From time to time, especially when the budget and the costs of education are being discussed, a community member will inevitably ask me why our schools do not spend more time on "the basics" -- the three Rs of "reading, 'riting, and 'rithmetic." These conversations always seem to harken back to the "good old days," when things seemed simpler and in retrospect, seemed to work better and were cheaper. Unfortunately, the "good old days" are more myth than reality. Even with the greater perceived emphasis on the "three Rs" in the past, U.S. census data indicates that in 1960 just ...
Last week we talked about John Steinbeck's 1960 journey across America. Today I'll share a few stories about the months-long trip he took.
Moseley Architects representative Jimmy Wilhide presents Jackson School Principal Gerald Gary (second from right) with a ceremonial key to the new facility at the school's recent dedication. Looking on are (from left) Kershaw County School District Superintendent Frank Morgan; Kershaw County Board of School Trustees members Andy James, Kim DuRant, Mara Jones and Joey Dorton; and S.C. Law Enforcement Division Director Reggie Lloyd, who served as the speaker for the ceremony. Jackson is the county's first school built to pursue Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. LEED-certified buildings are awarded points based on environmentally-friendly components ...
Racing Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard, who recently reached a milestone when he saddled his 1,000th steeplechase winner, will be honored at the Far Hills Races on Oct. 23. Sheppard, who has won more races over fences than any other trainer in the sport's long history, will receive a plaque honoring his accomplishment.
The inaugural Sacks of Love Softball Tournament, sponsored by Refuge Baptist Church, will be played in Westville on Saturday, Oct. 23.
The Family Resource Center (FRC) will host "Let's Talk About IT!" a workshop for women and teen girls to discuss the realities of teen dating violence and the importance of healthy relationships.
South Carolina native Claire Bryant brings New York City's finest young artists including fellows and alumni from The Academy: A Program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute to Camden for a Community Residency, promoting arts education, community engagement, and arts advocacy through Chamber Music. "Claire Bryant and Friends" is a new collaboration between South Carolina communities and New York City's most active and innovative chamber musicians. As young artists of the 21st century, these musicians are dedicated to the importance of community connection, through work in the public schools, retirement communities, health care ...
Terry Alfonso "Scout" Greene, 55, of Camden, died Monday, October 18, 2010. Born in Camden, he was the son of the late Alberta "Bert" Greene Allen and Sherwood "Al" Allen.
Funeral Services for John W. Pate Sr., 62, of Westville, will be held Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at Oak Ridge Baptist Church with a burial to follow in the church cemetery. Rev. Donald Coppedge, Rev. Dale Myers, and Rev Dr. Mark Bredholt will officiate. The family will receive friends Saturday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. Memorials may be made to Oak Ridge Baptist Church Building Fund or Hospice of Tri-County.
Registration for the Rec Department's youth basketball program will begin in November.
The Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County has been caring for uninsured residents of Kershaw County for 12 years. The number of patients with diabetes has steadily increased since 1998 when the clinic opened its doors. The First Citizens Foundation helped meet a growing need to focus on the prevention of diabetes in obese patients. Dennis Stuber, senior vice president, (right) is shown presents the check to Dr. Alice Brooks, (center) clinic medical director, and Tommy Rose, Clinic development volunteer.
In a world where material gain and financial success are held so high, genuine relationships are fast succumbing to the screams for attention from the petty distractions of our day. We live in a world that is too busy updating Facebook and Twitter statuses and texting or e-mailing to notice and appreciate what is right in front of our faces. We are so caught up with trying to connect to the world, we can't connect to those around us; we can't even enjoy the pleasant company of who we are with because we are too distracted by the ...
Everyone knows that when it comes to sports, football reigns supreme here in Kershaw County and South Carolina. Whereas basketball might be the top sport in neighboring North Carolina, it's a distant second -- or probably even third -- here in the Palmetto State. And these are heady times for gridiron enthusiasts of both the University of South Carolina and Clemson; both teams have enjoyed success in the past few seasons, and that momentum has carried over into recruiting, in which both schools are piling up classes that are among the nation's best.
When elected officials from different South Carolina cities meet to discuss economic development, the oft-heard cry is, "Let's work together!" The energy in these conversations is palpable, even though it's not yet clear how we can partner. For that reason, at the Municipal Association of South Carolina's (MASC) annual meeting in Charleston this July, its Achievement Awards were particularly exciting. If we can do nothing else, from city to city, we can learn from each other's ideas and borrow courage from one another's progress.
The North Central High School Cheerleading Team will host a two-day mini-camp on Monday, Aug. 4 and Tuesday, Aug 5 at the school.
Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Chief Financial Officer Donnie Wilson cautioned district employees and school board trustees Monday not to aid any efforts to support two referendums tied to Phase 2 of the district's facilities equalization project (FEP).
Mrs. Hemina Myrel "Mina" Gripper, 87, of Charlotte, SC, formally of Elgin, SC, passed on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at the Levine-Dickson Hospice Hose in Huntersville, NC. She was born
Charles "Chuck" K. Hayes, Jr., of Camden, SC, died Thursday, July 31, 2014. Plans are incomplete and will be announced by Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel.
Funeral service for Mrs. Daisy Leonard, 93, of 716 Court Street in Camden will be held Sunday, August 3, 2014, 3:00 P.M. at Abundant Life Prayer Praise & Worship Center, 804 Laurens Street in Camden with burial in the church cemetery. She will lie in state at the church on Saturday from 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. Mrs. Leonard died Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Collins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
A pair of fall sports at Camden High School will begin gearing up for the upcoming season with either a meeting or, the start of pre-season practice.
NEW YORK -- Something strange happened here this week: Lots of workers who've never done so before got the right to call in sick. And that's a good thing.
Ann Dillon Barns, 86, wife of Tom Barnes, formerly of Camden died July 26, 2014. Visitation 6-8pm August 1 and 10-11am Saturday followed by service at 11am all at Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home Bradley Creek Chapel, Wilmington NC. www.quinnmcgowen.com
Funeral services for Curtis Leon Drakeford, 77, will be held Friday, August 1, 2014 at 10:00 am at Door of Hope Ministries, 984 Wateree Blvd, Camden SC. Burial to follow at Ft Jackson National Cemetery in Columbia. Pastors Gerald Brown and Lomarie Caldwell will officiate. Viewing will be held on Thursday morning at 11:00 am at Brown's Funeral Home in Camden. Curtis Drakeford was born on May 10, 1937, and passed award on Monday, July 28, 2014. He was head deacon at Door of Hope Ministries, directed the men's fellowship, and ministered at Manning Correctional Prison ...
A memorial service to celebrate the life of Robert "Bobby" William Grimm, 45, of Camden will be held at 2:00 PM Thursday, July 31, 2014 at First Baptist Church of Camden. Rev. Bruce Hancock will officiate. The family will receive friends Wednesday, July 30 from 6:00-7:30 PM at Kornegay Funeral Home Camden Chapel. Memorials may be made in Bobby's memory to Kershaw County Special Olympics, P. O. Box 310, Camden, SC 29021.
Mrs. Myrel Hermina Gripper, 87, of 302 Smyrna Road, Elgin, South Carolina, passed on Thursday, July 24, 2014. Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 1 p.m. at Fort Clark Baptist Church in Elgin, SC. Burial will follow at the Fort Clark Baptist Church Cemetery in Elgin, SC. Haile's Funeral Home is in serving the family.
Mr. Nanley Holmes, 86, of 146 Battleship Road, Camden died Monday. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Brown's Funeral Home, Camden, who is serving the Holmes Family.