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51 days in a car with boys

If you have a serious case of wanderlust -- an insatiable desire to see new places and experience unique customs -- then you'll probably envy Alisa Johnson of Seattle, Wash.

July 25, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns

Reader thanks Camden Public Works crew

If you live in Camden and do not realize how special a town it is, just wait until something goes wrong.

July 25, 2014 | Jill Davis Camden | Letters

Limousine liberalism’s good works

Is it hypocritical for a really, really rich person to object to rising inequality?

July 25, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns

Fall Sports registration begins on Monday

Swim Lessons

July 25, 2014 | | Kershaw County

Find a new Furry Friend!

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Wally, an adorable 6-week-year-old male kitten and Paige, a 4-year-old female Pointer mix. She is very friendly with other dogs. 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 4 p.m. on Saturdays. The shelter is closed Sunday and Monday. The shelter is closed Sunday and Monday. For information on the shelter ...

July 25, 2014 | | Pets

Carolina Downhome Blues Festival Set for 18th Year

Mark your calendars for the 18th Annual Carolina Downhome Blues Festival scheduled for October 2-4 in historic downtown Camden. This year's event will feature multiple performances at various sites, including The Venue on Broad, Old Town Tavern and a new site for the festival -- 833 South Broad Street. The Carolina Downhome Blues Festival is an award-winning event recognized for featuring legendary blues artists from around the globe.

July 25, 2014 | | Arts

State American Legion Tournament schedule of games

The South Carolina Senior State American Legion Tournament begins Saturday at Riley Park in Sumter. Here is all the information you will need as to the event:

July 25, 2014 | | Sports

Summer youth sports camps coming to a close in county

There are still a few youth summer sports camps left in Kershaw County.

July 25, 2014 | | Seasonal Sports

The hand that rocks the ballot box

In their denouncements of the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling, Hillary Clinton and other Democrats have been accused of pandering to single women -- the so-called "Beyoncé voter" demographic, as one Fox News commentator sniggered.

July 23, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns

S.C., immigration and ‘Us vs. Them’

First things first: every nation must secure and control its borders. This is not political rhetoric or an ideological judgment but a simple geo-political fact.

July 23, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Reader takes issue with sheriff’s letter

Having waded through Sheriff Jim Matthews recent letter as published regarding his endorsement of a "Proposed Firearms Ordinance," I note that the main point (as quoted) "It prohibits the discharge of a firearm within 300 yards;" that's 900 feet!

July 23, 2014 | Joe Upchurch Lugof | Letters

Letter writer: South Carolina’s African-Americans should run for office

Black Americans in the state of Mississippi understand their time is at hand for their voting solidarity and economic self-reliance. Black Americans in South Carolina should also know their time is also at hand for them to learn and run for the legacy of our Black brothers and sisters in Mississippi.

July 23, 2014 | Edward R. Allen Camden | Letters

William Gamewell (Bill) Major, Jr.

William Gamewell (Bill) Major, Jr., 92, of Camden, SC, passed away on Sunday, July 20, 2014. He was the son of the late William Gamewell Major, Sr. and Alma (Baby) Muldrow-Major of Camden. Born in Florence, S.C. Mr. Major moved to Camden as a youth in 1935. He was the 1st Boy Scout in Kershaw County to be awarded the rank of Eagle Scout. Salutatorian of his class at Camden High School in 1940, Mr. Major was the 1st Sports Reporter for the "Bulldog", later renamed the Palmetto Leaf. With his classmate, the late Jak Smyrl, they were the ...

July 23, 2014 | | Obituaries

Sports Figures

Who is your favorite all-time sports figure?

July 23, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Sidewalk Survey

Camp Emmanuel kids learn about fruits and vegetables

More than 25 youngsters, ranging in age from 3 to 12 years, learned about fruits, vegetables and healthy eating as part of Camp Emmanuel at Emmanuel United Methodist Church on Tuesday. Piggly Wiggly Produce Manager Jane Hunter explained a wide variety of fresh produce and provided samples for the children with the help of Jessica March, another Piggly Wiggly produce department worker who cut the fruits and vegetables into bite-size pieces.

July 23, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Miscellaneous

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Top Striker seeks Saratoga gold

Top Striker, winner of the $50,000 Carolina Cup steeplechase in Camden last March, is part of an 11-horse field which is expected to meet the starter's flag in Thursday's $75,000 Jonathan Kiser Novice Stakes at the Saratoga Race Course.

July 23, 2014 | | Equine

17ers face Rock Hill in Saturday's state tourney opener

Kershaw County will make its long-awaited American Legion State Tournament debut on Saturday when Post 17 takes on Rock Hill in the third (scheduled for 4:30 p.m.) game at Riley Park in Sumter.

July 23, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports

Developing the FEP Phase 2 referendum

Phase 1

July 21, 2014 | | Columns

Three nights later, 17ers finally get a game two win

Loading up the team bus for a trip to Georgetown for the third time in as many days for one game, the Kershaw County American Legion baseball team took another step closer to earning a state tournament berth on Thursday.

July 21, 2014 | | Sports

How sweep it is!

Perched in front of their dugout, members of the Kershaw County American Legion baseball team started leaning as they prepared to rush the field after Bradwin Salmond's diving grab of Mark Allen Nash's liner to right field put the locals on the door step of a long-awaited trip to the state American Legion tournament.

July 21, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports

S.C. Supreme Court ignored FOIA in autopsy ruling

Let's make something perfectly clear: The S.C. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is not dead, but the S.C. Supreme Court is sure acting like they're trying to kill it.

July 21, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns

Crazy and proud of it

My grandmother -- Daddy's mother -- was sometimes called "crazy" by others who didn't quite understand her eccentric ways. Of course, in the South, we are proud of such a label for it means that we are interesting and worthy of being the center of coffee and cake conversation.

July 21, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns

Leonard M. Davis

Funeral services to celebrate the life of Leonard M. Davis, Jr. 69, of Camden, SC, will be held at 2:00 PM, Monday, July 21, 2014 at Hermitage Baptist Church in Camden. The Rev. Jason Fletcher will officiate. Burial with Masonic rites will follow in Wateree Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at 1:00 PM, 1 hour prior to the service in the church Fellowship Hall. Memorials may be made in Leonard's memory to Hermitage Baptist Church, Arise & Build Fund, 814 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Camden, SC 29020 or the American Heart Association of SC, Memorials & Tributes ...

July 21, 2014 | | Obituaries

Devon Davis Graham

Funeral services to celebrate the life of Devon Davis Graham, 72, of Elgin, SC, will be held at 3:00 PM, Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at Trinity Baptist Church in Lugoff, SC. Rev. Dr. Chuck Everett and Rev. Dean Reynolds will officiate. The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 PM, Monday, July 21, 2014 at Kornegay Funeral Home, Lugoff-Elgin Chapel. Memorials may be made in Devon's memory to the Shriner's Hospital for Crippled Children, 950 W. Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605-4277 or St. Jude's Children's Hospital, P O Box 810, Memphis, TN 38101.

July 21, 2014 | | Obituaries

Noted and passed - July 21, 2014

• It looks like it's full steam ahead for KershawHealth and its strategic plan. In recent weeks, we have reported on the creation -- after several years of hard work -- of a general surgery division; the recruitment of a new orthopedic surgeon; the signing of an agreement with Orthopedic Advantage to create a top-level orthopedic center in Kershaw County; and an already established agreement with Team Health to transform KershawHealth's emergency department in order to fast-track non-emergent patients allowing staff to focus on those in true emergency situations. Dr. T. Chris Tran, the new orthopedic surgeon, joined Camden Bone & Joint ...

July 21, 2014 | | Editorials

Auditions set for Kelley’s Fine Arts Camden Crew Junior and Camden Crew Senior Dance teams

Summer dance students will have the opportunity to audition for the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) and Kelley's Fine Arts (KFA) Junior and Senior Camden Crew Dance Teams, Friday, July 25 in the FAC Dance Studio. Times are set by dance styles and are as follows:

July 21, 2014 | | Localife

KCC holding public hearing on joint industrial park

Kershaw County Council will hold a public hearing on and consider third and final reading of an ordinance approving the development of a joint county industrial park with Chesterfield County. The public hearing and consideration of the ordinance are scheduled for council's meeting Tuesday evening.

July 21, 2014 | | Kershaw County

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July 21, 2014 | | Crime-Police-Fire

City exploring ‘adaptive reuse’ scenarios for Rhame Arena

For years, the city of Camden has tried to figure out what to do about aging Rhame Arena at the corner of Broad and Bull streets. In the past, ideas have ranged from renovating the facility to tearing it down and building a replacement either on site or elsewhere in the city.

July 21, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden

Gold medal gymnast visits Camden gym

When you want to learn to do something well, it's not a bad idea to get training and advice from an expert. That was the case July 12 when Wateree Gymnastics Center in Camden welcomed Olympic gold medalist and former world champion gymnast Nastia Liukin to lead a day-long seminar and training session for young girls. She won a gold medal, three silvers and a bronze at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China, putting her in a three-way tie with Mary Lou Retton and Shannon Miller for the most medals received by a gymnast at a single Olympic Games ...

July 21, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Camden

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