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Growing green for the community

Sarah Elizabeth Hilton, 9, took part in the National Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program for third-grade students. The program offers students a hands-on gardening experience by giving them the tools to grow colossal cabbages. Sarah's cabbage grew to a whopping 24 pounds. After tending to the cabbage, Sarah made the decision to donate her large leafy produce to Food for the Soul to help feed those in need. Sarah is the daughter of Steve and Patti B. Hilton and is a student at Pine Tree Hill

June 17, 2011 | | Localife


Black hopes, white anxiety

Race relations have undergone a curious flip-flop. Polls show that blacks feel more optimistic about the nation's future than whites do, despite the Great Recession that's giving everybody the blues.

June 17, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


YMCA funding questionable

Webster's Dictionary defines "forum" as a public meeting or lecture involving audience discussion.

June 17, 2011 | Helen B. Crolley Camden | Letters


Happy 90th Birthday!

James F. Nesbitt celebrated his 90th birthday June 9. A surprise birthday party was planned for June 4 with about 300 people in attendance, which included the children, in-laws, grandchildren with their families, great-grandchildren, nieces with their families, nephews with their families, and many, many friends.

June 15, 2011 | | Localife


8-year-old scores his first hole-in-one

Wait until the teacher asks third-graders at Pine Tree Hill Elementary School in Camden what they did over their summer vacation.

June 15, 2011 | | Sports


Happy 60th Anniversary!

Jerryl and Betty Blyther celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary June 7, 2011. They have two children, Jerie Hancock and her husband Rusty and Lynda Self. They are also blessed with three grandchildren, Casey Hancock, Lindsey Self and Jamie Self. They were married June 7, 1951 at Lyttleton St. Methodist Church, Camden .

June 15, 2011 | | Localife


Crabb to perform free concert at Lugoff church

Jason Crabb will be performing at El-Bethel Church's Family Life Center Thursday at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. The concert is free, but love offerings will be accepted. El-Bethel Community Life Center is located at 905 Longtown Road, Lugoff. For more information, call Shirley Ward at 418-9700 or Joe Stine at 427-1527.

June 15, 2011 | | Localife


Lugoff Optimist Club honors oratorical contest winner, finalists

The Lugoff Optimists welcomed five students to the May meeting at Halls Restaurant in Lugoff. Oratorical contest finalists Austen Haney from Lugoff-Elgin Middle School, Claire Yount from L-EMS, Azhane Kinlaw from Stover Middle School (SMS) and Optimist Oratorical Contest State of South Carolina champion Nathan Fuller from SMS, performed their speeches for the audience. The Lugoff Optimist Club has sponsored three of the last six state champion oratorical contest winners. Pictured above are Haney, Yount, Lugoff Optimist Warren Wood, Kinlaw and Fuller.

June 15, 2011 | | Localife


A defense of flip-floppery

NEW YORK -- Here we go all over again. Read my lips and bring 'em on. It's the economy, stupid. Gotcha!

June 15, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Harvey Hall

Graveside funeral services for Harvey Wade Hall, 85, of Camden, were held Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at 10:00 AM at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Rev. Phillip McCoy officiated. For memorial contributions in Mr. Hall's memory please consider the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter, 460 S Fair St., Camden, SC 29020 or the Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County, 110-C East DeKalb Street, Camden, SC 29020.

June 15, 2011 | | Obituaries


Mainstream media

Like many others across this country, we were surprised -- maybe "shocked" would be a better word -- when Sen. John McCain named then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate. McCain was already facing headwinds in the general election, and the choice of Palin gave him a quick boost in the polls. But as people found out more about the chief executive of the frozen state, they decided she didn't have the qualifications to stand a heartbeat away from the presidency, as some like to refer to the vice presidency. We shared those views; while we found her an engaging ...

June 15, 2011 | | Editorials


Join the team at Camp Alpha Summer

Team building with the right mix of fun and learning will be part of Camp Alpha Summer, to be held July 11-15 for youngsters ages 8 to 12.

June 15, 2011 | | Miscellaneous


Recent property reappraisal

I recently received my updated property appraisal notice and was quite surprised. I was surprised with the reassessment because the value is higher than previous years. And although we've maintained the property in good shape we have not made any expansions or improvements. This property was acquired in 2005 and, based on my limited understanding of appraisals and reappraisals and the associated state laws, my belief would be that it was based on the so-called and recently controversial "point of sale" appraisal. The increased value is even more surprising since this property was acquired at or near the peak ...

June 15, 2011 | Larry B. Kincaid Elgin | Letters


Dining al fresco

New at Old Armory Steaks and Seafood -- outside dining. Restaurant owner Demetrios Voulgarelis says diners will enjoy the open air dining patio, complemented by fans and a cooling mist system and enhanced with landscaping. "Come and experience it today, and enjoy our summer drink specials," says Voulgarelis. Old Armory Steaks and Seafood -- which Voulgarelis says offers "great food, great service, great value, guaranteed to meet everyone's taste buds and budget" -- is located at 514 Rutledge St. in Camden. The phone number is 432-3222. "Come join us for our summer meals and try our fabulous desserts, which I personally make ...

June 15, 2011 | | Miscellaneous


Real estate transactions -- June 15, 2011

Real estate transactions

June 15, 2011 | | For the Record


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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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