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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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Playing favorites can increase chance child will use drugs, alcohol

Parents who favor one child over another may increase the chance at least one of their children will abuse substances, according to new research that also says a child's perception of favoritism matters more than whether it's actually true.

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


Films with women leads are scarce

This past summer, women ruled at the box office. Hits like "Lucy," "The Fault in Our Stars" and "Maleficent," each earned north of $40 million during their respective opening weekends, Box Office Mojo reports.

October 20, 2014 | Joseph Peacock Deseret News | National


Wage gender gap might be hurting women's retirement plan

Women save a larger percentage of their incomes for retirement than men, but men end up saving more, says a new study by Vanguard. But no matter the gender, Interest.com found that only Nevada retirees are collectively prepared for retirement.

October 20, 2014 | Linsy Hunsaker Deseret News | National


Are small high schools showing performance boost?

New York City's small high schools apparently boost graduation rates and college admission rates, and do so at a lower per pupil cost than traditional high schools, according to a study just released by MDRC, a major nonprofit education policy research firm.

October 20, 2014 | Eric Schulzke Deseret News | National


Eight tips for a smooth family morning routine

Ah, mornings. Sometimes they go smoothly and my day is lovely. Other times, I feel like I'm behind before I've even begun. If your house feels like a staging zone for a major event as you try to get everyone ready and out the door each day, these ideas for changing your family's routine will leave you smiling.

October 20, 2014 | Amy Peterson FamilyShare | National


Poorest in many Third World countries send kids to private school

When the Pakistani Taliban survivor Malala Yousafzai won the Nobel Peace Prize this month, it was widely noted that she was an education advocate and that her father was a "headmaster." But the Western media ignored an intriguing angle on this story, argues James Tooley, a professor at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom.

October 20, 2014 | Eric Schulzke Deseret News | National


Ebola, math and next steps

Ebola has been in the news. But much of the news has not offered background information about the disease.

October 20, 2014 | John Hoffmire Deseret News | National


What reality TV doesn’t tell you about home remodeling

Everyone knows reality TV isn't actually reality, right? We know an hour in real life is never that entertaining. There is a lot of editing, slicing and dicing behind the scenes to put those shows together.

October 20, 2014 | Annie Schwemmer and Ann Robinson Deseret News | National


3 Stooges with ‘lost’ short leads vintage DVDs

A new Three Stooges collection on DVD this week includes a short that has long been lost, and making their disc debuts are vintage titles starring George Arliss, Bette Davis and Olivia de Havilland. (Warner Archive titles are available at warnerarchive.com.)

October 20, 2014 | Chris Hicks Deseret News | National


‘Honorable Woman’ leads TV on DVD

The highly touted BBC miniseries "The Honorable Woman" makes its way to DVD this week, along with a variety of recent TV series.

October 20, 2014 | Chris Hicks Deseret News | National


Ariail for Oct. 20, 2014

October 20, 2014 | | Ariail


Noted and passed - Oct. 20, 2014

• Thanks to I-20, two U.S. highways and several state highways, we have a lot of commercial vehicles passing through Kershaw County on a daily basis. While most of those vehicles are likely carrying goods for sale here and elsewhere across the country, there's also a good chance hazardous materials are being trucked through as well. So, it's a good thing Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) and the Kershaw County Fire Service have joined forces to create a Special Operations Team (SOT) to deal with any "HazMat" accidents that may occur. According to LF-R Battalion Chief Chris Spitzer, the team ...

October 20, 2014 | | Editorials


The love or hate of air conditioning

It's a funny thing. That's what Mama used to say when something baffled her. Like Mama, I prefer that things make common sense. Otherwise, I'll ponder, figure, study, and try to decipher that funny thing until it's somewhat sensible.

October 20, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Soft skills

In early September, I attended a meeting of superintendents in Greenville. A major area of discussion was the development of a workforce that would attract sustainable industry to South Carolina and how K-12 education fits into this puzzle. To underscore this discussion, the meeting included a tour of the BMW plant in Spartanburg. Wow! This facility absolutely reflects what a 21st century workplace looks like and what many of our students will need to be prepared to enter. I talk a lot about preparing students for their future and not our past. The BMW tour reminded me why this is ...

October 20, 2014 | KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Op-Ed: The penny sales tax

On Nov. 4, Kershaw County citizens will have the opportunity to vote on the Kershaw County School District facilities referendum. Because of legislation passed by the South Carolina General Assembly in 2014, voters will be able to decide whether or not a penny sales tax that would be collected for 15 years could be imposed in the county and used by the school district to fund the projects in the referendum.

October 20, 2014 | Donnie Wilson CFO, Kershaw County School District | Columns


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