Let's be fair to Rep. Ron Paul of Texas. Contrary to a widespread impression, the libertarian-minded Texas Republican did not say during a recent Republican debate that people without health insurance should be left to die. It is only his idea of "freedom" that might cause you to think so.
With the steady fade of Minnesota Congresswoman Michelle Bachman, the Republican nomination for president appears to be narrowing into a two-way race between former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry. That doesn't mean, of course, that things couldn't turn suddenly; four years ago, John McCain appeared dead in the water but mounted a strong comeback to win the nomination. But in this instance, it looks like it might be hand-to-hand combat between Romney and Perry, with the rest of the candidates left on the outside, looking in.
Call me a hypocrite, and you'll be pretty darned accurate if you're talking about big-time college athletics.
On Oct. 1 at 11 a.m., a special lakeside service will be held for the animals in the Kershaw County community. Dr. Gene Rollins (above), minister at Liberty Hill Presbyterian Church (LHPC), will conduct the sixth annual Blessing of the Animals on Lake Wateree to commemorate St. Francis of Assisi's October 1182 birthday. St. Francis is known for his love of animals and the environment. Rollins will speak on the significance of the day and will then bless each animal individually. The custom, observed all over the world at this time of year, is meant to remind the ...
I, like any normal person, have my list of complaints, my daily doses of "woe is me" fits. I complain when the light turns red, and I am in a hurry. I, as a student, complain when a certain grade isn't reached or the teacher gives me and my peers "too much homework." Honestly, minuscule complaints in comparison to real problems that deserve grievances.
Camden High School took home the Caring Cup Sept. 17 when they surpased Lugoff-Elgin High School by more than $7,000. CHS students raised $13,700. L-EHS brought in just more than $6,500.
Get your Halloween thrills and chills at the SAFE Scream on the Green, to be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 29 at Camden's Town Green.
Graveside funeral services for Harry Edward "Ed" Blakeney, of Kershaw, will be held Saturday, September 24, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at Kershaw City Cemetery. Rev. Bryant Fersner will officiate. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service beginning at 1:00 p.m. in the First Baptist Church Parlor. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 67, Kershaw, S.C. 29067.
Herman Bowers, 67, of Camden, husband of Linda Tillman Bowers, died Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at Sumter East Health and Rehabilitation Center, Sumter. Born January 14, 1944 in Brownsville, PA, he was the son of the late Henry Bowers and Viola Moses Bowers.
Betty Ray Davis Wannamaker, Orangeburg. Services were held at 2:00 PM Thursday September 22nd at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Orangeburg, SC, followed by internment at Sunnyside Cemetery. Family received friends after the service at the residence, 2225 Broughton St., Orangeburg.
The second annual Cody Allen Wrenn Memorial Drag Race will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5 at Midlands Raceway Park in Lugoff.
Elizabeth Wooten missed just one game, but still had to go to the tie-breaker before winning the last week's Chronicle-Independent football contest.
For the second time in three years, the North Central High volleyball team proved to be inhospitable hostesses as the Lady Knights won their own Carolina Challenge Volleyball Tournament held Saturday in Boonetown.
Raymond C. Harris, 90, of Fayetteville, GA, passed away peacefully on September 14, 2011. He was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Thelma Brannon Harris, and his brother Walter Harris. Left to celebrate his life is his son, Wayne Harris (Marilyn) of Fayetteville, many nieces and nephews, family members and friends earned over a lifetime.
Students vie for county crown in district spelling bee tonight
WASHINGTON -- When the going gets tough, well, why not just make the going easier?
SAFE Federal Credit Union recently recognized Dee Dee Cannon, of the credit union's Rutledge Street branch in Camden, as its Teller of the Year. SAFE honored Cannon during its annual Staff Training and Recognition Day in February. During the ceremony, the credit union recognizes "the best of the best" in different job categories, along with awards for sales, volunteerism, service, and leadership.
Abundant Life Fellowship Church is hosting the Building People Conference, Thursday through Saturday at the church on the 800 block of Laurens Street in Camden.
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.
Funeral service for Vernell Douglas Cain, 80, will be held Thursday at 3:00 p.m. at First Assembly Church of God with burial to follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The Rev. Bruce Marthers will officiate. The family will receive friends Wednesday 5-7 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff.
Harold Joseph McNinch, Jr. of Simpsonville, SC passed away on March 7, 2014. He was born in Camden, SC on March 18, 1947. He was the son of Elizabeth W. McNinch and the late Harold J. McNinch.
Mr. James Spain, Jr., 66, of 7825 Edward Street, Rembert died Sunday. Family and Friends may call at 7835 Edward Street, Rembert. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Brown's Funeral Home, Camden, who is serving the Spain Family.
(This story originally appeared in the Summerville Journal Scene on March 5, 2014, and is reprinted here by permission. Melinda Johnson, a Camden native, is the daughter of Wayne and Alice Williams of Camden.)
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As I noted in my column last month, the ultimate objective for KershawHealth is providing quality care for all the people in this community, and one of the biggest factors affecting our success in that endeavor is local support for this hospital. Do people in the community trust and value what KershawHealth offers enough to make it their first choice for care?
The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees voted recently to hire Camden native Steve Abbott as the district's new professional development director. Abbott replaces John Gardner, who recently retired.
Camden Rotary President Alfred Mae Drakeford, left, presents Kathy Hall with a check for $2,000 which represents a Rotary Grant and contributions made by Camden Rotary Club during the "Rotary Has Heart" campaign. Funds will go to the Sacks of Love program. Also pictured is Camden Rotary Club project chair Jeffrey Graham.
Due to the recent snow and ice storm, the Lee County Historical Society cancelled its Feb. 11 meeting. The guest speaker for that meeting, Mr. Isaac Joe, has been rescheduled for the March meeting on Tuesday.
Bethesda Presbyterian Church will offer a five-week workshop, Dementia Dialogues, designed to educate and inform persons who care for those who exhibit signs and symptoms associated with Alzheimer's disease or related dementias.