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• There are no doubt many Netflix users in Kershaw County; the video mail service grew over the years at an astonishing rate with its wide choice of flicks and excellent customer service. Then came a price increase that resulted in the loss of millions of customers, a move that CEO Reed Hastings recently acknowledged was "arrogant." The landscape is littered with companies that made brilliant moves, then followed them up with dunderheaded strategies that spelled death for them. It's too early to tell for Netflix.

September 26, 2011 | | Editorials


Alada Geretta Carlos

Alada Geretta Carlos, 102, of 422 Knights Hill Road in Camden, died Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011. Plans will be announced by Collins Funeral Home.

September 26, 2011 | | Obituaries


John S. Halsall III

A memorial service for John Smyrl Halsall III, 68, of Lugoff, will be held Tuesday at noon at El-Bethel Faith Community Church. The Rev. Joe Stines will officiate. The family will receive friends Tuesday 10:30 a.m. to noon prior to the service at the church. Memorials may be made to the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter.

September 26, 2011 | | Obituaries


Myeshia Jasmine Richardon

Ms. Myeshia Jasmine Richardson, 20, of 1902 Vineyard Drive, Camden, S.C. passed on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011. Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date by Haile's Funeral Home.

September 26, 2011 | | Obituaries


Class war is bipartisan

Class warfare seems to be popping up everywhere these days. It must be campaign season.

September 26, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


CCTC continues enrollment growth

For the third consecutive year, Central Carolina Technical College (CCTC) has set a new enrollment record with 4,400 students enrolled for the fall 2011 semester, including more than 520 at its Kershaw County campuses. The enrollment numbers reflect an approximate 3 percent gain in students as compared to last fall across all its campuses.

September 26, 2011 | | Education


I know I keep talking about this, but...

I am very grateful to the Chronicle-Independent for giving me an opportunity each month to discuss education in our community and beyond. One of the topics I feel compelled to keep talking about is how our state funds K-12 education. As I've said on several other occasions in this space, it's an understatement to say that the way our state funds K-12 education is dysfunctional, complicated, disorganized, ineffective and contradictory, and that's on a good day. When I think about this system, imagery involving duct tape and baling wire comes to mind.

September 26, 2011 | Kershaw County School District Superintendent Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Robert Arirail -- Sept. 26, 2011

September 26, 2011 | | Ariail


Local schools awarded grants from Camden Walmart

Camden Walmart again partnered with the Kershaw County School District to sponsor the Stuff a Bus promotion, making the students the real winners.

September 26, 2011 | | Education


Archives to offer program on historical surveying

George Washington practiced this vocation when he was a young man. Here in Camden, Samuel Wyly and John Belton were colonial surveyors.

September 26, 2011 | | Camden


CHS girls cruise past region foes

Fortunately for the Camden High volleyball team, the Lady Bulldogs had some challenging contests in the first two weeks of the season because things got ugly once Region 6-AAA play began.

September 23, 2011 | | Camden High/Middle


Camden helps spotlight state municipal concerns

The city of Camden was in the spotlight Thursday when local elected leaders from around the region met at TenEleven Galleria. These regional leaders, along with Camden city officials, met to discuss important legislative issues at a Municipal Association of South Carolina's Regional Advocacy Meeting. The Municipal Association is a statewide organization that provides support to the state's cities and towns with their efforts to be hubs for job growth and economic development.

September 23, 2011 | Camden Mayor Jeffrey Graham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Pets of the week -- Sept. 23, 2011

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are an orange and white tabby kitten and a 2-month-old female retriever-coonhound 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@camden.net. The shelter ...

September 23, 2011 | | Pets


Rec Notes for Sept. 23, 2011

The deadline is Sept. 23 to register for the 12th annual Kershaw County Senior Golf Tournament, to be held Sept. 30 at White Pines Golf Club in Camden.

September 23, 2011 | | Miscellaneous


Sports complex a concern of timing, money

I want to begin by commending your excellent, on-going coverage of the sports complex issue. Your most recent article included several statements and issues that I would like to briefly address. Two key issues are clear:

September 23, 2011 | John Schaffer Camden | 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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