When the modern food stamp program began as a pilot project in 1961 -- it was authorized as a permanent program three years later -- those in charge probably never envisioned a day when people might walk into fast-food restaurants, order up a huge container of French fries and then pull out their food stamps to pay. But that's what's happening in some places today, and restaurant owners are pushing for a bigger share of the pie.
This edition of the Chronicle-Independent may well contain a front page story by reporter Martin Cahn detailing the events at the Camden City Council meeting of Sept. 13. As reporters are properly tasked to present facts free of emotion or judgment, the actual tone of that council meeting may not be accurately reflected in Mr. Cahn's article. I submit this letter, therefore, for those citizens not able to attend that council meeting, and who must rely on Mr. Cahn's version of fact.
If there are "moderate" Muslims, I still hear critics ask since the Sept. 11 attacks, why don't they condemn Islamic terrorism? In fact, most Muslims do condemn such barbaric acts but their critics aren't always listening.
The late comedian George Carlin made people laugh for decades, oftentimes with his own brand of off-color humor. You wouldn't ordinarily think of him writing a piece that would be appropriate for Christmas reflection, but I ran across this recently. Written shortly after his wife died, it's worth sharing:
I am writing in regard to the wonderful letter by Mr. Ashby Rhame – "Help our veterans, help our VA Service Office." I could not agree more as a member of American Legion Post 17 here in Camden. I can speak firsthand of the help I have received from my local Post No. 17 and the local VA office with VA Officer Mr. Billy Bell and Mr. Bell's assistant, Barbara Ray. They have been most helpful to veterans in this county.
Grace Episcopal Church has selected Barbara Taylor to serve as its new organist.
Having served Grace Episcopal Church for four months as a supply priest, Father Michael Bullock has accepted the appointment as priest in charge at the Camden church.
Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are a 1-year-old male Dachshund-mix puppy and an adult female 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 or e-mail email@example.com. The shelter's ...
The deadline is Sept. 23 to register for the 12th annual Kershaw County Senior Golf Tournament, to be held Sept. 30 at White Pines Golf Club in Camden.
COPD, which stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is now the third leading cause of death in the U.S., having recently passed stroke. COPD is a lung disease usually caused by years of cigarette smoking, often 10 years or more. The latest information on tobacco use in S.C. shows that about 720,000 adults are smokers and each year more than 6,000 persons die from smoking. Almost 50 percent of S.C. adults are current or ex-smokers, thus are at risk for COPD. The good news is that smoking rates are much lower than in the 1960s ...
Junior Leadership Kershaw County kicked off its 24th year Aug. 26-27 with a two-day retreat for the 2011-12 class that included conquering a high ropes course.
The following are excerpts of letters from Camden High School students Mayor Jeffrey Graham read into the record during Tuesday's Camden City Council meeting. Per a request from the Kershaw County School District, the students are only being identified by their first and last initials.
A new traveling exhibit on loan from the South Carolina State Museum is ready for public viewing in the Whiteley Room at the Camden Archives and Museum, 1314 Broad St., Camden. The 28 exhibit panels provide a comprehensive overview of the pre-Revolutionary period in South Carolina.
Mr. James Richard Holmes, 88, of 1657 Cassatt Road, Cassatt, SC, passed on Tuesday, September 13, 2011.
Funeral services for Janet Joann Grimes Shull, 68, of Elgin will be held on Friday, September 16, 2011, at 1:00 PM at Kornegay Funeral Home Lugoff Elgin Chapel, with burial to follow in Sandhill Heights Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev. Lanny Brisendine will officiate. The family will receive friends in the church fellowship hall following the graveside service. Memorials may be made in her memory to Hospice of Kershaw County, 2001 W. DeKalb St. Camden, SC 29020.
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The Auxiliary of KershawHealth began its annual "Lights of Love" fundraising project Nov. 15 and it will run through Jan. 1, 2015.
Fred J. Florian and Pearl Polinski Florian of Camden Celebrated 60 years of marriage Nov. 20. The couple married in 1954 at St. Hilary's Catholic Church in Washington, Pa. They have five sons: Fred. M, Tony, Robert, Bill and Chris. The couple has four grandchildren: Derick, Thomas, Kayla and Rachel.
Howard and Cornelia (Keys) Joy celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Nov. 25. The couple was married in Camden and together they have five children: Audrey Joy of Allentown, Pa., Howard Joy Jr. (Nancy) of Dover, N.J., Karen Joy-Wilson (Isaac) of Piscataway, N.J., Michael Joy of Kanas City, Mo. and Gregory Joy (Dana) of Bonaire, Ga. They have six grandchildren and one great-grandchild: James, Sheena, Joy, Jazmin, Asha, Kier and Izaiah. The couple plans to celebrate the special occasion with their children and grandchildren at a later date.
On Sept. 28, 1789, according to a government website, the First Federal Congress passed a resolution asking President George Washington recommend to the nation a day of thanksgiving. The site goes on to describe what happened: a few days later, Washington issued a proclamation naming Thursday, Nov. 26, 1789, as a "day of public thanksgiving" -- the first time the holiday was celebrated by our fledgling country.
Only three minor fires during holiday weekend
It has been said practically every major issue that passes through our GOP-elected officials' state house -- from education to healthcare to the selection of judges -- has racial undertones. And our GOP-elected officials may have passed the crossroad beyond which to get these evil spirits that loom over our state house in order.
Gov. Haley recently took an 11-day trip to India. There are some who are grumbling, calling her trip just another post-election junket by a politician.
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WASHINGTON -- By now, most Americans probably have formed an opinion about what comedian Bill Cosby did or didn't do sexually to or with at least 16 women beginning in the 1960s.
MaryEllen J. Ellis, formerly of Cassatt, S.C., passed away Nov. 20, 2014. She is survived by her son, Walter Davis of Cassatt, South Carolina; daughters, Denise Thomas of Liberty, Missouri, and Jean Garrison of Cassatt, South Carolina; 9 Grandchildren, 22 Great Grandchildren, and 4 Great-Great Grandchildren. MaryEllen was preceded in death by her Father, Walter Vernon Jones, Sr. in 1983; her mother, Ethel Juanita Hammonds Jones in 1989; brother, Walter Vernon Jones, Jr. in 2009; and a son, Paul Jackson Davis in 2007. MaryEllen had done many things in life, but enjoyed being a Farmer and around horses on ...
Funeral service for Elton Newman, 81, will be held on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. at Timrod Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday 3:00-4:00 p.m. prior to the service at the church. Memorials may be made to Timrod Baptist Church, 4227 Timrod Road, Bethune, S.C. 29009 or to KershawHealth Hospice.