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.
The Elgin Police Department (EPD) recently found and charged the truck driver responsible for causing a gas leak in downtown Elgin July 1.
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.
Elgin Town Council discussed the possible sale of a former police station at 1200 Ross St. during its June meeting. Council held the meeting Monday evening instead of Tuesday night when it usually meets.
Camden City Council recognized Pat Wylie at its meeting Tuesday night for 34 years of service as conductor of the Camden Community Concert Band. Wylie, a Furman University and University of South Carolina graduate, once served as Camden Middle School's band director and is a member of the Camden Rotary Club. Wylie also conducts the Rotary Club Singers.
Elgin Town Councilwoman Melissa Emmons announced at council's meeting Tuesday that all expenses to date of the town's new Military Salute Monument have been paid for. She said total revenue for the monument stood at $4,720, and Blaney Fire Department has volunteered to install the monument's concrete and lighting.
Camden American Legion Post No. 17 will sponsor a Chicken Strip Fundraiser Dinner on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. in Blaney Baptist Church's Fellowship Hall. All proceeds from the dinner will be used to complete construction of the Elgin Military Salute Monument at Potter Community Park.
This July, the S.C. Genealogical Society (SCGS) will host a workshop featuring speakers from Kershaw County. The workshop will be held at the S.C. Department of Archives and History on July 11 and 12. Workshop attendees will learn how to effectively research their family history and genealogy.
Lugoff resident Angela Napoli recently became South Carolina's first Miss Amazing pageant winner with the title of Sr. Miss Queen.
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.
Elgin hosted its second annual PoDunk Festival on Saturday, and Elgin Town Council used its meeting Tuesday to thank those who put it together.
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.
The Price House Commission recently presented certificates of appreciation to various community organizations, businesses and individuals to thank them for their involvement in the commission's annual Black History Month display. The Price House Commission is dedicated to preserving Camden's African-American history and educating the community. Price House Commission Chairman Clifton H. Anderson shared with attendees that the Association for the Study of African American Life and History Executive Director Sylvia Y. Cyrus sent a letter of recognition to the commission for their work in Kershaw County.
The Upton Trio blended music and imagery to create a special performance at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County recently about the Amazon rainforest for Kershaw County School District students. Pianist Billy Shepherd, violinist Mary Lee Taylor Kinosian and cellist Dusan Vukajlovic performed "Amazon Harmony: The Breath of Life," composed by Kinosian especially for the students.
Kershaw County residents might have seen a familiar landmark on recent commercials and billboards for Discover SC, a marketing campaign from South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism. During the commercial, snippets of whitewater rafting, hiking and battle reenactments are shown. The battle reenactments are from Historic Camden's Revolutionary War Site.
Johnny Deal -- former banker, "Mr. Camden" and "Mr. Facebook" -- received the United Way of Kershaw County's (UWKC) highest honor Tuesday night: the Jake Watson Award. The award honors an individual who has continued Watson's legacy of volunteer service. The annual recognition dinner took place at TenEleven Galleria.
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