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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

By GARY PHILLIPS

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

By GARY PHILLIPS

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

Camden Fire Department and SC Fire Marshall to provide free smoke alarms

By GARY PHILLIPS

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

Local students participate in anti-bullying training

By HALEY ATKINSON

April 21, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Education

National dog competition draws from across the country

By GARY PHILLIPS

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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Democrats acting desperately

WASHINGTON -- H.L. Mencken gets a workout in election years when voters are reminded by pundits of the curmudgeon's observation that no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.

April 04, 2014 | By Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns

Ariail for April 4, 2014

April 04, 2014 | | Ariail

Boykin Spaniels

Earlier in the week, we had an opportunity on this page to celebrate one of Kershaw County's premier attractions, the Carolina Cup. And so now, we turn away again from the travails of an often somber world to note another local phenomenon -- the Boykin Spaniel, that hardy but lovable little dog that had its origins right here in Kershaw County.

April 04, 2014 | | Editorials

Bring on the spring

In the spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of … fishing! With apologies to poet Alfred Lord Tennyson, at this point in my life I think I'd rather feel a tug on my fishing line than on my heart strings. Cynical? No doubt, but at least I'm honest.

April 04, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Columns

County department heads talk budget with council

Kershaw County Council continued the process of preparing its budget for Fiscal Year 2015 with a special workshop Tuesday. Several county department heads spoke to council, outlining their financial needs and wants. County Administrator Vic Carpenter opened the meeting saying he and his staff had already seen the department head's proposals.

April 04, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County

School board receives North Central report

At its Tuesday meeting, the Kershaw Board of School Trustees received a report on the portion of Phase 2 of the Kershaw County School District's (KCSD) facilities equalization plan regarding North Central area schools. KCSD Executive Director for Operations Billy Smith led the presentation which included the following items:

April 04, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Education

City changes Historic Camden sewer project again

The city of Camden is working on a plan that would keep the city from having to dig a trench on Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site property on the west side of Broad Street. Thursday, City Manager Mel Pearson said the city now hopes to install sections of a force main sewer line around Rhame Arena on the east side of Broad Street. That would follow part of a path already planned for a gravity sewer line being installed as part of the same project, he said.

April 04, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Camden

Dr. Peter Brice McKoy

A celebration of life of Dr. Peter Brice McKoy will be held at 3:00 PM, Saturday, April 5, 2014 at First Baptist Church in Camden. Rev. Bruce Hancock will officiate. The family will receive friends in the church Fellowship Hall following the service. Interment will be held at a later date at Oakdale Cemetery in Wilmington, NC.

April 04, 2014 | | Obituaries

William H. Bradshaw

A memorial service to celebrate the life of William Howard "Bill" Bradshaw, 82, will be held Saturday at 4:00 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. The Rev. Richard Cameron will officiate. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 3-4 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Living Waters at 7935 Parkway Road, Balsom Grove, NC 28708.

April 04, 2014 | | Obituaries

Birdie Mae “Johnnie” Fletcher

Mrs. Birdie Mae "Johnnie" Fletcher, 89, of Camden, entered into eternal rest on Monday, March 31, 2014. Born in Camden, she was the daughter of the late Lewis and Katie Portee Pate and the wife of the late Deacon Tee Fletcher. A Celebration of Life and Homegoing Services will be Held Friday, April 4, 2014 at Four p.m., at Mount Zion Baptist Church, Camden, with burial in the Church cemetery. Mrs. Flecther will be placed in teh church at Three p.m. for viewing. In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mount Zion Baptist Church Building Fund ...

April 04, 2014 | | Obituaries

Jessie Getter

Mr. Jessie Getter, 96, of Camden entered into rest on Sunday, March 23, 2014 at McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence. Funeral Services were held on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at Canty Hill Baptist Church.

April 04, 2014 | | Obituaries

Marie Woods Gilliam

Mrs. Marie Woods Gilliam, 93, of 2924 Timrod Road, Bethune, South Carolina, passed on Sunday, March 27, 2014. Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday, April 3, 2014, 2:00 PM at Bethel Hill Baptist Church in Bethune, SC. Burial will be held at the Bethel Hill Baptist Church Cemetery in Bethune, SC.

April 04, 2014 | | Obituaries

Camden Spring Classic highlighted by $15,000 Derby Classic

On the heels of Camden's grandest event, last Saturday's Carolina Cup, the eyes of the county's equine set will be cast a few miles east to the South Carolina Equine Park (SCEP) for a more cent, but another annual rite of spring, the Camden Spring Classic Horse Show.

April 04, 2014 | | Equine

Among the state's elite

April 04, 2014 | | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle

Come sail away

Hearing that his cousin was going to buy a catamaran and go sailing, Mac McCallum got caught up in the excitement and bought his own multi-hull sailboat. Turns out, he did not have a sailing partner as his cousin backed out on his end of the deal.

April 02, 2014 | Tom Didato | Sports

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