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Separate football coach, AD jobs to cost $10,500 extra

It could cost just a little more than an additional $10,500 at each Kershaw County School District (KCSD) high school to split the duties of athletic director (AD) and head football coach. That's according to information KCSD Director of Public Services Duane Pate gave to the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees at its meeting Tuesday night.

October 24, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Education

Dreams thankfully deferred

Growing up, I had a hand full of career goals. My parents signed me up for basketball in 3rd grade, which put the idea of playing for the WNBA in my head.

October 22, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Columns

Quilts of Valor honors 5 Kershaw County veterans

Five Kershaw County veterans received quilts in the Douglas Reed House at the Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County this week. The Kershaw County Quilters branch of the Quilts of Valor Foundation recognized the veterans for their service in conflicts dating back to the Korean War.

October 17, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | People & Places

Camden High receives Distinguished Arts Program Grant

Camden High School (CHS) is enjoying an award-winning 2014. Aside from being named a "Palmetto's Finest School," CHS also received a Distinguished Arts Program Grant for a project titled "Commitment to Excellence in the Arts." It is the first grant of its kind to be awarded to a Kershaw County school.

October 17, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Education

Halloween Fun

What are your plans for Halloween?

October 15, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Sidewalk Survey

Music appreciation

My taste in music is pretty diverse. I seriously listen to every genre. However, I do have my favorites as I am sure many people do, and I have found that my preference for some genres are restricted to certain decades.

October 15, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Columns

KCCC member praises board for Phase 2 project list

Dennis Stuber, vice president of First Citizens Bank and a member of Kershaw County Citizens for Children (KCCC), praised the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees during its meeting Tuesday for coming up with the list of projects for Phase 2 of the district's facilities equalization plan (FEP).

October 10, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Education

Spontaneous move

Last summer, I made one of the most spontaneous decisions ever in my life. I decided to go to Chicago: a massive city in land size and population that I never visited before. Spontaneity isn't exactly my middle name, so I was pretty nervous before I even paid for the essentials of my trip.

October 08, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Columns

Blues festival draws great acts and large crowds

Friday and Saturday evening, restaurants and bars in downtown Camden filled with Carolina Downhome Blues Festival goers anxious to hear Blues music performed by different artists and bands ranging from South Carolina to Australia.

October 08, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Camden

School board to receive end-of-course results

Kershaw County School District (KCSD) administrators will present end-of-course results to the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees during its meeting Tuesday, set for 6 p.m. in North Central High School's media center. KCSD Director for Student Assessment Lavoy Carter will report on the percentage of students who passed each section of the end-of-course exams from 2012, 2013 and 2014, an analysis of those scores and a plan for improvement.

October 06, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Education

L-EHS honors military with ongoing effort

Influenced by Military Appreciation Day, Lugoff-Elgin High School (L-EHS) administrators and guidance counselors decided to offer a way for students, faculty and staff to honor the military in an ongoing effort.

October 03, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Education

Sweet Home Oklahoma

I have always heard that home is where the heart is -- not always worded in that exact way, but it is definitely what was meant.

October 01, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Columns

Teacher of the Year talks journey to the top

Many people with ties to the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) may know Rebecca Rundlett as the district's 2014 "Teacher of the Year," but most would not know the rocky journey she endured to get where she is today.

September 29, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Education

Camden teen is a 2014 National Student Poet

A Camden teenager landed one of the most prestigious poetry awards in the country on Sept. 18 and visited the White House and met First Lady Michelle Obama as part of the honor.

September 29, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Education

I’m wired that way

Everyone has a special niche, that one role that they execute best. Over the past three years, I have discovered that I am a great listener and problem solver. I listen and then I offer my advice to anyone who opens up to me.

September 24, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Columns

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