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.
The Thomas Sumter Academy Lady Generals varsity girls' tennis team trounced Laurence Manning Academy, 9-0,Wednesday at the Palmetto Tennis Center in Sumter.
The Lugoff-Elgin volleyball team made first-year head coach Jessica Mullins' debut a winning one as the Lady Demons opened the 2011 season with a 4-1 win over visiting White Knoll on Tuesday night inside the Demons Den.
Helped by a pair of Camden residents, the Thomas Sumter Academy junior varsity girls' tennis team opened its 2011 season with an 8-1 win over Robert E. Lee Academy in a Tuesday afternoon match.
Sha'nyla Annette Danzy, daughter of Ebony Danzy of Bethune, has been selected as a finalist in the Pre-Teen South Carolina Scholarship and Recognition Program to be held Sept. 3 through 5, at the Hyatt Regency in Greenville.
The Camden Community Concert Band will kick off their 2011-12 concert season with its first practice on Monday, Sept. 12. The CCCB, directed by Pat Wylie and assisted by Robert Wertz, is open to anyone who plays or has played a musical instrument in the past. The band needs to add players in ALL sections of the band, but especially percussion. No auditions are required and the rehearsal atmosphere is informal.
Once again the Kershaw County Master Gardner's Association is holding a Fall Plant Sale on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 8 a.m. until noon at the Homemakers Building at Dekalb and Church Streets in center city Camden.
Kershaw County educators Mary Hayes, Kiersten Ross, Elma Shannon and Marilyn Shuler were among the 50 educators from across the state who recently completed a rigorous week learning about the importance of family farmers and domestically produced food, fiber and fuel at the S.C. Farm Bureau (SCFB) 2011 Summer Ag in the Classroom Teacher Institute in Aiken.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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 ...
OK, I admit it: I had a crush on JoAnn.
It was a landmark week for the showdown between big cable, who tie online services to network subscriptions, and Millennial viewers, who prefer to watch much of their TV online and a la carte.
It is no secret that parenting is hard. No matter whether your children are young, teenagers or even adults, your children need and deserve a parent who cares. Spending time with your children is important but it isn't just the amount of time you spend that matters, it is the quality of time. By making an effort to truly be present in your child's life, your relationship will grow and parenting may seem just a tad easier.
In December 2012, when 20-year-old Adam Lanza killed 27 people, including his mother and 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the nation reeled with grief. Liza Long, a mother in Boise, Idaho, asked herself: What if my son is capable of that?
Faith's influence in the realm of science-fiction isn't anything new. Some of the most popular moves in recent years, like the 2013 summer hit "Man of Steel," have actually taken cues from faithful stories and used them as a way to promote a powerful message.