Three different things in the Kershaw County news arena caught our eye recently, all of them typical of life in small-town South Carolina. And like most of you, of course, we consider small-town life a plus.
WASHINGTON -- The word of the day is herky-jerky, which is a polite way of saying erratic.
"There's no place for the kids to hang out!" How many times have I listened to that plaintive cry? Some parents want the skating rink returned. Others want an indoor swimming pool. A third set of parents insists to the contrary, "My kids come home to do homework; don't yours?" The good news: according to Joe Eason, director of the Kershaw County Recreation Department, we have more activities for kids than just about any other county in South Carolina. Sometimes, with all due respect, one just needs to look around.
Victor Jowers, president of Upchurch & Jowers Insurance Agency Inc., proudly announces the promotion of two employees.
Members of the Camden and Lugoff fire departments, along with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), honored their 60-year partnership with the firefighters' annual "Fill the Boot" fundraising campaign Labor Day weekend to benefit children and adults affected by muscle disease throughout Kershaw County.
The Applied Technology Education Campus (ATEC) will hold its fall semester open house on Tuesday, Sept. 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. Parents of students and the public are invited to attend and become familiar with the school district's career center.
The Lake Wateree Association (LWA, Kershaw County) and Wateree Home Owners Association (WHOA, Fairfield County) and other volunteers will lead a cleanup of Lake Wateree on Oct. 11 from 9 a.m. to noon. The cleanup will cover the entire lake, running out of two sites: Clearwater Marina and Taylor Creek Access.
After having opened the season with three non-region victories, the North Central volleyball team stepped into Region 4-AA action Tuesday and came away with a 3-2 win over host Buford to improve to 4-0 on the season.
Former Camden High volleyball standout and current North Carolina State University sophomore Maggie Speaks was named to the UNCW Hilton Garden Inn Classic All-Tournament team following the Wolfpack's 2-0 finish at last weekend's tourney played in Wilmington, N.C.
You know, with as popular as this contest is and its contestants are, you would think that at least one of the Fearless Forecast gang would have been invited to participate on ABC's Dancing with the Stars.
Henry Stradford kicked off the 2014 edition of the Chronicle-Independent weekly football contest by turning in a perfect entry sheet and only missing the final point total for the Clemson at Georgia game (played on Aug. 30) by one point.
Running over a challenging course on a hot and muggy Tuesday afternoon, the Camden High girls' cross country team returned home from Great Falls with its first win in the initial meet of the season.
A Toys for Tots charity golf tournament to be played at Beech Creek Golf Club in Sumter on Friday, Sept. 12.
The Camden Garden Club will hold its first meeting of the new year on Sept. 8 at the home of Kate Denton.
The Knights of Columbus Council of Camden will not kick off their annual Operation Hope Drive until Sept. 25, but Mayor Tony Scully made a donation at Camden City Hall Wednesday, Sept. 10, making him the first person to donate and get the first Tootise Roll from the Knights.
It's not just schoolchildren and adults in the workforce getting bullied in today's society.
USA -- No one will ever forget the events of Sept. 11, 2001. The attack on this country was devastating, but out of the tragedy America rose united with an even stronger spirit.
Men and women are both entering the workforce.
"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."
You walk into a house.
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.