The United Way of Kershaw County (UWKC) recently held a dinner to celebrate the mentors and mentees of its Hand in Hand mentoring program. Hand in Hand is made possible by volunteers who donate their time to spend with children from Kershaw County schools. Mentors remain with their mentees throughout their time in the program and encourage them academically.
On May 6, seven Kershaw County nonprofit organizations participated in Midlands Gives, a 24-hour online giving campaign sponsored by the Central Carolina Community Foundation. A total of 150 nonprofit organizations from nine counties in the Midlands participated in the fundraising event. Kershaw County ranked fourth highest in raising donations with a total of $13,779 and 136 donors by the end of the 24-hour period.
Seven Kershaw County nonprofits will participate Tuesday in a 24-hour online giving campaign called Midlands Gives. The Central Carolina Community Foundation is using Midlands Gives to raise money and awareness for 150 area charities.
Saturday night, Lugoff-Elgin High School hosted its annual Mr. L-E contest. Eighteen students competed for the title. Winners were Mr. Congeniality, Austin Branham; 1st Runner Up, Dakota Jones; Mr. L-E 2014, Gunnar Branham; Jr. Mr. L-E 2014, Gunnar Catoe. Whitney Clendening was voted as Ms. Sweetheart.
Easter is a holiday of two extremes. On one side is a covert celebration of springtime with cute bunnies and pretty dresses and Easter egg hunts and chicks and flowers and lambs. On the other is a lamb being slaughtered on Passover. There is a bloodstained cross on which a Jewish man is dying who proclaimed that he was the Son of God, and that he had to be killed so that God's wrath against my sins could be carried out not against me but against him.
Dr. Frank Morgan, superintendent of the Kershaw County School District, received the Jake Watson Award during the United Way of Kershaw County's (UWKC) annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner on Thursday evening.
In January, Dr. Cathy Moss, the first woman to graduate from the College of Dental Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), retired from a 40-year career in dentistry. Approximately 30 of those years were spent in Camden at what is now known as Drs. Moss & Owens dental practice, the practice of Dr. Moss and her late husband, Dr. William L. Owen III.
Tammy Bridges, an employee at a daycare center, received the Elgin Police Department (EPD) Chief's Award during a special Wednesday night Elgin Town Council meeting. EPD Chief Harold Brown and council recognized Bridges for assisting two young boys during February's winter storm.
Last Friday, Blaney Elementary School (BES) students learned about heart health and physical activity at Jump Rope for the Heart. Students rotated through 11 stations where they exercised, played games and learned about eating healthy. BES school nurse Kim Allen wanted to show students that exercise can be fun. Jump Rope for the Heart is a community service project that teaches students the importance of exercising and eating healthy. Through Jump Rope for the Heart, BES students exceeded their goal of $1000 in raising money for the American Heart Association.
Sunday evening, Hillcrest Baptist Church hosted a community prayer vigil for the victims and families of the June 17 shooting during a night bible study at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. Nine African-American worshippers died in what has been reported as a hate crime.