Recently Republican candidate Newt Gingrich told a culture thinking audience in Spartanburg that if he is elected president within one year he will turn back all federal labor laws to 1941. Several names came to mind, like President Franklin Roosevelt and labor leader Asa Philip Randolph
With schools closed and Christmas Day coming this weekend, it is a slow week for high school sporting contests in Kershaw County.
With less than 15 seconds left in the game, North Central looked as if it had run out of chances in trailing rival Andrew Jackson, 52-48.
Last year at this time, my column was about my own favorite school Christmas memories. Apparently, folks actually read it, because a number of people I encountered during the holidays last year shared their own with me. So this year, I asked staff and community members to share a favorite Christmas memory in the Kershaw County schools with me. Following are ones I received that I especially enjoyed:
A few weeks ago, I read a letter in the Chronicle-Independent that presented a good point. Many of us have strong feelings about the proposed sports complex but we are too busy to take time to express them. The writer specifically mentioned young people with children. We are all bound together as a community and our lives are affected by decisions relating to things within the community; therefore, we all should participate in those decisions.
I have memorized Lindsey Graham's response to me. He says, "My job as your United States Senator is to represent your interests. While I cannot guarantee we will see eye-to-eye on every issue, I can guarantee you I will give your thoughts and opinions the consideration they deserve." I want to feel encouraged by that promise and to believe that we are still a nation that can entertain different perspectives and debate without rancor or preconceived notions. Since, however, Graham has not responded to my concerns with convincing or in fact any concrete details, most recently about the wetlands ...
• We observed last week that Republican candidates for president had no reason to subject themselves to a debate moderated by Donald Trump, who has continually threatened to run for the White House himself. They all apparently decided the same thing, and the debate has now been cancelled. Trump, meanwhile, says he's keeping his options open to mount a third-party presidential bid. If he does, we predict it will be met with the same lack of enthusiasm as his proposed debate.
Smoldering wires inside a panel box at a West Wateree school and spilled fuel at a convenience store kept the Lugoff Fire Department (LFD) on the go last week.
Ashley Ryan Outlaw, 30, of Bethune, husband of Britta Angela Young, died Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at his home.
Memorial services to celebrate the life of Everett "Ebby" Evans Leviner, 75, of Camden will be held Monday, December 19, 2011 at Wateree Baptist Church. Rev. Bobby James and Rev. Everett Recconu will officiate. Memorials may be made in Mr. Leviner's memory to Wateree Baptist Church, 2024 Haile Street, Camden, SC 29020.
Funeral services celebrating the life of Marilyn Frost Ford, 56, of Camden, will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel with burial to follow in Mount Olivet Baptist Church Cemetery. Dr. Gene Rollins will officiate. The family will receive friends from 6:00 - 7:30 PM Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. Memorials may be made in Mrs. Ford's memory to American Cancer Society, c/o Gail Kirkland, 647 Lachicotte Rd., Lugoff, SC 29078.
Graveside service for Jewell V. McCaskill Cribb, 82, will be held Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. in Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery in Hemingway, S.C. The family will receive friends Monday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation.
Service for Victor Robert Bowdler, 80, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, December 20, 2011, in the Chapel of Celestial Memorial Gardens, officiating will be Rev. Gene Brown. Interment will follow at Celestial Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Monday evening, December 19, 2011, at Thompson Funeral Home of West Columbia. Memorials may be made to Wildewood Worship Center, 534 Wildewood Lane, Lugoff, SC 29078.
A funeral service for Marie Alice Gay Williams, 95 of Kershaw, will be held at 3:00 p.m., Monday, December 19, in Baker Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Keith Coates will officiate. Burial will follow in the Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery, Westville.
One day after news that Houston city attorneys had subpoenaed sermons and emails from church leaders presumably opposed to a local human rights ordinance, the civil liberties questions remain.
A researcher who has spent four years calculating the calorie burn that juice, soda and other "treats" would entail believes people would make better food choices if they knew the truth: If you drink a soda, then you'd need to run for 50 minutes to burn the calories off.
Which is more deadly, rumors or the Ebola virus? In the U.S. there has been three patients with the disease. Reading the headlines one gets the impression that the whole nation is overrun with this horrific modern day plague. Sadly, we know that Ebola kills at a frightful rate. Unfortunately we overlook the danger of rumors.
For the past five years, Mitch Hescox has served as president and CEO of the Evangelical Environmental Network. For 18 years before that, he served as a local church pastor. And for 14 years before that, he worked in America's coal industry.
Parents who favor one child over another may increase the chance at least one of their children will abuse substances, according to new research that also says a child's perception of favoritism matters more than whether it's actually true.
This past summer, women ruled at the box office. Hits like "Lucy," "The Fault in Our Stars" and "Maleficent," each earned north of $40 million during their respective opening weekends, Box Office Mojo reports.
Women save a larger percentage of their incomes for retirement than men, but men end up saving more, says a new study by Vanguard. But no matter the gender, Interest.com found that only Nevada retirees are collectively prepared for retirement.
New York City's small high schools apparently boost graduation rates and college admission rates, and do so at a lower per pupil cost than traditional high schools, according to a study just released by MDRC, a major nonprofit education policy research firm.
Ah, mornings. Sometimes they go smoothly and my day is lovely. Other times, I feel like I'm behind before I've even begun. If your house feels like a staging zone for a major event as you try to get everyone ready and out the door each day, these ideas for changing your family's routine will leave you smiling.
When the Pakistani Taliban survivor Malala Yousafzai won the Nobel Peace Prize this month, it was widely noted that she was an education advocate and that her father was a "headmaster." But the Western media ignored an intriguing angle on this story, argues James Tooley, a professor at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom.
Ebola has been in the news. But much of the news has not offered background information about the disease.
Everyone knows reality TV isn't actually reality, right? We know an hour in real life is never that entertaining. There is a lot of editing, slicing and dicing behind the scenes to put those shows together.
A new Three Stooges collection on DVD this week includes a short that has long been lost, and making their disc debuts are vintage titles starring George Arliss, Bette Davis and Olivia de Havilland. (Warner Archive titles are available at warnerarchive.com.)
The highly touted BBC miniseries "The Honorable Woman" makes its way to DVD this week, along with a variety of recent TV series.