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Remember the true meaning of Christmas

"Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas." –Calvin Coolidge

December 23, 2011 | By Rebecca Rowell C-I high school columnist | High School Columns


Barrett-Coleman earns MA degree

Brenda Barrett-Coleman received a Master of Arts degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix Dec. 11.

December 23, 2011 | | Education


For a good laugh

Thank you City of Camden for putting up a Christmas tree in front of the city hall, and I encourage everyone to go by and look at it. It's a one of a kind tree and it has to be the ugliest Christmas tree in South Carolina. No, I take that back. How about the ugliest Christmas tree in the good, old USA, or maybe in the world, for that matter. It doesn't matter if you see it in the daylight or at night when the lights are burning. It's the ugliest tree both ways. So if ...

December 23, 2011 | T. Cameron Camden | Letters


A wish for peace

As we celebrate Christendom's holiest day on Sunday, let us pause to wish a peaceful season to all in Kershaw County -- those who share Christianity, those who subscribe to other faiths and those who have no faith at all. And to the family of believers, we print once again the words from the second chapter of Luke that have come to be the basis of faith for so many millions of people across the United States and the world:

December 23, 2011 | | Editorials


‘All-American’ Muslim bashers

A conservative Christian group has launched a boycott against "All-American Muslim." The TLC reality TV show about Muslim families in America fails to live down to the group's narrow-minded stereotypes. Their gripe, in my view, makes about as much sense as boycotting "The Cosby Show" because it doesn't mention black street gangs.

December 23, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Pets of the week -- Dec. 23, 2011

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Horace, a 2- to 3-year-old male hound mix dog, and two white and gray kittens. 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 ...

December 23, 2011 | | Pets


To give or not to give

During the holiday season, especially through these tough economic times, people who are a little or a lot more fortunate than others struggle with the dilemma of whether to give or not to give to those in need of help. We have the guy outside your friendly neighborhood Wal-Mart, ringing a handbell, with a basket so far from it, urging you to give to the needy. Then there's Families Helping Families, a very admirable charity that's got the phone lines and the newscast promoting their organization, and let us not forget the Toys for Tots program. What able-bodied ...

December 23, 2011 | Terrance Hines Camden | Letters


A last-minute letter to Santa

Dear Santa:

December 23, 2011 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


Robert Ariail -- Dec. 23, 2011

December 23, 2011 | | Ariail


The temptation of Callista Gingrich

WASHINGTON -- Callista Gingrich has done something she might come to regret -- succumbed to the Twitter fairy and opened the door to unwelcome scrutiny.

December 23, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Lady Demons fall in semifinals of Rock Hill tournament

After having opened the Y.C. Winborn Classic Basketball Tournament in Rock Hill with a victory in last Saturday's opening game, the Lugoff-Elgin girls' basketball team fell to Northwestern, 59-37, in Monday night's semifinal contest.

December 21, 2011 | | Seasonal Sports


Camden Media Co. a longtime promoter of equine industry

Having been involved in the equine activities of Camden since 1952, I write this letter to express my gratitude and thanks to the Camden Chronicle-Independent for its outstanding coverage and support of these activities. From the Camden Hunt to the horse shows, to polo, to the hunter trials, to flat racing, to National Steeplechasing and to the Colonial and Carolina Cups, the Chronicle-Independent has always been there to lend its support and coverage. How fortunate we are to have Tom Didato, a talented and knowledgeable writer covering the equine events.

December 21, 2011 | Austin Brown Hilton Head Island | Letters


Romney’s wager

WASHINGTON -- Oh, quelle gaffe.

December 21, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Medicare

With the U.S. budget deficit still spiraling amid partisan stagnation and deadlock in Washington, two lawmakers, one a Republican and the other a Democrat, have finally come together to advance a proposal that would revamp the runaway costs of Medicare. Though solons in the nation's capital have refused thus far to address entitlement spending -- there's no way to bring the budget under control without changes to both Medicare and Social Security -- perhaps this is a ray of hope that there are some people in Washington who are willing to work together to salvage the fiscal integrity of ...

December 21, 2011 | | Editorials


We have a right to know, Part 2

If you were following City Council closely, you may have noticed that on October 25th, 2011, the City voted on the City of Camden Redevelopment Plan. This was done pretty quietly, so you may have missed it.

December 21, 2011 | Janet Farber Camden | Letters


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Alzheimer’s hope

Here in Kershaw County there are hundreds -- perhaps thousands -- of people suffering from Alzheimer's Disease, the cruel malady that attacks the brain. There are millions of Americans across the country who have fallen prey to Alzheimer's, yet research efforts to find a cure have been consistently disappointing over the last few decades. But two researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston have been successful in essentially growing Alzheimer's in a petri dish, and scientists hope that's going to be a breakthrough in studying possible new treatments for the disease.

October 17, 2014 | | Editorials


First Palmetto Financial declares quarterly dividend

The board of directors of First Palmetto Financial Corporation, parent company of First Palmetto Bank, has declared a quarterly dividend of $350 per share of common stock. The dividend to stockholders of record as of Oct 24, 2014 will be payable October 31, 2014.

October 17, 2014 | | Business


A little panic might be helpful

WASHINGTON -- Now, now, let's not panic.

October 17, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Not just guns - Part Two

Hollywood's most recent spate of pirate movies, the Pirates of the Caribbean series starring Johnny Depp, illustrates the age-old stereotype of "the pirate." Depp is the perfect swaggering pirate, his full head of dreadlocks wrapped in a cloth, waistcoat belted with heavy leather, on occasion an 18th century skirted frock coat and a tricorn hat. Pistols and swords in his belt within easy reach for a fight. Soft leather boots folded down at the top. Swashbuckling at its best. Depp embodies the definitive pirate style.

October 17, 2014 | By Katherine Richardson C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Former superintendent supports Phase 2 referenda

One of the best things about being an educator is the opportunity to share in the success of students' educational careers. Watching students learn to read, speak a foreign language or pass an AP exam are highlights that I've shared with numerous young people over the years, but none of them comes close to what I consider one the best highpoints I ever experienced: the excitement that I saw on the faces of the students from North Central High School years ago when I informed them about the improvements being made to their school as part of Phase 1 ...

October 17, 2014 | Herbert M. Berg, Ed.D., KCSD Superintendent, 2003-2007 Alexandria, Va. | Letters


B&B owner supports Graham

The city of Camden needs experienced professionals, invested citizens working for everyone; the city of Camden needs Jeffrey Graham elected on Nov. 4. Join me in voting for a man with a proven record:

October 17, 2014 | Col. (ret.) Katherine Lemay Brown, USAF Owner, Bloomsbury | Letters


Reader supports Branham

The probate court handles estates, conservatorships and guardianships among other things, all of which are important because they affect the lives of people. When choosing the right candidate for the position of probate judge, we first should take into consideration the candidate's experience and knowledge of the job they are seeking. Debbie Branham is a paralegal with 20 years of experience, handling more than 1,000 probate and estate matters. She has been in the courtroom assisting an attorney in trial. She understands the law, the procedures of the court and the probate process. She has the experience and ...

October 17, 2014 | Richard Lackey Camden | Letters


What parents need to know about 'unrated' DVDs

"World War Z" was released in theaters on June 21, 2013. The zombie apocalypse film, based on the book of the same name by Max Brooks, went on to gross over $200 million domestically and ranked as the 13th highest-grossing film of 2013.

October 15, 2014 | Ben Tullis Deseret News | National


Allergy season not quite over yet

Sneezing, itchy nose and watery eyes -- each a symptom of allergic rhinitis.

October 15, 2014 | Jenniffer Michaelson KSL | National


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


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