WASHINGTON -- More than perhaps anyone else in America, David Blankenhorn personifies the struggle so many have experienced over same-sex marriage.
• Diplomatic posts have always been plum political prizes for presidents to hand out to supporters and donors; over the years, about 30 percent of such jobs have been awarded to people who were willing to pay for them. This year, with President Obama having a hefty list of well-to-do supporters, the price is higher than ever, one news outlet reports. Being called "ambassador" and receiving a post to a safe country with a stable political environment is quite a catch. Of course, Obama's doing nothing different than his predecessors have; it's just that the price tag has gone ...
Mr. Willie James McCaskill, 66, of 3021 Youngs Bridge Road, Bethune, SC, passed on Saturday, February 2, 2013. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at will be announced at a later date by Haile's Funeral Home.
The Lugoff Elgin Soccer Club will be sponsoring a "Demons Got Talent" show on Saturday at the Lugoff Elgin High School auditorium at 6 p.m.
Miss Sherry Parker Butler, 50, of Camden, entered into eternal rest on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013. Born in New York Ciry, New York, she was the daugther of Mozella Lester Butler and the late Charles Parker Butler. A Celebration of Life Services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, at Greater Faith Deliverance Church, with burial in Glory Hill Cemetery, Camden. Miss Butler will be placed in the church at 2:30 p.m. for viewing. Brown's Funeral Home, Camden, is serving the Butler family.
Thomas Isaiah "Sam" Green, 63 of Rideway, died Tuesday, January 29, 2013. Friends may call at 1664 James West Road, Cassatt, SC 29032. Services have been entrusted to J.P. Holley Funeral Home.
Dear Annie: Two years ago, my son's fiancee recommended we rotate who hosts Christmas dinner. That year, she and my son went to her mom's house, and last year they were supposed to come to mine. Instead, they went to her mom's again and were upset that I didn't want to tag along.
Annie, at the time, my 73-year-old mother was in a rehab facility.
Funeral services for David Vincent, 79, of Kershaw will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 2, 2013, at Buffalo Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The Revs. Paul Stephens and James Way will officiate.
Camden's Jeff Teter, Executive Director of the Carolina Cup Racing Association, will represent the South District as part of the National Steeplechase Association's Race Chairmen's Committee.
A funeral service to celebrate the life of Mary Frances Davis Price, a beloved mother, age 73, will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday, February 1, 2013 at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. A private burial will follow in Quaker Cemetery. Memorials may be made in Ms. Prices' memory to Agape Hospice, 141 Stoneridge Drive, Columbia, SC 29210 or the American Lung Association of SC, 1817 Gadsden St., Columbia, SC 29201.
The college football season is over and many football widows are excited about that. Now on Saturdays the honey-do list may get a little more attention. For Carolina and Clemson fans, it's been a great season. Both teams were 11-2, won exciting dramatic bowl games and were ranked in the top 10 nationally in the final coaches' poll.
We noted recently that we don't see much reason for people to own assault-type weapons and magazines that hold large amounts of ammunition. And we certainly don't see any harm to the second amendment in requiring background checks for all people who are purchasing guns. But in the ongoing debate about gun violence in this country, which has reached epidemic proportions, we are all being naive if we think instituting new laws is going to stop such violence. That doesn't mean some measures aren't wise and won't make a small difference in the ownership of ...
Once again we are faced with a horrible massacre at a school. This time it was a Connecticut elementary school. As frustrating to every American as they are devastating to those immediately involved, my prayers are with those suffering beyond my imagination.
How do we regard change in our lives? Do we view change as a good thing, simply a revision of the timeworn replaced by a positive update perhaps? Or do we see change as a painstaking event, an alteration of the ordinary? Do we know the timing of change or does it arrive as a complete surprise? Is change perpetual or as random as snow in Camden? There is change that skulks in at the most unexpected moments like an uninvited guest. And then there's the type of change we invite in and embrace with open arms. Some change ...
The Camden Fire Department (CFD) recently named its professional and volunteer recipients of its Carl S. Hammond Firefighter of the Year awards. Lt. Tyheine Bennett, who joined the CFD in 2001 is the 2012 Professional Firefighter of the Year. Mark Parker, who originally joined the department in 1988, is the 2012 Volunteer Firefighter of the Year.
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Jackson of Seneca, SC are celebrating their 60th anniversary on May 29, 2015. They were married at Shalersville Methodist Church in Ravenna, Ohio. They have three children: Lori Post of Columbus, Ohio; Denise Miller of Evergreen, CO and Jeff Jackson of Taylors, SC; four granddaughters: Ali Lefort, Nikki Steelman, Katie Post and Meredith Post. Mr. Jackson is retired from Whirlpool/Kitchen Aid Corp. Mrs. Jackson is retired from the Kershaw County School District. A future cruise is being planned.
Though the legalization of medical marijuana appears to be a dead issue in this session of the General Assembly, we hope lawmakers won't forget about it and that there will be an attempt to revive the issue next year. It is, of course, an emotional matter for many people, and there are those who believe legalizing marijuana for medical purposes will be the first wave of massive use by people who are trying to skirt the law. Both the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division and S.C. Medical Association oppose the bill, with a former president of the ...
WASHINGTON -- Because so many Republicans want to be president -- or at least pretend they do -- debate organizers have decided to eliminate the least popular from the stage based on how they rank in the latest national polls.
As a very young boy of 9 years old, I first became interested in politics when my father off-handedly encouraged me to watch the Kennedy-Nixon presidential debate in 1960. It changed my life -- literally.
Harvey Teal (standing), whose Kershaw County Historical Society columns appear monthly in the Chronicle-Independent, speaks to some 85 people at Liberty Hill Presbyterian Church on Sunday, one of two speakers on the topic of Civl War Union Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman's March through Kershaw County, via Liberty Hill, 150 years ago. Teal kept the large audience interested with displays and descriptions of local artificats.
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Former Camden High School Band Director William R. "Bill" Basden was honored with the President's Award for outstanding contribution to the support and development of bands given by Phi Beta Mu national bandmasters society.
A funeral service to celebrate the life of Jane Oates Truel, 50, of Camden, SC, will be held at 2:00 PM, Friday, May 29, 2015 at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. Rev. Darren Truel will officiate. Burial will follow in Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00-7:30 PM, Thursday, May 28, 2015 at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. Memorials may be made in Jane's memory to the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter, 460 S. Fair Street, Camden, SC 29020.
Robert "Bob" Rowland Russell Jr., 85, Chairman of the Board of Russell & Jeffcoat Real Estate, from Columbia South Carolina passed away on the morning of May 23, 2015. In Bob's true spirit of living life to the fullest, he perished doing what he loved most in the world, flying. He was born on February 15, 1930 in Florida to the late Robert Rowland and Mary Rogers Russell Sr. Raised in Columbia, Bob attended Columbia High School.
Funeral service for Johnny Wayne Owens, 67, will be held today at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Camden with burial to follow in Flint Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service in the church fellowship hall.
Funeral service for William Charlton "Bill" Murphy, 74, will be held on Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at New Life Christian Outreach Church with burial to follow in St. Andrews Church of God, Red Hill. The Rev. Richard Cameron will officiate. The family will receive friends today 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to New Life Christian Outreach Church, 411 Hwy 601 South, Lugoff, S.C. 29078.
Mrs. Frankie Louise "Tiny" Johnson Kelly, 59, of 193-A Ward Road, Lugoff, died Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Brown's Funeral Home, Camden, who is serving the Kelly family.