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Today, Memorial Day, one of the most important days on the American calendar, we reflect upon all that we owe the brave men and women who have been willing to risk everything in military service to this country. A vibrant legacy of courage, dedication, and sacrifice is what allows us to choose our own leaders, write our own laws, and enjoy all our other freedoms.

May 28, 2012 | By State Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk C-I contributing columnist | Columns


America's uneasy 'browning'

White babies are no longer a majority of new births, according to the Census Bureau. America is quietly "browning," it is said, like dinner rolls in a warm oven. Yet, such change does not come without resistance from those who prefer to remain unbaked.

May 28, 2012 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Miss Colvin, Mr. Eubanks engaged

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Colvin of Camden announce the engagement of their daughter, Crystal Renee Colvin of Camden, to Travis James Eubanks of Camden. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Eubanks of Camden, and Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Kelly of Bishopville.

May 28, 2012 | | Weddings & Engagements


Local student chosen as finalist in the National American Miss South Carolina Pageant

Hannah McCray Earls, age 13, has been chosen as a state finalist in the National American Miss South Carolina Pageant to be held July 12-14 at the Marriott in downtown Columbia. The pageant is held for girls ages 10 through 13.

May 28, 2012 | | Localife


Head-on collision results in death on Highway 521

A 61-year-old Sumter man was killed in a head-on car crash Friday morning on Highway 521 near the Kershaw County/Sumter County line.

May 28, 2012 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Noted and passed - May 28, 2012

• We congratulate Kershaw County's 2012 graduates – both those who have already stepped across the stage and those who will receive their diplomas Saturday. As indicated in today's Chronicle-Independent graduation section, we have many young people with bright futures ahead of them. We wish them the very best on their journey.

May 28, 2012 | | Editorials


Combs earns USC President's List recognition

Elizabeth Combs of Camden has completed her freshman year at the University of South Carolina with a 4.0 grade point average and was named to the President's List.

May 28, 2012 | | Education


Miss Kalmeijer, Mr. Munn plan summer wedding

Mr. and Mrs. Jan-Paul A. Kalmeijer of Atlanta, Ga. announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Saskia Jeske Ellen Kalmeijer of Atlanta, Ga., to Mr. Justin Blake Munn of Camden. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Blake Munn of Camden.

May 28, 2012 | | Weddings & Engagements


Reflections featured at Finally Friday

Join the Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County for the third installment of Finally Friday. Local favorite Reflections will take the stage Friday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sponsored by NBSC, TruVista, Atlas Gym, City Laundry & Cleaners and Graham Realty, the outdoor concert series provides a casual family atmosphere in which to enjoy a variety of live musical styles. Admission is free to the public and food and beverages will be available for purchase. Guests are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket. The concert will take place at the new Outdoor Pavilion behind the Wood ...

May 25, 2012 | | Localife


Rec notes -- May 25, 2012

Sports Fun Camp

May 25, 2012 | | Miscellaneous


KCSO drug sweep

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office narcotics agents, acting on tips from citizens, rounded up 14 drug dealers Monday as part of a several months-long investigation. Sheriff Jim Matthews said the investigation included making controlled undercover buys from known, "problem" drug dealers and executing search warrants at locations throughout the county.

May 25, 2012 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Pets of the week -- May 25, 2012

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Fringe, a 2-year-old spayed Husky dog, and a female tabby 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 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@camden.net. The shelter's ...

May 25, 2012 | | Pets


Lesa Stevens Parrott

Online condolences may be sent to the Parrott family by visiting www.kornegayfuneral.com.

May 25, 2012 | | Obituaries


Camden Military Academy honors Bradin

The past president of the Camden-Carlisle Alumni Association and former member of the Camden Military Academy Board of Trustees was honored April 22, on its campus in Camden. Col. James Watson Bradin, U.S. Army (Ret.) of Beaufort, had resigned from his duties at the end of the 2011 school year, having served since 2004.

May 25, 2012 | | Localife


Burglary suspect arrest after high speed chase

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a Columbia man early Thursday morning they believe is responsible for five burglaries in Kershaw County. Four of those burglaries took place Wednesday in Lugoff.

May 25, 2012 | | Crime-Police-Fire


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Army Pvt. Bracey has graduated from basic combat training

During nine weeks of training, Army Pvt. Devin W. Bracey studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values and physical fitness. He also received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

December 17, 2014 | | Military


Letters: Reader says Democrats ‘confessing’ torture is distraction

I'm sure everyone is abreast of all the hullaballoo over interrogation techniques used by the CIA to get information from the Guantanamo detainees to assist in avoiding another World Trade Center disaster. Dianne Feinstein, along with Obama and most of the congressional Democrats, insisted on "confessing," as they put it, despite the secretary of state urging against it, terming it detrimental to our interests and safety abroad. So, immediately, China and Korea termed us "bad boys," and why not -- didn't the current administration essentially say that?

December 17, 2014 | Charlie Humphries Camden | Letters


Christmas Flicks

What's your favorite Christmas movie?

December 17, 2014 | | Sidewalk Survey


Noble: It all started with BBQ

Recently, I had lunch with three old friends. All of us are proud South Carolina natives, amateur history buffs and great fans of barbecue (BBQ). We decided to meet at a new BBQ joint that we were all anxious to try.

December 17, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Editorial: Police officers

With police behavior having been in the news recently because of incidents in which white officers killed unarmed black citizens, there has been much discussion -- rightfully so -- about whether some officers are acting recklessly. Racial profiling, of course, has been a part of this discussion, as it should be. It's interesting, then, that the U.S. Supreme Court handed down an opinion earlier this week giving some leeway to police who make "reasonable mistakes" in enforcing the law. Of course, reasonable mistakes don't include the right by officers to act without provocation or to use undue force. And ...

December 17, 2014 | | Editorials


Slow start haunts Knights, again

Cary Phillips has been the head coach of the North Central boys' basketball team for all of five games. But he already knows his team needs to get off to better starts to avoid beginning behind the 8-ball.

December 17, 2014 | | North Central High/Middle


Holiday hoops camp on tap at Camden High

The Camden High School boys' basketball program and the Kershaw County Parks and Recreation Department are hosting a two-day, pre-Christmas camp at the school on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 22 and 23.

December 17, 2014 | | Sports


Leopards get the belt and revenge in winning tourney title

Heading into Saturday's inaugural Battle for the Belt wrestling tournament, Lugoff-Elgin Middle School head coach Ted Monroe's mission for his team was two-fold. First, they wanted to win the 16-team event and the other objective was to avenge a loss to Sullivan Middle School, which snapped the Leopards' 60-match win streak two weeks earlier.

December 17, 2014 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Dogs take second in MCCU Holiday Classic

With two of its wrestlers winning titles and six others placing in the top four, South Pointe High School captured this past weekend's 23rd annual Mid-Carolina Credit Union Holiday Classic Wrestling Tournament hosted by Lugoff-Elgin.

December 17, 2014 | | Sports


FMU Army ROTC cadet commissioned

Lugoff native, 2nd Lt. Adam Truesdale was honored as a newly commissioned officer in the U.S. Army during a ceremony on Dec. 12 as part of Francis Marion University's Army ROTC program.

December 17, 2014 | | Military


William G. Blake

William G. Blake, 91, of Camden, SC, died Monday, December 15, 2014. Plans are incomplete and will be announced by Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel.

December 17, 2014 | | Obituaries


Parker: Talk about a wildfire

WASHINGTON -- First there's the spark, then the conflagration, followed by the litigation and then, surely, the movie.

December 17, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Local businessman donates to buy bulletproof vests

Kershaw County businessman Frank Lee kicked off an effort to purchase replacement bulletproof vests for Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies. Lee donated funds to do so through the Kershaw County Sheriff's Foundation (KCSF).

December 17, 2014 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Party with a purpose

Foster Care Review Board 5E members (from left) Mary Long, Sandra Inabinet and Chair Laurie Parks helped host 50 Camden women on Dec. 10 for what it is calling the First Annual Girls' Night Out Christmas Party." The "party with a purpose" collected donations for 13 Kershaw County foster children ages 2 to 18 years old. The ladies collected more than $2,300 in toys, cash and gift cards, which were used to purchase clothing and other specific items on the children's wish list. In 2012, Board 5E became the S.C. Governor's Office Children's Foster Care ...

December 17, 2014 | | Miscellaneous


Making history

Each Nov. 11, a ceremony is held at the gravesite of U.S. Gen. John Joseph "Black Jack" Pershing, commander of the Allied Forces in Europe during World War I. For the first time in Arlington National Cemetery's history, officials chose a Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) unit to lay a wreath at Pershing's gravesite.

December 17, 2014 | | Military


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