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I am thankful for...

With Thanksgiving being less than two weeks away, what are you most thankful for?

November 19, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Sidewalk Survey

Low and non-specific expectations

I used to have high and/or specific expectations for everything. I was never cynical. As a matter of fact, I was the most optimistic person I knew.

November 19, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Columns

New U.S. Army recruits sworn in at Colonial Cup

For his first time at the Colonial Cup, Maj. Gen. Bradley Becker, Commanding General of Ft. Jackson's Army Training

November 17, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Military

Montessori School seeks charter school status

The Montessori School of Camden (MSC) is taking the necessary steps to become a charter school -- an independently run public school subject to its own laws -- after having served Kershaw County as a private institution for 35 years.

November 14, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Education

Nothing in particular

No topic is heavy on my mind this week. There are a few new things that have got me excited, but not so excited that I can carry on about them in hundreds of words. I am excited that the Hallmark television network is showing Christmas movies, which in turn has me anticipating the day Lifetime and ABC Family start showing Christmas movies and programs as well.

November 12, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Columns

Collins Funeral Home celebrating 100 years

Collins Funeral Home is celebrating a major milestone -- being in operation for 100 years this year.

November 10, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Business

Car crash results in fatality

Tanisha Danielle Bradsford of Bishopville died in a car accident at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

November 10, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Crime-Police-Fire

Voters reject KCSD referenda

To the dismay of some Kershaw County residents and the pleasure of others, voters rejected the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) referenda that would have launched $130 million in facilities projects and levied a 1-cent sales tax to pay back bonds that would have been issued to fund those projects.

November 07, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Politics

Worried about Ebola?

With the recent outbreak of the ebola virus in the United States, are you concerned about it spreading?

November 05, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Sidewalk Survey

PTHS ‘enters’ Class Dojo

Pine Tree Hill Elementary School (PTHS) incorporated a new technology tool school-wide this year providing teachers with what teachers said is an easier way to track student behavior, as well as allow students to monitor their own behavior. The application, or app, is called Class Dojo.

November 05, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Education


The best my body has felt in a long time was last summer when I gave being vegetarian a try. I know that the foods a person eats play a major role in the state of his or her health, but I had no idea that altering my diet would dramatically change how I slept and how much energy I had. It even cut out my occasional night sweats.

November 05, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Columns

CHS band making a comeback

After an eight-year decline in band participation, Camden High School's (CHS) band is slowly but surely making a comeback. Robert Spitler took over as band director in 2012 with two goals in mind: to increase band membership and gain back community support.

November 03, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Education

The deepest hole

July 27 marked the beginning of the most stressful week of my life. It began with the surprising news of my aunt's passing, and on top of having to deal with that, I also had to get through my last week of two summer classes and do work for two other classes that would end the following week.

October 29, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Columns

Scary Movies

What is your favorite scary movie?

October 29, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Sidewalk Survey

Election 2014: KCSD, Sunday sales referenda explained

Tuesday, voters will go to the polls to vote for their choice of candidates for a variety of offices ranging from governor to Camden City Council seats. Voters are also being given a chance to determine whether or not the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) should move ahead with a series of $130 million 20-year bond-funded facility projects and levy a 1-cent sales tax for 15 years to repay those bonds. In addition, voters will decide whether or not to lift a county-wide ban on Sunday alcohol sales.

October 29, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Politics

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