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Gun lobby fires up Obama fear

As with other mass shootings, the killings at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., trigger a familiar chain of reactions: horror, remorse, rage and a call for new restrictions on guns.

July 30, 2012 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


A day to remember

Family, friends, dignitaries and fans came out in large numbers for Thursday's Larry Doby U.S. Postal Service Forever stamp ceremony hosted by the Camden Archives and Museum. Here are two additional photos from the memorable event.

July 30, 2012 | | Sports


Lt. William E. Johnson Jr.

In 2010, Broadus R. Littlejohn, a Spartanburg collector, gave Wofford College a very large collection of books, pamphlets, documents and manuscripts. Among his gift were more than two dozen Civil War letters and a diary Lt. William E. Johnson Jr. of Liberty Hill kept from May 1864 until June 1865 while he was a Union prisoner-of-war.

July 30, 2012 | By Harvey S. Teal Provided by the Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


Noted and passed - July 30, 2012

• We offer a tip of the Chronicle-Independent hat to the Rev. Bruce Hancock and the members of Camden's First Baptist Church, who are celebrating Hancock's 20th anniversary as pastor. It is rare that a minister remains at one church that long, and Hancock has carved out an enviable record at the county's largest church, with a great deal of growth (and spiritual nutrition) taking place.

July 30, 2012 | | Editorials


Robert Downey

Funeral services celebrating the life of Robert Matthew "Bobby" Downey, 56, of Camden, will be held at 11:00 AM Monday, July 30, 2012 at St. Timothy's Lutheran Church. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Reverend Angela Jennings and Reverend David Weaver will officiate. The family will receive friends from 5-7PM Sunday, July 29, 2012 at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. Memorials may be made in Mr. Downey's memory to the Lung Transplant Foundation, PO Box 33126, Raleigh, NC 27636-3126.

July 30, 2012 | | Obituaries


Lorene B. Thomas

Funeral service for Lorene Bernice Branham Thomas, 90, will be held Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at Wateree Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The Rev. Bobby James, Jr. and the Rev. David Weaver will officiate. The family will receive friends Monday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. Memorials may be made to Wateree Baptist Church, 2024 Haile Street, Camden, S.C. 29020.

July 30, 2012 | | Obituaries


KC Library updates website

Earlier this month, visitors to the Kershaw County Library website saw a change. A pretty big change. The Library updated its website in an effort to improve and promote its digital side. Created by Columbia-based Cyberwoven, and funded in part through a grant from the Central Carolina Community Foundation, the new site promotes events and programs while making digital resources easier to navigate.

July 30, 2012 | | Miscellaneous


Jerry Blake Munn

A funeral service for Jerry Blake "J.B." Munn, 77, of Camden, will be held at 3:00 p.m., Friday, July 27, 2012, at Wateree Baptist Church, Camden. Rev. Bobby James will officiate. Burial will follow in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

July 27, 2012 | | Obituaries


My quest for 'commonsense' gun laws

In the wake of the Colorado catastrophe, in which a maniac shooter killed at least a dozen people in a theater showing the latest Batman movie, everyone seems to be calling for "commonsense" gun laws. Unfortunately it's hard to tell whose sense is common enough these days.

July 27, 2012 | | Columns


Haul out the rail, tar bucket and feathers

The taxpayers of Kershaw County have been given another "sewer" tax bill to pay until the end of time. A "solid waste" fee. This was a "slam dunk" proposal for the citizens of our county just like the sewer fee that is most certainly and can be called an illegal tax. This was introduced by the former council chairman. He left before the 1-cent tax was introduced. The fee for solid waste was not established before a vote was taken. This question was a foregone conclusion before a vote was taken. A question was asked some time ago to the ...

July 27, 2012 | W. J. Haynes Lugoff | Letters


Hancock celebratres 20 years at FBC of Camden

This Sunday, First Baptist Church (FBC) of Camden will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Pastor Bruce Hancock. He has been the longest serving pastor in the church's 202-year history. The Sunday service will be held to recognize his contributions to the church, congregation and community.

July 27, 2012 | By Porché Matthews C-I intern | Miscellaneous


Olympic spirit

The 2012 Olympic games begin today in London, and while there's always a touch of politics involved, the event still is inspirational as an example of international goodwill among all those who participate. The opening ceremonies have become an extravaganza over the years, but the best part is still the entrance into the stadium of the athletes from around the world, all there to compete against each other in the best tradition of sportsmanship.

July 27, 2012 | | Editorials


JRT Sidewalk Survey:

Job Readiness for Teens (JRT), formerly Juveniles Experiencing Excellence Program (JEEP), is a part of the Safe School/Healthy Students grant administered through the Kershaw County School District. JRT teaches practical job and life skills training with real world experience. JRT teaches its students résumé building, etiquette and interview tips. JRT participants spend 40 hours in the work place and are paid through the Department of Juvenile Justice. Local participants include SAFE Bank, Springdale Health Care Center, Camp Emmanuel, Camp Kirkwood, and the Kershaw County School District Office. About 30 percent of students are asked to stay at their ...

July 27, 2012 | | Education


Tax tips - July 27, 2012

If you adopted a child last year and requested an extension of time to file your 2011 taxes, you may be able to claim the expanded adoption credit on your federal tax return. The Affordable Care Act temporarily increased the amount of the credit and made it refundable, which means it can increase the amount of your refund.

July 27, 2012 | | Miscellaneous


New bridge

Nicholas Wrobel achieved the distinction of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor ceremony on July 7th. Nicholas' required service project included replacing an outdated boardwalk at Goodale State Park with an American's With Disabilities Act compliant footbridge. Nicholas is pictured here with Park Ranger Dan Thompson on the bridge he constructed along the park's nature trail. The son of Tony and Donna Wrobel of Ridgeway, Nicholas was a member of Boy Scout troops 342 and 305 of Sumter before relocating to Troop 316, sponsored by St. John's United Methodist Church, in Lugoff. Nicholas will be a ...

July 27, 2012 | | Miscellaneous


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The final season of ‘Star Trek: TNG’ is now on Blu-ray

With the release of the final season of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" on Blu-ray, the entire series is available in high definition. Also, the latest incarnation of "Doctor Who" is on home video this week.

December 15, 2014 | Chris Hicks Deseret News | National


Pratt gives emotional speech on son's preemie birth

"Guardians of the Galaxy" actor Chris Pratt opened up about his son Jack's early arrival to the world in an emotional speech during the March of Dimes Celebration of Babies Hollywood Luncheon last week, according to Us Magazine.

December 15, 2014 | Leah Perri Deseret News | National


Family hardships inspired woman to change face of finance

Danae Ringelmann, co-founder of the crowdfunding website Indiegogo, grew up watching her parents struggle to keep their family business afloat. But instead of discouraging her from entrepreneurship, their example inspired her to change the face of how entrepreneurs get financed.

December 15, 2014 | Linsy Hunsaker Deseret News | National


Still learning the lessons of the Sandy Hook shootings

Two years after the Dec. 14, 2012, school shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, that left 20 students and six staff members dead, the complete childhood educational and psychological profile of the disturbed 20-year old shooter, Adam Lanza, has been published by the Connecticut Office of the Child Advocate, the state agency that oversees child welfare.

December 15, 2014 | Eric Schulzke Deseret News | National


Second Look donates to five local organizations

Second Look on Broad Street donated money to five organizations Dec. 1. A total of $1,000 was given to the Weatherization and Repair Ministries, and $1000 was given to the Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County and the KershawHealth Oncology Clinic Art Cart Program. The West Wateree Community Playground Project received $2,500, and the Family Resource Center Teen program and Kershaw County Activity Center received $4,250 each. The total amount of money donated was $13,000.

December 15, 2014 | | Localife


Santa visits the Kershaw County Library

December 15, 2014 | | Localife


Ariail for Dec. 15, 2014

December 15, 2014 | | Ariail


Noted and passed - Dec. 15, 2014

• A tip of the C-I hat to Kershaw County Deputy Fred Tiah, a school resource officer at Stover Middle School in Elgin. Tiah, as we reported Friday, is from Liberia, one of the hardest-hit countries in this year's Ebola crisis. Recognizing he has been welcomed to and is finding success in America, Tiah says he wants to help children in his native country who have been orphaned by the deadly disease. He's put his idea into action, raising money to help pay for the children's education and medical supplies. Tiah also wants to be a role model ...

December 15, 2014 | | Editorials


The loss of parents and their wisdom

There are few who cannot say truthfully that they miss their parents after death has laid claim to those loved ones. The parents who taught us, scolded us and, at times, annoyed us are never forgotten, never put away on a shelf to be remembered no more.

December 15, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Gunn: Partnership drives investment in health

You may have read about the letter of intent to be agreed upon between KershawHealth and MUSC Health/Capella Healthcare. This agreement is about more than simply the leasing of real estate and ownership of property. Ultimately, it is about an investment of organizational and financial resources in this community and its healthcare needs. MUSC Health/Capella Healthcare will invest heavily in programs, facilities, and services at KershawHealth that will increase our patient volume and, in turn, increase revenue. From an organizational standpoint, it will provide access to best practices and strategies to improve the quality of care provided, enhance ...

December 15, 2014 | By Terry Gunn, interim KershawHealth CEO C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Letter: Reader appreciates Tucker follow-up story

I applaud the Chronicle-Independent for front page coverage of the dropping of charges against Mr. Sammie Tucker. All too often, especially in larger media markets, good news is relegated to the back pages, while sensational news makes the front page. I believe our community newspaper makes a concerted effort to report the news as it happens and, more importantly, reports good news.

December 15, 2014 | Donny Supplee Camden | Letters


Arbor Day at Doby's Mill

On December 5, students at Doby's Mill Elementary school participated in Kershaw County's Soil and Water Conservation District's celebration of Arbor Day. Donna Douglas explained when Arbor Day is recognized. "Arbor Day is the first Friday in December, that is when we celebrate it in South Carolina because that is the best time to plant. It's celebrated at different times in different states," Douglas explained. Students participated in an assembly honoring Arbor Day and performed skits and songs in honor of Arbor Day. "Every year the conservation district chooses a school to participate in Arbor Day ...

December 15, 2014 | | Education


School district gives flu warning

According to Kershaw County School District Director of Communications Mary Anne Byrd, the district received an update last week from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) saying it is seeing an early and large rise in seasonal flu cases. Byrd said the district is currently experiencing the same situation in many of the schools.

December 15, 2014 | | Education


Dec. 19 to be half day for KCSD students

The Kershaw County School District will have a half day for students on Dec. 19, the last day of student attendance before the holiday break. Staff will work a regular schedule. Students in 3-and 4-year-old developmentally delayed and 4-year-old kindergarten classes will not attend.

December 15, 2014 | | Education


This week in KC sports

Monday: Gray Collegiate at Camden Military Academy (BB – 6:30 p.m.)

December 15, 2014 | | Sports


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