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Top 10, but falling

If you were to rank the countries of the world in terms of economic freedom, where would the United States fall? First, or at least in the top three? The top five, surely.

January 30, 2012 | Ed Feulner The Heritage Foundation | Columns


CES honor students named

Camden Elementary School has announced its honor rolls for the second nine-weeks period.

January 30, 2012 | | Education


Howard Jordan

Howard Amos Jordan, 56, of Camden died Tuesday, January, 24, 2012. A private burial will be held at a later date.

January 30, 2012 | | Obituaries


Teachers provide the foundation for achieving life’s goals

The dictionary defines influence as "the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone." Influence is a simple word also defined by our personal interpretations of how a person makes us feel. A feeling that can leave us changed forever. An influence may be found in the way a person helps mold our career plans or our daily conduct. It's a lasting impact that moves us from point A in our life, to point B. We begin as someone completely different from the individual we turn out to be on the other side. High ...

January 30, 2012 | Rebecca Rowell L-EHS columnist | High School Columns


Keeping it light

From the mailbag:

January 30, 2012 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


Rec notes -- Jan. 27, 2012

Registration begins next week for youth baseball and girls slow pitch and fast pitch.

January 27, 2012 | | Miscellaneous


Mozelle Rabon

Funeral services to celebrate the life of Mozelle Thurmond Rabon, 88, of Lugoff will be held Saturday, January 28, 2012 at 2:00 PM at Lugoff First Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Rev. Greg Sweet will officiate. The family will receive friends Friday, January 27, 2012 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at Kornegay Funeral Home Lugoff Elgin Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Mrs. Rabon's memory to Lugoff First Baptist Church, 106 Longtown Road, Lugoff, SC 29078.

January 27, 2012 | | Obituaries


Pets of the week -- Jan. 27, 2012

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Titan, a 1-year-old male box, and a female gray and white 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 wcas@camden.net. The ...

January 27, 2012 | | Pets


School menus -- Jan. 27, 2012

The following are menus for Kershaw County schools for the week of Jan. 30-Feb. 3:

January 27, 2012 | | Education


A Cappella at its very best...

The music of the Pitchforks of Duke University, a nationally acclaimed collegiate a cappella group, and a past winner of the SoJam Southeast Collegiate A Cappella Festival, is returning to the Wood Auditorium of the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) for a one-night performance Friday, Feb. 3. The performance will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, military and seniors. This concert is made possible by Bob Sheheen.

January 27, 2012 | | Localife


Community comes together to help local family

John Baker of Ridgeway has had more than his fair share of ailments.

January 27, 2012 | | Localife


Dear Annie for Jan. 27, 2012

Dear Annie: I am a bartender and waitress at a small local restaurant. We recently worked a big party that included drinks and a three-course meal. When it came time to pay, the customer left us a fairly large tip.

January 27, 2012 | | Dear Annie


Feature photo: A proper setting

Students of Junior Leadership Kershaw County recently participated in a session on social and formal dining etiquette.The class met at the Mill Pond Steak House in Boykin and was served a four-course meal. Sara Fakoury, a certified trainer with the National League of Junior Cotillions, covered social skills and formal dining techniques. Kershaw County School District Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan and volunteers from the business community served as servers. Junior Leadership Kershaw County is a partnership of the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce, school district and Camden Military Academy. It is comprised of juniors and seniors from Camden, Lugoff-Elgin ...

January 27, 2012 | | Education


Camden ... my hometown

Hello and Happy Friday! I appreciate you stopping by to see what I have to say in today's Chronicle-Independent, our hometown newspaper. Many might comment that I already say a lot through my photographs as there are many tucked away on my Facebook page. I have the Easter Egg Hunt at Bethesda Presbyterian Church from 2009, Camden High's graduation from 2010, Food For The Soul's dedication from 2011 and the Miss Camden Pageant just last month and hundreds of others in between -- all posted on my photo page. Now it's my turn to say in words ...

January 27, 2012 | Johnny Deal C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Rev. Lloyd Frank Brewer

Services for Rev. Lloyd Frank Brewer, Jr., 70, of West Columbia, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 28, 2012, at Trinity Baptist Church, Cayce, SC, officiated by Rev. Michael W. Brewer, Dr. Gerald Harris, Rev. Michael Henderson and Rev. Sam Harmon. Interment will follow at Woodridge Memorial Park, Lexington, SC. Honorary pallbearers will be the Cayce United Methodist Church Women's Morning Circle, Cayce United Methodist Church Choir and any Minister of Music he has had the opportunity to work with in the past. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday evening ...

January 27, 2012 | | Obituaries


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House approves early childhood education funding

In a rare bipartisan compromise, the House of Representatives passed a reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant program Monday. The Senate passed its version in March, and the compromise means President Barack Obama will see the final bill before the end of the session.

September 18, 2014 | | National


Infertility testing and treatment

How many times have you heard if you just … "go on vacation, lift your legs above your head, adopt, relax -- you'll get pregnant." Those suggestions are hard enough to get out of your head, but how do you know when you're ready to get off the treatment merry-go-round and move to third-party reproduction, change paths to adoption, or live child free?

September 18, 2014 | Whitney Barrell KSL | National


Character counts, but politics, gender and age all impact what kids are taught

While parents take seriously the task of teaching children values, a new Pew Research Center survey released Thursday shows a gulf between how conservatives and liberals, women and men, young and old and different races order the values they believe children should be taught.

September 18, 2014 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News | National


4 true stories from women who left abusive relationships

Much discussion has been raised in recent weeks about why those suffering from domestic violence both stay and leave their spouses and loved ones despite (or because of) the darker nature of their relationships. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in four women experience domestic violence during their lives. And there are people who suffer from domestic abuse but may not even realize it.

September 18, 2014 | Herb Scribner Deseret News | National


5 steps to a better relationship with your teen

After his parents' divorce, a 17-year-old boy goes to live with his father. The father informs his son that he will treat the boy like an adult, which thrills the boy. But after school and football practice, the son often comes home to a quiet house. No warm dinner or conversation awaits him. His dad usually works or is out with friends. No tabs are kept on the son's whereabouts. The boy stops going home after practice. He starts staying out late with friends which makes him too tired for football. He quits the team. Soon, he stops waking ...

September 18, 2014 | Megan Gladwell FamilyShare | National


New life milestones for young people

Ah, young people. What an intriguing life they're living.

September 18, 2014 | Herb Scribner Deseret News | National


Stay open hearted in a world with so much turmoil

The world can sometimes be a scary place in which to live and raise our families. There's no shortage of war, violence, poverty and disease out there. But responding to that turmoil by shutting down and pulling away, rather than by reaching out, only adds to the existing problem. Rather than fearing the dark, we can be the light that penetrates the darkness, driven by our sense of faith and optimism. We can remain open hearted in the face of turmoil.

September 18, 2014 | Susan Swann FamilyShare | National


Olasky preaches journalism through the lens of scripture, faith

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Marvin Olasky sits at a table on the screened-in porch of his modest home here, speaking calmly, but with conviction, about topics close to his heart: faith, freedom, and the role of journalism in America.

September 18, 2014 | Mark A. Kellner Deseret News | National


7 Steps to Better Cooking

Tired of the same old thing for dinner every night? Well, have you ever thought that she might be tired of you, too? Joking aside, we've culled the latest food journals and websites to bring you 7 of the best ways to make each meal at home a memorable event. These are meals you won't forget, or forgive, for a long time:

September 18, 2014 | Tim Torkildson Deseret News Service | National


8 benefits of having a sibling

Oh, siblings. You've got to love them.

September 18, 2014 | Herb Scribner Deseret News | National


Pine Tree Hill Elementary and North Central Middle School students observe 9/11

North Central Middle School students read a script accounting the 9/11 events minute by minute. They read the exact time when the first plane crashed into the Twin Towers, the exact time when President George W. Bush was notified, the exact time that the second plane crashed into the towers, the exact time that the Pentagon was struck and more events that occured on that day. Pine Tree Hill students observed 9/11 by wearing red, white and blue, and they had special lessons about the importance of that day.

September 18, 2014 | | Localife


'Fat shaming' doesn't help people lose weight, study says

Rude comments and bad behavior toward overweight people does not inspire them to lose weight, a new study says.

September 17, 2014 | Tracie Knabe Snowder KSL | National


MIT unleashes cheetah robot on campus

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Previously limited to sprinting on a treadmill, an untethered cheetah robot can be seen bounding across the MIT campus in a new video.

September 17, 2014 | Natalie Crofts KSL | National


I didn't marry my soul mate, Part 2

About a year ago, I wrote an article titled, "I didn't marry my soul mate." I was very honest about a period of time in my marriage when both of us wondered if we had chosen incorrectly and even if we had settled. During those times I wondered what my life would have been like had I married "the other guy."

September 17, 2014 | Kate Rose Lee KSL | National


Hollywood slow to offer faith-based films, pastor-producer says

LOS ANGELES -- More than 80 percent of Americans profess a belief in God, but Hollywood has been slow to offer content that engages people of faith.

September 17, 2014 | Dave McCann KSL | National


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