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2008-08-05 18:00:19

By The Times and Democrat, Orangeburg, S.C. Aug. 5--Norfolk Southern has granted a conservation easement on 12,488 acres of Dorchester County land, preserving it permanently. Norfolk Southern, through two subsidiaries, has granted an easement on 12,488 acres of its Brosnan Forest timber and wildlife preserve to the Lowcountry Open Land Trust. The property is near the 15,000-acre Francis Beidler Forest, which is owned and operated by the National Audubon Society. Beidler Forest and...

2008-08-05 12:00:55

By Lee Tant, The Times and Democrat, Orangeburg, S.C. Aug. 5--More than 200 Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4 teachers took part in a three-day workshop designed to teach literacy, writing and reading in all school subjects this week. "The philosophy behind it is that every teacher will be a literacy teacher," said Judy Sherman, assistant superintendent of human resources, staff development and public relations. The workshop featured 13 different presenters that instructed...

2008-08-05 12:00:55

By Lee Tant, The Times and Democrat, Orangeburg, S.C. Aug. 5--Orangeburg Consolidated School Districts 4 and 5 are using various means and methods to enact their respective corrective action plans after failing to met federal No Child Left Behind standards for four consecutive years. Options for districts in corrective action include: developing a new curriculum, replacing personnel, deferring programs funds or reducing administrative funds. Both districts choose the first option...

2008-07-28 15:01:01

By Gene Zaleski, The Times and Democrat, Orangeburg, S.C. Jul. 24--A group of doctors is looking to establish a free clinic in Orangeburg County to serve individuals without any insurance. The clinic, which is being championed by Orangeburg doctor Bert Gue, would provide patients with basic medical care. "We have a work plan and we have done our homework," RMC Vice President Brenda Williams told The Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees at its July meeting Tuesday. The RMC...

2008-07-21 18:00:39

By Lee Tant, The Times and Democrat, Orangeburg, S.C. Jul. 19--This fall, parents of Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4 students will have one less thing to worry about: school supplies. Thanks to more than $18,000 left over from the past budget year, the district will furnish pens, pencils, paper, rulers and other supplies to 4-K through 8th grade students, the district announced during its Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday. "It's a positive step to help our parents,"...

2008-07-17 18:00:42

By Dionne Gleaton, The Times and Democrat, Orangeburg, S.C. Jul. 18--The Bamberg School District 2 board of trustees unanimously agreed to enter into an alternative school agreement with Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4. Under the agreement, BSD2 students will attend the district's alternative school, the Star Learning Center. During a Monday night council meeting, the board received a disparaging report on the state of it's own alternative school program from Dr. Thelma...

2008-07-17 18:00:39

By Gene Zaleski, The Times and Democrat, Orangeburg, S.C. Jul. 17--DENMARK -- A structural steel fabrication and detailing company is now operating out of the old Holland Atlantic Hitch plant. Denmark Steel Inc. began operations July 1 in the former 17,500-square-foot Holland Hitch Annex building at the plant, located at 19192 Heritage Highway. Denmark Steel does structural steel fabrication, structural steel detailing and ornamental rails and stairs for commercial applications....

2008-07-10 18:00:35

By Dionne Gleaton, The Times and Democrat, Orangeburg, S.C. Jul. 10--When it was taking a little too long to cool their children's ministry building, parishioners at St. George Baptist Church knew something was wrong. They had not had any discipleship training or any other activities out at the site or a week, which sits across from the Shillings Bridge Road church. It was just too hot. The church soon realized that it had become the unlikely victim of metal theft. Their entire...

2008-07-09 12:00:40

By Lee Tant, The Times and Democrat, Orangeburg, S.C. Jul. 7--"We're all in this gas tank together," Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4 Superintendent Dr. Darrell Johnson says. As rising energy costs and declining state revenues become the facts of life that local school districts, state agencies and counties are grudgingly learning to cope with, some districts are cutting back costs by cutting down on the number of days for summer school. The question is: Will that...

2008-06-16 15:00:31

By Gene Zaleski, The Times and Democrat, Orangeburg, S.C. Jun. 16--Orangeburg-based GMG Music Center will be featured this summer in a Microsoft commercial promoting the corporation's Microsoft Office Live Internet-based software program. GMG was selected by Microsoft among six businesses nationwide to be featured in a documentary/commercial on how the software has impacted small businesses. The two to three-minute commercial is expected to come out by the end of July. The piece...