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Miss Emily McElveen crowned at pageant

Emily McElveen was crowned Miss Merry Christmas Overall Queen at the annual pageant held in Lexington on December 8, 2012. Emily is also the SC Diabetes Association's ADA Queens For a Cure 2012 Overall Winner. She will be representing the association in several events and fundraisers during the coming year. Emily is the three-year-old daughter of Ray & Aimee McElveen and is a student in the 3K class at Grace Church Kindergarten.

December 17, 2012 | | People & Places


Have happy, healthy holidays this season

During the holidays, our family routines change. We're around more people, we're shaking more hands, and cooking more food than usual.

December 17, 2012 | Deon S. Legette | People & Places


Noted and passed - Dec. 17, 2012

• We've commented before on the merry-go-round of coaches in professional sports, and that some who get fired manage to get new jobs no matter how bad their teams have been in the past. A news story pointed out recently that Norv Turner, coach of the NFL's San Diego Chargers, has managed to coach 234 games while compiling an overall losing record. Now that's what we call a survivor.

December 17, 2012 | | Editorials


Ariail for Dec. 17, 2012

December 17, 2012 | | Ariail


When our community chooses to come together

I had been in Kershaw County just a few months when I got one of the worst phone calls of my professional career. At about 8 a.m. on a gray Saturday morning in early December of 2007, I was coming inside from a morning run, and the phone was ringing. I vividly remember a momentary pit in my stomach; a phone call early on Saturday morning is rarely good news. I had no idea; however, how tragic the news would be. A young man in our community had been shot and killed the night before in a gang-related incident ...

December 17, 2012 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Glad DeMint is gone

Thank you, thank you! About time it was said. You always have the courage to do that. Arial added just the right touch to your piece. So glad DeMint is gone. Haley says we won't find another.... How great is that? But she will try hard. Thank you again!

December 17, 2012 | Louann R. Nunnery Camden | Letters


Camden’s Elliott named to new CCTC alumni council

Central Carolina Technical College (CCTC) faculty and staff recently named Kris Elliott of Camden, to CCTC's new alumni council. Elliott, who works for Accuride Corp., joins 10 others on the council, appointed to provide direction and leadership for the new CCTC Alumni Partnership program.

December 17, 2012 | | Education


Horsin’ around the High Country

A very wise man who happens to own one of my favorite hideaways in the North Carolina High Country once told me, "You need a horse in the mountains the same way you need a boat in the Lowcountry."

December 17, 2012 | By Jim Tatum C-I contributing columnist | Columns


America’s reluctant First Father

WASHINGTON -- One of my great hopes for a Barack Obama administration -- and thus one of my personal disappointments -- was that he would use his bully pulpit to emphasize the importance of a two-parent family, and especially of fathers, to children's well-being.

December 17, 2012 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


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


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L-E gears up for season and football opener

Lugoff-Elgin High School is busy preparing for the 2015 football season, the first under head coach Matt Campbell, while also hosting a road race to ...

July 29, 2015 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


CHS fall sports teams set up practices

CHS football sets up schedules: Camden High School will conduct its first varsity football practice for the 2015 season on Friday, July 31 at 5 ...

July 29, 2015 | | Camden High/Middle


Louisa deLoach sings National Anthem

Louisa deLoach, daughter of Joe and May deLoach of Camden, sings the National Anthem before the Friday, July 24 South Atlantic League baseball game between ...

July 29, 2015 | | People & Places


Frances Hicks Sill

A funeral service to celebrate the life of Frances Hicks Sill, 90, of Camden, SC, will be held at 10:30 AM today, July 29 ...

July 29, 2015 | | Obituaries


Joseph John Crowley

Joseph John "Joe" Crowley, 72, of Camden died Friday, July 24, 2015. He was born in Long Island, NY. He was a horse trainer and ...

July 29, 2015 | | Obituaries


James Clackum

James Doyle Clackum, affectionately called "Red", passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on July 27, 2015. Mr. Clackum was born in Marietta, GA ...

July 29, 2015 | | Obituaries


Dorothy Mae Carter

Mrs. Dorothy Mae Brisbon Carter, 78, of 848 Seegars Mill Road, Camden, passed on Sunday, July 26, 2015. The family will receive friends at 6415 ...

July 29, 2015 | | Obituaries


Paul Belton

Paul Kenneth Belton, 63, of Camden died Monday, July 27, 2015. Plans are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Collins Funeral ...

July 29, 2015 | | Obituaries


Ariail for July 29, 2015

July 29, 2015 | | Ariail


Editorial: The Karesh wing

While it may seem troubling on the surface to have KershawHealth's letter of intent with Capella Healthcare extended to Aug. 31, the reason for ...

July 29, 2015 | | Editorials


Parker: Before we lose our minds

WASHINGTON -- Current quibbling over what Jeb Bush meant when he said it's time to phase out and replace Medicare -- as opposed to "attacking the ...

July 29, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Letter: Reader enjoyed Rich’s ‘barefoot’ column

Dear Rhonda: I really enjoyed your (column about going barefoot) published in the Chronicle-Independent on July 20 and the West Wateree Chronicle on July 21.

July 29, 2015 | Susanne Bacchetta Lugoff | Letters


Noble: Doing the near impossible -- quickly

What's your favorite pet: dog or cat? What do you prefer on your hot dog: mustard or ketchup? Who do you like for president ...

July 29, 2015 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Crime Report - July 29, 2015

Emergency Service Management (EMS) personnel transported a Lugoff man with a stab wound to the shoulder by ambulance to a Columbia hospital Sunday.

July 29, 2015 | By Gary Phillips and Tenell Felder C-I editorial staff | Crime-Police-Fire


Yesteryear - July 29, 2015

How hot was it? It was so hot…

July 29, 2015 | | Yesteryear


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