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Camden High School Inaugural Hall of Fame

Camden High School (CHS) inducted six people and one couple into its inagural Hall of Fame on May 12 during a ceremony at 833 South Broad. The inaugural honorees are William "Billy" Ammons, Mary Ann Blaskowitz, John Coke Goodwin, Dimetry "Vonnie" Holliday, Robert J. "Bob" Sheheen, Ralph Warren, and (posthumously) S.C. Gov. John C. and First Lady Lois Rhame West. Created by the CHS School Improvement Council, the program included comments from those who nominated the inductees and those being honored. A dinner catered by Aberdeen Catery preceded the meal as did music by the Camden High Jazz Collective.

May 24, 2016 | | Education


Reclaiming a redoubt

Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) students from Lugoff-Elgin High School (L-EHS) worked to reclaim a redoubt -- a temporary or supplementary fortification -- at Historic Camden Revolutionary War Park near the Kershaw-Cornwallis House on April 21. The work started the day before under the supervision of L-EHS JROTC Lt. Col. Ray McDowell and 1st Sgt. Roy Peebles. Students worked in 45-minute shifts as part of the program's adoption of Historic Camden for a service learning project. Students chose to work on the redoubt with McDowell and Peebles only serving as facilitators. Historic Camden Foundation Chairman Tray Dunaway said the cadets ...

May 20, 2016 | | Education


Attempt to give NC area schools more money fails

An attempt by Kershaw County Board of Trustees Chairman Ron Blackmon to provide more money to North Central area elementary schools failed 3-6 Tuesday. As he promised at the board's May 3 meeting, Blackmon made a motion to increase the amount being set aside to the North Central schools as part of a proposed bond referendum from $3 million to $12.7 million.

May 20, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Award winning logo

Garrit Strunga (center), a Camden High School junior in ATEC's fall semester graphic communications class, recently won The Printing Industry of the Carolinas (PICA) 2016 Student Achievement Award for high school students. Garrit designed a T-shirt logo (second photo) selected as the best from more than 100 entries submitted by students from high schools in South Carolina and North Carolina. With Garrit at the awards presentation are PICA Foundation President Ed McLamb (left) and ATEC graphic communications instructor Walker Canada.

May 17, 2016 | | Education


Due diligence on North Central schools tonight

The Kershaw County Board of Trustees will receive a due diligence report tonight on how much it would cost to bring not just Bethune and Mt. Pisgah elementary schools up to code, but Baron DeKalb Elementary School (BDK) as well. Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Director of Operations Billy Smith will provide the report to trustees during their meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. in the board room at the district office on West DeKalb Street in Camden.

May 17, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Celebrating Camden

Camden Middle School (CMS) students put the finishing touches on a mural along the school's main entrance hallway celebrating their hometown's history and culture on May 6. The students did the bulk of the work, guided by artist-in-residence Russ Petty (working near the image of Larry Doby's statue near the left end of the mural) and CMS art teacher Keith Tolen. The mural connects many of Camden's most notable features including The Price House, Kershaw-Cornwallis House, Rectory Square, Kendall Mill and the city's greenspaces. More than 150 students worked on the mural, which they officially ...

May 17, 2016 | | Education


Appointments & Awards

Lugoff-Elgin High School senior Hanna Potter officially receives her appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., (first photo) during L-EHS' Senior Awards Day ceremony May 12 in the school's gymnasium. Presenting her with the appointment is West Point liaison Susan Harrison, whose son also graduated from L-EHS and went on to West Point. In the second photo, Hanna also receives an award recognizing her as L-EHS Class of 2016's valedictorian from Principal Worth Thomasson. In the third photo, fellow L-EHS senior Sarah Placke receives her official appointment to the U.S. Air Force ...

May 17, 2016 | | Education


KCSD announces year-end schedule

The Kershaw County School District has announced its end-of-year schedule.

May 13, 2016 | | Education


Camden Military Academy cadet chosen as JLKC Outstanding Student of the Year

The more than 30 students from Camden, Lugoff-Elgin and North Central high schools and Camden Military Academy (CMA) participating in this school year's Junior Leadership of Kershaw County (JLKC) program chose CMA cadet Thomas Azrelyant as the recipient of the Robert J. "Bob" Sheheen Outstanding Student of the Year Award. Thomas also happened to be CMA's choice to represent the school when giving speeches at the JLKC's graduation dinner April 28 at the historic Robert Mills Courthouse.

May 10, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Trustees clash with 6-2-1 vote to keep BES, MPES open

It was a night of reversals and recriminations Tuesday during the Kershaw County Board of Trustees meeting at Camden Elementary School. Six of the board's nine trustees, led by Trustee Mara Jones, voted to remove the consolidation of Bethune and Mt. Pisgah elementary schools from a list of construction bond referendum projects. Jones' motion included providing $1 million each to the schools and Baron DeKalb Elementary School (BDK) for renovations.

May 06, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


School board to continue discussing referenda language

The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees will continue its discussion on the actual language to be written into a proposed $138.8 million bond construction during its meeting tonight at Camden Elementary School (CES). Trustees will also discuss language to be used in a referendum to create a 1-cent sales tax to offset a 40-mil property tax increase to pay for the construction bond.

May 03, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


KCSD communications recognized by NSPRA

The Kershaw County School District (KCSD) received 18 awards for excellence in communications from the South Carolina chapter of the National School Public Relations Association on Friday.

May 03, 2016 | | Education


School Days

April 26, 2016 | | Education


Stover’s Craig Jelks is 2016 KCSD Teacher of the Year

Loud cheers and happy tears greeted Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan's announcement Thursday evening of the 2016 KCSD Teacher of the Year: Craig H. Jelks, an 8th Grade social studies teacher from Leslie M. Stover Middle School (LSMS).

April 26, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Education


Blaney announces third quarter honor roll

Blaney Elementary School recently announced its honor roll for the third nine weeks.

April 26, 2016 | | Education


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College and University News - June 24, 2016

Umeko Noél Favor, the daughter of Mrs. Mary Ann Favor and Cleophis Favor, recently earned her master's degree in Social Work from Clark ...

June 24, 2016 | | Education


Camden residents graduate from virtual school

Four Camden residents are among 347 seniors to graduate from South Carolina Connections Academy (SCCA), a tuition-free online public school serving students in grades K-12 ...

June 21, 2016 | | Education


Palmetto Boys & Girls State attendees

Three students (from left), Haven Davis, Olivia Loynes and Barrett Coleman, recently attended Palmetto Boys State and Palmetto Girls State. Haven and Barrett attended Palmetto ...

June 21, 2016 | | Education


A musical gift

Camden Junior Welfare League (CJWL) President Desiree Allen (third from right) presents a check for $4,000 to North Central Area Schools Band Director Jonas ...

June 17, 2016 | | Education


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