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Kershaw Tounty Tuesday coming in fourth in total giving  out of nine midlands counties during the first Midlands Gives Day which was sponsored by the Central Carolina Community Foundation.  The total for Kershaw County was $12,309.  In Kershaw County the most donations went to the Fine Arts Centre of Kershaw County.  The  Fine Arts Centre received donations totaling  $4,240.  In the nine county area Midlands Gives Day raised almost $705,000.

World famous author Pat Conroy will be in Camden next week to sign copies of his latest book called The Death of Santini.  Conroy will be at Books on Broad in Camden   Thursday, May 15th and the event will be free and open to the public.  The book details Conroy’s relationship with his father Donald Conroy, a Marine Corps fighter pilot who was made famous in an earlier book The Great Santini.  Conroy is the author is ten previous books including The Boo, The Water is Wide, The Great Santini, The Lords of Discipline, The Prince of Tides and Beach Music. The Death of Santini deals with \Conroy’s difficult and combative  family life.  Pat Conroy will be at Books on Broad on Thursday, May 15th at three in the afternoon.

KOOL 102.7 is broadcasting live today from Tru-Vista in Camden as part.  The KOOL Crew will be at Tru-Vista through 7pm.  Midlands Gives Day is being held by the Central Carolina Community Foundation and eight Kershaw County organizations are taking part and will benefit from the 24 hour on-line giving event.  Kershaw County organizations taking part include the Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County, the Fine Arts Centre of Kershaw county, Food for the Soul, Habitat for Humanity and the United Way of Kershaw County.

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The Kershaw County School District recently received five awards for its communication efforts in the 2014 South Carolina chapter of the National School Public Relations Association’s RewArds for Excellence.

The school district’s website was one of four district level websites honored.  This is the second straight year Kershaw County has received an award in this program.  Last school year the district website received more than 300,000 hits, a 42% increase from the year before.

Dr. Frank Morgan, school superintendent says in today’s world having a website that contains up to date and accurate information is critical in how the district communicates with the community.  Morgan’s podcast was also selected an award.

The school district’s program for its Teacher of the Year gala was another award winner.  The district’s multimedia coordinator and webmaster Julie Putnam was also an award winner. The district’s fifth award was for its annual web and media report, a presentation which highlights the district’s electronic communication efforts.

 

Kershaw County councilmen earlier this week got a look at the proposed budget for the fiscal year that begins in July.  The general fund budget comes to around $22 million and county administrator Vic Carpenter says the budget is balanced but the result is that while services have not been cut or reduced they have not been expanded either. Councilman Jimmy Jones said he would like to see funds for three school resource officers restored.  In the coming weeks council will continue to discuss and offer amendments before final passage. The budget has to pass three readings before it becomes final.

Camden High is proud to announce that senior Zack Watson has received an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy.

 


Front Row: Max Ford (grandfather), Zack Watson, Beth Ford (mother), Judy Ford (grandmother)
Back Row: Tim Hopkins (Executive Director for K-12 Instruction KCSD), Brant Freeman (CHS Guidance Counselor), Frank Morgan (Superintendent KCSD), Daniel Matthews (CHS Principal), Col. Tim Webb (JROTC instructor)

Earlier this week members of Kershaw County Council heard a presentation on the process of changing council from an at-large chairman and six members representing districts to a form with seven members representing districts with council electing the chairman but the reception to the idea was cool.  Bobby Bowers, Director of Research with the State Budget and Control Board  made the presentation to council at the request of councilman Jimmy Jones.  Bowers telling council that they would have to approve putting a referendum question on the ballot during a general election and that voters would have to approve the question before any changes could be made.  Bowers also telling council that re-districting would result in two minority districts but that the percentage of minority voters in those districts would go down which would be a negative for minority voters.  Council chairman Gene Wise made it clear that he would disagree with any change to county council’s present form, saying he feels all of the voters of Kershaw County should have a say in who chairs council.  After the meeting councilmen Jimmy Jones said the presentation was for informational purposes only and that he doesn’t think there will be any move to change the present form of Kershaw County Council.