Last month's column focused on South Carolina's abysmal, fourth-highest in the nation unemployment rate. I have come across some information in the last couple of weeks that has given me a lot to think about as I look for ways the state can encourage job creation in South Carolina.
Suddenly, Campaign 2012 is looking like deja vu all over again. Remember how President Barack Obama's fast rise to the White House was boosted here and there by remarkably unlucky opponents? The Republican challengers to his reelection seem almost determined to help him to get lucky one more time.
• We've commented all along that a pending bill to require South Carolina voters to present a photo ID at the polls was no big deal, though some opponents claimed it would be unfair because some people don't have ready access to such identification cards. The state has offered the estimated 178,000 Palmetto State residents without a card free transportation to a DMV center to have one made at no cost. Only 600 people have taken the state up on the offer, indicating to us that the rest don't have much interest in voting, anyway.
The Kershaw County Clemson Club will host a viewing party of Saturday's football game between the Tigers and Virginia Tech in Blackburg, Va.
Last season, the only pimple on North Central's unbeaten run through Region 3-A volleyball play came when Chesterfield took one game from the Lady Knights, which went 23-1 in games played in eight conference matches.
Under a blanket of glittering night sky, the Harvest Moon Concert made its debut Saturday at Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site. In an intimate setting in the garden of the Kershaw-Cornwallis House, homegrown talents Kelly and Patrick Morris of The Mobros entertained the audience with original and cover songs, followed by Tennessee musician Michael Jacobs. A Native American of the Cherokee Nation, Jacobs played flute and guitar and sang original tunes.
Ida Bell Patterson, 72, of Elkwood Lane, Camden, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, September 25, 2011. She was the daughter of the late Sam and Hester Mae Clark Patterson.
Joe Louis Scott, 69, of Fairfax Drive, Camden, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, September 27, 2011. He was the son of the late David, Sr. and Mamie Boulware Scott and husband of Madeline Carrington Scott.
This year is the 80th anniversary of the social sorority Beta Sigma Phi. There has been a chapter of this organization in Kershaw County for more than 50 years. The current members of Beta Siigma Phi will host a Sunday Tea Oct. 16 around 2 p.m. to celebrate this occasion. The tea will be held at Julie Trott's home on Sarsfield Road, Camden. If you are a former member and would like to attend, call Barbara James at 432-4968 and leave a message that includes your name, address, phone number and email address; or email her at Jamesbf ...
John Drakeford, 102, of Lancaster, died Tuesday, September 27, 2011. Funeral Service will be held Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 1:00 P.M., Parker Baptist Church, Camden, SC, Rev.Walter Allen will officiate. Burial in the church cemetery. Viewing will be Friday, September 30, 2011 from 1:00 PM until 7:00 PM Crawford Funeral Home Lancaster, SC
"I am innocent," Troy Davis declared moments before he was to be executed for the killing of a security officer in Savannah, Ga., in 1991. How many times have we heard these words? Most of the inmates in jails and prisons across America would confess their innocence of a crime. And some may actually be. But what makes Troy Davis' claim different? Is it because his case has drawn national and international attention? Is it because his cause has the support of Pope Benedict XVI, former president of the United States Jimmy Carter, the president of the NAACP, Benjamin Jealous ...
Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are a 1-year-old gray, domestic short-haired cat and a 2-month-old male boxer mix puppy. 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 email@example.com. The ...
Gymnastics classes are offered by the Kershaw County Recreation Department and Wateree Gymnastics of Camden.
Whenever the subject of guns is brought up, it engenders strong opinion on both sides -- from those who believe in absolute Second Amendment rights, and from those who believe that nobody should be allowed to own a gun in any circumstances. Like most people, we fall somewhere in the middle, solidly on the side of Americans to own firearms but a bit dubious about why it makes sense for people to own Uzis and other automatic weapons that are made with the express purpose of killing people.
One of my favorite movies is the 1969 classic Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid; since it came out I've watched it probably 20 times.
Camden Media Co. announces today that Chronicle-Independent (C-I) staff reporter Gary Phillips is now the newspaper's assistant editor. The C-I also has a new Localife editor with the hiring of Simone T. Owens.
As summertime draws to an end, with kids back at school and football season about to take off, please take the opportunity to sign up for the blood donation drive at the INVISTA Camden plant. The blood drive will be held on September 9 from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. in the TC-1 building, where there's plenty of room and the service is fast and friendly. Donations are being completed within 30-40 minutes of arrival.
If this is how North Central plays when it is jittery, just think of what the Lady Knight volleyball team will do once it settles down.
Tech companies are finally spilling some of their most sought-after secrets.
Always in contention, Rodman W. Moorhead III's All the Way Jose glided to the lead on the final run down Saratoga Race Course's homestretch, rocketed over the last fence, and drew away powerfully to a 14 1/4-length victory in Wednesday's $65,000 allowance hurdle.
While the rest of you slackers are busy preparing for your Labor Day weekend and trips to the lake, the beach or backyard barbecues, remember those of us here at the Fearless Forecast who do not have the luxury of a long weekend.
David R. Braught, 58, of Columbia entered into rest on Thursday, August 28, 2014 at PalmettoHealth Parkridge.
Mr. Raymond William "Bo" Peake, Jr., 60, of Elgin, died Wednesday, August 27, 20144. Born in Camp Lejeune, NC on May 9, 1954, he was the son of Barbara Shelley Peake and the late Raymond William Peake, Sr. A master automotive technician, he was co-owner of Peake Motors with his late father. Bo also worked with Clark Industrial and Southeast Industrial for many years as a shop foreman and forklift technician.
A funeral service celebrating the life of Betty Davis Ray, 84, of Lugoff, SC, will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at Pine Grove Baptist Church, with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Rev. Eric Boone and Rev. Doug Whitfield will officiate. The family will receive friends on Friday, August 29, 2014 from 5:00-7:00 PM at Kornegay Funeral Home, Lugoff Elgin Chapel. Memorials may be made in Mrs. Ray's memory to Pine Grove Baptist Church.
Michael William Scronce, age 63, passed on Tuesday, August 26, 2014. Visitation for friends and family will be held at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel, from 5:00-7:00 PM, Saturday, August 30, 2014. Memorials may be made in Michael's memory to United Way of Kershaw County, P O Box 737, Camden, SC 29020 or American Red Cross, P O Box 641, 632 DeKalb Street, Camden, SC 29020.
Ms. Mae Bell Thomas, 93, of 113-A Canterbury Lane in Camden died Thursday, August 28, 2014. Plans will be announced by Collins Funeral Home.