When I first heard about Rachel's Challenge coming to Lugoff-Elgin Middle School I wasn't sure what to expect. Well, then again, I expected a run-of-the-mill "be kind to others" presentation. I wondered what relevance a school tragedy that occurred 13 years ago could have today.
On April 20, 1999, one of the most horrific school shootings in U.S. history took place at Columbine High School in Jefferson County, Colorado.
Around 10:30 a.m. Friday, many people might have just enjoyed a mid-morning snack or might have been discussing with co-workers where they would like to eat for lunch. One Camden resident sat in an office at Christian Community Ministries (CCM) requesting food to help her family get through the week.
Monday, the United Way of Kershaw County (UWKC) kicked off its 2013 campaign by visiting organizations from their five division sites.
Toshia Portee had been out of school for approximately 20 years when she enrolled at Central Carolina Technical College (CCTC). According to Portee, the support she received from Central Carolina employee Dee Dee Galuppi made all the difference in helping her with the transition.
Camden High School's (CHS) band room filled with students warming up for practice Wednesday afternoon. An impromptu jam session broke out for a few minutes before CHS band director Robert Spitler called students to run through scales.
Lugoff-Elgin High School (L-EHS) band members are setting their sights on making state finals this year. To get there, members have to dedicate more than eight hours a week practicing and perfecting band routines.
Wednesday, Steeplechase Apartments held a health fair for residents. Approximately 50 residents and their children came out to participate in health screenings, receive insurance information and make jewelry.
Approximately 10,000 students will start school Monday in Kershaw County. Of these, more than half will require financial assistance for school meals.
The Kershaw County Farmers Market hosted the Farm Olympics Saturday to celebrate National Farmers Market Week. Kevin Pasche and Double A D.J. hosted the event. Participants signed up for various activities such as watermelon horseshoes and a watermelon carving contest.
Employees of Hengst of North America recently concluded Hengst's Biggest Loser contest. Hengst, which manufactures motor vehicle parts, had 89 participants from their Camden and Warren, Michigan sites lose a total of 367 pounds between April 1 and June 30. Prizes were awarded to the top three biggest losers.
On July 26, a reception was hosted by the Camden Archives following the Larry Doby forever stamp unveiling ceremony. The Camden Fire Department assisted by grilling hot dogs, serving popcorn, Coca-Colas and peanuts.
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.
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