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S.C. Supreme Court ignored FOIA in autopsy ruling

Let's make something perfectly clear: The S.C. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is not dead, but the S.C. Supreme Court is sure acting like they're trying to kill it.

July 21, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns

Crazy and proud of it

My grandmother -- Daddy's mother -- was sometimes called "crazy" by others who didn't quite understand her eccentric ways. Of course, in the South, we are proud of such a label for it means that we are interesting and worthy of being the center of coffee and cake conversation.

July 21, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns

Leonard M. Davis

Funeral services to celebrate the life of Leonard M. Davis, Jr. 69, of Camden, SC, will be held at 2:00 PM, Monday, July 21, 2014 at Hermitage Baptist Church in Camden. The Rev. Jason Fletcher will officiate. Burial with Masonic rites will follow in Wateree Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at 1:00 PM, 1 hour prior to the service in the church Fellowship Hall. Memorials may be made in Leonard's memory to Hermitage Baptist Church, Arise & Build Fund, 814 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Camden, SC 29020 or the American Heart Association of SC, Memorials & Tributes ...

July 21, 2014 | | Obituaries

Devon Davis Graham

Funeral services to celebrate the life of Devon Davis Graham, 72, of Elgin, SC, will be held at 3:00 PM, Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at Trinity Baptist Church in Lugoff, SC. Rev. Dr. Chuck Everett and Rev. Dean Reynolds will officiate. The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 PM, Monday, July 21, 2014 at Kornegay Funeral Home, Lugoff-Elgin Chapel. Memorials may be made in Devon's memory to the Shriner's Hospital for Crippled Children, 950 W. Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605-4277 or St. Jude's Children's Hospital, P O Box 810, Memphis, TN 38101.

July 21, 2014 | | Obituaries

Noted and passed - July 21, 2014

• It looks like it's full steam ahead for KershawHealth and its strategic plan. In recent weeks, we have reported on the creation -- after several years of hard work -- of a general surgery division; the recruitment of a new orthopedic surgeon; the signing of an agreement with Orthopedic Advantage to create a top-level orthopedic center in Kershaw County; and an already established agreement with Team Health to transform KershawHealth's emergency department in order to fast-track non-emergent patients allowing staff to focus on those in true emergency situations. Dr. T. Chris Tran, the new orthopedic surgeon, joined Camden Bone & Joint ...

July 21, 2014 | | Editorials

How sweep it is!

Perched in front of their dugout, members of the Kershaw County American Legion baseball team started leaning as they prepared to rush the field after Bradwin Salmond's diving grab of Mark Allen Nash's liner to right field put the locals on the door step of a long-awaited trip to the state American Legion tournament.

July 21, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports

Auditions set for Kelley’s Fine Arts Camden Crew Junior and Camden Crew Senior Dance teams

Summer dance students will have the opportunity to audition for the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) and Kelley's Fine Arts (KFA) Junior and Senior Camden Crew Dance Teams, Friday, July 25 in the FAC Dance Studio. Times are set by dance styles and are as follows:

July 21, 2014 | | Localife

KCC holding public hearing on joint industrial park

Kershaw County Council will hold a public hearing on and consider third and final reading of an ordinance approving the development of a joint county industrial park with Chesterfield County. The public hearing and consideration of the ordinance are scheduled for council's meeting Tuesday evening.

July 21, 2014 | | Kershaw County

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July 21, 2014 | | Crime-Police-Fire

City exploring ‘adaptive reuse’ scenarios for Rhame Arena

For years, the city of Camden has tried to figure out what to do about aging Rhame Arena at the corner of Broad and Bull streets. In the past, ideas have ranged from renovating the facility to tearing it down and building a replacement either on site or elsewhere in the city.

July 21, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden

Gold medal gymnast visits Camden gym

When you want to learn to do something well, it's not a bad idea to get training and advice from an expert. That was the case July 12 when Wateree Gymnastics Center in Camden welcomed Olympic gold medalist and former world champion gymnast Nastia Liukin to lead a day-long seminar and training session for young girls. She won a gold medal, three silvers and a bronze at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China, putting her in a three-way tie with Mary Lou Retton and Shannon Miller for the most medals received by a gymnast at a single Olympic Games ...

July 21, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Camden

Three nights later, 17ers finally get a game two win

Loading up the team bus for a trip to Georgetown for the third time in as many days for one game, the Kershaw County American Legion baseball team took another step closer to earning a state tournament berth on Thursday.

July 21, 2014 | | Sports

Re-rallying the troops

Before they left following Wednesday morning's off-season contioning session, members of the Lugoff-Elgin football team took a knee and listened to their head coach who was in his third full day on the job.

July 18, 2014 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle

Impeaching the president

WASHINGTON -- Sarah Palin is right about impeaching President Obama.

July 18, 2014 | By Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group | Columns

The real meaning of ‘freedom of speech’

With today's plethora of online news and the subsequent discussion forums that accompany most Internet articles, there is a lot of confusion on the somewhat vague thing called "freedom of speech." Really, it's not vague at all, but it sure seems to be quite vague to those who don't really know what it means. What it doesn't mean is you have the right to say whatever you want to whenever you want to without consequences.

July 18, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns

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The temptation of Callista Gingrich

WASHINGTON -- Callista Gingrich has done something she might come to regret -- succumbed to the Twitter fairy and opened the door to unwelcome scrutiny.

December 23, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns

Lady Demons fall in semifinals of Rock Hill tournament

After having opened the Y.C. Winborn Classic Basketball Tournament in Rock Hill with a victory in last Saturday's opening game, the Lugoff-Elgin girls' basketball team fell to Northwestern, 59-37, in Monday night's semifinal contest.

December 21, 2011 | | Seasonal Sports

KCC finalizes Weylchem tax dispute

Kershaw County Council unanimously voted 5-0 to settle a three-year-long tax dispute with Weylchem, a chemical company with U.S. operations based in Elgin, during a special 8:30 a.m. meeting Tuesday.

December 21, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Kershaw County

Camden Media Co. a longtime promoter of equine industry

Having been involved in the equine activities of Camden since 1952, I write this letter to express my gratitude and thanks to the Camden Chronicle-Independent for its outstanding coverage and support of these activities. From the Camden Hunt to the horse shows, to polo, to the hunter trials, to flat racing, to National Steeplechasing and to the Colonial and Carolina Cups, the Chronicle-Independent has always been there to lend its support and coverage. How fortunate we are to have Tom Didato, a talented and knowledgeable writer covering the equine events.

December 21, 2011 | Austin Brown Hilton Head Island | Letters

Romney’s wager

WASHINGTON -- Oh, quelle gaffe.

December 21, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns

Medicare

With the U.S. budget deficit still spiraling amid partisan stagnation and deadlock in Washington, two lawmakers, one a Republican and the other a Democrat, have finally come together to advance a proposal that would revamp the runaway costs of Medicare. Though solons in the nation's capital have refused thus far to address entitlement spending -- there's no way to bring the budget under control without changes to both Medicare and Social Security -- perhaps this is a ray of hope that there are some people in Washington who are willing to work together to salvage the fiscal integrity of ...

December 21, 2011 | | Editorials

We have a right to know, Part 2

If you were following City Council closely, you may have noticed that on October 25th, 2011, the City voted on the City of Camden Redevelopment Plan. This was done pretty quietly, so you may have missed it.

December 21, 2011 | Janet Farber Camden | Letters

KC’s Hughes completes economic development institute

Leigh Hughes with the Kershaw County Economic Development office, along with 38 other local leaders and development professionals from across South Carolina, completed the 2011 S.C. Economic Development Institute recently.

December 21, 2011 | | Business

Alice June Windham

Funeral service for Alice June Windham, 69, of Ridgeway will be held Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at El-Bethel Faith Community Church with burial to follow in Hardshell Cemetery. The Rev. Joe Stines will officiate. The family will receive friends Wednesday 6-8 p.m.

December 21, 2011 | | Obituaries

Clyburn W. Rodgers

Funeral service for Clyburn W. Rodgers, 71, of Cassatt, will be held Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at 11 a.m. at Beaverdam Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The Rev. Steve Leigh will officiate. The family received friends Tuesday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. Memorials may be made to KershawHealth Hospice or the American Cancer Society.

December 21, 2011 | | Obituaries

George Massey

Funeral service for George Massey, of Westville, S.C., will be held Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at 1 p.m. at the White Oak Baptist Church Cemetary in Camden.

December 21, 2011 | | Obituaries

Carrie Ford

Funeral service for Carrie Ford, 55, of Lugoff, will be held Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 1 p.m. at Mt. Sinai AME Church in Elgin.

December 21, 2011 | | Obituaries

YMCA a rare opportunity

There has been much discussion about whether a sports complex is a legitimate use of the hospitality tax. That question has been answered through legal opinions and by the simple observation that this same tax has been used in other municipalities to build sports complexes. Whether we agree or not, it has been deemed legal. However, is it an ethical use of tourism dollars? Is it really tourism?

December 21, 2011 | Austin Jenkins Camden | Letters

NBA superstars ignore Atlanta despite success

If the Los Angeles Lakers need a shoulder to cry on after losing out on acquiring all-star guard Chris Paul, they may want to set up a long distance call with the Atlanta Hawks.

December 21, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Columns

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Real estate transactions

December 21, 2011 | | For the Record

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