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Ed Royall named BSA’s KC citizen of the year

By HALEY ATKINSON

April 18, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Camden


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


St. Timothy’s dedicates day to serving Kershaw County charities

Saturday, Saint Timothy's Lutheran Church participated in Operation Inasmuch, a day of service celebrated each spring by congregations of Lutheran churches in South Carolina. The effort is inspired by the teachings of Jesus in Matthew 25 that "inasmuch as we serve the least of these we serve Him."

April 09, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Localife


The beginning of a beautiful relationship

This past weekend, I participated in the first organized race event of my life and what a special race I chose. The annual Cooper River Bridge Run is in its 37th year of life and saw approximately 40,000 people cover 6 miles of pavement and asphalt to cross its finish line this Saturday.

April 09, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


Broad Street home certified as historic landmark

Recently, the Camden Historic Landmarks Commission (CHLC) and the city of Camden certified 1707 Broad St. as an historic landmark.

April 07, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Localife


L-EHS Winter Guard Utopia takes first place

Judges at Western Carolina University (WCU) in Cullowhee, N.C., crowned Lugoff-Elgin High School's (L-EHS) Winter Guard, Utopia, the Carolina Indoor Performance Association champions on March 29. L-EHS dance teacher Sarah Price is the guard's director, assisted by Rebecca Richbourg and Chase White.

April 07, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Education


School board receives North Central report

At its Tuesday meeting, the Kershaw Board of School Trustees received a report on the portion of Phase 2 of the Kershaw County School District's (KCSD) facilities equalization plan regarding North Central area schools. KCSD Executive Director for Operations Billy Smith led the presentation which included the following items:

April 04, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Education


Why fake is sometimes OK

When it comes to tanning, fake is OK with me. Wait, let me clarify, fake in the sense of spray tan or self-tanners, not tanning bed fake. I think one realization I've come to over the years is that skin care is absolutely essential as I grow older. This includes moisturizing daily and always wearing sunscreen.

April 02, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


Special Olympics to celebrate local athletes

Kershaw County Special Olympics, as chairman Billy Newman explained, is a chance for athletes to have fun and for the community to come closer together. Newman and co-chair Cleatus Ray have led the organization of this annual event for the past three years. This year, it will be held April 11 at Camden Military Academy (CMA) beginning at 9 a.m.

March 31, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Miscellaneous


Kershaw County schools celebrate, practice art

By HALEY ATKINSON

March 31, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Localife


CHS is Palmetto’s Finest

"Ecstatic" would be the only word to adequately describe the reaction of Camden High School (CHS) Principal Dan Matthews on Wednesday after his school was named a 2014 Palmetto's Finest award winner.

March 28, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Education


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Teachers, salaries ‘most critical’ in KCSD budget

Tuesday's meeting of the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees included a discussion of the preliminary FY 2014-15 budget. Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Superintendant Dr. Frank Morgan presented board members with a document that stated "the Preliminary Budget totals $73,098.385, or a 3.1 percent increase as compared to the Amended Fiscal Year 2013-14 Budget. However, as was explained to the board at its April 1 meeting, about $1.5 million of this increase simply reflects the movement of monies related to areas such as gifted and at-risk education from categorical funding to the General Fund ...

April 25, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Education


KC McDonald’s restaurants aid CMC annual campaign efforts

The Community Medical Clinic (CMC) of Kershaw County is a family practice medical clinic that serves as a safety net for uninsured residents, offering a patient-centered medical home. The CMC utilizes dedicated volunteers, medical providers, administrative staff and community donations to achieve its goal of providing healthcare to the uninsured of Kershaw County by bringing together medical businesses and individual resources.

April 23, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Localife


Just keep walking

Sylvia Plath said, in her autobiographical novel The Bell Jar, "There must be quite a few things a hot bath won't cure, but I don't know many of them." While I do fully agree with the literary force of genius that is Plath, if that had been my statement, I would have written it: "There must be quite a few things a hot bath or a long walk won't cure, but I don't know many of them."

April 23, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


Banquet recognizes All-County Academic Team

The Kershaw County School District (KCSD) and Upchurch & Jowers Insurance Agency recognized 32 students for their academic achievements Monday. The 19th annual Upchurch & Jowers All-County Academic Team Banquet took place at Bethesda Presbyterian Church in Camden.

April 23, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Education


Local students participate in anti-bullying training

Third, fourth and fifth graders from Jackson, Pine Tree Hill (PTH) and Camden Elementary Schools participated in anti-bullying training last week. The group Community Matters from California sent training representatives to PTH, Wateree and Lugoff Elementary Schools and Camden and Lugoff Middle Schools to share the evidence-based program with designated "safe school ambassadors."

April 21, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Education


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