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December 22, 2014 | | Ariail

Noted and passed - Dec. 22, 2014

• Beverly Hope Melton's murder on Dec. 26 three years ago shocked Kershaw and Chesterfield counties. Nickolas Jermaine Miller, 26, continues to be held at the Kershaw County Detention Center (KCDC) after he reportedly confessed to abducting Melton in Chesterfield County, repeatedly raping her and then beating her death with a baseball bat in Kershaw County. Miller even led authorities to Melton's body. Despite his reported confession, Miller has yet to work out a plea deal or face a jury. And he won't, as we reported Friday, until Feb. 9, 2016, more than four years after his arrest ...

December 22, 2014 | | Editorials

Again, KershawHealth is year’s top story

After years of declaring a group or person of the year, I used this space a year ago to name KershawHealth the 2013 story of the year.

December 22, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns

Letters: Young reader recounts ‘best toy’

It would be very difficult to name all of my favorite toys of my past, but the ones that really stick out upon the rest are the ones that didn't come from Walmart, Target or any other store.

December 22, 2014 | Holly Herndon, 12 Lugoff | Letters

Rich: Oh, Christmas tree

It was late in the summer of my parents' lives that I was born into a family with three children well on their way to being grown and done with home.

December 22, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns

Felder: The tragedy of Bill Cosby

I threw away my Bill Cosby book a few days ago. It was funny, and it made me laugh but now because of who wrote it, it disgusts me. Perhaps that is petty, but I cannot read it or watch shows associated with Bill Cosby any longer.

December 22, 2014 | Tenell Felder | Columns

S.C. Noble: Republicans have an attitude problem

When I was a school boy, there was a kid down the street named Rodney who had an "attitude problem," or at least that's what the adults called it. To me and my friends, Rodney was just a jerk.

December 22, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Lady Bulldogs take a bite out of injury-riddled Lady Demons

This would be the perfect time for Von Duncan to pull out the "woe is me" card. Instead, the Lugoff-Elgin girls' basketball coach puts on a stoic face and stares down adversity the only way she know how.

December 22, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports

Zone-busters

Wanting to conserve some energy in a breakneck-paced scheme, Camden High interim head basketball coach Ron McKie Jr. went to a zone defense Friday night, as opposed to the constant man-to-man pressure which the first-year Bulldog boss favors.

December 22, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports

Sanders Stoney Post 203 Christmas celebration

December 22, 2014 | | Military

I-20 ramp accident

Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) personnel work to extricate two passengers from this car around 1 p.m. Thursday, which apparently rolled over several times after having gone up an embankment on the eastbound I-20 ramp at Camden Exit 98. Dispatchers initially told the LF-R the accident took place on I-20 itself, but Lugoff Rescue 10, Service 10 and Battalion 1 soon found the accident was on the ramp. LF-R crews stabilized the vehicle and successfully extricated both patients with rescue tools. LF-R Chief Dennis Ray said KershawHealth EMS transported both patients to Palmetto Richland for possible trauma, with a LF-R firefighter ...

December 22, 2014 | | Crime-Police-Fire

L-EHS Drama Dept. showcases student work

Lugoff-Elgin High School (L-EHS) drama students recently portrayed the perils, joys and everyday challenges of high school life in their winter production. The play consisted of a series of monologues, written by L-EHS Drama III students, dealing with issues such as pregnancy, parent's divorce, social media mishaps, relationship issues and navigating friendships. The play followed a group of students through their senior year in high school.

December 22, 2014 | Tenell Felder | Education

Gary is KCSD Food Service Employee of the Month

Twenty-four years ago, Brenda Gary began working at Camden High School as a food service employee within the Kershaw County School District (KCSD). Gary worked at Camden High until last year when officials determined help was needed at Leslie M. Stover Middle School's cafeteria in Elgin.

December 22, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Education

KershawHealth board to discuss finances tonight

Finances will be the focus of tonight's meeting of the KershawHealth Board of Trustees. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the Health Resource Center on Battleship Road in Camden, and is open to the public.

December 22, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Healthcare

Belle Brooks Williams

Funeral service for Mrs. Belle Brookes Williams, 94, of 110 Railroad Avenue in Camden, will be held Tuesday, December 23, 2014, at 11:00 A.M. at Collins Funeral Home chapel with burial in the Cedars Cemetery. Friends may visit at 1840 Lovett Road in Camden. Collins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

December 22, 2014 | | Obituaries

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Kohn signs deal with Braves

Less than seven weeks after having signed a major league contract with the Tampa Bay Rays, Camden native Michael Kohn was signed to a minor league contract by the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday.

December 05, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports

Ariail for Dec. 5, 2014

December 05, 2014 | | Ariail

Editorial: Spending run amok

Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma has long waged a campaign against the excessive government spending that has become the rule rather than the exception in Washington. For several years, he has published his "wastebook," which details some of the most egregious money-wasting projects of the federal government. Coburn's stepping down from his senatorial slot, and has released the last of his wastebooks. Some, as usual, defy comprehension. Here, according to one national media outlet, are some of the most glaring examples of how Uncle Sam can throw your money away.

December 05, 2014 | | Editorials

Tucker: What I’m un-thankful for

It didn't take my friend Waylon Fortenberry of Chesterfield County long to call me following my Thanksgiving column of last week.

December 05, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns

Rampell: How the U.S. economy got its mojo back

Unhappy with the economic recovery in the United States? Could be worse.

December 05, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns

Letter: Be careful on social media

I read Simone T. Owens column on "Social media is to blame?" today with interest and I have to agree with many of her comments. Her comment "to allow people to connect instantaneously and see and read what close acquaintances and friends were doing anywhere in the world" is quite true. It allows anyone reading Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and others to read what that person has posted unless they have made every effort for their posts to be private. Even then "private" has a lot of holes in it.

December 05, 2014 | Lee Griggs Camden | Letters

Phillips: Another place and time

The inspiration and subject for this weekly column comes from a variety of sources. Some come easily while others are not quite so obvious. Writing about a holiday or something that's in the news doesn't require a lot of pondering, while other subjects don't present themselves quite as readily.

December 05, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns

Scully: The eRevolution is here

The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. Working in partnership with the 49 state municipal leagues, the NLC serves as an advocate for the more than 19,000 cities, villages and towns it represents.

December 05, 2014 | By Camden Mayor Tony Scully C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Noble: Turkeys, Obama’s amnesty and America

In my family, it's a tradition that my daughter does all the cooking for Thanksgiving. Like all good traditions, it is a part of the fabric of our family holidays. On Wednesday before Thanksgiving, she and I went to the local Publix to buy all the ingredients for this special dinner. I know that it's special as the tape read $157.23 for this one meal's fixings, but we'll have to save the high price of groceries for another column.

December 05, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Retired surgeon, animal shelter supporter remembered

A retired surgeon is being remembered as a supporter of the Kershaw County Humane Society's Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter.

December 05, 2014 | By Martin L. Cahn and Gary Phillips C-I editorial staff | Miscellaneous

Utility van donated to animal shelter

The Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter in Camden recently received a major donation. George Sensor donated a van to the shelter to transport animals to veterinary facilities, foster homes and to other shelter facilities and rescue groups where the animals may be adopted.

December 05, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County

Classically Christmas

December 05, 2014 | | Camden

Hanley not running for reelection as Elgin’s mayor

Elgin Mayor Brad Hanley will not run for reelection in February. Hanley, elected four years ago in 2011, said he is still considering a run for a regular council seat in order to continue his public service. He said he would make a decision in the coming weeks.

December 05, 2014 | Tenell Felder | Lugoff-Elgin

Kershaw, Fairfield counties to FEMA: lower flood elevations

Property owners with land around Lake Wateree may be receiving good news, thanks to a recent study commissioned by Kershaw and Fairfield counties finding the base flood elevation for the lake is higher than needed. The lake lies in both counties.

December 05, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County

KCSD rated ‘high return on investment’ for second time

For the second time in four years, the Center for American Progress (CAP) is rating the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) as providing a "high return on its investment. The district received the same distinction in 2011 and is the only Midlands school district -- and only one of 10 in the state -- to earn the honor this year.

December 05, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Education

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