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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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Kenneth P. Marsh

Kenneth P. "Kenny" Marsh, Jr., 67, of Camden, SC, passed away on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at his sister's residence in Pooler, GA.

August 11, 2017 | | Obituaries


Larry Maurice Kelly

Mr. Larry Maurice Kelly, 59, of 808 Dibble Street, Camden, SC, passed on Tuesday, August 8, 2017. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a ...

August 11, 2017 | | Obituaries


Max Ford

Robert Maxwell (Max) Ford, 75, died peacefully on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 surrounded by his family. A private family burial will be held on Friday ...

August 11, 2017 | | Obituaries


Karen Jean Barlow

CASSATT – Funeral services for Karen Jean Barlow, 62, will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. Burial will follow the service ...

August 11, 2017 | | Obituaries


Arts Open House is Aug. 26

The Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County cordially invites the community to attend the 2017 Arts Open House & Hot Dog Lunch on Saturday, Aug ...

August 11, 2017 | | People & Places


Max Ford

We join family, friends and the entire community in mourning the loss and celebrating the life of Max Ford, who passed away Tuesday, Aug. 8 ...

August 11, 2017 | | Editorials


Cleaning out, looking back

One of the things about cleaning out, as you know, is the emotional path it leads you down to remembering days passed that have disappeared ...

August 11, 2017 | Ronda Rich | Columns


Ariail - Aug. 11, 2017

August 11, 2017 | | Ariail


NIP underway in the city

The city of Camden has many projects underway, including utility infrastructure, the new tennis/pickleball complex, launch of a Main Street SC program and many ...

August 11, 2017 | By Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Armstrong named S.C. Strength Coach of the Year

Lugoff-Elgin High School (L-EHS) athletes have realized that they were fortunate to have the expertise of Mike Armstrong as their strength and conditioning coach, but ...

August 11, 2017 | | Education


Pracht inducted into National Auctioneers Hall of Fame

J. Chris Pracht, IV, CAI, AARE, CES, was recently bestowed high honor at the National Auctioneers Association (NAA) 68th International Auctioneers Conference and Show in ...

August 11, 2017 | | Miscellaneous


Man says ‘thank you’ 25 years later

Joseph Atkins was driving through South Carolina when he saw a highway sign for Camden.

August 11, 2017 | | Kershaw County


Volunteers needed for Revolutionary Run Half Marathon

All members of the Greater Camden community are invited to step out and support runners making their way through town during the Revolutionary Run Half ...

August 11, 2017 | | Camden


Senior citizens can attend school sponsored events free

Kershaw County citizens age 65 years or older can receive lifetime Golden Circle passes that allow them to attend school-sponsored activities or athletic events free ...

August 11, 2017 | | Education


Small town papers have local role

HILLSBORO, Ohio – I don't read many of the online comments following my op-eds because I'm an old-fashioned journalist who prefers signed letters to ...

August 11, 2017 | By Gary Abernathy, editor (Hillsboro, Ohio) Times-Gazette | Columns


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