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Camden man recalls hearing King’s speeches

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. powerfully and famously used his words to break down racial barriers. Today, Americans across the country are remembering King's words and celebrating the life of a man who played perhaps the most prominent role in the civil rights movement. King drew thousands of people -- most famously through marches -- from different racial and religious backgrounds together to peacefully protest inequality.

January 19, 2015 | Simone T. Owens | Camden


New school board trustees sworn in

The school board's annual organizational meeting Jan. 13 began with the swearing in of new trustees and officers. Trustee Ron Blackmon is the board's new chairman. Trustee Mara Jones chose not to seek reelection for the lead role and nominated Blackmon in her place.

January 16, 2015 | Simone T. Owens | Education


Owens: I don’t need a picture because I do remember

While listening to music and brainstorming topics for my column this weekend, an old favorite song popped into my head.

January 14, 2015 | Simone T. Owens | Columns


Bethune power outage causes schools to combine

The town of Bethune and Bethune Elementary School (BES) suffered a power outage Jan. 8.

January 12, 2015 | Simone T. Owens | Education


School district mourns loss of former special needs director

The county is mourning the loss of beloved Kershaw County School District (KCSD) special education educator and district director Deborah "Debi" Hardin Davis who passed away Tuesday after a year and half battle with cancer.

January 09, 2015 | Simone T. Owens | Education


Master Gardener class to start again in Kershaw County

The first master gardener training course in several years in Kershaw County is scheduled to begin Jan. 30. The course will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays for a total of 17 weeks. For years, the course was held in Lexington and Sumter and after this year, the course will not be taught in Kershaw County again for at least two years.

January 07, 2015 | Simone T. Owens | People & Places


Owens: Starting the year right

Traveling more and seeing more places than I have seen -- throughout the United States and other countries -- is something I declared I would do when I chose my New Year's Resolution.

January 07, 2015 | Simone T. Owens | Columns


Montessori conversion to charter school delayed

Plans to convert the Montessori School of Camden (MSC) on Battleship Road are being delayed a year, according to Headmaster Dr. John Moncure. In November, Moncure confirmed plans for a bid to pursue charter school status with the intent of becoming one in August. Plans to do so have now been pushed back to August 2016.

January 07, 2015 | Simone T. Owens | Education


Wateree Animal Hospitals and K9 Academy to provide free dog training seminars

Frustrated dog owners who have spent tireless hours trying to train their dogs with unsatisfactory results have the opportunity to give training another go under the guidance of professionals Jan. 10 at the Wateree Animal Hospital in Elgin and Jan. 17 at the Wateree Animal Hospital in Camden at 2 p.m.

January 05, 2015 | Simone T. Owens | News


One dies in New Year’s Eve crash

A Camden woman died as a result of a New Year's Eve car crash, according to new Kershaw County Coroner David West. West identified the deceased as Maureen Knudson, 56, of Camden.

January 05, 2015 | Simone T. Owens | Crime-Police-Fire


New Year Resolutions

What is your New Year's Resolution if you have one?

December 31, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Sidewalk Survey


Kershaw County Library offers programs to keep New Year’s Resolutions

The Kershaw County Library (KCL) has set in motion a series of events to help people keep their New Year's Resolutions.

December 31, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Kershaw County


Owens: This I will keep

In less than 24 hours, we will be in a new year. Many of us will make New Year's Resolutions and few of us will act on and keep them. As I said in my column about two or three weeks ago (my year in review), the second half of 2014 was rough for me but the unfortunate happenings opened my eyes and made me realize something important, something that I have not quite been doing.

December 31, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Columns


Leap

Taking leaps of faith was the hot topic among myself and some of my friends this weekend.

December 24, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Columns


Gary is KCSD Food Service Employee of the Month

Twenty-four years ago, Brenda Gary began working at Camden High School as a food service employee within the Kershaw County School District (KCSD). Gary worked at Camden High until last year when officials determined help was needed at Leslie M. Stover Middle School's cafeteria in Elgin.

December 22, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Education


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