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Kids are invited to show their patriotic spirit by decorating their bicycles, scooters, and wagons and wearing their red, white, and blue for the first annual Kids’ Fourth of July Parade in downtown Camden. The parade will start at 10:30 am on Saturday, July 2, 2016. Participants are asked to meet at Camden City Hall at 10 am dressed in their parade regalia. At 10:30, a volunteer drum and fife corps, assembled for the occasion and under the direction of Robert Slade, will lead the parade down Rutledge Street to Broad Street where it will end. This is a free event.

For the safety of the participants, motorized vehicles are not allowed, and children 10 and under must be escorted by an adult. Don’t forget to decorate your bicycle and your helmet!

The parade is sponsored by Books on Broad and Coffee, Kershaw County Library, City of Camden, Camden Fire Department, and the Hobkirk Hill Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Laurie Slade Funderburk at 803-713-7323 or laurie@booksonbroad.com.

The Post 17 American Legion seniors host Dalzell-Shaw this evening at Legion Field with first pitch set for 7:30pm.

The Dixie Ozone sub district All-Star baseball tournament will start this evening at the Kershaw West Recreation Complex in Lugoff.  Kershaw National will play Pageland at 6pm and Kershaw East will take on Bishopville at 8pm.  You can hear both games on KOOL 102.7 with airtime set for 5:45pm.

The large American flag is going back up at Heritage Chevrolet/Buick/GMC in Lugoff.  The flag has been down for about the past year because of mechanical problems with the flagpole but Keith Watkins with Heritage says that a crew was brought in to help make repairs and that the flag should be flying by Thursday afternoon, June 23rd. Watkins said they wanted to have the flag flying by the Fourth of July to showcase the patriotism of folks in Kershaw County.

The Post 17 American Legion junior will host Manning this evening with first pitch set for 7. The seniors host Dalzell-Shaw Friday night at Legion Field with first pitch set for 7:30pm.

The Dixie Ozone sub district All-Star baseball tournament will start this Friday at the Kershaw West Recreation Complex in Lugoff.  Kershaw National will play Pageland at 6pm and Kershaw East will take on Bishopville at 8pm.  You can hear both games on KOOL 102.7 with airtime set for 5:45pm.

The Atlanta Braves start a four game home stand against the New York Mets tonight. You can hear the game on KOOL 102.7 with airtime set for 5:55pm.

The Post 17 American Legion junior and senior teams are off tonight. The juniors will host Manning Thursday evening with first pitch set for 7. The seniors host Dalzell-Shaw Friday night at Legion Field with first pitch set for 7:30pm.

The Atlanta Braves are in Miami to take on the Marlins. You can hear the game on KOOL 102.7 with airtime 10:55 this morning.

The Dixie Ozone sub district All-Star baseball tournament will start this Friday at the Kershaw West Recreation Complex in Lugoff.  Kershaw National will play Pageland at 6pm and Kershaw East will take on Bishopville at 8pm.  You can hear both games on KOOL 102.7 with airtime set for 5:45pm.

The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) is proud to host and produce the Arts Arising Summer Program on its campus again this year. This special arts program began in 1988 through a partnership with the Kershaw County School District and this year, 134 children from Kershaw County schools are participating.

  • What is the Arts Arising program?

Arts Arising is an arts immersion program serving third through sixth grade artistically gifted and talented students. In its 28th year, this collaborative effort serves between 120-140 students each year. Since its inception, this program has reached more than 3,000 students in the community. These students spend two to four weeks each summer in this extraordinary program on the campus of the Fine Arts Center where the depth of instruction and an atmosphere of total arts immersion define each day. Third-grade students stay two weeks and perform a showcase their last day. Older students continue several more weeks and write, produce, and perform a showcase at the end of the month for parents and family members.

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Arts Arising allows students and teachers to totally immerse themselves in the arts. Comprehensive classes in the students’ strong arts areas—music, visual art, dance, and theatre—are coupled with interdisciplinary classes and daily performances by, and discussions with, visiting professional artists. Curricula materials stress advanced understanding, skills and knowledge in the arts, as well as an exploration of the many roles of the artist: critic, historian, aesthetician, producer and performer. Arts Arising students are provided the opportunity to:

  • expand knowledge, technique, and practice in a chosen art form.
  • study art forms and their common elements and principles in a variety of disciplines.
  • experience first-hand the work of professional artists.
  • refine problem-solving and self-evaluation skills through self-discovery, experimentation and research.
  • express feelings, moods, problems, and solutions verbally, in writing, and through various modes of artistic expression.

“It is important for our community to nurture the talents of our young people,” says Frank Morgan, KCSD Superintendent. “Arts Arising is one of the important ways our community comes together to help our artistically gifted young people to develop and deepen their talents.”

Dance Class

Jami Steele, Director of Education and Theatre says she is always impressed and proud about how intelligent and inquiring the students are. “Our visiting artists, professionals in their craft, often comment on the high level of artistic knowledge that our students display when questioning the artists about their performance and their area of expertise,” she said.

The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County is located at 810 Lyttleton Street in Camden.  Office hours are Monday through Wednesday and Friday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Thursday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. For more information please about the FAC call 803-425-7676 extension 300 or visit the FAC website at www.fineartscenter.org.

The Fine Arts Center is funded in part by the Frederick S. Upton Foundation and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding provided by the City of Camden, Kershaw County, and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina along with donations from businesses and individuals.

Dylan Cook, an 8th grader at North Central Middle School is competing this week at the 12th annual National Junior High School Finals Rodeo in Lebanon, Tennessee.  Dylan will compete in chute dogging, team roping, goat tying and ribbon roping. Dylan is the son of professional rodeo competitors Jamie and Valen Cook.

The Post 17 American Legion junior and senior teams back in action this evening.  The seniors  take on Orangeburg tonight at Legion Field with first pitch set for 7pm. The juniors are on the road to Manning this evening with first pitch set for 6:30pm.

The State newspaper in Columbia has announced their post season awards for baseball and softball.  Headlining was Lugoff-Elgin’s Baleigh Lunsford winning the Midlands Softball Player of the Year.  Lunsford also made the All-Midlands Team along with Lady Demon team mates Savannah Grigsby, Delaney Geurrero and Sophie Holland.

Making the All-Midlands Baseball Team was North Central’s Tyler Bowers who hit .491 this year for the Knights and was also the MVP of the North Squad in the 2A/3A North-South All-Star game.  Also making the State newspaper’s All-Midlands Team was Camden pitcher Devin Beckley who struck out 70 batters with an ERA of 1.47.

The Atlanta Braves are in Miami tonight to take on the Marlins. You can hear the game on KOOL 102.7 with airtime set for 5:55pm.

Dylan Cook, an 8th grader at North Central Middle School is competing this week at the 12th annual National Junior High School Finals Rodeo in Lebanon, Tennessee.  Dylan will compete in chute dogging, team roping, goat tying and ribbon roping. Dylan is the son of professional rodeo competitors Jamie and Valen Cook.

The Post 17 American Legion junior and senior teams back in action tomorrow evening.  The seniors  take on Orangeburg Tuesday evening  at Legion Field with first pitch set for 7pm. The juniors are on the road to Manning Tuesday evening with first pitch set for 7pm.

The Springdale 5k at Sunrise Walk and Run, being held on Saturday August 20, 2016, has been a local favorite for 6 years.  Proceeds from the race go to the United Way of Kershaw County for the new Mobile Nutrition Center. We will be delivering food to outlying areas where individuals and families are unable to secure transportation. Over 3000 Kershaw County households do not have a vehicle and must rely on extended family or neighbors for food supply.

Springdale 5K Finish line 2015

This year a School Challenge has been added to the race!  Join one of our three partner schools, Camden High, Lugoff High and North Central High as they strive to raise money for the United Way. Show your School Spirit by walking or running on behalf of one of these three schools when you register. A School Participation Award will be given to the school that brings the most participants and proceeds to the event.

The 5k Walk and Run will begin at 8am. The newly certified, out and back course starts and finishes at the historic Springdale Race Course in Camden. The course is a true “road race” as it all takes place on pavement.

Family fun festivities include a cook out on Friday, August 19th at the Mullikin Law Firm with food, drinks and live music for all race participants.  Race day, enjoy a waffle bar with refreshments, complimentary pony rides and bounce house. This is family oriented event that truly showcases the southern hospitality of historic Camden while encouraging a healthy lifestyle of walking or running for each of us.

For more information or to register for the race, go to www.springdale5k.com.

On Tuesday June 14th around 6 PM, Lugoff Fire-Rescue crews were sent to the 500 block of Wildwood Lane near Smith Road in Lugoff for a reported home on fire. Lugoff Engine 8 arrived on the scene to find a home around 1800 square feet in size with heavy smoke and fire showing from the roof area extending across the roof line to the right side of the home. Lugoff Rescue 10, Engine 10, Ladder 10, and Battalion Chief 1 arrived soon after with additional personnel to begin fire suppression operations. A 5” large-diameter hydrant line was used from Wildwood Lane down a long driveway which required Wildwood Lane to be closed near Smith Road for approximately 2 hours. Kershaw County firefighters from Blaney, Pine Grove, and Doby’s Mill also arrived and assisted with the fire. Kershaw EMS was called to the scene to evaluate one of the occupants for possible smoke inhalation and stand-by for fire crews due to the extreme heat and humidity. There were no injuries and the fire was stopped about 20 minutes later. The home sustained substantial damage to about 80% of the structure.

“The smoke could be seen from this fire from I-20 near Lee County; demonstrating the intensity of this fire prior to our crews arrival. Our firefighters were faced with a fire that had quickly progressed into the roof and attic area; which is a very difficult area to access for fire attack due to the collapse hazard. All the firefighters did an exceptional job stopping the fire soon after arrival while battling the summer heat and humidity. We are so thankful the occupants got out safely and no one was injured from this very serious fire situation in their home. We appreciate everyone who helped during this event in our community” Lugoff Fire-Rescue Chief Dennis Ray stated.

The Lugoff Fire Marshal’s Office investigated the fire and ruled the cause to be unattended cooking that led to a kitchen fire extending quickly through the ceiling into the attic and roof. The Red Cross was called to the scene to assist the occupants due to the damage to the home from the fire. Kershaw County Sheriff’s Department provided traffic control on Wildwood Lane due to the hydrant line in use blocking the road. Crews spent significant time overhauling the remainder of the home from hot spots using thermal imaging cameras not leaving the scene until around 10 PM. Folowing protocol, Lugoff crews returned several times during the night and Wednesday to check on any flare-ups that may have occurred verifying the fire was completely out.