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Washington voters will be asked in November to lower school class sizes, following a pathway forged by Florida voters in 2002. The push comes in the midst of education funding chaos in Washington, which currently has the fourth largest average class sizes in the country.

September 09, 2014 | Eric Schulzke Deseret News | National


Criteria for addiction assessment

Many of us picture addicts as druggies in dark alleyways, and that kind of stereotyping is exactly why the American Psychiatric Association's (APA) released its latest revisions to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) this year. The DSM-V is the universal manual for diagnosing mental and behavioral health issues, and this newest revision eliminates the addiction categories and replaces it with a new category for substance use related disorders.

September 09, 2014 | Emily Christensen FamilyShare | National


Aren't they grand

Most grandparenting research looks at grandparents who live with their grandchildren or the frail elderly who live in long-term care or assisted settings. That misses most of the 64 million-plus grandparents, including a large group of "midlife" grandparents as young as 40 years old, according to a portrait of grandparenting just released by Bowling Green State University.

September 09, 2014 | | National


A child's prayer gave Gwen Stefani a baby

Gwen Stefani was once a Hollaback girl.

September 09, 2014 | Herb Scribner Deseret News | National


Ariail for September 8, 2014

September 08, 2014 | | Ariail


A long, hard winter

As an unusually mild, rainy summer was melting away or rather frosting its way into autumn, I took to noticing signs that our mountain people have always used to judge the forthcoming severity of winter.

September 08, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Lowcountry board members show guts

Three school board members in the Lowcountry took a courageous step recently when they refused to attend an executive session they felt was illegal.

September 08, 2014 | By Bill Rogers S.C. Press Association Executive Director | Columns


Noted and passed - Sept. 8, 2014

• On the opposite page, you will see a column from S.C. Press Association (SCPA) Executive Director Bill Rogers on how two Lowcountry school board members left a meeting early and another one decided to not attend at all because of what they felt was an improper and possibly illegal executive session to discuss proposals to renovate an old school into district offices. We applaud those Jasper County school board members as well. However, we are also concerned with other recent S.C. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) violations. For example, and also from the Lowcountry: Beaufort City Council failed ...

September 08, 2014 | | Editorials


Construction and changes benefit customer satisfaction

In general, these columns are devoted to broad topics like the changing environment of healthcare or our recent Core Measures success and what that means to patient quality and safety. These are matters that can apply to hospitals in virtually any community, and are certainly excellent choices for discussion. However, this time, I'd like to address something anyone who has visited the Medical Center in Camden recently is certain to have noticed -- the renovations taking place, particularly in the emergency room entrance and the main lobby. They're bringing big changes to the hospital, inside and out.

September 08, 2014 | By Terry Gunn, interim KershawHealth CEO C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Brown earns CPPO certification

Jo Marie Brown, CPPB, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden's procurement manager, recently earned Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) certification from the Universal Public Purchasing Certification Council (UPPCC).

September 08, 2014 | | Business


Feature photo: Ninja Turtle power

Landon Santos (third from right in blue mask) celebrated his sixth birthday on Aug. 23 by dressing up and equipped -- along with six of his friends -- as Ninja Turtles. Into all the action were (from left) Carson Owens, Catherine Owens, Ethan Spitler, Max Ford, Landon, Carson Sowell and Cayce Stribling. The party ended with a trip to see the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie in Camden.

September 08, 2014 | | Miscellaneous


Rozella Miles Treanor

Graveside funeral services to celebrate the life of Rozella Miles Treanor of Camden, SC, will be held at 2:00 PM, Tuesday, September 9, 2014 in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family will speak to friends following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Rozella's memory to the Walter M. Crow Animal Shelter, 460 S. Fair Street, Camden, SC 29020.

September 08, 2014 | | Obituaries


Earline Halley Graham

Mrs. Earline Halley Graham, 74, of 8430 St. John Road, Rembert, South Carolina passed on Thursday, September 4, 2014. Funeral services will be conducted on Wednesday, September 10, 2014, at 2:00 PM, at Pine Grove AME Church, Rembert, SC, with burial in Sandhill Cemetery, Rembert, SC. Viewing will begin at 1:00 PM at the Pine Grove AME Church.

September 08, 2014 | | Obituaries


Lady Knights stomp Rams

It used to be that Chesterfield and North Central would hook up in some long and tense volleyball matches.

September 08, 2014 | | North Central High/Middle


This week in Kershaw County sports

Monday: Irmo at Camden (G – 4 p.m.); Camden at Darlington (TEN – 4:30 p.m.)

September 08, 2014 | | Sports


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High school rodeo ready for Oct. 10-11 run

The Cassatt Fire Department will host a high school rodeo on Oct. 10 and 11 on the grounds of the Mid-Carolina Field Trial Club. The club is located at 925 Field Trial Rd. in Camden.

September 17, 2014 | | Equine


Lady Bulldogs top L-E to improve to 5-3

In just their second year of existence, the Camden High girls' golf team can sympathize with the growing pains which their cross-river neighbors are experiencing.

September 17, 2014 | | Sports


Lady Knights flatten Indian Land

That steamroller which is the North Central High volleyball team showed no signs of slowing down in a 3-1 win over Indian Land in a match played last Thursday in Lancaster.

September 17, 2014 | | North Central High/Middle


‘Blue Bloods,’ ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ ‘Who’ on DVD

The latest season of the police procedural "Blue Bloods," about a family of law enforcers, the "Avengers" TV spinoff "Marvel's Agents of "S.H.I.E.L.D." and the latest incarnation of "Doctor Who" lead new television shows on DVD this week.

September 16, 2014 | Chris Hicks Deseret News | National


Bride surprises dying dad with wedding in hospital room

ORANGE, Calif. -- A bride who knew her father had only weeks to live surprised him by canceling her dream wedding and brought the ceremony to his hospital room so he could give her away and dance with her.

September 16, 2014 | Tracie Knabe Snowder KSL | National


Year-round school calendar: Will it benefit students?

It's mid-September, and most schools have barely begun classes, but students at Rosa Parks Elementary School are getting ready for vacation. Fall break for the Portland, Oregon, elementary school starts on Sept. 22 and runs for three weeks.

September 16, 2014 | Eric Schulzke Deseret News | National


My third failed attempt at breastfeeding, and it's OK

I've come to know the sound all too well -- the unmistakable suction of the breast pump. In fact, my breast pump and I have spent so much time together there are times I think it's talking to me, and sometimes not saying very nice things! Perhaps some are familiar with that distinctive noise as well if they've been as unlucky as me with what I was told would be natural and wonderful.

September 16, 2014 | Danielle Longhurst FamilyShare | National


5 simple ways to make your husband’s day a better one

Chances are your husband is not expecting a dozen red roses from you. However, he wouldn't mind hearing words of appreciation. Telling your husband how thankful you are for the things he has done or telling him how much you love him is a good start to making his day a better one.

September 16, 2014 | Mayra Bitsko FamilyShare | National


5 must-teaches to prepare your kids for adulthood

We teach our children to walk, talk, chew 32 times, brush their teeth, pick up their clothes and be kind to others. We teach them to turn off the lights when they leave a room and not to play with matches. We teach them to drive cars and send out thank-you notes. The list is endless. We teach them so much more than the schools they attend. We prepare them for life.

September 16, 2014 | Becky Rickman FamilyShare | National


Top colleges that take rich and poor kids

As students flood the campuses of the country's elite colleges this fall, those schools remain, mostly, enclaves of privilege. This persists despite the fact that there are many high schoolers from low-income families that make top grades and test scores in numbers that are twice the percentage in the general population as at prestigious universities.

September 16, 2014 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | National


Bridging the gap: Can empathy be taught?

Every semester since 2006, Kevin Blair has taught an introductory course on poverty at Niagara University. And every semester, he finds a business student who is only enrolled in the class to fulfill a social science elective, or simply needed three more credits to graduate -- not because the student is interested in poverty.

September 16, 2014 | Amy McDonald Deseret News | National


Woman's happiness most important to having a successful marriage

How happy a woman believes her marriage is has a direct impact on the quality of her husband's life, according to research in the Journal of Marriage and Family. And that holds "no matter how he feels about their nuptials."

September 16, 2014 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News | National


Life-affirming lessons learned in an airport

I recently flew across the U.S. from Oregon to Massachusetts via California. Spending several hours traveling allowed me to indulge in one of my favorite pastimes -- people watching. And while you might think a cross-country overnight flight would bring out the worst in people, the opposite was true. I observed several moments that proved to me the world is inherently good, and I can be a part of it. Let me tell you about 6 brief experiences that inspired me.

September 16, 2014 | Amy Peterson FamilyShare | National


One little girl learns the true meaning of delete

For little children, it is the small things in life that can completely destroy their day. When one little girl deletes a picture on the camera, tears quickly come. It can break our heart to see children cry over the smallest details but do we often find ourselves doing the same thing? Has your mood ever quickly changed because your favorite pair of pants are too tight and you're mad at yourself for putting on a few extra pounds? Do you find that you quickly lose patience when your child constantly whines? Or, do the tears start to come ...

September 16, 2014 | Courtnie Erickson FamilyShare | National


The day the chase ended

OK, I admit it: I had a crush on JoAnn.

September 16, 2014 | Joe Walker Deseret News | National


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