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Fixing a dysfunctional tax structure

When people talk about the tax structure in South Carolina, "dysfunctional" is the word most often used to describe it. This is especially true in terms of the way in which K-12 education is funded in our state. The revenue structure used to fund K-12 education is a morass of provisos, special legislation and conflicting statutes. It is complicated, confusing and arbitrary; it just doesn't work. (A metaphor related to duct tape comes to mind when I think about it.) The overdependence on the sales tax for school funding, caused by Act 388, has worsened the impact of the ...

February 14, 2011 | Kershaw County School District Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Margaret E. Dotson Worthy

Margaret Elizabeth Dotson Worthy, 86, of Spartanburg, passed away on Friday, February 11, 2011, at A. Sam Karesh Long Term Care in Camden, SC. Born May 31, 1924, in Spartanburg, SC, she was the daughter of the late Robert Jason and Mary Sue Fulbright Dotson and widow of the late William Harley Worthy.

February 14, 2011 | | Obituaries


Willie Mae Neal

Funeral services for Willie Mae Neal, 70, of 2378 Baron DeKalb Road, Camden will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Scott Hill Baptist Church, Flint Hill Road, Camden with burial at St. John Baptist Church Cemetery, John G. Richards Road. Mrs. Neal died Thursday, Feb. 10. Collins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

February 14, 2011 | | Obituaries


Sweet treats

The hardworking teachers and staff at Midway Elementary School have been putting forth extra effort to make adjustments for their interim principal, Theodore Jackson. School Resource Officer Michelle Cobb (left) helped him show his appreciation by handing out sweet treats. The candy brought a smile to the face of third-grade teacher Teri Davis (right).

February 14, 2011 | | Education


Grace R. Neal

Funeral services to celebrate the life of Grace Carolyn Rhoden Neal, 89, of Camden were held Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 2:00 PM at First Baptist Church of Camden with burial following in Lugoff First Baptist Church Cemetery. Pastor Bruce Hancock officiated. The family received friends Saturday, February 12, 2011 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM at Kornegay Funeral Home Camden Chapel. Memorials may be made in Mrs. Neal's memory to the A. Sam Karesh Long Term Care, 1315 Roberts Street, Camden, SC 29020.

February 14, 2011 | | Obituaries


Back row view to state government's spending problems

We sit on the back row of the state senate with a fairly good view of the good, the bad, and the ugly in our state's government. One of us is a Democrat and one of us is a Republican. But more important than party affiliation is a commitment to responsible and honest government in our state. That's why we have joined together to condemn the recent action of the Budget and Control Board to approve deficit spending by South Carolina agencies. Deficit spending by South Carolina's government is just wrong, and business as usual just doesn ...

February 11, 2011 | | Columns


Camden drops pair to Darlington

Catching league-leading Darlington at the wrong time, Camden saw the fate of its season come down to Thursday night's regular season finale against Hartsville.

February 11, 2011 | | Camden High/Middle


Chamber board meeting rescheduled to next week

The Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce rescheduled its monthly board of directors meeting from Thursday to next week after a forecast of possible inclement weather.

February 11, 2011 | | Miscellaneous


KCSO Employee of the Month

Beverly Brevard was selected as January's "Employee of the Month" for the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office. Brevard has worked in law enforcement for 22 years, beginning in 1989 as a 911 dispatcher. She began working directly for the sheriff's office in 1995, and now works in the records and sex offender registry.

February 11, 2011 | | Miscellaneous


Pets of the week - Feb. 11, 2011

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are a 1-year-old female tortoiseshell cat and a 10-week-old male shepherd-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.net. The shelter's ...

February 11, 2011 | | Pets


Julia Frierson

Funeral service for Julia James Frierson, 52, of Lugoff, will be held Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home with burial to follow in Hardshell Cemetery, Lugoff. Rev. Richard Cameron will officiate. The family will receive friends Saturday 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Richland County Sheriff's Department.

February 11, 2011 | | Obituaries


Rev. Charles H. Rabon

Funeral services for Reverend Charles Henry Rabon, 80, of Charlotte, will be held Saturday, February 12, at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church, Kershaw. Rev. Bryant D. Fersner and Rev. Bob Deaton will officiate. Burial will be at 4:00 p.m. Saturday at Lugoff First Baptist Church Cemetery, Lugoff, SC. A memorial service will be held in Charlotte at Providence Baptist Church on Sunday, February 13, at 2:30 p.m. The family will receive friends following the service in Kershaw in the sanctuary of the church. Memorials may be made to the Charles and Jo Rabon ...

February 11, 2011 | | Obituaries


Robert Ariail -- Feb. 11, 2011

February 11, 2011 | | Viewpoint


Less is more

Republicans gained a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives in last November's elections, but the GOP is finding that binding all its members together to produce clear policy isn't an easy task. House Republicans earlier this week proposed cutting about $35 billion in spending, slashing such programs as Americorps, family planning assistance and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. But many newly elected members say that's not enough, stressing they were sent to Washington to make even deeper cuts. Complicating the situation is that spending legislation must also pass the Senate, where Democrats still maintain a ...

February 11, 2011 | | Editorials


Happy in the Palmetto State

Those of us who are lucky enough to live in South Carolina are accustomed to reading all those quality-of-life surveys that usually place us among the dregs of society.

February 11, 2011 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


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L-E fall sports schedule

Volleyball

August 27, 2014 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Senior citizens can attend school-sponsored events free

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.

August 27, 2014 | | Education


Airman Glover graduates from basic military training

Air Force Airman Michael W. Glover graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

August 27, 2014 | | Military


Meet the Bulldogs on tap tonight

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.

August 25, 2014 | | Camden High/Middle


Gary signs pro contract to play in Luxembourg

When he left Camden High School following his graduation in 2009 to continue his academic and basketball pursuits, Evrik Gary needed only to hop on I-20 East and head for Florence and Francis Marion University. Among the reasons he chose to attend FMU was the school's proximity to his home and family in Camden.

August 20, 2014 | | Sports


ABLE Club offers sponsorship options for 2014-15

The ABLE Club of S.C., the official athletic booster club of Lugoff-Elgin High School, is kicking off its membership campaign for the 2014-15 athletic seasons at the school.

August 08, 2014 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Bulldog Club membership drive kicks into high gear

The Camden High School Bulldog Club membership drive is in full swing for the 2014-2015 school year. The organization, founded in 1952, provides financial assistance to all athletic programs at the school through the membership drive and various fundraising activities.

August 08, 2014 | | Camden High/Middle


ABLE Club honors Evans in membership drive

The ABLE Club of S.C., the official athletic booster club of Lugoff-Elgin High School, is kicking off its membership campaign for the 2014-15 athletic seasons at the school.

August 04, 2014 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


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