As a concerned citizen of Kershaw County who wants and expects strong law enforcement, I am extremely disappointed in Kershaw County Councilman Sammie Tucker's actions toward our newly elected Sheriff Jim Matthews. Not only has Councilman Tucker voted against everything our new Sheriff has requested, he has recently taken his animosity towards Sheriff Matthews to a new level by blaming him and the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office as the culprit behind the necessity for the countywide pay scale. If I recall correctly, Sheriff Matthews instituted his own pay scale prior to the development of the pay scale now ...
Newspapers are generally in the forefront of free speech issues; along with trying to keep government meetings open and accessible to the public, first amendment rights usually are pretty sacrosanct in the newspaper business. Yet as the Supreme Court pondered the case of Kansas' Westboro Baptist Church a few weeks ago -- those are the kooks who show up at military funerals with all sorts of distasteful protest signs -- we had settled into a feeling of, "If the justices can find a way out of this without allowing those horrid people a right to spew their venom, we'll be fine ...
Hawthorne Pharmacy has launched a new drug take-back program to help patients safely dispose of medicines that may be dangerous to others and the environment.
NEW YORK -- If you really, really dislike Barack Obama, his long-form birth certificate, finally proffered in exasperation, is quite simply a counterfeit.
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"Remember when..." is a weekly historical feature showcasing life in Kershaw County, taken from the archives of the Chronicle-Independent. Five students at Boylan-Haven-Mather Academy were named "Scholar of the Month" in May 1980. They included Morris Armstrong, music scholar; Kenneth Meadows, mathematics scholar; Steven Meadows, art scholar; Tyrone Love, religion and social studies scholar; and Willis McKenny, English scholar.
I hear that cicadas are back. My children used to collect the shells they leave on tree trunks. The ones we are seeing now are a species that appears in 13-year intervals. They are probably best known for their buzzing and clicking noises. Their sound is one of the "summer sounds." The males make this noise with a "built-in drum."
Minnie Outlaw (left), who with Johnny Outlaw (not pictured) are owners of Taco Bell in Lugoff, hands off a plaque detailing the restaurant's top rankings in South Carolina and the nation to Mike Uggiano, general manager. The restaurant was awarded the No. 6 slot in the nation based on how customers ranked it for cleanliness, hospitality, accuracy of their order, maintenance of the restaurant, product quality and speed of service and whether they would recommend the restaurant to a friend. The restaurant was rated on the customer survey criteria CHAMPS utilized by Yum ...
My cousin recently found out he is going to be a father for the first time.
Photo cutline -- Mayor Sheheen administers oath to new councilman deLoach (Mayor Sheheen and Councilman Anderson also began new terms)
The James Leroy Belk Post 17 Kershaw County Senior and Junior American Legion baseball teams will both begin tryouts for the 2011 summer season on Monday, May 9 at 6 p.m. at American Legion Park on Ehrenclou Drive in Camden.
You would have a hard time on convincing the Lugoff-Elgin softball team that turnabout is fair play.
Finish the regular season unbeaten. Check.
The North Central baseball and softball teams will hosts state tournament eliminations game today while the Lugoff-Elgin girls will need to win on the road in order to advance in post-season play.
A father raised thousands of dollars on Kickstarter with three successful projects, allowing him to not only fulfill a lifelong dream, but also to support his family during a period of unemployment.
If you're ever in Salt Lake City and want to go for a good hike, Rattlesnake Gulch is just a few minutes off I-80.
Funeral service for Mr. Robert Lamont Demary, 33, of 2404 Salmond Street in Camden, will be held Thursday, September 18, 2104, 2:00 P.M. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Monroe Street in Camden with burial Friday, September 19, 2014, 11:00 A.M. at Fort Jackson National Cemetery. He died Thursday, September 11, 2014. Collins Funeral Home of Camden is in charge of the arrangements
It was another black eye for South Carolina last week when Rep. Bobby Harrell, speaker of the House of Representatives, was indicted by a Richland County grand jury on nine counts, including illegally using campaign money for personal expenses, filing false campaign disclosures and misconduct in office. Harrell suspended himself -- how's that for an oddity? -- and will now face his government accusers. South Carolina certainly doesn't have a monopoly on political malfeasance but the Palmetto State has had more than its share of governmental scandal. We say that fully recognizing that Harrell is innocent until proven guilty.
Citizens groups want lower utility rates
On Sunday afternoon (Sept. 7), my friend was driving south of Jefferson Davis Highway. It was raining, with lots of thunder and lightning. When she got past the BP station, a transformer must have exploded. Her car hit the pole. She suffered some bad injuries.
On Aug. 24, 2013, my brother, Alan Robinson, was cruelly and brutally murdered. The week of Aug. 24, 2014, his killer was tried, found guilty and sentenced to life in prison without parole for his crime.
Though the calendar has now been flipped to the month of September and autumn is right around the corner, here in South Carolina it is still very much summer according to the thermometer. Days are getting shorter, but lower temperatures don't usually make it to South Carolina to signal the end of summer until well into October. Birds have begun their annual migrations south, but the heat and humidity that still lingers continues to keep snakes very active. Being exothermic, or cold-blooded as I was taught in elementary school, snakes take environmental warmth and warm themselves to activate processes ...
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WASHINGTON -- As a South Carolinian, it befalls me to examine the peculiarities afflicting our former governor and now-congressman Mark Sanford, who, contrary to decorum and taste, continues to demand attention.
Racers, start your engines! The 24 Hours of LeMons race returns to the Carolina Motorsports Park this weekend, giving less-than-professional drivers in less-than-$500 contraptions the chance to show what they're made of.
The Cassatt Fire Department will host a high school rodeo on Oct. 10 and 11 on the grounds of the Mid-Carolina Field Trial Club. The club is located at 925 Field Trial Rd. in Camden.
The latest season of the police procedural "Blue Bloods," about a family of law enforcers, the "Avengers" TV spinoff "Marvel's Agents of "S.H.I.E.L.D." and the latest incarnation of "Doctor Who" lead new television shows on DVD this week.
ORANGE, Calif. -- A bride who knew her father had only weeks to live surprised him by canceling her dream wedding and brought the ceremony to his hospital room so he could give her away and dance with her.