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Electricity – it’s one of the most important innovations in the history of humankind. It’s hard to imagine life without electricity, and for good reason. Nearly every aspect of our lives is affected by electricity in some form or fashion, from the way you wash your clothes to the effort you put in at work. From a residential standpoint, you need it to cook, clean, entertain, and live comfortably. For commercial purposes, electricity is used to power the computers needed to keep America moving. That’s why, when the electricity in your home or at your job is compromised, life grinds to a halt. Unfortunately, electrical problems are inevitable in today’s day and age. When the electricity in your home or commercial workspace fails, you need a quick, effective solution that will get your life back on track. And that, in a nutshell, is where L&M Electric, Inc. shines the brightest.

Our company was founded in 2009 by Roger Lee and John Mezzles. With a combined 46 years of electrical experience, the two entrepreneurs set out to create a company that offers quality workmanship and unparalleled service to all its builders and clients. Today, we are proud to have served South Carolina for nearly two decades as the premier electrician contractor in Camden, SC. Our family-owned business specializes in both residential and commercial electrical work. Our highly-trained team has the experience and skills to handle any electrical issue, from minor panel breaker problems to large-scale industrial issues.

Despite winning numerous awards and recognitions in the Southeast, we don’t let our accolades go to our head. Our team is committed to providing effective, personalized electrical work for every one of our customers. We take pride in our ability to offer peace of mind to our customers when they need it most, and that’s exactly what we aim to provide to you too. We’re talking one-on-one service provided by a friendly, professional electrician. There are no corners cut, no hidden fees, and no excuses – only the highest quality work from the finest electricians in Camden.

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What sets us apart from other electricians in Camden, SC? It boils down to three reasons:
Customer-Centric, Quality Electric Service
Customer-Centric, Quality Electric Service

As guests in your home, you won’t ever have to worry about a member of our team trying to sell you something you don’t need. Our job is to serve your electrical needs. You expect the highest quality electrical work in South Carolina, and that’s what we will provide.

Experienced, Affordable Electricians
Experienced, Affordable Electricians

You understand that the highest quality work requires fair compensation, but you’re not made of money. Our commitment is to offer affordable electric work at a price you’re satisfied paying.

Family Owned & Operated
Family Owned & Operated

We know that you are choosing L&M Electric for a reason. Unlike large corporations, we truly care about our customers. As a family business, serving you is personal for us. We stake our reputation on the quality of our work. As such, we are accountable and will always strive to deliver the service you have come to expect from our company.

Affordable Electric Service That Makes You Feel Like Family

At L&M Electric, we employ the brightest commercial and residential electricians in Camden. Having electricians that specialize in both residential and commercial projects allow us to provide our customers with a wider range of services.

Our team fixes a broad range of electrical issues, but we have built our reputation on the following electric services:

Affordable Electric Service That Makes You Feel Like Family

Electrical Repairs

Every homeowner has to deal with an electrical component breaking or failing at some point. When that happens, you need a partner who can troubleshoot the problem and correct the issue efficiently and effectively. A few common problems that we help solve for our customers include:

  • Ceiling Fan Repair
  • Light Fixture Repair
  • Light Switch & Outlet Repair
  • Electrical Safety Inspection

Electrical Installations

Whether you have a new ceiling fan that needs to be installed or you have a new electrical outlet that you’d like added to your bedroom, L&M Electric is here to help. Our team installs quality solutions every day of the week – there’s no electrical installation job your residential electrician in Camden, SC, can’t handle. Here is a glance at some of the installation projects that we complete for homeowners:

  • Smart Home Installation
  • Electric Car Charging Station Installation
  • Whole-Home Surge Protection Installation

Renovations and Remodeling

If you’re renovating or remodeling your home, you need a professional electrician on-hand to work to properly install your new electrical devices and systems. Our skilled electricians are happy to work with you or your remodeling consultant to install your lights and keep your home shining bright. Common renovation and remodeling jobs include:

  • Hot Tub Wiring
  • Kitchen Lighting Renovations
  • Finished Basement Electrical Wiring

New Construction Electrical Projects

Many new construction homeowners stress about having their electrical system wired from scratch. For us, it’s just another day on the job. If you’re building your dream home, don’t leave your electrical work to mediocre electricians. Trust L&M electric for reliable service and the highest quality electrical work in Camden. A few new construction projects we handle are:

  • Breaker Panel Box Installation
  • Wiring for Backup Generator
  • Landscape Lighting Outdoors
  • Low Voltage Wiring

Your Residential Electrician in Camden, SC

When you own a home, there’s something inherently fulfilling about taking care of your property and fixing issues that pop up over time. When it comes to electrical work, however, DIY projects can be dangerous. Electricity is an amazing innovation, but if you aren’t fully trained and licensed to handle such work, it’s best to leave it to the experts at L&M Electric. Your home’s safety is essential for you and your family. Our team will go above and beyond to ensure that your home’s electrical system is operating correctly without any concerning problems.

With more than 60 years of combined experience as electricians, we are capable of troubleshooting and fixing a litany of electrical issues in your house. Keep reading to learn more about the most common electrical issues our customers report, along with some handy tips on how to remediate such problems.

Your Residential Electrician

Panel Breaker is Tripped

If you don’t have any power in your home, it might be time to check your electrical panel to see if there are any tripped breakers. If you spot a tripped breaker, try your best to switch it over to its original position. If you can’t, remember that some breakers need to be flipped to the “off” position before turning it back on. If you don’t have any luck, give our office a call. We’ll send a trained residential electrician in Camden to your home to fix the problem on-site.

Panel Breaker is Tripped

Overhead Fan Stops Working

If you have an overhead fan in your living room or bedroom, you know how quickly it can accumulate dust. Most homeowners clean up using a rod duster. However, sometimes homeowners accidentally hit the fan direction switch when doing so. But, instead of flipping it “on” or “off,” they bump it into a limbo zone where neither direction is selected. When this happens, your overhead fan will not spin. If one of your fans stops working suddenly, this is one of the most common reasons why. If you’re sure you didn’t hit the fan direction switch, it could be an indication of a larger problem. In this case, call our office for a free phone consultation. We’ll troubleshoot with you over the phone and if necessary, send out an electrician.

Overhead Fan Stops Working

Kitchen Breaker Keeps Tripping

If your home was built in the last 35 years, chances are it has two 20-amp circuits running to your kitchen countertop outlets. Newer homes will have three circuits. If you’re constantly tripping the breaker to your kitchen, it’s most likely because you have too many electrical devices connected to the same circuit. To help alleviate this problem, place appliances like coffee makers and toasters on two different circuits. That way, they can share the load.

At the end of the day, your home is your place of solitude and relaxation. But, when you have electrical issues in your home, things can quickly go from peaceful to problematic. Whether you’re renovating your home and need a new room wired for power or your panel breaker keeps giving your problems, L&M Electric is here to assist. If you have questions about an issue or need to schedule service, our team is ready to help answer your questions and coordinate the best time for a residential electrician to come to your home in Camden.

Kitchen Breaker Keeps Tripping

Tips to Save Money and Maintain Your Home’s Electrical Systems

Unlike some of our competitors, who are reluctant to provide any information that might prevent them from making a buck, L&M Electric is all about empowering our customers. If we can offer sound advice that will educate our clients and help them save money, we have no problem doing so. That’s why we have put together some helpful tips and tricks for maintaining your home’s most common electrical systems. Because, at the end of the day, a little knowledge can go a long way when it comes to your family’s safety.

Install-Surge-Protectors

Install Surge Protectors

Intense lighting storms can cause powerful surges of electricity that ruin your home’s electrical appliances and amenities. Surge protectors installed at your electrical panel can help prevent these surges by grounding the electricity running through your home. They do so by directing it away from your electrical devices. This common solution is inexpensive, effective, and always a better choice than replacing expensive items like TVs and computers.

Examine Your Breaker Panel

Examine Your Breaker Panel

Breaker panels control the power to your home. When they go bad or are damaged, there’s a good chance that you will lose power to most of the rooms in your house. Open your breaker panel and keep a sharp eye out for signs of corrosion and rust. Double-check that each breaker you see flips on and off properly. If you notice corrosion or if the breaker switches won’t flip, it’s time to get in touch with a residential electrician in Camden, SC, who can inspect your breaker panel and recommend upgrades if necessary.

Test Your GFIs

Test Your GFIs

GFIs, or Ground Fault Interrupters, are similar to surge protectors in that they prevent electrical damage from happening in your home. The primary job of a GFI is to prevent electrical shocks that happen during a ground fault. Because water is a conductor of electricity, GFIs should be installed anywhere that an outlet comes into contact with water. You should try to test your GFIs every month, if possible, to ensure that they are working correctly. When you look closely at your GFI, you will notice a “test” and a “reset” button. Hit the “test” button to trip the GFI outlet and then hit “reset” to restore power. If your outlet resets, your GFI is working as it should. If not, you need to replace your GFI outlet. Because electricity is involved, we recommend hiring a professional to install new GFIs in your home. That way, you know the job is done right.

Replace-Outdated-Light-Bulbs

Replace Outdated Light Bulbs

The right light bulb can add the perfect amount of ambiance to your home. Eventually, however, even the best light bulbs will need replacing. While they don’t need checking every month, it’s a good idea to inspect all your bulbs at the beginning of the year. If any of your bulbs are dead, you should replace them. You should also consider replacing bulbs that are incandescent with LED lights. LED light bulbs may cost more upfront but use less electricity and are more efficient over the long run.

Schedule a Home Safety Inspection

Schedule a Home Safety Inspection

In terms of preventative maintenance, scheduling a safety inspection for your home’s electrical systems should be a high priority. These inspections will shine a light on the electrical features in your home that need to be fixed. Most modern electrical fires are caused by short circuit arcs, defective insulation, or broken wiring. An inspection conducted by a qualified electrician will help determine what needs to be fixed so you and your family stay safe in your home. Your inspector should cover your whole home and will examine common features such as:

  • Breakers
  • Fans
  • Exposed Wiring
  • Electrical Panels
  • Circuits
  • Switches
  • Outlets and More
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DELIVERING QUALITY ELECTRICAL SERVICE TO 5,000+ HOMES PER YEAR

he electrical system in your home brings it to life from the lights and appliances we use every day to the entertainment we all love and enjoy. You want an electrician that makes you feel safe while delivering the quality services you’re promised.

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Full-Service Electrical Work for Home and Business

Whether you need light switch services for your newly renovated home or need a generator installed at your commercial property, L&M Electric is here to serve you. Our team will get the job done right, so you can get back to loving your life in the Lowcountry.

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Latest News in Camden

CHAMPIONS! Wolves Claim Outright Title with 42-7 Win Over Limestone

GAFFNEY, S.C. (Newberry College) –With a little help from a decision up the road, the Newberry College (9-2, 7-1 SAC) football team, with a 42-7 decision over the Saints of Limestone University (0-9, 1-7 SAC), picked up the outright South Atlantic Conference regular season title, their first since 2016, on Saturday, November 13.The Wolves were consistent throughout the contest, sticking to the running game, as they were able to pick up 270 yards on the ground, with an additional 125 coming through the air on ten...

GAFFNEY, S.C. (Newberry College) –With a little help from a decision up the road, the Newberry College (9-2, 7-1 SAC) football team, with a 42-7 decision over the Saints of Limestone University (0-9, 1-7 SAC), picked up the outright South Atlantic Conference regular season title, their first since 2016, on Saturday, November 13.

The Wolves were consistent throughout the contest, sticking to the running game, as they were able to pick up 270 yards on the ground, with an additional 125 coming through the air on ten passes. Redshirt-sophomore Mario Anderson (Summerville, S.C.) led the attack for the Scarlet and Gray, accounting for 113 yards and two scores eclipsing the 1,000-yard mark on the season with his efforts. Junior ZeBrandon Gant (Springfield, Ga.) had his best game of the season as he picked up 97 yards on the ground with a touchdown to his credit as well.

Redshirt-senior Dre Harris (Greenville, S.C.) led the Wolves from the backfield where he tossed for 125 yards and a score, pushing him over the 2,000-yard mark on the season. Redshirt-senior Bryson Woodruff (Roebuck, S.C.) was his favorite target on the evening, hauling in four passes for 61 yards while senior Bobby Irby (Irmo, S.C.) hauled in one catch in the contest for 44 yards and a score.

Defensively the Wolves were led by redshirt-sophomore Andre Amaker (Sumter, S.C.) who recorded five tackles on the afternoon. Redshirt-seniors Tyran Dixon (Columbia, S.C.) and Ty Kelly (Camden, S.C.) each were able to pick up 1.5 tackles-for-loss in the game, with Dixon accounting for four yards of loss while Kelly recorded just one yard. The defensive highlight of the afternoon came in the second quarter as senior Anthony Blue (Dillon, S.C.) picked off the pass from Dean Braxton and returned it 39 yards for the pick-six that would put the Wolves up by 28 points.

After a failed onside kick to start the contest, the Wolves would begin their opening drive in Limestone territory. Four rushes from Anderson would kick off the drive before the Wolves would hit the Saints defense with a change of pace and throw four straight completions to set up first and goal at the three-yard line. Anderson would take the next snap and punch it in from that distance to take the early 7-0 lead.

Limestone would sandwich a Newberry three-and-out with two of their own before the Wolves would regain possession from their own 35-yard line with 4:29 to play in the opening quarter. That drive would carry into the second quarter where the Wolves would find themselves staring at fourth and goal from the one-yard line. They would elect to keep the offense on the field and would capitalize on the chance as Anderson would record his second touchdown of the afternoon to increase the margin to 14.

The Saints would again go three-and-out as the Newberry defense would hold them to only 235 yards of offense in the game, and a short punt would set the Scarlet and Gary up on their own 36-yard line. Anderson would get the drive started for the Wolves with some short gain runs before Gant would come in and bust out a 25-yard gallop to set them up on their opponents 10. After a penalty pushed them back, he would finish off the drive with a 21-yard scamper, putting the Wolves up by the same margin.

That margin wouldn’t last long as the first play of the next Limestone drive would find the ball in the hands of Blue and he picked off the pass from Dean Braxton and took it 39-yard down the left sideline to the endzone, giving the Wolves the 28-point advantage. After a quick Limestone drive, the Wolves would take over on downs at their own 42. After a couple short gains and a costly Limestone penalty, Harris would find Irby along the near sideline who would make one man miss as he took the reception 44-yards for the score and put the advantage at 35 points, which they would carry into the break.

They would carry that momentum into the third quarter as their first drive in the second half was capped off by redshirt-junior Cade Ruff (Prosperity, S.C.) who took the ball around the edge for five-yard and the score to extend the lead out to 42-0. Limestone was finally able to put points on the board on their next possession to bring the score back to 42-7. Both teams’ offenses stalled out the rest of the evening with an even split of time of possession and yardage, but the game was already put out of reach by the Wolves as they wrapped up the win and the regular season title.

The Wolves will now await the announcement of their opponent for the first-round of the Division II National Championship tournament, a spot which they have virtually locked in, tomorrow during a selection show on NCAA.com at 5 p.m. First-round action will start on November 20, 2021.

Camden outlasts Brookland-Cayce, joins Dutch Fork and Newberry in playoff semifinals

Camden High School football head coach Brian Rimpf was already thinking of his postgame victory speech as the Bulldogs, up 27-24 over Brookland-Cayce, punted the ball away with more than a minute left.With the Bearcats backed up inside their own 20-yard line, Rimpf had full faith in the Bulldogs’ defense, which had recorded three straight shutouts and held opponents to an average of 11.2 points per game heading into Friday night’s matchup.“We had the utmost confidence when (Brookland-Cayce) got the ball and ha...

Camden High School football head coach Brian Rimpf was already thinking of his postgame victory speech as the Bulldogs, up 27-24 over Brookland-Cayce, punted the ball away with more than a minute left.

With the Bearcats backed up inside their own 20-yard line, Rimpf had full faith in the Bulldogs’ defense, which had recorded three straight shutouts and held opponents to an average of 11.2 points per game heading into Friday night’s matchup.

“We had the utmost confidence when (Brookland-Cayce) got the ball and had to go 80-plus yards to take the lead,” Rimpf said. “We were confident with our defense being on the field.”

His confidence was well-placed. Camden staved off the Bearcats’ final push, which made it down to the Bulldogs’ 30-yard line and ended with an incomplete pass to the end zone as time expired.

Camden defeated Brookland-Cayce 27-24 Friday night to advance to its third straight Class 3A semifinal game. The Bulldogs will host the Dillon Wildcats at Zemp Stadium for the 3A Lower State championship game next week.

Camden (10-2) led throughout most of Friday night’s contest but saw Brookland-Cayce (9-3) connect on a go-ahead 48-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tanner Staton to receiver Jahmari Kennerly, giving the Bearcats a 17-13 lead early in the fourth quarter.

The Bulldogs responded quickly with a 42-yard pass from sophomore Grayson White to senior Anthony Lyles Jr., which set up an easy 2-yard touchdown rush and put Camden back in front with 10:15 to go in the game. Another White-to-Lyles connection seven minutes later resulted in a 51-yard touchdown reception, extending the Bulldogs’ lead to 27-17 with 3:35 left.

Brookland-Cayce made it close late with an efficient 1-minute drive that brought the Bearcats within a field goal of the Bulldogs with 2:25 to go in the game. The Bearcats went for an onside kick and didn’t recover, but Camden punted away with just over 1 minute left and kept the Bearcats from the end zone to seal the game.

“You get to this point in the playoffs, they’re gonna be close games,” Rimpf said. “You gotta be ready to fight to the end, and our guys did.”

This year was the second in a row the Bulldogs met the Bearcats in a playoff game, but Rimpf said this season felt more special given the adversity Camden has faced this season — particularly with injuries.

The Bulldogs are starting their third quarterback in White, who began this season playing defensive line, and sophomore running back Averee Hickmon stepped in after starting the year on the junior varsity team.

“Those guys have just risen to the occasion,” Rimpf said. “They’re football players, and the team rallies around them.”

With Friday night’s win, Rimpf said Camden reached one of its goals.

“One of the goals is to practice on Thanksgiving — they’re gonna get to do that,” he said. “I’m so proud of them.”

Dutch Fork 49, Sumter 21: Jarvis Green ran for three touchdowns and quarterback Davin Patterson accounted for three scores as the Silver Foxes moved on to the Class 5A Lower State championship game. The win extended Dutch Fork’s unbeaten streak to 61 games. They will travel to Fort Dorchester next week in the Lower State championship.

Sumter kept it close and trailed 28-21 midway through the third quarter. But Dutch Fork scored on its next two drives, both capped off by Green touchdown runs. The junior finished with 25 carries for 149 yards and also caught four passes for 25 yards.

Patterson was 17-of-24 passing for 233 yards and two touchdowns. The senior also carried it eight times for 47 yards.

Dutch Fork outgained Sumter 523-238.

Fort Dorchester 30, Lexington 8: Zolten Osborne threw for 293 yards and two touchdowns as the Patriots ended Lexington’s season. Davion Joyner led Fort Dorchester with nine catches for 179 yards and a TD.

The Wildcats, who were winless last year, finished the year at 9-3. Lexington trailed 16-0 at halftime but got the game to 16-8 on Tyler Walker’s touchdown run with 25 seconds left in the third quarter.

Lexington forced a punt on Fort D’s next drive, but the Patriots’ Ma’lek Horlback recovered a fumble and returned it 53 yards for a touchdown to make it 23-8.

Spartanburg 32, Ridge View 29: Raheim Jeter’s TD pass to Radrekus Carter with 4:53 left was the difference as Spartanburg is moving on in the Class 5A playoffs. The Vikings will play Gaffney in the Upper State championship game next week.

Ridge View had a chance to tie or win it but turned it over on downs.

Friday’s game went back and forth with several lead changes. Ridge View took a 26-22 lead with Andre Washington’s TD pass with 8:43 left. Washington had two TD passes for the Blazers. Joshua Holmes had two TD runs for Ridge View (6-5).

Jeter had three touchdown passes for the Vikings.

Greenville 42, Irmo 23: Clemson commit Josh Sapp scored four touchdowns as the Red Raiders ended Irmo’s season in the third round of the Class 4A playoffs. Greenville will host South Pointe in the Upper State championship.

Izyah Whiteside had two touchdown passes for Irmo (7-4), which led 23-21 at halftime.

Newberry 26, Christ Church 24: Head coach Phil Strickland’s final season continued as the Bulldogs won their third straight playoff game and advanced to the Class 2A Upper State championship.

Newberry will play Region 3-2A foe Gray Collegiate on Friday at Fairfield Central.

Newberry jumped out to a 20-7 lead in the second quarter. Zy Epps scored on the first play of the game and OD Robinson had a 91-yard kickoff return for a score.

Christ Church rallied and led 24-20 with 8:55 left in the third. But the Bulldogs scored the go-ahead touchdown with 8:46 left on KJ Robinson’s second touchdown of the game.

The Bulldogs stopped Christ Church on a fourth-and-two with 2:30 to seal the win.

This story was originally published November 19, 2021 11:42 PM.

Camden businesses prepare for holiday shoppers

CAMDEN, S.C. — As many people begin shopping for the holidays, downtown Camden businesses want you to come out in person and shop local.The holiday season is a busy time for most stores. "This kind of business comes and goes ... you have your busy times and your times where you are not quite as busy, but all and all, it's a good time of year for us," said Judy Wagener, owner of Vintage Collections on Main Street.Wa...

CAMDEN, S.C. — As many people begin shopping for the holidays, downtown Camden businesses want you to come out in person and shop local.

The holiday season is a busy time for most stores. "This kind of business comes and goes ... you have your busy times and your times where you are not quite as busy, but all and all, it's a good time of year for us," said Judy Wagener, owner of Vintage Collections on Main Street.

Wagener says local stores are important to the community. An added benefit of shopping local is being able to see and reach out and feel the item you are buying, she says.

Mackenzie Wall, who works with Pink Stable, said she has made it her mission this holiday season to shop local at all the shops on Main Street, to get away from online shopping and support local businesses in her area.

Wall says Pink Stable sees a large amount of foot traffic during the holiday season, which is helped by folks coming in from out of town and visiting family in the Camden area. They also expect to see regular customers come by during the holiday season.

Wall says being on Main Street helps business because people will walk from store to store, which can lead them to find Pink Stable and possibly buy from them.

Wagener says the holiday season has been off to a great start, and she is hopeful it's going to end up being a great year, especially after the pandemic last year.

Small Business Saturday is coming up on Saturday, November 27, and local officials are encouraging folks to get holiday shopping done and support your local community at the same time in downtown Camden.

The Downtown Camden program is partnering with the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce to promote shopping local and giving away prizes to mark the occasion with free giveaways, Shop Small bags, other prizes and fun.

Downtown Camden merchants will be celebrating with storewide sales, discounts, raffles and giveaways.

Find some fun at the Roll Con gaming convention in Kershaw County on Saturday

CAMDEN, S.C. — Get ready gamers and cosplayers, the Kershaw County Library in Camden is hosting its first Roll Con gaming convention Saturday.Roll Con will celebrate roll-playing games across all media -- board games, card games and video games -- and encourages a...

CAMDEN, S.C. — Get ready gamers and cosplayers, the Kershaw County Library in Camden is hosting its first Roll Con gaming convention Saturday.

Roll Con will celebrate roll-playing games across all media -- board games, card games and video games -- and encourages attendees to cosplay their favorite characters.

The idea for Roll Com came about during the pandemic, when libraries had to start looking for new ways to stay interactive and keep kids learning. One of the games that fit the bill was Dungeons and Dragons.

Kershaw County Library Director Amy Schofield said Dungeons and Dragons provides kids with beneficial learning techniques and and different ways to use the brain like strategizing and creating stories

Those kinds of activities help students become interactive with knowledge and also helps libraries to evolve.

Schofield found Mark Wood to help make Roll Con a reality.

It's for everybody," Wood said. "There's gonna be something for everybody, things from chess to high-level role play games. So, we will have something for every member of the family. Even if you aren't into board games, we have video games. If you just want to come out for a good meal, we have food trucks. There is something for every member of the family."

The event, scheduled for 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, November 13, at the Kershaw County Recreation Center (1042 West DeKalb Street in Camden) will feature game demonstrations, game tournaments, vendors and food trucks. Entrance to the event is free.

The Midlands Gaming Coalition will have gaming consoles set up with games like Super Smash Bros Ultimate and Rocket League.

The Kershaw County Library will have a collection of new Manga titles to check out; there will be "pick-up" campaigns of Dungeons and Dragons; and a larger-than-life Pikachu will be in attendance at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Adult and kid cosplay contests start at 3 p.m.

Vendors in attendance include local artist Mike Sudduth, Sudduth Sundries, Unlovely Frankenstein, Random Acts of Karma, and The Little DM Shop.

Midlands schools get smart thermometers to detect illnesses

Schools are hoping to slow the spread of COVID-19 and the flu through early detection thanks to a program that gives them free smart thermometers.CAMDEN, S.C. — Smart thermometers are helping Midlands schools track illnesses and stop the spread of those illnesses through early detection.At the Montessori School of Camden, students get their temperature checked everyday.Typically students get their temperature checked at home by parents, but they go to see Nurse Teresa L’Heureux if they're not feeling well at ...

Schools are hoping to slow the spread of COVID-19 and the flu through early detection thanks to a program that gives them free smart thermometers.

CAMDEN, S.C. — Smart thermometers are helping Midlands schools track illnesses and stop the spread of those illnesses through early detection.

At the Montessori School of Camden, students get their temperature checked everyday.

Typically students get their temperature checked at home by parents, but they go to see Nurse Teresa L’Heureux if they're not feeling well at school.

L’Heureux applied for the Kinsa School Health FLUency Program to get the free smart thermometers in Spring of 2020.

"It was hard to get thermometers and smart thermometers were cost prohibitive for a lot of families, and just having a company that would give us smart thermometers at a time when they were scarce was very helpful,” said L'Heureux.

They got the shipment right as COVID hit and sent the smart thermometers home to parents, which L’Heureux said was perfect timing.

“I was really, really grateful for a way for parents to check temperatures at home really easily and for us to be a community and communicate easily,” L'Heureux said.

School officials and parents are able to communicate through the free Kinsa app that tracks student temperatures and puts out important information about illnesses at school.

The thermometers connect to the app, so school officials and parents can stay in the know if a classroom is seeing elevated temperatures.

It gives moms like Felicia Melville, the heads up she needs about her second grader, Ben.

“Ben has periodic fever syndrome, so when he has a fever its helpful that I know ahead of time,” said Melville.

Our free FLUency school program helps stop the spread of illness in schools & we're still accepting applications this year. Are you an elementary or middle school nurse, teacher, or principal? Apply now!: https://t.co/bWqDQ02flU #kinsahealth #smartthermometer

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Melville said the smart thermometer helps them catch illness early and prevents them from spreading it to others. Plus, they can see if there are other cases in school, without seeing other people's personal information.

“It just makes us more aware of what’s going around,” the mom said.

The school nurse gave an example of how the app has recently helped them:

“We had a small outbreak of RSV, the respiratory syncytial virus, and our head of school quickly shut down the classroom that the outbreak was in and we were able to communicate that through the Kinsa app,” explained L'Heureux.

L’Heareux said without the free program, their small school wouldn’t be able to communicate as effectively with families or detect illnesses as early.

“I have this tiny, little budget and I’m always so grateful for any program that’s free,” she said.

About 50 elementary and middle schools across the Midlands have joined the program, which is funded by Lysol.

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