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Where’s the truth?

Over the Christmas break, I spent a couple hours cleaning up my office and sorting through all the stuff I've accumulated since the summer. One of the folders I found contained a report from an organization called the South Carolinians for Responsible Government (SCRG). This group is headquartered in Columbia and is reportedly funded in large part by out-of-state money. The SCRG is best known for its advocacy for school choice/tax credit legislation. These folks have a wealth of resources. At a hearing I attended during last year's General Assembly, the SCRG had three staff members, an ...

January 16, 2012 | Kershaw County School District Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Drakeford named to NLC steering committee

Camden City Council member Alfred Mae Drakeford has been appointed to the National League of Cities' (NLC) 2012 Human Development Steering Committee. The Human Development committee is responsible for developing policy positions on issues involving social services, children and learning, poverty and income support, employment and workforce development, equal opportunity, Social Security and seniors, individuals with disabilities, public health care, mental health parity and immigration reform.

January 16, 2012 | | Camden


Noted and passed

• Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich vowed that he would conduct a positive campaign for the presidency, and he did just that -- until his numbers started dropping. Gingrich, who polled well both in Iowa and New Hampshire at one time, unleashed a series of vitriolic ads against Mitt Romney as Gingrich's star began to fade. Other GOP candidates on the right have done the same as Romney has gained strength. These days, a positive message seems to last only as long as a candidate is doing well.

January 16, 2012 | | Editorials


Why Obama’s ‘recess’ battle matters

It's easy to ignore President Barack Obama's dispute with Senate Republicans over his recess appointments if you don't care what the government is doing with your money.

January 16, 2012 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Happy Golden Anniversary!!!

On Dec. 18, 2011, Blondell Jeffers and Dr. E. Raybon (Ray) Rodgers invited family to an intimate dinner to celebrate their Golden Anniversary. The gathering took place where the couple first met, the former site of the Blaney School, which has since been transformed into the Old South Restaurant, Elgin.

January 16, 2012 | | Localife


Countdown to the Cup

It is not too early to begin making plans for the 2012 Carolina Cup Steeplechase Races at the Springdale Race Course.

January 13, 2012 | | Equine


Demon wrestlers upend Sumter

Lugoff-Elgin had little trouble with host Sumter in winning Tuesday night's non-region wrestling match between the two 4A programs, 65-12.

January 13, 2012 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Mental Health Kershaw County presents awards at annual membership meeting

Mental Health America of Kershaw County (MHAKC) held its 49th annual membership dinner meeting Nov. 10 in the fellowship center at First Baptist Church in Camden. Joy Jay, executive director of Mental Health America of South Carolina, introduced the guest speaker, Alyce Kemp DeWitt.

January 13, 2012 | | Localife


Diane Peacock Collins

Mrs. Diane Peacock Collins, 45, of Barnwell, passed away Saturday, January 7, 2012 at Providence Hospital in Columbia.

January 13, 2012 | | Obituaries


James Leroy Jones

Funeral service for James Leroy Jones, 77, of 2232 Baron Dekalb Road in Camden will be held Monday, January 16, 2012, 1:00 P.M. at White Oak Baptist Church Hwy 97 with burial in the church cemetery. Collins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

January 13, 2012 | | Obituaries


Channing James Rollins

Channing James Rollins, 41, of Camden, passed away, Sunday, January, 08, 2012, after a long battle with colon cancer.

January 13, 2012 | | Obituaries


Elizabeth Mayrant Dickson Trice

Elizabeth Mayrant Dickson Trice, 94, of Broad Street, Jacksonville, Florida and formerly of Rembert, entered into eternal rest on Friday, January 6, 2012.

January 13, 2012 | | Obituaries


Carolyn Walters

Funeral services to celebrate the life of Carolyn Othenia Hoffman Walters, 81, of Camden will be held Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 11:00 AM at Kornegay Funeral Home Camden Chapel with burial to follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Rev. Brent Kendall will officiate. The family will receive friends Friday, January 13, 2012 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. Memorials may be made in Mrs. Walter's memory to a charity of one's choice.Mrs. Walters, widow of Charles Ingram Walters died Tuesday, January 10, 2012. Born in Hartsville, she was the ...

January 13, 2012 | | Obituaries


Robert Ariail -- Jan. 13, 2012

January 13, 2012 | | Ariail


Washington’s anti-S.C. disposition

If you pay attention to the news -- and if you're reading this community newspaper it's likely that you do -- you're probably aware that the federal government just rejected South Carolina's recently-passed "Voter ID" law, which would require voters to present photo identification before casting a ballot in an election.

January 13, 2012 | Richard Sckstrom S.C. comptroller | Columns


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Understanding asbestos and mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that develops in the lungs. It is caused by exposure to asbestos, a mineral fiber the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says was once "added to a variety of products to strengthen them and to provide heat insulation and fire resistance."

September 17, 2014 | Suzanne Carlile KSL | National


Father raises over 100k for dice, playing card Kickstarters

A father raised thousands of dollars on Kickstarter with three successful projects, allowing him to not only fulfill a lifelong dream, but also to support his family during a period of unemployment.

September 17, 2014 | Natalie Crofts KSL | National


Visiting Salt Lake City

If you're ever in Salt Lake City and want to go for a good hike, Rattlesnake Gulch is just a few minutes off I-80.

September 17, 2014 | Celeste Tholen Rosenlof KSL | National


Robert Lamont Demary

Funeral service for Mr. Robert Lamont Demary, 33, of 2404 Salmond Street in Camden, will be held Thursday, September 18, 2104, 2:00 P.M. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Monroe Street in Camden with burial Friday, September 19, 2014, 11:00 A.M. at Fort Jackson National Cemetery. He died Thursday, September 11, 2014. Collins Funeral Home of Camden is in charge of the arrangements

September 17, 2014 | | Obituaries


Ariail for September 17, 2014

September 17, 2014 | | Ariail


The Harrell case

It was another black eye for South Carolina last week when Rep. Bobby Harrell, speaker of the House of Representatives, was indicted by a Richland County grand jury on nine counts, including illegally using campaign money for personal expenses, filing false campaign disclosures and misconduct in office. Harrell suspended himself -- how's that for an oddity? -- and will now face his government accusers. South Carolina certainly doesn't have a monopoly on political malfeasance but the Palmetto State has had more than its share of governmental scandal. We say that fully recognizing that Harrell is innocent until proven guilty.

September 17, 2014 | | Editorials


Yesteryear for Sept. 17, 2014

Citizens groups want lower utility rates

September 17, 2014 | | Yesteryear


Looking for an ‘angel’

On Sunday afternoon (Sept. 7), my friend was driving south of Jefferson Davis Highway. It was raining, with lots of thunder and lightning. When she got past the BP station, a transformer must have exploded. Her car hit the pole. She suffered some bad injuries.

September 17, 2014 | Anise R. Smith Camden | Letters


Murder victim’s sister sends thanks to Camden

On Aug. 24, 2013, my brother, Alan Robinson, was cruelly and brutally murdered. The week of Aug. 24, 2014, his killer was tried, found guilty and sentenced to life in prison without parole for his crime.

September 17, 2014 | Frances Pate Seneca | Letters


More on S.C. snakes

Though the calendar has now been flipped to the month of September and autumn is right around the corner, here in South Carolina it is still very much summer according to the thermometer. Days are getting shorter, but lower temperatures don't usually make it to South Carolina to signal the end of summer until well into October. Birds have begun their annual migrations south, but the heat and humidity that still lingers continues to keep snakes very active. Being exothermic, or cold-blooded as I was taught in elementary school, snakes take environmental warmth and warm themselves to activate processes ...

September 17, 2014 | Josh Arrants C-I contributing columnist | Columns


For the Record - Sept. 17, 2014

Real estate transactions

September 17, 2014 | | For the Record


Mark Sanford’s ongoing saga with himself

WASHINGTON -- As a South Carolinian, it befalls me to examine the peculiarities afflicting our former governor and now-congressman Mark Sanford, who, contrary to decorum and taste, continues to demand attention.

September 17, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


LeMons parade, block Party return to Camden

Racers, start your engines! The 24 Hours of LeMons race returns to the Carolina Motorsports Park this weekend, giving less-than-professional drivers in less-than-$500 contraptions the chance to show what they're made of.

September 17, 2014 | | Camden


CHS harriers battle tough conditions in Coaches Classic

With the rain --- which caused a one-hour delay --- followed by the heat and humidity, Saturday was hardly the optimal conditions for a cross country race.

September 17, 2014 | | Camden High/Middle


High school rodeo ready for Oct. 10-11 run

The Cassatt Fire Department will host a high school rodeo on Oct. 10 and 11 on the grounds of the Mid-Carolina Field Trial Club. The club is located at 925 Field Trial Rd. in Camden.

September 17, 2014 | | Equine


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