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Candy canes are very popular holiday treats and are often used to decorate Christmas trees. That hooked shape certainly makes them whimsical and able to hang on tree boughs. But candy canes weren't always the curved and colorful treats they are today. In the 1700s, candy canes were nothing more than straight white sticks of sugar candy used to decorate Christmas trees. A choirmaster at Cologne Cathedral decided that having the ends bent to depict a shepherd's crook and passing them out during church services would help keep children quiet. It was not until roughly the 20th century ...

December 19, 2011 | | Miscellaneous


Christmas traditions around the globe

Families across the globe cherish their Christmas traditions. Customs may be unique to every family, but many countries boast their own unique traditions as well.

December 19, 2011 | | Miscellaneous


S.C. 2011 deer season will come to a close on New Year’s Day

The 2011 deer season will close on Sunday, Jan. 1, not Monday Jan. 2.

December 19, 2011 | | Seasonal Sports


Demon wrestlers split matches against Chapin and Newberry

This was not the type of tune-up which Lugoff-Elgin wrestling coach Evan Moxie had in mind with his Demons preparing to hosts Saturday's May Plant Credit Union Demon Holiday Classic.

December 16, 2011 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


From personal experience, YMCA a confidence-builder

When I was young I was diagnosed with epilepsy. Back then it was not understood, and my parents kept me from physical activities. When I started going to the "Y" I played volleyball. I gained confidence. Eventually I got into the pool. I was unsure about it but my friends pushed me to do more.

December 16, 2011 | Rodney Dais Camden | Letters


Of peace and fellowship

This Christmas story was first related to C-I readers many years ago by Max Ford. Its message remains clear during this holiday season.

December 16, 2011 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


‘Y’ people can’t listen at city council meetings

The sports complex issue raged on at the last City Council meeting. Both the public and members of City Council decried the inability for one another to "hear" what they were saying.

December 16, 2011 | M. Tray Dunaway, MD, FACS, CSP Camden | Letters


Robert Ariail -- Dec. 16, 2011

December 16, 2011 | | Ariail


The spirit of Christmas

Surrounded by the marvels of all the electronic capabilities among us today, I have put pen to paper to wish you a joyous holiday season. In the lifetime of our son, Edwards, we may see pen and paper become historic tools. So, while I can, I want to share a holiday message with each of you.

December 16, 2011 | Camden Mayor Jeffrey Graham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Pets of the week -- Dec. 16, 2011

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Whiskey, an 8-month-old male Golden Retriever/Labrador mix puppy, and an adult male Siamese cat. 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 16, 2011 | | Pets


Rec Notes for Dec. 16, 2011

A meeting for Kershaw County Rec Department basketball referees will be held at 5:45 p.m. Monday at the Old Armory.

December 16, 2011 | | Miscellaneous


Crowning Little, Teen Miss Camden-Kershaw County

The Little Miss/Teen Miss Camden-Kershaw County pageant was held on Nov. 5 at Lyttleton Street Methodist Family Life Center. Girls ages 2 through 19 competed for titles to represent Camden and Kershaw County in the state pageant held to be June 2012 in Hartsville. The winners are (above, from left to right) Miss Tiny Tot Camden and Camden's Overall Sweetheart Winner -- Nadia Isabel Halley; Wee Miss Tiny Tot Camden -- Olivia Grace Dukes; Little Miss Camden -- Mari Elizabeth Sowell; Wee Miss Kershaw County and Kershaw County's Overall Sweetheart -- Aubrey Olivia Waters; and (not pictured) Wee Miss Camden -- Kendal ...

December 16, 2011 | | Localife


Food for the Soul receives holiday donation

Kershaw County equestrians and shoppers supported Kershaw County's Food for the Soul through a special Thanksgiving promotion offered by The Tack Room. A $5 donation earmarked for Food for the Soul earned shoppers a discount on purchases during the special promotion, said The Tack Room's John Cushman (left). The holiday drive raised $1,500 for the soup kitchen and recently opened emergency homeless shelter. Presenting the check Wednesday to Food for the Soul Director Fred Ogburn (right), Cushman said the charitable fund-raising effort was "the right thing to do, especially at this time of year, and the customers ...

December 16, 2011 | | Localife


Camden Tae Kwon Do holds information defense session

The participants in the Camden Tae Kwon Do Academy's children and women's self defense seminar enjoyed an informative and lively session, held Nov.12 at the facility located in the Dusty Bend section of Camden. The seminar participants included (standing from left) Carl E. Wright, owner/instructor, Carol Elliott, Michelle Ransom, Brenda Poteat, Gwen Moorer, Helen Williams, Kayla Gonzalez, Pat Wright, Virginia Mickle, Josh Holstrom (seated from left) Denim Edwards, Mikella Ransom and Adam Osborne.

December 16, 2011 | | Localife


Long applause

Doby's Mill Elementary School media specialist Betsy Long spreads the love of reading to her students every day. She received that same love back this week for her extraordinary efforts when she was named one of 10 national winners of the Carnegie Corporation of New York/The New York Times "I Love My Librarian" Award.

December 16, 2011 | | Education


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Camden residents support Graham for city council

I want to voice my support for Jeffrey Graham in his pursuit of a seat upon Camden City Council. I think Jeffrey is a unique candidate with a perspective we need. He is a family man with young children, and because of this I think he can represent the needs of many other young families in the Camden area. While all of the current council members have important and impressive qualities, the direct representation of our younger generations is imperative, and with Walter Long leaving, we do not have such a voice on the council if not for Jeffrey Graham.

October 20, 2014 | | Letters


Reader supports Reuwer

I am supporting David Reuwer for probate judge in the coming election. In any election, voters must ask a couple of things: does the candidate know what he or she is doing, and does the candidate possess the proper attitude to best serve the people of Kershaw County. Well, Mr. Reuwer is a practicing lawyer and Elgin municipal judge experienced in probate matters including the new, revised probate code. Mr. Reuwer is a hardworking man dedicated to the protection, conservation, and celebration of the historical legacy of Kershaw County. He has a strong need to help others; it seems to ...

October 20, 2014 | Thomas Bettendorf Camden | Letters


Reader: ‘vote no twice’

I see signs appearing throughout the county imploring you to "Vote Yes Twice" regarding the school referenda. If you favor tearing down perfectly good schools and Camden High's football stadium, construction new ones to replace them, to the tune of $130 million plus interest; and if you want to pay higher taxes on everything you buy, then by all means vote yes.

October 20, 2014 | Charlie Humphries Camden | Letters


This week in KC sports

Tuesday: Camden in Region 4-AAA cross country championships at Chapin (5 p.m.); Region 3-AA fourth-place finisher at North Central in first round of AA state volleyball tournament (6 p.m.)

October 20, 2014 | | Seasonal Sports


Doris Jeane Grady Seabolt

Graveside funeral services to celebrate the life of Doris Jeane Grady Seabolt, 82, of Elgin, SC will be held at 2:00 PM, Monday, October 20, 2014 in Greenhaven Memorial Gardens, Elgin, SC. Rev. Daniel Griffin will officiate. Memorials may be made in Mrs. Seabolt's memory to SC Oncology SCOA foundation, P.O. Box 2046 West Columbia, SC 29171.

October 20, 2014 | | Obituaries


Teresa McCray

Ms. Teresa McCray, 49, of 1027 Pine Tree Drive, Cassatt, South Carolina, passed away on Saturday, October 18, 2014. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Nelson-Haile Funeral Home.

October 20, 2014 | | Obituaries


What people are saying about the right to die

Brittany Maynard, 29, was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor earlier this year. She was told she'd have six months to live. This coming Nov. 1, Maynard will end her life through assisted suicide, according to Deseret News National.

October 17, 2014 | | National


Five ways grandparents can help with kids

You can't walk around a craft store without seeing one of those plaques, framed pictures or cross-stitched designs -- those sayings that sit on mantles, hang above fireplaces and are stuck to car bumpers:

October 17, 2014 | Heather Merrill FamilyShare | National


Violence on film rises with access to the real thing

In the opening of "Fury," the story of an American tank crew in the final days of World War II, Brad Pitt's character stabs a German soldier in the head before casually wiping his blade clean on his enemy's uniform.

October 17, 2014 | Chandra Johnson Deseret News | National


Bound together: marriage rates and the American dream

The American "retreat from marriage" may portend harm for the American Dream, says National Marriage Project director W. Bradford Wilcox, who outlines policies that hamper rather than help children's future stability in a commentary for the Heritage Foundation.

October 17, 2014 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News | National


Ten things nobody told you about being married

You've heard that marriage isn't easy, that there are going to be trials, surprises and changes of plans along the way. People also tell you it's a blast and the best decision they've ever made. But did anyone tell you being married is also awkward? And sweaty? Being married is a lot of things, some of which no one tells you about ahead of time. Here's a head's up of a few things you probably haven't heard before.

October 17, 2014 | Katie Nielsen FamilyShare | National


'The Best of Me' saves Sparks' worst for last

Imagine that someone pulled a drain plug on a majestic mountain lake. At first, you wouldn't notice anything amiss, save for a low gurgle echoing from deep under the water. But as the water line dropped, exposing the soggy shore, your heart would drop, and by the time the lake vanished away, leaving sludge and long-forgotten trash and desperate fish flopping around gasping for life, you'd realize the tragedy before you.

October 17, 2014 | Josh Terry Deseret News | National


Can raising breast cancer awareness also trivialize the disease?

With glib slogans like, "Set the tatas free," National No Bra Day's aim is, according to related breast cancer awareness campaign Save the Tatas, "to fight breast cancer using laughter and fun."

October 17, 2014 | Chandra Johnson Deseret News | National


‘Peabody & Sherman’ on Blu-ray, DVD

An animated box-office hit from early in the year finally comes to DVD and Blu-ray this week.

October 17, 2014 | Chris Hicks Deseret News | National


A black and white Halloween: Classic suspense films

When choosing what to watch this Halloween season, consider broadening your horizons to include the black-and-white era. You won't find zombies around the corner, but there's plenty of classic suspense with these five Halloween-worthy flicks from the 1940s. Movies are listed by year, not by greatness. All the films listed are appropriate for those 12 and older.

October 17, 2014 | Elizabeth Reid Deseret News | National


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