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‘Running schools more like a business’

In the middle of more than $30 million in budget cuts our school district had to make during the economic downturn -- cuts that are not yet close to being fully restored -- a number of politicians and citizens told me that schools needed to be "run more like a business." That's a line I hear a lot. It's a good sound bite, especially from politicians and others who don't want to acknowledge the consequences of poor long-term decisions. But it doesn't reflect reality.

February 17, 2014 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Russian roulette

The game of Russian roulette consists of taking a loaded gun, aiming it at your head, firing it, and hoping the chamber will be empty. After I completed my Ph.D., I still lacked wisdom. When my husband wanted to give me a trip for a graduation present, I thought I had earned at least a trip to three locations, so I chose China, Egypt and Russia. Each location was different, but this article concerns Russia. The tourism brochures painted marvelous pictures of an elegant vacation with spas, up-to-date hotels and excursions. The brochures did not lie: the sites were ...

February 17, 2014 | By Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Camden officials graduate from institute

The city of Camden announces that Mayor Tony Scully and Mayor Pro Tem Laurie Parks both recently graduated from the Municipal Association of South Carolina's Elected Officials Institute of Government.

February 17, 2014 | | Camden


Aberdeen Catery offers culinary arts scholarship

Aberdeen Catery is offering a $500 scholarship for Kershaw County School District high school seniors interested in pursuing a career in culinary arts.

February 17, 2014 | | Education


Wateree Outdoor Life Festival set for March 8

The inaugural Wateree Outdoor Life Festival (WOLF) will be held on the campus of the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County at 810 Lyttleton St. in Camden on Saturday, March 8.

February 17, 2014 | | Sports


Engrams joins Ravens' staff

After days of Internet speculation, the Baltimore Ravens officially announced former Camden High standout Bobby Engram as the team's wide receivers coach on Tuesday.

February 15, 2014 | | Sports


Carolina Cup parking space renewals due Feb. 18

Due to the inclement weather the deadline for renewing Carolina Cup reserved parking space for this year's races has been moved to Tuesday, Feb. 18.

February 15, 2014 | | Equine


Breaking: Woman charged as ruthless

WASHINGTON -- Groundhog Day isn't just a movie.

February 15, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Ariail for Feb. 14, 2014

February 15, 2014 | | Ariail


Valentine’s Day in Camden

Here are some Valentine and anniversary stories of your friends and neighbors with a dash of local history.

February 15, 2014 | By Buster Beckham C-I contributing columnist | Columns


FCC proposal

As a news organization, we at the Chronicle-Independent tend to pay more attention to First Amendment issues than most people, and a new proposal by the Federal Communications Commission threatens to let the government decide what news stories television stations can broadcast. We realize, of course, that many cable stations today lean one way or the other; you need look no further than the two most commonly cited ones, FOX News and MSNBC, both of which might purport to deliver straight-up news but seldom do. But the great thing is that people can tune in to whatever news outlet they ...

February 15, 2014 | | Editorials


John E. Brunson

Mr. John E. Brunson, 83, of 49 Smokewood Drive, Elgin, SC, passed on Sunday, February 9, 2014. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Haile's Funeral Home.

February 15, 2014 | | Obituaries


Jack E. Cunningham

Funeral service for Jack E. Cunningham, 67, will be held Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at Malvern Hill Baptist Church. The Rev. Craig Thompson and the Rev. Buster Morris will officiate. The family will receive friends Monday 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. Memorials may be made to Malvern Hill Baptist Church or Southside Baptist Church.

February 15, 2014 | | Obituaries


Marion “Rabbit” English

Deacon Marion "Rabbit" English, 82, of 6460 Nakia Drive, Rembert died Saturday. Family and friends may call at the residence. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Brown's Funeral Home, Camden, who is serving the English Family.

February 15, 2014 | | Obituaries


Bobby Glenn Ballard, Jr.

A service to celebrate the life of Bobby Glenn Ballard, Jr., 60, will be held Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at Triumphant Church of Christ, 292 Mount Zion Rd, Camden, S.C. The Rev. Marvin Tennant, Jr. will officiate.

February 15, 2014 | | Obituaries


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Happy Birthday

Mr. Cecil Bowers was born September 1, 1926 in Cassatt, the son of Steve and Annie Powers Bowers. He is blessed with four children, Linda ...

August 26, 2016 | | People & Places


Benefit for former Kershaw County Sheriff Office investigator is Sept. 23

Friends, neighbors and family are holding a special fundraiser for Phil Crawford on Friday, Sept. 23 at the Bethune Women's Club in Bethune.

August 26, 2016 | | People & Places


Food truck rally for L-EHS Marching Band Sept. 10

Bring your eye for bargains and an appetite to Lugoff-Elgin High School September 10: it's time for the End of Summer Bash Community Sale ...

August 26, 2016 | | People & Places


County approves bid for industrial park road project

Kershaw County Council approved bids for two projects, the Steeplechase Industrial Boulevard Roadway Extension and the Musco Light System Installation for Doby Soccer Field.

August 26, 2016 | Katrina Moses C-I Staff Writer | Kershaw County


Fill the Boot kick off is Monday

Members of the Camden Fire Department along with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, will host a special event to kick off the fire fighters' annual Fill ...

August 26, 2016 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Chamber elects board members, endorses school referendum

The Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center board elected five new members to its board of directors during the board's August 18 meeting.

August 26, 2016 | | Business


Walter Woods

CAMDEN – Funeral services for Walter Woods, 64, will be held Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Bethel Hill Baptist Church, Bethune, S.C., with ...

August 25, 2016 | | Obituaries


Chuck Andrew Robinson. Jr.

Cassatt-Mr. Chuck Andrew Robinson, Jr., 45, of 1017 Lawhorn Road, Cassatt, died Monday. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. In lieu ...

August 25, 2016 | | Obituaries


Robert Lewis McCaskill

Mr. Robert Lewis McCaskill, 70, of 2656 Ridgeway Road, Ridgeway, SC, passed on Monday, August 22, 2016. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p ...

August 25, 2016 | | Obituaries


Evelyn Flowers Brown

CAMDEN – A celebration of life service for Evelyn Jean Flowers Brown, 68, was held Thursday at 4:00 p.m. at Freedom Outreach Baptist Church ...

August 25, 2016 | | Obituaries


Keeping it family-oriented

A Camden High School graduate of 1968 utilized his love for war history to tell the story of his wife Pam's ancestor through the ...

August 23, 2016 | Katrina Moses C-I Staff Writer | Miscellaneous


Voc Rehab serves all of us

Today readers will see a story about a recent event hosted by the Camden area office of S.C. Vocational Rehabilitation. We would like to ...

August 23, 2016 | | Editorials


A nice column about Trump

WASHINGTON -- When my syndicate editor told me a few clients had been asking, Don't you have anyone over there who can write something positive ...

August 23, 2016 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Robert Ariail

August 23, 2016 | Robert Ariail | Ariail


KCSD high schools raise more than $47,500 for UWKC; Camden High School wins Caring Cup

n addition to the normal activities of a first week of school, Kershaw County School District high school students have been working together to raise ...

August 23, 2016 | | Education


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