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Where’s the truth?

Over the Christmas break, I spent a couple hours cleaning up my office and sorting through all the stuff I've accumulated since the summer. One of the folders I found contained a report from an organization called the South Carolinians for Responsible Government (SCRG). This group is headquartered in Columbia and is reportedly funded in large part by out-of-state money. The SCRG is best known for its advocacy for school choice/tax credit legislation. These folks have a wealth of resources. At a hearing I attended during last year's General Assembly, the SCRG had three staff members, an ...

January 16, 2012 | Kershaw County School District Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Drakeford named to NLC steering committee

Camden City Council member Alfred Mae Drakeford has been appointed to the National League of Cities' (NLC) 2012 Human Development Steering Committee. The Human Development committee is responsible for developing policy positions on issues involving social services, children and learning, poverty and income support, employment and workforce development, equal opportunity, Social Security and seniors, individuals with disabilities, public health care, mental health parity and immigration reform.

January 16, 2012 | | Camden


Noted and passed

• Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich vowed that he would conduct a positive campaign for the presidency, and he did just that -- until his numbers started dropping. Gingrich, who polled well both in Iowa and New Hampshire at one time, unleashed a series of vitriolic ads against Mitt Romney as Gingrich's star began to fade. Other GOP candidates on the right have done the same as Romney has gained strength. These days, a positive message seems to last only as long as a candidate is doing well.

January 16, 2012 | | Editorials


Why Obama’s ‘recess’ battle matters

It's easy to ignore President Barack Obama's dispute with Senate Republicans over his recess appointments if you don't care what the government is doing with your money.

January 16, 2012 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Happy Golden Anniversary!!!

On Dec. 18, 2011, Blondell Jeffers and Dr. E. Raybon (Ray) Rodgers invited family to an intimate dinner to celebrate their Golden Anniversary. The gathering took place where the couple first met, the former site of the Blaney School, which has since been transformed into the Old South Restaurant, Elgin.

January 16, 2012 | | Localife


Countdown to the Cup

It is not too early to begin making plans for the 2012 Carolina Cup Steeplechase Races at the Springdale Race Course.

January 13, 2012 | | Equine


Demon wrestlers upend Sumter

Lugoff-Elgin had little trouble with host Sumter in winning Tuesday night's non-region wrestling match between the two 4A programs, 65-12.

January 13, 2012 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Mental Health Kershaw County presents awards at annual membership meeting

Mental Health America of Kershaw County (MHAKC) held its 49th annual membership dinner meeting Nov. 10 in the fellowship center at First Baptist Church in Camden. Joy Jay, executive director of Mental Health America of South Carolina, introduced the guest speaker, Alyce Kemp DeWitt.

January 13, 2012 | | Localife


Diane Peacock Collins

Mrs. Diane Peacock Collins, 45, of Barnwell, passed away Saturday, January 7, 2012 at Providence Hospital in Columbia.

January 13, 2012 | | Obituaries


James Leroy Jones

Funeral service for James Leroy Jones, 77, of 2232 Baron Dekalb Road in Camden will be held Monday, January 16, 2012, 1:00 P.M. at White Oak Baptist Church Hwy 97 with burial in the church cemetery. Collins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

January 13, 2012 | | Obituaries


Channing James Rollins

Channing James Rollins, 41, of Camden, passed away, Sunday, January, 08, 2012, after a long battle with colon cancer.

January 13, 2012 | | Obituaries


Elizabeth Mayrant Dickson Trice

Elizabeth Mayrant Dickson Trice, 94, of Broad Street, Jacksonville, Florida and formerly of Rembert, entered into eternal rest on Friday, January 6, 2012.

January 13, 2012 | | Obituaries


Carolyn Walters

Funeral services to celebrate the life of Carolyn Othenia Hoffman Walters, 81, of Camden will be held Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 11:00 AM at Kornegay Funeral Home Camden Chapel with burial to follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Rev. Brent Kendall will officiate. The family will receive friends Friday, January 13, 2012 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. Memorials may be made in Mrs. Walter's memory to a charity of one's choice.Mrs. Walters, widow of Charles Ingram Walters died Tuesday, January 10, 2012. Born in Hartsville, she was the ...

January 13, 2012 | | Obituaries


Robert Ariail -- Jan. 13, 2012

January 13, 2012 | | Ariail


Washington’s anti-S.C. disposition

If you pay attention to the news -- and if you're reading this community newspaper it's likely that you do -- you're probably aware that the federal government just rejected South Carolina's recently-passed "Voter ID" law, which would require voters to present photo identification before casting a ballot in an election.

January 13, 2012 | Richard Sckstrom S.C. comptroller | Columns


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Lonesome Glory Handicap kicks off NSA fall campaign

Jacqueline Ohrstrom's Demonstrative, current leader in the National Steeplechase Association's 2014 earnings standings, will meet 2013 Eclipse Award winner Divine Fortune on Thursday in Belmont Park's $150,000 Lonesome Glory Handicap.

September 17, 2014 | | Equine


Lady Bulldogs top L-E to improve to 5-3

In just their second year of existence, the Camden High girls' golf team can sympathize with the growing pains which their cross-river neighbors are experiencing.

September 17, 2014 | | Sports


Lady Knights flatten Indian Land

That steamroller which is the North Central High volleyball team showed no signs of slowing down in a 3-1 win over Indian Land in a match played last Thursday in Lancaster.

September 17, 2014 | | North Central High/Middle


‘Blue Bloods,’ ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ ‘Who’ on DVD

The latest season of the police procedural "Blue Bloods," about a family of law enforcers, the "Avengers" TV spinoff "Marvel's Agents of "S.H.I.E.L.D." and the latest incarnation of "Doctor Who" lead new television shows on DVD this week.

September 16, 2014 | Chris Hicks Deseret News | National


Bride surprises dying dad with wedding in hospital room

ORANGE, Calif. -- A bride who knew her father had only weeks to live surprised him by canceling her dream wedding and brought the ceremony to his hospital room so he could give her away and dance with her.

September 16, 2014 | Tracie Knabe Snowder KSL | National


Year-round school calendar: Will it benefit students?

It's mid-September, and most schools have barely begun classes, but students at Rosa Parks Elementary School are getting ready for vacation. Fall break for the Portland, Oregon, elementary school starts on Sept. 22 and runs for three weeks.

September 16, 2014 | Eric Schulzke Deseret News | National


My third failed attempt at breastfeeding, and it's OK

I've come to know the sound all too well -- the unmistakable suction of the breast pump. In fact, my breast pump and I have spent so much time together there are times I think it's talking to me, and sometimes not saying very nice things! Perhaps some are familiar with that distinctive noise as well if they've been as unlucky as me with what I was told would be natural and wonderful.

September 16, 2014 | Danielle Longhurst FamilyShare | National


5 simple ways to make your husband’s day a better one

Chances are your husband is not expecting a dozen red roses from you. However, he wouldn't mind hearing words of appreciation. Telling your husband how thankful you are for the things he has done or telling him how much you love him is a good start to making his day a better one.

September 16, 2014 | Mayra Bitsko FamilyShare | National


5 must-teaches to prepare your kids for adulthood

We teach our children to walk, talk, chew 32 times, brush their teeth, pick up their clothes and be kind to others. We teach them to turn off the lights when they leave a room and not to play with matches. We teach them to drive cars and send out thank-you notes. The list is endless. We teach them so much more than the schools they attend. We prepare them for life.

September 16, 2014 | Becky Rickman FamilyShare | National


Top colleges that take rich and poor kids

As students flood the campuses of the country's elite colleges this fall, those schools remain, mostly, enclaves of privilege. This persists despite the fact that there are many high schoolers from low-income families that make top grades and test scores in numbers that are twice the percentage in the general population as at prestigious universities.

September 16, 2014 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | National


Bridging the gap: Can empathy be taught?

Every semester since 2006, Kevin Blair has taught an introductory course on poverty at Niagara University. And every semester, he finds a business student who is only enrolled in the class to fulfill a social science elective, or simply needed three more credits to graduate -- not because the student is interested in poverty.

September 16, 2014 | Amy McDonald Deseret News | National


Woman's happiness most important to having a successful marriage

How happy a woman believes her marriage is has a direct impact on the quality of her husband's life, according to research in the Journal of Marriage and Family. And that holds "no matter how he feels about their nuptials."

September 16, 2014 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News | National


Life-affirming lessons learned in an airport

I recently flew across the U.S. from Oregon to Massachusetts via California. Spending several hours traveling allowed me to indulge in one of my favorite pastimes -- people watching. And while you might think a cross-country overnight flight would bring out the worst in people, the opposite was true. I observed several moments that proved to me the world is inherently good, and I can be a part of it. Let me tell you about 6 brief experiences that inspired me.

September 16, 2014 | Amy Peterson FamilyShare | National


One little girl learns the true meaning of delete

For little children, it is the small things in life that can completely destroy their day. When one little girl deletes a picture on the camera, tears quickly come. It can break our heart to see children cry over the smallest details but do we often find ourselves doing the same thing? Has your mood ever quickly changed because your favorite pair of pants are too tight and you're mad at yourself for putting on a few extra pounds? Do you find that you quickly lose patience when your child constantly whines? Or, do the tears start to come ...

September 16, 2014 | Courtnie Erickson FamilyShare | National


The day the chase ended

OK, I admit it: I had a crush on JoAnn.

September 16, 2014 | Joe Walker Deseret News | National


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