Saturday night, a number of basketball players spent a few hours on the Camden High School's (CHS) basketball court playing five-on-five games to raise money for the Kershaw County Community Medical Clinic (CMC). The highlight of the evening: a game between members of the CHS' 2009 state championship basketball team and a team made up of other CHS basketball alumni. The alumni came out on top, narrowly defeating the 2009 team 38 to 36 after two 20-minute periods.
During those times when it gets positively frigid here in Kershaw County -- say, 9 degrees when I woke up Friday morning -- I often tell people, "This isn't why I moved down South."
Kershaw County School District (KCSD) seniors and other students are receiving high school or General Equivalency Diploma (GED) at the highest rate ever in the district's history. According to information provided by KCSD Director for Student Assessment Lavoy Carter to the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees during its Feb. 17 meeting, 90.7 percent of students graduate in four years and 93.5 percent graduate in five years. Carter said the district's goal is to have all district students earn either a high school diploma or GED.
The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will meet tonight in Bethune as part of its quarterly commitment to meet in off-site locations around the county. The meeting will start at 6 p.m., be held in the Bethune Recreation Center and is open to the public.
It's not a done deal, but there appeared to be consensus Tuesday night among members of the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees to bring a pair of construction-related referenda back to voters in November 2016. If trustees ultimately do so, athletic improvements could be taken out of the equation, but still lead to some schools being closed for consolidation.
Miss P became only the second beagle in history to win Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Show. The win came Tuesday after a late-night 20-minute-long decision by a judge who favored the 4-year-old beagle over the crowd favorite Old English sheepdog. Winning must run in the blood. Miss P is the grandniece of the first beagle to do so: Uno, who won in 2008.
Students in the North Central area of the county did not attend school Tuesday after conditions from freezing rain caused an area-wide power outage. The Kershaw County School District (KCSD) made the decision around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, citing "downed trees in the roadways and a loss of electricity in parts of the North Central area."
Last week, I mentioned I'm a fan of NCIS: New Orleans. I'm also a fan of the original NCIS and its other spin-off, NCIS: Los Angeles. NCIS, as you might know, is a spin-off itself of JAG, which started on NBC and then moved to CBS, home of the NCIS franchises.
The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees will continue discussing its priorities for the 2015-16 school year during its meeting Tuesday night. At its last meeting, Feb. 3, the board focused on employee compensation as its top priority for the next school year's budget.
KershawHealth is offering to make a "one-time and final payment" of $2.636 million for Kershaw County to take over emergency medical services (EMS). The KershawHealth Board of Trustees voted, 8-1, to make the offer following an executive session at the end of its meeting Monday night. Board Vice Chair Dr. Tallulah Holmstrom cast the lone "no" vote.
"The robot revolution may be gentler than we thought," began an article on CNN.com about a new hotel in Japan's Nagasaki prefect.
Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Director for Professional Development Steve Abbott hopes to see more teachers and other employees move into leadership roles during the coming school year. He presented a plan to enhance leadership development to the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees during its Feb. 3 meeting at Wateree Elementary School.
The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will continue discussing its pending lease/purchase deal with Capella Healthcare of Tennessee and the proposed transfer of emergency medical services (EMS) to Kershaw County. The board will receive legal advice on these issues in executive session near the end of its meeting tonight at the Health Resource Center on Battleship Road in Camden.
As one of the earliest steps in creating an operational budget for the 2015-16 school year, members of the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees each picked their top two priorities when it comes to finances. Overwhelmingly, trustees chose "teacher compensation" or "overall compensation" as their top picks.
Archery teams from Leslie M. Stover Middle School (LSMS) and Blaney Elementary School (BES) placed first in the middle and elementary school division, respectively, during a regional tournament Saturday. A team from the Applied Technology Education Campus (ATEC) placed third in the high school division.
KershawHealth, Kershaw County, Capella Healthcare and MUSC Health are extending a letter of intent (LOI) agreeing to a pending $36 million purchase of the county's local healthcare system by one month from Sunday to June 30. That date will, according to a motion made Tuesday night by KershawHealth Board of Trustees Vice Chair Dr. Tallulah Holmstrom, coincide with the projected closing date of the Capella/MUSC Health deal. MUSC Health is the patient care arm of the Medical University of South Carolina.
Nearly three years ago, in November 2012, Amari Williams finished four months in intensive care waiting for and then receiving a new heart. He had been diagnosed six months earlier with dilated cardiomyopathy, a condition where the heart becomes weak and enlarged, causing it not to pump blood efficiently.
In preparation for work connected to a proposed approved truck route in Camden, the S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is requesting a combination of temporary and permanent easements from the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) around Camden High School (CHS).
The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will enter executive session at the end of its meeting Tuesday night -- a special meeting due to the Memorial Day holiday -- in part to receive an update and further legal advice on a pending transaction with Capella Healthcare and MUSC Health.
Camden City Council will consider Tuesday whether or not to accept a recommendation by the Camden Planning Commission (CPC) to reclassify Beechwood Plantation's planned development district (PDD) zoning to PDD - Retirement Community.
I don't often get the chance, simply due to my work schedule, but every now and then I like to see what our sister paper in Bishopville, the Lee County Observer, has on its front page.
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