I have read in this paper that our governments at the federal, state and local levels are all imposing too much taxes and not doing a good job in spending those taxes. Since I am more connected to local government, I decided to do a little research to see how we compare to our neighbors. Set out below is what I discovered. If you study these numbers, as I have, I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
This summer, Santee Cooper provided hands-on experience in critical fields of the energy industry to two Kershaw County educators, as part of the 27th annual Energy Educators Institute series at the Wampee Conference Center in Pinopolis.
Fair tax. Balanced budget. Debt reduction.
Mitt Romney's selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate will turn the presidential campaign into one centered around economic policy, though Democrats will certainly try to make it about social issues. We hope it will stimulate serious discussion about this country's spiraling deficit and the unsustainability of the economy if the United States doesn't get a handle on its debt. Of course, how to reduce that debt is framed in different ways by the two parties, and so far there has been little effort by either to try to come to compromise. Democrats insist that taxing ...
Cleo Lampert has always had a special place in her heart for animals, specifically horses. She started taking riding lessons at her horse trainer's farm where regular 4H club meetings were also held. Cleo attended a few meetings, and thought it was fun. At 8 years old, Cleo joined the West Wateree Ropes and Reins 4H club and recently joined the Kershaw County 4H Horse Club. Over the past eight years, her main focus areas have been horses and agriculture.
Wateree Boat Club, a new membership club offering recreational boating, has opened at Wateree Marina on Lake Wateree. "Wateree Boat Club is a private club designed for people who enjoy boating but prefer not to own a boat," Manager Cook Young said.
A funeral service celebrating the life of Frances Burns Williams, 92, of Camden, will be held at 2:00PM, Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at Hermitage Baptist Church. Rev. Jason Fletcher, Rev. Mark Hopkins and Rev. Jed Bryant will officiate. Family will receive friends from 6:00-7:30PM, Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Frances' memory to the Arise and Build Fund at Hermitage Baptist Church, 814 Jefferson Davis Highway, Camden, SC 29020.
Carl R. Fowler, 91, die Sunday August 12 at Carolina Pines Hospital in Hartsville, SC. Carl was born in Camden, SC and moved to Plainfield, NJ and lived for over 45 years. He retired and then return to his hometown of Camden. He was the oldest member of the Gordon Street Church of God.
Levy Lenix, 59, of 705 Elmore Street Camden died Sunday August, 12, 2012. Plans will be announced by Collins Funeral Home.
A graveside service for Janette Cogdell Quinn, 81, of Elgin, SC, will be held at 10:00AM, Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at Blaney Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev. Philip Blankenship, Rev. Ron Gregory, and Dennis Ray, Mrs. Quinn's grandson, will officiate. The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00PM, Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at Kornegay Funeral Home, Lugoff-Elgin Chapel. Memorials may be made in Janette's memory to Blaney Baptist Church.1400 Blaney Road, Elgin, SC 29045.
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Before he was an assistant coach on "The '64 Team", Clyde "Tubby" Jones was a standout football player at Boys High School --- now, T.L. Hanna High School --- in his native Anderson.
Mr. Willie "Billy Boy" Hart, Jr., 77, of 130 Reddick Road, Bishopville, passed on Monday, May 18, 2015. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Bishopville, with burial in the church cemetery.
A funeral service for Lucy Barfield Elmore, 88, will be held Saturday at 11:00 am at First Baptist Church, Camden, with burial to follow in Quaker Cemetery. The Rev. Bruce Hancock will officiate. The family will receive friends today from 5-7 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Camden or a charity of one's choice.
A memorial service to celebrate the life of Carroll Lee Collins, 71, of Camden was held Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 1:00 PM at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. Lee Collins, Jr. officiated. Memorials may be made in Carroll's memory to the American Heart Association, 190 Knox Abbott Drive, Cayce, SC 29032.
Ernest Kinard, who died earlier this week, was made for the law. Possessed of a keen intellect and a probing curiosity, Kinard practiced law for 24 years in Camden before being elected a circuit court judge in 1988. He remained on the bench until his retirement in 2010, and in a "keep working" program for retired judges, he continued until recently. In all his years as a judge, he never missed a day of holding court, establishing a remarkable record of consistency and longevity. Kinard mentored a number of young attorneys who practiced with him or clerked for him over ...
Camden, Kershaw County and South Carolina lost one of its greats this week. Judge Ernest Kinard was one of a kind who loved his family, his community and his work.
Trigger warning: This column will include discussion of ideas which may conflict with your own.
Nothing instills fear in the heart and soul of humans as does a snake. Since the beginning of recorded history, snakes have been a symbol of evil, treachery, poison, etc., and because of this perception, misinformation and folklore, most people hate snakes. Personally I have no problem with snakes; roaches and tarantulas are a different story, but a snake? No worries.
I attended the (Camden) Planning (Commission) meeting regarding the Beechwood Plantation development, and left with more questions to be asked than questions answered. For those of you who don't know what is proposed, the developers are talking of 254 residences, rentals and condos; a 24-7 assisted living facility; and more. We have had two patio homes built in Kirkover Hills during the last couple of years; these two did not sell, they are rentals, with four cars parked in the front yard. I don't believe there is a need for this large scale development.
Registration for a number of fun and exciting summer camps continues at the Kershaw County Recreation Department:
Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Annie, a 2-year-old female domestic shorthaired cat, and Wheat, a 2-year-old male yellow lab mix dog. 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 ...
State officials recently awarded gold status to the Applied Technology Education Campus (ATEC) chapter of the Future Farmers of America (FFA.) ATEC is one of only nine high school organizations in the state to receive such recognition.
Doby's Mill Elementary School recently announced its honor rolls for the third nine-week period
Bethune Elementary School recently reported its honor for the third nine-week period.
Funeral services for Gloria Theresa Welch, 79, will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The SPCA.