Back when I was working on my master's degree, a professor in an administration class I was taking told us that if we didn't observe and understand what was going on around us politically, we wouldn't be effective administrators. I remember wondering what politics had to do with working with students, but I was young and naïve back then. What I have learned since then is that professor was 100 percent right.
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.
Three school board members in the Lowcountry took a courageous step recently when they refused to attend an executive session they felt was illegal.
• 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 ...
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
It used to be that Chesterfield and North Central would hook up in some long and tense volleyball matches.
Monday: Irmo at Camden (G – 4 p.m.); Camden at Darlington (TEN – 4:30 p.m.)
Two dozen papier-mâché violins rotate in 48 diminutive hands as 24 second-graders chant in unison.
Season 7 of the vintage TV Western "Bonanza" is on DVD this week, along with the most recent seasons of "Person of Interest," "Chicago Fire," "Chicago P.D." and the short-lived "Crossbones."
GIRLYVILLE - Nothing completes an evening with your girlfriends like a good old chick flick. With Netflix, it gets even better now that you don't even have to leave the house. So break out the popcorn, nail polish and PJ's and pick any of these five feminine movies that are perfect for a girls' night in.
Funeral service for Mrs. Annie Mae Peebles Lee, 88, of 127 Pine Drive in Bethune, will be held Saturday, September 13, 2104, 1:00 P.M. at Catoe's Chapel Church of God in Christ, 2297 Bethune Road in Bethune with burial in the church cemetery. She died Tuesday, September 9, 2014. Collins Funeral Home of Camden is in charge of the arrangements.
Funeral service for Mr. Cory Marshall Sullivan, 37, of 1324 Old River Road in Camden will be held Monday, September 15, 2014, 4:00 P.M. at Bingham Chapel AME Zion Church, 3116 Kershaw Highway, Westville. Public viewing will be held at the funeral home Sunday from 12:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. He died Sunday, September 7, 2014. Collins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Mrs. Annie Lee Sumpter, 89, of West Columbia, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, September 7, 2014. Born in Camden, she was the wife of the late Aaron Sumpter. A Celebration of Life and Memorial Service will be held Friday, September 12, 2014 ar 6 p.m. at Brown's Funeral Home, Chapel of Rememberance. Brown's Funeral Home, Camden is serving the Sumpter family.
A Going Home service for Donald "Don" Dean Wink will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Lugoff First Baptist Church.
Funeral services for David Eugene Wooten, 68, will be held Friday at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Lugoff, with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The Rev. Doug Huntsinger and the Rev. Greg Sweet will officiate. The family will receive friends Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home.
A Washington Post writer has stirred up a hornet's nest, reporting Monday that a 13-year-old Washington, D.C., piano prodigy was flushed out of the public school system and into homeschooling because the district was bureaucratically unable or unwilling to accommodate her unconventional training and performance schedule.
Some St. Louis County towns have found a way to boost local revenue -- penalizing residents for petty offenses, especially ones that impact the poor, and raking in millions in revenue for local government.
Upper-income folks have experienced rich economic recovery, while low- and mid-income families continue to lag, and consumer confidence is weak, according to recent reports that highlight a post-recession widening gap in the way differently situated households have fared.
Millennials may have their elders beat on the computer, but they have a few things to learn about finances. Here are four areas where millennials fall short economically.
A flood of nerves rushed over me as I floated in the cool water of Lake Powell, waiting for my dad to bring the ski rope to me.
It may be time to put away flip-flops and summer hats, but there's still plenty of time to enjoy a book about school days. Following are some suggestions of books about children who are attending class for the first time, have trouble with homework or daydream their way from their bed to their school desk.
Friday night at Fenway Park, a young man impressed many after he received a foul ball and immediately gave it to a girl sitting behind him.
In 1982, Johns Hopkins sociologist Karl Alexander began tracking 790 Baltimore schoolchildren when they entered the first grade -- and he followed them for the next 30 years of their lives.
Here we go again. Yet another report has been circulating recently that claims it costs a quarter of a million dollars to raise a child to age 18. And this, the report ominously warns, does not even count the crushing cost of college!
HELPING HAND LAND -- Movies are one of the most inspirational forms of entertainment. Here are a few movies that can inspire us to do some good in the world.