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A Christmas wish comes true

Roy Williams describes his life story in the past few months "like being in a Christmas movie."

December 28, 2011 | Keri Boyce | Localife


Couple questions fairness of rent agreement with roommate

Dear Annie: I recently moved in with my boyfriend, "Beau," and his roommate, "Scott." Scott is usually at his girlfriend's house, so Beau and I pretty much have the place to ourselves. Scott splits the bills with us while unofficially living with his girlfriend.

December 28, 2011 | | Localife


Kershaw County DSS transforms into ‘Santa’s Workshop’

Bags and boxes lined the offices and hallways at the Kershaw County Department of Social Services (DSS) last week -- the final week before Christmas.

December 26, 2011 | Keri Boyce | Localife


Late veteran honored for service

During a recent flag ceremony on the Town Green in Camden, the Kershaw County Leathernecks honored the life of Given Webster with a tribute to his service to the community. Webster died unexpectedly Nov. 1 and was the acting commander of James Leroy Belk American Legion Post 17. Standing together during the ceremony (from left) are Webster's wife, Jane Webster; Cadet Zachary Shaffer from Camden Military Academy; Bill Garcher, judge advocate, Kershaw County Leathernecks; Ron Stroud, Kershaw County Leaternecks; and Sgt Maj. Willam Greene with Camden Military Academy.

December 23, 2011 | | Localife


Local Girl Scouts collect gifts for Toys for Tots

Three local Girl Scout troops opted to bring gifts to donate to Toys for Tots instead of exchanging gifts with each other during their annual Christmas party. The troops included Daisy Troop 3415, led by Lindsey Cox and April Trapp; Brownie Troop 3444 led by Frances Griggs and Lori Lance; and Junior Troop 937 led by Kim Taylor and Vickie Thomas. The troops recently gathered at St. Timothy's Lutheran Church in Camden to donate the gifts to Toys for Tots.

December 23, 2011 | | Localife


CAST looks to reduce DUIs, underage drinking in Kershaw County

Tim and Tonya Spradley stood with their family in front of a camera on a clear day in November.

December 21, 2011 | Keri Boyce | Localife


Crowning Little, Teen Miss Camden-Kershaw County

The Little Miss/Teen Miss Camden-Kershaw County pageant was held on Nov. 5 at Lyttleton Street Methodist Family Life Center. Girls ages 2 through 19 competed for titles to represent Camden and Kershaw County in the state pageant held to be June 2012 in Hartsville. The winners are (above, from left to right) Miss Tiny Tot Camden and Camden's Overall Sweetheart Winner -- Nadia Isabel Halley; Wee Miss Tiny Tot Camden -- Olivia Grace Dukes; Little Miss Camden -- Mari Elizabeth Sowell; Wee Miss Kershaw County and Kershaw County's Overall Sweetheart -- Aubrey Olivia Waters; and (not pictured) Wee Miss Camden -- Kendal ...

December 16, 2011 | | Localife


Food for the Soul receives holiday donation

Kershaw County equestrians and shoppers supported Kershaw County's Food for the Soul through a special Thanksgiving promotion offered by The Tack Room. A $5 donation earmarked for Food for the Soul earned shoppers a discount on purchases during the special promotion, said The Tack Room's John Cushman (left). The holiday drive raised $1,500 for the soup kitchen and recently opened emergency homeless shelter. Presenting the check Wednesday to Food for the Soul Director Fred Ogburn (right), Cushman said the charitable fund-raising effort was "the right thing to do, especially at this time of year, and the customers ...

December 16, 2011 | | Localife


Camden Tae Kwon Do holds information defense session

The participants in the Camden Tae Kwon Do Academy's children and women's self defense seminar enjoyed an informative and lively session, held Nov.12 at the facility located in the Dusty Bend section of Camden. The seminar participants included (standing from left) Carl E. Wright, owner/instructor, Carol Elliott, Michelle Ransom, Brenda Poteat, Gwen Moorer, Helen Williams, Kayla Gonzalez, Pat Wright, Virginia Mickle, Josh Holstrom (seated from left) Denim Edwards, Mikella Ransom and Adam Osborne.

December 16, 2011 | | Localife


Robert Ariail artwork raises money for FAC

Robert Ariail, popular political cartoonist, recently donated an original piece of artwork for the promotion of the Fine Arts Center Follies. The artwork depicted local businessman and Camden resident, Johnny Deal as a surfer catching the waves on fictional "Follies' Beach."

December 14, 2011 | | Localife


Mr. and Mrs. Dean Swofford celebrate 50 years together

Mr. and Mrs. Dean Swafford of Camden celebrated their 50th anniversary this year. The couple was married Aug. 5 1961. Joyce Robinson retired from DuPont. Dean is a retired school teacher.

December 14, 2011 | | Localife


10 steps to avoid holiday weight gain

Most of us have heard that you typically gain a few pounds during the winter holiday season, but did you know that this extra weight accumulates through the years and may be a major contributor to obesity and the diseases associated with it later in life? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than half of all adult Americans are overweight, as defined by body mass index. Body mass index is a mathematical formula used to correct body weight to account for a person's height. The latest survey from South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental ...

December 14, 2011 | | Localife


Santa to ride through Lugoff

The Lugoff Fire Department will have the honor of escorting Santa Claus through the neighborhoods in Lugoff this year. Santa will be escorted through different areas of the Lugoff community each night this week. Several residents of Lugoff have requested this event return to the community so children can have the opportunity to see the "Jolly One" before he comes on Christmas Night, LFD Chief Dennis Ray said.

December 14, 2011 | | Localife


King Haiglar Garden Club celebrates holiday season with Christmas tea, ornament exchange

The King Haiglar Garden Club celebrated its Christmas Tea and Ornament Exchange on Monday, Dec. 12. Judy Smith hosted the tea at 1819 Hobkirk Court in Camden. Linda Shaylor, Sandra Lease, and Mary Nelle Gore co-hosted the gathering. Members were reminded to bring a gift-wrapped ornament to exchange. There was no horticulture or arrangements. Garden maintenance for December is to be done by Cathy Moss and Mary Acken. Those attending enjoyed this festive time with other members and guests!

December 14, 2011 | | Localife


WARMing homes after the holiday season

The main goal of the Weatherization And Repair Ministry (WARM) is to make the homes of those in need warmer and safer after the holiday season.

December 12, 2011 | Keri Boyce | Localife


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American Legion Post 17 oratorical contest orientation

An orientation meeting for potential participants in the James Leroy Belk American Legion Post 17 Annual High School Oratorical Contest will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30 at Post 17's home on West DeKalb St. in Camden. Contest officials will discuss the subject that will be used for oration as well as explain contest rules.

November 24, 2014 | | Localife


Amateur Radio Club welcomes Gene Faulkenberry

Gene Faulkenberry, director of the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), visited the Kershaw County Amateur Radio Club's November meeting. Director Faulkenberry gave a brief history on the large scale emergencies that he has seen during his time with Kershaw County. He highlighted Hurricane Hugo in 1989, the train derailment in 1990 and the flooding that occurred when many ponds were breached after heavy rains in 1991.

November 24, 2014 | | Localife


Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Frank Turner celebrate 54 years

Friends and family of Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Frank would like to congratualate the couple on their 54th wedding anniversary. The couple celebrated on Nov. 19 with family.

November 24, 2014 | | Localife


Mr. Gaines and Ms. Hayes wed

Ms. Mary Melissa Hayes and Mr. Brian Lee Gaines of Anderson, S.C. were married Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 4 o'clock in the afternoon at the National Steeplechase Museum in Camden. The ceremony was officiated by the honorable Judge Harriet Pierce.

November 24, 2014 | | Localife


Lugoff Garden Club welcomes Camden Floral owners

Rick and Tina Deonise, owners of Camden Floral, were hosts for the Lugoff Garden Club's Nov. 17 meeting at their shop on Goodall Avenue. The social hour began at 6:30 p.m. and the speaker's hour began at 7 p.m.

November 21, 2014 | | Localife


Bethune Garden Club to host Bethune Memorial Tree and Candle Lighting Ceremony

For the eigth consecutive year, the Bethune Garden Club is hosting the Bethune Memorial Tree and Candle Lighting Ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30 at the Bethune Memorial Park on Hwy 1.

November 21, 2014 | | Localife


PTH 3rd graders get dictionary donation

The Camden Rotary Club visited Pine Tree Hill Elementary Monday with a donation of new dictionaries for every student in the third grade. This is a continuation of a project that the rotary has been doing for some time.

November 21, 2014 | | Localife


Thawing and preparing a turkey for Thanksgiving

Thawing: Three ways are safe-in the refrigerator, in cold water that is changed every 30 minutes, or in a microwave oven. Do not thaw a turkey at room temperature. Make sure the turkey is completely thawed before cooking.

November 21, 2014 | | Localife


Candlelight Tour of Homes

The Camden Junior Welfare League presents the 38th annual Candlelight Tour of Homes from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. The tour will begin at the Camden Archives and Museum.

November 19, 2014 | | Localife


Price House annual pecan benefit

According to Price House Commision Chair Polly Lampshire, the Price House annual benefit pecan sale begins Nov. 20.

November 19, 2014 | | Localife


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