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Glenn is SCDPPPS Administrative Support Staffer of the Year

Doing her best at work each day is what Kershaw County Human Services Specialist Carlene Glenn said made her fit for her recent recognition as the S.C. Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services' (SCDPPPS) Administrative Support Staff Person of the Year.

December 19, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Kershaw County


CHS raises funds for PAALS

Camden High School's (CHS) National Honor Society (NHS) presented Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services (PAALS) with a $3,000 check Tuesday. The money is going to a program called Rob's Best Friend Fund; a ceremony marking the donation took place in the CHS media center.

December 19, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Education


Owens: Year in review

To say that 2014 has had its ups and downs would be an understatement. Honestly, I don't know what words or phrases I would use to describe how my 2014 played out. It wasn't the worst year ever, but it definitely wasn't the greatest.

December 17, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Columns


Jackson’s Goodwin is KCRC Reading Administrator of the Year

The Kershaw County Reading Council's (KCRC) Administrator of the Year is doing everything she can to make sure students are reading at least at grade level. The KCRC named Jackson Elementary School Principal Matia Goodwin as its Reading Administrator of the Year at its annual recognition program Dec. 8.

December 17, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Education


School board considers legislative positions as two trustees exit

The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees said "good-bye" to two of its members during a reception preceding its meeting Tuesday evening. The board honored departing trustees Nissary Wood and Dr. Don Copley. Wood and Copley received individual awards during the reception with working with the school board. Voters elected Wood and Copley to the board in 2010.

December 12, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Education


Home for the Holidays

Are you traveling for Christmas?

December 10, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Sidewalk Survey


Owens: A surprising place of peace

There is no place more peaceful than a cemetery… or maybe it is one of the most peaceful places. I went to a cemetery deep in the country this weekend and there was no sound other than the wind blowing high up through the trees, and the rustling of leaves swirling daintily. I also heard one caw of a crow and the shriek of some other type of bird. However, these brief sounds only occupied my attention for a split second. The still silence in the air close to the ground left me alone with my thoughts -- mainly thoughts about ...

December 10, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Columns


KCSD rated ‘high return on investment’ for second time

For the second time in four years, the Center for American Progress (CAP) is rating the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) as providing a "high return on its investment. The district received the same distinction in 2011 and is the only Midlands school district -- and only one of 10 in the state -- to earn the honor this year.

December 05, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Education


Social media is to blame?

I can't count how many times I have heard people say Facebook is addicting and how it (social media in general) is both a blessing and a curse. I have been told by some people that it has been a curse to them because it is addicting and they spend almost every hour of their time playing games, stalking people (online that is), being nosey and obsessively trying to find old friends and acquaintances.

December 03, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Columns


Fryar, master topiary artist, inspires CLC students

Master Topiary Artist Pearl Fryar offered words of inspiration to students at the Continuous Learning Center (CLC) on Monday. Connie Frith -- a Lugoff Garden Club member and Kershaw County School District parenting specialist -- has known Fryar for several years and invited him to speak to students.

December 03, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Education


Camden Writers serve up memories in new book

The Camden Writers have whipped up a book titled "Serving Up Memory," which features short stories, recipes and poetry. Local book store Books on Broad will hold a book launch Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. in conjunction with its holiday open house. Samples of recipes featured in the book will be available.

December 01, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | People & Places


Owens: Things we take for granted

As much as I love Christmas, I have to give Thanksgiving just as much acknowledgement -- unlike a lot of television networks.

November 26, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Columns


NCHS student promotes local shopping through Facebook

After realizing the key role small businesses play in keeping Kershaw County thriving, North Central High School student Kayla Bowers set up a Facebook page -- Shop Local Shop Camden -- to highlight small businesses in Camden and encourage residents to shop locally. Kayla is also challenging residents to do 25 percent of their holiday shopping in Camden.

November 26, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Business


KCSD reading coaches begin ‘Read to Succeed’ program

Several volunteers in the community are starting to help Kershaw County School District (KCSD) teachers improve reading skills in their students. They are reading coaches, the first part of a South Carolina initiative being implemented under the "Read to Succeed Act" passed by the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Nikki Haley in June.

November 21, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Education


School AD, head football coaches to stay combined

The positions of athletic director (AD) and head football coach at Kershaw County School District (KCSD) will remain combined. Lugoff-Elgin High School's (L-EHS) currently separate AD and head football coach will be combined back into a single position at the beginning of the 2015-16 school year.

November 21, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Education


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