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KCSD receives unqualified audit report

The Kershaw County School District (KCSD) received an unqualified audit report for the 2013 fiscal year from Larry Montague of the accounting firm of Burkett, Burkett and Burkett during the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees' meeting Monday. Montague said the firm found the KCSD's financial documents "correct and appropriate" for the fiscal year, which ended back on June 30.

December 14, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Education


Crime Report - Dec. 12, 2012

A string of vehicle break-ins Friday and Saturday have left many Camden residents without Christmas gifts, personal documents and GPS units.

December 12, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Crime-Police-Fire


Remembering Michael

Michael Joseph Smith was more than a young adult killed in a "gang-related" shooting five years ago on Dec. 7, 2007. He was a son and a brother. As the Chronicle-Independent concluded its three-part series "Michael's Legacy, 2007-2012" Friday, Michael's mother, Jody Hancock, said she wanted to make sure those impacted by Michael's death and the community's response to it didn't forget Michael himself.

December 10, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Crime-Police-Fire


Michael’s legacy: a commitment to change

I've heard that one of the hardest things to do in life is to bury your own child. I can't imagine, but don't think I'm too far off in thinking that it would be especially hard when a young son or daughter has lost their life to other young sons and daughters.

December 07, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


Grant programs working, but will they last?

Michael Joseph Smith died exactly five years ago tonight, Dec. 7, 2007, in a gang-related shooting at the McDonald's near the U.S. 521/I-20 interchange. His death spurred a conversation about how Kershaw County would handle gang-affiliation and prevention. Since his death, many Kershaw County entities have come together to apply for and implement Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS), a five year, $6 million federally funded program.

December 07, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Crime-Police-Fire


Arrests sent message as teen’s death inspired community

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office Lt. Danny Templar said the night of Dec. 7, 2007, was "a jagged pill of reality." Michael Smith, 17, had been fatally wounded by a gunshot at the McDonald's/TigerShop near U.S. 521/I-20.

December 05, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Crime-Police-Fire


Crime Report - Dec. 5, 2012

An Elgin man living on Roberts Drive told Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies that he returned home after a month to find someone leaving out his backdoor.

December 05, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Crime-Police-Fire


Michael's Legacy, 2007-2012, Part I of III

Michael Joshua Smith -- described as a Camden High School student on the brink of learning what it meant to be a man -- died from a gunshot to the chest on Dec. 7, 2007, at the age of 17. This week, the Chronicle-Independent looks back at the events of five years ago and how his death brought about changes in Camden and Kershaw County. Information for this series is taken from C-I accounts at the time, other documents and interviews with those involved in the case and its aftermath.

December 03, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Crime-Police-Fire


Candlelight Tour returns Dec. 8

Break out your mittens and winter jackets and experience the "the historic charm of South Carolina's oldest inland city" at the 36th annual Candlelight Tour of Homes on Dec. 8 from 3 to 8 p.m.

November 30, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Camden


Cyber Monday, Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday is the new Black Friday.

November 30, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


Crime Report - Nov. 28, 2012

A Camden woman claimed she was assaulted after leaving a Kershaw Highway, Westville, home after another woman noticed a bottle of liquor was missing from the home.

November 28, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Crime-Police-Fire


FRC to host dinner, silent auction

The Family Resource Center, a children's advocacy and rape crisis center, will host a dinner and silent auction to inform citizens in Kershaw and Lee counties about the effects of abuse and raise money to support its prevention and counseling programs.

November 26, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Miscellaneous


KCSD nurses offer more than ‘Band-Aids’

Kershaw County School District (KCSD) nurses showed the Kershaw County Board of School of Trustees that they do more than "put on Band-Aids" at the board's meeting Monday night.

November 23, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Education


Expressing gratitude is healthy for you

Yesterday, people all over the country gave thanks for the various people and opportunities they have in their lives. In a moment of humility and love, some people probably even recognized that they have all they could ever really need in the present moment.

November 23, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Columns


Crime Report - Nov. 21, 2012

A Lugoff woman told the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) her neighbor was shooting at her horses.

November 21, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Crime-Police-Fire


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