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Citizen Rainey

John Rainey is wearing a coat and tie as he strides slowly across the grass of his 17-acre estate -- called Fox Watch Farm -- which is just outside the small town of Camden. It's after midday, and the sun is turning the nearby dogwood trees gold.

February 15, 2012 | (This story was originally published in the weekly newspaper Free Times of Columbia.) By COREY HUTCHINS | Politics


Stubborn and stupid

Many people believe what is necessary to gain a Ph.D. is superior intelligence. Such a belief is certainly a fallacy. What a person requires is two items: obstinacy and stupidity. As a person who has washed a rather large wooden house with a rag, water, and scouring powder; cut front and back yards, when yards really were yards, with a pair of scissors; and dressed a half a hog, chitterlings and all -- I know. These examples occurred in my youth, and, seemingly, I gathered only worn and blistered hands as my lessons. I did learn from an admonition from ...

February 15, 2012 | Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Mildred Edith McCaskill

Funeral services for Mildred Edith McCaskill, 83, of Bethune, who passed away February 11, was held Tuesday at 3:00 at the Bethune Baptist Church. Rev. Jeff Cockrell, Rev. Paul Stephens and Dr. James Jordan officiated. Burial was held in the Bethune Baptist Church Cemetery directed by Norton Funeral Home, Hartsville. Visitation was held Monday 6-8 pm at the Bethune Baptist Church. Mildred was born in Bethune a daughter of the late James Talley & Lizzie Jane Ratcliff McCaskill. She was retired from International Paper, a member of the Bethune Baptist Church and the Ruth Sunday School Class. Surviving are her ...

February 15, 2012 | | Obituaries


Whitaker Seafood

Whitaker Fresh Seafood Market is now open at 2406-B Broad St. in Camden's Dusty Bend area. "Our goal is to provide a large variety of fresh seafood that everyone will enjoy," said owner Randall W. Whitaker. "Each week we have a variety of fresh fish filets and bone-in dressed fish which are USA-wild caught sustainable products. We also have fresh salmon from the Arctic Circle, which is rich in OMEGA-3." Whitaker Fresh Seafood Market also offers shrimp, oysters, crab legs, scallops, fresh Maine lobster and more. Venia Whitaker is assistant manager of Whitaker Fresh Seafood Market, which is open ...

February 15, 2012 | | Business


Birth control redux

WASHINGTON -- Most Americans can hardly believe we're having a national debate about birth control in the 21st century -- more than 50 years after The Pill became available and decades after condoms became as commonplace as, well, balloons.

February 15, 2012 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


For the Record -- Feb. 15, 2012

Real Estate Transactions

February 15, 2012 | | For the Record


Let’s build on assets already in place

I like the idea of bike paths throughout downtown Camden. I like the idea of a carriage tour of historic residences. I like the idea of renovating the train depot and reactivating a track to and from Camden to Columbia. I like the idea of upgrading the Woodward Air Field to make Camden a true commuter-friendly town for folks who want to work in the city and yet be surrounded by the equestrian world and country living.

February 15, 2012 | Keith C. Richardson Camden | Letters


Yesteryear -- Feb. 15, 2012

Photo cutline -- Rehearing for Musical -- Mavis Gabriel and Doug Gardner are pictured rehearing for their first Camden Community Theater production, "The Fantasticks." The musical opens Wednesday, Feb. 17 at Richardson Hall at Grace-Episcopal Church.

February 15, 2012 | | Yesteryear


Focus on tourism

We're glad to see Kershaw County and the City of Camden partnering to promote tourism by creating a new position whose sole focus will be promoting tourism and bringing more people to this area. In the past, the Chamber of Commerce has had to shoulder that load as well as its more traditional mission of working with small businesses and helping to attract new ventures to the county. Those roles -- business support and tourism -- have grown more and more specialized over the years, and it makes perfect sense to have someone whose only job will be to promote the ...

February 15, 2012 | | Editorials


Meet the Bulldogs on tap for Thursday

The Camden Bulldog Club will sponsor Meet the Bulldogs on Thursday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. in the Commons area of the gym.

February 15, 2012 | | Camden High/Middle


Saturday's Camden Baseball Jamboree ushers in the new season

Kershaw County high school baseball fans can get a sneak peek of their favorite team(s) on Saturday at the Camden High School Baseball Jamboree.

February 13, 2012 | | Sports


New two-tiered KCSD volunteer system in place

Volunteers in the Kershaw County School District must now undergo a revised application process that divides them into two levels depending upon possible unsupervised interaction with students. The new process took effect Feb. 1.

February 13, 2012 | | Education


Betty Muller Sheorn

Elizabeth "Betty" Muller Sheorn, 85, of Camden, died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel.

February 13, 2012 | | Obituaries


Noted and passed -- Feb. 13, 2012

• We've commented on prior occasions about the recent bankruptcy filing of Kodak, once one of the most powerful brands in the world. The Rochester, N.Y.-based company filed late last year to reorganize; now comes news that Kodak will no longer make cameras, along with other products such as digital frames, choosing to concentrate instead on commercial printing technology and other products. It's a sad thing, undoubtedly, for the millions of Americans who grew up using the company's cameras and film, and it illustrates yet again that companies must constantly adapt in order to stay in ...

February 13, 2012 | | Editorials


Is America coming apart?

This may sound a little odd, but I believe that I need to pay more attention to white people.

February 13, 2012 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


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Nine things only parents of twins will understand

There are certain phases of childhood that each parent goes through with their children, but when you are a parent of twins, the normal is different. There are some things that only parents of twins will understand.

December 17, 2014 | Megan Shauri FamilyShare | National


Four ways sleep impacts your mental and physical health

According to health and safety experts, sleep is serious business -- footie pajamas and fuzzy slippers aside.

December 17, 2014 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | National


About to make another doomed New Year's resolution?

This is the time of year we reflect on our lives. We think about all we've accomplished in one year. We think about the things we should have done -- but didn't.

December 17, 2014 | Megan Shauri FamilyShare | National


Copernicus' theories are basis of new series

"THE COPERNICUS LEGACY, Book 1: The Forbidden Stone," and "THE COPERNICUS LEGACY, Book 2: The Serpent's Curse," by Tony Abbott, Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins, $16.99, 410 pages and 481 pages (ages 9-12) (f)

December 17, 2014 | Marilou Sorensen Deseret News | National


Why failing helps your children

A loud thud comes from my son's room. I fling open the door. His head is cradled in his arms. "I'm done. I can't do this anymore," he exclaims through tears of frustration.

December 17, 2014 | Damara Simmons FamilyShare | National


Labor interests worry how far employers will go with Amazon ruling

Labor groups and observers are wondering how employers will implement a recent Supreme Court ruling that found Amazon does not have to pay workers for time spent going through mandatory anti-theft security checks.

December 17, 2014 | Deborah Sutton Deseret News | National


Ariail for Dec. 17, 2014


December 17, 2014 | | Ariail


Yesteryear for Dec. 17, 2014

Baron DeKalb, North Central JROTC recognized in national publication

December 17, 2014 | | Yesteryear


Brandi Patterson of Elgin named Barker Scholar

Brandi Patterson of Elgin has been named a Barker Scholar at Clemson University.

December 17, 2014 | | Education


Army Pvt. Bracey has graduated from basic combat training

During nine weeks of training, Army Pvt. Devin W. Bracey studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values and physical fitness. He also received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

December 17, 2014 | | Military


Letters: Reader says Democrats ‘confessing’ torture is distraction

I'm sure everyone is abreast of all the hullaballoo over interrogation techniques used by the CIA to get information from the Guantanamo detainees to assist in avoiding another World Trade Center disaster. Dianne Feinstein, along with Obama and most of the congressional Democrats, insisted on "confessing," as they put it, despite the secretary of state urging against it, terming it detrimental to our interests and safety abroad. So, immediately, China and Korea termed us "bad boys," and why not -- didn't the current administration essentially say that?

December 17, 2014 | Charlie Humphries Camden | Letters


Christmas Flicks

What's your favorite Christmas movie?

December 17, 2014 | | Sidewalk Survey


Noble: It all started with BBQ

Recently, I had lunch with three old friends. All of us are proud South Carolina natives, amateur history buffs and great fans of barbecue (BBQ). We decided to meet at a new BBQ joint that we were all anxious to try.

December 17, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Editorial: Police officers

With police behavior having been in the news recently because of incidents in which white officers killed unarmed black citizens, there has been much discussion -- rightfully so -- about whether some officers are acting recklessly. Racial profiling, of course, has been a part of this discussion, as it should be. It's interesting, then, that the U.S. Supreme Court handed down an opinion earlier this week giving some leeway to police who make "reasonable mistakes" in enforcing the law. Of course, reasonable mistakes don't include the right by officers to act without provocation or to use undue force. And ...

December 17, 2014 | | Editorials


Slow start haunts Knights, again

Cary Phillips has been the head coach of the North Central boys' basketball team for all of five games. But he already knows his team needs to get off to better starts to avoid beginning behind the 8-ball.

December 17, 2014 | | North Central High/Middle


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