With all the scent of change in the air in Washington, D.C., there's still an unpleasant aroma of business as usual in the nation's capital. Despite all the talk about cutting spending and the profligacy of earmarks, the U. S. Senate refused last week to outlaw them. We don't pretend to say banning earmarks would solve the country's deficit problems, but it would be a symbolic first step; Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma has referred to them as "the gateway drug to spending addiction."
Voters soundly defeated the 1 percent sales tax increase. Imagine my surprise to read in The State Nov. 28 the backers still want to increase our tax expenses when so many people are having a hard time making ends meet just for normal living expenses. Our unemployment is still very high and is not coming down anytime soon.
This past August, I embarked on a journey encompassing 140 miles in 13 days all on foot. Yes, on foot. There were not many close to me that could appreciate my aspirations for chasing this "outward boundish" type charge, and rightfully so. There were hurdles to get over before ever reporting for my chosen wilderness course. There was the burden of leaving my family for 16 days which would prove to be an emotional feat like no other and a herculean effort logistically as well. Then there was the question of whether or not I would be physically and mentally ...
She made it all the way to the finals -- farther than anyone expected -- with the help of votes pouring in from her vast, underestimated fan base, only to lose in the final vote tally to more experienced professionals.
Upper elementary and lower elementary students at Doby's Mill Elementary School partner up each month to share reading and writing experiences. Fourth-grader Abigail Tate recently shared her love of horses with second-grader Carrie Gartman as they read a book about the famous racehorse, Barbaro.
An orientation for potential participants in the James Leroy Belk American Legion Post No. 17 Annual High School Oratorical Contest will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the post's home on West DeKalb Street in Camden. Contest officials will discuss the subject to be used for oration and explain the contest rules.
After reading the story, "Lemonade for Sale," second-graders at Lugoff Elementary School made and sold lemonade at the school. The funds generated -- $151.83 – were donated to Relay For Life. Here, second-graders Aneesa Williams and Christopher Parmely serve Samara Mok, Alexia Hopkins and Brayton Boone.
Retired school administrator Theodore Jackson was appointed by the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees Tuesday to serve as the interim principal for Midway Elementary School effective Jan. 3.
U.S. Air Force Airman Jon L. Williamson graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
November was American Diabetes Month, a time to realize the seriousness of diabetes and the importance of diabetes prevention and control.
Dear Annie: Three years ago, my father had a big fight with his sister, my "Aunt Joan." Aunt Joan did some things that were truly selfish and hurtful, and all of the family agrees that her actions were inexcusable. She has since cut off all contact with the family.
The Carolina Cup Racing Association's "Salute to the Military" at this year's Colonial Cup proved to be a flag-waving event in more ways than one with the unveiling of a mural of "Old Glory" sponsored by McDonald's. It was sent to the Kershaw County based unit of the South Carolina National Guard currently deployed in the Middle East.
Lugoff firefighter Ben Hinson checks the proper installation of a car seat at the Lugoff Fire Department (LFD). The department has earned national recognition as a child safety seat fitting station. Parents and guardians may visit the LFD headquarters at any time to have a certified child seat technician perform a safety inspection of a car seat. The technicians will train parents and guardians how to properly install a car seat to ensure safe transportation for children. What makes the LFD's designation accomplishment so important, said LFD Chief Dennis Ray, is that crashes are the leading cause of death ...
After a pair of second-place finishes in their first six tournaments, the West Wateree-based Demon Dogs' 10U travel baseball team came home with the biggest piece of hardware in winning their final tournament of the year, which was played in Hartsville.
Palmetto Hearing recently moved to 1001-B Fairlawn Drive, Camden. It will be open Tuesdays by appointment and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The business offers hearing aid fittings and follow up care. It also provides hearing evaluations, swim plugs, assistive listening products, custom ear molds and hearing aid service and repair. "We have been providing hearing health care for 25 years and are proud to be locally owned and operated to assist the residents of Kershaw County and it's surrounding areas." The owner is Cyndi Henderson and the manager is Amanda Henderson. The telephone number ...
The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States announced that Ralph Best has achieved All American status as a district commander. Best, commander of District 5, covering Kershaw County as well as York, Lancaster and Chester counties, in the Department of South Carolina, is one of only 29 VFW District Commanders selected worldwide for All-American Commander.
The River Management Society (RMS) recently awarded its 2014 River Manger of the Year award to Mary Crockett, land protection director for the Congaree Land Trust. Crockett received the award during a RMS' workshop in Denver, Colo., earlier this year.
I remember once I was giving a presentation about important conservation properties in the Piedmont. I showed photos of the incredible rock formations on a particular property and happened to mention their age in an effort to describe their grandeur. Afterwards, I was confronted by an indignant man who told me that the age of rocks cannot be known. He accused me of making those figures up out of thin air. Surprised by his vociferous tone, I told him I was sorry to have upset him. While not a confrontational person, I am a teacher, and I began to politely ...
A Camden equestrian, writing under the pen name Vanessa Friedrich, is featured in the latest book in the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" series.
Camden Walmart customers know that it's back to school time again when they see the school bus out in front of the store promoting the partnership between the store and the Kershaw County School District to help local needy students receive school supplies. Walmart's annual "Pack A Bus" campaign kicks off Friday and runs for two weeks.
Children with disabilities enjoy rainbow of community activities, programs
WASHINGTON -- "Checked the tax code," wrote a friend who's engaged to a woman from a low-tax country. "Unfortunately, marrying [my fiancee] does not entitle me to a tax inversion like the big U.S. companies are getting. Thanks for nothing, IRS."
Racing Hall of Fame trainer and part-time Camden resident Jonathan Sheppard already has extended his streak of winning at least one Saratoga Race Course race every season beginning in 1969, and on Thursday he will seek to maintain his dominance of the historic track's steeplechase races in the $100,000 A. P. Smithwick Memorial (Gr. 1).
The sixth annual Springdale 5k at Sunrise will be held on Saturday, Aug. 9, beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the Springdale Race Course in Camden.
Xtreme Xperience, the country's premier supercar driving experience, is heading full-throttle for Carolina Motorsports Park in Westville, with event dates set for Friday, Aug. 1, through Sunday, Aug. 3.