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YMCA a rare opportunity

There has been much discussion about whether a sports complex is a legitimate use of the hospitality tax. That question has been answered through legal opinions and by the simple observation that this same tax has been used in other municipalities to build sports complexes. Whether we agree or not, it has been deemed legal. However, is it an ethical use of tourism dollars? Is it really tourism?

December 21, 2011 | Austin Jenkins Camden | Letters


For the Record -- Dec. 21, 2011

Real estate transactions

December 21, 2011 | | For the Record


Yesteryear -- Dec. 21, 2011

Photo cutline -- Clothing for Needy -- Camden High School sewing instructor Mrs. V.R. "Daisy" Polson displays some of the garments the students of her six classes have made for the Jaycees' Stocking Fund. Approximately 300 pair of trousers, sweater shirts, and sweater-type jackets were made by the 76 students. The garments were given to Stocking Fund Chairman Tommy Cooper Friday and will be distributed among the some 125 needy families now on the Jaycees' list.

December 21, 2011 | | Yesteryear


Robert Ariail -- Dec. 21, 2011

December 21, 2011 | | Ariail


Sidewalk Survey -- Dec. 21, 2011

December 21, 2011 | Julie J. Prickett C-I | Sidewalk Survey


Sidewalk Survey -- Dec. 21, 2011

December 21, 2011 | Julie J. Prickett C-I | Sidewalk Survey


Dear Annie for Dec. 21, 2011

Dear Annie: I usually do the cooking in the house, but occasionally, my husband likes to surprise me by preparing a meal. I'm glad he wants to relieve me of the kitchen duties, but he has a bad habit of wrecking my cookware.

December 21, 2011 | | Dear Annie


Sidewalk Survey -- Dec. 21, 2011

December 21, 2011 | Julie J. Prickett C-I | Sidewalk Survey


Designs on Christmas

The grand prize winners have been announced for the Kershaw County Recreation Department's annual Christmas Card contest sponsored by First Palmetto Savings Bank. All schools participating were combined by grade in order to award the overall cash prize winners. First-place winners received $25; second-place winners were presented $15; and third-place winners were awarded $10. All winners and honorable mentions are on display at the First Palmetto Savings Bank located on East DeKalb Street. Becky Jackson (back, center) with First Palmetto presented the awards to the overall winners, who were the following: kindergarten category -- first place, William Carter of Midway ...

December 21, 2011 | | Education


Holiday fun

Jackson School hosted a Christmas-time celebration Dec. 8. The chorus began with a Christmas concert followed by a Christmas presentation from Jackson's Lego Robotics team. After the reading of "The Polar Express," Jackson had a special visit from Santa. During the visit Santa posed for photos with students and passed out candy canes. Students also had the opportunity to make Christmas crafts. This was a spectacular event enjoyed by all at Jackson, said Principal Matia Goodwin (second row, center), surrounded by students (first row, from left) Landon Goodwin, Alyson Goodwin, Tobias Miller, (second row) Luis Hernandez, Kathryn Knight, Santa ...

December 21, 2011 | | Education


Changes in federal labor laws?

Recently Republican candidate Newt Gingrich told a culture thinking audience in Spartanburg that if he is elected president within one year he will turn back all federal labor laws to 1941. Several names came to mind, like President Franklin Roosevelt and labor leader Asa Philip Randolph

December 21, 2011 | Edward R. Allen Camden | Letters


This week in KC sports

With schools closed and Christmas Day coming this weekend, it is a slow week for high school sporting contests in Kershaw County.

December 19, 2011 | | Sports


Knights cannot overtake AJ in closing seconds of loss; L-E swept by Vikes, CHS postponed

With less than 15 seconds left in the game, North Central looked as if it had run out of chances in trailing rival Andrew Jackson, 52-48.

December 19, 2011 | | Sports


KCSD Christmas memories

Last year at this time, my column was about my own favorite school Christmas memories. Apparently, folks actually read it, because a number of people I encountered during the holidays last year shared their own with me. So this year, I asked staff and community members to share a favorite Christmas memory in the Kershaw County schools with me. Following are ones I received that I especially enjoyed:

December 19, 2011 | Kershaw County School District Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Let citizens speak by referendum

A few weeks ago, I read a letter in the Chronicle-Independent that presented a good point. Many of us have strong feelings about the proposed sports complex but we are too busy to take time to express them. The writer specifically mentioned young people with children. We are all bound together as a community and our lives are affected by decisions relating to things within the community; therefore, we all should participate in those decisions.

December 19, 2011 | Matthew Boyce Camden | Letters


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Medical marijuana

Both Democrats and Republicans in South Carolina will have advisory questions on their June primary ballots -- votes that will not be binding but are intended simply to provide some feeling for what Palmetto State residents are thinking about particular issues. As you would guess, such questions often revolve around issues particularly important to one party or another, and they're sometimes done to help provide leverage for the parties to push certain projects.

April 11, 2014 | | Editorials


American Legion accepting Palmetto Boys State applications

James Leroy Belk American Legion Post No. 17 is seeking applications for Palmetto Boys State to be held June 8-14 at Anderson University. Applicants should be motivated students interested in learning about citzenship and government, rising seniors of good character and in the top 25 percent of their class. Applications are available from guidance counselors at high schools or may be obtained from Richard Lackey at 432-9527. Above, Palmetto Boys State chairman Lackey dines and chats with Girls State delegate Margeaux Laschanzky and Boys State delegate Riley Kohn when the two youths visited Post 17 to share their experiences from ...

April 11, 2014 | | Localife


Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Hopkins celebrate 50th anniversary

Alvin and Joanne Hopkins recently celebrated 50 years of marriage. The couple was married on March 21, 1964, at the home of the Rev. Joe Hood. They have two children, Wesley (BK) Hopkins and Lynn (Jackie) Hopkins; two grandchildren, William Hopkins and Justin Hopkins, two step-grandchildren, Lauren Langford and Josh Napper; and one step-greatgrandchild, Vance Langford.

April 11, 2014 | | Localife


David Lawerence Kelly Jr

A Funeral Mass for David Lawerence Kelly Jr., 43, will be celebrated on Monday at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Camden, S.C. The Rev. Father Paul Brenninkmeijer will officiate. Final Commendation and Farewell Prayers will be in Quaker Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter, 460 Fair Street, Camden, SC 29020.

April 11, 2014 | | Obituaries


Demons give Cavaliers the boot

Now this is how you end a drought.

April 11, 2014 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Demons netters rip RNE twice

With their head coach missing the match due to a knee injury, the Lugoff-Elgin tennis team tried to help in Edward Rickwood's recovery by dousing visiting Richland Northeast, 7-0, in a Region 4-4A match played on Tuesday.

April 11, 2014 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Sandy Heyward Boykin, Sr.

A celebration of life service for Sandy Heyward Boykin, Sr., 55, will be held Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at Powers funeral home. The Rev. Reece Byrd and the Rev. Ann Byrd will officiate.

April 11, 2014 | | Obituaries


Gators take a bite out of Dogs

First-year schools and their athletic teams are not supposed to be this good.

April 11, 2014 | | Camden High/Middle


Lady Demons sweep RNE

Lugoff-Elgin tuned up for its Thursday night battle with conference-leading Blythewood by handing visiting Richland Northeast a pair of losses in a Tuesday night Region 4-4A doubleheader.

April 11, 2014 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Thanks from Historic Camden

The governing board of Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site would like to express its sincerest appreciation to Mayor Tony Scully and the members of Camden City Council for approving recommended changes to a much needed sewer project that crosses portions of our historic site. City Manager Mel Pearson, Public Works Director Tom Couch and Deputy Director Sam Davis are to be commended for working tirelessly with numerous individuals to find a solution to installing the sewer lines in a timely manner while protecting parts of the archaeologically rare and nationally significant colonial site of early Camden.

April 11, 2014 | Historic Camden Foundation Board of Trustees | Letters


Gullible and guilty

Those of us who jump for joy when we hear that Governor Haley is deeply concerned about education and is planning to dedicate $160 million in new spending for education might consider, as we bow heads in hope and tenuous gratitude, that such concern on her part is coming awfully late but just in time for her possible re-election. Better late than never? Perhaps! But better earlier, for sure. The S.C. education budget has been reduced for the last three years by more than the proposed budget raises -- $110 million in her first year and $140 million stimulus money ...

April 11, 2014 | Nancy Larsen Lugoff | Letters


Ariail for April 11, 2014

April 11, 2014 | | Ariail


Southern charm

WASHINGTON -- After writing close to 3,000 columns, I've learned that people sometimes read what they're looking for, often as a result of a headline, rather than what I wrote.

April 11, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Among the state's elite

April 04, 2014 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Elliott feature speaker at KC Gamecock Club celebration

The Kershaw County Gamecock Club will hold its annual "Great to be a Gamecock Gathering" on Tuesday, April 29 at the Old South Restaurant in Camden at 6:30 p.m.

April 02, 2014 | | Sports


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