If you make a donation to a charity this year, you may be able to take a deduction for it on your 2011 tax return. Here are the top nine things the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) wants every taxpayer to know before deducting charitable donations.
I always thought hospitality was freely given without even thinking about it by the one who gives. It seems odd to me that the word tax would even be combined with it. Sadly, taxes have become burdens that we pay out of a grudging obligation to governments who would have us believe they know what's best. We vote, hoping those we elect will help change things for the better and represent all fairly and judiciously.
The Kershaw County Democratic Party has a new slate of leaders effective immediately, with Cindy NeSmith at the helm as chairman.
In the wake of Hurricane Irene, thousands of people have turned to the American Red Cross for help. Many communities from North Carolina to New England are suffering from significant flooding, wind damage and widespread power outages.
Is she still here? I can't say for sure. What odd map does she follow? Does she feel secure?
Karissa Tolliver, a junior at Lugoff-Elgin High School, earned a third place award for her graphic design in the Graphic Arts Education Reseach Foundation (GAERF) 2011 Student Design Competition. Karissa is a student at the Applied Technology Education Campus (ATEC) in Camden.
The new website for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has a fresh look and feel and uses a new web content management system.
It is poignantly appropriate that the Martin Luther King Memorial has stirred controversy. After all, so did Dr. King.
On behalf of Food for the Soul, its executive committee and board of directors, thanks to all who participated in our "Pass the Plate" summer fundraising campaign. Churches, civic clubs, community organizations and businesses throughout Kershaw County "passed the plate" to support our soup kitchen ministry and emergency shelter for the homeless. The financial support and volunteer efforts of the people of Camden and Kershaw County have enabled us to meet growing needs as the poor economy and related joblessness continues unabated, and as we seek to alleviate hunger and homelessness in Kershaw County.
Recently much has been said about the DPZ plan with respect to the use of the Mather Academy property and recreation. When one reads the plan's recommendations several facts become very evident despite all of the rhetoric.
Where did it come from?
Regarding recreation centers under fire, there's a larger picture we need to look at.
The following real estate transfers were recently recorded in the Kershaw County Assessor's office:
WASHINGTON -- Rick Perry's rapid lead over previous Republican front-runner Mitt Romney was predictable. But it is not a good sign for Republicans hoping to reclaim the White House and further highlights the crucial battle within GOP circles: Who is the godliest of us all?
With Hurricane Irene having come and gone, and with Kershaw County and South Carolina having been spared, the second-guessers in other parts of the country are coming out of the woodwork. When it comes to hindsight, there's perhaps no area more fertile than weather -- specifically, severe storms. It's easy to assess blame after the fact, whether it's for lack of preparedness or over-reaction, and there is no shortage of people who are willing to do so.
Taylor Blake Mooneyham, 16, of 3183 Youngs Bridge Road, passed away Sunday, August 17, 2014, at his home.
Funeral service for Charles Dabney, 79, will be held on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at DeKalb Baptist Church with burial to follow in Fort Jackson National Cemetery. The Rev. Keith Coates will officiate. The family will receive friends Tuesday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. Memorials may be made to DeKalb Baptist Church, 2034 DeKalb School Road, Camden, S.C. 29020.
The Camden Bulldog Club will sponsor Meet the Bulldogs on Monday, Aug. 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Commons area of the gym.
Betty Jean Alexander Asti of Newark, DE, passed from this life to glory with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on August 14, 2014 at the age of 86. She was born to the late Haven and Anna Alexander on June 12, 1928 in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania.
Patricia Haynes Cassady, 79, of Charlotte, NC, born in Camden, SC, died Friday, August 15, 2014. Plans are incomplete and will be announced by Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel.
Ms. Pearline Dunham, 75, of 434 Baxley Circle, Bethune, South Carolina passed on Thursday, August 14, 2014. Services were conducted on Sunday, August 17, 2014, at 1:30 PM at St. Matthew Baptist Church, Bethune, SC, with burial in St. Matthew Baptist Church Cemetery, Bethune, SC. Haile's Funeral Home was in charge.
Ms. Beulah Mae Kibler, 89, of 1268 James West Road, Cassatt, South Carolina, passed on Wednesday, August 13, 2014. Services will be conducted will be conducted today at 2:00 PM at Mt. Joshua Baptist Church, Camden, SC, with burial in Mt. Joshua Baptist Church Cemetery, Camden, SC. Haile's Funeral Home is in charge.
Lugoff – Funeral service for Verlie Marie Stepp McAvoy, 75, will be held on Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. at Trinity Baptist Church with burial to follow in Lugoff First Baptist Church Cemetery. The Rev. Dr. Charles Everett and the Rev. David Robinson will officiate. The family will receive friends today 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children – Greenville, 950 W. Faris Road, Greenville, S.C. 29605.
Mrs. Cora Niland, 87, of 304 Doby Street, Camden, South Carolina passed on Thursday, August 14, 2014. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Haile's Funeral Home.
A funeral service to celebrate the life of William Hydrick Sanders, Major US Air Force (Ret.) 85, of Hartsville, SC, was held at 3:00 PM, Sunday, August 17, 2014 at Kelleytown Baptist Church in Hartsville, SC. Rev. Rod Elliott and Rev. Lin Kirkman officiated. Burial will followed in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Camden, with military rites. The family received friends from 2:00-4:00 PM, Saturday, August 16, 2014 at Brown Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home in Hartsville.
Funeral service for Mrs. Teresa Ann Torruella, 65, of 1283 Drakeford Road in Cassatt will be held Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 11:00 A.M. at Sweet Home Baptist Church with burial in Hyco Baptist Church cemetery. She died Thursday, August 14, 2014. Collins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
For the past couple of years, our district has designated one book for summer reading for secondary students. I've really liked this approach. It has generated a lot of enthusiasm and gotten entire families involved. This year's book, This I Believe II, is a collection of personal essays by a very diverse group of people, ranging from legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma to author Studs Terkel. The book got me to thinking; if I was to write an essay about what I believe about education, what would I say?
Let me begin with full disclosure: I was born in Greenville and even though my family moved away when I was 5 years old, I still consider Greenville my hometown. And, as with a first love, one's hometown will always be something special. So it is with me and Greenville.
Some missing something or the other required me to prowl through closets at Mama's house. That's when I found it. I pulled it out and smiled broadly, warmed by the memories it evoked.