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For a good laugh

Thank you City of Camden for putting up a Christmas tree in front of the city hall, and I encourage everyone to go by and look at it. It's a one of a kind tree and it has to be the ugliest Christmas tree in South Carolina. No, I take that back. How about the ugliest Christmas tree in the good, old USA, or maybe in the world, for that matter. It doesn't matter if you see it in the daylight or at night when the lights are burning. It's the ugliest tree both ways. So if ...

December 23, 2011 | T. Cameron Camden | Letters


A wish for peace

As we celebrate Christendom's holiest day on Sunday, let us pause to wish a peaceful season to all in Kershaw County -- those who share Christianity, those who subscribe to other faiths and those who have no faith at all. And to the family of believers, we print once again the words from the second chapter of Luke that have come to be the basis of faith for so many millions of people across the United States and the world:

December 23, 2011 | | Editorials


‘All-American’ Muslim bashers

A conservative Christian group has launched a boycott against "All-American Muslim." The TLC reality TV show about Muslim families in America fails to live down to the group's narrow-minded stereotypes. Their gripe, in my view, makes about as much sense as boycotting "The Cosby Show" because it doesn't mention black street gangs.

December 23, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Pets of the week -- Dec. 23, 2011

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Horace, a 2- to 3-year-old male hound mix dog, and two white and gray kittens. 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 ...

December 23, 2011 | | Pets


To give or not to give

During the holiday season, especially through these tough economic times, people who are a little or a lot more fortunate than others struggle with the dilemma of whether to give or not to give to those in need of help. We have the guy outside your friendly neighborhood Wal-Mart, ringing a handbell, with a basket so far from it, urging you to give to the needy. Then there's Families Helping Families, a very admirable charity that's got the phone lines and the newscast promoting their organization, and let us not forget the Toys for Tots program. What able-bodied ...

December 23, 2011 | Terrance Hines Camden | Letters


A last-minute letter to Santa

Dear Santa:

December 23, 2011 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


Robert Ariail -- Dec. 23, 2011

December 23, 2011 | | Ariail


The temptation of Callista Gingrich

WASHINGTON -- Callista Gingrich has done something she might come to regret -- succumbed to the Twitter fairy and opened the door to unwelcome scrutiny.

December 23, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Lady Demons fall in semifinals of Rock Hill tournament

After having opened the Y.C. Winborn Classic Basketball Tournament in Rock Hill with a victory in last Saturday's opening game, the Lugoff-Elgin girls' basketball team fell to Northwestern, 59-37, in Monday night's semifinal contest.

December 21, 2011 | | Seasonal Sports


Camden Media Co. a longtime promoter of equine industry

Having been involved in the equine activities of Camden since 1952, I write this letter to express my gratitude and thanks to the Camden Chronicle-Independent for its outstanding coverage and support of these activities. From the Camden Hunt to the horse shows, to polo, to the hunter trials, to flat racing, to National Steeplechasing and to the Colonial and Carolina Cups, the Chronicle-Independent has always been there to lend its support and coverage. How fortunate we are to have Tom Didato, a talented and knowledgeable writer covering the equine events.

December 21, 2011 | Austin Brown Hilton Head Island | Letters


Romney’s wager

WASHINGTON -- Oh, quelle gaffe.

December 21, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Medicare

With the U.S. budget deficit still spiraling amid partisan stagnation and deadlock in Washington, two lawmakers, one a Republican and the other a Democrat, have finally come together to advance a proposal that would revamp the runaway costs of Medicare. Though solons in the nation's capital have refused thus far to address entitlement spending -- there's no way to bring the budget under control without changes to both Medicare and Social Security -- perhaps this is a ray of hope that there are some people in Washington who are willing to work together to salvage the fiscal integrity of ...

December 21, 2011 | | Editorials


We have a right to know, Part 2

If you were following City Council closely, you may have noticed that on October 25th, 2011, the City voted on the City of Camden Redevelopment Plan. This was done pretty quietly, so you may have missed it.

December 21, 2011 | Janet Farber Camden | Letters


KC’s Hughes completes economic development institute

Leigh Hughes with the Kershaw County Economic Development office, along with 38 other local leaders and development professionals from across South Carolina, completed the 2011 S.C. Economic Development Institute recently.

December 21, 2011 | | Business


Alice June Windham

Funeral service for Alice June Windham, 69, of Ridgeway will be held Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at El-Bethel Faith Community Church with burial to follow in Hardshell Cemetery. The Rev. Joe Stines will officiate. The family will receive friends Wednesday 6-8 p.m.

December 21, 2011 | | Obituaries


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Under the Sun onstage for Finally Friday

The Finally Friday Free Concert Series returns to the grounds of the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) on May 29 with a Midlands favorite, Under the Sun. The concert will take place from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. on the Joe and Sandy Shull Pavilion behind the Wood Auditorium. Rain location will be on the stage of the Wood Auditorium.

May 22, 2015 | | People & Places


Camden Councilwoman Laurie Parks recognized at dinner

The Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands recently recognized Camden City Councilwoman Laurie Parks at the Girl Scouts' annual Women of Distinction Awards Dinner. Parks was one of six area women to be so honored. The award pays tribute to women who exemplify excellence in service, leadership, community visibility, and professionalism. Parks has served on Camden City Council since 2012, serving as Mayor Pro Tem in 2014. In addition, she currently serves on the S.C. Governor's Office Children's Foster Care Review Board for Kershaw and Richland Counties(Vice-Chair, Past Chair), Junior Leadership Kershaw County(Chair ...

May 22, 2015 | | People & Places


Sandra Elizabeth Wickham

Sandra Elizabeth Wickham age 54, died Monday, May 18, 2015 at her residence.

May 22, 2015 | | Obituaries


Bruce Singleton

Mr. Bruce Singleton, 59, of Woodchase Lane, Elgin, South Carolina, passed on Sunday, May 17, 2015. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Nelson-Haile Funeral Home.

May 22, 2015 | | Obituaries


Michael Anthony Lynch

Funeral service for Michael Anthony Lynch, 64, will be held today at 11:00 a.m. at Union Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The Rev. Jerry Lewis will officiate. The family received friends Thursday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Union Baptist Church Gym Fund, PO Box 116, Elgin, S.C. 29045.

May 22, 2015 | | Obituaries


J. Ernest Kinard

The Honorable J. Ernest Kinard, Jr., 75, of Camden, died Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at home after a courageous battle with cancer.

May 22, 2015 | | Obituaries


Willie Hart Jr.

Mr. Willie "Billy Boy" Hart, Jr., 77, of 130 Reddick Road, Bishopville, passed on Monday, May 18, 2015. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Bishopville, with burial in the church cemetery.

May 22, 2015 | | Obituaries


Lucy Barfield Elmore

A funeral service for Lucy Barfield Elmore, 88, will be held Saturday at 11:00 am at First Baptist Church, Camden, with burial to follow in Quaker Cemetery. The Rev. Bruce Hancock will officiate. The family will receive friends today from 5-7 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Camden or a charity of one's choice.

May 22, 2015 | | Obituaries


Carol Lee Collins

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Carroll Lee Collins, 71, of Camden was held Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 1:00 PM at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. Lee Collins, Jr. officiated. Memorials may be made in Carroll's memory to the American Heart Association, 190 Knox Abbott Drive, Cayce, SC 29032.

May 22, 2015 | | Obituaries


Ariail for May 22, 2015

May 22, 2015 | | Ariail


Editorial: Judge Kinard

Ernest Kinard, who died earlier this week, was made for the law. Possessed of a keen intellect and a probing curiosity, Kinard practiced law for 24 years in Camden before being elected a circuit court judge in 1988. He remained on the bench until his retirement in 2010, and in a "keep working" program for retired judges, he continued until recently. In all his years as a judge, he never missed a day of holding court, establishing a remarkable record of consistency and longevity. Kinard mentored a number of young attorneys who practiced with him or clerked for him over ...

May 22, 2015 | | Editorials


Sen. Sheheen remembers Judge Ernest Kinard

Camden, Kershaw County and South Carolina lost one of its greats this week. Judge Ernest Kinard was one of a kind who loved his family, his community and his work.

May 22, 2015 | State Sen. Vincent Sheheen Camden | Letters


Parker: Bab(i)es on campus

Trigger warning: This column will include discussion of ideas which may conflict with your own.

May 22, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Moment of Nature - May 22, 2015

Nothing instills fear in the heart and soul of humans as does a snake. Since the beginning of recorded history, snakes have been a symbol of evil, treachery, poison, etc., and because of this perception, misinformation and folklore, most people hate snakes. Personally I have no problem with snakes; roaches and tarantulas are a different story, but a snake? No worries.

May 22, 2015 | | Columns


‘Beechwood PDD (Planning Department Disaster)’

I attended the (Camden) Planning (Commission) meeting regarding the Beechwood Plantation development, and left with more questions to be asked than questions answered. For those of you who don't know what is proposed, the developers are talking of 254 residences, rentals and condos; a 24-7 assisted living facility; and more. We have had two patio homes built in Kirkover Hills during the last couple of years; these two did not sell, they are rentals, with four cars parked in the front yard. I don't believe there is a need for this large scale development.

May 22, 2015 | Steve Safarin Camden | Letters


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