At the beginning of one school year, I entered my room to see an extra row of filled desks as well as students enough to fill another row. There was hardly enough room to squeeze sideways through the rows to give help. If anyone had tried, bending would have presented a posterior to the pupil in the desk on the adjoining row. The students looked at me; I looked at them. Then they began to beg. "Please, Ms. Pruett, do not move any of us." They were smart enough to know no teacher could have so many students in one ...
WASHINGTON -- The video of James Holmes from inside the Arapahoe County Courthouse was as mesmerizing as it was creepy. His fluorescent mop of pink and orange hair. His vacant eyes, alternately bulging and droopy. Was he medicated? Crazy? Vamping for the camera? And the question, unbidden and against journalistic interest: Should we really be seeing this? Is justice best served by having a camera in this courtroom?
There are a number of things around your house that can be deadly to your cats and dogs, some you may know, and some may be surprising. Some are even in your kitchen cabinets and refrigerator. Dr. Dorothy Black, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, shares some enlightening information about common food items that may be toxic to your pet.
A memorial service for Angela Jewell "Angie" Newman, 39, of Cassatt, will be held Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. The family will receive friends following the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mt. Zion Baptist Church.
Master Sgt. Ricky L. Whitehouse retired from the U.S. Air Force on July 20 after serving his country for 22 years.
Kathryn Etters Lovatt, of Camden, is one of three women awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship from the S.C. Arts Commission Board. Lovatt, Nancy Ancrom of Columbia and Marcy Jo Yonkey-Clanton of Irmo each received $5,000. Lovatt earned the award for prose writing. Ancrom and Yonkey-Clanton work in poetry and dance choreography, respectively.
The Kershaw County Clemson Club will host its annual kickoff pool party for freshman from the area who will be attending Clemson University on Thursday, Aug. 2 at 7 p.m. at the Camden Country Club.
The Camden High School boys' and girls' cross-country teams will begin practice for the 2012 season on Wednesday, Aug. 1.
As with other mass shootings, the killings at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., trigger a familiar chain of reactions: horror, remorse, rage and a call for new restrictions on guns.
Family, friends, dignitaries and fans came out in large numbers for Thursday's Larry Doby U.S. Postal Service Forever stamp ceremony hosted by the Camden Archives and Museum. Here are two additional photos from the memorable event.
In 2010, Broadus R. Littlejohn, a Spartanburg collector, gave Wofford College a very large collection of books, pamphlets, documents and manuscripts. Among his gift were more than two dozen Civil War letters and a diary Lt. William E. Johnson Jr. of Liberty Hill kept from May 1864 until June 1865 while he was a Union prisoner-of-war.
• We offer a tip of the Chronicle-Independent hat to the Rev. Bruce Hancock and the members of Camden's First Baptist Church, who are celebrating Hancock's 20th anniversary as pastor. It is rare that a minister remains at one church that long, and Hancock has carved out an enviable record at the county's largest church, with a great deal of growth (and spiritual nutrition) taking place.
Paul Exander Odom, Jr., 74, of Lamar, SC, died Wednesday, April 22, 2015. He was born in Lexington, NC, the son of the late Paul Exander Odom, Sr., and Edna Johnson Odom. Memorials may be made in Paul's memory to the Ronald McDonald House, 2955 Colonial Drive, Columbia, SC 29203.
Mrs. Andrema Trusdale Hayward, 71, of Camden, entered into eternal rest Tuesday, April 21, 2015. Born in Camden, she was the daughter of the late James, Sr. and Mary Crowell Truesdale and wife of Isah Hayward, Jr. A Celebration of Life and Homegoing Services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 26, 2015 at Red Hill Baptist Church, Cassatt, with burial in the church cemetery. Public viewing will be from 2-7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Ms. Mattie A. Greene, 74 of 1541 Red Hill Road, Camden, South Carolina passed on Monday, April 20, 2015.
A service to celebrate the life of Joanna Frances Doolan, 30, will be held on Monday at 6:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. The Rev. Father John Zimmerman will officiate. The family will receive friends Monday 5:00-6:00 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to JDRF, 26 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10004.
A funeral service to celebrate the life John Mike Carns, 90, of Elgin, SC, will be held at 2:00 PM, today, April 24, 2015 at Kornegay Funeral Home, Lugoff-Elgin Chapel. Rev. Mack McDowell will officiate. Burial will follow in Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery in Elgin, SC. The family will receive friends at 1:00 PM, 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Mike's memory to Salem United Methodist Church, PO Box 66, Elgin, SC 29045.
Funeral service for Clarence Branham, 88, will be held on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Pine Grove Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The Rev. Eric Boone and the Rev. Doug Whitfield will officiate. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 1:00-2:30 p.m. prior to the service at the church. Memorials may be made to Pine Grove Baptist Church Building Fund, 836 Pine Grove Road, Lugoff, SC 29078.
Betty Lou Griffith Blackwell of Kershaw, South Carolina, 80, the beloved wife of Dr. Danny Reese Blackwell, was the only child born to Ella Elizabeth Griffith (Nell) and Robert Earl Griffith on October 26, 1934, in Pageland, South Carolina. She was an alumna of Columbia College and College of Charleston.
Mr. Melvin Bellamy, 88, of 1607 Jefferson Davis Highway, Camden, South Carolina, passed on Saturday, April 18, 2015. Funeral services will be conducted at 12 Noon Saturday, April 25, 2015 inHyco Baptist Church, Cassatt, with burial in the church Cemetery.
The Republican presidential field is already getting crowded, and the South Carolina GOP primary is often viewed as a bellwether for White House hopefuls. Because this is a conservative state, candidates in past years have often moved to the right while campaigning here. But a new poll shows Republican voters in South Carolina might be moving away from some of the hard-line social issues they have embraced in the past. As a side note, many political observers believe the party "had better get out of people's bedrooms if it wants to broaden its appeal."
WASHINGTON -- Here we go. If you're a woman who might prefer someone other than Hillary Clinton as the next president of the United States, you're a self-loathing, anti-woman traitor.
Much has been made in the last few years about the disconnect between children and nature. Richard Louv popularized the issue in his best-selling book, Last Child in the Woods. While the trend isn't necessarily intentional, it cannot be ignored either. The awareness we are attached to something more is a key component to our continued existence upon Earth. Fortunately, I think the roots of this respect are already planted in the passions of the most perfect people, our children.
Gil Johnston's Mr. Hot Stuff and jockey Paddy Young returned to the races in the Middleburg (Va.) Spring's $50,000 Temple Gwathmey (Gr. 3) on Saturday, and together they denied Irv Naylor's Decoy Daddy a third straight victory by a neck. All Together finished third, and Staying On claimed fourth money.
Lake Wateree will be awash with the sight of sails billowing in the breeze as the Wateree Sailing Club (WSC) will host its second annual Spring Midlands Multihull Regatta on Saturday and Sunday, April 25 and 26.
The ABLE Club of SC will host the Run to the Press Box 5K run/walk on Saturday, May 2 at Lugoff-Elgin High School.