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Lugoff man to serve 10 years after violating probation

A Lugoff man is headed to prison after violating the terms of his probation from a 2007 case of reckless homicide that claimed the life of a county woman.

August 01, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire

KershawHealth may change charity care policy

Fewer people may be eligible for "free" care at KershawHealth if the healthcare system's board of trustees signs off on a "financial assistance policy" change. Currently, the charity care policy uses a "stair step" formula to determine how much assistance to provide lower income patients.

August 01, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare

Fitch ups KH outlook, but lowers rating

Fitch Ratings upgraded its financial outlook for KershawHealth from "negative" to "stable" July 17, according to press releases issued by the ratings firm and KershawHealth on Tuesday. KershawHealth said Fitch upgraded the outlook as a reflection of the healthcare organization starting to implement its strategic plan.

August 01, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare

Ariail for Aug. 1, 2014

August 01, 2014 | | Ariail

Spurrier v. Swinney

Everyone knows that when it comes to sports, football reigns supreme here in Kershaw County and South Carolina. Whereas basketball might be the top sport in neighboring North Carolina, it's a distant second -- or probably even third -- here in the Palmetto State. And these are heady times for gridiron enthusiasts of both the University of South Carolina and Clemson; both teams have enjoyed success in the past few seasons, and that momentum has carried over into recruiting, in which both schools are piling up classes that are among the nation's best.

August 01, 2014 | | Editorials

The man who played Tony’s piano

On the Maine island where Wife Nancy and I spend time, Church of Our Father sits nestled among the hills near a small harbor called Hulls Cove.

August 01, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns

Smart people, smart ideas

When elected officials from different South Carolina cities meet to discuss economic development, the oft-heard cry is, "Let's work together!" The energy in these conversations is palpable, even though it's not yet clear how we can partner. For that reason, at the Municipal Association of South Carolina's (MASC) annual meeting in Charleston this July, its Achievement Awards were particularly exciting. If we can do nothing else, from city to city, we can learn from each other's ideas and borrow courage from one another's progress.

August 01, 2014 | By Camden Mayor Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Cheerleading camp on tap for NCHS

The North Central High School Cheerleading Team will host a two-day mini-camp on Monday, Aug. 4 and Tuesday, Aug 5 at the school.

August 01, 2014 | | Seasonal Sports

End of the road

SUMTER – In a move akin to taking a six-cylinder engine out of a car and replacing it with one with four cylinders, Jake Brazell was told to scrap the fastball and concentrate more on his off-speed pitches as he prepared to take the mound to face Florence in Tuesday's South Carolina American Legion State Baseball Tournament contest.

August 01, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports

Time, your most valuable commodity

Family. You hear a lot about the importance of family, but do you really put that into practice? Think about your own household. I don't know what goes on at your house, but I do know that people are really busy these days, trying to fit everything they can into their lives. Unfortunately, something they may forget to include in their lives is each other.

August 01, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns

Lengthy investigation yields two major arrests

Two Camden men are behind bars on multiple charges of crack cocaine distribution following a six-month investigation involving the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO), Fairfield County Sheriff's Office (FCSO) and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).

August 01, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire

Citizen committee to promote Phase 2 referenda

Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Chief Financial Officer Donnie Wilson cautioned district employees and school board trustees Monday not to aid any efforts to support two referendums tied to Phase 2 of the district's facilities equalization project (FEP).

August 01, 2014 | By Jim McGowan Localife editor | Education

Hemina Myrel Gripper

Mrs. Hemina Myrel "Mina" Gripper, 87, of Charlotte, SC, formally of Elgin, SC, passed on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at the Levine-Dickson Hospice Hose in Huntersville, NC. She was born

August 01, 2014 | | Obituaries

Counterfeit money showing up in Kershaw County

Several businesses in Camden and Kershaw County have reported receiving counterfeit money during the past several weeks, but law enforcement officials say they don't believe the fake bills are being produced in Kershaw County. Instead, official believe the counterfeit bills are unknowingly being brought to the area by people who received them elsewhere.

August 01, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire

Charles “Chuck” K. Hayes, Jr.

Charles "Chuck" K. Hayes, Jr., of Camden, SC, died Thursday, July 31, 2014. Plans are incomplete and will be announced by Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel.

August 01, 2014 | | Obituaries

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Trump a liability

Decades ago, comedian/storyteller Will Rogers said of politics, "I don't belong to any organized party. I'm a Democrat." That same philosophy could be used to describe the decision of the Republican Party to let Donald Trump moderate a Dec. 27 debate among GOP White House hopefuls. Trump, who still says he's pondering a presidential run should none of the current crop of candidates exhibit the ability to defeat President Obama next November, has no business injecting himself in such a debate, but more importantly, the Republican Party has no business allowing him to do so.

December 07, 2011 | | Editorials

Dual fire service fees

While checking my county tax assessment, I noticed that I was charged for county fire service when I have been paying the city since 1985. When trying to contact someone as to why, the first time I was put on hold for 20 minutes and had to call back. Someone finally got the needed info on the second call and when I finally got a call back all they could tell me was that I was in the county. I know where I live as I have been there since 1985, but no one could or would give me an ...

December 07, 2011 | Ronnie Boyce Camden | Letters

Yesteryear -- Dec. 7, 2011

Photo cutline -- Reid Buckley will be at the Corner Book Store tomorrow (Thursday) autographing copies of this latest book, 'Servants and their Masters', which from all accounts promises to be a best seller.

December 07, 2011 | | Yesteryear

For the soldiers

As part of a project spearheaded by the American Red Cross, Doby's Mill Elementary School students had the opportunity to make holiday cards for soldiers and veterans. They used recycled materials in Science Lab for this project in celebration of World Recycling Day. At a Family Reading Night event, fourth-grade teacher Tina Summers set up a table loaded with materials to facilitate this process. Here, Benjamin Shaw, Tamira Tucker, Sierra Kirkland, Kadee Faulkenberry, Joshua Kirkland and Daniel Parker display the cards they created in Science Lab.

December 07, 2011 | | Education

The surging Newt

WASHINGTON -- Things sure do change fast around here. One week it's Rick Perry, the next it's Herman Cain. Now it's ... Newt Gingrich?

December 07, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns

Community Medical Clinic

Picture yourself in the aftermath of losing your job. You are striving to make ends meet with a lower paying position that offers no insurance benefits. It could be any one of us at any time.

December 07, 2011 | Molly Nettles and Steve Van Horn Co-chairs of 2012 campaign, www.cmocofkc.org | Letters

Law Enforcement Report - Dec. 7, 2011

A New Jersey man is still being held at the Kershaw County Detention Center (KCDC) following a high speed chase on I-20 involving U.S. Marshals and Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies Thursday.

December 07, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire

We have a right to know

A lot has happened since one July afternoon in 2011 when I learned that my fellow residents of Camden had been deprived of the possibility to comment and voice their opinions on the city Facebook page.

December 07, 2011 | Janet Choynowski Farber Camden | Letters

Jenerette wrestles his way to title at Eastside

Lugoff-Elgin junior Allen Jenerette won the 220-pound division in last weekend's Steadman Hawkins Sports Medicine Southern Slam Invitational held at Eastside High School in Taylors.

December 07, 2011 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle

Elser joins elite panel at South African sales; Ever So Lucky has quick start for Sheppard

Kip Elser, who develops and preps yearlings and 2-year-olds at his Camden-based training facility, Kirkwood Stables, served as a panelist at the Summerhill Stud'ss Ready to Run Gallops in South Africa earlier this fall.

December 07, 2011 | Tom Didato | Equine

Bulldogs exorcise Demons, 71-57

Once forcing Lugoff-Elgin to abandon its zone scheme to go to a man-to-man defense, Camden went for the kill.

December 05, 2011 | Tom Didato | Sports

Black’s last-minute jumper leads NC past Buford, 46-45

While Justin Black's jumper with 32 seconds left in the game clock gave visiting North Central a 46-45 lead over Buford on Friday, the guests were hardly out of the woods at the time.

December 05, 2011 | | North Central High/Middle

This week in Kershaw County sports

Monday: Robert E. Lee Academy at North Central (BB – 6 p.m.)

December 05, 2011 | | Sports

Holiday Toy Train exhibit to open at Historic Camden Saturday

At the close of the 19th century, a German named Marklin introduced several series of gauged toy trains sets that included ready-to-use track sections, locomotives, cars and accessories, plus enticing add-on pieces for future Christmas and birthday gifts. Within two years, Lionel's first electric train was chugging around its track in holiday store windows beckoning all to the magical world of toy trains.

December 05, 2011 | | Localife

Petition organizers try to submit signatures

A group of citizens and others supporting a referendum concerning a proposed YMCA-managed sports complex in Camden said Mayor Jeffrey Graham rebuffed its efforts to turn in signatures connected to a petition seeking the referendum.

December 05, 2011 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden

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