The most recent unemployment rate for Kershaw County indicates that we have experienced three straight years of double-digit unemployment: 10.5 percent in July 2011, 10.6 percent in July 2010, and 10.8 percent in July 2009. This is in sharp contrast to unemployment rates for July 2008 (7.2 percent) and July 2007 (5.7 percent).
Facing a class reunion can be daunting enough to make a teetotaler crave a bracing cocktail. But fear not. It's worth the effort. For at least one sweet, nostalgic night you can revisit the best parts of high school without worrying about the silly stuff.
Don't take this personally, but if you don't like chocolate, you're a little bit weird.
Is she still here? I can't say for sure. What odd map does she follow? Does she feel secure?
It is poignantly appropriate that the Martin Luther King Memorial has stirred controversy. After all, so did Dr. King.
For those of you who may be unaware -- or haven't read any of my columns during the past year or so -- I love reality shows.
With the U.S. Open starting this week, tennis fans are reminded once again of the long winless streak facing American players in the men's draw.
WASHINGTON -- Rick Perry's rapid lead over previous Republican front-runner Mitt Romney was predictable. But it is not a good sign for Republicans hoping to reclaim the White House and further highlights the crucial battle within GOP circles: Who is the godliest of us all?
With a presidential contest on the rise, so is the heat of the umbrage wars. That's what I call the endless contest to see which political side can express more outrage about what the other side has to say about them.
My younger son, Caleb, turned 10 last Tuesday. It's hard to imagine we brought him home from the hospital 10 years ago.
One imagines the promo will pretty much write itself.
A few weeks ago, I went to the movies to see "The Help." I hadn't read Kathryn Stockett's book yet, and to be honest, I didn't even plan on reading it until after I saw the movie.
It's 4:30 in the morning, and my world is wrapped in silence.
Football is coming back to Camden tonight
NEW YORK -- Texas Gov. and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry can resist the comparison all he wants, but he's more like George W. Bush than George W. Bush.
"Hey," said the guy next to me at the blackjack table, "you know what they call people who hang around casinos?"
WASHINGTON -- President Obama got it two-thirds right when he said the delayed confirmation of his attorney general nominee, Loretta Lynch, is owing to Senate dysfunction and Republican stubbornness.
Here in the Chronicle-Independent newsroom, we're kind of shaking our collective head about the news which broke Tuesday about the early-morning heist of a complete automatic teller machine (ATM) from Mid Carolina Credit Union in Lugoff. The thief or thieves apparently used a large, stolen piece of equipment to rip the ATM from its concrete base and load it into or onto some sort of vehicle, almost surely a truck, given an ATM's size and weight.
Spring is here in the City and the Bradford pears look so pretty.
If I had to list the drivers people have asked me about over the years, Kurt Busch wouldn't be in the top 10.
WASHINGTON -- I'm standing in the Starbucks line behind 10 other sleepyheads waiting to order my tall skinny cappuccino, otherwise known as a shot of coffee described as I wish it to be.
Today's reflection is about things I just don't do anymore.
Every day, in every area of our state, hardworking South Carolina taxpayers are being robbed. They are not held up at gunpoint and their homes are not burglarized. But, they are the victims of theft just the same. Criminals are stealing federal funds and using that money for their personal benefit. They are committing fraud against the food stamp program. In fact, they pocket more than $2 million of your tax dollars every year in South Carolina alone.
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