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Saying goodbye to a friend

I've used my column to express various opinions, ideas and experiences I've had. I've used it as a way to make others smile or laugh and a way to share my passion for various aspects of life. Today, I use it in a more somber way, to remember the life of a friend who was recently lost.

April 30, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


A night to remember … and to dance

Friday night was a special occasion for five students and their families, friends and other supportive community members who joined together to honor them. Renee Thompson, a special education instructor at Camden Elementary School, came up with the plan for "A Night to Remember," a prom for five students in her class who are of the age to attend prom held this year at 833 Broad Street in Camden.

April 30, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Education


Dancing the night away

April 30, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Localife


Magazine ranks NCHS as one of country’s best high schools

North Central High School (NCHS) received major accolades last week, taking a bronze award in U.S. News & World Report's 2014 ranking of the best high schools in the nation. NCHS Principal Worth Thomasson described his response to finding out his school had received the honor as being one of "excitement."

April 28, 2014 | Haley Atkinson | Education


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


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


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