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 ...
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.
NEW YORK -- If you really, really dislike Barack Obama, his long-form birth certificate, finally proffered in exasperation, is quite simply a counterfeit.
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"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.
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."
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 ...
My cousin recently found out he is going to be a father for the first time.
Photo cutline -- Mayor Sheheen administers oath to new councilman deLoach (Mayor Sheheen and Councilman Anderson also began new terms)
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.
You would have a hard time on convincing the Lugoff-Elgin softball team that turnabout is fair play.
Finish the regular season unbeaten. Check.
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.
• 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.
Baron DeKalb, North Central JROTC recognized in national publication
Brandi Patterson of Elgin has been named a Barker Scholar at Clemson University.
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.
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?
What's your favorite Christmas movie?
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
WASHINGTON -- First there's the spark, then the conflagration, followed by the litigation and then, surely, the movie.
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).