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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


Casino in S.C.?

We'd ordinarily favor a proposal that would bring a couple of thousand news jobs to South Carolina as well as a healthy capital investment and the potential to lure more tourists to the Palmetto State. But in the instance of a proposed casino near Hardeeville in the Lowcountry, we have to say, "Thanks, but no thanks." That's apparently the same reception the idea is getting from Gov. Nikki Haley's office.

January 27, 2012 | | Editorials


'Some things I know for sure'

Over 1,000 Camden residents signed the recent petition asking the City to stop this Y project and let the people be involved in the decision that would obligate our Hospitality Tax dollars for the next 20 years.

January 27, 2012 | Janet Choynowski Farber Camden | Letters


An unfortunate series of events

It is indeed unfortunate if the City has lost the opportunity to get free money to fund the proposed sports complex. Rather than point a finger of blame at citizens who have wanted nothing more than open debate, questions answered, and dialogue for months and months concerning this sports complex, let's get to the heart of this problem. How could the City allow not just a reported loss of an ill described funding source slip away, but how has the City lost control of the leadership of Camden they were elected to represent?

January 27, 2012 | M. Tray Dunaway, MD, FACS, CSP Camden | Letters


Lady Demons pound RNE; CHS drops a doubleheader

Thanks in large part to a 30-point second half, the Lugoff-Elgin girls' basketball team snapped a nine-game losing skid with a 46-26 victory over visiting Richland Northeast Tuesday night inside the Demons Den.

January 27, 2012 | | Sports


Real estate transactions -- Jan. 25, 2012

The following real estate transfers were recently recorded in the Kershaw County Assessor's office:

January 25, 2012 | | For the Record


Yesteryear -- Jan. 25, 2012

51 YEARS AGO

January 25, 2012 | | Yesteryear


YMCA a positive for community, visitors

My husband and I moved to Camden eight years ago after falling in love with the many charms that this town has to offer. The history, parks and many cultural activities, coupled with small town ambiance and friendly people, convinced us that Camden would be the perfect community for us to settle and start our family. We now have a 4-year old daughter that we regularly take to local parks, Historic Camden, the Kershaw County Farmers Market, and many of the incredible offerings of the Kershaw County Library and Fine Arts Center. While these are undeniably awesome resources, we yearn ...

January 25, 2012 | Amy Long Camden | Letters


KC middle school students to join in job shadowing

Kershaw County middle schools will join the nation next month by recognizing Groundhog Shadowing Day Feb. 2. Seventh- and eighth-grade students will be allowed to go to work with a parent, relative or neighbor to learn more about the workplace and potential careers.

January 25, 2012 | | Education


Vivian Horton

Funeral services for Vivian Ogburn Horton, 83, of Kershaw, will be held at 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 25, 2012, in Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, Jefferson. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Rev. Terry Corder and Hospice Chaplin Mark Bredholt will officiate.

January 25, 2012 | | Obituaries


Sidewalk Survey -- Jan. 25, 2012

January 25, 2012 | Julie J. Prickett C-I | Sidewalk Survey


Incivility in politics

Voters here in Kershaw County and across South Carolina were subjected to an endless diatribe of political poison in the days and weeks leading up to Saturday's Republican presidential primary. This endless vitriol is nothing new, of course, as the entire process seems to have degenerated into an endless bout of mud wrestling. If you need evidence that not many people in Washington are concerned about the direction of politics and civility, we'll pass along an item that we discovered not long ago.

January 25, 2012 | | Editorials


Happy 83rd Birthday!!

Millie Branham, of Lugoff, will turn 83 on Thursday, January 26. She has five children, nine grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. She celebrated her birthday at her home with family and friends on Sunday, Jan. 22.

January 25, 2012 | | Localife


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Young gets exacta in Aiken fall feature

Trainer Leslie Young dominated Saturday's $25,000 Budweiser Holiday Cup when she sent out the first two finishers, Amy Taylor Rowe's Mr. Universo and Boudinout Farm's Harmony Bay, at the Aiken Fall Steeplechase.

October 29, 2014 | | Equine


KCSO supports cancer research, constable

In May 2008, Nancy Watts, a constable who works for the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO), learned she had breast cancer. For many people, a cancer diagnosis is devastating news. It certainly came as a shock to Watts, who is one of the individuals who is tasked with serving civil papers for the KCSO's civil division. Watts' doctor recommended she undergo a mastectomy. Normally, a mastectomy requires the patient be out of work for eight weeks. In Watts' case, she came back after four weeks.

October 29, 2014 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Kindness makes you more attractive, study shows

A study from China shows that people are rated as being much more attractive if they do one thing -- and it's something that parents can teach their children to help secure their personal happiness and future success.

October 27, 2014 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News | National


Why millennial men save more than women

A number of Stephanie Cooper's friends think she's crazy -- simply because the 25-year-old already has begun squirreling away money for retirement.

October 27, 2014 | Chuck Green Deseret News | National


The worst colleges in America

For years, the buzz in higher education has centered on the U.S. News ranking of the best colleges and universities. Ben Miller at the New America Foundation has looked at the best and the worst, ranking the institutions most likely to blow it.

October 27, 2014 | Eric Schulzke Deseret News | National


A broader definition of entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs are somewhat of a mascot for the U.S. economy -- nothing embodies the American dream more than an entrepreneur. Consequently, we've been trained to think there's a positive correlation between the number of start-ups and the health of the economy. But Daniel Isenberg, professor of entrepreneurship, and Fernando Fabre, president of Endeavor Global, argue otherwise. Real, high impact entrepreneurship comes from "scale-ups" instead. Scale-ups are growing businesses that promote a "long-term entrepreneurship," eventually leading to more innovation and increased economic health. The continued growth of established businesses does more for the economy than a high number of ...

October 27, 2014 | | National


Smartphone data encryption causing headaches for law enforcement

Solving crimes with evidence extracted from smartphones is common.

October 27, 2014 | Joseph Peacock Deseret News | National


Stress, substance abuse rise more for women who divorce or separate

Women suffer a greater jump in stress when marriage ends, compared to men. And separated and divorced people -- especially women -- are also more likely to report they use drugs and alcohol to relax, according to the recently released Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.

October 27, 2014 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News | National


Record 'dark money' spending in 2014 midterm elections

This year's midterm election will be the most expensive in history, ringing up a $4 billion tab, according to the Center for Responsive Politics' research site opensecrets.org.

October 27, 2014 | Deborah Sutton Deseret News | National


Over-testing pushback gets attention of White House

As Common Core curriculum and testing has settled in across participating states, resistance to the high-stakes tests pressuring teachers, administrators and students has intensified. Last week, the Council of Chief State School Officers announced a series of guidelines that it hoped would help ensure that testing was limited and purposeful.

October 27, 2014 | Eric Schulzke Deseret News | National


First repsonders to unwind on the softball diamond

Kershaw County Heroes United is hosting a softball game between employees of the Kershaw County law enforcement community and employees of the Kershaw County Fire Service.

October 27, 2014 | | Seasonal Sports


KCSD, CHS to appeal SCHSL ‘brawl’ ruling

The Kershaw County School District (KCSD) and Camden High School will appeal the S.C. High School League's (SCHSL) decision concerning the incident that followed the Camden High-Dreher High football game on Oct. 17.

October 27, 2014 | | Camden


Matthews to equip KCSO deputies with body cameras

Shortly after taking office in 2011, Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews began looking into equipping his officers with body cameras. As time passed his interest took on a more serious nature and in April 2014, he directed one of his staff to begin the process of evaluating different systems.

October 27, 2014 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Your vote, your choice

Today, the Chronicle-Independent begins a series of articles summarizing the candidates and issues that will be on the Nov. 4 ballot, one week from Tuesday. Perhaps the most contentious race isn't between candidates but between "yes" and "no" on two referenda offered by the Kershaw County School District.

October 27, 2014 | | Editorials


Everything works out if you let it

A friend of mine, long embroiled in upsets, distractions, problems and tribulations, called one day to announce happily that she was learning to "let things roll right off my back."

October 27, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


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