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Local AYP performance better than state results

Kershaw County elementary and middle schools outperformed the state on Adequate Yearly Performance (AYP) results released recently, although local education leaders say the federal system has been criticized for its "all or nothing" ratings and seems to contradict local positive results released on PASS, the state's accountability test for grades 3-8.

August 08, 2011 | | Education


NC changes football scrimmage with Lamar; CHS, L-E have Friday scrimmages

Due to the heat-related death of a freshman football player whose funeral will be held today, Lamar High School's coaching staff asked North Central if it could change the time and site of tonight's football scrimmage between the two schools.

August 05, 2011 | | Sports


Black Obama voters' blues

It is only in comparison to today's Republican Party, divided between its old-school establishment and its Tea Party zealots, that today's Democrats look unified.

August 05, 2011 | Clarence Page Chicago Tribune | Columns


Polk, Lee elected officers for state archives foundation

Two Kershaw County residents have been elected officers on the executive board of the S.C. Archives and History Foundation.

August 05, 2011 | | Miscellaneous


Rec notes -- Aug. 5, 2011

Registration is underway for fall recreational sports including football, soccer, baseball, cheerleading and fast pitch softball.

August 05, 2011 | | Miscellaneous


Leaders must set example for open government

I got a call from a school board member recently asking what to do when her board goes into executive session and then talks about things that cannot legally be discussed there.

August 05, 2011 | Bill Rogers Executive director, S.C. Press Association | Columns


Reassessment inconsistencies

Most people are very upset about the recent property tax assessments including myself. After reading the comments of County Assessor Randy Roberts and Deputy Assessor Mark Griffiths it sounds like the excuses have already started to justify the increases. Their comments of " location, location, location" and "having unique housing markets in Camden" must be very specific in these markets.

August 05, 2011 | Craig Harvey Lugoff | Letters


Got game?

I am not ashamed to admit that, at the instant the ref blows his final whistle and the scoreboard flaunts her last digits, a palpable degree of sadness, of disappointment comes over me like a dark cloud stealing the sun's warmth on a winter day. Reality sets in. Football season is over. The rivalries and intensity, the festivities and friends, the tradition -- all will be missed until next season. And I'm not alone. For many, it's about playing the game but, in more, watching the game. The game, defined one way as "a physical competition conducted according ...

August 05, 2011 | Paula Joseph C-I contributing columnist | Columns


MSC upgrades

The Montessori School of Camden has upgraded Beard Hall in preparation for the 2011-2012 school year. Denton Builders gutted the toddler room, replacing the flooring, adding all new cabinetry and sinks and painting the room. In addition, a covered space at the exit of the infant room was added and lighting in the room was upgraded. Surveying the upgrades are classroom staff Cintyia Moreno, Heather Conder and Meredith Hines.

August 05, 2011 | | Education


Food for the Soul holds inaugural Pass the Plate celebration dinner

Food for the Soul, the Camden-based ministry to the hungry and homeless in Kershaw County, will conclude its Pass the Plate summer fundraising campaign on Saturday, Aug. 13 with a special event to be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at it's center located at 110A East DeKalb St. in Camden, behind United Way.

August 05, 2011 | | Localife


Miss Gold and Black to sponsor ice cream breakfast for charity

Charleston Thompson, a rising high school senior and the reigning Camden High School Miss Gold and Black is sponsoring an Ice Cream for Breakfast Sunday from 8:30 to 11:15 a.m. at Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church (LSUMC).

August 05, 2011 | | Localife


Happy 70th Anniversary!

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Samuel of Ridgeway will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary Aug. 9. The Samuels have seven children, 22 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. They plan to celebrate their anniversary at home with family and friends.

August 05, 2011 | | Localife


Camden Wal-Mart opens ‘The Spark’ as information ‘hub’ for Kershaw County events

In May, Wal-Mart held a ribbon cutting to introduce "The Spark" to our community. "The Spark" will serve as a hub for all information around events in the Camden/Kershaw County community. This resource will improve communication between those organizations that are making our community so great and those who would like to know more about what is going on in their community. They felt it would be the perfect vehicle to conveniently expose more than 50,000 visitors weekly, to what the community has to offer. One example of how "The Spark" would work, is if a person is ...

August 05, 2011 | | Localife


Carey Rick Brown

Funeral service for Carey Rick Brown, 55, will be held Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at Powers Funeral Home. The Rev. Todd Horton will officiate. The family will receive friends Friday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter.

August 05, 2011 | | Obituaries


Ned McDowell

Memorial services to celebrate the life of Edward Niles "Ned" McDowell, 85, of Camden, will be held 11:00 AM Saturday August 6, 2011 at Grace Episcopal Church, the Reverend Michael Bullock will officiate. The family will receive friends from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM Friday August 5, 2011 at Kornegay Funeral Home Camden Chapel, and again following the service in Richardson Hall at Grace Episcopal Church.

August 05, 2011 | | Obituaries


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Matthews to equip KCSO deputies with body cameras

Shortly after taking office in 2011, Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews began looking into equipping his officers with body cameras. As time passed his interest took on a more serious nature and in April 2014, he directed one of his staff to begin the process of evaluating different systems.

October 27, 2014 | | Crime-Police-Fire


Your vote, your choice

Today, the Chronicle-Independent begins a series of articles summarizing the candidates and issues that will be on the Nov. 4 ballot, one week from Tuesday. Perhaps the most contentious race isn't between candidates but between "yes" and "no" on two referenda offered by the Kershaw County School District.

October 27, 2014 | | Editorials


Everything works out if you let it

A friend of mine, long embroiled in upsets, distractions, problems and tribulations, called one day to announce happily that she was learning to "let things roll right off my back."

October 27, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns


Ebola fear and politics, from Bamberg to Bangkok

Ebola is scary. It has scared the bejesus out of us here in South Carolina, nationally and literally all over the world.

October 27, 2014 | By Phil Noble C-I contributing columnist | Columns


Why a hike in the gas tax is a terrible idea

The issue of road funding -- or, to put it slightly differently, the question of how South Carolina should fix its broken road system -- is now a constant topic in politics and the media. A fair number of state lawmakers have therefore begun to advocate what politicians always advocate when they don't want to make tough decisions about the budget: raising taxes, specifically the fuel tax.

October 27, 2014 | By Shawn McNamee S.C. Policy Council | Columns


Celebrating Mexican independence

Camden Mayor Tony Scully (right) and ALPHA Center Hispanic/Latino Program Coordinator Carlos Harris (left) meet with Javier Diaz de Leon, consul general of Mexico for North and South Carolina, during a celebration of the 204th anniversary of Mexican independence at the Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh, N.C., on Sept. 15. Scully said Mexicans now comprise 9 percent of North Carolina's population and are its second largest trading partner, generating $25 million per day. "Hispanics in South Carolina are 5.3 percent of the population, almost half a million people," Scully said, "with a growth rate of 154 ...

October 27, 2014 | | Camden


Laverne Simpson

A funeral service for LaVerne Ingram Simpson, 84, of Camden, SC, will be held at 3:00 PM, Sunday, October 26, 2014 at First Baptist Church in Camden. Rev. Bruce Hancock will officiate. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at 2:00 PM, 1 hour prior to the service in the Family Life Center. Memorials may be made in Mrs. Simpson's memory to Gideon's International, PO Box 1333, Camden, SC 29021.

October 27, 2014 | | Obituaries


Golf tourney benefits Camden High baseball program

The Camden High School baseball program will host a fundraising golf tournament at the Camden Country Club on Thursday, Nov. 13.

October 22, 2014 | | Sports


Countdown to the Colonial Cup

With the 45th annual Marion duPont Scott International Colonial Cup Steeplechase Races a little more than a month away, patrons who had reserved parking spaces for last year's Camden fall classic have until Friday, Oct. 10 to assure they retain those spaces. All unsold spaces will be placed for sale to the general public.

October 08, 2014 | | Equine


Colonial Cup set for 45th renewal on Nov. 15

A sure sign that fall and cooler weather is around the corner occurred last Friday with the mailing out of invitations to those on the mailing list for the 45th annual Marion duPont Scott International Colonial Cup Steeplechase Races.

September 10, 2014 | | Equine


CHS fall sports schedules

Volleyball

August 27, 2014 | | Camden High/Middle


L-E fall sports schedule

Volleyball

August 27, 2014 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


North Central fall sports schedules

Volleyball

August 27, 2014 | | North Central High/Middle


ABLE Club offers sponsorship options for 2014-15

The ABLE Club of S.C., the official athletic booster club of Lugoff-Elgin High School, is kicking off its membership campaign for the 2014-15 athletic seasons at the school.

August 08, 2014 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle


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