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Lugoff Optimist Club says thanks

It's absolutely awesome! It's incredibly unbelievable! That's what your support year after year means to the Lugoff Optimist Club. Each year we send out a letter asking for your financial help in order that elementary students can attend a play that teaches a lesson that is crucial to their school years. This year's play taught a lesson on anti-bullying.

December 17, 2012 | Larry Patrick Lugoff | Letters


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December 17, 2012 | | Education


Feature photo: Kershaw County Christmas Parade

December 17, 2012 | | Miscellaneous


Coping with grief during the holidays

Grief is a healthy, human response to situations, such as the death of a loved one; separation or divorce; injury or disability; loss of job, property or pet and even children leaving home, especially for the first time.

December 17, 2012 | Clifton H. Anderson Special to the C-I | People & Places


Colonial Cup steward, Groat, passes away

Stephen Pitcher Groat, a devoted steeplechase official and the presiding steward at last month's 43rd running of the Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup steeplechase races, died Tuesday after a long and courageous battle against cancer. He was 67.

December 14, 2012 | | Equine


Ariail for Dec. 14, 2012

December 14, 2012 | | Ariail


Yankee seasoning

Which local business man and his wife have been deck hands on the U.S.S. Constitution?

December 14, 2012 | By Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Dogs roll past Crestwood; NC drops pair

Senior guard Josh Council scored a season-best 24 points to lead Camden to a 58-44 victory over visiting Crestwood in a Tuesday night contest played between the two former conference rivals.

December 14, 2012 | | Seasonal Sports


Archives director retires; Richardson named successor

Howard Branham is retiring today as director of the Camden Archives and Museum. Branham began working at the archives in March 1998 and became its director in 2008 following the death of the previous director, Agnes Corbett.

December 14, 2012 | | Camden


Colonial Cup’s ‘Salute to the Military’

The Carolina Cup Racing Association's "Salute to the Military" at last month's 43rd running of the Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup Steeplechase proved to be a flag-waving event in more ways than one with the unveiling of a mural of "Old Glory" sponsored by McDonald's. It was sent to a South Carolina National Guard (SCNG) unit now in Afghanistan.

December 14, 2012 | | Miscellaneous


Lyttleton Street UMC presents a live Nativity scene Dec. 23

The Youth of Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church will present a live Nativity scene, Dec. 23 at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. They invite the public to join them for this special event. Afterwards, guests are invited to the Family Life Center for hot chocolate and to view the Christmas Tree Showcase. Children's and youth Sunday school classes have chosen a theme, made ornaments and decorated the trees that are featured in the showcase. Lyttleton Street UMC wishes the community a Merry Christmas.

December 14, 2012 | | People & Places


Bel Canto coming to Mt. Moriah Baptist

Bel Canto, a musical ensemble of Columbia, will present a Christmas program on Saturday, Dec. 22 at 6 p.m. at Moriah Baptist Church, located on the corner of Broad and York Streets. The program will feature carols, spirituals, modern pieces and gospel selections.

December 14, 2012 | | People & Places


Who’s afraid of the fiscal cliff?

Maybe the Tea Party folks were right about the corrupting influences of Washington. Two years after the Tea Party radicals hit their high point with a wave of mid-term House elections, Republicans are pointing fingers at one another and bickering so much that it is hard to tell them from Democrats.

December 14, 2012 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Look in the mirror

While President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner continue negotiations in an attempt to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff, Americans across the country -- including, of course, many right here in Kershaw County -- are voicing their concerns about the irresponsibility of the federal government. But surveys of voters show a curious trend, and if we Americans want to look at one cause of the huge national debt and the dysfunction of Uncle Sam, we need look no further than ourselves.

December 14, 2012 | | Editorials


More on SS/HS grant

I wish to thank the Chronicle-Independent for its recent series of articles and columns surrounding the anniversary of Michael Smith's murder and the community reaction which followed. As the Project Director of the Safe Schools / Healthy Students Initiative, I'd like to commend your excellent coverage as well as add a few items:

December 14, 2012 | Kevin Rhodes, KCSD Project Director Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative | Letters


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Ariail for April 27, 2015

April 27, 2015 | | Ariail


Editorial: An eyesore

In the most recent installment of our "Is Kershaw County being left behind?" series of articles on economic development, we looked at some non-industrial pieces of the puzzle. One highly visible sign of economic health in a community -- successful or poor -- is the number of active storefronts, whether individual buildings or as part of shopping centers.

April 27, 2015 | | Editorials


Rich: The fire

We stood in the charred remains of a life that once was -- my sister and I -- and said not a word. What was there to say? Finally, I spoke.

April 27, 2015 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Central downs Knights to take fourth in Region 4-AA

Central broke open a close game by scoring a combined 10 runs in the fourth and fifth frames to lock up the fourth and final playoff slot in Region 4-AA baseball with a 14-3 win over host North Central last Friday night.

April 27, 2015 | | North Central High/Middle


Dutch Fork trips up Demons

Dutch Fork wrapped up the Region 4-4A baseball title with a 3-1 win over Lugoff-Elgin on Friday night at Optimist Field.

April 27, 2015 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Tracy E. Bennett Jr.

Tracy E. Bennett, Jr., 29, of 1188 Shady Lane in Camden, died Thursday, April 23, 2015. Plans are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Collins Funeral Home. Collins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements..

April 27, 2015 | | Obituaries


Garland D. Collins

Funeral service for Garland Dexter "Tootsie" Collins, 87, will be held on Wednesday at 12:00 p.m. at El-Bethel Faith Community Church with burial to follow in Fort Jackson National Cemetery. The Rev. Joe Stines will officiate. The family will receive friends Tuesday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Dentsville Masonic Lodge, El-Bethel Faith Community Church or a charity of one's choice.

April 27, 2015 | | Obituaries


FAC Multi-Cultural Committee seeks input

The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County's (FAC) Multi-Cultural committee is currently planning its 2015-2016 season. The committee would like to invite other cultural representatives of the community to join the committee and share their thoughts and ideas about the possibility of a holiday event to showcase different cultures. The committee is requesting that any interested persons please send their contact information to executive director Kristin Cobb at kcobb@fineartscenter.org.

April 27, 2015 | | Arts


Dogs drub Dreher, 10-0

With a post-season berth already in hand, Camden began its climb up the Region 4-AAA baseball ladder on Thursday with a 10-0 win over Dreher in Columbia.

April 27, 2015 | | Camden High/Middle


This week in Kershaw County Sports

Monday: Irmo at Camden (G – 4 p.m.); Andrew Jackson at North Central (G – 4 p.m.); Hartsville at Lugoff-Elgin (G – 4:30 p.m.); Central at Camden Military Academy (BB – 4:30 p.m.); Wilson at Camden (TEN – 5 p.m.); North Central at Columbia (GSOC – 6:30 p.m.); Lugoff-Elgin at Camden Military Academy (BSOC – 6 p.m.); Lugoff-Elgin at Lexington (GSOC – 6 p.m.); Lugoff-Elgin at River Bluff (TEN – 6 p.m.); Lugoff-Elgin at Chapin (BB – 6:30 p.m.)

April 27, 2015 | | Sports


Ariail for April 24, 2015

April 24, 2015 | | Ariail


Editorial: Social Security

Lawmakers in Washington have long ignored the fact that the Social Security system in this country is broken. On the brink of insolvency, Social Security needs major revamping, whether it comes in the form of benefit reductions, tax increases or both. Congress has refused to consider benefit cuts decades out in the future, even for young adults who are just now starting to pay into the system. They are turning their backs on such simple fixes as delaying the age by a year or two at which people can start receiving their monthly allotments. Bear in mind, we aren't ...

April 24, 2015 | | Editorials


Parker: Mr. Hughes goes to Washington

WASHINGTON -- When postal worker Doug Hughes -- otherwise known as the gyrocopter dude -- landed his gizmo on the West Lawn of the Capitol, he wasn't worried about being shot down, he says.

April 24, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Pets of the Week - April 24, 2015

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Sadie, a 1-1/2-year-old female hound mix dog, and Taffy, a 1-1/2-year-old female domestic short-haired brown tabby cat. 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 ...

April 24, 2015 | | Pets


Noble: Business leaders in ‘small town’ S.C.

It is often said South Carolina is a big small town where everyone knows everyone else. And if we don't know someone personally, then it's usually "I know who they are."

April 24, 2015 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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