In 2005 I was asked to write the history book for my American Legion Post 17 located in Camden. Among the many bits of facts I discovered and wrote into the document was the huge amount of compensation benefits our VA Service Officer and his assistant brought into my home county. At that time the annual amount was a mere $18,375,000 that year. Those benefits are tax exempt. That means every penny/dollar is turned around by the veteran who benefited from the award so they can spend the entire amount back into our local economy for goods ...
On June 15, God called one of his "special angels" home. Barbara was a special needs person. To me she was just a special person. When Barbara was born, she wasn't given much chance to live, but because of God's grace, her parents' and family's love and the care of her doctors, she lived a good and long life.
Kershaw County citizens age 65 years or older can receive lifetime Golden Circle passes that allow them to attend school-sponsored activities or athletic events free of charge. The passes are good from year to year. Admission to athletic playoffs is not included.
Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Sally, a 3-month-old male orange domestic short-haired kitten, and Ginger, a female Dachshund mix puppy. The adoption donation includes spaying or neutering. The shelter, located at the south end of Fair Street and managed by the Kershaw County Humane Society, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The shelter is closed Sunday and Monday. For information on the shelter or to check for a missing pet, call 425-6016 or e-mail wcas@camden ...
The following are menus for Kershaw County schools for the week of Sept. 5-9:
The third annual Attic Sale to benefit the Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County will be held Sept. 15-17 in the former Gifts on Broad, located at 1041 Broad St., next to Sam Kendall's in downtown Camden. Regular sale hours are Friday, noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. To prepare for the upcoming sale, Norm and Deb McAbee buff up some cane chairs.
The deadline is Sept. 23 to register for the 12th annual Kershaw County Senior Golf Tournament, to be held Sept. 30 at White Pines Golf Club in Camden.
Here are some questions about your money and government of and for the people:
Hazel Lee Brown, 48, of Washington, D.C., formerly of Rembert, died Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011.
Lt. Col. H. W. Carroll Furman (US Army, Ret.), Colonel, Unorganized Militia of South Carolina, and Brigadier (Honorary), a resident of Camden, SC died Tuesday, August 30, 2011. He was predeceased by his spouse, Nola Harrington Furman. He is survived by his children, Dr. Wyndol Furman (Donna) of Denver, CO, Duncan F. Furman (Charlotte Claussen) of Denver, CO and Alexa F. Stuart (Jim) of Irmo, SC; and three grandchildren, Alexander Reed Furman (Julie), Mary Katharine Stuart and Grace Carroll Stuart. Born in Bennettsville, SC, he was the son of the late Ricky L. Furman and Nell Carroll Furman Miller.
Martha "Jane" Presnell-Eshleman, of Columbia, widow of Edwin "Ed" Eshleman, died Saturday, August 27, 2011 at Providence Hospital, Columbia, SC. Jane was born on September 7, 1947 in Monroe, NC and was a daughter of the late Elvin "Pony" Presnell and Frieda Allen Presnell. She was a member of St. Timothy's Lutheran Church and had retired from Blue Cross Blue Shield of SC.
Don't take this personally, but if you don't like chocolate, you're a little bit weird.
At last there's a hint of hope from Washington -- a tiny but palpable sign that just maybe, lawmakers are getting the message that people are weary of the logjam which prevents decent legislation from being passed. Democratic and Republican members of the Joint Select Committee On Deficit Reduction have agreed to name a longtime Senate staffer to assume the job of running the panel. The man they've chosen is Mark Prater, chief counsel for Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee. We're glad to see him named not because he's a member of the GOP but because ...
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.
It was another black eye for South Carolina last week when Rep. Bobby Harrell, speaker of the House of Representatives, was indicted by a Richland County grand jury on nine counts, including illegally using campaign money for personal expenses, filing false campaign disclosures and misconduct in office. Harrell suspended himself -- how's that for an oddity? -- and will now face his government accusers. South Carolina certainly doesn't have a monopoly on political malfeasance but the Palmetto State has had more than its share of governmental scandal. We say that fully recognizing that Harrell is innocent until proven guilty.
Citizens groups want lower utility rates
On Sunday afternoon (Sept. 7), my friend was driving south of Jefferson Davis Highway. It was raining, with lots of thunder and lightning. When she got past the BP station, a transformer must have exploded. Her car hit the pole. She suffered some bad injuries.
On Aug. 24, 2013, my brother, Alan Robinson, was cruelly and brutally murdered. The week of Aug. 24, 2014, his killer was tried, found guilty and sentenced to life in prison without parole for his crime.
Though the calendar has now been flipped to the month of September and autumn is right around the corner, here in South Carolina it is still very much summer according to the thermometer. Days are getting shorter, but lower temperatures don't usually make it to South Carolina to signal the end of summer until well into October. Birds have begun their annual migrations south, but the heat and humidity that still lingers continues to keep snakes very active. Being exothermic, or cold-blooded as I was taught in elementary school, snakes take environmental warmth and warm themselves to activate processes ...
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WASHINGTON -- As a South Carolinian, it befalls me to examine the peculiarities afflicting our former governor and now-congressman Mark Sanford, who, contrary to decorum and taste, continues to demand attention.
Racers, start your engines! The 24 Hours of LeMons race returns to the Carolina Motorsports Park this weekend, giving less-than-professional drivers in less-than-$500 contraptions the chance to show what they're made of.
With the rain --- which caused a one-hour delay --- followed by the heat and humidity, Saturday was hardly the optimal conditions for a cross country race.
The Cassatt Fire Department will host a high school rodeo on Oct. 10 and 11 on the grounds of the Mid-Carolina Field Trial Club. The club is located at 925 Field Trial Rd. in Camden.
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.
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.
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.
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.