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The percentage of Kershaw County School District (KCSD) students who passed the end-of-course exams increased in three of the four subjects tested in results released this morning by the South Carolina State Department of Education.

In 2014, 85.4 percent of KCSD students—4.6 percentage points more than 2013—passed the end-of-course test in Algebra I/Math Tech II while 83 percent of English 1 students—5.6 percentage points higher than the previous year—passed that end-of-course exam.

For US History/Constitution, 66.3 percent of local students—6.3 percentage points more than 2013—passed the end of course exam.  The percentage of KCSD students in Biology I/Applied Biology 2 that passed dropped from 84.6 percent in 2013 to 80.4 percent in 2014.

“Overall, I’m pleased with the progress we are making with these tests,” said KCSD Superintendent Frank Morgan.  “I’m especially proud of the big jump in the US History and English I passing rates and know that we are on the right track to see improved gains across the board.”

The percentage of local students who passed the math exam closed to within 0.1 percentage points of the 85.5 percent of students who passed statewide while KCSD students’ percentage passing rate on the English I test exceeded the percentage of South Carolina students who did by six (6) percentage points.

As for the KCSD Biology scores, the KCSD passage rate was 1.7 percentage points higher than the state percentage passing rate of 78.7 percent and the local passage rate for History was one percentage point greater than the state percentage passing rate of 65.3 percent.

The state’s Education Accountability Act mandates end-of-course tests in benchmark courses for mathematics, English language arts, science and social studies.  These state tests must count as 20 percent of a student’s final grade in these courses.

On September 29, 2014 the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office arrested Anthony Alan Corley (51) of Columbia and charged him with criminal sexual conduct with a minor (2nd degree) following allegations that he engaged in sexual relations with a 15 year old girl in Lugoff, SC.

According to Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews, KCSO investigators were notified by Richland County Sheriff’s Office investigators that Corley had engaged in sexual relations with a 15 year old girl following revelations from the victim’s guardian about the incidents which occurred multiple times in numerous jurisdictions in North and South Carolina, to include Kershaw County. Richland County Sheriff’s Department investigators arrested Corley in July 2014, charging him with criminal sexual conduct with a minor (2nd degree) and criminal solicitation of a minor.

The 15 year old victim had initially placed an ad on Craig’s List seeking employment. According to investigators, Corley saw the ad and contacted the young girl, eventually hiring her to do office work. While at businesses located in Richland and Kershaw counties, Corley engaged in sexual relations with the girl. He also took her on business trips out of town where he also had relations with the victim. The victim confided in her guardian and detailed her relationship with Corley. The guardian then contacted the Richland County Sheriff’s Department which initiated the investigation.

Kershaw County investigators were notified of the incidents and worked with Richland County authorities on this investigation. Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Corley relative to incidents that occurred in Kershaw County.

On September 29, 2014 Corley turned himself in to Kershaw County authorities after KCSO investigators spoke with his attorney and notified him of the charges against his client. Corley was booked into the Kershaw County Detention Center and released on a $25,000.00 bond. He also remains free on bond from Richland County.

“Adult men need to realize that they cannot engage in sexual relations with minors for any reason. The laws have been written to protect minor children from men who would take advantage of them. If Mr. Corley is convicted he will be forever on the sex offender registry,” said Sheriff Matthews.

Corley has no prior criminal record.

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Tonight in girls high school volleyball the Camden High Lady Bulldogs will travel to A.C. Flora at 6:30 while Lugoff Elgin host Dutch Fork at 7:00.

 

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Wednesday in Middle School football the Lugoff Elgin Leopards are looking to bounce back from a 28-14 lost to Chester as they travel to Fairfield Central kickoff is set for 6:00 while the Camden Middle School War Eagles look to continue the momentum from a 36-0 shutout win over Long Middle as they Host Chester at Zemp Stadium at 6:00.

Friday night in High School Football the North Central Knights travel to Chesterfield kickoff is set for 7:30.

Friday night on Kool 102.7 at 7:00 its high school football as the Camden High Bulldogs have homecoming 2014 as they host region foe A.C. Flora and on Startime 1590 at 7:00 the Lugoff Elgin Demons entertain Lexington.

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This past Friday night in high school football North Central was the only Kershaw County team to notch a win as they beat Buford 26-7. Lakewood shut out Camden 24-0 and White Knoll defeated Lugoff Elgin 35-20. Other midlands score from this past Friday night Fairfield Central 51Columbia 8, A.C. Flora 41 Airport 7, Blythewood 27 Irmo 24 and Spring Valley 56 South Aiken 35.

Wednesday in Middle School football the Lugoff Elgin Leopards are looking to bounce back from a 28-14 lost to Chester as they travel to Fairfield Central kickoff is set for 6:00 while the Camden Middle School War Eagles look to continue the momentum from a 36-0 shutout win over Long Middle as they Host Chester at Zemp Stadium at 6:00.

Friday night in High School Football the North Central Knights travel to Chesterfield kickoff is set for 7:30.

Friday night on Kool 102.7 at 7:00 its high school football as the Camden High Bulldogs have homecoming 2014 as they host region foe A.C. Flora and on Startime 1590 at 7:00 the Lugoff Elgin Demons go to Lexington.

 

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In College football this past Saturday the Clemson Tigers pound the North Carolina Tar heels 50-35. The Tar heels have now given up 120 points in their last two games. The Tigers record improves 2-2.  Freshmen Quarterback DeShawn Watson got his first Collegiate start for the Tigers as he end up 27-36 for 435 yards and a touchdown.  Also this past Saturday the 13th ranked South Carolina Gamecocks had a 20-7 lead over the Missouri Tigers with less than seven minutes left to go in the ball but the Tigers would score two touchdowns to rally back and knock off the Gamecocks 21-20. The Gamecocks have fallen out of the polls for the first time in 69 weeks.

 

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This past Sunday afternoon in NFL action the Carolina Panthers fall to the Baltimore Ravens 38-10. Former Panther Steve Smith had seven catches for 139 yards and two touchdowns for the Baltimore Ravens. Cam Newton end the day 14 of 25 for 197 yards and one touchdown. With that loss the Panthers record drops to 2-2.

 

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In Major League baseball this past Sunday afternoon the Atlanta Braves closed out the 2014 season with a win as they beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1. The Braves end the season with a 79-83 record and 17 games behind the Washington Nationals.

Last night girls high school volleyball Lugoff Elgin beat Spring Valley three games to one while Camden blanked Chapin three games to none.

Tonight in high school football the North Central Knights travel to Buford kickoff is set for 7:30.

Tonight on Kool 102.7 at 7:00 its high school football as Lugoff Elgin goes to White Knoll and on Startime 1590 at 7:00 the Camden High Bulldogs are on the road at Lakewood.

Saturday on Kool 102.7 at 4:00 its College Football as the Tiger Tailgate Show gets you ready for Clemson and North Carolina and on Startime 1590 at 4:00 the Gamecock pregame show gets you set for Missouri and South Carolina.

Sunday on Kool 102.7 following our Church services its NFL action as the Carolina Panthers battle the Baltimore Ravens and on Startime 1590 at 12:20 its Major League baseball as the Atlanta Braves play the final three games series of the season against the Philadelphia Philllies.

Governor’s School for the Arts Creative Writing senior Cameron Messinides (Camden, SC) was at The White House yesterday accepting his year-long post as one of our country’s five National Student Ambassadors of Poetry!

The National Student Poets Program is the country’s highest honor for youth poets presenting original work and is presented by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.

The National Student Poets Program was founded by Olivia Morgan and Scholastic Art & Writing a few years ago. Michelle Obama, also pictured, serves as Honorary Chair.

The Lugoff Fire-Rescue will be hosting a free Fire Prevention Expo at Lugoff-Elgin High School Front Parking Lot on October 4, 2014 from 10AM-12 PM. This event will be the kick-off for the National Fire Prevention Week October 6-10, 2014. This year’s fire prevention theme is “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month”.

Lugoff Fire-Rescue will be hosting fire trucks from the West Wateree Fire Departments on display as well as the Fire Safety House from the Camden Fire Department, the FireWise Education Trailer from the SC Forestry Commission, a fire bulldozer and Fire Trax from the SC Forestry Commission, and fire trucks from the Lugoff Fire-Rescue. There will also be a special operations demonstration during the morning for fire department special operations.

There will be bounce houses, sno cones, popcorn, and lots of free fire prevention materials and toys for the kids. Parents will be provided important fire prevention materials and education on smoke detectors, escape plans, fire dangers, and home wildfire prevention ideas from FireWise. Various community vendors will also be present giving away materials to all attendees.

Everyone is invited to attend and spread the word about this Fire Prevention Week kickoff in Lugoff October 4th from 10-12 at L-E High.

Contact the Lugoff Fire-Rescue Headquarters Station at 803-438-2553 for more information.

 

Last night in middle school football Chester defeated Lugoff Elgin 28-14 while the Camden Middle School War Eagles blanked Long Middle 36-0.

In girls high school tennis this afternoon the Camden High Lady Bulldogs travel to Chapin at 4:30 while the Lugoff Elgin Lady Demons are on the road to Spring Valley at 5:30.

Tonight in girls high school volleyball Lugoff Elgin is at Spring Valley while Camden host Chapin both of these matches will start at 7:00.

Tonight on Kool 102.7 at 6:00 it’s the high school coach’s hour football edition with Jimmy Neal, Dave Thomas and Louis Clyburn.

Friday night in high school football the North Central Knights travel to Buford kickoff is set for 7:30.

Friday night on Kool 102.7 at 7:00 its high school football as Lugoff Elgin goes to White Knoll and on Startime 1590 at 7:00 the Camden High Bulldogs are on the road at Lakewood.

On September 23, 2014 Anthony Lorenzo Jackson (24) whose last known address is in Camden, SC, turned himself in to the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office to face charges of failure to stop for a blue light, possession of a stolen pistol, driving under the influence and driving under suspension.

On September 14, 2014 the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit was conducting a traffic safety checkpoint on US 521 between Camden and Sumter County. Jackson approached the checkpoint in a Toyota Camry, drove the wrong way down an exit to highway 261 in an attempt to flee from deputies. Jackson lead deputies on a 2 mile pursuit before losing control of his vehicle on a curve, striking a power pole and overturning in a field. Jackson was ejected from his vehicle and sustained serious back injuries for which he was hospitalized in Columbia. Approximately 250 people were without power, the result of the power pole being destroyed.

On September 30, 2013 Jackson was arrested by Kershaw County deputies following another high speed pursuit. In that incident he was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and failure to stop for a blue light. In February 2014, Jackson pled guilty to those charges and was sentenced to a short period of incarceration in a SCDC facility and probation.  In July 2014 Jackson lead SCHP troopers on a pursuit and for that was charged with simple possession of marijuana (2nd offense) and failure to stop for a blue light.

“Jackson has a history of fleeing from law enforcement and fortunately the only person who has been hurt during one of these chases is Jackson himself. A short prison term did not teach him a lesson. Hopefully, a lengthy stay in a SCDC facility will change his behavior before he hurts an innocent person,” said Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews.

Jackson has been previously arrested for several narcotics violations, failure to stop for a blue light, attempted murder, driving under suspension and malicious injury to personal property.

Due to Jackson’s back injury and daily medical treatment he was booked into the Kershaw County Detention Center and released on bond.