Thanks to members of Kershaw County's legislative delegation, South Carolina's proposed Fiscal Year 2015 state budget includes $1.5 million to expand Central Carolina Technical College's (CCTC) campus in Kershaw County. The state budget still must be approved by the governor.
The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees voted unanimously, 8-0, Tuesday night to accept a final project list for Phase 2 of the Kershaw County School District's (KCSD) facilities equalization plan (FEP). The list includes the proposed closure of Baron DeKalb (BDK), Bethune (BES) and Mt. Pisgah (MPES) elementary schools for consolidation into a North Central area elementary school.
Central Carolina Technical College President Dr. Tim Hardee has announced Spring 2014 student honors lists. This term, more than 700 students have been honored. The President's List recognizes students who were enrolled in at least 12 semester credit hours and achieved a 4.0 grade point average for the term. The Part-Time President's List recognizes students who were enrolled in 6-11 credit hours and achieved a 4.0 grade point average for the term.
For more than 100 years, the Clemson Extension Service staff has transferred science-based information to individuals and families across South Carolina. Part of the centennial celebration in Kershaw County included the planting of butterfly gardens at Bethune (BES) and Mt. Pisgah Elementary (MPE) Schools. A following celebration included awards to students participating in the Healthy Lifestyles and Environmental Conservation Clubs and the release of 100 caterpillars into the butterfly gardens.
The Kershaw County School District (KCSD) has announced its end-of-year schedule. Parents should note that there are no more school holidays between now and the end of the school year. Monday, May 26 is a regular school day to make up a day missed earlier in the school year for inclement weather.
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.
A number of local students from Kershaw County and the surrounding area graduated from Clemson University May 9.
Karen Fitzgerald Jackson doesn't want to see her grandchildren's school close. That remains a possibility as part of proposed Phase 2 options in the Kershaw County School District's facilities equalization plan.
Wateree Elementary School (WES) fourth grade students Latham Davis, Landen Mills, and Wyatt Whitfield were all smiles on Field Day at WES.
Coastal Carolina University's spring commencement ceremony was held at Brooks Stadium on May 10, with some 1,081 candidates for undergraduate and graduate degrees.
The Kershaw County School District is encouraging families who have not yet registered their kindergarten students for the 2014-15 school year to do so as soon as possible. All 11 elementary schools will be accepting registrations during regular school hours.
The Lugoff-Elgin Water Authority (L-EWA) recently awarded 12 Kershaw County high school seniors with $500 scholarships. Recipients were honored at the May meeting of the L-EWA. Pictured are (from top row, left to right) L-E Water Authority Scholarship Committee representatives Chip McCaa, Anna Stewart (committee chair) and Clyde Smith; Scholarship recipients Lauren Smith, Julia Moye, Casey Swails, Ryan McRoy, Sarah Kleinholz, Mary Katherine Rogers, Amanda Moseley, Danielle Moore and Victoria Phan. Not pictured are Hunter Johnson, Nathaniel Tyson and Austin Veverica.
Students and faculty at Bethune Elementary School (BES) are hoping to see nature in action as the school year nears its end. Students helped plant a butterfly garden April 24 in front of the school, with help from the Clemson University Extension Service and volunteer master gardeners. The extension service operates 4-H clubs throughout the area. Kindergarteners through second graders participated in the project.
Bethune Town Councilman John Fulmer doesn't want the elementary school in his town to close. At worst, he said he would prefer that if Bethune Elementary School (BES) is closed, it is consolidated only with Mt. Pisgah Elementary School at a location between the two existing sites. Fulmer said closing BES would have an economic impact on the town.
Emily Shirley, of Lugoff was among 87 students at Coastal Carolina University (CCU) who were recently inducted into the campus chapter of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society.
Camden High and Lugoff-Elgin High students used the week leading up to their rival football game to raise money for the United Way of Kershaw County. As announced at halftime of the football game, Lugoff-Elgin High raised $40,748.20 and Camden High raised $24,825.81, new all-time high amounts for both schools and over $26,000 more than last year's total. Over the past six years, the two schools have brought in over $182,000 to help the local community. Pictured are students and staff from both schools and United Way officials joining midfield of the Lugoff-Elgin ...
Kershaw County citizens age 65 years or older can receive lifetime Golden Circle passes that allow them to attend school-sponsored activities or athletic events free of charge.
A year ago, a colorful banner saying "Have a successful school year!" appeared at Boykin Park, donated by the Boykin Park Neighborhood Group (BPNG) in August 2013. At that time, the BPNG had planned a special back-to-school program for children in the neighborhood, but weather conditions forced the group to cancel the program.
An Elgin resident expressed displeasure with Lugoff-Elgin High School's "Demon" nickname and the appearance of the school's cheerleaders and basketball players during Tuesday night's Kershaw County Board of School Trustees' meeting. In return, trustees later expressed displeasure with the words the woman used during the meeting's public comment time.
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