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Second Look Charities recently donated $10,000 toward scholarship support through the Central Carolina Technical College Foundation Scholars Program. Scholarships are awarded to Kershaw County residents attending Central Carolina Technical College. The Second Look Charities Scholarship, established in July 2013, has provided scholarship assistance to more than twenty Kershaw County students attending CCTC.

College President Dr. Tim Hardee and Foundation Executive Director Ms. Meree McAlister met with the Second Look Charities Board at the CCTC Kershaw County Campus to express appreciation for their generous support. Also in attendance was student, Keli Braddock, recipient of the Second Look Charities Mildred Yvonne Williams Scholarship for Academic Year 2015-2016. The Mildred Yvonne Williams Scholarship honors the memory of a dedicated Second Look Charities volunteer.

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Keli Braddock

Ms. Braddock is currently enrolled in the Associates in Arts Degree Program at CCTC. She plans to complete the required pre-requisites and apply to enter the Associate Degree Nursing Program in August. Ms. Braddock has been named to the President’s List at CCTC signifying her excellent academic performance. She is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the Honor Society for two-year colleges recognizing academic excellence.

During the early morning hours of January 30, 2016 Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Kristopher Dwayne Dixon (20), who reportedly resides with a relative on Spring Creek Rd. Elgin, after he broke into a residence on Tower Rd. in Elgin and stole numerous items from the residence.

At about 4:20am Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an active burglar alarm at a residence on Tower Rd. in unincorporated Elgin. Upon arriving at the residence, deputies determined that entry to the home had been made through a window. Responding deputies located footprints leading away from the home and heard someone moving in a nearby wooded area. Deputies called out to the person in the woods who fled on foot. The deputies called for the bloodhound team and set up a perimeter. One of the deputies ultimately located Dixon who was covered in sweat, mud and blood and was bleeding from an injury he sustained running into trees while fleeing through the woods in the dark.

The bloodhound team arrived at the residence, got on the trail and went straight to where Dixon had been apprehended. Deputies also found a blanket that had been used by Dixon to carry off numerous items he had stolen from the home. They also found numerous household items that he had removed from the home, but had set outside to be carried off later.

Dixon admitted to the burglary after he had been advised of his rights three times. He was transported to the Kershaw County Detention Center where he remains pending a bond hearing.

 

“Even though we respond to hundreds of false burglar alarms, this one turned out to be valid and the responding deputies did a great job in catching this burglary suspect,” said Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews.

 

Dixon has been previously arrested for unlawful carrying of a weapon, driving under suspension and shoplifting.

Tonight in middle school basketball the Camden Middle Lady War Eagles will take on Fairfield Central in the first round of the conference tournament Stover Middle takes on Chester.  The conference tournament is being held at Lugoff-Elgin  Middle School.

There will be a special presentation following the North Central/Andrew Jackson girls basketball game that takes place Tuesday evening.  The NFL will be presenting North Central High School with a Golden Super Bowl game ball to commemorate Super Bowl 50.  North Central’s own Tyronne Drakeford played on the 1995 San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl Championship team.

In high school wrestling Saturday Lugoff-Elgin will be on the road for the Class 4! Upper State tournament at Hillcrest High School.  Saturday North Central will entertain the sixteen team Class 2A Upper State tournament starting at 9am.

Tonight on KOOL 102.7 at 6pm it’s Panther Talk with Mick Mixon and at 7pm it’s Sports Talk.

Central Carolina Technical College officially kicked off its Kershaw County Campus expansion by hosting a groundbreaking ceremony Friday morning. The current campus, at the intersection of Interstate 20 and Highway 521, originally opened in 2010 as an extension of the Kershaw County Downtown Campus.

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“This is truly an exciting day for Central Carolina Technical College. Expanding our Kershaw County Campus will provide students more options and shorter commutes in our four-county service area. We try to accommodate our students’ needs so their path to success, and ultimately graduation, is as easy as possible,” said Tim Hardee, president of the college.

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The expansion will allow CCTC to offer all the courses necessary to earn an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree entirely at our Kershaw County Campus. In addition, the college’s welding and mechatronics programs will be offered at the new facility.

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The expansion was funded with $5 million from Kershaw County Council and $3 million from the State of South Carolina. The college’s capital funds contribution brought the total cost of the project to $10 million. The addition will be approximately 40,000 square feet and is scheduled for completion in Spring 2017.

“This expansion is the next step in our commitment to a trained and ready workforce. The dramatic growth in the student population in Kershaw County will be well served by this new building and the exciting programs that Central Carolina will offer there. Working together as partners, this campus expansion proves that Kershaw County is indeed “Open for Business,” said Julian Burns, Kershaw County Council chairman.

Architectural design for the new building is being handled by architectural design firm McMillan-Pazdan-Smith Architecture.

Earlier this week in high school wrestling Westwood knocked off the Lugoff-Elgin Demos 40-28.  With that loss Lugoff-Elgin will now be on the road for the Class 4-A Upper State tournament that takes place Saturday at Hillcrest High School. Also Saturday Camden will host the Class 3-A Upper State tournament while North Central will entertain the sixteen team Class 2-A Upper State tournament.

There will be a special presentation following North Central/Andrew Jackson girld basketball game that takes place February 2nd.  The NFL will be presenting North Central High School with a Golden Super Bowl game ball to commemorate Super Bowl 50.  North Central’s own Tyronne Drakeford played on the 1995 San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl Championship team.

Tonight in high school basketball Lugoff-Elgin travels to Spring Valley. Camden is on the road to Lower Richland and North Central is at Chesterfield.  The girls games start at 6pm and the boys games will follow.

Tonight on KOOL 102.7 at 6pm it’s Sports Talk.

Saturday on KOOL 102.7 at 11:30am it’s college basketball action as the Clemson Tigers take on FSU.  At 5:30pm more college basketball action as the USC Gamecocks host the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Tonight in high school J.V. basketball action Camden will host Lower Richland.  The girls game will start at 5:30pm and the boys game will follow.

In high school wrestling tonight North Central and Orangeburg Prep will travel to Camden Military Academy for a 6pm tri-match.

Tonight on KOOL 102.7 it’s Sports Talk at 6pm then at 7pm it’s Carolina Calls with Gamecock head basketball coach Frank Martin.

The Kershaw County Economic Development Office (KCEDO) is pleased to announce exceptional growth in 2015 and is looking forward to continuing that success in 2016.  The KCEDO worked with several existing industry expansions in 2015 that totaled over $200 million in new capital investment and created over 550 new jobs.  In June, Suominen Nonwovens chose to add a new wet production line at its Bethune plant.   Haier America announced plans in August for a 250,000 square foot building addition and new equipment purchase for its Camden facility.  In December, INVISTA announced their plans to add new nylon polymer and spinning units at their Camden operation.  Other planned expansions include the addition of 100 jobs at the Target Distribution Center to support their new direct-to-consumer fulfilment center.  The estimated annual payroll for the new jobs announced in 2015 is over $19.5 million.

During the year, the KCEDO also completed an Economic Development Product Evaluation of the County’s industrial parks, sites and buildings.  This evaluation led to Kershaw County Council’s approval of the issuance of up to $17 million in bonds for economic development projects.  Specific projects approved include industrial park road improvements; clearing, grubbing and grading of industrial sites; park signage; and shell building construction.  Design work on these improvements has begun and will continue throughout the year.

Other industrial product development initiatives completed in 2015 include:

  • Water line extension to Governor’s Hill Industrial Park
  • South Carolina Department of Commerce Site Certification of Governor’s Hill Industrial Park and Steeplechase Industrial Park
  • Certification of Steeplechase Industrial Park by Duke Energy as a “Food & Beverage Site” and by AT&T as a “Fiber Ready Site”
  • Central Carolina Technical College campus expansion

Workforce Development was also an area of focus in 2015.  The County achieved the “Work Ready Community” designation – a national and state initiative to recognize communities actively developing its workforce through Work Keys Testing and certification.  Another successful workforce development effort was the inaugural Industry Showcase, an event that linked school guidance counselors with local industries to promote a better prepared workforce for today’s business needs.

Over $10.5 million in grants was invested in Kershaw County in 2015.  Awarding entities included the Environmental Protection Agency, US Economic Development Administration, Community Development Block Grant Program, SC Rural Infrastructure Authority, SC Coordinating Council for Economic Development, Duke Energy, Fairfield Electric Cooperative, Black River Electric Cooperative, and Central South Carolina Alliance.

The jobless  rate in Kershaw County for the month of December increased by a tenth of a per cent.  According to figures released by the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce the December jobless rate in kershaw county was 5.4%.  That compares to a November rate of 5.3%.  This means that out of South Carolina’s 46 counties Kershaw had the 15th highest out of work numbers.  Statewide the jobless rate remained unchanged at 5.5%.  The county with the highest out of work numbers was Marion County with nine point three per cent and the county with lowest jobless rate was Charleston County with  four point two per cent.  Kershaw County had the 25th highest jobless numbers out of South Carolina’s 46 counties.

The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of guns and other items early Monday morning from unlocked vehicles.  The thefts took place at the on Forest drive in Elgin, on Black River Road  in Camden and in the Cook Road and Conifer Acres areas in Lugoff.  The cars were not law enforcement vehicles.  The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office has released surveillance photos of the suspects.  Anyone with information should contact the Kershaw County Sheriff’s  Office at 425-1512.

Tuesday evening in high school basketball A.C. Flora got the sweep against Camden with the Lady Falcons winning 67-46 and the Falcons defeating the Bulldogs 66-54.

Thursday in high school J.V. basketball action Camden will host Lower Richland.  The girls game will start at 5:30pm and the boys game will follow.

In high school wrestling Thursday North Central and Orangeburg Prep will travel to Camden Military Academy for a 6pm tri-match.

Tonight on KOOL 102.7 it’s college basketball action as the Clemson Tigers take on the Pittsburgh Panthers.  Airtime is 6:30pm.

In high school wrestling tonight Lugoff-Elgin travels to Blythewood.  A win tonight clinches the region title for Lugoff-Elgin.