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Once again, the proceeds of the local Jingle Bell Run are being used to benefit local schools. Now in its 7th year, the 5K run/walk sponsored by the Fitness Zone was held on the first Saturday in December.  This year, five Kershaw County School District (KCSD) schools are receiving $1,500 to be used for health and physical education projects.

Funded projects include:

  • Camden Elementary’s profoundly disabled medically fragile students will receive funds for classroom supplies.
  • Doby’s Mill Elementary’s “You Go, Girls” and “Doby’s Dashers” running groups will receive funds to support half-marathon and marathon medals for over 200 students who meet their running goals.
  • Lugoff Elementary’s PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Support) will receive support for their year-end physically active celebrations.
  • Lugoff-Elgin High’s girls’ softball team will receive battle ropes for its program.
  • Wateree Elementary’s Girls on the Run program will receive funds to support their race registration fees, curriculum and materials.

George Gibson said that he and his staff appreciate the opportunity to participate in this effort to help improve the health and wellness of our children. “I believe that exercise is an extraordinarily important element in the growth and development of our students.   Research indicates that children who participate in regular physical activity have decreased risk of developing metabolic conditions such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension and obesity.”  He also noted that children who exercise regularly are leaner, have more energy, display improved self confidence and have a better outlook on life.

“The Jingle Bell Run is a great community event,” said KCSD Superintendent Frank Morgan.  “Many of our staff and students participate as a part of their fitness efforts.  Having the proceeds benefit our schools makes a lasting effect on hundreds of students’ lives and their well-being.”

In addition to Fitness Zone, other major sponsors for the race were KershawHealth, State Farm Insurance, Lugoff Auto Group (Toyota, Ford, Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep/Ram), SC ENT (Allergy & Sleep Medicine), Mid Carolina Credit Union, Powers Funeral Home, Sentinel Health Partners and the UPS Store.

Additional support for the race was provided by Betty Sue Upchurch with Mitch Rabon Realty; Camden Bone and Joint; Carpet Outlet of Lugoff; Duke Energy; First Palmetto Bank; Harvest Baptist Church; Flowers Heating & Cooling; Kennedy Insurance Agency; NBSC; Powers & Gregory Heating and Air Conditioner Service; Dr. Tom Anderson, DMD; Savage, Royal & Sheheen; Upchurch & Jowers Insurance Agency; Walmart; Wateree Animal Hospital and SubStation II of Lugoff.

Gibson also said he is proud that a large number of Kershaw County students participated in this year’s Jingle Bell Run/Walk.  He thanked his business sponsors for partnering with the Fitness Zone to make this endeavor a success.

This year’s winner of the race was Heather Costello. The LEHS alumni led all runners (male and female) with a course record time of 18:50 minutes. She recently qualified for and successfully completed the New York City Marathon. Heather is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Hal Varn of Lugoff.

:  Seven Kershaw County School District schools collected over 9,500 cans as part of the Cans for Kona Food Drive. Blaney Elementary School collected over 3,500 cans and finished in first place.  Wateree Elementary School collected over 1,700 cans and finished second. Other participating schools included Camden Elementary, Camden Middle, Jackson, Lugoff Elementary and Pine Tree Hill Elementary.  For their efforts, Kona Ice of the Midlands donated $2,148 back to the schools.

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Buffalo-Mt. Pisgah Fire Department has received a $3,400 donation from the John T. Stevens Foundation of Kershaw, SC.  The department has utilized this funding to purchase two Automated External Defibrillator’s (AED).  An AED is designed to “shock” the heart of a cardiac arrest patient back into normal rhythm.  Studies have shown that every 1 ½ minutes in the United States someone dies due to sudden cardiac arrest.  The only way to improve this is to have early access to an AED. Every minute that a person in cardiac arrest goes without being successfully treated (by defibrillation), the chance of survival decreases by 10 percent.

Five of the department’s seven trucks are now equipped with an AED, basic medical first aid equipment, and oxygen.  This has been a critical objective of the department since starting medical first responder services for the community in 2011.

“We appreciate the Stevens Foundation considering us for this donation; these AED units will allow the fire department to respond quickly and treat patients who are in cardiac arrest.” said Chief Chris Jones.

The man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman in Lancaster county then killing her in Kershaw county in 2011 will not stand trial until February of 2016.  Thursday the fifth circuit solicitor’s office said that a circuit judge set February 9th, 2016 as the court date for Nickolas Jermaine Miller.  The fifth circuit solicitor’s office is seeking the death penalty for miller.  Miller is charged in the death of Beverly Hope Melton.

Wednesday night in high school basketball Brookland-Cayce defeated the Lugoff-Elgin boys and girls teams.  The BC girls won 444-40 and the Bearcast boys defeated the Demon boys team 73-51.

Friday night Lugoff-Elgin will host Camden in high school basketball.  KOOL 102.7 will broadcast both the boys and girls games.  Airtime Friday evening is 5:45pm.

Emergency crews responded to a single vehicle crash Thursday afternoon near the Camden exit of I-20 where a car had rolled over and suffered moderate damage.  Two people were trapped and moderate extrication was needed.  Both people were extricated after the car was stabilized.  Both people were transported by KershawHealth EMS to Palmetto Richland Hospital for possible trauma.  No other vehicles were involved.  The accident is under investigation by the South Carolina Highway Patrol.  The accident took place shortly after one Thursday afternoon.  Units from the Lugoff Fire Department, the Camden Fire Department and the Charlotte Thompson Fire Department responded.

Doby’s Mill Elementary School’s Student Council and choral group made a trip to Morningside Senior Living Community to deliver wreaths, share stories, and sing festive songs.

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An accident earlier today on U.S. Highway 1 in Lugoff  that took place around noon.  . According to Lugoff fire chief Dennis Ray the accident involved a single motorcycle and it appears the motorcyclist went into the median of highway 1 and crashed.  The motorcyclist was transported to Palmetto Richland Hospital.  The accident is under investigation by the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

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Thursday evening before the Lugoff Fire Department escorts Santa through the neighborhoods of Lugoff folks can hear a talented young musician performing at the Lugoff Fire Department on Highway One in Lugoff.  Fifteen year old Anna Lynn Ferris was in the Kershaw County Christmas Parade but was unable to be in the Lights of Lugoff Parade.  She will be performing Christmas music between five and six this evening at the Lugoff Fire Department and folks are invited to drop by.

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The Kershaw County School District (KCSD) was the only one in South Carolina to receive not just one, but two, 21st Century Community Learning Centers grants for 2015.  Partnering with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands, Jackson School and Pine Tree Hill Elementary School will house the afterschool academic assistance programs.

“We are extremely pleased to be able to provide these opportunities for our students,” said KCSD Superintendent Frank Morgan.  “These programs will be of great benefit to our young learners who are in need of extra instruction and academic assistance outside of the normal school day.”

Morgan said that the three-hour Learning is for Everyone (LIFE) afterschool programs will include one hour of literacy lessons, one hour of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) instruction and one hour of homework support, recreation and tutoring each day.  Students will have access to iPads, over 1,000 books and texts arts, cultural and recreational classes and field trips to local points of interest.

LIFE will begin serving 120 identified students at both schools on Jan. 6 and continue with summer hours through July 10.  Each program will serve roughly 20 students in each grade level from kindergarten through fifth grade.

“We have a proven track record with our Safe Schools and Healthy Students efforts,” said Morgan.  “These new LIFE programs will build on that success to continue producing positive results.”

KCSD Grants Manager Kevin Rhodes said that LIFE programs will feature interactive instruction that complements students’ education during the school day. “Our goal is to allow these students to extend their learning and complete their homework before they return home to begin winding down their day.  With the number of students that we will be serving, we expect to make a significant impact on the overall schools’ academic achievement.”