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Spotting Venus

Venus appears as a black dot transiting the Sun in this photograph taken Tuesday by Ed Roberts of Dalzell. Roberts -- who plays tuba with the Camden Community Concert Band -- took the photo through welder's glass using a Kodak Easyshare camera with a 21x wide-angle lens. In most pictures published around the globe, Venus appears at the "bottom" of the Sun. Roberts said that is because those pictures were taken through telescopes which flip the photograph. Since Roberts took the picture with a regular camera, Venus is seen traveling across the "top" of the Sun, what someone would see with ...

June 08, 2012 | | Miscellaneous


Zacour seeking Seat 1 on school board

Eric Zacour -- a candidate for the Kershaw County Board of Trustees Seat No. 1 -- has been an Elgin resident since the spring of 1985. He started his family business in 1986 and has worked hard to help his business to grow.

June 08, 2012 | | Politics


Pet Talk

As we welcome the joys of summer such as swimming, barbequing, and baseball, we have to greet the heat. As temperatures are increasing, it is vital to take the necessary precautions to protect pets from heat exhaustion.

June 08, 2012 | | Miscellaneous


Elk Lodge Scholarship awarded

Antuan Augustus (second from left) and Kirsten Baker (second from right), both seniors at Lugoff-Elgin High School, were the winners of the Camden Lugoff Elks 2012 Mary Ellen Ahner Scholarship. Rich Wagner (right) and Vickie Schermbeck (left) from the local Elks Lodge presented the cash awards to the winners on May 17th at the school during a Senior Awards Day Ceremony. The Mary Ellen Ahner Scholarship is awarded each year to students who plan to enter the field of education. The Mary Ellen Ahner Scholarship was established by Jim Ahner in remembrance of his wife Mary Ellen Ahner. Mary Ellen ...

June 08, 2012 | | Education


L-EMS celebrates Decades Day

Mrs. Brazell's ELA classes at Lugoff-Elgin Middle School celebrated Decades Day . Students -- such as (from left) Camille Sullivan, Sarah Hardin, Molli Smith, Tyjah Steele, Kara Hayes, Madison Guthrie and Katelyn Vandevander -- researched different aspects of the 1960s, 70s, 80s, and 90s and created Glogsters to present their research. Students dressed in fashion from their decade or as a famous person from their decade. They created a timeline in the hallway and plotted different events, and created a time capsule to represent items from 2000-2011. In class, students presented their decades' research. It was exciting day for all!

June 08, 2012 | | Education


Spitzer recognized achieving the distinction of Eagle Scout

Lugoff-Elgin High School senior Matthew Spitzer achieved the distinction of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor May 20. Matthew's required service project included preparing a detailed map of the historic cemetery of Smyrna United Methodist Church in Elgin. Matthew also built a prayer garden and seating for visitors. Matthew is pictured here presenting the details of his project work to Joe McConnaughay from the church's Cemetery Committee. Matthew is a member of Boy Scout Troop 316, sponsored by St. John's United Methodist Church in Lugoff.

June 08, 2012 | | Education


Camden Royals hosting AAU hoops tourney

The Camden Royals boys' AAU basketball team will host a tournament on Friday, June 8 through Sunday, June 10 at the old Bishopville High school gym.

June 06, 2012 | | Seasonal Sports


Koumas looks to take Seat 1 on school board

Jenny Koumas has announced her plans to seek election to Seat 1 on the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees.

June 06, 2012 | | Politics


Thompson seeks school board Seat 5

Phillip Thompson has announced his plans to seek election to Seat 5 on the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees.

June 06, 2012 | | Politics


CHS class honored with Margot Rochester Landscaping Award

Melanee Harwell-Taylor's special needs class at Camden Elementary School won the 2012 Margot Rochester Landscape Award. Camden Elementary School's Puzzles in Bloom serves as a sensory garden for the special needs class. The award is named after the late Kershaw County gardener and writer Margot Rochester. The award recognizes landscapes, within Camden city limits, that contribute to the beauty of the city. The Margot Rochester award is sponsored by the Camden Parks &Trees Commission.

June 06, 2012 | | Camden


Camden Media Co. names Greenway general manager

Betsy Greenway, longtime advertising director of Camden Media Co., has been named general manager of the company, according to publisher, Mike Mischner. "This well-deserved promotion, in actuality, formalizes a role Betsy has been functioning in for quite some time," said Mischner.

June 06, 2012 | | Business


Karen B. Shockey

Funeral service for Karen B. Shockey, 53, of Columbia, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, 2012 in Elmwood Cemetery and Gardens Mausoleum Chapel. Officiating will be Rev. Donald Dixon. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Thompson Funeral Home of Lexington.

June 06, 2012 | | Obituaries


Randy S. Brown

Randy S. Brown, 28, of 408 Mulbery Drive, Bethune, SC, passed on Wednesday, May 30, 2012. Funeral services and burial will begin at on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 2 p.m. at Catoe's Chapel COGIC, Bethune, S.C.

June 06, 2012 | | Obituaries


Reginald D. Brown

Reginald D. Brown, 38, of 460 Ellis St., San Francisco, Calif., passed on Monday, May 28, 2012. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, June 7, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Greenlawn Memorial Chapel, Columbia, S.C. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Columbia.

June 06, 2012 | | Obituaries


Mary Helen Hasty Kitchen

Mary Helen Hasty Kitchen, 86, of Boise, Idaho died Sunday, June 3, 2012 at a care center in Boise, Idaho. Arrangements are under the direction of Summers Funeral Homes, Boise, Idaho.

June 06, 2012 | | Obituaries


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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


Ebola fear and politics, from Bamberg to Bangkok

Ebola is scary. It has scared the bejesus out of us here in South Carolina, nationally and literally all over the world.

October 27, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Why a hike in the gas tax is a terrible idea

The issue of road funding -- or, to put it slightly differently, the question of how South Carolina should fix its broken road system -- is now a constant topic in politics and the media. A fair number of state lawmakers have therefore begun to advocate what politicians always advocate when they don't want to make tough decisions about the budget: raising taxes, specifically the fuel tax.

October 27, 2014 | By Shawn McNamee S.C. Policy Council | Columns


Celebrating Mexican independence

Camden Mayor Tony Scully (right) and ALPHA Center Hispanic/Latino Program Coordinator Carlos Harris (left) meet with Javier Diaz de Leon, consul general of Mexico for North and South Carolina, during a celebration of the 204th anniversary of Mexican independence at the Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh, N.C., on Sept. 15. Scully said Mexicans now comprise 9 percent of North Carolina's population and are its second largest trading partner, generating $25 million per day. "Hispanics in South Carolina are 5.3 percent of the population, almost half a million people," Scully said, "with a growth rate of 154 ...

October 27, 2014 | | Camden


Laverne Simpson

A funeral service for LaVerne Ingram Simpson, 84, of Camden, SC, will be held at 3:00 PM, Sunday, October 26, 2014 at First Baptist Church in Camden. Rev. Bruce Hancock will officiate. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at 2:00 PM, 1 hour prior to the service in the Family Life Center. Memorials may be made in Mrs. Simpson's memory to Gideon's International, PO Box 1333, Camden, SC 29021.

October 27, 2014 | | Obituaries


Wealth v. Income: Is there a sign of an upcoming problem?

Recent reports show a major gap in the ratio of wealth to income. Wealth has been outpacing income for a while, but, is that a good thing?

October 24, 2014 | Paul Nelson KSL | National


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