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Leaders must set example for open government

I got a call from a school board member recently asking what to do when her board goes into executive session and then talks about things that cannot legally be discussed there.

August 05, 2011 | Bill Rogers Executive director, S.C. Press Association | Columns


Reassessment inconsistencies

Most people are very upset about the recent property tax assessments including myself. After reading the comments of County Assessor Randy Roberts and Deputy Assessor Mark Griffiths it sounds like the excuses have already started to justify the increases. Their comments of " location, location, location" and "having unique housing markets in Camden" must be very specific in these markets.

August 05, 2011 | Craig Harvey Lugoff | Letters


Got game?

I am not ashamed to admit that, at the instant the ref blows his final whistle and the scoreboard flaunts her last digits, a palpable degree of sadness, of disappointment comes over me like a dark cloud stealing the sun's warmth on a winter day. Reality sets in. Football season is over. The rivalries and intensity, the festivities and friends, the tradition -- all will be missed until next season. And I'm not alone. For many, it's about playing the game but, in more, watching the game. The game, defined one way as "a physical competition conducted according ...

August 05, 2011 | Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


MSC upgrades

The Montessori School of Camden has upgraded Beard Hall in preparation for the 2011-2012 school year. Denton Builders gutted the toddler room, replacing the flooring, adding all new cabinetry and sinks and painting the room. In addition, a covered space at the exit of the infant room was added and lighting in the room was upgraded. Surveying the upgrades are classroom staff Cintyia Moreno, Heather Conder and Meredith Hines.

August 05, 2011 | | Education


Food for the Soul holds inaugural Pass the Plate celebration dinner

Food for the Soul, the Camden-based ministry to the hungry and homeless in Kershaw County, will conclude its Pass the Plate summer fundraising campaign on Saturday, Aug. 13 with a special event to be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at it's center located at 110A East DeKalb St. in Camden, behind United Way.

August 05, 2011 | | Localife


Miss Gold and Black to sponsor ice cream breakfast for charity

Charleston Thompson, a rising high school senior and the reigning Camden High School Miss Gold and Black is sponsoring an Ice Cream for Breakfast Sunday from 8:30 to 11:15 a.m. at Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church (LSUMC).

August 05, 2011 | | Localife


Happy 70th Anniversary!

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Samuel of Ridgeway will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary Aug. 9. The Samuels have seven children, 22 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. They plan to celebrate their anniversary at home with family and friends.

August 05, 2011 | | Localife


Camden Wal-Mart opens ‘The Spark’ as information ‘hub’ for Kershaw County events

In May, Wal-Mart held a ribbon cutting to introduce "The Spark" to our community. "The Spark" will serve as a hub for all information around events in the Camden/Kershaw County community. This resource will improve communication between those organizations that are making our community so great and those who would like to know more about what is going on in their community. They felt it would be the perfect vehicle to conveniently expose more than 50,000 visitors weekly, to what the community has to offer. One example of how "The Spark" would work, is if a person is ...

August 05, 2011 | | Localife


Carey Rick Brown

Funeral service for Carey Rick Brown, 55, will be held Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at Powers Funeral Home. The Rev. Todd Horton will officiate. The family will receive friends Friday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter.

August 05, 2011 | | Obituaries


Ned McDowell

Memorial services to celebrate the life of Edward Niles "Ned" McDowell, 85, of Camden, will be held 11:00 AM Saturday August 6, 2011 at Grace Episcopal Church, the Reverend Michael Bullock will officiate. The family will receive friends from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM Friday August 5, 2011 at Kornegay Funeral Home Camden Chapel, and again following the service in Richardson Hall at Grace Episcopal Church.

August 05, 2011 | | Obituaries


Marion L. "Branch" Jones

Dr. Marion L. "Branch" Jones, 80 of Wendell, went home to be with the Lord. He was born in Lugoff, South Carolina. Marion was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

August 05, 2011 | | Obituaries


Richard Threatt

Funeral services for Richard Homer Threatt, 42, will be held Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. The Rev. Keith Coates will officiate. The family will receive friends prior to the service Saturday from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

August 05, 2011 | | Obituaries


Pet Talk for Aug. 5, 2011

Most summer days are filled with outdoor activities and times spent on vacation. It's necessary to understand the types of diseases that may affect your pets when they travel. So, if you're the outdoor type and you like to take your pet with you, your pet may be bringing home more than memories as you venture through fields and streams.

August 05, 2011 | | Pets


Pets of the week -- Aug. 5, 2011

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Mojo, a 4-month-old male domestic shorthaired kitten, and Shilo, a 7-week-old male beagle/hound 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 ...

August 05, 2011 | | Pets


Holland named Crete Driver of the Month

The Crete Carrier Corp. terminal in Spartanburg named Kenneth "Lamar" Holland of Camden as its Driver of the Month for May.

August 05, 2011 | | Business


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A broader definition of entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs are somewhat of a mascot for the U.S. economy -- nothing embodies the American dream more than an entrepreneur. Consequently, we've been trained to think there's a positive correlation between the number of start-ups and the health of the economy. But Daniel Isenberg, professor of entrepreneurship, and Fernando Fabre, president of Endeavor Global, argue otherwise. Real, high impact entrepreneurship comes from "scale-ups" instead. Scale-ups are growing businesses that promote a "long-term entrepreneurship," eventually leading to more innovation and increased economic health. The continued growth of established businesses does more for the economy than a high number of ...

October 27, 2014 | | National


Smartphone data encryption causing headaches for law enforcement

Solving crimes with evidence extracted from smartphones is common.

October 27, 2014 | Joseph Peacock Deseret News | National


Stress, substance abuse rise more for women who divorce or separate

Women suffer a greater jump in stress when marriage ends, compared to men. And separated and divorced people -- especially women -- are also more likely to report they use drugs and alcohol to relax, according to the recently released Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.

October 27, 2014 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News | National


Record 'dark money' spending in 2014 midterm elections

This year's midterm election will be the most expensive in history, ringing up a $4 billion tab, according to the Center for Responsive Politics' research site opensecrets.org.

October 27, 2014 | Deborah Sutton Deseret News | National


Over-testing pushback gets attention of White House

As Common Core curriculum and testing has settled in across participating states, resistance to the high-stakes tests pressuring teachers, administrators and students has intensified. Last week, the Council of Chief State School Officers announced a series of guidelines that it hoped would help ensure that testing was limited and purposeful.

October 27, 2014 | Eric Schulzke Deseret News | National


First repsonders to unwind on the softball diamond

Kershaw County Heroes United is hosting a softball game between employees of the Kershaw County law enforcement community and employees of the Kershaw County Fire Service.

October 27, 2014 | | Seasonal Sports


KCSD, CHS to appeal SCHSL ‘brawl’ ruling

The Kershaw County School District (KCSD) and Camden High School will appeal the S.C. High School League's (SCHSL) decision concerning the incident that followed the Camden High-Dreher High football game on Oct. 17.

October 27, 2014 | | Camden


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


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


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