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Kohn signs contract with Tampa Bay Rays

Camden native and former Camden High School baseball standout Michael Kohn has signed a one-year Major League contract with the Tampa Bay Rays.

October 20, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports

Ariail for Oct. 20, 2014

October 20, 2014 | | Ariail

Noted and passed - Oct. 20, 2014

• Thanks to I-20, two U.S. highways and several state highways, we have a lot of commercial vehicles passing through Kershaw County on a daily basis. While most of those vehicles are likely carrying goods for sale here and elsewhere across the country, there's also a good chance hazardous materials are being trucked through as well. So, it's a good thing Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) and the Kershaw County Fire Service have joined forces to create a Special Operations Team (SOT) to deal with any "HazMat" accidents that may occur. According to LF-R Battalion Chief Chris Spitzer, the team ...

October 20, 2014 | | Editorials

Prince returns to his classic funky ways

Ah, Prince, how we've missed you. Prince Rogers Nelson has finally "Kiss"-ed and made up with Warner Bros. Records, regaining control of his original catalog of music and put out not one, but two albums worth of new music on the same day.

October 20, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns

The love or hate of air conditioning

It's a funny thing. That's what Mama used to say when something baffled her. Like Mama, I prefer that things make common sense. Otherwise, I'll ponder, figure, study, and try to decipher that funny thing until it's somewhat sensible.

October 20, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns

Soft skills

In early September, I attended a meeting of superintendents in Greenville. A major area of discussion was the development of a workforce that would attract sustainable industry to South Carolina and how K-12 education fits into this puzzle. To underscore this discussion, the meeting included a tour of the BMW plant in Spartanburg. Wow! This facility absolutely reflects what a 21st century workplace looks like and what many of our students will need to be prepared to enter. I talk a lot about preparing students for their future and not our past. The BMW tour reminded me why this is ...

October 20, 2014 | KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Op-Ed: The penny sales tax

On Nov. 4, Kershaw County citizens will have the opportunity to vote on the Kershaw County School District facilities referendum. Because of legislation passed by the South Carolina General Assembly in 2014, voters will be able to decide whether or not a penny sales tax that would be collected for 15 years could be imposed in the county and used by the school district to fund the projects in the referendum.

October 20, 2014 | Donnie Wilson CFO, Kershaw County School District | Columns

Camden residents support Graham for city council

I want to voice my support for Jeffrey Graham in his pursuit of a seat upon Camden City Council. I think Jeffrey is a unique candidate with a perspective we need. He is a family man with young children, and because of this I think he can represent the needs of many other young families in the Camden area. While all of the current council members have important and impressive qualities, the direct representation of our younger generations is imperative, and with Walter Long leaving, we do not have such a voice on the council if not for Jeffrey Graham.

October 20, 2014 | | Letters

Reader supports Reuwer

I am supporting David Reuwer for probate judge in the coming election. In any election, voters must ask a couple of things: does the candidate know what he or she is doing, and does the candidate possess the proper attitude to best serve the people of Kershaw County. Well, Mr. Reuwer is a practicing lawyer and Elgin municipal judge experienced in probate matters including the new, revised probate code. Mr. Reuwer is a hardworking man dedicated to the protection, conservation, and celebration of the historical legacy of Kershaw County. He has a strong need to help others; it seems to ...

October 20, 2014 | Thomas Bettendorf Camden | Letters

Reader: ‘vote no twice’

I see signs appearing throughout the county imploring you to "Vote Yes Twice" regarding the school referenda. If you favor tearing down perfectly good schools and Camden High's football stadium, construction new ones to replace them, to the tune of $130 million plus interest; and if you want to pay higher taxes on everything you buy, then by all means vote yes.

October 20, 2014 | Charlie Humphries Camden | Letters

SAFE cuts ribbon on new Lugoff branch

SAFE Federal Credit Union officially opened its new branch in Lugoff with a ribbon cutting Thursday. The new facility replaces the SAFE location in Camden's Springdale Plaza. Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce President Spencer Graham opened the proceedings.

October 20, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Business

Man on horse-drawn carriage rolls through Kershaw County

Kershaw County motorists along U.S. 1 saw an unusual sight Oct. 10: a horse-drawn wagon rolling down the highway. Rodger Howell of Erin, Tenn., stopped for a conversation and said he, his two-horse team and dog have traveled much of the eastern United States, making friends all along the way.

October 20, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Military

Cover Columbia to help renovate UWKC’s men’s shelter

Radiate Church will kick off its third annual "Cover Columbia" event on Sunday. During that week, church members will perform random acts of kindness along with community service in the Midlands, including Kershaw County.

October 20, 2014 | Tenell Felder | Kershaw County

A tool for any job

What started as a simple collection of antique vehicle license plates has grown over the years into a vast array of classic and unique tools lining the walls of the shop Bill Self of Camden uses to restore classic cars. Self said he started collecting many years ago.

October 20, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Camden

Post-game brawl at Zemp under investigation

It should have been the perfect ending to a festive Friday night at Zemp Stadium. A Camden High School (CHS) Bulldog football victory over once-beaten Dreher, which put them in a four-way tie atop the Region 4-AAA standings, came after a pre-game and halftime tribute to the school's 1964 AAA state championship team.

October 20, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden

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A Halloween party for young children

A British mother once asked me how to celebrate Halloween without witches and creepsters that frightened her little child. I suggested switching the iconic witch with Mother Goose who has been entertaining children for centuries. Why include witches, monsters and "things that go bump in the night" when you can have fun with friendly and familiar faces that don't scare your little ones?

October 12, 2014 | Pam McMurtry FamilyShare | National

29-year-old bride says she's chosen to die soon

In her September 2012 wedding picture, available online, Brittany Maynard looks young, vibrant and happy, as she also does in a candid shot relaxing at her home in San Francisco with Charley, her dog.

October 12, 2014 | Mark A. Kellner Deseret News | National

The Clean Cut:

A YouTube rapper, Prince Ea, has become famous for his raps that share positive messages and encourage social reform. His most recent video makes viewers think about their use of social media and new technology.

October 12, 2014 | Morgan Jones Deseret News | National

'Remake' poses interesting questions about value of family

"REMAKE," by Ilima Todd, Shadow Mountain, $17.99, 288 pages (f) (ages 14 and up)

October 12, 2014 | Jana Stocks Brown Deseret News | National

Fun 'Alexander' suffers from unrealized potential

"Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" is a pretty distinctive title, but for anyone who grew up reading Judith Viorst's children's book of the same title, it also packs a lot of nostalgia.

October 12, 2014 | Josh Terry Deseret News | National

'Dracula Untold' sinks some fun into a muddled plot

Here's a multiple-choice question: Which of the following would accurately describe the 15th-century figure "Vlad the Impaler?"

October 12, 2014 | Josh Terry Deseret News | National

Amid controversial remarks, Down syndrome advocacy videos go viral

Two recent YouTube videos advocating for civil treatment of and nondiscrimination against people with Down syndrome have become popular on the Internet, following controversial remarks by a well-known atheist who called it an immoral choice to knowingly give birth to a child with the condition.

October 12, 2014 | Kelsey Clark Deseret News | National

Domestic abuse in the digital age

The recent hacking of personal files of media figures such as Jennifer Lawrence and the subsequent exploitation of these celebrities has renewed attention on online privacy issues.

October 12, 2014 | Sara Jarman KSL | National

Thelma J. Miller-Johnson

Thelma J. Miller-Johnson, 78, of East Hartford, beloved wife of Psalm Johnson passed away Thursday, October 2, 2014 at St. Francis Hospital, Hartford. Born September 23, 1936 in Camden, SC daughter of Blanche (Whitaker) Miller of Hamden, CT and the late Willis Miller. She grew up in Camden, SC and graduated from Maher Academy, Camden, SC. She continued her education at Greater Hartford Community College for nursing. She retired from Southern New England Telephone after 24 ½ years of employment. While living in New Haven, CT she was a member of the Pocahontas Temple #55, and member of the Knickerbocker Golf ...

October 10, 2014 | | Obituaries

Elizabeth M. (Ballas) Nichols

Elizabeth M. (Ballas) Nichols, age 96, of Erie and a former resident at the Regency at South Shore, died at St. Mary's at Asbury Ridge, Sunday, October 5, 2014. Born in McKeesport, Pa., July 2, 1918, she was a daughter of the late John and Elizabeth (Tkach) Ballas.

October 10, 2014 | | Obituaries

CMA opens tough closing stretch at home

As he watched his team's defense scrimmage against its offense on Tuesday afternoon, Camden Military Academy head coach Will Rice was concerned about the Spartans' conditioning.

October 10, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden Military

Dogs head to LR looking to snap skid

Look at the personnel, not their record.

October 10, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle

Demons hope to slow down high-flying Hawks

While those coaches in classes AAA, AA and A whose teams are having rough starts in the non-conference portion of their football schedules look to the conference campaign as a new beginning, for 4A entries, week seven is, well, week seven.

October 10, 2014 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle

Visit from rival Volunteers helps keep Knights focused

Coming off a 42-point loss, the last thing North Central probably wanted to see on its football schedule was a game with a team with which the Knights had no history.

October 10, 2014 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle

Brown wins $50 first prize money

In a weekend of upsets in college football last Saturday, Barbara Brown did not let all that upset her picks as she missed the mark on just three games to win last weekend's Chronicle-Independent football contest.

October 10, 2014 | | Seasonal Sports

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