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Some thoughts on merit pay

I've been doing this work for almost 36 years. Having been around public education for that long, I've seen just about every solution to increasing student academic performance that has ever been thought up, usually more than once. In the case of merit pay, this is about the third time around for me. Déjà vu all over again, as Yogi Berra once said. Legislation pending in the South Carolina General Assembly would freeze teacher salaries at current levels and require State Superintendent of Education Dr. Mick Zais to have a merit pay plan ready to present to ...

March 14, 2011 | Kershaw County School District Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns


U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary offers boating safety class

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will hold a safe boating class on May 7 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The boating class will be held at the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office training room in Lugoff. The address is 821 Ridgeway Road, Lugoff.

March 14, 2011 | | Localife


Ms. Jeffers, Mr. Bell set date

Mr. Andrew Jeffers of Cassatt and Ms. Denise Jeffers of Camden announce the engagement of their daughter, Ms. Jessica Marie Jeffers of Camden, to Thomas Michael Bell of Camden. He is the son of Mr. Ronald Bell of Camden and Ms. Nancy Shuler of Garden City.

March 14, 2011 | | Weddings & Engagements


Miss Allen, Mr. Sweet plan spring wedding

Mr. and Mrs. Danny B. Allen, Jr. of Lugoff announce the engagement of their daughter, Kelli Elizabeth Allen to Nathan Andrew Sweet of Lugoff. He is the son of Rev. and Mrs. Gregory Sweet, Sr. of Lugoff.

March 14, 2011 | | Weddings & Engagements


Miss Bowers, Mr. Carbery engaged

Mr. and Mrs. Fred H. Ross, Jr. of Camden, and Mr. and Mrs. Ward O. Bowers, Jr. of Camden, announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Jennifer Sheheen Bowers, to Mr. Kacey Hugh Osborne Carbery of Camden. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Revelle Stackhouse of Columbia, S. C. and Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Hugh Carbery of Victoria, B.C. Canada.

March 14, 2011 | | Weddings & Engagements


Happy 60th Anniversary!

Fred and Gloria Clements were married 60 years ago today on March 14, 1951. Fred is originally from Vesuvius, Va., and Gloria was born in Fort Lawn, S.C. They have lived in Camden their entire 60 years and their children are Diane (Danny) Robinson of Camden, Andy (Dian) Clements of Huntsville, Ala., Phyllis Clements of Columbia, and the late Bobby Clements. They have 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren and a cherished and sweet dog named Christie, who protects them and their home and gives them daily love and comfort. Their family and friends wish them congratulations and best wishes ...

March 14, 2011 | | Localife


Tumble into fun with gymnastics class

Gymnastics classes are offered by the Kershaw County Recreation Department and Wateree Gymnastics of Camden.

March 11, 2011 | | Miscellaneous


Light weekend on tap for county teams

Following a long list of Thursday night contests, it will be a relatively mild weekend for Kershaw County athletic teams.

March 11, 2011 | | Sports


Bulldogs blanked by Bearcats in opener

Camden limited host Brookland-Cayce, the 12th ranked AAA team in the state's pre-season rankings, to just two goals, but that was more than enough as the Bearcats downed CHS, 2-0, in Tuesday's regular season opener.

March 11, 2011 | | Camden High/Middle


Lady Demons throttle RNE and Lakewood

So, what's the big deal about moving from the AAA ranks to the 4A level?

March 11, 2011 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Six illegal gaming machines seized

Six gambling machines – illegal under state law -- were seized from three locations Wednesday in a sweep by the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office and S.C. Law Enforcement Division.

March 11, 2011 | | Crime-Police-Fire


School menus - March 14-18

The following are menus for Kershaw County schools for the week of March 14-18:

March 11, 2011 | | Miscellaneous


All dressed up and ready to play

The Camden-based S.C. Ballers, an 11-and-under AAU basketball team, is preparing to kick off its season with tournament contests set beginning this month. Pictured here, on the front row from left, are Markel Portee, Ronil Patel, Devin Martin and Jalyn DuBose. The second row includes Donovan Belton, Brandon Stevenson, Malik Green, Marquis Wood and Brice Jeffcoat. The third row has coach Willie DuBose and coach Cliff Stevenson. Missing from the photo are Kayjon Robertson and coach Al Robertson.

March 11, 2011 | | Sports


USC football player makes Camden mother proud

Last month, Kenny Davis (left) made his mother, teammates and community proud. Davis, a defensive tackle for the USC Gamecocks, is a former student of North Central High School and a graduate of Newberry High School. He is the son of Thomasenia Robinson of Camden, a property manager of Palmer Place Apartments. He is the grandson of Louella Outten of Camden and Audree A. Clark of Cassatt. Davis, along with his roommate, running back Kenny Miles (right), paid a visit to Thomas Counts (middle) in February. Counts is a diehard Gamecock fan from Prosperity, and has battled cancer for two ...

March 11, 2011 | | Localife


Sister-in-law cuts brother off before heart surgery

Dear Annie: My brother was scheduled for open-heart surgery involving three different procedures. I hadn't seen him for several months and wanted to visit before the operation, as I feared he might not make it through.

March 11, 2011 | | Dear Annie


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Medical marijuana

Both Democrats and Republicans in South Carolina will have advisory questions on their June primary ballots -- votes that will not be binding but are intended simply to provide some feeling for what Palmetto State residents are thinking about particular issues. As you would guess, such questions often revolve around issues particularly important to one party or another, and they're sometimes done to help provide leverage for the parties to push certain projects.

April 11, 2014 | | Editorials


American Legion accepting Palmetto Boys State applications

James Leroy Belk American Legion Post No. 17 is seeking applications for Palmetto Boys State to be held June 8-14 at Anderson University. Applicants should be motivated students interested in learning about citzenship and government, rising seniors of good character and in the top 25 percent of their class. Applications are available from guidance counselors at high schools or may be obtained from Richard Lackey at 432-9527. Above, Palmetto Boys State chairman Lackey dines and chats with Girls State delegate Margeaux Laschanzky and Boys State delegate Riley Kohn when the two youths visited Post 17 to share their experiences from ...

April 11, 2014 | | Localife


Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Hopkins celebrate 50th anniversary

Alvin and Joanne Hopkins recently celebrated 50 years of marriage. The couple was married on March 21, 1964, at the home of the Rev. Joe Hood. They have two children, Wesley (BK) Hopkins and Lynn (Jackie) Hopkins; two grandchildren, William Hopkins and Justin Hopkins, two step-grandchildren, Lauren Langford and Josh Napper; and one step-greatgrandchild, Vance Langford.

April 11, 2014 | | Localife


David Lawerence Kelly Jr

A Funeral Mass for David Lawerence Kelly Jr., 43, will be celebrated on Monday at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Camden, S.C. The Rev. Father Paul Brenninkmeijer will officiate. Final Commendation and Farewell Prayers will be in Quaker Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter, 460 Fair Street, Camden, SC 29020.

April 11, 2014 | | Obituaries


Demons give Cavaliers the boot

Now this is how you end a drought.

April 11, 2014 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Demons netters rip RNE twice

With their head coach missing the match due to a knee injury, the Lugoff-Elgin tennis team tried to help in Edward Rickwood's recovery by dousing visiting Richland Northeast, 7-0, in a Region 4-4A match played on Tuesday.

April 11, 2014 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Sandy Heyward Boykin, Sr.

A celebration of life service for Sandy Heyward Boykin, Sr., 55, will be held Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at Powers funeral home. The Rev. Reece Byrd and the Rev. Ann Byrd will officiate.

April 11, 2014 | | Obituaries


Gators take a bite out of Dogs

First-year schools and their athletic teams are not supposed to be this good.

April 11, 2014 | | Camden High/Middle


Lady Demons sweep RNE

Lugoff-Elgin tuned up for its Thursday night battle with conference-leading Blythewood by handing visiting Richland Northeast a pair of losses in a Tuesday night Region 4-4A doubleheader.

April 11, 2014 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Thanks from Historic Camden

The governing board of Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site would like to express its sincerest appreciation to Mayor Tony Scully and the members of Camden City Council for approving recommended changes to a much needed sewer project that crosses portions of our historic site. City Manager Mel Pearson, Public Works Director Tom Couch and Deputy Director Sam Davis are to be commended for working tirelessly with numerous individuals to find a solution to installing the sewer lines in a timely manner while protecting parts of the archaeologically rare and nationally significant colonial site of early Camden.

April 11, 2014 | Historic Camden Foundation Board of Trustees | Letters


Gullible and guilty

Those of us who jump for joy when we hear that Governor Haley is deeply concerned about education and is planning to dedicate $160 million in new spending for education might consider, as we bow heads in hope and tenuous gratitude, that such concern on her part is coming awfully late but just in time for her possible re-election. Better late than never? Perhaps! But better earlier, for sure. The S.C. education budget has been reduced for the last three years by more than the proposed budget raises -- $110 million in her first year and $140 million stimulus money ...

April 11, 2014 | Nancy Larsen Lugoff | Letters


Ariail for April 11, 2014

April 11, 2014 | | Ariail


Southern charm

WASHINGTON -- After writing close to 3,000 columns, I've learned that people sometimes read what they're looking for, often as a result of a headline, rather than what I wrote.

April 11, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Among the state's elite

April 04, 2014 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


Elliott feature speaker at KC Gamecock Club 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 02, 2014 | | Sports


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