Dear Annie: I usually do the cooking in the house, but occasionally, my husband likes to surprise me by preparing a meal. I'm glad he wants to relieve me of the kitchen duties, but he has a bad habit of wrecking my cookware.
The grand prize winners have been announced for the Kershaw County Recreation Department's annual Christmas Card contest sponsored by First Palmetto Savings Bank. All schools participating were combined by grade in order to award the overall cash prize winners. First-place winners received $25; second-place winners were presented $15; and third-place winners were awarded $10. All winners and honorable mentions are on display at the First Palmetto Savings Bank located on East DeKalb Street. Becky Jackson (back, center) with First Palmetto presented the awards to the overall winners, who were the following: kindergarten category -- first place, William Carter of Midway ...
Jackson School hosted a Christmas-time celebration Dec. 8. The chorus began with a Christmas concert followed by a Christmas presentation from Jackson's Lego Robotics team. After the reading of "The Polar Express," Jackson had a special visit from Santa. During the visit Santa posed for photos with students and passed out candy canes. Students also had the opportunity to make Christmas crafts. This was a spectacular event enjoyed by all at Jackson, said Principal Matia Goodwin (second row, center), surrounded by students (first row, from left) Landon Goodwin, Alyson Goodwin, Tobias Miller, (second row) Luis Hernandez, Kathryn Knight, Santa ...
Recently Republican candidate Newt Gingrich told a culture thinking audience in Spartanburg that if he is elected president within one year he will turn back all federal labor laws to 1941. Several names came to mind, like President Franklin Roosevelt and labor leader Asa Philip Randolph
With schools closed and Christmas Day coming this weekend, it is a slow week for high school sporting contests in Kershaw County.
With less than 15 seconds left in the game, North Central looked as if it had run out of chances in trailing rival Andrew Jackson, 52-48.
Last year at this time, my column was about my own favorite school Christmas memories. Apparently, folks actually read it, because a number of people I encountered during the holidays last year shared their own with me. So this year, I asked staff and community members to share a favorite Christmas memory in the Kershaw County schools with me. Following are ones I received that I especially enjoyed:
A few weeks ago, I read a letter in the Chronicle-Independent that presented a good point. Many of us have strong feelings about the proposed sports complex but we are too busy to take time to express them. The writer specifically mentioned young people with children. We are all bound together as a community and our lives are affected by decisions relating to things within the community; therefore, we all should participate in those decisions.
I have memorized Lindsey Graham's response to me. He says, "My job as your United States Senator is to represent your interests. While I cannot guarantee we will see eye-to-eye on every issue, I can guarantee you I will give your thoughts and opinions the consideration they deserve." I want to feel encouraged by that promise and to believe that we are still a nation that can entertain different perspectives and debate without rancor or preconceived notions. Since, however, Graham has not responded to my concerns with convincing or in fact any concrete details, most recently about the wetlands ...
• We observed last week that Republican candidates for president had no reason to subject themselves to a debate moderated by Donald Trump, who has continually threatened to run for the White House himself. They all apparently decided the same thing, and the debate has now been cancelled. Trump, meanwhile, says he's keeping his options open to mount a third-party presidential bid. If he does, we predict it will be met with the same lack of enthusiasm as his proposed debate.
Smoldering wires inside a panel box at a West Wateree school and spilled fuel at a convenience store kept the Lugoff Fire Department (LFD) on the go last week.
"ULTIMATE DINING HALL HACKS," by Priya Krishna, Storey Publishing, $10.95, 127 pages
"If this page was still loading, would you still be here?"
Best-selling Christian author Jen Hatmaker probably meant well when she said, "You will never have this day with your children again, tomorrow they'll be a little older than they were today. This day is a gift, breathe and notice, smell and touch them; study their faces and little feet and pay attention. Relish the charms of the present. Enjoy today, mama. It will be over before you know it."
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Debating who deserves the arbitrary title of "The Greatest Living Band in the World" is futile, principally because tying down such a subjective distinction on a group that all music fans agree with is impossible. There is, however, a canon of contenders. Whether judged by influence, record sales, concert revenue or critical acclaim, certain bands routinely appear atop examinations of "The Best Ever."
As more parents and grandparents embrace Facebook, teens seem to gravitate towards newer forms of social media. They are weary of mom posting old photos of them and telling family stories, no matter how cute and adorable their parents think they are.
Now that the worst summer for movies in nearly two decades has come to an end, it's time to look forward to the fall movie season.
The board game 7 Wonders by Asmodee Games has won more gaming awards than any other game I know of. It is a simple card game but complex to master. Players represent leaders of ancient civilizations. The goal is to build a civilization that scores the most points by game end by gathering resources, building structures, raising a strong military and mastering commercial endeavors represented by cards.
Despite the frantic pace of life, we can feel fulfilled and even rejuvenated by consciously choosing to do small and simple mindful practices.
On Feb. 6, 1958, the team plane for Manchester United's professional soccer team landed in Munich, Germany, to refuel. Onboard were players, managers, staff personnel and journalists, who were returning home from a European Cup match.
The recent "Captain America" sequel (the second-biggest moneymaker of the year, so far) arrives on Blu-ray and DVD this week, along with a bevy of other movies new to home video.
Elgin is certainly not the same community that it was a few decades ago. The sleepy little crossroads that existed then has now become the primary growth area in Kershaw County, with housing developments having sprung up all over West Wateree. The area is populated not only with citizens who were born and raised in Kershaw County but many who have moved across the county line from neighboring Richland County, and others who have found their way there from throughout the United States.
You've heard of grade inflation? Welcome to the world of degree inflation.
A Washington conference aimed at spotlighting persecution of Christians in the Middle East collapsed Wednesday evening when Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was booed off the stage for his support of Israel, whose Jewish citizens he said were equal victims of Islamic extremist persecution.