Just as it sometimes takes a scandal to engage Americans in a national conversation about sex, race or some other touchy topic, it sadly has taken a deranged gunman to launch us into a national argument about civility.
The beginning of a new year brings the start of many activities, including the opening of the 2011 session of the South Carolina General Assembly. Obviously, our legislators face more than even the usual level of challenges because of the $1 billion budget shortfall and the redrawing of legislative districts that will be done as a result of the 2010 census. As part of their deliberations, legislators will tackle a variety of issues related to K-12 education. I had an interesting time over the holidays reading the bills that were prefiled in December. Following are some proposed laws impacting K-12 ...
Dear Annie: I've been married to "Nate" for 16 years. He is wonderful, but blind to the way his family behaves. These people have never been particularly warm toward me or my children from my first marriage. Nate and I have a child together, and they treat her with the same indifference. They give the other grandchildren expensive toys for Christmas, and ours get junk. The favoritism now extends to the great-grandchildren. I've tried to be nice about their treatment, but a person can only take so much. I told Nate I've had it with his family ...
Marion and Frankie Morgan of Camden celebrated their wedding anniversary on January 12th. They have three children, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The couple celebrated the milestone with family and friends at the Family Life Center, Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church.
Tryouts were held in August and October to choose the players for the Team South Carolina baseball team (9U). The team played two tournaments in November and December (taking first place in the Winterfest NIT tournament in Lexington) before traveling to Orlando, Fla. to play in the Global Winter World Series Championship (Dec. 27-30). Team South Carolina played eight games and finished as runner-ups in the World Series and were awarded the Runner-up plaque and each player received a World Series Runner-up medal. Grant McElveen is the son of Ray and Aimee McElveen of Camden and grandson of Michael and ...
Mr. Larry Donnell "Squirt" Stuckey, 60, of 6209 Southland Forest Drive, Stone Mountain, GA, passed on Saturday, January 8, 2011. The family will be receiving friends at the home of his sister, Evangelist Mary Stuckey Pope, 391 Wildwood Lane, Lugoff, SC. Funeral services will be conducted today, January 17, 2011, at 11:00 AM, Springhill United Methodist Church, Rembert, SC, with burial in Springhill United Methodist Church Cemetery, Rembert, SC.
Janie Bracey, 82, of 2063 Flat Rock Road in Camden, died Saturday, January 15, 2011. Plans will be announced by Collins Funeral Home.
Funeral service for Mattie Mae Adams, 65, of Hubb Kelly Road, Lucknow, will be held today, January 17, 2011, 11 a.m. at Mount Joy Missionary Baptist Church, Browntown Community, Lee County, with burial in the church cemetery. Mrs. Adams will be placed in the church at 10 a.m. for viewing. Brown's Funeral Home is assisting the family of Mrs. Mattie Mae Adams with arrangements.
John R. Speaks, 70, of Camden, died Sunday, January 16, 2011. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel.
Funeral services with full military rites to celebrate the life of CW4 Robert John Rea, US Army, Retd, 77 of Lugoff will be held Monday, January 17, 2011 at 11:00 AM in Beaufort National Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday, January 16, 2011 from 4:00 til 6:00 PM at Kornegay Funeral Home Lugoff-Elgin Chapel. Memorials may be made in Mr. Rea's memory to Hidden Wounds, 4840 Forest Drive, Ste 6B, #317, Columbia, SC 29206.
Mr. Richard Allen Pannell Jr., 78, of Thomson, GA, died January 14, 2011, after a brief illness.
Services for Bonnie Trimnal Messer, 73, will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to KershawHealth Hospice.
Memorial service to celebrate the life of Carl Edward Huggins, 86, of Cassatt will be held at 2:00 PM Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at Hermitage Baptist Church. Rev. Dr. Condy Richardson will officiate. The burial will be held at 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at Ft. Jackson National Cemetery with military rites. The family will receive friends from 1PM – 2 PM prior to the service in the fellowship hall of the church. Memorials may be made in Mr. Huggins's memory to Hermitage Baptist Church, 814 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Camden, SC 29020.
Thelma Louise Brannon Harris, age 89, of Fayetteville, Ga., passed away Sunday afternoon, January 9, 2011. She is survived by her beloved husband of over 69 years, Raymond C. Harris and her son, Wayne G. Harris (Marilyn), both of Fayetteville, GA. She is also survived by her sister, Oralie Brown of Camden, SC and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Mrs. Joanie Mae Green Wesley, 98, of 1311 Collins Circle, Camden, SC, passed on Tuesday, January 11, 2011. Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, January 18, 2011, at 2:00 P.M. at Life in the Word Outreach Ministries, Camden, SC, with burial in St. James Deliverance Pentecostal Assembly Church Cemetery, Camden, SC.
Saturday, March 15 is the final day to purchase discount general admission tickets for the Carolina Cup steeplechase races.
After having opened the season by playing in a pair of tournaments, the Lugoff-Elgin girls' soccer team kicked off the regular season in style by pasting visiting South Florence, 7-0, in a non-region match played Monday at Lugoff-Elgin Stadium.
Blake Serpas is one of those low-maintenance players who quietly does their work each day while the coaching staff hardly notices that he was there at practice.
Having won their first two games by shutout and playing to a scoreless draw in their third contest, the Camden High girls' soccer team fell to AAAA state power Bluffton, 3-0, to finish second in the Michael Nash Memorial Soccer Tournament hosted by North Myrtle Beach High School last weekend.
All of Doby's Mill Elementary School's students participated in South Carolina Walk at School Day. The day began with 15 minutes of brisk walking. Here, third graders Andrew Langmo and Clay Peake walk in front of fourth graders Alie Stephens, Marissa Kirkland and Sylvia Adongo.
Chronicle-Independent (C-I) staff reporter Gary Phillips recently received a 2013-2014 community service award from Central High School in Pageland. Phillips received the award for supporting Central Eagles athletics while serving as editor of The (Pageland) Progressive Journal. Although Phillips did not attend the event, Central officials announced the award during its Fall Athletic Awards night at the school Feb. 18.
The printed page has been an introduction to dreams and anticipations for me since I was a child. When my Aunt Eva brought a large house and barn from the heirs of a very old spinster woman, I found a treasure trove! Back then, children were not as restrained as they are today with various activities and parents' eyes constantly upon them. The treasure trove was not gold, but a stash of National Geographics, some possibly as old as the magazine itself. When my mother told me reading was a waste of time, the activity took on even more delight ...
We in South Carolina love our history. As William Faulkner said of the South, "The past is never dead. It's not even past."
Family vacations often have a profound and lasting effect on children. For some, it's an Instagram or Facebook album of selfies taken at landmark sites with the occasional snarky comment about being dragged to "old" places.
On Feb. 23, the Humanities Council of South Carolina, in conjunction with the Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, Lugoff sponsored a Black History Program featuring Sharon "The Gullah Lady" Cooper-Murray presented on Gullah culture as the guest presenter.
James Best, better known as Rosco P. Coltrane from TV's The Dukes of Hazzard will bring his one-man, multi-media show to the Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County on March 22 at 7 p.m. in the Wood Auditorium.
Morse code, once a vital method of sending messages across telegraph lines, was the primary method of communication with other amateur radio operators. As technology evolved amateur radios became capable of voice transmissions and code slowly, over the past 100 years, lost its important role.
By Jackie Jordan
Kershaw County Council was scheduled last night to hold first reading on an ordinance which would allow Sunday alcohol sales in the county. Both the towns of Camden and Elgin have in past years changed their laws to allow Sunday sales, and businesses in unincorporated areas are now left at a disadvantage in not being able to match those sales.