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The motto at Lugoff Elgin Middle School is “Understanding hearts and positive attitudes make a GREAT school,” and this week, the Leopards at LEMS put their motto into action.  Since “Miss Pearl,” their former custodian, lost her house and all its contents to a fire, the students decided that the Thanksgiving season was the perfect time to show Miss Pearl their gratitude.

Lead by the Beta Club, the student body participated in a “Compassionate Competition” by bringing food items, all donated to Miss Pearl, in support of either Carolina or Clemson.  Tables decorated in garnet and black and orange and purple were set up in the rotunda of the school so all food items could be displayed.  After a fierce, yet compassionate fight, Carolina proved to be the most compassionate.

Members of the Lugoff Elementary School Student Council along with the Relay for Life committee conducted a canned food drive during the month of November to benefit Food for the Soul.  Over 1,100 cans were collected.  Thanks, LES!  Pictured are the members of the LES Student Council along with their faculty sponsor, Cindy Grant.

KershawHealth trustees Monday evening heard that recent changes in the emergency room at the KershawHealth hospital have resulted in a reduction in wait times for patients and increased efficiency in the emergency department.  Interim C.E.O. Terry Gunn said that the express care program which started in September in the KershawHealth emergency room has reduced waiting times, in some cases by half.  Gunn said that physicians and staff in the E.R.  have done a great job of  streamlining the process and have made dramatic improvements.  Gunn said KershawHealth will continue to work at improving the efficiency of the emergency room at KershawHealth.

The North Central Middle School’s Jr. Beta Club sponsored “Operation Christmas Child” shoe box project this year to bring joy to boys and girls around the world.  A special thank you to all students and staff.  Pictured from left to right are club memebers: Laken Gross, Jared Chavez, McKenna Arrants, Colin Anderson, Blake Johnson, Lillian Crosby and Naveed Kashmiri.

It was announced at last week’s meeting of the board of directors of the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce that Spencer Graham has resigned as president of the chamber.  Graham resigned after accepting a position in Charleston with Amazon.  Amy Kinard, chamber first vice-president will now serve as chamber president.  Kinard will serve the reminder of Graham’s term and her term which begins next year.

Persons interested in employment with the Kershaw County School District are invited to participate in the district’s 14th annual Teacher Career Fair Saturday, Jan. 24. The event will be held at Lugoff-Elgin Middle School (1244 Highway 1 South, Lugoff).

“The career fair is a good opportunity to learn more about our schools and meet our principals,” said Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Connie Long.  “We encourage all interested persons to participate.”

Pre-registration is required through the Kershaw County District website. Deadline to register is Jan. 9.  Formal interviews will be scheduled according to availability.  Candidates should bring copies of their resumes and teaching credentials.

For more information, call Dr. Lisa Shannon at 803-432-8416, ext. 1204.

Driving directions from I-20 to Lugoff-Elgin Middle are:
Driving directions from I-20 are:
Exit Interstate 20 at US 601- Exit 92. Travel north on US 601 about 2 miles. Turn left on US Hwy. 1 (South). Lugoff- Elgin Middle School is approximately 1 mile on the right, adjacent to the Lugoff-Elgin High School campus.

Units from a number of Kershaw County Fire Departments Thursday afternoon responding to a large fire in a two story commercial building on Whiting War.  According to Lugoff fire chief Dennis Ray the Blaney Fire Department was first on the scene and was joined by the Lugoff Fire Department as well the Doby’s Mill, Pine Grove, Charlotte Thompson and Antioch fire departments.  Ray said the building contained fertilizer, A.T.V.’s and numerous vehicles.  Ray said it took about forty-five minutes to bring the fire under control and that there were no injuries.  The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Kershaw County Fire Service.

Last night in Womens College basketball the 2nd ranked South Carolina Lady Gamecocks defeated Clemson 99-41. Leading South Carolina was freshman A’Ja Wilson who had 18 points 5 rebounds and 1 block. The Lady Gamecocks record improves to 2-0 and will host San Diego State Sunday afternoon.

In Men’s College basketball action last night the South Carolina Gamecocks beat Cornell 69-45. Leading the Gamecocks was Sindarius Thornwell who had 14 points 4rebounds and a steal. The Gamecocks record improves to 2-1 will face Charlotte tonight at 7:00.

North Central Middle School will host its annual Patriot Basketball Jamboree on Monday, Nov. 24 with the six mini-games being contested inside The Castle at North Central High School in Boonetown.Each team will play two six-minute quarters of basketball. Admission is $6 per person. The evening kicks off at 5 p.m. with a girls’ game between Andrew Jackson and Camden middle schools. The boys’ game between the two schools will follow. The third game on docket pits New Height Middle out of Pageland meeting Lugoff-Elgin Middle School. The girls’ teams will square off in game three with the boy’s game to follow. The final doubleheader will have host North Central Middle meeting Stover Middle School from Elgin with the girls playing the first game followed by the boys taking to the court for the evening’s finale.

Tonight on Kool 102.7 at 6:30 its high school football as the Fairfield Central Griffins host Newberry in upper state championship game.

Saturday on Kool 102.7 at 12:30 its college football action as the Clemson Tigers host Georgia State and on Startime 1590 at 9:00 its more college football action as South Carolina entertains South Alabama.