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Fixing a dysfunctional tax structure

When people talk about the tax structure in South Carolina, "dysfunctional" is the word most often used to describe it. This is especially true in terms of the way in which K-12 education is funded in our state. The revenue structure used to fund K-12 education is a morass of provisos, special legislation and conflicting statutes. It is complicated, confusing and arbitrary; it just doesn't work. (A metaphor related to duct tape comes to mind when I think about it.) The overdependence on the sales tax for school funding, caused by Act 388, has worsened the impact of the ...

February 14, 2011 | Kershaw County School District Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Margaret E. Dotson Worthy

Margaret Elizabeth Dotson Worthy, 86, of Spartanburg, passed away on Friday, February 11, 2011, at A. Sam Karesh Long Term Care in Camden, SC. Born May 31, 1924, in Spartanburg, SC, she was the daughter of the late Robert Jason and Mary Sue Fulbright Dotson and widow of the late William Harley Worthy.

February 14, 2011 | | Obituaries


Willie Mae Neal

Funeral services for Willie Mae Neal, 70, of 2378 Baron DeKalb Road, Camden will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Scott Hill Baptist Church, Flint Hill Road, Camden with burial at St. John Baptist Church Cemetery, John G. Richards Road. Mrs. Neal died Thursday, Feb. 10. Collins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

February 14, 2011 | | Obituaries


Sweet treats

The hardworking teachers and staff at Midway Elementary School have been putting forth extra effort to make adjustments for their interim principal, Theodore Jackson. School Resource Officer Michelle Cobb (left) helped him show his appreciation by handing out sweet treats. The candy brought a smile to the face of third-grade teacher Teri Davis (right).

February 14, 2011 | | Education


Grace R. Neal

Funeral services to celebrate the life of Grace Carolyn Rhoden Neal, 89, of Camden were held Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 2:00 PM at First Baptist Church of Camden with burial following in Lugoff First Baptist Church Cemetery. Pastor Bruce Hancock officiated. The family received friends Saturday, February 12, 2011 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM at Kornegay Funeral Home Camden Chapel. Memorials may be made in Mrs. Neal's memory to the A. Sam Karesh Long Term Care, 1315 Roberts Street, Camden, SC 29020.

February 14, 2011 | | Obituaries


Lady Knights open tourney play Tuesday

The North Central girls basketball team, which finished third in Region 3-A, will open state class A Upper State tournament action on Tuesday when the Lady Knights travel to meet Calhoun County in a 6 p.m. start.

February 14, 2011 | | North Central High/Middle


Back row view to state government's spending problems

We sit on the back row of the state senate with a fairly good view of the good, the bad, and the ugly in our state's government. One of us is a Democrat and one of us is a Republican. But more important than party affiliation is a commitment to responsible and honest government in our state. That's why we have joined together to condemn the recent action of the Budget and Control Board to approve deficit spending by South Carolina agencies. Deficit spending by South Carolina's government is just wrong, and business as usual just doesn ...

February 11, 2011 | | Columns


Engram joins 49ers' coaching staff

After a 14-year NFL playing career, Camden native Bobby Engram is about to open a new chapter in his football career.

February 11, 2011 | | Camden High/Middle


King Haiglar Garden Club to meet Monday

The February meeting of the King Haiglar Garden Club will be held on Monday at 3:30 p.m. Jan Tilford will host the meeting at 1709 Mill St., Camden. Carol Meckstroth and Mary Achen will co-host the event. Members are encouraged to invite guests and friends.

February 11, 2011 | | Localife


Clowning around

The circus is coming to town! Children in the 2-year-old class at Grace Church Kindergarten and Preschool had lots of fun learning about the circus last week. They enjoyed making their own clown outfits and circus lions! The clowns include (from left) Aiden Mathieu, Shane Ogburn, Reid McCoy, Alex Sandt, Mia Brockington, Landon Dickey, Aiken Curatola, and Thomas Bishop.

February 11, 2011 | | Localife


Lugoff-Elgin Girl Scout Troop kicks off cookie sales

Hello from your Elgin -Lugoff Girl Scout Troop No. 968. We are extremely pleased to share with everyone that another of our girls, Sarah Boykin, has reached her goal of earning the Silver Award. This is the highest girl scout award given to girls in grades 6 - 8. Sarah worked hard making treats and toys for the Walter M.Crowe Animal Shelter. She also spent a number of days this past summer volunteering at the shelter. We are all very proud of her.

February 11, 2011 | By Bonita Furlow | Localife


Brevard Music Scholarship winners announced

The annual Brevard Music Scholarship Competition was hosted on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011.

February 11, 2011 | | Localife


Willie Mae Neal

Willie Mae Neal, of 2276 Neal Switch Road in Camden, died Thursday, February 10, 2011.

February 11, 2011 | | Obituaries


Richard Roach Sr.

Funeral service for Mr. Richard Roach, Sr., 81, of 504 Black River Road in Camden, will be held Saturday, 1:00 P.M. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Black River Road in Camden with burial in the church cemetery.

February 11, 2011 | | Obituaries


Get your poetry published

The Camden Poets Society is offering an opportunity for poets in the community to have their poetry published. It will print a literary letter each month and print five to 10 poems selected by members of the CPS from the poems submitted. This publication will be distributed to various sites in the community and offered free to the public. This is an effort to encourage the writing of poetry and to have a printed media for those who write poetry. The poems remain the property of the poet. There will be a celebration of the CPS' 20th anniversary in February ...

February 11, 2011 | | Localife


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Black Friday

Are you shopping on Black Friday?

November 26, 2014 | | Sidewalk Survey


Auxiliary of KershawHealth presents ‘Lights of Love’

The Auxiliary of KershawHealth began its annual "Lights of Love" fundraising project Nov. 15 and it will run through Jan. 1, 2015.

November 26, 2014 | | Localife


PTH gives $900 to United Way of Kershaw County

November 26, 2014 | | Localife


NCHS teacher and assistant principal get slimed

November 26, 2014 | | Localife


Mr. and Mrs. Florian celebrate 60 years

Fred J. Florian and Pearl Polinski Florian of Camden Celebrated 60 years of marriage Nov. 20. The couple married in 1954 at St. Hilary's Catholic Church in Washington, Pa. They have five sons: Fred. M, Tony, Robert, Bill and Chris. The couple has four grandchildren: Derick, Thomas, Kayla and Rachel.

November 26, 2014 | | Localife


Howard and Cornelia Joy celebrate 60 years

Howard and Cornelia (Keys) Joy celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Nov. 25. The couple was married in Camden and together they have five children: Audrey Joy of Allentown, Pa., Howard Joy Jr. (Nancy) of Dover, N.J., Karen Joy-Wilson (Isaac) of Piscataway, N.J., Michael Joy of Kanas City, Mo. and Gregory Joy (Dana) of Bonaire, Ga. They have six grandchildren and one great-grandchild: James, Sheena, Joy, Jazmin, Asha, Kier and Izaiah. The couple plans to celebrate the special occasion with their children and grandchildren at a later date.

November 26, 2014 | | Localife


Ariail for Nov. 26, 2014

November 26, 2014 | | Ariail


Editorial: Thanksgiving

On Sept. 28, 1789, according to a government website, the First Federal Congress passed a resolution asking President George Washington recommend to the nation a day of thanksgiving. The site goes on to describe what happened: a few days later, Washington issued a proclamation naming Thursday, Nov. 26, 1789, as a "day of public thanksgiving" -- the first time the holiday was celebrated by our fledgling country.

November 26, 2014 | | Editorials


Yesteryear for Nov. 26, 2014

Only three minor fires during holiday weekend

November 26, 2014 | | Yesteryear


Letter: Treat them like one of ‘us’

It has been said practically every major issue that passes through our GOP-elected officials' state house -- from education to healthcare to the selection of judges -- has racial undertones. And our GOP-elected officials may have passed the crossroad beyond which to get these evil spirits that loom over our state house in order.

November 26, 2014 | Edward R. Allen Camden | Letters


Gov. Haley in India -- good, travel more

Gov. Haley recently took an 11-day trip to India. There are some who are grumbling, calling her trip just another post-election junket by a politician.

November 26, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


For the Record - Nov. 26, 2014

Real estate transactions

November 26, 2014 | | For the Record


Parker: The Cosby Show

WASHINGTON -- By now, most Americans probably have formed an opinion about what comedian Bill Cosby did or didn't do sexually to or with at least 16 women beginning in the 1960s.

November 26, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


MaryEllen J. Ellis

MaryEllen J. Ellis, formerly of Cassatt, S.C., passed away Nov. 20, 2014. She is survived by her son, Walter Davis of Cassatt, South Carolina; daughters, Denise Thomas of Liberty, Missouri, and Jean Garrison of Cassatt, South Carolina; 9 Grandchildren, 22 Great Grandchildren, and 4 Great-Great Grandchildren. MaryEllen was preceded in death by her Father, Walter Vernon Jones, Sr. in 1983; her mother, Ethel Juanita Hammonds Jones in 1989; brother, Walter Vernon Jones, Jr. in 2009; and a son, Paul Jackson Davis in 2007. MaryEllen had done many things in life, but enjoyed being a Farmer and around horses on ...

November 26, 2014 | | Obituaries


Elton Newman

Funeral service for Elton Newman, 81, will be held on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. at Timrod Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday 3:00-4:00 p.m. prior to the service at the church. Memorials may be made to Timrod Baptist Church, 4227 Timrod Road, Bethune, S.C. 29009 or to KershawHealth Hospice.

November 26, 2014 | | Obituaries


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