The death of Don Cornelius, creator and host of "Soul Train," brought two conflicting memories to mind: the weekly joy of that iconic program as a defining feature of black American pop culture and the terrible pain inflicted on the surviving family and friends of those who commit suicide.
Alana E. Barton of Elgin was named to the Dean's List at Columbia College.
Honor rolls for the second nine-week period at North Central Middle School have been announced.
On Ground Hog's day, seventh- and eighth-grade students from area middle schools traditionally go to work with a relative to expand their knowledge of the world of work. Fourteen students visited Blaney Elementary School to shadow relatives or former teachers. Twelve of those were from Stover Middle School. Shadows included (first row, from left) Kaitlyn Fuller, Kortney McCoy, Katelyn Morgan, Rebeka Scherer, Kayla Perito, Alyssa Weems, (second row) Austin McAvoy (L-EMS), Dylan Rogers, Craig Carter (L-EMS), Caroline Seeley, Mikayla Price and Ashley O'Cain. Not pictured were Madelyn Jackson and Paige Martin.
The Rev. Dr. Solomon Jackson Jr. will be guest speaker for the 67th anniversary of the Camden/Kershaw County Branch NAACP celebration Feb. 17.
Registration is underway for youth baseball and girls slow pitch and fast pitch.
Portia LaLiah Thomas of Camden was among 89 students named to the Erskine College fall 2011 Dean's List announced by Interim Vice President and Dean of the College Dr. Brad Christie.
Mr. Freddie Lee Robinson, 60, of 167 Reddick Road, Bishopville, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, February 7, 2012. He was the son of Almeter Boyd Robinson and the late Willie Robinson. Funeral service will be held Friday, February 10, 2012 at 2 p.m. at Saint Matthew Baptist church with burial in church cemetery, bethune. Mr. Robinson will be placed in the church at 1 p.m. for viewing. Brown's Funeral home, Camden is serving the family of Mr. Freddie Lee Robinson.
Democrats and independents who want to see President Obama win another term in office got a boost Tuesday when former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum won Republican primary contests in Minnesota, Colorado and Missouri, signaling that the GOP's efforts to coalesce behind Mitt Romney are not working, at least for the time being. Santorum will not receive any delegates from any of the three states, as all were non-binding straw polls -- so-called "beauty contests" in political parlance -- but his success indicates that the right wing of the Republican Party isn't warming up to Romney, whose conservative credentials they consider ...
• We Americans have become the most sensitive, easily offended, quick-to-demand-an-apology, get-our-feelings-hurt, complainingest nation in the history of the world.
The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) announces the second annual performance of Cabaret Night with the Columbia City Ballet in the Wood Auditorium tonight at 7 p.m. Tickets to this, one-night-only event are $35 each. The ticket price includes a wonderful "After Party" at TenEleven Galleria immediately following the performance. Only Cabaret Night ticket holders will be allowed access to this special gathering.
The King Haiglar Garden Club will meet on Monday at 3:30 p.m. Jan Tilford will host the club at 1709 Mill St. Camden. Carolyn Brown and Michelle Herod will help to provide delicious refreshments for everyone to enjoy!
The following are menus for Kershaw County schools for the week of Feb. 13-17:
The Camden Coin Club's annual spring coin show is slated for March 17 at the Kershaw County Recreation Department, 1042 W. DeKalb St., Camden.
For only the second time in its history, the Chronicle-Independent is endorsing a candidate for political office. And, as we did four years ago, we are, again, wholeheartedly endorsing State Sen. Vincent Sheheen for governor of South Carolina.
NC stork delivers sugar babies
ASPEN, Colo. -- One of the challenges that advocates are discussing here at an anti-poverty conference in Aspen -- yes, I realize the irony -- is getting buy-in from the private sector. How do you convince companies that social spending and government "handouts" are good for the bottom line?
On Tuesday, Nov. 4, residents of Kershaw County will have the chance to cast their vote for chairman of Kershaw County Council. I am honored to announce that I am endorsing Julian Burns for this position. I have had the pleasure of getting to know Mr. Burns over the past few months, and one thing that I have come to admire about him is his desire to serve his community.
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A Camden accountant will spend more than four years in prison after being convicted in a June trial on four counts of interstate transportation of stolen money.
Robert M. "Bob" Williams recently announced he is running for one of two open seats on Camden City Council in the upcoming election Nov. 4.
Funeral service for Mae Estelle Anderson, 73, will be held Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff, with burial to follow in Beaverdam Baptist Church Cemetery. The Rev. Steve Leigh will officiate. The family will receive friends Tuesday 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Providence Hospital Foundation.
Funeral services for Jimmie McRay Cherry, 85, will be held Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at Bethel Worship Center, with burial to follow in Fort Jackson National Cemetery. The family will receive friends Monday from 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project.
The Blaney-Elgin Museum & Historical Society are selling Christmas wreaths through Wreaths Across America for the Fort Jackson National Cemetery. The placing of wreaths on veteran's graves are a great tribute to the men and women who have given so much for the freedom enjoyed each day. This year, the Fort Jackson Cemetery needs 3,500 wreaths to cover each veteran's graves. The Wreath Laying Cemetery will be held at the cemetery on December 13, 2014, at 12 Noon.
• We're seeing some good business and other news here in Kershaw County, showing signs that, perhaps, the community is beginning to climb out of the economic doldrums that have plagued us for too long now. The highlight of the week, of course, was word that Hengst is going through its third expansion, announcing it will invest $8 million into the Steeplechase Spec Building and bring 20 new jobs during the next three years. In the meantime, we've seen new small businesses spring up, or new life bloom in older ones, across the county. There are also still rumors ...
When Miss Ondia Mae died at 75, those of us who knew her marveled that she had managed to make it to the end of her life without winding up in the poorhouse.
KershawHealth's Strategic Plan, approved by the board of trustees earlier this year, makes it clear that various alliances are essential to the organization's future success in caring for our community. We must recognize that there are 13 not-for-profit and investor-owned hospitals within a 50-mile radius of Kershaw County and that, more specifically, KershawHealth competes with large healthcare systems in the Columbia metropolitan area. An openness to new ideas and new ways of partnering in a rapidly-evolving healthcare environment is the only strategy for success.