By HALEY ATKINSON
Graduation time is upon us and there's such a buzz of excitement in the air. High school and college students are collectively gearing up for the next stage in their life and emotions are strong. I have to say, I'm particularly glad that I'm not graduating from anything this year.
By HALEY ATKINSON
Looking for a good read this summer? The Kershaw County Library (KCL) has you covered. Thanks to a Library-Services and Technology Act grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services administered by the South Carolina State Library, the library will soon be kicking off its first Book to Action program.
Two Kershaw County naturalists, Josh Arrants and Austin Jenkins, will join forces with conservation photographer Clay Bolt, forest wildlife ecologist Drew Lanham and renowned South Carolina naturalist Rudy Mancke for a screening and panel discussion of the film The Lost Bird Project, May 31. Arrants, Bolt, Lanham and Mancke will be part of the panel; Jenkins will serve as moderator.
Laurie and Bill Funderburk welcomed celebrated author Pat Conroy to their bookstore, Books on Broad, Thursday for a book signing, with a line that extended all the way through the store and out the front door. Laurie Funderburk she and her husband had the opportunity to speak with Conroy at a conference they both attended in New Orleans in October.
By HALEY ATKINSON
It's always a little sad when your favorite TV show announces it's in its last season. Sometimes a show stays on TV for way too long and wears out its welcome and sometimes it exits quiet and gracefully at the appropriate time. Unfortunately in many cases, the devoted viewers often feel it's a bit of a premature departure.
Lugoff-Elgin High School (L-EHS)'s Able Club will host a Race to the Press Box 5K Run/Walk event Saturday at 8 a.m. The event will benefit the L-EHS Able Club Scholarship Fund which presents a scholarship in honor of Rob Evans and Joey Dorton. Evans served as a school resource officer for several Kershaw County schools; Dorton as chair of the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees. Both Evans and Dorton passed away last year and the race is aimed at honoring them and their contributions to Kershaw County schools.
The Camden Rotary Club will hold its fifth annual Rotary Duck Drop on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at Kendall Park in Camden. The event will include face painting, children's activities, live music, door prizes and a chance to win an iPad, iPad mini or iPad Touch. Proceeds will benefit Rotary and enable club members to perform various charitable acts throughout the year. Hot dogs and drinks are available and donations are gladly accepted.
Bethune Town Councilman John Fulmer doesn't want the elementary school in his town to close. At worst, he said he would prefer that if Bethune Elementary School (BES) is closed, it is consolidated only with Mt. Pisgah Elementary School at a location between the two existing sites. Fulmer said closing BES would have an economic impact on the town.
I spent some time this past weekend outside at the park. The weather was so nice and warm, but not uncomfortably so. It was perfect weather to just get out of the house and go for a long walk, which I did. I quickly noticed that I wasn't the only one with that idea; in fact, this was the busiest I'd seen this particular park (which is also a softball field complex) this year.
Books on Broad in Camden hosted a book launch party for Camden native Kami Kinard's new release, The Boy Problem. Kinard explained that the book is the companion novel for her previously released novel The Boy Project, though it can also be read independently of its predecessor. Both books are of the "middle grade genre," Kinard noted.
Faculty from Lugoff-Elgin High School (L-EHS), some current and many retired, gathered together at Hall's Restaurant in Lugoff recently to celebrate their 14th annual faculty reunion. Restaurant owner Linda Hall was, at one time, manager of the L-EHS cafeteria, making the location very significant.