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CCTC aiming to grow in Kershaw County

Central Carolina Technical College (CCTC) opened its first campus in Kershaw County in 2001 in a former Belk's department store that now also houses the Kershaw County Government Center. CCTC President Dr. Tim Hardee said the downtown campus was "very small then." He said the goal at that point was to "serve the students of Kershaw County by getting them started (at the downtown Camden campus) and eventually move them to the Sumter campus" to complete their program of study.

September 09, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Education


KCC to appoint KH trustees Tuesday

Kershaw County Council will appoint three new members to the KershawHealth Board of Trustees at Tuesday's meeting. At a special Sept. 3 work session, council interviewed 12 of the 13 remaining candidates. The last candidate was not present, but provided written answers to council's questions.

September 09, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Kershaw County


KCC interviews hospital board applicants

Of the original 20 applicants for three slots on the KershawHealth Board of Trustees, 13 remain. Twelve of the applicants met with Kershaw County Council during a work session Tuesday. One, Roy Fakoury of DeKalb Township, did not appear but submitted a written application and responses to council's questions.

September 06, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Healthcare


Bethune police chief vote may violate nepotism law

While the official minutes of a special August 27 meeting of Bethune Town Council tell a somewhat different story than originally told to the Chronicle-Independent, council's vote to hire Mayor Carlisle Davis' son, Glenn, as police chief may still violate state anti-nepotism laws.

September 06, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Kershaw County


Kershaw County youth wins first place in 4H gardening competition

Katherine Ellig of the Kershaw County 4H Horse Club has been named first place senior division winner in the 4H Gardening Project competition. Scores from Ellig's garden and record book will allow her to advance to the regional competition.

September 04, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Localife


Bethune hires mayor’s son as police chief

The town of Bethune hired Mayor Carlisle Davis' son following a special called meeting held Aug. 27. Carlisle Davis confirmed the outcome of that meeting during a phone call Friday.

September 04, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Kershaw County


The pain of writing … and dating

There are so many adages about writing -- write what you know, write from the heart, show them don't tell them and the list goes on, ad nauseum. I took a fair share of writing classes as an undergrad and I loved those classes. That's the most fun I've ever had as a student in a learning scene, I have no doubt.

September 04, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


USC president hopes students can earn their degrees faster

Speaking to the Camden Rotary Club on Thursday afternoon, University of South Carolina (USC) President Dr. Harris Pastides, talked about a program where students could graduate from college in three to three and half years. Pastides, who made his first public speaking appearance after becoming USC president in 2008 in front of the same Rotarians, also discussed the university's "Palmetto College," which allows students to complete their degrees online while not giving up their jobs and families.

September 02, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Education


Lugoff Fire Dept. Explorer attends national camp

Christina Kirk, an Explorer assistant chief at the Lugoff Fire Department (LFD) Explorer Post, recently attended a national firefighter training camp in Concord, N.H. Camp Fully Involved, is a physically challenging, aggressive, hands-on summer camp directed towards young women between the ages of 14-20 who are interested in exploring the career of firefighting. According to Dave Danielson, of the New Hampshire Fire Standards and Training and Emergency Medical Services (NHFSTEMS) division, Christina was one of two cadets from South Carolina. Danielson said the other South Carolina cadet was from Walterboro. Other cadets attending the camp included 16 cadets from ...

September 02, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Crime-Police-Fire


KCC outlines KH board appointment process

Kershaw County Council spent part of its meeting Tuesday evening outlining, in detail, the process it will follow to make appointments to the KershawHealth Board of Trustees.

August 30, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Kershaw County


‘I Have a Dream’ at 50

Clifton H. Anderson looks back at the 1963 March on Washington with fond memories. Anderson was living and working in D.C. at the time and attended the march.

August 28, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Camden


The most important meal of the day

I'm not what most people would call a "morning person." I'm not cheerful and talkative in the mornings. I like to sleep as late as I possibly can before waking up to get ready for the day. When I was in college and my friend, Elena, had to share my room for three months one summer, I made a rule about mornings: do not talk to me until after 11 a.m.

August 28, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


Woman on a mission

Like many other graduates fresh out of college, Kaleigh Ward had plans to find a job and a house and begin her life as a young professional. Ward graduated in May from Furman University with a major in Sociology and a minor in Women and Gender Studies. This bright, articulate young woman had plans to stay in the upstate, Greenville area where she had begun to establish herself. She had plenty of friends there, a good gym and was plugged in to a local church. For Ward, life was good and the future seemed bright and comfortable.

August 26, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Localife


KCC to discuss reimbursement on county vehicles

Kershaw County Council will consider a resolution declaring the county's intent to reimburse itself for certain expenditures with the proceeds of debt to be incurred by the county at Tuesday's meeting.

August 26, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Kershaw County


County unemployment rate still improving

Kershaw County's unemployment rate is steadily improving as it fell from 7.9 percent in June to 7.2 percent in July. In July 2012, the county's unemployment rate was 9.3 percent, meaning the current unemployment rate is down 2.1 percent from last year. The number of employed people in Kershaw County rose from 27,661 in June to 27,760 in July. A year ago, the number of employed persons in Kershaw County was 27,206.

August 23, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Business


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