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The reality of free speech

Newspapers are generally in the forefront of free speech issues; along with trying to keep government meetings open and accessible to the public, first amendment rights usually are pretty sacrosanct in the newspaper business. Yet as the Supreme Court pondered the case of Kansas' Westboro Baptist Church a few weeks ago -- those are the kooks who show up at military funerals with all sorts of distasteful protest signs -- we had settled into a feeling of, "If the justices can find a way out of this without allowing those horrid people a right to spew their venom, we'll be fine ...

May 04, 2011 | | Editorials


Hawthorne Pharmacy offers drug disposal program

Hawthorne Pharmacy has launched a new drug take-back program to help patients safely dispose of medicines that may be dangerous to others and the environment.

May 04, 2011 | | Healthcare


Once we were sane

NEW YORK -- If you really, really dislike Barack Obama, his long-form birth certificate, finally proffered in exasperation, is quite simply a counterfeit.

May 04, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Real estate transactions -- May 4, 2011

Real estate transactions

May 04, 2011 | | For the Record


Remember when... May 1980

"Remember when..." is a weekly historical feature showcasing life in Kershaw County, taken from the archives of the Chronicle-Independent. Five students at Boylan-Haven-Mather Academy were named "Scholar of the Month" in May 1980. They included Morris Armstrong, music scholar; Kenneth Meadows, mathematics scholar; Steven Meadows, art scholar; Tyrone Love, religion and social studies scholar; and Willis McKenny, English scholar.

May 04, 2011 | | Viewpoint


Scrapbook -- April 4, 2011

I hear that cicadas are back. My children used to collect the shells they leave on tree trunks. The ones we are seeing now are a species that appears in 13-year intervals. They are probably best known for their buzzing and clicking noises. Their sound is one of the "summer sounds." The males make this noise with a "built-in drum."

May 04, 2011 | | Miscellaneous


Tops in taste and service

Minnie Outlaw (left), who with Johnny Outlaw (not pictured) are owners of Taco Bell in Lugoff, hands off a plaque detailing the restaurant's top rankings in South Carolina and the nation to Mike Uggiano, general manager. The restaurant was awarded the No. 6 slot in the nation based on how customers ranked it for cleanliness, hospitality, accuracy of their order, maintenance of the restaurant, product quality and speed of service and whether they would recommend the restaurant to a friend. The restaurant was rated on the customer survey criteria CHAMPS utilized by Yum ...

May 04, 2011 | | Miscellaneous


Surprise, surprise

My cousin recently found out he is going to be a father for the first time.

May 04, 2011 | Jim Tatum C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Yesteryear -- May 1-6, 1968

Photo cutline -- Mayor Sheheen administers oath to new councilman deLoach (Mayor Sheheen and Councilman Anderson also began new terms)

May 04, 2011 | | Yesteryear


Post 17 squads hold joint tryouts beginning Monday, May 9

The James Leroy Belk Post 17 Kershaw County Senior and Junior American Legion baseball teams will both begin tryouts for the 2011 summer season on Monday, May 9 at 6 p.m. at American Legion Park on Ehrenclou Drive in Camden.

May 04, 2011 | | Sports


L-E girls fall to Sumter

You would have a hard time on convincing the Lugoff-Elgin softball team that turnabout is fair play.

May 04, 2011 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Bulldogs take 18-0 mark in state tennis tourney

Finish the regular season unbeaten. Check.

May 04, 2011 | | Camden High/Middle


NC hosts playoffs games today; L-E girls at Sumter

The North Central baseball and softball teams will hosts state tournament eliminations game today while the Lugoff-Elgin girls will need to win on the road in order to advance in post-season play.

May 02, 2011 | | Sports


Robert Ariail -- May 2, 2011

May 02, 2011 | | Viewpoint


Noted and passed

• Anheuser-Busch, from its founding in the mid-19th century, has been an iconic American brand, its primary product being the industry behemoth Budweiser. For many, it was unfortunate when the company was sold in 2008 to Brazilian-Belgian brewing giant Inbev. It was recently revealed that August Busch IV, the last of the founding family to play an active role, is stepping down as a director, leaving a Busch-less company for the first time. In business, things change quickly, but it is nevertheless a bit sad to see this longtime company now without a member of its founding family.

May 02, 2011 | | Editorials


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December 17, 2014 | | Ariail


Yesteryear for Dec. 17, 2014

Baron DeKalb, North Central JROTC recognized in national publication

December 17, 2014 | | Yesteryear


Brandi Patterson of Elgin named Barker Scholar

Brandi Patterson of Elgin has been named a Barker Scholar at Clemson University.

December 17, 2014 | | Education


Army Pvt. Bracey has graduated from basic combat training

During nine weeks of training, Army Pvt. Devin W. Bracey studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values and physical fitness. He also received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

December 17, 2014 | | Military


Letters: Reader says Democrats ‘confessing’ torture is distraction

I'm sure everyone is abreast of all the hullaballoo over interrogation techniques used by the CIA to get information from the Guantanamo detainees to assist in avoiding another World Trade Center disaster. Dianne Feinstein, along with Obama and most of the congressional Democrats, insisted on "confessing," as they put it, despite the secretary of state urging against it, terming it detrimental to our interests and safety abroad. So, immediately, China and Korea termed us "bad boys," and why not -- didn't the current administration essentially say that?

December 17, 2014 | Charlie Humphries Camden | Letters


Christmas Flicks

What's your favorite Christmas movie?

December 17, 2014 | | Sidewalk Survey


Noble: It all started with BBQ

Recently, I had lunch with three old friends. All of us are proud South Carolina natives, amateur history buffs and great fans of barbecue (BBQ). We decided to meet at a new BBQ joint that we were all anxious to try.

December 17, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Editorial: Police officers

With police behavior having been in the news recently because of incidents in which white officers killed unarmed black citizens, there has been much discussion -- rightfully so -- about whether some officers are acting recklessly. Racial profiling, of course, has been a part of this discussion, as it should be. It's interesting, then, that the U.S. Supreme Court handed down an opinion earlier this week giving some leeway to police who make "reasonable mistakes" in enforcing the law. Of course, reasonable mistakes don't include the right by officers to act without provocation or to use undue force. And ...

December 17, 2014 | | Editorials


Holiday hoops camp on tap at Camden High

The Camden High School boys' basketball program and the Kershaw County Parks and Recreation Department are hosting a two-day, pre-Christmas camp at the school on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 22 and 23.

December 17, 2014 | | Sports


Leopards get the belt and revenge in winning tourney title

Heading into Saturday's inaugural Battle for the Belt wrestling tournament, Lugoff-Elgin Middle School head coach Ted Monroe's mission for his team was two-fold. First, they wanted to win the 16-team event and the other objective was to avenge a loss to Sullivan Middle School, which snapped the Leopards' 60-match win streak two weeks earlier.

December 17, 2014 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Dogs take second in MCCU Holiday Classic

With two of its wrestlers winning titles and six others placing in the top four, South Pointe High School captured this past weekend's 23rd annual Mid-Carolina Credit Union Holiday Classic Wrestling Tournament hosted by Lugoff-Elgin.

December 17, 2014 | | Sports


FMU Army ROTC cadet commissioned

Lugoff native, 2nd Lt. Adam Truesdale was honored as a newly commissioned officer in the U.S. Army during a ceremony on Dec. 12 as part of Francis Marion University's Army ROTC program.

December 17, 2014 | | Military


William G. Blake

William G. Blake, 91, of Camden, SC, died Monday, December 15, 2014. Plans are incomplete and will be announced by Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel.

December 17, 2014 | | Obituaries


Parker: Talk about a wildfire

WASHINGTON -- First there's the spark, then the conflagration, followed by the litigation and then, surely, the movie.

December 17, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Local businessman donates to buy bulletproof vests

Kershaw County businessman Frank Lee kicked off an effort to purchase replacement bulletproof vests for Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies. Lee donated funds to do so through the Kershaw County Sheriff's Foundation (KCSF).

December 17, 2014 | | Crime-Police-Fire


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