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‘Flexibility,’ or throwing the baby out with the bath water?

I've been doing this work for a long time, almost 39 years. I've seen probably every educational fad, movement, silver bullet, innovation, reform, program and change you can think of, and then some. The flavor of the month in South Carolina is elimination of minimum standards and quality control in the name of "flexibility." This "reform" comes up every so often as the grand solution to solve all of our problems. On the surface, it's not a bad concept. But because it's rarely done with some level of measure or common sense, it usually falls on ...

November 18, 2013 | By KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Payments deferred

Many of the most important occupations receive the smallest salaries. For example, policemen are notoriously underpaid, as are firefighters. Teachers, entrusted with children, the most valuable items for both the parents and the world, receive the least for the most. I remember my first salary to be $2,785 a year! In spite of the fact that I was certainly better looking, more energetic, idealistic and gullible enough to think all students wanted an education and bringing an "A" diploma and teaching certification, the payment was small in terms of money. However, little did I expect or anticipate that the ...

November 18, 2013 | By Jean Pruett C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Barn Fire

The Lugoff Fire Department (LFD) battles a barn fire Nov. 12 on Guion Drive off Lachicotte Road in Lugoff. A cold front entering the area brought wind gusts of more than 30 mph to the area, threatening to drive the flames against a nearby residence. LFD Battalion 1, Rescue 10 and Engine 10 arrived on the scene to find the large barn heavily involved in fire. The fire also spread to the yard and woods surrounding the home and threatened a neighbor's detached car garage. LFD crews immediately protected the exposed structures with three attack lines while other crews ...

November 18, 2013 | | Crime-Police-Fire


CHS baseball camp features Kohn, Carmon and Williams

The Camden High School baseball program, in conjunction with the Kershaw County Recreation Department, will host a one-day baseball camp on Saturday, Dec. 7 from noon until 3 p.m. at American Legion Park in Camden.

November 18, 2013 | | Sports


Amanda McNulty to speak at Lugoff Garden Club

Amanda McNulty, Clemson Extension agent

November 15, 2013 | | People & Places


FAC of Kershaw County announces volunteer and service awards

Earlier this season, board members, donors, community leaders

November 15, 2013 | | Arts


I-20 WB to begin lane shift Saturday

Kershaw County residents who regularly drive to Columbia on I-20 in northeast Richland County need to be aware that the S.C. Department of Transportation's (SCDOT) ongoing project to widen the interstate will shift to the westbound lanes beginning Saturday.

November 15, 2013 | | Miscellaneous


Jerome Arthur Williams

Mr. Jerome Arthur Williams, 51, of 58 Lauray Lane, Camden, died Wednesday. Family and friends may call the residence. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later day be Brown's Funeral Home, Camden, who is serving the family.

November 15, 2013 | | Obituaries


Barbara G. Bass

Barbara G. Bass, 73, of Monroe, LA, former resident of Cassatt, SC entered into eternal rest on Sunday, November 3, 2013. Services were held in West Monroe, LA on November 9, 2013 by Kilpatrick Funeral Home, followed by burial at Hasley Cemetery. Mrs. Bass was preceded in death by her father, Frank Hawkins, her mother Inez Russell and her grandson Phillip Bass. She is survived by her children, Winnie Bass of Cassatt, SC, Willie Guthrie, Barbara Lee, and Ruby Heckford of West Monroe, LA; 14 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. She was loved by all who knew her and will be ...

November 15, 2013 | | Obituaries


Derrick Johnson

Mr. Derrick Johnson, 45, of Austin, TX, formally of Camden, SC, passed on Thursday, November 7, 2013. Funeral services will be conducted Monday, November 18, 2013, 1 p.m., at St. Stephens Baptist Church, Rembert, SC. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

November 15, 2013 | | Obituaries


Thomas McClain

Mr. Thomas McClain, 88, of Philadelphia, PA, formally of Rembert, SC, passed on Wednesday, November 6, 2013.

November 15, 2013 | | Obituaries


Jimmie Lee Murphy

Deacon Jimmie Lee Murphy, 76, of 1816 Campbell Street, Camden, died Tuesday. 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 family.

November 15, 2013 | | Obituaries


Jeremy "Todd" Wilson

Mr. Jeremy "Todd" Wilson entered into eternal rest on Sunday, November 10, 2013 at KershawHealth.

November 15, 2013 | | Obituaries


Classically Carolina

Camden: Classically Carolina.

November 15, 2013 | | Camden


Obamacare’s gift to the GOP

WASHINGTON -- In spite of everything -- the GOP's internal scrimmages, the government shutdown, the party's transparent attempts to derail Obamacare -- Republicans keep getting second chances.

November 15, 2013 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


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Margaret McLaughlin

Dr. Margaret A. "Marge" McLaughlin of Camden, SC, daughter of the late Dr. James R. McLaughlin and Lorene Englehardt McLaughlin, died peacefully on November 14 ...

November 24, 2016 | | Obituaries


Elizabeth Pate

A funeral service to celebrate the life of Myrtle Elizabeth "Libby" Estridge Pate, 78, of Lugoff, SC, will be held at 2:00 PM, Sunday ...

November 24, 2016 | | Obituaries


Ronnie Thompkins

A graveside service to celebrate the life of Walter Ronald "Ronnie" Thompkins, 67, of Camden, SC, will be held at 12:00 Noon, Friday, November ...

November 24, 2016 | | Obituaries


Colonial Cup

To steal a catchphrase from Kershaw County Council Chairman Julian Burns: it was indeed a great day for Kershaw County.

November 22, 2016 | | Editorials


Writer calls out party divisiveness

In 1796, George Washington released his famous Farewell Address that admonished the citizens of the infant America of four primary things, but his arguably most ...

November 22, 2016 | Ryan Kelly Camden | Letters


Truth and consequences

WASHINGTON -- Of all the losers in this season of discontent, the mainstream media top the list. I don't say this lightly and sincerely fear ...

November 22, 2016 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Kershaw County Council to discuss FILOT, project funding

Kershaw County Council meets today at 5:30 p.m. to discuss a fee in lieu of taxes agreement, approving the financing of sewer system ...

November 22, 2016 | Katrina Moses C-I Staff Writer | Kershaw County


Price is Right game show winner visits Camden

Scratch another one off Bailey Griswold's bucket list.

November 22, 2016 | | Miscellaneous


City celebrates train station rededication

The city of Camden re-dedicated the Seaboard Air Line Railway Depot Thursday.

November 22, 2016 | Katrina Moses C-I Staff Writer | Camden


KCSO seeks identification of suspects, car

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office needs help from the public in identifying three men responsible for the burglary of a residence in Lugoff, SC ...

November 22, 2016 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Jesse Smith

A funeral service to celebrate the life of Jesse Elmore Smith, 86, of Camden, SC will be held at 3:00 PM, Tuesday, November 22 ...

November 21, 2016 | | Obituaries


Randolph Lloyd Player

A memorial service to honor the life of Randolph Lloyd "Rainbow" Player, 73, of Camden, SC, will be held at 2:00 PM, Friday, November ...

November 21, 2016 | | Obituaries


Mark D. Outten

Mr. Mark D. Outten, 55, of 209 Laurens Street in Camden died Saturday, November 19th. Friends may visit at 699 Feather Road in Lugoff. Plans ...

November 21, 2016 | | Obituaries


Margie Morris

CAMDEN – A funeral service to celebrate the life of Margie Baker Morris, 74, was held Monday November 21, 2016 at Powers Funeral Home. In lieu ...

November 21, 2016 | | Obituaries


May Francis McDonald

Memorial services for Miss May Francis McDonald, 90, of 189 Richardson Court in Lugoff, will be held Saturday, November 26, 2016, 2:00 P.M ...

November 21, 2016 | | Obituaries


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