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School board approves penny sales tax

On a 6-1 vote with two members absent, the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees approved a resolution Tuesday amending a proposed bond referendum that would ultimately ask voters to support a penny sales tax in order to pay for new school construction and improvements. The board also voted, 6-1, to approve the language of a second referendum listing out those projects. Trustee Kim Durant voted against both measures; trustees Don Copley and Derrick Proctor were absent.

July 11, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Education


1-2-3 jump!

I stood on the edge of a swimming pool over the Fourth of July weekend and wavered between whether I should jump in or take the steps. I'd tested the waters with a foot dip and I knew they were cold. I spent the holiday in South Point, Ohio, which had just had some unseasonably cold nights. Though the sun was high in the summer sky, the water had not been warmed.

July 09, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


A parade of patriotism

First Baptist Church of Camden Kindergarten and Child Care Program held its sixth annual 4th of July parade Friday. Students, parents and teachers were present for the event and to celebrate America's birthday.

July 09, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Localife


School board to discuss referendum language

The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees will continue discussions on language for a proposed Phase 2 facilities equalization referendum during its meeting scheduled for Tuesday evening.

July 07, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Education


Hopkins serves KCSD, Winthrop University

The Kershaw County School District (KCSD) has something -- or someone -- in common with Winthrop University. KCSD Executive Director for K-12 Instruction Tim Hopkins is also a member of Winthrop's Board of Trustees. He joined the board three years ago.

July 07, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Education


Salkehatchie Summer Service improves four homes in Kershaw County

July 02, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Localife


Salkehatchie teaches youth ‘how to love’

As June ended, Salkehatchie Summer Service was underway in Kershaw County. "Salkehatchie" is a pioneering servant ministry created by John Culp that has taken place at selected sites in South Carolina since 1978. The camp is designed for high school and college age youth drawn primarily from the S.C. United Methodist Conference.

July 02, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Miscellaneous


#LikeaGirl campaign hits hard

I was very impressed with Proctor & Gamble's recent #LikeaGirl commercial. First, let me make it clear that I think putting a # in front of a word or phrase is the stupidest, most mindless and useless trend, probably of all time. Moving on, I am such a fan of this commercial and the campaign itself.

July 02, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


Target uses ‘Day of Caring’ to help new Jackson Teen Center

Employees from the Target Distribution Center in Lugoff participated in a "Day of Caring" to help make improvements at the new Jackson Teen Center (JTC) on June 12 in Camden. The JTC, part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands (BGCM), is housed inside the former home of the Kershaw County School District's (KCSD) old Continuous Learning Center across from Camden High School. The center is staffed by BCGM employees, as are other programs Boys & Girls Clubs programs in a number of KCSD schools.

June 25, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Kershaw County


Of luck and love

Romantic comedies tell us that love is often funny. I don't believe in romantic comedies anymore than I believe in the Easter Bunny, but I do agree that love can be very funny at times … not funny as in laugh so hard you wet your pants, but funny in the sense of leaving you scratching your head and wondering what in the world has just happened to you.

June 25, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


CMC remembers beloved volunteer Jean Pruett

The Community Medical Clinic (CMC) of Kershaw County remembered and celebrated one of its beloved, long-time volunteers on Tuesday. Jean Pruett was a CMC volunteer for 10 years, and during that time, touched the lives of many people involved with the organization. Along with CMC volunteers and staff, Pruett's daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Donnie Wilson, and their son Brian were at the celebration.

June 23, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Camden


Artist’s Attic welcomes Tari Federer -- ceramic artist, photographer, painter

Tari Federer of Florence joins the ranks of the Artist's Attic, an art studio located at 930 Broad St., in Camden. Federer discovered her talents as a photographer and painter, unexpectedly. After more than 40 years as a ceramic artist, she returned to school to complete her degree in Visual Arts.

June 23, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Arts


Fine Arts Center's Arts Arising Program in full swing

The Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County is proud to produce the Arts Arising Summer Program again this year. This special arts program which began in 1988 through a partnership with the Kershaw County School District, serves third through sixth grade students identified as gifted or talented in visual arts, music, drama and dance. Auditions are held for rising third graders at Kershaw County Schools in January and February, then the selected students are screened through another audition in March at the FAC. More than 120 children from Kershaw County schools are participating this year.

June 20, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Localife


Board asks for clarification of language before voting

Former Kershaw County Board of School Trustees member and Bethune resident Jim Smith addressed the board at their Tuesday meeting this week.

June 20, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Education


City of Camden celebrates Special Forces Day

Thursday, the city of Camden welcomed more than 200 Green Berets and their guests for a tour of the city and an all-American luncheon. This visit was part of the U.S. Special Forces Association's National Convention, held last week in Columbia.

June 18, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Camden


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