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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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The Clean Cut:

Friday night at Fenway Park, a young man impressed many after he received a foul ball and immediately gave it to a girl sitting behind him.

September 11, 2014 | Sarah Sanders Petersen Deseret News | National


Education may not be the great equalizer, author says

In 1982, Johns Hopkins sociologist Karl Alexander began tracking 790 Baltimore schoolchildren when they entered the first grade -- and he followed them for the next 30 years of their lives.

September 11, 2014 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | National


Reports on cost of raising children discourage potential parents

Here we go again. Yet another report has been circulating recently that claims it costs a quarter of a million dollars to raise a child to age 18. And this, the report ominously warns, does not even count the crushing cost of college!

September 11, 2014 | Linda and Richard Eyre Deseret News | National


Movies that inspire us to do good

HELPING HAND LAND -- Movies are one of the most inspirational forms of entertainment. Here are a few movies that can inspire us to do some good in the world.

September 11, 2014 | Sarah Bringhurst OK.com | National


How did these 10 celebrities get their start? Faith

Faith has been said to move mountains.

September 11, 2014 | Herb Scribner Deseret News | National


Overcoming Physical Defects; Examples from Hollywood

In today's world, where a normal and beautiful physique is valued above almost everything else, it is difficult for someone to face the fact of their own physical imperfections. Perhaps they are plain-looking, or short, or have some other physical defect that makes them think they cannot achieve their full potential -- all because they don't exactly "fit the mold." We can all take heart from the following stories of Hollywood celebrities who rose above their physical challenges to become beloved cinema legends:

September 11, 2014 | Tim Torkildson Deseret News Service | National


Red Cross App puts 'power to save lives' in users' hands

A new app released by the American Red Cross Tuesday will put "the power to save lives in the palm of your hand," said Kimberly Houk, spokeswoman for the Red Cross.

September 11, 2014 | Emilee Eagar Deseret News | National


When kids were unbreakable

This summer we returned to my mom's hometown in the Northwest. One afternoon we stopped by good old Crown Park, a place my mom took me to play when I was a child.

September 11, 2014 | Tiffany Gee Lewis Deseret News | National


Faith groups, activists criticize President Obama for immigration reform delay

Faith groups have joined with immigration activists to speak out against President Obama's decision to delay executive action on immigration until after midterm elections, criticizing the president who may remain the movement's only hope for action.

September 11, 2014 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | National


7 Small Ways to Make Big Things Happen

The old saying has it that "Mighty oaks from little acorns grow." Have you ever noticed that sometimes a very small action leads to amazingly large results?

September 11, 2014 | Tim Torkildson Deseret News Service | National


L-EHS teacher cadets get lesson on books from Norma Young

In preparation for an upcoming assignment, Ms. Anne Lemieux and Mrs. Wendy Mullis invited Mrs. Norma Young, retired media specialist, to speak to the Teacher Cadets Class about the characteristics of effective children's books.

September 10, 2014 | | Localife


Landscapes & Jazz Greats opens at FAC’s Bassett Gallery Thursday

The Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County will open its 2014-15 Bassett Gallery season with an exhibition of the works of Michael Story. Landscapes & Jazz Greats will open with a catered reception Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. just prior to the Mary Tatum Piano Room Dedication and Concert.

September 10, 2014 | | Localife


Ariail for September 10, 2014

September 10, 2014 | | Ariail


Truett Cathy

Folks in Kershaw County were excited a year or so ago when Chick-fil-A opened a store between Camden and Lugoff. The fast-food restaurant is one of the favorite quick eateries in the United States, especially in the South, where fried chicken has been a staple for centuries. We note that Truett Cathy, the founder of the 1,800-outlet chain, died recently at the age of 93.

September 10, 2014 | | Editorials


Yesteryear for Sept. 10, 2014

United way campaign kicks off with agency fair

September 10, 2014 | | Yesteryear


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