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Oh Christmas tree, Oh Christmas tree…

One of the reasons I pursued a career in community forestry is because I like trees and people. They both fascinate and amaze me. The latter more so now-a-days that I am working for a municipality. I've been astounded and a bit bewildered at the dismay and disappointment from citizens, co-workers and acquaintances alike regarding this year's Christmas tree at City Hall. Since I am a public servant and feel accountable for my actions as such, please allow me to shed some light on why we have such a unique tree.

January 02, 2012 | Liz Gilland Camden Urban Forester | Letters


Remove risk for wandering children

Where is she?" is the desperate cry of mothers, caretakers of elderly, and home-sitters for disabled. Someone is missing -- not in the house where she is to be. Their loved one went outdoors, alone.

January 02, 2012 | Melissa Osborne, Ph.D. Rembert | Letters


CHS girls split pair in Apple Classic

After a long trip to Walhalla for the two-day Apple Classic tournament, the Camden High girls' basketball team was rudely greeted and treated by the hostesses as they handed the Lady Bulldogs a 59-45 loss in the second game of Tuesday's night's opening doubleheader.

December 30, 2011 | | Sports


War, history and the big lie

(Columnist Clarence Page is on vacation. In his absence, Robert Koehler, an award-winning, Chicago-based journalist and nationally syndicated writer, is featured today.)

December 30, 2011 | Syndicated columnist Robert Koehler | Columns


Pets of the week -- Dec. 30, 2011

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Big Boy, an orange and white domestic shorthaired cat, and Mink, a Golden Retriever mix puppy. 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 ...

December 30, 2011 | | Pets


Lifestyle trends

One of the most significant sociological trends of the past couple decades has been the increasing percentage of women who make up college student bodies. At many institutions of higher learning, 60 percent or more of the students are females, reversing the percentages of a generation ago. That, of course, is leading to better opportunities for women here in Kershaw County and across the country. In fact, women make up roughly half of all medical, law and accounting students, three professions that lead to high-paying and influential careers.

December 30, 2011 | | Editorials


2012 session set to start

Let's start with some good news:

December 30, 2011 | S.C. Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Blame it on the cows

Unless you've been holed up in a basement somewhere for the past few years -- if you seldom read a newspaper or watch a news broadcast on television -- you are aware of global warming and the catastrophic effects it could have upon our planet.

December 30, 2011 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


ATEC students earns scholarship

The National Society Daughters of the American Colonists goals are to be patriotic, historical and educational in honoring heritage. The national goals are accepting heritage to guide and strengthen the present and accepting our heritage by preparing for the unseen future. These goals are reflected by the State Society by giving scholarships to nursing students.

December 30, 2011 | | Localife


Controlling MIL blames wife for ruining relationship with husband, grandchild

Dear Annie: My mother lives by herself. I have not spent a great deal of time with her, but now that she is aging, I feel guilty for not being around. Mom doesn't have any friends, and my siblings barely speak to her. She is a difficult woman.

December 30, 2011 | | Dear Annie


Rec notes -- Dec. 30, 2011

Want to get in shape without all the running, jumping and bouncing? Try Tonetics -- a deep-muscle exercise class involving walking, stretching, bar usage and more.

December 30, 2011 | | Miscellaneous


With holidays over, teams prepare for games that matter

With the Christmas holiday break in their rear-view mirrors, Kershaw County basketball and wrestling teams are ready to dive into the games and matches that count.

December 30, 2011 | | Sports


For the Record -- Dec. 28, 2011

Real estate transactions

December 28, 2011 | | For the Record


New Year’s resolutions for better government

Ah, a New Year.

December 28, 2011 | Richard Eckstrom S.C. comptroller | Columns


Y good for young and older

From the time I was 6 to 12 years old, I was in Mother Mayfield Children's Home on Fair Street. We got to go to the Y and do things that we would not have gotten to do. We even got to do it when we got home from the children's home. It is a good cause for folks who do not have the income and kids who could not do it otherwise. I think it's a very good cause. I'm growing older and it would be a place for me to afford to go exercise.

December 28, 2011 | Loretta Kennington Lugoff | Letters


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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


Wealth v. Income: Is there a sign of an upcoming problem?

Recent reports show a major gap in the ratio of wealth to income. Wealth has been outpacing income for a while, but, is that a good thing?

October 24, 2014 | Paul Nelson KSL | National


Have 'The Simpsons' gotten a bad rap?

"We're going to keep on trying to strengthen the American family to make American families a lot more like the Waltons and a lot less like the Simpsons."

October 24, 2014 | Jim Bennett Deseret News | National


The immortal monster: Dracula on the screen

Vampires are immortal, especially if you're judging that based on Bram Stoker's "Dracula."

October 24, 2014 | Chris Vander Kaay Deseret News | National


Foreign films lead new videos

Films from all over the world lead these movies that have arrived this week on DVD and Blu-ray.

October 24, 2014 | Chris Hicks Deseret News | National


Late husband's letters of love found

When Mitchell Whisenhunt passed away on Saturday, he left his family with a gift they will always cherish -- dozens of letters.

October 24, 2014 | Courtnie Erickson FamilyShare | National


Research: bilingual parents should teach both languages to kids

Parents face a variety of choices when choosing how to rear their child, and for bilingual parents choosing a language can be a daunting but worthwhile task with myriad benefits.

October 24, 2014 | Kelsey Clark Deseret News | National


New Zealand airline releases 'Hobbit' safety video

What once was a simple video that detailed the safety rules on an airplane has now become a source for viral videos.

October 24, 2014 | Sarah Sanders Petersen Deseret News | National


#ThrowbackThursday: Why do we love the '90s?

Websites are about to code it up like it's 1994.

October 24, 2014 | Herb Scribner Deseret News | National


American detained in North Korea returns home

A man detained in North Korea on charges of illegal proselytization was released Tuesday in what many sources are calling a political move rather than a step forward for religious freedom.

October 24, 2014 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | National


What scary stories have in common with religion

Michaelbrent Collings' introduction to the horror genre didn't start with an obsession with the occult or a fascination with gore. It started with a bully.

October 24, 2014 | Chandra Johnson Deseret News | National


California orders churches to pay for abortions

A recent mandate from the state of California may put some religious organizations in the paradoxical situation of having their employee health plans not cover some forms of contraception, while providing coverage for elective surgical abortions.

October 24, 2014 | Mark A. Kellner Deseret News | National


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