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Keeping a stepdad at a comfortable distance

Dear Annie: My mother passed away two years ago. She had been with "Biff" for about 13 years. Biff is a jerk. Most of the family discontinued all contact with my mother because no one could stand him. I tolerated him, but he made me uncomfortable. When I was a teenager, he made sexual comments to me, and I moved out of the house as soon as I could. He was also verbally abusive of my younger brother. Biff only behaved this way when Mom was at work, and when we told her, she did nothing.

December 29, 2010 | | Dear Annie


Theo Branham

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Theodocia "Theo" Hearon Branham, 81, of Elgin will be held Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 3:00 PM at Refuge Baptist Church. Rev. Tim Broughton will officiate. The family will receive friends Tuesday, December 28, 2010 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at Kornegay Funeral Home, Lugoff-Elgin Chapel. The burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Mrs. Branham's memory to Refuge Baptist Church, 2814 Lockhart Road, Kershaw, SC 29067.

December 29, 2010 | | Obituaries


County education leaders off course

If our school board and the superintendent of education spent as much time on education as they do on acquiring property, maybe we would be able to do a more credible job of education.

December 29, 2010 | Jack Stogner Camden | Letters


Phyllis W. Bedenbaugh

Services for Phyllis Williams Bedenbaugh, 60, of Lugoff, will be private. Memorials may be made to St. Johns United Methodist Church Building Fund.

December 29, 2010 | | Obituaries


County government shut down for five days

It's the holidays and everyone enjoys being off of work and spending time with their family. So naturally the courthouse and Kershaw County offices were closed for five days straight. What? Yes, they were closed Dec. 23-27. Let me think … what holiday is the 27th? Oh yeah, it's the Monday after Christmas. Everyone celebrates that holiday, right? Even the banks can't close for more than three days in a row.

December 29, 2010 | Craig Harvey Lugoff | Letters


BOA donates $5,000 to FAC

Bank Of America (BOA) made a $5,000 donation to the Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County in December. (From left) Sherry Wescom, BOA consumer market executive; Kristin Cobb, FAC executive director FAC; Eric J. Will, Camden branch BOA managerl; and Joe Dunat, BOA consumer market manager were in attendance for the check presentation.

December 29, 2010 | | Arts


County Births -- Dec. 29

NATALIE MARIE BRAGG

December 29, 2010 | | Births


Trevor holding out hope for bowl edition ruling to go his way

Now that the pre-season is over, it is time to crown the true champion of the Fearless Forecast.

December 29, 2010 | | Sports


For Biden, mission accomplished

WASHINGTON -- The vice president calls, more than an hour after the appointed time but with an impeccable excuse: He was presiding over the Senate's vote to ratify the New START treaty.

December 29, 2010 | Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


William J. Boone

Funeral services for William Jackson Boone, 92, of Camden will be held Monday, December 27, 2010 at 4:00 PM at DeKalb Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Rev. Keith Coates and DeWitt Atkerson will officiate. The family receivef friends Sunday, December 26, 2010 from 3:00 – 5:00 PM at Kornegay Funeral Home Camden Chapel. Memorials may be made in Mr. Boone's memory to DeKalb Baptist Church, P.O. Box 2122, Camden, SC 29021.

December 27, 2010 | | Obituaries


KCSD's three high schools honored for SAT/ACT scores

All three Kershaw County high schools were among 72 high schools in the state to be recognized for achievement on either the ACT or SAT college entrance exams, according to the S.C. Department of Education.

December 27, 2010 | | Education


Guild named Infection Preventionist of the Year

PaulaGuild, MN, RN, CIC, has been awarded the Infection Preventionist of the Year award by the Palmetto Chapter of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control (APIC). She serves as the infection prevention and control director for KershawHealth.

December 27, 2010 | | Healthcare


Noted and passed

• The new census brought good news for South Carolina, as the Palmetto State's population growth over the past decade will result in an additional Congressional seat, bringing the state's total to 7. As expected, most states which will pick up seats are in the South and the West, and most which will lose states are in the industrial Midwest and the Northeast. The new Congressional map amounts to an obstacle for national Democrats.

December 27, 2010 | | Editorials


Bruce Beattie -- Dec. 27, 2010

December 27, 2010 | | Viewpoint


'Alcopops' a high-risk potion

As we continue to celebrate the holidays and ring in the New Year this weekend, it is important to be sensible about our merry-making. In addition to the well-known dangers, there is a new one -- alcoholic energy drinks, otherwise known as "alcopops." These drinks have recently gained national attention after a rash of student hospitalizations in other states.

December 27, 2010 | S.C. Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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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


Golf tourney benefits Camden High baseball program

The Camden High School baseball program will host a fundraising golf tournament at the Camden Country Club on Thursday, Nov. 13.

October 22, 2014 | | Sports


Countdown to the Colonial Cup

With the 45th annual Marion duPont Scott International Colonial Cup Steeplechase Races a little more than a month away, patrons who had reserved parking spaces for last year's Camden fall classic have until Friday, Oct. 10 to assure they retain those spaces. All unsold spaces will be placed for sale to the general public.

October 08, 2014 | | Equine


Colonial Cup set for 45th renewal on Nov. 15

A sure sign that fall and cooler weather is around the corner occurred last Friday with the mailing out of invitations to those on the mailing list for the 45th annual Marion duPont Scott International Colonial Cup Steeplechase Races.

September 10, 2014 | | Equine


CHS fall sports schedules

Volleyball

August 27, 2014 | | Camden High/Middle


L-E fall sports schedule

Volleyball

August 27, 2014 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


North Central fall sports schedules

Volleyball

August 27, 2014 | | North Central High/Middle


ABLE Club offers sponsorship options for 2014-15

The ABLE Club of S.C., the official athletic booster club of Lugoff-Elgin High School, is kicking off its membership campaign for the 2014-15 athletic seasons at the school.

August 08, 2014 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


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