Rep. Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, who was one of 12 members of the so-called Super Committee which recently failed to reach an agreement on deficit reduction, says he opposes the automatic spending cuts which are scheduled to occur because of the committee's failure. The automatic decreases in spending were intended as a sword over the committee's head to make sure the dozen members came together in compromise to do what was best for the country. They -- six Republicans and six Democrats -- didn't do that, and now Clyburn wants to change the rules.
Giving thanks. Thankfulness. Gratitude. All words that often come to mind during this bountiful season of thanksgiving. Impeccable timing, wouldn't you say? This time of giving thanks leads us right to the season of giving (gifts); the season of giving and receiving and more receiving for some. So, just as I am offering thanks for the gifts I have in my life -- family and friends, food and football -- among many, I catch a glimpse of several headlines reading "Black Friday shopper collapses while shopping and almost goes unnoticed as other shoppers walk over his body to hunt for bargain ...
I have listened to the vehement objections to the proposed YMCA project that may be built on the former Mather Academy site. The anger that I sense from the opponents to this project is fierce and contentious. They have every right to express their objections vocally and in writing.
I don't know whose idea it was to send First Lady Michelle Obama to a NASCAR race. But the reaction offers a timely lesson in political correctness, a regime that used to be known simply as good manners.
A response was made to my recent proposal to City Council about needs Historic Camden has in developing our legitimate existing tourism site for the City of Camden. Needs that easily qualify for state- mandated requirements for hospitality tax usage. The response was, "When I heard one idea of funneling h-tax to Historic Camden I couldn't help but think, 'Here we go again … let's just keep focusing on what we've always done."
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Photo cutline -- Among the cooks on hand for this year's Elgin Catfish Stomp will be chief cook Larry Nelson, flanked on the left by Bill Hughes and on the right by George Marthers. Stomp cooks usually spend all of Friday night cooking up the 600 gallons of catfish stew that will go to Saturday's hungry multitudes.
The City of Camden Christmas Tree Lighting will be held Thursday at 6 p.m. at Camden City Hall. Join the city of Camden, the Camden Community Concert Band and the Chamber Choir of Kershaw County at city hall to kick off the holiday season. The Downtown Camden Guild will be serving hot chocolate during the event.
Voters in this country are notoriously fickle -- even more so than football fans, and evidence of that can be found in the up-and-down nature of regular polls conducted to see which Republican presidential candidate is doing best. Each week it seems another contender has either caught the fancy of voters and surged to the top of polls or committed some blunder and plummeted like a rock falling off a cliff.
When the presidential debates between George W. Bush and Al Gore were held in October 2000, the 9/11 attacks were less than a year away. Guess how many times "al Qaeda" or "Osama bin Laden" came up in those debates? Not once.
Funeral service with military honors for SSG Patrick Edward Montgomery, U.S. Army (Ret'd), 63, of Lugoff, will be held Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home with burial to follow in Fort Jackson National Cemetery. The Rev. Dr. Mark Bredholt will officiate. The family will receive friends Wednesday 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Tri-County or any local veteran's organization.
A funeral service for James Alson Collins, 56 of Kershaw will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 30, 2011 in the chapel of Baker Funeral Home. Mr. Collins will be cremated following the service. Rev. Jamie Rogers will officiate.
WASHINGTON -- Another debate, another episode of "The Dating Game." Will the winner be contestant Number One, Two ... Eight?
Baron DeKalb, North Central JROTC recognized in national publication
Brandi Patterson of Elgin has been named a Barker Scholar at Clemson University.
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.
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?
What's your favorite Christmas movie?
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.
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 ...
Cary Phillips has been the head coach of the North Central boys' basketball team for all of five games. But he already knows his team needs to get off to better starts to avoid beginning behind the 8-ball.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
WASHINGTON -- First there's the spark, then the conflagration, followed by the litigation and then, surely, the movie.