For the 21st year, Upchurch & Jowers and the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) inducted the brightest seniors from Camden, Lugoff-Elgin and North Central high schools onto the All-County Academic Team. The annual banquet, held Monday at Bethesda Presbyterian Church's Westminster Hall, drew more than 100 parents, family members, district officials, Upchurch & Jowers staff to celebrate the addition of 31 students -- 10 each from Camden and North Central high schools and 11 from Lugoff-Elgin High School (L-EHS).
A decrease in elementary school bus ride disciplinary actions. Helping middle school students prepare better for standardized tests. Giving high school students at risk for not being promoted to their next grade the skills they need to move up.
Tonight, the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees will begin looking at and discussing the actual wording of a pair of referenda to be placed on the ballot for this year's general election. The first referendum will ask voters to approve a $138.8 million bond to cover the construction of replacement several schools, renovations of other schools and safety upgrades to all three high school stadiums. The second referendum will ask voters to approve a 1-cent sales tax to offset the property millage necessary to repay the $138.8 million bond.
Camden officers arrested a 37-year-old Mullins man with grand larceny on April 12 following a traffic stop by a Kershaw County deputy after reports of a utility trailer being stolen from Kershaw County Recreation Department (KCRD) headquarters on West DeKalb Street.
"Kershaw County is open for business" is the mantra Kershaw County Councilman Julian Burns often uses to summarize his vision for bringing industries and other businesses to the area. Burns used it again as his theme, with assistance from County Administrator Vic Carpenter on Friday morning during a Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce breakfast at the historic Robert Mills Courthouse.
THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2016 -- It's about 7:30 a.m. and I'm driving my younger son to Camden Middle School (CMS). During the next 10 minutes, I am subjected to poor choices on the part of my fellow CMS parents when it comes to dropping off their kids at school.
Bill Fenton followed in his father's footsteps to become a volunteer firefighter. It's not an unusual story; there are many firefighting families, including ones with multiple generations of service. What makes Fenton's story unique is where he started and the path he took to serving with Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) for 17 years.
Robert "Bobby" Gary took his seat on Kershaw County Council representing District 1 residents for the second time in six years. District 1 voters first elected Gary to the seat in 2008 and voted him in again during a special election in late March.
The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees received a preliminary look at the Kershaw County School District's (KCSD) proposed budget for the 2016-17 school year during its April 5 meeting at Jackson Elementary School. The balanced $77.9 million budget reflects a 3.4 percent increase compared to the current 2015-16 budget.
Kershaw County emergency medical technicians Paul Taylor and Ethan Blackmon really like their new ambulance. Taylor, an advanced EMT originally from Elgin who returned to work in Kershaw County three years ago, and Blackmon, a part-time intermediate EMT who works full time for the Columbia Fire Department, have each served emergency medical teams for seven years.
On today's front page, I report on Tuesday's Kershaw County Board of School Trustees meeting during which "alternatives" -- scenarios, really -- regarding the impact of this November's construction-related referenda.