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Noted and passed -- Dec. 26, 2011

• We've watched with interest the controversy over the city of Camden's proposed YMCA, and the attendant give and take on both sides. City officials certainly could have been more receptive to those disagreeing with their positions, and some of the opponents could have been more circumspect with their jeers and boos at meetings. But the ongoing debate has been a healthy exercise in democracy and the right of both governing and dissenting. However, we were disappointed to see Y opponent Herb Farber characterize Mayor Jeffrey Graham in a recent news story as a "29-year-old boy." The statement came ...

December 26, 2011 | | Editorials


Requiem for a master contrarian

Only once since my foolish adolescence do I recall actually feeling fortunate to be a smoker, a truly insidious addiction that I have since kicked. It was the slightly chilly Washington evening on which I was joined during a smoke break at a friend's birthday party by Christopher Hitchens, one of the few people who can be called a journalist-intellectual without it sounding like a punch line.

December 26, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Our energy potential

Imagine a place where jobs are plentiful, and the housing market is thriving. A place where even low-playing service jobs come with signing bonuses and other benefits.

December 26, 2011 | Ed Feulner The Heritage Foundation | Columns


Rodney F. Waller

Funeral service for Rodney Fitzgibbons Waller, 45, of West Columbia, will be held Monday at 2:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff, with burial to follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park. The Rev. David Robinson will officiate. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association.

December 26, 2011 | | Obituaries


Cassatt man dies in collision

A 49-year-old Cassatt man on a motorcycle was struck and killed by another vehicle Friday night between Bethune and Kershaw.

December 26, 2011 | | Miscellaneous


Chambers returns to homeport

U.S. Navy Seaman Apprentice Janie E. Chambers, daughter of Naomi Chambers of Camden and Harry Chambers, of Camden, alongside approximately 5, 500 Sailors attached to USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) recently returned to their Norfolk, Va., homeport.

December 26, 2011 | | Military


Willie "Scralley" Alexander

Willie "Scralley" Alexander, 71, of Seegars Mill Road, Camden, died Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011.

December 26, 2011 | | Obituaries


Henrietta Drakeford Davis

Henrietta Drakeford Davis, 65, of Carlos Street, Camden, died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011.

December 26, 2011 | | Obituaries


Robert Ariail -- Dec. 26, 2011

December 26, 2011 | | Ariail


Parade scenes

Photos by Julie J. Prickett, P.E. Spivey and Nicole Key

December 23, 2011 | | Miscellaneous


There was just one Hitch

WASHINGTON -- The Republicans' final debate preceding the Iowa caucuses is suddenly uncompelling. There is nothing to do but write about Christopher Hitchens, whose death has made the world immeasurably less interesting.

December 23, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Rec notes -- Dec. 23, 2011

A group exercise class for ages 55 and older provides a fun variety of exercises to improve strength, flexibility, posture and balance, using a chair and a floor mat (optional).

December 23, 2011 | | Miscellaneous


Elijah Johnson

Elijah "Hot Sauce" Johnson, of Camden, died Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011. He was the son of late Feldon Johnson and Sarah Shield Johnson Samuel.

December 23, 2011 | | Obituaries


Late veteran honored for service

During a recent flag ceremony on the Town Green in Camden, the Kershaw County Leathernecks honored the life of Given Webster with a tribute to his service to the community. Webster died unexpectedly Nov. 1 and was the acting commander of James Leroy Belk American Legion Post 17. Standing together during the ceremony (from left) are Webster's wife, Jane Webster; Cadet Zachary Shaffer from Camden Military Academy; Bill Garcher, judge advocate, Kershaw County Leathernecks; Ron Stroud, Kershaw County Leaternecks; and Sgt Maj. Willam Greene with Camden Military Academy.

December 23, 2011 | | Localife


Local Girl Scouts collect gifts for Toys for Tots

Three local Girl Scout troops opted to bring gifts to donate to Toys for Tots instead of exchanging gifts with each other during their annual Christmas party. The troops included Daisy Troop 3415, led by Lindsey Cox and April Trapp; Brownie Troop 3444 led by Frances Griggs and Lori Lance; and Junior Troop 937 led by Kim Taylor and Vickie Thomas. The troops recently gathered at St. Timothy's Lutheran Church in Camden to donate the gifts to Toys for Tots.

December 23, 2011 | | Localife


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Camden Archives and Museum celebrates its centennial

One hundred years ago, in 1915, 1314 Broad St. was a construction site. Excavators and bricklayers, carpenters and heating contractors were busy at their task of building Camden's first city library. It had been an arduous journey getting to that point. That journey began in 1914, as best we can reckon, at a lecture to the Kershaw County Teachers Institute. In all of the factors leading up to the acquisition and completion of the Camden Public Library there is one constant: Sarah "Sadie" Kennedy Von Tresckow.

December 19, 2014 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Recreation Dept. Volleyball league open for registration

The Kershaw County Parks and Recreation Department will host an instructional volleyball league. The league is for beginners and is open for girls ages 8 and up. Registration dates are until December 23. The registration fee is $40 and includes a shirt. The first practice will be January 7, 3:45 p.m. at the City Arena. For more information contact the recreation department at 425-6009

December 19, 2014 | | Kershaw County


These animals need a home

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Jag, a 2-year-old male coonhound mix and Prudence, a 1-year-old female domestic shorthair cat, 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 4 p.m. on Saturdays. 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@camden ...

December 19, 2014 | | Pets


KCSD receives two 21st Century Community Learning Centers grants

The Kershaw County School District (KCSD) is the only South Carolina school district to receive not just one, but two 21st Century Community Learning Centers grants for 2015. Partnering with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands, Jackson School and Pine Tree Hill Elementary School will house afterschool academic assistance programs.

December 19, 2014 | | Education


Ina Star Atkinson

Ina Star Atkinson, 57 passed away on December 15, 2014. She was a loving, caring, and a good hearted person. She was the daughter of Betty Cunningham and Gilbert Parker (deceased). She had one brother Herman and two sisters Carolyn and Terry. She was a mother of two, Megan and Misha. She also was a grandmother of 7: Autumn, Destiny, Jaheem, Jaquwan, Kaliegh, Ernest and Brogan

December 19, 2014 | | Obituaries


William Gerald Reese

Funeral services for William Gerald Reese, 79 of Kershaw, SC will be held at 3:00 p.m., Friday, December 19, 2014, in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Kershaw City Cemetery. Rev. Bryant D. Fersner will officiate.

December 19, 2014 | | Obituaries


Annie Ruth Young

Funeral service for Annie Ruth Young, 73, will be held on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The Rev. Keith Coates will officiate. The family will receive friends Friday 5-7 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. Memorials may be made to DeKalb Baptist Church, 2034 DeKalb School Road, Camden, SC 29020.

December 19, 2014 | | Obituaries


Belle Brooks Williams

Mrs. Belle Brooks Williams, 94, of 110 Railroad Avenue, died Thursday, December 18, 2014. Friends may visit at 1840 Lovett Road in Camden. Plans will be announced by Collins Funeral Home.

December 19, 2014 | | Obituaries


Murdic Branham

A funeral service honoring the life of Murdic Branham, husband of Louise Jordan Branham, of Lugoff, SC, will be held on Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 2:00 PM at Springvale Baptist Church. Rev. Todd Horton will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at 1:00 PM in the church sanctuary. Memorials may be made in Mr. Branham's memory to Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders, 3223 Sunset Blvd. West Columbia, SC 29169 or Springvale Baptist Church, PO Box 880, Lugoff, SC 29078.

December 19, 2014 | | Obituaries


Nine things only parents of twins will understand

There are certain phases of childhood that each parent goes through with their children, but when you are a parent of twins, the normal is different. There are some things that only parents of twins will understand.

December 17, 2014 | Megan Shauri FamilyShare | National


Four ways sleep impacts your mental and physical health

According to health and safety experts, sleep is serious business -- footie pajamas and fuzzy slippers aside.

December 17, 2014 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | National


About to make another doomed New Year's resolution?

This is the time of year we reflect on our lives. We think about all we've accomplished in one year. We think about the things we should have done -- but didn't.

December 17, 2014 | Megan Shauri FamilyShare | National


Copernicus' theories are basis of new series

"THE COPERNICUS LEGACY, Book 1: The Forbidden Stone," and "THE COPERNICUS LEGACY, Book 2: The Serpent's Curse," by Tony Abbott, Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins, $16.99, 410 pages and 481 pages (ages 9-12) (f)

December 17, 2014 | Marilou Sorensen Deseret News | National


Why failing helps your children

A loud thud comes from my son's room. I fling open the door. His head is cradled in his arms. "I'm done. I can't do this anymore," he exclaims through tears of frustration.

December 17, 2014 | Damara Simmons FamilyShare | National


Labor interests worry how far employers will go with Amazon ruling

Labor groups and observers are wondering how employers will implement a recent Supreme Court ruling that found Amazon does not have to pay workers for time spent going through mandatory anti-theft security checks.

December 17, 2014 | Deborah Sutton Deseret News | National


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