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Was it really Santa Claus?

Childhood is a wonderful time! A small child really believes he or she could "catch a falling start and put it … in a pocket." Nothing is impossible. Also, the warmth of love and acceptance comes from family and friends. Nowhere are the problems of finance or payment. Some children even tell their parents, when told they are big boys or girls, "I don't want to grow up." Even the story Peter Pan concerns a group of children who fly off with Peter, who has never had to grow up.

December 24, 2012 | By Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns

A ‘right to’ words that work

Words have power. If anyone wonders whether conservatives have taken the lead in effective political catch phrases, the term "right to work" should remove all doubt.

December 24, 2012 | By Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns

Dear Santa...

Dear Santa,

December 24, 2012 | | Miscellaneous

Marvin 'George' Gardner

Funeral services honoring the life of Marvin Wayne "George" Gardner, 62, of Bethune, will be held Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:00 PM, at Harmony Baptist Church in Bethune. The Rev. Tracy Hinson will officiate. Burial will follow in Bethel United Methodist Cemetery, in Bethune. Family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 PM, Sunday, December 23, 2012 at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. Memorials may be made in Mr. Gardner's memory to the American Heart Association, Memorials & Tributes, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058.

December 24, 2012 | | Obituaries

Lugoff home destroyed in fire

The Lugoff Fire Department (LFD) responded to a residential fire in the area of Longtown Road at 25 Mile Creek around 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

December 24, 2012 | | Crime-Police-Fire

Camden Military Academy laywreaths at veterans tombs

December 24, 2012 | | People & Places

Ariail for Dec. 24, 2012

December 24, 2012 | | Ariail


WASHINGTON -- It is a conundrum of wordsmiths that sometimes events are so horrible that words escape us. Bereft of the tools of our trade, we are left with what is perhaps the only appropriate response to something as heart-stopping as the massacre of children: silence.

December 24, 2012 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns

Jessie Watkins

Jessie Watkins of Camden entered into rest on Friday, December 21, 2012 at KershawHealth. Arrangements will be announced later. The online guestbook can be viewed/signed at

December 24, 2012 | | Obituaries

Gladys Potter

Funeral service for Gladys Goff Potter, 85, was held Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Baptist Church with burial following in the church cemetery. The family received friends Saturday 5-7 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home.

December 24, 2012 | | Obituaries

James Horton Jr.

James Horton, Jr., 58 of Camden entered into rest on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at Palmetto Health Richland. Arrangements will be announced later. The online guestbook can be viewed/signed at

December 24, 2012 | | Obituaries

Mattie Paschal Goff

A Celebration of Life Service for Mattie Paschal Goff, 89, will be held Monday at 11:00 a.m. at Blaney Baptist Church. The Rev. Philip Blankenship and the Rev. George Cashwell will officiate. The family will receive friends following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to, Blaney Baptist Church Choir Fund, P.O. Box 305, Elgin, S.C. 29045, or Harmony Baptist Church, 998 Tookie Doo Ln, Elgin, S.C. 29045.

December 24, 2012 | | Obituaries

Rec Notes -- Dec. 21, 2012


December 21, 2012 | | Miscellaneous

CHS wrestlers off to 4-0 start

After opening the season with three lopsided victories, the Camden High wrestling team enjoyed its biggest win of the young season, while exacting a bit of revenge in the process, in Tuesday's win over Hartsville.

December 21, 2012 | | Camden High/Middle

Military briefs - Dec. 21, 2012

Army Pfc. Chandler D. Hughes has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

December 21, 2012 | | Military

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Miss Camden Scholarship Pageant seeking contestants

The Miss Camden Scholarship Pageant is now accepting contestants for the 2016 Miss Camden and Miss Camden Teen Pageant to be held January 2, 2016 ...

October 09, 2015 | | People & Places

King Haiglar garden club meeting Monday, Oct. 12

The King Haiglar Garden Club will meet on Monday, Oct. 12 at 3 p.m. Cathy Moss will host the group at 314 Chesnut St ...

October 09, 2015 | | People & Places

CBA hosts quarterly breakfast

The Camden Business Alliance (CBA) will host Breakfast Before Hours on Tuesday, Oct. 13 from 8-9 a.m. at the Robert Mills Courthouse 607 South ...

October 09, 2015 | | People & Places

A week unlike any other

It's hard to try and put something funny in this space after what our state, county and our friends and neighbors went through last ...

October 09, 2015 | | Seasonal Sports

Kahler wins football contest

Michelle Kahler missed two of the 14 games listed to win last week's Chronicle-Independent weekly football contest.

October 09, 2015 | | Seasonal Sports

Pets of the Week - Oct. 9, 2015

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Harley, a very friendly 2-year-old female pitbull mix (she has a ...

October 09, 2015 | | Pets

Lugoff Automotive Group donates $25,000 to Red Cross

Mark Mason Sr., president of the Lugoff Automotive Group and Midlands Automotive Group, recently announced its dealerships have made a $25,000 donation to the ...

October 09, 2015 | | Business

For the Record - Oct. 9, 2015

(Editor's Note: Due to early deadline issues complicated by the recent flooding storms, we were unable to publish For the Record on Tuesday. We ...

October 09, 2015 | | For the Record

Ariail for Oct. 9, 2015

October 09, 2015 | | Ariail

Editorial: Thankful

One life lost, dozens of homes and businesses damaged, roads and bridges washed out. These are all things caused by flooding which resulted from this ...

October 09, 2015 | | Editorials

Parker: A Rose for racial reconciliation

OXFORD, Md. -- Long before there was a "Black Lives Matter" movement, there was Ruth Starr Rose -- an activist artist whose paintings nearly a century ago ...

October 09, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns

Editorial: And here we are

Welcome to the first-ever Tuesday edition of the Chronicle-Independent. As you can see, in addition to repackaging our old three times a week news for ...

October 06, 2015 | | Editorials

Tatum: By the time you read this...

...I will be long gone. Out of sight; out of mind; not a moment too soon. It's vacation time and boy do My Beloved ...

October 06, 2015 | | Columns

Parker: The GOP (New) McCarthyism

WASHINGTON -- The lede to this column is a deep, guttural groan that originates in the throat and expands into the lungs before collapsing in the ...

October 06, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns

Letter: CBA president lauds new businesses

Wonderful strides have been made in our fair city in the past year or two! The city itself is in the middle of a tremendous ...

October 06, 2015 | Patricia Richardson, pres. Camden Business Alliance | Letters

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