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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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.