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Decoda performs at Lee Correctional Institution

The New York-based chamber music ensemble Decoda ended its week-long Camden and Kershaw County residency with a visit to Lee Correctional Institution (LCI) in neighboring Lee County. Claire Bryant, originally of Camden and cellist for Decoda, said she knew she wanted to perform within the prison because "Decoda has done work with a correctional facility in New York and our thought was to do that same thing here in South Carolina, in this community," she said.

January 31, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Miscellaneous


PAWS program at MES to help students realize goals

Midway Elementary School (MES) landed a $272,000 state grant recently to start an afterschool and summer Positive Achievement with Students (PAWS) program. Teachers Teri Davis, Selena Jones, Laura Privette and Katie Todd collaborated to write the grant.

January 29, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Education


A few moments worth taking

When I arrived at work Monday morning, I found a sticky note message on my desk from my boss that reminded me to turn off my space heater when leaving work. Apparently I had left it running when I left on Friday. Upon reading that, my stomach literally felt like the bottom fell out … you know the feeling of being on an amusement park ride and taking a sudden drop. That's what I felt.

January 29, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


Fifteen years of serving others

By HALEY ATKINSON

January 27, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Localife


Community Medical Clinic celebrates 15 years of service

Located off DeKalb Street in Camden, directly behind the United Way/Holsten Center Building and Food for the Soul, is a non-profit 501(c)(3), medical clinic that has been offering free services to the uninsured and underinsured of Kershaw County for 15 years. According to the Community Medical Clinic (CMC) of Kershaw County Resource Development Coordinator Deb McAbee, "the (clinic) was founded in 1998 by concerned citizens who wished to provide healthcare access to uninsured residents. Initially, the clinic's offices were located in the front of the Holsten Center."

January 27, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Healthcare


KCSD budget calendar addresses ‘critical issues’

A recent presentation of the Kershaw County School District's (KCSD) Fiscal Year 2014-15 budget development calendar addresses several "critical issues," according to KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan.

January 27, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Education


School board approves legislative positions

The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees unanimously approved a set of legislative positions during its meeting Tuesday for the 2014 S.C. General Assembly. According to a memo provided to the board from Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan, the board received a draft of the position at its Nov. 18, 2013 session. At the time, trustees requested additional information on Common Core standards and S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley's proposed education reforms.

January 24, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Education


Playing the neutral card

One thing I've realized that will always be readily available is human drama. People are always fighting with each other and they're almost always willing to tell you about it … if you're willing to listen. While I don't think there's anything wrong with venting and with listening to a friend vent, getting sucked into the drama is a very dangerous possibility. One must always be aware of the high potential for getting sucked into drama.

January 22, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


An enthusiasm for the natural world--Local naturalists, professors to present at KCL

The Kershaw County Library (KCL) will welcome programming of the natural variety when three local naturalists, along with a local University of South Carolina English professor present on various topics concerning the natural world.

January 22, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Localife


Fitness Zone donates to KCSD

The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees recently accepted a $1,600 donation from George Gibson, owner and manager of the Fitness Zone in Lugoff. The money comes from proceeds earned during the sixth annual Jingle Bell Run sponsored by Fitness Zone in December.

January 22, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Education


Decoda with Claire Bryant to perform at FAC Thursday

The members of Decoda chamber ensemble, lead by Claire Bryant, entered the gym at North Central Middle School one by one, each playing their respective instrument. The students of the eighth grade sat, rapt with attention, as the instruments' melodies blended in unison before them.

January 22, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Education


KCSD ahead financially for school year so far

The Kershaw County School District (KCSD) is already ahead financially for the current school year by more than $500,000, according to KCSD Chief Financial Officer Donnie Wilson. Wilson presented November and December's district finances to the Kershaw County Board of Trustees during its meeting Tuesday morning.

January 17, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Education


Nightmares in the movie theater

I went with a friend of mine to see a movie this weekend. We had both been looking forward to seeing the movie for awhile and finally had the time to get to the theater. We chose to visit a nice theater in a nearby city where tickets are a bit more expensive to account for the plush, stadium seating. We arrived about 20 minutes before the showing, bought our tickets and found a nice seat, near the back in the center.

January 15, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


Erica Broughton to be remembered at benefit

To say that Erica Marshall Broughton will be missed by those who knew her is an understatement. According to her family, she was beloved by her friends, family and community members. Broughton, a postal employee, volunteer firefighter and youth leader, died following a single vehicle accident in November near Bethune at the age of 26.

January 15, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Crime-Police-Fire


Anne Frank exhibit’s opening night draws large attendance

A large turnout of students, parents, faculty staff and community members marked a successful opening Thursday night at Lugoff-Elgin High School (L-EHS) of an international traveling exhibit focused on Anne Frank, whose diary chronicled her family's attempts to hide from Nazis during World War II.

January 13, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Education


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Memories from a special day in Kershaw County

The Kershaw County Special Olympics (KCSO) was held Friday at Camden Military Academy (CMA).

April 16, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Localife


The Easter egg hunt mentality

Easter. Go ahead and let the word resonate in your mind. Let all the memories and fond associations come rushing over you. Easter is such a lovely holiday. The Biblical story behind it teaches people to be hopeful, that there is the possibility of redemption, unconditional love and eternal life. The natural season is a time of blooming and birth and renewal. The earth wakes up from its winter slumber and the air feels softer and warmer.

April 16, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Editorials


A special day for Kershaw County’s Special Olympics

By HALEY ATKINSON

April 16, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Education


On a roll! MES hosts ‘Careers on Wheels’ fair

Midway Elementary School (MES) students had the unique opportunity Wednesday to learn about various career opportunities that incorporate automobiles within their local community at a "Careers on Wheels" fair. MES Guidance Counselor Laura Privette organized the fair in an effort to teach students about local, viable career options.

April 14, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Education


Shaw AFB intelligence analyst speaks to Golden Club

The Golden Club welcomed a special guest speaker April 3 who, normally, might not speak much about his work. Scott Strobel is a Camden resident, but also works at Shaw Air Force Base as a civilian intelligence analyst for U.S. Air Forces Central Command.

April 11, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Military


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