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Candy canes are very popular holiday treats and are often used to decorate Christmas trees. That hooked shape certainly makes them whimsical and able to hang on tree boughs. But candy canes weren't always the curved and colorful treats they are today. In the 1700s, candy canes were nothing more than straight white sticks of sugar candy used to decorate Christmas trees. A choirmaster at Cologne Cathedral decided that having the ends bent to depict a shepherd's crook and passing them out during church services would help keep children quiet. It was not until roughly the 20th century ...

December 19, 2011 | | Miscellaneous


Christmas traditions around the globe

Families across the globe cherish their Christmas traditions. Customs may be unique to every family, but many countries boast their own unique traditions as well.

December 19, 2011 | | Miscellaneous


S.C. 2011 deer season will come to a close on New Year’s Day

The 2011 deer season will close on Sunday, Jan. 1, not Monday Jan. 2.

December 19, 2011 | | Seasonal Sports


Demon wrestlers split matches against Chapin and Newberry

This was not the type of tune-up which Lugoff-Elgin wrestling coach Evan Moxie had in mind with his Demons preparing to hosts Saturday's May Plant Credit Union Demon Holiday Classic.

December 16, 2011 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


From personal experience, YMCA a confidence-builder

When I was young I was diagnosed with epilepsy. Back then it was not understood, and my parents kept me from physical activities. When I started going to the "Y" I played volleyball. I gained confidence. Eventually I got into the pool. I was unsure about it but my friends pushed me to do more.

December 16, 2011 | Rodney Dais Camden | Letters


Of peace and fellowship

This Christmas story was first related to C-I readers many years ago by Max Ford. Its message remains clear during this holiday season.

December 16, 2011 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


‘Y’ people can’t listen at city council meetings

The sports complex issue raged on at the last City Council meeting. Both the public and members of City Council decried the inability for one another to "hear" what they were saying.

December 16, 2011 | M. Tray Dunaway, MD, FACS, CSP Camden | Letters


Robert Ariail -- Dec. 16, 2011

December 16, 2011 | | Ariail


The spirit of Christmas

Surrounded by the marvels of all the electronic capabilities among us today, I have put pen to paper to wish you a joyous holiday season. In the lifetime of our son, Edwards, we may see pen and paper become historic tools. So, while I can, I want to share a holiday message with each of you.

December 16, 2011 | Camden Mayor Jeffrey Graham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Pets of the week -- Dec. 16, 2011

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Whiskey, an 8-month-old male Golden Retriever/Labrador mix puppy, and an adult male Siamese 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 ...

December 16, 2011 | | Pets


Rec Notes for Dec. 16, 2011

A meeting for Kershaw County Rec Department basketball referees will be held at 5:45 p.m. Monday at the Old Armory.

December 16, 2011 | | Miscellaneous


Crowning Little, Teen Miss Camden-Kershaw County

The Little Miss/Teen Miss Camden-Kershaw County pageant was held on Nov. 5 at Lyttleton Street Methodist Family Life Center. Girls ages 2 through 19 competed for titles to represent Camden and Kershaw County in the state pageant held to be June 2012 in Hartsville. The winners are (above, from left to right) Miss Tiny Tot Camden and Camden's Overall Sweetheart Winner -- Nadia Isabel Halley; Wee Miss Tiny Tot Camden -- Olivia Grace Dukes; Little Miss Camden -- Mari Elizabeth Sowell; Wee Miss Kershaw County and Kershaw County's Overall Sweetheart -- Aubrey Olivia Waters; and (not pictured) Wee Miss Camden -- Kendal ...

December 16, 2011 | | Localife


Food for the Soul receives holiday donation

Kershaw County equestrians and shoppers supported Kershaw County's Food for the Soul through a special Thanksgiving promotion offered by The Tack Room. A $5 donation earmarked for Food for the Soul earned shoppers a discount on purchases during the special promotion, said The Tack Room's John Cushman (left). The holiday drive raised $1,500 for the soup kitchen and recently opened emergency homeless shelter. Presenting the check Wednesday to Food for the Soul Director Fred Ogburn (right), Cushman said the charitable fund-raising effort was "the right thing to do, especially at this time of year, and the customers ...

December 16, 2011 | | Localife


Camden Tae Kwon Do holds information defense session

The participants in the Camden Tae Kwon Do Academy's children and women's self defense seminar enjoyed an informative and lively session, held Nov.12 at the facility located in the Dusty Bend section of Camden. The seminar participants included (standing from left) Carl E. Wright, owner/instructor, Carol Elliott, Michelle Ransom, Brenda Poteat, Gwen Moorer, Helen Williams, Kayla Gonzalez, Pat Wright, Virginia Mickle, Josh Holstrom (seated from left) Denim Edwards, Mikella Ransom and Adam Osborne.

December 16, 2011 | | Localife


Long applause

Doby's Mill Elementary School media specialist Betsy Long spreads the love of reading to her students every day. She received that same love back this week for her extraordinary efforts when she was named one of 10 national winners of the Carnegie Corporation of New York/The New York Times "I Love My Librarian" Award.

December 16, 2011 | | Education


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December 17, 2014 | | Ariail


Yesteryear for Dec. 17, 2014

Baron DeKalb, North Central JROTC recognized in national publication

December 17, 2014 | | Yesteryear


Brandi Patterson of Elgin named Barker Scholar

Brandi Patterson of Elgin has been named a Barker Scholar at Clemson University.

December 17, 2014 | | Education


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


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


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