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I know I keep talking about this, but...

I am very grateful to the Chronicle-Independent for giving me an opportunity each month to discuss education in our community and beyond. One of the topics I feel compelled to keep talking about is how our state funds K-12 education. As I've said on several other occasions in this space, it's an understatement to say that the way our state funds K-12 education is dysfunctional, complicated, disorganized, ineffective and contradictory, and that's on a good day. When I think about this system, imagery involving duct tape and baling wire comes to mind.

September 26, 2011 | Kershaw County School District Superintendent Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Robert Arirail -- Sept. 26, 2011

September 26, 2011 | | Ariail


Local schools awarded grants from Camden Walmart

Camden Walmart again partnered with the Kershaw County School District to sponsor the Stuff a Bus promotion, making the students the real winners.

September 26, 2011 | | Education


Archives to offer program on historical surveying

George Washington practiced this vocation when he was a young man. Here in Camden, Samuel Wyly and John Belton were colonial surveyors.

September 26, 2011 | | Camden


CHS girls cruise past region foes

Fortunately for the Camden High volleyball team, the Lady Bulldogs had some challenging contests in the first two weeks of the season because things got ugly once Region 6-AAA play began.

September 23, 2011 | | Camden High/Middle


Camden helps spotlight state municipal concerns

The city of Camden was in the spotlight Thursday when local elected leaders from around the region met at TenEleven Galleria. These regional leaders, along with Camden city officials, met to discuss important legislative issues at a Municipal Association of South Carolina's Regional Advocacy Meeting. The Municipal Association is a statewide organization that provides support to the state's cities and towns with their efforts to be hubs for job growth and economic development.

September 23, 2011 | Camden Mayor Jeffrey Graham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Pets of the week -- Sept. 23, 2011

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are an orange and white tabby kitten and a 2-month-old female retriever-coonhound 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 ...

September 23, 2011 | | Pets


Rec Notes for Sept. 23, 2011

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.

September 23, 2011 | | Miscellaneous


Sports complex a concern of timing, money

I want to begin by commending your excellent, on-going coverage of the sports complex issue. Your most recent article included several statements and issues that I would like to briefly address. Two key issues are clear:

September 23, 2011 | John Schaffer Camden | Letters


School menus -- Sept. 23, 2011

The following are menus for Kershaw County schools for the week of Sept. 26-30:

September 23, 2011 | | Education


Ron Paul's false bargain

Let's be fair to Rep. Ron Paul of Texas. Contrary to a widespread impression, the libertarian-minded Texas Republican did not say during a recent Republican debate that people without health insurance should be left to die. It is only his idea of "freedom" that might cause you to think so.

September 23, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Robert Ariail -- Sept. 23, 2011

September 23, 2011 | | Ariail


Romney/Perry: two-way race?

With the steady fade of Minnesota Congresswoman Michelle Bachman, the Republican nomination for president appears to be narrowing into a two-way race between former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry. That doesn't mean, of course, that things couldn't turn suddenly; four years ago, John McCain appeared dead in the water but mounted a strong comeback to win the nomination. But in this instance, it looks like it might be hand-to-hand combat between Romney and Perry, with the rest of the candidates left on the outside, looking in.

September 23, 2011 | | Editorials


College sports in chaos

Call me a hypocrite, and you'll be pretty darned accurate if you're talking about big-time college athletics.

September 23, 2011 | Glenn Tucker C-I contributing editor | Columns


Blessing of the animals

On Oct. 1 at 11 a.m., a special lakeside service will be held for the animals in the Kershaw County community. Dr. Gene Rollins (above), minister at Liberty Hill Presbyterian Church (LHPC), will conduct the sixth annual Blessing of the Animals on Lake Wateree to commemorate St. Francis of Assisi's October 1182 birthday. St. Francis is known for his love of animals and the environment. Rollins will speak on the significance of the day and will then bless each animal individually. The custom, observed all over the world at this time of year, is meant to remind the ...

September 23, 2011 | | People & Places


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A night and a tournament to remember

The Kershaw County Darlings 8-and-under softball team completed a perfect five-game run in the District 2 tournament in Chesterfield County by beating Pageland, 16-8, on Wednesday night.

June 29, 2015 | | Seasonal Sports


Editorial: Working together

Kudos to our various law enforcement agencies for working together to get some folks off our streets who needed to be stopped. At the top of our list are Bethune Police Chief Joey Cobb, Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) and U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for arresting two people (and there may be more to come) for the June 23 armed robbery of Sandhills Bank in Bethune.

June 29, 2015 | | Editorials


Parker: Waiting for Obama

(Kathleen Parker wrote this column in advance of President Barack Obama's appearance in Charleston for State Sen. Clementa Pinckney's funeral.)

June 29, 2015 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writer's Group | Columns


Ariail for June 29, 2015

June 29, 2015 | | Ariail


Camden First welcomes new pastor, Rev. McCutcheon

Reverend Larry D. McCutcheon has been appointed as minister to Camden First United Methodist Church. Rev McCutcheon comes from Trinity United Methodist Church in Orangeburg where he served for 11 years. A spiritual and civic leader, he preaches the gospel and walks the talk throughout various sectors of the community in an extraordinary way, touching the lives of so many with his unique ability to reach all people from all walks of life.

June 29, 2015 | | People & Places


Patterson and English to wed in November

Mr. Allen Hobson "Chip" Patterson, Jr., and Ms. Denise Beauchamp Patterson of Winston-Salem, N.C., announce the engagement of their daughter, Ms. Emily Catherine Patterson, to Mr. Philip Harden English, both of Durham, N.C. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Bennett English, Jr., of Camden, S.C.

June 29, 2015 | | Weddings & Engagements


KC Library Summer Reading

As part of the Kershaw County Library's Summer Reading Program "Every Hero Has a Story," storyteller Sharon Clarke presented a program at both the Camden and Elgin libraries. Clarke, who lives in North Carolina, entertained the audience with both story and music. Her interactive program was enjoyed by the audience, young and old. Clarke involved the audience as she told an old Chinese folk tale, The Magic Wings. Shown from left are Addy Gwynn as the Queen, Clarke, Elizabeth Mensching as the Princess, Lucy Moore as the Grocer's Daughter, and Liberty Mensching as the Goose Girl.

June 29, 2015 | | People & Places


Plant fun

Studying plants is serious business as Wateree Elementary students Colden Baker and Austin Warwick learn about the different parts of a plant.

June 29, 2015 | | People & Places


LF-R quickly stops June 22 Lugoff mobile home fire

Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) crews quickly stopped a mobile home fire on the 400 block of Oakview Drive off Wildwood Lane in Lugoff the evening of June 22.

June 29, 2015 | | Crime-Police-Fire


P-17 puts on repeat performance against Hartsville

Different night. New surroundings. Same result.

June 26, 2015 | | Sports


Coach Pitch All-Star tourney opens in Camden

Four Kershaw County Coach Pitch All-Star (7-8-year-olds) teams will be in Camden for the Dixie Youth AA Coach Pitch District 5 All-Star Tournament which begins Friday at Woodward Park with tourney action continuing into next week in the double-elimination event.

June 26, 2015 | | Seasonal Sports


Editorial: Finally, a budget

Well, the S.C. General Assembly certainly took its time. Finally, a state budget's been hammered out and sent on to Gov. Nikki Haley for her signature.

June 26, 2015 | | Editorials


Letter: Reader’s proud of people in Charleston

Words fail me to express just how proud I am of the people in Charleston for the class they have exhibited in handling a senseless, tragic act of violence committed by a psychologically impaired individual. In this day and time, when our society seems to be seeking lower and lower morals and displaying less belief in God, it is the first and most encouraging sign of hope for salvation of our society I have seen in a number of years.

June 26, 2015 | Charlie Humphries Camden | Letters


Rich: A father to remember

It happens all the time. Tink will meet someone new around where we live and, invariably, that person will mention my daddy.

June 26, 2015 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Gilland: The Snake Tree (Part 2)

(In last month's column, Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland started a story about a snake in a tree in a city right of way. When she left off, Gilland had called a wildlife trapping company -- which didn't handle snakes -- and naturalist Austin Jenkins, who suggested it was best to leave the snake alone.)

June 26, 2015 | By Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland C-I contributing columnist | Columns


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