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County named natural disaster area due to heat, drought

Kershaw County is one of 37 counties in South Carolina designated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as primary natural disaster areas due to damage and losses caused by drought and excessive heat that began April 1 and continue.

August 24, 2011 | | Miscellaneous


President Rick W. Perry

NEW YORK -- Texas Gov. and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry can resist the comparison all he wants, but he's more like George W. Bush than George W. Bush.

August 24, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Roy Bush

Roy "June Bug" Bush, 79, of Ridgeway, died Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011. Family and friends may call at 1501 Old Wind Mill Road, Ridgeway.

August 24, 2011 | | Obituaries


Eva Tucker Hampton

Eva Tucker Hampton, 86, of Lorick Horton Road, Camden, SC, died Friday, Aug. 19, 2011.

August 24, 2011 | | Obituaries


Rebecca Jacobs Jefferson

Rebecca Jacobs Jefferson, 88, of Alexander Street, Camden, died Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011.

August 24, 2011 | | Obituaries


Bishop Robert L. Missouri

Bishop Robert L. Missouri, 74, of 1521 Red Hill Road, Camden, died Friday, August 19, 2011. He was the son of the late Lewis and Ollie Patterson Missouri and husband of the late Wilhelmina Drake Missouri.

August 24, 2011 | | Obituaries


James "Hoss" Rabon

Funeral service for James McDonald "Hoss" Rabon, 68, of Elgin, will be held Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The Rev. Dr. Ronald Taylor and the Rev. Ken Jackson will officiate. The family will receive friends Wednesday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff.

August 24, 2011 | | Obituaries


Valerie Burnett Waiters

Valerie Burnett Waiters, of Black Walnut Lane, Cassatt, SC, died Friday, Aug. 19, 2011.

August 24, 2011 | | Obituaries


Retirement honors

Murray C. Hudson (left), major of operations at the Kershaw County Detention Center, accepts a plaque from the detention center's director, Peggy Spivey (right), honoring his work with the county upon his retirement last month. The plaque commended his 15 years of service with the facility: "Thank you for your years of outstanding service, diligent work ethic and many selfless acts of time and dedication which have driven this organization to its high level of operation under your term of leadership. Hudson was joined by friends, family and coworkers, including Supervisory Major Crystal Rufus-Hodge (center), at the detention center ...

August 24, 2011 | | Kershaw County


Washington double-speak

Ernest F. Hollings served decades in the U.S. Senate from South Carolina, and he was one of those who were in Washington during a time when politicians from both parties were still willing to step across the aisle and compromise. That seems long ago. But Hollings, despite decades in Washington, never lost his penchant for picturing himself as an outsider. In speeches to Rotary clubs and other organizations across the Palmetto State, he railed against "those boys up in Washington," as if he had never stepped foot in the nation's capital.

August 24, 2011 | | Editorials


America a better place because of men like Charles Murray

As Americans, we're blessed to live in the greatest nation in the world. But all too often we tend to take for granted the heroes among us who fought and sacrificed to protect us, our ideals, and our freedom.

August 24, 2011 | Richard Eckstrom S.C. Comptroller General | Columns


Sidewalk Survey -- Aug. 24, 2011

August 24, 2011 | Lindsey Lyell C-I | Sidewalk Survey


Young volunteers learn about KershawHeath

Why would more than a dozen teen and college students spend a portion of their summer vacation volunteering at KershawHealth medical center? For some -- especially younger students -- it's a chance to gain valuable work experience. Others are looking for opportunities that can help give life to a medical school applicant's personal statement, or add valuable "points" to school or scholarship applications to give them a competitive edge. For most, though, it's the opportunity to learn more about healthcare and to get that all-important insider's view of the industry.

August 24, 2011 | | Localife


Real world doesn't offer the same atmosphere as college

Dear Annie: I had a fabulous time in college. I was president of my sorority, a peer mentor at our advising center and active in many organizations. I also was granted many awards and honors. I loved rushing around with little sleep and juggling many things on my plate. Now my life is a different story.

August 24, 2011 | | Dear Annie


Pet talk for Aug. 24, 2011

The welfare of animals is very important in American society, and American families own more pets today than ever before. According to the 2011-2012 American Pets Products Association National Pet Owners Survey, 62 percent of American households own a pet, which equates to 72.9 million homes. Unfortunately, of those pets there are hundreds of new animal hoarding cases each year.

August 24, 2011 | | Pets


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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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