New Lugoff-Elgin High School Principal Worth Thomasson wants students to understand that what they learn in the classroom can be applied to life outside the classroom. Thomasson, who moved from being principal at North Central High School in August, hopes to make that connection through promoting literacy this school year.
On Sept. 11, volunteers from across Kershaw County will participate in the second annual Day of Caring. The Day of Caring is sponsored by the United Way of Kershaw County (UWKC) and serves charitable organizations, schools and public organizations in the county.
A hard working group of Elgin community members is diligently working to establish Elgin's first museum. Members of the Blaney-Elgin Museum Committee have sold wreaths, hosted yard sales and even written a book to raise the money to fund the museum.
Madge Strickland, author of A Sandhills Revelation -- The History, Legacy and Legend of Blaney-Elgin, South Carolina, presented her book to the town of Elgin during town council's August meeting. Proceeds from sales of the book will go towards funding the Blaney-Elgin Museum. The Blaney-Elgin Museum and Historical Society has been in charge of trying to get the museum established.
Local Vietnam War veterans participated in a special ceremony including other Vietnam veterans from across the state hosted by U.S. Sen. Tim Scott on Aug. 2. The ceremony, held at First Baptist Church of Columbia, recognized Vietnam War veterans for their service. Gen. (ret.) James Everett Livingston served as keynote speaker.
The United Way of Kershaw County (UWKC) hosted its annual Industrial Luncheon on Wednesday to gear up for this year's upcoming financial campaign. UWKC's Day of Caring on Sept. 11 will mark the official kickoff to the 2014-2015 financial campaign.
Though Christmas is five months away, charitable organizations in Kershaw County are already working to provide toys and food to families in need this Christmas. Elgin's Toy Round Up is one of those organizations. Elgin Police Chief Harold Brown, who is director of the Elgin Toy Drive, said preparing for Christmas is a year-round effort.
A report profiling homelessness in the Midlands was recently released by the United Way of the Midlands and the Midlands Area Consortium for the Homeless. The report focused on poverty, homeless demographics and homeless services in the 14 counties that make up the Midlands, including Kershaw County.
Third graders from around Kershaw County recently completed the county's first summer reading program. Students came to Jackson School for six weeks for classes that helped them improve their reading skills.
Habitat for Humanity of Kershaw County is constructing its 35th home for a local family. In addition, the Habitat ReStore, 1019 Broad St. in Camden, is now open on Tuesdays, helping to fund Habitat houses through the purchases of store items donated by the community.