The J. P. Morgan fiasco of two billion dollars plus the flagging economy and lack of jobs made me start to think of bank closings of the past. During the Depression, the poor and the elderly did not have multiple organizations to help them such as Food for the Soul, Christian Community Ministries, and the Community Medical Clinic-nor was Social Security in existence. I still fear the possibility of a return to times when no one had much of anything except each other, a chicken yard, and a garden plot. I remember my lesson in finance perhaps too well as ...
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Marie Kelly Branham, 90, of Elgin, SC, died Friday, May 25, 2012. Born in Tookiedoo, SC on September 4, 1921, she was a daughter of the late John Mannes Kelly and Gazell Abbott Kelly. Marie was a beloved fixture in the Elgin community, owning and operating Branham's Grocery for 31 years, working alongside her husband on the family cotton and corn farm, and serving as nurse for anyone in need in the area. She was a member of Smyrna United Methodist Church, where memorials may be made in Marie's memory at PO Box 66, Elgin, SC 29045.
Seated in front of his locker at Atlas Gym, Staff Sgt. Cedric McMillan dried beads of sweat from his face after a grueling workout regimen. And, the weightlifting part of his day had not even started.
The winners of the 2012 Bethune Chicken Strut Pageant were recently announced. The results are as follows.
Erin Hayes has been selected as the Youth Dance Ambassador for 2012. Through her participation in the recent Dance Troupe Inc. competition, Erin was chosen as the Youth Dance Ambassador and will participate in the Grand National Finals to be held in Savannah, Ga. in July. Erin will have the opportunity to study with top dance choreographers, be a featured performer in the Night of Stars Showcase, and will receive the Youth Dance Ambassador Medal for 2012.
With the school year coming to a close, it is time for summer sports camps in Kershaw County.
Funeral service for John Clayton Twitty, 85, will be held Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home with burial to follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The Rev. Richard Cameron will officiate.
A 61-year-old Sumter man was killed in a head-on car crash Friday morning on Highway 521 near the Kershaw County/Sumter County line.
Today, Memorial Day, one of the most important days on the American calendar, we reflect upon all that we owe the brave men and women who have been willing to risk everything in military service to this country. A vibrant legacy of courage, dedication, and sacrifice is what allows us to choose our own leaders, write our own laws, and enjoy all our other freedoms.
White babies are no longer a majority of new births, according to the Census Bureau. America is quietly "browning," it is said, like dinner rolls in a warm oven. Yet, such change does not come without resistance from those who prefer to remain unbaked.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Colvin of Camden announce the engagement of their daughter, Crystal Renee Colvin of Camden, to Travis James Eubanks of Camden. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Eubanks of Camden, and Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Kelly of Bishopville.
Hannah McCray Earls, age 13, has been chosen as a state finalist in the National American Miss South Carolina Pageant to be held July 12-14 at the Marriott in downtown Columbia. The pageant is held for girls ages 10 through 13.
You've heard that marriage isn't easy, that there are going to be trials, surprises and changes of plans along the way. People also tell you it's a blast and the best decision they've ever made. But did anyone tell you being married is also awkward? And sweaty? Being married is a lot of things, some of which no one tells you about ahead of time. Here's a head's up of a few things you probably haven't heard before.
Imagine that someone pulled a drain plug on a majestic mountain lake. At first, you wouldn't notice anything amiss, save for a low gurgle echoing from deep under the water. But as the water line dropped, exposing the soggy shore, your heart would drop, and by the time the lake vanished away, leaving sludge and long-forgotten trash and desperate fish flopping around gasping for life, you'd realize the tragedy before you.
With glib slogans like, "Set the tatas free," National No Bra Day's aim is, according to related breast cancer awareness campaign Save the Tatas, "to fight breast cancer using laughter and fun."
An animated box-office hit from early in the year finally comes to DVD and Blu-ray this week.
When choosing what to watch this Halloween season, consider broadening your horizons to include the black-and-white era. You won't find zombies around the corner, but there's plenty of classic suspense with these five Halloween-worthy flicks from the 1940s. Movies are listed by year, not by greatness. All the films listed are appropriate for those 12 and older.
I have to admit that, before I became a stay-at-home mom, I had some preconceived ideas of what that job would be like: dinner on the table by 6PM, time spent making crafts and cherished pieces of artwork with the little ones, the house completely organized and just general peace and order all around. Needless to say, I was in for a rude awakening when I actually got the privilege of becoming a stay-at-home mom. I would describe my days now as beautiful chaos. As much as I try to have some semblance of order in the home, it doesn ...
The fall television season is flush with comic book adaptations, including the premiere of the Batman prequel "Gotham" and the latest version of "The Flash," and returning favorites "Arrow" and "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." I've seen them all, and they're all chock full of geeky goodness.
The Halloween season has already served up one macabre option for kids and animation fans in the creepy Olde English quirk-fest "The Boxtrolls." Now there's a second option on the table, this time with a flair of south-of-the-border bravado -- a visually captivating trip to the underworld and back called "The Book of Life."
Recent studies show too much screen time can be more harmful to children than many people thought. But how much is too much, and how can parents best reduce it if they need to?
Most people love and appreciate their parents. We don't doubt that. The problem is, parents can't tell this unless you show it by the way you treat them. Sometimes adult children can bring heartache to their parents without realizing what they're doing. We've boiled it down to 5 main ways this happens. If you are a parent of adult children, you may recognize some of these. If you're the adult child, you may be in for an awakening. As parents age, their physical needs may change but their need for your love never does. Check ...
The reality is marriage isn't always bliss. Marriage is about ups and downs. Some couples are ready to give up on each other when times are too difficult. They believe walking away from the marriage is easier than confronting the problems as a team. But if the love is pure and strong, then love can overcome anything. And if you have children, walking away from marriage without trying to make it work can set a bad example for them.
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"The Book of Life" has been a project I've been pulling for since I first heard Guillermo del Toro was attached to a Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) project. The colors and beautiful philosophy behind the holiday have always felt like a great setting for storytellers, and del Toro's history of fantastical visuals and his own personal love for the traditions set up all the right ingredients for a potentially amazing animated adventure.
The Kershaw County Historical Society will observe its 60th anniversary with a program co-sponsored by the Camden Archives at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19 at the archive and museum. The public is welcome. Exhibits will open for viewing at 2 p.m.
Historic Camden will present its 44th annual Revolutionary War Field Days 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 1-2 at the Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site.