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No justification for sales tax increase

The proposed 1 cent sales tax increase for Kershaw County, to be voted on November 2, is both inappropriate and ill-timed. With unemployment at 11.1 percent and economic conditions adversely affecting all citizens, especially the poor and middle class, it is unconscionable that County Council would allow this process to even get off the ground, The Capital Projects Commission did what they were asked to do; but they should never have been asked in the first place. If either of the projects proposed to be funded by this tax increase had been deemed "essential", then it should have been ...

October 22, 2010 | Ralph E. Sims Camden | Letters


Vote yes for progress

There is no question we all pay our share of taxes. Since taxes are necessary and one of two things that are certain (death being the other), it is refreshing to finally have local leaders working together in an effort to better our communities. What I am referring to is the Capital Sales Tax Project or "Penny For Progress Kershaw County."

October 22, 2010 | Johnny Deal Camden | Letters


Paper waste comes from all directions

"Think Green," "Reusable bags," "Recycle Paper" and many other phrases urge us to conserve paper. Obviously, two large groups have not understood the message. On each mail delivery day we receive between five and 13 pieces of waste mail. All are dropped, unopened, into the trash.

October 22, 2010 | Dr. Melissa Osborne Rembert | Letters


Child safety seat check Saturday

The Camden and Lugoff fire departments will team with the Camden Kmart and local agencies to promote fire and life safety as part of the Sears Holdings National Safety Weekend. Safety Weekend will be observed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this weekend at Kmart.

October 22, 2010 | | Miscellaneous


Wise on the mark

I am writing regarding Rev. Dr. P. W. Wise's letter, "Diversity, tolerance as American as apple pie," featured in the Chronicle-Independent Oct. 18. He is the pastor of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, located in downtown Camden.

October 22, 2010 | Carolyn Johnson Cassatt | Letters


Commission members voice their support for capital sales tax

In October of 2009, we were appointed by the Kershaw County Council to the Capital Sales Tax Commission. Over the months that followed, we worked diligently to understand exactly how the tax would work, to review 27 qualifying projects totaling over $77 million, and finally to narrow the list to eight projects as our final recommendation.

October 22, 2010 | Kershaw County Capital Sales Tax Commission Ted Davis, Melissa Emmons, Yulee Harrelson, Chuck Nash and Rickie Tiller | Letters


A penny here, a penny there

The polls are going to open Tuesday, November 2, at 7 a.m. and we again will be asked to choose the people we think are going to be the best to lead our county and state for the next few years. We will also be asked to decide if we want another penny added to the sales tax to fund projects across the county. This question is one of the most important of the entire election for Kershaw County residents for this will affect all of us for years to come. The penny for progress.com lobby has been ...

October 22, 2010 | Jeff Mattox Elgin | Letters


The right way

October 22, 2010 | | Education


Few gives straight answers

Please tell me that I have just awoken from some bad dream. I have been researching the candidates running for S.C. House District 79, and I cannot believe what I am seeing.

October 22, 2010 | Shelby Price Lugoff | Letters


Of the people, by the people, for the people

The election in November is going to determine what kind of government and government philosophy we are going to have in 2011 and 2012, and probably beyond that.

October 22, 2010 | Benji L. Jackson Lugoff | Letters


Haley's focus on education questionable

As a public school educator for almost 50 years I am very concerned about the future of public education. We need someone in the governor's office who is really concerned about education in this state.

October 22, 2010 | J. Coke Goodwin Camden | Letters


David Herndon

Area of county in which I reside:

October 22, 2010 | | Politics


Don Copley, M.D.

Area of county in which you reside:

October 22, 2010 | | Politics


City of Camden urges responsible water use after drought warning

The city of Camden is asking its water customers to voluntarily eliminate non-essential water use and limit discretionary uses like lawn irrigation to off-peak times.

October 22, 2010 | | Camden


Elgin Gun Sales Inc.

Elgin Gun Sales Inc., featuring retail guns and ammo sales and accessories, has opened for business at 2510-A Green Hill Road, Elgin. The business offers products for hunters, home defense, personal protection and other needs. Roger Ross, Len Rosinski, Ricky Caughman and Jack Whitworth are owners. Manager is Jason Wright; assistant manager is Chip Wright. Elgin Gun Sales Inc. is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The phone number is 438-3456. Representatives of the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce and others joined the business owners ...

October 22, 2010 | | Miscellaneous


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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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