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Heavy rains, lightning cause flooding, fires

At least 3 inches of rain fell in Kershaw County on Tuesday as about an hour-long storm brought heavy rains and frequent lightning strikes. Camden Public Works Director Tom Couch said a rain gauge at the city's parking lot measured 3.2 inches of rain Tuesday.

August 15, 2014 | By Martin L. Cahn, Gary Phillips and Tenell Felder C-I news staff | Crime-Police-Fire

Bill Funderburk is Camden’s newest judge

Harold Williams "Bill" Funderburk Jr., a retired attorney and owner of Books on Broad, is Camden's newest municipal judge.

August 15, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden

Repairing the bridges of Kershaw County - Part 2 of 2

There are 21 bridges that cross bodies of water in Kershaw County owned and, therefore, maintained by the county. Of those, 19 need some level of repair or need to be replaced. In addition, there are two other bridges that are out-of-service that also need to be replaced.

August 15, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Kershaw County

Palmetto Utilities withdraws permit application

A Richland County wastewater treatment utility company has withdrawn a permit application to discharge treated sewage into a Kershaw County creek.

August 15, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County

‘Sandhills Revelation’ sales benefitting Blaney-Elgin Museum

Madge Strickland, author of A Sandhills Revelation -- The History, Legacy and Legend of Blaney-Elgin, South Carolina, presented her book to the town of Elgin during town council's August meeting. Proceeds from sales of the book will go towards funding the Blaney-Elgin Museum. The Blaney-Elgin Museum and Historical Society has been in charge of trying to get the museum established.

August 15, 2014 | Tenell Felder | Lugoff-Elgin

A’s for everyone

WASHINGTON -- Grade deflation is dead. Long live grade inflation!

August 15, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns

Strike up the band

Since I have lived in this area for about eight months now, I have made a discovery about Camden. There's quite a bit of music talent here, especially for a town this size. I have to also say that my opinion comes from just the musicians I know and have heard perform personally. I'm sure there are countless others I don't know about -- yet.

August 15, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns

Ariail for Aug. 15, 2014

August 15, 2014 | | Ariail

Fighting two diseases

Two horrific diseases have been brought into the spotlight recently -- ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, which has caught the public eye through an "ice bucket challenge," and depression, brought into further consciousness through the tragic suicide of actor/comedian Robin Williams. Attention in such matters is always beneficial, both in terms of raising money to fight the diseases and in making Americans more aware of the challenges of such maladies.

August 15, 2014 | | Editorials

‘I’m the best in the world’

I watched Rory McIlroy win the PGA title Sunday, his third straight golf tournament victory and his second major title within three weeks.

August 15, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns

Taming the wilderness

I jokingly call my backyard "the wilderness." My house, built in 1912, sits fairly close to my downtown street, as is the custom in the Historic District in Sumter. The Victorian cast iron fence and neat little patch of grass in my front yard belie what is happening behind my house. The deck at the back of my house overlooks a very deep backyard filled with towering oak and pecan trees. Just over the fence at the rear of the yard is a magnificent willow oak which is probably 100 years old. It rises majestically above all and makes a ...

August 15, 2014 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Prestage D.C. court appearance postponed

A Camden businessman accused of taking a loaded gun into a congressional office building in Washington, D.C., was scheduled to appear in court Thursday, but the District of Columbia U.S. Attorney's Office said the hearing has been rescheduled for 11 a.m. Sept. 10 before Magistrate Judge Frederick Sullivan.

August 15, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire

Reader upset over ‘massacred’ tree

Recently, a moron driving a green tractor, S.C. highway department, I suppose, mutiliated a beautiful tree in a couple's front yard while they were at work.

August 15, 2014 | Mary Moak Brown Elgin | Letters

Dealing with depression

There is help, there is healing. Many descriptions describe the downward plunge; the things that hold you down and the things that take you out. The common known things are drugs, alcohol -- addictions to things with chemical reactions that are bad for the body. The body is a chemical reaction chamber; all it needs is a catalyst and it's a brand new chemical which can put that nail in your coffin. The reactions or side effects are the worst. It's reaction and then interaction and reaction and maybe interaction again.

August 15, 2014 | Linda Sutton-Dutton Camden | Letters

These pets need a fur-ever home!

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Maddie, a 8-month-old female cat; Cindy, a 4-year-old Hound mix; Cuddles, a one-year-old male cat who is very friendly and loving and Patch, a 3-month-old Terrier mix that is full of energy and loves to run and play. 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 ...

August 15, 2014 | | Pets

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Chance Art Presentation from

Patricia Richardson won the second quarter Chance Art award from Camden Art this year. Richardson was happy to receive her original work of art from Emily Houde, a local professional artist from Camden. The work of art was hand an original painted lampshade on a contemporary lamp stand valued at $150. Richardson said she expected to win because she admires Emily's work so much, She just knew she had to win.

August 13, 2014 | Jim McGowan | Localife

2014 calendar includes four early dismissal days for students starting Monday and Tuesday

Kershaw County School District students will report back to school on Monday, but the schedule for the first two days of the 2014-15 school year will look different than in years past.

August 13, 2014 | Jim McGowan | Localife

Grace Episcopal Scholarship winners

August 13, 2014 | Jim McGowan | Localife

Myths about the social safety net

"Some of my friends are destitute. Some of them are beggars/But, for me, there's a subsidy if I spend my whole life preggers."

August 13, 2014 | | Columns

Ariail for Aug. 13, 2014

August 13, 2014 | | Ariail

Candidate Clinton?

If there was doubt about whether Hillary Clinton will jump into the 2016 presidential race, it was largely dispelled earlier this week when she conducted a wide-ranging interview in which she spelled out many of her foreign-policy differences with President Obama, who was her boss until she stepped down as secretary of state 19 months ago. During her tenure at the State Department, Clinton remained a loyal soldier, though she now reveals she didn't enthusiastically support all the initiatives that were required of her by Obama.

August 13, 2014 | | Editorials

Yesteryear for Aug. 13, 2014

Sun shines on River Rat Regatta

August 13, 2014 | | Yesteryear

I have two beerkats

Yippee! It is August! We all know what that means. Is it the month when we celebrate Augustus Caesar? No. Is it the month when we have our sweat glands all working at full tilt? No. Is it the month that we get the air conditioning bill and faint dead away because it is higher than the GNP of Costa Rica? No.

August 13, 2014 | By Jim McGowan Localife editor | Columns

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August 13, 2014 | | Education

CHLC open house tonight on design guidelines

The Camden Historic Landmarks Commission (CHLC) is holding an open house today from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Camden City Council's chambers on the second floor of Camden City Hall.

August 13, 2014 | | Camden

Welcome to the new 30…

So I received my first invitation to join AARP, complete with membership card, explanation of benefits, and even an offer for a groovy free tote bag.

August 13, 2014 | By Jim Tatum Summerville Journal Scene reporter | Columns

Repairing the bridges of Kershaw County - Part 1 of 2

Drive about 20 miles north of Camden on Flat Rock Road and turn right onto McDowell Road. A little ways down -- a couple of tenths of a mile, maybe -- and the road crosses Little Flat Rock Creek. Not everyone can cross the bridge there, however. Sign posted at both ends of the bridge read "Load Notice: Weight Limit 5 tons per axle, 7 tons gross."

August 13, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Kershaw County

Burglary suspect quickly arrested

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies quickly apprehended a man accused of burglarizing a store in Cassatt on Monday.

August 13, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire

Eula Mae Chambers

Eula Mae Chambers was born on September 17, 1955 to Attie and L.J. Seegars. Eula attended Mt. Pisgah School in Kershaw, SC, and received her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of South Carolina and worked as a Social Worker. She married her husband of 34 years, Harvey Chambers in 1979. On April 15, 1985, Eula was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses. She is survived by her mother, Attie Seegars, husband, Harvey, two sons, Toney L. Seegars and Derrick Seegars, one granddaughter, Adreana Jefferson, one grandson, Derrick Seegars Jr., four sisters, Peggy Hayes, Hilda Storey, Libbie ...

August 13, 2014 | | Obituaries

Fun at the lake

What do you like to do at the lake?

August 13, 2014 | | Sidewalk Survey

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