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Elgin preparing for Christmas Toy Round Up

Though Christmas is five months away, charitable organizations in Kershaw County are already working to provide toys and food to families in need this Christmas. Elgin's Toy Round Up is one of those organizations. Elgin Police Chief Harold Brown, who is director of the Elgin Toy Drive, said preparing for Christmas is a year-round effort.

July 30, 2014 | Tenell Felder | Lugoff-Elgin

Three rabies cases reported in Camden

Three Kershaw County residents are undergoing treatment for rabies after contracting the disease from the same stray cat. The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental control (DHEC) reported the cat exposed the three people during separate incidents on July 21 and 22 in Camden before being captured. Lab tests confirmed the cat as rabid on July 23.

July 30, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Healthcare

Man arrested for attacking son

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a 48-year-old Kershaw County man Saturday after he allegedly assaulted his 12-year-old son.

July 30, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire

Crime Report - July 30, 2014

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) investigated two missing persons cases recently.

July 30, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire

Up in smoke

SUMTER -- Watching as Post 17 lost its lead to Inman in Sunday's second round of the South Carolina American Legion Baseball Tournament, starting pitcher Grey Hoke smashed his plastic Gatorade bottle to the floor of the first base dugout at Riley Park.

July 30, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports

Ann Dillon Barns

Ann Dillon Barns, 86, wife of Tom Barnes, formerly of Camden died July 26, 2014. Visitation 6-8pm August 1 and 10-11am Saturday followed by service at 11am all at Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home Bradley Creek Chapel, Wilmington NC. www.quinnmcgowen.com

July 30, 2014 | | Obituaries

Curtis Leon Drakeford

Funeral services for Curtis Leon Drakeford, 77, will be held Friday, August 1, 2014 at 10:00 am at Door of Hope Ministries, 984 Wateree Blvd, Camden SC. Burial to follow at Ft Jackson National Cemetery in Columbia. Pastors Gerald Brown and Lomarie Caldwell will officiate. Viewing will be held on Thursday morning at 11:00 am at Brown's Funeral Home in Camden. Curtis Drakeford was born on May 10, 1937, and passed award on Monday, July 28, 2014. He was head deacon at Door of Hope Ministries, directed the men's fellowship, and ministered at Manning Correctional Prison ...

July 30, 2014 | | Obituaries

Robert “Bobby” William Grimm

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Robert "Bobby" William Grimm, 45, of Camden will be held at 2:00 PM Thursday, July 31, 2014 at First Baptist Church of Camden. Rev. Bruce Hancock will officiate. The family will receive friends Wednesday, July 30 from 6:00-7:30 PM at Kornegay Funeral Home Camden Chapel. Memorials may be made in Bobby's memory to Kershaw County Special Olympics, P. O. Box 310, Camden, SC 29021.

July 30, 2014 | | Obituaries

Myrel Hermina Gripper

Mrs. Myrel Hermina Gripper, 87, of 302 Smyrna Road, Elgin, South Carolina, passed on Thursday, July 24, 2014. Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 1 p.m. at Fort Clark Baptist Church in Elgin, SC. Burial will follow at the Fort Clark Baptist Church Cemetery in Elgin, SC. Haile's Funeral Home is in serving the family.

July 30, 2014 | | Obituaries

Nanley Holmes

Mr. Nanley Holmes, 86, of 146 Battleship Road, Camden died Monday. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Brown's Funeral Home, Camden, who is serving the Holmes Family.

July 30, 2014 | | Obituaries

Cathy Anne Tidwell

Funeral service for Cathy Anne Tidwell, 65, will be held on Thursday at 3:00 p.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation.

July 30, 2014 | | Obituaries

New kid on the block

Hey, y'all! I am Jim McGowan. I am the most recent addition to the award-winning staff of the Chronicle-Independent. I can only hope to live up to their high standards. It will not be easy. I will be the Localife editor and cover the education beat.

July 30, 2014 | By Jim McGowan Localife editor | Columns

Op-Ed: Let parents give directly to public schools

A federal nutrition program that places new restrictions on snacks and beverages sold in schools also provides an opportunity for some fresh thinking about school fundraisers.

July 30, 2014 | Trip DuBard, executive director SC Future Minds | Columns

Reader ‘pleased’ with Amtrak plan

Having spent many hours working to get the historic Seaboard Railroad station preserved, I was extremely pleased to see that Amtrak was at the city council work session June 22 to present its plan for improvements to the station.

July 30, 2014 | Kay Polk Camden | Letters

Rhame Arena concept

During the last Camden City Council work session, and as reported in the July 28 Chronicle-Independent, the concept of "adaptive reuse" of Rhame Arena was discussed. It was during this discussion that it was noted that the concept and sketch under discussion was developed by the daughter of Marti Wallace and Mike Jones (Elizabeth Ancrum Jones). Miss Jones developed her proposal several years ago. After a discussion of the property during a prior council meeting, her work was provided to city staff for their consideration.

July 30, 2014 | X. Willard Polk Camden | Letters

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King Haiglar Garden Club to hold Easter-themed gathering

The King Haiglar Garden Club will meet at 227 Friendship Road, Camden (Carolyn Brown's) at 3 p.m. Monday, April 9th. Everyone will depart at 3:15 p.m. to car pool to 1559 Wild Turkey Lane (Mary Acken's). Mary will host the club along with Nancy Wylie and Michelle Herod.

April 06, 2012 | | Localife

Voter ID

Politicians are known to exaggerate from time to time, and U.S. Rep. James Clyburn followed that tradition earlier this week when he said a South Carolina law requiring voters to show a picture ID when going to the polls hearkens back to the Jim Crow era, when all sorts of measures prevented blacks from going to the polls. Those days are gone forever, though they remained in force for too long, and the new law -- it's being challenged by the Obama administration's Justice Department -- poses no threat to trying to disenfranchise people. Rather, it's a safeguard ...

April 06, 2012 | | Editorials

The planes that didn’t crash

Most of us are familiar with the antiquated adage of "no news is good news" or its cohort, "bad news travels fast." With the former, the absence of information to the contrary justifies continued optimism. Bad news is usually associated with more urgent matters; matters we are inclined to transfer more quickly to one another. Good news is boring, right? News is defined one way as "matter that is newsworthy." Newsworthy is defined as "interesting enough to the general public to warrant reporting." If we really think about it, good news rarely fits the definition of "news" because it is ...

April 06, 2012 | Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Helen R. Owens

Graveside service for Helen R. Owens, 72, Cassatt, will be held Saturday at 2:00 p.m. in Wateree Baptist Church Cemetery, Camden. The Rev. Steve Leigh, the Rev. Homer Hinson and the Rev. Bobby James Jr. will officiate. The family will receive friends Friday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. Memorials may be made to Beaverdam Baptist Church.

April 06, 2012 | | Obituaries

Luther Martin

Funeral service for Sgt. Luther Martin, 79, of Camden, will be held Monday at 12:30 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff, with burial to follow in Fort Jackson National Cemetery. The Rev. Dr. James Coleman will officiate.

April 06, 2012 | | Obituaries

CAST continues mission against DUI

As of last spring, Kershaw County had the highest percentage of alcohol-related automobile fatalities in the state.

April 06, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Crime-Police-Fire

David Meyers

Memorial services for David Lee Meyers, 63, of Camden, will be held at a later date in the Missouri Veterans Cemetery at Higgensville, in Higgensville, MO. The family will receive friends Saturday, April 7, 2012 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel.

April 06, 2012 | | Obituaries

Drakeford aims for third CCC term

Camden City Councilwoman Alfred Mae Drakeford announced recently she is seeking re-election for a third term.

April 06, 2012 | | Politics

Obamacare faces the Supremes

Obamacare faced a tough crowd at the Supreme Court. But those tough, probing questions from Justice Anthony Kennedy, the court's key swing voter, give defenders of the Affordable Care Act reasons to have hope.

April 06, 2012 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns

Ridge View holds off North Central in 11-10 slugfest

Some ballparks giveth. But when it comes to American Legion Park, the big ball yard in Camden usually takeths away.

April 06, 2012 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle

Pets of the week -- April 6, 2012

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Zipporah, a 3-year-old domestic orange and white cat, and Allie, a 1-year-old female German Shepherd dog. 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 ...

April 06, 2012 | | Pets

Rec notes -- April 6, 2012

For anyone who hates to exercise, Zumba will feel more like a Salsa party than a workout. Zumba has a fast, energetic workout that is fun and addictive. You get lost in the music and dance and don't realize you're getting such a great workout! This is a great remedy for anyone looking for a fat-burning pick-me-up with a positive energy blast that will leave you feeling happy and energized.

April 06, 2012 | | Miscellaneous

The human condition

Atheists have a new reason to say there's no such thing as "God" this week.

April 06, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Columns

Sheheen files for return to Senate

Known for his bipartisan approach to government reform and economic development, S.C. Sen. Vincent Sheheen has announced his bid for re-election to Senate District 27, including areas in Kershaw, Chesterfield and Lancaster counties.

April 06, 2012 | | Politics

BUNNY BUSINESS

Small armies of children gathered both in Camden Tuesday and in Conifer Acres in Lugoff Monday for the rec department's annual events where some 1,000 eggs are planted at each site.

April 06, 2012 | | Miscellaneous

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