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Yesteryear - July 15, 2015

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Posted: July 14, 2015 5:14 p.m.
Updated: July 15, 2015 1:00 a.m.

Blue Ribbon school projects running on summer schedule

While students are off enjoying their summer, contractors are working overtime at district schools to complete additions and renovation projects.

“It’s a busy summer,” said Dr. Ralph Cain, district superintendent. “There’s a lot of good construction going on.”

As part of the Blue Ribbon Task Force construction projects, Midway Elementary and North Central High schools are undergoing the biggest changes this summer. Bethune High and Baron DeKalb Elementary projects also have Blue Ribbon projects slated for the fall and early winter.

Currently, contractors are building 16 classrooms at North Central High School, as well as reroofing it. “This project is going extremely well,” Cain said. 

On the Hill

Kershaw County middle school SEAGUL students and teachers dropped in on Congressman John Spratt during a visit to Washington before the close of the school year. SEAGUL is a program for gifted and talented students.

Military Salute

The 108th Signal Battalion, based at the S.C. National Guard Armory in Camden, recently hosted a commemorative ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II. World War II veterans were special guests attending the program.

Open w-i-d-e

Six-year-old William Smith of Lugoff got a close-up view of the big teeth on an alligator during Bethesda Presbyterian Church’s Earth Camp. Steve Bates, an education specialist with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, brought the alligator skull as well as snakes, live gators and an owl to the camp. The three-day program for 1st through 4th graders teaches children about the earth and its natural resources.

Learning to be leaders

The 1995 South Carolina Farm Bureau Youth Leadership Conference was held recently at Clemson University. More than 50 rising high school juniors and seniors attended, representing 23 counties. Delegates from Kershaw County were Matt Bonnette, Jayme Newman and Keri Padgett. Workshops at the conference highlighted communication skills, perspectives on leadership and alcohol abuse. The annual conference is sponsored by state and county Farm Bureau Women’s committees. The committees work with numerous projects each year to promote agriculture and to educate and to educate the public about farm concerns. 

He reeled a whopper

Brandon Reed, a 9-year-old from Camden, hauled in his largest catch ever while on a recent fishing trip to Lake Wateree. He was fishing in the area near Clearwater Cove when he hooked a bass which weighed more than 10 pounds. It was the largest catch which Reed had ever made.

Pontoon classroom ready to cast off

The Kershaw County 4-H program is piloting new waters with its newest offering, the 4-H20 Pontoon Classroom. The program spotlights natural resources and their conservation, and seeks to actively involve youth in the basic understanding of a lake ecosystem. The theme of the Pontoon Classroom is to conserve natural resources. Lansing Brewer, agent with the Clemson Extension Service, said the program should create an awareness of environmental issues and help youth and adults understand how they can protect, use and manage water bodies to obtain the most benefits for the most people.

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