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Proposed legislation impacting K-12 education

The beginning of a new year brings the start of many activities, including the opening of the 2011 session of the South Carolina General Assembly. Obviously, our legislators face more than even the usual level of challenges because of the $1 billion budget shortfall and the redrawing of legislative districts that will be done as a result of the 2010 census. As part of their deliberations, legislators will tackle a variety of issues related to K-12 education. I had an interesting time over the holidays reading the bills that were prefiled in December. Following are some proposed laws impacting K-12 ...

January 17, 2011 | Kershaw County School District Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Favoritism drives wedge between wife and in-laws

Dear Annie: I've been married to "Nate" for 16 years. He is wonderful, but blind to the way his family behaves. These people have never been particularly warm toward me or my children from my first marriage. Nate and I have a child together, and they treat her with the same indifference. They give the other grandchildren expensive toys for Christmas, and ours get junk. The favoritism now extends to the great-grandchildren. I've tried to be nice about their treatment, but a person can only take so much. I told Nate I've had it with his family ...

January 17, 2011 | | Dear Annie


Happy 70th Anniversary!

Marion and Frankie Morgan of Camden celebrated their wedding anniversary on January 12th. They have three children, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The couple celebrated the milestone with family and friends at the Family Life Center, Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church.

January 17, 2011 | | Localife


Camden ties to Columbia baseball team

Tryouts were held in August and October to choose the players for the Team South Carolina baseball team (9U). The team played two tournaments in November and December (taking first place in the Winterfest NIT tournament in Lexington) before traveling to Orlando, Fla. to play in the Global Winter World Series Championship (Dec. 27-30). Team South Carolina played eight games and finished as runner-ups in the World Series and were awarded the Runner-up plaque and each player received a World Series Runner-up medal. Grant McElveen is the son of Ray and Aimee McElveen of Camden and grandson of Michael and ...

January 17, 2011 | | Localife


Larry Stuckey

Mr. Larry Donnell "Squirt" Stuckey, 60, of 6209 Southland Forest Drive, Stone Mountain, GA, passed on Saturday, January 8, 2011. The family will be receiving friends at the home of his sister, Evangelist Mary Stuckey Pope, 391 Wildwood Lane, Lugoff, SC. Funeral services will be conducted today, January 17, 2011, at 11:00 AM, Springhill United Methodist Church, Rembert, SC, with burial in Springhill United Methodist Church Cemetery, Rembert, SC.

January 17, 2011 | | Obituaries


Janie Bracey

Janie Bracey, 82, of 2063 Flat Rock Road in Camden, died Saturday, January 15, 2011. Plans will be announced by Collins Funeral Home.

January 17, 2011 | | Obituaries


Mattie Mae Adams

Funeral service for Mattie Mae Adams, 65, of Hubb Kelly Road, Lucknow, will be held today, January 17, 2011, 11 a.m. at Mount Joy Missionary Baptist Church, Browntown Community, Lee County, with burial in the church cemetery. Mrs. Adams will be placed in the church at 10 a.m. for viewing. Brown's Funeral Home is assisting the family of Mrs. Mattie Mae Adams with arrangements.

January 17, 2011 | | Obituaries


John Speaks

John R. Speaks, 70, of Camden, died Sunday, January 16, 2011. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel.

January 17, 2011 | | Obituaries


Robert Rea

Funeral services with full military rites to celebrate the life of CW4 Robert John Rea, US Army, Retd, 77 of Lugoff will be held Monday, January 17, 2011 at 11:00 AM in Beaufort National Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday, January 16, 2011 from 4:00 til 6:00 PM at Kornegay Funeral Home Lugoff-Elgin Chapel. Memorials may be made in Mr. Rea's memory to Hidden Wounds, 4840 Forest Drive, Ste 6B, #317, Columbia, SC 29206.

January 17, 2011 | | Obituaries


Richard Pannell Jr.

Mr. Richard Allen Pannell Jr., 78, of Thomson, GA, died January 14, 2011, after a brief illness.

January 17, 2011 | | Obituaries


Bonnie Messer

Services for Bonnie Trimnal Messer, 73, will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to KershawHealth Hospice.

January 17, 2011 | | Obituaries


Carl Huggins

Memorial service to celebrate the life of Carl Edward Huggins, 86, of Cassatt will be held at 2:00 PM Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at Hermitage Baptist Church. Rev. Dr. Condy Richardson will officiate. The burial will be held at 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at Ft. Jackson National Cemetery with military rites. The family will receive friends from 1PM – 2 PM prior to the service in the fellowship hall of the church. Memorials may be made in Mr. Huggins's memory to Hermitage Baptist Church, 814 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Camden, SC 29020.

January 17, 2011 | | Obituaries


Thelma Harris

Thelma Louise Brannon Harris, age 89, of Fayetteville, Ga., passed away Sunday afternoon, January 9, 2011. She is survived by her beloved husband of over 69 years, Raymond C. Harris and her son, Wayne G. Harris (Marilyn), both of Fayetteville, GA. She is also survived by her sister, Oralie Brown of Camden, SC and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

January 17, 2011 | | Obituaries


Joanie Mae Wesley

Mrs. Joanie Mae Green Wesley, 98, of 1311 Collins Circle, Camden, SC, passed on Tuesday, January 11, 2011. Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, January 18, 2011, at 2:00 P.M. at Life in the Word Outreach Ministries, Camden, SC, with burial in St. James Deliverance Pentecostal Assembly Church Cemetery, Camden, SC.

January 17, 2011 | | Obituaries


Knights hold off CHS for second time

Knowing they had a six-point forfeit in their back pocket in the final match of last week's pairing with visiting Camden, the North Central High wrestling team received a clinching pin from Brandon Small at 119 pounds to put the hosts over the top and secure a 42-36 victory over the visiting Bulldogs.

January 14, 2011 | | North Central High/Middle


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KCGC hosts annual spring celebration

The Kershaw County Gamecock Club will hold its annual "Great to be a Gamecock Gathering" on Tuesday, April 29 at the Old South Restaurant in Camden at 6:30 p.m.

April 23, 2014 | | Sports


CHS courts to be named after Smoak in April 28 ceremony

Roger Smoak, the man whose name is synonymous with tennis in Camden, will be honored when the tennis courts at Camden High School are named after him in a 4 p.m. on-court ceremony on Monday, April 28 prior to the Bulldogs' non-region match with visiting Hartsville.

April 23, 2014 | | Sports


Birth boy Bowers' walk-off double give Knights 5-4 win

Usually, people give you presents on your birthday. Monday night, birthday boy John Bowers gave a gift to the North Central baseball team and their fans.

April 23, 2014 | | North Central High/Middle


Birth boy Bowers' walk-off double give Knights 5-4 win

Usually, people give you presents on your birthday. Monday night, birthday boy John Bowers gave a gift to the North Central baseball team and their fans.

April 23, 2014 | | North Central High/Middle


Star-studded cast headed to Saturday's Camden Mania II

Five-time World Championship Wrestling Tag Team champion Buff Bagwell will headline a star-studded Saturday evening's (April 26) card at Camden Mania II, an SWA Wrestling extravaganza that supports community programs, at Camden's E. Clarkson Rhame City Arena.

April 23, 2014 | | Sports


Lady Knights fall to FC; finish second in 3-AA

Fairfield Central spoiled North Central's chance of playing for the Region 3-AA softball title as the host Griffins handed the Lady Knights a 7-6 loss in Monday's conference finale.

April 23, 2014 | | North Central High/Middle


Bennie James Clinton

Bennie James Clinton was born September 11th, 1942 to the loving late parents John Clinton Jr. and Maybell Clark Clinton. His religious upbringing was at Red Hill Baptist Church in Cassatt South Carolina under the leadership of his grandfather the late Rev. J.C. Clinton. He married Clara Arlene Barksdale on April 19th, 1965 and from this union one daughter Sherri Alisa Clinton was born.

April 23, 2014 | | Obituaries


Polly Davis Dinkins

Mrs. Polly Davis Dinkins, 92, of 714 George Wright Street, Camden died Sunday. Family and Friends may call at 307 Doby Street, Kirkwood Community, Camden. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Brown's Funeral Home, Camden, who is serving the Dinkins Family.

April 23, 2014 | | Obituaries


Addie Mae Wood Jones

Mrs. Addie Mae Wood Jones, 93, of Camden, entered into eternal rest on Friday, April 11, 2014. Born in Blaney, S.C. on March 28, 1921, to the late Dixon, Sr. and Carrie Martin Wood. Grave Side Services were held Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Ten a.m., at Cedars Cemetery, Camden. Mrs. Jones is survived by her sons, Von and John Henry Jones; two sisters, Alberta W. Addison of Elgin, S.C. and Eloise W. Jones of New York City, N.Y., Brown's Funeral Home, Camden, served the Jones family.

April 23, 2014 | | Obituaries


Arthur Herbert Stewart, Jr.

Funeral service for Mr. Arthur Herbert Stewart, Jr., 66, of 1802 Kennedy Drive in Camden will be held Saturday, April 26, 2014, 12:00 P.M. at Edwards Chapel AME Zion Church with burial Monday, 2:00 P.M. in the Ft. Jackson National cemetery. Collins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

April 23, 2014 | | Obituaries


Alan Underwood

A memorial service to celebrate the life of James Alan Underwood, 87, of Camden, SC, will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel, 1112 Fair Street in Camden. Burial will be in Moultrie, GA. Memorials may be made in Alan's memory to Trinity Baptist Church, 201 12th Avenue SE, Moultrie, GA 31768.

April 23, 2014 | | Obituaries


Playground upgrade

The city of Camden recently installed this new playground equipment at City Arena Park at the corner of Bull and Market streets across from Zemp Stadium. A $23,526 S.C. Parks and Recreation Department grant, along with $5,881 in matching city funds, paid not only for the play structure but a new swing set, timber borders and fall-zone mulch. "We are excited to provide all these needed improvements for the neighborhood children and are thankful to our local legislators for supporting our grant applications for this project," Camden Mayor Tony Scully said. Improvements to Edgewood Park at Elmore ...

April 23, 2014 | | Camden


Giving Back

Recently, I was listening to a talk radio host railing about how public schools "no longer teach values." This issue seems to be a mantra of sorts for some folks in the media, many of whom I suspect haven't been anywhere near a public school in years. As someone who is in public schools every day, I can't for the life of me figure out what this view is based on. I know it's not based on reality.

April 21, 2014 | | Columns


Easter Memories and Hope

It is each of the many Easters of my life that I remember more clearly than any other holiday. Christmases blur together with only a few standing out in my memory such as the one when it snowed all day, the year I lost my voice completely, and the two times that I wasn't home – one working in Washington, D.C. and another in London.

April 21, 2014 | Rhonda Rich | Columns


This week in Kershaw County sports

Monday: Lugoff-Elgin in Anderson Brothers Bank Tournament at Florence (G- 1 p.m.); Camden Military Academy at North Central (TEN – 5 p.m.); Camden Military Academy at Trinity-Byrnes (BSOC - 6 p.m.); North Central at Fairfield Central (BB – 6 p.m.); Camden Military Academy at North Central (BB – 6 p.m.)

April 21, 2014 | | Sports


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