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There was just one Hitch

WASHINGTON -- The Republicans' final debate preceding the Iowa caucuses is suddenly uncompelling. There is nothing to do but write about Christopher Hitchens, whose death has made the world immeasurably less interesting.

December 23, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Rec notes -- Dec. 23, 2011

A group exercise class for ages 55 and older provides a fun variety of exercises to improve strength, flexibility, posture and balance, using a chair and a floor mat (optional).

December 23, 2011 | | Miscellaneous


Elijah Johnson

Elijah "Hot Sauce" Johnson, of Camden, died Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011. He was the son of late Feldon Johnson and Sarah Shield Johnson Samuel.

December 23, 2011 | | Obituaries


Late veteran honored for service

During a recent flag ceremony on the Town Green in Camden, the Kershaw County Leathernecks honored the life of Given Webster with a tribute to his service to the community. Webster died unexpectedly Nov. 1 and was the acting commander of James Leroy Belk American Legion Post 17. Standing together during the ceremony (from left) are Webster's wife, Jane Webster; Cadet Zachary Shaffer from Camden Military Academy; Bill Garcher, judge advocate, Kershaw County Leathernecks; Ron Stroud, Kershaw County Leaternecks; and Sgt Maj. Willam Greene with Camden Military Academy.

December 23, 2011 | | Localife


Local Girl Scouts collect gifts for Toys for Tots

Three local Girl Scout troops opted to bring gifts to donate to Toys for Tots instead of exchanging gifts with each other during their annual Christmas party. The troops included Daisy Troop 3415, led by Lindsey Cox and April Trapp; Brownie Troop 3444 led by Frances Griggs and Lori Lance; and Junior Troop 937 led by Kim Taylor and Vickie Thomas. The troops recently gathered at St. Timothy's Lutheran Church in Camden to donate the gifts to Toys for Tots.

December 23, 2011 | | Localife


Remember the true meaning of Christmas

"Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas." –Calvin Coolidge

December 23, 2011 | By Rebecca Rowell C-I high school columnist | High School Columns


Barrett-Coleman earns MA degree

Brenda Barrett-Coleman received a Master of Arts degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix Dec. 11.

December 23, 2011 | | Education


For a good laugh

Thank you City of Camden for putting up a Christmas tree in front of the city hall, and I encourage everyone to go by and look at it. It's a one of a kind tree and it has to be the ugliest Christmas tree in South Carolina. No, I take that back. How about the ugliest Christmas tree in the good, old USA, or maybe in the world, for that matter. It doesn't matter if you see it in the daylight or at night when the lights are burning. It's the ugliest tree both ways. So if ...

December 23, 2011 | T. Cameron Camden | Letters


A wish for peace

As we celebrate Christendom's holiest day on Sunday, let us pause to wish a peaceful season to all in Kershaw County -- those who share Christianity, those who subscribe to other faiths and those who have no faith at all. And to the family of believers, we print once again the words from the second chapter of Luke that have come to be the basis of faith for so many millions of people across the United States and the world:

December 23, 2011 | | Editorials


‘All-American’ Muslim bashers

A conservative Christian group has launched a boycott against "All-American Muslim." The TLC reality TV show about Muslim families in America fails to live down to the group's narrow-minded stereotypes. Their gripe, in my view, makes about as much sense as boycotting "The Cosby Show" because it doesn't mention black street gangs.

December 23, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Pets of the week -- Dec. 23, 2011

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Horace, a 2- to 3-year-old male hound mix dog, and two white and gray kittens. 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 23, 2011 | | Pets


To give or not to give

During the holiday season, especially through these tough economic times, people who are a little or a lot more fortunate than others struggle with the dilemma of whether to give or not to give to those in need of help. We have the guy outside your friendly neighborhood Wal-Mart, ringing a handbell, with a basket so far from it, urging you to give to the needy. Then there's Families Helping Families, a very admirable charity that's got the phone lines and the newscast promoting their organization, and let us not forget the Toys for Tots program. What able-bodied ...

December 23, 2011 | Terrance Hines Camden | Letters


A last-minute letter to Santa

Dear Santa:

December 23, 2011 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


Robert Ariail -- Dec. 23, 2011

December 23, 2011 | | Ariail


The temptation of Callista Gingrich

WASHINGTON -- Callista Gingrich has done something she might come to regret -- succumbed to the Twitter fairy and opened the door to unwelcome scrutiny.

December 23, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


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Four ways sleep impacts your mental and physical health

According to health and safety experts, sleep is serious business -- footie pajamas and fuzzy slippers aside.

December 17, 2014 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | National


About to make another doomed New Year's resolution?

This is the time of year we reflect on our lives. We think about all we've accomplished in one year. We think about the things we should have done -- but didn't.

December 17, 2014 | Megan Shauri FamilyShare | National


Copernicus' theories are basis of new series

"THE COPERNICUS LEGACY, Book 1: The Forbidden Stone," and "THE COPERNICUS LEGACY, Book 2: The Serpent's Curse," by Tony Abbott, Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins, $16.99, 410 pages and 481 pages (ages 9-12) (f)

December 17, 2014 | Marilou Sorensen Deseret News | National


Why failing helps your children

A loud thud comes from my son's room. I fling open the door. His head is cradled in his arms. "I'm done. I can't do this anymore," he exclaims through tears of frustration.

December 17, 2014 | Damara Simmons FamilyShare | National


Labor interests worry how far employers will go with Amazon ruling

Labor groups and observers are wondering how employers will implement a recent Supreme Court ruling that found Amazon does not have to pay workers for time spent going through mandatory anti-theft security checks.

December 17, 2014 | Deborah Sutton Deseret News | National


Ariail for Dec. 17, 2014


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


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


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