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Mt. Pisgah very serious about reading

Mt. Pisgah Elementary School (MPES) Principal David Branham has a philosophy of how academic success in students can be predicted. For Branham, academic success is based on how much time a student spends reading both in and out of school. MPES currently has a very successful reading program in place, Branham said.

March 24, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Education


‘Why is one school never brought up?’

Ron Blackmon, a member of the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees, wants to know why discussions on recreation programs and school consolidations never seem to include Midway Elementary School (MES).

March 21, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Education


Deer me!

The state's deer population is declining, according to findings provided by both the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) and a local naturalist. That may come as something of a surprise to some Kershaw County residents who say deer have been spotted more and more frequently in residential areas.

March 19, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Miscellaneous


Shakespeare speaks the truth

One of my favorite poems of all time is William Shakespeare's "That time of year thou may'st in me behold." It's one of Shakespeare's famous sonnets, one I studied in high school, undergraduate and graduate school. I've always loved it because it's not your typical love poem. It begins, "That time of year thou may'st in me behold/When yellow leaves, or none or few, do hang/Upon those boughs which shake against the cold."

March 19, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


Camden man is Sumter hero

Chris Pair, of Camden, is being described as a hero in Sumter after he assisted two teenage boys injured in a traffic accident. For his heroism, the Midlands Chapter of the Blue Star Mothers recently named Pair its Man of the Year. The group will present him with the award during a ceremony in May.

March 17, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Military


Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter celebrates 15 years

By HALEY ATKINSON

March 14, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Localife


Sharing the gift of language

Midway Elementary School (MES) has been offering free Rosetta Stone English classes to members of Hispanic families. The program currently has 10 participants, according to MES Media Specialist Benjamin Higgins.

March 14, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Education


How ‘bout that?

How 'bout riding in the backseat of a car driven by someone who uses the method of driving where you speed up until you're almost on top of another car and then you hit the brakes hard? How 'bout that indeed?

March 12, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


Mayor presents SCAA president with key to the city

A recent festival in Camden provided the mayor with the chance to recognize an arts organization. That organization, in turn, recognized a local patron of the arts.

March 12, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Camden


Karen Bullard named KCSD Principal of the Year

Lugoff-Elgin Middle School (L-EMS) Principal Karen Bullard is the Kershaw County School District's (KCSD) Principal of the Year. A panel of school and district administrators voted to select her for the honor. Bullard began serving as L-EMS' principal in 2010 after serving as Camden High School's assistant principal. She and her husband are originally from Whiteville, N.C., and have two college-age daughters.

March 10, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Education


School board, KCC discuss economic development campus

Members of Kershaw County Council attended the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees meeting Tuesday evening to hear a presentation on a possible joint economic development campus here. Others attending the meeting included representatives from Central Carolina Technical College (CCTC), the city of Camden, the towns of Bethune and Elgin, Kershaw County Committee of 100, Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce, KershawHealth, Santee Lynches Council of Governments, the Kershaw County Vocational Education Foundation and Santee-Wateree Rural Transit Authority.

March 07, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Education


Hunters Reaching Out to benefit Food for the Soul

By HALEY ATKINSON

March 07, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Localife


A nice, quiet evening

This weekend I'm going to a bachelorette party. Actually, it's a combined bachelor/bachelorette party where both the bride and groom-to-be and their closest friends will be in attendance. I'm looking forward to it, but there's always a little bit of anxiety before taking part in an event such as that. I'm sure that's partly due to the Hangover movies and partly due to my own experiences in the past with bachelorette parties.

March 05, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


Suttle discusses leadership with UWKC, other agencies

Earl Suttle, an author and motivational speaker with Leadership Success International, shared various ways leaders can improve the overall atmosphere in their workplace during a mentoring training/workshop hosted by the United Way of Kershaw County (UWKC) on Monday. Suttle's topic, "Enjoying Excellence: Becoming the greatest you can be," focused on creating "happiness in the workplace." He explained that a happier atmosphere provides employees with more energy and focus to complete their jobs. The training/workshop took place at the historic Robert Mills Courthouse.

March 05, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Miscellaneous


Midlands Women’s Center holds annual fundraiser, silent auction

By HALEY ATKINSON

March 05, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Localife


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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

By HALEY ATKINSON

April 18, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Camden


Memories from a special day in Kershaw County

The Kershaw County Special Olympics (KCSO) was held Friday at Camden Military Academy (CMA).

April 16, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Localife


The Easter egg hunt mentality

Easter. Go ahead and let the word resonate in your mind. Let all the memories and fond associations come rushing over you. Easter is such a lovely holiday. The Biblical story behind it teaches people to be hopeful, that there is the possibility of redemption, unconditional love and eternal life. The natural season is a time of blooming and birth and renewal. The earth wakes up from its winter slumber and the air feels softer and warmer.

April 16, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Editorials


A special day for Kershaw County’s Special Olympics

By HALEY ATKINSON

April 16, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Education


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