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With phones we’re never alone

I've said it before, but cell phones today make it so we are never alone. I was texting with a friend of mine last weekend and she asked what I was doing. I told her I was going to the pool to swim and sunbathe. She asked if anyone was going with me and I said no. We got into a dialogue about how I often do things alone and how that doesn't seem to bother me as it does others.

June 18, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


Local ladies to compete in Miss South Carolina/Miss South Carolina Teen pageants

By HALEY ATKINSON

June 18, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Localife


Board to vote on bond referendum language

At its June 17 meeting, the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees will vote on Phase 2 Facilities Equalization Plan Referendum Language.

June 16, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Education


Students receive hands-on career experience at ATEC summer camp

By HALEY ATKINSON

June 13, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Localife


One new, one former member elected to school board

Tuesday's primaries also served as election day for two seats on the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees. Voters elected Mark Sury to Seat No. 2 over incumbent Nissary Wood, 863 votes to 428. They also voted to return Dr. Charles King to Seat No. 8, which he vacated four years ago, instead of incumbent Dr. Don Copley, 779 to 426.

June 13, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Politics


Family, life experiences inspire Clyburn’s ‘Blessed Experiences’

The third-highest ranking Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives visited Camden on Friday, a homecoming of sorts as he signed his new book, "Blessed Experiences," at Books on Broad.

June 11, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Camden


State budget includes funding for CCTC Kershaw campus

Thanks to members of Kershaw County's legislative delegation, South Carolina's proposed Fiscal Year 2015 state budget includes $1.5 million to expand Central Carolina Technical College's (CCTC) campus in Kershaw County. The state budget still must be approved by the governor.

June 11, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Education


Things not to leave in your car during the summer

I don't particularly want to write about makeup today, or any day really, but seeing as how I've burned through four sticks of eyeliner in a month, I thought it might be appropriate. I should start with the basic, obvious fact: it's summer and it's hot out most days and if you leave your bag of makeup in your car during the day, it's going to melt.

June 11, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


Copley, King discuss goals at Educated Voter Forum

An incumbent member of the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees and his immediate predecessor answered questions Thursday night during a forum at Camden High School. Dr. Don Copley, who currently holds Seat No. 8 on the school board and his challenger, Dr. Charles King, who is seeking to reclaim the seat, appeared at the forum sponsored by the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce and Kershaw County Teacher Forum.

June 09, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Politics


KCBST votes to consolidate BDK, BES, MPES

The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees voted unanimously, 8-0, Tuesday night to accept a final project list for Phase 2 of the Kershaw County School District's (KCSD) facilities equalization plan (FEP). The list includes the proposed closure of Baron DeKalb (BDK), Bethune (BES) and Mt. Pisgah (MPES) elementary schools for consolidation into a North Central area elementary school.

June 06, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Education


Stories are good to have

It's not always easy to come up with something to write about for my weekly column. I have a few rules in place. First, it must be something I've genuinely interested in. For me to create something interesting for others, I have to be interested in it myself. I'm a terrible faker, so feigning interest is something you will never see me do.

June 04, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


Sale ready to promote ‘basket of goodies that Camden is’

The city of Camden recently welcomed Suzi Sale as its tourism development director. Sale has an extensive background of experience with professional marketing strategies and, as her resume states, "a strong track record of successfully leading and executing comprehensive communications and growth strategies for a wide variety of public and private enterprises throughout the Eastern U.S."

June 02, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Camden


Spotless isn’t always better

There's a movie I really love called Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. It's about a fictional procedure that erases people's painful memories in an effort to help them move forward in their lives after experiencing a trauma. The film is very artistic and lovely, focusing on a couple who breaks up and both have their memories of each other erased, only to eventually find their way back to each other in the end.

May 28, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


S.C. Superintendent candidates debate at CHS

A debate forum at Camden High School (CHS) on Thursday night that was supposed to include all 13 candidates for S.C. State Superintendent of Education turned into an almost Republican-only debate. By the time the forum, planned by the Kershaw County Teacher Forum and Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce, began, only Republican candidates Gary Burgess, Charmeka Childs, Don Jordan, Elizabeth Moffly and Molly Spearman, along with American Party candidate Ed Murray, were on stage.

May 26, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Politics


BDK is ‘small school with a big heart’

Karen Fitzgerald Jackson doesn't want to see her grandchildren's school close. That remains a possibility as part of proposed Phase 2 options in the Kershaw County School District's facilities equalization plan.

May 23, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Education


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