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Lugoff-Elgin High junior Bailey Lunsford has been selected as the 2016 Midlands Softball Player of the Year.  Other awards this season for Lunsford include All Region, as well as Region Four 4-A Player of the year.  She also won the 2016 Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award.

The Post 17 American Legion baseball team is off till next Monday when they play Dalzell-Shaw.  First pitch next Monday is 7pm.

Tonight the Atlanta Braves take on the San Francisco Giants. You can hear the game on KOOL 102.7 with airtime set for 5:55pm.

On May 28, 2016 Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Jalen Malik Bracey who lives on Woodlawn Dr. in Camden and charged him with multiple counts of larceny and breaking into a motor vehicle.

During the early morning hours of May 28, 2016 Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence on Woodlawn Dr. in Camden following reports of vehicle break-ins at 4 different residences on Woodlawn Dr. With the assistance of one of the victims, deputies were able to determine that some of the stolen items taken from these break-ins were located at another residence on Woodlawn Dr.

Deputies questioned occupants at the residence where stolen items were discovered and determined that Jaylen Bracey had entered the vehicles and taken numerous items and small amounts of US currency. Bracey was arrested at his residence and admitted to breaking into the vehicles and stealing the items from them.

Bracey was transported to the Kershaw County Detention Center where he remained until May 30, 2016 when he was released on a $16,000.00 bond.

Bracey has previously been arrested for breaking into vehicles (multiple counts), burglary, attempted burglary and receiving stolen goods.

A convicted felon, 48 year old Therine Bernardie McKeever has been charged with murder of his girlfriend and common-law wife Sunday morning in Camden.  At around 4:30 Sunday morning deputies of the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office responded to reports of a shooting at the Parkview Motel in Camden. McKeever was arrested leaving the scene. He faces charges of murder, possession of a firearm by a felon, and unlawful carrying of a firearm.  According to the sheriff’s office McKeever admitted to shooting his common-law wife Presis Prudence Prescott of Camden.  McKeever was placed in the Kershaw County Detention Centre.

A 29 year old Bishopville man died Saturday afternoon as a result of a Friday afternoon motorcycle accident in Elgin.  Kershaw County Coroner David West said that Keon Boykin died in Palmetto Richland Hospital of massive internal injuries and third degree burns.  The accident took place Friday on Whiting Way near Elgin.  Boykin was airlifted to Palmetto Richland.  The accident is under investigation by the coroner’s office and thje highway patrol.

A major fire  at the Buford Road substation of City of Camden Utilities resulted power outages in a number of sections of Camden Friday. Power on all main circuits  was restored by mid-afternoon.  Camden city manager Mel Pearson said the fire occurred around 10:30 Friday morning but that the fire was  contained inside the fenced area of the substation.  Pearson says there were a number of explosions but the fire was contained.   Pearson says rural areas of the utilities system were without power as well as parts of downtown Camden, the Springdale area and Dusty Bend. Power was restored mid-afternoon Friday.

A major  fire  at the Buford Road substation of City of Camden Utilities has resulted power outages in a number of sections of Camden.  Camden city manager Mel Pearson says the fire occurred around 10:30 this morning but that the fire has been contained inside the fenced area of the substation.  Pearson says there were a number of explosions but the fire has been contained and that the city’s utilities department is working to reroute power and he hopes power can be restored fairly quickly.   Pearson says rural areas of the utilities system are without power as well as parts of downtown Camden, the Springdale area and Dusty Bend.

Lugoff-Elgin High School has received the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School award for its athletic training program.

The award champions safety and recognizes secondary schools that provide safe environments for student athletes and also reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention and treatment.  The athletic training program is run by Anna Harvley and Niki Gay.

“We are so excited about receiving the 1st Team, Safe Sports School Award at LEHS,” Harvley said. “It is very important to me and my colleagues that we do whatever is necessary to keep our athletes safe during competition as well as doing whatever is necessary to prevent any injuries from occurring.  I have an amazing athletic training staff and athletic department that works very hard each day to make this happen.”

The award honors Lugoff-Elgin High School’s athletic training program for:

  • Creating a positive athletic health care administrative system;
  • Coordinating pre-participation physical examinations;
  • Promoting safe and appropriate practice and competition facilities;
  • Planning for selection, fit function and proper maintenance of athletic equipment;
  • Providing a permanent, appropriately equipped area to evaluate and treat injured athletes;
  • Developing injury and illness prevention strategies, including protocols for environmental conditions;
  • Providing injury intervention;
  • Creating and rehearsing a venue-specific Emergency Action Plan;
  • Providing psychosocial consultation and nutritional counseling/education; and
  • Being sure athletes and parents are educated of the potential benefits and risks in sports as well as their responsibilities

“We remain committed to the health and welfare of young athletes in competitive sports,” says NATA President Scott Sailor, EdD, ATC. “This award recognizes the contributions and commitment of schools across the country that are implementing safe sports policies and best practices to ensure athletes can do what they love best and have the appropriate care in place to prevent, manage and treat injuries should they occur.”

The Clemson Tigers take on Louisville today in the A.C.C. baseball tournament.  You can hear the game on Startime 1590, airtime is 10:30 this morning.

The Post 17 American Legion baseball team will have their home opener this evening at Legion Field in Camden when they take on Manning-Santee. First pitch is set for 7pm.

The Atlanta Braves take on the Miami Marlins tonight.  Airtime this evening on KOOL 102.7 is 6:20pm.

The Post 17 American Legion baseball team is off tonight.  They have their home opener Friday night at Legion Field in Camden. First pitch is set for 7pm.

The Atlanta Braves take on the Milwaukee Brewers tonight.  Airtime this evening on KOOL 102.7 is 5:55pm.

Kershaw County School District (KCSD) in partnership with the Upton Trio presented an artistic and educationally rich program for more than 1,300 students in May.  The late Sylvia Upton Wood founded the Trio in 1989 with the purpose of presenting chamber music to artistically underserved students in KCSD.

Early in the year, theTrio worked with Dr. Alisa Taylor, Executive Director of Instructional Support, on the theme, “Equine Romance: The History of the Horse Industry in South Carolina.” The program, designed and presented by Pam Whitehead, Coordinator of Early Childhood, is filled with historical pictures and information that carry the viewer from the late 1880’s until current times.  The music pieces, composed by Mary Lee Taylor Kinosian, violinist of the Trio, focus on four distinct themes including “Sport of Kings” (polo, steeple chasing and flat racing), “Boom Time Bop” (the roaring Twenties), “End of an Era,” (the Great Depression and World War II) and “New Beginnings” (1950s to the present).  Mrs. Kinosian, along with Billy Shepherd, pianist, managing artistic director and Dusan Vukajlovic, cellist, bridge music and education into lessons for the students.  Through their fun and sometimes emotional selections, the history of the times and stories are brought to life. Camden’s Horse Industry has a vibrant past beginning with polo races, as early as the late 1800’s and continuing to the present day with the Colonial and Carolina Cup events held yearly.

Camden residents such as Harry Kirkover, one of the founders of the Springdale Race Course and Marian DuPont Scott, who in 1936, bought land to construct a race track for her horse, Battleship, are featured in the presentation. Samuel Walker James, long-time resident of Camden, was an important influence on the industry because he, for over 50 years, operated a blacksmith shop in Kershaw County.  The horse industry created a thriving economic culture, as the Court Inn was constructed in late 1880’s and Kirkwood Hotel in 1903 to provide visitors with a place to stay during training times and events.  Because of the horse industry in Camden, many jobs were provided for residents during difficult and challenging times such as the Great Depression and World War II. Today, the horse industry is alive and well in Kershaw County.

The county is home for several well-known horses. Brunello, who resides in Camden with the Towell family, has earned the top United States Equestrian federation honor of National Horse of the Year for the last 3 years in a row.  Another quite famous local thoroughbred, Sunshine Numbers, owned by Sue and George Sensor of Camden, is featured in a video provided by the family at the close of the presentation. This is a captivating and inspiring story about a horse that people called a throw-back horse, a warrior who brought his A-game no matter what the circumstances were, as he went on to capture 9 wins. He was a lot of fun to watch as witnessed in the video.

Students experienced through film, photography and original classical music, the development of the horse industry in Kershaw County.  Students also had an opportunity to develop a unique understanding of how major historical events impacted the community.  Dr. Taylor offered praise in saying “The Upton Trio was terrific again this year.  Nothing cements learning for our children like a captivating story brought to life through music.”

The Upton Trio was awarded a $15,000 Art in Education grant by the South Carolina Arts Commission for the SC Horse Industry education project. Created by the SC General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission works to increase public participation in the arts by providing services, grants and leadership initiatives in three areas:  arts education, community arts development and artist development.

The Frederick S. Upton Foundation matched with a $15,000 Sylvia Upton Wood legacy gift.  Neighboring businesses have also contributed.  Among them Blue Cross Blue Shield of SC continued its outstanding support of the arts in SC with a $7,500 grant.