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Recently, I was listening to a talk radio host railing about how public schools "no longer teach values." This issue seems to be a mantra of sorts for some folks in the media, many of whom I suspect haven't been anywhere near a public school in years. As someone who is in public schools every day, I can't for the life of me figure out what this view is based on. I know it's not based on reality.

April 21, 2014 | | Columns

City council cancels this Tuesday’s meeting

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Camden City Council set for tomorrow evening has been cancelled. Council will still have the scheduled work session meeting at 4 p.m.

April 21, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Camden

Easter Memories and Hope

It is each of the many Easters of my life that I remember more clearly than any other holiday. Christmases blur together with only a few standing out in my memory such as the one when it snowed all day, the year I lost my voice completely, and the two times that I wasn't home – one working in Washington, D.C. and another in London.

April 21, 2014 | Rhonda Rich | Columns

This week in Kershaw County sports

Monday: Lugoff-Elgin in Anderson Brothers Bank Tournament at Florence (G- 1 p.m.); Camden Military Academy at North Central (TEN – 5 p.m.); Camden Military Academy at Trinity-Byrnes (BSOC - 6 p.m.); North Central at Fairfield Central (BB – 6 p.m.); Camden Military Academy at North Central (BB – 6 p.m.)

April 21, 2014 | | Sports

RNE goes small to top Dogs for tourney title

As spacious as American Legion Park is, Richland Northeast could have almost done without the outfield grass in topping host Camden, 5-2, in the Kershaw-Richland Wooden Bat Classic championship game Thursday night.

April 21, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle

Noted and passed - April 21, 2014

** Thomas Ravenel, the former state treasurer who served prison time for cocaine distribution, now stars in a reality television show called "Southern Charm." Ravenel stumbles through the show in a haze of alcohol and bad judgment. He and his girlfriend, who's 30 years his junior, recently had a baby in Florida. Ravenel says he intends to revive his political career by running for the U. S. Senate from the Palmetto State. The guys in Vegas would probably lay some long odds on his chances for success.

April 21, 2014 | | Columns

KC Council meets tomorrow

The Kershaw County Council meets in a regularly scheduled meeting tomorrow night. First on the agenda are two public presentations, one by Motorola regarding E-911 texting services. The other is a presentation by Laurey Carpenter on the West Wateree Community Playground project.

April 21, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County

Demons’ seventh inning rally comes up short

If there was a recurring theme for Lugoff-Elgin in the Kershaw-Richland Wooden Bat Classic, it was the Demons' having their share of chances to pull out wins in three of their games, only to have nothing to show for those efforts in the win column.

April 21, 2014 | Tom Didato | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle

CFD and SC Fire Marshall provide free smoke alarms

The Camden Fire Department (CFD) and the South Carolina Fire Marshal's Office will present a joint community outreach program beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday, April 24 in the Kirkwood community behind North Towne Square Shopping Center in Camden.

April 21, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Crime-Police-Fire

Local students participate in anti-bullying training

Third, fourth and fifth graders from Jackson, Pine Tree Hill (PTH) and Camden Elementary Schools participated in anti-bullying training last week. The group Community Matters from California sent training representatives to PTH, Wateree and Lugoff Elementary Schools and Camden and Lugoff Middle Schools to share the evidence-based program with designated "safe school ambassadors."

April 21, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Education

National dog competition draws from across the country

Owners and fans of the Boykin spaniel gathered in the South Carolina midlands last week for the 2014 National Field Trial. The event was a "homecoming" of sorts for the Boykin spaniel breed that originated in the early 1900s in Boykin. The Boykin spaniel became the official state dog of South Carolina in 1985.

April 21, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Miscellaneous

Celebration of life held for Camden philanthropist, Margaret Hebard Lloyd

More than 100 local fiends joined the family of Margaret H. ("Peggy") Lloyd to celebrate her life at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County earlier this month.

April 21, 2014 | | Localife

Evelyn Johnson celebrates 100th birthday

A large group of friends and family gathered April 2 with Evelyn Johnson to help her celebrate her 100th birthday with a party at Pinedale Residential Care. Many attendees traveled from out of state to join the celebration of this impressive milestone.

April 21, 2014 | | Localife

Outrageous

You know what the most commonly used word in the English language seems to be?

April 18, 2014 | Glenn Tucker | Columns

Rec. Notes: KC swim team registration

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

April 18, 2014 | | Kershaw County

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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

First Palmetto to hold annual meeting

First Palmetto Financial Corporation, the holding company for First Palmetto Bank, will hold its' 2014 Annual Meeting of Stockholders at 10 a.m. on May 19, 2014.

April 09, 2014 | | Kershaw County

Demons ruin Dogfest

While some of the numbers may have been similar, the only one which mattered was the final outcome.

April 09, 2014 | | Sports

Lady Knights tied for 3-AA ead after edging Pelion, 7-6

With four games last week, the North Central softball team knew it was in for a tough stretch with three of their opponents sitting in the top 10 in the state rankings.

April 09, 2014 | | North Central High/Middle

What companies look for

An article in your March 28 edition covered (Ben) Connell's entry into the Kershaw County Council chairmanship race. He seems like a respectable, capable and credible young man. However, I would like to reflect on a statement credited to him in the article. He supposedly said premium recreation areas attract industries and the professionals who operate them. Further, these young professionals would be drawn to the area because you have something for their kids to do.

April 09, 2014 | Charlie Humphries Camden | Letters

Bush v. Clinton?

In a political era in which presidential races drag on for years, not merely months, Kershaw County voters could well find themselves by the end of 2014 looking at a race between two recycled political families -- the Clintons and the Bushes. News reports indicate that Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida, is seriously considering a bid for the White House, inching away from the coy stance he's been taking. And Hillary Clinton has virtually paralyzed the Democrats' primary process, as nobody is willing to jump into a race until she decides whether she's going to run. If she ...

April 09, 2014 | | Editorials

Twins lead CHS track squads

Both the Camden High boys and girls track teams are off to strong starts to the year and they are making preparations for a strong showing at the Region 4-AAA championship meet to be held later this month.

April 09, 2014 | | Camden High/Middle

Schoodic, For Non Stop score wins at Colonial, Stoneybrook

Edith R. Dixon's Schoodic remained unbeaten over fences when he powered to a 1 1/2-length victory in the $25,000 Dogwood Classic allowance hurdle, the featured race of the second annual Dogwood Classic meet at Colonial Downs in Virginia on Saturday

April 09, 2014 | | Equine

Book Launch Party for Kami Kinard’s The Boy Problem

Books on Broad will be hosting Camden native Kami Kinard as she signs her latest novel, The Boy Problem: Notes and Predictions of Tabitha Reddy May 1 from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Books on Broad is located at 944 Broad St., in Camden. The event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and autographing. The books are also available for pre-order at www.booksonbroad.com.

April 09, 2014 | | Localife

Grahame Butler-Nixon Scholarship

Grace Episcopal Church is now accepting applications for the Grahame Butler-Nixon Scholarship.

April 09, 2014 | | Localife

Steeplechase Museum art exhibit Friday, Saturday

The National Steeplechase Museum at Springdale Racecourse, 200 Knights Hill Road in Camden, will hold an exhibition featuring the best in original contemporary British equestrian art Friday and Saturday. Land Rover of Columbia is proud to sponsor this exhibit, entitled "Horsepower from Across the Pond."

April 09, 2014 | | Localife


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