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Palmetto Dance Center qualifies for national dance championships

During the weekend of Feb. 10-12, dancers from Palmetto Dance Center competed at Encore Dance Competition for the Stars and qualified all 34 of their routines for the National Dance Championships to be held this July in Savannah, Ga. The solos, duos, and teams brought home twenty-three first place trophies, seven second place trophies, three third place trophies, and one fourth place trophy. In addition to these age division winnings, the group brought home additional trophies for 10 First Place Overall winnings, two Second Place Overall Winnings, and one third Place Overall Trophies. The awards didn't stop there because ...

February 20, 2012 | | Localife


Miss Smith, Mr. Hudson engaged

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Clyburn Smith, Jr of Camden, S.C. are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Stephanie Marie Smith to Phillip Edward Hudson, Jr. of Camden, S.C. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Edward Hudson, Sr of Camden, S.C.

February 20, 2012 | | Localife


Herndon to seek State House seat

Saying he wants to help reform state government, Kershaw County businessman David Herndon has announced his candidacy for State House District 52.

February 20, 2012 | | Politics


Weeks elected to state hospital association board

KershawHealth President and CEO Donnie J. Weeks was elected to the South Carolina Hospital Association Board of Trustees (SCHA) at the association's annual meeting Jan. 30. Weeks previously served on the SCHA board and was chairman in 1994.

February 20, 2012 | | Healthcare


Grants and savings equal city improvements

Just recently, I was talking with a group of local citizens when someone mentioned the new street lights. In the past three years, the City of Camden has received and utilized grants in excess of $3 million for several improvements. A combination of grant funds and some tax dollars has been spent to move many electrical lines underground:

February 20, 2012 | Camden Mayor Jeffrey Graham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Quality education has cost

A community member asked me recently why I place so much emphasis on the budget. The exact words were, "I think that's all you ever talk about." I guess I have to plead guilty to keeping the budget as a front burner issue. When I think about the discussions I have about our schools with parents, staff, students and community members, most of these discussions revolve around smaller class sizes, additional academic and extracurricular programs, competitive compensation, materials and supplies, technology and additional staff in areas such as nursing, maintenance, classroom assistants and clerical. All of these are areas ...

February 20, 2012 | Kershaw County School District Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


America in ‘decline’ denial

Is America in decline? No way, says President Obama, proudly speaking of our standing overseas. But some grim new reports on our educational gaps remind us that decline is like charity -- it begins at home.

February 20, 2012 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Robert Ariail -- Feb. 20, 2012

February 20, 2012 | | Ariail


Teen killed in single-car crash

A Camden High School student died in a single-car accident on Haile Street just outside Camden early Sunday morning.

February 20, 2012 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Grace Holiday Wilson

Mrs. Grace Holiday Wilson, 88, of 175 Lewis Circle, Rembert, died Wednesday, February 15, 2012. Friends may call at the residence. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at later date by Brown's Funeral Home, Camden who is serving the Wilson Family.

February 20, 2012 | | Obituaries


Maxie Webster

Services for Maxie Evon "Bud" Webster, 74, were held on Sunday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to NTAF, in honor of Andy Crowson, 150 N. Radnor Chester Road, Suite F-120, Radnor, PA 19087.

February 20, 2012 | | Obituaries


Miss Branham, Mr. Bock set date

Mr. and Mrs. Kenny Branham are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Brittany Renee Branham of Camden to Mr. Ryan Keith Bock of Camden, son of Mr. and Mrs. Randy Bock Sr., Camden.

February 20, 2012 | | Localife


Miss Godbold, SSG Johnson plan spring wedding

Mr. and Mrs. Douglas F. Pitts would like to announce the engagement of their daughter, Amanda Nicole Godbold, formerly of Camden, SC now of Ft. Benning, Ga., to SSG Jonathan Ryan Johnson of Little Rock, Arkansas.

February 20, 2012 | | Localife


Jannie Young Grant`

Mrs. Jannie Young Grant, 65, of 7825 Edward St., Rembert, died Friday, February 17, 2012. Friends may call at 7835 Edward St., Rembert. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announed at a later date by Brown's Funeral Home, Camden, who is serving the Grant Family.

February 20, 2012 | | Obituaries


Annie Eva Boone Branham

A graveside service to celebrate the life of Annie Eva Boone Branham, 82, of DeKalb Community will be held at 2:00 PM Monday, February 20, 2012 at DeKalb Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev. Tim Broughton will officiate. The family will receive friends from 5:00-6:30 PM, Sunday, February 19, 2012 at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel.

February 20, 2012 | | Obituaries


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Think tanks should think, not act as fundraisers

A recent front-page article in the New York Times revealed that many foreign governments now make large donations to U.S. think tanks, which in turn help those governments gain access to U.S. policymakers, largely by producing and disseminating research that is friendly to those governments.

September 26, 2014 | David Blankenhorn Deseret News | National


4 things you don't want your boss to know

There are some things you might want your boss to know about, like scientific research saying managers who have better relationships with their employees are less stressed. But there are some things that might be worth hiding from your boss. So mum's the word -- we've listed a few of them below.

September 26, 2014 | Linsy Hunsaker Deseret News | National


The Clean Cut:

Two generations of pop-rock music collide in the new music video mash-up "Truly Brave," as Sara Bareilles and Cyndi Lauper combine two of their biggest hits to raise money for pediatric cancer research. Hoda Kotb, a cancer survivor and anchor for NBC's TODAY, brought Bareilles and Lauper together with the vision of creating an anthem for children with cancer.

September 26, 2014 | | National


How TV influences ideas about adulthood

When asked to think of their favorite TV family, many viewers over age 30 might point to "The Waltons" or "The Cosby Show," where the parents were firm and fair authority figures.

September 26, 2014 | Chandra Johnson Deseret News | National


Halloween season arrives on the backs of 'The Boxtrolls'

If you're ready for Halloween, "The Boxtrolls" is a perfect movie to usher in the season.

September 26, 2014 | Josh Terry Deseret News | National


Confused 'Different Drummers' is playing out of its league

It's too bad the road to cinematic success isn't paved with good intentions.

September 26, 2014 | Josh Terry Deseret News | National


Facilitating children's playtime and events

Recently, I had a couple of sweet granddaughters for a sleepover. It was long-anticipated and long overdue. They were so happy to see each other, one being six and the other seven. I wanted everything to be perfect. I planned the snacks, the games, the movies, the activities and everything down to a tee. The one thing I didn't factor in was their needs.

September 26, 2014 | Becky Rickman FamilyShare | National


How spouses can avoid arguing over faith and God

A mix of faiths, belief systems and values saturate the American cultural climate. It's been that way for a while, and it's something that people navigate every day.

September 26, 2014 | Herb Scribner Deseret News | National


PTHS 2nd graders create replica of Camden

Second graders at Pine Tree Hill Elementary School participated in a project-based learning experience about their local community.

September 26, 2014 | | Localife


South Carolina State Guard and Red Cross host Hurricane Hike

The South Carolina State Guard and the Sandhills chapter of the American Red Cross joined forces Sept. 20 to host the 2014 State Guard Hurricane Hike. Aside from the hike, the day consisted of several activities including: family day events, a performance of the National Anthem and speakers. There were around 200 participants, volunteers and guests. The hike began at the Camden National Guard Armory where participants had to sign-in and have their backpacks weighed before the 10k hike. Winners were presented with awards.

September 26, 2014 | | Localife


Ariail for September 26, 2014

September 26, 2014 | | Ariail


Term limits

The concept of term limits became popular a number of years ago, but has since waned. Limits were enacted in many states across the country and in many of those, were repealed either through legal challenges or political considerations. Of course, it's not a new idea; the 22nd amendment to the constitution, ratified in 1951, prescribes that no person can serve more than two terms as president. It was passed largely because Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected four times and much of this country felt such longevity wasn't good for the country -- too much power invested in one ...

September 26, 2014 | | Editorials


From the mailbag

• My friend Waylon Fortenberry of Chesterfield County tells me that Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Palestine.

September 26, 2014 | | Columns


Reader urges city residents to vote

The election for two new members of the Camden City Council is on the ballot for Nov. 4. Voters should be reminded to vote for two of the three candidates. Two of the three candidates will be elected. Candidates for the office include Bob Williams, life-long resident of Camden and owner of Bob Williams Auto Body Repair; Deborah Davis, manager of the Habitat for Humanity Store; and Jeffrey Graham of Graham Realty and former mayor. The new council members will replace Walter Long and Willard Polk who have provided excellent service to the citizens for many years.

September 26, 2014 | James E. Parrish Jr. Camden | Letters


Cry, you’re on hidden camera

WASHINGTON -- Without prior knowledge or intent, I recently was inducted into a club I had no interest in joining, especially in light of the $200 initiation fee.

September 26, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


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