With the April 15 tax filing deadline having past earlier this week, Kershaw County residents can breathe a sigh of relief – except for those who filed for an extension, of course. But a more important day, when it comes to your money, is Tax Freedom Day, which is the day the average South Carolina resident finally earns enough to pay his or her income tax bill. This year it was April 9; because of South Carolina's tax structure, which is lower than some states, Palmetto State residents pay their share earlier than the nation as a whole, which is ...
It was good to see dedicated volunteers and staff members recognized at last week's annual United Way of Kershaw County dinner. While there are many, many people who push together to make the United Way the superb organization that it is, a few special people were singled out for recognition. Dr. Frank Morgan, superintendent of the Kershaw County School District, received the Jake Watson Award, and Camden Deputy Fire Chief Phil Elliot was given the Anne Dallas Volunteer of the Year award. Other plaudits for volunteer efforts were given, and staff member Margaret Lawhorn was singled out for her ...
If you're glad spring is here and you're looking back on this winter as one of the worst ever, you're right. But if you want a few weather statistics that are really cruel, try these on for size:
It's been a long, cold winter. Too many nights with sub-20 temperatures. Too many days of steady, cold drizzle.
We read about people who make hundreds of millions of dollars a year, but for most of us, it's difficult to even imagine such wealth.
I'm not much for reality shows on television, but when I saw an advertisement for Southern Charm, a show set in Charleston, I thought I'd take a look.
Everyone who's sick of winter, raise your hands.
I have a friend who says he's stopped asking people how they're feeling.
If you've always harbored a desire to be an Olympic athlete but you have a hard time walking and chewing gum at the same time, I have two words for you:
Many people who live in the South -- right here in Kershaw County -- think they're experts at driving in snow and ice, despite the fact that they virtually never have to do it.
It's been more than 25 years since it occurred, so finally I can tell you a secret:
** Pete Seeger, who died recently at 94, had a profound influence on the American musical scene; the folksinger-songwriter was a catalyst for the folk music revival of the 1960s and he penned some of the great songs of that genre, including If I Had A Hammer, Where Have All The Flowers Gone and Turn, Turn, Turn. He also helped champion social change and was a consistent anti-war voice. Few people in the music world accomplished as much as he did, and he will be missed.
A few years ago I used this Friday space to talk to you about Merle Haggard, one of the two country music stars I had ever wanted to see in concert.
Kershaw County received a significant snowfall Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, an event that doesn't happen very often. It gave local kids an opportunity they relished -- playing outside under conditions they don't normally see. And to the relief of adults, most roads in the county cleared quickly on Wednesday despite temperatures that didn't rise above freezing, coupled with a cloud cover that never dissipated.
In France, where adultery on the part of public officials is often met with a wink and a nod, President Francoise Hollande is under fire after the revelation of his long-term affair with an actress.
• "Glenn," writes my friend Waylon Fortenberry of Chesterfield County, "I'm not saying let's go kill all the stupid people. I'm just saying let's remove all the warning labels and let the problem work itself out."
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