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Grandmother concerned about child’s health risks

Dear Annie: My pregnant granddaughter smokes. She has switched to electronic cigarettes, telling her husband that these are completely safe and will not affect the baby in any way. She also claims there is no danger of secondhand smoke.

January 23, 2012 | | Dear Annie


Noted and passed

• We're glad to see that Alzheimer's Disease is finally getting the attention it deserves as far as efforts to combat it. Health experts met recently in Washington to make plans for the first national plan to fight the horrid disease. The top goal in the early draft of the National Alzheimer's Project Act is to prevent and effectively treat the malady by 2025. Finally, public funding and attention could rival that given to cancer and heart disease, and that, of course, is a good thing for the millions of families affected.

January 23, 2012 | | Editorials


YMCA would attract families, spark growth

Two and a half years ago my husband and I decided that it was time to plant roots closer to family. I grew up in a military family bouncing from place to place about every four years so picking the right time to move with minimal emotional repercussions for our daughter was important to us. Growing up, I tried to understand that my parents were making major sacrifices for our country and respected that. With that said, as a kid it always came down to the fact that it took a lot of effort to pick up and make new ...

January 23, 2012 | Jessica Kemp Camden | Letters


‘Speed booking’

Sixth-grade students at Lugoff-Elgin Middle School -- including Tyesha Jett, Katelyn Vandevander, Brandon Phillips, Justin Dorton,Otensia Anderson, Turner Stockman, Camille Sullivan, Autum Walker-Cornell, Zac Branham, Elizabeth Talbert, Jay Lynch, Caitlyn Simon, Caden Britton and Greta Tautkus -- participated in "speed booking" during their lunch period. The event was coordinated by Jennifer Lanier, a University of South Carolina intern under the supervision of Anne Lemieux. Students were given 30 seconds to "sell" their book to the student across from them and then they rotated. This experience gave the students the opportunity to discover new books they might be interested in reading and ...

January 23, 2012 | | Education


Legislature questions dredging permit

The port issue heated up this week at the State House. Both the House and Senate have resolutions pending that would suspend the authority of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) for all decisions it has made since 2007 regarding the navigability, depth, dredging, wastewater and sludge disposal concerning the South Carolina portion of the Savannah River. The legislature argues it gave this authority to the Savannah River Maritime Authority by statute in 2007.

January 23, 2012 | S.C. Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Recognitions lead off city agenda

Miss Camden and Miss Camden Teen will be joined by city employees Robbie Truesdale and Mark Proctor in special recognitions at Camden City Council's Tuesday morning meeting.

January 23, 2012 | | Camden


Tickets now on sale for Feb. 25 DU banquet

The annual Wateree Chapter Ducks Unlimited Banquet will be held on Saturday, Feb. 25 at TenEleven Galleria located on Broad Street downtown Camden.

January 23, 2012 | | Sports


Petra D. Boykin

A graveside service for Petra Denise Boykin, 29, of Elgin, will be held Sunday at 3:00 p.m. in Zion Episcopal Church Cemetery. The Rev. Susan Wight will officiate. The family will receive friends Friday 7-9 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. Memorials may be made to a Hospice of one's choice.

January 20, 2012 | | Obituaries


I call him Merle…

Not so long ago I was reading an interview with a classical musician in which the reporter who was questioning the artist asked, "Who is your favorite composer?"

January 20, 2012 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


New petition misleading

We were under the impression that the new petition being circulated regarding the Camden Sports Complex was a petition for a referendum. After all, the motto of the petition effort is "Let the People Decide." An analysis of the petition website frames it in a similar way. Indeed, the name chosen for the petition group is the "Camden Recreation Referendum Coalition," and the reason given for creating the organization is to present Camden's City Council with a petition requesting a binding referendum to allow the registered voters of Camden to choose between supporting this project or not supporting it.

January 20, 2012 | Austin Jenkins and Karin Jenkins, MD Camden for the Y | Letters


Camden strategic planning

Since my election in 2008, I have led our Council in designing an annual strategic plan. A strategic plan is a strong management tool which helps both the Council and the City staff to focus energy toward the same goals. It is a disciplined planning process to develop an annual vision. Before we begin the multi-step process covering vision, mission, objectives, values, strategies, goals and programs, we must review our current status. This planning also provides us with benchmarks for historic reviews. This plan becomes our focus for the future.

January 20, 2012 | Camden Mayor Jeffrey Graham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


‘...leave us to our old tried and true ways’

I am writing in response to a letter in the Chronicle-Independent dated January 11th from Andrew Pope. Surely he checked Camden and its facilities very carefully before making his move. If the Y was so important to him, he must have discovered that Camden has no Y, but has many exercise spots indoors and outdoors. This has been the Camden way of life for a long time … a way that many of us truly enjoy. There is so much in Camden to be proud of -- do not try to change it. If Camden does not have what you want for ...

January 20, 2012 | Henrietta McWillie Camden | Letters


Deer slayer (a misnomer)

To characterize me as a deer slayer, a hunter, or an outdoorswoman would be incongruous, to say the least. I do know how to handle a gun, having had a brother who assumed I might be of interest as a playmate if I knew how to shoot. Therefore, he dared me to shoot a double barrel shotgun and blow out the pantry window. Naturally, a challenge such as this required action. I shot out the window, was kicked a summersault, and expected the deserved whipping. (No one called or thought of DSS back then.) Mother, a widow, was too thankful ...

January 20, 2012 | Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Food for the Soul receives donation

January 20, 2012 | | Localife


3-D solo exhibit on display at FAC

The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) welcomes 3-D artist Jen Pepper whose work will be showcased at the FAC beginning with an opening reception today at 6 p.m. in the Bassett Gallery. Join us for the opening reception prior to the production of the "Chicago -- The Musical" which starts at 8 p.m. The reception is sponsored by First Community Bank and includes light hors d'ouevres and a cash bar.

January 20, 2012 | | Localife


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Rec. Notes: KC swim team registration

The Kershaw County Swim team will have registration April 21 through May 9.

April 18, 2014 | | Kershaw County


“Robert Mills: Designs for Democracy”

Robert Mills was the first American born and trained architect. He called himself "Robert Mills, Architect of Public Buildings." Indeed, Mills established a new scale and standard for public buildings in Washington, D. C. when he designed the Treasury Building, the Patent Office, and the General Post Office in the 1830s and early 1840s. In other parts of the country, Mills designed buildings that were sensitive to regional values and local architectural traditions. Always his attention was on permanency and fireproofing for his public buildings.

April 18, 2014 | Katherine Richardson | Columns


Fergus Reid Buckley

Fergus Reid Buckley passed away in Camden, South Carolina on April 14, 2014. He was the younger brother of conservative figure William F. Buckley, Jr. and of the Honorable James L. Buckley, former U.S. Senator from New York and Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

April 18, 2014 | | Obituaries


FAC presents Seasons of the South

The Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County will present an original Earth Day celebration, Seasons of the South, at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Wood Auditorium.

April 18, 2014 | | Localife


Charlie Horace Olive

Charlie Horace Olive was born December 31, 1914, in Cataula, GA and passed away peacefully on April 14, 2014, in LaGrange, GA.

April 18, 2014 | | Obituaries


Richard Lee Porter

Mr. Richard Lee Porter 47, of 937 Berry Road, Bishopville, South Carolina, passed on Friday, April 11, 2014. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, April 18, 2014 at 2:00 PM at Elizabeth Baptist Church in Bishopville, SC. Burial will be at Elizabeth Baptist Church Cemetery in Bishopville, SC. Hailes Funeral Home is serving the family.

April 18, 2014 | | Obituaries


Erasing the race card

WASHINGTON -- One approaches the race fray with trepidation, but here we go, tippy-toe.

April 18, 2014 | Kathleen Parker | Columns


Trio of Grade I winners eye Temple Gwathmey

Three Grade 1 winners, 2013 winner Decoy Daddy, and a formidable front-runner will line up on Saturday for the $50,000 Temple Gwathmey (Gr. 3), featured race of the 93rd annual Middleburg Spring Races.

April 18, 2014 | | Equine


These lovable furry friends need homes

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Boyd, a 7-month-old neutered male cat and Sophie, a 6-month-old female terrier mix. She is very energetic, playful and friendly. 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 shelter is closed Sunday and Monday. The shelter is closed Sunday and Monday. For information on the shelter ...

April 18, 2014 | | Pets


Clinic Classic hits the streets on April 26

The seventh annual Clinic Classic 10K run and 5K walk/run, presented by McDonald's of Camden, will take to the streets of Camden on Saturday, April 26.

April 16, 2014 | | Sports


SCSU's Pough to be guest speaker at CMS sports gala

Tickets are now on sale for Camden Middle School's inaugural Sports Gala to be held on Friday, May 23 at the school beginning at 6 p.m.

April 16, 2014 | | Sports


Elliott to talk USC football at Gamecock Club event in Camden

The Kershaw County Gamecock Club will hold its annual "Great to be a Gamecock Gathering" on Tuesday, April 29 at the Old South Restaurant in Camden at 6:30 p.m.

April 16, 2014 | | Sports


A scorned South Carolina hero

April 11, 2014 was a very important day in the history of South Carolina. Few people noticed that anything much happened – but I would argue that this was the day we as a state did two very important things.

April 16, 2014 | Phil Noble | Columns


The Colbert Report

WASHINGTON -- In selecting Stephen Colbert to replace David Letterman as host of the "Late Show," CBS has waged war on America's heartland -- or so proclaims that Palm Beach font of heartland mirth, Rush Limbaugh.

April 16, 2014 | Kathleen Parker | Columns


Thank you to the CPD and KCSD

On behalf of the Tour de Camden bicycle ride I would like to thank the Camden City Police and the Kershaw County Sheriff's Department. On Saturday April 12, 2014 we held the Tour de Camden with the ride beginning en masse from Historic Camden. We had about 150 riders of all levels of ability.

April 16, 2014 | | Letters


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