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Candidates, others clash with Bethune council

A candidate for mayor and several residents in Bethune clashed with Bethune Town Council at its most recent meeting, held Sept. 9. According to a recording provided by a town resident who attended the meeting, Charles McCoy began speaking during the meeting's public forum by noting that "everyone knows" he's running against current Mayor Carlisle Davis in November's election. He was critical of the way both Davis and other members of council have misrepresented his goals if elected.

October 02, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Kershaw County


Plain water for me

I have never been a fan of Kool-Aid. I just don't think it tastes very good. I also have never been able to get into the trend of adding sugar-free flavor enhancer packets to my bottled water. I honestly don't see how that fake sweet taste could ever be preferable to the taste of pure water.

October 02, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


And the winners are...

Saturday night's Dancing with the Stars at the Fine Arts Center (FAC) event was, as volunteer services coordinator for the FAC Margaret Bishop said, "a great success!" Bishop commented that the show was met with "a sell-out crowd. It was a wonderful event for the FAC."

October 02, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Arts


Mikota is new Santee-Lynches COG director

Dr. Michael Mikota recently became the new executive director of the Santee-Lynches Regional Council of Governments (COG). The COG is one of 10 regional districts which make up the South Carolina Association of Regional Councils. Regional councils are voluntary associations of local governments formed in accordance with state law to provide a structured method of intergovernmental coordination, cooperation and collaboration on a multi-jurisdictional level. The Santee-Lynches COG, established in 1971 and headquartered in Sumter County, the Clarendon, Kershaw, Lee and Sumter counties. The region has a population of 223,344 according to the 2010 census, including 12 incorporated communities. The ...

September 30, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Kershaw County


County outlines plan for Bethune’s recycling center

A proposal to move a Kershaw County recycling center in Bethune will not take place for the moment, following a Sept. 12 public meeting with members of Kershaw County Council, Bethune Town Council and local citizens. Kershaw County Administrator Vic Carpenter, Asst. Administrator Allan Trapp and county councilmen Tom Gardner and Sammie Tucker Jr. attended the meeting as did Mindy Spires-Miller of the Waste Management company.

September 30, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Kershaw County


County council tables cell tower amendment

Kershaw County Council Chairman Gene Wise decided to table a proposed amendment to an ordinance governing, among other things, the "fall zone" for, or distance between, cell towers. A public hearing on the matter drew nine speakers as council prepared to take up third and final reading of the amendment. Had the amendment been passed, it would have changed the distance between cell towers from 5,000 feet to 1,500 feet.

September 27, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Kershaw County


In-flight lessons

Getting sick is the worst! I know most people will agree with me, no matter who you are. I'm not sick right now. At least, I'm not allowing myself to believe I'm sick. Yes, I'm coughing and sniffling, but I'm telling myself it's allergies. Positive thinking or denial, not sure which it is, but hopefully it will keep me from getting full-blown go-to-the-doctor kind of sick.

September 25, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


Golden Club of Kershaw County inducts first female members

The Golden Club of Kershaw County recently inducted its first two female members, Kitty Baxley and Anne Porath, at its Thursday meeting. The Golden Club was originally chartered as a chapter of Kiwanis International, called Golden K. After concluding that the overhead for Kiwanis International was too high, the Golden Club decided to make more effective uses of their resources by forming an independent club. It is now chartered as a non-profit organization by the state of South Carolina.

September 24, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Localife


Public hearing on cell tower amendment Tuesday

Kershaw County Council will take up third and final reading of an ordinance amending the county's code of zoning and land development regulations concerning communication towers, antennas and the definition of a "fall zone." At its Sept. 10 meeting, council voted unanimously to pass second reading with a reminder from County Attorney Ken DuBose that Tuesday's meeting would would include a public hearing before the ordinance could go through third reading.

September 23, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Kershaw County


Constitution Week celebrated in Camden

This week is Constitution Week in Camden. At its Sept. 10 meeting, Camden City Council presented a proclamation to Shirley Ransom of the Hobkirk Hill chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).

September 20, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Camden


Local author selects winner of essay contest

The birth of her first granddaughter Delilah inspired Sandra Thomas, originally of Elgin, to write her first children's book Grandma's Here. Thomas said, "I was sitting at home recuperating from a knee surgery so I was able to spend more time with her and seeing her grow and get into stuff filled my heart."

September 18, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Arts


September 11 remembered with countywide‘Day of Caring’

From Bethune to Blaney, the United Way of Kershaw County (UWKC) kicked off its 2013 county-wide campaign Wednesday. The event saw various agencies, organizations, schools and individuals throughout the county contributing various acts of charity.

September 18, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Localife


Lending a helping hand

Kim McCathern and State Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk of Books on Broad helped out with United Way of Kershaw County's (UWKC) Day of Caring on September 11. McCathern and Funderburk cleaned and brought in new books and toys for the family visitation room at the Department of Social Services office. Funderburk said Books on Broad wanted to help provide a welcoming place "for when children who have been placed in the system are visiting with their families." She also said she was very pleased to be a part of the Day of Caring and added, "It is our privilege ...

September 18, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Localife


Autumn Attic Sale to benefit

The Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County (CMCKC) will host its annual Autumn Attic Sale in Springdale Plaza between Belk's and Goodwill, beginning with a preview party September 26 from 6-7:30 p.m. The cost is $20 at the door and all who attend receive priority shopping opportunities and champagne.

September 18, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Localife


Dancing with the Stars at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County

The Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County is gearing up for its first ever fundraising performance of Dancing with the Stars. Several community members and professional dancers have volunteered their time to dance at this event.

September 18, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Arts


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KC McDonald’s restaurants aid CMC annual campaign efforts

The Community Medical Clinic (CMC) of Kershaw County is a family practice medical clinic that serves as a safety net for uninsured residents, offering a patient-centered medical home. The CMC utilizes dedicated volunteers, medical providers, administrative staff and community donations to achieve its goal of providing healthcare to the uninsured of Kershaw County by bringing together medical businesses and individual resources.

April 23, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Localife


Just keep walking

Sylvia Plath said, in her autobiographical novel The Bell Jar, "There must be quite a few things a hot bath won't cure, but I don't know many of them." While I do fully agree with the literary force of genius that is Plath, if that had been my statement, I would have written it: "There must be quite a few things a hot bath or a long walk won't cure, but I don't know many of them."

April 23, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


Banquet recognizes All-County Academic Team

The Kershaw County School District (KCSD) and Upchurch & Jowers Insurance Agency recognized 32 students for their academic achievements Monday. The 19th annual Upchurch & Jowers All-County Academic Team Banquet took place at Bethesda Presbyterian Church in Camden.

April 23, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Education


Local students participate in anti-bullying training

Third, fourth and fifth graders from Jackson, Pine Tree Hill (PTH) and Camden Elementary Schools participated in anti-bullying training last week. The group Community Matters from California sent training representatives to PTH, Wateree and Lugoff Elementary Schools and Camden and Lugoff Middle Schools to share the evidence-based program with designated "safe school ambassadors."

April 21, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Education


Ed Royall named BSA’s KC citizen of the year

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April 18, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Camden


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