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Posted: June 17, 2014 9:28 a.m.
Updated: June 18, 2014 5:00 a.m.



Aquatic Center sees

increased use this summer

The Camden-Kershaw County Aquatic Center on Battleship Road is increasing community participation in its second year under the direction of the Recreation Department.

The Aquatic Center was previously directed by the YMCA but, last year, the Camden-Kershaw County Recreation Department assumed control. Although last summer was successful, membership numbers were down. This summer, participation is on the rise.

Referring to the change in administrators, pool director Heather Stead said, "Last summer was slow, because it was a transition year."

Stead said that due to the changes, they were unsure how many people would participate. There was also some apprehension going into the summer because of the lower numbers last year. However, things are looking brighter for the Aquatic Center, as participation is increasing. Stead said more people have signed up so far this summer than at this time last year.

"We’re a lot further ahead this year, Stead said, standing b y a pool full of children.

The center has a staff of six lifeguards responsible for supervising and instructing the swimmers.

Arts education to benefit from new building and scholarships

The availability of arts education in Kershaw County will get a giant boost this fall with the construction of a $600,000 facility and the establishment of a $500,000 scholarship endowment.

The board of directors at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County has announced plans to build the arts education facility and to establish a scholarship endowment to provide tuition support for students who would otherwise be unable to participate in its education programs.

To accomplish that goal, the FAC has launched a $1.2 million fund-raising campaign and has already secured more than $940,000 in gifts and pledges toward that end. The announcement was made Tuesday night at the annual FAC meeting.

"By enlarging our facility, we can off more arts education and by providing a scholarship endowment, we are sure to be able to provide access to those who would be denied it otherwise," FAC Director Susan Harper said.

The two-story building will be built on the 5-acre site at the FAC complex at the corner of York and Lyttleton streets. The tri-section, U-shaped facility will stand in what is now an open field, between the Bassett Building and the Douglas-Reed House and will face Lyttleton Street.

The center portion is designated for visual arts studios, including a dark room and a kiln. The left wing will be a choral room and the right wing will provide space for theater and dance classes.

The frame structure will be a raised building with many tall windows, resembling a Low Country cottage and will feature exterior corridors in the form of covered porches.

"We were very conscious that this is a residential area," Harper said. "We wanted a raised building because historic buildings are raised."


New comic book store

open in Camden

A new store dealing in old and new comics, posters, models and both sports and non-sports trading cards has opened in Springdale Plaza.

Quantum Comics opened in May and has business hours of 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Co-manager John Gregory said the store is planning a big weekend for July 4. During the weekend, the Star Wars Dark Empire platinum set will be given away and a Pogs tournament will be held at the store. Pogs is a hot, new game similar to marbles, Gregory said.

Contestants in the tournament will be playing for gift certificates to the store.


United Way and school district feeding children with summer lunch


The United Way of Kershaw County has teamed up with the Kershaw County School District to provide nearly 13,000 meals to county children this summer.

The program, which has been in progress since June 6 and will run through the end of summer, is the result of a grant from the State Department of Social Services. That funding is aimed to providing lunches for school-age children throughout the county, United Way Director Donnie Supplee said.

This year’s attempt at the project is a pilot program to determine how well it works, Supplee said. The United Way-school district partnership involves the United Way performing all the administrative and paperwork duties and the school district providing and preparing the food.

Sites being served by the program include Camden Primary School for the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County’s Summer Arts Camp and Arts Arising programs, as well as the SAFE Center, St. Matthews Summer Camp and Camp Sun Fun.

Supplee said in order to comply with Department of Health and Environmental Control regulations, all the food will be prepared at Camden Primary and picked up by volunteers from each of the other sites.


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