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The state of trees

(The Chronicle-Independent recently asked Liz Gillard, Camden urban forester, to share an update based on the state of trees in Camden when she came onboard nearly a year and a half ago and where things stand today.)

February 06, 2012 | | Camden


Silence in the garden

On Jan. 29, 2012, James R. Cothran, of Atlanta, died after a short illness. For many people, the garden is the perfection of man's beauty on earth. Nowhere is this more evident than in the South, where creating beautiful spaces is a time-honored tradition. James "Jim" Robert Cothran shared and exemplified this passion. This renowned landscape architect, horticulturalist, urban planner, garden historian, historic preservationist, author, educator, civic leader, businessman and mentor contributed significantly to preserving the beauty of the Southern landscape. A graduate of Clemson, with Master's degrees from the UGA and Georgia Tech, Jim served 42 years ...

February 06, 2012 | Judith Dill Camden | Letters


An essential limp

WASHINGTON -- When a friend was writing a novel, he was concerned that his protagonist was too perfect.

February 06, 2012 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Viva Price Ammons

Viva Price Ammons, age 77, passed away Feb. 5 at her residence after a courageous battle with MS. Graveside services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Bethune Baptist Cemetery directed by Norton Funeral Home, Hartsville. Dr. James Jordan will officiate. Visitation will be Monday 5 to 7 p.m. at the Funeral Home.

February 06, 2012 | | Obituaries


Oversigning

We confess to be followers of big-time college athletics, but we acknowledge that it's out of hand in many ways. One of its sore points has been the practice of "oversigning" -- offering scholarships to more players than allowed by the NCAA, the governing body of college sports. In too many cases, schools over-offer grants-in-aid, which leaves them in the position of having to get rid of some players who have already been there for a year or two or three. Coaches are always able to rationalize this -- "bad attitude" is one reason they give -- but it's not an ...

February 03, 2012 | | Editorials


Baseball, softball sign-up accepted

Registration is underway for youth baseball and girls slow pitch and fast pitch.

February 03, 2012 | | Miscellaneous


CES to rock into healthy living

More than 10 local businesses will participate in Camden Elementary School of the Creative Arts' (CESCA) "Party Rocking into Healthy Living" event Tuesday. From 5:30 to 7 p.m., CESCA will present fitness tips, demonstration classes, healthy meal planning and more to the Kershaw County community.

February 03, 2012 | | Education


Public forums on future rec needs slated

The Kershaw County Recreation Department will host public forums across the county this month to gain input into rec needs for the next five years.

February 03, 2012 | | Kershaw County


Betty Bradley

Funeral service to celebrate the life of Betty Jean Christmas McGee Bradley, 69, of Lugoff, will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday, February 4, 2012 at Springvale Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Rev. Todd Horton will officiate. The family will receive friends Friday, February 3, 2012 from 6:00- 8:00 PM at Kornegay Funeral Home, Lugoff-Elgin Chapel. Memorials may be made in Mrs. Bradley's memory to the Alzheimer's Disease & Related Disorders Association-Mid State-SC, 3223 Sunset Blvd., Suite 100, W Columbia, SC 29169.

February 03, 2012 | | Obituaries


Gillyard Percival Monroe, Jr.

A funeral service for Gillyard Percival Monroe, Jr., 86, of Elgin, will be held at 3:00 o'clock Saturday, February 4, 2012 at Union Baptist Church, 1177 Wildwood Lane, Elgin, with The Reverend Jerry B. Lewis officiating. Interment will follow at the church cemetery. Joe Hudson, Tommy Noland and The Men's Sunday School Class are invited to serve as honorary pallbearers. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 12:30 until 2:30 in the church gymnasium. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Union Baptist Church Gym Fund, P.O. Box 116 ...

February 03, 2012 | | Obituaries


Pets of the week -- Feb. 3, 2012

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Rocky, a 2-year-old male Labrador/husky mix dog, and a 1- to 2-year-old female gray calico 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 ...

February 03, 2012 | | Pets


Man vs. reality TV

I gave up television several years ago when I bid farewell to Jack Bauer and the final season of "24." Not sure why I was drawn to the series about a fictional counter terrorist unit and its main protagonist, Jack Bauer; perhaps it was the excitement of watching the unit diffuse major terrorist attacks in merely one hour of real time in one very bad day. Other than sports, worthwhile news and the occasional "Office" episode, I've chosen to put the box on the back burner.

February 03, 2012 | Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


School menus -- Feb. 3, 2012

The following are menus for Kershaw County schools for the week of Feb. 6-10:

February 03, 2012 | | Education


Online job application now on KCSD website

Prospective employees interested in working for the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) may now submit their job applications using the online Applitrack system on the district's website.

February 03, 2012 | | Education


Look out for those in need around us

I am very appalled; I thought that with our economy in the condition it is in now, how can the people of Camden and surrounding areas be so set on having a Y, to bring in visitors, friends and whatever else they can think of. In my opinion, this is pure greed. I have no intentions of leaving anyone out; this includes all proprietors, lawyers and Indian chiefs and let's don't forget the mayor and his committee and all the rich. It's too bad the economy hasn't hit you all yet but don't worry, it ...

February 03, 2012 | Edna Payne Camden | Letters


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Twelve-year-old athlete cries foul on Dick's Sporting Goods

Women have made great strides since Title IX banned sex discrimination in any educational program receiving federal funding. This piece of legislation signed by President Nixon in 1972 encouraged thousands of young women, once sidelined, to lace up their shoes, grab their gear and change history.

October 15, 2014 | J'Nel Wright FamilyShare | National


Notre Dame offers same-sex couples employee benefits

One of the nation's most recognized Roman Catholic Church-affiliated universities is extending employee benefits to spouses in same-sex marriages. The move comes in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision not to step into the gay marriage debate and appears to contradict current Catholic teaching that "homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered."

October 15, 2014 | Mark A. Kellner Deseret News | National


Catholic synod's new openness toward gays represents tremors rather than earthquake

On Monday, news broke that Catholic leaders might be warming up to homosexual church members. Rather than use the language of disorder and sin, the Synod of Bishops on the family's midterm report said that "homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community."

October 15, 2014 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | National


Put down your camera and see a mongoose

I've traveled often throughout my life, but my recent 4,000-mile road trip across the West took me through some of the most gorgeous terrain I've ever seen.

October 15, 2014 | Jason Wright Deseret News | National


Five reasons cheapskates make better husbands

There are cheapskates, and then there are extreme cheapskates. It's easy to see a legitimate problem with a family who shares the same bath water or a couple who dumpster dives behind the grocery store for expired food. However, there's nothing wrong with being frugal, even if it means doing things that are out of the ordinary to save.

October 15, 2014 | | National


Everyone is a critic, and that's too many

They say "everyone's a critic." If that is the case, there are a lot of critics in the world. And if each of those critics were to pronounce their opinion two to three times a day, that adds up to a lot of criticism.

October 15, 2014 | Joseph Cramer, MD Deseret News | National


How to get ready for flu season

Grab the tissues and cough drops -- flu season is almost here! Influenza is a contagious respiratory disease caused by viruses. If your family has ever been hit with the flu bug, you know how awful it can be. I don't know whether it's due to good luck or preparation, but it's been several years since my family has been stricken. Get your family in fighting mode against the flu and other germs by doing these six things.

October 15, 2014 | Amy Peterson FamilyShare | National


'Ghostbusters' theme song to be released on marshmallow-scented vinyl

NEW YORK CITY -- Something strange will be coming to your neighborhood Oct. 21 when the "Ghostbusters" theme song is released on a marshmallow-scented vinyl record, marking the 30th anniversary of the cult comedy film.

October 15, 2014 | Megan Marsden Christensen KSL | National


Best time to view fall leaves depicted on interactive map

Gazing upon a bright landscape dotted with shades of orange and red is easily one of the best parts of fall.

October 15, 2014 | Natalie Crofts KSL | National


White House dumped emojis after failing to reach Millennials

In a move less catchy than "Yes we can" and more akin to "We'll try anything once," the White House last week tried integrating emoji into graphics and campaign propaganda to appeal to Millennial voters.

October 15, 2014 | Chandra Johnson Deseret News | National


CASA volunteers step in to help abused

As she waited for her nursing shift to begin, Sharon Aikman scanned her local Indiana newspaper and felt a pang of sadness as she read the headline, "Three children abused by mother and boyfriend."

October 15, 2014 | Nathan Sorensen Deseret News | National


'Tetris: The Movie' is on its way

In its never-ending quest to find familiar brands to turn into box office hits, Hollywood has looked in some pretty strange places.

October 15, 2014 | Jeff Peterson Deseret News | National


Netflix’s ‘Crouching Tiger 2’ takes on theaters

According to a surprise announcement, the Weinstein Company's "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend," a sequel to Ang Lee's Oscar-winning martial arts epic from 2000, will premiere simultaneously in IMAX theaters and on Netflix in the first day-and-date release of its kind.

October 15, 2014 | Jeff Peterson Deseret News | National


Pizza Hut brings back Book It program

For children growing up in the late '80s and '90s, Pizza Hut's Book It program was a win-win: Read books, collect stickers, earn a free pizza.

October 15, 2014 | Chandra Johnson Deseret News | National


Colonel Keith Andrew Barlow

A memorial graveside service with full military honors for Colonel Keith Andrew Barlow, US Army, of Camden, SC, will be held at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, October 15, 2014 in Quaker Cemetery, Camden, SC. Rev. James Barnhill will officiate. Memorials may be made in Colonel Barlow's memory to the charity of one's choice.

October 15, 2014 | | Obituaries


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