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Give gadget gifts a gander

Welcome to Tucker's Christmas Mart, the store where you purchase gifts that seem like a good idea at the time but end up on the junk pile by the time New Year's Day arrives.

December 09, 2011 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


Pets of the week -- Dec. 9, 2011

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Season, a 6-month-old male Shar-Pei/fox terrier mix puppy, and a gray and white tabby kitten. 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 ...

December 09, 2011 | | Pets


Compassionate Friends Midlands Chapter to participate in Worldwide Candle Lighting Sunday

The Compassionate Friends Midlands Chapter No. 2260 invites the public to participate in the Worldwide Candle Lighting. This event is to remember all children who have died too soon. Known as the largest candle lighting, this event is part of a 24-hour wave of light around the world. Candles burn around the world from 7-8 p.m. in every time zone. As candles are blown out in an area, the wave of light travels on.

December 09, 2011 | | Localife


Changing opinion, not 'flip-flopping'

The term "flip-flop" has come to be one of the most caustic charges that can be thrown at a political candidate, and rightly so. It's hard to like a candidate who appears to bend his views to suit whichever audience he's addressing, and candidates who insist on taking one position one day and another the next day don't appear to be serious. But sometimes we as voters and political observers take this position to an extreme, pushing people into never changing their positions lest they be termed flip-floppers.

December 09, 2011 | | Editorials


Rec notes -- Dec. 9, 2011

Want to learn the sport of volleyball? Give it a spin with the KC Recreation Instructional Volleyball League for girls ages 8 and older.

December 09, 2011 | | Miscellaneous


KC educators receive NB certification/recertification

Eleven Kershaw County educators -- three first-time applicants and eight renewals -- have earned the highest credential available in the teaching profession, bringing the current total number of district employees who are National Board certified (NBC) to 139.

December 09, 2011 | | Education


Pet talk for Dec. 9, 2011

Unlike their barnyard brethren, pot-bellied pigs are commonly found as pampered pets living indoors with their owners these days. Native to the country of Vietnam, a full grown potbellied pig averages roughly around 120 to 150 pounds.

December 09, 2011 | | Pets


Doris Waller

Doris Elizabeth Coe Waller died Friday, Dec. 2. She was the daughter of Flagler Coe and Bessie Richardson Coe. She was born in Darlington Co., SC. She was a member of the First Church of Love, Faith and Deliverance Church in Philadelphia, Pa.

December 09, 2011 | | Obituaries


Vera Lee Long

A memorial service for Vera Lee Nunnery Long, 86 of Columbia was held 10:00 am Thursday December 08, 2011 at Wildewood Downs officiated by Dr. George Crow, III. Burial will be held at later date in Winston-Salem, NC. The family received friends after the service. In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to Northeast Presbyterian Church, 601 Polo Rd. Columbia, SC 29223 or to a charity of one's choice. Kornegay & Moseley Funeral Home & Cremation Service is in charge.

December 09, 2011 | | Obituaries


John H. Legrand

John Henry Legrand was born on January 12, 1919 in Mt. Gilead, N.C. and entered into eternal life on November 17, 2011 in Stanford, Conn. John married Ruth Watkins at an early age and they moved to Stanford, Conn. From that union they had two sons, Thomas J. Legrand and Anthony Legrand. His wife and two sons all preceded him in death along with one grandson, Thomas J. Legrand, Jr. Additionally, three brothers; James Legrand, Wyatte, and Kenly Legrand and two sisters: Rose Curry and Josephine Bentley all preceded him in death.

December 09, 2011 | | Obituaries


Support of disabled veterans

The Ladies VFW Auxiliary, Post 5928, would like to thank the businesses that allowed us to collect donations for disabled veterans at the Tucker Center Long Term Care, Veterans Hospital, Columbia.

December 09, 2011 | Ladies VFW Auxiliary Post 5928 | Letters


Camden Community Concert Band to perform Sunday

The Camden Community Concert Band (CCCB) will present its annual Holiday Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Performing Arts Center at Camden High School. Children are encouraged to attend as Santa Claus will be making an appearance. Come and enjoy some Christmas favorites and a few surprises! Admission is free. New band member Alyssa Robinson is pictured as she practices her flute in preparation for Sunday's concert. The CCCB is under the direction on conductor Pat Wylie and associate conductor Robert Wertz. This concert will mark the band's 31st annual holiday concert.

December 07, 2011 | | Arts


Boykin Christmas Parade fired up for second shotgun wedding

When Deirdra Young and Jody Atkinson, longtime sweethearts, heard broadcaster Dave McIntosh on KOOL 102.7 FM announce that the Shotgun Wedding Committee was looking for volunteers to be married during the annual Boykin Country Christmas Parade, Deirdra shouted, "That's us!"

December 07, 2011 | | Localife


Bronze Star salute

U.S. Army Chaplain Jerry Johnson (right), son of Gerald and Carolyn Johnson of Cassatt, has been awarded the Bronze Star for his work while deployed to Afghanistan for his second tour of duty. Making the presentation was Capt. Wes Cannon. Johnson, who is stationed at Fort Drum, N.Y., was also awarded the Bronze Star after his first tour. He and his wife, Carrie, have four sons, Bradley, Jeremy, Tommy and Jimmy.

December 07, 2011 | | Military


For the Record -- Dec. 7, 2011

Real estate transactions

December 07, 2011 | | For the Record


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NC Middle hosts hoops jamboree

North Central Middle School will host its annual Patriot Basketball Jamboree on Monday, Nov. 24 with the six mini-games being contested inside The Castle at North Central High School in Boonetown.

November 21, 2014 | | Sports


Caster pits hoofer vs. crooner

At the beginning of the season, we told you that this would be the year that the Fearless Forecast brought you the biggest stars to be our guests. Well, look who we have with us today.

November 21, 2014 | | Seasonal Sports


Obama’s ‘dart’ at GOP

Lawyers of every political persuasion are lining up in Washington to have their say on the legality or illegality of the plan President Obama intends to implement regarding amnesty for illegal aliens who are in the United States without proper authorization, with one major network saying the president's plan to take the immigration system into his own hands "is a daring test of the limits of presidential power."

November 21, 2014 | | Editorials


Pope calls for family resurrection

WASHINGTON -- News that Pope Francis will visit the U.S. next year for the triennial World Meeting of Families brings elation to Catholics, excitement to pope watchers -- and perhaps a little chagrin to some who too soon interpreted Francis' broad compassion as a precursor to doctrinal changes related to marriage.

November 21, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Ariail for Nov. 21, 2014

November 21, 2014 | | Ariail


Camden’s African-American corridor

In 2008, a group of graduate students from the University of South Carolina's Public History Program produced a study entitled, "The Camden African-American Heritage Project." It was the product of a student group assignment conducted in 2005-06. The students were assisted by many Camden residents in their search for the history of African-Americans in Camden from the Colonial period through the era of civil rights. Though able to spend only one semester researching and writing, the students pulled together an admirable overview of the lives of African-Americans here. In their final recommendations they suggested, among other things, that an ...

November 21, 2014 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Letter: ‘If it ain’t broke…’

On Monday, the Chronicle-Independent reported the Kershaw County School District earned an "Excellent" rating on our state report card issued by the S.C. Department of Education. Our KCSD superintendent, Dr. Frank Morgan said, "Our schools are producing outstanding results and I am extremely grateful for the hard work of our students, families, teachers and administrators." I would include Dr. Morgan and the school board and say how proud I am of their accomplishments. Kudos to all of them.

November 21, 2014 | Charlie Humphries Camden | Letters


Candlelight Tour of Homes

The Camden Junior Welfare League presents the 38th annual Candlelight Tour of Homes from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. The tour will begin at the Camden Archives and Museum.

November 19, 2014 | | Localife


Price House annual pecan benefit

According to Price House Commision Chair Polly Lampshire, the Price House annual benefit pecan sale begins Nov. 20.

November 19, 2014 | | Localife


Sheheen: ‘It is the journey that matters most’

I try to live life as a journey full of unknown destinations. And I do believe it is the journey that matters most. During the last year, I was blessed enough to experience a journey throughout our wonderful state of South Carolina. A campaign for governor is a journey through the hearts and souls of many people and places. A statewide campaign is sometimes brutal and sometimes joyful, but never dull. I treasure that journey and thank my friends in Camden and Kershaw County for letting me experience it.

November 19, 2014 | State Sen. Vincent Sheen Guest Op-Ed | Columns


Millennial spendthrifts? Not so

WASHINGTON -- Millennials are foolhardy spendthrifts. But young people basically always are, and that's probably OK.

November 19, 2014 | By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Crime Report for Nov. 19, 2014

During undercover operations Monday, the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) cited four businesses for selling tobacco or alcohol to underage buyers. According to a KCSO press release, underage participants under KCSO supervision attempted to make illegal purchases at 23 businesses where tobacco and alcohol are legally sold.

November 19, 2014 | By Gary Phillips and Tenell Felder C-I editorial staff | Crime-Police-Fire


For the Record - Nov. 19, 2014

Real estate transactions

November 19, 2014 | | For the Record


Yesteryear for Nov. 19, 2014

Youth show an interest in and knowledge of history

November 19, 2014 | | Yesteryear


One-day baseball camp features Rays' pitcher Kohn

Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher and former Camden High School standout Michael Kohn will return home as the lead instructor for a one-day baseball camp on Sunday, Dec. 14 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at American Legion Park in Camden.

November 19, 2014 | | Sports


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