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Noted and passed -- Jan. 2, 2012

• News reports of the funeral of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il -- filmed by that country's government-controlled media, of course -- featured common citizens wailing in grief over the death of their beloved leader. Problem is, there didn't seem to be any genuine tears, just lots of contorted facial expressions. Think there's any chance that was all staged?

January 02, 2012 | | Editorials


Military minutes -- Jan. 2, 2012

U.S. Navy Seaman Travis P. Micheletti, a 2008 graduate of Camden Military Academy, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

January 02, 2012 | | Military


Local WWII veteran operated railroads in Germany, Austria

In response to a November 2011 column in which railroad artifacts were discussed and pictured, Eugene Carl Griggs of Lugoff called to say he enjoyed it very much. Gene is a retired former employee of the Seaboard Railway. Little did this columnist know our conversation would lead into some very interesting and little known areas of World War II history.

January 02, 2012 | Historian Harvey S. Teal Kershaw County Historical Society | Columns


How others live

Fourth-grade students at Baron DeKalb Elementary School (BDK) know what it is to "walk a mile in someone's shoes."

January 02, 2012 | | Education


Perseverance Prevails

BUTLERVILLE, Ind. -- Pvt. Jennifer H. Roberts now knows that the direction of her life was diverted from disaster, and is grateful to the South Carolina Army National Guard (SCARNG) for giving her a second and even a third chance.

January 02, 2012 | Capt. Kyle Key Special to the C-I | Military


H.S. Glover

Funeral services celebrating the life of Henry Stewart (H.S.) Glover, 86, of Camden, were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, January, 1, 2012 at Rowan Presbyterian Church. Burial followed in Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev. Phillip McCoy officiated. The family received friends at Rowan Presbyterian Church at 2:00 PM prior to the service. Memorials may be made in Mr. Glover's memory to Rowan Presbyterian Church, 818 Ridgeway Rd., Lugoff, S.C. 29078.

January 02, 2012 | | Obituaries


FMU graduates fifth student leadership class

Francis Marion University's Leadership FMU program recently held its fifth graduation to recognize and celebrate student leadership.

January 02, 2012 | | Education


Oh Christmas tree, Oh Christmas tree…

One of the reasons I pursued a career in community forestry is because I like trees and people. They both fascinate and amaze me. The latter more so now-a-days that I am working for a municipality. I've been astounded and a bit bewildered at the dismay and disappointment from citizens, co-workers and acquaintances alike regarding this year's Christmas tree at City Hall. Since I am a public servant and feel accountable for my actions as such, please allow me to shed some light on why we have such a unique tree.

January 02, 2012 | Liz Gilland Camden Urban Forester | Letters


Remove risk for wandering children

Where is she?" is the desperate cry of mothers, caretakers of elderly, and home-sitters for disabled. Someone is missing -- not in the house where she is to be. Their loved one went outdoors, alone.

January 02, 2012 | Melissa Osborne, Ph.D. Rembert | Letters


CHS girls split pair in Apple Classic

After a long trip to Walhalla for the two-day Apple Classic tournament, the Camden High girls' basketball team was rudely greeted and treated by the hostesses as they handed the Lady Bulldogs a 59-45 loss in the second game of Tuesday's night's opening doubleheader.

December 30, 2011 | | Sports


War, history and the big lie

(Columnist Clarence Page is on vacation. In his absence, Robert Koehler, an award-winning, Chicago-based journalist and nationally syndicated writer, is featured today.)

December 30, 2011 | Syndicated columnist Robert Koehler | Columns


Pets of the week -- Dec. 30, 2011

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Big Boy, an orange and white domestic shorthaired cat, and Mink, a Golden Retriever mix puppy. 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 ...

December 30, 2011 | | Pets


Lifestyle trends

One of the most significant sociological trends of the past couple decades has been the increasing percentage of women who make up college student bodies. At many institutions of higher learning, 60 percent or more of the students are females, reversing the percentages of a generation ago. That, of course, is leading to better opportunities for women here in Kershaw County and across the country. In fact, women make up roughly half of all medical, law and accounting students, three professions that lead to high-paying and influential careers.

December 30, 2011 | | Editorials


2012 session set to start

Let's start with some good news:

December 30, 2011 | S.C. Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Blame it on the cows

Unless you've been holed up in a basement somewhere for the past few years -- if you seldom read a newspaper or watch a news broadcast on television -- you are aware of global warming and the catastrophic effects it could have upon our planet.

December 30, 2011 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


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Noted and passed - Nov. 24, 2014

• Property rights vs. community pride is a conflict as old as civilization itself. In recent months, we've reported on two attempts to regulate the appearance of properties in an effort to clean up our communities. Back in October, Kershaw County Council rejected, 3-4, third reading of an ordinance which would have given the county authority to demolish uninhabitable dwellings deemed a nuisance to neighbors or the community at large. More recently, Bethune Town Councilman John Fulmer proposed an ordinance which, if passed in December, would fine owners of blighted properties if they don't clean them up after being ...

November 24, 2014 | | Editorials


Cooking Thanksgiving food with a friend

It started accidentally. Some good ideas and memorable moments are like that. They aren't planned. They're born, bringing with them an ability to nudge a way naturally into our lives and become a tradition.

November 24, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


The start of something (really) big

As a part of writing this column, I go to lots of meetings, community events and conferences all across the state in my never ending search to find out about the people, businesses and community groups that are doing good and important things to make our state better.

November 24, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Reader: focus on dog owners, not breeds

Regarding your editorial in the Nov. 14 C-I regarding "Pit Bulls," I was disappointed that you chose to use the two recent incidents in Kershaw County as an opportunity to condemn a particular breed of dog, instead of focusing attention on the actual problem, which is the lack of responsible pet ownership. This would have been an appropriate time to support the passage and vigorous enforcement of laws that focus, not on breed, but on people's responsibility for their dogs' behavior. These include measures that hold owners of all dogs accountable for properly housing, supervising and controlling their dogs ...

November 24, 2014 | Margaret Ellis Camden | Letters


Letter: ‘If it ain’t broke’ may not serve us well

I read Mr. Charlie Humphries' letter in Friday's Chronicle-Independent with interest. In the letter, Mr. Humphries implies that because the school district is producing strong results, and it is, making investment in the future isn't really necessary right now. As he puts it, the "If it ain't broke" philosophy.

November 24, 2014 | KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan Kershaw County School District | Letters


Connie Mae Mickle

Mrs. Connie Mae Mickle, 91, of 818 Campbell Street, Camden died Thursday. Friends may call at residence. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Brown's Funeral Home, Camden, who is serving the Mickle Family.

November 24, 2014 | | Obituaries


Ellna Marie Porter

Ms. Ellna Marie Porter, 51, of 17 Aspen Court, Elgin, South Carolina passed on Wednesday, November 19, 2014. Funeral services were conducted on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 11:00 PM at Abundant Life Fellowship Church in Camden, SC. Burial was at the Haven of Rest Cemetery in Camden, SC.

November 24, 2014 | | Obituaries


KCSD teacher career fair Jan. 24

Persons interested in employment with the Kershaw County School District are invited to participate in the district's 14th annual Teacher Career Fair Saturday, Jan. 24.

November 24, 2014 | | Education


One-day baseball camp features Rays' pitcher Kohn

Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher and former Camden High School standout Michael Kohn will return home as the lead instructor for a one-day baseball camp on Sunday, Dec. 14 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at American Legion Park in Camden.

November 19, 2014 | | Sports


Canine Classic to benefit Fine Arts Center

The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) will hold a new and exciting fundraiser, the Canine Classic for the Arts, to be held Saturday, Dec. 6 at the Meeting Place in Cassatt, located at 1166 State Road S-28-354.

November 19, 2014 | | Seasonal Sports


ABLE Club offers sponsorship options for 2014-15

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.

August 08, 2014 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


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