WASHINGTON -- When the Democratic National Committee circulates an ad attacking Mitt Romney even before the Iowa caucuses -- and long before his presidential nomination is clear -- one can be fairly certain that Romney is considered the greatest threat to a second Obama term.
Rep. Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, who was one of 12 members of the so-called Super Committee which recently failed to reach an agreement on deficit reduction, says he opposes the automatic spending cuts which are scheduled to occur because of the committee's failure. The automatic decreases in spending were intended as a sword over the committee's head to make sure the dozen members came together in compromise to do what was best for the country. They -- six Republicans and six Democrats -- didn't do that, and now Clyburn wants to change the rules.
Giving thanks. Thankfulness. Gratitude. All words that often come to mind during this bountiful season of thanksgiving. Impeccable timing, wouldn't you say? This time of giving thanks leads us right to the season of giving (gifts); the season of giving and receiving and more receiving for some. So, just as I am offering thanks for the gifts I have in my life -- family and friends, food and football -- among many, I catch a glimpse of several headlines reading "Black Friday shopper collapses while shopping and almost goes unnoticed as other shoppers walk over his body to hunt for bargain ...
I have listened to the vehement objections to the proposed YMCA project that may be built on the former Mather Academy site. The anger that I sense from the opponents to this project is fierce and contentious. They have every right to express their objections vocally and in writing.
I don't know whose idea it was to send First Lady Michelle Obama to a NASCAR race. But the reaction offers a timely lesson in political correctness, a regime that used to be known simply as good manners.
A response was made to my recent proposal to City Council about needs Historic Camden has in developing our legitimate existing tourism site for the City of Camden. Needs that easily qualify for state- mandated requirements for hospitality tax usage. The response was, "When I heard one idea of funneling h-tax to Historic Camden I couldn't help but think, 'Here we go again … let's just keep focusing on what we've always done."
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Photo cutline -- Among the cooks on hand for this year's Elgin Catfish Stomp will be chief cook Larry Nelson, flanked on the left by Bill Hughes and on the right by George Marthers. Stomp cooks usually spend all of Friday night cooking up the 600 gallons of catfish stew that will go to Saturday's hungry multitudes.
The City of Camden Christmas Tree Lighting will be held Thursday at 6 p.m. at Camden City Hall. Join the city of Camden, the Camden Community Concert Band and the Chamber Choir of Kershaw County at city hall to kick off the holiday season. The Downtown Camden Guild will be serving hot chocolate during the event.
Voters in this country are notoriously fickle -- even more so than football fans, and evidence of that can be found in the up-and-down nature of regular polls conducted to see which Republican presidential candidate is doing best. Each week it seems another contender has either caught the fancy of voters and surged to the top of polls or committed some blunder and plummeted like a rock falling off a cliff.
When the presidential debates between George W. Bush and Al Gore were held in October 2000, the 9/11 attacks were less than a year away. Guess how many times "al Qaeda" or "Osama bin Laden" came up in those debates? Not once.
Funeral service with military honors for SSG Patrick Edward Montgomery, U.S. Army (Ret'd), 63, of Lugoff, will be held Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home with burial to follow in Fort Jackson National Cemetery. The Rev. Dr. Mark Bredholt will officiate. The family will receive friends Wednesday 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Tri-County or any local veteran's organization.
A funeral service for James Alson Collins, 56 of Kershaw will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 30, 2011 in the chapel of Baker Funeral Home. Mr. Collins will be cremated following the service. Rev. Jamie Rogers will officiate.
A quick-thinking Camden Police Department (CPD) officer thwarted a potential shoplifter by asking him for help at a West DeKalb Street department store Sept. 17.
A Kershaw County man who has served with the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) since 1999 is this year's winner of the state-level Strom Thurmond Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement. SLED Special Agent Jack Rushing III, who lives in Camden, received the award during a banquet at the Fort Jackson Officers' Club on Sept. 12.
The 19th Annual Camden/Kershaw County Fire Fest will be held at Rhame Arena, 517 Bull St., on Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. in Camden. This year's event will kick off with the annual parade of fire trucks and emergency vehicles down Broad Street to Rhame Arena. The festivities will include food, competitions and demonstrations.
Junior Leadership Kershaw County kicked off its 27th year, Sept. 9-10 with a two-day retreat for the 2014-15 class.
The Wateree Sailing Club (WSC) will host an Eastern Multihull Sailing Association (EMSA) regatta on Lake Wateree on Oct. 4-5.
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.
A sure sign that fall and cooler weather is around the corner occurred last Friday with the mailing out of invitations to those on the mailing list for the 45th annual Marion duPont Scott International Colonial Cup Steeplechase Races.
Betrothed women of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your husbands' names.
The ABLE Club of S.C., the official athletic booster club of Lugoff-Elgin High School, is kicking off its membership campaign for the 2014-15 athletic seasons at the school.