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Noted and passed - July 2, 2012

• With partisan bickering in Washington at an all-time high, we were glad to see Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah turn back a Republican Party primary challenge last week. Hatch is one of the few senators left in the capital who attempts to compromise and reach across party aisles to get things done. We're glad the voters of Utah put him over the top, for in that state, winning the GOP primary is usually tantamount to being elected.

July 02, 2012 | | Editorials


Ariail for July 2, 2012

July 02, 2012 | | Ariail


Vindetta B. Catoe

A celebration of the life of Vindetta Catoe will be held at 3:00 PM Monday, July 2, 2012 at Faith Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Marshall Methodist Church Cemetery. Pastor Jerry Gardner will officiate. The family will receive friends from 6-8 PM Sunday, July 1, 2012 at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. Memorials may be made in Mrs. Catoe's memory to the American Diabetes Association of SC, 2711 Middleburg Drive, Ste. 205, Columbia, SC 29204 or Faith Baptist Church Youth, 35 Phillips Church Road, Bishopville, SC 29010.

July 02, 2012 | | Obituaries


Arthur Lee Johnson

Arthur Lee Johnson, 87, of Lugoff, South Carolina passed away quietly at home on June 30, 2012. Mr. Johnson was the son of Arthur Whitfield Johnson and Julia Pankey Seymour.

July 02, 2012 | | Obituaries


On facts, lies and Sarah Palin

"The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama's 'death panel' so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their 'level of productivity in society,' whether they are worthy of health care." --Sarah Palin, Aug. 7, 2009

July 02, 2012 | By Leonard Pitts Miami Herald | Columns


Stabbing suspect in custody

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested Paul Franklin Washington (18) of Camden after he stabbed Peyton Darvis Johnson in the chest following a verbal altercation.

July 02, 2012 | | Crime-Police-Fire


KC Northern in the catbird's seat

Using a five-run top of the sixth, Kershaw County Northern rallied from a 3-2 deficit and pulled out a 7-4 win over Lamar in Wednesday night's winners' bracket game in the Sub-District A Dixie Youth baseball tournament at Camden's Woodward Park.

June 29, 2012 | | Seasonal Sports


Rec notes - June 29, 29012

The Kershaw County Recreation Department (KCRD) basketball camps are back, offered for boys and girls ages 5-14. The camps will concentrate on teaching young players the fundamentals of basketball and working on skills and team play. There will also be five-on-five and three-on-three games and awards for free throw, league champ, sportsmanship and more. There will be 8-foot goals for younger players.

June 29, 2012 | | Miscellaneous


Peggy Jo McDonald

Peggy Jo McDonald, 81, formerly of Camden, SC, passed away June 24, 2012. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, J. A. "Mac" McDonald. She is survived by a son, Joey McDonald and his wife, Carol McDonald; a daughter, Amy Rose McDonald; two grandsons, Joseph McDonald III and Hunter McDonald; a sister, Patsy Watts Clare; and two aunts, Marilyn Gerrald Steele and Reginald Gerrald Galardi. A church service for Peggy will be held Friday (today) at 11 a.m. at Hermitage Baptist Church, 814 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Camden. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bon ...

June 29, 2012 | | Obituaries


Don't buy into unionization

(Mr. Humphries' letter has been updated to include the word "not" in the first sentence of the seond paragraph in relation to Mr. Allen's original letter.)

June 29, 2012 | Charles Humphries Camden | Letters


Helping Mr. Romney with his NAACP speech

Dear Mitt Romney: I was pleased to hear that you have accepted an invitation to speak in July before the 103rd convention of the NAACP in Houston. In anticipation of that event, I have taken the liberty of writing a speech for you. It's only a beginning, space limitations being what they are, but it should get you off to a solid start and you can take it from there. So, here it is:

June 29, 2012 | By Leonard Pitts Miami Herald | Columns


Leave kids out of child support fight

Dear Annie: I've been a stepmother to two lovely girls, now 12 and 17, since they were very young. My husband gladly pays child support on time without fail. The girls have different mothers who raise their children in opposite ways, yet in both cases, it's rare that the child support actually reaches the child.

June 29, 2012 | | Dear Annie


Pets of the Week

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are a 2-year-old female bulldog mix and an adult female 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.net. The shelter's Web ...

June 29, 2012 | Julie J. Prickett C-I | Pets


Murphy player her way into CGA Junior Girls' title match

Defending event champion, Kelli Murphy of Elgin is one win away from successfully defending her Carolinas Junior Girls Championship title after battling back in some tough matches.

June 29, 2012 | | Golf


Road diet

Camden residents will have a chance to voice their opinions soon on two major transportation projects slated for the town -- a proposed "road diet" for Camden's Broad Street and an official truck route around the city. Both of them could have a major impact on the city for years to come, so we hope citizens who have a particular point of view will voice their feelings July 10 at Camden High School.

June 29, 2012 | | Editorials


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A winning beginning to the fall (Part 1)

The cooler temperatures produced these winners in the Carolina Motorsports Park's Powerade Kart Races held Sept. 13

November 24, 2014 | | Auto racing


Noted and passed - Nov. 24, 2014

• Property rights vs. community pride is a conflict as old as civilization itself. In recent months, we've reported on two attempts to regulate the appearance of properties in an effort to clean up our communities. Back in October, Kershaw County Council rejected, 3-4, third reading of an ordinance which would have given the county authority to demolish uninhabitable dwellings deemed a nuisance to neighbors or the community at large. More recently, Bethune Town Councilman John Fulmer proposed an ordinance which, if passed in December, would fine owners of blighted properties if they don't clean them up after being ...

November 24, 2014 | | Editorials


Cooking Thanksgiving food with a friend

It started accidentally. Some good ideas and memorable moments are like that. They aren't planned. They're born, bringing with them an ability to nudge a way naturally into our lives and become a tradition.

November 24, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


The start of something (really) big

As a part of writing this column, I go to lots of meetings, community events and conferences all across the state in my never ending search to find out about the people, businesses and community groups that are doing good and important things to make our state better.

November 24, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Reader: focus on dog owners, not breeds

Regarding your editorial in the Nov. 14 C-I regarding "Pit Bulls," I was disappointed that you chose to use the two recent incidents in Kershaw County as an opportunity to condemn a particular breed of dog, instead of focusing attention on the actual problem, which is the lack of responsible pet ownership. This would have been an appropriate time to support the passage and vigorous enforcement of laws that focus, not on breed, but on people's responsibility for their dogs' behavior. These include measures that hold owners of all dogs accountable for properly housing, supervising and controlling their dogs ...

November 24, 2014 | Margaret Ellis Camden | Letters


Letter: ‘If it ain’t broke’ may not serve us well

I read Mr. Charlie Humphries' letter in Friday's Chronicle-Independent with interest. In the letter, Mr. Humphries implies that because the school district is producing strong results, and it is, making investment in the future isn't really necessary right now. As he puts it, the "If it ain't broke" philosophy.

November 24, 2014 | KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan Kershaw County School District | Letters


Connie Mae Mickle

Mrs. Connie Mae Mickle, 91, of 818 Campbell Street, Camden died Thursday. Friends may call at residence. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Brown's Funeral Home, Camden, who is serving the Mickle Family.

November 24, 2014 | | Obituaries


Ellna Marie Porter

Ms. Ellna Marie Porter, 51, of 17 Aspen Court, Elgin, South Carolina passed on Wednesday, November 19, 2014. Funeral services were conducted on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 11:00 PM at Abundant Life Fellowship Church in Camden, SC. Burial was at the Haven of Rest Cemetery in Camden, SC.

November 24, 2014 | | Obituaries


KCSD teacher career fair Jan. 24

Persons interested in employment with the Kershaw County School District are invited to participate in the district's 14th annual Teacher Career Fair Saturday, Jan. 24.

November 24, 2014 | | Education


One-day baseball camp features Rays' pitcher Kohn

Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher and former Camden High School standout Michael Kohn will return home as the lead instructor for a one-day baseball camp on Sunday, Dec. 14 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at American Legion Park in Camden.

November 19, 2014 | | Sports


Canine Classic to benefit Fine Arts Center

The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) will hold a new and exciting fundraiser, the Canine Classic for the Arts, to be held Saturday, Dec. 6 at the Meeting Place in Cassatt, located at 1166 State Road S-28-354.

November 19, 2014 | | Seasonal Sports


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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