baffled her. Like Mama, I prefer that things make common sense. Otherwise, I'll ponder, figure, study, and try to decipher that funny thing until it's somewhat sensible.

October 20, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns

Soft skills

In early September, I attended a meeting of superintendents in Greenville. A major area of discussion was the development of a workforce that would attract sustainable industry to South Carolina and how K-12 education fits into this puzzle. To underscore this discussion, the meeting included a tour of the BMW plant in Spartanburg. Wow! This facility absolutely reflects what a 21st century workplace looks like and what many of our students will need to be prepared to enter. I talk a lot about preparing students for their future and not our past. The BMW tour reminded me why this is ...

October 20, 2014 | KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Op-Ed: The penny sales tax

On Nov. 4, Kershaw County citizens will have the opportunity to vote on the Kershaw County School District facilities referendum. Because of legislation passed by the South Carolina General Assembly in 2014, voters will be able to decide whether or not a penny sales tax that would be collected for 15 years could be imposed in the county and used by the school district to fund the projects in the referendum.

October 20, 2014 | Donnie Wilson CFO, Kershaw County School District | Columns

Camden residents support Graham for city council

I want to voice my support for Jeffrey Graham in his pursuit of a seat upon Camden City Council. I think Jeffrey is a unique candidate with a perspective we need. He is a family man with young children, and because of this I think he can represent the needs of many other young families in the Camden area. While all of the current council members have important and impressive qualities, the direct representation of our younger generations is imperative, and with Walter Long leaving, we do not have such a voice on the council if not for Jeffrey Graham.

October 20, 2014 | | Letters

Reader supports Reuwer

I am supporting David Reuwer for probate judge in the coming election. In any election, voters must ask a couple of things: does the candidate know what he or she is doing, and does the candidate possess the proper attitude to best serve the people of Kershaw County. Well, Mr. Reuwer is a practicing lawyer and Elgin municipal judge experienced in probate matters including the new, revised probate code. Mr. Reuwer is a hardworking man dedicated to the protection, conservation, and celebration of the historical legacy of Kershaw County. He has a strong need to help others; it seems to ...

October 20, 2014 | Thomas Bettendorf Camden | Letters

Reader: ‘vote no twice’

I see signs appearing throughout the county imploring you to "Vote Yes Twice" regarding the school referenda. If you favor tearing down perfectly good schools and Camden High's football stadium, construction new ones to replace them, to the tune of $130 million plus interest; and if you want to pay higher taxes on everything you buy, then by all means vote yes.

October 20, 2014 | Charlie Humphries Camden | Letters

SAFE cuts ribbon on new Lugoff branch

SAFE Federal Credit Union officially opened its new branch in Lugoff with a ribbon cutting Thursday. The new facility replaces the SAFE location in Camden's Springdale Plaza. Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce President Spencer Graham opened the proceedings.

October 20, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Business

Man on horse-drawn carriage rolls through Kershaw County

Kershaw County motorists along U.S. 1 saw an unusual sight Oct. 10: a horse-drawn wagon rolling down the highway. Rodger Howell of Erin, Tenn., stopped for a conversation and said he, his two-horse team and dog have traveled much of the eastern United States, making friends all along the way.

October 20, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Military

Cover Columbia to help renovate UWKC’s men’s shelter

Radiate Church will kick off its third annual "Cover Columbia" event on Sunday. During that week, church members will perform random acts of kindness along with community service in the Midlands, including Kershaw County.

October 20, 2014 | Tenell Felder | Kershaw County

A tool for any job

What started as a simple collection of antique vehicle license plates has grown over the years into a vast array of classic and unique tools lining the walls of the shop Bill Self of Camden uses to restore classic cars. Self said he started collecting many years ago.

October 20, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Camden

Post-game brawl at Zemp under investigation

It should have been the perfect ending to a festive Friday night at Zemp Stadium. A Camden High School (CHS) Bulldog football victory over once-beaten Dreher, which put them in a four-way tie atop the Region 4-AAA standings, came after a pre-game and halftime tribute to the school's 1964 AAA state championship team.

October 20, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden

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Compassionate Friends Midland’s Chapter hosts fifth annual Balloon and Dove Release

The public invited to attend the fifth annual Balloon and Dove Release to be held on May 7 at 10 a.m. The event will be held in the field on the corner of Bull and Broad St. across from Rhame Arena, Camden.

April 29, 2011 | | Localife

Lady Demons playoff opener pushed back to Friday

Due to Thursday's inclement weather, Lugoff-Elgin's District 6-4A softball playoff opening round game at Sumter has been postponed. The Lady Demons will now travel to meet the Lady Gamecocks Friday in a 6 p.m. start.

April 28, 2011 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle

NC baseball playoff game set for tonight with new starting time

North Central's District 1-A baseball tournament opening game at Williston-Elko, originally set for a 5 p.m. start tonight, has been pushed back an hour and to a new location due to Thursday morning's rainstorm.

April 28, 2011 | | North Central High/Middle

Four county teams open playoffs on Thursday

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April 27, 2011 | Tom Didato | Sports

Books from the heart

April 27, 2011 | | Education

Learning about careers

April 27, 2011 | | Education

Camden native named '106 & Park' 2011 Freestyle Friday champion

Camden High School graduate Stephen Norris, a.k.a. Blind Fury, was named "106 & Park" Freestyle Friday champion on BET after weeks of battling other rappers for the title.

April 27, 2011 | | Localife

Electronics recycling drive to be Friday at Goodwill

Goodwill will partner with the city of Camden and Kershaw County to offer an electronics recycling drive from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the Camden Goodwill store, 1671 Springdale Drive in Camden. In addition to accepting donations of computers, peripherals and other electronics items, Goodwill will accept other items such as clothing, toys and books.

April 27, 2011 | | Miscellaneous

Happy 99th birthday!

April 27, 2011 | | Localife

CCCB to present season-end performance

April 27, 2011 | | Arts

Historic Camden to host Market Day May 14

Ever wonder why Camden's Market Street is so named? It because the town's marketplace before 1812 was located at the northwest corner of Bull and Market streets, today the outdoor basketball court across from Zemp Stadium.

April 27, 2011 | | Localife

FAC to host Kershaw County's Got Talent finale show, Finally Friday concert series

Who made it through? Who will win? The decision will be made Thursday during the finale of Kershaw County's Got Talent. Scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the Wood Auditorium of the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC), the contestants will perform for three industry professionals. After all of the contestants have performed, the decision will be made and the winner will be announced. Featured emcee will be Patty Rose from KOOL 102.7 and Startime 1590.

April 27, 2011 | | Arts

A rockin' scene at the Town Green

The grass was green, the music was kickin'. The food and drink were tasty, and the children were happy ... and so were the parents. The maiden voyage of Camden's Town Green Saturday peaked, by some estimates, at a crowd of 700, many of them families whose children danced and sang and clapped in front of the stage as musical acts performed.

April 27, 2011 | | Camden

Public speaks on rec center, budget at CCC forums

They came to talk about the city of Camden's proposed $37.922 million budget. They came to talk about a proposal to build a new recreation center on the former site of Boylan-Haven-Mather Academy. They came to talk about statues and sewers, too.

April 27, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden

Open forum part of good government

I would like to commend Kershaw County Councilmen Jimmy Jones and Bobby Gary for opening up the idea of reviewing the public comment period of County Council meetings. This "public" period, I think we can all agree, is not open enough. At present, citizens can only make a statement and there is no interaction between Council and the public. The tenants of our Constitutional Republic are violated when government attempts to eliminate dialogue and open debate. Instead, government is intended to be questioned with public debate in open forums. Public discourse is critical to Representative government and to holding politicians ...

April 27, 2011 | Jeff Mattox Kershaw County GOP co-chairman | Letters

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