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The Lugoff-Elgin Literacy Express left the station recently for Read Across America Day.  Sixty eight students read to over 120 classes at Blaney, Doby’s, Lugoff  and Wateree Elementary Schools. Anne Lemieux, Librarian at Lugoff-Elgin  High School started the Literacy Express in October after taking a group of football players to Doby’s for Real Men Read Week.  This is a great community project that impacts all students. The Literacy Express students have participated in Real Men Read, Holiday Literacy Express and Literacy Express for Kershaw County Schools Read Across America Day.

In may the Kershaw County Council on aging will be holding a trip to the Holy Land Experience in Orlando, Florida.  The trip will take place May 5th through May 7th and will give folks a chance to experience the sights and sounds of the biblical world in a unique and inter active way.  The deadline to register for the trip is March 16th.  To register or find out more you can call the Council on Aging at 432-8173.

The Kershaw County Recreation Department will hold a pair of umpire certification clinics for people who are interested in umpiring Dixie Majors. The clinic will be held on March 7 at 9am in the upstairs classroom in Old Armory on West Dekalb St. The cost is $30 for new umpires and $35 for umpires renewing their certification. If you have any questions please call the Kershaw County Recreation Department at 803- 425-6009.

The North Central girls softball team is hosting the Beat Cancer with a Bat Softball Tournament this weekend at North Central High School. The Tournament is being sponsored by Mid Carolina Credit Union and Chick Fil A . North Central will play York High school tonight first pitch is set for 7:30.

In high school softball on Saturday the Lugoff Elgin Lady Demons will host Lexington, Hartsville and Northwestern in a softball tournament at the Larry Doby Complex in Camden starting at 10:00.

Saturday in high school baseball the Camden High Bulldogs will play Darlington in preseason tournament at West Florence first pitch is set for 12:00 while the Lugoff Elgin Demons go to River Bluff for at noon first pitch.

Saturday on Kool 102.7 1:15 its high school baseball as the North Central Knights will battle the Camden Military Academy Spartans in the Mid Carolina Credit Union baseball bash at North Central high school.

Tonight on Kool 102.7 at 6:30 its College baseball as the #12th ranked South Carolina Gamecocks take on Clemson in the Reedy River Rivalry.

Earlier this week Camden City Council passed first reading of an ordinance authorizing the creation of a multi-county industrial and business park in the City of Camden.  Camden city manager Mel Pearson said the ordinance is part of the process involving the strategic partnership between KershawHealth and MUSC/Capella Healthcare.  Pearson said the ordinance is similar to one passed by Kershaw County Council that will dedicate revenue from the fee in lieu of tax agreement to the county E.M.S.  The measure faces one more reading before becoming final.  Kershaw County will assume operation of E.M.S. on July 1st.

Due to forecasted inclement weather for tomorrow morning, Kershaw County School District (KCSD) schools and offices will open on a two-hour delay for students and staff on Thursday, Feb. 26. Three- and four-year-old students in morning classes will not attend. Breakfast will be served.

A two-hour delay means that schools will open two hours later than normal. All students and staff should report two hours later than usual. Students who ride the bus should report to their bus stops two hours later than normal.

School district administrators will continue to assess weather & road conditions through the evening and overnight and will use the school district’s automated telephone system, the school district Website at www.kershaw.k12.sc.us, KCSD Facebook, KCSD Twitter, and local media to keep the public informed.

On the evening of February 24, 2015, the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office conducted  undercover operations in which underage individuals, acting under the direction of the Sheriff’s Office, attempted to purchase alcoholic beverages from 46 locations in Kershaw County where alcohol can be lawfully sold.

As a result of this operation citations were given to the following locations:

Kangaroo station  2501 Broad Street  Camden

Kangaroo station  2507 Main Street  Elgin

Elgin Quick Stop  2437 Main Street  Elgin

JR’s Liquor Store  777a Hwy 1 South  Lugoff

In each of the 46 attempts to purchase alcoholic beverages, the underage person when asked, presented their legitimate identification which clearly showed them to be under the age of 21. Both Kangaroo stations and the Quick Stop were cited for selling beer. The clerk at JR’s liquor actually sold liquor to the minor and followed up by giving the minor a free sample of another brand of liquor.

The fine levied against the clerks who sold the alcohol is $672.50 and is adjudicated in magistrate’s court. The administrative fine against the store’s license is $500 for the first offense, $1000.00 for the second offense and $1500.00 for the third offense with suspension of the beer and wine license for up to 45 days. These administrative violations are handled by the SC Department of Revenue. SLED will be following up on each of these violations with an administrative citation for the Department of Revenue.

“The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office will continue to conduct these operations with the hope that all premises authorized to sell alcoholic beverages will eventually comply with the law. Keeping alcohol, as well as other intoxicants out of the hands of our youth is a top priority of ours,” said Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews. “No parent wants to get that early morning phone call that their child was crippled or killed in a car wreck because they were either driving drunk or riding with an underage friend who was.”

The Kershaw County School Board would like Kershaw County Council to look at the idea of bringing back a minimum effort funding formula for Kershaw county schools.  Tuesday evening school board chair Ron Blackmon gave the quarterly briefing on school district operations to county council.  Blackmon telling councilmen that the board is studying the possibility of holding another school bond referendum in 2016. Blackmon said that such a funding formula would help Kershaw county schools remain competitive with neighboring midlands districts. Blackmon telling council he feels it’s important that Kershaw county work to retain and recruit quality teachers.

Kershaw county council Tuesday evening passed a resolution honoring Paul Napper, executive director of the Alpha Centre in Camden for his years of service to the county.  Napper recently resigned from the KershawHealth board of trustees after being appointed to the board of trustees of Central Carolina Technical College.  The resolution honoring Napper passed with a unanimous vote.

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The ​Kershaw County School District ​(KCSD) ​is cancelling ​all afterschool and evening programs for today​, Wednesday, Feb. 25​. This includes any and all activities ​in KCSD schools such as extracurricular activities, athletic practices and games, adult education classes, afterschool day care, PEP, Boys and Girls Clubs and parent meetings.

KCSD officials hope to clear all school campuses at the end of the school day and greatly appreciate the cooperation of our ​students, staff and ​families with this change in schedule.​