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CHS finalist for Palmetto’s Finest Schools Award

Camden High School (CHS) is a finalist for the 2014 Palmetto's Finest Schools Awards. After extensive evaluations by fellow educators and previous Palmetto's Finest winners, CHS is among nine schools competing for the honor. The application process includes elements on student achievement, instructional programs, professional learning communities and school culture.

January 10, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Education


An unexpected visitor

An unexpected visitor recently took up residence in Cassatt. A female Selasphorus rufus or Rufous Hummingbird showed up at naturalist Josh Arrants and his wife, Aimee's, home.

January 06, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Miscellaneous


Local churches combine efforts for W.A.R.M.

Several local churches recently combined their efforts to achieve a project known as W.A.R.M. (Weatherization And Repair Ministry). The initiative was begun in 1989 by Richard and Sara Hagins of Camden. The Hagins were and still are members of Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church, and they along with other church members began repairing homes in the community, especially those damaged by Hurricane Hugo.

January 06, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Localife


Students to take leadership role with Anne Frank exhibit

Students at Lugoff-Elgin High School (L-EHS) will take on leadership roles when an international exhibit on World War II diarist Anne Frank opens at the school Jan. 9. According to former L-EHS student Coy Gibson, who helped have his alma mater selected as an exhibition site, current students will play an important role during the exhibit's appearance.

January 03, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Education


Miss Camden, Miss Camden Teen pageant Saturday

The 2014 Miss Camden and Miss Camden Teen Pageant will be held Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Camden High School Performing Arts Auditorium. Tickets can be purchased from contestants for $10 or at the door the night of the event, if still available, for $15. There are approximately 100 tickets still available.

January 03, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Localife


ATEC teacher celebrates national award

Earlier this year, Katie Gilson learned she was one of 41 recipients of the National Association of Agricultural Educators' (NAAE) Teachers Turn the Key (TTTK) Award. With the award came the chance for Gilson -- selected from a nationwide pool of applicants -- to travel to Las Vegas to attend the NAAE's annual convention.

January 01, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Education


2014 ... a/k/a the best year yet

I have a great feeling that 2014 is going to be a great year. I'm not the type to trash on an entire year, and I also try to find the good in situations, but what the heck, 2013 -- why were you kinda lame?

January 01, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


These pets need a home

Among the animals available for adoption at the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter are Carver, a female Beagle mix and a female cat. The adoption donation includes spaying or neutering. The shelter, located at the south end of Fair Street and managed by the Kershaw County Humane Society, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. The shelter is closed Sunday and Monday. The shelter is closed Sunday and Monday. For information on the shelter or to check for a missing pet, call 425-6016 or e-mail ...

December 27, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Pets


Website says county is No. 3 for job seekers

A consumer advocacy website, NerdWallet.com, recently posted an article naming Kershaw County the No. 3 county in the state for job seekers. NerdWallet.com describes itself as seeking to help consumers locate "where the jobs will be."

December 27, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Business


Christmas day fun

What are you looking forward to doing on Christmas day?

December 24, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Sidewalk Survey


Hartis to run for Kershaw County Council chair

Eugene "Gene" Hartis, who recently retired as a Kershaw County magistrate, is announcing his intention to run for Kershaw County Council chairman as a Republican.

December 24, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Politics


Industrial spotlight

Mancor Carolina Inc., located off U.S. 601 in Lugoff, primarily produces fabricated components for construction and agricultural equipment, according to plant manager George McKnight. Its parent company is Mancor Canada Inc. Its primary customers are Caterpillar, John Deere, Freightliner and Husqvarna, McKinght said.

December 24, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Business


Christmas morning joy

Christmas morning is a time for family, food and tradition. It's such a beautiful and special occurrence and I love that this year we have a new addition to our Christmas morning tradition -- my adorable, precious and perfect nephew, Harrison.

December 24, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


It’s flu season in Kershaw County

There have been nearly 100 cases of the flu in Kershaw County since the end of September, according to figures provided by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). Paula Guild, KershawHealth's director of infection prevention and control, said the week of Sept. 29 -- known as Week 40 -- is the week the flu season officially began and cases of influenza-like illnesses are recorded.

December 23, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Healthcare


KCC, CCTC meet to discuss future development

Kershaw County Council met with leaders from Central Carolina Technical College (CCTC) during a special called meeting Tuesday to discuss the school's future in the county. CCTC representatives included members of its executive leadership team, area commission and Kershaw County members of its foundation.

December 20, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Kershaw County


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