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S.C. ranks near bottom again

South Carolinians shouldn't be surprised to see the state rank poorly in yet another survey. It seems the Palmetto State is forever being relegated to the bottom tier in all kinds of indicators. Some of them, of course, don't have much validity. But the latest one, in which only five states are ranked lower than South Carolina in susceptibility to political corruption, is particularly unnerving because it's one that could be avoided with a modicum of care from legislators.

March 21, 2012 | | Editorials


Coldwell Banker goes Platinum

Coldwell Banker United, Realtors has been named a Platinum level firm by the Cartus Broker Network in four of its Carolinas' markets, including the Midlands, Charleston and Sumter markets in South Carolina and the Charlotte market in North Carolina. Platinum is the highest of the Excellence Award recognition levels presented to qualifying principal brokers. Only 17 percent of the network's principal brokers received Excellence Award recognition for 2012.

March 21, 2012 | | Business


Richard Paul "Ricky" Taylor

A memorial service for Richard Paul "Ricky" Taylor, 23, Lugoff, will be held Tuesday at El-Bethel Faith Community Church. The Rev. Joe Stines will officiate. The family will receive friends Tuesday 2:30-4:00 p.m. prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ronald McDonald House.

March 21, 2012 | | Obituaries


NCHS names honor students

North Central High School has announced its honor rolls for the second nine-week period.

March 21, 2012 | | Education


C-I in step with mainstream media

As with much of the mainstream media, your edition March 9 is a poster child for what is wrong with the mainstream media and possibly a plausible explanation as to why printed media has fallen onto hard times. A previous editorial by Martin Cahn wherein he rather pompously pronounced that his opinion -- he is a journalist whatever that is -- is vastly superior to the great unwashed's opinion. A fair presumption would be those that are not "journalists."

March 21, 2012 | David Dean Lugoff | Letters


A century of cherry blossoms

Into every life, they say, a little rain must fall. And a little snow as well. In fact, here in Washington, some are rooting for snow before spring arrives.

March 21, 2012 | Ed Feulner The Heritage Foundation | Columns


Yesteryear -- March 21, 2012

Photo cutline – The guest bedroom at Aberdeen features magnificent old furniture and a beautiful antique quilt. Lovely width its pink color scheme, it has welcomed several Miss South Carolinas and two Miss Americas. This 1810 vintage home will be on the JKA Spring Tour of Homes and Gardens April 11.

March 21, 2012 | | Yesteryear


Honor unveiled

South Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean H. Toal (left) stands with retiring 5th Circuit Court Judge J. Ernest Kinard Jr. following the unveiling of a commemorative portrait at the Kershaw County Courthouse Thursday afternoon. Kinard has served on the bench for 24 years. Toal said Kinard is the "gold standard" of circuit court judges and her "go-to judge" for tough cases. "He's one of the brightest minds to serve in South Carolina," Toal said. "He can hear complex cases, absorb and understand all the details and then make a decision."

March 21, 2012 | | Miscellaneous


AgSouth reports earnings of $33.3 million

AgSouth Farm Credit CEO Bill Spigener recently announced that the customer-owned cooperative had net earnings of $33.3 million during 2011.

March 21, 2012 | | Business


Come out for the ’Cue

The 'Cue, as Charlotte Thompson locals call it, has been an annual community event since 1958.

March 21, 2012 | | People & Places


Lady Knights break into win column by upending Great Falls, 19-11

After struggling through a rough early start to the season, the North Central High softball team took out their frustrations on the Great Falls Red Devils in a Friday night softball game played at Great Falls.

March 21, 2012 | | North Central High/Middle


Irick seeks return to school board

Matt Irick has announced his plans to seek re-election to Seat 7 on the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees. He is a certified public accountant and a partner with the accounting firm of Sheheen, Hancock, & Godwin LLP in Camden.

March 21, 2012 | | Politics


Lancaster sweeps 3-team track meet at NC

Lancaster ran off with both ends of last Thursday's three-team track and field meet at North Central High School in an event which also included Great Falls.

March 21, 2012 | | North Central High/Middle


CHS, L-E and NC all get Friday wins

With Friday having been a day off for students in Kershaw County, several members of the Camden High baseball team used part of their day to head over to American Legion Park to get in some additional batting practice for that evening's home game with Lakewood.

March 19, 2012 | | Sports


This week in Kershaw County sports

Monday: Crestwood at Camden Military Academy (BSOC – 5 p.m.); Camden Military Academy at Swansea (BB – 6 p.m.); Ridge View at Lugoff-Elgin (BB – 6:30 p.m.); Andrew Jackson at North Central (SB – 6:30 p.m.); Lugoff-Elgin at Ridge View (SB – 7 p.m.); Lancaster at Lugoff-Elgin (GSOC – 7 p.m.); Camden, Lugoff-Elgin in Magnolia Invitational at Sumter (G – TBA)

March 19, 2012 | | Sports


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Parker: Take it down

WASHINGTON -- In a historic moment, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called late Monday for removal of the Confederate Battle Flag from the Statehouse grounds.

June 24, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Noble: Denmark Vesey and Clementa Pinckney

One of the questions of the tragic killing of Rev. Clementa Pinckney and eight of his church members at Emanuel AME Church is, why him? And, why now?

June 24, 2015 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Letter: Confederate descendant endorses flag removal

It appears the Confederate battle flag will soon be removed from the South Carolina Capitol grounds and placed in a museum where it belongs. What many believe to be a symbol of Southern heritage has now become a symbol of division. Only the flag of one sovereign nation should fly over the Capitol grounds. I endorse its removal in honor and wishes of my great-grandfather, a former Confederate soldier who wrote in his diary from Shanghai, Chine, on September 17, 1886:

June 24, 2015 | J. Kennedy DuBose Jr. Camden | Letters


For the Record - June 24, 2015

Real estate transactions

June 24, 2015 | | For the Record


Sidewalk Survey - June 24, 2015

June 24, 2015 | | Sidewalk Survey


Salvation Army clothing bins at Russell & Jeffcoat

The Salvation Army of the Midlands has a new clothing donation bin at the Russell & Jeffcoat Real Estate Inc. office located at 509 Broad St. in Camden.

June 24, 2015 | | People & Places


Hagins honored for Salkehatchie work

Richard Hagins, standing with his daughters, holds a framed joint resolution from the S.C. General Assembly presented during the June 21 morning worship service at Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church (LSUMC). State Sen. Vincent Sheheen and State Rep. Laurie Funderburk presented the resolution honoring Hagins for his work with Salkehatchie, LSUMC, and other community service organizations such as United Way and Habitat For Humanity. Hagins and his late wife, Sara, founded the Salkehatchie-Wateree Camp, part of the S.C. United Methodist Church's Salkehatchie Ministry in 1990. Under Hagins' leadership, Salkehatchie-Wateree camp has performed major repairs and renovations to ...

June 24, 2015 | | People & Places


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