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Posted: May 16, 2016 5:33 p.m.
Updated: May 17, 2016 1:00 a.m.

The Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce announced plans to obtain property for a proposed office and visitor’s center. The chamber hopes to locate its building on the former site of the old Interhay South building on the Historic Camden grounds. The chamber will not purchase the property. Instead, it plans to buy a piece of unimproved property at the corner of Broad and Wateree streets in front of Historic Camden. This property will then be traded for the adjacent Interhay South property, which is owned by the Camden Historical Commission.

John DeLoach, a member of the Camden Historical Commission, said that no formal agreement has been made nor have all the details been finalized, but the commission and chamber have tentatively agreed to make the deal.

The swap must be approved by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.


The staff of the Palmetto Leaf, Camden High School’s student newspaper, won several honors at the South Carolina Scholastic Press Association Awards. Kate Shaw won second place for center spread and Leila Lawson took second place in art. Overall, the Palmetto Leaf was named All State by the SCSPA. The newspaper’s Dave Schoolfield was voted president-elect of the SCSPA, which includes every high school newspaper in South Carolina.


The Coast Guard Training Center in Cape May, N.J., will be honoring Gunners Mate 1st Class Willis Jerry Goff of Camden during a building dedication ceremony today. The New Applied Training Facility will be dedicated and named Goff Hall in honor of the Coast Guard Vietnam veteran, one of only three Coast Guard enlisted members to receive the Silver Star medal during the Vietnam War.


The Kershaw Conservation District recently announced the winners of its poster contest. In kindergarten, first place went to Jennifer Ard’s class at Blaney Elementary. The first grade winner was Susan Trofatter’s class, also at Blaney Elementary. Third grade honors went to Jean Broom’s class at Blaney Elementary while second grade honors went to Jean Davis’ class at Camden Primary. Fourth grade winners went to Heidi Graves and Brenda Cook’s class at Wateree Elementary. Carolyn Clippard’s class at WES received second place.


Back-to-school fashions will have a decidedly navy and white trend next year at Jackson Elementary School. At Sunday’s annual Author’s Tea the school unveiled its new school uniforms to the public. 

Jackson School is the first school in Kershaw County to try uniforms for its students after the Kershaw County School Board voted to allow schools to adopt voluntary policies. Principal Harriett Brevard explained that purchasing and wearing the uniforms will be entirely voluntary for parents and students, but expects most will participate in the fall.


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