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Posted: September 22, 2015 4:05 p.m.
Updated: September 23, 2015 1:00 a.m.

Residents against pornography meet

A group of Kershaw County residents concerned about pornography in children’s comic books met Tuesday to see exactly what children are being sold to read.

The Rev. Richard Bello, leader of the group, Citizens for Morality, said most people are unaware of that “sexually oriented” materials, bordering on hardcore pornography, can be purchased at convenience stores, supermarkets, drug stores and ordinary bookstores.

Bello said the state had identified and defined what is sexually oriented material and showed examples of materials he considered to be pornographic according to South Carolina state law.

The reading materials he presented came from comic books expressly made for children. Bello showed examples of sexually-oriented material in comic books like Conan the Barbarian, Creepy, Eerie, Howard the Duck, Vampirella and the magazine National Lampoon.

Bello said most of the material presented contained in whole or in part, depictions of nudity or sexual conduct the state considers harmful to minors.

The Rev. George Autry, pastor of Harvest Baptist Church of Lugoff, said there is a basic misconception that people cannot do anything about pornography.

“We have the law, we know what it says, it’s just a matter of enforcing them,” he said.

Autry said pornography was an affront to the dignity of womanhood, the sanctity of marriage and caused the corruption of young, impressionable minds.

“This is not a Christian issue,” he said. “It is a moral one.”

Former postmaster McCaskill dies

Daniel Murdoch McCaskill, a well-known business leader and former Camden postmaster, died Friday morning at Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia after an illness of several weeks. He was 65.

Born in Camden, he was a son of the late Daniel M. and Bessie Lee Walker McCaskill. He was the postmaster of the Camden Post Office from 1958 to 1980.

Tommy Rose of the South Carolina National Bank said Mr. McCaskill served the community well and professionally in his job.

“At the bank, we were always impressed by his cheerful and friendly manner, and he was always helpful in his capacity as postmaster.

Another friend and board member, William F. Nettles III, said Mr. McCaskill will certainly be missed in the community. Nettles, executive vice president of the South Carolina Savings and Loan League, described Mr. McCaskill as a delightful person to be with socially, a good friend and a good director.

Mr. McCaskill was a graduate of Camden High School and received a bachelor of arts degree from Wofford College. He also did graduate work at the University of Virginia and the University of Quebec in Canada.

Mr. McCaskill was a World War II army veteran, having served in the European campaign. He was a retired warrant officer of the South Carolina National Guard. He was an editor of the Clan McLeod newsletter and a member of the Mensa Society.

Looking into a crystal ball?

Columbia psychic predicts growth in Kershaw County

She’s more than just a palm on the highway, she’s South Carolina’s  first licensed psychic counselor. That’s Mary Green, well-known Columbia psychic and lecturer.

“I never wanted to be a minister in a pulpit, but a minister to help people,” Green said.

Green gave some advice and a few predictions Monday morning to members and guests at the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce during the September Coffee Club at the Seafood Hut, sponsored by South Carolina National Bank.

She said God gives every one of us a gift, and some take the form of hunches, gut feelings or premonitions.

“Everyone has it if you listen and use it,” she said.

Mary Green has been involved in psychic counseling for about 31 years. She has also made numerous radio and television appearances and has spoken in front of a wide range of groups.

She said some people ask her, “if you’re so smart, why aren’t you rich?” Her reply is that she has two healthy children, a 41-year marriage and good friends for support.

“That is rich,” she said.


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