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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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Rec. Notes: KC swim team registration

The Kershaw County Swim team will have registration April 21 through May 9.

April 18, 2014 | | Kershaw County


“Robert Mills: Designs for Democracy”

Robert Mills was the first American born and trained architect. He called himself "Robert Mills, Architect of Public Buildings." Indeed, Mills established a new scale and standard for public buildings in Washington, D. C. when he designed the Treasury Building, the Patent Office, and the General Post Office in the 1830s and early 1840s. In other parts of the country, Mills designed buildings that were sensitive to regional values and local architectural traditions. Always his attention was on permanency and fireproofing for his public buildings.

April 18, 2014 | Katherine Richardson | Columns


Fergus Reid Buckley

Fergus Reid Buckley passed away in Camden, South Carolina on April 14, 2014. He was the younger brother of conservative figure William F. Buckley, Jr. and of the Honorable James L. Buckley, former U.S. Senator from New York and Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

April 18, 2014 | | Obituaries


Charlie Horace Olive

Charlie Horace Olive was born December 31, 1914, in Cataula, GA and passed away peacefully on April 14, 2014, in LaGrange, GA.

April 18, 2014 | | Obituaries


Richard Lee Porter

Mr. Richard Lee Porter 47, of 937 Berry Road, Bishopville, South Carolina, passed on Friday, April 11, 2014. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, April 18, 2014 at 2:00 PM at Elizabeth Baptist Church in Bishopville, SC. Burial will be at Elizabeth Baptist Church Cemetery in Bishopville, SC. Hailes Funeral Home is serving the family.

April 18, 2014 | | Obituaries


Erasing the race card

WASHINGTON -- One approaches the race fray with trepidation, but here we go, tippy-toe.

April 18, 2014 | Kathleen Parker | Columns


These lovable furry friends need homes

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Boyd, a 7-month-old neutered male cat and Sophie, a 6-month-old female terrier mix. She is very energetic, playful and friendly. The adoption donation includes spaying or neutering. The shelter, located at the south end of Fair Street and managed by the Kershaw County Humane Society, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. The shelter is closed Sunday and Monday. The shelter is closed Sunday and Monday. For information on the shelter ...

April 18, 2014 | | Pets


Clinic Classic hits the streets on April 26

The seventh annual Clinic Classic 10K run and 5K walk/run, presented by McDonald's of Camden, will take to the streets of Camden on Saturday, April 26.

April 16, 2014 | | Sports


SCSU's Pough to be guest speaker at CMS sports gala

Tickets are now on sale for Camden Middle School's inaugural Sports Gala to be held on Friday, May 23 at the school beginning at 6 p.m.

April 16, 2014 | | Sports


Elliott to talk USC football at Gamecock Club event in Camden

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 16, 2014 | | Sports


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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