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Hard times were really easy!

When older people talk about the Depression years -- before, during, and after -- they always talk about hard times, what they did not have. Actually, they have seemingly forgotten the positive sides. People can either remember the good times or the bad. In reality, hard times were really easy.

April 20, 2012 | Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Rec notes -- April 20, 2012

Turn an eye toward summer with registration for swim lessons at the Kershaw County Aquatics Center. Sign-up will begin May 1 at the Kershaw County Recreation Department.

April 20, 2012 | | Miscellaneous


May Watson Roberts

Mrs. May Watson Roberts, 70, of 2402 W. lafayette St., Baltimore, MD, formally of Camden, SC passed on Tuesday, April 17, 2012. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date.

April 20, 2012 | | Obituaries


Franklin Roosevelt Reid

Funeral service for Franklin Roosevelt Reid, 78, of Camden, will be held Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 12 p.m.at Collins Funeral Home Chapel with burial in the St. paul United methodist Church cemetary. He died Wednesday, April 18, 2012. Collins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

April 20, 2012 | | Obituaries


Odell Wright

Mr. Odell Wright, 60, of 2181 Bishopville Highway, Camden SC, passed on Wednesday, April 18, 2012. Funeral services will be conducted on Sunday Aprill 22, 2012 at 10 a.m. at Gethsemane Deliverance Center, Camden, SC. Haile's Funeral Home is assisting the family.

April 20, 2012 | | Obituaries


Archie "Bob" Steele

Mr. Archie "Bob" Lee Steele, age 89, of 2523 Charlotte Hwy., died Sunday, April 15, 2012 at Wayne T. Patrick Hospice House in Rock Hill. He was born March 29,1923 in Union County, NC. The son of the late Roy Sinclair Steele and Nora Therrell Steele, was the husband of 59 years to the late Mary Ross Cauthen Steele. Mr. Steele retired from Masonry Contractors, Inc. and Lancaster County Recylcing Center and was a member of Taylors Grove Baptist Church. Mr. Steele served our great country in the United States Marine Corps in thePacific during World War II with ...

April 20, 2012 | | Obituaries


Dorothy (Dot) Mobley Hipp

Dorothy (Dot) Mobley Hipp, 91, of Anderson, SC died April 17, 2012, at the Rainey Hospice House surrounded by her loving family. Born in Tampa, Florida on June 14, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Francis Brummett Mobley and Mary Hall Mobley. She was predeceased by her husband; Rawson C. Hipp, her brother; Francis Brummett Mobley, Jr., and her sister, Sara Evelyn Moody.

April 20, 2012 | | Obituaries


Gilyong Maria Kim

A Mass of Christian burial for Gilyong Maria Kim, 67, Columbia, will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 20, 2012, at St John Neumann Catholic Church with burial in Fort Jackson National Cemetery.

April 20, 2012 | | Obituaries


Lady Demons storm back to down Cats

Lugoff-Elgin spotted visiting Lexington a 4-0 lead after two and a half innings before outscoring the Wildcats, 6-1, the rest of the way for a 6-5 victory.

April 20, 2012 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Bridal showcase to be hosted at Proctor Hall

Louise C. Proctor Hall, located at 2030 Lyttleton Street, Camden, will host a fashion show featuring bridal gowns and formal wear from Bella Vistas in Columbia. This event is the first of its kind for the hall. Louise C. Proctor Hall is a non-profit organization that provides a setting for any type of social event. Louise Proctor left the home to the ladies of Camden to provide them with a location for parties, weddings and meetings. Since the formation of the non-profit organization in 1957, the hall has been the setting for many weddings and local events.

April 20, 2012 | | Localife


Hate crimes

Mr. Cahn, you stated in Monday's Chronicle-Independent that you want to hold off judgment of George Zimmerman till after a trial. It seems, in my opinion, that you have already tried him. You make comments about what was said over the phone and that you can hear Zimmerman moving and cocking his pistol. Can you to tell which way he was headed or what type of pistol was used by listening to sound over the phone? I have not heard what type of pistol was used; have you?

April 20, 2012 | Ronnie Boyce Camden | Letters


Get involved in children’s lives

As a society, we must have strong laws and appropriate punishment for the perpetrators of hate crimes against humanity. No free society can function without prison walls. How long will Americans be a land of prosperity when we cannot protect our children?

April 20, 2012 | Edward R. Allen Camden | Letters


An embarrassing council member

I am very proud to live and work in Kershaw County. Being part of the business community, my wife and I attend county council meetings from time to time. I feel this to be very important and almost necessary. We benefit by business growth. County council meetings can offer business benefits and we usually come out feeling glad that we attended. These meetings allow us to gain an appreciation of the councilmen and what they do, or may be up against.

April 20, 2012 | Howard W. Buckholz Jr. Cassatt | Letters


Pat Summit: a coaching legend

Pat Summit, the legendary coach of the women's basketball team at the University of Tennessee, has stepped down, months after revealing that she has early-onset dementia. Summit carved out one of the most incredible records of any coach in any sport, finishing her career after 38 years with 1,098 wins and only 208 losses and more championships than anyone can count. We are all left to ponder one inescapable fact: if dementia can strike someone as young (59) and as active as Pat Summit, is there anyone who's immune?

April 20, 2012 | | Editorials


Camden in good company

At the recent National League of Cities conference, Leslie Wollack, program director for federal relations, placed Camden in "good company" with other cities nationwide when he noted the importance of local infrastructure. As Camden continues to operate with a balanced budget, I believe infrastructure is a primary focus.

April 20, 2012 | Camden Mayor Jeffrey Graham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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Collier is KershawHealth’s new chief nursing officer

Stacy Collier, MSN, RN, has been selected to serve as KershawHealth's Chief Nursing Officer. The graduate of Lugoff-Elgin High School received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and her Master of Science Degree in Nursing Administration from the University of South Carolina.

August 18, 2014 | | Healthcare


Betty Jean Asti

Betty Jean Alexander Asti of Newark, DE, passed from this life to glory with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on August 14, 2014 at the age of 86. She was born to the late Haven and Anna Alexander on June 12, 1928 in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania.

August 18, 2014 | | Obituaries


Heavy rains, lightning cause flooding, fires

At least 3 inches of rain fell in Kershaw County on Tuesday as about an hour-long storm brought heavy rains and frequent lightning strikes. Camden Public Works Director Tom Couch said a rain gauge at the city's parking lot measured 3.2 inches of rain Tuesday.

August 15, 2014 | By Martin L. Cahn, Gary Phillips and Tenell Felder C-I news staff | Crime-Police-Fire


A’s for everyone

WASHINGTON -- Grade deflation is dead. Long live grade inflation!

August 15, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Ariail for Aug. 15, 2014

August 15, 2014 | | Ariail


Fighting two diseases

Two horrific diseases have been brought into the spotlight recently -- ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, which has caught the public eye through an "ice bucket challenge," and depression, brought into further consciousness through the tragic suicide of actor/comedian Robin Williams. Attention in such matters is always beneficial, both in terms of raising money to fight the diseases and in making Americans more aware of the challenges of such maladies.

August 15, 2014 | | Editorials


Taming the wilderness

I jokingly call my backyard "the wilderness." My house, built in 1912, sits fairly close to my downtown street, as is the custom in the Historic District in Sumter. The Victorian cast iron fence and neat little patch of grass in my front yard belie what is happening behind my house. The deck at the back of my house overlooks a very deep backyard filled with towering oak and pecan trees. Just over the fence at the rear of the yard is a magnificent willow oak which is probably 100 years old. It rises majestically above all and makes a ...

August 15, 2014 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Reader upset over ‘massacred’ tree

Recently, a moron driving a green tractor, S.C. highway department, I suppose, mutiliated a beautiful tree in a couple's front yard while they were at work.

August 15, 2014 | Mary Moak Brown Elgin | Letters


Dealing with depression

There is help, there is healing. Many descriptions describe the downward plunge; the things that hold you down and the things that take you out. The common known things are drugs, alcohol -- addictions to things with chemical reactions that are bad for the body. The body is a chemical reaction chamber; all it needs is a catalyst and it's a brand new chemical which can put that nail in your coffin. The reactions or side effects are the worst. It's reaction and then interaction and reaction and maybe interaction again.

August 15, 2014 | Linda Sutton-Dutton Camden | Letters


These pets need a fur-ever home!

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Maddie, a 8-month-old female cat; Cindy, a 4-year-old Hound mix; Cuddles, a one-year-old male cat who is very friendly and loving and Patch, a 3-month-old Terrier mix that is full of energy and loves to run and play. 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 4 p.m. on Saturdays. The ...

August 15, 2014 | | Pets


Beulah M. Kibler

Ms. Beulah M. Kibler, 89, of 1288 Timber Creek Camden, South Carolina passed on Wednesday, August 13, 2014. Funeral arrangements incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Haile's Funeral Home.

August 15, 2014 | | Obituaries


Sandra Lee Lemons

A graveside memorial service for Sandra Lee Lemons, 47, of Clinton, SC, will be held at 4:00 PM, Saturday, August, 16, 2014 in Beaverdam Baptist Church Cemetery in Cassatt, SC. Rev. Steve Leigh will officiate.

August 15, 2014 | | Obituaries


Rec Notes - Aug. 15, 2014

Fall sports registration is still ongoing through Monday. Those wanting to register and get more information for each sport can visit www.kershawrec.com

August 15, 2014 | | Kershaw County


Alan Harley Palmer, Sr.

Alan Harley Palmer, Sr., 80, of Dalzell, SC, widower of Jean Wheaton Palmer, died Monday, August 11, 2014. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made in Alan's memory to a charity of one's choice.

August 15, 2014 | | Obituaries


Myths about the social safety net

"Some of my friends are destitute. Some of them are beggars/But, for me, there's a subsidy if I spend my whole life preggers."

August 13, 2014 | | Columns


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