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The 2015-16 Junior Leadership Kershaw County program honored 32 juniors and seniors during its annual graduation dinner held April 28 at the historic Robert Mills Courthouse in Camden. The celebration concluded the program’s 28th year.

Students representing Camden High, Lugoff-Elgin High, North Central High and the Camden Military Academy received plaques in recognition of completing the year-long program, which is a joint venture of the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, the Kershaw County School District and Camden Military Academy with beneficiary support by the Camden Kiwanis Club.

The graduates and their guests heard special remarks by keynote speaker state Rep. Beth Bernstein of Richland County.

Also addressing those in attendance were students representing each of the participating schools. They included Elizabeth Brown of Camden High School, Thomas Azrelyant of Camden Military Academy, Emma Russell of Lugoff-Elgin High School and Josh Smith of North Central High School.

Kershaw County schools superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan and Lt. Col. John Heflin of Camden Military Academy presented each graduate with a plaque and a class photo taken on the steps of the State House.

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THOMAS AZRELYANT of Camden Military Academy (center) was named the Robert J. Sheheen Outstanding Junior Leadership Student for 2015. Azrelyant was presented with the honor at the graduation dinner by former Speaker of the House Bob Sheheen and Junior Leadership chair Laurie Parks.

Thomas Azrelyant Camden Military received the Robert J. Sheheen Outstanding Junior Leadership Student of the Year award, which honors the former Kershaw County state representative and Speaker of the House.

The award recognizes a Junior Leadership student who demonstrates exemplary leadership qualities during the program year. Sheheen was on hand to present the award.

The 2015-16 Junior Leadership year began last August when students attended a two-day retreat and participated in a ropes challenge and team-building course at the Gravatt Camp and Conference Center outside Aiken

The class community service project involved helping with the Kershaw County Special Olympics which was held April 8 on the campus of Camden Military Academy.

Other programs and activities during the year covered cultural diversity, dining etiquette, job interviewing skills, touring each of the high schools, and visiting the State House in Columbia to meet the local legislative delegation.

The 2015-16 Junior Leadership graduates include: Josiah Altieri, Gray Batten, Elizabeth Brown, Trace Guy, Abby McLaughlin, Delaney McLaughlin, Morgan Schoolfield, Shania Steele and Carlos Williams of Camden High School.

Thomas Azrelyant, Brent Buckley Jake Dean, Austin Martin, Alex Ranft and Jack Thurman of Camden Military Academy.

Braxton Byrd, Heath Byrd, Elliott Campbell, Chloe’ Horton, Sarah Placke, Emma Russell, Jasmine Sexton, Taylor Sinay, Rose Werdon and Thai Wood of Lugoff-Elgin High School

Sierra Barnes, Anne-Marie Branham, Cedric Cunningham, Abigail DuRant, De’ja Linton, Olivia Loynes and Josh Smith of North Central High School.

The 2016-17 class will be selected by their schools and announced in May.

Thursday night in the 4-A baseball and softball playoffs it was Lugoff-Elgin in action.  The Lady Demon softball team defeated Mauldin 5-1.  They are in the winners bracket game and will now face Laurens at 5pm Saturday afternoon.  KOOL 102.7 will air the game starting at 4:45pm.

 

The Demon baseball team fell to Dorman Thursday evening.  Dorman won 3-0 and sent the Demon baseball team to the losers bracket. The will host Laurens tonight at Optimist Field.  First pitch is 7pm.

 

The high school baseball and softball playoffs continue tonight in class 3-A.  the Camden varsity girls softball team is at home tonight to take on Travelers Rest. First pitch is set for 6pm.  The Camden High varsity baseball team will host Emerald tonight at Legion Field.  Game time is 7pm.  You can hear that game on KOOL 102.7 with airtime set for 6:45pm.

The Lugoff-Elgin girls varsity and JV soccer teams will host Camden today at Lugoff-Elgin Stadium. The JV game starts at 5:30pm and the varsity game starts at 7pm.  The North Central girls JV soccer team will be at home tonight to host Andrew Jackson. Game time is 6pm.

The Camden boys JV and varsity soccer teams are at home tonight hosting Buford. The JV match starts at 5:30pm and the varsity match starts at 7pm.

The Lugoff-Elgin boys tennis team is on the road tonight to face Darlington. Match time is 4:45pm.

The Lugoff-Elgin boys and girls track teams are competing in their region meet today at Dutch Fork High School. The meet starts at 5pm.

The high school baseball and softball playoffs start this week. Today the Lugoff-Elgin varsity baseball team will travel to Dorman for their first playoff game. First pitch is scheduled for 7pm.  You can hear that game on KOOL 102.7 with airtime set for 6:45pm.  The Lugoff-Elgin varsity softball team will host Mauldin today in their first playoff game. Game time is 7:15pm at Lugoff-Elgin softball field.

In varsity baseball Friday, Camden will be at home to Emerald at Legion Field.You can hear that game on KOOL 102.7 with airtime setfor 6:45pm.  The Camden varsity softball team will also be at home Friday taking on Traveler’s Rest. Game time is 6pm.

Kershaw County Council Tuesday evening passed third and final reading of a fee in lieu of tax and incentive agreement with Bethune Non-Wovens.  Last year Bethune Non-Wovens announced a $55 million expansion which will result in at least 29 new jobs.  The measure passed with a unanimous vote.

The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) is preparing to say “farewell” to long-time Chamber Choir of Kershaw County (CCKC) music director, Dr. Susan Wyatt. After 25 years of leadership with CCKC, Dr. Wyatt has announced that she will retire at the end of this season. The Chamber Choir of Kershaw County will present its Spring Concert to honor Dr. Wyatt on Friday, May 6 at 7:00 p.m. in the Wood Auditorium of the FAC. There will be a reception for Dr. Wyatt immediately following the concert. The public is encouraged to attend and help us thank Dr. Wyatt for her dedication to the arts here in Kershaw County. Admission is $5.00.

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In September of 1991, with the help of a grant from the Frederick S. Upton Foundation, a nonprofit funding entity of the late Sibby Wood, the FAC hired Dr. Susan Wyatt  to form a county-wide children’s choir to foster musical excellence, teach commitment, responsibility, and social skills to young children through music. At the time, Dr. Wyatt was pursuing her doctorate degree at the University of South Carolina. Prior to coming  to the FAC, Dr. Wyatt was at Loyola University as director of the New Orlean’s Symphony Chorus, Women’s Chorus and Eurhythmics instructor. In addition to her tenure with the FAC, she was the director of the Greater Columbia Children’s Chorus, the Kershaw County District Chorus, and the Junior Choir of First Presbyterian Church in Columbia. She is a member of the American Choral Directors Association and Music Educator’s National Conference. She is a clinician, director, and adjudicator throughout the state. She was the ACDA Repertoire and Standards Chair for Children’s Choirs for the state of South Carolina.

In the fall of 1991, auditions were held in the historic Douglas-Reed House for children in grades four through eight who loved to sing and were recommended by their teachers. The Fine Arts Center’s Children’s Chorus was born. This chorus had been a dream of the members of the Camden Music Association (now called the Kershaw County Music Association, [KCMA]) for many years. After years of planning and hard work, along with the grant from the Upton Foundation, their dream became a reality.

In December of 1991, the Children’s Chorus performed their first public performance for the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce’s breakfast singing two songs and were accompanied by Billy Shepherd of the Upton Trio. The Chorus then performed their first major concert at the FAC on December 10. The concert included the choral music of Bach, Christmas carols, canons, as well as secular and sacred pieces.

In its first year, the Children’s Chorus consisted of 36 members who performed 10 concerts throughout the county including those for the Rotary Club, the Chamber’s breakfast, Springdale Retirement Center, two concerts at the FAC, and performances in several of the schools. The chorus included students from Baron DeKalb, Midway, Pine Tree Hill elementary schools, as well as Camden and Lugoff middle schools. Their hope was to one day soon perform outside of Kershaw County, which in just a few short years, they did.

In the 1993-94 season, the Kershaw County Children’s Choir performed at the Choral Festival in Charlotte, NC at Carowinds, as well as at the First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, and at an ASID Designer Showhouse at Hobkirk Inn in Camden. A highlight of the year was a performance with the SC Philharmonic Orchestra and the Columbia Choral Society in a presentation of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. By this time, the choir had grown to 41 members ranging in age from 3rd grade through high school. In 1997, in a partnership with the Kershaw County School District, and funded by an ABC Grant (Arts in the Basic Curriculum) from the SC Arts Commission, the District Chorus was formed for children in grades four and five.

By 1999, four choral groups had been established by Dr. Wyatt and the FAC—The Apprentice Chorus (grades one and two,) Children’s Chorus (grades three through seven,) Children’s Choir (grades four to nine,) and the Chamber Choir (grades nine to twelve.) They completed a concert tour to New York City, performing at the United Nations and on Long Island. The Choirs sang for the prestigious Verner Awards, the Governor’s Carolighting, Prayer Breakfast and Governor Hodges Inaugural Prayer Service, as well as his “First Steps to School Readiness” Celebration Dinner. They were privileged to have  participated in the FAC’s Chamber Concert Series with the well-known and loved artist, Charles Wadsworth and with the Mt. Tabor Chamber Series. The choirs also performed with the South Carolina Philharmonic, the Camden Community Band, the Women’s Chorale, and at the Township Auditorium with the Carolina Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker with the Columbia Festival Orchestra. In the spring of 2000, the Choirs released a compact disc. The  2001 season included a concert trip to New Orleans.

One of their greatest accomplishments was a collaboration with three other groups chosen to premier a new work by Robert Jager based on the UNICEF publication “I Dream of Peace,” which was a compilation of images of war written by children of the former Yugoslavia in New York City. It was performed several times debuting at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Columbia, followed by a performance in Charleston for the Southern Division Convention of the American Choral Directors Association and with the Bryan Symphony Orchestra in Cumberland, TN.

Under Dr. Wyatt’s leadership, the children’s choir groups continued to grow. They performed for audiences in Williamsburg and Richmond, VA and while in Washington, DC, they performed for then Congressman John Spratt at the US Capitol.

Near the beginning of her time with the FAC, Dr. Wyatt  made a statement about the program and music education which remains true today. ”Music is necessary for education because it uses the brain in ways that academics don’t … in intellect, memory, and coordination,” she said. “Singing is something you can do throughout your life, a means of self-expression, inspiration, and pleasure and a builder of community … bringing a diverse group of people together.”

After many years, the Children’s Choirs morphed into what is now known as the Chamber Choir of Kershaw County featuring girls from sixth to twelfth grade and women. They continue to perform two concerts a year, a Christmas concert, and their annual spring concert in May. They have shared some of the great classical and folk music of our culture in schools, retirement homes, and churches. They have collaborated with the Mastersingers, Sandlappers and with the Columbia Choral Society.

“Susan Wyatt has made a life-long impression on hundreds of young musicians in Kershaw County,” says Mary Ellen Jordan, one of the founders of the program. “The excellent musical experiences she has provided for them will continue to influence them throughout their lives and enable them to intelligently discriminate between excellence and mediocrity. Her unique humanity shines forth in her deep love for excellent music and those people whose lives she has touched.”

Former Camden football coach Billy Ammons will be inducted as part of this year’s class of the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Hall of Fame.

Ammons coached at Camden High from 1972 to 1997 winning 177 games and led the Bulldogs to the 1990 Class 3-A championship. As a player, Ammons quarterbacked  Camden to the 1964 championship. This is the second hall of fame for Ammons who was also inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Administrators Hall of Fame in 2013.

Ammons joins 6 other inductees from around the state at the annual banquet which will take place July 24th in Charleston.

The Camden High track team will compete in the region meet being held today at Lower Richland High School. The meet starts at 4:30pm.

The high school baseball and softball playoffs start this week. Thursday the Lugoff-Elgin varsity baseball team will travel to Dorman for their first playoff game. First pitch is scheduled for 7pm.  You can hear that game on KOOL 102.7 with airtime set for 6:45pm.  The Lugoff-Elgin varsity softball team will host Mauldin Thursday in their first playoff game. Game time is 7:15pm at Lugoff-Elgin softball field.

In varsity baseball Friday, Camden will be at home to Emerald at Legion Field.You can hear that game on KOOL 102.7 with airtime setfor 6:45pm.  The Camden varsity softball team will also be at home Friday taking on Traveler’s Rest. Game time is 6pm.

The Atlanta Braves play the Boston Red Sox tonight.  Airtime on KOOL 102.7 is 5:55pm.

Divers Tuesday afternoon recovered the body of 24 year old Benjamin Jermaine gripper of Camden, who drowned midday Tuesday at lake Wateree.  Gripper’s body was recovered by members of the Kershaw County Dive Team.  Coroner David West says that Gripper had been working in a yard on the Camden side of Lake Wateree and went into the water to cool off and stepped into a deep spot and went underwater. West says that gripper did not know how to swim.  The death is being ruled a drowning.

Former Camden football coach Billy Ammons will be inducted as part of this year’s class of the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Hall of Fame.

Ammons coached at Camden High from 1972 to 1997 winning 177 games and led the Bulldogs to the 1990 Class 3-A championship. As a player, ammos quarterbacked  Camden to the 1964 championship. This is the second hall of fame for Ammons who was also inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Administrators Hall of Fame in 2013.

Ammons joins 6 other inductees from around the state at the annual banquet which will take place July 24th in Charleston.

Monday night the Camden High Bulldog baseball team defeated Hartsville by a score of 6-3. The Bulldogs will start the playoffs at home Friday evening when they play Emerald.

In softball the Lugoff-Elgin Lady Demons defeated River Bluff 22-5 to end the regular seson at 24-2. They will host Dorman in the playoffs Thursday night. The Lady Demon JV team finished the season 23-1-1.

The Lugoff-Elgin baseball team will be on the road to start 4-A playoffs. They travel to the upstate to play Dorman Thursday night.

The Camden High School JV and varsity soccer teams are on the road tonight to take on Andrew Jackson. The JV match starts at 5pm and the varsity match starts at 7pm.

The Camden High boys golf team will host Darlington today. Match time at Camden Country Club is 4pm.

The North Central gold team plays Buford today at the Lancaster Golf Course.

The North Central track team will host the region track meet today. The meet starts at 4pm.

The Atlanta Braves take on the Boston Red Sox tonight. You can hear that game on KOOL 102.7 with airtime set for 5:55pm.

Lugoff Fire-Rescue crews were sent to Target Distribution Center in Lugoff around 11:30 Monday evening April 25th for a reported trailer on fire. Lugoff Engine 10, Rescue 10, Engine 8, and Battalion 1 arrived on scene to find moderate smoke coming from the rear of a trailer from a tractor-trailer in the rear commercial vehicle parking area. The trailer was located away from the main building. Target staff had attempted to enter the trailer using a fire extinguisher to put out the fire but was not successful due to the heavy smoke and fire inside. Lugoff crews stabilized the trailer entering the rear of the trailer quickly extinguishing the fire. Firefighters then offloaded all of the materials inside the trailer that were involved in the fire with assistance from Target staff. The trailer contained household materials that had been unsold and salvaged from Target stores that included furniture, paint, clothing, carpeting, and other household items. The damage was limited to the trailer and its contents. Fire crews from Blaney, Doby’s Mill, and Pine Grove Fire Departments also responded and aided Lugoff firefighters with removing the contents.

“The staff at Target Distribution, that include the security, management, and team members, did an outstanding job of notifying us quickly and isolating the trailer from damaging any other trailers or property prior to our arrival. They provided our command staff with the information we needed to quickly stop the progress of the fire and limit damages. I am very pleased with the cooperation among the Target staff and Incident Command during the incident as well as the great response by both Lugoff members and Kershaw County Fire Departments responding as automatic aid. We are thankful no one was injured and that the fire was not larger than what it was due to quick notification, rapid arrival, and an excellent response by Target staff” Lugoff Fire-Rescue Chief Dennis Ray stated.

The fire started inside the trailer among the household materials towards the middle of the load. The exact cause of the fire is being investigated. Target staff planned to remove the remaining contents of the trailer on Tuesday and assess the damage to the trailer. Crews were clear from the scene around 1:30 AM Tuesday morning.