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Rap in class

In an effort to improve literacy at Lugoff-Elgin Middle School, students spent the last 30 minutes of each day in enrichment. For several weeks, students read aloud "The Bully" and participated in activities related to the book. Students kept a journal and discussed the book with their teacher. A few students in Lynn Weeks class – including Kedar Jennings, Parker Gogan and Ryan Bland -- decided to "rap" the story to their classmates. It was exciting to see every student actively engaged and participating during the activities.

February 01, 2012 | | Education


Public invited to KCSO town hall meeting

Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews invites the public to the first in a series of town hall meetings to be held across the county. Matthews said the public gatherings are intended to update citizens on the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) and to provide time to answer questions from the public.

February 01, 2012 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Newt in Wonderland

WASHINGTON -- When it comes to Newt Gingrich's post-speaker activities on the Hill, it all depends on what your definition of "lobbying" is.

February 01, 2012 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Showing our appreciation to those who keep us safe

Several recent incidents in the Palmetto State have underscored the dangers facing the men and women of law enforcement:

February 01, 2012 | Richard Eckstrom S.C. comptroller | Columns


Robert Ariail -- Feb. 1, 2012

February 01, 2012 | | Ariail


Healing the community

County Councilman Stephen Smoak is to be commended for his comments, on recreation facilities, at the Jan. 24th council meeting. Based on what he and the chairman of council said, I believe Councilman Smoak understands both the recreational and economic needs of the community. I believe that the members of the County Council Recreation Committee will also support a cooperative effort with the City of Camden to provide new and improved recreation facilities.

February 01, 2012 | Richard Lackey Camden | Letters


RIP, Joe Paterno

I enjoyed reading Tom Didato's article on the late Penn State coach, Joe Paterno. When we met with him on a warm August morning in 2008 I was impressed by his genuine interest in Henry DuRant and myself and the compliments he had for Steve Spurrier. I also learned that PSU and South Carolina administrators had collaborated on the lettermen's lounges at both schools' stadiums and had a very cordial relationship. He greeted Paul Hrabovsky with the type of warmth a father greets a son.

February 01, 2012 | Bill Ferguson Camden | Letters


Take aim

It's ladies first at Blaney Elementary School's (BES) Archery Club practice. BES physical education teacher Scott Lewis, the club and team's director, said he not only teaches students the art of archery, but life-long social skills as well.

February 01, 2012 | | Education


Wilson King

Funeral service to honor the life of Wilson Leroy King, 84, of Camden will be held at 2:00 PM Wednesday, January 31, 2012 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints with burial to follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service beginning at 1:00 PM. Memorials may be made in Mr. King's memory to Kershaw Health Hospice, 1315 Roberts Street, Camden, SC 29020

February 01, 2012 | | Obituaries


Civil lawsuits

When Gov. Nikki Haley delivered her State of the State address recently, she promised to try to create more jobs in South Carolina, block unions from expanding and a few other things. As you might expect, her speech was generally met with approval from fellow Republicans (though there's no love lost between Haley and many GOP legislators) and criticism from Democrats. But of all the things she mentioned, the one with the most potential for improving the climate in this state was her proposal for a "loser pays" system of civil lawsuits.

February 01, 2012 | | Editorials


Isiah Council

Funeral service for Isaiah Pollard "Ike" Council, 65, of Rembert, will be held Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Mt. Bethel Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The Rev. Freddie Thomas will officiate. Memorials may be made to Mt. bethel Baptist Church.

February 01, 2012 | | Obituaries


Engram to oversee Pitt's receiving corps

PITTSBURGH – Camden native and former Camden High Parade football All-American Bobby Engram has been named the wide receivers coach at the University of Pittsburgh.

February 01, 2012 | | Sports


Knights seek to rebound from tough loss to McBee

North Central nearly erased a 16-point fourth quarter deficit, only to come up three points shy of a huge comeback in a 69-67 loss to visiting McBee last Friday night in a Region 3-A boys' basketball game played at The Castle.

February 01, 2012 | | Sports


Demon wrestlers run the table in Region 4

For the second time in as many years, Lugoff-Elgin ruled the Region 4-4A wrestling roost.

February 01, 2012 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


KCSD budget notebook now available online

The Kershaw County School District has posted its complete 2011-12 consolidated budget notebook online to help provide a comprehensive look at the budget process.

February 01, 2012 | | Education


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Book signing

Lee Ann Parker (right) speaks with family friends (from left) Pastor Gene Rollins and, his wife, Linda, as Parker's husband, Sampson, signs a copy of "Unthinkable Choice" at Books on Broad on Oct. 18. The Parkers, who live Harrisburg, N.C., co-wrote the book with Thomas Smith about Sampson's decision to cut off his own arm after getting it caught in a corn picker on his "hobby farm" in Kershaw County on Sept. 11, 2007. The book also chronicles their lives afterward as Sampson recovered from his ordeal.

October 22, 2014 | | Business


Driver injured when turkey truck overturns

A truck driver suffered injuries after his tractor-trailer overturned on S.C. 34 in Lugoff just west of Richardson Boulevard around 4 a.m. Tuesday.

October 22, 2014 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Do we joke about Ebola because we’re afraid of it?

For some, Halloween means dressing up as a witch, zombie or vampire. For others, especially this year, Halloween means dressing up to contain Ebola.

October 21, 2014 | Herb Scribner Deseret News | National


It's 2014: Are all our schools proficient yet?

It's been 12 years since President George W. Bush signed No Child Left Behind with a beaming Ted Kennedy by his side. According to the terms of the law itself, every public school was now supposed to be adequate.

October 21, 2014 | Eric Schulzke Deseret News | National


Closure of children's center is a huge loss for everyone

The little girl and three of her siblings had been sexually abused by a relative. Her parents agreed to let me talk to the girl, 10, and two of the older siblings, as long as I did not identify them in any way.

October 21, 2014 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News | National


Facebook is about to pay you to have a family

Last week, Apple and Facebook announced new plans to help female employees freeze their eggs, according to Forbes.

October 21, 2014 | Herb Scribner Deseret News | National


Churches have important role in breast cancer awareness among African-Americans

"Think pink" is America's mantra in October, as breast cancer awareness takes center stage in sports stadiums, advertising campaigns and even religious worship services.

October 21, 2014 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | National


$3,650 will makes you one of the world's wealthiest

Someone with at least $3,650 in net worth -- including the value of their home, car and investments, but excluding debt -- is among the world's wealthiest half, while the other half owns less than 1 percent of total global wealth, according to this year's Global Wealth Report from Credit Suisse.

October 21, 2014 | Deborah Sutton Deseret News | National


Mom calls out Toys 'R' Us

Susan Schrivjer, a mother from Fort Myers, Florida, has created a petition against the popular toy store Toys 'R' Us for selling action figures of the characters from AMC's "Breaking Bad."

October 21, 2014 | Sarah Sanders Petersen Deseret News | National


Ministers sue over same-sex marriage enforcement

A new debate over same-sex marriage in Idaho may come down to a single point: whether ordained Christian pastors can only be protected when they perform marriage ceremonies in a church.

October 21, 2014 | Mark A. Kellner Deseret News | National


'Illusions of Fate' twists together choices, magic

"ILLUSIONS OF FATE," by Kiersten White, HarperTeen, $17.99, 275 pages (f) (ages 14 and up)

October 21, 2014 | Christine Rappleye Deseret News | National


Amid sermon subpoena debate, 'church autonomy' issue rises

One day after news that Houston city attorneys had subpoenaed sermons and emails from church leaders presumably opposed to a local human rights ordinance, the civil liberties questions remain.

October 20, 2014 | Mark A. Kellner Deseret News | National


Have a soda — and a 50-minute run

A researcher who has spent four years calculating the calorie burn that juice, soda and other "treats" would entail believes people would make better food choices if they knew the truth: If you drink a soda, then you'd need to run for 50 minutes to burn the calories off.

October 20, 2014 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News | National


Which is more deadly, rumors or the Ebola virus?

Which is more deadly, rumors or the Ebola virus? In the U.S. there has been three patients with the disease. Reading the headlines one gets the impression that the whole nation is overrun with this horrific modern day plague. Sadly, we know that Ebola kills at a frightful rate. Unfortunately we overlook the danger of rumors.

October 20, 2014 | Joseph Cramer, MD KSL | National


Evangelical Christian pastors frame environmentalism in religious terms

For the past five years, Mitch Hescox has served as president and CEO of the Evangelical Environmental Network. For 18 years before that, he served as a local church pastor. And for 14 years before that, he worked in America's coal industry.

October 20, 2014 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | National


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