The drama that's been playing out for a couple weeks in Wisconsin over public sector unions has moved to Ohio, and it's almost certain that the issue of public unions isn't going away. While union membership has been declining for years in private business, that hasn't been the case with public unions; in 2009, for the first time in this country's history, a majority of unionized workers were in government jobs rather than private ones. And the percentages are even more striking: while only 7 percent of private workers are unionized, 36 percent of government ...
One of the many priceless moments in the 1990 film "Kindergarten Cop" takes place when Detective John Kimble, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, tries to explain why he is a kindergarten teacher. To a teacher colleague, who is unaware he has entered the school in an undercover role, he explains, "I got tired of teaching teenagers because by the time they came to me I felt there wasn't much I could do with them. I realized that the real action is in kindergarten."
All Kershaw County residents and parents should be very proud of their schools. For two weeks in February, I was a member of a team who administered an assessment called the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) or the Nation's Report Card, to 4th and 8th graders at four Kershaw County schools. The students were cooperative and polite and stayed on task the entire assessment period. They asked questions about the test and appeared committed to doing their best.
There are no words to express our feelings of sorrow in the loss of our family member, Jerry Geiger. We find comfort in knowing that so many of you were there for us when we needed you.
33 YEARS AGO -- Feb. 27-March 3, 1978
WASHINGTON -- Mike Huckabee made a great argument for gay marriage.
It did not take Randy Stokes long to find out the difference between last year's Lugoff-Elgin AAA state championship baseball team and this year's squad, which is making its class 4A debut.
This past weekend, the Lugoff-Elgin boys soccer program participated in a pair of pre-season tournaments. The varsity Demons competed in the Sandhills Classic tournament at Ridge View High School, while the junior varsity squad traveled to play in the Irmo Pre-Season tournament.
Will Connell brought home his second state individual medal --- and the seventh for his family --- when the Lugoff-Elgin senior 171-pounder won the 4A state championship on Saturday at the Anderson Civic Center.
The United Way Income Care Council integrated a program this week throughout the entire third grade in the Kershaw County to help children learn to manage money wisely.
Opening night for the annual Friends of the Kershaw County Library (FOKCL) book sale is March 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. for members only of Friends of the Kershaw County Library. For those who are not yet members for 2011, membership may be obtained at the door. The site is the old Piggly Wiggly building on U.S. 1 North, across from the new Piggly Wiggly store in Camden.
Lugoff-Elgin High School football players (from left) Josh Ruiz, Stephan Burnham and Ladricus Turner pose with some of the items available at the second annual ABLE Club Auction, "Surfs Up at Demon Bay." More than $36,000 in products and services have been donated for the event to be held in the L-EHS gym Friday. A limited number of tickets are on sale in the school's Wellness Center; tickets are $25 each and include catering by Outback Steakhouse.
The Camden Community Concert Band will present its Winter Concert Sunday at the Performing Arts Center at Camden High School. Start time is 3 p.m. Admission is free. Featured soloist Mike Clyburn will play the Jackie Napper Flugelhorn to "Let It Be Me." On left, Flutists Helen Walker, Barbara Rearden and Jane LaRoche practice for the performance.
The Miss Camden Pageant was held Saturday at Camden High School. The winners were (from left) Blythe Neal, Miss Camden Teen 2011; Sallie Pierce, Miss Camden 2011; and Carley Powers, first runner-up to Miss Camden. Neal is an 8th-grader at Camden Middle School. Pierce is a sophomore at the University of South Carolina. Both young ladies will be competing in the Miss South Carolina Pageant in Columbia June 28 through July 2.
• We are comforted when justice is served, and we believe that happened Thursday afternoon when a jury found 33-year-old Willie Thomas Starnes, of Bethune, guilty of armed robbery and murder. The jury found Starnes guilty of deliberately using his vehicle a year ago to knock Alan Thomas Robinson, 67, also of Bethune, off his moped, stealing and loading that moped onto his vehicle and then turning around and running Robinson over. Robinson died the next day. Starnes is then accused of selling the moped for money he used to buy drugs. In fact, Starnes was under the influence of drugs ...
A while back, a messy problem loomed ahead. I don't like confrontation. If that makes me less than a person then consider me to be itty bitty. Life, I figure, is too short for squabbling. My motto is "whenever possible, step out of the way."
Recently an inquiry came to the South Caroliniana Library from the Adirondack Museum in Saranac Lake, N. Y., concerning an Edward T. Start (1867-1952) photograph in their collection. Along with the inquiry came a copy of the photograph and Start's obituary from the February 5, 1952, Adirondack Daily.
Runners sprint off the start line at the 2013 Race to Read event. It's almost time for this year's KershawHealth 10th Annual Race to Read, which raises money for early literacy efforts in Kershaw County. The race will be held Saturday, September 27 at 8 a.m. at Doby's Mill Elementary School in Lugoff. There is a 5 mile road race, that features a beautiful course, utilizing a mixture of surfaces. There is also a 1 mile fun run on the school's freshly paved fitness trail. Focusing on the importance of hydration, 5 mile participants will ...
Kershaw County will kick off a Lake Wateree Flood Study with a stakeholder meeting on Wednesday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Kershaw County Government Center, 515 Walnut St.
Funeral service for Nancy F. Hudson, 74, was held Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home with burial to follow in Greenhaven Memorial Gardens, Elgin. The family received friends Saturday 5-7 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witness Elgon Congregation, 1106 Wildwood Lane, Elgin, S.C. 29045.
A graveside service to celebrate the life of Virginia Ward McCaa, of Lugoff will be held today at 11:00 AM in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Rev. Phil McCoy will officiate. The family will speak to friends following the service. Memorials may be made in Mrs. McCaa's memory to Rowan Presbyterian Church 818 Ridgeway Road, Lugoff, SC 29078 or The Alzheimer's Disease & Related Disorders Association-Mid State SC, 3223 Sunset Blvd. Suite 100, Columbia, SC 29169.
A memorial service for Janet B. Rogers, 67, will be held on Tuesday at 12:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter, 460 Fair Street, Camden, S.C. 29020.
While the Kershaw County School District employees were meeting at Lugoff-Elgin High School on Aug. 12, some of the retired faculty and staff members from Pine Tree Hill Elementary School (formerly on Lakeshore Drive) socialized at Hall's Restaurant in Lugoff.
Blaney Elementary's Principal, Mr. Ed Yount, is a man of his word. He challenged Blaney's teachers and students to raise $1500 for the United Way during the first week of school, and if the challenge was met, he would come to school dressed as a woman. As of Friday, August 22, $1530 was raised and Mr. Yount kept his promise by arriving on August 29th in costume.
Camden native, Frances Newman recently completed her college degree from Emmanuel College in Franklin, Ga., at the age of 73 with a 3.4 GPA. She was also awarded the president's award for Certification of Accommodation.
The Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County is now offering an adult dance class.
Owner-trainer Jonathan Sheppard's Brilliant Match turned back a determined challenge by Cat Feathers to win Saratoga Race Course's $75,000 Mrs. Walter M. Jeffords Stakes by 1 3/4 lengths last Thursday afternoon.
Tuesday: Lugoff-Elgin at Spring Valley (G – 4:30 p.m.); Camden, Camden Military Academy at Great Falls (XC – 5:30 p.m.); North Central at Buford (VB – 6:30 p.m.)