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Helping Mr. Romney with his NAACP speech

Dear Mitt Romney: I was pleased to hear that you have accepted an invitation to speak in July before the 103rd convention of the NAACP in Houston. In anticipation of that event, I have taken the liberty of writing a speech for you. It's only a beginning, space limitations being what they are, but it should get you off to a solid start and you can take it from there. So, here it is:

June 29, 2012 | By Leonard Pitts Miami Herald | Columns


Leave kids out of child support fight

Dear Annie: I've been a stepmother to two lovely girls, now 12 and 17, since they were very young. My husband gladly pays child support on time without fail. The girls have different mothers who raise their children in opposite ways, yet in both cases, it's rare that the child support actually reaches the child.

June 29, 2012 | | Dear Annie


Pets of the Week

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are a 2-year-old female bulldog mix and an adult female 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 wcas@camden.net. The shelter's Web ...

June 29, 2012 | Julie J. Prickett C-I | Pets


Murphy player her way into CGA Junior Girls' title match

Defending event champion, Kelli Murphy of Elgin is one win away from successfully defending her Carolinas Junior Girls Championship title after battling back in some tough matches.

June 29, 2012 | | Golf


Road diet

Camden residents will have a chance to voice their opinions soon on two major transportation projects slated for the town -- a proposed "road diet" for Camden's Broad Street and an official truck route around the city. Both of them could have a major impact on the city for years to come, so we hope citizens who have a particular point of view will voice their feelings July 10 at Camden High School.

June 29, 2012 | | Editorials


Ariail for June 29, 2012

June 29, 2012 | | Ariail


The union bailout

We all know how the Obama administration likes to portray the auto bailout: a generous infusion of money enabled the government to save General Motors and Chrysler. Jobs that would otherwise have disappeared were rescued by this taxpayer-funded largesse. It was expensive, but we had no choice.

June 29, 2012 | By Ed Feulner The Heritage Foundation | Columns


Lamar holds off KC East, 6-4

In a game which started after 10 p.m. Monday and ended minutes before Tuesday morning, KC East nearly left fans at Woodward Park looking for the nearest coffee truck.

June 27, 2012 | | Seasonal Sports


KC Dixie Majors, Dixie Boys off to tourneys

With the Dixie Youth All-Stars in the middle of Sub-District Tournament play in Camden, it is time for Kershaw County's Dixie Boys and Dixie Majors teams to kick off all-star tournament action.

June 27, 2012 | | Seasonal Sports


Latino voters

Recent polls show, unsurprisingly, that President Obama holds an overwhelming lead among Latino voters, outdistancing Republican Mitt Romney by almost a three-to-one margin. Part of this is because of Obama's political posturing towards Hispanics, but part is also due to the GOP's failure to offer programs that appeal to the country's fastest-growing group. It follows the same trend that holds with African-American voters, who favor Obama -- or any other Democrat, for that matter -- by almost 90 percent.

June 27, 2012 | | Editorials


Four seniors make debut at Cotillion

Camden's local chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. hosted its Third Annual Debutante Cotillion, Crimson & Pearls: Impacting Lives with Grace and Elegance, on May 20 at the Historic Robert Mills Courthouse in Camden, South Carolina. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. is a private, non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout the world. This year, the local chapter of the sorority is proud to celebrate 30 years of service, scholarship and sisterhood to Camden and surrounding communities.

June 27, 2012 | | People & Places


DOT to hold public hearing on 'road diet,' truck route

The public will have another chance to learn more -- and voice their opinions -- about two major transportation proposals in Camden. The S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT) will hold a second public hearing July 10 regarding both a proposed "road diet" for Camden's Broad Street and a proposed official truck route around the city.

June 27, 2012 | | Camden


Register for 2012 Conservation Day Camp

Beginning Tuesday, July 17, natural resource professionals will guide young explorers through three days of adventure at Goodale State Park. Sponsored by the Kershaw Conservation District, the 2012 Conservation Day Camp promises to be both a fun and educational experience as explorers take walks; learn to identify birds, plans and other wildlife; make art castings of tracks and other nature findings; and improve their skills at fishing with some hand-on S.C. Department of Natural Resources fishing instruction.

June 27, 2012 | | Miscellaneous


BDK named exemplary writing program school

Baron DeKalb Elementary School (BDK) recently earned the Exemplary Writing Program Award.

June 27, 2012 | | Education


Sidewalk Survey -- June 27, 2012

June 27, 2012 | | Sidewalk Survey


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Time to start thinking about the Cup

Even though the calendar just turned to January and cold weather is on the way, it is not too early to be thinking about the warmer days of spring.

January 07, 2015 | | Equine


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