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Noted and passed -- Jan. 9, 2012

• South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier usually says what he thinks. We liked his comment regarding punter Joey Scribner-Howard following the Capitol One Bowl victory: "You never see me yell at our punter when he kicks one of those 25-yarders. He does it in practice, too." Of course, Spurrier could afford to be whimsical since the Gamecocks had won; his analysis might not have been so good-natured had they lost.

January 09, 2012 | | Editorials


Miss Greene, Mr. Jones exchange vows

Danielle Lashell Greene of Camden, and Anwar Markeith Jones of Cassatt, were married Saturday, October 15, 2011, at the Mitchell House & Gardens in Lexington, South Carolina. The seven o'clock ceremony was officiated by Reverend John Lee followed by a reception.

January 09, 2012 | | Weddings & Engagements


North Central sweeps pair from REL Academy

North Central stepped outside High School League competition on Friday and returned from Bishopville with a pair of wins over host Robert E. Lee Academy.

January 09, 2012 | | Sports


This week in Kershaw County sports

Monday: Camden Military Academy at Crossroads (BB – 7 p.m.)

January 09, 2012 | | Sports


AAU hoops teams to hold tryouts this weekend

While the T-Ballers and the SC Ballers have won more than their share of games and tournaments on the basketball court, it is what the young men do off the hardwood which brings a smile to the face of Willie Dubose.

January 09, 2012 | | Seasonal Sports


Lugoff-Elgin High School announces Homecoming Queen

The Lugoff-Elgin High School Homecoming Court included (from left) Victoria McElveen, Miss Princess winner; Courtney Johnson, first runner- up to Homecoming Queen; Aneka Dixon, Miss Princess winner; Katie Johnson, Homecoming Queen; Beneathea Murphy, Spirit Queen; Diondra Murphy, Grand Miss Princess winner and second runner-up to Homecoming Queen.

January 09, 2012 | | Localife


Mr. L-E Contest winners named

The winners in Lugoff-Elgin High School's Mr. L-E competition were (from left) Junior Mr. LE, Austin Veverica; second runner-up, Joshua Ruiz; Mr. LE 2012, Devin Walker; first runner-up, Corbin Hopkins; and Mr. Congeniality, Austin Branham.

January 09, 2012 | | Localife


Kershaw County awarded federal funds for emergency food, shelter programs

Kershaw County has been chosen to receive $9,703 for 2011-12 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. Federal funding challenges have hit the most needy of the community at a time when it is needed most.

January 09, 2012 | | Localife


Julia Sinclair

Funeral service for Julia Elizabeth Sinclair, 91,of Ridgeway, was held Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. Burial followed at Aimwell Cemetery, Ridgeway. The family received friends Saturday, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., prior to the service at the funeral home.

January 09, 2012 | | Obituaries


The Rubio factor

WASHINGTON -- The great thing about Iowa is that no matter whom the voters selected in their neighborhood huddles, it doesn't really matter. Placing in Iowa might land one a talk show (see Mike Huckabee), but the preferences of a handful of Americans belonging to a committed, ideological subset of a committed, ideological party do not a national trend suggest. The presumptive candidate proceeds apace.

January 09, 2012 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Feature photo: Youth entrepreneur

Richard Black of Blythewood was recognized as a 2011 Top 10 Youth Entrepreneur of the Year by Yescarolina during its second annual black-tie gala, "A Night at the Coppa," at Memminger Auditorium in Charleston. Richard, 14, is the son of Willie and Gertrude Black of Blythewood and grandson of the late David and Estelle Jones of Camden. He is a ninth grader in the Bio-Health Magnet Program at Ridgeview High School in Richland School District Two. During the gala, the Top 10 Students of the Year displayed their business plans. YEScarolina, a non-profit organization founded by Jimmy Bailey, is the ...

January 09, 2012 | | Education


Jefferson's double-double leads CHS girls to victory

Quasha Jefferson posted a double-double in helping the Camden girls' basketball team to a 58-39 win over McBee in a make-up game played Wednesday night in Chesterfield County.

January 06, 2012 | | Sports


Demon wrestlers cruise past pair of region foes

Facing a Lugoff-Elgin wrestling team which was at close to full strength and refocused, visiting Blythewood and Richland Northeast endured the full wrath from the Demons in Wednesday's Region 4-4A opener at the Demons Den.

January 06, 2012 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


UWKC wins $7,000 donation

United Way of Kershaw County was awarded a $7,000 donation from Dr. Energy Saver Columbia after it won an Internet voting contest in December. Dr. Energy Saver Columbia, owned by William Cantey, is part of the home improvement industry.

January 06, 2012 | | Localife


Stay home for the holiday

During the Christmas season over the past three decades, presidents of the United States have shown admirable fiscal restraint as well as concern for their staffs when they've chosen their holiday schedules. Most have spent their Christmases either at the White House or nearby Camp David, the presidential retreat in the Maryland mountains just outside the District of Columbia. That has avoided expensive travel to faraway places and has allowed countless government staffers to spend time with their families rather than having to be on the road. Then along came President Obama, who has chosen to pack up -- at ...

January 06, 2012 | | Editorials


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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


Golf tourney benefits Camden High baseball program

The Camden High School baseball program will host a fundraising golf tournament at the Camden Country Club on Thursday, Nov. 13.

October 22, 2014 | | Sports


Countdown to the Colonial Cup

With the 45th annual Marion duPont Scott International Colonial Cup Steeplechase Races a little more than a month away, patrons who had reserved parking spaces for last year's Camden fall classic have until Friday, Oct. 10 to assure they retain those spaces. All unsold spaces will be placed for sale to the general public.

October 08, 2014 | | Equine


Colonial Cup set for 45th renewal on Nov. 15

A sure sign that fall and cooler weather is around the corner occurred last Friday with the mailing out of invitations to those on the mailing list for the 45th annual Marion duPont Scott International Colonial Cup Steeplechase Races.

September 10, 2014 | | Equine


CHS fall sports schedules

Volleyball

August 27, 2014 | | Camden High/Middle


L-E fall sports schedule

Volleyball

August 27, 2014 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


North Central fall sports schedules

Volleyball

August 27, 2014 | | North Central High/Middle


ABLE Club offers sponsorship options for 2014-15

The ABLE Club of S.C., the official athletic booster club of Lugoff-Elgin High School, is kicking off its membership campaign for the 2014-15 athletic seasons at the school.

August 08, 2014 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


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