By HALEY ATKINSON
Singles Awareness Day (SAD) is coming up in about two weeks and for those of us who currently recognize this day … because we're single … preparatory tactics are now underway. Yes, Feb. 14 is right around the corner. Don't believe me? Visit any drug store and tell me if you aren't bombarded with pink, glittery, sparkly, heart-shaped, Teddy-beared, floral explosions of commercially motivated depictions of love.
Jackie Jordan recently joined the Clemson Extension as its area horticulture agent, bringing a wealth of experience to the role. Jordan's focus is in commercial and specialty crops in Kershaw, Fairfield and Richland counties. She works with farmers who grow fruits and vegetables, with landscapers working on yards and public greenery and with gardening specialists working with fields and golf courses.
By HALEY ATKINSON
Due to forecasted winter storms, Kershaw County School District (KCSD) schools and offices were closed on Tuesday and Wednesday and all after school extracurricular activities, meetings and programs originally scheduled for those days were cancelled.
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.
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.
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.
By HALEY ATKINSON
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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."
By HALEY ATKINSON
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