Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who allege that they have been discriminated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in past decades can file such claims until March 25, 2013. The claims period began Sept. 24.
A new mayor a new councilwoman and a returning councilwoman took the oath of office Monday night at Camden City Hall, followed by refreshments in the adjoining bay of Camden Fire Station No. 1. A crowd of citizens, including many who had to stand against the side and back walls, witnessed the oaths.
There's a lot not to like about college athletics these days. In many ways, it has become a giant money grab, with schools giving up longtime allegiances and rivalries to jump from conference to conference, wherever the dollar signs are highest. Academic and recruiting scandals such as the recent one at the University of North Carolina are common. Coaches are paid millions of dollars while schools raise ticket prices for their fans, many of whom swear until their dying breaths that the coaches are "worth every penny of it." It's not a pretty world.
High school students interested in becoming a participant in James Leroy Belk American Legion Post 17's annual high school oratorical contest are invited to an orientation Sunday at 2 p.m. at the post on West DeKalb Street in Camden.
Freshman music major Andrea Nobles, of Camden, is among the 206 participants in Eastern Kentucky University's NOVA program, which serves students with academic potential who are the first in their family to pursue a four-year degree.
In observance of American Education Week, National Career Development Week and Parental Involvement Week, Baron DeKalb Elementary sponsored several activities for students and their families, such as Career Day, Doughnuts for Dads, Book Character Day, and the 4K & 5K Sharing Soup.
• One of the frankest explanations we've heard from Republicans on what the party needs to do to revitalize itself nationally came from Haley Barbour, the former governor of Mississippi and former chairman of the Republican National Committee. Said the folksy Barbour, "We've got to give our political organization a very serious proctology exam. We need to look everywhere."
As the Christmas shopping season approaches, we should all be reminded of just how important shopping at home really is. Studies show that money spent at independently owned local businesses stays in a community, multiplying as it circulates.
The Wateree Football Officials Association and the South Carolina Football Officials Association are looking for anyone interested in becoming high school football officials for the South Carolina High School League Football Officials Association and the Santee Wateree Football Officials Association.