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Noted and passed -- Dec. 26, 2011

• We've watched with interest the controversy over the city of Camden's proposed YMCA, and the attendant give and take on both sides. City officials certainly could have been more receptive to those disagreeing with their positions, and some of the opponents could have been more circumspect with their jeers and boos at meetings. But the ongoing debate has been a healthy exercise in democracy and the right of both governing and dissenting. However, we were disappointed to see Y opponent Herb Farber characterize Mayor Jeffrey Graham in a recent news story as a "29-year-old boy." The statement came ...

December 26, 2011 | | Editorials


Requiem for a master contrarian

Only once since my foolish adolescence do I recall actually feeling fortunate to be a smoker, a truly insidious addiction that I have since kicked. It was the slightly chilly Washington evening on which I was joined during a smoke break at a friend's birthday party by Christopher Hitchens, one of the few people who can be called a journalist-intellectual without it sounding like a punch line.

December 26, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Our energy potential

Imagine a place where jobs are plentiful, and the housing market is thriving. A place where even low-playing service jobs come with signing bonuses and other benefits.

December 26, 2011 | Ed Feulner The Heritage Foundation | Columns


Rodney F. Waller

Funeral service for Rodney Fitzgibbons Waller, 45, of West Columbia, will be held Monday at 2:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff, with burial to follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park. The Rev. David Robinson will officiate. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association.

December 26, 2011 | | Obituaries


Cassatt man dies in collision

A 49-year-old Cassatt man on a motorcycle was struck and killed by another vehicle Friday night between Bethune and Kershaw.

December 26, 2011 | | Miscellaneous


Chambers returns to homeport

U.S. Navy Seaman Apprentice Janie E. Chambers, daughter of Naomi Chambers of Camden and Harry Chambers, of Camden, alongside approximately 5, 500 Sailors attached to USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) recently returned to their Norfolk, Va., homeport.

December 26, 2011 | | Military


Willie "Scralley" Alexander

Willie "Scralley" Alexander, 71, of Seegars Mill Road, Camden, died Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011.

December 26, 2011 | | Obituaries


Henrietta Drakeford Davis

Henrietta Drakeford Davis, 65, of Carlos Street, Camden, died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011.

December 26, 2011 | | Obituaries


Robert Ariail -- Dec. 26, 2011

December 26, 2011 | | Ariail


Parade scenes

Photos by Julie J. Prickett, P.E. Spivey and Nicole Key

December 23, 2011 | | Miscellaneous


There was just one Hitch

WASHINGTON -- The Republicans' final debate preceding the Iowa caucuses is suddenly uncompelling. There is nothing to do but write about Christopher Hitchens, whose death has made the world immeasurably less interesting.

December 23, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Rec notes -- Dec. 23, 2011

A group exercise class for ages 55 and older provides a fun variety of exercises to improve strength, flexibility, posture and balance, using a chair and a floor mat (optional).

December 23, 2011 | | Miscellaneous


Elijah Johnson

Elijah "Hot Sauce" Johnson, of Camden, died Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011. He was the son of late Feldon Johnson and Sarah Shield Johnson Samuel.

December 23, 2011 | | Obituaries


Late veteran honored for service

During a recent flag ceremony on the Town Green in Camden, the Kershaw County Leathernecks honored the life of Given Webster with a tribute to his service to the community. Webster died unexpectedly Nov. 1 and was the acting commander of James Leroy Belk American Legion Post 17. Standing together during the ceremony (from left) are Webster's wife, Jane Webster; Cadet Zachary Shaffer from Camden Military Academy; Bill Garcher, judge advocate, Kershaw County Leathernecks; Ron Stroud, Kershaw County Leaternecks; and Sgt Maj. Willam Greene with Camden Military Academy.

December 23, 2011 | | Localife


Local Girl Scouts collect gifts for Toys for Tots

Three local Girl Scout troops opted to bring gifts to donate to Toys for Tots instead of exchanging gifts with each other during their annual Christmas party. The troops included Daisy Troop 3415, led by Lindsey Cox and April Trapp; Brownie Troop 3444 led by Frances Griggs and Lori Lance; and Junior Troop 937 led by Kim Taylor and Vickie Thomas. The troops recently gathered at St. Timothy's Lutheran Church in Camden to donate the gifts to Toys for Tots.

December 23, 2011 | | Localife


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Playing favorites can increase chance child will use drugs, alcohol

Parents who favor one child over another may increase the chance at least one of their children will abuse substances, according to new research that also says a child's perception of favoritism matters more than whether it's actually true.

October 20, 2014 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News | National


Films with women leads are scarce

This past summer, women ruled at the box office. Hits like "Lucy," "The Fault in Our Stars" and "Maleficent," each earned north of $40 million during their respective opening weekends, Box Office Mojo reports.

October 20, 2014 | Joseph Peacock Deseret News | National


Wage gender gap might be hurting women's retirement plan

Women save a larger percentage of their incomes for retirement than men, but men end up saving more, says a new study by Vanguard. But no matter the gender, Interest.com found that only Nevada retirees are collectively prepared for retirement.

October 20, 2014 | Linsy Hunsaker Deseret News | National


Are small high schools showing performance boost?

New York City's small high schools apparently boost graduation rates and college admission rates, and do so at a lower per pupil cost than traditional high schools, according to a study just released by MDRC, a major nonprofit education policy research firm.

October 20, 2014 | Eric Schulzke Deseret News | National


Eight tips for a smooth family morning routine

Ah, mornings. Sometimes they go smoothly and my day is lovely. Other times, I feel like I'm behind before I've even begun. If your house feels like a staging zone for a major event as you try to get everyone ready and out the door each day, these ideas for changing your family's routine will leave you smiling.

October 20, 2014 | Amy Peterson FamilyShare | National


Poorest in many Third World countries send kids to private school

When the Pakistani Taliban survivor Malala Yousafzai won the Nobel Peace Prize this month, it was widely noted that she was an education advocate and that her father was a "headmaster." But the Western media ignored an intriguing angle on this story, argues James Tooley, a professor at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom.

October 20, 2014 | Eric Schulzke Deseret News | National


Ebola, math and next steps

Ebola has been in the news. But much of the news has not offered background information about the disease.

October 20, 2014 | John Hoffmire Deseret News | National


What reality TV doesn’t tell you about home remodeling

Everyone knows reality TV isn't actually reality, right? We know an hour in real life is never that entertaining. There is a lot of editing, slicing and dicing behind the scenes to put those shows together.

October 20, 2014 | Annie Schwemmer and Ann Robinson Deseret News | National


3 Stooges with ‘lost’ short leads vintage DVDs

A new Three Stooges collection on DVD this week includes a short that has long been lost, and making their disc debuts are vintage titles starring George Arliss, Bette Davis and Olivia de Havilland. (Warner Archive titles are available at warnerarchive.com.)

October 20, 2014 | Chris Hicks Deseret News | National


‘Honorable Woman’ leads TV on DVD

The highly touted BBC miniseries "The Honorable Woman" makes its way to DVD this week, along with a variety of recent TV series.

October 20, 2014 | Chris Hicks Deseret News | National


Ariail for Oct. 20, 2014

October 20, 2014 | | Ariail


Noted and passed - Oct. 20, 2014

• Thanks to I-20, two U.S. highways and several state highways, we have a lot of commercial vehicles passing through Kershaw County on a daily basis. While most of those vehicles are likely carrying goods for sale here and elsewhere across the country, there's also a good chance hazardous materials are being trucked through as well. So, it's a good thing Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) and the Kershaw County Fire Service have joined forces to create a Special Operations Team (SOT) to deal with any "HazMat" accidents that may occur. According to LF-R Battalion Chief Chris Spitzer, the team ...

October 20, 2014 | | Editorials


The love or hate of air conditioning

It's a funny thing. That's what Mama used to say when something baffled her. Like Mama, I prefer that things make common sense. Otherwise, I'll ponder, figure, study, and try to decipher that funny thing until it's somewhat sensible.

October 20, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Soft skills

In early September, I attended a meeting of superintendents in Greenville. A major area of discussion was the development of a workforce that would attract sustainable industry to South Carolina and how K-12 education fits into this puzzle. To underscore this discussion, the meeting included a tour of the BMW plant in Spartanburg. Wow! This facility absolutely reflects what a 21st century workplace looks like and what many of our students will need to be prepared to enter. I talk a lot about preparing students for their future and not our past. The BMW tour reminded me why this is ...

October 20, 2014 | KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Op-Ed: The penny sales tax

On Nov. 4, Kershaw County citizens will have the opportunity to vote on the Kershaw County School District facilities referendum. Because of legislation passed by the South Carolina General Assembly in 2014, voters will be able to decide whether or not a penny sales tax that would be collected for 15 years could be imposed in the county and used by the school district to fund the projects in the referendum.

October 20, 2014 | Donnie Wilson CFO, Kershaw County School District | Columns


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